Sonrise Notes for November 23rd...
...Thanks to the fact that we’ve experienced the longest consecutive gas price decline since before the recession that began in 2008, road travel is going to be up this Thanksgiving. Remember, if you are traveling by road, don’t text, email, Facebook or anything else while you drive. You hear it all the time, but the fact is, text messaging makes a crash up to 23 times more likely, according to textinganddrivingsafety.com. We want you back here next weekend safe and sound. All of us at Sonrise want to wish you a safe and happy Thanksgiving. The roads aren’t the only expected busy travel method; Airlines for America, which is a Trade organization representing the principle US airlines, predicts that 24.6 million passengers will fly on U.S. airlines domestically and internationally now through December 2. That's about 31,000 more passengers on average per day.
...Casting Crowns are nominated for favorite Contemporary inspirational Artist along with the Newsboys, and Hillsong United, in tonight’s American Music Awards, live from the NOKIA Theatre in Los Angeles. This and several other categories have been open to votes from the viewer’s online from October 13 to November 13. We’ll find out all the winners tonight at 8pm Eastern on ABC.
...If you are in the Grand Rapids, MI area tonight, don’t miss TobyMac’s “Worship, Stories & Songs Tour" with fellow Sonrise artists Matt Maher and Ryan Stevenson. After tonight, they’ll take a break for Thanksgiving and then head to Toledo, Ohio December 4. The tour has seven more cities to visit after that, wrapping up in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Find out if they’re coming to town here.
...Third Day has racked up 30 No. 1 radio singles, sold more than eight million albums, including two Multi-Platinum, five Platinum and 12 Gold certifications; won four Grammy Awards, an American Music Award and 24 career GMA Dove Awards. And they’ve made a special announcement. Mac Powell, Tai Anderson, David Carr and Mark Lee are excited to say that for the first time in more than a decade, they will release a new worship album, titled “Lead Us Back”. It’s due to be released March 3 and Third Day will also perform live on the day of the album release at the famed Beacon Theatre in New York.
...The Extreme Winter Conferences are coming up around the holidays. The bad news is that the first Gatlinburg, TN conference December 27-29 is already sold out. The good news is there is still room for you in Branson, MO December 27-29, and the other two Gatlinburg weekends; December 29-31 and December 31-January 2. Sonrise artists at all of the Extreme Winter Conferences include Newsboys, Switchfoot, Matthew West, Mandisa, Colton Dixon, Newsong, and Rush of Fools. Speakers David Nasser and Tom Richter will also be there. Find more information and to register - click here.