Saturday, August 31, 2013

THE CITY HARMONIC Launches "The Heart Tour" October 5; HEART Releases Globally September 3

THE CITY HARMONIC LAUNCHES “THE HEART TOUR” OCT. 5 FEATURING SPECIAL GUESTS SHAWN MCDONALD and THE ROYAL ROYAL


HEART Releases Globally Sept. 3, Exclusive Pre-Order Available Now


Internationally acclaimed band, The City Harmonic, announces the Oct. 5 launch of its fall headline tour featuring special guests Shawn McDonald and The Royal Royal. The tour will follow the Sept. 3 Integrity Music release globally of The City Harmonic’s highly anticipated sophomore album, HEART, which is available to pre-order now at http://bit.ly/TCHHeart. Co-produced by the band - vocalist and pianist Elias Dummer, bassist Eric Fusilier, guitarist Aaron Powell and drummer Josh Vanderlaan - and Jared Fox, HEART places Christ at the center while delving into themes of grace, discipleship and being, and becoming, truly human, all the while giving the listener permission to sing out in hope, in hurt.

Taking this communal aesthetic prominent in all of the band’s music to the masses, including new songs from HEART and its fan favorites, The City Harmonic launches its “The Heart Tour” Oct. 5 in Denver (Snyder, CO). Presented by World Vision, the tour continues across the Western US through Nov. 3 hitting markets like Phoenix (10/10), San Diego (Carlsbad, CA 10/11), Los Angeles (Pomona, CA 10/12), Portland (10/17), Reno, NV (10/24), San Jose, CA (10/25) and more. Known for its engaging live performances, The City Harmonic’s latest concert itinerary, information on tickets and more can be found at www.TheCityHarmonic.com.

As listeners continue to resonate en masse, instinctively joining the chorus while The City Harmonic’s music dynamically bounces from sparse intimacy to soaring celebration and back again, Integrity Music offers music fans the opportunity to pre-order HEART. The pre-sale has already launched HEART to the Top 5 on the iTunes® Christian and Gospel chart, where those who pre-order receive an instant download. iTunes is also offering an Exclusive Deluxe version of the album that includes four bonus videos.

The 14 songs on HEART build from where the band left off with its widely acclaimed, JUNO Award-winning I Have A Dream (It Feels Like Home). Reflecting life lived by the band members since their full-length debut, the new album shifts from the dream of what could and should be to the complexities of how to follow the true humanity of Christ’s example in the world.

Experiencing that complexity firsthand over the past two years, The City Harmonic members went from working day jobs to recording and touring full time. Aaron had his first child, Josh was married, Elias had his fourth child and Eric was diagnosed with cancer. In a very real sense, life set the context for HEART.

At the core of the new album is the first radio single, “A City On A Hill,” which is steeped in the Beatitudes found in Matthew 5 and is receiving national airplay now at KCMS/Seattle, WQME/Indianapolis, WHPZ/South Bend, KCVO/Joplin and many others.

“‘A City On A Hill’ takes the high concept view of Christ and brings it down to earth in the form of the very things he said in the Sermon on the Mount,” says Elias. “It also forms a natural transition into the balance of the album which attempts to marry the ideals with our real lives.”

Highlighting another sermon, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech, on their full-length debut, I Have A Dream (It Feels Like Home), The City Harmonic members were recently tapped by The National, the flagship nightly news and current affairs program from Canada’s public broadcaster, CBC, for its 50th anniversary coverage commemorating Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous speech. In addition to their interview, the band sang part of their award winning song, “I Have A Dream (It Feels Like Home).”

The resulting feature aired on CBC this past Wednesday, Aug. 28, and also included interviews with Karl Subban, father of hockey player P.K. Subban, Dr. Michael Real, who was present at the “I Have A Dream” speech, and Wanda Robson, sister of Viola Desmond (whose story is similar to Rosa Parks). The story is further slated to run at www.cbc.ca/thenational.

Forming nearly four years ago, The City Harmonic went from anonymity to widespread acclaim, headlining tours across North America and gathering numerous awards along the way. In addition to the Juno Award, the band has a Gospel Music Association (GMA) New Artist of the Year Dove Award nomination, four GMA Canada Covenant Awards and nearly 3,000,000 YouTube channel views. The band’s “Manifesto” has sold well over 100,000 copies, marking the only song from a new artist in 2011 to break into the top 10 of the SoundScan Top Current digital singles sales chart.