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New Tunes at 9 Roundup with Sanctus Real

September 24th, 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.)

Sanctus Real released their new record “The Dream” last week. Available on iTunes and other digital platforms, “The Dream” stands as Sanctus Real’s finest moment to date; it’s filled with mystery, intrigue, and excellent songwriting. Lead singer Matt Hammitt was my guest and stated that there was “not an uninspired moment on the project.” (Sanctus Real guitarist Chris Rohman also talked about “The Dream” on New Tunes at 9 http://wjtl.com/listen/wjtl-casts/

For more on “The Dream” from Sanctus Real, go to http://sanctusreal.com/ (You can also go to the staff blogs and facebook page at wjtl.com and click on New Tunes at 9 Roundup.) A reminder: coming up Monday night, September 29, Aaron Shust is our scheduled guest, on New Tunes at 9.

phil@wjtl.com

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup with Dan & Lauren Smith

September 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.)

Worship leaders Dan & Lauren Smith released their new project last week. Entitled “All My Hope,” the record is a major leap forward for Dan, Lauren, and Ben Smither, who plays glockenspiel and keyboards. The Smith’s remain committed to urban ministry in city of Reading, and many of the songs on “All My Hope” center on the theme of faithfulness. Dan and Lauren Smith were guests on New Tunes at 9 and explained their vision for their project http://wjtl.com/listen/wjtl-casts/

For more on Dan and Lauren Smith go to http://www.thesmithfactory.com/music/

Coming up next week on on New Tunes at 9: Gareth Gilkeson of Rend Collective  (Monday, September 22); and Justin Engler of Abandon (Tuesday, September 23).

phil@wjtl.com

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup with Among the Thirsty

September 11th, 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.)

Ryan Daniel from Among the Thirsty was my guest this week on New Tunes at 9. Ryan took a few minutes to talk about the band’s new project, “Who You Say I Am.” The new radio single, “Completely,” is the finest song the band has recorded to date. It’s a very vulnerable song that features Ryan’s melancholy voice set against an acoustic piano and beautiful strings.

Ryan writes: “I’m feeling so small; standing here weeping. I’m coming clean of the secrets I’m keeping. I’ve caused so much pain to the ones I love most. And I’m falling apart as I carry my heart to your throne.” (Listen to Ryan Daniel on New Tunes at 9 http://wjtl.com/listen/wjtl-casts/)

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

phil@wjtl.com

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup with About a Mile

September 4th, 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.)

About a Mile is a 3-piece band from suburban Pittsburgh, comprised of 3 brothers: Adam, Levi and Luke Klute. About a Mile’s new project, “Satisfied,” is available now; the first single, the title track, was written when the Klute family was struggling financially and physically. (The boys’ father had lost his long-time job as a steel mill worker, and Adam was battling a severe digestive disorder. Adam recounted this chapter of life on New Tunes at 9.http://wjtl.com/listen/wjtl-casts/.)

For more on About a Mile, go to aboutamile.com.

phil@wjtl.com

New Tunes at 9 Roundup with Sorensen

August 28th, 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 new record by Sorensen, “Songs-Volume 1,” is available now. Sorensen is a piano-based, pop-rock band, from Maryland, led by the husband and wife team of Jeremy and Kimberly Sorensesn. (Jeremy’s former band, Unsearchable Riches,  gained national attention by scoring extremely well in an independent music competition held by CCM magazine. In 2003, Unsearchable Riches had a minor hit on WJTL with the song, “Friday Night.”)

Jeremy Sorensen is a music teacher and unabashed fan of artists like Ben Folds, Elton John, Vince Guaraldi, and Billy Joel; his songs are delicate, charming, and often whimsical. The new project is available now on iTunes, and includes the first single, “With You,” currently playing on WJTL.

For more on Sorensen, go to http://sorensenmusic.com/

phil@wjtl.com

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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

 

phil@wjtl.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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