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Fervent Records Signs Exit East

Band joins growing artist roster which includes Big Daddy Weave and BarlowGirl

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New pop/rock band Exit East has found their home at Fervent Records. The Atlanta-based band is comprised of lead singer Jason Foust, guitarist Jon Stanley, bassist Mitch Brooks, and drummer Chris Lindsey, who began playing together in a church band in the winter of 1999. After claiming the top award at 2003’s AtlantaFest Artist Search, it was clear that the Atlanta-based group was ready to take things to the next level. Producer Otto Price (Out of Eden, BarlowGirl, Grits) describes Exit East as “not your average guy band, with a unique sound and a timeless quality.”

"I've known these guys for almost two years now and believe 100% in their ministry and sincere hearts for the Lord,” says Susan Riley, owner and founder of Fervent Records. “They are the real deal and we're excited to have them as part of the Fervent family.”

Each band member is passionate about impacting culture while creatively and consciously “changing” Christian music. Not that Exit East wants to challenge the fibers of Christian music, but rather they want to use it as an avenue to creatively tell the true-life stories of a Christian- not backing away from real life moments. With their candid themes, Exit East is poised to have a great impact on listeners in the Christian market, as well as those outside it.

In a press release, lead singer Jason Foust said, "We always want to expand our limits as musicians and push ourselves to be better at our craft, working with more interesting ideas, huge hooks, and poignant themes; but overall, our music will always remain the story of our lives in Christ - we want to tell that story better with every song."

The studio time with Otto Price has given the band members the opportunity to sharpen their skills and track 12 songs that demonstrate a defining pop/rock sound, drawing comparisons to mainstream artists like Matchbox 20 and Train.

In preparation for the project’s release, Exit East band members are still keeping their heads and hearts in the game. According to Foust, “Our passions are simply making great, intelligent music that is well-crafted and approachable, while carrying the truth of the grace of God in every minute of our lives…in good or bad.”

Exit East will make their national debut in July on Fervent Records’ Absolute Smash Hits with the bonus cut “With You”. They have also recorded a new rendition of “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” for Absolute Favorite Christmas, which hits stores September 28, 2004. Their debut project is scheduled for release in the spring of 2005.

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