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OWL CITY ANNOUNCES CINEMATIC NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

OWL CITY ANNOUNCES CINEMATIC NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

20+ SHOW RUN MARKS OWL CITY’S FIRST TOUR IN OVER THREE YEARS

MATTHEW THIESSEN & THE EARTHQUAKES TO SUPPORT ON ALL DATES

NEW YORK, NY (April 20, 2018) — Owl City announced today the “Cinematic Tour” — his first North American tour in over three years. Kicking off this September in Milwaukee, WI, the tour will bring Owl City (Adam Young) to 24 markets across North America in support of his new album — Cinematic — which is slated for release on June 1.

“After spending the last few years working in my studio, it’s finally time to hit the road,” said Owl City. “I’m excited to pack my bag, grab my guitar, and go on a journey that will take me around the country. See you on the road!”

Supporting Owl City on all dates is friend and fellow collaborator Matthew Thiessen & The Earthquakes. Thiessen is best known for his work as co-founder, lead vocalist and guitarist for the band Relient K, as well as his collaborative work on Owl City’s breakout debut album Ocean Eyes.

The “Cinematic Tour” will bring new music to Owl City fans across the country in support of his new sixth full-length album and first independent offering Cinematic.

Cinematic, which was preceded by a trio of three-song “Reels” (EPs) which are available now, is described by Owl City as, “…a personal narrative, as if a film was made from key scenes throughout my life. My hope is there’s a way to teach yourself to recognize and appreciate what I like to call, ‘movie magic moments’, so you don’t miss out on them. That’s what the title alludes to. You have an audience cheering you on. Everybody is in your corner. Do your best for them.”

The entire undertaking represents the apex of Young’s decade-long output to date. Hailing from the tiny town of Owatonna, Minnesota, he quietly became one of pop’s most ubiquitous voices, selling over 2.5 million albums and 18 million singles globally. 2009’s Ocean Eyes yielded a timeless smash in the form of “Fireflies,” which went seven-times RIAA platinum, soared to #1 in 26 countries, and ignited a meme frenzy in 2017 nearly ten years removed from its initial release. Among a discography of hits, “Good Time (feat. Carly Rae Jepsen)” also earned a triple-platinum certification and toppled charts worldwide.

Presales for the “Cinematic Tour” start on Monday, April 23 at 10:00 AM local time. Public onsale begins next Friday, April 27 at 10:00 AM local time. See full tour dates below.

For tickets and more information, visit owlcitymusic.com.

“Cinematic Tour” 2018 Dates
September 13 – The Rave II – Milwaukee, WI
September 14 – Crofoot Ballroom – Pontiac, MI
September 15 – Phoenix Concert Theatre – Toronto, ON
September 17 – Theatre of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
September 18 – Chameleon Club – Lancaster, PA
September 19 – Irving Plaza – New York, NY
September 21 – Paradise – Boston, MA
September 22 – 9:30 Club – Washington, D.C.
September 23 – The Underground – Charlotte, NC
September 25 – Center Stage – Atlanta, GA
September 26 – The Plaza “LIVE” – Orlando, FL
September 28 – House of Blues – Dallas, TX
September 29 – House of Blues – Houston, TX
October 1 – Crescent Ballroom – Phoenix, AZ
October 2 – House of Blues – Anaheim, CA
October 3 – Regency – San Francisco, CA
October 5 – Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
October 6 – Neptune Theatre – Seattle, WA
October 7 – Knitting Factory – Boise, ID
October 9 – The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
October 10 – Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO
October 12 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
October 13 – House of Blues – Chicago, IL
October 14 – Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH

ABOUT OWL CITY
With humble small town beginnings in Owatonna, MN, Owl City (aka Adam Young) remains an avantgarde hitmaker in his own right. With total album sales over 3 million and single sales surpassing 20 million globally, his smash “Fireflies” from 2009’s Ocean Eyes received a five-times RIAA platinum certification in addition to going No. 1 in 26 countries. His popular hit “Good Time feat. Carly Rae Jepsen” went Top 4 in the U.S. and racked up sales of close to 3 million. Following the release of 2015’s Mobile Orchestra, which saw him team up with Aloe Blacc, Hanson and Jake Owen, to name a few, Adam Young took a year to work on his eponymously named side project and begin to lay the groundwork for Cinematic – Owl City’s 2018 offering and first independent album. Rolling out in a trio of EPs – dubbed “Reels” –the 18-track album Cinematic album is slated for release on June 1, 2018.

Kim Walker-Smith ON MY SIDE TOUR

Kim Walker-Smith
ON MY SIDE TOUR
with Special Guests Urban Rescue
Nashville, Tenn. (Apr. 17, 2018) – With fresh focus and renewed purpose Jesus Culture’s Kim Walker-Smith is heading out on a summertime On My Side Tour with special guests Urban Rescue. Last fall, following the release of her latest solo album On My Side, Kim Walker-Smith toured a dozen cities and brought a message of hope and healing to all those in attendance. On Friday, April 6, she released an EP of live recordings from the fall tour, featuring a select group of songs from the album. Today she is announcing her 2018 tour by the same name.

“I am so excited for this summer! On the first run of the On My Side Tour, it was incredible to see how God met us each night,” said Walker-Smith. “God brought a lot of healing and restoration to many people’s hearts through powerful worship and intimate moments with Him. I’m so excited for this next run and I know it will be a powerful night of worship and testimony!”

Promoted and produced by Premier Productions, the Kim Walker-Smith On My Side Tour will alight on popular East Coast venues and markets such as Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, FL, House of Blues in Orlando, FL, Buckhead Theatre in Atlanta, GA, Fillmore Silver Spring in Washington, DC, Newport Music Hall in Columbus, OH, and Rocketown in Nashville, TN. She is also planning to visit a few megachurches such as City Church in Chattanooga, TN, Raleigh First Assembly in Raleigh, NC and Crossroads Community Church in Kokomo, IN. More summertime tour dates will be announced soon.

Regarded as one of Christian music’s top female worship leaders, Kim Walker-Smith is one of the founding leaders of the Jesus Culture movement. For 17-plus years she has travelled the world leading worship events, sharing her story at conferences and recording many live albums with Jesus Culture, including Love Has a Name (2017) and such well-known worship anthems as “How He Loves,” “Spirit Break Out,” and “In the River.”

Tickets for the On My Side tour go on sale to the general public Monday, April 23. For a complete list of dates, ticketing and details, www.premierproductions.com or https://jesusculture.com/artists/kim-walker-smith/.

On My Side Tour:
*all dates subject to change
July
20 – St. Petersburg, FL
21 – Orlando, FL *Urban Rescue will not appear in Orlando, FL
23 – Atlanta, GA
24 – Chattanooga, TN
26 – Raleigh, NC
27- Washington, DC
30 – Kokomo, IN
August
3 – Columbus, OH
4 – Nashville, TN

About Kim Walker-Smith:
Kim Walker-Smith has become one of the strongest voices in worship music as a passionate worship leader bringing an entire generation into an encounter with God. Her heart is to see people transformed by experiencing God’s love and for this generation to see themselves the way God sees them. Kim has been a part of Jesus Culture since the beginning of the ministry. She carries a genuine heart to see worship change the course of lives and nations. Kim is married and she and her husband have three children.

About Premier Productions:
Pollstar Magazine ranks Premier Productions as the largest producer of live Christian events both nationally and internationally.  Over 18 million people have attended a Premier event in over 4,000 concerts worldwide.  Premier promotes Tours for Hillsong UNITED, Hillsong Worship, Young & Free, Kari Jobe, Jesus Culture, Lecrae, Lauren Daigle, Gaither Homecoming, Sadie Robertson, The Newsboys, comedian John Crist, Rend Collective, as well as their annual Winter Jam Tour Spectacular and OUTCRY Tours.

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Multi-Platinum Selling MercyMe’s “The Imagine Nation Tour”

Multi-Platinum Selling MercyMe’s “The Imagine Nation Tour” With Tenth Avenue North Unveiled For 20+ Markets This Fall

Tickets Available Now For Beloved Line-Up 
Nashville, Tenn. (Mar. 26, 2018) –  5X GRAMMY® nominated MercyMe’s “The Imagine Nation Tour” with longtime friends Tenth Avenue North will trek over 20 cities nationwide beginning in Oct. of 2018. Indianapolis, New Orleans, San Antonio and more are on the docket for the two-month run.

The award-winning groups will bring a bevy of fan-favorite songs. MercyMe promises performances of many found on their newest music release, I Can Only Imagine – The Very Best Of MercyMe, including  “I Can Only Imagine,” “Greater” and “Shake” along with their most recent No. 1, “Even If.” Tenth Avenue North will share songs from their latest album Followers including “I Have This Hope” and “Control” along with the hits “By Your Side,” “Worn” and more.

“The Imagine Nation Tour” will be a reprise of the fan-garnering line-up which made sold out visits this winter. Among them, a sold-out stop at Nashville’s iconic Ryman Auditorium.

“I Can Only Imagine” (Lionsgate, Roadside Attractions), a true story based on the life of MercyMe frontman Bart Millard who wrote the mega-hit song, shattered pre-weekend tracking expectations to become No. 3 at the box-office two weekends in a row. The film is currently the No. 1 faith-based movie of 2018. The highly anticipated film stars Dennis Quaid, Trace Adkins, J. Michael Finley, Madeline Carroll, Priscilla Shirer, Cloris Leachman and more.

Tickets are available now for “The Imagine Nation Tour.” Visit www.MercyMe.org for the latest.

“The Imagine Nation Tour”
* all dates subject to change.

10/4 Indianapolis, IN
10/5 Milwaukee, WI
10/6 Bourbonnais, IL
10/7 Ypsilanti, MI
10/11 Jackson, MS
10/12 New Orleans, LA
10/13 Tyler, TX
10/14 San Antonio, TX
10/19 Salisbury, MD
10/20 Charlottesville, VA
10/21 Charleston, WV
10/26 Independence, MO
10/27 Wichita, KS
10/28 N Little Rock, AR
11/1 Newark, DE
11/2 Utica, NY
11/3 Portland, ME
11/4 Bangor, ME
11/9   Greenville, SC
11/10 Greensboro, NC
11/11 Johnson City, TN

About MercyMe
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 57 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 hit “Even If” which dominated the Billboard and Mediabase radio charts with a 19-week streak at No. 1.

It continues to be a landmark year for the current GMA Dove Award titled “Artist Of The Year.” 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 released last month. I Can Only Imagine – The Very Best Of MercyMe is available now.

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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Blockbuster Bands Skillet And for KING & COUNTRY Unite For “joy.UNLEASHED | The Tour”


Blockbuster Bands Skillet And for KING & COUNTRY Unite For “joy.UNLEASHED | The Tour”

Multi-Platinum Selling Band And GRAMMY® Winners To Hit 15 Markets This Spring
Nashville, Tenn. (Jan. 23, 2018)Skillet and for KING & COUNTRY unveiled that they will join forces for “joy.UNLEASHED | The Tour” stopping in over a dozen markets from mid-April through early May. The unprecedented double-headliner line-up will visit San Antonio, Cedar Rapids, Huntsville, Orlando, Miami and more. “joy.UNLEASHED | The Tour” marks the second time these two critically-acclaimed, top-selling acts share the stage for an incredibly theatrical, high energy and laser/pyro-filled showGiving listeners the first chance to access tickets, a Spotify pre-sale will begin at noon central today, Jan. 23, followed by tomorrow’s Ticketmaster pre-sale at noon CST. “joy.UNLEASHED | The Tour” public sale will be unveiled on Friday, Jan. 26 at 10 a.m. local time. VIP tickets include early entry with a crowd-free merch shopping experience and a pre-show Q&A with Skillet and for KING & COUNTRY.

“Very excited to be touring with my friends, for KING & COUNTRY!” shares Skillet’s John Cooper. “We have been talking about it for several years. We have even shared the stage performing songs together. But finally we are joining forces for our own tour. It will be an uplifting, energetic, exciting show where fans will get to see something they have never seen from both acts before.”

We have so many memories when it comes to our friendship and history with Skillet,” explains Joel and Luke of for KING & COUNTRY. “As teenagers we remember watching their sets from side of stage. They headlined the very first tour we were ever on! It’s a real honor and joy for us to have the privilege of touring together.” 

Skillet released Unleashed Beyond late last year, a deluxe edition of their chart-topping album which included the RIAA Gold Certified Single “Feel Invincible” and coincided with the double platinum certification of Awake. Following the celebration around their RIAA Certified Gold Album RUN WILD. LIVE FREE. LOVE STRONG., for KING & COUNTRY is now working on their anticipated third full-length, original album set to release in 2018.
joy.UNLEASHED | The Tour
* All dates subject to change, visit Skillet.com or forKINGANDCOUNTRY.com for the latest information.

04.12 Amarillo, TX – TICKETS
04.13 Dodge City, KS – TICKETS
04.14 Topeka, KS – TICKETS
04.15 Kearney, NE – TICKETS
04.19 San Antonio, TX – TICKETS
04.20 Edinburg, TX – TICKETS
04.21 San Angelo, TX – TICKETS
04.26 Carbondale, IL – TICKETS
04.27 Port Huron, MI – TICKETS
04.28 Muskegon, MI – TICKETS
04.29 Cedar Rapids, IA – TICKETS
05.03 Huntsville, AL – TICKETS
05.04 Jacksonville, FL – TICKETS
05.05 Orlando, FL – TICKETS
05.06 Miramar, FL – TICKETS

About Skillet:
Skillet has cemented their place as one of the 21st century’s most successful rock bands. Selling more than 12 million units worldwide, the Wisconsin quartet have received two GRAMMY® Award nominations and won a Billboard Music Award for the double-platinum certified Awake. Their double-platinum single “Monster” currently has over 118 million plays (and counting) on Spotify, earning the distinction of becoming “the best-selling digital single in the history of Christian Music” and continuous mainstay on Billboard’s Year End Chart. 2013’s Rise bowed at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 upon release and received resounding and eclectic acclaim from the likes of USA Today, New York Times, Revolver, Loudwire and more. Their latest album, Unleashed, debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 and topped Billboard’s Top Christian albums chart. The first single “Feel Invincible” went to #1 on the Rock Radio chart, and earned RIAA Gold Certification. The track “Stars” was featured in the soundtrack for the motion picture The Shack, released last March. Stemming from Unleashed, Skillet was nominated for 3 additional Billboard Music Awards and their songs have been used by the WWE, Marvel, ESPN, NHL, MLB and the NFL to name a few. While steadily headlining their own tours in addition to performing with some of the biggest rock acts in the country, their live show has become a global force to be reckoned with, selling out shows in London, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Warsaw and more.

Get Connected With Skillet:

Website: www.skillet.com
Facebook: @Skillet
Twitter & Instagram: @skilletmusic

About for KING & COUNTRY:
Soaring melodies, driving rhythms, personal themes, and theatrical instrumentation & performances are the heartbeat of two-time Grammy Award winners, for KING & COUNTRY. The Australian duo comprised of brothers Joel & Luke Smallbone, garnered unanimous critical praise with their latest album – RUN WILD. LIVE FREE. LOVE STRONG., celebrated a RIAA Certified Gold record, #1 debut on iTunes, a headlining tour with 28 sold-out shows and a 60-date arena tour. Two singles from their debut album, Crave also achieved Gold status – their crossover hit “Fix My Eyes” and “The Proof Of Your Love.” Their music has surpassed 200,000,000 streams. In October 2016 the Smallbone brothers released the indie film, Priceless, about human trafficking. They’ve performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live! The Today Show, The Tonight Show, FOX & Friends, and have songs featured on the Emmys, The Super Bowl, Sunday Night Football, U.S. Open, 7UP, and ABC’s The Good Doctor. They are now working on their third full-length, original album set to release in 2018.

Get Connected With for KING & COUNTRY:
Website: www.forKINGANDCOUNTRY.com
Facebook & Instagram: @forKINGANDCOUNTRY
Twitter: @4kingandcountry

MICHAEL W. SMITH ANNOUNCES “SURROUNDED BY A MILLION LIGHTS WORLD TOUR”

MICHAEL W. SMITH ANNOUNCES

“SURROUNDED BY A MILLION LIGHTS WORLD TOUR”

 

Tour Presented By Compassion International Launches March 8,

Features Special Guest Nathan Tasker

 

Prolific Artist Releases Studio Album A Million Lights Feb. 16,

Live Worship Album Surrounded Feb. 23

 

Billboard Premieres “Revolution” From A Million Lights Today

 

 
 

Multi-Platinum, three-time Grammy® Award winning artist, best-selling author and acclaimed actor Michael W. Smith announces the first leg of his “Surrounded By A Million Lights World Tour.” Presented by Compassion International and featuring special guest Nathan Tasker, the tour launches March 8 in Rochester, MN and traverses the Eastern half of the US into 18-plus cities through mid-May before wrapping up May 5 in Lancaster, PA.

 

While on tour, Michael will perform fan favorites from his extensive repertoire along with “A Million Lights,” “Surrounded (Fight My Battles)” and more new music from two, all new full-length albums releasing back-to-back in February from Rocketown Records and The Fuel Music: both his USA Today and Yahoo! Music-acclaimed studio album A Million Lights (Feb. 16) and the live worship album Surrounded (Feb. 23).

 

 

 

Along with Michael’s announcement of the tour today, Billboard Magazine simultaneously highlights the upcoming events while offering its approximately 42 million unique monthly online readers a first listen to “Revolution” from the album A Million Lights at https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/pop/8095810/michael-w-smith-new-song-revolution-spring-tour-dates.

 

“‘Revolution’ was the first song I landed on for the new album. It’s a bit of a throwback thought but no less true — that we need a love revolution,” Michael tells Billboard. “We need to listen more and talk less. We need to understand more and judge less. We need to love more, and we certainly need to love better. I guess that will always be the case, but it’s sure true for today!”

 

Tickets for the “Surrounded By A Million Lights World Tour” go on sale Jan. 31 in most markets along with special VIP packages featuring early entry (for general admission shows) or premium seating (for reserved shows) and a Q&A session with Michael.

 

In many ways, Michael is a statesman, at the fulcrum of Christian music in pivotal moments. It is said that the heart of a lion never goes away, and Michael isn’t content staying with the equilibrium. At a loss for what his voice should be toward the end of 2016, this prolific artist comes roaring back with A Million Lights and Surrounded albums in a countercultural response to the divisive national sentiment of 2017 and the mean-spirited banter on social media.

 

“Until the world ends, music is the most powerful language there is,” says Michael. “It can transform your life on every level, not just the spiritual. It can help people reconnect with why they’re here.”

 

For all the latest Michael W. Smith tour dates and more news, go to www.michaelwsmith.com and connect through his socials:

 

 

Michael W. Smith, “Surrounded By A Million Lights World Tour” dates/cities follow:

 

March 8 – Rochester, MN

March 9 – Fargo, ND

March 10 – Aberdeen, SD

March 11 – Bismarck, ND

March 15 – Bloomington, MN

March 16 – Davenport, IA

March 17 – Kearney, NE

March 18 – Quincy, IL

March 23 – Daytona Beach, FL

March 24 – College Dale, TN

March 25 – Destin, FL

 

April 6 – Port St. Lucie, FL

April 26 – Blakely, PA

April 27 – Elkhart, IN

April 28 – Hales Corner, WI

April 29 – Detroit, MI

 

May 4 – Anderson, IN

May 5 – Lancaster, PA

 

* All dates are subject to change without notice, and additional dates may be added.

 

About Michael W. Smith:

Michael has been releasing new music regularly and performing around the world to sold-out crowds for the last 30+ years. During his storied career, he’s written 32 No. 1 singles, been honored with three Grammy Awards and 45 Dove Awards, was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and has sold more than 15 million albums. He’s also given back to the global community. Michael has raised funds to battle AIDS in Africa alongside longtime friend Bono; started Rocketown, a safe haven for young people in Tennessee to meet and find hope; and has helped more than 70,000 children through Compassion International.

 

About Nathan Tasker:
Australian singer-songwriter Nathan Tasker weaves his personal journey of sorrow, doubt, hope and expectation into songs that have garnered three No.1 radio singles in Australia, a No.1 hit in the UK and a nod for Australian Artist of the Year by The Rock Across Australia (2011). Following his critically acclaimed debut album, Home, Tasker’s latest album, Man On A Wire, showcases his growth through a period of great sorrow and loss (Tasker and his wife lost twin babies in 2011). Known for his guitar-driven pop songs and deeply thoughtful lyrics, Tasker also engages audiences through his open and engaging style that puts fans at ease and welcomes them into the stories he tells. (www.nathantasker.com)

 

About Compassion International:
Founded in 1952, Compassion International is a Christian child development organization that works to release children from poverty in Jesus’ name. Compassion revolutionized the fight against global poverty by working exclusively with the Church to lift children out of spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty. Compassion partners with more than 6,700 churches in 25 countries to deliver its holistic child development program to over 1.8 million babies, children and young adults. It is the only child sponsorship program to be validated through independent, empirical research.

 

About The Fuel Music:

Established in 2008, The Fuel Music & Management, LLC, is a leading artist management and artist solutions company that independently distributes music internationally. Based in Nashville, TN, the Fuel team brings nearly 70 years of combined music industry experience in record label operations, major label distribution and marketing, and artist management for artists ranging from upstart bands to GRAMMY Award nominated, multi-platinum artists. More information on the company can be found at www.thefuelmusic.com.

 

Jeremy Camp Announces Spring Leg of THE ANSWER Tour w/Micah Tyler

JEREMY CAMP ANNOUNCES SPRING LEG OF ‘THE ANSWER’ TOUR
WITH SPECIAL GUEST MICAH TYLER
Following Successful 25-City Fall Run,
Tour Will Hit 16 Additional Cities This Spring
 
TICKETS ON SALE TODAY IN MOST MARKETS
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Jan. 12, 2018 – Following a successful 25-city run of tour dates in the fall featuring multiple sell-out performances, award-winning GRAMMY® nominee Jeremy Camp will extend ‘The Answer’ Tour this spring with special guest Micah Tyler. Kicking off April 5, the tour will hit an additional 16 markets in Florida, Alabama, Missouri, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Georgia, before wrapping up in Chattanooga, Tenn., on April 29.  

The tour takes its name from Camp’s newest studio album, The Answer (Capitol CMG), which released late last year. The album’s title cut will release to radio on Feb. 23, and follows Camp’s stellar 15-year career. According to Billboard, he has the most No. 1 songs among solo artists on Billboard’s Christian Airplay chart.

“I can’t wait for everyone to hear these songs,” shares Camp about the new album and tour. “After all these years, it’s amazing how the well to draw from never runs dry when we rely on Him. The Lord continues to give deeper and deeper songs that speak to different seasons of life. It’s been great to play these songs live. On The Answer Tour, we are playing new songs, of course, but also bringing back some very early ones. It’s a very exciting season.”

Tickets for The Answer Tour are on sale in most markets today. A special VIP package is available, which includes a pre-show meet & greet with photo opportunity, early entry or best seats in the house, and an exclusive signed photo. A complete list of tour dates is below, and ticket information is available at JeremyCamp.com.

JEREMY CAMP – THE ANSWER TOUR – SPRING 2018
* Dates and venues subject to change without notice.
April 5 – Green Cove Spring, FL – Clay County Fair
April 6 – Birmingham, AL – Wright Center

April 7 – Branson, MO – Branson Convention Center

April 8 – Paducah, KY – First Baptist Paducah

April 12 – Shipshewana, IN – Blue Gate Theater

April 14 – Akron, OH – The Goodyear Theater

April 15 – Lima, OH – Crouse Performance Hall

April 19 – Utica, NY – Stanley Theatre

April 20 – Morristown, NJ – Mayo Performing Arts Center

April 21 – York, PA – Grace Fellowship

April 22 – Milton, PA – Christ Wesleyan Church

April 26 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse

April 27 – Hiawassee, GA – Anderson Music Hall

April 28 – Pigeon Forge, TN – LeConte Center

April 29 – Chattanooga, TN – City Church Chattanooga

ABOUT JEREMY CAMP
Throughout his 15-year career, Capitol CMG artist Jeremy Camp has established himself with landmark accolades. He has sold 4.5 million albums including four RIAA Gold-certified albums, a RIAA Multi-Platinum long-form video and a Gold-certified digital single (“There Will Be A Day”). At radio, Camp is recognized as a staple artist with 38 No. 1 radio hits across all formats spending more than 175 weeks at No. 1 at radio in his career. His awards and nominations comprise of a GRAMMY®-nominated project, three American Music Award nominations, four ASCAP Songwriter of the Year awards, an ASCAP Song of the Year award, and five GMA Dove Awards including two-time Male Vocalist of the Year and New Artist of the Year awards. Camp was named in Billboard’s Christian Artist of the Decade chart (No. 2) as well as five songs listed in the Top 50 Billboard Christian Songs of the Decade. Adding author to his name, Camp penned his first book and autobiography, I Still Believe (2013, Tyndale). In 2013, Jeremy founded Speaking Louder Ministries, which provides free crusade-style events and comes alongside local churches or missionaries in the countries where the Gospel needs to be heard. Locations of Speaking Louder Ministries’ trips so far include Ukraine, Japan, India, Uganda, Guatemala and Kyrgyzstan. For more information, visit www.JeremyCamp.com.
ABOUT MICAH TYLER
Micah Tyler is a singer, songwriter and worship leader from Buna, Tex. signed to Fair Trade Services. Playing 200+ dates a year, Tyler has toured with MercyMe, Big Daddy Weave, Hawk Nelson, Phil Wickham, Stars Go Dim and more. Tyler’s first full-length studio album, Different, released in October on Fair Trade Services, and includes the hit singles “Never Been A Moment” and the title track, “Different.” Tyler’s parody video, “Gotta Love Millennials,” has been a viral success with more than 150 million views, and he received a Gospel Music Association Dove Award nomination for New Artist of the Year in 2017. Having served in staff ministry for over a decade, Tyler has a true love and respect for the local church. For more information, visit www.MicahTyler.com

MICHAEL W. SMITH A MILLION LIGHTS ALBUM PREORDER BEGINS TODAY

 

MICHAEL W. SMITH A MILLION LIGHTS ALBUM PREORDER BEGINS TODAY

 

Yahoo! Music Premieres “Love Always Wins,” Reveals Album Cover

 

Annual Christmas Tour Begins Tomorrow

 

 

Multi-Platinum artist, best-selling author and acclaimed actor Michael W. Smith is taking preorders beginning today for his A Million Lights album set to release Feb. 16 from Rocketown Records and The Fuel Music.

 

Two instant downloads, both “Love Always Wins” and the title track that has USA Today raving “Michael W. Smith is shining brighter than ever,” are available now from iTunes, with additional preorder options available from Amazon Music and other digital providers internationally.

 

Leading up to today’s preorder, Yahoo! Music premiered “Love Always Wins,” as well as revealed the cover art for A Million Lights, at https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/song-premiere-michael-w-smith-debuts-love-always-wins-145439946.html.

 

The inspiration behind “Love Always Wins” is “our shifting culture and our hostility towards one another,” says Michael. “My parents taught me to love and respect others, even if we had differing points of view. That doesn’t seem to be the norm today. I’ve seen love disarm some volatile situations. It’s a simple – but true – principle: love always wins.”

 

“Love Always Wins” and “A Million Lights,” along with the rest of the album, was fueled by the divisive national sentiment of 2017 and the mean-spirited banter on social media.

 

“I’ve gotten to the point I almost avoid Social Media,” laments Michael. “To me, it is so revolting to see Facebook headlines that boast: ‘This guy shut down that guy in 20 seconds.’ When did it become about ‘shutting down’ another person. We’ve lost the value of conversation. That’s the dialogue I’d like to open – ‘Can we just talk?  I don’t have to agree with you –and you don’t have to agree with me. But can we find some common ground to build on?’”

 

Last month, USA Today completed its first-ever “Life” section cover story on Michael and premiered his “A Million Lights” music video, which can also be seen now on Michael’s YouTube page.

 

The full A Million Lights track listing follows:

 

01) A Million Lights

02) Conversation

03) Something In My Heart

04) Footsteps

05) Your Love

06) Love Always Wins

07) Crashing Waves

08) Louder

09) Revolution

10) Hey Love

11) You Make Me Feel This Way

12) Forgive

13) Who You Are

 

For all the latest Michael W. Smith news, tour dates – including his 22-city 2017 Christmas tour with Amy Grant, Jordan Smith and a full symphony orchestra that begins tomorrow, go to www.michaelwsmith.com and connect through his socials:

 

 

2017 Christmas Tour:

Sat. Nov. 11              Omaha, NE               CenturyLink Center

Mon. Nov. 13            Denver, CO               Bellco Theatre

Tue. Nov. 14             Orem, UT                  UCCU Center

Wed. Nov. 15            Nampa, ID                 Idaho Center

Thu. Nov. 16             Kennewick, WA         Toyota Center

Fri. Nov. 17               Abbotsford, BC         Abbotsford Entertainment and Sport Center

Sat. Nov. 18              Everett, WA               Xfinity Arena at Everett

Sun. Nov. 19             Portland, OR             Moda Center

Sat. Nov. 25              Duluth, GA                Infinite Energy Center

Sun. Nov. 26             Tampa, FL                 Amalie Arena

Thu. Nov. 30             Oklahoma City, OK   Crossings Community Church **

Fri. Dec. 1                 Tulsa, OK                  BOK Center

Sat. Dec. 2                Grand Prairie, TX     Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie

Sun. Dec. 3               Sugar Land, TX        Smart Financial Center

Tues. Dec. 5              Greensboro, NC       Westover Church **

Fri. Dec. 8                  Kansas City, MO      Sprint Center

Sat. Dec. 9                Madison, WI              Alliant Energy Center

Sun. Dec. 10             Grand Rapids, MI     Van Andel Arena

Thu. Dec. 14             Van Wert, OH            Niswonger Performing Arts Center **

Fri. Dec. 15               Columbus, OH          Nationwide Arena

Sat. Dec. 16              Fairfax, VA                Eaglebank Arena

Sun. Dec. 17             Hershey, PA              GIANT Center

 

* All dates and venues are subject to change without notice

** Amy Grant will not appear on these events

 

About Michael W. Smith:

Michael has been releasing new music regularly and performing around the world to sold-out crowds for the last 30+ years. During his storied career, he’s written 32 No. 1 singles, been honored with three Grammy Awards and 45 Dove Awards, was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and has sold more than 15 million albums. He’s also given back to the global community. Michael has raised funds to battle AIDS in Africa alongside longtime friend Bono; started Rocketown, a safe haven for young people in Tennessee to meet and find hope; and has helped more than 70,000 children through Compassion International.

 

About The Fuel Music:

Established in 2008, The Fuel Music & Management, LLC, is a leading artist management and artist solutions company that independently distributes music internationally. Based in Nashville, TN, the Fuel team brings nearly 70 years of combined music industry experience in record label operations, major label distribution and marketing, and artist management for artists ranging from upstart bands to GRAMMY Award nominated, multi-platinum artists. More information on the company can be found at www.thefuelmusic.com.

 

Balsam Hill Provides Magical Backdrop for Amy Grant & Michael W. Smith Christmas Tour

GRAMMY WINNERS AMY GRANT AND MICHAEL W. SMITH EMBRACE THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT AS
BALSAM HILL CHRISTMAS TREES CREATE MAGICAL HOLIDAY BACKDROP FOR 
2017 CHRISTMAS TOUR

2017 Holiday Tour Launches Nov. 11,
Featuring Jordan Smith, Winner of ‘The Voice’

Grant, Smith Compete To Decorate Most Beautiful Tree
While Fans Vote in Balsam Hill’s
‘An Unforgettable Christmas’ Sweepstakes

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nov. 9, 2017 – This weekend, multi-platinum, GRAMMY® winners Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith will kick off their popular Christmas tour Nov. 11, joined for the second consecutive year by Republic recording artist Jordan Smith, Season 9 winner of NBC’s “The Voice.” Featuring a full symphony orchestra at each performance, this seasonal celebration has a history of sold-out performances across the country, making it nothing less than a holiday tradition.  And nothing says “tradition” more than Christmas trees at Christmastime, which is why both Amy and Michael are thrilled to have Balsam Hill® on board as the title sponsor for this year’s Christmas dates.

As the industry leader in lifelike artificial Christmas trees, ornaments and other Christmas décor, Balsam Hill will play a prominent role on the Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith Christmas Tour. Concert attendees will see some of Balsam Hill’s beautiful, lifelike trees adorning the stage at each of the 22 concert dates throughout November and December.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith this year,” says Balsam Hill Chief Marketing Officer Kristen Gasior. “Our stunning artificial Christmas trees and décor make a magical backdrop to their beautiful voices, and we look forward to sharing Christmas cheer with everyone!”

A deep-rooted Christmas tradition shared by both is the effort put into decorating their Christmas trees each year. So this year, to kick off and celebrate the relationship with Balsam Hill, Amy and Michael are staging a friendly tree-decorating competition with their own Balsam hill Christmas trees and ornaments. A social media-driven sweepstakes titled “An Unforgettable Christmas with Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith: Vote for Your Favorite Christmas Look!” is currently underway, and Balsam Hill will give two participants the chance to win the same Balsam Hill Christmas trees, along with tickets to the Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith Christmas Tour. Participants may enter by voting for their favorite tree here: www.balsamhill.com/pr/amy-grant-and-michael-smith-giveaway. The decorating challenge has been fun for the artists and has even spiked a bit of a competitive streak in both.

“I’m so pleased to have Balsam Hill on our tour with us this Christmas,” Amy says. “Their trees are so natural, so beautiful, and will become a part of my family’s Christmases for years to come. And I do plan on beating Michael in the tree-decorating contest!”

“Can you imagine a better sponsor than Balsam Hill for a Christmas tour?” Michael adds. “Looking through their site is an adventure in itself. If it’s Christmas and it’s beautiful, Balsam Hill makes it. And I’m having a blast challenging Amy in this competition. I think I have an unfair advantage because of my extreme love for the Christmas season.”

Combining for a vast collection of critically-acclaimed holiday albums between them, the 2017 Christmas tour will showcase selections spanning the artists’ expansive Christmas repertoires, including their most recent releases, Grant’s Tennessee Christmas, Michael W. Smith’s The Spirit of Christmas and Jordan Smith’s ’Tis The Season.

For more information on the upcoming tour and to purchase tickets, visit amygrant.com/tourmichaelwsmith.com/tour or jordansmithofficial.com/tour.

AMY GRANT & MICHAEL W. SMITH 2017 CHRISTMAS TOUR
* Dates and venues subject to change without notice. 

Sat.        Nov. 11                   Omaha, NE                            CenturyLink Center
Mon.      Nov. 13                   Denver, CO                            Bellco Theatre
Tue.       Nov. 14                   Orem, UT                               UCCU Center
Wed.      Nov. 15                   Nampa, ID                             Idaho Center
Thu.       Nov. 16                   Kennewick, WA                     Toyota Center
Fri.         Nov. 17                   Abbotsford, BC                      Abbotsford Entertainment and Sport Center
Sat.        Nov. 18                   Everett, WA                           Xfinity Arena at Everett
Sun.       Nov. 19                   Portland, OR                         Moda Center
Sat.        Nov. 25                   Duluth, GA                             Infinite Energy Center
Sun.       Nov. 26                   Tampa, FL                             Amalie Arena
Thu.       Nov. 30                   Oklahoma City, OK               Crossings Community Church **
Fri.         Dec. 1                     Tulsa, OK                              BOK Center
Sat.        Dec. 2                     Grand Prairie, TX                 Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
Sun.       Dec. 3                     Sugar Land, TX                    Smart Financial Center
Tues.      Dec. 5                     Greensboro, NC                  Westover Church **
Fri.         Dec. 8                      Kansas City, MO                  Sprint Center
Sat.        Dec. 9                     Madison, WI                          Alliant Energy Center
Sun.       Dec. 10                   Grand Rapids, MI                 Van Andel Arena
Thu.       Dec. 14                   Van Wert, OH                       Niswonger Performing Arts Center **
Fri.         Dec. 15                   Columbus, OH                      Nationwide Arena
Sat.        Dec. 16                   Fairfax, VA                            Eaglebank Arena
Sun.       Dec. 17                   Hershey, PA                          GIANT Center

*All dates and venues are subject to change without notice
**Amy Grant will not appear on these events. 

ABOUT AMY GRANT
Amy Grant’s career spans more than 30 years and stretches from her roots in gospel into becoming an iconic pop star, songwriter, television personality and philanthropist. With three multi-platinum albums, six platinum albums and four gold albums, her total career album sales have exceeded 30 million. Grant’s chart success has been consistent throughout her career with six No. 1 hits, 10 Top 40 pop singles, 17 Top 40 Adult Contemporary tracks and multiple Contemporary Christian chart-toppers. In addition to her six GRAMMY® Awards, Grant has earned 26 Dove Awards (including four Artist of the Year Awards) and has been awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Conventional wisdom has it that Grant put Contemporary Christian Music on the map becoming the first Contemporary Christian artist to have a platinum record, the first to hit No. 1 on the Pop charts and the first to perform at the GRAMMY® Awards. With that, her legacy as one of the most influential artists of the past four decades is assured. In April 2015, Grant celebrated the 25th anniversary of her iconic hit “Baby Baby” with a worldwide release of the song featuring pop sensation Tori Kelly and released Tennessee Christmas in 2016, marking her first all-new holiday album in nearly 20 years.

Connect with Amy Grant:
Website: www.amygrant.com 

ABOUT MICHAEL W. SMITH
Michael W. Smith is an acclaimed singer, songwriter and musician who has sold more than 15 million albums, achieved 32 No. 1 songs, received 2x RIAA Multi-Platinum, 6 Platinum and 16 Gold certified albums, earned three GRAMMY® Awards, one American Music Award and 45 Dove Awards. Amassing an in-depth catalog of achievements, Smith was honored at ASCAP’s 100th Anniversary for his groundbreaking career and significant influence in music. He performed at Former First Lady Barbara Bush’s 90th birthday celebration, had the privilege to join Former President Clinton, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson and others in remembering victims in the 20th Anniversary of the Oklahoma City attacks, was appointed by the White House as Vice Chair for the President’s Council on service and civic participation and was the featured performer at the 2015 USO Gala where he was recognized as a USO veteran. In addition to the international impact he has had through multiple global tours, he has written and composed various scored film projects, has authored 12 books, has acted in assorted motion pictures and has been featured by numerous national media outlets. He founded, and actively supports, the teen club Rocketown – a nonprofit outreach for teens, providing opportunities in arts, music, sports and mentoring programs. This year also marks the 26th anniversary in partnership with Compassion International, seeing more than seventy thousand families’ and children’s lives changed, around the world.

Connect with Michael W. Smith:
Website: www.michaelwsmith.com

ABOUT JORDAN SMITH
Jordan Smith’s much anticipated debut album, Something Beautiful [LightWorkers Media/Republic Records], is available now everywhere. Throughout the album, his undeniable delivery and instantly recognizable range drives both original songs and cover tracks produced by legends such as GRAMMY® Award winning producer David Foster [Céline Dion, Michael Bublé, Josh Groban] and modern hit maker Stephan Moccio [The Weeknd, Ellie Goulding, Miley Cyrus]. The 23-year-old from Harlan, KY, Jordan Smith stands out as the highest-selling artist to ever emerge from NBC’s EMMY AWARD®-winning “The Voice.” In less than six months, he sold over 1 million singles and made Voice history by landing eight songs in the iTunes Top 10—the first artist from any season to hit the iTunes Top 10 every single week of the Live Rounds. Of the eight songs that went Top 10 on iTunes, six hit Top 3, and three captured No. 1 on iTunes, all of which knocked Adele off the top spot! His first holiday album, ‘Tis The Season, is available now.

Connect with Jordan Smith:
Website: www.jordansmithofficial.com

ABOUT BALSAM HILL
Founded ten years ago in Redwood City, Calif., Balsam Hill is committed to creating the best Christmas trees on the market. Founder Thomas Harman was inspired to start Balsam Hill by a family member who was allergic to live trees but wanted to create a festive atmosphere in his home during the holidays. When Thomas’ search for a lifelike artificial Christmas tree came up empty-handed, our mission was born to develop the most realistic and luxurious artificial trees. To accomplish this mission, our designers carefully craft trees to mimic nature using site visits and cuttings from live trees as a guide. Balsam Hill holds several patented and trademarked technology that brings the holidays to life including ultra-realistic True Needle™ branches, unique Color+Clear™ or Candlelight™ LED lights, and innovative Flip Tree™ technology.

Connect with Balsam Hill:
Website: www.balsamhill.com

ABOUT COMPASSION INTERNATIONAL
Founded in 1952, Compassion International is a Christian child development organization that works to release children from poverty in Jesus’ name. Compassion revolutionized the fight against global poverty by working exclusively with the Church to lift children out of spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty. Compassion partners with more than 7,000 churches in 26 countries to deliver its holistic child development program to over 1.9 million babies, children and young adults. It is the only child sponsorship program to be validated through independent, empirical research. For more information, visit www.compassion.com.

Jason Gray Announces CHRISTMAS IS COMING Tour w/Chris August, Hannah Kerr

PRISON FELLOWSHIP INTERNATIONAL PRESENTS

AWARD WINNING SINGER-SONGWRITER JASON GRAY’S
‘CHRISTMAS IS COMING’ TOUR

FEATURING SPECIAL GUESTS CHRIS AUGUST AND HANNAH KERR
Tickets On Sale Now

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Oct. 23, 2017 – Award-winning singer-songwriter Jason Gray will headline the Christmas Is Coming Tour this holiday season, featuring special guests Chris August and Hannah Kerr. Presented by Prison Fellowship International, the Christmas Is Coming Tour hits the road Dec. 1, in Columbia, Mo., and will travel to at least eight cities before wrapping up Dec. 16, in Slayton, Minnesota.

This marks the sixth consecutive year for Gray’s Christmas outing, which has become a seasonal favorite with audiences across the country since the release of his best-selling Christmas project Christmas Stories: Repeat The Sounding Joy. This year’s tour takes its name from the album’s first cut, “Christmas Is Coming,” and will be an evening of Christmas stories, carols and songs.

Tickets for the Christmas Is Coming Tour are on sale now, and a special VIP ticket package is available in most markets, including early entry and a pre-show Q&A with the artists. For up-to-date information and to purchase tickets, visit www.jasongraymusic.com..

CHRISTMAS IS COMING TOUR – 2017
* Dates, markets and venues subject to change without notice. 
Dec 1 – Columbia, MO – Parkade Baptist Church
Dec 2 – Mt. Vernon, IL – Mt. Vernon Township High School

Dec 3 – Fremont, MI – Fremont Wesleyan Church

Dec 8 – Tallahassee, FL – Christian Heritage Church

Dec 13 – Bemidji, MN – The Sanford Center

Dec 14 – Grand Forks, ND – Hope Church

Dec 15 – Waukesha, WI – RiverGlen Christian Church

Dec 16 – Slayton, MN – Lake Sarah Baptist Church

For ticket information and the most up-to-date list of concerts, please visit www.jasongraymusic.com.
ABOUT JASON GRAY
Jason Gray is an award-winning Christian music artist, who is considered one of the most prolific writers in the industry. His latest album, Where The Light Gets In, was released in June 2016 and achieved Top-5 status on Billboard’s Top Christian Albums Chart. His 2014 album Love Will Have The Final Word gave Gray his first No. 1 AC radio hit, “With Every Act Of Love,” which also made the Top 10 on Billboard’s Christian Airplay Chart. Gray’s previous two projects, A Way To See In The Dark and Everything Sad Is Coming Untrue, delivered the talented singer/songwriter five Top Five singles in a row, with “Nothing Is Wasted” becoming his first No. 1 single at radio (Inspo). Gray has won two ASCAP Performance Awards, for “More Like Falling In Love” (2011) and “Good To Be Alive” (2012). He remains active on the touring circuit, having shared the stage with such major artists as Michael W. Smith, Steven Curtis Chapman, Third Day and TobyMac. Gray headlined his With Every Act Of Love Tour in 2014, along with his popular Christmas Stories Tour from 2012-2016. For more information, please visit www.jasongraymusic.com.
ABOUT CHRIS AUGUST
Since his debut in 2010, Chris August has been awarded three Dove Awards (Male Vocalist of the Year, Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year, New Artist of the Year) has had three No. 1 radio singles, and has toured with TobyMac, MercyMe, Matt Maher, Building 429, KLOVE Christmas and many others. His fourth and most recent full album project, The Maker, released in 2015 and generated a No. 1 for the title cut, “The Maker.” Chris is currently finalizing a release for early 2018 on Fervent/Word Records. For more information, visit www.chrisaugustmusic.com.
ABOUT HANNAH KERR
As the first artist signed to Black River Christian, Hannah Kerr’s Christmas EP, Emmanuel, just released on Oct. 20, featuring six tracks with two originals both co-written by Kerr. Kerr’s newest single “Warrior” from her debut full-length album titled Overflow, produced by Sawyer Brown’s lead singer and Casting Crowns’ producer Mark Miller, is climbing the charts. Overflow has been streamed over 3 million times and also includes the Top 25 hit “Radiate.” The success of Overflow and her constant touring has allowed “Warrior” to become a recognizable fan favorite and it has been streamed over 2 million times. The new single, “Warrior,” as well as a pop-infused “Warrior (Battle Cry Remix),” are available now at all digital retailers and streaming services. Kerr has toured with such major artists as Casting Crowns, Matt Maher, Building 429, Jonny Diaz, and Matt Hammitt, as well as sharing the stage with for KING & COUNTRY, Newsboys, and Kari Jobe. For more information, please visit www.HannahKerrMusic.com.
ABOUT PRISON FELLOWSHIP INTERNATIONAL
Prison Fellowship International is the largest, most extensive association of national Christian ministries working in the criminal justice field. Founded in 1979 by former Nixon aide Charles Colson, Prison Fellowship International is dedicated to communicating the redemptive love and transforming power of Jesus Christ by mobilizing 45,000 volunteers to help alleviate the suffering of prisoners and their families, and advance restorative justice in 120 countries. Since 1983, PFI has been in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

Prison Fellowship International helps rescue children of prisoners–the innocent victims of crime–by pairing them with dedicated caseworkers who monitor and ensure their safety, health, education, and spiritual and emotional well-being. PFI’s Child Sponsorship Program connects caring sponsors with each child, further building the one-to-one connection, to provide love and community to children who are too often forgotten. For more information about Prison Fellowship International, visit www.pfi.org.

AMY GRANT, MICHAEL W. SMITH ANNOUNCE 2017 CHRISTMAS TOUR

AMY GRANT, MICHAEL W. SMITH ANNOUNCE 2017 CHRISTMAS TOUR

FEATURING JORDAN SMITH, WINNER OF ‘THE VOICE,’ FULL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

 

Popular Annual Holiday Tour Presented By Balsam Hill® Launches Nov. 11 In Omaha, NE

 

Amy, Michael Featured At “Compassion Meet & Greet” Events In Each Tour City

 

Multi-platinum, GRAMMY® winners Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith co-bill their popular Christmas tour this holiday season, which will be joined for the second consecutive year by Republic recording artist Jordan Smith, Season 9 winner of NBC’s “The Voice.” Incorporating a full symphony orchestra at each performance under the direction of Musical Director and Conductor David Hamilton, this seasonal crowd-pleaser is being presented by Balsam Hill®. Launching Nov. 11 in Omaha, NE, the 22-city tour travels to major markets across the U.S., including Houston, Dallas, Washington, D.C., Portland, Seattle, Denver, Atlanta, Salt Lake City, Boise, Tampa, Kansas City and more.

 

With multiple sellout crowds celebrating the season with them last year, Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith joint Christmas tours have become some of the most anticipated holiday events of the season. Combining for a vast collection of critically-acclaimed holiday albums between them, the 2017 Christmas tour will showcase selections spanning the artists’ expansive Christmas repertoires, including their most recent releases, Grant’s Tennessee Christmas, Michael W. Smith’s The Spirit of Christmas and Jordan Smith’s ’Tis The Season.

 

 

Photo Credit: Cameron Powell

 

“I started looking forward to this year’s tour after the final encore of last year’s tour!” exclaims Michael W. Smith. “Performing with Amy and Jordan – in front of a full Symphony Orchestra – is about as good as it gets for me!”

 

“Michael, Jordan and I have been looking forward to touring together again all year!” confirms Grant. “We had so much fun together last year, and it felt like our creative gifts complemented one another in a unique way.

 

“As we started to plan the show, it was our goal to enhance people’s experience of the Christmas season by providing them a night of exquisite music and a message of hope,” continues Grant. “We are especially thrilled to be partnering with Balsam Hill this year and incorporating some of their beautiful pieces into our production. Creativity happens on many different levels and similarly to the music Michael, Jordan and I have recorded for the holidays, Balsam Hill’s products exists to add beauty and magic to the Christmas season.”

 

“I’m so looking forward to hitting the road again this year with Michael and Amy!” adds Jordan Smith. “It is always an honor to share the stage with these two legendary performers who are also such special people. This show has become one of my favorite Christmas traditions!”

 

In addition to the performance, and in support of their longstanding relationship with Compassion International, Michael and Amy are exclusively meeting with as many as 200 people in each city who sponsor a child through the organization prior to the concert and through the website www.meetamyandmichael.com. This “Compassion Meet & Greet” is an opportunity to learn more about the Compassion International’s child sponsorship experience and will include a photo opportunity with the artists. (Tickets to each concert must be purchased separately through the event’s normal ticketing outlets.)

 

“Amy and I have both sponsored children through Compassion International literally for decades,” reflects Michael. “So, I’m especially excited that we are using our time before the show to meet people who sponsor Compassion children. It seems like such a great opportunity – especially this time of year.

 

“Amy has a song that says, ‘It’s Going To Be A Christmas To Remember.’ That’s our goal with this night,” continues Michael. “I hope we create a memory for everyone that attends and, at the same time, we impact the lives of some very special children all over the world.”

 

Recently inducted into the Music City Walk of Fame in recognition of her significant contributions to Nashville and its musical heritage, Grant released Tennessee Christmas last year, marking her first all-new holiday album in nearly 20 years. With over six million Christmas records sold, her latest holiday offering includes a blend of heartfelt originals and Grant’s own spin on popular Yuletide classics, seamlessly weaving together the joy, love, laughter and even grief this season brings.

With critical praise from USA Today, The New York Times, Huffington Post, Country Weekly and more, Michael W. Smith’s Michael W. Smith & Friends: The Spirit of Christmas features collaborations with Vince Gill, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Nettles, Bono, Michael McDonald and Grant.

Jordan Smith released his first-ever Christmas album, ’Tis The Season, last year. The holiday recording followed his debut album Something Beautiful, which reached No. 2 on the Billboard 200, the highest ranking on the chart by any winner of a television singing competition in almost five years, making Smith the best-selling artist in the history of “The Voice.”

For more information on the upcoming tour and to purchase tickets, visit amygrant.com/tour, michaelwsmith.com/tour or jordansmithofficial.com/tour.

To learn more about Compassion International, visit www.compassion.com.

 

2017 Christmas Tour:
Sat. Nov. 11   Omaha, NE                 CenturyLink Center

Mon. Nov. 13  Denver, CO                Bellco Theatre

Tue. Nov. 14   Orem, UT                   UCCU Center

Wed. Nov. 15  Nampa, ID                  Idaho Center

Thu. Nov. 16   Kennewick, WA          Toyota Center

Fri. Nov. 17     Abbotsford, BC           Abbotsford Entertainment and Sport Center

Sat. Nov. 18    Everett, WA                Xfinity Arena at Everett

Sun. Nov. 19   Portland, OR               Moda Center

Sat. Nov. 25    Duluth, GA                  Infinite Energy Center

Sun. Nov. 26   Tampa, FL                  Amalie Arena

Thu. Nov. 30   Oklahoma City, OK     Crossings Community Church **

Fri. Dec. 1       Tulsa, OK                    BOK Center

Sat. Dec. 2      Grand Prairie, TX        Verizon Wireless

Sun. Dec. 3     Sugar Land, TX           Smart Financial Center

Tues. Dec. 5   Greensboro, NC          Westover Church **

Fri. Dec. 8       Kansas City, MO         Sprint Center

Sat. Dec. 9      Madison, WI                Alliant Energy Center

Sun. Dec. 10   Grand Rapids, MI        Van Andel Arena

Thu. Dec. 14   Van Wert, OH              Niswonger Performing Arts Center **

Fri. Dec. 15     Columbus, OH             Nationwide Arena

Sat. Dec. 16    Fairfax, VA                  Eaglebank Arena

Sun. Dec. 17   Hershey, PA                GIANT Center

 

* All dates and venues are subject to change without notice

** Amy Grant will not appear on these events

 

About Amy Grant:
Amy Grant’s career spans more than 30 years and stretches from her roots in gospel into becoming an iconic pop star, songwriter, television personality and philanthropist. With three multi-platinum albums, six platinum albums and four gold albums, her total career album sales have exceeded 30 million. Grant’s chart success has been consistent throughout her career with six No. 1 hits, 10 Top 40 pop singles, 17 Top 40 Adult Contemporary tracks and multiple Contemporary Christian chart-toppers. In addition to her six GRAMMY® Awards, Grant has earned 26 Dove Awards (including four Artist of the Year Awards) and has been awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Conventional wisdom has it that Grant put Contemporary Christian Music on the map becoming the first Contemporary Christian artist to have a platinum record, the first to hit No. 1 on the Pop charts and the first to perform at the GRAMMY® Awards. With that, her legacy as one of the most influential artists of the past four decades is assured. In April 2015, Grant celebrated the 25th anniversary of her iconic hit “Baby Baby” with a worldwide release of the song featuring pop sensation Tori Kelly and released Tennessee Christmas in 2016, marking her first all-new holiday album in nearly 20 years.

Get Connected with Amy Grant:
www.amygrant.com

 

 

About Michael W. Smith:

Michael W. Smith is an acclaimed singer, songwriter and musician who has sold more than 15 million albums, achieved 32 No. 1 songs, received 2x RIAA Multi-Platinum, 6 Platinum and 16 Gold certified albums, earned three GRAMMY® Awards, one American Music Award and 45 Dove Awards. Amassing an in-depth catalog of achievements, Smith was honored at ASCAP’s 100th Anniversary for his groundbreaking career and significant influence in music. He performed at Former First Lady Barbara Bush’s 90th birthday celebration, had the privilege to join Former President Clinton, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson and others in remembering victims in the 20th Anniversary of the Oklahoma City attacks, was appointed by the White House as Vice Chair for the President’s Council on service and civic participation and was the featured performer at the 2015 USO Gala where he was recognized as a USO veteran. In addition to the international impact he has had through multiple global tours, he has written and composed various scored film projects, has authored 12 books, has acted in assorted motion pictures and has been featured by numerous national media outlets. He founded, and actively supports, the teen club Rocketown – a nonprofit outreach for teens, providing opportunities in arts, music, sports and mentoring programs. This year also marks the 26th anniversary in partnership with Compassion International, seeing more than seventy thousand families’ and children’s lives changed, around the world.

 

Get Connected with Michael W. Smith: 
www.michaelwsmith.com

 

About Jordan Smith:
Jordan Smith’s much anticipated debut album, Something Beautiful [LightWorkers Media/Republic Records], is available now everywhere. Throughout the album, his undeniable delivery and instantly recognizable range drives both original songs and cover tracks produced by legends such as GRAMMY® Award winning producer David Foster [Céline Dion, Michael Bublé, Josh Groban] and modern hit maker Stephan Moccio [The Weeknd, Ellie Goulding, Miley Cyrus]. The 23-year-old from Harlan, KY, Jordan Smith stands out as the highest-selling artist to ever emerge from NBC’s EMMY AWARD®-winning “The Voice.” In less than six months, he sold over 1 million singles and made Voice history by landing eight songs in the iTunes Top 10—the first artist from any season to hit the iTunes Top 10 every single week of the Live Rounds. Of the eight songs that went Top 10 on iTunes, six hit Top 3, and three captured No. 1 on iTunes, all of which knocked Adele off the top spot! His first holiday album, ‘Tis The Season, is available now.

 

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About Balsam Hill:

Founded ten years ago in Redwood City, Calif., Balsam Hill is committed to creating the best Christmas trees on the market. Founder Thomas Harman was inspired to start Balsam Hill by a family member who was allergic to live trees but wanted to create a festive atmosphere in his home during the holidays. When Thomas’ search for a lifelike artificial Christmas tree came up empty-handed, our mission was born to develop the most realistic and luxurious artificial trees. To accomplish this mission, our designers carefully craft trees to mimic nature using site visits and cuttings from live trees as a guide. Balsam Hill holds several patented and trademarked technology that brings the holidays to life including ultra-realistic True Needle™ branches, unique Color+Clear™ or Candlelight™ LED lights, and innovative Flip Tree™ technology. For more information visit the company’s website at http://www.balsamhill.com/.

 

About Compassion International:
Founded in 1952, Compassion International is a Christian child development organization that works to release children from poverty in Jesus’ name. Compassion revolutionized the fight against global poverty by working exclusively with the Church to lift children out of spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty. Compassion partners with more than 6,700 churches in 25 countries to deliver its holistic child development program to over 1.8 million babies, children and young adults. It is the only child sponsorship program to be validated through independent, empirical research.