Sonrise Notes for December 21st...
...Sidewalk Prophets is inviting you to the “Great Big Family Room” tour! You can get tickets online or at the door for only ten bucks and the band says, “This tour is all about you! We're playing the songs you want to hear as well as trying out NEW songs. Plus, you're going to get to know the band personally. It is our goal to meet each and every one who comes to the tour before you leave the venue. In addition to general admission, we are offering a lot of different ticket options including: early seating, VIP Q/A, Preshow Pizza Party (hosted by New Release Tuesday), and the ‘Great Big Serenade’ ticket which gives two people at each show the chance to be serenaded to a song of their choice.” The tour starts in February, and you can find all of the info here.
...How would you like to have your original song recorded by Mark Schultz? “Create,” the premier songwriter search, is going on right now and all you have to do is submit your original song to enter. If you win, you’ll also get songwriting mentoring sessions with singer/songwriter/Worship leader Jaime Jamgochian. Sonrise artist Josh Wilson is one of the judges too. Find out more here.
...Joy Williams was half of the group The Civil Wars, until they announced earlier this year that they are calling it quits. But Joy is no stranger to being a solo artist – she has 10 solo albums to her credit and she recently teamed up with Hayley Williams of Paramore on a new version of Paramore's "Hate to See Your Heart Break." The track was included on a deluxe version of the band's self-titled debut and was released last month.
...Third Day have a new Worship album coming out in March. It’s called “Lead Us Back,” and it will also include a deluxe version of the album, with an additional disc of 10 fan favorites from Third Day, captured live on the road from their previous sold-out tour performances. The Lead Us Back tour will kick off in 2015 and once dates are released, we’ll pass them on to you.
...Francesca Battistelli is nominated for two Grammy awards! The show is coming up next month at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. She’s up for Best Contmporary Christian Music Performance/Song with “Write Your Story” and Best Contemporary Christian Music Album for “If We're Honest.” Franny is in Madison Tennessee tonight, then takes a break till the Winter Jam 2015 Tour Spectacular January 2.
...Family Force 5 wrapped up a 28 city tour with Newsboys, so they’re home for the holidays now, but as soon as they ring in the New Year, its back on the road for the 47 city Winter Jam east coast tour spectacular starting January 2 in Charleston, WV. This is going to be a great show every night with Family Force 5, Skillet, Jeremy Camp, Francesca Battistelli, Building 429, For King & Country, Blanca, who you will recognize from Group 1 Crew, and your hosts for the evening, Newsong. If you live on the eastern side of the country, find out if they’re coming to see you here.
...Earlier this month the guys from OBB got to do a TV special on TBN, with Jason Crabb, country music star Trace Adkins, plus Building 429, 1 Girl Nation, Ginny Owens and Jean Watson. They’ll be spending the New Year’s holiday in Gatlinburg, TN for a special retreat, before they perform at the biggest mall in the country, the Mall of America!
...Needtobreathe kicked off the holiday season performing on national TV in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade! On a more serious note, Bear and Seth have been in Uganda to aide in the efforts of Palmetto Medical Initiative, an organization near & dear to NTB's hearts. PMI creates sustainable medical centers that offer low-cost services, and therefore help to increase accessibility to high-quality healthcare, empowering communities for a healthy tomorrow! Look for updates on the boys' stay in Uganda in their Facebook Photo Album dedicated to the trip. You can find the link to that, as well as more info about Palmetto Medical Initiative and how you can help here.
...Newsboys album “God’s Not Dead” was certified Gold just a couple of weeks ago, which means it’s already sold half a million copies.