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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Citizens

March 6th, 2014 No comments

RADIO FRIEND PHIL – New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Citizens. (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, who released their self-titled debut in 2013, create alternative worship music for the Mars Hill label in Seattle. (Zach Bolen serves as a deacon, and leads Citizens, in the University District of Seattle.)

Citizens’ first single, “Made Alive,” was propelled a funky bass line, and features a big chorus with multi-layered voices. The second single, “Jesus!” includes the line, “God of resurrection, conqueror of death, ruler over everything. The Lord of lords and the King of kings.”  Zach Bolen spoke about the new song on New Tunes at 9 http://wjtl.com/listen/wjtl-casts/.

For more on Citizens, go to http://marshill.com/music/artists/citizens. Citizens’ music is available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and, for a limited time, on vinyl record.

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Danny Gokey (American Idol Finalist)

February 26th, 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 American Idol Top 3 finalist, Danny Gokey, was my guest last week on New Tunes at 9. Danny Gokey, who leads worship at his home church in Milwaukee, discussed the process of qualifying for American Idol, the competitive challenges of the show, and the Sophia’s Heart Foundation. (The Sophia’s Heart Foundation was founded by Gokey, in memory of his first-wife Sophia who, due to complications related to surgery for congenital heart disease, died just weeks before he auditioned for American Idol.) Danny says, “I want to see my music career as a movement.” I asked Danny to explain his emotional reaction when told by the judges he would not advance on American Idol. (Listen to the conversation here http://wjtl.com/listen/wjtl-casts/) For more on Danny Gokey, go to http://www.dannygokey.com/ for facebook, videos and music, including his new single, the title-track to his second project, “Hope In Front of Me.”

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Scott Stapp

February 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.)  Former Creed lead singer Scott Stapp was my guest last week on New Tunes at 9. (Listen here http://wjtl.com/listen/wjtl-casts/.)  Scott Stapp rose to prominence as the founding member of Creed, a hard-rock band, whose 1997 debut, “My Own Prison,” was a colossal success, selling over 6-million copies; Creed’s second project, “Human Clay,” sold over 11-million copies. Creed was embraced by fans world wide before disbanding in 2004. Scott Stapp released his first solo project, “The Great Divide,” toured solo, reformed Creed for a reunion tour, and now releases his strongest solo project, “Proof of Life.” During last week’s conversation, Scott Stapp spoke candidly about his troubled relationship with his stepfather, struggles with fame, alcohol abuse and suicide; Stapp also talked about the new song, “Only One.” (For more on Scott Stapp, go to http://scottstapp.com/.  (You’ll find music, facebook, links to iTunes and more.)

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Kutless

February 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.)  Kutless released their new project, “Glory,” this week. “Glory” is the band’s 8th project, and follows “Believer,” a record that debuted at No. 36 on the Billboard 200.  The name Kutless was inspired by biblical scripture: Romans 6:23—“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Because of this verse, the band says, he took our cuts for us, leaving us Kutless. The music on the new Kutless project is reverent and worshipful; this week on New Tunes at 9, Jon Micah Sumrall talked about his vision for the record, and choosing the title, “Glory.” http://wjtl.com/listen/wjtl-casts/ For more on Kutless, go to http://kutless.com/default.aspx You’ll find music, facebook, links to iTunes and more. (You can also go to the staff blogs and facebook page at wjtl.com and click new tunes at 9 roundup.) For this week’s Roundup Song of the Week, I want to play a new song from Kutless, off “Glory” called, “We Will Worship You.”

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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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