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When you tell your parents that you are going to move away and be a rock star, the usual response is “Good luck with that, now cut your hair and get a real job.” In most cases, listening to them would be the right choice and save you a lot of wasted years. Not for the young John William Lowery. He was growing up in the upscale community of Grosse Pointe, MI and felt he had to make a choice. Either conform to the accepted life style or head to a place more suited to his personal style.

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Matthew West is no stranger to music. Prior to signing a deal with a major label, he released three albums independently. Following that, he has released six studio albums under Sparrow/Universal South, with all of them cracking the Top 30 on the Billboard Christian Charts. His latest album, “Live Forever (Sparrow – April 28, 2015),” became his first to peak at #1 on May 16th, 2015.

Recently I sat down with Mr. West to discuss the ups and downs of life, where he finds his inspiration, not looking back and more.

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Trevor McNevan started TFK in Peterborough, Ontario, just outside of Toronto. I first learned about Thousand Foot Krutch when I was looking up information on Peterborough because Mickey Redmond would talk about their minor league hockey team, the Pete's, during Detroit Red Wing telecasts.

Their current line up consists of Trevor McNevan – vocals (1995–present), Joel Bruyere - bass guitar, backing vocals (1999–present), Steve Augustine - drums (2002–present) and touring guitarist Andrew Welch (2012–present).

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The year was 1997, the location was Sydney, Australia. A couple of kids in high school decided to form a band. Little did they know that the world would be watching them grow up right before their eyes. After nine years of laboring towards every bands dream, it happened. One faithful day in 2006, they decided to upload a video to YouTube to show their support for the Free Hugs Campaign. “All the Same” was the name of the song and after 77 million views, we land here in 2016.

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BAND/ARTIST NEWS:

Tampa Bay metal band, Circle II Circle, finished their European tour last month. The tour consisted of 19 shows in 10 countries. Circle II Circle consists of Zak Stevens (lead vocals), Mitch Stewart (bass, vocals), Christian Wentz (guitars, vocals), Bill Hudson (guitars, vocals), Henning Wanner (keyboards, vocals), and Marcelo Moreira (drums). Though the band has now returned home, Hudson has stayed behind to perform a few solo shows in Germany.

NEW RELEASES:

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There’s no doubt that former Motley Crue bassist, and founding Sixx:AM member, Nikki Sixx, is an unstoppable force in the music business.

With Motley Crue, Sixx was public enemy #1.

An undeniable force.

In Sixx:AM, along with guitarist DJ Ashba and lead vocalist James Michael, they’re out to change the world, and they’re asking for your help.

The band posted an open letter to YouTube and Google and their founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, imploring the conglomerate to compensate musicians fairly,

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