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TENTH AVENUE NORTH RELEASES THIRD STUDIO PROJECT THE STRUGGLE AUG. 21
Posted May 16, 2012

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TENTH AVENUE NORTH RELEASES
THIRD STUDIO PROJECT THE STRUGGLE AUG. 21

Albumís First Single ìLosingî Impacts Radio May 25

Band Shares Nashville Chapter GRAMMY Block Party Stage
With Kebí Moí, Wynonna, The Mavericks and Others

(Nashville, Tenn.) May 11, 2012óChristian music breakout band Tenth Avenue North announces the unveiling of its third studio project,
The Struggle (Reunion Records), on Aug. 21. The 12-track album reflects influences ranging from fan insight from the headlining artistsí past two years on the road, to the addition of two new band members and a new recording process. Produced by six-time SESAC Christian Songwriter of the Year, and two-time GRAMMY nominee, Jason Ingram (Chris Tomlin, Sanctus Real), The Struggle is a bold, creative leap forward.

The Struggle acknowledges life-challenges while pointing to the grace that ultimately delivers us from those challenges. Front man Mike Donehey shares, ìThe recordís theme implies permission to struggle with lifeís challenges but encourages us not to remain in that place of struggle. Things are going to be hard but we have something greater to look forward to. We are free to struggle, but because of what Christ did on the cross, we don't need to struggle to be free.î

The albumís debut single ìLosingî will impact Christian radio, May 25. The song was inspired by a moving letter sent in to a WAY-FM radio station by a woman struggling with forgiveness; it sums up the idea that we actually lose more than we win when we choose not to extend forgiveness to someone. ìWithholding our love doesnít give us an upper hand in any conflict. ëLosingí suggests that we actually end up losing when we donít offer forgiveness or love,î adds Donehey.

The band has always valued a direct relationship with its fans, and had the idea to bring them into the recording process. Guitarist, Jeff Owen, shares, ìOn several dates during our last tour we posted invitations on our Facebook and Twitter pages inviting our fans to show up and lend their voices to some of our songs. The result? We have songs on The Struggle featuring rich choruses made up of our fans. Itís pretty special that we got to do this.î

New members, Ruben Juarez (bass) and Brendon Shirley (keys) were instrumental in the progression of the bandís sound. ìRuben and Brendon are more technically knowledgeable than Jason, Jeff and I are,î says Donehey. ìThey really added to the musical structure of these songs. Plus, we all get along so well creatively. I couldnít see doing this record without them.î

Fresh off the ìRock & Worship Roadshowî tour, which saw attendance exceeding 230,000, Tenth Avenue North made a featured appearance at the GRAMMY block party in Nashville earlier this week. Known as the event that launches the summer music season, the Block Party gives industry folks a chance to mingle while enjoying a great variety of live music. Other artists scheduled to appear include Luke Bryan, Wynonna, Elenowen, Kebí Moí and The Mavericks.

For more information on Tenth Avenue North and/or The Struggle, please visit: www.tenthavenuenorth.com, www.facebook.com/tenthavenuenorth or www.providentpress.com.

About Tenth Avenue North:
Tenth Avenue North ñcomprising members Mike Donehey (lead vocals/acoustic guitar), Jason Jamison (drummer), Jeff Owen (electric guitar/background vocals), Ruben Juarez (bass) and Brendon Shirley (keys) ñfirst impacted the music community as the best-selling and most played new Christian artist of 2008. In 2009, the group scored No. 1 on Billboardís Hot Christian Songs Artist Chart, alongside ìBy Your Side,î which reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot Christian Songs chart and No. 3 overall for the decade. Such acclaim earned Tenth Avenue North the new Artist of the Year title at the Gospel Music Associationís 40th Annual Dove Awards. Consequently, its debut album, Over and Underneath (May 2008), sold more than 100,000 copies in less than seven months and ranked among Billboardís Top 10 Christian Albums of 2009. Currently, the project has surpassed 400,000 sales to date.

Tenth Avenue North saw its sophomore record, The Light Meets The Dark (May 2010), debut at No. 1 on the Nielsen Christian SoundScan chart and No. 15 on the Billboard 200 with first week scans of 21,583. The project secured the No.1 Christian Album chart position at both iTunes and AmazonMP3, reaching Top 5 on iTunesí Overall chart. In 2010, Tenth Avenue North also received a Dove Award nomination for Group of the Year and claimed the coveted Song of the Year honor for ìBy Your Side.î

Additionally, the 2009-2010 season marked guest spots on the ìWinter Jamî tour, Casting Crownsí ìUntil the Whole World Hearsî tour, a very active summer festival schedule, and Tenth Avenue Northís fall 2010 ìThe Light Meets the Darkî tour. The latter played to 67,000 + fans, selling out more than half its hard ticket dates and generating sponsorships for 1,700 children within Compassion International programs.

Since its last release, Tenth Avenue North Live: Inside and In Between (March 2011), a live CD/DVD experience, Tenth Avenue North has continued to move through constant streams of feature spots and major tours, most recently wrapping label mate Third Dayís fall 2010/spring 2011 ìMake Your Moveî tour and the fall 2011 ìRock & Worship Roadshow.î In 2011 alone, the band performed for audiences in excess of 500,000. Its memorable song ìYou Are Moreî was the No. 1 Song of the Year on Billboardís Christian Audience Chart.

Earlier this year, Tenth Avenue Northís ìBy Your Sideî achieved digital Gold status, according to the RIAA, signifying 500,000 singles sold. As Billboard Magazine assesses, ìTo say this band is going to be the ënext big thingí feels like an understatement.î

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