Sunday, April 29, 2012

Matt Felts Releases Civil War Project, Angels On The Battlefield

Nashville: Popular Southern Gospel artist Matt Felts has released a new project, Angels On The Battlefield, featuring original Civil War hymns. The historic album features songs familiar to the soldiers of both the North and South, each played on period instruments by Nashville best musicians. The album also includes gripping narrations that honor the role faith played during America's greatest conflict. Felts was joined in the studio on select songs by an all-star cast including Johnny Minick, Mike Allen and Aaron Minick. "This project has been years in the making. I wanted this to be as accurate to what you would have heard if you joined soldiers around a campfire." Felts stated.
     Angels On The Battlefield comes out as the Civil War community celebrates the 150th anniversary of the conflict. The project is scheduled to be carried by all National Parks across America as well as museums and historical gift shops. It will also be sold by major retailers both in the Christian market as well as secular business's such as Best Buy and Borders. "From the beginning, my goal has been to present God's love to people that may never come to a Gospel concert or church service. I am overwhelmed the response that we have already received. God is opening huge doors." added Felts. The project was debuted in Gettysburg in March of this year. "I have heard many Civil War projects and this album is by far the best I have ever heard. It is a must have for any Civil War enthusiast or fan of great music." Said George Lomas, Civil War expert.
     Due to the overwhelming repsonse of this album throughout the Civil War community, Felts will be making select appearances at battlefields such as Gettysburg, Fredricksburg and also in Washington, DC.
     To purchase a copy of this highly anticipated album or to learn more, go to

Leslie Taylor announces her departure as soprano singer for The Taylors.

Lillington, NC - Leslie Taylor announces her departure as soprano singer for The Taylors. After
six years on the road, Leslie felt the Lord calling her to a different ministry. Leslie says, “I am
thrilled about the new opportunities that God has given me over the past several months. I am
thankful and excited for the doors that God has opened”. She will be serving the Lord in her
home church while pursuing a solo ministry.

The LeFevre Quartet signs with Activate Records

When you think of Gospel Music, LeFevre is a name that has always been at the top of our field. In 1921, two brothers and a sister formed a group, which became known as The LeFevre's, traveling and singing the gospel for decades.  In 2005, a new sound emerged in Gospel Music, holding the same banner that was held by the original LeFevre group. Just one year after forming The LeFevre Quartet, fans voted them 2006 Horizon Group of the Year. In 2009 their song "Big Mighty God" was nominated as a top 5 song by the Dove awards. This group continues to hold up the standard that was started over 90 years ago. Here at Activate, we are excited about our new partnership with The LeFevre Quartet  joining with them to reach the world with the Gospel in song.. 
Left to right:  Brandon Barry (Lefevre Qt.), Harold Reed (LeFevre Qt.), Rick Sandidge (Actiate Records), Tre’ Corley (Activate Records), Mike LeFevre ( LeFevre Qt.), Jordan LeFevre (LeFevre Qt.), Paul Corley (Activate Records).

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Marshall Hall’s Single, “Brighter One,” To Be Featured On The CW’s Hart Of Dixie

Hendersonville, TN (April 25, 2012) – The CW Network will be welcoming a new voice to their Hart of Dixie TV show this Monday evening. While Southern Gospel audiences and Gaither fans will find it familiar, many new fans will be pleasantly surprised by the sounds of this terrific singer and his fresh music. The voice of Daywind Records’ artist, Marshall Hall (formerly of the Gaither Vocal Band), with his brand new single, “Brighter One,” will be featured as a part of the April 30th episode of Hart Of Dixie, which airs at 8 pm EST.
Based in a small town in Alabama, the show centers on Zoe Hart (played by Rachel Bilson), a native New Yorker and recent medical school graduate, trying to adjust to life in the South. The show also stars Jaime King, Scott Porter, and Tim Matheson.
“I’m excited!” shares Marshall Hall. “I’ll admit it – I watch teen TV shows a lot. I can’t help it; maybe I haven’t quite grown up yet. To think that there will be a bunch of teenagers hearing a message from my project is pretty amazing. I’d also like to thank my dear friends, Sam and Becca (Mizell), for writing such a great song!”
“Brighter One” is the title track from Marshall Hall’s 2012 GMA Dove Award nominated project, Brighter One. The single released to Southern Gospel radio this month is already receiving a positive response from DJs across the country.
Brighter One 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 Marshall Hall, Daywind is home to many other great artists such as the Perrys and Jessica King, among others. For more information on Marshall Hall, visit For more information on Daywind Records, visit

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Legacy Five Debuts Anticipated “Ask Me Why” to YouTube

Nashville, TN - After weeks of waiting, fans finally get the chance to see the official music video release of Legacy Five’s “Ask Me Why.”  It is based on the true story of a woman named Patty and her daughter Hannah who converted to Christianity from Islam after accidentally showing up at a Legacy Five concert.

The video is already gaining buzz on YouTube with exponential growth in hits, comments, and shares on Facebook.  L5 celebrates the release along with cover stories in both Singing News Magazine and SGN Scoops this month.

Patty Davenport Bahhur is actually featured in the video as a woman going through hardship and finding grace.  Scott Fowler, lead singer, tells the story of how Patty stumbled upon the Celebration Event at the Grand Ole Opry with her daughter and looked to the group for answers.  When she was given the wrong tickets to an event she thought would be the Opry show, she noticed something strikingly different about the concert.  The people looked happy.    

“She went on to tell me that her husband is a Muslim and that she was not accustomed to being around so many people who seemed so happy. She again said to me, ‘So you see...we're not supposed to be here. We are here by accident. This is not the Grand Ole Opry show and I don't understand why everyone around here is so happy. What is this music all about?’”  Said Fowler, recalling Patty’s story, “It was then I realized that this was a divine appointment, and God was giving me an incredible opportunity to tell this lady and her daughter why we were all so ‘happy.’”

The video takes place at the Franklin Historic Presbyterian Church featuring a congregation comprised of L5 fans who volunteered to be extras.  “Ask Me Why” was penned by Kenna Turner West, who made an appearance at the filming along with Jim Brady of The Booth Brothers and Les Butler of Singing News. 

“L5 is great to work with,” said producer Scott Godsey of Godsey and Associates. “Throughout the filming process, I could tell that they got it.  They are the real deal.”

Band members Scott Fowler, Scott Howard, Glenn Dustin, Gus Gaches, and Trey Ivies are featured at several locations throughout Franklin and Nashville, TN. 

For more information about Legacy Five, visit

For more information about
Godsey and Associates, visit

Rob Patz and Rhonda Frye of SGNScoops Magazine Covers The 43rd Annual Dove Awards

Publisher, Rob Patz and Editor in Chief, Rhonda Frye of SGNScoops Magazine covered the 43rd Annual Dove Awards at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia. “The pre-show and the awards show was amazing and I couldn’t be more pleased with the way our industry was represented,” says Rob Patz. “I thought it was awesome to see different genres come together with the same message lifting of the name of Christ,” Rhonda adds.
SGNScoops invites you to visit our facebook page for pictures of Jason Crabb, Karen Peck & New River, The Isaacs and more. Also watch for a story in the upcoming May issue of Scoops Magazine.  Connect with us on facebook at

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Hall of Fame vocalist performs for U.N. Ambassadors

Nashville, TN  -Hall of Fame vocalist and five-time Grammy winner Larnelle Harris was the special guest artist for the 2012 Easter Celebration Dinner and Concert for the ambassadors and diplomats of the United Nations.  This event was held in the Roosevelt Hotel Grand Ballroom in New York City.  Over 200 ambassadors and diplomats from the 193 member nations, representing several major faith groups, attended the event sponsored by The Foreign Service Fellowship International organization.
Ken Welborn, President of The Foreign Service Fellowship (pictured right with Harris) said, “As soon as Larnelle began to sing, the audience became totally mesmerized by the seemingly effortless power, precise control and convincing passion of his voice.  Larnelle has been divinely gifted with an utterly amazing voice, which he uses most effectively as a true ambassador for Christ.”
Harris said, “I am grateful to Ken and his organization for providing yet another opportunity to make the claims of the gospel known in the hearts of all people. It was a great pleasure sharing a meal, some conversation and a few songs with my new friends. I was reminded of the scripture in 2 Corinthians that ‘the message of reconciliation has been committed to us making us Christ’s ambassadors as though God were making his appeal through us.’” 
Harris was recently honored by his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky as an Outstanding Community Leader and Citizen.  He is the only person in history to become a member of three distinct Hall of Fame organizations: Gospel Music Hall of Fame, Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and the Amateur Radio Hall of Fame.  The latter honor stems from Harris’ pastime of being a Ham Radio Operator for over 20 years.  Harris is now a member of the First Class Operator’s Club, an invitation only group that is limited to 500 people worldwide.  Invitees must demonstrate the ability to send and receive Morse code at a minimum of 25 words per minute, demonstrate regular activity on the amateur frequency bands, and show impeccable levels of courtesy on the air.
In addition to his five Grammy and eleven Dove Awards, including being named Male Vocalist of the Year three times by the Gospel Music industry, Harris has garnered nineteen #1 national radio singles and countless top 10 hits.  He was the first gospel artist to perform inside the Kremlin after the fall of the Soviet Union.  He is one of a handful of celebrities to receive the Ad Council's Silver Bell Award for Distinguished Public Service in recognition of his song "Mighty Spirit" as the theme song for the longest-running Public Service Announcement in television history.
This was the third Easter event sponsored by the Foreign Service Fellowship.  Their mission, according to Welborn, is to provide a forum for “genuine fellowship within the United Nations foreign service community based on the love, teachings and lasting peace of Jesus.”
Harris continues to tour regularly across the country and will be releasing a new DVD/CD project in the coming weeks.  For more information, visit or

Friday, April 13, 2012

Daywind Artists Recognized at the 2012 Absolutely Gospel Music Awards

Hendersonville, TN (April 12, 2012) – Daywind Records artists celebrated a great night at the 2012 Absolutely Gospel Music Awards, held at the River of Life Church in Smyrna, TN.  Karen Peck & New River were awarded Favorite Mixed Group, as well the overall Fan Favorite Artist of the Year.  Their #1 song, “On The Banks Of The Promised Land,” from the 2011 project, Reach Out, received Song of the Year, as well as Progressive Song of the Year, while Karen Peck Gooch was awarded the Susan Unthank Memorial Award.  Libbi Perry Stuffle received the award for Female Vocalist of the Year, and the Perrys’ Dove Award nominated song, “Celebrate Me Home,” won for Traditional Southern Song.  The Booth Brothers were named as the Best Live Performer and their latest album, Let It Be Known, took home the award for Progressive Album.  Sisters were awarded Female Group of the Year and the new duo, Wilburn & Wilburn, were recognized as Breakthrough Artist of the Year.  Daywind writer, Kenna West, was awarded Professional Songwriter of the Year. 
The award show, hosted by Karen Peck Gooch and Sonya Isaacs Yeary, featured live performances from several of the nominated groups, including Daywind artists Karen Peck, Wilburn & Wilburn, and Sisters.  
Daywind Records is based in Hendersonville, TN and is distributed worldwide through New Day Christian Distributors.  In addition to the artists mentioned, Daywind is home to such great artists as Marshall Hall, the Mark Trammell Quartet and Greater Vision, among others.  For more information on Daywind Records, visit

Tammy Jones-Robinette on Great American Gospel TV Broadcasting Worldwide

{EHA-Nashville, TN} Sensational Southern Gospel songwriter and recording artist, Tammy Jones-Robinette, will be showcased on Great American Gospel television starting Friday, April 13. The show is produced by Danny Kramer, who will be featuring Tammy with some of her recent popular hits, including; There’s a Bloodline, Rise Up My Children, and Proud to be Christians. As more shows are broadcast, viewers will enjoy more of Tammy’s award-winning original songs, making her one of Southern Gospel music’s favorite writers and recording artists. With her exceptional ability for songwriting and singing, Tammy has garnered 25 Top 80′s in Singing News, and her 30 year history in the ministry has spun out a #1 for the Bishops and a #7 for the Perrys. Great American Gospel was founded by Danny and Dee Kramer, who have long been recognized as innovators in Gospel Music media. When the Kramers’ partnered with David White and America Media Group, their mission was to broaden the Christian music viewing audience by taking the show to major networks. Today, FOX, NBC, and numerous major networks air the program, as hundreds of millions of viewers enjoy Great American Gospel in more than 200 countries around the world, with more than 200 tv station affiliates. Along with Tammy Robinette, other household names in Gospel music are featured on the show, including; Gerald Crabb, Anchormen, Blackwood Brothers, Easter Brothers, Florida Boys, Brian Free and Assurance, Chuck Wagon Gang, Dixie Melody Boys, Dixie Echoes, and more. In addition, producers, Danny Kramer and Russell Easter, Jr. are adding the Bluegrass Road Television program that will be featuring Dailey & Vincent. For more info on Tammy Jones-Robinette: Jim Robinette: 419-602-7471, Management: EHA-Nashville,  615-545-1241 or 256-616-4872 For more info about Great American Gospel and a list of viewing stations:

Chariot to Release New Project, Signs with Ray Cooper Group for Booking

{EHA-Nashville, TN} Bill Dykes recently regrouped Chariot by bringing on board Tank Tackett and Darlene Chapman. The former Cathedrals member says the group is enjoying traveling and performing around the country. Members, Darlene Chapman and Tank Tackett, joined Bill in the Pathway Records studio recently to work on a brand new project. This week, Bill signed on with Ray Cooper Group to represent the trio with bookings. He notes, “It’s a pleasure for Chariot to sign with Ray Cooper Group. We are looking forward to a great summer of singing and fellowship all over the country!” Ray Cooper notes, “It’s certainly an honor to work with such a talented group. I feel blessed and excited to do my small part with such an anointed trio.” Chariot is scheduled to sing April 14 at Landmark Baptist Church in Cincinatti, OH; along with Tammy Robinette, Steven Doan, the Perkins Family, and more. For more info on Chariot: For more on Ray Cooper Group: 615-601-1056 or 256-616-5221

Monday, April 9, 2012

This Week on Gospel Music Today

The members of The Isaacs are the guests on the current edition of Gospel Music Today. The Feature Group is The Faith Harmony Boys, and Ken and Jean Grady host southern news and concert updates. Ken and Jean visit The Owasso Gospel Opry, in Owasso, OK, to hear Chosen Quartet sing. Jean reviews a new CD by Omega, and the show features singing by Tribute Quartet and a vintage video by The Florida Boys. The latest edition of Gospel Music Today is online now at the Gospel Music Today website,

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Christy Sutherland singing "He's Alive" at The Crystal Cathedral's Easte...

SGMA announces the class of 2012 Hall of Fame Inductees

The Southern Gospel Music Association’s (SGMA) announced April 5 the 2012 inductees to the SGMA Hall of Fame.

Dr. Jim Goff, induction committee chairman, made the announcement:

In the living category, Jim Hill and Buck Rambo

and in the deceased category, Charlie Burke, Stuart Hamblen, Geraldine Morrison and Ace Richman.

"It will be a great honor to recognize the careers and contributions of our newest inductees this fall at Dollywood," said Charlie Waller, SGMA executive director .

The 2012 Induction Ceremony and Singing News Fan Awards

is Oct. 3, 2012 at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

These inductees or their families join the Oak Ridge Boys - Duane Allen, William Golden, Joe Bonsall and Richard Sterban who will be honored with the James D. Vaughan Impact Award.

Tickets for the event are on sale now available from the SGMA office by calling (865) 908-4040.
The SGMA is a non-profit organization that maintains the Southern Gospel Music Museum and Hall of Fame, the only facility honoring Southern gospel music and dedicated to the historic preservation of the genre’s accomplishments, both for the music and the people. Museum hours coincide with Dollywood’s operating schedule. Donations are tax-deductible. For more information about the museum or its inductees, visit

Saturday, April 7, 2012

April 2012 SGNScoops Magazine

We are excited to present a PACKED April Edition of Scoops Magazine!  Thanks to Lorraine Walker for a fabulous cover story featuring, Legacy Five. We have stories on your favorite artists to include: Doug Anderson, Declaration Trio, Dailey & Vincent, Harold Reed, Jordan Wilburn, Gene McDonald and Morgan Easter. Rob Estep gives us a “behind the scenes” look with promoter, Rhonda Thompson and Lou Wills Hildreth tells us about the very first Dove Awards! Jennifer Campbell shares a very special conversation with living legend, Bill Gaither as he tells the story behind “Because He Lives!” Angela tells us what songs are topping the charts and Jonathan Edwards talks with Rich Crist of the Crist Family. Sandi Duncan Clark reviews brand new music and Rhonda Frye reviews a concert featuring The Greesons, McKameys, Michael Combs and the Singing Cookes.Scott Rhoades and Jennifer Campbell share their thoughts regarding Easter, John Mathis Jr encourages with words of wisdom and Laurette reminds us of the benefits of exercise. We were saddened at the news of the death of southern gospel promoter and friend to many, Jim Arneson. Rob Patz and several friends share the thoughts of Jim. We appreciate you reading our magazine and sharing the link with your friends, family and friends!
Read the Magazine Here

Friday, April 6, 2012

Odle performs live at Centene Center

FARMINGTON — Local Christian artist Chelley Odle performed live at a Saturday night concert celebrating the release of her new CD, “Incredible Love.” The concert, being held at Farmington’s Centene Center, with opening act, Nashville singer / songwriter Michael Boggs.
Odle, of Desloge, last year signed with Activate Records to work on “Incredible Love,” her sophomore recording project. She worked on the album with Grammy Award-winning, Dove-nominated producer, Tre' Corley.
Odle has opened for such acts as The Crabb Family, Crabb Revival, Austin's Bridge and Gold City. She has also performed with Crossway, Annie McRae, Aaron and Amanda Crabb, Crabb Revival and Jason Crabb.
She was a 2009 and 2010 ICM top 10 nominee for female vocalist of the year. Odle was also the 2010 CCMNOW Christian Country Honor Award recipient of the Female Vocalist of the Year Award. In 2011, she was nominated once again for the ICM Female Vocalist of the Year Award.
Opening act, Michael Boggs, joined the contemporary Christian group, FFH, in 1999 while a sophomore in college. FFH was extremely successful with seven No. 1 radio singles and seven GMA Dove Awards nominations. He recorded five FFH projects with Essential Records that have sold nearly two million copies. As a band member Boggs was involved in numerous special event projects, such as the multi-platinum WOW Hits and WOW Worship. 
When FFH took some time off the road in the fall of 2006, he stepped into the role of worship leader for a ministry in Brentwood, Tenn., that hosts nearly 1,000 college students and other young adults every week. Boggs continues to keep a rigorous solo-touring schedule and has lent his songwriting skills to other artists who have garnered him 10 singles, as well as a featured song in the motion picture, “Facing the Giants.” He wrote three of the songs on Odle’s new CD.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Carrie Hassler To Kick Off THE DISTANCE At CD Release Block Party In Pikeville, TN April 28, 2012

Nashville, TN   Award-winning female vocalist, CARRIE HASSLER will kick off her new album, THE DISTANCE at a CD Release Block Party on Saturday, April 28, 2012 in downtown Pikeville, TN at 4:00 pm.  The event will include performances by DALE ANN BRADLEY, STEVE GULLEY, Harlan, Kentucky based national touring act and fellow Rural Rhythm Records label-mate, CUMBERLAND RIVER, and many more special guests.  This free event will take place in downtown Pikeville adjacent to Carrie’s family owned restaurant, LITTLE MAGGIE’S
THE DISTANCE releases April 24, 2012 and showcases Carrie’s tremendous vocal talent which to date has produced #1 songs and chart hits around the world.  The album includes the award-winning talents of: Tim Stafford (guitar); Ron Stewart (banjo); Justin Moses (fiddle); Alan Bibey (mandolin); Mark Fain (bass); Mark Laws (Percussion); Dale Ann Bradley (harmony vocals), and the album’s producer Steve Gulley (harmony vocals).
The songs on this special new project were especially written for Carrie by some of today’s top songwriters including:  Carl Jackson, Tim Stafford, Steve Gulley, Mark Wheeler, Jennifer Strickland, Bobby K. Boyd and Ashley McBryde.  Tracks include: “Luxury Liner,” “All I Have To Do Is Breathe,” “Catch My Breath,” “Keep Your Memory Warm,” “Eugene & Diane,” “Give Me Love,” “Get Me Over You,” and “The Distance.”
Fans will no doubt be thrilled to hear her wide range of musical styles that represent her incredible vocal talent and diversity as she performs heart and soul love songs, beautiful ballads, Patsy Cline Country, Country Inspirational, to a hard driving bluegrass song.
Carrie’s previous albums on Rural Rhythm Records earned her a string of #1s on a wide variety of radio charts including: “I Can Go Back Anytime,”  “Faith & Hope,” “Country Strong,”  “Leaving You Behind,”  “Second Chances,” “Least That I Can Do,” along with Top 10 hits and fan favorites such as “Seven Miles From Wichita” and “Going on the Next Train.”

Canton Junction at the Jordon River Canton Junction Sings On The Banks Of The Jordon River

NASHVILLE, TENN. (April 5, 2012) - Canton Junction, the brand-new quartet consisting of Matthew Hagee, Aaron Crabb, Michael Sykes and Tim Duncan, recently returned from an amazing trip to Israel. The group performed at the Jordon River, in Jerusalem, and prior to a speech from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Members Aaron Crabb and Tim Duncan were moved and shared their thoughts. “There’s something very special about touring Israel," commented Aaron Crabb. "It doesn’t feel like just a place to visit. It feels more like home!” Bass singer Tim Duncan shared, “It stirred a hunger inside of me that makes me want to experience more of God.”
Canton Junction records for Difference Media Group based in San Antonio, TX .Difference Media Group, led by Vice President and producer Michael Sykes, was formed by Matthew Hagee to reach the world through the powerful message of gospel music.
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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Dove Award nominees Jeff & Sheri Easter fine tune plans for their annual Homecoming May 11-13

Jeff & Sheri Easter are anticipating their fourth annual Homecoming to
bring the best of Southern Gospel music to Lincolnton, GA.

Among the world-class award-winning talent coming to help raise funds
for the Lewis Family Homeplace Restoration Fund are Ivan Parker, the
Perrys and the Primitive Quartet.

"We're so excited to be bringing in Ivan Parker, The Perrys and The
Primitives for this year's event,” Sheri said. “Our goal when we began
was to introduce our hometown to some of the best in southern gospel
music and these artists were the people's choice from last year's

There will also be special appearances by Little Roy Lewis and Lizzy
Long Show and The Lewis Tradition.

"Of course, everyone always loves The Lewis Family in this area, so by
having Little Roy Lewis & The Lizzy Long Show along with Lewis
Tradition, you get the best of the still traveling Lewis Family
members,” Jeff said. “The family traveled an amazing 58 years and have
made many friends throughout their career. They're always a

The Jeff & Sheri Easter Homecoming at the Lewis Family Homeplace, 1935
Lewis Family Road, in Lincolnton, Ga. is Friday, May 11, 2012 at 7
p.m. and Saturday, May 12, at 6 p.m.  and new this year Sunday, May 13
at 3 p.m. Adult admission is $20 per day for Friday and Saturday and
$15 on Sunday. Admission for all three days is $50. Children 12 and
under are free.

In addition to an added day attendees will get a peak at a piece of history.

"Every year, we like to offer the visitors something new to see at the
homeplace,” Sheri said. “Sometimes it's the dresses that they girls
wore on stage that Mom Lewis made in the early 50's and 60's or the
first television set the family purchased to see their appearances on

“This year, we are bringing a work-in-progress...a 1956 GMC Sliverside
bus like the first bus the family purchased,” she said. “The bus will
be on display for the event.  It is being preserved by Jeff and a few
devoted fans who want to honor the family in this manner."

The event is hosted by Jeff & Sheri Easter who will appear all three days.

As the GMA honors the greatest in gospel music on April 19, once again
Jeff & Sheri are included among the nominees for a Dove Award for
Country Recorded Song of the Year “I Get To” from their Expecting Good
Things CD - written by Wil Nance, Sherrie Austin and Steve Williams.

"Jeff and I are always honored whenever our music is nominated, and
the Dove Awards have always been very good to us and our families,”
Sheri said. “This song, “I Get To,” is very special to us, as we chose
to record it during my recent battle with breast cancer in 2008. It
simply offers perspective...we don't HAVE to do the things we do, take
care of Grandma, wake up early, go to work...we GET to!  It's an

The group has won a Grammy nomination, six Dove Awards, and many other
industry awards for songs, albums, group of the year and other
accolades. Beginning 16 years ago they became a regular part of the
Gaither Homecoming Video series, sharing their music on over 15
million videos sold.

The group has won two Grammy nominations, 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.

Jeff & Sheri’s performances now include the contributions of their
three children Madison, Morgan and Maura Easter and drummer Kyle
Calloway as they share a love of Jesus through their music and
uplifting experiences of life on stage. The Easter children each add
dimensions to the show - vocally, musically and even with uplifting

Their latest CD “ Silver Anniversary” from SpringHill Records,
available from iTunes and retail stores, honors their 25 years of
marriage, music and love.

Homecoming attendees should bring a lawn chair. A portion of the
proceeds will benefit the non-profit Lewis Family Homeplace
Restoration Fund honoring the career of Georgia’s three-time Hall of
Fame members The Lewis Family. For more information, call (706)
359-1997 or visit

'Passion of the Christ' Comes to TBN During Easter Week

LOS ANGELES,  The week leading up to Easter Sunday has always been a special season at Trinity Broadcasting Network, the world's largest religious broadcaster and America's most-watched faith channel. And for good reason: during holy week Christians around the world commemorate the Lord Jesus Christ's suffering for us, His sacrificial death for us, and the glory of His resurrection, where death was conquered and eternal life through Christ Jesus is assured! To celebrate, TBN has selected movies and programs that will comfort, inspire, and challenge viewers throughout this sacred season.

For the second year during Easter week, TBN is featuring what has become a cinema classic for believers all over the world: The Passion of the Christ. Produced by Mel Gibson and starring one of Hollywood's most beloved actors, Jim Caviezel, The Passion follows the Savior through the final hours before his death, from his agonizing intercession in the Garden of Gethsemane and savage scourging at the hands of the Romans, to the final moments of his brutal crucifixion. Throughout this intense and emotion-packed film, Jesus is portrayed in all of his humanity while flashbacks of his life reveal his true divine nature.

Due to the overwhelming response to last year's showings, TBN will air The Passion of the Christ throughout the week leading up to Easter Sunday, beginning April 4. Visit TBN's Passion of the Christ web page (here) for specific broadcast times.

TBN will also feature a special four-day showing of the film April 4th through the 7th at Church of All Nations on the grounds of Holy Land Experience, the Orlando, Florida destination that brings the rich history and glorious heritage of biblical Israel to life for the entire family. For more information on this free live showing of The Passion of the Christ, call 1-800-447-7235.

Jim Caviezel, who has been a guest speaker at Holy Land Experience, said his decision to portray Jesus in The Passion was deeply influenced by his love of Scripture. "Throughout my professional life, I have always been drawn to truth when selecting projects," said Caviezel, who also provides the voice of Jesus on The Word of Promise, a popular audio Bible produced by Thomas Nelson. "In the Scripture I find truth that has long been a source of strength and constant inspiration."

In addition to The Passion of the Christ, TBN has a full line-up of special programming for the entire family during Easter week, including the mysterious and dramatic film The Road to Emmaus; the moving documentary Twelve Ordinary Men; the unforgettable Apostle Peter and the Last Supper; the stirring In Remembrance; and the classic Easter film The Robe.

'We've been so blessed over the years to be able to air unforgettable and moving films, concerts, and programs reminding us of the awesome gift of salvation through Christ Jesus and His love and sacrifice for all of humanity," said TBN founder Dr. Paul Crouch. "Easter Week is truly a special season for us here at TBN. Our prayer is always that our programming will present the life-changing power of Christ’s love for our viewers all over the world."

One Dandy Night - The Perkins

The Perkins are inviting you to their 2nd annual One Dandy Night fundraiser at Jim Dandy's Family BBQ! This special night includes a complete meal from Jim Dandy's famous BBQ, & a concert with The Perkins all for just $20! Invite your friends & family, & come out to help support The Perkins ministry. All proceeds go towards helping The Perkins ministries move forward in reaching the lost & encouraging hearts all over the country! One Dandy Night will take place on Sunday April 29th, with dinner beginning at 6pm & concert at 7pm.

Call 513-476-0909 for more details, or email

Jim Dandy's Family BBQ is located at 2343 East Sharon Road Sharonvile, Ohio 45241

Monday, April 2, 2012

The Apostolic Boys

What an exciting time to be a fan of Southern Gospel Music! With so many new groups
hitting the airwaves, there is something for everyone. For those that are looking for a
good sound and a group that isn’t a “cookie-cutter quartet”, look no farther than The
Apostolic Boys.

“Thy Kingdom Come” is the first song released to radio from The Apostolic Boys’ new
CD, “The Truth Is Marching On”, produced by Robb Tripp and Jeff Stice. Pastor Joel
Pace is the lead singer and manager of the group, and is joined by his two sons, Joel II
(Joey) and Jared. Troy Roach and Albert Mendez round out the group, which often uses
all five voices in their unique harmony. Except for Pastor Pace, all the men are under the
age of 30, which adds youthful enthusiasm to their sound.

The Apostolic Boys began singing in their home church ten years ago, and during that
time have only seen changes in the position of group drummer. They currently do not
travel full-time as Joel Pace’s first calling as a Pastor fills much of his schedule. “This
is what God has called me to do”, says Pastor Pace. “But God has also blessed us with
talent to sing, so we use that talent to sing for the Lord. I preach between songs and we
just have a good time in the Lord.”

Pastor Pace comments on the group’s website at that the sound
of The Boys has changed in the last few years with the anointing of the Lord. As The
Apostolic Boys have developed a more cohesive harmony, their audience has grown
and their travels have taken them across the United States and Canada. They have a love
for ministry and for their audience, and a great appreciation of artists within Southern

The Boys spoke about their favorites within the industry. “Jonathon Wilburn is
charismatic, dramatic and I love his voice,” says Pastor Pace. “Before that my favorite
was Glenn Payne.” The younger Boys have other favorites, such as David Phelps. Bass
singer Troy says, “My favorite female vocalist in Southern Gospel is Libbi Perry Stuffle.
She’s awesome; I love to hear her sing.”

Joel Pace II, is the pianist for the group and talks about his hero. “He’s passed away now,
but Anthony Burger was the best. He could play so many different styles.” The Crabbs,
Michael English, Gold City, Ernie Haase and Signature Sound are also mentioned, and
many of these influences can be heard in the sound of The Apostolic Boys. Where the
future lies for these talented young men is in the hands of God.

The last ten years have been a time of change for The Boys. In that time the younger men
have finished school and started careers. “None of the guys are married yet,” says Pastor
Pace. “Troy is 24, Albert is 23, Joel is 24, Jared is 20. So there might be some changes in

the near future, we don’t know. But I told them we’ll at least sing for ten more years and
after that we’ll see what happens!”

The Apostolic Boys are excited about the new recording and the song, ‘Thy Kingdom
Come’. “This is the first time we’ve released a song to radio,” says Pastor Pace. “Also
on the new CD is ‘For The Sake Of The Blood’, a beautiful song written by my youngest
son, Jared. Some radio stations have already been playing that song as well. We’ve been
getting some great reviews on the new songs. So we may be charting some new waters
here and you just never know.”

The CD also contains a familiar praise and worship song, “Here I Am To Worship”,
which the Boys will sing accapella on request, showcasing their harmonies and vocal
styling. Leading their audiences in worship and praise and lifting up the Name of Jesus is
what these Boys do best. No doubt the Southern Gospel world will be hearing much more
from The Apostolic Boys in the next ten years!

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Sunday, April 1, 2012

Claude Johnson Announces WMB Sabbatical 2013

Claude Johnson, long time baritone singer and manager of the Wanda Mountain Boys,
has recently announced that after the 2012 concert season the group will take a much
needed sabbatical.

Claude, began his music career nearly 60 years ago and was recently honored with the
Mid America Gospel Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. The group
will wrap up the year with the annual New Year’s Eve program at the Bethalto Church of
God, in Bethalto, IL.

The last two years have been very difficult for Claude as he has lost his wife, Shirley, of
49 years, as well as his singing partner and longtime friend, Rodney Hannis. Both Rod
and Shirley were driving, major forces behind the Wanda Mountain Boys and have left a
void that cannot be filled.

Claude retired several years ago from his company, Trans Supply, in order to take care of
Shirley during her battle with health issues. This sabbatical will give him the opportunity
to enjoy his retirement in full.

The group is still taking dates for the remainder of 2012. If you are interested in having
the Wanda Mountain Boys, make sure to contact us as soon as possible. These dates will
fill up quickly.

Lead singer Gary ONeal will remain involved in Gospel Music in some capacity during
the sabbatical and tenor Glen Gobel will continue to focus on his already established solo
career. (

"Morning After The Rapture" Released to National Radio

Newburgh, IN - CGMA award-winning artist, David East, known for his work with the Southern Gospel Times,  is pleased to announce his first national radio release, "Morning After The Rapture". The song shipped to radio on March 28, 2012 on the Patterson Promotions Volume 8 compilation.

As the title implies, "Morning After The Rapture" describes events that will take place on the morning after the rapture occurs. The song's poignant lyrics strike at the listeners' hearts, and it has become the most requested song wherever David ministers. David's performance of "Morning After The Rapture" at the CGMA International Convention in October, 2011 earned him the "International Songwriter of the Year" award.

"I am so excited to see the message of this song carried to the airwaves," said David. "The response to this song has been incredible, and I pray that God uses this song to reach even more people. I encourage everyone to call their local station and request Morning After the Rapture."

Ken Patterson of Patterson Promotions said, " Patterson Promotions is proud to release this timely single for David; he has a great vocal sound. For 2000 years we've heard the message, "Jesus is coming back" -  Lord forbid that we get callused to the fact that he really is coming soon. If you thinks it's dreary now, just wait till the light is gone!"

Phil Culbertson, Pastor of Christ Corner Church in Henderson, KY shares, "David East puts words to music that not only inspire but cause you to sit back and take inventory of your life with his song, Morning After the Rapture. This song brings more than a melody - it's a message reminding you that this world is temporary and God's grace and mercy is the only hope in a world that one day will come to an end. This song is truly one of a kind, written to the depths that touches the soul with a message so simple even a child could understand it."

Jerry Adams, Church of God District Overseer and Pastor of the Shelburn Church of God in Shelburn, Indiana adds, "The first time I heard that song I knew it was destined to be counted among Southern Gospel's greatest songs. It speaks to where we live today and I know it will reach many people for God."

"Morning After The Rapture" is featured on David's first solo project, "He Kept His Promise", available at and on ITunes.