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Newsboys' Devotion Releases Today Amidst Critical Applause

Newboys' highly anticipated Devotion releases today amidst applause. Here's what the critics are saying about it:

The Washington Post says that "lead singer Peter Furler's raspy vocals help set the band's sound apart from the 'P&W' pack…newsboys have a genuine flair for coming up with big choruses and dramatic modulations."

CCM says, "there are huge hooks" and "soulful background vocalists, polished production and Furler's pleasing and engaging vocals."

"The time spent on the Adoration Tour has paid off for the newsboys, who now offer a more inspiring, anthemic, and cohesive approach to worship with devotion." – ChristianityToday.com / Christian Music Today

"This album is a great worship experience… The songs are fresh, new and worth your listen. Overall this is just a great album; there is no way around it. newsboys have hit onto something great and need to stick with it." – RadiantRock.com

"Not since Step up to the Microphone have newsboys caught my attention like they have done with devotion. There is a new feel and sound to the music newsboys are now writing… it's feel is honest, clear and makes you want to sing along." – 10/40 mEDIA™

Produced by Furler, devotion follows the band's award-winning, Gold-selling Adoration: The Worship Album, which featured the No. 1 single "He Reigns" and generated the sold-out Adoration: The Tour earlier this year. Fans will be able to hear past hits and new music from devotion as newsboys embark November 4 on the fall extension of the Target-sponsored Adoration: The Tour. Visiting 16 more cities, the tour features co-headliner Rebecca St. James and guest artist Todd Agnew.

devotion's debut single, "presence (my hearts desire)," written by band frontman Peter Furler and acclaimed songwriter Tim Hughes, is already boasting applause as the song continues to climb at radio. The cut currently claims top-5 spots on the R&R, CRW and PDA AC charts, top-10 spots on the R&R Inspo, Billboard AC and PDA CHR charts, in addition to top-20 positions on the R&R and CRW CHR and CRW and PDA Inspo charts.

What radio is saying about "presence (my hearts desire)":

"Adding 'presence' from newsboys—one of the most successful artists to ever hit CHR—was a no-brainer," says KDUV, Visalia, CA. "... and now research confirms that decision!"

Adding "presence (my hearts desire)" to its rotation, WCQR, Johnson City, TN further applauds the entire album: "From start to finish, devotion is a reflection of heartfelt worship. newsboys deliver...again."

Having over five million career sales, 19 No. 1 hit singles and continual record-breaking attendance at concerts, the four-time GRAMMY nominated newsboys has additionally attracted national mainstream media coverage from Newsweek, ESPN II, USA Today, CNN and CBS Sunday Morning, among others.

For more information on newsboys, visit www.newsboys.com.

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