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New Tunes at 9 Roundup with Laura Story

August 20th, 2014 No comments

RADIO FRIEND PHIL – Greetings! Welcome to 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.)

Singer/songwriter, and worship leader, Laura Story, was my guest this week, on New Tunes at 9. Laura, who is expecting twins in early October, took some time to talk about motherhood, music, and her role as worship leader at Perimeter Church, Atlanta.

Laura Story is a gentle, reverent songwriter; her signature song “Blessings” has resonated with many people, especially those who have struggled with severe illnessnes. Recently, a fan posted on Laura’s facebook page: “I listen to your music while I get dressed in the morning; your music lifts me up every time I listen to it.” (“Blessings” is found on her second, self-titled project.)

The latest record from Laura Story is “God of Every Story”; it includes the first two singles: “Who Is Like Our God” and “O Love of God,” the latter of which includes the lyrics, “O Love of God, strong and true, in my barren soul, a river running through. O love of God swift and straight, you have washed away my sin and left no trace.” Here’s what Laura had to say about the song: http://wjtl.com/listen/wjtl-casts/

For more on Laura Story, go to http://laurastorymusic.com

 

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup with Sidewalk Prophets

August 13th, 2014 No comments

RADIO FRIEND PHIL – Greetings! Welcome to 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.)

Sidewalk Prophets played a show for an enthusiastic crowd last week at the Junction Center Tent. The band, led by lead singer Dave Frey, played several tracks off their first two projects: “These Simple Truths” from 2009; and “Live Like That,” from 2012. (Look for a new project in 2015.)

Dave Frey says, “It’s not always easy for any of us to do what God has called us to do; to go make disciples of the world.” Not only is Dave Frey a talented, soulful singer, he’s also a gifted songwriter and storyteller. On New Tunes at 9, he told the story of a Christian on a mission: to share the truth of Christ—one man’s encounter with illusionist Penn Jillette, and how that story ties in with the new Sidewalk Prophets’ song, Save My Life.” (Listen to the conversation here: http://wjtl.com/listen/wjtl-casts/)

For more on to Sidewalk Prophets, go to http://www.sidewalkprophets.com

phil@wjtl.com

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup with Family Force 5

August 7th, 2014 No comments

RADIO FRIEND PHIL – Greetings! Welcome to 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.)

Family Force 5 released their new project, “Time Stands Still,” this week. On Tuesday, the band was part of a live Q&A session at You-Tube Studios, answering questions from their loyal, and ever-growing fan base.

Family Force have been making numerous professional and personal adjustments; Long time singer Solomon Olds left the band in 2013; and Joshua Olds was stricken with kidney failure, sustained dialysis treatment, and made a full recovery.

Family Force 5 forged ahead, realigned, and recorded a remarkable new project; “Time Stands Still” is a joyous mix of full-throttle rock ‘n’ roll, electro-dance pop, and retro synth-pop. A recent post on the band’s facebook stated: “I was listening and dancing all over my kitchen; your music makes me happy!”

Derek Mount, a.k.a. Chapstique, was a guest this week on New Tunes at 9, and he spoke about Family Force 5 redefining their sound. Listen here http://wjtl.com/listen/wjtl-casts/

For more on Family Force 5, go to http://www.familyforce5.com/

phil@wjtl.com

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup

July 31st, 2014 No comments

RADIO FRIEND PHIL – Greetings! Welcome to 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 Sweet Sorrows are back in town, Friday Night August 1, for a show at Warehouse 54, Manheim, at 7:00, with Marty Shaughnessy & the Stars Are Spies. (More on facebook at Warehouse 54.) The Sweet Sorrows are Sammy and Kylie Horner. (Sammy, formerly of the Electrics, is an Irish singer/songwriter/guitarist; his wife Kylie, is a native of Australia who plays penny whistle and melodica.)

You can file the Sweet Sorrows under Celtic/Folk/Americana. They are currently touring in support of their projects, “It All Belongs” and “Canticles.”

For more on the Sweet Sorrows, go to https://www.facebook.com/TheSweetSorrows for live performance videos, music and more. (The Sweet Sorrows’ show at Warehouse 54 also features Marty Shaughnessy & the Stars Are Spies, comprised of former Rainchildren members Marty Shaughnessy (rhythm guitar); Steve Bridgeman (lead guitar); Aaron Gagne (percussion); and bassist Mike Bitts from the Innocence Mission.)

phil@wjtl.com

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup with Manafest

July 17th, 2014 No comments

RADIO FRIEND PHIL – Greetings! Welcome to 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.)

Manafest was a recent guest on New Tunes at 9 http://wjtl.com/listen/wjtl-casts/. Manafest, whose real name is Christopher Greenwood, is set to release his new project, “The Moment,” on August 5.

Manafest is a Canadian musician and author; his 2013 book “Fighter: Five Keys to Conquering Fear and Reaching Your Dreams,” was an honest document addressing the challenges of fame and struggling through times of distress, notably, coming to terms with his father’s suicide.

“Fighter” is broken down into seven chapters; the first five are devoted to book’s sub-title: the five keys to conquering fear and reaching your dreams. (Manafest outlines the keys as courage, perseverance, mindset, discipline, and will power).

For more on Manafest, and his new song, “Edge of My Life,” go to http://manafest.ca; his book, “Fighter,” is available as an e-book.

phil@wjtl.com

 

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup with Citizens

July 10th, 2014 No comments

RADIO FRIEND PHIL – Greetings! Welcome to 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.) Zach Bolen of Citizens was my guest this week on New Tunes at 9. Citizens are a tremendous, cutting-edge worship band, based in Seattle. (Zach Bolen leads Citizens, based in the University District of Seattle.)

Citizens released their self-titled debut in 2013; “Citizens” included 2 minor radio hits: “Made Alive” and “Jesus!”

(Citizens just wrapped up a remix contest for fans and producers; the band solicited remixes for “Made Alive” to be used as a bonus track on a future project, and you can hear the submissions at music citizens on facebook.)

Currently, Citizens are working and recording songs for their new project, “Join the Triumph,” a disc that will feature the first single, “You Brought Me Back to Life,” a song that utilizes a vintage Juno 60, early ‘80s, analog keyboard. (Zach Bolen talked about his affection for synth-pop music—and the story behind the new song–on New Tunes at 9.)

For more on Citizens, go to http://marshill.com/music/artists/citizens; Citizens’ music is also available on Amazon, Spotify, iTunesand more.

phil@wjtl.com

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup with Danny Gokey

June 26th, 2014 No comments

RADIO FRIEND PHIL – Greetings! Welcome to 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.)

Singer/songwriter, and American Idol top-3 finalist, Danny Gokey, released his new project this week. The record is called “Hope in Front of Me,” and it’s already No. 1 on iTunes Christian and Gospel (and No. 20 on the iTunes chart, overall).

Danny Gokey has stated, “I want to see my music career as a movement.” For more on the music of Danny Gokey, go to http://www.dannygokey.com/

phil@wjtl.com

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup with The Museum

June 18th, 2014 No comments

RADIO FRIEND PHIL – Greetings! Welcome to 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 Museum’s latest project, “What We Stand For,” is available now on iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play, among others. “What We Stand For” is the follow-up to “My Only Rescue,” a project that included “Not For Sale,” a song written and recorded to generate interest in the anti-human trafficking campaign of the same name. (To date, over $10, 000 has been raised to help victims of abuse.)

Ben Richter is the lead singer of the Museum. Ben was a recent guest on New Tunes at 9; we talked about the band’s ministry at their home church, Briar Lake Baptist Church, Atlanta, and the writing of the new project, “What We Stand For.” (Ben also talked about the musical growth of the Museum and the incorporation of Appalachian instruments, including the banjo)

For more on The Museum, go to http://themuseummusic.com/

phil@wjtl.com

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup with Audio Adrenaline and Kevin Max

June 12th, 2014 No comments

RADIO FRIEND PHIL – Greetings! Welcome to 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.)

Last week the announcement was made that Kevin Max will be stepping down as lead singer of Audio Adrenaline. After recording just one project, “Kings & Queens,” the amicable breakup finds Kevin Max resuming his role as a solo artist.

The new lead singer for Audio Adrenaline will be former Abandon vocalist, Josh Engler. Will McGinniss, founding member and bassist with Audio Adrenaline stated, “God is a creative and redemptive God. (Josh’s) work with Abandon speaks for itself.” http://www.jesusfreakhideout.com/interviews/AudioAdrenaline2014.asp

Also last week, Kevin Max announced his new song, “Infinite,” and new project, “Broken Temples.”

Kevin Max told JesusFreakHideout.com, “We are a bunch of wandering temples in need of the sprit to indwell us. Without the spirit, we are empty and in need of repair.” http://www.jesusfreakhideout.com/interviews/KevinMax2014.asp

For more on these musical developments, and to read the complete interviews, go to http://www.jesusfreakhideout.com/default.aspx

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup with City Harbor

June 5th, 2014 No comments

RADIO FRIEND PHIL – Greetings! Welcome to 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.)

 

WJTL is celebrating 30 years of Christ, community, and music this weekend. You can join us at the Junction Center tomorrow for guest speaker Bob Lenz; and live music from Dan and Lauren Smith, Sanctus Real, and City Harbor. Also tomorrow: studio tours, birthday cake, fireworks, and more; all the details at WJTL.com.

 

City Harbor is the music duo of Molly Reed and Robby Earle; their self-titled debut project is available now. City Harbor’s website states, “When we see hurting people, struggling loved ones, and injustice in the world, we’re always thinking somebody’s gotta do something, and we know it has to start with us.”

 

Molly Reed, who’s married to Mike Grayson of Mikeschair, explained the story behind the song, “Heartbeat,” on New Tunes at 9 (Listen here: http://wjtl.com/listen/wjtl-casts/.)

 

For more City Harbor, go to http://cityharbormusic.com/

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Among the Thirsty

May 29th, 2014 No comments

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 Among the Thirsty is working on the August release of their next studio project, “Who You Say I Am.”

Among the Thirsty is best known for their 2009 radio hit, “I’d Need a Savior,” a song found on the project, “Wonder.” Among the Thirsty is led by lead singer, Ryan Daniel. The new single, “What Love Looks Like” includes these lyrics: “And now I’m learning how you love me. What it looks like in my life. You changed everything around me and inside.”

Ryan Daniel explained the story behind the song on New Tunes at 9 (and you can listen to the conversation here: http://wjtl.com/listen/wjtl-casts/)

For more on Among the Thirsty, go to https://www.facebook.com/amongthethirsty

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