With nearly 2 million Passion event records sold to date, sixstepsrecords is heralding the March 9th release of PASSION: AWAKENING. The project features a stellar group of leading worship artists Chris Tomlin, David Crowder*Band, Charlie Hall, Matt Redman, Christy Nockels, Kristian Stanfill, FEE and Hillsong UNITED, who combined have sales exceeding 5 million records.

Recorded live this past January at Passion 2010 in Atlanta, GA, with more than 22,000 university-aged young people in attendance, PASSION: AWAKENING features a dozen tracks including eight brand new, never before released songs (see track listing below).  The record highlights unforgettable, emotionally-charged live anthems including new songs “Our God,” “Awakening,” “Say, Say,” “Chosen Generation,” “Healing Is In Your Hands” and others, most written specifically by the artists together for the Passion 2010 gathering, and many of which are already making their way to into churches around the world.  “Our God,” a declaration of God’s awesome power and love, written by Tomlin and Redman will be the first single serviced to radio and will go for adds on February 26th.

“Following one of our most potent gatherings, I couldn’t be more excited about our latest release, PASSION: AWAKENING,” says founder and director of Passion Louie Giglio. “Not only does this album reflect a wave of new music – much of it written specifically for this event – but an incredibly broad reach with artists from Chris Tomlin, David Crowder*Band, Matt Redman, Hillsong UNITED and others.  But most importantly, PASSION: AWAKENING captures the heartbeat of students, in this case 22,000 strong, awakening to make Jesus famous in everything they do. Fourteen years and twelve albums into the Passion Movement, I could not be more proud of this project and our team,” Giglio continues. “Our vision is consistent and durable, but the music, most written specifically for this gathering, is fresh, pushing us forward as we seek to wed worship and justice for His fame in all the earth.”

“sixstepsrecords has a long history of introducing new worship songs and artists to the church, be it Chris Tomlin, David Crowder*Band, Matt Redman, and Charlie Hall,” remarked Peter York, Label Group President, EMI Christian Music Group. “The new Passion: Awakening record continues that history and brings several incredible new songs that I feel will resonate deeply with the Church. It was astounding to hear 22,000 university students sing them in unison at the Passion 2010 conference, and I’m confident they will have an equally profound impact as they flow through churches worldwide.”

The heartbeat of the Passion Movement is not simply about filling arenas, but a generation mobilized to carry the message of God’s fame to the unreached, oppressed and forgotten wherever they are on the planet.  Over the course of Passion 2010 (held January 2-5), attendees responded to the challenge to wed worship and justice by giving more than 1 million dollars on-site to various causes around the world to help those in need through the Do Something Now campaign.  Do Something Now, a movement launched by Passion in 2007, has to date funneled more than two million dollars to those in greatest need throughout the world.

For more information on the Passion Movement, visit http://www.268generation.com.

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About sixstepsrecords:
Founded in 2000 by Louie Giglio, sixstepsrecords (www.sixstepsrecords.com <http://www.sixstepsrecords.com/> ) is a worship label and a division of Passion Conferences. sixstepsrecords’ artists include Chris Tomlin (Hello Love), David Crowder* Band (Church Music), Charlie Hall (The Bright Sadness), Matt Redman (We Shall Not Be Shaken), Christy Nockels (Life Light Up), Kristian Stanfill (Attention), and Passion (Passion: Awakening). The label partners with Sparrow Records/EMI CMG Label Group for A&R, marketing, sales and distribution operations.

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 <http://www.emicmg.com/> .

TRACK LISTING:

1. Awakening – Chris Tomlin *new song
2. Say, Say – Kristian Stanfill *new song
3. Our God – Chris Tomlin *new song
4. How He Loves – David Crowder*Band
5. Healing Is In Your Hands – Christy Nockels *new song
6. King of Heaven (Isaiah 61) – Charlie Hall *new song
7. You Alone Can Rescue – Matt Redman
8. Where the Spirit of the Lord Is – Chris Tomlin & Christy Nockels *new song
9. Rise and Sing – FEE
10. Like a Lion – David Crowder*Band *new song
11. Chosen Generation – Chris Tomlin *new song
12. With Everything – Hillsong UNITED


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