Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Brad Davis Signs On with BlueGrass Valley Records

Franklin, TN February 6th 2013 – BlueGrass Valley Entertainment & Records, a division of Mansion Entertainment, is proud to announce the signing of its first artist, GRAMMY award winner Brad Davis.

Brad Davis is an accomplished singer, songwriter, and producer. During his career he has worked with many noted artists including: Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow, Earl Scruggs, Marty Stuart, Tommy Shaw, Johnny Cash, and Billy Bob Thornton. Due to Brad’s unique guitar style, he has earned the nickname “The Shredder”. Fellow band member of the Boxmasters, Billy Bob Thornton, calls Brad, “one of the most interesting original guitar players I have ever heard with his very own double down up shredder technique. The music he creates will no doubt mark history, he’s amazing.” Legendary musician and Grammy winner, Earl Scruggs, describes Brad as, “a great guitar player, on both acoustic and electric. He has a unique style that I enjoy hearing.” Brad has also co-written and produced legendary artist of STYX fame, Tommy Shaw, on his project The Great Divide, which debuted at #2 on the Billboard Bluegrass Chart.

Brad Davis will be releasing three new projects this year on BlueGrass Valley Records. His first release will be a Gospel oriented Bluegrass album entitled “Walk On Faith”. Brad’s two other projects will be released later this year and include a straight Bluegrass and an instrumental album.

To learn more about Brad’s upcoming projects and other BlueGrass Valley Records’ artists, please visit

Rene' Jones Performs At MCCF Benefit Concert

Nashville, TN (February 26, 2013) Rene' Jones was among the Featured Performers at a fundraiser for the Music City Christian Fellowship. For the past 33 years, MCCF has sponsored a gospel program called Sunday Mornin’ Country which is held on the last day of the CMA Music Festival (formerly known as Fan Fair). It is the longest running named Gospel event connected with the CMA Music Festival. This year will be the 34th Anniversary of Sunday Mornin’ Country. It is going to be held on Sunday, June 12 at 2:30 p.m. at the newly renovated Grand Ole Opry House and will be hosted by Linda Davis and George Hamilton IV.

In June 1980, a group of Country Music artists and musicians wanted to honor God with the talents He had given them by sharing their songs and personal stories of faith. They came together in prayer and fellowship. They decided to have "A singin', prayin' get-together" for the Country Music fans during the annual Country Music Fan Fair celebration (currently known as CMA Music Festival). Some 40-50 singers, musicians, writers, producers, promoters, etc. were involved in the first "Sunday Mornin' Country.”® The event was so well received that the group organized to do similar ministries all year long.

Rene' stated “It is such a privilege to be associated with such a prestigious group of Country singers who are Christian. It is important to let our light shine no matter where we are singing. The Country Music fans love Christian Music and love to hear their favorite Country singers singing songs with a Christian message.”

Performing along with Rene' were Grand Ole Opry star Linda Davis, The Babcocks, Mark Thomas, and Judy Gilbert.


About Rene Jones
"The Christian Cowboy"
Born in "L.A." (in this case, "Lower Ashton"), a small community on the outskirts of Walterboro, South Carolina, Rene' was raised singing in the church. His family was involved in farming, and he spent many hours singing while riding the tractors and working the land. In his teens, Rene' joined the gospel group The Beacons, and it was this background that gave Rene' his vibrant and smooth voice of today. He sings with passion, putting his heart, body and soul into his music.

After The Beacons, Rene' decided to try his hand at country music. He performed in country clubs, variety shows, festivals, parades, and was a featured entertainer at the 1987 March of Dimes Telerama broadcast from Charleston, South Carolina. In 1992, after having the pleasure of performing in sold-out concerts with Linda Davis and Lang Scott, Rene'and his wife moved to Nashville and embarked on a series of tours across Eastern United States. Rene's third album brought him within inches of a record deal. However, at the last minute, the record executives decided Rene' was too country and signed their second choice artist for the deal. Imagine being too country for country music.

In 2003, Rene' felt the Lord calling him back to his roots of gospel music. Rene's first Christian Country single was released to radio in March, 2005 by GodsChild Records. Since then, Rene' has had several songs to chart in the Top 10 of the Christian Country and Country Gospel charts. His single Rockin' On The Front Porch went to #1 in January, 2009. He has appeared in Music City News, Power Source and Christian Voice magazines. He and his wife have made several television appearances including TCT Network and Touching the World Ministries.

Rene' was bestowed the honor of receiving the 2007, 2009, & 2011 Male Vocalist of the Year Awards, the 2008 Soloist of the Year Award, and the prestigious 2009 & 2010 Christian Country Crown Jewel Awards from the United States Association of Gospel Entertainers and Musicians. He won the 2012 Video of the Year Award from the International Country Gospel Music Association for the song Bible By Her Bed.

Rene' has been called by God to share the gospel through music. His mission is to be a disciple, go wherever God opens the doors, and share Christ's message of love and redemption.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Aaron Wilburn Signs An Exclusive Booking Agreement With The Dominion Agency

Waynesville, NC (February 26, 2013) –Christian music’s premiere booking agency, the Dominion Agency, is thrilled to announce the addition of the award-winning solo artist and comedian, Aaron Wilburn, to their tremendous roster of dynamic artists.

Michael Davis, Owner and President of the Dominion Agency expresses the company’s excitement over their exclusive agreement with the gifted Aaron Wilburn, "What a delight to work with Aaron Wilburn! He is the total package - Christian Comedian, singer, songwriter and deeply committed Christian husband, father, grandfather and friend. We are very fortunate to have him join our family of Christian artists".

A feature on the Gaither Homecoming Tour and videos, Aaron Wilburn has endeared himself to thousands of laughter-loving fans with his own down-home brand of humor, as he talks about his southern roots, his family, children and his faith. It's common to see a grandfather laughing along with his teen-agers and children. As Aaron says, "There is no generation gap with laughter."

Little would one expect that the same guy that brings people to tears with laughter also has written songs that have touched the lives of so many. His gift of songwriting has brought with it Dove Awards as well as Grammy nominations. In 2005 Aaron was honored by his home state as the Alabama Music Hall of Fame put an exhibit of his life and music on display in it's honored halls in the company of such notables as gospel singer Jake Hess and, the queen of Gospel music, Vestal Goodman. They are surrounded by the likes of Tammy Wynette, Lionel Richie and Percy Sledge just to name a few.

Aaron Wilburn expresses, “At this point in my career, I am so thankful to put my booking/scheduling into the hands of Michael Davis and the Dominion Agency. Michael is a man of integrity with an honest heart. I am blessed to be represented by him.”

The Dominion Agency is part of a family of stellar talent agencies including-
* Dominion Agency
* Mountain Top Talent
* Blue Ridge Artist Agency

To learn more about all of the artists who call the Dominion Agency home, visit To schedule Aaron Wilburn or other wonderful artists with the agency, call 828-454-5900 or email


Photo Above: (l to r) Aaron Wilburn (artist) and Michael Davis (Owner and President of Michael Davis and Associates, home to the Dominion Agency).

Monday, February 25, 2013

Wilbanks Experience Success with Still Plannin’ On Goin’

{EHA-Nashville, TN} The Wilbanks have yet another successful start with “Still Plannin’ On Goin’ which they released to national radio through Pauline Patterson of Patterson Promotions/Patterson Music Group.

The talented family group has been traveling nationally for many years and has been a part of the National Quartet Convention where they have continued to gain a devoted fan-following. In 2012, they were favorites in showcases with their refreshing original material and outstanding performances to radio and promotional representatives.

Pauline Patterson notes, “I am so happy that the Wilbanks have gone out on the new P.P. Vol. 10.” We are receiving positive response and Ken and I are not surprised! This group is a terrific blessing to people everywhere. I am so honored and blessed to be a small part of their music ministry. I am expecting more and more good news from this wonderful family who is so gifted!”

For a free press kit of the Wilbanks:

Eric & Laura Ollis Team with Touch The World Ministries

Morganton, NC - In late 2011, long-time Southern Gospel pianist Eric Ollis announced plans to embark upon a family ministry with his wife, Laura and sons, Michael and Payton. Eric had spent 20 years playing piano with The Dixie Melody Boys and most recently, The Whisnants, yet felt the call to spend more time with his wife of 18 years, Laura, and their two sons. At the time, Eric recalls, “This was a major step for us, but God ordained this move, and He has been faithful and blessed us tremendously.”

Many opportunities have been afforded to the couple and God has used their unique ministry in great ways. “It’s been amazing to see how God has opened doors and used our family in ways we never imagined,” Laura shares. “We are so grateful for these opportunities and look forward to what God has in store for the future. We don’t know what that is, but we are simply walking through doors He opens.”

One of those “doors” is their recent partnership with Touch The World Ministries, a private, non-profit organization, founded by Rev Homer Murdock, Jr. The organization is dedicated to identifying, recruiting, training, equipping and leading Christian mission teams to assist people across the world who are in need of spiritual and physical aid. Touch The World Ministries, based in Morganton, NC, supports missionaries around the world in such countries as Haiti, Kenya, Romania, Liberia and India. Since organizing in 1999, Touch The World Ministries has sent mission teams to 13 countries, including Pakistan, El Salvador, Uganda, Vietnam and the Ukraine. “This organization has a true heart for changing lives all across the world, and we are honored to partner with them. We are looking forward to the opportunities of joining them in taking the Gospel to the world,” Eric says. “We are very excited about the directlon we believe God is taking our ministry and our family. He is opening so many doors. It’s mind blowing, to be honest, to look back and see what He has done and how He has blessed over the past year. We can’t wait to see what He has in store.”

Another important aspect of Touch The World Ministries that the Ollis family is extremely excited about it the child sponsorship program offered by TTW. Through the program, individuals and other families can sponsor a child and cover the basic needs of children across the world. “There are many great organizations that assist children in need,” Eric explains, “however, we are greatly impressed by the involvement Touch The World provides to children and the fact that 90% of the monthly contribution goes directly to the child. Those who attend our events can pick up a packet and learn more information about the sponsorship program or visit the TTW website for complete information. It’s an awesome opportunity.”

The Ollis’ will be planning a trip in the very near future with Touch The World Ministries that will take them overseas. Throughout the Spring they are also sharing their ministry in churches and conferences. Scheduling information, as well as additional information regarding the couple’s ministry, Mountain Ridge Ministries, is available online at Additional information regarding Touch The World Ministries is available at

Red Roots To Appear On The American Bible Challenge On GSN

Hendersonville, TN (February 25, 2013) – Red Hen recording artist, RED ROOTS will appear on Season 2 of the hugely successful GSN television series THE AMERICAN BIBLE CHALLENGE. Jeff Foxworthy hosts this one-hour game show in which contestants compete based on their knowledge of the Bible. THE AMERICAN BIBLE CHALLENGE, will premiere Thursday, March 21 at 9 pm ET/PT on GSN, and the Red Roots will appear in one of the first six episodes.TEAM RED ROOTS will be competing for Home of Grace, an addiction recovery program founded by their pastor—and the first place the Red Roots performed.

These 21-year-old triplets formed the Christian-pop-country band “Red Roots,” named in honor of their red hair and their renewal in the blood of Christ. These sweet Southern girls are also passionate, tough competitors!

Along with showcasing their knowledge of the Bible, this season’s new crop of 18 teams of contenders will vie for the title of THE AMERICAN BIBLE CHALLENGE champions by competing in brand new games that put their spiritual AND physical talents to the test. Each team will be competing for their favorite charity. The second season of THE AMERICAN BIBLE CHALLENGE will feature GRAMMY® winner and multi-platinum-selling musician and producer Kirk Franklin joining as musical co-host.

Red Hen just released the second single from the group’s Middle of Nowhere CD called “Christian Country Girl.” The video from the single can be viewed at For more information on Red Roots, please visit

Red Hen Records is a division of Daywind Records. Based in Hendersonville, TN, the label is also home to Christian artists Zach and Rodney and Michael Lee. Red Hen is exclusively distributed by New Day Christian Distributors (

For more information regarding this press release, please contact:

Feed My Children Tour 2013 with Special Guests Back Home

Jasper, TN (February 25, 2013) Award Nominated group Back Home has been selected to be the host group for the "Feed My Children Tour 2013". They will be touring across the country bringing in new Artists along the way including, Back Home, The Nelons, 11th Hour, The Kevin Jones Family, and many more being added.
Back Home manager and singer Jimmy Layne said, “We are thrilled to announce that our artists for the Feed My Children Tour beginning in the month of March will be The Nelons and The Kevin Jones Family. The first concert is set for Friday, March 15th at the Immanuel Baptist Church, in North Augusta, SC, 7:00 pm est and, Saturday, March 16th at the Stevenson Auditorium in Orangeburg, SC at 6:00 pm est.
Our goal with the Feed My Children Tour is to:
Help feed the hungry.
Bring great music for everyone to enjoy.
Give the opportunity for everyone to help others less fortunate than themselves.
Bring communities together to help organizations that have food pantries and stock their shelves so they are able to help more people than ever.
The tour will go to different cities and towns across the country reaching wherever there is a need to call attention to hunger awareness.
Various food pantries and shelters are feeding more people than ever before. These organizations are trying to stretch every pound of food and donations they receive to help as many people as possible. Through this tour, the opportunity will be given to everyone to help restock food shelves and help those who are less fortunate.
Jennifer Layne, wife of Jimmy and singer for Back Home stated, “As we bring good music for you to enjoy, we ask that you bring canned and dry goods to fill the bins as you enter in. All that you are able to bring will be donated to organizations within your own community to help others.”
To host or be considered as an artist for the tour in your city please contact, Sophia Davis @ Adoration Agency, 615-590-7453 or

About Back Home
Back Home is a husband and wife team who not only are great singers, but also inspiring songwriters. Jimmy and Jennifer are no strangers to the music industry. Twenty-six year veterans of vocal session work, they are two of the most sought after background singers in the country and gospel music industries. On any given night you can find Back Home sharing their love for good music, the gospel and their love for the One who has allowed them to live their dreams and sing for Him with audiences and churches all across America.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Mercy's Well and Compassion International: Buy A Tent For Ashley In Haiti

From Mercy's Well email newsletter of February 21, 2013:

Occasionally, we make mistakes...actually we make them quite often! But...we wanted to take a moment and correct some information from our newsletter earlier this morning.

In talking about our involvement with Compassion International and our recent missions trip to Haiti, we reported that the goal had been met to purchase a new tent for Ashlee (our newly sponsored child in Haiti) and her family. That information is INCORRECT, so let me clarify.

After sharing about our trip, some wonderful friends in Florida felt led to collect money from their Sunday School class to purchase three water filtration systems through Compassion's Water Of Life program. On a separate note, Greg mentioned on Facebook after our trip of a need for a tent for Ashlee's family.

We ARE still accepting donations for the "tent" project for her family and we are over half way to our goal. If you wish to help, there's still time. We will be making a donation through Compassion for this family and 100% of the money received will be used to purchase the tent and make repairs. No administrative costs are taken out of these type gifts with Compassion. If you wish to help, you can send a donation through PayPal to:

Or you can mail a check to:

Mercy's Well
5603-B West Friendly Ave., PMB 272
Greensboro, NC 27410

Make checks payable to Mercy's Well (include "ASHLEE" in the memo line) and we will be sending one payment directly to Compassion. This is the only way we can make sure these dollars go directly to our newly sponsored child and her family. For peace of mind and transparency, we will provide each donor with a detailed statement of how their money was used.

We apologize for any confusion. Hopefully we will see each of you at a concert or worship service very soon!


Brad Strider

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Greater Vision's Weekend Schedule

From Greater Vision's email newsletter of February 21, 2013:

We'll be heading out tonight for a full weekend of concerts in the great state of Illinois! We'll be starting in the South, and ending up in the North, so be sure to check out the schedule to see if we'll be close to you, if you live in "the land of Lincoln."

I've also included next week's schedule, plus some other great news in this edition of our Email Update! Thanks for taking the time to read it!
The Schedule...
Friday - Marion, IL
Saturday - Hoopeston, IL (See AD)
Sunday - Wauconda, IL (847)-526-8254

Next Week...
Friday (3/1) - Ft. Worth, TX
Saturday (3/2) - Austin, TX
Sunday (3/3) - Deer Park, TX

To see our complete Schedule, click HERE.

Earlier today, I had the opportunity to approve the final song sequence for our new CD, which is scheduled for release in late April. I'll write more about it in the next Update, but I did want to say how blessed and thankful we are to have some GREAT new songs I believe will be a blessing and encouragement to you! I'm going to ask Ben to put together a "audio preview" together that I can include in an upcoming Update! I think you're really going to enjoy the new CD!

As always, thank you for your prayers and your friendship. You are a very important part of what we do. We are thankful for YOU!

Have a blessed weekend!
Gerald Wolfe
Greater Vision

Mercy's Well News

From Mercy's Well email newsletter of February 21, 2013:

We had some great services in NC and TN last weekend, and wanted to thank those of you who were able to come out and support us! Pastor Toby, Drew, and Mike from Enon Baptist Church made us feel right at home. We enjoyed a nice, warm breakfast and fellowship around the table before the morning service - a great way to start the day! We ended the evening at the church of our good friend, Brian Franklin. This was our first visit to FBC Mountain City, TN but hopefully not out last. We got Pastor Ricky up on the stage to sign with us, so we think that left a pretty good impression on him. He's one of us now!

One of the great opportunities we had while in Haiti was the privilege of sponsoring another child through our ministry - Ashlee. We met Ashlee and her family, and were able to spend just a few minutes talking with them about life. Ashlee's mother mentioned that, as a result of the earthquake in 2010, one of her tents (used for cooking, cleaning, etc.) had been severely damaged, and that she was trying to save their money to buy a new one. After this meeting with Ashlee's family, we spoke with some of the Compassion Int'l Directors who were with us, and inquired about what it would take to get Ashlee's family a new tent. A monetary goal was set, and we casually mentioned this idea to some dear friends of ours in Florida. The next week, upon our return to the States, we got a call from this couple saying they felt a burden to help, presented this need to their Sunday School class, and raised enough money - on the spot - to purchase a new tent for Ashlee and her family! This is so exciting for us! This is what being the hands and feet of Jesus is all about! Let this be an encouragement to you today: God is still in the business of changing lives through people like me and you!

Our most recent radio release, "Beautiful, Terrible Cross" is making its way onto more and more radio playlists across the country, so keep calling and requesting it - hopefully you will hear it on your station TODAY!

Have a blessed week!

Brad, Greg & Kyle
Mercy's Well

February 24, 11:00 AM - Wedgefield Baptist Church - Wedgefield, SC
For more information: (803) 494-2933

Mark Dubbeld Family - Enjoying “The Inside The Gate” Southern Tour

Nashville, TN (February, 20th, 2013) Mansion Entertainment recording artist, The Mark Dubbeld Family, left their home in Moneta, VA on January 5th to launch the "Inside The Gate” Southern Tour in SC, GA, and FL. The family will not be home until March 23rd. The concerts have been well attended allowing them to make many new acquaintances as well as connecting with many friends. Reports are coming in that people leave every concert inspired and encouraged. Lives have been transformed by the power of Christ as the concerts close with an open altar and an opportunity to respond to the Gospel message.
The single, “Inside The Gate,” continues to enjoy radio success and is the groups 3rd Top 40 song and #20 on this month’s Southern Gospel Top 100. The Mark Dubbeld Family sings mostly original music composed by Janene Dubbeld.

This family has been especially blessed to see God move upon the hearts of the pastors at the churches in which they are ministering this tour. “It’s an awesome privilege to encourage another servant of the Lord,” says Janene. “We know God’s will isn’t always easy, but it is always worth it.”

Their appearances have been in churches, concert venues, coffee houses, and RV parks. The Mark Dubbeld Family, are renowned for inspired originally penned songs, family harmony, and sincere desire to communicate the Gospel through their music and testimony. Mark states “It has been a blessed tour and we are meeting so many new friends and continuing to expand our contacts in the south with Gospel Music Fans. We truly have a Song to Sing…A Word to Write…and A Call to Answer…We are enjoying life on the road and know that God will continue opening many doors to share this wonderful message of Salvation."

For Booking or more information regarding resources about The Mark Dubbeld Family visit their website at,, or 540-293-8467


About The Mark Dubbeld Family
The Mark Dubbeld Family consists of Vincent 21 yrs, Leighton 19 yrs, Elena 15 yrs, Channing 11 yrs and Britton 8 yrs old. Each of them play an active role in the ministry -- Singing, playing the drums, bass and acoustic guitar.

Janene, loves to write for Jesus. Songs, devotionals, stories . . . you name it she loves to write it. She is also a gifted speaker. Her message focuses on healing hearts through compassionate speaking, restoring joy with her songs of faith, and exhorting Christians to live passionately for God. Of course, that's only a part time "job" -- she's a full time wife and mother.

Mark SINGS and loves it! He has been a gospel singer since the age of 15. Mark has been singing full time for more than 25yrs in Churches, Crusades Conferences and even a recent ESPN National Classic Pro Fishing Tournament. Singing as a soloist, with his family, in gospel quartets, choirs, and working in worship and music. He loves his Lord, and loves his family.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013


Jason Crabb, Christian Music’s Artist and Male Vocalist of the Year, to Release All-New Studio Recording

GRAMMY® Winner Joins Hands with Three All-star Producers for Love Is Stronger Release, Available Now for Pre-sale

NASHVILLE, Tenn.— Jason Crabb, Christian music’s reigning Artist and Male Vocalist of the Year, is set to release his all-new, sophomore studio release, Love Is Stronger (Gaither Music Group), on March 12th. The follow-up to his GRAMMY®-winning, self-titled debut, this 11-song collection finds Crabb working with an all-star cast of producers including Jay DeMarcus (producer and member of country super group Rascal Flatts), Ed Cash (Chris Tomlin, Kari Jobe) and Wayne Haun (Celine Dion, Earl Scruggs), each of whom produced Crabb for the first time.

“This is a dream come true!” exclaims a wide-eyed, smiling Jason Crabb. “I mean--to get to go into the studio with these three producers and to have them make you better at what you do is unbelievable to me. All throughout the recording process I would find myself thinking, ‘Really? Is this happening? Am I getting to do this?’ This is a record I’ve been waiting to do my whole life, and I’ve never been more excited about a group of songs.”

That group of songs was written by some of the music industry’s most respected writers including Ronnie Freeman, Tony Wood, Sarah Hart, Marc Byrd, Jimmy Yeary, Sonya Isaacs Yeary, Connie Harrington, Mia Fieldes, Seth Mosley, Michael A. Mobley, Geron Davis and Barry Weeks among others. The recording found Crabb taking a bit of a different role inside the studio.

“I wanted to be hands off this time,” he recalls. “I’m usually involved directly or indirectly in the process, but this time I wanted to let people whom I respect guide me. The label and I discussed the song choices, of course, as well as what I wanted to say; but overall, I said, ‘I’m going to let you take the reins.’ I told all three of the producers, ‘I want to walk out of here feeling like I’ve run not just a half-marathon, but the whole thing. I wanted to be put to the test--to go to the mat, so to speak. And they pushed me! Whether it was ‘backing off’ on some things or ‘giving more’ on others, they pushed me.”

The result from this 17-time GMA DOVE Award winner is a body of work that finds Jason at the top of his game and making new friends along the way. “Working with Jason was just an absolute true joy,” describes Cash. “He’s one of my favorite people I’ve ever met. He’s such a genuine guy and so real and sincere; and that’s rare to find, particularly for someone who’s had such great success. I was absolutely blown away by how Jason was so vocally flexible...not only was he technically able to stretch vocally, but I feel like the sincerity in his voice was absolutely maintained, and I think that’s just a testament to his character. Whatever he’s singing—whatever is coming out of his mouth--it’s believable because he’s believable.”

Jay DeMarcus agrees, “As a producer, I've been fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with some of the best singers ever; I would certainly put Jason on that list! It is such a joy to work with someone that is so talented and driven. We've had a blast working together, and I think he has stretched himself creatively to the point to where he even surprised himself. I cannot wait for people to hear this record!”

One of the songs that DeMarcus produced was “There’s Not a Crown,” a song previously recorded by Michael English and later by The Martins with English producing them. This new rendition brings the story full circle as it features guest appearances by English and Joyce Martin Sanders, of the Martins, who join Jason for an all-new version of this song.

Crabb’s voice has been heard on Christian AC radio in recent months surrounding “Let Mercy Hold You,” a song produced by Cash and written by Fieldes, Mosley and Alexa Willis, that has turned heads at this format. “What the Blood Is For,” produced by Haun, is a power ballad that includes a 40-piece orchestra and features an unmistakable vocal from Crabb indicative of the sound that has made him a household favorite. "What I've always loved about Jason's vocal performance is the passion you hear and feel from the first note of each song,” describes Haun. “You have no doubt that he really believes what he's singing. You can’t miss that powerful interpretation with this song."

The title cut is a favorite of Crabb because of his own family’s journey over the past two years when his wife, Shellye, suffered some health issues that led her to several specialists to seek advice before she was able to get back on her feet. Jason recalls what day-to-day life looked like for their family as he describes this song, “This was a hard road for us. There were days she couldn’t get out of bed, and I watched her struggle as she was having trouble being the wonderful mother that she is. It was difficult and heartbreaking. But then I watched her fight back. I watched what happens when love is stronger. I watched God move and her persevere. When I heard the lyric to ‘Love Is Stronger,’ I knew immediately this song was for us. It was like the writer knew our story.”

And that story continues to unfold as Crabb’s career continues to reach new heights. In 2012 he toured over 150 dates; released Together Again (Gaither Music Group) with The Crabb Family; appeared regularly internationally on tv; performed on Marie Osmond’s Hallmark Channel Show, “Marie”; prepared to make his film debut in the movie “Inspiration Pop”; contributed the theme song to the film “Finding Faith”; co-hosted the GMA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and appeared several times on FOX News Network. Crabb was able to participate in Nashville’s annual Bella Bash supporting The Angel Wings Foundation, Nashville’s annual The Bridge to Christmas event as well as a Christmas benefit concert alongside Sandi Patty in New York that benefited the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Love Is Stronger, exclusively distributed by EMI CMG Distribution, is currently available for pre-sale at, iTunes, and at At LifeWay Christian Stores, consumers can purchase an advance “single CD sampler” and return to the store on March 12th to obtain the full release. The release will be positioned prominently in stores nationwide in the months ahead and will be featured on CTS, Family Net, FFE, GAC, Grace, Vision, RFD, TNN, TBN, Airtime, CTN, Gaither TV, The Walk TV (formerly Legacy), Miracle, TCT and TLN.

Connect with Jason Crabb:, and

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 Artist of the Year Award at the GMA DOVE Awards but also the Male Vocalist 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 150 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.

Track Listing for Love Is Stronger:
1. Give
2. What The Blood Is For
3. Let Mercy Hold You
4. Living Life Upside Down
5. Love Is Stronger
6. Morning
7. There's Not A Crown
8. God's Up To Something
9. Love Wins
10. Near
11. Satisfied

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The Minister's Quartet Update

The Minister's Quartet Email Update for w/e 2/23/13

It has been quite a while since I last updated you about TMQ, so there is alot to tell you!

First, let's update our personnel!!

Brad Scott, who filled in for Larry Lambert when Larry experienced throat nodules last summer in Oklahoma, tendered his resignation effective December 31st, 2012. We accepted Brad's resignation, but asked him to stay until a replacement at tenor was found. Brad DID join us in Waldron, Indiana on January 12, 2013, as we had not found our replacement at that time.

Well, the tenor position has been filled!! We are pleased to announce that 27 year old Anthony Clough (pronounced Cluff), from New Castle, Indiana, has accepted our offer to sing tenor effective immediately. Anthony auditioned about 2 weeks ago and made his debut with us this past Sunday in Mier, Indiana at the Mier Community Church. Anthony is a very talented singer, and his tenor range is second to none! We are excited for you to hear him!

So, the present lineup on stage for The Minister's Quartet will be: Anthony Clough, tenor, Ken Frost, lead, Jerry 'JT' Tinkle, baritone, and Ron Pence, bass. Larry Lambert continues on with us as equipment manager, product manager, and occasional tenor singer and will continue to travel with us to most of our dates.

Next, I would like to fill you in on some news from the world of southern gospel music. Our current radio release, "Because He Loves Me", wWritten by former member Danny Burr, now sits at number 7 on WDFB radio stations top 35 chart!! We thank God for the progress up the chart this song has made, and are extremely excited to see what God has done with this song!!

Which brings us to the next bit of news!
The Minister's Quartet would like to announce that a recording session with our record company, Chapel Valley Studio, has been set for May 22nd and 23rd in Sharps Chapel, Tennessee. On those two dates we will be laying the music trax for our next Chapel Valley release, tentatively set to coincide with the National Quartet Convention in September. We already know that two songs written by current member Ken Frost, will appear on that project, along with some songs we are currently learning to comprise the rest of the musical lineup on the new project.

And finally, I would like to tell you that while we have been a little dormant lately, we are dormant no longer!! As previously mentioned, thus far in 2013 we have had just 2 gigs. January 12th we sang at Waldron, Indiana's United Methodist Church. Pastor Bill Clark has been wonderful to us everytime we have ever been there. He has now accepted a pastorate in Renssalear, Indiana and has moved on from Waldron.

And this past Sunday we sang at Mier Community Church, just 2 miles up the road from JT's house!!
Next up, schedule-wise, is a trip to the Wisonsin area. We will be in Wintrop Harbor, Illinois (which is just 5 miles from the Wisconsin border) on March 30th for a 7pm sing, and then on Sunday morning (Easter Sunday) we will be in Racine, Wisconsin! This will be our very first appearance in Wisconsin, so all you Badgers come see us!!

With our new set lineup we all feel this may be the most talented group to ever take the stage as The Minister's Quartet. We want to get the message of God's love and plan of salvation to as many people as possible in 2013 and we need your help.

If you know any contact numbers, names, or places that would like to have TMQ in 2013, please pass that information along to us. We are talking fairs, festivals, churches, special events, birthday parties, etc. where you think that our brand of music might fit in. We need names of contacts, phone numbers, email addresses, etc that we can call or write to.

We would like to see our calendar completely filled, so would you help us?

Until next time,
Keep looking up as you bow down to pray!
God bless each and every one of you.
Larry,Anthony, Ken, JT, and Ron
The Minister's Quartet


$1 million at 168 Film Project Marks Third Major Film Development Commitment

Former Sen. Rick Santorum makes an appearance at SAICFF to help present the EchoLight Award to the Jubilee Short Film Winner. (Left to Right: Gen Fukunaga - CEO, Sen. Rick Santorum, Boo Arnold - Actor, Chris Morrow ­ Chief Global Strategist, and Bobby Downes ­ President)
Photo by: Charles Vernier

DALLAS – Feb. 19, 2013 – Fast-growing EchoLight Studios continues with its multi-million dollar commitment announced this year that supports the next generation of Christian filmmakers. The latest announcement pledges up to $1 million to produce and distribute a new work from the Best Film winner in this year’s 168 Film Project. The action follows similar commitments—$250K at the San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival (SAICFF) and a multi-million dollar production and distribution deal over five years with the Liberty University Cinematic Arts program.

“This is a great leap for the producers of the short films in our contest,” said 168 Founder and Director John David Ware. “They move up to making feature-length films, and this is a great encouragement for them to continue to excel.”

EchoLight awarded $250,000 on Feb. 9 to fund, co-produce and distribute a new work by the winner in the 2013 San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival Short Film category. Brandon Adams’ film USELESS took the award. (USELESS also won multiple awards at last year’s 168 Film Project, including Best Film, Best Cinematography and Best Acting).


Earlier this year, EchoLight created an exclusive, multi-million dollar partnership with Liberty University’s Cinematic Arts program over five years to produce and distribute at least five movies combining Liberty students, staff and state-of-the-art equipment with EchoLight’s veteran producers and other above-the-line personnel.

In the annual 168 Film Project founded in Hollywood in 2003, filmmakers, writers, actors and crew create a short movie on an assigned theme in just one week. Registered contestants meet May 13, 2013, to draw stones with Bible verses on them. (Participants outside the Southern California area “draw” online.)

What follows is 10 days of pre-production work and one week of shooting and editing (168 hours) to submit a finished film on the theme for the year influenced by the contestant’s individual Bible verse. Registration is open now at and closes May 11.

"It's an honor to partner with the 168 Film Project, especially because of our mutual goal to illuminate the word of God through film," said Christopher Morrow, chief global strategist at EchoLight Studios.

“These awards build on EchoLight’s commitment to not only distribute quality faith and family films but to encourage excellence among the coming generation of filmmakers,” said EchoLight President Bobby Downes.

Dallas-based EchoLight is a full-service film production and distribution studio. In addition to the awards supporting new creators, EchoLight distributes the works of established filmmakers in the faith and family genre and produces original works (THE REDEMPTION OF HENRY MYERS, starring FIREPROOF’s Erin Bethea, releases next year).

To learn more, visit:

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.

HMS Bounty Article in Outside Magazine

Ashley Deramus on HMS Bounty

Media Statement
In light of the recent story in Outside Magazine about the HMS Bounty, Ashley and I would like to take this opportunity to honor the memory of crew members Claudine Christian and Captain Robin. These two brave individuals were both mentors and heroes in Ashley’s world.
In 2012, we received the rare honor of sailing transit on the HMS Bounty, which is where Ashley fell in love with sailing and was given the opportunity to be a part of the crew. This experience helped build her confidence and social skills. Under the supervision of Claudine, Ashley carried out her assigned duties. These included checking the engine room and painting.
Ashley’s time with Captain Robin helped develop a deep friendship and admiration for each other. By seeing how Ashley’s self confidence, independence and ability to accept responsibility grew, Captain Robin decided he wanted to give other young people the same opportunity. His dream was to arrange for the Bounty to host a group of young individuals with Down syndrome on some of the transits during the 2013 Great Lakes Tour.
I have never seen Ashley’s confidence in what she is capable to do and her potential rise as much as it did with her time spent on the HMS Bounty. I thank Captain Robin and Claudine for their love, support, and the impact they made in Ashley’s life. They will always be a treasure in both of our hearts and memory.
Connie Deramus
Executive Director
Ashley’s by Design “Up about downs”
You can contact Ashley through Gary Kannegiesser at 440-670-2897 or Read more about Ashley Deramus and her Foundation at 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.

Karen Peck and New River Announce New Dates For Gatlinburg Gathering

From Karen Peck and New River's email newsletter of February 18, 2013:

Gatlinburg Gathering -New Dates!

Special Sunday Morning Worship Service on Sunday, July 7am at 9:00am

AT 10:00am EASTERN!
ORDER BY CALLING 1-888-238-6858 OR


ABRAHAM PRODUCTIONS, INC. - 888-238-6858 - The music you love! The vacation you deserve! ORDER NOW!

~ Karen Peck and New River ~
Check our schedule for details!

Thanks for all your prayers and support!

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

Monday, February 18, 2013

2013 Diamond Awards Nominations Now Open

Annual Fan-Based Awards To Be Held October 29, 2013

Bellingham, WA.(February 18, 2013) – Coastal Media Group and SGN Scoops are thrilled to announce the opening of the 2013 Diamond Awards nominations. Everyone who enjoys Southern, Country and Bluegrass Christian music is encouraged to nominate a top artist who they feel is the finest talent in their category. The ten artists receiving the most nominations in each category will be voted upon to create a top-five artist list. The top-five artists will then be voted upon and the artist who achieves the most votes in their category will be awarded a Diamond Award at the gala ceremony to be held at the Creekside Gospel Music Convention on October 29, 2013 at Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

The annual Diamond Awards recognize the best in Southern, Country and Bluegrass Christian music and are hosted by SGNScoops digital magazine and Coastal Media Group. Originating in 1991, they were the first Southern Gospel fan-based awards and are still open to all fans, no subscription required. The Diamond Award categories and definitions can be found at . Fans are encouraged to vote today.

About Creekside Gospel Music Convention: Creekside Gospel Music Convention will be held at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, October 28-30, 2013. Presented by SGN Scoops and Coastal Media Group, the CGMC showcases The Diamond Awards and other special events. For more information on Creekside Gospel Music Convention:

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, concert and book reviews, inspirational articles and features reaching beyond our gospel music world. SGNScoops is the host of the Diamond Awards and is always digital, always free. For more information:

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Sharon Terrell's Homegoing Monday February 18

From John Lanier's email newsletter of February 15, 2013:


I want to thank everyone for the kindness expressed with comments, thoughts and prayers regarding Sharon's passing. Greg and the girls are deeply grateful for your concern, love and prayers during this time when your support means so much.

If you wish to communicate with Greg directly, please be sure to visit his Facebook here:

The Homegoing / Memorial Service for Sharon is scheduled as follows:

* Visitaton: 10am-12noon Monday February 18, 2013
* Service: 12pm Monday February 18, 2013

Finch / Cochran Funeral Home
1478 Blue Ridge Drive
McCaysville, GA 30555

Rev. Tina Lashley will be officiating.

In lieu of flowers and gifts, donations towards Sharon's medical and funeral expenses are most appreciated.

Donations may be mailed to:
Greg Terrell
PO Box 528
McCaysville, GA 30555

John Lanier

Friday, February 15, 2013

“Forgive Myself” Finds Place on Industry Charts and In the Hearts of Listeners

Franklin, TN (February 7th 2013) – Mansion Entertainment, label home to Grammy nominated and Dove Award winning Gospel artists, has enough experience to know when a song begins to take on a life and persona of its own. Three Bridges newest single “Forgive Myself”, off their latest album Twelve, is just such a song.

Twelve has been an important number for Three Bridges – Twelve is the title of their newest project, it describes the number of songs on the album, their number of years in ministry, and the number of studio albums they have recorded. At a time when the music industry struggles creatively to capture audiences, Three Bridges has released one of its strongest and most powerful singles, “Forgive Myself”.

“Forgive Myself” written by John Lemonis and Amy Keffer, stresses the importance of learning to forgive yourself of past sins just as Jesus does. This strong message hits home with the very foundation of the Church and has resonated in the hearts of concertgoers and followers of social media.

Shannon Smith, who sings lead on “Forgive Myself”, stated that “When we perform this song people are obviously moved by it – you can almost see a healing take place. It’s amazing to see what God to do through a three or four minute song.”

Shelia Harper, founder of SaveOne Ministry, states, “Forgive Myself is quickly becoming the theme song for our ministry, SaveOne. We are an abortion recovery ministry and the line, ‘Mercy has no memory, grace has no regret’ speaks to the very heart of what we’re about…forgiving ourselves through accepting Jesus’ mercy, grace, and forgiveness. Thank you to Three Bridges for sharing this song with the world!”

One fan on social media said that the song “Greatly blessed me. I have struggled my entire life to forgive myself…” Another fan said, “Moving on from the past and learning forgive yourself of past mistakes is something that everyone struggles with and is relatable to so many.”

“Forgive Myself” debuted on the Singing News Top 80 Chart for March and has already achieved success on other industry charts. As the popularity and exposure of the song grows, so does the feedback from fans who hear it.

For more about Three Bridges newest album Twelve, purchasing information, and upcoming concert dates please visit

Back Home Releases Powerful Video "Whiskey Stained Glass"

Jasper, TN (February 15, 2013) Award nominated trio Back Home has released their first concept video, "Whiskey Stained Glass".

Jimmy Layne, Singer/songwriter of Back Home explained “This song is as close to the testimony of my life's struggle I went through with drugs and alcohol many years ago.”

You can watch the video at the link below:

Pastor David Smith of the Monroe Church of God, Monroe, GA commented, "This song is about real life, and while the theme is alcohol, the message of this song applies to any addiction or catastrophe in your life".

Pastor Dee McGuire of the Greensboro Baptist Church, Greensboro, AL, said "This is the perfect picture of God's grace and mercy."

Take a look at this video and listen to the gospel. Several broadcasting companies have already picked this video up for airplay. It is going to GAC, CMT, TNN, Family Friendly Network and others.

Fresh Well Media, who produced the video, stated "The most emotional and transparent concept video Fresh Well Media has done to date. Congratulations to the writers Mark Narmore and Brent Baxter, actors, musicians, volunteers, location scouts, and of course the powerful vocals of this evangelistic trio BACK HOME.


About Back Home
Back Home is formerly a husband and wife team, now a trio, who not only are great singers, but also inspiring songwriters. Jimmy and Jennifer are no strangers to the music industry. Twenty-six year veterans of vocal session work, they are two of the most sought after background singers in the country and gospel music industries. On any given night you can find Back Home sharing their love for good music, the gospel and their love for the One who has allowed them to live their dreams and sing for Him with audiences and churches all across America.

Singer/Author Sharon Terrell Passes Away

From John Lanier
February 14, 2013:

I just received word that my precious friend and "RiverSong" singing partner Sharon Terrell passed away this morning around 11am ET in an Atlanta area hospital.

As you know, Sharon had been battling cancer for the past 5 or 6 years, and through it all God did some miraculous things in her life. Sharon never lost faith and it can truthfully be said that she fought a good fight. Her strength, faith and determination to hold to God's unchanging hand through the darkest storms was an amazing witness and encouragement to me.

My heart is broken, and tears flow as I type this. I already miss her terribly. Still, I know God is head over all things, and He chose to take her home today.

Not only was she one of the finest singers I had ever had the privilege to sing alongside, but she and her husband Greg have been two of my best friends for many years.

I will post more later in honor and in loving memory of my friend and singing partner Sharon. For now, I ask that you please keep Greg and the Terrells two daughters, Sadie and Autumn, in your prayers.

Thank you,
John Lanier

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day from Mercy's Well

From Mercy's Well email newsletter of February 14, 2013:

Happy Valentines Day from Mercy's Well! As many take this day to share and observe the love we have for one another - including that "special someone" God has placed in our lives - let us remember to also take time to recognize the love our Heavenly Father has for us, His children. Consider the words of John, the disciple whom Jesus loved:

"In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another"
(1 John 4:10-11).

Carry the love of God with you today, and share it with EVERYONE you meet!

We had a great weekend in Southern NC, visiting some good friends in Waxhaw and Seagrove, NC on Sunday. We have a Western NC and Eastern TN weekend upcoming, and would love to see those who are in the area! Bring a friend, and come on out!

Our most recent radio release, "Beautiful, Terrible Cross" is making its way onto more and more radio playlists across the country, so keep calling and requesting it - hopefully you will hear it on your station TODAY!

We are also excited to announce the plans for our next "Cruise w/ Mercy's Well & Friends". On February 1, 2014 we will be embarking on a Western Caribbean cruise with ports of call including Cozumel, Mexico; Belize; Mahogany Bay, Isla Roatan and Costa Maya, Mexico! We will be sharing more information with you in the coming weeks about how YOU can cruise with us. So mark your calendars for this fun-filled, seven-day, musical adventure at sea!

Have a blessed week!

Brad, Greg & Kyle
Mercy's Well


February 16, 6:00 PM - Beck's Baptist Church - Winston-Salem, NC
(Private Event - Valentines Banquet)

February 17, 11:00 AM - Enon Baptist Church - Marshall, NC
For more information: (828) 649-3986

February 17, 7:00 PM - First Baptist Church - Mountain City, TN
For more information: (423) 727-9711

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

NQC on TBN's "Praise The Lord" -FRIDAY!

NQC to air on TBN's "Praise The Lord" this Friday!

Hey DJ Friends!!

First, THANK YOU for playing our music! We appreciate all you do to help spread the Gospel!

Just a quick note to let you know about this exciting event:

This Friday's "Praise the Lord" on TBN will feature two hours of standout performances from the 2012 National Quartet Convention.
Be sure to tune in at 10:00 p.m. Eastern / 9:00 Central.

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!

Please remember Karen and everyone in your prayers... They are on the "Singing At Sea" cruise... Pray for fair seas, plenty of sunshine, safety, and good health! And a well working ship! ;)

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

Check our schedule for details!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Gold City News

Gold City email newsletter of February 11, 2013:

It’s been a great couple of weeks for Gold City. Since we last updated you, we’ve sang at TBN in Hendersonville, TN, Soddy Daisy, TN, McDonald TN, and took a trip to Palmetto, FL, where we sang once again for one of gospel music’s best promoters, Bill Bailey at his Winter Concert. We were with our friends, the Mark Trammell Quartet, The Freemans, Tony Gore, and Jeff and Sheri Easter. From there, we had two concerts each in GA and AL before heading the bus toward Jacksonville, FL to board a ship, which is where we will be for the next week on Templeton Tour’s Singing At Sea cruise to the Bahamas. Danny, Jerry, and Chuck will each have some of their family on the cruise, so this will make for a special time.


The concert at TBN mentioned above was a special tribute to songwriters that the Southern Gospel Music Guild produced for that television station. Gold City sang two songs that night–"Peter James and John" to honor songwriter Dianne Wilkinson and "I’m Not Giving Up" by Squire Parsons, another honoree of the evening. The show aired for the first time last Friday night, February 8th, but will be rebroadcast at other times. Check the station’s website, for further broadcast information.


Gold City could not do what they do without the love and support of our wives, who are just as much a part of this ministry as we are. Without their sacrifices and their blessing for us to leave out each week, we could not pursue our calling, share our music and minister the gospel to a lost and dying world. We hope we show it more often than this one day, but especially on Valentine’s Day, we want to say to Barbara Riley, Holly Riley, Micki Pelfrey, Kelly Elliott, and Anjeanette Howe we love and appreciate you very much!


Most of you know by now, Dan Keeton announced his departure a few weeks ago to pursue his life-long dream of starting a non-profit agency for childhood victims of abuse. So, we’ve been sifting through all sorts of applications and audition mp3 files to locate a new tenor. We do not have any announcement to make at the present time, but those of you who seeing Gold City in the next couple of weeks will be seeing and hearing a new face and voice on stage. Robert Fulton is riding the bus for a while with us during our transition period. He’s got an amazing voice with a super high range. We’re not sure what fans are going to love more–his musical ability or his great personality. You decide while he’s visiting on the Gold City bus for a while as our tenor search winds down.


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.


"We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations." -Chuck Swindoll


Gold City will be on the Singing At Sea cruise from Feb. 11-15 this week, but we will keep you updated on all the latest news via Facebook. Make sure you "like" our page, "Gold City Quartet" today! Have a great week!


For our full schedule or more information, please visit

The Nelons "Excuse Me, Are You Jesus?" Concept Music Video Nominated for People's Choice Telly Award

Nashville, TN (February 11, 2013) – The Nelons' concept music video of the song "Excuse Me, Are You Jesus?" has been nominated for the 34th Annual People's Choice Telly Awards, it was announced last week in New York, NY. The true-to-life story, put to song by legendary Christian music icons Bill & Gloria Gaither and Country music superstar Larry Gatlin tells the story of a man who makes a startling connection upon missing his home-bound flight. Point Light Pictures, LLC was brought to the task of making the story come to life. While the music video has been displayed at numerous events - live concerts, Gaither Homecoming Tour before thousands in attendance, Pastor David Jeremiah's "Turning Point" rally at Phillips Arena, and many churches - it has not been viewable on-line, until now. Until March 1, 2013, "Excuse Me, Are You Jesus?" has been unlocked as a selection of the 34th Annual Telly Awards People's Choice Awards on YouTube.
To view the video and vote, follow this direct link to the video – (computer only, no mobile device) – and click the "thumbs up" at the bottom of the video.


"We're excited about this opportunity for the Nelons' work to be promoted and recognized," states Don Schaffer, owner of Point Light Pictures, LLC. Kelly Nelon comments: "This song means so much to our family and the reaction we've seen from friends around the country has been exciting. We invite our friends to share this video with everyone they know and, of course, vote!" Bill Gaither states, "As a co-producer of this album and co-writer of this song I am thrilled to see it nominated for such a prestigious award as the People's Choice Telly Award. It's been a wonderful journey partnering with the Nelons on this recording."

For its 34th season, The Telly Awards once again joined forces with YouTube to give the public the power to view and rate videos submitted as part of the People’s Telly Awards. In addition to recognition from the Silver Telly Council, the judging panel that selects the Telly Awards winners, the Internet community helps decide the People’s Telly Awards winners. Online voting for the Peoples Choice Telly Awards is open until March 1, 2013. Only one entry per computer / IP address is allowed per day.

“The Telly Awards has a mission to honor the very best in film and video,” said Linda Day, Executive Director of the Telly Awards. “The Nelons' accomplishment illustrates their creativity, skill, and dedication to their craft and serves as a testament to great film and video production.”
This is not the first time The Nelons have been recognized for an innovative video. In 1987, their concept video for "Famine In Their Land," was recognized with a New York Film Festival Bronze Award and won a DOVE award for Short Form Music Video of The Year.

ABOUT THE NELONS: The Nelons are a second-generation, Gospel Music Group, founded by Hall of Fame vocalist Rex Nelon. Their iconic sound and style has garnered multiple Gospel Music Association DOVE Awards, GRAMMY Nominations, and many other honors. Their discography includes over seventy charting radio songs, many of those Top Ten hits. This family trio continues to be creative and innovative in their sound and production as their music reaches across spectrums and genres of styles, loved by generations of fans.

ABOUT POINT LIGHT PICTURES: Point Light Pictures, LLC is an award-winning film production company located in Jacksonville, FL, specializing in powerful storytelling to connect audiences. More information on Point Light Pictures, LLC can be found online at

Connect with the Nelons and Point Light Pictures via Facebook: The Nelons and Point Light Pictures.

Ernie Haase and StowTown Records Present New Single by Beyond The Ashes, "Living In The Moment"

Living In The Moment

Hello My Friends,

Read this quote slowly and let the words sink in:

“Be reverent before the dawning day. Do not think of what will be in a year,
or in ten years. Think of to-day.” – Romain Rolland

I love that quote! I know how hard it is to take your mind off of the future or off of the past. Trust me, I REALLY do! I read great quotes and Bible verses all the time to keep me focused. One tool, more than anything else, has been a new song I can’t stop listening to. It’s called “Living In The Moment”.

I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce you not only to this song, but also to the newest StowTown Records artist, Beyond The Ashes. Their debut project is the newest project Wayne Haun and I have been producing for the StowTown label. It is called “Living In The Moment.” (Recorded at my request, of course. :) )

This song is a great resource. As a matter of fact, their whole album is just amazing! You are going love it. The release date for this project is March 5, 2013.

Remember, take a moment to live and glory in the day that the Lord has made for YOU. Yesterday is the PAST; the future, a PONDER; right now a PRESENT! Rejoice and be glad in His presence TODAY! Psalm 118:24

Think of it this way …

If this life is one act
Why do we lay all these traps
We put them right in our path
When we just wanna be free 
I will not waste my days
Making up all kinds of ways
To worry about all the things
That will not happen to me 
So I just let go of what I know I don't know
And I know I only do this by

Living in the moment
Living my life
Easy and breezy
With peace in my mind
I got peace in my heart
Got peace in my soul
Wherever I'm going,
I'm already home
I'm living in the moment
(Lyrics from the song “Living In The Moment”)

Living in the moment is a healthy way to be at your best for the calling God has placed within your grasp. Good Spiritual health includes mental health, too, you know. Your attitude is everything!

So enjoy the song(s) and get to know our new friends Beyond The Ashes. If you feel lead, share this with someone today. You can change a life and someone’s world with music. I truly believe that from the core of my soul.

Living In The Moment!

Copyright © 2013 Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, All rights reserved.
Our mailing address is:
Ernie Haase and Signature Sound
P.O. Box 2288
Stow, OH 44224

Steven Lawson Signs With Pauline Patterson For Radio Promotion

Branchland, WV (February 9, 2013) Renowned Gospel singer-songwriter Steven Lawson has signed with Pauline Patterson Promotions for radio promotion of his new release "Just For Me".
Pauline Patterson said, “We are excited about this first release off of Steven's new album “God Of Another Chance”.
The new radio release is due to hit radio stations on Patterson Promotions Compilation Disc Vol. 11, on April 1 2013. Steven stated, “The world we live in a very troubled world and “Just For Me” offers the whole Salvation message in one song.”
Everything Jesus went through on His journey to Calvary will fit the need of anything you have in your life. This is a great song that will touch the lives of all who hear it.”
You can learn more about Steven Lawson 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.

Called Out Quartet Announces Change

From Called Out Quartet's email newsletter of February 8, 2013:

A Season of Change for CO4
As the vocal group, THE BYRDS, used to sing "To everything, turn,turn,turn,...There is a season, Turn Turn.." oh well, you get the drift. It seems as though the season of change is upon CO4. The time has come to announce the departure of our bass singer, Von Gaines and baritone, Darrell Collier. Von and Darrell were both a part of CO4 from the beginning in 2003 and will be greatly missed by "the guys" of CO4 and fans both. Darrell was one of the most natural Baritone singers (and Emcee) that has ever set foot on the stage, and Von was one of the finest Bass singers ever to sing the Bass part. We will miss them and our love and prayers go with Darrell, Von and their families as they move on to the next step God has for their lives. Below are statements from both Darrel and Von about their Departures...

Darrell Collier
For those of you who know me, you know how much I love southern gospel music. However, it is time that I resign from my position as baritone vocalist for the Called Out Quartet. I will be working with them as they find a replacement and helping them during this transition in any capacity I can. I have been blessed to do what I love and enjoy for many years but as I've gotten older, the traveling and long nights have taken its toll on me. I have been privileged to meet some of the most wonderful people in the world and would have never had that opportunity without CO4!
To "the guys", thank you for all your support and work you do for the Lord and for being awesome friends! I love you all more than you'll ever know! To Eddie and Ms. Janice, thanks for the encouragement and guidance you have shown me over the years and for your lifelong commitment to southern gospel music and to serving the Lord.
Remember, it's not goodbye, it's see you later!

Von Gaines
To all the friends I've come to know so well over the last 9 plus years as I've been blessed to be a small part of Called Out Quartet, I've got a bittersweet announcement that I truly thought would never come. Back in early December the good Lord (and this could have only come from God) blessed me with an incredible job opportunity here in Nashville flying for Vanderbilt Hospital's LifeFlight air ambulance service. At first I thought I could find some way to hang on to my cherished spot in the quartet all while taking care of my responsibilities at LifeFlight, but after a few weeks it was apparent that it could not work out. I talked to the guys, and consulted with our dear friend Eddie Crook and came to the conclusion that for the better of the group I needed to step aside. The decisions made have been very difficult as my heart is truly in the ministry that Called Out Quartet has done and will continue to do. I know that as the Lord opened this opportunity for me, He will be with and bless the group even more than I have witnessed Him to do through the years. Please pray for Darrell, Scott, and Marty as they seek the Lord's will and know that though I may not be with them week in and week out, I'll always consider myself a "Called Out Quartet guy" and will support them every possible way I can. I'll miss you all more than you will ever know...Von Gaines

Continuing On...
Though departures are not easy, we are very excited to announce a new edition to the group with Dillon Clemons taking over the roll of Bass singer for CO4. Many of the folks up North already had the opportunity to meet & hear Dillon last month when he went for a long run through Michigan & Ohio with us. The response to Dillon was incredible and the overwelming consensus of the crowds was that he would be a good fit. Dillon is 19 years old and is from Nashville, Tennessee. He is a student at Middle Tennessee State University, where he is majoring in Elementary Education to become a teacher. More info on Dillon will be coming soon, so stay tuned.

Due to the departure of Darrell (who has offered to fill in until a replacement is found) we are now scheduling auditions for the Baritone position. For more information or to schedule an audition contact us at or call 615-332-5500.

Please pray for us as we go through this season of change. Change is never easy, but we have the promise that all things work together for good.

Until we see you on the road...

Marty, Scott and all the guys of CO4

Now Scheduling Auditions for Baritone
For more information: Send us an E-Mail or call us at 615-332-5500.

Now Booking Dates for 2013
We are now booking dates for 2013. To book Called Out Quartet at your Church or Event
Send us an E-Mail or call us at 615-332-5500.

Mercy's Well Releases New Radio Single "Beautiful, Terrible Cross"

From Mercy's Well email newsletter of February 7, 2013:

After the craziness of the last few weeks, it was nice to have a "normal" week for a change. We almost didn't know what to do! We had a great "Super Sunday" at Rushwood Pak Wesleyan Church in Asheboro, NC. Before we began our program in the service, we were blessed with the opportunity to watch two other ministries present their gifts. First, a black-light ministry from Raleigh, NC shared God's message by using choreographed movements and props to bring to life some amazing Christian music. The team was made up of seventeen teenagers and young adults. What a blessing it was to see young people using their creative gifts to honor God! Zach and Rodney, a Christian-Country music group, took the stage next. Their tight harmonies and original lyrics were well received, and their testimony to God's faithfulness was powerful. We ended the service with our set, wrapping up a great day!

We are excited to announce the release of our new radio single, "Beautiful, Terrible Cross". This song is from our WORSHIP: MODERN HYMNS FOR EVERY GENERATION project, and we are looking forward to seeing how God will use it to touch lives all across the country. Call into your local Christian radio station and request to hear it today!

You can have your own copy of this CD, and all our others, by going to our online store. Be sure to check out the accompaniment devotional book that goes along with the WORSHIP CD - a great tool for your personal walk with Christ!

Have a great week, and God bless!

Brad, Greg & Kyle
Mercy's Well
Mercy's Well | 5603-B West Friendly Avenue | PMB 272 | Greensboro | NC | 27410

Greater Vision In Studio

From Greater Vision's email newsletter of February 7, 2013:

We finished up last weekend in Florida, and we're still in Florida... headed to Palmetto for two great events today!

On Monday, we'll be back in the recording studio, finishing the vocals for our brand-new CD, which is scheduled for release in late April. Rodney, Chris, Jim Brady, Lanny Wolfe, and several other great writers have contributed some great new songs, and we're ready for you to hear them! One of my favorite parts of the recording process will be on Tuesday, when Lari Goss returns to the studio to conduct the Orchestra Session for our recording! Hearing all that great music come together to help carry the message of the songs is a great experience. After that, Bob Williams will begin the "mix" process (putting it all together), and Ben Wolfe will begin working on the art for the CD cover. It will all come together to produce a great CD! Keep watching our Updates for more information, and a chance to get your CD before it's released to the general public!

To see our complete Concert Schedule, click HERE.

We have a sound-check at 11am, so I need to close.

All of us hope you have a great remainder of the week, and we hope to see you SOON!

As always, thank you for your prayers and your friendship. You are a blessing to us!

Greater Vision
Greater Vision | P.O. Box 1172 | Morristown | TN | 37816-1172

News from Legacy Five

From Legacy Five's email newsletter of February 6, 2013:

What a great month January was! The New Year's Celebration at Gaylord Opryland Hotel was magnificent! Then we had two Jubilee concerts with the Booth Brothers and Greater Vision. We also enjoyed our Eastern Caribbean Gospel Music Celebration cruise with The Collingsworth Family, Greater Vision, Triumphant Quartet, The Booth Brothers, Tim Lovelace and others. It was a phenomenal cruise for sure.
Wow...what a month!

Now we look to February for some more great times. This month will take us to Florida, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Arizona. See our schedule below for more details. Come see us and bring a friend!

~ Scott
Legacy Five

Mirror, mirror on the wall ...
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Historic Hotel & Coastal Resort
Without ever leaving the United States!
October 20 & 21, 2014

Want to visit an island and a resort without having to ever leave the United States? Mackinac Island, voted as one of the top 10 islands IN THE WORLD will host Legacy Five and Ken Davis for a weekend retreat this October 20 and 21. Come and enjoy a Sunday night and Monday morning concert and treat yourself to the delightful Grand Hotel and their world class cuisine.....all included! More details will be coming soon, so go ahead and mark your calendars and make plans to attend this once-in-a-lifetime unforgettable experience known as Mackinac Island, Michigan.
Don't Miss the Boat!
January 18 - 25, 2014

In the first paragraph, I mentioned just having gotten off our annual Eastern Caribbean cruise. That cruise destination is THE BEST Caribbean itinerary I have EVER been on. Plus, the Holland America cruise line is superb. Then you add the detail and class of Inspiration Christian Cruises along with the best artists Southern Gospel Music has to offer, and it is no wonder that this cruise sold out 5 months in advance. The passengers are demanding this cruise be offered again, so we are scheduled to do it all over again January 18-25 of next year. I know it sounds like a long time away and some of you don't like to plan that far ahead. BUT....this cruise does sell out quickly. There are a limited number of cabins in each "category" and so you need to reserve the cabin of your choice as soon as possible. Take your time paying the cruse off, but at least secure your spot now. You have until October 29th to cancel your reservation and still receive a refund. So....don't wait....reserve your spot NOW.

Last, but not Least!
Your Stories
Legacy Five has a tab on our website called, "Your Stories." These are letters we have received from folks who have a specific story to tell that somehow relates to the ministry of Legacy Five. If you have a special story you would like to share, please email it to us and we will consider it for publication on our site. We only post your story once we have received permission from you. But even if we don't publish your story, we still want to hear it. Your stories encourage us and we love reading what God has done in your life through our music. So....I'd like to leave you with a letter I just got this week. It is shared with permission, however this person did request that we not include her name or town. She gave me permission to share it with you because she hopes her story might help encourage one of you.

Dear Legacy Five,

Let me start out by saying thank you again for an awesome and encouraging concert tonight. And thank you for granting my request to sing I Stand Redeemed. I so did not want the evening to end. Another reason I look forward to Heaven....the singing and praise and worship won't ever have to end!

About eleven years ago I found myself divorced after nine years of marriage. I was told that he just didn't love me anymore. In the aftermath and heartbreak of this life event, I soon found myself involved in a relationship with a married man. Now I had gone forward as a child to accept Christ, and was raised in a Christian home, so I knew all of this was terribly wrong. When this relationship fell apart and he decided to go back to his wife of 25 years, I was left despondent, heart broken and feeling very much alone and lost. So I went out to his barn and looked for something sharp. I found a razor blade and attempted to use it on my wrists, but the blade was too dull to get very much damage done before I was found and stopped. I do however still carry a couple of minor scars to this day.

It was about two weeks after this that I was invited to your concert. When you guys sang I Stand Redeemed, I crumbled. It was like you were singing my hearts cry. "When I think of all my faults and my failures...." But oh how God used that chorus to encourage and heal this broken heart!

So tonight found me desiring to hear it again in the aftermath of yet another failed 9 1/2 year marriage. This time, my husband had turned verbally and mentally abusive and I believe it was soon to escalate into physical abuse. For the safety of my 3 year old son and I, we left.

The good news? The God on the mountain is still God in the valley. He has continued to do exceeding abundantly above all I could ask or think. Now don't get me wrong. I've had some pretty rough faith days, and not always had the most Godly of thoughts and attitudes, but His provision for us has been so wonderful! And at the end of the day I can still say, I Stand Redeemed, no matter what.

I hope this can encourage you just a little to know what an impact your service to the Lord can have and is having. Thanks to all of you for caring and being such a blessing. Thank you for your continued service and sacrifice, and for sharing the good news of the gospel.

On the Road
Here's our upcoming schedule. Please call ahead before driving long distances. We look forward to seeing you in our travels! Check out Legacy Five's Tour Schedule HERE

2/07 Palmetto FL Manatee Convention Center 1:30 & 7:30 PM
2/08 Palatka FL Christ Independent Methodist 7:00 PM
2/09 Hudson FL Word of Life 7:00 PM
2/15 Des Moines IA First Federated Church 7:00 PM
2/16 Normal IL Calvary Baptist Church 6:00 PM
2/22 Morrison IL Emmanuel Reformed Church 7:00 PM
2/23 Syracuse IN Wawasee High School / with the Freedom Singers 6:30PM
2/24 Chippewa Falls WI Chippewa Falls High School 3:00 PM
2/28 Phoenix AZ Grand Canyon University Arena 6:00 PM

Thursday, February 7, 2013

The Mark Dubbeld Family Releases New Children’s Book

Nashville, TN (January, 5th, 2013) – Mansion Entertainment recording artist, The Mark Dubbeld Family, have released their first Children’s Book called, “The Farmer Said, ‘Yes!’”

Written by Janene A. Dubbeld, the book relays the true story of Don and Twana Hawk who were missionaries to Honduras.

As a farmer and his wife from Ohio, Don and Twana heard God’s call to go and help underprivileged children learn about Jesus. They would also teach the boys how to provide for their families.

Author Janene Dubbeld commented. “Since the first class of just 12 students, more than 7,000 students have been educated and ministered to through the school named, “El Sembrador,” founded by the Hawks.”

El Sembrador’s educational programs include vocational training and a Bible institute. Many graduates have gone on to become mechanics, lawyers, engineers, and pastors. It encourages children of all ages to say, “yes,” to whatever God desires for them to do.

Mark Dubbeld said, “Teaching children the importance of missions is an important area of Christianity and Janene reaches kids of all ages with her book.”

Missions will benefit from the sale of this Children’s book. To purchase or find more details of this book go online to,, or

The Mark Dubbeld Family continues to tour full-time on the “Inside The Gate” Tour in Florida for the months of February and March. Their appearances ranging from churches, concert venues, RV parks with recent appearances at Dollywood and National Quartet Convention Main stage. For Booking or more Information regarding resources about The Mark Dubbeld Family visit their website at or 540-293-8467


About The Mark Dubbeld Family
The Mark Dubbeld Family consists of Vincent 21 yrs, Leighton 19 yrs, Elena 15 yrs, Channing 11 yrs and Britton 8 yrs old. Each of them play an active role in the ministry -- Singing, playing the drums, bass and acoustic guitar.

Janene, loves to write for Jesus. Songs, devotionals, stories . . . you name it she loves to write it. She is also a gifted speaker. Her message focuses on healing hearts through compassionate speaking, restoring joy with her songs of faith, and exhorting Christians to live passionately for God. Of course, that's only a part time "job" -- she's a full time wife and mother.

Mark SINGS and loves it! He has been a gospel singer since the age of 15. Mark has been singing full time for more than 25yrs in Churches, Crusades Conferences and even a recent ESPN National Classic Pro Fishing Tournament. Singing as a soloist, with his family, in gospel quartets, choirs, and working in worship and music. He loves his Lord, and loves his family.