New Artist Name:  Kari Jobe
Name of Debut:  Kari Jobe (Integrity)           
Tentative Release Date:  February 10, 2009
The Sound:  Modern Worship
The Story:  Following extensive time as a worship pastor out of Gateway Church in Dallas, this inspirational singer/songwriter caught the ear of Integrity Music.
Fun Fact:  Jobe’s educational pursuits include completed studies at Dallas Baptist University, Christ For the Nations Institute and Oral Roberts University.

New Artist Name:  Julian Drive
Name of Debut:  My Coming Day (Inpop)           
Tentative Release Date:  January 27, 2009
The Sound:  Alternative Pop/Southern Rock
The Story:  Originally intended to be an indie act, these Georgia boys caught the ear of famed producer Lynn Nichols (Phil Keaggy, Switchfoot), who helped opened the door toward a slew of Nashville connections.
Fun Fact:  In anticipation of the album, the group’s logged over 260 dates so far, including stops with the David Crowder Band, Rush of Fools, Day of Fire and Disciple.

New Artist Name:  Joy Lippard
Name of Debut:  Joy Lippard           
Tentative Release Date:  February 24, 2009
The Sound:  Pop/Rock
The Story:  She may only be 18, but Joy Lippard is a veteran already after penning her first song at a mere 11 years of age (inspired by the September 11th terrorist attacks). From then until now, the Washington D.C. native’s become versatile on piano and guitar, often singing songs about self-image and empowerment.
Fun Fact:  The teenager’s resume also includes first place in the pop/rock division at the 2006 GMA Music In The Rockies songwriting competition.

New Artist Name:  Philmont
Name of Debut:  TBA (ForeFront)
Tentative Release Date:  Oh Snap EP out now; full-length TBA
The Sound:  Pop/Punk/Alternative
The Story:  After forming in Charlotte around 2005, members balanced college with band practice before booking its own tours on breaks and recording independently.             
Fun Fact:  Part of Philmont’s grassroots approach to marketing included plastering all the Port-O-Johns at Cornerstone with 11x17 posters and giving free bracelets to anyone who listened to the band’s sounds on a portable CD player.