Word Signs Paige

Word Records announces the signing of 16-year-old Texas singer, songwriter and guitar player Paige Lewis. Referred to as simply “Paige,” she will release her self-titled debut for Word June 19, 2001. In addition to the team at Word Records, Paige is managed by Mike Atkins Management, a division of TBA Entertainment, which is also home to Point Of Grace, Jaci Velasquez, 4HIM, FFH and Wayne Watson. The William Morris Agency will handle booking performances for Paige.
Produced by Christian music’s newcomers David Rice (Mandy Moore) and Matt Hammon, Paige features progressive elements of electric guitar-based music and mature lyrics- all written by Paige. Among the powerful vocals and avant-garde instrumentals are a wide range of sounds from praise-rock (“Cry Holy,” “Jonah”) to pop (“Heart of Hearts”) to the worshipful (“Here In The Light,” “Precious,” “Darkness Into Light”).
The Christian Hits (CHR) song, “Power In Your Hand,” recently brought Paige to Nashville for the filming of her first music video. In addition to the video, Paige will be marketed targeting younger audiences via performances at summer festivals, as well as with a national radio campaign based on her first CHR radio single, “Heart of Hearts.” Paige recently performed at Universal Studios’ Rock the Universe in Hollywood and is slated to play at Atlanta Fest, Crossover, Rock the Light and at Universal Studios’ Rock the Universe, Orlando. Paige will also be introduced to the CBA industry during high profile appearances during Gospel Music Week 2000 later this month.
Paige’s introduction to the industry comes two years from the time she announced to her family that she was interested in writing and playing the guitar. After her youth pastor began booking her to lead worship and to perform in area churches, Paige’s talent began soliciting a large fan base and offers from independent record companies. Since then, Word Records vice president of A&R Brent Bourgeois has been working with her to develop the Paige project.
“As she began to send more songs, she showed unbelievable instinct,” says Brent. “It usually takes years for a songwriter to say what they need to say in a three minute song. I could teach a songwriting class with her songs.”
Paige makes it very evident what message she wants to convey in her songwriting and performances. “I want to tell people,” she says, “Look, guys-God has an awesome plan for your life, and it’s so much better than you can figure out on your own. I’m very honored that God would choose me to do something like this.”
Paige performs in churches near her home in Katy, Texas when she is not recording or touring. She is currently completing her junior year in high school where she is revered as a star catcher on the softball team.
Word Records, a division of Word Entertainment, is a property of Gaylord Entertainment Company (NYSE: GET), a diversified entertainment company operating in two business groups: hospitality and attractions, and music, media and entertainment. It is headquartered in Nashville.
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