Thursday, July 26, 2012

The Dixie Melody Boys Announce New Lead Singer

The Dixie Melody Boys announced a few weeks ago that they would be accepting demo’s for the lead singer position. They also stated that the new member of this legendary group would be introduced on the main stage at this year’s convention. Over the course of three weeks the group received over 300 applications.

“It was an overwhelming response. We didn’t expect so many men to apply. It proved to me that there is a lot of talent in Southern Gospel music. As we stated, our plan was to audition several men, take them on the road with us and then announce them in September. Sometimes plans change.“Stated Matt Felts.

“As I was going through demo’s a voice begin to sing and I knew we had found our next lead singer. Ed listened to his demo and agreed. The moment we met Mike Rogers and heard him sing with us we knew God had brought us the right fit.” added Matt.

“Mike started with us the next weekend. The fans have already shown us that we made the right choice. We debuted him at the Absolutely Gospel Fan Fest and Frank Arnolds Songfest in Jackson, TN. After the response he received we knew it wouldn’t take long for word to get out online so we altered our plans and decided to move up our announcement. When God moves, you go with it. Mike is a great talent and we are proud to have him.” said Ed O’Neal.

Mike Rogers comes to the Dixie Melody Boys from Sandersville, GA. He was a member of Kindred Spirit. Mike has a wife named Bekki and they have a beautiful three year old daughter named Coraline. He will be moving to Kinston, NC this week. “It still feels like a dream. I am so excited to be a part of this group. I’m looking forward to all that is in store.” said Mike Rogers.

The fans of Southern Gospel music will have several great chances to hear the Mike as the group will be featured at many of the summer’s largest events including Silver Dollar City, the James D Vaughn Quartet Festival, the Albert E Brumley Sing and the National Quartet Convention.

The Dixie Melody Boys will be in the studio shortly to begin wotk on their Sophomore project with Song Garden Music Group. “We are excited to get back in the studio, this project is shaping up to be special. Jason Crabb and David Staton will be producing it so it’s starting off on the right track.” Said Steven Cooper.

“We want to thank each person that applied. We are honored that so many men wanted to be a part of our ministry. “ said Matt Felts.

To see when the Dixie Melody Boys will be near you or to learn more about them, go to

42nd Annual Seminole Gospel Sing!

Plans are underway for the 42nd Annual Seminole Gospel Sing! The Seminole Music Park, one mile south of Seminole Oklahoma, is the site of Oklahoma’s largest gospel music event, hosted by The Gospel Station Network and the Seminole Gospel Singing Association.

This year’s talent line-up is great, with some of the legends of gospel AND several new quality artists, including: The Dove Brothers, The Freemans, The Williamsons, Chris Hester, The LeFevres, The Blackwood Brothers, The Chuck Wagon Gang, Charlotte Richie, Gordon Mote, The Nelons, Masters Voice, Palmetto State Quartet, and Gold City. Save $10 on Tickets if you buy them before August 13th at

Over the years, the Seminole Sing and the Konawa OK Gospel Singing have attracted people from all over the U.S. – people who love real gospel music – people who believe in the message of Jesus Christ, and love this style of singing.

“We are honored to be working with the association in Seminole to keep this wonderful singing alive and moving forward. God is working all over the world through Gospel Music and we feel so blessed to be a part of it,” said Randall Christy, President of The Gospel Station Network.

Kevin Mills Signs with Grapevine Records

NASHVILLE, TN: Song Garden Music Group announced today that Kevin Mills of Chesapeake, VA is the newest addition to the Grapevine division of Song Garden Music Group.

Kevin, who has a long history in music and ministry, will soon be the next release on the label.

According to Song Garden Music Group V.P., David Staton, “Kevin has one of those rich, deep voices that remind me of some of today’s most popular country music artists such as Trace Adkins, Josh Turner & Tennessee Ernie Ford and the music he has chosen to make up this project is the perfect combination to make him a fan favorite”.

The project will feature some popular songs that have been reborn with a fresh new sound as well as brand new, original music.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better experience or a better project. From the beginning of preproduction, the folks at Song Garden helped me in focusing on the vision for this project and for my ministry. It was evident that they were more interested in just doing a recording, they have truly helped me in so many areas of what I do”, stated Kevin.

The new project by Kevin Mills, titled, “Travelin’ Through” was produced by David Staton and is scheduled to be released in mid to late August.

National Quartet Convention Announces the NQC Music Awards Nominees

Louisville, KY – The National Quartet Convention has announced the 2012 nominees for the NQC Music Awards. In partnership with the Southern Gospel Music Guild, the NQC will present these awards on Friday afternoon during the Friday afternoon Showcase Spectacular in Freedom Hall in Louisville, KY, on September 14.

According to the NQC Executive Vice President, Clarke Beasley, the awards will be presented based on both fan popularity and professional excellence, with two divisions of awards that will be presented. The first division is the Fan Awarded categories where awards will be determined by fan voting.

The second division will be the Industry Awarded Categories, which will be determined by the music professionals that participate as exhibitors during the National Quartet Convention. No purchase was required for those that are participating in the voting. All that was required is that they were registered on the NQC e-mail list prior to July 1st.

Beasley also states that the Southern Gospel Music Guild is an important partner in this process, as the SGMG is responsible for determining the category criteria, as well as screen entries for eligibility. The SGMG professional membership also determines the recipient of the annual Les Beasley Award, given to a person or company that has made a significant impact in the field of Gospel Music.

Below is a complete list of the nominees for the 2012 NQC Music Awards.

Bass Singer of the Year Nominees:
Bennett, Eric – Triumphant Qt
Chapman, Jeff – Kingdom Heirs
Duncan, Tim – Canton Junction
Dustin, Glenn – Legacy Five
Riley, Tim – Gold City

Baritone Singer of the Year Nominees:
Brady, Jim – Booth Brothers
Griffin, Rodney – Greater Vision
Inman, Scott – Triumphant Qt
Lowry, Mark – Gaither Vocal Band
Trammell, Mark – Mark Trammell Qt

Lead Singer of the Year Nominees:
Booth, Ronnie – Booth Brothers
English, Michael – Gaither Vocal Band
Habedank, Joseph – Perrys
Rice, Arthur – Kingdom Heirs
Wolfe, Gerald – Greater Vision

Tenor Singer of the Year Nominees:
Allman, Chris – Greater Vision
Booth, Michael – Booth Brothers
Free, Brian – Brian Free & Assurance
Haase, Ernie – Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
Phelps, David – Gaither Vocal Band

Soprano Singer of the Year Nominees:
Alvey, Lauren Talley – Talleys
Collingsworth, Brooklyn – Collingsworth Family
Hopper, Kim – Hoppers
Isaacs Yeary, Sonya – Isaacs
Peck Gooch, Karen – Karen Peck & New River

Alto Singer of the Year Nominees:
Easter, Sheri – Jeff & Sheri Easter
Hopper, Connie – Hoppers
Stuffle, Libbi – Perrys
Talley, Debra – Talleys
Whisnant, Susan – Whisnants

Soloist of the Year Award Nominees:
Bishop, Mark
Crabb, Jason
Greene, TaRanda
Parker, Ivan
Penrod, Guy

Male Group of the Year Nominees:
Booth Brothers
Gaither Vocal Band
Greater Vision
Kingdom Heirs
Triumphant Qt

Mixed Group of the Year Nominees:
Collingsworth Family
Karen Peck & New River

Musician of the Year Nominees:
Collingsworth, Kim – Collingsworth Family
Mote, Gordon
Stice, Jeff – Triumphant Qt
Williams, Kevin – Gaither Vocal Band
Wolfe, Gerald – Greater Vision

Album of the Year Nominees:
Celebrate Me Home (Oak Tree) – Perrys
Let It Be Known – Booth Brothers
Part of the Family – Collingsworth Family
Songs From the Heart – Triumphant Quartet
The Only Way – Greater Vision

Song of the Year Nominees:
Almost Home – Triumphant Quartet
Ask Me Why – Legacy Five
Blue Skies Coming – Perrys
I Believe – Brian Free & Assurance
I Know a Man Who Can – Greater Vision
I Want to Know – Mark Trammell Quartet
Please Forgive Me – Gaither Vocal Band
Saved By Grace – Triumphant Quartet
She Still Remembers Jesus Name – Booth Brothers
Tell Me Why – Kingdom Heirs
Who Am I – Jason Crabb


Arranger/Producer of the Year Nominees:
Lari Goss
Wayne Haun
Ben Isaacs
Donna King
Steve Mauldin
Rick Sandidge
David Staton
Roger Talley

Concert Promoter of the Year Nominees:
Bill Bailey
Landon Beene
Ray Flynn
Bill Gaither
Brian Lester
Mike Wheeler

Radio Station of the Year Nominees:
WBOZ – Nashville
WCGW – Lexington
WJBZ – Knoxville
WTRM – Winchester, VA
WXRI – Winston Salem

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR AWARD: The SGMG Awards and Criteria Committee will pull the Singing News radio charts for the eligibility time period and will assign each songwriter fifteen points for a number one song, ten points for a song in the top ten and five points for a song in the top 20. The total points for the eligibility period will be tabulated for each writer and the writer with the most points will be awarded Songwriter of the Year.

To obtain a complete schedule of events scheduled during the 2012 National Quartet Convention, visit

The Gospel Station Network Looking for a Bass Singer

The Gospel Station Network is looking for bass singer who would also be a salesman for the network. This is a full time position, must be willing to re-locate to Oklahoma. For audition information, please email

Beyond The Ashes Lead Singer, Casey Rivers, Shares A Grateful Goodbye...

Beyond The Ashes Lead Singer, Casey Rivers, Shares
A Grateful Goodbye...

Nashville, TN (July 24, 2012) – Beyond The Ashes lead singer, Casey Rivers, has expressed his departure from the group. While parting is sweet sorrow, this decision is based on his growing family and the kind of season change that comes along with it. Casey and his precious wife, Doni, will be welcoming baby number three in just a few short months.

Anthony Facello (ministry leader and tenor singer) shares, "Saying goodbye to Casey is truly like saying goodbye to a brother. He is and will always be an intergral part of all God is doing in our midst. He will remain in our lives as our brother in Christ and friend, and that will ease the ache of this transition a bit, but still in all, it's tough to let him go. We do completely support his heart, gifts, and all that God has for him in this season of change. And, at the same time, we are seeing God move in incredible ways in bringing us a new singer and we are excited about what's ahead. No one can replace Casey, but that's the wonderful thing about God's plans. While Casey is being faithful and blessed in his new ministry endeavors, God is opening a door for someone new to share in ministry with Beyond The Ashes. I love how He works!"

Casey expressed his departure from Beyond The Ashes with this open letter; "For more than three years now I have been blessed to be one of those three singers that make up what many have come to know as Beyond The Ashes. Saying goodbye to family, and all I've grown accustomed to, is not an easy thing, but nevertheless, a new season has come for BTA and for me. I am 100% supportive of my brothers, and I know they are of me, as we all begin this new journey we're embarking upon. Also, to pacify any wondering minds, I just want to clarify that I am leaving on an incredibly good note. After much prayer and discernment, I decided this was the best decision for me and my growing family. Most of all, I'm confident that it is God's will for us. Thank you Anthony, Kellan, Dusty, Rob, fans, friends, and most importantly God for the awesome ride! Love you all..."

An announcement about the new lead singer for Beyond The Ashes is coming soon! They covet your prayers during this time of transition and hope to see you all on the road soon.

To learn more about Beyond the Ashes or to schedule them for your music event, visit You can find them on Facebook at and on Twitter @beyondtheashes1. You can also see them on YouTube at and purchase their music on their website and on iTunes.


Photo Above: Beyond The Ashes- (l to r) Kellan Monroe, Anthony Facello,
and Casey Rivers

Papa San and The Grace Thrillers LIVE in Toronto

Gold City News and Response to Colorado Shooting


It was a great, but busy weekend for Gold City. We started out in Smyrna, TN, with all the Unthanks at the Absolutely Gospel Music Festival, where we sang with several of our gospel music friends. Then it was two days in the studio to work on some new music. Saturday, we headed over to Jackson, TN for a great night with the folks at the Civic Center there at the annual Songfest, before wrapping things up at Tuscaloosa, AL on Sunday. Gold City is blessed to be able to do what we love to do–sing to great folks like you all across the country.

This is the weekend Gold City will be in concert at the James D. Vaughn Quartet Show held in Lawrenceburg, TN, the birthplace of southern gospel music. This is an annual concert, and this year’s event will be Thursday-Saturday, July 26-28. Gold City will be performing on the all-quartet night on Saturday with our buddies, The Kingsmen and the Mark Trammell Quartet. Host group the Kellys will also be performing and the weekend will be emceed by Josh Franks. The historic Crockett Theater will be the place to be for this great weekend of gospel music. For tickets or more information, call 1-800-547-6500. We will also be headed to Georgia and Ohio this weekend, so check our full schedule below or or for a complete list of tour dates.


You read it here first!! As most of you know, Gold City will once again be a part of the events in Louisville, KY during National Quartet Convention week. One of the three nights we will be performing is the ALL-QUARTET night on Wednesday, September 12th. For this evening’s concert set, Gold City is asking YOU to get involved. We want you to let us know what songs you would like to hear that evening. You will be creating our set list. It’s simple. Just email us the three songs you would like to hear us sing on Quartet Night, and we will take the top vote-getters and make that our song set for the night. Maybe you want to hear a classic like Midnight Cry, In My Robe of White or When I Get Carried Away. Or maybe you want to hear newer hits like I Cast My Bread, the recent chart-topping Peter James and John, or our latest single, Lord of Life. Perhaps you’d like a mixture of new and old. Just let us know. Send your entries to


We have some additional things in the works for NQC that we’re still putting the finishing touches on. More information will be available soon, but you won’t want to miss the historical significance of this year’s NQC for Gold City. Keep reading our weekly newsletter for details as they unfold.


Our dynamic lead singer, Jerry Pelfrey, has lost 240 pounds? That’s quite an accomplishment and speaks to his determination and dedication to improving his health. Way to go, Jerry!

From Gold City's Email Newsletter July 25, 2012:


"Faith is deliberate confidence in the character of God whose ways you may not understand at the time." - Oswald Chambers


It’s been a week of tragedy in our nation. Our hearts mourn at the horrific events that took place in a Colorado movie theater this past weekend. Dear friends, we live in a world that desperately needs Jesus, and that makes what Gold City does even more important. We must spread the gospel no matter how we do it. It may be a pastor’s message, a quartet’s song, or some individual life like yours that lets the light of Christ shine upon everyone you meet. But everyone has a mission field. Hopefully, you have found yours and are doing all you can to reach the lost. As we pray for our nation, let us all resolve to live for Jesus every day in everything we do.

Upcoming Shows/Events:

Date: Location: Venue: Ticket Price:
Jul 27, 2012 Barnesville, GA Lamar City School
Jul 28, 2012 Lawrenceburg, TN Old Crockett Theater
Jul 30, 2012 Wapakoneta, OH Auglaize County Fair $8 For Fair Entry
Aug 03, 2012 Joplin, MO Joplin Family Worship
Aug 04, 2012 Gainesville, GA GA Mountain Center

Gold City Quartet

Soles 4 Souls July News

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IBMA World of Bluegrass Fan Fest September 24-30, 2012

IBMA's WORLD of BLUEGRASS to include star-studded FAN FEST headlined by Del McCoury Band; Will The Circle Be Unbroken 40th anniversary celebration;sessions with Ricky Skaggs, Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush & Rodney Dillard ...and much, much MORE!

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Though it’s still in the works, the 2012 WORLD of BLUEGRASS in Nashville, September 24-30, 2012, already includes an enticing itinerary of unforgettable bluegrass events: a star-studded Fan Fest featuring more than 60 acts, headlined by The Del McCoury Band; intriguing panel discussions and presentations in the week-long business conference; and a very special 40th anniversary celebration of Will The Circle Be Unbroken, a landmark recording that helped put bluegrass music on the international map.

Produced by the International Bluegrass Music Association, World of Bluegrass is a cornerstone event that draws casual fans, working musicians, and industry tradespeople for a week that includes something for everybody in the bluegrass community: a business conference, trade show, panel discussions, tributes, masters’ workshops, a fiddle contest, a golf outing, an awards show, a festival, and jamming all week long.

Some of bluegrass music’s superstars will appear in the tribute sessions, panel discussions, and educational seminars being planned for the
WOB business conference. Highlights include…
§ On Monday, Sep. 24 at 1:30 p.m., the conference kicks off with a keynote speech by Missy Raines and Chris Jones.

§ The week continues with a session on Creative Music Arrangement featuring Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Bill Evans, and moderator Harry Stinson.

§ Claire Lynch, Buddy Greene, Ricky Skaggs, and Chris Jones will participate in The Doc Watson Hour, remembering the late guitar innovator with some of his own music.

§ An intriguing session called Pioneers & Explorers will feature musicians Pete Wernick, Tim Stafford, and Sierra Hull as they embark on a musical adventure that compares and contrasts traditional and progressive bluegrass styles.

§ “Doug's Tune”: Remembering Doug Dillard will include memories and stories from Kathy Chiavola, John McEuen, and Rodney Dillard.

On Wednesday, September 26, from 1:30-3:30 p.m., IBMA’s World of Bluegrass business conference will include a celebration, discussion and Q&A session dedicated to Will The Circle Be Unbroken. Released in 1972, this landmark recording brought Mother Maybelle Carter, Doc Watson, Earl Scruggs, Merle Travis, Vassar Clements, Bashful Brother Oswald Kirby, Norman Blake, Jimmy Martin, Roy Acuff, and others into a studio with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, a popular country-folk-rock group, to record a triple album that made music history. The recording was an irresistible bridge to bluegrass and traditional country music for rock audiences. Hosted by John McEuen of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, the celebration will also feature remarkable, rarely-seen photographs of the recording sessions, most shot by producer William McEuen.

World of Bluegrass ends each year on a high note with Fan Fest, a huge three-day indoor bluegrass concert at the Nashville Convention Center from Friday, Sep. 28 - Sunday, Sep. 30. More than 60 acts, all donating their performances, will appear at the event. This year’s lineup, still in progress, already includes…

The Del McCoury Band
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
The Steep Canyon Rangers
The Grascals
Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out
Jesse McReynolds & Virginia Boys Reunion
Balsam Range
Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice
Claire Lynch Band
Blue Highway
Lonesome River Band
The SteelDrivers
The Nashville Bluegrass Band
Dale Ann Bradley
Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
The Skip Cherryholmes Quintet
Marty Raybon
The Sleepy Man Banjo Boys
Jim Lauderdale
Josh Williams Band
Sierra Hull & Hwy 111
Newfound Road
​Charlie Sizemore Band
Della Mae
The Bankester Family
The Roys
Volume Five
…and more to be announced!

Fan Fest sponsors include Martin Guitars, GHS Strings,, BlueHighways TV, SESAC, and WAMU’s Bluegrass Country.

For more information on World of Bluegrass, including tickets to the International Bluegrass Music Awards, visit, join IBMA’s Facebook group, or call 615-256-3222 (888-GET-IBMA). Tickets are on sale now at the website and at the phone number listed above.

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(615) 256-3222,

Judy McDonough
Twitter: @jemmcd

The Talleys To Appear at Gatlinburg Gathering, Crystal Caribbean Cruise

The Talleys to Appear at Gatlinburg Gathering 2012
From The Talleys Email Newsletter Generated on July 25, 2012
Gatlinburg Gathering, August 30-September 2, 2012

Hot summer days wearing you down? Come be refreshed with an incredible line-up of Gospel Music Talent!
The Gatlinburg Gathering is quickly approaching and tickets are going fast so purchase yours today. You do not want to miss this line-up:

Triumphant Quartert Collingsworth Family
Booth Brothers Jeff & Sherri Easter
The Hoppers Karen Peck & New River
The Perrys Primitive Quartet
The Harvesters The Whisnants
Brian Free & Assurance Ivan Parker
Mark Lefevre Quartet Tribute Quartet
Jason Crabb Greater Vision
The Talleys The Pfeifers
and a very special GOLD CITY REUNION!
Plus more that 20 additional artists on the FREE SHOWCASES!

We will also feature four national speakers: Michael Booth, Herb Reavis, Jon Bowman and Dr. Jack Lassiter. Don’t miss the Saturday morning showcase featuring The Freedom Singers! There will also be an incredible FREE worship service on Sunday morning featuring The Hoppers, The Whisnants, 2nd Gereration, Victoria Huggins, and a message from God’s Word presented by Dr. Jack Lassiter.

Tickets are going fast! Get Yours Today! Visit our website or call 1-888-238-6858 for tickets, multi-day discounts, and hotel information.
Ticket Prices Artist Circle Reserved $27.50 per night
Reserved $24.50 per night
General Admission 20.50 per night
**We have kept our senior citizen friends in mind by keeping all concerts and exhibit halls on one level.**
We hope to see you there!

Crystal Caribbean Cruise
November 11-17, 2012

Don’t forget to make your reservations for our Crystal Caribbean Gospel Music Cruise! We will set sail from Ft. Lauderdale, FL and head down to the beautiful Western Caribbean stopping in Key West, FL; Grand Cayman; and Ocho Rios, Jamaica. You will want to be a part of this cruise featuring The Hoppers, The Talleys, The Whisnants, Ivan Parker, Karen Peck and New River, Jeff& Sherri Easter, The Harvesters, The Chapelaires and great messages from Jon Bowman! With prices starting as low as $799 per person, this deal is too great to pas up! We are even giving you $100 on board credit that can be used towards your tips!
Call Paradise Tours and Travel at 1-888-495-7828 to book your cabin today!

Abraham Procuctions, Inc.
The music you love!
The vacation you deserve!

The Talleys

Karen Peck and New River To Appear At Gatlinburg Gathering

From Karen Peck and New River's Email Newsletter July 25, 2012:

Karen Peck and New River will appear at the Gatlinburg Gathering, August 30 to September 2, 2012. For more information click on the KPNR website.

2nd Generation Requests Prayer

From 2nd Generation Email Newsletter July 26, 2012:

Asking for everyone to pray for 2nd G over the next few weeks. We need a financial blessing. We have a new CD about to be released, we have 3 conventions coming up, & we will be on the road for over 3 weeks. That means a lot of money going out.. So we need a blessing..We have CD expense, booth rentals to pay, 2 hotel rooms for over 3 weeks, food and fuel...Can I get an AMEN!!!! hahhaha

We titled our new CD Faithful because he has always been FAITHFUL to us every single time we needed anything. We are not one of the groups that gets thousands of dollars for every concert/service so at times like this we have to have EXTRAVAGANT FAITH....
We know that God is our provider and we are trusting him. He has ordered our steps, he has opened the door and we will go. It is about that lost soul receiving Jesus Christ as their savior. It is about the one that is ready to give up and they receive a blessing from our Lord and they are able to hang on. It is about someone receiving a healing or being delivered from strong holds.

We know that we are called for such a time as this and we are ready to do what he has called us to do.
Pray for 2nd Generation. Pray for our travels, and for FAVOR in everything that we do.

If you feel lead to support 2nd G with a love offering you may do so by going to our website and clicking on the donate button. We are a 501 c3 Company and every donation is tax deductible. We are so thankful for all of our FB family & friends & we appreciate your prayers. We will be posting pics and videos from the road so be watching.. Remember to call your local Southern Gospel radio station and request our new single One More River. Thanks friends.. Be blessed & highly FAVORED!!!!!!!

2nd Generation
Brenda Denney, Elaine Robinson & Josh Adams

Greater Vision Receives Seven Nominations in NQC Music Awards

From Greater Vision's Email Newsletter July 26, 2012:

It's great to be back on the bus again! We had a great time in Red Deer, Alberta, at Canada's Gospel Music Celebration, and the cooler weather on the Alaska Cruise was simply awesome! Getting back on the bus is like coming home...not to mention that all of us have gotten used to sleeping with the hum of the engine as background noise! So... let's get rolling!

I'm actually writing this Update while we're sitting in a Culver's restaurant somewhere in Central Illinois. We're headed toward our first concert of this trip, in Bourbonnais, IL. Check out this week's schedule below. If you live in Illinois, Kentucky, or Northern Georgia, we would love to see you!

Let's Roll To...
Thursday - Bourbonnais, IL
Friday - Lake Zurich, IL
Saturday - Russell Springs, KY
Sunday - Trenton, GA (Sand Mtn. Bible Camp)

To see our complete Concert Schedule, click HERE!

And The Nominees Are...
The Nominees for the NQC Music Awards have been announced, and Greater Vision has received nominations in seven different categories! Our thanks to those of you who registered to vote in this year's Awards!

The final ballot has been emailed to those who registered their email address on the NQC Website, so if you want to vote on the final ballot, check your email inbox. The link to your ballot should have arrived on Wednesday. The winners will be announced during this year's National Quartet Convention in Louisville, Kentucky in September. To see the complete list of Nominees, click on the Award logo above. If you didn't register your email address in time this year, you can register now and be eligible to vote on next year's Awards.

Thank you again for the confidence you place in what we do, and congratulations to all the Nominees!

Alaska Photos!!!

We have uploaded lots of photos from last week's In Touch Alaska Cruise to our Facebook Gallery! If you would like to see them, just click on this photo! If you don't have a free Facebook account, you may need to create one before you can view the Photo Gallery. Just follow the simple only takes a minute. While you're there, be sure to "Like" our page, if you haven't already! Facebook is a great place to keep up with us, and to meet other people who enjoy the same kind of music you do!

If you would like a FREE brochure for next year's In Touch Alaska Cruise, give Christi a call in the office, and she'll put one in the mail to you as soon as we have them in the office. The number to call is (423) 586-4952. The dates for next year's Alaska Cruise are July 12 - 19, 2013. Our friends at Templeton Tours have chartered the entire ship for this Christian Cruise, and we expect another sell-out, so get your brochure request in as soon as you can so you can sign up early for the best cabins! You will LOVE it! There's no other place like it on earth!

I think the fine folks here at Culver's are ready to close up shop, so I need to log-off their internet service and head back to the bus! Thanks for taking the time to read our Updates, and for your very kind comments about them, when you see us in concert. This is a great way for us to keep in touch with you, and to let you know about what's happening with us.

As always... we really appreciate your prayers and your friendship!

Have a blessed remainder of the week!

Gerald Wolfe

Thursday, July 19, 2012

MARKSMEN QUARTET Gearing Up for New Album Release THIS IS MY CROWD releasing July 31, 2012

Nashville, TN (July 18, 2012) — Rural Rhythm Christian is proud to announce the upcoming July 31, 2012 new album release, THIS IS MY CROWD by the multi-award winning group, the MARKSMEN QUARTET.

“In their decades of recording, I must say this new release tops them all. Amazing,” said Les Butler, Syndicated Radio Show Host, Front Porch Fellowship and Singing News Magazine.

There are numerous highlighted tracks on the album including the first gospel single, “Don’t Take Your Life (Take Mine)” that has already been released to Gospel radio, plus the first Bluegrass single, “Stack Them Stones” releasing to Bluegrass and Bluegrass Gospel radio programmers today.

THIS IS MY CROWD is a diverse collection of songs designed to reach as many people with the gospel message as possible including Bluegrass Gospel, Country Inspirational, Old-Time Southern Gospel, with a touch of Convention Singing and even some Blues. Band member, Mark Wheeler explained, “THIS IS MY CROWD contains some of the best songs we have ever recorded.”

The album was produced by Earle Wheeler and Mark Wheeler and mastered by Steve Gulley. THIS IS MY CROWD contains some special guests including Les Butler, Bryan McDowell and Jon Edmisten who have assisted the MARKSMEN QUARTET in creating a fresh new album of 14 songs that will delight their fans and surely make many new ones.

Gold City News and Schedule

From Gold City's Email Newsletter July 18, 2012


We had quite a time at Tony Gore’s Smokey Mountain BBQ last Thursday. Ribs, pulled pork, brisket, chicken–there’s not a bad item on the menu. And when you pair great food with southern gospel quartet music, it’s gotta be good. Tony fed us like we’d been starving for three weeks, and sent us on our way with all sorts of goodies, including the most incredible, from scratch, banana pudding with meringue two inches thick! We would like to make a disclaimer that, although we did eat a lot, we are not responsible for the recent rise in pork and beef prices in East Tennessee–at least we don’t think we are! In all sincerity, a special thanks to Tony for his continued efforts to showcase gospel music at his wonderful restaurant. That evening was the start to a super weekend tour that took us to both of the Carolina states, then back to Tennessee for two Sunday services. We love singing to great folks all across the country, and this week it was a pleasure to be on the bus. We want to give a special shout out to Pastor Chris Moody for the great message and hospitality at South Cleveland Church of God in Cleveland, TN on Sunday morning!


The Gold City bus is stopping in some exciting places this week! Wednesday, July 18, we will be with all the Unthanks at the 13th Annual Absolutely Gospel Music Fest held at River of Life Church in Smyrna, TN along with Beyond The Ashes, Crystal River, Freedom, and Buddy Jewel. This is going to be a great evening of music FREE to the public! We can’t wait!


Once again, Gold City is honored to be a part of Frank Arnold’s Songfest in Jackson, TN. We’ll be featured on the final night of this annual event, and will be with our friends Dixie Melody Boys, Gordon Mote, Mark Bishop, Aaron Wilburn and the Arnolds. We may even make a stop at Casey Jones Village before we head over to the Civic Center. For all the latest Gold City bus stops, check out our schedule below, visit our website at or check out our complete list of dates at our booking agency website,


Once again, Gold City will be in concert at the James D. Vaughn Quartet Show held in Lawrenceburg, TN, the birthplace of southern gospel music. This year’s event will be Thursday-Saturday, July 26-28. Gold City will be performing on the all-quartet night on Saturday with our buddies, The Kingsmen and the Mark Trammell Quartet. Host group, the Kellys, will also be performing and the weekend will be emceed by Josh Franks. The historic Crockett Theater will be the place to be for this great weekend of gospel music. For tickets or more information, call 1-800-547-6500.


Thanks to all of you for making our latest single, "Lord of Life" a Top Ten song. We just found out that it has moved to number 7 for September! This song is hope for anyone who believes. And it is our desire that through it, people would embrace the power of an empty cross and empty tomb for their very own lives!


It is less than two months until National Quartet Convention. Make sure, if you are on NQC’s email list, that you cast your vote for Gold City in the many categories in which we are nominated. AND because you, our fans, are so special and supportive, we have a special announcement we will be making in NEXT WEEK’s newsletter about our Wednesday performance at NQC. Two big events, to be exact, so stay tuned!!


“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength.” -- Corrie Ten Boom


For a limited time, we are offering a discount in our online store. From now until July 31, save $3.00 off every product in our store. That's $3.00 off each product, so stock up for yourself, your friends, Christmas gifts, etc. Just enter the coupon code enewsjuly and your purchase price will be adjusted at check-out.


As always, Gold City loves and appreciates our great fans. You are the reason that God has us out here on the road, and we thank you for your support! We hope to see you at a concert soon!!

Upcoming Shows/Events:

Date: Location: Venue: Ticket Price:
Jul 18, 2012 Smyrna, TN River of Life
Jul 21, 2012 Jackson, TN Jackson Civic Center
Jul 22, 2012 Centreville, AL Calvary Baptist Church
Jul 27, 2012 Barnesville, GA Lamar City School of...
Jul 28, 2012 Lawrenceburg, TN Old Crockett Theater

The Hoppers and The Collingsworth Family Appearing in Ontario


CNN Ranks ‘October Baby’ Among ‘15 Most Impressive Box Office Performances’ for 2012

ASHVILLE – July 18, 2012 – OCTOBER BABY, a limited-release indie film, surprised moviegoers and critics alike when, against stiff competition, it opened this February at No. 8 at the box office. The film’s sensitive story about the value of life—wrapped in humor, romance and drama—earned it a spot among CNN’s 15 Most Impressive Box Office Performances for 2012.

Now, on Sept. 1 from B&H Publishing Group, comes the hit film’s novelization. Fans will be eager to know that October Baby the novel delves deeply into characters’ backgrounds, taking readers on an extended journey through their lives, and still packs the movie’s emotional punch and entertainment.

“In October Baby the novel fans and newcomers get the same charm, the same uplifting story, with a whole lot more,” B&H Acquisition Editor Julie Gwinn said. “The deeper journey with these characters moves closer to the tagline for both book and film: ‘Every Life Is Beautiful.’”

October Baby is written by New York Times best-selling author Eric Wilson and the film’s co-writer Theresa Preston. Wilson is well known to Christian fiction readers for his novelization of the hit films from the Kendrick brothers, Fireproof, Facing the Giants and Flywheel. He also writes original novels at the intersection of the spiritual and physical worlds. For first-time screenwriter Preston, October Baby extended her passion to create stories that move and inspire.

October Baby is the inspiring story of Hannah, a college student whose rising anxiety and sudden physical collapse uncover surprising news about her birth. Hannah learns from her parents that she was adopted, having survived a failed abortion attempt. Bewildered and angry, Hannah turns to her oldest friend, Jason. Encouraged by his adventurous spirit, she joins his friends on a road trip, now her journey to find her hidden past and hope for the future. Along the way, Hannah finds that every life is beautiful, and that life can be far more than anything we plan.

The film that inspired the book made it to CNN’s Impressive Box Office list alongside megahits such at THE AVENGERS and THE HUNGER GAMES. CNN said, “The film surprised analysts with an eighth-place finish in its debut weekend, after earning $1.7 million from 390 theaters. . . . what makes OCTOBER BABY’s run so impressive is that it reached that level with minimal media attention and no buzz in New York or Los Angeles, where many indies thrive.”

October Baby is a trade paperback book; it will be available at Christian retailers nationwide and online. Suggested list price is $15.99.

To learn more, visit:

Ernie Haase Commemorative Release July 19 2012

From Ernie Haase and Signature Sound Email Newsletter July 18 2012:

Releasing July 19, 2012
The year 2012 marks 25 years of LIVE concert ministry from Ernie Haase.

And tomorrow we will release a brand new compilation featuring 11 songs from Ernie's solo career. The front cover artwork is shown above and here are the answers to several questions you have been asking....

1. How much is it?
Answer: Just $10 dollars! Hows that for a deal :-)

2. Is this a Downloadable CD only?
Answer: Yes, this is available by download only and only from

3. Can I buy a normal CD copy?
Answer: No, this is download only.

4. How many tracks are on the compilation?
Answer: There are 10 tracks from the best of Ernie's solo career, selected by Ernie himself and featuring an original song written and sung by a young 18 year old Ernie with his brother Jarrod. A special moment.

5. What do I get in the download?
Answer: There will be the eleven tracks mentioned above, the artwork for the project and a PDF document with notes about the project.

6. Someone said there was a bonus for buying early?
Answer: Yes, if you buy the project in the first 48 hours of it being available, we will also include a digital copy of a very special interview Ernie did with United Christian Broadcasters in London, England. This is an audio file that you can listen to on your computer or ipod and it's over 50 minutes long and very high quality. Here's the cover....

7. When does this go on sale?
Answer: It will appear on our website at 12 noon (central) on Thursday 19th July. So if you want the bonus interview mentioned in point 4, above, you need to buy before noon Central on Saturday 21st July. Originally we said you had to but within the first 25 hours, but many of you asked us to extend the time for various reason that we have given you an extra day.

8. How do you deliver this?
Answer: As it's a download product, there is nothing to ship. When you purchase, within minutes you will be sent a link where you can download all the songs and files to your own computer and they are then yours to keep. (Make sure to check your spam folder if the email hasn't arrived within 30 minutes of ordering).

9. Can I pre-order it now?
Answer: NO, the link will appear on the website by 12 noon on Thursday.

10. Which songs are on there?
1. Journey On
2. Jesus Is The Reason Why I Sing
3. What A Difference A Day Makes
4. Peace In The Valley
5. He Loved Me With A Cross
6. Anything Can Happen
7. When Jesus Comes In The Clouds
8. The Ground Is Level
9. Grave Robber
10. An Unexpected Cross
11. Take All Of Me (Bonus Track)

11. Where can I watch the videos that were recorded about the project?
Answer: Just click on the pictures below.

So there you have it! This releases tomorrow and we know that you will love it. So just go to after 12 noon CST on Thursday and the link will be there.

Enjoy it, and here's to the next 25 years!

New Contest Offers All IBMA Members Chance to Win a “Little Cabin Home on The Sea”

Mountain Song at Sea’s Ultimate Bluegrass Cruise

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- In an exciting new membership drive, all active members of the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) as of September 27, 2012 will receive a chance to win an oceanview cabin for two on Mountain Song at Sea’s Bluegrass Cruise.

An entire ship has been chartered for the festival, which boasts a fantastically diverse lineup: The David Grisman Sextet, Del McCoury Band, Punch Brothers, Steep Canyon Rangers, Tim O'Brien and Bryan Sutton, Kruger Brothers, Peter Rowan, Larry Keel & Natural Bridge, Travelin' McCourys, Shannon Whitworth, Della Mae and Town Mountain.

Thanks to the generosity of cruise hosts The Steep Canyon Rangers, Mountain Song Productions and Sixthman, one lucky winner will receive a Mountain Song at Sea cruise package for two with an Ocean View cabin (value: $2,030), in a drawing to be held onstage during Fan Fest at IBMA’s World of Bluegrass in Nashville, Tenn. on September 28-30, 2012.

All current members of IBMA (including professional, Grass Roots, youth, lifetime & organizational members) as of September 27, 2012 will be eligible for the drawing. For more information, click here.

On February 1-4, 2013, Mountain Song at Sea will set sail on a round-trip cruise from Miami to a private island in the Bahamas aboard the Norwegian Sky, a luxury ship chartered for the festival. Highlights will include concerts, artist collaborations and jams, and plenty of interaction between artists and fans in beer and wine tastings, workshops, games, and a poker tournament with cruise hosts The Steep Canyon Rangers, IBMA Entertainers of the Year.

Just in time for World of Bluegrass discounts and the last rounds of voting for IBMA’s Music Awards, the membership drive features a sale on professional membership perfect for bands and businesses--“four for the price of three.” The professional membership sale is good through the end of 2012. Call 1-888-GET-IBMA directly to take advantage of this offer!

IBMA members will also be eligible for a 10% discount on the cruise. Sixthman, known for award-winning music-themed cruises, is accepting cruise reservations now at 877/379-9189. Members must mention their IBMA membership to receive the cruise discount. Those who join by September 27 will be eligible to win the Mountain Song at Sea cruise package.

In addition to annual conference discounts, IBMA members have access to a number of showcasing, networking and professional development tools. (Check out the long list of diverse IBMA member benefits and services here.) For more information on the cruise, click here or call 1-888-GET-IBMA.

Visit Mountain Song at Sea online for more information.
Click here for rules and additional info
on IBMA’s cruise contest and membership promotion.

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Caroline Wright, IBMA:
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Founder of NewFolkRadio Launches $999 Start-Up Package for Folk and Bluegrass Artists

(PORTLAND, OR -- July 18, 2012) --, an online interactive radio station that streams folk, roots, and bluegrass music 24/7 without subscription fees, has announced a bargain start-up package for folk and bluegrass bands.

"It's an expensive process to record a CD, get a cover designed, get the CD to radio stations, get a video shot, and so on," according to John Hart, founder of "It can run between $10,000 and $20,000," he said. "That's just too much for a start-up band or soloist, so NewFolkRadio has launched a sister
site titled that features a low-priced start-up package starting at $999, designed exclusively for folk and bluegrass artists."

The StudioMotion start-up package contains most everything a band or soloist would need to get a career going, from recording a 5-song EP, to cover design,photography, website design and implementation, website hosting, video production, etc. Details are available at

"This isn't a gimmick," Mr. Hart said. "It's a genuine offer to help folk and bluegrass artists get started in their pursuit of fans. Bands who have a sophmore CD issued could also take advantage of this offer," Hart said. "We want to help anyway we can."

Mr. Hart has 20 years experience in all phases of music and video production, as well as web site design, including software and server programming. He will personally execute every aspect of the start-up package.

StudioMotion is located in Portland, Oregon, but bands or solo artists outside of Oregon could make arrangements to travel to Portland and take advantage of this
opportunity. is an organizational member of the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA), and a signatory to ASCAP and BMI. The newely redesigned NewFolkRadio website does not require any plug-ins whatsoever for listening online.

John Hart
503-946-8890 (PT)
Facebook: NewFolkRadio
Twitter: #newfolkradio

Perrys Release DVD "Celebrate Me Home"

From The Perrys Online Newsletter, July 18, 2012:

Hey Everybody!!!

Yes, we are still a live!! We know it's been forever since you've heard from us, but it seems time just gets away from us day by day! But, everyone is doing well and kicking! :0)

We will start by bringing you up to date on what's been going on and some new product that has been released lately.

One exciting thing that happened back in April of this year, happened at the Gospel Music Association Dove Awards in Atlanta, GA. The Perrys won their first ever Dove Award for Southern Gospel Song of the Year with CELEBRATE ME HOME, written by Wayne Haun and Joel Lindsey!! We were in Myrtle Beach, SC at the Singing in the Sun when we received the call that it had won! We were BEYOND excited! Celebrate Me Home (Blue Skies project) was also nominated in the top 5 over-all GMA Song of the Year along with Casting Crowns, Jason Crabb and Laura Story. This was truly a blessing from God and all praise, glory and honor belongs to HIM!

For the first time in six years The Perrys have finally released a brand new DVD, recorded live in Nashville, TN at Oak Tree Studios, CELEBRATE ME HOME. This DVD has songs from a mixture of our recordings. Some of the songs are: Plan of Salvation, Potter Knows the Clay, Great is Thy Faithfulness, Celebrate Me Home, If You Knew Him, Every Time I Need Him and others. This DVD contains interviews from each member of The Perrys along with behind the scenes stories. Celebrate Me Home is now available from our website:

Summer is in full swing and that means a lot of big concerts for The Perrys. Here's a couple of some really special concerts!

For more summer concerts, please check out our schedule below or go to our website

We've received a bunch of email asking about how Tracy's health has been. Tracy is doing incredible! He is coming up on the two year anniversary of his open heart surgery and is a 100 lbs lighter! He has picked back up on golfing and says the movement of the game has helped him work out a lot of the soreness in chest muscles. We give God all the praise for bringing Tracy this far! Thanks for all the prayers!

The Perrys are in the middle of working on a new project set to release in the fall. We will give you more details on the release date, songs and title as we get everything completed. We are hoping to have pre-releases at NQC in Louisville, KY in September. Speaking of new projects, Lib's solo project "JOURNEY" is doing great! She has a single out to radio on "JESUS HOLD MY HAND." Please call your local Gospel station and request this song along with The Perry's new single, Every Time I Need Him which is currently at #4 on the Singing News Charts.

Don't forget the National Quartet Convention is coming up September 10 - 15, 2012 in Louisville, KY. The Perrys will be singing on Monday, Friday and Saturday nights. For more info go to

Well, that just about does it for now. We hope to see you at a concert soon! Remember to pray for us daily! We love you and appreciate all your love, prayers and support!

Still Blessed!
The Perrys

See the Perrys at a venue near you:



Friday, July 13, 2012

Collingsworth Family, Triumphant Quartet, Testimony Quartet at Tivoli Theater August 11

Paul Belcher Promotions presents a night of Gospel Music in Tennessee on August 11, 2012.

The concert will be held at the beautiful Tivoli Theater in downtown Chattanooga and will begin at 6:30 PM, doors open at 5:30.

The concert will feature the Collingsworth Family, Triumphant Quartet and Testimony Quartet.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at the Tivoli Theater’s Box Office, call 423-757-5050 or by calling Paul Belcher at 423-253-7900 or at Sonshine Christian Bookstore in Fort Oglethorpe, GA.

Ticket prices are $21.00 for main floor, lodges and lower balcony. Tickets are $16.00 for Upper Balcony. Group ticket rates are available, call 423-253-7900.

For more information, visit or email

Songwriting Seminar With Joel Lindsay July 21

Award winning and accomplished songwriter, Joel Lindsey presents a Songwriting Seminar on Saturday, July 21, 2012. The Seminar will take place at the Holiday Inn Airport, Evansville, Indiana from 9:00 am to 6:00. “There is nothing else in the world like getting together with a group of like-minded people to discuss the ins and outs of what makes some songs work and others not. I love discussing the process of writing and exploring ways to inspire and motivate all of us to digger deeper into our creative souls,” Lindsey explains.

Students can expect to be the first to experience the curriculum Joel Lindsey has developed for his upcoming book on songwriting. “Attendees will gain fresh insights to the art and heart of songwriting,” Lindsey says. “I guarantee that new and experienced writers alike will find this seminar compelling, enlightening and informative.”

In Search of the BIG Idea
Re-thinking Song Structure
Lyrics and Melody: The Perfect Marriage
Three and A Half Minutes To Change The World
I Wrote A Song That My Mom Really Likes…Now What?

In addition to classroom instruction, everyone who registers for the seminar will receive one song critique. The critiques will provide valuable feedback regarding detailed analysis of lyric, music, structure, commercial appeal and emotional impact. Due to time constraints, a few songs will be critiqued at the seminar for illustration purposes, the rest will be emailed within a week following the seminar. With training and instruction from one of the most gifted, experienced and prolific songwriters of our time, students will find this experience rewarding and beneficial.

There are benefits for early registration and referrals! The first 10 songwriters who register will receive one song critique AND one 45 minute mentoring session via Skype, iChat or phone following the seminar. Also, the first 25 writers to register will be placed in a drawing to receive one year of mentoring sessions (one 45 minute session per month.)

$100.00- Space is limited
There is a $10 discount for every referral who registers.
For more information, contact

JOEL LINDSEY is one of Christian music’s most enduring writers, having more than 800 songs recorded, including over 20 #1 Songs. He is an 11-time Dove Award Winner who has twice been nominated for Songwriter Of The Year, once in 1999 and again in 2010. He has received 4 Platinum records, 7 Gold records and 11 Platinum videos. He has also received four BMI awards, four Absolutely Gospel Awards and one Singing News Fan Award.

His musical, Emmanuel: Celebrating Heaven’s Child, is the highest-selling musical in the history of Brentwood-Benson Music, having sold over 100,000 books in its first year of release alone. He has also written nine other musicals, including the much-anticipated Christ The Redeemer being released in September 2012.

When he’s not writing songs, Joel enjoys cycling, hiking and training for marathons. He can always be found working with aspiring writers in a mentoring capacity and speaking about songwriting to colleges, writing groups and churches.
A two-time cancer survivor, he donates a great deal of his spare time volunteering and raising money for The American Cancer Society, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and The Ronald McDonald House.

Some of the artists who have recorded his songs include: Point of Grace, Gaither Vocal Band, Travis Cottrell, Jaci Velazquez, Doug Anderson, Karen Peck & New River, Phillips Craig & Dean, Jessy Dixon, David Pack, The Perrys, Natalie Grant, Avalon, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, Selah, Earl Scruggs, Daryl Coley, Sandi Patty, Jeff & Sheri Easter, Canton Spirituals, Clay Crosse, Freddie Colloca, The Hoppers, 4Him, Greg Long, The Martins, Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers, Lynda Randle, Talley Trio, Al Denson, The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, Janet Paschal, Legacy Five, Larnelle Harris, The Imperials, Bob Carlisle, The Speer Family, Triumphant Quartet, Wendy Bagwell & The Sunliters, Michael O’Brien, Glad, Margo & Holly Smith, The Happy Goodman Family, Lewis Scruggs & Long, Jim Nabors, The Booth Brothers, Bill & Gloria Gaither, Vestal Goodman, Joyce Martin, Mark Lowry, Dino, Carolyn Arends, The Darrins, Allison Speer, Nikki Leonti, John Starnes, Scott Krippayne, Mercy’s Mark, Tammy Trent, Beyond The Ashes, Ryan Seaton, The Nelons, Steve Gatlin, Ty Herndon, Grant Goodeve, The Clarks, Karen Harding, Cumberland Quartet, Michael James, Gary Chapman, Joy Williams, The Whisnants, Candy Christmas, Tanya Goodman Sykes, LordSong, Christ Tabernacle Choir, George Younce, The Legendary Cathedral Quartet…and many, many more!!

Called Out Quartet Announces New CD, Sounds Like Home

From Called Out Quartet Email Newsletter July 12, 2012:

The new CD "Sounds Like Home" is almost finished, so we wanted to give you the opportunity to be one of the first to get a copy. Just click on the store tab at and pre-order your copy today.

The Recording is complete, the printer has the art and is ready to start printing, and we are just waiting on the final mix to be completed...then we will be in full swing and ready to start shipping. The song lineup for the new CD is America Stand Tall, Everyday Will Be Sunday By and By, I Can Tell You The Time, One Day I Will, I Know The Lord Will Stand By Me, Thank God I'm Saved, That Sounds Like Home To Me, That's Just What He Is, I Know I'm Going There, When He Calls, I'll Fly Away, Would You Be Ready To Go, and a special bonus track of That Sounds Like Home To Me with a special guest vocal by Eddie Crook. We will be posting music samples on the website any day now, so check often to be one of the first to hear a sample of the new CO4 CD "Sounds Like Home".

The temps are still near 100˚ here in Hendersonville, so what better way to cool off than to start thinking about Christmas and Called Out Quartet's 6th Annual Southern Gospel Celebration. This year will again feature Called Out Quartet with Eddie Crook, and some other special guest to be named soon. We have also made some upgrades to this years SGC! Yes, that right "UPGRADES"! To start with we have moved locations for this year...The 2012 SGC will be held at the Spirit of the Smokies Condo Lodge located int Pigeon Forge, TN. This condo lodge is newly-remodeled, has 160 condos (so there is plenty of room for you), and has room options of double Queen and King Jacuzzi units with private balconies and deluxe Queen fireplace rooms. Each unit features queen- or king-sized deluxe pillow top beds, 32" flat-screen televisions, mini-refrigerator, microwave, coffee/tea maker, hair dryer, iron and ironing board. The Deluxe Queen Fireplace Suite features a gas fireplace with a full size kitchen with stove top, dishwasher, full size refrigerator, dining table for four and a twin sleeper sofa. This condo lodge also offers adjoining units that feature three interconnecting mix and match condos for those of you with a big group that might want to stay together (or maybe stay together some of the time and have your own room some of the time). Another upgrade is our Saturday morning breakfast...this year it will be an ALL YOU CAN EAT buffet (with all breakfast food options) held at the "Wood Grill Buffet" located adjacent to the condo lodge (and as usual it is included with the Lodge Package). So, make you plans now to attend the 2012 SGC!

For more info click on the flyer or call us at 615-332-5500

Make plans now to join us on August 4, 2012 at 7:00 pm for our 4th Annual Homecoming.

This event will be held at McFerrin Missionary Baptist Church located at:
431 W. Old Hickory Blvd. - Madison, TN 37115

Jessica King to be Featured Artist on The Gospel Greats This Weekend

Nashville, TN (July 11, 2012) – Dove nominated solo artist, Jessica King, will be the featured artist on this weekend's edition of The Gospel Greats with Paul Heil. The award-winning syndicated featured program will air at various times on radio stations throughout the country, and on Sirius/Xm's Enlighten, the weekend of July 14-15, 2012.

Songs from her latest recording, THE BEST OF JESSICA KING: WORK OF HEART, will be featured, as well as some heartfelt interview segments with Jessica. The featured album includes hit songs of the past like "Keep Me In Your Will" and "Come Spring," along with some brand new and powerful songs, such as "I'm Coming Home," and the current single now playing on radio stations around the world, "Can't Dream Big Enough."

You won't want to miss this special time with Paul Heil's The Gospel Greats and Jessica King.

For more information and to find a station airing The Gospel Greats near you, go to

To learn more about Jessica King or to schedule her for your music event, visit You can find her on Facebook at and on Twitter @jessicakmusic. You can purchase her new CD on her website and on iTunes.

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Laurie Lewis & Del McCoury to Host 23rd International Bluegrass Music Awards Sept. 27

Laurie Lewis & Del McCoury to Host 23rd International Bluegrass Music Awards

Nominations for the IBMA Awards, the centerpiece of World of Bluegrass week,
to be announced at a special press conference Wednesday evening, August 15, at The Loveless Barn in Nashville.

NASHVILLE, Tenn., July 12, 2012 -- A powerful and delightfully unusual pairing of bluegrass superstars -- Laurie Lewis and Del McCoury -- will host the 23rd Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards this year, on Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium.

Nominations for the International Bluegrass Music Awards will be announced at a special press conference scheduled for Wednesday evening, August 15, at The Loveless Barn in Nashville.

The IBMA Awards are the centerpiece of World of Bluegrass week, scheduled for September 24-30 in Nashville. Produced by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA), the trade organization for global bluegrass music, World of Bluegrass also includes the industry’s Business Conference and Bluegrass Fan Fest.

“I’m thrilled to be invited to co-host the Awards Show with the great Del McCoury!” said singer/songwriter/fiddler Laurie Lewis from her home in northern California. “I predict this will be a very significant and poignant event, as the bluegrass community comes together to recognize and honor its own, and to pay tribute to some of the pioneers we’ve lost this year, including the great Earl Scruggs.”

A two-time winner of the California State Women's Fiddle Championship, Lewis began her career in the mid-1970s as a co-founder of all-female bluegrass band The Good Ol' Persons. She’s worked as fiddle player on the Masters of the Five String Banjo tour with Ralph Stanley; was twice voted IBMA’s Female Vocalist of the Year; and The Oak and the Laurel, her collection of duets with musical co-conspirator Tom Rozum, was nominated for a Grammy® in 1996.

Lewis also contributed songs to the Grammy-winning True Life Blues: The Songs of Bill Monroe, and to Grammy-nominated Clinch Mountain Country. Her original tunes have been recorded by Kathy Mattea and Patsy Montana, whose cover of Laurie’s “Cowgirl Song” is the unofficial theme song of the Cowgirl Hall of Fame. She’s toured and worked in various configurations over the years, and in 2006 began working regularly with a band she calls “The Right Hands.” Lewis’ latest recording, Skippin’ and Flyin’, an acclaimed tribute to Father of Bluegrass Bill Monroe, features her pals Linda Ronstadt and Kathy Kallick (her old friend and fellow Good Ol’ Person).

“I was excited to be asked to host the IBMA Awards again,” said IBMA Hall of Fame member Del McCoury from his home near Nashville. “With World of Bluegrass moving to Raleigh next year, this might be the last Awards Show IBMA will hold at the Ryman Auditorium, at least for a few years. It's a tremendous honor for me to be co-hosting with my old friend, Laurie Lewis. We haven't had the opportunity to perform or record together much over the years, but she's a great lady and I know we are going to have a lot of fun hosting the show."

Born in York, Penn., McCoury was a briefly a member of Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys, working as the band’s lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist in 1963. He performed as a regional artist for some years, and in the 1980s welcomed his sons, Ronnie (mandolin) and Rob (banjo), to his ensemble. Today he is leader and patriarch of The Del McCoury Band, a quintet that includes his sons, plus fiddler Jason Carter and bassist Alan Bartram. The band has seen spectacular success in the 21st century, bringing huge new audiences to bluegrass at venues and events like Madison Square Garden, Bonnaroo, and High Sierra, and introducing bluegrass audiences to new music through appearances and recordings with artists as diverse as the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Steve Earle, and Phish. Five years ago, McCoury began hosting his own annual DelFest in Cumberland, Md.

At the 2003 IBMA Awards Show, Ricky Skaggs had the pleasure of inviting the Del McCoury Band to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry. For those who attended, it was an unforgettable moment. A 2010 recipient of a National Heritage Fellowship lifetime achievement award from the National Endowment for the Arts, McCoury was inducted into IBMA’s Bluegrass Hall of Fame in 2011.

The IBMA Awards Show will be broadcast live on Sirius XM Satellite Radio (Bluegrass Junction, Channel 14) and syndicated to more than 300 U.S. markets and 14 foreign networks, thanks to the sponsorship of Compass Records, Deering Banjos, BMI, the International Bluegrass Music Museum, and 650 WSM AM. Program directors and station managers may sign up to be affiliates online at

The International Bluegrass Music Awards are voted on by the professional membership of the IBMA.

For more information on World of Bluegrass, including tickets to the International Bluegrass Music Awards, visit, join IBMA’s Facebook group, or call 615-256-3222 (888-GET-IBMA). Tickets are on sale now at the website and at the phone number listed above.

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Judy McDonough, JEMMedia:
(615) 243-5994,,

Caroline Wright, Interim Publication Editor/Special Projects Director, IBMA
(615) 256-3222,

Judy McDonough
Twitter: @jemmcd

News from Mercy's Well

From Mercy's Well Email Newsletter July 12, 2012

We had a great time out in Texas, but it is good to be back home - even if it's only for a few days. Our trip started last Thursday night with a drive to Nashville, TN where we bedded down for the night. This allowed us to spend a few hours Friday morning with our producer and friend, Donna King, and her husband Zane. We were able to get a tour of their new home which includes a brand new recording studio - Flight Studio! We can't wait to get in there and start recording...possibly later this year!!!

After another day-and-a-half of driving, we reached our destination: Perryton, TX. We worshiped all day with the folks at Community Worship Center and truly felt "at home" by the time we left Sunday evening. We had two great services, dinner on the grounds, and Cowboy Sunday all wrapped in one day! Yee-haw! We made a lot of new friends, and look forward to being with them again in the future.

It has finally arrived: Our "Cruise of a Lifetime" departs from Seattle, WA in just 5 short days! Many of our newsletter recipients will be joining us on this special voyage, so we look forward to seeing you! Those of you who could not make this trip, do not despair, because we are already making preparations for a cruise for 2013, and we would LOVE to have you join us!

Not sure if we'll get an update out next week or not, but please keep us in your prayers. We've got a full weekend in NC before we head out to sea, so we look forward to seeing those folks who can come out and be with us!

Have a great week, and God Bless!

In Christ,
Brad, Greg & Kyle
Mercy's Well

July 13 - 7:00 PM Rushwood Park Wesleyan Church - Asheboro, NC
For more information: (919) 734-1610 with The Anchormen, GloryRoad, and Miles Cooper

July 14 - 7:00 PM Grace Baptist Church - Madison, NC
For more information: (336) 613-9175

July 15 - 11:00 AM First Baptist Church - Indian Trail, NC (East Campus - Marshville, NC)
For more information: (704) 624-1998

July 15 - 6:00 PM First Baptist Church - Indian Trail, NC (Main Campus)
For more information: (704) 882-1005

Legacy Five Announces Departure of Glenn Dustin

From Legacy Five's Email Newsletter July 12, 2012:

We are sad to announce Glenn Dustin's departure from Legacy Five. Glenn was an original member of our group. His magnetic personality and stellar bass voice, has endeared him to audiences across the United States, and in other countries, over the past twelve years.

Here is a personal statement from Glenn:

Dear Legacy Five Family,

If you know me at all, you know I am a man of few words, so I'll be brief.

It is with much regret that I am announcing my resignation. Effective immediately, I will no longer be traveling and singing with Legacy Five. I have had the time of my life, traveling the highways with L5, getting to meet so many wonderful people. However, nothing lasts forever. I have been honored to see so many things that I would have never had the opportunity to, apart from L5. I have so many wonderful memories, and I will miss so many people.

Please keep me and my family in your thoughts and prayers, and continue to pray for and encourage L5. I will miss those men, and I doubt there will be a day that passes where I don't think of them. I have so many wonderful memories.

In His Grip,

Glenn "Cuz" Dustin

We have already begun the process of searching for a new Bass Singer. We would appreciate your prayerful support, as we trust the Lord to bring us the person He has already chosen to complete our group . Please keep Glenn and his family in your prayers as they begin this new chapter in their lives.

Those interested in being considered for the bass singer position need to submit an MP3 to

On The Road . . .
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07/12 Red Deer AB Westerner Park
07/13 Red Deer AB
Westerner Park
07/14 Red Deer AB Westerner Park
07/15 Kalispell MT Christian Center Assembly of God
07/21 Dubois PA Clarion Hotel Banquet Room 7:00PM
07/22 Lebanon PA Coleman Park Amphitheater 7:00PM