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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Chuck Gibson

February 6th, 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 Chuck Gibson was my guest this week on New Tunes at 9; Chuck stopped by to play some music and talk about his new project, “What Pleases You.” Chuck Gibson is the worship leader at Community Fellowship Church, Lancaster. Chuck Gibson will be playing another Live from the Junction Center event, on Tuesday, March 4. (Be listening to WJTL for your chance to win spots on the guest list. Chuck Gibson will also be in concert, with the Neverclaim, at Calvary Church, Lancaster, on Saturday, March 15—part of the Vision 14 Conference. For details, click on the Junction Center tab at wjtl.com.) The new Chuck Gibson song, “God Is With Us” is available now on iTunes and Spotify. Chuck talked about the song on New Tunes at 9. For more on Chuck Gibson, go to http://chuckgibsonmusic.com/. You’ll find music, facebook, videos, chord charts and more.

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Casting Crowns

January 30th, 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.) Casting Crowns released “Thrive,” their seventh project this week.  “Thrive” is the follow-up to “Come to the Well” a record that debuted in 2011, at No. 2, behind Adele’s project, 21. (Coincidentally, “Come to the Well” included “Courageous,” a song whose music video promoted the film of the same name.) Fronted by singer Mark Hall, Casting Crowns began as a student worship band; they released their self-titled, 2003 debut, a disc that included their first radio hit, “Voice of Truth.” In spite of the group’s enormous success, Mark Hall remains focused on their mission, while remaining true to their roots in youth ministry. For more on Casting Crowns, go to https://www.castingcrowns.com/home.  And don’t forget about the Thrive Tour: Thursday, March 20 (the first day of Spring), featuring Casting Crowns, Laura Story, and For King and Country, at the Giant Center, Hershey. (Tickets on sale now at 717-459-3701 or click the Junction Center tab http://www.thejunctioncenter.com/).

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Switchfoot

January 23rd, 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.) Veteran rock band Switchfoot released their ninth record “Fading West,” last week. The San Diego based band was founded in 1996 by Jon Foreman, Tim Foreman, and Chad Butler; they signed to Charlie Peacock’s re:think label and released their debut project, “The Legend of Chin,” in 1997. Subsequent releases were met with loyal fan appreciation and critical acclaim: 1999s “New Way to Be Human,” Learning to Breathe” from 2000; and most importantly, “The Beautiful Letdown,” from 2003. In 2013, Switchfoot released the film, “Fading West,” shot during the band’s 2013 world tour. Described as “part rock documentary, part surf film, and part travelogue,” front man Jon Foreman says, “Our goal was always to be professional surfers—and I’m only partially kidding when I say that. We love surfing, so this was kind of a chance to introduce that to the rest of the world, and maybe connect a few dots to the music as well.” For more on Switchfoot, and to order a CD or digital download of “Fading West,” go to http://switchfoot.com/.

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Nine Lashes

January 16th, 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 Nine Lashes is set to release their third project, “From Water to War,” next Tuesday, January 21.

Nine Lashes was signed to Tooth and Nail Records after Trevor McVevan of Thousand Foot Krutch became a huge fan of their music. If you like melodic, well-written rock ‘n’ roll (e.g., Thousand Foot Krutch and Kutless, to name a few), Nine Lashes will certainly please your soul and your ears.

The band’s facebook page states: “Nine Lashes began as a desire for change. They prefer to think of the stages they play as an altar. The message is Jesus Christ.”Jeremy Dunn of Nine Lashes was my guest this week on New Tunes at 9; Jeremy spoke about the band’s new song, “Surrender.” http://wjtl.com/listen/wjtl-casts/For more on Nine Lashes, go to http://ninelashes.com/: you’ll find facebook (with a link to pre-order the project, “From Water to War”).

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Steve Taylor & the Perfect Foil

January 2nd, 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.) Steve Taylor has been pushing the boundaries of music and film since the 1980s.  influenced by the Clash and the post-punk revolution of the 1970s, he released his debut EP in 1983. Steve Taylor came of age alongside other musical innovators like Talking Heads and Undercover; continuing forward he release several masterpieces—“Meltdown,” “I Predict 1990,” “Squint,” and “Liver,” recorded at Lancaster Mennonite High School. He helped reinvent the careers of Newsboys and Guardian; founded Squint Entertainment; shaped Sixpence None the Richer into a radio phenomenon; and directed the critically acclaimed film, “Blue Like Jazz.” Recently on New Tunes at 9, Steve Taylor spoke about his recent sabbatical from music, directing two films, and stepping back into music with a kickstarter campaign http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2128223578/steve-taylor-and-the-perfect-foil-new-album-really?ref=live to record a new project—and new song, “A Life Preserved.” (You can listen to the conversation with Steve Taylor here: http://wjtl.com/listen/wjtl-casts/)

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Shine Bright Baby

December 26th, 2013 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.) Emily Irene of Shine Bright Baby was a guest last week on New Tunes at 9 http://wjtl.com/listen/wjtl-casts/. Emily talked about Shine Bright Baby’s breakout year with the project, “Dreamers,” a disc which includes 2 successful radio singles: “Beautiful Love” and “Love Restores,” a song written after a tragic Ohio school shooting. Emily says, “Rather than writing a bunch of songs that wallow in struggles and hurt, we want to have these songs be lights to shine in the darkness.” On New Tunes at 9, Emily talked about the new, Shine Bright Baby Christmas song, “A Little More Love.” Fore more on Shine Bright Baby, go to http://shinebrightbaby.com/.  You’ll find the band’s you-tube page, and links to download the full project, “Dreamers.”

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Newsong’s “White as Snow”

December 19th, 2013 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.) Veteran Christian band Newsong has recorded numerous classics over a 30-year career; some of the most beloved songs include “Arise My Love,” “From This Moment On,” and “Miracles.”  And while the aforementioned songs were popular in their day, it was their song from 2001, “The Christmas Shoes,” that may well define their musical legacy. In 2013, Newsong released the project, “Swallow the Ocean” and, available just in time for Christmas, they have a new project, “Swallow the Ocean (Christmas Edition.)” Among the new compositions is “White As Snow,” a track whose proceeds are supporting, in part, Samaritan’s Purse and Operation Christmas Child, whose mission is to bring shoebox gifts—and the Gospel—to millions of children worldwide. Newsong singer/songwriter/keyboardist and cellist Matt Butler talked about recording the new Christmas project, on New Tunes at 9 http://wjtl.com/listen/wjtl-casts/. For more on Newsong, go to http://newsongonline.com/index.php. You’ll find videos, facebook, and more. “Swallow the Ocean-Christmas Edition” is available on iTunes and AmazonMP3.

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: All Things New (Christmas Edition)

December 12th, 2013 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.) Garrett Hornbuckle of All Things New was a recent guest on New Tunes at 9 http://wjtl.com/listen/wjtl-casts/.  All Things New took their name, in part, from 2 Corinthians 5:17 (“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, the new Creation has come”).

All Things New had a breakthrough year in 2013; they scored two radio hits (“New Man” and “Washed Over Me”) and performed at the Junction Center in April. A digital copy of their new project, “All Things New-Christmas Edition,” is available now at allthingsnewband.com; it’s also available on iTunes and Amazom mp3. Last week, on New Tunes at 9, Garrett Hornbuckle talked about the project, and the new song, “He Has Come.”

For more on All Things New, go to http://allthingsnewband.com/Site/HOME.html  You’ll find the band’s you-tube page with the official video for “He Has Come,” and links to download “All Things New-Christmas Edition”; plus facebook and more.

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Mikeschair

December 5th, 2013 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.) Mike Grayson of Mikeschair was a recent guest on New Tunes at 9 http://wjtl.com/listen/wjtl-casts/. Mike spoke about the lighthearted debate regarding when to put up (and take down) your Christmas tree; the current tour “It’s Christmas” with Finding Favour and City Harbor; and the forthcoming project, “All or Nothing,” releasing early 2014. Mike Grayson also talked about the EP, “It’s Christmas,” available now on iTunes, and an original song written for the project, “Redemption Song.” For more on Mikeschair, go to http://www.mikeschair.com/.  You’ll find the band’s you-tube page, and links to download “It’s Christmas” on iTunes; plus facebook and more.  Mikeschair will be releasing “All Or Nothing” in 2014 (the follow-up to their last project, “A Beautiful Life”).

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: VOTA

November 27th, 2013 No comments

RADIO FRIEND PHIL – Happy Thanksgiving weekend! 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.) Bryan Olesen of VOTA was a recent guest on New Tunes at 9 http://wjtl.com/listen/wjtl-casts/: Bryan spoke about his full-time band, VOTA; his worship leading duties in Lincoln, Nebraska; his part-time gig as a guitarist with the Newsboys; and the Love Found Me Campaign, designed to fight human trafficking in Nepal. (To find out more and support the mission work of the campaign, go to https://lovefoundme.org/.)

The latest project from VOTA is called, “Love Found Me.” The record includes 2 excellent radio singles: “God of the Universe (featuring Peter Furler),” and “Lift Me Up,” which Bryan Olesen spoke about on New Tunes at 9.

For more on VOTA, go to http://www.votaband.com/. You’ll find the band’s you-tube page, and links to download “Love Found Me” on iTunes; plus, Amazon, Best Buy and Rhapsody.

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: The Neverclaim

November 21st, 2013 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 Neverclaim released their new, self-titled project, on September 24. (Last year, the six-piece band released their independent project, “Revival,” a record that contained the band’s first single, “My Soul Longs.”) The Neverclaim was formed several years ago by singer, songwriter and guitarist, Jeremiah Carlson; Carlson has been refining his skills as a youth pastor for Vancouver Vineyard.  Thus far, the new project has produced two singles: “One Truth, One Life,” and “Mighty Jesus.” At http://theneverclaim.com/, he recently posted, “What would you do when you feel like you have no control over your mind and every thought you have is dreadful?” Jeremiah was my guest last week on New Tunes at 9 http://wjtl.com/listen/wjtl-casts/and explained his comments, regarding his state of mind, and the new song, “Mighty Jesus.” For more on The Neverclaim, go to theneverclaim.com.

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