TobyMac Announces Theatre Tour Following Blockbuster Success Of "HITS DEEP Tour" And “I just need U.” Gold Certification


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TobyMac Announces Theatre Tour Following 
Blockbuster Success Of "HITS DEEP Tour" And 
“I just need U.” Gold Certification

 

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Nashville, Tenn. (May 6, 2019) – 7X GRAMMY® winner TobyMac's “I just need U.” just scored RIAA Gold Certification aligning with the wrap of his ever popular “HITS DEEP Tour” drawing hundreds of thousands. “I just need U.” is housed on TobyMac’s latest chart-topping album The Elements. The track marked the multi-platinum selling artist's fastest song to be certified Gold, and reigned at radio for 12 weeks.

"I have been fortunate to have been a part of a lot of great songs, "shares TobyMac. "For 'I just need U.' to be setting new benchmarks is crazy!"

"We knew that 'I just need U.' was a special song when Toby brought it in and had high hopes that it would become another milestone moment in a career that has already had so many," adds Brad O’Donnell, Co-President, Capitol Christian Music Group. "It has exceeded even those expectations though - we couldn’t be more excited to have yet another Gold record with Toby!"

250,000 tickets were sold to TobyMac’s “HITS DEEP Tour.” Among the 37 shows were a slew of notable arenas including Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, Atlanta’s Infinite Energy Arena, Hoffman Estates’ Sears Centre Arena, Newark’s Prudential Center and two sold-out nights at D.C.’s EagleBank Arena and Dallas' The Theatre at Grand Prairie. Jeremy Camp, Jordan Feliz, Ryan Stevenson, We Are Messengers and Aaron Cole joined the artist’s headlining jaunt which is a partnership with K-LOVE, Air1, Awakening Events and Food for the Hungry. TobyMac took a series of photos on stage at every arena – fans can find their photos at www.TobyMac.com/ photos-from-stage/

Fall of 2019 will mark the return of the “TobyMac The Theatre Tour.” Known for selling out arenas, last year marked the inaugural year for the trek which offers fans an unprecedented, intimate music experience. The unique offering will visit a dozen markets in November with special guest Cochren & Co. "TobyMac The Theatre Tour" is in partnership with Awakening Events, Awakening Foundation and Food for the Hungry. Tickets will be available at http://awakeningevents.com/events/tobymac-the-theatre-tour.

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For the latest on all things TobyMac, visit www.TobyMac.com. To listen to The Elements, click here.

 “TobyMac The Theatre Tour" Dates:
* all dates subject to change.
11/7 Springfield, MO
11/8 Rockford, IL
11/9 Fort Wayne, IN
11/10 Evansville, IN
11/14 Peoria, IL
11/15 Knoxville, TN
11/16 Chattanooga, TN
11/17 Montgomery, AL
11/21 Columbia, SC
11/22 Savannah, GA
11/23 Asheville, NC
11/23 Cincinnati, OH

 

About TobyMac:
With more than 12 million units in career sales and a whopping seven GRAMMY® Awards, TobyMac's career continues on the fast track. His 2015 RIAA Certified Gold studio album, THIS IS NOT A TEST garnered a GRAMMY® Award and Billboard Music Award nomination on top of debuting at No. 4 on the Billboard Top 200. Each of his six studio solo projects have achieved Gold certification, a first for any artist in the history of his label, Capitol Christian Music Group. Among those is 2012's EYE ON IT, which debuted atop the Billboard 200, only the third Christian album ever to do so. The Elements, his awaited newest collection of music, is available now boasting "Everything" alongside the chart-topper, RIAA Gold Certified "I just need U."


Get Connected With TobyMac

Website // www.tobymac.com
Facebook // www.facebook.com/tobymac
Twitter // www.twitter.com/tobymac
Instagram // www.instagram.com/tobymac
YouTube // www.youtube.com/TobyMacVEVO

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SKILLET LAUNCHES VICTORIOUS AUGUST 2

Tenth Studio Album Available for Pre-Order Now

“Legendary” to Impact Rock Radio May 20

(New York, NY - May 8, 2019) - Every victory merits a theme song, and victory is exactly what multi-platinum, two-time GRAMMY® nominee rockers Skillet hail as they partner with Billboard to announce the soundtrack to triumph on their tenth full-length album, Victorious due August 2nd (Atlantic). The follow-up to the RIAA Gold-certified Unleashed (their fourth consecutive album to receive either a gold, platinum, or double-platinum certification), the new project continues to propel the band’s position as one of the best-selling rock bands of the 21st century, racking up over 1 billion streams in 2018 alone. Victorious is available for pre-order now with special merchandise packages.

“Victorious perfectly describes how the record makes me feel,” affirms lead singer John Cooper. “You wake up, face your own demons every day, and never give in. There’s an introspective side to it. We might’ve commented on the world explicitly on previous albums. This one is about looking inward. Perhaps, it’s because I’ve gotten a little older, and I’ve accepted struggle as part of the journey. When I listen to these songs, I want to fight for my life, I want to fight for who I am, and I want to fight for what I believe in.”

Coupled with the production strides made in the last full-length studio offering, John and wife/guitarist/keyboardist Korey took the reins for the bulk of production on Victorious—a career first.

“Unleashed recharged us, and we returned to what we love about writing,” continues John. “It was tight and electronic hard rock. We wanted to keep the sound modern and pull in influences from hip-hop drums and keyboards, while staying riff-y. Victorious started there. Our confidence was sparked by the last record and all of the other projects. We were feeling prolific. We thought, ‘We can produce our own Skillet album.’ It lit a fire. Korey and I have produced in the past, but nothing quite like this. It’s a brand new season.”

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This season kicks off with the lead rock single “Legendary,” also the album's first instant grat track available today, and impacting Rock radio on May 20. Otherworldly keyboards and wiry, blues-inspired guitar give way to kicking percussion before the song explodes with a hummable hook punctuated by hypnoticharmonies. Click on the image above to see the lyric video for “Legendary.”

“The lyrics are a call to make your life matter,” Cooper goes on. “You’re realizing you have a chance for your life to count every day. In a sense, we’re all destined to be forgotten, so live the way you want and don’t turn your back on who you are. I drew the sentiment from my own career. We’ve always put our heads down and pushed forward when confronted with adversity.”

Skillet's first single for the Christian market, the melodic “Anchor,” will also feature a visualizer/lyric video and be offered as an instant grat on June 14. The track will impact radio on July 19th.

"I've been privileged to have worked with Skillet for the past 10 years and am constantly blown away by the music that John and Korey Cooper and this band create," Pete Ganbarg, Atlantic Records President of A&R, said. "Every song on 'Victorious' is an example of what has made Skillet such an integral part of contemporary music for the past two decades. We are thrilled to get to share it with the world."

In support of Victorious, Skillet will hit major summer festivals and headline a tour this August joined by Sevendust with special guests Pop Evil and Devour the Day. Full tour schedules and VIP M&G packages and tickets are available here.

The track listing for Victorious is as follows:

1. Legendary

2. You Ain’t Ready

3. Victorious

4. This Is the Kingdom

5. Save Me

6. Rise Up

7. Terrify the Dark

8. Never Going Back

9. Reach

10. Anchor

11. Finish Line

12. Back to Life

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Get Connected with Skillet:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/skilletmusic

Twitter: https://twitter.com/skilletmusic

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/skillet/

About Skillet:

One of the best-selling rock bands of the 21st century, two-time GRAMMY® Award-nominated multiplatinum Wisconsin quartet Skillet—John Cooper [lead vocals/bass], Korey Cooper [guitar/keys], Jen Ledger [drums/vocals], and Seth Morrison [lead guitar]—write the soundtrack to triumph. An undying spirit humbly asserted and affirmed the band as one of this generation’s most successful rock acts. However, as all classic underdog stories do, it happened quietly under the radar. By 2019, they not only garnered a pair of GRAMMY® Award nods and sold over 12 million albums worldwide, but they also took home a Billboard Music Award for the double-platinum Awake. Its breakout single “Monster” remains “one of the most-streamed rock songs of all-time” with 285 global audio streams. 2016’s Unleashedbowed at #3 on the Billboard Top 200. Going #1 on Rock Radio, the lead single “Feel Invincible” cracked 150 million global audio streams and went platinum. Meanwhile, the gold-certified Unleashed became their fourth consecutive album to receive either a gold, platinum, or double-platinum. To date, nine original tunes earned RIAA recognition in tandem with high-profile syncs by everyone from WWE and Marvel to ESPN and NFL. Between selling out arenas on four continents, the group performed on CONAN and graced the pages of USA Today and New York Times, to name a few. In 2018 alone, the band clocked 1 billion Spotify streams. This momentum continues on their 2019 tenth full-length, Victorious. With the bulk produced by Korey and John, it lives up to its name for Skillet as their most triumphant body of work yet.

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Riley Clemmons Scores Coveted Top 20 Spot On SoundExchange’s 2018 Year End Breakout Artist Chart

SoundExchange's Senior Director, Industry Relations Linda Bloss-Baum, President & CEO Mike Huppe, Riley Clemmons, Chief Communications Officer Helaine Klasky & VP Industry Relations, Barry Levine. Credit: Amy Carpenter Creative

SoundExchange's Senior Director, Industry Relations Linda Bloss-Baum, President & CEO Mike Huppe, Riley Clemmons, Chief Communications Officer Helaine Klasky & VP Industry Relations, Barry Levine.
Credit: Amy Carpenter Creative

Nashville, Tenn. (May 9, 2019)SoundExchange honored 19 year-old singer, songwriter Riley Clemmons as a 2018 Year End Top 20 Breakout Artist while in her hometown of Nashville this week. The distinction comes as Clemmons’ self-titled debut album tallies a notable and growing 35 million global career streams. Clemmons’ company on the list spans genres including names such as Mitchell Tenpenny, Bazzi, Kim Petras and more alongside past recipients Billie Eilish and Imagine Dragons. The plaque was presented in front of Clemmons’ family and team including Capitol Christian Music Group and Maximum Artist Management during the annual Music Biz Conference.

“SoundExchange is proud to support all music creators by ensuring they are paid accurately and fairly for their work. Our work benefits recording artists and songwriters, record labels and publishers - and it extend to all genres, including Christian and faith-based music,” shared Mike Huppe, President and CEO of SoundExchange, whom first met Clemmons last year. “Supporting artists like Riley isn’t just our business, but it is our passion, too. We are so honored to be able to celebrate Riley’s work and success here today.”

“I feel like in the industry, it is so hard to find community and connection with everything moving so fast,” shares Clemmons. “To receive this with my community including the amazing team from SoundExchange alongside my family, management and label is especially meaningful."


Riley Clemmons alongside the SoundExchange Team, Capitol Christian Music Group, Maximum Artist Management and her family.  Credit: Amy Carpenter Creative

Riley Clemmons alongside the SoundExchange Team, Capitol Christian Music Group, Maximum Artist Management and her family.

Credit: Amy Carpenter Creative


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SoundExchange fights for royalty structures that recognize the vital role that the creators of music play for digital services. The organization develops business solutions to benefit the entire music industry. SoundExchange collects and distributes digital performance royalties on behalf of more than 185,000 recording artists and master rights owners accounts and administers direct agreements on behalf of rights owners and licensees. To date, SoundExchange has paid out more than $6 billion in royalties.

Clemmons’ just unveiled the strength-filled power ballad “Fighting For Me.” The song serves as a follow-up to her NCA Top 20 breakthrough hit “Broken Prayers.”

To listen to the newest from Riley Clemmons, click here.

About Riley Clemmons:

Riley Clemmons is a 19-year-old, Nashville-based singer, songwriter signed to Capitol CMG whose sound is pop with spiritual depth. Her debut single “Broken Prayers” skyrocketed at radio upon its release in early 2018, and has currently amassed 35 million global career streams. The Nashville native began writing at the age of 13 while maintaining the full-time demands of being a student. Fast forward five years, you find a seasoned songstress who has collaborated with some of the most talked about writers on Music Row like Emily Weisband, Josh Kerr and more. 2018 marked the debut of her full-length, self-titled album. "Fighting For Me" is her latest single.

Get Connected with Riley Clemmons:

www.RileyClemmons.com

Facebook.com/RileyClemmonsMusic

Instagram.com/RileyClemmons

Twitter.com/RileyClemmons

YouTube.com/RileyClemmons

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Singer/songwriter JJ Heller Premieres Timely New Music Video for “A Mother Like You”  on Mother.ly

Nashville, Tenn. (May. 10, 2019) - Yesterday, singer/songwriter JJ Heller premiered her timely new music video for her recently released “A Mother Like You” on Mother.ly a blog followed by over a million moms, providing inspiration to women exactly when they need it. Just in time for Mother's Day, the heart-warming track puts words to the often hard to express love and thankfulness felt for mothers.

“My mom has always been one of my biggest cheerleaders” said JJ. “Sometimes it’s hard to find the words to communicate our gratitude for our mother's sacrifice and unconditional love. I hope ‘A Mother Like You’ helps capture a bit of that feeling.”


Heller began releasing monthly singles in Apr. 2017 that together have amassed over 10 million combined streams to date. The songstress will continue to announce a brand-new song on the first Friday of each month in 2019. 

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Heller’s latest full-length project, I Dream Of You (Vol. II) appeals to parent and child alike. Comprised of timeless covers and lullabies, the 15-song collection contains songs from the 50’s through today including favorites like “Here Comes the Sun,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “Edelweiss” and more, along with three brand-new originals. Birthed out of Heller’s own desire as a mother of two, the project, deemed "medicinal music" by fans, crosses generational boundaries with messages of truth, hope and love woven throughout each track.

To listen to I Dream of You (Vol. II) click HERE.


About JJ Heller:
 
For over 15 years, Nashville-based independent singer/songwriter JJ Heller has traveled the country sharing music full-time with her husband, Dave Heller, who also co-writes, plays guitar, and provides witty banter from the stage. Her songs have been featured on national television, international advertising campaigns, and radio stations across the world.

On Nov. 02, Heller released her tenth full-length studio album, I Dream of You (Volume II), a 15-track compilation including 12 of Heller's favorite cover songs from the 1950’s through today alongside three brand-new originals.

When she released her first I Dream of You album in 2014, now one of her most-streamed albums, Heller had no idea how significantly it would shape her career. At the time, the mother of two small girls desired to create soothing love songs with a simple message of devotion from a parent to a child. After listeners began sharing stories of how the songs played an integral role in their family’s bedtime routines, car rides, or hospital visits, Heller began donating the album to hospitals, adoption agencies, and families of young children. The album has since been donated to over 100,000 families.

Get Connected with JJ Heller:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/jjhellermusic
Instagram: www.instagram.com/jjhellermusic
Twitter: www.twitter.com/jjheller
YouTube: www.youtube.com/jjhellermusic
Website: https://www.jjheller.com/




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“Imagine Nation Tour” Anchored By MercyMe With Crowder And Micah Tyler Announces Fall 2019 Run

Success of Arena Spring Trek Calls For Fall Continuation

 

Nashville, Tenn. (May 13, 2019) - Pittsburgh, Charlotte, Louisville, Tulsa, Austin and Ft. Worth are among the stops planned for the fall continuation of  the “Imagine Nation Tour.” Multi-platinum selling MercyMe will spearhead the run alongside fellow GRAMMY® nominee Crowder and GMA Dove nominee Micah Tyler. 

Recent radio favorites “Best News Ever,” “Grace Got You” and “Even If” are housed on MercyMe's most current album LIFER, and will be among the hits included in the evening of music. 2019 has reaped both GRAMMY® and Billboard Music Award nominations for the current American Music Award winners. The tour also comes on the heels of the box office shattering film I CAN ONLY IMAGINE inspired by frontman Bart Millard’s real-life story behind the beloved MercyMe song. 

The line-up pulled off a successful run this spring selling out concerts in Phoenix, LA, Portland, Cincinnati, Chicago and Tampa. For tickets and the most recent information, click here

“Imagine Nation Tour” Routing:
* all dates subject to change

October 3        Buffalo, NY
October 4        Pittsburgh, PA
October 5        Columbus, OH
October 6        Roanoke, VA
October 8        New York, NY
October 11      Saginaw, MI
October 12      Cleveland, OH
October 13      Grand Rapids, MI
October 17      Birmingham, AL
October 18      Columbia, SC
October 19      Norfolk, VA
October 20      Raleigh, NC
October 24      Dayton, OH
October 25      Louisville, KY
October 26      Evansville, IN
October 27      Nashville, TN
November 1    Charlotte, NC
November 2    Duluth, GA
November 3    Tupelo, MS
November 7    TBD
November 8    Tulsa, OK
November 9    St. Louis, MO
November 10  Champaign, IL
November 14  Colorado Springs, CO
November 15  TBD
November 16  Cedar Park, TX
November 17  Ft. Worth, TX

 

About MercyMe:
It continues to be a landmark season for the multi-platinum selling MercyMe. A major motion picture based on the life of frontman Bart Millard who wrote the mega-hit song "I Can Only Imagine” after the loss of his father opened at a remarkable No. 3 at the box office on Mar. 16, 2018 (Lionsgate, Roadside Attractions). Carrying the same name, Millard’s first memoir also released this year followed by the unveiling of I Can Only Imagine – The Very Best Of MercyMe. MercyMe was named Top Christian Artist at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards, scored their sixth GRAMMY® nomination, was the top winner at the fan-fueled K-LOVE Fan Awards including a win for Artist of the Year and won their seventh American Music Award. The group was the 2017 GMA Dove Award Winner for Artist Of The Year.

Since their debut in 2001, GRAMMY® nominated, multiple American Music Award and Dove Award winners MercyMe have sold more than 9 million units in CD, single and DVD sales, garnered more than 58 No. 1 multi-format radio singles and four consecutive mainstream radio hits with “I Can Only Imagine,” (No. 4 AC/Top 25 on Top 40/Hot AC), “Here With Me” (No. 4 AC), “Homesick” (Top 10 AC) and “So Long Self.” MercyMe made history in 2014 as “I Can Only Imagine” surpassed 2 million digital downloads, making it the first song in Christian music to go platinum and double-platinum in the digital domain. The album containing the hit, Almost There, recently received triple platinum certification from the RIAA. In 2009, Billboard named MercyMe's "Word Of God Speak" the No. 1 Song of The Decade and the group the No. 1 Artist of the Decade in both the Christian Songs and Christian AC Songs categories, recognizing them as one of the industry's most notable talents. They have sold out venues throughout the US and Canada, including Radio City Music Hall, and have appeared on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, The Today Show, CBS This Morning, FOX New Channel's FOX & Friends, CNN, ABC News and in the pages of Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times, USA Today and more. MercyMe’s eighth studio album, the RIAA Certified Gold Welcome To The New, garnered two GRAMMY® nods and four radio hits. LIFER, their latest chart-topping, GMA Dove Award winning and GRAMMY® nominated album, includes the RIAA certified gold, GRAMMY® nominated smash hits "Even If” and "Grace Got You."

I Can Only Imagine - The Very Best Of MercyMe is available at Apple MusicSpotifyAmazon and iTunes.

LIFER is available at Apple MusicSpotifyAmazon and iTunes

Get Connected With MercyMe:
www.mercyme.org
www.facebook.com/mercyme
www.twitter.com/mercyme
www.instagram.com/themercyme
www.youtube.com/user/mercymevideo

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