(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) Sept. 29, 2008—Sparrow
Records award-winning Canadian modern rock band Starfield brings its highly
successful “I Will Go” Tour to the U.S. this fall. The tour that has already
played successfully in Canada, the U.K. and Europe now marks Starfield’s first-ever
headlining slot in the U.S. The “I Will Go” Tour will feature new Sparrow
Records artist Above The Golden State as the opening act.
“We’ve taken this tour out in Canada twice, once with Shane
and Shane and a second time with Will Graham, the grandson of the great Billy
Graham. It will be great to finally bring this show to our friends in the
U.S.,” says guitarist Jon Neufeld. This will be the band’s second U.S. tour in
2008, after joining Shane and Shane on its “Vision of You” Tour earlier this year.
The “I Will Go” Tour centers around the title track of
Starfield’s latest Sparrow Records release I Will Go. The song “I Will
Go” commissions people to give time and energy, and not just money, to help
those in need. “This is a media-influenced generation, so for this tour we
invested a lot of time and energy into the video, lighting and those kinds of
elements,” says lead singer Tim Neufeld. “But our real hope is that at the end
of the night, people are left with a tug on their hearts to find new ways to
love and serve the world around them.”
Joining the tour is Starfield’s newest label mate, Above
The Golden State. Hailing from Portland, Ore., the band signed with Sparrow
Records earlier this year and released its self-titled label debut on July 22,
2008. In addition to garnering critical acclaim, the album’s first single,
“Sound of Your Name,” is on the verge of breaking into the Christian AC Top 10.
For more information on Above The Golden State, visit: www.abovethegoldenstate.com.
Starfield gained strong momentum, achieving its best radio
success, album sales and touring season in the band’s six-year history with its
last project Beauty in the Broken. Then inspired by its home
congregation, Starfield began to write new songs of substance and style. The
substance became the theme and title of the album, I Will Go. The
project has made Starfield’s musical mission very clear. The band now brings an
intentional message that encourages the listeners to help a hurting world.
The “I Will Go” Tour will feature
a low-ticket price and a focus on worship with the aim of creating a
family-friendly show. The “I Will Go” Tour itinerary is below (subject to
10/9 - Corvallis, OR - Calvary Chapel Corvallis
10/11- Sacramento, CA - Youth Specialties
10/15 - Bakersfield, CA - Valley Bible Fellowship
10/16 - Las Vegas, NV - Valley Bible Fellowship
10/17 - Westminster, CA - Korean Christian Reformed Church
10/18 - Phoenix, AZ - Cornerstone Chandler
10/23 - Colorado Springs, CO - Woodmens Valley Church
10/24 - Denver, CO - Denver First Church
10/26 - Kansas City, MO - First Church of Nazarene
10/27 - St Louis - Salem in Ladue United Methodist Church
10/29 - Nashville, TN - Trevecca Nazarene University
10/30 - Massillon, OH - Jackson Friends Church
10/31 – Pittsburgh, PA - Youth Specialties
11/2 - Englewood, NJ - Dwight Morrow High School
11/5 - Dayton, OH - Beaver Creek Church
11/6 - Anderson, IN - First Church of the Nazarene
11/7 - Des Moines, IA - Valley Church
11/8 - Minneapolis, MN - New Hope Church
11/9 - Davenport, IA - Harvest Bible Chapel
11/10 - Omaha, NE - The Rock/Nebraska Christian College
11/12 - Missoula, MT - SHEC Community Center
11/14 - Longview, WA - Columbia Theatre
For more information and the most up-to-date tour listing,
August 12, 2008 – Sparrow Records Dove Award-winning modern rock band Starfield
from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, has gained quite a following here in
the U.S. Even so, this year’s recipient of the Gospel Music Association’s
International Award takes its show overseas to share its music and message with
fans in Europe and the UK.
This month Starfield makes
appearances in the United Kingdom and Europe, taking part in seven festivals
including Flevo, Soul Survivor and Greenbelt. Starfield first performed for
fans in Sweden at the Frizon Festival and headlined a show in Biel,
Switzerland. Between performances at the UK’s Soul Survivor on August 13 and
18, the band will entertain audiences at Flevo in the Netherlands on August 14,
Revo Fest in Germany on August 15 and Fuel Festival in Belfast, Ireland August
16. Before returning to North America, Starfield plays main stage at the
Greenbelt Festival on August 22. In addition, the band is already confirmed to
headline Scotland's Frenzy Festival in June 2009.
Starfield also played the
Netherlands’ EO Youth Day in June. Says EO Youth Day Music Director Tim Dik, “I
was very excited that Starfield would be playing EO Youth Day 2008. I saw the
band several times in the U.S., and I knew immediately I had to invite them to
the Netherlands. I was convinced that their great live performance and powerful
worship songs would match perfectly with all the other things happening that
day. With 30,000 visitors, EO Youth Day is Europe’s largest Christian youth
event and is broadcast live on national television. It was an unforgettable
experience for all of us.”
The band’s busy summer came on
the heels of a spring tour in native Canada. The tour sold 18,000 tickets in
just 16 cities with the largest sold-out show in Toronto welcoming 2,000 fans.
Starfield will visit 12 Canadian cities again this September alongside Will
Graham and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.
Returning to the States this
fall, Starfield will be joined by new Sparrow Records artist Above the Golden
State for a 35-city tour in October and November. Crisscrossing the country,
the tour will kick off in Sacramento, Calif., work its way to New York City and
finish in Seattle.
“Starfield is meeting its generation where they live: online,” says a Sparrow representative.
As “My Generation” breaks into the Top 20 on the Radio & Records Christian Rock airplay chart this week, reviews for BEAUTY IN THE BROKEN show the band’s significant growth as well.
Infuze Magazine says, “BEAUTY IN THE BROKEN is stunning from beginning to end. Clearly pointing the way to God not only through their lyrics, these guys also become worshipful simply in the way they rock. This is an album not to be missed.”
Favorably comparing it to Coldplay and Switchfoot, Knight Ridder Newspaper Service writes, “Starfield is learning from the best and is bound to keep developing its own unique sound . . . BEAUTY IN THE BROKEN is high-quality music with a relevant message.”
Singling out “My Generation,” ChristianMusicToday.com calls the song “a killer modern rocker about the world’s need for God that echoes the anthemic heights of Switchfoot’s ‘Meant To Live.’”
Hear BEAUTY IN THE BROKEN, look for concert dates in your area, and download Starfield ringtunes at www.StarfieldOnline.com.