Critically-acclaimed Christian pop/rock band Circleslide has been wowing fans with their latest release, Echoes of the Light. Now the fans are returning the favor as Echoes of the Light has been nominated in the Pop/Pop Rock/Contemporary Album of the Year category in the fan-determined 2011 JesusFreakHideout.com Reader's Choice Awards. Others in the category include Chris Tomlin, Dave Barnes, Israel Houghton, MercyMe, Jeremy Camp, tobyMac, Gungor, and more.
2011 marks the eighth year for the Jesusfreakhideout.com Readers Choice Awards. Past winners in the Pop/Pop Rock/Contemporary Album of the Year category include Owl City, Jeremy Camp, and BarlowGirl. Voting continues through May 29, 2011. Readers can cast their vote at jesusfreakhideout.com/ReadersChoice2011. To keep things fair, JesusFreakHideout.com only accepts one entry per person.
Since the band's debut project, which landed them on Christianity Today's list of "Best New Artists," among other accolades, Circleslide — whose lineup includes frontman Gabe Martinez, lead guitarist Jonathan DeAnda, bassist Eric Vickers and drummer Lee Yoder — has toured unceasingly, refining their modern rock ruminations, while keeping their ministry agenda firmly in focus. In addition to shows with newsboys, tobyMac, MercyMe, Casting Crowns, Salvador, Jaci Velasquez and downhere, the guitar-driven band has headlined everywhere from clubs to churches and colleges, with plenty of youth camps and outreach events in between — all of which build off the group's Youth With A Mission beginnings.
The band was developing Echoes of the Light last spring when Nashville was hit with a devastating flood which destroyed Martinez's house, as well as all of the band's gear, instruments, PA and trailer. Circleslide's ordeal, and the season of spiritual reassurance which followed, directly inspired the band's recent songwriting. "We have a renewed realization that God has called us to this ministry, says Martinez. "Nothing's going to hold us back from spreading His word."
Circleslide's Echoes of The Light is available on Save the City Records and distributed through Provident-Integrity Distribution. For more information on Circleslide and Echoes of The Light, visit http://circleslide.net/