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What I'm Listening To:

Fred Hammond - Free To Worship
 
Joy Enriquez - "Been So Good"
 
Jessie Daniels
 
Barlow Girls
 
Charity Von
 
Marvin Winans

COMPILATIONS ... 1 song or more by a variety of artists

REISSUES ... Old albums re-leased as new, usually with better sound quality

One of the best gifts to a mobile D.J. is the reissue. This is when a record label has the vision to re-release projects that are out of print and/or hard to find. And as you can tell by the above list, Compendia Music is taking full advantage of their vast Light Music catalog --one of the most treasured catalogs in the music industry.
At a Gotee Records meet and greet back in 2000, members of the band, The Katinas, expressed how important Light Records was to them growing up; that if it had the Light Records logo on it, they knew they had to have it.
Light featured some of the first major recordings of artists like, The Winans, The Hawkins Family and Commissioned. The label also boasted one shot projects by Pattie Howard (of The Andrae Crouch Singers) --which featured EL DEBARGE and ROSE STONE-- and Parkes Stewart, the much loved songwriter of some of Commissioned's greatest classics.
The one flaw is that, though some of the original artwork is reproduced, the liner notes/credits are condensed. As well, the original recording dates are not printed anywhere on the reissues. Which means that, unless you know your music really well, some projects might seem to be released in 2003 when they were actually recorded in 1986. So if this is important to you, like it is to me, you'll have to do some research.

SOUND-A-LIKES ... When a Christian artist reminds you of an "important" to the culture Mainstream artist

D'ANGELO/DAVID HOLLISTER = Montrel Darrett
BOYZ II MEN = Commissioned
N'SYNC/BACKSTREET BOYS = True Vibe/ Plus One
CHRISTINA AGUILARA = Stacie Orrico/ Rachel Lampa
BRITNEY SPEARS = Kelli Williams/ ZoeGirl/ Tammy Trent
JANET JACKSON = Deleon Richards
NORAH JONES/DIANA KRALL = Angie Winans
BABYFACE/R KELLY = Ray Bady/Christopher Lewis
TONY RICH = The Wordd
HOWARD HEWETT/MICHAEL JACKSON = Howard Hewett/ Troy Johnson
JILL SCOTT = Lisa McClendon
DESTINY'S CHILD/MACY GRAY = Michelle Williams
DESTINY'S CHILD/BRANDY = Out Of Eden
LUCY PEARL = Spiritual Pieces
EMINEM = KJ52/ Fiti Futuristic
LIL' KIM = Ayeesha

     It would be much easier for Christian music to flourish if labels weren't so squeamish about booking artists in Mainstream venues (i.e. soundtracks, magazines, clubs, etc.).  Just ask the artists who've been able to go above and beyond the expected: Smokie Norful, Kirk Franklin, The Winans Family, Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin, Fred Hammond, Yolanda Adams, Out Of Eden, GRITS etc.
 
Furthermore, if you own a mall, store or other public venue and aren't playing jammin' Christian music on your overhead system, you're missing a great opportunity to witness, as well as promote your favorite artists.