Richie McDonald to be part of Time Life release on October 27th
TIME LIFE TO RELEASE SONGS FOR COUNTRY WORSHIP
That Spotlights An Array Of Country Stars
Performing The Greatest Worship Songs; Album Features Live Performances
At The Ryman Auditorium With Guest Artists; Including Ricky Skaggs,
Richie McDonald, Collin Raye and Bryan White
Time Life will release the highly anticipated project, Songs 4 Worship Country Live, October
27, 2009. Recorded live at the famed Ryman Auditorium, this unique
album showcases Country music stars performing the best-loved and most
well-known Praise and Worship songs. Each tune was personally
selected by the artists and the power and passion each one brings to
“their” song is guaranteed to move the listener.
Songs 4 Worship Country Live follows Time Life’s highly successful studio album, Songs 4 Worship Country, which debuted in 2007 and has remained on Billboard’s Top Country album chart since its release. The Songs 4 Worship series has sold more than ten-million units since its launch in 2000.
Songs 4 Worship Country Live spotlights remarkable appearances that were recorded last summer on the stage of the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. The location for the concert was a perfect choice since the Ryman originally was a church before it was transformed into the “mother church” of Country music. The pairing of the two genres of music is a natural given Country gospel roots. Such popular Country artists as Ricky Skaggs, Richie McDonald, Collin Raye, Bryan White, Susan Ashton and Rebecca Lynn Howard showed their strong Christian backgrounds by delivering powerful, uplifting performances of favorite Praise and Worship songs including; Above All, Holy Is The Lord, Heart Of Worship and the #1 Christian hit, Revelation Song, which has stayed at the top of the Christian radio charts for an incredible thirteen weeks. The live show is enhanced with additional performances from Alabama, Diamond Rio, Alison Krauss & Union Station and a previously recorded live performance by Randy Travis of the Praise and Worship classic, “Open The Eyes Of My Heart.”
“Praise and Worship music at its very essence is about community,” says Mike Jason, Time Life Senior Vice President. “This intimate and powerful album gave each artist the opportunity to record in what was originally a place of worship, the Ryman Auditorium. The place, the artists and music combine to create a very special experience.”
Songs 4 Worship Country Live will be distributed to retail and digital online outlets by WEA, Inc. The CD will also be available through upcoming Time Life television ads and through the company’s website, www.timelife.com.
WGAR's Guitars for Girls tickets on sale NOW!
• Tickets are on sale now for WGAR’s GUITARS FOR GIRLS concert featuring RICHIE MCDONALD, CHUCK WICKS and JAMES OTTO at 7 p.m. Oct. 27 at Lorain County Community College Stocker Arts Center. The event benefits the Susan G. Komen Foundation for the fight against breast cancer. Tickets are $35, available at the Stocker box office or by phone at 800-995-5222, ext. 4040, or 440-366-4040.
Richie McDonald goes home to perform concert at South Plains College
McDonald, a graduate of Coronado High School in Lubbock, and studied sound technology at South Plains College in 1983-1984.
He left Lonestar in 2007 to pursue his solo career.
Musicians from the SPC Creative Arts Department will open the concert, and also back McDonald during his performance.
While with Lonestar, McDonald recorded the vocals for such hits as "Amazed," "I'm Already There," "Everything's Changed," "Smile" and "No News."
Call (806) 716-2220 for more details.
Richie reunites with Danielle for a special duet...
Catch this cherished moment as CMN child Danielle Roeder joins her friend Richie on stage during a recent benefit concert for the Children's Miracle Network. Photo Credit: Bob Canella
Richie nominated for two ICM Awards
TOP 10 CATEGORY NOMINEES ANNOUNCED
FOR THE 15th ANNUAL INSPIRATIONAL COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS
Power Source Music Group is proud to announce the Top 10 category nominees for the 15th Annual Inspirational Country Music Awards Show (ICM Awards). Richie's most recent single 'Six-Foot Teddybear,' is nominated for the Mainstream Inspirational Country Song of the Year and Richie is nominated for the Mainstream Country Artist. The award show will be held on Thursday, October 15, 2009, at 7 PM CST at the Trinity Music City USA Auditorium located in Hendersonville, Tennessee.
In addition, the Christian Country Music Association is proud to announce that TCT Networks, The Worship Network, Cornerstone TeleVision, NRB Network, My Family TV, CTS Television Canada, Angel Two Network, Total Living Network, Golden Eagle Broadcasting (Oral Roberts University) and DayStar Television Network will be airing this year’s ICM Awards!
'Act Of God' Is Seen As The Inspiration Of New CD Release - "We Are Enterprise"
Tragedy hit when on Thursday, March 1, 2007, Gilley’s small hometown of Enterprise, AL (population just over 23,000) was struck by a massive EF4 tornado, leaving a swath of devastation in its wake. In the heart of the storm’s path was Enterprise High School. The tornado ripped the roof from parts of the school, destroyed a hallway, the gymnasium and the football stadium.
The angry airy wrath took nine people's lives in its' wake, including eight students at Enterprise High,and sawmore than 120left injured. With damages estimated at $307 million, the entire community was left paralyzed.
Although the tornado has come and gone, the community and the students of Enterprise High School live on— but in an unsettled environment, contradictory to the norm. These students have sincethe storm beenattending classes in trailers and temporary outlets.Gone is the experience of theyouthful chatter/banter walking down the hallways, catching up on the latest gossip in the cafeteria, being “shushed” by the librarian, sitting outside on the school lawn during free period to study with friends, or the rowdy excitement of a pep rally, spirit week or tournament basketball game in their gymnasium.
To help heal the scars and bring “the normal” back to Enterprise, veteran music producer James Stroud (who is also president of Ronnie Gilley Entertainment), Ronnie Gilley and a cast of renowned country music artists pulled together to createan extraordinary musical compilation for the benefit of the Enterprise High School. The high school is due to be rebuilt by the 2010-11 school year at a cost of over $80 million
Gilley has partnered in his efforts with music industry legend James Stroud (producer for Tim McGraw, Toby Keith and Clint Black/Former president of Dreamworks Records-Nashville and now co-chairman of Universal Music Group
Nashville/President of Ronnie Gilley Entertainment). The pair, who executive produced the project, assembled an incredible cast of country music giants to create an extraordinary album to assist with the overwhelming cost of the construction of the new Enterprise High School.
“When Ronnie made me aware of the suffering his community had endured and the ongoing hardships facing its high school students and faculty, I wanted to help any way that I could,” said Stroud. “We had the idea to craft an album that would not only help with the cost of rebuilding the school, but that would also uplift the community with its message. Once we started calling our artist friends and hearing their desire to lend their time and talent, we knew the idea would work.”
All record company and artist net proceeds from sales of the WE ARE ENTERPRISE will be donated to the fund for the rebuilding of the high school. The compilation is available at retail as well as digital outlets including iTunes, Rhapsody, Amazon, and Walmart.com
Artists involved in the project include:
Written by Richie McDonald, Lisa Hentrich & Craig Headen
Produced by Tommy Lee James & Richie McDonald
The talented singer/songwriter, recording artist, Richie McDonald, has established a welcomed place in the country and Christian music genres. He can easily be recognized as the "voice" of the chartâtopping hits "Amazed" and "I'm Already There" and has enjoyed multiâplatinum status in the country music arena while BMI named him Songwriter of the Year (2002).
Written by Clint Black & Will Jennings | Produced by Clint Black
Clint Black is a Grammy Awardâwinning singer/songwriter, actor and entrepreneur (owner of Equity Music Group). He has 22 No. 1 singles to his credit including, “Killin Time,” “Nothin' But the Taillights” and “When I Said I Do.” Multiâplatinum selling country music recording artist,
When I Get Down—John Anderson
Written by John David Anderson & Shawn Camp | Produced by John Anderson & Joe Spivey
Multiâplatinum selling country music recording artist, John Anderson has been belting out chartâtopping singles since 1977. His song "Swingin'" was the first platinumâcharted single in country music and charted at the #30 position of allâtime juke box hits, according to the AMOA. With seven No. 1 singles and 28 Top 10 hits, Anderson is also the winner of two Country Music Association awards and the Academy of Country Music’s Lifetime Achievement Award (1993).
This Is The Time—Deborah Allen
Written by Deborah Allen &Allen Shamblin | Produced by James Stroud
Deborah Allen is a multiâaward winning, Grammyânominated recording artist and multiâmillion airplay BMI award winning songwriter. No stranger to Billboard's Hot 100 Chart, Deborah has penned numerous hits over the past three decades as recorded by some of the greatest names in country that spans from LeAnn Rimes, Tanya Tucker, Brooks & Dunn, George Jones, Lorrie Morgan, Loretta Lynn, Conway Twitty to Diana Ross, Sheena Easton, Fleetwood Mac and many more.
You've Got A Friend —Joe Diffie
Written by Carole King | Produced by James Stroud
Joe Diffie is a Grammy award winning (1998—“Same Old Train”), gold and platinum selling country music artist who has scored 12 No. 1 hits and over 20 Top 10's. An accredited songwriter, Diffie wrote Tim McGraw’s “Memory Lane,” Jo Dee Messina's “My Give A Damn's Busted,” and “I Got A Feeling” recorded by Tracy Lawrence to name a few.
Katie’s Song —Darryl Worley
Written by Darryl Worley, Jim “Moose” Brown & Walt Aldridge |
Produced by Jim “Moose” Brown & Walt Aldridge
Most famously known for his platinumâselling album, HAVE YOU FORGOTTEN, Darryl Worley is a successful recording artist, philanthropist and entrepreneur. He's charted sixteen singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including three No. 1's, "I Miss My Friend," "Have You Forgotten?," and "Awful, Beautiful Life." Darryl is a wellârounded musician and humanitarian who has won numerous awards and has been instrumental in supporting our troops.
Dear Lord —Tracy Lawrence
Written by Tracy Lawrence, Flip Anderson | Produced by Tracy Lawrence & Julian King
Tracy Lawrence's music career spans over 16 years proving him to be a formidable stylist in the country music format. Lawrence has celebrated successes with gold and platinum sales and now 17 No. 1 singles to his name including "Alibis," "If The World Had A Front Porch," "Time Marches On," "Sticks And Stones," "Paint Me A Birmingham" and his most recent No. 1, “Find Out Who Your Friends Are.”
Mighty Good God —Aaron Tippin
Written by Aaron Tippin & Thea Tippin | Produced by James Stroud
Over the past two decades, platinum recording artist Aaron Tippin has become one of the most recognizable and influential voices in country musicââcharting over 30 singles on Billboard Hot Country Songs including his bit hits "My Blue Angel," "That's As Close As I'll Get To Loving You" and "Kiss This." Tippin is the celebrity spokesperson for the Paralyzed Veterans Of America, the Armed Services YMCA and Toys for Tots. He flies overseas to perform for the troops every year.
You Are So Beautiful—Lorrie Morgan
Written by Bruce Fisher & Billy Preston | Produced by James Stroud
Lorrie Morgan, who is a fourâtime Female Vocalist of the Year and Grand Ole Opry member, has 14 Top 10 hits and seven gold and platinum albums which have secured her place as an icon in country music history. At the age of 13, Morgan made her Opry debut with her father, country legend George Morgan, and today she is regarded as a pioneer who paved the way for all female
country artists who have followed.
It’s All Gonna Work Out—Shelly Fairchild
Written by Shelly Fairchild, Stephony Smith & Chip Davis
Produced by Stephony Smith & Kenny Greenberg
Shelly Fairchild's musical journey brought her to Nashville where she found a place in country music and released a critically acclaimed album on SONY. As a working artist, Shelly has toured with Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban and many others. She is currently recording her new album scheduled to be released on Stroudavarious Records.
Amazing Grace—George Jones
Produced by Billy Sherrill
George Jones, who is said to be the greatest living legend and country music singer of all time, is the voice of country music. Honored with immeasurable awards, the country music hall of famer has led the way for many in the country music industry. He will forever be known for his hit recordings “The Grand Tour," "The Bottle Let Me Down," "White Lightnin'," "I Don't Need Your Rockin' Chair" and "He Stopped Loving Her Today" and his nickname, "The Possum."
Nashville Songwriters to be featured at Texas 4000 Tribute
Richie McDonald, Scotty Emerick & Paul Overstreet to Entertain
Riders, Families and Guests at Celebration
The Sense Corp Texas 4000 For Cancer today announced that three of Nashville’s most successful singer-songwriters will be the featured entertainment at the August 29, 2009 Texas 4000 Tribute. The Tribute welcomes home 44 young Texans who are cycling 4,687 miles this summer from Austin to Anchorage on their mission to share
Hope, Knowledge and Charity with those fighting cancer.
“Each day the Texas 4000 riders put on their helmets, strap in their shoes, and challenge their bodies and their minds as they ride from Austin to Alaska,” said Jamille Ruebsahm, Executive Director of the Sense Corp Texas 4000 For Cancer. “Their commitment to raising awareness of cancer and raising funds to find a cure merits a celebration, and the Texas 4000 Tribute is the homecoming they deserve.”
The Sense Corp Texas 4000 For Cancer started six years ago when one man, Chris Condit, sought a way to share a message of hope, knowledge and charity to those with cancer. A cancer survivor himself, Condit decided to embark on an epic bike journey from Austin, Texas to Anchorage, Alaska. Since then, the charity has raised more than $1.5 million for cancer research. More than 250 riders have completed the trek, and each year they are welcomed home with a gala celebration, the Texas 4000 Tribute.
“We are thrilled to have the songwriters join in this amazing celebration,” said Amy King, Co-Chair of the 2009 Texas 4000 Tribute. “The songwriters will tell the story behind the songs we all know and love, while paying special tribute to the dedicated riders ”
A limited number of tickets are available for this special event. For more information on the Sense Corp Texas 4000 for Cancer, or to purchase tickets for the Texas 4000 Tribute, visit http://www.texas4000.org/tribute/
About the Sense Corp Texas 4000 for Cancer:
The longest annual charity ride in the world, Texas 4000 For Cancer is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preventing and fighting cancer. Each year a team of dedicated student cyclists brave the elements to complete a more than 4,500-mile bicycle journey beginning in Austin, Texas and finishing in Anchorage, Alaska to share hope, knowledge and charity. The Texas 4000 riders train, raise funds, educate and develop as leaders and servants in the community. For more information, visit www.texas4000.org .
About the Songwriters:
Richie McDonald: Richie McDonald has long been one of music's most accomplished and wide-ranging talents. Recognized as one of country's best singers, he was the face and voice of Lonestar, ranked among the genre's preeminent groups. The list of accomplishments McDonald brings to his solo career is among music's most noteworthy. His was the voice behind songs like "Amazed," "Smile" and "No News" and the pen behind songs like "My Front Porch Looking In" and "Let Them Be Little." He has earned six gold and platinum albums, several CMA and ACM awards as well as BMI awards for songwriting. In writing and singing "I'm Already There," he was responsible for a song embraced so warmly by the military and their families it became an unofficial anthem for U.S. troops serving the Middle East. "That has to be the most rewarding part about writing songs," he says, "when you can actually see the effect it has had on other people's lives." He has also written songs recorded by John Michael Montgomery, Clay Walker, Billy Dean, Sara Evans and the Wilkersons, among others.
Paul Overstreet: As a songwriter, Paul has written and co-written over 35 top ten songs, and multiple # 1's. His first being George Jones', “Same Ole Me” however Many artists have recorded his songs as well including Randy Travis, singing “On the Other Hand”, “Digging up Bones” and “Forever and Ever, Amen”. Alison Krauss has recorded “When You Say Nothing at All”, The Judd's have sung “Love Can Build A Bridge” and Kenny Chesney had huge success with “She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy”. Other hits have been recorded by Glen Campbell, Pam Tillis, Mel Tillis, Travis Tritt, Michael Martin Murphey and countless others. Paul has also written and recorded many songs himself. His own albums have produced nine top 10 hits including his first number one song as a performer, “Seein' My Father in Me”. Paul, along with cowriters, has earned two Grammy Awards, his first for “Forever and Ever, Amen” and the other for “Love Can Build a Bridge”. BMI honored Paul as Songwriter of the Year for five consecutive years from 1987-1991 and he was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Foundation Hall of Fame in 2003.
Scotty Emerick: At the young age of 35, Scotty Emerick has already made a huge impact on the world of country music. He has written several of Toby Keith’s number one hits including "Good Once as I Ever Was",“I’m Just Talkin’ about Tonight”, “I Love this Bar” and the Willie Nelson duet, “Beer for My Horses”. Scotty has also written songs for Sawyer Brown, George Strait and several other artists. His debut album, “The Coast Is Clear”, was issued in 2003 and produced two of his four chart singles on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs Charts. Scotty has written 19 of the 24 songs on Toby Keith's last two platinum award winning albums and he has toured Iraq 6 times performing for our troops. Scotty won the 2004 Songwriter of the Year award from the Nashville Songwriters Association International and earned two Grammy nominations for the Willie Nelson/Toby Keith duet, “Beer for My Horses”. "I eat, sleep, and drink music," Scotty says. "I'm always gonna do it, no matter what happens."
July 4 concert a testament to Lubbock talent
The attendance at Saturday's 4th on Broadway closing concert did not equal past totals for a number of reasons, including dark clouds. Remember that Mac Davis and Richie McDonald helped attract an announced 70,000 last year under hot and clear skies.
Still, the tens of thousands of music fans who headed to Mackenzie Park on Saturday were rewarded with an outstanding two and one-half hours of music, with more than half of the concert devoted to phenomenal performances by co-headliners McDonald and David Gaschen.
As producer Don Caldwell, in an enclosed building backstage, reminisced about weather fears in prior years, precipitation disappeared almost as fast as it arrived.
Tarps rapidly were removed from sound equipment, and the city's 4th on Broadway concert maintained its perfect record of having never been postponed by inclement weather.
The promoter, Don Caldwell also was able to maintain another tradition. With rare exceptions, the focus has remained squarely on West Texas area talent, primarily music makers of all ages from Lubbock.
Gaschen later introduced pianist Larry Landusky, and both Gaschen and McDonald at times were backed by the Lubbock Youth Symphony Orchestra.
Seventeen solos were sung by McDonald and Gaschen, the former a Coronado High School graduate and the latter a Monterey Plainsman and Texas Tech graduate. Both pulled out all of the stops, at times also pulling out family members.
McDonald introduced his son, Rhett, from the stage. Both singers pointed out wives and children - and in Gaschen's case, seven older brothers and sisters - seated down front.
McDonald, who delivered many of the songs he helped make into hits while singing lead for Lonestar, revealed a sensitivity and love for family and country throughout.
Daring to remind listeners of 9/11 and Katrina, McDonald led off his set by emphatically communicating "God's Still in America."
McDonald would offer an emotional counterpoint, dedicating "I'm Already There" to America's troops, in hopes that all will be home soon.
Happily, he brought back "Footprints on the Moon," a tune that he debuted at the 2008 4th on Broadway.
McDonald later said he was handed a new tune by Don Pfrimmer and Bobby Boyd that has the potential to become a very, very big hit. It never had been performed live in concert by anyone before Saturday, and McDonald invited Gaschen back on stage to make a duet out of beautiful patriotic song "Wrap Yourself In Me."
A fireworks show then filled the sky for 20 minutes, accompanied by the youth orchestra.
For most, fireworks are a must on Independence Day. On this night, the meaning of the holiday never had been forgotten even as superb co-headliners entertained.