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Skillet’s “Awake” Goes Gold!

In a fast and furious 10 months, “AWAKE,” the latest album from Atlantic/Ardent/INO recording group Skillet, has been certified gold by the RIAA for sales in excess of 500,000. The album – which includes two Active Rock radio blockbusters in the top 5 hit, “Monster,” which also ranked in at No. 2 at Christian Rock, and the top 12 smash and No. 1 CHR and Christian Rock hit, “Hero” – continues to reign as a hard rock favorite, standing strong in the upper half of the Billboard 200. The band just released their latest single at Christian radio, “Forgiven.”

Produced by Howard Benson (Three Days Grace, Daughtry, Flyleaf), “AWAKE” reached the #1 spot on the iTunes Store’s “Top Albums” chart within 24 hours of its release last August. The album also made a blockbuster debut on the SoundScan/Billboard 200, entering the chart at #2.

Skillet is currently on the road as part of Creed’s “20-10 Tour,” with dates continuing through early September. In addition, the Grammy-nominated rock outfit will be among the top artists appearing at a number of upcoming summer festivals, including a headline slot on the “Rock The River” festival tour of Western Canada. Beginning October 1st, Skillet will join Papa Roach for the co-headline Monsters Of Annihilation Tour also featuring Trapt and My Darkest Days. The highly anticipated 16-city Awake Tonight Tour with TobyMac and presented by Winter Wonder Slam, will launch November 11 in Springfield, IL and carry through until December 12. For complete tour details and ticket information, please visit www.skillet.com.

One of America’s hardest working live acts, Skillet spent the first part of 2010 touring alongside Atlantic labelmates Shinedown, as well as co-headlining the hugely successful debut of the Awake Tonight Tour with TobyMac. Skillet’s headline tours ranked with Pollstar’s Concert Pulse Top 50 Tours and recently landed the band on the cover of the magazine. In addition, the band has shared stages with such acts as Flyleaf, Breaking Benjamin, Three Days Grace, Seether, and Puddle of Mudd.

“Hero” has received an array of high-profile placements, including THQ’s WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2010 video game. Various tracks from “AWAKE” have received major TV placements including NBC Sunday Night Football, NBC’s “The 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania” and MTV’s “Bully Beatdown.”

In addition to cumulative album sales now approaching 2 million, Skillet has racked up a wide range of honors throughout their extraordinary career, including multiple Grammy nominations and two BMI Music Award wins for “The Last Night” and “The Older I Get,” both featured on the gold certified COMATOSE.

For up-to-the-minute news and information, visit www.skillet.com or www.myspace.com/skilletmusic.

Skillet On The Cover Of “Parent Life” Magazine

Husband and wife John and Korey Cooper are featured in April’s edition of Lifeway’s Parent Life magazine. Their interview and article centers around the parents’ day to day life with raising their 2 kids while on the road most of the year. Check out a portion of the article below.

“The good side is that I get to be with my kids all the time,” says John, Skillet’s lead singer/bassist and founding father. “The hard side is that they have an unusual schedule and are in a new place all the time.” But as with any job, when it comes to family life, it has its pros and cons. “In some ways, it’s not as much stability for them. But I don’t have to leave to go to work for 10 hours a day.” Wanting to remain the main influence throughout their kids’ formative years, Korey and John decided to bring education in-house. “We homeschool on the road. And by ‘we,’ I mean my wife,” the high-voltage frontman laughs. Along for the ride, his bride of 12-plus years can be seen exerting her alternative flair as the band’s keyboardist and contributing vocalist every night. But Mrs. Cooper’s daily appearances begin long before the stage is set. Like any other working mom, Korey has the family’s daily routine down to a science. “Being a singer, John needs sleep or he’ll lose his voice. So I have morning shift,” she says, which includes her daughter’s schooling. “We’ll all go to lunch together, then John will take the kids to the park for the afternoon. I get a break before we have dinner. Sometimes the kids come to the show. Sometimes they go to bed. It just depends what schedule has evolved from the road.”

Vote For Skillet In This Year’s Dove Awards!

Fans will help decide the winners of two key Dove Award categories again this year: Artist of the Year and New Artist of the Year. Go here and vote Skillet in the Artist of the Year category. Voting begins now and will close Tuesday, April 20 at midnight (EST).

The 41st Annual GMA Dove Awards premieres on gmc Sunday, April 25 at 8 pm ET. Tune in to see the results presented!

Voting link: http://www.gospelmusicchannel.com/fanvoting