Christianity in the United States

  1. Letter From The Editor: Publishing Billboard in the Wake of Hurricane Sandy

    November 02, 2012 6:45 PM EDT The letter below first appeared in the November 10 issue of Billboard, which features an in-depth package on Hurricane Sandy's enormous economic impact on the music business (see an article from that package here ). You can buy this issue -- ...

  2. Francesca Battistelli Wins Gospel Artist of the Year at Dove Awards

    April 21, 2011 7:19 AM EDT Francesca Battistelli continues her strong surge as Christian music's biggest star. Battistelli won artist of the year at the 42nd annual Dove Awards held in Atlanta for the first time Wednesday night. She also went home with two more awards ...

  3. Award-Winning Gospel Singer Walter Hawkins Dies

    July 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Walter Hawkins, a Grammy Award-winning gospel singer, composer and pastor from Oakland, died Sunday (June 11). He was 61. Hawkins, who was battling pancreatic cancer, passed away at his home in Ripon, Calif., his older brother Edwin Hawkins said. ...

  4. VIDEO: Country Artist Gary Allan On Tour Plans, Songwriting and more

    June 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Country artist Gary Allan sat with Billboard at the Billboard Country Music Summit and discussed his upcoming touring plans, his songwriting process, bull riding and more. For more exclusive video interviews with artists and top execs at the Billb ...

  5. Publishing Briefs: Victoria Espinel, Cherry Lane, Steven Curtis Chapman

    November 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST -- President Obama 's choice for IP czar is a step closer to being confirmed. The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved the nomination of Victoria Espinel as the Administration's Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator. Now, the ...

  6. Timothy Wright, Famed NY Gospel Singer, Dies At 61

    April 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Rev. Timothy Wright, the Grammy-nominated gospel singer and composer known for his up-tempo praise songs and powerful mass choir sound, has died. He was 61. Wright, who was seriously injured in a car crash that killed his wife and grandson, di ...

  7. David 'Pop' Winans Sr. Dies At 74

    April 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT David "Pop" Winans Sr., singer and patriarch of the Winans gospel music family, died April 8 at a hospice in Nashville, from complications of a heart attack and a stroke. He was 74. Born on April 20, 1934, in Detroit, Winans was the son ...

  8. Gospel Briefs: 'Sunday Best,' BMI

    February 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST -BET’s “Sunday Best” gospel singing competition begins its second season on March 8 (9 p.m. ET/PT). The weekly competition is hosted by Kirk Franklin, with BeBe Winans and Erica and Tina Campbell of Mary Mary serving as judges. First season winner ...

  9. Sapp Wins Big At 2009 Stellar Awards

    January 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST Marvin Sapp took top honors at the 24th annual Stellar Awards Jan. 17 at the Grand Ole Opry House, winning eight awards, including artist, song, male vocalist and CD of the year for his Verity/Zomba release "Thirsty" which has dominated ...

  10. Kierra Sheard Makes ‘Bold’ Debut

    November 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST In addition to dropping new album “Bold Right Life,” which debuted this week at No. 3 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart, Kierra Sheard has dropped 86 pounds and her childhood nickname Kiki. It’s all part of Sheard coming into her own as a con ...

  11. R&B Youngster Nash Signs With The Firm, CAA

    May 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Eleven-year-old R&B newcomer Jamia Simone Nash has signed with The Firm for management and for film/TV representation with Creative Artists Agency (CAA). The Atlanta native, a 2003 winner of the McDonald’s National Talent Search, became the yo ...

  12. Cash On The Money At BMI Christian Awards

    April 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Songwriter/producer Ed Cash was named BMI's 2008 Christian Songwriter of the Year during the organization's annual Christian Music Awards, held April 19 at the company's Nashville offices. One of Cash's compositions, "Made ...

  13. Mukasey Promises Aggressive IP Protection

    October 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Michael Mukasey today promised to be "aggressive in protecting intellectual property" if he is confirmed as U.S. Attorney General. The statement came during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Mukasey's nomination in response ...

  14. Tomlin, Herms Win Top Honors At ASCAP Christian Awards

    April 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Chris Tomlin, Bernie Herms and EMI CMG Publishing were the top winners at the 29th Annual ASCAP Christian Music Awards, held tonight (April 23) in Nashville. Tomlin took home songwriter of the year for "How Great Is Our God" and "Ma ...

  15. Lawrence Takes 'Stellar' Honors

    January 18, 2007 12:00 AM EST For the second consecutive year gospel veteran Donald Lawrence took top honors at the 22nd annual Stellar Awards, held Jan. 13 at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. Lawrence was named artist of the year and producer of the year. His longtime g ...

  16. Zomba Pub Signs Gospel Legend

    May 17, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Catalog includes more than 50 copyrights. Zomba Music Publishing signed a co-publishing agreement with Andrae Crouch’s Vaughn Street Music, reportedly the first publishing deal in Crouch’s legendary Gospel career. Fourteen tracks from Crouch’s for ...

  17. Top ASCAP Christian Awards Go To Camp

    April 04, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Takes songwriter and song of year honors. Jeremy Camp took top honors during the 28th annual ASCAP Christian Music Awards Monday night (April 3) at Nashville's Richland Country Club. Camp was named songwriter of the year and his hit "Tak ...

  18. EMI CMG Dist, Gaither Extend Pact

    February 17, 2006 12:00 AM EST Exclusive Billy Graham bio coming up. EMI CMG Distribution and Gaither Music Group have agreed to a new, long-term agreement. Under the new agreement, EMI CMG Distribution continues to hold exclusive rights for worldwide distribution of all Gaithe ...

  19. Lawrence Grabs Top Honors At Stellar Awards

    January 24, 2006 12:00 AM EST Takes six including artist, producer, CD of year. Donald Lawrence took top honors at the 21st annual Stellar Awards, winning six awards including artist, producer and CD of the year for "I Speak Life." J Moss netted three Stellars, among ...

  20. Lawrence, Moss Lead Stellar Awards Nominations

    December 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST Show held in Nashville on January 21. Donald Lawrence and J. Moss lead the list of nominees for the 21st Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards with 10 nominations each. Donnie McClurkin, Vickie Winans and Israel Houghton will host the show, which wil ...

  21. Legal Matters

    October 24, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Another friend of the music industry is rising toward the top at the Department of Justice. D. Kyle Sampson has been appointed to serve as chief of staff while continuing his role as chairman of the I Another friend of the music industry is rising ...

  22. Higher Ground

    August 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Believing that teens and young adults are not the only music consumers interested in great entertainment, Christian comedian/singer/songwriter Mark Lowry has developed a unique way to serve the adult Believing that teens and young adults are not t ...

  23. Senate To Industry: Resolve Your Differences

    July 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The chairman of the Senate's Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property has given a few more months to music industry players to resolve their differences over reforming the nation's music licens The chairman of the Senate's Ju ...

  24. Ronald Winans Dies At 48

    June 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Was a Grammy-winning member of the Winans Group. Ron Winans, of gospel music's famed Winans family, died Friday morning (June 17) in Detroit at Harper Hospital. The second eldest of ten siblings, Winans had been suffering from heart problems. ...

  25. Discovery House Distribution To Launch In July

    May 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Releases by Marshall Hall, First Call expected. Discovery House Music, a division of RBC Ministries in Grand Rapids, Mich., is set to launch its own distribution arm, Discovery House Distribution, on July 1, "Over the past fifteen years, we h ...

  26. In The Spirit

    May 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Kurt Carr's message of unity has struck a chord with audiences as his new project, "One Church," recently bowed at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart. Read Deborah Evans Price's column. Kurt Carr's message of u ...

  27. In The Spirit

    April 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child rereleases her gospel set "Do You Know" as a testament of faith. Read Deborah Evans Price's column. Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child rereleases her gospel set "Do You Know" ...

  28. Family Entertainment Bill Clears House Hurdle

    March 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST A Senate-passed legislative package that would protect sound recordings and film works cleared a key House subcommittee on March 3. WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A Senate-passed legislative package that would protect sound recordings and film works cleared ...

  29. Family Entertainment Bill Clears House Hurdle

    March 04, 2005 12:00 AM EST Music/film legislation heads to full committee. A Senate-passed legislative package that would protect sound recordings and film works cleared a key House subcommittee on March 3. The House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on the Courts, th ...

  30. In The Spirit

    February 11, 2005 12:00 AM EST Ron Winans rejoices in his triumph over death with "Family & Friends 5: A Celebration." Read Deborah Evans Price's column. Ron Winans rejoices in his triumph over death with "Family & Friends 5: A Celebration." ...

  31. Higher Ground

    January 18, 2005 12:00 AM EST Jaci Velasquez's A'postrophe label hits the streets with two new acts. Read Deborah Evans Price's column. Jaci Velasquez's A'postrophe label hits the streets with two new acts. Read Deborah Evans Price's column. News ...

  32. Hawkins, Le Fevre Among GMA Inductees

    January 14, 2005 12:00 AM EST Ceremony set for Feb. 22. Artists Walter Hawkins, Mylon Le Fevre, Evie Tornquist and the Lewis Family will be inducted to the Gospel Music Assn. Hall of Fame during a ceremony Feb. 22 at Trinity Music City in Hendersonville, Tenn., just outside Na ...

  33. Execs Hope For Fast Break On Camcord Law

    January 11, 2005 12:00 AM EST Some entertainment industry executives are pushing for quick consideration in the new Congress of new copyright laws, including one that would make it a crime to camcord a movie. WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Some entertainment indu ...

  34. Zomba Buys GospoCentric

    October 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Roster includes Kirk Franklin, Bobby Jones. Zomba Label Group has purchased GospoCentric Records, which includes the GospoCentric Records and B-Rite Music labels. Vicki Mack Lataillade founded GospoCentric in 1992. Her husband, Claude Lataillade, ...

  35. Higher Ground

    October 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Sonya Isaacs' family band, the Isaacs, finds harmony in its Gaither Music Group debut, "Heroes." Read Deborah Evans Price's column. Sonya Isaacs' family band, the Isaacs, finds harmony in its Gaither Music Group debut, &qu ...

  36. Brooks & Dunn Headline GOP Convention

    August 23, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Country music act Brooks & Dunn heads the entertainment lineup for the Republican National Convention that starts next week (Aug. 29) in New York. Country music act Brooks & Dunn heads the entertainment lineup for the Republican Nation ...

  37. Atlanta To Host Labor Day SoulFest

    August 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Rival Concerts will produce the inaugural SoulFest Atlanta, a two-day music festival featuring soul, R&B, hip-hop and gospel artists. The event will be held Labor Day weekend (Sept. 4-5) in Atlan Rival Concerts will produce the inaugural S ...

  38. Higher Ground

    July 06, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The BMI Christian Music Awards honor Steven Curtis Chapman, Bob Herdman, Will McGinniss and Mark Stuart. Read Deborah Evans Price's column. The BMI Christian Music Awards honor Steven Curtis Chapman, Bob Herdman, Will McGinniss and Mark Stuar ...

  39. Provident Signs With Traditional Records

    June 25, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Releases under new agreement slated for July 27. BMG-owned Provident Music Distribution has signed a deal to distribute Traditional Records, the exclusive licensee for all music related product associated with the popular Precious Moments brand. T ...

  40. BMI Awards Christian Songwriters, Publishers

    June 22, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Steven Curtis Chapman among the honorees. Steven Curtis Chapman among the honorees. News Steven Curtis Chapman ...

  41. BMI Awards Christian Songwriters, Publishers

    June 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Steven Curtis Chapman, Bob Herdman, Will McGinniss and Mark Stuart were named songwriters of the year during BMI's annual Christian Music Awards tonight (June 21). Steven Curtis Chapman, Bob Herdman, Will McGinniss and Mark Stuart were named ...

  42. Congressman Calls For ClearPlay Settlement

    May 10, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A powerful House committee chairman is pressing for a settlement between the Directors Guild of America and ClearPlay. WASHINGTON (Hollywood Reporter)--A powerful House committee chairman is pressing for a settlement between the Directors Guild of ...

  43. Hatch Lauds Outgoing BMI Head Preston

    April 23, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has joined the chorus in praise of BMI chairman/CEO Frances Preston. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has joined the chorus in prais ...

  44. Senators Hatch, Leahy Link For Anti-Piracy Ad

    February 27, 2004 12:00 AM EST Senators Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), ranking Democratic member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, have joined together for an anti- Senators Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), chairman of the ...

  45. Jaci Velasquez Starts Own Label

    February 18, 2004 12:00 AM EST Word recording artist Jaci Velasquez is launching her own record label, Apostrophe Records, Billboard.biz has learned. She is currently negotiating a distribution deal for the new venture. Word recording artist Jaci Velasquez is launching her own ...

  46. Four Sign With Distributor Select-O-Hits

    January 12, 2004 12:00 AM EST Select-O-Hits in Memphis has inked four new exclusive distribution pacts. Select-O-Hits in Memphis has inked four new exclusive distribution pacts. Houston-based Dope House Records has joined the distributor's posse. The label was previously ...

  47. Four Sign With Distributor Select-O-Hits

    January 12, 2004 12:00 AM EST Select-O-Hits in Memphis has inked four new exclusive distribution pacts. Select-O-Hits in Memphis has inked four new exclusive distribution pacts. Houston-based Dope House Records has joined the distributor's posse. The label was previously ...

  48. In The Spirit

    January 06, 2004 12:00 AM EST Legacy will be more reality than theme in gospel with this year's crop of new releases, including anticipated debuts by such artists as Kierra Sheard and Tye Tribbett. Legacy will be more reality than theme in gospel with this year's cro ...