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3/27: Gospel Music Channel debuts “Revealed” with Third Day

L-R David Carr, Mac Powell & Tai Anderson

L-R Mark Lee, Mac Powell & Tai Anderson

When East Point-based Gospel Music Channel needed some help launching its new show, “Revealed,” it stayed close to home, asking Atlanta’s most successful Christian rock band Third Day.

The group had no qualms, given the five-year-old network’s body of work. “They’re as committed to quality and uniqueness as we are,” said bassist Tai Anderson.

“Revealed,” starting tonight, will be a series of one-hour specials similar to MTV’s “Unplugged” and VH1’s “Storytellers.” (Future acts: Jars of Clay and Israel Houghton.) It’s a mix of songs and stories behind those songs set in a 1,500-square-foot studio inside GMC headquarters. The space is so intimate, some of the 40 attendees literally sit on rafters above the stage.

“The secret sauce in what makes us different is the faith element,” said Brad Siegel, GMC’s vice chairman and a former president of Turner Entertainment Networks. “When there is scripture behind a song, they can tell the audience. The more they reveal, the more satisfied the viewer. ”

Third Day has 25 No. 1 Christian songs and nearly 7 million albums sold over 17 years. Anderson said the band was able to do two or more takes of each song (“It’s the beauty of not-live television”) and try different versions than they would normally do in a big theater.

GMC, the fastest growing cable network in the country, is now seen in nearly 45 million households, double the number in January 2008. It has gained increasing support from mainstream advertisers and has plans for its first scripted sitcom later this year.

This is a video sampler from the shoot I took.:

And here’s the set list:

CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

7 comments Add your comment

Mike

March 27th, 2009
5:27 pm

Rodney, David Carr is the guy behind the drums that you can’t really see in the photo.

Bud

March 27th, 2009
7:21 pm

Would the same God that let Hitler kill six million Jews care if you were singing about Him?

KOC

March 27th, 2009
11:39 pm

God didn’t let Hitler kill any Jews (there weren’t 6 million, do some homework and do the math), God CAUSED Hitler to kill some Jews. God is in control of EVERYTHING. Yes, He cares if you sing praises to him. Every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.

Bud

March 28th, 2009
9:40 am

Oh OK…that makes it all better…God only caused Hitler to kill 5 million or 4 million Jews!

Plus, if God is in control of everything, then everything is pre-determined. If He knew millions of years ago who would be singing to Him and who wouldn’t be singing to him, why would He care?

Why would God have a preferred religion??? Why would He be so petty and cruel as to decide that everyone who believes in Religion X will go on to paradise and everyone else who believes in Religion Non-X will roast in a lake of fire forever and ever?

Taylor Botcho

March 29th, 2009
10:21 pm

I just want to know what Brad Segal – clearly a Jew – is doing running the Gospel Music Channel.

Eddie

March 30th, 2009
8:20 pm

Taylor…must be some sort of Zionist conspiracy! They’ll do anything to get money from the Goyam! Yee-haw.

Frank

April 28th, 2009
10:27 pm

Most serious historians of gospel music are Jewish males. I don’t know why this is true. Nor do I think anybody in a position to know would be willing to comment on it. People get into what they get into for their own reasons.

As for marketers and media promoters in any kind of music, Jewish males are always a key group. Historically, they have been well positioned and willing to be part of it. Other groups aren’t always.