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NASHVILLE, TN- July 15, 2008–Power Source Music Group is proud to announce the Top 10 category nominees for the 14th Annual Inspirational Country Music Award Show (ICM’s). The award show will be held on Thursday, October 16, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. CST at the Trinity Music City USA Auditorium located in Hendersonville, Tennessee. The annual Inspirational Country Music Awards are dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent among artists who perform Christian and Inspirational Country music. Inspirational music is inspired by Faith, Family, and Country™. Tickets are on sale now at www.ccma.cc
Multi-platinum recording artist Collin Raye will be hosting the show as well as performing. Collin has hosted a past ICM Award Show and has numerous projects involving Christian & Inspirational Music including: “The Gift,” “The 11th Commandment,” “Quitters,” and “Soldier’s Prayer.” The Isaacs are slated as the first performers on the show. In addition, the Grammy Award winning group, Point of Grace as well as Greg McDougal with Tammy Cochran, 2007 ICM Entertainer of the Year, Del Way, James Payne, and Mike Rimmey are confirmed to perform on the show. Additional performers and presenters will be announced in the coming months. For more information and show highlights, please visit www.icm-awards.com
The following 2008 Top 10 nominees are listed in alphabetical order within each category:
Female Vocalist of the Year
Candice Myers, Debbie White, Deborah Hightower, Gayla Earlene, Kathy Joy Bell, Mary James, Melanie Walker, Natalie Grant, Rebecca Linda Smith, Sandra Dee, Sonya Isaacs
Christian Country Song of the Year
Blinded Eyes – John Sines Jr.
Card Carrying Christian – Del Way
Choice – Danny Ray Harris
Granny’s Song – Mike Manuel
Heroes – Branded
In Better Hands – Natalie Grant
Put A Little Love In Your Heart – Fox Brothers
That Same Alter – James Payne
Turn It Over – Mike Rimmey
Wood & Steel – Russ Murphy
In 2004, I was sitting comfortably in my suburban house, drinking tea and half-watching an episode of Law And Order. As I was chilling out, or really more zoning out, infront of my television, something on the screen caught my attention. a little girl was being sold as a sex slave to some man in a suit in New York City. New York? What? Okay, so I know it’s just a tv show, but I thought law and order was always loosely based on some sort of reality. and some guy was buying a kid out of a van. I’ve bought designer knock-off hand bags out of a van in NYC, but a child? Come-on, this was in no way real, right? Or was it? I couldn’t shake what I was seeing. They were depicting human trafficking, which at that point I had never heard of before. I Googled. When in doubt, that’s what I do, I Google. what I discovered through that one search rocked me to the core and would change my life forever.
Slavery still exists today. The sale of human beings is the fastest growing trade in the world. Yep, you read that correctly. some of the victims are as young as 5 years of age. and it’s happening everywhere. In total, the United Nations estimates that there are 12.5 million trafficked children, women and men worldwide. But many say there are millions more that we don’t know about, and estimate the figure may be closer to 25 million victims worldwide. After I saw Law And Order and did a significant amount of research, I traveled to India. With my own eyes I saw little girls for sale on the street. I will never forget looking up in a second story window and seeing a little girl, probably not more than 7 years of age, looking at me through the bars of a cage. I was horrified. I was sickened. I was motivated. I had to do something. what, I did not know. but I knew i must do something.
After I returned home to Nashville, the police broke up a brothel 1 mile from my front door. There were underage girls in the brothel, as young as 12. This is not just an international problem. Each year, an estimated 17,500 people are trafficked into the United States. some may be right next door.
I founded The Home Foundation in 2005. You can visit the website and read stories of real-life victims. We have completed an orphanage in Mumbai and also in Bangladesh. We have supported heroic organizations such as World Vision, shared Hope International, International Justice Mission and the Salvation Army. We have raised awareness as I have shared about human trafficking to the over 2 million people I have sung to in the last couple of years. I am most excited about our brand new College Internship Program. This summer, we sent our first 3 college students to India for a 10-week internship. we hope to send atleast 12 students in 2009. I have seen students respond to this issue all over the country. It has been inspiring to watch groups of young adults become creative in the ways they can raise awareness and raise money to fight human trafficking.
So what now? Well, the Gospel Music Channel has agreed to give us air time for a public service campaign, so we are working on that. But we must continue to educate the public about this issue. We all have a responsibility to be an abolitionist. You can make a difference. Educate yourself on this issue and discover the ways that you can be involved. YOU can make a difference. We must bring this evil which hides in the dark into the light. We must be the voice for those who have none. We must let them know that they have not been forgotten. So, as if you haven’t been disgusted enough by this issue, remember this: The average age of a young girl who is forced into prostitution is 10. She is raped repeatedly, the average is around 20-30 times a night. If she does not meet her quota, she will be beat by her “pimp”. Many of these young girls are sold by their own parents. The parents don’t know what they are doing, but are told that the child will be given a good job with fair money and an opportunity to go to school. Parents fall for the lie, feeling
they have no other choices or options for their children.
Listen, I’m not a hero, I’m just human. And if we have a heart beating on the inside of us, how could we possibly turn away from the most innocent among us being ravaged and raped? I wasted so many years worrying about things that don’t matter and striving for things that are just not that important. I admit that I have been way too self-involved and self-absorbed most days to even take notice of the rest of the world. But thank God he woke me from my selfish slumber and stirred me to action. I only have one life. I want to make it matter. Whatever issue it is that stirs you to action, I pray you will respond. When God calls, all he asks us to do is answer. We seek justice for the oppressed and i pray you will join the fight.
(Nashville, Tenn.) July 14th, 08 – Natalie Grant’s brand-new music video for, “I Will Not Be Moved,” premieres online today! The video was recently filmed Nashville, TN. In April, Grant became the first artist in 13 years to win the GMA Dove Award for Female Vocalist of the Year three consecutive times.
Her critically-acclaimed, best-selling album, Relentless, released in February features the multi-format hit “In Better Hands” as well as her current hit single, “I Will Not Be Moved”. “I Will Not Be Moved” has already entered into the top 10 on the AC and CHR charts. Grant is currently on tour with Women of Faith and will be performing at several festivals this summer before hitting the road with The Revolve Tour this fall.
WASHINGTON, D.C.— Curb recording artist and GMA’s three-time reigning Female Vocalist of the Year, Natalie Grant, made a slate of appearances this week in the nation’s capital. Prior to performing a tribute to Sandi Patty at the 2008 Grammy Salute To Gospel Music at The Lincoln Theatre, Grant visited Capitol Hill.
At a brunch event earlier this week, she thanked members of Congress for their support of legislation pertaining to the Christian music community and praised the newly announced “Gospel Music Heritage Month” initiative honoring the genre’s contributions to American culture.
On Wednesday night, Grant appeared at The Recording Academy’s 2008 Grammy Salute to Gospel Music. She performed the Sandi Patty classic, “Love In Any Language,” in tribute to the Christian music icon, who received The Recording Academy President’s Merit Award.
Grant also had the opportunity to meet with Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah. In addition to their shared commitment to the eradication of human trafficking, Hatch co-wrote Grant’s first Top 10 hit, “I Am Not Alone,” which is featured on her 1999 self-titled debut.