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Phil Stacey: From Harlan Co. to American Idol to Michael W. Smith’s label

When Phil Stacey was a ­contestant on American Idol, he was pegged as a little bit country. So that’s where the Harlan County native ended up after the show, on the country label Lyric Street Records. In 2008, he released … Continue reading

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Putting their faith in American Idol

This year’s American Idol finals ­offered the nation 13 singers from across the country with ­different strengths, looks, backgrounds and styles. But six of them had ­something in common, aside from wanting to be the next American Idol: They all … Continue reading

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rctalk: Mandisa’s “Freedom”

Review: Mandisa, Freedom That some editions of Mandisa’s Freedom contain a cover of the 1979 Sister Sledge classic We Are Family may initially sound funky and cool. But it is actually indicative of one of the problems with the sophomore … Continue reading

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rctalk: Israel Houghton — ‘The Power of One’

Review: Israel Houghton, The Power of One Few Christian pop artists have as many styles at their disposal as Israel Houghton. His music usually comes in a modern gospel style, but he also has funk, hip hop, ballads, a world … Continue reading

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rctalk: 2008 contemporary Christian Christmas albums

Why do recording artists make new Christmas albums? Seriously, three-quarters of them are usually full of songs that have been recorded a quarter-of-a-million times already, and the rest are attempts at new seasonal tunes that are in reality what is … Continue reading

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