Music History

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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Stryper 25th Anniversary Tour

When you think of Christian rock, yellow and black spandex and makeup in the 1980s, what band springs to mind? Legendary Christian rock band Stryper, of course! Now Stryper has announced plans for a 25th Anniversary Tour, hitting 50 cities in North America this fall before going international in January and February 2010. Stryper’s upcoming studio album Murder by Pride (Big3 Records) will be released in July.The Stryper 25th Anniversary Tour, scheduled to launch in September 2009, will be a…

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Christian Magazine Grew From Calendar

Free publication focuses on positive music, activities and personalities was the header of the January 7, 2003, article in The Tennessean that covered the development of Christian Activities Magazine from a free one-page handout to its present incarnation as a statewide magazine and international website. On January 7, 2003, Tim Adkins of The Tennessean wrote an article about Christian Activities Magazine and publisher Kathryn E. Darden titled Christian Magazine Grew From Calendar Excerpt: While working at the Koinonia Christian Bookstore…

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A 2002 CCM Thanksgiving

What are your favorite artists up to this Thanksgiving? Here’s how some of the CCM artists spent Thanksgiving in 2002, featuring Michael Tait, tobyMac, Kevin Max, Benjamin Gate, Rebecca St. James, and more of your favorite Christian artists. Michael Tait and Tait drummer Chad Chapin will be staying in Nashville for Thanksgiving, spending the holiday at the home of Tait’s manager. Tait bassist Lonnie Chapin will be in Ohio for the holiday, spending time with his girlfriend and her family….

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