The GRAMMY ® nominated David Crowder*Band will headline the highly anticipated “The 7 Tour” with acclaimed artists Gungor, who is doing an acoustic set, Chris August and John Mark McMillan. The shows will span from September through November and hit over 30 clubs and theaters across the U.S. including key markets such as: Dallas, Texas, Los Angeles, Calif., Portland, Ore., Seattle, Wash., Chicago, Ill., New York, N.Y., Atlanta, Ga. and Orlando, Fla.
Known for their fan-centric focus, David Crowder*Band unveiled a fan-exclusive pre-sale in order to give their core group of supporters the opportunity to purchase tickets before everyone else without high ticket fees and with the incentive of being the first ticket-holders into the venue each night. The pre-sale was such a success that in addition to the website initially crashing due to high traffic, nearly half of the dates sold out of their limited presale quantities seven months early.
“We’re really excited about this tour,” comments David Crowder. “The line up is ridiculous! We’re pretty sure this is going to be a really special outing.”
David Crowder*Band is currently working on their new album slated for release later this year or early 2012, this will be the follow-up to their GRAMMY ® nominated Church Music which released in the fall of 09.
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About David Crowder*Band:
Named among the “most thoughtful, progressive and exciting acts in contemporary Christian music” by The New York Times, the popular yet unconventional David Crowder*Band released their latest GRAMMY ® nominated album Church Music in the fall which debuted at No. 1 on the Christian retail chart scanning over 35,000 units. This gave David Crowder*Band their largest street week to date ranking in at No. 11 on the Billboard Top 200. David Crowder*Band’s latest music video for “SMS (Shine)” nabbed coverage on NBC’s The Today Show, Fox & Friends, USA Today, Billboard and Paste Magazine online as well as a GMA Dove Award win for “Short Form Video of the Year.” The video was also recognized at the LA Film Festival in 2011. Along with the group’s 9 GMA Dove Awards and 22 nominations, the band was the first Christian artist to be named MSN.com’s Artist of the Year in 2006. 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 part of the Passion Movement, participating in university student gatherings in the US and around the world. The group’s leader David Crowder is further an acclaimed author, having penned two books, including his acclaimed, highly personal, Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven, But Nobody Wants to Die: Or (The Eschatology of Bluegrass). www.davidcrowderband.com
GRAMMY ® nominated Gungor earned critical acclaim with their latest record Beautiful Things (Brash) upon its release in February, 2010. Amidst appearing at well known Passion and Catalyst conferences and headlining the unique “Beautiful Things Events,” the band hailing from Colorado has earned two GRAMMY ® nominations as well as a GMA Dove Award nomination. Worship Leader magazine named Beautiful Things their top CD release of 2010 while both Relevant magazine and CCM gave the record honorable mentions in their celebrated year end lists. Gungor is set to release a new album this fall. www.gungormusic.com
About Chris August:
While he may be considered a “new” artist, Fervent Records’ singer-songwriter Chris August is anything but a rookie in the music industry. The self-taught pianist, guitarist, and producer previously toured as the keyboard player and opening act for pop sensation Ashlee Simpson and worked with Ryan Cabrera, Brian McKnight and Jessica Simpson before shifting his focus to his solo career. Chris, a native of Dallas, Texas, put his refined skill set to work when he co-produced his debut album, No Far Away, with acclaimed producer Ed Cash. While he is not one to shy away from writing about his faith, Chris isn’t afraid to embrace relationships and heartache in his songwriting. Chris cites influences such as Stevie Wonder, John Mayer, and Gavin DeGraw who all contributed to the polished pop/rock sound that is sure to resonate with all who listen. The first single, “Starry Night,” was a multiple week #1 single on three charts in late 2010. Last week, August was honored by the industry with the “Male Vocalist of the Year,” “New Artist of the Year” and “Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year” at the 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards. For additional information, please log on to: www.chrisaugustmusic.com, www.myspace.com/chrisaugustmusic or www.twitter.com/ChrisAugust.
About John Mark McMillan:
Heart-on-sleeves rock is what North Carolinian McMillan does best. And it’s his bluesy voice and well-crafted lyrics that have brought him heightened popularity and universal critical acclaim with The Medicine, his third album (but first on a major label). The Medicine is an intriguing, musically compelling and intensely in-depth project which expresses McMillan’s soul and personal life journey. Through his lyrics, McMillan takes listeners through a story of emotions. Poetic metaphors and vivid imagery thread themselves through the album binding together a universal theme of brokenness and love’s power over the weak and the wounded. www.thejohnmark.com
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 (And If Our God Is For Us…), David Crowder* Band (Church Music), Charlie Hall (The Rising), Matt Redman (10,000 Reasons), Christy Nockels (Life Light Up), Kristian Stanfill (Mountains Move) and Passion (Passion: Here For You). The label partners with Sparrow Records/EMI CMG Label Group for A&R, marketing, sales and distribution operations. www.sixstepsrecords.com
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
“The 7 Tour” Dates:
9/28 Austin, TX – Stubbs Waller Creek Amphitheatre
9/30 Houston, TX – House of Blues
10/1 Dallas, TX – House of Blues
10/4 Lubbock, TX – City Band Auditorium
10/5 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
10/6 Phoenix, AZ – Grand Canyon University Arena
10/7 San Diego, CA – House of Blues
10/8 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium
10/9 San Francisco, CA – Regency Ballroom
10/11 Portland, OR – The Crystal Ballroom
10/12 Seattle, WA – The Moore Theater
10/14 Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
10/15 Lawrence, KS – Lied Center / Univ. of Kansas
10/16 Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom
10/20 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue Mainroom
10/21 Chicago, IL – Vic Theater
10/22 Grand Rapids, MI – Orbit Room
10/23 Detroit, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre
10/25 Lafayette, IN – Long Center
10/26 Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room – Old National Centre
10/27 Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
10/28 Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live
10/29 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
10/30 Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
11/1 Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore Charlotte
11/3 Greenville, SC – McAlister Auditorium / Furman Univ.
11/4 Lynchburg, VA – Vines Center / Liberty Univ.
11/5 Atlanta, GA – The Tabernacle
11/6 Sarasota, FL – Manatee Civic Center
11/10 Mobile, AL – Saenger Theatre
11/11 Orlando, FL – House of Blues
11/12 Panama City, FL – Marina Civic Center
11/13 Jackson, MS – Jackson Academy PAC