Good News from Canaan
Last time I posted news about Word’s re-launch of Canaan, it didn’t sound as though Word was putting much effort into getting Canaan back off the ground. A sales rep at CBA’s International Christian Retail Show said that Canaan was in talks with no new artists and that it was quite unlikely that Canaan would pursue digital distribution of their back catalog.
This Reuters article tells another story. Here’s the money quote, from Word’s Senior Vice-President of Marketing, Rod Riley:
Riley said the label is negotiating with other artists and will announce additional signings soon.
With the relaunch, Word Entertainment becomes the only one of the big three Christian music companies — Word, EMI Christian Music Group and Provident Music Group — to have a Southern gospel division. It’s a move some see as a boost for the genre as a whole.
Even the digital issue is addressed:
Dean Hopper said he’s particularly excited about the label’s digital initiatives. “The digital age is here. How are we going to compete? How are we going to move our music into the future? I think Word has got the best handle on that.”
All in all, it’s good news, very good news, for Southern Gospel.