Friday, July 31, 2009

Gospel Music 101: Where can you find gospel music calendars for Nashville?

Friday, July 31st, 2009

Where can you find gospel music calendar listings for Nashville?

Nashville has historically been both a poor and a great place to find live gospel music. On the one hand, it is notoriously difficult to sell tickets to gospel concerts in Nashville, so many great tours pass Music City by entirely in search of greener pastures. On the other hand, half the gospel artists live in Nashville, and you can frequently find them leading worship or performing at fund raisers in Nashville if you know where to look.

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Gospel Music 101: What gospel music radio stations are in Nashville?

Thursday, July 30th, 2009
What gospel music stations are in Nashville?
A list of Christian radio stations in Nashville.
WNAZ FM: The oldest continuously running gospel music station in Middle Tennessee is WNAZ. Heard on 89.1,...
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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Pet Nazis: Turning Dogs into Dogma

When Man's Best Friend Becomes a Fanatical, Controlled, Dogmatic Industry, Man and Dogs Both Lose

PETA has had an unfortunate influence on the pet industry by helping to introduce the pet Nazi into our culture.
When I recently stated on a dog owner's list that I thought some of the procedures involved in pet rescue/pet adoption were intrusive and invasive, you would have thought I had just said I slit puppies' throats and drink their blood for breakfast the way some people reacted.

You can read my original experience with pet adoption in my 8/9/08 post "The High Cost of Doggie Adoptions."

Sword Swallower Dan Meyer Presents 'Sword of War, Sword of Peace' at 19th International World Peace Conference

At the 19th International World Peace Conference this week in Huntsville, Alabama, three delegates will remove a 40-inch “sword of war” from the throat of sword swallower Dan Meyer.

At the 19th International World Peace Conference this week in Huntsville, Alabama, delegates from around the world will watch as three world-peace advocates from different continents, races, and religions will join hands to remove a 40-inch “sword of war” from the throat of sword swallower Dan Meyer. Meyer plans to use this to illustrate how nations should work together and take a hands-on approach to achieve world peace.

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Sword Swallower Dan Meyer Presents 'Sword of War, Sword of Peace' at 19th International World Peace Conference

Rebecca St. James to star in upcoming movie, 'Sarah's Choice'

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

Rebecca St. James - gospel artist When most people hear the name Rebecca St. James, they think of a GRAMMY and Dove-award winning Christian pop singer from Australia - a talented young woman who is passionate about her faith and her music. Many people know that besides performing gospel music, St. James is also an author, and quite a few are aware that in 2000, she had a cameo appearance in the film Left Behind: The Movie. So, it should come as no surprise to discover Rebecca St. James is ...

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Gospel Music 101: Which gospel artists got their start in Nashville?

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

Nashville is home to many gospel music artists, and many Christian musicians got their start in Nashville. Some of the gospel artists who got their start in Nashville include: Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, Steven Curtis Chapman, Mark Schultz, The Imperials, Daniel Kirkley, Lara Landon, Luke Benward, Lanae' Hale and pureNRG. Keep ReaAmyding »

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Monday, July 27th, 2009
Steven Curtis Chapman - Nashville beginnings Singer/songwriter Steven Curtis Chapman is originally from Paducah Kentucky, but he moved to...
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Friday, July 24th, 2009
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Monday, July 27, 2009

Gospel Music 101: Who is Steven Curtis Chapman?

Monday, July 27th, 2009

Steven Curtis Chapman - Nashville beginnings

Singer/songwriter Steven Curtis Chapman is originally from Paducah Kentucky, but he moved to Nashville to attend Belmont University so he could pursue a career in the Christian music industry. He began performing at one of the music shows popular at the old Opryland theme park.

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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Jonas Brothers: The Concert Experience - Deluxe Extended Movie review

Sunday, July 26th, 2009

The Jonas Brothers: lights, cameras, music!

The three most popular brothers in America brothers are rocking out in 3-D on Blu-ray in their first motion picture, Jonas Brothers: The Concert Experience - Deluxe Extended Movie now available from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment. Up Close and Personal brings the world of Kevin, Joe and Nick Jonas directly to their fans.

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Saturday, July 25, 2009

Gospel Music 101: Who is Amy Grant?

Saturday, July 25th, 2009

Amy Grant, one of the pioneers of contemporary Christian music and the best-selling gospel music artist of all time, got her start in Nashville playing songs at Harpeth Hall School and at Belmont Church, where she became a regular performer at Koinonia Coffeehouse on Music Row in the 1980s. Amy Grant was signed to her first record deal when she was just 16 years old and became the 19th best-selling female solo artist in the United States...Keep Reading »

Friday, July 24, 2009

Gospel Music 101: Who is Michael W. Smith?

Friday, July 24th, 2009

Michael W. Smith's career beginnings in Nashville Three-time Grammy Award winner, Michael W. Smith grew up in West Virginia where he learned to...
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Thursday, July 23, 2009

The gospel according to 'Twilight's' Paramore ('Twilight' and 'Christian Sandwich' videos included)

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009
Paramore and Twilight

When the "Decode" video from the Twilight soundtrack appeared on television and computer screens around the world, it catapulted Franklin band Paramore into the limelight and made them an instant hit. The edgy rock/alternative sound and intense vocals of lead singer Hayley Williams immediately cemented Paramore's place with Twilight fans at a time when the band had already been building a dedicated fan base on their own merits.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

BarlowGirl to release 'Love & War' in September

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009
BarlowGirl is gearing up for the September 22 release of Love & War, their fifth project on Fervent Records. The album's lead single is expected...
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Walter Cronkite, the Dean of Journalism, Has Died at 92

Walter Cronkite, the "Most Trusted Man in America," Has Passed Away: 40 years ago today, Walter Cronkite covered the Apollo 11 landing and moon walk

Posted: Jul 21, 2009

Walter Cronkite - My Childhood Memories

Walter Cronkite has passed away on July 17 at 92, raising the 2009 celebrity death toll another notch. Much like Paul Harvey, who passed away February 28, Walter Cronkite was a familiar voice and favorite news presence in my youth. Although my father favored Chet Huntley and David Brinkley on NBC, I will never forget Walter Cronkite's coverage of those momentous occasions of my childhood...

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Former Miss California Carrie Prejean: beauty contestant, Dove Awards presenter, and author

Monday, July 20th, 2009
Former Miss California Carrie Prejean received a standing ovation at the Gospel Music Association’s Dove Awards in Nashville this past April when she came out to introduce a performance of “I Can Only Imagine” by Mercy Me. Carrie Prejean had just become a household name for her response to Perez Hilton's agenda-driven question about gay marriage at the Miss USA Pageant...
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Monday, July 20, 2009

TobyMac offers summer special on 'Portable Sounds'

Monday, July 20th, 2009

Here's some news for you TobyMac/DC Talk fans! Five-time GRAMMY-award winner TobyMac is offering a summer exclusive deal to his fans this summer. TobyMac, one of the founding members of groundbreaking gospel group DC Talk, is releasing his 3rd studio album, Portable Sounds. To make it more accessible to all his fans, TobyMac is offering Portable Sounds until late August, for only $5...
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Analog to Digital TV Conversion Problems Continue; FCC Passes the Buck

If you follow my blog, you are aware I have been without television since June 12 when I lost my analog signal. I have tried everything from purchasing two converter boxes, to a new antenna, to an adapter, to finally breaking down and buying a new digital TV, and nothing works. I get no signal. As a matter of fact, MILLIONS of low income, unemployed, retired, or other Americans on fixed incomes don't have TV now. Even more are making decisions to put television service above home repairs and medical expenses because we count on our televisions for weather alerts. Here in Tennessee it is vital during our lengthy spring and fall tornado seasons, as well as for other weather alerts and crisis information.

I have made four request to the FCC phone hotline to send me the complaint forms they tell me they send out to people like me. After four requests since May, this week I received a glossy, full-color booklet telling me all the advantages of going digital - still no complaint forms. I have also requested a supervisor call me back on three occasions, and no one has bothered to return my calls. The FCC specialist I spoke with today offered no explanation, but she told me that Congress mandated the change; the FCC is just the department chosen to implement Congress' wishes. So the buck doesn't stop at the FCC office.

The FCC specialist also said the FCC couldn't address the issue of just one person. I had already told her that several people in my area are having problems and that I was getting comments on some of my articles and blogs indicating others across the country were experiencing the same difficulties. She replied that may be so, but it was just me on the phone. I asked, "So, I am the ONLY phone call you have taken recently on this issue?" to which she replied that no, they got plenty of calls at which point she stopped trying to make this MY issue.

So the FCC is sending no complaint forms and offering no helpful feedback as to what they intend to do to fix this problem. Instead, they are now trying to hide behind Congress and imply it is an individual's problem, not theirs.

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According to a report released June 7 by Nielsen, as of June 12, 2009 2.8 million Americans are now without television while unemployment rates rise simultaneously.

I own not one but two Magnavox DTV Digital to Analog Converter boxes which I will probably be stuck with since Magnavox won't stand behind their product.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Gospel Music 101: Top ten gospel love songs - romantic music for weddings and special occasions

Sunday, July 19th, 2009

Romantic Love Songs by Gospel Artists

My top ten list of Christian love songs for weddings, Valentine's Day, and other romantic occasions is made up of love songs performed by artists who have recorded gospel albums: Amy Grant, Steven Curtis Chapman, Michael W. Smith, Jim Brickman, Leon Patillo, Sixpence None the Richer, Steve Green, Noel Paul Sookey, Debbie Boone, and Chris Rice.

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Saturday, July 18, 2009

Gospel Music 101: What is gospel music?

Saturday, July 18th, 2009

What is gospel music?

Larry Norman, one of the pioneers of modern gospel music/CCM

Gospel music has been around for over 2000 years, from the time the disciples first began to sing songs of worship and praise centered on Jesus. Although the definition of gospel music may vary depending upon context, gospel music is is a diverse collection of musical styles written about Jesus, the Christian faith or the Christian life. In its broadest definition, Christmas carols, hymns, old Negro spirituals and many great symphonies are gospel music...

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Friday, July 17, 2009

Gospel Music 101: What is 'Gospel Dream?'

This is part 2 of a two-part series:
Friday, July 17th, 2009

"American Idol" for gospel music fans

As reported in Gospel Music Channel's 'Gospel Dream' - American Idol for gospel music artists, "Gospel Dream" is the American Idol-style talent search TV series seen on the Gospel Music Channel (GMC) television network. The program airs on GMC Wednesday nights at 10:00 P.M. ET and 9:00 P.M. CT...

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Also see: Gospel Artists on American Idol

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Gospel Music Channel's 'Gospel Dream' - American Idol for gospel music artists

Thursday, July 16th, 2009
Gospel Music Channel's "Gospel Dream"

The Gospel Music Channel's (GMC) "Gospel Dream," an "American Idol"-type talent search for gospel artists, is now down to six semi-finalists. Two contestants were voted out last night in another week of performances as NeVar Massey, Hampton, GA (34); Robert Mauti, Nashville, TN (26); Tim Stylez, Atlanta, GA (27); Tony LeBron, Boca Raton, FL (32); and Travis Lindseth, Kirkland, WA (21) took the stage...
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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

GOSPEL GRAPEVINE: Diamond Rio, Stryper, Skillet, Jeremy Camp and more

I heard it through the grapevine...

Featuring news about: Ceili Rain, Diamond Rio, Mikeschair, Brandon Bee, Stryper, Phillips, Craig and Dean, Skillet, Jeremy Camp, and Todd Agnew

Nickel Creek's Sara Watkins: Debut album combines country, bluegrass and gospel

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

Nickel Creek roots

In late summer 2006, popular progressive bluegrass band Nickel Creek (not to be confused with Nickelback) announced that at the end of the year, they would take an "indefinite hiatus" from recording together and their 2007 tour would be their last for a while. Band members Chris Thile (mandolin), Sara Watkins (fiddle), and her brother Sean Watkins (guitar) pointed to the fact that 18 years together made the process of being a band less "natural," and Nickel Creek felt time apart would prevent the band from having to actually break up.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Jeremy Camp to tour with Natalie Grant and Bebo Norman

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009
Jeremy Camp's "Speaking Louder Than Before" fall tour

BEC recording artist Jeremy Camp has announced his "Speaking Louder Than Before" fall tour with Natalie Grant and Bebo Norman. Named after his recently released "Speaking Louder Than Before" CD, this tour is gospel artist Jeremy Camp's first headlining tour in almost two years.
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Monday, July 13, 2009

Diamond Rio to release first gospel album 'The Reason' in September

Monday, July 13th, 2009
After performing award-winning country music since 1984, Diamond Rio is unveiling the group's 11th album and first full length gospel record The Reason on Word Records on September 22, 2009...
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Friday, July 10, 2009

The Jonas Brothers gospel roots - Nick Jonas' early gospel album

Friday, July 10th, 2009
I think by now everyone has heard of the Jonas Brothers the trio known for their uplifting, positive lyrics. As reported in The Jonas Brothers: the gospel and Lines, Vines and Trying Times, the Jonas brothers are the Evangelical sons of an Assemblies of God pastor who managed Christian music groups.
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If your kids are into the Jonas Brothers, a boy band who gained their popularity on the Disney Channel, your young ones are in good hands. The Jonas...
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Newsboys music highs and musical chairs but still 'In the Hands of God'

Thursday, July 9th, 2009
Gospel artists Newsboys, known for their Christian pop-rock music stylings, have also gained some notoriety for their ongoing game of musical chairs....
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Monday, July 6, 2009

Musical guests, participants announced for Michael Jackson memorial service

Monday, July 6th, 2009
he Jackson family has released the names of participants scheduled for Michael Jackson's memorial service Tuesday morning at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The names of the musical guests and other participants was released today by Michael Jackson's publicity firm for the Jackson family.
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Jennifer Hudson to perform at Michael Jackson's memorial service July 7

Monday, July 6th, 2009
Gospel and pop performer Jennifer Hudson has reportedly been picked by the Jackson family to be one of the performers at Michael Jackson's memorial...
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Monday, June 29th, 2009 · 12 comments
Was Michael Jackson a Christian?Rumors are flying that pop superstar Michael Jackson became a Christian the day or week before he died on June...
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Thursday, June 25th, 2009
The king of pop Michael Jackson died today at age 50. Known around the world for his music and his scandals, Jackson suffered a heart attack at his...
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Saturday, July 4, 2009

Former Tennessee Titans Steve McNair found shot to death in Nashville

Saturday, July 4th, 2009
Former Tennessee Titans quarterback Steve McNair was found shot to death at an apartment complex on Second Avenue South in downtown Nashville...
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Former Tennessee Titans star Steve McNair, 36, was found shot to death at an apartment complex on Second Avenue South in downtown Nashville along with a second female victim

Friday, July 3, 2009

Gov. Sarah Palin Announces Resignation

Friday, July 3rd, 2009
Catching everyone off guard right before the July 4 holiday weekend, Gov. Sarah Palin announced today her plans to resign as the governor of Alaska....Keep Reading »

In a surprising move, it was just reported on the news that Gov. Sarah Palin has just announced she will resign as governor of Alaska before the end of July.

The Star-Spangled Banner

I first posted this as an article on a couple of years ago, but I thought I would share it today in my blog for the 4th of July. It is a sad truth that most Americans do not know the words to our National Anthem - "The Star Spangled Banner." Long may she wave!

The defense of Fort McHenry by American forces during the British attack on September 13, 1814 inspired Francis Scott Key to write the poem which became our national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner." In 1931, the Congress of The United States of America made "The Star-Spangled Banner" the official national anthem.

The Star-Spangled Banner

Oh, say can you see, by the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines on the stream:
'Tis the star-spangled banner! O long may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion
A home and a country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wiped out their foul footstep's pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war's desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heaven-rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: "In God is our trust."
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

If you have written a patriotic poem about God & Country, you are invited to share a link at Christian Poet's Pen.

Also see:
Fourth of July events in Nashville: concerts, fireworks and more!
Patriotic Trivia
What’s the Greatest Thing About America?

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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Gospel artists - July birthdays

Which gospel artists are celebrating a July birthday? July artist birthdays include: Andraé Crouch, Michael Sweet, Sheila Walsh, Sandy Patti, Ricky Skaggs, Benjy Gaither, Dino, Rebecca St. James, Krystal Meyers and many more at: