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Service, Music and Ministry Unite as the MISFiT Tour 2011 Kicks Off This Week with an International Celebration of Hope and Good Deeds from the Heart, Featuring Da’ T.R.U.T.H., Mali Music, Sean Simmonds, The Ambassador, Pastor Chris Durso & More

New York, NY (September 20, 2011) In preparation for the launch of the ground-breaking MISFiT Tour 2011 this week in Huntsville, AL, Xist Music (Xist) and The UpLift! Group (UpLift!) are honored to announce the highly respected Christian organization, World Vision, as co-presenting Sponsor of the MISFIT Tour 2011, which will impact 25+ cities around the US and Canada this Fall, from September through November 2011, in music and ministry. World Vision is an internationally recognized nonprofit organization that meets the needs of children, families and communities that are facing poverty and injustice.

“World Vision is thrilled to be the presenting sponsor for the MISFIT Tour 2011,” shared Romanita Hairston, Vice President for U.S. Programs at World Vision. “We are excited about the opportunity to work with these artists to make a difference in the well being of children and youth throughout the United States. The tour will support World Vision programs and partners that help youth find their voice, improve their lives and improve their communities.”

The tour is designed to not only bring stirring messages of hope to youth with songs and inspiring spoken words, but it will also encourage volunteering in each city by featuring service projects around the country at World Vision sites and partner centers. Xist Music President and MISFiT tour artist Sean Simmonds commented, “Since representing World Vision’s Campaign for Children in the past, I am truly excited to partner with them on their U.S. Programs initiative, given its unique synergy with our urban missions vision.”

“Speaking on behalf of Xist Music and UpLift! Group, we are truly honored to welcome a world-class humanitarian organization such as World Vision as our co-presenting sponsor for MISFIT Tour 2011. Not only have they served the needs of nations around the globe for 60+ years, but the focus of their U.S. Programs division is at the heartbeat of our desire to “revolutionize America’s communities of all cultures, ethnicities, and socio-economic and academic statuses.” said Gessie Thompson, CEO & President of UpLift! Group.

MISFIT Tour 2011 will feature the best talents in urban Christian music and spoken word including three-time Stellar winner and GRAMMY® nominee Da’ T.R.UT.H. and Christian Hip Hop pioneer and GRAMMY® nominee The Ambassador, R&B/Soul phenomenon Mali Music, R&B/Hip Hop artist Sean Simmonds and powerful spoken-word artist Oraia, with KJ52, B.Reith and Freddy Washington appearing at select dates, as well as the visionary behind MISFIT Tour 2011, Pastor Chris Durso. A complete list of dates are posted on Check back often, as additional cities are being added frequently.

MISFIT is a movement that Pastor Chris Durso conceived, to revolutionize America’s communities of all cultures, ethnicities and socio-economic and academic statuses, by challenging and equipping youth and young adults across the nation to courageously pursue Godliness in the face of all that seems and often is uncomfortable, unfamiliar, unattractive and unpopular. For more information on the tour and how promoters can bring the experience to their city or sponsor the tour nationwide, visit

About Xist Xist Music is the recording label of Xist Worldwide, which produces innovative projects from our award-winning artists, who are leaders in the inspirational urban music industry. Xist Worldwide was founded by Terverius Black and Sean Simmonds to become the leading producer of inspirational urban entertainment, lifestyle and media content. With properties in music, film, publishing and other lifestyle projects, Xist Worldwide acquires, produces, markets and distributes inspirational urban content. Visit Xist at for more information and follow them at

About UpLift! Group
The UpLift! Group is a management, marketing consulting and coaching firm that partners with individuals and organizations to help them See their vision, Soar towards it and Succeed at bringing it to pass. A ministry-focused firm, UpLift! develops and strive to provide the best in spiritual and personal development resources and lifestyle products in partnership with a stellar portfolio of clients including: GRAMMY® nominated Christian Hip Hop artists Da’ T.R.U.T.H. and The Ambassador, award-winning producer and Pop artist JR, Essence bestselling author and Certified Empowerment Coach Felicia Scott, dynamic spoken-word artist Oraia, Lamp Mode recording artist shai linne and Thomas Nelson author and Women of Faith speaker Kim Cash Tate. Visit UpLift! at and follow them at

About Pastor Chris Durso
Pastor of Youth Explosion ministries of Christ Tabernacle church, Chris Durso reaches hundreds of youth and young adults each week through the teaching of the gospel. His creativity and ability to forecast trends allows him to lead and speak to this generation in a way they understand, while at the same time elevating them from where they are. On a mission to “raise up spiritually healthy & mature teenagers so when they are out of high school they will be ready for the world,” Pastor Chris’ calling is to help change people’s perception on life so they can see that God is freedom and not religion or law. Visit Pastor Chris at and follow him at

About World Vision
World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. World Vision’s United States Programs is committed to transform communities, promote justice, and relieve suffering in the U.S. where poverty is prevalent by empowering children and youth, increasing the capacity of individuals, families, churches, and other organizations, and unleashing the assets of our partners. Visit World Vision’s U.S. Programs at

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