The Christian Music Hall of Fame honored its 2008 inductees at a ceremony June 14 at Cottonwood Creek Baptist Church in Allen, Texas. This year's inductees were Michael W. Smith, Dottie Rambo, who was killed last month bus accident, John Schlitt (lead singer of Petra), Stryper, David Meece, Ed Enoch, Lou Wills Hildreth and The Staple Singers. The Christian Music Hall of Fame and Museum is a non-denominational, non-profit, donor-driven charity that provides a place where people can go to see a history of artists who celebrate Jesus Christ through their music. For more information, visit www.hallmuseum.com.
Sarah MacIntosh, the former Chasing Furies lead singer who released her critically acclaimed album The Waiters, The Watchers, The Listeners, The Keepers, And Me earlier this year, has just signed a distribution deal with Koch Entertainment. The deal will put Sarah's album in stores across the U.S. and Canada. The album's first radio single, "More Than Hands," hit the top 3 for 10 consecutive weeks on Christian Radio Weekly's Independent Artist Airplay chart and was No. 1 for 2 weeks. Sarah and her husband serve as worship leaders at Horizon Christian Fellowship in San Diego.
Fans of Christian recording legend Steven Curtis Chapman have rallied around his family following the May 21 death of his young daughter Maria Sue Chapman. In the two weeks after she was killed in a driveway accident at her home, fans donated more than $310,000 in Maria's memory to Shaohannah's Hope, the adoption and orphan care ministry founded by the Chapmans. The money is used to help families with the cost of adopting children from around the world.
SGN Scoops Magazine, which covers Southern Gospel news, has announced the nominees for the 2008 SGN Scoops Diamond Awards. Fans are encouraged to vote for their favorite songs, albums, artists, Web sites, and individuals. The official online ballot is now available online. The deadline for voting is July 26. The 2008 SGN Scoops' Diamond Awards will be handed out Sept. 12, in Louisville, Ky. during the week of the National Quartet Convention. For more information, visit www.diamondawardsonline.com
Hawk Nelson set out last month for their second annual Faith Nights Baseball Tour, where the band will perform a concert either before or after the game. Lead vocalist Jason Dunn will throw out the first pitch. Special guest RunKidRun will perform at the seventh-inning stretch and Audio Adrenaline's Mark Stuart will emcee the event. The tour continues through August. For a complete list of dates, visit www.hawknelson.com.
Big Daddy Weave celebrates a decade as a band with the release of their fifth studio album, What Life Would Be Like. Songwriter and front man Mike Weaver explains that the album's content, including a cover of Phil Collins' classic, "Another Day in Paradise," was greatly influenced by the group's recent visit to poverty-stricken villages in Ecuador. World Vision, a Christian humanitarian organization that helps communities worldwide overcome poverty and injustice, secured a grant that will provide poor villages $14 for every What Life Would Be Like CD sold. The band's label, Fervent Records, along with other corporate entities, have partnered under the grant to help World Vision purchase and distribute food, water, clothing and medical supplies globally. For more information, visit www.bigdaddyweave.com.
To commemorate the 20-year anniversary of Amy Grant's album "Lead Me On," her label is releasing a special two-disc set. One CD will feature the digitally re-mastered original album, the other with nine previously unreleased songs and an audio interview. In addition, Grant is launching the "Lead Me On" 20th Anniversary Celebration Tour" in October, which will hit 20 cities.
Last month, sister-fronted rock band Superchick released Rock What You Got, the band's first new studio project in three years. Since the release of their last album, Beauty From Pain, band members have walked their own dark, lonely roads, with painful relationship splits and cancer touching four of their families. Rather than expound upon these personal hardships, Superchick turned Rock What You Got into a battle cry to charge onward. In a unique move, the band's label, InPop, released three different singles from the album to three different radio formats: "Crawl" to AC radio, "Hold" to CHR radio, and "Hey Hey" to Rock radio.
Entertainment notes compiled from artist interviews and press releases.