Saturday, July 30, 2011

Beyond The Ashes' Bus Catches Fire In The Night

Nashville, TN (July 30, 2011) – Group members and road crew of vocal trio, Beyond The Ashes (BTA) were awakened in the middle of the night by a bus fire, while parked and asleep for the night in the WALMART parking lot in Marshfield, MO. The bus, an MCI tour bus, and its contents are severely damaged, but everyone in the bus miraculously escaped without injury.

Close friend and ministry advisor, Dusty Wells, was traveling with the group. He expressed that he awoke to the smell of smoke. He feels sure that God woke him from His sleep. He was able to get everyone safely off the bus. Road manager, Rob Estep, immediately called 911. The fire department arrived quickly to extinguish the fire and check on the health of the bus' occupants.

Anthony Facello (group's founder and tenor singer) shares, "We are grateful beyond words for GOD's protection over us through this very scary and emotional experience. We have, once again, seen His Hand of faithfulness to us. Certainly the name of this group, Beyond The Ashes, takes on a more powerful meaning than ever today. Although we know we face serious challenges as a result of the physical losses associated with this event, we are overwhelmingly glad to be safe and well, and we are trusting God through this trial. Please remember us in prayer as we work through the details of the situation. A special thanks to every one for your words of encouragement and your prayers."

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

Sharron Kay King’s “A Little Hope” Lands In Top 20

BYRON, Ga. – (July 29, 2011) – Singing News Fan Award nominee Sharron Kay has landed another single on the Top 40 Weeky Chart – the industry’s most watched weekly radio report in Southern Gospel music.

Her latest single, “A Little Hope,” has charted consistently for the last 14 weeks on the Top 40 chart – peaking recently at #16.

“’A Little Hope’ is a song about the power of prayer in our lives,” mentioned Sharron. “This song has touched many lives since I started singing it, and I know it is simply because of the message of hope that it provides. There is power in prayer, and my prayer is that this song will minister to those who need that hope in their lives.”

“A Little Hope” is the fourth consecutive Top 20 hit for Sharron on the Top 40 Chart from her current release Don’t Stop Believing. The previous songs from that recording to chart on the report include “God’s Been Good” (#6), “Don’t Stop Believing” (#17), and “I Was On His Mind” (#17).

“I’m so grateful that radio has gotten behind my music,” mentioned Sharron Kay King. “I believe God put these songs in my hands for a reason, and I’m so thankful that people are getting to hear about God’s life-changing power.”

“A Little Hope” was released to Southern Gospel and Christian Country radio earlier this year through her new partnership with Crown Music Group.

Fans can listen to “A Little Hope” by visiting Sharron’s website at .

Sharron recently recorded her first-ever live DVD. The popular soloist recorded footage for the DVD at the Leesburg Church of God in Leesburg, Georgia on Saturday, August 21, 2010. The Kenny Croft Band was the house band for the recording. The band hails from Vienna, Georgia.

More information as well as booking information on Sharron Kay King can be found at Fans are encouraged to visit Sharron’s MySpace at Fans can visit Sharron on Facebook at .

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.

Daughter of 2nd Generation’s Brenda Denney to Wed

OAK GROVE, Ark. – (July 29, 2011) – Diamond Award winning trio 2nd Generation is proud too announce the upcoming wedding of group member Brenda Denney’s daughter – Kayla Denney.

Kayla will wed Eddie Duran on August 13, 2011 at the Boyd Church of God in Oak Grove, Arkansas. Kayla and Eddie are both on staff at the Los Angeles Dream Center in Los Angeles, California.

The couple became engaged on New Years Eve 2010 in Branson, Missouri and will spend their honeymoon there as well. After the wedding, the couple plans to reside in Los Angeles.

Brenda Denney said, “I am so excited to see my one and only daughter as a bride. I have thought about this day since Kayla was born, and now it is here. I will only get to be the Mother of the Bride once, and it is so much fun. I am thankful that Kayla and Eddie are involved in the ministry at the L.A. Dream Center, and I know that God is going to bless them in return.”

More information on Kayla & Eddie’s upcoming nuptials can be found on 2nd Generation’s website –

You can also find out more information about the group on their Facebook at .

About 2nd Generation
2nd Generation is based out of the Oak Grove, Arkansas. 2nd Generation has appeared at churches, state fairs, Singing in the Sun, Trinity Broadcasting Network, the Jim Bakker Show, Branson Gospel Music Convention, and many other events. The group’s current project, their sophomore album I See a City, has spawned off four hit singles including the #1 Fan Favorite songs “Feel the Joy” and “The Blood Covered It All.”

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

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Peoria, IL (July 26, 2011) – Electric Station Records and Woody Wright have launched a new concert series based on their latest 1-hour syndicated radio program, “Good News Music Radio with Woody Wright”. The first concert is scheduled for Saturday, October 29, 2011 at the historic Paramount Theatre in Anderson, IN. The artist lineup includes Russ Taff, Buddy Greene with Jeff Taylor, Reggie & Ladye Love Smith, Vonnie Wright, Rachel West Kramer, Jairo Arvizu, D. Scott Kramer & For Heaven’s Sake, Joshua’s Vision and The Good News Music Radio Band. The entire evening will be hosted by Woody Wright.
“We’re all excited about this new concert series,” said E-Station Records President, D. Scott Kramer. “The concert, which will feature an evening filled with inspiring vocal and instrumental artistry, will also include program elements found in our weekly radio programs. We’ve worked hard at balancing each program with great gospel music, uplifting ministry, interviews with today’s top artists and some fun times as well. We’re anticipating a wonderful evening for everyone involved,” Kramer added.
“Good News Music Radio with Woody Wright” has now been added by over 80 stations in just 8 months. While the majority of the stations are in the US and Canada, some of the international locations include stations in England, Scotland, Grenada, Aruba, Guam, Republic of Vanuatu and New Zealand.
Some of the artist interviews to date have been with Jeff & Sheri Easter, Russ Taff, Connie Hopper, Guy Penrod, Charlotte Ritchie, Buddy Greene, Doug Anderson, Kevin Williams, Joyce Martin, Reggie & Ladye Love Smith, David Sutton of the Triumphant Quartet, Kenny Bishop, Larry Strickland of Palmetto State Quartet, Michael Sykes and Stephen Hill.
For more information on the concert and “Good New Music Radio with Woody Wright”, please visit:
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 For information on Woody Wright, visit, for Reggie and Ladye Love Smith visit,, for Rachel West Kramer visit,

IBMA Fan Fest Celebrates Bill Monroe and Bluegrass Music!

Nashville, TN….Bluegrass music’s premier indoor festival is just around the corner, and this year’s event celebrating the 100th birthday of the late Bill Monroe, the Father of Bluegrass Music, will definitely be one you don’t want to miss! Reserve your tickets now for IBMA’s Bluegrass Fan Fest, scheduled for Sept. 30 – October 2, 2011, at the Nashville Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

The star-studded grand finale of World of Bluegrass Week (Sept. 26 – Oct. 2) will present the talents of more than 60 headline acts on the Main Stage, the Masters Workshop Stage and at the Grand Master Fiddler Championship—thanks to the sponsorship of L.R. Baggs, Martin Guitars, Martha White, Knee Deep in Bluegrass and WSM-AM 650.

Performing artists confirmed at press time include Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas, The Grascals, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, Dale Ann Bradley, J.D. Crowe & The New South, Larry Sparks & The Lonesome Ramblers, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, The Isaacs, Jesse McReynolds & The McReynolds Tradition, Lonesome River Band, Josh Williams Band, Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time, Steep Canyon Rangers, Don Rigsby & Midnight Call, Jim Lauderdale, Joey + Rory, Ronnie Bowman, Sierra Hull & Highway 111, Marty Raybon & Full Circle, The Chapmans, Special Consensus, Balsam Range, Audie Blaylock & Redline, Grasstowne, The Boxcars, The Cleverlys, 18 South, The Expedition Show, Wayne Taylor & Appaloosa, Darrell Webb Band, Mike Scott, America’s Bluegrass Gospel Show, The Spinney Brothers, The Cherryholmes Brothers, NewTown, Mark Johnson & Emory Lester, Wil Maring & Robert Bowlin, Tiller’s Folly, Kids on Bluegrass… and many more!

In addition to the “cool factor” of breathing in some of the best live bluegrass music on the planet and meeting artists after their sets at their merch tables, Fan Fest attendees will enjoy visiting a bluegrass music-themed exhibit hall with more than 100 booths, taking part in a number of special promotions and giveaways, and of course there will be plenty of space for picking on all three levels of the Nashville Convention Center.

The music is amazing enough on its own, but along with that we’re also planning Celebrity Jams on Friday and Saturday mornings Sept. 30 and Oct. 1; a “Name that Blue Grass Boy” trivia competition for fans Saturday morning, Oct. 1 at 10:30 a.m.; and a slate of discussion groups and workshops on everything from sharing festival memories and photos, music licensing for events and pre-war banjos to a “Going on the Road without Letting Yourself Go” exercise session, strings and instrument set-up with break-out groups for individual instruments, recording acoustic instruments, the crosspicking guitar style of George Shuffler, how to start an instrument lending library, a session on what songwriters and writers can learn from the music of The Beatles, and a thought-provoking discussion led by The Infamous Stringduster’s Chris Pandolfi and Emilee Warner of Crash-Media on “big tent bluegrass”—the concept of welcoming bands and fans across the bluegrass-influenced spectrum from old-time music to jam grass.

On Friday, Sept. 30 at 3 p.m. former Blue Grass Boy Blake Williams, of The Expedition Show will host a special event called “Tell Us Your Bill Monroe Story.” Friends and colleagues of Monroe will be invited to get things rolling, and then we’ll open the mic to anyone in the room with a story or memory to share. We’ll be videotaping, with participant’s permission, for future use on Bluegrass Nation and the International Bluegrass Music Museum archives.
Proceeds from Fan Fest ticket sales benefit the Bluegrass Trust Fund, established to help bluegrass professionals during times of emergency need, as well as support IBMA’s educational and marketing efforts during the rest of the year. All artists appearing at Fan Fest donate their time and talents for the cause.

Advance tickets are on sale now, with discounts on three-day passes for members and non-members. Single day tickets and student tickets (with an ID) will be available at the gate, and children under 16 are admitted free with an adult.

Fans who want to get closest to the action are also encouraged to make hotel reservations early to get big discounts. One call to 877-256-4716 gets you access to the best rates and a variety of hotels near the festival, including the Renaissance Hotel attached to the convention center.

For more information on World of Bluegrass, including tickets to the International Bluegrass Music Awards, go to, join us on Facebook, or call 615-256-3222 (888-GET-IBMA). Tickets are on sale now at the website. For a video preview of World of Bluegrass, click here.

The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) serves as the trade association for the bluegrass music industry, with members in all 50 states and 30 countries.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Brian Alvey joins The Talleys

Hi, everyone! You see me pop up around here, especially when I’m doing posts from the National Quartet Convention. Earlier this afternoon, I talked with Roger about a change you’re going to be seeing in the Talley Trio soon.

Daniel: I heard you mentioned earlier this week that Brian Alvey will be joining the group. Is this true?

Roger: We’ve known for a long time that Brian is an extremely talented individual. He has been working with us for the past year, behind the scenes, doing marketing and promotion, and helping with a lot of things that we’re involved in. Now that he and Lauren are married, we’ve decided that we’re going to take advantage of his talents and have him join us in the road, on stage. We feel that he has real calling to share not only singing and playing, but through his songwriting and his speaking ability as well. We’re going to be having him fill a wide variety of roles.

Daniel: With four people on stage, will you continue to go by the Talley Trio?

Roger: We will just be The Talleys. Some songs will be trios, and some will be four-part, but it will not just be the Talley Trio.

Daniel: Brian is a tenor singer; will you be singing bass?

Roger: Now, obviously, I’m not going not to suddenly become a bass singer. There are a lot of parts that I can sing, but bass is not one of them! So don’t look for a traditional quartet sound.

Daniel: Could you tell us a little about Brian’s background in Southern Gospel?

Roger: He has sung with Southern Sound, Beyond the Ashes, and Tribute Quartet. He has played instruments on stage with Southern Sound and Tribute Quartet, and written several songs for Tribute Quartet, including the hit single “That’s Why I Love Him So.”

Daniel: Will Brian be playing instruments on stage with the Talleys?

Roger: Yes. He plays a wide variety of instruments, including piano, bass, and acoustic and electric guitars, and we’ll be doing more live music with him playing some. On some songs, we’ll do four-part harmony, and different trios on others. We’ll just have a much bigger variety on stage.

Daniel: And for the question everyone’s wondering, by this point: When will he start?

Roger: We have had a rehearsal or two already. We’re working on some of the songs that we are currently singing. We hope to be ready to debut this new sound by September 1st. This fall, we will begin work on a new recording with the four of us.

We are excited about what he will bring to our team.

This entry was written by Daniel Mount, posted on , July 25, 2011 at 12:38 pm

Greater Vision Email News

From the latest Greater Vision E-newsletter:

Hello from Alaska!

We're into the fourth day of our Alaska Cruise, and I have to tell you... we're loving the weather up here! It's a overcast and a bit rainy at times, but with temperatures in the upper 50s and low 60s... we're not complaining!

We'll be getting off the ship this Thursday in Victoria, British Columbia, and flying to meet the bus for our Friday night concert in Lake Zurich, IL (near Chicago) to kick-off a great weekend of concerts! Check out our schedule below to see if we'll be near you!

This Weekend...
Friday - Lake Zurich, IL
Saturday - Russell Springs, KY
Sunday - Orleans, IN

To see our complete Concert Calendar, click here.

Have You Got It Yet?
If you haven't ordered your "The Only Way" CD yet, click the CD cover on the right to order yours today!

As I sit here typing this Update, I'm reminded of how blessed we are! Blessed to know that people, literally all over the world, will be reading it and praying for us. Blessed to have places to travel and share the Good News! Blessed with friends like you, who are a constant encouragement to us.

Thank you for your prayers and your friendship! We hope to see you soon!



NASHVILLE, TENN. (JULY 25, 2011) - SONYA ISAACS YEARY and husband JIMMY YEARY announce the birth of their first child, AYDEN JAMES YEARY. The healthy baby boy was born at 7:36 PM, Monday, July 25, 2011 at a Nashville, TN area hospital weighing 9 lbs. 5 oz. and 22 in. long.
Mother, Father and baby are resting comfortably.

Sonya Isaacs Yeary is a member of The Isaacs, a multi-award winning family group who began singing 30 years ago. Lily Isaacs, Ben Isaacs, Sonya Isaacs and Rebecca Isaacs Bowman have a unique style that blends tight, family harmony with contemporary acoustic instrumentation that appeals to a variety of audiences. They perform frequently at the Grand Ole Opry, are active members on the Gaither Homecoming Videos and Concert Series and travel throughout the year performing internationally.

Jimmy Yeary is originally from Hillsboro, OH. From the early ages of 8, Jimmy began singing in churches with his family. Moving to Nashville, TN in 1994, Jimmy began writing for some of country music's top artists. His songs have been recorded by Brooks & Dunn, Craig Morgan, Joe Diffie, John Michael Montgomery and more. His latest cut, "Why Wait," co-written with Neil Thrasher and Tom Shapiro is Rascal Flatts 12th No. 1 hit single.

Saturday, July 16, 2011


Washington, DC - Multi-talented recording artist, The Martins will be featured during the weeks of July 18 and July 25 on the popular Daniel Britt & Friends radio program. The one-hour Gospel music radio show is available each week to nearly 30 million satellite subscribers throughout the US and Canada on SIRIUS XM and it’s partnership with DISH Network. Daniel Britt & Friends can be heard on enLighten Radio (Sirius XM Channel 18) Mondays at 7PM (ET), Thursdays at 10PM (ET), and Saturdays at 12 Noon (ET). The program is also available online at, or via Dish Network Channel 6018.

It’s a New Day for legendary vocal group, The Martins. Their three-year labor of love is complete, and the end result is a brand new recording, appropriately titled New Day. Filled with all new songs, featuring the trio’s unmistakable harmonies, the recording was produced by multi-platinum selling Rascal Flatts member Jay DeMarcus. Released earlier this summer (June 21), the recording marks the first for siblings Judy, Jonathan and Joyce (pictured l-r in attached jpg) in a decade.

During the 1990s, The Martins rose to national and international success, showcasing their stunning and distinctive harmonies before a vast array of audiences, from Bill Gaither’s multi-award winning Homecoming Video and Concert Series to the White House to Carnegie Hall. Over the years, the trio garnered six Dove Awards from the Gospel Music Association, a Grammy nomination and multiple hit songs.

After a 10-year hiatus from touring together, the siblings return this year with renewed family bonds, as they take a fresh step forward both musically and spiritually. Energized and excited about the future, the three are thrilled to be back on stage together and are delighted by the early success of New Day, as well as the new Gaither Music Group DVD, entitled The Best Of The Martins. The DVD captures some of the trio’s most unforgettable highlights from the multi-platinum selling Gaither Homecoming Video Series. The television special with highlights from the DVD will air throughout the summer and into the fall on popular networks including GAC, RFD, CTN, GMC, INSP, FamilyNet, CTS and TBN.

“The Martins have a history of hits and a highly anticipated album that is now available,” Britt states. “During these episodes, listeners can hear about The Martins’ humble beginnings and their chart-topping success. We'll follow the journey of these three singing siblings from restroom acoustics to Carnegie Hall! These are very special broadcasts.”

For those who happen to miss the original broadcasts, the interviews may be downloaded after the air date via

In promotion of the release of The Martins’ New Day recording,, the trio is presently in the midst of their summer tour. To obtain a complete schedule or to order your copy of New Day, visit

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Southern Gospel Mitchel Jon and Rob Patz at NQC 2008

Rick Busby Trio

Introducing the exciting sounds and beautiful harmony of the Rick Busby Trio. Rick Busby; the five-time nominated Favorite First Tenor for the Singing News Fan Awards (1986-1990), Dove Award nominee for Male Vocalist of the Year(1987), and Gospel Music Hall of Fame inductee (1999) for his vocal contribution while with The Florida Boys Quartet from Pensacola, Florida.

While Rick was the first tenor with The Florida Boys they achieved three #1 songs, "When He Was On The Cross I Was On His Mind", "I Lean on You, Lord", and "Paid In Full," and five other Top Ten Songs. The Florida Boys "When He Was On The Cross I Was On His Mind" was also awarded "Song of the Year" in 1986 and 1987, and Top 20 Song of the Century. In 1988 Rick then joined forces with Heaven Bound. While Rick was their First Tenor, Heaven Bound achieved two #1 songs; "Can the World See Jesus in Me" and "It’s the King" along with four other songs in the Top Ten Chart for the Singing News Magazine.

Joining Rick is his beautiful wife Cyndi Busby who sings alto. Cyndi who has been married to Rick since January of 1990 has one of the most unique and talented alto voices in the industry. Rick and Cyndi have been singing together for the past 11 years in evangelism and local church work.

Rick and Cyndi have joined their superb talents, and extensive experience with the fantastic, soaring vocals of baritone/music minister Mike Manning, of Metter, Georgia. Together they have created a unique sound, and ministry of song and encouragement for the Body of Christ. As of this press release, they are currently in the process of selecting new material for their upcoming debut album. Their ministry is available for concerts, church events, and singing conventions of any size and venue.

They can be reached at 912-347-2502 or 706-833-5906.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Daywind Records Announces Release of Reach Out From Karen Peck & New River

Hendersonville, TN (July 12, 2011) – Daywind Records is excited to present the newest release from the GRAMMY® nominated group, Karen Peck & New River, entitled Reach Out. This project, which is the first to feature new male vocalist, Jeff Hawes, will hit stores nationwide this week.

Produced by Wayne Haun, Reach Out features songs from writers such as Sue C. Smith, Twila McBride LaBar, Kenna West, Sonya Isaacs, Jimmy Yeary, and others. Every lyric carries a message of hope and grace meant to uplift and encourage the listener. Every melody is presented with the true excellence consistently delivered by Karen Peck & New River.

Both the first Southern Gospel single, ”On The Banks of the Promised Land,” and Soft AC single, “This Is What Mercy Does,” have already received a positive response from DJs and are expected to become favorites among listeners.

Reach Out is available at Christian retail stores across the country and digitally at iTunes and other outlets. Bulk purchasing for gift and ministry purposes is available by calling 1-800-635-9581.

Daywind Records is based in Hendersonville, TN, and is distributed worldwide through New Day Christian Distributors. In addition to Karen Peck & New River, Daywind is home to many other great artists such as Marshall Hall and Greater Vision, among others. For more information on Karen Peck & New River, visit For more information on Daywind Records, visit

Christmas in September

Tuesday, September 13th at NQC will be "Christmas in September" at NQC. The day will start with a special "Christmas Morning" program at 8:30 a.m. hosted by Greater Vision and featuring Legacy Five, The Kingdom Heirs, Brian Free & Assurance, Sisters & Karen Peck & New River. The Christmas theme will carry through the entire day and conclude with a special Christmas finale that evening. It should be a lot of fun.

Be sure to visit the website and become a fan of our Facebook fan page to keep up with all the latest news about NQC.


Branson, MO - The 2011 SGN Scoops Diamond Awards were presented on Thursday, June 30 in Branson, MO, during the 3rd Annual Branson Gospel Music Revival. As the winners were announced, the SGN Scoops Diamond Award recipient for Favorite Female Vocalist was popular singer, songwriter, author and talk show host, Janet Paschal.

The Award marks the latest of several honors bestowed upon Paschal in recent months, including a Dove Award nomination by the Gospel Music Association for Favorite Female Vocalist and Singing News Magazine Fan Award nominations for Favorite Female Vocalist and Favorite Soloist. With more than a dozen recordings to her credit, including her latest release, Treasure, Paschal has been recognized with numerous Grammy and Dove Award nominations, and she is consistently named among Gospel Music's favorite vocalists.

Paschal’s travels in 2011 have taken her throughout the US and Canada. Additionally, she hosts her own radio program, Walking The Good Road, which airs on more than 30 media outlets, covering 15 states across the US, as well as Canada and Europe. The program focuses on cancer awareness. Just a few of Paschal’s guests have included prominent authors and speakers Ann Graham Lotz, Dr David Jeremiah, Joni Erickson Tada and Dodie Osteen, as well as a Oympic Gold Medalist, Shannon Miller. For the past two years, she has hosted the Cancer Walk at the National Quartet Convention, Southern Gospel Music’s premier week-long festival. Proceeds from the event are presented to the American Cancer Society. The third annual event will take place in September in Lousiville, KY.

Additional information regarding Paschal is available online at A complete list of Diamond Award winners is available online at

Early Harvest Signs with Crescendo Gospel Music Management

{ CGMM} Early Harvest Signs with Crescendo Gospel Music Management: Zack Swain is proud to announce the signing of, new gospel music duo, Early Harvest.
Russ Nottingham of Early Harvest states “We are very excited and consider it an honor, a privilege, and a blessing from God to be able to work with Zack and all the staff at Crescendo Gospel Music Management. After talking with him, we believe that he lives his life and runs his company based on integrity and honesty which is what we’ve been searching for. We were taken for a ride, so to speak, by a few different companies out there before meeting up with Zack. We were ready to give up on ever finding a company with the same Christian values, morals and convictions that we have until meeting him. We look forward to working with Zack and for what we hope and pray will be a long professional relationship as well as considering him a Christian brother and friend!
Zack Swain states; Early Harvest is exactly what Crescendo Gospel Music Management is looking for. Early harvest is a fresh new duo with a country flare that will not disappoint any SGM listener but more importantly they are about taking the gospel to a lost and dying world in a way that this industry hasn’t seen before. I am very excited to see where God leads us on this journey and I can’t wait to start working with this extremely talented duo!

Wendy Word and Forgiven Ministers To Alabama Tornado Victims

{CGMM} Wendy word & Forgiven Ministers to Alabama Tornado Victims:
After one of the most devastating storms to ever sweep across our country Wendy and Tony Word are reaching out to help. Wendy states " I recently toured the tornado damage in my home state of Alabama and was left devastated by the damage this storm had caused. As I drove through Pleasant Grove, all I wanted was to be able to take the hurt away from many that had lost everything even their loved ones. I was especially moved by a message spray painted on a wall of one of the few houses that had anything still standing. It simply read " WE LIVED". I couldn't help but think of all of the spiritual storms that we all face that try to destroy us but, with God, "WE LIVE"

To obtain more information on booking Wendy Word & Forgiven please visit

Chris Hester to Release "REACH"

{CGMM} Chris Hester nears completion of new CD project titled "REACH"
After many months of preparation the newest Chris Hester CD is not far from being within reach to the many fans that are anxiously awaiting a new release from the master of country gospel. The new CD is certain to be a hit to all gospel and country music lovers! Engineered and produced by the one and only Kevin Ward and songs by one of a kind writers like Gerald Crabb, Sheri LaFontaine, and many more! You don't want to miss out on this album! Keep watching for more info and a release date because the project is just almost in "REACH"
For more information on the ministry of Chris Hester please visit

The Stephens Release New CD

The Stephens are a dynamic southern gospel trio from Alabama and are very excited about releasing a brand new, long awaited recording. The new cd entitled “Greater Is The Grace” was arranged and produced by Jason Clark of The Nelons. Jason wrote the title cut for the project as well. Most of the songs are hymns that everyone will recognize and can sing along with. There is also a bluegrass gospel song in the mix as well.

Many will remember Melody Stephens as a former soprano with the Nelons and from the ever popular Bill Gaither Homecoming video series. Melody is also a two time Dove Award nominee. Melody has always wanted to share the gospel through song since she was a young girl. Melody states, “I remember swinging on our porch swing as a child with earphones in and singing to the top of my lungs. It’s all I’ve ever wanted to do. Now the Lord has blessed me to be able to sing with my husband, Thom, and my sister Bethany Brewer.” Melody’s sister sings the alto while her husband sings the male part of the trio. The Stephens are assisted on stage during live performances by Larry Johnson on keyboard.

The cd can be ordered by visiting The Stephens’ website at

All will enjoy the tight, family harmony along with quality production and arranging on this new project from The Stephens. There is something on this project for everyone to enjoy.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Rob Patz Welcomes Rhonda Frye to SGNScoops Staff

Rob Patz, President/CEO of Coastal Media Group, welcomes Rhonda Frye back to the staff of Rhonda has a long history of writing and delivering services in the Christian music industry. From her hometown of Ringgold, Ga, she stays busy doing solo concerts and traveling with her family group, “Rhonda Frye & RiverSide.” Her latest recording, “Second Chances,” received positive reviews and airplay through radio promoter, Patterson Promotions. She is also Associate Pastor with Rock Pointe Church in Fort Oglethorpe, Ga and has hosted numerous concerts that have helped strengthen the fan base of other recording artists. Rhonda has a passion for reaching out to children and develops, directs, and coordinates numerous activities and events that give positive support, education, and training to these youngsters in her community and church.Rhonda says,
“My top priority in life is to inspire people to experience a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. I am thrilled with the opportunity at SGNScoops to have a platform to share my personal faith. I am also eager to serve, applaud and encourage other artists and industry professionals as they labor in the fields of God’s Kingdom. I’m realizing it takes a team effort to release Christ’s message of hope and I’m excited to join forces with Rob Patz and the team at SGNScoops in promoting and spreading the message of God’s love.”
Rob Patz notes, “I’m glad to have Rhonda back on staff with us. She’s reached out to so many people with a giving hand. We hear so many positive comments about Rhonda and how she handles her job here with efficiency and passion. We’re just very blessed to have her back on board!”

For more info on Rhonda Frye:

Karen Peck and New River: New CD Live Listening Party July 11

Invitation from Karen Peck and New River:

Live Listening Party!

July 11, 2011 ~ 7:00pm

Nationwide Release of "Reach Out"

Singing News LIVE Listening party with Karen Peck and New River, to celebrate the NATIONWIDE release of Karen Peck and New River's "REACH OUT", will be streamed to the world Monday, July 11 @7:00pm CST and also a live interactive visit with the group.

Streaming in real time on

We want EVERYONE to tune in and join us for the celebration!!!!

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

Sunday, July 10, 2011

SGN Scoops July 2011 Edition

The July online edition of SGN Scoops is filled with features related to the 3rd annual Branson Gospel Music Revival and much more! Check out interviews with BGMR creators Rod and Kelly Burton, Gold Harbor, and young faces of gospel music. Read about the devastating floods in Ozarks and Ms. Lou’s monthly thoughts, plus new music from beyond the Ashes and a little something about C.S. Lewis. As usual, we cover a wide variety of bases. Check it out and share with your friends!

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Travelling with The Hyssongs - Retro SGM Radio

By Sandi Duncan Clark

With more than two hundred concert dates each year, Dell, Susan, Richard and Kelly Hyssong are rarely home more than a week at a time. The Hyssongs (pronounced ‘his-songs’ and not to be confused with the male trio from Tennessee) are one of the busiest Southern Gospel groups in the industry. They tour extensively throughout the United States sharing the message of Jesus Christ.

While this family hails from the great state of Maine, Southern Gospel has always been their musical style. Dell Hyssong tells us, “Southern Gospel is pretty popular in the north east. I grew up singing with my father’s group, The Harborside Quartet, all around the state of Maine, and I’ve always loved the music.”

Dell is an ordained minister who pastored in the north east for more than twenty five years. He shared, “Susan grew up the daughter of a missionary family in Alaska. She majored in sacred music in college and plays organ and piano. When we met and were married, it was natural for us to minister together. Since we both had a musical background, part of that ministry has always been music.”

During Dell’s ministry his family helped provide music for his church services. “In college I formed a Gospel quartet and continued to sing. I also played trumpet,” Dell said. “I would do both in our church services and Susan would play piano.”

Richard Hyssong is Susan and Dell’s twenty-five year old son who has grown up in the family ministry. “Richard was singing in church when he was just two years old,” Dell said. “He loved music and began taking music lessons at the age of four. He learned to play keyboard and trombone and has always loved people. Performing Gospel music and touching people’s lives is a natural for Richard. He also does our booking and keeps us very busy.”

In 1996 the family was asked to provide music for a four-day service at a sister church. “After that service we kept getting calls to do music for other special events at other churches,” Dell told us. “The more we shared our music and shared the Lord, the more God dealt with us about venturing out more with the music.”

Dell resigned his church and in 2001 the family accepted God’s call into full-time music ministry. They travel all across the United States sharing their music and their testimonies.

In early 2005, Richard met his wife Kelly at a church where the Hyssongs sang. On October 1 of that year they were married and Kelly joined the family ministry. They are expecting their first child in July of this year.

While the Hyssongs’ musical style is traditional Southern Gospel, their arrangements vary, appealing to all age groups. They use arrangements that are appropriate for all events, from church services, to concert stages to fair dates.

Tight family harmony and a smooth blend is their trademark. Dell sings baritone, Susan sings alto and Richard sings lead but they often switch parts allowing each one to be featured on a song. This versatility changes the Hyssong’s sound and adds more variety to their presentation.

Dell, Susan and Richard also bring exciting instrumentals to their stage performance. Richard and Dell play trombone and trumpet, while Susan plays the keyboard on some songs. “Sometimes Richard will join me on the keyboard playing four-hand piano,” Susan stated.

The family has a several recordings and DVDs of live performances to their credit. These include an instrumental CD and two solo projects by Richard. “We have recorded five projects with Shane Roark at Chapel Valley Studio,” Dell shared.

Their new recording, “REJOICE,” was released in February on the Sanctuary label. Each of the group has a different favorite on the project. Susan’s favorite is “The King Is Coming,” while Richard’s is “Stay Close To Me.” Kelly’s favorite is “Living Water” and Dell likes my favorite song on the project, “God Is There.” This powerful song was written by Chris Binion and went out to Gospel radio in mid-March. You should be hearing this song on your local Gospel radio station.
The Hyssongs had a busy, exciting year in 2007. “It’s a thrill for us to travel to so many places and meet so many people,” Kelly said. “We performed on a cruise to Alaska and also one to the Bahamas last year. It was exciting to attend the Southern Gospel Music Fan Fair in the spring and to sing on a showcase at the National Quartet Convention last September.”

This year is proving to be just as busy and exciting. The family is again booked on the cruises and appeared in Chattanooga at Fan Fair. They will again appear on the Artist Showcase in September at NQC in Louisville, Kentucky.

While all of these special events are exciting, Dell tells us that the biggest thrill for him is when they have the opportunity to lead someone to Christ. “During the year we usually see between 100 and 150 people accept Christ,” Dell said.

“My biggest thrill is when we get letters from someone or when we return to an area we have been before and we hear the testimony of how a song from our CDs touched a life long after we are gone,” Susan said.

Richard told us, “I get excited when I hear one of our songs on the radio. It’s exciting that DJs play our music, and that God can use that to reach more places than we can travel each year.”

“We are so humbled that God is using our ministry in this way,” Dell continued. “God gives each of us a unique talent and a unique place to serve Him. Our family wants to use our talent for Him and go wherever He sends us. We always pray that He keeps us focused on His will.”

When you attend a Gospel music event with the Hyssongs you will experience exciting music, hear their testimonies and you’ll enjoy the humor they share as a family. You will experience their heart for the ministry and you’ll come away blessed.

You may have the Hyssongs at your next Gospel music gathering by phoning Richard at 207-236-6461 or visit their web site at

Article originally posted in August 2008



The Diplomats are pleased to announce they have reached a scheduling agreement with The BSA/Beckie Simmons Agency. Though not a new group by any means, The Diplomats, have enjoyed their greatest success during the last five years. They have been selected by Singing Magazine subscribers as a Top Ten "Favorite Mixed Group" for the past three consecutive years!

The Diplomats travel with a complete "live band" and convey a energetic, driving musical style. The Carrollton, Georgia Family group is fast becoming a favorite at concerts nationwide. Beckie Simmons adds
"It is my experience that audiences love a family group that have all the components for the stage: family members, live band members and a crowd pleasing sound filled with excitement! The Diplomats have all this and more! We are looking forward to seeing what the future holds for this group!"

For booking information call BSA/Beckie Simmons Agency 615-595-7500 or visit

Southern Gospel and Singing School Supporter, Mrs. Hortense Pendergrass, Passes Away

Hortense Pendergrass Passes Away

Long time Southern Gospel and Singing School Supporter, Mrs. Hortense Pendergrass, has passed away at a Florida Rehab Facility.

Mrs. Pendergrass is the mother of Marlon Pendergrass, Manager/Owner of the ever popular quartet, The Premiers and Director of the Cat Freeman Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Marlon issued this statement: "We truly appreciate your prayers during this very difficult time. Losing our mother has really been hard for our family but we know she is now resting peacefully in His arms.”

Cards and notes of sympathy can be sent to the following address:

Marlon Pendergrass Family
4757 Sweetwater Road
Zolfo Springs, FL 33890

Final arrangements are pending. Rainsville Funeral Home in Rainsville, Alabama is in charge of services. Visit their website at for additional information.

Jake Pendergrass (grandson), Mrs. Hortense Pendergrass, Marlon Pendergrass (son) at Mrs. Pendergrass’ 91st Birthday Party held recently in Florida.

Legacy 5 Says Goodbye to Bus Driver, Gary Buckner

Good Bye, Gary

It's never too late to to accept change. The only constant in life is change. In nature, in society, in relationships, at work, things change. And they change constantly. See it as the larger picture, as normal. Don't fight it. Adapt to it.

So, today I will try and embrace change. Often I don't like the process of change, but like it or loath it, we better expect it. Change will come.

After nearly six years as the driver for Legacy Five, Gary Buckner has left to pursue an opportunity to drive for a coach leasing company out of Nashville.
Gary drove faithfully for us and logged several hundred thousand miles with Legacy Five. We love Gary and will miss him, but we wish nothing for him but the best.

I must also take this opportunity to thank Gary's wife, Sharon. Sharon kept a lot of the driving records, logs and paperwork and once a quarter would file that mountain of information with the various state agencies in order to comply with state and federal regulations. Sharon was a tireless worker and I don't even know the extent of work she did on our behalf.

Thank you Gary and Sharon. We love you and will miss you.

Our bus drivers become an extended part of the Legacy Five family. Please join us in prayer that God will send the next family member along soon. Driving the bus is no small task and we need just the right person. So, please pray and we will trust God to send just the right person our way.

Til We Meet Again,

Scott Fowler

Saturday, July 9, 2011


NASHVILLE, TN (JULY 8, 2011) — Jeff & Sheri Easter were involved in an accident this morning at approximately 2:00 AM. The group was traveling on US Hwy 82 in Lewisville, AR when a driver entered their lane causing a collision. Jeff & Sheri Easter were leaving their appearance in El Dorado, AR on their way to Mesquite, TX.

Sheri Easter states: "We were on a long stretch of road on Hwy 82 headed into Garland, AR. Our driver, Tyler, noticed one headlight coming toward us in our lane. He veered to avoid hitting the driver. All of a sudden, the driver of the car made a hard right hitting the side of our bus." Jeff Easter continues, "We called 911 and Madison, Kyle (drummer), Tyler (driver) and me went to check on the man driving the car. He was fine and out of the 9 people involved in the wreck, there were no injuries." Sheri Easter says, "We are very thankful that no one was injured and that our driver's (Tyler) response protected everyone."

The uninsured driver of the vehicle was arrested, charged with DWI, and taken into custody.

Sky Angel Brings PixL Movie Channel to Family Lineup

(NAPLES, Fla. – June 29, 2011) – Sky Angel announced that it recently added PixL, a commercial-free movie channel, to its lineup. Sky Angel is a national provider of inspirational and family-friendly television and radio programming. Current subscribers with either the Family or Family Values package can now watch PixL on channel 304. For more information about the channel lineup and available subscription packages, visit

“Sky Angel TV subscribers will really enjoy PixL, with commercial-free movies 24 hours a day, featuring shows the entire family can watch together,” said Brian Collins, Sky Angel Executive Vice President of Programming / Media Sales.

PixL is a 24/7 commercial-free family-safe movie channel showing timeless dramas, wholesome comedies and love stories that span generations and lift the human spirit. Their original movies and miniseries are created to inspire, entertain and touch the heart of everyone who watches. Join some of the biggest stars from film and television in the world today and watch PixL, Sky Angel TV channel 304 - available anytime with no commercial interruptions.

“PixL’s goal is to continue to grow its ‘television everywhere’ entertainment destination for the enormous underserved market of viewers who are simply looking for clean, family-safe, high-quality movies and series,” said Tim Hanafee, PixL Vice President of Programming. “Becoming part of Sky Angel’s wonderful lineup brings us one step closer to that goal.”

Sky Angel offers subscribers two services: a traditional TV service available in the U.S. with more than 80 television and radio channels of inspirational and family-friendly programming, Video On Demand and 48 Hour Playback and a Web TV service offered worldwide with more than 35 inspiring television and radio channels, Video On Demand and other features viewed via personal computers. To learn more and to subscribe, visit or call 1-800-SKY-ANGEL (1-800-759-2643).

About Sky Angel:
Sky Angel® is a Christian-owned multi-channel distribution service with inspirational and family-friendly television and radio programming. Founded in 1981 by Robert Johnson Sr., Sky Angel now provides two uplifting, inspirational, entertaining and affordable subscription services for those who want television options that support traditional family values. Sky Angel’s mission is to build and operate a global communications system to assure the Gospel will penetrate every nation, culture and people. Sky Angel carries the Parents Television Council’s® prestigious Entertainment Seal of Approval™, which recognizes excellence and social responsibility in programming. Visit Sky Angel online at

About PixL:
PixL is the first true family-safe 24/7 HD movie channel and on-demand service premiering original movies and miniseries that inspire, amuse, and touch the heart -- featuring the biggest stars from film and television in the world today – with absolutely no commercial interruptions Visit us on Facebook at

Fans help fuel the "Drive" in Driven Quartet with 3 Diamond Awards

(Branson, MO) The 3rd Annual Branson Gospel Music Revival was again the home for the Diamond Awards ceremony this month, as President/CEO of Coastal Media Group, Rob Patz, announced the winners this week. The readers of SGN Scoops Magazine spoke as they placed Driven Quartet at the top, with Album of the Year, Christian Country Group of the Year, and Favorite Artist Website.
The popular group was also excited with comments such as these: Jason Funderburk : " We are so excited about the Diamond Awards we received in Branson Mo. I want to Thank Rob Patz and SGN Scoops for their support. Winning one Diamond was awesome but with the addition of the other two I was totally set aside!"

Will Lane: "I want to first and foremost Thank Jesus Christ for all he has done for our ministry. He has truly Blessed us to be a part of the Diamond Awards also along with Mr. Rob Patz and SGN Scoops. Thank You all for what you do for Southern Gospel and allowing us to be a part."

Chad Smith: " I would like to thank my Lord and Saviourfor allowing us to be honored with these Awards. Thanks to SGN Scoops for all you do for Gospel Music, and to all the fans, who we consider friends that believe in Driven Ministries."
The Charlotte, NC group has over 20 years in the field, collectively, and continues with their latest successful project, "Driven."
Rob Patz notes," You couldn't ask for a more ministry-minded and "driven" group of men to win these awards. I am excited for what lies ahead for them and sure the readers will be hearing much more news about the quartet."
For more info on Driven Quartet:
Jason N. Funderburk
Driven Ministries Inc.

Office: 704-989-9242
P.O. Box 1356
Indian Trail, NC 28079

You're Invited To A Party! Celebrate The Release of "Reach Out" with Karen Peck & New River

Hendersonville, TN (July 8, 2011) - Everybody loves a party, so Daywind Records and Singing News would like everybody to come! This Moday, July 11th, at 7:00pm central/8:00pm eastern, SINGINGNEWS.COM will be hosting an exclusive online listening party with Karen Peck and New River in celebration of their new recording, Reach Out. The album releases nationwide on Tuesday, July 12th, in stores and on digital.

During the listening event, which will be streamed LIVE on SINGINGNEWS.COM, viewers will be able to interact with the group, sending in questions via Facebook and Twitter, and group members, Karen Peck Gooch, Susan Peck Jackson, and Jeff Hawes will respond on the live stream. We will also have some trivia questions for the audience and those quickest to respond with the correct answer will win the new CD! The best part is, everyone that "comes to the party" will hear the brand new recording first!

So, mark your calendars, set your alarms, post a sticky note, and log on to SINGINGNEWS.COM at 7:00pm central/8:00pm eastern, on Monday, July 11th!!
Daywind Records is based in Hendersonville, TN, and is distributed worldwide through New Day Christian Distributors. In addition to Karen Peck & New River, Daywind is home to such great artists as the Perrys and Jessica King, among others.
For more information on Karen Peck & New River, visit For more information on Daywind Records, visit

Friday, July 8, 2011

News from Gold City Quartet

From Gold City's email newsletter:

Well, we are getting ready to hit the road this evening! We have a long couple of days ahead of us and we ask for your prayers for a safe trip and that we will see souls saved!!

We have put together a little something special for you and they are hot off the delivery truck as of today:

"A Collection of Hits"
This CD is the ORIGINAL recordings of some of your favorite and most requested recordings by Gold City. We hope you enjoy! Available on-line at
Songs included are:
Somebody Sing Me A Gospel Song
Where Is God
All That I Am
God's Building A Church
A Strong Hand
I'm Save, I'm Sure, I'm Ready
There Rose A Lamb
When He Blessed My Soul
He's Still On The Throne
It's Still The Cross
I'm Not Giving Up
Calvary Conquers It All
That Little Baby

For more information please call 256-492-0942 or email us at
We would be honored to be a part of your next concert, event, fundraiser, church singing or just because!

Come see us!

Looking forward to see you all soon!
Gold City
Tim, Daniel, Craig, Dan & Bryan

Upcoming Shows/Events:

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Jul 10, 2011Springfield, MOBROADWAY BAPTIST CHURCH (map)OFFERING Details >>
Jul 14, 2011Red Deer, ABCANADIAN GOSPEL MUSIC... (map)Details >>
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Driven Quartet Takes Home 3 SGN Scoops Diamond Awards

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – (July 7, 2011) – Popular Southern Gospel group Driven Quartet were on hand to accept their very first Diamond Awards last week. The group was one of the evening’s big winners – taking home the first three Diamond Awards of their career.
Driven Quartet was awarded the highly coveted Album of the Year for their self-titled debut album. The group was also awarded Favorite Christian Country Group and Favorite Artist Website.
Jason Funderburk of Driven Quartet responded, “What an honor it was for us to receive these awards. We’d like to thank Rob Patz and the staff of SGN Scoops Digital for putting on a top notch awards show and the fans who took the time to vote for us! Awards have never been what this group has been about – but we are truly honored that you would validate us in such a way! Thank you!”
Driven Quartet also performed their hit single “Between the Rock and Hard Place” at the awards show and were a featured presenter.
The 2011 SGN Scoops Diamond Awards were handed out at the 3rd Annual Branson Gospel Music Revival last week at the Tri-Lakes Center in Branson, Missouri.
Driven Quartet saw a strong surge in radio support for their latest single. The song – titled “Story of My Life” – charted on various industry publications over the last couple of months. “Story of My Life” is the second single from Driven Quartet’s much-talked-about self-titled release and is the first single from the group to hit Southern Gospel radio in over a year.
This new single is the follow-up to the group’s previous hit single “Between a Rock and a Hard Place.” The song was written by John Darin Rowsey and Justin Rivers and did exceptionally well for the group. The song reached Top 20 on both the Gospel Music News Top 100 (#14) and (now Top 40 Weekly Chart (#12) and Top 40 on the Singing News Top 80 (#27). The song also charted exceptionally well on the Top 40 Fan Chart.
Individuals interested in booking Driven Quartet for their church or concert event can visit the Dominion Agency’s website at or call (910) 484-6996.
For more information on Driven Quartet, visit their website at . Fans are also encouraged to visit Driven’s MySpace at .

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

4th Annual Oklahoma Gospel Music Showcase


TWO NIGHTS--FRIDAY JULY 8, 7:00 pm and SATURDAY JULY 9 6:30 pm

2121 NORTH MacArthur

TWO NIGHTS--FRIDAY JULY 15, 7:00 pm and SATURDAY JULY 16, 6:30 pm

Josh McDowell Partners with Timothy Eldred and the Pray With Youth Campaign

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., July 7, 2011 /Christian Newswire/ -- The Pray With Youth(tm) campaign is a stand alone event for churches and faith communities who designate 9.11.11 to commit their congregations to helping young people find their place in the cause of Christ.

McDowell put his name and reputation on the line with Eldred 4 years ago when they announced Pray21(tm) ( and called the church to a 21-day challenge which echoes this global campaign. Over 3,000 churches joined the 2007 challenge and an estimated 75,000 young leaders were prayed with during Pray21(tm).

"We are honored to have Josh's support again. He clearly recognizes the needs of this generation," says Timothy Eldred, President of Christian Endeavor International* ( and founder of Pray With Youth(tm). "While many people look to "flash" in order to attract youth, Josh knows we need to return to foundational truths. Prayer is our problem; there's not enough of it happening. It's time to stop just praying 'for' and 'about' youth and start praying with them. That's more significant than we realize and just plain simple."

Many churches worldwide will begin the campaign on Sunday, August 21, and pray with youth over a 21 day period. Young people will connect with adult prayer partners who are dedicated to walking through this experience with youth ages 12-21. They will read, journal, and pray individually each day during that time and meet weekly to compare notes and see where and how God is speaking and revealing His call on their lives.

"Join me and take a moment to connect your congregation to this worldwide campaign from my friends at Christian Endeavor International, said McDowell. Please participate in this 21-day prayer challenge. I know we can have a real impact on the youth of this nation and beyond." he continued.

For over 40 years, the Josh McDowell Ministry, a division of Campus Crusade for Christ International, has focused on serving and equipping churches, pastors, families and people everywhere in raising generations of purpose-driven Christians who know what they believe, why it is true, and how to live out their Christian faith. To find out more about Josh McDowell and his ministry visit

Churches can register on and download all the necessary materials for the campaign free of charge. The goal this year is that 10,000 churches would participate and 250,000 young people would be prayed with to understand their unique calling today. Eldred concludes, "We believe that is an attainable goal, but we also believe it is just the beginning of what God can do when we trust Him for the results. Perhaps we'll see millions of youth recognize who they are in Christ."

Jessica Withey
Christian Endeavor International

* For over 130 years, Christian Endeavor International has been raising the standard of youth in ministry. They continue to teach that 1) young people can make the same level of commitment to Christ as adults, and 2) never do anything in the church for youth they can learn to do themselves. Millions of youth worldwide have been trained in Christian Endeavor since 1881.
Christian Newswire

The Cupps Announce New Arrival

(Williamsburg KY) Troy and Barbara Cupp of the Southern Gospel group "The Cupps," is proud to announce the arrival of their new granddaughter Baylee Faith Watson, born on June 21, 2011 at the Magnolia Hospital in Corinth MS. She weighs 6.1 lbs and measured 19 inches long. Baylee is the daughter of Mathew and Charity Cupp Watson. The Cupps are very excited about the new addition to their family, and will be posting pictures of their new granddaughter on Barbara's facebook.

You can visit The Cupps on-line at or find them on Facebook at

News from Mercy's Well

From Mercy's Well email newsletter:

Happy July Everyone!

Our last update mentioned we were heading to Mascot, TN to sing at Clear Springs Baptist Church for the last Sunday in June. We had a great time with Pastor Chris and the congregation as they celebrated their homecoming! Over the weekend of the 4th of July, we took some time off to spend with our families and friends. Kyle was able to go back to Maryland and celebrate his 23rd Birthday (his birthday is actually on July 4th!!!), and Brad's parents were able to celebrate 50 years of marriage together on July 5th. What a testament to what God can do when He is put in the center of two people's lives! Greg was also able to visit his family down in South Carolina over the weekend and catch up with loved ones he hasn't seen in a while. Our families are HUGE supporters of what we do, and we can't thank them enough! It was nice to be able to relax, and spend some time with them over this past weekend!

Just over one year from today, we'll be embarking on our "Cruise of a Lifetime", and we want YOU to go with us! July 17 - July 24, 2012 are the dates. Juneau, Skagway, and Ketchikan, Alaska are the places (and maybe Victoria, British Columbia - weather permitting). Mercy's Well, Shady Grove Wesleyan Choir, and Christian comedian/song-writer Chris Binion are the entertainment (still waiting to hear about another possible special guest).

For more information, or to reserve your spot TODAY, contact Sandra Allen at Ship to Shore Cruises: 336-498-3559. She can answer just about any question you may have, assist you in reserving your place on the ship, as well as find your transportation to and from Seattle! We are very excited about this opportunity, and hope that many of you will be able to join us...stay tuned for more information!

Things to Remember:
- Our BRAND NEW radio single, "Saved", has been released and has been labeled as a TOP- TEN NEW RELEASE! Call into your local station and request to hear it today!
- Our latest album, POWER, is available for download on iTunes, Napster, etc. in addition to being a part of our online store found at
- And, as always, you can "like" us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Tell your friends!!!

Where we'll be this week:

Friday, July 8 - 7:00pm
Rushwood Park Wesleyan Church - Asheboro, NC
For more info call: (919)-734-1610

Saturday, July 9 - 6:00pm
Holiday Park Campground - Greensboro, MD
For more info call: (410)-482-6797

Sunday, July 10 - 10:00am
Grace United Methodist Church - Millsboro, DE
For more info call: (302)-934-7069

Greg, Kyle and Brad

Sam Bush to Host 22nd International Bluegrass Music Awards

Nashville, Tenn.….Award-winning artist, band leader, songwriter and mandolin monster Sam Bush will host the 22nd annual International Bluegrass Music Awards on Thursday, September 29, at 7:30 p.m. at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium.

“It is my pleasure to return as the host for the 2011 IBMA Awards,” Bush says. “As a bluegrass fan and fellow Kentuckian, it’s especially important to me in the 100th year anniversary of Bill Monroe’s birth. I look forward to spending the evening with the nominees and the winners, as this is their special night.”

Grammy Award winning multi-instrumentalist Sam Bush doesn’t seem old enough to be a musical legend. He’s not…but he is. Alternately known as the “King of Telluride” and the “Father of Newgrass,” Bush has been honored with numerous awards from IBMA and the Americana Music Association. It’s especially fitting that Bush, one of bluegrass music’s premier mandolin players, will host the IBMA Awards the year of the Bill Monroe Centennial. Bill Monroe, known as the Father of Bluegrass Music, would have turned 100 on September 13, 2011. The realm of his influence is vast and his accomplishments are many, but like Sam Bush three decades later, one thing Monroe did was ride the small, uniquely shaped, eight-stringed mandolin like a rocket into a new realm of musical expression the world had never heard before.

Recognitions like the Lifetime Achievement Award from the AMA for Bush in 2009 have been “overwhelming and humbling,” he says, but honors are not what drive him. “I didn’t get into music to win awards,” he says. “I’m just now starting to get somewhere. I love to play and the older I get the more I love it. And I love new things.”

Among those new things are the growing group of mandolin players that identify Bush as their musical role model in much the same way he idolized Bill Monroe and Jethro Burns. “If I’ve been cited as an influence, then I’m really flattered because I still have my influences that I look up to,” Bush says. “I’m glad that I’m in there somewhere.”

He’s being humble, of course. Bush has helped to expand the horizons of bluegrass music, fusing it with jazz, rock, blues, funk, reggae and other styles. He’s the co-founder of the genre-bending New Grass Revival and an in-demand musician who has played with everyone from Emmylou Harris and Bela Fleck to Charlie Haden, Lyle Lovett and Garth Brooks. And though Bush is best known for his jaw-dropping skills on the mandolin, he is also a three-time National Junior Fiddle Champion and Grammy Award-winning vocalist. Last year a song he co-wrote, “The Ballad of Stringbean and Estelle,” was one of the five nominees for IBMA Song of the Year.

“In the acoustic world I’ve been pretty lucky to play with almost every one of my heroes. I’ve gotten to play with Bill Monroe, Doc Watson, Earl Scruggs…. I’ve been to the mountain,” Bush says, smiling. But his greatest contribution may be his impact on the future. “I’m secure with what I can do and I know what I can’t do,” he says. “You just have to stand there and applaud the great young talent. Chris Thile, Wayne Benson, Shawn Lane, Matt Flinner, Ronnie McCoury, Mike Marshall—they play in ways that I can’t play,” he says of the current field of mandolin players. “I’m hoping to be around for the next generation that comes along after that group. That’s going to be something. The music keeps evolving.”

“It’s crazy to think about,” Bush says of his influence. “I’m proud to be part of a natural progression in music. And I hope to still be playing 30 years from now.”

That said, it’s not surprising that Bush still has goals. “I want to grow as a songwriter, as a song collaborator,” he says. “There are still a lot of things I haven’t discovered about playing mandolin. I want to be able to be secure in the styles that I know how to play well, but I also want to explore other styles that I haven’t learned yet. I want to improve as a singer,” he adds. “I have to work harder on singing than I do on playing.”

“As long as I’m alive I hope I have the ability to play,” says Bush, a two-time cancer survivor. When the ability to play is taken away, it’s humbling. It teaches you a lesson: don’t take it for granted.”

Circles Around Me, Bush’s current album on the Sugar Hill label, is an aurally inspiring mix of bluegrass favorites and complementary new songs. “It felt right at this moment in my life to go back and re-visit some things that I’ve loved all my life, which is bluegrass and, unapologetically, newgrass,” says Bush. “After all these years of experimenting —and there’s experimentation on this record too —I’ve come full circle.” Produced by Bush, the 14-song set includes appearances by Del McCoury, Edgar Meyer, Jerry Douglas and New Grass Revival co-founder Courtney Johnson (posthumously). The album also features the phenomenal talent of Bush’s band: Scott Vestal, Stephen Mougin, Byron House and Chris Brown.

Nominations for the International Bluegrass Music Awards will be announced at a special press conference scheduled for Wednesday, August 17, 5-6 p.m. Central at The Loveless Barn in Nashville—so mark your calendars now!

For more information on World of Bluegrass, including tickets to the International Bluegrass Music Awards, go to, join us on Facebook, or call 615-256-3222 (888-GET-IBMA). Tickets are on sale now at the website.

The IBMA Awards will be broadcast live on Sirius XM Satellite Radio (Bluegrass Junction, Channel 14) and will be syndicated to more than 300 U.S. markets and 14 foreign networks thanks to the sponsorship of Martha White, Sugar Hill Records, Deering Banjos, Compass Records and the International Bluegrass Music Museum. Program directors and station managers may sign up to be affiliates online at

The International Bluegrass Music Awards are voted on by the professional membership of the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA), which serves as the trade association for the bluegrass music industry. The IBMA Awards Show is the centerpiece of the World of Bluegrass week, including the industry’s Business Conference and Bluegrass Fan Fest, which takes place September 26 – October 2 in Nashville.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

News from The Perrys

News From Libbi Perry Stuffle, from The Perry's Email Newsletter:

I know, I know it's been a while since I've written! Seems like time just gets away from me, the older I get. :0) We have been so blessed to have a busy schedule this year. We've just returned from a 10 day vacation, which was very much needed! Now, we are full force (Lord willing) until December.

I know everyone is wanting a update on Tracy and how he's progressed since his heart attack and open heart surgery last August. Tracy as of date has lost 97 lbs!!! He has three more go and then he will be in the battle to keep it off. Tracy is regaining his strength back every day. He went to the driving range this week and was pleased with how he did, so now he's ready to hit the golf course! He is off ALL insulin! He takes metformin twice a day. He's been very disciplined about what he eats and that makes my job a lot easier. We do ask those of you that want to bring snacks and food to him on the road, please make sure it is low fat, low carb and low sodium. I know, that it's hard to find stuff that is all three, but it can be done. With summer here, we are love being able to get fresh veggies, so please feel free to bring all the tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, zucchini, onions, beans, lettuce, sweet potatoes, red bell peppers, and any other veggies you want to get rid of to our bus!! :0) Thanks once again for all of the prayers, cards, letters, emails, texts and love gifts. You will never ever know what each one has meant to us. Please continue to pray for us as we continue on this journey to a better and healthier lifestyle change.

A lot of people have ask what Tracy eats daily, so I have created a Facebook page that shows a lot of his meals with the recipes of how I fixed them. It's found at We welcome any advice, healthy recipes and we also encourage others. A lot of people like us struggle with being overweight and eating healthy, so here we can all encourage each other!

We are excited to announce that our single "CELEBRATE ME HOME" from our new project "BLUE SKIES" is the #1 song for the month of July in the Singing News Magazine!! This song has already been nominated as SONG OF THE YEAR in Singing News Magazine and the album "BLUE SKIES" has been nominated as ALBUM OF THE YEAR! We have received so many emails, letters and cards about how "CELEBRATE ME HOME" has helped so many who have recently had loved ones to pass away! We've also had to email the song to so many to use during funeral services of their loved ones. Such an encouraging song! You can order the CD "BLUE SKIES" and the sound track to "CELEBRATE ME HOME" now on our website

Singing News Top 5 Nominations are out and The Perrys are so honored to be nominated in 10 different categories! Thank you to each one of you who voted for our group and members! You have overwhelmed us once again! Album of the Year - Blue Skies, Song of the Year - Celebrate Me Home, Artist of the Year, Mixed Group of the Year, Lead Singer of the Year - Joseph Habedank, Male Vocalist - Joseph Habedank, New Horizon Individual - Bryan Walker, Female Vocalist - Libbi Stuffle, Alto - Libbi Stuffle, and Songwriter - Joseph Habedank.

We have some exciting things in the works for the next couple of months. Hopefully, I will be able to share them with you soon. Some of the things have been LONG over due and waited for. Be watching our website, FaceBook or Twitter ( - @theperrys70) for more information.

OK, I am gonna close for now and maybe I won't take so long next time to keep in touch! :0) Please remember to pray for The Perrys daily! We love and appreciate each of you!
Still Blessed!

*Please call the concert location before driving a long distance to confirm the date.

New Project from Greater Vision, The Only Way, Available At Retail This Week

Hendersonville, TN (July 5, 2011) –Daywind Records artist, Greater Vision, is excited to announce the release of their newest album, entitled The Only Way. The project is the first release with all new material since the return of original tenor, Chris Allman, to the group.

The Only Way, produced by Gerald Wolfe, features several songs from the pen of Chris Allman and 12-time Songwriter of the Year, Rodney Griffin. The first radio single, “Like I Wish I’d Lived,” found itself among the Top 5 new releases across the country, according to the Singing News charts.

To celebrate the release of the album, Greater Vision will be hosting an online release party Tuesday night, July 5th, at 8pm EST. Participants will be able to ask questions and have them answered live by Gerald, Rodney and Chris, as well as hear selections from the new CD. To join in the event, simply log onto Greater Vision’s Ustream channel ( or their Facebook page (

“It’s rare for a group to be so consistently successful and to have such an explosive combination of voices over the years,” shares Norman Holland, VP & Director of A&R at Daywind Records. “This new project is a wonderful example of who this trio is and what they want to say. It combines great songs with powerful vocals and heart stirring messages. Greater Vision shows us that The Only Way to make an album is with their very best for His glory. I’m excited for the world to hear this recording.”

The Only Way is available at Christian retail stores across the country and digitally at iTunes and other outlets. Bulk purchasing for gift and ministry purposes is available by calling 1-800-635-9581.

Daywind Records is based in Hendersonville, TN, and is distributed worldwide through New Day Christian Distributors. In addition to Greater Vision, Daywind is home to such great artists as Sisters and the Mark Trammell Quartet, among others.

For more information on Greater Vision, visit For more information on Daywind Records, visit

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Southern Gospel Music Association and Singing News Fan Awards Announce Performers

SGMA Induction/Singing News Fan Awards will feature a who’s who of Southern gospel performers

National Southern Gospel and Harvest Celebration will kick off Sept. 28 at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. featuring the South Gospel Music Association (SGMA) Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and the Singing News Fan Awards.

“Once again the attendees will be treated to numerous concerts throughout the day by some of Southern Gospel’s finest artists,” said Charlie Waller, SGMA executive director.

Among the performers are the Kingdom Heirs, Florida Boys, Blackwood Brothers, Triumphant Quartet, Karen Peck and New River, Dixie Melody Boys, Archie Watkins and Smoky Mountain Reunion, Chuck Wagon Gang, Diplomats and the Punches Family.

These artists will be performing throughout the day at various Dollywood venues, Waller said. The stars will be highlighted in the “Red Carpet Parade of Stars” as
they make their way through Dollywood to DP’s Celebrity Theatre for the exciting Singing News Fan Awards and Induction Ceremony, he said.

Participating in the parade will be Jeff and Sheri Easter, Kenny Gates, Red Roots, Gordon Mote, Old Paths, Brian Free and Assurance, Isaacs, “Little” Willie Wynn, Ball Brothers, Booth Brothers, Taranda Greene, Bob Brumley, Taylors, Statler Brothers, Hoppers, Talley Trio, Greater Vision, McKameys, Sisters, Jerry Kirksey, Mark Trammell
Quartet, Legacy Five, Inspirations, Triumphant Quartet, Ivan Parker, Perrys, Kingdom Heirs, as well as attending SGMA Hall of Fame Members and Board of Directors, according to Waller.

“This exciting and historical event will be hosted by Gordon Mote and Gerald Wolfe,” he said. Performing at the award show and induction will be the Perrys, McKameys, Booth Brothers, Legacy Five, Triumphant Quartet, Greater Vision, Brian Free and Assurance, and Mark Trammell Quartet. Phil Brower and Charlie Waller produce the show.

Seating is reserved, and tickets are $75 ($55 for Dollywood season pass holders) 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