CCM industry reports in the aftermath of 2006's devestating Hurricane Katrina.
Rochester, NY-Word Recording artist and former American Idol contestant George Huff, a native of New Orleans, says that when news of Hurricane Katrina hit, he and his large extended family scattered. Huff and 14 of his relatives evacuated to Dallas; his mother and sister currently reside there with other family members. His father and his other sister were trapped in a separate home for several days and were recently rescued. Huff’s father is currently recovering in a Baton Rouge Hospital. “A Brighter Day,” the first single from Huff’s upcoming album Miracles, will soon be available for download from major digital service providers. Available for $.99 cents, all proceeds from the sale of Huff’s national debut single will be donated to Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.
Vertical artist and New Orleans resident Jason Morant evacuated safely to Nashville with his wife before Hurricane Katrina struck, says the artist’s publicist. However Morant’s home and all of this band equipment was destroyed.
Rocketown recording artist Shaun Groves has joined the organization FindShelter.org as both a spokesperson for their work and a partner in the daily planning needed to make relief possible to families affected by Hurricane Katrina. FindShelter.org is dedicated to helping hurricane victims by connecting them with churches and other organizations willing to assist them with long-term recovery. For more information on how churches and organizations can sponsor families, please visit www.findshelter.org.
Project Restore, the official emergency crisis branch of the Gospel Music Association, will mobilize to aid the relief efforts in the Gulf Coast states of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. The group is partnering with Atlanta-based Gospel Music Channel (GMC) for a multi-network broadcast of a live benefit concert on Thursday, Sept. 22nd at the Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta.
Third Day's song "Cry Out to Jesus," the first single from their upcoming release Wherever You Are, is being picked up by multiple radio stations as the theme of hope for recovery efforts in Katrina's wake. The band, who is one of World Vision's partner artists, has recorded a public service announcement to accompany the single directing people to World Vision's Web site (www.worldvision.org) for donations to the relief efforts
Reunion/Beach Street Records artist Casting Crowns has announced they will donate all proceeds from their upcoming Oct. 20th concert in Baton Rouge, La., to hurricane victims.
Billboard Radio Monitor reports that conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh will host a one-man, one-night Broadway charity show to benefit Hurricane Katrina victims. “Rush On Broadway” will be staged at the New Amsterdam Theater in Manhattan’s Times Square on Oct. 18. Tickets are $77—the same as his AM frequency on flagship station WABC (770 AM) New York. Conservative colleague Sean Hannity will introduce Limbaugh.
- In the wake of the hurricane, book retailers are working to get copies of spiritually encouraging print material to hurricane victims. According to the Christian Booksellers Association (CBA):
- While supplies last, Tyndale House is providing retailers and churches with copies of Finding God's Peace in Perilous Times, Holding on to Hope, and the NLT Abundant Life Bible for distribution to hurricane victims.
- A private donor is giving 50,000 copies of Thirty One Days of Praise (Multnomah) by Ruth Myers to be distributed through the Salvation Army to hurricane victims.
- Thomas Nelson will donate, and Samaritan’s Purse will distribute, 100,000 Bibles to the relief efforts.
- Zondervan is working with the International Bible Society to provide ministry-edition Bibles to hurricane victims.
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