Thursday, March 31, 2011

Dan Keeton Joins Gold City


An Open Letter from Gold City:

Brent Mitchell has decided to come off the road. As many of you know, Brent and Heather welcomed a new baby girl, Paislee, back in January. Brent says, "My 3 month old daughter, Paislee, has been very sick for the past few weeks and I feel I need to be with my family at this time. Family has always come first in my life, but I am so sad to leave my dream job. I did not think it was fair to Gold City for me to hold them back not knowing the future health of my little girl. Please pray for my family and for Paislee, that she will get through whatever her little body is going through right now. I will miss GC and cherish the little time I had there!"

Daniel Riley says, "We will miss Brent. During his time here we have grown to love him. He will always be a part of the Gold City family. I know this was a very hard decision for him, but I admire him for making the right decision."

Filling the tenor position is Dan Keeton. In an open letter to his friends, Dan shares,

"When I was 16 years old, I began singing with my first Gospel Quartet. I had already been through a childhood of pain and heartache. I had to grow up really fast. But, Grandma's box of Gospel Music and the music I heard on the radio, gave me some real heroes to look up to. I heard on the radio that the Gold City Quartet was coming to Beaver Dam, KY. That was only 25 minutes away!

I had just bought my first car, a green and rust Plymouth Volare'. I filled up with gas, bought a Coke and headed off to Beaver Dam. I got to the church 4 hours early! I waited in the parking lot for Gold City to arrive in the bus. I waited but, when they had not arrived after 30 minutes, I decided I needed another Coke.

I started driving down the road toward the corner store and coming toward the church was the big bus. I whipped her around, pulled in behind the bus and jumped out to meet The Gold City Quartet. Off they came; Brian Free, Ivan Parker, Gary Jones, Mike LeFevre and the man, Tim Riley!

The music, the band, the voices and the message I heard that very night removed all doubt. I prayed all the way home that God would allow me to sing with a quartet "just like" that one. It might take 26 years, or it might not be exactly what you asked for but, God does answer your prayers."

We are thrilled that Dan has accepted the tenor position and look forward to introducing him to our friends!

Riversong Records Signs Heaven's Highway


Nashville, TN- Riversong Records ( a division of Homeland Entertainment Group) announces the signing of Heaven’s Highway of Tupelo, MS. This mixed quartet performs Southern Gospel at its finest with a country gospel flair that is blessings audiences everywhere they travel.

Heaven’s Highway has already gained exposure over the last several years with airplay and national chart success on numerous radio charts. They have had over 40 years of combined experience in performing in various artists before beginning Heaven’s Highway. Homeland General Manager Scott Godsey states “ From the first time of meeting Heaven’s Highway and hearing their music, I was impressed. They not only possess an ability to sing well , but their ability to connect with the audience in such a unique performance is often not duplicated in our field presently. I feel confident that more fans will become aware of their music as it makes contact with hurting hearts that are looking for the encouragement of the gospel through song.”

Group Manager David Tims states God has opened up some doors in the last couple of months and some new things for this ministry, one being that we have become a part of Homeland Entertainment Records. We are truly blessed to be apart of a team that wants to see the ministry spread throughout the world.”

The new release on Riversong Records will be available June 1st and will also be available on sites such as ITUNES, Amazon and many other downloadable sites. More information including personal appearances for Heaven’s Highway is available at www.heavenshighwaymusic.com or www.homelandentertainmentgroup.com

MEN OF FAITH SCORES FIRST TIME TOP 80


Jeff O’Neal of Heritage Communications is pleased to announce the first Top 80 song for MEN OF FAITH. “He Knows” from the project titled A Time Like Now will appear in the Singing News at # 72 for the month of April, 2011.

The MEN OF FAITH answered the call to minister in 2001; starting with four men who had a vision and a desire to serve God through song. They are now nine strong consisting of four vocalists, four musicians, and a product manager. All nine men are dedicated to the ministry of the gospel and have a strong desire to lift up the name of Jesus in song and personal testimony.

Over the years the mission to win souls for Christ and to uplift hurting spirits has never changed. However, the avenue in which the MEN OF FAITH deliver the message of salvation and hope has become more and more versatile and unique ranging from traditional gospel, country gospel, and even some progressive gospel. With these different styles the MEN OF FAITH appeal to young and old audiences alike.

The calling of the MEN OF FAITH will always be to encourage the faithful, lift up the weary, and stir the hearts of those that have not yet yielded to the Holy Spirit. Helping all to recognize that no matter what they are facing or how difficult things may seem, there is only one answer, and that answer is Jesus Christ!

Be listening for their just released, new single “It’s All About Him,” which is already gaining ground at radio stations nationwide!

To find out more about Men of Faith please visit their website at:


MEN OF FAITH: www.menoffaithqt.com
HERITAGE COMMUNICATIONS: www.heritagecom.com

Brian and Angela Monehan Join The Mansion Publishing Family of Songwriters



Franklin, TN (Mansion Entertainment) March 29th, 2011 – Songwriters Brian and Angela Monehan become the newest additions to the Mansion Publishing Division’s family of songwriters.

Brian has been involved in Southern Gospel Music for many years. In March of 1993 Brian joined the Kevin Spencer Family (later Kevin Spencer and Friends). The same year the group won Singing News ‘Horizon Group of the Year’ and Gospel Voice’s ‘Sunrise Group of the Year’. Brian has appeared on the Gaither Gospel Homecoming series videos, being featured with KSF on ‘All Day Singin’, ‘Dinner on the Ground’ and ‘Sunday Meetin’ Time’. In 1996 the group had the Gospel Voice’s ‘Song of the Year’ with “The Blood Still There”. Add to that list of accomplishments Brian’s many television appearances on INSP and TBN.
In 1995, Brian married his wife Angela, who had previously performed with one of the first and premier female trios in Southern Gospel Music, The Perry Sisters. During her tenure with the Perry Sisters, Angela was nominated for ‘Favorite Alto’ by the readers of the Singing News Magazine. Brian and Angela ventured into a ministry of their own in 1997 where they have recorded four projects to date. Their songs have been recorded by numerous artists and have had their music included on Motor Racing Outreach’s (NASCAR) project, ‘Victory Lane’. Their music has taken them outside of the United States to Jamaica and Germany. Currently they reside in Little Rock, Arkansas where Brian serves as a Pastor and they continue to collaborate as a husband and wife songwriting team.
For more information regarding Mansion’s Publishing Division visit “The Mansion Family” page at www.themansionentertainment.com.

ERNIE HAASE & SIGNATURE SOUND VISIT CASEY'S COOKIES KITCHEN!


Ernie Haase & Signature Sound gather with Casey Torman and the team at Casey's Cookies for a group photo.
Photo courtesy of Casey's Cookies.

(Nashville, Tenn.) March 29, 2011 – Ernie Haase & Signature Sound made a very special stop to the Largo, FL kitchen of Casey's Cookies, a non-profit company whose mission is to train and employ disabled adults to bake wonderful gourmet cookies, giving them a chance to have a fulfilled, meaningful life. EHSS made a stop at the kitchen prior to their March 20 concert in Largo, FL.
Ernie Haase & Signature Sound is the favorite group of the company's namesake, Casey Torman. Her father, Barry Torman, says that "...all she ever talks about is Ernie and the guys. She tells everyone about the group and knows all the words to the songs. To have Ernie and the guys as guests in the kitchen meant the world to Casey. She still can't stop talking about the day!"
"I met Casey about six years ago at a concert and just fell in with her and the Torman family" states Haase, "When she invited us to her kitchen, we were honored to come and spend the day with all the great folks at Casey's Cookies! These cookies are great and what Barry and Lori Torman are doing for their daughter Casey, and other disabled adults like her, is changing their lives. They are giving these exceptional adults amazing opportunities to live a full life!
At the concert later that evening, Casey received a big surprise, Ernie called Casey up to sing "He Touched Me" with the group. This moment brought tears, applause and a standing ovation from the crowd at Indian Rocks Baptist Church.
To learn more about Casey's Cookies, visit www.CaseysCookies.org and Facebook.com.
For more on Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, visit ErnieHaase.com, follow them on twitter @erniehaase and Facebook.com/ErnieHaaseAndSignatureSound.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Eighth Day Continues Winning Streak at Radio with “May I Never Get Over the Cross”


New Single Cracks AGM Top 10 and Singing News Top 40
SPARTANBURG, S.C. – (March 28, 2011) – Popular Southern Gospel trio Eighth Day continues their winning streak at radio this month with their latest single “May I Never Get Over the Cross.”

“May I Never Get Over the Cross,” the group’s fifth single from the highly acclaimed Everything Holy recording, recently cracked the Top 10 of the AbsolutelyGospel.com (formerly SoGospelNews.com) Top 40 Weekly Chart and will jump to #36 on the upcoming May 2011 issue of the Singing News Top 40 Chart.

“This is such great news for our ministry,” responded Scott Robinson of Eighth Day. “Radio has been so good to us over the last few years, and we are so thankful for their support. This song is a great ministry tool for us, and I’m so happy to see that radio has taken to the song as well.”

“May I Never Get Over the Cross” was released to radio earlier this year through Spin-N-Motion Promotions.

Eighth Day was recently honored with news that they were named as one of the 20 most played artists of 2010. According to AbsolutelyGospel.com (formerly SoGospelNews.com), Eighth Day ranked #14 on the Top 20 Most Played Artists of 2010 list – in between mainstays and hit makers The Isaacs and The Bowling Family. The list was compiled by the AbsolutelyGospel.com Top 40 Weekly Chart year-end figures.

More information on Eighth Day can be found at http://www.eighthdaymusic.com.

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!

Curtis Hagy (of Brothers Forever) Reaches Publishing Agreement with Binion Music Group



CHURCH HILL, Tenn. – (March 28, 2011) – Curtis Hagy, member of popular Christian music trio Brothers Forever, recently reached a publishing agreement with Binion Music Group.

“I’m so excited about Binion Music Group representing my music and the songs that God has given me,” mentioned Curtis Hagy. “I know that Chris and his team will do a phenomenal job of making sure my music is heard to other artists and companies!”

Binion Music Group is based out of Alvin, Texas. The company houses many great songwriters including 2007 SGN Music Award Songwriter of the Year Chris Binion who wrote such hits as “God Is Faithful,” “The Answer Is Christ,” “My Past Has Passed,” and many more.

Curtis Hagy has been an integral songwriter for his own group Brothers Forever. Songs penned by Hagy include their most recent radio hits like “I Feel a Blessing Coming On,” “Be Alright,” “I Am Him,” and “More Than That.”

Brothers Forever recently made their first ever appearance on Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN). The trio was featured alongside many of the Christian music industry’s most prominent artists on January 2, 2011 as a part of the 2010 Christian Music Hall of Fame Visionary Awards program.

Brothers Forever’s sixth single from the critically acclaimed release Sheltered hit radio earlier this year. The song, “Whenever I Speak His Name” (written by Russ and Tori Taff), was released to radio through Millennium Music Group and has been a steady song on both the AbsolutelyGospel.com (formerly SoGospelNews.com) Top 40 Weekly Chart and SouthernGospelTimes.com Top 40 Fan Chart.

Brothers Forever are currently booking dates for their upcoming 
Summer 2011 tour. More information on that will be announced at a later date.

To visit the newly designed Brothers Forever website, visit http://www.brothersforever.net.

About Brothers Forever
Brothers Forever is based out of Church Hill, Tennessee. Nestled in the foothills of upper East Tennessee, this group has quickly become known for their unique style of southern gospel music. Songs such as "I Feel a Blessing Coming On" and "I Can’t Forget the Day" have become nationwide favorites. Brothers Forever felt the call to the music ministry a little over a few years ago, and since the group’s inception, it has been an exciting journey.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Triumphant Quartet and Brian Free Added as Featured Performers for 2011 Absolutely Gospel Music Awards Celebration



MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – (March 26, 2011) – The administrators and staff of AbsolutelyGospel.com (formerly SoGospelNews.com) are proud to announce the addition of Triumphant Quartet and Brian Free to the list of performers for the 2011 Absolutely Gospel (SGN) Music Awards Celebration.

“We are so excited about adding our friends Triumphant Quartet and Brian Free to this year’s program,” mentioned Deon Unthank of AbsolutelyGospel.com. “Both of these very talented artists have had a big impact on our genre over the years, and we can’t wait to feature them on this year’s show!”

Those two artists join already announced performers for this year’s Absolutely Gospel Music Awards Celebration Jeff & Sheri Easter, Booth Brothers, Karen Peck & New River, The Bowling Family, The Nelons, Sisters, The Dunaways, Beyond the Ashes, Crawford Crossing, Crystal River, and the Mystery Men Quartet.

Devin McGlamery (of Ernie Haase and Signature Sound) and Madison Easter (of Jeff & Sheri Easter) were announced as hosts for this year’s show earlier this month.

The date for this year’s Absolutely Gospel Music Awards Celebration is Tuesday, April 12, 2011. The event will again take place at the River of Life Church in Smyrna, Tennesse and is free to the public. The awards program will start at 7:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

As far as nominations go, the Gaither Vocal Band landed a stellar nine nominations this year, more than any other artist. Ernie Haase & Signature Sound and The Bowling Family each earned eight nods. Following behind those artists were The Perrys, Dove Brothers, Triumphant Quartet, and Booth Brothers with seven nominations apiece. Brian Free & Assurance and The Freemans both landed six nominations. Three artists received five nominations – The Isaacs, Karen Peck & New River and The Greenes.

Jeff & Sheri Easter and Legacy Five both earned four nominations, while several artists received double mentions, including Jason Crabb, The Dunaways, The Nelons, Beyond the Ashes, Crawford Crossing, Sisters, Gordon Mote, the Talley Trio, and Greater Vision.

Songwriter, producer and Signature Sound’s pianist Wayne Haun earned the most individual nominations (8) for his work during 2010. Producer Lari Goss earned seven. Earning four individual nominations were 2010’s Male Vocalist of the Year Michael English and producer Ricky Free. McCray Dove, Marty Funderburk, Kyle Matthews, Dianne Wilkinson, Bill Gaither, and Mike Bowling all landed three individual nominations for their work in 2010.

The Pacesetter Award is awarded to any artist, individual, or organization which has shown great strides in the industry and has raised the bar for others. This year’s nominees for the 2011 Pacesetter are last year’s winner the Branson Gospel Music Convention, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, Gaither Vocal Band, digital news outlet SGN Scoops Digital, and syndicated radio program This Week In Gospel Music with Mickey Bell.

For a full list of nominees, visit AbsolutelyGospel.com.

More information on the 2011 Absolutely Gospel (SGN) Music Awards Celebration will be forthcoming, including hosts, additional performers, and sponsors, etc.

About AbsolutelyGospel.com
AbsolutelyGospel.com (formerly SoGospelNews.com) 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.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Mansion Publishing Division Signs Tony Griffith To Songwriting Agreement


Franklin, TN (Mansion Entertainment) March 25th, 2011 – Mansion Entertainment’s Music Publishing Division has added songwriter Tony Griffith to its family of songwriters.

Tony has been involved in gospel music his whole life. Traveling with his parent's group the "Griffith Family", Tony learned at an early age that music and ministry would forever be his calling. Now Tony and his wife Julie have a full time music ministry together called "Tony and Julie Griffith Ministries" that include group members Shane Dye and Bryan Carter (Jeff & Sheri Easter, Gaither Homecoming Video Series). Tony is the founder of ‘Production81 Music’ and a partner in "Production81 Studios" located in Alexander City Al. Tony’s credits include singing and playing on more than 200 albums as well as writer and producer credits on several Top 80 singles. He has performed on some of the most sought after stages in Gospel music including main stage at the "National Quartet Convention". Tony and Julie Griffith Ministries are currently being featured and heard across the nation on Solid Gospel’s Artist Spotlight segments.

John Mathis of Mansion Publishing stated, “It’s great to work with songwriters such as Tony who have an extensive background in Southern Gospel that cover so many aspects of this music such as writing, musicianship, radio, production and performance. I think it gives them such a great insight all the way around as to what makes a strong song from the initial crafting to its performance. We’re really looking forward to incorporating Tony in our family of songwriters!”

For more information regarding Tony Griffith visit www.tonyandjuliegriffith.com. For more information regarding Mansion Entertainment Music Publishing Division visit the ‘The Mansion Family’ section at www.themansionentertainment.com.

Daywind Songwriters Receive Title Cut On Kenny Rogers' First Gospel Album


Hendersonville, TN (March 25, 2011) – When Daywind Publishing songwriters, Marty Funderburk and Gina Vera, sat down to write a new song, they had no idea that it would eventually become the title cut on the legendary Kenny Rogers’ first Gospel album. But, nearly a decade after the song was penned, that is exactly what has happened.
In preparing for the release of his Gospel project, Kenny Rogers decided he would like to title the album, For The Love Of God. When Marty Funderburk was approached about writing a song with this title, he recalled that song he had written with Gina many years ago, with the title, “For The Love Of Christ.” The song was sent to Kenny Rogers, who loved it and asked if it could be re-written to fit the title. Marty quickly accommodated his request, and less than a month later, the new version had been recorded and added to the song list as the title cut.
"Gina and I could have never imagined that, 10 years after we wrote that song, it would end up criss-crossing the globe on such a monumental project,” relays Marty Funderburk. “We are so grateful to Kenny Rogers and Cracker Barrel® for allowing us to be a part of this album."

The project, which is available exclusively through Cracker Barrel Old Country Store®, is a collection of inspirational classics that each hold a special meaning to Kenny Rogers. “For The Love Of God” is one of two brand-new songs recorded for the project, the title of which was eventually shortened to The Love Of God, and features guest appearances by Point of Grace, the Whites and Winfield’s Locket.

Marty Funderburk has received multiple Dove Award nominations, including this year’s nominations for “Run And Tell” by the Bowling Family and “Blaze Of Glory” by Chigger Hill Boys & Terri.
The Love Of God released on March 7th, 2011 and debuted at #8 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. Kenny Rogers has celebrated numerous country and pop hits through his career, including “Lady,” and his duet with Dolly Parton, “Islands In The Stream”. “The Love Of God” is the second project he has released through Cracker Barrel Old Country Store®, following the 2010 release of “Kenny Rogers: 50 Years.

In addition to the writers mentioned, Daywind Music Publishing is home to such great writers as Gerald Crabb, Ronny Hinson, and Dianne Wilkinson, among others. To learn more about Daywind Music Publishing, contact Rick Shelton at rshelton@daywind.com. To purchase The Love Of God, visit any Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® or online at http://shop.crackerbarrel.com.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

CHRISTY SUTHERLAND: NEW SINGLE “HE GREW THE TREE” BRINGS A WEALTH OF TALENT AND FAMILY HISTORY TO GOSPEL RADIO & RETAIL



Barbara Mandrell Comes Out of Retirement To Produce New Single & Album

(Nashville, Tennessee) –March 21, 2011 –That Christy Sutherland is on the brink of major artist breakthrough has never been more evident than in the radio release this week of her newest single, “He Grew The Tree.”

The poignantly stirring ballad is a song with a special history. It was recorded in the 80’s by country superstar, Barbara Mandrell. It was Mandrell who, in fact, encouraged her daughter-in-law Christy Sutherland to revive “He Grew The Tree” for Sutherland’s forthcoming new gospel album—Greater Still –and was even gracious enough to go in studio to co-produce the album with Christy.

Notes Barbara: “‘He Grew The Tree’ is one of my top 5 favorite songs. I was the first artist to record it and I cannot think of anything better than having Christy record it—and asking me to produce it! Christy’s stellar vocals and immense songwriting talent have made my job of producing a pure joy. I could not be more proud of her new single or of her upcoming album!”

Gospel radio’s major influencers will this week get a preview of “He Grew The Tree” –in a specially bannered Christy Sutherland priority mailing that will include a personally handwritten note from Barbara Mandrell. The impact at radio is expected to be a strong promotional set-up for the release of Sutherland’s new studio album in early summer.

The heartwarming element of ‘family ties’ to her latest single are not lost on Christy. She notes: “I remember listening to Barbara’s recording of ‘He Grew The Tree’ as a young girl—never dreaming that one day I would be recording the same song with Barbara producing! We never know what God has in store.”

Christy married Matt Dudney—now her manager—and the son of Barbara Mandrell and husband Ken Dudney—in July of 2006. In the five years of their creative partnership Christy has emerged as a major new presence in Christian music— presenting an amazing world-class vocal talent that transcends genres from southern gospel to contemporary and country inspirational formats. She has appeared on a wide range of national television from CBN’s “700 Club,” to TBN’s “Praise the Lord,” to globally televised Easter and Christmas Specials from The Crystal Cathedral’s ‘Hour of Power.’
The Easter Special from Crystal Cathedral will air in April.

With a win in 2009 for ‘Southern Gospel Female Vocalist of the Year’ in the Visionary Awards, Christy Sutherland came back in 2010 with a Diamond Award as ‘Christian Country Female Artist of the Year.’ Her guest star billing over the past three years in the Louise Mandrell Christmas Specials staged at Nashville brought her in front of a diverse audience of new listeners. Christy recently has broadened her reach even further in taping her first Gaither Homecoming special.

A gifted songwriter, major artists such as Sandi Patty, Rizen, The Greenes and Kim Hopper have recorded her songs. The Triumphant Quartet scored a Top 5 hit with her song, Somebody Died For Me. Christy’s God Is In This Place was published in a popular Word Music worship choral and her Cry In The Dark was picked up by Lifeway for a major Christmas musical. During the past four years, more than 40 recordings have been done of Christy Sutherland songs.

Christy Sutherland is already proven as an artist with a remarkable ‘reach’ in a career that has only the realms of greatness to be achieved in the future.

“He Grew The Tree” will be the focal point of special national radio promotions throughout April and May as a lead in to the new album release. Christy Sutherland will be the subject of a major spring promotional media/marketing campaign with national television, radio, and print being set.

Resource Christy Sutherland online:
www.christysutherland.net

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Daywind Records Welcomes Wilburn & Wilburn To Its Growing Roster Of Artists


Hendersonville, TN (March 22, 2011) – Daywind Records is excited to announce the addition of Wilburn & Wilburn to its list of talented artists. After singing with his family, the Wilburns, for 16 years, Jonathan Wilburn went on to become the lead singer for one of Southern Gospel’s most beloved groups, Gold City. Following a short break from life on the road, Jonathan has recently decided to return to the world of Southern Gospel music full-time, this time joined by his 24-year old son, Jordan. With their first project of fan favorites already available and a full schedule of concert appearances, this father-son duo has already captured the attention of fans across the country with the unique combination of valuable experience and a fresh, new sound.
Jonathan is thankful for the opportunity to once again share and minister to long-time supporters and new fans alike. He also looks forward to sharing the stage with Jordan, whose vocal talent and conviction in delivery of the message is sure to bless the hearts of audiences. Backed by the team at Daywind Records, Wilburn & Wilburn is eager to get their ministry started. “Jordan and I are very honored to be a part of the Daywind family of artists,” shares Jonathan Wilburn. “In my years of experience you cannot beat hard work, and Daywind has a great work ethic. Starting from the top to the bottom, this company is a great example of what it takes to be successful. We are blessed to get started with the best!”
Wilburn & Wilburn will begin recording their debut release with Daywind Records in the coming weeks.
Daywind Records is based in Hendersonville, TN and is distributed worldwide through New Day Christian Distributors. In addition to Wilburn & Wilburn, Daywind is home to such great artists as the Perrys, Legacy Five and Brian Free & Assurance, among others. For more information on Daywind Records, visit daywindrecords.com. For more information on Wilburn & Wilburn, visit wilburn2.com.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Freemans Nominated for 3 SGM Fan Fair Awards




NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (March 15, 2011) – Southern Gospel favorites The Freemans have received three nominations in the 2011 SGM Fan Fair Awards. The SGM FanFair Awards nominees were announced earlier this month in a press release announcement.

The Freemans collectively received a nomination for Favorite Song of the Year (for their #1 hit “The Father & the Son”). Meanwhile, group matriarch Chris Freeman landed two individual nominations – Favorite Alto and Naomi Sego Living Legend Award.

The group won Favorite Song (for “Three Rugged Crosses”) and Favorite Alto (Chris Freeman) at last year’s awards ceremony.

“WOW! What a great surprise for us,” mentioned Chris Freeman. “We are so honored that our friends continue to name us among their favorites! Thank you to everyone who placed a vote for us! It means the world to us!”

The nominees in the SGM FanFair Awards were chosen by the readers of Christian Voice Magazine and attendees of the SGM FanFair. The winners for the awards will be announced on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee at the 7th Annual SGM FanFair.

For more information on how to vote, visit http://www.sgmfanfair.com .

These nominations come on the heels of the group’s impressive six nominations in the upcoming 2011 Absolutely Gospel Music Awards. The group earned nominations for Song of the Year and Country Song of the Year (also for “The Father & the Son”), Album of the Year and Country Album of the Year (for Evidence), and Best Live Performer. Chris Freeman also garnered her first nomination for Female Vocalist of the Year this year as well.

The Freemans recently scored their latest #1 single with the lyric driven and poignant song “The Father & the Son.” Penned by celebrated songwriter Dianne Wilkinson, “The Father & the Son” spent four consecutive weeks at #1 on the AbsolutelyGospel.com (formerly SoGospelNews.com) Top 40 Weekly Chart – the Southern Gospel’s most watched and respected weekly radio report.

“The Father & the Son” is the debut single from The Freeman’s much-anticipated new recording – Evidence. Four years in the making, Evidence is truly The Freemans’ most transparent and emotional release to date. 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.

Evidence is now available at concert events and on The Freemans’ website.

To visit the newly designed website of The Freemans, visit http://www.the-freemans.com. You can also visit the group’s MySpace at http://www.myspace.com/thefreemans07. The group’s Fan Facebook is located at http://www.facebook.com/thefreemans .

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.

Sharron Kay King Welcomes Brand New Grand-Baby!




BYRON, Ga. – (March 15, 2011) – Singing News Fan Award nominee Sharron Kay King is proud to announce the addition of Michaela Rae to her family!

Michaela is the latest grandbaby to be added to Sharron’s family. She was born on November 20, 2010 and weighed 6 lbs, 11 oz and was 20 in long.

“We are so thankful for the healthy baby that God has given this family,” mentioned Sharron. “I am so blessed to have such an amazing family. God’s been so good to me. I am continually humbled by the things that He has done in my life!”

Michaela is the second child of Sharron’s son Jason and his wife Lara. The couple has an older child as well, Devin.

Sharron said, “I want to thank everyone for your thoughts and prayers. Michaela is such a sweet baby, and our entire family is so proud of her, her parents, and her big brother!”

To find out more info on Sharron and her new grandbaby – visit Sharron’s new website at www.sharronkayking.com.

Fans are encouraged to visit Sharron’s MySpace at http://www.myspace.com/sharronkayking. Fans can visit Sharron on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sharron-Kay-King-Official-Fan-Page/102290253148210 .

About Sharron Kay King
Sharron Kay King is a talented singer/songwriter based out of Byron, Georgia. Sharron’s last release, Don’t Stop Believing, spawned off the #1 fan favorite “God’s Been Good.” King was a 2008 Top 5 finalist in the Singing News Fan Awards for Favorite Horizon Individual and a 2009 Top 10 finalist for Favorite Soloist.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Southern Gospel Music Cruise

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Rob talks about the upcoming cruise and how you can be a part of this great southern gospel event

Guy Penrod Opens Up To Country Weekly


Guy Penrod Discusses Family, Faith and Future In Deeply Personal Interview On Stands Now

Nashville, TN (March 14, 2011) -- Guy Penrod recently spoke with Country Weekly magazine's Deborah Evans Price, and the result is a deeply personal interview in which the talented vocalist openly discusses family, faith and the future. Penrod reveals his Grandfather's final words of advice, and explains how those words would motivate him to take a huge chance with his career. "After a very successful 14-year run with The Gaither Vocal Band, I opted to do something I had wanted to do for 22 years," Guy says. "I stepped out on my own and made a country album, BREATHE DEEP."

The feature offers insights into the challenges Guy faced in going out on his own; how he chose the disc's songs; his approach to country music, and his thoughts on where that music will take him. The new CD is country - and it's a resounding success, earning high sales figures, accolades galore, and two solo artist Dove Award nominations (2010) for Guy (Country Album of the Year, Country Recorded Song of the Year). His current single, "Pray About Everything," is chart-active and a winner with Guy's fans.
Fans can find out what's new in Guy's world, as well as compete in his March Madness Song Tournament, by clicking on Guy Penrod.

Message from Gold City


This past weekend, Gold City had to prematurely close an extended tour due to unfortunate circumstances beyond the control of the group's management. Since then, many rumors have abounded about the legendary group's future, and as a result, their office and the offices of The Beckie Simmons Agency have been flooded with calls expressing concern about pending engagements.
The fact is Gold City is alive and well, and will appear this week in Graysville, Alabama (Friday), Lakeland, Florida ( Saturday) and Bradenton, Florida (Sunday)—as well as all dates that have been previously scheduled and the dates that will be added in the future!
Daniel Riley, his father, Tim, and the other members of Gold City look forward to seeing you at a concert soon!

Friday, March 11, 2011

National Recording & Grammy Nominee Tonya Baker Live CD Release Concert & After Party


Columbus, Ohio February 7, 2011-- Judah Media Group, in association with RKD Music Management, is very excited to announce the Live Album Release Concert by National Recording & Grammy Nominee Songwriter Tonya Baker to take place on Saturday, April 30, 2011 at New Covenant Believers Church that will welcome over a thousand eager fans to experience this live performance. As a vocalist, Tonya Baker is a much sought after psalmist who ministers the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ across the country. As President of her own independent production company Bakehouse Music Group, LLC, Tonya has previously released two recordings - "Life in Him" and "Since He Came In”. She has appeared on tapings of The Bobby Jones Show, local broadcasts of TBN, The Gospel SuperFest, The Full Gospel Baptist Fellowship Conference Women's Choir; numerous gospel music showcases such as The Stellar Awards Music Showcase, I Hear Music in the Air Conference, The Gospel Music Workshop of America and the Gospel Heritage Foundation New Artist Showcase.
As a songwriter, Tonya has written songs that have been recorded by such national recording artists as the phenomenal Tonex, and the legendary Helen Baylor with others yet to be released. As a background vocalist, she has traveled with Byron Cage, Percy Bady, and Lisa McClendon among others. She has shared the stage and opened for such artists as Shirley Caesar, CeCe Winans, Fred Hammond, Isreal Houghton, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Mary Mary and Tye Tribbett to name a few.
Event will also feature guest Psalmist & Minister Carnell Murrell. Tickets go on sale Feb. 15, 2011 at www.itickets.com and local bookstores. Tickets are $ 25 VIP (Reserved seating, Tonya Baker’s New CD, and entrance into the After Party) General Admission is $10 in advance, $15 at the door.
Tonya Baker is available for phone or media interviews. Please contact RKD Music Management at (818) 571-0998 to set up a time that is convenient.
This extraordinary performing, producing, composing and arranging artist will be an artist that you don’t want to miss in person.

The Taylors Announce Engagement


Lillington, NC - March 10, 2011 - James and Sandra Taylor announce the engagement of their son, Christopher William Taylor, bass singer for The Taylors, to Amanda Michelle Woolston of Newport, NC.
Amanda is currently enrolled at Campbell University, pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Education. Chris and Amanda are planning for a May, 2012 wedding ceremony and plan to reside in Lillington, NC. Christopher will remain in his position as bass singer with The Taylors.

Guy Penrod's "March Madness Song Tournament" Tips Off With 16-Title Playoff


Fans To Choose Their Favorite Penrod Recording Via Facebook

Nashville, TN (March 10, 2011) -- In keeping with the spirit of the NCAA basketball tournament, Country and Christian music star Guy Penrod has announced his "March Madness Song Tournament" on Facebook. Fans can vote to select their favorite Penrod performance in a seeded, 16-song tournament.
Earlier this month, Guy Penrod's Facebook fans nominated their favorite tracks from his solo CD, BREATHE DEEP, or any song recorded during his 14-year reign as the lead vocalist of the Gaither Vocal Band. A total of 46 different titles were nominated; the top 16 most-popular songs now round out the bracket. The first round of voting will begin tomorrow, Friday, March 11, and continue until the winning song is announced on Thursday, March 31.
The contest's Grand Prize is a brand new, 32-GB Apple iPod Touch, loaded with all of the tournament's 16 songs, plus additional music and videos from Penrod's BREATHE DEEP and THE BEST OF GUY PENROD releases.
Guy's combined 2010 CD sales exceeded 100,000 units (BREATHE DEEP; THE BEST OF GUY PENROD), and BREATHE DEEP was the best-selling new Southern Gospel CD last year. The disc was also the second best-selling new Country Gospel CD, with total sales of 54,000 units. Guy received his first two solo artist Dove Award nominations for: Country Album of the Year and Country Recorded Song of the Year (2010). Upcoming press includes: Country Weekly (March 21) and Mature Living (April); a Parent Life feature appeared in February.
Guy is currently visiting radio stations in support of his newest single, "Pray About Everything," and has a solid 2011 touring schedule. Fans can visit Guy's Website for all the details.

Integrity Artist Daniel Bashta Partners with Bethany Christian Services To Support Adoption Through IAMProjectGift



MOBILE, Alabama (March 7, 2011) - - Integrity Music artist and songwriter Daniel Bashta has partnered with Bethany Christian Services, the nation’s largest adoption agency, to create IAmProjectGift.com, a new initiative to raise funds to support adopting parents.

The mission behind IAmProjectGift is simple…"Like A Lion" will be a 'give what you want' download. All of the money that comes in through the IAmProjectGift website will go directly to help a couple adopt their child. We are so excited to partner with Bethany Christian Services and make this powerful gift of life a reality.

“I wrote a song called ‘Like a Lion’ and basically because of that song my wife and I were able to adopt our first child, our son Pheonix Green Bashta.”

“I truly believe with all my heart that an adoption revolution has to erupt out of our local churches,” says Bashta. “If all we do is preach we fail. We must start living out our worship in motion. Then we will begin to see the contagious results of city transformation.”

All the money that you give will go through our 501c3 ministry, GoMotion Worldwide, and every gift is tax-deductible.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

THE NELONS AND BECKIE SIMMONS AGENCY ANNOUNCE BOOKING AGREEMENT


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – February 15, 2011 – The Beckie Simmons Agency announces the signing of The Nelons to an exclusive booking agreement.
Beckie Simmons says, "The rich gospel music heritage The Nelons represent is an excellent addition to our roster of quality artists. We are thrilled to be working with Jason, Kelly and Amber."
Kelly Nelon says "I've always admired Beckie's leadership in gospel music and we are excited to work with BSA. The musical heritage of my father, Rex Nelon, continues to impact the music industry today and we are so honored to add the third generation of Nelons with daughters Amber and Autumn."
Beckie Simmons Agency will assume the responsibility of managing an already heavy touring schedule for The Nelons consisting of more than 150 concerts each year.

About The Nelons
The Nelons carry on a family tradition of gospel music spanning over three decades began by Rex Nelon. The Nelons have garnered three GRAMMY® nominations, six GMA Dove Awards, numerous Singing News Fan Awards, Short Form Music Video of the Year Award and the New York Film Festival Award for their concept video Famine In The Land. They are featured regularly on the Gaither Homecoming Videos and tours in addition to their own heavy schedule of appearances.
For further information, visit www.theNelons.com and www.BSAWorld.com.

Pictured Above: The Nelons: Jason Clark, Kelly Nelon, Amber Thompson with Judy Nelon (The Judy Nelon Group),
Beckie Simmons (Beckie Simmons Agency), and Glen Bates

Rob Helton Joins Gold Harbor


One of the top vocalist in Gospel Music has joined forces with JR Richards of Gold Harbor to be their new lead singer. JR states that Gold Harbor has been talking with Rob for the last several months and both were willing to wait till the time was right to announce this to the Gospel Music world.

Rob's latest national single "If It Wasn't For The Cross" is blazing up radio all over the USA. Rob's talent is second to none.

Gold Harbor with much prayer is so excited to introduce Rob at The Branson Gospel Music Revival June 28th- July 1st at the Tri Lakes Center in Branson Mo and premier our new genre of music "Southern Praise & Worship".

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Hosts Announced for 2011 Absolutely Gospel Music Awards Celebration




MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – (March 7, 2011) – The administrators and staff of AbsolutelyGospel.com (formerly SoGospelNews.com) are proud to announce the hosts for the 2011 Absolutely Gospel (SGN) Music Awards Celebration. Hosting the Awards Celebration this year are Devin McGlamery and Madison Easter.

Devin McGlamery is no stranger to fans of Gospel Music. He is currently the lead vocalist of Dove Award nominees for Artist of the Year and Group of the Year Ernie Haase & Signature Sound. Devin has received his first Absolutely Gospel Music Award nomination for Male Vocalist of the Year this year and with Ernie Haase & Signature Sound is nominated for an additional six awards in this year’s program.

Madison Easter is a beloved musician who travels with his family group – Jeff & Sheri Easter. Easter’s brand of humor has made him a popular individual on social networks and within the Southern Gospel community. Madison was awarded Musician of the Year at last year’s program and is nominated for the award again this year. Easter also co-hosted the Awards Celebration last year with Mike Bowling and Sonya Isaacs Yeary.

“We are so excited about our hosts for this year’s program,” mentioned Deon Unthank, administrator for AbsolutelyGospel.com. “Both of these guys have their pulse on what is happening in the world around us, and I know they will breathe a breath of fresh air into this year’s program! What an exciting night it will be for everyone!”

Performers for this year’s Absolutely Gospel Music Awards Celebration include Jeff & Sheri Easter, Booth Brothers, Karen Peck & New River, The Bowling Family, The Nelons, Sisters, The Dunaways, Beyond the Ashes, Crawford Crossing, Crystal River, and the Mystery Men Quartet.

Additional performers and hosts are still being confirmed and will be announced at a later date.

The date for this year’s Absolutely Gospel Music Awards Celebration is Tuesday, April 12, 2011. The event will again take place at the River of Life Church in Smyrna, Tennesse and is free to the public. The awards program will start at 7:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

As far as nominations go, the Gaither Vocal Band landed a stellar nine nominations this year, more than any other artist. Ernie Haase & Signature Sound and The Bowling Family each earned eight nods. Following behind those artists were The Perrys, Dove Brothers, Triumphant Quartet, and Booth Brothers with seven nominations apiece. Brian Free & Assurance and The Freemans both landed six nominations. Three artists received five nominations – The Isaacs, Karen Peck & New River and The Greenes.

Jeff & Sheri Easter and Legacy Five both earned four nominations, while several artists received double mentions, including Jason Crabb, The Dunaways, The Nelons, Beyond the Ashes, Crawford Crossing, Sisters, Gordon Mote, the Talley Trio, and Greater Vision.

Songwriter, producer and Signature Sound’s pianist Wayne Haun earned the most individual nominations for his work during 2010. Producer Lari Goss earned seven. Earning four individual nominations were 2010’s Male Vocalist of the Year Michael English and producer Ricky Free. McCray Dove, Marty Funderburk, Kyle Matthews, Dianne Wilkinson, Bill Gaither, and Mike Bowling all landed three individual nominations for their work in 2010.

The Pacesetter Award is awarded to any artist, individual, or organization which has shown great strides in the industry and has raised the bar for others. This year’s nominees for the 2011 Pacesetter are last year’s winner the Branson Gospel Music Convention, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, Gaither Vocal Band, digital news outlet SGN Scoops Digital, and syndicated radio program This Week In Gospel Music with Mickey Bell.

For a full list of nominees, visit AbsolutelyGospel.com.

More information on the 2011 Absolutely Gospel (SGN) Music Awards Celebration will be forthcoming, including additional performers, sponsors, etc.

About AbsolutelyGospel.com
AbsolutelyGospel.com (formerly SoGospelNews.com) 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.

Sunday Edition Releases Third Single with BSA World Records This Month




MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – (March 7, 2011) – Sunday Edition, one of Nashville’s favorite groups, was recently in the studio recording vocals for the highly anticipated follow-up single to the group’s debut singles with BSA World Records.

The group is partnering once more with BSA World Records for this release – which was produced by Glen Bates (Crystal River, Tribute Quartet). Bates produced the critically acclaimed “Mercy Walks a Road” and smash hit “He Bore a Cross” for the group as well.

The song, titled “Bring Back the Cross,” was written by Glen Bates is set to hit radio later this month.

“It is an easy decision for us to keep partnering with Glen and BSA World Records,” mentioned Deon Unthank of Sunday Edition. “Our first single with the company became our biggest hit to date, and the last single, ‘Mercy Walks a Road,’ has been a great ministry tool for us.”

“He Bore a Cross” became the group’s biggest hit to date earlier this year – giving them their highest charting position on the Singing News Top 80 (#44) and earning the group its first Top 10 New Release. In addition, the song landed Sunday Edition its second #1 hit on the SouthernGospelTimes.com Top 40 Fan Chart. The second single, “Mercy Walks a Road” also charted on major Southern Gospel charts – AbsolutelyGospel.com Top 40 Weekly Chart, Christian Voice Magazine Top 100 Southern Gospel Chart, and PowerSource Magazine Top 100 Southern Gospel chart.

“Bring Back the Cross” hits radio programmers’ desks this month and is being distributed and promoted to radio exclusively through the Rick Hendrix Company.

Rick Hendrix of the Rick Hendrix Company said, “This is a powerful song, and we are so excited to be a part of it. We know that it is going to be a big song for the group, and we can’t wait to see where it takes them.”

For more information on the single, visit the Rick Hendrix Company at www.rickhendrix.com .

Sunday Edition was recently greeted with news that they were nominated in the About Christian Music Reader’s Choice Awards. The trio was nominated for “Best Southern Gospel Group” alongside some of the industry’s most visible and respected artists such as Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, The Hoppers, The Isaacs, and Gaither Vocal Band. The readers of About Christian Music chose the nominees in a dozen categories that included every genre of music form Southern Gospel to Rock and Urban to Indie categories.

For more information on the About Christian Music Reader’s Awards, visit http://christianmusic.about.com . About Christian Music is one of the most read sites on Christian and Gospel music. The site covers all forms of Gospel music, including Southern Gospel.

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

Sunday Edition’s website is currently under renovation, and until the new site is unveiled, you can find out more information on the trio by visiting many social networking sites. Facebook members can find Sunday Edition at www.facebook.com/sundayedition . Sunday Edition’s MySpace can be found at www.myspace.com/thesundayedition/. Fans can visit Sunday Edition’s Shoutlife at www.shoutlife.com/sundayedition/. You can follow Sunday Edition on Twitter by logging in at www.twitter.com/thesunedition .

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.

March 2011 SGN Scoops is here!

The March 2011 issue of SGN Scoops is now available for download. Click here to read your issue in user-friendly .PDF format.

In our brand new edition, Lorraine Walker talks to Adam Crabb about Crabb Revival, marriage, and the sacrifice, joy, and journey of ministry. We also feature artists Ann Downing (and the story behind her Middle Tennessee Women’s Retreat), 2nd Generation, and the new Tim Greene Trio. Jeff Hawes of Karen Peck & New River takes us to the Grammy Awards. And meanwhile, three of our columnists – including guest Dale Golden, speak on separate daunting circumstances and how God is teaching them to trust in the midst of trials.

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Thursday, March 3, 2011

The Browns Announce New Addition


The Browns announce the addition of Nick and Jessica Trammell to the group. The couple will begin traveling with the family as of March 19, 2011 and join them on their 10 day Canadian tour. The Browns are currently writing and selecting songs for their new project and will begin recording in the near future. A CD release date is set for late spring. This award winning group has received the 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 Fan Awards. Please be in prayer for this new chapter in ministry as The Browns continue their 10 year tradition of Sharing Music from the Heart…Family Style!! The Browns are booked exclusively by Michael Davis of The Dominion Agency. For more information regarding The Browns go www.thebrownsmusic.com

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Christian Voice Magazine Announces 2011 Southern and Country Gospel Music Fan Award Nominees



Karen Peck & New River, Triumphant and The Isaacs Dominate SGM Fan Award Nominations

Sunday Drive, Allen Frizzell & Family, Brett Hill and Tommy Brandt Top the List of CGM Fan Award Nominees

During the month of February gospel music fans had the opportunity to nominate their favorite artists for the 7th Annual SGM Fan Awards and the inaugural CGM Fan Awards to be held this spring in Pigeon Forge, TN.

The results are in, and early this morning Christian Voice magazine announced the top five nominees.

Garnering the most nominations in the SGM Fan Awards this year are Triumphant Quartet, The Isaacs, and Karen Peck & New River – tied with five nominations each. Closely following are Gold City Quartet, The Nelons and Singing Echoes each with nominations in four categories. The Bowling Family gained the most nominations in the “Favorite Song” category for their hit, Pray Anyway. LuLu Roman is first in line for the “Naomi Sego Living Legend” award.

In the CGM Fan Awards, Brett Hill, Sunday Drive, Allen Frizzell & Family and Tommy Brandt all scored big with each winning four nominations. Country Gospel veterans Chuck Day and Del Way are closely behind with three nominations each, including Del’s nomination for “Living Legend.” I Supplied the Nails by Country Gospel’s newest boy band, The Springs, is at the top of the “Favorite Song” category.

CGM Fan Award winners will be announced at the inaugural CGM Fan Awards ceremony on Saturday, April 30, 2011, during CGM FanFest. The following week, on Thursday May 5, 2011, the 7th Annual SGM Fan Awards will take place during the week of SGM FanFair.

For more information on both of these upcoming events, visit www.cgmfanfest.com and www.sgmfanfair.com.

In the meantime, gospel music fans can also log on to www.christianvoicemagazine.com to view the complete lists of top 5 finalists and cast votes for their favorite Southern and Country Gospel music artists.

CGM FanFest and SGM FanFair are produced by Wilds & Associates (http://www.wildsandassociates.com/).
The CGM and SGM Fan Awards are presented by Christian Voice Magazine (http://www.christianvoicemagazine.com/).

JEFF & SHERI EASTER Celebrate Two GMA DOVE Nominations for Expecting Good Things


NASHVILLE, Tenn.—GRAMMY® Award nominees and Gospel music mainstays JEFF & SHERI EASTER received two nominations for this year’s GMA DOVE Awards according to announcements made at a press conference this week held at the Fox Theatre’s Grand Salon in Atlanta, GA.
Following a 2010 DOVE Award win for Southern Gospel Song of the Year (“Born to Climb”), their project Expecting Good Things (Spring Hill Music) garnered two more DOVE nods this year including Country Album of the Year and Bluegrass Recorded Song of the Year (“Workin’ on a Road”).
Jeff & Sheri just returned from Los Angeles where they celebrated their second lifetime GRAMMY® nomination, also for Expecting Good Things, a recording that features songs selected and recorded during Sheri’s battle with breast cancer. Sheri joined writers including Wayne Haun, Joel Lindsey, Tony Wood and others to pen songs for the release that capture her journey and victory over this disease.
Expecting Good Things, available online and at retailers everywhere, is distributed by EMI CMG.
The 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards will be held at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Ga. on Wednesday, April 20th. The awards show will be televised on GMC at 8:00p.m. ET/delayed PT on Easter Sunday, April 24th. GMC can be seen in 47 million homes on various cable systems around the country, on DIRECTV on channel 338 and on Verizon FiOS on channel 224. Visit GMClife.com
About Jeff & Sheri Easter:
For Jeff and Sheri Easter, gospel music is genetically programmed into their DNA. As members of acclaimed musical families—Jeff’s father is one of the Easter Brothers and Sheri’s mother is a member of The Lewis Family—they grew up surrounded by the sound of people praising God through their musical gifts. Jeff & Sheri traveled and sang as part of The Lewis Family for several years. In 1988 they left the group and formed the group. Joining Jeff & Sheri on the road is their son, Madison, who plays guitar for the group and their daughter, Morgan who completes the vocal blend. Jeff & Sheri have been nominated for numerous Dove Awards and won five. Sheri has been named the Singing News Favorite Alto ten times and the Singing News Female Vocalist four times. Jeff & Sheri’s wall of awards also include three Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music Association Awards, two International Country Gospel Music Association, nine Voice Awards for Female Artist, five Voice Awards for Song/Single of the Year, two Voice Awards for Christian Country Group, four SGM Fan Fair/USGN awards, five SGN Scoops Diamond Awards, four Hearts Aflame Awards, and three Cash Box awards. They have also participated in the Gaither Homecoming Video Series since 1993, which has sold over 15 million units. Expecting Good Things was nominated for a 2011 Grammy®. Their latest release Silver Anniversary celebrates 25 years of marriage and music.
Online: www.JeffandSheriEaster.com, www.facebook.com/JeffAndSheriEaster, www.Twitter.com/JSEaster
About the 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards
The GMA Dove Awards is Christian/Gospel music’s biggest night of the year, where top artists from every style of gospel music come together for a night of music and celebration as the GMA bestows the industry's highest honor -- the Dove Award.

Pictured above: Karlene and George Beverly Shea and Jeff and Sheri Easter visit at this year’s GRAMMY® Nominee Reception held at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. Shea was honored by the GRAMMYS® with a lifetime achievement award at the event. The Easters were nominated at the awards show for Best Southern, Country or Bluegrass Gospel Album for Expecting Good Things

The 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards will be held on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Ga. and televised nationwide on GMC Sunday, April 24, 2011 from 8 p.m. - 10 p.m. EST. GMC is the fastest-growing network in television and can be seen in 47 million homes on various cable systems around the country, on DIRECTV on channel 338 and on Verizon FiOS on channel 224.

ELECTRIC STATION RECORDS' ARTISTS - WOODY WRIGHT,REGGIE & LADYE LOVE SMITH AND RACHEL WEST KRAMER

ARTISTS COMBINE FOR 125 RADIO STATION ADDS IN FEBRUARY, 2011!
Peoria, IL (March 2, 2011) - Illinois-based Electric Station Records is excited to announce single releases from Woody Wright, Reggie & Ladye Love Smith and Rachel West Kramer combined for 125 station adds in February, 2011!

"We've been very pleased with the warm reception from radio since our single releases launched at the beginning of February," says D. Scott Kramer of Electric Station Records. "Radio personnel have offered positive feedback about the songs and they've also had wonderful things to say about our artists! While attending the National Religious Broadcasters' (NRB) Convention in Nashville this past weekend, we were moved by the numerous positive comments we received. Our artists seem to be widely appreciated and greatly respected by so many in the gospel music industry," Kramer added.


The current single releases from Electric Station Records include: "More Than Amazing" by Woody Wright, "I Have Decided" by Reggie & Ladye Love Smith and "Softly and Tenderly with I Surrender All" by Rachel West Kramer. Radio stations already airing the singles include stations throughout the United States and stations in Canada, England, Grenada, Australia, Japan and the Netherlands.


Electric Station Records is based in Illinois and is the label home to Woody Wright, Reggie & Ladye Love Smith and Rachel West Kramer. They also produce the internationally syndicated radio program, "Good News Music Radio with Woody Wright". For more information on Electric Station Records, visit www.estationrecords.com. For more information on Woody Wright, visit www.woodywright.net, for Reggie and Ladye Love Smith visit, www.reggieandladyelove.com, for Rachel West Kramer visit,www.rachelwestkramer.com. D. Scott Kramer can be contacted via email at:dskramer@mtco.com or by calling Electric Station Records at (309) 383-2828.

CAROLINA Completes New Project on the New West Label


Bessemer City, NC (March 1, 2011) Carolina has just completed their latest project for the New West Record Label at Son Sound Studios This exciting new project contains a total of 10 inspirational country songs featuring the talents of Ritchie Robinson (engineer), David Johnson (utility), and Rick Murray (drums). The project will be released in April and pre-orders can be made by calling (704) 868-4807.

The group features the vocal talents of Chris Roberts (tenor), Scott Whitener (lead), Roger Burnett (baritone) and Lamar Levi (bass). Following the retirement of the Melody Masters Quartet from the southern gospel genre, former MMQ members Scott, Roger and Chris were joined by Lamar to create a country gospel sound and presentation which has become popular throughout the Carolina region in a variety of church venues as well as venues outside the church such as county fair and town festivals.

For further information about Carolina, visit them online at www.carolinaquartet.com

For more information on Son Sound Studios, New West Records and their services please visit
www.sonsoundstudios.com
or call us at (704) 868-4807.

MORAL DUTY MAKES THEIR RECORDING DEBUT



BESSEMER CITY, NC – (March 1, 2011) – Christian Music newcomers, Moral Duty recently visited Son Sound Studios to begin work on their debut recording, “Total Surrender.” The members are Will Stone- Lead Vocals/Guitars/Keys, Drew Denton- Guitars/Vocals, Mackenzie Wray- Vocals, Curtis Brooks- Keys, Kyle Denton- Drums
Dustin Breakfield- Bass/Vocals.

“The day was so exciting,” mentioned studio manager, Holly Robinson-Blanton. “We had such a blast recording these guys. I love seeing the passion and desire that God gives us to minister revealed in the recording process. I cannot wait for our community, our churches and our nation to experience their joy and their spirit.”

The band hails from Gastonia, NC.

“We're a bunch of guys that love Jesus Christ! We don't want to be known for our music - we want to be known for our worship. That means what we do on AND off the stage. states band leader Drew Denton who comes from a very talented family of musicians.

Will Stone adds "We hope that our worship will be pleasing and honoring in His sight and that you can draw closer to Him through our music!”

This debut recording will feature the groups’ most beloved songs, as well as new material written by Moral Duty. In addition, the album will be mixed and mastered by Son Sound Studios‘ head engineer, Ritchie Robinson.

Pre-sales for this CD are available. You may contact Moral Duty by writing to moraldutyband@carolina.rr.com.


More information as well as booking information on Moral Duty can be found at
www.facebook.com/moralduty
or www.twitter.com/MoralDutyBand. For more information on the recording and artist services of Son Sound Studios visit our website at www.sonsoundstudios.com or call us at (704)868-4807.

Pictured: (l-r) Drew Denton, Evan Denton, Will Stone, Mackenzie Wray, Kyle Denton, Curtis Brooks

Gospel Cruise Fest 2011


Join me for fun in the sun and sea! Join your friends at SGNScoops magazine as we cruise to the Bahamas this fall. Contact Rob Patz for more information.
http://www.gospelcruisefest.org/
Email Rob at rob@sgnscoops.com

Dreams Come True for Beyond The Ashes


Dreams do come true in Gospel music. And it has for a group of guys that are quickly becoming a household name in the industry. Beyond The Ashes has reached a recording deal with another well respected industry trendsetter in Vine Records. Anthony Facello, BTA owner says this day has been a long time coming. "I have waited many years to work with Wayne Haun and Kevin Ward in this capacity and now those dreams have come to fruition. God truly has a plan that far exceeds what we can imagine and we are excited to be a part of the Vine Records family."

Vine Records is one of the most respected companies in the industry. One reason has to do with multi-award winning producer Wayn Haun. "I always knew Anthony was an incredible singer, but I had no idea how seasoned the group would be as a whole. Wait till you hear these kids sing," states Haun.

Another member of the producing team is very familiar name when it comes to great recordings, Kevin Ward. "We are very excited to introduce this new group to the industry. Their true talent as well as their energy are apparent from the first note. Combine all that with their heart for God, and you have a sure winner", says Ward.



The new project, "Treasures Unseen" will be released April 19, 2011 on Vine Records and distributed by Crossroads Entertainment & Marketing, Inc. The first single, "The Coming of the King," has been shipped to Southern Gospel radio stations across the country. For more information about Beyond The Ashes, visit www.beyondtheashes.com,www.vinerecordsonline.com and www.crossroadsmusic.com. For bookings and a complete touring schedule, contact The Adoration Agency, www.adorationagency.com 615-590-7453.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Mansion Signs John Lemonis To Exclusive Songwriting Agreement



Franklin, TN (Mansion Entertainment) February 28th, 2011 – Mansion Entertainment’s Music Publishing Division has signed award winning songwriter John Lemonis to an exclusive songwriting agreement.

The songs of John Lemonis include radio hits such as "Live to Worship", "Forever Changed", “Die Another Day” and numerous others. The artists who have recorded John's songs cross several genres of music and include Michael W. Smith, Brian Free & Assurance, Point of Grace, The Talley Trio, The Kingdom Heirs, The Greenes, Scott Krippayne, Barbara Fairchild, Reggie and Ladye Love Smith and many, many others.

John’s talent in composing has covered musicals, choral pieces, and special projects (videos and collections) such as 'One Bethlehem Night', 'Once Upon A Time Shop', 'Eyes of Faith: The Fanny Crosby Story', 'For the Lord Alone', 'From Sea to Shining Sea', 'The New Jerusalem Makeover', 'In God We Trust', 'Tails from the Ark', 'Invitation to Worship (I & II)', 'America's Favorite' Series, 'Once and For All', 'Grace Covers All', 'The Precious Name of Jesus' and more.

John's own recording projects include: 'Love One Another', 'Living Proof', 'The Power and The Grace', 'In My Own Words' and 'The Glory of You'.

John Mathis of Mansion Entertainment’s Music Publishing Division states, “John Lemonis is such a versatile and experienced writer and artist. His background covers so many areas from writing and performing his own songs, to decades of working as a Minister of Music, writing conferences and his involvement with Gospel Music Association and Nashville Songwriters Association International. All this has given him such a broad view in fulfilling what the artist and the church are looking when it comes to songs that relate and encourage the Christian listener. He has such a great heart and vision for conveying a message through a song! We’re looking forward to our new endeavor together and where that will lead.”

For more information regarding John Lemonis visit www.johnlemonis.com. For more information regarding Mansion Entertainment visit their website at www.themansionentertainment.com.

Southern Plainsmen Quartet to Host An Evening with Gold City This Weekend





HORNBECK, La. – (February 28, 2011) – West-Central Louisiana’s Southern Plainsmen Quartet are excited to host an evening with multi-award winning quartet Gold City this weekend.

Marcelle Slaughter of the Southern Plainsmen Quartet said, “We have all been huge fans of Gold City for years, and we are so excited to be able to host them this weekend in West Central Louisiana.”

The Southern Plainsmen Quartet will host Gold City this Saturday, March 5, 2011 at the Florien High School Auditorium in Florien, Louisiana. The concert will start at 6:30 p.m. There are no tickets, however a $10.00 donation is suggested at the door. A love offering will also be taken for the group.

“We count it an honor to bring great Southern Gospel music to this area,” continued Slaughter. “Gold City is the best of the best, and we know that the people who come out to our concerts will enjoy the group as much as we do.”

For more information on the event, contact Marcelle Slaughter at (318) 663-4812 or visit the Southern Plainsmen online at www.southernplainsmen.com.

The Southern Plainsmen recently announced their partnership with humanitarian organization World Vision. The Southern Plainsmen Quartet are now 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 http://www.southernplainsmen.com/ . You can also visit the group on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/SouthernPlainsmen .

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.

First List of Performers Announced for 2011 Absolutely Gospel Music Awards Celebration


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – (February 28, 2011) – The administrators and staff of AbsolutelyGospel.com (formerly SoGospelNews.com) are proud to announce the first list of performers for the 2011 Absolutely Gospel (SGN) Music Awards Celebration.

Performers for this year’s Absolutely Gospel Music Awards Celebration include Jeff & Sheri Easter, Booth Brothers, Karen Peck & New River, The Bowling Family, The Nelons, Sisters, The Dunaways, Beyond the Ashes, Crawford Crossing, Crystal River, and the Mystery Men Quartet.

Additional performers and hosts are still being confirmed and will be announced at a later date.

Deon Unthank of AbsolutelyGospel.com said, “We’ve gotten such great feedback over the years about our awards program, and we are so excited that so many wonderful artists have once again agreed to be a part of the show this year. We can’t wait to honor our music again this coming April!”

The date for this year’s Absolutely Gospel Music Awards Celebration is Tuesday, April 12, 2011. The event will again take place at the River of Life Church in Smyrna, Tennesse and is free to the public. The awards program will start at 7:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

As far as nominations go, the Gaither Vocal Band landed a stellar nine nominations this year, more than any other artist. Ernie Haase & Signature Sound and The Bowling Family each earned eight nods. Following behind those artists were The Perrys, Dove Brothers, Triumphant Quartet, and Booth Brothers with seven nominations apiece. Brian Free & Assurance and The Freemans both landed six nominations. Three artists received five nominations – The Isaacs, Karen Peck & New River and The Greenes.

Jeff & Sheri Easter and Legacy Five both earned four nominations, while several artists received double mentions, including Jason Crabb, The Dunaways, The Nelons, Beyond the Ashes, Crawford Crossing, Sisters, Gordon Mote, the Talley Trio, and Greater Vision.

Songwriter, producer and Signature Sound’s pianist Wayne Haun earned the most individual nominations for his work during 2010. Producer Lari Goss earned seven. Earning four individual nominations were 2010’s Male Vocalist of the Year Michael English and producer Ricky Free. McCray Dove, Marty Funderburk, Kyle Matthews, Dianne Wilkinson, Bill Gaither, and Mike Bowling all landed three individual nominations for their work in 2010.

The Pacesetter Award is awarded to any artist, individual, or organization which has shown great strides in the industry and has raised the bar for others. This year’s nominees for the 2011 Pacesetter are last year’s winner the Branson Gospel Music Convention, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, Gaither Vocal Band, digital news outlet SGN Scoops Digital, and syndicated radio program This Week In Gospel Music with Mickey Bell.

For a full list of nominees, visit AbsolutelyGospel.com.

More information on the 2011 Absolutely Gospel (SGN) Music Awards Celebration will be forthcoming, including hosts, additional performers, and sponsors, etc.

About AbsolutelyGospel.com
AbsolutelyGospel.com (formerly SoGospelNews.com) 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.