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08 September 2009

Tenth Avenue North, the reigning GMA Dove Awards New Artist of the Year, hits another milestone in a soaring career by launching its first headlining tour this week in Indianapolis. The “Inside and In Between Tour,” currently scheduled in 14 cities through September, kicks off on Thursday, September 3, at Indianapolis’ Lifepoint Church. Joining Tenth Avenue North on all dates will be singer/songwriter Audrey Assad (EMI/CMG) and worship leader Brenton Brown (Survivor/Kingsway).

The tour is the latest evidence of Tenth Avenue North’s steady ascension since the May 2008 release of its debut, Over and Underneath (Reunion Records), which made them the best-selling new Christian artist of 2008 and is moving strongly toward the 175,000 sales mark holding on to a No. 9 chart position last week. The album’s breakout single, “By Your Side” – which has surpassed 800 million cumulative impressions – enjoyed a 43-week stay in the Top 10 on the AC Monitored chart and reached No. 1 on the R&R AC Indicator and CHR charts, making Tenth Avenue North the only new artist in the past year to have two multi-format No. 1s. Follow-up single “Hold My Heart,” tallying 10 million impressions weekly, has proved to be another double-chart smash (currently No. 8 AC Monitored and No. 4 CHR), distinguishing the band as the only artist this year to place two songs simultaneously in the AC Monitored Top 10.

“'Hold My Heart’ is quality music, with a quality message! At one time or another, we will all be in a place crying out to God asking Him to make His presence known in our lives. Tenth Avenue North paints that picture beautifully,” says Michael Grimm, KLJC -FM/Kansas City. Tenth Avenue North’s victory at the 2009 GMA Dove Awards in the New Artist category – an honor voted by industry and fans – underscored its growing reputation as an intensely fan-connected band that is “part of a new wave of artists breathing life into the CCM format” (Don Schaeffer, WVFJ-FM/Atlanta). Ed Lomnicki of Chicago-based Edan concerts (www.edanconcerts.com ) shares, “One of the main reasons I wanted to bring Tenth Avenue North into our market was because of the excitement the band created at this year’s Ignite Chicago Festival. They really connected with the crowd and I got a good sense of their passion and love for the Lord. These guys simply have an ability to be transparent with their audience...This may explain why we sold out in just 2 weeks!” The title of the tour comes from a lyric in the song “Times,” from Over and Underneath: “My love is over, it’s underneath, it’s inside, it’s in between,” as it speaks of Christ’s love for us. According to lead vocalist Mike Donehey, the Inside and In Between experience is designed “to remind people of the audacious grace and impenetrable love offered to them through Jesus Christ. Our hope with this tour is that people would encounter truth, and be moved and changed by that truth. We want this to be a place and a time that people can experience community.”

Over and Underneath Tour Dates: 9/3 – Indianapolis, Ind. Lifepoint Church 9/4 – Lake Zurich, Ill. Harvest Bible Church 9/9 – Papillion, Neb. Sumter Amphitheater at Walnut Creek 9/10 – Oklahoma City, Okla. Oklahoma City Faith 9/11 – Carrollton, Texas First Church Carrollton 9/12 – San Antonio, Texas TriPoint Club 9/13 – Baytown, Texas Second Baptist Church 9/15 – Columbia, S.C. Columbia Metro/First Baptist Church 9/16 – Cartersville, Ga. The House of Rock/Oakleaf Church 9/18 – Silver Spring, Md. Immanuel’s Church 9/19 – Middleton N.J. New Monmouth Baptist Church 9/20 – Glen Allen, Va. Mount Vernon Baptist Church *Itinerary is subject to change without advance notice. About Tenth Avenue North: With one listen to Tenth Avenue North’s unique brand of intellectual, melodic pop-rock, it becomes obvious that songwriter Mike Donehey and his band mates have a gift for expressing truth in a way that simultaneously educates, enlightens and entertains. “Simply, our mission as a band is to know Christ and to make him known,” says Donehey. Band members are as much teachers as artists, demonstrating this through their intellectual, yet vulnerably accessible songs that echo the heart of the human condition and the hope of the risen Savior. Named GMA Dove Awards New Artist of the Year this past April, Tenth Avenue North was the best-selling and most played new Christian artist of 2008, scoring three No. 1s at radio and crossing the 100,000 sales mark with its debut Over and Underneath (5/20/08) in just seven months. The band – Mike Donehey (lead vocals/acoustic guitar), Jason Jamison (drummer), Jeff Owen (electric guitar/background vocals) and Scott Sanders (bass guitar) – has toured extensively over the last year in support of Over and Underneath (now nearing 175,000 total album sales), and recently wrapped an impressive run of shows with MercyMe on the “Rock & Worship Road Show” in preparation for their first headlining tour. For up-to-date information on Tenth Avenue North please visit: www.tenthavenuenorth.com, www.myspace.com/tenthavenuenorth or www.reunionrecords.com

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