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In just three short years, modern rockers 33Miles released a trio of studio CDs and a Christmas
collection on INO Records (including the brand new Today), logged in over 200 shows a year
and racked up a Dove nomination for “New Artist of the Year.” These days the band is about to
embark on a headlining tour with Chris & Conrad and JJ Heller, while simultaneously seeking to
equip its audience with its most enriching batch of tunes to date. Catch the full scoop from Jason
Barton during a recent conversation with CCM.
CCM: what can fans expect from today both musically and lyrically?
Jason barton: The musical direction of Today is definitely more pop overall than our previous
efforts, but it is still classic 33Miles—great songs, great message and great sounds. We arrived
at the title by simply wanting to bring more focus to our mission, which is to encourage the
body of Christ to make the most of their One Life [the band’s previous release] that God has
given them by loving God and others around them well. Hopefully, this collection of songs will
challenge listeners to consider today and ask themselves what they are doing to live for Christ
CCM: How many miles would you guys estimate traveling so far in your career and what’s your
favorite part of touring?
barton: Definitely more than 33, I can tell you that! I don’t know... probably over half a million
for sure. Our favorite part of touring is watching God use these songs to change people’s lives. It
is so amazing to watch and it’s very humbling to be used in such a cool way.
CCM: what’s been the biggest leap of faith thus far during your time together?
barton: Right now our biggest leap of faith has been purchasing a bus this past year. We love it
so much and continue to depend on God to provide so we can keep it!
CCM: what are the band’s long term plans?
barton: 33Miles’ long term goals are to simply grow our ministry and listening audience, to
continue to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ and encourage believers to make the most of their
— Andy Argyrakis
the act: Circleslide
the site: www.circleslide.net
the sound: Alternative Rock
the buzz: After debuting on Christianity
Today’s “Best New Artists of 2006”
list, Circleslide finally follows up
with its sophomore CD Echoes of the
Light on October 5 via Save the City
Records through Provident/Integrity
Distribution. The project was produced
by label mate Brandon Bee (whose
collaborations include Stacie Orrico and
the act: Skillet
the site: www.skillet.com
the sound: Modern Rock
the buzz: The mainstream crossover
continues for Skillet who, despite a
sluggish economy and CD sales across
the entire industry, managed to sell
over a half-million copies of its latest
Atlantic/Ardent/INO release, Awake,
earning a much deserved round of gold
records for John Cooper and company.
the act: Stryper
the site: www.stryper.com
the sound: Hard Rock/Heavy Metal
the buzz: Hot on the heels of its 25th
anniversary tour, Stryper is back in the
studio and readying the release of The
Covering (Big3 Records/SONY). Expected
to bow later this fall, the remake record
includes the legendary band tipping
its hat towards the spiritually-leaning
material in classic rockers’ catalogues
like Led Zeppelin and Kansas.