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: The Isaacs Invited To Honor Jim Ed Brown In Opry Appearance

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The Isaacs are frequent performers at the Grand Ole Opry, but tonight takes on a very special meaning as they perform “The Three Bells” on the Opry stage. As a result of the success of the Isaacs re-recording of the song they have been asked to perform it tonight at the Opry as a tribute to Jim Ed Brown, who passed away just last Thursday, June 11th.

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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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NEWS: TLC and Roma Downey Team Up on ANSWERED PRAYERS

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TLC explores modern-day miracles with ANSWERED PRAYERS, an all-new series hosted by celebrated actress and producer Roma Downey (“The Bible Series,” “Son of God,” “AD,” “Touched by an Angel”). Premiering Sunday, July 26 at 10/9c, this six-part series follows the remarkable stories of people in life-threatening situations who have experienced moments so inexplicable, so incredible that they can only be described as divine intervention.

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YOU’RE INVITED: IMMERSE Concerts Open to the Public

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Each night of GMA’s IMMERSE Conference (June 15th-17th) there are concerts not only open to conference attendee’s but also open to the general public! If you live in Nashville, check out next week’s upcoming IMMERSE concerts below! Tickets are $10 each per concert and can be purchased at the door.

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NEWS: MAXX Recordings New Artist, 3for3 Performs at Inaugural Special Olympics Unified Relay Across America

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3for3, the new buzz band composed of Spencer Lloyd, Josh Davis and Benji Shuler celebrate their debut single “Halfway” as the most added single on Billboard Magazine’s Christian HOT AC/CHR singles chart. The trio is the debut act from the newly minted MAXX Recordings and is produced by award-winning producer Bernie Herms. The vibrant trio made their first official appearance last week at the inaugural Special Olympics Unified Relay Across America Event in Charlotte, North Carolina where they introduced “Halfway.” Purchase their new single: HERE.

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NEWS: Tamela Mann Makes Gospel Radio History

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Grammy Award® Nominee Tamela Mann is the first Gospel lead artist in Billboard Gospel Radio chart history to score three consecutive No. 1’s from an album. Her current single, “This Place,” is the third song to ascend to No. 1 from her Tillymann Entertainment CD, Best Days.

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INDUSTRY UPDATE: Mitchell Solarek – Maximum Artist Management, Maxx Music Publishing, Maxx Recordings

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After moving to Nashville in 2000 to connect his successful modeling agency with the music industry, Mitchell Solarek spent the next 15 years building Maximum Artist Group, a company that offers a wide range of artist services, including management, publishing and now record label services through the newly-minted Maxx Recordings. Solarek was the mastermind behind Christian vocal super group Plus One—one of the most successful new artist launches in CCM history—and today manages Natalie Grant, Donald Lawrence, Danny Gokey and Bernie Herms. He also serves as the executive producer of Mary Mary’s popular reality show on We tv. Last month, he announced the debut of Maxx Recordings, a full service record label, whose first three signees—3for3, Kolby Koloff and Riley Clemmons—will intentionally fill a gap echoing Top 40 sensibilities within the CCM genre. In the midst of a hectic travel schedule, Solarek recently took time to share his vision behind Maxx Recordings, how hip-hop is the new pop and why he’s more excited than ever about the present state of the music industry.

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NEWS: Six-Time GRAMMY® Winner TobyMac Announces THIS IS NOT A TEST Album and Tour

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With an accumulation of over 11 million units in career sales, six-time GRAMMY® winner TobyMac has announced the release of his sixth studio project, THIS IS NOT A TEST. Produced by TobyMac, David Garcia and Chris Stephens, the 13 track project is the follow up to his No. 1 Billboard debut, Eye On It, and is available for pre-order on iTunes® June 9, with a worldwide street date of August 7.

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