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BEC Recordings’ Kutless releases its very first live album and video, Kutless: Live from Portland.

The new DVD & CD package includes 15 songs including the band’s radio hits “Sea of Faces,” “Strong Tower,” “Treason,” “Run,” “Pride Away,” and “Your Touch” and music off their latest Hearts of the Innocent project. In addition to the full live concert, filmed last spring in the band’s hometown of Portland, Ore., the DVD features backstage behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the band. The Live from Portland DVD was directed produced by the multiple Dove Award-winning team of Michael Sacci, Ken Conrad and Carl Diebold (Switchfoot, Third Day Michael W. Smith).

“We are ecstatic about the release of Kutless: Live In Portland. Every detail of the bands amazing live performance has been captured by equally incredible production,” said Brandon Ebel, president of Tooth and Nail Records/BEC Recordings. “The goal of the project was to provide fans with a vehicle to completely emerge themselves in the Kutless ‘experience’, sonically and visually. The end result is nothing short of amazing, we strongly feel that this is one of the best CD/DVD packages released this year.

The release of the new project comes as Kutless has just wrapped up its successful second leg of the Hearts of the Innocent Tour Powered by Suzuki, and prepares to be the featured guest artists on the upcoming newsboys’ 40+-city “GO” tour in which kicks off in February.

“To say that 2006 has been a whirlwind year for Kutless would be an understatement,” said Kutless’ Jon Micah Sumrall. “We are grateful to our fans and humbled by their support in helping to live out our music and ministry to the fullest.”

The Portland, Ore.-based Kutless has emerged as one of Christian and rock music’s hottest acts. Kutless has played before nearly two million fans in the past four years, has had eight radio hits from the band’s first three CDs, Kutless, Sea of Faces and Strong Tower, and been nominated for multiple Dove Awards, earning its first last year for the band’s participation on the Special Event Album of the Year, the soundtrack to “Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.” Kutless’ music also has been featured in television and film. On the NBC hit TV show “Scrubs,” in an episode this season titled “My Bright Idea,” the Kutless song “All of the Words” played for almost two minutes during a pivotal scene of the popular comedy. Launched by original members Jon Micah Sumrall (lead vocals) and guitarists James Mead and Ryan Shrout, the band formed first as a modern rock/worship band at Warner Pacific College in Portland in 2000, influenced by Christian rock predecessors such as the Supertones as well as mainstream modern rockers like Staind, Creed, and Incubus. Kutless signed to Tooth & Nail/BEC in late 2001 and released its self-titled debut the following year, a CD which went on to become the fastest-selling debut in the label’s history. Hearts of the Innocent marks the recording debut of the band’s newest members, drummer Jeffrey Gilbert and bass player Dave Leutkenhoelter, both formerly of alt-rock band Seven Places.

Author: Tricia Whitehead

Date: 06 December 2006

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