|Tenth Avenue North partners with Compassion International
20 October 2008
Tenth Avenue North (Reunion Records) is proud to announce its new partnership with child sponsorship organization, Compassion International. Mike Donehey, lead vocalist and songwriter for Tenth Avenue North, stated, “One of the things we love most about Compassion is that it’s not about Compassion. If you go to one of their sites you won’t see a Compassion banner, but instead you’ll see the church in that area giving to their community exactly what it needs. The empowering of the local church to be the hands and feet of Jesus is what we want to be about, and its what we feel Compassion does best.”
Wess Stafford, President, Compassion International commented, “I’m thrilled that Tenth Avenue North will be joining Compassion’s effort to release children from the evil of poverty throughout the world in Jesus name. I’m confident that the Lord will use the message and example of Tenth Avenue North in a mighty way to draw caring sponsors into the lives of children who so desperately need to hear His message of love and hope.”
This is a band, who by the very nature of its music and uplifting message, demonstrates its selflessness and decency, shares Mark Hanlon, Senior Vice President, Compassion International. “Compassion is determined to release increasing numbers of children and families from poverty in every country in the world, and Tenth Avenue North will be important to the success of our holistic child development mission. I am excited about this partnership and look forward to the possibilities that result from their dedication to a cause so near to God’s own heart.”
“By Your Side” is the band’s current single, the second radio released from its debut project, Over and Underneath. The song continues to rise on the R&R AC Monitored chart from No. 10 last week to No. 8 this week, seeing a 36% growth in impressions. Cumulatively, the song now garners more than 8 million weekly impressions. Tenth Avenue North is currently in the midst of a nationwide tour with Sanctus Real on the “We Need Each Other Tour.”
In response to the Great Commission, Compassion International exists as an advocate for children, to release them from their spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enable them to become responsible and fulfilled Christian adults. Founded by the Rev. Everett Swanson in 1952, Compassion began providing Korean War orphans with food, shelter, education and health care, as well as Christian training. Today, Compassion helps more than 1 million children in 24 countries.
About Tenth Avenue North
Tenth Avenue North, Mike Donehey (lead vocalist/acoustic guitar), Jason Jamison (drummer), Jeff Owen (electric guitar/background vocals) and Scott Sanders (bass guitar), delivers a compelling brand of intellectual, melodic pop-rock on its debut album Over and Underneath (5/20/08). The band hit the number one position on Christian Radio Weekly radio-impressions chart with its debut single, “Love Is Here,” which helped propel the band’s album to the No. 1 slot on the iTunes Christian Album chart during its street week. In addition to great radio and retail momentum, the band has received incredible support from media. Feature stories and reviews have already run in Christian Retailing, CBA Retailers+Resources and YouthWalk. Billboard Magazine, in its May 31 edition noted, “This potent combination of music and lyrics adds up to the year’s best Christian debut.”
With one listen to the music of Tenth Avenue North, it becomes obvious that songwriter Mike Donehey and his bandmates have a gift for expressing truth in a way that simultaneously educates, enlightens and entertains. They are as much teachers, as artists, demonstrating this through their intellectual, yet vulnerably accessible songs that echo the heart of the human condition and the hope of the risen Savior. “Simply, our mission as a band is to know Christ and to make him known,” says Donehey. “It’s a grand adventure.”
For up-to-date information on Tenth Avenue North, including tour itinerary, please visit: www.tenthavenuenorth.com, www.myspace.com/tenthavenuenorth or www.reunionrecords.com.
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