Thursday, August 19, 2010

Gospel Music’s 100th Anniversary Celebration

The National Quartet Convention has announced a very special event that will take place on the closing day of this year’s NQC in Louisville, Kentucky. Norman Holland, of Daywind Music Group, has put together an outstanding showcase to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Gospel Music. This special concert will take place in Freedom Hall from 12:00 to 1:30 pm. Some of the highlights will include…

A tribute to the Cathedrals, featuring Greater Vision, Legacy Five, and the Mark Trammell Quartet.
A Gold City Quartet Reunion, featuring Tim Riley, Ivan Parker, Brian Free, Mike LeFevre, and Garry Jones.
A Speer Family Reunion, featuring The Speer Sisters, Ben Speer, and Sue Dodge.
Plus segments featuring The Hinsons, The Downings, The Rambos, The Singing Americans, The Lewis Family, and much, much more! For more information visit

Special Word from Libbi Perry Stuffle

Dear Friends,

Words cannot begin to express our gratitude and appreciation for all of the kindness, well wishes, and prayers for my husband, Tracy Stuffle, and our family. As most of you know, Tracy suffered a heart attack last week while at home. It was then determined that he would need open heart surgery and five bypasses. The doctors were able to perform the surgery on Friday, August 13, without any issues, and Tracy is currently resting comfortably. We are expecting him to be released from the hospital on Tuesday, August 17, to begin his recovery at home.

Our family has been overwhelmed at the love and support from thousands across this land. "Thank you" seems so inadequate, but please know that it is from the heart. God has truly given my husband a second chance, for which we are so grateful. We know that we have a long road ahead of us for Tracy's recovery, but God is faithful.

Many people have asked, "What can we do?" Tracy and I ask two things of our many friends across the country. First and foremost, we humbly ask for your prayers as we begin the next phase of Tracy's rehabilitation and full recovery. Secondly, it would mean so much to Tracy and I that you support the group as they continue to travel in our absence. Tracy will not be on stage for several weeks, and I believe my place should be by his side as his wife, confidante, and primary caregiver. I do plan to go with the group when possible, but my priority will be Tracy's care. Katy Peach, Troy's wife, will be filling my position when I am not able to go with the group. (If you have ever heard her, you know she is an incredible singer!) Please know that the Perrys will be fulfilling all of our dates in the coming weeks. Your support will give us this much-needed time for Tracy to fully recover, and make the necessary adjustments in our lifestyle following this surgery.

Thank you again for your love and support. With Tracy's full health, we believe the future is brighter than ever for the Perrys.

Libbi Perry Stuffle

Three Bridges Shares Stage with Jimmy Fortune at Violet Township Festival

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (August 17, 2010) – Christian music trio Three Bridges was honored to share the stage with Jimmy Fortune (formerly of the Statler Brothers) last month. The trio was the featured performer (along with Fortune) at the Violet Township Festival on Thursday, July 29, 2010. Both artists were a part of the Faith & Family Night at the annual festival, which takes place in Pickerington, Ohio every summer.

Shannon Smith of Three Bridges said, "It was an absolute honor to share the stage with Jimmy Fortune! He is an amazing performer with some of the most pure tenor vocals I've ever heard, and he is an awesome guitar player as well. More importantly, his love for the Lord is so genuine and contagious. I'm honored to call Jimmy my friend."

Three Bridges’ Elliott McCoy also commented, “We had a blast performing at this festival and sharing the stage with one of Country music’s greatest performers! Being a featured performer alongside Jimmy Fortune was a wonderful experience for Three Bridges.”

Each artist performed for over an hour before sharing the stage together. Three Bridges and Jimmy performed several of Jimmy’s well-known songs together, such as “Elizabeth,” “More Than Just a Name On the Wall,” and “How Great Thou Art.”

Pictures from the event can be found on Three Bridges’ Facebook page.

Three Bridges has been preparing for the release of their highly anticipated new recording. The yet-to-be-titled new release will be the first to feature new members Shannon Smith and Jeremie Hudson.

For more information on Three Bridges, visit them on the web at

Three Bridges will also be a regular featured artist on the upcoming national television program “Brush Arbor Jubilee" as will be shown on numerous networks and local cable markets nationwide.

About Three Bridges
The music of Three Bridges is rooted in traditional Southern Gospel and Black Gospel music. This blended style has made Three Bridges one of the prominent internationally-acclaimed Gospel groups in Christian music today — a group known for tight harmony, a unique vocal style, an exciting, energy-packed stage presentation, and, most importantly, spreading the joy of being a Christian.

New Jesus Movie Receives Matching Donations

(August 17,2010) Even as scores of new supporters have begun to pour in from most every corner of the world (see , Malaysia, Brazil, Uganda, Nepal, Malawi… just in the last few days, a family foundation which desires to remain anonymous, has stepped forward with a pledge to match donations up to $4,000 from August 6 – 22, working through The National Christian Foundation.

“As you can guess,” remarks Bruce Marchiano, who is spearheading this groundbreaking vision, “I am EXTREMELY humbled and thankful for this family – and for everyone who has given of themselves to see the Gospel go forth in this dynamic.”

Uniquely, “Jesus… No Greater Love” is being produced as a non-profit ministry, to be funded by the collective donations of millions of believers who appreciate the need for Jesus across America and the world, and the medium of film being “the language” of today. “It is no mystery that people are reading less and less – especially young people,” Marchiano continues. “But they do watch movies. So for me it is a no-brainer – make the Gospel a movie, and put it on theater/TV screens across this nation and the world, dub it into the languages of the world; equip local churches, ministries, missionaries, etc., with it… and see the Lord touch lives!”

“Jesus… No Greater Love” will be a Word-for-Word adaptation of The Gospel According to John, the vision’s foundation being that the power to change lives is not in the film – but in God’s Word, in His Gospel. The script is currently undergoing a “final polish” to assure that the Gospel truths are brought to life in accuracy and depth that will peel back the layers of John’s Gospel as much as possible. At the same time, the film makers are committed to utilizing the most cutting edge film technology available, making Jesus… No Greater Love truly “a Jesus movie for a new generation.”

And why would professionals volunteer, and everyday believers give, to a film production? Because “Jesus…No Greater Love” isn’t about generating commercial success, but about reaching souls for Jesus. It’s about millions of youth “watching” the Gospel on iPods, cell phones, the internet, etc., and also being projected on a bed sheet in an Indian leper colony. This is a film produced by the body of Christ to reach the world for Christ.

As believers across America and the world embrace that same passion with their support, especially in this seventeen day period of matching their donations – “Jesus… No Greater Love” will soon be coming to a screen near you! For more information, visit
Interviews are also available with Bruce Marchiano, contact:
Diane MorrowVice President Public Relations
The B&B Media Group
The Barnabas Agency (A division of The B&B Media Group)
800.927.1517 office * 817.319.9805

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Manor House Music Signs Master’s Voice

Brentwood, TN (Mansion Entertainment) August 17, 2010 – Manor House Music recently added Bristow, Oklahoma based group, Master’s Voice to its artist roster.

Master’s Voice had their beginnings in 1995 and are comprised of group members Ricky Capps (tenor), Jonathan Drew (lead), Joey Johnson (baritone) and Ben Hart (pianist). From churches to cruise lines and fairs, Master’s Voice travels across the country performing and has witnessed more than 3,000 professions of faith in their concerts. Their in-concert, piano and vocal arrangement of ”Jesus Is With Me” and “Everything The Blood Touches” is a crowd favorite. Currently you’ll see their new single, “I Know What He Did For Me” climbing The Singing News Charts. The group is currently wrapping up final song selections and will be heading into the Mansion studio to complete their Manor House Music debut.

Manor House Music, a new label development and division of Mansion Entertainment, has been established to bring progressive production, marketing, distribution and management for select artists by utilizing Mansion Entertainment’s assets such as a world-class studio, two major theaters, an in-place radio/advertising/press department to assist artist to making a major steps forward, and acheiving their goals. Bill Dykes, Manor House Music Executive Director, brings years of hands-on experience in the music industry as the head of the new Manor House division.
For more information regarding Master’s Voice, Mansion Entertainment, Manor House Music please go to or

Update on George Amon Webster

(August 16, 2010) Nashville, TN- Homeland Entertainment Group on behalf of The Toney Brothers would like thank all of you who have been faithfully praying for George Amon Webster and the Toney Brothers. We would like to report that George was released from the hospital on Thursday, August 12th. He looks good and is in great spirits and has returned home to Tennessee. His left arm is doing well and healing as expected. However, his fractured hip socket is healing slow and will require him to be off of it for an estimated six weeks. While all of this is positive news, we regret to inform you the test results of the mass found on George’s neck.
Doctors have discovered that George has cancer lesions on the back of his tongue that are spreading to the right side of his throat. So far, they say it is 9 cm in size, is non-operable and must be treated with chemotherapy and radiation. The doctors in Illinois are referring George to someone in Nashville to treat his cancer condition. Doctors have also voiced concern for George’s lack of eye sight due to his cataract problem. They feel this impairment will slow down his physical therapy process since he now cannot see enough to be mobile. Doctors also do not wish to start chemotherapy treatment, then have to pause for a cataract surgery.
The current plan formed by George’s doctors is for him to have cataract surgery then begin physical therapy and cancer treatment.
Please continue to keep George and the Toney Brothers in your prayers. For more updates concerning George, please visit or

Shannon Bunch Signs Exclusive Booking Agreement with EHA–Nashville

Nashville, TN 8/6/10} Successful solo artist, Shannon Bunch, has announced his booking agreement with EHA-Nashville. Bunch is one of Southern Gospel’s most promising voices. He is a touring pianist and vocalist who has had multiple Diamond Award nominations for Soloist of the Year. He has been featured on award-winning The Gospel Greats and has also graced the stages of the Branson Gospel Music Convention since its inception. Most recently Bunch was a part of the Diamond Awards Piano Jubilee. He is a writer and publisher of such songs as The Harvest Is Ripe, It All Starts with a Song, and One Lamb, One Cross, One Time. His most recent release, the album My Sunday Best, is a collection of the songs most requested at his concerts. His ministry, voice and piano have held crowds attention for years.
Bunch says, “I am glad to have Evie Hawkins and her team at EHA working on adding venues to my touring schedule. I am looking forward to singing God’s praise throughout the country.” Hawkins notes, “I’m glad for the partnership between Shannon and EHA. Shannon has a passion for his music ministry. He’s one I can say has a gift for bringing tears of joy and lots of laughter into his interactions with people. He is such a gifted artist who engages his audience with his phenomenal talent.”

Ray Cooper Signs Booking Agreement with EHA – Nashville

Nashville, TN 8/6/10 - Vocalist, Ray Cooper, has announced his booking agreement with EHA-Nashville. Cooper, a native of Erwin, Tennessee, is an on-the-rise voice in Southern Gospel. His first album, the self titled Ray Cooper, includes such signature renditions as Mama’s Teaching Angels How to Sing, True Lord, and Almost Home. His soulful vocal style pulls at the heart strings while his words speak of finding strength from God. Cooper himself says that he was first inspired to sing for the Lord by his mother as she fought illness that ultimately led to her passing. He is currently in the process of finishing his second album.
When asked about the signing, Cooper replied, “I look up to all the wonderful singers on the EHA roster. I am so happy to be working with Evie Hawkins. I believe God has truly blessed her! I am looking forward to going to new churches, festivals, and venues with the help of EHA.” Evie Hawkins noted, “I really like the spirit of Ray Cooper. Ray is an artist I feel has much potential with some direction, guidance, and developing. His passion for this music and desire to make a difference are the biggest factors that drew me to him. I look forward to working with him and seeing where the Lord leads in his music ministry.”
For more info:
For Booking:
11 Music Circle South
Suite 106
Nashville, TN 37203

Monday, August 16, 2010

Tank Tackett of the Classic 4 Joins Staff of EHA-Nashville

{Nashville, TN 8/07/10} Tank Tackett of Classic 4 joins the ranks of EHA-Nashville’s new venture in booking recording artists. As Evie Hawkins of EHA moved the publicity agency to Music Row and made the announcement she would begin booking groups’ concert dates, Tackett offered his help and many years of experience to the table. Hawkins says, “This is such an exciting announcement for my agency. To think I have someone like Tank to help our staff and offer his support, encouragement, and expertise has been one of the best blessings I’ve had since I opened my doors.” Tackett has traveled and recorded for some of the most notable groups in the Southern Gospel music industry, including the legendary Statesmen, the Weatherford Quartet, Jerry & The Singing Goffs, and now the amazing Classic 4. Tackett continues to be a featured soloist with the Christ Church Choir in Nashville, TN.

Rod Burton Signs Booking Agreement With EHA- Nashville

{Nashville, TN 8/3/10} Successful solo artist and YMR Productions owner, Rod Burton, has announced his booking agreement with EHA-Nashville. Burton co-owns the production company with his wife, Kelly Capriotti-Burton, that produces the Branson Gospel Music Convention. The convention has grown through its second year and rapidly filling up its 3rd Annual artist roster. Burton has continued to gain ground in his solo ministry with Singing News charting song, “Take a Stand,” and recently recorded a new project at Omni Studios on Music Row, with Jason Webb at the helm. Burton’s style appeals to a diverse crowd, bringing his many years of traditional Southern Gospel experience to the project and a fresh Christian Country flavor to his audience. Popular songwriter, Sue Duffield’s contribution, “Son of Man’s Man” and vocals contributed by Russ Taff and others add spice to Burton’s popular new project.

Burton says, “I’m excited to have Evie Hawkins, of EHA, working on new venues for my tour. We are looking forward to a great time in the Lord throughout the U.S.” Hawkins notes, “I have been a fan of Rod for quite awhile. It’s an honor to work with such a talented artist, and working for him in the past as his publicist for New Hope Music Productions was always a pleasure. I think Rod has put together a great team. He has excellent publicity through Southern Spin Entertainment and I’m so excited to be a part of his team. The wonderful reference I can personally give churches and promoters on Rod Burton is that he has not only been fair and honest in our business agreements, but has gone way over and above those agreements. I’m blessed to have been asked to help with Rod’s booking dates.”
For More info:
11 Music Circle South
Suite 106
Nashville, TN 37203
Rod Burton publicity:

Nashville BMG Reissues Gospel Songs of ‘Country’ Johnny Mathis

Nashville, TN (Nashville BMG) August 14th, 2010 – Nashville BMG has begun to reissue the Gospel songs of ‘Country’ Johnny Mathis. The first of the series, The Gospel Songs – Volume 1, was released for the first in digital format this month.

Country Johnny Mathis, not to be confused with the pop singer of the same name, was known as both a Country singer and songwriter during the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s. As a BMI Award winning songwriter Mathis had songs recorded by many of the most formative artists of Country Music during that time frame, seven who are now Country Music Hall of Fame inductees. As an artist, he had several Top 20 charting songs as a soloist and with the duet, Jimmy and Johnny as well as regular performances on such Country iconic stages as The Louisiana Hayride and The Grand Ole Opry.

In 1964, Mathis, the son of an East Texas holiness preacher, had a salvation experience that returned him to his roots of faith. This on the heels of a Top 20 song with United Artists and a nomination for “New Male Vocalist In Country Music” by Billboard Magazine. He began to evangelize across the nation both singing and preaching while delivering albums for the Pickwick, Hilltop and Little Darling labels.

Now for the first time in 40 years, the Gospel songs of Country Johnny Mathis are being reissued and are available via download through the major digital music sites such as iTunes and Rhapsody. For more information regarding Country Johnny Mathis visit

Sunday Edition Pays Tribute to the Music of the Church with the Release of Sunday Worship

New Project To Debut Next Month During National Quartet Convention

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – (August 14, 2010) – Sunday Edition, one of Nashville’s favorite groups, is excited about the release of the trio’s highly anticipated new recording – Sunday Worship. Sunday Worship is a conceptual recording that not only pays tribute to the group’s history singing in the church, but it also takes a look at the current landscape of church music.

Deon Unthank of Sunday Edition said, “All three of us have fond memories of going to our grandparents’ old country churches and singing along in worship with nothing more than our voices an old, out-of-tune piano. So, that inspired us when recording this record to strip it down to the way it used to be and just sing these songs from the bottom of our soul with nothing but a piano and the voices God gave us.”

Sunday Worship consists of six cherished hymns and five modern worship songs set to an acoustic, piano only accompaniment.

Deon Unthank, who also co-produced the record, said, “Everywhere we go, people ask us to sing one of two things – either worship songs or hymns. Well, this release focuses on both those aspects of church music.”

“We are so excited about this release, because we really feel like you can sense the heart and emotion behind these songs,” mentioned Amy Marie Unthank of Sunday Edition. “We picked these songs, because they mean something to each of us.”

Sunday Worship was recorded with the concept of “less-is-more” in mind. Very little digital enhancements and processing was used on the vocals, and the group opted out of using vocal stacks and vocal alignment for this album.

“More than anything, we wanted this recording to feel authentic. We didn’t want it to sound over-produced and over-processed. What’s great is that you do get to hear blemishes in our voices and moments where we could have sang it better – but we wanted to make it sound like we were in an old country church singing these songs – just like we remember. We hope we accomplished that,” mentioned co-producer and Sunday Edition member Chris D. Unthank.

Sunday Worship features an equal share of modern and classic worship tunes like “Blessed Assurance,” “Precious Lord,” “The Old Rugged Cross,” “Indescribable,” “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone),” and “Friend of God,” in addition to many more songs.

Vocals for the new album were recorded at Square One Studio in Franklin, Tennessee. The project was produced by group members Chris and Deon Unthank, and all vocals were arranged by Sunday Edition. Jeff Duffield mixed and mastered the recording, while tracks for the album were performed and recorded by Bobby McAllister (for Salem-Sound in Winston-Salem, NC). The group enlisted the help of Deon’s pastor Johnny Minick for the piano on “Feeling Mighty Fine.” Steve Allen and Aaron Minick also assisted in engineering for the project.

Sunday Worship will debut and be available to purchase for the first time during the week of the National Quartet Convention in Louisville, Kentucky from September 13-18, 2010. Sunday Edition will be performing on Monday afternoon’s Featured Artist Showcase from 3:00-4:00 p.m. and will be singing selections from the new release at the showcase.

Sunday Edition recently released their follow-up to the smash-hit “He Bore a Cross.” The new single, titled “Mercy Walks a Road,” was once again produced by Glen Bates and written by Bates and Glen Ashworth. The new song is another special single release with BSA World Records.

The song is currently available for radio stations to download via Chuck Peters’ SG Show Prep and was released to radio through DJ Man Promotions and BSA World Records. In addition, the song is also being promoted to radio by TS Promotions, the Rick Hendrix Company, and Music City Media Group.

For more information on Sunday Edition, visit .

Facebook members can find Sunday Edition on the popular social networking site at . Sunday Edition’s MySpace can be found at Fans can visit Sunday Edition’s Shoutlife at

About Sunday Edition
Sunday Edition was formed back in the early 70’s as an all-male quartet. Now, 30 years later, the group has reformed as the family trio consisting of Deon Unthank, Amy Marie Unthank, and Chris Unthank. The group has a rich sound with a wide variety of influences which range from traditional southern to country and progressive southern to black gospel.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

The Browns Sign With Manor House Music

Brentwood, TN (Mansion Entertainment) August 14, 2010 – The Browns have recently signed with Manor House Music and have the distinction of becoming the first addition to the Manor House label, a new division of Mansion Records.

This family group, based out of LeMars, Iowa is comprised of Shelly, Michaela, Adam and Andrew Brown, They have performed across the country from the Americana Theatre in Branson, MO, to Dollywood Theme park stages, to singing on over seven Royal Carribean and Carnival cruise ships. The Browns have also performed for Former Vice President Dan Quayle and were invited to sing for President George W. Bush. This award winning group has received the prestigious honor of Top 10 Mixed Group of the Year for the second year in a row as well as having been awarded the Top 5 Horizon Group of the Year for 3 consecutive years by The Singing News Magazine Fan Awards. Their last single release, “It’s A God Thing”, was a Top 40 on The Singing News Charts peaking at #23.

The Browns are currently writing and selecting songs for their new project and will begin recording in Mansion Entertainment’s world-class studio in the near future. A release date will be forth-coming. For more information regarding The Browns, Mansion Entertainment, Manor House Music please go to or

Dailey & Vincent Plan Inaugural Homecoming Charity Concert

NASHVILLE, TENN. — IBMA Entertainers of the Year Dailey & Vincent are proud to announce their inaugural homecoming charity concert to raise money for the newly formed Dailey & Vincent Fund. Tickets are on sale now for the concert, which is scheduled for Saturday, October 2, at 5:00 p.m. at the Jackson County High School Football Field in Gainesboro, Tennessee. Proceeds will go directly to the newly formed Dailey & Vincent Fund, administered through the Cookeville Regional Medical Center Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization.

The Dailey & Vincent Fund exists to provide financial assistance to disadvantaged children of Jackson and DeKalb Counties to meet immediate medical, nutritional and educational needs not covered by insurance or other means, while acknowledging the God-given gifts, potential and dignity of each child.

Concert tickets are $15 and are available in Cookeville at the Tennessee Bible College; in Gainesboro at Jackson Bank & Trust or by calling J.B. Dailey (931-268-0438) or Fred Heady (931-644-0391); in Livingston by calling Judith Nevins (931-403-6191) or Johnny Painter (931-704-0144); and in Smithville at Cantrell Furniture and Webb’s Drug Store, or by calling Julie Vincent (615-418-5759). Tickets are also available online at and will be sold on the day of the concert in the Gainesboro town square.

Those attending the concert need to bring lawn chairs. The first 1,000 tickets sold will be accompanied by preferred parking privileges at the football field. Additional free parking will be off-site with shuttle service provided to the concert. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be moved indoors. No refunds will be issued.

Fans of award-winning bluegrass duo Dailey & Vincent know that they take their music seriously. It’s also obvious that they believe strongly in giving back—to their community, their industry and their fans, as first seen with the release of Singing From the Heart, a CD that helped raise fund for Tennessee Bible College. Now, Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent are taking it a step further with the formation of their own charitable fund and an annual homecoming charity concert.

Dailey & Vincent signed with Rounder Records in 2007 and released their self-titled debut in 2008. They are the reigning International Bluegrass Music Association Entertainers of the Year and Vocal Group of the Year, taking home the coveted trophies in 2008 and 2009. They are the only bluegrass act ever to win IBMA’s Emerging Artist and Entertainer of the Year awards in the same year (2008). Their current release, Dailey & Vincent Sing the Statler Brothers, features bluegrass versions of 12 of the Statlers’ most-loved hits and is available exclusively at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store and The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard Bluegrass Albums chart, where it has spent nine weeks at #1 and 19 weeks in the top 3. It also debuted at #19 on the Billboard Country Albums chart. The album, as well as lead track “Flowers on the Wall,” were the most-played on Sirius XM’s Bluegrass Junction during the month of June. More information on Dailey & Vincent, including tour dates, is available at

Friday, August 13, 2010

Telestials Begin Work On New CD

Nashville-TN – August 11, 2010 – The Telestials were at The Sound Shop Monday, recording tracks for their latest CD. The Telestials once again enlisted the help of producer, Michael Sykes.

Again, the Telestials are recording songs written by group members Caleb Brown & Scott Lucas, the writers of the single, Free. The Telestials will begin recording vocals next week, with the first single to follow soon. Monday’s tracking session can be viewed on the Telestials blog at,

For more information about The Telestials or booking you may visit their website at or call their ministry office at (615) 847-3660

Mac McConnell is Featured Speaker at Christian Chamber of SW Florida

(Fort Myers, Fla. – August 12, 2010,) – The Christian Chamber of Southwest Florida. …and Beyond! welcomes Mac McConnell as the featured speaker for August. McConnell will speak about what it took to stay in business during difficult economic times at both the Lee and Collier Division Networking Luncheons next week. Members pay just $11 and non-members/guests pay only $15, and includes a boxed lunch, networking opportunities and more. RSVPs are requested by calling the Christian Chamber at 239-481-1411 or prepaying online at no later than Monday, August 16, 2010.

The Lee Division of the Christian Chamber meets on Tuesday, August 17 from 11am to 1pm at First Church of the Nazarene, 13545 American Colony Boulevard in Fort Myers.

The Collier Division of the Christian Chamber meets on Wednesday, August 18 from 11am to 1pm at North Naples United Methodist Church, located at 6000 Goodlette Frank Road in Naples.

Mac McConnell may best be known as narrator of the Emmy Award winning Ft. Lauderdale Christmas Pageant for more than 20 years, but once he had a real job. McConnell left the professional world of Chrysler Corporation in 1974 and opened the Artful Framer Gallery. Over time, he expanded to three art galleries and one custom framing store, but nearly lost it all during difficult economic times. Refusing bankruptcy, McConnell took a side job for four years to keep his business open and pay off a sizable debt. Surprising to some, the Artful Framer Gallery won the Miami Herald's Small Business of the Year and was featured in Inc. Magazine. In 1995, McConnell sold Artful Framer Gallery and began One Way Productions, spreading the Good News dramatically with over 500 one-man dramatic performances in 30 states and seven countries. They now feature an award winning historical novel series based on his dramas.

The Christian Chamber of Southwest Florida, Inc. … and Beyond! is like any other business Chamber – while they believe that the precepts and principles of God can be integrated into every aspect of ones life, including business and career. Learn more about membership benefits by visiting their website at or call 239-481-1411 for details or to attend the Lee or Collier Division luncheons.

About the Christian Chamber of Southwest Florida… and Beyond!
The goal of the Christian Chamber of Southwest Florida… and Beyond! is to inform, educate and motivate Christian business people to be better at what they do, growing their businesses so God can bless their efforts, allowing those businesses, churches, organizations, and individuals more opportunity to be generous with their time, talents and resources to benefit the Kingdom of God. The Christian Chamber can be reached by phone at 239-481-1411, by email at or online at

The Goodwins sign with Torch Light Talent Agency

Poca, WV (Aug 6, 2010) The Goodwins of Poca, WV have recently signed with Torch Light Talent Agency for future booking representation. "We are very pleased & excited about working with Torch Light Talent... thanks to their hard work, we are already filling open dates in our 2010 schedule", says Martha Drake, lead singer/songwriter for the group. The Goodwins will still occasionally schedule various dates themselves, but will be booked primarily through Torch Light Talent Agency for future dates. The Goodwins are currently booking for a few remaining dates in 2010 & are booking for 2011 as well.
The Goodwins are well known in the industry for penning songs like, "That's My Boy", & "Amen Corner" & for recent charting singles like "Jesus Died Like A Man" & their latest single, "Heart Of The King". This song recently debuted on the Southern Gospel Times Top 40 chart at #2 & is also currently on the Christian Voice Top 100 chart at # 82. The Goodwins brand new single, "Revival Medley" ships to radio this week.
For more Information in regards to The Goodwins visit their site:
To book The Goodwins, or for more information on Torch Light Talent Agency visit:

Thursday, August 12, 2010

SGM Radio Blog’s Top Ten: New Day

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!

New Day

New Day is a Texas-based southern gospel trio consisting of Bob and Pam Reeves, Kelley Matthews, and Kelley's husband, Jim, taking care of sound. We enjoy traveling and sharing the joy of serving God and making new friends along the way.

New Day’s Top Ten by Pam Reeves

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

Latest Recording: Faith Like That
Favorite Song: The Potter's House
Sooner or later we all end up in pieces back at the Potter's House, where He remolds us into vessels of honor.

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

Winning Trio of the Year in the South Texas Gospel Music Association and being nominated in the top 5 for Trio of the Year in the Diamond Awards.

3. What is the furthest place you have been from your current hometown?

Kentucky (until next week when go to Alaska)

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

This decade (2000’s) and favorite artist: The Perrys

5. Brush with greatness…who have you met that you couldn’t wait to tell your friends and family about?

We had the privilege of singing with Brian Free and are still talking about how genuinely nice he was!

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

Load and unload sound equipment with a twitch of our nose.

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

Beth Moore

8. What is your favorite Bible verse?

Psalm 91

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

It's a small world after all!

10. What is the last book you read?

Experiencing God

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The Quicks Announce Addition of Justin Greer To Group

SMYRNA, Tenn. – (August 11, 2010) – Middle Tennessee’s beloved family group The Quicks are excited to announce the addition of Justin Greer to the group’s ministry team. Justin is from Lawrenceville, Georgia and is a talented singer and musician.

Justin and group member Rebecca Quick, announced their engagement earlier this year, and since that time, he has had time to get to know the family and learn the ministry of The Quicks firsthand.

"Tim and I, and of course Rebecca, are very excited about bringing Justin on board," says Sally. "He is a gifted young man and, more importantly, has a heart for worship."

Justin has immediately began traveling with The Quicks, in addition to his recent appointment as worship leader at Middle Tennessee State University’s Alpha Omega College Ministries, where he ministers to this group each Wednesday at their mid-week service.

The Quicks are currently preparing to release their much-anticipated recording – Hymns. More information on that will be released at a later date.

For more information on The Quicks – visit them online at . The Quicks can also be found on Facebook by logging on to .

About The Quicks
The Quicks are a devoted family ministry based out of Smyrna, Tennessee. The group consists of Tim and Sally Quick, their daughter Rebecca, and her fiancé Justin Greer. The group is preparing for the release of their much-anticipated studio release Hymns later this fall.

HisSong Performs at Colorado Night Vision Festival

Group Also Makes Stop at Stamps-Baxter School of Music

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (August 11, 2010) – Vine Records/Crossroads recording artist and 2009 Dove Award nominee HisSong performed at the 2010 Night Vision Festival in Olathe, Colorado last month. Additional artists who performed at the event included Michael W. Smith, Brandon Heath, Third Day, American Idol's Phil Stacey, Matthew West, Francesca Battistelli, Kutless, Skillet, The Katinas and more. HisSong was the only Southern Gospel group to perform for the three-day festival, which had more than 15,000 people in attendance each day.

HisSong owner/manager Dennis Humphries states, “We were very honored to be a part of this event. Our friend Victoria Hearst, who is such an inspiration to us all, brought HisSong to Colorado in 2009 for another event and immediately asked us to be a part of this festival. We were very concerned about being the only Southern Gospel group and how the crowd would accept our music. However, we were very pleased with the response we got. Anywhere God opens the doors for us, we're ready to walk through.”

In addition, HisSong also performed at the Stamps-Baxter School of Music in Murfreesboro, Tennessee at Middle Tennessee State University on Wednesday, July 15, 2010.

“We were honored to get an invitation from Ben Speer to perform an hour concert to the students and faculty,” said Dennis. “I attended the Stamps-Baxter School of Music several years ago, and it has helped me in so many ways in my ministry and career. It was great getting to talk with the students and faculty at our product table following the concert. It brought back so many memories of when I was a student.”

Fans are encouraged to call and request HisSong’s latest single, “What a Difference a Day Makes” at Southern Gospel radio.

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 Adoration Agency. For more information on how to book the popular trio, log on to or call (910) 426-1931.

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 nomination last year for the critically acclaimed breakthrough recording On the Way Up. The group has been awarded two Diamond Awards. HisSong’s current single is “What a Difference a Day Makes.”

Freedom Reaches Publicity and Web Publishing Agreement with Southern Spin Entertainment

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – (August 11, 2010) – Freedom, one of the most exciting new names in Christian music, has reached a publicity and web publishing agreement with SSE Group, Inc. Through this agreement, the talented trio has gained exclusive access to all media outlets serviced by Southern Spin Entertainment, in addition to advertising and marketing possibilities. Freedom will also receive a newly designed webpage and media kit through this agreement.

Freedom consists of industry veterans John Rulapaugh and Josh Garner along with relative newcomer Joel Trimble. The group’s schedule is already filling up including recent performances and scheduled appearances at industry events like the Suwanee River Jubilee, Branson Gospel Music Convention, 11th Annual SGN Music Fest, Grand Ole Gospel Reunion, and World Premier Gospel Event in Pigeon Forge, TN. The group records for Homeland Entertainment’s Riversong Records and just released their debut recording – Freedom – last month.

“We’ve known John and Josh for a long time, and we are so excited about getting to be a small part of their ministry,” mentioned Amy Marie Unthank of SSE Group, Inc. “There’s no denying that this group is going to be making a big impact on the Christian music industry, and we are so happy to assist them in whatever ways we can!”

Southern Spin Entertainment is one of three divisions of the 501c non-profit organization SSE Group, Inc. The company is operated by siblings Amy Marie Unthank and Chris D. Unthank. The company currently represents artists, companies, and organizations in all genres of Gospel music – including the Dove Brothers, The Freemans, The Nelons, (formerly, HisSong, Misty Freeman, Driven Quartet, the Diamond Awards, Branson Gospel Music Convention, Eighth Day, David Hill Trio, Sharron Kay King, Heavens Highway, 2nd Generation, Brothers Forever, Shine On Trio, Men of Music, The Quicks, Rod Burton, and many more.

Fans are encouraged to call and request Freedom’s brand new single, “Come On In,” at radio all across the country!

Until Freedom’s new site is unveiled – you can find out more information on the group by visiting or by visiting them on Facebook at .

About Southern Spin Entertainment
Southern Spin Entertainment is one of three divisions of the 501c non-profit organization SSE Group, Inc. Southern Spin Entertainment focuses on publicity and marketing for Southern and Country Gospel artists. The company currently represents many artists, companies or organizations in all genres of Gospel music.

For more information on Southern Spin Entertainment, go to .

SSE Group, Inc.’s three divisions include Southern Spin Entertainment, SSE Design Group, and Southern Spin Radio. SSE Group currently owns and operates Glorious Creations and

For more information on SSE Group, go to

The Cupps Need Your Prayers

Press Release August 7, 2010 – Williamsburg KY.
46-year-old Rev. Troy Cupp of the southern gospel group known as The Cupps is currently in the hospital recovering from a fall from his church roof.

Rev. Cupp was working around his church on Wednesday, August 4th, and needed some tools which he had left at his church’s food pantry building. After returning to the food pantry, Mr. Cupp discovered he had forgotten one of the tools on the roof where he had been working the day before. In a hurry to recover the tools and return back to the church, he fell 15 feet on to a concrete slab, injuring his neck, arm, ankles, and foot.

Rev. Cupp then dragged himself to the road where someone found him. He was airlifted to the UT Hospital in Knoxville, TN where he is currently listed in stable condition. He is expected to be released soon and then transferred to a rehabilitation center where he will undergo physical therapy.

You can learn more about The Cupps by visiting their website at

Friends remember Georgia music legend John L “Johnny” Carson

Georgia music industry members, friends and family of Georgia Music Hall of Fame member John L Carson, 77, gathered July 31 in Decatur, Ga. to celebrate his life.
Chaplain Danny Roland officiated and Randall Franks gave the eulogy.
Carson died July 27, 2010 at an Atlanta area hospital after suffering a heart attack and fall.
Carson combined his musical pedigree, talent and love of people to pioneer a career in Georgia's music industry. He was also a member of the Carolinas Country, Bluegrass and Gospel Hall of Fame and their Legend Award winner.
He was the grandson of the late Fiddlin' John Carson, who gave him his first fiddle at the age of 10 and the nephew of the late RCA recording artist, “Moonshine Kate” Carson.
He was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 2009 receiving the Mary Tallent Pioneer Award, thus becoming the second member of his family alongside his grandfather. His cousin John R. Carson is a member of the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame. The Atlanta, Ga. native from Cabbagetown began his journey through the music industry by booking bands at the age of 15.
He was a graduate of Roosevelt High School in Atlanta, where excelled in many sports, however his records in track and cross-country were not broken until the 1980's.
According to family members, the Atlanta Journal called him the greatest athlete to wear the Crimson Tide colors. He also attended the University of Georgia, Atlanta Division; Georgia State College; Georgia State University, and Atlanta Law School.
Throughout his wide-ranging career, he managed, promoted, produced, showcased and paid tribute to hundreds of country, bluegrass, gospel and western musicians.
He served in the U. S. Army in Korea.
As a music business entrepreneur with his partner Phyllis Cole, he founded Fiddlin’ John Carson Productions in 1970, including publishing companies - Fiddlin’ John Carson Publishers and Fid John Carson Publishers, show productions, management and record companies eventually bringing all the businesses under Cradle of Country Music Productions.
He and Cole founded the Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame in 1982 honoring over a thousand people who have impacted the Atlanta and Georgia music scene over the last 28 years.
He also founded the Atlanta Country Music Academy in 1986 in Cabbagetown with the focus of educated young singers at no cost. He served as Co-Director of the Atlanta Society of Entertainers since 1994 and also served on the board of Friends of Georgia Music Festival board member for many years.
In addition to his music career, he and Cole also formed the International Association of Security Guards in 1976, in order to give security personnel proper training. He coordinated this organization for several years.
Among the many artists’ careers his and Cole’s efforts impacted are American Idol runner-up and Broadway actress Diana DeGarmo, Country singers Mark Wills and Daron Norwood and Appalachian music and Television star Randall Franks, “Officer Randy Goode” from TV’s “In the Heat of the Night.”
“Johnny encouraged so many of us,” Franks said. “He advised, created opportunities, brought attention to our careers, taught, and preserved history, but mostly he was a friend through the ups and downs of pursuing a mainstream entertainment career who cheered us on. Georgia music just lost one of its greatest promoters and all of us just lost a true friend.”
He managed the country-rock group the Generals and produced shows with some of the biggest names in pop, country and rock music.
According to Fiddlin’ John Carson Productions, as a philanthropist, he has help raise over $2 million for various charities.
Carson’s Home going service included performances by Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina performers Lorraine Parker, Joey Stuckey, Danny Roland, Randall Franks, Rick Smith, Mitzie Gardner, J. Max and Teena McKee, Jerry and Helen Burke, Dean Marsh and Cotton Evans.
Phyllis Cole gave a tribute to Johnny and invited others to do the same. Many of the attendees gave brief tributes as well.
"As Johnny would say, it was a packed house," Phyllis said.
He was interred in a private ceremony at Melwood Cemetery in Stone Mountain, Ga.
Donations in Carson's memory may be made to the Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame, 4051 Seven Hills Court, Stone Mountain, GA. 30083

Mansion Entertainment Premiers Unique New Product at MOPS

Brentwood, TN (Mansion Entertainment) August 11, 2010 – Mansion Entertainment recently premiered their new product, The Timmy, at the national MOPS Convention in Orlando, FL.

MOPS, Mothers of Preschoolers, is an international organization providing information, products, and representation for Mothers/Grandmothers of young children. The Timmy, Mansion Entertainment’s new MP3 Player, Pre-loaded with Sunday School and Action Songs, was received with great enthusiasm. Many responses were preceded with the comment, “I have never seen such an incredible children’s product!”

The Timmy is a unique and one-of-a-kind Children’s educational product. Not only is The Timmy a high-quality MP3 player, Pre-loaded with 100 Sunday School and Action Songs, but it has enough memory to download 100’s of other songs. This kid-friendly player is also a voice recorder, photo browser, e-book reader, video player and FM radio. It also includes downloadable lyrics and a Timmy and Tara coloring book.

The premier of The Timmy at this year’s MOPS also coincided with the release of the product to the general and Christian retail markets. More information regarding The Timmy can be found at

Southern Tradition To Be Featured Artist This Weekend On Paul Heil’s Gospel Greats

Nashville, TN (August 10, 2010) – Southern Gospel quartet, Southern Tradition, will be the featured artist this coming weekend, August 14th-15th, 2010, on Paul Heil’s widely successful syndicated radio program, the Gospel Greats.

The group’s debut recording, Sing Along With Southern Tradition, was produced by award winning producer, Michael Sykes. Sykes commented, “I love the way this group brings together a traditional Gospel music sound with a fresh and innovative musical approach. It makes for a nice listening experience. It’s my pleasure to work with Southern Tradition.”

The project is released with Homeland Records’ Riversong label. The program will feature numerous songs from this solid recording including the title cut, “Sing Along Song” and the current single at nationwide radio “That’s my Kind of Music.” In addition to hearing some of the wonderful music from this group, listeners will also hear interview segments, allowing them to get to know the members.

The fast rising quartet, Southern Tradition, is made up of Ken Taylor (lead), Mark Taylor (baritone), Thomas Nalley (tenor), Paul Allman (bass), and Tommy Fairchild (piano). Many people will remember Fairchild from his years with the GRAMMY and Dove winning Blackwood Brothers and Oak Ridge Boys.

Group member Ken Taylor expressed, “We are continuously in awe of the doors God is opening for us. To have Michael Sykes working with us on our album and then to have Paul Heil choose it as a featured album on his program is a tremendous honor. It is always a sure sign of God being in the middle of what you are doing when you know you could never have done any of it yourself. We give Him all the glory for all of this and we look forward to what he has in store for our quartet.”

To learn more about Southern Tradition, visit

The Gospel Greats radio program is one of the best-known and most widely respected syndicated Southern Gospel music radio programs, airing in syndication on nearly 200 great radio stations across America, in Canada, on Sirius/XM satellite, in Europe, the Far East and on the Internet worldwide each week. To learn more about where you can hear the broadcast in your area, visit

Southern Tradition is booked exclusively by the Tana Lonon Agency (TLA). To schedule them or other great artists from TLA, such as Crabb Revival, No Other Name, and others, you can email the agency at or visit them on the web at You can also call the office at @615.866.9741.

The Best Of The Hoppers Rockets Up Billboard Charts

NASHVILLE, TENN. (August 10, 2010) – Just one week after its long-awaited release, The Gaither Gospel Series: The Best of The Hoppers made an impressive debut, with the DVD soaring all the way to #2 on Billboard’s video chart while the CD entered the Billboard Heatseeker chart at #4. Additionally, the CD entered the Nielsen SoundScan Southern Gospel chart at #1 and the Contemporary Christian chart at #10.

One of the most awarded and respected groups in southern Gospel music, The Hoppers have spent more than 50 years recording Gospel music and traveling worldwide, performing fan favorites like “Jerusalem,” “Yes I Am,” “Shoutin’ Time” and “Yahweh,” to name a few of the 18 tracks found on this new collection.

The Best of the Hoppers, hosted by Bill Gaither, highlights many of the group’s unforgettable and heartwarming performances from the Homecoming Series over the past two decades. Claude, Connie, Dean, Kim and Mike Hopper crack open the family scrapbook with never-been-seen-before family insights as they re-trace their extraordinary musical journey.

"For 50 years, we've put our heart and soul into the messages of our songs,” recalls group member Connie Hopper, “and we’ve worked to make those lyrics translate onto our videos." Dean Hopper, a second generation member added: "As I looked back over this list of songs and the memories they bring to mind, I experienced a ‘chills-up-your-spine moment’ as I considered all of the opportunities we have had. We couldn't be more grateful."

The Best of The Hoppers aired as a part of a television feature on Great American Country (GAC), the RFD Network, TBN, Daystar, FamilyNet, Gospel Music Television, Gospel Music Channel, Liberty, CTN, Total Living Network (TLN) and Crossroads & Vision Television in Canada among other outlets.
The Best of the Hoppers (Gaither Music Group), distributed by EMI CMG Distribution, is available online and everywhere Christian music is sold. For further information, visit

Dolly Parton will receive prestigious James D. Vaughan Award

The Southern Gospel Music Association (SGMA) will award its 2010 James D. Vaughan "Impact Award" to Dolly Parton, according to Executive Director Charlie Waller. Waller said that the award is presented to those whose careers make a significant impact on the Southern gospel music industry and expand the scope of the music.

“Dolly Parton is the most honored female country performer of all time," he said. "Her efforts on behalf of our music at Dollywood have been instrumental in the establishment of our museum and hall of fame as well as providing a home for many of our artists to share their talents on the stages at Dollywood in front of millions of people."

He added that the Country Music Hall of Fame member has encouraged tremendous opportunities for the exposure of Southern gospel music on television, recordings, and in live performance venues throughout her career.

Parton plans to appear in person to accept the honor on Sept. 29, 2010 at the SGMA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Singing News Fan Awards. The event is at DP's Celebrity Theatre inside Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

Past recipients of the award include: Bill Gaither, James Blackwood, Les Beasley, Bob Brumley, Mosie Lister, Paul Heil, Eva Mae LeFevre, J.G. Whitfield, Lari Goss and Barbara Mandrell.

Tickets are $70, which includes admission to Dollywood, free parking, lunch, and reserved seating for the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony/Singing News Fan Awards. Dollywood will be open and all shows, rides and shops will be operating.

DP’s Celebrity Theatre will host the annual celebration of inductees to the Hall of Fame at 3 p.m. honoring, “Little” Jan Buckner-Goff, Danny Gaither, Sam Goodman, Bill Hefner, Connie Hopper and Arthur Smith. Performers scheduled to appear are Booth Brothers, Brian Free & Assurance, Greater Vision, Inspirations, Karen Peck & New River, Kingdom Heirs, Legacy Five, Perrys, Triumphant Quartet, and the Whisnants.

Groups performing in venues throughout the park during the day include: Kingdom Heirs, Florida Boys, Booth Brothers, Triumphant Quartet, Dove Brothers Quartet, Chuck Wagon Gang, Diplomats, Southern Sound Quartet, Tribute Quartet and the LeFevre Quartet. SGMA Hall of Fame members planning to attend include Bill and Gloria Gaither, Les Beasley, Jerry Goff, Jack Pittman, Bill Shaw, Eddie Wallace, Charlie Waller, Don Light, Lou Hildreth, Derrell Stewart, "Lady" Mull and Ed Hill. Other guests include Guy Penrod, Jason Crabb, Ronnie Hinson, Gerald Crabb and "Little" Willie Wynn.

Dinner includes baked chicken, pulled barbecue pork sandwiches, all beef hot dogs with chili, cole slaw, corn on the cob, baked beans, roasted skillet potatoes, banana pudding, unlimited Coca-Cola products or Gold Peak tea.

“I encourage each of you to be in attendance for this historical event in gospel music,” Waller said. “Come visit us in the Great Smoky Mountains and be at Dollywood on Sept. 29th.”

Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling the SGMA office (865) 908-4040 to attend SGMA Induction Ceremony/Singing News Fan Awards in the DP’s Celebrity Theatre.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Southern Gospel Music Association. The Southern Gospel Music Association is a non-profit organization that maintains the Southern Gospel Museum and Hall of Fame, the only facility honoring this genre of music, for the historic preservation of the accomplishments of the music and its people. Museum hours match those of Dollywood. Donations are tax-deductible. Individuals and businesses may donate to assist with honoring inductees with special bronze plaques that are displayed in the Hall of Fame. For more information about the museum or its inductees, visit

This release is provided as a public service of Randall Franks Media through the Share America Foundation, Inc. for the SGMA.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Praise Incorporated Performs For 41st Annual Street Rod Nationals Event

FORT WORTH, Texas – (August 9, 2010) – Texas based Praise Incorporated were the special guest performers for the National Street Rod Association’s annual event this past weekend. The group performed during the event’s Sunday morning chapel service at Louisville, Kentucky’s Fair & Expo Center in Freedom Hall.

Steve Sam of Praise Incorporated said, “We are so honored to be a part of this annual event. This was our fourth year to be invited. We count it an honor to be the only Gospel group featured over the course of the weekend.”

The National Street Rod Association is heavily involved in the specialty automotive vehicle participant sport, from the people that enjoy participating with their vehicles to the industry that has evolved from within. NSRA is the organizing body that made the sport what it is today, and it is the reason the growth of enthusiast participation has continued at a steady pace since the association was founded in 1970. NSRA provides leadership, guidance, and fun events for enthusiasts who favor driving their specialty vehicles wherever and whenever they want to.

More info on the National Street Rod Association can be found at .

Fans are encouraged to call in and request Praise Incorporated’s new radio single – “I’ve Been Forgiven.” The song is being pushed to radio by Heritage Communications.

For more information on the group, visit them online at .

About Praise Incorporated
With a focus on musical excellence and integrity in ministry, Praise Incorporated has devoted their lives to reaching the lost and encouraging the Christian, through music and spoken word. Building on combined decades of music experience, Steve Sam, Ron Higgins, Greg Bares and Dodd Meadows have hearts for the Lord and that gives Praise Incorporated the musical excellence it strives for.

An open letter from the Dove Brothers

The Dove Brothers would like to thank all of our friends and fans who have supported us for the past 12 years. You have been so kind, buying our CDs and DVDs and T-shirts through the years and for that, we are grateful.

As we all know, the current economy is arguably the worst since the Great Depression. The Dove Brothers have decided that until our nation is over this recession and the economy is back on its feet, all of our CDs and DVDs in our web store and at our product table at all concerts will be available for only $10 dollars each. (Shipping and handling is required for web orders.)

We pray that this will help keep Southern Gospel music and the Dove Brothers in your home, car, and on your computer, during these tough economic times.

McCray Dove

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. The group just released their latest recording for Sonlite Records - Unshakeable!

2nd Generation Seeking Immediate Replacement for Baritone Position

OAK GROVE, Ark. – (August 9, 2010) – Diamond Award winning trio 2nd Generation is currently seeking an immediate replacement for the baritone position in their group. Effective immediately, Jonathan Edwards has been released from the group and will no longer be traveling with the trio.

Brenda Denney of 2nd Generation said, “We were honored to have Jonathan travel with us, but after a little time on the road, we realized that it just wasn’t the right fit for our group. We still love and cherish Jonathan and his family, however it became immediately evident that it wasn’t going to work out. We pray God’s richest blessings on Jonathan and his family. We know that God has a perfect plan for Jonathan’s life, and we can’t wait to see where he lands in his ministry!”

Brenda continued, “We are currently auditioning some very talented guys to fill this position, but we are also very open to new inquiries. We are praying for the right person to fill this spot!”

2nd Generation is currently reviewing resumes and CDs for the position. Those interested in auditioning for the position can email Brenda Denney at or call (913) 710-5227.

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.”

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Southern Tradition Signs With Tana Lonon Agency

Nashville, TN (August 4, 2010) – The Tana Lonon Agency (TLA) is pleased to announce the signing of SOUTHERN TRADITION to their talented roster of artists. The group will be scheduled exclusively the TLA.

Although they’re not a household name just yet, Southern Tradition has been making a big mark on Gospel music. They convey a blend of the true nostalgia Gospel music offers, with a fresh musical approach, including intricate harmonies and wonderful musicianship. Group members are Ken Taylor (lead), Mark Taylor (baritone), Thomas Nalley (tenor), Paul Allman (bass), and Tommy Fairchild (piano). Many people will remember Fairchild from his years with the GRAMMY and Dove winning Blackwood Brothers and Oak Ridge Boys.

The group second single, on Homeland Record’s Riversong label, “That's My Kind Of Music,” written by Jerry Kelso and Kristi Fitzwater, is impacting radio now. Their first single release, “Sing Along Song,” was well received at radio across the country. Both songs are from their debut album with Riversong, Sing Along With Southern Tradition.

Besides having a heart to make great music, the group’s first goal is to make a true ministry impact for the cause of Christ. They have a heart for souls and for the needs of others. They are honored to be the National Spokespersons for the International Christian Center for the Deaf (ICCD). They express that they have seen the impact music has, even on those who cannot hear. Their work with ICCD allows them to help get the word out to their audiences about ministering to the deaf in a multitude of ways.

The group’s lead singer, Ken Taylor, shared how all these gentlemen are feeling about the doors God is opening. “The hand of God never ceases to amaze me. He knows who, what, where, when, and how in our lives. I am in awe of His blessings and completely committed to walking the path that He lays out before us in this ministry. I know, without a doubt, that He led us to the Tana Lonon Agency. We feel honored to work with a lady who combines her love for God with a strong work ethic. We’re ready to continue to walk together, with Tana, into every opportunity for ministry that God brings to this quartet.”

Tana Lonon expressed her anticipation about working with Southern Tradition. “I feel so fortunate for the groups that God brings my way. Once in a while, a fairly new group comes along. Sometimes, from that first moment, I find myself feeling very strongly about learning more about them. The more I learned about Southern Tradition, the more I wanted to know. I love their heart and I love their determination to serve God. I am looking forward to our ministry partnership, as well as our great friendship.

To learn more about Southern Tradition, visit

To schedule this group or other great artists from TLA, such as Crabb Revival, Marshall Hall, and others, you can email the agency at or visit them on the web at You can also call the office at @615.866.9741.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Guy Penrod Joins Country Celebrities In Support of Gulf Relief Awareness Campaign

Guy Penrod Joins Country Celebrities In Support of Gulf Relief Awareness Campaign
His Solo European Tour Underway

Nashville, TN (August 2, 2010) -- Guy Penrod recently joined country celebrities Sammy Kershaw, Kellie Pickler, Zac Brown Band, Bo Bice, Colt Ford, Ashton Shepherd, Wade Hayes and GAC hosts Storme Warren and Suzanne Alexander in support of The sp(OIL)ed Campaign. Penrod posed for photographer Kevin White, who was in Music City snapping celebrity shots for on behalf of The two groups are working diligently to raise awareness and funding to support relief and restoration efforts in the Gulf.
"Joining this movement was important to me personally," says Guy Penrod. "Our natural resources are already challenged, and so many people just aren't aware of the possible long-term effects of this oil spill. I truly hope this campaign will bring the importance of good stewardship home to every American."

Penrod, whose debut country radio single, "Are You The One," is currently #58 on the Billboard Country Indicator Chart, launched his International tour yesterday with a show in Sweden. The tour takes him to six countries and a variety of venues, and supports his first solo country CD, BREATHE DEEP, produced by Brent Rowan (Joe Nichols, Blake Shelton) for Servant Records.

ABOUT The sp[OIL]ed Campaign:
A photographic movement created by New Orleans photographer, Matthew Arthur, and NLE founder, Nicholas Landry, in direct response to the massive oil spill off the coast of Louisiana. NLE has teamed with, a nonprofit organization founded to raise money to provide relief to those facing financial devastation and to help save Louisiana's Wetlands.
For all the news on Guy, click on For interviews, press materials and more, email or call Martha at 615-746-3994.

Monday, August 2, 2010

SGN Scoops August 2010 – The Renewal Issue – is now available!

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

In our “Renewal Edition,” we speak to Guy Penrod, John Rulapaugh, and Dan Keeton about changes to their ministries – but not to their vision. We follow Christy Sutherland to Grand Isles where she ministers in the midst of the oil spill. And as always, our columnists strive to challenge and encourage you – including a new word from Jimmy McMillan about the “glamorous” life of gospel singers.

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