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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

HOLIDAY PROJECT A GROUP EFFORT

Michael W. Smith and Amy Grant are teaming up with several country music stars on a new Christmas album to be released this fall. The as yet untitled project includes the bands Little Big Town, Lady Antebellum, and singers Vince … Continue reading

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SCC IN DC IN ’15

Grammy award-winner Steven Curtis Chapman is planning a performance at the Kennedy Center in Washington CD next year that will feature a 50-piece orchestra and 250 voice choir.| It would be similar to the artists appearance earlier this year at … Continue reading

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BOUNCING BACK

Singer Angie Miller, a finalist on last year’s “American Idol” TV competition, is recovering from unexpected surgery. “I am no longer a proud owner of my appendix,” she tweeted on July 1, shortly after her procedure. “I’m in pain, but … Continue reading

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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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