Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The Dominion Agency Welcomes The Hoskins Family


Waynesville, NC (01/29/2014) - The Dominion Agency is thrilled to welcome one of the most talented and ministry focused family groups of the decade, the Hoskins Family, to their incredible roster of artists.

The Hoskins Family inked a long term agreement with the Dominion Agency this week. This is on the heels of a VERY exciting month, which included an album release and the announcement of the group signing with Daywind Records.

Michael Davis, president and CEO of the Dominion Agency, expresses, "I am excited to welcome the Hoskins Family to the Dominion Agency family of artists. This talented family will continue making an impact for Christ with their incredible music."

With past MEGA HITS like "What A Joyful Morning," "Safe Thus Far," and several more, this family is poised to TOP the charts again with their latest radio hit, currently at #6 on the Singing News Top 80, entitled "Whenever I Hear His Name."

Angie Hoskins, known for her stellar, signature vocal ability shares, "We are so excited to be with Dominion Agency for our booking and tour needs. Dominion is a first class agency and we know this is right where God wants us. We anticipate great things in our partnership and look forward to working with Micahel Davis. He has a heart for God and puts Him first in all of His efforts for his artists. We feel we've started the year out right and we are so excited about what's ahead."

The world of Gospel Music is filled with more talent and ministry than ever these days and the Hoskins family is one of the definite reasons why. As friends and fans celebrate thier return to the road, the group looks forward to reconnecting and making new friends in ministry.

To schedule the Hoskins Family and other wonderful artists of the Dominion Agency, call 828-454-5900 or email

To learn more about the Hoskins Family, visit or like them on FACEBOOK at

To learn more about all of the artists who call the Dominion Agency home, visit and

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

Mailing Address:
PO Box 1277
Waynesville, NC 28786


(NASHVILLE, TN) – Acclaimed vocalist, musician, songwriter, author, and television personality Jason Crabb will join Producer and Actress Roma Downey (Touched by an Angel, The Bible) and Producer Mark Burnett (The Voice, Survivor, Shark Tank, The Bible), for a very special taping of the Jim Bakker Show on Wednesday, January 29, 2014. Downey & Burnett will visit the show to talk about their new feature film, Son of God, set to release in February 2014.

Jason Crabb was personally selected by host Jim Bakker as the musical guest for this special taping. Bakker commented: "When I found out that Mark Burnett & Roma Downey were coming to our show, I knew I had to have the perfect musical guest and there's none better than my amazing friend, Jason Crabb! He is one of the most anointed artists of our time and loved by so many, not to mention one of my favorites!"

On Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 8:30 AM CST, viewers can tune in online at to view the filming. A broadcast date and time will be announced at a later date.

Crabb’s latest single release, “Love Is Stronger” – produced by Rascal Flatts’ Jay DeMarcus - is heating up airwaves on both christian and country radio. The song’s theme is striking a chord among the hearts of listeners. The video, which debuted on, is making an impact on video channels and online outlets including,, UPtv among others.

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 and currently holds seventeen Dove Awards. 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 lives with his wife Shellye, and daughters Emma and Ashleigh just outside of Nashville, TN.

A&G Entertainment Announces Gerald Crabb's Gospel Fest

Ripley, Mississippi (Jan 23, 2014) Gerald Crabb and Alisa Asbury of A&G Entertainment are pleased to announce plans are underway for Southern Gospel's newest Gospel Music event, Gerald Crabb's Gospel Fest. Gospel Music artists and fans will gather on Labor Day weekend 2014, August 28, 29, 30 and 31st, at the Dalton Trade and Convention Center in Dalton, Georgia to experience the best in Southern Gospel Music, Crabb-style! Gerald Crabb commented, "I am so excited about our first Gerald Crabb’s Gospel Fest. It will feature morning worship services that will include special guests, artist seminars, a talent search, and lots of great Gospel music. It will be very similar to the Crabb Fest that was held in years past in Owensboro, Kentucky. You will not want to miss this event."

In the mid 90’s, Crabb Fest was launched in a church parking and grew into a four-day major event with the Saturday night attendances reaching 5,000 or more. Several artists such as Joseph Habedank and Josh Franks were discovered at Crabb Fest talent contests and many memories were made as the best artists in all of Gospel Music performed. “Everyone looked forward to Crabb Fest each year,” Crabb stated. “It was a great time to fellowship with one another, and to be spiritually uplifted as well as a time to enjoy great music. I believe Southern Gospel music fans are going to love that we are bringing back the spirit of Crabb Fest to our new event.”

During Gerald Crabb's Gospel Fest there will also be afternoon showcases featuring regional artists. “We were thrilled with the response from artists from many states wanting to participate in this year’s event,” Alisa Asbury remarked. “These groups are greatly talented and have thriving music ministries. It is a pleasure to help them expand their fan-base and give them opportunities to take their ministries to a new level. We’re also excited to host a talent contest that will allow rising new artists a chance to expose their talents to industry professionals.”

The evening performance line-up is stellar. Thursday night’s concert will feature the Grammy award winning artist, Jason Crabb. On Friday evening, the Gaither Vocal Band’s new lead singer, Adam Crabb will perform along with Crabb Family vocalist, Terah Crabb Penhollow and the popular duo, Josh and Ashley Franks. Saturday’s schedule includes multi award winning Jeff and Sheri Easter, The Freemans and Weston and Christy Hinson. On Sunday morning, legendary Gerald Crabb will wrap up the weekend with a prayer breakfast and concert.

For ticket information, visit or call 1-877-772-5425. For more information about Gerald Crabb’s Gospel Fest, visit

Tribute Quartet Joins Daywind Family

Hendersonville, TN (January 28, 2014) Daywind Records is pleased to announce the addition of Tribute Quartet to its roster of artists. Tribute is no stranger to Southern Gospel Music fans. The group was formed in 2006 by two former members of the Wilburns, Gary Casto and Josh Singletary. Those two are now joined on stage by tenor singer Riley Harrison Clark and bass singer Anthony Davis. The group received the Singing News Fan Award for Horizon Group of the Year in 2008. Their hit song, “Good News from Jerusalem” was nominated for the Singing News Fan Awards’ Song of the Year in 2013.

“Tribute Quartet is thrilled to be joining the Daywind family,” shared Gary Casto. “At this season in our ministry, after just celebrating our seventh year together, we are excited about the opportunity to work with this award-winning team as we continue to make great music for years to come.”

Added Josh Singletary, “It's exciting to watch an entity grow. Even more, a ministry. Tribute has seen a lot of growth over 7 years and each spurt has been a breath of fresh air. This is no exception. I am tickled to be a part of the Daywind family and anticipate a bright and productive future!”

The group has experienced some of its greatest success with its latest project, “Our Anthem.” Three of the songs on the project – “Good News from Jerusalem,” “Homesick Angel” and “God’s Gonna Send a Revival” – have experienced considerable success on the Singing News Magazine Top-80 Chart. “Good News from Jerusalem” was a No. 1 song in August of 2013 and was nominated for Song of the Year.

“Tribute has rapidly ascended to prominence in the Southern Gospel industry, and they are showing no signs of slowing down,” Daywind president Ed Leonard said. “We are excited to have the opportunity to work with such young, enthusiastic men and look forward to having the group as part of our growing roster of artists for a long time to come.”

The group is picking songs for their inaugural Daywind release due out in 2014. For more information on Tribute Quartet, visit the group’s web site at The group is booked by the Harper Agency.

Daywind Records is home to great artists such as Brian Free and Assurance, Greater Vision, Karen Peck & New River and Legacy Five. Daywind is distributed to retail through New Day Christian Distributors, iTunes, Select O Hits and all major digital outlets. For more information, visit

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Ozark Gospel Music Convention to take place May 5-7 in Branson Missouri

Let me encourage you to make plans to attend an incredible new event taking place in the heart of the Ozark Mountains in the live music capital of the world: Branson, Missouri. The Ozark Gospel Music Convention will be three great days of Gospel Music, powerful messages and great fun.

This event will take place at the beautiful Stone Castle Resort conveniently located right off 76 highway, the strip, May 5th-7th.

Everything gets underway at 1pm with a showcase of Branson entertainers including Doug Gabriel and Barbara Fairchild. That evening will feature 14 artists from around the country in a line-up of some of today’s new artists like Jericho Junction and the Dean Family as well as chart toppers The Williamsons and Paul’s Journey. To conclude the evening we will be honoring St. Louis’ first family of Gospel Music, The Lesters.

On Tuesday Morning singer/songwriter Bruce Haynes will be bringing the chapel service to you. Tuesday night will be another evening of Gospel Music with 14 artists including power house soloist Lindsay Huggins and familiar names in Gospel Music The Dunaways and Weston and Christy Hinson. That evening there will be a chance for you to enjoy a midnight breakfast with some of the artists at the Stone Castle Resort.

Wednesday morning Pastor Hose Bilyeu will bring the chapel message and Wednesday night 14 more artists will sing for you with the Grand Finale being a tribute to our Veterans called “Heroes” which will be taped for a TV special.

So make plans to come be with us for FREE for three exciting days! You must have a ticket so go online today at and get your FREE Tickets as space is limited.

Patricia Heaton stars in MOMS' NIGHT OUT movie

America's Top TV Mom Ignites Family Humor with Sarah Drew, Sean Astin, and Trace Adkins
. . .In Theaters May 9

Culver City, CA – Jan. 28, 2014 – With a laugh-packed mix of big-screen, small-screen and music stars, Patricia Heaton and her husband, David Hunt have executive-produced MOMS’ NIGHT OUT, a new kind of family comedy in theaters May 9, 2014–just in time for Mother’s Day.

From TriStar Pictures, distributors of SOUL SURFER and COURAGEOUS, MOMS’ NIGHT OUT has early audiences raving about its laugh-out-loud portrayal of the chaos of parenting. With its PG rating this clean comedy will be a hit with families everywhere.

Heaton is one of America’s top female comedic actresses and the well-known star of Everybody Loves Raymond and The Middle, two of the most popular television comedies of all time. She joins Sarah Drew, (Grey’s Anatomy), Sean Astin (LORD OF THE RINGS and RUDY), and platinum-selling country recording artist Trace Adkins (THE LINCOLN LAWYER) in a story both hilarious and endearing for its spot-on view on parenting and real-life family relationships.


In the story, Allyson (Sarah Drew) and her friends long for a peaceful, grown-up evening of dinner and talk–a long-overdue “moms’ night out.” But to indulge in high heels, adult conversation, and not having to cut anyone else’s meat, their husbands will need to watch the kids for a few hours. What could go wrong?

"Every mom and dad in America–whether they have toddlers, tweens or teens–is going to love this movie,” Heaton said. “It's a hilarious family-friendly celebration of the trials and triumphs of parenting–a joyous affirmation of the world's hardest but most important job."

Drew loves the layered storylines–a family comedy several times over. “And then it’s a full-on love story about two people who already know each other,” she said. “Every mom knows that juggling act. And every audience that sees it says, “That’s my life!”

Co-writer/director Jon Erwin says the best humor begins at home. “My brother, Andy, and I love being dads, and everything in this movie happened to us . . . just last week!”

MOMS’ NIGHT OUT is a Kevin Downes Production of an Erwin Brothers Film. MOMS' NIGHT OUT is directed by The Erwin Brothers, and produced by Kevin Downes in association with Four Boys Films and Pure Flix Entertainment. MOMS’ NIGHT OUT also features David Hunt (24), Andrea Logan White (REVELATION ROAD), Robert Amaya (COURAGEOUS), Abbie Cobb (NCIS: LA), Harry Shum, Jr. (Glee) and Alex Kendrick (COURAGEOUS).

Written by Andrea Nasfell and Jon Erwin, MOMS’ NIGHT OUT was filmed in Birmingham, Ala., and is being distributed by AFFIRM Films and Provident Films. MOMS’ NIGHT OUT is rated PG for mild thematic elements and some action.

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About TriStar Pictures
TriStar Pictures is a Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) company. SPE is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America, a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE's global operations encompass motion picture production and distribution; television production and distribution; home entertainment acquisition and distribution; a global channel network; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; development of new entertainment products, services and technologies; and distribution of entertainment in more than 140 countries. Sony Pictures Entertainment can be found on the World Wide Web at

About AFFIRM Films
Affirm Films is a division of Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA), a Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) company, dedicated to producing, acquiring and marketing films that inspire, uplift and entertain audiences. Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Entertainment Inc., a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE's global operations encompass motion picture production, acquisition and distribution; television production, acquisition and distribution; television networks; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; and development of new entertainment products, services and technologies. For additional information, go to

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

Tacketts Perform On National Television

Defiance, OH (January 27, 2014) The Tacketts, known for their close harmony and high energy on stage, recently debuted to millions of television viewers on 'American Gospel Onstage'. Hosted by one of the most legendary names in Gospel Music, Mike Lefevre, the former baritone vocalist for Gold City and now of the LeFevre Quartet, the show debuted in the summer of 2013.

They performed several songs during the taping of the program. Two of the songs were 'Great High Mountain' and 'Precious Lord - Oh Happy Day'. The Tacketts will air on four different episodes of the program.

Filmed at The Broadcast Group Studios (formerly Heritage USA) in Fort Mills, SC, 'American Gospel Onstage' is a Great American Gospel Production.

Here's a link to a segment of The Tacketts' performance:

Be sure to look for this show on your favorite gospel television network. (Direct TV carries it on NRB Network -Channel 378).

The Tacketts will also be featured in Shelia Heil's Northern Notes column for the February issue of the Singing News.


About The Tacketts

Dynamic Gospel trio The Tacketts debuted on national radio in 2011 and to world-wide television audiences in August 2013 on American Gospel Onstage. Their sixth and newest project "Miracles Never Cease" was launched at NQC 2013 and was produced by Dove Award winner John Darin Rowsey, who also penned their new radio single "The Good Life." The project also features original music by multiple Daywind songwriters. The Tacketts created and host the successful "At Home with The Tacketts Concert Series," featuring many of the top artists in gospel music. The Tacketts' previous radio releases include "Great High Mountain," "Just a Little Talk with Jesus," "When You Can't Get to Him" and " Precious Lord/ O Happy Day." Their performance of this song at the 2010 NQC earned them a spot on the Main Stage.

The Northwest Ohio-based group is comprised of husband and wife, Jeff and Sarah Tackett, and dear friend, Jason Tackett. With their rich blend of family harmony, The Tacketts bring a heartfelt ministry of sharing the love of God to those in need of encouragement. Spend a few moments listening to their music or their testimonies, and their passion for Jesus and reaching the lost are easily apparent. With a refreshing blend of Progressive Southern and Contemporary Gospel, they are continuing a thirty-year family tradition of singing for the Lord.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Retro Reality Check: Finding a Piece of Peace

By Lorraine Walker

There is something about the start of a new year that brings a feeling of restlessness. Maybe it’s the whole resolution thing, maybe it’s the advertisements that tell me I need to get organized, or maybe it’s the knowledge that I can no longer hide the clutter in my house under Christmas decorations. January means that it’s back to routine, time to start on those promises you made to yourself and time to catch up on whatever you put off during the holidays.

In the middle of all this energetic, back-to-reality, stressful living, I often find myself longing for the peaceful moments of watching lights twinkle on a tree or gazing at the face of a sleeping baby in a manger. And I wonder why this seems to elude me for much of the year.

It’s true that often we blame what is happening around us for the lack of peace in our lives when in reality it is the other way around. If we can’t find the peace in our lives, we have to look within for what is causing the disquiet. This is not an easy concept to grasp if you feel like things are spinning out of control and there is nothing for you to hold on to.

It amazes me when God has to smack me in the face with a truth that I’ve learned but have to keep relearning, over and over: I do indeed have control over my emotions, and I am also told to have control over my thoughts. I may have to tell my soul to rejoice, and often it is also an act of my will to experience God’s peace. Paul told us to LET the peace of God rule in our hearts. This tells me that if I am not experiencing God’s peace in my life it is because, for whatever reason, I am not letting His peace rule.

Last month I mentioned that Hope came to earth in a manger. Peace dwells in the same Person as Hope, and these two gifts from God dwell within us the same way. The apostle Paul also said, “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

My New Year’s resolution this year? To let peace rule. Before there can be peace on earth, it must first be in me.

First published by SGM Radio website in January 2008.
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Retro SGM Radio: Women of Substance Series Featuring Susan Whisnant

{Editor's Note: This series on the Women of Southern Gospel by Lorraine Walker began in the Fall of 2007 and continued into 2008 on SGM Radio website. We hope you enjoy this feature on Susan Whisnant!)

This month we continue our series on the wonderful women in Southern Gospel Music. Legends such as Vestal and Eva Mae made their mark in the past while current artists like Connie Hopper, Lou Wills Hildreth and Elaine Wilburn continue to make theirs. All of them are women who have raised the bar of talent, faith and substance for those in the next generation.

This “next generation” includes women such as Karen Peck Gooch, Kim Greene Hopper and Susan Whisnant, who are now becoming legends in their own time. These true women of substance have not only developed their own talents, style and sound, they are also known for their Godly walk and their personal standards of morality. This month, SGM Radio had the privilege of talking to Susan Whisnant.

The Whisnants began as a family group over 35 years ago and Susan joined the group when she started dating Jeff. The group became a trio, with Susan, Jeff, and Jeff’s brother John. For over 20 years, this trio has seen few changes in their lineup and minor changes in their sound; but for Susan Whisnant fans, the voice and grace of this lady have made The Whisnants legendary in Southern Gospel.

All of the ladies we have been chatting to this point have been sure of their calling to this ministry from an early age. Susan’s assurance came a little later. “I started singing when I was five, with my Mom and Dad, in a quartet called The Melody Singers in South Carolina”, says Susan. “They traveled extensively in their region. I’d get up and sing a song called, ‘After All’. Then I went to college for two years and I continued to sing with my Mom and Dad. We did a lot of Bible Conferences; but as far as doing this for a living, I didn’t think I ever would.”

Susan continues, “Then I met Jeff Whisnant who had been singing since he was six with his Mom and Dad. We started dating and our hearts meshed, and the desire to do something more with this was very much a part of what we were. It was from that point that we said, “Lord, if You will make a way, we’ll go, we’ll do it. Even if it’s not easy, You just lead the way and we are going to follow. And that’s what we’ve done.”

Susan remembers what it was like when it wasn’t easy and The Whisnants were still a struggling young group. She has these words of advice to offer to new gospel artists. “Thirteen years ago at the National Quartet Convention when my baby was ten months old, we had a little 8x10’ booth, and I could not even afford to put carpet in it. Somebody gave me black and white floor covering that we had to piece together. The only thing we could afford was lawn chairs to sit along the side, just Walmart plastic chairs. And I thought, ‘Lord, thank You for helping us be here. Nobody knows us, but thank You so much for letting us be here’.”

“If I could give advice to any group, it is to be faithful where God has placed you. Even when quitting seems easy and it seems like nobody knows you, little is much when God is in it. And if you will be faithful in the little things, before you can even thank Him; He is giving you greater things. You turn around and you just know that it’s all from Him. I encourage every group to just hang in there and stay faithful.”

Susan shared some of her thoughts on the brand new groups in Southern Gospel. “Paid In Full, the group that won the Horizon Group Award this year, they have just stolen my heart. But there are a lot of really great up-and-coming groups right now. There is some great talent out there”.

Susan’s wonderful talent and expression have won her many fans over the years, and her sweet personality has brought her many friends. Young women entering the industry look up to Susan as one of the female leaders in Southern Gospel. To these ladies, Susan offers this advice: “I’m always amazed when girls tell me they look up to me, because there are many women in the industry that I look up to and it just blows my mind. I think Southern Gospel music is the best music anywhere. I think the Lord requires us to dress our best, to be classy, to present it in such a way that’s appealing to the lost. We don’t need to look like the world to present the best Gospel. That’s just how I feel.”

“I think it ought to be done with class”, Susan continues. “’Lord help us always to remember that we are representing the King!’ [Gospel music] needs our best package all the way around: the best talent, the best singing we can give, and the best dress we can wear. Some people say that doesn’t matter, but we are representing the King, and I sure wouldn’t go to the palace if I wasn’t dressed in my best.”

“It’s an honour to be able to see young kids look up to us, it’s really an honour. But I’m just flesh, and I want people to remember: the only difference between them and me is I hold a mic. We are just like them.”

Susan mentions that there are ladies in Southern Gospel that she looks up to as well. “I’m going to say Karen Peck [Gooch]. Even though there isn’t much age difference [between us], I’ve always looked up to her. She presents herself as a lady.”

“Connie Hopper, to me, last night [during NQC] looked like the Statue of Liberty. She is just so classy. She’s an elegant lady every time I see her, without fail. She’s one of my heroes”. Susan continues, “There are some heroes that have really made an impact on my life, those two especially. If I could be like them, it would be an honour.”

Susan Whisnant is not only known for her talent and class, but also for the compassion and love for others that shines from her eyes. She talks about what the Lord has been sharing with her: “People are hurting. People’s lives are falling apart. And a lot of them are going to leave this concert and go home to broken homes. They are going to go home to kids that are wayward; their husband or wife is going to want a divorce; they are going to face death. With that in mind, there is a responsibility that we have as ministers to encourage them and remind them that God has not forgotten us. He hasn’t forsaken us and He is faithful, even when the way isn’t clear. He is faithful.”

”There are groups as well that are down, and I’ve been there. I know what it is to be there and I’m thankful that God has blessed our faithfulness. Not that we are anything special! But I want to be more tuned in to what it is people are going through. I want people to know that we face it too. We go through the same kinds of things.”

Susan continues, “Jeff’s Dad had cancer this year. My Mom has had double knee replacement surgery. We face it. And I don’t want to forget that either. A lot of people forget ‘from whence they came’, and God forgive us for doing that. We’ve got to stay humble before the Lord.”

Like many women balancing a career and a family, Susan shares about the difficulty trying to be everywhere at once. “Women have the heart to nurture, even though we don’t always do it the best. I love being a mommy. I haven’t found the answer about how to balance everything.”

“I do radio promotion, I home school, travel all the time, keep the house up, wash clothes and go to church on Wednesdays when we are home. It’s hard. I do it one day at a time; one minute, one hour, one second, and I can’t think ahead. And that’s how I manage it. And I just pray for God to give strength, grace and wisdom, and to lead, guide and direct. The Bible says, “The steps of a righteous man are ordered by the Lord”. Sometimes I just dig in and hang on. Don’t know where I’ll end up, but I’m just going on with Him. Having done all, just stand.”

This very real, classy and strong lady of Southern Gospel has a lot to teach the ladies who look up to her. Susan Whisnant bears the mark of a woman of God who has been willing to submit to the Lord and has become a vessel for His love reaching out to others. A true woman of substance, Susan very deservedly takes her place among today’s generation of Southern Gospel legendary ladies.

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Written by Lorraine Walker
First published by SGM Radio website, December 2007.
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Patterson Music Group announces the launch of a new Record Label, PA MUSIC, under the direction of Southern Gospel veterans, Pauline Patterson and Angie (Hoskins) Aldridge. Their combined wealth of knowledge of the Southern Gospel music industry and years of experience provide a strong foundation for producing professional recordings.
Pauline Patterson is owner of PATTERSON MUSIC GROUP, home of Patterson Promotions, (a national-charting Radio Promotions group for over 8 years), Southern Gospel Times, (an online magazine that hosts the nation’s only Weekly Fan-Voted TOP 40 Southern Gospel chart) and The Southern Gospel Times Label, (an Artist Development label).
Singer/songwriter Angie (Hoskins) Aldridge has traveled nationwide with her family, the award-winning HOSKINS FAMILY, appearing on many major Southern Gospel events. Nominated for 6 Dove awards, their songs have garnered Chart-Topping success including Top 10’s and Top 5’s. Their song, “Safe Thus Far,” hit the #1 spot on the Singing News Chart and was also recognized as BMI’s Top 3 Most Played for the year.
Pauline shares, “I’m excited about this next phase of work of Patterson Music Group … producing great projects for our clients. As a radio promoter I see the need for many to upgrade their recordings and I know with the help of seasoned producer Angie Hoskins Aldridge we will bring artists a project that they will be proud to send to national radio. Radio is looking for quality and we will give it to our clients. Angie is a gifted young woman and I’m proud to be working with this talented singer, songwriter and record producer.”
“This is going to be exciting! Producing is an interest and a love I have always had,” says Angie. “The sky is the limit for these projects! State of the art studios, professional art work and photography, quality background vocals, seasoned vocal production, top quality musicians and established radio promotions! What else is there?”
PA MUSIC offers commercial recording and professional production no matter what level you are at. A complete recording package includes a 10 Song Project, Professional Recording with Angie Hoskins and Pauline Patterson co-producing, 3 days Studio Time, (1 for tracks, 2 for vocals), 5 of Nashville’s Top Musicians, Performance Tracks, and a Professional Photo Shoot.
Call now to book your Recording Date for 2014 or for more details and pricing.
Pauline Patterson: 606-523-1490

Soul Vision Releases Single With Patterson Promotions

Soul Vision has signed a radio promotions deal with Patterson Promotions, releasing their first national radio release “I Know Who The Lord Is” on Patterson Promotions Vol.13 ,the comp has just hit radio stations all across the nation and out of the country. This song is also available world wide for all radio on our DJ download site on

Soul Vision comes from the great state of NC and is comprised of Patrick Case of Hendersonville, Denna Reese of Burnsville, Randall Mull of Hendersonville, and Myron Bishop of Chapel Hill, NC.

The group was formed in 2008 and strives to be soul winners for Christ.

Pauline of P.P. says it is a honor to work with such a talented group who has a vision and a heart for souls. I think you’ll love this song! You’re gonna love this group, their sound their harmonies and their anointing. You will love these folks !

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Jared Stuffle (JK) to Sing Bass for The Perrys

January 20, 2014 – (Hendersonville, TN) Award-winning, Gospel group, The Perrys announced today that Jared Stuffle, known to everyone as JK, will be singing bass until Tracy returns to the road full time.

JK is no stranger to road life. As the son of Libbi and Tracy, he has traveled with the group all of his life and has been the primary operating sound tech on the road. JK has been singing on stage since earlier this month, filling in as the bass for his dad.

“I am incredibly thankful for God’s provision over my family and my dad’s health over the last year and am humbled to be able to do my part in his absence,” says JK. Tracy has been joining the group on stage for a couple songs each night over the last couple months but as he continues to recover, Jared is excited to be filling in those shoes.

“I am very over protective of Tracy and his health and we want to make sure we are doing everything we can to strengthen his recovery,” shares Libbi. “Sometimes that means having to cut a date and we know that our fans respect that and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts!”

The Perrys joined StowTown Records in late 2013 and are in studios recording their upcoming CD, “Into His Presence.” “With Tracy’s recovery and physical therapy going so well and us recording our first CD with StowTown, this is sure to be an awesome year,” says Libbi. “Go God!”

For more information on The Perrys and to see their upcoming tour dates, visit, Also, visit their facebook page for more “on the road fun”


Chapel Valley recording artist Michael Wayne Smith has just released his latest album “Changed By Grace.” The first single from this new recording, “Just About Home,” is receiving great response in radio and has already charted in the Singing News and Christian Voice.

Nine of the eleven songs were written by Smith and are sure to become new favorites for fans of this artist. Some of his previous hits include “Everything’s Fine,” “Run To Jesus” and his most successful song to date “Until The Storm Is Over.” Michael is also the writer of the popular song “My Home” recorded by Heirline.

Michael Wayne Smith is a Christian singer/songwriter from Oak Ridge, Tenn. and has been in ministry since 2009. His unique southern and country style is blended with lyrics that come straight from his heart that will surely find their way into the hearts of the listener.

“Changed By Grace” can be ordered directly from his website at www.michaelwaynesmith.comand is also available for download through Itunes, Amazon and other download sites.

To hear samples from the “Changed By Grace” cd or to learn more about the ministry of Michael Wayne Smith, please visit his website at


The Southern Gospel Music Association (SGMA) is pleased to announce that the organization and Dollywood have reached an agreement that ensures The Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame & Museum’s home for the next five years.
“Since 1999, Dollywood has graciously provided a facility for the Hall of Fame and Museum,” says SGMA President Arthur Rice. “The year 2014 marks the 15th Anniversary of the opening of the museum, which currently houses more than 3,000 artifacts and honors 155 members of the Southern Gospel music community. We’re honored that Dollywood continues to recognize the significance and importance of Southern Gospel music, and as both the SGMA and Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame & Museum continue to grow, we are grateful for their support and willingness to showcase this great music.”
“Dollywood’s commitment to Southern Gospel music and to the SGMA has been strong during the past 15 years,” says Craig Ross, President and General Manager of The Dollywood Company, Inc. (a subsidiary of Herschend Family Entertainment Corporation). “We are thrilled to have the SGMA as part of the Dollywood family and we are honored to commit to providing the SGMA a home.”
With an annual monthly average of 30,000 visitors, the Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame & Museum is the only facility of its type solely dedicated to honoring a specific genre of Christian music.
For more information, visit

Judah Releases Official Music Video “Clear The Stage”

The Christian music group, Judah, is preparing to release their first National radio release in 4 years.
Judah is comprised of Rick MaHarrey, formerly of the MaHarrey’s, Deborah MaHarrey, Rick’s wife, and their two daughters, Ireland age ten, and Mercedes age 15.
Ahead of the National radio release of the single “Clear the Stage” which will release in February 2014, Judah has released the official music video. This step marks a new era for the group, and introduces 15-year-old Mercedes MaHarrey, as the lead vocalistl on the new release.
If you are a host of a Gospel music video program, and would like to receive a copy of this new video contact Judah at or connect with them on Facebook.

The video can be seen at

Doug Anderson Celebrates The Release of DRIVE

Stow Town Records, LAPEL, IN (January 21, 2014) — Single-digit temperatures outside had no effect on Doug Anderson’s audience inside The Station on Tuesday night; that crowd gladly
chose to “Drive” over snowy roads for an evening featuring the warm voice and memorable songs they’d been waiting to hear.
Doug Anderson—fresh from his GMA Dove Award-winning debut solo recording—kept the momentum going with a CD release party for his sophomore project on StowTown
Records; the event was attended by an enthusiastic hometown Hoosier crowd, faithful fans, and music industry friends from Nashville. The 2012 “Male Vocalist of the Year” (Absolutely Gospel Awards) and radio favorite (three Top 40 radio singles) had to fight canceled flights just to make it back in time for the big night from Hershey, Pennsylvania, where he had been the featured artist for the annual Christian Products Expo. According to Kirk Blank, president of Munce Group and MTL media, “Doug’s performance generated waves of thundering applause, and his ability to weave a story between songs endeared him to the packed crowd of independent retailers.”
Although currently known as a featured vocalist with Ernie Haase & Signature Sound,
Anderson has gained new fans as a country music solo artist, and Tuesday night
he proved again that he is at home in either setting. The high-energy baritone,
along with a live band, kept the crowd happy all night long with a variety of new and
classic songs, including the progressive title song “Drive,” a memorable remake of the Dolly Parton favorite “The Seeker,” the heartfelt “Moment by Moment Grace,” and the contagious first radio single from the project, “Love with Open Arms.” A few highlights from the evening are available at and
Retail stores will carry “Drive” exclusively for two weeks beginning January
21, 2014; after that initial offering, fans will be able to purchase the CD online, in addition to the brick-and-mortar stores. Follow Doug Anderson on Twitter and Facebook for updates on his solo concerts, as well as his tour schedule with Ernie Haase & Signature Sound.
About StowTown Records
Founded in 2011, StowTown Records reflects the musical vision of Ernie Haase and Wayne Haun, and is the creative home for Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, Doug Anderson, Devin McGlamery, The Perrys, The Collingsworth Family, Beyond the Ashes, The Browns, and selected classic music from The Cathedrals, their legendary bass singer, George Younce, and The Cathedral Family Reunion. Distributed worldwide through Provident / Sony Distribution, this independent label has quickly garnered industry attention with multiple GMA/Dove Awards and chart-topping releases from their highly respected artist roster. For more information on StowTown Records,
(Photo courtesy of Susan Bailey)
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Entertainment Industry Television Show Airs in More than
25 Million Homes Nationwide

Nashville, Tenn. (January 21, 2014) - Today, "Behind The Scene with Kenny & Friends" announced its 3rd season of programming on Rural TV and FamilyNet Television.

“Behind The Scene with Kenny & Friends” is a laid back, “front porch” style interview program highlighting up-close and personal discussions with music producers, recording artists, and renowned songwriters along with many other guests in the entertainment industry. The 30-minute weekly show searches the other side of the music industry, specifically the “talent behind the talent” and the “story behind the song.” Guests range from the up-and-coming hitmakers to talented veterans. Through cable and satellite providers, the show airs in all 50 states (more than 25 million households) every Saturday at 2:30 PM ET and replays every Friday at 1:30 PM ET.

"I’m celebrating over 50 years of being in love….with Country music," says host Kenny Dean. "My older brother was a truck driver and still is, so I remember first listening to an AM radio show called 'The Charlie Douglas Road Gang,' and now 50 years later I’m able to sit down with seasoned artists, songwriters, producers, as well as these young up 'n coming stars. Remember when you were a kid going into the candy store? Well I’m that kid now in the candy store of the 'Country Music Community.' God has blessed me and I thank him every day."

Tagged by some as the "Johnny Carson of Country Music," host Kenny Dean is a husband, father and grandfather whose good ole boy persona and wholesome honesty is as welcoming at first introduction as it is show after show. In addition to being a TV personality on various stations over the course of his 17-year broadcast career, Dean hosted the two-hour live television morning show “The Front Porch” for more than 15 years. Named the North American Country Music Association International (NACMAI) “TV Personality Of The Year” in 2006, Dean has covered political and entertainment sectors—conducting interviews with governors, congressmen, senators and state officials along with the all-time music greats.

From an inside-out perspective, “Behind the Scene with Kenny & Friends” explores and reveals the inner workings of Nashville to offer viewers a true-to-life sneak peek into the business like never seen before. From young gun hitmakers to award-winning, trendsetting veteran entertainers, such as Tracy Lawrence, Jo Dee Messina, Ronnie Milsap, Ray Stevens, Aaron Tippin and Billy Dean, the best-of-the-best have made the scene with Kenny Dean!

For more information on "Behind The Scene with Kenny & Friends" visit

Winter Village Bluegrass Festival Starts Today

Now in its 4th year, the Winter Village Bluegrass Festival continues to bring the best acts in bluegrass music to Ithaca and the Finger Lakes from January 24 - 26, 2014. Our festival home, La Tourelle Resort, is a music lovers paradise and great place to spend a January weekend. This year, after two years of selling out our Saturday night Big Show at the Hangar Theatre, we are excited to move the January 25 Saturday Big Show downtown to the historic State Theatre, Ithaca's favorite music room.

This year, our headliner artists, the Claire Lynch Band and Balsam Range, are here for the whole weekend of performances and workshops. Our bands are among the best bands in Bluegrass and Americana music – Claire Lynch is the 2013 IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year and Balsam Range has the 2013 IBMA Recording of the Year. Rounding out the Winter Village lineup is the Molly Tuttle Trio an exciting young trio from California by way of Boston and the Berklee College of Music, Northern PA superpickers The Hickory Project, Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys, Chad Darou & Stealing Time, and Paris Texas featuring Bobby Henrie.

Winter Village Performances
Saturday Night Big Show at State Theatre
Saturday, January 25 @ 7:00 PM
We are excited to move the Saturday Night Big Show to the historic State Theatre of Ithaca after selling out at the Hangar Theatre the last two years. The Big Show will feature festival headliners the Claire Lynch Band and Balsam Range, along with the very talented Molly Tuttle Trio. The State is a wonderful historic venue, great for seeing and hearing music, and within walking distance to many restaurants and downtown hotels and inns. Tickets for the concert cost $35 for Gold Circle Seats, $25 for reserved seating, and $20 for the Balcony Bleacher seats (general admission). Given that most of the seating is reserved and the room is large, you should consider purchasing your tickets right away, as we anticipate a big last minute rush of sales. Molly Tuttle Trio will open at 7:00pm, the Claire Lynch Band will perform at 8:00pm, and Balsam Range will close the show at 9:15pm.

Saturday Workshops & Concert at La Tourelle
Satuday, January 25 @ 9:00 am - 4pm
Saturday morning workshops will be from 9:00 am to 12 noon for all instruments, singing, and songwriting and featuring festival performers from CLB, Balsam Range, Molly Tuttle Trio, the Hickory Project, Chad Darou, and Robbert van Renesse teaching the ever popular bluegrass uke workshop. Schedule will be finalized and posted later this weekend or Monday. The Saturday afternoon concerts at La Tourelle will begin at 1pm with Paris Texas (Bobby and Doug Henrie, David Cavage & Rick Manning) with some special guests including Dee Specker, John Mailander and others. Balsam Range will perform at 2pm and the Hickory Project will perform at 3pm. Admission to the Saturday workshops and performances at La Tourelle are free for those who have purchased Saturday Day Passes ($40.00), 2 day passes ($50) or 3 day passes ($75). Others can attend for $20 payable only at La Tourelle on Saturday morning.

House Concert @ the Dewitt Park Inn
Saturday Afternoon 1-4pm
The Dewitt Park Inn is hosting a House Concert featuring the Claire Lynch Band (3pm), preceded by Chad Darou & Stealing Time at 1pm and Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys at 2pm. This is a unique opportunity to see Claire and her band up close, and hear Chad and Jim with their fine bands. There are 50 seats now available and you must have a 2 or 3 day festival pass to attend this special show. To reserve a seat, email me.

Dinner Music @ Moosewood & Argos
Saturday Evening, 5-6:30pm
The renowned Moosewood Restaurant is hosting Chad Darou & Stealing Time on Saturday night from 5 - 6:30pm for dinner and some unplugged bluegrass music before the Saturday night Big Show. Moosewood is offering 15% discounts to festival ticket holders and is located in the Dewitt Mall, next to the Ithaca Guitar Works and just a block from the State Theatre. Special thanks to Moosewood for sponsoring Winter Village and preparing the dinner for the performers at the State Theatre Big Show.

The Argos Inn is hosting a happy hour reception with drinks and a light bar menu (you can bring in food if you like) featuring Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys performing an unplugged show from 5 - 6:30pm. This beautifully restored Inn has just started hosting musical performances and we are exciting to share this beautiful new venue with Winter Villagers. No ticket is required to enter.

Spiritual Songs & Stories
Sunday Morning 10:30am - 12:00 noon @ La Tourelle
Sunday morning, we will have a special gospel music show – Spirit Songs and Stories – with Ithaca preacher and story teller extraordinaire Rebacca Dolch with music by the Claire Lynch Band, the Molly Tuttle Trio, Hope Grietzer, Rick Manning and some other special guests. We will have instrumentals at 10:30 am, followed by the Claire Lynch Band with Rebecca's stories and song introductions and observations from 11 - 12 noon. Tickets cost $10 and will be available only at the door on Sunday morning.

Cool Free Stuff
Red Feet Wine Market Thursday Tasting with Grassanova.....Thursday evening at 5:00pm
Friday Afternoon Workshops with Balsam Range - Friday from 2 - 5pm at La Tourelle. Come by and check it out....

Festival Accommodations
BREAKING NEWS: La Tourelle may still have two $130 rooms available that recently opened up - one a fireplace king and one a double king room.
This year, with the Saturday Big Show at the State Theatre and La Tourelle filled (you can always call to check for cancellations), we have arranged for a variety of downtown accommodations and added some downtown events. 3 downtown inns - the Dewitt Park Inn, Argos Inn and the Holiday Inn are all providing discounted room rates for one or two night stays and are offering 25% discounts on the festival tickets (2 and 3 day passes) if you book a room. Visit our web page to learn more.

WVBF Video & Our YouTube Channel
Winter Village is running a You Tube advertisement to help spread the word about the festival. Here is the video that Google claims is being widely viewed somewhere out there in the You Tube universe. If any of you have seen it in your you tube meanderings, please let me know. I have heard of only one sighting. Please feel free to share this video to others and offer any suggestions for how to improve it next time. We have a Winter Village Bluegrass Festival You Tube Channel with videos of 2014 performers and past festival performances (click on Playlists on left hand side to access these other videos. Special thanks to Julie Adams who has shot many great bluegrass videos at Winter Village and at many other venues. Here is one she shot with Jerry Douglas performing The Boxer with Paul Simon, which might be her most frequently viewed video. Not sure what Paul Simon has over the Gibson Brothers!! Perhaps larger royalty checks.....

Thanks to our Winter Village Sponsors!
Tompkins County Tourism Program
The State Theatre of Ithaca
La Tourelle Resort & Spa
Ithaca Guitar Works
Ithaca Stringed Instruments
Moosewood Restaurant
Plantsmen Nursery
Internet Marketing Magicians
Ithaca Coffee Company
Bernunzio Uptown Music
Grassroots Festival of Music & Dance
Bacchus Brewing Company
Hickey's Music Center
Maxie's Supper Club

Tune-in Alert – Bowling Family On Paul Heil's Gospel Greats Program

Nashville, TN (January 24, 2014) Southern Gospel Music's Bowling Family is making a comeback after recovering from a devastating bus accident more than three years ago. Now they've recorded a new CD appropriately titled "Safe After The Storm."

The Bowlings will be Paul Heil's Featured Artists on this weekend's edition of The Gospel Greats. You'll find out why so many of their songs are relevant considering what they've gone through.

This will also be Paul's official Singing News Top 20 Countdown for February. It's all happening on The Gospel Greats program, this weekend, January 25/26.

You can learn more about the Bowling Family at or .

You can reach the Bowling Family by E-mail at .

The Bowling Family is booked by the Beckie Simmons Agency - – 615-595-7500.

Information about Paul Heil's Gospel Greats Radio Program is at .


About The Bowlings
The group consists of Mike Bowling and his wife, Kelly, their daughter Hope and longtime friend Troy Peach. They bring you their stories and songs in a way that is reminiscent of days gone by. To watch them perform reminds us of a time when "all night singings" were the norm, and folks lined up early to visit with the singers and musicians. As in most things, musical styles come full circle. What is old is new, and what is new is old!! Musically, Mike, Kelly, Hope and Troy make us realize this. Somehow they have created a sound that is as refreshing as the sounds of the early 70s. Mike has often been referred to as the vocal stylist of the day; however, the completion is so obvious with Kelly, Hope and Troy by his side. History will note that they have been true to the excellence of their ability without diminishing or distancing the listener.

The Hoskins Family Bursts Back On the Scene With New CD

Waynesville, OH (January 23, 2014) Daywind Records of Nashville, TN is excited to announce the release of a new CD by the Hoskins Family. Known for their great family harmony and strong emotion expressed in their songs, the Hoskins Family is geared to have another chart busting album on their hands. Produced by Joyce Martin and Angie Hoskins this project offers creative stylings that only these two progressive thinkers could accomplish.

The album is titled 'A Gathering The Hits Of Then and Now' and was released January 21, 2014.

The songs on the album include the mega-hit that brought the Hoskins Family to prominence “Safe That Far” written by Kyla Rowland, the BMI Most Air-played Song Award “Places To Go, People To See” written by Gerald Crabb and chart topper “You Keep Loving Me” penned by Angie Hoskins.

The project also includes other hit songs that Hoskins Family fans and Southern Gospel listeners will have the privilege to re-experience.

“The Hoskins Family quickly built a reputation in Southern Gospel Music for fantastic songs that were passionately conveyed to listeners,” Daywind president Ed Leonard explained. “I am confident that this project will not only give their fans an enjoyable stroll down memory lane but also a new avenue of musical enjoyment. They'll not be disappointed, and we at Daywind are excited to hear the responses in regard to another stellar project from the Hoskins Family.”

'A Gathering The Hits Of Then and Now' has delivered a top charting new song for The Hoskins Family, "Whenever I Hear His Name" written by Marty Funderburk which is #6 in the Singing News chart for March. Lifeway and Family Christian stores are pushing the product as many other independent stores were excited to put the Hoskins Family back on the shelf.

“God Is Big” is authored by Annie McRae and is an up beat, drive down the road with the windows down kind of song. It's performed by Angie and her 17 year old daughter Abigail with guest star Joyce Martin and sure to be a favorite.

Lastly, “Endless Tomorrows”, also written by Marty Funderburk is a heart felt ballad with the true Hoskins Family sound.

To learn more about the Hoskins Family go to or .

You can reach the Hoskins Family by E-mail at .

Daywind Records is home to a great roster of artists such as Brian Free and Assurance, Legacy Five, Karen Peck & New River, and Greater Vision. Daywind is distributed to retail through New Day Christian Distributors, Select O Hits, and all major digital outlets including iTunes. For more information, visit or contact Amanda Martin at


About The Hoskins Family
God, who is the giver of all gifts and abilities, equips individuals with talent and places within them the desire to use that talent for him. Through prayer, trusting God and obedience to His will, those desires are fulfilled and the results are immeasurable. Abby, Angie, Reva, Rick and Ricky, collectively known as the Hoskins Family, are seeing those results as God takes their ministry to new heights every day.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Quintin McGinnis Releases New Video

Nashville, TN -  Renown vocalist Quintin McGinnis has been busy in the studio and in the city taping a new concept video. The video “When It Comes My Time” is a song taken form Quintin's latest CD project 'The Guiding Light'.

The video portrays a man giving his heart to the Lord in prison and follows him as he journeys down life's road to find a Mission where he is fed physically and spiritually.

You can view the video at where it is already getting a large number of views on . Quintin stated “I love the message of the song as well as the concept of the video. I believe hearts will be touched as they see and hear the total effect of this video.”

You can learn more about Quintin McGinnis at or at .
Quintin can be reached by E-mail at .

The Isaacs and Bowling Family Named Most Nominated Artists; Wayne Haun Scores Most Individual Nominations

MURFREESBORO, Tenn.  – The administrators and staff of are proud to announce the nominees for the 2014 Absolutely Gospel Music Awards. As in years past, the nominees were chosen by the staff of and select media representatives. Starting on February 1, 2014, the fans will get a chance to vote for their favorites in certain categories.

“We are planning on such a great awards program this year! We already have most of our performers confirmed, and we are taking our time with choosing the right hosts for this year’s ceremony,” mentioned Deon Unthank, President of

Chris D. Unthank, Editor-In-Chief of said, “Once again, we feel like our staff and media representatives have done a fantastic job of choosing this year’s nominees. Our awards program isn’t always about representing the most popular, but rather the songs, albums and artists that made a splash in an artistic way. We are proud of this year’s crop of nominees.”

As far as nominations go, two artists tied for the most nominations this year. Both The Isaacs and the Bowling Family landed a stellar 10 nominations this year, more than any other artist.
The Isaacs took home nominations in Album of the Year (for The Living Years), Mixed Group of the YearBest Live PerformerCountry Song of the Year (for “Walk Together Children”), Country Recording of the Year (for The Living Years), and Fan Favorite Artist of the Year. The group also landed individual nominations for group members Becky Isaacs Bowman (Female Vocalist of the Year and Musician of the Year) and Ben Isaacs (Producer of the Year). Songwriting duo Becky & Sonya Isaacs landed aSongwriter of the Year (Artist) nomination as well.
The Bowling Family was also nominated for a 10 awards, the most the group has ever received in a single year. The family ensemble landed  nods in Song of the Year (for “Somebody’s Believing”), Album of the Year (for Safe…After the Storm), Mixed Group of the YearProgressive Song of the Year (for “Somebody’s Believing”), Country Song of the Year (for “I’ll Be Alright As Soon As I Touch Calvary”), Country Recording of the Year (for Safe…After the Storm), and Fan Favorite Artist of the Year. Three of members of the Bowling Family earned individual nominations: Mike Bowling (Male Vocalist of the Year), Kelly Bowling (Female Vocalist of the Year), and Troy Peach (Engineer of the Year).

A perennial favorite in the Absolutely Gospel Music Awards, Karen Peck & New River, were mentioned in nine categories – including Song of the Year (for “Revival”) andAlbum of the Year (for Revival) – two categories the group won last year.

Following behind those artists was the Collingsworth Family who earned seven nominations. Tribute Quartet, the Booth Brothers, and The Freemans all landed six nominations. Sisters and Gordon Mote were both five time nominees this year. Four artists received four nominations: Ernie Haase & Signature SoundAdam CrabbThe Nelons, and Michael EnglishTriumphant QuartetJason CrabbZane & Donna KingThe BrowdersBeyond the Ashes, and Devin McGlamery all landed three nominations. Getting two nods apiece were The HoppersThe PerrysHigh Road IIILegacy FiveGaither Vocal BandGreater VisionKingdom HeirsBrian Free & AssuranceJeff & Sheri Easter, and the Sneed Family.

For the fifth consecutive year, songwriter, producer and Signature Sound’s pianist Wayne Haun earned the most individual nominations this year. In addition to landing in theProducer of the Year (Artist) category, Wayne earned an impressive 13 additional nominations for his production work this year – including five of the 10 nominees for Album of the Year.
Two-time Songwriter of the Year (Professional) winner Kenna West also earned nine nominations for her songwriting work in 2013 including four Song of the Year mentions.

Bill Gaither and Lee Black both landed six nominations apiece. Meanwhile, Donna KingBen IsaacsJoel LindseyKaren Peck Gooch, and Dianne Wilkinson all had four nods. Multiple individuals have three mentions, including Darrell FreemanMichael SykesKevin WardMike BowlingTroy PeachJason CoxKim LordLarry GatlinJerry Salley, and Becky Isaacs Bowman.

The Pacesetter Award is awarded to any artist, individual, or organization that has shown great strides in the industry and has raised the bar for others. This year’s nominees for the 2014 Pacesetter are previously mentioned Collingsworth Family, satellite radio station enlighten XM-Sirius Satellite Radio, new Southern Gospel multi-day eventMemphis Quartet Show, upstart record label StowTown Records, and songwriting conference Write About Jesus.

More information on the 2014 Absolutely Gospel Music Awards Celebration will be forthcoming, including hosts, performers, and sponsors, etc. The date for this year’s Absolutely Gospel Music Awards Celebration is Tuesday, April 15, 2014. The event will again take place at the River of Life Church in Smyrna, Tennessee and is free to the public.

The nominees for the 2014 Absolutely Gospel Music Awards are listed below:
"Calvary's Cry" - Brian Free & Assurance (J.Cox, S.C.Smith, K.West)
"Excuse Me, Are You Jesus?" - The Nelons (B.Gaither, G.Gaither, L.Gatlin)
"Good News From Jerusalem" - Tribute Quartet (D.Wilkinson, J.Salley)
"He Didn't Just Carry the Cross, He Carried Me" - The Hoppers (M.Garinger, J.Lindsey)
"I Got a Hold of God This Morning" - The Perrys (K.Rowland)
"I Played In the Band and Sang In the Choir" - Booth Brothers (B.Gaither, L.Gatlin, H.Slaughter)
"Revival" - Karen Peck & New River (K.Gooch, D.Poythress, K.West)
"Somebody's Believing" - Bowling Family (L.Black, J.D.Rowsey, K.West)
"Stubborn (Psalm 151)" - Michael English (B.James, D.A.Schlitz, Jr.)
"Voice In the Desert" - The Freemans (L.Black, J.Cox, K.West)

All Things New - Gordon Mote (F.Rodgers, W.Haun, R.Mauldin, G.Mote)
Classics Collection - Sisters (K.Lord, V.Medkiff, T.Parton, H.Ruppe)
Living For the Moment - Beyond the Ashes (W.Haun)
Love Is Stronger - Jason Crabb (E.Cash, J.DeMarcus, W.Haun)
Revival - Karen Peck & New River (W.Haun)
Safe…After the Storm - Bowling Family (M.Bowling, T.Peach)
The Living Years - The Isaacs (B.Gaither, B.Isaacs)
The Lord Is Good - Collingsworth Family (W.Haun)
Time Machine - The Browders (K.Ward)
Voice In the Desert - The Freemans (D.Freeman, D.Maguire, M.Sykes)

Collingsworth Family
enLighten XM Sirius Satellite Radio
Memphis Quartet Show
StowTown Records
Write About Jesus Conference

The Erwins
High Road III
Sneed Family
Union Street
Zane & Donna King

Mike Bowling (Bowling Family)
Riley Harrison Clark (Tribute Quartet)
Adam Crabb
Jason Crabb
Michael English
Devin McGlamery (Ernie Haase & Signature Sound)

Kelly Bowling (Bowling Family)
Becky Isaacs Bowman (The Isaacs)
Chris Freeman (The Freemans)
Karen Peck Gooch (Karen Peck & New River)
Kim Lord (Sisters)
Amber Nelon Thompson (The Nelons)

Beyond the Ashes
Booth Brothers
Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
The Old Paths
Tribute Quartet
Triumphant Quartet

High Road III
McClellan Singing Sisters
Red Roots
Sweetwater Revival

Bowling Family
The Browders
Collingsworth Family
The Isaacs
Karen Peck & New River
The Nelons

Jim Brady (Booth Brothers)
Karen Peck Gooch (Karen Peck & New River)
Scott Inman (Triumphant Quartet)
Becky & Sonya Isaacs (The Isaacs)
Daryl Williams (Daryl Williams Trio)

Lee Black
Joel Lindsey
Rebecca J. Peck
Sue C. Smith
Kenna West
Dianne Wilkinson
Jimmy Yeary

Darrell Freeman (The Freemans)
Wayne Haun (Ernie Haase & Signature Sound)
Ben Isaacs (The Isaacs)
Donna King (Zane & Donna King)
Roger Talley (The Talleys)

Nick Bruno
Jeff Collins
Ricky Free
Lari Goss
Michael Sykes

Van Atkins
Gus Gaches
Kevin McManus
Troy Peach
Kevin Ward

Becky Isaacs Bowman (The Isaacs)
Kim Collingsworth (Collingsworth Family)
Channing Eleton
Matthew Holt (Gaither Vocal Band)
Gordon Mote
Josh Singletary (Tribute Quartet)

"Good News From Jerusalem" - Tribute Quartet (J.Salley, D.Wilkinson)
"He Didn't Just Carry the Cross, He Carried Me" - The Hoppers (M.Garinger, J.Lindsey)
"I Get Down" - Gold City (J.Pearles, J.Salley)
"I Got a Hold of God This Morning" - The Perrys (K.Rowland)
"Just Preach Jesus" - Kingdom Heirs (D.Wilkinson)

For All He's Done - Greater Vision (L.Goss, G.Wolfe)
Redeeming the Time - Kingdom Heirs (J.Collins, A.Rice)
That's Why We're Here - The Whisnants (M.Hayes)
The Greatest Story - Triumphant Quartet (J.Stice, W.Haun)
The Lord Is Good - Collingsworth Family (W.Haun)

"Glorious Freedom" - Gaither Vocal Band (H.Lillenas)
"I Played In the Band and Sang In the Choir" - Booth Brothers (B.Gaither, L.Gatlin, H.Slaughter)
"I'm Gonna Make It" - Sisters (G.Davis)
"Revival" - Karen Peck & New River (K.P.Gooch, D.Poythress, K.West)
"Somebody's Believing" - Bowling Family (L.Black, J.D.Rowsey, K.West)
"Stubborn (Psalm 151)" - Michael English (B.James, D.A.Schlitz, Jr.)

Classics Collection - Sisters (K.Lord, V.Medkiff, T.Parton, H.Ruppe)
Here Comes Sunday - Wilburn & Wilburn (B.Isaacs)
Living For the Moment - Beyond the Ashes (W.Haun)
Love Is a Verb - Devin McGlamery (W.Haun)
Revival - Karen Peck & New River (W.Haun)
Surrender - Adam Crabb (A.Crabb, J.Crabb)

"A Little Bit of Sunshine" - Jeff & Sheri Easter (L.Black, K.West)
"From My Rags to His Riches" - Devin McGlamery featuring Dailey & Vincent (E.Haase, W.Haun, J.Lindsey)
"I'll Be Alright As Soon As I Touch Calvary" - Bowling Family (R.Hinson)
"Voice In the Desert" - The Freemans (L.Black, J.Cox, K.West)
"Walk Together Children" - The Isaacs (B.Gaither, S.Jennings)

All Things New - Gordon Mote (F.Rodgers, W.Haun, G.Mote)
Safe…After the Storm - Bowling Family (M.Bowling, T.Peach)
The Living Years - The Isaacs (B.Gaither, B.Isaacs)
Time Machine - The Browders (K.Ward)
Voice In the Desert - The Freemans (D.Freeman, D.McGuire, M.Sykes)

Cathedrals Family Reunion – EH&SS, Danny Funderburk, G.Vision, L5, Mark Trammell Qt (W.Haun, G.Wolfe)
Hymns >From Home - Collingsworth Family (P.Collingsworth, E.Haase)
Like Father, Like Son - James & Jeff Easter (J.Easter, J.Easter, T.Surrett)
Quartet Style - Booth Brothers with Nick Bruno and Gene McDonald (M.Booth, R.Booth, J.Brady, N.Bruno)
Song of Noel - Donna King (D.King, Z.King)

Booth Brothers
Collingsworth Family
The Isaacs
Karen Peck & New River
Tribute Quartet

Adam Crabb
Bowling Family
Brian Free & Assurance
The Isaacs
Ivan Parker
Jeff & Sheri Easter
Karen Peck & New River
Michael English
The Nelons
Sneed Family

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