Music History

A Brief History of the Christian Music Industry

~ A Look Back at the Beginnings and History of the Christian Music Industry ~ The 2023 movie Jesus Revolution provided a look back at the Jesus movement and the early days of contemporary Christian music. However, the Christian music industry’s roots date all the way back to the early days of Christendom when hymns and chants were composed to praise Jesus as well as to provide inspiration to the early church. The gospel music industry began to evolve in…

Gloria Gaynor ‘I Will Survive’ Documentary

~ Gloria Gaynor: “For the last 30 years, I have been telling you ‘I Will Survive,’ but I never told you how.” ~ Gloria Gaynor ‘I Will Survive’ On February 13, in 800-theaters across the country, audiences can pay tribute to musical icon and disco legend Gloria Gaynor whose contributions have inspired millions with her powerful song “I Will Survive,” for a one-night-only theatrical release of the riveting documentary from Director Betsy Schechter, GLORIA GAYNOR: I WILL SURVIVE. Following the screening,…

Amy Grant to Release New Project ‘Lead Me On Live 1989’

~ AMY GRANT TO RELEASE LONG-AWAITED, 18-TRACK COLLECTION, “LEAD ME ON LIVE 1989 ON OCTOBER 6th ~ Amy Grant ‘Lead Me On Live 1989’ On October 6th, six-time GRAMMY-winner Amy Grant will release a long-awaited, fan-anticipated project, Lead Me On Live 1989. Originally recorded during her Lead Me On World Tour in 1988-89, and mostly unreleased except for a few songs included on the 20th Anniversary Edition of the original “Lead Me On” album, this new collection of 18 tracks from the Ft….

Bob Carlisle’s ‘Butterfly Kisses’ Song, Books & Dolls–a Look Back

~ A Look Back at Bob Carlisle’s Butterfly Kisses Song and Dolls ~ Butterfly Kisses Song For butterfly kisses after bedtime prayerSticking little white flowers all up in her hair“Walk beside the pony, Daddy, it’s my first ride”“I know the cake looks funny, Daddy, but I sure tried”Oh, with all that I’ve done wrongI must have done something rightTo deserve a hug every morningAnd butterfly kisses at night Butterfly Kisses from the album  Butterfly Kisses & Bedtime Prayers 🦋 The…

Who Is Smokie Norful?

~ Biography of R&B singer Smokie Norful ~ Smokie Norful is one of the most successful gospel music artists ever. He’s earned two R.I.A.A. certified gold albums, 300 million digital streams, 3.5 billion radio airplay impressions, and two GRAMMY® Awards. There’s no doubt that he’s put his stamp on the inspiring genre with heart-wrenching ballads such as the recent No. 1 “I Still Have You” and “No Greater Love” to “Dear God” and his 2002 breakthrough classic, “I Need You…

Jesus Revolution Movie: Just Go See It

~ Jesus Revolution Movie: The best movie of 2023 so far and one of the best movies I have seen Just go see it! ~ Anything else I write about this movie is a disservice. This is one of those movies you have to see. A review cannot capture it or do it justice. It is historic; it is moving; it is timely; it is uplifting. Maybe later when I have a chance to digest it and process it, I…

Long-Awaited Whitney Houston Gospel Project to Release

~ Long-Awaited Whitney Houston Gospel Project to Release Via Gaither Music Group, Arista/Legacy Recordings and The Estate of Whitney E. Houston ~ I Go to the Rock: The Gospel Music of Whitney Houston to release on March 24 She died eleven years ago today, on February 11, 2012 at age 48, but the unmistakable voice of Whitney Houston remains powerful and timeless. She is one of the best-selling artists of all time with sales of over 200 million records worldwide and is the…

Nashville Media Outlet Christian Activities Marks 30 Years

~ Nashville Media Outlet Christian Activities celebrates 30th anniversary of publishing the latest Christian music and entertainment news ~ Nashville Media Outlet Christian Activities Celebrates 30 Year Anniversary The webzine Christian Activities is celebrating its 30th year of offering breaking news, event information, and new music releases to the public. Nashville entrepreneur Kathryn Darden launched the original one-page publication in 1992 while working at the historic Koinonia Coffeehouse on Music Row. It later grew to a 24-page publication which was distributed…

Johnny Cash: The Redemption of an American Icon in Theaters in Dec.

~ JOHNNY CASH: “THE REDEMPTION OF AN AMERICAN ICON” Exclusively In Theaters December 5,6 & 7 Only; documentary based on conversations with Cash that have never been heard before ~ Fathom Events, Kingdom Story Company, WTA Media, and Harvest Ministries with Greg Laurie have partnered to release “Johnny Cash: The Redemption of an American Icon” this fall.  Initially announced at CinemaCon this past spring, the documentary will be in theaters December 5, 6 & 7 only, and tickets are on sale now HERE.   ”Johnny Cash is an…

World’s Largest Christian Music Festival Returns to Ark Encounter

~‘40 Days & 40 Nights of Gospel Music at The Ark Encounter’ with 150 gospel artists including Ricky Skaggs, The Isaacs, Triumphant, The Hoppers, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, Karen Peck and New River, Brian Free & Assurance and TrueSong~ The world’s largest Christian music festival makes an encore this year at the Ark Encounter in Williamstown, Ky., south of Cincinnati. The large-scale event, with 150 music artists, is called “40 Days of Gospel Music at the Ark” and will…

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