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Posted September 28, 2011

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Album Sees Impressive First Week Sales, Continues to Receive High Marks From Critics
ěSounds of Hopeî Tour Heads Into Full Month of Dates

(Nashville, Tenn.) Sept. 28, 2011--Essential Records award-winning progressive worship band Leeland continues to garner enthusiasm for its latest project, The Great Awakening. Released Sept. 20, the album made a strong debut on multiple sales charts, while generating additional media acclaim, as Leeland heads out on its first full month of ěSounds of Hopeî tour dates.

First week sales numbers indicate a strong start for The Great Awakening, debuting at No. 11 on the Nielsen SoundScan Top Contemporary Christian sales chart having sold more than 3,000 units.

Recent critical acclaim supports early sales momentum, with positive reviews continuing to pour in. The latest issue of Worship Musician! Magazine (Sept. /Oct.) praises the album for ěits natural quality and the bandís ability to invite us to the supernatural,î while a reviewer at calls it ěthe most spine-tingling worship project I've ever experienced.î

Leeland will promote The Great Awakening this fall with live performances on the ěSounds of Hopeî tour additionally featuring labelmates Building 429 and Royal Tailor. Sponsored by Food For The Hungry, the tour kicked off last week and will travel across the eastern and mid-American states before wrapping in November.

Visit for a complete list of tour dates.

The Great Awakening, Leelandís fourth release, is reminiscent of the groupís debut while delving deeper into its spiritual roots. The band describes its new project, produced by Paul Moak (Third Day, Matt Maher), as an 11-track ěworship revival experience.î Each of the songs is skillfully inspired by historical ěfathers of the faith,î including theologian Jonathan Edwards and Salvation Army founder William Booth, whose depths of belief and passion for God started stirred revival wherever they went.

Recording every song live-to-tape, the album captures Leelandís signature energy found in its live performance. Sonically, The Great Awakening showcases the Mooring siblings unmatched three-part harmonies set to ambient guitars and rock-steady drums. All in all, the record is Leelandís most impressive artistic and spiritual expression to date.

Hailing from Houston, GRAMMY-nominated progressive rock act Leeland comprises Leeland Mooring (lead vocals, guitar); Jack Mooring (keyboard, background vocals); Shelly Mooring (bass); and Mike Smith (drums). The group has been known to deliver songwriting beyond its years and worshipful rock so genuine it disarms the honest cynic. Often quoted as one of Christian musicís most gripping live bands, Leelandís 2006 debut Sound of Melodies as well as follow up projects Opposite Way (2008) and Love Is On The Move (2010) have established Leeland as a leader in the worship community and beyond. All three albums were GRAMMY nominated and drew a combined eight GMA Dove Award nominations.

In February, Leeland and Jack Mooring were selected by the White House to participate in the Compassion in Action Roundtable spotlighting the innovative leadership of an emerging generation of social entrepreneurs in America. On top of non-stop touring across the U.S. and Japan, the band also partners with Christian relief organization Food for the Hungry. Leeland has recently taken outreach trips to Africa, Asia, and attended Hillsong Churchís 2008 Conference in Australia.

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