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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. www.thecrabbfamily.com


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 Lord.

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 music history. www.fredhammondmusic.com

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. www.matthewwest.com

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! www.nicolecmullen.com

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. www.davidphelps.com


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.” www.sonicflood.com

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.  www.short-tee.com

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. www.davidgreer.net

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 -
Julian Drive. www.juliandrive.com

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.” www.aaronshust.com

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 Everlife inspires!

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! www.everlife.com  

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. www.hawknelson.com

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. www.jeffmorrismusic.com


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 changed.

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. www.stryper.com

“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. www.kj52.com

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. www.oilonit.com/music.html
Country 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. www.group1crew.com
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 United States.
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. www.josh.org

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. www.bfmmm.com

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. www.markchironna.com

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 goes.

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. www.therealsting.com
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. www.michaelfranzese.com

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." www.jameyragle.com


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 Christ. www.davetown.com
Robert 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 Excellence.

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. www.outreachcomedy.com/comedians/scottwood.html

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