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Egypt

February 1, 2011

Please join the Centricity team in praying for the people of Egypt, and that God will do what only He can do to bring His peace into such turmoil.

“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” Ecc 3:11 NIV

 

Update 1/27

January 27, 2011
Ah, another week filled with music, meetings and snow. Trying o get around Nashville when there is snow on the ground is like negotiating a war zone. You would think we had two feet of snow instead of two inches. But we all survived the blizzard and are hard at work trying to build our artists careers.
I have been talking to a lot of radio people lately and continue to realize that radio – whether it be terrestrial, streaming, apps, whatever, radio is still an integral tool to expose our artists to a lot of people. If anyone can figure out another way, please let me know.
On to the latest updates…
Radio Update:

We are continuing to build the story at radio. Centricity has three songs on both AC charts and 3 songs on the Inspo charts, plus two about to appear on the CHR charts. I know I feel pretty good about that. Considering we are currently working 5 songs to AC, 3 to Inspo and 2 to CHR that percentage is pretty good.

Me In Motion had a good add week for Eye of the Huricane, seven CHR and two ACs are playing it this week. We are excited about the response to this song. Be watching it.

On to the rest of the radio news:

Chart Positions:

AC Mon: Dancing In The Minefields” Andrew Peterson – #16

“I Am New” Jason Gray –  #21

“The Stand” Jaime Jamgochian – New & Active (32)

AC Ind: Dancing In The Minefields” Andrew Peterson – #11

“I Am New” Jason Gray –  #12

“Pray You Through” Sixteen Cites – New & Active (#36)

INSPO: ““I Am New” Jason Gray – #9

“The Stand” Jaime Jamgochian –#16

Dancing In The Minefields” Andrew Peterson – New & Active (#25)

Adds:

“Eye Of The Hurricane” Me In Motion

CHR           KNMI/Farmington, NM

WORQ/Green Bay, WI

KLFF/ San Louis Obispo, CA

WBVM/Tampa, FL

WNAZ/Nashville, TN

KADI/Springfield, MO

KXGM/Cedar Rapids, IA

AC                   WGRC/ Williamsport, PA

WCVK/Bowling Green, KY

“Pray You Through” Sixteen Cities

CHR                WBVM/ Tampa, FL

KADI/ Springfield, MO

WHJT/ Jackson, MC

“Dancing In The Minefields” Andrew Peterson

AC                WBDX/ Chattanooga, TN

INSPO        WNFR/Flint, MI

“I Am New” Jason Gray

AC               KTIS/Minneapolis, MN

KGCB/Flagstaff, AZ

KNBJ/ Corpus Christi, TX

WXHL/Wilmington, NC

INSPO      WAGO/Greenville, NC

“The Stand” Jaime Jamgochian

INSPO       KLMP/Rapid City, SD

Jason Gray                            www.jasongraymusic.com

•  Jason’s single “I Am New” continues to climb the chart with a great add in Minneapolis (his home town)

•  “I Am New” is still #13 on the KLOVE chart.

•  WIBW-TV interviewed Jason and had him play More Like Falling In Love live – Check it out on You Tube

•   BuddyHollywood.com has an article on Jason titled “Being a Safe Place for others. Check it out HERE

•  Jason has been in town this week continuing to write for his next record. In conversations with Jason is sounds like this will be a fabulous record

•  Jason is currently on the road with the WinterBlast tour  along with Building 429 and 33 Miles and after Winterblast Jason heads out with Mark Schultz on the Renaissance Tour. All the pertinent info is right HERE
Andrew Peterson                  www.andrew-peterson.com

•  We are still pinching ourselves that radio is playing the amazing “Dancing In The Minefields.” We are so thankful to everyone who called stations, responded to Facebook posts or commented on his video. It is wonderful to hear the impact the song has had on the lives of believers.

• Here is a post on You Tube responding to the video for “Dancing In The Minefield”:

I love this song.  My parents got divorced a couple of years ago. It was really rough, but then I got saved. I heard this song one day while I was in the car with my mom. She pulled over and started crying. She told me she still loved my father, and that she wanted him back. I showed this song to my dad and he told me that he still loves my mom. They are back together and working on having a real wedding based off of God’s plan for them. That’s what God can do.

•  For updates on how things are going in the world of Andrew Peterson follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/andrewpeterson

•  Andrew starts touring again late February so mark your calendars to go see him. The dates are HERE

Me In Motion                        www.meinmotion.com
•  Good first week of adds for “Eye Of The Hurricane” – 7 CHR stations!
•  Me In Motion has been added to the Bloom Indie Music Conference in April. Check out their site HERE
•  “Eye Of The Hurricane” is available on iTunes now. Here it is.
•  Seth gives the story behind the song on You Tube. Check it out HERE
•  Make sure you go out and see the band in concert. You will love them check out dates HERE

Sixteen Cities                         www.sixteencities.com

•  “Sing Along” is still #4 on WAY FM.
•  Sixteen Cities did a video giving the story behind the song of Pray You Through. Watch it HERE
•  Make sure you continue to check out prayyouthrough.com to read the new stories being posted. Here is a small sample:

My story is not really so much about me. It’s about my friend. She has been through so much with her family. And when I say a lot, I mean her father putting a gun to her head, threatening to kill her. That’s how bad it is. And her mother doesn’t really care. So she often cuts herself and all I can do is pray and tell her I love her.

Read rest of the story HERE

•  Sixteen Cities out on tour. Check out the dates, HERE

Jaime Jamgochian                            www.jaimejam.com

•  There are 28 AC stations playing “The Stand” either in current rotation or in a worship show
•  Jaime is out on a promo tour to visiting stations. She finishes up today after visiting the following stations:

KFMK / Austin, TX

KLTY / Dallas, TX

KVNE / Tyler, TX

KBMQ / Monroe, LA

WHJT / Jackson, MS

WDJC / Birmingham, AL

WVFJ / Atlanta, GA

WAFJ / Augusta, GA

WMHK / Columbia, SC

WLFJ / Greenville, SC

WMIT / Asheville, NC

WCQR / Johnson City, TN

WBDX / Chattanooga, TN

Downhere                              www.downhere.com
•  Downhere is in the studio!! We can not express our excitement. This sorta expresses our joy.
•  The band has been doing video updates from the studio once a day. Check them out on the bands You Tube channel.
•  Follow the band’s updates from the studio on Twitter – www.twitter.com/downhere
•  The band is heading out on the Out and Aboot Tour with Rush of Fools. Check out the dates HERE
Music listened to while writing this –The Decemberists “The King Is Dead” and Amos Lee’s new project “Mission Bell”. Both are really good.
 

 

Centricity Update 1/20

January 20, 2011

Greetings from Vegas. John Mays and I are out on the road visiting radio stations. So far we have hit Tulsa, Seattle, Portland and now Vegas. We are about half way through the trip and have a nice two and a half hour delay in Vegas. Quite frustrating but you get used to it after a while. It has been good seeing our friends at radio. What we really learned is how dependent we are on the GPS lady giving us loving instructions on where to go. I hope she is not too upset that we left her in Portland. I feel to much stress giving turn-by-turn instructions from my iPhone.

The really big news is Andrew’s single broke top at AC radio. I know, we did not think we would ever say that. We are so excited for Andrew for he has not had a top 10 hit it since his first record.

On to the latest updates…

Radio Update:

Another pretty good week at radio! Did we mention that Andrew Peterson went Top 10 and AC Indicator? I also need to mention that Jason Gray “I Am New” went top 10 on INSPO radio landing at #9

On to the rest of the radio news:

Chart Positions:

AC Mon: Dancing In The Minefields” Andrew Peterson – #14

“I Am New” Jason Gray –  #21

AC Ind: Dancing In The Minefields” Andrew Peterson – #10

“I Am New” Jason Gray –  #14

“Pray You Through” Sixteen Cites – New & Active (#36)

“The Stand” Jaime Jamgochian – New & Active (#35)

INSPO: ““I Am New” Jason Gray – #9

“The Stand” Jaime Jamgochian –#18

Adds:

“Eye Of The Hurricane” Me In Motion

CHR                KNMI/Farmington, NM

WORQ/Green Bay, WI

KLFF/ San Louis Obispo, CA

“Pray You Through” Sixteen Cities

AC:                 WJYO / Ft Myers, FL

“Dancing In The Minefields” Andrew Peterson

INSPO                        KLMP/ Rapid City, SD

“I Am New” Jason Gray

AC                  KVMV / McAllen, TX

WAWZ/ Somerset, NJ

“The Stand” Jaime Jamgochian

AC                  KAIM/Honolulu, HI

Jason Gray                            http://www.jasongraymusic.com

•  Jason spent this week at the World Vision artist retreat. This is such an important cause in Jason’s life as anyone who has seen him knows.  Check this out for Jason’s thoughts on World Vision.

•  “I Am New” is still #13 on the KLOVE chart.

•  Jason has a top 10 INSPO hit with “I Am New”!

•  Great article on Jason titled “The Virtues of Weakness”. Read it here.

•  Jason will be joining the WinterBlast tour with Building 429 and 33 Miles. The dates are as follows:

1/22           Longview, TX

1/27           Shiloh, IL

1/28           Goshen, IN

1/29           Marion, IL

2/3             Montgomery. AL

2/4             Miramar Beach, FL

•  Jason then heads out with Mark Schultz on the Renaissance Tour:

3/10           Evansville, IN

3/11           Olathe, KS

3/12           Shakopee, MN

3/18           Russell, KY

3/19           La Harpe, IL

3/20           Columbus, IN

3/24           Charlotte, NC

3/25           Warner Robins, GA

3/26           Elizabethtown, NC

3/27           Yorktown, VA

3/30           Wilmington, NC

4/1             Bemus Point, NY

4/2             Elmhurst, IL

4/3             Fremont, OH

4/6             Jackson, MO

4/7             Bentonville, AR

4/8             Lawton, OK

4/9             Ada, OK

4/10           Yukon, OK

4/11           Jackson, MO

Andrew Peterson                  http://www.andrew-peterson.com

•  ANDREW IS TOP TEN!!!!YEAH.

•  What do Andrew Peterson and Eminem have in commoon? According to this BLOG they are the different sides of the same story. Read it here.

•  Dancing in The Minefields video is over 300K views on You Tube and Vevo. Have you seen it? If not shame on you. Here is it.

•  For updates on how things are going in the world of Andrew Peterson follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/andrewpeterson

•  Andrew starts touring again late February so mark you calendars to see him:

2/24           Lexington, KY

2/25           Wilmore, KY

3/4             Green Bay, WI

3/5             Watervliet, MI

3/25           Charlotte, NC

3/26           Pleasant Garden, NC

3/27           Salisbury, NC

4/17           Baraboo, WI

5/4             Knoxville, TN

Me In Motion                        http://www.meinmotion.com

•  We are getting some great new adds for Eye of the Hurricane this week. Can’t wait to see the charts next week.

•  Make sure you go out and see the band in concert. You will love them:

2/4           Ashland, OH

Sixteen Cities                         http://www.sixteencities.com

•  “Sing Along” moved up to #3 on WAY FM.

•  We are getting a good response to Pray You Through at radio. The lyrics are really connecting with the gatekeepers. It is the beginning of the marathon for the song but am feeling good about the first lap.

•  Make sure you continue to check out prayyouthrough.com to read the new stories being posted. Here is a small sample:

At the end of this past summer I was in a serious farming accident. I was caught between a tractor and a shed wall.
Doctors were very concerned due to internal bleeding caused by the accident. I had a CT scan done, and no bleeding was visible, and I only suffered a broken pelvis. A day later i had 7 screws and a small plate in my pelvis to hold the break together so that it could heal.

Read rest of the story HERE

•  Sixteen Cities out on tour:

1/23           Portland, Oregon

1/26           Hammond, LA

1/28           Hammond, LA

1/30           Hammond, LA

2/1 Fairview, OK

2/3 Claremore,

2/4 St. Louis,  MO

2/5-16        Mattoon, IL

2/11-13      Dallas, PA

2/18           Gatlinburg, TN

Jaime Jamgochian                            http://www.jaimejam.com

•  Jaime heads out on a promo tour to visit stations next week. Here is the list of stations she is visiting:

KFMK / Austin, TX

KLTY / Dallas, TX

KVNE / Tyler, TX

KBMQ / Monroe, LA

WHJT / Jackson, MS

WDJC / Birmingham, AL

WVFJ / Atlanta, GA

WAFJ / Augusta, GA

WMHK / Columbia, SC

WLFJ / Greenville, SC

WMIT / Asheville, NC

WCQR / Johnson City, TN

WBDX / Chattanooga, TN

Downhere                              http://www.downhere.com

•  Downhere heads into the studio next week with producer Mark Heimmermann. The songs are good, the band is ready. Pray that it all goes well.

•  Follow the band’s updates from the studio on Twitter – www.twitter.com/downhere

•  The band is heading out on the Out and Aboot Tour with Rush of Fools. Check out the dates:

3/09         Pell City, AL

3/11         Thomasville, GA

3/18         Bellville, GA

4/01         Lynchburgh, VA

4/07         Henning, TN

4/16         Palos park, Il

4/29         Grennville, IL

5/01         Louisville, KY

5/06         Hardyston, NJ

5/07         Quakerstown, PA

Music listened to while writing this – the continual announcements of our flight delay while in Vegas…. Finished up in Dallas listening to The Decemberists “The King Is Dead”

Till Next week.

Bloom

January 17, 2011

From the very beginning, Centricity has at its core, been about supporting and equipping Christian artists. When it came time to write our mission statement, we used the word “enabling” which seemed to encompass the spirit of what we want to do.

This enablement has taken on many forms over the years, but even before we were officially a label or any sort of organized company at all, it was expressed through a retreat we provided for a handful of artists back in 2005.

We continued hosting these retreats for a number of years and over time, we got better and better at them. Some of the artists we invited ended up having great careers as national recording artists. Some did not, but that wasn’t really the point. The point was that we were being faithful to follow after where God seemed to be positioning us as a company, working hard to do it with excellence, but trusting results to Him.

Fast forward to 2010 when we began to wonder about gathering all we had learned hosting these retreats, and taking it all to another level. And thus, the vision for the Bloom Indie Music Conference was birthed.

For years, I and others on our team have taught sessions and judged competitions at other conference events around the globe, and we began to notice a disconnect between what the industry had to offer, and the real needs of today’s independent artist. This gap is what we think we’ve been able to close with Bloom. We’ve sought help from successful indie artists as to what really needed to be taught to artists in this generation. And we’ve supported that through qualified industry people with good track records and experience in developing successful artists.

So what’s the point? Well, our first conference is coming April 8th and 9th in Seattle, on the campus of Northwest University, and if you live around the area (or can get there!), we’d love to have you. If you don’t, we’d really appreciate you helping to spread the word for us.

We’ve set up a splash page (full website coming soon) at bloommusicconference.com. We’re also up on facebook, (please “like” us if you can) and twitter.

And some of you already know our Seattle team member, Penny Hein (formerly Penny Brown until her recent wedding!). Penny is the hub of all things Bloom, and would love hearing from you, or answering any questions that might come to mind. She’s at penny@bloommusicconference.com.

Whether you’re wanting to be a better member of your worship team, or you’re wondering how to get started down the path to being signed to a label, or anything in-between (and there’s a lot in-between!), we hope to see you in April at Bloom Seattle!

Blessings-

Centricity Update 1/13

January 13, 2011

Hello blog world. We are trying something a little new in this new year on the Centricity blog. A while back we asked you, our faithful and good-looking readers, what you wanted to see on our blog. One of the items you suggested is more artist news. Well, we listened. I know, I was surprised too. Starting today and every week (hopefully) we will post a Centricity update letting you know what is going on the world of our artists.

I would love to hear what you think about the info we are giving here. Is it what you like or a waste of time? Let me know.

So on to the inaugural version of the updates…

Radio Update:

Is has been a fun time in Centricity’s radio department. Right now we have three songs in the top 30 at AC Monitored, two in the top 20!! We have two songs in the top 30 at AC. Plus we have 3 songs in the top 20 at INSPO.

Jason Gray received 5 adds, Andrew got 2 more, Jamie scored 3 adds and Sixteen Cities got one. Sixteen Cities breaks into the AC Indicator chart after two weeks as Andrew and Jason continue their climb towards the top 10.

Chart Positions:

AC Mon:

Dancing In The Minefields” Andrew Peterson – #13

“I Am New” Jason Gray –  #19

“The Stand” Jaime Jamgochian – New & Active (#33)

AC Ind:

Dancing In The Minefields” Andrew Peterson – #12

“I Am New” Jason Gray –  #14

“Pray You Through” Sixteen Cites – New & Active (#40)

CHR:

“Sing Along” Sixteen Cities – New & Active (#31)

INSPO:

“I Am New” Jason Gray – #11

“The Stand” Jaime Jamgochian –#17

Adds:

“Pray You Through” Sixteen Cities

AC:                        WWIB/ Eau Claire, WI

“Dancing In The Minefields” Andrew Peterson

AC:                        KAIM/Honolulu, HI; KGCB/Prescott, AZ

“I Am New” Jason Gray

AC                       WCRJ/ Jacksonville, FL; WRBS/ Baltimore, MD; WCDR/ Dayton, OH; KBMQ/Monroe, LA; KGBI/Omaha, NE

“The Stand” Jaime Jamgochian

AC                        WLAB/Ft. Wayne, IN

INSP                    KNLB/Phoenix, AZ; WHCR/Bangor, ME

Jason Gray                                     http://www.jasongraymusic.com

• Jason continues to write for his new CD. He is scheduled to head into the studio in early March so is rounding the final tour of writing. Pray for him as he does the final tweaks on what will be on the next project.

• More Like Falling In Love” was the # 30 song of the year on Billboard’s year-end chart. We could not be more excited. We sorta feel like this

• Jason’s song was also #64 on Amazon’s Top 100Songs of 2010. Not Christian but all songs. He was the third Christian artist on the chart. Check it out HERE

• “More Like Falling in Love” was the #16 song of the year with KLOVE and # 24 on WAY FM

• Jason is the featured artist KOVE home page. We are also giving away I Am New as a promotion with network. Check it out here.

• “I Am New” moved up to #13 on the KLOVE chart.

• Jason will be joining the WinterBlast tour with Building 429 and 33 Miles. Check out the dates HERE

• Jason then heads out with Mark Schultz on the Renaissance Tour, the dates are HERE

Andrew Peterson                        http://www.andrew-peterson.com

• Counting Stars was names Under The Radar’s #1 record of 2010. Check out the entire list here

• Counting Stars was voted #9 album of 2010 from Jesus Freak Hideout

• Check out how many different songs from Andrew are on Under The Radar’s Top Songs of 2010 HERE

• Andrew is taking some time off for the first couple of months of January to finish up the third book in the Wingfeather Saga. If you don’t know about this award-winning series check it out here.

•For updates on how things are going in the world of Andrew Peterson follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/andrewpeterson

• You need to read Intimate Wounds: The Awful Truth of Fatherhood from Andrew at the Rabbit Room.

• Andrew wrote a great blog recapping 2010 and looking ahead to 2011. Read it here.

• Andrew heads out on tour again in mid February, check out the dates HERE.

Me In Motion                         http://www.meinmotion.com

•Me In Motion’s new single “Eye of the Hurricane” releases to radio on Jan 21. Should be at radio and iTunes that week. Be watching for it, it is a good one.

•Congratulations to Seth Moseley, the lead singer, producer and writer for Me In Motion for co-producing and co-writing the #6 Christian song of the year – “Born Again” for Newsboys

• Also congrats to Seth for his second #1 song as co-producer/co-writer with “Way Beyond Myself” with Newsboys

• Make sure you go out and see the band in concert. You will love them. The dates are HERE

Sixteen Cities                                    http://www.sixteencities.com

• “Sing Along” was # 34 on WAY FM’s top 50 of 2010!

•“Sing Along: is still in the top 5 at WAY FM.

• While the band is out on the road they have been visiting stations along the way. They hit 5 stations while in California include a visit to KLOVE.

• Sixteen Cities out on tour. Click here for the dates.

Jaime Jamgochian                                     http://www.jaimejam.com

• Jaime heads out on a promo tour to visit stations next week. Here is the list of stations she is visiting:  KFMK / Austin, TX, KLTY / Dallas, TX, KVNE / Tyler, TX, KBMQ / Monroe, LA, WHJT / Jackson, MS, WDJC / Birmingham, AL, WVFJ /Atlanta, GA, WAFJ / Augusta, GA, WMHK / Columbia, SC, WLFJ / Greenville, SC, WMIT / Asheville, NC, WCQR / Johnson City, TN, WBDX  / Chattanooga, TN, KFMK / Austin, TX, KLTY / Dallas, TX, KVNE / Tyler, TX, KBMQ / Monroe, LA, WHJT / Jackson, MS, WDJC / Birmingham, AL, WVFJ / Atlanta, GA, WAFJ / Augusta, GA, WMHK / Columbia, SC, WLFJ / Greenville, SC, WMIT / Asheville, NC, WCQR /  Johnson City, TN, WBDX / Chattanooga, TN

Downhere                                    http://www.downhere.com

• Downhere starts recording their new project next week. Pray for them as they start the recording process. We are excited to see what they create.

Music listened to while writing this – Florence & The Machine and Paper Route

Love to hear your thoughts about the updates.

Favorite memories of 2010

January 8, 2011

In our final post of the “Favorites of 201o” we take a look at some of our favorite memories of the year. Some are music related, most are personal and give you a slight glimpse into the person. Hope you enjoy.

John Mays

1. Disney World, 10 years later. We had a LOT more fun visiting the parks with our kids being young adults than we did when they were youngsters. I know it’s all manufactured, but it really is a magical place. Did you know there’s a big ceremony every morning to open the gates of Magic Kingdom? Mickey and friends ride in on the train. Everyone cheers. The music plays. I teared up.

Steve Ford

1. Getting married

2. Seeing my son as the lead in Guys & Dolls at his school… I am a proud dad

3. My daughter graduating from University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Still a proud dad

4. Jason Gray having a top 5 single

5. “Dancing in the Minefields” from Andrew Peterson being an AC radio hit.

Jeff Berry

1. Signing Jason Gray as an artist

2. Seeing High Valley’s finished “on the combine” video

3. Seeing Matt Papa lead “Open Hands” at the National Worship Leaders Conference

4. Getting to add Angilee, Jordan, Kellyn, Blake and Chris to our team

5. 4pm Sweet tea time –  most days.

Conor Farley

1.  Auburn going undefeated and heading to the national championship

2. The World Cup

3. Newsboys record and singles doing really well at Christian radio and retail 🙂

4. Big Film/TV placement for 16 Cities on One Tree Hill

5. Auburn going undefeated and heading to the national championship

Chris Hamilton

1. GOP take-over

2. My 1 yr anniversary

3. My parent’s lake house

Jennifer Allen

1. Jason Gray getting a Top 5 hit on the AC chart

2. Seeing my niece perform in a starring role in her senior high school musical, “Hairspray” (Amber Van Pelt)

3. Watching my nephews and niece coming into their own in young adulthood

4. Getting to travel all over the country for my job

Jon Sell

1. Engagement – I’m getting married!

2. Peru – I went to Iquitos, Peru to do some missions work and spread the gospel of Jesus!

3. Graduation – No more school….!

4. The great flood of 2010 in Nashville – Although, it was devastating, the community took care of one another in a way I have never seen.  Christians and churches were active with rebuilding, healing, giving and love.

5. The Beatles on iTunes (Not!)- I already have their music Steve Jobs!  Although you tried to have the most epic marketing campaign ever, you didn’t deliver.

Rebekah Markowitz –

1. The first time I held my nephew, Andrew. He was born in March.

2. My mom and grandmother coming to visit me in Nashville.

3. My birthday adventure planned by my good friends Kelee and Nicole.

4. My trip to Chicago to have a girls weekend with two of my best friends, Bonnie and Raychel.

5. Going to my first Steelers game and getting to meet some of the players.

Joanna Dee

1. Graduation from O’More College of Design.

2. My 1 Year Anniversary with my husband, Dan.

3. Adopting our Boston Terrier Trix.

4. My trip to Savannah, my 2nd home (or so it feels).

5. Seeing & Meeting Athlete at The Vinyl in Atlanta, GA.

Angelee Smith

1. Starting job at Centricity

2.Seeing my favorite band, Needtobreathe, play & sell out the Ryman here in Nashville (in the fifth row!)

Ben Stauffer

1. My arrival in Nashville, of course!

2. Antoine Dodson (“Bed Intruder”)

3. 2010 Centricity Artists/Staff Retreat

4. thewildernessdowntown.com (“We Used to Wait” Arcade Fire video)

5. “Lost” Finale

 

Favorite Movies of 2010

January 3, 2011

Happy New Year. I hope your holidays were wonderful. In our third post of favorites of 2010 I asked the staff at Centricity to share their favorite movies of the year.

John Mays

1. Good Hair

This documentary produced by Chris Rock is at once hilarious and mind-blowing. I love when a film introduces you to a world you never even knew existed.

2. Serephine

A French film that tells the true story of mid 19th century painter Séraphine de Senlis.  Certainly not without its sadness, but I loved the film’s affirmation of the creative spirit, and how powerful it can be to believe in someone who never knew to believe in themselves. Even though she died in an institution, the world is a more beautiful place because of her life.

3. Who Is Harry Nilsson

Anyone involved in music making should watch this documentary about Harry Nilsson… the man who the Beatles declared to be their “favorite American singer”. A tormented soul that left a lot of personal damage in his wake, but also a lot of great music.

4. Toy Story III

How in the world do you make Part III of anything and it still be good? I don’t know but Pixar does. In fact, it’s probably the best of the three. These guys set the bar REAL high, and it inspires me.

5. The Road

Everyone tells me I need to read the book (which I haven’t) but I loved this movie. It made me miss my Dad, but also feel so grateful for the relationship we were blessed to enjoy. Bring a hanky.

Honorable mentions… The Book Of Eli and Inception

Steve Ford

1. Inception

This movie is a symphony of filmmaking. It has a new perspective and a story that makes you think. I am sure most of you have seen it, so no more on this one.

2. Black Swan

This movie was engrossing. I could not take my eyes off the screen. It was beautiful and intense at the same time. The performance by Natalie Portman is world-class. Of course the music was outstanding.

3. Toy Story III

There are not a lot of threequels that can keep the story and emotion going, not only did this one do it, they may have topped the first two in both points. I loved the ending. Made me cry.

4. True Grit

Great story, Wonderful performance by Jeff Bridges. And it was directed by  my favorite directors, the Coen brothers. Nuff said.

5. Despicable Me

I know! Two animated movies. But I truly enjoyed this movie. It made me laugh, it was fun in 3D and had some “aaah” moments. And the line “its so fluffy I could die” has made it into our family vernacular. Honestly it was between this and How To Train Your Dragon. It was close but Despicable me wins by a line.

Jeff Berry

I saw 2 movies this year –

1. Despicable Me

2. The Princess and the Frog

Conor Farley

I had to make it my favorite TV Shows/Movies – I don’t see enough movies 🙂

1. Mad Men

This show is so well written and the characters are developed in a way that you connect with them despite their flaws.

2. 30 Rock

Always funny and well written, and not afraid to be silly.

3. Inception

Loved it

4.Harry Potter-

5.The entire 30 for 30 series on ESPN

It is incredible.  Shows the amazing connection between sport and humanity.

Guy Zabka

1. Inception

2. Up

3. Book of Eli

4. Date Night

5. Robin Hood

Rebekah Markowitz

1) Inception

2) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Pt. 1

3) Robin Hood

4) Shutter Island

Although this would have been much better had the ending not been so predictable

I don’t really have a 5th movie that I loved this year. I have hopes for Tron.

I thought movies, for the most part, were really disappointing this year. Topping the list of movies that I was really excited for, but ended up being a huge let down would be Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Last Airbender, and Alice in Wonderland. I will also throw in that the LOST series finale was a huge letdown, but I still love that show.

Jennifer Allen

1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Hey, who doesn’t love Harry Potter?

2. The Runaways

Kristin Stewart nailed the character of Joan Jett

3. The Blind Side (Nov. 2009)

Admit it, you cried too

4. The Informant (Sept. 2009)

Hard to believe this actually happened!

5. Zombieland (Oct. 2009)

* I didn’t get to see a lot of movies this year in the theaters but honorable mentions are the last 3 that were released in late 2009, all of which, except for Zombieland, I saw in 2010

Jon Sell

1. Inception

Great movie with a new idea that has never been done before.

2. How to Train Your Dragon

The story was great!

3.Toy Story 3

because it’s Toy Story

4. Robin Hood-

I love the Robin hood story, so I liked this movie.  However, Disney’s cartoon version is still the best!

5.  The Book of Eli-

It was a good post apocalypse movie, and showed the importance of the scriptures.

Joanna Dee

1. Inception.

Mind-blowing.

2. Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 1.

Yes, I’m one of those crazy Harry Potter fans.

3. Dorian Gray.

One of my favorite books made into a spectacular movie.

4. Iron Man 2.

I love anything and everything comic book (I’m sounding more like a nerd by the minute).

5. Date Night.

Just a good fun movie.

Angelee Smith

1. Inception

Have you seen it?  Then you get it!

2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Love Harry Potter!

3. Get Him To The Greek

I wish I didn’t like this as much as did, but it cracked me up.  I laughed throughout the whole thing.

4.The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Team Edward!

5. Going the Distance

Surprisingly great!  I loved Drew Barrymore & Justin Long in this!

Ben Stauffer

1. Inception

2. Shutter Island

3. Edge of Darkness

4. She’s Out of My League

5. LENNONYC