Founding Members of dcTalk, Petra, WhiteHeart and Jars of Clay Form New Supergroup, CCM ALL STAR REVIEW

Few artists have been more influential in defining the Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) brand than dcTalk, Petra, WhiteHeart, and Jars of Clay. Main stage staples of the 80s, 90s, and 2000s, fans will soon be able to see something never before experienced as members of each group come together to collectively perform their biggest hits.

Kevin Max (dcTalk), John Schlitt (Petra), Billy Smiley (Whiteheart) and Dan Haseltine (Jars of Clay) have united to form the CCM ALL STAR REVIEW. With sales exceeding 30 million records between them, the members have collectively generated more than 45 #1 songs and earned more than 15 GRAMMY and 60 Dove Award wins and nominations.

“With the advent of the popularity of rock coming full circle to festivals and theatres, the timing is right for a new show that really celebrates the history of Christian Rock and Pop,” says Smiley.

“A lot of the fans of Petra, dcTalk, WhiteHeart and Jars of Clay are bringing their kids to the shows,” adds Schlitt. “And many people had never seen some of these great musicians live and just had the music on vinyl, cassettes, or CDs.”

The CCM ALL STAR REVIEW will make their live concert debut on August 11th, headlining the No Greater Love Festival in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The supergroup will be backed by the Union of Sinners and Saints, the Schlitt and Smiley-fronted group that recently released their own self-titled debut album.

“2020 might be the year we see an interest in the history of quality CCM music of the past by taking it to some of the festivals we all played at for years, and some other major events happening around the country,” says Max.

Adds Haseltine, “We’ve all know each other for a long time, but this is a chance to have some fun, do what we love, show unity in the purpose, and share it with longtime friends and their families.”

Tour dates and additional information will be announced in the coming months.

From Nashville Publicity Group

The Rocket Summer Announces New Album ‘Sweet Shivers’

The Rocket Summer announced the release of his next full-length album, Sweet Shivers. Pre-orders are happening now, and the album will be released August 2, 2019. The first single, “Shatter Us,” will release this Friday, May 24.

Bryce Avary of The Rocket Summer said this was a labor of love over the last year: “It feels quite good to finally be here. Come take a ride with me into the album that I poured my entire soul into last year.”

As well as the album, fans can also purchase handwritten lyrics, polaroids, painted drumheads, album sessions, and vinyl test pressings from the new record Sweet Shivers. See all the preorder packages here.

To stay in the loop of all announcements, follow The Rocket Summer on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

This post contributed by Sharayah Franklin.

Dawn Michele Updates Fans as PledgeMusic Declares Bankruptcy

Previously, Rock On Purpose spoke with Fireflight lead singer and solo artist Dawn Michele about her upcoming solo album Surrender. After months of difficulty with PledgeMusic, Dawn has provided an update.

In a series of videos posted to Instagram, Dawn shared about the difficult process of trying to negotiate with PledgeMusic over the past few months as the company went through severe financial difficulty. The singer took out a personal loan to begin making good on the pledges that listeners had made. With the recent declaration of bankruptcy from PledgeMusic, it seems likely she will never get the funds in order to pay those loans back.

At the urging of friends and fans, Dawn Michele has opened a PayPal link for fans who would like to help support her as she pays back her loans: www.paypal.me/DawnFireflight. Burtonwood Records, part of Joseph Rojas’s Nashville Label Group (also housing Rockfest Records), has also signed Dawn to assist with distributing Surrender when it does release.

Despite the difficulties, Dawn is doing everything she can to fulfill fans’ orders. To continue to support her on her journey, follow Dawn Michele on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

Oh, Sleeper Album Details Announced

Texas-based metalcore band Oh, Sleeper has finally announced details of the highly anticipated and long awaited album Bloodied / Unbowed.

The album, which is the fourth for the hard rock act and first since 2011, will release everywhere on July 12, according to social media. The second single from the upcoming record is “Fissure.” The hard and heavy new track is available now on Spotify and iTunes.

The band also unveiled preorder bundles for Bloodied / Unbowed, starting at $10. Fans wishing to preorder the new release can check out the official Oh, Sleeper merch store.

Oh, Sleeper was founded in 2006 before signing on with Solid State Records in 2007. The band staked its claim as a staple metalcore act with their chart-impacting third album, Children of Fire.

The first single from Bloodied / Unbowed, “Decimation and Burial,” dropped last November.

Learn more about Oh, Sleeper by following them on Facebook or Twitter.

RED has New Music Coming June 7

RED fans have anxiously been awaiting the announcement that the band shared today: they are releasing new music on June 7th!

The band shared this with their fans by posting a haunting 49-second video on social media. Words slowly fade in and out, giving hints as to what’s to come, without outright saying it or giving much away.

“When it arrives… It won’t know your name… The hate… is here… 6/7/19.”

It has been a year and a half since RED released their 6th studio album, Gone, and fans are guessing that the band’s first single off their 7th album will release June 7th– the first song of their new independent era. Perhaps a single about “hate,” the word that stood out the most in their announcement video? We’ll just have to wait and see!

Stay tuned and keep up with RED on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Disciple Now Booking a Fall Tour With Relentless Flood

Disciple has announced that they are heading out on tour in the fall with Relentless Flood. They are booking in the Midwest to the West Coast, from October through November.

If you want to bring this tour to your area, you can contact Faith Artist Agency on their website, or by emailing them directly at info@faabooking.com.

For more information on Disciple, follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You can also check out ROP’s most recent gallery of Disciple performing live

For more information on the opening act, Relentless Flood, find them on Facebook and Instagram.

Photo by Concert Fotos (Chad Fenner).

Starset Announces Third Album Release Date and Fall Tour

The OH-based cinematic rock band Starset, signed to Fearless Records, announced not only that they will be releasing their third album Demonstrations on September 13, but also an extensive US Fall Tour.


This 35-stop tour will kick off in the band’s home state the same day that their album releases, and will hit major cities all across the U.S. including Houston, Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, and Philadelphia. 

9/13      Cincinnati, OH
9/14      Pittsburgh, PA
9/15      Reading, PA
9/17      Silver Spring, MD
9/18      Norfolk, VA
9/20      Charlotte, NC
9/21      Charleston, SC
9/22      Atlanta, GA
9/24      Baton Rouge, LA
9/25      Houston, TX
9/27      San Antonio, TX
9/28      Dallas, TX
9/29      Oklahoma City, OK
10/1      Phoenix, AZ
10/2      Los Angeles, CA    
10/4      San Fransisco, CA
10/5      Sacramento, CA
10/7      San Diego CA
10/8      Ventura, CA
10/9      Reno, NV
10/12    Portland, OR
10/13    Seattle, WA
10/14    Boise, ID
10/16    Salt Lake City, UT
10/17    Denver, CO
10/18    Lincoln, NE
10/20    Minneapolis, MN
10/21    Chicago, IL
10/24    Philadelphia, PA
10/25    New York, NY
10/26    Hartford, CT
10/27    Boston, MA
10/29    Niagra Falls, NY
10/30    Detroit, MI
11/01    Columbus, OH

For more information about the tour and to learn more about Starset, be sure to follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter or visit www.starsetonline.com.

Convictions, Earth Groans Announce Summer Tour

Fresh off the release of their 2018 album Hope For The Broken, Convictions is set to melt faces with their brand of metal as they embark on a tour this summer.

According to social media, the tour will feature Solid State recording artist and fellow hard rock outfit Earth Groans. “We are so excited to get back on the road with some of our best buds,” the band said in the post. “This is the first of many dates for us this summer!”

The tour will kick off in the steel city of Pittsburgh, PA and make stops across the midwest, including major hubs like Nashville and Minneapolis.

6/29 • Pittsburgh, PA – The Smiling Moose
6/30 • Lakewood, OH – Symposium
7/2 • Columbus, OH – Big Room Bar
7/3 • Indianapolis, IN – Hoosier Dome
7/4 • Urbana, IL – Audiofeed Festival
7/5 • Louisville, KY – Tiger Room
7/6 • Nashville, TN – Rocketown
7/7 • Springfield, MO – Outland Ballroom
7/8 • Wichita, KS – Barleycorn’s
7/9 • Omaha, NE – Drinkery
7/11 • Sioux City, IA – The Marquee
7/12 • Oshkosh, WI – LifeFest
7/13 • Minneapolis, MN – TBD

For more information about the tour and to learn more about Convictions, be sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or visit www.convictionsrock.com.

Zahna Prepares for Kidney Transplant

In an emotional live video to fans this evening, Zahna announced to fans, friends, and family that she will be getting a kidney transplant on May 17.

The singer has shared before about her health struggles surrounding Medullary Kidney Disease, and the transplant is the culmination of ongoing difficulties over the past two years. In the video, Zahna shared that miraculously, her mother is a match for donating– and will be donating close to Mother’s Day, giving her daughter life all over again.

Zahna assured her fans also that she will be doing her absolute best to make all of her summer shows and commitments, but warned in advance that some June commitments might have to change. She also invited fans into praying with and for her on the transplant date and also in recovery. If you’re led to donate at all toward her medical costs, you can donate through PayPal to thesuzymartinez@gmail.com, Venmo to @suzymadsen, and Cash app to $suzymadsen.

To share your words of encouragement and prayers with Zahna, find her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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