Inpop Records’ award-winning roots band Newworldson will release its anticipated, self-titled sophomore project Feb. 23, 2010. The record reflects the band’s experiences and growth since debuting its first national release, Salvation Station, nearly two years ago.
Since signing with Inpop Records in 2007, Newworldson has garnered two JUNO Award nominations for Gospel Album of The Year and seven GMA Canada Covenant Award nominations, including two wins for Roots Album of The Year and one each in the categories of Best New Artist and Group of the Year. The band claimed a No. 1 music video on the Gospel Music Channel with “Working Man,” while earning a guest spot on newsboys’ wildly popular “GO” tour, as well as invitations to headline festivals in Australia, Germany, Holland and Sweden. Its national debut additionally elicited unanimous critical acclaim, hailed as GRAMMY-worthy by industry trade publication Christian Retailing and praised by AllMusic.com as “one of 2008’s most enjoyable, well-written albums.”
“We went from playing local churches and bars to arenas and other major venues within months,” says Newworldson frontman Joel Parisien. “All those new experiences prompted us to grow as a band rather quickly, and we took that growth into the studio on our latest project.”
Produced by Newworldson alongside veteran co-producer Justin Koop (Silverstein, Finger Eleven) and GRAMMY Award-winning mix engineer F. Reid Shippen (India.Arie, Jonny Lang), the new project is largely influenced by the band’s international travels, subsequently capturing an even bigger, more dynamic sound than its previous effort. Songs like “That’s Exactly (How I Like),” which transpired during a live songwriting contest on Dutch national radio, debut AC single “There Is A Way,” featuring a cameo performance by the Toronto Mass Choir, or “Total Eclipse,” that includes input from Jamaican frontman Mark Mohr of Christafari, pay tribute to the friends and fans Newworldson has made while touring abroad.
“Salvation Station was about Newworldson exploring the roots of gospel and Americana music,” explains Parisien. “The new album incorporates more of a world perspective, inspired by our visits to international markets where people of all cultures and backgrounds received our music openly.”
The band plans to support its sophomore effort this spring and summer in new territories, including the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Scandinavia, as well as to revisit major venues across North America. Visit www.newworldson.com or www.myspace.com/newworldson for more information and a current list of tour dates.
Founded in 1999, Inpop Records is home to a variety of artists including newsboys, Superchick, Shane & Shane and Mat Kearney, among others. For more information, visit www.inpop.com.