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Centricity recording artist Downhere is garnering extensive critical acclaim following yesterday’s release of Wide-Eyed And Mystified, the group’s label debut and first recording in three years. Produced by Mark Heimermann (Michael W. Smith, dcTalk), Greg Collins (U2, Gwen Stefani) and Downhere, album review highlights for Wide-Eyed And Mystified include:

“Many bands would do well to mark the way Downhere has claimed its alt-rock sonic individuality and polished it to a dazzling sheen.”

“Song after song, Wide-Eyed And Mystified is an engaging and impressive modern-rock project, easily ranking as one of 2006’s finest.”
—Christian Retailing

“…Wide-Eyed And Mystified features a brave band deftly able to plumb the personal dynamics of racism (“1,000 Miles Apart”), challenge the commercialization of Christ (“The Real Jesus”) and speak often-overlooked truths (“Forgive Yourself”). The purest songwriters in Christian guitar pop just raised the bar.”
—Christian Music Planet

“...Wide-Eyed And Mystified proves to be a remarkable album, a listen that's both enjoyable and compelling.”

“Not only is this the best yet from Downhere, but it's also one of the best records of the year to this point! “

“The band hits their stride with Wide-Eyed And Mystified, foregoing subtlety and cliché to communicate their faith with openness and artistry.”

Downhere is featured in the June issue of CCM magazine, and the group is currently profiled in an exclusive online feature at www.ChristianMusicPlanet.com. In addition, Downhere is this week’s cover story at www.CMCentral.com and is featured at www.CBNMusic.com, among other outlets. The band also recently taped an interview with CNNRadio at the network’s Atlanta headquarters.

Earlier this month, Downhere traveled to Marrakech, Morocco, where they participated in the country’s Friendship Fest, the second annual event designed to unite Christians and Muslims in peace and tolerance. Downhere is currently playing a series of street week concerts in California, where they are giving away a limited number of tickets to Spirit West Coast’s Monterey festival in August. The California tour will conclude this Sunday, May 28, with Downhere’s performance on the main stage at Spirit West Coast in Del Mar.

Hitting the U.S. music scene in 2001 with the release of their self-titled debut, Downhere was nominated for a Dove Award for New Artist of the Year, and the group received a Juno Award (Canada) for Best Gospel Album, as well as Canadian Gospel Music Association Covenant Awards for Rock Album of the Year and Rock Song of the Year for “Larger Than Life.” The band’s follow-up, So Much For Substitutes, released in 2003, earning Downhere a Dove Award for Modern Rock Recorded Song of the Year for “Breaking Me Down.”

For further information on Downhere, visit www.downhere.com, www.myspace.com/downhere, www.centricityrecords.com, or contact Turning Point Media Relations, Inc. at 615-261-1818.

Wide-Eyed And Mystified is distributed by Word Distribution.

Author: Turning Point

Date: 30 May 2006

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