Disney’s Night of Joy


CMB’s (Christian Music Broadcasters) Momentum event was held this year at Disney World in Orlando FL. This is a time for Christian artists and record labels to schmooze Christian radio stations and premier new songs for radio play consideration.

The week was capped off with Disney’s annual “Night of Joy” – top Christian artists perform in the front of the castle and Space Mountain. This year’s artists included Chris Tomlin, David Crowder, Casting Crowns, Third Day, Mercy Me and Tenth Avenue North.

I hung out with drummer extraordinaire Jon Skaggs and keyboardist Joe Moralez – both were playing for Brandon Heath’s showcase (Brandon’s coming out with a new CD soon and was playing new songs for radio station programmers.)

It was weird entering the Magic Kingdom park hearing Phillips, Craig and Dean blaring over the sound system. All night long CCM songs played throughout the park as Christian teenagers ran amok screaming “We love Jesus, yes we do, we love Jesus, how ’bout you?”

Even with the bleak future of Christian music and drastically declining CD sales, the part was packed and crowds thronged around the castle and Space Mountain stages.

A highlight for me was waiting in line for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad when Chris Sligh’s new single, “Only You Can Save” started playing. I looked at Jon and said “didn’t you play drums on this? I did the strings!” Fist*Pump! Chris was also at Disney but was busy hosting the American Idol Experience over at the Hollywood Studios park.


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