Industry News: February 2001

2/28/01 Provident Music Distribution Signs Gospo Centric and B-Rite Music

Provident Music Distribution announces the significant signing of Gospo Centric and B-Rite Music to a major distribution deal. Beginning April 2, all Gospo Centric and B-Rite Music upcoming and back catalog product will be distributed by Provident Music Distribution. The first new project to come under this arrangement will be the April 3 release of the soundtrack to the Fox Searchlight/Fox Pictures movie Kingdom Come, starring Whoopi Goldberg, L.L. Cool J., Toni Braxton, and others, and featuring the music of Kirk Franklin, Trin-i-tee 5:7, Crystal Lewis, etc. There will also be a new project this year from the multi-platinum selling Kirk Franklin and The Family.

“Provident accounts for nearly 35% of urban and gospel sales in our top national accounts,” states Don Noes, senior vice president of Provident Music Distribution. “We are now poised to dominate the marketplace in this genre with the addition of the phenomenal artistry and marketing expertise of Gospo Centric and B-Rite.”
Squint Announces Waterdeep Worship Album and Tour
Squint Entertainment’s Waterdeep is currently in the studio putting the final touches on their second label release, You Are So Good to Me—Waterdeep Worship. The album will release through Word Distribution on May 1. “You Are So Good to Me is an album that Waterdeep’s been wanting to make for quite some time,” states Squint founder Steve Taylor. “Their live concerts, dating back to the early days of the band, have always closed with a time of praise and worship. We look at this album as a natural outgrowth of Waterdeep’s history and chemistry.” Three years ago Waterdeep collaborated with the group 100 Portraits to record Enter the Worship Circle, an indie CD which sold well over 40,000 albums.
2/21/01 Make Me Your Voice Receives Kudos

The benefit project Make Me Your Voice received major coverage in both The
Washington Times and The LA Times. Make Me Your Voice was released on
January 23 in hopes of
bringing awareness to the Christian persecution taking place in Sudan. The project featres Andrae Crouch, Charlie Peacock, and several other top
worship leaders from some of the nation’s largest churches. All
artists’ and producer royalties from the project will benefit three human
relief organizations currently working in Sudan – Christian Solidarity
Worldwide, Franklin Graham’s Samaritan’s Purse and Safe Harbor.
There is a press conference being held in Washington on March 7 that
will introduce the Sudan Peace Act. Spring Hill is flying Ken Tamplin
(creator of Make Me Your Voice) there to participate.

April 10- SONICFLOOD – SonicPraise
April 24 – CIRCADIAN RHYTHM – Over Under Everything – (40 Records)
April 24 – DJ MAJ – Full Plates: The Mixtape Vol. 2
May 8 – THE KATINAS – Destiny

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