Monday, September 26, 2011

2011 National Quartet Convention Filled With Memorable Highlights!

Louisville, KY - The 54th Annual National Quartet Convention officially concluded on Saturday, September 17, following six days and seven nights filled with memorable moments, special reunions, local and national television exposure and more than 75 hours of music, music and more music. The event kicked off on Sunday evening, September 11 at Louisville's Kentucky Fair & Expo Center and continued throughout the week, as Gospel Music fans from more than 40 states and at least a half dozen countries traveled to the city of Louisville, KY, for the 2011 Convention. In addition to the many popular quartets, trios, duets and soloists featured throughout the week, prominent keynote speakers included Dr David Jeremiah, Dr Charles Stanley and former Attorney General John Ashcroft, as well as Fox New Correspondent, Kelly Wright.
The National Quartet Convention, which first began in 1957 in Memphis, TN, offers fans of Gospel Music the convenience of seeing and hearing their favorite groups at a single event, as well as meeting those favorites, purchasing their music, videos and much more at any one of the 500 exhibit booths which span throughout 175,000 square feet. Gospel Music lovers enjoy their favorite music all day long, as music spectaculars begin each morning and continue until nearly midnight each evening, with performances by such popular and multi-award winning recording artists as The Gaither Vocal Band, Jason Crabb, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, The Booth Brothers, The Hoppers, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, The Isaacs, and Jeff & Sheri Easter.
One special highlight of the week included the very first NQC Christmas Day on Tuesday, as the day kicked off with a special bonus Christmas concert. Christmas decorations decked the hallways of the Kentucky Fair & Expo Center, and the evening concluded with a special NQC Christmas In September music extravaganza.
Another highlight included the Dixie Melody Boys' 50th Anniversary Celebration, featuring the reunion of more than 40 past and present Quartet members. Other reunion appearances included the Gaither Vocal Band Reunion, the Hinsons Reunion, as well as the Rambos Tribute. Each Reunion Tribute featured former classic standards recorded and made popular by each of the groups.
The 3rd Annual NQC Cancer Walk, hosted by Janet Paschal, proved to be another huge success, as walkers braved a cold, drizzly Louisville morning on Thursday to participate in the event, a benefit for the American Cancer Society.
Reflecting upon the 2011 NQC, Executive Vice President, Clarke Beasley, stated that the overall success of the event was most evident to all who attended the event. "It was truly a special year, filled with many memorable moments. Attendance was very strong, and our attendees were truly blessed by all they saw and heard."
The 2012 National Quartet Convention will take place September 9-15, 2012 in Louisville at the Kentucky Fair & Expo Center. Visit, as a complete schedule of events will be posted in the coming weeks.

Pictured above: Multi-Grammy Award winning recording artist, The Gaither Vocal Band were featured
during a special reunion event on Thursday, and also made an appearance during
Friday evening's concert line-up at the 2011 NQC.

Charlie Burke Passes Away

Announcement from Singing

Singing News has learned that Charles Burke has passed away today (Friday, Sept. 23) at around 7 a.m. at Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Early indications suggest that Mr. Burke suffered a brain aneurysm late last night at his home near Maiden, North Carolina. He had just celebrated his 75th birthday Sunday, Sept. 18.

Mr. Burke is generally regarded as a "behind-the-scenes" guiding force of Southern Gospel music. Among his numerous contributions to music in bringing life harmony are his distinguished service as a Board Member of the Southern Gospel Music Association and the Southern Gospel Music Hall Of Fame. An entrepreneur with several diversified businesses to his credit, including partial ownership of the National Quartet Convention, Mr. Burke was a driving force behind the outstanding quartet, The Singing Americans, and, with his son Michael, owned Tape Corporation Of America.

The following is a statement from Clarke Beasley about Charles Burke:

"The greatest among us are those who do not focus on elevating themselves but elevating others. Charles Burke spent a lifetime elevating others, dreaming dreams and bringing them to fruition, advancing the cause of the music he loved and the professionals within that music that he loved even more. To the countless people whose lives he impacted, his memory will be cherished and he will be greatly missed.

Last week, as president of the Southern Gospel Music Guild, I watched as Mr. Burke was celebrated by the people who loved him most as he was presented the Lifetime Achievement Honor. I am so glad he knew just how much he was appreciated."

A tremendous discoverer and encourager of new musical talent, Mr. Burke was instrumental in the careers of such persons as Clayton Inman and David Sutton of The Triumphant Quartet, Ivan Parker, Danny Funderburk, as well as such grous as The Whisnants, The Reggie Saddler Family and The Dove Brothers.

In a conversation this morning with Michael Burke, Michael says that the family appreciates all the prayers during this time. He further states that funeral arrangements are pending, but will be shared as soon as they are finalized.

Funeral Arrangements for Charles Burke

Funeral arrangements have been announced for Charles Ray Burke, who passed away unexpectedly Friday, September 23, 2011, at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, September 27, 2011, at 2 p.m. at Cornerstone Church in Maiden, North Carolina.

Burial will follow in Centerview Baptist Church Cemetery in Maiden.

Public viewing will begin on Monday at 9 a.m. at Burke Mortuary in Newton, North Carolina. The family will be there on Monday to receive friends from 4-8 p.m. and at other times at the home.

Memorials may be given to the Southern Gospel Music Association, P.O. Box 6729, Sevierville, TN 37864.

More information can be found at

Clarke Beasley Statement on Charles Burke

The greatest among us are those who do not focus on elevating themselves but elevating others. Charles Burke spent a lifetime elevating others, dreaming dreams and bringing them to fruition, advancing the cause of the music he loved and the professionals within that music that he loved even more. To the countless people whose lives he impacted, his memory will be cherished and he will be greatly missed.
Last week, as president of the Southern Gospel Music Guild, I watched as Mr. Burke was celebrated by the people who loved him most as he was presented the Lifetime Achievement Honor. I am so glad he knew just how much he was appreciated.

Clarke Beasley
Executive Vice President, National Quartet Convention
President, Southern Gospel Music Guild

Charles Burke Family pictured at the SGMG Lifetime Achievement Honor Reception
L-R: Kristen Dellinger (Michael & Tina's daughter), Michael Burke, Tina Burke, Carolyn & Charles Burke,
Donna Goodson (daugher of Charlie & Carolyn), Franky Goodson
Photo by Aaron Crisler / The Judy Nelon Group /

Friday, September 23, 2011

Sharron Kay King Welcomes 7th Grandbaby to the Family!

BYRON, Ga. – (September 8, 2011) – Singing News Fan Award nominee Sharron Kay King is excited to announce the addition of her seventh grandbaby to the family!

Born to her youngest daugher and son-in-law, Elizabeth Gayle and Isaac Johnson, Emelyn Gayle Johnson joined big sister Elianna Noelle on April 3, 2011.

Sharron said, “The Gayle middle name is in honor of my Mother Judith Gayle who passed away July 17, 2010. Liz & Isaac discovered they were expecting when her grandmother passed, so in honor of her since Liz was named after her, they decided to carryon the ‘Gayle’ name to their little girl. My mother was so proud of all her children and grandchildren, and I know she is smiling down upon them all today.”

For more information on Sharron and all her grandbabies, visit her site at .

Sharron recently 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 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).

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.

Guy Penrod Releases New Single to Radio

"Male Vocalist of the Year" Nomination in ICM Awards Ceremonies Cap Fall 2011

Nashville, Tennessee (September 14, 2011) - Guy Penrod strikes a strong vocal note of encouragement to the everyday American worker in his powerful new single "More Power To Ya" being delivered to country radio this week via Play MPE and CDX Vol. #531. The third single from his much acclaimed BREATHE DEEP CD release, Penrod's choice of the Jon Mabe/Jason Matthews written "More Power To Ya" continues to engage country listeners with a 'faith & family' values message that delves deep into the heart of the nation's 'can do' spirit. "I chose the song because of its down-to-earth grit when it comes to making it through life," notes Guy. "Life often deals us what seems at times to be an unfair hand. But the message in this great song is that the things that truly matter to us, our families-wives, kids, parents, friends--in short the people we love--are what's most important. We still get up and get out there and fight to provide for those we love. Things are especially challenging for the American work force at this time, but the numbers still reflect that we, as a people, are going to do what it takes to care for those we love and that grit deserves our applause and which I say, more power to ya!" With the unveiling of his new single and fall 2011 concert schedule, Guy Penrod remains one of the most "audience connective" live performers in the music industry. For country fans, his 2010 debut solo tour in support of BREATHE DEEP put a fresh face" on the unmistakable voice that help propel The Gaither Vocal Band to multi-Grammy wins and multi-million unit record sales. He has to date performed before audiences of more than six million concert-goers in the U.S. alone. The release of BREATHE DEEP set Penrod on course to be a centerpiece artist at the CMA Music Festival, tour Europe to introduce the new music, and embark on an ambitious country radio promotional tour that boosted his emerging strength in the genre to six figure sales in 2010. Guy will cap October with an October 28th appearance/performance at the ICM Faith, Family & Country Awards presentation being held in Nashville at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. He is nominated in the Male Vocalist of the Year category set to be presented that night. For additional information on concert dates listed please resource:
9/18/11 Blowing Rock, NC
9/19 - 9/21 Asheville, NC
9/22/11 Kansas City, MO
9/23/11 Wichita, KS
9/24/11 Westminster, CO
9/25/11 Holdrege, NE
9/26/11 Sioux Falls, SD
9/27/11 Monmouth, IL
10/8/11 Dyersburg, TN
10/14 - 10/16 Pigeon Forge, TN
10/20/11 Flint, MI
10/21/11 Westerville, OH
10/22/11 South Bend, IN
10/28/11 Nashville ICM Awards National radio promotion for Guy Penrod's "More Power To Ya" is being handled by GrassRoots Promotions of Nashville (

Laurie Lewis to Release New Album in Tribute to Bill Monroe


a ‘Lively ... Deep’ Personal Tribute to Father of Bluegrass

Austin, TX — Bay Area fiddler extraordinaire Laurie Lewis, called a “bluegrass/folk star” by the San Francisco Chronicle, will release her latest album, a heartfelt tribute to Bill Monroe, SKIPPIN’ AND FLYIN’ (Spruce and Maple Music), on October 18.

Lewis, twice named IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year and a GRAMMY Award winner and nominee, is also a singer, songwriter, bandleader, guitarist, bass player and record producer. It all comes together on SKIPPIN’ AND FLYIN,’ which mixes Lewis’ originals and songs from the bluegrass repertoire and contemporary writers and features her expressive vocals; instrumentation by award-winning, legendary and longtime players; and special guest vocalists such as Linda Ronstadt.

“I realize, looking back, that my path as a musician and songwriter, and my whole approach to making music, were influenced in various ways by what I found in Bill Monroe’s music,” says Lewis.

SKIPPIN’ AND FLYIN’ brings together a fine mix of songs by Monroe himself, Jimmie Rodgers, Maybelle Carter, Del McCoury and other writers and new tunes written and/or arranged by Lewis — each perfectly suited for a Monroe tribute.

Lewis’ album release show is set for November 26, at Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, California.

On September 28, she and longtime musical partner Tom Rozum will be hosting World of Bluegrass attendees at the Nashville Convention Center for mentoring sessions on harmony singing.

Her upcoming tour behind SKIPPIN’ AND FLYIN’ includes stops at festivals and venues in Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, New York, Massachusetts, Oregon and across California.

Laurie Lewis’s Upcoming Performances include:
Sept. 24, Fortune-Williams Festival, Staunton, Va.
Sept. 25, Cataloochee Ranch, near Maggie Valley, N.C.
Sept. 30, Three Sisters Bluegrass Festival, Chattanooga, Tenn.
Oct. 2, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, San Francisco
Oct. 9, Santa Barbara Old-Time Fiddlers Convention, Santa Barbara, Calif.
Oct. 15, Bluegrass Benefits Mount Diablo Music Education Foundation, Concord, Calif.
Oct. 22, FAR-West “Best of the West” Awards, Eugene, Ore.
Oct. 29, Bluegrass for the Moke, Mokelumne Hill, Calif.
Nov. 17, Hampshire College, Amherst, Mass.
Nov. 18, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
Nov. 19, Museum of Our National Heritage, Lexington, Mass.
Nov. 26, CD Release Show, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley, Calif.
Dec. 3, Monterey Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival, Monterey, Calif.

For more information, visit and

Media Contact: Heidi Labensart, McGuckin Entertainment PR, 512.478.0578;



The Roys join Campfire Cafe co-hosts in the kitchen.From L-R: Larry Wiseheart, Elaine Roy, Pamela Alford and Lee Roy.

Nashville, TN (September 21, 2011) -With their infectious signature sound and virtuoso bluegrass pickin,' THE ROYS' performance of the new Campfire Café theme song-- and September 26 appearance on the season opener of the popular RFD-TV series -- offers proof positive that the celebration of 'down home cookin' knows no geographical boundaries. Though born in Massachusetts, The Roys have more than a few good traditional southern-style recipes invested in the new weekly 13-episode series. In addition to providing the spirited new opening theme, Elaine and Lee will join Pamela Alford and co-host Larry Wiseheart in their world of "gourmet campfire cuisine" for three Fall guest appearances - on September 26 at 4:30 P.M. Central, with return visits to the campfire on October 3 and November 21. For complete air dates/times nationally resource: . Co-producer Pamela Alford was thrilled to learn The Roys were fans of the show which originated on the network in 2003 and is now back in production by popular demand. "The first surprise was that The Roys were actually fans of Campfire Café and the second was that Lee Roy and co-writer Matt Rogers wanted to write our theme song for the new season," notes Alford. "Our RFD audience has a deep appreciation of traditional life skills, good country music and great food. Lee and Elaine have captured the essence of what we try to deliver in our episodes and our recipes." Click here to listen: ( This weekend Lee and Elaine change the focus from campfire cooking to tailgating. They will perform the National Anthem at the kick-off of the Tennessee Titans/Denver Broncos game in Nashville on Sunday, September 25. ABOUT THE ROYS: These Massachusetts natives were "raised right" on country and bluegrass in New Brunswick, Canada. They are the reigning two-time Inspirational Country Music Duo of the Year and their LONESOME WHISTLE (Rural Rhythm Records) debuted at #7 on BILLBOARD's Bluegrass Albums Chart. They come from a unique musical family and are known for their superb sibling harmonies, "rootsy" sound and compelling original songs.

Toby Mac to Appear at Toronto Ontario for 2 Shows

Toby Mac & Jamie Grace


TobyMac tickets are selling like hot cakes!!! (that means fast) So please make sure that you don't miss out on this one. We expect to announce 2 more sold out shows soon.

Calgary was the first show to be sold out selling out over 3 weeks ago, and we are excited, and at the same time sad because some of you won't be there, to tell you that the second TobyMac show to sell out is...(queue drumroll) EDMONTON!!! Let me just say well done Alberta and thank you Shine FM for all your help!

Another thing that has us all smiles is that we get to announce a second show for one of the cities on this TobyMac tour. Tell your mom, your dad, your grandma and grandpa, your neighbor, your teacher, your soccer coach and preacher, the kids down the street and every one you meet because TobyMac is in TORONTO for 2 nights.

That's right Toby is in Toronto on October 7th and now October 8th.

Tickets for the Oct. 8th show are now available DO NOT MISS OUT.

For more info please visit:


Help get the word out!!

We want you, to go around your town and put the TobyMac poster wherever you think it would look best. Church, work, school, coffee shops, but when you put it up take a picture of it (phone is fine) and send it to us with a description of where it is, for

Your chance to WIN!!
You will be put in a draw to win a pair of tickets to TobyMac,
(One winner in each city)

So if you have a Toby Mac poster then you know what to do.

To get you're self a poster just go to the event page of your city and click the download poster button.

Once again just stick up the poster anywhere in town, capture it, and then send it to us with a description of where you've put it up.
CLICK HERE to submit your photo


Legacy Five Hosts Cruise

News from Legacy Five:

We would be honored to have you join us as we cruise the Caribbean January 19 - 26, 2013! Moments such as these help us to refocus, regroup, grown and refresh. Time away can be powerful, especially when it's purposeful. Deepening relationships with loved ones and with God sometimes requires getting away from the pace and routine of daily life. Joining us will be our friends Greater Vision, Booth Brothers, Collingsworth Family, Charlotte Richie, Triumphant Quartet, The Crist Family, Jim & Melissa Brady and Tim Lovelace!

The fun and music go beyond treasured concerts and chapel times. Reading the detailed brochure, you'll become aware of the special attention given to putting this cruise together for us. You will travel with fewer guests aboard a mid-sized ship and discover picturesque destinations not accessible to larger ships. Revel in the tropical beauty and enjoy shore excursions such as snorkeling, shopping or horseback riding on the beach.

Let's make some unforgettable memories together! Make your reservations today to join us on this magnificent cruise to the Caribbean in 2013!

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Skaggs Family Releases Second Christmas Album

One of Billboard's
Most-Anticipated Country Albums of the Fall -
In Stores Next Tuesday

Skaggs And The Whites Will Make Appearances During IBMA Week

Nashville, TN (September 22, 2011) - One of Billboard's most-anticipated Country albums of the fall, A SKAGGS FAMILY CHRISTMAS VOLUME TWO, will be available in stores nationwide next Tuesday, September 27. The new, 10-song CD features both studio and live recordings, and includes performances of traditional seasonal favorites and new compositions that are sure to become holiday treasures.

To celebrate the album's release, Ricky and The Whites will appear at an in-store signing event at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on September 27 (11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.) and later that day, they'll sign autographs from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. in the Skaggs Family Records' Booth (#416) at the IBMA 2011 World of Bluegrass being held at the Nashville Convention Center. Skaggs, a 14-time Grammy® winner, will also entertain fans on Wednesday, September 28 when he and Kentucky Thunder join the Bill Monroe Tribute Show being held at Vanderbilt University's Ingram Hall at 7 p.m.

A SKAGGS FAMILY CHRISTMAS VOLUME TWO features Ricky, his wife Sharon and their children (Luke and Molly), Buck and Cheryl White, and Cheryl's daughter, Rachel Leftwich, part of the Skaggs' extended family and members of a celebrated musical clan in their own right. Also highlighted are world-renowned Kentucky Thunder and The Nashville Strings. The disc kicks off with the upbeat bluegrass arrangement of "Christmas Time's A Coming," which segues smoothly to showcase Sharon White Skaggs and her sister, Cheryl, trading lead vocals on the bright, acoustic, "Light of the Stable." An a capella version of "The First Noel" finds Ricky singing lead, while the signature vocals of the White sisters excel on the high and low harmonies. Heavenly voices rise in praise on the classic seasonal favorite, "Silent Night," which also features a poignant mandolin and soaring strings. Molly Skaggs shines on "What Songs Were Sung," proving she's more than worthy to carry on the families' traditions, while brother Luke burns up the fret on his own composition, the intricate instrumental, "Flight To Egypt." The modern "Reunion Song" features a deceptively-simple sing-along melody, and Ricky not only triumphs on the lead vocal, but also plays Guitars, Mandolin, Gut String Solo and Dan Electro. Skaggs' lightning-fast finger pickin' guitar lick jump-starts "Children Go" and the vocal interplay between the family members (Ricky, Buck, Sharon and Cheryl) should leave listeners breathless. A haunting, original arrangement and expressive vocals by Luke, Molly and Rachel highlight "Oh Come, Oh Come, Emmanuel," and the disc closes with a classical instrumental interpretation of "Joy To The World."

As a bonus, A SKAGGS FAMILY CHRISTMAS LIVE (DVD) is included with the purchase of the CD. The DVD features the family's heartwarming holiday concert, recorded live in Nashville at the historic Ryman Auditorium. The three generations have taken this special show on the road for the last eight years, and the tradition continues this year, with the troupe performing at a variety of venues throughout the holiday season, including:

11/28/11 Brooks Center for the Performing Arts / Clemson, SC
11/30/11 The Paramount Theater / Charlottesville, VA
12/01/11 Music Center at Strathmore / N. Bethesda, MD
12/02/11 Historic Tennessee Theatre / Knoxville, TN
12/10/11 Honeywell Center / Wabash, IN
12/11/11 Niswonger PAC of NW Ohio / Van Wert, OH
12/17/11 Smokey Mtn. Performing Arts Center / Franklin, NC
12/22/11 Schermerhorn Symphony Center / Nashville, TN

"We started singing these songs in our living room all those years ago, with no idea that we would ever take A Skaggs Family Christmas to so many places," explains Sharon. "We've performed everywhere from churches to symphony halls to the National Tree Lighting Ceremony in Washington D.C., where we sang for President George W. Bush. The recording process, the performing and traveling has been so much fun! It has been such a blessing to share all of this as a family."

Explore the history of the Skaggs Family and more at


Sweet, Feisty Bluegrass-Folk Originals, Traditional Strings,
World of Talent Fill Quintet’s Live Shows

Austin, TX — Della Mae, the all-woman bluegrass quintet out of Boston that brings acoustic grit and twang to town with no apologies, will play shows in Nashville during the IBMA Business Conference and Fan Fest.

Della Mae plays at:
Monday, September 26
12:20 a.m., Boston Bluegrass Union, Room 203

Tuesday, September 27
11:30 p.m., Patuxent Music After-Hours Showcase, Room 108, Nashville Convention Center
12:15 a.m., Acoustic Trail New Frontier Showcase, Renaissance Hotel

Wednesday, September 28
11 p.m., Foreign Affairs, Convention Room 109
12:25-12:50 a.m., Emerging Artist Showcase, Mast Farm Inn

Friday, September 30
2:20 p.m., Layla’s Bluegrass Inn, 418 Broadway St.

Saturday October 1
12:45 p.m., Grand Master Fiddler Champion Stage, Fan Fest Showcase, Room 205

Della Mae features the 2009-2010 National Fiddle Champion Kimber Ludiker, powerful mandolinist Jenni Lyn Gardner, seasoned bassist Amanda Kowalski, and the sweet, sultry vocals and driving acoustic guitar of Celia Woodsmith.

A new member has joined the band: Courtney Hartman, a bluegrass guitar flatpicker from Colorado who grew up playing music with her family. “An extraordinary bluegrass guitarist and a fluid, inventive improviser … one of the finest musicians I have ever had the privilege of working with,” said Matt Glaser, instructor at Boston’s Berklee College of Music.

The band will release its debut full-length album, I BUILT THIS HEART, in October, with all-star guests Alison Brown, Laurie Lewis, Brittany Haas (Crooked Still) and Emma Beaton (Joy Kills Sorrow). The album was produced by Austin Nevins (Josh Ritter) and engineered by Erick Jaskowiack.

Vintage Guitar magazine describes Della Mae’s sound as “straightforward, expertly executed music that stays true to its inspirations.” Its musical style seamlessly blends years of experience with bluegrass music and modern singer-songwriter sensibilities. With award-winning instrumental abilities and a reputation for energetic live performances, the five women of Della Mae are turning heads.

Della Mae performed at RockyGrass and Grey Fox Music Festival and others this year and will play at the Bluegrass Jamboree in Germany in December.

In the words of master mandolinist Mike Marshall, “These gals can get down and aren’t messing around.”

Interview times for the band are available as well as press kits.

For more information, visit

Media Contact: McGuckin Entertainment PR
Heidi Labensart 512.698.2621;

Rick Alan King Homecoming October 22

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Sheri Easter To Release Book, Hear My Heart: When There Are No Words To Say, September 10, 2011

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (September 7, 2011) – GRAMMY® nominee and award-winning female vocalist Sheri Easter (Jeff & Sheri Easter) is set to release Hear My Heart: When There Are No Words To Say, a collection of her writings over the years, through Xulon Press on September 10, 2011.

As a wife, mother, singer and songwriter, Easter has always been one to chronicle her life with pen and paper, capturing significant moments both good and bad. While fighting a now victorious battle with breast cancer over the past few years, her journaling became even more precious to her as well as therapeutic. Currently celebrating 25 years of marriage and a life full of triumphs and tragedies, Easter decided it was time to share some of her life experiences and lessons through this intimate release.

"Sometimes in life, words seem superficial, shallow and empty" says Easter. "We struggle to put our feelings into sentences that convey an honest representation of the heart. With this book, I’ve opened my heart, shared private journal entries, favorite quotes, blogs and stories to offer inspiration and passion to the reader."

Hear My Heart: When There Are No Words to Say will be available at digital retailers, in select bookstores and at all Jeff & Sheri Easter tour dates. Pre-orders are being accepted now, and all books sold through will be autographed.
For more information, visit Connect with Jeff & Sheri Easter at and Twitter: @JSEaster and @SheriEaster.

Two-time GRAMMY®-nominated Jeff & Sheri Easter are Gospel music treasures. They are featured regularly on the Gaither HOMECOMING videos and international HOMECOMING tours along with their own heavy schedule of appearances. Jeff & Sheri are the recipients of six GMA DOVE Awards, 15 Singing News Fan Awards, three Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music Association Awards, two International Country Gospel Music Association honors, 16 Voice Awards, four Southern Gospel Music Fan Fair Awards, five SGN Scoops Diamond Awards, four Hearts Aflame Awards and three Cash Box Awards.
Formed in 1988 following childhoods as part of their respective, nationally-known family groups—The Lewis Family and The Easter Brothers, the married couple is joined today on stage by their children—Madison and Morgan Easter—who round out the group. The group is known for such hits as “Roses Will Bloom Again,” “Praise His Name,” “Thread of Hope,” “Speak to the Mountain” and many others including “Born to Climb,” which garnered a 2010 DOVE Award.
Their latest release, Silver Anniversary (SpringHill Records), celebrates 25 years of marriage, music and love. The project is available on iTunes and retail stores nationwide.

Performers Announced for Internatio​nal Bluegrass Music Awards 9-29

Initial slate of performers announced for international bluegrass music awards September 29

Performances from nominees Balsam Range, The Boxcars, Dailey & Vincent, The Grascals, The Gibson Brothers, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Sierra Hull & Highway 111 and Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers – as well as the show’s host, Sam Bush, confirmed

Nashville, Tenn. (Sept 7, 2011) — An initial list of performers for IBMA’s 22nd International Bluegrass Music Awards has been confirmed for the Thursday, September 29 event. The Awards Show, held at Nashville, Tennessee’s historic Ryman Auditorium, will feature performances from nominees Balsam Range, The Boxcars, Dailey & Vincent, The Grascals, The Gibson Brothers, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Sierra Hull & Highway 111 and Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers. Also performing is Awards Show host, Sam Bush. More performers, as well as the lineup of presenters, will be announced in the coming weeks.

“Stephen Ruffo and I are thrilled to be working with host Sam Bush and with the team of professionals in place for the biggest night in bluegrass,” said Claire Armbruster, who is co-producing the Awards Show with Ruffo. “Our main focus will be honoring the nominees but we’ll also pay homage to Bill Monroe, the Father of Bluegrass, on the 100th anniversary of his birth.” “Both Claire and I are excited to produce the Awards Show during the year of this important Monroe anniversary,” Ruffo agreed. “The artists that we have invited to perform on the Ryman stage all recognize the importance of this celebration, and they are as honored as we are to be part of that.”

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 September 26 – October 2 in Nashville, Tenn., which also includes the IBMA Business Conference and Bluegrass Fan Fest.

The IBMA Awards will be broadcast live on Sirius XM Satellite Radio (Bluegrass Junction, Channel 61), and also will be syndicated to more than 300 U.S. markets and 14 foreign networks thanks to the sponsorship of Martha White, Deering Banjos, the International Bluegrass Music Museum, Bluegrass, Moonshine & The Birth of NASCAR – The Movie, Compass Records and the Academy of Bluegrass.

For more information on World of Bluegrass week, including tickets to the International Bluegrass Music Awards, go to, join us on Facebook, or call 615-256-3222 (1-888-GET-IBMA). A complete list of nominees, this year’s Hall of Fame inductees and the recipients of the Distinguished Achievement Award can be found at

Janie Fricke and Moore & Moore Join The Roys As Special Guests On The World-Famo​us Midnite Jamboree On Saturday, September 17

Janie Fricke and Moore & Moore Join The Roys As Special Guests On The World-Famous Midnite Jamboree On Saturday, September 17
Fans Will Be Treated To Evening of Traditional Country & Bluegrass Music

Nashville, TN (September 7, 2011) -- Legendary Country entertainer Janie Fricke, and traditional Country sister duo Moore & Moore will join Bluegrass/Roots brother/sister duo The Roys who host the world-famous Ernest Tubb Midnite Jamboree on Saturday, September 17. Music fans will be treated to a FREE evening of traditional Country and Bluegrass at the Texas Troubadour Theatre in Music Valley Village (across from Opryland). The music kicks off at 12:00 Midnight, streams on and broadcasts live on 650 AM WSM Radio. As a special "thank you" to their fans, the entertainers will host an autograph-signing session immediately following the show.
The Roys have been busy all summer, performing at major festivals, fairs and other venues across the country including CMA Music Fest, Blue Moon Mountain Bluegrass Festival and Dollywood. Lee and Elaine kicked off Country Thunder Festival USA (Twin Lakes, WI), where they opened for Lady Antebellum, and they've entertained crowds at the Dogwood Park Concert Series (Greeneville, TN), and numerous other events in support of their current Rural Rhythm Records' release, LONESOME WHISTLE. The Roys have shared the stage with Fricke on several dates already this year, and are scheduled to tour with her again this Fall. The duo has been prominently featured on a variety of national televisions shows, and more appearances are on deck this year.
ABOUT THE ROYS: The two-time Inspirational Country Music Duo of the Year hail from Massachusetts, and their unique Bluegrass/Roots sound and amazing sibling harmonies have earned them a legion of fans from around the globe. The Roys have been active supporters of COMPASSION INTERNATIONAL since early 2010, and last Summer, they traveled to Bogota, Columbia, South America to experience first-hand how the programs are implemented. This year, they are urging their fans to get on board via the CI Respond With Compassion campaign. (

ABOUT JANIE FRICKE: A two-time CMA & ACM Female Vocalist of the Year, Fricke has hit the #1 spot on the Country charts an astounding 18 times. She was named Billboard Magazine Top Female Vocalist, was the First Female Voice on the Moon, and was named the UK's Country Music Round Up's Most Popular International Female Solo Act. Her music has reached Gold and Platinum sales status worldwide, and the talented and personable Indiana native has recorded numerous jingles for Coca-Cola, Pizza Hut and United Airlines. Janie has released 23 albums and 36 hit singles, and she remains one of the most-beloved entertainers in the Country field. (

ABOUT MOORE & MOORE: Twin sisters, Debbie and Carrie Moore have received awards and nominations from Indie Bullet, Airplay International, TNN/Music City News, BMI, NSAI and NATD. Their success has prompted appearances on CBS, NBC, FOX, ESPN, TBS, TNN, GAC, CMT and the Grand Ole Opry, and they have previously hosted the Ernest Tubb Midnite Jamboree. Debbie and Carrie have performed all over the world, including Asia, Australia, Canada and Europe and have received the International Duo and International Entertainer of the Year awards. Their latest CD is THE MORE I GET, THE MORE I WANT. (

Rambo McGuire To Debut Grassroots Rambo On The Main Stage At TheNational Quartet Convention

Nashville, TN (September 7, 2011) – The incredible music of Dottie Rambo will be celebrated in a momentous and glorious way, next week, as her daughter Reba Rambo-McGuire (original member of The Rambos), along with husband Dony, daughter Destiny, son Israel, and father Buck Rambo (also founding member of The Rambos), sing and celebrate the release of Grassroots Rambos on the main stage of the National Quartet Convention.

The group, Rambo McGuire, will appear on Wednesday and Saturday evenings on the main concert stage in Freedom Hall at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville, KY. They will sing songs from the recording such as “I Won't Ask For More," "Too Much To Gain To Lose," and "Remind Me Dear Lord" and many more accompanied by a live band. They’ll be making additional appearances throughout the week, including the highly attended Bill Gaither’s Homecoming Sing-A-Long on Friday afternoon.

In addition to the live debut of the album, the radio single, “I Won’t Ask For More,” will debut on radio airwaves across the world on Wednesday, September 14th, 2011.

Reba Rambo-McGuire expresses, “Grassroots Rambos is an organic and authentic return and rebirth of Dottie Rambo music in its mountain music embryonic essence. It's a newborn ancient soul. To me, it’s the old and young man dancing in abandoned, effortless joy. It's Mom's profound revelation in a gingham dress. I find myself breathing free and soaring on mandolin and fiddle wings as we lift up our voices in harmonious and simple truth. It's something real in a synthetic world... I love it!

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The Lanier Land Boys & Band Reach Publicity Agreement with Southern Spin Entertainment

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – (September 6, 2011) – Georgia’s own The Lanier Land Boys & Band have signed an exclusive publicity agreement with Southern Spin Entertainment. Through this agreement, The Lanier Land Boys & Band will have unlimited access to all media outlets serviced by Southern Spin Entertainment, as well as potential marketing and media campaigns through the organization.
In April of 2007, the Lanier Land Boys & Band were organized by Marion Merck, Scotty Holmes and Tommy Brooks. The group feels that Gospel music is a ministry for them and the people who come to hear them. The Lanier Land Boys have nothing more on their hearts and minds than using their talents and abilities to praise their Heavenly Father. The group just released their debut recording for Homeland Inspiration Group’s MontEagle Records.

“The Lanier Land Boys are one of those groups that you instantly fall in love with,” mentioned SSE Group’s Chris Unthank. “They’ve got a heart for ministry, and we are more than happy to team up with artists who make that their #1 priority!”

Jonathan Jackson of the Lanier Land Boys said, “We are very excited about working with SSE! The company comes highly recommended by several industry professionals that we have spoken with, and we are looking forward to this wonderful opportunity.”
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, The Mystery Men, Branson Gospel Music Revival, Eighth Day, Sharron Kay King, Heavens Highway, 2nd Generation, Brothers Forever, The Quicks, Rod Burton, and many more.
For more information about The Lanier Land Boys and Band, visit the group’s website: . You can also keep up with the group on social network sites like Facebook ( and Twitter (

Friday, September 2, 2011

Ernie Haase & Signature Sound Return to Atlanta Motor Speedway to PerformNational Anthem Prior to AdvoCare 500

Featured on Live ESPN Broadcast Sunday September 4, 2011

NASHVILLE, TN (AUGUST 12, 2011) - Grammy-nominated, award-winning Ernie Haase & Signature Sound will return to Atlanta Motor Speedway for the second consecutive year to perform the National Anthem prior to the AdvoCare 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series night race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday, Sept. 4.
Ernie Haase & Signature Sound (EHSS) is a Grammy-nominated and award-winning gospel quartet that combines modern musical concepts with the timeless quality of vocal groups to break the traditional mold of gospel quartets. The quartet was formed by Ernie Haase, the tenor singer of the famed Cathedral Quartet.
The patriotic pre-race event will feature the group performing the National Anthem, preceded by, “I Pledge My Allegiance.”
“We have never received a more positive response from any National Anthem performer in the history of Atlanta Motor Speedway than what we saw last year after Ernie Haase & Signature Sound presented the National Anthem,” said AMS President and General Manager Ed Clark. “We are certainly thrilled that they will be making a return performance again this year. For the fans that missed the National Anthem last year, I would certainly recommend they tune in with us for their outstanding version of our nation’s song.”
“What an honor to be asked to sing the National Anthem at the Atlanta Motor Speedway once again,” said Ernie Haase, founder of the group. “A repeat performance is the greatest compliment you could ever pay to Ernie Haase & Signature Sound. Thank you Ed Clark, Atlanta Motor Speedway, NASCAR, ESPN and all the fans who asked for us to come back. We are thrilled! See you on race day for the AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway!”
Fans that purchase the 2011 AdvoCare 500 souvenir program during race weekend are eligible for two free EHSS song downloads.
NASCAR night racing returns to Atlanta Motor Speedway this Labor Day weekend, Sept. 2-4. Tickets for the AdvoCare 500 start at $39 and $19 for students. Children 12 and under admitted free for the Great Clips 300 and the Atlanta 200 with an adult ticket. For more information, call the Atlanta Motor Speedway Ticket Office at (877) 9-AMS-TIX, (770) 946-4211 or visit
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Music Icon Ricky Skaggs Nominated For Five ICM Awards

Including Entertainer and Legend/Pioneer Award Inspirational Country Song ("Someday Soon"), Musician And Inspirational Bluegrass Artist Round Out Nominations

Nashville, TN (September 1, 2011) -- The ICM Faith, Family & Country Awards Top 5 finalists were announced yesterday, and Ricky Skaggs secured nominations in five categories: Legend/Pioneer Award, Entertainer, Inspirational Country Song ("Someday Soon"), Musician and Inspirational Bluegrass Artist. For Skaggs, who has previously won several ICM Awards, this year's nominations are particularly sweet. "I'm very grateful to the ICM for all the nominations," says Skaggs. "When I started playin' and singin', they didn't have award shows like they do now, so I've never been driven to win them. I just love the music and I love the fact that God uses music to speak to people's hearts. That's what I'm in it for, to be a messenger of His Love." The 17th Annual Inspirational Country Music Awards will be held on Friday, October 28 at Nashville's Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Ricky has been honored with the following ICM Awards: Musician of the Year, Christian Country Music Association - 1994, 1995, Musician of the Year - 2008, Inspirational Bluegrass Artist (with The Whites) - 2008, Mainstream Country Artist (with The Whites) - 2008, Mainstream Country Artist - 2009 and Inspirational Bluegrass Artist - 2010. A 14-time Grammy® winner, Skaggs should have no problem garnering additional nominations in the future, as he continues to record and produce peerless music that appeals to an ever-growing fan base that crosses multiple genres. He released COUNTRY HITS BLUEGRASS STYLE in July, and the 14-song disc is a mix of Skaggs' Country and Bluegrass roots; a compilation of numerous Skaggs' #1 Country hits and fan favorites, played in a Bluegrass style. Ricky's been sharing his music with fans around the country during his current Treasure Chest Tour. The tour continues with shows in Copper Mountain, CO (Villages at Copper Mountain), Stephenville, TX (Birdsong Amphitheater), Bloomington, IL (Bloomington Performing Arts Center) and Hiawassee, GA (Georgia Mountain Fall Festival) in addition to a host of bluegrass dates. In August, Skaggs Family Records announced the issue of another 2011 CD: A SKAGGS FAMILY CHRISTMAS VOLUME TWO. The 10-song disc hits stores nationwide on September 27, and features both studio and live recordings. A bonus DVD filled with 26 performances of traditional seasonal favorites and new compositions that are sure to become holiday treasures is included with the CD. Skaggs and The Whites have taken their live holiday show on the road for the last eight years, entertaining crowds in venues ranging from churches to symphony halls, to the National Tree Lighting Ceremony in Washington D.C., where they sang for President George W. Bush. They continue the tradition this year with bookings at a variety of outlets throughout the holiday season. A Skaggs Family Christmas Tour concludes with a special evening at Nashville's Schermerhorn Symphony Center on December 22. For more news on this music icon and a complete itinerary, log on to: information on the 2011 ICM Week in Nashville, click on:

GRAMMY® Award Winner JASON CRABB Releases Live DVD/CD

New DVD and CD Releases Showcasing a Heartwarming Evening
As Acclaimed Vocalist Puts His Signature Twist on Classics

(Nashville, Tenn.) September 1, 2011 - For GRAMMY® Award winner and Christian music mainstay JASON CRABB, there is nothing like performing LIVE in front of an audience. On April 19th, 2011, his adrenaline was running high as he stepped onto the stage, following an introduction by friend, mentor and legend Bill Gaither, to record his first LIVE recording, The Song Lives On (Gaither Music Group), which is set to release on DVD and CD on October 18th.
Filmed at Nashville’s historic Loveless Café Barn, this all-new collection finds Jason, along with his stage band, putting his own twist to some of the most popular Gospel classics and church favorites of the past few decades. The rustic venue at the Loveless accentuated the rich emotion and soul of Crabb’s vocal talents as well as the intimate, down-home charm that has made this “boy next door” a 14-time GMA DOVE Award-winning, nationally acclaimed communicator.
Known for a uniquely commercial vocal style that blurs the lines between musical genres, Crabb, along with Gaither, collaborated to select songs for this recording that have now become classics—songs that Crabb grew up singing in his hometown church, tunes that remain fan favorites today and messages that Jason could bring to life with his unique flair that ranges from sheer, powerhouse force to “raw,” vulnerable interpretations.
“I wanted to record songs that have stood the test of time,” Crabb describes, “and as Bill Gaither suggested, ‘songs that have sound theology.’ Many of these songs I first heard in church while growing up in Kentucky. Some of them were sung as a congregation, and some were performed as what we called ‘specials’ at our country church.”
Some of those “specials” include hits such as “Who Am I,” “Beulah Land,” “God on the Mountain,” “Midnight Cry,” “I Saw the Light,” “Until Then” and “Why Me” among others (complete song listing below). The evening featured special performances by The Gaither Vocal Band, including a new rendition of “Please Forgive Me,” a Crabb Family hit penned by Crabb’s father, songwriter of the year Gerald Crabb. The song, which was recently re-recorded by Crabb’s longtime friend and inspiration Michael English with the Gaither Vocal Band, included a special reprise that brought Crabb and English together on stage.
Another highlight of the evening occurred when Gaither and Oak Ridge Boy William Lee Golden stepped onto the stage spontaneously to join Crabb singing his version of the Kris Kristofferson hit “Why Me.” Other standout moments included a cameo appearance by Sonya Isaacs Yeary and Becky Isaacs Bowman, who joined Jason for the classic “Who Am I” as well as a guest appearance by The Crabb Family, who joined their brother for the family tradition “Through the Fire.” Performers and studio vocalists Reggie and Ladye Love Smith and Angela Primm sang background vocals that evening. Jason’s band includes Lorie Sikes, Blaine Johnson and Michael Rowsey.
“This was a night I had looked forward to for so long,” Crabb describes with his usual “aww, shucks” grin. “To get to sing these classic songs and have my band do what we do live is something I’ve wanted to do for a while now. To look into the front row and see the faces of people I’ve looked up to for years was intimidating…what an honor! For several of them to join me on stage, well, that’s just beyond belief for this small-town boy…what a night! I’ll treasure it forever.”
The Song Lives On will also include a new version of Crabb’s GMA DOVE Award-winning Song of the Year for 2011 “Sometimes I Cry,” which Crabb recently re-recorded at the Billy Graham Library in NC, as part of the filming for the fall releases of the two new Gaither Homecoming videos—Tent Revival Homecoming and The Old Rugged Cross.
The Song Lives On DVD and CD, produced by Gaither, will be available in stores and online on October 18th. The projects will be featured on multiple tv networks as part of a direct campaign this fall and will be strategically positioned across retail and online accounts. Both releases are distributed exclusively by EMI CMG Distribution. For a SNEAK PREVIEW of the DVD, please visit
In addition to his heavy touring schedule, Jason can be seen at various HOMECOMING arena concerts and video recordings. For further information, visit or
Jason Crabb is known as one of the most respected and diverse vocalists in Christian music. His soulful, heartfelt vocals have made him a critics’ pick and a fan favorite on stages ranging from “The Grand Ole Opry” and the Brooklyn Tabernacle to the Gaither Homecoming arena platforms. With a string of number one hits and chart-topping singles, a tour schedule of over 200 dates annually, ongoing tv appearances, a book on the shelves and a new recording hitting this fall, this vocal powerhouse’s talent is topped only by his genuine personality and concern for others.
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The Song Lives On, CD song listing:
1. On the Battlefield
2. Hymns Medley
3. I’d Rather Have Jesus
4. I’ll Take Jesus
5. Unclouded Day
6. Until Then
7. Jesus on the Mainline
8. Sweet Beulah Land
9. God on the Mountain
10. Through the Fire (featuring The Crabb Family)
11. Sometimes I Cry
12. When He Was on the Cross (I Was on His Mind)
13. Who Am I (featuring Jason Crabb, Sonya Isaacs Yeary and Becky Isaacs Bowman)
14. I Saw the Light
15. Why Me (featuring Jason Crabb, Bill Gaither and William Lee Golden)
16. Midnight Cry
17. Take My Hand, Precious Lord
18. I’ve Never Been This Homesick Before
The Song Lives On…Live!, DVD song listing:
1. On the Battlefield
2. Hymns Medley
3. I’d Rather Have Jesus
4. I’ll Take Jesus
5. Unclouded Day
6. Until Then
7. Jesus on the Mainline
8. Sweet Beulah Land
9. God on the Mountain
10. Through the Fire (featuring The Crabb Family)
11. Satisfied (featuring The Gaither Vocal Band)
12. Satisfied (Hallelujah I Have Found Him) (featuring The Gaither Vocal Band)
13. Please Forgive Me (featuring The Gaither Vocal Band, Jason Crabb)
14. Sometimes I Cry
15. When He Was on the Cross (I Was on His Mind)
16. Who Am I (featuring Jason Crabb, Sonya Isaacs Yeary and Becky Isaacs Bowman)
17. I Saw the Light
18. Why Me (featuring Jason Crabb, Bill Gaither and William Lee Golden)
19. Midnight Cry
20. Take My Hand, Precious Lord
21. I’ve Never Been This Homesick Before

Brian Alvey Joins The Talleys

One of gospel music’s most beloved families, the Talley Trio, announces an exciting new chapter in their lives and ministry. Brian Alvey joins Roger, Debra and Lauren on stage in September 2011, making his debut at the Gatlinburg Gathering. Brian and Lauren were married in June 2011 and with this change the group will officially be known as The Talleys.

“Brian not only brings an impressive vocal ability to the group, but will add a new excitement to the stage with his proficiency on bass guitar, piano, electric and acoustic guitar and steel guitar. We look forward to showcasing his many talents on stage, but what we love most is his testimony, his heart for ministry and the impact he will have on listeners,” says Roger Talley.

Brian is an Indiana native and was raised in a pastor’s home. He has previously played piano and sung with Southern Sound, Beyond the Ashes and Tribute Quartet. Brian co-wrote Tribute’s first top 10 single, “That’s Why I Love Him So,” and was a 2009 Top 10 nominee for Horizon Individual of the Year.

The Roys In Running For Three Inspirational Country Music Awards

Winners Announced In Nashville October 28Duo To Perform On Show With Ricky Skaggs & The Whites

Nashville, TN (September 1, 2011) -- The reigning Inspirational Country Music Duo of the Year, The Roys, are in the running for three more ICM awards this year: Vocal Duo of The Year, Inspirational Bluegrass Artist and Inspirational Country Song ("I Wonder What God's Thinking"). Winners will be announced during the 2011 ICM Faith, Family & Country Awards show, held in Nashville on Friday, October 28 at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. The Roys will perform "That's What Makes It Love" that night with special guests Ricky Skaggs and The Whites. Both songs are from The Roys' current CD, LONESOME WHISTLE, which was recorded at Skaggs Place Studio and released March 22 this year on Rural Rhythm Records. The disc debuted at #7 on BILLBOARD's Bluegrass Albums Chart, and is currently #6 on Bluegrass Unlimited's Top 15 Albums Chart, #7 on Cashbox Magazine's Top 20 Bluegrass Albums Chart and #16 on The Alternate Root's Top 66 Bluegrass Album Chart."We're overjoyed to be nominated again this year," says Elaine Roy. "And it will be amazing to perform on stage with legends like Ricky Skaggs and The Whites," adds her brother, Lee. "They were amazing to work with in the studio." Ricky and The Whites appear on the recorded version of "That's What Makes It Love." The brother/sister duo has enjoyed numerous high-profile performances this year, kicking off Country Thunder Festival USA (where they opened for Lady Antebellum), Dollywood (Pigeon Forge, TN), Dogwood Park Concert Series (Greenville, TN), and more. They've appeared on several Fox Television Network shows, Daily Buzz, ABC-TV's What's The Buzz, Daytime, GAC-TV, and numerous other popular programs. Upcoming shows include dates with country legend Janie Fricke, and performances at the Kentucky Renaissance Fair, Heroes Music Festival at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Rocky River Fall Bluegrass Festival and dates in Florida, Kentucky and Tennessee. Fans can catch up with all the news and complete itinerary on The Roys by clicking on For further information on the 2011 ICM Week in Nashville, click on: