Friday, November 30, 2012
Merry Christmas from Heart To Heart
So much has happened with Heart To Heart lately that I'd better get started to try to catch you up!
In 2012, we were honored to be awarded both AGAPE Duo of the Year and Country Gospel Music Association Duo of the Year! We have a brand new CD entitled "Pieces To Peace" and two songs from that project (Pieces To Peace and Brand New Man) have topped charts at No. 1. Pieces To Peace has remained in the Top 20 on several major charts for six months at this writing! Please call your radio stations to request these songs. If the stations don't have them, tell them they can download Pieces To Peace from Hope Street Music Country Gospel Connection and Brand New Man from RadioActiveAirplay.
We have published a book entitled Country Gospel Music USA with Heart To Heart, written by Denis McMillian, telling the story of Country Gospel Music and providing valuable information about Heart To Heart and some other groups in the industry. The best thing is part of the proceeds of the sale of our book go to help families of our Military Fallen Heroes. We have also made a DVD with, count them, 11 videos, filmed live at the Night Light Beacon of Branson Theater (where we perform regularly) in Branson, MO. We also sing regularly at the Treasure Lake Resort in Branson, behind the IMAX. Next season, we will be at the Night Light every 2d Friday night starting in March and will have our Treasure Lake schedule shortly. The Ole Time Gospel Hour at the IMAX in Branson has asked us to return there next season too!
Our radio program, " Branson Gospel Groove" is going gangbusters and more and more stations are asking to be a part. Right now, you can catch our show on www.lcinternetradio.com on Fridays at 10:00 a.m.; www.topraisehim.com on Tues. at 7:00 p.m. and Thurs. at 2:00 p.m., www.actsradio.com on Sundays and www.cgcradio.com (check schedules for times). After the first of the year, we will also be airing on more stations and will get dates and times to you. Interviews are coming up with some well known Christian artists such as Lynda Randall (solo and on Gaither tours); Three Bridges, Allan Frizzell and Jeanne Mohr and Stoney Ferguson with Living Praise Ministries.
Heart To Heart hosted the MO/Mid-South Gospel Singing Convention for the 5th year in Malden, MO this year with over 27 of the Mid-South's finest Gospel artists providing Gospel music and Christian comedy for two nights in September. We had great attendance and hope all were blessed by this event. They tell us this is the largest indoor event to be held in Southeast Missouri and for sure in Malden. Awesome! This was just one week after we returned from attending and singing at the National Quartet Convention in Louisville, Kentucky as part of the Christian Voice Magazine team! The NQC was a wonderful experience and we look forward to going back next year.
We are excited to be working on some tours for 2013 to include singing for the National Christian Motorcycle Riders Assoc. in Chanute, KS in March and the Southern Gospel and Bluegrass Festival in Tyler, TX in April. We are also working on a northern tour for next summer so heads up, give us a call!
Now, here are some really great testimonies we have received. We are absolutely humbled that God is allowing us to be a tool for Him to touch hearts and souls and hopefully be a spark of light in this sometimes dark world.
1. After a recent H2H concert at a small church in Illinois, a woman came to Sharon and asked her to repeat the lyrics of "Pieces To Peace." She said the song had so blessed her and that she and 23,000 other postal workers had been fired that week to cut costs, leaving many without jobs or income. She said she had a way to get our song to those people so that their hearts could be touched and them uplifted. The song says basically when you think the world is tearing your life to pieces, you can find peace with just an honest prayer to God. Praise God!
2. A radio station manager in Australia who manages five stations over there contacted our record label, Hope Street Music, to tell them they loved our song "Pieces To Peace." We sent a thank you to the station and they replied that they would like to use our song as their program theme song to be played before each show. They told of a lady who was severely ill and could not walk who called the station when she heard the song to tell them how much it inspired her. Two months later, this lady WALKED in to the station! That was not us but a God Thing. Glory!!
3. At a recent concert in Springfield, MO during our song for the alter call, we glanced down and when we looked up, almost everyone in the entire church had come forward for prayer! We couldn't even get to the equipment to turn the song off so we just tucked the microphones under our arms, let the tracks play, and took hands two at a time to pray with those folks for as long as it took. What a Spirit filled evening and again, humbling to us to have been there as God moved.
4. We've had many folks tell us that when they felt like they just couldn't do anything well enough or didn't feel good enough, our songs "David" and "Brand New Man" and "Good Good God" (co-written by H2H and Tina Sadler) would lift their hearts.
5. We sang our own song "I Will Stand By You" at a missions benefit in Branson a few weeks ago and Eric Hinson of the famous Hinson Revival (remember Ronnie Hinson and The Lighthouse and Kenny Hinson?? (his uncles)) came to us to tell us he wanted to record this song on his next project! We have a lot of respect for Eric and know that he can get to people that we won't meet; and we appreciate his confidence in our songwriting to record this song. Thank You Lord!!
Our Christmas Celebration Tour with Doug Thornton just started this past Sunday and we dates scheduled between now and Christmas as follows: 11/25 Mt. Zion Walker General Baptist Church, Bloomfield, MO; 12/2 Stokelan Drive Christian Church, Malden, MO (AM Specials) then First Christian Church, Jackson, TN PM Service; 12/4 Englewood Baptist Church, Jackson, TN PM Banquet; 12/6 Union University, Jackson, TN (PM Banquet), 12/7 & 8 National Toys For Tots Event, Civic Center, West Plains, MO Evening Event; 12/9 First Christian Church, East Prairie, MO Evening Service; 12/16 First Baptist Church, Fordland, MO Morning Service, 12/16 Johnson Chapel, Senath (Octa), MO Evening Service; 12/21 BIG SHOW, Night Light Beacon of Branson Theater, Branson, MO 8 pm; 12/22 BIG SHOW, Treasure Lake Resort, Christmas On the Park Concert, behind IMAX, Branson, MO 5:30 p.m. 12/23 Bell City General Baptist Church, Bell City, MO Evening Service. Whewwwwwww! Uh, then we have Christmas Eve and Christmas, pack up and Heart To Heart heads for the Rio Grand Valley to start our Winter Texan Tour! Our first show down there is December 30 and we are there until about February 20, 2013.
MEANWHILE, there are a couple of things we need you, our faithful HEARTS to do to help us: (1) Keep calling those radio stations and email the on-line ones to request Heart To Heart music. "Pieces To Peace," "Brand New Man," "I Will Stand By You" and "David" are on the play boards right now. (2) PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT to vote for Heart To Heart for AGAPE Duo of the Year by going to www.kingcountryagapefest.com to place your vote. You can place a vote for each valid email you have. THEN go right on over to www.christianvoicemagazine.com and vote for us for CGM Fanfest Duo of the Year and SGM Fanfare Duo of the Year. NOTE: You will also see us in several other categories and we would appreciate your votes in all of them! If we can get in the Top 10, then the Top 5, we may have a chance to win the awards for 2013. WE CAN'T DO IT WITHOUT YOUR HELP! Get all your friends involved to vote and share these websites with your email, Facebook, Twitter and other social media contacts. These award opportunities are tools for us to be able to open more doors to serve more people for The Lord. WE CAN'T TELL YOU HOW MUCH WE APPRECIATE ALL OF YOU!!
Please keep Heart To Heart in your prayers. As you know this economy has been hard and our income is often greatly insufficient to meet our expenses. We are driving an older vehicle with close to 200,000 miles on it and pray it stays together. We have an older bus/RV but it still needs some work. Having said that, our ministry is our calling and our passion; and we trust that our needs will be met. If you would like to sponsor Heart To Heart with a monthly donation or a one-time gift, it would be a true blessing to keep this ministry going. We are working hard to try to touch lives and would love to have you be a real, working part of the Heart To Heart Ministries. Please email or call us if you feel that you can sponsor us and be a part of our ministry by calling 417-576-5188 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be a 501c3 as of the first of the year and your donations will be tax deductible. We can set it up with your bank for automatic withdrawals and, if you are present, we can easily do a credit card transaction to get you hooked up. Anyone who gives at least $25 per month will get a free CD of their choice. If you give at least $100 per month, you will receive free 2 CDs, our brand new video, our new book and a set of our handcrafted "music biz guitar pick and pewter charm earrings. We will fix you up a free gift for any one-time special donation of $50 or more as well. Heart To Heart is a full-time gospel and family music ministry with no other means of support, unlike many of the groups who have some other income to defray expenses. PLEASE HELP US IF YOU CAN SO THAT WE CAN REACH OTHERS.
Churches and Community Events, Theaters, Schools and Private Gatherings, give us a call or email so that we can schedule your special activity. We are scheduling NOW for 2013 and 2014 so it's not too early to call. We want to get you your best date for your Heart To Heart concert or to lead your worship service. We are also available for a combination of public speaking and ministry in song so if you have a seminar, business gathering, women's or men's group or convention where we might help you, just let us know. Contact Jerry Mays with Heart To Heart at 417-576-5188 or email@example.com OR ON KEY PROMOTIONS at firstname.lastname@example.org to book your event today!
Catch Heart To Heart and Doug Thornton at one of the Christmas Celebration Tour dates if you are in the area. For our Winter Texan Friends, we'll see you in a few weeks! If you haven't made your reservations yet to stay at the Comfort Suites on South Padre Island this year, give Dave Mejorado, their manager a call and tell him Heart To Heart sent ya! They will treat you like royalty and that's where we stay when we are in the Valley and sing there several times. See you there! Got a couple of new pics and articles attached for ya. You are part of our ministry and we love you. Peace Out. Shalom!
Jerry and Sharon Mays
HEART TO HEART
"The Heart & Soul of Branson"
2012 National AGAPE Fan Awards Duo of the Year
2012 Country Gospel Music Association Central Fan Awards Duo of the Year
2011 Country Gospel Connection Choice Awards Int'l. Duo of the Year
2010 National Duet & Vocal Group of the Year - GMA/IMMERSE - Nashville
Grammy & Dove Award Nominees
Diamond Awards CGMA & ICGMA Top 5
Multi Award-Winning Songwriters
Hosts "The Branson Gospel Groove" Radio Show
Feature Writers, Country Gospel Connection Magazine
Regularly Featured Artists on The Branson Stage
"Powerful Gospel & Family Music, Always With
Heart & Soul!"