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Connie Smith (born Constance June Meador 14 August 1941, in Elkhart, Indiana) is an American country music singer. She i...

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{"key":"6099","name":"Connie Smith","bio":"Connie Smith (born Constance June Meador 14 August 1941, in Elkhart, Indiana) is an American country music singer. She is best known for her 1964 hit song \"Once a Day\", which spent 8 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's Country music charts, the longest of any female country music artist in history. This was Smith's only single to reach the No. 1 spot on the Billboard charts.In less than a year, Connie Smith moved from being a small-town Ohio housewife to country stardom with a number one single to her credit. Perhaps overly compared to and identified with Patsy Cline, Smith is still considered by many to be one of the best and most underrated vocalists in country history. Her lonely desperation came straight from the heart, also: Her father was abusive when she was a child, causing Smith to suffer a mental breakdown while she was in her teens. \"Once a Day\" launched Connie Smith straight to the top of the country music industry and, for a brief period, she was one of the top female stars of the genre during the mid 1960s. Although she never achieved the level of commercial success as some of her contemporaries, Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette, Lynn Anderson and Dolly Parton, she is often hailed by music critics as one of the finest voices in country music, voted in 2001 by fellow artists and members of the Country Music industry as #9 of the 40 Greatest Women of Country Music of all time (CMT).Biography & career Early life & rise to fameSmith was born Constance June Meador in 1941 in Elkhart, Indiana. Although she was born in Indiana, she spent much of her early years in West Virginia and later in Ohio. Both of Smith's parents were from West Virginia. Her father was abusive when she was a child, causing Smith to suffer a mental breakdown while she was in her teens. In West Virginia, she began to start singing locally. She was soon married and became a housewife and had children. By the early 1960s, Smith had already become a married woman with a four-month old son, living in Marietta, Ohio. During this time, Smith started singing locally again and appeared on local TV shows around her hometown area. While singing near Columbus, Ohio in August 1963, she was discovered by country singer Bill Anderson after winning a talent show contest. He recognized Smith's talents and offered his help into getting Smith a recording contract, Smith accepted his offer. A few months later, she was signed onto RCA Records, where she worked with legendary RCA producer Chet Atkins. The success of \"Once a Day\" & the peak of her career in the 60sAt RCA, Smith recorded her signature song, \"Once a Day\" during one of her first sessions at the studio. The song, written by Bill Anderson took him over two years to write. He finally finished the song after hearing Smith needed songs for her recording sessions. \"Once a Day\", was released as a single in September and hit the top of the country charts, reigning as number one for eight weeks. To date, \"Once a Day\" is still the longest song in Country music history to stay at the No. 1 spot on the Country charts. The only other frmale singer who has recently came close to Smith's long-standing record was Carrie Underwood, who's 2006's \"Jesus Take the Wheel\" spent six weeks at the No. 1 spot. \"Once a Day\" is Smith's only No. 1 Country hit to date.Image:Connie Smith-Opry.jpg Connie Smith performing at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee in June 2004.Smith's follow-up, \"Then and Only Then,\" hit number four (even the flip side reached the Top 25), and her Top Ten streak continued until late 1968, including the big hits \"If I Talk to Him,\" \"Ain't Had No Lovin',\" and \"The Hurtin's All Over.\" Between 1965 and 1966 Smith had three No. 1 Billboard Country albums, Connie Smith, Cute 'n' Country, and Born to Sing. At this time, Smith was one of the most successful female vocalists of the genre, having the similar success Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette would later have. During this time, Smith had been twice nominated for Grammy Awards, one for \"Once a Day\" in 1965 and another for \"Ain't Had No Lovin'\" in 1967.Meanwhile, her success began to take a toll; constant appearances on the road, in films, and on The Lawrence Welk Show pushed Smith to the brink of suicide in 1968. She credits her Christian faith with saving her from killing herself. In 1969, Smith did a cover version of Marty Robbins' 1965 No. 1 hit \"Ribbon Of Darkness,\" that made it to No. 13 on the Country singles chart. That same year, she recorded a duet album with Nat Stuckey entitled Young Love. A single also called \"Young Love\", which was originally a hit for Sonny James in 1956, only made it to No. 20 for Smith. Connie and Nat also did a gospel album in 1970 called Sunday Morning With Connie and Nat \u2013 later re-released in 2001 under the title God Will.She was a top draw in country music concert venues and even branched into minor movie stardom, appearing in such films as Las Vegas Hillbillys (1966) with Ferlin Husky and Jayne Mansfield, and \"Hell's Angels on Wheels\" (1967) with Marty Robbins. Nevertheless, Smith did not give her career 100 percent like many of her contemporaries, touring considerably less, stating her main priority was being a wife and mother. Career slows down in the 1970sAfter Smith recovered from the pressure of being a female country star, she began to balance chart success with a lighter schedule. Though her country hits were rarer than in her mid-'60s heyday, she was a better performer \u2014 and person \u2014 for it. Smith still managed the Top Tens \"You and Your Sweet Love\" in 1969, \"I Never Once Stopped Loving You\" the following year, and \"Just One Time\" in 1971. Her most successful year during the '70s was 1972. She recorded three big hits: the number five \"Just What I Am,\" the number seven \"If It Ain't Love (Let's Leave It Alone),\" and the number eight \"Love Is the Look You're Looking For.\" Smith continued to cut a lot of hits by Bill Anderson, but also cut a lot by Dallas Frazier, including, \"If It Ain't Love (Let's Leave It Alone)\".By 1972, Smith began to incorporate more Gospel into her act. With the help of her third husband, Evangelist Marshall Haynes, she turned her live show into a traveling gospel road show and signed with Columbia, which permitted her to record more straight gospel songs. Though the material didn't score as well on the charts as her secular singles had, she managed to stay in the Top 20 during much of the '70s. Smith recorded more Gospel albums under Columbia, including 1974's God Is Abundant, and was nominated for Grammy for Best Gospel Performance for her song, \"All the Praises\". Smith's Country career, didn't remain as successful, her hits rarely hit the Top 10. Her last Top 10 came in 1976 with \"('Til) I Kissed You\", which peaked at No. 10, the very top of the top 10.Image:Connie Smith-Newer.jpg Connie Smith later photo.When Smith was signed to Monument, she broke away from recording too much Gospel. Instead, Smith's Country music got more Pop-sounding, as Smith was keeping up with the times, during a the time when Country music was becoming more Pop-sounding. This type of sound was evident in some of her biggest hits from the late 70s, including the Top 10, \"(Till) I Kissed You\" and \"I Don't Want to Talk It Over Anymore\".After she signed with Monument in 1977, most of her singles dropped out of the Top 40. Her 1978 single \"I Just Want to Be Your Everything\" was Smith's last significant hit on the country music charts, making it to No. 14. The single was originally a hit for Barry Gibb, who formed the popular Pop group The Bee Gees. Smith's version has been said to be the only notable cover version because it sounds like the original. As for her other singles released between 1978 and 1979 (most notably, \"Smooth Sailin'\" and \"Ten Thousand and One\"), they failed to become hits, and peaked outside the Country Top 40. Although these songs were updated to fit the time period, Smith was not one hundred percent focused on touring, performing and promotiing, focusing more of her time on family and later raising her children, which is one of the reasons for why she later temporarily left the business.Smith was nominated three times for the Country Music Association \"Female Vocalist of the Year\" award and earned 10 various Grammy nominations but has won neither. Smith has also occasionally dabbled in songwriting, penning over 30 songs and earning a Broadcast Music Incorporated award for her 1967 hit \"I'll Come Running.\" Another Smith-penned hit \"You've Got Me Right Where You Want Me\" was later recorded by Reba McEntire. Later career & life todaySmith left Monument records in 1979, and officially left recording and touring for awhile for Smith to raise her children. However, in 1985, Smith returned on the Epic Records label to record one single titled, \"A Far Cry From You\", which peaked at only at No. 71. No album was ever released from the label. Smith did not release any studio albums in the 1980s.In 1992, she released her first album in many years called The Wayward Wind. The following year, Smith did a live album entitled Live In Branson, Missouri, USA. Since 1997, she has been married to 90s Neo-Traditionalist Country star Marty Stuart, 17 years her junior. Connie and Marty actually met back in the 60's when as a kid he went to see her in concert. On the way home he reportedly told his mother \"One day I'll marry her!\" The two met again while Stuart was producing Smith's 1998 comeback album, Connie Smith. Although the album didn't gain any attention, Smith co-wrote nine of the ten tracks on the album. The album was released on Stuart's label, Warner Brothers. In 2003, Connie Smith released a Christian album with Barbara Fairchild and Sharon White (from the country group The Whites) entitled Love Never Fails.In 2002, Smith was voted at No. 9 on CMT's 40 Greatest Women of Country Music, one of the highest honors of her career. George Jones also credits Smith as his favorite female country music singer in his book I Lived To Tell It All.Dolly Parton has also credited Smith by once saying, \"There\u2019s only three real female singers: Barbra Streisand, Linda Ronstadt, and Connie Smith. The rest of us are only pretending.\" The quote was put on Smith's 1995 comnpilation album by RCA, The Essential Connie Smith.Most recently country singer Martina McBride recorded a cover version of Smith's signature tune \"Once a Day\" and was put in McBride's 2005 album, Timeless. Smith continues to be a regular member of the Grand Ole Opry, and when not on the Opry, she does occasional dates with her husband. As a solo artist, Smith continues to tour on her own. In May 2007, she sang \"A World of Our Own\", a hit for Sonny James, at the Country Music Hall of Fame's Medallion Ceremony honoring James' induction into the Hall of Fame. In 2007, Smith joined her husband on his album, Compadres for a duet. Personal lifeSmith has been through many marriages. Now Smith is married to Stuart. Smith has five children and five grandchildren. One of children lives overseas in Norway. Smith is a devout Christian, and has made pilgrimages to Israel in the past, including one with Waylon Jennings and his wife, Country singer Jessi Colter. Awards & NominationsYear Award Program Award Result 1964 Grammy Awards Best Female Country Vocal, \"Once a Day\" Nominated 1964 Grammy Awards Best New Country Artist Nominated 1964 Grammy Awards Best Country & Western Single, \"Once A Day\" Nominated 1966 Grammy Awards Best Female Country Vocal, \"Ain't Had No Lovin'\" Nominated 1966 Grammy Awards Best Sacred Recording, \"Connie Smith Sings Great Sacred Songs\" Nominated 1967 Grammy Awards Best Female Country Vocal, \"Cincinnati, Ohio\" Nominated 1967 CMA Awards Female Vocalist of the Year Nominated 1969 Grammy Awards Best Female Country Vocal, \"Ribbon Of Darkness\" Nominated 1969 Grammy Awards Best Sacred Performance, \"Whispering Hope\" with Nat Stuckey Nominated 1970 CMA Awards Female Vocalist of the Year Nominated 1972 CMA Awards Female Vocalist of the Year Nominated 1972 Music City News Top Female Vocalist Nominated 1973 Grammy Awards Best Inspirational Performance, \"All the Praises\" Nominated 1974 Music City News Top Female Vocalist Nominated 1975 Music City News Top Female Vocalist Nominated 1975 Grammy Awards Best Gospel Performance (Other Than Soul Gospel), \"Connie Smith Sings Hank Williams Gospel\" Nominated 1979 Music City News Gospel Group\/Act of the Year Won DiscographyMain article: Connie Smith discography DVD Releases featuring Connie Smith1966 Second Fiddle to a Steel Guitar (performs \"Once a Day\"). Time Life, 2006. See review of the movie on this URL: In the Balcony - Latest DVD Views. 1966 The Las Vegas Hillbillys (performs \"Nobody But a Fool (Would Love You)\"). VCI Home Video, 2000. URL: VCI Entertainment 1967 Road to Nashville (performs \"I'll Never Get Over Loving You\", \"Nobody But a Fool (Would Love You)\"). Rhino, 2000. URL:Rhino. 1967 Hell on Wheels (performs 2 songs). Rhino, 2000. References^ Connie Smith at All Music Guide ^ Connie Smith at All Music Guide ^ Connie Smith at All Music Guide ^ Connie Smith at All Music ^ Connie Smith at All Music Guide ^ Connie Smith at All Music Guide ^ Connie Smith biography at All Music Guide ^ Connie Smith at All Music Guide Cooper, Daniel. (1998). \"Connie Smith\". In The Encyclopedia of Country Music. Paul Kingsbury, Editor. New York: Oxford University Press. pp. 490-1. External linksConnie Smith at CMT.com Connie Smith at Opry.com Connie Smith at All Music Guide Connie Smith Brief Biography & Annotated discography Connie Smith at LP Discography to the left: scroll down to 'S' and to 'SMITH Connie' (this discography is quite complete w\/ original picture sleeves, chart positions and lyrics)","featuredImage":"https:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/6099_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"25,000 - 75,000"}
Amy Grant
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Amy Grant

Amy Grant (born November 25, 1960) is an American Christian and pop singer-songwriter and has done some television. She ...

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{"key":"2939","name":"Amy Grant","bio":"Amy Grant (born November 25, 1960) is an American Christian and pop singer-songwriter and has done some television. She has also sold 30 million albums world wide during her career.Grant made her debut in 1977 under the guidance of Myrrh Records, and became the first Christian recording act to have an album be certified platinum. Following her marriage to Gary Chapman in 1982 and a subsequent deal between her record company and A&M Records, a series of successful pop-crossover records consolidated her position as both Christian music's highest-selling act and a formidable force in mainstream music, and according to Billboard magazine she was the most successful Christian recording artist of the 1980s and 1990s.After giving birth to her fourth child Corinna Grant Gill, Grant returned to her gospel music roots with the 2002 release of Legacy...Hymns & Faith. The album featured a Vince Gill-influenced mix of bluegrass and gospel and marked Grant's 25th anniversary in the music industry. Grant followed this up with the pop release Simple Things in 2003. The album did not see the success of her previous pop efforts, and soon after the album, Amy and Interscope\/A&M parted ways.Grant released a sequel to her hymns collection in 2005 titled Rock of Ages\u2026 Hymns & Faith. Despite publicly musing that life would be easier if she weren't working, Grant joined the reality television phenomenon by hosting Three Wishes, a show in which she and a team of helpers make wishes come true for small-town residents. The show debuted on NBC in the fall of 2005, but was cancelled in November after 10 episodes. After Three Wishes was cancelled, Grant won her 6th Grammy Award for Rock of Ages.In a February, 2006 webchat, Amy stated she believes her \"best music is still ahead\".Amy Grant recorded a live cd\/dvd album in early 2006 and it was released later in the year. To date Amy Grant has sold more than 25 million records worldwide and is a 6 time Grammy winning artist.","featuredImage":"https:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/2939_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"40,000 - 75,000"}
Kierra Sheard
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Kierra Sheard

Kierra "Kiki" Sheard (born Kierra Valencia Sheard) is a Grammy Award-nominated American gospel recording artist. She is ...

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{"key":"79111","name":"Kierra Sheard","bio":"Kierra \"Kiki\" Sheard (born Kierra Valencia Sheard) is a Grammy Award-nominated American gospel recording artist. She is the daughter of gospel singer Karen Clark Sheard (member of the seminal gospel singing group The Clark Sisters) and the granddaughter of legendary gospel choral director Mattie Moss Clark.Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Sheard spent her formative years surrounded by the strong influences of her family, their faith, and their music. At age 6, she began singing in the choir at Greater Emmanuel Institutional Church of God in Christ, pastored by her father Superintendent J. Drew Sheard. Even at a young age, Sheard had a preternatural grip on the signature \"Clark sound\" pioneered by her mother and aunts, executing high and fast melismas, riffs, runs, and deep, throaty growls sometimes referred to as \"squalls\" (the latter is prominently displayed on \"Done Did It\", a traditional gospel leaning track from her album I Owe You)","featuredImage":"https:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/79111_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}
Tasha Cobbs
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Tasha Cobbs

Tasha Cobbs is proving herself to be more than just “the next big voice” in gospel. Yes, her voice is amazing but af...

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{"key":"79112","name":"Tasha Cobbs","bio":"Tasha Cobbs is proving herself to be more than just \u201cthe next big voice\u201d in gospel. Yes, her voice is amazing but after listening to the songs on her upcoming solo project, you will quickly learn, this chick is a triple threat! A prolific songwriter, a true singer\u2019s singer ( think a little bit of Kelly Price, Kari Jobe and Jasmine Sullivan) and shes an incredible preacher. After hearing only a few moments of her singing, you understand she has power, can deliver a mighty and smooth alto AND will smash you to pieces!Creative as a little girl, this PK was born the only daughter to Bishop Fritz and Lady Bertha Cobbs. Raised in Jesup, Ga, Tasha passed the time singing with her first cousins who all are incredible minstrels as well.One would be surprised to learn she was a bit of a tomboy in her formative years. She initially possessed little desire to do the whole \u201cgirlie thing,\u201d so it\u2019s no surprise that it wasn\u2019t until high school that she began to express her gift of being a \u201cfashionista\u201d. One look at her stylish creations and you\u2019ll definitely be sold on her clothing line which is soon to come.In 2006, as fate would have it, she heard the voice of God telling her to relocate to Atlanta. Her father came to her with a confirming word and within hours, she loaded her belongings and began her journey to pursue destiny. She attended service at the dReam Center church of ATLANTA and was assured that it was where God desired for her to be. Without hesitation, she approached the altar becoming the first official partner of the ministry.Within months, she connected with her Pastor, William H. Murphy, iii and became one of his background vocalist. Under his guidance and care she has grown to higher heights in prayer, worship and leadership. She\u2019s also been blessed to record with Murphy and many other artists as a lead and background vocalist.Tasha is currently completing her undergraduate studies at Beulah Heights University. As her gift continues to make room for her and place her before great men, Tasha prays daily that God would \u201ckeep me humbled at your feet and never take your anointing away.\u201d She\u2019s extremely proud that she\u2019s a submitted daughter to Pastors William and Danielle Murphy who have entrusted her to be the Worship pastor at the dReam Center church of ATLANTA.Brighter days are ahead as she releases her First Solo Project\u2026Summer 2010!","featuredImage":"https:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/79112_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}
William McDowell
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William McDowell

Growing up in Cincinnati, Ohio, William began playing piano at age five. By age 13 he was playing drums for his church. ...

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{"key":"79113","name":"William McDowell","bio":"Growing up in Cincinnati, Ohio, William began playing piano at age five. By age 13 he was playing drums for his church. At age 16 he was playing organ for the church, and at age 18 began leading worship at the church. Since then, William has ministered with some of the most respected and well- known pastors, speakers and worship leaders in the world.In 2001 after relocating to Orlando, Florida, William was hired as the Music Director and keyboardist for Ron Kenoly. It was during his time with Dr. Kenoly that William had the opportunity to travel all over the world and experience the presence of God in multiple cultures and expressions. This experience impacted his ministry tremendously. William has an ability to connect with people of multiple cultures and reach multiple generations in the same setting so that everyone can experience the presence of God together.In 2003 utilizing his educational background (B.S. in Entertainment Business) and fulfilling a God given desire, \"The Delivery Room\" recording studio was established. William recorded his first solo effort, \"The Reason I Live\" out of the studio, along with hosting numerous other sessions. In 2005 \"The Delivery Room\" expanded into a brand new 2300 sq ft space and has hosted several artists and producers such as Martha Munizzi, Group One Crew, KJ-52, Tito Nieves, Loris Holland, Aaron Pearce, and EA Sports.In 2006, William accepted the position of worship leader at The Gathering Place in Lake Mary, FL., serving alongside Pastor Sam Hinn. In 2007 William was ordained as a pastor at The Gathering Place and while serving this multicultural body has hosted recording artist and worship leaders such as Hillsong United, Martha Munizzi (also a member of the church), Jeff Deyo, Israel Houghton, Aaron Lindsey, Ricardo Sanchez and others.In addition to music, William is a teacher who ministers the Word in churches and conferences, and is fully committed to establishing an organization that deals with some of the global goliath's facing our world today such as hunger, clean drinking water, and domestic H.S. graduation.The Williams Brothers","featuredImage":"https:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/79113_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}
Oficina G3
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Oficina G3

Oficina G3 is a christian rock band from São Paulo, Brazil. Formed in 1988, the current band's line-up consists of: Mau...

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{"key":"3644","name":"Oficina G3","bio":"Oficina G3 is a christian rock band from S\u00e3o Paulo, Brazil. Formed in 1988, the current band's line-up consists of: Mauro Henrique (vocals), Juninho Afram (guitars), Jean Carllos (keyboards), Duca Tambasco (bass) and Alexandre Aposan (drums). As of 2006, Celso Machado occasionally tours with the band, playing rhythm guitar.The band began its work in 1988, as the musical group of the protestant church Cristo Salva. Juninho Afram is the only founding member who still plays in the band. In 1990, Oficina G3 released its first EP.In 1993, they released their first full-length album, called Nada \u00e9 t\u00e3o novo, nada \u00e9 t\u00e3o velho (Nothing is so new, Nothing is so old). Two new musicians (Duca and Jean) entered to the band, in addition to the departure of founding member and bass player Wagner Garcia. In 1996, they released Indiferen\u00e7a (Indifference), which was followed in 1998 by an Acoustic album.Probably the band's best moment was in 2000s, when they met the vocalist PG (currently on solo career) and released O Tempo (The Time) in 2000 and Humanos (Humans) in 2003. Walter Lopes, founding member and drummer, left the band in 2002, in order to begin a pastoral ministry, while PG would leave the band one year later, to pursue his own career. Juninho assumed the vocals. In 2005, Al\u00e9m do que os Olhos Podem Ver (Beyond the eyes can see) was released, the first album featuring Juninho Afram on lead vocals.In 2008, the band announced the ninth album Depois da Guerra (After the War) featuring Mauro Henrique as the new band's vocalist. In 2011, Alexandre Aposan (hired drummer since 2006) was declared as the oficial drummer.In April 30, 2013 was released the tenth album named Hist\u00f3rias e Bicicletas (Stories and Bicycles).More info at their website www.oficinag3.com.br","featuredImage":"https:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/3644_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}
Britt Nicole
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Britt Nicole

Brittany Nicole Waddell, better known by her stage name as Britt Nicole is a Christian pop artist.Waddell began singing ...

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{"key":"3473","name":"Britt Nicole","bio":"Brittany Nicole Waddell, better known by her stage name as Britt Nicole is a Christian pop artist.Waddell began singing at the age of three in her home church, Truth Temple of (Kannapolis, North Carolina). She, along with her brother and cousin, eventually became involved with the church's daily program on Charlotte TV station WAXN.Waddell turned down a scholarship from Belmont University in Nashville Tennessee to pursue a full-time music career, she felt that God called her to not go to college but to concentrate on music instead In 2004 she signed a management deal with Vertical Entertainment and then signed a development - dealing with Word Records Sparrow Records signed her in 2006 and her first album Say It was released May 22, 2007 Britt Nicole was committed to the Winter Jam Tour with Sanctus Real, Hawk Nelson Jeremy Camp and Steven Curtis Chapman Newsong A native of Salisbury, NC, Britt has always had a heart for reaching people and has long used music as the vehicle to change lives. She began singing in church at age three and by the time she was in high school, was appearing on her church\u2019s daily television program and logged a performance at New York\u2019s famed Carnegie Hall with her school\u2019s advanced chorus.Those early pursuits paved the way for her to sign with Sparrow Records in 2006. She burst on the charts a year later with her label debut, \u201cSay It,\u201d a finely crafted pop collection that introduced us to her engaging voice and thought-provoking lyrics. It earned her a slot on the Winter Jam tour that year with Steven Curtis Chapman, Jeremy Camp, NewSong and Hawk Nelson where she developed a reputation as a compelling live performer.It was a whirlwind existence that found her looking to meet the needs of those around her\u2014whether it was a girl in a youth group who needed someone to pray with or a parent seeking advice on their troubled teen. Her servant\u2019s heart and earnest desire to fill others up soon left Britt herself feeling empty. It all caught up with her at an Alabama youth conference called The Ramp. \u201cI went with my youth group as a youth leader to support and pray for them, but near the end of the event, I was kind of worn out and I began saying \u2018Okay God, I just really need You to come and do something in my life,\u2019\u201d Britt recalls. She got her answer as she was driving back to Nashville.\u201cI just felt different. I felt like the old me was gone and God had started to show me who I really was and what I was called to do,\u201d Britt says. \u201cAs I was driving home from the conference, everywhere I would stop, whether at a gas station or a restaurant, God was challenging me to step out and tell people about Him and His love for them. There are so many hurting and broken people around us each day and God was showing me the importance of reaching out to them just as He would. In the past, I have often let the fear of people and their opinions stop me from being who I am. At the core though, I know who I am and who God has called me to be. In letting go of my past, I was able to move forward, and instead of focusing on all my mistakes and failures, I started focusing on those around me. That\u2019s ultimately why I\u2019m here, to worship God and to reach those who need to know Him.\u201dAfter that experience, she wrote songs for the new album that included \u201cThe Lost Get Found,\u201d \u201cWalk on the Water,\u201d and \u201cSafe.\u201d Britt continues to explain that, \u201cThey all have a similar message of having the courage to step out in faith and walk in what God has called you to do even when it\u2019s scary. I don\u2019t want to be selfish anymore. I don\u2019t want to be safe anymore. When God tells me to step out and talk to somebody or believe for what seems impossible, I want to do it.\u201dThe new album combines compelling lyrics with catchy pop songs that linger in your head such as the funky \u201cHow We Roll\u201d and the infectious groove of \u201cHeadphones.\u201d \u201cWhen I write songs, I often write to specific people,\u201d she reveals. \u201cThe first verse of \u2018Headphones\u2019 was written to a girl that I know. She\u2019s in middle school dealing with the pressure of fitting in. I wanted to remind her that she does not have to look or be like anyone else because God loves her and made her just the way she is. Sometimes it is hard to stand out and sometimes you feel alone when you do, but I know she is being a light to so many and that\u2019s what matters.\u201d\u201cFeel the Light\u201d is another song that was written for a specific friend of hers who had faced several difficult things as a child. \u201cShe was hiding all of her pain and had never told anyone what she was going through,\u201d shares Britt. \u201cSometimes it\u2019s easier to hide our fears, our struggles, and things that have happened to us in our past rather than talk about them. A lot of kids I meet feel they have no one to talk to who will understand, but God promises us that when we bring everything into His light, He will heal us and we will be free.\u201d One of her favorite lines in the song is \u201cyou\u2019re a queen, but you\u2019ve never known it.\u201d She explains that, \u201cThe important thing to remember is that your past does not define who you are. We all go through hard things, but it is our choice to decide how we deal with them. The song simply says, \u2018Let go and feel the light.\u2019\u201dOne of the most personal songs on the new record is \u201cHave Your Way\u201d. \u201cI was thinking about my brother when I wrote the song, but when I sang it in the studio, it somehow hit even closer to home,\u201d says Britt. \u201cI was also reminded of Job in the Bible when I wrote the lyrics. He went through so many things and everything was taken from him, but at the end of it all, he still fell to his knees and worshiped God and never turned his back on Him. He just said, \u2018God have Your way, whatever You want.\u2019 I want to be like that.\u201d Through Britt\u2019s achingly vulnerable vocals, you can sense the more personal nature of the song as she sings, \u201cyou never said the road would be easy, but you said you would never leave.\u201d \u201cThe night I sang it in the studio, I sang it laying down,\u201d says Britt. \u201cI\u2019ve never sung a vocal like that. I always sing standing up in a vocal booth, which makes it feel more like a performance. When I\u2019m praying or just spending time with God, I\u2019m usually on the floor so it just naturally felt more like I was singing to God.\u201dIn listening to Britt Nicole\u2019s music, it\u2019s obvious she possesses wisdom beyond her years and a spiritual maturity not often seen in one so young. Yet she\u2019s very much the playful girl next door and those equally intriguing sides of her personality merge seamlessly on \u201cThe Lost Get Found.\u201d \u201cMy fans want a pop record,\u201d she says wistfully. \u201cI\u2019m a pop artist and they love fun music. When they come to my concerts, they want to have fun and I love that. That\u2019s in my personality to have fun, but the heart of who I am is to worship and to see people\u2019s lives changed and to reach those who are hurting. It\u2019s what I believe God has called me to do.\u201dSalisbury, North Carolina, United States2007","featuredImage":"https:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/3473_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}
Mary Mary
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Mary Mary

Mary Mary is an American gospel group, consisting of sisters Erica Monique Campbell (born April 29, 1972) and Trecina "T...

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{"key":"3484","name":"Mary Mary","bio":"Mary Mary is an American gospel group, consisting of sisters Erica Monique Campbell (born April 29, 1972) and Trecina \"Tina\" Evette Campbell (born May 1, 1975), and are often credited for broadening the fan base of contemporary gospel in the 2000s by introducing elements of soul music and hip hop. Erica Atkins-Campbell and Trecina Atkins-Campbell were born in Inglewood, California. The Campbell (formerly Atkins) sisters grew up as part of a large family of nine children in Inglewood, California. Their parents are Thomasina (An evangelist and choir director at the Evangelistic Church of God in Christ) and Eddie (a youth minister). Because of their proximity in age, the two singers grew up closer to one another than to any of their seven siblings. The sisters quickly entered the world of church choirs, traveling gospel shows, and some television productions. All nine Atkins children were on the Bobby Jones Gospel show on BET. The sisters had their sights set on making music a career and enrolled at El Camino College to study voice. There they ran up against the divide between academic music studies and the popular musical world. \"We had to study classical and sing arias, which was fine,\" Erica told the Times, \"but the teachers would tell us if we sang anything else it would damage our instrument.\" The sisters toures with the 1995 Michael Matthews traveling gospel show Mama I'm Sorry and Sneaky. Each sister subsequently toured as a backup singer for a variety of R&B acts including Brandy. A meeting with producer Warryn Campbell led to their song publishing deal with the giant EMI music conglomerate and a series of songs that landed on the soundtracks. They wrote \"Dance\" and performed it with Robin S. for the soundtrack to the 1998 film Dr. Dolittle; \"Let Go, Let God\" for The Prince of Egypt Inspirational, one of three soundtrack albums for the film; and songs of theirs were recorded by Yolanda Adams and 702. At the same time, Mary Mary as a musical entity took shape.T he sisters' profile in the gospel industry was raised when their songs \"Time To Change\" and \"Yeah\" were recorded by Yolanda Adams on the Mountain High\u2026 Valley Low CD. The duo was subsequently signed to Columbia Records\/C2 Records and decided to perform under the name Mary Mary, honoring Mary, the mother of Jesus and Mary Magdalene. They were first gospel act to record for the industry giant Columbia Records since Tramaine Hawkins in the mid-1990s. Their first single, \"Shackles (Praise You)\" became a crossover hit, being popular with gospel, R&B, and pop audiences. It was a Top 10 R&B and Top 40 pop hit, and peaked at #28 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It became the first gospel song in five years to crack the R&B top ten and gained wide exposure on the MTV video cable channel. The album was a huge success because it offered a younger, hipper version of gospel that audiences could relate to. Their first album,Thankful (Mary Mary Album) in May 2000, which would go on to win the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album, and a second single, \"I Sings\". Peaking at #1 on the Gospel album chart and at #59 of the overall Top 200 chart, Thankful was certified Platinum for sales of 1 million copies in the USA. Both singles were also hits in the UK and Europe, and to this day remain popular with Christian youths in the US, Latin America, and Europe. With their second album Incredible, the duo was able to maintain their success. The record, soon after its release, went to #1 on the Gospel chart, and was able to enter the Top 20 of the Top 200 album chart. Incredible was later certified Gold for 500,000 copies sold in the United States. The album's singles In The Morning and I Try became relatively large hits within the contemporary gospel nation. After taking time off to have children, their third album Mary Mary appeared. It became the duo's first album to enter the Top 10 on Billboard and was later on certified Gold for sales of 500,000 copies. The first single \"Heaven\" containing a sample from seventies soul trio the Honey Cone's \"Want Ads\". Heaven made history and broke chart records as it had an unprecedented 9 week run as the #1 record on Billboard's Gospel Radio chart. The second single, \"Yesterday\", also became a hit, especially on the Adult R&B charts where it peaked at #10. On the R&B\/Hip Hop chart, the song became their second biggest hit since \"Shackles\" in 2000, reaching the #53 spot so far. On October 10, 2006`, the recording group released their most recent album inspired by Christmas songs and is called A Mary Mary Christmas.","featuredImage":"https:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/3484_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"40,000 - 75,000"}
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Ministério de Louvor Diante do Trono (from Portuguese: "Before the Throne Praise Ministry), is a Brazilian group of Pra...

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{"key":"3430","name":"Diante do Trono","bio":"Minist\u00e9rio de Louvor Diante do Trono (from Portuguese: \"Before the Throne Praise Ministry), is a Brazilian group of Praise & Worship led by the singer Ana Paula Valad\u00e3o. The songs of Diante do Trono are pretty similar to the songs of the Australian group Hillsong.According to the Diante do Trono's leader, the group was born from the desire of the heart of God. When she received the revelation of it, Ana Paula Valad\u00e3o was in a missionary trip in the United States. When she came back to Brazil, with her friend S\u00e9rgio Gomes (today's Executive Director of Diante do Trono), they quickly showed the idea to the president of Igreja Batista da Lagoinha and father of Ana Paula Valad\u00e3o, M\u00e1rcio Valad\u00e3o. He agreed and it was decided that the money of the album was going to be to their missionary mission in India. On February, 1998, Ana Paula Valad\u00e3o with N\u00edvea Soares, Andr\u00e9 Valad\u00e3o and others recorded the first album live, in their church, named Diante do Trono (in English, \"Before the Throne\"). It was from that first album, that the name of the group became Diante do Trono. The first album made a huge success, and in the next year, the Diante do Trono reuned again and recorded their second album titled \"Exaltado\" (In English, \"Exalted\"). In 2000, the group had already a success, so they decided to record their third album, out of their church, but in a park, in their city Belo Horizonte. The third album was titled \"\u00c1guas Purificadoras\" (Purifying waters). In the next year, 2001, Diante do Trono recorded the fourth album titled \"Preciso de Ti\" (I need you) at Mineir\u00e3o Stadium, which is considered their most popular album. The theme-song of that album won the Trof\u00e9u Talento (a Brazilian award similary to the Dove Award) of Music of the Year. After the recording of \"Preciso de Ti\", Ana Paula Valad\u00e3o decided that the desire of God was the Brazilian nation, so their fifth album was recorded in the Brazilian's capital, Bras\u00edlia. They got more than a million of people in that concert. After the fifth, titled \"Nos Bra\u00e7os do Pai\" (In the Father's Arms), came \"Quero me apaixonar\" (I want to fall in love), that was maybe the greatest concert of Diante do Trono and the greatest in Brazilian gospel music. The concert brought at about two million people from all over. After the recording of their sixth album, the group almost ended, because of the desire of the leader to become a mother. However, a lot of Brazilian gospel singers supported Ana Paula and encourajed her to keep on singing. The seventh CD, was recorded in Salvador and it was titled \"Esperan\u00e7a\" (from Portuguese, \"Hope\"). In that concert, Ana Paula opened her heart showing everyone about her desire of motherhood. An year later, like a miracle, Ana Paula Valad\u00e3o discovered that she was preagnant and in January 2nd, 2006 she became the mother of Isaque Valad\u00e3o. After Esperan\u00e7a, two more albums were recorded: \"Ainda Existe Uma Cruz\" (There Is Still a Cross)(in 2005) and \"Por Amor de Ti, oh Brasil\" (Because I love thee, oh Brazil)(in 2006). The group records all of their CDs live in concert, and each such concert has attracted an audience of about two million people (2003). The following CD's recorded were \"A Cancao do Amor\" ( The Love's song), \"Tua Visao\" ( Your Vision), and for last, in 2010 'Aleluia\" (Halleluijah).","featuredImage":"https:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/3430_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}
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