Artist Updates: December



Melinda Doolittle’s Debut Album Coming Back to You, an eclectic mix of blues, classic R&B and jazz, drops Feb. 3, 2009. The first single, “It’s Your Love” is available for purchase on iTunes and some of the proceeds will go to Malaria No More. Keep updated about Melinda’s career at which is a web site owned by Melinda Doolittle. Melinda’s Backups™ is a non-profit supportive association inspired by Melinda and authorized by her to operate this web site on behalf of her fans.
12/9/8 After three decades in Christian music, 5-time Grammy Award winner and Hall of Fame artist Larnelle Harris has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts degree by his alma mater Western Kentucky University. Dr. Gary Ransdell, President of Western Kentucky University, Registrar Freida Eggleton, and Jim Johnson with the University’s Board of Regents presented the Doctorate to Harris following his sold-out Christmas concert in Bowling Green, Kentucky on December 8.

12/6/8 When the GRAMMY nominations were announced last night, Columbia/Integrity Music’s Mary Mary earned three nominations and joined Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, Blind Boys of Alabama and Tye Tribbett whose Integrity projects will be up for music’s highest honor on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on CBS TV.
Steven Curtis Chapman received his 13th and 14th nominations this year, with nods in both the Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album Category for his latest effort, THIS MOMENT, as well as his collaboration with MercyMe on their song “You Reign,” nominated for Best Gospel Song.
Chris Tomlin received his 3rd nomination with his latest best-seller, HELLO LOVE, up for Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album. More Chris below!

The Best Rock Or Rap Gospel Album category gives the Gospel Music Associations 2007 Artist of the Year and ForeFront Record’s recording artist, TobyMac, his fifth consecutive GRAMMY® nomination as a solo act for his newest project, ALIVE & TRANSPORTED, his CD+DVD combo released earlier this summer.
Sparrow Record’s Modern Rock band Sanctus Real has received their first ever Grammy® nomination for their project WE NEED EACH OTHER, nominated for Best Rock Or Rap Gospel Album.

Opryland Hotel is promoting an intimate weekend with Michael W. Smith right here in his hometown. Packages include 2 nights at the Resort, a Valentine’s dinner and concert, admission to see Michael perform on the Grand Ole Opry stage, a reception and dance with Michael as DJ, and a powerful Sunday worship service. Valentine’s Weekend with Michael W. Smith, February 13-15, 2009
12/1/08 Teaming up with Flicker Records’ Nevertheless and Word Entertainments’ Remedy Drive, INO Records’ The Afters are bringing music and Christmas cheer as the headliner for the 12 Days of Christmas tour. The tour will make stops in nine cities starting Dec. 2.

11/1/08 On the heels of his seventh No. 1 single, releasing his chart-breaking project HELLO LOVE, which took the No. 9 spot on Billboard’s Top 200 Album Chart and was the highest charting iTunes’ debut ever for any album in the Christian industry, Chris Tomlin has announced his HELLO LOVE TOUR, featuring Israel Houghton and New Breed. The nationwide tour, which kicks off on January 22 in Hershey, PA, will hit over 35 cities across the U.S. through April 9th, including Baltimore, Houston, Dallas, Phoenix, AZ, Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, Newark and more.
INO/Columbia Records’ rock band Decyfer Down’s first single, “Crash,” recently peaked at No. 1 on Christian Rock radio. Their digital EP is a preview of four-selected tracks from their upcoming sophomore record, aptly titled CRASH, which crashes into stores Feb. 10.

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