POST OLYMPIC CONCERT

Thousand Foot Krutch may be the first faith-based band from the United States to perform in Russia following the Winter Olympics.
TFK won’t be near Sochi, the site of the games. But the band has a concert scheduled for April 27 in the Moscow Arena.
One fan tweeted a photo of her tickets, already prepared to rock to songs such as “Light Up The Sky” and “War of Change.”

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LOCKER ROOM TREAT

Toby (right), and crew on their tour

TobyMac has befriended several pro-sports athletes who have been drawn to the artist because of his music.
One of them is back-up safety Chris Maragos of the SuperBowl champion Seattle Seahawks. When Toby’s “Hits Deep” tour went through Seattle recently, Toby and several band members got a personal tour of the luxurious Seahawks training facility, conducted by Maragos himself!
The player has been a fan of Toby since his college football days at the University of Wisconsin.

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MILES OF TRANSITION

Lookwood had previous released a solo EP

Chris Lockwood of the inspirational pop duo 33 MIles has announced he is leaving the band after more than eight years.
“After struggling with what I’ve known to be true for some time now, I have finally given in to what I believe God has been pressing on me for many months,” he said.
“It’s been one of the most difficult decisions I’ve ever had to make.”
Lockwood said for now he’ll be writing and producing for other artists and playing more at his home church.
The move leaves co-founding member Jesse Barton as the lone remaining voice in the band.
“I am brokenhearted that the season of our partnership has come to an end and at the same time I’m excited for him,” Barton noted.
Barton will carry on 33 MIles on a limited basis. Read more about his plans at http://e2.ma/message/1kpah/x95o1d

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ST. JAMES DELIVERS

Gemma Elena Fink

Gemma Elena is the welcome addition to the family of singer Rebecca St. James and husband Jacob Fink.
Gemma came in at 8 lbs. 3 oz. and was born Feb. 19
Her name means Precious Stone/Jewel & Shining Light.
“We are doing great!,” tweeted the singer. “My husband and I praise God for the sheer delight of this incredible blessing. God is so good and FAITHFUL! Thanks for your support and prayers…”

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AN OLYMPIC SONG


Brooklee Han at an earlier competition

Australian team figure skater Brooklee Han performed her Winter Olympics short program to a song by Michael W. Smith.
Han skated to the melody “Prayer For Taylor” from Smith’s award-winning instrumental album “Freedom.”
“Best wishes during your free (style) program in the finals,” tweeted Smith.
“Wow!!! Thank you so, so much!!,” she answered. “I love your music and I am so glad I was able to use Freedom in my Olympic debut!!”
The 18-year-old Han is from the United States, but she can skate for the Australian team because her father is from there.

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WEAVING A NEW TOUR

Weaver with beard!

Big Daddy Weave heading out this weekend (2/21) “The Only Name” with Group 1 Crew and Tim Timmons. The tour runs through early May.
Lead singer Mike Weaver has a special message about the tour
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BCHD9bvarA&feature=youtu.be&eml=2014February19/1297653/6010552

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SWITCHFOOT ON TV

Switchfoot performed two songs on the “Jimmy Kimmel Live” TV show on Wednesday (2/19) and on one of them, lead singer Jon Foreman made his way down through the crowd, just like in the band’s regular shows.
See them perform the song “Say It Like You Mean It” from their CD “Fading West” at
http://abc.go.com/shows/jimmy-kimmel-live/video/music-performances/_m_VDKA0_gh9rfnaw

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TOP CHRISTIAN GENRE LOVE SONG?

The song was written to Steven's wife MaryBeth

According to an opinion column on www.examiner.com, the top Christian-gospel Valentines/Anniversary/love song is:  “I Will Be Here” a song of commitment by Steven Curtis Chapman from his 1989 More To This Life CD.  (I’ve heard it sung at a few weddings, too!)
Some of the lyrics…..”I will be here, when you feel like being quiet, when you need to speak your mind, I will listen.
And I will be here
when the laughter turns to cryin’ , through the winning, losing and trying we’ll be togetherI will be here.”

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FRANCESCA’S GMA “STORY”

Francesca Battistelli performed her new song “Write Your Story” on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Thursday (2/13).
While introducing the artist, GMA’ co-anchor Robin Roberts called Francesca a “Christian pop superstar,” and noted that she also has a song on the new CD of music inspired by the upcoming feature film “Son of God.”
Battistelli performed with a full band – two guitars, bass, keyboards ,cello, and her husband Matt Goodwin on drums
“It was so fun,” she tweeted afterward. See the performance at:
http://gma.yahoo.com/video/francesca-battistelli-sings-write-story-131605624.html


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TOBY’S VIDEO “SPEAKS”

TobyMac’s video for his song “Speak Life” is now available for viewing.
Filmed on the streets of downtown Nashville, the video features a young, angelic girl who “whispers” words of life to people in desperate situations. The video ends with a quote from author Brennan Manning about the importance of our words.

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