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NEW TUNES AT 9 ROUNDUP: MIKESCHAIR

phil : October 18, 2012 5:58 pm : music, Radio Friend Phil, Staff Pages

RADIO FRIEND PHIL – Greetings! It’s time for this week’s New Tunes at 9 Roundup: New Tunes at 9, one-hour of new and emerging music, weeknights at 9 p.m. on WJTL. Available this week is “The Way We Worship,” by FFH, featuring their new song, “As For Me.” Last Sunday, WJTL presented another Live From the Junction Center event, featuring Matthew West and Mikeschair. Mikeschair vocalist and guitarist Mike Grayson joined band mate Kyle Schonewill for 2 acoustic songs, “You Loved Me First” and “Someone Worth Dying For.” Both tracks are available on Mikeschair’s latest project “A Beautiful Life.” Mikeschair was formed at Belmont University, in Nashville, TN. To date, they’ve released 3 EP’s and 2 full-length projects–all are highly recommended! In addition to making music, Mikeschair are highly involved in charitable activities. In conjunction with Food For The Hungry, Mikeschair formed a food collection charity called “Mikestable.” The inspiration came when they noticed hungry people gathering at a food pantry at a church near their apartment. With that in mind, the band continues to invite their fans to bring nonperishable food items to select shows.  Mike Grayson says that with the new project, “A Beautiful Life,” “We wanted this record to take a very hopeful approach. God is weaving together a beautiful life whether we can see it or not.”  For more on Mikeschair, go to http://www.mikeschair.com/

phil@wjtl.com

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RATE THE MUSIC! TAKE THE NEW RADIOTRAKS MUSIC SURVEY

phil : October 11, 2012 10:21 pm : music, Radio Friend Phil, Staff Pages

RADIO FRIEND PHIL - Greetings! Please take the new WJTL RadioTraks Music Survey! Everyone who rates the music qualifies to win free music from WJTL, including “All Things Possible,” by Mark Schultz.  http://wjtl.com/musics/radiotraks/

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NEW TUNES AT 9 ROUNDUP: BRIAN CAMPBELL

phil : October 11, 2012 7:28 pm : music, Radio Friend Phil, Staff Pages

RADIO FRIEND PHIL – Greetings! It’s time for this week’s New Tunes at 9 Roundup: New Tunes at 9, one-hour of new and emerging music, weeknights at 9 p.m. on WJTL. Available this week is “Blue Mountain,” the new project from Brandon Heath. Brandon Heath is part of the ‘Hits Deep’ tour, coming to the Giant Center in Hershey, on Sunday, December 9! The full lineup includes TobyMac, Brandon Heath, Mandisa, Chris August, Britt Nicole, Jamie Grace and Group 1 Crew. Tickets are on sale now at CMILive.com or 717-459-3701. Also available this week is a new project by Brian Campbell: “Hearts Wake to the Giver of Life.” Brian Campbell is a Pennsylvania-born singer/songwriter and worship leader. Brian performed in Lancaster County this week and he also stopped by the Junction Center as a guest on New Tunes at 9.  I spoke to Brian about his association with ‘Come and Live’ and his passion for giving worship workshops; click here http://wjtl.com/listen/wjtl-casts/ to listen to Brian’s live, acoustic, performance. Along with other musicians, Brian Campbell is a member of the ‘Come and Live Artist Community,’ which is offering his new project for free at http://comeandlive.com/ Here’s Brain’s facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/briancampbellmusic

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RECOMMENDED VIDEO VIEWING: ESTERLYN-YOUR LOVE IS NEW

phil : September 28, 2012 7:30 pm : music, Radio Friend Phil, Staff Pages

RADIO FRIEND PHIL – Greetings! Check out Esterlyn’s new video, “Your Love Is New,”  off their project, “Woven.”

 

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NEW TUNES AT 9 ROUNDUP: HYLAND

phil : September 27, 2012 7:33 pm : music, Radio Friend Phil, Staff Pages

RADIO FRIEND PHIL – Greetings! It’s time for this week’s New Tunes at 9 Roundup: New Tunes at 9, one-hour of new and emerging music, weeknights at 9 p.m. on WJTL.   New projects available (and highly recommended): Toby Mac’s “Eye On It” (which recently debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200), “Into The Light,” by Matthew West and “Welcome To Daylight,” from Luminate. New music available Tuesday, October 9: “Blue Mountain” by Brandon Heath and “Finding Our Way,” from Hyland. Hyland is band that was formed in 2006 in Minneapolis by vocalist/guitarist, Jon Lewis. The band released a couple of independent EP’s before capturing the attention of Aaron Sprinke, formerly of Poor Old Lu. Jon Lewis was a recent guest on New Tunes at 9, where he spoke about his maturation as a songwriter over the course of three full-length projects. For more on Hyland, go to http://hylandofficial.com/welcome/ to find music downloads, facebook page and a video for the song you are about to hear, “Beauty In The Broken.” Hyland is also part of “The Believer” tour with Kutless, Fireflight and The Rhett Walker Band. (For details on the October 6th tour stop at Lancaster Bible College, go to http://cmilive.com/)

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RATE THE MUSIC! TAKE THE NEW RADIOTRAKS SURVEY

phil : September 25, 2012 10:18 pm : music, Radio Friend Phil, Staff Pages

RADIO FRIEND PHIL - Greetings! Please take the new WJTL RadioTraks Music Survey! Everyone who rates the music qualifies to win free music from WJTL, including “All Things Possible,” by Mark Schultz.  http://wjtl.com/musics/radiotraks/

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NEW TUNES AT 9 ROUNDUP: GROUP 1 CREW

phil : September 20, 2012 6:36 pm : music, Radio Friend Phil, Staff Pages

Radio Friend Phil – Greetings! It’s time for this week’s New Tunes at 9 Roundup: New Tunes at 9, one-hour of new and emerging music, weeknights at 9 p.m. on WJTL.   New projects available this week: “Resuscitate,” by Remedy Drive, “Woven,” by Esterlyn, and “Fearless,” by Group 1 Crew. And before I go any further, I would be remiss if I did not make this special announcement: Group 1 Crew is part of the ‘Hits Deep’ tour, coming to the Giant Center, in Hershey, on Sunday, December 9! Check out this lineup: TobyMac, Brandon Heath, Mandisa, Chris August, Britt Nicole, Jamie Grace, and the aforementioned Group 1 Crew. Tickets are on sale now at 717-459-3701 or http://cmilive.com/ As for Group 1 Crew, they are comprised of Manwell Reyes and Blanca Callahan, both of whom wrote or co-wrote all 13 tracks on their new project, “Fearless.” During the writing and recording of the project, they were faced with both artistic and personal challenges, including: evolving from a trio to a duo, the death of Blanca’s father, and balancing newlywed life with a heavy touring schedule. Group 1 Crew have earned 5 Dove Awards and they also scored a surprise hit last year with “He Said”  featuring Chris August, off their previous project, “Outta Space Love-Bigger Love Edition.”For more on Group 1 Crew, go to http://www.group1crew.com/ to find music downloads, videos, facebook page and more.

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NEW TUNES AT 9 ROUNDUP: THE SING TEAM!

phil : September 12, 2012 7:15 pm : music, Radio Friend Phil, Staff Pages

Radio Friend Phil – Greetings! It’s time for this week’s New Tunes at 9 Roundup: New Tunes at 9, one-hour of new and emerging music, weeknights at 9 p.m. on WJTL.  This week for the roundup, I recommend something a little bit different; something new and exciting by a 13-member group of family and friends called the Sing Team! It was WJTL’s Kristi Leigh, host of the praise and worship show, Sunday mornings on WJTL, who excitedly said to me one day, “Phil, have you heard about a group called “The Sing Team?” I responded by simply saying, “No, I have not.” Well, as it turns out, The Sing Team is an extension of the group’s ministry at Mars Hill Church Ballard, Seattle. The ensemble currently leads worship at Mars Hill, and Brian Eichelberger, one of the primary songwriters at Mars Hill, serves as lead singer. The music of The Sing Team can only be described as joyous, uplifting and celebratory; their songs are filled with hand-clapping, foot-stomping, and beautiful harmonies. The group themselves actually state that they are equally influenced by the Detroit/Motown sound as they are by Jim Henson’s Muppets. For more on The Sing Team! go to http://marshill.bandcamp.com/album/oh-great-is-our-god; you’ll find the Mars Hill blog, meet the Sing Team and listen to music off the band’s latest, 5-song EP, “Oh! Great Is Our God!” Finally, congratulations to TobyMac, who becomes just the third Christian artist to have a new project (“Eye On It”) debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200!  The last Christian artist on the WJTL playlist to bow at No. 1 was Bob Carlisle; his 1996 project, “Shades of Grace,” propelled by his smash hit “Butterfly Kisses,” entered at the top of the Billboard chart back in June of 1997! http://tobymac.com/ TobyMac is coming to town for a concert at the Giant Center in Hershey, on Sunday, December 9. Click here http://cmilive.com/  for the complete list of upcoming shows.

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Recommended Video Viewing: The City Harmonic-Mountaintop

phil : September 11, 2012 9:35 pm : music, Radio Friend Phil, Staff Pages

Radio Friend Phil – Check out the City Harmonic’s new video for “Mountaintop.” Uniquely filmed in one continuous take on location near their hometown of Hamilton, ON. Canada, “Mountaintop” also incorporates videos sent to them by fans and artists from all around the world, including clips from Michael Tait (Newsboys), and Aaron  Gillespie. (All 3 artists are coming to town, too. Click here http://thecityharmonic.com/ for the video, and here http://cmilive.com/ for details on all of the upcoming concerts!) Happy viewing!

phil@wjtl.com

 

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: The Museum

phil : September 6, 2012 5:57 pm : music, Radio Friend Phil, Staff Pages

Radio Friend Phil – Greetings! It’s time for this week’s New Tunes at 9 Roundup: New Tunes at 9, one-hour of new and emerging music, weeknights at 9 p.m. on WJTL. The month of August included outstanding new releases from Luminate, Owl City, Tenth Avenue North, Andrew Peterson and TobyMac, among others. You’ll find links to the aforementioned artists at wjtl.com: click staff blogs, and click Radio Friend Phil-New Release Tuesday Equals Excellent New Music. Also available now is a fine new project by the Museum, “My Only Rescue.” The Museum is a Georgia-based band led by singer/songwriter Ben Richter. Ben was a recent guest on New Tunes at 9 and talked about the new project, the band’s partnership with the ‘Not For Sale’ campaign (the fight to end human trafficking), and his maturation as a songwriter. For more on the Museum, go to themuseummusic.com. You’ll find the band’s facebook page, iTunes store and Ben Richter’s must-read blog for aspiring young worship leaders. His five major points are: (1) Always be faithful in little things. (2) Pride is the crutch of the insecure. (3) Take the mirror out of the green room. (4) Put down the music stands and lyric monitors. (5) Know your role. You can read Ben’s complete blog entry at http://themuseummusic.com/

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