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Los Angeles, CA (November 28, 2017) RCA/Inspiration recording artist TRAVIS GREENE received a 2018 GRAMMY® nomination today for “Best Gospel Album” for his chart-topping and critically acclaimed album, CROSSOVER:  LIVE FROM MUSIC CITY.  The upcoming 60th GRAMMY® award ceremony will take place on January 28, 2018 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Say Greene, ““Am I dreaming? This is so surreal. I am truly grateful to be recognized again, for simply doing what I love. All I’ve ever wanted to do is make a difference through music. I poured my heart into this album ‘Crossover,’ and it’s an honor to know that it has touched so many.”

Greene recently reached #1on the Billboard Gospel Airplay Chart for his song, “You Waited,” marking his third consecutive #1 singleGreene’s CROSSOVER:  LIVE FROM MUSIC CITY, also debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart.

Greene has previously been nominated for two GRAMMY® Awards, two Billboard Music Awards, one 49th NAACP Image Awards nomination for “Outstanding Gospel Album (Traditional or Contemporary); 13 Stellar Awards, three Dove Awards and one Soul Train Award.  At the 2017 Stellar Gospel Music Awards, he won in seven key categories, including: “Song of the Year” (for “Made A Way,” which also hit #1 on the Hot Gospel Songs chart), “Male Vocalist of the Year,” “CD of the Year (The Hill, which also reached #1 on the Top Gospel Albums chart),” “Contemporary Male Vocalist of the Year,” “Contemporary CD of the Year,” “Recorded Music Packaging of the Year” and “Praise and Worship CD of the Year.”  In 2016, Billboard named him “Gospel Airplay Artist of the Year.” 


Greene will kick off 2018 with a U.S. tour beginning February 18 through March 1.  Launching at the Majestic Theatre in Detroit, Michigan, the tour will hit Detroit, Michigan, Chicago, IL, Pittsburgh, PA, New York, NY, Philadelphia, PA, Richmond, VA, Washington, DC, Charlotte, NC and Atlanta, GA.

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Maximum Artist Management clients rack up 8 GRAMMY® nods

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (November 28, 2017) – When the GRAMMY® nominations were announced this morning, five clients of Maximum Artist Management, the 20-year old Nashville-based firm founded and led by Mitchell Solarek, received a remarkable eight nods. The list includes Natalie Grant (Curb/Word Entertainment), who earned her seventh nomination; GRAMMY® winning songwriter/producer, Bernie Herms; Danny Gokey (BMG) who earned his first GRAMMY® nomination; Tauren Wells (Reunion Records/Sony Music), who picked up two nominations this year; and Le’Andria Johnson (RCA Inspiration/Sony Music), who also was honored with two nominations. The 60th GRAMMY® Awards will be handed out Sunday, January 28 in New York City as part of the “biggest night in music.”
“Waking up this morning to find so many of our clients being honored by their peers is really gratifying,” says Solarek. “We have a front row seat throughout the creative process and to see this work recognized is thrilling. What a privilege it is to be able to be associated with such great talent and music.”
Maximum Artist Management was founded in 1998 by Solarek with his first client, Natalie Grant. The Nashville-based firm now comprises a staff of seven, including a recently added manager based in New York.
The complete list of Maximum Artist Management client nominations for the 60th GRAMMY® Awards include:
Category 36 – Best Gospel Performance/ Song
Better Days – Le’ Andria Johnson
written by Le’ Andria Johnson
Category 37 – Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song
Oh My Soul – Casting Crowns
written by – Bernie Herms & Mark Hall
Clean – Natalie Grant
written by –  Natalie Grant
Hills and Valleys – Tauren Wells
written by – Tauren Wells, Chuck Butler and Jonathan Wells
Category 38 – Best Gospel Album
Bigger Than Me – La’ Andria Johnson
Category 39 – Best Contemporary Christian Music Album
Rise – Danny Gokey
produced by Bernie Herms (more than 50%)
Hills and Valleys – Tauren Wells
Maximum Artist Management is a Nashville-based artist management, music publishing, development, and touring firm founded in 1998 by Mitchell Solarek. The firm’s roster includes 5-time Gospel Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year and 7-time GRAMMY® nominee, Natalie Grant; GRAMMY® award winning producer and songwriter, Bernie Herms (Josh Groban; Barbra Streisand; Natalie Grant; Danny Gokey); American Idol alumnus, Dove Award winner and now GRAMMY® nominee, Danny Gokey; GRAMMY® and Stellar Award winner, Le’Andria Johnson; GRAMMY® and Stellar® award-winning artist/producer, Donald Lawrence; 3-time GRAMMY® nominee, Tauren Wells; The Voice finalist, Koryn Hawthorne; Hip-Hop/Rap duo, Social Club Misfits; singer/songwriter, Riley Clemmons; Sing-Off winners, Committed; author/speaker Charlotte Gambill; and the women’s event conference tour, Dare to Be

Natalie Grant receives GRAMMY® nomination for “Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song”


Photo: Dominick Guillemot. Download here
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (November 28, 2017) – Award-winning singer-songwriter Natalie Grant received a GRAMMY® nomination for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song for “Clean.” This is her seventh GRAMMY® nomination. “Clean” was solely penned by Grant and is on her ninth studio album Be One (Curb Records, November 15, 2015), which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Christian Albums Chart. “Clean” quickly went viral, inspiring stories of healing from fans all over the world. 
“The impact of this song has been incredibly special for me, because the stories I hear on a daily basis are how people have found such freedom, hope and healing through it,” Grant said. “Now with what I’ve been through in my health the past couple of months, the song has taken on new meaning for me, as I’ve been declared clean of cancer. To receive a GRAMMY® nomination for this particular song is just a really sweet gift.” 
Multiple GRAMMY® nominated Natalie Grant is known for her powerful and soaring vocals, heart-gripping lyrics and passionate performances, and has remained one of the top-selling Christian & Gospel artists since her 2005 breakout RIAA Gold certified album, Awaken. She has since gone on to have nearly 4 million in career sales, and the Gospel Music Association (GMA) has named her Female Vocalist of the Year five times. Learn more at
The winners will be revealed at the 60th Annual GRAMMY® Awards on January 28, 2018 at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. The telecast will be broadcast live on CBS from 7:30 – 11 p.m. ET.
Watch Grant’s performance of “Clean” for the Nashville Sessions:

MercyMe Earns Two GRAMMY® Nominations

“MercyMe and Tenth Avenue North Live” To Bring Award-Winning Lineup To 20+ Markets In Early 2018
Nashville, Tenn. (Nov. 28, 2017) MercyMe scored two nods for the upcoming 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards®. The recognition in the Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song category for “Even If” and Best Contemporary Christian Album category for LIFER totals five career nominations for the multi-platinum selling band. The Recording Academy will present the GRAMMY Awards® on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, live from Madison Square Garden in New York and broadcast on the CBS Television Network from 7:30–11:00 p.m. ET/4:30–8:00 p.m. PT.

“When you’re in a band for 23 years, your priorities tend to change a bit. Things that seemed important in the beginning just aren’t that important today. That being said, being nominated for a GRAMMY® is NOT one of those things. It’s actually the opposite,” shares MercyMe’s Bart Millard. “The longer we’re in this industry, the more we’ve come to appreciate each moment along the way. We are incredibly grateful.”

The GRAMMY® news tops a notable year for the band. MercyMe’s most recent No. 1 album LIFER debuted earlier this year, with their smash hit “Even If” dominating the Billboard and Mediabase radio charts with a 19-week streak at No. 1 alongside a successful headlining “Lifer Tour,” three GMA Dove Award wins including the Artist of the Year title and their sixth American Music Award (AMA) nomination.

2018 will find MercyMe uniting with fellow GMA Dove Award winners Tenth Avenue North for the aptly titled “MercyMe and Tenth Avenue North Live” hitting over 20 markets along the East and Midwest February through April. The much-anticipated new movie, “I Can Only Imagine,” a true story based on the life of Bart Millard who wrote the mega-hit song “I Can Only Imagine” after the loss of his father to cancer, opens in theaters Mar. 16, 2018. For the latest information, visit  

GRAMMY® nominated LIFER is available at iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, Google Play, Cracker Barrel, LifeWay and more.
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.” Their radio success has continued with recent singles “Flawless” (No. 1 for 15 weeks) and “Greater” (No. 1 for 16 weeks), landing them the Top Christian Airplay Artist spot on Billboard’s 2015 Year End charts. 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. 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, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, 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, Welcome To The New, garnered two GRAMMY® nods, four radio hits, has been certified gold by the RIAA and continues to be a top selling title. LIFER, their latest chart-topping, GMA Dove Award winning and GRAMMY® nominated album, includes the smash hit “Even If” which dominated the Billboard and Mediabase radio charts with a 19-week streak at No. 1.


New CD Hits Stores as Debut Single Climbs Billboard Chart

Julie Elias - Awaken - Cover Art

November 20, 2017 (Nashville, Tennessee) –Julie Elias is set for a Thanksgiving holiday filled with gratitude as the Christian entertainer celebrates a career first of breaking into the Top 50 on the Billboard Christian INSPO/Soft AC charts alongside the release of her new album, “A Girl Like Me.” The chart-climbing single, “Awaken,” is the debut release from the 12-song album.

“Thanksgiving, for me, is always a time to stop and reflect on the blessings in my life,” Elias says, “This year, I’m especially grateful that my music is connecting with people and I’m excited for how well ‘Awaken’ is doing at radio, especially at the same time that my new CD is out.

“My new album is really special to me, because the songs speak to my heartfelt, honest battle with feelings of loneliness and worthlessness,” she says. “These are feelings that we all experience but we don’t have to live with them. The songs on the album look at how God’s faithfulness inspires confidence and strength in our weaknesses. When we are at our lowest is when we need to remember we are loved and even a ‘girl like me’ is worthy of God’s love. I want everyone to know they are worthy of God’s love.”

In addition to “Awaken,” which is inspired by Romans 13:2 and, according to Elias, “is about closing the chapter of darkness in your life and stepping out into the light, committing to God that you’re ready to obey Him and do His work,” the CD features songs centered on the theme of 2 Corinthians 12:9-10.

“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

“We need to acknowledge those very weaknesses, fears and failures that make us feel like we aren’t good enough,” Elias said. “But instead of succumbing as a helpless victim, we need to choose to trust God more than we did before and fight the darkness with bravery and fortitude He gives us.”

Elias’ new CD showcases various musical styles. “Forgive Me,” a song about repairing a relationship, and “Only For Awhile,” a semi-autobiographical song about how the seasons we go through in life make us who we are, feature the musician’s signature piano-pop style. Two worship songs, including a cover of Kim Walker-Smith’s “Alive” and “Unchained,” which Elias wrote, are on the project. A theatrical ballad reminiscent of 80s rock titled “Wherever You Roam” was penned with high school graduates in mind as they prepare to embark on their first experience away from home. “Run Away” and “Lost,” two songs written about times when Elias trusted God rather than flee a situation, are also on the CD.

A full track listing follows:
1. Unchained
2. Only For Awhile
3. Awaken
4. A Girl Like Me
5. Alive
6. Forgive Me
7. Lost
8. Run Away
9. Here With Us
10. Wherever You Roam
11. A Wild Rose (2017 Version)
12. In the Light

Elias, who has released five studio albums, including a Christmas EP, also has formed Aurora Ministries, a 501(c)(3) organization, that presents day-long events throughout the nation blending drama, music and special speakers especially for girls in grades 6-12 and their mothers.

The musician, who counts Sara Bareilles, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Francesca Battistelli among her influences, tours regularly in support of her music and ministry. Elias has a number of performances set for the remainder of the year, including shows in the South and on the West Coast.

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Respected Artist Agency to Represent Chart-Topping  
Singer/Songwriter & Worship Leader for Concerts and Events
Singer/songwriter and worship leader Todd Agnew has signed with Scott Huie and H2O Artist Agency for booking representation. Pictured (L to R): Scott Huie and Todd Agnew. (Todd Agnew Music photo)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (November 15, 

2017) – Chart-topping, seven-time
Dove Award-nominated singer, songwriter and worship leader Todd Agnew has signed an agreement for representation by respected booking agent Scott Huie of H2O Artist Agency. Agnew joins the agency’s growing roster of Christian artists that includes Platinum®-selling, GRAMMY®-nominated Newsboys, GRAMMY®-nominated recording artist Peter Furler; GRAMMY®-nominated singer/songwriter Ryan Stevenson; Dove-nominated band Rush of Fools; hard rock mainstay Seventh Day Slumber; and up and coming new artists Ashes Remain, Austin French, and DJ Maj.
“I’m thrilled to join forces with H2O Artist Agency,” says Agnew. “Scott Huie has a stellar reputation in the industry as a man of vision and integrity, and I’m extremely honored to be working with him.
“It’s one thing to have commercial success, but quite another to achieve the depth of insight and musicality that comes with years of experience. Todd Agnew has both,” says Huie of his newest artist. “If you’re hosting a concert or event and want an artist who can engage your audience with compelling music, authentic worship, and transformative insight, Todd Agnew is definitely an artist to consider.”
A steady buzz has been surrounding Agnew’s new project, From Grace to Glory: The Music of Todd Agnew, since the release of the first single, “Glory to Our Great Redeemer.” Called a “spine tingling new hymn” by UK publication CrossRhythms, the single has gained traction at Christian Soft A/C and INSP radio formats, showing up as one of the Most Added songs on Billboard’s Christian Soft A/C chart, and landing in the Top Ten on both the Christian Music Weekly’s (CMW) Worship and INSP charts. Another song from the new project, “When Love Comes to Town” (Agnew’s U2 cover from the benefit album, In the Name of Love: Artists United for Africa) landed in the Top Five on the CMW Christian Country Chart.
Agnew’s studies at Dallas Theological Seminary (where he is nearing completion of his Masters degree) led him to pen “Glory to Our Great Redeemer.” The song reflects Agnew’s deepening spiritual, theological, and musical maturity through the process of getting married, embracing fatherhood, moving to Texas and delving deeper into the formal study of God’s Word at seminary.

“The song talks about ransom, redemption, adoption and more,” Agnew explains. “Our worship grows deeper as we understand more fully all God has done on our behalf.”

“There are certain artists whose voice seems to cut through the clutter of our lives and stop us in our tracks,” says James Riley, VP of Promotions, Shamrock Media Group. “Todd Agnew is one of those artists for me and I’m honored to help bring this new single, “Glory to Our Great Redeemer,” to radio. From the opening moments of the song, you’re engaged. I couldn’t even respond to the email asking if I’d be interested in working it to radio for a while, as I was too busy hitting ‘repeat.’ It’s so great to have Todd back in front of radio!”

For more information about Agnew, “Glory to Our Great Redeemer” and From Grace to Glory: The Music of Todd Agnew, visit

World-Traveling Worship Leaders Brad + Rebekah Debut “I Am Found”

World-Traveling Worship Leaders
Brad + Rebekah Debut “I Am Found”

Forthcoming album to street in early 2018
Nashville, Tenn. (Nov. 17, 2017) “I Am Found,” the just unveiled single from Brad + Rebekah’s upcoming album, marks the husband-wife duo’s first song from their upcoming full length project. The new album, due out in early 2018, is the worship pair’s first release since 2015 and their seventh album.

Both the song and forthcoming record stem from a three-year journey of asking pastors what is needed in the worship songs of the church. The topics and themes that emerged from these interviews were fashioned into fresh worship songs for the body of Christ. The axis of “I Am Found” is one of identity, remembering and declaring that we are not found in the things of this world but belong to the One who holds it all.

 very easy to get lost in the identity of who you are based off what other people say,” shares Rebekah. “But in reality, as a child of Christ, all that really matters is His approval of us and that He really loves us. That we are found in Him.”

Brad + Rebekah, alongside their two children, have been traveling full-time for nearly a decade equipped with a passion for worship, both in leading and teaching. Their heart is to write songs that are simple, solid and singable.

“We wanted this song to be a declaration and reminder that the labels of this world do not define us,” further explains Brad. “The trappings of social media status, the job title we hold, the stuff we accumulate and even the role we play in our family can pull us from our true identity in Christ. Our lives are worth so much more to Christ than a momentary trending post, the brand of coffee we hold or the latest fashion. When I understand Christ’s worth for me far outweighs any accolades this world can offer, I am truly free… I know where I belong… I am found.”

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Steven Curtis Chapman Releases 25th Anniversary Edition Of “The Great Adventure”

17 November 2017 – Franklin, Tenn – It was twenty-five years ago on November 18, 1992 that Steven Curtis Chapman released The Great Adventure, an award-winning album and single that would be a turning point in his career. The Great Adventure would go on to earn Chapman four Dove Awards – Song of the Year, Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year, Short Form Music Video of the Year, as well as for Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year. The album also won the 1993 GRAMMY® Award for Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album.
In celebration of its 25th Anniversary, Chapman has recorded a brand new version of the title track, “The Great Adventure,” along with Bart Millard. To coincide with the song, a new music video has also released. The single is now available on iTunes, Amazon and Spotify. Be sure to check out the video below.

“The Great Adventure” 25th Anniversary music video
ABOUT STEVEN CURTIS CHAPMAN: In a career that has spanned 30 years, Steven Curtis Chapman is the most awarded artist in Christian music history with 58 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, five GRAMMYs®, an American Music Award, 48 No. 1 singles, selling nearly eleven million albums, and eight RIAA-certified gold or platinum albums to his credit. He has been on “Good Morning America,” “CBS Sunday Morning,” CNN, MSNBC, “60 Minutes,” E! Entertainment, “The Today Show,” “Fox & Friends,” “CBS This Morning,” and “The Tonight Show,” along with appearing in the pages of People, Billboard, Parents Magazine, and more.
With countless tours under his belt, Chapman continues on the road performing at numerous festivals and events,  headlining the successful Rock & Worship Roadshow earlier this year. He will headline the 6th Annual KLOVE Christmas Tour this holiday season, which kicks off November 25 in Little Rock and runs through December 17 in New York City.
Chapman released his memoir, Between Heaven & The Real World, on March 7, 2017 (Revell) and appeared exclusively on “Fox & Friends” to talk about the book. Between Heaven & The Real World also made the Publisher’s Weekly best-sellers list two times and the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association best-sellers list.
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Sara Groves Drops Critically Lauded Abide With Me

Sara Groves Drops Critically Lauded Abide With Me

Performs in Washington D.C. for Christian Music Broadcasters’ (CMB) radio event in support of International Justice Mission
Nashville, Tenn. (Nov. 17, 2017) – Singer/songwriter Sara Groves released her 13th studio album, Abide With Me, to critical acclaim today. The widely praised release comes on the heels of Grove’s recent performance at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington D.C., where Groves was the featured musical guest for Christian Music Broadcasters’ gala dinner, performing three songs off her new record. Groves was joined by keynote speaker Gary Haugen, CEO of the International Justice Mission (IJM), with which Groves has joined forces to advocate for victims of human trafficking for the past 12 years. The event was a part of an exclusive CMB preview of Museum of the Bible, where broadcasters where invited to Washington D.C. to tour the museum before its grand opening.

Left to Right: Sara Groves with Gary Haugen of IJM at the Ronald Reagan Building
“For good reason, these songs keep coming back around to subsequent generations. This opportunity to hear them afresh, from such an appealing singer, is most welcome.” – Worship Musician
“Sara Groves’ Abide With Me is a haunting, homespun tour de force of re-imagined hymns and melodies. It’s both soulful and soothing, and good medicine for these troubled times.” – Jesus Freak Hideout
“Abide With Me by Sara Groves is a fresh take on the timeless hymns of the church. These stripped down musical arrangements help these deep and meaningful songs shine… a moving and prayerful listening experience which reflects how we are bound together as believers in faith.” – New Release Today
“The album’s beauty and depth are to be acquired through careful listening and reflection. At the end of the day, Abide With Me is not for the hurried and the superficial; it’s a meaty album prepared for those who wish to invest the time to get to know these songs as friends.” – Hallels
“The word ‘breathtaking‘ seems to sum up this album perfectly. The rawness of Sara’s version of hymns like ‘Abide With Me’ and ‘The Love Of God’ is just outstanding, proving that simplicity works well in music…” – Louder Than The Music
Abide With Me is now available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and Google Play.
About Sara Groves:
Sara Groves is a mom, wife, singer/songwriter and recording artist with a passion for justice and a heart of mercy. She has joined forces with International Justice Mission to advocate for victims of human trafficking for the past 12 years. Groves, her husband Troy, and their three children (Kirby, Toby & Ruby) reside in St. Paul, Minn. where they cultivate an artist support community out of a 105 year-old church called Art House North. Abide With Me marks her tenth release with FairTrade Services, and is available now. 
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Frances Drost Nearly Gave Up On Christmas, Now She Hosts the Holiday Concert Event of the Year

Creative Soul Records artist Frances Drost almost gave up on Christmas. She secretly dreaded Christmas because as a young girl, she had tragically lost two siblings. Christmas called attention to their absence, and she simply didn’t know how to make sense of the incredible loss. Frances began to write songs about her journey — an audio journal of sorts — and years later, it turned into the Christmas album, Portraits of White (Creative Soul Records).

Portraits of White is a beautiful wintery mix of familiar carols and soon-to-be classics. For the past three years, Frances has turned the album into an increasingly popular winter concert experience, complete with a 27-piece orchestra. Portraits of White has quickly become a holiday highlight in south central Pennsylvania. This year’s holiday spectacular is scheduled for December 9, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at Christ Community Church (1201 Slate Hill Road, Camp Hill, PA 17011). Tickets are on sale now at

Nashville-based conductor Ed Kee says, “Every year we make a special effort to ensure that the music for Portraits of White is unique and entertaining and our 2017 show is no exception.  We work hard to maintain the familiar melodies and the nostalgic feel of Christmas while presenting the music in a unique way that is new and creative but still leaves you with the warm, fuzzy Christmas feeling you expect this time of year.”

“I love offering hope over the holidays by sharing stories, humor and great music,” says Frances. “This concert contains all of those elements and more! We’d love to have you and your family come this year and make it your very own family tradition.”

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