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Pop / Rock 24/02/2005

Fresh New Artist Angie Gibbons Debut Released On Nash Media Records

NEW YORK (Nash Media Records) - Today independent label Nash Media announced the release of "Center of Me", the debut album of singer/songwriter Angie Gibbons. With this release, Nash Media launches a unique Christian lyricist, who confronts issues of faith and life with a refreshing honesty, and has already made an impression on industry veterans.

"Angie Gibbons' debut album is a perfect fit for adult contemporary radio," said Noonie Fugler, music director of KLIFE, San Luis Obispo, Calif.

Through the label's grassroots efforts and the support of Neil Stavem, program director of KTIS, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Gibbons' first single was added to flagship Christian adult contemporary station KAXL, in Bakersfield, Calif., before the album's release. The single "Take Me" was embraced by KAXL and its listeners.

"Center of Me" is a pop/rock album with rich, guitar-driven arrangements, but it still remains intimate throughout, partly due to the fact that Gibbons wrote or co-wrote the music and lyrics for every track and also shared production duties.

"When I’m writing I try to present the most honest recollections possible of my experiences, because that’s what I want to hear from other artists," Gibbons says. "I not only want to provide people with a great musical experience but to have them connect with the lyrics and know that they’re not alone in what they’re feeling or facing. After all, that’s where our faith and our strength is built " through real life struggles."

Although Gibbons is now based in Nashville, the project was first conceived and largely produced in Los Angeles, which provided opportunities to bring together a diverse group of accomplished contributors. As a result, the album doesn’t neatly fit into any one category and is sure to appeal to a wide variety of listeners.

The album was helmed by seasoned producer/manager Paula Kay Hornick (Rod McGaha, Lea Krueger, Love Circle Logic, Wayland Patton) and accomplished composer Craig Dobbin, who also heads up smooth jazz band 3rd Force. In addition, "Center of Me" brought together world renown musicians including classical guitarist Federico Ramos (Jon Andersons Latin Band, Jackson Browne, Cheb Mami), Xavier Marshall (Jessica Simpson, Christina Aguilera, Tommy Eyre) on drums, Rod McGaha (Max Roach, Bebe and Cece Winans, Take 6) doing double duty on background vocals and vocal production, and pianist Gary Smith (Dolly Parton, Alison Krauss, Ricky Skaggs, Toby Keith).

"Working with Angie was a wonderful experience both musically and personally," Producer Paula Kay Hornick says. "I have gotten to know her as a young woman of God whose quiet faith and walk have been a testament to me. Angie will be a valuable role model for the young women of today."

For an intimate look into the inspiration of the songs and to learn more about Angie visit: www.angiegibbons.com.






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