Nashville, Tenn. (March, 2012) - Speaking at the NRB Women's Breakfast, being interviewed by numerous Christian broadcasters and discussing her new City of Peace Media CD, Dueling Pianos, were only a few of the activities in which Teresa Scanlan, Miss America 2011, participated during the 2012 National Religious Broadcasters Convention (NRB), held Feb. 18-22, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center.
Teresa Scanlan Speaks At NRB Women's Breakfast, Meets With Media Alongside Duet Partner Calvin Jones
"I was so excited to be able to attend my first NRB convention! Not only did I meet many incredible people who are so like-minded and focused on serving others, but I also had the opportunity to learn about many tremendous programs and organizations and the amazing work they do across the world in Christ's name," Scanlan says. " It was such an encouragement to be in an environment that not only accepts Christ, but proudly and boldly proclaims the Gospel. How truly powerful to see a united effort in the media and entertainment industry, making a positive difference in the world. It was an honor and privilege to be a part of NRB 2012!"
Thousands of Christian broadcasters, programmers, ministers and others participated in the convention, which is presented annually by the National Religious Broadcasters.
Scanlan attended NRB with noted composer Calvin Jones, with whom she recorded the new CD, as part of a promotional tour for the former Miss America's recording debut.
Dueling Pianos is available through City of Peace Media. The CD is distributed to Christian retailers through Provident Distribution and to the general market through Sony Music. For more information about Dueling Pianos, visit www.cityofpeace.com, www.teresascanlan.com or www.calvinjones.com.
Teresa Scanlan and Calvin Jones on the set of BridgesAbout NRB:
The annual Convention & Exposition is the largest nationally and internationally recognized event dedicated solely to assist those in the field of Christian communications. The dynamic Exposition consists of nearly 200 companies and is an active marketplace for those seeking tools and services to expand their ministries. NRB 2012 was Feb. 18-21 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville. The 2013 Convention is scheduled for March 2-5, 2013 in Nashville. For more Convention information go to nrbconvention.org.
About Teresa Scanlan:
Scanlan, who grew up in Gering, Neb., started taking piano lessons at 7, followed by voice lessons. At 13, Scanlan participated in her first pageant when she competed and won the Scottsbluff County Teen title. She was involved in Miss America's Outstanding Teen program for the next three yearsÂ¸ while continuing her piano and voice lessons.
Scanlan won the local title of Miss Southeast, which advanced her to the Miss Nebraska competition two weeks following her high school graduation. She won the Miss Nebraska 2010 pageant and went on, at the age of 17, to become the youngest Miss America ever when she was crowned in the 2011 competition.
Scanlan handed her crown to Miss America 2012, Laura Kaeppeler, on January 14.
Three days later,Â Scanlan released her debut CD, Dueling Pianos, with mentor and composer Calvin Jones. The CD features "White Water Chopped Sticks," the song written by Jones which Scanlan performed at the 2011 Miss America competition.
About Calvin Jones:
Jones, the son of a minister, began playing piano as a young child in church. On his 12th birthday, Jones' sister brought home the musical classic "A Fifth of Beethoven," a disco rendition of Beethoven's 5th Symphony performed by Walter Murphy and the Big Apple Band. By the time Jones had mastered the arrangement a week later, he had an innovative perspective on classical music, the beginning of what would become his piano signature. He attended college on a music scholarship, where he studied composition, and graduated with a degree in Economics.
The Colorado resident recently contributed music to the film score for Little Town of Bethlehem, directed by Jim Hanon (End of the Spear and Beyond the Gates of Splendor). He is also in demand as a jingle composer, with previous clients including McDonalds, Hallmark, Promise Keepers, ATS Telecommunications and Life Athletes.
Jones has released four projects through City of Peace Media and Provident Distribution: Through High Places, Coming Home, Uncharted Waters and Acoustic Passion. Dueling Pianos is his fifth release. For more information, visit cityofpeace.com or calvinjones.com.
About City of Peace Media:
City of Peace Media was established in Nashville in 2009, with sister company City of Peace Films, by Yochanan Marcellino, founder, president and CEO.
The primary focus of the companies is to provide a framework where music, films and video with "redeeming value" can be developed, produced and distributed worldwide, bringing a message of hope, love and encouragement to this generation. For more information about City of Peace Media or City of Peace Films, visit www.cityofpeace.com, or Twitter @copmedia or @cityofpeacefilm.
Photo caption, Top: Teresa Scanlan speaks at the NRB Women's Breakfast. (National Religious Broadcasters photo)
Photo caption, Bottom: Calvin Jones, left, and Teresa Scanlan, center, are interviewed by Monica Schmelter, right, on the NRB set of the Christian Television Network program, Bridges. (McCain & Co. Public Relations photo)
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