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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Joy Ike

phil : January 24, 2013 6:27 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 music available this week: “Worth It All,” by Meredith Andrews and  “All or Nothing,” by singer/songwriter Joy Ike. “All Or Nothing” is a new, 10-song project propelled by Joy’s confident piano playing and her superb voice; a voice that beams with both maturity and vulnerability. Joy Ike was born to Nigerian immigrants and, as she recalls, “some of my earliest memories involve sitting in the living room with my family and singing Nigerian choruses.” It’s that family upbringing that shine through in both her voice and songs, all written in a style she likes to call, “soul-folk.” “After 8 years of songwriting, touring, and archiving half-finished songs, I feel like this album is the most realized, most complete piece of work I have ever been a part of,” Joy says. At http://www.joyike.com/, you’ll find Joy’s facebook and you-tube pages, a  stellar new video for the song “Everything You Have,” and a link to buy the new project, “All Or Nothing,” on noisetrade.

phil@wjtl.com

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Jason Castro

phil : January 17, 2013 7:09 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.) Jason Castro’s new project, “Only a Mountain,” is available this week. Jason is a Texas, born, singer/songwriter who was raised in the church by a musical family of Columbia descent. The former ‘American Idol’ TV star says, “I’ve heard it said that music is the language of the soul; I think it’s something God created for our souls to be able to rejoice in.” “Only A Mountain” includes eleven original tracks, all written or co-written by Jason Castro. At http://www.jasoncastromusic.com/, you’ll find his iTunes music store, facebook page, and episodes one through seven of the making of “Only A Mountain.”

phil@wjtl.com

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Chris Tomlin debuts at No. 1!

phil : January 16, 2013 6:35 pm : music, Radio Friend Phil, Staff Pages

RADIO FRIEND PHIL – Congratulations to Chris Tomlin! His latest project, “Burning Lights,” debuts at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart! This is only the fourth time in history that a Christian music album has entered that chart at #1! http://christomlin.com/

Phil@wjtl.com

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: TobyMac

phil : January 9, 2013 9:16 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 music available this week: “Burning Lights” by Chris Tomlin. And available next Tuesday: “Only a Mountain” by Jason Castro. As we begin 2013, I thought I would play a track from a 2012 record that debuted at number 1 on the Billboard Top 200: “Eye On It,” from TobyMac. Amazon named TobyMac the Top Christian Artist of 2012, and “Eye On It” as named by iTunes as the Best Christian Gospel Album of the Year.” “Eye On It” was also recently nominated for a Grammy in the category for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album. (The 2013 Grammy Awards are coming up on February 10.) TobyMac’s singular vision remains the same today as it did when he was a member of the seminal group, DC Talk. “I’ve been doing this for a while; as long as you are discovering new things, creating new things and climbing new mountains, it will always be fresh,” Toby says. His band, Diverse City, remains his strongest support; they continue to play what Toby describes his “musical stew” of rock, funk, soul, Latin, reggae, pop and gospel. At http://tobymac.com/, you’ll find facebook, videos, fan photos, launch music player, and more.

phil@wjtl.com

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Rate the Music: Take the New RadioTraks Music Survey!

phil : January 9, 2013 6:01 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 “Blue Mountain,” by Brandon Heath (courtesy of Reunion Records)  http://wjtl.com/musics/radiotraks/

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The Top 10 Songs Of 2012

phil : January 2, 2013 7:24 pm : music, Radio Friend Phil, Staff Pages

RADIO FRIEND PHIL – 2012 was another superb year for Christian music! Here’s a quick look at the top 10 songs from WJTL’s Top 100 Countdown (complete list posted soon):

(1) TobyMac- Me Without You. (2) Kutless-Even If. (3) Sidewalk Prophets-Live Like That. (4) Casting Crowns-Jesus, Friend of Sinners. (5) Matthew West-Forgiveness. (6) David Crowder Band-After All (Holy). (7) Kutless-Carry Me to the Cross. (8) Tenth Avenue North-Losing. (9) Britt Nicole-All This Time. (10) Matt Redman-10,000 Reasons.

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NEW TUNES AT 9 ROUNDUP: SMALLTOWN POETS

phil : December 27, 2012 7:46 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 music available now: the new Smalltown Poets, seven-song EP, “Under the New Sun.” The new disc is the latest project for the band formed in Georgia back in 1996. They first achieved recognition with their self-titled debut, earning a Grammy nomination for “Best Gospel Rock Album.” Recently, on New Tunes at 9, I spoke to lead singer Michael Johnston about the band’s longevity and the primary themes on the new project, “Under the New Sun.”   (Click the link http://wjtl.com/listen/wjtl-casts/ and scroll down to 11-13-12 Smalltown Poets part one, two and three.)    To preview and purchase Smalltown Poets’ new project, “Under the New Sun,” and their recent Christmas project, “Smalltown Poets Christmas,” go to http://smalltownpoets.bandcamp.com/. (You’ll also find links to their facebook and you-tube pages, and smalltownpoets.tv.)

phil@wjtl.com

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NEW TUNES AT 9 ROUNDUP: “JOSH WILSON PRESENTS NOEL”

phil : December 20, 2012 6:03 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. Among the new Christmas projects available now: “It’s Christmas,” the new EP from MikesChair, the compilation project, “’Tis The Season To Be Gotee, Too,” the Green River Ordinance Christmas EP, and Josh Wilson: “Josh Wilson Presents Noel.” “Josh Wilson Presents Noel” is the follow-up release to his 2011 project, “See You,” a disc that contained the Texas singer/songwriter’s hits “I Refuse” and “Fall Apart.” And speaking of the song “Fall Apart,” I would be remiss if I didn’t recommend that you go to http://www.joshwilsonmusic.com/; scroll down towards the bottom of the home page and click the link that says, “How To Play ‘Fall Apart’ With Two Capos.” According to Josh Wilson, he’s had a lot of people ask him how he plays the song “Fall Apart” with two capos, therefore, he decided to record a tutorial video to demonstrate.” In addition to the tutorial video, Joshwilsonmusic.com includes a lyric video to a new song, “Once A Year (featuring Andrew Peterson,” links to you-tube, facebook, music blog, iTunes, and his music store (where you can purchase the new 10-song project directly).

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NEW TUNES AT 9 ROUNDUP: BRANDON HEATH

phil : December 13, 2012 8:46 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. Among the new Christmas projects available now is the new Christmas compilation project, “A Very Special Christmas: Bringing Peace on Earth.” A few weeks ago on the Roundup, I featured a Live from the Junction Center Replay with For King and Country, who performed their new Christmas song, “Baby Boy.” You can watch the video for that song, and other Junction Center Artist videos, here: http://wjtl.com/videos/ Also up on our videos page is singer/songwriter Brandon Heath’s acoustic performance of his 2010 Christmas song, “The Night Before Christmas.”  Brandon stopped by the Junction Center last Sunday during the Hits Deep tour to play 5 songs, all by listener request! Brandon Heath’s latest project is “Blue Mountain,” so named for the color of the mountains in Brandon’s home state of Tennessee. “Every time we would go to visit my grandparents, I always remember being stuck in the mountains and my imagination would run wild and think they were the backs of dinosaurs,” Brandon said. Well, you can clearly hear the Appalachian influence on his new, 11-song project, especially on songs like “The Harvester” and a song he co-wrote with Dave Barnes, “Love Will Be Enough For Us.”  At http://brandonheath.net/ you’ll find links to his facebook and you-tube page, which includes a video for his latest single, “Jesus in Disguise.”

phil@wjtl.com

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NEW TUNES AT 9 ROUNDUP: JASON GRAY

phil : December 6, 2012 9:35 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 Christmas projects available now: “Christmas,” from Francesca Battistelli, the compilation project, “It’s a Shamrock Christmas,” and “Christmas Stories-Repeat the Sounding Joy,” from Jason Gray. “Christmas Stories-Repeat the Sounding Joy” is the follow-up to Jason’s previous project, “A Way to See in the Dark.” Jason Gray is a talented singer/songwriter from Minnesota who has struggled with stuttering throughout his life. “I appreciate pop music,” Jason says, “But I want to marry it to a reflective, hopefully interesting and compelling lyric.” If you go to http://jasongraymusic.com/, you’ll find details on “A Way to See in the Dark (Special Edition),” which includes an 8-song, second disc, full of demos, acoustic tracks, live tracks and more. Also of special note is Jason Gray’s facebook page, where Jason is posting what he calls, “A Month of Gratitude.” Now through Christmas, Jason is sharing his personal thoughts on his Christian faith, small poems and anything else that strikes his fancy. He recently posted, ”Grateful for the wisdom of God and how He lovingly draws me into it, gently working it into my life.” (Jason’s facebook page also has a direct link to purchase the new Christmas CD.)

phil@wjtl.com

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