BUZZ IS BUILDING FOR JIMMY NEEDHAM’S THIRD PROJECT, NIGHTLIGHTS, RELEASING MAY 18, 2010

Written by Scoops Staff on May 22, 2010 – 7:58 am -

STRONG DIGITAL PRE-SALES HAVE PUSHED NEW CD TO #10 ON TOP 200 CHRISTIAN ALBUM CHART

CD RELEASE CONCERT ON STREET DAY WILL BROADCAST WORLDWIDE TO MILLIONS OF FANS ON INTERNET

Nashville, TN – Inpop Records’ critically acclaimed singer/songwriter, Jimmy Needham, is poised to release his highly anticipated third project, Nightlights, next Tuesday. The buzz has been building for the album with early radio and media support, which has led to strong digital pre-sales that pushed Nightlights into the #10 position on the iTunes Top 200 Christian Album chart.

Nightlights was produced by Calvin Turner (Marc Broussard) and features twelve new songs written or co-written by Needham, with the thirteenth song being a remake of the pop classic, “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You).” The lead single from the project, “Yours To Take,” is currently #26 on the National Christian Audience chart, which translates into an audience of around 1.33 million people.

Needham has just returned from a trip to Israel where he led worship for a group of believers from Houston and is back in Houston gearing up for two sold-out CD release concerts in Katy, TX Sunday, May 16 and The Woodlands, TX, Tuesday, May 18, which is street day. The May 18th show will broadcast live at Needham’s website, www.JimmyNeedham.com or www.Facebook.com/JimmyNeedham, 8:00 – 9:30 pm EDT where millions of fans around the world can watch Needham’s performance. The Houston Chronicle will be covering the show for an upcoming artist feature that will run later this month highlighting Needham’s incredible career.

Following the Texas concerts, Needham will head back east for tapings with LeSea Broadcasting’s Harvest Show and Live From Studio B. In between the media appearances, Needham made several visits to radio stations across the country that include K-Love; Air 1; KSWP/Lufkin, TX; KVNE/Tyler, TX; Pulse-FM/South Bend, IN; KWND/Springfield, MO and The Wind/Indianapolis, IN. Needham will return to Nashville the following week for a live appearance May 25 on Fox 17’s Tennessee Mornings and a taping with WSMV’s Better Nashville that will air May 28.

Needham has additional media coverage on tap for Nightlights including: Living With Teenagers (September review and October feature), Essential Connection (review), StandFirm magazine (artist profile February 2011), Worship Leader magazine (June review), JesusFreakHideout.com (feature and review), HearitFirst.com (podcast interview and performance), BBC Radio (interview), CCM (Story Behind Song Feature), ChristianMusicToday.com (review). And early reviews have been overwhelming in their accolades for Needham’s new project.

CCM – The growth curve climbed exactly as imagined…the Houston native’s progression continues at the same impressive rate as before on Nightlights.

NewReleaseTuesday.com – a collection of lucent, engaging lyrics matched with music that’s fresh, fun and downright funky.

Phantom Tollbooth – On Jimmy Needham’s Nightlights, soul reigns.

Christian Music Review – Nightlights is the best overall album by Jimmy Needham and one of my top albums of 2010.

About Jimmy Needham:

Needham released his first album, Speak, in 2006, on Inpop Records, and it generated respect and well-earned recognition from the Christian music industry for this talented singer/songwriter from Katy, Texas. The CD generated three singles “Fence Riders (#14),’ “Dearly Loved (#8),” and “Lost At Sea,” which charted for an incredible twelve weeks at the #2 position. Needham’s second project, Not Without Love resulted in four hit singles including “Forgiven and Loved” as the break-out Christian AC hit, climbing to #6 nationally, while “A Breath Or Two,” peaked at #3 at Christian CHR radio. Needham is headling his first tour in 2010 and has formerly toured with such acts as Natalie Grant, BarlowGirl, Rush Of Fools and Superchick. Needham also just concluded an artist-in-residence program at Fellowship of the Woodlands in The Woodlands, Texas, which will also host Needham’s official album release event on Tuesday, May 18th. For additional information and updates on Needham please visit www.jimmyneedham.com.

About Inpop Records:

Inpop Records is an independent Christian music label based in Brentwood, Tenn. Founded in 1999 by newsboys founder and longtime frontman Peter Furler, artist manager Wes Campbell, and Australian businessman Dale Bray, Inpop is home to some of the best-known bands in Christian music. Distributed by EMI Christian Music Group, Inpop Records has become one of the top-selling independent labels within the industry, having established a reputation for seeking out the best artists in emerging talent and for expanding the Christian music marketplace with sound and ideas. Inpop artists have scored numerous No. 1 radio hits, earned multiple awards and nominations and achieved recognition around the world. Inpop’s roster includes newsboys, Superchick, Mat Kearney, Shane and Shane, Jimmy Needham, Newworldson and Article One, among others. For more information, visit www.inpop.com


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