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CCM group NewSong was formed in Valdosta, GA in 1981 by Eddie Carswell, Billy Goodwin, Eddie Middleton and Bobby Apon, who met while attending Morningside Baptist Church. The quartet's local popularity quickly swelled, and in 1982 they signed to Covenant Records to issue their debut LP Son in My Eyes; a move to the Word label preceded NewSong's 1984 follow-up, The Word. Subsequent outings including 1986's Trophies of Grace, 1987's Say Yes! and 1989's Light Your World further expanded the group's growing fanbase, and with their 1993 Benson label debut All Around the World NewSong generated four CHR chart-topping hits -- "More God," "Got Me Going," "Hero of the Faith," and the title cut. Co-founders Middleton and Apon soon exited, however, and upon adding Charles Billingsley, Russ Lee and Scotty Wilbanks, the revamped group returned in 1994 with People Get Ready, which like its predecessor launched no less than four number one singles -- "When I'm with You," "This One's with Me," "We Wear His Name" and "My Heart's Already There." Billingsley left NewSong to pursue a solo career prior to 1997's Love Revolution, which featured new members Mark Clay and Jack Pumphrey as well as the blockbusters "Rhythm of the World," "Won't Stop Love" and "Miracles." Sheltering Tree followed three years later. Jason Ankeny

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