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TRACY LAWRENCE EARNS FIRST GRAMMY NOMINATION FOR THE ROCK

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TRACY LAWRENCE HONORED
WITH FIRST-TIME GRAMMY NOMINATION
FOR FIRST-EVER INSPIRATIONAL RECORDING—THE ROCK

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (December 3, 2009)—Multi-platinum, chart- topping, country recording artist Tracy Lawrence received the news late last night of his 2010 Grammy nomination for “Best Southern, Country, Or Bluegrass Gospel Album” (Category 54) for his inspirational country CD, THE ROCK.

Tracy's first inspirational recording (and the third album from Lawrence's own independent label, Rocky Comfort Records), THE ROCK has made a bright and powerful impression on country music radio, critics and fans across the U.S.

“Possibly his strongest album to date.”—Maverick Magazine

“The album’s messages will appeal strongly to the faithful, but the welcoming tone also makes this interesting to non-Christians. Best of all, Lawrence is still producing music that sounds as good
as anything he released in the ’90s.” –Amazon.com

“This record is so strong that is can be listened to over and over or simply at times when things are rough.”
—About.com

“It’s a collection of solid, traditionally-styled, storytelling country songs that just happen to have a warmer heart, thanks to the thread of down home church and family values that run through them
like letters in a stick of rock.”—Country Music People Magazine

“Lawrence's warm baritone and effortless, emotional delivery make each track sound genuine and heartfelt.”
—Country Standard Time

“Heartfelt, emotional, direct, caring and truthful, Tracy puts his whole heart and soul literally on the line with THE ROCK. Whether you’re Christian, Protestant, Buddhist or what ever, it does not matter,
this album is phenomenal and unprecedented.” —CountryFanNetwork.com


The moving 10-song musical composition, featuring cuts entitled “The Book You Never Read,” “Dear Lord,” “Say A Prayer,” “Jesus Come Talk To Your Children” and his radio single “Up To Him,” THE ROCK is an honest, emotional and realistic collection of embracing musical stories that carry the listener on a spiritual journey through the ups and downs of a meaningful life. Motivating listeners of all ages, in all stages of life, the project features songs crafted by Dave Berg, Craig Morgan, Brett James, Sam Tate and Annie Tate, to name a few.  Released in June 2009, the CD debuted in the Top 20 country albums and Top 5 Christian albums (6/14/09 Nielsen U.S. SoundScan Chart).

Co-produced with Julian King, THE ROCK is a three-fold paramount event for Lawrence, both personally and professionally, serving as his introduction into the inspirational country genre, a commitment-kept, and now, the Grammy nomination. A man of his word, Lawrence made the promise to his parents that he would one day record an inspirational album.

“My mom and dad had been coaxing me for years to record an inspirational country CD,” Tracy Lawrence introduced.  “I promised them I would, but kept pushing it off because it just didn’t ‘feel’ like the right time.
I had to grow, personally and artistically to get here. THE ROCK has been full of personal surprises for me. I’ve received an overwhelming response from fans old and new.  I’m so happy this album seems to have touched so many, and now, with the Grammy nomination, this is affirmation that the timing was right for me.”

Tracy is an 18-year industry veteran with 17 No. 1 singles (including “Paint Me A Birmingham,” “Alibis” and “Find Out Who Your Friends Are”) and more than 30 charted singles to his name. He’s recorded 10 studio albums, five specialty records and with more than eight million albums sold, he enjoys multi platinum status.  This is Tracy’s first Grammy nomination.

For more information on Tracy Lawrence, please visit: www.tracylawrence.com.