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Gospel artist Ginny Owens gives voice to Habitat for Humanity

Gospel artist Ginny Owens gives voice to Habitat for Humanity

NASHVILLE, April 29 2004 – Dove Award-winning recording artist Ginny Owens and Habitat for Humanity International are partnering to raise awareness for Habitat’s house building efforts.

Owens, whose Beautiful album debuted in the Top 10 its first week out on the SoundScan Christian chart, will take part in some Habitat house builds and some media events in local markets during her tour.

There are also plans to create a multi-artist, multi-city event in the fall involving local and national artists. Collectively, the artists and their fans will raise money to sponsor and build a Habitat house with a family in need.

“More than 12 million children in the United States, one in six, live in poverty,” says Owens. “Habitat seeks to provide hope for those families. If I can encourage people to know that anyone can help, I will.

“I’m ready to pick up a hammer and be a part. I hope it will inspire others to do the same.” She said.

“Habitat for Humanity is thrilled to partner with Ginny Owens,” says Karen Peterson Lienau, special event director for Habitat for Humanity International. “She is showing how everyone can put their faith into action and help eliminate poverty housing from the face of the earth.”

The first phase of the partnership enlists Owens’ help to focus awareness for Habitat during interviews scheduled during Gospel Music Association Week this week in Nashville.

Last week, Owens achieved a personal record with her highest first-week sales ever on Beautiful, her third studio album. Sales of the pop/soul, piano-driven project put Owens at No. 12 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart as well. Following a successful March tour with Shane & Shane, Owens is touring with label mate George Rowe on her 30-city “Beautiful” tour in such markets as Knoxville, Indianapolis, Orlando, Phoenix, Portland, Seattle and Pasadena.

Owens has been inspiring audiences since her debut on Michael W. Smith’s Rocketown Records in 2000. Released April 6, Beautiful, is receiving strong critical reviews. Billboard magazine wrote: “Talented singer/songwriter Ginny Owens … always manages to ‘see’ more about the human condition than most of her sighted contemporaries. She shares these heartfelt observations through songs that are infused with poetic lyrics and breezy melodies.

“Lyrically, the album conveys the depth, passion and vulnerability that fans have come to expect from Owens … Owens remains one of the Christian community’s most compelling songwriters.”

Owens’ website, ginnyowens.com, will feature links to Habitat for Humanity for more information about the organization and partnership, as well as for Habitat house donations, and Owens and Habitat will soon announce more details about fall events. For more information, contact Karen Peterson Lienau at Habitat for Humanity International, klienau@hfhi.org, or April Hefner at Rocketown Records april@rocketownrecords.com.

Habitat for Humanity International is a Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Founded in 1976 by Millard Fuller, along with his wife, Linda, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliates in more than 3,000 communities in 92 nations have built and sold more than 150,000 homes to partner families with no-profit, zero-interest mortgages. www.habitat.org