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Internet concert from home church features 2nd album by Caedmon’s Cal

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–Acoustic folk-rock band Caedmon’s Call will be featured in a live Internet concert April 17 from their home church, Second Baptist in Houston, highlighting the debut of their second album, “40 Acres.”
A two-hour concert at the church, beginning at 8 p.m. Central, will be simultaneously webcast on musicforce.com.
The new album is the follow-up to the band’s 1997 self-titled national debut, which tallied four No. 1 singles and an “Album of the Year” Dove award from the Gospel Music Association in the modern rock/alternative category. The band also set a record for most units sold the first week out by a debut contemporary Christian artist. Sales of the debut now exceed 250,000.
The seven-member band’s new “40 Acres” album, to be released April 13, includes the talent of two of today’s top modern rock and artful pop minds, producer Glenn Rosenstein (U2 and other artists) and mix engineer David Leonard (Indigo Girls and others).
Following the band’s live webcast April 17, musicforce.com will offer exclusive photos and reports from the concert.
The musicforce.com website also will preview “40 Acres” in RealMedia streaming audio April 6 from 7-10 p.m. Eastern and April 7 from 9-11 p.m. Eastern. Along with the new music, exclusive interview segments and previously unreleased photos of the band will be available on the website.
The musicforce.com website was launched last December with more than 7,000 music titles on sale over the Internet.
Caedmon’s Call member Cliff Young said musicforce.com “provides an opportunity to share [the new album] with as many people who are interested and have access to the Internet.” Nina Williams, director of marketing for the band’s new label, Essential Records, added, “As the number of Internet users continues to expand, the World Wide Web has become a remarkable forum for showcasing talent and for reaching an international audience.”
Randy McCabe, CEO of musicforce.com, said his web enterprise and Caedmon’s Call “are both innovators in our fields who are trying to take Christian music outside the walls of the church.”
Caedmon’s Call was among the earliest bands to tap into the power of the Internet. The group currently receives about 50,000 hits per week on its World Wide Web site at www.caedmons-call.com. E-mails have come in from fans from more than 50 nations. Additionally, Essential’s website, www.essentialrecords.com, which features Caedmon’s Call, receives 150,000 hits every week.
Jars of Clay is among other artists signed with Essential Records, founded in 1992 and based in Nashville, Tenn.