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February 1, 1998 | By Aileen Soper, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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.
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February 1, 1998 | By Aileen Soper, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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.
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December 19, 1995 | By Kay Raftery, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 2, 2012 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
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....
NEWS
June 16, 1988 | Special to The Inquirer / ANDREW EINHORN
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.
NEWS
September 7, 2009 | By Patricia Mans FOR THE INQUIRER
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.
NEWS
December 16, 2002 | By Paddy Noyes FOR THE INQUIRER
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.
NEWS
October 17, 1999 | By Matt Archbold , INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 9, 1990 | The Associated Press and the New York Daily News contributed to this report
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.
NEWS
March 7, 1992 | by Joseph P. Blake, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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July 12, 2012
Calvin Marsh, 91, a lyric baritone who sang more than 900 performances with the New York Metropolitan Opera before forsaking the stage for a life in religious music, died June 18 in Dallas. The cause was a stroke, a son-in-law said. Mr. Marsh made his Met debut in 1954 as Nachtigall in Wagner's Meistersinger von Nurnberg and remained a company stalwart for more than a decade, mostly in secondary parts, until 1967. He was born Feb. 11, 1921, in Renovo, in north-central Pennsylvania; while in high school, he answered a want ad recruiting singers for a church choir in Trenton.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 2, 2012 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
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....
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October 7, 2011
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 25, 2011
COOK THIS Suffering from Harry Potter withdrawal? Before you succumb to the shakes, get your boy-wizard fix in culinary form through Northeast Philly-based Potter fanatic Dina Bucholz's The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook (Adams Media, $19.95), a collection of 150 Potter-inspired recipes. WATCH THIS The road to "E! True Hollywood Story" is often a rocky one, but seldom as short as it's been for Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi. The vertically challenged "reality" star gets the full "THS" treatment at 10 p.m. Wednesday, when E!
NEWS
June 9, 2011 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
JOE STANCZAK is at the end of his rope. And I'm hoping Jesus can help him the way He helped Marie DeLany. Stanczak lives on East Russell Street, in Tioga, where two-bit dealers peddle dope right outside his living-room windows. They lounge on his steps. Once, a particularly brazen salesman held court on a chair that had been left at the curb as trash. "I'm glad he was comfortable," says Stanczak, sarcastically. Whenever Stanczak calls the cops, the dealers scatter. But the next day, they're back.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 22, 2011 | Associated Press
ATLANTA - Francesca Battistelli continues her strong surge as Christian music's biggest star. Battistelli won artist of the year at the 42nd annual Dove Awards held in Atlanta for the first time Wednesday night. She also went home with two more awards - best female vocalist and pop-contemporary recorded song. Battistelli, 25, has surged recently with her second major-label album, "Hundred More Years," which reached No. 1 on Billboard's Top Christian Albums chart last month. "I'm on cloud nine right now," Battistelli said after the awards show, which airs Sunday on GMC, formerly known as the Gospel Music Channel.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 18, 2011 | By Steve Klinge, For The Inquirer
It's only partly a joke that Daniel Smith called the new Danielson album The Best of Gloucester County. Smith grew up in South Jersey, the son of a folk gospel songwriter, and he has led a band of family and childhood friends since 1995, releasing eclectic albums credited variously to the Danielson Famile, Brother Danielson, Danielsonship, and just plain Danielson. The last one was 2006's Ships, and since then, he's gradually assembled a group of mostly Gloucester County residents and transplants, including Bigger Lovers drummer and sometime Inquirer contributor Pat Berkery.
NEWS
September 7, 2009 | By Patricia Mans FOR THE INQUIRER
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.
NEWS
December 16, 2002 | By Paddy Noyes FOR THE INQUIRER
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.
NEWS
November 10, 2002 | By Louise Harbach INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Jen Walker's ministry is music, whether it be blues, folk, jazz or rock. To find it, go to Olivet Wesleyan Church in Glassboro. Every Friday and Saturday night the basement there is transformed into the Soul Food Cafe, a coffeehouse featuring Christian music performed by members of the Northeast Artists Guild, which Walker founded three years ago. While a student at Gordon College in Wenham, Mass., Walker started a coffeehouse ministry but didn't launch a similar venture in her native South Jersey until February, when Bill Uhl asked for help in opening a coffeehouse in his Christian bookstore in Glassboro.
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