Norful's Grammy Nod

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EMI Gospel Music recording artist Smokie Norful, one of Gospel music's most successful artists, has a lot to celebrate this New Year. He's just received his first Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album and, for the second year in a row, has been named the number one gospel artist by Billboard magazine. Norful also is preparing for the release of his first DVD on March 29, 2005.

Filmed in Hi-Definition with Surround Sound, the Nothing Without You DVD features live concert performances and in-depth interviews. The 47th Annual Grammy Awards are scheduled to air February 13, 2005 on CBS.

The work that's earned Norful the Grammy nod and the Billboard recognition, his second full-length CD, spent five consecutive weeks in the #1 position on Billboard's Gospel Chart and remains in the top five. Nothing Without You has also spun two singles into the R&R Top 40 -- "I Understand" and "Can't Nobody." With this powerful follow up to his gold-selling debut, I Need You Now, Norful has firmly established himself as a singer and songwriter to watch. While there are other artists in the number one through four positions on the Billboard Gospel Chart, the fact is that Norful is the only artist in the top five who has a full-time commitment to Gospel music.

In the coming months Norful will prepare for a spring 2005 nationwide, church-based concert tour. In addition, there is the January 30 broadcast of his performance on Robert Schuller's "Hour of Power" and the February 22 broadcast of his appearance on BET's "Celebration of Gospel V." During the Stellar Awards weekend in Houston, Norful performs on Friday, January 14 at the BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Luncheon. February finds Norful in Los Angeles for an appearance on the 12th at the Grammy Gospel showcase, a February 12 performance at the National Religious Broadcasters Convention, and an appearance at the Black History Month Focus On The Family Chapel Service in Colorado Springs, CO. Brentwood, Tennessee-based EMI Gospel is a division of EMI Christian Music Group, the world's largest Christian music organization that also includes EMI CMG Label Group, EMI CMG Distribution and EMI CMG Publishing.

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