Nashville News: October


Kathryn E. Darden
Oct 15, 2008



Earlier this summer EMI Christian Music Group in Nashville commemorated the multi-platinum selling “Lead Me On,” one of the most popular, treasured albums in Amy Grant’s spectacular 30 year history, with a 20th Anniversary two disc set. This week, in support of these songs and season of life for so many who loved this project, Grant is launching the “Lead Me On” 20th Anniversary Celebration Tour." The closes the tour comes to Nashville is Nov 18 in Greeneville, TN

10/15/08 Comedian and impersonator John Morgan, ABC Television's "The Next Best Thing" finalist and "The Definitive President George W. Bush," recently joined fellow political impersonators Dale Leigh ("President Bill Clinton") and Patsy Gilbert ("Governor Sarah Palin") to entertain crowds and members of the media at a street fair hosted by Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., before the second presidential debate between Senator John McCain and Senator Barack Obama on October 7, 2008.

10/13/08 Rock group, Downhere, recently performed at the Presidential Debate, one of the biggest events in Nashville history. Belmont University hosted a block party for the city and attendees from across the nation prior to the debate getting underway. Downhere performed selections from their new CD, Ending Is Beginning, which released September 23rd.

10/12/08 Casting Crowns Releases “Peace On Earth” This Week - Christian music’s four-time Group of the Year Casting Crowns ushers in the holiday season this week with its first Christmas album release Peace On Earth, which hit stores nationwide on Tuesday (10/7). The band celebrated this career first with a host of street-week activities, consisting of Christmas performances for TV on the TBN network and “The 700 Club,” airing later this year, plus a chapel service led by the band at LifeWay's corporate offices in Nashville, and capped off with a staff party at Provident Label Group in Nashville.

FOX News’ “Hannity & Colmes” co-host Sean Hannity came to Nashville to speak at an October 7 luncheon fundraiser for Rocketown, the nonprofit youth entertainment venue and skatepark. “Rally for Rocketown” took place at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena, prior to the 2008 Town Hall Presidential Debate at Belmont University. The event also featured a musical performance by Grammy award-winning Christian artist and Rocketown founder, Michael W. Smith. More Smitty below!

10/9/8 Tammy Trent teamed with TobyMac, to serve gazpacho at “Turning The Tables,” a benefit dinner starring Nashville-area television, sports and music personalities as servers. The event, which was presented by Southern Exposure Magazine to raise money for the Save The Franklin Theatre project, also featured Michael W. Smith; American Idol finalist Melinda Doolittle; and Tennessee Titans players Erron Kinney, Daniel Loper, and Benji Olson, among others. Save The Franklin Theatre is an effort on behalf of the Heritage Foundation to reclaim, restore and renovate the 71-year old venue on Franklin, Tennessee’s Main Street.

10/6/08 Originally from rural North Carolina, Steve McGranahan was born into a poor family and is politically conservative. And beyond the funny strongman’s appearance that combines a character combination of Larry the Cable Guy and musclehead Samson, Steve is a gent with a big heart. Steve will be in Nashville next week for as a featured personality and nominated guest of the Inspirational Country Music Awards. But while in town, Steve’s first priority will be visiting Antioch High School where he’ll lead two anti-bullying/anti-gang sessions on the morn of Oct. 16. Prior to becoming the World’s Strongest Redneck, Steve worked with troubled teens.

10/1/8 The Presidential Debate scheduled for Nashville will draw on undecided voters from the region to help question the Democratic and Republican party nominees. The Oct. 7 debate at Belmont University will use the town hall format. Gallup pollsters will identify about a hundred voters who haven't picked a candidate to support to help pose questions. Belmont President Bob Fisher said the debate presents an opportunity to "showcase" the university and the city. More than 2,500 members of the news media are expected to cover the debate.

The 14th Annual Inspirational Country Music Award Show (ICM�s) will be held on Thursday, October 16, 2008, at 7 PM CST at the Trinity Music City USA Auditorium located in Hendersonville, Tennessee. Grammy award wining group, The Isaacs, will perform and multi-platinum recording artist, Collin Raye, will host the awards show. The annual Inspirational Country Music Awards are dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent among artists who perform Christian and Inspirational Country music. Christian Country music is inspired by Faith, Family, and Country.

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