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RECORD-BREAKING WINTER JAM HEADS WEST FOR FIRST-EVER FALL TOUR #Breakingnews #westcoast

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RECORD-BREAKING_WINTER_JAM_HEADS_WEST_FOR_FIRST-EVER_FALL_TOURNASHVILLE, Tenn.—For the first time in its 16-year history, the record-breaking Winter Jam Tour Spectacular—the #1 tour in the world for the first quarter—will return to the road this fall, hitting 11 cities in the western United States.  Kicking off November 3 in Denver, the multi-artist extravaganza is slated to hit Las Vegas, Phoenix, Portland and Sacramento, California, among other cities.

Created and hosted by Grammy-nominated Christian music mainstay NewSong, the Winter Jam 2011 Tour Spectacular is produced by NewSong Ministries, promoted by Premier Productions and presented by Holt International.  In addition to NewSong, the fall line-up will feature Newsboys, Kutless, Matthew West, RED, Fireflight, KJ-52 and guest speaker Tony Nolan, as well as a Pre-Jam party with For King & Country, Dara Maclean and Patrick Ryan Clark.

“We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to go west with Winter Jam,” said NewSong’s Eddie Carswell, Winter Jam creator.  “Thanks to the incredible artists who joined us to share the message, this year’s tour saw record-breaking attendance in more cities than ever, and as a result, nearly 100,000 decisions for Christ were made.  We’re humbled God is allowing us to bring this amazing fall line-up to a brand new audience, and we can’t wait to see what He will do in these cities.”

"We are most excited and definitely looking forward to the very first western U.S. Winter Jam,” said Newsboys’ Michael Tait.  “Newsboys have had nothing but success on the 2010 and 2011 Winter Jam Tours.  I've said it before and it surely bears repeating: Winter Jam is our industry's #1 tour, performing this past winter to more than 520,000 concert goers!  It's a “must see”...10 bands for 10 bucks...simply unbeatable and an unforgettable night for the entire family.  See you there!"

The fall leg of the Winter Jam 2011 Tour Spectacular also marks the premier of the new Jam Nation Fan Club, which will offer members free and early admission to a Winter Jam concert of their choice, an exclusive Jam Nation t-shirt and collectible pass, and an artist Q&A session, among other special benefits.  Jam Nation memberships will also be available for groups.

In addition to title sponsor Holt International, exclusive Winter Jam tour sponsors are the University of Mobile and HearItFirst.com.  The tour is also sponsored by Xtreme Conferences, Premier Christian Cruises, Camp Electric, Texas TransEastern and Wayne E. Bailey Produce.

The Winter Jam 2011 Tour Spectacular was the #1 tour in the world for the first quarter of the year, according to Pollstar.  The multi-artist event featuring many of Christian music’s biggest names outpaced attendance for all other tours in the first quarter, including Bon Jovi, U2, X Factor Live, Lady Gaga, Brad Paisley and Justin Bieber, according to Pollstar’s 2011 Worldwide First Quarter Ticket Sales “Top 100 Tours” chart.

Since its formation by NewSong in 1995, Winter Jam has featured many of the top names in Christian music, including TobyMac, Third Day, Newsboys, Steven Curtis Chapman, Skillet and Jeremy Camp, among many others.

For further information on Winter Jam and a complete tour schedule, visit www.jamtour.com.  For additional information on NewSong, visit www.newsongonline.com