Industry News: October


Kathryn E. Darden
Oct 22, 2007



Time Life Releases Songs 4 Ever

Time Life is releasing a comprehensive Christian music collection. Songs 4 Ever features a star-studded roster of artists and spans Christian music over the past three decades. The project, that showcases ten CDs with 150 songs, will be available online at and through television infomercials airing nationally, beginning October 26, 2007.

10/20/7 Casting Crowns Hosts Battle of the Bands

The top-selling band in Christian music, Casting Crowns, is giving back to its roots as a youth ministry band in Atlanta. The band, in partnership with, Gibson Guitars, and WorshipTogether, is on the lookout for emerging new talent in the "Battle of the Bands: The Search for the Ultimate Church Band."The winning band will meet lead singer Mark Hall and play for his 400 students during an upcoming youth service at Eagles Landing First Baptist in McDonough, GA, and will also win loads of Gibson gear. Visit for all the details and to find out how to submit.&n! bsp; Deadline for entries is Oct.26th.

10/17/7 Announces MP3 Downloads

Amazon MP3 ( offers Earth's biggest selection of a la carte, DRM-free MP3 music downloads. With over 2 million songs from more than 180,000 artists represented by over 20,000 major and independent labels, Amazon MP3 complements's existing selection of over 1 million CDs to offer customers more selection of physical and digital music than any other retailer. Every song and album on Amazon MP3 is available exclusively in the MP3 format without digital rights management (DRM) software. This means that Amazon MP3 customers are free to enjoy their music downloads using any hardware device, organize their music using any music management application, and burn songs to CDs. Most songs are priced from 89 cents to 99 cents, with more than 1 million of the 2 million songs priced at 89 cents. The top 100 best-selling songs are 89 cents, unless marked otherwise. Most albums are priced from $5.99 to $9.99. The top 100 best-selling albums are $8.99 or less, unless marked otherwise.

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American Bible Society Gospel Music Association Agree to Long-Term Ministry Partnership

The American Bible Society (ABS) and the Gospel Music Association (GMA) have agreed to a long-term Ministry Partnership that will celebrate songwriters who incorporate the Bible’s life-changing message into their music. According to Dr. Paul G. Irwin, president and CEO of the American Bible Society and John W. Styll, president and CEO of GMA, the new partnership calls for the GMA and the Bible Society to create a new songwriting competition at GMA’s Annual Music in the Rockies event which is held in Estes Park, Colo. each summer. The ABS Scripture Song category will be added to the 34th Annual GMA Music in the Rockies, scheduled for August 3-9, 2008.

Word Announces National Talent Winner

After a nationwide talent search competition, Word Label Group, the Christian Festival Assoc. (CFA), and Artist Ovation have announced rock group, Nitengale, as the overall 2007 competition winner. The band’s community in Fairbanks, AK pulled together to send Nitengale to the competition, held at Soundcheck in Nashville, TN on Sept. 22. The 2007 Artist Ovation competition winner was given an artist development agreement.

Centricity, INO Hire National Promoters

Centricity Records announced the addition of Jennifer Allen, formerly INO Records national promotions manager, for the new role of national promotions director. INO Records promoted Valerie Stone to national promotions manager.

10/10/7 Worship Leader Offers Free Album

In a time when the music industry is struggling to find a profitable business model, worship leader Chris Nesbitt is taking the opposite approach. He's making his second album, "Liquid Worship," completely free. The album's 11 songs can be downloaded in high-resolution mp3 files at and for no charge. "Liquid Worship" is produced by Christian music veteran Phillip LaRue of the Dove Award-nominated group LaRue. Hard copies of the CD will be available for purchase through distributors OutBound Music & CD Baby, as well as Christian retailers via Quest® isMOD™ Kiosks

13th Annual Inspirational Country Music Award Show

Organizers of the 13th Annual Inspirational Country Music Award Show (ICM's) announce some of the performers and presenters who are confirmed to appear on the annual award show that will be held at the historic Acuff Theater, Sunday, November 4th, 2007, at 6 PM CST. The show will be aired on four major networks with over 180 millions subscribers in the United States, Canada and to over 170 nations throughout the world. This year's show will include performers and presenters such as: the reigning Entertainer of the Year, Mike Hammock, who will perform "Safe IN The Arms of Love"; on the show as well as Lee Greenwood, Tammy Cochran, Emerson Drive; Mike Manuel; the Bellamy Brothers; Blue County; Brad Cotter; CrossCountry; Mary James.

Provident Announces Hiring in Two Departments

Provident Music Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Ashley Cooney as Accounts Payable and Finance Assistant, and Julie Jones as the part-time Executive Assistant to the President and CEO, Terry Hemmings. Cooney has over four years of experience in accounting, human resources, administration, retail and management. Julie is a graduate of Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, CA, with a BA in Cross-Cultural Ministries. She has more than 10 years of experience at EMI CMG, a! s the Manager of HR and Travel.

10/1/7 Carried Away Snags Four Covenant Awards Nominations

Canadian trio Carried Away snagged four nominations last night for GMA Canada’s 29th Annual Covenant Awards to be held October 26th in Calgary, Alberta. Carried Away took a break from their current North American tour with JUMP5 to help announce the nominations in Brampton, Ontario on September 11th. The group was nominated for Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year ("I Want You"), Song of the Year ("Mystery"), Seasonal Song of the Year ("Soaring Trough the Sky") and Group of the Year, alongside downhere, High Valley, Relient K and Starfield.

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