Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Heavens Highway Announces Addition of Holly Nash to Group

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (October 26, 2010) – Powerful Country/Southern Gospel group Heavens Highway is pleased to announce the addition of Holly Nash to the group.

David Timms of Heavens Highway said, “We are so excited about Holly singing with us now. She’s got an incredible voice, and the desire for ministry in her life is great. We know God has big plans for this ministry, and we believe Holly is the right person for the job!”

“All I have ever wanted to do is sing. Nothing else seems to matter at that moment other than me singing to my Father. It's an intimate moment for me and a place where no one else can go except for me. What I experience will never be obtained by someone else,” mentioned Holly. “That's how awesome God is.”

Holly, who was raised in Oklahoma, was inspired by a multitude of artists and genres – including artists like CeCe Winans, Cindy Morgan, The Isaacs, Lanny Wolfe, Michael English, The Gaithers, and many more. Holly’s husband, Jonathan, has been involved in music ministry as well and is currently serving in the United States Navy. The couple is expecting their second child in May 2011.

You can find out more information on Holly by visiting .

Heavens Highway has been making their mark at Southern Gospel radio. Fresh on the heels of scoring their first Singing News and Top 40 hits (“Longing to Go” and “When God Makes a Promise”), Heavens Highway recently released their new single to Southern Gospel radio. The single, titled “Set Me Free From Me,” was released to Southern Gospel radio earlier through both Spin-N-Motion Promotions and Patterson Promotions.

For more information on Heavens Highway, visit their website at . You can also visit the band on MySpace at .

About Heavens Highway
Heavens Highway is one of the most powerful Country/Southern Gospel Groups in North Mississippi. Heavens Highway ministers to literally thousands each year in churches and benefits. For over seven years, their primary goal is to see lost souls saved and the lonely, hungry and misguided people of this world find peace in the Lord Jesus Christ. Members of Heavens Highway consist of Sharon Brown, Marty Rock, David Timms, Becky Justice and Jerry Taylor on rhythm guitar.

Men of Music Welcome Tyler Hudson as New Tenor Vocalist

JACKSON, Miss. – (October 26, 2010) – Southern Gospel favorites the Men of Music are excited to announce the addition of Tyler Hudson to the group. Hudson fills the recently vacated tenor position.

“Tyler is a great addition to our group,” mentioned Men of Music baritone and manager Gregory Colburn. “He’s been singing with us for several weeks now, and he’s a perfect fit. We hope that everyone will make him welcome. He’s excited about meeting everyone!”

Tyler is a recent graduate of the University of North Alabama with a Major in History and Minors in Music, Religion/Philosophy and Business Administration.
Tyler is a very energetic young man with a love for God that you will see evident whether on stage, at the product table, or on the bus.

More information on Tyler can be found at the Men of Music’s website – .

The Men of Music recently completed their debut release for Homeland Entertainment’s Riversong Records. More information on the album and its expected release will be announced at a later date.

The group has also been making a big impact on the artist music community’s charts recently. The group’s brand new song, “How Beautiful Heaven Must Be,” peaked at #7 on the Country chart and #3 on the Christian Country chart just last month.

The song has also been a regular fixture on the Top 40 Fan Chart – the industry’s only chart solely based on the votes of the fans.

The Men of Music announced their return to full-time touring after a three-year absence from the road last year. The Men of Music are currently booking dates and touring as a trio. Churches, promoters, and individuals interested in scheduling the Men of Music for their ministry event can call the ministry office at (615) 562-5394 or (601) 573-4602.

To visit the newly designed Men of Music website, visit

About the Men of Music
The Men of Music have recently returned full time to the Southern Gospel community after a three-year absence from the road. The group is currently preparing for the release of their first mainline recording since coming off the road.

Gaither Music Group and Ernie Haase & Signature Sound Honor The Cathedral Quartet With New Release

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - October 26, 2010 - Gaither Music Group is pleased to announce the release of Ernie Haase & Signature Sound: A Tribute to the Cathedral Quartet available now on CD and DVD.

Ernie Haase & Signature Sound give new appreciation to some of the greatest quartet favorites every written in this DVD and CD, honoring the songs and legacy of the quartet that inspired their own genesis as a group. With a breathtaking set, an electrifying audience of supporters, an inspiring line-up of Cathedrals favorites, plus vintage photos, footage and memories of The Cathedrals, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound keep those great memories alive and offer their gratitude for the indelible mark their heroes made on Gospel music.

Ernie Haase comments, “It is no secret that I love The Cathedral Quartet. As a young teenager, I had a poster of them on my wall right next to my favorite sports’ icons. George and Glen; their music changed and formed my life.” Ernie continues, “To have been part of George and Glen's history and to have been there for their last ten years was nothing less than ‘epic’ for me. Now, ten years after The Cathedrals’ retirement, we are blessed to pay tribute and bring the music of The Cathedrals to a new generation.”

Members of the Payne family, the Younce family and Roger Bennett’s family added a very special element to the evening, simply by their presence, and Bill Gaither and Squire Parsons also joined the celebration to honor their good friends.
“There are few artists in history who were better examples to follow than George Younce and Glen Payne" says Bill Gaither. "When they founded The Cathedrals, they started more than a great quartet; they modeled character, team spirit and countless other qualities that young groups could learn from. I know Ernie’s early years as a young artist singing with The Cathedrals helped shape his worldview and his vision as an artist, and it is wonderful to see Ernie Haase and Signature Sound honor the spiritual and musical legacy of The Cathedrals so beautifully. This is a wonderful celebration.”

This DVD and CD release features Ernie Haase & Signature Sound at their very finest. Ernie Haase & Signature Sound: A Tribute to the Cathedral Quartet, is distributed through EMI CMG Distribution, and is available online at,, iTunes and among others, and in retail stores where Christian music is sold.

About Ernie Haase & Signature Sound:
Combining 21st century ideas with the timeless quality of great quartets from the 1950s, this Grammy-nominated, Dove award winning group has broken the traditional mold of gospel quartets. With their unconventional approach to communicating the Good News, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound (EHSS) are blazing a trail through the heart of Gospel music with groundbreaking originality.
The group’s founder and leader, Ernie Haase, got his start in Gospel music as a long-time member of the renowned Cathedral Quartet, and his 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 put all his great training to work when he formed, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound. With chart-topping DVDs and audio releases, the group’s success continues to gain momentum with each new release.
For more information regarding Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, visit
Media Contact:
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The Judy Nelon Group

David Hill Trio Renews Publicity Agreement with Southern Spin Entertainment

RIDGEVILLE, S.C. – (October 26, 2010) – Gospel music group the David Hill Trio has just renewed their contract with SSE Group, Inc. The trio has signed on for another year of exclusive publicity from Southern Spin Entertainment. The David Hill Trio will continue to have access to all media publications serviced by Southern Spin Entertainment, as well as marketing possibilities with the organization.

“We’ve grown to love the David Hill Trio in the short time that we’ve worked with them professionally,” mentioned Chris D. Unthank, Executive Director of Southern Spin Entertainment. “They are such a refreshing group with a real heart for ministry. We are so excited to be working with them again this year!”

David Hill responded, “SSE has been very good for our group! They do what they promise and have become great cheerleaders for our ministry. We couldn’t ask for a better support system!”

The David Hill Trio just released their latest recording – Things We Believe – on Gospel Heritage Records. The debut single – “Good, Good News” hit radio this month and is already generating strong buzz for the group. More information on the single and new album release will be announced soon.

For more information on the David Hill Trio, visit their website at .

About the David Hill Trio
David Hill is no stranger to Gospel music. This former pastor has been a part of such notable groups as Gold City, The Nelons, and The Perrys before branching out and forming the David Hill Trio. He is joined by his wife Amanda Hill and family friend Stephanie Lindsey in the trio. Strong vocals, tight harmonies, and songs with substance are things that the David Hill Trio possess. Take those qualities and combine them with compassion, conviction, a love to worship, and a passion to minister, and you will understand why it has been said that the David Hill Trio is “from the local church, for the local church”.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Eighth Day Set To Take the Gospel to the Cayman Islands

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – (October 21, 2010) – Popular Southern Gospel trio Eighth Day will be taking the Gospel to the Cayman Islands this month. The trio will visit Cayman Brac (one of the three islands that comprise the Cayman Islands) from October 28-November 1, 2010 and will be ministering several times over the weekend including a fall festival on the Saturday evening of the weekend.

Scott Robinson of Eighth Day said, “This is such an exciting experience for us! We can’t wait to share our music and the message of the Gospel to the people of Cayman Brac. We serve a God of hope and healing, and we can’t wait to relay His message to those people.”

The trip was arranged by Pastor Thomas French of Cotton Tree Bay Church of God on Cayman Brac.

“Eighth Day has always counted it a joy to carry the good news of the Gospel,” mentioned Joni Robinson of Eighth Day. “Whenever we get a chance to minister in another country like this really means so much to us. We have been looking forward to this trip for a very long time!”

More information on the trip as well as pictures after Eighth Day returns can be found at their website at .

Eighth Day’s new single has been doing well at 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 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.

The song has already ranked in the Top 20 on the (formerly Top 40 Weekly Chart (#11) and Top 40 on the Singing News Top 80 Chart (#34).

“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.” It is also the group’s ninth consecutive Top 40 single.

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!


Appearing Friday, October 22, 2010, TBN - 7:00 PM PST, 9:00 PM CST
ERNIE HAASE & SIGNATURE SOUND perform songs from A Tribute to The Cathedral Quartet,
releasing October 26 from Gaither Music Group. Host Jason Crabb welcomes Ernie Haase & Signature Sound,The Collingsworth Family, 33 Miles and Crawford Crossing.
"It was a very special treat for all of us to join with our good friends for a great night of music!" said Ernie Haase. "Thank you Paul & Jan Crouch for the invitation
to appear on TBN. We had a great time!"

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The Freemans Provide Evidence of God’s Faithfulness in Their Own Lives On Highly Anticipated New Recording

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (October 19, 2010) – Southern Gospel favorites The Freemans are excited to announce the release of their highly-anticipated new recording – Evidence. Four years in the making, Evidence is truly The Freemans most transparent and emotional release to date from the group.

Evidence features songs that were chosen in response to four pivotal years for the group, which were mired with multiple family deaths and extremely personal losses for individual group members. Those events took the group on an emotional journey that resonates throughout the new recording.

“Every time we would go into the studio to start to record, something else would happen and we would have another very hard thing to go through,” mentioned Darrell Freeman, founding member and producer of Evidence. “Those times weren’t the right times to record. We just had to wait on God’s timing, and we are very thankful for that.”

Chris Freeman agreed, “Some of these songs probably wouldn’t have been cut if we hadn’t had to walk through the valleys that we did walk through. Darrell’s performance of ‘I Can’t Even Walk’ is so amazing, and it’s because of the losses in our family that he’s able to sing it so affectively!”

The pivotal song and first single “The Father and the Son” is a Dianne Wilkinson original that captures the essence of the recording better than any song. Additional songs that already have people talking are the aforementioned “I Can’t Even Walk,” Caylon Freeman’s vocal debut “Sending Me Angels,” and emotional home-going celebration of “Is Not This the Land of Beulah,” which many are calling Chris Freeman’s finest vocal to date.

Evidence is now available at concert events and on The Freemans’ website. The first single, “The Father & The Son” is already making an impact at Southern Gospel radio – currently charting in the Singing News Top 40 and Top 5 of the (formerly Top 40 Weekly Chart.

For more information on the new recording, visit .

The Freemans have had a strong start to 2010 – including two wins SGM FanFair Awards this past May. The popular family group was awarded Favorite Song for their smash-hit single “Three Rugged Crosses” (written by Marty Funderburk and Ricky Funderburk). In addition, beloved vocalist and Southern Gospel mainstay Chris Freeman was awarded Favorite Alto at the fan-based awards show.

To visit the newly designed website of The Freemans, visit You can also visit the group’s MySpace at The group’s Fan Facebook is located at .

About The Freemans
The Freemans are one of Southern Gospel’s most celebrated and critically acclaimed groups. History, experience and spiritual wisdom are three attributes that can be used to describe the foundation of the Freeman ministry. Deeply rooted with family, the Freemans’ experience spans 30+ years. Now in their 20th year of ministry, the Freemans still perform at approximately 250 dates a year, and continue to experience tremendous success.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


Dear Friends,

I want to say a very special "Thank You" to each and every one for all of your love, prayers, encouragement and support during this very difficult time in my life. It's during a time like this that one finds who your true friends are, and I have been blessed with so many of you. It has been a few weeks of overwhelming emotions, but through it all, the Lord has been wonderful! Tony's home-going Celebration was truly that...a celebration of his life and ministry. Tony was my husband and my companion in life, and I loved him with all my heart. Saying goodbye has been the hardest thing I have ever had to face. Yet, I can truthfully say that over the last few years I have felt the Lord preparing my heart for this upcoming heartbreak. Honestly, our life was not always easy or perfect. As everyone does, we went through our trials and storms of life, but as we sang and encouraged night after night...we held on! The Lord has been faithful to walk through each and every trial. I am still holding on, and I'm still trusting in His plan.

Tony was my biggest encourager and always pushed me to sing. I have been very blessed over the last few years with amazing opportunities. I look back on all of it as a time of preparation for this new day. The very best way I can remember Tony is to do what I know he would want me to do: I will sing! I will hurt, and I will grieve. I will share with our precious girls every memory of their wonderful father who loved them. I will take each day one step at a time. I will look forward to what life has ahead for me. I will cling and hold on to the relationships and friendships that have carried me through. And, I will sing.

There have been questions and speculation about my future and the future of The Greenes. I can acknowledge that we will have formal announcements at a later date, but for now, my current plans include taking some time to rest. I will honor some singing engagements I committed to in November and December. These events inlude some cruises, a West Coast tour, and Christmas with The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir. I plan on filling these upcoming dates solo, sharing my music, songs of The Greenes, my memories and my story. John Jeffrey, who played the piano with our ministry for over five years, will continue to accompany me as pianist. Jeff Synder also has plans for his own future, and we are excited for him. We all covet your prayers and your support. I know this will not be easy, but it is what I feel in my heart I must do, and I know the Lord will continue to walk with me every step of the way. I look forward to seeing each one of you along the journey.



Dove Brothers Announce Jonathan Price As New Tenor

BLADENBORO, N.C. – (October 18, 2010) – Multi-award winning quartet the Dove Brothers are excited to announce the addition of Jonathan Price as the group’s new tenor vocalist.

“We auditioned Jonathan this weekend, and he brought the house down,” mentioned McCray Dove, owner/manager/lead vocalist of the popular quartet. “He’s got a different sound than any of our previous tenors, but it’s a good fit, and we’re excited about his future with our group.”

McCray continued, “I was taught a long time ago by a prominent member of the Gospel music community that you don’t go looking for a replacement when someone leaves your group. You have to look for someone who brings something fresh to the group. Jonathan brings that fresh sound to our group, and we know he’s going to do an exciting job in this post.”

Jonathan has a strong resume within the Southern Gospel music community. Price joins the Dove Brothers after a three-year tenure with the Dixie Melody Boys. Price sang with Paul’s Journey before the Dixie Melody Boys. Jonathan and his wife Vivian currently reside in Farmville, North Carolina.

Price will begin full-time with the Dove Brothers during the month of November. Price replaces long-time vocalist Jerry Martin who left the group to pursue other interests.

The Dove Brothers released their critically acclaimed album Unshakeable earlier this year. The first single from that release – “If I Knew Then” – just hit #1 on the (formerly Top 40 Weekly Chart this week. The song is also quickly climbing the Singing News Top 80 chart – coming in at #42 on the upcoming November chart in only its second month of charting.

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 latest recording for Sonlite Records is entitled Unshakeable and spawned off the #1 hit “If I Knew Then.”

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Jerry Martin Departs the Dove Brothers

BLADENBORO, N.C. – (October 15, 2010) – Multi-award winning quartet the Dove Brothers regretfully announce the departure of long-time tenor vocalist Jerry Martin.

McCray Dove said, “Jerry has been a big part of our group for the last eight and a half years. This decision was mutual between us. We have no hard feelings for Jerry and wish him the best in the future. Sometimes one knows when their time is up with a group, and Jerry felt that it was time for him to transition to a new area. What that is exactly we don’t know – but we love Jerry and support him in whatever way he chooses to go.”

Dove continued, “We want to squelch any rumors that Jerry left because of creative differences. There really isn’t any more to the story. We both just felt it was time, and we are still great friends!”

During his tenure with the Dove Brothers, Jerry was the voice behind the #1 Song of 2007 and SGN Music Award Song of the Year winner “I Can Pray.” Jerry has earned multiple Favorite Tenor nominations in the Singing News Fan Awards and a Male Vocalist of the Year nod in the SGN Music Awards during his time with the group.

Until a permanent replacement can be named, the Dove Brothers have enlisted the help of Phil Barker (formerly of the Singing Americans) to fill in. The group is currently auditioning vocalists for the position, and a replacement will be named in the coming weeks.

The Dove Brothers released their critically acclaimed album Unshakeable earlier this year. The first single from that release – “If I Knew Then” – just hit #1 on the (formerly Top 40 Weekly Chart this week. The song is also quickly climbing the Singing News Top 80 chart – coming in at #42 on the upcoming November chart in only its second month of charting.

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 latest recording for Sonlite Records is entitled Unshakeable and spawned off the #1 hit “If I Knew Then.”

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Driven Quartet’s “Story of My Life” Taking Radio by Storm!

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – (October 11, 2010) – Popular Southern Gospel group Driven Quartet is seeing a strong surge in radio support for their latest single. The song – titled “Story of My Life” – has started to chart on various industry publications over the last couple of months.

“Story of My Life” debuted on the (formerly Top 40 Weekly Chart two weeks ago and has already risen to the Top 20 – charting at #18 on the industry’s most watched weekly chart. In addition, the song has been a regular fixture on the Top 40 Fan Chart – the industry’s only chart derived solely from the votes of Southern Gospel fans.

“This song has made a huge impact on our ministry,” mentioned Driven Quartet’s Jason Funderburk. “To now hear of how radio has connected with it as well really means a lot to us. We can’t wait to see where else God uses this song!”

“Story of My Life” is the second single from Driven Quartet’s much-talked-about self-titled release and is the first single from the group to hit Southern Gospel radio in over a year.

“Story of My Life” is now available for DJs and program directors to download via Radio personnel can sign up for the free program and download their copy today. If not, MP3 versions of the song are available by emailing .

This new single is the follow-up to the group’s previous hit single “Between a Rock and a Hard Place.” The song was written by John Darin Rowsey and Justin Rivers and did exceptionally well for the group. The song reached Top 20 on both the Gospel Music News Top 100 (#14) and (now Top 40 Weekly Chart (#12) and Top 40 on the Singing News Top 80 (#27). The song also charted exceptionally well on the Top 40 Fan Chart.

Driven Quartet recently made their recordings available digitally. The group has released their albums online through Christian Digital Downloads. In the store, you can download individual songs and full projects all in digital form. To visit Christian Digital Downloads’ store, log on to .

Individuals interested in booking Driven Quartet for their church or concert event can visit the Dominion Agency’s website at or call (910) 484-6996.

For more information on Driven Quartet, visit their website at . Fans are also encouraged to visit Driven’s MySpace at .

About Driven Quartet
Based out of Charlotte, North Carolina, Driven is not new to Southern Gospel music. Collectively, this group of young men has been singing professionally for over 20 years. Their resumes include such groups as Danny Funderburk & Mercy’s Way, The Anchormen, and Lumber River. In 2006, this group of young men, through prayer, stepped out on faith and commenced their new full time career. Heeding to the call on their lives to present the Gospel through music, these four gentlemen created Driven Ministries.

The Men of Music Team with Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors and Henry Medical Center for Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Concert

JACKSON, Miss. – (October 11, 2010) – In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Southern Gospel favorites the Men of Music will be participating in a benefit concert this weekend to promote Breast Cancer Awareness. The trio is teaming up with the Henry Medical Center in Atlanta, Georgia and Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors of McDonough, Georgia for the annual event.

Greg Colburn of The Men of Music says, “Everyone should know that early detection saves lives! We are excited about being a part of a concert event where we can promote the idea of early detection!”

The event will take place on Saturday evening, October 16, 2010 beginning at 6:00 pm at the Cannon Cleveland Chapel located at 2580 Hwy 42 North in McDonough, Georgia.

Colburn continued, “We encourage everyone who can come out to make an effort and join us that night! This event means much to our group, and we know that there are many fans of Gospel music who have been impacted by Breast Cancer! Let’s show our support and make this a great event!”

For more information on the event, visit .

The Men of Music have been making a big impact on the artist music community’s charts recently. The group’s brand new song, “How Beautiful Heaven Must Be,” managed to chart in the Top 10 on the Country and Christian Country charts last month. The song currently peaked at #6 on the Country chart and #3 on the Christian Country chart.

The song "How Beautiful Heaven Must Be" is a wonderful re-make of the old gospel classic, produced in a pure and simple style accompanied only by the Gospel music great Andrew Ishee on piano. It is truly touching, and fans are invited to review it at the following link:

The Men of Music are currently preparing for the release of two highly anticipated recordings. Both releases will be available by the end of the year.

The Men of Music announced their return to full-time touring after a three-year absence from the road last year. The Men of Music are currently booking dates and touring as a trio. Churches, promoters, and individuals interested in scheduling the Men of Music for their ministry event can call the ministry office at (615) 562-5394 or (601) 573-4602.

To visit the newly designed Men of Music website, visit

About the Men of Music
The Men of Music have recently returned full time to the Southern Gospel community after a three-year absence from the road. The group is currently preparing for the release of their first mainline recording since coming off the road.

Southern Plainsmen Quartet Renew Publicity Agreement with Southern Spin Entertainment

HORNBECK, La. – (October 11, 2010) – West-Central Louisiana’s Southern Plainsmen Quartet has just renewed their contract with SSE Group, Inc. The quartet has signed on for another year of exclusive publicity from Southern Spin Entertainment. The Southern Plainsmen will continue to have access to all media publications serviced by Southern Spin Entertainment, as well as marketing possibilities with the organization.

“The Southern Plainsmen have such a rich and varied history, and we are so excited that we get to play a small part in their ministry,” mentioned Chris D. Unthank of Southern Spin Entertainment. “We can’t wait to work with them again this year!”

Marcelle Slaughter of The Southern Plainsmen Quartet said, “SSE has been a great asset to our ministry this year! They do fantastic work, and we recommend them to anyone who asks about their services!”

The Southern Plainsmen Quartet recently partnered with humanitarian organization World Vision. The Southern Plainsmen Quartet are artist advocates for the organization – spreading the word at concerts, churches, and various other dates that the quartet may perform at.

For more information on the Southern Plainsmen Quartet, visit their website at . You can also visit the group on Facebook at .

About the Southern Plainsmen Quartet
The Southern Plainsmen Quartet was organized in May 1978 in the rolling pine-hills of West-Central Louisiana, and is an outreach of the Southern Plainsmen Ministries, Inc., a non-profit Christian organization. The group has released 20 recordings in its impressive 30 years history. The group currently consists of Marcelle Slaughter, Jordan Mothershed, Allen Doyle, Mike Burkhalter, and Aaron Allen. The group’s current release – Simply…Faith! released last year.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Rod & Kelly Burton Travel to Columbia with Compassion Internationl

Couple Meets Sponsor Child and Sees Ministry’s Work First Hand
HOMEWOOD, Ill. – Rod & Kelly Burton recently traveled to Bogota, Columbia to see the work of Compassion International first-hand. The couple, who together work in various aspects of Gospel music, partnered with Compassion International earlier this year.

The couple spent four days in the foreign country – visiting Compassion International projects and spending time with families who are directly affected by the child-advocacy organization. The Burtons saw the wholistic development it offers with spiritual, education, social, and nutritional opportunities. In addition, the couple was blessed to meet their own sponsor child – Jhordan (5 years old), as well as Kelly’s brother’s sponsor child – Anyi (7 years old).

Kelly Burton said, “We hugged, sang, and danced with the children. We were served by them and on one day, served them. We were overwhelmed by the hospitality of the country's Compassion staff and the organized, efficient, and Christlike work they are doing for thousands of children in areas saturated with poverty and in some cases, crime.”

The Burtons share the work of Compassion International through their multiple areas of expertise in Gospel music - Rod's music ministry, Kelly's writing projects (SGN Scoops Digital), and Branson Gospel Music Revival, an annual event the couple organizes every year.

Kelly continued, “Being part of the work of Compassion and certainly traveling to Colombia has not just changed our life perspective - it has changed the focus of our ministry. I know we are blessed abundantly by living in America, but now we also believe with all our hearts that as Christians, it is our absolute responsibility to help rescue families from the curse of poverty - which often includes a hopelessness that we cannot begin to comprehend. It's our job to show them the hope of Jesus!”

“After holding a Compassion child in my arms while singing ‘Jesus Loves Me,’ the words of that song are more real than ever,” mentioned Rod Burton. “Jesus loves us all, and those of us who already have that knowledge need to be His hands here on Earth. With Compassion, we are helping equip those in need to make the journey from hopelessness to blessed hope."

Friends and family can read more about The Burtons’ experience in Columbia and with Compassion International by visiting Rod’s website at .

Fans are encouraged to visit Rod’s MySpace at Rod’s ShoutLife can be found at

You can find out more about the other works of The Burtons by visiting or .

About Rod Burton
Rod Burton is one of Southern Gospel’s favorite soloists. Described by family and friends as an interesting cross between big city businessman and down-home country boy, Rod is winning over fans all across the country. His current single is “Son of Man’s Man” from his critically acclaimed New Hope Productions release The Difference.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

2nd Generation Debuts On Top 40 Weekly Chart!

OAK GROVE, Ark. – (August 26, 2010) – Diamond Award winning trio 2nd Generation recently learned that their latest single debuted on the (formerly Top 40 Weekly Chart last week.

The song, “I’ll Not Fear the Crossing,” debuted at #35 last week. This week, the song rose three positions to take #32 on the Southern Gospel’s most watched weekly radio report.

Brenda Denney of 2nd Generation said, “This is such exciting news for us! This song is a very personal and meaningful song to us, and we are so excited that radio has taken to it so well!”

All three of the previous singles from the group’s current release – I See a City – also made it on to the popular chart – including “The Blood Covered It All” (#14), “Feel the Joy” ( #19), and “I See a City” (#29).

“I’ll Not Fear the Crossing” has also steadily been climbing on the Christian Voice Magazine Top 100 Southern Gospel Chart and Top 40 Fan Chart.

“Radio has been very kind to us, and we are extremely grateful,” mentioned Elaine Parks of 2nd Generation. “We appreciate what they do so much!”

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.”

Sunday Edition Announces Engagement of Amy Marie Unthank to Ted Day

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – (October 6, 2010) – Sunday Edition, one of Nashville’s favorite groups, is proud to announce the engagement of group member Amy Marie Unthank to Ted Day of Nashville, Tennessee.

In addition to singing with Sunday Edition, Amy is the daughter of Deon & Susan Unthank (administrators of, formerly – the internet’s largest e-zine dedicated to Southern Gospel music). She is also the co-founder of SSE Group, Inc., a publicity and web-publishing firm dedicated to assisting emerging artists in the field of Southern Gospel.

Ted, originally from Harlan County, Kentucky, is a good ole southern boy. He works in retail and enjoys his job, family, and friends. He has a six year old son, Wesley, that his world revolves around. He is an active member on the Celebrate Recovery Team, which works with those who struggle with some form of hurt, habit, addiction, and/or hang-up in life.

The happy couple has set the date for their wedding for Thursday evening, December 9, 2010. The wedding will take place at River of Life Church in Smyrna, Tennessee at 7:30 p.m. The couple is planning to reside in Murfreesboro, Tennessee where Amy plans to remain a vital part of Sunday Edition.

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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.

The Bowling Family – Available To Make Limited Appearances

Mike, Kelly and Terah will be available for a limited schedule in 2011. They have an unbelievable testimony to share. The history of this family is rich (the girls spending many years with their siblings as the Crabb Family, and Mike achieving many musical goals) and the blessings have been many. But, the grace and mercy of this miracle has brought these folks to a place that overshadows the accolades of the past. The path is obvious.
The Bowlings are reminded daily that God is still on the throne and miracles are still a part of our lives in 2010. The ministry of this family will touch your life in a fresh way. This story confirms what we all know. The enemy tries daily to bring harm and destroy, but God has the final say!
Watch the story and witness the miracle . . .

Mike, Kelly and Terah will be available to make select television appearances and radio interviews during the months of October and November.
The group plans to return to a limited touring schedule in 2011.
Mike, Kelly and Terah made a special appearance at the 2010 National Quartet Convention. This was their first appearance after their horrible bus crash.

To schedule a television appearance, please contact: Crystal Burchette-Johnson 615-473-4619
To schedule a concert or church appearance, please contact Beckie Simmons 615-595-7500
From the Bowling’s perspective:
“When you feel as if your life is in the balance and everyday is a gift, you realize how real the grace of God is. After spending lots of hours with Him, I know the calling has not changed and is even stronger. I don’t remember the accident, but after seeing photographs and video footage of the bus, I have no doubt that God performed a miracle that day on I-85. Kelly and I have committed our lives to giving back to Him and telling of our miracle. The lyrics of our songs have become life to me and I can’t wait to sing them again,” Mike Bowling commented.
Kelly Bowling continued, “The day of the accident, I woke up to the sound of brakes squealing and felt the impact of the crash that broke my back. I immediately heard screams from the front lounge that I knew were my family, children and friends. After opening the door and seeing just how bad the scene was, never in a million years would I have believed we are all sitting here recovering and not one life was lost. The memories of that day will eventually fade, and as I look forward to that, I want to always remember what God has taught me through all of this. I know that Satan had a plan that day, but God had a purpose! I now look at life so differently. I feel we have a new vision! The compassion and second chance given to us makes me want to wake up daily and help others. When you have cried yourself to sleep over your own healing, then you know how to pray with others about their situations. There is no way to express the honor I feel to know that ministry is my future. I am more excited than I have ever been, in my entire life, to return to ministry. I feel like there is a well bubbling up!”
“I know that the prayers of people changed the outcome of the situation. Through Facebook and Twitter, thousands and thousands of people were praying immediately. It is not the normal that changes people’s lives, it is the interruptions. It’s amazing how when times are tough and tragedy hits, people bind together and love conquers all. We have a new song to sing and when we get back on the road, it is going to be awesome! Our lives have been touched and I know God is going to allow us to touch others,” said Terah Penhollow.
23 #1 songs
3 GRAMMY nominations
19 Dove Award nominations
11 Dove Awards including multiple “Song Of The Year” Dove wins for Country, Southern, and Traditional.
SoGospel News Award for Male Vocalist and Female Vocalist
18 SoGospel News Awards
Regulars on the Grand Ole Opry.
Multiple appearances on Gaither video series.
Featured on the Gaither video tribute to the Crabb Family (playing on television networks, 2009, 2010.)
The Bowlings are the only artist in Southern Gospel to have four #1 songs on one album (Faith To Believe.)
Mike, Kelly and Terah (collectively) have sold more than 1.2 million recordings.
Performances at major music festivals from Morocco to Country Music’s Fanfare held in Nashville.
Performances at Carnegie Hall, Brooklyn Tabernacle, The Potter’s House, to name a few.
Contact info:
Beckie Simmons
Kathy Hannah
Crystal Burchette-Johnson

The Watkins Family Garner Two Chart Songs in Two Genres

Just shortly before thousands cheered their opening of the Front Porch Fellowship Bluegrass Gospel Awards on the main stage of the National Quartet Convention at Freedom Hall in Louisville, the Watkins Family discovered they had two songs climbing the charts.
The group which includes matriarch Judy Watkins and her three adult children Todd, Lorie and Shanon, and multi-instrumentalist Jonathan Maness continue a path sharing their love of Jesus through traditional music touring across the United States and Canada.
“This has been a whirlwind month for us,” said Lorie Watkins. “We were honored to appear at the National Quartet Convention. The audience was so receptive to our latest material.”
Lorie was nominated for two of the awards presented at the event including Favorite Female Artist and Favorite Instrumentalist.
Among their performance set, they sang both the chart songs from their project “Heaven’s Worth Waiting For.” It features a collection of their unique crossover sounds that help the group to reach audiences in several gospel genres – Southern gospel, bluegrass and country.
Their latest single “Sometimes You Got to Rock the Boat” is rising in Southern Gospel’s Singing News charts beginning its climb at 68. The late Dr. Jerry Falwell is featured at the beginning of the song written by Jerry Salley and James Elliot.
Their previous top 50 Singing News chart song “She’s Working on Her Testimony” since the convention has risen four slots from number 7 to number 3 on the Power Source Bluegrass Charts. The song was penned by Greg Day and Sheri LaFontaine.
Both songs are performed by Shanon and she said she is so pleased with how audiences are receiving them.
“The Lord is blessing these songs and allowing them to reach a wider radio audience because they are touching hearts,” Shanon said. “I am honored to simply be singing these messages of hope and encouragement.”
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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

October 2010 Issue of SGN Scoops Now Available

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

In this edition, we talk to cutting edge gospel great Ernie Hasse and members of Signature Sound as they ready a release of their tribute to The Cathedral Quartet, to embark upon a supporting world tour, and perhaps to find… the next signature sound. Meanwhile, NQC alotted us the chance to chat with folks like Sheri Easter and Sue Dodge, while the reopening of Nashville’s Gaylord Opryland Hotel brought about a special interview with Louise Mandrell. Our columnists serve up tidbits about dreams, nightmares, zoos, the recession, and Shakespeare.

Seriously… you better start reading now!

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Men of Music Renew Publicity and Web Publishing Agreement with SSE Group, Inc.

JACKSON, Miss. – (October 4, 2010) – Southern Gospel favorites the Men of Music have just renewed their contract with SSE Group, Inc. The trio has signed on for another year of exclusive publicity from Southern Spin Entertainment. The Men of Music will continue to have access to all media publications serviced by Southern Spin Entertainment, as well as marketing possibilities with the organization.

In addition, the Men of Music will receive a newly designed website and press kit as per the contract renewal.

Greg Colburn of the Men of Music stated, “We have been very pleased with the work that SSE has done for us over the past year. We have some very big things on the horizon for our group, and we are excited to have SSE working with us again this year!”

“The Men of Music are not only talented, but they have a really big heart for ministry. We can’t wait to see how God uses them in this next year,” mentioned Chris Unthank of SSE Group, Inc.

The Men of Music have been making a big impact on the artist music community’s charts recently. The group’s brand new song, “How Beautiful Heaven Must Be,” steadily rose on both the Country and Christian Country charts last month. The song peaked at #6 on the Country chart and #3 on the Christian Country chart.

The song "How Beautiful Heaven Must Be" is a wonderful re-make of the old gospel classic, produced in a pure and simple style accompanied only by the Gospel music great Andrew Ishee on piano. It is truly touching, and fans are invited to review it at the following link:

The Men of Music are currently preparing for the release of two highly anticipated recordings. Both releases will be available by the end of the year.

The Men of Music announced their return to full-time touring after a three-year absence from the road last year. The Men of Music are currently booking dates and touring as a trio. Churches, promoters, and individuals interested in scheduling the Men of Music for their ministry event can call the ministry office at (615) 562-5394 or (601) 573-4602.

To visit the newly designed Men of Music website, visit

About the Men of Music
The Men of Music have recently returned full time to the Southern Gospel community after a three-year absence from the road. The group is currently preparing for the release of their first mainline recording since coming off the road.

Connie Hopper Inducted into SGMA Hall of Fame

The Hoppers receive Three Singing News Fan Awards

NASHVILLE, TENN. (October 5, 2010) - Connie Hopper, beloved matriarch of The Hoppers, was inducted into the Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame at the SGMA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on September 29, 2010 at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, TN.
The celebrated first lady of America's Favorite Family of Gospel Music, noted for her vibrant faith, has received many outstanding accolades during her career, including the Singing News Favorite Alto of the Year award three times, and the Marvin Norcross award in recognition of her devotion to family, church and significant contributions to the gospel music industry. For over 50 years Connie has been a member of the Hopper family singers, an accomplished musician, songwriter, and author of two books: The Peace That Passeth Understanding, a book of testimonies about her experience with cancer and Heart of The Matter, an inspiring devotional.
The Singing News Fan Awards were woven into the SGMA Hall of Fame ceremony with three more awards for The Hoppers; Kim Hopper, Favorite Female Artist of the Year and Favorite Soprano of the Year and The Hoppers were named Favorite Mixed Group of the Year with Claude Hopper accepting for his family.
Karlye Hopper, daughter of Dean & Kim Hopper, graciously accepted twice for her mother Kim who was absent from the ceremony due to the death of her brother Tony Greene the day before. Karlye's uncle, Michael Hopper accompanied his niece to the stage where she spoke eloquently for her mother: "I'd like to accept this award on behalf of my mother who, due to the very sudden passing of her baby brother, couldn't be here today. She sends her extreme gratitude to each one of you for every prayer, you'll never know how much they all meant to us. And I suppose, considering the circumstances, it's assumed I have something slightly profound prepared. All I've really got is that we'd like to dedicate, not just this object, but this exact moment to: my mothers best friend, the love of my aunt's life, and my sweet baby cousins' daddy. We love you Tony."
In addition, the Southern Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame also inducted: Danny Gaither, Sam Goodman, Bill Hefner, Little Jan Buckner-Goff, Arthur Smith and presented the prestigious James D. Vaughan Impact Award to Dolly Parton for her significant contributions to gospel music.
About The Hoppers:
The Hoppers maintain a heavy touring schedule, performing on the Gaither Homecoming stage, at the National Quartet Convention (over 60,000 attendees), the Great Western Gospel Music Fan Festival (8-9,000 attendees), at the Cove and at Singing in the Sun in addition to around 150 dates annually. The Gaither Gospel Series: Best of The Hoppers DVD debuted at #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. Their brand new release, Something's Happening is available through EMI CMG Distribution at online outlets, including iTunes, and and wherever Christian Music is sold. New single, "Victory Shall Be Mine," has just been released to radio.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010


(Hendersonville, TN) October 4, 2010 – Daywind Records is excited to announce the release of Brian Free & Assurance’s newest project, Never Walk Alone, to hit stores this week. Never Walk Alone, which is already proving to be a crowd favorite, is the first release since baritone Derrick Selph’s return to the group.
Produced by Ricky Free, this album includes songs such as “God Will Close The Door,” featuring bass Jeremy Lile, “Stand Among the Millions,” “The Part Where You Come In,” and the radio single, “Never Walk Alone,” featuring Brian Free.
Commented Daywind Records President, Ed Leonard, “there are many fantastic songs on this CD written by some of the finest writers in Gospel music, but the highlight for me is “Never Walk Alone,” a performance by Brian Free that will touch every listener’s heart and encourage them in these tough times. It is so emotional that Brian may have difficulty getting through the song in concert given the recent death of his father. Please keep him and the group in your prayers.”
Daywind Records is based in Hendersonville, TN, and is distributed worldwide through New Day Christian Distributors. Daywind is home to such great artists as Mark Trammell Quartet, Legacy Five, and the Marshall Hall, among others.

To hear clips from this project, visit For more information on Daywind Records, visit For more information on the Brian Free & Assurance, visit

Artist/Actor Randall Franks brings home Bluegrass Band of the Year Award

Actor/Entertainer Randall Franks brings home one award in the midst of a whirlwind of events over seven days.
In between hosting the Bluegrass Bands Helping Hands concert in Dalton, Ga. and two days of concerts and competition at the 39th Annual Grand Master Fiddler Championship during the IBMA Fan Fest at the Nashville Convention Center, he squeezed in three award shows and a day at the IBMA World of Bluegrass.
He performed at the ASE Awards in Atlanta, Ga.; joined fellow gospel artists at the 2010 Singing News Fan Awards and Southern Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame induction at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. and fellow bluegrass artists at the International Bluegrass Music Association Awards at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn.
As all the events came to a close, Franks took home with him a new honor to add to collection – the 2010 Bluegrass Band of the Year Award with the Georgia Mafia Bluegrass Band from the Atlanta Society of Entertainers.
“I am sincerely touched that the efforts given in a love of music can yield the support of my fellow performers in this way,” he said. “This was a wonderful week of visiting with friends old and new – Ronnie Booth of the Booth Brothers, the Whites, Ricky Skaggs, Jesse McReynolds, Jeff and Sheri Easter, new SGMA Hall of Fame inductee Little Jan Buckner-Goff and so many more. Weeks like these make all the miles on the road worthwhile.”
Members of the Georgia Mafia Bluegrass Band are Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame members Jerry and Helen Burke, J. Max and Teena McKee, Rick Smith, and Dean Marsh.
Among the friends he visited during the week was the new SGMA James D. Vaughan Award winner Dolly Parton. The superstar starred in the 1999 film “Blue Valley Songbird,” in which Franks made a special appearance performing alongside friend and bluegrass star Sam Bush. He and Bush visited later in the week at the Grand Master Fiddler Championship.
Franks is best known as “Officer Randy Goode” from TV’s “In the Heat of the Night,” a role he performed on NBC and CBS from 1988-1993. He is currently part of the cast of “Robert Townsend’s Musical Theater of Hope” on the GMC.
Franks’s musical stylings have been heard in 150 countries and by more than 25 million Americans. His musical career boasts 17 album releases, 17 singles, and over 200 recordings with various artists from various genres. His latest CD is “Appalachian Musical Revival” from the Share America Foundation (
In addition to touring, he hosts 10 concerts annually at the Ringgold Depot raising funds for the Pearl and Floyd Franks Scholarship Fund.
The award-winning fiddler’s best selling release, “Handshakes and Smiles” was a top twenty Christian music seller. Many of his albums were among the top 30-bluegrass recordings of their release year.
He has co-starred or starred in six films with superstars including Christian Slater, William Hurt, Stella Parton and legendary western star “Doc” Tommy Scott.
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Oct. 1, 2010 – MOBILE, Ala. – Integrity Music, in partnership with SYCO/Columbia Records, proudly announces the Christian retail release of The Gift, the eagerly awaited second full-length album from the top-selling international singing sensation Susan Boyle, available everywhere on Tuesday, November 9.
One of the most highly anticipated releases of 2010, Boyle’s The Gift premieres ten new performances from the former “Britain’s Got Talent” contestant whose debut album, I Dreamed A Dream, sold more than 9 million copies worldwide since its release in November 2009. Like its predecessor, The Gift is produced by Steve Mac.

Along with her selection of beloved sacred music — “Do You Hear What I Hear?,” “The First Noel,” “O Holy Night,” “Away In A Manger,” “Make Me A Channel For Your Peace,” and “O Come All Ye Faithful,” Boyle puts her stamp on some unforgettable pop classics including Lou Reed’s “Perfect Day,” Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” and Crowded House’s “Don’t Dream It’s Over.”

Boyle’s The Gift also features the debut of Amber Stassi, winner of the “Susan’s Search” online talent contest, singing a transcendent duet with Boyle on “Do You Hear What I Hear?”

Boyle explained; “When making this album, I really wanted the songs to touch hearts. Music has always been a companion to me, particularly on special occasions. I wanted there to be a mix of songs that would flow with all our moods this holiday season. As much as the season is a time for reflection, it is also a time for fun and enjoyment with those closest to us.”

An unexpected pop icon with the voice of an angel, Boyle rocketed to international fame when her performance of “I Dreamed A Dream” (from Les MisĂ©rables) on “Britain’s Got Talent” became the most watched YouTube video of 2009, with Boyle generating more than 500 million YouTube hits.

Boyle surprised the world with her powerful, heart stopping voice when she walked onto the Britain’s Got Talent stage in April 2009. By November she had conquered the international music charts with her debut multi platinum album I Dreamed A Dream, selling over 10 million copies worldwide. Her debut album I Dreamed A Dream made Boyle the biggest selling artist in the world in 2009, the fastest selling artist in the world for a decade and the fastest selling artist in the history of the UK charts. I Dreamed A Dream shot straight to the number one spot in over 21 countries including the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, Japan, New Zealand and South Africa.

The track list for The Gift:
1. “Perfect Day”
2. “Hallelujah”
3. “Do You Hear What I Hear” (Duet with Amber Stassi)
4. “Don’t Dream It’s Over”
5. “The First Noel”
6. “O Holy Night”
7. “Away in A Manger”
8. “Make Me A Channel Of Your Peace”
9. “Auld Lang Syne”
10. “O Come All Ye Faithful”

Britain’s Got Talent Judge (and American Idol creator and former judge) Simon Cowell said; “Susan broke all the rules, became famous literally overnight and has become one of the world’s most popular singers. I’m incredibly proud and pleased for her. I think Susan has gone a step further with this new album. She is a very special lady.”

Father of Brian Free Passes Away

(Hendersonville, TN) October 3, 2010 – James Thomas Free, father of Daywind Records artist, Brian Free, went home to be the Lord on Sunday, October 3, 2010 at 12:40 am.
Visitation will be from 4:00-9:00 pm on Monday, October 4, 2010 at the Jeff Eberhart Funeral Home in Dallas, GA. Services will take place on Tuesday, October 5, 2010 at 11:00 am at the same location.
Please contact the Jeff Eberhart Funeral Home at (770) 445-4496, and located at 123 Watson Drive in Dallas, GA, for more information.
The family would appreciate your prayers during this difficult time

Monday, October 4, 2010

Heartwarming Records Releases Ronnie Griffin

Nashville, TN- Heartwarming Records (a division of Homeland Entertainment Group) announces the release of the project “In His Love” by Soloist Ronnie Griffin.

Ronnie has been in solo singing ministry for over 26 years and has ministered in numerous revivals, concerts and homecomings throughout the Southeast and has recently branched out to many places in the midwest as well. The new recording produced by Heartwarming General Manager Scott Godsey features songs that are written from the pen of Ronnie as well as his son Christopher that will be a uplifting encouragement of the love God has for all mankind.

The debut single from the recording ” It’s Lookin Like Rain” has just been shipped to radio stations everywhere. You can find more information concerning the ministry of Ronnie Griffin along with details on how to order his music and schedule him for an upcoming event by going to or

Saturday, October 2, 2010

The Accolades Continue for Triumphant Quartet

Brentwood, TN (Mansion Entertainment) October 1st, 2010 – One of the highest forms of compliment in any music genre is to be a nominee or recipient of fan-based awards. Southern Gospel fans continue to bestow recognition and honor upon Triumphant Quartet as they were recently awarded Favorite Traditional Quartet, at 2010 Singing News Fan Awards held at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, TN on September 29th. This marks the second year in a row for the group to receive this esteemed fan-based acknowledgment.

This is not the only repeat recognition from fans in regard to the group, Eric Bennett was a repeat fan favorite with Favorite Bass Singer and pianist Jeff Stice collected his third Musician of The Year Award. Triumphant Quartet and its individual members have received fan and industry nominations each year since their formation.

Friday, October 1, 2010

The Gardners Are Unsinkable On New Recording

HUNTLAND, Tenn. – (September 30, 2010) – Zion Music Group recording artist The Gardners are excited to announce the release of their brand new recording – Unsinkable. Unsinkable is the first release for the popular trio since being promoted to Zion Records. Unsinkable features the trademark country Gospel meets Black Gospel sound that The Gardners have become known for over the years.

Tracks for the new album were recorded at Oak Valley Sound Studio in Nashville, Tennessee. Unsinkable was the last album to record tracks at this historic studio and features some of the industry’s best players including Gary Primm, Duncan Mullins, John Hammond, Milton Smith, Brent Mason, John Willis, and Sonny Garrish.

Vocals for the new recording were recorded at Hilltop Recording Studios in Nashville, Tennessee. The album was mixed at Kilowatt Studios in Murfreesboro, TN by Kevin McManus and Kevin Ward. Chip Davis, Gayle Mayes-Stuart, and Angie Primm are also featured on background vocals

“We definitely feel like this is our finest release to date,” mentioned Mitch Gardner of The Gardners. “This recording has been a long time coming, and we’re excited to share these songs with the people that we get the chance to minister to.”

Unsinkable features songs written by group members Mitch Gardner and Michael Gardner as well as popular writers like Karen Harding, Carroll McGruder, Kenny Hinson, and many more.

The Gardners will debut their new single from the recording in the coming weeks. In the mean time, they can be heard on Southern Gospel radio all across the country, and fans are encouraged to call and request their latest single “I’ve Had Enough.”

The Gardners made their first tour stop to Brussels, Belgium earlier this year. The popular trio, who consists of Pastors Mitch and Regina Gardner in addition to Mitch’s twin brother Michael, were surprised with a trip to visit Missionaries Phillip and Brenda Ciulla as part of a Pastor’s Appreciation gift from their church last year.

More information on the Gardners can be found at

About The Gardners
Based out of Huntland, Tennessee, the Gardners are a Southern Gospel music ministry that has spanned more than 40 years of musical excellence. Whether performing in small churches or major Gospel music events, the Gardners are a busy group, frequently performing and proclaiming their musical Gospel outside the traditional boundaries of the four walls of a church. Today the group is made up of twin brothers Michael and Mitch Gardner and Mitch’s wife, Regina. Together, they form a dynamic trio that features tight harmonies and well-written songs that are penned by the siblings


BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – September 30, 2010 – Maranatha! Music, one of Christian music’s most respected praise and worship labels, has tapped EMI CMG Distribution to be its new retail distributor with a long-term agreement that begins October 1, 2010.

The new distribution agreement calls for EMI CMG Distribution to take over Christian and general market rights in North America and Canada and digital rights worldwide of Maranatha! Music. This new relationship embarks with the release of three new titles in October plus the distribution of over 35 physical catalog titles and over 400 digital catalog titles and thousands of songs.

“Maranatha! Music has personified ‘Jesus Music,’ since the 1970s, and EMI CMG is honored to be entrusted as stewards of their rich catalog and advocates of their music. We look forward to the being a part of the next chapter of the Maranatha! Music story with many rewarding years ahead for both companies,” said Greg Bays, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for EMI CMG Distribution.

Maranatha! Music President Randy Alward added: “Maranatha! Music is thrilled to partner with a company that is so passionate about serving the church community and their customers. This new alliance with EMI CMG Distribution certainly strengthens our ties to retail. The team has the experience and commitment to praise and worship music we needed to move Maranatha! to the next level.”
EMI CMG Distribution is currently selling three new titles that will release in October:
In The Spirit Of Christmas: A Collection Of Traditional Songs For The Holidays, the new seasonal recording features traditional Christmas favorites like “Joy to the World,” “O Holy Night,” “Angels We Have Heard on High” and more. Releases on October 12.
Platinum Praise includes two CDs with 20 praise songs – plus a full length 10-song worship DVD of breathtaking landscapes set to worship tracks. Features contemporary worship songs such as “Mighty To Save,” “Everlasting Love,” “Here I Am To Worship,” “Lord I Lift Your Name on High,” and more. Releases on October 1.
I Am Official Motion Picture Soundtrack features songs from the upcoming Fox Home Video movie about 10 people in Los Angeles who struggle with the effects of failing to follow the Ten Commandments in modern day. The soundtrack features American Idol runner-up Katherine McPhee singing the movie’s main theme song “Say Goodbye.” Other artists include Travis Ryan, Michael Johns (from American Idol), Tim Timmons, Jesica Specht, Jetstream and Rasa 9. CD releases on October 25.
EMI CMG Distribution has also begun distributing Maranatha! Music’s extensive and rich gold and platinum-selling catalog. Best known for the Praise Series, Praise Band, Invitation and Top 25 Series, the label has already sold more than 30 million units worldwide. Among the top-selling titles now available through EMI CMG Distribution are:
Gospel Goes Classical (featuring Juanita Bynum and Jonathan Butler)
Incredible Gospel
Incredible Gospel, Vol. 2
Incredible Hymns
Praise And Worship Top 40
Top 25 Alabanzas Para Hoy
Top 25 Exitos De Alabanza
Top 25 Gospel Praise & Worship
Top 25 Instrumental Praise
Top 25 Praise Songs 2007
Top 25 Praise Songs 2009
Top 25 Praise Songs 2011
Top 40 Praise And Worship, Vol. 2
Top 40 Praise And Worship, Vol. 3
“From its founding by Pastor Chuck Smith of Calvary Chapel in 1971, Maranatha! Music ushered in praise and worship from its early hippie days when ‘Jesus Music’ was being sung on the beaches of California to today’s modern worship music that is accepted and sung in churches worldwide. Maranatha! Music has created an enduring legacy that EMI CMG will continue to foster as we work together in our new distribution relationship,” said Bays.

EMI CMG Distribution was founded in 1994 to serve as the main distribution outlet for EMI CMG’s owned and distributed labels to the US Christian and general retail marketplace, and the international Christian marketplace. Since this distribution division was launched, EMI CMG has had more charting titles annually on Billboard’s Top Christian Charts than any other Christian distributor and has been named Billboard Magazine’s Top Christian Music Distributor 10 times since 1995. In addition to distributing EMI Christian Music Group’s fully-owned labels, which include Sparrow, ForeFront, and Credential imprints, as well as EMI Gospel and Worship Together, EMI CMG Distribution has exclusive distribution agreements with Tooth & Nail/BEC, EE-Taow Records, Gaither Music Group, Green Hill Productions, Hal Leonard, Inpop, Just Me Music, Kingsway Music, Madacy Entertainment, North Point Music, Spring Hill Music Group, Troubadour for the Lord, Universal Music Group, VSR Music Group, Anchor Bay Entertainment/Starz, Cloud 9 Games, Creative Trust Media, First Look Studios, GT Media, Guardian Studios/Bananas, First Look Studios, Kelly’s Filmworks, Pure Flix Entertainment, Rainbow Valley Heroes, Third Day Games and Vivendi Visual Entertainment. EMI CMG Distribution is a division of EMI Christian Music Group, a unit of EMI Music (, one of the world’s leading music companies.

Maranatha! Music is a pioneer in praise and worship music. The label shepherds the “Jesus Music” of today by serving the church with the song of faith. The label’s repertoire, including two of their best-selling series, Top 25 and Top 40, and the Invitation, have sold more than 30 million units worldwide..Maranatha! Music’s vast catalog also includes many of todays’ top CCLI songs

The Quicks Celebrate the Hope and Message of Gospel Music with the Release of Hymns

The Quicks Celebrate the Hope and Message of Gospel Music with the Release of Hymns

SMYRNA, Tenn. – (September 30, 2010) – Middle Tennessee’s beloved family group The Quicks have embraced the hope and message of Gospel music with their new recording – Hymns. Hymns, an album two years in the making, features songs that had a profound impact on the group during what was perhaps the most trying time of their lives.

Sally Quick of The Quicks said, “Hymns albums are usually recorded and spat out in a matter of months or even weeks for most other groups. So, why did it take us two years to make this CD? Life.”

Taking suggestions from friends of The Quicks, they chose the titles and even recorded the tracks long before the group suffered a very personal family tragedy – putting the album on hold until they could gain a sense of normalness back in their lives. Each of these songs took on a whole new meaning for the group as they reeled back from the dark fog of their unexpected loss.

“We found a peace in these songs that we hadn’t found elsewhere,” mentioned Tim Quick. “We are just amazed at how God ordered our paths to such detail that he knew what songs we needed to record after our loss.”

Sally commented, “Our family is learning to live again, to smile again, and yes, even laugh again. The beauty of the sun shining through the rain is an amazing sight. We’ve witnessed God letting His Son shine through our tears. This recording features songs that helped us see the Son again.”

Hymns was produced and arranged by group members Sally and Becca Quick. Songs included on the album are such favorites as “I Surrender All,” “Be Still My Soul,” “In the Garden,” “Love Lifted Me,” “Tis So Sweet,” “It Is Well,” and many more.

Hymns is now available on The Quicks’ website or at concert events.

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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 released the inspiring collection of Gospel favorites, Hymns, this year.

Daywind Records Celebrates Another Great Year With Nine Singing News Fan Awards

Hendersonville, TN (Sept. 30, 2010) – Daywind Records celebrated an exciting afternoon with their incredible family of artists on Wednesday, September 29, 2010, in Pigeon Forge, TN. The Singing News held its annual Fan Awards, along with inductions to the Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame, at Dollywood, with Daywind artists taking home nine out of 20 awards presented. The Booth Brothers garnered five of the awards, plus Album of the Year for Jubilee!, along with Legacy Five and Greater Vision.

Recipients included the Booth Brothers’ Michael Booth for Favorite Tenor, Ronnie Booth for Favorite Lead and Jim Brady for Favorite Baritone. The Booth Brothers were also awarded Favorite Trio, as well as Favorite Artist. Libbi Stuffle (Perrys) received recognition as Favorite Alto of the Year while Rodney Griffin (Greater Vision) was once again named Songwriter of the Year for the 12th consecutive year. Song of the Year honors went to the Perrys, and songwriters Joseph Habedank and Rodney Griffin, for “If You Knew Him.”

We have such a wonderful family of artists at Daywind,” shares Daywind President, Ed Leonard. “They are full of talent, character and the determination to spread the Gospel. We are so excited that they have been honored in this way.” Norman Holland, Vice President and Director of A&R at Daywind, adds, “What an honor to be part of such a great roster of artists that have been recognized for their talents and ministry. Congratulations to our winners and thank you to all that carry the Gospel each week.”

The Singing News Fan Awards are voted upon each year by subscribers of the Singing News magazine. The awards celebrated their first year at Dollywood, in conjunction with the SGMA inductions, after previously being held at Freedom Hall during the National Quartet Convention. For more information on the Singing News, visit For more information on the Southern Gospel Music Association, visit

Daywind Records is based in Hendersonville, TN, and is distributed worldwide through New Day Christian Distributors. For more information on Daywind Records and their award-winning family of artists, visit