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On Tuesday, June 6, 2007, Word Entertainment announced the re-launch of legendary Southern Gospel label, Canaan Records and its first signing, Southern Gospel music favorite, The Hoppers.

From Left to Right: Jim Van Hook, Word Entertainment CEO; Dave Clark, General Manager of Canaan Records and Canaanland Publishing; Claude Hopper, Connie Hopper, Kim Hopper, Dean Hopper and Mike Hopper

As a subsidiary of Word, Canaan Records began in 1965 as an outlet for Southern Gospel music. It included Southern Gospel greats such as The Happy Goodman Family, The Florida Boys, The Inspirations, The Nelons, and The Cathedrals. Now this legendary label is back in full swing with The Hoppers, who have been deemed “America’s favorite family of Gospel Music.” As Word seeks to connect Southern Gospel’s legendary past to its exciting future, no other group could fit the mold more perfectly. Their aptly named brand new album, The Ride, will be released under Canaan Records on September 4th, 2007.

Dave Clark, a well-known figure in the Christian music industry as well as accomplished songwriter, has been selected by Word Entertainment CEO, Jim Van Hook, to take the reigns of this new venture. Part of Dave’s responsibilities will also include overseeing the redevelopment of the Canaanland Publishing imprint, which was one of the leading Southern Gospel publishers in the 70s and 80s.

Rhonda Thompson of Rhonda Thompson Promotions will play an integral part in the establishment of Canaan’s role in Southern Gospel’s presence on the radio waves. For over thirteen years, Rhonda’s career includes promoting over forty number one hits as well as being named “SGMA Radio Promoter Of The Year" for an unprecedented five years.

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