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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

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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.

phil@wjtl.com

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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.”

phil@wjtl.com

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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.”

phil@wjtl.com

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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.

phil@wjtl.com

 

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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/).

phil@wjtl.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/.

phil@wjtl.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”).

phil@wjtl.com

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