Cross Movement Records is pleased to announce that three of their artists, FLAME, Da’ T.R.U.T.H. and J.R., have been nominated for song award honors at the 2009 GMA Dove Awards. FLAME and Da’ T.R.U.T.H. are both nominated in the “Rap/Hip-Hop Recorded Song” category for the song “Joyful Noise” from FLAME’s GRAMMY Award-nominated album, Our World Redeemed, while J.R. is nominated in the “Urban Recorded Song” category for the song “Not a Slave” from his latest album, Life By Stereo. Christian music’s biggest night of the year, the 40th Annual GMA Dove Awards will take place on April 23, 2009, at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tenn., with artists from every style of gospel and Christian music coming together for a special night of music and celebration. The award show will be broadcast live nationwide that night on the Gospel Music Channel from 8-10 p.m. EST/PST.
FLAME’s GRAMMY and Stellar Award-nominated Our World Redeemed is the second installment in his two-part audio novel and is the sequel to his album Our World Fallen, which released in April 2007 to rave reviews, hitting #7 on the Billboard Top Gospel Chart. The two-part album series captures the story of FLAME befriending a non-believer and pointing him to the cross of Christ, while examining the fallen condition of the world. One of the youngest members of the Cross Movement Records artist roster, FLAME is currently studying Biblical counseling at Boyce College in Louisville, Ky. The 2008 Holy Hip Hop Award honoree has been ministering for over 10 years in music and speaking engagements.
Da’ T.R.U.T.H. is the winner of the 2009 Stellar Award for “Rap/Hip-Hop Gospel CD of the Year” for his latest project, Open Book–an award he also took home in 2007 for his sophomore album, The Faith. Open Book also scored a 2008 GRAMMY Award nomination in the “Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album” category, as well as a 2008 Gospel Music Channel Video Award win in the “Hip-Hop Video” category (for Open Book’s first video single, “Who Am I?” featuring Tye Tribbett and Kirk Franklin) and a 2008 GMA Dove Award nomination in the “Rap/Hip-Hop Recorded Song” category (for Open Book’s first radio single, “Who Am I?” featuring Tye Tribbett). The CD set a new record by securing the highest Soundscan/Billboard Chart debut ever for a gospel hip-hop artist when Open Book captured the #2 position on the Billboard Top Gospel Chart. Open Book also debuted at #1 on Soundscan’s Christian Hip-Hop Chart and at #3 on the iTunes Christian & Gospel Chart.
J.R. released his sophomore project, Life By Stereo, on December 26, 2007. The familiar voice behind numerous memorable hooks on Stellar Award-winning, GRAMMY-nominated and Dove-nominated Cross Movement Records projects, J.R. is the first R&B artist signed to the label. A versatile crooner and multi-talented producer with his own unique style and the point man behind So Hot Productions, J.R.’s list of collaborations includes “Cry No More” (Holy Culture, The Cross Movement), “N.F.L. (New Found Love)” (Moment of Truth, Da’ T.R.U.T.H.) and “My Clothes, My Hair” (The Thesis, The Ambassador), to name a few.
FLAME’s Our World Redeemed and J.R.’s Life By Stereo are available on Cross Movement Records and are distributed in the CBA market by Provident-Integrity Distribution and by Sony/BMG in the general market. Da’ T.R.U.T.H.’s Open Book is available on Cross Movement Records and distributed in the CBA market by Provident-Integrity Distribution and by Sony RED in the general market. For more information on FLAME and Our World Redeemed, visit www.flame314.com, www.myspace.com/flame314 or www.crossmovementrecords.com. For more information on J.R. and Life By Stereo, visit www.crossmovementrecords.com, www.myspace.com/jrinstereo or www.jrsings.com. For more information on Da’ T.R.U.T.H. and Open Book, visit www.datruth.net, www.myspace.com/truthonduty or www.crossmovementrecords.com.