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PILLAR READIES FOR LAUNCH OF CONFESSIONS SEPT. 22 ROCK BAND PRESSES INTO STREET WEEK BY KICKING OFF FALL LEG OF HEADLINING ìCONFESSIONS TOURî THIS WEEKEND
Posted September 16, 2009

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ìFIRE ON THE INSIDEî RISES TO NO. 8 AT ROCK RADIO AS
ìSECRETS AND REGRETSî CLIMBS AT CHR

(Nashville, Tenn.) September 16, 2009 ñ As rock powerhouse Pillar gears up for the launch of its career-shifting sixth album Confessions (Essential/Provident), its simultaneously released radio singles (July 31) are making waves at radio. ìFire on the Insideî has climbed to No. 8 on the Christian Rock chart while the CHR single ìSecrets and Regretsî was added by the Air-1 Network reaching two-million listeners, weekly.

In addition, the Dove and GRAMMY nominated band recently announced its fall Confessions Tour with KJ-52, Run Kid Run and 7eventh Time Down. Promoters are anxiously anticipating the bands arrival in their markets.

ìPillar was part of our Rock the Sound festival this summer in New York City,î said Chris Barrett, President - Rock the Sound Concerts. ìThey played our rock room along with RED, Decyfer Down, Remedy Drive and Doubledge. All night the room was pulsing with energy as the anticipation grew for Pillarís appearance onstage. Their set was strong and the crowd was with them from the beginning.î

Matt Brown, Kansas-based concert promoter, expressed a similar sentiment. ìThe ëConfessions Tourí was a huge ministry outreach to our community. The event strengthened believers while it introduced non-believers to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.î

ìThe time that Rob Beckley, Pillarís lead singer, had with the youth leaders before the concert was totally unexpected, and truly appreciated,î shared John Hill, Uvalde, Texas Event Organizer. ìThe one-on-one interaction, from the second the band drove up until the last student left, made the event unforgettable. Six months later our youth are still talking about the experience. Thank You, Pillar.î

Thematically, the album picks up where Pillarís profound spring ìConfessions Tourî left off earlier this year. A confessional curriculum, called ìMy Secret,î being taught in the bandís local Tulsa, Oklahoma church, changed the way the members of Pillar wanted to engage its audiences on tour.


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ìWe decided to give our fans a way to pour out their hearts anonymously, yet before Godî says Beckley. ìWe took thousands of blank confession cards [distributed via a confessional booth] on the road. It definitely brought kids to the point of acknowledging their sin and what was going on.î The ìConfessions Tourî had a defining impact on Pillar as its members read and prayed over each audienceís confession cards. Explains Beckley, ìMore than ever, it put things into a perspective of ëwhat we do matters.íî
That approach obviously carried over to the new album. ì1 John 1:9 says, ëIf we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.í Every song on this album could be broken down to ëIf you just confess,íî shares Beckley. Under this umbrella, recurring themes on Confessions include unity, commitment and perseverance.
While lead singer Rob Beckley and guitarist Noah Henson have been the bandís principal songwriters the past eight years, Confessions marks the first time the two of them have collaborated with writers outside the band. Guest composers include Chris Stevens (tobyMac, Sanctus Real), Skidd Mills (Saving Abel, Skillet), Keith Wallen (Fuel), Red guitarist Jasen Rauch and Building 429 front
man Jason Roy.
Confessionsí production marks equally new territory. Pillar teamed with GRAMMY nominated, Dove Award-winning producer/songwriter Rob Graves (Red, Wavorly) and further enhanced its sound through new bassist Rich Gilliland (KJ-52, Brandon Heath) and drummer Taylor Carroll (After Edmund).

Graves notes, ìOriginally I was just supposed to write with Rob (Beckley) for the album. But after spending the day with him in a writing session, I called my manager and told him to get all over the record. I wanted to produce it. The result is something Iím extremely proud of. The guys allowed me to push them as hard as I needed to and they gave it everything they had. They impressed me on so many levels. Theyíre genuinely great guys, and a band I hope to continue working with regularly.î

About Pillar
Pillarís previous studio album, For the Love of the Game (02/26/08), debuted at No. 4 on SoundScanís Christian (overall) album chart. Since Pillarís Dove Award-winning label debut Above in 2001, the band has performed for more than 3 million people and tallied 10 No. 1 radio singles, 13 top five hits, a GRAMMY nomination, four Dove Awards, nine national headlining tours, covers of numerous Christian and mainstream magazines, features in Rolling Stone, Spin, Bass Player, and Hit Parader, and album sales approaching one million (including two albums with sales exceeding 300,000 copies each). The Tulsa, Oklahoma-based band also won Fuse TVís ìNext Big Thingî Award and has seen its music played on numerous ESPN sports programs, including SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight (during montage highlights from the 2007 World Series) and College Gameday, as well as CBS and FOX Sports.
Confessions, Pillarís sixth studio album -- debuting the talents of new members, bassist Rich Gilliland (KJ-52, Brandon Heath), drummer Taylor Carroll (After Edmund) and new producer, Rob Graves (Red, Wavorly) -- releases everywhere on September 22.
Find more information, including tour dates and markets, please visit: www.pillarmusic.com and www.myspace.com/pillar. Follow Pillar on Twitter: www.twitter.com/pillarmusic

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Pillarís Fall ìCONFESSIONS TOURî Dates listed below:
Dates and markets subject to change without notice. Please visit www.pillarmusic.com for latest tour itinerary.

September
9/18 Atonement Lutheran Church Overland Park, KS
9/19 North Intermediate High School Broken Arrow, OK
9/20 Dodge City Church of the Nazarene Dodge City, KS
9/21 Woodward High School Woodward, OK
9/23 Trinity Evangelical Upper Sandusky, OH
9/25 The Underground Cincinnati, OH
9/26 Rent One Stadium Marion, IL
9/27 Grace Community Church Champaign, IL

October
10/1 Gateway Ministries Williamsport, MD
10/3 U Mass Amherst, MA
10/4 Zion Church Clarion, PA
10/7 The Gear Franklin, IN
10/9 Club 3 Degrees Minneapolis, MN
10/10 Appleton North H.S. Appleton, WI
10/11 Slowdown Omaha, NE
10/15 Believers Fellowship Keyser, WV
10/16 The 7:30 Club Mechanicsville, MD
10/17 LifeFest Cary, NC
10/18 The Channel Greenville, SC
10/19 Graceville Civic Center Graceville, FL
10/24 The River Forsyth, MO
10/25 Jefferson Assembly of God Meriden, KS


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