Nashville News: February 2001

Jaci Velasquez performed for an event during the four-day inaugural celebration for George W. Bush while Michael W. Smith attended the Inaugural Prayer Breakfast on January 21st. And, of course, Sandi Patty kicked things off with the “Star Spangled Banner” on Thursday night.

Lighter shade of pale? The new album from Rebecca St. James, Transform, hit stores worldwide in January. Rebecca seems to have also gone somewhat blond since last time we saw her. I guess you could say she’s…transformed!

The new Point of Grace album entitled Free to Fly is scheduled to hit stores the first week of May.

The album release date for Sarah Masen’s latest has been changed to March 6th.

Since its international release in June 2000, Christafari’s first full length Spanish/Portuguese recording, Palabra Sonido Y Poder has seen tremendous success in Latin America. The hit song “El Amor De Mi Vida” (Love of My Life) was #1 for over 4 months in San Salvador, El Salvador. It also recently reached #1 in Honduras, #1 in Uruguay and #3 in Costa Rica.

Essential Records’ new pop group True Vibe, formed by multi-platinum 98 Degrees’ founding original member, Jonathan Lippmann, performed the national anthem on ABC Monday Night Football. The recent performance was for the National Football League (NFL) Colts verses Buffalo game held in Indianapolis at the RCA Dome. Almost 60,000 football fans heard True Vibe perform the anthem, while an additional television audience viewed the performance live from their homes. True Vibe has already appeared on Late Night with David Letterman and performed the national anthem for several other major sporting events (Tennessee Titans, Washington Redskins, Cincinnati Reds, etc.), as well as performed at the Arena Football “Superbowl” in Orlando, which broadcasted the formance to over 150 coun tries. Not including the television audiences, True Vibe has performed for more than 750,000 people prior to releasing its debut album scheduled for May 15.

Avalon is out of the studio and has announced that their new album
Oxygen will be released in April.

Ginny Owens is reportedly joining Twila Paris for a duet to be included on Twila’s upcoming Lullabies album.

Sixpence has a new single, Us. Sixpence’s next full album is scheduled to release this spring and May has been mentioned. The group also joined former President Jimmy Carter with a house building project for Habitat For Humanity in New York City. Leigh Nash has recorded “Need To Be Next To You” for the new movie “Bounce.” While hesitant to do a song solo, Leigh was encouraged to take the opportunity by fellow band members. In March, Leigh will be showing up in “Girls Who Rock” ad campaigns from Urban Decay.

On Sunday, February 4th, Tammy Trent will be on The Hour of Power TV broadcast at the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, CA with Dr. Robert Schuller. Check your local listings for when it will broadcast in your area. Tammy was recently invited to be the headline performer at Dallas radio station KLTY’s “Welcome to 94.9, the Signal Change Party” which celebrated KLTY’s move on the radio dial. The concert took place at 6 Flags in Dallas and also featured Zoegirl.

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