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About editor

Terry is a journalist who writes for newspapers. magazines and web sites. He does features on a variety of subjects, but his specialty is inspirational, contemporary Christian and gospel music. He is married and lives in Grand Rapids, Mich. You can read many of his newpaper articles at http://connect.mlive.com/user/tdeboer/index.html or at www.westmichiganchristian.com

LECRAE IN THE LIMELIGHT

A big week for Christian hip-hop rapper Lecrae. His new CD – “Anomoly” – – topped the entire Billboard 200 sales charts with 88 thousand sold in its debut week. It’s just the fifth time in history that a “faith-based” … Continue reading

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WEDDING IN THE WORKS

Singer-songwriter Kari Jobe couldn’t contain her enthusiasm. “I still can’t believe it – I’m engaged.… AAHHHH!!!! I’m sooo soooo soooo blown away and thankful for all of your responses yesterday,” the singer tweeted this week. (8/12). “I felt extremely celebrated. … Continue reading

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DOVE NODS ANNOUNCED

The name “Hillsong” was attached to 10 different Dove Award nominations in the official list released Aug. 13 by the Gospel Music Association. Hillsong UNITED was nominated for Artist of the Year, Song of the Year (“Oceans: Where Feet May … Continue reading

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SLEEP ON THE BUS….

Life on a tour bus may seem like fun to some unknowing music fans, but it certainly isn’t glamorous. Figuring how to cope with the rhythms of the road is an inexact science for many bands. Take sleeping arrangements, for … Continue reading

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DOVES ARE COMING

Nominees for the 45th annual Gospel Music Association Dove Awards will be announced at a news conference in Nashville on Wed. Aug. 13. The awards ceremonies will be held Tuesday Oct. 7 in Allen Arena of Lipscomb University in Nashville. … Continue reading

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ON THE MEND

Newsboys drummer Duncan Phillips had a knee procedure on Tuesday (7/22) and went home to recuperate shortly afterwards. “Thanks for all the love and prayers! Recovery will be swift!,” promised Phillips in a tweet to fans. The artist had suffered … Continue reading

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MORE MULLINS…

Now available – The “Ragamuffin” film “soundtrack” – Various of the late singer-songwriter Rich Mullins’ tunes inspired and covered by artists such as Sidewalk Prophets (“If I Stand”), Andrew Peterson (“Calling Out Your Name”) and Jars of Clay (“Land of … Continue reading

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INDUSTRY MOURNS A SPECIAL TALENT

JULY 10, 2014 – The Christian music industry lost one of its long-time friends, song crafters and confidants this week. Cindy Wilt Colville, who worked in a variety of music and artist-related roles, died of lung cancer. She was 58. … Continue reading

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A BIRTHDAY REMEMBERED

Stephen Mason, guitarist for the band Jars of Clay, received a birthday reminder handed down like a family heirloom. The artist celebrated his birthday with a special “39″ coffee mug that marked his special day. Mason responded on Twitter using … Continue reading

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SINGER HELPS PROVIDE CARE

Hats off to singer-songwriter Meredith Andrews who did child care for a family driven out of their home by a fire. The Joel and Bethany Smith family from the Chicago area suffered a July 6 fire that left them simply … Continue reading

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