Thursday, June 30, 2011

Legacy Five and the Fan Awards Showcase and Straw Poll

News from Scott Fowler, through the latest Legacy Five E-mail Newsletter:

You may have heard, the NQC and the Singing News are jointly producing a showcase on Saturday afternoon of NQC called the "Fan Awards Showcase & Straw Poll."

This event will feature performances from artists nominated in the major categories of the fan awards and will feature an interactive element that will allow NQC attendees to vote for their favorites in these categories in anticipation of the actual Fan Awards being given later in September. The straw poll winners will be announced during the showcase and released to the media. There will no doubt be quite a bit of buzz and excitement surrounding the showcase and straw poll. We are happy to be nominated in the following categories:

Traditional Quartet
Lead Singer
Bass Singer
Song of the Year

Here's how you can participate! ...

NQC and Singing News have decided to expand the interactive participation a bit. In addition to NQC attendees being able to vote, Facebook users can participate too!!! Those who "Like" the NQC Facebook fan page will be able to register votes for the straw poll. Legacy Five would be thrilled if you would participate in the straw poll! This is done by simply going to the NQC fan page on Facebook ( and "Like" the page sometime between now and the start of NQC. During NQC week, a link will be published on the NQC Facebook fan page that will allow you to register a vote in the straw poll. Rest assured the survey mechanism prevents multiple entries by the same person. This should be a lot of fun!

Thank you for taking the time to participate in this inaugural event and voting for your favorites in the straw poll. We look forward to seeing the results!

Until Next Time,

New Grace Trio signs with Pinnacle

New Grace Trio, a family group from Athens, Texas, was recently welcomed to the Pinnacle label, a division of Crossroads Entertainment and Marketing. Their first release is due out later this year.
The trio, started in 1993, consists of Fulton family members Frances (mother), Sonja (daughter), and Brad (son). In 1996, they were led to build and open the Texas Music Hall in Athens. Throughout the years, they have hosted countless concerts for Southern Gospel fans.
The group regularly performs at the hall and across the country using their talents as a ministry tool to bring people to Christ. Pinnacle is delighted to have this group joining its other artists making a mark in the industry.
New Grace Trio’s Brad Fulton adds, “We are excited about signing the Pinnacle contract with Crossroads. Through the promotion of our music, we pray that God’s Son will be exalted and God’s people will be edified.”
Look for the release due this summer.

Heavens Highway Announces Addition of Valarie Walker to Group

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (June 23, 2011) – Powerful Country/Southern Gospel group Heavens Highway is pleased to announce the addition of Valarie Walker to the group.

David Timms of Heavens Highway said, “Valarie’s been singing with us for about month now, and we couldn’t be more pleased. She’s a joy to share the stage with, and we know our friends and fans will love getting to know her just like we have.”

“I have had a longing to sing with a gospel group again for a long time. I’ve been praying that the Lord would allow me to be in a group again for about a year now,” mentioned Valarie. “God sure does work in mysterious ways! I was told by our precious minister of music that Heavens Highway was looking for an alto singer. I had previously told him about my desire to sing with a group again. I told him I would have to pray about it and speak with my husband. Brett told me he knew this was something I’ve always wanted to do and to go for it. So here I am!

Valarie currently resides in Tupelo, Mississippi with her husband Brett and two kids. She began singing Gospel music as a child and even formed the Gospel group The Trull Sisters while still in high school.

Valarie stated, “Although I’m really new to the group, I can already tell God is in the midst. Heavens Highway has made me feel right at home. I can’t wait to see what God has in store for us!”

You can find out more information on Valarie by visiting .

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

Monday, June 27, 2011

Dates and Featured Performers Announced For 12th Annual Absolutely Gospel Music Fest

Southern Gospel’s Biggest Names like Jason Crabb, Dixie Melody Boys, Tribute Quartet, The Nelons, Marty Raybon, The LeFevre Quartet and More to Appear!
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – (June 23, 2011) – The administrators of (formerly, are proud to announce the dates and talent line-up for the 12th Annual Absolutely Gospel Music Fest.
“This has been a tough year for our family after losing my wife Susan earlier this year,” mentioned Deon Unthank of “However, she wouldn’t want us to stop doing the work she started, so we are happy to continue on the work that she started so many years ago!”
This year’s Music Fest is set to run from Tuesday, July 19, 2011 through Thursday, July 21, 2011. The event will again be held at the River of Life Church in Smyrna, Tennessee and is absolutely free to the public.
Performers scheduled to appear at this year’s Music Fest include Jason Crabb,Dixie Melody Boys, Tribute Quartet, The Nelons, Adam Crabb, Marty Raybon,Naomi & the Segos, HisSong, LeFevre Quartet, Crystal River, John’s Call, The Galloways, Eighth Day, Southern Sound, Brothers Forever, Rod Burton, Back Home, The Beelers, Lieper’s Fork, and Sunday Edition.
The artist listing is subject to change without notice.
As in years past, this year's convention will remain free to the public. A love offering will be taken each night.
For more information, feel free to email the site at . More details can be found at .

About (formerly 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.

Gerald Wolfe Prayer Request

From Greater Vision's Email Newsletter:

If it comes to your mind, please remember to pray for us. After our Sunday Morning Worship Service, the bus will roll toward Tennessee, and I will fly from Dallas to Atlanta to prepare for my surgery on Monday. Right now, I'm scheduled to go "under the knife" at 11am (Eastern), so your prayers around that time would be very much appreciated. Pray for my Doctor, Dave Edwards, and the other staff that will be involved. I expect everything to go well. I'm certain the actual surgery won't be as un-nerving as the pre-surgery steroids I've been taking this week! LOL If you're interested, you can get up-to-the-minute updates via text message, by "following" Greater Vision on Twitter. If you missed last week's Update, and would like more information about my surgery, you can check out my personal "blog" by clicking here. Thanks for all the very kind emails and concern. All is well!

As always, Rodney, Chris, and Chad join me in thanking you for your prayers and your friendship. You are very important to us!


SIOUX FALLS, SD— Acclaimed family entertainers Go Fish are slated to present the first-of-its-kind “Minivan Music Jam” August 3 at 6 pm at the Sioux Falls Arena. Created for the entire family, the free event will feature Go Fish, along with special guest Denver & The Mile High Orchestra, as well as emcee Dave The Horn Guy.

The “Minivan Music Jam” is sponsored by Sioux Falls’ Crossroads Book & Music and Life 96.5. Doors open at 4:30 pm for general admission seating.

"Our goal is to put on the coolest rock and roll show for families that has ever been produced,” said Go Fish’s Jamie Statema. “Along with that, we have a message that every family in America needs to hear, which is why we have decided to make this a free event."

"This is a brand new concept for us, and we chose Sioux Falls because it's a city that has been supportive of the Go Fish guys from the very beginning,” Statema continues. “We couldn't think of a more appropriate place to launch the very first ‘Minivan Music Jam!’"

Since the release of their 2003 children’s music debut, Splash, Go Fish’s Jamie Statema, Jason Folkmann and Andy Selness have been committed to making “great music for kids that won’t drive parents bonkers.” Their live performances attract sell-out crowds around the country, and Go Fish has been covered by such national media as NBC’s “TODAY,” American Profile and Focus on the Family Magazine, among other outlets. A fan-produced video of the group’s popular song, “Christmas With A Capital ‘C’” (featuring comedian Brad Stine), has been viewed on YouTube more than 17 million times.

Go Fish recordings include Kickin’ It Old School, Party Like A Preschooler, Snazzy, Snow, Snooze, Showtime (DVD) and Superstar, among others. In addition, the group’s “Kickin’ It Old School” and “Backstage With The Bible” Vacation Bible School curriculums have been used by thousands of churches in the United States and Canada.

Christian music’s premier Big Band, Denver & The Mile High Orchestra has performed extensively around the world, including at events in conjunction with two Olympic Games. In 2007, the group earned a third-place finish on the FOX TV series “The Next Great American Band.” Formed by Denver Bierman at Nashville’s Belmont University in 1999, Denver & The Mile High Orchestra’s previous recordings include Good To Go, Timeless Christmas, Stand, and the band’s 2000 debut, Act The Scat. The group’s gfk Records debut and first recording for children, Groovy, will release later this summer.

Dave Enns, also known as Dave The Horn Guy, has appeared on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and was a first season semi-finalist on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.” A noted songwriter, studio musician, and orchestrator of more than 200 compositions, Enns utilizes 25 chromatically tuned custom-made bulb-horns as Dave the Horn Guy.

For further information visit or

Becky Short of the Davis Family Appears on Grand Ole Opry During CMA Week

{EHA-Nashville,TN} CMA Fan Fair week offered golden opportunities for major country artists to perform for fans. The crowd also appeared at the longest-running Gospel show affiliated with CMA at the Grand Ole Opry. The 32nd Annual "Sunday Mornin' Country" Gospel concert produced by MCCF's industry veteran and former Heehaw star, Joe Babcock, featured country legends and paid tribute to their contributions to Gospel music. Becky Short of the Washington, MO based, Davis Family, was a member of the Country Chorale who backed up these legends on the Opry stage this month: Roy Clark, Jimmy Fortune, T. Graham Brown, Marty Raybon, Jean Shepard, George Hamilton IV, The Nashville Edition, The Babcocks, Charlie McCoy, and a host of Gospel recording artists, including: Beyond the Ashes, Bev McCann, Melanie Walker, Casey Rivers, and Lulu Roman, along with legendary Nashville musicians. Becky Short was the 2nd runner-up in the 2010 His Choice Music Talent Search in Branson, MO. Her travels have taken her across the country with her family group and she signs with Thunder River Records this summer for her freshman solo project.
For more info on Becky Davis-Short:

The Watkins Family Adds New Musician

The Watkins Family of Toccoa, Ga. adds to its stage show by bringing another full-time musician to their ministry. The group which includes matriarch Judy Watkins and her adult children - Todd and Lorie continue a path sharing their love of Jesus through acoustic music touring across the United States and Canada since 1982. Daniel Holt, 22, of Savannah, Tenn. joined the group full-time playing a variety of instruments. Holt began performing with his family – The Holt Family, at the age of 9.
“I grew up playing most weekends at churches and festivals around Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi,” he said. Holt recently graduated from the University of North Alabama with a Bachelor in Business Administration with an emphasis in Entertainment Management. “In order to graduate, I had to do an internship,” he said. His internship was with the Singing News Magazine and its parent company Salem Communications in Nashville.
“The internship gave me an opportunity to learn a great deal about the Southern gospel music industry first hand and meet some wonderful people including the Watkins Family,” Holt said. “I am very thankful for this job with the Watkins Family.”
Multi-award nominee Lorie Watkins said that Daniel is a wonderful addition to the group as he share his talents on a several instruments.
“Daniel has a wonderful personality that our audience connects with,” Watkins said. “He also is tremendously talented in what he does musically and with all the support he provides off stage. We are honored to have him as part of the group."
The group’s latest project “Heaven's Worth Waiting For” is promoted by the Rick Hendrix Company. Grammy winner Mark Fain, Grammy nominated Karen Peck Gooch, and Danny Jones, produced the CD.
For more information, visit

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Branson Gospel Music Revival To Be Held At Tri-Lakes Center Next Week

Four-day event to include Dino, HisSong and others and will benefit Convoy Of Hope Disaster Relief
BRANSON, Mo. – (June 23, 2011) – TheBranson Gospel Music Revival (formerly Convention) is returning to Branson, Missouri for the third time next week. The four-day annual event heads to a new venue this year, the Tri-Lakes Center, 2527 State Highway 248 in Branson.
Taking place Tuesday, June 28 – Friday, July 1, the gospel celebration consists of daily matinee and evening concerts featuring approximately 75 Gospel musicians from across the United States.
Dino, HisSong, Beyond the Ashes, Kenny Bishop, Ann Downing, Mike Allen, The Williamsons, Praise Incorporated, 2nd Generation, Voices of Glory, Jay Stone Singers, McMillan and Life, Rod Burton, Lynda Lynn, Sunday Edition, Mystery Men, and more will be part of the Revival, which organizers say puts the spotlight on the gospel message.
Also returning will be the popular SGN Scoops Diamond Awards, as well as the Tribute to Albert Brumley and “Piano Praise” segments. Additionally, a “New Faces” afternoon concert geared toward teens and those “young at heart” has been added. A Branson GMR Prayer Team, who will pray with audience members and artists alike during the week, is a new addition this year as well.
“We continue to learn and grow and are striving to make this an even more enjoyable event, one that continues to attract new people to this great city every summer,” co-owner and host Rod Burton stated. “Meanwhile, our focus continues to be on fostering a time of refreshing and encouragement for our artists as well as the audience.”
Having won the “Pacesetter of the Year” award from for the second consecutive year, Burton and his wife and partner, Kelly Burton, look forward to building on the success of what they still consider a very new event.
“It has been a true honor to receive some Gospel industry accolades,” Kelly mentions. “What we hope that sort of recognition translates to is more people coming to hear the truly fantastic artists who gather here with us in Branson every summer, so they can receive the message of faith being offered through gospel music.”
On that note, the couple has announced that Wednesday, June 29, will be “Disaster Relief Night” at the Revival, with a portion of all ticket and program book proceeds going to aid victims of Branson and Hollister area flooding as well as the recent catastrophic tornado in Joplin, Missouri. Donations will be made to the Assemblies of God relief organization Convoy of Hope, which has already provided substantial assistance throughout the region.
Concerts are scheduled daily Tuesday, June 28 through Friday, July 1 from noon-4:00 p.m. and again from 6:00 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Ticket prices start at $18.00 per day for adults and can be purchased by calling the Tri Lakes Center at 1-800-785-1550 or 417-336-0219.
More information about Branson Gospel Music Revival can be found at or by calling 615-530-

Miranda and Jacob Thompson Launch Ministry

Jacob and Miranda Thompson are excited to announce the launch of their new ministry. Miranda is no stranger to the music industry. She has won several awards including Female Vocalist of the Year by the Georgia Country Gospel Music Association. Miranda will be singing as a soloist and sharing her testimony. Although Jacob doesn't sing, God has blessed him with the talent of playing piano. He is still learning, but he is doing great and will grace the stage on a few songs. He also has a powerful testimony that he can't wait to share. This dynamic husband and wife team have weathered storms in their lives but by God's grace, they came out victorious. They both have amazing testiomonies of God's grace, love, mercy and deliverance. It is their prayer that through their ministry and testimonies they can touch hearts and lives and see souls brought to Christ.

Jacob and Miranda are available for singings, revivals, church services, youth rallies, men & women conferences/retreats & more.

For bookings call their office at 770-843-0314. For additional information, visit their website


NASHVILLE, Tenn.—For the first time in its 16-year history, the record-breaking Winter Jam Tour Spectacular—the #1 tour in the world for the first quarter—will return to the road this fall, hitting 11 cities in the western United States. Kicking off November 3 in Denver, the multi-artist extravaganza is slated to hit Las Vegas, Phoenix, Portland and Sacramento, California, among other cities.

Created and hosted by Grammy-nominated Christian music mainstay NewSong, the Winter Jam 2011 Tour Spectacular is produced by NewSong Ministries, promoted by Premier Productions and presented by Holt International. In addition to NewSong, the fall line-up will feature Newsboys, Kutless, Matthew West, RED, Fireflight, KJ-52 and guest speaker Tony Nolan, as well as a Pre-Jam party with For King & Country, Dara Maclean and Patrick Ryan Clark.

“We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to go west with Winter Jam,” said NewSong’s Eddie Carswell, Winter Jam creator. “Thanks to the incredible artists who joined us to share the message, this year’s tour saw record-breaking attendance in more cities than ever, and as a result, nearly 100,000 decisions for Christ were made. We’re humbled God is allowing us to bring this amazing fall line-up to a brand new audience, and we can’t wait to see what He will do in these cities.”

"We are most excited and definitely looking forward to the very first western U.S. Winter Jam,” said Newsboys’ Michael Tait. “Newsboys have had nothing but success on the 2010 and 2011 Winter Jam Tours. I've said it before and it surely bears repeating: Winter Jam is our industry's #1 tour, performing this past winter to more than 520,000 concert goers! It's a “must see”...10 bands for 10 bucks...simply unbeatable and an unforgettable night for the entire family. See you there!"

The fall leg of the Winter Jam 2011 Tour Spectacular also marks the premier of the new Jam Nation Fan Club, which will offer members free and early admission to a Winter Jam concert of their choice, an exclusive Jam Nation t-shirt and collectible pass, and an artist Q&A session, among other special benefits. Jam Nation memberships will also be available for groups.

In addition to title sponsor Holt International, exclusive Winter Jam tour sponsors are the University of Mobile and The tour is also sponsored by Xtreme Conferences, Premier Christian Cruises, Camp Electric, Texas TransEastern and Wayne E. Bailey Produce.

The Winter Jam 2011 Tour Spectacular was the #1 tour in the world for the first quarter of the year, according to Pollstar. The multi-artist event featuring many of Christian music’s biggest names outpaced attendance for all other tours in the first quarter, including Bon Jovi, U2, X Factor Live, Lady Gaga, Brad Paisley and Justin Bieber, according to Pollstar’s 2011 Worldwide First Quarter Ticket Sales “Top 100 Tours” chart.

Since its formation by NewSong in 1995, Winter Jam has featured many of the top names in Christian music, including TobyMac, Third Day, Newsboys, Steven Curtis Chapman, Skillet and Jeremy Camp, among many others.

For further information on Winter Jam and a complete tour schedule, visit For additional information on NewSong, visit or

Toney Brothers Request Prayer for George Amon Webster

From The Toney Brothers:

Please pray for George Amon Webster. He had completed treatments a while ag and was waiting for some more tests. The PET scan results came back today, and they want him to see a surgeon. Tell EVERYONE you know and add him to EVERY prayer list, and prayer chain that you can. I appreciate the men that I travel with, Kasey, Jake, and Josh, but we need George!

Ernie Haase & Signature Sound Come to Steelville


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

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

In 2003, he gathered a group of like-minded men who share his love for God, great harmonies, time-honored songs and energetic performances…and together, they have become one of the most influential forces in southern gospel music. Inspired by their heroes, loved by their audiences and blessed by the Lord beyond their dreams. Ernie (tenor), Devin McGlamery (lead), Doug Anderson (baritone), and Ian Owens (bass) perform more than 100 solo shows yearly in North America and abroad.

The groups first DVD release soared to the top of Billboard Magazine’s Music Video Chart and simultaneously topped the Contemporary Christian Music Video Chart. That same DVD achieved Gold sales status, and the project’s accompanying audio release topped both the CCM and Southern Gospel Audio Charts simultaneously at No. 1.

In 2008, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound won Gospel Music Association Dove Awards for Southern Gospel Recording Song of the Year and Southern Gospel Album of the Year for “Get Away Jordan.” The “Jordan” album has also been certified Gold. In 2009, they won another Southern Gospel Recorded Song of the Year Dove Award for “Reason Enough” from their “Dream On” album.

Released in the fall of 2008, the “Dream On” DVD debuted at No. 1 on the Contemporary Christian Music Video Chart and at No. 3 on the Billboard Music Video Chart. The “Dream On” CD launched at No. 1 on the Southern Gospel Music Chart. “Dream On” was nominated for a 2010 Grammy in the category of “Best Southern, Country or Bluegrass Gospel Album.”

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

They travel with a pianist, drummer and two guitar players. Don’t miss this exciting group of guys coming to Meramec Music Theatre, Thursday evening, June 23 at 7:00 P.M. Call 573-775-5999 for tickets in advance. They will be performing a Cathedrals Influenced concert.

Ougma 4th Saturday June 25,2011

Single & Parenting: New Church-Based Solution for Effective Single-Parent Ministry

Single & Parenting: New Church-Based Solution for Effective Single-Parent Ministry
Churches are reaching out to single parents with the innovative curriculum Single & Parenting. The results? Care, outreach and evangelism in the community. Single & Parenting was developed by Church Initiative, the creator of DivorceCare and GriefShare.
WAKE FOREST, N.C., June 21, 2011 /Christian Newswire/ -- Churches worldwide are now launching Single & Parenting, the innovative curriculum for ministry to single parents. The all-new 13-week, video-based curriculum is designed to be a lay-led ministry for single parents from all backgrounds, including divorced, widowed and never married.

This excellent outreach tool equips local churches to minister to the exploding single-parent population. According to the U.S. Census Bureau and the Pew Research Center, 26 percent of all children currently live in single-parent homes, and 41 percent of all children born this year will be to single mothers.

"In ever-increasing numbers, single parents are seeking the help of local churches. Single & Parenting equips churches with a powerful strategy for offering hope to these parents and, by extension, their children," said Steve Grissom, founder of Church Initiative.

The Single & Parenting curriculum is designed with three primary components: video, group discussion and between-session workbook exercises (to help group members apply the material in the days between sessions). The videos are produced in an interesting-to-watch television magazine format with dramatizations and single-parenting technique demonstrations. They also feature more than 35 leading single-parent experts, including Dr. Paul David Tripp, H. Norman Wright, Elyse Fitzpatrick, Rev. Dwight McKissic Sr., Dr. Ed Welch, Dave Ramsey, Stephen Viars, Sandra Aldrich, Dr. Larry Mercer, Dr. Thelma Wells and Eduardo Salazar.

Single & Parenting can assist churches in ministering to single parents within the church, but is also designed to serve as an outreach tool to minister to single parents throughout a church's community.

"Make sure the leaders of [your] church are aware of this opportunity because it's a great outreach for ... any churches in the community or any city, it doesn't matter how big or how small," said Brad Goad, Singles Minister at Second Baptist Church in Houston, Texas.

For more information about Single & Parenting, visit

Single & Parenting is offered by Church Initiative, the ministry that created DivorceCare, DivorceCare for Kids and GriefShare

4th Annual Oklahoma Gospel Showcase


David Talley, founder of Deep South Quartet Conventions (DSQC) is proud to release The New addition to the DSQC Ministry Team 2011. Men of Music from Jackson, MS have joined the DSQC Ministry Team.
The Men of Music is a Southern Gospel Male Trio with a progressive style that incorporates both old and new songs. They are delighting audiences across the country! The group, Men of Music consists of Greg Colburn, Baritone and Manager, Rodney Tyson, Lead Vocals & Tyler Hudson, Tenor Vocals. You will clap, shout and cry with them all in the same service. They will still your spirit. More info on their ministry can be found at The Men of Music has just completed a live recording and more great news will be coming over the next few weeks. Look for them in the Gospel Music industry, ministry and news; I am sure you will find them. Men of Music will make their first appearance as part of the Ministry team in Cave City, AR at The DSQC N AR Concerts. They will be arriving to perform at the Calico Rock Prison on Thurs.

They will be joining The 2011 DSQC Ministry Team : The Crusader’s Ministries – Magnolia, AR, The Williamson’s – Weleetka, Ok., Diamond State Trio- Mulberry, AR, IN Him Trio- Springdale, MO and Southern Faith – Calico Rock, AR. DSQC Ministry Team will continue to travel across Arkansas Alabama, Oklahoma, and Missouri; soon to be in LA, MS, TX sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ through Music, Testimony, Prayer Groups and Wonderful Fellowship. DSQC is a Ministry week for the church and a church camp week-end retreat for the Southern Gospels groups participating. The Concerts are free and attendance is great at each of these events.
The DSQC Ministry Team’s Host Group, The Crusader’s Ministries arrives on Wed at the host church. Prayer groups, ladies luncheons, men’s prayer breakfast, services in the community and ministry time to the Local Church are all apart of Wed and Thursday. The DSQC Ministry Team and Invited Regional Guest are excited to bring TWO NIGHTS OF SOUTHERN GOSPEL CONCERTS to the Host Church on Fri. & Sat. DSQC remainder 2011 calendar year is:
DSQC-STIGLER, OK – JULY 29TH & 30TH - Antioch Baptist Church
DSQC- N AR – AUG 26TH & 27TH – First Assembly of God, Cave City, AR
DSQC- WARREN, AR – SEPT 23RD & 24th - Harmony Free Will Baptist Church
DSQC- Springfield, MO – Oct. 7th & 8th – Springfield Community Church
DSQC- SPERRY, OK – Oct. 28th & 29th – First Baptist Church Sperry, OK
DSQC – MAGNOLIA, AR – 10TH YR CELEBRATION – REGIONAL – First United Pentecostal Church
Early this year DSQC was hosted in Muscleshoals, AL, Mountain Home, AR and Mena, AR. There have been five people saved at DSQC this year.
To bring DSQC to your area contact David at 870-904-3118. To participate in DSQC as an artist, complete form on website to be considered. More info at

Tuesday, June 21, 2011


Saturday, June 18th was no exception. David and his business partners Chris Nowels and John Errington took home the Emmy for Outstanding Excellence in a Live Event Lighting. The Emmys were a star studded event that included the likes of business mogul, Ted Turner. The irony to Turner’s appearance at the awards this year was that his son Rhett was nominated against David for Outstanding Excellence in a Live Event Audio. Turner took home the Emmy for that category.

Being the most decorated artist in the field of Christian Country music, David says he is humbled by the honor and is eager to move onto his next project. In fact, that project is right around the corner. On November 11th and 12th the Artists Music guild will be hosting its first convention at the former Heritage USA (PTL) complex which used to house the Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker show. David is the Executive Board President of the Guild and says he is looking forward to having all of the artists together in one place.

David was nominated for a total of three Emmys this year. Last year David took the Emmy home for Outstanding Excellence for Arranging/Composing/Performance of a Television Theme Song and the year before that he scored the Emmy for Outstanding Excellence in a Television Audio/Score for the PBS series New South Crossings.

David who was the baby of the Cook Family Singers (ret 1980) has been a fixture in Christian music since the age of five. He holds the record of being the number one selling Christian Country artist of all time. He has been inducted into three Halls of Fame (International Country Gospel Music Association, Country Gospel Music Association and The World Christian Music Awards) and received the Dove Award nomination in 1999 for Christian Country Album of the Year. He has been nominated 17 times for the Emmys and has taken seven of them home.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Storm Relief Benefit Concert - June 24, 2011

Ivan Parker Releases New CD "Joyride"

Notes on Joyride from Crossroads Music and Ivan Parker:

From the instant you hit the on ramp at the title track “Joyride” till you exit at “Author and Finisher,” this trip down I-10 (Ivan Parker, 10 songs) will have your heart dancing to the rhythms and the rhymes that are intersected throughout a life lived for Christ.

Every song is a picture perfect snapshot of truth and a thirst quencher for the world-weary soul, in each season and along every stretch of life’s road.

“Joyride” talks about the lighter times, “Mary’s Wish,” the heart-heavy moments of anguish. “Who I Am Ain’t Who I Was” is a mellow proclamation of the victory we have in Jesus, while “Temporary Goodbye” reminds us the bitter cup of sorrow dipped from death’s dark well is only for a moment.

A joyride is something we do for fun, every once in a long while. The hectic schedules of our lives do not seem to give us that luxury much anymore. When this theme started coming together, I thought, “Why not put on a pair of comfortable jeans, a leather jacket, and some good Jesus riding music and hit the road?”
So for the next few minutes, take a break from the twists and turns of life and take a look at them from the rear-view mirror. Oh, and please do not forget your sunglasses, ‘cause the Son is bright where we will be riding! - Ivan

Michael English of Gaither Vocal Band In Concert June 26

Note from The Tackets:

Hello everyone

I am pleased to send you this note and flyer about the upcoming concert with Michael English. Michael English is a name that is very recognizable in the Contemporary Gospel world as well as being part of the multi Grammy winning group “The Gaither Vocal Band”. Please join us at the historic Sauder Village in Archbold, OH on Sunday June 26th @ 4:00pm for an exciting evening of worship and praise. Attached is the flyer information from I tickets where you can buy your tickets online at or you can go to or call 419.393.2225 for more information.

We’re looking forward to seeing everyone there!
Jeff Tackett
“The Tacketts” – Owner

The Ladd Family Reaches Publicity Agreement with Southern Spin

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – (June 16, 2011) – Emerging Southern Gospel duo The Ladd Family have signed an exclusive publicity agreement with Southern Spin Entertainment. Through this agreement, The Ladd Family will have unlimited access to all media outlets serviced by Southern Spin Entertainment, as well as potential marketing and media campaigns through the organization.

The Ladd Family is an anointed family ministry with strong Christian roots. They began more than 35 years ago when John and Violet Ladd felt the call of God on their lives and began to travel singing and preaching the gospel with their children. Today the family tradition carries on with Paul and his wife Melissa. God has brought this dynamic husband and wife team through the fire and back in order to
truly minister from the heart. They have earned three Diamond Award nominations and scored a #1 hit on the Top 40 Fan Chart with their single “Let Go.”

“We are so excited about partnering with The Ladd Family,”mentioned Chris Unthank of Southern Spin Entertainment. “We’ve been fortunate enough to sit under the ministry of this group on a couple of occasions, and they are the real deal! We know that God has some mighty big plans in store for this group!”

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

For more information about The Ladd Family, visit the group’s website: . You can also keep up with the group on social network sites like Facebook (
) and MySpace ( ).

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*About Southern Spin Entertainment*

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

For more information on Southern Spin Entertainment, go to

Brothers Forever Embark on 2011 “Let the Worshippers Arise” Summer Tour

Group Releases Much Anticipated Worship Record to Coincide with Tour
CHURCH HILL, Tenn. – (June 16, 2011) – Popular trio Brothers Forever are currently embarking on their 2011 “Let the Worshippers Arise” Summer Tour. This new tour will take Brothers Forever across 10 different states for 21 concert and worship events.
The “Let the Worshippers Arise” Tour kicked off this past Sunday in Pampa, Texas. Throughout the tour, the guys will be ministering across California before making their way back around to Arkansas, North Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia. One stop along the tour will be at First Church of God in Red Bluff, California. This venue has hosted many major artists such as Greater Vision, Jeff & Sheri Easter, The Nelons, Booth Brothers, and many more.
Curtis Hagy of Brothers Forever said, “We are so honored to be invited to such a prestigious venue that has hosted the best artists in Southern Gospel!”
"On a spiritual note, the summer tour is always our favorite because we usually have so many decisions for Christ, and that's what it's all about,” responded Brothers Forever’s Gary Ballew.
In addition to this summer tour, Brothers Forever have recently released their much anticipated worship recording – Let the Worshippers Arise. The new recording features many songs that churches have grown to love over the years such as the title cut “Let the Worshippers Arise,” “Mighty to Save,” “Bring the Rain,” and “Heal the Wound.” More information on that release can be found by visiting the group’s web site.
The dates for this year’s “Let the Worshippers Arise” Summer Tour are as follows:
June 12, 2011 / Pampa, TX / Carpenters Church
June 15, 2011 / Alburquerque, NM / Crossroads at Alburqueque
June 18, 2011 / Escalon, CA / First Baptist Church
June 19, 2011 / Tracy, CA / Center of Hope
June 22, 2011 / Ripon, CA / Ripona Christian Fellowship
June 24, 2011 / Fremont, CA / Pregnancy Choices Clinic Benefit Concert
June 26, 2011 / Mantecca, CA / Cornerstone Community Church
June 26, 2011 / Caruthers, CA / The Rock Church
June 30, 2011 / Red Bluff, CA / First Church of God
July 3, 2011 / Hayward, CA / Church of the Cross
July 10, 2011 / Vendor, AR / Big Creek Assembly of God
July 20, 2011 / Smyrna, TN / SGN Music Fest, River of Life Church
July 23, 2011 / Honorville, AL / Midway Community Church
July 24, 2011 / Enterprise. AL / Holloway Tabernacle
July 30, 2011 / Lessburg, OH / Highland Methodist Church
July 31, 2011 / New Vienna, OH / New Vienna United Methodist Church
August 5, 2011 / Wadesboro, SC / Bethany FWB Church
August 7, 2011 / Youngsville, NC / Grace Fellowship Church
August 14, 2011 / Gate City, VA / Daniel Boone Baptist Church
August 21, 2011 / Bean Station, TN / Noeton Baptist Church
August 28, 2011 / Princeton, WV / First Assembly of God
August 28, 2011 / Princeton, WV / Fairview Community Church
To visit the newly designed Brothers Forever website, visit
About Brothers Forever
Brothers Forever is based out of Church Hill, Tennessee. Nestled in the foothills of upper East Tennessee, this group has quickly become known for their unique style of southern gospel music. Songs such as "I Feel a Blessing Coming On" and "I Can’t Forget the Day" have become nationwide favorites. Brothers Forever felt the call to the music ministry a little over a few years ago, and since the group’s inception, it has been an exciting journey.

Eighth Day Reaches #1 on Music Chart

Eighth Day’s “May I Never Get Over the Cross” Reaches #1 Spot on Top 40 Weekly Chart
SPARTANBURG, S.C. – (June 16, 2011) – Popular Southern Gospel trio Eighth Day earned a career first last month as their smash-hit single “May I Never Get Over the Cross” reached the #1 spot on the Top 40 Weekly Chart – the Southern Gospel industry’s most watched weekly radio report.
The song went #1 for the week of May 2, 2011 and continued to hold the #1 spot for three more weeks. The four week run at #1 has been bested by only one other song this year (The Dunaways’ “When There’s No Hope, There Is Grace”) and remains Eighth Day’s most successful song to date.
“We are so excited about this song reaching the #1 spot at,” mentioned Eighth Day’s Scott Robinson. “We believe in the work they are doing over there, and we are honored that our song has had such a resounding impact with their readership and reporting stations.”
“May I Never Get Over the Cross” was released to radio earlier this year through Spin-N-Motion Promotions. It is the group’s fifth single from their SGN Music Award nominated project Everything Holy. All five singles from that album have reached the Top 40 on both the Singing News Top 80 and Top 40 Weekly Chart.
Eighth Day was recently honored with news that they were named as one of the 20 most played artists of 2010. According to (formerly, 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 Top 40 Weekly Chart year-end figures.
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!

SGN Scoops Digital Announces Hosts for 2011 Diamond Awards

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (June 16, 2010) – Coastal Media Group and SGN Scoops Digital, home of the Diamond Awards, are proud to announce the hosts of this year’s 2011 Diamond Awards program. This year’s awards will be hosted by multiple Diamond Award nominees Christy Sutherland and Beyond the Ashes.
Christy Sutherland is a prized songwriter and celebrated vocalist in the Southern Gospel community. Her songs have been recorded by such artists as Sandi Patty, Triumphant Quartet, Prelude, Rizen, Kim Hopper, The Greenes, and many more. Sutherland took home the award for Traditional Song of of the Year earlier this year in the Absolutely Gospel Music Awards for penning the Triumphant Quartet hit single “Somebody Died For Me.” Sutherland has been nominated for five Diamond Awards this year – including Songwriter of the Year.
Beyond the Ashes has made great strides in the industry over the last couple of years – including a recent appearance on the Grand Ole Opry as a part of CMA Music Week. Consisting of group members Anthony Facello, Casey Rivers, and Kellan Monroe, the trio recently released their debut recording for Vine Records – Treasures Unseen. The group took home the 2011 Absolutely Gospel Music Award for Breakthrough Artist of the Year and is nominated for two Diamond Awards this year – including Trio of the Year.
Christy Sutherland said, “I'm looking forward to co-hosting the Diamond Awards this year with Beyond The Ashes. I've had the chance to visit with these guys before, and we immediately hit it off. I know it's going to be a blast sharing the stage with them. What girl wouldn't want to share the stage with such talented, funny men?!”
Anthony Facello of Beyond the Ashes said, “Beyond The Ashes considers it such an honor to be asked to co-host the 2011 Diamond Awards in Branson, Missouri this year. I'm not sure if the Diamond Awards know what they are getting themselves in to. We know that this year is sure to be the best yet."
The 2011 Diamond will once again take place at the Branson Gospel Music Revival. The show will take place on Thursday, June 30, 2011 in Branson, Missouri at the Tri-Lakes Center. The awards program will precede the Thursday evening concerts and will begin at 6:00 p.m.
For more information on the Diamond Awards – visit the SGN Scoops Digital website at .
About the Diamond Awards
The Diamond Awards were transferred over to the SGN Scoops Digital several years ago after the original home for the awards, the Gospel Voice Magazine, folded. The Diamond Awards are a fan-based award that allows the fans to choose the nominees as well as the winners in each year. The awards show is based during the Branson Gospel Music Revival every July.

Thursday, June 16, 2011


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Our Company, Faith Media, is about to launch its radio broadcast division, Toronto Gospel Station, and is currently in the process of submitting an application to bid for the upcoming 88.1 FM band. Our mission, is to broadcast specifically in the GTA, with a focus on Youth Ministry and Young Families that are challenged by a city where rapid growth have left them overwhelmed and vulnerable to economic and social pressures; a city where drugs, crime and gang violence is on the rise; a city with an influx of new immigrants bearing religious doctrines that contradicts the basic tenets of Christianity.

We have been working on addressing these issues over the last few years and have already invested a considerable amount of time and financial resources towards this Ministry. A critical part of our Action Plan is the launch of our Broadcast Media via FM transmission. The Board of Directors and members of Toronto Gospel Station, comes from a diverse group of Businessmen, Canadian Artists, Media (TV and Radio), Evangelists, all actively involved in the Christian Community within Toronto.

We strongly believe that integral to the content of our broadcast, is the need to be fully engaged at the local level within the diverse cultural diaspora peculiar to the GTA. We welcome your support and comments by filling out the online survey at ( Thank you in advance for your involvement and commitment.

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Beyond The Ashes Appears On The Grand Ole Opry Stage During CMA Week

Nashville, TN (June 15, 2011) – Dynamic vocal trio, Beyond The Ashes, appeared on the Grand Ole Opry Stage this past Sunday, June 12th, 2011, during CMA Week, in Nashville, TN. The award-winning trio was a hit with Opry stars and fans alike.

They appeared as a part of a great line up of artists on the 32nd Annual "Sunday Mornin' Country" at the Grand Ole Opry. Their performance was stellar and had the audience and the other participants buzzing about their incredible talent. Some of the others who shared the stage with Beyond The Ashes that day were Linda Davis, Marty Raybon, Roy Clark, George Hamilton IV, Lulu Roman, T. Graham Brown, and others.

Grammy winning vocalist and co-host for the event, Linda Davis, summed up her feelings and the experience of those around her this way. "The Saturday rehearsal for Sunday Morning Country was held in the Nashville Musicians Union. Those present when the boys of Beyond The Ashes arrived were myself, a few production people, the 7 piece band, and 3 background vocalists. We all had a lot going on. It was 9:00am and, at a casual rehearsal like this, most artists just go through the motions so they can get in and out and move on with their day.” Davis continued, “Normally the band reads the chart, plays the tune, and gears up for the next act. Well, not this particular morning! When Beyond the Ashes stepped up to their mics the preoccupied MCCF worker bees, as well as the musicians, totally stopped in their tracks! The guys sang "Peace in the Valley" as if they were in front of 20,000 people. We were so moved by their performance. The Holy Spirit was all over that little room and everyone there knew it. The next day, on the Opry stage, their actual show was flawless! The crowd at the Grand Ole Opry House felt the spirit there, as well. I was just lucky enough to get a
little taste of what it'll sound like in heaven...two days in a row!"

Appearing along with Beyond The Ashes were Marty Raybon, Roy Clark, George Hamilton IV, Lulu Roman, T. Graham Brown, Linda Davis and others.

To learn more about Beyond the Ashes, visit You can also visit their My Space at or follow them on Twitter (@beyondtheashes1) or Facebook (

Beyond The Ashes may be scheduled by calling the Adoration Agency at 615.590.7453 or via More information and a complete list of artists scheduled by the Adoration Agency are available at

Photo Attached: Beyond The Ashes Live at the Grand Ole Opry (l to r-Anthony Facello, Casey Rivers, Kellan Monroe)
For more information: Donna Beauvais / 615.427.2819 / verticalsky@comcast
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Beyond the Ashes
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Downhere to Release New Album on Centricity Music


First Single “Let Me Rediscover You” Has Received 31 Radio Adds
And Debuts On The Radio Charts

Nashville, TN (June 15, 2011) ----- One of Christian music’s premiere bands, Downhere, is scheduled to release their eagerly anticipated new studio album, On The Altar Of Love, August 23, 2011 on Centricity Music. The album once again teams the group with Grammy and Dove award-winning producer Mark Hiemermann (Michael W. Smith, Tait, Stacie Orrico). The new CD is a pop-driven project that offers a positive outlook for our future, while maintaining the integrity and artistry of Downhere. All songs on the CD were written by Jason Germain and Marc Martel.

Let Me Rediscover You, the first single from the album, was written by Marc Martel two weeks before Downhere entered the recording studio for On The Altar Of Love. The song is already resonating with listeners and radio programmers, as it’s New & Active at AC Monitor (#3) and at #28 on AC Indicator. Thirty one radio stations are currently playing the song including; KSBJ/ Houston, WCIE/Tampa, Sarasota, FL, WBSN / New Orleans, LA, New Life Media, WBFJ / Winston-Salem, NC, KSGN / Riverside, CA.

On The Altar Of Love is being described as one of the most “pop-friendly” albums that Downhere has recorded to date, with heartfelt lyrics that are a return to the core of Christianity. The CD kicks-off with Only The Beginning that focuses on how our Christian walk of new life and continual mysteries always feels like a new beginning, while the hard rocking Seek describes how God searches for us “like a kid with a crush” in order to make us whole, and the title track says to lay down your possessions and obsessions. Love will ask of you more than treasure/When you’re willing to trust/Blessing far outweighs the loss/When you lay it all at the altar of love.

“On the Altar of Love is really a proclamation of faith,” explains band member Jason Germain. “It’s an encouragement to continue on regardless of circumstance, to continue this journey with joy and celebration, because we have a promise. We know where the journey ends. And we know that we’re not alone as we make our way. We have the companionship of Christ, and we have this vast family of brothers and sisters, and we have this great cloud of witnesses that have gone before us, who are cheering us on. So we want to cast aside the distractions, return to what is essential, and spend ourselves completely in response to the love we’ve been given.”

About Downhere
During their illustrious eleven-year career, Downhere has garnered 11 Covenant Awards, 3 Juno Awards and a Dove Award for Modern Rock Recorded Song of the Year. Fans and radio continue to keep their singles at the top of the charts with “Here I Am” and “Hope Is Rising” peaking at #5 and #17 on the AC charts, while “My Last Amen” peaked at #5 on the CHR charts. All of the songs are from Downhere’s previous project Ending Is Beginning that media heralded as their strongest studio album at that time.
Downhere released their first Christmas project in 2009, based on the enormous success of “How Many Kings” that peaked at #4 on the charts. While Downhere was songwriting for On The Altar Of Love, Centricity Music released Two At A Time that featured 9-B sides and 2 brand new songs, including their last single, “You’re Not Alone.” For more information on Downhere please visit their website, or

About Centricity Music
Centricity Music is an independent recording and publishing company based in Bellevue, Washington and Nashville, Tennessee. The company’s mission is to enable our artists to create life-changing experiences for the world. Centricity Music’s artist roster includes Downhere, Jason Gray, Andrew Peterson, High Valley, Jaime Jamgochian, Sixteen Cities and Me In Motion. For more information about Centricity Music visit online at


On The Altar Of Love Song Listing:
Only The Beginning
Let Me Rediscover You
Turn This Around
Living The Dream
Glory By The Way Of Shame
For The Heartbreak
For Life
The Altar Of Love
Reveal The Kingdom

Scott Brand Joins New Ground

New Ground, from Scottsboro, Alabama, is proud to announce the addition of Scott Brand to their group.

Scott will be serving as the New Ground pianist and featured singer on their upcoming events and new project that is set to release in early July entitled “Another Blessing.”

Robbie Maxwell of New Ground states, “We are ecstatic to have someone of Scott’s experience and dedication as a member of our group. Dale, David and I are very excited about the new addition to New Ground and look forward to many years with Scott as part of our family.”

Scott has previously traveled with the Rabbit Easter Band and most recently The Trammell’s. Scott and his wife Caitlin reside in Roanoke, Alabama.

Visit the New Ground website at for upcoming concerts and events.

Karen Peck and New River Homecoming June 17-18 2011


"Christian Music Nights"
KPNR's 10th Annual Homecoming
June 17-18
(Father's Day Weekend!)

“Karen Peck & New River Host
Christian Music Nights This Weekend”

Dahlonega, GA – Karen Peck & New River is set to host their annual Christian Music Nights in Dahlonega, GA this weekend. The two-day event will feature the music of Karen Peck & New River, Brian Free & Assurance, Jeff & Sheri Easter, Mark Bishop, CS & K and the New River Band. Admission is a $15 donation at the gate for adults, $5.00 for youth (13-17yrs), while children under 12 are free. A shuttle from the parking area and concessions will be available both days. Don’t miss this exciting event of the best in Southern Gospel music!

Karen Peck & New River is currently nominated in four categories in the Top 5 2011 Singing News Fan Awards. The nominations include Trio, Favorite Female Singer (Karen Peck Gooch), Horizon Individual (Jeff Hawes) and Soprano (Karen Peck Gooch). Fan Award nominations are based on votes by Singing News Magazine subscribers. The awards will be handed out during a ceremony on Wednesday, September 28, 2011 at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The night will also include the prestigious SGMA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. The entire event is ticketed and open to the public.

The Singing News nominations landed on the heels of Karen Peck & New River releasing “On The Banks of The Promised Land” to radio stations world-wide. The brand new single can be found on the group’s forthcoming album, Reach Out, which releases July 12, 2011. It was produced by award-winning producer, Wayne Haun. Meanwhile, Karen just wrapped production on the mainstream movie, Joyful Noise, starring Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton. Throughout 2011, Karen Peck & New River is celebrating 20 years in Gospel music.

For more information on Christian Music Nights
and Karen Peck & New River, visit

Follow Karen Peck & New River on Facebook!/pages/Karen-Peck-and-New-River/81762389595
and Twitter (karenpeckgooch).

Soul Surfer Hamilton, Sing Off Champions and Duggar family will be at ICRS

Christianity’s Most Creative and Influential Voices
to Attend International Christian Retail Show

Soul Surfer Bethany Hamilton, actor John Schneider, a capella stars Committed,
and TLC’s Duggar family join authors, musicians, film producers, film stars,
and more at annual convention
Atlanta, GA—Many of the most creative and influential voices for Christianity will be attending the International Christian Retail Show July 10-13 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. From pop culture personalities in music, television, and film to authors and the deepest minds in theology, apologetics, and social issues, these innovators will discuss latest works, current thought, and upcoming releases that will impact the culture and Christianity in years to come.

Although the ICRS exhibit floor is not open to the public, there will be public events on Sunday, such as the evening worship service and the Champions of the Faith concert and auction which will recognize top leaders in professional fields who daily live out their Christian faith. Additionally, opening Sunday is the three-day Celebrate the Word Bible Legacy Exhibit of historical Bibles and artifacts to help celebrate the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible translation.

New to the convention line-up is competitive surfer Bethany Hamilton who lost her arm in a shark attack, but never lost her faith. Her story and testimony are the focus of the feature film Soul Surfer which is now being released on DVD.

The Duggar family, stars of the TLC reality show 19 Kids and Counting featuring Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and their 19 children, will perform music at the open-to-the-public Sunday, July 10 Worship Him service. The Duggars also will perform and sign autographs in the Town Center on the exhibit floor and be in the Spring Arbor Content Group exhibit booth during the show.

John Schneider (Bo Duke of The Dukes of Hazzard) stars in Doonby, the story of a mysterious drifter who makes himself indispensable to a small Texas town. The pro-life film features a cameo by Norma McCorvey, who was the Jane Roe in Roe vs. Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court case that legalized abortion. McCorvey later converted to Christianity. Schneider’s RV will be parked on the ICRS exhibit floor, and he will be available to discuss the film to be released later this year.

Committed, the six-man a capella group that won NBC-TV’s Season 2 of the hit series The Sing Off, will perform on the Town Center stage during ICRS. The Alabama-based group members expressed their faith and performed Gospel songs and favorite hits on the show.

The open-to-the-public Sunday evening service will feature Randy Frazee, who will speak from his latest work with Max Lucado, The Story¾an overarching multimedia epic of God’s story through time that’s still relevant today. Nicole C. Mullen will sing work from her upcoming worship album, Captivated, a homage to Jesus Christ’s majesty. Atlanta’s North Point Live also will lead Sunday worship.

Best-selling fiction author Karen Kingsbury will be announcing a contest to promote reading at ICRS. She also will receive one of the inaugural Champions of the Faith awards.

ICRS will host many other authors, artists, and church leaders. For more information, visit

About ICRS: Hosted by CBA, the Association for Christian Retail, the International Christian Retail Show is the largest annual gathering of Christian authors, artists, pastors, and leaders. ICRS is a trade show for Christian-store retailers and publishers, producers, and distributors of Christian books, Bibles, music, films, DVDs, apparel, and other resources.

Top authors and leaders:

· George Barna (pollster and analyst)
· Colt McCoy (Cleveland Browns NFL football rookie)
· Pat Williams (Orlando Magic basketball team’s senior vice president)
· Gary Chapman (author of The Five Love Languages, on the NYT bestseller list for 188 weeks)
· Jim McBride (producer of Fireproof and the upcoming Courageous)
· Nicole C. Mullen (award-winning recording artist)
· Alex Kendrick and Stephen Kendrick (popular Christian film producers)

As well as:

Randy Alcorn
Steve Arterburn
Candace Cameron Bure
Ray Comfort
John Eldredge
Pam Farrel
Richard Foster
Norman Geisler
Ken Ham
Mike Nawrocki
Max Lucado
Josh McDowell
Dennis Rainey

Popular fiction authors:

Terri Blackstock
Wanda Brunstetter
Melody Carlson
Brandilyn Collins
Dale Cramer
Ted Dekker
Liz Curtis Higgs
Karen Kingsbury
Tosca Lee
Debbie Macomber
DiAnn Mills
Cynthia Ruchti
… and many more.

Issues and Answers: Attending authors and artists will be addressing many issues and hot topics ranging from persecution of the church and the Middle East to sex trafficking and international adoption.

· Science and evolution
· Leadership
· Living debt free
· Expressing faith in an anti-God culture
· Poverty in the U.S.
· Islam in America
· Impact of stress on your life
· Segregation still alive in U.S. churches
· An insider’s look into the upcoming elections
· Human trafficking
· Co-parenting
· Rebuilding families after suicide
· Adult children still living at home

For ICRS schedules, event details, and a complete listing of authors and artists available for interviews visit

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

ReWind Wednesdays: Southern Gospel Artists Talk About Their Great Dads

Great Dads!

Fathers have an incredible influence over our lives and this month we want to honor the great Dads of Southern Gospel artists and fans. The Scriptures tell us to “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.” We hope you enjoy this article and find some way to honor your great Dad this month.

“He didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.” This quote, attributed to Clarence Budington Kelland, has been repeated thousands of times but the truth is obvious to those who have been blessed with loving, Godly fathers. Karen Peck, soprano with Karen Peck and New River, had a great Dad who lived his testimony.

“My dad was a great Christian man who left behind a wonderful legacy,” says Karen. “He was not a man with a lot of words. He observed things then would give his opinion. Also, he was a man of his word. He was always very open and honest. He has been in Heaven since February 1993. I miss him terribly. Heaven is sweeter because Daddy is there!”

Steve French, baritone of the popular quartet, The Kingdom Heirs, grew up in a Christian home and inherited a wonderful sense of humor from his father. Steve says, “My dad is not only the greatest dad on the planet, he is also the greatest man I have ever known. He is 75 and going strong!!!”

Tom Stoner, The Royalaires Quartet: “My Dad is greater than great. When I was eleven months old in 1950 I contracted polio. My family was not rich by any means. Dad was in the Army and Mom had a full-time job taking care of me at home. I had to learn how to walk all over again at least 15 times. When Dad got out of the army he worked at an auto dealership as a mechanic and later on in the parts department as Assistant Manager. I went to school braces and all, and not one time did my Dad let me get by with ‘I can’t do that’, when he knew with a little more effort I could. Dad and Mom made sure I had my braces and shoes even when they made just $45 a week. They made sure I had music lessons at a very young age, and my great Dad even co-signed for me to get my now 42 year old 335 Cherry Red Gibson guitar that has paid for itself at least a thousand times. Yep, my Dad even whipped me when I needed it!”

What makes a Father a “Great Dad”? Elaine Harcourt says, “I think a great dad is one who spends time with his kids even when he's tired. Kids remember things like that. I know I did.”

Barry Flint of Old Time Christian Radio, agrees. “I'm the father of a teenage son, who will be a high school senior next school year. He has made his mother and I very proud of him. He has won several academic and character awards at the Christian school he attends. If I had to try to point to one thing that I think makes a difference in a child, it is time. So many of us are so busy today, I'm afraid it's easy to let time get away. Certainly church and Christian influences are important. But I believe spending time with your kids and letting them know that you love them and are there for them is crucial. At the same time, my own father is having some real health issues at this stage of his life, and it is painful to see him in this condition. Another reason that I think as parents and children of parents, we need to cherish the time that we have and make the most of it.”

David Hill of the David Hill Trio, says, “I have two children that I adore. Mason is nine (10 years this coming July) and Eliana is four. As I sit here typing this I can't help but think that I can't even scratch the surface of understanding the Father's love for us. But I have been able to get a tiny glimpse of what His love must be like. The pride you feel when your children accomplish a tough task. The joy you experience when they want to spend time with you. The absolute bliss when they run to hug you and welcome you home. It makes me want to love Him more, you know? I love my babies, and that makes me thankful to know that He loves me even more. Happy Father's Day...Dad.”

“My dad passed away at the age of 49, when I was thirteen,” says soloist Betty J. Davis. “I remember his arms. He had big arms with lots of hair on them; arms that made you feel secure. He was a firefighter for Luke Air Force Base where he would work for twenty-four hours and then would be off for twenty-four hours. He was a quite man, but loved his family and the Lord. I don't think you would want to mess with any of his children.”

Betty continues, “He would tease me by telling me he had no money, when I would ask for a dime. Back in those days all you needed was a dime! He would jingle his change in his pocket, only to hand it over to me when I felt I was getting nowhere with my request. The few years I had with my dad left a lasting moment in time for me. He was truly loved and is missed, but praise the Lord one of these days there will be a great reunion and we will see our loved ones again.”

The Concords’ Doug Miller is the father of three young ladies. Doug says, “A great Dad is one who takes time to be there for his children, to nurture, to lead, to pray, to be strong. He’s a man with Christ-like spirit, who shows his love in so many ways.”

Rob Patz, owner of Coastal Media Group and host of The Southern Styles Show, is a Pastor’s kid who had a terrific Father. Rob says, “What made my Dad a great Dad was that he instilled beliefs in me that I carry today. He taught me that when you work hard for the Lord, though you might not see your reward here, you will gain a reward in Heaven. He also taught me to be true to myself and who I am, and to what the Lord would want me to do.”

We hope you have enjoyed these thoughts from our friends in Southern Gospel music. Please take time this month to thank your Heavenly Father for your earthly Dad. Happy Father’s Day!

For more information:
Karen Peck and New River:
Steve French, The Kingdom Heirs:
Barry Flint, Old Time Christian Radio:
David Hill, The David Hill Trio:
Doug Miller, The Concords:
Rob Patz, The Southern Styles Show with Rob Patz:

(SGM Radio Feature published June 2009
By Lorraine Walker

What Does Dad Want? Try Honor, Says Author Robert Barriger

Honor is the Father's Day Gift That Every Dad Values
DALLAS, June 14, 2011 /Christian Newswire/ -- Finding the perfect Father's Day gift doesn't have to be expensive. All it takes is some thought and appreciation to give Dad the most valuable gift of all, honor.

"Honor and respect are more important than any tie or gadget to a man," explains author Robert Barriger. "Most dads don't care about getting stuff; they would rather just have a great meal and hang out." In the recent release, Honour Found, Experiencing the Power of the Honour Principle and How it Can Add Significance to Your Life, Pastor Robert Barriger explores the value of honor in a marriage, relationship or business.

Honor is a foundational principal of every culture. The word honour originates from the word esteem, meaning to respect and value. In his new book, Honour Found, Barriger explores the meaning of "Honour" through stories and inspiring examples of leaders and heroes from American Military history and the bible.

"To give and to receive honor is a basic human need. Dads need respect and to hear thank you," explains Barriger. "To dishonor means to 'take lightly' which is what happens when we discount a sacrifice that is been made on our behalf."

So how can we honor dad? Barriger explains, "Honor begins with thoughtfulness and is expressed through genuine appreciation. The best way to give the gift of honor is by spending time on something that is meaningful to them." Barriger suggests:
Write Dad a letter telling him about a trip, memory or adventure you'll never forget.

Make a collection of pictures or stories of his life or of the kids. Photo viewers are great.

Ask him to tell you about the people or times in his life that impacted him.

Do something together that he enjoys - fishing, watching a ballgame, driving.

Create a new memory -- go to a game, take a trip, visit a childhood location.

Fixing a favorite meal or barbeque is always a plus, especially when Dad has the option to help.

Help him out -- with the yard, car, or that computer upgrade.

Take the time to say thanks for ________; remember, its sincerity not word count that matters.
"Even if your dad hasn't been involved in your life, it's never too late to create a memory." Barriger concludes. "Honor is the best way to show appreciation. True honor comes from the heart and is a gift of great value."

Honour Found, Experiencing the Power of the Honour Principle and How it Can Add Significance to Your Life is published by Harrison House and available in all stores May 2011. For more information visit
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Tane’ Miller Joins The Impact Label

Franklin, TN (Mansion Entertainment) June 14th, 2011 – Manor House Music has recently signed Tane’ Miller to its Impact label.

Tane' Miller is an international singer, songwriter and recording artist with a distinct and powerful soprano voice. For 20 years, she has faithfully answered the call to the nations serving full time in music ministry, missions, and evangelism, working in 17 different countries. She performs her own original songs and familiar classics such as; "His Eye Is on the Sparrow", “I Bowed On My Knees and Cried Holy", and "It Is Well". Her beautiful Soprano voice has literally taken her around the world touching many audiences by ministering in churches, conferences, and outreaches in the U.S. and many countries including; France Germany, Hungary, Romania, Sweden, Haiti, Scotland, England, Ireland, Africa, and the High Arctic of Canada, to the Inuit Eskimo. Her songs are played on Christian radio stations in several countries. Tane' has released 2 previous projects produced by Nick Bruno and is presently releasing her third project produced by Eric Copeland entitled, "Healer Of My Heart". This new project is a beautiful collection of hymns and praises with a classical style that transcends time and trends and will be available on the Impact label.

The Impact label has a prestigious history in that it presented such renowned artists as The Imperials, The Gaithers, Sandi Patti and Larnelle Harris. The Bill and Gloria Gaither project released on Impact, “Alleluia: A Praise Gathering”, was the first Gold Record in Gospel music.

To learn more about Tane’ Miller visit

Monday, June 13, 2011

David C Cook Acquires Integrity Music From Integrity Media Inc.

Dallas, Ft. Worth, TX—Effective June 1, 2011, David C Cook and Integrity Media reached an agreement whereby Integrity Music became part of the David C Cook family. The decision to acquire Integrity Music was motivated specifically by David C Cook’s desire to expand its global impact in the area of worship. Per the agreement, David C Cook has acquired only those assets specific to Integrity Music. Integrity Media, based in Mobile, AL will still exist consisting of Integrity Direct, Integrity Worship Institute, and the international companies in the UK, South Africa and Singapore. Industry veteran C. Ryan Dunham, formerly David C Cook’s senior vice president of sales and marketing, will serve as president of Integrity Music, effective immediately.

“At David C Cook we are committed to the Great Commission. Our mission is to ‘Equip the Church with Christ-centered resources for making and teaching disciples who obediently transform today’s generations.’ We are delighted to have Integrity Music join the David C Cook family in serving the body of Christ,” states Cris Doornbos, CEO of David C Cook.

“The acquisition of Integrity Music makes sense from both a ministry as well as a business standpoint. Both organizations are widely respected for their international reach and their worship music catalogs,” states Ryan Dunham, Integrity Music president. “David C Cook is no newcomer to the worship music ministry. In 1993 Cook acquired Kingsway, a worship music company in Eastbourne, England, and partnered with EMI Christian Music Group to produce the Thank You Music song catalog. Kingsway artists include Matt Redman, Tim Hughes, Brenton Brown, The City Harmonic, and many others whose original songs are shaping the way a world-wide generation of Christians experiences worship,” continues Dunham.

Integrity Music has profoundly influenced the worship music culture over the past 24 years. “Cris Doornbos and I share a deep passion for serving the global church and for the role worship music plays in making disciples around the world,” says Integrity co-founder and CEO Michael Coleman. “As Integrity prepares to celebrate 25 years in ministry, I look forward to seeing the expanding impact of Integrity songs and products around the world.”

The acquisition benefits David C Cook by adding an even greater variety of worship titles to the organization’s current offering. It will also benefit Integrity worship artists and writers by providing a fresh perspective and an ownership structure as part of a nonprofit with an expanding realm of influence. Most importantly, it will provide the global church more options than ever for meaningful worship.

“I am honored that Michael Coleman, a man whom I highly respect and who has meant so much to the worship music movement, has chosen to entrust us with Integrity Music’s worship catalog,” Doornbos says. “Our vision for Integrity Music songs and recordings is to see them sung by people in their native languages in churches all over the world.”

Integrity Music will operate independently within David C Cook as a Strategic Ministry Unit and be relocated to the company headquarters in Colorado Springs after a transition period of 3 months. Distribution of Integrity Music products in the U.S. will continue through Provident-Integrity Distribution and Columbia and Sony Music Distribution.

Since 1875, David C Cook continues to be a leading nonprofit global resource provider serving the Church with life transforming materials. Headquartered in Colorado Springs, Co, with offices in Elgin, Illinois, Paris, Ontario, Canada, and Eastbourne, UK, David C Cook resources are published in over 150 languages, distributed in more than 80 countries, and sold worldwide. The Kingsway music division produces over 30% of the top 500 praise and worship songs sung around the world. For more information, visit

Cockman Family Recieves Award from The North Carolina Folklore Society

Heartwarming Recording artists The Cockman Family of Sherrill’s Ford, NC has been recently honored with The Community Traditions Award from The North Carolina Folklore Society. This award honors contributions of groups and organizations to folklife and traditional culture in North Carolina. community traditions.

For the past 20 years The Cockman Family of Cattawba County has played and sung traditional bluegrass gospel all over the country. John Cockman, Sr. is the son of a Methodist Preacher and met Jane Cockman when she was playing piano for church services. Their common interest in music was shared with their children when they were young. Today John, Jr. (fiddle), Billy (banjo), Carolina Cockman Fisher (lead vocals), David (bass), and Ben (mandolin) form the usual line-up, but there are three generations of musicians in the family who often join their parents and grandparents onstage. The music of the Cockman Family incorporates tight harmony singing and skillfully arranged instrumental breaks. The Cockmans also deserve recognition for their efforts to encourage the growth and continuation of traditional music. Several of the band members teach music in the community and every year the band is the host for the fiddler’s convention at Union Grove, one of the oldest continuously operated fiddler’s conventions in the country. It is partially due to their efforts as hosts and administrators that the festival has been able to keep going. The family has won numerous awards from the Gospel Music Association of America, and was the recent subject of an American Public Television Christmas Special.

The Cockman Family is currently working on their new project for the Homeland/Heartwarming label which will showcase the family harmony and instrumentations in a variety of Mountain Southern Gospel and Bluegrass Gospel. You can find more information about the Cockman Family at or

Sunday, June 12, 2011


The Statler Brothers, one of the most award-winning groups in music history, will receive the 2011 James D. Vaughan Impact Award on Sept. 28 during a special ceremony at Dollywood at the Southern Gospel Music Association’s (SGMA) annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Singing News Fan Awards.
“We are honored to be offered the James D. Vaughan Impact Award,” the Statler Brothers said. “The SGMA has done a wonderful job of preserving Southern gospel for the ages, and we’re proud to be a part of the family. There still is nothing more inspiring, exciting and fulfilling than a Southern gospel concert with high tenors and low basses with arrangements that make your heartstrings stand on end.”
Group members Harold Reid, Phil Balsley, Jimmy Fortune and Don Reid will attend to accept the award which is named in honor of James D. Vaughan, a Southern gospel music pioneer and one of the genre’s founders. Past recipients include Bill Gaither, James Blackwood, Les Beasley, Bob Brumley, Mosie Lister, Paul Heil, Eva Mae LeFevre, J.G. Whitfield, Lari Goss, Barbara Mandrell and Dolly Parton.
“Not only are their roots firmly planted in Southern gospel music, the Statler Brothers’ incredible career carried Southern gospel to millions of country music fans and beyond,” said Charlie Waller, SGMA executive director. “Their rich musical legacy makes us proud to honor them with the James D. Vaughan Impact Award.”
The Statler Brothers, founded in 1955 in Staunton, Va., began performing in local churches with founding members Don Reid, lead; Harold Reid, bass; Balsley, baritone; and Lew DeWitt, tenor. Fortune became the group’s tenor singer in the early 1980s, replacing DeWitt who died in 1990. The Statler Brothers appeared regularly on ABC’s "The Johnny Cash Show" early in their career. They hosted "The Statler Brothers Show" their own weekly and top-rated variety show on The Nashville Network from 1991 to 1998. With more than 40 albums, the Statler Brothers were honored with three Grammy® Awards, nine Country Music Association Awards for Vocal Group of the Year, and two Academy of Country Music Awards. The Statler Brothers were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008. The group’s career spanned six decades until the Statler Brothers officially retired in October 2002.
The SGMA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony/Singing News Fan Awards is Sept. 28 at DP’s Celebrity Theatre at Dollywood, home of the Southern Gospel Museum and Hall of Fame. Seating is reserved, and tickets are $75 ($55 for Dollywood season passholders) and include one-day Dollywood admission, parking and lunch as well as Dollywood’s more than 40 rides, shows and attractions. Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling the SGMA office at (865) 908-4040.

The SGMA is a non-profit organization that maintains the Southern Gospel Museum and Hall of Fame, the only facility honoring Southern gospel music and dedicated to the historic preservation of the genre’s accomplishments, both for the music and the people. Museum hours coincide with Dollywood’s operating schedule. Donations are tax-deductible. For more information about the museum or its inductees, visit

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Joyaires Release New Project

Special Note from the Joyaires:

The Joyaires are happy to announce that our brand new project "Pray" is now available. You can go to our website "Store" and order online or just give us a call:865-435-6147. I believe there is something for everyone on this project!

Please continue to call your local radio station and request or song "Traveling Light". It has moved to number 41 for July in the Singing News charts. Thank you all and the good Lord for all His kindness.

For more information:
Ernie Peters
The Joyaires
444 Dyllis Road
Harriman, TN 37748
865-250-6417 cell

Pictured above: The whole crew. From left Jeremy Medkiff, Van Atkins, Debbie, Ernie, Anna, Roger Talley, Tony Creasman, and David Johnson. What a great day we had!