(Latest Installment of The “Bible of The Gospel Music Industry” Celebrates Release of 2009 Edition)
Record companies strive to have their artists on its cover. Those like Dr. Bobby Jones and Al “the Bishop” Hobbs say they don’t leave home without it and gospel execs refer it to people trying to break into the industry.
It is dubbed “the Bible of the gospel music industry“, and with the recent release of its 2009 installment, the Gospel Music Industry Roundup entered its 16th year as the industry’s top resource book.
“There is no better source of reference. It’s a must for anyone who has any interest in the gospel music industry and needs to develop relationships or get contact information,” said Bobby Jones. “I highly recommend it.”
With over a thousand listings updated annually, “The Round-Up“ is the top resource for information on the business of gospel, from exposure and where to find it to gospel’s top 100 artists, the church connection, the gospel network and an annual music countdown. More people rely on “The Round-Up” for what’s going on in the gospel industry than any other publication in the world.
Artists like Vickie Winans, Kirk Franklin. Yolanda Adams, Fred Hammond, Byron Cage and Kurt Carr find it invaluable as well.
Kurt Carr said, “With so many incredible artists out there, it has been an incredible honor to have been featured on the cover in past years.”
It was in 1993 that “the Roundup” made its industry debut after its author, Lisa Collins-then gospel editor at Billboard Magazine and the current publisher of the Los Angeles-based community newspaper, L.A. Focus-discovered an absence of publications looking at the who’s who and inner workings of the gospel music industry.
“The idea was a natural when I discovered that there was no such publication available at the time,” said Lisa Collins. “And I figured that I probably wasn’t the only one who needed it.”
And she was right.
From gospel executives to radio announcers, artists and those looking to break into the gospel industry, “the roundup” has proven to be an invaluable resource. What’s more, advertising opportunities provided thousands with exposure to the latest products, information and artists. With 10,000 plus books distributed each year and a presence at all the major gospel venues, companies and artist are sure to get the attention they deserve.
Lisa Collins own career in gospel began in 1988, with her creation of “Inside Gospel“, a daily/weekly syndicated radio series that provided news, profiles and product updates relative to the gospel music community. For the next eight years, she would also serve as executive producer of the show that was broadcast in more than 100 markets nationwide. It was with the show that she drew the interest of Billboard Magazine and was asked to become a regular contributor with her column, In The Spirit in 1989. For the next 15 years, her column graced the pages of Billboard.
She now concentrates her efforts on “The Roundup” as well as L.A. Focus, the Los Angeles-based newspaper she publishes monthly.
More… For more information on The Gospel Music Industry Roundup or to purchase a copy of the book online, log onto: www.gospelroundup.com.