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6/28/2011 - Rebecca St. James Brings Music and Message to the Masses
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.
2/23/2011 - Rebecca St. James Readies New Worship Project "I Will Praise You" For April 5 Release
One of Christian music’s most recognized names and voices, Rebecca St. James – now a member of the Reunion Records roster – prepares to launch into a very busy spring 2011 season with the release of her new worship album, I Will Praise You.
The new recorded project, releasing to physical and digital retail outlets on April 5, features the initial single “Shine Your Glory Down,” which has already drawn raves from radio programmers across the country.
“It’s about time!” shares an excited Cecil Vanhouten of the Family Life Network (Bath, NY). “Rebecca’s ‘Shine Your Glory Down’ has the kind of upbeat worship feel that’s perfect for AC radio. A multi-faceted artist, a new label and a new record – the new year’s off to a great start.”
Also loving St. James’ new song is Kurt Wallace of WHZN Radio in Indianapolis, IN. “I love upbeat, vertical songs,” he shares “And when it’s sung by one of our format’s most recognizable voices, I was quick to put it on ‘The Walk!’”
I Will Praise You marks St. James’ first studio project since 2005’s If I Had One Chance To Tell You Something, but that hardly means St. James has been resting on her laurels, keeping her schedule busy with live performances, film work and writing books. St. James’ ninth book, “What Is He Thinking?” is scheduled for a September 2011 release through Hachette/Faithwords publishing.
Still, once back in the studio, St. James and producer Mark A. Miller (Casting Crowns) found the process of crafting the tracks for I Will Praise You a rewarding creative time.
Miller shares, “It was a pleasure working with Rebecca through the recording process on this project. She is a true professional with such a heart for worship. The songs on this record reflect that heart and even more so, her desire to help the listener draw closer to God. I’m proud to have worked alongside Rebecca. I know this record will be a blessing to anyone who listens.”
Rebecca St. James already has a packed schedule surrounding I Will Praise You, including street week appearances on FOX News Channel shows “Hannity” and “Fox & Friends” already on the books, and a nationwide tour of mega-churches scheduled for weekends through June. (Check for scheduled cities/dates at www.rsjames.com).
In advance of her April 5 album launch in New York City, and amid a flurry of wedding planning,
Rebecca will make an additional appearance on “Hannity” next week (Feb. 28) as a part of Sean Hannity’s Great American Panel.
St. James is keeping a good bit of her schedule open, though, to adapt to a new phase of her life…as a married woman. In April, St. James will wed Jacob Fink, who proposed on Christmas Day, 2010.
11/18/2010 - Rebecca St. James Partners with Provident Label Group
(Nashville, Tennessee) November 18, 2010 – GRAMMY and GMA Dove Award winning artist
Rebecca St. James, respected as one of contemporary Christian Music’s groundbreaking and key influential personalities, announced her signing to Provident Label Group’s Beach Street/Reunion Records. Plans for a 2011 worship project, produced by Mark Miller (Casting Crowns), are currently in motion.
“I couldn’t be more excited to be in partnership with Terry Hemmings and the Provident team,” shares St. James. “I’ve spent the past several months writing and recording new music with Mark Miller and have even been able to share a few songs in a live setting already. The entire creative process has been inspired and inspiring and I look forward to sharing the entire project this spring.”
“I’ve been a fan of Rebecca and her music throughout her career and believe she has a unique platform having successfully navigated a career in music, books and film,” shares Terry Hemmings, President and CEO of Provident Music Group. “She is respected by both fans and industry gatekeepers for her talent and integrity. I’m honored we’re able to partner with Mark Miller and Rebecca in this new phase of her music and ministry.”
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 beloved and enduring 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 Top 10 ranked devotional, Pure, (Hachette/Faithwords, 2009) 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. “I felt called to this creative medium. While I’ll never shift my focus from ministry, film allowed me to discover and cultivate another side of myself. I’ve made incredible friends in Hollywood who have encouraged and challenged me; the whole experience has deepened my walk with Jesus.” Rebecca’s first dramatic lead role in the film Sarah’s Choice, released in 2009 by Purefix Entertainment, won both critical and audience acclaim for its strong pro-life message.
While readying for Sarah’s Choice, Rebecca created 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 nationally 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 topics, 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.
For more information on Rebecca St. James’ tour dates and events, please visit: http://www.facebook.com/RSJames
3/18/2008 - Rebecca St. James: New "Ultimate" 2 CD 25 Song Collection In Stores Now
(Nashville, Tennessee) –March 17, 2008 – Tuesday, March 11, 2008 marked the official street date from EMI of Rebecca St. James' much anticipated double CD anthology package, The Ultimate Collection.
The project presents a unique collection in one package. Hers has been a remarkably influential presence in contemporary Christian music—a career that has spanned over the past fourteen years, producing both a Grammy and multiple Dove Awards, as well as gold album certifications for the Australian born singer/songwriter. With sales of her music soaring into the millions globally, her signature blend of modern pop/rock production, combined with lyrics of unwavering devotion, blaze straight to the heart. The new RSJ double CD set crosses into virtually all of her past album projects to assemble a broad collective portrait of Rebecca’s music—signature songs as well as fresh reminders of why Rebecca St. James remains relevant with today’s listeners.
Included in the hits package are unique bonus 'special interest' tracks such as Lion, St. James centerpiece song written for the inspired by soundtrack album of the movie, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe, America, which served as the theme of the 2005 National Day of Prayer, and Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, originally released on the WOW brand compiliation Christian album.
The Ultimate Collection scores a perfect “10” for her established music buyers and a super introduction to those just becoming acquainted with Rebecca St. James’ rich musical catalogue.
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