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Press Release Category Entertainment - Music - ASM Release Date: August 28, 2005

Grammy Consideration For Contemporary Gospel Artist

August 28, 2005
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The release of UNDIGNIFIED marks the commencement of a new and exciting chapter in the gospel music scene. It has 14 entries for this year's Grammys.

PR9.NET August 28, 2005 - Smokie Norful, Ben Harper & Blind Boys of Alabama, Randy Travis, Steven Curtis Chapman, Third Day, Gladys Knight & the legendary Ray Charles… what do they all have in common? The 47th Annual GRAMMY Awards in 2004 honored each of them with recognition for their contributions in the Gospel category. Their reputations and music earned them all a place in musical history. No surprises or huge upsets. Each artist rightfully deserved. After all, no one in their right mind would consider voting for someone without international notoriety and the resources of a major record label. Unless of course, if the music in question was simply remarkable. What if the best contemporary Gospel album of 2005 wasn't recorded by a familiar name in Gospel music or recorded in Nashville? What if the album's music is played over Gospel and Urban radio stations all over the world, in spite of being an Independently released project? What if the Gospel music world was turned upside down because the best artist for 2005 lived in … for God's sake … CALIFORNIA?

Kenny G. Hayes of Gospel Crib declares "One of the hottest rising stars in the Oakland Bay Area… Avery Stafford. Hailed as "a delicious lesson in vocal harmony" with a voice so vibrant and strong that it sets his listeners off on an exhilarating spiritual journey, the release of UNDIGNIFIED marks the commencement of a new and exciting chapter in the gospel music scene (" Charles Brady, chief editor of SoGospel, makes it plain: "One of the most moving, smoothest & soulful voices in Gospel Music I have ever had the chance to hear! Avery Stafford in his latest album "Undignified" is an incredible mixture of everything from Sweetest Soul to R&B to Urban Contemporary to just plain ole explosive worshipful praise! This could well be the best album I have heard all year long (" Independently released, UNDIGNIFIED by Avery Stafford shatters all the rules of traditional and contemporary Gospel music. In an age where vocalists come and are forgotten in a matter of months, every serious examination of this album has led to the same conclusion – Exceptionally Brilliant. Musicianship? Stafford brings to the studio artists with world class credentials, having worked with the likes of Rose Royce, Ohio Player, Chocolate Watch Band, Andre Crouch, Ron Kenoly, and a host of others. Production? Patrick Collins, co-producer of UNDIGNIFIED, has mastering credits that boggle the mind, including Stevie Wonder, Fleetwood Mack, Quincy Jones, Billy Preston, Steely Dan, The Isley Brothers, and many more.

Entered into 14 categories for GRAMMY Award consideration, UNDIGNIFIED by Avery Stafford is guaranteed to make quite an impact worldwide. The 48th Annual GRAMMY Awards will overall be an interesting year for Gospel music, especially with the new category of BEST GOSPEL SONG. Take the advice of those who have heard this musical work of art – listen to what could be "the best Gospel album of the year." Check out and judge for yourself. Can 2005's best Gospel artist be from … for God's sake … CALIFORNIA? Oh yes indeed!!!

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ASM stands for Avery Stafford Ministries. ASM is the online home of the music ministry of Avery Stafford. We are located in San Jose, CA. Our goal is to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ through powerful contemporary Gospel music.

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