Friday, February 11, 2011 and Join Forces

Two Predominant Industry Sites Combine To Become One-Stop Shop for All Things Southern Gospel

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – (February 10, 2011) – The administrators and staff of (formerly are proud to announce the merger of the site’s extensive discussion forum with the Southern Gospel music industry’s largest message board community – was founded two years ago by popular Southern Gospel blogger and industry worker Daniel Mount and several other devoted fans of Southern Gospel music. After years of unprecedented growth, the community and have agreed to join forces so they can get the technical support needed to keep up with the growth and demand of both sites.

"I am thankful for the great times we've had for the last few years at Southern Gospel Forums,” mentioned Daniel Mount. “Lately, I've simply been ready to take a break from administrator and technical responsibilities—both to avoid burnout and to devote more time to my writing efforts at and elsewhere. Since we didn't have any forum members step up to take my place handling the technical end of running the forums, we decided to accept Absolutely Gospel's gracious offer of a merger.”

The moderating and administrative staff of will remain intact, with’s Deon and Chris Unthank stepping in as technical support.

Daniel continued, "The remainder of Southern Gospel Forums' capable moderating team—Diana, Lynn, and Naomi—will be making the move to being moderators at Absolutely Gospel. They have proven that they can handle the diplomacy and housekeeping aspects of running a site, and, naturally, over the last decade and more, the Unthanks have demonstrated their prowess at the technical end. So with that load off my shoulders, I'm looking forward to participating, once again, in the simpler role of someone who loves this music!"

Deon Unthank, administrator of said, “We believe that this merger will have healthy affects for both our site and their community. We can help expand their community with our readers, and hopefully in turn, their traffic will help the visibility of our site as well. This is win-win for both parties, and we are so excited about having them as a part of our site!” is the most comprehensive and expansive website dedicated to Southern Gospel music. Established as in 1997 by Deon & Susan Unthank, the site has grown from relative obscurity to the industry's leading internet publication for Southern Gospel news and information in only a few short years. The site includes a wide variety of features, consisting of artist interviews, a weekly chart, late-breaking news, and much more.

For more information on Absolutely Gospel, visit .

The merged message board communities can be found at .

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