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Music Industry Veteran Michael Smith Launches Online Training Program for Music Industry Hopefuls

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(NASHVILLE, Tennessee) — Music industry veteran Michael Smith has announced the launch of Michael Smith & Associates University (MSAU), a one-of-a-kind online training program for those seeking a full-time career in the music industry. MSAU is currently accepting enrollment for “Artistry = Mastery + Money” – a 10 part video course that kicks off this month. The enrollment period will close at 12:00 p.m. CDT on Monday, April 6th.

Hosted by the 30-year music industry veteran, MSAU is designed for those seeking a career as an artist manager, as well as for artists and musicians that want a better understanding of the industry and proven tools to move themselves forward. The inaugural course, Artistry = Mastery + Money, teaches what it takes to create a successful business in the music industry and how to raise the capital to do that.

“Artistry = Mastery + Money is a how-to on succeeding in the music business,” says Smith. “This course will teach you the steps you need to take to have an honest shot at making a great living in the music business. That’s what this course is about.”

Smith knows a little about building a successful career in the music industry. Over the past few decades, he has skillfully helped shape the careers of numerous artists in Christian and Country music, including Restless Heart, Jaci Velasquez, Salvador, Chonda Pierce, Yancy, Denver & the Mile High Orchestra, Go Fish, comedian Brad Stine and more.

“I truly believe this is the best place to start,” says Smith. “If you don’t find Artistry = Mastery + Money to be worth the investment, just let me know. I’ll pay you back. That’s how much I believe in it.”

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PLUMB to Release New Worship Album  EXHALE on May 4th

Features latest single “Lord, I’m Ready Now”
Deluxe Album Available for Pre-Order Now 
With Special Guests JJ Heller and Everfound
Nashville, TN – Multi-genre recording artist, songwriter, and author PLUMB is finalizing her seventh studio album, titled EXHALE, for release May 4, 2015. EXHALE follows the tour-de-force success of her previous album NEED YOU NOW, an intense collection that coincided with the artist’s personal struggle in her marriage up through her family’s restoration. This story ultimately lead to the artist writing her memoir, titled ‘Need You Now: A Story of Hope’. EXHALE is the resulting collection of songs filled with worship and thanksgiving, coupled with the distinctive sound for which Plumb is renowned.
The concept of EXHALE was born from a Sunday sermon at PLUMB’s home church in Nashville, TN. Much of Plumb’s message in her 2014 memoir was focused on hope, with her firsthand testimony and mantra being, “Hope is oxygen and we all need to breathe.” In this particular sermon, her pastor, Pete Wilson of Crosspoint Church, reinforced the concept that Christians do not exist for themselves but rather to come into church to breathe in grace, hope and truth so that they can then go out and “exhale” into their surrounding community.
Plumb’s genuine heart of worshipful gratitude has combined with this notion of “exhaling” on the new album, revealing the most overt and honest Plumb album to date. The album cover features a handwritten note by PLUMB herself outlining the theme and outlook of the album with the following message:
“We do not exist for us but to share the grace and love given to us all.
We breathe it in, it changes us, and then we breathe it out, we share it.
I have now breathed in deeply and it has changed me completely.
It has healed my heart, restored my home and made me new.
Because of that grace, there is always hope. It’s oxygen.
Breathe it in…and then EXHALE.”
EXHALE track listing (* denotes bonus tracks on deluxe edition)
1. Exhale
2. Lord, I’m Ready Now
3. Smoke
4. Resurrection
5. Great is Our God
6. My True Love
7. Broken Places
8. Faithful
9. Champion
10. Sleep Will Be Sweet
11. When You Walk Into The Room
12. Restored
*13. We Stand For You
*14. You Are Enough
Leading up to the album’s release, PLUMB will hit the road, headlining THE READY NOW TOUR with special guest JJ Heller.  Everfound will also be performing on select dates. PLUMB is booked exclusively by Jeff Roberts and Associates. Tour dates to be announced in the coming weeks.
Featuring special guest JJ Heller
* denotes additional special guest Everfound
4/9 – Fort Mill, SC*
4/10 – Lexington, KY*
4/11 – Newark, OH*
4/12 – Clinton, IL
4/24 – Council Bluffs, IA (Omaha)
4/25 – Russelville, AR
4/26 – Woodward, OK
4/30 – Midland, MI*
5/1 – Holland, OH (Toledo)*
5/2 – Orlando, FL
5/3 – Willoughby Hills, OH (Cleveland)
5/5 – Nashville, TN*
5/6 – Raleigh, NC*
5/7 – Charleston, SC*
5/8 – Augusta, GA*
5/9 – Richmond Hill, GA*
EXHALE Deluxe Edition is available for pre-order here: