(Nashville, Tennessee) February 16, 2001-

The first tour of 2001 for Essential Records' girls duo V*Enna not only proved to be a huge success, but also demonstrated that young people can't get enough of that pure pop sound. V*Enna, made up of duo Sharnessa Shelton and Lucy Britten, recently completed a seven-day tour run in Ontario, Canada visiting such cities as Barrie, Ottawa, St. Catharines and Unionville. The turnout was overwhelming, with over 800 individuals being turned away from one sold-out show and fans standing in line to see the duo for over four hours at others. V*Enna's impact on this audience has already prompted a second tour set for the Fall of 2001.

"What set this tour apart from the others was the amount of 8-10 year olds," stated Eric Spath, Director of Marketing Development and Media Relations for Christian Marketing Canada (CMC). "Many mothers were bringing their kids out and made the show a family affair. There is a void that is being filled for those young kids, giving them quality music with a good message. It is ushering in a new generation of Christian music fans."

During their stay in Canada, V*Enna took part in a sold out tubing night at a ski resort in Barrie hosted by radio station Life 100.3 FM. While hundreds tubed, the girls taped an entire week of episodes of Canadian television show East To West, which will be seen across Canada and the United States on cable and satellite in February. In addition, V*Enna was also featured on Much Music, which is Canada's version of MTV, and also taped two songs for 100 Huntley Street, Canada's National Christian television show, that reaches over 1.5 million people a week.

"This tour was such an encouragement to us," said Britten. "Our vision became solid, and suddenly what we have been talking and praying about is happening. It became real to us."

Sharnessa also shared, "We had kids of all ages and parents coming up to us and thanking us for not compromising our faith and being good examples. It was such a humbling experience. Lives were changed and challenged and that is what is most important."

Currently, V*Enna is a part of Phil Joel's Strangely Normal Tour which will be hitting cities including Chicago, Minneapolis, Houston, Dallas, and Los Angeles. For a full tour schedule and further information on V*Enna, please visit www.v-enna.com or www.essentialrecords.com.

Releasing their critically acclaimed debut Where I Wanna Be in September of 2000, V*Enna saw early success with the release of All the Way to Heaven - The Enhanced Maxi-Single, which debuted at No. 1 on Soundscan's "Christian Singles" Sales Charts and stayed there for 21 weeks and garnered a No. 6 position on the Contemporary Hits (CH) charts with the title track.