GoFundMe Launched To Support Matt “Mojo” Morginsky In Wake Of House Fire

The producers of the movie Pick It Up: Ska in the 90s have banded together to launch a GoFundMe campaign in support of former O.C. Supertones lead singer Matt “Mojo” Morginsky and his family, whose family home was recently lost in a house fire.

“On May 25, 2019 at 7:00 in the morning, the Morginsky family’s 100+ Year old Denver, Colorado home was struck by a sudden-and-accidental house fire, creating an immediate, total loss for the family,” according to the GoFundMe campaign page.

Fans of the band are being invited in to help out through the fundraiser.

At the time of publication, the campaign had raised over $5,000 to help the members of the family get back on their feet after losing all of their belongings due to the water and smoke damage, and the house being deemed an asbestos hazard by authorities.

Matt Morginsky is best known in these circles as the energetic lead singer of 90s Christian ska group The Orange County Supertones, which released six full length studio albums from 1996 to 2005, and a seventh, For The Glory, in 2012.  The Supertones lyrically were well known for their in-your-face theological depth.

Since then, Morginsky and his family has been serving as Lead Pastor at Grace and Peace Church in Denver, Colorado.  You can learn more about what Mojo has been up to in this new ministry role by visiting gpchurchdenver.org/about.

Learn more about The O.C. Supertones by following them on Facebook, or by finding their music on Spotify and iTunes.

Skillet Announces Pre-order For Graphic Novel Authored By John Cooper

The Skillet machine continues to fire on all cylinders in 2019, and the portfolio is growing more and more diverse with each new project.

The latest endeavor is a graphic novel written by John Cooper called Eden: A Skillet Graphic Novel, in partnership with Z2 Comics. Illustration for the graphic novel were created by Chris Hunt. The graphic novel is available for pre-order immediately and will release on August 27.

According to a description on the Amazon product page, the story is a futuristic tale about John and Korey Cooper teaming up with cyborg Jen and ex-soldier Seth to hunt down zealots who stole a protective machine. They’re releasing images of the characters one at a time on Instagram.

Skillet is also juggling Ledger and Fight the Fury side projects, getting ready to head out on tour with Breaking Benjamin, making new music and recently launched a podcast with John Cooper himself.

In addition, John Cooper recently launched a beard product line and Korey Cooper collaborated in writing with Lacey Sturm for Lacey’s upcoming project.

If it’s possible, keep up with everything going on in the Skillet universe by following them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or by visiting their official website.

Skillet Invites Lacey Sturm to Fill In For Jen Ledger on Breaking Benjamin Tour

Skillet announced that Lacey Sturm will be joining the band for select dates on their upcoming tour with Breaking Benjamin.

In a split screen video conversation with Jen Ledger on the official Lacey Sturm Instagram page, John Cooper says that due to Winter Jam conflicts, Jen Ledger will miss 5 upcoming shows: “We needed to find an equally awesomest girl we could ever find to fill in for Jen for a few shows.”

Though the official dates were not announced, the following are when Skillet is scheduled to play shows simultaneously as Winter Jam 2019:

  • Friday March 15
  • Thursday March 21
  • Saturday March 23
  • Friday March 29
  • Sunday March 31

You can find out more about the upcoming tour with Breaking Benjamin featuring Skillet, Underoath and Fight the Fury by visiting skillet.com/tour. Make sure you catch Jen Ledger on Winter Jam as well, with all dates at jamtour.com.

Righteous Vendetta Releases Surprise Single Featuring Trevor McNevan

Righteous Vendetta gave rock fans a late Christmas gift today by dropping a surprise single to kick off 2019.

“Like Poison” is available on all streaming formats now (iTunes, Spotify), according to a post on their Facebook page. The band said that listeners will be “pleased to find something that wasn’t there before” when referring to the surprise new single.

The tune features Thousand Foot Krutch frontman Trevor McNevan, who released his debut hip hop EP under the name I Am The Storm in 2018. Righteous Vendetta continues momentum from last year as they recently released Reignite: The Fire Inside on digital formats and were announced as part of the lineup for the 2019 City Rockfest Tour.

Keep up with Righteous Vendetta by following them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or by visiting their website.

Veridia Launches Fragrance to Go Along With Single ‘Perfume’

Veridia concludes a busy 2018– a year in which they released The Beast You Feed and were nominated for a We Love Award for Pop Album of the Year-– by unveiling their own signature perfume.

In a post on social media last week, lead singer Deena Jakoub announced a fragrance to go along with the themed song, saying “we couldn’t release a song called ‘Perfume’ without launching a signature fragrance to go along with it!”

The perfume is limited in availability, hand-mixed by Deena and comes with a t-shirt inspired by the song (which you can find on iTunes and Spotify). Jakoub added, “I made this blend after being introduced to aromatherapy by friends and family, and these 3 essential oils have lifted me through some very difficult times. It’s like a hot cup of spiced Earl Grey tea with cream to fend off the winter blues!”

Pre-order the special and limited edition fragrance by visiting the Veridia webstore.  Keep up with the band by following them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

Rock and Roll Gives Back on Giving Tuesday 2018

November 27 is this year’s Tuesday after Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping days.  This day marks the kickoff of year-end charitable contribution drives, widely called “Giving Tuesday.” Adding to the annual excitement and social media buzz, Facebook and PayPal announced that they will be matching donations to eligible US-based nonprofits up to a grand total of $7 million.

The rock and roll community is also getting involved in this tradition. Below you can find our roundup of just a few of the bands and nonprofit organizations that are helping out today.

On November 26 P.O.D., who recently released their tenth album Circles, performed in Dallas, Texas for a sold out event raising funds for Toys For Tots.

XD Out, the heavy duo formed by brothers Chris and Josh Haines in 1999, is raising funds for the dual purpose of Music and Medicine, according to a post on Facebook.  They launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise money toward their fourth studio project, along with 10% of all donations going to the Cancer Research Foundation in memory of their father Jerry, who passed away in 2013. Check out more information about the project and this fundraiser by visiting the GoFundMe campaign page.

The Hands and Feet Project, the nonprofit founded by former Audio Adrenaline members Mark Stuart and Will McGinness that helps children and families in Haiti, is celebrating 15 years in Haiti with a $15,000 match today.  Find more information about how to help out by visiting their website.

HeartSupport is a music focused nonprofit founded by August Burns Red lead singer Jake Luhrs in 2011. According to their Facebook, “HeartSupport exists to equip, encourage, inform, and provide emotional support to young adults caught in cycles of addiction, suicide ideation, depression, sexual abuse, relationship issues, and family issues. We achieve this goal through peer-to-peer mentoring and support, musician partnerships and involvement, recovery programs and faith-based teachings, and connecting young adults to resources in their local areas.” This year, they are raising funds specifically to create a festival around their mission. Find out how you can help this organization by visiting their website.

Our friends at To Write Love On Her Arms, whose mission has always been tied to the music community, are participating in the Facebook and PayPal match for Giving Tuesday with a goal of raising $10,000 to continue their mission of encouraging people that “2019 needs you.” They are inviting everyone to “give the gift of hope and help today.” You can learn more about their campaign and contribute by visiting their campaign on Facebook.

Another longtime force in the music culture, Switchfoot is following up Black Friday merch sales with an invitation to contribute to their Bro-Am Foundation. The foundation benefits homeless and at-risk youth in Switchfoot’s native San Diego, as well as benefitting multiple other charities over the years at the annual Bro-Am event. “We always say that the best part of SWITCHFOOT is the incredible community that has grown out of the band,” Switchfoot said in an email. “We started the BRO-AM Foundation almost 15 years ago now, and year after year we’re blown away by your generosity and care for the world around you.”

Last but not least, fresh off his recent trip with his family to the frontlines of the battle against human trafficking, David Zach and Remedy Drive continue their efforts to raise awareness and funds to prevent human trafficking through the charity The Exodus Road. Learn more and help out on this post on Remedy Drive’s Facebook page.

It is always a beautiful thing to see the music community join forces in such a way to help others and fulfill a purpose beyond the music. Rock On Purpose would love to hear from our readers today as well.  As we turn the corner into the final month of 2018, what are some of the charitable organizations you like to support during the holiday season?

Switchfoot Drops Second Single From Upcoming Album ‘Native Tongue’

The excitement for the January 2019 release of Switchfoot’s latest project Native Tongue continues to build. On November 16, the band released up-tempo alternative rocker “Voices” as the second single for the project.

In addition to the new tune, the band also unveiled an accompanying music video.

On October 22, Switchfoot delivered their hiatus-ending lead single, 11th album title track “Native Tongue.” The album is set for release on January 18, 2019. Find “Voices” on iTunes or Spotify.

Keep up with Switchfoot by following them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or by visiting their website.

Imagine Dragons Drops ‘Origins’

Grammy winning rock band Imagine Dragons dropped their fourth full length album on Friday, November 9, 2018.

The highly anticipated release of Origins is the follow up to 2017’s Evolve, which included hit singles such as “Believer” and “Whatever It Takes.”  The first single from their latest project is “Natural,” released earlier this year.  It has been serving as the theme song for the 2018 College Football on ESPN season.

Imagine Dragons was formed in 2008 when lead singer Dan Reynolds met drummer Andrew Tolman at Brigham Young University.  The group has won three American Music Awards, nine Billboard Music Awards and one Grammy Award.  In 2013, the band started a charitable organization for young people battling cancer called The Tyler Robinson Foundation. In addition to crafting countless pop hits, the band is known for interweaving the themes of spirituality that are integral to Dan Reynolds’ personal life.

Keep up with Imagine Dragons by following them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or by visiting their website.

Find Origins on iTunes and Spotify.

2019 to Start Off ‘Dangerous’ for August Burns Red and Fit For A King

Pennsylvania based metal band August Burns Red will hit the road this winter for The Dangerous Tour, which is set to start January 24, 2019 in Lexington, Kentucky.  A full list of tour dates can be found below.

Solid State metal band Fit For A King will be opening for August Burns Red, supporting their latest project Dark Skies, which was released on September 14, 2018 (read our review). Also supporting ABR on The Dangerous Tour will be Rise Records heavy metal band Miss May I and electronic hard dance duo Crystal Lake.

General admission tickets for the tour went on sale Friday, November 2nd.

VIP packages for the tour, which was announced on social media, are available on the ABR website and include a general admission ticket, a meet and greet with August Burns Red and an exclusive 7″ Vinyl featuring the latest single from Phantom Anthem, “Dangerous,” the music video for which was released on October 30.

The Dangerous Tour Dates, Cities and Venues

1/24 — Lexington, KY — Manchester Music Hall
1/25 — Richmond, VA — The National
1/26 — Asheville, NC — The Orange Peel
1/27 — Charleston, SC — Music Farm
1/30 — New Orleans, LA — House of Blues
2/1 — Odessa, TX — Dos Amigos
2/2 — Albuquerque, NM — Sunshine Theater
2/4 — Tucson, AZ — The Rock
2/8 — Spokane, WA — Knitting Factory
2/9 — Boise, ID — Knitting Factory
2/10 — Salt Lake City, UT — The Depot
2/11 — Grand Junction, CO — Mesa Theater
2/12 — Fort Collins, CO — Aggie Theatre
2/14 — Oklahoma City, OK — Diamond Ballroom
2/15 — Lincoln, NE — Bourbon Theatre
2/16 — Minneapolis, MN — Cabooze
2/17 — Des Moines, IA — Wooly’s
2/22 — Ottawa, ON — TD Place
2/23 — Quebec City, QC — Imperial De Quebec
2/25 — Hampton Beach, NH — Wally’s
2/26 — Portland, ME — Aura
2/27 — Clifton park, NY — Upstate Concert Hall
2/28 — Buffalo, NY — Town Ballroom
3/1 — Hartford, CT — The Webster
3/2 — Poughkeepsie, NY — The Chance Theater

Learn more about the tour and find tickets by visiting augustburnsred.com.

 

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