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Provident Music Distribution and RCA, through a special offering exclusive to the Christian retail and gift markets, are making available an unparalleled collection of Elvis' best inspirational and gospel works.
The project, Elvis Presley: The Gospel Series, will ultimately consist of five discs for a total of over fifty-six irreplaceable rare recordings performed by Elvis during his history-making career.
The first two releases in this landmark series, entitled Nearer My God to Thee and He Is My Everything, will be available at Christian retailers, gift and specialty markets nationwide beginning March 13, 2001.
"Long-time fans of rock 'n' roll legend Elvis Presley know that the artist had a deep love for his Gospel music roots," reflects Don Noes, Sr. Vice President of Provident Music Distribution.
"However, few realize just how long-standing and powerful the connection is. In fact, despite Elvis' unparalleled success as a mainstream star, the only coveted Grammy awards he ever received were for his gospel recordings and live performances. This is an exciting opportunity for Christian music fans and fans of Elvis to experience the important gospel works of the undisputable king of rock'n'roll,"" continues Noes.
"Elvis's distinguished career was marked by the award winning songs heard in this never before offered series."
"We are excited to have the opportunity to bring the power of Elvis Presley's gospel music into the Christian market through Provident," explained RCA Records senior vice president Mike Omansky.
"This series will help us reach a new and wider audience, for an artist whose sales continue to increase year by year. The titles bring out the essence of Elvis and his love for gospel music, and will surely connect with the hearts of consumers."
Over the span of his career, Elvis recorded well over eighty gospel songs, many of which have long gone unheard even by the most dedicated collectors of Elvis music. Both the Nearer My God to Thee and He Is My Everything discs will contain fourteen songs, including such Gospel and Inspirational classics as "Amazing Grace," "How Great Thou Art," "In the Garden," and "The Lord's Prayer," performed in the unmistakable vocal style of a true music legend.
The presentation of Nearer My God to Thee and He Is My Everything to retailers will begin the week of Elvis's 66th birthday, which is Jan. 8. The next release in the series is slated for late June and a Christmas release is slated for late September.