THIS WEEK'S NEWS: Pinnacle Project's "Hosanna" Anthem & More
- Friday, January 28, 2005
Okay, you fellow children of the '80s out there. You know who you are.
You might still have your Member's Only™ jacket hanging in your closet and your jelly shoes stashed away behind that. Or maybe you're entertaining the notion of buzzing some stripes over your ears or trying out some other asymmetrical 'do. Whatever your affinity with that not-so-heinous decade, I know you'll be tickled to the max by my first bit of news this week. …
Remember slick '80s pop/rock band Toto? Who can forget "Rosanna," right? It won a GRAMMY for Record of the Year and propelled the group's fourth album into music history. Well, good news. Now "Rosanna" lives on as "Hosanna," a derivative work of the '82 hit single that has been rewritten and arranged by producer Marc Harris. After a reworking of the song (with the blessing of Toto keyboardist and songwriter David Paich, naturally), Harris brought in the big guns to lend their vocals on what is now a 2005 worship anthem.
Worship leader Cindy Cruse-Ratcliff, Take 6, Kevon Edmonds (After 7), Montrel Darrett (Commissioned), Chris Rodriguez and Darci Chism-Finch all contribute, along with blues musician Jonny Lang on guitar and GRAMMY-winning producer Keith Thomas on keyboards.
"It's exciting for me to see something that we all loved from the beginning – a song like 'Rosanna' – take on new life and really represent the life that we live," says Cruise-Ratliff. "'Hosanna' is an incredible rebirth of this son, and to be a part of that is awesome."
"Hosanna" goes for adds at AC, CHR and Inspo radio stations nationwide next Friday, February 4. It's the first single from Christian/gospel music compilation, "The Pinnacle Project: Last Say So" on Pinnacle Entertainment (a label also founded by Harris) which released this week via Provident-Integrity/Sony-BMG Distribution.
Continuing on with our compilation theme … many artists came together in Nashville this past week for a special fundraiser concert – "An Evening for Restoration: Music City Comes Together for Tsunami Relief." Held at Belmont University, the sold-out show brought in more than $50,000 for international relief agency, World Vision, which has thousands of staff members currently working in the stricken South Asian region where more than 200,000 people have died.
Co-hosted by Michael W. Smith and Kathy Mattea (picture above right, backstage), "An Evening for Restoration" featured an all-star lineup: Steven Curtis Chapman, Diamond Rio, CeCe Winans, Ricky Skaggs, Steve Cropper, the Oak Ridge Boys, Kirk Whalum, tobyMac and Diverse City, Crystal Gayle, MercyMe, Lee Greenwood, Jaci Velasquez, The Whites, The Crabb Family, Dr. Bobby Jones, Michael Martin Murphey, Micah Stampley, Billy Walker and the Nashville Chamber Orchestra and special guest Vince Gill who made a surprise appearance as the guitarist for the house band. Thanks, Vinny!
An additional $27,000 came in for the cause during intermission when World Vision representatives made a plea for additional donations. For more information about World Vision's ongoing tsunami relief and restoration initiatives, click here.
Now if you missed that show, then get thee to another benefit concert with proceeds directed toward Operation Blessing which is happening February 9 at Rocketown in Nashville. Scheduled performers include Avalon, Tait, Rachael Lampa, Everlife, Tiffany Farnsworth, George Rowe, David Phelps, Anthony Evans, Natalie Gage and K.P. Westmoreland. For more info, click here. (Also, John Tesh recently traveled on behalf of Operation Blessing to Sri Lanka. Read from his journal here.)
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