All release dates and album titles are subject to change. For the most up-to-date release schedule, visit www.todayschristianmusic.com/new-releases. indie neW releases 11.30.2010 QHEEM THE rEdEEMEd BODY LanGUaGE (rEDEMPtIOn wOrLD) andrea daWn Live at Backthird audio (self-released) FOR FANS OF: Over the Rhine, Jewel, Fiona Apple QQQQ Critically acclaimed throughout the Chicago indie rock scene, it’s no surprise that Andrea dawn won Backthird Audio’s first annual Songwriter Showcase. recorded at the state of the art studio bearing that same name, the collection compiles re-arranged older songs with three new tracks that showcase warm vocals, organic production and jazzy instrumentation. All the while, the tunesmith’s sophisticated songwriting is peppered with provocative and soul searching sentiments that match the magnetism of over the rhine or Fiona Apple. –Andy Argyrakis WE LIKE: “Niagara Falls” Bread of sTone Saturate (self-released) FOR FANS OF: Sanctus Real, Maroon 5, The Afters QQQ with major festival appearances at Spirit West Coast and rock the Light, plus 2010 touring with newsboys and Superchick, Bread of Stone is far from an underground act. The group celebrates its sixth year of music ministry with an EP that was produced by Tedd T. (Mute Math, TobyMac) and Lynn Nichols (The Elms, delirious), that finds the foursome right at the center of the pop/ rock radio dial (despite predictability at times), while pushing the lyrical envelope on songs like “Beautiful” (inspired by a recent trip to Indonesia). –Andy Argyrakis WE LIKE: “Beautiful” ryan John Beautiful Scars (Independent) FOR FANS OF: Nickelback, Big Dismal, Todd Agnew QQQ A debut album is a tricky balance; it must display the best of an artist while also hinting at what is to come. Independent artist ryan John manages this delicate state with ease through his eight- song project, Beautiful Scars. Fans of the gritty vocals of Todd Agnew will most likely find a favorite among the tracks, including standout, “In Too deep.” “dance for You” is another notable track, but John stumbles with “Better Man,” which disappoints with a halfhearted Nickelback- tinged melody. Overall, a promising beginning for this Alabama native. –Grace S. Cartwright WE LIKE: “In Too Deep” indie revieWs indie 44 CCM