Wynonna, Jo Dee Messina and pop/Christian artist Nicol Smith are among country and Christian artists tapped to be part of the Ruth Project next year, CDNow's Allstar News reports. Conceived by Chordant, Time Warner and William Morris, the initiative will include an album, book and tour. Mike Curb has signed on as executive producer of the album, set for release in the first quarter of 2001. Target audience for the Ruth Project is consumers who attended the women-oriented Lilith Fair festival and the Christian-based Women of Faith conferences. Wynonna and Smith will announce further details at a press conference April 20, during Gospel Music Week.