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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

QUICK RUN TO THE TOP

Selah’s new song “You Amaze Us” went to the top of Billboard’s Christian “soft AC” chart dated June 23 – only three days after its official release. That’s a record time in reaching No. 1! The song is the title … Continue reading

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(GETTING) IN THE MOOD

Most artists who record Christmas albums are in the studio during the spring and summer so the completed recording will be ready for a fall release. Many add touches of the holiday to help get them mentally ready to sing … Continue reading

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BREATHING EASIER

Congratulations to the band NeedToBreathe for raising $140,000 at its golf classic last month (May) in South Carolina. The monies were for the non-profit Palmetto Medical Initiative and will go to a medical clinic in Uganda. Special guests at the … Continue reading

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GOLFER’S “SHOUT OUT”

Professional Golf Association tour player Zach Johnson was asked about his favorite music and songs he uses during practices to help “charge him up.” After mentioning several mainstream artists and songs, he added that if he had to offer one … Continue reading

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A MUSICAL STORY

Singer-songwriter Plumb (Tiffany Arbuckle Lee) has finished a book – and an expanded CD – both of which will be released this fall. The new book is titled “Need You Now: Stories of Hope” and tells in depth of the … Continue reading

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A GRACE-FUL HONOR

Singer-songwriter Jamie Grace’s breakthrough song “Hold Me,” has reached a half million in sales (Gold status), making her one of only four female Christian artists to reach that mark in sales of singles in this digital age. Fellow artist TobyMac, … Continue reading

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FROM FILM TO RETREAT

First there was the bio pic of the late singer-songwriter Rich Mullins, titled “Ragamuffin.” Now you can attend a “Ragamuffin” retreat. Mullins’ younger brother Dave Mullins (an executive producer for the film), film director David Leo Schultz, singer-songwriter Mitch McVicker, … Continue reading

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DANCE TO AMY

Amy Grant is all in on “In Motion: The Remixes:” a danceable remix CD of some of her songs, to be officially released in August. “I never could have anticipated that these songs from an earlier chapter in my life … Continue reading

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GETTING VOCAL AGAIN

Singer-songwriter Phil Wickham, who had vocal surgery in late April, will be singing full concerts for the first time in a string of shows this weekend (6/20-21). After a period of vocal rest, doctors have inspected Wickham’s vocal chords via … Continue reading

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NEW REALITY SERIES…

Gospel singer Tamela Mann and her husband – actor David Mann – will get a new reality show based on their family and careers. Next year the B.E.T. network will begin airing “Meet The Manns,” which will encompass their life … Continue reading

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