Friday, March 29, 2013

Steven Lawson Releases Song Just In Time For Easter

Branchland, WV (March 28, 2013) Renowned Southern/Country Gospel singer Steven Lawson is releasing his exciting new song to radio just in time for the Easter Week.
Steven Lawson says “The timing couldn't have been better for the release of this song. After being blessed by Pastors all over the world with the Easter message, radio stations will have the song "Just For Me" to remind their listeners that what Jesus did on the cross was just for them.”
The song is released on Patterson Promotions Vol 11. Hits radio stations Monday April 1. Written by Danny Harris, it talks about the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and how he laid down His life for a lost and dying world.
In honor of the Easter holiday and the release of this brand new single, “Just For Me” and the new recording "God Of Another Chance", readers can visit and sign up for my weekly newsletter subscription at and be entered to win a 3 pack of CDs. Winners will be announced Easter Sunday Morning at 9 am on the website.
Call your local radio station next week and request " Just For Me" by Steven Lawson.
You can reach 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.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Easter News From Mercy's Well

From Mercy's Well newsletter of March 28, 2013:

The month of March is coming to an end, but not without one last Sunday to worship together. With our nation and our world in such a time of darkness, we recognize that now, more than ever, we desperately need the power of God in our lives. He is here, watching over us and still working out His plan, but how often do we acknowledge Him or ask for His help? Our prayer is that the focus of your life - at all times, but especially this week - would be Jesus Christ.

Jesus suffered and died for our sins, and we rejected Him on this Earth.
"But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way;
And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth;
He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so He opened not His mouth." Isaiah 53:5-7

Peter reminds us about the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
" He was not left in Hades, and His flesh did not experience decay. God has resurrected this Jesus. We are all witnesses of this." Acts 2:31-32

Because of Christ's resurrection, we are VICTORIOUS through God's power!
"It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:34-35, 37-39

Since we have been raised with Christ, Paul urges us to live that way!
"If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth." Colossians 3:1-2

Have a blessed week, and worship the Lord with your whole being - for He alone is worthy!!!

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

Greater Vision News

From Greater Vision's email newsletter of March 27, 2013:

I'm writing this Update as we're still rolling toward home from a fantastic Tour in Western Canada! Our Canadian friends always amaze us with their enthusiasm, but this time, they impressed us with their determination and stamina! Many of them braved dangerous driving conditions to make it to some of the concerts, and when they arrived, they were ready to enjoy LOTS of Gospel Music! Our buddies, Legacy Five, outdid themselves on this Tour, and our Concert Promoters, Norm Thiesen, Bill & Marg Griffin, and Wayne Dyck went above and beyond the call of duty to make the concerts successful!

Except for stopping for fuel and food, we've been rolling toward home since late Monday night, and as I'm typing this, we only have about 700 miles to go!

We'll be spending this weekend at home with our families... celebrating Resurrection Sunday!

Check out the other news in this Update, plus check next week's schedule. We'll be heading to the Northeast next week!

Next Week's Concerts
Thursday 4/4 - Acton, MA
Friday 4/5 - Houlton, ME
Saturday 4/6 - Exeter, ME
Sunday 4/7 - Exeter, ME

To see our complete Concert Schedule, click HERE.

Our Record Company recently announced they would be discontinuing some of our most popular CD Titles from their inventory So... we went to Nashville and picked up all they had, and we're making them available to you! Once these are gone, they're gone!

This Clearance Special includes these CDs..."Faces", "Quartets", and "Live At First Baptist Atlanta". These CDs include some of our most-popular songs, like "He'd Still Been God", "Faces", "With All The Many Miracles", "It Is Well With My Soul", "He Is To Me", "A Pile Of Crowns", "Just Ask", "Soon We Will See", and MORE! 37 Songs in all! A $45 Value.

As a Special Bonus, we are including the "Live At Oak Tree" DVD & CD! This special recording gives a "behind the scenes" look at Greater Vision in the recording studio, singing some of our most-requested songs, including "My Name Is Lazarus", "It Means Just What It Says", "So Much God", "It Pays To Pray", "I Know He Heard My Prayer", and MORE! 13 Songs in all! This "combo pack" includes the DVD, to watch on your TV, plus the CD, to listen to when you're away from home. A $35 Value.

That's 4 CDs, plus a DVD... An $80 Retail Value, for only $20! (*While supplies last. Shipping Charges are not included.)

Order Today! Supplies are limited.

*Online ordering available for shipping to addresses within the United States. Please allow your package 5-10 days for delivery after leaving our office. Phone ordering available for International Orders. (423) 586-4952

As we head home to spend Easter weekend with our families, we hope you will be able to find some quiet time this week to think about what we're commemorating over the next few days.

To think that God would become flesh to assume our sin debt...which we could never pay... is an amazing mystery we will never fully understand on this side of eternity. If you take the time to ponder what a gift we've received, because of His grace, you will be overwhelmed with an unexplainable sense of gratitude.

"Thank you Lord, for becoming sin for us, and for paying our sin-debt, in full! Because of your death, we have forgiveness. Because of your resurrection, we have life!"

Have a blessed weekend... He is risen!

Gerald Wolfe
Greater Vision

Praisefest Niagara Falls 2013 - Don't Miss It

Praisefest is a 3 day, 4 session event with evening sessions beginning at 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday Evenings. Morning sessions begin at 9 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and will conclude by 1:00 PM.

Artists featured will be, Greater Vision, Legacy Five, Hoppers, Triumphant Quartet, Heading Home Trio, Torchmen, Speaker Dr. David Jeremiah and comedian Tim Lovelace!

There will also be a OPTIONAL UPGRADE for the "Best Of Ontario" matinee program to be held on Friday, May 24th at 4:00 PM in the same auditorium. You can pre-purchase tickets for the matinee by calling or doing it at the time of reservation.

Niagara Falls, Ontario, CAN

ScotiaBank Convention Center
Address 6815 Stanley Avenue

Standard Reserved Seating: $129.00 USD

Gold Circle Reserved Seating: $169.00 USD (VERY LIMITED!)

OPTIONAL "Best of Ontario" Matinee, Friday May 24th : $15.00 USD (GENERAL SEATING)

Hotel Packages available! To make your reservation or for more information call:

(423) 239-6262 | Click here for all the details!

Morning sessions begin at 9 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and will conclude by 1:00 PM. Packages including lodging will include accomodations at the Gateway Mariott Hotel located directly across from the convention center. The total cost is based on the number of people in each room and includes 2 nights lodging (Thursday 5/23 through Saturday 5/25), hotel taxes, service charges and reserved seating at all Praisefest sessions.

“Conference Only” pricing does not include lodging. All rates listed are “per person”. Group packages are available for groups of 20 or more. One person must make reservations for the entire group by calling 423-239-6262. Pricing is based on US Dollars.
Hotel reservations are on a “first-come, first-served” basis. No meals are included and a continental breakfast is not guaranteed. We will advise the hotel of any special requests, such as non-smoking rooms, handicapped rooms, or near friends, but we can not guarantee the hotel will honor the request.

All seats are reserved. Seating assignments are made upon full payment. Seating charges (Gold Circle $169, Standard Reserved $129) are non-refundable. Hotel packages are non-refundable if cancelled within 120 days of the event. No refunds will be issued for early checkout. If you are forced to cancel, at your request, we will attempt to resell your seating package. If we succeed in selling your seating package, we will issue a full refund less a $25 per person service fee.

The hotel and convention center may charge parking fees.

There will be a optional “ticketed” matinee on Friday afternoon of the festival on May 24th held at 4:00 PM in the same convention center.This matinee “The Best of Ontario” will be hosted by the TORCHMEN and will feature the KINGSWAY QUARTET, CHAPELAIRES, DAVE RANDELL, ADVOCATE and HEADING HOME TRIO .

The cost is $15.00, and will be general admission seating and is a “optional” ticket or upgrade to the reservation package.

Alcoholic to Philanthropist, Family Man: 'Deep in the Heart' DVD

Inspiring, True Story of Faith, Work and Second Chances;
Featuring Val Kilmer, Jon Gries

LOS ANGELES – March 27, 2013 – He was a washed-out alcoholic who drove away his own family. Then Dick Wallrath found faith, forgiveness and a new life of generosity, giving ultimately millions to young people in Texas. Now his true story comes to life in DEEP IN THE HEART, a moving film that shows the power of faith to grant second chances.

Featuring Jon Gries (NAPOLEON DYNAMITE), Val Kilmer (TOP GUN, TOMBSTONE) and DB Sweeney (FIRE IN THE SKY), DEEP IN THE HEART releases on DVD May 7.

“DEEP IN THE HEART grabs you by the heartstrings as a man, with God’s help, breaks his family cycle of alcoholism and abuse,” Director Christopher Cain said. “Dick Wallrath climbs from rock bottom to regain his family and become the largest benefactor of 4-H and FFA scholarships in Texas.”

A “Must See” selection of the Austin Film Festival, DEEP IN THE HEART is produced by 28 Entertainment and distributed by Arc Entertainment and Anderson Merchandisers. Besides Gries, Kilmer and Sweeney, DEEP IN THE HEART features Elaine Hendrix (Get Smart), James Haven (BREAKING DAWN) and Rheagan Wallace (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation).

DVD Special Features:
● Cast interviews
● Interview with Jon Gries and Dick Wallrath
● Production Diary

Additionally, a DEEP IN THE HEART DVD/CD/Digital combo pack—exclusive to Walmart—features a bonus CD with 15 songs from and inspired by the film (including works by Larry Gatlin and Charlie Daniels).

The DVD is available to pre-order now and for purchase online and in retail stores on May 7.

To learn more, visit:

Wednesday, March 27, 2013


NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Difference Media recording artist Canton Junction announces the addition of celebrated vocalist Shane McConnell to its acclaimed lineup. McConnell joins Matthew Hagee, Aaron Crabb and Tim Duncan, to round out the popular quartet.

“Shane is a remarkably talented and incredibly gracious individual, who greatly complements the idea that Canton Junction is where good things come together,” said Matthew Hagee, who also serves as executive pastor, Cornerstone Church. “We are extremely blessed to have him and look forward to what the future holds for Canton Junction.”

“I’ve enjoyed all the opportunities I’ve had in the studio through the years, but now as a member of Canton Junction, I’m especially looking forward to being able to interact with live audiences,” McConnell said. “I’ve always loved quartet harmonies, but I also have a heart for praise & worship, so Canton Junction seems like a great home for me. I believe it’s going to be a fun journey!”

McConnell has been a highly sought after Nashville studio vocalist since 1998, having performed on recordings by Garth Brooks, Wynonna, Kenny Rogers, Steve Green, Sandi Patty, Andy Griffith and Bill Gaither, among countless others. In addition, his voice has been heard on recordings for Walt Disney World and SeaWorld. Since 2006 he has been part of the Gaither Homecoming family, performing on Homecoming videos, live events and studio projects.

Since the release of its self-titled debut last year, Canton Junction has quickly become one of the leading groups in southern gospel music. The recording features the #1 single, “Hold On,” and the current single, “The Son Shines Down On Me.”

Difference Media is a division of Cornerstone Church, founded and pastored by John Hagee. The label features some of the leading names in Southern Gospel music, including Aaron & Amanda Crabb, Canton Junction, Matthew Hagee, Tim Duncan, The Cornerstone Sanctuary Choir, John Hagee and The Hagees. A non-denominational evangelical church with more than 20,000 active members, Cornerstone Church is home to John Hagee Ministries, which telecasts Pastor Hagee’s radio and television teachings throughout America and to 245 countries around the globe. The ministry also operates GETV, a 24/7 online television and video on-demand broadcast of sermons and original programming, as well as music videos and performances by Difference Media artists (

For further information on Canton Junction or other Difference Media artists, visit or

Photo: (l-r) Canton Junction’s Shane McConnell, Aaron Crabb,
Matthew Hagee and Tim Duncan

Tune-In Alert – Three Bridges Featured On Gospel Music Showcase

Nashville, TN (March 27, 2013) Nationally acclaimed Gospel Artists Three Bridges will be featured on this week's Gospel Music Showcase, hosted by Guy Penrod. The program will be aired March 30th at 4:30 PM CST.
Daystar's premier Gospel music program, Gospel Music Showcase, has inspired and entertained music fans with the biggest and brightest names from one of Christian music’s most beloved genres. Now, in its seventh season, Gospel Music Showcase and host Guy Penrod are bringing you more in-depth interviews and powerful performances than ever.
Check your local listings for day and time. Don't miss it.


About Three Bridges
Three Bridges’ music is rooted in traditional ”southern gospel” and ”black gospel” music. This blended style has made Three Bridges an internationally-acclaimed Gospel group — one that is known for tight harmonies, a unique vocal style, an exciting and energy packed stage presence and, most importantly, for spreading the joy of the Good News of Christ. They have entertained and ministered to millions through their recordings, TV appearances and live shows — which is why Three Bridges has quickly become one of the most prominent Gospel groups in Christian music today.
Following the release of the critically-acclaimed debut album, Soldiers (2002), Three Bridges has wowed packed-out venues across the nation…from Gospel singings, business conventions, churches, political meetings, TV shows, charitable relief events – all the way to Air Force One! They have also appeared on five Bill Gaither video tapings and were special guests on a video for the United Nation.

Godsey & Associates Releases Feature Film About The Life Of Rod Truman

Nashville, TN (March 25, 2013) Godsey & Associates is announcing the release of a full feature film on the life of Rod Truman. Truman is an ex-basketball Coach who was changed from a “Game Winner” to a “Soul Winner”.
Scott Godsey, President of Godsey and Associates said, “Rod's story is one that needs to be shared with the thousands who are fighting circumstances that may be hindering the calling God has on their life as well. Though most people will never suffer the trauma that Rod went through, perhaps seeing this film will help them receive the encouragement they need to move on with the Lord.”.
Truman's life had been consumed with basketball and coaching. When he was faced with the tragedy of life with diabetes that progressed to the debilitating state of kidney failure, he had to face life from a place he had never prepared to live. Suddenly, basketball took a back seat to just trying to survive.
He was plagued with diabetes throughout his coaching career that eventually led to total kidney failure. June 11, 1999 was a remarkable day in Rod’s life when he received a Kidney-Pancreas transplant. The procedure led to Rod’s death, but he was brought dramatically back to life. This weakness was made strong through God’s touch.
After these events, God has changed his focus from winning basketball games to winning souls. Now, he has shifted his focus from teaching plays to singing praise. His compelling, uplifting and encouraging story is one that must be heard!
Rod now offers a unique presentation in churches and other venues, singing songs with a narrative of his journey to healing. View highlights of the documentary of Rod's life here:
Rod Truman can be contacted at,, or .


About Rod Truman
Rod Truman had dedicated most of his life to the pursuit of basketball excellence. He was plagued with diabetes throughout his coaching career that eventually led to total kidney failure. June 11, 1999 was a remarkable day in Rod's life: he received a Kidney-Pancreas Transplant.

About Godsey and Associates
In the last quarter of 2011, Scott Godsey started a team making music videos for Christian artists. That soon developed into not only working inside the Christian music business, but going outside of the Christian music world. Soon after, the company expanded into other genres. G&A started working with churches, authors, and organizations. The Godsey & Associate formula works with any company that wants to focus on brand building and getting in front of an audience.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Dixie Melody Boys Announce Coming Changes

"We are sad to announce that Steven Cooper will be stepping down from the baritone position with the Dixie Melody Boys. As some know, he has been experiencing vocal issues for the last several years. He has been to numerous vocal specialists and they have advised him to go on an extended vocal rest. Steven recently celebrated his fifth anniversary with the group. He has been a valuable asset to us and will continue to be so," said Ed O'Neal. Steven will remain a member of the Dixie Melody Boys. He will help the group off stage and will also begin playing bass guitar for the group in the near future.

"I want to thank everyone for their concern and understanding over the last year. It has been difficult time having to go through this as a singer. I hope that someday my voice will return and I will be able to sing again. I ask that you will keep me in your prayers as I trust God for a healing. I also want to thank Ed, Matt and Mike for their support in this change and for allowing me to remain a member of the group." said Steven Cooper.

The opening has brought an exciting change for the group. "We are currently looking for a new baritone that can also play piano. The Dixie Melody Boys have a rich legacy that included a live band for years. Our lead singer Mike Rogers is one of the best guitar players in Gospel music. With Mike, Steven on bass and the new member on piano, we are excited to add the live band back to our performances. Sometimes through tough situations God can bring new seasons of blessings." said Matt Felts.

The Dixie Melody Boys will be excepting demos for the baritone/ piano position. Interested people can send them to

The Mark Dubbeld Family Chosen WVSG Radio Artist Of The Year

Monete, VA (March 25, 2013) Pastor Steve Robinette has announced that through the vote of thousands of fans and the Radio Team at WVSG Radio.Com, Pecks Mil, WV, the Mark Dubbeld Family has been chosen as Artist of the Year.

Pastor Robinette said “Your songs have been such a blessing to so many over this year. We appreciate all you and your family do for Southern Gospel Music.

The powerful song “Inside the Gate” went to number two on the chart and “Nothing But Praise” was at the number one position for thirteen straight weeks. So, Congratulations are in order to the entire Dubbeld Family on behalf of our WVSG Radio Family. Keep up the Great Work.

Mark Dubbeld stated “We are just thrilled to receive this honor. This helps us to understand that we are accomplishing our goal of reaching this nation for Christ. It is such a blessing to know that not only our singing, but also the songwriting of my wife, Janene, is touching the hearts of those who hear our music.”

The Mark Dubbeld Family can be contacted at, or

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.

Hoskins Family Recording New Project at Daywind this Month

{EHA-Nashville, TN} The acclaimed Hoskins Family, Southern Gospel group from Waynesville, Ohio, continues to thrive and see doors open since the re-launch of their popular music ministry. They are headed to Daywind studios March 25th to lay down music tracks for their new project. The sought-after talents of Jason Webb, one of Music Row’s favorite session leaders, are in place for the project. The group will be going back into the studio within 3 weeks to record vocals.

The project will be a “Greatest Hits” with fan favorites that will include; “Safe Thus Far,” “When the Savior Wipes the Tears,” and “Places to Go, People to see,” along with new songs. Angie Hoskins and Mike Bowling will be producing the project.

The family group has been criss-crossing the country for years ministering in song, with appearances at major events in Gospel Music; such as, Gospel Music Television’s “World Premier,” the National Quartet Convention, Dollywood, Branson’s Silver Dollar City, Gaither Homecoming Tours, INSP, TBN, and more.

Members include Angie Hoskins-Aldridge, Reva Hoskins, Abby Aldridge, Ricky Hoskins, and Rick Smith. Recognition like Dove Award nominations have validated them within a professional context; however, their fan-base remained consistently supportive of their music after they were forced to leave the road due to a family health situation. Continuous outpouring of love, encouragement, and prayers was instrumental in their return to the road. Their commitment to their fans and mission is a priority they have permanently embraced.

The Hoskins Family is slated to appear in concert with Mark Lowry on March 31 at Cornerstone Church of God in Lebanon, Ohio.

For more info on the,
Radio: Patterson Music Group (Patterson Promotions)
Visit the Hoskins Family on Facebook at:!/pages/The-Hoskins-Family/177879832319494?sk=info

Harmony Road TV Program Features All Time Gospel Classics

This Weekend’s Harmony Road TV Program Features All Time Gospel Classics Plus a Great Concept Video from Channing Eleton

SIGNAL MOUNTAIN, TN March 21, 2013, Tune in to Harmony Road this weekend and find some great all time Southern Gospel Classics. Songs like “I’m Getting Ready to Leave This World” from the Dove Brothers Band, “God Walks the Dark Hills” from The Perrys, and “I Never Shall Forget the Day” from the Speers highlight the program. It also features music from Sisters, and a great concept video from Channing Eleton, “Up on This Ridge”.

Hosted by Singing News Publisher and Solid Gospel Radio host Les Butler, Harmony Road can be found each Sunday morning at 8 Eastern on TNN, The Nashville Network. Information on TNN and its growing list of affiliates can be found at

You can also find Harmony Road each Saturday evening and Sunday morning on WMJN29 in the Huntsville/Decatur, Alabama area and streamed on the internet at The program is also shown on Sunday afternoons in the Anniston/Gadsden Alabama area on tv24, and on Charter Cable in Clarksville and Jackson, TN where it’s also available “on demand”.
Harmony Road is broadcast Saturday evenings on theWALKtv. For a list of affiliates and information on streaming, including ROKU, go to .

Harmony Road will also have a contest centered on this week’s program. Host Les Butler is a guest musician on one of the videos. After you see the program, just go to the comments section at and enter the name of the group he’s playing with and you’re in the drawing. You can also go to and after you “like” the page, just send Harmony Road a private message with the answer and you are entered in a drawing for an autographed CD/DVD combo from Karen Peck and New River!. Drawing will be held Friday, March 30th.

This week’s program originates from Jim Oliver’s Smokehouse in Monteagle, Tennessee. More information about the Smokehouse can be found at

Other members of the Harmony Road team include Ball Brothers pianist, Cody McVey, doing interviews and stories “from the road”, as well as Randy Liner, Technical Director and Roger
Spears, Producer.

Michael English To Release New CD March 26, 2013


CURB Records Set To Release Highly Anticipated Project

Nashville, Tenn. (March 22, 2013) – The wait is over! Acclaimed vocalist, Michael English, is set to release his new release, Some People Change, on March 26, 2013. The highly anticipated project is Michael’s first studio recording in six years and is being released by CURB Records.

Although this is his first solo recording in several years, the gifted singer has hardly been resting. Michael has kept an extremely busy touring and recording schedule as a member of the Grammy® award-winning Gaither Vocal Band.

Michael’s penetrating, power-packed vocals are at the forefront on this new release as he is featured on brand new songs, “That Great Day,” “Waking Up The Dawn,” the current single “Stubborn,” time-tested classics such as “I’d Rather Have Jesus,” and a brand-new version of Michael’s hit song, “In Christ Alone.” A bonus track, “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” is included from the film “The Last Ride,” about the life of Hank Williams.

You might hear a few familiar voices on some of the tunes. Russ Taff is featured on “Come To The River,” a cover of the pop classic, “I Knew You Were Waiting,” finds Crystal Lewis lending her vocals, The Martins bring their family harmony to “On That Great Day,” and Michael’s musical brothers – Mark Lowry, David Phelps and Wes Hampton – are featured on the Happy Goodmans’ tune, “I Wouldn't Take Nothin’ For My Journey Now.”

Some People Change features tunes from hit songwriters Neil Thrasher, Don Koch, Ben Hayslip, Jimmy Yeary, George Beverly Shea, Hank Williams, Jason Sellers, Jonny Lang, Jenny Lee Riddle, Rusty Goodman among others. “It all begins with a song,” says Michael. “I was blessed to get some of the best songs I’ve ever heard – some old and some new – on this CD! I had a blast singing the words of these writers.”

Masterfully produced by long-time friend, Jay DeMarcus, Michael knew Jay was the perfect fit for this recording. “No one knows my voice better than Jay,” Michael affirms. The two had previously worked together on Gospel (1998), and even a hint of Michael’s native North Carolina comes to the fore with subtle, yet distinct country flair.

Some People Change is currently available for pre-orders on and all orders from the website will be autographed by Michael. Some People Change releases March 26 and will be available on iTunes, Amazon, all digital retailers as well as physical retail outlets such as Lifeway, Walmart and others.

Adam's Call Signs Agreement With AG Publicity

Nashville, TN (March 22,2013) AG Publicity is proud to announce the signing of the outstanding new group, Adam's Call, to an extensive publicity agreement. Deon Unthank of AG Publicity stated, “We are constantly looking for new talent that has the ability to rise to the top of our genre and we feel that Adam's Call is one of those groups.”
The name Adam’s Call comes from 1 Corinthians 15:45 “And so it is written, 'The first man Adam became a living being.' The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.” Sam Fisher said, “We want to be a part of the last Adam the scriptures reference and carry that life giving spirit to a lost and dying world. We have had overwhelming online success since we started in December,2013. we have received over 2k Facebook likes, and almost 75,000 Youtube views to our music video's in the past 2 months.”
The group consists of Bobby Davenport singing lead, who moved from Chicago, IL to start Adams Call. He also owns Dalex Design Group, & Dalex Hosting. Bobby commented “I've been singing for most of my life in regional and national groups, I finally accepted the call God has placed on my life and made the decision to stop hiding in the background of other artists and become what God had planned for me to be.”
Singing Baritone is Sam Fisher, a young man from Perry, GA, who sings and plays all of our music in studio and acoustic guitar live. He has played in the bands of some of the biggest names in country music, played the NFL Superbowl honors show, and has a overwhelming testimony of what God has brought him through. He has a heart for the youth like none other.
Completing the group is Melissa Duvall, originally from Mantachie, MS, but currently resides in Franklin, TN with her husband Joe and children Jacob, and Sydney. She was a country music demo singer for years and was named the Female Demo Singer of the Year 2 years in a row. She is featured in our latest music video, “Don’t Give Up”, found here . After being one of the most recognized country demo singers, Melissa found her heart pulling her back to singing for the glory of God. She says, “I have never felt more at home singing 3 part harmony”.
The group is currently adding dates to our 2013-2014 "SIMPLIFY TOUR", which is being booked by the Adoration Agency, 615-590-7453 and the group's website is

About Adam's Call
Adam's Call is a fairly new mixed trio singing with a great Southern Gospel/Country blend. It's rare to find a group with a true heart, talent, and a passion for great songs, and great music. Adams Call doesn't cloud great songs with over produced music, but lets the words and harmony be the foundation that makes for a unique, yet anointed sound in an age of ordinary. Great Group, Great Songs, Great Message.

EHSS "Glorious Day" Pre-Sale Ending Soon

From EHSS email newsletter of March 22, 2013:

"Glorious Day" Pre-Sale Ending Soon!!!

Hey everyone!!

I'm tremendously excited to let you know that the CDs have finally arrived at our office and we will begin shipping them soon to all of you who have already pre-ordered!! We just can't wait for you to hear this project!

For those of you that haven't pre-ordered yet, we have some awesome free digital giveaways that you can download immediately after ordering and they are absolutely free with your pre-order!

The pre-sale ends at midnight Central Time on Monday, April 1st so check out all the details and order your copy today by clicking on the link below!


See ya soon,


While we have you, here's where we'll be for the next several weeks ... make plans now to come see us and bring a friend and we'll look forward to seeing you!

MAR 22, 2013 - Kokomo, IN - Grace United Methodist Church
MAR 23, 2013 - Canton, OH - Canton Palace Theatre
MAR 24, 2013 - Van Wert, OH - Niswonger Performing Arts Center of NW Ohio
APR 4, 2013 - Birmingham, AL - Lakeside Baptist Church
APR 5, 2013 - Corinth, MS - Coliseum Civic Center (Tickets by Phone : (662) 416-6702)
APR 6, 2013 - Leesville, LA - First Baptist Church (Tickets by Phone : (318) 472-9246)
APR 11, 2013 - Belleville, IL - St. Matthew UMC
APR 14, 2013 - Kenton, TN - First Baptist Church (No Tickets Required)
APR 26, 2013 - Holly, MI - The River
MAY 4, 2013 - Bourbonnais, IL - River Valley Christian Fellowship
MAY 9, 2013 - Cedar Falls, IA - Riverview Conference Center
MAY 10, 2013 - Sioux Falls, SD - O'Gorman High School (Tom & Penny Lorang Theatre)
MAY 11, 2013 - Oak Grove (Kansas City), MO - New Life Assembly
MAY 16, 2013 - Des Moines, IA - First Federated Church (Franklin Auditorium)
MAY 17, 2013 - Westminster, CO - Life Fellowship
MAY 19, 2013 - Mustang, OK - The Bridge AG (No Tickets Required)

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Easter Story: Prison Fellowship Screens Stirring Film 'Unconditional' for Inmates

Inspired by True Story of 'Papa Joe' Bradford,Maximum Security Convict Now Helping At-Risk Kids;
Prison Fellowship Screens at Prisons Nationwide

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – March 21, 2013 – Prison Fellowship—the world’s largest outreach to prisoners, ex-prisoners and their families—partners with the film UNCONDITIONAL to bring the movie’s life-changing message of hope to thousands of inmates nationwide beginning Easter weekend.

Through a special arrangement with Provident Films, Prison Fellowship will screen UNCONDITIONAL March 30 at Orlando’s Central Florida Reception Center and March 31 at the Desoto Correctional Institution in Arcadia, Fla. The events also feature Prison Fellowship CEO Jim Liske and “Papa Joe” Bradford, a former maximum security inmate now working to improve the lives of Nashville’s at-risk kids, whose life is the inspiration behind the film.

“I know what it means to be the man in prison,” Papa Joe said. “And I’m so excited that my story in the film UNCONDITIONAL can be used to bring hope to these men and their families. There are more than 2 million children of incarcerated parents in the U.S., and they need our love and encouragement.”

A young African American with unlimited potential, Joseph Bradford landed in prison among violent offenders after putting his considerable computer skills to work hacking into a bank and robbing it of about $200 (which he paid back). Released, in kidney failure, on disability and living in Nashville’s notorious projects, Bradford and his wife’s hearts were touched by the many fatherless children around them. Simple acts of kindness brought one after another of these kids to their door. They formed a choir for the kids and soon he was their “Papa Joe,” providing the love and stability he never knew. Today, they continue this work through Elijah’s Heart Ministry, showing love to underprivileged children and their families, assisting them with practical needs and inspiring others to act by raising awareness of these often-desperate situations.

“To help ‘Papa Joe’ share his message of God’s life-changing, unconditional love is an honor,” Liske said. “And this Easter weekend screening is just the beginning, as Prison Fellowship programs have the potential to connect or reconnect inmates in 1,200 prisons across the country to God’s love and their purpose in life through this inspiring film.”

Provident Films has made 80 site licenses available to Prison Fellowship for UNCONDITIONAL screenings with future showings to be announced. Additionally, Prison Fellowship, the organization behind the annual Angel Tree program bringing donated Christmas gifts to children of the incarcerated, hopes to include UNCONDITIONAL DVDs as a gift option. Last year, inmates’ families received more than 400,000 gifts through Angel Tree donations.

UNCONDITIONAL is a natural vehicle for sharing a hopeful message with inmates. In the film, Samantha Crawford (Lynn Collins, JOHN CARTER) is living a storybook life: she’s happily married, she lives on a ranch where she keeps her beloved horse, and the stories she’s told and illustrated since childhood have become published books.

When her husband, Billy, is killed in a senseless act of violence, Sam loses her faith and her will to live. But a death-defying encounter with two children leads to a reunion with Joe (Michael Ealy, BARBERSHOP), her oldest friend.

As Sam watches “Papa Joe” care for and love the kids in his under-resourced neighborhood, she begins to realize that no matter life’s circumstances, God’s love is always reaching out to us.

Additionally, among the DVD’s 12 special features are several that touch the world of the incarcerated:

● Becoming "Papa Joe"
● Prison Yard Fight!
● Why Bad Things Happen
● Prison

Harbinger Media Partners produced and Provident Films and Arc Entertainment distribute UNCONDITIONAL, featuring Collins and Ealy and Bruce McGill (LINCOLN, THE LEGEND OF BAGGER VANCE), Kwesi Boakye (I CAN DO BAD ALL BY MYSELF), Diego Klattenhoff (THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, Homeland), Cedric Pendleton (RUNAWAY JURY, DIARY OF A MAD BLACK WOMAN), and introducing Gabriella Phillips as Keisha.

UNCONDITIONAL also partnered with scores of ministries and nonprofit organizations nationally like the one run by the real-life Papa Joe, encouraging people to ACT on needs in their communities. Details at

To learn more, visit:

About Provident Films

Provident Films, a division of Provident Music Group, develops, produces and markets faith-based films. Nashville-based Provident Music Group, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, has served for more than three decades, worldwide, as a leader in Christian entertainment.

About Harbinger Media Partners

Harbinger Media Partners LLC is a media company created to produce high quality theatrical films that honor God and inspire viewers to pursue Him and serve others. "God honoring" films are those that bring glory and honor to God by being consistent with Biblical principles and the teachings of Jesus.

About Prison Fellowship

Prison Fellowship is the world’s largest outreach to prisoners, ex-prisoners and their families. By serving local churches and state departments of corrections, the organization works to help those who are incarcerated restore relationship with their families, communities and God. More information at

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Old Settler's Music Festival Announces 2013 Schedule

26th Old Settler’s Music Festival
Thursday, April 18 through Sunday, April 21
Salt Lick BBQ Pavilion and Camp Ben McCulloch, FM 1826 south of Austin, Texas
Discounted single-day wristbands and packages available through April 6
After April 6 single-day wristbands at the gate: $39 for Thursday, April 18; $69 for Friday, April 19, and Saturday, April 20; $29 for Sunday, April 21
Children 12 and younger free with ticketed adult
For more:, or 888.512.SHOW


30 Acts to Perform on Four Stages During Four-day Hill Country Event

AUSTIN, Texas — The schedule is set for the 2013 Old Settler’s Music Festival, featuring some of the world’s finest roots, bluegrass and Americana artists including Michael Franti, Del McCoury Band, Son Volt, Martin Sexton, Jerry Douglas and Carolina Chocolate Drops. The 26th annual festival is slated for Thursday, April 18, through Sunday, April 21, at the Salt Lick BBQ Pavilion and Camp Ben McCulloch in the Texas Hill Country, just south of Austin on FM 1826.

In addition to “real music done right,” Old Settler’s offers workshops, sing-alongs, campground-stage jam sessions, kids’ activities, a market area full of unique arts and crafts, specialty foods and brews and of course, the Youth Talent Competition, where the headliners of tomorrow might gain early recognition. Workshop topics and presenters and schedule will be announced soon. Check the website for updates.

(artists and times subject to change)

Camp Ben McCulloch Stage
4:30-5:40 p.m. – Lone Star Swing
6-7:10 p.m. – Della Mae
7:30-8:40 p.m. – Wood & Wire
9-10:15 p.m. – The Giving Tree Band
10:45 p.m. to midnight – Fred Eaglesmith

Camp Ben McCulloch Stage
Noon to 3 p.m. – Korn Dog King Presents Pickin’ for the Campers
With Rose Kimball and Judy Painter, Bottom Dollar String Band and Elephant Revival

Hill Country Stage
4-5:05 p.m. – Green Mountain Grass
5:25-6:35 p.m. – Terri Hendrix
6:55-8:10 p.m. – Son Volt
8:30 -10 p.m. – Del McCoury Band
10:30 p.m. to midnight – Michael Franti

Bluebonnet Stage
4:30-5:40 p.m. – Della Mae
6-7:15 p.m. – Dirtfoot
7:35-8:50 p.m. – Carolina Chocolate Drops
9:10-10:25 p.m. – Justin Townes Earle
10:45 p.m. to midnight – Fred Eaglesmith

Hill Country Stage
11-11:45 a.m. – Kimberly Zielnicki featuring the Lost & Nameless Orchestra
12:05-12:50 p.m. – Peter Rowan’s Twang an’ Groove
1:10-2:10 p.m. – Elephant Revival
2:30-3:40 p.m. – The Dunwells
4-5:15 p.m. – Jerry Douglas
5:40-6:55 p.m. – James Hunter
7:15-8:30 p.m. – Martin Sexton
9-10:15 p.m. – Bob Schneider
10:45 p.m. to midnight – Leftover Salmon

Bluebonnet Stage
10:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. – Youth Competition
1:30-2:30 p.m. – Casey Driessen Singularity
2:40-3 p.m. – Youth Competition Winner
3:20-4:30 p.m. – Rose’s Pawn Shop
4:50-6 p.m. – Lake Street Dive
6:20-7:30 p.m. – Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out
7:50-9 p.m. – The Reivers
9:30-10:10 p.m. – Peter Rowan’s Twang an’ Groove
10:30 p.m. to midnight – The Gourds

Camp Ben McCulloch Stage
10-10:45 a.m. – Sunday Service
11 a.m. to noon – Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out
12:15 – 1:10 p.m. – Elephant Revival
1:25-2:25 p.m. – Steve Poltz
2:40-3:40 p.m. – MilkDrive
4-5 p.m. – The Gourds

A one-of-a-kind music festival experience, Old Settler’s offers bluegrass, roots and Americana acts performing on four stages over four days, along with camping in the beautiful Texas Hill Country. Many festivalgoers return annually for amazing shows by award-winning artists such as Buddy Miller, Iron and Wine, Peter Rowan, Del McCoury, Bruce Hornsby, Yonder Mountain String Band, Nickel Creek, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Bela Fleck and David Grisman, and favorite Austinites such as Joe Ely, Patty Griffin, Alejandro Escovedo, Sarah Jarosz and The Gourds.

For more information, visit
Twitter: @Oldsettler

Legacy Five's Border Crossing

From Legacy Five's Email Newsletter of March 20, 2013:

We are in route to Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada to start a 7 day tour that will take us all the way to Chilliwack, British Columbia. We will be doing a seven concert Western Canada tour which will include 5 concerts with our friends, Greater Vision. We LOVE coming to Canada and we are armed this time with plenty of warm clothes and lots of great music! We will have our new Cathedrals "Live in Chicago" CD as well as our new Legacy Five CD, "Count Your Blessings." We are really excited to introduce our new bass singer, Matt Fouch to all our Canadian friends, so please make your plans to come see us. And bring a friend!

Tickets for our New Year's Eve Celebration 2013 are now on sale. As always, the magnificent Gaylord Opryland Hotel will be the setting for this three-day event. There will be no shortage of great music, Christian comedy and inspirational speaking. Plus you will experience the grandeur of over 2 million Christmas lights and many nativity scenes. IMPORTANT: If you make on-line reservations be sure and read the instructions very carefully. You will have to click on all four sessions as well as two nights lodging to properly register. All seating is reserved and will be assigned beginning with the front row based on a first come first served basis. So....the earlier you register, the closer your seat will be to the front of the stage. Your reservation is time coded to ensure your seats are assigned in the order in which reservations are made. This also includes if you choose to call to make your reservation. Click here for more information or to make online reservations.

Speaking of three-day events, we just finished the second annual Branson Praise-Fest. It was fabulous and we are already planning ways to make next year even better! Tickets will go on sale for next year's Branson Praise-Fest on April 1. No....I'm not "fooling" you. For more information, click here

Coming Soon!
Our new Cd - Legacy Five On Tour
5 Cities 5 Days 5 Voices ...
You will hear many of our most requested songs such as Vessels of Mercy, I Found Grace, That's What Grace is For, I Stand Redeemed and several more!
Watch for this new project to be released shortly.

We hope you will join us at one of these seven dates ... five with our friends, Greater Vision!
Please call ahead before driving long distances. More info on our schedule page: click here

03/20 Winnipeg, MB Canada Jubilee Place 7:00 PM
03/21 Saskatoon, SK Canada Circle Drive Alliance Church 6:00 PM
03/22 Sherwood Park, AB Canada Sherwood Park Alliance Church 7:00 PM
03/23 Calgary, AB Canada Grace Baptist Church 6:00 PM
03/24 Kelowna, BC Canada Evangel Church 6:30 PM
03/25 Chilliwack, BC Canada Chilliwack Alliance Church 7:00 PM
03/26 Lloydminister, SK Canada First Baptist Church 7:30 PM

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Jason Crabb: The Reviews Are In!


Latest Release Garners Major Attention, Strong Critical Acclaim

March 19, 2013 – (NASHVILLE, TN) The reviews are in and critics are raving about Love Is Stronger, the latest release from Grammy award-winning vocalist, Jason Crabb. The second studio release from 17-time Dove Award-winning vocalist has garnered attention from both Christian and mainstream press including CCM Magazine, Entertainment Tonight, Associated Press, and Fox News, among others.

Additionally, the release was highlighted by iTunes - the largest distributor of digital music - as a "New & Noteworthy Release" on the main iTunes page as well as Christian & Gospel page. iTunes selects these spots for releases they deem to be be significant additions to the musical landscape. AOL Music also turned their spotlight onto the project by hosting an AOL Music Listening Party where listeners could stream the entire CD for free during release week.

Produced by a trio of musical heavyweights – Jay DeMarcus (Rascal Flatts), Ed Cash (Chris Tomlin), Wayne Haun (Jessica Simpson, Celine Dion) – the project has received amazing support among reviewers and music fans alike. “I’ve been blown away with how warmly this new music has been embraced,” said Crabb. “I am so proud of this project and my prayer is that the music would touch the listener and give them encouragement.”

Crabb kicked off his release in high-gear as Free Chapel hosted a live CD release celebration featuring Jason, his band and a live orchestra. The event, streamed to over 40,000 people in more than 35 countries, featured special guests Pastor Jentezen Franklin, Andy Andrews and producers Jay DeMarcus and Wayne Haun. From there, Jason was interview by Fox News' Lauren Green via satellite from Rome, Italy where. Jason continued his high-octane release week taking the stage of the Grand Ole Opry where he debuted two new tracks from the project and he wrapped up the weekend with an appearance at Billy Graham's "The Cove."

Here’s just a sample of what people are saying about Love Is Stronger:

"Grammy-winning Christian singer Jason Crabb impressively drives home the theme of how genuine love can be even if there's heartache and grief. His soaring voice, lyrics of enduring faith and solid production on the 11-track set continue to prove why he is the Gospel Music Association's reigning male vocalist and artist of the year."
– Associated Press

"Love is Stronger is a breakthrough album that will thrust Jason Crabb into a bright spotlight...Jason uses tremendous vocal control as he slides effortlessly from soft, tender notes to full-on power belting... Kari Jobe joins her voice with Jason's on "Love Wins." The song defies categorization and should reach and bolster many.... This (album) has huge potential to expand Crabb's audience...Packed from start to finish with strong songs, versatile vocal performances, and an abundance of energy and emotion, this album is not limited to a single musical category...A gem of a record"
– New Release Tuesday

"Few artists on today's musical landscape possess Jason Crabb's ability to move effortlessly from one musical style to another, erasing boundaries between country, pop and gospel with the smooth, rich voice that has made him a Grammy winner and the Gospel Music Association's reigning Male Vocalist and Artist of the Year"
– AOL's The Boot

“No corn fluff to be found here…rich interpretations of positive lyric themes are set against solid arrangements…Crabb’s soulful tone weaves through this record… An eleven-track gem.”
– Music News New York

"Jason Crabb's new album (Love Is Stronger) is impressive."
– Huffington Post

"One of the most anticipated releases of 2013...He is definitely one of the most talented vocalists out there. Love Is Stronger is definitely one of the best albums of 2013."
– Christian Music Review

"…One of the most talented artists this industry we call CCM has ever seen…Spine-tingling artistry...Each moment of the new album is emotive and beyond the confines of any one genre…"
– CCM Magazine

"One of the most gifted vocalists to rise in popularity the past decade...A collection of strong tunes...Brilliant vocal showcases."
– Roughstock

“Crabb has never been more himself: he shows a greater command over his vocals and he has never sounded more passionate…This CD really brings out the new man in Crabb - one who is confident when he rocks and yet provides the heart pabulum when he croons.”
– Breathecast

“…Truly magical…Powerful, Jason’s delivery is heartfelt and flawless…”
– Absolutely Gospel

“…Truly fulfilling…One of the strongest gospel albums of this year.”
– Nashville Country Club

From the reviews, it is evident that Love Is Stronger, and the overriding messages of love and encouragement contained in the lyrics, have resonated strongly. The 11-track CD was released on March 12, 2013 and contains lyrics that echo Crabb’s own real-life.

Along with the release of the new project, Jason reached a social media milestone during release week crossing over 100,000 “likes” on Facebook. “I love my Facebook family! I love the way everyone prays for and interacts with each other,” Crabb comments. “It’s amazing what one comment can lead to. Many times I’ve posted a scripture or encouraging thought and someone replies back to tell me that it was exactly what they needed at that time.”
Love Is Stronger is available wherever music is sold and online digitally at iTunes, Amazon, and Rhapsody among others.

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A book on Humility, by a lawyer? Really?

Youth Minister Turned Cop Turned Attorney
Turns On Wit and Insight For New Book on Humility

HOUSTON – March 19, 2013 – How does an old guy headed to the sports bar on his rider mower heighten the shock value of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem? It’s worth finding out in Get Low— Reflections on Pride and Humility, a new book from Jack Wisdom—attorney, Young Life leader and a former policeman whose footnotes, besides the Bible, reference notables such as Kris Kristofferson, Augustine, country music, The Boss and Sigmund Freud.


“The humility of Jesus is no superfluous detail,” Wisdom writes in Get Low, speaking of God’s voluntary “downward mobility.” “For those who want to follow him, humility is non-negotiable.”

How timely is the “H” word? Besides the breath blowing in with the new pontiff—temporarily replacing “sequestration” as the word of the moment—President Obama spoke on it in his speech at this year’s National Prayer Breakfast. Expect to see it less in news from sports, entertainment, business . . . oh, and law. Wit pierces every trenchant essay as Wisdom beats the reader to “What’s a lawyer know about humility?” Of the Bible’s chief paradox, that we must die to self to fully live, he writes: “We are a proud people called to imitate a humble king.”

Still a Young Life leader, still an attorney, Wisdom went from Trinity University in San Antonio to—on a dare—two years on the Dallas Police force. Then followed Gordon-Conwell seminary in Boston; seven years in Texas starting Young Life groups from scratch; and then a law degree. Now Wisdom, named one of the top attorneys in the U.S., is a name partner in a firm with offices across Texas—with a readable take on humility.

The unusual book, with its unlikely topic and wildly unlikely author, opens with a chapter on Pride and ends with one on Victory. Neither fits supposed definitions in what Wisdom frequently terms “the bogus world system.”

“There is no easy path from pride to humility,” Wisdom writes. ”But the struggle is necessary and not at all futile because God is working in and among us. As we cooperate with the Spirit, as we grow in grace, God will do what only God can do—he will give us the power to get lower and lower, he will use us as agents of his kingdom, and ultimately, when the time comes, he will lift us up.”

Get Low e-book is available now. Hardback in stores and online beginning April 13.

O Canada! Greater Vision Heads North

From Greater Vision's email newsletter of March 18, 2013:

We're rolling toward Manitoba, Canada to begin our Western Canada Tour on Wednesday! We try to make this trip every two years, and we're looking forward to singing our way across four Canadian Provinces over the six days.

We'll team up with our buddies, Legacy Five, for five of the concerts, so we're expecting a GREAT Tour! Check out the Schedule below to see where we're going, and if you have friends in the areas we'll be visiting, be sure to let them know about the concerts by forwarding this Email Update to them!

This past Saturday morning, we finished Praisefest Branson, and we can't say enough great things about it. It was an unbelievably great three days in Branson, Missouri! All the Artists outdid themselves, and the audience was fantastic! Reservations will be taken for next year's event beginning on April 1. For more information about next year's Praisefest Branson, click HERE.

O Canada!
Wednesday - Portage La Prairie, MB
Thursday - Saskatoon, SK
Friday - Sherwood Park, AB (Edmonton area)
Saturday - Calgary, AB
Sunday - Kelowna, BC
Monday (3/25) - Chilliwack, BC

For information about our Western Canada Tour, or any of our Concerts, click HERE.

Speaking Of Canada...
Praisefest Niagara Falls
May 23 - 25

This year, for the first time ever, we're bringing Praisefest to Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada!
Join Greater Vision, The Hoppers, Legacy Five, Tim Lovelace, Triumphant Quartet, Heading Home Trio, and our Special Guest, Dr. David Jeremiah, for three days at one of the most well-known Natural Wonders in the world...Niagara Falls!
Click here for reservations or more information.

As you can tell, we have a very busy week ahead of us, with lots of miles to cover. We're hoping to see some friends that we don't get to see very often, and we're hoping to make some new friends too!

We hope that you will pray for our safety and effectiveness during this Tour. Also, pray for our buddies, Legacy Five.

We are blessed by your friendship, and, as always, thankful for your prayers on our behalf.

Have a blessed week!

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

Coming Soon...

Greater Vision's brand-new recording!

Featuring new songs from writers including Chris Allman, Jim Brady, Rodney Griffin, Lanny Wolfe and More!

Watch our Email Updates for Pre-Ordering Information!

Live-Stream Announced for Tracy Stuffle Benefit Concert

Tracy Stuffle Benefit To Be Live-Streamed March 19, 2013 From Christ Church in Nashville, TN

NASHVILLE, TN (March 18, 2013) - It was announced today that the benefit for Tracy Stuffle, to be held on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 6:00 PM CST, will be live-streamed for those who are unable to be in attendance.

The evening will be live-streamed via video on, online and radio through and rebroadcast on XM/Sirius's enLighten Channel 18 and Dish TV Channel 6018 on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 7 ET, Saturday March 24 at 7:45 ET and Sunday March 24 at 9:45 PM ET.

"I am very appreciative to these companies - TechWerks, SolidGospel, enLightenXM/Sirus - for partnering to expose the benefit to as many people as possible. I know the Stuffle family appreciates the prayers and support," says Joseph Habedank, organizer of the concert. "This will give those who are unable to attend in person a chance to be a part of the night and donate as well."

There is a very limited amount of tickets left for the night which features Jason Crabb, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, Dailey & Vincent, The Hoppers, Mark Lowry, the Collingsworth Family, the Booth Brothers, The Isaacs, Gold City, The Bowlings, Karen Peck & New River and a special appearance by The Perrys.

This is a benefit concert for Tracy Stuffle - beloved bass vocalist and group owner/manager of the Perrys - who has been in critical condition at a Nashville area hospital since suffering a massive stroke on January 21, 2013 while driving his vehicle in downtown Nashville, TN. All proceeds from this concert will go toward medical expenses for Tracy Stuffle.

For more information and to purchase tickets for this evening, vist Tickets may also be purchased at Christ Church in Nashville, TN or College Heights Baptist Church in Gallatin, TN.

Cruise the Sea with 2nd Generation

We are excited to announce that we will be cruising with The Freemans on the "LEGENDS ON THE SEA 3RD ANNUAL SINGING CRUISE" –JAN 20TH- 25TH 2014

We would love for all of your to cruise with us. Come and enjoy great music and ministry with The Freemans, Rambos, Larry Hinson, Michael Combs, Sneed Family, 2nd Generation, & more. (appearing artist is subject to change)

Cabins are going fast so click the link below and reserve your cabin for just $200 down. Make sure you choose 2nd Generation as your "Host Group".

Feel free to call us with any questions. 913-710-5227

Brenda & Elaine
2nd G


As It Approaches Its 20th Anniversary, Nashville Agency Embraces Its Roots While Diversifying Its Future In Music Representation

(NASHVILLE, TN - March 18, 2013) - One of the leading regional music representation firms in the country for nearly 20 years, APA-Nashville currently represents some of the biggest names in country music, including Travis Tritt, Billy Ray Cyrus, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Joe Dee Messina, Tanya Tucker and Sawyer Brown. But they're not just country anymore, as clients like Wick-It The Instigator and The Weeks blaze their own trails alongside classic and influential country rock bands like Nitty Gritty Dirt Band prove they're as relevant as ever.

"We're very excited about the new developments coming out of our Nashville office," commented Steve Lassiter, Partner/SVP/Head of Concerts for APA-Nashville. "We're more diverse than ever, and the acts aren't just Country."


The phenomenon known as Wick-It the Instigator just debuted at #5 on Billboard's Next Big Sound Chart, making him one of the fastest-moving artists across all major social music sites last week. His most recent CD, Grindhouse Basterds, is a Quentin Tarantino-themed hip hop, mashup, dubstep, electronic extravaganza featuring remixes of Apathy, Celph Titled, Bun B, Yelawolf, Aesop Rock, Murs, Slug, Notorious B.I.G., KRS ONE, RZA, Ghostface and more.


Mississippi indie rock band The Weeks has been tapped by Kings of Leon to open their European summer tour. Ranging from 14 to 16 years-old, their cathartic lyrics and melodies stem from a disadvantaged youth, with truth and soul layered in the midst of their thrashing, thoughtful, manic pop thrills. The Weeks issued their much-anticipated "Gutter Gaunt Gangster" on KOL's Serpents & Snakes imprint last September, and a full-length CD is due out this spring. Current concert dates are:

June 12 & 13 - London, UK / O2 Arena
June 19 - Frankfurt, Germany / Festhalle
June 20 - Cologne, Germany / Lanxess Arena
June 24 & 25 - Manchester, UK / Manchester Evening News Arena
June 27 - Berlin, Germany / Waldbuhne
July 9 & 10 - Birmingham, UK / LG Arena
July 12 - Bilbao, Spain / BBK Festival


Known as a catalyst for the entire Country Rock and American Roots music movement, the iconic and profoundly influential Nitty Gritty Dirt Band continues their legendary status as they headline MERLEFEST 2013 on Saturday, April 27. A celebration of "traditional plus" music, the festival draws over 80,000 attendees annually from all over the world, hosting over 90 artists during the four-day event. They'll share the stage with Sam Bush and Jerry Douglas, bringing thousands to their feet with their Grammy-award winning "Mr. Bojangles" and Top Ten hits such as "Fishin' In The Dark." Last week, the band issued a deluxe 40th anniversary re-mastered triple vinyl and HDTracks edition of WILL THE CIRCLE BE UNBROKEN. The Library of Congress-honored album features expanded artwork and new liner notes by John McEuen.

THE ROYS Ready To Bring Signature Sound To European Audiences

Select Dates In Denmark, Germany and U.K. May 1 - 5

Nashville, TN - Award-winning brother/sister duo THE ROYS will cover new territory May 1 - 5 as they make their European debut with select dates at two picturesque Danish Culture Houses, Germany's ever-popular 11th Annual Buehler Bluegrass Festival and the quintessential English theatre, Leicester Square. Hailed for their superb sibling harmonies, signature "Rootsy Bluegrass Country" sound and compelling original tunes, THE ROYS complement their vocal style with a vibrant and progressive instrumental attitude that has enchanted fans since the duo's first release.


May 1 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Karens Rninde Kulturhus

May 2 - Aalborg, Denmark - Trekanten Culturehouse

May 4 - Buehl, Germany - International Buehler Bluegrass Festival

May 5 - London - Leicester Square Theatre

For Lee and Elaine, these special dates represent a dream come true - and a good chance to dip their feet into the bigger global pond. "To say we are excited about going to Europe is an understatement," notes Elaine. "We are counting down the days!" The siblings believe that music is the universal language and hope that their music will resonate with the audiences overseas. "We want to show them that we love what we do and that we feel blessed to do it."

The two are studying some key phrases in Dutch and German, and Lee is looking forward to the challenge of driving on the "other" side of the road. "Elaine's scared to death of my driving here," Lee admits with a laugh. "I can't wait to see how fast she buckles up once I'm behind the wheel over there."

Lee and Elaine regularly perform over 150 dates a year across the U.S. and in Canada at venues ranging from festivals to more intimate music halls. They have become a favorite at Country Thunder and are honored to have performed at Bluegrass Nights At The Ryman, CMA Music Festival and the Tamworth Music Festival (Australia). THE ROYS have shared the stage with Bluegrass and Country legends and newcomers alike, including: George Jones, Ricky Skaggs, Lady Antebellum, Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton, Doyle Lawson, Rhonda Vincent and many others.

Recently, the duo has been in the studio putting the finishing touches on their upcoming CD which is due in stores this summer. Their sophomore disc for Rural Rhythm Records, NEW DAY DAWNING (2012), debuted at Number 2 on the BILLBOARD Bluegrass Albums Chart in early September and two weeks later climbed to Number 1 on Amazon's Bluegrass Best Sellers list. The EP is currently on the BLUEGRASS UNLIMITED MAGAZINE Top 15 Chart and is one of SiriusXM BLUEGRASS JUNCTION's most played albums.

Born in Fitchburg, Massachusetts and raised across the border in New Brunswick, Canada, Lee and Elaine come from a unique musical family. Surrounded by song from their earliest memories, the siblings have become one of the hottest acts on the Bluegrass/Roots/Country scene. Last October, THE ROYS were named Inspirational Country Music's Bluegrass Artist of the Year (2012). They were previously honored with that award in 2011 and dubbed the organization's Duo of the Year in 2010 and 2009. The twosome have enjoyed success at radio and are the Bluegrass darlings of the media. They've appeared on CBS This Morning, Marie, Fox & Friends, Daytime, Daily Buzz, The Better Show and more. Additionally, they have appeared on the PBS programs Pa's Fiddle: Charles Ingalls, American Fiddler and Song of the Mountains, RFD-TV's Reno's Old Time Music Festival, CMC Australia/Sky TV-U.K. and Bluegrass Mountains TV Show.

Tracy Stuffle Benefit in Nashville Tonight!

If you cannot attend but would like to support the cause, you can still buy tickets or make a donation at Thank you to everyone for making this a special night to honor and help Tracy & Libbi!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Williamsons & Jason Crabb Featured At “Save The Passion Play” Benefit

Eureka Springs, AR (March 14, 2013) The Multi-award nominated Williamsons from Wetumka, OK will join Grammy Award winning Jason Crabb for a “Save the Passion Play” benefit concert held in Eureka Springs, AR on Friday, March 22, 2013. The concert will be held in the park amphitheater and will begin at 7:00 pm.
Tickets for the event can be obtained at or Proceeds will help support the 2013 season of The Great Passion Play. Donnie Williamson commented
“The Williamsons are privileged to be part of such a worthy cause. Countless hearts have been touched and saved from their experience at the Great Passion Play.”
The Williamsons are part of The Gospel Station Family and Friends. The Gospel Station Network is the largest group of privately owned Gospel radio stations in the country. In December The Gospel Station accepted the task of saving The Great Passion Play from closing at the end of the 2012 season. With less than two weeks before foreclosure was to take place The Gospel Station team along with The Williamsons and other Family and Friends artists began raising funds to save the park. Over $75,000 was raised in that short amount of time which was enough to insure the performances would continue another season.
Donnie Williamson stated “The Great Passion Play has shared the story of the Passion of Christ to more than seven million people over the years. With God’s help it will be used to share the message with many more. Plans are also in under way to promote Gospel music to park attendees.” Donnie continued “The Passion Play Production will also be doing a regular dinner program at the Park during the summer. We will also be making occasional appearances at the amphitheater throughout the season.”
The Williamsons are based in Wetumka, Oklahoma and have been recently nominated as “Breakthrough Artist of the Year” and “Favorite Group of the Year” in the Absolutely Gospel Music Awards and are among the top ten finalists in the Singing News Fan Awards as “Favorite New Mixed Group”. Find out more about The Williamsons at
About The Williamsons

The Williamsons began sharing the Gospel through music in 1998 as The Homesteaders Quartet. The dream of Donnie Williamson was to form a group to sing classic Gospel music on a limited basis. What he wanted to do never occurred. From the group's onset their demand was overwhelming. Soon they were performing more than 100 dates a year. For the past several years The Williamsons have been in full time Christian ministry and entertainment and have traveled across the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Their music has been in national charts and were they honored to be nominated to the Gospel Music Association for a Dove Award.
Their high energy musical style appeals to people of all ages. The versatility of The Williamsons is evident through the wide variety of musical styles they perform. There is always something for everyone. The marketing of their performances targets families and not just fans of any particular type of music. Spending an evening with The Williamsons is sure to be one that will lift you up, bless you, and entertain you all at the same time. Their primary desire is to share the Gospel in such a way that those in attendance who do not know Jesus Christ will come to know him before the program is over.

Mercy's Well News

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

Happy Thursday to you...the weekend is almost here!

Last weekend, we decided to head south, to warmer weather. We were welcomed with sunshine and temperatures in the mid 70s during the day! We spent Saturday evening enjoying dinner and fellowship with some friends of ours from FBC Inverness, FL - Joe and Dawn. We had a nice, relaxing evening, and we were able to get to bed at a decent hour to prepare ourselves for the dreaded "Spring Forward" time change.

Sunday morning was a return visit for us to Silver Lake Community Church in Leesburg, FL. Pastor Jack and his congregation are always so welcoming and we look forward to the service we get to share with them each year! Sunday evening provided us with the opportunity to be a part of the concert series hosted by the First Church of God in Winter Haven, FL. This was our third time singing for Pastor Alan and his concert-goers, many of whom will soon be heading back to their northern homes. We had a good service, and managed to fight through the sickness once again - by God's strength and grace.

We will be in North Carolina the next couple of weeks, so keep an eye on our newsletter and the schedule online to see where we will be. We hope to see you soon!

Have a blessed weekend, everyone!

Brad, Greg & Kyle
Mercy's Well

March 17, 10:15 AM - Antioch Baptist Church - Lumberton, NC
For more information: (910) 739-9425

March 17, 6:00 PM - Antioch Baptist Church - Lumberton, NC
For more information: (910) 739-9425

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Texas Gospel Music Hall Presents Brian Free and Assurance, New Grace Trio and Kadie Lynn Roberson


Texas Gospel Music Hall presents a Southern Gospel Concert featuring Brian Free Assurance, New Grace Trio, and Kadie Lynn Roberson

6:00 PM April 27, 2013. Doors open @ 5:00 PM. AT The Texas Gospel Music Hall is located on HWY 19 South Palestine in Athens, TX.

Tickets or Information call: 903-477-8084 or 903-677-2492. Don't forget groups of 15+ will receive 2 FREE Tickets and a group rate.

Thank you Friends and Fans for coming to Athens, supporting us as we are led to bring these wonderful gospel groups to our community. Let us encourage each of you to tell three people about this concert after you receive this e-mail. You will be a blessing to someone!

Frances Fulton

All Because of Calvary,
New Grace Trio
Booking: 903-677-2492 . 903-477-8084
Web Site:


Broadcast from Free Chapel, Live Event Stream Attracts Audience from Over 35 Countries

Special Guests Jay DeMarcus, Andy Andrews, Jentezen Franklin and Wayne Haun join Grammy Award Winner

Love Is Stronger Now Available

Photo Above: Jason Crabb performs at Free Chapel in Gainesville, GA during the Love Is Stronger CD Release Celebration.
Photo by Dan Harr / AdMedia

NASHVILLE, TN - More than 40,000 people from over 35 countries joined Love Is Stronger CD Release Celebration held recently at Free Chapel, where Pastor Jentezen Franklin welcomed Jason Crabb along with special guests, producers Jay DeMarcus and Wayne Haun, and New York Times Bestselling Author Andy Andrews.

Those in attendance at the event - both online and in the audience - were treated to a special evening of music, fun and fellowship as some of Jason's closest friends greeted him with warm stories and congratulatory messages - in person and via video. Bill Gaither, Larry Gatlin, Kari Jobe, Barbara Mandrell and the Oak Ridge Boys all shared what an impact Jason has had on their lives in videotaped messages as the crowd looked on.

Pastor Jentezen Franklin welcomed New York Times Bestselling Author Andy Andrews to the stage as Andy shared special words about Jason, whom he calls his "little brother."

Photo Above: Andy Andrews speaks to the crowd during the Love Is Stronger CD release celebration at Free Chapel. Photo by Dan Harr / AdMedia

A very special moment came when producers of the project, Jay DeMarcus (Rascal Flatts), and Wayne Haun were asked to join Crabb onstage by Micah Massey, staff member of Free Chapel and fellow Grammy® winner, for a look behind the making of the project, Love Is Stronger. Many funny, poignant and meaningful stories were shared during the time.

Photo Above: Fellow Grammy® Award Winner, Micah Massey, interviewsproducers Jay DeMarcus, Wayne Haun and Jason Crabb.
Photo by Dan Harr / AdMedia

Throughout the night, the powerful, soulful, anointed voice of Jason Crabb soared through the air as he performed six tracks from his project, Love Is Stronger, backed by his live band and an orchestra.

Photo Above Jason Crabb peforms at Free Chapel during the Love Is Stronger CD release celebration.
Photo by Dan Harr / AdMedia

The evening was recorded live for a TBN special.

Jason Crabb's Love Is Stronger, released today and is available at, Walmart, LifeWay, Family Christian Stores and digitally at iTunes, Amazon and others.

Connect with Jason Crabb:, and

Photo Above: Jason Crabb peforms at Free Chapel during the Love Is Stronger CD release celebration. Photo by Dan Harr / AdMedia

Sandberg says, "Lean In." Paddison adds, "And kneel down."

Facebook CEO Sheryl Sandberg's new book, Lean In—Work, Women and the Will to Lead, examines why women aren’t in top corporate leadership positions in proportion to their numbers in the workforce and among college graduates.

The book has spurred many questions for Diane Paddison, author of the recent Work, Love, Pray—a practical treatise for Christian women who feel called both to strong personal lives and a robust career. In response to requests, Diane articulates the Christian perspective:

"For anyone who still associates feminism with burning bras, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg are rebranding the word to mean women who believe the family/career question is not an either-or. Still missing in the conversation, however, is another “and”: Work, relationships and faith. The path to career success, and the successful balance of career and personal life, throw up all the things that faith alone can fully balance: decisions, sacrifice, hard work, relationships, ethics, setbacks, heartbreaks, family, politics, promotions, illness, failure, leadership . . . the list is long and the women who stand tallest know something about kneeling. Among the most powerful women in high-level leadership—Condelezza Rice, Meg Whitman, even Marissa Mayer says she puts God first—are many who know how to pray."

Diane Paddison, Harvard MBA, chief strategy officer at Cassidy Turley, and two times the only female member of the executive team at a Fortune 500 company. She’s also a wife, mother and Christian. Author of Work, Love, Pray—a practical guide to help women balance faith, family and work—Diane created 4word, a city-by-city and online community of career women. A frequent speaker at national events, Diane speaks to women who feel called to home and career, and to the corporations that need them.

To learn more:

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

IBMA Announces Leadership Bluegrass Class of 2013

IBMA announces Leadership Bluegrass class of 2013
NASHVILLE, TN. The International Bluegrass Music Association is proud to announce the graduating class of Leadership Bluegrass 2013. Leadership Bluegrass is an intensive, three-day program focused on interactive learning and networking experiences that invite participants to examine the challenges and opportunities facing the bluegrass music industry, along with leadership development issues. This was the 14th year of Leadership Bluegrass, which now boasts over 300 alumni.
Leadership Bluegrass 2013 was hosted at BMI, and Bone McAllester Norton PLLC in Nashville, Tennessee March 7 through 9. Trisha Tubbs was the facilitator. Each year participants are selected through a selective application process and are a cross section of current and future leaders from various aspects of the industry, and come from various regions of the U.S. and the world.
Freelance writer and journalist Shannon Turner, a Leadership Bluegrass 2013 graduate, said she will always value being a part of the class. “Leadership Bluegrass is an invaluable program of learning, growth, and even transformation. You leave with a renewed energy and determination to spread the gospel of bluegrass music,” Turner said. The Bluegrass Situation’s Amy Reitnouer, who was also a participant agreed, saying, “I was awed by the fellow classmates, network of alumni, and incredible presenters.”
Congratulations to our graduates:
Darin Aldridge; Darin and Brooke Aldridge; Cherryville, NC
Melissa Armstrong; Detour; Sand Lake, MI
Andrea Ball; Make Welcome Entertainment; Washington, DC
Katherine Coe; IBMA; Nashville, TN
Jeremy Darrow; The Erin McDermott Band/Freelance Musician; Nashville, TN
John DeMarce; DC Bluegrass Union; Washington, DC
Susie Glaze; Hilonesome Music, Susie Glaze & the Hilonesome Band; Burbank, CA
KC Groves; Artist & Composer; Lyons, CO
Kayla Hotte; Kayla Hotte & her Rodeo Pals; Ardrossan, Alberta, CA
Caroline Isachsen; Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival; Delmar, NY
Steven Johnson; MerleFest; Wilkesboro, NC
Lori King; Bluegrass Music Association of Iowa; Drakesville, IA
Jordan Laney; Appalachian State University; Vilas, NC
Ron Murphy; Muddy River Band; Wilmington, OH
Amy Reitnouer; The Bluegrass Situation; Los Angeles, CA
Carolyn Routh; Nu-Blu, Red Squared Audio; Siler City; NC
Sheila Selby; Boston Bluegrass Union; Brookline, MA
Carly Smith; International Bluegrass Music Museum; Owensboro, KY
Erin Stamper; WAMU’s Bluegrass Country; Washington, DC
Shannon Turner; Freelance writer/journalist; Hermitage, TN
Missy Werner; Missy Werner Band; Liberty Township, OH
Jill Wiese; Bluegrass Association of North Dakota; Washburn, ND
Kristi Wilcox; Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP; Nashville, TN
Courtney Worthen; PineCone – The Piedmont Council of Traditional Music; Raleigh, NC
Thank you to our sponsors for Leadership Bluegrass 2013:
Gold: BMI; The Bluegrass Heritage Foundation; Bone McAllester Norton LLC; Wintergrass Music Festival (Acoustic Sound); Martha Dantzic/Quicksilver Productions
Patron: John & Trisha Tubbs
LBG Family: Terry & Sharon Alford, Phil Bankester, Nick Barr, Danny Clark, Katy Daley, Regina Derzon, Arnie Fleischer, Lisa Jacobi, Denise Jarvinen, Richard Spratt, Kimberly East Williams
Friends of LBG: Claire Armbruster & Jeff Koontz, Mike Armistead, Fred Bartenstein, Janet Brightly, Dr. Richard Brown, Mary Burdette, Paul Byrum, Greg Cahill, Casey Campbell, Nancy Cardwell, Dag Iver Caspersen, Darwin Davidson, Lachlan Davidson, Lynda Dawson, Mary Tyler Doub, Bill Foster, Carolyn Hotte, Lisa Husted, Carl Jackson, Rienk Janssen, Russell Johnson, Bill Knowlton, Kitsy Kuykendall, Dagfinn Pedersen, Tina Potter, Mike Ramsey, Jim Roe, Dana Romanello, Neil & Terri Rosenberg, Stephen Ruffo, Mary Sackmann, Peter Salovey, Sharon White & Rick y Skaggs, Mary Faith Rhoads-Lewis, Sheila Selby, Earle Simmons, Frank Solivan, Jean Spivey, Susan Stewert, Kit Swaggert, Ben Surratt & Missy Raines, Brian Smith, Barry & Holly Tashian, G.C. Teskey, Dana Thorin, Traci Todd, Alan Tompkins, April Verch, Garian Vigil, Lucy Weberling, Bob Webster, Jon Weisberger, Dwight Worden, Stan Zdonik.
The Leadership Bluegrass planning committee this year included: Alan Tompkins (Chair), Joan Kornblith, Amy Beth Hale, Jean Spivey, Emilee Warner, Ben Surratt, Nolan Lawrence, Trisha Tubbs (facilitator), and Nancy Cardwell (staff liaison). Kornblith, Surratt, Gerald Jones, and Chris Stuart served on the Selection Committee. Taylor Coughlin, IBMA, was the facilitator’s assistant.
For information on the next Leadership Bluegrass class, contact Nancy Cardwell at (615) 256-3222 or

Photo Caption:
From top, left to right: Missy Werner, Darin Aldridge, Shannon Turner, Steve Johnson, KC Groves. Second row from top, left to right: Carolyn Routh, Jill Wiese, John DeMarce, Lori King, Melissa Armstrong, Jeremy Darrow, Ron Murphy. Second row from bottom, left to right: Amy Reitnouer, Carly Smith, Courtney Worthen, Erin Stamper, Andrea Ball, Caroline Isachsen. First row bottom, left to right: Sheila Selby, Kristi Wilcox, Susie Glaze, Katherine Coe, Jordan Laney, Kayla Hotte.

'Crossroad' DVD March 12--Revenge, Forgiveness and God at Work


"...tense, involving, ultimately touching tale of redemption and forgiveness." Los Angeles Times

WHAT: CROSSROAD weaves a story of ordinary, seemingly unrelated people who witness the intimate power of God in a hostage situation with lives hanging in the balance. Award-winning Director Shervin Youssefian takes audiences to the CROSSROAD, a gripping film that debuts on DVD March 12, 2013.

WHO: Spot On Media’s CROSSROAD marks the feature film debut for award-winning director Shervin Youssefian. From executive producers Youssefian, David Dginguerian, Danny Simonzad and Amy Weber, CROSSROAD features Philip Bulcock (28 WEEKS LATER, RED TAILS), Kim Estes (The Closer, House) and Weber (Port Charles, CSI).

WHEN: DVD launches March 12, 2013

SYNOPSIS: Fueled by revenge, Michael (Philip Bullock) 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.

The “Christian CRASH”: Imagine a faith film with all the loose ends not tied up. CROSSROAD marks the advent of a different kind of Christian movie. A Christian ensemble drama where lives intersect around a tragedy like the Oscar-winning CRASH. It’s a clear presentation of the Gospel and an unapologetic weaving of spiritual mystery in everyday life. And at the same time, it’s a thriller. Shots fired. People hurt (and not always the ones you expect). First-time feature film director and the film’s writer Shervin Youssefian takes viewers on a zig-zagging journey through one man’s tragic loss, the quest for revenge and a realization that nothing is ever just as it seems. Talk to Shervin Youssefian about blazing a new trail in faith cinema.

A Fresh Face in Faith Films: CROSSROAD Executive Producer and featured actress Amy Weber is one of the new breed of women filmmakers in the faith genre. Talk to Amy Weber and find an active entertainment entrepreneur with her own production company, an actress with a growing string of credits, a wife, a mom and a dynamic example of women behind the camera in faith films.

Hot Topic—Revenge in News and Culture: Revenge is a hot topic. In Chicago, as the rising murder rate grabs headlines, many are tagged as gang-related revenge killings. Workplace violence is most commonly attributed to the perpetrator seeking revenge. Even in popular culture, it’s front and center with the popularity of the ABC TV series Revenge and Red Widow. CROSSROAD offers a faith-based take on revenge and how faith in Christ can break its power.