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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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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Rend Collective

May 1st, 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.)

Rend Collective’s latest project is “The Art of Celebration.” The Irish band’s sound is celebratory, joyous, reverent and worshipful. Bandleader Gareth Gilkeson has stated, “This record is an attempt to reflect something of the irrepressible laughter in the heart of God.”

Gareth was a guest last week on New Tunes at 9; we spoke about the “The Art of Celebration,” his heart and vision for worship, and both the Irish and Scottish influence on their unique sound http://wjtl.com/listen/wjtl-casts/.

For more on Rend Collective, go to http://rendcollective.com/.

phil@wjtl.com

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: MercyMe

April 24th, 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.)

 

MercyMe has just released their 8th project, “Welcome to the New.”

“Welcome to the New” is the follow-up recording to “The Hurt and the Healer,” a record that debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard 200.

 

MercyMe, who hail from Texas, was formed in 1994 by singer/songwriter, Bart Millard. After quietly releasing six independent records, MercyMe achieved mainstream crossover success with “I Can Only Imagine,” a song written in memory of Bart’s father. On the strength of that song alone, the companion project, “Almost There,” went on to be certified double-platinum, selling over 2-million copies.

 

MercyMe’s new project is receiving strong fan support; one MercyMe fan posted: “Listen to it everyday on my way to and from work. It makes me smile, groove, and just feel strong in the spirit.” MercyMe, “Welcome to the New,” available now.

phil@wjtl.com

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Needtobreathe

April 17th, 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.)

 

Needtobreathe release their new project this week: “Rivers in the Wasteland.”

 

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, country blues, and old-time. (Needtobreathe’s previous project, “The Reckoning,” debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard 200.)

 

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

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Jessa Anderson

April 9th, 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.)

Singer/songwriter Jessa Anderson releases her new project, “Whole,” this week. Jessa Anderson will be performing, Live from the Junction Center, this Sunday, April 13 at 7pm; more details at http://www.itickets.com/events/323045/Manheim_PA/Live_From_the_Junction_Center.html 

Over at Jessa’s facebook this week, a fan posted this statement: “These songs are a soothing balm to the spirit; beautiful melodies and thoughtful, inspired lyrics.”

The first single from “Whole” is a song called, “Idols.” Jessa was a guest this week on New Tunes at 9 and told me the story behind the song. http://wjtl.com/listen/wjtl-casts/

For more on Jessa Anderson, go to http://jessaanderson.com/

For the song “Idols,” Jessica writes, “All this time, addicted I, desperate for more and more. I chase the high, but every single time, I come down lower than before. These empty words are on repeat and I can see they’re killing me.”

Jessa’s new project, “Whole,” is available now.

phil@wjtl.com

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Brian Campbell

April 3rd, 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.)

Singer/songwriter and worship leader, Brain Campbell, was my guest this week on New Tunes at 9. Brain took some time to talk about his kickstarter campaign, running through this Monday, April 7; more details at braincampbellmusic.com. Brian Campbell will be releasing a trio of new EP’s this year: “The One Worth It All,” “The French EP,” and “Born Again.”

Brian is continuing his work with Guitars for Glory, an organization committed to providing guitars and instruments for musicians across the globe. (The goal is to raise enough funds to send over 100 guitars, and guitar cases, to those in need, annually.)

As Brian wraps up his kickstarter campaign this Monday afternoon https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/briancampbellmusic/3-eps-in-2014-the-one-worth-it-all-french-ep-born?ref=live, he’s on his way to Australia to lead worship and play songs off his new EP, “The One Worth It All.” Brain spoke about his connection to pastors, posting testimonies online, and his vision for the project. (Listen here: http://wjtl.com/listen/wjtl-casts/.)

For more on Brian Campbell, go to http://www.briancampbellmusic.com/

phil@wjtl.com

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Jonathan Thulin

March 26th, 2014 1 comment

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.) Singer/songwriter Jonathan Thulin was a recent guest on New Tunes at 9. The Swedish born artist, who makes his home in Minneapolis, has released the project “The White Room,” on Dream Records. Jonathan Thulin began singing at an early age and began traveling around the world with his parents at age 11. (His parents, who were evangelists, toured with The Gaithers and Carman, among others.) Thulin, whose also recorded and written songs with the band, Press Play, continues to mature as a songwriter. “This album was different for me,” he says, “I didn’t strategically write songs as I usually would,” The first single off “The White Room” is a song called, “Architecture.” Jonathan writes, “You build me up like a city of gold. The battles rage but I’m standing tall. You formed my heart like an empire. The wind and rain can’t stop this fire.” (Jonathan spoke about the song on New Tunes at 9. http://wjtl.com/listen/wjtl-casts/) For more on Jonathan Thulin, go to http://www.dreamrecords.org/, or visit https://www.facebook.com/jonathanthulin. Thulin is spelled “T-h-u-l-i-n” and pronounced “too-lane.”

phil@wjtl.com

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Ellie Holcomb

March 20th, 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.) Singer/songwriter Ellie Holcomb is coming to the Junction Center. She’ll be appearing next Friday morning, March 28, along with her father, acclaimed producer, Brown Bannister. (Bannister, whose credits include Amy Grant, Jeremy Camp, Third Day, and Steven Curtis Chapman, among others, is also the producer of Ellie’s new project, “As Sure As the Sun.”) Following a successful kickstarter campaign, Ellie released her project in February and has made “As Sure As the Sun” available on vinyl. (“As Sure As the Sun” is also available on iTunes.) Ellie Holcomb’s first radio single off “As Sure As the Sun” is “The Broken Beautiful.” The song has a playful melody and reads like a personal letter to Christ. She writes: “I know that I don’t bring a lot to the table; just little pieces of a broken heart. There’s days I wonder if you’ll still be faithful. Hold me together when I fall apart. Would you remind me now of who you are?” (Ellie spoke about the song on New Tunes at 9. http://wjtl.com/listen/wjtl-casts/) For more on Ellie Holcomb, go to http://www.ellieholcomb.com/ Again, Ellie will be appearing at the Junction Center, Friday morning, March 28; click http://www.thejunctioncenter.com/ for details. She’ll also be our guest, next Thursday night, March 27, on New Tunes at 9.

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Casting Crowns

March 13th, 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 ‘Thrive’ tour featuring Casting Crowns, Laura Story, and For King and Country, is coming to the Giant Center, in Hershey, next week. (The show is on the first day of spring: Thursday, March 20; tickets on sale at 717-459-3701 or click http://www.thejunctioncenter.com/ at WJTL.com.)

In January, Casting Crowns released their seventh project, “Thrive,” which debuted on the Billboard 200 at No. 6.Mark Hall has stated that the songwriting for “Thrive” was influenced by his work as a youth pastor. He says, “The songs always start out with what we’re teaching, and for years I’ve been using Psalm 1 in showing students what a believer looks like.” Mark Hall recently spoke to Dave O’Connor from http://lancasteronline.com/search/?t=article&nsa=eedition&q=crossrock&s=start_time&sd=desc&x=0&y=0, and shared what we can expect at next week’s concert in Hershey. For more on Casting Crowns, go to https://www.castingcrowns.com/home

phil@wjtl.com

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