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MADDIE REY MAKES DEBUT ON MAIN STAGE AT RISEFEST THIS WEEKEND

Christian Teen Performing Artist Opens for TobyMac, MercyMe, Others at Two-Day Event

June 13, 2017 (Springdale, Ark.) – Teen Christian music recording artist Maddie Rey is set to make her debut singing and dancing at RiseFest when the Illinois native takes to the Main Stage Friday and Saturday, opening for TobyMac, MercyMe, Building 429, Tenth Avenue North, Crowder, Danny Gokey, KJ-52 and others. RiseFest is a two-day festival, held annually during Father’s Day weekend in Sheldon, Iowa, that traditionally attracts thousands of fans.

Rey, whose latest single, “Heart in the Air” claimed the No. 1 spot for the month of February on the Christian Radio Chart, earned the desirable festival performance after winning an online music competition based on fan voting.

In addition to being a popular musician and youth minister, Maddie Rey starred in an online series on YouTube titled “The Maddie Rey Show,” as a pre-teen where she encouraged youth to live out loud for Jesus through music videos and a creative Gospel message.

“Heart in the Air,” which aired on approximately 750 Christian AC and Christian CHR radio outlets, was written by Maddie Rey and Jordan Jones. A video for “Heart in the Air” is on YouTube.

Maddie Rey is the daughter of Pastor Luis Reyes and Tricia Reyes, founders and senior pastors at Church of Joy in Waukegan, Illinois.

To learn more about RiseFest and view the schedule, visit RiseMinistries.com/RiseFest. To learn more about Maddie Rey, visit maddierey.com, like her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

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CREATIVE SOUL RECORDS ARTIST LESLIE MCKEE RELEASES NEW SINGLE

‘What You’re Made Of’ from New Album Earning Rave Reviews

May 31, 2017 (Springdale, Ark.) – Creative Soul Records artist Leslie McKee is set to release a new single today when “What You’re Made Of” goes for adds at Christian INSPO and Christian AC radio. The song, produced by internationally-acclaimed producer Eric Copeland, was written by hit songwriters Molly Reed, Jeff Pardo, Justin Ebach, and Robbie Earle. The single is off McKee’s new album, which is garnering rave reviews, titled “Another Mile.”

JesusFreakHideout.com, which compared McKee to Francesca Battistelli, said: “Leslie McKee’s faith and love for Jesus really shines through in her music, and ‘Another Mile’ is the latest example of her desire to share this with others. It’s an album that could hold its own against some of the bigger names in the CCM world, and those looking for some encouragement would do well to pick up a copy.”

McKee has shared a message of redemption, restoration, and relationship woven through songs and stories from her heart and life since releasing her debut EP, “True to You” on Creative Soul Records in 2009. Her single, “What Love Looks Like”, was produced by Grammy and Dove Award-winning producer Phil Naish, and was included on the 2013 “We Are Creative Soul” project celebrating the 15th anniversary of Creative Soul Records. In December 2016, McKee released a Christmas single titled “Jesus Born on This Day,” which is also included on another Creative Soul Records compilation project, “Timeless Christmas.”

On “Another Mile,” McKee has partnered with Copeland and some of Nashville’s finest musicians, producers, and writers on a project that delivers a mix of pop-infused tunes and powerful ballads.

“’Another Mile’ is the culmination of the many miles traveled to work on this project and the many places my heart has journeyed over the past few years,” McKee said. “My desire is that my life experiences will be used as a platform to shine the light of Jesus into the dark places…that the songs on this album will offer hope to the broken in spirit and will encourage those who are weary to keep holding on.”

While McKee reveals a whole new side to herself artistically on the new album, what hasn’t changed is her desire to share the love of Jesus with those around her. She doesn’t shy away from talking about real life and hopes that by doing so, others will know they are not alone in their struggles.

“Life has a way of coming at us, sometimes good, and sometimes hard,” she said. “In those hard times, it may take all we have to get up in the morning and will ourselves to breathe. We need something or someone to hold on to, and that something is hope and is found in the person of Jesus Christ. There have been many times when I’ve felt like giving up, but I’ve come out on the other side alive and full of hope. I want to be able to encourage others to hold on!”

In addition to having an active concert ministry, McKee is a respected worship leader. She has served in church music ministry in different capacities for more than 25 years and has focused on worship leadership for the past 15 years. Her passion and sensitivity to the Spirit are evident through the worship times she plans and leads.

McKee is currently touring throughout Pennsylvania this summer in support of the new music.

To learn more about McKee, visit lesliemckee.com, like McKee on Facebook and follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

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SINGER/SONGWRITER MICHAEL EDMONDS RELEASES NEW SINGLE

‘Heal the Land’ Goes for Adds Today at Christian Radio

May 24, 2017 (Springdale, Ark.) – “Heal the Land”, written and produced by Michael Edmonds, goes for adds today to Christian INSPO/Soft AC and AC Christian radio. Jason Hutchins of Element Room Productions engineered the project. An afternoon spent watching his young daughter play amid a group of culturally-diverse children resulted in Edmond’s new single which asks God to heal the racial tension that plagues our society.

“One afternoon, I was watching my daughter, Heavenly, play at the park with kids of different backgrounds and colors,” Edmonds said. “It occurred to me that although there is a lot of racial tension in America, children naturally like one another and just want to play together. Until they are taught differently by the words or actions of others, children just want to get along. ‘Heal the Land’ is my prayer that all of us will be examples of love and unity to children, because they who are the next generation are watching us.”

Edmonds, who has been in music ministry as a singer/songwriter for more than 20 years, has a focused vision for his calling: draw the lost to a forgiving God by exalting the name of Jesus and be a reflection of His love and compassion. A native of Queens, N.Y., he overcame the challenge of being raised by parents who were addicted to drugs and his mother dying of AIDS at the age of 28 to pursue a music career. Although he started out in the secular music industry, Edmonds felt called to sing for the Lord, a path that has taken him to the stage of the legendary Apollo Theater. He also has appeared on numerous local and national TV and radio shows, won multiple national music awards and released a Top 5 single, “Overcome the World.”

Edmonds, who signed with McLaughlin Music Group International for management this month, recently appeared on Cornerstone TV Network’s “Real Life 360” and is scheduled to appear on “Friends & Neighbors” in Atlanta Live Studios on May 25th which will be seen nationally on the NRB Network and several other broadcast stations.

In addition to being a recording artist, Edmonds serves at New Life Christian Fellowship in Goose Creek, S.C. He and his wife, Krissy, have one daughter, Heavenly.

For more information about Edmonds, visit michaeledmondsmusic.com, like Edmonds on Facebook or follow him on YouTube and Twitter.

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VIDEO OUT FOR NEW SONG THAT ASKS GOD TO HEAL RACIAL TENSIONS

Michael Edmonds’ ‘Heal the Land’ Inspired by Watching Daughter Play at Park

May 10, 2017 (Springdale, Ark.) – A video inspired by watching his young daughter play amid a group of culturally-diverse children is being released today by Michael Edmonds in support of the singer’s new single, “Heal the Land,” which will be out soon. In the song, Edmonds asks God to heal the racial tension that plagues our society. The video is available on YouTube.

“One afternoon, I was watching my daughter, Heavenly, play at the park with kids of different backgrounds and colors,” Edmonds said. “It occurred to me that although there is a lot of racial tension in America, children naturally like one another and just want to play together. Until they are taught differently by the words or actions of others, children just want to get along. ‘Heal the Land’ is my prayer that all of us will be examples of love and unity to children, because they who are the next generation are watching us.”

The single, which Edmonds wrote and produced, is being prepped for Christian INSPO/Soft AC and AC Christian radio. Jason Hutchins of Element Room Productions engineered the project.

Edmonds, who has been in music ministry as a singer/songwriter for more than 20 years, has a focused vision for his calling: draw the lost to a forgiving God by exalting the name of Jesus and be a reflection of His love and compassion. A native of Queens, N.Y., he overcame the challenge of being raised by parents who were addicted to drugs and his mother dying of AIDS at the age of 28 to pursue a music career. Although he started out in the secular music industry, Edmonds felt called to sing for the Lord, a path that has taken him to the stage of the legendary Apollo Theater. He also has appeared on numerous local and national TV and radio shows, won multiple national music awards and released a Top 5 single, “Overcome the World.”

Edmonds, who has signed with McLaughlin Music Group International for management, recently appeared on Cornerstone TV Network’s “Real Life 360.”

In addition to being a recording artist, Edmonds serves at New Life Christian Fellowship in Goose Creek, S.C. He and his wife, Krissy, have one daughter, Heavenly.

For more information about Edmonds, visit michaeledmondsmusic.com, like Edmonds on Facebook or follow him on YouTube and Twitter.

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SACKCLOTH & ASHES RELEASES FOLLOW UP MUSIC TO POPULAR DEBUT

New song ‘Star’ Goes for Adds to Christian Radio Today

May 3, 2017 (Springdale, Ark.) – Twelve months after duo Sackcloth & Ashes released its debut single, “Sons of God,” which hit No. 2 on the ChristianRadioChart.com and found its way to international radio stations, the Missouri act is set to release the title cut from its upcoming release. The new song, titled “Star,” goes for adds today at Christian CHR and Christian Rock radio stations.

Sackcloth & Ashes, a pop/rock band, features lead vocalist Bobby Burns and Chad Hampton, drummer and band manager, who is legally blind due to an accident while serving in the Army.

“We formed Sackcloth & Ashes because we wanted a ministry-minded, high-energy band that focuses on the people that God puts in our path,” Hampton said. “We want people to have fun and experience God in a new, fun way when they’re around us.”

Since its release, “Sons of God” has enjoyed a year of radio activity, with the single finding its way into the Top 5 a number of times (and peaking at No. 2) at ChristianRadioChart.com, an international radio chart for indie artist that is based on stations added, rather than the spins-based charts, such as Billboard and others.

For more information about Sackcloth & Ashes, visit SackclothandAshesMusic.com, like on Facebook and follow on Twitter. Also, check out the duo’s Reverbnation page.

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JO D LEAVES BASEBALL TO CARE FOR SICK MOM, REDISCOVERS MUSIC

New single ‘This Time is For You’ Goes for Adds to Christian Radio Today

April 27, 2017 (Springdale, Ark.) – Christian singer Jo D was solidly on the path to fulfilling his dream to be a professional baseball player when his mother’s breast cancer diagnosis resulted in him leaving college – and baseball – to care for her. What happened in the subsequent years resulted in the young man feeling a call to music ministry.

Jo D, who is now one of the worship leaders at Calvary Chapel in Jacksonville, Florida, is set to release his single, “This Time is For You” to Christian AC and Christian CHR radio today.

Jo D (nee Jody Finch) wrote the single, which incorporates pop and R&B influences. Big Hack produced the project.

Jo D had discovered music and singing as a child, a passion he shared with his mother. Because he was too shy to sing in public, Jo D focused on his love of baseball. His talent for the game earned him recognition that led to his college baseball career. During the two years that Jo D cared for his mom before she passed away, the two of them spent time singing together and, Jo D said, she introduced him to God. Soon after her death, Jo D signed a contract to play minor league baseball in Louisiana. Alone in a new city, Jo D says he turned to women to fill his loneliness, a choice that led to remorse and the feeling that God was pursuing him.

Jo D left baseball and returned home, where he met and married his wife. After he began writing and performing music again, a manager in Atlanta contacted him about recording R&B music. His involvement in the music industry coincided with his marriage deteriorating.

In what Jo D calls “a pivotal moment,” he fell to his knees and cried out to God.

“I realized I had been religious, but did not have a personal relationship with God,” he said, adding that although he had grown up in church, he had moved away from his faith as a teenager and young adult. “In that moment, I surrendered my life to Christ and asked God to take away everything not pleasing to Him.”

Soon after, Jo D read Matthew 9:11-13 (“For I have not come to call the righteous, but the sinners.”) and realized God had a plan for him in which he was to use his musical talents to reflect Christ’s love. God also restored Jo D’s marriage.

For more information about Jo D, visit officialjod.com, like Jo D on Facebook or follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

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