Saturday, July 31, 2010

Want To Sing With Mike, Kelly or Terah Bowling?

Want To Sing With Mike, Kelly or Terah Bowling?

Brentwood, TN (Mansion Entertainment) July 30, 2010 – Despite their recent accident, The Bowling Family is overcoming obstacles and inspiring others with the Singing News/Solid Gospel Radio “New Artist Search”.

The search for the next big artist is under way through the joint efforts of The Bowling Family, The Singing News Magazine, Solid Gospel Radio and The Mansion Entertainment. The grand prize winner will be offered a recording contract with The Mansion Entertainment which will result in a fully paid, 10 song CD that will include having a guest vocal appearance with Mike, Kelly or Terah Bowling. The grand prize package will also include airfare to Branson, Missouri and up to 5 nights hotel stay in Branson Towers to record the album. A full tuition to Singing News University with Les Butler will be included as well.

You can enter the Singing News/Solid Gospel Radio New Artist Search by completing your entry form at or or contacting Stephanie McKenna at 615-850-7023 or via email

Latest RAC CD Available on ITunes

Resting Place Music and Ricky Atkinson and Compassion announces the release of latest
RAC CD on Itunes.

Ricky Atkinson states,"Well I guess its been a long time coming, but we are finally catching up
with the times! Many have requested to get Ricky Atkinson music and our RAC music on
Itunes, and we have now arrived in the digital formal online!"

For more information about RAC or booking RAC or Ricky Atkinson solo, log onto: or

Ernie Haase & Signature Sound - A Tribute to the Cathedrals

NASHVILLE, TN - Ernie Haase and Signature Sound taped the tribute to The Cathedrals DVD/CD in front of a SOLD OUT audience in Anderson Indiana at Reardon Auditorium on Saturday, July 24, 2010.

The highly anticipated Cathedrals Tribute was captured for a DVD/CD release by Gaither Music Group on October 26, 2010.

Photo Credit: Susan Bailey

Press Contact:
The Judy Nelon Group

Friday, July 30, 2010

Genesis Signs With Pathlight Promotions & Media Group

Poca, WV (July 19, 2010) - Southern / Country Gospel artists, Genesis have recently signed an exclusive agreement with Pathlight Promotions & Media Group for all future radio promotions & compilation releases. "We are very pleased to add Genesis to our Pathlight family of artists...Juanita & Terri are two very gifted writers & vocalists. They will be a welcome addition to radio with their unique songs & country flavored vocals." says Martha Drake, owner of Pathlight Promotions & Media Group.

Genesis will release their first national single on the upcoming Pathlight Promotions CD for Radio Vol 2010-06. This new single entitled, "Child Do Not Fear" (written by Juanita Phillips) will ship to radio at the first of August 2010.

Genesis was reformed in Jan 2008. Two friends, Juanita Phillips & Terri Depugh, began their journey doing what God had called them to do. Juanita is primarily the lead singer and is the songwriter for the group. She has been singing since early childhood & resides in Charleston, WV. Terri is the alto vocalist for the group & occasionally takes the lead. She resides in Beckley WV. Genesis is a very self reliant ministry in that their songs & vocal talents are all the work of these two dedicated ladies. They have completed a total of four projects since they began."We are just thrilled about what God is doing in our ministry and can't wait to see where He is taking us in the future...God is Good!" says Juanita. Genesis will continue to travel to various destinations all along the East coast and enjoy the journey God has placed before them.

For further information about Genesis, visit them online at

For further information about Pathlight Promotions & Media Group visit

Goodwins Single Debuts At #2 On Southern Gospel Times Top 40

Poca, WV (July 26, 2010) The latest single, from The Goodwins, "Heart Of The King" has debuted this week at #2 on The Southern Gospel Times Top 40 Chart for the week ending 7/24/10. The Goodwins are very excited about the response that the song has been receiving from radio nationwide. It came in at #87 on the Christian Voice Magazine's Top 100 for August as well. This latest single, features the newest additions to the group, Natasha Barker (Soprano Vocals) & Ron Hamilton (Bass Vocals).

The Goodwins previous single, "Jesus Died Like A Man" debuted at #1 on the Southern Gospel Times & remained there for 4 consecutive weeks in June 2009. It later climbed to #55 on the Christian Voice Magazine's Top 100 chart, and made it's way onto other industry charts as well.

The Goodwins upcoming single, "Revival Medley", will be shipping to radio stations nationwide in August 2010 & is also available for immediate download from Pathlight Promotions & Media Group, at

For more information about The Goodwins visit them online at

Three Minute Give-Away Night At NQC

Brentwood, TN (Mansion Entertainment) July 28, 2010 – The National Quartet Convention is the premier event for fans, artists and industry personnel alike to come together and celebrate Southern Gospel Music. Thousands from around the world will gather this September 12th-18th unparalled event at the Kentucky Fair & Expo Center in Louisville, Kentucky to hear music, meet their favorite artists and see what new products and ideas will be introduced.

On Friday evening, September 17th, beginning at 7pm, Mansion Entertainment will be hosting a Three Minute Give-Away event at the Mansion booth (booth #295). Every three minutes a name will be drawn from NQC attendees who have pre-registered and the winner will receive a free gift from Mansion Entertainment. In conjunction with the Three Minute Give-Away event, there will be a special Meet & Greet with Mansion Records and Manor House recording artists. Registration for the Three Minute Give-Away event will begin on opening night, September 12th, at the Mansion Entertainment booth.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

New River News - From Karen Peck and New River

Hey Friends,

We were so pleased with our homecoming this past weekend. Jeff & Sheri, the New River Band and CS&K outdid themselves. It was a lot of fun to have so many of my lady friends helping out in the kitchen. The only thing, now it is so quiet in my home! Seems like we work all year to get to this particular week and then before we know it, it’s over. We especially thank the Lord that it did not rain.

Our hearts are still broken for the Bowling family. It’s still gonna be a while before they will be back in full swing. Please continue to pray for them. Next week, Tuesday, August 3rd there will be a benefit concert for them at TBN. All the proceeds will go toward their ministry.

Most of you know that the SGMA (Southern Gospel Music Association) and the Singing News Fan Awards have merged to present one of the greatest events of this year. September 29th we are celebrating the 100th anniversary of Southern Gospel Music, inducting some of the finest artists into the SGMA Hall of Fame, and awarding the top artists with the Singing News Fan Awards. This is an event you will want to attend! There have been hours of preparation for this memorial, spectacular night. You can order your tickets at It will be held at Dollywood and Dolly Parton will be receiving the Impact Award and will attend the show. DO NOT MISS IT!

As always, we want to thank all of our precious DJ friends. You are such a part of our ministry. Thank you for all that you do. Together we are reaching a lost and dieing world for Jesus. “Why Should I Worry” is such a timely song for the day we’re living in. Thank you for playing it on your stations.

We are have a lot of great things happening and really appreciate all your prayers that we will make the right decisions for our ministry. The Lord has been so good to us. He remains faithful through every area of our lives. It is an honor to serve Him.

Have a wonderful week.

We love you,

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

SGM Radio Blog’s Top Ten: The Waldens

We are thrilled to share with you these mini-interviews with some great Southern Gospel artists! Check back often to see who is next on the SGM Radio Blog's Top Ten!

The Waldens

The Waldens are husband and wife team, Gene and Kim Walden, from Paris, TN. They are on staff at Tennessee Valley Community Church as Directors of Worship & Youth. (

The Waldens’s Top Ten by Gene Walden

1. Please tell us the name of your latest recording and your favorite song from that CD. What is the message behind this song?

Our latest recording is the self-titled CD, The Waldens. Of course every song is my favorite but if I had to choose just one, it would be a song that Kim and I wrote entitled Little Things. It depicts a couple of real life scenarios that we might typically overlook but God’s hand of providence was in control of those situations. In essence, He loves us so much that He’s involved in every area of our life and “He’s Big In The Little Things”.

2. Have you been on a mission trip? If you have, where did you go? If you haven’t, would you like to and where would you want to go?

Actually, we are taking our Youth to Townsend, TN. We will be working in campgrounds doing daycamps and family evening programs through a local mission organization called CHARM .

3. What was the best decade for music? Favorite artist from that decade?

80’s- The Hinsons, Mid South, The Cathedrals, Singing Americans, etc……

4. If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

Time travel

5. What would be your fantasy venue, the one stage in the world where you would like to sing?

Prime Time on all the major TV networks

6. Who is your favorite Christian author/teacher/evangelist?

Louie Giglio

7. What is one habit you would like to break?

Corn Flakes at midnight

8. Name a song that once it gets stuck in your head you can’t get it out.

Matt Redman’s -You Never Let Go, Greater Vision – It Pays To Pray

9. Name a character trait or fruit of the spirit you would really like to develop in your life.

Gentleness and kindness!

10. What is the last book you read?

The Air I Breathe

Monday, July 26, 2010

Cross and Crown Music Signs With Beyond Measure Marketing

Nashville: Beyond Measure Marketing announced on Friday that they have signed an agreement to represent Cross and Crown Music. “I am excited to partner with a label that truly desires to reach the lost for Christ. Garnie Yeager and all the staff at Cross and Crown are not only an incredible label but are honorable Christians. We are proud to work with the best in Southern Gospel. We are honored to have them as part of our family.” stated Matt Felts, President of Beyond Measure Marketing.
Cross and Crown Music is the parent company for the Morning Star Records, Cross and Crown, Cedar Hill and 4 Square labels. BMM will represent the label and their artists in their marketing and publicity campaigns. Beyond Measure Marketing has immerged as the leading marketing company in Southern Gospel, working with artists such as McMillan & Life, Mike Allen, Johnny Minick and others. You can learn more about Cross and Crown Music as well as Beyond Measure Marketing at the following websites.

The Dixie Melody Boys Resign With Morning Star Records

Legendary Southern Gospel quartet, the Dixie Melody Boys are excited to announce that they have resigned with Morning Star Records and Cross and Crown Music. Hall of Fame member Ed O’Neil said “We are so excited to be reunited with Morning Star Records. Our friends at Cross and Crown Music are people of integrity and we look forward to the exciting things that will come with our partnership.”

Cross and Crown V.P. of Artist Relations Brian Beatty said “For over fifty years the Dixie Melody Boys have been a fan favorite and a standard by which other groups are measured. It is an honor to have them back as a member of our family.” More information on the upcoming album for the Dixie Melody Boys will be announced soon. For more information on the Dixie Melody Boys and Morning Star Records, go to the following links.

Perfect Heart Announces Matt Felts As New Tenor

One of Southern Gospel’s most beloved groups, Perfect Heart, is delighted to announce that Matt Felts has joined the group as their new tenor. “Matt has proven himself to be a premier talent in Southern Gospel but more importantly his deep desire to see God’s kingdom grow line up perfectly with our group’s main goal. Matt is a wonderful addition to our family and we look forward to all that he brings to us.” stated Mike Presnell, Legendary bass for Perfect Heart.
Matt is well known to the fans of Southern Gospel, singing for groups such as Monument Quartet and the Skyline Boys. As a member of Monument, Matt gained fans both in the Gospel and country music world through their numerous live and television appearances.
“It is an incredible honor to join a legendary group like Perfect Heart. They were the very first live concert I ever attended and I’ve always been a fan of Mike’s. Though they have a rich tradition, I am more excited about all that God has in store for us. There are so many great things comoing and I can’t wait to see the fans of this group as I hit the road with them.” said matt Felts. Matt has already began touring with Perfect Heart.
Perfect Heart currently can be heard on the radio with their chart hit “Glory Waves”. Fans can see this incredible new lineup at the Showcase Spectacular on Monday at the National Quartet Convention. To learn more about Perfect Heart, fans can go to their official website at

Major Agreements Reached with Prominent Industry Leaders

BRANSON, MISSOURI—Wilson & Case Company, LLC is pleased to announce a Radio Promotions agreement with Rhonda Thompson Promotions, of Nashville, Tennessee. “We are thrilled to be working with one of Christian music’s most sought after radio promoters,” says Trey Wilson, co-owner of Wilson & Case Company. “Rhonda has the heart to serve and present the best artists in Christian Entertainment to the World. We could not be happier with the decision our company has made in working hand in hand with Rhonda.”
Wilson & Case Company is also proud to announce a relationship with Mansion Entertainment. Bill Traylor, president of Mansion Entertainment states, “We are thrilled about this new relationship Mansion Entertainment has formed with these two young men. Their enthusiasm and fresh ideas will be a great asset to our industry and I look forward to seeing where they go.”
Wilson & Case Company is based out of Branson, Missouri and is co-owned by Trey Wilson and Lucas Case. Artist Relations, Radio Promoting, Large Venue Booking, Public Relations, Artist Development, and Touring Support are some of the services that are offered.
“Trey and I are honored to be working with two of the industries top leaders in Christian music,” states Lucas Case, co-owner of Wilson & Case Company. “Our vision and goal is to advance and preserve all styles of Christian music, while maintaining a level of professionalism and class that is second to none. Bill Traylor and Rhonda Thompson are prime examples of the type of leaders our company will continue to work with to achieve our goals.”
For more information about the Wilson & Case Company, please visit or call (615)-509-3200.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Ernie Haase & Signature Sound Visit Ben Speer's Stamps Baxter School of Music

NASHVILLE, TENN. (July 23, 2010)—Ernie Haase & Signature Sound performed on Wednesday, July 21, 2010 at Ben Speer's Stamps Baxter School of Music in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The evening was especially poignant for Ernie Haase. “I've got a picture on my wall of an 18 year old George Younce attending the Stamps Baxter School of Music. To be here 50 years later is very special to us. As I looked out on the audience of students, I wondered to myself who the next George Younce will be. We loved being with Ben Speer and everyone at Stamps Baxter School of Music. Ben Speer has done an amazing job carrying on the legacy and excellence at the school."

"That's the way a quartet is supposed to sound!" Ben said to the students immediately following the concert. Later, he commented: "I was delighted to see how Ernie connected with the audience of students, inspiring the next generation of musicians.”

On Saturday, July 24, 2010, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound will present a Concert Tribute to The Cathedrals Quartet. The evening will be hosted by Bill Gaither and will feature Ernie Haase & Signature Sound singing the best-loved songs from The Cathedrals’ legendary repertoire of quartet standards. With their own unique style, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound will honor their quartet heritage while breathing new energy into gospel hits that have been favorites for decades. Although the show is sold out, the magic will be captured on DVD and CD to be released by Gaither Music Group on October 26, 2010.

About Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
Combining 21st century ideas with the timeless quality of great quartets from the 1950s, Grammy-nominated Ernie Haase & Signature Sound has broken the traditional mold of gospel quartets. Their unconventional approach to communicating the Good News with groundbreaking originality has blazed a trail that will go down in gospel music history.

The group's founder and leader, Ernie Haase, was a long-time member of the Cathedral Quartet, headed by the late George Younce. Ernie's roots are deeply planted in the rich legacy of music that is both meaningful and thoroughly entertaining. After the Cathedrals bid farewell to their five-decade run in the music industry, Ernie's passion for gospel music led him to a new beginning.

Ernie Haase & Signature Sound's success continues with each new release, but perhaps their most rewarding achievement is the new generation of gospel music lovers emerging across the globe. The group's contagious energy spreads through entertaining performances packed with truth and overflowing with a joyful spirit of gratitude... bringing listeners around the world their refreshing approach to gospel classics and new material that is uniquely Signature Sound.

About Ben Speer's Stamps Baxter School of Music
The Stamps-Baxter School of Music is a continuation of the tradition begun by J .R. Baxter Jr. and V. O. Stamps soon after they formed the Stamps-Baxter Music and Printing Company in the mid 1920’s. The music schools held or sponsored by Stamps-Baxter until the mid 1950s provided training in various aspects of music. The desire to educate and train competent gospel musicians prompted Ben Speer to resume the tradition of the Stamps-Baxter School in 1988. The reputation of this school continues to attract students of all ages from all over the United States as well as from other countries of the world.

Friday, July 23, 2010

John Lanier Featured On DAYSTAR Television’s ‘Gospel Music Showcase’ This Weekend

Performing several songs from his latest CD entitled, God Is My Refuge, John Lanier is the featured guest on this week’s edition of “Gospel Music Showcase,” airing Saturday July 24 at 7:30pm (EST) / 6:30pm (CST).

In its sixth year, Daystar TV’s “Gospel Music Showcase” features the best and brightest stars of Gospel music. The inspirational show, hosted by Tammy Underwood, brings viewers a comprehensive line-up of performers and in the past has featured artists like David Phelps, Janet Paschal, 33 Miles and others.

With a career now spanning 21 years, John Lanier has 27 recordings to his credit - including appearances on two of the Gaither Homecoming series - and has garnered numerous nominations and awards including SGM Fan Awards; 2007 ‘Favorite Soloist’ and 2010 ‘Favorite Tenor’ (as a member of Tony Gore & Majesty).

“I am thrilled to be back on one of Daystar TV’s most popular programs,” Lanier mentions. “My newest CD is a direct result of God’s faithfulness to me during a time of severe adversity, and I’m so very thankful for this opportunity to share a few of those songs with the show’s viewing audience. I pray they will minister to people right where they are.”

Award-winning soloist Ivan Parker kicked off the 2010 season of “Gospel Music Showcase” earlier this year. Airing every Saturday evening, the show’s summer schedule also includes appearances by Crabb Revival, The Pfeifers and others.
For more information about Daystar Television Network or “Gospel Music Showcase,” visit online at

For more information about John Lanier, visit online at

Thursday, July 22, 2010


Gospel singer Doug (Reed) Oldham died Wednesday morning at the Charlottesville (VA.) Medical Center. Sources say that Oldham was scheduled for back surgery at 9am. The Hall of Fame singer was 79 year old. Reports indicate that Doug was aware that he might not survive the surgery. Jonathan Falwell, Pastor at Thomas Road Baptist Church says: "Doug told me this Sunday morning, just a couple days ago as we talked on the phone. He said, 'you know what? I know where I'm going and I'm fine with it."

The Indiana native and Dove Award winner recorded 65 albums, including popular tracks titled "He Touched Me,' The King is Coming,' and 'A Rich Man Am I.' Oldham appeared on the PTL program, his own show called 'Hi Doug' and in 1972 he joined the Old Time Gospel Hour in Lynchburg. Doug Oldham leaves behind his wife, Laura Lee, three daughters, five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Visitation - Sunday evening, July 25, at 7:00 p.m. at Pate Chapel on the campus of Thomas Road Baptist Church.
Funeral - Monday, July 26, at 3:00 p.m. at Thomas Road Baptist Church.

News courtesy of SGReporter, Chuck Peters


(Hendersonville, Tenn.) July 21, 2010–Daywind Records is excited to announce the release of Aaron and Amanda Crabb’s newest album, Love With No End, released last week. This recording, produced by Michael Sykes, includes songs such as “The Name Of Jesus,” “Bless Your Name,” and their new radio single, “King Of Glory.”

This husband and wife team recently relocated to San Antonio, Texas to lead worship at Cornerstone Church, pastored by John Hagee. The Crabbs are thrilled about this opportunity to minister to a larger audience, all while continuing to record new music through Daywind. Listeners get a taste of both worlds when Aaron and Amanda are joined by the Cornerstone choir for several songs on this project.

“The latest album from Aaron and Amanda Crabb, Love With No End is by far one of the most enjoyable musical experiences I have had lately,” shares Matthew Hagee, executive pastor of Cornerstone Church. “Every word is sung with sincere emotions from the heart of two people who truly love serving the Lord. You will enjoy Love With No End."

Aaron and Amanda’s previous album, After The Rain, climbed into the Top 20, and was nominated for Inspirational Album of the Year by the Gospel Music Association.
Daywind Records is based in Hendersonville, Tennessee and is distributed worldwide through New Day Christian Distributors. New Day is home to such artists as Keith and Kristyn Getty, JJ Heller and Bluetree.

For more information on Aaron and Amanda Crabb, visit For more information on Daywind Records, visit For more information on New Day Christian Distributors, visit

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

SGM Radio Blog’s Top Ten: Curtis Pruett

We are thrilled to share with you these mini-interviews with some great Southern Gospel artists! Check back often to see who is next on the SGM Radio Blog's Top Ten!

Curtis Pruett

Curtis Pruett, a Gospel singer/songwriter, grew up surrounded by Country and Gospel Music in his home with family and friends. Curtis has been a musician since the age of 5. He started playing for his Dad's country band at age 14. Later, he learned the guitar, mandolin, fiddle, banjo and dobro. Curtis is also a self taught piano player and a very accomplished one. He started playing the piano at 19 years of age. He sees his music as a tool to reach the lost and found!

Curtis Pruett’s Top Ten

1. Please tell us the name of your latest recording and your favorite song from that CD. What is the message behind this song?

This One's Mine is the latest recording. My favorite song is "I Love You". The message is to know that God NEVER leaves us.

2. Have you been on a mission trip? If you have, where did you go? If you haven’t, would you like to and where would you want to go?

I’ve never been on a mission trip. I have spent time feeding the homeless in a church my wife and I attended. I would like to go to Haiti to help in the disaster relief.

3. What artist are you listening to right now?

Guy Penrod's Breathe Deep CD

4. If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

Fly - because sometimes the trip just takes too long.

5. Who is your favorite Christian author/teacher/evangelist?

Billy Graham

6. What is one habit you would like to break?

Saying "Dog gone it" when something goes wrong .

7. Who is your most favorite Bible person/character?

My Savior Jesus Christ

8. What is your favorite Bible verse?

John 16:33

9. Name a song that once it gets stuck in your head you can’t get it out.

Pop goes the weasel

10. Name a character trait or fruit of the spirit you would really like to develop in your life.


Guy Penrod Embarks On First Solo International Tour, Promotes His Debut Country CD, BREATHE DEEP

"Poignant lyrics and masterfully crafted melodies that range from soulful ballads to rock-a-billy have certainly bridged the gap between gospel and country with Guy's debut album. Life, love and faith are beautifully interwoven into each of the specially selected songs on this album." ROUGHSTOCK
"The musical range on BREATHE DEEP is from earthy to heavenly and Guy is mature and impressive in delivery with a soulful quality. His contemporary backing is broad in appeal, ideal for country radio." - British Journalist/Broadcaster/Author Paul Davis
Nashville, TN (July 19, 2010) -- Guy Penrod, the dominant voice of the Gaither Vocal Band for the last 14 years, embarks on his first solo international tour (July 31 - August 16), which encompasses six countries and a variety of venues, ranging from large theaters to intimate church settings. Penrod's tour supports his debut country CD release, BREATHE DEEP, produced by Brent Rowan (Joe Nichols, Blake Shelton) for Servant Records/Gaither Music Group. The first single release from the project, "Are You The One," is currently #1 on the New Christian Music Chart (Europe) and #58 on the Billboard Country Indicator Chart (US).
ITINERARY- For ticket information click on

July 31, Uppsala, Sweden, Word of Life Europe Conference / 15.00
July 31, Vingaker, Sweden, Hjalmargarden / 19.30
August 01, Halden, Norway, Osterbo Conference Hall / 18.00
August 04, Gothenburg, Sweden, Smyrna Church / 19.00
August 06, Schiphol, Holland, Levend Evangelie / 19.00
August 07, Langesund, Norway, Skjaergardshallen / 19.00
August 08, Lyngdal, Norway, Lyngdalshallen / 17.00
August 10, Karmoy, Norway, Akra KIrke / 19.30
August 12, Belfast, Ireland, Glenmachan Church of God / 20.00
August 14, Copenhagen, Denmark, Tivoli Park Glassalen Concert Hall / 16.00
August 15-16, Skalafjorour, Faroe Islands, Keldan / 20.00

Born in Abilene, Texas, the son of a preacher, Guy grew up singing in church and school. His first performance came at the age of three, and Penrod recalls his mom and dad standing him up on a folding chair for his debut solo, "Fill My Cup Lord." From there, the powerful voice that would grow through experiences in school plays, and singing with local groups and theater productions, would lead to graduation and a vocal scholarship to Liberty University in Virginia. During the early 90s, Guy was an in-demand session singer in Nashville, who also appeared on TNN's "Music City Tonight" (as part of the show's vocal quartet), introducing him to a national audience via the live, 90-minute telecast.
Joining Guy on stage will be some of Nashville's finest musicians, including: Jason Ahlbrandt, Lead Guitar/Vocals; Jonathan Crone, Acoustic Guitar/Vocals; Andrew Lusk, Keyboards/Vocals; Lucas Skaggs (son of Ricky Skaggs), Bass Guitar and Tucker Wilson (grandson of Buck White of The Whites), Drums.

BREATHE DEEP is available for purchase at retail outlets worldwide, as well as online at all major e-tailers.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Cross and Crown Music Reinstates Morning Star Records

Cross and Crown Music is excited to announce that they have reinstated Morning Star Records. As the premier music label for over three decades, Morning Star represented many of Southern Gospels top groups at one point in their career including the Perrys, the Booth Brothers, the Crabb Family, Palmetto State Quartet, the Issacs, the Dixie Echoes, Naomi and the Segos, the Martins and the Wilburns. With a list of countless number one and top forty hits, Morning Star has been leading force in the Southern Gospel industry.

“The momentum of God’s moving has pressed upon us that it was time to resurrect the Morning Star label. The opportunity to restore it back to its place in the heritage of Gospel music is humbling and also very exciting.” said Garnie Yeager, President of Cross and Crown Music.

Morning Star will begin announcing their new family of artists that include Gaither Homecoming artists, Hall of Fame members and other household names in Gospel music.

Mother of Singer/Songwriter Sharron Kay King Passes Away

BYRON, Ga. – (July 18, 2010) – Judith Gayle Burwick, mother of singer/songwriter Sharron Kay King, passed peacefully into the arms of her Savior early Saturday morning, July 17, 2010.

Sharron said, “Please continue to lift up our family in prayer as we all have heavy hearts right now. After I was saved, my Mom and I became the best of friends, and I am going to miss her terribly. I'm ever so grateful for the 'tough love' she showed me at the age of 25 that caused me to take a long hard look at my life. I praise the Lord that for the past 20 years we shared a bond that I will always cherish. Thank you all so very much for your prayers and support.”

The funeral for Judith will be held at the Community Family Funeral Home, 101 West Main Street, Richmond, Indiana at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 20, 2010. Visitation will be held at the same location from 2:00-4:00 p.m. that day as well. There will be no graveside service.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the American Diabetes Association in Judith’s honor or donations may be sent to help cover funeral expenses.

Cards and donations may be sent to:

Songs of Sharron Ministries
PO Box 1284
Byron, GA 31008

For more information, please visit

Friday, July 16, 2010

Dove Brothers Grip the #1 Spot on the Singing News Top 80!

BLADENBORO, N.C. – (July 15, 2010) – Multi-award winning quartet the Dove Brothers are holding tight to the #1 spot according to the Singing News Magazine Top 80 Chart! The group’s hit single will claim the #1 spot on the upcoming August issue of the popular Southern Gospel magazine.

McCray Dove said, “This song has been a big hit with the people who have come out to our concerts. We are happy to see that radio has felt the same way about the song. We have a lot of fun with it, but the message is still true. Thanks to everyone who played the song!”

“Hold On” was the second single from the Dove Brothers’ critically acclaimed album by the same title. The first single, “A Little Good News,” was a Top 20 hit for the group.

In addition, “Hold On” has reached the #1 spot on the (formerly Top 40 Weekly Chart. The song spent three weeks atop the popular weekly report.

“Hold On” is the popular quartet’s second #1 hit of their career, according to the Singing News Magazine. The group went #1 in 2007 with the fan-favorite single “I Can Pray.” That song was also named the #1 Song of the Year according to the magazine and won Song of the Year in the 2008 SGN Music Awards.

The group just released the debut single from their much-anticipated new release Unshakeable. “If I Knew Then” has an immediate add date. Unshakeable will be available all over the country at Christian retail later this month.

More information on the Dove Brothers can be found at

About the Dove Brothers
Voted Favorite Male Quartet of The Year by the Southern Gospel Music Association and the Singing News Fan Awards, the Dove Brothers’ high energy presentation and progressive arrangements reflect a tangible link to the good old days of gospel music. Their peers regard them as a class act representing the industry with dignity and respect. Their last recording for Sonlite Records is entitled Hold On and spawned off the #1 hit “Hold On.”

Eighth Day’s New Single Set to Take Radio By Storm!

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – (July 15, 2010) – Popular Southern Gospel trio Eighth Day’s new single is set to take Southern Gospel radio by storm. Fresh off the heals of the group’s fourth consecutive Top 20 single – Eighth Day just released “Heaven’s Mine” to radio.

“Heaven’s Mine” is a fresh, upbeat Country-based tune that features the writing talents of Robert Arthur and Monty Lane Allen. The song was just released to Southern Gospel radio through Spin-N-Motion Radio Promotions. The song can be found on the company’s June 2010 comp, cut #3.

Scott Robinson of Eighth Day said, “We have been blessed beyond measure with the way that radio has responded to our music. We cannot thank DJs and program managers enough for playing Eighth Day’s music. We sing for one reason: so that people will hear the message of Christ. We hope that that is reflected in our music.”

“Heaven’s Mine” is the fourth single from Eighth Day’s SGN Music Award nominated project – Everything Holy. That album has already spawned off three previous Top 20 hits with “Everything Holy to Me,” “The Veil Was Torn,” and most recently “Trust His Heart.”

In addition, “Heaven’s Mine” recently earned a spot on the DJ Pick Hits list according to the August issue of the Singing News Magazine.

“Eighth Day’s music is a staple on our station,” mentioned Chris Unthank, program director of the Diamond Award-winning “These guys pick the best songs, and they have an amazing amount of talent. Radio should not pass these guys up!”

More information on Eighth Day can be found at

About Eighth Day
Eighth Day is a popular trio based out of Spartanburg, South Carolina. The group has quickly established itself as one of the top new talents in Gospel music today. Their fresh and progressive sound has been described as a little bit country, a touch of bluegrass, and a whole lot of Gospel!

Brothers Forever To Appear On Faith Works Now TV Show This Weekend

Group’s New Single Impacting Radio Now!

CHURCH HILL, Tenn. – (July 15, 2010) – Popular trio Brothers Forever will be the special musical guest on this week’s Faith Works Now television show. Faith Works Now is a weekly television show focusing on the Christian faith and life. The show is hosted by Gospel music veteran Gary McSpadden and airs on the TCT Network.

“We had such a great time while recording for this show,” mentioned Gary Ballew of Brothers Forever. “Gary and his wife Carol were gracious hosts, and we are so excited to be on the show this week!”

Curtis Hagy of Brothers Forever said, “Gary’s ministry reaches across many nations, and we are so happy that we could be a part of it in a small way. We know that our friends and family will love the show!”

Brothers Forever will be performing their Top 40 hit single “Be Alright” on the program. The show is set to air this coming Saturday, July 17, 2010 on the TCT Network (DirecTV Channel 377). The show airs at 5:00 a.m. (CST) and then again at 7:30 p.m. (CST) each week.

For more information on the show, visit or log on to .

Brothers Forever recently kicked off their 2010 “The Journey” Summer Tour. During “The Journey” Summer Tour, Brothers Forever will visit North Carolina, Texas, New Mexico, California, Idaho, Tennessee, Kentucky, and for the first time ever, Montana from now until August 8, 2010 – the final date of the tour.

Brothers Forever just released their sixth single from the critically acclaimed release Sheltered this month. “Whenever I Speak His Name” (written by Russ and Tori Taff) was released to radio through Millennium Music Group.

Brothers Forever are currently booking dates for their upcoming
Fall tour. More information on that will be announced at a later date.

To visit the newly designed Brothers Forever website, visit

About Brothers Forever
Brothers 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.

Thursday, July 15, 2010


(New Richmond, OH) Phil & Kim Collingsworth announce the engagement of their daughter, Courtney Noel Collingsworth, alto for the award-winning Collingsworth Family, to Mr. Michael Brent Metz of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Michael is currently a full-time under-graduate student at Grand Valley State University, completing a Bachelor of Science degree with plans to continue his education at Medical School and pursueing a career as a Physician or Physician's Assistant. Michael and Courtney are preparing for a June, 2011 wedding and plan to reside in the Grand Rapids, MI area. Courtney will remain in her position as alto for the Collingsworth Family and Michael will also travel with the family as work and college schedules allow.

Freedom Releases Debut Project

Nashville, TN- Riversong Records ( a div of Homeland Entertainment Group) announces the debut release of the self titled project "Freedom".

The project contains 10 powerful selections from award winning writers such as Dianne Wilkinson, Daryl Williams, John Lemonis, Kevin Stokes, Chris White, Elmer Cole, Stephen Hill, Jeff Pearson, Marty Funderburk, Gina Vera and Steve Pixler. The first single from the recording "Come On In" written by Dianne Wilkinson is currently gaining strong momentum at radio nationwide.

The trio consisting of industry veterans John Rulapaugh and Josh Garner along with relative newcomer Joel Trimble have already begun traveling on a limited schedule and are being featured on such events this summer as the Swanee River Jubilee, The Branson Gospel Music Convention, The 11th Annual SGN Gospel Music Fest, Grand Ole Gospel Reunion and World Premier Gospel Event in Pigeon Forge, TN.

Homeland Director of A/R Eric Melton stated " I am excited for everyone to hear this project. Although all 3 members of of this trio are former members of Gospel Music's most loved quartets, "Freedom" has defined a style of their own that will be refreshing for Gospel Music Fans to hear"

You can go to or to receive more information on touring schedules and product availability, and you can follow Freedom on Facebook at

Seminars4Worship Glorious Events

Seminars4Worship Glorious Events Coming to Pittsburgh, Boston, Raleigh-Durham, Augusta And Mobile this Fall

Early Bird Registration Rates Available until August 15
Paul Baloche, Kathryn Scott and Brian Doerksen Offer Practical and Spiritual Worship Team Training

MOBILE, Ala. – July 13, 2010 – Church music teams across the nation will have the unique opportunity to come together for training and encouragement at Integrity Music's popular Seminars4Worship Glorious events in five U.S. cities this fall. Featuring internationally renowned worship leaders/songwriters Paul Baloche, Kathryn Scott and Brian Doerksen, along with a host of skilled musicians and clinicians, these two-day conferences offer both practical instruction and a spiritual foundation in an intimate setting.

As part of Integrity Music's commitment to serve and equip local churches, each Seminars4Worship Glorious event offers skill-building workshops, faith-building general sessions and soul-feeding worship for everyone involved in music ministry.

This year's Seminars4Worship Glorious schedule is:
October 4-5 Pittsburgh, Penn.
October 29-30 Boston, Mass.
November 1-2 Raleigh-Durham, N.C.
November 5-6 Augusta, Ga.
November 8-9 Mobile, Ala.

Early Bird rates are now available with a cut-off of Aug. 15. Special pricing for groups (such as church worship teams) and "alumni" of Integrity Live events is also available. Information and registration details can be found at

The Seminars4Worship Glorious conferences include inspirational and encouraging general sessions as well as personalized breakout sessions that will address distinct roles in worship. The class topics include: songwriting, effective worship leading, vocal technique, audio mixing, worship space design/lighting, music production/technology, women in worship, technology for multi-site churches, etc.

Worship leaders Paul Baloche (“Above All,” “Offering,” “Glorious”), Kathryn Scott (“At the Foot of the Cross,” “Hungry,” “I Belong”) and Brian Doerksen (“Come Now is the Time to Worship,” “Faithful One,” “Refiner's Fire”) are joined by top audio and visual experts who offer practical, interactive training and "behind-the-scenes" perspectives. This includes an opportunity for registrants to observe sound checks and dialogue with the worship leaders and guest musicians such as Carl Albrecht, Michael Rossback and Ben Gowell.

At each of the five seminar cities, Baloche, Doerksen and Scott will present a ticketed worship concert that is open to the public. Registrants of Seminars4Worship will receive free concert tickets as part of their registration. Ticket information available at

Previous Seminars4Worship conference registrants make a strong case for attending the events together with their teams or on an individual basis. Said Lisbet Siebert who attended last year in Portland, Ore.: "The worship seminar was wonderful, and we learned so many awesome things! I walked away with a desire to seek God more, and was inspired as a worship leader! It was a refreshing time of drawing closer to God and learning some profound things about leading worship!"

Jim Caswell, a Seminar alum from Cleveland, Ohio, states: "I have been to Integrity seminars before, but being able to bring our whole team will really bless our congregation in ways that I can't wait to see!" confirmed Cleveland, Oh. attendee Jim Caswell.

Peach State Quartet In The Studio at Lamp

Lamp Music of Whitesburg, GA is pleased to announce the recent tracking session for upcoming major release for The Peach State Quartet.

This will be the quartet's debut project since re-organizing under the leadership of Doug Stroup, manager.

Veteran producer Mike Pillow was leading the session mixed with some classics and some unique originals that will hopefully make their way to national radio sometime this summer when the project is released.

For more information: or

Delta Airlines Employee Theme Song at Lamp Music

Lamp Music recently was selected to produce the Employee Theme song for 2010 by Delta Airlines Corporate offices in Atlanta, GA.

The morning started as early as 4 am for some of the 23 singers that made up the Delta Choir. Singers came from as far as Seattle, Wa, while others came from Salt Lake City, UT, Minneapolis, MN, New Jersey, and Atlanta, GA.

"It was described to me as a kinda 'American Idol' within the ranks of the Delta employees," says Chief Engineer, Mike Pillow. He continues, "each of the participants competed for the reward of singing on the recording which will be distributed through Delta training seminars, and employee events for the rest of the year!"

The event lasted all day as each part of the song was recorded by the choir and several soloists.

Delta project manager Glen Cantrell was extremely pleased with the finished product, "The entire staff of Lamp was excellent to work with on this project. I couldn't be happier, and the project turned out to be a huge success with upper-level management. We'll definitely be using Lamp again in the future."

Ann Downing to Appear on Trinity Broadcasting Network’s Unfolding Majesty

Nashville, TN- July 13, 2010- Dove Award Winner and Gospel Music Hall of Fame Inductee, Ann Downing will appear on TBN’s Unfolding Majesty program hosted by Dean and Mary Brown.
Taping took place at TBN’s International Production Center in Irving, Texas. The sessions resulted in eight thirty-minute episodes.
With a career spanning almost 50 years, Ann has shared her talents from some of music’s most prestigious stages including The Crystal Cathedral, Carnegie Hall, and the 2000 Billy Graham Crusade in Nashville.
“What makes this appearance so special,” Downing said, “is to know that the Gospel, shared through music, will be heard in hundreds of thousands of homes across the globe. God is truly great and greatly to be praised. It is an honor to be used of Him in this way. ”
Dates for the airing of these episodes are yet to be announced, however, Unfolding Majesty may be seen on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. Central Standard Time.

Bill Traylor Honored With The Lou Hildreth Award

Brentwood, TN (Mansion Entertainment) July 13th, 2010 – The Lou Hildreth Award, a part of the annual Diamond Awards, is presented each year in recognition for leadership in the Christian Music Industry and for making significant contributions to the expansion of Southern Gospel.

The award had its beginning in 1986, when Bill Traylor was asked, on the behalf of a Nashville publication owner, to name someone that was "making a difference" on Music Row. Bill Traylor surprised Lou Hildreth by presenting her with the first Lou Hildreth Award. The following year, Lou Hildreth presented the award to Joe Moscheo, who was the current Chairman of the Board at GMA. A few years lapsed before the award was presented again, however; the award was brought back at the request of Gary Cohn, Editor of The Gospel Voice at the time. The Lou Hildreth Award was also presented for several years at the National Quartet Convention. Some of the past recipients of the award are Dottie Leonard Miller, Fay Shedd, Beckie Simmons, Clarke Beasley, Judy Nelon, Paul Boden, Ed Leonard, Ed Harper, Jim Black, Brian Hudson, and Dr. Allen Smith.

The Diamond Awards nominees and recipients are chosen by fans with the exception of the Lou Hildreth Award. Lou Hildreth herself chooses whom she believes is making significant difference in the expansion of Southern Gospel Music. "It is my heart's desire that the ‘Lou Hildreth Award’ will encourage and inspire young men and women to choose a career in Christian Music and serve the industry with passion to the glory of God." Ms. Lou Hildreth.

The 2010 SGN Scoops Diamond Awards were handed out in Branson, Missouri as part of the 2nd Annual Branson Gospel Music Convention. This year’s recipient of the Lou Hildreth Award happened to be its first presenter 24 years ago, Bill Traylor. Mr. Traylor is the Vice-President of Mansion Entertainment and a popular Southern Gospel program host.

For more information regarding The Diamond Awards, visit

Chapel Valley Signs Golden Harmony

Canada's New Brunswick's gospel music hall of fame trio of the year Golden Harmony, has just reached a recording agreement with Chapel Valley. Although you may not think of Canada for it's southern gospel music, that area of the world loves it.

Marketing and Artist Director Richard Hyssong has known Golden Harmony and their dedication to tell others about Jesus Christ for many years. "We are thrilled that they have decided to join our family of artists. Golden Harmony, which includes Jacy Golden, Avis Golden, and Delton Hanley, is very popular in the maritimes of Canada and Chapel Valley knows that they will be well recieved here in the United States" says Richard. Along with singing they each play their own instrument including Delton who has been nominated several times as instrumentalist of the year for his saxaphone playing,

This is Chapel Valley's second international group signing within the month and they are excited about all the possibilities. They have continued to extend their record company outside the walls of the United states. Shane Roark co owner of Chapel Valley states"Our company is involved with ministries all over the world including our work with Compassion International.

Golden Harmony will be at the NQC and will be performing on Thursday afternoon. They will be starting their recording in the fall with a CD release in the early part of 2011. You can keep up to date with this group by going to Many exciting new CD releases and Compilations disc releases for Chapel Valley are scheduled this summer. To read and find out more about Chapel Valley go to To discuss how you can be a part of this record company contact Richard Hyssong at


New Long Term Agreement Includes Releases by MercyMe, Israel Houghton, Kari Jobe,And Other Top Contemporary Christian and Gospel Artists

New York, NY (July 12, 2010) - - It was announced in a special reception at the Sony Club in New York recently that Columbia Records/Sony Music Entertainment and Integrity Media will extend their long-standing business arrangement over the next five years. During the reception, Columbia Records Chairman Steve Barnett presented Integrity Media executives with a plaque commemorating over 10 million Integrity units in lifetime mainstream sales through Sony. (See photo/caption)

Over the course of the new agreement, Columbia Records will distribute releases on the Integrity Music and INO Records labels. The rosters are home to multi Platinum and multiple Grammy super-group Mercy Me, multiple Grammy Award winner Israel Houghton, best selling new artist Kari Jobe, the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, Lincoln Brewster, the million selling Gotta Have Gospel series and many others. Consequently Integrity Music will distribute key inspirational Columbia Records releases to Christian retailers including the new Susan Boyle Christmas album (November 2010) as well as new releases by platinum artist Mary Mary, Tye Tribett and others.

"There is a power and a joy that flows through Integrity's music that listeners really respond to," said Steve Barnett, Chairman, Columbia Records. "Columbia Records is proud to be part of Integrity's mission and on-going success as a guiding light in the contemporary Christian Music market."

"We are thrilled to renew our relationship with Steve Barnett and the Columbia Records team," said Michael Coleman, Integrity Media's CEO. "Our longstanding relationship with Sony has been a key driver in building the Integrity Music and INO Records brands in this strategic marketplace. We look forward to the next chapter with the Columbia Records/Sony Music team.

Picture Above: Columbia Records presents to Integrity Media a plaque in recognition of more than 10 million album sales since signing with Sony Music Entertainment in 2002.

Pictured from left to right: Steve Barnett (Chairman, Columbia Records); Danny McGuffey (Chief Marketing Officer, Integrity Media, Inc.); Mike Coleman (President/CEO, Integrity Media, Inc.); Ashley Newton (President, Columbia Records); Jeff Moseley (President, INO Records); John Coleman (VP, General Manager Integrity Label Group)

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Christian Music Talent, Donna Beauvais, Nominated For Best Actress In The Alaska International Film Festival

Beauvais, the voice of animated character, Elf Sparkle, is nominated, along with best actor nominee, John de Lancie, both for roles in upcoming Christmas cartoon, Elf Sparkle Meets Christmas The Horse.

Nashville, TN (July 13, 2010) – Christian music’s multi-talented, Donna Beauvais, is nominated for best actress in the upcoming Alaska International Film Festival for her role as Elf Sparkle in an independent animated cartoon entitled, Elf Sparkle Meets Christmas The Horse. Co-star of the film, John de Lancie, best known for his role as Q in the Star Trek series, is also nominated, for best actor for his portrayal of Santa Claus. In addition to the best actress nod, Beauvais is also nominated for Best Music Video, where she sings one of the featured songs from the cartoon, “Christmas Is Coming,” written by French song-writer, Cedric Coche. Awards will be handed out during the film festival in Anchorage, Alaska on July 15th, 2010.

Many Christian music fans will remember Beauvais for her years in the dynamic trio Hope’s Call. Hope’s Call was a family group whose success was marked by numerous award nominations, top 10 songs in both the Southern Gospel and Soft AC Christian radio markets, but, most importantly, a strong focus on the spiritual impact of music in the lives of people. The group toured fulltime all over the US, as well as, Canada for seven years, before coming home from the road to begin new seasons in their lives. Beauvais’ home base is Franklin, TN, where she is owner and president of Vertical Sky. She is a producer, songwriter, and radio promoter for Daywind Records and independent artists. She wears several other music and media related hats, as well. Being the voice of an animated cartoon character is the newest of her many career opportunities. She will attest that it is also one of the most wonderful experiences of her life.

Beauvais shares, “The way that this opportunity came to be could only be God and God alone. The writer of these precious childrens’ animated cartoons, Beth Roose, had heard Hope’s Call’s Christmas recording. Her first cartoon was a Christmas one, and so she contacted us and asked us to be a part of the endeavor by singing in it. We happily accepted and made our first trip back into the studio, after coming off the road, to record several of the songs in the cartoon. One thing led to another, and before I knew it, Beth and her team asked if I would be the voice of the main character, Elf Sparkle. My first reaction was ‘ME??’ The answer was YES! I now have three cartoons completed and another about to get underway. To say this experience is fun would be a major understatement. When my kids were young, I’d watch cartoons with them and always imagine myself playing a character with a singing role. God sure does know even the unspoken desires of our heart! I am so thankful for the amazing Beth Roose, along with Joyce Cannon, and the many others that have come into my life as a result of this experience. I have acted along side Margaret O’Brien (Meet Me In St. Louis), John de Lancie (co-nominee), Rob Schneider (comedian and actor in countless big screen movies), Catherine Hicks (7th Heaven), and more. Somebody pinch me! I can hardly believe it, but I am having a blast!”

For more on this cartoon and future releases, contact Buzzoose Productions at

The Alaska International Film Festival is Alaska's leading independent film competition and recognition platform. The aim of the competition is to recognize the best and brightest new work in international cinema and highlight Alaska's important role in the international film community. 

Each year, awards are presented to independent filmmakers from around the globe who produce original and compelling films and screenplays in several competition categories. The Alaska International Film Festival awards innovative and diverse films that connect independent filmmakers' vision and the artistic process to the emerging global arts community.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Yard Sale to Benefit Mike & Kelly Bowling

Yard Sale to Benefit Mike & Kelly Bowling.

Saturday 7/17
7:30 AM
215 Cherokee Dr
Simpsonville, SC

From Dee Ann Bailey:

Most of you receiving this know that in addition to my job and my church I am also a big fan of gospel music and have even done some writing for some national magazines and digital magazines. On Thursday, July 1st a group that my daughter and I both love, the people and their music, the Bowling family were in a horrific bus accident. Mike & Kelly each have some serious injuries and others on the bus were injured as well. They are going to be off the road for some time to heal from this plus the cost of all the damages. The Bowlings are well known in the Southern Gospel world but their influence has reached even farther as they have recently been guest performers on the Grand Ole Opry and Kelly & Terah were part of the Crabb Family and are sisters of Jason Crabb.

It’s often said that one person can’t do much, but also if every person does something a lot can be accomplished. If this doesn’t interest you, stop reading now and delete with no hard feelings. But I wanted to let folks I know what Alicia (my daughter) and I have decided to do. When Alicia first mentioned having a yard sale with the proceeds going to Mike and Kelly, my first thought was – man I just gave a truck load of stuff to our church for a mission yard sale- I’m not sure I have anything left. But as I began to think I realized yes we do have things we didn’t get together for the previous yard sales so maybe this would work.

Since then I’ve talked to a number of folks that say they have items to donate so it looks like we might have a decent size sale after all. I’m passing this to you for a several reasons. 1) if donations continue to come in, we may need a large place than my home to have this yard sale so if you know of any spaces or lots with high traffic that would be available for a day, please let me know. 2) if you have anything sitting that you would like to donate, we will definitely take donations (please no junk, just items that can actually be sold) and lastly- 3) if you like yard sales please come out and see what we may have that you need and/or pass this on to others that might be interested.

At this moment the sale is scheduled for Saturday 7/17 at 7:30 215 Cherokee Dr Simpsonville, SC. As I said above that could change but we would advise if that is the case.

More details on the accident can be found at or at their website

SGM Radio Blog’s Top Ten: The Glory Barn

We are thrilled to share with you these mini-interviews with some great Southern Gospel artists! Check back often to see who is next on the SGM Radio Blog's Top Ten!

The Glory Barn by Leta Mowan

The Glory Barn dinner theater, in Kansas City, Kansas, presents the gospel through song by talented artists from all around the United States. We provide a casual atmosphere where visitors can come with their friends, sit down and eat, and enjoy gospel music at its best.

The Glory Band members:
Lead guitar & singer; Leo Smith
Rhythmn guitar & Country gospel singer, Sharon Smith
Director, lead, rhythm, bass guitarist; and singer: Rick Mowen
Piano & singer; Carolyn Gentzill
Leta Mowen; promoter of the Glory Barn, singer, song writer, and organist.

The Glory Barn’s Top Ten – By Leta Mowen

1. Please tell us the name of your latest recording and your favorite song from that CD. What is the message behind this song?

The Glory Barn’s Band has not yet recorded an album.
My favorite song of all that I have written is,“If I Had It All To Do Again”.
The message is that I’d give my life to Jesus all over again because He is the Way,
The Truth, and the Life. I have learned through the valleys that Jesus is always there helping me and He will give me the strength to see me through.

2. What is the group highlight from the last 12 months?

The Glory Barn highlight from the last 12 months: I’d have to give credit to all the singers and musicians who have graced the Glory Barn with their beautiful voices because they all have made a total impact on our mission. That is, to tell others about God’s mercy, his forgiveness, and redeeming love for us and through Him we can have our sins forgiven and have everlasting life.

3. Have you been on a mission trip? If you have, where did you go? If you haven’t, would you like to and where would you want to go?

I haven’t been on a mission trip. I would want to go to New York City. Violence is always present and I believe it’s because of so many children being raised from broken homes or they are tossed out onto the streets at a young age and they don’t know any other way but to steal and beg for a living. They really need to know that someone cares and to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ.
4. What artist are you listening to right now?
The Liberty Belles Trio from Columbia, MO. They will be coming to sing at the Glory Barn on the 1st of May, 2010t.
5. If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

Healing the sick. My mother and twin sister died from cancer and my oldest brother from a heart attack.

6. What would be your fantasy venue, the one stage in the world where you would like to sing?

Carnegie Hall. It is a concert venue in Midtown Manhattan in New York City and it has always intrigued me.

7. Who is your favorite Christian author/teacher/evangelist?

Pam Morgan from Lees Summit, MO. She and writer; Brenda Black wrote a book, “I Stand”; about Pam’s brush with death from a tragic accident and how the Lord helped her through her numerous surgeries and today she sings with her husband, gives her testimony, speaks at women’s retreats, and is such an inspiration to me.

8. Who is your most favorite Bible person/character?

Mother of Jesus, Mary. Why? She believed God and followed him even though she was ridiculed and shamed for getting pregnant and did what she was told to do and humbled herself to give birth to our King.

9. Name a song that once it gets stuck in your head you can’t get it out.

“You are my sunshine”….my only sunshine”

10. Name a character trait or fruit of the spirit you would really like to develop in your life.

I would like to develop more patience. We live in a fast track generation where everything is fast food, fast service, fast cars, fast internet, etc. God wants us to wait on Him sometimes for his answer and that takes a great deal of patience and trusting him.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Award-winning gospel singer Walter Hawkins Dies

RIPON, Calif.—Walter Hawkins, a Grammy Award-winning gospel singer, composer and pastor from Oakland has died.

Edwin Hawkins, his older brother, says Walter passed away July 11 after losing a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Born in Oakland, Hawkins studied for his divinity degree at the University of California at Berkeley, where he recorded his first album entitled "Do Your Best" in 1972.

The next year Hawkins became a pastor and founded the Love Center Church in Oakland.

Friend and family representative Bill Carpenter says Hawkins later recorded a series of albums, earning nine Grammy Award nominations for his work. His "The Lord's Prayer" won a Grammy in 1980.

Family members say Hawkins died at his home in Ripon, Calif. He was 61.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

Courtesy of Gospel Music Today

Friday, July 9, 2010

2nd Generation Announces Addition of Jonathan Edwards to Group

OAK GROVE, Ark. – (July 8, 2010) – Diamond Award winning trio 2nd Generation is excited to announce the addition of Jonathan Edwards as the group’s new vocalist.

“We are so excited about bringing Jonathan on as our new singer,” mentioned Brenda Denney of 2nd Generation. “Jonathan has been a long time supporter of the group and is very familiar with our ministry and musical style. We know that he is going to do a great job, and we can’t wait to hit the road with him!”

Jonathan is known well in Southern Gospel circles. In addition to making a name for himself for several years as a part of the Ascension Quartet, Jonathan is one of Southern Gospel’s most beloved DJs. He works as the drive-time DJ for KWFC-FM in Springfield, Missouri every week.

Jonathan Edwards said, “I have become such great friends with Brenda and Elaine over the last few years. When this position came open, I was excited about possibly working with these ladies on a full-time basis. We’ve got some exciting things planned for the near future, and I can’t wait to be a part of it!”

Jonathan is filling the position that was recently vacated by Jimmy Hoskins. Jimmy left the group to pursue a new ministry with his family.

Jonathan will join 2nd Generation on the road starting this weekend.

Fans are encouraged to be listening for 2nd Generation’s new single, “I’ll Not Fear the Crossing,” at Southern Gospel radio.

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 Generation
2nd Generation is based out of the Oak Grove, Arkansas. 2nd Generation has appeared at churches, state fairs, Singing in the Sun, Trinity Broadcasting Network, the Jim Bakker Show, Branson Gospel Music Convention, and many other events. The group’s current project, their sophomore album I See a City, has spawned off three hit singles including the #1 Fan Favorite songs “Feel the Joy” and “The Blood Covered It All.”

Sky Angel Productions Receives Three Telly Awards

Sky Angel’s production division receives One Silver and Two Bronze Awards

Sky Angel Productions, a full service video production company based in Naples, Fla., has been honored with three Telly awards from this year’s competition; one Silver and two Bronze. The 31st Annual Telly Award competition received 11,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries. They honor the very best local, regional, and cable television commercials and programs, as well as the finest video and film productions. View the award-winning videos online at

A Silver Telly Award in the Non-Profit category was received for Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Fundraising Videos entitled Coaches, Camps and Community, produced in conjunction with EJC Productions. The videos raised awareness of the organization’s needs during its annual fundraising banquet, sharing the stories of coaches and kids to show how FCA impacts lives in lasting ways for Jesus Christ.

A Bronze Telly in the Children’s Broadcast category was received for Babies Love Water!, the second title in the Halo Baby series created just for babies and toddlers. The series incorporates simple Biblical elements into every video. Babies Love Water! features original music by composer Paul Todd. This is the second Telly Award for the Halo Baby series, which is available for purchase and can be seen on KTV (Kids and Teen Television).

Another Bronze Telly was received for a Food for Orphans commercial in the Fundraising / Appeals category. With 143 million orphans worldwide and 400,000 dying of malnutrition each year, this spot was created to evoke support for the non-profit organization and received free airtime on several Sky Angel channels.

“We are honored to have been awarded three prestigious Telly’s for some of our recent projects. Receiving our first Silver Telly is very exciting since less than 10% of entries win a Silver. When you have a passion for something and it results in recognition from industry peers, it’s just that much more rewarding,” said Hope Daley, Vice President - Sky Angel Productions, LLC.

Sky Angel Productions provides a full range of video production services, from short form commercials to infomercials, weekly television series to national special live events, concerts and video training. More information is available online at

About Sky Angel Productions:
Sky Angel Productions offers a full range of video production services, from short form commercials to infomercials, weekly television series to national special live events, concerts and video training. More information is available online at

Thursday, July 8, 2010

SGN Scoops July Issue Now Available

The July 2010 issue of SGN Scoops is now available for download. Click to download your issue in user-friendly .PDF format.

This was our first annual print edition, which also served as the program book for the 2010 Branson Gospel Music Convention. We feature in-depth discussions with Beyond the Ashes, Johnathan Bond, Dino, Jay Stone Singers, & more!

Full color print copies of this edition will be available soon.

The Bowling Family Update

On Thursday July 1, 2010, The Bowling Family was involved in a serious bus accident involving a tractor trailer on I 85 in Charlotte, North Carolina. News reports confirmed as many as 10 people were injured in the crash. Mike Bowling was airlifted to the hospital from the scene. The Bowlings and their crew suffered various broken bones and several serious injuires requiring months of healing. Currently, the Bowling family and Terah Penhollow have been released from the North Carolina hospital and are now in Tennessee.

There has been an enormous outpouring of support for the Bowlings from the gospel music industry, family, friends and fans. SGNScoops would like to express our concern and invite our reading audience to extend well wishes,prayer and financial support to the Bowling family during this difficult time. Cards may be sent to The Bowling Family 242 West Main Street PMB 373 Hendersonville, TN 37075. Financial support may be sent by check to Pinnacle Bank West End Attention: Becky Mcillwain 2300 West End Avenue Nashville, TN 37203. Online donations can be made directly through pay-pal on the Bowling's website:

Please stay tuned to for the latest updates on the Bowling Family.
Release by Rhonda Frye

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

SGM Radio Blog’s Top Ten: The Moore Family

We are thrilled to share with you these mini-interviews with some great Southern Gospel artists! Check back often to see who is next on the SGM Radio Blog's Top Ten!

The Moore Family

We were born and raised in the hills of Eastern Kentucky. Group members include Jerry Moore singing lead, Elizabeth Moore on vocals and keyboards, and their son Noah Hamer also on vocals.

The Moore Family’s Top Ten

1. Please tell us the name of your latest recording and your favorite song from that CD. What is the message behind this song?
Our latest recording is “That’s Enough For Me”. As the title cut and our favorite song from the recording. “That’s Enough For Me”. I know that Jesus saved me and that’s all that will matter when this life is over is if His precious blood has been applied to your soul. Praise His Name forever.

2. What is one group highlight from the last 12 months?
There have been a lot of highlights from getting to open for the legendary Larry Sparks in a concert in March 2010, and some other great artists. But the greatest highlight is every soul we have been able to witness to and tell about Jesus. All the great services we been in and all those precious souls saved - that’s the biggest and best highlight for The Moore Family.

3. Where is your favorite place to eat on the road?
Any Family oriented restaurant that doesn’t serve alcohol. If they serve alcohol they don’t get our business and we will just starve. We would have to say Golden Corral as our favorite.

4. What is your favorite TV series rerun?
The Little House On the Prairie

5. What was the best decade for music? Favorite artist from that decade?
Would have to say the 1970’s. That’s when The Primitive Quartet got started and one of many of our favorite groups. They are still singing and we thank the Lord for them and their service for him.

6. Who is your favorite Christian author/teacher/evangelist?
Favorite Author: Paul who God inspired to write a lot of great books in the New Testament of His Holy Word. Teacher: Anyone that teaches being inspired by the Holy Spirit and being led by the Lord. Evangelist: Jacob Berry

7. What is one habit you would like to break?
Being able to sleep the whole night thru without waking several times.

8. Who is your most favorite Bible person/character?
Jerry’s-Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego they put their faith in God when death was almost certain and the Lord delivered them.

9. Name a song that once it gets stuck in your head you can’t get it out.
Amazing Grace

10. What is the last book you read?
Jerry-Genesis from the Old Testament
Elizabeth- The Shack

The Collingsworth Family at Gaither Studios

(New Richmond, OH) The Collingsworth Family are spending the week, working at Gaither Studios in Alexandria, IN, filming B-Roll and editing both the video and audio portions of their two brand new Video projects along with the coordinating Audio CDs. Filmed in High Definition in Flint, MI, all production work on these projects is being directed and coordinated by Gaither Productions of Alexandria, IN. Produced and directed under the skilled hand of one of Nashville's finest, Wayne Haun, the project includes The Collingsworth Family performing with a live band on stage consisting of Stan Whitmire on piano, Jeremy Medkiff on bass, and Mark Rout on drums. Also joining them in the production was a full live orchestra consisting of members of the Flint, Ann Arbor, and Detroit Symphony orchestras. Included in the two projects are two brand new piano/orchestra arrangements of THE HOLY CITY and MY TRIBUTE, personally arranged by Kim Collingsworth and famed Disney orchestrator, David Clydesdale. Titled FEAR NOT TOMORROW and A DECADE OF MEMORIES, both High Def DVDs will release on September 1.

Winners Announced for 2010 SGN Scoops Diamond Awards

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (July 1, 2010) – The 2010 SGN Scoops Diamond Awards were handed out last night in Branson, Missouri as a part of the 2nd Annual Branson Gospel Music Convention. Eighteen awards were handed out at the awards presentation and several artists won multiple awards including the Gaither Vocal Band, Booth Brothers, Jason Crabb, and Jeff & Sheri Easter.

Rob Patz of Coastal Media Group (owners of SGN Scoops Digital and the Diamond Awards) said, “This year’s show was so much fun! We can’t believe that it is over. We feel like we’ve really made an impressive step forward in regards to the look, feel, and flow of the program.”

This year’s event featured a myriad of performers and special guests throughout the program. The Diamond Awards celebrated the 100th anniversary of Southern Gospel music with special performances by some of Gospel music’s most beloved performers. Several “scrap-iron” groups performed Southern Gospel favorites from the genres rich and varied history.

Members from groups like Beyond the Ashes, 2nd Generation, Dan Keeton Quartet, Sunday Edition, Crosspoint Quartet, The Williamsons, Ascension Quartet, McMillan & Life, The Roarks, Praise Incorporated and soloists Mike Allen, Kenny Bishop, Chris Hester, Rod Burton, and many more all were a part of the All Star groups.

In addition, the evening featured performances from Young Harmony, Christy Sutherland, and Dove Award winner Gerald Crabb. Springfield Missouri’s Broadway Baptist Church Choir opened the program.

Other artists and industry professionals made appearances including Ann Downing,’s Deon Unthank, Dustin & Kaila, Hearts of Faith,’s Greg Inman, Gospel Music Today’s Ken & Jean Grady, State of the Ozarks’ Joshua Heston, Branson Radio Live’s Karen Berka, KWFC’s Jonathan Edwards, and many more.

This year’s hosts were Johnathan Bond (of Dove Award nominated group Young Harmony) and Christy Sutherland.

For more information on The SGN Scoops Diamond Awards – visit .



QUARTET OF THE YEAR: Gaither Vocal Band


TRIO OF THE YEAR: Booth Brothers

DUET OF THE YEAR: Aaron & Amanda Crabb



SUNRISE AWARD: 2nd Generation

SONG OF THE YEAR: “Mercy Leads” – Sisters (written by Sue C. Smith, Kenna West, and Stephanie Boosahda)

ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Almost Morning – The Perrys (produced by Wayne Haun)







VIDEO/DVD OF THE YEAR: Reunion – Gaither Vocal Band





About the Diamond Awards
The Diamond Awards were transferred over to the SGN Scoops Digital several years ago after the original home for the awards, the Gospel Voice Magazine, folded. The Diamond Awards are a fan-based award that allows the fans to choose the nominees as well as the winners each year. The awards show is held during the Branson Gospel Music Convention every summer.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Happy Canada Day

All You Ever Wanted To Know About CANADA DAY!
From Wikipedia

Canada Day (French: Fête du Canada), formerly Dominion Day (French: Le Jour de la Confédération), is Canada's national day, a federal statutory holiday celebrating the anniversary of the July 1, 1867, enactment of the British North America Act (today called the Constitution Act, 1867), which united two British colonies and a province of the British Empire into a single country called Canada. Canada Day observances take place throughout Canada as well as internationally.

Frequently referred to as "Canada's birthday", particularly in the popular press,[1][2][3] the occasion marks the joining of the British North American colonies of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the Province of Canada into a federation of four provinces (the Province of Canada being divided, in the process, into Ontario and Quebec) on July 1, 1867. Canada became a kingdom in its own right on that date,[4][5][6] but the British Parliament kept limited rights of political control over the new country that were shed by stages over the years until the last vestiges were surrendered in 1982 when the Constitution Act patriated the Canadian constitution.

For more, see Wikipedia.

Posted by Lorraine Walker

I am Canadian and proud of it. I love our American neighbours, but Canada is my home and in my opinion, the best Country to live in. We are known as the peacekeepers, the land that welcomes all nations, and the home of the 2010 Olympics. During the last recession we had the strongest economy. Our health care system is one of the best - though even it needs reform. We have our problems like all nations and we don't always get along. We are fortunate that images like burning cars in the middle of Toronto are a rarity.
Canadians cannot be generalized; we are as diverse as our land. We have the freedom to speak as we please, to go where we want and to worship in the way we prefer. I love that our coat of arms has the motto: 'From Sea To Sea', and this is also echoed in the etchings on our buildings in Ottawa, our nation's capital, which read: "He shall have dominion from sea to sea"...from Psalm 72:8. Our nation was founded on Biblical principals and I pray one day we shall return to them.
Happy Canada Day.

2010 SGN Scoops Diamond Awards to Take Place Tomorrow at Branson Gospel Music Convention

Event to Celebrate 100th Anniversary of Southern Gospel Music

Appearances by Springfield’s Broadway Baptist Church Choir, Senator Jack Goodman, and Other Branson Favorites!

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (June 30, 2010) – Coastal Media Group and SGN Scoops Digital will present the 2010 Diamond Awards tomorrow evening, July 1, 2010, as a part of the 2nd Annual Branson Gospel Music Convention.

This year’s event will feature a myriad of performers and special guests throughout the program. The Diamond Awards will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Southern Gospel music with special performances by some of Gospel music’s most beloved performers. Several “scrap-iron” groups will perform Southern Gospel favorites from the genres rich and varied history.

Members from groups like Beyond the Ashes, 2nd Generation, Blackwood Quartet, Sunday Edition, Crosspoint Quartet, The Williamsons, Ascension Quartet, McMillan & Life, The Roarks, Praise Incorporated and soloists Mike Allen, Kenny Bishop, Chris Hester, Rod Burton, and many more will be a part of the All Star groups.

In addition, the evening will feature performances from Young Harmony, Christy Sutherland, and Dove Award winner Gerald Crabb. Springfield Missouri’s Broadway Baptist Church Choir will also open the program.

Other artists and industry professionals scheduled to make appearances include Ann Downing,’s Deon Unthank, Dustin & Kaila, Hearts of Faith,’s Greg Inman, Gospel Music Today’s Ken & Jean Grady, State of the Ozarks’ Joshua Heston, Branson Radio Live’s Karen Berka, songwriters Stephanie Boosahda and Amy Marie Unthank, KWFC’s Jonathan Edwards, and many more.

Senator Jack Goodman (R-Missouri) will be making an appearance as well at the beginning of the program.

This year’s hosts are Johnathan Bond (of Dove Award nominated group Young Harmony) and Christy Sutherland.

Rob Patz of Coastal Media Group (owner of the SGN Scoops Diamond Awards) said, “There’s a lot of excitement in the air here this week. The Diamond Awards are going to be bigger and better than ever this year, and we can’t wait for show tomorrow night!”

The Diamond Awards are presented annually by SGN Scoops Digital at the Branson Gospel Music Convention. The nominees and winners are chosen by readers of the magazine.

For more information on the Diamond Awards – visit the SGN Scoops Digital website at .

About the Diamond Awards
The Diamond Awards were transferred over to the SGN Scoops Digital several years ago after the original home for the awards, the Gospel Voice Magazine, folded. The Diamond Awards are a fan-based award that allows the fans to choose the nominees as well as the winners each year. The awards show is held during the Branson Gospel Music Convention every summer.