Friday, August 30, 2013


Videos from Jeff and Sheri Easter, the Dills, Bowlings,Hoppers, and the Perrys.

This week’s Harmony Road celebrates family harmonies. The program features family groups and includes a special introduction of the Perry’s “Celebrate Me Home” by Tracy Stuffle. Also included are the Dills, Bowlings, Hoppers and Jeff and Sheri Easter.

Hosted by Les Butler and originating from the James D. Vaughn Museum in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, this program is part of the Harmony Road Summer Special series which has included shows dedicated to quartets, concept videos and the National Quartet Convention. Special guest co hosts this summer have included singer/songwriter Phil Cross, Old Paths and Kingsmen Bass singer Ray Dean Reese.

Harmony Road can be found each week on TNN, The Nashville Network on Sunday mornings at 8:00 Eastern as well as WATC TV57 in Atlanta on Saturday afternoons at 2 where it’s also streamed online at The Harmony Road Television Network also includes theWALKtv,, TV24 in Anniston/Gadsden, AL, Charter cable in Clarksville and Jackson, TN and others. More information can be found at or

Other members of the Harmony Road team include Cody McVey with interviews and insights from the Road, Allen Rhodes, Technical Director and Roger Spears, Producer.

StowTown Records Garner Ten GMA Dove Award Nominations

(Nashville, Tenn.) – The Gospel Music Association (GMA) announced the nominations for the 44th Annual GMA Dove Awards earlier this week at a press conference in Nashville, TN on the campus of Lipscomb University.

StowTown Records is pleased to congratulate Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, Devin McGlamery, The Collingsworth Family, Beyond The Ashes, and Wayne Haun on their GMA Dove Award nominations in the following categories:
Song of the Year: “Sometimes I Wonder” - Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
Song of the Year: "From My Rays To His Riches" - Devin McGlamery
Southern Gospel Performance of the Year: "Sometimes I Wonder" - Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
Southern Gospel Song of the Year: "Sometimes I Wonder" - Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
Country Song of the Year: "From My Rags To His Riches" - Devin McGlamery
Inspirational Song of the Year: "When Love Whispers Your Name" - Beyond The Ashes
Southern Gospel Album of the Year: Glorious Day - Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
Producer of the Year: Wayne Haun
Songwriter of the Year: Wayne Haun
Christmas Album of the Year: Feels Like Christmas - The Collingsworth Family
StowTown Records, founded in 2011 under the direction of Ernie Haase and Wayne Haun, is distributed worldwide through Provident Distribution. The independent label has quickly gained industry attention with chart-topping releases from their artist roster. For more information on StowTown Records, visit

The 44th Annual GMA Dove Awards will take place on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at Allen Arena on the campus of Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN at 7:30 PM CST. The awards show will be televised on Monday, October 21, 2013 at 7:00 PM CST exclusively on the UP! Television Network. Tickets are now on sale at the Allen Arena box office in Nashville, TN and at

The Skyline Boys Announce Exciting Changes

Nashville, TN (August 29th, 2013) – Powerhouse quartet, the Skyline Boys, are pleased to announce exciting changes and happenings with the group.

The first is the return of one member and the addition of another. Outstanding tenor singer, Jodi Hosterman, is back with the Skyline Boys. The group is thrilled to welcome him, along with a brand new addition, lead singer, Brian Alvey. Alvey, who is new to the Skyline Boys, is not at all new to Gospel music. Both gentlemen have vast experience and tremendous talent. The two, along with bass singer and group owner, Dennis Powers, and baritone singer, Chris Little, are excited about the days, months, and years ahead as they strive together to serve God and share the music that tells the story of His love.

The latest great news for the prominent Southern Gospel Quartet is a brand new, long term booking agreement with the acclaimed Dominion Agency (one entity of the mutil-faceted Michael Davis & Associates). Dennis Powers shares, "God is doing things we couldn't do and we are very excited about being with Michael Davis at Dominion Agency. We have a new project being released at NQC called " Favorite Hymns and Classics Vol. 2 with special guest Squire Parsons helping us on " Beulah Land. Everything we do is only possible because of the hope of Christ and our prayer is that every door He leads us through will lead us and others closer to Him."

Another highlight is that the group is back in the studio at Crossroads with producer, Jeff Collins, working on a dynamic new recording. Collins expresses, "It's great to be working again, in the studio here at Crossroads, producing the Skyline Boys, with Dennis, Chris, and new members Jodi Hosterman and Brian Alvey. I'm excited with the tracks we recently recorded and look forward to the upcoming vocal sessions at the end of September. This line up of singers promises to be one of the strongest yet for the quartet. In our preproduction sessions I've been blown away by the ability of this group of guys. I've known and worked with Jodi, Brian, Chris and Dennis in different groups before but there seems to be a special and unique blend that this specific group possesses. I can't wail until we get the project completed so folks can hear this fantastic quartet!"

The group's current single "Cool Drink Of Water" is now playing and climbing the charts on Southern Gospel radio around the world. Be listening for it and be watching for more great things to come from this quartet.

To learn more about the Skyline Boys, visit

To learn more about all of the artists who call the Dominion Agency home, visit and To schedule the Skyline Boys and other wonderful artists with Michael Davis And Associates, call 828-454-5900 or email

To learn more about Crossroads, visit Crossroads Music at


Pictured: THE SKYLINE BOYS (l to r)- Jodi Hosterman, Brian Alvey, Chris Little, and Dennis Powers

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Beyond The Ashes Nominated For A Dove

Nashville, TN (August 28th, 2013) – StowTown Records' artist Beyond The Ashes is honored to have garnered a Dove nomination for Inspirational Song Of The Year.

The song, "When Love Whispers Your Name," written by veteran Dove winning songwriters, Joel Lindsey and Ernie Haase, is from the trio's debut StowTown Records release entitled Living In The Moment.

"It is overwhelming how God continues to open doors and opportunities for BTA. I feel very honored to represent Southern Gospel music at the Dove Awards once again. Thank you all for believing in our ministry," expresses Anthony Facello of Beyond The Ashes.

The Gospel Music Association's Dove Awards will take place on Tuesday, October 15th 2013, at 7:30pm CST. They will be held at Lipscomb University's Allen Arena in Nashville, TN.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

To learn more about Beyond The Ashes, visit Like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter at @beyondtheashes1.

To schedule the Dove nominated trio for your church service or concert event, contact the Adoration Agency (A division of Michael Davis And Associates) by visiting or by calling Sophia Davis at 615-590-7453.

You can learn more about StowTown Records and their family of artists by visiting

Pictured: (l to r) Casey Shepherd, Dustin Doyle, Anthony Facello, and Tyler Vestal

Wednesday, August 28, 2013


Popular Choir Garners Two Nominations From Debut Project!
NASHVILLE, TN – For over 50 years, Bishop Jerry L. Maynard has ignited the Christian community with empowering and life-changing teaching. As Pastor of Nashville, TN’s legendary Cathedral of Praise Church, Maynard is also known for his thought-provoking books on Christian living. Now, Bishop Jerry L. Maynard and the Cathedral of Praise Choir are being recognized for their talent and devotion to excellence in the Gospel Music industry.

Earlier this week, their debut project, Bishop Jerry L. Maynard presents the Cathedral of Praise Choir (JeLaMa Records), received two nominations – Traditional Gospel Album of the Year and Traditional Gospel Song of the Year, “Just Believe” featuring Michelle Prather – in a press conference announcing the nominees for the 44th GMA Dove Awards. Displaying the talents of Bishop Maynard and the choir along with Don Moen, Durward Davis (Sunday Best), Michelle Prather (Kurt Carr Singers), Pam Crawford, Candy West and more, the project features exciting tracks, profound lyrics and exemplary musicianship.
“I am somewhat speechless,” says Bishop Maynard. “This project has been a dream of mine for quite some time and I’ve always said that a dream realized is work performed and the choir along with the entire team has surely worked hard. I am very proud of this accomplishment!”

Bishop Jerry Maynard Presents The Cathedral Of Praise Choir is the inaugural project on Maynard’s JeLaMa Records and is distributed exclusively by Central South Distribution. The collection debuted on the Billbchooard’s Top Gospel Chart at #10 and produced a high-spirited radio single that quickly rose to the top of the gospel radio charts. "Just Believe" is a Top 30 Gospel radio chart hit with the contribution of powerful lead vocals from Michelle Prather (Kurt Carr Singers).

The project is available now at online outlets, including iTunes, and at Best Buy, Walmart and other retail outlets.

Connect with Bishop Jerry L. Maynard at and follow him on Twitter @BishopMaynard.

To hear the single, “Just Believe," visit CLICK HERE.

The 44th Annual GMA Dove Awards will take place on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at Allen Arena on the campus of Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN at 7:30 PM CST. The awards show will be televised on Monday, October 21, 2013 at 7:00 PM CST exclusively on the UP! Television Network. Tickets are now on sale at the Allen Arena box office in Nashville, TN and at


(NASHVILLE, TN) – Exemplary musicianship and tight family harmonies are on full display as Love Loud, the debut StowTown Records release from The Browns, hits streets today. Filled with tracks of hope, love and encouragement, the album is the first major label release from this talented ensemble.

The family group is compromised of siblings Andrew, Adam, Michaela, and mom Shelly. “We're so excited to release Love Loud,” says Shelly. “Recording this project was an amazing process for our family. We are grateful to all the musicians, writers and everyone at StowTown for their belief in our family. We can't wait for everyone to hear it!

Born and raised on a farm in Iowa, the Browns are no strangers to hard work and persistence. With hard work, constant touring, a strong fan base and above all, a commitment to ministry, this family has caught the attention of music lovers and industry insiders alike.

After catching the attention of StowTown Records, it was only a matter of time before The Browns spent time in the studio crafting this new release. Their sound has been described as progressive – The Martins meets Point of Grace and FFH.

Gospel music lovers all across the country are finding out that Shelly Brown gave each of her children a secret weapon – music lessons! Their instrumental skills – fiddle, guitar and bass guitar – are an added bonus to the high-energy harmony of the three young adults that keep listeners coming back for more!

Love Loud (StowTown Records), produced by Wayne Haun, is distributed exclusively through Provident Distribution and is available wherever Christian music is sold and on iTunes as well as other digital retail outlets.

Formed in 2010 by Ernie Haase and Producer/Arranger Wayne Haun, StowTown Records has quickly become a leading independent label and is distributed through an exclusive agreement with Provident / Sony Distribution.

For more information on The Browns, visit For more information on StowTown Records, visit

King's Heralds Forging Into New Territory

Portland, TN (August 26, 2013) World renowned Gospel singers, the King's Heralds have performed somewhere they have never been in their ministry. For the very first time in their history of nearly 86 years of full time Gospel Music, the King’s Heralds sang in Alaska. During the last week of July, the quartet gave two concerts in Anchorage and Palmer to very excited and receptive audiences.
Bass singer Jeff Pearles said “The scenery was breathtaking and quite a change from our homes in Tennessee.”
After the concert in Palmer, the guys enjoyed seeing the rugged Alaskan landscape by air. For over an hour, they enjoyed spotting moose from the air and viewing some of the glaciers nearby.
“What a wonderful way to experience God’s handiwork, “stated first tenor Don Scroggs. “We are looking forward to returning next year.” Russell Hospedales, Baritone chimed in, “There was plenty of time during the night to enjoy Alaska as well, as the sun never fully went down until way past midnight.”
The King's Heralds sing from shore to shore and across the seas to many foreign nations. Traveling to Alaska was a special treat and an opportunity to develop many new fans.
You can find out more about the King's Heralds at or .
You can E-mail the King's Heralds at .
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.

Patterson Promotions Signs Boynton Elementary Chorus

Nashville, TN (August 26,2013)- Patterson Promotions recently announced the signing of the popular Boynton Elementary Chorus under the direction of Sheri Thrower. This energetic choir of young people is nationally recognized for their high energy and upbeat performances.
“This is not just another bunch of kids singing,” says Pauline Patterson of Patterson Promotions. “BEC is 120 kids singing with excellence! What a tool for the kingdom! We need youth to bring in more youth. At the same time these children will be used to speak to more souls, whether it is family or friends that may be in attendance and unsaved. They are all about ministry and I am proud that they have signed with Patterson Promotions.”
The Boyton Elementary Chorus (BEC) will be performing at the Patterson Promotions Showcase event during the Creekside Gospel Music Convention on October 29, 2013 at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
Rob Patz, CEO of Coastal Media and publisher of SGN Scoops, host of Creekside, is thrilled about the scheduled appearance of the Boynton Elementary Chorus. “These young people show us what is joyful and exciting about the music God has placed in our hearts,” says Patz. “We are thrilled to have the Chorus as part of Creekside and we know our audience will love them!”
Pauline Patterson has promoted Gospel Music to radio for over eight years as Patterson Promotions. For more information on Patterson Promotions, visit
The Creekside Gospel Music Convention is presented by,your source for Southern Gospel, Christian Country and Bluegrass Gospel Music. Check out their website at
For more information about Creekside Gospel Music Convention, presented on October 28,29 and 30, 2013, visit: or email Rob Patz at

Michael W. Smith Taps Jason Crabb as Special Guest on Final Leg of Tour

(NASHVILLE, TN) – Multi-platinum recording artist Michael W. Smith has announced plans for the final leg to the successful “Worship Around The World” tour and has invited Jason Crabb, Christian Music’s reigning Male Vocalist of the Year and Artist of the Year, to be his very special guest. The tour is slated to hit approximately 12 cities across the country, including Tulsa, OK; Longview, TX; Syracuse, NY; Bangor, ME; among others.
In the past year, Smith has toured to over a dozen countries including Brazil, Abu Dabi, Baharain, Europe, Canada, Malasia, Singapore and will just land in the United States from Iceland as this final tour leg begins.
Worship as a corporate body continues to be the theme for this tour and attendees are in for a special evening as they experience the musical genius of Michael W. Smith and the soulful voice of Jason Crabb.
“I’ve known Jason Crabb for years,” Smith says. “Everyone in the business knows he’s an amazing singer – but what I love most about him is his heart. The genuine love and care he displays to every single person he comes in contact with is something we all can learn from. I can’t wait to share the stage with him!”
“To share the stage with Michael W. Smith is going to be a very special thing for me,” says Crabb. “One of the first times I heard Michael was during a period in my life when things weren’t going so well. I found hope and encouragement in his music. Never in a million years did I imagine that one day I would share the stage with him – we’re going to have a great time!”
During the evening both artists will perform separately, sharing music from their individual careers, then join together on stage for unforgettable powerhouse moments of music.
Ticket information for the tour dates will be available on each artist’s website: and

Tour Dates:
October 3 – Brookville, NY (Jason Crabb not appearing)
October 4 – Morristown, NJ (Jason Crabb not appearing)
October 5 – Van Wert, OH (Jason Crabb not appearing)
October 6 – York, PA (Jason Crabb not appearing)
October 11 – Tulsa, OK
October 12 – Midland-Odessa, TX
October 13 – Longview, TX
October 24 – Stamford, CT
October 25 – Syracuse, NY
October 26 – Williamsville, NY
October 27 – Jackson, MI
October 29 – Daytona, FL (Jason Crabb not appearing)
October 30 – Daytona, FL (Jason Crabb not appearing)
November 1 – Bangor, ME
November 2 – Collingswood, NJ
November 3 – Indiana, PA

Michael Wayne Smith Releases New Song To Radio

Chapel Valley recording artist, Michael Wayne Smith, has recently been in the recording studio working on a brand new CD and has just released the first single from the new recording. The new song, “Just About Home”, was written by Michael the week of the Boston Marathon bombing. This horrific event was another reminder of the world’s condition, but for the Christian it’s another sign of the Lord’s soon return.
The new single will soon be available for download exclusively on Michael’s website at . The upcoming CD is scheduled for a late fall release and will include 11 songs, nine of which were written by Michael.
Michael Wayne Smith is a southern / country gospel artist from Oak Ridge, TN. He has been ministering nationwide and blessing people through his original music since 2009. Since then, he has had 8 chart topping songs, including “Run To Jesus”, “Everything’s Fine”, and his most popular song “Until The Storm Is Over”, which charted for 9 consecutive months on the Singing News chart. His new song is sure to join the ranks with these recent hits.
For more information, visit or call his office at 865-603-1249.

The World-Renowned GAITHER VOCAL BAND Nominated for Five 2013 Gospel Music Association DOVE Awards

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—August 27th, 2013—Multi-award-winning national recording artists the Gaither Vocal Band were honored to receive five Gospel Music Association (GMA) DOVE Award nominations for the 2013 awards as announced at the recent GMA press conference which was held at Allen Arena on the Lipscomb University campus in Nashville, Tennessee.
The legendary quintet received a nod for Song of the Year for their hit “Greatly Blessed, Highly Favored,” written by Bill Gaither and Larry Gatlin, as well as two nominations for their current, chart-climbing radio single, “Glorious Freedom,” written by Harold Lillenas and Alfred Judson and arranged by the Gaither Vocal Band. Found on their latest recording, Pure and Simple (Gaither Music Group), “Glorious Freedom” is nominated for both Southern Gospel Performance of the Year and Southern Gospel Song of the Year.
Pure and Simple, produced by Bill Gaither, Ben Isaacs, Michael English and David Phelps, is nominated for Southern Gospel Album of the Year; and the song “Come to Jesus,” also found on the release, has earned a nod for Bluegrass Song of the Year. Featuring iconic tenor David Phelps, “Come to Jesus” was written and previously recorded by Mindy Smith.
Phelps, nominated for 11 DOVES this year, is also nominated as a solo artist for “The Dream,” which is nominated for Contemporary Christian Performance of the Year, and Classic (Gaither Music Group) up for Inspirational Album of the Year. Other honors include his roles as co-producer for Classic and Pure and Simple as well as his co-production on “Glorious Freedom” and “The Dream.”
“I’m so honored as a solo artist and as a member of the Gaither Vocal Band to be nominated for these DOVES…how amazing!” commented David. “I think it’s so cool that both of these projects were kind of a ‘back to the basics’ effort for all of us. The Gaither Vocal Band album is about highlighting the harmonies that we love and have long been known for, and Classic is about celebrating my love for and roots in classical music. I’m so grateful to have been shown such overwhelming affirmation for these labors of love!”
Classic, produced by Phelps and Gaither, finds Phelps showcasing the seemingly endless breadth of his vocal range and a depth, vocally and lyrically, unprecedented by a man already considered a premier tenor. The songs, also released on DVD, include such standards and classics as “What a Wonderful World,” “O Mio Babbino Cara,” “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” “Panis Angelicus” and others.
Both Classic and Pure and Simple are distributed on CD and DVD through Capitol Christian Distribution and are available through digital stores and at retail stores everywhere. The releases are positioned heavily at retail, through catalog placement and through direct tv campaigns on networks including PBS, DISH TV, DIRECTV, AT&T U-verse, GAC, RFD, TBN, FamilyNet, CTS, CTN, TCT, TLN, FFE Airtime 1, Grace, Legacy, Miracle and Vision as well as on and Gaither TV (available onRoku, Google and the Internet).
Bill Gaither also received five nods for co-producing the Classic, Pure and Simple andSome People Change (Michael English) projects in addition to co-producing the songs “Glorious Freedom” and “The Dream.” Gaither is also honored for his songwriting with a nomination as co-writer of “Greatly Blessed, Highly Favored,” nominated for Song of the Year.
Group member and soloist Michael English received three additional nominations that include Southern Gospel Album of the Year (Some People Change), Southern Gospel Performance of the Year [“Stubborn (Psalm 15)”] and Southern Gospel Song of the Year [“Stubborn (Psalm 15)”]. He is also nominated as co-producer of Some People Change, Pure and Simple, “Glorious Freedom” and “Stubborn (Psalm 15).”
The 44th Annual GMA DOVE Awards presentation will be held on Tuesday, October 15, 2013, at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena in Nashville. It will be televised nationwide exclusively on UP TV.
About the Gaither Vocal Band
The Gaither Vocal Band has been making music since the early 80s when four men gathered around a piano before a Bill Gaither Trio concert and began harmonizing on the quartet classic “Your First Day in Heaven.” More than a quarter century later, the list of men who have comprised the Gaither Vocal Band over the years reads like a “Who’s Who” among gospel music’s best-loved male voices. The groundbreaking success of the Gaither Vocal Band continues to raise the standard in male harmony. The group is now comprised of Bill Gaither, Wes Hampton, David Phelps, Michael English and Mark Lowry.
About David Phelps
Contemporary and classical singer, songwriter, arranger and producer David Phelps is one of the most celebrated vocalists in the music business. Long renowned as a consummate vocalist—a lyric tenor with an astounding three-octave range—Phelps released his first classical crossover solo album entitled Classic in 2012, which hit the Billboard“Classical Crossover Albums” chart peaking at the number five spot and staying within the top 15 spots on the chart for weeks. Phelps, who tours internationally as a solo artist in addition to his performances with the Gaither Vocal Band, has performed at Carnegie Hall, the White House and many other venues and churches around the world. He has won two GRAMMY ® Awards and four GMA DOVE Awards, released more than 20 recordings and been a central part of the top-selling Gaither Homecoming video series and tv specials

Mercy’s Well Announces Changes and Welcomes A New Lead Singer

Nashville, TN (August 27, 2013) – It is with mixed emotions that vocal trio Mercy’s Well announces changes to their line up.
Lead singer, Kyle King, will be making his departure in mid September and, after a month of auditions and hearing many talented prospective singers, the group will be welcoming a powerhouse new vocalist. Dustin Simmons, of Dahlonega, Georgia, will make his debut appearance as the new lead singer for Mercy’s Well on September 22, 2013.
King, who has been a tremendous blessing to the group for many years, has felt God leading him in a new direction. He will be setting sail aboard a cruise ship, continuing to use the gifts God has given him but in a very new way. “It’s hard to describe, in words, the last three-and-a-half years I’ve been a part of Mercy’s Well, but I will try: privileged, humbled, and thankful,” shares Kyle. He continues, “I’m privileged to have experienced hundreds of worship services in multiple states, countries, and cultures; humbled to have been a witness of God’s amazing power at work in the lives of His people; and thankful to all the many friends, fans, and supporters of this ministry. My time with the group has truly been a blessing, and I look forward to seeing how God will continue to use each of us, for His glory, in years to come.”
Dustin and his wife, Morgan, will be relocating to North Carolina in the coming months and are very anxious and blessed to see Dustin following God’s plans for him in full-time music ministry. He has been singing for most of his life, including a 5 year tenure with the regional group Omega.
Mercy’s Well founder and tenor, Brad Strider, expresses, “A couple of months ago Kyle came to me and shared that he felt God leading him in a different direction. Anyone that knows me knows I don’t like change, but sometimes change can be God’s way of making everyone affected stronger. While we are sad to see Kyle go, we are excited about the future of Mercy’s Well with Dustin as part of our team.”
Mercy’s Well is making plans for a new recording in early 2014.
To learn more about Mercy’s Well, visit Like them on FACEBOOK here or follow them on TWITTER @mercys_well.

Share America Foundation chooses banjo player/vocalist for scholarship

The Share America Foundation, Inc. announced its second 2013 scholarship winner recently at its Sacred Sounds Fridays concert at the Ringgold Depot in Ringgold, Ga.
The events help fund the organization’s Pearl and Floyd Franks Scholarship. Pearl and Floyd Franks are the late parents and former entertainment managers of actor/entertainer Randall Franks, “Officer Randy Goode” from TV’s “In the Heat of the Night.” The scholarships honor students excelling in the Appalachian musical arts.
Banjo player Jonathan Barker, 19, of Copper Hill, Tenn. was selected as one of the 2013 winners. He is a sophomore at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville studying to be an emergency room physician. He is graduate of Copper Basin High School in Polk County.
“It is a distinct pleasure to be honored by Share America and receive this scholarship,” he said. “I know what a privilege it is to have the support of so many great people who help to make it possible.”
Barker has played banjo for 11 years and also plays guitar and sings lead and harmony parts. He performs regularly with his older brother Jeremy Barker, his parents Scott and Angie and fiddler Westley Harris as The Barker Brothers.
He is the younger brother of 2007 Pearl and Floyd Franks Scholar Jeremy Barker.
“My brother began playing music and I thought that was the greatest thing in the world,” he said.
Since his beginning at age 8, with his family, he has performed numerous concerts including opening for legendary performer Ralph Stanley during his “O’ Brother Where Art Thou Tour.” He won the “Fan’s Choice Award” at Raymond Fairchild’s Maggie Valley Opry. He also added “The Shotgun Red Show” on RFD-TV in 2013 to a long list of television appearances.
“We were honored to present a $500 scholarship to assist him as he continues his college studies,” said Share America Chairman Joe Turner.
Franks said that while the organization normally presents rising freshman, it had no regional applicants this year.
“We are very excited by this particular scholar because in a way it is a legacy presentation since he is the second in his family to receive it,” he said. “But also knowing we are helping a banjo playing doctor on his way, I know he will make a lot of people feel better whether he plays for them or treats them.”
Barker is the son of Scott and Angie Barker of Copper Hill, Tenn. He is the grandson of Betty and the late Fred Verner of Turtletown, Tenn. and the late Wilford and Ola Barker of Copper Hill.
The group’s latest CD is “Driven.” For more information about The Barker Brothers, visit
Share America Foundation Board members include Franks, Turner, Gene Lowery, vice chairman; James Pelt, secretary; and Jerry Robinson, Sr., vice president; and Adam Cathey.
The next Sacred Sounds Fridays is Sept. 13 at 7:30 p.m. featuring the Testimony Quartet and special guest Ryan Stinson at the Ringgold Depot. Admission is a $5 donation. Franks will host the event.
For more information about the organization and its programs, contact Share America, P.O. Box 42, Tunnel Hill, Ga. 30755 or visit or
Photo: ShareJonathanBarkeraward: Jonathan Barker (third from right) receives the 2013 Pearl and Floyd Franks Scholarship from Randall Franks (second from right). Others joining the presentation are (from left) James Pelt, Share America Foundation secretary; Tom Morgan, entertainer; Joe Turner, SAF chairman; and Tom Adkins, entertainer. (Share America photo)
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National Quartet Convention To Offer FREE FRIDAY Webcast

Louisville, KY - During the week of September 8 through September 14 over 40,000 Southern Gospel Music fans, representing at least 40 states and more than a half dozen foreign countries will travel to Louisville, KY, for the 56th Annual National Quartet Convention. This will be the 20th and final Convention in Louisville, before the event moves to the city of Pigeon Forge, TN, in 2014.

This year’s Convention will no doubt be special for those attending this final year in the city of Louisville. The world’s largest gathering of Southern gospel musicians and fans began meeting annually at Freedom Hall in 1994 bringing tens of thousands of people to the city. In 2012, the NQC brought 40,000 people to Louisville with an economic impact of $7,955,500. “The NQC has enjoyed remarkable success in Louisville as the Kentucky Expo Center gave us room to grow and reach our full potential. Though we feel the need to relocate to a vacation destination and a mobility friendly venue for the immediate future, we will always looks back fondly at our 20 conventions in Louisville as they were all more successful than any of the other NQC’s that had occurred prior to moving to Louisville.,” said Clarke Beasley, Executive Director of the NQC.

The new venue will be located in Pigeon Forge, TN, the state which hosted the very first NQC in 1958. Long-time Convention attendees are looking forward to the move; however, many wonderful memories have been made in Louisville, where the Convention has seen tremendous growth. With this year being the final year in Louisville special festivities are plan to celebrate the success of Louisville and the excitement that awaits in Pigeon Forge.

While thousands of fans will make their way to Louisville, many who are unable to attend the event in person will have the opportunity to watch performances taking place in Freedom Hall live, as it happens, or on demand through the NQC’s popular website, All events taking place in Freedom Hall throughout NQC Week will be available through the webcast. This is a feature the NQC has offered for several years now; however, in celebration of the final year in Louisville, the NQC is making the Friday webcast available to the public for free. NQC Free Friday is expected to produce viewership from all over the world. “Through the webcast, subscribers can watch all events live, as they occur on the main stage in Freedom Hall or on demand through the end of October,” Beasley explains. “The webcast has been very popular over the past few years. This year we are thrilled to offer Free Friday, as we expect this to be an extraordinary day, celebrating the rich history the Convention has enjoyed during our two decades in the city of Louisville.” In addition to viewing the festivities of NQC 2013 over the NQC webcast on a computer, subscribers to the webcast will also be able to view the webcast on their televisions through their Roku device.

Complete information about the 2013 National Quartet Convention, as well as a complete schedule of events scheduled throughout the week may be obtained by calling 1-800-846-8499 or visiting
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Rose Gilley Releases Solo Project

NASHVILLE, TN: Singer / Songwriter, Rose Gilley has recorded a new solo project. Gilley owned and travelled with Southern Heritage who recorded four projects on the Garden Creek label, a division of Song Garden Music Group. Her association with the label and her love for the artists on Song Garden influenced her song selection for this project.

According to Rose, “Anyone who knows me knows that I’m about as country as it gets. I love The Chuck Wagon Gang, Canaan’s Crossing, The Diplomats and many other artists on Song Garden and so I’ve recorded many songs that some of these artists have done over the years.”

The project does include a few original songs, but all of the music stays very true to her style of music. The project is scheduled to be released at NQC.

The Award-winning Isaacs’ All-New Recording The Living Years Debuts at Top of Sales Charts

Family Group Garners Three 2013 Gospel Music Association (GMA) Nominations Including a Nod for Song of the Year

Group Receives Back to Back Nominations in 2013

NASHVILLE, Tenn--August 22nd, 2013—Multi-award-winning family group The Isaacs are celebrating the street week of their all-new recording, The Living Years, (Gaither Music Group) which landed at the #1 spot on the bluegrass chart, #1 on the southern gospel album chart and #9 on the contemporary Christian album sales report for this past week. In addition the group’s newly released Up Close and Personal DVD took the #1 position on the Christian Music Video chart and the #3 position on the Billboard Music Video chart, surrounded by Carrie Underwood, One Direction and The Eagles.

“We are so thrilled to have these spots on the charts for our new releases," stated Lily Isaacs. “It's a joy to see projects we poured ourselves into being received so warmly by the public, and what an honor to hold such prestigious chart positions alongside some of the music industry’s most respected artists!”

Produced by Ben Isaacs and Bill Gaither, the new release, recorded acoustically, captures the intricate family harmonies that have made this group a household name among Gospel music lovers and showcases the type of arrangements and musicality that have made them known for their “pedal-steel blend.”

The Isaacs garnered three Gospel Music Association (GMA) DOVE nominations for the 2013 awards show as announced at the press conference yesterday at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena in Nashville, TN.

The group’s title cut from their last recording, Why Can’t We, written by Rebecca Isaacs Bowman, Sonya Isaacs Yeary and Jimmy Yeary, was nominated for Song of the Year as well as Southern Gospel Performance of the Year. In addition, group member Ben Isaacs, who received seven nominations in all, garnered a nod for Producer of the Year.

“It’s an honor to be nominated along with such great guys whom I have looked up to and respected,” stated Ben. “I’ve been very blessed to work with some very talented artists who make my job a joy, and I am thankful for the opportunity day in and day out to serve them and to be recognized in this way.”

Ben co-produced the song "Glorious Freedom" and the album Pure and Simple, by the Gaither Vocal Band (Gaither Music Group), alongside Bill Gaither, Michael English and David Phelps. The song was nominated in the Southern Gospel Performance of the Year category, and the album is up for Southern Gospel Album of the Year. He also co-produced Country Album of the Year nominee Mercy, by Aaron & Amanda Crabb, (co-produced with Aaron Crabb) as well as Back Home Again, by the Oak Ridge Boys, also nominated for Country Album of the Year.

In addition to his official nominations, Ben was also co-arranger of Bluegrass Song of the Year nominee "Standing in the Need Prayer," by the Oak Ridge Boys.

The Isaacs’ creativity is further captured on their new release which features a new rendition of “The Living Years,” the pop hit from the 80s originally recorded by Mike + the Mechanics as well as a cover of The Judds’ “Grandpa (Tell Me ‘Bout the Good Ole Days).” It features the group’s unique version of the Dottie Rambo-penned classic “If That Isn’t Love,” an acapella rendition of “Walk Together Children” that features a signature “boom boom” bass part by Bill Gaither and the classic all-American tune “Ac-Cent-Tchu-ate the Positive.”

The Up Close and Personal DVD contains an intimate time of conversation and performances around the piano with Bill [Gaither], numerous appearances from various Homecoming stages ranging from Alaska to Jerusalem and a moving tribute to Lily’s mother, a Holocaust survivor.

The Living Years CD and the Up Close and Personal DVD are exclusively distributed by Capitol Christian Distribution and are now available throughout general market stores and the Christian marketplace in addition to online retailers including iTunes, Amazon and

The releases are being featured on tv networks including RFD, PBS, DISH TV, DIRECTV, AT&T U-verse, TBN, Family Net, FFE, RURAL TV, TNN, Airtime, CTN, The Walk TV (formerly Legacy), TCT and TLN and also in Canada on Vision TV, CTS, Grace TV and the Miracle Channel. The DVD is also featured on Gaither TV (available on Roku, Google and the Internet).

Today’s GMA DOVE nominations came on the heels of more good news for the Tennessee-based group following this week’s announcement that group member Sonya Isaacs Yeary has been nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year at the 24th Annual International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Awards, while Ben is currently nominated for Producer of the Year at this year’s National Quartet Convention (NQC) Awards to be held in Louisville, KY.

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About The Isaacs
The Isaacs, a multi-award winning family group who began singing 30 years ago, are based out of Nashville, TN. The vocalists are Lily Isaacs, Ben Isaacs, Sonya Isaacs Yeary and Rebecca Isaacs Bowman. Playing their own acoustic instruments and joined by other band members, The Isaacs have a unique style that blends tight, family harmony with contemporary acoustic instrumentation that appeals to a variety of audiences.

Their musical influences emerge from all genres of music including bluegrass, rhythm and blues, folk, country, contemporary acoustic and southern gospel. They perform frequently at The Grand Ole Opry, are active members on the Gaither Homecoming videos and concert series and travel throughout the year performing internationally. Concert venues include civic centers, auditoriums, arenas, fair grounds, parks, churches and other locations. They have performed the National Anthem for many sporting events as well as various political gatherings. They also received a standing ovation for their patriotic performance at Carnegie Hall.

2nd Generation Joining Legends On The Sea Cruise

From 2nd Generation Email Newsletter for August 2013:

Important “Legends On The Sea” News Update: Get $100.00 off the regular price if you book by August 31st. Hurry!!!

Throughout the Spring and Summer of this year, many people who have sailed with Carnival Cruise Lines in the past, have been inundated with cruise specials, appearing to be sent from Carnival Cruise Lines. In fact, the emails are coming from a company who purchases excess or unsold rooms from Carnival and then sales them back to previous customers at what appears to be discounted prices…prices that are by no means guaranteed by Carnival Cruise Lines.

Here’s how it works: You receive an email advertising a trip for what seems to be an inexpensive price. You go online to purchase and discover that you must purchase the ticket(s) by midnight that same evening or possibly lose the lower rate. Concerned it is expedient that you secure the room immediately, you purchase the tickets(s) unaware that in the fine print of the agreement, you are most likely receiving a low grade accommodation, with only the possibility of an upgrade by Carnival Cruise Lines, if available. The problem is…Carnival Cruise Lines did not have an agreement with you for a possible upgrade, only the company who sold you the ticket(s) and that upgrade might never materialize. If it does, of course it may cost you an additional price. In the end, all you’ve really purchased is a bare bones cruise that will charge you additional gratuities for your cabin services and every meal, not to mention additional taxes for each port your cruise has visited, all upon disembarking. These taxes and gratuities can easily reach into the $300.00 range and leave you feeling financially violated. And did I mention that these cruise advertisements do not include gospel music?

With a “Legends On The Sea” cruise, we make your accommodations with Carnival Cruise Lines, via the reputable “Interworld Travel Agency,” not some knockoff company. This means, every price is guaranteed and your gratuities & port taxes are included in the price of your cruise. This also means, what you pay up front, is all you’ll ever have to pay! There is never a worry about the room you’re getting…whichever room you select, that’s the room you’ll being staying in! If you should decide to upgrade your room, you’ll get an actual upgrade too! In addition, included in your cruise package, is the cost of each concert attendance where you’ll experience the finest in Gospel Music featuring your hosting legends, The Freemans, The Rambos, Larry & Jana Hinson, along with many other special guest singers, who all guarantee to make your cruise aboard Legends not only an exciting vacation, but a truly uplifting spiritual event! (See Brochure for list of artists…all guest artists subject to change.)

Regular “Legends On The Sea” cruise prices begin at $799.00 for a category 4B (Interior Cabin, Rivera deck.) But right now through the end of August 2013, get $100.00 off per passenger. This means you get this coming year’s cruise for the past year’s price of just $699.00 per person! Hurry, August will be over soon and so will this special! In addition, we’re working to extend the October deadline for full payment to November or December, allowing you more time to complete your cruise payment. You simply won’t find a better time to get on board with the “Legends On The Sea” cruise than today!

Put your $200.00 deposit down now and get ready for the cruise of a lifetime, then sit back and relax with no worries…your cruise is booked with Legends! Contact Sandy Berry at Interworld Travel here on facebook at or, 1-800-993-8785, to book your reservations. Send $200.00 deposit per person for non-suite rooms and $250.00 deposit per person for all suite rooms to… The Freemans (checks and money orders payable to (Legends On The Sea,) at, PO Box 1581, Hendersonville, TN. 37075.

Make sure you tell them that 2nd Geneneration is your "HOST" group. We are looking forward to seeing many of you again, and meeting many new friends. This is going to be a GREAT cruise. Don't miss it!!!!!!

Brenda & Elaine
2nd Generation

Sonya Issacs Yeary Garners IBMA Female Vocalist Nomination

Nashville, TN (August 16, 2013) On August 15, 2013, Multi-award winning singer and songwriter Sonya Isaacs Yeary garnered the nomination for "Female Vocalist of the Year" at the 24th Annual International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) awards that will be held on September 26 in Raleigh, NC.
Sonya Isaacs Yeary expressed her gratitude for this nomination saying, “Having grown up with such admiration and respect for bluegrass music, I feel extremely honored to be nominated again for Female Vocalist of the Year in the 2013 IBMA Awards. I love bluegrass music and am grateful to be considered among such talented women.”
This award is nominated by the members of the IBMA for the outstanding female vocalist based on recorded and in-person performances. The award recognizes the artist.
Sonya Isaacs Yeary travels and performs with her family group, The Isaacs, and also spends time co-writing many hit songs with her husband Jimmy Yeary and her sister Becky Isaacs Bowman. She and her husband are also raising a wonderful 2 year old son, Ayden Yeary.

You can find more information on the Isaacs at or .

For more information about the IBMA go to

To contact the Isaacs E-mail them at
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About The Isaacs
The Isaacs, a multi-award winning family group who began singing 30 years ago, are based out of Nashville, TN . The vocalists are Lily Isaacs, Ben Isaacs, Sonya Isaacs Yeary and Rebecca Isaacs Bowman. Playing their own acoustic instruments and joined by other band members, The Isaacs have a unique style that blends tight, family harmony with contemporary acoustic instrumentation that appeals to a variety of audiences. Their musical influences emerge from all genres of music including bluegrass, rhythm and blues, folk, and country, contemporary acoustic and southern gospel. They perform frequently at the Grand Ole Opry, are active members on the Gaither Homecoming Videos and Concert Series and travel throughout the year performing internationally. Concert venues include civic centers, auditoriums, arenas, fair grounds, parks, churches and other locations. They have performed the National Anthem for many sporting events, including a Cincinnati Bengal's football game, several Nashville Predators Hockey games, an Astros/ Braves pre-season baseball game as well as various political gatherings. They also received a standing ovation for their patriotic performance at Carnegie Hall.

The Isaacs Launch New Website

Isaacs Sisters Sing Back-Up Vocals On Dolly Parton CD
Nashville, TN (August 15, 2013)Along with the release of their new CD "The Living Years" and DVD "The Isaacs Up Close & Personal" multi-award winning family, The Isaacs have launched a new website where it is easier than ever to order their music and merchandise. You can also keep up with their touring schedule, latest photos, links and more.
Some of the new features include news flashes, where they will post special appearances like Opry shows, online broadcasts, television appearances, last minute additions to their concert schedule, and other exciting events, allowing you can tune in and catch The Isaacs performances.
They also have links to other sites that will be of interest to their fans such as Socialcam, Twitter and Facebook as well as links to outside sources.
Becky Isaacs Bowman stated, “My favorite part of the new website is the fact that you can enter your email address and receive The Isaacs latest news as soon as it is posted. We invite all of our fans to go to the new site,, and tell us what you think."
The Isaacs have been busy this year not only touring and working on their own projects but also working on projects for other artists. Becky Isaacs Bowman and Sonya Isaacs Yeary recently finished studio work singing background vocals for a new CD by Dolly Parton.
Lily Isaacs said, “A wonderful opportunity for my daughters, Sonya and Becky! They have been blessed to do background vocals on many different artists’ projects. Many of them just happen to be some of their country artist heroes. Doing this with Dolly has been a dream come true. This is the third time they’ve had this amazing experience with Dolly. She is such a beautiful and genuine person that my girls were so humbled by her presence in the studio with them. Thank you Dolly for one of the best days ever! I am so proud of Sonya and Becky. ”
You can find more information on the Isaacs at or .

To contact the Isaacs E-mail them at
To book the Isaacs contact


About The Isaacs
The Isaacs, a multi-award winning family group who began singing 30 years ago, are based out of Nashville, TN . The vocalists are Lily Isaacs, Ben Isaacs, Sonya Isaacs Yeary and Rebecca Isaacs Bowman. Playing their own acoustic instruments and joined by other band members, The Isaacs have a unique style that blends tight, family harmony with contemporary acoustic instrumentation that appeals to a variety of audiences. Their musical influences emerge from all genres of music including bluegrass, rhythm and blues, folk, and country, contemporary acoustic and southern gospel. They perform frequently at the Grand Ole Opry, are active members on the Gaither Homecoming Videos and Concert Series and travel throughout the year performing internationally. Concert venues include civic centers, auditoriums, arenas, fair grounds, parks, churches and other locations. They have performed the National Anthem for many sporting events, including a Cincinnati Bengal's football game, several Nashville Predators Hockey games, an Astros/ Braves pre-season baseball game as well as various political gatherings. They also received a standing ovation for their patriotic performance at Carnegie Hall.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Proverbs - Featured Artist, on USA Radio Active Airplay - with 2 songs in TOP 20!

From The Proverbs email newsletter of August 13, 2013:

The Proverbs are this week's feature artist on the US based Radio Active Airplay Chart - with 2 songs currently in the TOP 20 and climbing the charts!

The Proverbs have been promoting several songs from their current "Distracted" CD to Christian radio in the USA, and have charted each time, alongside many of the most respected American southern gospel artists.

You can click the button below to view the Proverbs feature spot, and the chart positions for "Runaway Train" & "When I Hear The Thunder" on the
Radio Active Airplay Chart.

Click to view Proverbs position on Radio Chart

Proverbs Praise Report on Bus Repairs

The Proverbs thank the Lord for providing the funds for approximately $7,000. in necessary vehicle repairs, as they began their busy summer touring schedule in early July.

As a registered CDN charity, the Proverbs are eligible for rebates on a portion of the HST they pay, so this rebate for 2012, covered most of the parts costs for our bus radiator as well as nearly $1000. for new exhaust pipes. The rest of the funds came from five other generous private donations.

We are so thankful for this financial miracle, which has allowed us to continue to travel safely, without interruptions to our ministry!

The Proverbs are seeking partners to become regular monthly supporters of this ministry. Donations tax deductible.

Your prayerful & financial support is vital to the survival of the Proverbs who are celebrating 46 years of ministry in 2013.

Call 1-800-403-9755 or email us to help.

Kathy, Dave & Karyl with Natasha, pictured recently at Roblin Holiness Camp

Proverbs August 2013 Itinerary
August 3, 2013 - 7PM Free Methodist Camp
just off Rte 11B on Crooks Rd., West Bangor, NY - call 518-858-9506

August 10, 2013 - 7:00PM Roblin Holiness Camp
County Rd 41, Roblin, ON - call 613-388-2518

August 11, 2013 - 10:30AM Evangel Pentecostal Church
374 Farewell St., Oshawa, ON - call 905-725-6568

August 11, 2013 - 7:00PM IGA Parking Lot
Hwy 35 & 48, Coboconk, ON - call 705-454-8702

August 17, 2013 - 7:00PM First Baptist Church
6161 County Rd 86, Listowel, ON - call 519-418-3333

August 18, 2013 - 7:00PM Carrick Camp
Side Road # 25N at Bruce Rd 16, Walkerton, ON - call 519-881-0037

August 25, 2013 - 6:00 PM - Evangel Pentecostal Church
320 Bridge St. W., Napanee, ON - call 613-354-4281

Proverbs Fall dates still Available!

A typical Proverbs concert combines live performance with interactive video and state-of-the-art sound and lighting, in a contemporary format that will be appreciated by audiences of all ages.

The Proverbs group members donate their time, to ensure that they are one of the most affordable Christian artists on the road today - always sensitive to budget and most typically working for just expenses plus a love-offering.
The Proverbs do a unique Christmas program with music from their acclaimed Christmas album during the months of November & December.

Many choice weekend dates still available September - December 2013.

Please call 1-800-403-9755 to book the Proverbs at your church or community outreach event!

Listen to Proverbs Latest CD
Click the "Listen" link above to preview the latest Proverbs music. You will also have the option to purchase individual songs or the entire latest Proverbs CD.

NOTE: The Proverbs also plan to begin production of a new album this fall

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Our mailing address is:
The Proverbs
P.O. Box 3
Westport, ON K0G 1X0

LIVE! EHSS DVD Taping just 2 days away ...

LIVE! DVD Taping in Paducah

Just 2 Days Away!!

We're getting excited here around the EHSS Office! Our brand new LIVE! DVD Taping is just d days away, on Saturday August 17th at the Carson Center in Paducah, KY.

If you live nearby, or feel like taking a last minute trip we'd love to have you there with us as we spend wonderful evening together!

We'll film an entire DVD concert live and then we'll take a short intermission while we change sets into a beautiful winter wonderland and film an entire Christmas Concert as a bonus for everyone there!

That's 2 full concerts in one evening! Don't miss the opportunity to be a part of this special evening! Be sure to get your tickets today and here's Ernie to tell you all about it!



Hey everyone ... we have a brand new jacket now available in the online store for you to check out!

We did a very limited run of these jackets (as in single digit stock of each size ... Med, Large, XL and 2XL) to see if you all out there would like something like this ...

They are an athletic fit so, if you'd like one, perhaps order 1 size up from what you would normally order ..

We only have Med, Large, XL and 2XL at this time ...

If you don't see one of these 4 sizes available it means it's sold out already ... but don't fret ;) ... if you would like one of these sizes possibly please send our Online Store Manager an email at and let him know and if he's in a good mood he might consider doing another run of these jackets :) ...

Take care everyone and please let us know what you think!


Final Summer 2013 Concert Dates

Well folks, we're heading towards Fall! We wanted to let you know where our final August 2013 concert dates will be .... make plans now to come and bring a friend! We'd love to see you and spend an evening with you! You and your friends won't be disappointed! See you there!

AUG 17, 2013
Paducah, KY
The Carson Center - Venue Map
LIVE! DVD Concert Taping
Purchase Tickets by Phone : (270) 450-4444

AUG 23, 2013
Tuscaloosa, AL
Circlewood Baptist Church - Venue Map
Purchase Tickets by Phone : (800) 965-9324

AUG 24, 2013
Sugar Land, TX
Sugar Land Baptist Church - Venue Map
Purchase Tickets by Phone : (800) 695-0888

AUG 25, 2013
Mustang, OK
The Bridge AG - Venue Map

The Browns
Appearing On Paul Heil's "The Gospel Greats" Program

Our good friends The Browns just got notified that they will be the featured artist on Paul Heil's program airing nationally on the weekend of August 24th!!

Head over to and check out if this program is on the air locally in your area. If it's not we'll also be appearing on Sirius/XM's enLighten channel and from stations that stream the program online (

The Browns also have a brand new project coming out called "Love Loud". It will be hitting the streets on August 27th, 2013 but we wanted to give you the chance to listen to clips from the project right now!

Why not head over HERE and have a listen to this new project and get to know this beautiful family group! We love em and know you will love them too!

Be watching your email for a StowTown Records Special coming very soon to let you get ahold of this new project!

Brand New Projects from "The Collingsworth Family"

The Lord Is Good and Hymns From Home

We are tremendously excited to introduce you to 2 brand new projects from The Collingsworth Family!

They will be hitting the street on September 10th, 2013 but we wanted to give you a chance to listen to clips from the projects right now .... check em out!

The Lord Is Good - LISTEN TO CLIPS
Hymns From Home - LISTEN TO CLIPS

Be watching your email for a StowTown Records Special coming very soon to let you get ahold of both these great projects ...
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Stow, OH 44224


Nashville, TN – Organizers of the Cathedrals Family Reunion event announced a very special contest today. The "Sing With Us" contest will give one special winner the chance of a lifetime - to sing onstage at the Cathedrals Family Reunion with Scott Fowler, Danny Funderburk, Ernie Haase, Mark Trammell and Gerald Wolfe.

"This is a very special contest," shares Landon Beene (IMC Concerts) "and will give one special person the chance to sing onstage to honor the legacy of the Cathedrals, joining their voice with the five voices of former Cathedrals members."

The contest, open to all voice parts (Lead, Baritone, Tenor and Bass), starts immediately and will end at Midnight CST on September 16, 2013. The winner will be announced on September 18, 2013.

• 2 Roundtrip Tickets to Fort Worth TX from anywhere in the United States
• On-Site Premium Lodging
• Seating in the family section
• Passes for VIP Reception with artist during the event
• Sing one song on stage with the Cathedrals Family Reunion during the event

Submit a video or MP3 of you singing a Cathedrals song by the following methods:
• Post a video to the Cathedrals Family Reunion Facebook page wall or post a link to Twitter using ‪#‎SingWithUs‬
• Send an MP3 or video to

Tickets for this special weekend are on sale now at

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Karen Peck and New River Announces New Release, "Revival"

From the KPNR email newsletter of August 14, 2013:
It's Here!! "REVIVAL" Our New Album!!!

"REVIVAL" KPNR's newest album! Release date: August 20, 2013
Featuring the new radio single "Revival"
Pre-Order Today!

Hey Friends!

Just a few more days (August 27) of the release into bookstores of our new album REVIVAL!!! But guess what??? We received a few copies in our office this week!! You can order your copy today!!! Be sure to go online and order this special album. We pray that every song will bless you and encourage you to deep moving forward for Jesus! :)

We want to thank our precious DJ friends for playing the title cut Revival. It is #1 on the DJ pick list and #2 on the new releases!! Yay!! :)

In this week's newsletter, we thought it would be fun to let you know what each of us have been doing during the summer.

This has been a great summer. Vacation to the beach. Lots of cookouts. I enjoyed spending time with my family. Joseph always keeps me laughing. He is comical. With summer approaching the the end, I am looking forward to the fall and seeing you at our concerts.

This has been a GREAT summer! I can't believe it's already on the downward swing, but it has been a blessings. We have experienced anointed services and met some of the sweetest people on the planet. For me, on my off days, I have once again managed the local swimming pool near where I live. It has been fun in the sun! Although it seems like it has rained every day, we have had a blast! I also had a blessed time with my girlfriend who has now gone back to college for her last year of nursing school. We have made lasting memories and she's been able to come to some of our dates. I am really excited about the fall, as it is my favorite season, especially on the road. I look forward to seeing you all soon!!!! Blessings!

This has been one of my favorite summers! Vacationing in Destin, Fl. with family and friends was definitely a highlight. KPNR Homecoming was a success. Gatlinburg Gathering was a huge blessing. Wednesday night church at Free Chapel was amazing. Matthew was busy with traveling with us but had a couple of dates with Parachute Parade. He also has a girlfriend!

Kari got a new car!! Well, it's used, but new to her! She and I have been driving around in her little candy apple red Mini Cooper. She also had her first acting lesson in Nashville. Rickey has been working hard in the hair salon. He is now selling Aveda products.

I have been busy being a Mom and loving every minute of it! Also I did a Skype audition for a Christian movie! I'm waiting to hear back from the producers.

We decided a while back to take a couple of Sundays off during the summer so we could spend quality time with our families. It has been nice going to church together as a family. Last Sunday after church, we went boating with some precious friends. Had a ball!!
And last but not least... I had my first colonoscopy! That was quite an experience! Lol (I know I'm listing only the fun things from the summer but y'all know that I usually over share! I just HAD to tell y'all!! ;)

There are so many things that I've left out. We loved all of the places that we went and met some wonderful new friends. The rest of the year will be awesome! I'm looking forward to the annual fall dates and the Abraham Productions cruise in November!

Be sure to check our schedule and come see us!

Love y'all! :)

August 2013

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Nashville, TN – Recent occurrences at the Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills, TN – including storm damage and a fire in the commercial kitchen – have forced organizers to postpone the popular Loretta Lynn’s Bi-Annual Trail Ride that was set for September 2-7, 2013.

The trails are currently “under construction” and ranch workers are concerned with the safety of the beloved guests and campers. “I hate to cancel this ride,” said Loretta Lynn. “This is one of my favorite things we do at the ranch but Mother Nature sure dealt us a big blow with the recent storm and then we had the fire and it really set us back. We are trying to make sure everyone is safe and that's our main concern. We sure hope to have everything back in order soon for more trail rides. I've been putting on the big organized trail rides for 30 years now and I ain't about to stop ... we just need a little more time.”

All other events at the Loretta Lynn Ranch - including the weekend Wrangler camp - will proceed as scheduled. Guests may inquire by calling 931-293-7700. Organizers will announce a new trail ride date as soon as possible.

Country Music sensation Kacey Musgraves is the next guest artist to perform at the ranch on August 30. Musgraves Mercy Nashville debut album, Same Trailer Different Park, was released on March 19 and hit the No. 1 position on the Billboard Country Chart and No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart. It’s evident that critics and fans alike have fallen in love with the voice of Kacey Musgraves and that voice will ring through the hills when steps onto the historic stage of the Loretta Lynn Ranch.

More information on future events is available online at

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Country Gospel Singer Rene' Jones Receives Award Nominations

Nashville, TN (August 12, 2013) Country Gospel singer extraordinaire, Rene' Jones, has been nominated for a plethora of awards recognizing his ability to not only sing a song, but communicate the Gospel through every song he sings.
Rene' stated “I am so honored and humbled by receiving all these nominations. I have dedicated my life, along with my wife Edie, to share this Gospel of Christ with everyone we possibly can. These awards nominations help us understand that we are actually seeing some success in our efforts of presenting the Gospel.”
Rene's wife Edie said, “I am so proud of my husband. He works so hard to be the best that he can be, and the man you see on stage is the man he is at home.” Edie was also nominated as the second part of the Duet of the Year nomination.
With a total of nine nomination from three different impressive organizations, Rene is among the most nominated artists in the Country Gospel genre.
International Country Gospel Music Association
Male Horizon Award
Duo of the Year (with wife, Edie)
United States Association of Gospel Entertainers & Musicians
Male Vocalist of the Year
Christian Country Crown Jewel Award
Gospel Entertainer of the Year
Duo of the Year (with wife, Edie)
Artists Music Guild
AMG Heritage Male Vocalist of the Year Award
AMG Heritage Song of the Year Award (Bible By Her Bed)
AMG Heritage Video of the Year Award (Bible By Her Bed)
The 2013 AMG Heritage Awards will be a star-studded, red carpet event taking place on November 9th a the Broadcast Group Studios and Theater in Fort Mill, South Carolina. This year's awards show will be hosted by Grammy Award-Winning Legend, Chubby Checker.
You can find out more about Rene' at or .
You can E-mail Rene' at .
About Rene Jones
"The Christian Cowboy"

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

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

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

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

August 2013 SGNScoops Magazine Available Now!

The summer issues continue to sizzle at SGNScoops Magazine! Gracing the cover this month- THE MARTINS! Our newest staff writer, Craig Harris captured the heart the the Martin’s ministry and also shares the latest happenings with the Martins in this month’s cover story.

The August edition also features Eighth Day, Three Bridges, Morgan Easter, Henry Slaughter, Willie Wynn and Christian Country artist, Isaac Cole. The Perrys share their hearts regarding Tracy Stuffle’s health situation and Rhonda Frye catches up with Ernie Haase on the road.

Other articles include spiritual enrichment, Southern Gospel memories and Christian fitness. Sandi Duncan Clark reviews music, Angela Griffin reveals what songs are topping the charts and Lynn Mills gives the scoop on the Gatlinburg Gathering!

Don’t miss the latest scoop on Creekside and the Diamond Awards in this issue as well. All of this neatly tucked and beautifully designed in our FREE online magazine. Catch it HERE! Please share!

Friday, August 9, 2013


The Southmen Quartet recently performed at the Louisiana State Prison, better known as Angola Prison; once called one of the most prison picnotorious prisons in America, now a model for other prisons.
Under the direction of Warden Burl Cain, the prison is now one of the most efficient and respected prisons in America. Warden Cain is a strict disciplinarian, but he is also a very caring person. The inmates not only respect him, but they love him. Some of the inmates told me that the Warden was fair and honest with them and that they could converse with him. Obey the rules – that is all that the Warden asks. Most of the 5000+ inmates at Angola are there for life. They all have jobs, grow their own vegetables, and raise their meat on more than 18,000 acres.
Warden Cain is a Christian and believes that the only answer to our problems will come from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. And he has instilled this in the inmates. Under Warden Cain they have built churches on the property and have 26 inmate churches. There are many chaplains – both full and part-time with volunteers as well. The head chaplain is Robert Toney and was our host while at Angola. Robert is truly a man of God and has a kind and gentle spirit with a true desire to encourage the inmates.
We loved every moment that we spent with Robert. And, O by the way, he is a great singer and joined in with the Southmen on a number. Out of more than 5000 inmates, Robert stated that more than 2000 are born-again Christians.
Warden Cain has converted Angola into a facility that prisons across the country are now embracing. Our visit there was a life changing experience for The Southmen. We left there with a new attitude, a greater desire to work for Jesus and spread joy and hope to people everywhere. The Southmen are a better quartet with a better ministry, and definitely are better men after our visit to Angola.
Angola is truly a place where God is moving. You could just say that Angola is in revival. Thanks to Warden Cain and Chaplain Toney for allowing us to be a part of what they stand for.

Best of Tracy Stuffle and Perrys Greatest Hits to Release at National Quartet Convention 2013

Nashville, Tenn) August 2, 2013 – Daywind Records is preparing to release two greatest hits packages featuring the Perrys at the National Quartet Convention in Louisville, KY, this year.
The Best of Tracy Stuffle will feature 12 songs celebrating one of the most beloved performers in Southern Gospel music today. Songs include “Plan of Salvation,” “Everywhere I Go,” “Come Thirsty,” ”This Old Sinner Testifies,” and many more. Tracy Stuffle suffered a series of strokes earlier this year is making great progress at a rehabilitation facility near Nashville, TN.
The Perrys Greatest Hits is the first such collection of its kind and features an amazing set of hits amassed by the Perrys during their long tenure at Daywind Records. The collection includes 17 songs such as “I Wish I Could Have Been There,” I Rest My Case at the Cross,” “Celebrate Me Home,” “Praise God, It’s Settled, I’m Saved,” “If You Knew Him,” and many more.
“Daywind is excited to release these projects. When Libbi called me and told me that Tracy picked out the songs for his ‘best of’ cd himself, I praised God for the miracle He has done in Tracy already,” said Ed Leonard, president of Daywind Records.
Both cds will be available for the first time at the Perrys’ booth at the National Quartet Convention, which will be held in Louisville, KY, from September 8-14, 2013. The Perrys Greatest Hits cd will release to Christian retail and through itunes and other digital outlets on September 24, 2013, while The Best of Tracy Stuffle will be available exclusively at Perrys concerts for limited time.
The Perrys have reached legendary status is Southern Gospel music. Their countless Singing News Fan Awards, #1 songs, and Dove Awards make them one of the most awarded groups in all of Christian music. For more information on the Perrys, including upcoming concert appearances, visit
Daywind Records is home to such artists as Greater Vision, The Mark Trammell Quartet, Karen Peck and New River, the Browders and more. Daywind is distributed to Christian retail by New Day Christian Distributors ( and to the general market by Select O Hits.
For more information on Daywind, visit or contact Amanda Martin at 1-800-635-9581.

The Award-winning Isaacs Make the Most of The Living Years with All-New CD

Family Group Emphasizes Acclaimed Harmonies with Acoustic Approach to Their Latest Recording
Fans Able to Get Up Close and Personal with New Isaacs’ DVD
August 9th, 2013—NASHVILLE , Tenn.—Award-winning family group The Isaacs will release an all-new CD recording, The Living Years, on August 13th. Produced by Ben Isaacs (Oak Ridge Boys, Gaither Vocal Band) and Bill Gaither, the new release, recorded acoustically, captures the intricate family harmonies that have made this group a household name among Gospel music lovers and showcases the type of arrangements and musicality that have made them known for their “pedal-steel blend.”
“This release is really about the vocals and represents what we are doing the most LIVE in concert these days,” describes Ben, “whether at a bluegrass festival, a gospel concert or a church, we are emphasizing our harmonies and using less instruments on stage. You still get the stand-up bass, mandolin, banjo, guitar and percussion and the bluegrass numbers; but our overall approach in a LIVE setting is one that focuses on our harmony, which is where it all started for us.”
Those seamless harmonies are featured on the recording’s opener—a cover of “The Living Years,” a pop hit from the 80s originally recorded by Mike + the Mechanics.
“Bill [Gaither] suggested this song to us, and we are so glad he did,” recalls Ben. “What a great song. Our version is a bit looser and acoustic in style which I think brings the lyrics more front and center.”
Lyrics remain “front and center” on the group’s covers of the Gospel classics “For Those Tears I Died,” “I Am a Child of God” and “I Know Who Holds Tomorrow” and on their impeccable, acapella rendition of “I Must Tell Jesus.” “Walk Together Children” is another acapella selection that features a signature “boom boom” bass part by Bill Gaither.
“This song sounds like a song from the 30s or 40s,” Ben explains. “This is one of those kinds of songs that Bill really loves. It has a barber shop feel.” “Bill is brilliant with harmony,” adds Lily, “the three parts come more naturally for us, but Bill is a master and a perfectionist with that fourth part—with those arrangements with chords that ‘rub’ together more unexpectedly.”
Not so unexpectedly, the group chose to record a Dottie Rambo-penned classic. “Becky brought ‘If That Isn’t Love’ to the bus one day before a show,” Ben recalls. “We went over it and Bill said, ‘We’re gonna sing this tonight!’ He often plays piano in concert with us for this song when we are with him. He is the ‘king of feel’ on the piano.”
Bill, Gloria and Buddy Greene wrote a new song for the release entitled “Leave It All on the Altar.” “You know it’s like a house. You make it look real modern, and that is going to date it eventually,” describes Ben. “You build a classic home and you won’t know when it was built. Bill is like that with songs, and this is an example of a new song that sounds timeless. This cut is more swamp-y…blues-y. It’s the most fun I had playing in the studio during the recording.”
Another “fun” tune featured on The Living Years is the classic “Ac-Cent-Tchu-ate the Positive.” “Becky brought this to the table,” recalls Lily. “She heard Bing Crosby and the Andrew Sisters’ version from the 40s, and we really learned it from the YouTube clip! This tune is familiar to a lot of people, and we love to watch audiences warmly singing along.”
Crowds can also join in on the group’s rendition of “Grandpa (Tell Me ‘Bout the Good Old Days),” originally recorded by The Judds. Recorded at Ricky Skaggs’ studio, Sonya used one of Ricky’s octave mandolins on this recording, and she eventually purchased it from him and now performs the song with it in concert.
“This song takes me to my dad’s parents’ home in Kentucky,” says Ben with a smile. “They were the epitome of what this song is about--being together, plowing fields, taking care of their cabin with 17 kids and no running water—this lyric takes me to that spot; and it features my favorite line on the entire album: “Did daddys really never go away?”
The newly written “I Wanna Be There” was an idea from Sonya and Becky that they brought to life with Sonya’s husband, Jimmy Yeary. An emotional tearjerker getting early rave reviews, the song features Gordon Mote on the piano which marks the only time piano is used on The Living Years.
Also releasing on Tuesday is Up Close and Personal, an all-new DVD from The Isaacs that contains an intimate time of conversation and performances around the piano with Bill, numerous appearances from various Homecoming stages ranging from Alaska to Jerusalem and a moving tribute to Lily’s mother.
The Living Years CD and DVD will be exclusively distributed by Capitol Christian Distribution and made available throughout general market stores and the Christian marketplace in addition to online retailers including iTunes, Amazon and
The release will be featured on tv networks including RFD, PBS, DISH TV, DIRECTV, AT&T U-verse, TBN, Family Net, FFE, RURAL TV, TNN, Airtime, CTN, The Walk TV (formerly Legacy), TCT and TLN and also in Canada on Vision TV, CTS, Grace TV and the Miracle Channel. In addition, the DVD will be featured on Gaither TV (available on Roku, Google and the Internet).
For further information regarding The Isaacs, visit You can follow them at Isaacs and on Twitter at @IsaacsMusic.

The Living Years
Walk Together Children
If That Isn’t Love
Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive
For Those Tears I Died
I Must Tell Jesus
Grandpa (Tell Me ‘Bout the Good Old Days)
Daniel Prayed
I Wanna Be There
I Am a Child of God
Leave It All on the Altar
I Know Who Holds Tomorrow
Shalom My Home
The Lord’s Prayer
Walk On
Little Bit of Heaven
No Shortage
The Three Bells
I Believe in a Hill Called Mount Calvary
Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive
I Will Praise Him
I Have Found the Way
Healin’ Stream
Mama’s Teaching Angels How to Sing
If That Isn’t Love
The Living Years
Grandpa (Tell Me ‘Bout the Good Old Days)
Orange Blossom Special
Walk Together Children
Daniel Prayed
Does Jesus Care
Shalom My Home
The Love of God
Waiting in the Water

Why Can’t We
I’m Gonna Love You Through It
About The Isaacs
The Isaacs is a multi-award-winning family group that blends tight, family harmony with contemporary acoustic instrumentation, winning the praise of critics and the loyalty of audiences all over the world. The Isaacs, known for their hair-raising harmonies, perform frequently at The Grand Ole Opry and are favorites on the Gaither Homecoming video and concert series. The group has received honors and nominations from organizations ranging from the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) and the Inspirational Country Music Awards (ICMAs) to The Singing News honors and the GMA DOVE Awards. They have performed with legendary performers such as: Dolly Parton, Trace Adkins, Brad Paisley, Paul Simon, Vince Gill, Merle Haggard, Randy Owen, Trisha Yearwood, Ralph Stanley, Mark Lowry and many more.