Rush of Fools Launches First Headlining Tour Next Month
Other Artists To Be Featured On Tour Include; Jimmy Needham, Sarah Reeves, and Newcomer Joy Lippard.
Nashville, TN (January 27, 2009) —- One of the hardest working tour bands in Christian music will launch their first headlining tour, Wonder Of The World, in support of their latest CD. Presented by Freedom Begins Here the tour kicks off in Garner, NC on February 20 and concludes April 5 in Marietta, GA. (A complete listing of dates is at the end of this press release). Also featured on the tour is Jimmy Needham along with special guest Sarah Reeves and introducing, Joy Lippard. The tour is being booked through the Greg Oliver Agency and produced by Patton House Entertainment.
“During the past three of years of partnership with the Fools we have been building to this tour,” says Andrew Patton, President, Patton House Entertainment. “We have had the pleasure of working with some wonderful acts over the past three years, and feel ready to launch our own tour. This tour is exciting since we get to partner with four out of five Patton House Entertainment artists in a truly family-like way. I’m excited to see the power of connection between the artists and the large audiences expected in each tour market.”
Rush Of Fools is currently climbing Radio & Records AC Mainstream Monitored Chart with their new single, “Never Far Away,” a duet with Jim Brickman. The single, currently #24, continues to pick up more markets each week with syndication airplay scheduled in the near future. Their latest Christian single, “Lose It All,” is currently #4 on Radio & Records CHR Christian chart. To date, Rush Of Fools has sold over 133,000 albums and Radio & Records ranked the band #19 in the Top 20 Christian AC artists of 2008. The band’s multi-Dove nominated tune and ASCAP’s Christian Song Of The Year, “Undo,” was listed at #18 on iTunes 2008 Top Sellers/Top Songs in the Christian/Gospel category. The band will appear on Tennessee Mornings on Nashville’s Fox network Feb. 10, WGN America (national) Midday News, Feb. 11; Moody radio’s Midday Connection, Feb. 12; and will tape Harvest Show on Feb. 13. For more information and tour updates on Rush Of Fools please visit www.rushoffools.com.
Houston, Texas-based singer/songwriter Jimmy Needham initially established a devoted fan following as a regular on the independent circuit but he soon signed with Inpop Records in 2005. Needham's label debut, Speak was released in 2006, followed by Not Without Love in 2008. The project garnered Needham his best-ever sales debut, landing in the top five on iTunes’ Christian Albums chart and No. 8 on both the Christian AC Soundscan and Overall Christian Digital charts. The album’s lead single, “A Breathe Or Two,” peaked at #3 on the Radio & Records CHR chart, and he was a featured guest on BarlowGirl’s “Million Voices” tour last fall. For more information on Jimmy Needham, visit: www.jimmyneedham.com.
Nineteen-year-old Alabama native, Sarah Reeves, first exercised her songwriting/vocal abilities as a participant in her church’s fine arts program. Consistently placing first at local as well as regional competitions, Reeves soon signed with Sparrow Records in late 2008 and joins the label's all-star line-up of new talent in 2009. She will release her Sparrow Records debut, Sweet, Sweet Sound, April 21, 2009. The project's first single and title track is currently vying for adds at all Christian radio formats and the song is now available online via all digital music outlets. For more information on Sarah Reeves, visit: www.sarahreeves.net.
The self-titled debut from 18-year-old singer/songwriter Joy Lippard is set for worldwide retail release February 24, 2009 through a distribution partnership with Go Global Entertainment and Koch Entertainment. A guitar and piano player, Lippard penned her first song at the age of 11 and went on to become a 2006 GMA Music in the Rockies songwriting competition winner. Lippard has served as a youth worship leader at her home church, McLean Bible, in suburban Washington, DC. She is an advocate of international missions and has participated in trips to Peru, Guatemala and the Dominican Republic. For more information on Joy Lippard, visit: www.joylippard.com.
Freedom Begins Here is a newly launched group that is challenging Christians everywhere to join a bold movement to break the chains of pornography and sexual addictions in our culture. Created as a response to countless emails and phone calls from pastors and individuals looking for resources to help with the problem of pornography and sexual addictions, they are hoping to break the silence by providing a full line of dynamic resources: The Freedom Begins Here Church Toolkit and the Personal Toolkit, which officially launched in January.
Wonder Of The World Tour Dates (Subject To Change)
Friday, February 20 – Garner NC
Saturday, February 21 – Pigeon Forge, TN
Friday, February 27 – Perry, GA
Saturday, February 28 – Cleveland, GA
Saturday, March 7 – Boone, NC
Tuesday, March 10 – Midland, TX
Friday, March 13 – Anchorage, AK
Saturday, March 14 – Anchorage, AK
Sunday, March 15 – Spokane, WA
Friday, March 20 – Billings, MT
Saturday, March 21 – Billings, MT
Sunday, March 22 – Schaumburg, IL
Friday, March 27 – Baltimore, MD
Saturday, March 28 – Baltimore, MD
Sunday, March 29 – Munysville, PA
Friday, April 3 – Charleston, WV
Saturday, April 4 – Mineral, VA
Sunday, April 5 – Marietta, OH
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