Brandon Heath

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Grammy-nominated Christian music artist Brandon Heath grew up in Nashville, and spent his formative years at the famed writer’s haunt The Bluebird Cafe. In 2009, Heath won the the 2009 GMA Dove Award-winning Song of the Year for “Give Me Your Eyes,” and his 2011 album Leaving Eden debuted at no. 1 on the Billboard […]

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Q & A With Shane of Shane & Shane

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Think of contemporary Christian music and you probably envision pseudo-pop artists performing in churches and festivals, preaching morals louder than they live them, singing songs laced with Bible verses and out of touch with the realities of today’s culture. Meet Shane Barnard of Shane & Shane and think again. Better yet, listen to the songs […]

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The Storyteller: A Q&A With Dave Barnes

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Even though he’s known primarily as a contemporary Christian artist and writer to many, Dave Barnes’ greatest commercial success has come from a song that was recorded by an artist he wasn’t even pitching to. His song “God Gave Me You,” a single from his 2010 album What We Want, What We Get, ended up […]

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Francesca Battistelli

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Francesca Battistelli’s new album, Hundred More Years, the followup to her Grammy-nominated debut My Paper Heart, reflects the big changes in her life, which include getting married and the birth of her first child. Although she’s primarily known as a Christian music artist (she’s the top-selling new Christian artist in eight years), her music has […]

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Nashville Songwriter Series: Don Poythress

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(PHOTO: Don Poythress, right, with multi-genre music legend Ricky Skaggs on mandolin.) Don Poythress is one of the most under-the-radar professional songwriters in Nashville. While other writers may lead their own high-profile bands or even have their own television shows, Poythress is a humble guy who leads the music in a Nashville-area church on Sundays […]

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Nashville Songwriter Series: Cary Barlowe

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Countless artists and songwriters come to Nashville with great expectations, and North Carolina native Cary Barlowe has far exceeded his. After only a couple years in town, Barlowe signed a publishing deal with TobyMac’s Emack publishing company, while at the same time working with his older brother, Nathan, in modern rock band Luna Halo. Luna […]

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Music City Earns its Name — ASCAP to Expand Offices to Serve More Genres

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