|Music Beat CR August 24|
|Written by Production|
|Monday, 24 August 2009 04:51 PM America/New_York|
Four-piece Mike's Chair—Mike Grayson, Sam Tinnesz, Jesse Hale and Jon Haire—formed after meeting as freshmen at Belmont University in Nashville. The quartet won heavy radio play for "Can't Take Away," the first single from the group's self-titled debut album, released last month by Curb Records (Word Distribution).
Grand Ole Opry member Diamond Rio, six-time Vocal Group of the Year, follows its 2007 Word Entertainment release, A Diamond Rio Christmas: The Star Still Shines, next month with The Reason (Word Distribution) for the label. The country sextet has scored nine No. 1 hits and sold more than 10 million records.
Popular Irish worship leader Robin Mark, best known for his Revival in Belfast CD, returned last month with Year of Grace (Integrity Music/Provident-Integrity Distribution). Recorded live, the 12-song Celtic/folk-style project includes songs co-written with well-known songwriters Paul Baloche and Vicky Beeching.
Concordia Publishing House's Heirs of the Reformation: Treasures of the Singing Church is a four-CD set showcasing hymns from the time immediately following Martin Luther. The 45-track collection includes compositions by Bach, and features a blend of choral and solo voice, modern and historical instrumentation.
GRAMMY- and Dove Award-nominated Leeland's third release, Love Is on the Move (Essential Records/Provident-Integrity Distribution) arrives Aug. 25. The band blends worship and rock on 11 tracks that include a guest appearance by Brandon Heath on "Follow You."
Having toured hard for the last several years under the slogan, "Image is nothing ... love is everything," four-piece Sidewalk Prophets releases its debut album, These Simple Truths (Fervent Records/Word Distribution), this month.
With roots in a Bible study meeting, contemporary worship band The Glorious Unseen's second offering, The Hope That Lies in You (BEC Recordings/EMI CMG Distribution), is available Aug. 25.