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                                                      Press Release – 1.27.2016

John Schlitt, lead singer of Petra, and Billy Smiley, guitarist, singer, and founding member of Whiteheart, are excited to announce a new album and world-wide tour for 2016. Targeting main stages of festivals, theme parks, fairs, and special events, the guys have put together an album and historical show with some of the most memorable songs from both groups plus some dramatic new compositions.

The Union of Sinners and Saints will feature members from two of the best selling Christian Rock Bands of all time. Selling over 12 million records between them, with more than 25 #1 songs, and with over 15 Grammy and 40 Dove nominations and awards, they will perform many #1 songs like “Beyond Belief,” “Independence Day,” “The Coloring Song,” “The River Will Flow,” “Hit You Where You Live,” “Desert Rose” and a special Foo Fighters cover.

Schlitt says, “The idea of a new project really intrigued both of us. With our histories, it only made sense to feature Petra and Whiteheart favorites along with some of the new songs we were writing in the studio.” Thus, the name The Union of Sinners and Saints (U.S.S.).

Smiley adds, "John and I got together last fall and started writing some songs and reminisced over both of our histories and journeys. With the chemistry and friendship that developed, we also started brainstorming about taking this new material we were creating out on the road in 2016.”

This smashup now results in the release of a new CD available exclusively at Lifeway Stores in June 2016 and digitally on ITunes world-wide. The project of eight new compositions and updated versions of Petra and Whiteheart classics will be a must for fans of both groups. John Ellis, lead singer from Tree 63 will also be featured on guitar and vocals. New artist Jason Fowler (whom Smiley produced) will also join the guys on the road along with bassist Anthony Sallee of Whiteheart.
While writing these songs Schlitt said, “We realized we had a lot of new ideas swirling around in our heads that we wanted to share, both musically and lyrically; songs that were on our hearts and minds. And yet we also wanted to celebrate with all of our friends and fans some of the memorable songs, moments, and performances that they have been a part of over the years.”

They are in agreement; “We are anxious to do a rock event that is powerful and moving, one that long-time fans would appreciate enough to bring their kids to. The album and live events will incorporate the kind of artistry and ministry that will remind them of the early years of Christian Rock, but also usher in a new energy and excitement.”

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The Union:

John Schlitt – lead vocals - Petra
Billy Smiley – guitar, keyboards, and vocals - Whiteheart
Anthony Sallee – bass - Whiteheart
John Ellis – Tree 63
featuring new artist Jason Fowler – guitar and vocals

Booking - Elite Talent Agency

PR / Publicitiy - Northern Shore Productions





Hear these legends together on one stage!

Backed by a full band, the "VOICES OF ROCK" tour combines multi-Grammy winning vocalists John Schlitt and John Elefante in an incredible musical journey through their combined rock history.

John Schlitt and John Elefante first worked together recording Petra's 1986 release "Back To The Street." With Elefante as producer (along with brother Dino) and Schlitt as lead singer, the two made for a winning combination with 10 more Petra albums, including three Grammy winning albums and multiple nominations, two RIAA Certified Gold Records, and nine Dove Awards.

Now these two legends are reuniting to bring you the best of their combined histories, including music from Petra, Kansas, Head East, Mastedon, and their solo careers.

For more information on booking and scheduling, contact:

Sue Dempster - Nova Productions
Ph: (920) 980-7671








(It’s not as difficult at you may think!)

There are now three options:
1. John Schlitt as a soloist with tracks
2. John Schlitt backed by a full band
3. John Schlitt backed by Dust & Daisies!

Dust & Daisies, comprised of guitarists/vocalists Rob & Debra Solberg, are John Schlitt’s new accompanists, playing all your favorite Schlitt & Petra hits LIVE!

The trio brings you an acoustic blend of rockers and ballads from John’s 20+ years with Petra plus favorites off his four solo albums (Shake, Unfit for Swine, The Grafting, The Greater Cause).

For those who want something more than a track date but can’t accommodate a full band – the “John Schlitt Trio” is the solution!

NEW: John Schlitt concerts are now multi-media! Performances are interspersed with concept videos from the past and present, such as “I Am On the Rock,” “Show Me the Way,” “The Grafting,” “Take Me Home,” “Just Reach Out,” and of course, “Beyond Belief,” making for a nostalgic trip back in time while hearing the vocals sung live by the one who made them famous!

John Schlitt solo, with a band or as a trio – the choice is yours!

For more information on booking and scheduling, contact:

Sue Dempster - Nova Productions
Ph: (920) 980-7671 - Fax: (920) 458-5232
sue@johnwschlitt.com – www.johnwschlitt.com



New Additions:

02-02-2016—Video Newsletter, above
01-27-2016—The Union of Sinners and Saints press release, above
01-23-2016—Photos: Voices of Rock 1-22-16
12-06-2015—The Christmas Project Tour dates
11-02-2015—The Christmas Tour, above

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