After a gig in Philadelphia last week, alternative rock band Mae woke up the next morning to find that their van and trailer had been stolen from the hotel parking lot. The loss included the band's instruments and merchandise, though they rented replacements, borrowed from other bands, and requested donations to continue the tour as planned.
"This misfortune has fallen among many of our friends in the past and after touring for eight years this sort of thing is bound to happen," the group said in a statement. "We have four dates left on our tour and will play the shows with the help of our friends in Deas Vail and Jenny Owen Youngs. It's in these moments that our fans lift us up and remind us why we do what we do. We thank you for the immediate outpouring of love and support."
Mae is scheduled to depart later this week for several dates in the Philippines and Japan.
GMA holds auction
In an effort to raise additional funds for the struggling Gospel Music Association, the organization is hosting an online auction. Items up for bid include a "Christmas Coffee" with Amy Grant and an "In the Studio" experience with Michael W. Smith. MercyMe also contributes an autographed Epiphone guitar, DeGarmo & Key offers an autographed keyboard, and Dolly Parton delivers an autographed book, amongst many other items. To see a complete list or to take part in the auction, click here.
Underwood digs TFK, Crowns
Country superstar Carrie Underwood shows remarkable diversity on her iTunes Celebrity Playlist. In addition to tracks from New Kids on the Block, Black Eyed Peas and Brooks & Dunn, she includes Thousand Foot Krutch's "Already Home" and "Fire It Up," plus Casting Crowns' "Praise You in the Storm" and Phillips, Craig & Dean's "Revelation Song." ...1
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