Mitch Toney of Knoxville, T N collaborated
with Alison and Rich Stevens of Nolensville, T N to grab the
top honour in the Christian Songwriter's Network Christmas
song writing and tablature challenge of classic hymns.
December 3, 2005 Mitch Toney of Knoxville,
T N collaborated with Alison and Rich Stevens of Nolensville,
T N to grab the top classic hymn and song honour in the
Christian Songwriter's Hymn Network
Christmas song writing and tablature challenge.
Mitch is the Children's Classic Hymn Pastor
at West Hills Presbyterian P C A in Knoxville and has been
writing Christian hymns and songs for 10
years. Alison and Rich have become more "serious" about
their song writing just in the past 5 years. They are former
youth pastors and hymn classic worship leaders and currently
serve on the worship team at Ecclesia Franklin, in Franklin,
The final judge in the Christmas Classic
hymns challenge, Guy Zabka (who has had many of his songs
recorded by Kenny Rogers, Kristy Starling, Natalie Grant and
Brian Littrell from the Backstreet Boys), co-creator of the
popular "A Songwriter's Classic Experience," DVD said,
"Great song. Great Gospel music lyrics and
melody. You really capture the emotion of how the hymn
singer is really feeling. Most songs fall apart lyrically in
the second verse (in the development stage), ... and you
really kept it fresh."
James Moore, Christian lyrics
songwriter and owner/operator of the Christian Classic
Songwriter's Hymn Network site said, "the production quality
and originality of "Empty Christmas" is way up there.