Monday Morning Humor: Radio Promotion Done Right

The Centricity record label (home to popular CCM artists like Aaron Shust, Andrew Peterson, and DownHere) has created some very cute promotional videos for its artists. I featured one before, but I thought I’d feature a couple more for Monday Morning Humor. Label owner John Mays (whose illustrious resumee you can look up for yourself online) runs his own Radio 101 course… in his basement. Here’s the episode featuring Jason Gray.

“I’m the big bad wolf of radio success, and I EAT cute little artists like you for BREAKFAST.”

Check out Part II, also guest starring Jason, where John Mays runs for President of… something. Keep watching to the end!

“I sent an e-mail to Bono. At Is that his e-mail address?”


Andrew Goldman Ties the Knot

Wedding bells have been ringing with some frequency around StowTown Records lately, as Phil Jr. recently took himself a bride, Adam Brown did the same on the 20th, and this week young phenom Andrew Goldman has followed their example. Andrew shares:

What a whirlwind of a week! I finally got to marry my best friend. I have been in love with her since the day we met, and now that she is my wife, I love her even more. She’s my whole life, and I’m so glad to have her by my side. I know that life will throw us curveballs, but we will have each other to get through them. I have the best wife in the world, and she’s only been a wife for four days! I love you Baby!

Congratulations and best wishes to the happy couple!

Youtube Find: George Younce, Cynthia Clawson and Rich Mullins Co-Hosting the Dove Awards

From the looks of this video, the 1989 Dove Awards was a rather clumsily orchestrated affair, but it did honor some great musicians, and for one hour, it brought together a co-hosting team I never would have pictured in my head: George Younce, Cynthia Clawson and Rich Mullins. As Russ Taff says while introducing them over his scripted pages: “I think that the next hosts are very strange. That’s what it says in here.” It’s quite funny to watch. George is far and away the most comfortable person up there, what with Cynthia smirking and cringing over her myriad tongue slips and Rich squirming in his tuxedo (complete with cummerbund and bow tie, and yet he has a mullet also, which is just weird).

Notable moments:

*At 1:04:00, after a couple of his trademark corny jokes, George says a few personal words about Cynthia and Rich.

*This segment includes three of Take 6’s 5 (!!) Dove wins and is very entertaining, prompting more than one joke from George—Contemporary Black Gospel Album of the Year at 1:14:22, back-to-back with Contemporary Black Gospel Recorded Song of the Year for “If We Ever” at 1:18:50, then Group of the Year a bit later at 1:54:10. The bass singer is especially entertaining on Recorded Song: “Doom-doom-doom, skiddly-skiddly, bank-bank. Oh, translated, we’d like to thank all of our parents…” George: “I wonder how old that bass singer is.” They keep having to think of more people to thank at each award. For Group of the Year, the bass singer is sure to include “my dog Spot, who’s in the audience.”

*At 1:21:00, Gold City performs “Midnight Cry,” but it’s George’s intro that’s pure gold as he casually throws the script out the window. “And these young friends of mine… [pauses, looks up]. Let me re-phrase that. I hate young people.” Continue reading “Youtube Find: George Younce, Cynthia Clawson and Rich Mullins Co-Hosting the Dove Awards”

Ernie Haase & Signature Sound Take Your Questions

The guys from EHSS are enjoying some summer time off right now, and Ernie has opened the floor for fans to send in questions for the group. Your question could even appear in a future newsletter! Here is how it will work:

For all of you who have had a question for one of the guys that you’ve been wanting to ask, but haven’t had the chance, well here’s your chance to do just that!
For the rest of the Summer we want you to send in your questions to us and we’ll compile them and send them on to the guys who will answer them as they’re able!
In future newsletters we’ll pluck some of the best questions/answers and let you see them … we promise to protect your privacy and won’t use real names…
So … here’s the deal … if you want your question to be considered please email and use either “Ernie Question” … “Doug Question” … “Devin Question” … “Paul Question” … “Wayne Question” or “David Question” as the subject line depending who you are asking the question of … this will allow us to manage the influx of questions ..
So … here’s your chance …. GO!

Weekend Roundup (06/20): Fundraising Campaign For the Old Paths, the Isaacs in Israel, and More…

Since I didn’t have a long roundup last week, this will combine some items from this week and things from last week that other folks haven’t already noted.

*The biggest news item from the week, which has already been well covered, is the merger between StowTown Records and IMC Concerts. Landon Beene and Nate Goble have bought shares in StowTown and will lend their marketing services to promoting StowTown artists. You can read Wayne and Landon’s thoughts on the new venture here.

*Fans of the Old Paths Quartet have organized a fund-raising endeavor to help them recoup the costs of their stolen trailer and the equipment inside it. The Singing News reports that while some items have been recovered, much is still lost. The real tragedy is that there were some goofs in the paperwork with their insurance company, meaning it’s doubtful that they will be able to claim their policy. You can donate through a site called YouCaring. Here is the link.

*In upcoming release news, the Nelons are preparing to release a new acappella hymns album next week. You can read a little more about the song selection here.

*Devin McGlamery has a twitter giveaway of his new album for @ replying a favorite comment or question from this interview with Matt Fouch. But you guys can figure that out, ‘cuz I’ve never tried that tweeter-twitter thing. 😉

*Glen Allred, considered one of the finest southern gospel baritones ever, celebrated his birthday this week. Happy Birthday Glen!

*I thought this was a cute Throwback Thursday picture of one of southern gospel’s favorite trios. Guess who!

Worth Watching: Last week, the Isaacs visited Israel and brought back a lovely video of them singing “I Will Praise Him” by the river Jordan, dressed all in white robes. This may be the first time I’ve seen Ben Isaacs minus his hat!

Borrowing: “Preacher,” by OneRepublic

Every now and then, I peek through the fingers covering my eyes long enough to see if there’s any music the kids like today that isn’t completely awful. Recently, I was moderately surprised and pleased to discover the band OneRepublic, and even more interested to learn that front-man and producer Ryan Tedder professes Christianity. Granted, it’s a “Bono Christianity” that gives him no qualms about also producing work for other pop artists who are decidedly opposed to all Christian morality. Still, it’s not every day you see an Oral Roberts grad, raised by Pentecostal missionaries, making mainstream pop music. There’s enough interesting material in Tedder’s career choices and philosophy for his very own Christians in Entertainment post, but that’s for another time.

At any rate, it’s clear that gospel music has influenced OneRepublic’s music. Explaining one of his signature production motifs, Tedder says, “Handclaps, always. Why? Church.” Maddy Easter told me that he and his wife are even thinking of covering one of the band’s recent hits for an upcoming project. Today, I’d like to present their most heavily gospel-infused tune as a “borrowing” candidate for another one of our own more progressive artists. While I don’t care for a whole lot of the band’s work, darned if I can’t stop hitting “replay” on this one. It’s titled “Preacher,” and it’s dedicated to Tedder’s grandfather, whose tough love and wisdom inspired him through his youth. Continue reading “Borrowing: “Preacher,” by OneRepublic”

Questions and Answers, Father’s Day Edition: “My Son, My Son”

In honor of Father’s Day, here’s a special entry in my too-long-neglected “Questions and Answers” series, where we examine two songs that address the human condition from two perspectives—the one without, the other with hope. Today’s topic is fatherhood. To those whose earthly fathers have brought them only pain and fear, what do we as Christians have to offer? What can we say to the person who says “Everyone I ever trusted has let me down”? The answer is that we have a heavenly Father whose word is sure and whose faithfulness endures to all generations. Continue reading “Questions and Answers, Father’s Day Edition: “My Son, My Son””