Derek Webb's Freebie Downloads Top 80,000

Published: 2006-12-15
During the past three months over 80,000 people in more than 6,800 US cities and over 170 countries around the world visited and downloaded Derek Webb's critically acclaimed CD Mockingbird as a part of his bold campaign, where anyone could go online, download and share Mockingbird completely for free. In addition, more than 325,000 emails were sent out inviting friends to do the same.

Mockingbird tackles many sensitive issues including poverty, war, and the basic ethics by which we live and deal with others. "This has certainly been an unexpected and overwhelming response to what started as little more than a grand experiment, remarked Webb. "I can't thank everyone enough for participating with us in this and I certainly hope they're enjoying the songs on Mockingbird. I can't stress enough how urgent it is that people from all backgrounds and ideological persuasions join in meaningful dialogue about what it means to truly care for our neighbors and just who those neighbors are. I can only hope that has played even a small role in starting a few of those discussions. I hope to see many of you on the road and in the marketplace, and to join with you in this continuing conversation."

Webb is now preparing to record songs for his next studio project, scheduled for release in May 2007.

Writer: Soul Shine Staff



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