“12 Artists To Watch in 2004” Includes Jump5 and Matthew West

( [email protected] ) Mar 13, 2004 07:26 AM EST

Sparrow artists Matthew West and Jump5 were included in the “12 Artists To Watch in 2004” list for the Christian Music Planet magazine.

Matthew West released his debut album, HAPPY, this winter. Prior to becoming a solo artist, West wrote songs for other artists including Jump5 and Sara Groves.

Christian Music Planet reports:

“He’s a triple threat. He has a rich gutsy voice. He writes intelligent and relevant songs. And best of all, he has a way with audiences that few artists have…West’s lyrics are poetic and thoughtful. His words are simple, yet touching. We believe people will respond to his insightful words about the Christian experience as well as his charming and upbeat personality.”

To learn more about Matthew West and hear songs from HAPPY, click over to MatthewWest.com.

Nashville pop quintet Jump5 makes the list on the strength of its most recent studio album, ACCELERATE, plus appearances on The Lizzie McGuire Movie and Kim Possible soundtracks, Lilo & Stitch and Beauty and the Beast DVDs, ABC Family television, and the Macy’s Thanks giving Day parade. Christian Music Planet asks:

“What other teen group do you know that is having such a positive impact on youth worldwide? Jump5 is the only Christian group making a splash with ‘tween’ and/or pre-teen audiences within and outside the church. In doing so, they’re riding an ever-widening wave that’s higher than what you might think. And as far as making an impact on mainstream culture, only time will tell the incredibly positive affect this teen group will have on future generations.”

Currently headlining the Radio Disney Spring Thing tour, Jump5 will release MIX IT UP, a full-length remix project, on April 6. Learn more at Jump5.com.