Artist Spotlight

Two Gaither Generations in CCM

When contemporary Christian music got its start, it wasn’t immediately accepted by the entire church. If a piece of music wasn’t a hymn, some thought, it didn’t honor God. Some believed it was irreverent to get a little excited about Jesus. But what was considered outlandish back then is a normal part of today’s typical worship service. Someone who experienced the initial controversy surrounding CCM first-hand, and one who went on to win more than two dozen Dove Awards, is…

Michelle Tumes Wins ASCAP Awards

Sparrow recording artist Michelle Tumes was named Songwriter of the Year monday, April 23, at the Twenty-third annual ASCAP Christian Music Awards Dinner held at Nashville’s Richland Country Club. The ASCAP award, which was presented by Connie Bradley, ASCAP Senior Vice President and Dan Keen, Assistant Vice President, recognizes the significant success Tumes has enjoyed both as a songwriter and an artist during her brief, but highly acclaimed music career. Tumes was also honored for three of her songs, “Deep…

Third Day Strikes Gold!

Atlanta’s internationally known rock band, Third Day, is celebrating yet another milestone in a year already filled with accolades and success: the band’s critically acclaimed, best-selling, and GRAMMY and Dove Award nominated recording, Offerings – A Worship Album, has been certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for sales in excess of 500,000 units. Essential Records, Provident Music Distribution and Creative Trust honored Third Day for its landmark achievement during this year’s Gospel Music Association Convention with…

L.A. Symphony Teams with NBA and Yahoo!Sports

On the heels of their #1 debut hit, “Broken Tape Decks,” Squint Entertainment’s hip hop group L.A. Symphony is partnering with the NBA (National Basketball Association) and Yahoo! Sports for the three-month Rhythm ‘n Rims Tour. The Yahoo! Sports NBA Rhythm ‘n Rims tour is the NBA’s premier interactive basketball and music event, bringing the thrill of NBA basketball, the fun of Yahoo! Sports and the latest music to fans all over the United States. L.A. Symphony will perform at…

Word Signs Paige

Word Records announces the signing of 16-year-old Texas singer, songwriter and guitar player Paige Lewis. Referred to as simply “Paige,” she will release her self-titled debut for Word June 19, 2001. In addition to the team at Word Records, Paige is managed by Mike Atkins Management, a division of TBA Entertainment, which is also home to Point Of Grace, Jaci Velasquez, 4HIM, FFH and Wayne Watson. The William Morris Agency will handle booking performances for Paige. Produced by Christian music’s…

Super Tour for O. C. Supertones!

The O.C. Supertones are shouting loud and clear that their Spring tour promoting their latest B.E.C. records project,Loud and Clear, is a smashing success! On the first leg of the tour, 50% of the shows were sold out, including Denver, Knoxville, TN, Norfolk, VA, Richmond, VA, and Fresno, CA. The tour, which also features Sparrow Records’ Switchfoot, and Gotee Records’ Relient K, is averaging nearly 1500 people per show, something that is making promoters nationwide very happy. Comments one of…

Will the Real Superchic[k] Please Stand Up?

Superchic[k] Karaoke Superstar Street date – May 22, 2001 inpop Records recently announced the signing of the highly sought after, Chicago-based band, SUPERCHICK as the label’s first U.S. signing. The band’s debut project, “Karaoke Superstars,” releases worldwide on May 22nd. Musically, SUPERCHICK refer to themselves as a “super fun pop-punk disco DJ teen power band.” Conceived after being on the road and listening to the issues teens face; group founder Max Hsu says “life is not a popularity or beauty…

Being a Lead Worshiper

Preparing for leading worship at a church, a small group Bible study, around a camp fire or at a gathering like WorshipCityPraise is VERY important!!! Here are a few things that have helped my band and me strive to serve the Lord in this way. As worship leaders (each member is a worship leader, not just the lead singer), you need to remember that leading worship is NOT trying to get people to sing. It is WORSHIPING GOD yourselves, SO…

Third Day Packs Out Atlanta

Atlanta rock band Third Day recently packed out their hometown arena making the Atlanta date the largest event in Third Day’s career history with over 15,000 people in attendance. Their performance at HiFi Buys Amphitheater (formerly Lakewood Amphitheater), Saturday, March 31, was a near sell out and continues the bands record breaking sales history with the Offerings tour at 19 sellouts to date. House Of Blues Concerts, Inc. making Third Day’s concert the first Christian event promoted by the company…

Artist Updates: March 2001

It was announced last week that Delirious will tour the UK with popular mainstream artists Bon Jovi and Matchbox 20 in June. It’s expected that over 250,000 people combined will attend the five arena dates. You can also catch Delirious live in concert in the United States and Canada Visit www.delirious.co.uk for more information and show details. 3/29/01 It’s official! Jaci Velasquez has been dating Jeremy from Plus One for the last six months. Jaci, who recently performed at Rock…

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