THIS WEEK'S NEWS: Upcoming Releases from Grand Prize & More
- Friday, January 14, 2005
Don't worry. I'm sure SOMETHING will be releasing this month. In the meantime, prepare for the First Day of Spring on the 20th and Easter Sunday on the 27th.
A new album and a new label are two reasons Anointed is saying "Now Is the Time" on their first recording for Sony Urban/Columbia Records. Coming at you on April 5, the offering features the powerhouse pop/gospel/R&B vocals you've come to know and love from siblings Da'dra Crawford Greathouse and Steve Crawford.
Warryn Campbell, Mark Heimermann and Roger Ryan snag the producer credits here, along with Da'dra and Steve, who are first-time producers on "Jesus Is Lord" and "You Are," as well as co-producers on "Gonna Lift Your Name" and "Eternal Life." Another bonus? Gospel legend Andrae Crouch lends a guest vocal on "Jesus Is Lord," which he originally penned and made famous over 20 years ago.
Time for a wedding. (No, not mine. Believe me, I will hire a skywriter if that ever happens.) No, this is about The Wedding, a newbie rock act via Rambler Records/BHT Entertainment. The self-titled debut drops sometimes this month (release date not yet confirmed) with first radio single, "Move This City," already going for adds on Christian rock radio. So listen for that.
Here's a rarity in Christian music: a female-fronted rock band. If you find one, better sign 'em up real quick. And Fervent Records has done just that with Inhabited, a Houston-based group led by Sara Acker along with her brother Marcus Acker, Jerrett Horn, James Colvin and Justin Tinnel.
Inhabited's indie project, "Innerview," snagged the outfit some attention with Top 10 Rock and Top 20 CHR hit "Rescue Me" and also a few opening spots on various dates for Newsboys, Todd Agnew and Mathew West in the past year.
The as-yet-untitled Fervent debut will be produced by Monroe Jones (Jackson Browne, David Crosby, Third Day) and will roll out sometime this month. First single hits the airwaves in February, so flip back some calendar pages and be sure to make a note of that.
Sure, there are plenty more upcoming releases to talk about. But that's all the time and space that's been afforded me this week. Cheers for a happy weekend, a fantastic new year and a speedy, painless calendar transfer process!
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