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2012 “ROCK & WORSHIP ROADSHOW” BILL SPOTLIGHTS MERCYME, TENTH AVENUE NORTH, LECRAE, HAWK NELSON, DISCIPLE, SIDEWALK PROPHETS AND REND COLLECTIVE EXPERIMENT

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rock and worship roadshow 2012
 
BATTLE OF THE BANDS CONTEST RETURNS
 
Nashville, TN (December 7, 2011)—The “Rock & Worship Roadshow” will venture out on its 4th annual tour this spring with another all-star bill featuring MercyMe, Tenth Avenue North, LeCrae, Hawk Nelson, Disciple, Sidewalk Prophets and Rend Collective Experiment. The line-up will also include special guest speaker, and MercyMe frontman, Bart Millard.
 
The tour will kick off January 26th in Biloxi, MS and visit 25 other cities across the U.S. entertaining crowds in Chicago, Minneapolis, Colorado Springs, Dallas, San Diego, Las Vegas and more.
 
Admission prices will be the traditional $10 at-the-door, making it an affordable event for the whole family!
 
The tour will once again team up with local radio stations in select markets to encourage listeners to participate in their 2012 Battle of the Bands contest.  Local artists can submit their music and YouTube videos to their local radio station to be considered for the competition. From there, the station narrows down contestants to a final three. The music from the top three finalists is then passed along to the Roadshow artists who pick the winning act to perform a two-song set, 45 minutes prior to the beginning of the “Rock & Worship Roadshow” in their city.
 
Compassion International, a Christian child advocacy ministry that releases children from spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enables them to become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults, will once again serve as a tour sponsor.  For more information visit www.compassion.com.  Additionally Grand Canyon University and NewReleaseTuesday.com, will serve as sponsors for the tour.   Since 1949, Grand Canyon University has been a premier private university in Arizona, helping students find purpose and achieve their potential through landing the career of their dreams, advancing their career, and changing careers.  As a Christian university, GCU also encourages students to find their purpose in Christ, with an emphasis on applying Christian values and ethics to the workplace.  For more information visit www.gcu.edu.  NewReleaseTuesday.com will provide extensive editorial coverage of the tour, market the event to its 52,000 members and 425,000 monthly visitors and hold exclusive contests for tour merch on their site as well as nightly at their interactive booth at each concert.  For more information visit neweleasetuesday.com.
 
See full list of markets are listed below, and be sure to stay tuned to www.rockandworshiproadshow.com for the latest tour information.
 
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2012 Rock & Worship Roadshow Tour Dates (*Dates Subject to Change)

26-Jan
BILOXI, MS
MISS COAST COLISEUM
27-Jan
HUNTSVILLE, AL
VON BRAUN CENTER
28-Jan
INDIANAPOLIS, IN
CONSECO FIELDHOUSE
29-Jan
MINNEAPOLIS, MN
EXCEL CENTER
2-Feb
CHICAGO, IL
SEARS CENTER
3-Feb
YPSILANTI, MI
EMU CONVO CTR
4-Feb
MADISON, WI
ALLIANT ENERGY CTR
9-Feb
CORPUS CHRISTI, TX
AMERICAN BANK CENTER
10-Feb
DALLAS, TX
AMERICAN AIRLINES CENTER
11-Feb
WICHITA FALLS, TX
KAY YEAGER COLISEUM
12-Feb
LAS CRUCES, NM
PAN AMERICAN CENTER
16-Feb
SPRINGFIELD, MO
JQH ARENA
17-Feb
TULSA, OK
MABEE CENTER
18-Feb
LUBBOCK, TX
UNITED SPRINT ARENA
19-Feb
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO
WORLD ARENA
23-Feb
ALBUQUERQUE, NM
TINGLEY COLISEUM
24-Feb
PHOENIX, AZ
US AIRWAYS
25-Feb
LAS VEGAS, NV
THOMAS & MACK CENTER
26-Feb
SAN DIEGO, CA
VALLEYVIEW CASINO CENTER
1-Mar
BOISE, ID
TACO BELL ARENA
2-Mar
PORTLAND, OR
ROSE GARDEN
3-Mar
SEATTLE, WA
KEY CENTER
4-Mar
SPOKANE, WA
SPOKANE ARENA
8-Mar
ONTARIO, CA
CITIZENS BANK ARENA
10-Mar
SACRAMENTO, CA
ARCO ARENA
11-Mar
FRESNO, CA
SAVEMART CENTER


About MercyMe
Since their debut in 2001, Grammy-nominated, American Music Award and multiple GMA Dove Award winners MercyMe have sold over 6 million units in CD and DVD sales, while being one of few Contemporary Christian music groups to have had all of their recordings certified Gold or Platinum, as well as garner 23 No.1 multi-format Christian 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.”  In 2009, BILLBOARD named MercyMe's "Word Of God Speak" the #1 Song of The Decade and the group the #1 Christian Songs Artist of the Decade, with an additional #1 as the Christian AC Song Artist of The Decade as one of the industry's most notable talents. MercyMe made history as “I Can Only Imagine” surpassed 1 million digital downloads, making it the first song in Christian music to go platinum in the digital domain.  The multi-platinum selling band has sold out venues including Radio City Music Hall and has been seen on The Tonight Show, CNN, Fox New Channel¹s Fox & Friends, ABC News, CBS¹ The Early Show, and on the pages of Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times, USA Today, Billboard, and more. www.mercyme.org  
 
About Tenth Avenue North:
Progressive pop band Tenth Avenue North – composed of members Mike Donehey (lead vocals/acoustic guitar), Jason Jamison (drummer), Jeff Owen (electric guitar/background vocals) and Ruben Juarez (bass) – saw its sophomore album, The Light Meets The Dark, debut in May 2010 at No. 1 on the Nielsen Christian SoundScan chart and No. 15 on the Billboard Top 200 with first week scans of 21,583.  The album also secured the No.1 Christian Album chart position at both iTunes and AmazonMP3 and reached Top 5 on the iTunes overall chart. Named GMA Dove Awards New Artist of the Year in 2009, Tenth Avenue North first impacted the music community as the best-selling and most played new Christian artist of 2008, scoring three No. 1s at radio (“By Your Side” finished the year at No. 2 on the Hot Christian Songs chart, and at No. 3 overall for the decade on said chart) and saw its national debut Over and Underneath (5/20/08) cross the 100,000 unit sales mark in less than seven months.  The breakthrough band received two GMA Dove Award nominations in 2010 for Group of the Year and Song of the Year and the smash hit “By Your Side” claimed the coveted Song of the Year honor. With its latest release Tenth Avenue North Live: Inside and In Between (March 2011), a live CD/DVD experience, Tenth Avenue North has continued to move through constant streams of feature spots and major tours including the current “Make Your Move” Tour alongside Third Day and Trevor Morgan. www.tenthavenuenorth.com, www.facebook.com/tenthavenuenorth or www.providentpress.com
 
About LeCrae:
Establishing himself as the frontrunner of Christian Rap, GRAMMY®-nominated LeCrae made his music debut in 2005 with Real Talk, followed by his groundbreaking album After the Music Stops in 2006. The album sat on Soundscan’s Christian Hip-Hop/R&B chart for two years after its release. His follow up, Rebel, released in 2008, garnered even more success--becoming the first Christian Rap album to ever sit in the No. 1 position on Billboard’s Top Gospel Charts and spent 78 weeks on the Billboard charts. In 2010, Lecrae unveiled Rehab, arguably his most heartfelt album to date, and it broke into the Billboard Top 200 Albums debuting at No. 17,while reaching No. 3 on the Top 10 Albums chart on iTunes and landed the No. 1 spot on Billboard Contemporary Christian chart and No. 1 on the Billboard Gospel Albums chart.  The impact of this album continues to spread across the globe, receiving nominations for several awards including a Grammy for Best Rock/Rap Gospel Album. This year, Lecrae offers Rehab Deluxe, which includes the Grammy-nominated Rehab, Rehab: The Overdose, previously unreleased tracks and a documentary chronicling Lecrae’s life and story of rehabilitation.
 
About Hawk Nelson:
This powerhouse, pop rock foursome hailing from Canada has won the hearts of thousands since their debut release. In 2009, Hawk Nelson performed fans across the country with the Winter Jam Tour Spectacular, REVOLVE tour, the Rock and Worship Roadshow and Skillet's Awake & Alive tour. Despite their insanetouring schedule, the guys recorded their fourth studio album, “Live Life Loud," which released September 2009. This release was the third top album on the overall Christian chart, the 18th digital album in the nation, the second digital album on the Christian chart and debuted with eight singles in the Top 200 digital tracks during street week. "Live Life Loud" followed the successful release, Hawk Nelson Is My Friend, which debuted at #34 on the Billboard Top 200 selling more than 18k units in its first week. Hawk Nelson has also appeared on NBC’s drama “American Dreams,” a cameo appearance in the Nickelodeon film “Yours, Mine, & Ours” as well as had their songs featured on NBC’s Stanley Cup promo spots, WB’s Smallville, Summerland, & Laguna Beach. In addition, the band has formed a lasting relationship with TOMS Shoes. TOMS Shoes provide shoes for children in poverty stricken areas with the motto “One for One.” For the band’s effort, every pair of shoes purchased via Hawk Nelson’s website, TOMS donates a pair of shoes to someone in Haiti as the band’s ongoing involvement with the Hands & Feet Orphanage. In 2010, Hawk Nelson's "Live Life Loud" was nominated for two GMA Dove Awards (Music Packaging & Short Form Video). For more information visit www.hawknelson.com and follow the band on Twitter @HawkNelson.
 
About Disciple:
Disciple has released four records with Fair Trade Services: Disciple (2005) broughthome three No. 1 hits, their sophomore album Scars Remain (2006) bolstered the band’s radio hit “After the World” and their third record Southern Hospitality (2008). The award-winning rock group’s fourth album Horseshoes & Handgrenades debuted at No. 1 on Christian soundscan upon its release in the fall of 2010. Disciple has been nominated for 10 GMA Dove Awards, garnered two wins for “Rock Album of the Year,” scored 10 No. 1 Christian Rock singles and four No. 1 CHR hits.  Disciple’s music has been featured on “Best Damn Sports Show,” NFL’s “Total Axxess,” WWE’s “Cyber Sunday,” “Criminal Minds,” “CSI Miami” and Speed TV’s “Speed Report,” as well as in venues such as Wachovia Center in Philadelphia and even Madison Square Garden in New York City. The bandhas played 2,000 shows in their 14 year career spanning 10 headlining tours, and opening stints for Skillet, Red, Kutless and the Newsboys.
 
Disciple is comprised of Kevin Young– vocals, Israel Beachy- bass, Andrew Welch- guitar, Micah Sannan- guitar and Trent Reiff- drums. www.disciplerocks.com
 
About Sidewalk Prophets:
As one of Christian music's fastest rising new bands, Sidewalk Prophets debut record, These Simple Truths, has scanned more than 135,000 copies since releasing in August 2009. Their first single, "The Words I Would Say", made a huge impact at radio and earned them their first #1 single. In 2010 the band won the Best New Artist category at the 41st Annual GMA Music Awards.  Gaining their start leading chapel at Anderson University where founding members Dave Frey and Ben McDonald met, Sidewalk Prophets began playing anywhere they could get an audience. Moving to Nashville on awing and a prayer with nothing but an EP the band eventually signed with Fervent Records. The band has most recently been in studio working on their highly anticipated sophomore release scheduled to come out in 2012.
 
About Rend Collective Experiment:
An inherent desire for something spiritually substantive in our increasingly artificial world is exactly what brought together a movement of friends known as Rend Collective Experiment. United by a common purpose, these 20-somethings hailing from Northern Ireland began exploring the intersection between God, life and community.
 
As band leader Gareth Gilkeson shares, “Rend was a student movement representing numerous churches, and the ‘collective’ grew out of that. The songs came from an organic environment, searching after the heart of God. We wanted to reflect what God was doing and teaching us, and offer that up for the rest of the world to hear.”
 
Rather than sharing what they learned along the way in lofty sermons and heady theological books, the group instead found its unique voice through the universal beauty of music collaboration. And that unfussy, unforced approach to making art is resonating with others following their debut album Organic Family Hymnal and their new and appropriately titled Homemade Worship By Handmade People.
 
Recorded in churches and homes in their unique style, their latest collection of songs fuses a depth of sung theology and fresh melodies with a soundscape reminiscent of Mumford & Sons, Fleet Foxes and Snow Patrol.