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So-Cal Contemporary Christian Rocker Angel Smythe Breaks Ground With Three Wins at the 21st Annual LA Music Awards(November 14, 2011)
LOS ANGELES, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 11/14/11 -- Some churchgoers spend their whole life in the pews because it's safe and comfortable, fully missing the narrative in each of the gospels where Jesus makes a holy ruckus and overturns the tables of the moneychangers. That's the spirit of rock and roll, right there in Scripture. That's also the inspirational fire Angel Smythe (www.angelsmythe.com) brings to her empowering, critically acclaimed album "A Stronger Me."
On November 10 at the 21st Annual Los Angeles Music Awards, the emerging SoCal-based powerhouse became the first Contemporary Christian artist ever to win (or even be nominated for) three top prizes at the 21st annual event celebrating the best in indie music making. In trouncing her secular competition, Angel won for Record of the Year ("A Stronger Me"), Best Female Singer/Songwriter and Producers Choice for Contemporary Christian Album of the Year.
Encouraged by her success with the LA Music Awards, Angel is determined to make "A Stronger Me" the foundation of a larger branding effort geared towards empowering women to overcome fears in their lives with divine guidance just as she did. This effort will include a book about her life experiences (the same ones she shares with church audiences across the U.S.), a devotional book and developing a women's conference. In addition, "Entertaining Angels," a song she wrote with Orange County based jazz artist Tony Guerrero, has been submitted to the organization Musicians With A Cause; proceeds from its sale will go towards raising money to fight homelessness.
Angel ups her game even further on "A Stronger Me," which was largely produced in Nashville by Keith Everette Smith (Charles Billingsley, Meredith Andrews, Anthem Lights, The Bolts) and includes the work of top session players like drummer Dan Needham (Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, Natalie Grant, Michael McDonald), bassist Tony Lucido (Steven Curtis Chapman, Mandisa), guitarist Mike Payne (Matthew West), drummer Dan Bailey (Phil Wickham), drummer Justin Glasco (Jeremy Camp, Joy Williams, Vicky Beeching), and vocalist/vocal producer Josh Auer.
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