Friday, January 29, 2010

LeFevre Quartet Reclaims Name, Signs with Beckie Simmons Agency

There is much to be said about the heritage of a name. When thinking of Southern Gospel Music, some of the first family names that come to mind are The Speer Family, The Goodmans, The Nelons and The LeFevres, all legendary in our Industry.
Mike LeFevre, nephew of Eva Mae LeFevre, has been involved in Southern Gospel Music since his days with the legendary Gold City. In 2005, Mike LeFevre, along with five other incredibly talented young men, brought forth a new quartet sound called The LeFevre Quaret. Just one year after forming The LeFevre Quartet, fans voted them the 2006 Horizon Group of the Year at the Singing News Fan Awards. In 2007, they were voted “Breakthrough Artist Of The Year” at the SGN Awards. Their hit song, “Big Mighty God” was nominated for Southern Gospel Song of The Year at the 2009 Dove Awards.
The question has been asked, “So why would a group who has had such an impact on the Gospel Music scene with such wide acceptance change their name?” The answer: With the passing of Eva Mae LeFevre, members of the LeFevre family expressed their desire to retire their legendary name in Gospel Music, so The LeFevre Quartet quietly became Priority.
Since signing with BSA, Beckie Simmons, along with encouragement from their peers, began the process of reconsidering going back to their original family name. Maurice LeFevre addresses the issue with his statement, “I didn’t realize until Mom’s passing last May how quickly new generations forget, as some of my own children came to me and said they had no idea that their grandparents had accomplished so much in life. Mylon and I are absolutely and completely supportive of Mike and his group and the work they are doing for our Lord and Savior. Our initial reservations concerned quality; however, after hearing the group we could not be more in tune. What a great sound!” Thus, the decision was confirmed to continue the legacy of the Le Fevre name. Priority is now being retired and The LeFevre Quartet reborn.
BSA/Beckie Simmons Agency has entered into an exclusive booking agreement with The LeFevre Quartet. Beckie Simmons adds, “We are excited about adding The LeFevre Quartet to the BSA family! The sound of this group is superb plus having a live band represents some of the best in Southern Gospel Music. I am so happy to be part of their future and keeping the LeFevre heritage alive.”
The Beckie Simmons Agency exclusively handles LeFevre Quartet’s appearance dates. For more information on scheduling The LeFevre Quartet please contact BSA at 615.595.7500 or For more information on LeFevre please visist

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Legacy Five and Others to Participate in Haiti Relief Benefit Concert

Hendersonville, TN (Jan.26, 2010) - Nashville-based Brent Gambrell Ministries will host a Haiti Relief Benefit Concert at the People's Church in Franklin, TN on Thur. Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. Come hear a first-person account from earthquake survivor Katie Erie, an MTSU student who was working at the New Life Link orphanage when the magnitude 7.0 quake hit on Jan 12. Also hear from Mike Wilson, the Williamson county father who flew into Haiti the morning after to rescue Katie and his daughter Santia (Tia), who resided at the same orphanage, and Brent Gambrell, who accompanied him, and whose ministry has been working in Haiti for almost eight years.
The evening will include performances by Jaci Velasquez, JoDee Messina, Legacy Five, Melissa Greene (formerly of Avalon), Nic Gonzales, new country band Thompson Square, and others. Praise & Worship leader Jared Anderson will also premiere "Carry Me," the song he wrote for the people of Haiti, and dedicated to Katie.
There is a $10.00 suggested donation at the door, with other opportunities to give during the night. For more information on the benefit concert or ways to support the Haiti Relief efforts, contact the BGM office at 615-331-4600 or go to
To learn more about Legacy Five, visit To learn more about Daywind Records, visit

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Collingsworth Family Embark on 11th Annual Florida Tour

(NEW RICHMOND, OH) Crossroads Recording Artists, The Collingsworth Family, embark on their 11th Annual Florida Tour next week. This annual trek to the Sunshine State has become a staple for many Collingsworth Family fans, as their tour bus winds it's way to 15 concert stops throughout the state. This year, the tour highlights one of their own SPECIAL EVENING events, hosted by their own production company, Regency Productions, featuring both The Collingsworth Family and fellow Gaither Homecoming Artists, Janet Paschal at the Jensen Beach Performance Theater in Jensen Beach, FL ..... near West Palm Beach. Other bus stops include Ft Myers, Ocala, Lakeland, Spring Hill, Leesburg, Kissimee, Titusville, Hudson, Bradenton, Orlando, Inverness, Sarasota, & Winter Park. "This annual tour is looked forward to all year by our family, as we see so many of our friends at so many different locations throughout the State of Florida" says Phil Collingsworth, father and owner/manager of the group.

The Freemans Honored with 4 SGN Music Award Nominations

The Freemans Honored with 4 SGN Music Award Nominations
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Popular Southern Gospel artist The Freemans were honored last week to receive four nominations in the 2010 SGN Music Awards. Nominees were announced last Thursday on – host of the popular awards program.
The Freemans received nominations in a variety of categories. The group’s Top 10 hit – “Three Rugged Crosses” – earned the family their third consecutive nomination for Country Song of the Year (the group won the award in 2008 for the record-breaking #1 hit “He Chose Me”). Group patriarch Darrell Freeman also landed his third consecutive nomination for Producer of the Year (Artist). The group’s Christmas release – Christmas Memories – received a nomination for Special Event Project of the Year. (Darrell Freeman also received another nomination for producing that project.) Collectively, the group received their first Best Live Performer nomination – an award that is highly respected among other performers and fans.
Deon Unthank of said, “Most of what makes The Freemans so beloved in this industry is their live shows. They have an infectious energy that fans have come to love. They are most deserving of this nomination – especially after utilizing more of the family in their vocals and arrangements.”
“We have to say ‘Thank You’ to the Unthanks and staff at,” mentioned Chris Freeman of The Freemans. “We are blessed to have such great group of people so devoted to Southern Gospel music.”
The SGN Music Award nominees are chosen by the staff of and select members of the Southern Gospel media and community. Starting on February 1, 2010 – fans will get the chance to vote for their favorite songs, albums, and artists in Southern Gospel music. To see a complete list of nominees – visit .
The 2010 SGN Music Awards Celebration will take place on Tuesday, April 13, 2010 at River of Life Church in Smyrna, Tennessee. The event is free to the public.
The Freemans will be entering the studio this month to begin work on the follow-up to the award-winning Eyes On the Prize album. More information will be released on that at a later date.
To visit the newly designed website of The Freemans, visit
You can also visit the group’s MySpace at The group’s Fan Facebook is located at
About The FreemansThe Freemans are one of Southern Gospel’s most celebrated and critically acclaimed groups. History, experience and spiritual wisdom are three attributes that can be used to describe the foundation of the Freeman ministry. Deeply rooted with family, the Freemans’ experience spans 30+ years. Now in their 20th year of ministry, the Freemans still perform at approximately 250 dates a year, and continue to experience tremendous success.

2nd Generation Reaches #1 on Gospel Music Times Top 40

OAK GROVE, Ark. – Fans continue to respond to the music of 2nd Generation on Southern Gospel radio. The group’s current single, “The Blood Covered It All,” recently reached the #1 spot on the popular Gospel Music Times Top 40 Fan Chart.
“The Blood Covered It All” is the second single from the popular trio to reach the top spot. Last year, the group saw “Feel the Joy” take the #1 spot as well.
Brenda Denney of 2nd Generation said, “We are so humbled by the response that our music has been getting at radio and by fans of Southern Gospel radio. ‘The Blood Covered It All’ has been a favorite among those who attend our concerts – so it was an easy choice as a single. We are so overjoyed that the fans have responded so well to the song!”
The Gospel Music Times Top 40 Fan Chart is the only chart in the Southern Gospel community that is determined solely by votes from fans of the genre. “The Blood Covered It All” peaked at the #1 spot last week. To vote on the popular chart – log on to .
In addition to the Gospel Music Times Top 40 Fan Chart, the new single from the group has been charting on the Top 40 Weekly Chart – this week charting at #14.
The group is currently preparing to enter the studio to record their third album. More information on that process will be released at a later date.
For more information on 2nd Generation – visit
You can also find out more information about the group on their MySpace at The group’s ShoutLife can be found at
About 2nd Generation2nd Generation is based out of the Kansas City, Missouri area. 2nd Generation has appeared at churches, state fairs, Singing in the Sun, Trinity Broadcasting Network, and many other events. Their first project is titled Who Wants to Praise the Lord and features the hit singles “Hanging On Nail”, “When He Chose Me”, and the Top 80 hit “Trouble Me No More.” The group just released their sophomore album, I See a City.

HisSong Garners 3 SGN Music Award Nominations

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The staff of announced their nominees for the 2010 SGN Music Awards last Thursday, and Southern Gospel trio HisSong was among those nominated in the popular awards program.
HisSong was honored to be nominated for three awards. The group received their second consecutive nominations for Male Group of the Year and Traditional Southern Song of the Year (this year for “I Believe In Prayer”). In addition, the trio landed their first ever nomination in the respected Album of the Year category for last fall’s Vine Records release Journey Through the Sky.
“We are so honored to be nominated for these awards,” mentioned Dennis Humphries of HisSong. “The SGN Music Awards have quickly become one of the Southern Gospel’s most prized awards programs. We appreciate them noticing our ministry. It means a lot to the group.”
The SGN Music Award nominees are chosen by the staff of and select members of the Southern Gospel media and community. Starting on February 1, 2010 – fans will get the chance to vote for their favorite songs, albums, and artists in Southern Gospel music. To see a complete list of nominees – visit .
The 2010 SGN Music Awards Celebration will take place on Tuesday, April 13, 2010 at River of Life Church in Smyrna, Tennessee. The event is free to the public.
HisSong released their sophomore recording for Vine Records/Crossroads Music this past September. The new album, Journey Through the Sky, was produced by Dove Award-winning songwriter/producer Wayne Haun.
The album has already had a strong impact at Southern Gospel radio. The debut single, “I Believe In Prayer,” is currently charting in the Top 10 on the Singing News Top 80 Chart and recently spent three weeks at #1 on the Top 40 Weekly Chart.
To order HisSong’s new project, Journey Through the Sky, visit their website at . More information on ordering the disc can be found at their website.
HisSong is booked through the Dominion Agency. For more information on how to book the popular trio, log on to or call (910) 484-6996.
HisSong also has a weekly online newsletter which gives fans of the group information on the ministry and much more.
More information on HisSong can be found at Fans are encouraged to visit the group’s MySpace at
About HisSong Based out of Nashville, Tennessee, HisSong has already achieved national notoriety within the group’s short lifetime. HisSong received their first GMA Dove Award this year for the critically acclaimed breakthrough recording On the Way Up. The group has been awarded two Diamond Awards. HisSong’s current single is “I Believe In Prayer.”

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Crabb Revival Signs With Tana Lonon Agency

Crabb Revival Signs With Tana Lonon Agency
Nashville, TN (January 23, 2010) – The Tana Lonon Agency is pleased to announce a great addition to their talented roster of artists. Crabb Revival has joined the agency as the newest artist on their roster of talent. The agency will be handling Crabb Revival’s booking exclusively.
Tana Lonon expressed her excitement about this new relationship with Crabb Revival. “I am honored and excited to share in the artistry and, most importantly, the ministry of Crabb Revival by representing them as their booking agency. Their talent, heart for ministry, and character shines through in all they do. Our agency is proud to add them to the roster, and we’re looking forward to a great relationship.”
Crabb Revival is a diverse ministry, sharing a genre of Christian music that truly has mass appeal. Their roots are in Southern Gospel, but they have a strong Country influence, as well. When they share their ministry, their most important focus is conveying the love of Christ so that souls can be saved and lives can be changed.
Adam Crabb said, “We feel such a kindred spirit with Tana. She’s an incredible person, and she shares the heart for ministry that this group feels so strongly about. We couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity to work with her and the Tana Lonon Agency. We look forward to all the doors God is going to open for ministry.”
The group will be in the studio soon recording a brand new album with producer, Michael Sykes. Their tour schedule will continue, and they will be recording when they’re not on the road. To schedule them for your church, concert, or event, call the Tana Lonon Agency at 239.242.0875. You can email the agency at or visit them on the web at
To learn more about Crabb Revival, visit

'56' for Daywind Music Group in 2010 SGN Music Award Nominations

It’s A BIG 56 for Daywind Music Group In The 2010 SGN Music Award Nominations
Hendersonville, TN (January 22 2010) – Nominations were just released for the 2010’s SGN Music Awards. Daywind Music Group led the field with a huge number of nominations; 56 in all. The SGN Music Awards Celebration will be held on Tuesday, April 13, 2010. The event will take place at the River of Life Church in Smyrna, Tennessee. It is free to the public. Fans can be a part of the process of choosing the winners by going to and casting their votes beginning on February 1, 2010.
Karen Peck & New River and the Perrys led artist nominees with a stunning nine nominations each in this year’s awards. They were nominated for Song of the Year (“I Want To Thank You”- Karen Peck & New River and “If You Knew Him” - Perrys) and for Album of the Year (No Worries and Almost Morning). Both received nominations for Mixed Group of the Year and Fan Favorite, as well as several other nominations. Legacy Five and the Booth Brothers received seven nominations. Brian Free & Assurance and Triumphant Quartet were close behind with six nominations each. Greater Vision garnered four and the newest group to the Daywind roster, Sisters, received two nominations, one of which includes Breakthrough Artist of The Year. Daywind Music Publishing songwriters Kyla Rowland, Dianne Wilkinson, and Marty Funderburk were among the nominees in the Songwriter of the Year categories and had several nominations for Song of the Year. Ronnie Hinson also had two Song of the Year nominations.
Norman Holland, (A&R Director and Vice President of Daywind Records, expressed his honor on behalf of the artists and writers at Daywind. “It is so evident that combining wonderful talent with heartfelt ministry and incredible songs brings about tremendous success. What an overwhelming list and number of nominations we are celebrating today! We are honored that each of these artists and songwriters are a part of our lives and family here at Daywind.”
The detailed listings of Daywind Music Group nominations are as follows:
SONG OF THE YEAR: “Die Another Day” – Brian Free & Assurance (M.Funderburk, J.Lemonis, B.Smith) “Everyday” – Triumphant Quartet (D.Loggins, J.D.Martin) “I Want to Thank You” – Karen Peck & New River (R.Golden, J.Salley) “If You Knew Him” – Perrys (R.Griffin, J.Habedank) “It Pays to Pray” – Greater Vision (R.Griffin) “Notified” – Written by Ronnie Hinson (recorded by Mike & Kelly Bowling) “What Salvation’s Done For Me” – Booth Brothers (R.Golden, D.Wilkinson)
ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Almost Morning – Perrys (W.Haun) Everyday – Triumphant Quartet (W.Haun) Just Stand – Legacy Five (L.Goss) No Worries – Karen Peck & New River (M.Fain) Worth It – Brian Free & Assurance (B.Weeks)
MALE VOCALIST: Joseph Habedank (Perrys) Bill Shivers (Brian Free & Assurance)
FEMALE VOCALIST: Karen Peck Gooch (Karen Peck and New River)
MALE GROUP: Booth Brothers Legacy Five Triumphant Quartet
MIXED GROUP: Karen Peck and New River Perrys
SONGWRITER (ARTIST): Jim Brady (Booth Brothers) Rodney Griffin (Greater Vision) Joseph Habedank (Perrys) Kyla Rowland (Kyla Rowland & Deliverance)
SONGWRITER (PROFESSIONAL): Marty Funderburk Dianne Wilkinson
PRODUCER (ARTIST): Tim Parton (Legacy Five)
ENGINEER: Gus Gaches (Legacy Five)
MUSICIAN: Bryan Elliot (Perrys) Tim Parton (Legacy Five)
TRADITIONAL SOUTHERN SONG: “If You Knew Him” – Perrys (R.Griffin, J.Habedank) “It Pays to Pray” – Greater Vision (R.Griffin) “When the Trumpet Sounds” – Triumphant Quartet (W.Haun, J.Lindsey) “Whispered Prayers” – Karen Peck and New River (E.Galloway, J.Steele)
TRADITIONAL SOUTHERN ALBUM: Almost Morning – Perrys (W.Haun) Everyday – Triumphant Quartet (W.Haun) Just Stand – Legacy Five (L.Goss)
ROGRESSIVE SOUTHERN SONG: “Die Another Day” – Brian Free & Assurance (M.Funderburk, J.Lemonis, B.Smith) “Notified” – Written by Ronnie Hinson (recorded by Mike & Kelly Bowling) “What Salvation’s Done For Me” – Booth Brothers (R.Golden, D.Wilkinson)
PROGRESSIVE SOUTHERN ALBUM: No Worries – Karen Peck & New River (M.Fain) Renewed – Sisters (H.Day, K.Lord, V.Ruppe) Worth It – Brian Free & Assurance (B.Weeks)
COUNTRY SONG: “I Want to Thank You” – Karen Peck & New River (R.Golden, J.Salley) “Three Rugged Crosses” – Written by Marty Funderburk and Ricky Funderburk
SPECIAL EVENT PROJECT: Jubilee! – Booth Brothers, Greater Vision, Legacy Five (G.Wolfe) Live At the Oak Tree (series) – Daywind Records (P.Corley, T.Corley, S.Lancaster, N.Holland, M.Turner)
BEST LIVE PERFORMER: Booth Brothers Karen Peck & New River
FAN FAVORITE ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Booth Brothers Brian Free & Assurance Karen Peck & New River Perrys Triumphant Quartet
Daywind Music Group is based in Hendersonville, TN. Daywind Records music is distributed worldwide through New Day Christian Distribution. For a complete list of this year’s nominees and to cast your vote, visit For further information on Daywind Records and these artists, visit

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Joseph T Lee Music Now Available Digitally

Joseph T. Lee Music Now Available Digitally
MECHANICSVILLE, Va. – Heartwarming Records recording artist Joseph T. Lee is proud to announce that his music is now available on many digital outlets through his recent partnership with
Lee’s debut album, Shield of Faith, is now available on iTunes and other major digital outlets.
“I am so excited about working with CDBaby,” mentioned Joseph T. Lee. “They have been a great help to my ministry already, and I expect great things in the future from our partnership. Getting this album out nationally has been a dream come true for me as an artist.”
For more information regarding Joseph T. Lee and CDBaby – visit Lee’s CDBaby site at .
Lee’s debut album, Shield of Faith, was released in late 2008 independently. He and his ministry partner Bill Loyall will announce more details about their group – Lee & Loyall’s debut at a later date. They are scheduled to record their debut Heartwarming Records release later this year.
Joseph’s debut single, “There’s a Miracle Coming,” had major success at radio – including charting on Gospel Music News Top 100 Chart and Top 40 Fan Chart. “There’s a Miracle Coming” was written by Sandy Bloemer.
More information on Joseph T. Lee can be found at his website – located at . Contact and booking information can be found at the site. Fans are also encouraged to visit Joseph on ShoutLife by heading to .
About Joseph T. LeeJoseph T. Lee is an accomplished Christian businessman, actor, and vocalist. God has given Joseph the gift of song to share the message of Salvation and Redemption. He feels led to the music ministry as well as an evangelistic ministry of sharing his faith with others. His debut recording, Shield of Faith, released in December 2008.

Sharon Kay King's "God's Been Good" Lands on Top 50 Char

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Singing News Fan Award nominee Sharron Kay King’s hit single, “God’s Been Good,” landed a spot on’s Top 50 Songs of 2009 Chart.
The song, which became King’s first Top 10 hit last year, ended up at #31 on the year-end chart. The Top 50 Songs of 2009 chart is based on points accrued throughout the year on the Top 40 Weekly Chart. “God’s Been Good” peaked at #6 and spent 24 weeks on the popular chart – just two weeks short of exactly six months worth of chart time.
“Words can not express just how grateful I am that ‘God’s Been Good’ had such a great run at radio,” mentioned Sharron. “It’s a song that so many people can relate too. I am honored that the song was placed in my hands. Thank you to everyone who played the song or called and requested it! You mean the world to me!”
The song also reached the #1 spot this week on the Top 40 Fan Chart. The Top 40 Fan Chart is the only chart in the Southern Gospel community that is determined solely by votes from fans of the genre.
“God’s Been Good” was written by Sue C. Smith and Belinda Smith and can be found on King’s latest release – Don’t Stop Believing. The follow-up single to “God’s Been Good” will be releasing soon.
More information as well as booking information on Sharron Kay King can be found at Fans are encouraged to visit Sharron’s MySpace at
About Sharron Kay KingSharron Kay King is a talented singer/songwriter based out of Richmond, Indiana. Sharron’s last release, Don’t Stop Believing, spawned off the #1 fan favorite “God’s Been Good.” King was a 2008 Top 5 finalist in the Singing News Fan Awards for Favorite Horizon Individual and a 2009 Top 10 finalist for Favorite Soloist.

Lisa Nielson Exits Faithful Crossings

CLERMONT, Fla. – Florida-based family group Faithful Crossings is saddened to announce the departure of vocalist Lisa Nielsen. Lisa is stepping down to focus on her family life.
“I have enjoyed my time with Faithful Crossings immensely. Tammy and Curtis have been so supportive of me with the difficult decisions I have had to make, and I would greatly appreciate any prayers for my family and myself," mentioned Lisa. “Anyone should be honored to accept a position with this group. Their hearts are truly in this ministry.”
Tammy Sumner of Faithful Crossings said, “Lisa was a good addition to our group. She had a spunky, sweet attitude that made people love her, and she would stop what she was doing at any given moment to pray with someone who needed prayer; her heart was truly to minister and to give of herself to others. We already miss her and keep in touch with her almost daily.”
With Lisa stepping down, Faithful Crossings is seeking an immediate replacement for her.
Faithful Crossings is seeking an individual, either male or female, who has an ear for intricate harmonies. They are looking for either a very low alto or low tenor. Faithful Crossings travels mostly on the weekend but do travel all over the United States so some weekends are extended. The group has regularly scheduled practice times, so individuals located in Central Florida are preferred.
Those seeking more information on the open position can visit Faithful Crossings’ website at . You can also visit their MySpace at
About Faithful CrossingsFaithful Crossings is a Southern Gospel ministry based in central Florida. At the heart of the ministry is Tammy Sumner, former member of the acclaimed all-women's Southern Gospel quartet, Sweetwater Revival. Tammy is joined by her husband Curtis Sumner and children Taylor and Lauren as well as new group member Al Mercer.

Karen Peck and New River Welcome Jeff Hawes

Dahlonega, GA - Karen Peck Gooch, of Karen Peck & New River, has announced the addition of Jeff Hawes to the group's vocal line-up. "Susan and I are very excited to have Jeff as part of our group," says Karen. "Jeff is an anointed singer and we feel that God has great plans for this young man. We hope everyone who attends our concerts will take the time to meet Jeff." Jeff Hawes is a native of Flat Rock, Alabama. He has previously been teaching English for the Jackson County School District, most recently teaching 12th grade English at Pisgah High School. Jeff began singing on stage around the age of five years old and has always wanted to touch people's lives through song, but it was after his tenure at Troy University that Jeff's "gospel dream" became a reality. In 2008, Jeff auditioned with hundreds of hopeful gospel singers for a chance to be on the Gospel Music Channel's hit reality show Gospel Dream. Jeff was one of three chosen to represent Atlanta when the show was taped in Nashville. The show aired in June 2008, and after making it through two extremely tough rounds of competition, Jeff made the top 12 in the nation. After his time on Gospel Dream, Jeff went on to compete in Orlando, Fla., for the AMTC (Actors, Models, and Talent) Competition in which Jeff was chosen for their highly esteemed Talent Show. Jeff performed in front of top producers and agents from across the world. While at the competition, Jeff was asked to travel with Stained Glass Marriage Ministries from Birmingham, Ala., in which he played keyboard and led worship for their Praise and Worship Team. Jeff also was hand chosen by Jeremi Richardson of the contemporary group Avalon to sing with the Cleveland Carolers during the 2008 Christmas season. In March of 2009, Jeff competed in the annual Aaron Wilburn Talent Search at Hoofers Gospel Barn in LaGrange, Ga., where Jeff won 1st place in the Contemporary Christian Division. Wilburn was a huge supporter of Hawes and allowed him to open for one of his shows in Alabama. As a result of winning in LaGrange, Jeff advanced to the National Quartet Convention Talent Search in Louisville, Kentucky where he placed in the Top 10. Jeff has a true desire to minister to the lost. "My goal is to magnify the name of Jesus and give all honor, praise and glory to His name," says Jeff. "I'm thrilled to even be singing on the same stage with Karen Peck & New River, and I'm greatly humbled and excited to be their newest addition. I cannot thank Karen and Susan enough for having the confidence in me and the faith in God to give me this chance of a lifetime. "Throughout the audition process, I've stuck by my favorite scripture of Proverbs 3:6: 'In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.'"

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Singing News Fan Awards move to SGM A

The Southern Gospel Music industry’s premier awards show, the Singing News Fan Awards, is moving to a new home beginning in 2010.
“Dollywood, the home of the Southern Gospel Music Association’s Hall of Fame and Museum, has opened its doors to the 2010 edition of the Fan Awards,” says Singing News Editor Danny Jones.
“Additionally, the SGMA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be incorporated into the Singing News Fan Awards presentation to present a new program that will not only honor the artists that Singing News subscribers have chosen as their favorites, but to acknowledge the contributions of Southern Gospel Music pioneers and those who have greatly influenced our industry.”
The first Fan Awards were presented in 1970 at the “International Gospel Song Festival,” an event promoted by Singing News founding publisher, the late J.G. Whitfield. “When Mr. Whitfield acquired the National Quartet Convention a few years later,” Singing News Editor-In-Chief Jerry Kirksey recalls, “the Fan Awards moved to the NQC stage and remained there through 2009.”
“The National Quartet Convention has been gracious in sharing their time and facilities with us for four decades,” says Jones. “We will continue to support that grand tradition of Southern Gospel music even as we look forward to our move. We will continue to have one of the largest booths at NQC as well as expanded editorial coverage, pre and post convention.”
The 2010 Singing News Fan Awards and the 2010 SGMA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held Wednesday, September 29, 2010, in the D.P. Celebrity Theatre at Dollywood.
The new program will be the opening feature each year for Dollywood’s National Southern Gospel Music & Harvest Celebration with the premiere presentation followed by an entire month of Southern Gospel artists performing throughout Dollywood. The music presented is quite special to someone who is very familiar with Dollywood.
“Southern Gospel music has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember,” Dolly Parton says. “I am proud Singing News chose Dollywood as the home of their Fan Awards in conjunction with the SGMA’s Induction Ceremony. The park is a unique place where we not only focus the whole month of October on Southern Gospel music but our guests can also enjoy Southern Gospel singing almost every day throughout the year.”
SGMA Executive Director Charlie Waller, who was instrumental in bringing this new event to life, says, “The SGMA Executive Board unanimously voted in favor of the merger of the Fan Awards and Induction Ceremony, and I look forward to working with everyone involved to produce a first class event centrally located in the heartland of Southern Gospel music fans.
“On behalf of the SGMA, I would like to thank Barbara Joines, Dollywood’s Vice President and General Manager, as well as the entire Dollywood staff, for their commitment to this event and for housing the Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame and Museum.”
Tickets for the event will go on sale March 1, 2010. Additional information will be announced soon.

Adam Crabb Endorsed by Bushman Music Works

Hendersonville, TN (January 19, 2009) – Daywind Records’ artist Adam Crabb (Crabb Revival) has received a rare endorsement deal from Bushman Music Works.
John Hall, owner of Bushman Music Works shared, “I am very proud and excited to announce that my company, Bushman Music Works, will support Adam Crabb of Crabb Revival. From the first time I heard the rich voices and beautiful harmonies of Crabb Revival, I wanted to be part their great ministry, and when I heard Adam play the harmonica, I knew I had to get one of our Delta Frosts in his hands. I look forward to a long and enjoyable relationship with Adam and Crabb Revival.”
Crabb expressed his honor over representing these great harmonicas on the road. “I am very excited to be a part of the future growth of Bushman harmonicas. I've played a lot of great harmonicas over the years, but the sound that comes from these harmonicas is so pure and rich. They have put a lot of work into engineering them. Anyone who plays one will understand why. Thank you Bushman for allowing me to be a part of your family!”
Not only will Adam be playing Bushman Delta Frost harmonicas on the road, he will be carrying a selection of their products at his table.
Crabb Revival has a brand new album in the works and is currently considering songs for that album. For more information on Crabb Revival, visit
To learn more about the Bushman story, visit To learn more about their Delta Frost harmonicas, go to
Daywind Records is based in Hendersonville, TN, and is distributed worldwide through New Day Christian Distributors. In addition to Crabb Revival, Daywind is home to such great artists as Austins Bridge, Greater Vision, and Aaron and Amanda Crabb, among others.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Mark Trammell Quartet

Hendersonville, TN (January 12, 2010) – George Younce said it best, “Mark Trammell is a ‘quartet man,’ period.” After two years of soul searching as the craft of the traditional gospel quartet became scarce, Mark Trammell is pursuing his life-long dream of having his own traditional male gospel quartet.
“All I'm really doing is returning to my roots,” stated Mark. “I was trained by some of the greatest men to ever take a quartet to the stage and I'm very excited about MTQ endeavoring to raise the bar when it comes our music and being able to minister to, as well as entertain our friends and fans."
Mark has always been about singing and not gimmicks. He reminds us that Glen Payne and George Younce taught him that at the end of the day if you want to be successful in stirring the hearts of the people, you MUST sing TO their hearts, and not just their heads.
Mark admits that there was a motive behind his decision to announce the change before knowing who the bass singer was going to be. While he openly states that this was not necessarily a “religious” awakening, he did want the right man for the position. In making the announcement the way he did, the prospects came to him, instead of him going on a search to find the right man.
The right man is Pat Barker. Pat has developed a reputation as one of today’s smoothest bass singers. Pat will be joining Mark Trammell, Dustin Sweatman and Joel Wood at the beginning of February 2010.
The quartet will be in the studio soon working on a summer release from Daywind Records.
Daywind Records is based in Hendersonville, TN, and is distributed worldwide through New Day Christian Distributors. In addition to the Mark Trammell Quartet, Daywind is home to such great artists as Greater Vision, the Perrys, and Legacy Five, among others. For more on the Mark Trammell Quartet, visit The Mark Trammell Quartet is booked by the Harper Agency. Contact them at to schedule this quartet for your church service or event.
For further information regarding the Daywind family of artists, visit

Lulu Roman Announces New Managemen

Formerly with Free Spirit Agency now all management will be handled under Lulu Roman Ministries with Chris Fitzgerald named new manager. Chris will handle all bookings, promotions, and sales. This added addition is due to the fact of the overwhelming growth in our ministry and the expansion of avenues to minister and to show new and exciting ways that Lulu can bring a smile to your people. We are excited to welcome Chris aboard. Our contact information is: Lulu Roman Ministries PO Box 1606 Mt. Juliet, TN 37121 615-497-1627

Ricky Atkinson and Compasion - Music Now Available Digitally

Resting Place Music announces Ricky Atkinson and Compassion has reached out to the world of digital music download.

RAC owner and manager, Ricky Atkinson states,"Over the last few years, in the current technology age, many have ask us about digital downloads of RAC music. We have decided to make a number of our songs available on a new page on the website! We are excited about it, because not only can you dowload the most recent RAC current group singles, butalso alot of our top ten songs over the last 10 years of ministry!" 30 RAC hits are on the page, from RAC originals like, "Jesus Can" and "One More Time"to other popular Ricky Atkinson songs (originally recorded by other popular artist), such as,"This Valley Is For Me", "Resting Place", "I Have Not Forgotten", and most recent #1 song recorded by the Whisnants,"Be Not Afraid". Log onto, and click the "NEW" BUY MP3s button on the top right, and select the single song downloads you want. Its that simple! For booking Ricky Atkinson solo, or Ricky Atkinson and Compassion for a group event, or further information contact concerning music and downloads, contact RAC: (229)-776-7120

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

January 2010 SGN Scoops Available for Download

For this month, we focused on the family & feature interviews with some of gospel music’s favorite clans: The Lesters, The Collinsworths, The Wills, The Stutzmans, The Unthanks/Sunday Edition, and Ron Brewer. We heard some ‘fun’ road stories from The Glovers, as well. We also tackle issues that affect families, from January blahs to teaching children the gospel, from dealing with cancer to dealing with drug abuse. We’re also happy to feature fitness advise from a Christian perspective.


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Shaye Smith Returns to the Chuck Wagon Gang

PIGEON FORGE, TN (Press Release) - The Chuck Wagon Gang is pleased to announce that Shaye Smith, the grand-daughter of the late Anna Carter Gordon Davis, the original alto singer for the Chuck Wagon Gang, will be returning full time to sing alto once again with the group. Shaye first came to the Gang in 1993 as the soprano singer for the group, which was comprised of Roy Carter, Eddie Carter, and their sister, Ruth Ellen Carter Yates. Some ten years ago she became the alto singer for the group, and two years ago she left the group to be with her young boys and attend to some family matters.
“Truly, I’ve missed singing, the many fans and friends I’ve met along the way, and I have missed continuing the heritage and legacy that my family started over seventy-four years ago,” stated Shaye from her home in Hertford, NC. “I knew I would be back with the group, I just did not know when and how the circumstances would unveil for my return. I am just so happy to be returning!”
“Shaye’s return is a wonderful blessing to begin the New Year,” said Dave Emery, manager, emcee, and guitarist for the group. “I’ve looked forward to this time ever since she left, but I never thought it would be this soon. Favorable circumstances just recently developed to make this possible. With the Diamond 75th Anniversary of The Chuck Wagon Gang just a year away, the timing could not be any better for the co-owner of the group to return! We’re already working on a documentary for our 75th anniversary, and her input as a family member is essential.”
While Shaye has been away, the alto position has been held by two of the finest singers to ever work with The Chuck Wagon Gang. In recent times, Kelly Jennings, of Kingsport, TN has been the alto singer. Prior to Kelly, Penny Greene, from Morristown, TN sang for a little over two years. "Penny and Kelly have done a great job and have maintained a great rapport with the fans. We wish them well in their future endeavors,” stated Dave Emery.
Shaye’s first appearance back with the group will be on Thursday, January 14th in Murfreesboro, TN at Fair Havens Independent Baptist Church at 7:00 PM.
The Chuck Wagon Gang, now in their 74th year as an organized group, currently operates out of Pigeon Forge, TN, with a Nashville office operated by Harold Timmons. In addition to Shaye, the current members are Dave Emery, Julie Hudson, Stan Hill, and Joe Rotton. In 1936, the original Chuck Wagon Gang landed a major recording contract. They were associated with Columbia Records (now Sony Music) for 39 years, during which time the recorded over 400 songs, and sold nearly 40 million records for the label. Their 1948 recording of “I’ll Fly Away” became a certified million selling single. Currently recording for Song Garden Music group, the group’s current single, "Singing As I Go" from their release “Keep Travelin’ On” is currently being featured on radio throughout the country.
For further information call 888-319-1021; for bookings Call Dave Emery 817-944-2538.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Storms and Striving

Stress. Seems like all of us have lives filled with stress these days and I was reflecting on this with friends yesterday. The theory is that we have a choice about everything and therefore we should have some control over our stress. I guess that is possible, but if you are like me, you know you don't control your boss at's the other way around. So that means career stress is somewhwat unavoidable.
Personal stress often comes from unexpected events that rain down on your or your loved ones and although you have a choice about how you react to it, you usually don't have a choice about an event such as illness or accident. It would be nice if you could control the timing, or the type of event, or the severity, but usually that is out of your control.
So we all learn to deal with stress either positively or negatively in our own unique ways. There are lots of tools available to help with that, but if you are like me, those tools don't always come to your mind when stress attacks.
There is another kind of stress that comes from striving. Often we decide we want something in our lives that seems so right, and we pray about it, and since God doesn't smash that idea with spiritual lightning, well then it must be we strive after that desire or dream. Because is seems so right and so perfect we don't actually take the private time with God we might need to find out His thoughts on it. So we do whatever it takes to make that thing happen. And we strive and we fuss and we knock ourselves out, stressing over how to make our dream come true.
I have some great, wonderful, Godly girlfriends who reminded me last night that sometimes you do need to put a lot of effort into reaching your dreams. God won't hand us something on a silver platter, even if He has told us that our dream is also His dream for us. Sometimes we need to walk a long, hard road through the wilderness to prepare us for reaching that dream.
Sometimes, however, the dream we have for ourselves is not God's best for us. Sometimes He has something much better and if we finally lay that dream before Him and learn to be content where we are, He can show us a much better plan for our lives. Sometimes our striving and stress and discontent are a sign that our dream is not God's perfect will for our lives. Perhaps if we take the time to listen for His still small voice, we will learn that He is not in the storm, but in the quietness, and in the calm, somewhere far from the stress and striving.
This was a great reminder for me in this new year. I have some awesome friends that I have learned a lot from. I pray this is one lesson that I continuously apply and that the result will be contentment in the place where God wants me to be today.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Centricity Music Reaches 5-Year Company Landmark in 2010

NEW PROJECTS COMING UP THIS YEAR INCLUDE; ME IN MOTION, SIXTEEN CITIES, HIGH VALLEY, ANDREW PETERSON AND DOWNHERE Nashville, TN (January 8, 2010) ----- One of the most respected labels in the Christian genre, Centricity Music, reaches the landmark of five successful years in 2010. The prestigious and innovative label was started in October 2005 with one artist, Jaime Jamgochian, and has quickly grown with ten artists on their label that includes; Downhere, Andrew Peterson, Jason Gray, Lanae’ Hale and Matt Papa. “I guess a lot of folks thought we were crazy at the time we started Centricity Music and rightly so,” says John Mays, Vice President, A&R, Centricity Music. In 2005, in the middle of the worst time in the history of the music business, I think there were times we thought we were crazy too! But God was leading and we did our best to remain faithful in those foundational days. Now, five years later, with the blessing of a staff and roster that I never dreamed we would be able to have, I'm happy we can look back and see that all of our ideas, strategies, successes and failures have all been used by God to help us toward accomplishing our mission, of enabling our artists to create life-changing experiences for the world.” Gearing up for their five-year anniversary, Centricity will be introducing three new artists, Me In Motion, Sixteen Cities and High Valley, while releasing new projects from Andrew Peterson and Downhere this year. Me In Motion – releases their first self-titled Centricity album March 23rd and their current single, “Losers,” is already at #28 and climbing on the CHR chart. The song is a banner for anyone who has felt rejected by their peers and was immediately embraced by audiences on the Newsboys fall tour, which featured Me In Motion. The group is now gearing up to hit the road with Red Pillar later this month. Me In Motion played an incredible 165-dates in 2009. Sixteen Cities – a popular northwest band, Sixteen Cities releases their debut self-titled CD April 20th and their song “Sing Along,” will be playing nationally in several name-brand stores, including Gucci, Nike, Prada, Hollister & AE early this year. The group’s ministry focuses on the unchurched in public high schools and the band was formed while they were still in high school. This means they have become tour veterans in their early twenties and they have been on the road with such acts as Kutless, Building 429, Fireflight and Sanctus Real. High Valley – this trio of Canadian brothers has already generated quite a buzz after their performance in the Centricity suite during GMA last year. Known for their three-part harmony, high-energy stage performances and combining the best of the contemporary Country sound with faith based lyrics, High Valley has already demonstrated a strong mass appeal. They have played with such high-profile artists as Michael W. Smith and Carrie Underwood, and made their debut performance on the CCMA Awards show in the fall with Country singer/songwriter, Paul Brandt. Their self-titled debut full-length project releases May 18th. Andrew Peterson – one of the most respected singer/songwriters in the business will release his second album on Centricity Music, July 27th. His critically acclaimed first CD on the label, Resurrection Letters, Volume II, received a 4 ½ stars review from Christian Single magazine and says, “….he is never miserly when it comes to producing quality albums that are honest, poignant, and relatable.” The CD resulted in a Top 20 hit with, “The Good Confession,” and, “Invisible God,” has just been released and is climbing the charts. We can expect more vibrant music arrangements and thought-provoking lyrics on the new forthcoming album from one of Christian music’s favorites. Downhere – Last year proved a significant time for this well-respected group. They dominated the charts with their hits, “Hope Is Rising,” “My Last Amen,” and the ever popular, “How Many Kings.” They also released their first Christmas project, How Many Kings: Songs For Christmas, that the Tennessean said, “…the album shines with the thoughtful touches of a band that refused to make a sing-by-numbers holiday disc.” The band also added NINE CCMA Awards, out of ELEVEN nominations, to their accolades. Downhere will head back into the studio this spring and will release their fourth CD on Centricity Music this winter. The popular singer/songwriter, Jason Gray, had his CD, Everything Sad Is Coming Untrue, listed as the #8 best faith-based album for 2009 on the Top Ten critic’s list for CCM Magazine. Matt Conner said, Most unheralded songwriter in the entire industry shines again. Gray spent most of the year on the road supporting the project, as he played 150-dates across the country with such acts as Sanctus Real. He also visited thirty-three radio stations in the latter half of last year promoting of his new single, “More Like Falling In Love.” Jason will join WAY-FM’s and World Vision’s Speaking Louder Than Before 2010 Tour with Jeremy Camp, The Afters and Chasen on January 20th in Charleston, South Carolina. Lanae’ Hale closed out 2009 being selected as the #7 best faith-based album for 2009 on CCM Magazine’s Top Critic list. Andrew Greer said, Creative production. Unique voice. Stellar songs. Loads of talent. The best new artist debut of the year by far. Hale’s talent shined on the recent Bethlehem Skyline Tour with Downhere and Jason Gray. She introduced a new Christmas song, “Starving Artist Christmas,” that delighted fans on the fifteen-date tour. Misconception that musicians have money ‘cause I’ve got two jobs and a full-time honey/I can’t even feed a cat because my husband doesn’t even have an ounce of fat. Hale remains one of the most unique female artists in the Christian genre and new exciting announcements will be coming later this year. Matt Papa released his debut project on Centricity Music, Your Kingdom Come, last summer and currently his single, “Open Hands,” is New & Active on the CHR chart and #2 on the national radio outlet, Air1. The unique talent of Papa generated great reviews and appearances on Daystar’s, Celebration and Soundcheck. On Course Magazine said, “Surprisingly, Matt brings purity and edginess to his music that I found instantly appealing yet familiar. This guy has talent.” After playing 120-dates last year, Papa will be touring the southeast in the first quarter of this year. For more information on all Centricity Music artists please visit, Centricity Music is an independent recording and publishing company based in Bellevue, Washington and Nashville, Tennessee. The company’s mission is to enable our artists to create life-changing experiences for the world. Centricity Music’s artist roster includes Jaime Jamgochian, Downhere, Jason Gray, Daniel Kirkley, Lanae’ Hale, Andrew Peterson, High Valley, Matt Papa, Sixteen Cities and Me In Motion.

New Member for Journeymen Quartet

Adam Forsythe, is the newest member of The Journeymen Qt. He will be filling the Baritone position. Adam, his wife Melisa, and their 17 month old son Jay reside in Owensboro, KY. Adam sang his first gospel song at a local BBQ at age 7 and has finally completed his life long dream by getting to travel full time singing Southern Gospel Music. Adam has been singing most of his life and is excited about getting to meet many new friends as he starts his tenure with The Journeymen. He loves Singing for the Lord, and his greatest desire is to see souls won for God's Kingdom. Big John states “We are very excited that Adam has joined us, and we ask all of our friends to come listen to this young man, and make him welcome.” You can find out more about Adam on their Biography Page at:

Marty Haggard Signs with Mansion Entertainment

Brentwood, TN (Mansion Entertainment) January 7, 2010 – Marty Haggard, son of Country Music legend Merle Haggard, has signed with Mansion Entertainment. Born and raised in Bakersfield, CA., Marty spent several years touring with his dad’s band, Merle Haggard and The Strangers, all the while developing his own fan base as an artist including landing a Top New Male Vocalist nomination from the Academy of Country Music in 1988. However; Marty’s desires to express his Christian beliefs lead him into touring churches and Christian events as well as releasing two Christian albums. He’s been seen on Nashville Now, The Trinity Broadcasting Network, Music City Tonight, Crook & Chase, The Grand Ole Opry, The Academy of Country Music Awards, The Today Show and featured in People Magazine. The new project by Haggard, "The Bridge" is being slated for release to radio and retail in February 2010. You can find more information by visiting or .

Speaking Louder Than Before 2010 Tour

Nashville, TN (January 7, 2010) ---- Singer/songwriter, Jason Gray, will start the New Year by hitting the road on WAY-FM’s and World Vision’s Speaking Louder Than Before 2010 Tour. The tour launches January 20th in Charleston, SC and will cover fourteen dates through March. Gray joins headliner Jeremy Camp, The Afters and Chasen on the tour and for ticket information please visit “I’m so honored to have been invited to share the stage with Jeremy Camp,” says Gray. “Not only is he one of the most successful artists in Christian music, but he’s also a man with a compelling story who has known brokenness – a theme that a lot of my music speaks to. We expect it to be a great tour and I’m so happy to be a part of it. The only problem I can foresee is that he’s pretty buff and it’s going to make me feel like I need to start working out. Shoot. I’m also looking forward to hanging out with The Afters and Chasen. What a great line-up!”
“But most of all I’m grateful to get to be the voice of World Vision on this tour and advocate for the poorest of the poor children in the world,” Gray continues. “The recession that has touched so many of us in several ways impacts the poor the most and it’s my great privilege to bring their story to our audiences. We anticipate that this will be a great evening – both with a solid musical line-up and with a lot of heart. God will be worshipped and lives will be changed.”
Speaking Louder Than Before 2010 Tour begins as Gray’s second single, “More Like Falling In Love,” is going for adds at Christian radio. Gray has been traveling the country on radio visits that started in 2009 and continues through January 2010. The song is from Gray’s current CD, Everything Sad Is Coming Untrue, which was rated as #8 in CCM’s Top Ten best faith-based albums from last year. Matt Conner says, Most unheralded songwriter in the entire industry shines again. Other media outlets have heralded the release with Worship Leader Magazine saying, Gray’s songs don’t really work as background music, they demand to be listened to and considered. And PowerSource Magazine adding, Strong stuff from a strong and very creative Christian singer and songwriter – Jason Gray. Gray has become a popular performer on the tour circuit, as 2009 featured Gray on the Sanctus Real tour that launched in September. In December, Gray joined labelmates, Downhere and Lanae’ Hale, for the annual fifteen-city Bethlehem Skyline Tour that was sponsored by Centricity Music. Gray’s debut CD on Centricity Music, All The Lovely Losers, was heralded as one of the top releases in 2007. Media outlets embraced the project and Gray from the start with coverage in CCM Magazine,, Charisma, Christian Retailing, Worship Leader Magazine,, Home Life Magazine, and Focus on the Family’s national radio show, Weekend Magazine. This project was followed with Acoustic Storytime that showcased live acoustic performances of previously released songs from concerts in Minnesota and California. Gray is known for his quick-witted humor while delivering powerful messages about perseverance rather than perfection. For more information on Jason Gray and updates on the Speaking Louder Than Before 2010 Tour please visit online at or Centricity Music is an independent recording and publishing company based in Bellevue, Washington and Nashville, Tennessee. The company’s mission is to enable our artists to create life-changing experiences for the world. Centricity Music’s artist roster includes Jaime Jamgochian, Downhere, Jason Gray, Daniel Kirkley, Lanae’ Hale, Andrew Peterson, High Valley, Matt Papa, Sixteen Cities and Me In Motion.### *Speaking Louder Than Before 2010 Tour Dates: (dates subject to change)January 20 - Charleston, South CarolinaJanuary 22 - Boca Raton, FloridaJanuary 28 - Wichita, KansasJanuary 29 - Denver, ColoradoFebruary 5 - Ft Meyers, FloridaFebruary 6 - Tallahassee, FloridaFebruary 11 - Huntsville, Alabama February 12 - Louisville, Kentucky *Six more dates to be announced soon

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

David Hill Trio Completes Vocals for New Mainline Release

RIDGEVILLE, S.C. – Gospel music group the David Hill Trio was recently in the studio finishing vocals for their new mainline release. The currently untitled project will be the second project for the trio with Gospel Heritage Records, a division of Lamp Music Group.
“This new recording has been a long, labor of love for our group, but we are so excited to finally have everything finished with this new recording,” mentioned David Hill. “We really feel like this is a solid step forward for our group, and we can’t wait for everyone to hear the new songs!”
The new album is being produced by David Hill and Jason Clark (The Nelons). The recording features some of the industry’s most prominent session musicians including Danny Crawford, Jeremy Medkiff, Jason Clark, and Scott Meeder. Tracks were recorded this past August.
“The David Hill Trio is an outstanding talent in this industry,” mentioned produced Jason Clark. “This new record is going to show the world what’s on the heart of the David Hill Trio. I love working with this talented group!”
The new album will also feature songs written by such talented writers as Ricky Atkinson, Nancy Harmon, Jason Clark, Kari Jobe, and group member Amanda Hill.
The debut single will be released later this year. The as-of-yet-untitled album has a tentative release date of this coming Spring. More information will be released at a later date.
The David Hill Trio has already released two recordings to date – 2007’s Glory & Honor and 2006’s David Hill Trio.
For more information on the David Hill Trio, visit their website at .
About the David Hill TrioDavid Hill is no stranger to Gospel music. This former pastor has been a part of such notable groups as Gold City, The Nelons, and The Perrys before branching out and forming the David Hill Trio. He is joined by his wife Amanda Hill and family friend Stephanie Lindsey in the trio. Strong vocals, tight harmonies, and songs with substance are things that the David Hill Trio possess. Take those qualities and combine them with compassion, conviction, a love to worship, and a passion to minister, and you will understand why it has been said that the David Hill Trio is “from the local church, for the local church”.

Heavens Highway Scores First Top 40 Hit

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Powerful Country/Southern Gospel group Heavens Highway has scored their first Top 40 hit! According to the upcoming February 2009 issue of the Singing News Magazine Top 80 chart – Heavens Highway’s hit single, “Longing to Go,” will jump from #43 to #39 in its third month charting on the radio report.
David Timms of Heavens Highway said, “We are so excited at how well this song has done for us! God dropped this song right into our laps, and we are so grateful that radio has taken to this song like it has.”
In addition to charting on the Singing News Magazine Top 80, the song has also been a fixture on additional charts – such as the Top 40 Weekly Chart (#24 this week), Top 100 Fan Chart, and many more.
“’Longing to Go’ was a real surprise hit for us,” mentioned Chris Unthank, program director for the Diamond Award winning “The group has such a mature sound – and this song recalls the likes of early Crabb Family or original Hinson family. Our listeners are just eating this song up!”
Late last year, “Longing to Go” became the group’s first Top 10 New Release according to the October 2009 issue of the Singing News Magazine. “Longing to Go” ranked #7 among all new releases with seven out-of-the-box adds for the song making it one of the most added songs for that reporting period.
“Longing to Go” was written by GMA Dove Award winning songwriter Gerald Crabb (“Through the Fire,” “Hold Me While I Cry”) and can be found on the group’s latest release – Deep Roots.
“Longing to Go” is being pushed to radio through Spin-N-Motions Promotions and Family Music Group. The song can be found on Spin-N-Motion Radio Promotions August 2009 compliation, cut #4. The song was also released to Southern Gospel and Christian Country stations with Family Music Group in November.
For more information on Heavens Highway, visit their website at . You can also visit the band on MySpace at .
About Heavens HighwayHeavens Highway is one of the most powerful Country/Southern Gospel Groups in North Mississippi. Heavens Highway ministers to literally thousands each year in churches and benefits. For over seven years, their primary goal is to see lost souls saved and the lonely, hungry and misguided people of this world find peace in the Lord Jesus Christ. Members of Heavens Highway consist of Sharon Brown, Marty Rock, David Timms, Becky Justice and Jerry Taylor on rhythm guitar.

Brothers Forever Wrap Up Tour

CHURCH HILL, Tenn. – Popular trio Brothers Forever recently wrapped up a successful run on the 2009 Breakthrough Tour. The 2009 Breakthrough Tour saw Brothers Forever in several states including North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Massachusetts, Washington, Idaho, Texas, Arizona, Florida, Louisiana, and Alabama.
Curtis Hagy of Brothers Forever said, “This tour was birthed through God showing us that 'breakthrough' was coming to God’s people. People who have been struggling with sickness, emotional and financial distress, marriage problems, and so much more were touched during this tour.”
“It was so incredible to see all of the responses during altar calls and times of prayer,” mentioned Gary Ballew of Brothers Forever. “We were so honored that God chose us to be a part of his work on this tour.”
Brothers Forever are currently booking dates for their upcoming Spring tour. More information on that will be announced at a later date.
Brothers Forever recently signed a booking agreement with Love Song Booking Agency — a new and upcoming agency based out of North Carolina. The new agency will be assisting Brothers Forever in booking their highly successful tours during the year.
The popular trio just released their latest single to Southern Gospel radio. The new single, titled “Be Alright,” was released late last year through Millennium Music Group. “Be Alright” was written by group member Curtis Hagy and is found on their latest mainline release Sheltered. “Be Alright” is the follow-up to the group’s highly successful previous singles “I Feel a Blessing Coming On,” “I Can’t Forget the Day,” “I Am Him,” and current fan favorite “More Than That.”
“Be Alright” was released to Southern Gospel radio this month through Millennium Music Group. The song can be found on Millennium Music Compilation, Volume 31, Cut #9.
To visit the newly designed Brothers Forever website, visit
About Brothers ForeverBrothers Forever is based out of Church Hill, Tennessee. Nestled in the foothills of upper East Tennessee, this group has quickly become known for their unique style of southern gospel music. Songs such as "I Feel a Blessing Coming On" and "I Can’t Forget the Day" have become nationwide favorites. Brothers Forever felt the call to the music ministry a little over a few years ago, and since the group’s inception, it has been an exciting journey.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Bill Dykes to Appear on Seniors Today

(Naples, Fla. – January 4, 2010) – Combining his love of gospel music with a mission to reach out to the community, Bill Dykes has accepted an invitation to appear on Atlanta Live’s telecast of Seniors Today on Thursday, January 7th from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Throughout the two-hour program, Dykes will perform some of his favorite songs as well as share information about Sky Angel’s faith-based television service. Seniors Today is presented once a month during Atlanta Live on Channel 57 (WATC) and is hosted by Betty Cornet and Pat Mathis. Dykes is currently the Chief Marketing Officer for Sky Angel Faith & Family Television in Naples , Fla. He’s the son of a Baptist preacher and became his father's music director at age 12. Since then he has had the privilege of being mentored musically by several of the greatest musicians in gospel music, and has sung throughout all of North America and in other countries, in thousands of churches. He also has 35+ years experience in ministry, business development, and corporate banking. “I’m really looking forward to spending time with my friend, Pat Mathis, on the Seniors Today program. It’s truly a blessing to have two hours to sing and share Christ. I’m grateful for this opportunity not only to perform but to tell the Atlanta area about Sky Angel’s nationwide television platform,” says Bill Dykes . “ Bill Dykes will be a welcomed guest to WATC's viewing audience in Atlanta and the surrounding areas. His dynamic musical voice, as well as sharing his work with Sky Angel and its impact on the Christian community, will be of great interest to all who watch,” said Pat Mathis, co-host of Seniors Today. Sky Angel provides over 80 faith-based and family-friendly television and radio channels that offer entertainment, news, sports and educational programs. Sky Angel is compatible with subscribers’ current TV service, requires no outside equipment, is easily installed and includes value-added features like 48-hour playback on faith-based television channels plus access to an ever-growing Video-On-Demand library. To learn more, or to subscribe, visit or call 1-800-SKY-ANGEL (1-800-759-2643). About Sky Angel:Sky Angel® U.S. , LLC is a Christian-owned multi-channel provider of faith-based and family-friendly television and radio programming. Founded by Robert Johnson Sr. more than 28 years ago, Sky Angel was created to provide a Christ-centered and family-friendly alternative to the standard television fare. Since then, his vision has grown into a service providing quality television and radio programming to all corners of the United States . Sky Angel’s mission is to build and operate a global communications system to assure the Gospel will penetrate every nation, culture and people.

Hoppers In Concert In Missippi Jan 14

RIPLEY, MS — One of Southern Gospel Music’s most celebrated and award-winning family singing groups will be traveling to Ripley for a special musical experience, and the concert is being offered free to the public.
America’s Favorite Family of Gospel Music, the Hoppers, will perform on Thurs., Jan. 14th, beginning at 7:00 p.m., at West Ripley Baptist Church, 773 Cooper Street.
The Hoppers have been longtime anchors on the Bill Gaither Homecoming videos and television programs. In conjunction with the Homecoming Friends, they have literally toured and sung around the world, performing before more than 900,000 people per year in major sports arenas and at venues in foreign countries.
As for the upcoming Ripley event, the Hoppers have something unique in mind: the Hopper Heritage Tour, a grand concert series that is presented at select locations. It’s being described as a full audio/visual program where the Hoppers — Claude, Connie, Mike, Dean, and Kim — perform many of the sacred songs from their ministry beginnings, as well as their biggest hits.
Some fan favorites and chart topping hits include such classics as: “Shoutin’ Time,” “Here I Am,” “Anchor To the Power of the Cross,” “Yes I Am,” “Jerusalem,” “That’s Him,” and others.
“We’re pulling out all the stops for this concert,” said Claude Hopper, founder and manager of the group. “It is always a great honor for our family to sing before friends in Mississippi. We hope everyone will be encouraged and touched by the powerful gospel message in song.”
Concert planners say seeing the Hoppers live in concert will certainly remind listeners just how encouraging and comforting it is to hear unadulterated Southern Gospel music at its very best. The night will be rousing and entertaining for all age groups.
“After the concert, my family and I look forward to meeting and greeting friends who join us for the evening,” Dean Hopper, group member, added. “We’ll be autographing special copies of CDs, and of our hardback book, After All These Years: The Authorized Biography of the Hoppers. We look at this concert in Ripley as a great opportunity to greet old acquaintances and make new friends, too!”
A love offering will be taken during the concert.
For additional information on the Thurs., Jan. 14 concert at West Ripley Baptist Church, call (662)-587-9001, or (662)-837-4872.