The Gospel Music Association Foundation has announced that guitar legend Phil Keaggy, premier country music artists The Statler Brothers, distinguished vocalist Larnelle Harris, and gospel greats The Winans, along with former music executive Joe Moscheo, will be inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in October. "This year's class of GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame inductees are each unique in their significant contributions to the heritage and diversity of gospel music," said foundation President and CEO John Styll, "but together (they) share a legacy of creating redemptive music that has inspired music audiences for decades." For more information, visit www.gmahalloffame.org.
Here's a bit of trivia: MercyMe is one of few Contemporary Christian music acts to have had all of their recordings certified Gold or Platinum. They've scored five best-selling projects, nine consecutive No. 1 Christian singles and four back-to-back mainstream radio hits, along with numerous Dove Awards and a Grammy nomination. And they're back in November with their latest album, "All That Is Within Me." Lead singer/songwriter Bart Millard said that in many ways this record is a return to MercyMe's roots, with music that is "geared for the church. It's what we do live, what we love, who we are, and what consumes us."
The full lineup hasn't been announced, but Fireflight is just one of the bands heading overseas this December to perform at the Christmas Rock Night in Gevelsberg, Germany. The two-day event features Christian rock bands from America and Europe and draws thousands of music fans from all over Europe. Fireflight played the event last Christmas and, along with Kutless and Blindside, was invited this past spring to play four separate festivals in Switzerland, Germany and Croatia. Band members said they were especially humbled by the opportunity to play in Croatia, where many festivalgoers had never been to a concert, but were hungry for the spiritual message the bands brought. For more information, visit www.fireflightrock.com.
The Robbie Seay Band hits the road in October and November in support of their latest release, "Give Yourself Away." Comprised of Robbie Seay, Dan Hamilton and Ryan Owens, the group leads worship at Ecclesia Church, a Houston-based community of faith that seeks to embrace culture through practical love. The tour also includes special guest Brandon Heath. For more information, visit www.robbieseayband.com.
Teen pop sensation Jump5 recently announced plans to disband, but not before they hit the road one last time in support of their final album. Jump5's "Hello & Goodbye Tour" kicked off in September and will take the group to more than 30 markets before the end of the year. Sponsored by Kingdom Kidz Club and Shoutlife.com, the "Hello & Goodbye Tour" includes Jessie Daniels, Carried Away, pureNRG, Cali and Sammy Ward. Jump5's final studio album, "Hello & Goodbye," releases Oct. 9 on Slanted Records. The Radio Disney single "Shoot the Moon" is now available at iTunes. For more information, visit www.jump5.com.
Southern Gospel's award-winning Dove Brothers Quartet recently lent their vocals to the Lighthouse Children's Home latest recording, Run On For Jesus. The Lighthouse Children's Home in Tallahassee, Fla., was founded by Billy Hudson more than 30 years ago to provide a home for at-risk girls between the ages of 12 and 17. The recording features the vocal talents of the young women at the Lighthouse Children's Home with background vocals from the Dove Brothers Quartet. For more information, visit www.lighthousechildrenshome.com.
CCM Magazine is holding its annual Readers' Choice Awards. Vote online through Oct.14 by visiting www.ccmmagazine.com.
Nicole C. Mullen, Mark Harris and Shaun Groves, three of Christian and gospel music's most respected artists, have signed on to teach at the Gospel Music Association Academy Talent Competition and Seminar Oct. 12 and 13 in Nashville. Topics covered at the seminar include booking, management, the indie artist career, songwriting collaboration, legal issues and more. For more information, visit www.gospelmusic.org or call (615) 242-0303.
Salem Publishing, part of the media powerhouse Salem Communications, recently added the music and pop culture Web site CMCentral.com to its already extensive list of Web site, print and broadcast holdings, which also include ChristianMusicPlanet.com, CCMMagazine.com, MyCCM.org, CCM Magazine, Preaching Magazine, YouthWorker Journal, Homecoming Magazine and Singing News Magazine, as well as approximately 100 radio stations, including 61 stations in 23 of the top 25 markets.
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Entertainment notes compiled from artist interviews and press releases.