From a church in rural Kentucky to an annual concert audience of
800,000, the Crabb Family has managed to break through musical genre
barriers to reach people from all walks of life with the message of
the gospel. When Gerald and Kathy Crabb felt the call of God into a
full-time musical ministry nearly 10 years ago, they had no way of
knowing just what was in store for their children. Two years ago,
Gerald and Kathy passed the torch to the second generation with
confidence that they were prepared for the success ahead. Although
their roots are primarily Southern Gospel, the Crabb Family’s latest
recording, Driven features a variety of styles and genres. The Crabb
Family also reaches a vast concert audience.
For more than 18 years, gospel
listeners around the world have known Fred Hammond as a talented
songwriter, bassist and vocalist. In addition to Hammond 's
studio career, he has continued to take his special brand of
gospel to audiences around the world, performing an average of
30 weeks per year. Hammond and his group, Radical for Christ has
headlined over 400 concert dates with an average audience
attendance of 3,500, in addition to television appearances on
the nationally syndicated The Stellar Awards, BET's teen Summit
and TBN's highly- rated shows The Pat Boone Show and Praise the
In his second decade in the industry, Fred Hammond shows no
signs of slowing . In 1997 Fred shared the stage with Kirk
Franklin & the Family and Yolanda Adams before more than 500,000
people on The Tour of Life, the most successful tour in gospel
Since the 2003 release of his Universal South debut, Happy, Matthew
West has been on a fast track to making music history. The project’s
first single, “More,” held the #1 spot on R&R’s Christian Adult
Contemporary singles chart for a record-breaking nine weeks and went
on to be named Christian Song of the Year by ASCAP. Capping off an
eventful year, Matthew was nominated in five categories—including
New Artist of the Year— at the 2005 GMA Music Awards. Meanwhile, the
young singer/songwriter has had his songs recorded by many of the
top names in Christian music, and last year, country’s Rascal Flatts
was added to the list.
So when it came time to begin work on his highly anticipated 2005
follow-up recording, there probably could not have been a more apt
title than History. With memorable pop melodies and honest lyrics
which document the artist’s own life journey, History clearly and
concisely spells out his road to salvation, redemption and daily
desire to follow Christ.
Nicole C. Mullen has emerged as one of this generation's most
compelling singer/songwriters. Her new album, Talk About It,
continues the journey that Nicole began with her breathtaking,
self-titled, multi-Dove Award winning debut effort. Blessed with one
of contemporary Christian music's most distinctive voices, she is
also a songwriter of rare insight and sensitivity. With songs that
run the gambit from soaring praise ballads to intimate worship
arias; from gritty hip hop anthems to sinewy, Gospel barnburners,
Nicole has the uncanny ability to build bridges over those boundary
lines that separate cultures; young and old, black and white, pop
and urban. The scope of her remarkable appeal was recognized
earlier this year, as she became the first woman in fourteen years
to receive the Gospel Music Association's Songwriter of the Year
title. And when her incredible worship song, Redeemer was named Song
of the Year, she joined the ranks of Gloria Gaither and Michael W.
Smith as the only songwriters to ever have two songs honored by that
distinction. In fact, she is the first African American to ever win
a Dove Award in the Song of the Year category, and she often finds
herself performing in churches that have never invited an Africa
American guest before!
One of the preeminent voices in Christian music, David Phelps has
been wowing crowds with his powerhouse vocals as a member of the
Gaither Vocal Band since 1996. Now, the Dove Award and GRAMMY(r)
winning artist is set to release his newest album, Life Is A Church.
In addition to the title cut, other stand-out tracks include
"Something's Gotta Change," and "That's What Love Is." Musically,
this album is everything a David Phelps fan would expect, with each
song showcasing his dramatic and one-of-a-kind vocal delivery.
SONICFLOOd has two Dove Awards to it’s credit and four Top 10 radio
hits, including “Cry Holy” and “Shelter”. Heil continues to lead
Sonicflood backed by a new lineup that includes Grant Norsworthy on
bass (Paul Colman Trio), Trey Hill (Everlife) and Jordan Jameson on
guitars, and Chris Kimmerer doing duty on drums. Sonicflood has
recently played several PromiseKeepers events. “It’s been
phenomenal,” says Heil. “There’s just this release of power when you
hear all these men singing these worship songs.”
Short-Tee is a born again Christian with a high impact flavor
that appeals to different ages, races, and music listeners. This
young brother has taken the negative influences of a single parent
home, drugs, gangs, death, and teen pregnancy to name a few, and
turned it into a positive. He is determined to minister the message
that the odds can be against you but with Jesus Christ you can beat
the statistics. His stage show gets your blood pumping with a blend
of current hip hop beats and samples, traditional gospel songs,
dancing, crowd participation, and skits mixed with original lyrics
like a chef in a kitchen. In this kitchen everyone will find
something they can eat on and the desert will have you worshiping
our Lord & Savior and the angels in heaven rejoicing about the souls
that were saved. Many have labeled him the “LL Cool J” of Gospel Hip
Hop due to his crossover, energetic, hard hitting style.
David Greer grew up in Alabama and has been writing songs since
age 3. His first songs with substantial lyrical depth began flowing
in high school, after he bought a guitar to pass the time recovering
from a broken leg. This serendipitous injury set him on a musical
course that he’s still traveling. David soon slipped off to the
University of Alabama, where he immersed himself in school work,
competitive public speaking, campus ministry, and other responsible
activities, while still writing his music. After 3 years of the
normal college grind, he felt that it was time to unbury his gift of
songwriting and record some music. So in his senior year at the
University, David spent his free hours and days and weeks in his
local church’s closet/ recording studio. The result: “This Story,”
David’s impressive debut album which brings his unique sound and
poignant lyrics to life.
In the summer of 2004, the members of Julian Drive watched in
amazement as they went from leading worship for a youth group in
Athens, Georgia, to performing their songs in front of a national
television audience of more than one million households. Listen as
Shane Bowers, Shaun Bennett, Jesse Triplett and Jonathan Waggoner
share the songs that transformed four "southern boys who love music"
into one of Christian music's most buzzworthy bands of recent memory
Anything Worth Saying is the debut worship album from new
singer/songwriter Aaron Shust. Through fresh praise & worship
choruses, these 11 original songs exude confident hope, passionately
carrying listeners toward God’s promised restoration.
“I feel closest to God whenever I’m leading people in worship,” says
Shust, a classically trained musician. “When I can step away from
the microphone and it appears that a sea of people are singing to
God from the bottom of their hearts and the top of their lungs,
that’s where I feel God’s pleasure. I absolutely love that.”
Everlife brings a fresh face to the rock/pop culture. Through their
music and their charismatic personalities, these girls are out to
set a new standard in this industry. They not only entertain, but
More raw and edgy than many of their counterparts, elements of their
favorite bands – rock heroes such as U2, Aerosmith and Switchfoot –
combine with an appreciation of the pop music culture, creating
songs that cross genre lines. Julia’s fluid vocal lead, serious
sister harmony and plain old rock-n-roll guitar licks give a
performance that truly rocks!
Hawk Nelson is from the suburb of Ontario, Canada, power pop/punk
foursome Hawk Nelson cites itself as diehard believers in the
transformative power of dreams, planning a course in musical
expression underwritten by Biblical rooting at a young age and
following through with vivaciousness each inch of the way. With
Jason leading on vocals, Aaron (aka Skwid) rocking the drums, Daniel
bring it up with the bass, and Jonathan rocking hard on the guitar
and back-up vocals, the band is becoming a big success. With the
album "Letters to the President" out and up for grabs, they start
recording a new album coming out in March of 2006.
Jeff does more than entertain. His talent, personality, and more
importantly, his heart, touches the lives of people of all ages.
Through that unique ability, Jeff has been given the opportunity to
open for and share the stage with bands and artists ranging from
Newsong and Casting Crowns, to Todd Agnew, Big Daddy Weave, Building
429, Matthew West, Lincoln Brewster, and Salvador, just to name a
few. He's also a regular artist on the Mark and Mack Revival Tour,
who hosts the #1 Christian Morning Show in Alabama.
Some remember Stryper as the frenetic “yellow and black attack” that
stormed the music scene two decades ago, transforming the pop-metal
genre from the inside out. Others recall a groundbreaking foursome
that resolutely declared an inspiring message of spiritual
redemption, becoming a cornerstone on which countless lives were
Today the legendary quartet is back and burning hotter than ever
with intensified levels of zeal, resolve and innovation. With three
original bandmates (lead vocalist Michael Sweet, drummer Robert
Sweet and guitarist Oz Fox) and newcomer Tracy Ferrie on bass,
Stryper now releases its first all-new studio effort since 1990’s
Against the Law project.
“A white dude from the suburbs and inner city of Florida doing
Christian rap and driving a minivan?” KJ says. “None of that makes
sense. No one says, ‘That’s the formula, right there!’ But at the
end of the day, it just proves that God did it.” The absurdity of
his situation hasn’t stopped him from becoming one of the hottest
rappers on the Christian hiphop scene, as evidenced by his
appearance with the massive Festival Con Dios & Winter Jam Tours,
his 2004 Dove Award for Rap/Hiphop
Album of the Year (for “It’s Pronounced Five-Two”) and his recent
2005 Dove Award nominations for Rap/Hip Hop Recorded Song of the
Year (for “Back in the Day”) and Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year (for
“Soul Purpose”). In fact, KJ wears it as a badge of honor. It just
proves that God can do great things with small things that are
surrendered to His purpose.
As a young child, Patrick knew that his destiny would be ministering
to the Lord through music. He grew up in a Pastor's home listening
to gospel artist such as Commissioned, The Winans, and various other
mass choirs, which have all influenced his life. Patrick and his
wife, Christina, live in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex and attend
Tabernacle of Praise Church under the leadership of Pastor Gary
Oliver where his ministry is now
based. He recently performed at Bishop T.D. Jakes, The Potter’s
House, for Fred Hammond’s “Free to Worship” live DVD recording.
Plans are currently underway for Patrick to release a
full album that will be produced by Stellar Award winning artist and
producer Fred Hammond.
roots run deep when it comes to soulful singers Mike Kofahl, Justin
Rivers and Jason Baird. Nashville based trio Route 43 has grown up
with an embedded passion to sing and write and is finally ready to
share it with the world. The story began in November 2005 when Mike
and Jason joined Warren Parker of the Parker Trio to form an all
male trio named P3. While planning for a new southern sound, the
trio was struck a tragic blow when Warren was killed suddenly in an
accident. Little did they know that their short term friendship
would be the beginning of a ministry that would take the Southern
Gospel world by storm. With the addition of Justin Rivers, formally
of the Crabb Family, they began to share their talents with a
growing fan base. With a love for ministry and a passion for seeing
lost souls saved, Route 43 continues to persevere despite the loss
of their dear friend.
This talented three-member group is releasing their anticipated
debut album later this year!
Florida natives, this eclectic trio combines the sounds of Black
Eyed Peas, Beethoven, and The Fugees to create a diverse and unique
style of music. The group is composed by veteran emcee Manwell
Reyes, Pablo Villatoro, and Blanca Reyes.
Manwell remarks, 'Our sound is fresh, funky and live, we can perform
in such a variety of styles- everything from melodic pop to Spanish
R&B. We aren't limited to one specific genre'. Group 1 Crew's main
passion and purpose is to shine the love of Christ through the power
of song and create music that people can relate to. Their amazing
testimonies infuse every part of their ministry as they share their
music with the world.
After almost four decades, cutting-edge ministry has become
Josh’s mantra for reaching skeptical-minded youth and adults like he
once was. Through live events, such as “Why Wait?” “Right from
Wrong” and “Project 911,” he has touched the lives of more than
seven million young people in 84 countries. Building on his audience
and reputation for innovation, in 1990 Josh packaged his unique
message and delivery into a popular weekly broadcast, called Josh
McDowell Radio, that is heard on about 400 stations throughout the
To date, Josh has written or co-written 77 books on topics ranging
from Christian apologetics to common problems facing youth. Several
are bestsellers and are recognized as leading books on the Christian
faith. Since 1992, more than 700,000 needy children’s lives have
been touched through the ministry’s physical and spiritual support.
Mission participants have distributed Christian books and literature
and more than 3,036 tons of goods – totaling more than $36 million –
to orphanages, hospitals, youth prisons and underprivileged
communities throughout Russia, Belarus and Ukraine. As a result, the
Josh McDowell Ministry is considered one of the world’s largest
evangelistic organizations providing humanitarian aid to the region.
Dr. Myles Munroe is a multi-gifted international motivational
speaker, best-selling author and business consultant. He addresses
critical issues affecting every aspect of human, social, and
spiritual development. He is the founder, president, and senior
pastor of Bahamas Faith Ministries International, headquartered in
Nassau, Bahamas. Dr. Munroe has earned degrees from Oral Roberts
University and the University of Tulsa. He holds an honorary
doctorate from Oral Roberts University.
Dr. Mark J. Chironna has spent much of his life on a journey of
discovery in developing strategies and models for bringing a greater
level of healing, empowerment and transformation to the lives of
those he touches. He is a theologian, a trained and certified
personal coach, a mentor, a spiritual director, a physician of the
soul. His approach is powerful, motivational, intuitive, practical
and humorous and the results are profound.
Dr. Chironna is a published author and writer, as well as an
accomplished pianist, composer, vocalist and songwriter. His degrees
include a B.A. in Music and Education, an M. Div. in Theology, an
M.A. in Psychology, a PhD in Theology, and is currently in the
process of earning his PhD in Psychology.
The oldest Crabb son sings his heart out each time the Crabb Family
steps on stage. Featured on such songs as "Please Forgive Me,"
"Through the Fire," "The Lamb, the
Lion, and the King," "I Sure Miss You," "That's No Mountain,"
"Please Come Down To Me," "The Cross," and many others, Jason gives
his all every time he sings. Jason was voted
"Favorite Young Artist" at the Singing News Fan Awards in 2000. He
has been nominated for many other awards during his career. Jason's
personality matches his voice making him a favorite everywhere he
Sean McDowell is the head of the Bible Department at Capistrano
Valley Christian Schools, where he teaches Worldviews and Old
Testament Survey. He graduated summa cum laude from Talbot
Theological Seminary with two Master’s degrees in Theology and
Philosophy. Sean is also a nationally recognized
communicator—speaking at conferences, churches, retreats, camps and
schools. Sean’s most recent book for youth, Ethix: Being Bold in a
Whatever World, was released March, 2006 by Broadman & Holman.
STING (Steve Borden) captured the imagination of the wrestling world
in a way that few have. A Christian since 1998, this wrestling
superstar has appeared to more than half a billion people worldwide
in live and broadcast events. Sting's exploits in the ring with
fellow wrestling stars such as Hulk Hogan, Hall and Nash, Ric Flair,
the Horsemen, Lex Luger and many others became legendary in the
world of professional wrestling.
Just a few years ago, Michael Franzese was "one of the biggest
money earners the mob had seen since Al Capone, and the youngest
individual on Fortune magazine's survey of the 'The Fifty Biggest
Mafia Bosses,'" (Vanity Fair magazine), ranking #18, just 5 behind
John Gotti. His autobiography, Blood Covenant, tells his story from
the early days in the mob and rise to power through his Damascus
road experience that changed his life forever and led him to do the
unthinkable, the unexpected, and by some, the unbelievable - Quit
the Mob and follow Jesus.
Today, Michael is a follower of Jesus Christ, dubbed "The Born Again
Don" in a January 1991 feature article in Vanity Fair Magazine. He
found his own Damascus Road that began with a beautiful woman, Cammy.
The story of his conversion is a testament of God's willingness to
reach into the heart of any man regardless of their past or the
present condition of their lives.
Jamey, a man of imposing size, wins over the hearts of the
thousands of people he speaks to each year as he attempts to win
their souls to the Lord. Jamey shares the Gospel using his sharp
wit, slightly warped sense of humor, and extensive knowledge of the
Scriptures. Whether speaking to a large group of teens, to an
intimate group of fellow ministers and evangelists, or to a regular
church crowd in one of the hundreds of churches he visits each year,
Jamey Ragle has a message that can touch all people where they live.
Jamey is also an excellent singer and has a gospel group formed of
Dove Award winners, called "First Love."
David Edwards travels the country full time, speaking to young
adults in churches and a variety of other places. Regardless of the
setting, David's message is simple: Helping students and young
adults discover the importance of a Christ-centered lifestyle. A
gifted communicator, David speaks from his heart about issues
relevant to Gen X.
He is the author of the book One Step Closer, Holy and Acceptable,
the creator of the Destinations Video Series, and has written a
tract called How to Make Life All Good. A collection of his messages
are available on compact disc.David's mission is to reintroduce the
truth of God's Word by meeting people where they are in life and
bringing them one step closer to knowing and becoming like Jesus
Smith, Jr. serves as Professor of Christian Preaching at Beeson
Divinity School. Previously he served as the Carl E. Bates Associate
Professor of Christian Preaching at The Southern Baptist Theological
Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. A popular teacher and preacher, he
received Southern’s 1996 Findley B. Edge Award for Teaching
An ordained Baptist minister, he served as pastor of the New Mission
Missionary Baptist Church for twenty years before returning to
complete his Ph.D. He is also the author of a study of Christian
ministry in the African American church, Preparing for Christian
Ministry, and co-editor of A Mighty Long Journey. His research
interests include the place of passion in preaching, the literary
history of African American preaching, Christological preaching, and
theologies of preaching.
At Beeson, Smith teaches Christian Preaching and other electives in
homiletics. He received Beeson Divinity School’s “Teacher of the
Year Award” in 2005.
From comedy clubs and cruise ships, to churches, colleges, and
corporate events, Scott Wood has been hailed as one of the funniest
Christian comedians working today. Scott has entertained audiences
all across the United States and abroad in a variety of television,
radio, film and personal appearances.
Scott has been a full-time comedian since 1989. He was named
Stand-up Comedy Champion after winning the Improv Comedy Club’s 2003
Talent Search for funniest comedian. His list of club credits
includes The Comedy Store, The Ice House, The Laugh Factory, and the
Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas.
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