Nashville, TN (July 24, 2013) —- The award-winning pop/rock bands, Building 429 and The Afters, will launch their co-headlining tour this fall, also featuring Hawk Nelson and special guest Finding Favour. The high energy tour will have full stage production and runs September 19 – November 3. It’s sure to become one of the strongest tours this fall with Building 429, The Afters, and Hawk Nelson enjoying No. 1 hits this year. The tour is sponsored by Liberty University and Food For The Hungry with tour updates available online at www.building429.com.
“We are excited to be working with The Afters to bring an amazing lineup of entertainment and worship to the masses this fall,” says Jason Roy, lead singer for Building 429. “The United We Stand Tour is guaranteed to thrill as we partner the strength of 2 of CCM’s historically prominent bands. We feel blessed to have Hawk Nelson joining us and look forward to witnessing the rebirth of an amazing group. These shows will be fun, high energy and will hopefully leave you feeling encouraged in your faith.”
“We’re excited to be partnering with our friends, Building 429, this fall for the United We Stand Tour,” says Josh Havens, lead singer for The Afters. “It’s going to be a special night that we hope brings our fans together and unites the communities that we’re in. We’re also thrilled to have Hawk Nelson and Finding Favour join us for what will definitely be one of the best nights of music that we’ve ever been a part of.”
About Building 429
Building 429, comprised of Jason Roy (vocals), Jesse Garcia (guitar), Michael Anderson (drums), and Aaron Branch (bass), released its new album, We Won’t Be Shaken, June 4 and debuted at No.1 on Billboard’s Christian Albums chart. The first single and title track is already a multi-week No. 1 hit on the Hot AC/CHR chart, No. 1 at AC Indicator, and has reached over 96-million accumulative impressions so far. For the second time in the band’s career, Building 429 was honored with a BMI 2013 Song of the Year award for “Where I Belong.” The group’s fifth studio project, Listen to the Sound in 2011, debuted at the top of iTunes’ Christian & Gospel Albums chart. The title track hit No. 1 on the CHR chart and Top 5 on Billboard’s National Christian Audience Chart. Follow up single “Made For You” reached Top 5 on the Christian CHR charts, while the project’s third single, “Where I Belong,” set precedent as the longest-running No. 1 song on the Billboard Christian Audience chart at 15 consecutive weeks. “Where I Belong” was Billboard’s 2012 Christian Song of the Year, Christian AC Song of the Year, Christian Songs Artist of the Year and Christian AC Songs Artist of the Year. Building 429 first broke through with its 2004 No. 1 hit “Glory Defined,” which was named BMI’s Christian Song of the Year in 2005. That same year, Building 429 was recognized as New Artist of the Year at the Gospel Music Association’s Dove Awards. For more information on Building 429 visit www.Building429.com,www.facebook.com/building429 or www.twitter.com/building429.
About The Afters
The Afters propelled into the national spotlight with their smash debut, I Wish We All Could Win. The project spawned the swirling, melodic hit “Beautiful Love,” which was the most downloaded track of 2006 on the iTunes® Inspirational charts. The song was selected as the theme track for MTV’s “8th and Ocean” and lead to the band’s first mtvU award. Their sophomore release, Never Going Back To OK debuted in the Top 50 on the Billboard Top 200 and proved to be a sensation on the silver screen with spots on “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Dr. Phil” and “Rachael Ray.” The band’s third recordLight Up the Sky continued the momentum, bolstering two No. 1 radio hits and songs on NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” and ABC’s “You Deserve It.” Leading up to the release of their fourth album this past April, the project’s title track – “Life is Beautiful” – was the featured song in the theatrical release of “October Baby.” Life is Beautiful also includes The Afters’ hotly-infectious lead single, “Every Good Thing” along with a bevy of TV-ready tracks already seen on “So You Think You Can Dance?, “America’s Got Talent” and “The Vineyard.” Throughout their career, The Afters have also had their music featured in “New Year’s Eve,” MTV’s “The Hills” and Lifetime’s “Army Wives” and have appeared in Billboard Magazine, “E! News,” Rolling Stone, Seventeen.com, “TV Guide” and more.
About Hawk Nelson
This powerhouse, pop rock band has won the hearts of thousands since its debut release in 2004. Hawk Nelson has released six studio projects (Letters to the President, Smile It’s the End of the World, Hawk Nelson is My Friend, Live Life Loud, Crazy Love, and Made). Over the years, Hawk Nelson has been awarded numerous Canadian GMA awards, GMA Dove Award nominations as well as a JUNO nomination. This April, Hawk Nelson released Made, which debuted at No. 2 on the iTunes Christian & Gospel chart as well as in the Top 100 overall albums. The debut single from Made, “Words,” featuring Bart Millard also went No. 1 at Christian radio. This album debuted the new Hawk Nelson front man with longtime band guitarist Jon Steingard transitioning into the role. Hawk Nelson is Jonathan Steingard (vocals, guitar), Daniel Biro (bass), and Justin Benner (drums). Hawk Nelson has also had much commerical success with their songs being featured on networks like NBC, WB, MTV and Nickelodeon. They’ve had their songs used in “Sunday Night Football” commercials, Nike NFL Rewind, and First Lady Michelle Obama’s Big Day Out promotion in 2011.
About Finding Favour
Finding Favour just released their self-titled debut on Gotee Records this spring, with acclaimed producers Rob Hawkins (Building 429), Christopher Stevens (tobyMac, Sanctus Real, Mandisa) and Dustin Burnett (Kingsfoil) co-producing the six-track release. The first single, “Slip On By,” has made impressive gains since its release last fall. The lyric video for the track has amassed nearly 100,000 views on YouTube and continues to impact Christian Radio, breaking into the Top 25 Christian AC chart. TobyMac says, “The song grabbed my heart and stirred some emotion in me that made me want to live differently.” The south Georgia band is comprised of Blake NeeSmith (lead singer/vocals), Dustin Daniels (bass/guitar/vocals), Josh Duckworth (drums) and Allen Dukes (guitar/vocals).
Band Scores Back-to-Back No. 1’s at Radio with
“Light Up the Sky” and “Lift Me Up”
Nashville, Tenn. Nov. 29, 2011… No strangers to television exposure, The Afters’ latest songs from their album Light Up the Sky have received placement on a slew of TV promotions including NBC’s popular “The Biggest Loser” and ABC’s new philanthropic “You Deserve It”.
“Light Up the Sky” will be played in the Dec. 6 finale of NBC’s mega hit “The Biggest Loser.” ABC’s new show “You Deserve It” has also been supportive of The Afters’ music using “Lift Me Up” in promotion for the program.
In addition to No. 1’s at both AC and CHR radio, both “Light Up the Sky” and “Lift Me Up” have been constant mainstays in the top 5 on the iTunes ® Christian and Gospel Songs Chart. “Lift Me Up” is still Top 10 at AC Indicator.
Texas-based band The Afters were propelled into the national spotlight with their INO/Sony Music Label Group debut I Wish We All Could Win. The project spawned the swirling, melodic hit “Beautiful Love,” earning the band an enthusiastic following when the song was selected as the theme track for MTV’s “8th and Ocean.” “Beautiful Love” was also the most downloaded track of 2006 on the iTunes ® Inspirational charts and garnered the band an mtvU award as well. The Afters’ sophomore release Never Going Back To OK (INO/Columbia Records) debuted in the Top 50 on the Billboard Top 200, and proved to be sensation on the silver screen with “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC), “Dr. Phil,” “Army Wives” (Lifetime) and “Rachael Ray.” The band’s third record Light Up the Sky has bolstered two No. 1 radio hits, as well as placement in “The Biggest Loser” (NBC) and “You Deserve It” (ABC). A slew of media including Rolling Stone, Seventeen.com, E! News Live, TV Guide, Premiere Radio and more also picked up on covering The Afters.
Check it out. ”Light Up The Sky” album was accepted into AmazonMP3's Black Friday Hits program, which runs from 11/21 – 11/28. It's only $5.99 for that week and will be featured in a special sale room with other Black Friday titles here http://www.amazon.com/b/?ie=UTF8&node=2461014011
Got some good news for The Afters – they’ve been chosen as one of the titles to participate in Amazon’s October promotion called 100 for $5. They chose titles from nominations across all genres, so as you can imagine, there are a lot of titles competing.
Nashville, Tenn. May, 23 2011… On the heels of their No. 1 hit “Light Up the Sky,” The Afters’ latest radio single “Lift Me Up” has also lit up the airwaves with over 60 stations supporting the song such as KLTY Dallas, JoyFM St. Louis, AIR-1 and Way-FM among others.
In support of the song, The Afters recently released a music video that was filmed in Canada. “The Afters’ ‘Lift Me Up’ is inspiring on it's own,” comments producer Gavin Michael Booth of Mimetic Entertainment, Inc. “It's a tough gig to find visual stories and issues that will enhance a song this powerful. Myself, with the band, aimed to bring stories that had an ability to relate and connect on a widespread basis amongst viewers.” To view or embed the video, visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBy2D8p5Kpw.
“For the storyline, we pulled common themes that we hear in stories from our fans,” explains The Afters’ front man Josh Havens. “Stories from people who's lives have been hit hard by the economy, stories from people dealing self image problems, cutting and stories from people that have lost loved ones and are dealing with loneliness. We wanted this video to reflect the realities of life. We all have stories and most of us have experienced pain and hardship at some point. While our stories might not be the same, the thing we all share in common is that when we face the things in life that are too much for us to handle on our own that God is with us, God is for us and God will never fail us. I hope that this video is an encouragement to people and a reminder of God's faithfulness.” To hear more about “Lift Me Up” from Havens, visit http://www.youtube.com/user/INORecords?blend=3&ob=5#p/search/1/Uere3wFwRwI
The Afters have been tackling an aggressive touring schedule as part of the Rock & Worship Road Show and Way FM’s “Compassion Tour” with Sanctus Real. They will be appearing at all major summer festivals and opening for Casting Crowns this fall. For the most up to date tour schedule, visit http://theafters.com/tour/.
Get into the spirit of Christmas and join us for a free Christmas concert in Addison, TX this Thursday evening, December 9th at 7pm. It will be an incredible evening of Afters’ music, worship and Christmas carols. The concert is free, and we’ll be collecting toy donations.
15201 Dallas Parkway
Addison TX, 75001
Nashville, Tenn. Sept. 22, 2010…. The Afters’ first single “Light Up the Sky” off of the album of the same name has hit No. 1 at Billboard Christian CHR, also ranking in at No. 4 at AC Indicator and No. 10 at AC Monitor. The third record from the Texas-based band, Light Up the Sky, released last week to rave reviews and strong iTunes ® placement, climbing to No. 1 on the iTunes ® Christian & Gospel Albums chart and the single reaching No. 1 on the iTunes ® Christian & Gospel Songs chart as well. To hear Josh Havens of The Afters’ discuss the song “Light Up the Sky,” visit http://www.youtube.com/inorecords#p/u/21/dodmTXarNFs.
The Afters are teaming up with Leeland and Sanctus Real for the “Hungry For Love Tour” this fall. Sponsored by Food for the Hungry, the “Hungry For Love Tour” will help raise awareness for the goal’s of bringing relief and aid to twenty-six of the most impoverished countries in the world. The tour will be making stops in 23 cities across the U.S. starting Oct. 8 through Nov. 21. For the most up to date concert listings, visit http://hungryforlovetour.com/.
In addition to resonating with radio stations and iTunes ® listeners, Light Up the Sky also struck a chord with media. Below is just a sample of the review feedback.
“…the band has crafted a third effort worth listening to over and over again.” – www.CCMmagazine.com/www.Youthworker.com
“.. the best album of their career… Light Up the Sky will garner The Afters a whole new set of fans who have yet to discover the genius of this band.” – www.CrossWalk.com
“… This album sets your heart on fire.” – www.HMMagazine.com
“Overall, Light Up The Sky is unlike anything the band has ever released before. The message is stronger, more evident and straight forward.” – www.ChristianMusicReview.org
Produced by Dan Muckala (MercyMe, Brandon Heath, Amy Grant), The Afters’ 10 track CD has a comprehensive theme of rebirth and a fresh start streaming throughout the lyrics of the record. To hear more about the record, watch the EPK at http://www.youtube.com/inorecords#p/a/u/1/wJKMpOVxT1I.