(CelebrityAccess News Server) — After 18 years of near silence, Dottie Rambo has returned to reclaim her throne as queen of Gospel Music. "Stand By The River," her latest recording on Spring Hill records, was released on July 22. Rambo embarks on a promotional tour which began July 14 with an appearance and autograph signing at the National CBA (Christian Booksellers Association) Conference in Orlando, FL. "We will be doing a lot of music in- store signings and appearances, radio shows, television programs and newspaper interviews. It is exciting to get back with the people and share my music," Rambo says.
"Stand By The River" includes 11 songs, all written by Dottie Rambo. The CCMA (Christian Country Music Association) Songwriter Of The Century has included some previous hits from her award winning pen as well as some new songs destined to become classics. Assisting Dottie on the title track is Country Music Hall Of Fame member Dolly Parton. The track proved itself by going number one on the Christian Country Music Charts.
"I'm very happy to be a part of any number one song and especially one with
Dottie Rambo makes it twice as sweet," said Parton. The title track from the July album is eligible for song of the year, video of the year, and duo of the year at this year's CCMA (Christian Country Music Association) Awards telecast this November. Additional guests on the CD include Sonya Isaacs, Aubrey Haynie, and many others.
Produced by Michael Sykes (The Oak Ridge Boys, The Gaither Vocal Band), the CD served as a milestone for Sykes who had been a fan of Dottie Rambo since his teens. "Michael was just like a kid in the studio. He kept saying 'all my life I wanted to work with The Oaks, JD Sumner and Dottie Rambo and I had worked with them all but not you and now I have my chance and we are going to make history!' so with his enthusiasm how could anything go wrong!" said Rambo.
The author of over 2,500 published songs, Rambo was the subject of a tribute concert, "We Shall Behold Him — A Tribute To Dottie Rambo," filmed last year at the Ryman Auditorium. This historical night was hosted by Barbara Mandrell and included performances by Dolly Parton, Crystal Gayle, Larry Gatlin, Vestal Goodman, Albertina Walker and many others. While television air dates have not been released as of yet, the project will be available in DVD, VHS, CD and cassette on Sept 9. The special includes a music video of the making of the title track of Rambo's new album "Stand By The River" with Dolly Parton.
Rambo is a Grammy winning recording artist with nearly 80 albums to her credit.
Her long list of accolades includes being inducted twice in the Gospel Music Hall Of Fame (1991-as a soloist and 2001-as a member of the Rambo's Trio). In 1997 the Southern Gospel Music Association inducted her into their Hall Of Fame as well. In 1998 Whitney Houston and Rambo accepted a joint Dove award for Best Traditional Song Of The Year for "I Go To The Rock" (Rambo awarded as writer, Houston awarded as singer). The ASCAP foundation awarded Rambo in 2000 with a lifetime achievement award. In 2002 the CCMA awarded Rambo with their Living Legend award presented by Crystal Gayle.
Rambo's songs have been covered in nearly every popular style of music and by artists of all types. Whitney Houston, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis, Barbara Mandrell, The Oak Ridge Boys, Vince Gill and a host of others all have Rambo recordings in their catalog of recordings. Nearly every modern hymnal includes compositions written by Rambo.–edited by Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen