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Fuller Youth Institute, US
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EMI and Youth Content Provider, STEELROOTS, Partner to Create
Video Reality Series Featuring FOREFRONT RECORDS’
Newest Chart-Topping Band, PHILMONT
New “Philmont Rising” Webisodes Added Monthly
Nashville, TN – Forefront Records and Philmont joined forces with Steelroots this spring for a new original online series. The reality webisodes give viewers a rare and often humorous glimpse into the life of an international touring band.
“We only ‘work’ 20 minutes out of the day so there is a whole lot of downtime,” laughs singer/guitarist Scott Taube. “Probably about 85 percent of our entire day is waiting for the show to begin. So you’ll get to see all of our shenanigans and how we amuse ourselves.”
Launched in April, “Philmont *Rising” offers a new webisode on the 13th of each month during this year-long campaign. Episode 1 (“Who the Heck Is Philmont?”) and Episode 2 (“Our First Taste of Tour”) are currently available at Steelroots.com. Future episodes will include video from Philmont’s upcoming shows in the Netherlands with Michael W. Smith and David Crowder Band in June, as well as Flevo Fest in August.
“We couldn’t be happier about working with Forefront Records and Philmont to bring this new content to the Steelroots community,” says Bryan Smerdon, director of programming for Steelroots. “They produce relevant music that appeals to today’s generation and are the perfect partner for the Steelroots brand. It’s clear that both Forefront and Philmont have set a high standard of excellence in their work, and we’re excited to be collaborating with them on this project.”
The “Philmont *Rising” webisodes can be found at http://www.steelroots.com/countdown/philmontrising.aspx.
Launched in 2000, Steelroots is one of the expanding outreaches of The Inspiration Networks. Since its launch, Steelroots has become a leading provider of Christian content for youth and young adults, using television, Internet, print media, products, and special events to accomplish its vision of “revealing the Truth to today’s generation.” Steelroots’ original television programs include “Steelroots – The Show,” “Countdown,” “The Uprising,” and special programs that address timely topics. Steelroots TV airs in 127 countries and in more than 135 million households worldwide through INSP – The Inspiration Network, i-Lifetv – Inspirational Life Television, and INI – Inspiration Network International. For more information, visit www.steelroots.com.
Philmont began when singer Scott Taube and guitarist Josiah Prince connected following the breakup of their former local outfits. After many self-booked tours and one-off dates to support an ambitious independent release, the group landed a performance at Christian music’s ultimate event, the Cornerstone Festival. It was at Cornerstone that Philmont caught the attention of EMI/Forefront Records, inking a record deal in early 2008. That summer the band debuted a digital EP, Oh Snap, and then released its first full-fledged label project, of the same title, April 21, 2009. Produced by Rob Hawkins (Fireflight, Jackson Waters), the album was met with applause from critics who cited, “This stuff is solid” (AbsolutePunk.net) and “What a first impression . . . Philmont is a perfect addition to the record collections of All-American Rejects and Relient K fans” (The Phantom Tollbooth). This summer the band will make appearances at select festivals including Ichthus, Cornerstone, Sonshine Fest and Soul Fest. For more information, visit www.myspace.com/philmontrock.
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Philmont band members (LtoR): Todd Davis, Josiah Prince, Scott Taube, Justin Sams
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