An Open Letter to the Gospel Music Association

Dear GMA (Gospel Music Association), For years, I’ve watched the Dove Awards with interest.  When I was a teenager, I eagerly devoured your suggestions on artists.  But I’ve become increasingly dissatisfied with your “product.”  It seems like good artists get ignored while the same musicians keep getting awards, not necessarily for producing amazing albums, butContinue reading “An Open Letter to the Gospel Music Association”

The BSW Raven Awards:: Where Everyone Wins!

Now that GMA Week is over and the Dove Awards have been handed out, I can finally announce the winners of the Backseat Writer 1st Annual Raven Awards.  Here’s the thing with the Raven Awards, if you’re nominated, you win!  Of course, our winners don’t get a cool looking-trophy (maybe next year). Heck, half ofContinue reading “The BSW Raven Awards:: Where Everyone Wins!”

It’s Publicist Appreciation Week!

Behind every great musician, author, and media event is an equally great publicity team!  Someone who works hard to write press releases, schedule interviews, hook up the media with comp tickets and press passes.  She is the driving force behind GMA Week, new release days, and the music/arts/media machine in general.  Without her, I’m fairlyContinue reading “It’s Publicist Appreciation Week!”

February: The Month of Love and CompassionArt

Back in January, this group of 12 songwriters united in Scotland to write songs and compose music that would benefit some of the poorest on our planet. Pictured (l-r): Matt Redman, Paul Baloche, Tim Hughes, Graham Kendrick, Steven Curtis Chapman, Israel Houghton, Michael W. Smith, Darlene Zschech, Andy Park, Martin Smith and Stu Garrard (Delirious?)Continue reading “February: The Month of Love and CompassionArt”

Review :: Wonder of the World – Rush of Fools

By Clay W. Ginn Coming off a somewhat out of nowhere debut, Rush of Fools returns with their sophomore release, Wonder of the World. A wonderfully consistent recording, the new CD showcases an acoustic-based, modern rock sound. This talented quintet from Birmingham, Ala. has crafted an aurally mesmerizing sound, not soft enough for adult contemporary,Continue reading “Review :: Wonder of the World – Rush of Fools”

Brandon Heath :: Social Activist

By Amy Sondova Fresh from Ireland and getting ready to play at a convention in Orlando, Brandon Heath caught up with me on his way to a sound check. “I actually called you 10 minutes late on my schedule,” he sheepishly admits. Such is the busy life of a musician on the precipice of releasingContinue reading “Brandon Heath :: Social Activist”

2008 Dove Award Winners

The 2008 GMA Dove Awards winners were announced last night during an awards ceremony at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville marking the end of this year’s GMA Week. Was I there? No. Did I want to be there? Sort of. Will I be there next year? God only knows. But I would definitelyContinue reading “2008 Dove Award Winners”

Rush of Fools’ Confounded Plans

By Amy Sondova Twenty-one year-old Wes Willis had big plans for his life. “All my life, since I was five, I played baseball,” he says. “That was my plan and that was my dream—to play baseball professionally.” Unlike many dreams, Willis’ was in reach with his .341 batting average and his records of leading hisContinue reading “Rush of Fools’ Confounded Plans”

Brandon Heath: Missional Musician

Written in April 2007 By Amy Sondova Three months ago recording artist Brandon Heath was at a Kenyan clinic sharing information on breast-feeding with HIV-infected mothers. But on the day of this interview, Heath is in Dallas chatting on his cell phone from a Target parking lot only an hour before catching a plane toContinue reading “Brandon Heath: Missional Musician”