Tony to tour with Winter Jam 2009

In an exclusive announcement, HearItFirst.com has confirmed the artist line-up for The Winter Jam 2009 Tour Spectacular, Christian music’s largest annual musical tour. tobyMac, the “GMA Artist Of The Year” for 2008, will headline the tour with special guests Hawk Nelson, 2008 “GMA New Artist Of The Year” Brandon Heath, “GMA New Artist Of The Year” 2006 The Afters, and new Gotee Recording artist, Stephanie Smith.

The 10-week tour launches January 8, 2009 in Roanoke, VA. Grammy-nominated and Dove Award-winning, NewSong will host the high-energy event for the 14th consecutive year, which will feature special guest speaker Tony Nolan. Additional Winter Jam artists will be announced over the next few weeks.

Winter Jam is Christian music’s largest annual tour. Last year’s total paid attendance was 311,836 with an average nightly attendance of 9,172. As a result, Winter Jam was the fourth ranked tour on Pollstar’s 2008 First Quarter Ticket Sales Chart topping Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus, The Police and Foo Fighters.

In spite of escalating prices due to a challenging economy, Winter Jam will maintain their popular “no tickets” policy that allows consumers to simply pay $10 at the door for admission.

“Year after year we’ve seen God’s hand on Winter Jam,” said Eddie Carswell, founding member of NewSong and Winter Jam originator. “Over 311,000 people attended Winter Jam 2008 and out of those over 53,000 made a decision or rededication to follow Christ. As if that wasn’t amazing enough, over 4,300 orphaned children around the world were sponsored through Holt International. Our prayer is that God would continue to use this tour for His glory and to impact tens of thousands more in 2009.”

Corporate sponsors for Winter Jam 2009 include Holt International, a world leader in international adoption and child welfare, MegaVoice, an international Biblical literacy organization, and HearItFirst.com, the leading Christian music online site. HearItFirst.com will be hosting the official Winter Jam site, which will launch on November 4, 2008 at HearItFirst.com/WinterJam or by going to jamtour.com.
Press Contact: Carol Anderson – http://www.cmapromo.com

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