Saturday, October 10, 2015

30 of the Greatest CCM Artists




 
We Will Stand -- the “Biggest Night in Christian Music”-- Enjoys a Big Week on the Sales Charts
30 of the Greatest CCM Artists Perform More Than 40 Hit Songs in Celebration of the History and Impact of Four Decades of Contemporary Christian Music

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—October 9th, 2015— We Will Stand (Gaither Music Group/CCM United), which just released nationally on CD and DVD, claimed the No. 1 position this week on Billboard’s Music Video chart and on the Christian Music Video chart, according to Nielsen Soundscan.  In addition, the We Will Stand audio recording landed at #10 on the contemporary Christian music chart.
A concert event dubbed “the greatest night in the history of contemporary Christian music” by its executive producer, Stan Moser, the recordings feature 30 of the most popular and awarded contemporary Christian music (CCM) artists of all time, who gathered for a-once-in-a-lifetime concert event to celebrate 40 years of history.
“When we first dreamed about creating the We Will Stand project, we hoped there were thousands of fans like us who would love to hear these great songs and artists once again.  Based on the charts this week, it looks like we weren’t alone!” stated Moser.  “These songs have brought real hope to listeners for so many years.  The message never changes—Jesus is alive and still available.”
That message in song included performances by a “who’s who of talent” including Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, Sandi Patty, Steven Curtis Chapman, Russ Taff, 4Him, Wayne Watson, Laura Story, Nicole C. Mullen, Michael English, Newsboys, The Imperials, Don Francisco, Phillips Craig & Dean, Dallas Holm, Jaci Velasquez, Larnelle Harris, Evie (Tornquist), Steve Green and more.
“I’m amazed at the great desire of so many artists, labels, producers and publishers to help bring these songs to life—again,” said Moser.  “Bill Gaither once told me, ‘A good song is written, but a great song is re-written.’  I might add, ‘Great songs are worth re-recording!’  I’m so grateful that great songs and art can live forever.” 
“A lot of [these artists] have been very influential in my songwriting and my artistry,” stated Nicole C Mullen.  “…The legacy that they’re still living…is amazing.  To be partners with them in singing the gospel is an extremely high honor for me.”
“…I’m convinced I wouldn’t be sitting in this chair if it hadn’t been for Andraé Crouch or Love Song, which is one of the very first Christian albums I ever bought in the ‘70s,” recalled Michael W. Smith, “all these guys with long hair singing songs about Jesus…you just have to sort of transport yourself back to that time and imagine what it was like, and it was like history in the making.”
Highlights of that history are captured on the two-CD and two-DVD We Will Stand collection.  Running just over two hours in length, the DVDs also capture some of the stories behind the music through interviews with Grant, Smith, Patty, Bill Gaither and others. 
The We Will Stand projects are currently airing as part of a TV special on Dish TV, GaitherTV, TBN, RFD, FamilyNet, CTN, GMC, GMTN, Guardian, Liberty, TCT and TLN.  It continues to air in Canada on Vision TV, CTS, The Miracle Channel and Hope TV.  The CDs and DVDs are exclusively distributed by Capitol Christian Distribution and are available throughout general market stores and the Christian marketplace in addition to online retailers including iTunes, Amazon and www.gaither.com.
For further information regarding We Will Stand, please visit http://ccmunited.com/ or www.facebook.com/ccmunited.
            
We Will Stand CD TRACK LISTING 
1. Sing Your Praise to the Lord – Amy Grant 
2. The Great Adventure – Steven Curtis Chapman 
3. How Majestic Is Your Name – Sandi Patty
4. Great Is the Lord – Michael W. Smith
5. A Love Song – Love Song with Phil Keaggy 
6. Trumpet of Jesus – Imperials 
7. Praise The Lord – Imperials with Steven Curtis Chapman, Michael W. Smith 
8. I Am – Mark Schultz 
9. You Are God Alone – Phillips, Craig & Dean 
10. On My Knees – Jaci Velasquez 
11. Future Generations – 4Him
12. Basics of Life – 4Him 
13. Watercolor Ponies – Wayne Watson 
14. Redeemer – Nicole C. Mullen 
15. My Tribute – Evie 
16. How Beautiful – Evie 
17. People Need the Lord – Steve Green 
18. Mary, Did You Know? – Michael English
19. Another Time Another Place – Sandi Patty, Wayne Watson 
20. Amen – Larnelle Harris 
21. I’ve Just Seen Jesus – Larnelle Harris, Sandi Patty 
22. We Shall Behold Him – Sandi Patty 
23. Undivided – First Call 
24. Blessings – Laura Story
25. I Am on the Rock – Petra 
26. Rise Again – Dallas Holm, Steven Curtis Chapman 
27. He’s Alive – Don Francisco 
28. We Are the Reason – David Meece 
29. How Great Is Our God – Mark Harris 
30. In Christ Alone – Steve Green 
31. Give Thanks – Don Moen 
32. Indescribable – Laura Story 
33. God of Wonders – Travis Cottrell 
34. Revelation Song – Phillips, Craig & Dean 
35. Free to Be Me – Francesca Battistelli 
36. I Will Be Here – Steven Curtis Chapman 
37. God’s Not Dead – Newsboys 
38. Thy Word – Amy Grant 
39. El Shaddai – Amy Grant, Sandi Patty 
40. Breathe – Michael W. Smith 
41. For the Sake of the Call – Steven Curtis Chapman 
42. We Believe – Newsboys 
43. Friends – Michael W. Smith 
44. We Will Stand – Russ Taff 
45. Awesome God – CCM United 
 
We Will Stand DVD TRACK LISTING 
1. Sing Your Praise to the Lord – Amy Grant 
2. Trumpet of Jesus – Imperials 
3. How Majestic Is Your Name – Sandi Patty 
4. Great Is the Lord – Michael W. Smith 
5. A Love Song – Love Song with Phil Keaggy 
6. Praise the Lord – Imperials with Steven Curtis Chapman, Michael W. Smith 
7. You Are God Alone – Phillips, Craig & Dean 
8. On My Knees – Jaci Velasquez 
9. Future Generations – 4Him 
10. Basics of Life – 4Him 
11. Watercolor Ponies – Wayne Watson 
12. Redeemer – Nicole C. Mullen 
13. My Tribute – Evie 
14. People Need the Lord – Steve Green 
15. Mary, Did You Know? – Michael English 
16. Another Time Another Place – Sandi Patty, Wayne Watson 
17. Amen – Larnelle Harris 
18. I’ve Just Seen Jesus – Larnelle Harris, Sandi Patty 
19. We Shall Behold Him – Sandi Patty 
20. Undivided – First Call 
21. Blessings – Laura Story 
22. He’s Alive – Don Francisco 
23. We Are the Reason – David Meece 
24. How Great Is Our God – Mark Harris 
25. In Christ Alone – Steve Green 
26. Give Thanks – Don Moen 
27. Indescribable – Laura Story 
28. God of Wonders – Travis Cottrell 
29. Revelation Song – Phillips, Craig & Dean 
30. Free to Be Me – Francesca Battistelli 
31. I Will Be Here – Steven Curtis Chapman 
32. God’s Not Dead – Newsboys 
33. Thy Word – Amy Grant 
34. El Shaddai – Amy Grant, Sandi Patty 
35. Breathe – Michael W. Smith 
36. For the Sake of the Call – Steven Curtis Chapman 
37. We Believe – Newsboys 
38. Friends – Michael W. Smith 
39. We Will Stand – Russ Taff 
40. Awesome God – CCM United 

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