Third Day, BeBo Norman among artists launching TruthQuest

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)--Viewers watching the new Christian reality series "TruthQuest: California" will have an opportunity to hear some of the most popular groups in Christian music, including Jars of Clay, Third Day and Bebo Norman.

Music by artists on the Reunion Records and Essential Records labels has been provided by Provident Music Group to FamilyNet Television for the series.

The first two TruthQuest episodes feature Third Day's songs "Have Mercy" and "Peach" from its album titled "Conspiracy No. 5" and Bebo Norman songs "Our Mystery" and "Great Light of the World" from his newest CD "Myself When I Am Real." The opening for all 13 half-hour TruthQuest episodes will feature Daily Planet's song "Flying Blind" from their CD "Hero."

Bebo Norman, Tai Anderson of Third Day, Sarah Sadler and the Paul Colman Trio (pc3) also make guest appearances on TruthQuest: California. Norman, Anderson, Sadler and pc3 are all represented by the Essential Records label.

TruthQuest is Baptist Press' and FamilyNet Television's twist on reality TV and will differ from previous reality fare. Truth engaged culture as 12 Christian teenagers took a journey through Southern California to apply their faith in the real world.

For 18 days in July, the TruthQuesters wrote stories about and participated in cutting-edge ministry in California. Their stories appeared on Baptist Press' www.bpnews.net website and their adventures were chronicled in 13 half-hour episodes by FamilyNet Television to air weekly beginning Oct. 3.

The TruthQuest: California team learned to surf with Christian surfers in San Diego, attended a church on the beach, rappelled with missionaries in Yosemite National Park and interacted with locals in the Haight-Ashbury District of San Francisco. As a study guide, participants used the TruthQuest Inductive Student Bible provided by Broadman & Holman Publishers of LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Nashville-based Provident Music Group, a unit of The Zomba Group of Companies, is among the world's top Christian music companies. Provident encompasses record labels Reunion Records, Essential Records, Brentwood Records, Benson Records, Diadem Music and Cedarmont Kids; a music publishing division, Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing Inc.; and Provident Music Distribution, which primarily services the Christian retail market.

Essential Records, celebrating its 10-year anniversary, was founded in 1992 to provide relevant music from a God-centered perspective. In addition to Bebo Norman, Sarah Sadler and the Paul Colman Trio, the label's artist roster includes Jars of Clay, Third Day, Caedmon's Call, FFH and True Vibe. Essential Records and its affiliated label Watershed Records are distributed through Provident Music Distribution and through partnerships with parent company Zomba Music.

Nashville-based Reunion Records, a division of Provident Music Group, celebrates its 20-year anniversary this year. The label's roster includes Michael W. Smith, Joy Williams, Kathy Troccoli, LaRue, Daily Planet and NewSong.

FamilyNet, based in Fort Worth, Texas, is a 24-hour television network airing more than 50 hours of original, values-based programs weekly. FamilyNet broadcasts to a potential 34 million TV households and is available on cable systems and broadcast stations nationwide. For more information please visit the FamilyNet website at www.FamilyNet.com or call 1-800-832-6638.


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