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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Reilly

phil : February 7, 2013 6:29 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 band Reilly is back with a new, live record, “Add Your Voice.” Reilly is a 5-piece band led by singer/songwriter John Reilly, who describes the music of Reilly as “violin-rock.” The twin-violinists in the group are husband and wife, Dan and Noelle Huey. Reilly has amassed a strong fan base primarily on the strength of excellent records like “Around the World” and heavy, regional touring; tour stops have included a WJTL Live from the Junction Center event, and the Vision Conference, Lancaster. The new record, “Add Your Voice” was recorded at the 2012 Vision Conference; the 11-song project is divided into two parts: “Live in Concert” and “Live Worship.” For more details on the “Add Your Voice,” go to http://reillytheband.com/. You’ll find a link to buy the disc on iTunes, plus facebook, you-tube and more. Reilly is playing a show this Saturday, February 9, 7 pm at Calvary Church, Lancaster: 1051 Landis Valley Road. (Tickets available at the door only.)

phil@wjtl.com

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: All Things New

phil : January 31, 2013 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.) Some of the new music currently playing on New Tunes at 9 includes a fine new track, “New Man,” from the Florida-based band, All Things New. (The self-titled project from All Things New is releasing April 9 on BEC Recordings.) There’s a lyric video for “New Man” on you-tube, the first single off the disc that credits all members as co-writers. After one viewer saw the video, she wrote: “This song really does help people, and show them they always have someone to go to, no matter what.” A portion of the lyrics read:  “’Cause God you made me new. You’ve restored my heart and turned my ashes into life.” Lead singer Garrett Hornbucke was my guest this week on New Tunes at 9 http://wjtl.com/listen/wjtl-casts/; Garrett spoke about the new song, “New Man.” For more on All Things New, go to the band’s facebook page and homepage at http://allthingsnewband.com/Site/HOME.html. You can follow All Things New on twitter and instagram.

phil@wjtl.com

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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).

phil@wjtl.com

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