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FIREFLIGHT KICKS OFF ëFOR THOSE WHO WAIT - THE TOURí WITH SPECIAL GUESTS GROUP 1 CREW AND MANIC DRIVE
Posted October 01, 2010

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FIREFLIGHT KICKS OFF ëFOR THOSE WHO WAIT - THE TOURí
WITH SPECIAL GUESTS GROUP 1 CREW AND MANIC DRIVE

High-Octane Rock/Hip-Hop Concert Hits 30+ Cities Across the U.S. This Fall


NASHVILLE, TN ñ Oct. 1, 2010 ñ Premiere modern rock band Fireflight kicked off the opening dates of its headlining ìFor Those Who Wait ñ The Tourî last weekend with crowd-rousing performances in Richlands, Va. (Sept. 23), Huntington, W.Va. (Sept. 24) and Wilkesboro, N.C. (Sept. 26). The tour readies tonight for Rockford, Ill. and upcoming shows in Mount Vernon, Ohio (Oct. 2), Lafayette, Ind. (Oct.3) and its sold-out Denver, Colo. area show on Oct. 7. (Complete list of dates below)

ìFor Those Who Wait ñ The Tourî also features urban/hip-hop trend-setters Group 1 Crew and Canadian rockers Manic Drive and will hit 30+ cities across the U.S. from late September through early November before wrapping up in Venice, Fla., on Nov. 7.

The multiple Dove-nominated Fireflight is touring in support of its third studio album, For Those Who Wait, which debuted at No. 5 on the Nielsen SoundScan Current Contemporary Christian Album Chart when it released earlier this year (Feb. 9). The project also gave the band its fifth career No. 1 radio single on the Rock format with ìDesperate,î followed by the title trackís performance as a Top 5 hit at Rock and Top 10 at CHR

Fervent Recordsí urban sensation Group 1 Crew (Blanca and Manwell) join the tour roster on the heels of the groupís brand new studio release, Outta Space Love (Sept. 21), which has already spawned a Top 5 hit single ìWalking On The Starsî on Billboardís Christian CHR chart. And rounding out the tourís lineup is Canadian-based rock band Manic Drive, who are touring in support of their latest album Blue.

About Fireflight:
Fireflightís highly-anticipated third album For Those Who Wait released in February 2010, at No. 5 on Nielsen SoundScan Current Contemporary Christian Album Chart. Along with superior album reviews, For Those Who Wait was named the No.1 ìmost anticipated album of 2010,î by Jesusfreakhideout.com. Lead single ìDesperateî held the No.1 spot at Christian Rock radio, marking Fireflightís fifth career No. 1 single. The rock outfit has received six career Dove Award nominations, including Artist of the Year in 2009 and lead singer Dawn Micheleís Female Vocalist of the Year nomination in 2010. Fireflightís 2008 breakout sophomore album Unbreakable debuted at No. 10 on Billboardís Heatseekers chart, amid national media attention following NBCís premiere of the title track in network TV promos. Unbreakable garnered two No.1 rock singles with ìThe Hunger,î and the blockbuster title track, which held the top spot at Christian rock radio for 4 weeks. The ìUnbreakableî music video logged more than a million plays on YouTube, and the song itself confirmed as a download for the wildly popular Rock Bandô video game. In 2009, Fireflight won Taco Bellís inaugural fan-voted ìBest of the Beatî contest and performed at ESPNís ìWinter X Games 13.î Fireflight debuted nationally with 2006ís The Healing of Harms, producing two No. 1 rock singles with ìYou Decideî and ìWaiting.î Fireflightís music has been featured on E! Entertainmentís ìStyle Networkî and in music-video reels at both American Eagle and Journeyís stores across the country. For nearly a decade, the band has remained tireless road warriors on the concert circuit averaging 140 shows a year. Fireflight is: Dawn Michele, lead vocals; Justin Cox, guitar; Glenn Drennen, guitar; Wendy Drennen, bass; and Phee Shorb, drums.

About Group 1 Crew:
Group 1 Crew has become one of the leading Hip-Hop focused acts in the Christian music scene, having several hit singles, such as ìMoviníî and ìKeys To The Kingdom,î both of which broke into the Top 5 on Billboardís Christian CHR Charts. They have won two Dove Awards in the Rap/Hip-Hop Album Of The Year category, consecutively in 2007 and 2008, and recently won in the Rap/Hip Hop Recorded Song category with ìMovin.î Group 1 Crew has previously had their music featured in a variety of popular television shows, including FOX Televisionís ìThe Simple Life,î Style Networkís ìKimora Lee Simmons: Life in the Fab Lane,î MTVís ìRunís House,î and The CWís ìOne Tree Hill.î For more information about Group 1 Crew, visit www.group1crew.com.
About Manic Drive:
As one of Canada's most popular Christian bands, Manic Drive earned a record seven GMA Canada Covenant Award nominations last year, taking home two awards for Rock Album of the Year and Video of the Year. The music video for their hit single ìBlueî climbed to #2 on Gospel Music Channel's rock video chart, and is a regular fixture on numerous outlets nationwide. Manic Drive has toured extensively, including main stage performances at Ichthus Festival, SoulFest, Uprise Festival, Unity Christian Music Festival, Rock the Desert and JoshuaFest. For more information, go to www.manicdrive.com.

To find out more about the ìFor Those Who Wait ñ The Tour,î ticket prices and ticket outlets, visit www.fireflightrock.com. A complete list of tour dates follows:

FIREFLIGHT ñ FOR THOSE WHO WAIT: THE TOUR
* all dates subject to change without notice

9-24 Huntington, WV Christ Temple
9-26 North Wilkesboro, NC Forest Edge Amphitheatre
9-29 Marion, IL Marion Cultural & Civic Center
9-30 Appleton, WI OuterEdge Stage
10-1 Rockford, IL Faith Center
10-2 Mount Vernon, OH Mount Vernon Nazarene
10-3 Lafayette, IN First Assembly of God
10-7 Lenexa, KS Lenexa Christian Church
10-8 Wichita, KS Central Community Church
10-9 Greeley, CO Greeley Wesleyan Church
10-10 Farmington, NM Word of Life Christian Center
10-11 Plainview, TX Hutcherson Athletic Complex
10-12 Paris, TX Calvary Chapel
10-14 Rock Island, IL Heritage Church
10-15 St. Peters, MO Church on the Rock
10-17 Pippa Passas, KY Campbells Arts Center at Alice Lloyd College
10-21 York, PA Stillmeadow Church of Nazarene
10-22 Shrewsbury, MA Liberty Churches
10-23 Bangor, ME Abundant Life Church
10-24 Canton, NY State Univ. New York
10-26 Knoxville, TN Redemption Church
10-27 North Charleston, SC Cathedral of Praise
10-28 Deatsville, AL Marbury High School
10-29 Jacksonville, FL Murray Hill Theatre
10-30 Biloxi, MS Cedar Lake Christian Academy
10-31 Guntersville, AL Church at Lake Guntersville
11-2 Orlando, FL Pegasus Ballroom ñ UCF
11-4 Mary Esther, FL Emerald Coast Worship Center
11-5 Cape Coral, FL Kingsway Christian Center
11-6 Miami, FL Southwest High School
11-7 Venice, FL South County Family YMCA



TOUR PUBLICITY CONTACT:
Debra Akins | Southside Entertainment
Debra@DebraAkins.com | 321.747.0078
Twitter: @DebraAkins

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