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Special Edition John Dote' Scores With Leann Rimes "I Need You" Capitol Records
The motive was to make people ask questions about this man Jesus, a man that we recognize as starting the dateline. By Toby M., de Talk
In the year 2000, John Dote' found himself at the center of the promotional arena for Capitol Records. As the host and head of A&R for the TV series "NightBeat In Las Vegas", history was in the making for both Dote' and Capitol. The label had just released music from and inspired by "Jesus", the epic mini series. The first major network broadcast event of the year 2000 is "Jesus", the four-hour CBS televison mini-series airing in the United States during May sweeps. The mini-series, produced by the award-winning Five Mile River Films, Ltd. production company, boasts an all-star international cast headed by Jeremy Sisto as Jesus Of Nazareth, Gary Oldman as Pontius Pilate, Armin Mueller-Stall as Joesph, Jacqueline Bisset as Mary, mother of Jesus, Debra Messing as Mary Magdalene, David O'Hara as John the Baptist and Jeroen Krabbe as a "modern" Satan.
If the coming of "Jesus" is one of the most eagerly-awaited broadcast events of the young millennium, then the release of Music From (And Inspired By) "Jesus", the original multi-format soundtrack album on Sparrow/Capitol Records, is the kind of recording event for which people have been known to wait a lifetime. The honors were bestowed upon John Dote' from Capitol Records who promoted the music extensively and religously on "NightBeat". The first single from the collection, which featured newly recorded material from pop, rock country, R&B, classical and Contemporary Christian superstars, was Lee Ann Rimes' "I Need You", which was being worked at mainstream Adult Contemporary, Top 40 and Country formats.
Her video from the single aired on "NightBeat" and Dote' knew he had a hit on his hands. It would be hard to say who broke the record first, NightBeat with John Dote', MTV or VH1. But one can only assume that with as large of a stockpile of new releases as MTV and VH1 have to assort through, Dote' may have found Rimes first. Her record "I Need You" climbed to the top of Dote's top 5 list, top of Billboard Magazine and turned multi-platinum.
Platinum artist Edwin McCain's original contribution to the collection crossed the pop artist over to a new audience. McCain's "Jesus, He Loves Me," inspired by the old children's chorus "Jesus Loves Me", was the album's first single at Contemporary Christian radio. "The notion is that no matter what, Jesus does love you and no matter what type of person you are, you can always seek forgiveness," says McCain.