Artist Spotlight

Chonda Pierce Returns to Jackson in April

In what is becoming almost an annual tradition, Chonda Pierce is once again bringing her comedic stylings to Jackson, TN, when she presents “Four-Eyed Blonde” at the Jackson Civic Center on Tuesday, April 10 at 7pm. Chonda is always well-received in Jackson, a mid-sized town located on the well traveled path between Memphis and Nashville. Chonda has been sharing the intimate details of an often tragic life story for years, but where a similar tale told by anyone else would…

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February Artist Updates

2/27/01 Matt Brouwer is currently out on the road promoting his brand new singles and upcoming record. Matt will make a notable show at radio by releasing 3 different songs to 3 different formats. In addition to their Juno Award nomination (the Canadian version of the Grammy’s), Jake has been nominated for 2 Canadian Radio Music Awards in the categories of Pop/Adult Best New Group and Top 40 Best New Group. The awards will be held on Saturday, March 31,…

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Jars of Clay Receives Second Grammy Award with If I Left the Zoo

Multi-platinum selling Jars of Clay accepted its second Grammy Award yesterday during the 43rd Annual GRAMMY Awards. The band received the award from the Recording Academy for Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album for its critically acclaimed and RIAA certified Gold recording, If I Left the Zoo. After receiving the award, Jars of Clay completed interviews with numerous media on hand at the award show, including: The Late Show With David Letterman, Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Access Hollywood, CNN, TV Guide…

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True Vibe to Release New Project in May

Essential Records’ new pop group True Vibe, formed by multi-platinum 98 Degrees’ founding original member, Jonathan Lippmann, True Vibe is scheduled to release their first project on Essential Records May 15. The project has not been given a title yet. (How about “Anticipation”???) The first radio single from True Vibe, “Now and Forever,” will impact Adult Contemporary and Christian Hits Radio Feb. 23. The group is using the intervening time to become a cohesive band and are getting many opportunities…

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SXSW/Rhubarb Hits Infamous Conference in Austin

.As’s most downloaded band of 2000, inpop records’ band RHUBARB, have won a trip to perform at South By Southwest (SXSW), the Annual Music, Film and Interactive Conference in Austin, Texas. Fifteen thousand participants, including Rhubarb, from the music, film and internet industries will converge on Austin, Texas over ten days in March to participate in three distinct yet related festivals, conferences and trade shows. In the past fifteen years, SXSW has evolved into a unique global event focused…

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LaRue Reaches Number 6 on Soundscan

Transparent the follow-up to the self-titled debut album from Reunion recording artist LaRue, moved to # 6 on SoundScan’s Top Christian Albums chart for the week ending February 12. The album debuted at #13 on the chart the week ending February 5. “Wake Up,” the album’s first single, entered the Top 5 on The CCM Update’s CHR Top 20 chart for the issue dated February 12. The single has been in the Top 10 on the CHR chart for four…

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PFR: Prayers For Return answered!

Rock favorite PFR has signed with Squint Entertainment, confirming the band’s return after they disbanded in 1997. PFR debuted on the national scene in 1992 with the album, PRAY FOR RAIN (Sparrow), which landed a Grammy Nomination and the Dove Award for ROCK ALBUM OF THE YEAR. Four years and three albums later the trio had amassed six #1 singles, including the CHR format’s #1 song of 1994, “That Kind of Love.” At the same time PFR claimed the #2…

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Freddie Colloca Receives Dove Award Nomination

One Voice Records recording artist Freddie Colloca (pronounced “ko-yo-ka”) has received a Dove Award nomination for Spanish Language Album of the Year for Mas que un Sentimento. The nomination comes just prior to the English-language debut of both Colloca and his label. One Voice Records, already one of the leading Latin Christian music labels in the Spanish-speaking world, will release Dance el Ritmo, Collocaâ’s first English-language project, on March 6, 2001 to accomplish their dual goals of becoming the premiere…

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Allen & Allen Announce Release of their Sixth Album

Award-winning duo Allen & Allen announce the long-awaited release of their sixth album, entitled Love Sweet Love, which debuts March 13. The project is the first offering in over three years from the group, whose past recordings have garnered a tremendous following and multiple Stellar and Gospel Music Workshop of America (GMWA) Excellence awards. Love Sweet Love also marks the beginning of another significant new venture in the prestigious career of group members Allen T.D. Wiggins and Bruce V. Allen,…

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Tree63 Garners Dove nomination and Other Kudos

Modern-praise and worship band Tree63 returns to the U.S. this month to find their debut single “Treasure,” in the #1 spot on CCM Update’s CHR chart, leaving their home country of South Africa with a second #1 song on 5fm, the country’s premier secular rock station. Once hitting U.S. shores, they will also celebrate their Dove nomination for Rock Album of the year and hit the road with Rebecca St. James on her Transform tour. Reviews of their self-titled debut…

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