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Jimmy Needham

The highly anticipated third project from singer/songwriter Jimmy Needham will street May 18, 2010. NIGHTLIGHTS was produced by Calvin Turner (Marc Broussard) and the lead single from the CD is an upbeat pop song, “Yours To Take,” with the lyrics written by Needham and music by Needham and Tim Dillon. The single has just started going for adds and broke out as the #1 Most Added at AC radio. This week it debuts on the National Christian Audience Chart at #48. Radio stations that are playing the song include: XM/Sirius Networks; KCMS, Seattle, WA; Family Life Network; AIR 1 Network; WCSG, Grand Rapids, MI; JOY FM, Sarasota, FL; and KSGN, Riverside, CA.

“‘Yours To Take’ is a perfect springtime song that is uptempo and light musically, yet the lyrics hit deep,” says Sarah Taylor, KCMS/Seattle music director and on-air personality. “I find myself often reflecting on the last chorus; Your kindness leads me to repentance/ Leads me to the cross/Which leads me to forgiveness/So I am counting it all as loss. Go ahead and call me out: I’m a Needham fan!”

Nightlights features twelve new songs written or co-written by Needham and showcases his continued growth as a singer/songwriter and performer. The CD kicks off with a funky gospel tune, “Moving To Zion,” recounting Jimmy’s journey away from the pressures of the Law toward the grace that is in Christ Jesus. The semi-autobiographical song, “The Reason I Sing,” says the Lord is the basis for Needham’s music ministry and not the accolades that comes with a music career. “Grace Amazing,” tells how Christ brings life to the believer in a strong R&B approach, while the title track is a powerful poem that talks about the egos of the world in comparison to how Christ came as a humble servant. The thirteenth song wasn’t written by Needham, as it’s a remake of the pop classic “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You).” Needham is in good company recording the song; it was previously performed by such illustrious artists as Marvin Gaye, James Taylor, Joan Osborne, Michael McDonald, and Michael Buble’.

With this new project, Needham wants to continue ministering to the churched and unchurched with his music. “The goal of this record is to breakdown walls and help me achieve my mission in the same sense those old spiritual songs did in the past,” Needham explains. “If people can take something positive away from this album, that’s all I can ask for.”

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.

Author: Janet Bozeman

Date: 29 March 2010

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