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Issue: August 1994

Contemporary Christian Music Watch
By Jim Galipeau

DC Talk on the silver screen?! Yup, Intaglio Productions is working on a full-length concert film "DC Talk: Free At Last." The film will be 90 minutes long and should appear in theaters sometime in October. The new film is not to be confused with their long-form video "Narrow Road" to be released in September. The video will feature three concept videos, "The Hard Way," "Jesus is Just Alright," "LUV is a Verb," some footage from their Free At Last concert tour, as well as some behind-the-scenes stuff with the trio. Toby McKeenan says, "The long form is who we are -- behind the scenes with DC Talk. The film is coming from the perspective that you don't know who we are . . . like a journey from introducing who we are, to what we do, why we exist and why our music is not like the next group's.

Intaglio Productions still has to land a distribution deal to put "DC Talk: Free At Last" in as many theaters as possible. Word is that response has been positive and could initially open on 300 screens. No deals have been cut yet, but we'll keep you posted on the possible rappin' boys of the silver screen.

Work continues on America's Christian Music Awards show to be held during Christiam Music Week at Disney World. Columbia House and Spalding sporting goods are the latest sponsors to sign. Soon you'll get the opportunity to cast your votes for the show by finding ballots in Rolling Stone, Spin, People, Entertainment Weekly, Campus Life and CCM. The ballots should appear in the August issues.

Some of the categories you will find on those ballots include: Favorite Male Artist, Female Artist, Pop, Group or Duo, Favorite New Artist. You'll also be able to choose your favorite Pop and Rock CDs, Short and Long Form videos and favorite Live Concert. Familiar names top the list, such as Michael W. Smith, Carman, Steven Curtis Chapman, Amy Grant, Sandi Patti, DC Talk, 4-Him, Petra, White Heart and Clay Crosse.

Benson Music Group and Liberty Records have signed a distribution agreement allowing Benson to expand into mainstream music. Michael Sweet, Larnelle Harris, DeGarmo & Key, Pam Thum, and 4-Him will be the first artists to be distributed under this new agreement. Liberty Records president Jimmy Bowen says "Contemporary Christian music is one of the fastest-growing fields in music today." Benson president Jerry Parks acknowledges that Bowen and Liberty will take Benson to another level of success.

I recently received a pre-release copy of Amy Grant's new Myrrh album House of Love. The album is Amy Grant at her finest with good hooks and catchy tunes. The first Christian release will be "Children of the World" and you can expect a number of big pop singles on the album as well. Like her Christmas project, Myrrh is putting together another major promotion to boost sales of her project.

Finally, Petra has recently returned from another European Tour . . . performing 17 concerts in 10 countries over 21 days. One of the concerts was sold out three weeks in advance. Petra is back in the states to perform at New Song '94 at Camp Loucon in Leitchfield. For ticket information call 584-9373.

Twila Paris and 4-Him will appear in concert at the Kentucky State Fair this month. Coming this fall . . . Steven Curtis Chapman to Louisville Gardens. I'll have more details soooon!

WJIE PICS

My Life Eric Champion

Faith, Hope & Love Point of Grace

My Place is With You Clay Crosse

Will You Come to Jesus Pam Thum

Traces of Heaven Bryan Duncan

Watch and Pray Twila Paris

I Will Be Faithful Two Hearts

Good Life Bruce Carroll

The Door Al Denson

You Can't Put Out the Fire Larnelle Harris

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