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.
One of several tributes came from singer-songwriter Matthew West.
“Cindy was the first person who believed in me as a songwriter,” he wrote.
“She signed me to my first deal, got my first songs recorded, and even served as my manager for 3 years. She opened one door after another for me, and if you have been ministered to at all by my music, you must know that it was Cindy Wilt that God used to tell the music industry and anyone in Nashville who would listen that this Matthew West guy had something worth saying.
“She was at my wedding. She held the video camera while we held up our first daughter Lulu. She pushed me to work harder at my lyrics when I thought they were good enough. She took me to sing at her women’s prison ministry and I saw how she saw potential in everyone. She went to the hospital with me when I had vocal chord surgery. Even as her battle with cancer began to take its toll, I got a text message from Cindy the night that I won songwriter of the year telling me how proud she was of me. I had dedicated that award to her earlier that night.”
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 the foreshadowing hashtag #littlesisterisnext
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 trying to salvage what was left. Andrews cared for their two young daughters while the couple tended to business.
“It has been overwhelming the care, support and prayers offered to the Smiths. Joel and Bethany are in great spirits and the girls are pleasantly clueless…and having a fun adventure,” came a web report on the family’s situation.
If you want to read their story, visit http://truthfindsgrace.blogspot.com/2014/07/smiths-recovery-edition.html
You can send encouragement to: Joel and Bethany Smith
1000 N. Randall Rd.
Elgin, IL 60123
Worship Leader Magazine has compiled a list of the top worship songs for the first half of 2014.
At the top of the list is “Forever (We Sing Hallelujah)”sung by Kari Jobe on her “Majestic Live” CD. The worship song has received plenty of play on Christian radio as well as being sung in churches.
Also in the top 10: “Joy” by Rend Collective, “I Am” by Crowder, and “This I Believe (The Creed)” by Hillsong Worship.
One of the songs, “At the Cross (Love Ran Red),” is a collaborative effort between Chris Tomlin and Matt Redman.
See Kari Jobe performing her song…
Smith (right), Carrie Underwood and co-producer Robert Deaton in the studio
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 Gill, Jennifer Nettles and Carrie Underwood.
The London Symphony Orchestra is also part of the effort.
This has been a busy year for Smith, who has already released the CD “Sovereign,” and a hymns collection marketed exclusively at Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores.
Chapman performed earlier this year at Carnegie Hall in New York City
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 Carnegie Hall in New York City.
The artist is inviting fans to be part of the experience, including a chance to participate in the on-stage choir and other backstage opportunities.
The package includes four days and three nights in the nation’s capitol, a private concert, devotions led by Chapman, and other activities.
The events are set for June 12-15, 2015.
For more information visit www.stevencurtischapman.com/DC
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 doing good.”
By Sunday (7/6) she finally was getting out of her house once again and reported feeling much better.
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 cut of the trio’s forthcoming album, to be released Aug. 19.
The tune was co-written by a member of the band The Afters, Jordan Mohilowski.
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 “songs of the season.”
Here’s an example: Michael W. Smith was recording this week (6/23) for a yet-to-be-titled Christmas album.
He chose a small Christmas tree to set the stage for his studio vocal sessions. Are you ready to “Deck the Halls?”
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 golf event were Steven Curtis Chapman, Ellie Holcomb, and John Mark McMillan