According to Nielsen SoundScan, the new recording, filmed at Cook Castle in the band’s hometown of Fort Payne, Alabama, debuted at No. 1 on both the Billboard Music Video chart and the Christian Music Video chart. In addition, the companion CD, Angels Among Us, Hymns & Gospel Favorites (Gaither Music Group), which released in September of last year, landed at #10 on the Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) sales chart and at #1 on the Christian Country chart.
Hosted by Gospel music icon Bill Gaither and produced by the band—Jeff Cook, Teddy Gentry and Randy Owen—the video features a concert performance of some of Alabama’s most treasured gospel songs, many of which they grew up singing, as well as a new rendition of the title cut. The group also talks about those gospel music roots and their faith in a behind-the-scenes interview with Gaither. Adding a sweet, personal touch is Randy's mother, Martha Owen, who makes a guest appearance at the piano during the concert performance.
The trio says, “We are so grateful that the Bill Gaither organization wanted to partner with us on this album and DVD. Not only did we get to pick the songs we wanted to record, but we also got to film the DVD special in our hometown of Fort Payne, Alabama, at Jeff’s home, Cook Castle. This project was from the heart.”
One of the most acclaimed country bands of our time, Alabama was honored this year as the winner of the Academy of Country Music's Career Achievement Award, and the group is currently nominated for two 2015 GMA DOVE Awards, including Country Song of the Year (“I Saw the Light”) and Bluegrass/Country Album of the Year (Angels Among Us, Hymns & Gospel Favorites).
The CD and DVD are currently airing internationally via a TV campaign on PBS, DirecTV, AT&T U-verse, GaitherTV, TBN, RFD, FamilyNet, CTN, GMTN, Guardian, Liberty, TCT and TLN. It is airing in Canada on Vision TV, CTS, The Miracle Channel and Hope TV.
Enjoy this preview of Angels Among Us, Hymns & Gospel Favorites (LIVE):
Angels Among Us, Hymns & Gospel Favorites DVD Song Listing:
I Saw the Light
Let’s All Go Down to the River
Just a Closer Walk with Thee
I Can’t Even Walk (Without You Holding My Hand)
How Long Has It Been?
Oh, the Lord Has Been Good to Me
Church in the Wildwood
What a Friend We Have in Jesus
Knights of Molite
The Old Rugged Cross
I’ll Fly Away
Because He Lives
Angels Among Us
Alabama has sold more than 75 million albums and singles, achieved 34 No. 1 songs, received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. The group has received two GRAMMY® Awards for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal (1982-1983); 20 American Music Awards, including 17 Favorite Country Band/Duo Awards (1982-1995, 1997-1998, 2003); nine CMA Awards, including three consecutive Entertainer of the Year Awards (1982-1984); and 17 ACM Awards, including five consecutive Entertainer of the Year Awards (1981-1985). In addition, the band has received three special ACM Awards: Artist of the Decade (1988), The Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award (2002) and 40th Anniversary Milestone Award (2005).