Nashville, TN (December 16, 2013) — 2013 turned out to be another stellar year for Centricity Music, the indie label that opened its doors in 2005. Eight years later, the company has a roster of unparalleled talent with each of them reaching major milestones in their careers. With current artists Aaron Shust, Andrew Peterson, Jason Gray, Unspoken and new signings with Jonny Diaz, Lauren Daigle, Carrollton and Lindsay McCaul, next year promises to be even more impactful, with six new albums and EP releases on tap.
“I am continually amazed at the incredible talent that makes up Centricity Music’s roster,” says Caren Seidle, General Manager, Centricity Music. “These artists not only make great music but impact the hearts of so many people and we are so thankful that we get to participate in that. The vision for the Centricity Music team has always been to support the vision of artists and songwriters. I definitely believe that 2014 will be another banner year for the label.”
Aaron Shust released Morning Rises, his second album for Centricity Music (5th of his career) in July, which once again teamed him with renowned producer Ed Cash. Shust co-wrote seven of the twelve songs on the project, including the first single, “God Of Brilliant Lights,” that reached #2 on Billboard’s Soft AC chart and #10 at AC Indicator. Street week for the album brought a flurry of activity for the artist with a radio tour, interview with FOXNews.com, live “Spirited Debate,” appearances in Nashville with FOX 17 Tennessee Mornings, WSMV’s More at Midday, and an interview with World Christian Broadcasting. The evening of release day, Shust did a live 30-minute concert through Stage It with all proceeds from the event being donated to Family Christian Ministries’ James Fund. Shust joined Mark Schultz for his All Things Are Possible tour in the spring and toured with NewSong this fall on the Swallow The Ocean tour.
Andrew Peterson began 2013 with a major debut – on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry at the historic Ryman Auditorium! Peterson’s performance was one of the highlights of the evening and he was invited back for a second performance in May. Peterson and fellow labelmate, Jason Gray, hit the road in February and March for The Storytellers Tour and in June, Peterson launched his first European tour that lasted until August. In October, Peterson hosted Hutchmoot 2013 in Nashville, TN and the event sold out in less than three minutes. That same month Peterson also launched a Kickstarter Campaign for his last book in the Wingfeather Saga Series, The Warden and the Wolf King. Being self-published through The Rabbit Room, Peterson was hoping to raise enough to cover the printing of the first run, around$14,000, but in a week he had raised over $118,000! The book will release in spring 2014. Peterson began his 14th annual Behold The Lamb Of God Christmas tour on December 3rd and the holiday concert remains a fan favorite, with sell-outs in most markets. Peterson has started the songwriting process and will go back into the studio in the spring for his fourth release for Centricity Music. The project is scheduled to release in the fall of 2014.
Jason Gray continues to be a solid hit-maker at Christian radio, as his last single, “Nothing Is Wasted,” became the first No. 1 hit for the talented singer/songwriter. It stayed atop Billboard’s Soft AC chart for nine weeks and peaked at #18 on the AC Indicator chart. Gray’s current single, “With Every Act Of Love,” became the most successful debut week at radio in Centricity Music history with 39 adds. The song continues to garner strong support and is currently #12 at AC Indicator and #15 on the NCA chart. The single is from Gray’s upcoming album, Love Will Have The Final Word, releasing March 4, 2014. Gray continued a heavy touring schedule in 2013 with Andrew Peterson in the spring, Steven Curtis Chapman’s Glorious Unfolding Tour in the fall and headlining his 2nd Annual Christmas Stories Tour with new Centricity Music artist, Lauren Daigle this month. In 2014, Gray will join Natalie Grant, Chris August, Francesca Battistelli, Sidewalk Prophets, and Meredith Andrews for The Bible Experience Tour on March 20th. The tour is in conjunction with the Mark Burnett movie, Son Of God, which will be released Feb. 28th by 20th Century Fox. Burnett produced the 10-hour highly rated series, The Bible, on the History Channel earlier this year.
Unspoken is gearing up for their first full album release in April 2014, following the success of their two earlier EPs, The World Is Waking and Get To Me. The band’s first single “Who You Are” reached Top Ten at Christian radio, and the second single, “Lift My Life Up,” garnered 30 radio adds out of the box and reached #5 on Billboard’s AC Indicator chart. It is currently #10 on the NCA chart. Unspoken’s chart success led to two major tours this year that included Sanctus Real’s Promises Tour in the spring and this fall they joined Big Daddy Weave’s The Only Name Tour, with Chris August.Unspoken also launched their first holiday tour, The Acoustic Christmas Tour 2013 that concluded December 15th in Ohio.
Centricity Music’s additional 2014 releases include three of the newly signed artists, Carrollton in February, Jonny Diaz in April and Lauren Daigle in May. For more information about Centricity Music and their artist roster please visit online at www.centricitymusic.com.