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NEWS SOURCE: McCain & Co. PR February 12, 2013
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (February 12, 2013) – In celebration of Valentine’s Day, multiple Grammy and Dove Award-winning recording artist John Schlitt gives the gift of music this week with a free download of “The Gift,” the most recent single on the legendary vocalist’s fourth solo CD, The Greater Cause.
Music lovers are invited to visit SchlittShop.com on Valentine’s Day, where they can download “The Gift” for free on February 14. A link to the free download will be delivered via email, enabling the user to send the song to a loved one or download it themselves.
Written in honor of Schlitt’s wife, Dorla, and based on Ecclesiastes 4:9, 12 (“two are better than one” and “a three-fold cord is not quickly broken”), “The Gift” is a melodic saga celebrating the relationship between a man and a woman, intertwined with the One who made it all possible.
“I know that the Lord brought us together and by His grace has kept us together for more than 40 years-through all the ups, the downs and everything in between” states Schlitt. “In all the years I’ve been involved in music I had never written a song about the amazing gift the Lord has given me in my wife. It was a joy to write this song for a lady who has been there for me for a long, long time and changed my life.”
Written by Schlitt, The Greater Cause producer Dan Needham and Grammy Award winner Andrew Ramsey (Jonny Lang, Mandisa, India.Arie), “The Gift” has been released to radio in celebration of Valentine’s Day through A-Sides Radio Promotion. The song was recently named a Top Relationship Song by NewReleaseTuesday in a category that included songs by Chris August, Sara Groves, Bebo Norman, Todd Agnew, and Francesca Battistelli.
“My wife Dorla is my encourager; she speaks into my life with love in her heart. I would love to see this song, which celebrates the relationship between my God, my wife, and myself, be used by others as well,” says Schlitt. “I hope that people will send this song as a special message to their loved one. For those who have yet to find that ‘certain someone,’ I hope that they will simply enjoy the song themselves and trust the Lord to bring them that lifelong partner in His timing.”
To download “The Gift,” visit schlittshop.com/track/the-gift-dorlas-song on February 14. For more information about Schlitt and The Greater Cause, visit johnwschlitt.com. To contact Jeff McLaughlin at A-Sides Radio Promotion, email jeff[at]asidesradiopromotion.com.
About John Schlitt: With more than three decades worth of water under the musical bridge, John Schlitt has enjoyed a stellar career as a solo artist, as the lead singer for Grammy Award-winning Christian band Petra, one of the most successful Christian rock bands of all time, and as the former lead singer for popular ’70s mainstream rock band Head East. He has been inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame as the lead singer of Petra during the years when the band won 10 Dove Awards and four Grammy Awards. Schlitt was named the best rock singer in Christian music history by GospelMusicChannel.com. According to the website, Schlitt “remains one of the most distinctive and impactful men to ever stand behind a microphone.” Schlitt was also named Male Vocalist of the Year in About.com’s 2011 Readers’ Poll in a category that included Chris Tomlin, Jeremy Camp, Brandon Heath and Bebo Norman.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 5, 2013
ICONIC CHRISTIAN ROCKERS STRYPER SIGN TO FRONTIERS RECORDS FOR MULTI-ALBUM DEAL Re-Recorded Collection “Second Coming” Due Out March 26TH in North America
(NEW YORK, New York) – Frontiers Records is proud to announce the signing of iconic Christian rockers Stryper to a multi-album deal. The first release, SECOND COMING, will be released in North America on March 26th. Produced by Stryper frontman Michael Sweet, the new 16-track album includes new recordings of 14 songs from the band’s early years as well as 2 brand new songs.
Sweet commented, “We’re really excited about this record. The re-recorded songs are sounding awesome…better than the originals in many ways! One word to describe the record? Heavier. We’ve hooked up with some great people – we’ve got new management, a great album, a great label. We just feel like everything is coming together, and hopefully some big things are to follow.”
Stryper is one of the top Christian rock bands of all time. Comprised of the original line-up of Michael Sweet (vocals/guitar), Oz Fox (guitar), Tim Gaines (bass) and Robert Sweet (drums), Stryper has been rocking since 1984, and is responsible for such ’80s metal classic albums as SOLDIERS UNDER COMMAND, TO HELL WITH THE DEVIL, IN GOD WE TRUST and such MTV hit singles/videos as “Calling on You,” “Free” and “Honestly.” After a sabbatical for much of the 1990’s, Stryper returned strong in the early 21st century. To date, the band has sold upwards of 8 million records worldwide and is a Dove Award-winner and Grammy nominee. Stryper is the first band to have two songs in MTV’s Top 10 simultaneously.
SECOND COMING track listing: 1. Loud N’ Clear 2. Loving You 3. Soldiers Under Command 4. Makes Me Wanna Sing 5. First Love 6. The Rock That Makes Me Roll 7. Reach Out 8. Surrender 9. To Hell With The Devil 10. Calling On You 11. Free 12. The Way 13. Sing Along Song 14. More Than A Man 15. Bleeding From Inside Out (new track) 16. Blackened (new track)
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To access a publicity image of Stryper, please click here. (Photo credit: Tina Enos) (Photo ID left-to-right: Oz Fox, Robert Sweet, Tim Gaines, Michael Sweet)
For more information, please visit: www.stryper.com www.frontiers.it
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PETRA – The Classic Rock Tour 2013
Petra (John Schlitt, Bob Hartman, Greg Bailey and Cristian Borneo) has been invited to perform on The Classic Rock Tour 2013, slated to kickoff this March. Included in the tour are Asia featuring John Payne, ELO Part II alumni Phil Bates (The Music of Electric Light Orchestra Klassik) and former Genesis frontman Ray Wilson (Genesis Classic) joining on select dates.
The Touring package will present various combinations of the bands in both the U.S. and Europe.
“This tour is an amazing opportunity to bring Petra’s music to audiences that may not have ever heard of us,” states frontman John Schlitt. “Bob (Hartman) and I welcome the opportunity to perform before a whole new crowd and are very excited about going out together again.”
Not wanting to leave the Christian market behind, Petra is opening up its touring schedule to include limited bookings in the United States and Europe as well.
“Petra always has been first and foremost a Christian rock band,” reflects Schlitt. “There’s no doubt about where we stand or where our focus is. We want to be available to play wherever we’re needed – be it secular or Christian,” declares Schlitt.
In addition to reuniting with Petra, Schlitt will continue to tour with his own band and as a soloist in support of his 2012 release, “The Greater Cause.”
“I’m very blessed to have the best of both worlds,” says Schlitt. “I’m able to tour with some of the best musicians – in my band and in Petra. It’s a unique situation and I’m looking forward to playing with all the guys!”
For more information on The Classic Rock Tour 2013, visit http://www.classicrocktour.com.
The only thing better than Christmas music is classic Christian Rock Christmas music. Nothing gets me in the “spirit” of things like some of my favorite Yule Tide tunes. A few of these bad boys have been part of my Holiday celebrations for over 20 years. It just wouldn’t be Christmas at my house without these great records. I’ve listed five for you to check out, my hope is that they will become part of your personal Christmas sound track as well. By no means is this list comprehensive! (click the album cover for link to purchase site.)
Undercover, Adam Again, JC & The Boys, 441 and the Holidays are some of the featured artists from the early Broken records roster. A first of its kind groundbreaking record for 1988 Christian music. It still stands the test of time and is still available.
I love this record!!! What a collection of popular 80’s artists. Steve Camp, Margret Becker, Denise Williams, Al Green, Tim Minor, Steve Taylor, Geoff Moore & the Distance, BeBe & CeCe Winans all have classic songs on this record. By far, Whiteheart’s version of Little Drummer boy is one of the best Christmas Christian rock songs of all time. AMAZING tune!
This Elephante brothers produced record is 80’s rock perfection! With another stable of fantastic guest vocalists the 2nd project in the Packaderm Records Rock Power Praise series was a superb follow-up to Rock Power Praise Vol. 1: The Hymns. Excellent production and “non-cheesy” arrangements of classic Christmas Hymns make this release sparkle and shine with Christmas cheer!
IMHO Happy Christmas Vol I. remains the best project in the BEC/”Tooth & Nail “Happy Christmas” series. 90’s Christian rock at it’s finest, including a stellar version of Joy to The World by the OC Supertones and a scorching rendition of Away In a Manger by Plankeye. These cuts are the album’s most notable tracks, but there are many more memorable tunes on this baby! Happy Christmas Vol. II is also a great project, but V1 is truly a classic.
What can I say about NOEL? Produced by Steve Hindalong and Derri Daugherty of the Choir, NOEL is a origional masterpiece that was before its time. Consider the list of artist who contributed to this record. Terry Taylor (DA, Lost Dogs), Michael Pritzl (The Violet Burning), Jenny Gullen (Hoi Polloi), Carolyn Arends, Buddy Miller, Julie Miller, Kevin Max, yes THAT Kevin Max, and many more. While sadly overlooked by most CCM music buyers NOEL should have been spinning on every Christian AC station nation wide. It is a tender, beautiful and very accessible collection of songs. The earthy folk/Americana vibe of the project gives it life well beyond it’s mid 90’s release date. If you purchase one of my recommendations, make it this one. You will not be sorry that you did.