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April 13, 2006 - The Dawn of a New Era
For the past two years or so, we at cMusicWeb have been scheming. While we’re proud of what we’ve built here in this corner of the web, and appreciate the thousands of you who support us by visiting each month, we felt it was necessary to reinvent ourselves a little. So we held a contest, asking you to give us a new name in exchange for free swag. You answered overwhelmingly, but we decided to go with an idea that had been bouncing around our editing scrums for a while. And the idea for inReview.net was born.

Our website has always been driven primarily by reviews—that’s what we think we do best—but we’ve always been about more than Christian music, even if that’s our most frequent focus. So if you’re wondering why we opted for the new moniker, that’s essentially it. And while “real life” has often gotten in the way of our desire to deliver the new site, our owner and webmaster Dan Ficker has been working his tail off to meet our desire to bring you what we’ve been promising for so long in spring 2006.

The time has come, folks. inReview.net is here -- albeit not entirely. When you visit us over there in a few seconds, you’ll see a blog-style site that gives you a glimpse of what’s to come. It’s not perfect, and we’re still working on upgrading it, but we’re quite excited about what the new site will enable us to do. We hope you share that enthusiasm.

Here’s a small list of what inReview will offer but cMW couldn’t, and a rundown of what will stay the same:

* Because the new site is blog-style, all of our staff will be able to post content as soon as it has passed through our editing system. Essentially what that means for you is more content on a timelier basis.

* Going blog-style also means you’ll be able to post your comments (or random thoughts) at the bottom of each article, with one click of your mouse. Love us or hate us, it’s all good. Just be sure we know what we’re doing wrong or right.

*On that note, we also have a new set of message boards in the Forum section. This was an underutilized feature on cMusicWeb, but we do hope you’ll hit us (and each other) up with whatever you feel like talking about in our new home.

* But the essence of what we’re about won’t change. We continue to offer the most incisive, honest and highest-quality reviews of anyone who covers the Christian music industry while never confining ourselves to that industry. We continue to bring you interviews that go further than other sites do and ask original, thoughtful questions. Our approach to music has always been different, and it will continue to be so. What you read here you won’t be able to find anywhere else

That’s about it. As mentioned, it’s a work in progress, but we’re definitely keyed up about it. Continue to check cMusicWeb.com for archived reviews, artist pages, interviews, columns and features, but check inReview.net regularly for new stuff. Actually, NOW would be a good time.

Thanks again for your time and support. We’re blessed and we know it.


The Staff of inReview.net/cMusicWeb.com

- Ben 

March 30, 2006 - Sanctus Real, HearItFirst.com, Creation Fest set to find next Major CCM Act
According to www.hearitfirst.com, Sanctus Real is hosting an event officially titled "Indiescovery" that can be found at the hearitfirst web site.  This contest, co-sponsored by Creation Festival, is a competition for one of three slots at the 2006 Creation Festival. According to a press release, each of the top three bands selected by online voters will receive a Saturday morning slot on the Fringe Stage and the opportunity to record a demo in Nashville, TN for a major Christian label. The contest is accepting submissions until April 14.

For more information about the Indiescovery Ultimate Battle of the Bands, to make a submission or to vote on your favorite artist, please visit http://www.hearitfirst.com/genres/indiescovery.aspx.

To learn more about Creation Northeast and Northwest, to view the complete program, or for information on purchasing tickets to the event, please visit www.creationfest.com and choose the link to the Festival you would like to attend.
- Matt 

From www.comealive.com, for immediate release. Recently voted "Favorite Festival" in CCM Magazine’s Reader’s Poll, the Creation Festival announces an opportunity for even more Christian music fans to experience the highlight of the summer. Creation Southwest will be added to the 2007 Festival line-up and will be held June 7-9 at the Willowood Ranch in Texas. "The Lord has blessed the Creation Festival over the past 28 years and impacted thousands of lives on the East and West Coast through these events," explains Pastor Harry Thomas, Festival Co-founder. "There have been numerous requests for Creation Fest to come to the Southwest through the years. We are grateful for the invitations and the Lord opening the doors in Texas. We are delighted to announce Creation Southwest '07 at the beautiful Willowood Ranch!"

Located a few short miles from Sherman, TX and just 50 minutes north of Dallas, Willowood Ranch is the perfect location for Creation Southwest. With more than 450 acres of rolling terrain with lakes, wooded areas and hiking trails, the Ranch is an amazing backdrop for this Tribute to our Creator. The Ranch offers the best of both worlds—out in the country with a good size town next door. The quick jaunt from Sherman offers many restaurants, fast food stops and even a Super Walmart, with the road ending in the tranquil beauty and endless peace of Willowood Ranch. Mike Snider, President of Third Coast Artist Agency expresses, "Its been a long time coming and we are excited to finally have a major festival in Texas, especially a Creation Festival. This is good news for everyone!"

"Our prayer for Creation Southwest is that God will use the Festival to strengthen each person attending in their relationship with the Lord and together we will give ‘Tribute to Our Creator.’", says Thomas. "Plan on coming, and be praying for a fantastic Creation Southwest in '07!"

To learn more about the Creation Festivals please visit www.creationfest.com.

- Matt 

March 28, 2006 - Sold!
Sold! To the Label Group named Provident. According to jesusfreakhideout.com, Flicker Records has been purchased by Provident Label Group, and will take over sales of FR titles beginning April 3 (Provident-Integrity Distribution and Sony Red Distribution). Flicker Records was founded by Audio Adrenaline's Mark Stuart, Bob Herdman and Will McGinniss and is home to Pillar, Kids in the Way, T-Bone, eleventyseven, and many more popular recording artists. Provident
Label Group also announced that it has purchased Flicker's catalog, and it's children's label, Big House Kids.  Terry Hemmings, President and CEO of Provident Music Group says, "Troy Vest, Mark Stuart, and Will McGinniss are very talented and have a solid track record of attracting and developing indie rock acts. We're thrilled for them to join our company and look forward to working with them to further develop the artists on the Flicker roster." The hope is that the affiliation with Provident will give Flicker artists an opportunity to grow to a higher level. "We are very excited about this new relationship and the opportunity to work with the marketing team at Flicker Records," says Bob Morelli, Executive VP and GM of Red Distribution. Provident-Integrity Distribution will begin solicitation of Flicker new releases effective March 17, 2006.
- Matt 

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