6272-Malone University Welcomes JJ Heller
6272-February 13, 2012
The Malone University Student Activity Council Kawfee Haus and Concert Series presents JJ Heller, Tuesday, March 13 at 9 p.m. in the Sanctuary of the Johnson Center for Worship and the Fine Arts. Admission for Malone students, faculty, and staff is $3 at the door. General public admission is $5 at the door. Doors will open for Malone at 8 p.m., and 8:30 p.m. for the general public. For questions, call Rae Showen at 330.471.8502.
JJ's career has grown steadily since she began playing music full-time with her husband, Dave, in 2003. But in 2010 the impact of JJ's music blossomed like never before.
The year began with JJ's song "Your Hands" spinning on nearly 60 reporting Christian adult contemporary FM stations, including K-LOVE, the largest Christian radio network in the US. In the span of a few short months, JJ's music was no longer reaching several thousand, but several million listeners.
"Your Hands" made itself at home on Billboard Magazine's Christian Songs' chart for 24 weeks, and peaked at #13. In the following months, JJ saw her music placed on the ABC family show "Make It Or Break It," and CW's "One Tree Hill."
In August of 2010, JJ's second radio single, "What Love Really Means," began to find its way into the hearts of a new audience. Radio stations started receiving calls and e-mail messages from listeners who were brought to tears as they heard the song. The warm reception helped "What Love Really Means" surpass the success of "Your Hands" on the Billboard Christian Songs chart. Eventually, more than 60 reporting stations added the single to their rotation.
JJ's first music video was posted to youtube.com in September of that same year. With the help of social networking sites like facebook.com, the video was viewed over 100,000 times within the first 48 hours (the video now has over 1.6 million views).
"When I'm With You," Heller's fourth full-length record, was quickly embraced by fans after its October 19, 2010 release. "It's my favorite album I've recorded so far," Heller says. "When I'm With You" charted for 15 or more weeks on Billboard Magazine's Christian Albums, Heatseekers Albums, and Folk Albums charts.
She continues to tour and speak as often as she can about her enthusiasm for the work World Vision does around the world to transform the communities they serve by tackling the causes of poverty.
Malone University, a Christian university for the arts, sciences, and professions in the liberal arts tradition, affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 100 academic programs. Malone is recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, named an NAIA Champions of Character Five Star Award winner, and is ranked among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest under the category Regional Universities according to U.S.News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2012.
Suzanne Thomas, APR
Director of University Relations
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