DEEPER by JJ HELLER
In Stores and Digital Outlets Tomorrow.
Album Release Tour Kicks Off October 21.
DEEPER, the fourth full-length CD by indie darling JJ Heller, is releasing to digital and brick and mortar retail outlets tomorrow, October 11, 2011.  And now, with a new record, and a new baby named Nora, JJ will be hitting the road this fall on an album release tour with special guest Matt Brouwer.

DEEPER is a project two years in the making.  Intended for a 2009 release, the project was well underway when JJ’s song “Your Hands” started gaining radio and media attention after being used of the show So You Think You Can Dance?. After the difficult decision was made to instead release a more polished, radio-friendly record, DEEPER was put on hold and the acclaimed WHEN I’M WITH YOU was released. Now, DEEPER has been completed and is set to release tomorrow, October 11, through New Day Distribution.

Leading up to the release, DEEPER has received early critical acclaim:

“If you want a great album to listen to this fall with a cup of coffee and your loved ones by your side, it would do you good to get Deeper as soon as possible…” – Marked “Pre-order Worthy” on JesusFreakHideout.com

“This is easily the most authentic album of the year. If you like singer-songwriters like Audrey Assad, Sara Groves, Brooke Fraser and Sandra McCracken, then you must pick up Deeper by JJ Heller.” – NewReleaseTuesday.com

“Heller’s album is well suited for curling up with a good book and a cup of tea on a blustery afternoon. Breezing by like a leaf in the street, Heller’s songs are delicate and charming.” – ChristianityToday.com

“It’s very rare to find an album that you can call flawless, but Deeper is one such album. Honest lyrics, soothing music and peaceful vocals combine here to create a project that will quietly wow fans of all ages, genders and states of mind.” – Given 5 stars on ChristianMusic.About.com

In a move that might be deemed brave, or crazy, JJ is preparing to kick off an album release tour this fall, and bringing the entire family along.  Touring can be difficult enough, but when you combine a rigorous schedule with parenting a 2 year old and a 2 month old, anything can happen.

“Playing music live is such a vital part of our ministry,” JJ says,” but we knew that with a growing family we needed to change up our touring model. In the past, Dave and I spent a lot of time flying out of town for a weekend, while leaving Lucy with family. It was really hard on me, but it was our best option at the time. This fall marks our first tour on our own bus, and I’m looking forward to having the girls on the road with us. It’s a huge step of faith to make an investment of this size, but we know that if the Lord wants our family to stay on the road that he’ll provide the means for us to do so.”

The Deeper Tour – with JJ Heller and Matt Brouwer
Oct 21 – Uvalde, TX
Oct 23 – Woodlands, TX
Oct 29 – Ashland, KY
Oct 30 – Delta, PA
Oct 31 – Kinsman, OH
Nov 3 – Pickerington, OH
Nov 4 – Mequon, WI
Nov 5 – Green Bay, WI
Nov 6 – Sturgeon Bay, WI
Nov 8 – Peoria, IL
Nov 10 – Jackson, KY
Nov 11 – Spring Arbor, MI
Nov 12 – Newcomerstown, OH
Nov 13 – Plainfield, IN
Nov 17 – Longview, TX
Nov 18 – Dallas, TX
Nov 19 – San Angelo, TX
Nov 20 – El Paso, TX

JJ Heller – DEEPER, in stores October 11, 2011, distributed through New Day Distribution.
www.JJHeller.com

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