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Grammy-Winning Performers to Take the Stage for Habitat's JCWP

Grammy-Winning Performers to Take the Stage for Habitat’s Jimmy Carter Work Project, NASCAR’s Jimmie Johnson, NFL players join weeklong blitz build in Alabama and Georgia

AMERICUS, Ga., June 3, 2003–Grammy award-winning groups Third Day and the Blind Boys of Alabama will grace the stage for the opening and closing ceremonies of Habitat for Humanity International’s Jimmy Carter Work Project 2003 in Anniston, Ala. The bands will share the stage with former U.S. President and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Jimmy Carter and Habitat for Humanity International Founder and President Millard Fuller. The festivities of JCWP 2003 celebrate building homes in partnership with 92 new homeowners and their families in the three communities of Anniston, Ala., and LaGrange and Valdosta, Ga.

The legendary Blind Boys of Alabama kick off the weeklong blitz build during the JCWP 2003 opening ceremonies at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Ala., on Sunday, June 8, at 6 p.m. (CDT.) Since forming their group at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind in 1939, they have kept alive the spirit and energy of pure soul gospel music, having most recently been awarded a Grammy for their album, “Higher Ground.” A portion of the opening ceremonies will be broadcast via satellite to the LaGrange and Valdosta sites.

Also joining the opening ceremonies is the nationally renowned First Baptist Church choir, hailing from Asheville, N.C. The First Baptist Church choir has been chosen to pilot Habitat for Humanity International’s “Sing and Build” program, a newly formed partnership between HFHI and the Co-operative Baptist Fellowship. The new program will encourage choral groups to embark on Habitat’s Global Village trips to build homes in partnership with families in need while performing concerts for host country communities along the way.

Starting Monday, June 9, Lowe’s NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson and former NFL players will build several homes during the JCWP. Those players joining the build on Monday June 9 in Anniston, Ala. will include: Steve Mott, Detroit Lions; Joe Cribbs; Jim Nemeth, Baltimore Colts; Bobby Howard, Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Dewey McClain, Atlanta Falcons. Players building on Tuesday, June 10 in LaGrange, Ga. will include: Edgar Fields, Atlanta Falcons; Greg McCrary, Atlanta Falcons; Stefon Adams, Los Angles Raiders and Alphonso Carreker, Green Bay Packers.

Third Day, recipients of a Grammy for their rock album “Come Together” and one of the most well known Christian rock bands in the United States, will perform during the JCWP closing ceremonies at Jacksonville State University in Anniston, Ala., on Friday, June 13, at 5 p.m. (CDT). They will also hold a benefit concert at JSU, open to the general public by ticket-only, Friday, June 13 at 7:30 p.m. (CDT). All proceeds from ticket sales will support Habitat for Humanity’s worldwide building efforts. Third Day band members, some of whom volunteered for last year’s Jimmy Carter Work Project in Durban, South Africa, will join JCWP volunteers on Friday June 13 in Anniston.

Tickets for the benefit concert go on sale June 3 and will be available via phone and at Anniston area Christian bookstores. Tickets purchased via phone will be $10 in advance until June 10 and then $15. All tickets at purchased at area bookstores will be $15 and all tickets sold at the gate will be $17. For more information and to purchase tickets for the Third Day benefit concert, please call toll-free at (800) 791-3309.

Note to editors: To arrange for an interview via phone with Third Day band members, please contact: Tabitha Steinbock at 229-924-6935, ext 2843.

About the JCWP 2003:

JCWP 2003 marks the 20th year in which the Carters have built in partnership with families in need of simple, decent housing. Since 1984, the Carters have personally worked on homes that house more than 2,000 families around the world in communities such as Los Angeles, New York City, Houston, Miami, Hungary, the Philippines, South Korea and South Africa.

About Habitat for Humanity International:

Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Founded by Millard Fuller, along with his wife, Linda, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliates in more than 3,000 communities in 87 nations have built and sold more than 125,000 homes to partner families with no-profit, zero-interest mortgages.

About Third Day:

Over their 11-year career, the five-piece rock band has garnered a Grammy Award for Best Rock Gospel Album for Come Together, 16 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, 19 No.# 1 radio singles and has sold over three million records. The group’s last three albums–“Time,” “Offerings” and “Come Together”–have been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) within the past 18 months.

Third Day is on Nashville-based Essential Records, distributed through Provident Music Distribution and through partnerships with parent company Zomba Music which was recently acquired by BMG.