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GRAMMY® and Dove Award-winning artist Michael W. Smith was nominated by the White House to serve a two-year term as a member of the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation. The Council’s main efforts are to promote volunteer service and civic participation in American society. Smith joins a dynamic group of leaders who represent the private and non-profit sectors, including actress Patricia Heaton, actor Stephen Baldwin, entertainer Art Linkletter, actress/singer Hilary Duff and Phoenix Suns owner Jerry Colangelo. This prestigious nomination comes at Smith prepares for the national release of the film “Second Chance,” his first acting role in a major motion picture.
Billboard Radio Monitor (2/10/06) reported that the week between Christmas and New Years was a big week for digital downloads. During that seven-day stretch, consumers legally downloaded almost 20 million track from iTunes and other download retailers, more than three times the number of tracks downloaded during the same time the previous year. Digital track sales reached 352 million for the year.
Award-winning singer/songwriter Jeremy Camp ended 2005 on a double Gold note, when his first two releases with BEC Recordings, Stay and Carried Me: The Worship Project, were both certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). His current release, Restored, is close to Gold certification, meaning Camp’s music and videos will ship over 1,500,000 copies in less than three years. Camp hits the road this spring for a 13-date acoustic tour, “The Live Unplugged Tour,” with opening act Bethany Dillon.
Also reaching Gold status: Mark Schultz’s DVD/CD project, Mark Schultz Live – A Night Of Stories & Songs (Word Records) and Chris Tomlin’s praise and worship album Arriving (sixstepsrecords/Sparrow), which debuted at #39 on the Billboard Top 200 chart back in September.
In typical quirky fashion, Relient K is hitting the road for the Matt Hoopes Birthday Tour. Hoopes is the band’s guitarist, and the tour kicks off in Kansas City, MO on his birthday, February 15th. Joining them on the road will be The Rocket Summer and Maxeen.
GMA’s New Artists of the Year, Building 429, are getting ready to release their anticipated sophomore project, Rise, on March 14th. The first single off the album, “Fearless,” went for adds to Adult Contemporary, Rock, and Christian Hit Radio in January.
BEC Recordings artist Jadon Lavik releases his sophomore album, Life On The Inside, March 7th. Lavik will join Rebecca St. James and Barlow Girl on a 40-plus city tour on February 2nd through April 1st.
Family Force 5, Fighting Instinct, and DJ Maj have joined together to perform 15 after-show parties during Winter Jam 2006 tour, underway through March 19th. The three acts will offer late-night music for fans at churches and Christian clubs in markets nationwide, including Tennessee, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Alabama, Georgia, North and South Carolina, as well as Oklahoma, Texas, Michigan, and Mississippi.
George W. Bush: Faith in the White House, a 70-minute documentary produced by Grizzly Adams Productions Inc. (GAP) that offers an insider’s look at how President Bush’s dedication to prayer and the daily application of scripture transformed his life and leadership, has been added to the permanent collection of the Division of Politics and Reform at the Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History, in Washington, DC. A Bush baseball cap and postcard used to promote the show are also part of the permanent collection. The documentary first aired on the PAX-TV Network, LINK-TV, DISH-TV Pay-Per-View, and worldwide broadcast outlets of the Trinity Broadcasting Network. The audio version aired on 200 Christian radio stations as well as several secular TV networks in foreign countries such as Korea, Iran and the former Baltic countries.
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