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Forefront Records Signs Pop Punk/Rock Band Philmont
Friday, April 04, 2008
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Pop punk/rock act PHILMONT recently signed with historic Christian Rock label Forefront Records, a division of EMI CMG Label Group.  The Charlotte , North Carolina band grabbed the label’s attention during several shows at Cornerstone Festival last summer in Bushnell , Illinois . Contracts were signed at EMI’s Nashville headquarters in early 2008 between Philmont band members Scott Taube (Mint Hill), Josiah Prince (Indian Trail), Justin Sams ( Lexington ) & Todd Davis ( Charlotte ) and representatives from Forefront/EMI.
“It’s important in this genre to have an authentic and energetic stage show.  Philmont certainly has that going for them,” EMI CMG Label Group president Peter York comments on what he saw in the band. “Likewise when signing bands to Forefront, their hearts and mission are of the utmost importance, we recognized in Philmont’s goals a heart for the youth of the Church that has been the hallmark of this label throughout the years.”
Forefront Records is home to popular Christian artists dcTalk, Audio Adrenaline, TobyMac, Rebecca St. James and most recently added Dizmas to the roster.
Philmont front man, Scott Taube says, “Everyone at Forefront is amazing.  We could tell from the beginning that they all truly cared about the songs we write and who we are as a band.”  Josiah Prince, Philmont guitarist, echoed this sentiment saying, “After spending a couple of days meeting with the staff at Forefront, we knew they understood where we wanted to go and would be a great partner in taking our music to a worldwide audience.”
Philmont spent the early part of 2008 planning for the recording of their debut album.  Producer Rob Hawkins (Fireflight, Jackson Waters) has been brought on board to produce the bands record.  “Collaborating with Rob has been a great experience,” says Taube.  “He has helped us reshape newly written songs as well as conceptualize new ideas and twists to songs we have been playing for a while.”
TenEntertainment began managing Philmont in May 2007.  Shannon Brown contacted EMI representatives about checking out Philmont’s performance at the Cornerstone Festival in Illinois this past summer.  “When they heard Philmont, they wanted to hear more,” said Brown.  “They visited the Philmont Myspace page and requested CDs.  A few weeks later, they began making preparations for the private showcase.  It’s been very exciting!”
The band plans to release summer tour dates soon and will continue touring in the fall.  The yet to be named debut is tentatively slated for an early 2009 release.
To learn more about Philmont, visit www.myspace.com/philmontrock
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