Singer/songwriter, Jimmy Needham, has been selected to headline fourteen of nineteen Acquire The Fire tour dates this fall and spring 2011. Needham is a natural fit for these tour dates with his strong fanbase of teens and young adults. This was evident with the tremendous success of his third project for Inpop Records, Nightlights that released in mid-May. The CD debuted at #9 on the Contemporary Christian Combined Album Chart and #1 on the Digital Album charts.
Ron Luce, President and Founder of Acquire The Fire, personally invited Needham to join the dates because of the impact of his ministry and music. "Jimmy has an incredible heart to reach the youth of this generation and we are excited to partner with him."
Nightlights continues on its successful course, as the first single, “Yours To Take,” hit the Top Fifteen on the Adult Contemporary chart and the second single, “Grace Amazing,” went for adds at CHR radio last Friday.
With the spins on AC and CHR radio, almost two million fans were tuned in to Needham’s music. On the album and the first single, Tom Krimsier, PD at WBSN / New Orleans says, "We get new music at our station daily. Rarely does a song grab me right away but that's exactly what happened with the Jimmy Needham song Yours To Take. But Jimmy's story doesn't end there. When I got his album, Nightlights, I discovered thirteen great fun, soulful, terrific songs, so focused on what many of us are experiencing today. It aimed for the heart and hit a bullseye!"
Media has solidly embraced Needham’s new album with About.com and NewReleaseTuesday.com listing Nightlights as one of the top albums of 2010, #3 and #5 respectively. Numerous interviews and reviews have applauded the growth of Needham as an artist with JesusFreakHideout.com saying, Jimmy Needham’s latest release, Nightlights, without a doubt showcases his continued progression as a singer and songwriter and CBN.com adds, The bluesy, soulful sound of Jimmy Needham is irresistible on his new album, Nightlights.
Needham recently returned from a media trip to Orlando, FL that included a performance on WPOZ-FM; podcast interview with Charisma’s “The Buzz;” performed on Relevant Magazine’s online radio station, Relevant FM; and taped two radio shows for Campus Crusade For Christ, The Lighthouse Report and Women Today.
Needham recently spent time in Colorado Springs for an interview with Focus On The Family’s Steve Watters for Weekend Magazine. Needham also performed at the corporate offices of WAY-FM and CBA. On November 14, Needham and band will appear on the Crystal Cathedral’s Hour of Power national television broadcast.
About Jimmy Needham:
Needham released his first album, Speak, in 2006, on Inpop Records, and it generated respect and well-earned recognition from the Christian music industry for this talented singer/songwriter from Katy, Texas. The CD generated three singles “Fence Riders (#14),” “Dearly Loved (#8),” and “Lost At Sea,” which charted for an incredible twelve weeks at the #2 position. Needham’s second project, Not Without Love, resulted in four hit singles including “Forgiven and Loved” as the break-out Christian AC hit, climbing to #6 nationally, while “A Breath Or Two,” peaked at #3 at Christian CHR radio. Needham's third album, NIghtlights, debuted at #1 on iTunes Top 200 Christian & Gospel Albums chart and #25 on iTunes Top 200 Albums chart for all genres of music. Media reviews and interviews have been overwhelmingly supportive of Needham and NIghtlights. For press and tour updates please visit http://www.jimmyneedham.com/.
About Inpop Records:
Inpop Records, an independent music label based in Brentwood, Tennessee, was founded in 1999 and is home to some of the best-known bands in Christian Contemporary Music. Distributed by EMI-CMG, Inpop Records has become one of the top-selling independent labels within the industry, having established a reputation for seeking out the best artists in emerging talent and for expanding the music marketplace with sound and ideas. Inpop artists have scored numerous No. 1 radio hits, earned multiple awards and nominations and achieved recognition around the world. In pop’s roster includes newsboys, Superchick, Jimmy Needham, Newworldson and Article One, among others. For the most updated information, visit http://www.inpop.com/v09/.
Acquire The Fire Tour Dates (subject to change):
10/9/10 - Mullins Center - Amherst, MA
10/23/10 - Copps Coliseum - Hamilton, ON
10/30/10 - Life Changers International Church - Hoffman Estates, IL
11/6/10 - Wolstein Center - Cleveland, OH
*11/12/10 - The Rock Church - Anaheim, CA (Needham headlining)
*11/19/10 - Metra Park - Billings, MT (Needham headlining)
12/4/10 - Veterans Memorial Coliseum - Phoenix, AZ
Needham headlining all dates below:
1/28/11 - Richmond Coliseum - Richmond, VA
2/4/11 - Minneapolis Convention Center - Minneapolis, MN
2/11/11 - Kemper Arena - Kansas City, MO
2/18/11 - Church in the Now - Conyers, GA
2/25/11 - Municipal Auditorium - Nashville, TN
3/4/11 - Freeman Coliseum - San Antonio, TX
3/11/11 - Legacy Church - Albuquerque, NM
4/1/11 - Comcast Arena - Everett, WA
4/8/11 - Arco Arena - Sacramento, CA
4/15/11 - Memorial Coliseum - Portland, OR
4/29/11 - Denver Coliseum - Denver, CO
5/6/11 - 1st Mariner Arena - Baltimore, MD
For BREATHEcast's review of Nighthights click here.