Baylor Concert to Celebrate 60th Anniversary of Word Records

Nov. 1, 2011

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Media are invited to attend/cover a free concert by Chris August and the Sidewalk Prophets at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 2 at the Fountain Mall on the Baylor University Campus.

Media are also invited to attend a 1:45 p.m. photo event in front of the original Word Records Building at 4800 W. Waco Drive, during which Waco Mayor Jim Bush will present a proclamation to current and former Word Record executives and staff.

These events are part of a day-long celebration of the 60th anniversary of Word Records, founded in Waco in 1951 by Baylor University student Jarrell McCracken. Word Records is a Christian record label now based in Nashville.

Chris August led all new artists at the 42nd Annual Dove Awards this year winning three total awards including the prestigious "New Artist Of The Year" and "Male Vocalist of the Year" as well as in the category for "Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year" for his shining debut album No Far Away. August is one of only three artists to receive "New Artist of the Year" and "Male Vocalist of the Year" in the History of the Award Show. August had previously toured as the keyboard player and opening act for pop sensation Ashlee Simpson and worked with Ryan Cabrera, Brian McKnight, and Jessica Simpson before shifting his focus to a solo career. For additional information about Chris, log on to his website:


Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, characterized as having "high research activity" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The university provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 15,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating university in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 11 nationally recognized academic divisions.

Contact: Frank Raczkiewicz, (254) 710-1964

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