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NEWS: Sanctus Real’s Matt Hammitt Announces Departure From Band

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After a 20 year history together, GRAMMY nominations, Dove Awards, seven albums and six No. 1 singles, Matt Hammitt, the lead singer of Sanctus Real, has announced he will be leaving the band this December. Both Matt and his fellow band members have taken time to draft personal statements so that their fans can hear from them first hand and in their own words.

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NEWS: Phil Wickham Honored with 2015 BMI Christian “Song of the Year” Distinction for “This Is Amazing Grace”

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Phil Wickham’s “This Is Amazing Grace” garnered the “Song of the Year” honor at last week’s BMI Christian Awards. “This Is Amazing Grace,” off of his latest album The Ascension, gave Wickham his first career No. 1 single, claiming the top spot on Billboard’s National Christian Audience Chart for 13 consecutive weeks. The song has continually stood in the top 20 of Christian Digital Track Sales, and is currently resting at No. 2 on the CCLI Top Songs Chart. The annual awards ceremony at BMI’s Nashville offices recognized the past year’s most-performed Christian rock, contemporary, inspirational and southern gospel songs played on Christian radio. To view the official lyric video, click here.

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NEWS: MAXX Recordings Announces New Manager of Business Affairs

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axx Recordings and Publishing CEO Mitchell Solarek is pleased to announce the addition of entertainment industry veteran Cyril E. Vetter as manager of business affairs, handling all business affairs for the newly minted independent that focuses on offering powerful and positive entertainment across multiple platforms. Maxx Recordings recently introduced its debut act, 3for3, landing the most-added spot at CHR radio in its debut week with the single “Halfway,” from their forthcoming July 24th EP, 3for3.

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NEWS: Gospel Singer Donnie McClurkin Shares Message of Hope and Power during Performance At the 15th Annual BET Awards

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Donnie McClurkin’s tribute to gospel legend Andraé Crouch at the recent BET Awards reminded us that we can never under-estimate the power of the Gospel. As the camera panned the audience during McClurkin’s performance of the timeless Crouch classic, “The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power” those at home witnessed several in attendance singing along. Some with their eyes closed and some with their hands lifted up regardless of their surroundings, it was evident that the roots of gospel music goes deep.

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NEWS: Matthew West Announces Fall Dates for Live Forever Tour

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Four-time GRAMMY®-nominated singer/songwriter Matthew West prepares for the second leg of his successful Live Forever Tour with Francesca Battistelli and special guest Mr. Talkbox formerly of TobyMac’s Diverse City Band. Compassion International presents this 40-city tour that will begin on September 24 in Eau Claire, WI (tour dates listed below). This special tour will be memorable for the concert attendee, as both West and Battistelli have recently topped the charts with their latest projects and songs. West’s new album Live Forever achieved him his first No. 1 debut on the Nielsen Soundscan Christian & Albums chart, and Battistelli is currently holding the No. 1 position on Christian AC radio charts with her single, “Holy Spirit.”

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NEWS: 2014 IMMERSE Winner Aryn Michelle to Release Debut Album

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Aryn Michelle, Female Songwriter/Artist of the Year at the 2014 Gospel Music Association IMMERSE Conference, is prepping to release her debut full-length album DEPTH on August 18, 2015. DEPTH will be releasing through a unique management and label partnership with industry veteran Chris Erlanson’s 168 Management and distribution through STL Distribution.

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NEWS: Tamela Mann Performs on PBS Gospel Music Special Friday, June 26

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“The Gospel Tradition: In Performance at the White House” showcases an evening of celebration with President and Mrs. Obama at the White House in honor of gospel music and its profound influence on American music. The concert broadcast, featuring a moving performance by Tamela Mann, premieres Friday, June 26 at 9 p.m. ET on PBS stations nationwide (check local listings) and will also be simulcast on cable channel TV One.

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NEWS: Rich Wilkerson Jr. Releases Debut Book, SANDCASTLE KINGS

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Known around the world as the pastor who performed the wedding ceremony for Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, Rich Wilkerson Jr. explains why all the material success in the world won’t make you happy or fill the void in your heart through his debut book. SANDCASTLE KINGS: MEETING JESUS IN A SPIRITUALLY BANKRUPT WORLD hits shelves Nov. 10, 2015 and features cover art created by Kanye West and his team at DONDA, which was unveiled exclusively today on People.com.

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NEWS: Hillsong UNITED Premieres Video at YAHOO!

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Check out the new music video of the live performance from Hillsong UNITED for their current single, “Touch The Sky,” from their new album EMPIRES. The video debuts today at YAHOO! featuring the group performing the hit song from the rooftop of the historical Capitol Records tower in Los Angeles.

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NEWS: Dusty Rhodes Exits WAY-FM

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Senior Vice President Dusty Rhodes has announced that after 22 years he will be leaving WAY Media. Bob Augsburg, Founder/President of WAY Media says “Dusty and I have worked together for well over two decades. I brought him on to launch our West Palm Beach, Florida WAY-FM in 1993 and manage it, which today is our largest station. He moved with me to Colorado Springs in 2001 to become our first Chief Operating Officer. Now as Senior Vice President, Dusty has led well and has done much to advance WAY Media’s Mission and Vision. He has been gracious in offering to remain with the ministry until August to help with the transition. Augsburg continues “I believe God has great things in store for Dusty. It will be exciting to watch His plans unfold”.

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NEWS: Audio Adrenaline to Make Grand Ole Opry Debut

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GRAMMY® Award-winning FairTrade Services recording artist Audio Adrenaline will make their debut appearance on the historic Grand Ole Opry stage June 30. Audio Adrenaline will be joining a star-studded lineup including four-time CMA Vocal Group of the Year Diamond Rio; legendary country artist Larry Gatlin; Grand Ole Opry member Lorrie Morgan; breakthrough artist Kelsea Ballerini; and GRAMMY®-nominated singer/songwriter Will Hoge, among others.

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