DATELINE: NOVEMBER 2007 Monte Stephens was given Grammy consideration for ... Best New Artist of the Year! (Category 4) Gospel Song of the Year 'Crying' (Category 52) Gospel Album of the Year (Category 55) Although Monte's efforts did not achieve final nomination ... Monte is humbled and sincerely appreciates the Academy's attention! FREEDOM RECORDS Producer Gerri Dee P. O. Box 5572 Maryville, TN 37802 The Godfather of Christian Country Music MONTE STEPHENS BIO THE GHOST IS BACK! After a ten-year absence from the studio, Stephens is releasing his new album 'TIME'. His 1994 'OUT OF HIS SIDE' album gave him TWO # 1 hits and six songs made the international TOP 20. Nominated for 'Album Of The Year' 'Songwriter and Veteran Vocalist Of The Year' and won the 'Horizon Award' and disappeared once again from the music scenic. Now the ghost is back! With the recording of 'TIME', many in the music industry say it is Stephens' best to date. Nashville engineer Ken Isham who has over 30 years experience at the mixing board said, 'after this project was completed, I would find myself getting out of bed at night and going to the studio and listening to it again. In my view it's one of those recordings that wins awards.' Freedom Records producer Gerri' Dee said, 'looking at the world of music through Monte's windshield is a challenge, but I was blessed to be apart of the creative process.' Called the 'godfather of Christian country music', Stephens has been writing and performing his country style of gospel music three decades before the Christian Country Music Association was formed in Nashville. 'TIME' has been in the making for three years, picking songs Stephens has written over a four-decade span of time. Monte also chose a couple of songs written by two dear friends, Sammy Ammons and D. Royce Baird, both of which have had gold and platinum ink flow from their pens. Know to include on his recordings a gospel classic, Monte chose Ronnie Hinson's 'When He Was On The Cross.' Hinson upon hearing Monte's vocal performance of his classic said, 'I loved his vocal phrasing, Monte truly made the song his own. Quoting the remarks of others about one of gospel music's 'unique stylists' is totally insufficient. The album 'TIME' must be heard, to experience the spiritual journey through music Monte will take you. I walked away with the feeling 'what a ride.' Freedom Records: Publicist Ron Lewis.