Thursday, January 31, 2013

Big Family Film Award Semifinalists Announced

HOLLYWOOD, Jan. 31, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ -- Movieguide® has announced the semifinalists for two of its top awards. The Ten Best Movies for Families and the Ten Best Movies for Mature Audiences will be presented Feb. 15, 2013 at the star-studded 21st Annual Faith & Values Awards Gala in Universal City, Calif.

Hosted by Joe Mantegna ("Criminal Minds") and his daughter, Gia Mantegna, the Movieguide® Awards are attended yearly by the top studio heads and executives in Hollywood, and honor films with uplifting and family-appropriate messages.

These two categories of best movies are awarded to movies suitable for families and mature audiences, respectively, which exhibit moral values and/or a redemptive storyline. Any feature film can be nominated, regardless of box office gross or number of major stars. Movies rated G or PG are eligible for the "Family" category, while those rated PG-13 or R may be nominated in the "Mature" category.

"The Movieguide® Awards are one of the only places where the greats of Hollywood walk side by side with the entertainment industry's youngest and most promising newcomers," says Dr. Ted Baehr, publisher and founder of Movieguide®.

The final Movieguide Award nominations will be released next week, according to the article on

Semifinalists for Ten Best Movies for Families -- "Chimpanzee," "Cowgirls 'N Angels," "Chasing Mavericks," "Frankenweenie," "Here Comes the Boom," "Ice Age: Continental Drift," "Jiro Dreams of Sushi," "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island," "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted," "The Odd Life of Timothy Green," "Parental Guidance," "Rise of the Guardians," "The Secret World of Arrietty," "Won't Back Down," and "Wreck-It Ralph."

Semifinalists for Ten Best Movies for Mature Audiences -- "Act of Valor," "Argo," "The Amazing Spider-Man," "The Dark Knight Rises," "For Greater Glory," "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," "Les Miserables," "Lincoln," "Marvel's The Avengers," "Men in Black 3," "Red Dawn," "Red Tails," "Skyfall," "Snow White and the Huntsman," and "Zero Dark Thirty."

Movieguide® is a family guide to movies published by Dr. Ted Baehr ( CFTVC and Movieguide® are an international non-profit ministry dedicated to "redeeming the values of the entertainment industry by influencing industry executives and by informing and equipping the public about the influence of the entertainment media."

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Dr. Baehr's Bio
Movieguide®'s History
Nominated Movie reviews
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'The Light' -- Modern Day Sci-Fi, Philosophical Western with a Spiritual Twist Leaves Readers Empowered

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho, Jan. 30, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ -- Modern day sci-fi, philosophical western with a spiritual twist leaves readers empowered to see "The Light" in today's challenging world.

"The Light," by Ben Rolphe, is an unparalleled melding of western fiction, sci-fi and theology that provokes philosophical solutions for today's challenges. This unique combination is skillfully weaved with a captivating plot through the author's injection of his personal life experiences. The painstaking detail transports the reader into the moment: hearts pounding as danger, intrigue, romance, angels, God's love for mankind and the wild west collide.

In "The Light" (Carpenter's Son Publishing/ISBN 978-0-9835571-2-8/$15.95) the main character, Dan Branson, is an Oregon wrangler who journeys into the wilderness searching for the source of a mysterious flashing light. He soon finds himself confronted by a "foreign" being with an incredible quest. Called to be a partner in her crusade, Dan Branson proves to be worthy as he saddles the reader along for the adventure. An adventure that shares God's truths in a way that leaves the reader reaching for book two in the series.

About the Author
Ben Rolphe brings the great adventures and successes of his personal life to the pages of his books. As a retired Christian entrepreneur, he has started, owned and operated sixteen profitable companies. As a US Air Force Pilot, he survived twenty-five combat missions and later flew his family to the primitive areas of the Northwest and Alaska. As an avid fly fisherman, he has traveled the globe, fishing the worlds most famous and challenging holes. As a rancher, he is a true horseman experienced in the struggles of farming and the risks of ranging cattle. Ben Rolphe is fully vested in the Great Commission and "The Light" shines clear this mission.

To request a review copy or to schedule an interview/appearance please contact

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Dino, Larnelle Harris, Sandi Patty, and Robert Stearns to Honor Israel at Carnegie Hall Event

NEW YORK, Jan. 31, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ -- Well-respected, award-winning Christian recording artists are honoring Israel this spring in a gala benefit concert being hosted at Carnegie Hall by pianist Dino Kartsonakis and his wife Cheryl.

The special "Honoring Israel at Carnegie Hall" concert will take place at 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 11, 2013, at the world famous venue. The event will feature performances, from the Philadelphia Boys Choir, Denver and the Mile High Orchestra, and The Christian Cultural Center Chorale as well as the musical talents of Robert Stearns, operatic tenor Daniel Rodriguez, and Grammy and Dove Award-winning singers Sandi Patty and Larnelle Harris.

"Anti-semitism is on the rise, and Israel is now surrounded by nations committed to her destruction," world-famous piano artist Dino said. "Cheryl and I have always prioritized praying and working for the peace of Jerusalem. My friends, it is vital that we stand together."

Robert Stearns, founder of Eagles' Wings, and a global leader in Jewish-Christian relations, said, "The evening of music will celebrate our nation's longstanding and unbreakable bond with Israel at one of Manhattan's most prestigious venues."

"There has never been a time in our nation's history that our public and private bond with Israel has been more critical," Stearns said. "With this historic concert, we hope to make it clear that New York stands with Israel."

Proceeds from the event will go to feed hungry Jews, Arabs and Druze in Israel through humanitarian non-profit, "Hope for Zion" as well as to help build a prayer and study center in Migdal Arbel, Israel, whose mission is to cultivate a love and understanding for the people and nation of Israel.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit or call 212-247-7800.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013


Grammy award winning mandolin master Mike Compton, and prizewinning guitarist and songwriter Joe Newberry, are releasing a LIVE album of 12 traditional, old-time, and bluegrass ballads and instrumental pieces on January 27, 2013.

Tracks include East Tennessee Blues, Righteous Pathway, Sittin' On Top of the World, Lazy John, Rocky Road Blues, How Long Blues, Evening Prayer Blues, Kentucky Waltz, Rocky Island, I know Whose Tears, Raleigh and Spencer, and Fly Around My Pretty Lil' Miss. This cd was recorded LIVE at Brandywine Friends in Newark, Delaware, this past February, 2012, using one microphone.

In their 2012 debut album, LIVE, Mike Compton and Joe Newberry mine one of the more neglected segments of country music history, that period during the '30s and '40's when brother duet music was transforming into bluegrass. These two masters of the bedrock of old time music collaborate with a vision that's both modern and ageless. Few are better equipped for the task with Newberry able to replicate the under-appreciated power of country rhythm guitar styles and open back banjo, and then mix in Compton's master of the Monroe style of mandolin with their simpatico duet singing, and you have a two person string band that can effortlessly move from traditional songs to contemporary instrumentals, to 'mother' ballads, to original compositions---all with an ease that belies their intensity. It's not about the number of notes with Compton and Newberry. it's about telling the truth and paying homage to the song.

"They pull off what's almost impossible these days: honest, genuine music that will get your soul dancing." - Chris Stuart, Bluegrass Today

"This recording really captures vintage bluegrass tone. Compton and Newberry tear up the music with nuance and skill…" - Dan Beimborn, Owner/Webmaster, Mandolin Archive

"Joe Newberry is one of my favorite songwriters and interpreters of the old songs. Mike Compton's playing is part of my musical DNA. My earliest infatuation was with The Nashville Bluegrass Band and his mandolin rang out in my head as I tried to figure out how to make music with other pickers. When I learned two of my favorites had formed a duo I was very excited, but still not prepared for how good it would be. Mike Compton and Joe Newberry make music together. Lots of people play together, but few are able to make music. With only two voices and two instruments they can break your heart with one song and make you want to shout with joy on the next. Newly written songs sound ancient and their choice of covers seem somehow new. Their LIVE 2012 album is a must for lovers of real music." - Leigh Gibson, The Gibson Brothers.

"An absolutely brilliant performance captured live, a reminder of just how much great music can be made by two musicians. Their rendering of Evening Prayer Blues is worth the price of the recording alone." - Scott Tichenor, Mandolin Cafe

"Mike Compton and Joe Newberry --that's a powerful combination! There's a lot of studying behind the music here, a lot of repeated listening to scratchy records and hissy tapes, a lot of working on licks over and over to get them just right, and a lot of figuring out how to put them together in combinations that have never been heard before, and yet sound -- and fee--just exactly right, just like what's on those old records and tapes. But the beauty of this music is that, deeply informed and knowledgable as it is, it never feels pedantic; rather, it's as alive and in the moment as anything you're going to hear. Mike and Joe are good enough that they could probably get pretty comfortable in the cold confines of a studio, but they're also smart enough to know that the risk of a missed note here and there is more than offset by the spirit and stimulation of a live recording--and sure enough, this one's a dandy." - Jon Weisberger

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CD's may be purchased by visiting or



SIGNAL MOUNTAIN,TN (JANUARY 28, 2013):Harmony Road, a weekly southern gospel television program, is pleased to announce that TNN, The Nashville Network, has added Chicago affiliate WPVN to its stable of affiliates. The addition of WPVN means that Harmony Road is now being seen in the nation’s third largest media market, adding millions of potential viewers.

Harmony Road host Les Butler states, “I am excited to hear that Harmony Road is now being broadcast in my hometown. I was born in raised in what is commonly referred to as the Chicago-land area. Southern Gospel has a rich history in Chicago and I’m glad to know that Harmony Road will now be added to that list!”

According to the website, “The Nashville Network (TNN) today announced WPVN - Chicago, IL (DMA 3) as its latest affiliate. WPVN began broadcasting TNN’s programming over-the-air on channel 24.3 last Friday when its new transmitter came online atop the Trump International Hotel and Tower. TNN anticipates carriage of WPVN’s TNN channel via Chicago cable outlets in the near future.”

TNN, The Nashville Network continues to grow quickly and will be making more announcements regarding additional markets and stations in the coming days. Each addition means that Harmony Road can reach more people with the best in Southern Gospel music and the message of hope it brings as well as the other family friendly program on the network.

Harmony Road can be found each week on TNN, The Nashville Network on Sunday mornings at 8 Eastern, and on other outlets. Go to www.harmonyroadtv or for times and channels. Information on TNN and its growing list of affiliates can be found at

Harmony Road’s on air team consists of host Les Butler, publisher of “The Singing News” and Solid Gospel Radio Host, and Southern Gospel Musician Cody McVey providing special interviews and insights. Others in the Harmony Road crew include Randy Liner, Technical Director and Roger Spears, Producer.


Nashville, Tenn. (January 28, 2013) – “First the earth cooled, then came the dinosaurs, then Twitter and Facebook and now Viddy… I’m in!” says Country music legend LARRY GATLIN upon posting his first VIDDY. Gatlin is the latest country music star to join Viddy, the booming “video-Twitter” smartphone app that allows users to share intimate moments of their day-to-day lives, 15-seconds at a time. Click here to view Gatlin’s Viddy account.

Since recently joining, Gatlin has shared several video moments including a recent visit to Washington DC for the “Black Tie & Boots” Inaugural Ball, a sneak peak of the Gatlin Brothers in-studio teasing a new album, and… a haircut… yes, a haircut.

“Viddy is cool!” notes Gatlin. ”Even Papa Gatlin can do it… stay tuned!”

Viddy is available for free download on iPhone and Android smartphones. Since debuting in 2011, the app has attracted some of the world’s biggest celebrities including Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Usher, Britney Spears, Snoop Dogg and Jessica Alba.

About Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers
The close family harmonies of Larry, Rudy and Steve Gatlin gave the trio a signature sound that led to country classics like “Houston (Means I’m One Day Closer To You).” The brothers won a GRAMMY Award for their 1976 breakthrough hit, “Broken Lady,” and reached #1 with “I Just Wish You Were Someone I Love” two years later. Along with five career nominations for the ACM Vocal Group, the Gatlin Brothers picked up three 1979 trophies – Single of the Year (“All The Gold In California”), Album of the Year (Straight Ahead) and Male Vocalist of the Year for Larry Gatlin, also a talented songwriter who composed all of the group’s singles. To date, the brothers hold 36 Top 40 Hits to their credit.

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For more information on Larry Gatlin, visit

Williamsons Return From Successful Mission Trip

Weleetka, OK (January 28, 2013) Multi-award nominated Gospel group, the Williamsons, has just returned from a time of ministry in the area of Granada, Nicaragua. They traveled as part of the Gospel Station Radio Network sponsored World Mission Team who specializes in missionary evangelism. This is the second international missions endeavor for The Williamsons with The World Mission Team.

Donnie Williamson, manager and baritone singer for the group said, “The need is so great in areas like Granada and similar places around the world. The laborers seem to be few, but the rewards are so great. The joy of witnessing the message of the Gospel to this poor country was overwhelming, and watching the Doctors minister to their physical needs was such a blessing that your heart just melted within you.”

The team would gather each morning at a school and would minister with other groups of missionaries at an event called Med Fest which was coordinated by Way of the Cross Ministries based in Harlengen, Texas. Thousands came for free medical care and the Gospel was shared with each and every one. The Williamsons would then leave on an old school bus and visit three different villages each day and share the Gospel in song and testimony.

Donnie continued to state, “The area was very poor and some of the villages did not even have electricity.”

They would at times gather under a tree and sing with a guitar. Each time they stopped hundreds would gather to hear what they had to share and thousands responded to the Gospel message. Following each service the group would give food and literature to the adults and tracts and candy to each child.
By the end of the trip some 2500 had made professions of faith after hearing the precious Gospel of Jesus Christ.

You can contact the Williamsons at,, or

Patterson Promotions Adds Peach State Quartet To Roster

Patterson Promotions of Patterson Music Group is pleased to announce the addition of the Peach State Quartet of Arnoldsville Ga. to its roster of artists.

Peach State Quartet has been singing since 1972,and consists of Mark Upton-Tenor, Doug Stroup-Baritone, John Walker –Lead and Joe Harden –Bass.

Pauline met PSQ at the National Quartet Convention this past year, after spending a good hour visiting with them in her booths she came away feeling that theirs was a union orchestrated by God.

Peach State Quartet is a group of young men with great talent and hearts to use these talents to spread the gospel in song to every city, state and town that they can get to.

PSQ has just released their first radio single with PMG on P.P. Vol.10 entitled “Right On Time God”, Pauline states this is a toe tapping song that fans are sure to love when they hear it.

PSQ has been voted in the Top 5 Quartets in 2012 by Southern Gospel Music Conference.

Be sure to watch their website for a date near you in this coming year. They still have some open dates for 2013.If you would like a group of energetic, talented and anointed young men you will be sure to enjoy them.

Contact Peach State by calling 770 365-5067 or



'. . .tense, involving, ulitmately touching." Los Angeles Times

GLENDALE, Calif. – Jan. 30, 2013 – CROSSROAD weaves a story of ordinary, seemingly unrelated people who learn the intimate power of God in a hostage situation with lives hanging in the balance. With his feature movie debut, award-winning Director Shervin Youssefian takes audiences to the CROSSROAD, a gripping film that debuts on DVD March 12, 2013.
“Twelve strangers cross paths in a diner, and as a hostage situation ensues, little by little they learn how they’re all connected,” said Youssefian, who also wrote CROSSROAD. “Trusting God is the central theme of the movie.”

Praise for CROSSROAD

“The faith-based ensemble drama CROSSROAD builds considerable power as it weaves its pensive tale of life, death and destiny . . . an often tense, involving, ultimately touching tale of redemption and forgiveness.”--Los Angeles Times
“Another great Christian film that EVERYONE should see!”--Christian Film Database
“A surprisingly gritty thriller . . CROSSROAD offers a message of hope and forgiveness.”--Pasadena Weekly


Fueled by revenge, Michael (Philip Bulcock) sets up a meeting at an out-of-the-way diner with the man who murdered his wife and child six years earlier. But his plans of killing him come to a sudden standstill when two gunmen burst in to rob the place. Michael takes matters into his own hands, shooting a robber and holding the entire diner hostage until the man he really wants to target arrives. In the midst of all these events, Michael finds an unlikely ally in Don (Kim Estes), a devout Christian who believes God is going to help him in his endeavor. While Michael battles with his faith, the hostages begin to find extraordinary connections between them. CROSSROAD is an emotional and inspiring story of redemption, forgiveness and the ultimate realization of God's grace at work in every life.


CROSSROAD Executive Producers David Dginguerian and Amy Weber a husband-and-wife team with business and entertainment success between them are a crossroad story of their own. Desiring to have children, doctors said it was impossible. But God had other plans, blessing them with twins. In grateful response, Dginguerian, a successful entrepreneur, committed to making a feature length faith film. It took three years, but working with Youssefian, also an executive producer, the result is CROSSROAD. And the kicker? Weber plays a featured role in the movie.

From Spot On Media, CROSSROAD launches DVD sales March 12, 2013.

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“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:18 (NIV)

DALLAS – Jan. 29, 2013 – From director, skateboarding legend and born again believer Brian Sumner comes FOOLISHNESS, a thrilling film featuring world-class skaters performing eye-popping skateboard acrobatics woven throughout with the power of God’s word and changed lives. A film to help young people be as fearless in their faith as they are at the skate park, FOOLISHNESS debuts on DVD March 5.


“Brian Sumner’s skate-studded DVD, FOOLISHNESS, is the fullest 60-minute Gospel word I’ve heard.”--John Piper, author and preacher
“FOOLISHNESS is a movie about real faith presented in a very cool way.”--Brian “Head” Welch, former guitarist and co-founder of KORN
“I watched this video and was stirred by the stories of the transforming power of Christ. It deserves to be widely distributed and viewed.”--Alistair Begg, Parkside Church, Chagrin Falls, Ohio.


As teenagers, skateboarding legends Brian Sumner and Christian Hosoi helped shape a culture. They reached amazing heights and broke countless records in pursuit of innovation and greatness. They were stars. They were heroes. As they will tell you themselves, they were fools — until they decided to lay their sins at the foot of the cross and never look back.

They traded in the destructive habits of boys to serve Christ as men, using their God-given talents to minister to America’s youth in a way very few can. Armed with hardcore biblical teachings, stirring testimony and authentic, street-level insight, Brian Sumner and Christian Hosoi speak in a language that can’t be faked — and work tirelessly to share a message that can’t be ignored. Foolishness, from SkateBible, is a daily devotional. It’s a witness tool. It’s an exciting, artfully made skate video featuring some of the biggest names in professional skateboarding — men now living as dedicated servants of the Lord.


A skateboarding prodigy from Liverpool, England, Brian moved to the U.S. and turned pro while still a teenager. A star in the fast-moving world of skating, Brian saw his marriage collapse, dealt with anger issues and ended up on probation. To fulfill a court-ordered community service obligation, he worked in a Christian thrift store. It was there he began to explore religion with the same intensity he brought to all aspects of life. Meeting other skaters who had embraced Christianity led Brian to The Sanctuary, a church with a skateboarding pastor, Jay Haizlip. After coming to faith, Brian remarried his wife (adding two more children to the one they had) and now uses his talent as a springboard for international ministry.

FOOLISHNESS takes viewers on a skateboarding thrill ride offering a vibrant new way to connect with God’s word as some of the world’s best skaters display their skills and declare eternal truths from the Bible. Produced by SkateBible and distributed by EchoLight Studios, FOOLISHNESS will be available in retail stores and online March 5.

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About EchoLight Studios

EchoLight Studios is the first vertically integrated Christian movie studio to offer production financing, marketing and distribution across all releasing platforms. Based in Dallas, EchoLight produces and distributes high-quality faith and family-friendly entertainment through a full film distribution platform servicing theatrical, home video, digital/VOD and broadcast in both U.S. domestic and international markets.

Gold City News

From Gold City's newsletter of January 28, 2013:

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What an incredible week we just spent on the high seas! We were a part of the cruise to Cozumel, Grand Caymen and Jamaica sponsored by KWFC 89.1 FM out of Springfield, MO. Fellowship, fun, food, and plenty of great gospel music. One great highlight was the reunion of Jubilation/White River, a popular Christian Country band that last performed in the mid 1990's. When we say band, we mean BAND! Those men can pick as well as sing. A big thanks to KWFC for the invitation to be a part of such a wonderful week. After making our way back to land, we capped off this working vacation with an evening concert for the great people of Baker, Florida.


Many of you have already heard about our friend, Tracy Stuffle of the Perrys, suffering a stroke last week. He remains in the hospital in ICU and continues to be in serious condition. We urge you to remain steadfast in prayer for this man, his wife Libbi, their son Jared, and the guys in their group. We work with the Perrys often, in fact just a couple of days prior to Tracy’s stroke we were together in Fitzgerald, GA. Tracy is a great man who has been faithful to God's call through thick and thin, and we are trusting that God is going to perform a miraculous healing so Tracy can once again stand on stage and sing the gospel! Please join us in daily prayer for Tracy and the Perrys.


The Southern Gospel Music Guild (SGMG) will be presenting a special event on Tuesday, January 29th honoring some of the most prolific and creative songwriters of southern gospel music. Gold City is going to be among the many artists performing on stage at this concert This will be a taped event for broadcast at a later date on TBN. The taping is open to the public and admission is free. We will be performing a songs to honor our friends Dianne Wilkinson & Squire Parsons. Hope to see you at the concert and taping on January 29th. We will be updating you on when the actual air date for the program will be on TBN. For more information- Harmony Honors Info


Gold City is proud to once again be a part of Bill Bailey’s Winter Gospel Music Convention held each year at the Manatee Center in Palmetto, FL. It’s six nights of the best in gospel music, and this year’s dates are February 4-9, 2013. Gold City will be there on Tuesday, February 5th. We’ll be joined by our friends, Jeff and Sheri Easter, Tony Gore, the Freemans, and Mark Trammell Quartet. Hope you can join us. For more information on this concert week, visit


The February issue of Singing News has hit the newsstand. You can read a Valentine’s tribute to our wives on page 3. On page 46, our trip to Times Square Church in New York City is chronicled, complete with photos of this beautiful and historic place.


"In spite of everything I shall rise again: I will take up my pencil, which I have forsaken in my great discouragement, and I will go on with my drawing." -Vincent Van Gogh


We can look around and see that our world is in a sad state of affairs. War, famine, natural disasters, sickness, conflicts among each other–it’s all a sign of the times. But God in his word gave us the answer. To paraphrase a familiar passage of scripture from the 2ndBook of Chronicles, if the people of God will humble themselves and pray and turn from their wicked ways, God will hear and heal their land. Notice it doesn’t say a thing about sinners, evil ones, or those who hate God. It’s God saying, "If MY people." Christians, if WE will do what the Bible says, we have the power of God on our side to bring about radical changes for the better in this world. It is the prayer of Gold City that you will live the promises of 2 Chronicles 7:14 in your own life this week!


For our full schedule or more information, please visit
Tuesday, 1/29 Hendersonville, TN 7pm Trinity Music City 1 Music City Blvd
Thursday, 1/31 Dora, AL 7pm Lee's Family Restaurant 2825 Hwy 78
Sunday, 2/3 Soddy Daisy, TN 10:45am Mile Straight Baptist Church 8448 Springfield Rd
Sunday, 2/3 McDonald, TN 6pm Way Of The Cross Baptist Church 3191 S Lee Hwy
Tuesday, 2/5 Palmetto, FL 7pm Manatee Convention Ctr 1 Haben Blvd
Thursday, 2/7 McDonough, GA 7pm The Ole Country Church 2649 Hwy 155 North
Sunday, 2/10 Reform, AL 2:30pm First Freewill Baptist Church Hwy 17 South
Saturday, 2/16 Brunswick, GA 7pm Golden Isle Christian Church 1940 Old Jessup Rd

PO Box 2100, Gadsden, Alabama 35903, United States

Karen Peck and New River Head To The Studio

From Karen Peck and New River's email newsletter of January 28, 2013"

We, along with thousands of others, are continuing to pray and believe God for a miracle for our dear friend, Tracy Stuffle. He suffered a stroke a few days ago and is still in the ICU unit in Nashville.
We love The Perry's! Please help us pray for Tracy as well as Libbi and Jared.

I'm so amazed at how God works in our lives. We had an incredible weekend with several lives being changed. Susan, Jeff, and I agree that our hearts are more broken for the hurting people than ever before. You know, I'm finding that when I concentrate on the Lord, everything around me seems to fall into place. I'm sincerely praying that He will continue to teach me to completely trust Him in every area of my life. So many times I try to fix things on my own which usually winds up in a total disaster! How much better life is when I let God do the fixing!!! Lol

As always, we want to thank our precious DJ's for playing our music!!
'Sustaining Grace' features Susan and it is her first radio single in several years! It is my favorite song that she sings.
'God Lives There' is a song from my solo album which has Wes Hampton and Ben Isaacs singing along with me.
We are very excited about having two radio songs out at the same time! We haven't done this in several years.
The DJ's are playing both songs!!
Thanks to all of you for calling your local radio station and requesting both songs!! Lol

Be sure to check out our online store! We have lots of great deals available!

We are very excited about our concert dates this year. We would love to see you!! Bring lots of friends with you and come join us for a wonderful time of worship!

Thanks for your prayers. We love y'all!!:)

Check our schedule for details!
Feb 1 - Pitkin, LA - 7:00pm
Feb 2 - Emory, TX - 6:00pm
Feb 3 - Jasper, TX - 6:00pm
Feb 9 - Palmetto, FL - 7:00pm
Feb 10 - Sanderson, FL - 10:45am

Have a blessed 2013!

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Thanks for all your prayers and support!

Karen Peck and New River

Copyright (C) 2013 Karen Peck and New River All rights reserved.

Karen Peck and New River
PO Box 2078
Dahlonega, Georgia 30533

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Trinity Broadcasting Network Hosts SGMG Harmony Honors January 29th at Trinity Music City in Nashville, TN.

All-Star Lineup Features Jason Crabb, Wynonna Judd, Greater Vision, Kingdom Heirs, Nelons, Booth Brothers and More!

NASHVILLE (January 25, 2013) — Some of the top names in Gospel Music will take the stage January 29 in Nashville at Trinity Broadcasting Network's Trinity Music City, as Grammy Award-winning Christian music artist Jason Crabb hosts a special live TBN taping of the 2013 SGMG Harmony Honors.

Sponsored by the Southern Gospel Music Guild (SGMG), the annual SGMG Harmony Honors celebrates the best and brightest singers, songwriters, quartets, and groups in this unique American musical genre that has comforted, inspired, and entertained generations of fans.

This year the Harmony Honors recognize gospel songwriters Mosie Lister, Squire Parsons, Ronny Hinson, Rodney Griffin, Phil Cross, and Dianne Wilkinson. SGMG president Judy Nelon noted that many of the songs penned by these writers are now considered classics, and have been recorded and performed by scores of artists in gospel, country, and other genres of music. “It is a privilege to be able to honor this elite group of gospel music's legacy songwriters,” she said. “Their work continues to inspire individuals of all ages and backgrounds.”

This special edition of TBN's signature “Praise the Lord” show will feature performances from a number of popular artists, including the Booth Brothers, the Bowling Family, Gold City, Greater Vision, Jeff & Sheri Easter, the Kingdom Heirs, LeFevre Quartet, the Nelons, Three Bridges, Tribute Quartet and Palmetto State Quartet featuring Grammy Award-winning country music great Wynonna Judd.

"I am honored to host the 2013 SGMG Harmony Honors and to be a part in recognizing these amazing songwriters,” said Jason Crabb, a regular TBN “Praise the Lord” host. “I cut my teeth on their songs, and their work has been a big part of my own musical heritage.”

TBN Vice President Matthew Crouch noted that Gospel Music has been a regular part of TBN's history over the past 40 years. “We've welcomed many Gospel greats over the years,” he said. “The rich harmonies and inspirational message of this sacred music have been a blessing to generations of TBN viewers. We're honored once again to host the SGMG Harmony Honors.”

Admission to the January 29th live TBN taping of the Harmony Honors at Nashville's Trinity Music City is free to the public, with 1,500 seats available. Doors open at 6 p.m. (Central Time) and the program begins at 7 p.m.

For more information and directions visit

Friday, January 25, 2013

Dove Brothers Band Announce Americana Tour

Don't Miss Americana Tour 2013!!!

You know what a great time we had last year, and tickets are already moving quickly for Americana Tour 2013:

Saturday February 23 at the Rudy Theatre in Selma, NC

Concert begins at 8:00pm honoring our American Veterans

Featuring the Dove Brothers Band and the Carolina Soul Band.

We will celebrate many different kinds of music including Gospel, Classic Country, Soul, R&B, Pop, Blues, Beach, Motown, and Jazz!!

Call 877-THE-RUDY for tickets and other information!!!


Thursday, January 24, 2013

Mercy's Well Haiti Trip Update

From Mercy Well's email newsletter of January 24, 2013:

What a week it has been! Before we get into what's been going on this week, we want to take a few moments and share with you about our previous weekend. Victory Baptist Church in Bonneau, SC was our first stop. It had been a couple of years since our last visit, so we were able to share some new music with the congregation. Pastor Jim, Latesha and the folks at Gray Hills Baptist in Beaufort, SC hosted us for our Sunday evening service. It had also been about two years since we last partnered with this body of believers, and it was so nice to see them and re-connect once again.

We want to thank you all for remembering Brad and Greg as they have been traveling across the country of Haiti this week. I (Kyle) have been in touch with them briefly, as internet access becomes available to them. Here is an update posted by Zane King, one of the Compassion leaders on this trip, at about 10:30 PM on Wednesday:

Just returned to Port Au Prince after spending the past couple of days
on an island called Ill-A-Vaches, where the only way around is by boat
or foot. No electricity there either. We...had church with some of the most
amazing people on this planet! I'm blessed!

Please continue to lift this team up in your prayers, as their week is only halfway finished. They will be arriving back in the States sometime on Friday, where we will rendezvous in Florida, and head out to our dates for this weekend!
Thank you all for your prayers. Have a blessed week!

Brad, Greg & Kyle
Mercy's Well

January 27, 10:30 AM - Zephyrhills Wesleyan Church - Zephyrhills, FL
For more information: (813) 782-7510

January 27, 6:00 PM - First United Methodist Church - Lake Alfred, FL
For more information: (863) 956-1701


New Movie Entertains, Enlightens on the Plight of India’s ‘Untouchables;’ January is Human Trafficking Prevention Month

YORBA LINDA, Calif. – Jan. 23, 2013 – On a wave of strong praise from advance screenings, NOT TODAY—the first church-made film around an international issue—hits theaters Friday, April 12. (See below for list of debut cities.) In NOT TODAY, a spoiled young American encounters trafficking of children among India’s “untouchables” and is forever changed.

“NOT TODAY is the first feature-length, faith-based film to tackle human trafficking, a global disease,” Producer Brent Martz said. “It’s entertainment, yes. But entertainment with world-changing purpose.”

NOT TODAY is produced by Friends Media, an arm of Friends Church of Yorba Linda, Calif., where Martz heads creative ministries. Rising star Cody Longo (Hollywood Heights, Fame, Make It or Break It) plays Caden, a spoiled, SoCal rich kid partying in India. On mean city streets, he’s oblivious to the so-called “untouchables” until a young girl sold into slavery draws him into the world of India’s outcast Dalits. Fighting to find her, Caden finds himself and his faith re-energized. Also featured in NOT TODAY: John Schneider (OCTOBER BABY, Smallville, The Dukes of Hazzard), Shari Rigby (OCTOBER BABY, The Bold and the Beautiful) and Cassie Scerbo (Make It or Break It, Hot in Cleveland).

Typical audience response to NOT TODAY, from the advance screening at the 2012 Urbana student missions conference in St. Louis:

“Gripping, informative movie that takes you into its world . . . makes you want to get involved to make a difference.”
"Everyone should see this film. You cannot walk away unchanged."
"Heartbreaking and eye-opening . . . I am inspired to make a change."
“Wow! Should have warned us to bring Kleenex."
NOT TODAY echoes in daily headlines:

Jan. 11 was International Human Trafficking Awareness Day
President Barack Obama recently declared January as Human Trafficking Prevention Month in the United States.
Louis Giglio, founder of the Passion movement, heavily focused the Passion 2013 conference on the battle against trafficking and the support of exploited people.
And stark statistics underscore growing concern around the globe:

An estimated 27 million people worldwide are in forced labor including sexual exploitation as a result of trafficking. SOURCE: U.N. Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking
Profits from all trafficked forced labor: estimated $31.6 billion/year. SOURCE: U.N. Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking
India’s Dalit population is among the world’s most vulnerable to the global industry in human abuse:

More than 1.2 million children in India are trapped in human trafficking as child prostitutes. SOURCE: National Underground Railroad Freedom Center India Conference
“For centuries Dalits, the ‘lowest of the low,’ have grown up believing they are less than animals,” said Matthew Cork, NOT TODAY executive producer and lead pastor of Friends Church. “Christianity tells them they are made in the image of God.”

Using education to lift Dalit lives and prospects, Friends Church has committed $20 million to build 200 of 1,000 proposed schools for Dalit children in the coming decade. Friends already has funded more than 40 of the current 107 schools. Profits from NOT TODAY go toward building schools and freeing children.

NOT TODAY premieres across the nation April 12 in these markets:

Los Angeles (Orange County), Calif.
Houston, Texas
San Diego, Calif.
Dallas, Texas
San Jose, Calif.
San Francisco, Calif.
Columbus, Ohio
Seattle, Wash.
Denver (Littleton), Colo.
Washington, D.C.
Nashville, Tenn.
Portland, Ore.
Sacramento, Calif.
Virginia Beach, Va.
Atlanta, Ga.
Colorado Springs, Colo.
Orlando, Fla.
Akron, Ohio
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
West Palm Beach/Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

For more information, visit:

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

'Abel's Field' DVD Debuts Today, Jan. 22--Staring Kevin Sorbo


Inspiring, Coming-of-Age Story Starring Kevin Sorbo and Samuel Davis Debuts on DVD Jan. 22
Bonus Materials Include a Behind-the-Scenes Featurette

An inspiring story of faith, friendship and finding hope in unlikely places, ABEL’S FIELD debuts on DVD Jan. 22 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and AFFIRM Films/Provident Films.

The film stars MovieGuide Awards winner Kevin Sorbo (Most Inspiring Movie Acting, WHAT IF . . ., Grace Award 2010), Samuel Davis (NEW HOPE) and Richard Dillard (TV’s Dallas). Directed by Gordie Haakstad from a screenplay by Aron Flasher, ABEL’S FIELD was produced by Tore Knos.

ABEL’S FIELD is in stores Jan. 22.

An inspiring and entertaining family film that is drawing praise.

“Good morals. Good message. That’s the right stuff for Faith in Film.”Andi Parker, host, Daystar’s Faith in Film
“Abel's Field serves up a solid blend of faith, cinematography and story to please all audiences.”Jacob Sahms,
“A heartening story of compassion, family, friendship and finding faith.” Francine Brokaw, LA Family
SYNOPSIS: Left motherless by tragedy and abandoned by his father, high school senior Seth McArdle (Samuel Davis) faces enormous pressure as he strives to support his little sisters. At school, he endures the daily bullying of the football team. But fighting back only finds him singled out for punishment and assigned to an after-school work detail under the supervision of the reserved groundskeeper, Abel (SOUL SURFER’s Kevin Sorbo). Much to his surprise, Seth discovers that Abel may be the only one who truly understands his struggles. As dark times lure Seth toward desperate measures, the reluctant Abel may be the one person who can point him back toward the light.

About Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is a Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) company. Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America, a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE's global operations encompass motion picture production and distribution; television production and distribution; home entertainment acquisition and distribution; a global channel network; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; development of new entertainment products, services and technologies; and distribution of entertainment in more than 159 countries. For additional information, go to

About AFFIRM Films

AFFIRM Films is a division of Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA), a Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) company, dedicated to producing, acquiring, and marketing films that inspire, uplift, and entertain audiences.

About Provident Film

Provident Films, a division of Provident Music Group, produces and distributes faith-based films, including several that opened in the box office top 10: FIREPROOF, COURAGEOUS and OCTOBER BABY. Nashville-based Provident Music Group, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, has been one of the world’s leading Christian entertainment companies for more than three decades.

Steven Lawson Signs Extensive Agreement With AG Publicity

West Hamlin, WV (January 21, 2013) AG Publicity, Nashville, TN, is pleased to announce Steven Lawson, renowned Gospel singer and soloist, has signed an extensive publicity agreement.

At the tender age of eight years old it was evident that Steven was destined to sing. From singing in his local church though his high school years his career has moved upward. He started his professional career singing with Conrad Cook and the Calvary Echoes. From there he moved on to sing Lead for the Dixie Melody Boys. Finally he found a nitch as a soloist. Missing the tight harmonies of a group, Steven formed his own group, the Royal Heirs. Moving on again, in 2002 Steven joined the cast of the Carolina Jamboree in Myrtle Beach, SC.

He eventually felt the call to return to his solo ministry and is now covering the map singing and testifying to what God has done for his life. Steven said, “I decided that if I am going to put my all into what God has called me to do, it was time to take a step to go to another level of ministry, and I believe that AG Publicity has the ability to help me get there.”

Deon Unthank, founder of AG Publicity stated “Adding artists to our company is not something taken lightly. We feel that Steven has the quality and ability to make a difference in reaching people for Christ. We are excited about what he has to offer the Southern Gospel/Christian Country arenas around the country.”

Steven has a powerful testimony of how God brought him through a terrible car crash and he would love to share that with your congregation or concert crowd,

Steven is adding the finishing touches to a new solo project which will be available soon. You can contact Steven at,, or


About Steven Lawson
Steven grew up in a small town in the hills of West Virginia,where at the young age of eight it was inevitable that he was destined to sing. During his early years, you could find him playing piano and singing every Sunday with members of his family's church. He joined the legendary “Calvary Echoes” headed by the inspiring songwriter Conrad Cooke. After his season there, Steven found himself on a tour bus with one of gospel music's premier quartets,The Dixie Melody Boys, where he sang for two years.Steven then formed his own group, The Royal Heirs. While Steven managed The Royal Heirs, he encouraged and promoted the talents of many young artists who are singing and performing today. Over the course of Steven's music career he has been blessed to be a part of church services and gospel concerts with many of today's top Christian artists including, The Perrys, The Wilburns, Dottie Rambo, Gold City, The Singing Cookes, and many others.

Monday, January 21, 2013


Awards Celebration Includes Appearances By Gerald and Jason Crabb, Sheri Easter And Others
Pictured above: Gerald Crabb and Jason Crabb perform at the 2012 Diamond Awards.

Atlanta, GA.(January 21, 2013) – WATC Television out of Atlanta, Georgia, will be airing the SGNScoops’ 2012 Diamond Awards Celebration held at Creekside Gospel Music Convention on October 30, 2012. Coastal Media Group hosted the event to honor Gospel music’s finest artists as chosen by the readers of SGNScoops digital magazine. The gala event was emceed by Christy Sutherland and Daniel Ball and included performances by Sheri Easter, Gerald Crabb, Jason Crabb, Crosby Lane and Watts, Rowsey and Bean, among others. Many of these special moments will be shown on this TV Special to be aired Saturday, January 26th at 1:00pm EST.

Patricia Mathis and her crew of WATC TV, Atlanta’s TV 57, recorded the 2012 Diamond Awards. Mathis is excited about airing the TV Special and said, "You will not want to miss this wonderful program featuring great gospel music artists, presenters, award winners and interviews of the artists by Bill Dykes. If you are out of the Atlanta, Georgia viewing area, you can view it online at"

Rob Patz, CEO of Coastal Media Group and publisher of SGNScoops commented, “The Diamond Awards are always a special time of honoring the Gospel artists that fill our world with the music we love. We are glad to be able to share the 2012 ceremony with fans across the nation and the world by television and internet. We are grateful to Patricia and WATC for their professionalism, experience and dedication in airing quality Gospel music programs. We had a great time at the Awards and we hope everyone will tune in and watch!”

About WATC TV: WATC TV provides Atlanta with a mix of family, Christian and educational programming. It is known to viewers as the home of Atlanta Live and is seen over the air throughout the metro Atlanta market and also in over one million cable and satellite homes. WATC is the home of many original series and has been honored with numerous Angel and Telly Awards, as well as receiving it first EMMY in 2010. The station’s programming can be seen around the world via video streaming located on the WATC website at

About Creekside Gospel Music Convention: Creekside Gospel Music Convention held it’s inaugural event at the Smokey Mountain Convention Center, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee from October 29 through 31, 2012. The CGMC is presented by SGN Scoops and Coastal Media Group at Pigeon Forge and is the home of The Diamond Awards and other special events. Next year’s dates are October 28, 29 and 30th, 2013. For more information on Creekside Gospel Music Convention visit

About SGNScoops: SGNScoops Digital is a fully-downloadable monthly magazine that exists to promote the gospel by unveiling what is intriguing and real about Southern Gospel and Christian Country music. SGNScoops offers music news and views as well as concert and book reviews, inspirational articles and features reaching beyond our gospel music world. SGNScoops is the home of the Diamond Awards, a fan-based annual awards program recognizing the best in Southern Gospel and Christian Country music. SGN Scoops is always digital, always free. For more information:


String quartet plays shows with Yonder Mountain String Band
AUSTIN, TX — Wood & Wire, Austin’s own four-piece bluegrass and Americana band, will release its debut self-titled studio album on Feb. 5, 2013.

The album was recorded in Nashville and produced by award-winning engineer Erick Jaskowiack, whose discography includes work with The Chieftains, The Gibson Brothers and Colin Hay. WOOD & WIRE includes original compositions written by the band, showcasing the group’s tight-fitting arrangements and rich musicianship. It also features special guest Brittany Haas (Crooked Still) on fiddle.

Founded in 2010 by guitarist Tony Kamel and mandolin player Matt Slusher, who honed their acoustic skills playing with acts like Graham Wilkinson, South Austin Jug Band and Rodney Hayden, Wood & Wire began to take form when bassist Dom Fisher joined Matt and Tony’s jam sessions. Last spring, the trio officially added Trevor Smith (Green Mountain Grass) on banjo and started making a name for itself on the Austin music scene.

Wood & Wire has been performing select shows with Yonder Mountain String Band and will be touring this summer. The band’s CD release show will be held at the Cactus Café in Austin on Feb. 8.

For more information, see

Review copies and interviews available upon request

Upcoming tour dates include:
Feb. 7 Waterloo In-Store, Austin
Feb. 8, Cactus Café, Austin
Feb. 9, Old Quarter Acoustic Café, Galveston
Feb. 16, McGonigel’s Mucky Duck, Houston
Feb. 21, Blue Light Live, Lubbock
March 1, Granada Theater, Dallas
March 2, Stubb’s, Austin
March 8, Poor David's Pub, Dallas

Media contact:
Heidi Labensart, McGuckin Entertainment PR, 512.698.2621

Gold City News and Audition Information

Gold City Quartet email newsletter of January 19, 2013:


We met some awesome people the past two weekends while on tour. Our first stop on January 12th was Fort Payne, AL at The Pickin’ Post with promoter Mike Owens. Take it from Gold City, the folks in Fort Payne know how to enjoy southern gospel music. We were greeted by a near capacity crowd and we had ourselves a time. From there, we traveled to Fairdale, KY and worshiped with the folks at Harvest Baptist Church, where we found a warm welcome by the friendly congregation on Sunday morning. To be honest, singing in the morning isn’t always the easiest thing to do, but the folks in Fairdale made that early morning wake-up call worth it.

Our final stop for the weekend was in Nashville, TN. We made our way to Tusculum Hills Baptist Church, where we capped off our trip with a Sunday evening concert for the great folks in Music City on January 13th. It was great to see Ken Harding and all the crew from our record company, NewHaven Records, our radio promoter Jan Puryear, Todd, Melinda, and Judy from the Beckie Simmons Agency, the company who books our dates. All these folks play a major role in what we do. More friends, Earl and Scharlene Galloway, came out to be with us for the evening.

This past Thursday night, January 17th, we were in Montgomery, Alabama at the Beacon of Hope Church of God. What a wonderful time we had there.

Then on Friday night, we were with one of gospel music’s best friends and promoters, Bill Bailey, in Fitzgerald, GA at the South Georgia Gospel Sing-Out. Joining Gold City was some of our favorite groups to work with on the road, Triumphant Quartet, Karen Peck and New River, and the Perrys. Obviously, that was a great evening just by the lineup of artists there--and yes, we had ourselves a time!

Saturday, we headed to Saraland, AL to sing for our friends at Wilson Avenue Baptist Church. Now, we're off to New Orleans where we will board a cruise ship for Cozumel, Jamaica and the Grand Caymen Islands as guests of KWFC Radio.

We’re excited to be aboard ship along with several other gospel artist including a reunion of the 1990's Christian Country band White River/Jubilation. God is already blessing Gold City in this first month of 2013 and we are excited to see what He has in store next.


Gold City will be part of a special concert and television taping for TBN at Trinity Music City on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 starting at 7 p.m. The Southern Gospel Music Guild (SGMG) Harmony Honors will be hosting an evening to celebrate some of the great composers of Southern Gospel Music. The event is free to the public and plenty of seating is available. Trinity Music City is located at 1 Music Village Blvd in Hendersonville, TN. The SGMG is an organization of professionals in Southern Gospel Music dedicated to fostering education, awareness, growth and excellence of all things southern gospel in order to increase the visibility and appreciation for this style of music. If you are in or around the Nashville, TN area on Tuesday, January 29th, come be a part of this unique and memorable concert that will feature performances by many of today’s top gospel artists who will assemble to pay tribute to some of today’s most prolific songwriters of the southern gospel genre. We’re excited to be a part of this great event.


Gold City is still searching for a tenor singer. We have some really good prospects so far! If you or someone you know has the vocal ability to sing the high part and you would like to audition, send a demo mp3 and resume via email to


"One great power of sin is that it blinds men so that they do not recognize its true character." -Andrew Murray


It’s already nearing the end of January. Time is swiftly flying by. Make sure you take time to day to tell your family and friends how much you love them. Most of all, take every opportunity you have to share Jesus with someone. It could be the last opportunity you are given to be a witness for Him. Have a great week!


For our full schedule or more information, please visit
Sunday, 1/27 Baker, FL 6pm Milligan Assembly of God 5408 Hwy 4
Tuesday, 1/29 Hendersonville, TN 7pm Trinity Music City 1 Music Village Blvd
Thursday, 1/31 Dora, AL 7pm Lee's Family Restaurant 2825 Hwy 78
Tuesday, 2/5 Palmetto, FL 7pm Manatee Convention Ctr 1 Haben Blvd
Thursday, 2/7 McDonough, GA 7pm The Ole Country Church 2649 Hwy 155 North
Sunday, 2/10 Reform, AL 2:30pm First Freewill Baptist Church Hwy 17 South

Questions? Contact Gold City
PO Box 2100, Gadsden, Alabama 35903, United States

Friday, January 18, 2013

Mansion Entertainment Launches BlueGrass Valley

Franklin, TN January 15th 2013 - Mansion Entertainment, label home to GRAMMY nominated and Dove Award winning Gospel artists, has announced the launch of BlueGrass Valley Entertainment & Records.

Mansion executive Bill Traylor stated, "We've considered branching out into the bluegrass arena for quite some time due to a number of friends in the bluegrass community that have wanted to see us apply the same relationship models to bluegrass as we're using for Mansion Entertainment and Pathway Enterprises in regard to radio and television. It's a transition that just makes sense for us and we're excited to have some great new bluegrass projects in the works that we can't wait to share with bluegrass fans."

BlueGrass Valley Records will make the first step of its launch by releasing several bluegrass gospel singles to bluegrass radio this month (January 2013). GRAMMY winner Brad Davis will lead off the list of artists being sent to radio with the debut new single from his upcoming project, "ROAD TO EMMAUS". Other artists being sent to radio are the popular bluegrass bands Detour and Nightflyer as well as Tammy Larson and the popular Branson, MO based group The Wilhites.

More artist announcements will follow in the coming weeks as the label prepares to launch three brand new bluegrass projects on Brad Davis. You can follow the latest happenings with BlueGrass Valley Records through social media ( or via their website

For radio service please contact John Mathis (jmathis@themansionentertainment or )

New Grace Trio Host Five Concerts in Athens Texas


Hey everybody it is time again to start up the gospel singing in Athens, TX. All 2013 concerts will be held at the Music Hall, however a group or the location of the concert may be subject to change without notice. Any change or update will be listed on our web site ASAP and by e-mail. Before traveling a long distance, please call ahead. We are honored to have these gospel groups at the Texas Gospel Music Hall and provide Christian enjoyment and inspiration for your family.

There are colored concert flyers available to print out on our web site home page to hang in your church or a business. Please ask your pastor to announce the concerts, and include in your church bulletin to get word out to your church family. Concerts make for a wonderful group outing. Special group rate for 15 + and 2 FREE tickets. All concerts will began at 6:00 PM, doors open at 5:00 PM, however the October concert will began at 7:00 PM doors open at 6:00 PM. You can always call one of the numbers listed for 2014 concert dates. We look forward to seeing you!

Sat. FEBRUARY 23 The Perrys, New Grace Trio, Hearts of Grace

Sat. APRIL 27 Brian Free and Assurance, New Grace Trio, special guest Kadie Lynn Roberson

Sat. JUNE 8 The Kingsmen Quartet, New Grace Trio, The Golden’s

Sat. AUGUST 3 Tribute Quartet, New Grace Trio, special guest

Thurs. October 3 Gold City, New Grace Trio, Alison & Grace

2013 Gospel Cruise with Keynote speaker Alex Kendrick

New Grace Trio is excited to be returning on the Gospel Cruise Fest to the Bahamas’ again November 11-16, 2013. Once again there will be some of the best singing groups from all across America. There were 11 that made profession of faith, WOW! Come Go Cruising with New Grace Trio Nov 11-16, 2013 The Shipp Family Gospel Cruise Fest to Key West & Nassau Bahamas’ out of Jacksonville FL on board the Carnival Fascination along with Keynote Speaker Alex Kendrick (Actor, Writer, Director, Pastor) from the Hit Inspiring Movies Fireproof, Facing The Giants, Flywheel and Courageous with 16 Gospel Artist and 12 Speakers and on Nov 14th a (BIG) CRUSADE Hosted by: The Ministry Of Tourism in Nassau Bahamas. Call To Day To Book Your Cabin $200 per-person Books Your Cabin, only $599 inside cabin & $699 Ocean View & $399 Special Rates for Kids ages 10 and Under 2 Adults in cabin. Let us encourage you to plan your vacation this year to the Bahamas’. Pastors, Group Coordinators, bring a group 14 + sign up New Grace Trio as the group you are traveling with, your cruise for you and your wife will be no cost to you. An experience of a life time to sit down and talk with Alex Kendrick. If you have never watched these Christian movies he produced let me encourage you to get them. Were enclosing a black and white cruise flyer so you can look over and plan your vacation. Please give us a call if you have any questions! We will have flyers at our concerts and on New Grace Trio table. Web Site:

Ashley Deramus Pledge Tour Continues

Hoover, AL (January 17, 2013) Ashley Deramus, who has Down Syndrome, has the goal of leading the Pledge of Allegiance in all fifty states. Through this effort she is sharing her love for her country, her patriotism, and the right of all people to be informed active citizens.

Ashley was privileged to lead the Pledge of Allegiance at the Rose Bowl Parade and was enthusiastically joined by the spectators in the crowd. At the viewing of the floats the next day, a small group joined her again to participate in The Pledge.
After leaving California Ashley was fortunate to have a helicopter tour of The Grand Canyon, where she led The Pledge of Allegiance in Arizona on the floor of The Grand Canyon surrounded by the grandeur of the beauty of God's creation.

Stopping briefly at a Nevada rest area where she and Buster, her traveling yellow lab, posed for a picture with Buster donning his patriotic bandana and Ashley a sparkly red hat to set the mood, while truckers watched with tears in their eyes.
Then she was off to Aspen, Colorado. Ashley had the great honor of leading The Pledge of Allegiance at the opening luncheon for the annual Winterskol festival.

Ashley is on her way to achieving her goal of leading the Pledge of Allegiance in all fifty states, and by accomplishing that, bringing much needed attention to Down Syndrome and other Special Needs children and adults. She is able to do this through the help of the Ashley Deramus Foundation, which was founded for and dedicated to the education, advancement and quality life-style of children and adults with Downs Syndrome.

Find out more about Ashley and the Ashley Deramus Foundation at, or You can contact Ashley through Gary Kannegiesser at 440-670-2897 or


About Ashley Deramus Foundation
The Ashley Deramus Foundation was founded for and dedicated to the education, advancement and quality life-style of children and adults with Downs Syndrome. Through the work of Ashley and the foundation, our goal is to increase the awareness and enlighten others about the rewards and positive contributions we make.


Stats Point to Troubling, Unexpected Consequences of Abortion

As the 40th anniversary approaches of the Supreme Court’s Roe vs. Wade decision legalizing abortion, author, speaker and post-abortion trauma and recovery expert Pat Layton is a knowledgeable voice on all facets of the powder-keg issue. After having an abortion at age 23, Layton now counsels women, men and families nationwide on dealing with post-abortion fallout. She is the author of the book A Surrendered Life—Finding Freedom, Healing and Hope After Abortion, which releases nationwide on Jan. 22.

Speaker, author and ministry leader Pat Layton writes for newspapers, blogs, newsletters and ministry media, including Lifeway, Focus on the Family and Proverbs 31 Ministries. Layton founded and leads Life Impact Network and hosts Imagine Me . . . Set Free women’s conferences at churches and other locations nationwide. A member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, she served on the Florida Governor’s Media Service Review Team for the Abstinence Education Plan and Governor’s Partnership for Adoption. The Florida House of Representatives recognized Layton with the Promise of Excellence award.

A Surrendered Life will be in stores Jan. 22.

10 Little-Known Facts, Unexpected Consequences About Abortion

1. Abortion is color-coded. 43 percent of all pregnancies in the black community are aborted; that’s 1,200 black children aborted every day. In New York City abortions outnumber live births in the black community 2 to 1 with about 62 percent of black pregnancies aborted. An overwhelming number of abortion clinics are placed in minority neighborhoods. Planned Parenthood placed 62.5 percent in black communities. SOURCE: AACC/Vol 19 No 1/ Abortion and the Untold Impact “Abortion and the Black Community” by Dean Nelson and Alveda King

2. The loss of human population. Abortion has become the No. 1 cause of death in America

39 percent of all death is by abortion
21 percent by heart disease
18 percent cancer
22 percent all other causes
SOURCE: “Promises UnKept” Article Michael J. New Ph.D. “Abortion: The Number One Cause of American Death” by Dr. Dean Crosby

3. It’s about money. There are about 3,753 abortions every day in the U.S. At an average charge of $300 for each abortion the income is $1,125,900 per day. Planned Parenthood alone received $542 million dollars in government funding/grants in 2012. SOURCE: Newsweek “The Math Behind the Stat” 3/4/2010 Fox News:

4. It’s harming mothers. Abortion has consistently been linked to increases in cases of breast cancer and sexually transmitted diseases. The legalization of abortion accounts for as much as a third of syphilis cases with incidence of syphilis up 35 percent since Roe vs. Wade. SOURCE: AACC (same issue as above)
“Abortion in Amercia” Alan Sears, J.D., Esq

5. The numbers are astounding. By age 45, one third of all women in the U.S. have had an abortion, and 49 percent have had more than one.

6. Effects of emotional and spiritual loss were never considered in the abortion rule. With 55 million abortions since Roe vs. Wade, if only 1 percent of women regretted the choice—550,000 would need help. Yet statistics tell us that as many as many as 80 percent of women interviewed experience post abortion trauma, and this does not count affected men, families and future children. SOURCES: AACC (above)
“Creating a Safe Place for Abortion Recovery” Linda Cochrane, R.N.
British Journal of Psychiatry, Sept. 2011, Dr Priscilla Coleman
Surrendering the Secret/Chapter Three “Truth” page 53

7. Christians are involved. 65 percent of women having abortions identify themselves as Christians and as violating their moral code. SOURCE: 2011 Guttmacher Institute Fact Sheet quotes—37% Protestant--28% Catholic (65%)

8. Abortion affects relationships and marriage. In some studies as many as 70 percent of women interviewed after an abortion did not remain with the father of the child. Abortion leads to trauma in both men and women: shame, secrecy, anger, feelings of being forced or ignored, blame and unforgiveness—poor ingredients for a solid relationship. SOURCE: National Abortion Federation quotes—
83% Unmarried/67% never married/16% separated
“Promises Unkept” by Dr New, referenced above
“Can Relationships Survive After Abortion” Dr. Theresa Karminski Burke

9. Increased out-of-marriage births. The change in societal and social sexual mores has led to increased premarital sexual activity. Use of contraception has increased by 30 percent. The out-of-wedlock birthrate has increased with the abortion numbers. SOURCE: See above

10. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Women who choose abortion experience 81% increased risk of mental health problems—10% directly related to the abortion experience itself. Symptoms of post abortion trauma include: grief, shame, regret, rage and depression. SOURCE: AACC Article above; Linda Cochrane—“Creating a Safe Place”

Layton’s Bible Study Yields Online Reality TV Series
Layton’s Surrendering the Secret Bible study inspired an online reality series that follows a group of women through the healing process in a Surrendering the Secret abortion recovery Bible study. The program by KnockTV, called Surrender the Secret, will air its first online episode on Jan. 22. (

SYNOPSIS: As a new Christian at age 30, Pat Layton’s eyes were opened to a secret from her past she had long kept pushed down—the devastating emotional and spiritual effects of an abortion when she was 23 years old. In A Surrendered Life, Pat takes readers on her personal journey through unearthing that secret, finding help in God’s word, forgiveness in Christ and offering hope to those similarly affected by abortion. A Surrendered Life offers eight practical, biblically based steps for post-abortion recovery.



Nashville, TN – Grammy® Award winner and reigning GMA Dove Awards' Male Vocalist and Artist of the Year JASON CRABB, is set to release his brand new single, “What the Blood Is For,” to radio on January 21st. The song, written by Ronnie Freeman and Tony Wood, serves as the first single to southern gospel radio from the forthcoming project LOVE IS STRONGER, releasing on March 12th.

“This song applies to everyone," describes Jason as he talks about the new single. "No matter how hard we try, we will never be 'good enough' to save ourselves. We all fall...we all make mistakes and that's what the blood is for - our sin. Thank God that He sent His Son to the cross so that we could have eternal life!”

Crabb is preparing to release Love Is Stronger produced by award-winning producers Jay DeMarcus, Ed Cash and Wayne Haun. "I'm so excited to release new music and I'm really proud of this project. I can't wait for everyone to hear it!" The release is currently available for "Pre-Buy" at all LifeWay Christian Stores.

Connect with Jason:
Twitter: @JasonCrabbMusic

About Jason Crabb:
Grammy® Award winner and 17-time GMA DOVE Award winner Jason Crabb has become known as one of the most respected and diverse vocalists in Christian music. His soulful, heartfelt vocals have made him a critics’ pick and a fan favorite on stages ranging from “The Grand Ole Opry” and the Brooklyn Tabernacle to the Gaither Homecoming arena platforms. In 2012, Crabb was honored to be awarded with not only the Male Artist of the Year award at the GMA DOVE Awards but also the Artist of the Year Award in addition to the Soloist of the Year Award at the NQC Music Awards. With a string of number one hits and chart-topping singles, a tour schedule of over 170 dates annually, ongoing tv appearances and an all-new recording, this vocal powerhouse’s talent is topped only by his genuine personality and concern for others.

Mercy's Well On Tour in South Carolina This Weekend

From Mercy's Well email newsletter of January 17, 2013:

Our first three dates of the new year went well! We started with the United Methodist Church in Star, NC on Saturday evening - we had a packed house! Sitting on the front row was our good friend, 5 yr. old Riley Gardner, who is still fighting his battle with cancer. It was so good seeing him, his family, and their entire community!

Sunday morning took us to Simpsonville, SC for our second visit to Westside Church. It had been almost two years since our previous engagement there, and we were excited to share some new music with them. Sunday night was a treat for us, as we were able to share with the Tabernacle UMC family in Lancaster, SC. This is Greg's hometown, but we had never sung in this particular church before. Good promotion by the church and community yielded another packed house! We had a great evening of worship, and ended our first weekend on a high note - both literally and figuratively!

Please remember to keep Brad and Greg in your prayers next week as they represent our group as Artist Ambassadors with Compassion International. They will be flying out early Monday morning, along with 15 other artists/Compassion workers, to Haiti. This trip will provide amazing opportunities to see, firsthand, how Compassion really works to free children from poverty in Jesus' name! Some updates on the trip may be available in next week's newsletter, so stay tuned!

Have a blessed week, and we hope to see you soon!

Brad, Greg & Kyle
Mercy's Well


January 20, 11:00 AM - Victory Baptist Church - Bonneau, SC
For more information: (843) 565-4900

January 20, 5:30 PM - Gray Hills Baptist Church - Beaufort, SC
For more information: (843) 846-2797

Gospel Music Celebration Caribbean Cruise

We invite you to spend an entire week sailing the beautiful Eastern Caribbean on The Gospel Music Celebration! This will be like no other cruise or vacation that you may have experienced in the past. Finally a gospel cruise that features only a select choice of your favorite artist such as: Booth Brothers, Collingsworth Family, Greater Vision, Legacy Five, Triumphant Quartet and comedian David Pendleton.

In addition to these great artist, this is the ONLY Gospel Cruise that you are able to see the popular "Jubilee" lineup at sea! Pamper your senses and your soul aboard Holland America’s Five Star MS Westerdam. Relax and unwind in spacious comfort, surrounded by the exquisite beauty and luster that only Holland America can offer. Savor it all and enjoy onboard activities, superb cuisine and unparalleled personal attention from the crew. Enjoy the Caribbean up close as we sail right into these stunning ports of call: Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos, Puerto Rico, St. Maarten and Half Moon Cay, Bahamas.

You will travel with fewer guests aboard the mid-sized ship and discover picturesque destinations not accessible to larger ships. Revel in the tropical beauty and enjoy shore excursions such as snorkeling, shopping or horseback riding on the beach.

This is a 7 Night cruise aboard the 5-Star Holland America Cruiseline ship ms Westerdam. We will be cruising to the Caribbean up close as we sail right into these stunning ports of call: Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos, Puerto Rico, St. Maarten and Half Moon Cay, Bahamas. Jan 18th - 25th, 2014.

Click here to learn all the details and make your reservation today!

Or Call (888) 245-4284

Greater Vision: From Sea To Shining Sea...Literally

From Greater Vision's email newsletter of January 16, 2013:

We are STILL rolling back to the Southeast, after a fantastic week in Arizona and California! We're scheduled to arrive in Warner Robins, Georgia just in time for sound-check at 2nd Baptist Church!

A very special "thank you" for all the great comments about last Saturday's LIVE webcast from Highland, California! With only a two-hour notice, more than 7,100 people "logged on" at some point during the concert, and more than 1500 people were able to watch the concert from beginning to end! We have received emails and Facebook & Twitter posts from all across the country, and even as far away as New Zealand. Today's technology is really remarkable, and we're very thankful to the wonderful Media Team at Immanuel Baptist Church in Highland, California for making the webcast possible.

Several people who missed the webcast have written to ask why we couldn't give more than two hours of notice about the webcast. We actually sent the email notice and Facebook & Twitter posts as soon as we had confirmation that the webcast was going to happen. Others have asked why we don't make webcasts available more often. The answer is really simple... not many places have the technology available to provide the kind of quality webcast that was available on Saturday. Also, the internet bandwidth required to allow for large numbers of people to "stream" high quality webcasts is costly. The folks at Immanuel Baptist were very kind to take on the task, provide the staffing and Tech Crew, and cover the expense of the webcast, so you could watch it without having to cover the costs. We're pretty sure the folks in Highland were surprised at the large number of people who "logged on" to watch. It would be great if you would consider dropping them a quick email to thank them for providing the webcast, post a thank you note on their Facebook Page.

The Jubilee Gang Is Headed To Florida!
The Jubilee Gang (Booth Brothers, Greater Vision, & Legacy Five) will be in the Sunshine State for the next two weekends! Click here for complete details, and make sure to spread the word to your friends or family who live in Florida!

Here's our schedule for the next two weeks!
Wednesday - Warner Robins, GA
Thursday - Jacksonville, FL (Jubilee)
Friday - Ocala, FL (Jubilee)
1/19 thru 1/25 - Gospel Music Celebration Cruise
Saturday 1/26 - Orlando, FL
Sunday 1/27 - Titusville, FL

To see our complete Concert Schedule, click HERE.

Want To Go With Us?
Because this year's Gospel Music Celebration Cruise sold out so quickly, reservations are already being taken for next year's trip!

You can start planning NOW to join Greater Vision, The Booth Brothers, Legacy Five, The Collingsworth Family, Triumphant Quartet, and more on a seven-night Caribbean Cruise! You'll enjoy great concerts, great food, great fellowship, and great Ports-of-Call including San Juan, St. Maarten, Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos, and a Private Island in The Bahamas.

Click here for complete information. When you decide to reserve your cabin, be sure to tell them you want to go cruising with Greater Vision. We'll have a great time!

We're welcoming several hundred new friends to our Email Update family this week, so we hope you've enjoyed your first Update. It's a joy to keep in touch with our friends this way. You can also keep up with us through the "instant" technology provided by today's Social Networks.

As we continue to roll toward tonight's event in Warner Robins, Georgia, we want to thank you for praying for our safe travel during these days. We've traveled several thousands of miles on this trip, and we have more than fifteen hundred to go, before we park the bus in East Tennessee for a few days.

Your prayers and your friendship are very much appreciated.

Have a blessed remainder of the week!

Greater Vision

PS To send us an email, use
Greater Vision | P.O. Box 1172 | Morristown | TN | 37816-1172

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

New Christian Movie Targets Senior Adults

SPRINGFIELD, Tenn., Jan. 15, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ -- "Flowers for Fannie," a new faith-based film resonates with seniors and encourages young adults to look at the elderly with a fresh perspective. "This is an amazing story about something that few movie producers address, our seniors," says Phyllis Schaddelee.

"Flowers for Fannie" is the story of Fannie (Patricia Binkley), an elderly widow who masks her loneliness with crankiness and Louise (Brittany Wilharm), an equally lonely young woman who befriends Fannie. "This is a unique story about how we treat one another and the importance of love no matter if you are a relative or not," says Dove Foundation.

"When I found out that this was the lead role, I went, really?" says Ms. Binkley, a 72-year-old retired schoolteacher. But filmmakers Fred and Sharon Wilharm knew that she could relate to Fannie.

"In my life I can relate to death of a loved one or being abandoned or whatever, so I can cry when I think of certain things," says Ms. Binkley.

Other senior cast members include seasoned film actors Roger Eldridge, Jean Reinke, and Lynda Evjen, newcomer Ralph Hollingsworth, and a cameo appearance by the Knifty Knitters.

"Most movies are written for a young male audience, but we feel that older adults deserve a movie they can relate to," says Ms. Wilharm. "And young viewers appreciate it as much as their elders. The humor, music, romantic storylines, and relatable characters appeal to young and old alike and give them a better appreciation of each other."

"It's a humorous film that compels you to look at your life and your future," says CFDb.

"Flowers for Fannie" releases to DVD on February 1, but online viewers can watch a free sneak peek on Saturday, January 26 at 7:00pm CST. The entire movie will be available for online viewing for three hours.

"Our desire is that churches will use 'Flowers for Fannie' as a way to bridge the gap between youth and senior adults," says Ms. Wilharm. "If churches have a dinner and movie night with the youth serving the seniors, it puts into practice the message of the movie. I'd love to see them follow up with an Adopt a Grandparent program."

For more information about the movie or to schedule a screening at your church or senior center visit the website.


LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY – Inspired by the 40th anniversary of the “Festival of the Bluegrass”, a group of local music, civic and city leaders announced a week-long celebration called “Best Of Bluegrass” – also being referred to affectionately by its acronym - “BOB”.

The new event, to be held June 3-8, will take place at venues all over the Lexington area as well as the traditional location at the Kentucky Horse Park.
An eclectic mix of entities are involved, including the Lexington Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, Cornett-IMS, Downtown Lexington Corporation, LAMA, LFUCG, Lextran, Natasha’s, Smiley Pete Publishing, Red Barn Radio, Southland Jamboree, Willie’s and Woodsongs – with even more planned to be announced later this year.

Tom Martin of Lexington Area Musicians Association (LAMA), commented, “Our ultimate aim is to make this an annual celebration uniting existing performance assets within our city --- some that are relatively new and some that have thrived since the 70’s.”

One of those is the Festival of the Bluegrass, created by the Cornett family and carried on today by Roy Cornett and his wife AnnaMarie. “The mission of our festival has been to celebrate Appalachian culture through traditional bluegrass music. But we couldn’t be more excited to be a part of “BOB” and help it grow as well as getting people to our event.”

For the first time ever, through a partnership with Lextran, trolley service will be available from the center of downtown Lexington to the Kentucky Horse Park during the Festival of the Bluegrass.

Jim Browder, President of Lexington’s Convention & Tourism Bureau, feels that BOB could be an exciting lure for regional tourists. “This will bring a wealth of new visitors here, given the popularity of the bluegrass music genre and our region’s already world class allure,” said Browder.

Starting on Monday, June 3 and continuing through June 8, various national and regional bluegrass artists will perform in prominent locales – many in the downtown Lexington area. In addition, BOB will also feature numerous “hands on” workshops with some of the top names in bluegrass music.

“This is a very exciting development for our city from a tourism and economic development perspective,” declared Lexington Mayor Jim Gray. “Our goal is to eventually make our storied bluegrass region the home of the bluegrass industry’s big events – including their two-day convention and awards show.”

Tuesday, January 15, 2013


Buffalo, NY – The new music video to LJT’s single “Living By Faith” digs deep into the trio’s roots because it takes place in their home state. Watch the video here:

The scenes are set to show the relationship between the sisters strengthening as they put their faith in Christ. It gets personal. One scene is set at the gravesite of Lori, Vicki and Crystal’s mother, Lorraine, on the Tuscarora Indian Reservation in Niagara County, New York. Viewers can capture the emotion as the video illustrates different life situations are relatable to everyone.

A beautiful cinematic imagery is presented at the famous Niagara Falls. Don’t miss the emotional video that carries a message fans can take to heart.

“Living by Faith” was produced by Godsey and Associates and is now available on the YouTube Channel:

For more information about Godsey and Associates, visit
For more information about The Lori Jonathan Trio, visit