Update! Would you like to hear “In God We Trust” from Dove Hits 2002? Here is a sample:In God We Trust
2/27/02 The Gospel Music Association today announced a major multi-year agreement with the distribution partnership of EMI CMG, Provident Music Group and Word Entertainment to produce an annual Dove Hits compilation record, announced Frank Breeden, president of the Gospel Music Association.
Under the new agreement, marketing, manufacturing and distribution of the Dove Hits record will rotate among the three record companies for the next three years. The label partners, with input from GMA, will select the song list for these recordings. Dove Hits 2002 will be marketed through EMI CMG’s Sparrow Records, and has a street date of April 9, 2002. Provident will be responsible for the record in 2003 and Word has the project for 2004.
Sparrow Records will
release Dove Hits 2002: 16 of the Year’s Best Dove Award-Nominated Artists
and Songs, the first project in a new Dove Hits series being jointly
developed in a partnership between EMI CMG, Word Entertainment and Provident
Music Group. Dove Hits 2002 includes hit songs by top CCM artists including
Yolanda Adams, Avalon, Steven Curtis Chapman, Kirk Franklin, Shaun Groves,
Rebecca St. James, toby Mac of dcTalk, Mary Mary, Nicole C. Mullen, Nichole
Nordeman, Ginny Owens, Point of Grace, Mark Schultz, Michael W. Smith, Third
Day, CeCe Winans, and ZOEgirl.
Dove Hits 2002 will also include the exclusive addition of the new song, “In
God We Trust,” which was commissioned by the Gospel Music Association (GMA)
as the Christian music industry’s unified response to the tragic events of
September 11th. The all-star anthem features vocals by tobyMac of dcTalk,
Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, Rachel Lampa, Steven Curtis Chapman, Crystal
Lewis, Jaci Velasquez, Mark Stewart of Audio Adrenaline, Janna Long of
Avalon, Michael Tait and Kevin Max of dcTalk, Da’dra Greathouse and Steve
Crawford of Anointed, Nicol Smith and Todd Smith of Selah and Russ Lee.
More than 50 Christian music artists also participated in the choir for the
song, written by Dove and Grammy Award winner Wayne Kirkpatrick (“Change the
World”) and Dove Award winner Mark Heimermann (“Jesus Freak”) and inspired
by the events of 9-11. Gravity Records, a new independent record label,
provided the production and recording of the “In God We Trust” single.
“We are pleased that the major music companies have come together under this partnership to share GMA’s goal of establishing this annual compilation of Dove Award nominated songs as one of the most important and highly anticipated releases of the year. The Dove Awards are the longest running awards show and most prestigious recognition for excellence in our industry and it’s important that a Dove Hits record reflect that, which this partnership will ensure,” said Breeden.
The Dove Hits 2002 recording will be a featured release in the National Association of Record Merchandisers- (NARM) sponsored point-of-purchase (POP) campaign for mainstream retailers to promote Christian music sales through the Dove Awards. CBA stores will also have the record featured on all Dove Awards POP materials.
Dove Hits 2002 Lineup
Steven Curtis Chapman – ” Live Out Loud”
Third Day – “Come Together”
Rebecca St. James – “Wait For Me”
Michael W. Smith – “Above All”
Yolanda Adams = “I Believe I Can Fly”
ZOEgirl – “With All Of My Heart”
Shaun Groves – “Welcome Home”
Point of Grace – “Blue Skies”
Mark Schultz w/ Ginny Owens – “Remember Me”
CeCe Winans – “Anybody Wanna Pray”
tobyMac – “Extreme Days”
Kirk Franklin and Mary Mary – “Thank You”
Nichole Nordeman – “Every Season”
Avalon – “The Glory”
Nicole C. Mullen – “Call On Jesus”
BONUS: “In God We Trust”
Founded in 1964, the 5,000-member Gospel Music Association is dedicated to educating the public and the music industry concerning the mission and role of gospel music in today’s world. The Gospel Music Association also produces the Dove Awards, which recognizes achievement in all genres of gospel music and is the premiere television awards show for the contemporary Christian and gospel music industry. The 33rd Annual Dove Awards will be held on Thursday, April 25, 2002 at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tenn.