Critically acclaimed recording artist, songwriter, producer and worship leader Brandon Bee has something important to say to the Class of 2010. Bee — along with electro-pop sensation Owl City, Grammy Award-winning Christian artist tobyMac, financial guru Dave Ramsey and other artists, authors, speakers and graduates — is featured on the interlínc-produced ConGRADulations! CD/DVD/gift book graduation gift that delivers a powerful message of hope, friendship and faith to this year’s graduates. Since its inception in 1990, over 1.2 million copies of this annual graduation gift have been given to graduates. “I am excited about the amazing group of artists whose songs are on ConGRADulations! Class of 2010 — from Owl City to tobyMac to powerful new artist Brandon Bee — their music and messages are powerful for this year’s graduates,” comments interlínc President Allen Weed. “Brandon is a welcome new voice to Christian music.” Along with Owl City, tobyMac and Bee, whose song “This is the Revolution” is featured on the project, other music contributors include Skillet, Relient K, Lecrae and Flyleaf. In addition to Ramsey, popular authors and speakers Francis Chan (Crazy Love), John Bryson (College Ready), Discovery Institute founder-teacher Dr. Stephen Meyer and Derek Melleby (The Center For Parent/Youth Understanding) offer their timely wisdom. “This is a revolutionary time to be going out into the world,” says Bee. “My prayer for today’s graduates is that they embrace this new era — this is a time when it’s not only important for each of us to be involved in ministry inside the church walls, but also to be sharing God’s love with our community.” Best known as a producer and a sought-after worship leader at churches and conferences across the country, Brandon Bee is quickly gaining fans for his own unique brand of pop/rock worship music. Bee’s Surrendered EP debuted on iTunes’ “New & Noteworthy” section and landed in the Top 20 on the iTunes Christian Albums chart. He recently unveiled his debut full-length project, This Is The Revolution, on Save the City Records. The CD has been garnering critical acclaim from media outlets such as iTunes, Christian Musician Magazine, CCMMagazine.com and Christianitytoday.com. “One of the more striking debut efforts in recent memory, Bee firmly establishes the artistic reputation that his previous production work only hinted at with This Is The Revolution,” says Christian Musician Magazine. iTunes states, “Best known as a Christian music producer, Brandon Bee steps out as a singer/songwriter on 2009’s thoroughly likable This Is The Revolution…Bee is vivid and convincing.” Bee’s behind-the-scenes credits include development work for many of the music industry’s top companies, including Geffen Records, Sony BMG Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group. He first came to the attention of the production world under the mentorship of producer Lou Carto (Randy Travis, B.B. King) and Dove Award-nominated Christian artist/producer Morgan Cryar. After moving back to the Northwest from Nashville, Bee began producing bands in Seattle’s growing Christian music scene and traveling throughout the U.S. and Canada to produce artists including Amber Pacific, Jaime Jamgochian, Benjiman, Juno Award nominee/Island Award winner Matthew James and Grammy Award nominee/Dove Award winner Stacie Orrico. Brandon Bee’s This Is The Revolution is available on Save the City Records, a division of Rain On Me Productions, LLC. Bee’s Surrendered EP is available on iTunes, Amazon MP3, Rhapsody and other online retailers. For more information on Brandon Bee, This Is The Revolution and Surrendered, visit brandonbeemusic.com or savethecityrecords.com. Based in Franklin, Tennessee, interlínc for the past 25 years has linked the resources of the music and media industries with the needs of youth ministry. The interlínc mission is driven by the fact that music is one of the most powerful forces affecting youth culture and that today’s Christian music has the strength and capability to encourage, convict and change lives. For more information about interlínc see interlinc-online.com. The ConGRADulations! Class of 2010 project is available online at grad2010.com. Suggested retail for the CD/DVD/gift book set is $12.95, with special bulk pricing for youth workers and churches.
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