<I>Christmas Shoes</I> with 17 Million Viewers; Book hits #1 Again

Dec 10, 2002 01:51 PM EST

Reunion Records band Newsong can officially claim a successful phenomenon with its song “The Christmas Shoes,” co-written by Newsong member Eddie Carswell. It started two years ago when the song was released and hit #1 on the mainstream Billboard AC charts. One year later, author Donna VanLiere, wrote a book based on the song that has ventured onto the New York Times best-selling list for two years in a row.

The Christmas Shoes book was #1 on Ingram's hardcover fiction bestseller list last week, beating out John Grisham, Michael Crichton, Jan Karon, and David Baldacci, among others. It will be #17 on the December 15 New York Times Extended bestseller list. On December 1 of this year, CBS aired a movie starring Rob Lowe and Kimberly Williams inspired by the book and song. The movie was seen by roughly 17 million viewers making it the most watched and highest rated original movie of the season. According to Nielsen, it was rated #3 among all network broadcasts for the week; out-performing juggernauts like Monday Night Football (ABC), 60 Minutes (CBS), Law & Order (NBC), and The Sopranos (HBO).

Dean Diehl, General Manager of Reunion Records states, “The incredible success of this movie proves once again the universal appeal of this story. It has worked as a song, a book and now as a hit movie. The simple themes of love, hope and giving so perfectly capture what Christmas means to so many of us. Christmas Shoes is a timeless classic in the making!”

Kicking off their first date in Woodstock, GA, the artists of The Christmas Shoes Tour take a break all together. First row: Clay Crosse, Ginny Owens, & Mark Schultz. Second row: Billy Goodwin, Scott Carpenter, Freddie Colloca, Ben Cordonero, Sam Macadam, & Scotty Wilbanks. Third row: Matt Goodwin, Eddie Carswell, Michael O'Brien, Mark Clay, Jack Pumphrey, Phil Enzor, John Sanders, & Esteban Lopez.