WITH the April 5 release of I Will Praise You, Rebecca St. James’ much anticipated debut project under her new label affiliation with the Beach Street/Reunion Records, has set the GRAMMY® and multi GMA Dove Award winning artist on a fast track of major visibility.
With new music launching just three weeks before her April 23 wedding, St. James’ well-earned reputation of successfully balancing recording, touring, authoring and acting found her carving a brief two week honeymoon out of her busy career and ministry calendar.
Key to the introduction of I Will Praise You was a well-promoted “mega church tour” by St. James that included radio tie-ins promoting music from her April 5 release during worship as a specially featured guest artist. Included on her schedule were cross country appearances before some of America’s largest church communities — including Willow Creek in Chicago, The Woodlands Church in Houston, Family Christian Center in Munster, Christ Fellowship in West Palm Beach, and Calvary Chapel of Albuquerque.
Noted Darren Whitehead of the Willow Creek leadership team: “Through Rebecca St. James
’ authenticity and passion, we were reminded again of her deep love for Christ and doing ministry in His name. Our church was inspired and stirred by her new music and we look forward to the next time we can have her back with us.”
Capping the schedule, Rebecca returned to Nashville for a June 8 special presentation of her music at a LifeWay Chapel appearance for the Christian retailer’s corporate family.
Rebecca is also embarking this on a series of appearances at major summer stages and Christian music festivals — scheduling that began with performances at the Alive Festival in Atwood Park, Ohio (6/23) and the Big Ticket Festival in Ionia, Michigan (6/24). She will also appear at the National Worship Leaders Conference in Leawood, Kansas on July 20 and return to the festival stages with appearances at the Ignite Festival in Schaumberg, Illinois on July 30 and The Kingdom Bound Festival in Darien Lake, New York on August 2. She will be a headline artist at the West Virginia State Fair on August 13.
Salem Communications is in the planning stages for the fall presentation of a thirteen city schedule of “Purity & Worship” concerts being set to headline Rebecca St. James and to feature new music duo For King & Country. Notes
David Santrella, President of Salem’s Radio Division:
“The message of purity and abstinence in today’s culture that is saturated by sexual imagery is perhaps one of the most important messages young women can hear.
Rebecca St. James has been uniquely gifted with the ability to deliver through her music and her ministry, a message of sexual purity in a way that easily connects with parents and their daughters, helping to open the door to discussions which may not otherwise occur. Salem Communications is proud to be partnering with Rebecca to present The Purity & Worship Tour which will deliver that message in an entertaining and relatable way to thirteen of our markets nationwide.”
Markets for the Purity & Worship tour will be announced in the coming weeks.
About Rebecca St. James:
Emerging on the music scene in the mid-90’s while still in her teens, the Australian born St. James has become one of Contemporary Christian Music’s most enduring and beloved artists, embraced by audiences worldwide. Her signature sound yielded 17 Top 10 singles (nine of which were No. 1) and two RIAA Gold Album certifications (commemorating sales of more than 500,000 units) for God (1996), as well as GRAMMY winning Pray (1999).
In addition to a successful recording and touring career, Rebecca is an accomplished author having released eight noteworthy Christian market titles including the popular devotional, Pure, (Hachette/Faithwords, 2009) that ranked in the Top 10 on the CBA Bestseller Chart.
While fully engaged in balancing the demands of recording, touring and authoring, this modern-day Renaissance woman made the decision three years ago to pursue acting. Rebecca’s first dramatic lead role in the film Sarah’s Choice released in 2009 by Pureflix Entertainment and won both critical and audience acclaim for its strong pro-life message.
While readying for Sarah’s Choice, Rebecca was led to create a series of national Crisis Pregnancy events. “I saw the work this organization was doing and I just had to help,” she notes. She also continues to connect with teen girls and their mothers at her well attended “SHE” events which meld music and ministry into an evening of encouragement and practical advice on living Godly lives.
Having traveled the globe as an advocate of faith and values matters, ranging from purity to pro-life, Rebecca has been invited to speak or perform in venues including the White House and is even a frequent guest on the highly rated FOX News show, “Hannity” anchored by Sean Hannity.
Rebecca St. James released her ninth career studio album, I Will Praise You, on April 5, 2011.