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NEWS: Michael W. Smith Joins President Clinton and Others in Heartfelt Memorial

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Michael W. Smith joined President Clinton, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson and others in remembering victims of the Oklahoma City Bombing, and celebrating the “Oklahoma Standard” during Sunday’s memorial service marking the 20th anniversary of the attack. The three-time GRAMMY® winner also received the prestigious 2015 Applause Award from the Nashville-based Belmont University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts Program on Saturday, April 18.

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NEWS: Rodney Jerkins Launches Lifestyle Music Group

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Evolve Music Group Chairman/CEO Rodney Jerkins announces his first formal venture into the gospel and Christian music industry with the launch of Lifestyle Music Group (LMG). The multi-Grammy® Award-winning producer, songwriter and executive has appointed industry veteran Demmette Guidry as General Manager of LMG, which will be distributed through Motown Gospel/Capitol Christian Music Group.

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NEWS: Show Hope Launches In-Country Adoption Aid

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Over the past 11 years, international adoptions to the U.S. have dropped by a drastic 70%, due in large part to changes in governmental policy and increased regulations. While many of the changes were necessary to better protect vulnerable children, the children still in need of a forever family find themselves in a more difficult position to gain that resource. In response, Show Hope® has begun providing grants for in-country adoptions in order to help provide families for those children.

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NEWS: Roma Downey and Mark Burnett Named No. 3 in Newsmax’s Top 100 Christian Leaders in America

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Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, creators of the successful television series “The Bible,” and its current NBC spinoff, “A.D. The Bible Continues,” were listed at No. 3 in Newsmax’s Top 100 Christian Leaders in America. Released on Monday, April 20, Downey and Burnett joined the rankings alongside other notable figures including, Franklin Graham, Joel Osteen, Rev. Billy Graham, and Rick Warren, among others.

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NEWS: Matthew West to Appear at “24 Venues in 24 Hours”

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To kick off the release of Live Forever, Matthew West’s new album dropping next Tuesday, April 28, West is staging quite a promotional event – a first for the Christian music industry. West will embark on a non-stop “24 Shows in 24 Hours” on street date, which will kick off with an exclusive live acoustic Stage-It show the day before, April 27.

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NEWS: Premier Productions Announces The Launch of All-New OUTCRY Tour 2015

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Premier Productions announces the launch of the all-new worship tour, OUTCRY Tour 2015, which champions, represents and promotes the local church: the Bride of Christ. The tour exists to highlight the creativity, heart and mission of the local church. Featuring a combination of artists and worship leaders in a lineup never-seen-before on one tour, OUTCRY Tour 2015 is a unique experience for the concert-goer who may never have the chance to see this group of artists together again on one stage. Tickets for OUTCRY Tour 2015 are on sale to the public beginning May 1, 2015.

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NEWS: AIR1 Announces Eric & Heather as the New Co-Hosts for the AIR1 Morning Show Beginning April 14

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The Air1 Morning Show is excited to welcome Eric Calhoun and Heather Shelly as its new co-hosts. Eric and Heather officially take over the reigns today, Tuesday, April 14. Previous Air1 morning show host Mandy Young, who’s been with the network for five years, will be moving to middays. Before joining Air1’s Morning Show, the dynamic duo of Eric and Heather have been co-hosting their syndicated morning show since 2008 from their respective stations – WRCM (New Life 91.9) Charlotte and NC/WMHK (89.7) Columbia, SC – both signals recently purchased by K-LOVE this year.

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NEWS: Grammy Award-Winning Producer Chris Stevens Signs New Long-Term Deal With Capitol CMG Publishing

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Chris Stevens, the three-time GRAMMY® award-winning record producer, mix-engineer and renowned songwriter, has re-signed with Capitol CMG Publishing under a new long-term contract. In his 15-year career, Stevens has handled producing, songwriting, programming and mixing for numerous artists under Capitol CMG, Word Records, Provident Label Group, INO Records, Gotee Records, and Curb Records.

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NEWS: Loretta Lynn Ranch Announces Initial Performers for Third Annual Gospel Music Festival

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Initial performers for the 2015 Loretta Lynn Gospel Music Festival were announced today viaSingingNews.com. Jeff Sneed, talent director for the festival, announced the first round of artists to include The Martins, Goodman Revival, the McKameys, Karen Peck & New River, Angie Primm, the Freemans, High Road, Dennis Swanberg and the Sneed Family. The 2015 Loretta Lynn Gospel Music Festival takes place September 12 & 13, 2015 at the legendary singer’s ranch in historic Hurricane Mills, TN.

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NEWS: Integrity Music To Provide Performers For NBC’S “Beyond A.D.” Launching April 12

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NBC’s digital talk show companion series “Beyond A.D.” will cover the historical and spiritual topics depicted in the broadcast series “A.D. The Bible Continues” while providing fans and audience members an opportunity to interact with cast, producers and special guests including musical performances by artists and ministry partners of Integrity Music. “Beyond A.D.” premieres Sunday, April 12 at 9 a.m. ET on NBC.com.

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NEWS: The Choir to Celebrate 25 Year Anniversary of Circle Slide on Tour

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GRAMMY®-nominated indie rockers The Choir have announced plans to give fans a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their landmark album, Circle Slide. The band will mark the milestone with a unique tour experience featuring the seminal album played live and electric in its entirety. The tour will begin April 17 and run through June 14th 2015 across the US including a hometown show in Nashville, TN.

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NEWS: Chris August Releases New Album; Makes Grand Ole Opry Debut

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Chris August’s The Maker debuts April 7, 2015 to eager anticipation and critical acclaim. This, the third studio album from the Dove Award-winning Male Vocalist of the Year, reveals a deeper side of the artist who swept the Dove Awards following his debut in 2011. A skateboarding accident in 2012 could have claimed his life; instead, it launched a period of personal growth and spiritual maturity that courses through each track on The Maker, which largely came together while Chris was touring with labelmates and friends, Big Daddy Weave, who witnessed first-hand the work God was doing in Chris’ life–work that underscored much of The Maker.

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NEWS: Switchfoot’s Jon, Tim Foreman’s Mom, Dad Pen Parenting Book

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Offering engaging, honest and thought-provoking stories that give readers a backstage look into the early lives of Jon and Tim Foreman of the multi-platinum, GRAMMY® Award-winning band Switchfoot, parents Mark and Jan Foreman focus on challenging readers to rethink how they live out the primary purpose of parenting in Never Say No: Raising Big Picture Kids. This engaging book releasing May 2015 from David C Cook takes an inside look at an ordinary family that raised two sons who rock the world—literally!

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