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  • Award wining bluegrass-country band—emerged as strong break-out artists in 2010
  • Cracker Barrel exclusive album launch on January 10th.
  • Portion of the proceeds of the album go to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
  • Nationally breaking video featuring Dolly Parton.
  • Album features major artists—Brad Paisley, Dolly Parton, Darryl Worley, Oak Ridge Boys, Charlie Daniels, and more.

THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG—JAMIE JOHNSON OF THE GRASCALS–WRITER OF “I Am Strong”… “Back in February of 2010 I made a trip with The Grascals to present a check to St. Jude’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee from funds raised at the Musicians Against Childhood Cancer® Festival held annually in Columbus, Ohio.   Little did I know that my life would change forever with this visit.

I was nervous and a bit scared from the moment I walked through the front doors of the hospital—afraid of what I might see there. I knew that St. Jude was a hospital where children are fighting cancer.  Having my own beautiful son Cole Train, who is now 2 years old, thoughts were constantly running through my head as a watched young parents and their little boy or girl fighting for their lives.  Many times I fought back tears and I wanted to give them a hug of encouragement.

There in a corridor of the hospital, I came face-to-face with a wall where children with cancer had filled in the blank to a sentence beginning with two words:  “I Am…” They had written:  “I am homesick.”  “I am tired.” And there tucked in the midst:  “I Am Strong.”  

“I Am Strong.” It hit me like a ton of bricks!  I was so moved and so blessed to have the inspiration for the song I ultimately wrote with my beautiful wife Susanne Mumpower-Johnson and our great friend Jenee Fleenor..

To the children of St. Jude and any child fighting cancer anywhere in the world—The Grascals love you and pray for you everyday! Thanks for showing us the real meaning of “strong!”


Heaven's Metal: An Oral History of the Genesis of Christian Metal

Heaven's Metal

When rock emerged from blues and 'heavy metal' began to surface, faith-based metal acts also rose to start their own journeys. Initially shunned by both believers and non-believers, they were fighting for their spot at the table, ultimately building a legacy that would go on to change the genre forever. HM presents an oral history of the beginning of Christian metal music, featuring Guardian, Tourniquet, Holy Soldier, Whitecross, and, of course, Stryper.


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Trapped in Limbo

Black metal may not be the first thing on your mind when you think of Portugal, but GAEREA is here to change that. HM contributing writer Andrew Voigt sat down with GAEREA to discuss the band’s music, their mysterious name and image, and how office work can be art.


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