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Dove Award-winning, Grammy-nominated hitmaker, NewSong (www.newsongonline.com) plans a season of Christmas blessings with a new song, tour and network television movie appearance. The blessings start with the debut of a new Christmas song, “The Christmas Blessing,” featured in the upcoming CBS holiday television movie of the same name, and will include a 16-city Christmas tour featuring Sony/Integrity labelmate Anointed and new Reunion Records’ artist Ana Laura.

“The Christmas Blessing” could be destined for the same phenomenal success as their 2002 #1 AC pop hit, “The Christmas Shoes” which inspired a New York Times best-selling book by Donna VanLiere and a highly rated television movie. NewSong debuts “The Christmas Blessing” in the CBS Sunday Movie, based on VanLiere’s book The Christmas Blessing, a sequel to The Christmas Shoes. The group actually appears in the movie performing the song. “The Christmas Blessing” was written by NewSong’s Eddie Carswell and Michael O’Brien. Integrity Music Group is making plans for limited release of the song this year and it will be included on a Christmas CD NewSong will produce for 2006.

“The Christmas Blessing” is scheduled for broadcast on Sunday, Dec. 18 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network and stars Neil Patrick Harris ("How I Met Your Mother") and Rebecca Gayheart ("Urban Legend") with a special appearance by Rob Lowe (“West Wing”) who starred in the first movie. A CBS Television press release describes “The Christmas Blessing” this way: “In this heartwarming holiday drama, the sequel to the highly-rated 2002 television movie ‘The Christmas Shoes,’ the young boy from the original film has grown up and meets a young woman and a boy who both, with the help of a Christmas miracle, change his life. "The Christmas Shoes" was the second highest-rated television movie of the 2002-2003 season, attracting nearly 17 million viewers.

“God continues to show up in big and unexpected ways,” said NewSong founding member Carswell. “‘The Christmas Shoes’ phenomenon took us all by surprise and was more than anything we could have imagined. And, “The Christmas Blessing” has already exceeded our wildest dreams. We're so excited about the movie, tour and Donna's 'Christmas Blessing' book... to see God’s hand at work has been humbling.”

Before “The Christmas Blessing” movie television airing, NewSong will travel to 16 cities in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Florida, Texas, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina beginning Thanksgiving weekend in Holland, Mich. The Christmas-themed tour features special guests multiple Dove and Stellar Award-winning sister-brother duo Anointed, whose critically-acclaimed sixth studio recording Now Is the Time released last spring. 19-year-old Texan, Ana Laura, will open the tour in advance of her Reunion Records self-titled debut release (December 27). The artists will all perform Christmas and holiday music in addition to selections from their latest CDs.

The Christmas Blessings Tour will visit these cities:

11/26 – Holland, MI (Grand Rapids)
11/27 – Louisville, KY
11/30 - Ft. Walton Beach, FL
12/1 – Millington, TN (Memphis)
12/2 - Charlotte, NC
12/3 – Charlotte, NC
12/4 – Whiteville, NC (Wilmington)
12/8 – Elmira, NY
12/9 – Erie, PA
12/11 – Beaumont, TX
12/13 – Galveston, TX
12/14 – Northport, AL (Tuscaloosa)
12/15 – Odenville, AL (Birmingham)
12/16 – Atlanta, GA
12/17 – Winter Park, FL (Orlando)
12/18 – Lakeland, FL

NewSong’s current CD, Rescue, released in May followed by a DVD release of the live recording in September. The first single from the album, “Rescue” became NewSong’s 18th #1 single. Written by Jared Anderson, “Rescue” recently reached the #1 position on multiple national Inspirational singles charts, including R&R, CRW and The PDAdviser. Their current single is “Psalm 40” and is quickly gaining momentum and ads after just being sent to AC and Inspirational radio. Last month, NewSong was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. NewSong was also recently recognized at the Second Annual Soul2Soul Honors, held in Louisville, Kentucky. The group was one of seven artists honored for their “enduring ministries and their artistic endowments to Christian music.” Highlights from the Second Annual Soul2Soul Honors will be broadcast on Christian television in early 2006, as well as internationally on the Soul2Soul Radio Network.

At the conclusion of “The Christmas Blessing Tour”, NewSong will only have time for a quick holiday break before being back on the road December 26 for the start of back-to-back multi-artist events, the Xtreme Conferences (www.xtremeconferences.com) and the 30-city Winter Jam 2006 (www.jamtour.com).

About NewSong:
NewSong (www.newsongonline.com) is a Dove Award winner and GRAMMY nominee. NewSong has recorded 14 albums featuring 18 No. 1 singles including such signature songs as “Arise My Love,” “Can’t Keep A Good Man Down,” “Red Letter Day,” and the recent cross-over hit, “When God Made You,” a duet with Natalie Grant. Their holiday anthem, “The Christmas Shoes,” became a #1 mainstream radio hit, and inspired a New York Times-bestselling book and CBS Movie of the Week. The album of the same name was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album in 2003. Their multi-artist “Jam” Tours, which they began hosting in 1995, have grown to become the largest attended Christian music tours in the industry.

NewSong was originally founded in the early 80s when original members Eddie Carswell and Billy Goodwin along with several others served as the “house band” at their local church. Throughout the years, numerous talented artists have become NewSong “alumni” before launching successful solo careers of their own. Among those alums are Russ Lee and Charles Billingsley.

About Integrity Music Group:
Integrity Music Group is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Integrity Media, Inc., a media/communications company that produces, publishes and distributes Christian music, books, films and related products. Integrity’s products are sold primarily through retail stores and direct to consumers throughout the United States and in over 160 other countries. Integrity is headquartered in Mobile, Alabama. Information about Integrity is available at www.integritymedia.com.

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