(NASHVILLE, TN) JANUARY 7, 2009--With 22 albums, 33 number one singles, and three Gospel Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year Awards under her belt, it is easy to see that Twila Paris holds an illustrious musical career. And Paris shows no sign of slowing down with the national release of her critically acclaimed album Small Sacrifice, which will be distributed through KOCH Records, on February 24, 2009.
"Twila Paris is truly one of the best known and beloved artist's in Contemporary Christian music," states Barry Landis, Head of the Christian label at KOCH Records. "Twila is a modern day version of Fanny Crosby. Her songs and their impact upon the church will continue to be felt for years to come. It is truly an honor for KOCH Records to deliver Twila's latest recording, Small Sacrifice, to the market. With the release of this new studio album, Twila's gift of music and ministry continues to touch all who will listen."
Paris has helped to pioneer today's praise and worship music and contributed greatly to making this informal style acceptable to normally more conservative churches. Folks who purchase Small Sacrifice will discover new worship songs like "Live to Praise" and "Alleluia." But this fresh release also showcases Paris the well-rounded songwriter, as it displays compositions with wide ranging spiritual application.
"I called the album Small Sacrifice because I love the scriptural concept that giving of ourselves as a living sacrifice is simply our reasonable service," Paris says of the new CD. "In other words, if I give my whole life and my whole self and all that I am to God, well, that's a Small Sacrifice. That's nothing, really, compared to what He's done for me."
Paris released her first full-length album, Knowin' You're Around, in 1981, and along the way she has written books, recorded children's music, and created timeless worship songs. Her song "God Is in Control" won the Dove Award for Song of the Year in 1995 and her 1992 Sanctuary release won the Dove Award for Praise & Worship Album of the Year. She has won a total of 10 Dove Awards and three American Songwriter Awards.
In the 1980s and 1990s, Paris released mainly contemporary Christian pop songs. But in recent years, she has focused on recording new versions of some of her worship standards and writing new praise and worship music. Her 2005 album He Is Exalted: Live Worship collects a number of favorite songs commonly used in praise and worship and presents them in a more typical style of live worship music. After her song "He Is Exalted" was used in churches in Brazil, Paris re-recorded it in the Portuguese translation they were using. This version appears on her 1992 award-winning, genre-defining praise and worship album Sanctuary. The album remains one of her best-selling discs to date.
KOCH Entertainment, founded in 1987 and now in its twenty-second year, is the leading and fastest- growing independent music company in the U.S. KOCH's operations encompass record and video labels, music publishing as well as distribution companies in the U.S. and Canada. KOCH Entertainment is the market leader among independent labels and distributors in both the U.S. and Canada. Its record label KOCH Records is the # 1 independent label in the U.S. and had the largest number of Billboard charting albums among independents for seven years in a row (2001 - 2007). KOCH Entertainment is a subsidiary of Entertainment One Ltd. which is listed on the London Stock Exchange's AIM market (ticker symbol "ETO.L").
For more information on Twila Paris, please visit www.twilaparis.com.
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