NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 18, 2007) — Habitat for Humanity, Word Entertainment and a host of Christian recording artists put their faith into action through a partnership to build a decent, affordable house with a Nashville family in need during the Gospel Music Association Music Week.
Future Habitat homeowner Latashia Anderson works alongside Word Entertainment Christian recording artists and other volunteers to hammer together wall panels that will form her future Habitat house during the Gospel Music Association Music Week 2007.
Word Entertainment Christian recording artist Jason Roy of the group “Building 429” helps to hammer together a house frame with Nashville Area HFH during the Gospel Music Association Music Week 2007.
Christian recording artists from Word Entertainment, including Stellar Kart, David Phelps, Mark Schultz, Pocket Full Of Rocks, Point Of Grace, Mark Roach, Building 429, Big Daddy Weave’s Mike Weaver and Jeremy Redmon, BarlowGirl, pureNRG, Group 1 Crew and Salvador’s Nic Gonzales all helped build.
The house build Monday and Tuesday was followed by a dedication ceremony and concert to honor the partnership and Habitat family.
The artists joined staff from Habitat for Humanity International, Nashville Area Habitat for Humanity and volunteers from Habitat campus chapters at Belmont and Vanderbilt universities. Construction took place at the 4th and Commerce streets parking lot across from the convention center located in downtown Nashville. The completed frame will be used for the annual Music Row build, sponsored by music-industry professionals.
“Word Label Group and our recording artists are excited to partner with Habitat for Humanity to build a home with a Nashville-area family and raise awareness for the need for more affordable housing,” said Jim Van Hook, CEO of Word Entertainment. “We are pleased to devote our resources and time to a project that will have a lasting impact in our community.”
The event was part of GMA Music Week activities, which ended Wednesday after the 38th annual Dove Awards, Christian and gospel music’s biggest night of the year held at the Grand Ole Opry House.
“We believe it is essential to our industry’s mission that the message in our music is supported by actions that represent the gospel.” said John W. Styll, president and CEO of the Gospel Music Association.
“The need for decent shelter around the world remains immense, and Habitat for Humanity will never overcome it alone,” said Jonathan Reckford, chief executive officer of Habitat for Humanity International. “Partners like Word Entertainment and the GMA help us deliver a lasting impact in the lives of families across the globe who urgently need an adequate home, yet who cannot qualify for conventional home-lending programs. These families work hard to build their Habitat homes, then buy them on no-profit terms they can afford — illustrating that the more we can direct our individual strengths toward a common goal, the greater the impact we can make collaboratively for those who need help most.”
About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in Americus, Ga., in 1976, Habitat has built more than 225,000 houses in nearly 100 countries, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1 million people. For more information, visit www.habitat.org  .
About Gospel Music Association
Founded in 1964, the Gospel Music Association serves the Christian/gospel music community and is dedicated to exposing, promoting and celebrating the gospel through music of all styles including pop, rock, praise and worship, black gospel, R&B, hip hop, southern gospel, country, and more. On behalf of its 4,000 members which include agents, artists, church leaders, managers, promoters, radio personnel, record company executives, retailers and songwriters, the GMA produces the GMA Dove Awards, which recognizes achievement in all genres of gospel music and is the premiere television awards show for Christian/gospel music. Other programs presented by the GMA are GMA Music Week, GMA Music in the Rockies and the GMA Academy. GMA is also actively engaged in advocacy efforts with members of Congress and other governmental agencies on issues like copyright protections, digital rights and music piracy. For more information, visit www.gospelmusic.org  and www.doveawards.com  .
About Nashville Area Habitat for Humanity
NAHFH is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian organization committed to providing families with the life-changing opportunity to purchase decent, affordable homes. The agency consistently ranks in the top 1 percent of all Habitat affiliates and has quadrupled in size since 2002. NAHFH built a record 50 homes in 2006 — 38 locally and 12 abroad. As of December 2006, 1,012 family members — including 672 children — have been served by NAHFH. To request an application or to receive more information about NAHFH, call (615) 254-HOME or visit www.habitatnashville.org  .
About Word Entertainment
Word Entertainment, a Warner/Curb company, is comprised of Word Distribution, Word Music and Word Label Group’s Word Records, Fervent Records, Myrrh Records and Word Music Publishing. Leading the industry with over 50 years of music making history, Word Entertainment represents some of Christian entertainment’s top brands, including award-winning artists Amy Grant, Selah, BarlowGirl, Mark Schultz, Point Of Grace, Randy Travis, Natalie Grant, Aaron Shust, Big Daddy Weave, Nicole C. Mullen, Stellar Kart and Building 429, in addition to Big Idea’s successful VeggieTales video series.