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Multiple GRAMMY ® Nominee Gungor Selling Out Major Cities On Headline Spring Tour
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New Music From The Afters To Appear in the Upcoming Feature Film October Baby
Fans looking for an early preview of new music from chart-topping foursome The Afters will have their chance later this month as the band’s song “Life Is Beautiful” is featured in the upcoming feature film October Baby. ...read more
Music Icon Steven Curtis Chapman Collects 16th GRAMMY ® Nomination for No. 1 Hit “Do Everything”
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Survivors: Quake Was God's Blessing in Disguise
Amidst the devastation and immense human suffering in Haiti, some of its people are responding with faith. As the sun begins to set over the capital city of Port-au-Prince, a few hours of Heaven comes down on a corner of the devastated city...read more
Pro-Life Leaders to Protest Abortion 'Supercenter'
Several prominent pro-life leaders are rallying in Houston, Texas on Monday to protest what will be the largest abortion clinic in the western hemisphere. ...read more
Vietnam Churches Reach Out to Country's Addicts
HO CHI MINH, Vietnam - Christians in Vietnam are reaching out to those lost in a world of drugs and despair....read more
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09 January 2006

GRAMMY and Dove Award-winning artist Michael W. Smith has been nominated by the White House to serve a two-year term as a member of the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation. Smith joins a dynamic group of leaders who represent the private and non-profit sectors, entertainment, athletics, education and government. While the backgrounds of each member are diverse, they each share a deep commitment to strengthening the culture of volunteer service in America.

President George W. Bush established the Council on Service and Civic Participation in January of 2003, on the first anniversary of the USA Freedom Corps, and he charged the Council members with promoting and recognizing the contributions that Americans of all ages and backgrounds are making through volunteer service.

In brief, The Council’s main efforts are to promote volunteer service and civic participation in American society. They also endorse the recognition of outstanding volunteer service through the presentation of the President's Volunteer Service Award by Council members and Certifying Organizations. They work to support the efforts and needs of local non-profits and volunteer organizations, including volunteer centers, and encourage greater public access to information about existing volunteer opportunities, including via the Internet. The Council also promotes increased and sustained private sector sponsorship of and engagement in volunteer service and make recommendations on ways to encourage greater levels of volunteer service and civic participation by individuals, schools, and organizations. More information on the Council can be found at www.whitehouse.gov

This prestigious nomination comes on the eve of Smith’s motion picture debut in the Provident Films release, “The Second Chance.” Starring in his first feature film, Smith plays a pastor sent from a wealthy church to serve an inner-city congregation. Directed and co-written by Christian music industry veteran Steve Taylor, “The Second Chance” will be distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing under the Triumph Films banner on February 17, 2006.

The film’s motion picture soundtrack, featuring new and original music from Smith, Third Day, Fred Hammond, Andrae Crouch, Ruben Studdard, John Legend, and more, released in December on Reunion Records and has already spanned the hit “Total Praise,” performed by Smith. More information on the film can be found at www.thesecondchancemovie.com

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