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Avalon

Genre:Gospel, Christian
Rank:5008
Albums:15
Songs:111

Most Popular Songs (more)

1Sleigh Ride lyrics
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2Let Your Love lyrics
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3Don't Be Afraid lyrics
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4The Greatest Story lyrics
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5By Heart, By Soul lyrics
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6Don't Be Afraid lyrics
Richie Zito feat. Avalon
7My Jesus, I love Thee lyrics
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8In Christ Alone lyrics
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9Abundantly lyrics
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10By Heart, By Soul lyrics
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1Joy - A Christmas Collection
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2Mystic Places
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3A Maze Of Grace
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4Testify To Love: The Very Best Of Avalon
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5In A Different Light
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6Oxygen
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7Stand
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8Avalon
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9The Creed
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10Eurasia
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Biography

Two RIAA-certified gold records, 19 No. 1 radio hits, three Dove Awards
Two Grammy nominations, a 2002 American Music Award for Contemporary Inspirational Music.

Avalon was formed in 1995 by Grant Cunningham, A&R Director at Sparrow Records. Cunningham was in search of a vocalist group that could sing tight harmonies and carry God's message to the world. Cunningham publicized his intentions and demo tapes flooded him, but nothing fit his desires. After letting the idea of Avalon to rest a while, Cunningham visited a coffee shop to listen to a potential singer. However, another artist, Michael Passons, actually caught his attention. Cunningham contacted Passons about his plan for Avalon. Passons prayed about God's will and then decided this was where God was leading him.

Soon after, TRUTH vocalist Janna Long (at the time, Janna Potter) heard of the intentions for Avalon. Cunningham happened to hear her sing at a Truth concert and liked her because she was "such a good singer."

With Avalon having two member openings, Long remembered previous fellow TRUTH member, Jody McBrayer. She contacted McBrayer about his interest in the group and McBrayer auditioned. A few days later, Cunningham contacted McBrayer stating that he was now a member of Avalon.

Finally, Nikki Hassman (now Nikki Anders) was hired to become the fourth vocalist of Avalon. She left in May 1998 to pursue a solo career with Sony Records.

Cherie Paliotta (now Cherie Adams) was selected to replace Hassman after one of Avalon's co-managers listened to a country music demo tape recorded by Adams. Even though country is not a style of Avalon records, executives chose Adams knowing she would be a perfect fit. Cherie departed the group to pursue a solo ministry that is geared towards single women, and, in September 2002, she was replaced by Melissa Greene, another former member of the now disbanded group TRUTH.

In summer 2003, Michael Passons left to pursue a solo career, and was replaced by Janna Long's husband, Greg Long.

During the summer of 2007, Jody McBrayer decided to depart the group due to a heart condition. Jeremi Richardson joined the group in late 2007 to replace McBrayer.

On May 15, 2009, Melissa Greene announced her resignation from Avalon on her personal website upon accepting a position as Pastor of Music and Arts at Gracepointe Church in Nashville. On May 21, 2009, Avalon announced that Amy Richardson (Jeremi's wife) would fill Melissa's spot as the newest member of Avalon.





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