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Casting Pearls Inks Deal With Inpop Records
20 June 2005

Nebraska-based rock band Casting Pearls has joined Inpop Records’ roster and will release its self-titled label debut on August 16th. Releasing with a limited edition CD/DVD package, the CD will feature 10 new studio cuts. The DVD, a full-length concert taped live at the historic Rococo Theater in front of a sold-out crowd, showcases Casting Pearls electrifying stage show. The band is fronted by newsboys guitarist Bryan Olesen and will open for the newsboys on select dates this summer and fall.

Comprised of lead singer Olesen, bassist Case Maranville and drummer Scott Rutz, Casting Pearls formed in 2002 when Rutz completed the lineup. Having had recorded two independent projects, including the EP, Rock, Casting Pearls caught the ear of newsboys frontman Peter Furler and ultimately landed its first label deal. Prior to signing with Inpop, the band honed its chops and built an impressive fan base on the road.

“I'm very excited to be signed with Inpop,” says Olesen. “Peter Furler has provided every opportunity for Casting Pearls to thrive. The Inpop staff believes in our band and our songs. I'm humbled and honored by their enthusiasm and the effort they have made in preparing for our upcoming release,” he says.

“Casting Pearls is a great live band,” says Furler. “My first exposure to the guys was when they opened a newsboys show. I’ve worked with Bryan for several years now as he’s played guitar for us, and it’s awesome to see Casting Pearls sign on with Inpop. We’ve been following this band for years,” he says.

The band’s August release features 10 pop/rock tunes aimed to make the listener think and move. The songs are comprised of universal lyrics born from the band’s personal experience. Production credits for the album come from the Grammy Award-winning team of Jason Burkum and Nathan Dantzler (Audio Adrenaline, Tree63, Kids In The Way), and the album features guest vocals by Phil Joel (newsboys) on “Alright” and “Wasting Time.” Tunesmiths Tim Hughes and Mark Heimermann contribute cuts to the album as well.

Casting Pearls first single, “Weighted,” from the forthcoming release has escalated up Radio & Records’ Christian Rock chart, and “Alright” will go for adds at all formats in coming weeks. The K-Love Radio Network is one of the earliest supporters of the song, having added “Alright” into rotation right out of the box.

“This band has impressed me with its work ethic as well as its sound,” says Inpop Records General Manager Rob Poznanski. “When Peter [Furler] turned me on to this band, it seemed like a natural fit given the direction of our label. We see a lot of potential in Casting Pearls,” he says.


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