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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

phil@wjtl.com

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Bread Of Stone

May 22nd, 2014 No comments

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.)

Bread of Stone is a Sioux City, Iowa, based band led by brothers Ben and Bill Kristijano. (The Kristijanto’s are “Chiranaian”: an ethnic mix of Iranian, Chinese and Indonesian descent.)  Bread of Stone’s new record, “The Real Life”, is available now on iTunes, and it includes the new single, “Goodbye World.” A new lyric video for the song, filmed in the band’s backyard, utilizing a tree house, is up now on you-tube.  (Click here to view it.)  Ben Kristijanto recently talked about writing the new song, “Goodbye World,” on New Tunes at 9.  For more on Bread of Stone, go to www.BreadOfStone.com

New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Needtobreathe

May 15th, 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 new and emerging music, weeknights at 9 p.m. on WJTL.)

Needtobreathe released their new project,  “Rivers in the Wasteland,”  and it debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard top 200.

Needtobreathe are a South Carolina-based Americana band, led by Bo Rinehart and his brother, Bear.  The band’s unique sound mixes southern rock, southern soul, Gospel, blues and old-time.  Bo Rinehart was  guest on New Tunes at 9 and we talked about the evolution of sound and approach to making music.

For more on Needtobreathe, go to http://www.needtobreathe.com/riversinthewasteland.

phil@wjtl.com

 

 

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Marty Shaughnessy & the Stars Are Spies

May 8th, 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 Junction Center has been buzzing with activity in recent weeks; Steve Taylor & the Perfect Foil played a show in the tent last weekend with the Peter Furler Band; John Mark McMillan is playing Friday night at the Junction Center Tent. For the complete lineup, click http://www.thejunctioncenter.com/

Two weeks ago, Marty Shaughnessy & the Stars Are Spies played a show at the Junction Center. Singer Marty Shaughnessy was joined by fellow guitarist Steve Bridgeman and percussionist Aaron Gagne (all three of whom played together in the Rainchildren); they were accompanied by Mike Bitts, accomplished bass player for the Innocence Mission (who played both fretted and fretless basses).

The Rainchildren built a loyal fan-base in the mid-to late ‘90s; their independent music was an original mix of rock, roots, and rhythm. Rainchildren played the Creation and Purple Door Festivals, and released several independent projects.

For more on Marty Shaughnessy & the Stars are Spies, go to http://www.martyshaughnessy.com/

phil@wjtl.com

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