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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

The Sound Of Good Music

Everybody listens to the radio @ one point or the other right? Well another puzzling question is “what the heck are we listening to?”… Enter MaryMary and The Sound, awesome radio station, awesome hits, and awesome listening experience… yeah all this blabbing happens to be about the concept behind MaryMary’s latest effort, The Sound. Just for the record this album got a couple of Grammy nominations and one of the singles duly won (Recognize!!!). Of course the concept behind it is nothing short of one in a million, an album that is supposedly the playlist of an imaginary radio station (Mind Block Radio) and in stark contrast to the station’s name this album has the same effect as dynamite on the mind, it’s just one big mind opener! How/Why? For one we’ve never heard the Campbell Sisters sing like this, Crunk, Funk, (whatever you want to call it) they’ve gone ahead and re-defined contemporary gospel music, and the guests on the station? Kierra Kikki Sheard , Marvin Winans just to mention a couple.
I’ve been hooked on this album and I think I’m even beginning to annoy my roommates! But trust me you can’t resist The Sound!!! The Sound is … The Sound (what more can I say?) in my opinion any female singer looking for a sorta standard shouldn’t look too far, the arrow points at “the two Marys” who by the way seemingly gave us a sneak preview of their new prowess when they took out the bridge on Deitrick Haddon’s “Love Him like I Do”. Like I said I’ve really bugged my roommates with this album and I feel you too should get accustomed to The Sound….

Favorite Jams? Get Up, I’m Running, I Worship You, God In Me, Seattle.

Monday, February 23, 2009

GMAs 2009!!!

The nominations for the Dove Gospel music Awards have been made public !yup, some of our fav peeps made it on the list alongside people I've never hurd of!!! Hopefully they won't do what they did to my guy Brandon @ the Grammys!!!look below and find em all....

List of Dove Awards 2009 nominees:

Dove Award given to the songwriter and publisher.
song title; writer; publisher
“Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)”; Chris Tomlin, Louie Giglio, Traditional; sixsteps music (ASCAP), Songs (ASCAP)
“Cinderella”; Steven Curtis Chapman; Sparrow Songs (BMI)
“Empty Me”; Chris Sligh, Clint Lagerberg, Tony Wood; Foolish Tool Music (ASCAP), Word Music LLC (ASCAP), Kindacrazy Music (BMI), Row J Seat 9 Songs (ASCAP), New Spring Publishing (ASCAP), Bridge Building Music (BMI)
“Give Me Your Eyes”; Brandon Heath, Jason Ingram; Sitka 6 Music (ASCAP), Peertunes Ltd. (SESAC), Grange Hill Music (SESAC), Windsor Way (SESAC)
“I Will Not Be Moved”; Natalie Grant; Nat in the Hat (ASCAP)
“I’m Letting Go”; Francesca Battistelli, Tony Wood, Ian Eskelin; Designer Music (SESAC), Word Music LLC (ASCAP), Honest & Popular Songs (SESAC), Row J Seat 9 Songs (ASCAP), New Spring Publishing Inc. (ASCAP)
“Mighty to Save”; Ben Fielding, Joel Houston; Integrity’s Hosanna! Music (ASCAP)
“Never Going Back to OK”; Matt Fuqua, Josh Havens, Brad Wigg, Dan Muckala; Smells Like Music (ASCAP), Screaming Mimes Music (ASCAP)
“Reason Enough”; Ernie Haase, Wayne Haun, Joel Lindsey; Bridge Building Music (BMI), Psalmsinger Music (BMI), Ernie Sig Sound Music (BMI), Hefton Hill Music (BMI)
“You Reign”; Bart Millard, Barry Graul, Steven Curtis Chapman; Simpleville Music (ASCAP), Wet As A Fish Music (ASCAP), Sparrow Songs (BMI)

Jeremy Camp
Jon Foreman
Ernie Haase
Brandon Heath
David Phelps
Marvin Sapp
Chris Tomlin

Francesca Battistelli
Brooke Fraser
Karen Peck Gooch
Natalie Grant
Sandi Patty
Laura Story

Casting Crowns
David Crowder*Band
Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
Mary Mary
Third Day

Casting Crowns
Steven Curtis Chapman
Marvin Sapp
Third Day
Chris Tomlin

Addison Road
Francesca Battistelli
Jonathan Nelson
Remedy Drive
Chris Sligh
Tenth Avenue North

Brown Bannister
Ed Cash
Ian Eskelin
Wayne Haun
Bernie Herms
Jason Ingram, Rusty Varenkamp

Dove Awards in Recorded Song categories are given to the artist and songwriter (if other than the artist).
“Beautfiul Morning”; Reiterate; Grits featuring Pigeon John; Teron Carter, Stacy Jones, Mo Henderson, John Duncan; Revolution Art
“Do Yo Thang”; The Yearbook; KJ-52; Jonah Sorrentino; BEC Recordings/Uprok
“Joyful Noise”; Our World Redeemed; Flame featuring Lecrae & John Reilly; Marcus T. Williams-Gray, Lecrae Moore, Emanuel Lambert, Jr.; Cross Movement Records
“Pull Your Pants Up!”; Pull Your Pants Up!; Dooney “Da Priest”; Duwayne Brown; Malaco Records
“So Beautiful”; Citizen Activ; Manafest featuring Trevor McNevan; Chris Greenwood, Adam Messinger, Trevor McNevan; BEC Recordings

“Better Man”; Satisfied; DecembeRadio; Josh Reedy, Brian Bunn, Eric Miker, Boone Daughdrill, Scotty Wilbanks; Slanted Records
“For The Love Of The Game”; For The Love Of The Game; Pillar; Rob Beckley, Lester Estelle, Noah Henson, Michael Wittig; Essential Records
“Lost”; End Of Silence; Red; Jasen Rauch, Rob Graves, Chad Cates; Essential Records
“Shine Like The Stars”; Expect The Impossible; Stellar Kart; Adam Agee, Ian Eskelin; Word Records
“The Hunger”; Unbreakable; Fireflight; Dawn Richardson, Justin Cox, Glenn Drennen, Wendy Drennen, Phee Shorb, Ben Glover; Flicker Records

“Find You Waiting”; Satisfied; DecembeRadio; Josh Reedy, Brian Bunn, Eric Miker, Boone Daughdrill, Scotty Wilbanks; Slanted Records
“Keys To The Kingdom”; Ordinary Dreamers; Group 1 Crew; Manwell Reyes, Blanca Reyes, Pablo Villatoro, Andy Anderson, Noe A. Chaparro; Fervent Records
“Never Going Back To OK”; Never Going Back To OK; The Afters; Matt Fuqua, Josh Havens, Brad Wigg, Dan Muckala; INO Records
“Unbreakable”; Unbreakable; Fireflight; Dawn Richardson, Justin Cox, Glenn Drennen, Wendy Drennen, Phee Shorb, Rob Hawkins; Flicker Records
“Washed By The Water”; The Heat; NEEDTOBREATHE; Bear Rinehart, Bo Rinehart; Atlantic Records

“Cinderella”; This Moment – Cinderella Edition; Steven Curtis Chapman; Steven Curtis Chapman; Sparrow Records
“Give Me Your Eyes”; What If We; Brandon Heath; Brandon Heath, Jason Ingram; Reunion Records
“I Will Not Be Moved”; Relentless; Natalie Grant; Natalie Grant; Curb Records
“I’m Letting Go”; My Paper Heart; Francesca Battistelli; Francesca Battistelli, Ian Eskelin, Tony Wood; Fervent Records
“This Is Home”; Chronicles Of Narnia:Prince Caspian ; Switchfoot; Jonathan Foreman, Andy Dodd, Adam Watts; Walt Disney Records

“A New Hallelujah”; A New Hallelujah; Michael W. Smith; Michael W. Smith, Debbie Smith, Paul Baloche; Reunion Records
“For The Glory Of You”; Windows And Walls; Mark Harris; Mark Harris, John Lemonis, Tony Wood; INO Records
“Bless The Lord”; Great God Who Saves; Laura Story; Laura Story; INO Records
“Come Thou Fount”; Roots Run Deep; Jadon Lavik; Public Domain; BEC Recordings
“Dependence”; Jamie Slocum; Jamie Slocum; Curb Records

“Big Mighty God”; Nothin’ But Good; The Mike LeFevre Quartet; Lee Black, Sue C. Smith, Kenna West; Canaan Records
“I Believe God”; Real Faith; Brian Free & Assurance; Marty Funderburk, Steve Marshall; Daywind Records
“Reason Enough”; Dream on; Ernie Haase & Signature Sound; Ernie Haase, Joel Lindsey, Wayne Haun; Gaither Music Group
“Welcome To The Family”; Room For More; Booth Brothers; Jim Brady, Barry Weeks, Tony Wood; Daywind Records
“Yahweh”; The Ride; The Hoppers; Paula Stefanovich; Canaan Records

“Help Is On The Way”; Help Is On The Way; Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver; Michael E. Reed; Horizon Records
“I See A Crimson Stream”; Sounds Like Sunday; Janet Paschal; Garfield T. Haywood; Vine Records
“The Old White Flag”; You Gotta Love It!; Triumphant Quartet; Dianne Wilkinson; Daywind Records
“They’re Holding Up The Ladder”; We Are Family; Jeff & Sheri Easter, Lewis Family, Easter Brothers; Russell Easter, James Easter, Edd Easter; Daywind Records
“What Will I Wear”; I Just Wanted You To Know; Kim Hopper; Deborah Bailey; Canaan Records

“Did I Make A Difference”; Front Row Seats; The Oak Ridge Boys; Rob Crosby, Bill Anderson; Spring Hill Music Group
“Good Side Of Goodbye”; Home For Now; Living Waters Trio; Wayne Haun, Dave Clark; Vine Records
“I Saw God Today”; Troubadour; George Strait; Rodney Clawson, Monty Criswell, Wade Kirby; MCA Nashville
“I Wish”; How You Live Deluxe Edition; Point of Grace; Cindy Morgan, Phil Madeira; Word Records
“Jesus And John Wayne”; Lovin’ Life; Gaither Vocal Band; Gloria Gaither, William J. Gaither, Doug Johnson, Kim Williams, Benjamin Gaither; Gaither Music Group

“Declaration (This Is It)”; The Fight Of My Life; Kirk Franklin; Kenneth C. Loggins, Michael H. McDonald; Zomba Gospel
“Get Up”; The Sound; Mary Mary; Warryn Campbell, Erica Campbell, Tina Campbell, Eric Dawkins; Columbia Records, Integrity Music
“Love Him Like I Do”; Revealed; Deitrick Haddon with Ruben Studdard and Mary Mary; Warryn Campbell, Erica Campbell, Deitrick Haddon, Lamar Edwards; Zomba Gospel
“No Looking Back”; No Looking Back; Damita; Damita Haddon; Tyscot Records
“Not A Slave”; Life By Stereo; J.R.; Courtney Peebles; Cross Movement Records

“Cry Your Last Tear”; Cry Your Last Tear; Bishop Paul S. Morton & the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship Mass Choir; Vashawn Mitchell; Light Records
“Deliverance”; Past And Present; Lillie Knauls; Teddy Huffman, Lillie Knauls, Wayne Haun; Vine Records
“Free At Last”; Down In New Orleans; The Blind Boys of Alabama; Traditional; Time Life Music
“God Is Good”; Love Forever Shines; Regina Belle; Bernard Belle; Pendulum Records, Walker Davis Entertainment
“Souled Out”; Souled Out; Hezekiah Walker; Estee Bullock, Nate McNair; Zomba Gospel
“Take It Back”; Take It Back; Dorinda Clark-Cole; Derrick Starks; Zomba Gospel

“Favor Of God”; Change The World; Martha Munizzi; Aaron Lindsey, John Rowsey; Martha Munizzi Music
“Great Grace”; Overcomer; Alvin Slaughter; Mary Alessi, Aaron Lindsey; Integrity Music
“How Great Is Our God”; How Great Is Our God; LaRue Howard; Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves, Ed Cash; EMI Gospel
“My Name Is Victory”; Right Now Praise; Jonathan Nelson; Jonathan Nelson, Justin Savage; Integrity Music
“Shall We Gather At The River”; The Standard; Take 6; Robert Lowry; Heads Up International
“Waging War”; Thy Kingdom Come; CeCe Winans; Christopher Capehart, Brannon Tunie, CeCeWinans; PureSprings Gospel

Dove Award in the Worship Song category given to the songwriter and publisher.
song; writer; publisher
“A New Hallelujah”; Michael W. Smith, Debbie Smith, Paul Baloche; Word Music LLC, Smittyfly Music, This Is Your Time Music, Integrity’s Hosanna! Music, Leadworship Songs
“Breathe On Me”; Natalie Grant; Nat In The Hat Music
“Jesus Messiah”; Chris Tomlin, Daniel Carson, Jesse Reeves, Ed Cash; Songs, Alletrop Music, sixsteps Music
“Mighty To Save”; Ben Fielding, Joel Houston; Integrity’s Hosanna! Music
“You’re Not Alone”; Meredith Andrews; Word Music LLC

Dove Awards in Album categories are given to the artist and producer (if other than the artist).
Citizen Activ; Manafest; Adam Messinger, Manafest, Boi-1da, Chris Stacey, Arion, Josh MacIntosh; BEC Recordings
Ordinary Dreamers; Group 1 Crew; Andy Anderson, Christopher Stevens, Sam Mizell; Fervent Records
Pull Your Pants Up!; Dooney “Da Priest”; Dooney “Da Priest”; Malaco Records
Rebel; Lecrae; Joseph Prielozny, G-Styles, Dion Burroughs, Kadence, Devon Burroughs, Teddy P., Bobby Taylor, JR, k-Drama, Sixth Sense Music Productions; Reach Records
Reiterate; Grits; Mo Henderson, T-Dogg, Anthony Johnson, Jr.; Revolution Art

Comatose Comes Alive; Skillet; Carl Diebold, Paul Kerby, Zachary Kelm; Ardent Records, INO Records
For The Love Of The Game; Pillar; Travis Wyrick; Essential Records
Satisfied; DecembeRadio; Scotty Wilbanks; Slanted Records
Southern Hospitality; Disciple; Travis Wyrick; INO Records
To Know That You’re Alive; Kutless; Peter Kipley; BEC

Daylight Is Coming; Remedy Drive; Ian Eskelin; Word Records
Expect The Impossible; Stellar Kart; Ian Eskelin; Word Records
Hello; After Edmund; Scotty Wilbanks; Slanted Records
Never Going Back To OK; The Afters; Dan Muckala; INO Records
Unbreakable; Fireflight; Rob Hawkins; Flicker Records

Bebo Norman; Bebo Norman; Bebo Norman, Jason Ingram, Rusty Varenkamp; BEC
Fall And Winter; Jon Foreman; Jon Foreman; Credential Recordings, lowercase people records
My Paper Heart; Francesca Battistelli; Ian Eskelin; Fervent Records
Relentless; Natalie Grant; Bernie Herms, Shaun Shankel; Curb Records
Revelation; Third Day; Howard Benson; Essential Records

After The Rain; Aaron & Amanda Crabb; Tre’ Corley; Daywind Records
Great God Who Saves; Laura Story; Ed Cash; INO Records
Infinite Grace; Women of Faith Worship Team; Chance Scoggins; Myrrh Records
Roots Run Deep; Jadon Lavik; Jadon Lavik, Zach Hodges, Keith E. Smith, Nic Rodriguez, Fernando Ortega, Tony Guerrero; BEC
Songs For The Journey; Sandi Patty; David Hamilton; INO Records

Ephesians One; Karen Peck & New River; Bubba Smith; Daywind Records
I Just Wanted You To Know; Kim Hopper; Dave Clark, Kim Hopper; Canaan Records
Lovin’ Life; Gaither Vocal Band; Bill Gaither, Guy Penrod, Marshall Hall, Wes Hampton; Gaither Music Group
On The Way Up; HisSong; Wayne Haun; Vine Records
Room For More; Booth Brothers; Barry Weeks; Daywind Records

Bluegrass Worship; Various; Steve Ivey; Star Song Music
Help Is On The Way; Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver; Doyle Lawson; Horizon Records
Hymns From Chigger Hill; Chigger Hill Boys & Terri; Mike Richards, Terri Argot Gore, Ricky Gore, Mark Dunham, Bobby Strangenberg, Ethan Blair, Justin Kropf; Daywind Records
I Don’t Regret A Mile; Larry Sparks; Larry Sparks; Sparks Music
Pickin’, Praisin’, & Singin’: Hymns From The Mountain; Cody Shuler & Pine Mountain Railroad; Bill McBee, Dale Thomas, Jerry Cole, Cody Shuler, Matt Flake; Rural Rhythm
We Are Family; Jeff & Sheri Easter, Lewis Family, Easter Brothers; Jeff Easter, Sheri Easter; Daywind Records
What A Journey; Paul Williams & The Victory Trio; Paul Williams; Rebel Records

Around the Bend; Randy Travis; Kyle Lehning; Warner Bros. Records
Home For Now; Living Waters Trio; Terry Thompson; Vine Records
Hymned Again; Bart Millard; Brown Bannister; INO Records
I Turn To You; Richie McDonald; Frank Myers, Gary Baker, Tommy Lee James; Lucid Entertainment
Runaway Train; Crabb Revival; Ben Isaacs, Tre’ Corley; Daywind Records

Bold Right Life; Kierra Sheard; Warryn Campbell, J. Drew Sheard, Asaph Ward, Gerald Haddon, Paul Allen, J Moss; EMI Gospel
The Fight of My Life; Kirk Franklin; Kirk Franklin; Zomba Gospel
Kingdom Business; Canton Jones; Canton Jones, The Music Doctorz, Carlin Muccular, Antonio Neal, Randy Harrison, Vernon Messam; Arrow Records
No Looking Back; Damita; Gerald Haddon, Tim & Bob, Deitrick Haddon, Courtney Horton, David Garcia; Tyscot Records
Revealed; Deitrick Haddon; Andre Harris, Vidal Davis, Warryn Campbell, Blaze “The Champ”, Deitrick Haddon, Gerald Haddon, David Haddon, Tim & Bob, Percy Bady; Zomba Gospel

A New Day; Paul Porter; Paul Porter, David Caton, Tony Homer; Light Records
After 40 Years…Still Sweeping Through the City; Shirley Caesar; Bubba Smith; Light Records
Cry Your Last Tear; Bishop Paul S. Morton & the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship Mass Choir; L. Trenton Phillips, Elvin Ross; Light Records
Do It!; Dottie Peoples; Dottie Peoples; DP Muzik Group
Down In New Orleans; The Blind Boys of Alabama; Chris Goldsmith; Time Life Music, Integrity Music

Change the World; Martha Munizzi; Aaron Lindsey, Israel Houghton; Martha Munizzi Music
Stand Out; Tye Tribbett & G.A.; Tye Tribbett II, Dana Sorey, Thaddaeus Tribbett; Columbia Records, Integrity Music
The Sound; Mary Mary; Warryn Campbell; Columbia Records, Integrity Music
The Standard; Take 6; Mark Kibble; Heads Up International
Thy Kingdom Come; CeCe Winans; Tommy Sims, Christopher Capehart, Luther Hanes, Percy Bady, Cedric Caldwell, Victor Caldwell, Alvin Love III; PureSprings Gospel

A Treasury of Hymns; LaDonna; Eric Wyse; Martingale Music
Always There; Harold Rayford; Antoine Chamber; Tyscot Records
Born to Play; Barry D.; Barry D.; Taqa Records
Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian; Various; Harry Gregson-Williams; Walt Disney Records
Love Beyond All Measure; Stephen Petrunak; Stephen Petrunak; GIA Publications
The Breath of Life; Angella Christie; Angella Christie, Kevin Griffen; ACSM

Absolute Modern Worship for Kids 4; Phoebe Ebensberger, Emily Ebensberger, Abbie Ebensberger, Joseph O’Brien, Timmy O’Brien, Mikey O’Brien, Abbie Chapman, Meghan O’Brien, Adelaide Bauer, Kristen Bauer, Karissa Selby, Emma Rose Williamson, Tyler Beiden, Garrett Williamson; Chance Scoggins; Fervent Records
All God’s Animals; TJ McCloud; Brandon Scott Thomas, Eric Wyse; Martingale Music
David: Shepherd, Psalmist, Soldier, King!; Bible StorySongs; Paula King, Catherine Walker; Bible StorySongs
Shout Praises Kids – I Am Free; Jeff Sandstrom, Kurt Goebel, Stephen Leiweke, Jeremy Redmon; Integrity Music
Sleepytime Lullabies; Praise Baby; Matt Huesmann; Big House Kids
Tell The World; Hillsong Kids; Julia A’Bell, Gio Galanti, Andrew Crawford, David Wakerley; Hillsong, Integrity Music

Abriras Las Puertas; Malin; Miguel Angel “Malin” Villagran; Integrity Music Latin
Alabanza Y Adoracion: Del Corazon; Lucia Parker; Tom Brooks, Dario Navac; 3:16 Media
Mi Salvacion; Ingrid Rosario; Christian Cartone; Rejoice Music
Refrescate!; Aline Barros; Juan Salinas; Integrity Music Latin
Rescatame; Seventh Day Slumber; Alejandro Allen, Susana Allen; BEC
Sobrenatural; Marcos Witt; Marcos Witt; CanZion
Tengo sed de Ti; Soraya Moraes; Marco Moraes; Line Records

Billy: The Early Years Official Motion Picture Soundtrack; Brooks & Dunn, Mac Powell, Sara Evans, Alan Jackson, China Edelman, Patty Griffin, Brandon Heath, Gregory Page, Michael W. Smith, Melinda Doolittle, Roy Orbison, Brad Paisley, Josh Turner, Sierra Hull, John Cowan, Harry Stinson, Ronnie Bowman, Ronnie McCoury, John Wesley Ryles; Anastasia Brown; Arista Nashville, Essential Records
Country Bluegrass Homecoming Volume One; Gaither Vocal Band, Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives, The Grascals, Buddy Greene, The Isaacs, Gordon Mote, Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys, The Booth Brothers, George Jones, Wesley Pritchard, Reggie & Ladye Love Smith, Brittany Allen, Jeff & Sheri Easter, Charlotte Ritchie, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Jimmy Fortune, Dailey & Vincent, Jason Crabb, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, Cherryholmes, Lisa Daggs-Charette, Vince Gill, Sonya Isaacs, Becky Isaacs Bowman; Bill Gaither; Gaither Music Group
How Great Thou Art: Gospel Favorites from the Grand Ole Opry; The Charlie Daniels Band, Mac Powell, Alan Jackson, Patty Loveless, Ronnie Milsap, Ricky Skaggs & The Whites, Sara Evans, Brad Paisley, Trace Adkins, Loretta Lynn, Vince Gill, Dierks Bentley, Carrie Underwood; Steve Gibson; Sony BMG Nashville
Passion: God of This City; Chris Tomlin, Charlie Hall, David Crowder*Band, Christy Nockels, Kristian Stanfill, Fee, Matt Redman; Nathan Nockels; Sparrow Records, sixsteps Records
Your Name; Joel Auge, Leeland Mooring, Paul Baloche, Aaron Shust, Phil Wickham, Josh Reedy, Ayiesha Woods, Ian Eskelin, Mark Stuart, Vicky Beeching, Jared Anderson, Christy Johnson, Sean Loche, Aaron Boyd, Jason Roy, Wes Willis, Lincoln Brewster, Adam Agee; Ian Eskelin; Integrity Music

Christmas Gaither Vocal Band Style; Gaither Vocal Band; Russell Mauldin; Gaither Music Group
Christmas Songs; Fernando Ortega; John Andrew Schreiner, Fernando Ortega; Curb Records
Home for Christmas; BarlowGirl; Otto Price; Fervent Records, Curb Records
O Holy Night; Sara Groves; Ben Shive; INO Records
Peace on Earth; Casting Crowns; Mark Hall, Mark A. Miller; Beach Street

A New Hallelujah; Michael W. Smith; Michael W. Smith; Reunion Records
Great God Who Saves; Laura Story; Ed Cash; INO Records
Hello Love; Chris Tomlin; Ed Cash; Sparrow Records; sixsteps Records
Opposite Way; Leeland; Matt Bronleewe; Essential Records
The Invitation; Meredith Andrews; Jason Ingram, Rusty Varenkamp; Word Records

Dove Awards in the Musical and Choral categories are given to the creators.
Child of Wonder; Lari Goss, Rob Howard; Word Music
East to West; Gary Rhodes; Word Music
God Bless the USA; Sue C. Smith, Joel Lindsey, Russell Mauldin; Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing
Savior; David Moffitt, Sue C. Smith, Travis Cottrell; Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing
The Risen Christ; Don Cason, Karla Worley; Clear Call Music

An Island Christmas; Wayne Haun, Shelby Haun, Joel Lindsey; Lillenas Publishing Company
Angels We Have Heard; Dave Clark, Jayme Thompson; Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing
It’s a Wonder-Full Life; Pam Andrews, Luke Gambill; Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing
Lifesong; Sue C. Smith, Simon Hawkins, Kris Crunk; Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing
The Christmas County Spelling Bee; Celeste Clydesdale; Clydesdale & Clydesdale, Word Music

Cradle That Rocked The World; Geron Davis, Christopher Phillips, Jukka Palonen; Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing
Glorious Day; David Moffitt, Sue C. Smith, Travis Cottrell; Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing
He Still Leads – Christ Church Choir; Landy Gardner, Joy Gardner, Christopher Phillips; Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing
I’ll Say Yes; Carol Cymbala; Word Music
Make a Joyful Noise; Regi Stone; Word Music

Dove Award in the Recorded Music Packaging category given to the art director, graphic artist, illustrator and photographer.
…Is My Friend (Hawk Nelson); Invisible Creature; Don Clark; Don Clark; Jeremy Cowart, Neil Visel; BEC Recordings
Remedy Club Tour Edition (David Crowder*Band); Shelley Giglio, David Crowder; Gary Dorsey; Brody Harper; Sparrow Records, sixsteps records
Revelation (Third Day); Tim Parker, Beka Blackburn; Tim Parker; David Mcalister, RW Sims; Essential Records
Storm the Gates of Hell Deluxe Edition (Demon Hunter); Invisible Creature; Ryan Clark; Shane McCauley, David Stuart, Greg Lutze, Ethan Luck; Solid State Records
The Tide Will Swallow Us Whole (Trenches); Invisible Creature; Ryan Clark; Solid State Records

Dove Awards in the Video categories are given to the artist, director and producer (if other than the artist).
Daylight; Remedy Drive; John Erwin, Andy Erwin; Erwin Brothers Motion Pictures; Word Records
Fan Mail; KJ-52; Sam Sanchez; Sam Sanchez; Difted Productions; BEC
In the Valley of the Dying Sun; House of Heroes; Danny Yourd; Steve Hoover; Endeavor Media; Mono vs. Stereo
Movin’; Group 1 Crew; John Erwin, Andy Erwin; Dan Atchison; Erwin Brothers Motion Pictures; Fervent Records
Slow Fade; Casting Crowns; John Erwin, Andy Erwin; Erwin Brothers Motion Pictures; Beach Street

Alive and Transported; tobyMac; Eric Welch; Tameron Hedge, Dan Pitts; Broken Poet Productions; Forefront Records
Comatose Comes Alive; Skillet; Carl Diebold; Carl Diebold, Paul Kerby, Zachary Kelm; Atlantic, Lava , Ardent, INO Records
Country Bluegrass Homecoming Volume One; Bill & Gloria Gaither; Doug Stuckey; Bill Gaither; Gaither Television Productions; Gaither Music Group
O Holy Night; David Phelps; David Phelps, Jimmy Abegg; David Phelps, Jim Chaffee, Jimmy Abegg, Ben Pearson; MG&A; Word Records
The Altar and the Door Live; Casting Crowns; Cary Goin; John Erwin, Andy Erwin; Erwin Brothers Motion Pictures; Beach Street

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Grammys 2009 Heartbreaks and/or Healing?

Yup!the Grammys came, the Grammys left, in it’s wake a couple of broken hearts and even more conspicuos small children bickering(don’t wanna mention names) as usual in the “gospel category there were more black winners than white(inconsequential or not? You tell me)most of my peeps won, most of them didn’t,but Joel 2 is becoming more of a reality sha in music and otherwise!!
Below are the nominees and winners,remember my predictions?well let’s join ‘em in celebrating n help them understand there’s more ground to be covered!!!

“I Understand,” Kim Burrell, Rance Allen, Bebe Winans & Mariah Carey
“East To West,” Casting Crowns
“Get Up,” Mary Mary
“Shall We Gather At The River,” Take 6
“Waging War,” CeCe Winans

“Cover Me,” James L. Moss, songwriter (21:03 With Fred Hammond, Smokie Norful & J Moss)
“Get Up,” Erica Campbell, Tina Campbell, Warryn Campbell & Eric Dawkins, songwriters (Mary Mary)
“Give Me Your Eyes,” Brandon Heath & Jason Ingram, songwriters (Brandon Heath)
“Help Me Believe,” Kirk Franklin, songwriter (Kirk Franklin)
“You Reign,” Jim Bryson, Steven Curtis Chapman, Nathan Cochran, Barry Graul, Bart Millard, Mike Scheuchzer & Robby Shaffer, songwriters (MercyMe)

“Hello,” After Edmund
“Our World Redeemed,” Flame
“We Need Each Other,” Sanctus Real
“Rock What You Got,” Superchick
“Alive And Transported,” TobyMac

“This Moment,” Steven Curtis Chapman
“What If We,” Brandon Heath
“Opposite Way,” Leeland
“Hello Love,” Chris Tomlin
“Thy Kingdom Come,” CeCe Winans

“Room for More,” Booth Brothers
Lovin’ Life,” Gaither Vocal Band
“Steps to Heaven,” Charlie Louvin
“Hymned Again,” Bart Millard
“Ephesians One,” Karen Peck & New River

“Down in New Orleans,” The Blind Boys of Alabama
“I’ll Say Yes,” The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir
“Take it Back,” Dorinda Clark-Cole
“Deitrick Haddon Presents . . . Together In Worship,” Voices Of Unity
“Bishop Charles E. Blake Presents… No Limit,” The West Angeles COGIC Mass Choir

“Reflections,” Jason Champion
The Fight of My Life,” Kirk Franklin
“The Sound,” Mary Mary
“Donald Lawrence Introduces: Family Prayer,” The Murrills
“Stand Out,” Tye Tribbett & G.A.
That Brandon Heath didn’t win anything makes me sad though!!! Also think they should separate rock from rap, that way more peeps like Flame get to win.. nobody could stop Mary Mary though!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Watch Out!!!!

with great joy I wanna tell peeps to watch out cos some of the best in The Xtian Rap Ministry are bout to hit us with some tight stuff!yup I can mention @least The Tonic, Da'T.R.U.T.H. and Tedashii!!!('ll update ya'll later) Tonic's album is the long awaited The Dash,Tedashii's is Identity Crisis and ma boy T.R.U.T.H.'s album is called The Big Picture. Truly this year's gon' be a crazy one!

Ever Wondered Where Plus One Went?

Well I did….. And I still do wonder from time to time. I mean, this is one group that underwent a complete metamorphosis from sweetheart boy band to (almost) heavy metal rock band, from pop to rock, from boys to (young) men. Dunno if I’m the only one that feels this way but it seemed to me like a father watching his kids grow. Proof? The all too obvious variation in sounds(and even themes) between their 1st album and their last (to the best of my knowledge) Exodus. Of course (like most groups) a couple of ‘em left, there were a few additions, and then their look, their sound and even their orientation changed! The truth remains though, that there’s a huge similarity to those secular boy bands we all loved once (shamefully some of us still do!) who at 1st used to belt out bumpy jam after bumpy jam alongside mushy jams but as time went on, resorted to crooning soft, “deep” and I daresay mature ballads( Backstreet Boys for example).
If you can remember songs like Soul Tattoo, I Don’t Care, Camouflage and the like, you’ll certainly agree that they don’t in any way sound like the songs that were on Exodus, say Circle, Poor Man, Exodus. Don’t get distracted though, the question is actually where are they? Because it’s been at least 3 years since they dropped Exodus, the question should probably be accompanied by another one that goes “are they preparing for something big?” are they about to hit us with something far better to further cement their “rock band status”? Well don’t worry; I’m on it (Who send me?)
We’ll soon hear something new about them on Under Construction. Sadly that's not true cause I hear they parted ways with each other and are now following different endeavours!Two of them have since formed a new Rick band called Castledoor(Gabe combs and Nate Cole) sad huh?probably,.... Meanwhile lemme recommend Falling Up’s Dawn Escapes while you wait for the glorious return of Plus One.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Identity Crisis Out May 19th!

For those of us who've endured heart breaking changes as per the release of Tedashii's Sophomore effort,the wait's over!Yup,the album's gon' hit us later this year or so we're told,can't wait and I guess ardent T-dot fans can't either!!!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Reach Records to sign Dwayne Tryumf?

rumour(what a source) has it that Lecrae and them Reach Records people(Ben Washer) could sign British Rapper Dwayne Tryumf! Yes, this is supposd to be music business but it's startin to sound n look like a football transfer saga because this issue was raised last year and then squashed and now it's come up again! well it is aid that he's relocated to Memphis, Tenessee home(unofficial?)of the Reac Records famly. With a new album just around the corner it is said that Dwayne coud release it on Reach Records although there's no assurance that is true. Let's just do what one of my favourite auntts would say about Obama ; "Wait and See"...Watch out for 777(Dwayne's soon to be released album)though. Check up Under Construction for any new ddevelopments..

Bye bye January...

yeah, they call it the 1st month of the year,'s gone and if you wonder what I was up to, then I might as well let you know...
What was I listening to? hmmm...
2.20/20-Trip Lee
3.The Chop Chop-The ambassador of CMR
4.The Sound-Mary Mary
5.Life on Life-Json
6.What if We-Brandon Heath
8.Total Attention-21:03
9.WOW 2009-Various Artists
10.Simply Nothing-Shawn McDonald
11.(prob my favourite) Stefan Chega Singing!!!

I read a couple of books too!
1.The Bible (constantly!)_God
2.The Ezekiel Option_Joel Rosenberg
3.The Passion of Jesus Christ_John Piper
and movies?...let's js say the pick of the lot was Madagascar 2!!!
the most probable question is "who's askin?"but it's my blog aint it?!!(just kidding') these are just stuff I'll highly recommend to you,reading this blog...