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Michael W. Smith Tour and Independent Music Award

May 10, 2012



Jon Bauer heads out on tour with

Grammy Award winner Michael W. Smith.

Receives Independent Music Award.

EDMONTON, ALBERTA- May 10, 2012 Recording Artist Jon Bauer has a double honor this May. Heading out on a Canadian tour with Grammy Award winner Michael W. Smith, he also is the great recipient of an Independent Music Award. “It is an honour to be on tour with the legendary Michael W. Smith. His records were the first ones I ever owned and I still have them today. I am humbled that God is allowing my music to be shared with so many new folks on this tour and connect them to the heart of God even further!” Michael W. Smith’s Canadian tour is heading from coast to coast throughout the month of May, wrapping up in Vancouver on May 17th. Bauer joins Smith and group L’Angélus for a lively inspirational and memorable tour. For a complete tour listing visit

Adding to his tour excitement this Spring, Bauer is also the recipient of an Independent Music Award. The winners in more than 70 Album, Song, Music Video and Design categories from thousands of submissions from around the globe, were determined by a panel of influential artists and music industry pros including Keith Richards, Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan, Del McCoury, Ozzy Osbourne, Bettye LaVette, Jim Lauderdale, Joshua Redman, Shelby Lynne, Kevin Lyman (Warped Tour), Alan Light (Live From The Artists Den), Jason Olaine (Jazz At Lincoln Center), and Evan Schlansky (American Songwriter).

Bauer walked away with the Contemporary Christian Album of the year for his 2012 release FOREVERMORE. “The hour I boarded the plane to fly to my first date of the MWS tour I got word that my new album was awarded this honour. As this is an international competition I’m humbled that the songs are permeating borders and that people are being ministered to by these songs not only in my home country but across the globe.”

For a complete list of winners for the Independent Music Awards visit

Ten16 Entertainment congratulates Jon Bauer on both of these great milestones in his career.

Born, raised, and still based out of the Edmonton Canada, Jon Bauer tours internationally full time. GMA Canada’s 2008 Male Vocalist of the Year, Jon was also the 2007 SHAI Award (Canada’s People’s Choice) recipient for New Artist of the Year. Fuelled by the success of his critically acclaimed releases Life of Worship (2005) and Surround (2008), which have yielded numerous hit singles in Canada, Jon has received a total of 11 GMA Canada Covenant Award nominations in the past five years. Additionally, his 2008 Giver of Grace—Kids Worship Vol.1, was 2009 Covenant Award-winning Children’s Album of the Year.

Bauer’s fifth worship-focused recording, FOREVERMORE,(released May 2011 in Canada and January 2012 in the US) is also his US debut, and he’s excited to share his new music—and his heart—with an ever-growing audience. Produced by one of the industry’s most sought-after producers, this year’s Dove Award-winning producer Rusty Varenkamp (Tenth Avenue North, Meredith Andrews), FOREVERMORE features 10 selections with 8 written or co-penned by Bauer. Bauer’s songwriting has been likened to familiars in the industry like Chris Tomlin or Casting Crowns’ Mark Hall, with great care to craft corporately focused worship moments that encourage the Church. His warm, emotive vocals and memorable melodies put the finishing touches on a collection that’s as equally accessible on a Sunday morning as it is on Monday’s commute. “My heart is to encourage people that worship is more than music. It’s a lifestyle, and it’s a choice,” Bauer explains. “We need to look for ways to serve God and serve others, representing Him to this hurting world.”

TEN16 officially hit the Canadian Christian music scene in 2009 as an independent entertainment promotions company committed to the education and promotion of emerging talent and the creation of tools to help stimulate industry growth. These areas have expanded into three separate branches to meet the needs of the industry and to be able to adapt with the ever-changing music industry. TEN16 is not only focused on the representation of domestic artists, but also on international music enthusiasts interested in exploring the Canadian Christian market whether they are an artists, manager, agent, label, etc. The key is the dedication to the promotion of great songs!

For more information on Ten16 Entertainment, and it’s services visit

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