Friday, May 30, 2014

Declaration Reacts To Singing News Fan Awards Nomination For Top 5 New Trio of the Year

Nashville, TN (May 27, 2014) — The Singing News Fan Awards nominees were recently announced with Declaration nominated for 2014 Top 5 New Trio.

This nomination is the trio’s second Singing News Fan Award nomination, their first in the Top 5. The trio - comprised of Jake Sammons, TJ Evans and Kasey Kemp - is thrilled with the honor. Kasey says, “This last year has been just unbelievable. We have a new album, Whosoever Will May Come, that we are so proud of and have had the opportunitiy to share our music with some great promoters and pastors and now this nomination by our friends from around the country is the icing on the cake! Of course we don't strive for awards but it is a confirmation to us that we are following the path that God has laid out before us.”

Jake Sammons adds, “We are extremely blessed to be nominated and honored to be serving the Lord and singing about Him. This is truly humbling to be included in this category with great artists and ministries.”

The support from industry and gospel music lovers has been tremendous in the short time that Declaration has been performing. Michael Booth of the award-winning Booth Brothers chimes in, "So happy for my friends Declaration to be nominated in the Singing News Top 5 New Trio category. These guys are the real deal!" Michigan concert promoter, Victor Seaton added, "Declaration is an incredible trio who is making an impact all across America."

The 2104 Singing News Fan Awards will be presented live at the National Quartet Convention. The NQC will be September 21 – 27, 2014 at The LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The Singing News Fan Awards will be presented by the NQC on Friday, September 26, 2014, at 12:30 p.m.

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Toe tappin’, banjo pickin’ and fiddle rosin flyin’ enhances Ringgold’s 1890s Day Jamboree Old Time Fiddle Convention

1890sDayFiddleoff2014: Maddie Denton (third from right) of Murfreesboro, Tenn. won the Randall Franks Trophy at the 1890s Day Old Time Fiddle Convention May 25, 2014. In the fiddle off, she faced Caleb Bryant (second from right) of Northport, Ala. winner of the 11-15 category, who won second, Gail Johnson (third from left) of LaVergne,Tenn. from 22-50 category, who placed third, and Mack Snoderly (fifth from left) of Clyde, N.C. winner of the 51 and up category, who placed fourth. Fiddle off contestants receive their awards from Randall Franks (third from left), organizer Lewis Taylor (left) and emcee Kevin Mudd (right). (Photo by Sam Lanham)

Organizers at the 1890s Day Jamboree Old Time Fiddlers Convention welcome over 125 contestants including fiddlers, guitarists, mandolinists, bands, banjo players, and cloggers from states across the south to Ringgold, Ga. May 24, 2014.

Fiddlers and dancers struck a chord with audiences as they cheered dozens of musicians on to victory to win nearly $7,000 in prize money sponsored by Walter Jackson Chevrolet, Complete Cash, Wells Fargo on the Northwest Georgia Bank stage at the historic Catoosa County Courthouse.

“We saw tremendous growth to the contest this year in all the categories. Our focus is to give the youth who will carry this music on an opportunity to learn and grow in their talents as they excel in their instruments,” said contest organizer Lewis Taylor. “Our volunteers work tirelessly to make this event something everyone can enjoy. Without them, our high caliber judges, and our sponsors, we would not do this successful an event.”

Taylor is a champion harmonica player winning titles in several states and numerous contests.

Maddie Denton of Murfreesboro, Tenn. won the Randall Franks Trophy at the 1890s Day Jamboree. Denton also won the 16-21 age category for the chance to compete for the trophy.

In the fiddle off, she faced Caleb Bryant (second from right) of Northport, Ala. winner of the 11-15 category, who won second, Gail Johnson (third from left) of LaVergne,Tenn. from 22-50 category, who placed third, and Mack Snoderly (fifth from left) of Clyde, N.C. winner of the 51 and up category, who placed fourth.

The top prize is named in honor of Appalachian Ambassador of the Fiddle Randall Franks, “Officer Randy Goode” from TV’s “In the Heat of the Night.” He cheered the top four competitors on in their bid to win the Randall Franks Trophy and the $500 prize. He presented the winners on the main stage with Taylor and emcee Kevin Mudd.

Once holding the title of Georgia State Bluegrass Champion, the International Bluegrass Music Museum Bluegrass Legend and Independent Country Music Hall of Fame inductee is a former member of Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys, Jim and Jesse’s Virginia Boys and numerous other groups who as a guest star often shared his talents for the Grand Ole Opry. Franks hosts the Grand Master Fiddler Championship at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville each year. For more information, visit

“I really believe this is one of our best years. Talents of all ages sharing Appalachian fiddle and dance traditions uplift those that see and hear what they can do,” he said. “We are blessed the 1890s Day Jamboree committee feels that this their event is an appropriate place to keep the tradition of the fiddle contests thriving and growing each year right on the Catoosa County courthouse lawn.”

Main Stage Fusion won the team dance competition, Main Stage Revolution took second place Main Stage Explosion won third and Main Stage Attraction received fourth. All the groups were from Springfield, Tenn.

In the bluegrass band competition A Step Ahead of Greenbrier, Tenn. won first place, Barefoot Nellie won second, McGill & Company took third, and Last Chance received fourth

Rob Pearcy of Smyrna, Tenn. won both the guitar and mandolin contests.

Maddie Denton of Murfreesboro, Tenn. took second in guitar while Glenn Craver of Winston Salem, NC earned third.

Ashley Taylor of Antioch, Tenn. and Caleb Bryant of Northport, Ala., placed second and third in mandolin, respectively.

Rebecca Weiler of Marietta, Ga. won first in banjo, while Daniel Rothwell of Smyrna, Tenn. achieved second place and Christy Tankersley of Soddy-Daisy, Tenn. won third.

The next 1890s Day Jamboree Old Time Fiddlers Convention will be Memorial Day weekend Saturday 2015 in Ringgold, Ga. For more information, visit, or or Like the event on Facebook.

2014 1890s Day Jamboree Old Time Fiddle Convention winners:

First, second and third places
Randall Franks Trophy Fiddle Off:
Maddie Denton – Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Caleb Bryant – Northport, Ala.
Gail Johnson – Lavergne, Tenn.
Mack Snoderly – Clyde, N.C.
Ages 10 and under:
Two first places awarded in this category
David Lin – Lexington, Ky.
Abby Vaughn – Berry, Ala.
Meredith Hudson – Gordo, Ala.
Brayden Chunn – Greenbrier, Tenn.
Ages 11-15:
Caleb Bryant – Northport, Ala.
Andrew Lin – Lexington, Ky.
Matthew Lin – Lexington, Ky.
Ages 16-21:
Maddie Denton – Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Hillary Bevels – Flat Creek, Tenn.
Wesley Scott – Somerville, Ala.
Ages 22-50:
Gail Johnson – Lavergne, Tenn.
Bill Jones – Clinton, Tenn.
Cheryl Chunn – Greenbrier, Tenn.
Ages 51 and up:
Mack Snoderly – Clyde, NC
Tim Daniels – Lawrenceburg, Tenn.
Marcia Denton – Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Bluegrass Band:
A Step Ahead – Greenbrier, Tenn.
Barefoot Nellie
McGill and Company – Chattanooga, Tenn.
Last Chance – Smyrna, Tenn.
Rob Pearcy – Smyrna, Tenn.
Maddie Denton – Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Glenn Craver – Winston Salem, NC
Best Backup Guitarist:
Cheryl Chunn Greenbrier, Tenn.
Rob Pearcy – Smyrna, Tenn.
Ashley Taylor – Antioch, Tenn.
Caleb Bryant – Northport, Ala.
Rebekah Weiler – Marietta, Ga.
Daniel Rothwell – Smyrna, Tenn.
Christy Tankersley – Soddy-Daisy, Tenn.

10 and under:
Brayden Chunn – Greenbrier, Tenn.
Gracie Parrish – Pleasant View, Tenn.
Kasey Borski – Gallatin, Tenn.
Ages 11-20:
Sierra Tomlin – Springfield, Tenn.
Melody Williamson – Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Kelsea Robertson – Greenbrier, Tenn.
Ages 21-30:
Hillary Bevels – Flat Creek, Tenn.
Makayla Bennett – Greenbrier, Tenn.
Victoria Williams – Greenbrier, Tenn.
Ages 31 and up:
Thomas Maupin – Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Larry Chunn – Greenbrier, Tenn.
Cheryl Chunn – Greenbrier, Tenn.
Clogging Team:
Main Stage Fusion – Springfield, Tenn.
Main Stage Revolution – Springfield, Tenn.
Main Stage Explosion – Springfield, Tenn.
Main Stage Attraction – Springfield, Tenn.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Retro SGM Radio: Spotlight on Sharron Kay King

Sharron Kay King has a riveting testimony of how the Lord brought her out of a life of drug and alcohol addiction, restoring relationships and giving her a new life and career. This talented singer/songwriter from Georgia has received recognition from many areas of the Gospel music industry, including nominations by the Singing News, the Diamond Awards and Absolutely Gospel. She is also the recipient of two SGM Fan Fair awards, having touched hearts across the nation with her country sound and soulful lyrics. This lady knows Who she is singing about! [Editor's note: this interview was originally posted in September 2012 on SGM Radio website.]

Sharron Kay King recently shared some thoughts with SGM Radio for our Showcase of Talent. Since this interview, she has released a new album, Sharron Kay King – The Story of My Life, featuring nine original songs plus a guest appearance by Ann Downing. Sharron is also a veteran Ladies Ministry speaker, traveling across the United States to share with women’s groups about the power of God.

SGM Radio: How did you begin your career in Christian music?
Sharron: Once I realized and accepted the call in my life I began to follow [that call]; I guess about 20 years now. I sing what comes to my heart.

SGM Radio: What is the title of your most recent recording?
Sharron: Don't Stop Believing is my latest project. It was recorded in Nashville.

SGM Radio: What is your most favorite song off of the project and why?
Sharron: “Why Can't We” by the Isaacs. The song speaks for itself.

SGM Radio: Do you have a local church that you attend?
Sharron: Yes, when not on the road I attend The World of Faith Ministries in Macon, GA. I am involved as much as I can be but being full time makes it difficult.

SGM Radio: What has been the most entertaining moment of your career?
Sharron: Oh I've had plenty of those! I guess when my heel got stuck on the '70's shag carpet in the church I was ministering in and I hit the floor, but didn't miss a lick in my song. I just popped back up and kept on singing!

SGM Radio: What has been the most challenging moment of your career?
Sharron: Ministering just two weeks after I lost my mother, that was tough.

SGM Radio: Christians have a lot to be thankful for as they serve the Lord. What are you most thankful for in your life?
Sharron: That by His grace and mercy He has kept me, and I feel honored that He found something in me that He can use.

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Written by Lorraine Walker
Originally posted on SGM Radio website in September 2012.
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Retro SGM Radio: Reality Check on Rose Gardens

Reality Check: I Beg Your Pardon

There is nothing quite like the soft patter of a gentle summer rain. I looked out of the window and saw that the rain was heavy on the roses, which were bending beneath the strain of droplets filling their petals. As I began to tenderly tie up the heavy, prickly stems, I was reminded of a song: “I beg your pardon, I never promised you a rose garden…”1 an old song with a simple truth for us today. None of us were ever promised a life without problems.

Giving your heart and life to Jesus does not guarantee you a perfect life, but it does mean that you have an Almighty God Who is watching you and will come close to you if you let Him. I’ve been working my way through the Old Testament and I find that often when God’s heroes were having a rough time – which they invariably did – there is usually a statement that says, ‘And the Lord saw…’ That in itself is comforting, for He sees with discernment. He knew and understood what they were going through and what they were feeling.

I’m so glad the Lord sees when I am going through things that are difficult, when I’m trying to get from Point A to Point B and everything in between seems like such a struggle. For you, this may mean that Point B is a new job, a new spouse, a bigger paycheck, a better relationship, or a healthier body. But between now and then, there are a lot of rose bushes with a whole lot of thorns.

Isn’t it interesting how often we think, ‘If this was God’s will, surely it would be easier?’ Unfortunately, it usually isn’t fun to be on the path of God’s perfect will for your life. Look at the lives of Abraham, Joseph, or King David. Poor David had crazy King Saul chasing him from cave to cave, wanting to kill him. Abraham spent most of his life on the road. Joseph went from being thrown in a pit to being thrown in jail. These men were all following the Lord’s path for them. Yet, through it all, the Lord ‘saw’ them. He was working out His plan for good in their lives.

There is also the argument that if God told us to ask for what we want, surely He will line our paths with good things only, such as roses without thorns? Not so. In Philippians, Paul says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Phil 4:6 and 7). The Lord doesn’t say He will answer an automatic ‘yes’ to whatever we bring before Him, but He does say He will give us peace. What a great promise!

Often the path from where we were to where we want to be takes dips and turns we aren’t expecting. From the beginning of my illness until now, I have seen many specialists and heard many proposed diagnoses and treatments. At first, it appeared that this would be a short-term situation and soon I’d been back to my normal self. After a year and a half, it’s obvious that’s not the case. But again, biblical tales of people just planning on going from here to there, often have twists in the story. Jonah wasn’t planning on meeting a big fish. Daniel wasn’t planning on being tossed to the lions. Sometimes God just wants to remind us that our timing is not His timing. But His timing is always right.

Are you finding it difficult making your way along the path from here to there? Trust that God knows where you are and if you follow Him, He will take you places you could never dream of finding on your own. Get to know the Lord better, read His Word, talk to Him and listen to His voice. It’ll make your path seem much more manageable, thorns and all.

I’m so glad that God gave us the example of simple roses to show us that life is still beautiful even with thorns, no matter where His will takes us. Between Point A and Point B there will be hard times and there will be unexpected turns, but He still sees and cares for us. The Lord is our “Rose of Sharon” bringing beauty and peace to our lives.

Written by Lorraine Walker
Published on SGM Radio website April 2013

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1. From the song “Rose Garden”, written by Joe South, 1969.

Forgiven Quartet releases new project

FORGIVEN Quartet has released a new project on the Song Garden Music Group label entitled “Miracle”. According to Mark Brooke, “This new recording represents some of the best music we have ever produced! The songs were arranged beautifully by our producer, Corey Pearson (of The Diplomats) and we couldn’t be more pleased with the wonderful contributions by all the great musicians and our engineer, Jason Singleton!!”
Visit the FORGIVEN Quartet web site Store page to order the CD or order digital versions from iTunes or Amazon.

The Hagees Showcase Labor Of Love June 10

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Love, the latest studio recording from one of Gospel music’s most beloved families, The Hagees, bows June 10 from Difference Media (Capitol Christian Distribution). Produced by multi-Dove Award winner Aaron Crabb (Aaron & Amanda Crabb, Canton Junction), the 12-song set features original selections as well as new arrangements of timeless favorites.
Highlights of Love include the classic, “Precious Lord, Take My Hand,” featuring Pastor John Hagee, group patriarch and world-renowned evangelist; the contemporary country “When Love Comes To Town” (feat. Matthew Hagee); “That’s What Love Looks Like” (feat. Sandy Parker); the powerful affirmation of “I’ll Never Leave You” (feat. Tina Ketterling); and the Dottie Rambo-penned “I’ve Never Been This Homesick Before,” also featuring Pastor John Hagee and showcasing guest vocals from Dove Award-winning quartet Canton Junction.
The Hagees’ Sandy Parker says of the album’s overarching theme, “The song ‘That’s What Love Looks Like’ is a poignant tune about different types of love: the love of a spouse, the love of a mother, the love of a Savior. Ultimately, love is what we feel for each other as a family, our music is a labor of love, and we sing about a Savior who loves us more than we could ask, hope or imagine. Love encapsulates all of that, and I hope the project communicates the same to its listeners. To know that someone may experience the love of God as a result of listening to our music is a humbling thing that feeds my soul.”
“It is always the most fun to sing with my family,” she adds. “No matter how old we get or how many kids we have, at the end of the day when we sing together, everything else goes away and it’s just my dad, my siblings and me singing about Jesus.”
Comprised of Pastor John Hagee, his son Pastor Matthew Hagee, and daughters Sandy Parker and Tina Ketterling, The Hagees’ storied Gospel career has spanned more than two decades, boasting multiple acclaimed recordings and international appearances.
A world-renowned evangelist and best-selling author, Pastor John Hagee is founder and senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas. A non-denominational evangelical church with more than 20,000 active members, Cornerstone is home to John Hagee Ministries, which telecasts Pastor Hagee’s radio and television teachings throughout America and to more than 190 countries around the globe. The ministry also operates GETV, a 24/7 online television and video on-demand broadcast of sermons and original programming (
Difference Media, a division of Cornerstone Church, features some of the leading names in Gospel music, including Aaron & Amanda Crabb, Canton Junction, Matthew Hagee, Tim Duncan, The Cornerstone Sanctuary Choir, John Hagee and The Hagees.
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News from Mercy's Well

This week, we celebrated Memorial Day. As we all get together with family and friends and enjoy the beginning of summer, never forget to be thankful for all the men and women in our armed forces. These brave men and women risk their lives on a daily basis to ensure that we remain free. We are blessed to live in the greatest country in the world, and we must never take that for granted.

This weekend, we will be close to home, with stops in Asheboro and Ammon, NC. We hope that you will come out to see us if you live nearby! Thanks so much for all you do for the Kingdom, we look forward to seeing you all again soon.

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


June 1, 11:00 AM - Charlotte United Methodist Church - Asheboro, NC
For more information: (336) 687-2162

June 1, 6:00 PM - Windsor United Methodist Church - Ammon, NC
For more information: (910) 588-4335

The Talleys and Tribute announce the debut of the "Good News! He's Alive!" Tour in 2015

Nashville, TN - (May 27th, 2014) The iconic Talleys have enjoyed many years at the forefront of gospel music, with 11 number one singles, while Tribute is one of the most exciting, dynamic new groups seen in many years. They are quickly making their mark in the gospel music world with their number one hit, "Good News From Jerusalem." This tour will combine the best of both artists and feature some unique, crowd-pleasing collaborations, including partnerships with church choirs.

"Anytime we get together with the Tribute guys, we know we're gonna laugh and have fun," Roger Talley grins. "The 2 groups compliment each other well and that allows us to do some very creative things with music and media."

Gary Casto says, "We are alike in our minds and hearts when it comes to the message in our music, so I think it's just natural to come together for this tour. I'm expecting God to do great things!"

To bring the "Good News! He's Alive!" Tour to your area, contact the Harper Agency at 615-851-4500.

New Music from Balsam Range

Balsam Range to Release New Album 6/17
FIVE is the latest project from IBMA Album of the Year winning band
Nashville, TN --- IBMA Album of the Year winner, Balsam Range, returns with the band’s appropriately-titled fifth album. Five is set for release on June 17th.

Five exemplifies Balsam Range as one of the most remarkable bands in Acoustic music. If the goal was to elevate the level of songs, performance, production value, and excitement, then Five surely marks the successful achievement of that goal.

From deep in the Appalachians where the Great Smoky Mountains meet the Blue Ridge come the gifted men of Balsam Range, creatively blending Bluegrass, Folk, Gospel and Jazz into a new American acoustic music experience. Mountain Home Recording artists founded in 2007, Balsam Range is five friends with unique experiences and backgrounds blending together effortlessly to form their distinctive sound. Since bursting onto the scene, Balsam Range has made a definite mark in the Bluegrass and Acoustic music world.

The band's 2010 release TRAINS I MISSED brought in a #1 hit and Bluegrass Song of the Year award for its title track. PAPERTOWN (2012) built on that momentum with five consecutive months as the #1 album on Bluegrass radio, and won the 2013 IBMA Album of the Year award.

In the wake of PAPERTOWN’S success, expectations have been high.

"Papertown was received so well that we were a little anxious about what we could do next," said Tim Surrett, vocalist and bass player for the band. "How do we follow an Album of the Year? We finally just went in there and made the best record we could and had some fun."

The band has a consistent knack for conveying emotion with power. The result is a heartfelt delivery of tributes to working class heroes, an original Gospel a cappella song, a driving instrumental, and even a John Denver classic. The group draws from diverse influences and original sources while giving each track the Balsam Range treatment.

The band has also just announced its revamped fan benefit site, which offers free music, discounts and exclusive merchandise to its growing population of dedicated fans. Information on Balsam Nation is available through the band web site. Additionally, Balsam Range has posted a fun video on the making of the tune, “Moon Over Memphis.”

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Pictured L-R: Buddy Melton, Tim Surrett, Darren Nicholson, Caleb Smith, Marc Pruett

Jim Sheldon Named No. 2 Male Vocalist Of The Year for 2013

DANVILLE, Ky. (May 27, 2014) Jim Sheldon, known in the Gospel Music realm as the “Positive Cowboy,” was recently named the No. 2 Male Vocalist of the Year for 2013 by Independent Gospel Ministries.

Sheldon is a weekly regular on “The Music City Show” performing as the “Positive Cowboy.” The show is produced by Godsey and Associates and is shown on RFD TV weekly on Thursday nights. The show features special guest hosts each week with Nashville’s own Blue Jean Band and the finest musicians in Nashville.

For more information, visit Jim Sheldon’s website at or

For booking information, contact Bev McCann at


About Jim Sheldon
After serving many years as a music minister, Jim had a void yet to be filled. In 1994, Jim joined his first gospel quartet. Immediately, he knew singing gospel music was God’s true calling for his life. He confirmed this with a paraphrase of Proverbs 3:6 – “In everything you do put God first, He will direct and crown your efforts with success.”
Jim’s greatest inspiration comes from Glenn Payne. The Cathedrals sang at his church in Virginia. Glenn told Jim, “Vocalize daily and never sing out of your range. Remember, God gave you the ability and desire. Honor Him with a servant’s heart.”
Jim reflects, “Now God says it’s time to tell my story of how God has brought me out from a long ‘wilderness time’ of sin, shame and disgrace to where I am today.”

Concert Dates for McCray Dove and the Dove Brothers Band

This week's upcoming concert dates for the Dove Brothers Live.

Thursday, May 29, 2014
Myers Dinner Theater
Hillsboro, IN

Doors open at 5:00pm
Dinner at 6:30pm
Concert at 8:00pm

Friday, May 30, 2014
Enon Church of God
Fairborn, OH

Friday, May 23, 2014


Greensboro, NC – Over the past few years, multi-award winning singer, songwriter and author, Janet Paschal has taken a small step away from the musical career path she has been on for over three decades to adventure into the world of academia. Paschal began pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Business from the University of North Carolina Greensboro and recently the University’s Beta Gamma Sigma Chapter recognized Paschal for her outstanding scholastic achievement. The Chapter invited her to become a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, the international honor society for collegiate schools of business. This invitation is the highest international scholastic recognition offered by The Joseph M Bryan School of Business and Economics at UNC-Greensboro. The mission of Beta Gamma Sigma is to encourage and honor academic achievement in the study of business, to foster personal and professional excellence, to advance the values of the Society and to serve its lifelong members.
Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma places Paschal in a very select group and membership is restricted to outstanding scholars in institutions accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Only 2.8% of business schools worldwide have achieved accreditation in both business and accounting, as has The Joseph M Bryan School of Business and Economics.
Throughout her illustrious career, Paschal has received countless honors and accolades from the Gospel Music field. With more than a dozen recordings to her credit, the North Carolina native’s passion and vulnerability are most evident in her inspiring music. Her recordings have been recognized with numerous Grammy and Dove Award nominations, and she is consistently named among Gospel Music’s favorite soloists by the genre’s top trade magazines.
Born in Reidsville, North Carolina, Paschal has shared the stage with presidents and has been a featured artist on the popular Gaither Homecoming Tour and Video Series. She is featured on the two latest Gaither videos, Women of Homecoming, Volumes 1 & 2. After battling breast cancer in 2005, Janet resumed her touring schedule, including concerts, women’s conferences and cancer awareness events. In November, 2008, the popular singer released a brand new book, Treasures Of The Snow, which chronicles her triumphant battle with cancer and stories from three decades in Gospel music. Her first literary work, The Good Road became a best seller.
Although much of her time is focused on education these days, Paschal remains committed to her first love, music. She continues to enjoy singing and traveling as often as her schedule permits and is currently scheduling events throughout 2014 and 2015. Recently, she was featured at Gaither Fest with legendary singer/songwriter Bill Gaither and the Gaither Vocal Band in Ft Worth, TX.
Complete information regarding Janet Paschal may be obtained online at

Omega Quartet Achieves First TOP 80!

“Love Worth Dying For,” written by John Lemonis, reaches straight to the heart of every listener. It’s a confirmation that Jesus loved us so much that it was worth the pain of the cross. I guess you could say it’s a new way to look at John 15:13, “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down his life for his friends.”
People all over the country are falling in love with this song. Many people tell us that their “broken roads and shattered dreams” are being restored because of the love Jesus had for them, and this songs helps them to realize just how much He cares!
It’s really not a surprise to Omega Quartet. “When we heard the song, we knew it was going to change lives,” states Kevin Harry of Omega. “We are honored that God allowed us to be the ones to sing it.”
“Love Worth Dying For” is number 66 on the Singing News Top 80 chart for July 2014. The song is on Morris Music Group March Comp Disc. I am honored to work with this Quartet! You can find out more about them at
Written by Vonda Easley, MMG Radio Promotions

Heaven’s Mountain Band Holds CD Release Party

Signal Mountain, TN (May 22, 2014) Heaven’s Mountain Band, Red Bay Alabama, celebrated the release of their new CD, Old Fashioned Worship, playing to a capacity crowd at Jim Oliver’s Smokehouse in Monteagle, TN. The live listening party and concert was the conclusion to an action packed day for this in-demand Bluegrass Gospel Group.
The day started with radio interviews at the Solid Gospel Radio Network, Nashville, TN. Heaven’s Mountain Band will be the June Front Porch Fellowship Artist Spotlight heard in nearly 200 markets nationwide. Later that day they traveled to Monteagle, TN for a taping of the Harmony Road TV program. The evening concluded with a concert in front of a packed house. Attendees included pastors, fans and media from several states. Les Butler (Singing News Magazine and Solid Gospel Radio Network) hosted all of the events. Les states, “Wow, what a jam packed, great day! Radio, TV and a live concert! They sure love what they’re doing!”
For more information on Heaven’s Mountain Band please check out or (Heavens Mountain Band Mississippi), phone 256 460 1421 or email
Heaven’s Mountain Band, formed in November 1986, started out singing in church singings, revivals and performing Gospel Music at bluegrass festivals. They recorded their first major album with the Eddie Crook Company in 1989 and would go on to record three albums with that label.
The group has had several Singing News Magazine charting songs, all written by founding member, Roger Johnson. They perform primarily bluegrass gospel music, touring with an upright bass, acoustic guitars, mandolin and banjo. Periodically they include piano, steel and drums for a more Country Gospel sound on select tunes. Heaven’s Mountain Band has traveled and ministered throughout the Midwest, South and Southeast in some of the area’s top venues including Dollywood. They have been nominated for Singing News Fan Awards and have been featured on national radio programs including “Front Porch Fellowship”. Their concept video “I’ll Keep on Praying” has been featured on several national programs on networks including TNN/The Nashville Network, The Heartland Network, Daystar, WALKtv and the NRB Network.

The Award-winning Martins Deliver First A Cappella Recording in More Than a Decade

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—GRAMMY®-nominated and multi-DOVE Award-winning family trio The Martins have just completed an all-new release—their first a cappella recording in over 15 years—entitled A Cappella (Gaither Music Group). Known far and wide for their impeccable, tight family blend, siblings Joyce, Jonathan and Judy have put together a collection they describe as “the hardest thing they have ever recorded.”
“A cappella music is the purest form of vocal music to us,” adds Jonathan. “It keeps you on your toes and makes you sing better. To perform it live you have to be on your ‘A game.’ To attempt it is humbling; to accomplish it is exciting and rewarding.”
“We’ve been singing a cappella music professionally for 20 years,” describes Joyce. “It’s something we are known for, so we honestly felt like, ‘Hey, we’ve got this. It’s what we do, and we are putting together a great team of producers and arrangers. We just gotta do what they tell us to do.’ However, it was the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life! It made me realize I’ve got so much to learn and areas in which to grow. We found it very daunting at times…but now that it is finished I’m so proud of it!”
Part of the musical growth and complex arrangements stemmed from working with acclaimed performers, arrangers and producers Michael English, Lari Goss, David Phelps and Matthew Holt.
English, who produced all but one song on the new release, has been a longtime friend and advocate of The Martins. “One of my favorite things about Michael is that he is a great teacher,” explains Judy. “He doesn’t just tell you how to sing a part of a song; he helps you sing better in general. He forces you to be better through the process.”
“This was the first time Michael had ever produced an a cappella record,” adds Joyce. “He was a little nervous, and he was growing at the same time we were growing. He has been a part of our career for so many years. We would not be The Martins we are today if it weren’t for Michael.”
The Martins began giving credit to Lari Goss over 15 years ago when he produced and arranged their landmark recording An A Cappella Hymns Collection. He was back around the table with the trio to arrange several songs on this all-new release including a cover of “The Prayer.”
“This song has always been done as a duet,” describes Jonathan. “We weren’t sure if we could make the arrangement into one to fit a trio. We knew that if anybody could Lari Goss could do it. He said, ‘I don’t know if we can do that as a trio,’ so we moved on to other songs. Then during a break he started playing ‘The Prayer’ on piano. All of our ears perked up. He said, ‘Give me just a minute. Let’s try this.’ It began to work and come together. It is one of my favorite accomplishments of the project.”
Other accomplishments vary from hymns the trio has known since their childhoods (“Fairest Lord Jesus,” “Praise to the Lord”) and old “spirituals” (“When I Go Away”) to mainstream pop crossover songs (“You’ll Never Walk Alone,” “The Prayer”) and even a little “Reggae style” mixed into an arrangement (“Three Little Birds”). It showcases the group’s heralded ability to transcend musical styles, appease their fan base and weave in some of their personal favorites.
“It was Michael’s idea to bring David and Matthew into the studio,” Joyce recalls. “We were looking for something stylistically different. When there’s not any music to accompany you, you want something there to make the songs sound different. It’s easier to do that with musicians, but in this case we wanted to do a different thing with arrangements; so we brought them in, and as they say the rest is history.”
“We still love our previous a cappella music like ‘The Doxology’ and ‘Riverside Medley,’” Judy assures. “We’re always going to do those. We wanted to add some new songs to our repertoire, and we hope that our audiences will embrace these new songs as well.”
“This new music is something that has challenged us beyond our expectations,” says Joyce. “We had to work harder than ever and strive for the excellence that we believe God expects from us. We were raised with that work ethic, and we believe that God expects us to never stop striving or stop growing and to be the best we can be. We want to honor Him every time we go into the studio or onto the stage.”
In addition to their own concert appearances, the trio is currently hitting stages alongside singer/songwriter/comedian Mark Lowry on the Music and Madness Tour. Additionally, they are featured on select Gaither HOMECOMING Tour dates. Their national and international exposure continues to grow as A Cappella will receive prime placement in retail outlets and will air as part of a special TV offer on Dish TV, DirecTV, AT&T Uverse, GaitherTV, TBN, RFD, FamilyNet, CTN, GMC, GMTN, Guardian, Liberty, TCT and TLN. It will also air in Canada on Vision TV, CTS, The Miracle Channel and Hope TV.
Distributed by Capitol Christian Distribution, the new release will available at retail and digital outlets worldwide including iTunes, Amazon and and
To keep up with the latest happenings with The Martins, visit, connect with them at or follow them on Twitter: @martinsonline.

Winners of the 2014 Gospel Music Fan Awards Announced

(May 17, 2014 - Somerset, KY) Highlighting the final evening of the 10th annual Gospel Music FanFair in Somerset, Kentucky, Christian Voice Magazine presented the 2014 Gospel Music Fan Awards to an enthusiastic audience at The Center’s beautiful Performing Arts Theatre.

Both Michael Wayne Smith and newcomer Jesse Reece took home the 2014 ‘Male Horizon’ Award. This is the first time in the history of the Gospel Music Fan Awards that a category vote resulted in a tie.

The Parish Family won ‘Favorite Group’ as voted by Gospel music fans, and Jason Crabb nabbed the win for ‘Favorite Soloist.’ Crabb also won ‘Favorite Album’ for “Love Is Stronger,” while “But God” by The Steeles took first place as ‘Favorite Video.’

Gospel music fans voted in 25 categories beginning with an open nomination ballot in February, 2014. The Top Ten ballot was published in March, where fans placed their final votes. Here is the complete list of winners, as voted by Gospel music fans:

Paul Roark

Margie Tanner

Shane Roark

Bill Bailey (Bill Bailey Concerts)

Perry Edge (Double E Promotions)


Great American Gospel

Hunter Logan (HLE Radio)

WSHE 1270 AM (Columbus, GA)

He Gave All He Had (Tim Livingston)

But God (The Steeles)

Love Is Stronger (Jason Crabb)

Ricky Atkinson

Shannon Shelby (Eternal Vision)

The Sneed Family

Stuart Stallings

Marty Raybon (Soloist)

Crimson Ridge

Ashley Repass (Soloist)

Michael Wayne Smith (Soloist)
Jesse Reece (Soloist)

Karen Peck Gooch (Karen Peck & New River)

Tim Livingston (Soloist)

Jason Crabb

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Amber Nelon Thompson Receives Favorite Female Singer Award From AGM

Atlanta, GA (May 21,2014) Phenomenal young talent Amber Nelon Thompson of the Nelons has won her first award and it is a big one. On April 15th at the Absolutely Gospel Music Awards held in Smyrna, TN, Amber won the coveted Favorite Female Singer Award.

Born into a singing family, it seemed Amber's fate to join her family group, but her success was not guaranteed. Through hard work and a great dream she has lived up to the Nelon name of giving the genre great singers. At the Award Celebration Amber brought the crowd to their feet with her feature on the Nelons rendition of “More Than Wonderful”.

Deon Unthank, President of AGM said “I believe the screams when Amber won this award were the loudest of the evening. The crowd certainly approved of her choice as Favorite Female Singer. This was the first award that has ever acknowledged her talent and I believe there will be many more to follow.”

Amber was clearly moved by her accomplishment and dedicated the award to her late Grandfather, Rex Nelon, the gifted Bass singer for whom the group was named. At this point both Amber and her Mother, Kelly Nelon Clark who was co-hosting for the evening, were both shedding tears and the crowd bursting in thunderous applause.

Amy Unthank, VP of AGM stated “With so many people talking about the demographic of Southern Gospel Music it is wonderful to see young people like Amber being recognized for their talent and the fans accepting them as the great artist they are. Amber is truly one of those artists. Congratulations to Amber.”

Amber is in the process of recording a brand new solo project with Daywind Records, so be watching for it.

You can learn more about Amber and the Nelons at or

The Nelons are book through the Beckie Simmons Agency at .

Amber and the Nelons record with Daywind Records


About The Nelons
For (original group member) Kelly Nelon Clark, singing alongside her husband (song-writer and group arranger) Jason Clark, and daughter (vocal power-house), Amber Nelon Thompson this is a full-circle moment as she reflects on the countless nights she shared the stage with her Hall of Fame Father, Rex Nelon. Today, the Nelons’ take all the elements you’ve come to expect from the group—unparalleled vocal excellence, a sound built on the interplay between a soaring soprano and Kelly’s emotional smooth alto with an intertwining tenor, and add impeccable tight family harmony with an uncanny gift of communicating God’s love and you have a worship experience that you’ll not soon

Channing Eleton Nominated For Singing News Fan Award Nomination

Dalton, GA (May 19, 2014) Phenomenal singer/songwriter/musician Channing Eleton has been nominated for a Singing News Fan Award. Since starting his new solo career, Channing has been nominated for several awards.

Concerning being nominated for the New Soloist Award, Channing stated “I am so honored to be nominated by the fans. People who listen to our music and come to our concerts are the backbone of what we do, without them there would be no reason to leave our families every week and travel like we do. Thank you fans, you are appreciated.”

Since performing his own penned songs Channing's career has skyrocketed including a soon to be released concept video titled 'Big Top'. Be sure to call your radio station and request to hear Channing Eleton.

You can learn more about Channing at or .

To book Channing for a church service or concert go to .


About Channing Eleton
For 4 1/2 years, he toured extensively with Poet Voices playing concerts from Delaware to California and from Canada to the Carribean. This led to so many great things for Eleton. He gained valuable experience while on the road, making many, many new friends.

Channing married his sweetheart, Christina Fleming, whom he’d met two years prior at a Poet Voices concert. Channing continues, “I know when I’m up on that stage, she’s praying for me. Words can’t even begin to describe how I feel. I am blessed more than I deserve. I’m so thankful!”

March 23, 2000 finds Eleton joining Gospel music super-group, Gold City. For the next six years, he tours as part Gold City’s ‘Band Of Gold’. In September of that year, Gold City’s band with Eleton, won The Singing News Fan Award for ‘BAND OF THE YEAR’. In May of 2001, the Southern Gospel Music Association named Channing Eleton as its ‘Musician Of The Year’. “I take great pride in this honor because it was voted on and awarded to me by my peers.” October of 2005, Channing resigned his position as Gold City’s keyboardist. Channing reflects, “I’ll always be thankful for my days spent with Gold City”.

Channing says “The older I get, the more I realize that God uses the different seasons of our lives to prepare for us what’s to come. I have learned to keep looking ahead. Keep plowing forward, while enjoying the present and living each day to its fullest.”

Karen Peck and New River Grab Five Singing News Award Nominations

Dahlonega, GA (May 16, 2014) In a year of winning big awards, Karen Peck and New River have grabbed five more nominations in the Singing News Fan Awards. The Singing News Awards will be held at the National Quartet Convention in September 2014. The final round of voting will begin soon.

The five nominations include Favorite Trio, Song Of The Year for the title cut of the album “Revival” (penned by Karen Peck Gooch, Kenna West and Lee Black), Album Of The Year for 'Revival', Favorite Soprano and Favorite Female Singer.

In other news about Karen Peck and New River their new hit song “Finish Well” has hit number one for the June Singing News Magazine Chart and has been number one on the Absolutely Gospel Music Chart for the last seven weeks. In the history of Karen Peck and New River's number one songs “Finish Well” has risen to the top spot faster than any other song they have recorded. “Finish Well” was written by Karen Peck Gooch, Keena West and Michael Farren.

Karen Peck stated “KPNR is so thankful to The Lord for this wonderful season in our ministry. We are very honored and grateful for our number one song, Finish Well, and for the Singing News Fan Awards nominations!!”.

Lastly, the Karen Peck and New River annual Homecoming will be June 13th and 14th at the New River Park in Dahlonega, GA. Her special guests include The Perrys, Jeff and Sheri Easter and the Old Paths with several other groups participating and of course Karen Peck and New River. For more information about the concert go to


About Karen Peck and New River
No doubt the most popular mixed trio in Gospel Music, Karen Peck and New River are a music 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 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.

"Years of Gold" turns back the clock as Jonathan Wilburn allows fans to relive his Gold City hits

Hendersonville, TN - (May 22nd, 2014) Daywind Records is pleased to announce the release of "Years of Gold" from award-winning artist, Jonathan Wilburn. Wilburn is currently half of the dynamic vocal duo, Wilburn and Wilburn, along with his son Jordan. “The Best of Jonathan Wilburn: Years of Gold, a Collection of Hits” will allow Jonathan's fans to relive his award-winning days as a member of the Gold City Quartet.

“This project has been a walk down memory lane,” says Wilburn, who began his prolific career as a part of his beloved family group the Wilburns. “I was blessed to be a part of the Gold City Quartet for 12 years, and I made some priceless memories during that period of time. It is my hope that these are songs that fans will enjoy and that will continue to minister to people.”

Among the hits that are included on this project are “He Said,” “There Rose A Lamb,” “Midnight Cry,” “When He Calls (I'll Fly Away)” and “I'm Not Giving Up.”

“Jonathan Wilburn has been and remains one of the most popular artists in Southern Gospel Music for two decades,” explains Daywind Music president Ed Leonard. “His heart for people and the energy and enthusiasm that he pours into every song are rare commodities. This project is a must have, not only for Jonathan Wilburn fans but for all of those who love great songs that contain an impactful message conveyed straight from the heart of one of this industry's top vocalists.”

In addition to Wilburn and Wilburn, Daywind Records is home to a fabulous 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

SGN Scoops May Edition Features Whisnants On Cover

Welcome to the May issue of SGN Scoops digital magazine! We are thrilled to bring to you the best stories in Christian music, from features to devotionals to concert reviews. This month, our cover story is the beloved family group, The Whisnants, as they allow SGN Scoops to come with them backstage and in the bus. Be sure to read this captivating feature by Jennifer Campbell. Erin Stevens’ Younger Perspective shines the spotlight on The Perrys’ artist, Jared Stuffle. Other artists featured include The Erwins by Marcie Gray, new Christian female trio High Road III by Lorraine Walker, and Sandi Duncan Clark catches up with the Dixie Echoes.

Craig Harris reviews a concert event by the indescribable Mark Lowry along with the award-winning Martins. Rob Patz tells America what they want to know about family group The Hoggles. Rhonda Frye reflects on Mother’s Day. Legendary staff writer, Lou Wills Hildreth shares the taping of the SGMG 2014 Harmony Honors.

We are happy to have our participating artists sharing their hearts with you, including Dr. Jeff Steele, David Staton, Sherry Anne and Kelly Nelon Clark.

Also included in this month’s issue are CD reviews, SGN Scoops Top 100 songs for May and our monthly Health Feature by Laurette Willis, who discusses the enjoyable topic of regular exercise!

We hope you take a moment to read the uplifting and encouraging articles this month. Pass the link along to family and friends and don’t forget to tell your favorite artist that you saw their feature in this month’s SGN Scoops magazine!

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The Isaacs Claim Three Singing News Fan Award Nominations

Nashville, TN (May 14, 2014) Renowned Gospel singing family group, the Isaacs, have made claim to three Singing News Fan Award nominations. This has been an exciting year for the Isaacs as they have been nominated and won in several genres of music including Bluegrass, Country, and Gospel.

Nominated for three awards, namely Mixed Group of the Year, Favorite Band, and Favorite Female Singer confirms to the Isaacs that hard work and using your talents for God do not go unnoticed.

Matriarch of the group, Lily Isaacs stated “We love what we do and we do it for the Lord, so these award nominations are a little blessing that makes our journey a little sweeter.”

Sonya Isaacs Yeary, nominated for Favorite Soprano commented “What an honor it is to be nominated by the very people we sing for every week, the Gospel music fans. Without these loving people we would be singing to empty pews, so thank you very much to all who voted for me and my family.”

The third and final round of voting will begin soon.

To learn more about the Isaacs go to or


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. Zak Shumate is on percussion and is the only non family member in the group.

Family also just recently sang anthem at Indiana Pacers game and got a standing ovation. 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.


This Week's Second-Biggest, Per-Screen, New Release

CULVER CITY, Calif. — May 13, 2014 — MOMS’ NIGHT OUT, the Sarah Drew/Sean Astin/Patricia Heaton/Trace Adkins team-up, was this week’s second-biggest, per-screen, new release at the box office. For Mother’s Day 2014—for maybe first time ever—the hot gift was . . . a movie ticket. Starting the Friday before Mother’s Day, families filled theaters for MOMS’ NIGHT OUT, a wholesome PG standout in a field of the summer’s 15 R-rated comedies, and crowds rose higher on word of mouth.

Exit polls echo the audience reactions: 82 percent of moviegoers (the average is 60 percent) say, yes, they’d definitely recommend MOMS’ NIGHT OUT. A million-plus people, meanwhile, are talking about it on Facebook. Among females aged 35-49, MOMS’ NIGHT OUT received an A- CinemaScore.

“Hollywood is overdue to make movies on a double bottom line,” co-writer and director Jon Erwin said. “While MOMS’ NIGHT OUT entertains entire families, it’s proving that content can build up families and come out financially profitable.”

Michael Medved, nationally syndicated radio host and movie reviewer echoes the enthusiasm. “MOMS’ NIGHT OUT is funny, frisky, fast-moving and filled with first-class performances,” he said. “It's also a surprisingly wise and moving film about the joys and nightmares of parenthood.”

Tara McNamara of called “MOMS’ NIGHT OUT “a movie unicorn—something we hope exists, and yet finding one is very, very rare. Most grown women become moms,” she wrote, “so how can it be that Moms' Night Out—a comedy about the lives of good moms—is one of a kind?”

Starring Sarah Drew (Grey’s Anatomy), Sean Astin (THE LORD OF THE RINGS), two-time Emmy® winner Patricia Heaton (The Middle, Everybody Loves Raymond), and country music superstar Trace Adkins (LINCOLN LAWYER), Rotten Tomatoes moviegoers gave MOMS’ NIGHT OUT 86 percent positive response.

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), Kevin Downes (COURAGEOUS) and Alex Kendrick (COURAGEOUS).

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

For interviews, contact: Michael Conrad 214-616-0320

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About TriStar Pictures
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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.

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.


Waynesville, NC (May 14, 2014) - Michael Davis & Associates is thrilled to be celebrating, along with their incredible artists, twenty nominations from the 2014 Singing News Fan Awards top five nominee list, released yesterday. This is an incredible number of nominees and the agency is honored to represent this fine talent.

Among the nominees are the Triumphant Quartet who are one of the most nominated groups overall. The quartet garnered 11 nominations, including Artist Of The Year, Traditional Quartet Of The Year, Song Of The Year, and more. The Collingsworth Family carried five nominations, one of which is also for Artist Of The Year. Other nominees, from Michael Davis & Associates, include the Hoskins Family, Joseph Habadank, Southern Raised, and Mountain Faith.

President and CEO of Michael Davis & Associates, Michael Davis, expresses, "Our company prides itself, not just in representing excellent talent, but in representing those whose ministries strive to honor God in all they do. We are blessed to see and celebrate the nominees who make up the four agencies among Michael Davis & Associates. We know that these artists are celebrating an opportunity to lift up the name above all names, Jesus. We join them in that privledge and we wish them the very best as they are recognized for the excellent talent they possess, by the very people who witness it, their fans."

To learn more about the 2014 Singing News Fan Awards, visit

To learn more about all of the artists who call Michael Davis & Associates home, visit

The following companies make up the family of stellar talent agencies of Michael Davis & Associates-
* Dominion Agency
* Adoration Agency
* Mountain Top Talent
* Blue Ridge Artist Agency

Mailing Address:
PO Box 1277
Waynesville, NC 28786

McCray Dove and The Dove Brothers Band In Concert

McCray Dove and the Dove Brothers Band will be in concert this week in the following cities. Come out and see us!

Thursday, May 15, 2014
Jimmy Rodger Festival @ 7:00PM
Singing Brakeman Park
Meridian, MS

Friday, May 16, 2014
Antioch Free Will Baptist Church @7:00PM
Russellville, AR

Saturday, May 17, 2014
Beacon Park @ 2:00PM
Harrison, AR

Sunday, May 18, 2014
Oakfield Baptist Church @ 7:00PM
Oakfield, TN

Tune-In Alert For The Music City Show Featuring Brian Free & Assurance

The Music City Show On RFD-TV Features Brian Free & Assurance
Season Two Starts Thursday, May 15th

Nashville, TN (May 12, 2014) Be sure to tune in as The Music City Show begins Season Two of it's highly successful Gospel Music programming. Starting this season is a tribute of our “grand ole flag”.

Featuring regulars like host Tim Lovelace, who is a great singer and comedian in his own right, and the ever popular Positive Cowboy Jim Sheldon and the Positive Cowboy Band, this season will start with the Gospel powerhouse group Brian Free & Assurance as guest group.

Brian Free & Assurance has a string of Number One hits including “Long As I've Got King Jesus”, “For God so Loved” and “Calvary’s Cry”. As one of the best quartets in Gospel Music you won't want to miss this night of unforgettable music.

Here is a sneak preview link - .

For more information about The Music City Show you can go to or .

You can learn more about RFD-TV at or .


AboutThe Music City Show
The Music City Show, a southern/country gospel weekly show featuring top artists like Greater Vision, Legacy Five, The Blackwood Brothers, Comedian Tim Lovelace, Gene McDonald, Aaron Wilburn, Lynn Anderson and many more. The show features special guest hosts each week with Nashville's own Blue Jean Band and The Positive Cowboy Jim Sheldon.
The Music City Show is a series based in Nashville, Tennessee - America's favorite Music City. The show has many elements of Nashville that people love, namely a live house band, talented artists, heartfelt interviews and comedic entertainment. It is likened unto The Tonight Show, with comedy segments, a guest host, and a beautiful cityscape backdrop.

Wilburn and Wilburn Takes On New Meaning

Gadsden, AL (May 9, 2014) In a world where words often have double meaning, kind of like a Bass singer and catching a Bass on a fishing line Wilburn and Wilburn has also taken on new meaning. For the past few years Wilburn and Wilburn has meant father and son singing together. It seems now it means cousins playing together.

Jonathan Wilburn the father half of Wilburn and Wilburn joyously stated "It's double trouble in the Wilburn household. It's all because there are two brand new Wilburn and Wilburn fans. Marley Lynn Wilburn and Julia Elaine Vines have finally made their grand entrance into the world. I never knew that having grandbabies could put such a big smile on my face.”

Marley is a St. Patrick's Day baby. She was born on March 17, 2014 at 5:21 pm at St. Vincent's Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama. Marley is the daughter of Jordan and Lauren Wilburn. According to her dad, she came out showcasing a strong set of lungs. Marley weighed 7 lbs 7 oz and was 19 1/2 inches long with a head full of dark hair. Marley is named after her maternal grandmother, Lynn.

Julia Elaine Vines made her a debut appearance just a few days before Mother's Day. There's no greater gift than that. Julia was born May 8, 2014 at 7:56 pm at St. Vincent's Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama. Julia is the daughter of Dexter Vines and Jessica Wilburn Vines. She weighed 6 lbs 15 oz and was 20 inches long with beautiful blonde hair. Julia is named after her maternal great grandmother, Elaine Wilburn, who is a staple name in Southern Gospel Music.

With these two baby girls being born just 7 1/2 weeks apart, it is no doubt that a forever friendship is in their future. Will these two make a new addition to Wilburn or Wilburn, or part two of the dynamic duo? I guess we all need to stay tuned.

To learn more about Wilburn and Wilburn, the singers, go to or .

To book Wilburn and Wilburn contact the Beckie Simmons Agency at or .


About Wilburn & Wilburn
Wilburn & Wilburn, the Father – Son team of Jonathan and Jordan Wilburn are continuing the tradition for three generations. Jonathan spent the first 16 years of his Southern Gospel Music career singing with his family, the Wilburns, one of Gospel Music’s most beloved and respected families. In 1996 Jonathan would move to Gadsden, Alabama where he would anchor the lead position with Gold City for the next 12 years.
Adding a dimension to this group is Jonathan's son Jordan. Feeling his call to sing Gospel music at a young age, it is a great match of Father and Son to create a great sound and an excitement that enhances any worship service.

Jeff Stice Exits Triumphant Quartet

Waynesville, NC (May 9, 2014) - After taking a personal leave of absence to reflect on God’s best for his life and the life of his family, Jeff Stice has made a decision to end his tenure with the Triumphant Quartet. He will be focusing his energies on joining his sisters in helping to care for their parents. While he may pursue other interests in the future, he feels his family and their needs must be the priority in this season of life.

Eric Bennett shares, “I speak for all the guys in the group when I say that we wish Jeff well in his future endeavors. He and his family will definitely remain in our prayers.”

The decision to hire a piano player for the group remains uncertain at this time. Triumphant, their extended support staff, and their families want to be careful to take time to pray and trust God’s leading in that area of their ministry.

The quartet's booking agency, the Dominion Agency (a division of Michael Davis & Associates), remains confident that the strong musical presentation, as well as the powerful ministry of the Triumphant Quartet, will remain as excellent as ever. Michael Davis expresses, “We, at the Dominion Agency, love and appreciate Eric, David, Clayton and Scotty. We are so honored to exclusively represent Triumphant Quartet as they continue serving God and blessing audiences with their great music.”

To learn more about the Triumphant Quartet, visit

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

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

HIGHROADIII Releases New CD With Big Party

Nashville, TN (May 8, 2014) Award winning female group sensation HIGHROADIII celebrated releasing their brand new album with a big CD Release Party, May, 7th . The new CD 'Angel At The Crossroads' is about to make a big splash in the Gospel Music arena.

The Country/Bluegrass sounding Gospel group performed their new release in it's entirety to a packed house at the Backstage Room of 3rd and Lindsley, a restaurant known for it's musical events in Nashville.

Performing songs from their sophomore project these ladies demonstrated some of the closest harmony you will ever hear. The CD has a wide variety of musical tastes from a short a capella rendition of the old hymn “Count Your Blessings” to the Southern Gospel Hit “Beulah Land” to the contemporary stylings of “Redeemer”.

Lending their hands to this project included multi-award winning artists Bill Gaither singing Bass, Greg Ritchie playing drums and Ben Isaacs producing the album. Greg Ritchie also performed with the group at the CD Party.

Though the girls included enough cover tunes to keep it interesting, there is some great original material to listen to also. Penned in part by group members Sarah Davison, Kiley Phillips and upright Bass player Stephen Wilder “Worry” is an upbeat Bluegrassy song that will lift your spirit any time you are down. The other tune written by group members “Don't Weep For Me” has a nice Country feel and a real message that will get you thinking about Heaven. There is even one novelty song “Prayer Chain” which speaks of how a prayer chain can in some cases be a rumor chain. It's a really cute song. The title song “Angel At The Crossroads” seems to have a special meaning to the lives of each of the ladies.

All in all it was a night of fun and great fellowship including HIGHROADIII fans, some media, other Gospel artists and even some Belmont University students. Kiley Phillips, Lead singer and guitar player, commented "We are so thankful for each and every person who came out to our CD Release Party. We had such an amazing time sharing our new project with our closest friends and family. The support and encouragement that we felt is so humbling and gives us a charge to work even harder to spread the Word of God and His message that we all three believe in."

All three members of HIGHROADIII are Belmont University graduates. Sarah Davidson, Kiley Phillips and Anna Grace Kimbrough make up the ladies of HIGHROADIII while Stephen Wilder plays the upright Bass with them as often as possible.

In an additional note, HIGHROADIII has recently signed an extensive publicity agreement with AG Publicity of Nashville, TN. Pamela Unthank of AG Publicity stated “The first time I heard these three young ladies I knew they had a sound that was going to take them a long way toward getting them to where they want to be in their careers. We are proud to represent a group with such a great sound and loving spirit.”

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In a world where conformity is king and following the crowd is practically a survival instinct, the women of HIGHROADIII, an award-winning Appalachian gospel group from Nashville who just happen to be the best of friends, too, have always preferred the road less traveled.
And so it’s fitting that the trio’s new album, which also features the girls’ inventive instrumentation, would bear the same name. Filled with the beautiful, haunting melodies and vocals that have been the group’s hallmark, Sarah Davison, Anna Grace Kimbrough and Kiley Phillips, all graduates of Belmont University’s prestigious School of Music, feel the songs from The Road Less Traveled reflect their personal journey of being set apart.