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Sonrise Notes for August 31st...

RockTheUniverse...Universal Studio’s “Rock The Universe” is coming up this weekend in Orlando. This Friday night kicks off with Praise & Worship Night with Third Day, Newsboys, Jeremy Camp, Kari Jobe, and Rend Collective. Then it’s Rock & Hip-Hop night Saturday with TobyMac, Switchfoot, Lecrae, Red, Family Force 5, and Love & the Outcome. In the “Fan Zone” both days will be groups like Manafest, 7eventh Time Down, All Things New and more. See all of the details here.

6050...Needtobreathe have been releasing videos on their website and YouTube page called “The Live Room Sessions”. The guys said “The Live Room sessions were recorded in Studio A at the infamous Ocean Way Recordings in Los Angeles, CA earlier this year; the same room The Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, Radiohead, Tom Petty and more used before us. Despite the fact that we were coming off of a long break from playing music together, we knew that the opportunity to record at Ocean Way was something we would regret passing up. In retrospect, this session represents a landmark for NEEDTOBREATHE. This is the band getting our mojo back, right in time for the release of ‘Rivers In the Wasteland’”. That new album hit stores August 19 and it’s available at your favorite place to get new music. You can see all seven videos from “The Live Room Sessions” here.

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night-of-joy...Disney's Night of Joy is coming up this weekend in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando. Friday night you can see Hillsong United, Matthew West, For King & Country, Mandisa, Building 429, and Matt Maher. Saturday is Casting Crowns, MercyMe, Britt Nicole, Colton Dixon, Rhett Walker, and Skillet. See what else is going on at Night of Joy here. And don’t forget, if you are going to be there, be sure to share your pictures on our Facebook page!

...By now you’ve probably at least heard of, if not taken, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. In case you haven’t heard, to raise awareness for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, you challenge a few of your friends to dump a bucket of ice water over their heads or donate $100 to the ALS foundation. Many of the celebrities that have participated have also donated money. As of this weekend, The ALS Association announced they had received over $100 million in donations thanks to the Ice Bucket Challenges. Find out more at By the way, Sonrise writer/producer Michael Stuart got challenged and did his and then challenged Sonrise host Kevin Peterson, which he accepted and you can see them both here.

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jasongray ...Jason Gray’s “With Every Act Of Love” tour is kicking off September 26 in North Royalton, OH with the band Unspoken, Lindsay McCaul, and the Carrolton Band. Friday September 27 they head to Columbus, OH, followed by Cincinnati, OH on September 28. The “Every Act of Love” tour goes through November 9. Check the “Concerts” page to see if they’re coming to see you.

tenthavenorth-islands...Tenth Avenue North has a new four song EP called “Islands” available on iTunes right now. On the name “Islands,” the guys say “You and I are not meant to be alone. Even Adam was given a helpmate. We were made to commune with God and with one another. So, if you’re living like an island, come back to the mainland! No shame is so great, no mistake so large, that you cannot come back to the body! And, if you’re beating yourself up because you’re lonely, don’t do that. You’re made like God! You should feel unnatural in isolation.” Check out the EP here.

Godsnotdead...If you didn’t see the movie “God’s Not Dead” in the theatre, it’s still doing very well on DVD. According to Redbox, it’s still in the top 20 rentals. It stars Dean Cain, Kevin Sorbo, Shane Harper, with special appearances by Willie and Korie Robertson from Duck Dynasty, and Sonrise artists Newsboys.

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