February 1, 1998 |
Nearly two decades have passed since Al Moretti hung plasterboard at the Coatesville Senior Center in 104-degree summer heat. It was just one in a string of odd jobs for a man who had not drawn a steady paycheck since graduating from West Chester University in 1981 with a master's degree in musical performance. It was that job, he says, that led him to the Lord. He said he became sick from breathing in the dust, winding up bedridden with pneumonia and a persistent fever that peaked at 103 degrees.
February 1, 1998 |
While record sales in most musical styles have turned relatively flat in recent years, consumer interest in Christian contemporary music has exploded, according to an industry trade group. The Christian music industry has changed in the last five years, as major recording labels have taken notice of the music's commercial potential, musicians and industry experts say. Smaller Christian-oriented labels have been acquired by major ones, giving Christian acts wider access to major sales, marketing and promotional outlets.
December 19, 1995 |
Atop a speaker in his cramped home sound studio, a Lucite frame reminds him of his former life. On one side, a clock; on the other, a photograph of the Limerick nuclear power plant, where he used to work. White steam billows from its twin towers and recedes into the sky. "They gave me that when I left in June," he said. "I was there 12 years, but sometimes I wonder how I wound up there. " Chris Wright, 36, of West Chester, chucked his power plant job - one that paid well and helped support his wife and four children - to take on another risky career, that of a Christian singer and songwriter.
June 16, 1988 |
Games, food, Christian music and a quilt auction were a part of the 10th annual Bethanna Bonanza on Saturday. The event was held by Bethanna, a nonprofit Upper Southampton home for abused, disturbed and other needy children. Proceeds will go toward furnishing a new cottage for children in Bethanna's residential program. Last year's bonanza raised $14,000.
June 2, 2012 |
There's a lot to know about singer/actress Kristin Chenoweth, including her rarely considered Philly stats. "C'mon now, I would've loved it," Chenoweth says with a laugh when asked how miserable her life would have been if, in 1993, she had used her full scholarship at Philadelphia's Academy of Vocal Arts instead of auditioning in New York for Animal Crackers, a part she got. "It was a really tough choice for me," Chenoweth recalls....
September 7, 2009 |
Kashmir is an outgoing 10-year-old who delights in meeting new people. With her sparkling eyes and bright smile, she easily draws others to her. Kashmir has many interests, including playing on the computer, reading books, and listening to Christian music. Another pastime that keeps her busy is writing short stories, which she happily shares with her friends. Her favorite food is chicken noodle soup and her favorite movie is Alvin and the Chipmunks. A very bright student, Kashmir is in the fourth grade and can be successful academically when she applies herself.
December 16, 2002 |
When he listens to Christian music and reads the Bible, Alfred, 13, says he finds peace. And he regularly attends church. Alfred is in sixth grade, and his last report card had all A's and B's. He enjoys singing with the school chorus. His social worker said: "Just bring a game out and he'll play it. " He likes Monopoly, Scrabble and card games. Other interests include swimming, riding a bike, listening to music on the radio, and dancing if no one's around to see him. He also likes cooking, especially eggs and toast, and baking cookies.
October 17, 1999 |
Wearing a baseball cap, T-shirt and ill-fitting jeans, Ben Mitchell is holding a microphone tourniquet-tight in his hands and struggling to be heard above the wail of two guitarists and a machine-gun backbeat. The 14-year-old, a member of a punk band from Downingtown called Upshot Knothole, sings about unrequited love, fitting in, peer pressure - and God. "God's amazing love will pull us through. It really works for me. I hope it does for you," he sings. An increasing number of young area bands are infusing religious messages into their songs.
April 9, 1990 |
A BREW'S STIRRING OVER 'DR. STRANGE' Sometimes life can be stranger than fiction. Take poor Amy Grant. The gospel-pop singer is suing Marvel Comics to stop the use of what she says is her likeness on a comic book that features "occult subject matter. " She charges a photograph from her 1986 album "Amy Grant - The Collection" was copied for the cover of the March 15 issue of "Dr. Strange Sorcerer Supreme. " "You'll see it's the spitting image," said her attorney, Mark Patterson.
March 7, 1992 |
If it's good enough for Al Green, Donna Summer, Little Richard, Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley, it's certainly good enough for Joanne Rogers. We're talking about spiritually inspired, or gospel, music, a segment of the entertainment industry that is growing steadily in popularity. Its audience base is widening thanks largely to former secular artists such as Rogers, who bring their own style and interpretation to the sacred genre. A 22-year-old singer who started her career in dance clubs, Rogers made the switch to spiritual music about three years ago. "I'm glad I can use my talent to serve God," said Rogers, who was born in Philadelphia and lives in Gloucester County, N.J. "It's a chance to share good news with other people during a period when the world is not kind all the time," she said.