Musician Phelps goes to the extreme to help a deserving family

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Word Records' Grammy and Dove Award-winning artist, David Phelps, is slated to appear on the ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" Jan. 13. Phelps will deliver a benefit concert to the cast, crew and community in Colorado Springs, Colo. who have joined forces to build a new home for one special family and their 9-year-old daughter, born with a rare and incurable disorder. Phelps, a three-time Gospel Music Association "Male Vocalist of the Year" nominee, has impressed audiences internationally as an acclaimed solo artist and a former member of the renowned Gaither Vocal Band. He most recently released the Christmas album, "One Wintry Night: A David Phelps Christmas," as well as "No More Night: David Phelps Live in Birmingham." His highly lauded first full-length solo DVD and live CD, "Legacy of Love: David Phelps Live," recently received Gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America.

Today's top singers and songwriters are uniting with one voice for charity. Littlehampton, England-based Compassionart is hosting internationally-renowned artists Michael W. Smith, Chris Tomlin, Steven Curtis Chapman, Darlene Zschech, Matt and Beth Redman, Tim Hughes, Paul Baloche, Israel Houghton, Graham Kendrick, Andy Park, and Martin Smith and Stu Garrard (Delirious?) for a retreat in Perthshire, Scotland Ja. 7 to 11. The songwriters' unprecedented goal is to collectively write almost a dozen songs that will be used to raise money for the relief of suffering around the planet. One hundred percent of the proceeds derived from the songs written at the Compassionart retreat will go directly to charity: half will go to the songwriters' charity of choice, and the other half will go to a charitable project agreed upon by all the songwriters involved. To learn more about Compassionart, visit www.compassionart.co.uk.

The Grammy nominations are in, and some familiar names top the Gospel category lists. In the Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album category, nominees are Casting Crowns' "The Altar and The Door"; Israel and New Breed's "A Deeper Level"; American Idol Mandisa's debut "True Beauty"; Michael W. Smith's "Stand"; and TobyMac's "Portable Sounds." Ashley Cleveland, Da' T.R.U.T.H., Cross Movement, Pillar and Skillet were nominated for Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album. For a complete list of nominees, visit www.grammy.com.

 It's probably just a coincidence that the quirky Canadian foursome Hawk Nelson is set to release their third studio project on April 1. The album is titled "Hawk Nelson iI My Friend," and beginning in January fans will be able to purchase an album bundle for $30 that will include a concert ticket with preferred seating during the band's tour (which kicks off February 28 in Abilene, Texas), special listening parties in select cities, and a special edition of the famed "Hawk Nelson Is My Friend" green T-shirt. For complete details, visit www.hawknelson.com or www.hawknelsonismyfriend.com.

Three years after their self-titled debut, Olivia the Band is back with a new label, a new home and a new album titled, "Where We Come From it Never Snows." The Hawaiian natives have spent the past three years traveling the world—across America, to Japan, and to Australia three times—to promote their debut album, and have settled back in the states in San Diego, where they've been based for the past four years. The punk rock band hopes to encourage their fans to have fun and to see God's love as the source of true happiness. The album releases Jan. 8.

Jaime Jamgochian's sophomore project on Centricity Records releases Feb. 26. Her debut album spawned the record breaking "Hear My Worship," and fans will find much to love on her latest, "Above the Noise." Pop rock melodies blend beautifully with heartfelt lyrics, and showcase the joyful spirit and tender heart of this bright-eyed worship artist.

Also releasing on Feb. 26 is "Never Going Back to OK," the sophomore release from one of the industry's most successful debut acts, The Afters. Named "New Artist of the Year" by the Gospel Music Industry, The Afters earned critical acclaim in both Christian and mainstream circles, with credits like MTV, RollingStone.com, CCM Magazine, Billboard Magazine, and E! News Daily, and promotions with American Eagle and American Airlines featuring their hit song, "Beautiful Love."

Sanctus Real releases its first album in nearly two years when "We Need Each Other" hits stores Feb. 12. The band headlines a 16-day tour in January that leads up to the release of the new album, and then hits the road for a 35-city major market tour with Third Day in February. "There's so much simple truth in the statement, 'we need each other,'" says Sanctus Real front man Matt Hammitt. "We can accomplish so much more if we stand together as one."

Jeremy Camp and TobyMac join forces this spring for the "Boomin' Beyond Measure" tour. The tour kicks off Feb. 6 in San Antonio and features special guest Matthew West.

Point of Grace announces its spring 2008 "Point of Grace/Selah All The World" Tour, with special guest Michael Passons (formerly of Avalon). The tour, which launches Feb. 13 in Oklahoma City, visits 20 cities across the United States through May 31. The tour supports Point of Grace's 11th studio project, "How You Live."

Newcomers Newworldson showcase its kinetic fusion of North American roots music on the band's Inpop Records debut, "Salvation Station," in stores Feb. 12. The album features an 11-song blend of energetic pop, soul and gospel. Newworldson won over fans this fall when they opened for label mate's Newsboys' highly successful "GO" tour. The band will again join Newsboys for a spring leg, kicking off in February.


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