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MARIA LONG RETURNS TO CHRISTIAN MUSIC WITH NEW SINGLE

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March 25, 2014 (Ft. Worth, TX) – Following a three-year sabbatical in which independent recording artist Maria Long gave birth to her first child, the singer/songwriter returns to the Christian music scene with the release of “Endeavor,” the title track from her 2011 album. The single currently is playing at AC/Soft AC-formatted Christian radio stations.

“People might think it was a crazy career decision to quit touring right after releasing an album, and maybe it was,” Long says, “but I did it because I felt that God was calling me on a new journey, the journey of becoming a mother.

“Having my son Noah changed everything,” Long says. “Even my understanding of God and what His love means to me has changed. I feel like I’m in the best place I’ve ever been to go out and share how God’s love can transform lives, because I am an example of that transformation. I’m so excited to be returning to touring and my music ministry!

“I realize now why God wanted me to wait before releasing this song.  My album Endeavor is all about knowing God for Who He really is, and I can truly say that, through the experience of being a mother, I have seen Him for who He is in my life.  When people hear the song ‘Endeavor,’ I want them to catch a glimpse of the God who loves them regardless of their failures.  And out of this experience, I hope that each listener will be overwhelmed by the lover of our souls and respond by engaging in a genuine and sincere worship experience with Him.”

When <em “mso-bidi-font-style:=”” normal”=””>Endeavor was released in 2011, the album quickly yielded a Billboard’s CHR Top 40 hit with “Find Me,” the initial single release. The song also was featured alongside music by Lady Gaga, Owl City, Fall Out Boy and Ke$ha on the popular dance video game Audition Redbana. “Endeavor” is the second single released from the project.

For more information about Long and Endeavor, visit marialong.com.

About Maria Long:

Maria Long’s 2006 album, Here With Me, launched the singer into the public eye, earning her support from both fans and the music industry. CCM Magazine nominated Long for Best New Independent Artist of the Year in 2007. Two songs from Here With Me were featured on the Gospel Music Channel’s reality show, “Revolve Rockin The Road.” In addition, the title track was included on EMI indie WOW album called Underground Sound.

Long spent four years recording her sophomore release, Endeavor, a concept album that Long calls “a labor of love (made) through a process of growth as a musician and a follower of God.”

Long’s son, Noah, was born September 26, 2012.

“I grew up in a Christian home knowing and loving God, but my relationship with Him has grown more in the past two years than it has my whole life,” Long says. “I have always struggled with accepting God’s love and forgiveness, but being a mother has shown me a depth of love that I had never experienced before, a love that is completely pure and not based on performance or conditions.  I know this is just a taste of the love of God, and this brings me such a great assurance.  It is a love I can’t resist, and He is all that I want and need.”

To learn more about Maria Long, you can visit her website at http://marialong.com. Like her on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/marialongmusic). Follow her on Twitter (https://twitter.com/marialongmusic).

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ARTIST KAREN SPURLOCK FIGHTS AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICING ONE COOKIE AT A TIME

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March 24, 2014 (Kenova, WV) West Virginia-based singer/songwriter Karen Spurlock, who is currently promoting her new EP, My Heart’s Desire, has raised more than twice her goal during the month of February in the entertainer’s support of LOVE146. Spurlock, who set a goal to raise $300 by baking and selling cookies, cupcakes and cake pops, has donated more than $700 to the human trafficking prevention non-profit.

“After reading a suggestion to have a bake sale to raise money, I came up with the idea to take orders for an assortment of baked desserts from people in my community for Valentine’s Day,” said Spurlock.

After gathering orders, Spurlock and her friends spent time baking the requested items, as well as extras to sell at the singer’s church.

The final tally, which also included donations from fans, exceeded $700.

“I am thankful to my community and friends for donating time and money to LOVE146,” she said. “A team of people came together to give to an incredible movement. I am hopeful for a day when human trafficking no longer exists and we can look back and know we played a small part in the big picture.”

Because of the success of the February baking fund-raiser, Spurlock is looking for other ways to help raise funds and awareness of LOVE146 in the future, such as organizing a 5K run or having a dance-off.

“My dad and I are hoping to plan a 5K to raise funds for LOVE146,” Spurlock said, adding that she and her father are already working out in preparation for the event. “Planning a 5K is motivating both of us to stay active.

“The neat thing about Love146,” Spurlock said, “is the organization strongly encourages you to use your own unique passions to raise funds.”

Spurlock says she is committed to continuing to raise awareness of LOVE146 at her concerts and through other events.

“Freedom looks different for everyone, but we all desire it”, she said. “It’s admirable that LOVE146 helps survivors fight for freedom.”

For more information about Spurlock and her current EP, My Heart’s Desire, visit karenspurlock.com, like her on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/karenspurlockmusic) and follow her on Twitter (https://twitter.com/KarenSpurlock). To watch the official Love Is Calling music video, go to http://youtu.be/1X8cLFpzv_I.

About Karen Spurlock:
Karen Spurlock, a Contemporary Christian music artist managed by McLaughlin Music Group International, Inc., has many loves. She loves performing at concerts and sharing her life through songs. She loves to laugh on and off stage. She loves to see people get up, dance, and have fun when they hear her songs. She loves finding a genuine moment to share what God has done in her life in hopes that it will bring people to a place of worship, life change, inspiration, and offer them hope. “I love looking someone in the eye and smiling at them while singing about His unfailing love, which is greater than anything I’ve ever experienced,” Spurlock said. “Doing that means more to me than I could ever express in words because I know that’s the calling on my life.”

Spurlock’s first radio single, “Love Is Calling,” features John Katina of The Katinas. The single has aired on 622 radio outlets internationally while reaching No. 1 on the Christian Radio Chart (CRC) weekly and monthly charts. The song was also the No. 2 song of 2013 at CRC (http://christianradiochart.com).

“Love Is Calling” is the debut single from Spurlock’s EP, My Heart’s Desire. My Heart’s Desire is available at karenspurlock.com and iTunes.

During her career, Spurlock has shared the stage with such artists as Sidewalk Prophets, Chasen, Matthew West, The Rhett Walker Band and Rapture Ruckus, and performed at numerous events, including Pneumafest, Amp’d For Christ and Septemberfest 2013.

About Love146:
Love146 is an international human rights organization working to end child trafficking and exploitation by caring for survivors, providing prevention education to children, training professionals working with exploited youth and empowering an international movement of abolition. Since 2002, Love146 has worked towards a sustainable, long-term and holistic approach to the problem of child trafficking and exploitation, caring for children throughout Asia, Europe and the United States.

LOVE146 provides holistic care for human trafficking victims by helping them return to their communities and assisting them through the journey from which they are still healing. To assist in the healing, LOVE146 currently operates the Round Home in the Philippines to provide a safe environment for these victims in a unique design to promote restoration and health of every child entering the doors. The Connecticut Recovery Center provides emergency shelter, group counsel, professional and family training, and a refuge of childhood, whimsy, and freedom for survivors of child trafficking and exploitation.

“We’re committed to abolition. Nothing less,” says LOVE146 founders.

For more information about LOVE146, visit love146.org.

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