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November 14, 2011




(Nashville, TN) – Multi-talented singer/songwriter, Karyn Williams has inked a recording deal with Nashville’s Inpop Records, paving the way for her first full-length album next year. She joins an impressive Inpop roster that includes Newsboys, Mat Kearney, Jaci Velasquez and more.

“I’m so excited to join the Inpop family,” said Williams. ”Christian music has had a huge impact on my life and has also played a big part in my walk with the Lord over the years. I’m honored to be able to work on this record with a company that believes in me so much.”

“She’s real and authentic,” said Andrew Patton, General Manager of Inpop Records. “She knows who she is, and has a powerful story that we can’t wait to share through her music. We were all won over by her immediate warmth, amazing songs, and her worldwide platform through Adoption that creates a ministry that few new artists start out with.”

Williams debut single and album will be released with a flurry of domestic and international appearances in the spring of 2012.

About Karyn Williams
The eldest daughter of Orlando Magic Senior Vice President and founder, Pat Williams, Karyn has been around giant hoops, giant hopes, and giant dreams for as long as she can remember. Her international family includes 19 children, fourteen of which were adopted from all over the world. She has teamed up with Holt International & the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute as an artist partner, an outspoken advocate and tireless worker on behalf of adoption and foster care. The 9-time marathoner and graduate of the University of Florida is also the author of the highly acclaimed book, The Takeaway , co-authored with her dad. (HCI 2009) She currently makes her home in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband, award winning songwriter & producer, Brian White. For more information, visit

About Inpop Records
Inpop Records is an independent music label based in Brentwood, Tennessee and is home to some of the best-known bands in Christian music. Distributed by EMI Christian Music Group, Inpop Records has become one of the top-selling independent labels within the industry, having established a reputation for seeking out the best artists in emerging talent and for expanding the music marketplace with sound and ideas. Inpop’s roster includes Newsboys, Mat Kearney, Jaci Velasquez, Tricia Brock, Jimmy Needham, and The Advice among others. For more information, visit .

November 14, 2011

Natalie Grant to Perform in Times Square for Covenant House Vigil 11/17/11

The 21st Anniversary Covenant House Candlelight Vigil in Times Square, sponsored by Aviva USA life and annuity company, also will feature the first-ever Covenant House CEO Solidarity Sleepout. Following the Nov. 17 vigil in Times Square, more than 40 influential leaders will be sleeping out in the shadow of the Covenant House New York Crisis Shelter in solidarity with homeless youth.

“On Nov. 17 and 18, we are going to transform Times Square and our crisis shelter into centers of hope and solidarity for homeless youth,” said Covenant House President Kevin Ryan. “Natalie Grant will light up Times Square with an inspirational performance. After the vigil, we will march back to our crisis shelter with 300 of our homeless kids and a generous group of CEOs and business leaders will sleep in cardboard boxes outside our crisis shelter.

“These leaders have selflessly decided they want to walk in our kids’ shoes and experience, if only for one night, some of what our kids go through,” said Ryan. “We will sleep out to show our support and to raise awareness that thousands of young people are struggling to survive every night on our streets.”

The vigil in Times Square begins at 6 p.m. and will feature Grant, Gospel Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year for four consecutive years (2006-2009) and the top-selling adult contemporary female solo artist in 2005, 2006 and 2008. Grant is also an outspoken advocate for victims of human trafficking. Abolition International, which Grant created in 2005, has raised a significant amount of funds and awareness to fight the trafficking of women and children for the purpose of sexual exploitation.

“We are honored to have Natalie share her incredible talent with us in Times Square,” said Ryan. “Her songs are inspirational, and she has dedicated her life to raising money and awareness for child victims of trafficking around the world.” The vigil also will feature homeless youth from Covenant House, who will share stories of their journey through homelessness to independence.

Following the vigil, Covenant House will host the CEO Solidarity Sleepout on the concrete near the shelter at 460 West 41st St. with high-ranking executives hoping to improve this corner of the world. Among those planning to sleep out are: Philip Andryc of Berens Capital Management; Brian Cashman of the New York Yankees; Bill Donahoe of Allegiance Retail Services/Foodtown; Gary Dubois of Crum & Forster/Seneca; Dave Eklund of Aeolus Reinsurance; Tom Glocer of Thomson Reuters; Jeff Kaplan of Deerfield Management; Geraldine Laybourne, co-founder of the Oxygen Network and chairman of Alloy Entertainment; Julio Alfonso Portalatin of Chartis Growth Economies; George P. Reeth of Companion Property and Casualty; Adam Silver of the NBA; and Strauss Zelnick of Zelnick Media.

“No one can do this work alone, so we appreciate Aviva USA sponsoring this vigil, which will help thousands of kids in the years to come,” said Ryan. “Our friends at ABC, NASDAQ, Reuters, and Toshiba are donating their screens for the evening in Times Square to shine a light on the problems our kids face. And, of course, the business leaders who are leaving their homes to sleep in solidarity with our kids are showing a commitment and love for our kids that will make a tremendous impact. It is all of us working together that will save more lives and give a voice to the thousands of homeless kids who are alone on the streets.”

Covenant House provides 24/7 crisis care and on-going support for homeless young people in need of a safe haven.  Assistance can be found by simply calling the Covenant House NINELINE (1-800-999-9999) or visiting More information about Covenant House and resources for homeless youth can be found at ?

November 14, 2011

Awesome News Item Of The Week: TEXAS CHURCH Gives Members $30,000 To Invest & Give Profits To Missionary Work

The First Baptist Church in Euless, Texas, gave $30,000 for the second time to its members on Sunday, asking them to invest the money and support missionary work around the world with the earnings.

Pastor John Meador asked the congregation “to take that money and invest in some way as to bring a return so that you can come and give it to the Miracle,” according to

The Miracle Mission is the name of the church’s fundraising program for missions. Last year, church members turned the $30,000 reverse offering into $150,000 by creatively investing the money.

“We had one man last year that got a $10 bill,” Executive Pastor Gary Phillips said. “He’s an artist, and he bought a canvas. He did a piece of art work, sold it for a thousand dollars, and brought it back and gave it to the miracle.”

“Last year, when we first did it, I had actually invited someone to church with me that particular day, and we were sitting there and she looked at me and said, ‘Y’all pass out money every Sunday?’” Tonya Bowman, a church member, was quoted as saying.

But, the money wasn’t just a free gift – it was a challenge, she added. The $30,000 was handed out in $5, $10 and $20 amounts.

The church’s “Miracle” strategy is based on Isaiah 41:20, “Everyone will see this Miracle, and understand it is the Lord…. who did it.”

With a debt of $6.5 million in 2005 and no existing plan to service the debt, First Euless was going through one of the toughest moments in the church’s then 100-year history. Interim Pastor Dr. Bill Anderson stood in the pulpit one day and asked God to do a miracle. By 2007, the debt was cleared.

As a reminder of what God has done, a stone was placed in the waterfall garden area east of the worship center for every $1,000,000 given to the Miracle, the church website says. Six large stones are currently placed in this area “as visible reminders of God’s miraculous power and blessings.”

“Today, The Miracle is about others who need a miracle in their lives, as well as ours,” the church says. “It’s about how one church, calling out to God in prayer, those same three prayers, can send money, resources, and people to share the love and message of Jesus Christ to Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria… and the uttermost parts over the coming year.”

The church believes in raising money on a regular basis to support Christian work. Pastor Phillips said, “We’ve seen 130 homes rebuilt over the last three years, we’ve given away food and clothing to over 15,000 families a year over the last three years.”