Friday, September 27, 2013


From Jason Crabb's newsletter of September 26, 2013:

Just popping in for a second to send you an update and ask for all my CRABB TROOP to help me on a mission!

I will share more information very soon but for now, I want you to MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30! will be hosting the WORLD PREMIERE of my latest video "LOVE IS STRONGER!"

I'm sharing a LOT of behind the scenes shots from the video over on my Facebook page at

Also, we just started a contest. When you go to my Facebook page and SHARE IT, LIKE IT or COMMENT on anything related to the video, you are automatically entered into a contest. There will be 20 winners chosen at random to receive a DVD of EXCLUSIVE, BEHIND-THE-SCENE photos from the set of the video along with a personal letter from me.


The more you SHARE, COMMENT, TWEET, etc. the greater your chances are to win. So, get going! You know what to do! You always support anything we do so much and I LOVE YOU!

Head over to, Tweet me @JasonCrabbMusic and start spreading the word!!

Love Is Stronger!
Jason Crabb

Mercy's Well News

From Mercy's Well News September 26, 2013:

Fall is officially upon us! Cool, crisp evenings, football games and church homecomings are all in full swing! With the change of seasons also comes a change in seasons for Mercy's Well. As many of you know, nearly two weeks ago we said farewell to longtime MW vocalist, Kyle King. Kyle is pursuing other musical interests and we wish him the best in all his future endeavors. We are so thrilled to officially welcome Dustin Simmons of Dahlonega, GA to our team. Make plans to come see Mercy's Well and meet Dustin when we are in your area.

The last few weeks have been busy! We sang twice at the final NQC in Louisville, KY, including our first ever appearance on main stage in Freedom Hall. It was an exciting week filled with great music, great fellowship, and friends we only get to see once a year. Later that week, we traveled to West Fayetteville Baptist Church in Fayetteville, NC for one of those "homecomings" I mentioned earlier and then finished out the weekend in Seagrove, NC. I want to personally thank Bill and Sue Spencer for helping make that evening such a success. They did an amazing job getting the word out. The church was packed and it was a great night! It was that night we officially said farewell to Kyle and debuted Dustin to a Mercy's Well audience. The reception was incredible! Thank you to all who were in attendance.

After rehearsals the following week, it was time for Dustin to fly solo, so to speak, on platform with Greg and myself. This past weekend, we were in services at Freedom Baptist Church in Axton, VA all day long with Pastor Larry Luffman. What a great day and a great first outing for the "NEW" Mercy's Well.

It's almost time to hit the road for this weekend's dates. If we are in your area, please come see us!

I have been reminded of a passage several times this week. It's familiar to us all but it has seemed to ring more true to me over the past few weeks:

"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths" - Proverbs 3:5-6

Trusting HIM for direction will always take you down the right road.

Have a great weekend!

In Christ Alone,
Brad, Greg & Dustin
Mercy's Well


September 29, 9:00/11:00 AM - Chapin Baptist Church - Chapin, SC
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Kenny Parsons Of Indian Trail, North Carolina Joins The Promise

Indian Trail, NC (September 27, 2013) Folks familiar with Southern Gospel Music around Indian Trail, North Carolina know the voice of Kenny Parsons. He sang regularly as a soloist in the Celebration Choir at First Baptist Church Indian Trail for several years and has a God-given vocal talent that is highly anointed.
Kenny grew up singing almost constantly, and then a few years ago, his voice went silent. Kenny decided to take an extended break from Gospel music. A few months ago, Kenny re-committed his life to the Lord. He felt something was missing and called his long-time friend, Rick Blessing of THE PROMISE to see if he could attend one of their practice sessions. As he sang with the group during rehearsal, the presence of the Holy Spirit was so evident that he was invited to join them at their next engagement in Georgia the following Sunday. Kenny will be joining the group for select dates.
Kenny’s father, Ken, is no stranger to Gospel Music. He is an ordained minister and one of the best Bluegrass banjo players around. There were many people praying for Kenny to return to Gospel Music, but none were praying more than his father and his step-mother Laurae. What are Ken’s thought on Kenny joining THE PROMISE? Ken stated, “ I have prayed for so long that God would stir Kenny's heart to use his anointed voice and talents for God's glory and I am more convinced than ever of God's faithfulness! Kenny has been through allot but the God we serve is greater than all of our storms.”
Kenny and his wife, Mindy have seven children and reside in Indian Trail, North Carolina.
“Kenny’s addition allows him to sing with his long-time friend, Rick Blessing. Rick, Mandy and I, along with our families are thrilled have Kenny with us!” states Debra Carter Peele, founder and leader of THE PROMISE.
The Promise’s most recent Daywind radio release went to #1 nationally on Music to Radio and was a Pick Hit in The Singing News. They are 2012 NQC Showcase Winners and also 2012 Diamond Award Top 10 Finalists. Most recently, they have appeared on TBN. Members of the group are: Rick Blessing, Mandy Wing Foster and founder, Debra Carter Peele.
To learn more about The Promise go to http://thepromise or
To contact The Promise you can E-mail them at
To book the Promise contact: Carter Clark Productions, Inc. - (704) 506-1620
About The Promise

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 keeps this tradition alive by singing the praises of our Savior in churches and concerts across the land.

Jimmy Yeary Receives CMA Song of the Year Nomination

Nashville, TN (September 26, 2013) “I Drive Your Truck” written by Jimmy Yeary, Jessi Alexander, and Connie Harrington received a nod from the Country Music Association for the Song of the Year Award at the upcoming 47th ANNUAL CMA AWARDS. The Awards will air live from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on ABC-TV at 8pm (ET) on Wednesday, November 6th.

The Number One song on the Country charts was recorded by Lee Brice. Even though he is a prolific songwriter himself, Brice did not write "I Drive Your Truck", however, as he soon as he heard it he knew he had to cut it.

Brice was quoted as saying “Every now and then I hear a song that just blows me away, and that song just put me on the floor the first time I heard it.”

Yeary commented “The story behind this song is so powerful and connects with everyday people's lives and the losses we all endure. This song speaks to everyone”.

Jimmy was also a co-writer on the Martina McBride super hit “I'm Gonna Love You Through It” (Jimmy Yeary, Sonya Isaacs Yeary, Ben Heyslip), Rascal Flats big song “Why Wait” (Jimmy Yeary, Neil Thrasher, Tom Shapiro) and with his wife Sonya Isaacs' inspiration the Heidi Newfield's release of “Stay Up Late” (Jimmy Yeary, Sonya Isaacs Yeary, Ben Hayslip).

Jimmy currently has a number one song with Jake Owen singing “Anywhere With You”.

You can learn more about Jimmy Yeary at


About Jimmy Yeary
Jimmy Yeary (born in Hillsboro, Ohio) is an American country music singer and songwriter.
In 1994, Yeary moved to Nashville, Tennessee to begin a career as a recording artist. Although he was signed to Atlantic Records, a change in label personnel prevented his debut single from being released.
Through the assistance of Paul Worley and Wally Wilson, Yeary found work as a songwriter. Among Yeary's co-writing credits are Joe Diffie's top 10 hit "In Another World", Rascal Flatts' number 1 single "Why Wait", Troy Olsen's "Summer Thing", Martina McBride's "I'm Gonna Love You Through It", Heidi Newfield's "Stay Up Late", and Lee Brice's "I Drive Your Truck". He has sung lead for Shenandoah and The Isaacs.

Yeary is married to Country/Gospel singer Sonya Isaacs. The couple has one son, Ayden James Yeary, born on July 25, 2011.

King's Heralds Announce New Member

Portland, TN (September 25, 2013) The King's Heralds, the oldest active Gospel Quartet, has announced the addition of a new member. Hailing from Deland, FL, Jared Otto joins the group as their new Lead singer.
Jared is 25 years old and single. Prior to coming to the Heralds, Jared was an IT professional for the Health Department in the State of Florida. Jared replaces Joel Borg who came off the road to spend more time with his family.
The Herald’s Tenor Don Scroggs stated “We are proud to welcome Jared to our ministry team. He adds some youth and vitality to the group. The Kings Heralds is the first full time group that he has been with. He is very committed to the Lord and is excited about this opportunity to be in full time music ministry.”
Jared commented, “This is certainly different than working with computers, but these guys are great men who love the Lord and make traveling a real adventure. Mostly it's exciting having the opportunity to sing about the most important message in the world and to see hearts and souls lifted up and their lives changed forever.”
With the personnel change the Heralds are looking for new material to produce a new album, so be looking for some new music from them in the near future.
You can learn more about the King's Heralds at or .
You can contact the King's Heralds by E-mailing them at .
The King's Heralds are booked through the Adoration Agency - .
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.

How To Get Free Tickets To The Music City Show Taping

Nashville TN (September 24, 2013) Studio audience tickets for The Music City Show October 8th and 10th tapings are now open to the public, at no cost. There are 75 seats available.
Studio audience members get a pass to the set of The Music City Show at Northstar Studios in Nashville, TN. The October filmings will include musical guests The Booth Brothers, Legacy Five, the Bowlings, Tribute Quartet, Greater Vision, Kevin Williams, Tim Lovelace and more.
There will be different sessions throughout the day ranging from live performances to comedy segments.
How to get free tickets:
Send an email to
In the email include names for everyone in your party
Wait for a confirmation reply with address and time information and a print-out or digital ticket.
On the day of the taping, please have proper identification (Driver’s license) available to present to the gate.
Once the seats have been filled, no more tickets will be available. However, on the day of – due to cancellations or unforeseen circumstances, standby tickets may be available. Call (706)-870-4974 before 12pm CST on October 8 to inquire on standby tickets.
The Music City Show is a series based in Nashville, TN – America’s favorite music city. The show has many elements of Nashville that people love, namely a live band, talented artists and comedic entertainment. It is likened unto The Tonight Show, with comedy segments, a guest host, and a beautiful cityscape backdrop.
Tickets are now available at
For more information about The Music City Show, visit
The Music City Show is on twitter - @musiccityshow or on FaceBook at .
The Music City Show is produced by Godsey and Associates


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

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Karen Peck and New River Sign Publicity Agreement

Dahlonega, GA (September 23, 2013) AG Publicity of Nashville, TN is pleased to announce they have come to a publicity agreement with Daywind recording artist Karen Peck and New River.
Deon Unthank, President of AG Publicity stated, “Karen Peck and New River represent the cream of the crop when it comes to Gospel Music. I am honored to have the opportunity to work with them in such a vital part of their ministry. There aren't many awards that Karen Peck and New River haven't been nominated for or won in one form or another, so we look forward to telling the world about their future accomplishments.”
Karen Peck and New River are a 3-time Grammy Award Nominated and 2-time GMA Dove Award Winning Southern Gospel Group. New River has had five consecutive #1 songs in Southern Gospel Music. In addition, their last album, Reach Out, has had two consecutive #1 songs for “On the Banks of the Promised Land” and “Mighty Big God”.
“Reach Out” received 2 GMA Dove Awards, including Country Song of the Year for “Good Things Are Happening” and Southern Gospel Album of the Year. The first radio release, “On the Banks of the Promised Land,” reached #1 for December 2011. It was also selected as #1 for the Top 100 Songs of 2011 by AbsolutelyGospel.Com. The second release, “Mighty Big God” reached #1 for July 2012. Accordingly, Karen Peck and New River was selected as Top Played Artist for 2011 on
Karen commented “We are excited to join the AG Publicity team. We have known Deon Unthank and his family for many years. They have contributed countless time and effort in furthering the Gospel through Southern Gospel Music. literally reaches people all around the world. We are looking forward to a bright future together."
You can learn more about Karen Peck and New River at or .
You can reach Karen Peck and New River at .
Karen Peck and New River are booked by the Harper Agency at 615-851-4500 or


About Karen Peck and New River
No doubt the most popular mixed trio in Gospel Music, Karen Peck and New River are a powerhouse in the music industry. With hit after hit and multiple number one songs, they are one of the most sought after groups today. Karen is known for her country flair and for having possibly the finest and highest soprano voice in any genre of music. Karen was also recipient of the Susan Unthank Memorial Award, an award given by Absolutely Gospel Music only to women who have excelled in their work in a man's world. Karen had a feature role in the hit movie “Joyful Noise”, starring Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah. New River's hit song “Four Days Late” has become a classic in Gospel music.

Ashley DeRamus Performs National Anthem

Hoover, AL (September 23, 2013) Ashley DeRamus is an inspiration to every one she comes in contact with because she never gives up on achieving her goals. One of her many goals is to say the Pledge of Allegiance and sing the National Anthem on as many stages and as many different venues as possible. Part of the reason is her love for this country and another is to be an inspiration to others with Down Syndrome in showing them that they can achieve things that everyone would aspire to accomplish.
She sang the National Anthem on the main stage at the National Quartet Convention in front of thousands on September 11, 2013. She was joined on stage by the popular Southern Gospel group, The Dixie Melody Boys. She received a thunderous ovation at the conclusion of the song and plenty of hugs from the group and others at the convention.

This came on the heels of being honored by Disney as one of the six most inspirational entrepreneurs with Down Syndrome in the world. Ashley continues to pursue every goal she has with all the passion she has.

While at the convention she also did numerous radio and television interviews as well as spending time talking with parents and children affected by Down Syndrome. She took time with everyone that wanted to speak with her and was an inspiration to many.

You can learn more about Ashley DeRamus and the Ashley DeRamus Foundation at or

You can reach Ashley at

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

Monday, September 23, 2013

Award-Winning Musician and Singer Gordon Mote Releases Album All Things New on New Haven Records

Nashville, TN (September 19, 2013) —- One of the most beloved and respected musicians/singers in the music industry, Gordon Mote, has released his latest project All Things New. The album was co-produced by Frank Rogers (Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker), and Dove-Award winning producers, Wayne Haun and Russell Mauldin. The project features vocal collaborations with such major artists as the Gaither Vocal Band, Trace Adkins, Darius Rucker, Josh Turner, Matthew West, and Scotty McCreery. This is the second album by Mote for his new label, New Haven Records, and the project will be distributed to the faith-based market through Provident-Integrity Distribution.
“I wanted this project to encourage others to let the Lord use the rough parts of their lives for His glory just like He has in mine,” says Mote. “Being born blind, God has given me so many blessings in spite of the setbacks I have had in my life. If we’ll give God the chance to make all things new, He will.”
The powerful ballad, “Faith Like That,” is the first single being serviced to Christian radio, and the heartfelt lyrics were co-written by award-winning songwriters Don Sampson (“Waitin’ On A Woman”) and Jim Brown (“Five O’Clock Somewhere”). A noted songwriter himself, Mote co-wrote four songs on the new album including, “All Things New,” “Sound A Dream Makes,” “For You,” and the autobiographical “Broken Open.” The latter song describes Mote’s personal journey of clinging to his faith to overcome a broken heart and how God can lift us up even during our darkest hours.
“I had a wonderful childhood, but grew somewhat lonely as a teenager as my friends were getting driver’s licenses and leaving me behind,” explains Mote. “Whether you’re blind or not, all of us experience insecurities. I learned that my brokenness made me more open to God’s love as well as more sensitive to the brokenness in other’s lives.”
In spite of what society calls a handicap, Mote has miraculously overcome multiple obstacles with his blindness that include; playing piano at 3-years-old without any professional training, being the first blind student in the country to be accepted into the public school system, graduating high school with honors, receiving a full scholarship to Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, AL, and graduating from Belmont University in Nashville, TN with Cum Laude honors and a music degree.
Two days after graduation, Mote began touring with Country artist Lee Greenwood’s band, which led to the talented musician touring and recording with such major superstars as Trisha Yearwood, Brad Paisley, Bob Seger, Alan Jackson, Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood, Gaither Vocal Band, and Lionel Richie.
Mote’s keyboard skills led him to being honored twice by the Academy of Country Music for Piano/Keyboard Player of the Year Awards, as well as two Music Row Magazine Instrumentalist of the Year Awards for playing on the most Top Ten albums. Mote has released nine albums as an independent artist, with If You Could Hear What I See earning Mote his first Dove nomination in 2004. Mote remains an active touring act by performing over 150 dates a year.
For more information on Mote please visit his website, and on twitter at @GordonMote.
About New Haven Records
New Haven Records is a Nashville-based music corporation that includes label, publishing, and film companies. For more than two decades, they have focused on the uniquely American genres of Black Gospel, Southern Gospel, and Country & Bluegrass Gospel.New Haven’s product is distributed to the mainstream through SONY Distribution and to the Christian marketplace through Provident Music Distribution. For additional information, go to
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Crossroads, Kingdom Heirs, and Old Paths Celebrate #1 Hits

September 11th, The Kingdom Heirs, The Old Paths, and representatives of Sonlite Records, a division of Crossroads Entertainment & Marketing, gathered at the Cardinal Restaurant in Louisville, Kentucky to celebrate two recent #1 hits. The Old Paths’ radio single “God’s Great,” written by Rodney Birch, was #1 on the June 2013 Singing News Top 80 chart. The Kingdom Heirs’ #1, “Just Beyond the Sunset,” written by Dianne Wilkinson, is #1 on the current October 2013 Singing News Top 80 chart.”What a run it’s been,” said Kingdom Heirs baritone and manager Steve French. “It took us several years to ever reach that #1 position but now we’ve had eight to make it to the top. That’s what happens when you have great songs, a great production, and the best radio department in the business!”Old Paths baritone and manager Douglas Roark added, “We never imagined coming out of the gate with #1 songs. But to have two in a row, back to back, is just unbelievable. We owe so much to our record company, Crossroads Entertainment and especially to Jim Stover for doing such a great job representing our songs in the world of radio. We couldn’t be more excited!”
Chris White, President of Sonlite Records, commented: “It’s not often that you get to work with what may be two of the best quartets to ever have sung a note in our business. That’s what we’ve got with the Kingdom Heirs and The Old Paths. As well, they are both very serious about how they present the music with their abundance of talent and with the message these songs contain. We’re thrilled with our association with each of these artists.”
The Old Paths’ follow-up single, “He’s My Song,” has been heating up the charts; it has already reached the #6 position on the November 2013 chart. Meanwhile, the Kingdom Heirs’ new single, “The Borrowed Tomb,” is off to a strong start, as the #1 most added song for Singing News’ November 2013 Top New Releases chart.
From left to right: Dennis Murphy (Kingdom Heirs), Tim Rackley (The Old Paths), Jerry Martin (Kingdom Heirs), Andy Stringfield (Kingdom Heirs), Jeremy Peace (The Old Paths), Kreis French (Kingdom Heirs), Douglas Roark (The Old Paths), Steve French (Kingdom Heirs), Chris White (Crossroads), Daniel Ashmore (The Old Paths), Jeff Chapman (Kingdom Heirs)

Daryl Williams Signs Agreement With AG Publicity

Prattville, AL (September 20, 2013) Award winning singer/songwriter Daryl Williams has signed an agreement with AG Publicity. Daryl has written over 1,100 songs with many of them huge hits in the Gospel music world.
Deon Unthank of AG Publicity said “Daryl is a personal friend whom I have known for thirteen years. I've watched him go through good times and bad times and can tell you that he lives what he writes about. I am thrilled to be able to send news of Daryl Williams around the world.”
Williams has had such Gospel hits as: The Gaither Vocal Band - “Promises One By One” and “Singing With The Saints”, the Cathedral Quartet - “Blessed By The Hand Of The Lord”, the Greenes - “When God Has Another Plan” and “Jerusalem Coming Down”, Jake Hess - “I Got Blessed”, the Talleys - “Jesus Saves”, “Typical Day”, and “Surely”, Gold City - “Nobody’s There”, the Collingsworth Family - “Just Another Rainy Day”, Ivan Parker - “The Best Hallelujah In The House” and “Between Two Thieves”, the Kingsmen Quartet - “Joy’s Gonna Come In The Morning”, the Speer Family - “Another Hallelujah Coming On”, and of course any one who is anyone has recorded “Glory To God In The Highest” on their Christmas Album.
Daryl Williams sang with the Speer Family before forming his own group and he is announcing the reformation of the Daryl Williams Trio. Consisting of Daryl, Shannon Knight and Brent Mitchell, Daryl commented “I've never been more excited about forming a group than I have this one. With this array of talent there is no end to the styles and arrangements we can sing.”
You can find out more about Daryl Williams at or .
You can reach Daryl Williams at .

About Daryl Williams
Daryl was born in the San Francisco Bay Area town of Burlingame, and grew up in San Jose California. His mother was active in Gospel Concert Promotions, and Daryl fell in love with Gospel Music at an early age. He remembers vividly spending time as a child with such Gospel legends as Doris Akers, Jake Hess and Vestal Goodman. It was at the age of 7 that Daryl decided he wanted to write his first song. There are now over 1,100 songs in his catalog. Daryl went on to study music at California State University, and received a Bachelor’s degree in Music.
From 1994 to 2008 Daryl traveled full time with his own ministry team, the Daryl Williams Trio. They recorded 10 CD’s and appeared on many Gaither Homecoming Videos and Concerts. They also appeared as regulars for 7 years on TBN’s Unfolding Majesty program with hosts Dean and Mary Brown.

Christian Davis Enters Agreement With AG Publicity

Nashville, TN (September 20, 2013) Multi-award nominated Christian Davis is well known for singing bass with the bluegrass group, Dailey and Vincent, but he also has a successful solo career. He is also known for his studio work singing on recordings for Dolly Parton and Bill Gaither's Homecoming Video Series. He has performed at the CMA Awards, The Grand Ole Opry, The Lincoln Center in NYC, The Johnny Cash Music Festival and many other events and venues around the world.
Christian began to sing at age three, and throughout his childhood he learned to play various instruments. He began singing professionally in 1998 while attending Liberty University, as bass vocalist with The Sounds of Liberty, traveling to many churches and venues around the country. Later that year Dr. Jerry Falwell, with Christian's persuasion, formed the Old Time Gospel Hour Quartet, which Christian began as the original bass singer. He has since sung with other quartets such as the Old Friends Quartet (while George Younce was ill), Christian Brothers Quartet and Mercy's Mark.
Deon Unthank, co-founder of AG Publicity commented “I have watched Christian Davis from his early days with the Old Time Gospel Hour Quartet and was immediately impressed with this young man's talent. He has developed into one of the finest Bass singers in Gospel music and I am honored to represent him as he progresses in his career.”
Christian stated “I am beyond blessed to rekindle the publicity relationship with the Unthank Family that once began over 10 years ago. I reiterate now what I said then, they are truly industry professionals who really care about their clients and the followers of Gospel music.”
Christian is married to Sophia Davis, owner of Adoration Agency, and they are the proud parents of Shelby, Richard and Anneliese.

You can learn more about Christian Davis at or .

You can reach Christian Davis at .

For booking Christian contact the Adoration Agency - .


About Christian Davis

Christian Davis is not only a multi-talented man of God, but the hand of God is evidently working in his life. It is a rarity in any genre of musical entertainment when someone comes along with an individual talent that can captivate an audience for an entire performance. Even more of a rarity is when someone comes along with not only the God given talent, but the heart and compassion to make a difference. Christian has witnessed countless souls come to know Jesus as their Savior and has seen hearts and lives changed by the power of God. He believes the most important thing he can do is reach souls and touch the hearts and lives of people through the instrument He gave him, his voice.

The Torchmen Quartet Nominated for Two GMA Canada Awards

St. Catharines, Ontario (September 23, 2013) - The Torchmen Quartet from St. Catharines, Ontario have been nominated for two GMA Canada Covenant Awards: 2013 Group of the Year and 2013 Southern Gospel Album of the Year. The nominated recording, A New Perspective, was produced and mixed by The Torchmen’s Jon Hisey. The group is currently in their 44th year of ministry and has often appeared on the mainstage at the National Quartet Convention in Louisville Kentucky.

”Even though we do what we do to serve the Lord and touch people for Him with our music and words, it is appreciated to be recognized for all the time and work we put in to produce a product,” said Mike Moran, The Torchmen’s manager and baritone singer. “We are grateful for the privilege of singing for Him.”

The Torchmen Quartet have become Canada’s premier Southern Gospel Quartet and have travelled across most of North America with their music. They have just released their latest album, Hymns: Lest We Forget. The Grammy-nominated Torchmen Quartet have been recipients of numerous Covenant awards, including the 2012 Southern Gospel Album Of The Year, 2010 Southern Gospel Song Of The Year and the 2007 Southern Gospel Album Of The Year. Current group members include Mike Moran, Jon Hisey, Sandy McGregor and Jeff Tritton. More information on The Torchmen Quartet can be found at .

The Gospel Music Association of Canada will hold their 35th Covenant Awards on November 6, 2013 at the Crossroads Centre in Burlington, Ontario. The Awards will be televised on CTS and include many performances by acclaimed Canadian artists. More information on GMA Canada can be found at .

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Back Home Releases New Song To Radio

Nashville, TN (September 19, 2013) Award nominated family group, Back Home, is releasing a new song to radio that they are extremely excited about.
Penned by renowned songwriters Sue Smith and Don Poythress, “Heavy End Of the Cross” is destined to be another chart topper for this quickly rising Country/Gospel group. Radio seems to really like the Country sound of Back Home so this song should be quickly accepted and move right up the charts.
Songwriter of the Year winner, Sue Smith, stated “My son-in-law (worship pastor in Texas) sent me a quote from the great preacher Charles Spurgeon. It is from his last sermon, which was given to a crowd of young preachers. It moved me deeply, and I knew that I wanted to write a song about the section that begins with "He is always to be found in the thickest part of the battle..." I was blessed that soon after that, I was scheduled to write with Don Poythress, who loved the idea.”
Co-writer Don Poythress said “Back Home has a ministry that touches people, heals and encourages them. I pray "The Heavy End Of The Cross" will bless many.”
During the National Quartet Convention, Back Home was chosen as the winner of their Showcase and got to sing on the main stage on Thursday night. Back Home made quite a buzz during this week. Someone mentioned after their performance that Back Home is the New Little Big Town and Lady Antebellum of SG Music.
You can find out more about Back Home at or .
About Back Home
Back Home is a husband and wife team who not only are great singers, but also inspiring songwriters. Jimmy and Jennifer are no strangers to the music industry. Twenty-six year veterans of vocal session work, they are two of the most sought after background singers in the country and gospel music industries. On any given night you can find Back Home sharing their love for good music, the gospel and their love for the One who has allowed them to live their dreams and sing for Him with audiences and churches all across America.

Brand New Concert Event Comes To Branson Missouri, Spring 2014

Branson Mo (September 17, 2013) – A fabulous new Gospel music event will be held in Branson, Missouri this coming Spring. The Ozark Gospel Music Convention will be held May 5, 6 and 7, 2014 at The Stone Castle Hotel and Conference Center. Admission is free and all Gospel music fans are encouraged to make their vacation plans now.

The Ozark Gospel Music Convention will be hosted by partners Rob Patz, CEO of Coastal Music Group and publisher of SGN Scoops, award-winning Gospel soloist Ava Kasich and well-known industry personality, Jonathan Edwards. The fourth member of the team spear-heading this festival is Donnie Williamson, of Gospel music’s family group, The Williamsons.

Jonathan Edwards, who will be also be singing at the Convention with his trio, Faith’s Journey, says, “I am thrilled about having some of the best artist in Southern Gospel music coming to an event in Branson. I am looking forward to the music the ministry and the fellowship during these three days.” Ava Kasich is also anticipating a wonderful celebration of music. “I am so honored to be a part of The Ozark Gospel Music Convention and to be associated with such a great group of Christian folks!” says Kasich.

Donnie Williamson is already working hard with the team on events surrounding the Convention. “Well, what can I say? I am so excited for The Williamsons to be part of the Ozark Gospel Music Convention. The most beautiful music in the world – Gospel – will be performed at the most beautiful place in the world, Branson, Missouri. This will be the perfect opportunity to make the family part of a fun filled three days that will create a lifetime of memories.” Williamson continues, “Several of the finest groups in the Midwest will be performing along with great chapel services and other activities. And, there will be plenty of time available to see the wonderful sights of the Ozarks while there.”

Rob Patz is thrilled to be partnering with this group of artists to present the OGMC.“Our team came together with a common goal, to present Gospel music to as many people as possible in one of the most beautiful spots in the U.S. We want to present three days of entertainment, ministry and fellowship, all for free and all to glorify the name of Christ,” says Patz. “Come be with us on May 5 through 7 in the land of the Ozarks!”

For more information on the Ozark Gospel Music Convention, visit or email Rob Patz at . The Stone Castle Hotel & Conference Center ™ is located at 3050 Green Mountain Dr. Branson MO 65616 and online at

2013 National Quartet Convention – A Celebration of Two Decades of Memories

Louisville, KY – The 56th Annual National Quartet Convention is now in the history books. For seven consecutive days, Southern Gospel Music fans from more than 40 states and at least a half dozen countries experienced the city of Louisville, KY, one more time. The week-long event officially concluded on Saturday, September 14, as production trucks were packed, exhibit booths disassembled, cars, vans and buses loaded, and the Kentucky Fair & Expo Center silent once again, marking the end of an era – the end of the National Quartet Convention in Louisville.
Southern Gospel Music’s premier event first moved to Louisville from the city of Nashville in 1994. There were those who were not in favor of the move from Music City USA. Even Convention Board members admitted that the move was quite bold. Louisville’s Freedom Hall held twice as many seats as the Muncipal Auditorim in Nashville, TN, which had been the NQC home for more than a decade. Fortunately, for the NQC Board, fans, artists and industry members, the move proved to be the right one, as the 1994 NQC set record attendance figures, with evening concert attendance more than doubling and the exhibit area nearly quadrupling. Since arriving in Louisville, the Convention has experienced unprecedented growth, with many special events taking place over the past two decades.
Many Convention attendees, including artists and fans have enjoyed all 20 years in Louisville. While bittersweet sentiments could be felt throughout the 2013 NQC, an air of excitement was also present. Memories of Louisville will forever remain in hearts; nevertheless, eager anticipation awaits for those who make preparations to converge upon the city that will soon be the NQC’s new home. According to Clarke Beasley, NQC Executive Director, the final year in Louisville was a great success. “This year many nights had greater attendance than last year, and our subscriber based webcast set an all-time record,” Beasley stated. “Fans attending enjoyed another wonderful year in Louisville, but there is obviously eager anticipation for next year in Pigeon Forge, as advances for next year’s seating and hotel reservations set advance sales records. So we are very excited as the NQC begins a new era.”
The 2013 Convention provided many special memories during it’s final year in Louisville. Many of Gospel music’s most popular recording artists were featured at this year’s event, including multi-award winning recording artists like The Gaither Vocal Band, The Gatlins, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Jason Crabb, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, The Isaacs, Gordon Mote, The Booth Brothers, The Kingdom Heirs, The Hoppers, Greater Vision and The Mark Trammel Quartet. Additionally, the event featured noted speakers such as Ken Davis, Dr David Jeremiah, Dr Johnny Hunt and Dennis Swanberg. As attendees reminisced about the past 20 years in Louisville, they look forward to making many new memories in Pigeon Forge. “I am really excited,” one long-time Convention attendee stated. “I’ve been to Louisville every year, and I attended the Convention in Nashville before Louisville. In fact, I haven’t missed a year since 1983, and I don’t plan to miss being in Pigeon Forge in 2014. Wherever the music is, I plan to go!”
The 2014 National Quartet Convention will take place at the Leconte Center in Pigeon Forge, TN, as Gospel Music’s premier annual event will take place the week of September 21-27, 2013. Visit, or call 1-800-845-8499 for complete information.

Eagle’s Wings and The Stephens meet great success at the recent National Quartet Convention

Morris Music Group artists Eagle’s Wings and The Stephens met great success at the recent National Quartet Convention in Louisville, KY. Both groups were voted best in the Regional Showcases they performed in and as winners they were given a slot on the Main Stage on their respective night.

Eagle’s Wings performed on Monday night and The Stephens made it two nights in a row for Morris Music Group when they performed on Tuesday night! The good news did not end there as both groups were named to the Top 20 groups that had performed that week during the Showcases and The Stephens won THAT Final Showcase and were back on the Saturday night Main Stage Program.

Congrats to Morris Music Group, The Stephens AND Eagle’s Wings.

Daywind Artists Win Major Honors at 2014 NQC Music Awards

(Louisville, KY) – Daywind recording artists and a Daywind songwriter were among the big winners at the 2nd Annual NQC Music Awards held at the National Quartet Convention in Louisville last Friday. Popular mixed group, The Perrys, received the award for Album of the Year for their cd “Through the Night.” Dianne Wilkinson added to her distinguished career by being named 2013 Songwriter of the Year. Brian Free and Assurance received the award for Video of the Year for the music video to their #1 song “I Want To Be That Man.”
In an emotional acceptance, Libbi Stuffle thanked her group for carrying on despite tremendous adversity. Libbi’s husband and the group’s leader, Tracy Stuffle, suffered a stroke early this year and is recovering under Libbi’s care in Nashville, TN.
Dianne Wilkinson graciously thanked the crowd for the award while encouraging the audience. “More than ever, sinners need to be saved; Christians need to be encouraged; the Church needs to be awakened; and God needs to be glorified…and we don’t have long to do it,” exclaimed Wilkinson, who has had several #1 songs in the past year to go along with her past hits recorded by the Cathedrals, Kingdom Heirs, Mark Trammell Quartet and many more.
Brian Free and Assurance’s video director, Scott Godsey, accepted on behalf of the group for their win. “I Want To Be That Man,” was the first #1 single from the album Nothing But Love. The album has since birthed a second #1 song, “Calvary’s Cry.” with the third single, “Nothing But Love” now playing at radio stations nationwide. The group and the recording received seven nominations overall for the NQC Music Awards.
“We are so proud of our artists and songwriters. I see behind the scenes how hard they work and how pure their hearts are. It is wonderful when their fans recognize their efforts in this way,” said Ed Leonard, president of Daywind Records.
Along with these great talents, Daywind Records is home to such artists as the Karen Peck and New River, Greater Vision, Legacy Five, 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


Nashville, TN – After an overwhelming response, literally garnering thousands of videos and music clips, organizers of the Cathedrals Family Reunion event have announced the winner of the "SING WITH US" contest.
After viewing the thousands of submissions from Cathedral fans all around the world, India's Colet Selwyn has been announced as the winner. Yes, India!

Hailing from India, Colet Selwyn counts the Cathedral Quartet and George Younce as main influences in his desire to minister and sing Gospel music. He currently performs as a soloist and along side his family, the Sunbeam Singers.

Colet was notified via email and responded with these words: "This is certainly exciting news! I'm very humbled to be able to sing with the Cathedral Family."

The Cathedrals Family Reunion takes place November 8-9, 2013 in Fort Worth, Texas at the MacGorman Performing Arts Center. Tickets for this special weekend are on sale now at

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September 2013 SGNScoops Magazine Features The Talleys

We are kicking off the fall season with a sensational September edition of SGNScoops Magazine! We are excited to present the Talleys as this month's cover story.
Also in this issue we highlight the ministries of The Greesons, The Mark Trammell Quartet and Karen Peck and New River. This issue also offers details of the recent Song of a Lifetime Experience featuring Phil Cross, Mark Bishop, Gerald Crabb, Squire Parsons and Channing Eleton.
Staff writer, Erin Stevens shares the "younger perspective" with Christian Booth and staff writer, Rick Kiser highlights Christian Country Music's Billy Hale.Rhonda Frye re-caps the first Patterson Promotions Anniversary singing and Lynn Mills re-caps the Mark Trammell Quartet's homecoming.
Enjoy Lou Hildreth's Life, Love and Legends column, a devotion from Dr.Jeff Steele and Christian Fitness tips with Laurette Willis.
We Welcome Sherry Anne Lints to the staff this month. Check out her column "Reflections with Sherry Anne." Get the latest on the Creekside Gospel Music Convention and more in this edition of SGNScoops Magazine.
Be sure to share the magazine with your friends, families and fans, We are always digital, always free and always good!

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All-Star Lineup featuring Mark Lowry, Hoppers, Isaacs, Karen Peck & New River, Sneed Family, Rambo McGuire and more Set To Take The Stage at Loretta Lynn Ranch in Historic Hurricane Mills, TN

Loretta Lynn Performing Saturday, September 28, 2013

(Nashville, Tenn.) – A limited number of tickets are still available for the inaugural Loretta Lynn's Gospel Music Festival set to be held September 28 - 29, 2013 at Loretta Lynn's Ranch in historic Hurricane Mills, TN. Organizers report the event is nearing SOLD OUT status!

Scheduled to appear during the two-day event are Mark Lowry, The Hoppers, The Isaacs, Karen Peck & New River, Gold City, Rambo-McGuire, The Singing Cookes, The Freemans, Brian Free & Assurance, Michael Combs, Archie Watkins & Smoky Mountain Reunion, and The Sneed Family.

Loretta Lynn will appear on Saturday, September 28, 2013 performing a rare set of Gospel music flavored with some of her biggest hits. The hills will ring with the glorious sounds during the two-day inspirational event as music lovers converge onto the ranch.

For those arriving early on Friday night, September 27, 2013, there will be a special bon-fire and sing-a-long beginning at 8:00 PM.

Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, TN is the perfect destination for this amazing weekend of Gospel music. The full service RV park features primitive camping, pools, canoeing, paddle boats and more. Guests can also tour Loretta’s plantation home, the Butcher Holler Home Place, and her brand-new 18,000 square foot “Coal Miner’s Daughter” museum.

Tickets are on sale now and more information can be found online at or by calling the ranch at 931-296-7700.


Vocalist Shows Another Side in WooHoo, What A Ride! Taping on Thursday, September 19, 2013
(Nashville, Tenn.) – Gaither Homecoming artist Allison Speer will record her first comedy DVD, WooHoo, What A Ride!, on Thursday, September 19, 2013 at the River Of Life church in Smyrna, TN. Doors will open at 6:00 and the taping will begin at 7:00 PM.

Speer says, “Happy are the people whose God is the Lord! I have been telling funny stories about my family for 20 years. Finally, I am putting all those stories and a few new hilarious songs together for one event. Wear your jeans and come out and join me in a night of laughter and fun.”

Allison married into the famous Speer Family and her husband, Brian Speer, is the son of Faye and the late Brock Speer. She is a featured performer on the world-famous Gaither Homecoming video series.

Admission to the video taping is free. For more information, visit or call 615.331.0900.


'Jeremy Lin conquered Harvard, the NBA and Sundance.' MTVe

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LOS ANGELES – Sept. 16, 2013 – Basketball phenom Jeremy Lin’s history-making, record-breaking, breathtaking NBA ascendancy is just as remarkable for its backstory of setbacks and personal faith. And that’s what comes to life—in theaters and on VOD—with the Oct. 4 debut of LINSANITY, a film for anyone who ever rooted for the underdog.

From Director Evan Jackson Leong and narrated by Daniel Dae Kim (Hawaii Five-O, Lost), LINSANITY follows an undersized California kid—a child of Taiwanese immigrants—who loved hoops fiercely and refused to give up. It’s also the story of the faith and family that sustained and guided him through physical and societal obstacles, and past heartbreaking setbacks.

“If I learn a lot, if I grow a lot through tough times, that’s part of His perfect plan,” Lin says.


More to the Jeremy Lin Story Than You May Know

Lin was a benchwarmer about to be released by the 2012 New York Knicks—the third team to cut him in two months—when a chance to play propelled him into national headlines and sudden status as an NBA starter and team leader.

But it was just the latest Hollywood-worthy hurdle cleared by the first-ever Asian-American NBA star.

As a high school player in California Lin experienced racial ridicule but led his team to a state title, defeating an “unbeatable” opponent.
Big college programs showed no interest, so Lin attended Harvard with no scholarship, where the basketball coach built his program around Lin.
With no NBA draft, Lin became a free agent, twice signing and getting cut before the Knicks gave him a last chance.
Known for outworking anyone on the court, Jeremy despaired of ever seeing his true chance in the NBA. What kept him going? Faith in God, he says—and it’s a topic he far prefers over the “Linsanity” mania.

Showing the important roles of parents, brothers, pastor and friends, LINSANITY inspires viewers with a young man’s journey—and faith story—through the highs and lows of a life that stands ready to affect many more lives, worldwide, for great good.

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The Film Was an Underdog, Too

Echoing its subject’s surprising success, the film LINSANITY has its own underdog story:

From 12,000 entries, it was one of 119 “Official Selections” of the Sundance Film Festival where it earned an opening-night standing ovation.
A crowd-funded project, it topped its $125,000 Kickstarter goal.
A Sundance favorite with the media:
"One of the most crowd-pleasing documentaries to play the festival this year." Los Angeles Times
"A sports doc with abundant heart persuasively chronicles the emergence of a global phenomenon." The Hollywood Reporter
"Jeremy Lin conquered Harvard, the NBA and Sundance." MTV
In Theaters October 4


New York Manhattan AMC Village 7

Los Angeles Monterey Park, Calif. AMC Atlantic Times Square 14

San Francisco San Francisco Sundance Kabuki Cinema

San Francisco Cupertino, Calif. Bluelight Cinema 5

Houston Houston AMC Studio 30 and Sundance Cinemas

Washington, D.C. Gaithersburg, Md. AMC Rio 18

Chicago Chicago AMC River East 21

San Diego Camino Del Rio, Calif. AMC Mission Valley 20

In Theaters October 11

Seattle Lynnwood, Wash. AMC Alderwood 16

Video On Demand

LINSANITY will also release on VOD on Oct. 4, on VOD platforms including Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Verizon, DirecTV, Dish, Cox Cable, Bright House and Charter.

LINSANITY—from Ketchup Entertainment, 408 Films and Arowana Films in association with ENDGAME Entertainment and Defy Agency.

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Sharing The Stage on Worship Around the World Tour With Michael W. Smith – One of Christian Music’s Most Awarded Artists calls America To Pray

Washington, DC (September 4, 2013) – Today, the announcement has been made that Grammy and multi-Dove Award winning Christian recording artist Jason Crabb has been appointed to the Special Advisory Committee of the 9/11 Day of Prayer and Repentance being observed next week nationally. In accepting the appointment to the special committee, Crabb joins a select group of high profile nationally recognized Christian influencers that includes Congresswoman Michelle Bachman, pastor Greg Laurie, actor Chuck Norris and singer Pat Boone, among others.

The 9/11 Day of Prayer & Repentance is a movement that began in April as an editorial column at by WND CEO and Founder Joseph Farah. Within days the response came from thousands of readers wishing to enlist themselves and their families, church groups, Bible studies and neighbors.

Overwhelmed by the outpouring, Farah noted about the 9/11 call to action: “When America was founded 237 years ago, fellow believers fought to establish and protect the role of God in the fabric of our country. We are a nation originally built on and by prayer. Today, as Christians, we can look around and readily see that our beloved homeland is tragically broken and our culture is breaking down and dramatically moving away from God. Those of us who understand the challenges we face for the very survival of America as we have known it as one nation under God must start planning now to do something radical.”

That something is the 2013 nationwide day of prayer and repentance. .

In noting the announcement of the latest addition to the Special Committee, Joseph Farah noted: “Jason Crabb is a young American who authentically embodies the principals on which the day is based –a consistent passion for keeping God in the center of our daily agenda and for encouraging others through both his witness and example to follow God in prayer and action. We’re extremely honored with his willingness to participate.”

“I’m honored to be involved with the 9/11 day of prayer and repentance," shared Jason Crabb. "I firmly believe that America’s only shining hope is a return to God in the midst of these dark times. I pray this event will help encourage individuals and churches alike to take the time to honor God next week in the observance of the September 11 anniversary.”

Jason Crabb is one of the most highly respected, versatile and talented artists to ever grace a stage. His soulful, heartfelt vocals have made him a critics’ pick and a fan favorite on stages ranging from “The Grand Ole Opry” and the Brooklyn Tabernacle to arena platforms. Crabb is the reigning GMA Dove Awards’ Artist of the Year and Male Vocalist of the year. With a string of number one hits and chart-topping singles, a tour schedule of over 150 dates annually, and ongoing high-profile TV appearances, this vocal powerhouse’s talent is topped only by his genuine personality and concern for others. Love Is Stronger, his latest release, arrived onto the musical landscape with critical acclaim. Produced by musical heavyweights - Ed Cash (Chris Tomlin,) Jay DeMarcus (Rascal Flatts) and Wayne Haun (Celine Dion) - the 11-track project features Jason at his very best and garnered attention from Entertainment Tonight, The Associated Press, FOX News, AOL Music, The Boot, CCM Magazine, New Release Tuesday and more. Jason has just embarked on the fall leg of his "Love Is Stronger" tour throughout the country and is set to take the stage with Michael W. Smith during his “Worship Around The World” tour in October 2013. Jason lives with his wife Shellye, and daughters Emma and Ashleigh just outside of Nashville, TN.

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Michael English Garners Nominations for 44th GMA Dove Awards in Key Categories

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

The vibrant industry reconnection of Curb Records' Michael English garnered the talented vocalist three nominations in key award categories. Michael has been nominated for the following:
Southern Gospel Song of the Year: “Stubborn (Psalm 15)"
Southern Gospel Performance of the Year: “Stubborn (Psalm 15)"
Southern Gospel Album of the Year: Some People Change

Michael English is currently performing select solo dates in addition to his touring schedule with the Gaither Vocal Band. Connect with Michael at, and

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 Welcomes Canaan Deon Unthank

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – (September 18, 2013) – Editor-in-Chief and singer/songwriter Chris Unthank and his wife Noel are proud to announce the birth of their son – Canaan Deon Unthank.

Canaan was born on Tuesday, September 10, 2013. He weighed in at 8 lbs and was 20 inches long. Canaan is the Unthanks’ first child.

Mother and Baby Unthank are resting well at the family’s home in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Chris Unthank is no stranger to the Southern Gospel music community. Chris took over as Editor-In-chief for in January 2011 after the passing of his mother and site founder Susan Unthank. He is also a songwriter and member of Gospel music trio The Sunday Edition.

Noel is the daughter of Brenda and songwriter Johnny Lowrance (“Mender of Broken Wings”) and the secretary at Turning Point Church in Murfreesboro, Tennessee where her father is the pastor.

Canaan is also the sixth grandchild of Publisher Deon Unthank who said “I am so excited, because while Canaan is my sixth Grandchild, he is the first one who lives close to me and I can hold, and spoil and aggravate him. When I first held him he cooed on pitch in the Tenor range.”

Canaan is the nephew of's webmaster and soprano for The Sunday Edition, Amy Unthank.

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Sneed Family Signs Agreement With AG Publicity

Nashville, TN (September 19, 2013) The Sneed Family of Glasgow Kentucky has signed an extensive publicity agreement with AG Publicity of Nashville, TN. The Sneed Family began its gospel music journey in 1982 as "Glory Bound" with four young men just out of High School and then several years later evolved into the family group that is blessing so many today. Today's group is made up of Jeff Sneed (vocals, piano), Pam Sneed (vocals), Amanda Cowen (vocals, mandolin), Seth Sneed (vocals, rhythm & bass guitar), Jacob Sneed (drums), and Caleb Cowan (vocals).

AG Publicity Co-founder Deon Unthank commented “ I kept hearing from other artists about the Sneed Family, and after meeting them I understood why. This family is focused on what they have been called to do, and do it with all the energy they have. Not only are they great singers, but great business professionals as well. What they bring to the table is a real asset to Gospel music.”

The Sneed Family is a multi-talented group of individuals that are not only involved in the singing aspect of Gospel Music but also in promoting concerts and a weekly television program as well. The latest venture in that area is a two day event with Loretta Lynn which will feature some of the top groups in Southern Gospel Music this month. In early 2008 The Sneed Family launched a brand new Christian Television Show called "Glory Bound Jubilee" on WPBM Proclaim Broadcasting which is shown in over 100,000 homes.

Jeff Sneed was quoted as saying, “We are excited about working with AG Publicity to assist us in spreading the word about our group and what we have to offer Southern Gospel Music. They also have the ability to make sure everyone knows about our events.”

Pamela Unthank, A&R Director for AG Publicity, stated “I have been hearing a lot of buzz about The Sneed Family for a while now and could not be happier to represent anyone in the industry. They are innovative and passionate about helping this genre grow.”

You can learn more about the Sneed Family at or .

You can reach the Sneed Family at .

The Sneeds are booked through Mountain Top Talent, a division of Michael Davis and Associates.


About The Sneed Family
The Sneed Family began its gospel music journey in 1982 as “Glory Bound” with four young men just out of High School. The group was founded by 18-year-old pianist and baritone, Jeff Sneed. Jeff met and married Pam Saylors who not only became his wife, but his singing partner. Today they are living our dream by standing on stage with their entire family night after night. Since the groups beginning it has flourished into a current day family ministry team. Today’s group is made up of Jeff Sneed (vocals, piano), Pam Sneed (vocals), Amanda Cowan (vocals, mandolin), Caleb Cowan (vocals), Seth Sneed (vocals, rhythm & bass guitar), and Jacob Sneed (drums). In early 2008 The Sneed Family launched a brand new Christian Television Show called “Glory Bound Jubilee” on WPBM Proclaim Broadcasting.

News from Karen Peck and New River

From KPNR newsletter of September 17, 201:
Hey precious friends!
After being on the road for nine days, it is good to be home!! I will be doing laundry for the next hundred years! Lol
Right now I'm sitting in my kitchen, in front of my lap top computer, writing this newsletter, and drinking a diet mountain dew. Now this is the life!

Last week was an incredible week in Louisville for NQC. As always, we saw friends from all over the world. With it being the last year in Louisville, everyone seemed very excited about being there. And all of the artists were on their game! The times that I was inside the arena, I was so blessed by the performances! The audience was amazing to sing to!

REVIVAL has soared up the charts to #12! We are very grateful to the DJ's for playing the song. It was wonderful seeing so many of you at the DJ appreciation breakfast at NQC. (Thanks to all of the listeners for calling your local radio station and requesting the song. It really does help!)

This week I will be traveling to Clemmons, N.C. for our annual Abraham Productions meeting. Please continue to pray as we prepare for API events. Y'all be sure and sign up with KPNR and go with us on the Abraham Cruise November 2-9!!!

Our new album REVIVAL is doing great! We praise the Lord!

We would love to see you so check our schedule and join us in concert!! You can order online at our website or go to your local Christian bookstore.

Love y'all:)

Susan -

Joseph informed me that he needed to order his class ring. Wow I can't believe he is almost through with high school. It seems like yesterday that I was trying to teach him how to write a cursive E. That took awhile. :-) I am so thankful that God blessed David & I with a wonderful young man!!!
Blessings, Susan


NQC was such a blessing this year. It's almost like a family reunion for both artists and our friends of the music. We all were truly revived this year and we sang "Revival" for the first time at Convention. It has become my favorite song to sing right now. I pray you all are doing well. I hope to see you all on October 4 and 5 when we sing at Dollywood. Love you guys!!!!

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The Tacketts Release New Project “Miracles Never Cease” At NQC

Defiance, OH (September 18, 2013) The Tacketts have released their much-anticipated sixth project titled "Miracles Never Cease” last week at the 2013 National Quartet Convention in Louisville, KY. The project is a collection of eight original progressive country Gospel songs and two time-tested tributes, and is titled after the original song written by Jeff's father, Pastor Doug Tackett. The songs were written by some of the best in Gospel Music.

Jeff Tackett stated, “We have never been as excited about working on a CD as we have this one. It was not only special because we recorded a song written by my father but every song will be encouraging to anyone that hears them. John Rowsey did a phenomenal job of producing the project as well as writing two of the songs chosen by us to record. It was recorded at Harvest Studios in Huntington, WV. We had such a great response at NQC by the people that heard us at the showcases and they couldn’t wait to purchase the CD. ’Miracles Never Cease’ will bless you every time you play it.”

The Tacketts also recently traveled to South Carolina to film a televisionprogram for Great American Gospel. The show information can be found at

Sarah Tackett said, “What an amazing day we had taping the show for Great American Gospel. Many thanks to Dee, Danny, Randy, Russ, Angie, and their whole team. What a blessing you all are.”

The CD is available on The Tacketts website at

Here is a list of the songs and writers:

“Miracles Never Cease” (Doug Tackett)

“Everyday Faith” (Sheri LaFontaine/Wesley VanWyk)

“Moving Over” (John Rowsey)

“In His Own Hands” (Paul LaFontaine)

“If I Can Help Somebody” (Alma Androzzo)

“A New Day Dawning” (Sheri LaFontaine)

“The Good Life” (John Rowsey)

“This Is How Love Feels” (Chris Binion/Patti Hawkins)

“Where There’s A Will, He Has A Way” (Lee Black/Kenna West)

“Holy Ground” (Geron Davis)

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You can reach the Tacketts at

About The Tacketts
The Tacketts are a unique mixed Gospel group consisting of husband and wife team Jeff and Sarah Tackett, along with Jason Tackett who though not blood related is still family. Jeff is a man talented to play many instruments, a gifted singer, and manager of the group. Sarah, a former Miss Ohio and talent winner in the Miss America pageant uses her singing ability to enhance the group. Jason brings an interesting theater background to the group. Hailing from Defiance, OH. the Tacketts travel the country sharing the Gospel.

Sneed Family Presents the Loretta Lynn Gospel Music Festival

Nashville, TN (September 18, 2013) Jeff Sneed of the Sneed Family, Glasgow, KY has been hired by Loretta Lynn as promoter and planner for the Loretta Lynn Gospel Music Festival. Jeff is proud to announce that Loretta Lynn will be performing in the grand finale for the Saturday night concert. Jeff is also releasing the scheduled performances for the event.
Sneed stated, “It was Loretta's idea to create an event like the all day singing and dinners on the ground she attended as a child. In creating that atmosphere, the ranch announced that on Friday evening there will be a bon-fire and sing-a-long for early arrivals, inviting folks to bring their guitars and join in with the artist for an old fashion singing by the campfire session."
Tickets are available at and for RV parking call the ranch at 931-296-7700.
Below is a schedule of events for the Festival:
Saturday:12:00 to 12:15------Mark Lowry Open, Welcome and Comedy
12:20 to 1:00 -------Rambo/McGuire
1:05 to 1:45 -------Brian Free & Assurance
1:50 to 2:30 -------Singing Cookes
2:35 to 3:15 -------Michael Combs
3:20 to 4:00 -------Archie Watkins & Smoky Mountain Reunion
4:05 to 4:20 -------Mark Lowery
4:25 to 5:05 -------The Freemans
5:10 to 5:50 -------Karen Peck & New River
5:55 to 6:35 -------Mark Lowery
6:40 to 7:20 -------The Hoppers
7:25 to 8:05 -------The Sneed Family
8:10 to 9:10 --------Loretta Lynn

Sunday Morning Worship:
10:00----------------- Karen Peck and New River 2 songs
Sneed Family-----------------2 songs
Les Butler--------------Speaking
1 song after sermon

Sunday: 12:00 to 12:20-------Mark Lowery
12:25 to 12:55 ------Karen Peck and New River
1:00 to 1:45 ------Gold City
1:50 to 2:20 ------Rambo-McGuire
2:25 to 2:55 -------Sneed Family
3:00 to 3:30 -------Mark Lowery
3:35 to 4:30 -------The Isaacs
About The Sneed Family
The Sneed Family began its gospel music journey in 1982 as “Glory Bound” with four young men just out of High School. The group was founded by 18-year-old pianist and baritone, Jeff Sneed. Jeff met and married Pam Saylors who not only became his wife, but his singing partner. Today they are living our dream by standing on stage with their entire family night after night. Since the groups beginning it has flourished into a current day family ministry team. Today’s group is made up of Jeff Sneed (vocals, piano), Pam Sneed (vocals), Amanda Cowan (vocals, mandolin), Caleb Cowan (vocals), Seth Sneed (vocals, rhythm & bass guitar), and Jacob Sneed (drums). In early 2008 The Sneed Family launched a brand new Christian Television Show called “Glory Bound Jubilee” on WPBM Proclaim Broadcasting.

Isaacs Warmly Received At Grand Ole Opry

Nashville, TN (September 17, 2013) As the first family of Southern Gospel/Bluegrass, the Isaacs are entering territory others have dreamed of going. Performing fairly often at the Opry, the Isaacs once again received a very warm welcome when they sang on Saturday, August 31st.
The crowd was into their singing from the first song, “The Living Years”, but when they sang “Mr. In-Between” and the ladies broke into those close harmony parts, you could actually hear some swooning going though the crowd.
For their last two numbers special guest Bill Gaither joined them on stage. The audience cheered when Bill joined them on the a capella rendition of “Walk Together Children”, however with the final song of the classic Dottie Rambo tune “If That Isn't Love” the crowd erupted giving them a standing ovation.
On top of their Opry success the Isaacs have also been garnering attention with several award nominations, including Ben winning the NQC/SGMG Producer of the Year Award.
2013 Dove Nominations include Song of the Year - "Why Can't We", The Isaacs, (writers) Rebecca Isaacs Bowman, Sonya Isaacs, Jimmy Yeary, (publisher) R.I.Bowman Music (BMI)//Sonya Isaacs Music/Nashvistaville Songs (BMI)//EMI Blackwood Music Inc/Beattyville Music/Great Day A This Music (BMI
Southern Gospel Performance of the Year - "Why Can’t We", The Isaacs , Gaither Music Group, (producer) Ben Isaacs
Producer of the Year – Ben Isaacs
In addition to the three Isaacs nominations, Ben Isaacs was nominated for co-producing two other projects, "Glorious Freedom", Gaither Vocal Band, Gaither Music Group, (producers) Bill Gaither, Ben Isaacs, Michael English, David Phelps in the Southern Gospel Performance of the Year category. Ben was also co-producer on the Country Album of the Year - “Mercy”, Aaron & Amanda Crabb, (producers) Aaron Crabb, Ben Isaacs, as well as Back Home Again, Oak Ridge Boys, (producer) Ben Isaacs.
Lastly Ben was co-arranger of the Bluegrass Song of the Year nomination of "Standing in the Need Prayer", Oak Ridge Boys, (writer)Traditional, Arr. by Duane Allen, Joe Bonsall, William Lee Golden, Richard Sterban & Ben Isaacs .
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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.

Godsey and Associates Produce NQC Award Winning Video

Nashville, TN (September 16, 2013) Nashville's Godsey and Associates produced the Award winning video “I Want To Be That Man”. Performed by Brian Free and Assurance, the moving video about a young man's memories of his late father and how he was able to hold on to them captures the heart of every person who watches it.
Scott Godsey, producer of the video said “When a song has the heart gripping message of 'I want To Be That Man' the production just seems to come to life as you are working it.”
The prestigious awards of the National Quartet Convention held on Thursday, September 15th, garner the respect of the entire Gospel Music Industry. Godsey continued “It is such an honor to produce these videos to help tell the stories that the singers and songwriters create with their music. To be honored with an award for this work by others in the industry makes it even more special”.
Godsey and Associates also won the Pacesetter award earlier this year at the Absolutely Gospel Music Awards as well as “I Want To Be That Man” by Brian Free and Assurance winning the Progressive Song Of The Year.
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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.

Gould Family Signs Extensive Publicity Agreement With AG Publicity

Joplin, MO (September 16, 2013) Exciting young family group, the Goulds, is excited to announce that they have signed a publicity agreement with AG Publicity of Nashville, TN.
The Gospel singing group has made great strides efforts to share the Good News with the talents God has given them. Recently singing on the main stage at the National Quartet Convention as well as performing at Silver Dollar City has brought their name into the national light.
Deon Unthank of AG Publicity said “We see some real potential in the Goulds and believe that with a little exposure they will expand their boundaries and reach many more people with the Gospel message.”
“We are excited to be a part of the AG Publicity family” stated Tim Gould, and continued “We appreciate the confidence and faith that AG Publicity has expressed to us about our ability to share the the Gospel Message”.
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About The Goulds
The Goulds are a normal everyday family who enjoy spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ through song. They are based out of Joplin, Mo. and travel the country wherever God opens doors. The Goulds attend and serve at Christ's Community United Methodist Church in Joplin, Mo. and invite you to come and worship with them every chance you get. Most Sunday's will find the Goulds serving through song in another church but the staff and members of Christ's Community UMC welcome you with open arms. The Goulds have sung along side many groups including The Lesters, The Mark Trammell Quartet, The Blackwood Brothers and many others. The Goulds are known for their tight harmony and uplifting message that touches young and old alike.

Vertical Sky Announces Good Changes

Vertical Sky Announces New LAUNCH Strategy
Nashville, TN (September 16th, 2013) In the ever-expanding and changing era of Gospel music radio airplay, Vertical Sky is thrilled to announce a new service for Christian music artists called LAUNCH.

What is LAUNCH? Launch is a radio airplay service, offered by Vertical Sky, geared to send and service Christian music in the genre of Southern Gospel and Bluegrass to the strongest and most comprehensive list of airplay outlets available today. Those include individual stations, networks, syndicated programs, internet radio, and satellite radio programming. After months of research and preparation, the company is thrilled to be ready to help artists do what matters MOST; Get their music HEARD.

LAUNCH is not just a download service. It is a truly AIRPLAY focused service where music will be sent to stations, either by hard copy radio disc and/or download, according to the preference of the station.

Vertical Sky will provide additional perks during the LAUNCH, by first helping choose the right single for radio (which affords the artist’s music the best opportunity for success), setting add dates, striving for adds on those dates, and expansion of airplay opportunities. Additionally, each artist using LAUNCH will have a personalized E-Card download sent to nearly 700 stations, placement on the Vertical Sky website, and placement on Vertical Sky’s exclusive SOUNDCLOUD fan listening page.

This new approach to radio promotion and servicing was born out of years of experience in radio promotion by company founder and president, Donna King. Donna expresses, “I love my radio friends and my artists. More and more, over the years, I have seen that my wonderful charting stations are overwhelmed and inundated with people vying for a TOP spot. I have also seen the emotional pull this effort has on my precious artists, often draining their hopes and dreams, when, all the while, they are doing an excellent job in serving God and reaching people. While I understand the need for an artist’s music and ministry to be validated by chart success, I truly believe this can happen in ways that honor GOD and the efforts of those artists and radio stations. Both entities work hard to do the right thing in the right way. Chart success, and, most importantly, airplay success will happen with good music and strong lyrical content. I am able to testify to that from personal experience. These radio stations listen to their audience and to the heart of GOD. While I understand the LAUNCH approach won’t be preferred by everyone, I think many artists will benefit from this service and will feel grateful to avoid the monthly promotion payments following the launch of a single that leave them wondering if it is making a difference or not. This is a huge leap of faith for Vertical Sky but I believe it will lead many people to a really great place in their radio efforts. I have to be obedient to God. This decision is, for me, an act of obedience. This is not to say that I feel the traditional method of radio promotion is wrong. I think in some cases, and at some times, it is needed (like when a single has traction and needs a boost). I just don’t believe that it is right for everyone, every time.”

In addition to Vertical Sky’s LAUNCH, Donna is excited to be able to spend more time working with ministries on staging and vocal training, as well as her GREAT loves, which are writing and producing music. She, along with her husband, Zane, will begin touring on a limited basis as well.

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Pictured: Donna King