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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Dave Barnes

November 14th, 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.) Singer/songwriter Dave Barnes was our guest this week on New Tunes at 9. Dave talked about his new projects, “Golden Days” and “A December to Remember”; and he took the time to reflect on the international success of his number one hit, “God Gave Me You,” a song he wrote and, subsequently, was taken to a whole new level of appreciation, by country singer, Blake Shelton. Barnes’ new project, “A December to Remember,” is available now on iTunes, Amazon and CD; the forthcoming project, “Golden Days,” is set to release on January 28. Dave spoke about the first-single, “Good,” and you can hear the conversation here http://wjtl.com/listen/wjtl-casts/. For more on Dave Barnes, go to http://davebarnes.com/. You’ll find facebook, iTunes, You-Tube and much more.

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: The Choir

November 7th, 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 Choir just wrapped up their first-ever Kickstarter campaign and, due to the band’s fiercely loyal fan base, was able to meet their goals and will continue working on various, developing projects. (Those projects include an all-acoustic Christmas EP, a live DVD, and another full-length studio project, the follow up to “The Loudest Sound Ever Heard.”) If you go to http://www.thechoir.net/, you’ll find the archived web stream of the Choir’s recent home studio concert, broadcast world wide for the Kickstarter campaign. And speaking of Kickstarter, one of the many incentives offered to fans was a new, unreleased song called, “Beautiful Girl.” Dan Michaels, the lyricon player for the Choir, explained the idea behind the song on New Tunes at 9 http://wjtl.com/listen/wjtl-casts/For more on the Choir, go to http://www.thechoir.net/ You’ll find facebook, iTunes, and link to a free, down-loadable, 15-song compilation of Choir songs.

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Manafest

October 31st, 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.) Manafest, whose real name is Christopher Greenwood, was a recent guest on New Tunes at 9. http://wjtl.com/listen/wjtl-casts/ (Manafest is currently promoting his new music project, “Fighter,” and the new book, “Fighter: Five Keys to Conquering Fear and Reaching Your Dreams.) In the book, Manafest conveys raw honesty, addresses the challenges and pitfalls of stardom, and writes about coming to terms with his father’s suicide, by stating, “When things got tough, he didn’t know how to handle it.” “Fighter” is broken down into seven chapters; the first five are devoted to, as the book indicates in its sub-title, the 5 keys to conquering fear and reaching your dreams. (The five keys are courage, perseverance, mindset, discipline and will power.)  For more on Manafest, his latest project “Fighter,” and the new book, “Fighter: Five Keys to Conquering Fear and Reaching Your Dreams,” go to http://www.manafest.ca/. You’ll find facebook, iTunes (with a link to download the “Fighter” audio book), videos, and more.

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: JJ Heller

October 24th, 2013 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 JJ Heller was a recent guest on New Tunes at 9. http://wjtl.com/listen/wjtl-casts/ (JJ and her husband, Dave, performed at the Junction Center earlier this year; click the ‘videos’ tab at wjtl.com.) JJ Heller’s sixth studio project is called, “Loved.”  JJ says, “Loved is a collection of songs that belong together; there’s a common thread connection in all of them. It’s setting our sights on the horizon instead of the few steps ahead.” For more on JJ Heller, go to http://www.jjheller.com/. You’ll find links to download her music on iTunes, plus facebook (where a fan recently commented, “Thank you for sharing your life with us. Most performers don’t; you’re so down-to-earth.”) I also recommend that you check out her creative lyric video for the new song, “Redemption.” The video is shot with a camera overlooking a table; JJ’s hand is seen holding markers and writing the lyrics to the song on a large, unruled notepad. Near the end of the video, the paper becomes sprinkled with cut-out butterflies and flowers. (You can find the the new lyric video at http://www.jjheller.com/)

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Needtobreathe

October 17th, 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. Bo Rinehart from Needtobreathe was our guest this week on New Tunes at 9. Bo, his brother Bear, and the rest of the band are currently on the ‘Stomping Ground Tour.’ (Needtobreathe also played a Live from the Junction Center show last Thursday for WJTL listeners.) Needtobreathe are an Americana band from Possum Kingdom, South Carolina; their music is a mix of rock, Gospel, blues, and old-time, Appalachian melodies. Their latest project, “The Reckoning,” is a 14-song collection that debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard 200. Bo Rinehart talked about the band’s evolution of sound and approach to making music http://wjtl.com/listen/wjtl-casts/. For more on Needtobreathe, go to http://needtobreathe.net/. You’ll find links to download their music on iTunes, plus facebook, fan photos and more. According to Bo Rinehart, Needtobreathe is currently writing and working on new songs during concert sound check, and plan to release a new project in 2014.

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: The Neverclaim

October 10th, 2013 2 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.) The Neverclaim released their new, self-titled project, on September 24. The Portland, Oregon based band has been touring in support of their music, and they also made at stop at the Junction Center earlier this year. (Too see videos from their performance, click http://wjtl.com/videos/) The Neverclaim was formed by singer/songwriter/guitarist, Jeremiah Carlson (who had been writing songs as a youth pastor at Vancouver Vineyard). Since releasing their independent debut, Carlson has been refining his skills as a songwriter. For more on The Neverclaim, go to http://theneverclaim.com/ You’ll find links to download their music on iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play, plus facebook, you-tube and more.

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Dustin Kensrue

October 3rd, 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.) Mars Hill Worship recording artist Dustin Kensrue is releasing his debut solo project this week. Entitled “The Water & The Blood,” this disc opens up a new chapter in Dustin Kensrue’s recording career.  Up to this point, Kensrue has been the driving force as vocalist and guitarist for Thrice, the post-hardcore band from Southern California. (Thrice amassed a fiercely loyal following in America and Europe, releasing standout projects like “The Illusion of Safety” and “Major/Minor.”) Dustin Kensrue’s first single is “Rejoice”; it contains the verse: “Turning tragedy to triumph. Turning agony to praise. There is blessing in the battle. So take heart and stand amazed.” Dustin was my guest on New Tunes at 9, and I asked him to share his personal story of redemption and the song, “Rejoice.” http://wjtl.com/listen/wjtl-casts/ For more on Dustin Kensrue, go to http://www.dustinkensrue.com/. You’ll find facebook, you-tube, and a link to buy the new project.

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Jars of Clay

September 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.) The veteran band Jars of Clay rose to national prominence in 1995 when they released their self-titled debut. The project was an instant classic and it revealed a band with layers of lyrical depth, full of imagery and mystery. (“Jars of Clay” includes their breakthrough single, “Flood,” a song produced by master-guitarist Adrian Belew.) Since then, Jars of Clay has continued to create music on their own terms; full of beautiful melodies, complex harmonies, and exquisite string arrangements.  Their extensive catalog includes records like “If I Left the Zoo,”  “Good Monsters,” “The Long Fall Back to Earth,” and “Redemption Songs.” Now, Jars of Clay releases their masterpiece, “Inland,” a record that finds the band continuing to write about the themes of vulnerability, grace, anxiety, self-doubt and forgiveness. (The disc is confessional, fragile and reverent.) For more on Jars of Clay, go to http://www.jarsofclay.com/home. You’ll find the band’s you-tube page, facebook, Relevant Magazine podcast, and links to buy the new independent project, produced by Tucker Marteen (who’s worked with My Morning Jacket, among others).

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Brad and Rebekah

September 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.) Worship-duo Brad & Rebekah have recorded a new project called, “When We Gather.” Brad & Rebekah are celebrating the new disc with a night of worship and music, this Sunday, September 22, 7 pm at Glad Tidings Church, 1110 Snyder Road, West Lawn, PA. (More details at http://bradandrebekahmusic.com/) Brad & Rebekah met while attending North Central University in Minneapolis. They married in 2006, began full-time worship, and released their first worship project in 2008. In addition to their worship music, Brad & Rebekah are also actively involved with the ministries of Watoto, working with the rescued child militia and orphaned children of Uganda. (A portion of each CD sale goes to aid the Watoto Ministry.) Brad & Rebekah state, “There is something powerful that happens when we gather together in the name of Jesus. It’s not a feeling or emotion, but a promise, a promise straight from the lips of our Savior, Jesus.” Listen for the new song, “All You’ve Done,” in the coming weeks on WJTL. For more on Brad & Rebekah, go to http://bradandrebekahmusic.com/ for facebook, videos, music, and more.

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: OBB

September 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.) The Oswald Brothers Band, also known as OBB, is a new band signed to Curb Records. OBB is a 3-piece worship-pop band, comprised of three brothers: Zach, Jacob and Nick Oswald. OBB first came to national attention when they were encouraged by their grandfather to enter the CBS Early Show’s “Singing Family Face-Off.” (They placed third in the competition.) OBB serves on the worship team at Atlanta’s Passion City Church, the congregation founded by Chris Tomlin and Louie Giglio. OBB lead singer Zach Oswald was my guest last week on New Tunes at 9. Zach shared the story surrounding the group’s new song, “Come on Home,” part of which was inspired by the reaction he was receiving to his mohawk haircut. For more on OBB, go to http://www.obbmusic.com/; you’ll find an acoustic performance of “Come on Home,” facebook, twitter and a link to buy the new EP on iTunes.

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Audio Adrenaline

September 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.) Audio Adrenaline is currently on their worldwide “Kings and Queens” tour. The veteran Christian band, best known for their hit songs “Big House” and “Ocean Floor,” disbanded in 2006, due to Mark Stuart’s continuous vocal challenges. After a six-year absence, the band reformed in 2012 with Kevin Max, formerly of DC Talk, as their new lead vocalist. Earlier this year, the band stopped by the Junction Center for a live Q&A session with WJTL listeners; Kevin Max spoke about the tour and making the new record, “Kings and Queens.” For more on “Kings & Queens,” and Audio Adrenaline, go to http://audioa.com/ You’ll find a link to stream the project, buy the disc, watch videos, search lyrics, and shop the band store. You can also learn about the Hands & Feet Project, founded by the band in 2004. Hands & Feet is dedicated to caring for orphaned children in the southern region of Haiti. (Listen for the new song, “King of the Comebacks,” this week, on WJTL.)

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