Music History

Easter 2006 – Comments by Pres. George W. Bush

Web //–> “He is not here; for He is risen, as He said.” Matthew 28:6 I send greetings to those observing the joyous holiday of Easter. On Easter, Christians around the world join together with family and friends to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ and the triumph of love over death. This is a season of renewal, a time for giving thanks and praise and for remembering that hope overcomes despair. Christ’s extraordinary sacrifice and compassion continue to…

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Just As He Is — Andy Griffith (1998)

Andy Griffith is back with more gospel songs. Two years ago, American television legend Andy Griffith found himself on the Billboard album charts alongside the likes of Eric Clapton, Rage Against the Machine and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony with his Grammy Award-winning I Love To Tell the Story. He loved the experience so much, he’s back with a new recording, Just As I Am, which will be available at retail stores beginning March 31, 1998. Just As I Am will be Griffth’s…

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Amy Grant in New Reality Show

Web //–> NBC will be making “Three Wishes” come true in a new special/backdoor pilot starring five-time Grammy-winning artist Amy Grant in an unscripted format in which Grant will lead a team of experts to a small town to help make the hopes and unbelievable dreams come true for deserving people. “Everyone secretly wants the chance to fulfill a lifelong wish that seems beyond their grasp — and this show will help transform those dreams into a life-changing reality,”…

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Plus ONE Debuts at Number One

Web //–> Atlantic Records artist Plus ONE debuted at the number one slot on Christian Albums SoundScan chart this week with the release of their sophomore project Obvious. Hitting stores nationwide Feb. 26, 2002, Obvious rocketed to the top of the chart selling more than 41,000 units its first week out while debuting at #29 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart. Experiencing a blockbuster first year, with its debut project The Promise certifying RIAA gold in less than ten months,…

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Michael W. Smith Introduces Rocketown

Web //–> MICHAEL W. SMITH AT TWO RIVERS Nashville’s own beloved Smitty is bringing the show you’ve wanted to see to Two Rivers Baptist Church on March 8. This concert event promises to be a journey back in time to where it all began 10 years ago – a very special evening, acoustic, up close and intimate. MICHAEL W. SMITH “CHANGE YOUR WORLD” Michael’s last project, Change Your World, is an album of positive, catchy pop songs and memorable…

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1996 Gospel Grammy Award Winner

The winners of the 1996 Grammy Awards were announced including the following winners in the Gospel categories: Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album Tribute – The Songs of Andrae Crouch, various artists; Norman Miller and Neal Joseph, producers (Warner Alliance) Best Southern Gospel, Country Gospel or Bluegrass Gospel Album I Love to Tell the Story: 25 Timeless Hymns, Andy Griffith (Sparrow Communications Group) Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album Face to Face, Cissy Houston (House of Blues Music Co. Best Contemporary Soul Gospel…

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Point of Grace – Secured by Love and Outrageous Joy

Web //–> src=”” border=0 align=left> Their rise in Christian music was unparalleled, taking off at unprecedented speed. Fifteen consecutive #1 radio singles, three gold records certified with 12 months, high-profile televisions appearances, a major book deal with Pocket Books, consistent Billboard charting action and Grammy and Dove Award accolades. (Plus five Dove nominations this year, including Group and Artist of the Year.) Yet, for all the attention and excitement surrounding Point of Grace, the group has unashamedly remained wholehearted…

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42nd Gospel Music Association (GMA) Dove Awards’ nominations announced

The nominees for the 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards were announced today from the Grand Salon of the Fox Theatre in Atlanta instead of being announced in Nashville as has been the tradition for the past 4 decades. TobyMac and Chris Tomlin topped the list of artist nominees with six nominations each, while Jason Crabb took five, and Francesca Battistelli, Matt Maher, Third Day and Tenth Avenue North garnered four nominations in Christian music’s most prestigious awards show. Brandon Heath,…

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A Salute to Gospel Music at the White House

Web //–> George W. Bush and his wife Laura President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush hosted a concert entitled, “Celebrating America’s Gospel Heritage – A Salute to Gospel Music,” at the White House in the East Room on February 14. The Gospel Music Association (GMA) will produce the program for the White House. Recording artists Michael W. Smith and CeCe Winans served as emcees for the concert, which will feature performances from fellow gospel artists Shirley…

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The Jonas Brothers: Good, Clean Fun for Your Teens

Web //–> Why the Jonas Brothers? I’m glad you asked! Popular culture is the shiny grappling hook that attracts teens and tweens, and there is no bait more enticing on that hook than popular music. The artists and groups your kids listen to will have as much impact on them — or possibly more impact on them — than church or school, and will possibly exert more influence on them than YOU do if you are not careful. It…

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