| for King & Country featured in The Bible Series Final Episode Preview
The final episode of The Bible Series airs Easter Sunday on The History Channel - a preview has been released and features "Crave" by for King & Country - check it out here!
The Neverclaim Featured in Worship Leader Magazine's Best of 2012 Issue
JRA is excited to announce the signing of the next big thing in worship! The Neverclaim's debut album, Revival, was featured this week by Worship Leader Magazine as one of the Top 15 Worship Releases in 2012 (#6).
The Neverclaim can be seen this fall on select dates of the Newsboys' God's Not Dead tour, and this week they'll be featured alongside Kari Jobe at the National Worship Leaders Conference in San Diego, CA. Their debut release, Revival, is available now on iTunes and Google Play.
Heather Williams Appearing this Wednesday on the 700 Club
JRA artist Heather Williams will be appearing LIVE this Wednesday morning on The 700 Club, airing on ABC Family as well as multiple other networks throughout the day. Heather will be sharing part of her life story as well as singing her smash hit "Hallelujah". ABC Family's broadcast is at 10 AM and 11 PM (Eastern) and TBN's broadcast is at 3PM (Eastern).
Heather Williams was recently named Billboard Magazine's Best Bet and her latest single, "You Are Loved," is impacting Christian AC radio right now. Having been through homelessness, drug addiction, redemption and the loss of a child, Heather is living proof that God can bring hope into any situation. Don't miss this opportunity to get to know an artist and speaker who can make a major impact on your church service or event!
BUILDING 429’S "WHERE I BELONG" LONGEST-RUNNING NO. 1 SINGLE IN HISTORY OF BILLBOARD CHRISTIAN AUDIENCE CHART
Congratulations to Building 429 for breaking records on the Billboard Christian Audience Charts!
From Provident Press:
Pop/rock band Building 429 (Essential Records) sets a new record on the Billboard National Christian Audience chart with “Where I Belong” holding the top spot for 15 consecutive weeks. The group continues its momentum through 2012 with an impressive summer festival circuit and non-stop fall touring.
Written by Building 429 frontman Jason Roy, and award-winning songwriter/producer Jason Ingram, “Where I Belong,” is from the band’s fifth studio project, Listen to the Sound, released in May of 2011. The album, which debuted at the top of iTunes’ Christian & Gospel Albums chart, has turned out three hit radio songs to date, including No. 1 CHR and Top 5 AC radio single “Listen to the Sound” and “Made For You,” Top 5 on the Christian CHR charts.
"Where I Belong" is Building 429’s most successful radio single from the project, surpassing songs by tobyMac and Phillips, Craig & Dean, who held the top spot on the Billboard NCA chart for 11 straight weeks. In addition, the song maintained top billing on the Billboard AC Monitored chart for 11 consecutive weeks and was No. 1 for multiple weeks on the Christian CHR chart.
News of the song’s success is par for the course for Building 429 this year. The foursome has maintained one of its busiest tour seasons yet, kicking off 2012 with a 47-city "Winter Jam" tour, which saw attendance exceeding 500,000. Building 429 will go on to make appearances at summer festivals including AtlantaFest, ALIVE Festival, Ichthus Music Festival, LifeLight Festival, Kingdom Bound, Unity Music Festival, JFest, and others, while hosting international tour dates in Canada, Denmark, Norway and the Philippines. The band will also head out this fall on Newsboys' "God’s Not Dead" tour before joining Newsong’s 2012 Christmas tour.
Read the full release here: http://www.providentpress.com/pressreleases.php?pid=375
JRA Welcomes Francesca Battistelli and another great 2012 Fall Tour!
JRA is proud to announce the signing of 2011 Artist of the Year, FRANCESCA BATTISTELLI!
GRAMMY nominated and 6-time DOVE winner, Francesca is the author of #1 singles “This Is The Stuff” and “Free to Be Me." Her debut album My Paper Heart went Gold, selling over 500,000 units. JRA is currently booking the Hundred More Years Tour with Francesca Battistelli featuring Sidewalk Prophets and special guests Andy Cherry and City Harbor set to go out this fall. Click here to check out the tour announcement and call your JRA agent for current routing & details!
Tune in this weekend!
JRA artist for KING & COUNTRY will be featured on Huckabee on FOX NEWS – Saturday, May 26th and Sunday, May 27th at 8 PM ET! (Episode will re-air on the 27th at 11PM ET) Don't miss it!
CASTING CROWNS HONORED WITH TWO BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS
Congratulations to Casting Crowns for receiving two 2012 Billboard Music Awards last weekend!
Casting Crowns was named this year’s Top Christian Artist and also received the honor of Top Christian Album for their 2011 project, Come To The Well. The group had been nominated for four awards in categories including Top Christian Artist, Top Christian Album (where it received two nominations for: Until The Whole World Hears and Come To The Well) and Top Christian Song, “Glorious Day (Living He Loved Me).”
2012 Fall Tours Announced this Week
It's that time of year again - JRA has 4 awesome fall tours booking NOW. Be sure to consider these when planning your fall schedules this year:
"You're Worth More than GOLD" Tour feat. BRITT NICOLE with special guests GROUP 1 CREW & ROYAL TAILOR
Tour running: Oct 4 - 28
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"Respect & Honor" Tour feat. for KING & COUNTRY, DARA MACLEAN and JASON CASTRO
Tour running: Sept 27 - Nov 18
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"Into the Light" Tour feat. MATTHEW WEST with special guests MIKESCHAIR and Lindsay McCaul
Tour running: Sept 20 - Nov 18
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"God's Not Dead" Tour feat. NEWSBOYS with BUILDING 429 and LUMINATE
Tour running: Late Sept - Early Nov
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CASTING CROWNS WRAPS 42 CITY “COME TO THE WELL” SPRING TOUR
Congratulations to Casting Crowns for wrapping up a hugely successful Spring tour, including their most well-attended show ever!
From Provident Press:
Best-selling Christian music artist Casting Crowns wraps the spring leg of its 42-city "Come To The Well" tour. With one of its most successful tours to date, Casting Crowns’ final show alone saw a sold-out audience of more than 16,000 attendees.
Following a hugely successful fall run, including more than 15 sell-out performances, playing before 155,000+ people, the spring leg kicked off Feb. 9, in Florence, S.C. Among its scheduled 42 shows, the tour hit arenas in major markets like New York City, Grand Rapids, Mich., Orlando, Fla., Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Birmingham, Ala., St. Louis, Mo., Minneapolis and Houston,among others.
The closing date in Houston on Saturday, May 5, marked Casting Crowns' highest-grossing and most well-attended show ever with 16,000+ concert-goers. Director of KSBJ Special Events, Chris Farnsworth, who promoted the event, comments, "KSBJ Radio was thrilled to host Casting Crowns' 'Come To The Well' tour this weekend. The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion was the perfect venue to see over 16,000 members of the Gulf Coast community come together to make this the biggest audience of Casting Crowns' career."
A final tally of tour numbers for both fall and spring legs indicate cumulative attendance exceeding 370,000 with 40 sold-out dates making Casting Crowns' "Come To The Well" tour one of the most successful Christian artist tours of all time.
Read the full release here: http://www.providentpress.com/pressreleases.php?pid=367
Jason Crabb Wins Artist of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year at the 43rd Annual DOVE Awards!
JRA would like to congratulate Jason Crabb for taking home the award for Artist of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year at the 43rd annual DOVE Awards last night!
Jason will be performing twice at the awards which will air on Tuesday, April 24 at 8pm on GMC.
Fireflight Debuts at #1
(Nashville, Tenn.) GRAMMY Award nominated, female-fronted rock act Fireflight tops the sales charts this week with its most recent studio release, NOW (3/6/12). The band boasts its highest sales debut to date, beating out previous first week numbers.
Coming in at No. 1 on multiple sales charts, including SoundScan’s Current Contemporary Christian Overall Chart, the Rock Alternative Chart as well as the iTunes Christian & Gospel Albums chart, Fireflight scanned more than 8,000 units its debut week. This is a career best for the group, who is enjoying success at radio as well with current single “Stay Close,” also No. 1 at Christian Rock radio this week.
Congratulations to Building 429 on their Latest #1!
JRA artist Building 429 is currently sitting at #1 on both the AC Monitored and AC Indicator radio charts with their current single "Where I Belong". You can catch Building 429 currently on Winter Jam 2012 (see schedule here). Contact JRA today to bring them to your area!
Congrats to JRA Artists Casting Crowns and Building 429 for recent and current #1 Radio Hits!
CHR Charts - #1 Building 429: "Listen To The Sound"
Overall Audience Chart - #1 Casting Crowns: "Glorious Day"
AC Indicator Chart - #1 Casting Crowns: "Glorious Day"
AC Monitored Chart - #1 Casting Crowns: "Glorious Day"
Inspo Charts - #1 Casting Crowns: "Glorious Day"
Be sure to check out these and other awesome JRA artists as they head out on tour this fall!
Fall Tours Now Booking:
Leeland & Building 429 with special guest Royal Tailor (Full Sound and Lights)
Rebecca St. James: The Purity and Worship Tour with for King and County
JJ Heller Fall Tour
New Signing Alert - Now Booking THE AFTERS!
JRA proudly announces the exclusive representation of THE AFTERS. The Afters currently have the #1 CHR single with “Light Up The Sky,” which has been #1 for three straight weeks! The hit single is also currently #4 on the AC IND, #6 AC MON and #5 Overall Audience. The Afters just released their third album titled Light Up The Sky to rave reviews. To learn more about The Afters, please view their profile.
JRA Announces SANCTUS REAL, Newest Addition to JRA Family
JRA is proud to announce the signing of the Grammy nominated and Dove Award winning artist, SANCTUS REAL! Over the years Sanctus Real has released seven #1 radio singles, and they aren't showing signs of slowing - their current single "Lead Me" is currently #3 on the charts (listen here). In addition to creating compelling, authentic music, Sanctus Real strives to live up to the meaning of their name: to be Holy (Latin meaning of “sanctus”) in all they do, but also “real” as they interact with fans, and as they live out their lives as Christians. Sanctus Real has aggressively toured the US for over 10 years, and has developed a strong, established touring base. They have consistently played all the top US festivals and are a mainstay at many of the major festivals. JRA is currently finishing up their fall tour with Leeland and The Afters, heading out this October - November.
JRA Artists Garner 31 GMA Dove Award Nominations!
JRA artists have a total of 31 nominations today for the 2010 GMA Dove Awards including 3 for the night’s top honor – Artist of the Year. Nominees include JASON CRABB (5), SKILLET (5), MIKESCHAIR (4), AUSTINS BRIDGE (4), CASTING CROWNS (3), BRENTON BROWN (2), JONNY DIAZ (1), BLUETREE (1), DECYFER DOWN (1) along with individual nods to LEELAND, MARK HALL, CASTING CROWNS, JASON CRABB & JOHN WALLER with Special Events Albums. Most of these artists still have plenty of dates available for 2010. Call your JRA agent today to book one of these Dove nominated artists!
Song of the Year
“Let The Waters Rise”; MIKESCHAIR
“Somebody Like Me”; JASON CRABB
Male Vocalist of the Year
Group of the Year
Artist of the Year
New Artist of the Year
Rock Recorded Song of the Year
“Hero”; Awake; SKILLET
Rock/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year
“Can't Take Away”; MIKESCHAIR
“Until The Whole World Hears”; Until The Whole World Hears; CASTING CROWNS
Inspirational Recorded Song of the Year
“Hold On To Jesus”; Live At Oak Tree: AUSTINS BRIDGE
“Hosanna”; You Deliver Me; Selah; BRENTON BROWN, Paul Baloche;
Country Recorded Song of the Year
“Dry Bones”; Live At Oak Tree: AUSTINS BRIDGE
“Somebody Like Me”; Jason Crabb; JASON CRABB
Worship Song of the Year
“Hosanna”; Paul Baloche, BRENTON BROWN
Rock Album of the Year
Crash; DECYFER DOWN
Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year
Country Album of the Year
Jason Crabb; JASON CRABB
Live At Oak Tree: AUSTINS BRIDGE
Special Event Album of the Year
Compassion Art: Creating Freedom From Poverty; featuring JRA artist LEELAND
Fireproof Original Motion Picture Soundtrack; featuring JRA artists LEELAND, CASTING CROWNS & JOHN WALLER
Glory Revealed II: The Word of God In Worship; featuring JRA artists MARK HALL & LEELAND
Short Form Video of the Year
Long Form Music Video of the Year
Live At Oak Tree: AUSTINS BRIDGE
JRA Gets Networked!
You can now find JRA on Facebook and Twitter! "Fan" us and "Follow" us to get the latest tour and artist news, backstage pictures, and what's generally going through the minds of the agents at JRA! If you use these sites, you will want to connect so you don’t miss out on what all is going on with JRA and our artists.
Hope to connect with you soon!
It's That Time of Year Again... Congratulations Dove Nominees!
JRA is pleased to announce that the following artists on our roster have been recognized as nominees for this year's 40th Annual Gospel Music Association Dove Awards!
After Edmund (Nominated for Rock Contemporary Album)
Casting Crowns (Nominated for Group of the Year, Artist of the Year, Christmas Album, Short Form Music Video, and Long Form Music Video)
Lecrae (Nominated for Rap/Hip Hop Album)
Leeland (Nominated for Praise & Worship Album and Special Event Album)
Skillet (Nominated for Rock Album and Long Form Music Video)
Good Luck Everyone!!
51st Annual GRAMMY Nominations Honor 3 JRA Artists!
Congratulations to all the 2009 GRAMMY nominees! Three of JRA's very own have been nominated for 2009 GRAMMY Gospel categories. And the nominees are...
Casting Crowns - "East to West"
Nominated for Best Gospel Performance
Leeland - Opposite Way
Nominated for Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album
After Edmund - Hello
Nominated for Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album
Click here to view the full list of nominees. Good luck everyone!
Spring Tours Announced for 2009!
Skillet’s Comatose Tour will be out again this spring of 2009, this time with Disciple and Decyfer Down! Skillet sold out 60% of the Comatose Tour in Spring 2008 and is still feeling the momentum from their most successful release to date, Comatose. This tour will be running from April 2 - May 24 in the Central-East U.S. Email email@example.com for routing and requirements.
Building 429 will be heading out with After Edmund, Above the Golden State, and new female vocal group Kimber Rising this spring from February 5 - May 24! This will be following the band’s successful Fall 2008 “Truth, Hope, & Love Tour” with Addison Road and After Edmund (going on now). Also following Building 429’s self-titled fourth release from INO Records (October 21). Email firstname.lastname@example.org for routing and requirements.
JRA at the National Youth Workers Convention (Pittsburgh and Nashville)
JRA will have a significant presence this year at the National Youth Workers Convention in Pittsburgh, PA and Nashville, TN. Are you planning on attending the NYWC this year? If so, plan on stopping by our booth at each of these events and attending our late night presentation entitled Everything You Need to Know About Bringing an Artist/Concert to Your Church. Our "Late Night" schedule will be:
Saturday, November 1
Saturday, November 22
Also, don't miss JRA artist Newworldson at General Session # 1 in Pittsburgh!
FIRST EDITION OF THE JRA MONTHLY CONCERT NEWSLETTER OUT THIS WEEK
If you're signed up for our mailing list already, look for the FIRST edition of the JRA Monthly Concert Newsletter in your inbox this week - including tour scheduling details, artist availabilities, agency updates, new artist announcements and more.
If you haven't signed up yet, you can click here to do so now.
NEWWORLDSON'S "WORKIN MAN" #1 VIDEO ON GOSPEL MUSIC CHANNEL THIS WEEK
Congratulations guys! You can check out "Workin' Man" at the top video slot on the Gospel Music Channel here: www.gospelmusicchannel.com/artists/charts.
Watch Newworldson's video for "Workin Man" on their official Salvation Station ecard by following this link: www.inpop.com/newworldson_ecard.
JRA MAKES A BIG SPLASH AT GMA MUSIC WEEK 2008 WITH MAPS TRACK LUNCHEON: PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS AND ARTIST INTERVIEW CLIPS
On the closing day of GMA Music Week 2008, Jeff Roberts & Associates hosted our annual luncheon at the Hilton Ballroom in downtown Nashville. Attendees enjoyed great music and great food while witnessing performances by a mixture of up-and-coming artists and seasoned Christian music veterans. The event was hosted by our own Rebecca St. James and her brother Joel who shared artist highlights and stories between performances. The performers were also asked earlier in the week to introduce themselves on film and share a little bit of their hearts and purposes; those videos were played before each artist took the stage.
The luncheon included 15-20 minute sets by After Edmund, Mikeschair, Newworldson, Michael English, and 33Miles. Each artist brought their own unique personality and style to the day, and offered something to everyone as they shared their ministries with the crowd.
After Edmund (Mitch Parks), Mikeschair (Mike Grayson), Newworldson
After Edmund kicked off the luncheon with a high flying and high energy set, performing songs off their new album Hello, including their soon-to-be-released single, “Clouds.” Mitch Parks (lead vocals and guitar) introduced the band on the video screen with a thankful note, saying “We’ve seen God do some amazing things through the past couple of tours, and it’s really cool to be able to minister through music. The fact that God would use us for that is amazing.”
The next act to rock the stage was Curb Records’ newcomer, Mikeschair, entertaining the crowd with their top 30 single “Otherside.” “A big thing for us, based out of 1 Corinthians 13, is ‘we can speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but if we don’t have love,’ then we just add to the noise,” explained Mike Grayson (lead vocals) in their video introduction. “And for us, it’s so much more than a concert. The music for us is a tool for our ministry, not the ministry itself, because our goal in what we do is that when people come to a show that they partake in the gospel, and it’s not about just coming for a concert experience.”
Midway through the luncheon, Newworldson took us for a 15 minute journey back to the very roots of soul, gospel and blues music with sampling from their recently released, Salvation Station. Joel Parisien (lead vocals and keys) gave preview to the group’s ministry while introducing their set, explaining, “Our ministry is about dancing, it’s about fun, it’s about people breaking free and being released. We love to see the spirit move through people and see their whole bodies used to celebrate what God has done in their lives.” The group then ‘jammed’ and danced their way to a standing ovation, entertaining the attendees with “Working Man,” “Sweet Holy Spirit,” and “Salvation Station.”
Michael English, 33Miles
Michael English’s performance will best be remembered by his heartfelt testimony and his amazing story of redemption and God’s grace. This story is poignantly documented in his autobiographical release, The Prodigal Comes Home: My Story of Failure and God’s Story of Redemption, which describes Michael’s rise and fall in the Christian music industry and in his personal life, offering an encouraging and important message about God’s forgiveness. He is currently out on tour with Avalon on the We Will Stand Tour in promotion of his most recent CD release, The Prodigal Comes Home (February 2008). Michael closed his set to a standing ovation with his long-standing classic hit, “In Christ Alone.”
Closing out the luncheon was the inspiring and talented vocal trio 33Miles, playing their current top 10 hit, “Thank You” along with some new music and a stunning rendition of a song originally made famous by Vince Gill, “Go Rest High on that Mountain.” The guys also shared a little of their ministry and hearts on the video screen prior to their performance. “This journey started for us about two and a half years ago with a dream and a calling to sing great songs of the faith that really encourage people to hold onto their beliefs, to hold onto their faith in Christ no matter what age group they are, and to really speak to the Church,” explained Jason Barton (lead vocals and guitar). “And here we are, two and a half years later with that same message, the same great songs, only now we are more passionate about the songs and about Jesus Christ and about the people we are reaching.”
JRA gave out nearly 2000 CDs and books to GMA MAPS registrants who attended the luncheon. We would like to extend a big “Thank you!” to all who attended and all those who support our artists and our agency. See you next year!
Photos by Kingsbury Film.
39th Annual Dove Awards Results Are In! Casting Crowns wins Group of the Year for the 4th consecutive year!
JRA artists have taken home Dove Awards for 8 out of the 13 categories for which they were nominated! We would like to extend our most sincere congratulations to the nominees and winners of this year's 39th Annual GMA Dove Awards, as well as our appreciation to YOU for showing your support for the Christian music industry at GMA Music Week 2008.
Casting Crowns was named Group of the Year for the fourth year in a row, and also walked away with Song of the Year for "East to West" as well as Pop/Contemporary Album for The Altar and the Door and Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song for "East to West". Mark Hall of Casting Crowns also was recognized for Inspirational Recorded Song ("By His Wounds" - Glory Revealed) and Special Event Album (Glory Revealed). Skillet's "Comatose" recieved the Dove for Rock Recorded Song, and Michael English was awarded a Dove for Southern Gospel Album for his involvement with Get Away, Jordan.
Congratulations again to all who were honored at this year's Dove Awards. Stay tuned for photos and a follow up from JRA's experience at GMA Music Week 2008!
39th Annual GMA Dove Award Nominations Announced!
Congratulations to all JRA artists nominated for a 39th Annual GMA Dove Award this year! Here are the categories in which they were nominated:
SONG OF THE YEAR
“East to West”: Casting Crowns
“Tears of the Saints”: Leeland
MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Mark Hall (Casting Crowns)
GROUP OF THE YEAR
ARTIST OF THE YEAR
NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
ROCK RECORDED SONG
“Comatose”: Comatose, Skillet
POP/CONTEMPORARY RECORDED SONG
“East to West”: The Altar and the Door, Casting Crowns
“Tears of the Saints”: Sound Of Melodies, Leeland
INSPIRATIONAL RECORDED SONG
“Be Lifted High”: Stand, Michael W. Smith, co-written by Leeland Mooring
“Praise You In This Storm”: Casting Crowns
The Altar and the Door: Casting Crowns
SPECIAL EVENT ALBUM
Glory Revealed: Contributed to by Mark Hall (Casting Crowns)
Music Inspired By The Motion Picture Amazing Grace: Contributed to by Avalon
PRAISE & WORSHIP ALBUM
Manifesto: Pocket Full of Rocks
Good Luck Everyone!!
33 Miles ONE OF CHRISTIAN MUSIC’S BEST-SELLING NEW ARTISTS IN 2007
One of the most successful and best-selling new Christian artists in 2007, INO Records’ 33Miles, crossed the U.S. on a jam-packed promotional tour filled with television appearances, radio station visits, concerts, festivals and more. Now in follow-up to their smash top-10 debut single “What Could Be Better” 33Miles has released “There Is A God” to radio on July 20.
Reflecting on “There Is A God” lead singer Jason Barton says, “In a world full of unbelief and confusion, this song offers an anthem for Christians to sing aloud the undeniable evidence that we did not just appear from nowhere, that we are wonderfully made by the Creator of the universe and that He calls us ‘friend.’”
Since their self-titled album released on April 10, 33Miles has logged over 33,000 miles touring the country in a whirl-wind of press, taping the video countdown show “Hot List” with The Gospel Music Channel, appearing on LeSea Broadcasting’s “The Daily Harvest Show” in June and on Father’s Day performing during the “Hour Of Power” broadcast at The Crystal Cathedral.
Earlier this month, 33Miles performed at both of Christian music's largest annual listener appreciation concerts: KLTY/Dallas' "Celebrate Freedom" with more than 100,000 fans in attendance and KXOJ/Tulsa's "Freedom Live" festival. According to KXOJ's Bob Thorton, "20,000+ came out to see 33Miles!”
33Miles most recent radio concert appearances include, WCVO/The River in Columbus, OH and The Fish in Nashville, Sacramento and Cleveland. Upcoming appearances will be KSBJ “Summer Of Love” concert series in Houston, TX, K-LOVE regional market concerts and WCIC in Peoria, IL.
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