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Resident's song is part of album

Tuesday, September 17, 2002

EAST PRAIRIE -- For years East Prairie resident Fannie Stone has written country gospel music. On Sundays she, her husband and some friends sing on the KCHR Christian radio station out of Charleston.

Recently Stone found out her music has been recorded on a cassette album produced by Hill Top Records, headquartered in Hollywood, Calif.

"I'm just tickled to death," the retired housewife said about her song being featured on an album. "I've never done anything like this before." The song, "God Has Angels All Around Me" is the first she has had produced.

Her talent for songwriting is just something God gave her, Stone said.

"My family is a church family," Stone said. "I have five children. Two of my three sons are preachers. We all sing in church, too." Sometimes they'll get a group together and sing at nursing homes, she added.

Stone's passion for music began by watching television and listening to the radio. She's been trying to get her music published for years, she said.

Stone stumbled across the record label while surfing the Internet. She sent her work into Hill Top Records, and they contacted Stone by letter to inform her of the song's fate.

"I never dreamed this could happen," Stone said. "From what I know it's supposed to be available at all Bible bookstores and anywhere they sell tapes. It's also going to be in song books."

Stone is hoping her song, "Mr. President," will be next on the production list. It was inspired by the events of Watergate, she explained.

Anyone who likes gospel music would like the album, Stone assured. Stone doesn't sing on the album, which is titled "Glory," but she admits she listens to it over and over.

Stone is hoping the album is publicized. "I'd like to make it with my songs and for others to buy the album," she said.

At press time, the cassette album was not yet available at Paul's Christian Bookstore or William's Christian Bookstore.

Hill Top Records Executive Producer Tom Hartman wasn't available for comment.