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TobyMac
@officialtobymac

TobyMac has always been a man driven and committed in every area of his life, whether it's as a husband, father, performer, song-writer and producer, businessman or President of Gotee Records. And while he's "arrived" by anyone's standards, the Grammy nominations, gold records and number one singles haven't slowed him down one bit. He's as committed today as a "success" as he was as a new face in Christian music. Growing up in the VA suburbs adjacent to DC, he remembers falling in love with the beats, rhymes and production of early rap. "I remember hearing a Kurtis Blow/Trouble Funk song on the radio and going to a local record store, and they didn't have it. Since I couldn't drive yet, I took the Metrorail into downtown DC and found a store that had that song; I bought the Sugarhill Gang's Rappers Delight that day as well. From there, it just caught fire. I fell in love with hip-hop music."

Casting Crowns
@castingcrownsofficial

In an unprecedented six-year span with nearly 4.5 million career album sales, a GRAMMY Award, an American Music Award, 23 Dove Awards and 8 chart-topping radio singles, Casting Crowns remains focused on discipleship through music. With lead singer and songwriter Mark Hall’s 18 years in youth ministry, the band’s message remains rooted in the student services he has led on a weekly basis since 2001, at Eagles Landing Baptist church near Atlanta. The songs start as messages for his 400 teenagers and their families. With boldly honest, hard-hitting lyrics, the band continues to challenge, strengthen and pour into the body of Christ, giving listeners a fresh, relevant perspective on loving God and loving people.

Colton Dixon
@coltondixonmusic

Tennessee native Colton Dixon first caught the attention of listeners on “American Idol” season eleven, with his cool vocals and positive attitude. Placing seventh on the popular music competition, Colton is now following in the footsteps of fellow Idol alums Mandisa and Jason Castro, by venturing into the world of Christian music. Colton's latest song "More of You" off his upcoming album Anchor (August 19, 2014) reflects his humble spirit amidst the fanfare he gained through "American Idol." Emphasizing how temporary our earthly kingdoms are, the chorus helps us realize the importance of surrendering to whatever God has for us.

Ledger
@jenledger

Music is a powerful vehicle that can change lives, and few wield that power with more passion and skill than Jen Ledger. After a decade as the drummer for multi-platinum rockers Skillet, the talented Brit has toured the world and is now ready to unleash her own musical vision with her debut EP, LEDGER. “The thing that makes me most passionate about doing music is to be someone who is actually singing about hope,” she says. “There are things about life that matter so much more than what social media portrays. I want to be a voice of hope and life – to bring people up with my music rather than be a voice that tears them down.”

Jordan Feliz
@jordanfeliz

Some years from now, the name JORDAN FELIZ might be the obvious answer to a trivia question that goes something like this: What artist launched his career as a hard-touring heavy metal singer, then switched gears to become a church worship leader, before finally signing a Nashville record deal and making his mark as a songwriter and soulful R&B-groove-pop artist? Well, if the question comes up some day, you’ll already know the answer: Jordan Feliz. His #1 Hits the "The River", "Beloved", and "Witness" have already become Christian music favorites.

Newsong
@newsong_online

Newsong started out 30 years ago as a 9 member church band for Morningside Baptist Church in Valdosta, GA, never imagining that they would still be together in 2010. Throughout the years, and changes in the group, they have had 17 #1 singles, six Gospel Music Association Dove Award nominations, numerous songwriting awards, and five of the Top 100 Christian radio singles of the past decade

OBB
@obb_music

OBB is a band of three brothers that share one passion, making music in the name of Jesus and spreading his name everywhere they go. Since 2008, the band has been traveling the country touring full-time with bands like Newsboys, Skillet, TobyMac, and more. Their debut album "Bright Side" brought them their first Billboard Top Five single "All Eyes On You", followed by their first Billboard #1 Single "Bright Side".

Jordan Howerton Band
@jordanhband

This high energy band from Missouri is passionate about leading teens in worship. "Worship is the unending act of us giving ourselves to the things that carry the most worth in our lives. It's not about a moment, it's about a consistent relationship. We worship what we're most passionate about, so we want our worship to be all about Jesus.

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