Caedmon's Call (Essential Records)
Acoustic pop/folk rock band Caedmon's Call made its national debut in 1997 and has since amassed a stream of accolades including resounding critical acclaim, five Dove nominations and an "Album of the Year" Dove award, and a No. 1 and Billboard Music Video Award-nominated video. The band also set a record for the most units sold the first week out by a debut contemporary Christian artist with its self-titled recording, which catapulted to No. 1 on the Billboard Heatseekers Album Chart and has now sold more than 250,000 copies. The band's current and sophomore recording, 40 Acres , made its debut at No. 1 on SoundScan compiled charts, and has also crossed the 250,000 sales mark in less than one year. The first radio single from the recording, "There You Go," become the band's 5th No. 1 song. Well-known on college campuses across the country, thousands of Caedmon's Call fans will travel hundreds, even thousands of miles to see this band perform. The band also receives about 50,000 web page hits per week on its World Wide Web site located at www.caedmons-call.com.
The Choir (Independent)
The Choir, including City On A Hill producer Steve Hindalong, has been heralded as one of today's leading Christian modern rock bands. The group has recorded 11 albums throughout its 15-year history including Free Flying Soul which received a GMA Dove Award for "Best Alternative/Modern Rock Record Of The Year." They've also topped the CCM Magazine Reader's Poll as "Favorite Alternative Band," and received awards for "Favorite Alternative Album" and "Favorite Long Form Video." While the band has been on hiatus for the past few years, its members have all played active roles in the Christian music community as producers, record company employees, engineers and songwriters.
FFH (Essential Records)
In a year's time, FFH has traveled from being an independent band to landing a major label recording contract, shipped 250,000 units of its national debut, I Want To Be Like You, performed more than 200 concerts, wrote and recorded a well-received Coca-Cola jingle, signed a significant management deal with Mike Atkins Management, been featured on the cover of Release Magazine, and garnered two No. 1 songs, One of These Days and I Want To Be Like You. The group was named Christian Research Report's Best New Artist of 1999, and received Dove Award nominations for New Artist Of The Year and Pop/Contemporary Song Of The Year. FFH's sophomore release, Found A Place, produced by Scott Williamson, features the signature harmonies and uplifting melodies for which FFH has become known.
Gene Eugene (Independent)
Eugene Andrusco, better known as Gene Eugene, had a vast and impactful entertainment career that spanned more than 30 years. Originally a child sitcom actor as the "young Darrin Stevens" on the '60s sitcom Betwitched, and later appearing in shows such as "Jake and the Fatman" and "Cannon," Andrusco turned towards a love of music by his teenage years. He began playing in bands in junior high school, and those partnerships evolved into the group Adam Again by the early '80s. Adam Again released their debut, In A New World Of Time, in 1986 to strong critical acclaim. In 1987, Andrusco was a founder of Brainstorm Artists International, an integral force in the development of Christian music on the West Coast, and in 1993, became co-owner of The Green Room recording studio. The Green Room has been a creative center for the Christian alternative community, and Andrusco was personally involved in the engineering and/or production of more than 200 records. Andrusco passed away in his sleep on March 20, 2000 at age 39. His contributions to City On A Hill were recorded less than two weeks before his death.
Jars Of Clay (Essential Records)
Multi-platinum selling Grammy and Dove Award winning band Jars of Clay is best known for its hugely successful radio single, "Flood," from its 1995 self-titled and RIAA certified double-platinum debut Jars of Clay. The band's follow-up platinum-selling recording, Much Afraid, debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard Top 200 album sales chart and received a Grammy Award for "Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album of the Year." Jars of Clay compositions have been featured in such major studio film release soundtracks as The Long Kiss Goodnight, Hard Rain, Jack Frost and The Prince of Egypt, as well as appeared in several television series, including "Providence" (NBC) and "One Life To Live" (ABC). In addition, the band has racked up 18 career Gospel Music Association Dove nominations and eleven No. 1 radio singles in just five years, including the first single, "Unforgetful You," from its current and almost RIAA certified Gold recording, If I Left The Zoo. Sixpence None The Richer (Squint Entertainment)
Sixpence None The Richer has garnered numerous awards and accolades with their two pop chart hits, "Kiss Me," and "There She Goes," earning a Grammy nomination and watching their self-titled album, Sixpence None The Richer, go platinum. They have performed during Lilith Fair, on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" and "The Late Show With Conan O'Brien." Their two big hit songs have been featured in films like Girl Interrupted and She's All That. Sixpence None The Richer has not only swept the Christian music industry, but they have soundly secured themselves in heavy pop rotations and airplay on an international scale.
SONICFLOOd (Gotee Records)
New Gotee recording artist SONICFLOOd released their self-titled debut album one year ago. With sales in excess of 300,000 units, the album has remained in the top ten overall Soundscan sales chart, and top five on the Rock Soundscan chart, every week since release. Two radio singles off the project, "I Could Sing Of Your Love Forever" and "I Want To Know You" were both number one chart toppers. After releasing a new, live, modern rock, praise and worship album, SONICPRAISE in August, the band will continue touring, playing all the major fairs and festivals this summer. SONICFLOOd appears on City On A Hill with Peter Furler of the Newsboys (Star Song Records.)
Third Day (Essential Records)
Atlanta rock band Third Day has been bolstered by an outpouring of critical and commercial success with more than 750,000 units sold spanning three best-selling recordings and 12 No. 1 songs in only three years. Its current Essential Records recording, Time, has already garnered the band numerous awards and accolades including three No. 1 songs with "I've Always Loved You" marking the band's first Adult Contemporary (AC) No. 1, four Dove Award nominations, including its first for "Group of the Year," and its second Grammy nomination. Featured on numerous magazine covers including CCM Magazine and Release Magazine, Billboard magazine has hailed the band as "not only one of the best Christian bands of the '90s, but one of the best rock bands period."
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