Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Brittany Loyd Appears At Her First Fair

Cairo, IL (April 30, 2013) Brilliant teenage newcomer to Gospel music, Brittany Loyd of Carmi, IL, has been selected to perform at the Illinois State Fair in DuQuoin. She will be appearing on the main stage Tuesday, August 27th at 7:30 PM.
Connie Loyd, Brittany's Mother and Manager said, “It is extremely hard for anyone to make it to the Illinois State Fair stage. This has been in the works for sometime now and just got it confirmed this morning. I am so proud of the hard work Brittany has been doing.”
Brittany stated “I pinched myself to make sure I wasn't dreaming. This is just another way that God is working in my life and blessing my ministry.” Brittany continued “There are just so many more exciting things happening in my life right now, God is so good to me.”
You can find out more about this phenomenal young singer at http://brittanyloydministry.com , https://www.facebook.com/pages/Brittany-Loyd-Ministry or conniesl2010@hotmail.com .

About Brittany Loyd
Brittany Loyd is 15 years old and is from Carmi, Illinois. She has been blessing audiences with her music since she was 5 years old. Brittany sings Southern Gospel, Country Gospel, and some Contemporary Gospel, but her favorite still remains the old Southern gospel hymns. Her most requested songs at her concerts are Amazing Grace and How Great Thou Art acapella.

Brittany is looking forward to a very busy concert schedule this year with concerts booked throughout the tri-state as well as Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida and even on to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina where she is looking forward to a little "fun in the sun" time. She has also been asked to be a part of a concert tour in Belfast, Ireland and Germany later this year.

Ashley Deramus Delivers First Speech To 550 Students

Purvis, MS (April 30, 2013) Ashley Deramus doesn't let a little thing like Down Syndrome stop her from doing what she has been destined to do, bring awareness to special needs kids.

One her way to a big concert date Ashley stopped to address over 550 students at Purvis High School in Purvis, MS. It was Ashley's first time to ever give a speech in public and she wanted to give honor to her mentor Claudene Christian.

Claudene was a mate on the ship “HMS Bounty” which capsized and sank in the middle of hurricane Sandy. Claudene and the Captain of the ship, Robin Walbridge both lost their lives in the terrible storm.

Ashley spoke about her experiences on the Bounty with Claudene. The crew of the Bounty often took special needs and underprivileged kids on short voyages to teach them some of life’s lessons. Ashley was able to take a couple of those cruises and that is where Claudene and Ashley made such a deep connection.

Ashley's story touched the hearts of many of those high school students so greatly that they gave her a standing ovation. She was also requested to sing the Jason Crabb song “Love Is Stronger”.

All of this happened as she was on her way to the Singing In The Sun concert series where Ashley led the Pledge Of Allegiance on Thursday evening the 18th of April, opening the show for Jason Crabb. Over 5,000 people were at the concert which was promoted by Abraham Productions. The Ashley Deramus Foundation had a booth at the event and raised over $1,000 for the foundation which is dedicated to individuals with Down Syndrome & special needs.

You can contact Ashley through Gary Kannegiesser at 440-670-2897 or adreamgk@gmail.com .


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. You can contact Ashley through Gary Kannegiesser at 440-670-2897 or adreamgk@gmail.com

Mother's Day Essay Contest

Branchland, WV (April 29, 2013) Mothers are special people. When no one else stands with you, your Mother will. The closest thing to God's love is a Mother's love. Every year on the second Sunday in May we celebrate our Mothers. To honor these special women, Steven Lawson, Gospel singer extraordinaire, wants to hear about how special your Mother is.

Steven Lawson said, “The Bible tells us to respect our Mother so I recorded a song on my new CD to honor my Mother. “A Mom Like You” is sure to touch your Mother's heart.”

This special song was written by Jay Teter of Pigeon Forge TN. Jay has penned numerous songs both Gospel & country. He wrote this song a few years back for his Mom who was battling cancer, and is a cancer survivor.

Steven added “It has been an honor and privilege to record this special song on my new CD accompanied by Angie Hoskins Aldridge ( The Hoskins Family) I want to offer this song free to download so you can give it to your mother, grandmother or wife as a special Mother's Day Gift. This song hits home for me as my sweet Momma is my best friend, my mother and my biggest fan. Elizabeth " Bo" Lawson, I am so thankful and blessed to have “A MOM LIKE YOU”.

Please visit the following link for your free digital download of "A Mom Like You" from my new CD release God Of Another Chance. http://www.reverbnation.com/stevenalawson!

To enter the Mother's Day Contest, please submit a short story along with a photograph of your Mother (present or deceased) or someone who is like your Mother. Tell your story of a special moment or times shared with that special Mother and why you're thankful for a " Mom Just Like Her!"

E-mail all entries to rhondac@stevenlawson.org Deadline for entries are May 10th at 11;59pm. Winners will be announced on Mother's Day May 12th,2013 at 1:00pm by email and on facebook.

Mothers Day Essay Winners Prizes

Grand Prize Winner will receive-

Grand Prize Winner's story will be published on Absolutely Gospel.Com along with a choice for:

A Trip for 2 to Myrtle Beach SC or Pigeon Forge TN for 5 days/4 nights in September 2013 Myrtle Beach- Sands Resort Hotel in the North Section of Myrtle Beach Tickets for 2 to Alabama Theatre Main Show Dinner for 2 at Tony Romas


5 days/4 nights to Pigeon Forge Gatlinburg TN October 27-31 2013 Includes transportation via motor coach to Pigeon Forge for 2 Hotel accommodations at Ramada Inn Pigeon Forge Two Tickets to Dollywood Theme Park Two Tickets to Dixie Stampede

2nd Prize Winner will receive

A CD gift-basket with my latest CD along with-The Nelons-The Steeles-Mercy's Bridge- The Hoskins Family and more along with a $50 gift card to Bath & Body Works.

Remember Deadline is at Midnight May 10th 2013.

Email all entries along with your story and photograph to rhondac@stevenlawson.org

Thanks go to sponsors - Sands Resort Hotels - Ramada Inn PF - Dixie Stampede-Dollywood - Tony Romas - Absolutelygospel.com - My gospel music friends for CDS - My friends at Alabama Theatre-Myrtle Beach and to Mr. Jay Teter for writing such an awesome song.


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.


Statler Brothers' Don Reid Surprises Group During Recent Concert

Pictured L-R: Connie Hopper, Kim Greene Hopper, Debbie & Don Reid, Taranda Greene, Dean Hopper pose for a photo after a recent concert during the "Something Good" tour in Waynesboro, VA.

NASHVILLE, Tenn.— The Hoppers were delighted by a surprise guest while on their "Something Good" tour. Country Music Hall of Fame member, Don Reid of the Statler Brothers, and his lovely wife Debbie, stopped by to see their friends, The Hoppers, at their Waynesboro, VA concert.

"Don and his wife have been friends of our family for many years," stated Connie Hopper. "It's always a pleasure to visit with him and his lovely wife, Debbie. We are honored they chose to take time out of their schedule to come be with us."

The Hoppers are currently performing on their "Something Good" tour, in support of their latest release Count Me In. All tour dates can be found at www.TheHoppers.com.

Connect with the Hoppers
Web: www.TheHoppers.com
Facebook: www.Facebook.com/TheHoppersOfficial
Twitter: www.Twitter.com/HoppersMusic

Friday, April 26, 2013

The Roys speak about George Jones

We are extremely saddened by the news of our good friend George Jones' passing. Today is a dark for country music and music in general.

George had become a friend and mentor to us. We will always remember touring with him and how both he and Nancy were so welcoming to us.

Rest in peace George... No one will ever fill your shoes!

—The Roys

Legacy Five: Are You Ready?

From Legacy Five's email newsletter of April 25, 2013:

This week finds us on our annual April West Coast run. It's always wonderful making this trip and getting to see all of our friends along the way. We wanted to let everyone know that our Perris, CA date scheduled for this coming Saturday, April 27th has been cancelled.

The first of May will be taking us overseas to England, Scotland and Ireland! We look forward to returning and seeing many of you at the first Praisefest Niagara in Ontario, Canada!

Until then, stay faithful to the cross!
Scott, Howie, Gus, Trey & Matt

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Here are our tour dates for the month of May. Please call ahead before traveling long distances. We appreciate your prayers for us as we travel! For more info visit the schedule page on our website HERE
5/02 Belfast, Ireland EUR Glenmachen Church
5/03 Perth, Scotland EUR Perth Concert Hall
5/04 Perth, Scotland EUR Perth Concert Hall
5/05 Perth, Scotland EUR Perth Concert Hall
5/18 Richmond IN First Baptist Church
5/19 Wilmington OH Bible Baptist Church
5/23 Niagara Falls ON Praisefest Niagara Falls
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Mercy Wells Special Concert Announcement

From Mercy's Well email newsletter of April 25, 2013:

Can you believe it? April is almost gone! It certainly flew by for us...we spent almost half of the month away from home! Last weekend greatly reduced the miles put on our vehicle, as we sang in Burlington, NC (about 30 miles from the house) twice on Sunday. In the morning, we were privileged once again to share with Pastor Bob Cauthren and the folks at Hopedale Christian Church. This is probably our longest-tenured singing engagement, considering we have made this stop on our calendar every year for the past 10 or 11 years...always a treat!

Sunday evening's concert was held at Glen Hope Baptist Church, also in Burlington. Because of the close proximity of the two churches (about 5 miles apart), we had the opportunity to fellowship with some good friends at lunch and even get a little Sunday afternoon nap in, before setting up for the evening service. We had a good turnout that night, had a great service, and were able to get home at a decent hour. All in all, it was a great weekend!

SPECIAL CONCERT ANNOUNCEMENT: For our North Carolina friends (and those who like to travel), mark your calendars for Saturday night, May 18. Balfour Baptist Church in Asheboro, NC will be hosting this special night of music at 7:00 PM. We are excited to be teaming up with another great Southern Gospel trio to make this night even better...but you will have to wait until next week to find out who! There will be no admission charge to this concert, but a love offering will be taken to support the groups. This date will be here before you know it - just over 3 weeks away! Make plans to join us - we'd love to see you there.

Have a blessed weekend!

Serving Him,
Brad, Greg & Kyle
Mercy's Well

April 28, 10:30 AM - Family Life Church - Ocala, FL
For more information: (352) 598-0477

April 28, 6:00 PM - First Baptist Church - Palm Coast, FL
For more information: (386) 445-2020

Thursday, April 25, 2013

iTickets.com Selected As National Quartet Convention Official Event Admissions Agency

56th Annual Event To Welcome 40,000 Attendees To Louisville, KY in September 2013

NASHVILLE, TN – April 15, 2013 – The National Quartet Convention officially announced the selection of iTickets as their event admissions partner.

This year marks the 56th Annual National Quartet Convention. The Convention has made its home in the city of Louisville since 1994. Approximately 40,000 people will attend the 2013 event, which takes place September 8-14, with at least 40 states and a half dozen foreign countries represented. The Convention is Christian music's largest marketplace and largest annual event with more than 500 exhibitors and nearly 300 Southern Gospel recording artists in attendance.

“iTickets has become the gold standard when it comes to providing admissions services for Christian events, and the NQC is delighted to have them as our partner going forward as we conclude our 20th convention in Louisville and make the move to our new home in Pigeon Forge for 2014, ” stated Clarke Beasley, Executive Vice President of the NQC. “I know our customers will receive outstanding service with iTickets taking care of them.”

"We are truly honored to be asked to provide this service for NQC," said Ed Novak, president of iTickets. "I can remember my first NQC about 20 years ago and realizing what a special opportunity it was for fans and artists to intermingle, tell stories, and have fun over the course of six days while enjoying daily concerts. We look forward to working with both NQC and their fans."

iTickets services the church and family-friendly event markets and has been providing box office solutions for concerts and events since 1993. With a focus on customer service, iTickets has managed event admissions for over 20,000 Christian events.

Today, iTickets handles ticket sales for events throughout the continental US, Canada, and South Africa. With 20 years of ticketing experience, iTickets has become the market leader and a trusted name. Its web site is the top ranked site for Christian event information, receiving between 3 and 3.5 million page views and 360,000 to 460,000 unique visitors per month. http://www.iTickets.com.

For more information on the National Quartet Convention, please visit www.NQConline.com.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013


NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Dove Award-nominated singer/songwriters and worship leaders Aaron & Amanda Crabb take the national spotlight for multiple appearances this week, as their highly-anticipated fourth recording, Mercy (Difference Media/Capitol Christian Distribution), bows tomorrow to critical acclaim.

Aaron & Amanda Crabb are slated to appear tomorrow on Daystar Television Network’s flagship program, “Marcus & Joni," where they will perform several selections from Mercy. Reaching over 100 million households in the United States and over 680 million households worldwide, Daystar is the fastest growing faith-based television network in the world. In addition, the couple will be featured on an upcoming broadcast of “Life Today with James and Betty Robison,” which airs throughout the United States and Canada and reaches millions of homes in Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

Highlighting Mercy—among new recordings from such artists as Amy Grant, Alan Jackson and Hawk Nelson—in the “Reasons to Sing This Spring” feature, WatchGMCtv.com says, “Take The Crabb Family’s unmistakable Aaron Crabb with his wife Amanda’s angelic additions and the results are just as appealing to southern gospel audiences as they are the mainstream country scene…”

In addition, CCMMagazine.com’s April issue gives the album a four-star review: “Mercy incorporates the finest elements of country and gospel, invests straightforward messages of Christian hope and features two of the sweetest voices gracing gospel’s recent memory.”

This Sunday San Antonio’s Cornerstone Church will live-stream the official Mercy album release party on the ministry’s GETV.org at 6:30 pm CT. The event, which will feature surprise special guests, will be highlighted by Aaron & Amanda Crabb's performance and the duo responding to questions from fans.

Co-produced by Aaron Crabb and Ben Isaacs (The Oak Ridge Boys, The Isaacs), Mercy features 11 songs revealing a decidedly country direction for the duo, including the project’s debut mainstream country radio single “I’m Learning,” and the multi-format Christian radio single “Take Him To The Place.”

Aaron Crabb gained prominence as a member of the groundbreaking Crabb Family, one of the most popular acts in Southern Gospel music with more than 10 Dove Awards and three GRAMMY® nominations to their credit. Since the group disbanded in 2007, Aaron & Amanda Crabb have released three acclaimed projects as a duo—2008’s Dove-nominated After the Rain, 2009’s CD/DVD Live at Oaktree, and 2010’s Love With No End. The couple serve as worship leaders at San Antonio’s Cornerstone Church.

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 (www.getv.org).

Difference Media recently signed an exclusive distribution deal with Capitol Christian Distribution (formerly EMI CMG Distribution). Mercy is the label’s inaugural release under the new agreement.

For further information, visit www.differencemedia.org

Steven Lawson Ministries Announces New Pianist

Branchland, WV (April 22, 2013) Renowned soloist Steven Lawson proudly welcomes new pianist and sound man Jeff Dickess to his ministry team.
Steven Lawson said “Jeff is a fellow West Virginian from At. Albans and has been involved in Gospel music for several years.” Steven continued saying, "After searching and praying for the right person to accompany me in my ministry, I found Jeff to be the right candidate. I look forward to working with Jeff."
If you would like to schedule Steven Lawson for your church service or concert you can call 615-873-0070, visit his website at www.stevenlawson.org , https://www.facebook.com/stevenalawson, or E-mail him at stevenlawsonwv@gmail.com .


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.

New Covenant Signs Agreement With AG Publicity

Beckley, WV (April 22, 2013) Dynamic duet, New Covenant has signed an extensive publicity agreement with AG Publicity.
Deon Unthank of AG Publicity stated, “Though New Covenant has been around for a while as a trio, I am excited about their future as a new duet. With the addition of a couple of high powered names in the industry going as duets, New Covenant joins the ranks of Aaron and Amanda Crabb and Wilburn and Wilburn. I feel they have a lot to offer this rather new entity in Southern Gospel music and they have the ambition to go forward with what God has called them to do.”
Consisting of Larry Rowley at Tenor and Rick Campbell on Lead . Each individual reaches the hearts of people in different ways. Larry said “Since our inception we have been a trio, but Rick and I have always been the main stay of the group. Baritones have come and gone, but our hearts have stayed the same, so we decided that until God provides us with the man with the same heart and goals as we have, we're just staying a duet, and God has blessed us greatly since doing so.
New Covenant records with Homeland Inspiration on the Heartwarming label and recently released a new project titled “Anything Is Possible”.
You can get more information about New Covenant at http://www.newcovenantmusic.com , https://www.facebook.com/NewCovenant2 , or by E-mailing lwrowley@hotmail.com .
About New Covenant
New Covenant is a gospel duet that travels up and down the east coast singing about the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ. They also signed a recording contract with Homeland Entertainment's Heartwarming label and will be recently releasing their debut CD. New Covenant sings a great selection of traditional southern gospel favorites and also select hymns that are familiar to their audiences. The duo currently ministers to churches and also supports charitable functions whenever they can. "We will go and serve wherever God calls us," quoted Rick Campbell, New Covenant lead singer. The other member of New Covenant is Larry Rowley tenor. Although they are just a part-time group these men stay very busy singing on the weekends.


The Skyline Boys and Randy & Wendi Pierce are the guests on Gospel Music Today for the week of April 8. Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates, the Feature Group is Solid Ground, and Jean reviews a new CD by The Tony Dean Family. The annual listing of Spring Conventions is the subject of Singing News Notes. The Akins and John Lanier sing, and the show includes an exclusive concert video of Gold City, captured by the Gospel Music Today cameras at First Assembly of God, in Owasso, OK. The show is on KWHB TV47 in Oklahoma every Monday at 6:00 PM, and you can watch it now at the Gospel Music Today website, www.gospelmusictoday.com.

Donnie Sumner will be in concert on April 25 at Through the Ages Bookstore, in Owasso, OK,. He'll be singing at Cowboy Country Fellowship in Oologah on April 26.

The Jackie Wilburn Memorial Singing features Gold City, Wilburn & Wilburn, and very special guest Elaine Wilburn on April 26 at 7:00 PM at the Smith County AG Center, in Carthage, TN.

Brian Free and Assurance will be at the Texas Gospel Music Hall, in Athens, TX, on April 27 with New Grace Trio and special guest Kadie Lynn Roberson.

The Southeast Kansas Christian Artist Series brings The Crist Family and The Mark Trammell Quartet to the Bowlus Fine Arts Center, in Iola, KS, on April 27 at 6:00 PM.

The SonShip Quartet will sing at New Stanton Assembly of God Church, in New Stanton, PA, on April 27.

The Four States Gospel Music Association presents "Spring Celebration" at First Assembly of God, in Hugo, OK, on April 27 at 6:00 PM.

For details on these events and links to find concerts near you, wherever you live, check the CONCERTS page at the Gospel Music Today website.

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One Night Only - Tara Jackson Album release concert

I'm very excited to share with you that ONE MONTH from today - May 19, 2013 - is my Album Release Concert! WOO HOO! I have already been in rehearsals with my band (Yes! I have a BAND!), which have just been incredible. I hope that you'll be able to join me that evening for an awesome time of worship and encouragement! Please tell your friends, family, Facebook friends, Twitter followers, etc.

WHAT: Love Come Down Album Release Concert

WHEN: Sunday, May 19, 2013 @ 6:00 PM CST

Liberty Church
2732 Old Rock Ridge Road
Birmingham, AL 35215


Thank you all again so much for your prayers & support. To quote the Brooklyn Tab Choir, "God is still doing great things!" :)


Tara :)

Remake Of Classic Movie To Be Made in Katy, Texas

Katy, TX (April 19, 2013) Beth Roose Films is in the pre-production planning phase on the remake of the classic family film, “Tomboy and the Champ”.

Beth Roose, a Katy, TX resident who is CEO of Beth Roose Films, the company that will film the movie on location in Katy. The film will star Ben Johnson, Candy Moore and Jesse White. The original movie was released in 1961 and was also filmed in Katy.

“I just couldn’t resist the fun of doing a remake of this classic family film,” stated Roose, who will work with veteran actor Edward Faulkner to direct the made-for-TV movie.

Faulkner may be remembered from his acting roles in various John Wayne and Elvis Presley movies. Faulkner is also taking on the role of Uncle Jim in the “Tomboy and the Champ” remake.

New young film actress Eden Wood has been chosen for the lead role of Tommie Jo in the remake, which in addition to Faulkner, also features Don Collier of "High Chapparal" fame, as a reporter, Gospel singer Ian Owens as a minister and Lee Merriweather, an actress known for her many television roles as well as portraying Catwoman in the “Batman” series, in the role of Aunt Sara.

Safe for the family as “heartwarming family entertainment,” the remake focuses on life on a small East Texas ranch and the touching story of Tommie Jo’s devotion to her pet Angus steer.

According to Roose, filming is scheduled to begin at the end of August, and plans are to use Katy residents to fill minor roles as well as serve as film extras.''We also plan to use the local FFA chapter as they did in the original film, and I look forward to re-creating many of the original scenes.... especially the parade, which included the Katy High School band, cheerleaders and football team."

Roose said she and her crew will be working closely with the Mayor's Office to secure permits, as well as local community participation.

Roose said she was inspired to create positive, family-friendly films to try and counter some of the negative cartoons that today's kids are subjected.

"It is not unusual to hear and watch negative, disrespectful and rude characters and story lines," she said. "I strongly believe that families are searching for positive story lines [in today's cartoons and films]. That's why I branched out to do the remake of a family-friendly classic film."

In addition to "Tomboy and the Champ," Beth Roose Films plans to make another family movie, “Whirlwind,” based on the book by Alison Hart.

Scott Godsey and Associates are producing both the “Tomboy and the Champ” and “Whirlwind.”

In addition to the movies Roose and company are currently working on two music videos. One is titled “Christmas Needs Love to be Christmas” and features both Ian Owens and Eden Woods. The second is titled “Soul’d Out: Never Give Up.” Both are being produced by Scott Godsey and Associates.

Beth Roose Films can be contracted at http://bethroosefilms.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/ElfSparkle .


About Beth Roose Films
Creativity on film would pretty well describe Beth Roose Films.
Beth Roose has taken a unique approach to reaching out to kids and families today. With the help of some celebrity stars, and some Gospel singers Beth is reaching millions with a positive message by using characters like Elf Sparkle and Jimmy Paul The Pug Tooth Fairy.

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.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Brian Free And Assurance To Appear In Athens Texas

Don't miss out! Going to be an EXCITING TIME of Gospel Music at the Music Hall in Athens, TX.

6:00 PM
Doors open at 5:00 PM

Special Guest KADIE LYNN

HWY 19 South Palestine
Athens, TX.

TICKETS CALL 903-477-8084 . 903-677-2492 . 903-675-5217
Group Rate 15 & up PLUS 2 FREE Tickets
(major credit cards accepted)

Kenneth & Frances Fulton

Texas Gospel Music Hall
HWY 19 South Palestine
Athens, TX. 75751
903-477-8084 . 903-677-2492

Jim Sheldon Reaches Top Ten In Country Gospel Chart

Danville, KY (April 19, 2013) Award nominated Jim Sheldon was excited when he got the news of his new song doing well on radio. Jim was elated as he said “I just got word from Christian Voice Magazine with news that I have my first Top Ten Charting song on their charts.”
Sheldon's song “I Would Crawl All The Way” went to number 9 on the Christian Voice Christian Country Chart and went to number 43 on the CVM Southern Gospel Chart. Both charts are for the month of June.
“I Would Crawl All The Way” can be heard on ReverbNation, and it can be seen at www.youtube.com/watch?v=4NdS-xuZ2l8 .
You can reach Jim Sheldon at http://jimsheldonmusic.com, https://www.facebook.com/jim.sheldon, or E-mail him at Contact@JimSheldon.com .


About Jim Sheldon
After serving many years as music minster, there was a void yet filled. In 1994, joined my first gospel quartet. Immediately, I knew singing gospel music was God's true calling for my life. He confirmed this with a paraphrase of Proverbs 3:6 - "In everything you do put God first, He will direct and crown your efforts with success."

My greatest inspiration came from Glenn Payne. The Cathedrals sang at my church in Virginia. He told me:"Vocalize daily and never sing out of your range. Remember, God gave you the ability and desire. Honor Him with a servant's heart."
Now God says it's time to tell my story of how God has brought me out from a long 'wilderness time' of sin, shame and disgrace to where I am today.

Scotty Inman Special Guest Co Host on this Week’s Harmony Road

Program Features Music from Triumphant, Mark Bishop, Shaffers, Kim Collingsworth, and Karen Peck and New River

SIGNAL MOUNTAIN, TN April 17, 2013

Gospel singer/songwriter Scotty Inman will be guest co host of this weekends Harmony Road TV program, seen on TNN/The Nashville Network and other outlets. Scotty and host, Les Butler will introduce music from Triumphant Quartet (featuring Inman), the beautiful “I Got Here as Fast as I Could” from Mark Bishop, Kim Collingsworth with a stirring Piano solo, The Shaffer band and their concept video “I Believe”, and Karen Peck and New River with the hit song “Hey”.

Shot at the Music Road Resort in Pigeon Forge, this week’s program features a variety of songs and artists ranging from a classic quartet, a soloist, an instrumental and 2 mixed groups. More information on the Music Road Resort can be found at www.musicroadresort.com. The resort hosts several gospel events per year including the Triumphant Quartet’s Anniversary Celebration this fall.

Harmony Road can be found each week on TNN, The Nashville Network on Sunday mornings at 8 Eastern, and on other outlets. Information on TNN and its growing list of affiliates can be found at www.watchtnn.com. Go to www.harmonyroadtv.com for other times and channels. Harmony Road is also seen on theWALKtv. For a list of affiliates and information on streaming, including ROKU, go to www.thewalktv.com.

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 www.wmjn29.com. 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”.

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.

Mercy's Well News

From Mercy's Well email newsletter of April 18, 2013:

We did not get a chance to send out an update last week, so we are excited about this opportunity to catch you up on all that's been happening in our ministry! We had a great trip out to Texas, and want to thank all of the churches who partnered with us - Clarksville, Grand Saline, Gilmer, Muleshoe, Granbury, Arlington, and Ft. Worth - THANK YOU! We made a lot of new friends on this trip, and we hope to continue our relationship with them in the future.

As good as Texas was, it is nice to be home. Soon after we returned home, we received word that our current radio single "Beautiful Terrible Cross" debuted at #51 on the Singing News Top 80 chart for the month of May. We've heard so many ways that this song is touching people's hearts, so we want the message to continue to spread! Call your local Christian radio station and request to hear it today!

As brothers and sisters in Christ, believing in a God who is Sovereign and in control, we ask that you would join us in praying for all of the victims and those affected by the tragic events in the city of Boston earlier this week as well as the community of West, TX after Wednesday's horrific accident. As was the case after September 11, 2001, churches in America may be filled more than usual this weekend. Our prayer is that God would reveal Himself to those who need Him most in this dark hour, and that any who do not know Him would come to a saving knowledge and gain eternal life.

Have a blessed weekend!

Serving Him,
Brad, Greg & Kyle
Mercy's Well

April 21, 10:00 AM - Hopedale Christian Church - Burlington, NC
For more information: (336) 229-6165

April 21, 6:30 PM - Glen Hope Baptist Church - Burlington, NC
For more information: (336) 226-3325

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Tara Jackson Announces Release of Second Album

Love Come Down set to release May 21!

April 18, 2013 // BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Christian music recording artist, Tara Jackson, has announced that her highly-anticipated sophomore solo project, Love Come Down, will be available world-wide via iTunes, AmazonMP3.com and her website TaraJacksonOnline.com on Tuesday, May 21, 2013.

Following up her successful debut album of 2008, Tara teamed with veteran songwriter/producers Jay Speight (Newsong, Travis Tritt) and Tyrus Morgan (Newsong) on the new project. The collaboration resulted in a smartly polished collection of bright pop melodies and moving ballads.

“Love Come Down is an honest reflection of where I've been, where I am, and who God is molding me to be,” Tara says. “Music, by its very nature, is an outpouring of triumphs and trials, stories set to song that encourage and uplift others. I was very intentional in making sure each song spoke deeply to me—testifying to God’s goodness and grace in my own life—and it’s my prayer they will speak to others’ hearts as well.”

To celebrate the release of this new project, Tara will be having a free concert at Liberty Church in Birmingham, AL, on Sunday, May 19, at 6:00 PM.

Special limited-edition pre-order packages are available exclusively at TaraJacksonOnline.com, including autographed copies of the new album.

Stay tuned to TaraJacksonOnline.com for upcoming information about special CD release performances, 2013 touring info and much more!

Dove Brothers Band Looking for Live DVD Sponsors

The Dove Brothers Band is looking for sponsors for two LIVE DVD projects. If you are interested in being a sponsor, please contact us at the following email address.


Thank You, and God Bless!!!

The Williamsons Perform At AGM Awards

Nashville, TN (April 17, 2013) The multi-nominated award quartet, The Williamsons were one of 13 selected performers for the prestigious Absolutely Gospel Music Awards Celebration held April 9th in Smyrna, TN, just outside Nashville.
Singing to a capacity crowd Donnie Williamson, manager and Baritone for the group said, “What an honor it is for the Williamsons to to be considered to sing on stage with the best talent in Gospel music.
It was our first time to be a part of this Awards program, and we can say that it is one of the classiest programs we have ever seen.” Donnie continued saying "The response we received from our peers was very exciting. Most of them had not heard us before. Even the response after the program was overwhelming. Everyone was extremely encouraging".
The Williamsons were nominated for two Awards, the Breakthrough Artist of the Year, and the Fan Favorite Artist of the Year. Performing their song “Hosanna”, penned by group member Lisa Williamson, the Williamsons shared the stage with such greats as Michael English, the Booth Brothers, Karen Peck and New River, Sisters, Brian Free and Assurance, and six other illustrious groups.


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.


Official Game of No. 1 TV Show 'The Bible' Is First Christian Game on iPad

PLAY NOW: iPad or Facebook

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – April 17, 2013 – Lightside has launched an iPad version of Light the Way: The Bible, the official game of the record-setting History Channel miniseries The Bible. The first Christian game available for the iPad, Light the Way: The Bible reaches the millions of people worldwide who play online on that mobile device.

“With Light the Way: The Bible on iPad we piggyback on the tremendous, global success of The Bible series and create a fun, engaging way for people of faith to spread the word,” said Lightside Founder and CEO Brent Dusing. “Mobile devices are the fastest-growing access point to the web and outside of church are the most prolific way for Christians to enjoy community.”

Light the Way: The Bible weaves actual scenes from The Bible series into the game. Adults and children search for hidden objects in illustrations of biblical stories with images and music from show. Players also can solve puzzles and search for differences in side-by-side scene comparisons. And they can keep score and share their progress.

See Images From Light the Way—The Bible

“This is where the world meets the web and where Christians need to meet the world,” Dusing said.

Committed to creating high-quality games that communicate biblical stories in innovative ways, Lightside already is known for the Facebook games Journey of Moses and Journey of Jesus: The Calling, which have attracted close to five million players. And with Light the Way: The Bible, Lightside takes the next step in its mission.

“We make high-quality games that carry a powerful message that people of all ages enjoy,” Dusing said. “By using the world's largest technology platforms, like iPad and Facebook, our games touch people’s lives all over the globe.”

Lightside translates its games into multiple languages often reaching countries where the Gospel is seldom heard. As an example, there are only 70,000 Christians in Turkey, yet more than 100,000 people in that country have played Lightside’s games.

“We hear from players all the time, telling us, ‘It helps me be a better mom.’ and ‘It’s wonderful to see games for believers,’” Dusing said.

Those accolades have been echoed by well-known endorsers:

"A leader knows where people are and uses the language they use, and that’s the power of games from Lightside. With Jesus Christ and creativity in mind, Light the Way: The Bible builds the link to today’s parents and kids."-Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, President, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference
“Light the Way: The Bible is a great mobile and social game inspired by the series. It's the perfect way for teachers, parents and children to have fun while exploring the scripture and engaging with The Bible series.”-Roma Downey, Producer, The Bible; Star, Touched By An Angel
“The Bible online in any form is the power of community pointing to the power of the Body in Christ. Here’s to the cutting-edge thinking—games!—to bring people together online, in person, and in Christ.”-Aaron Tabor, CEO, Jesus Daily
More than 250 million people worldwide play social games on Facebook and 175 million play on mobile devices. Light the Way: The Bible offers Christians and non-Christians, adults and children an alternative that features great fun, enjoyable challenge, biblical inspiration and a new way to connect with the world’s best-selling book—the Bible.

To access the game on iPad, visit the App Store and search “Light the Way”.

To access the games on Facebook visit apps.facebook.com/lightthewaygame to begin play.

To learn more visit: LightsideGames.com


Blockbust Miniseries Inspires 'Light the Way: The Bible' Facebook Game; Play on iPads and iPhone to Follow


MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – March 12, 2013 – Lightside Games—the leader in biblically inspired gaming—launches Light the Way: The Bible, a Hidden Object game based on the record-setting History Channel miniseries The Bible, which is currently airing.

In Light the Way: The Bible players search for hidden objects, solve puzzles and find differences in side-by-side scene comparisons. And they can keep score and share their progress. The game features illustrations of biblical stories with images and music from The Bible series. Light the Way: The Bible is Lightside Games’ third biblical game on Facebook and will launch soon as the first biblical game built for the iPads and iPhone platform.

“Lightside Games clearly shares our passion for telling the timeless stories of the Bible in new, engaging yet accurate ways,” said Mark Burnett, producer of The Bible series as well as Survivor, The Apprentice and The Voice. “Lightside Games is the perfect partner to create a family-friendly tablet game based on our series The Bible.”

The series debuted to 27 million viewers on March 3, topping all shows for the night—cable and broadcast. It was the highest-rated show ever on History and the highest-rated cable show so far in 2013.

“Light the Way: The Bible weaves actual scenes from The Bible series into a high-quality, biblically inspired experience that adults and children will love to play,” said Brent Dusing, Lightside Games founder and CEO. “Light the Way: The Bible is an entertaining, enjoyable game. Players can explore scenes from the scriptures, solving challenges and having a great time doing it.”

Lightside is known for the biblical Facebook games Journey of Moses and Journey of Jesus: The Calling, which have attracted close to five million players. Now, in Light the Way: The Bible, players enter the world of the Bible through screen shots from The Bible miniseries that bring scriptural stories to life. Players search for hidden objects, solve puzzles and find differences in comparable scenes. Solving the challenges of one scene unlocks the opportunity to advance through the entire story. Players keep score as they progress and share their achievements with Facebook friends.

“We hope The Bible series excites people to open their Bibles and reconnect with the wonderful stories and timeless truths inside,” Downey said. “Light the Way: The Bible is the perfect way for teachers, parents and children to have fun while exploring the scriptures and engaging with The Bible series.”

More than 250 million people worldwide play social games on Facebook and 175 million play on mobile devices. Light the Way: The Bible offers Christians and non-Christians, adults and children an alternative that features great fun, enjoyable challenge, biblical inspiration and a new way to connect the world’s best-selling book—the Bible.

To access the games on Facebook visit apps.facebook.com/lightthewaygame to begin play.

To learn more visit: apps.facebook.com/lightthewaygame




Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Three Bridges To Be Featured On Paul Heil’s Gospel Greats

Franklin, TN (April 17th 2013) – Mansion Entertainment, label home to Grammy nominated and Dove Award winning Gospel artists, is happy to announce Three Bridges will be featured on this weekend’s broadcast of Paul Heil’s Gospel Greats.
Paul Heil’s Gospel Greats is a nationally syndicated Southern Gospel radio program that features the genre’s top talent. Three Bridges will join the ranks with other notable artists, such as the Booth Brothers and Karen Peck.
This week’s broadcast will feature four songs from Three Bridges latest album, Twelve, including the popular single, “Forgive Myself”. The broadcast will also include an interview with the trio and will discuss a variety of topics including Three Bridge’s newest ministry opportunities and their recent experiences.
Lead singer, Shannon Smith, stated, “We love Paul and Shelia Heil and we’re so grateful for all they do to promote Gospel music and more importantly, the Kingdom of God. It is an honor to be featured on such a great program!”
Visit www.thegospelgreats.com/search/ to find which radio stations broadcast Paul Heil’s Gospel Greats.
For more about Three Bridges newest album Twelve, purchasing information, and upcoming concert dates please visit www.threebridges.net, https://www.facebook.com/3BridgesMusic or E-mail at threebridgesinfo@gmail.com.
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.

The Promise Trio Signs Agreement With AG Publicity

Indian Trial, NC (April 16, 2013) Dynamic young trio, The Promise Trio has signed an extensive publicity agreement with AG Publicity.
Deon Unthank of AG Publicity commented, “Though The Promise Trio has not been around a long time, I have watched them grow in their talents and status in Gospel Music. I feel they have a lot to offer with their various ministries and they have the ambition to go forward with what God has called them to do.”
The trio consists of Rick Blessing, Debra Carter Peele and Tina McKinney Booth. Each individual reaches the hearts of people in different ways. Rick has been singing since he was a child in different arenas. He has a vast knowledge of how music outside of the church is performed. Debra reaches out to people who feel they do not belong anywhere. Her personal testimony of feeling not wanted and not fitting in allows her to reach multitudes of people who have similar problems with the solution that Jesus is the answer to their needs. Tina has a strong testimony of how God healed her as a child. Put all three of those together and you have one powerful ministering team.
Debra Carter Peele stated “Almost six years ago, I felt the Lord leading me to start a group that would sing praises to Him but I resisted. I do not read a note of music and I had a terrible fear of speaking in front of people, much less singing. Then, I lost my hearing in my right ear in an accident. How could the Lord use me? I was broken and unqualified. In an act of obedience, I started The Promise Trio. Praise goes to God; He delivered me from the fear. He sent me Tina McKinney Booth and Rick Blessing and we have been ministering ever since.”

The Promise Trio can be reached to minister at your church or concert at http://www.thepromisetrio.com/trio, info@thepromisetrio.com, and you can also reach her at http://www.facebook.com/thepromisetrio.


About The Promise Trio

For centuries Christians have sung praises to our Heavenly Father at important events. In Luke 2:13-14 we find that they sang praises on the announcement of the birth of Jesus Christ and Matthew records in chapter 26 that the Apostles sang during the last supper. The Promise Trio keeps this tradition alive by singing the praises of our Savior in churches and concerts across the land.


Iconic Quartet Celebrated During Once-In-A-Lifetime Event

April 16, 2013 (Nashville, TN) – IMC Management in association with Showcase Management announced today plans for the Cathedrals Family Reunion event to be held November 8-9, 2013 in Fort Worth, TX at the MacGorman Performing Arts Center. For the first time ever, the event will feature Scott Fowler, Danny Funderburk, Ernie Haase, Mark Trammell and Gerald Wolfe together on one stage singing the classic songs of The Cathedrals. In addition, the weekend will feature appearances by Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, Legacy Five, Greater Vision, Mark Trammell Quartet and Danny Funderburk.

In a video press conference, Landon Beene, CEO of IMC Management made the announcement along with Scott Fowler, Danny Funderburk, Ernie Haase, Mark Trammell and Gerald Wolfe. Les Butler (Singing News/Solid Gospel) began the press conference, introduced Beene, and then each individual was asked to share their favorite memory from their time with the legendary quartet.

Ernie Haase, Scott Fowler, Gerald Wolfe, Landon Beene, Danny Funderburk, Mark Trammell and Les Butler pause for a photo during the press conference.

Celebrating the legacy of the iconic Cathedral Quartet, the event will feature music from each of the current artists as well as special once-in-a-lifetime “reunion moments” during every unique session of the event. Several surprises and activities are scheduled including an exhibit of Cathedrals’ memorabilia and a very special chance to see and tour “Silhouette,” the last touring bus George Younce, Glen Payne, Roger Bennett and all The Cathedrals traveled millions of miles in. A Q&A session with The Cathedrals alumni will be a special highlight of the event and is sure to delight fans with a "behind-the-scenes" look into the world of The Cathedrals.

“It has been a personal dream of mine, and countless Cathedral aficionado’s, to see all of these men come together again,” said Landon Beene. “Since the farewell concert in 1999, they have not shared the stage together. Now, this dream will become a reality. You don't want to miss this!”

To see the full video press conference, click HERE.

Tickets for this special weekend will go on sale Monday, June 3, 2013 at 10:00 AM CST. More information can be found online at www.CathedralsFamilyReunion.com

Really Big News From Greater Vision

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

We've got LOTS of BIG NEWS in this Update! The release of our brand-new "For All He's Done" CD and the release of the most anticipated "Jubilee" DVD ever... "Jubilee 3!"

Read on to learn all about it!

Brand New CD & DVD!!!

You've been reading about our new CD, and you may have even heard some audio clips, like the ones posted here.

Now, you can order our brand-new CD, "For All He's Done", and receive it before it's ever released to the General Public! Click here to place your pre-order before Friday at 5pm (Eastern), and shipping is FREE!
"For All He's Done" features new songs written by Chris Allman, Jim Brady, Rodney Griffin, Lanny Wolfe, and more! The first "radio song" from the new CD, "Looking For The Grace" is already playing on Christian radio stations across the country, and getting great reviews. To hear samples from the new recording, click here. To order your CD today, with FREE Shipping, click here.

Also Available...
The most anticipated "Jubilee" DVD ever, is now available for ordering! The latest in the "Jubilee" Series, this LIVE Concert DVD features the whole Jubilee Gang... The Booth Brothers, Greater Vision, and Legacy Five, on stage together in Branson, Missouri, for almost ninety minutes of music, worship, and fun! This is a "must have" for your DVD collection, and if you order before 5pm on Friday, you will receive FREE Shipping! To place your order, click here!

*The FREE Shipping offer is only available for orders placed using our Online Ordering System before 5pm (Eastern) Friday April 19, 2013, and shipped to addresses within the United States. International orders (including Canada) must be placed by phone by calling (423) 586-4952. We cannot provide free shipping to addresses outside the USA.
Where We're Going...
Tuesday - Charlotte, NC
Wednesday - Myrtle Beach, SC
Thursday - Roanoke, VA
Friday - Bath, NY
Saturday - Bath, NY

Next Week...
Great Western Fan Festival

To see our complete Concert Schedule, click here.

This is certainly a busy and exciting time for us, but we don't want to forget to pray for the victims and families of yesterday's horrific terrorist attack in Boston, Massachusetts. Even though you and I may live a long way from Boston, all of us are affected when something like this happens. Join us in praying for healing for the injured, and comfort for the families. Also pray that these circumstances will help people around the world see the need of a personal relationship with Christ. Events like the one in Boston show us how helpless we are, and how much we need the Lord.

Have a blessed evening.

Greater Vision

Here's a very Special Announcement from our friends at IMC Concerts!

Click here to see the Announcement and the Video!
Greater Vision
P.O. Box 1172
Morristown, Tennessee 37816-1172

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Woody Wright produces new Solo Project from Willie Wynn

(Alexandria, Indiana- April 15) Woody Wright announces the production of a new solo album from Willie Wynn. ”I just started production on a new project by Founding Oak Ridge Boys tenor, Little Willie Wynn. We cut basic tracks last week at Gaither Sudios and will start recording vocals in May.

Guest supporting vocals will be done by the Oak Ridge Boys, Ponder Sykes & Wright, and other
former members of Willie Wynn and the Tennesseans and others.”

The project is called “Rewind” and will include many favorites from Willie’s days with the Oaks, along with some hymns, and a new biographical song called ”The Oak Ridge Boys and Me.” The album is expected to be released summer 2013!

For more information, email Woody Wright at woody@woodywright.net.

SGNScoops Magazine Unveils New Reader-Friendly Format

Since 1996, SGNScoops has been a trusted source for Southern Gospel news and information. Founded by Dr. Allen Smith, the publication has seen a few changes over the years. SGNScoops Magazine was the first Southern Gospel print magazine to go to online-only publishing. Purchased by Coastal Media, owners of SGMRadio.com, SGNScoops Magazine was re-launched in 2009 with the goal of gaining more reader interaction and also with the intention of expanding readership.

Since 2009, SGNScoops has grown drastically in popularity and is now proud to unveil its newest design. Pete and Staci Schwager, graphic and layout designers of SGNScoops Magazine have collaborated with owner and publisher, Rob Patz in order to offer a “flip-page” reading method. The flip- page format is in addition to the regular PDF format the magazine is now known for.

“Carrying on the vision that Dr. Allen Smith created, I’m excited to release this new magazine format,” Rob Patz explains. “The flip-page is a quicker download and allows us to maintain our professional appearance that many have come to expect from SGNScoops Magazine. We are doing our best to keep up with the latest trends in emerging technology while maintaining a high level of professionalism.”

Editor in Chief, Rhonda Frye adds, “It is a pleasure to receive positive comments from artists, industry professionals and the general public. Over and over, we hear compliments about our beautiful design and our heart-felt stories. I’m thrilled that we are now offering SGNScoops Magazine in this new layout so that our readers can enjoy our monthly presentation in a much more reader -friendly format.”

Keeping up with the demands of society, SGNScoops Magazine is now a perfect fit for mobile devices and tablets such as iPhones, Kindles and iPads. The PDF file will still be available on sgnscoops.com for readers who prefer the scroll down method. The flip-page format is just another optional reading method that is now available from SGNScoops Magazine. Both formats are free.

King's Heralds Make It To Smithsonian

Portland, TN (April 16,2013) After 87 years of full time gospel ministry, The King's Heralds have finally made it into the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C.
“It all happened quite unexpectedly", said Don Scroggs the groups first tenor for the past 30 years. Continuing Scroggs stated "We were in the middle of a tour when a gentleman called our office and said he was from The Smithsonian Institute. He went on to explain that they were putting together a new exhibit on how the body is wonderfully put together and that it would be narrated by talk show host Conan O'Brian.”
Russell Hospedales, Baritone for the group added “He said that he had run on to a clip of The King's Heralds singing a song that we have sung for years called “Dry Bones” on YouTube, and asked for permission for them to use our song in the exhibit. Of course, we thought about that for a couple seconds and then said yes, we would be honored."
At 87 years and still going, the King's Heralds are the oldest active Gospel group performing today. “I'm the newest member of the group, but I don't feel old enough to be put in the Smithsonian” chimed in Bass extraordinaire Jeff Pearles.
You can watch the King's Heralds performing “Dry Bones” here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOSWaJPC2yY
Contacting the King's Heralds is as easy as going to http://kingsheralds.org, https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Kings-Heralds, or e-mail at theheralds@aol.com.


About The King's Heralds
The King’s Heralds have shared their music with thousands, including the Christian Booksellers Association, the National Association of Religious Broadcasters, the Protestant Health and Welfare Association, the Greater Pittsburgh Charismatic Conference and the Baptist World Alliance. The King’s Heralds have been regular guests on “Praise the Lord” on the Trinity Broadcasting Network and on the “It Is Written Telecast”. In addition to maintaining an extensive touring schedule, the group also shares their musical talents with patients and their families through a hospital ministry and have witnessed to hardened inmates with a prison ministry.

Monday, April 15, 2013


Critically Acclaimed Vocalist Wows Capacity Crowd With New Single

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—April 15, 2013—The Absolutely Gospel Music Awards were awarded last week on April 9, 2013 in a ceremony in Smyrna, TN and it proved to be a big night for CURB Records’ artist, Michael English. The legendary, critically acclaimed vocalist received double honors being named Producer of the Year and Fan Favorite Artist of the Year for 2013.

The Absolutely Gospel Music Awards are voted by fan nominations and the fans decide the winners. This makes the awards even more special. “I love to sing and I love to produce Gospel music,” said English. “So, to be honored for both parts – on stage and off – by the fans of gospel music, makes these awards extremely special. I am grateful and honored. Thank you!”

In addition to the awards, Michael performed his first single, “Stubborn,” from the project, Some People Change, recently released by CURB Records. The single is already a hit and is gaining even more momentum as the song’s message of having “a molecule of faith” reaches the listener right where they are. The capacity crowd responded to the song with tears and a standing ovation, visibly touching Michael as he left the stage.

Currently, Michael is on tour with the Gaither Vocal Band and making select solo appearances. You can stay connect with Michael at www.MichaelEnglishMusic.com, Facebook.com/MichaelEnglishMusic and Twitter.com/MEnglish001.

Absolutely Gospel is a fan-driven online magazine, which features daily devotionals, editorials, CD reviews, artist interviews and anything related to Gospel music. The awards are determined by online voting by the fans at www.absolutelygospel.com.

Ernie Haase and Signature Sound To Appear on Memphis Quartet Show

From EHSS newsletter of April 15, 2013:

Doug, Devin, Paul and I are extremely thrilled to be a part of this year's Memphis Quartet Show! This is a one-of-a-kind event...just look at all of the phenomenal, all-male quartets on the program!! You won't want to miss this event!

EHSS is the Saturday Matinee at 1:00pm and we sure would love to see you, our friends, there. For more information and to purchase tickets, click HERE.

It's a Glorious Day!

The Mark Dubbeld Family Van Broken Into And Robbed

Greenwood, IN (April 15, 2013) For the second time in one week another Southern Gospel family has been robbed. Earlier this week Wilburn and Wilburn were robbed as they went in to eat at a Cracker Barrel Restaurant. This time the Mark Dubbeld Family had their van broken into and valuables taken.
In the words of Mark Dubbeld “My wife, Vincent and I were doing some shopping in Greenwood, IN at the Mall and we had gone into the store to purchase some clothes for the group. When we came out we just got into the Van and took off. Then all of a sudden Vincent said 'Where is my computer?' I said 'Are you sure you had it in the Van?' He said 'Yes!'. Then I remembered that I had been charging my smartphone in the vehicle...So we quickly pulled back into the Mall area and tried to flag down a security car. Once he came over we saw where the thief had broken into the drivers side door and there was a hole in the side door near the the key lock.”
As they thought the situation over for a bit Mark said “We were shocked, but yet at the same time very thankful. We had all of our wallets with us and we only lost our money bag with about $125.00 in it, Vincent lost his Mac Computer, and I lost my smart phone, but we are all safe and sound."
The Dubbelds have been working since then to secure all email and other accounts. They wish to thank everyone for praying for their family this weekend. They are grateful for being able to continue on to Illinois for their concerts on Sunday. Mark said "We trust in the strength of our Lord for his Blessing and continued help."
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.

Absolutely Gospel Music Announces 2013 (AGM) Awards Winners

Nashville, TN (April 12, 2013) The 2013 Absolutely Gospel Music (AGM) Awards were handed out last night at a special concert celebration in Smyrna, Tennessee. The Booth Brothers and Sisters were the night’s big winners.

The Booth Brothers took home four awards during the program. The group was awarded their sixth Male Group of the Year title and seventh Best Live Performer award in addition to winning Special Event Project of the Year for Jubilee 3 (along with Greater Vision and Legacy Five). Group vocalist and songwriter Jim Brady, who was also one of the co-hosts during the evening, was awarded his second Songwriter of the Year (Artist) title.

Critically acclaimed vocal ensemble and siblings Sisters were awarded four Ovations during the evening. Sisters was named Female Group of the Year for a third consecutive year. The group was also awarded Progressive Album of the Year for their stellar An A Cappella Collection. In addition, vocalist Kim Lord was handed the Female Vocalist of the Year title and received a rousing standing ovation after her name was called.

Karen Peck had a good year as well. She, along with her group New River, were awarded their second consecutive Song of the Year award for the #1 smash hit “Mighty Big God,” making it Karen’s stirring solo album How You Walk the Miles was the surprise winner in the Album of the Year category as well.

Additional artists who won multiple awards included Brian Free & Assurance (Progressive Song of the Year for "I Want to Be That Man" and Male Vocalist of the Year for Bill Shivers), The Isaacs (Mixed Group of the Year and Country Song of the Year for "Waiting In the Water"), and Michael English (Producer of the Year Artist and Fan Favorite Artist of the Year).

One of the biggest awards of the evening – 2013 Pacesetter Award – was handed Godsey & Associates – a forward-thinking and cutting edge media company.

The staff of AbsolutelyGospel.com and the Unthank family was proud to award the Susan Unthank Memorial Award to Donna King. This award honors women who have worked in this field of music and made a resounding impact on Southern Gospel music. In addition to the Susan Unthank Memorial Award, Donna took home the Producer of the Year (Professional) title making history as the very first woman to be awarded Producer of the Year.

The event was hosted by Darrell & Chris Freeman (of The Freemans) and Jim & Melissa Brady. The evening featured show-shopping performances from the Booth Brothers, Michael English, The Isaacs, Karen Peck & New River, Brian Free & Assurance, Sisters with Lari Goss, the Bowling Family, Soul’d Out Quartet, Tribute Quartet, The Browders, Beyond the Ashes, The Williamsons, and the aforementioned Jim & Melissa Brady and The Freemans. The awards program also featured a special appearance by Libbi Perry Stuffle.

“This year featured some of the most impactful performances we’ve ever seen,” mentioned Deon Unthank, President of AbsolutelyGospel.com “There were so many standing ovations that it was hard to keep track. The evening was spirit filled and featured so many anointed performances. We could not have been happier with how the event went.”

The Absolutely Gospel Music Awards are an annual award handed out each year by the staff at AbsolutelyGospel.com. Each January, the staff decides upon the nominees in over twenty categories. In February of that year, the readers of the site are then allowed to vote for their favorites in 12 categories. This is the twelth year the awards have been in existence.

2013 Absolutely Gospel Music Award Winners

Song of the Year: "Mighty Big God" - Karen Peck and New River (written by Jimmy Yeary & Sonya Isaacs Yeary)

Album of the Year: How You Walk the Miles - Karen Peck (produced by Ben Isaacs)

Pacesetter: Godsey & Associates

Breakthrough Artist of the Year: The Browders

Male Vocalist of the Year: Bill Shivers (Brian Free & Assurance)

Female Vocalist of the Year: Kim Lord (Sisters)

Male Group of the Year: Booth Brothers

Female Group of the Year: Sisters

Mixed Group of the Year: The Isaacs

Songwriter of the Year (Artist): Jim Brady (Booth Brothers)

Songwriter of the Year (Professional): Sue C. Smith

Producer of the Year (Artist): Michael English (Gaither Vocal Band)

Producer of the Year (Professional): Donna King

Engineer of the Year: Troy Peach (Bowling Family)

Musician of the Year: Gordon Mote

Traditional Song of the Year: "Homecoming Day" - Tribute Quartet (written by Melissa Brady)

Traditional Album of the Year: Through the Night - The Perrys (written by Wayne Haun)

Progressive Song of the Year: "I Want To Be That Man" - Brian Free & Assurance (written by Lee Black & Ricky Free)

Progressive Album of the Year: An A Cappella Collection - Sisters (produced by Tim Parton)

Country Song of the Year: "Waiting In the Water" - The Isaacs (written by Becky Isaacs Bowman, Jimmy Yeary & Sonya Isaacs Yeary)

Country Album of the Year: Eyes Wide Open - Jeff & Sheri Easter (produced by Jeff Easter, Madison Easter & Sheri Easter)

Special Event Project of the Year: Jubilee 3 - Booth Brothers, Greater Vision & Legacy Five (produced by Gerald Wolfe)

Best Live Performer: Booth Brothers

Fan Favorite Artist of the Year: Michael English

About AbsolutelyGospel.com

AbsolutelyGospel.com has grown from relative obscurity to the industry's leading internet publication for Southern Gospel news and information in only a few short years. The site includes a wide variety of features, consisting of artist interviews, a weekly chart, late-breaking news, and much more.

Greater Vision: Be the First to Know!

From Greater Vision's email newsletter of April 12, 2013:

We're loaded up and rolling toward our first stop for the weekend... in Spring Arbor, Michigan! If you have friends that live within driving distance of Spring Arbor... invite them to join us, and our buddies, Legacy Five!

On Saturday, we'll be doing our first-ever "Jubilee!" concert in Dayton, Ohio! The whole Jubilee Gang will be there, and we're expecting a GREAT night of music, fellowship, worship, and fun!

Sunday morning, we'll finish up this trip in Richmond, Kentucky. We haven't been to Richmond in several years, so we're looking forward to seeing some friends we haven't seen in a while.

Check out our Schedule, and the rest of the latest happenings in this edition of our Email Update!

This Week... And Next

Tuesday 4/16 - Charlotte, NC
Wednesday 4/17 - Myrtle Beach, SC
Thursday 4/18 - Roanoke, VA
Friday 4/19 - Bath, NY
Saturday 4/20 - Bath, NY

For more information, or to see our complete Concert Schedule, click HERE!

It's Coming...

The brand-new "Jubilee 3" DVD will be available within the next couple of weeks! This is the most requested DVD the Jubilee Gang has ever produced, and when you see it, we think you'll agree that it was worth the wait!

Recorded LIVE in Branson, Missouri, "Jubilee 3" features The Booth Brothers, Greater Vision, and Legacy Five on stage together for almost ninety minutes of great Gospel Music and fun!

Watch next week's Email Update for more information about the release date!

Major Announcement Coming On Monday!

Our friends at IMC Concerts will be making a major announcement on Monday April 15 at 8pm Central Time, and you can view the Video Announcement on their website or on the Singing News website when it happens!

We're not supposed to give you any details in advance, but we can tell you that Gospel Music lovers from around the world will be very excited about this Monday's announcement.

Don't miss the news! Click on the IMC logo or watch your inbox for a special reminder from us on Monday!
The National Weather Service tells us we'll be driving through some severe weather on our way to Michigan, so we appreciate your prayers for our safe travel.

It's great to be able to keep in touch with you through our Email Updates, and we really appreciate you taking time from your busy day, to read them.

As always, we thank you for your prayers and your friendship.

Have a blessed remainder of the week!

The brand-new CD from Greater Vision releases very soon!
This new recording features new songs from writers including Chris Allman, Jim Brady, Rodney Griffin, Lanny Wolfe, and more!

To hear a sample of the music from "For All He's Done," click on the CD cover above, to visit our homepage.

Watch next week's Email Update for an opportunity to order your CD before it's released to the General Public!

Greater Vision

Mansion Entertainment Signs the Mark Dubbeld Family to Mansion Records

Franklin, TN (April 11, 2013) Mansion Entertainment, a Franklin, TN based Christian Music Company, has signed the Mark Dubbeld Family to its Mansion Records division. The Mark Dubbeld Family has had many recent successes with their release on Manor House Records titled, “On with the Praise”. Radio embraced the single releases of “I Didn’t Buy It” and the strong ballad, “Inside the Gate”, both penned by Janene Dubbeld. Touring for the group has increased dramatically with these new successes and reviews of Dubbelds have been strong and frequent.

With this new signing of The Mark Dubbeld Family to Mansion Records, a new recording project is underway, produced by Dove Award Winning producer, Nick Bruno. The project will feature songs written by Janene Dubbeld and is scheduled for release in late summer, 2013.

Bill Traylor, President of Mansion Entertainment, states, “Mark, Janene and all the Dubbelds are some of the finest and most talented people I have met. It is an honor and major opportunity to work with such gifted people that present the message of the Gospel is such a clear and professional manner. Janene’s writing is incredible and Mark’s leadership in vocals stands out as one of the best I’ve experienced. We look forward to offering this new Mansion Records release. It will be a blessing to all”.

Mark Dubbeld, continues, "We have enjoyed working with Bill Traylor, and all the Mansion Entertainment team to grow our ministry. It has taken lots of hard work, prayer, and God's blessing but now we are seeing the fruits of our labor. We are excited about the progress, branding, and the doors that are opening for The Mark Dubbeld Family."

For more information about the Mark Dubbeld Family, please visit www.mjdubbeld.com or call (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!

Michael Davis, Founder Of The Dominion Agency, Announces A Major Expansion

Waynesville, NC (April 10, 2013) – Michael Davis, founder and president of Christian music’s premiere booking agency, the Dominion Agency, is thrilled to announce a major expansion of the company.

In addition to the successful Dominion Agency, two new booking agencies, offering varying styles of music and ministry, have been born to the world of Christian music. One is Mountain Top Talent, and the other, Blue Ridge Artist Agency. All three companies fall under the umbrella of Michael Davis and Associates.

The Dominion Agency remains home to top Southern Gospel artists, Triumphant Quartet, Collingsworth Family, The Browns, Aaron Wilburn, and others. Mountain Top Talent brings to audiences powerful artists such as the Southern Sound Quartet, the Sneed Family and the Providence Quartet, among others. And, lastly, the Blue Ridge Artist Agency represents excellent Blue Grass and Mountain music artists like Southern Raised, Tim Surrett, and Mountain Faith, to name a few.

Michael Davis, Owner and President of Michael Davis and Associates shares his gratitude and excitement over the recent growth of his company, “Excited - you bet I am! When I started the Dominion Agency over thirteen years ago, my first artists were all new to the industry. After many years of hard work, we pride ourselves in being the home to some of todays most ‘in demand’ artists. I believe, in just a few years, the same will be said about the exceptional singers and musicians on our Mountain Top Talent and Blue Ridge Artist Agency rosters. Please know, as we launch these two new agencies, our focus will remain on utilizing the same professional, common sense approach, as our standard of excellence."

About Michael Davis and Associates-

Michael Davis and Associates is proud to represent 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. Mountain Top Talent, and Blue Ridge Artist Agency home, visit the following websites:

Dominion Agency- www.dominionagency.com
Mountain Top Talent- www.mountaintoptalent.com
Blue Ridge Artist Agency- www.blueridgeartistagency.com

To schedule any of the wonderful artists with any of the three Michael Davis And Associates agencies, call 828-454-5900 or email scheduling@thedominionagency.com


Award-Winning Family Celebrates Multiple Singing News Nominations

Nashville, TN (April 9, 2012) – For over 55 years The Hoppers have been singing to audiences around the world and they show no signs of slowing down. This “favorite family of Gospel music” has been criss-crossing the globe since the first of the year performing classic songs and new material on the "Something Good” tour in support of their newest release, Count Me In. The tour, filled with the distinct and celebrated family harmonies, began in Amsterdam and has now crossed the globe into the United States.

“It is exciting for our family to take this new music and intertwine it with some of the audience’s favorite songs through the years” shared Connie Hopper. “Looking into the faces of the audience each night as they hear something that encourages them is the reason we do what we do – night after night.”

The tour includes special stops at "Great Western Fan Festival" April 25 - 27 in Visalia, CA and "Singing In The Sun" April 16-20 in Myrtle Beach, SC.

In other news, The Hoppers are also honored to have received a total of 6 Singing News Fan Awards Nominations. The group and members were nominated in the following categories:

• Favorite Album: Count Me In
• Favorite Female Singer: Connie Hopper
• Favorite Female Singer: Kim Hopper
• Favorite Soprano: Kim Hopper
• Favorite Alto: Connie Hopper
• Favorite Mixed Group: The Hoppers

“It is an honor to see our family nominated for the hard work that everyone contributes,” comments Dean Hopper. “We are especially proud of the nomination for Favorite Album for Count Me In. This album is special to us.”

A full listing of tour dates is available at www.TheHoppers.com. For more information on the Singing News Fan Awards, visit www.SingingNews.com.

The Hoppers latest release, Count Me In, distributed exclusively through EMI CMG Distribution, is available at online outlets, including iTunes, Amazon.com and ChristianBook.com. It is also available in retail stores where Christian music is sold.

Connect with the Hoppers
Web: www.TheHoppers.com
Facebook: www.Facebook.com/TheHoppersOfficial
Twitter: www.Twitter.com/HoppersMusic