Sonrise Notes for September 28th...
...“WOW Hits 2015 Deluxe” comes out this Tuesday and it features 39 songs, including Sidewalk Prophet’s hit Keep Making Me, We Believe from the Newsboys, Write Your Story from Francesca Battistelli, This Is Amazing Grace from Phil Wickham, Beautiful Day from Jamie Grace, Back To You from Mandisa, Multiplied from Needtobreathe and several other songs you hear on Sonrise. Also coming out this Tuesday is OBB’s “Bright Side” and Michael W. Smith’s “The Spirit of Christmas,” which features songs with former Doobie Brother Michael McDonald, Martina McBride, Vince Gill, Amy Grant, and a spoken word by Bono from U2.
...It seems to have been the year of Francesca Battistelli, with her #1 song “Write Your Story” from her album “If We’re Honest,” which is nominated for album of the year in the upcoming Dove Awards. As we mentioned above, that song is also on the new WOW CD that’s coming out this Tuesday, and right now Franny is on the “If We’re Honest” tour. In November she’ll be part of the Winter Jam Tour Spectacular with Hillsong United, Jeremy Camp and Colton Dixon. In January, she’s joining Jeremy Camp and his wife Adie on the Unforgettable Christian Cruise to Alaska. If you’re still learning about some of the artists on Sonrise, you can learn more about Francesca Battistelli here.
...For King & Country’s album “Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong” hit stores less than two weeks ago and opened in the #1 spot on iTunes. The lead single you hear on Sonrise is “Fix My Eyes” and it too opened #1 on the National Christian Audience chart and has well-over 100,000 downloads. It’s also nominated for “Song of The Year” next week at the 45th Annual Dove Awards.
...If you’re a Matthew West fan, you may already know that he was in Indianapolis, IN last night for the wrap up of Women of Faith there. This Friday and Saturday they head to Lincoln, NE with speakers Liz Curtis Higgs, Lisa Harper, Lysa Terkeurst, Sheila Walsh, and Sonrise artist Natalie Grant. You can follow the entire Women Of Faith tour here.
...Needtobreathe’s show at the House of Blues in Boston on Friday night was streamed live on Yahoo. Last night they were at Best Buy Theatre in New York City. The next thing on Needtobreathe’s schedule is a little acoustic tour in the UK in December with dates at Bush Hall in London. Limelight 2 in Belfast and at King Tuts in Glaskow. Find out more at www.needtobreathe.com.
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...At the end of last month, Thousand Foot Krutch released their first new studio album in over two years. It’s called Oxygen:Inhale, and right away it hit #1 on iTunes’ Rock chart and No. 6 on the overall Albums chart. The recording’s lead single “Born This Way” also speeds its way into ESPN’s NASCAR coverage, and has picked up nearly a quarter-of-a-million views and over 4,000 likes on YouTube. Check our “Features” page for the audio.