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Chicago, IL – Cornerstone Festival, the church’s most diverse celebration of Christians in art and culture, has a new look and a new pricing structure. To the seasoned attendees, the festival might take on a vintage feel.

For the past 29 years, faith-filled attendees of all ages, styles and denominations have made the pilgrimage to the hills of Western Illinois for this week-long celebration. They come to be inspired through seminary level classes and discussions, entertained with the best in music and film, spurred to further creativity with visual art, invigorated through sport and competition and to experience spiritual renewal among this diverse gathering of believers that makes the Cornerstone Festival community.

New this year, the main stage will be a large circus tent with the atmosphere of a more intimate club setting experience. This tent also delivers practical comfort in the form of protection from any weather issues. The festival grounds will be receiving an uplift with the beloved Gallery Tent, seminar tents and the volleyball courts placed in the midway near the food court.

Cornerstone has always been known for the variety of music, sports, discussions, classes and activities, and this change in the festival grounds will help unite many of these elements.

To help attendees who may be struggling in the current economy, Cornerstone has announced a lower pricing structure for 2012, with tickets at the gate being available for the entire event at the low price of $125, a savings of $40 from last year. Early ticketing discount rates can be found at

Line-up of artists, speakers and events to be announced in the coming months.

Cornerstone Festival 2012 will be held July 2-7 in Bushnell, Illinois.

About Cornerstone Festival:

Cornerstone Festival launched in 1984 to meet the needs of a new generation of music lovers and spiritual seekers, with the hope of bringing together great music, art, film, and intelligent Christian thinking on family, worship, and play. For too long the Christian community had neglected Christian artists and musicians that didn’t fit into a narrow mold, and tackling real life issues was not a regular part of the Christian music festival agenda. Since inception, Cornerstone has highlighted music that was screaming to be heard and provided thousands of hours of seminars and workshops covering everything from personal life issues (sex, homosexuality, accountability, etc.) to social justice, being part of the global Christian community, caring for the poor, mission business, and hundreds of other topics over the years. People travel from all over the world to Cornerstone to hear and see the very best and most creative artists in the faith community across multiple artistic disciplines. Cornerstone fans are cultivating a way of engaging with the world that opens a path to a lifetime of individual growth and community.

Cornerstone is hosted each year by Jesus People USA, an inner city mission organization based in Chicago, and, since 1991 has been held at the 650-acre Cornerstone Farm, 23325 N Cornerstone Road, Marietta, Illinois 61459. The 2012 event will be held July 2-7. The event is also part of the FrontGate Media group.

Source- FrontGate Media

Centricity Music Enjoys Record Breaking Year With Eight Week #1 AC Hit, Five Top 10 Singles, Queen Extravaganza Sensation With 5-Million Hits, And Over 500,000 Views On Artist Video

Nashville, TN (December 2011) —- To say that 2011 was an outstanding year for Centricity Music is only fitting after the record-breaking successes they have accomplished since January.

Centricity Music is an independent record company that focuses on artist development through a creative A&R department, innovative marketing ideas, and a powerhouse radio promotion team. As a result, the artist’s unique talents are able to develop leading to such spectacular results this year.

Aaron Shust hit a home run with his debut project for Centricity Music, This Is What We Believe. The first single, “My Hope Is In You,” became the first #1 AC hit for the label, remaining at the top position for eight weeks on AC Monitor, seven weeks on AC Indicator and six weeks on the Soft AC chart. This year the Dove award-winning artist also became a six-month columnist for CCM Magazine, appeared on Moody’s national radio show Chris Fabry Live!, performed at Focus On The Family’s Thanksgiving Chapel, and will be featured in Lifeway’s ParentLife magazine in January 2012. Shust’s next single, “Risen Today,” goes for adds at radio January 20, 2012.

Downhere’s Marc Martel is now officially the lead singer of the Queen Extravaganza tribute band that will tour nationally and internationally in 2012. Martel flew to Los Angeles last week and auditioned before a panel of judges that included Roger Taylor of Queen. Martel became an overnight viral sensation with his audition video of “Somebody To Love,” for the Queen Extravaganza contest. Martel’s video exploded online and ended up receiving 5-million hits which led to an appearance on the Ellen Show (where he received a standing ovation from the audience), an interview on LA’s powerhouse rock station KLOS, and a feature in the Tennessean newspaper.

And for Downhere fans, Martel is still touring with his ten-year band mates in support of their new album, On The Altar Of Love. The CD received the strongest reviews of any album of the band’s career with declaring, Don’t miss out on this gem, one of the absolute best albums of the year. The group just released “Rest,” the second single from the project that is already #30 on the AC Indicator chart. Downhere just completed the Called To Love Tour with labelmates Jason Gray and Aaron Shust and will join them for the second leg of the tour in spring 2012. Downhere is currently on their How Many Kings Christmas Tour that concludes on December 18th. Also this year, Downhere was once again honored by the GMA Covenant Awards winning Song Of The Year and Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year.

Jason Gray started off 2011 winning ASCAP’s Performance Award that is based on radio airplay for “More Like Falling In Love,” that peaked at #4 in late 2010. His follow-up single “I Am New” peaked in the Top 10 on the AC Indicator Chart in April. In September, Gray released his third studio album for Centricity Music, A Way To See In The Dark and the first single, “Remind Me Who I Am,” became the number one downloaded song on the iTunes Christian Chart the week after Thanksgiving and is currently #11 on the AC Indicator chart and #13 on AC Monitor.

Always a critic favorite, Worship Leader Magazine says, A Way to See in the Dark is a real listening pleasure. Musically easy on the ears and lyrically stimulating to the mind. Gray has toured with such major acts as Michael W. Smith, Third Day, tobyMac, Francesca Battistelli, Sanctus Real, and will join Andrew Peterson for the 2nd year on his Behold The Lamb Of God Christmas Tour 2011.

Andrew Peterson continues to build a larger and more dedicated fanbase as proven with his 2011 single, “Dancing In The Minefields,” that went Top Ten on the AC Indicator chart and the video had over 500,000 views online. This summer Peterson was the closing act on the highly popular Music City Roots in Nashville and received a standing ovation from the mainly Country/Americana audience. In May 2011, Peterson released the third book in his four-part Wingfeather Saga series, “The Monster In The Hollows,” and it’s already being hailed as a classic. This fall Peterson hosted his 2nd Annual Hutchmoot event in Nashville that sold out in six hours and immediately following the event Peterson joined Steven Curtis Chapman on his Songs & Stories Tour. The response was very strong with sold out shows and enthusiastic audiences so Chapman and Peterson, along with Josh Wilson, will be doing a second leg of the tour in the spring. In December, Peterson launched his 12th annual Behold The Lamb Of God Christmas Tour 2011 that is heralded as one of the best holiday shows and is a continual sell-out across the country. Peterson will be releasing his third studio project for Centricity Music in Fall 2012.

Other standouts for Centricity Music’s roster includes Jaime Jamgochian’s Top 30 AC Monitor hit, “The Stand,” as she continues a heavy touring schedule that includes her popular Modest Is Hottest events for teen girls. Me In Motion enjoyed a Top Ten hit on the CHR chart with “Eye Of The Hurricane,” and their new single, “Yes We Can,” is already #20 after only six weeks of airplay. The Yes We Can EP is now available on iTunes. The group has joined Peter Furler’s and Building 429’s Christmas tour in Canada this month. Sixteen Cities is gearing up their next single, “Love Is Making A Way,” that goes for radio adds on December 30.

For future updates on Centricity Music and their roster of artists please visit

Source- Bozeman Media

HM Makes Special Christmas Issue Available for Free: No Subscription Needed, For a Limited Time

Special Issue includes Gift Guide, New Columns and Expanded LIFEstyle section.

Austin, TX – For the first time in its history, HM Magazine is making their annual Christmas issue FREE via the internet. Traditionally, only subscribers have received the special Christmas issue which features HM’s unique brand of editorial, commentary and reviews along with a “Christmas Gift Guide” with images, text and links along with a special “Dear Mom, This is what I really want for Christmas” checklist form for readers to pass along to their favorite gift givers complete with listings of featured products and websites. .

For a limited time, this special issue of HM Magazine is available FREE online at HM’s regular subscription price is $6 for 12 issues per year.

This issue is the first to see HM’s popular LIFEstyle section expand from one to four pages to spotlight new sections which include:

Music Gear (NAMM)
Comics/Graphic Novels and Books

Each featured item in the LIFEstyle section links to the creator’s web page. See this issue via the link above for the expanded features.

This special Christmas issue features editorial on In The Midst of Lions, MUTEMATH, John Mark McMillan, Leigh Nash, As I Lay Dying, Theocracy, Advent, Altars, Manic Drive, Greeley Estates, Run Kid Run, The Great Commission, Manafest, Family Force 5, Kiros, Behold the Kingdom, Close Your Eyes, and Damien Deadson. The Live Report recaps the 2011 ACL Festival. The issue’s cover has a “Christmas from The Matrix” feel.

Source- FrontGate Media


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