|For Immediate Release
February 20, 2013
Manassas, VA – In addition to being educated by speakers who are considered to be among the most recognized individuals in Christian media, leadership, and innovative thinking, NRB 2013 attendees will be entertained, blessed, and encouraged by musical artists ranging from the nationally-known to the up-and-coming.
The current line-up includes Keith & Kristyn Getty, Andrew Greer, The Nate Terry Band, Nichole Nordeman and Cindy Morgan.
Also present will be Clay Crosse, First Call, Russ Taff and Wayne Watson – who together will be kicking off their Lord of All Tour at the NRB 2013 Convention & Exposition in Nashville, TN.
Keith & Kristyn Getty
Irish singer/songwriters Keith & Kristyn Getty are among the preeminent modern hymn writers of this generation. Best known for “In Christ Alone” (penned by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend), the renowned hymn has been recorded by numerous artists and is a classic sung in churches around the globe. The couple’s popular U.S. recordings include “In Christ Alone,” “Awaken the Dawn" and "Joy – An Irish Christmas.” Their latest release, Hymns for the Christian Life, is a thematically-focused original collection showcasing traditional Irish melodies as well as American bluegrass and country influences. Keith & Kristyn Getty have shared their music at Franklin Graham crusades, the GMA Dove Awar ds, and performances at London’s Royal Albert Hall and the legendary Grand Ole Opry, among other noted platforms and international tours.
Andrew Greer is an accomplished singer/songwriter and respected music journalist. While his critically-acclaimed 2009 debut, Open Book, chronicled a soul-searching season that ultimately led to the rekindling of his faith, Andrew’s musical journey now makes an important stop—a step back to his roots. Angel Band is a collection of treasured hymns, the beloved songs that first articulated, and still remain, his story. “I can’t recall many of the sermons my pastor preached, or the lessons my Sunday School teachers taught, but I do remember hymns,” Greer says of his inspiration for the project. “In fact, if it hadn’t been for the impact of those indelible tunes, I may have never fallen in lov e with music, or been introduced to God.”
Andrew has shared his stories and songs with audiences from coast to coast, receiving significant media coverage in CCM Magazine, Christian Musician, The Tennessean, Christianity Today, and Worship Leader magazine, among many other publications. He has also been a featured worship leader at Centrifuge’s Centrikid camps. As a writer, Greer’s stories have appeared in Christianity Today, CCM, and ParentLife, among other notable publications. When not on the road, Andrew enjoys his home in Franklin, TN.
The Nate Terry Band
Nate Terry says he is stepping out to share his faith, and is putting his future in music in the Lord's hands.
“We hope as a band that the Lord will use us to speak to [attendees] at our concerts,” says Terry, the lead singer of The Nate Terry Band. “[E]veryone has issues, different things they're dealing with, and we just want to give hope and encouragement – whatever they need to hear to feel God's love.
“To me, Christian music has a message of hope,” he adds. “I like different kinds of music, but other kinds don't have that promise. I have a relationship with Jesus Christ, and that is what draws me to it. There's an eternal investment.”
Terry's passion behind his music is a shared element with band members Randy Brooks, Adam Rasmussen, JR Day, Ryan Ferguson, and Jared Harder. The band’s sound is contemporary driven with a progressive sound that illustrates passion and faith in each song.
GRAMMY®-nominated singer/songwriter Nichole Nordeman is a nine-time GMA Dove Award-winner with career sales of more than a million units to date. Lauded for her thought-provoking, poignant lyrics, Nordeman’s signature songs include “This Mystery,” “Holy,” and “Legacy.” Her 2012 literary debut, Love Story (Worthy Publishing), traces God’s unyielding mission from the beginning of time to rescue His beloved. Based on the best-selling multi-artist recording Music Inspired by The Story, which she co-wrote, Love Story is an exquisite and personal narrative exposing the humanity and more emotional underside of a range of biblical characters.
This native Tennessean began her journey in a musical family - her mother, a songwriter and gospel singer who played the piano; her dad, a VW mechanic by day, whose true love was in writing songs and playing guitar. Together, they provided rich soil for her to grow in as a writer. Throughout her musical journey, starting at Word Records barely out of high school, her true passion has always been the songs and how they connect with a listener.
Cindy has received 12 Dove Awards in her career both as a recording artist and songwriter, including the coveted Dove Award for Songwriter of the Year. She received a Dove for Country Song of the Year, "How You Live," recorded by Point of Grace; and also a Dove Award for Country Song of the Year, "I Wish," also recorded by Point of Grace.
In 2001, Morgan took a break from her career to dedicate time to her family. During the time, she continued writing songs for several artists. Some of the artists who have recorded her songs are Point of Grace, Michael W. Smith, Avalon, Carman, Rachael Lampa, Michael English, BeBe Winans, Sandi Patty, Jaci Velasquez, Mark Schultz, John Tesh, Christy Carlson Romano and Natalie Grant.
Cindy is also a part of an Indie pop band, St. Lola in the Fields, with her longtime writing partner Jeremy Bose.
“I am just so glad to be a part of the music community. To make music, write songs and hopefully, ultimately, encourage someone else with music. It is the supernatural power of notes and words to reach someone where they live,” says Cindy.
Clay Crosse grew up in Memphis, TN. He became known for his singles “I Surrender All,” “Saving the World,” and “He Walked a Mile in My Shoes,” which won a CCM Adult Contemporary "Song of the Year" Award. He won the Dove Award for “Best New Artist of the Year.” Clay’s music has a pop soulful style. Nine songs from his first four projects became No. 1 singles. He also collaborated with Bob Carlisle and BeBe Winans on “I Will Follow Christ,” which won a Dove Award for “Inspirational Song of the Year." He now serves as worship pastor at Faith Baptist Church in Arlington, TN.
Clay continues to sing and lead worship at events nationwide. He and his wife Renee have a ministry, HolyHomes, leading marriage events across the U.S. as well as serving as spokespeople for Holt International Adoption.
Melodie Tunney, Bonnie Keen and Marty McCall met in the mid-1980s as studio musicians, considered in Nashville, TN, as the "first call" by producers for background vocals and commercial jingles. Their first pop CD, Undivided, not only showcased the group's gifted vocals, but introduced them as songwriters and propelled First Call into the forefront of Contemporary Christian music. Much to their surprise, three Dove Awards and five Grammy nominations would follow. Since that time, Marty, Bonnie and Melodie have gone on to record solo projects, publish books, travel and speak, and serve as worship leaders, all the while staying in touch and waiting for Reunion First Call events. The One who put the group together h ad a sweet surprise for the original trio. Discovery House Music expressed an interest in a project they had never pursued: an a cappella hymns CD, a TV taping in Israel, and a time for the trio to dream again.
“It’s all about God’s heart for redemption and second chances. God is never done with us. His redemptive heart shows up when least expected. Even in a trio that never thought they would share a studio or platform again,” says Marty.
The story behind First Call and their latest hymns CD, REJOICE, is the true revelation of God’s heart for redemption.
Russ Taff learned early on that when he sang, people sat up and responded with feeling. “I’ve been influenced musically by so many styles that I try to never place restrictions on myself. If it moves me, I figure it will probably move other people too.” Apparently he’s right. Serving as an opening act for the legendary Imperials, Russ was invited to join them as lead vocalist. With the Imperials, he toured extensively and gained recognition as "The Voice" behind award-winning songs and albums that successfully completed the group’s transition from traditional to contemporary Christian. However you choose to label it, Russ Taff’s music has won him not only a wide audience and critical acclaim, but a total of fiv e Grammy Awards and nine Gospel Music Association Dove Awards. He has been hailed by Billboard Magazine as “the single most electrifying voice in Christian music.” But he never forgot where he came from, or the sounds that first stirred his soul.
Wayne Watson, a man whose voice and songs helped define an entire genre of Christian music throughout the ‘80s and ‘90s, is re-connecting with his music with a new passion seemingly born at the intersection of age and wisdom. Wayne has produced 23 No. 1 singles on Christian radio, a dozen Dove Awards, including "Male Vocalist of the Year," "Song of the Year," and "Pop Contemporary Song of the Year." He has twice been nominated for a Grammy Award. What’s ahead in this latest season of life for Wayne Watson is about to unfold for listeners. “There will be worshipful music to come. From my experiences over the past two or three years, I’m learning finally in my life what it truly means to worship.”
About NRB The National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) is a non-partisan, international association of Christian communicators whose member organizations represent millions of listeners, viewers, and readers. Our mission is to advance biblical truth; to promote media excellence; and to defend free speech. In addition to promoting standards of excellence, integrity, and accountability, NRB provides networking, educational, ministry, and fellowship opportunities for its members. Learn more at www.nrb.org.
About the NRB Convention The annual NRB Convention & Exposition is the largest nationally and internationally recognized event dedicated solely to assist those in the field of Christian communications. The dynamic Exposition consists of around 200 companies and is an active marketplace for those seeking tools and services to expand their organizations. NRB 2013 will be held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, TN, March 2-5, 2013. For more information, go to www.nrbconvention.org.
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