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David C Cook promotes vice president Chriscynethia Floyd Print Email
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Monday, 22 February 2016 02:07 PM America/New_York

Chriscynethia-FloydDavid C Cook has announced that Chriscynethia Floyd will expand her role and become vice president of marketing and sales for the company's newly created Learning Resources Strategic Ministry Unit (SMU). Floyd initially joined Cook last July as vice president of marketing for books and media.

Cook recently realigned its books and curriculum into the SMU after acquiring the resources of Gospel Light and Standard Publishing last fall.

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GMA announces Hall of Fame inductees Print Email
Written by Taylor Berglund   
Monday, 22 February 2016 01:45 PM America/New_York

GMA-honors-hall-of-fameThe Gospel Music Association (GMA) Foundation has announced its inductees and honorees for the annual GMA Honors Celebration. Hezekiah Walker, Howard Rachinski, The Nelons and Russ Taff are being inducted into the Hall of Fame on May 10 at Lipscomb University's Allen Arena.

The event also honors individuals and organizations that are impacting culture both past and present. This year's honorees include Catherine Brewton for Hope for Harvest, Jars of Clay for Blood:Water Mission, Michael W. Smith for Rocketown and Gospel Music Trust Fund.

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Buck Rambo leaves a gospel music legacy Print Email
Written by Taylor Berglund   
Monday, 22 February 2016 11:35 AM America/New_York

buckramboRichard Fay "Buck” Rambo, patriarch of the Southern gospel music family The Rambos, died Feb. 21 in Palmetto, Florida, surrounded by his wife and family members. He was 84.

With a career that spanned 60 years, Rambo played a significant role in Christian music. He was one of the first board members of the Gospel Music Association and a founding father of the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. In the early 1960s, he was also a member of the board for the National Quartet Convention.

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Thomas Nelson launches new 'Jesus Calling' podcast Print Email
Written by Taylor Berglund   
Monday, 22 February 2016 11:26 AM America/New_York

jesus-calling-podcastThomas Nelson has launched a new "Jesus Calling" podcast, which is now available to download for free on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting platforms. The podcast features stories from readers of the Jesus Calling devotional and illustrates how spending time with the devotional has made a difference in their lives.

The first episode in the series features Dr. Cindy Ryan, associate pastor of First United Methodist Church in Grapevine, Texas. The episode focuses on the collective impact that has been made by sharing Jesus Calling within the church's community of more than 2,800 members.

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Francesca Battistelli, TobyMac win GRAMMY Awards Print Email
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Thursday, 18 February 2016 03:43 PM America/New_York

FrancescaBattistelli-2015Francesca Battistelli has taken home her very first GRAMMY Award for the song “Holy Spirit” in the Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song category. The hit song is from the 2014 album If We’re Honest, which has garnered three total GRAMMY nominations.

Battistelli, who is anticipating the birth of her third child, was unable to attend the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards, which were held Monday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. 

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Canada's Juno Awards music nominations announced Print Email
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Thursday, 18 February 2016 03:09 PM America/New_York

WeAre-TCHIntegrity Music's The City Harmonic (TCH) recently garnered its third consecutive JUNO Awards nomination, receiving a nod for Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year for WE AREThe other artists nominated in the Christian/Gospel Album of the Year category are: Amanda Cook for Brave New World; Dan Bremnes for Where The Light Is; Matt Maher for Saints & Sinners; and Tim Neufeld for TREES-Chapter 2.

The City Harmonic's nomination follows a previous JUNO nod for the band's Heart album and a JUNO win for I Have a Dream (It Feels Like Home), and comes just as The City Harmonic releases to Christian radio its new single, "Let There Be Light," from the nominated album. Released last fall, WE ARE features modern hymns and worship anthems of longing, hope and celebration related to the theme of Christian unity.

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NRF: Consumers Are Saving Tax Refunds Print Email
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Thursday, 18 February 2016 02:50 PM America/New_York

Cash-iStock 000002479313MediumPlanning for the future is top of mind for Americans this year, with more consumers than ever putting their tax refunds into savings. According to the National Retail Federation’s (NRF) annual Tax Returns Survey conducted by Prosper Insights and Analytics, 49.2 percent of those expecting a refund plan to save the money rather than spend it right away, the highest percentage in the survey’s history. Nearly two-thirds (65.5 percent) of those surveyed expect a refund. 

“Consumers are building their spending power and boosting their confidence as they set aside their checks from Uncle Sam,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “Americans this year see refund season as a time to improve their financial health by using their refunds to get ahead on savings goals and plan for bigger purchases in the future. Money saved is money waiting to be spent.”

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Ingram hires vice president of retail Print Email
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Thursday, 18 February 2016 02:21 PM America/New_York

DonaldRosemanIngram Content Group has announced the addition of Donald Roseman as vice president of retail, a newly created position at the company.

Roseman will focus on Ingram’s overall retail business, including national accounts, clubs, field sales, consumer direct fulfillment and Ingram International.

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