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Passion: Awakening Makes No. 1 Christian SoundScan Debut Garners Highest Street Week Debut in its History with 25,000 Units, Landing at No.15 on Billboard Top 200 and No. 8 on Billboard's Current Digital Albums Chart

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Nashville, TN … March 17, 2010… Selling over 25,000 units and taking the No.1 spot on the Christian Albums chart, No. 15 on Billboards Top 200 and No. 8 on Billboard's Current Digital Albums Chart, sixstepsrecords’ Passion: Awakening has experienced the biggest street week ever for a Passion record to date.

In addition to topping the charts, the latest single from the new album “Our God,” sung by notable worship leader Chris Tomlin, is currently climbing its way up both the AC Monitored and Indicator radio charts.

Featuring today’s popular worship artists Tomlin, David Crowder*Band, Matt Redman, Charlie Hall, Christy Nockels, Kristian Stanfill, Fee and Hillsong UNITED, Passion: Awakening was recorded live in Atlanta, GA earlier this year with more than 22,000 university-aged young people in attendance.

Colleges and critics from across the country have been raving about the new Passion release:

“Passion: Awakening is the complete package for anyone seeking a new and refreshing worship album to add to their library. With 12 emotionally-charged selections, including a slightly altered version of David Crowder’s ‘How He Loves Us,’ cover, this album offers an experience that will not be found anywhere else.” – Richland College Newspaper

“The Passion Awakening CD provides an uplifting experience whether listening while walking to class or with a group of friends. It has a little bit of everything: rock, acoustic and eclectic beat. It's not your normal worship album.”-UT Knoxville’s, The Daily Beacon

“Colossians 3:1 instructs us to ‘Set our hearts on things above.’ Awakening, the latest masterpiece from Passion’s worship leaders, is the musical application of that verse. It’s a soul-lifter, a worship-in-spirit-and-truth offering to help us raise our eyes and hearts to our King and spur us on as children of His Kingdom. What a gift to the body of Christ!” - Youthwalk


“These are some of the best new original worship songs of the past few years. If you want to experience a worship ‘awakening,’ then you can't go wrong with the biggest names in the business. Tomlin, Stanfill, Crowder, Nockels, Hall, Redman, Fee and Hillsong United are all in top form on this excellent Passion: Awakening album, easily the best in this great series.” – New Release Tuesday


“Overall, fans of the series will surely love what they find on Passion: Awakening.  It features some of the strongest material to ever come out of the Passion camp.” – The Bridge Live


The heartbeat of the Passion Movement is not simply about filling arenas, but a generation mobilized to carry the message of God’s fame to the unreached, oppressed and forgotten wherever they are on the planet.  Over the course of Passion 2010 (held January 2-5), attendees responded to the challenge to wed worship and justice by giving more than 1 million dollars on-site to various causes around the world to help those in need through the Do Something Now campaign.  Do Something Now, a movement launched by Passion in 2007, has to date funneled more than two million dollars to those in greatest need throughout the world.   


Currently, Passion is preparing to set out on it's second World Tour beginning in May, with university gatherings planned in Kiev, London, Tokyo, Manila, Hong Kong, Sao Paulo and Vancouver.  Registration also recently opened for Passion 2011, which will take place January 1-4 in Atlanta, GA.  Thousands of university students have already staked their place for the gathering.  For more details on the Passion World Tour dates this year and Passion 2011, visit http://www.268generation.com

For more information on Passion and the new album, please go to http://www.268generation.com/.
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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), Christy Nockels (Life Light Up), Kristian Stanfill (Attention), and Passion (Passion: Awakening). 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 go to www.emicmg.com