Industry Updates

Jars of Clay on CNN World Beat

Multi-platinum selling Grammy and Dove Award winning band Jars of Clay recently taped a segment for an upcoming CNN World Beat special on Christian music, currently set to air nationwide and internationally in November. pictured (l-r) are: Chris Murphey, CNN World Beat reporter; and Matt Odmark and Dan Haseltine, Jars of Clay. The band was asked to participate in the program due to their tremendous appeal in the Christian and mainstream market: Jars of Clay recently celebrated career sales of…

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Update:Roaring Lambs Course Offered to Christian Industry Executives, Artists & Staff. New dates & contact info provided

In response to increased interest, Barry Landis, vice president and general manager of Atlantic Records is announcing the formation of a course based on the renowned and best-selling book Roaring Lambs. The course will be held this fall in the conference room at Warner Bros. Records on Music Row, every other Tuesday from 5:00 pm.- 7:00 pm., October 24 through December 5. “For several years we have had a Roaring Lambs luncheon, where we invited the industry to take part…

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City On A Hill Captures No. 1 SoundScan Position

Multi-artist collaboration City On A Hill – Songs Of Worship And Praise has captured the No. 1 spot on the SoundScan Top Praise & Worship chart five weeks after its release. The Essential Records project, which features Jars of Clay, Sixpence None the Richer, FFH, Caedmon’s Call, Third Day, The Choir, Gene Eugene, and SONICFLOOd with Peter Furler of the Newsboys, is currently enjoying its highest sales week yet, a rare accomplishment given its longevity on the market. Essential Records…

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Women in Christian Music

Toward the end of 1995 a new organization for women who work in Christian music began its first phase of growth when founder Kathryn E. Darden, publisher of Christian Activities Publications, began sharing her dream with other women in the music industry. A steering committee began meeting in March of 1996 to study the feasibility of such a group leading to the first WICM meeting on April 9, 1996. The first year’s meetings were oriented towards research and fellowship with…

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GOSPEL MUSIC ASSOCIATION NAMES NATIONAL TALENT

The future stars of Christian music just might be those named winners at this year’s Gospel Music Association Seminar in the Rockies in Estes Park, CO, held last month. With more than 500 hopefuls vying for $100,000 in prizes and a chance to be seen by the top executives in the industry, Seminar in the Rockies has become known for producing future top-selling artists each year. Additionally, GMA’s Academy of Gospel Music Arts (AGMA), which holds regional competitions across the…

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THE 43RD GRAMMY NOMINEES ANNOUNCED

A VERSATILE GROUP of artists, producers and other music professionals were nominated for the 43rd Annual GRAMMY Awards. The simultaneous announcements were made on January 3 at press conferences held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills and at the Loews Vanderbilt Plaza in Nashville. Brad Paisley, Trisha Yearwood and Rebecca St. James announced the Recording Academy?s nominees yesterday morning at the Nashville hotel. 25 artists from a wide array of musical genres garnered three or more nominations while…

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MALACO CHRISTIAN DISTRIBUTION ANNOUNCES GRAMMY NOMINEES FOR 2001

Malaco Christian Distribution would like to announce the following Grammy nominees for the year 2001: Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album: James Moore, Malaco Records, Family & Friends Dorothy Norwood, Malaco Records, Ole Rickety Bridge The Williams Brothers, Blackberry Records, The Concert Best Gospel Choir or Chorus Album: Higher, Youth For Christ, Savoy Records, Produced by Reverend Milton Biggham & Troy Sneed Send Up The Praise, Malaco Records, University of Mississippi Gospel Choir Stellar Notes: Dorothy Norwood, James Moore, and The…

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BENSON CLOSES DOORS

This fine-tuning includes folding the Benson Record label into the group of labels, managed by Co-Senior Vice Presidents Dean Diehl and George King, comprised of Reunion, Diadem and Brentwood Records. Personnel changes have taken place regarding the leadership and staff of Benson Records and efforts are currently being made to move staff members to similar positions within the Provident system. Following recent news reflecting Provident Music Group’s best year in history, Chairman/CEO Jim Van Hook announced plans for realignment to…

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1999 Grammy Nominees

Receiving recognition in five different categories including Song of the Year, Kirk Franklin led the gospel music industry in nominations for the 41st annual Grammy Awards, announced today at the Loews Vanderbilt Plaza in Nashville, Tenn., by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Inc. Franklin’s Christian and mainstream hit song Lean on Me, which he performs with Mary J. Blige, R. Kelly, Bono, Crystal Lewis and the Family, received nominations for Song of the Year, Best R&B Performance…

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