Canaan Records Returning?
According to SouthernGospelReporter.com, Canaan Records is returning to Southern Gospel. [EDIT, 11/8/10: The link appears to be down, and has been removed.] It will again be a division of Word, as it was before.
Of course, in the old days, it was Southern Gospel’s premier label, featuring names like the Cathedrals, the Florida Boys, the Happy Goodmans, the Kingsmen, the Inspirations, and pretty nearly anybody who was anybody.
If they can manage to land a few artists who are even half as good as their previous roster, they’ll have a great label. The Florida Boys, the Hoppers, and the Blackwood Brothers (Jimmy’s group) are three artists presently without a label, and the Chuck Wagon Gang may be (depending on the status of Song Garden). I’m not going to name other names, but I can think of several other artists presently with other labels that would benefit from Word’s marketing connections.
Word probably dumped the Canaan album because it thought Southern Gospel was the past. So the best part of all this news is it shows that Southern Gospel isn’t dead yet. Maybe our best days are still ahead.