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DAVID CROWDER*BAND RECEIVES HIGHEST CAREER SALES AND CHART DEBUT WITH CHURCH MUSIC GRABBING NO. 1 SPOT ON CHRISTIAN RETAIL CHART AND NO. 11 POSITION ON BILLBOARD TOP 200

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Church Music Earns 10% Increase In Sales From Previous Album

Nashville, Tenn. September 30, 2009…. David Crowder*Band’s latest, Church Music, has proven to be a fan favorite raking in over 35,000 units the first week garnering the top spot  on the Christian Retail Chart and the No. 11 position on the Billboard Top 200. Church Music also maintained a stay at No. 1 on the iTunes ® Christian and Gospel Album chart as well as peaked at No. 3 on the iTunes ® Overall Album chart.

“The street week results for The David Crowder*Band are extremely rewarding, especially in the current market climate, and reflect both the amazing creativity Church Music embodies and the powerful story the Crowder clan has woven together around this new release,” explains sixstepsrecords founder and director Louie Giglio. “Crowder continues to carve out a unique space on the musical landscape with the band's forward-thinking approach to our time-honored faith.  I'm proud of the band's efforts, and those of our dedicated sixsteps/Sparrow team."

Church Music is the band’s highest debut to date with a 10% increase from the band’s previous release in 2007 of Remedy. This increase comes despite the market’s decrease.

David Crowder*Band will be taking Church Music to the masses this fall on a 32 city nationwide tour with opening acts Danyew and Seabird starting tomorrow, October 1.

To hear David Crowder share an inside look into Church Music, visit: http://vimeo.com/6471597.

About David Crowder*Band:
Church Music is the follow-up to David Crowder*Band’s 2007 release of Remedy. Along with the group’s 6 GMA Dove Awards and 17 nominations, David Crowder*Band has toured with Michael W. Smith, Third Day and Mercy Me including a headlining tour with Mute Math.  The first Christian artist to be named MSN.com’s Artist of the Year in 2006 as well as foster a partnership with M-Audio/Propellerhead’s Reason software, Crowder is also the namesake behind premiere guitar maker Tom Anderson Guitarworks’s Roadster Acoustic. They have received media coverage from such major news outlets as CNN, Fox and the New York Times. Despite the success, David Crowder*Band makes it a point to get back to University Baptist Church on most Sundays, a church they helped found near the campus of Baylor University in Waco, TX.  The band is also featured at the enormously popular Passion gatherings. 

About sixstepsrecords:
Founded in 2000 by Louie Giglio, sixstepsrecords (www.sixstepsrecords.com) is a worship label and a division of Passion Conferences. sixstepsrecords’ artists include Chris Tomlin (Hello Love), David Crowder* Band (Church Music), Charlie Hall (The Bright Sadness), Matt Redman (We Shall Not Be Shaken), and Passion (Passion: God of This City). The label partners with Sparrow Records/EMI CMG Label Group for A&R, marketing, sales and distribution operations.

About EMI CMG Label Group:
Brentwood, Tennessee-based EMI CMG Label Group is comprised of Sparrow Records, Forefront Records, and Credential Recordings, in addition to providing A&R and marketing support for sixstepsrecords via a joint venture and licensing partnership. Balancing freedom, discipline, creativity, profitability and ministry, EMI CMG Label Group strives for excellence in artist development.  The Label Group is a division of EMI Christian Music Group.  For further information, please visit www.emicmg.com.


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