On the heels of their first holiday recording, Rose of Bethlehem, which was the November 16 Hot Shot
Debut on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart, Dove Award-winning Curb recording artist Selah is set to headline a multi-city Christmas
Tour this year.
Featuring special guest Doxology recording artist Allen Asbury, the Christmas Tour is slated to kick-off December 5 at Elim Gospel
Church in Lima, New York. Tour stops include Calvary Baptist Church in Detroit; Bethel College in St. Paul, Minnesota; Sonshine
Community Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan; Oshkosh Grand Opera House in Oshkosh, Wisconsin; First Presbyterian Church
in Greenville, Ohio; Highland Park Church in Columbus, Nebraska; Reg Lenna Civic Center in Jamestown, New York; and The
Forum in Binghamton, New York.
“We loved having Selah in concert at the Benson Great Hall last March,” said Mark Hanson, associate director, Benson Great Hall,
Bethel College and Seminary. “We had such a positive response from our audience that evening that we’re bringing Selah back this
December for a Christmas concert. Their hearts for ministry, along with their outstanding gifts and talents, come through very
clearly when they sing.”
Produced by Jason Kyle, Todd Smith, Allan Hall and Nicol Smith, Rose of Bethlehem features 10 selections, including the title
track; “Light of the Stable”; “O Holy Night”; “Silent Night” and “What Child Is This?” Highlights of the project also include the
African-influenced “Noel,” written in the Kituba language by Todd Smith, as well as “Once Upon A Christmas,” a duet with the
song’s composer, country music legend Dolly Parton. The album’s first single, “Joy,” penned by Nicol Smith and Todd and Angela
Smith, has been serviced to Christian AC, CHR and Inspirational formats.
With a career total of five Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, Selah’s 2001 sophomore release, Press On, and the group’s
1999 Curb debut, Be Still My Soul, were named Inspirational Album of the year in 2002 and 2000, respectively. In addition, Press
On reached the #1 position on SoundScan’s Top Inspirational Albums chart and featured the Dove Award-winning rendition of
“Hold On,” as well as two #1 Inspirational singles, “Press On,” and “Wonderful, Merciful Saviour.”
Allen Asbury’s Doxology Records debut, Somebody’s Praying Me Through, released in June and features the title cut; “The Light
Of That City”; “I Hear Music”; “Love Divine”; and “All About Grace,” a duet with Christian Records’ artist Russ Lee, among other
selections. First introduced to Doxology by Bill Gaither, Asbury previously served as a music and youth pastor and toured in the
United States and abroad in the role of Simon Peter in the international theatre production of “The Promise.”
Rose of Bethlehem released October 29 and is distributed by Word Distribution.
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