Friday, January 30, 2015


(Alexandria, IN) – The Gaither Homecoming Tour kicked off the 2015 tour season in Florida with huge concerts in Estero, Jacksonville and a sold-out concert in Tampa. This weekend’s concerts on January 22, 23 & 24, were hosted by Bill Gaither and featured an award-winning artist roster including the Gaither Vocal Band, the Isaacs, the Nelons, Gordon Mote, Charlotte Ritchie and Gene McDonald.
Thrilled by the wonderful audiences this weekend, Gaither states, “I am still in awe that thousands of people want to come out and see us after all these years. I’m still blown away every weekend by the support and encouragement we receive. Thank you to everyone who came this weekend and to all who we will see during the upcoming 2015 tour.”
Tour promoter, Gary Gentry of Premier Productions, states, “I never cease to be amazed. After all these years of working with Bill Gaither, he still delivers the goods night after night with music that blesses all who come. Bill and the Gaither Vocal Band continue their long tradition of musical excellence. If someone out there has not been to a Gaither Vocal Band concert in awhile, take advantage of a concert near you in 2015.”
The Gaither tour will continue in Texas in early February, where the Gaither Vocal Band will headline concerts in Lubbock, Houston and Austin. Visit for details on these and all other remaining 2015 concert dates.

Paul’s Journey Announces Return Of Joe Kitson

Paul’s Journey announces the resignation of Dennis King as our baritone singer. Dennis sang with the group almost one year. Dennis needed more time at home to be his family. Being in a full time group takes you away from home many days of the year and when it comes a time that your family needs you more then that’s where you need to be.
We want to thank Dennis for his time here and wish him the very best in his future!
Joe Kitson rejoins Paul’s Journey! Joe sang with the group in 2012-2013. After taking a year off the road to help his family move and finish his education he was ready to start singing and ministering again.
Joe stated : ” I didn’t want to leave in the first place but I knew it was something that God wanted me to do. I never thought I would be able to return though. The way that God worked everything out and brought me back to Paul’s Journey has been nothing short of miraculous.”
Group Manager, Rod Treme stated ” when our baritone position came open I contacted Joe to see if he was ready to come back. His answer was Yes Sir and I’m ready to start immediately. We’re glad to have Joe back as a part of our ministry team.”
Joe and his family now live in the North Houston area where the group is headquartered.


NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Award-winning Difference Media recording artist Canton Junction announces the beginning of a new chapter with the addition of lead vocalist Casey Rivers and baritone Ryan Seaton. Rivers and Seaton join Canton Junction founding members Matthew Hagee and Tim Duncan to round out the acclaimed quartet, following the departure of Aaron Crabb and Shane McConnell. The group’s highly anticipated sophomore recording is slated to release in August.
“It is a very exciting time for Canton Junction as we welcome Casey and Ryan to the family,” said Matthew Hagee. “We believe the incredible musical gifts of these two men, along with their heart for people, are a perfect match for what Canton Junction is all about—and where we are headed in the future. We continue to be thankful for the contributions Aaron and Shane made to the group, as we prepare to embark on this new leg of our journey.”
Casey Rivers has had successful careers in both gospel and country music, sharing stages with such legendary figures as Loretta Lynn and Kenny Rogers. He was runner-up to Chris Young on USA Network’s Nashville Star in 2006, and went on to achieve notoriety as a solo country artist. Rivers also served as lead vocalist for southern gospel trio Beyond The Ashes from 2008 to 2012.
Ryan Seaton was a member of Ernie Haase & Signature Sound from 2003 to 2009, during which time the group received a GRAMMY® Award nomination and three Dove Awards. Seaton’s 2010 solo debut, The Stage Is Bare, garnered two Dove Award nominations. His critically acclaimed follow-up recording, Prisoner Of Hope, released in 2013.
Since their debut in 2012, Canton Junction has quickly become one of southern gospel music’s most sought-after quartets. The self-titled Canton Junction featured the #1 singles “Hold On” and “Sweeter As The Days Go By,” and garnered a 2013 GMA Dove Award for Southern Gospel Album of the Year. Last year, the group received the Singing News Fan Award for Favorite Southern Gospel New Traditional Quartet.
Difference Media is a division of Cornerstone Church, founded and pastored by John Hagee. The label features some of the leading names in Gospel music including Aaron & Amanda Crabb, Canton Junction, Matthew Hagee, Tim Duncan, The Cornerstone Sanctuary Choir, Ricardo Sanchez, John Hagee and The Hagees. A non-denominational evangelical church with more than 20,000 active members, Cornerstone Church is home to John Hagee Ministries, which telecasts Pastor Hagee’s radio and television teachings throughout America and to more than 190 countries around the world. The ministry also operates GETV, a 24/7 online television and video on-demand broadcast of sermons and original programming, as well as music videos and performances by Difference artists (
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Stronger An Intense Autobiography Of Kathy Crabb Hannah

With steadfast determination, Kathy Hannah has penned her autobiography that has been appropriately entitled, Stronger. The book is a sometimes very raw look at the woman who was the matriarch of the famed Crabb Family.
The book details Hannah’s life from a near fatal stabbing in her youth, through the challenges of managing a blended family with incredible talent, through a heart wrenching divorce. The story is one of many peaks and low valleys that needed to be told in God’s timing.
As quoted by Hannah, “The first week of November 2014, the Lord instructed me in specifics. He said, “Go to a mountain, I will meet you there.” I know this sounds a bit super spiritual. However, this is exactly what happened. I went to the mountain. I poured my heart out to Him for days upon days. I talked. He listened. I cried a river of tears during those days on that mountain with God, and I wrote 90,000 words, some of which were gut wrenching chapters, but together, WE did it.”
Hannah is hopeful that by telling her poignant story in a transparent way through her own words, that others will be encouraged. Hannah states through her website that, “I pray as you walk through my life, my journey, you will be encouraged and realize that YOU TOO are going to make it.”
Known to thousands of fans, Hannah shares her particular brand of thoughts and insights almost daily using several forms of social media.
Today, Hannah resides in a suburban community near Nashville, TN with her incredibly supportive new husband, Steve Hannah. Their home is always accommodating to the many lives that find inspiration in her unwavering Christian worldview.
Through all the fires in her life, Hannah has become Stronger.
The book is available for purchase now at and soon to be released to media outlets nationwide.
Review by Candi Combs

GOODMAN REVIVAL: Debut Release Songs in the Key of Happy TOPS SALES CHARTS

Fans and Radio “HAPPY” to Hear “What a Happy Time”

Newly Formed Trio Launches Website

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—January 29th, 2014—Songs in the Key of Happy (Gaither Music Group), the debut CD release from newly formed trio Goodman Revival, landed at #1 on this week’s Southern Gospel chart according to Nielsen Soundscan. In addition, the Songs in the Key of Happy DVD topped the Christian Music Video chart.The audio release also landed at #11 on the Contemporary Christian Music chart, and the DVD came in at #4 on the Billboard Music Video chart.
“I’m extremely excited about the way Goodman Revival is bringing these old favorites back to life,” stated Barry Jennings, president of Gaither Music Group. “We are especially thrilled with the response we are getting from our television audiences who have been moved by the way Tanya, Michael and Johnny communicate these old classics in a fresh and powerful way. These songs hold a great deal of significance for people all over the world; and Goodman Revival has a gift for connecting with those listeners, as well as attracting a new generation of gospel music enthusiasts.”
In addition to this week’s recording launch, the group’s debut single, “What a Happy Time,” landed in the Top 80 chart of national monthly radio airplay after only two weeks of nationwide airplay. The song is in the Top 5 New Releases at 14 stations and is the #3 Pick Hit at six stations.
“I have believed in this song from the moment I heard Goodman Revival’s new rendition of it,” stated radio promoter Les Butler, of Family Music Group. “…and I am not alone in my enthusiasm! Programmers across the country have been excited to have music from this trio, and I am thrilled with the early numbers we are seeing surrounding this single. I’ve heard the smiles in their voices as they talked about how happy they were to add Goodman Revival to their playlists.”
Songs in the Key of Happy finds Goodman Revival, of Smyrna, TN, paying homage to the music they grew up singing and hearing. The trio consists of Tanya Goodman Sykes, Michael Sykes and Johnny Minick, each of whom are seasoned Christian music veterans and past members of the legendary Happy Goodman Family singing group. This recording debut finds these familiar faces capturing the musical styles and heritage that have endeared them to countless people around the world for several decades.
Produced by Sykes and Minick, the new release features gospel classics such as “I Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey,” “This Is Just What Heaven Means to Me,” “Look for Me,” “I Hold a Clear Title to a Mansion,” “Eyes of Jesus,” “Until You’ve Known the Love,” “Who Am I” and other fan favorites as well as an all-new song, “Settle the Score,” penned by Minick featuring that “Goodman three-quarter time.”“Johnny has the entire discography,” explains Goodman Sykes. “We sat down together and kept refining the list of songs. Each of us had our favorites, and we finally whittled the list down to 13 songs.”“As a producer, I think I brought more of the ‘current feel’ stylistically to the recording,” recalls Sykes. “Johnny keeps the old school style real, and he’s a big part of the DNA of who we are.”Minick agrees, “There is a strong balance here. Michael makes you want to do things. I think I sang things I might not have wanted to sing, and it worked. Michael brings energy to what we do. We have a lot of fun.”
The energy and passion the members of Goodman Revival bring to these timeless songs are readily evident on the DVD that was filmed before an enthusiastic audience at Gaither Studios in Alexandria, Indiana. In addition to the LIVE performance, the trio sat down with the video’s host and their longtime friend Bill Gaither for a behind-the-scenes look at the new recording and the Goodman Family legacy.
The trio was joined by a few special friends for the video’s performances. “The Gaither Vocal Band did a couple songs, and our great friend and super cheerleader Russ Taff joined us on ‘The Sweetest Song I Know.’ He rocked it down to the ground,” says Goodman Sykes. “It was awesome. He is a dynamo. That was a lot of fun.”
The new releases are currently airing as part of a tv campaign on DISH TV, DIRECTV, AT&T Uverse, GaitherTV, TBN, FamilyNet, CTN, GMTN, Guardian, Liberty, RFD, TCT and TLN. The campaign is airing in Canada on Vision TV, The Miracle Channel, Grace TV and CTS. The group has received glowing album reviews and has been featured on Sirius-XM Satellite Radio’s enLighten Channel and in HOMECOMING Magazine. Goodman Revival will appear on the Gaither Vocal Band’s upcoming DVD Sometimes It Takes a Mountain (Gaither Music Group).
The Songs in the Key of Happy CD and DVD are exclusively distributed by Capitol Christian Distribution, and they are available throughout general market stores and the Christian marketplace in addition to online retailers including iTunes, Amazon and

To view a preview of the Songs in the Key of Happy DVD, visit: further information, visit the group’s newly launched website or connect at or on Twitter: @GoodmanRevival.

This Week on Good News Music Radio with Woody Wright! Airs January 30, 2015 – February 5, 2015

This week’s program on “Good News Music Radio with Woody Wright” features Part 1 of our interview with Rick Webb of The Rick Webb Family and music from The Goodman Revival, Adam Crabb, Wilburn & Wilburn, The Gaither Vocal Band, Rachel West Kramer, The Martins, The Booth Brothers and MORE!
Tune-in to one of the stations listed on our site or listen online for an hour of great gospel music, inspiring ministry and fun with Woody Wright and D. Scott Kramer at:
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Tune In Alert: Jim Brady Trio CD release party to be broadcast on SiriusXM’s enLighten station this Saturday

Hendersonville, TN – Jan. 30, 2015) The Jim Brady Trio celebrated Tuesday’s release of its debut project with Daywind Records at a CD release party, which was held at Bridgestone Arena’s SiriusXM Music City Theater in Nashville, Tenn.

“We give heartfelt thanks to Daywind and SiriusXM for helping us celebrate the release of ‘A New Chapter,’” Jim Brady emphasizes. “We were honored by our friends and industry peers who came to join in the celebration as well as those who sent best wishes. We’re thankful for the doors God has opened for the Jim Brady Trio and anticipate great things in this next chapter of our lives.”

The trio consists of Jim Brady, his wife Melissa and former Legacy Five pianist Tim Parton. Parton and Jim Brady co-produced the 12-song project, and Jim Brady wrote or co-wrote six of those songs, two of which were comprised along with Melissa Brady. Melissa also penned a song with Sue C. Smith, one of the notable songwriters on the project along with Eddie Crook, Phil Cross, Rodney Griffin, Squire Parsons, Randy Phillips, Barry Weeks, Aaron Wilburn and Tony Wood.

The group performed songs from the project at Tuesday’s invitation-only event. It will be broadcast on Sirius XM’s enLighten station this Saturday, Jan. 31, at both noon and 3 p.m. It will also be aired at undisclosed times in the future as well.

“It was a wonderful privilege that we all had to celebrate the album’s release with the Jim Brady Trio,” Daywind vice president Scott Godsey shares. “They delighted us with songs from the project. Through much thought, planning, time and prayer, they have hit a home run with ‘A New Chapter.’ If Southern Gospel fans haven’t heard the Jim Brady Trio yet, they are in for an absolute treat. We hope they tune in this Saturday to get a taste of what we feel is going to be a top-notch artist in our genre.”

Daywind Records is home to an award-winning roster of artists, including Legacy Five, the Nelons, Karen Peck and New River, Brian Free and Assurance, and many others. 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

For more information on the Jim Brady Trio, visit the group’s web site at

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Crabb Family: Sold-Out, Standing Room Only for Reunion Tour!

Talented Family Celebrating 20 Year Anniversary

New 20 Years Compilation CD Released

Lives Changed, Hearts Encouraged, People Saved during Anointed Services

(Nashville, TN – January 30, 2015) – Tonight, The Crabb Family continues the Platinum Reunion Celebration Tour with a SOLD OUT crowd in Birmingham, AL. Thousands of excited fans have welcomed The Crabb Family back to the stage with standing room only, sold-out crowds, as the anointed, musically excellent ensemble performs together during a select number of appearances through February 2015.

Celebrating 20 years, this worship experience reunites the entire family - Adam, Terah, Jason, Aaron and Kelly - along with special guest Mike Bowling, to deliver an amazing evening full of music laughter and ministry.

More than the applause, standing ovations and excitement, this tour is changing lives. Countless individuals have given their hearts and lives to Christ during the anniversary celebration.

Global Promotions, helmed by promoter Paul Pitts, is responsible for bringing the family to audiences for very select dates during the winter months of January and February.

In addition to the tour, a new collection of hits and beloved songs of The Crabb Family has been released. CRABB FAMILY 20 - PLATINUM EDITION, available on CD now at and all concerts, celebrates the incredible moments and anointed music the group has been known for over the past twenty years. Through the music, audiences will revisit countless memories - sixteen number one songs, ten GMA Dove Awards, multiple GRAMMY® nominations and the spirit of the group that took them from the Grand Ole Opry to the Brooklyn Tabernacle and internationally known Gaither Homecoming videos and stages. To this day, the Crabb Family remains one of the most significant artists ever to grace a stage or record a song.

A full listing of all Crabb Family tour dates can be found at

Tune In Alert: Quartet Night Across America

Tune in Alert!
We are very excited about Sunday night!
Be sure to set your DVR to record the show.

The classic cadence of the legendary Blackwood Brothers, the dynamic vocal stylings of Brian Free and Assurance, the smooth sounds of Legacy Five and the infectious energy of Tribute Quartet take you on on a musical journey from 1910 through the present day.

The Mark Dubbeld Family Takes A New Direction

Nashville, TN (January 28, 2015) - Adoration Agency artist, the Mark Dubbeld Family, announces a change in their family ministry. Eldest son, Vincent, who married two years ago, is departing the group to pursue other interests.

Mark shares, “We have enjoyed having Vincent a part of this group since its inception. We wish him the best as he seeks other interests and looks to possibly further his education.”

Vincent expresses, “I’ve enjoyed seeing God work and being a part of the family ministry. My exit from the road doesn't change our love for each other as a family. I look forward to what He has in store for all of us in the future.”

The Mark Dubbeld Family remains excited about the future as they continue to follow God's will for their lives. Having experienced such growth and opportunity, including being main stage artists at NQC, they don't take God's plans for their lives lightly. They are currently gearing up for a tour throughout Florida and look forward to seeing many friends along the way.

To host The Mark Dubbeld Family at your church or ministry event contact Sophia Davis of the Adoration Agency. Visit the website at or call 615-590-7453.

To learn more about The Mark Dubbeld Family contact, visit
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For more on the entire family of Adoration Agency artists, email or call 615-590-7453.

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

Pictured: The Mark Dubbeld Family (l to r) Channing (son), Elena (daughter), Mark (Dad), Britton (son), Heather (Mom), and Vincent Dubbeld (son)

Wilburn & Wilburn Receive AGM Award Nomination For Video

Gadsden, Ala (January 30, 2015) Daywind recording artists, Wilburn & Wilburn, have been nominated for their new video "Help Me” by the Absolutely Gospel Music Awards.

"Help Me” is a moving video asking God to help me, help someone else. It's timely message is is fitting for the tumultuous events in our country today.

Jonathan Wilburn stated, "We are seeing this video touch hearts everywhere we perform and are honored to have received an Absolutely Gospel Music Award nomination.”

Voting for the Awards begins Sunday, February 1st and will continue through Saturday February 21st . Simply go to and look for the large banner at the top of the front page and you can click to vote for Wilburn & Wilburn.

The Absolutely Gospel Music Awards, often called the "finest” awards in the industry have been presented since 2002 by the staff of The award nominations are chosen by the staff of and other select industry professionals, and most of the winners are then chosen by the fans of the genre and readers of the site. In 2005, held its first AGM Music Awards Celebration which brought in all the artists, industry professionals, and fans for an official awards ceremony. In 2006, held a contest for the readers to name the statue that is presented to the winners at the Awards Celebration, in which "Ovation" was chosen as the winner. The Ovations are handed out on the second Tuesday in April every year.

In other news Wilburn and Wilburn can be seen on Harmony Road TV. Its affiliates and time slots can be found at Viewers can also interact with the program on Facebook at Harmony Road TV and on twitter@harmonyroadtv.

They can also be heard on this weeks programming for "

t". Tune-in to one of the stations listed on their site or listen online for an hour of great gospel music, inspiring ministry and fun with Woody Wright and D. Scott Kramer at: .

To learn more about Wilburn and Wilburn go to or on FaceBook at
To book Wilburn and Wilburn contact Beckie Simmons at the Beckie Simmons Agency at or call 615-595-7500 .


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.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Allison Speer Co-Writes Cut On New Ray Stevens album

Nashville, TN – GRAMMY Award-winning musician Ray Stevens has recorded a song co-written by Gaither Homecoming artist, Allison Speer. “The Baptism Of Stumpy Brown,” originally released on Allison’s Whoo-Hoo, What A Ride! comedy DVD, was written with Cyrus “Buddy” Kalb, a staff writer for Ray Stevens Music. Kalb is a renowned songwriter best known for Ray Stevens hit, “Mississippi Squirrel Revival.”
Allison comments, “Having a song recorded by Mr. Stevens is a dream come true. As a kid, I remember listening to his music and memorizing all of the words. I’m thrilled by this news!” She added, “The song idea came about as I sat in a baptismal service and wondered about someone leaving more of his old man behind in the water than he intended. Buddy took the idea and ran with it!”
Ray Stevens will perform “The Baptism Of Stumpy Brown” on his new project, Here We Go Again, which will release on his Player label in mid-February, and will be distributed by Sony music.

Balsam Range and Buddy Melton “Stacking Up The Rocks”

Buddy Melton, an award-winning voice that was nearly silenced

Members of Balsam Range honor the Lord’s saving power with “Stacking Up The Rocks”
Balsam Range Caleb Smith, Darren Nicholson, Buddy Melton, Tim Surrett, Marc Pruett

Nashville, TN — Five talented friends from the blue-collar county of Haywood in North Carolina, got together one night for a jam session … and it felt good. Soon, the band Balsam Range was born, and now, five albums later, this high energy acoustic band has won awards and garnered fans worldwide. They have been invited to play some of the most iconic stages in the USA including The Grand Ole Opry, MerleFest, Music City Roots, Mountain Stages from The Lincoln Theater, The Zac Brown Band Southern Ground Festivals and coming up in the Spring of 2015, Stagecoach, California’s huge Country Music Festival.
During his recovery, Buddy felt that his strength and muscle tone were diminishing. He pushed himself and started riding his mountain bike, setting a goal for himself that his wife and doctors thought impossible and even foolish. He was determined to compete in the Assault on Mt. Mitchell, the highest peak East of the Mississippi River. The race is 6,684 feet above sea level with 10,357 feet of vertical climbing. He trained rigorously and in 2013, Buddy participated in the race, and despite continuing to struggle with issues from the farm accident, he finished 87th in the Men’s 40-44 age bracket, and 489th overall out of 719 riders.
Balsam Range went on to release its 5th album in 2014 and this year, at the IBMA Awards, Balsam Range was named ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR, VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR. And the determined singer and fiddler? Well, Buddy Melton won the MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR Award.

Buddy wrote a very song that is performed a cappella on the album FIVE. “Stacking Up The Rocks” was inspired by a Biblical passage from Joshua, which Buddy’s mother shared with him in the hospital as he recovered from his injuries. It was written to honor what the Lord has done in Buddy’s life, and as a reminder for everyone of God’s saving power. A line in the song says, “…So that all the people of the earth might remember that the hand of the Lord is mighty.”

Others have noted the talent of Balsam Range and invited the band into more opportunities. The band provided the music for DAYLIGHT, a swampy, original Americana release by John Driskell (“Hop”) Hopkins, founding member of the Zac Brown Band. Balsam Range also provides music and appears in the upcoming motion picture thriller, Careful What You Wish For, directed by Elizabeth Allen and starring Isabel Lucas, Dermot Mulroney, Nick Jonas and Paul Sorvino.

The men of Balsam Range actively give back at every opportunity, raising more than half a million dollars for various regional and national charities. For their annual Winter Concert Series, held at the historic Capitol Theater in Canton, NC, the fellas have each chosen a charity that will benefit from each of the 5 concerts in the series.

Balsam Range released its 5th album in 2014. The appropriately titled, FIVE, debuted at #4 on Billboard Bluegrass, where it remained for 6 consecutive weeks. The album is available on the Mountain Home Music Company label, and it contains one song that has a unique meaning to these five friends.

The band is enjoying a career high, however, that nearly didn’t happen.

Singer/fiddler, Buddy Melton sustained serious head injuries in an accident on his farm in 2012. For the first few days, it was uncertain whether he would survive. Family, band mates, friends, and the extended family music lovers all hit their knees and prayed for Buddy’s recovery.

Later, Buddy was told by docs that, due to the severity of his head injuries and especially the damage to his sinuses, Buddy was not likely sing again, or ever sound the same. The band was already in the studio working on PAPERTOWN and as he recovered, Melton “just had to know.” He called up guitar player/singer Caleb Smith and asked Caleb to take him to the studio, although doctors and Melton’s wife, Carla, were against the idea. Although he was incredibly weak, Melton stepped up the microphone and delivered the poignant “Wide River To Cross” and his voice was still there … a voice that had helped to define the Balsam Range sound and now would take a 4th album to an ALBUM OF THE YEAR win at IBMA 2013.

The Lesters Honored By City Of St. Louis

St.Louis’ First Family of Gospel Music, The Lesters, were recently honored by the city of St. Louis, Missouri. The legendary group entered into their 90th continuous year as a group on January 1st and the city of St. Louis has taken notice. Mayor Francis Slay honored the group by declaring January 1, 2015 as “The Lesters Day” in the city of St. Louis and presented Brian Lester, Jon Lester and Matt Felts each with a proclamation. “The Lesters have played a huge role in the cultural history of St. Louis and we congratulate them on this historic occasion.” said Mayor Slay. The Lesters kicked off their 90th Anniversary tour at Arnold First Baptist Church, a St. Louis area mega church where the proclamations were presented. Joining them that night on stage were numerous former members and family members including Ginger Pinchers, Donna Lester Tramel, Dan Pinchers, Jenny Pinchers-Revelle, Shannon Shipley Tramel and many more. For more information, you can go to the official website of the Lesters at The official website of The Lesters

Please Pray For Carroll McGruder

Following a week of tests, Carroll McGruder’s medical team has determined that he has lymphoma throughout his body. He has also been diagnosed with two broken vertebrae and a broken hip. Chemotherapy and radiation will begin immediately. His medical team is a group of highly respected and skilled surgeons and oncologists. By faith we anticipate a full recovery for Carroll! He, his wife Sharon and their children are so thankful for the prayers and outpouring of love to their family. We ask that you respect their privacy and Carroll’s need to protect his immune system during this treatment process.
We appreciate your prayers, love and support for the McGruders!

Zane and Donna King Announce Addition Of Guitarist/Vocalist To The Group

Nashville, TN (1/23/2015) - Zane and Donna King are pleased to announce the addition of guitarist/vocalist Stephen Adcock to the group. The couple is thrilled to welcome him and very excited about this positive change as their music and ministry expands.

Zane expresses, "As we've continued to see God working in what He's called Donna and I to do, we've realized the need for another instrument and vocal on stage with us. Our first priority was to find someone who shared our desire to reach those who need to hear how much God loves them. Secondly, we hoped to find someone who had very strong guitar skills (It's lonely up there playing all by myself), and third, we prayed that they could sing a little as well. God exceeded all of our expectations in Stephen. His heart is in the right place and his talent, as an instrumentalist and as a vocalist, is just excellent. We are beyond excited about the future."

Stephen and his lovely wife, Bre, make their home in Murfreesboro, TN. They hail, originally, from the great state of North Carolina. Stephen has some solid road experience, having traveled and played with Bluegrass Gospel band Breaking Ground.

“I'm so thrilled and thankful to be part of Zane and Donna King,” states Stephen. “I’m also very grateful for the way God brought us together and answered each of our prayers. From the first conversation they felt like family to me. I feel sure there are some great days ahead.”

The group's debut album, Mile Marker One, has garnered four Top 20 hits including "Hallelujah Jesus Saves," "Shine," "If There Was Any Other Way," and "No One Like God." As of this week they add a Country Album Of The Year nomination, from Absolutely Gospel, to their list of accolades. All of this, Donna affirms, has little to do with them.

She shares, "Just this morning my husband and I talked about how much God has woven together in our lives. It isn't just about music. It's everything... Our family and how God has moved in it is the most amazing part. There's nothing more important to us. And, then, in our music and how God is using it, we are humbled to say the least. We pray that when people hear us and see us, they won't... That may sound confusing. But, truly, our prayer is that they will see God and hear God telling them just how MUCH HE loves them and just HOW completely HE can change a life."

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Zane and Donna King are represented by the Dominion Agency. To schedule Zane and Donna for your church, concert, or special music event you can contact Michael Davis of the Dominion Agency by email at or by phone at 828-454-5900.

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Jordan and Elena Cragun (of The Craguns) Welcome Their Brand New Baby Girl

Waynesboro, NC (1/22/2015) - Jordan and Elena Cragun (of The Craguns) are blessed to announce the arrival of their brand new baby girl, Scarlett Skye Cragun.

Scarlett made her first appearance to the world on Tuesday, January 19th, 2015 at 8:24am. She weighed in at a 6lbs 4oz. and is 19 inches long. And, with a family like The Craguns, she will never be short on love.

Her overwhelmingly grateful dad, Jordan, shares, "What an incredible feeling it was to hold Scarlett in my arms just seconds after her birth and realize that I am officially a father! I will never forget the sense of pride, thankfulness, and responsibility that consumed me in that moment. The gift of life is nothing short of miraculous! Elena and I would like to say a huge THANK YOU for all the well wishes and congratulations we have received from literally thousands of people all over the world. We ask for your continued prayers as we strive to be the best parents we can be and raise Scarlett in a loving, Godly environment."

You can be sure to see many more pictures and follow little Scarlett's story of life with The Craguns by signing up for their E-news letter at You can also learn more about her talented family and their ministry there. Additionally, you can like The Craguns on Facebook here- The Craguns Facebook.

Scarlett will also be appearing at most of their 2015 dates. She looks very forward to meeting many of you along the way.

The Craguns are proudly represented by the Dominion Agency. To schedule them at your church, concert, festival, or special music event you can contact Michael Davis of the Dominion Agency by email at or by phone at 828-454-5900.

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Pictured above: Jordan, Elena, and Scarlett Gragun

Sirius XM's Enlighten to host and air album release party for Jim Brady Trio's “A New Chapter”

Hendersonville, TN – January 20, 2015) The Jim Brady Trio will celebrate the release of its debut project with Daywind Records at a CD release party to be held on Tuesday, Jan. 27. The group will hold the invitation-only event that afternoon – which is the actual release date of “A New Chapter” – at Bridgestone Arena’s SiriusXM Music City Theater, which is located in Nashville, Tenn.

“We were so blessed to work with the late Lari Goss on our first project as the Jim Brady Trio,” Jim Brady explains. “Everyone has been so gracious to us as a new artist, especially the Booth Brothers (the award-winning trio that Jim was a member of for the last 13 years). We have spent so much time writing, and we have logged diligent hours in the studio recording, rehearsing and then rehearsing some more. We’re excited for people to experience what we feel when we sing these songs. The love and support that we have already received from friends and fans has been overwhelming.”

The trio – which consists of Jim Brady, his wife Melissa and former Legacy Five pianist Tim Parton – performed its first official concert on Jan. 1 at Legacy Five’s New Year’s Eve Celebration event. The group also made its national television debut earlier this month on the Music City Show.

Parton and Jim Brady co-produced the 12-song project, and Jim Brady wrote or co-wrote six of those songs, two of which were composed along with Melissa Brady. Melissa also penned a song with Sue C. Smith, one of the notable songwriters on the project along with Eddie Crook, Phil Cross, Rodney Griffin, Squire Parsons, Randy Phillips, Barry Weeks, Aaron Wilburn and Tony Wood.

“In our industry, it’s not often that a newly-formed group creates the amount of buzz that has already surrounded the Jim Brady Trio,” Daywind president Ed Leonard shares. “Jim, Melissa and Tim are not only well-respected, proven artists, but they’re equally thought of as high-character individuals. They have poured their hearts into this debut release, and we’re all excited to see the response that it generates.”

Daywind Records is home to an award-winning roster of artists, including Brian Free and Assurance, the Nelons, Karen Peck and New River, Tribute Quartet and more. 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

For more information on the Jim Brady Trio, visit the group’s web site at

Gospel Music FanFair Returns to Somerset, Kentucky for 11th Annual Event

(Kennedy, AL / January 19, 2015)

Wilds & Associates is gearing up for another exciting week of family fun, Christian fellowship and live Gospel music at the 2015 Gospel Music FanFair slated for May 18-23, 2015.

Returning to Somerset, Kentucky, the 11th annual event will be held in the Center for Rural Development’s beautiful state-of-the-art performance theatre. The prestigious Center is located in the heart of the beautiful Lake Cumberland. The theatre is the “crown jewel and showpiece’ of The Center, where some of the top names in music have performed including the world-renowned National Symphony Orchestra.

On-site parking and plenty of nearby hotel accommodations will ensure convenience to artists, vendors, and fans. And in addition to all the outdoor fun of Lake Cumberland, Somerset offers a wide variety of shops, restaurants and attractions suitable for the entire family.

Gospel music fans will enjoy the best in Southern, Bluegrass, Inspiration, Urban, and Country Gospel music with live performances from more than 100 of today’s favorite artists. Daily events throughout the week include morning worship services, daily showcases, afternoon matinees, and the 2015 Gospel Music Fan Awards.

Presented by Christian Voice Magazine, the annual Gospel Music Fan Awards were established to honor the legends, acknowledge accomplishments and recognize fan favorites within the Gospel music industry. Gospel Music Fan Award recipients are decided upon solely by Gospel music fans and enthusiasts through a two-ballot voting process. Open nominations are currently being accepted. Log on to or to cast your vote.

General admission is free, so make your plans now to attend the 11th Annual Gospel Music FanFair. For hotel reservations or for more information, call Wilds & Associates at 205-662-4826 or visit

2015 Absolutely Gospel Music Award Nominees Announced

The Isaacs, Brian Free & Assurance, 11th Hour, and Bowling Family Named Most Nominated Artists; Joseph Habedank and Kenna West Score Most Individual Nominations

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (January 20, 2015) – The administrators and staff of are proud to announce the nominees for the 2015 Absolutely Gospel Music Awards. As in years past, the nominees were chosen by the staff of and select media representatives. Starting on February 1, 2015, the fans will get a chance to vote for their favorites in a dozen categories.

"It is hard to believe that it is time to be announcing another batch of nominees,” mentioned President/CEO Deon Unthank. "Our awards program has become a highlight in the Southern Gospel industry, and we can’t wait to announce all of the plans we have this year!”

Chris D. Unthank, Editor-In-Chief of said, "This is another great listing of artists and individuals who best represented our genre in 2014. We aren’t just about nominating the most popular and recognizable names in the industry. Our awards are about the best our music had to offer from a musical and artistic standpoint for the previous year. This year’s nominees don’t change that at all.”

In addition, the Absolutely Gospel Music Awards opened a new category, Music Video of the Year due to the large increase of short-form concept videos being produced in the genre over the last couple of years. Music videos belonging to HIGHROADIII, The Freemans, Brian Free & Assurance, Wilburn & Wilburn, and Jason Crabb were the first to be nominated in this category.

As far as nominations go, four artists tied for the most nominations this year. Last years big winners The Isaacs along with the Bowling Family, Brian Free & Assurance, and 11th Hour landed an impressive seven nominations each this year.

The Isaacs took home nominations in Mixed Group of the Year and Fan Favorite Artist of the Year in addition to several other mentions and individual nominations for group members Ben Isaacs, Becky Isaacs Bowman, and Sonya Isaacs Yeary.

The Bowling Family was mentioned in Song of the Year (for "I Know Enough”) and Mixed Group of the Year, in addition to much more. Brian Free & Assurance saw nods in Song of the Year (for "Say Amen”) and Album of the Year (for Unashamed), just like 11th Hour for "How Will You Plead?” and Picture This respectively.

Karen Peck & New River, The Browders, and HIGHROADIII each earned five nominations apiece. Following behind those artists were Gold City, The Talleys, The Dunaways, and Tribute with four mentions, while the Booth Brothers, The Freemans, and Three Bridges all landed three nods. Several artists earned double nominations, including Legacy Five, The OldPaths, Triumphant, Mark Trammell Quartet, Jim Brady Trio, Collingsworth Family, Zane & Donna King, and the Kingsmen.

Two people earned the most individual nominations: new soloist Joseph Habedank and hit songwriter Kenna West. They both earned a staggering eight nominations apiece. Habedank landed mentions in Breakthrough Artist of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year in addition to multiple songwriting mentions as well. West landed her fifth consecutive Songwriter of the Year notice and had double Song of the Year nominations (for co-writing "Finish Well” and "Say Amen”).

Songwriter Dianne Wilkinson earned an impressive seven nods as well - including four mentions in the Song of the Year category. Jeff Collins and Ricky Free landed six nominations, while Michael Farren, Gordon Mote, and Lee Black each earned five nods. Mentioned four times were Karen Peck Gooch, Amber Eppinette, Jim Brady, Jason Cox, and Roger Talley. Multiple people earned three nominations including Ben Isaacs, Jeff Stice, Jerry Salley, Amber Nelon Thompson, Matthew Browder, 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 2015 Pacesetter are satellite radio station enLighten Sirius-XM Satellite Radio, new Southern Gospel television show Music City Show, popular blogging site, record label StowTown Records, and promotional firm Vertical Sky Promotions.

More information on the 2015 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 14, 2015. The event will again take place at the River of Life Church in Smyrna, Tennessee. Ticket information will be forthcoming.

The nominees for the 2015 Absolutely Gospel Music Awards are listed below:

"Christ Is Still the King” – Legacy Five (R.J.Peck, D.Wilkinson)
"Finish Well” – Karen Peck & New River (M.Farren, K.P.Gooch, K.West)
"Footprints On the Water” – Gold City (J.Habedank, D.Wilkinson)
"Hidden Heroes” – The Talleys (D.Phillips, S.Phillips)
"How Will You Plead?” – 11th Hour (A.Eppinette, D.Wilkinson)
"I Know Enough” – Bowling Family (M.Henry, B.Smith)
"I See Grace” – Booth Brothers (J.Brady, B.Weeks, T.Wood)
"Lead Me Home” – The Freemans (R.Houser, A.Monday)
"Long Live the King” – The Old Paths (C.Binion, D.Wilkinson)
"Preacher Tell Me Like It Is” – Greater Vision (R.Griffin)
"Say Amen” – Brian Free & Assurance (J.Cox, M.Farren, K.West)

Angel at the Crossroads – HIGHROADIII (B.Gaither, B.Isaacs)
Awesome God – Triumphant (M.Speck, J.Stice)
Church In the Kitchen – The Dunaways (J.Salley)
Hymn Revival – Gold City (G.Mote, D.Riley)
Jesus Saves – Three Bridges (R.Sandidge)
Journey of Hope – Tribute (R.Talley)
Picture This – 11th Hour (J.Collins)
Unashamed – Brian Free & Assurance (R.Free)
Welcome Home – Joseph Habedank (R.Free)
Your Walk Talks – Mark Trammell Quartet (J.Collins, M.Trammell, G.Wolfe)

enLighten Sirius XM Satellite Radio
Music City Show
StowTown Records
Vertical Sky Promotions

Joseph Habedank
Mylon Hayes Family
Amber Nelon Thompson
Watts, Rowsey & Bean
Zach & Rodney

Doug Anderson (Ernie Haase & Signature Sound)
Mike Bowling (Bowling Family)
Jim Brady (Jim Brady Trio)
Adam Crabb (Gaither Vocal Band)
Joseph Habedank
Bill Shivers (Brian Free & Assurance)

Lauren Talley Alvey (The Talleys)
Amber Eppinette (11th Hour)
Karen Peck Gooch (Karen Peck & New River)
TaRanda Greene
Kanah Dunaway Lovern (The Dunaways)
Amber Thompson (The Nelons)

Booth Brothers
Brian Free & Assurance
Canton Junction
The Old Paths

Red Roots
Sweetwater Revival

11th Hour
Bowling Family
The Browders
Collingsworth Family
The Isaacs
Karen Peck & New River

Jim Brady (Jim Brady Trio)
Matthew Browder (The Browders)
Amber Eppinette (11th Hour)
Joseph Habedank
Becky & Sonya Isaacs (The Isaacs)

Lee Black
Jason Cox
Rebecca J. Peck
Sue C. Smith
Kenna West
Dianne Wilkinson

Ben Isaacs (The Isaacs)
Donna King (Zane & Donna King)
Gordon Mote
Jeff Stice
Roger Talley (The Talleys)

Jeff Collins
Ricky Free
Lari Goss
Michael Sykes
Kevin Ward

Steve Allen
Van Atkins
Blake Bennett
Terry Thompson
Kevin Ward

Becky Isaacs Bowman (The Isaacs)
Kim Collingsworth (Collingsworth Family)
Channing Eleton
Ricky Free
Gordon Mote
Jeff Stice

"Everything I Need” – Tribute (L.Black, M.Farren, K.West)
"Everybody’s Going Through Something” – Karen Peck & New River (K.P.Gooch, D.Poythress, K.West)
"Footprints On the Water” – Gold City (J.Habedank, D.Wilkinson)
"I Can Trust Him” – The Perrys (W.Haun, J.Lindsey)
"Oh Yes I Am” – Kingsmen (R.Walden)

Battle Cry – Kingsmen (J.Collins)
Great Day – Legacy Five (L.Goss)
Hymn Revival – Gold City (G.Mote, D.Riley)
Isaiah 12:2 – Booth Brothers (M.Booth, R.Booth, J.Brady)
Journey of Hope – Tribute (R.Talley)
Your Walk Talks – Mark Trammell Quartet (J.Collins, M.Trammell, G.Wolfe)

"Finish Well” – Karen Peck & New River (M.Farren, K.P.Gooch, K.West)
"How Will You Plead?” – 11th Hour (A.Eppinette, D.Wilkinson)
"I Know Enough” – Bowling Family (M.Henry, B.Smith)
"Lift Up His Name” – The Browders (M.Browder)
"Never, No Never” – Joseph Habedank (L.Black, J.Habedank, T.Wood)
"Say Amen” – Brian Free & Assurance (J.Cox, M.Farren, K.West)

Jesus Saves – Three Bridges (R.Sandidge)
Picture This – 11th Hour (J.Collins)
The Test of Time – The Talleys (R.Talley)
Unashamed – Brian Free & Assurance (R.Free)
Welcome Home – Joseph Habedank (R.Free)

"Ain’t It Just Like the Lord” – Gordon Mote (L.Black, J.Cox, K.West)
"Church In the Kitchen” – The Dunaways (L.Black, J.Salley, S.C.Smith)
"I Wanna Be There” – The Isaacs (B.I.Bowman, J.Yeary, S.I.Yeary)
"Lead Me Home” – The Freemans (R.Houser, A.Monday)
"Like Father, Like Son” – James & Jeff Easter (S.Easter)
"Listening For the Shout” – The Browders (M.Browder, T.Browder)

Angel at the Crossroads – HIGHROADIII (B.Gaither, B.Isaacs)
Church In the Kitchen – The Dunaways (J.Salley)
Mile Marker One – Zane & Donna King (D.King)
The Hinsons: Remembered – Mike Bowling (M.Bowling)
Vintage – The Akins (D.Akin, D.Akin, E.Akin, N.Akin)

A Christmas Hymn – Steve Ladd (S.Ladd)
An Isaacs Family Christmas Special – The Isaacs
Cathedrals Family Reunion Live – Various Artists (W.Haun)
Mississippi Live – Bowling Family
Not Without Love – Amber Thompson (J.Clark)

"Angel at the Crossroads” – HIGHROADIII
"Help Me” – Wilburn & Wilburn
"Love Is Stronger” – Jason Crabb
"Say Amen” – Brian Free & Assurance
"Where I’ve Been” – The Freemans

Bowling Family
The Browders
Michael English
The Isaacs
Ivan Parker
David Phelps
Sneed Family
Three Bridges
The Williamsons

Mountain Home Music Company Artists Receive Award Nominations

Annual SPBGMA Awards to Honor Bluegrass Best and Beloved
Nashville, TN --- Mountain Home Music Company congratulates label artists who received award nominations this week for the 41st annual Bluegrass Music Awards by the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America, (SPBGMA).

SPBGMA awards will be selected by a vote by attendees during the SPBGMA convention, slated for February 5-8 at the Sheraton Music City in Nashville. Winners will be announced during an awards show starting at 6:30 p.m. on February 8th.

Balsam Range, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, The Grascals and Flatt Lonesome picked up a dozen nominations in the SPBGMA awards, with individual band members named for achievement in several of the categories.

Mountain Home Music Co. nominees for Bluegrass Album of the Year are Balsam Range for FIVE and The Grascals for WHEN I GET MY PAY. Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver is nominated for both Gospel Group of the Year (Contemporary) and Entertaining Group of the Year. The Grascals received a nomination for Instrumental Group of the Year.

Instrumentalists who received nominations are Tim Surrett of Balsam Range for Bass Fiddle Performer of the Year, Jamie Johnson of The Grascals for Guitar Performer of the Year and Danny Roberts of The Grascals for Mandolin Performer of the Year. Sisters, Charli Robertson and Kelsi Robertson-Harrigill of Flatt Lonesome are nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year, Contemporary and Traditional, respectively. Buddy Melton of Balsam Range received the nod for Male Vocalist of the Year.

In the Song of the Year category, “So Far” by Flatt Lonesome is nominated.

So far, so good for Mountain Home Music Company and its gifted artists. The label is based in Arden, NC and boasts many award nominated and winning artists in Bluegrass, Americana and Southern Gospel Music.

The Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America is a not-for-profit corporation incorporated since 1974. The organization aims to preserve the traditional spirit and art form of Bluegrass music through a variety of activities including competitions, festivals and consultation.

PICTURED (Clockwise from top left): Balsam Range, Doyle Lawson, Flatt Lonesome, The Grascals

Lacey Chabert ('Party of Five') Clicks on a New Path to Love in the Exclusive Television Premiere of 'Christian Mingle: The Movie' on UP TV

A Flirty, Fun Romantic Comedy Inspired by the Largest Online Dating Community for Christian Singles by the Same Name

Written, Directed by and Starring "L.A. Law's" Corbin Bernsen

Ensemble Cast Includes Jonathan Patrick Moore, Stephen Tobolowsky, Saidah Arrika Ekulona, John O'Hurely with Morgan Fairchild, David Keith

Debuts on Sunday, February 8 at 7 p.m. EST / 6 p.m. PST

ATLANTA, Jan. 22, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- UP presents the exclusive television premiere of the acclaimed romantic comedy "Christian Mingle: The Movie," which follows a successful, 30-something marketing executive's zany, belief-testing journey for love after she fills out a dating profile on in a moment of inspired desperation to find Mr. Right. Starring Lacey Chabert (UP's The Tree That Saved Christmas, "Party of Five"), the UP Premiere Movie Christian Mingle: The Movie will make its television debut on Sunday, February 8 at 7:00 p.m. EST / 6:00 p.m. PST.

Produced by Home Theater Films and The Creation Lab in association with Rocky Mountain Pictures and Capitol Christian Distribution, the film is written, directed by and stars Corbin Bernsen ("L.A. Law," "Psych"). The movie's ensemble cast also includes Jonathan Patrick Moore ("The L.A. Complex," "Neighbours"), Stephen Tobolowsky ("Californication," "Glee"), Saidah Arrika Ekulona (The Taking of Pelham 123, The Royal Tenenbaums) and John O'Hurley (A Remarkable Life, "All My Children"), with Morgan Fairchild ("Friends," "Chuck") and David Keith (Officer and a Gentleman, "Hawaii Five-0").

"In Christian Mingle, Lacey Chabert plays Gwyneth Hayden, a super-successful marketing exec who admits that the secret to her success has essentially been "Fake It Til You Make It," said Sophia Kelley, senior vice president of programming, UP. "While it's always worked for her professionally, hilarity ensues and life lessons are learned when she tries to apply this laissez-faire attitude - with the best of intentions - to dating someone of faith."

In "Christian Mingle: The Movie," Gwyneth Hayden (Lacey Chabert, UP's hit The Tree That Saved Christmas, "Party of Five") is a 30-something marketing executive with a top-notch career, killer wardrobe, dream apartment and great friends. She thinks the only thing missing is a man. In a moment of inspired desperation, she fills out a profile on the dating website hoping to find Mr. Right. However, Gwyneth's attempts at impressing her dream guy end in disaster when he calls her out on her "faux faith." In an honest realization, she sees her superficial life for what it really is, and she's driven to create a personal relationship with God. In the end, He delivers on the true desires of her heart: "life-changing" love.

The film also features music from chart-topping Christian music artists, including Toby Mac, Mandisa, Shawn McDonald and City Harbor.

UP presents "Christian Mingle: The Movie," a Home Theater Films and The Creation Lab in association with Rocky Mountain Pictures and Capitol Christian Distribution production. Starring Lacey Chabert, Jonathan Patrick Moore, Stephen Tobolowsky, Saidah Arrika Ekulona, Corbin Bernsen and John O'Hurley with Morgan Fairchild and David Keith. Written and Directed by Corbin Bernsen. Executive Produced by Matt Swanson and Charlie Schafer. Co-Produced by James Greilick and Michael Everett. Produced by Chris Aronoff and Suzette Schafer. Casting by Harriet Greenspan. Director of Photography was Scott Williams. Edited by Benjamin Earl. Music by Brenton Costa.

Follow our cast at:

Lacey Chabert on Twitter @IamLaceyChabert

Jonathan Patrick Moore on Twitter @JonPatrickMoore

Stephen Tobolowsky on Twitter @Tobolowsky

Saidah Arrika Ekulona online at

Corbin Bernsen on Twitter @corbinbernsen

John O'Hurley on Twitter @ImJohnOHurley

Morgan Fairchild on Twitter @morgfair
About UP
UP, America's favorite network for uplifting entertainment is a 24-hour television network that provides high-quality, diverse, family-friendly programming, including original and premiere movies, theatricals, drama and comedy series, music and holiday specials. UP can be seen in 67 million homes in high definition (HD) and standard definition (SD) on cable systems including Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cablevision, Bright House Networks, Charter and Cox Communications as well as DIRECTV (Channel 338), DISH Network (Channel 188) and Verizon FIOS (Channel 224). As part of its mission to entertain and uplift, the network's pro-social initiative "Uplift Someone" reminds and inspires people to do simple acts of kindness. UP is also a service provider to its sister network ASPiRE. Based in Atlanta, UP is a division of UP Entertainment, LLC, which also offers gMovies, the first faith-friendly streaming movie service. Follow UP on the Web at, on Facebook at, Twitter on @UPtv and Instagram at UP_TV.

About Home Theater Films
Home Theater Films' ( goal is to strengthen family and community - the foundation of any society - through exciting, thought provoking storytelling that inspires discussion, and the creation of new tools to restore and rebuild home, community and a better world.

About Christian Mingle
ChristianMingle® ( is the largest and most trusted online community for Christian singles. In addition, ChristianMingle is a part of Gospel Media Group®, a premier network of online Christian resources which is also comprised of® (, an inspirational faith-based lifestyle destination designed to serve the Christian community and help Christians build and live the life God intended, (,™ ( and™ (

About Capitol Christian Distribution
Capitol Christian Distribution is the market leader in Christian and Gospel music distribution and represents a diverse range of chart-topping Christian films and books reaching the U.S. Christian and general retail marketplace, and the international Christian marketplace. Since this distribution division was launched, Capitol Christian has had more charting titles annually on Billboard's Top Christian charts than any other Christian distributor and has been named Billboard Magazine's Top Christian Music Distributor 15 times since 1995. For additional information, visit


'The Politically Incorrect Jesus' Rethinks the Open Mind

NEW YORK CITY-- Jan. 26, 2015 – “Political correctness is intellectual suicide,” author Joe Battaglia writes in The Politically Incorrect Jesus, new from Broadstreet Publishing. And in 24 penetrating essays the former journalist and long-renowned radio specialist spotlights Jesus's stand on social safety.

“Jesus was hardly open minded about the truth," Battaglia says. "He calls believers to be salt and light--not chameleons.”

As murders of Paris cartoonists and alleged hacking from North Korea show extreme attempts to control speech, Battaglia warns that Christians, in the name of sensitivity or tolerance, are buying in to more subtle self-censoring, and at great moral risk.

“American censorship is societal—an unwritten list of you-can’t-say-that,” Battaglia says. Under titles such as “Of Mice and Media,” “The Indigestion of Entertainment,” and “The Common Sense of Counter Culture”--Battaglia pits off-limits conversations against Jesus’s call to truth in the marketplace of ideas.

And where does that leave Christians?

“Embrace who God Almighty designed you to be,” Battaglia writes,“men and women of counter-culture faith making a difference in a counterfeit world.”

Prison Fellowship President and CEO Jim Liske applauds Battaglia’s voice to Christians in 2015. “In an era when the Church is so politically correct its message is ineffective, or so abrasive it offends without enlightening, Joe calls us to see that Jesus came to redeem the culture and not to condemn it,” Liske said. “Countercultural does not mean being against people, but for peace and love. If you're tired of the culture wars, this book is a must-read for you.”

Singer/songwriter Michael W. Smith calls his friend’s new work a “common sense approach to how a person of faith can stand up to the current issues in culture that would divide us . . .”

Mastermedia International’s Chairman Larry W. Poland, Ph.D., calls it “a game changer.”

What does “politically correct” mean, and how are Christians affected?
In a noisy world that seeks to denigrate and demean, how can Christians filter the messages daily assaulting our faith, our intellect, and our families?
Can a Christian in 2015 stay planted in timeless thinking?
How did Jesus deliver a politically incorrect message with love?
What do the Sony hack and Charlie Hebdo say about censorship--and self censorship?

“Truth flies in the face of fear and false sensitivities,” Battaglia says. “A moral ideology that questions no one is the death of our authentic selves.”

Joe Battaglia founded and heads Renaissance Communications, a media company putting gifted communicators on all the right platforms. Think Dr. Steve Brown’s nationally syndicated Key Life Radio Network, AFFIRM Films/Sony Pictures Entertainment, Provident Films, actress Shari Rigby, author/pastor Tullian Tchividjian, Pure Flix Entertainment and Feed The Children.

To learn more about The Politically Incorrect Jesus, visit:

Karen Peck And New River Garner Five Absolutely Gospel Music Nominations

Dahlonega, GA (January 26, 2015) One of the stellar groups in Gospel Music, Karen Peck and New River has collected five Absolutely Gospel Music Award nominations. This comes on the heels of a Dove Award for Southern Gospel Song of the Year for "Revival”.

Always a favorite at the Absolutely Gospel Music Awards, Karen Peck & New River, were mentioned in five categories including Song of the Year (for "Finish Well”), Mixed Group, Progressive Song (for "Finish Well”) , Traditional Song (for "Everybody’s Going Through Something”) penned by Karen Peck, Kenna West and Don Poythress. "Finish Well”, written by Karen Peck, Michael Farren and Kenna West, was number one on both the Singing News and Absolutely Gospel Music charts. In addition to the group’s nominations Karen Peck is also nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year.

Karen stated "We have had such a desire to see Revival spread through the world and we hope to spark that same desire in others as we present the Gospel in song. We are very honored and blessed to be nominated by our peers for doing what we love.”

Voting for the Awards begins Sunday, February 1st and will continue through Saturday February 21st . Simply go to and look for the large banner at the top of the front page and you can click to vote for Karen Peck and New River.

The Absolutely Gospel Music Awards, often called the "finest” awards in the industry have been presented since 2002 by the staff of The award nominations are chosen by the staff of and other select industry professionals, and most of the winners are then chosen by the fans of the genre and readers of the site.

In 2005, held its first AGM Music Awards Celebration which brought in all the artists, industry professionals, and fans for an official awards ceremony. In 2006, held a contest for the readers to name the statue that is presented to the winners at the Awards Celebration, in which "Ovation" was chosen as the winner. The Ovations are handed out on the second Tuesday in April every year.

To learn more about Karen Peck go to or . You can Twitter her at .
Karen Peck and New River are booked by The Harper Agency. Contact them at or by E-mail at .


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.

Glory Bound Jubilee Television Show Renamed Sneed Family Music

Sneed Family Receives Fan Favorite Nomination At AGM Awards

Glasgow, KY (January 26, 2015) In early 2008 The Sneed Family launched a brand new Christian Television Show called Glory Bound Jubilee which is currently viewed in over 1 million homes each week. The Glory Bound Jubilee is a brand of The Sneed Family. They minister weekly in venues and churches across the country sharing many of the testimonies of our Christian faith. The show also brings the faces of Gospel music into the homes of believers and non-believers alike. The Sneed Family believes this show is a part of the Great Commission.

Jeff Sneed stated, "As the show continues to launch into new networks and branching out we were finding that a lot of shows have similar names so we wanted the show to be identified as Sneed Family Music. The name change will allow the show more personalization and to stand out for more viewers.”

The television show not only showcases Sneed Family Music but features nationally known groups, as well as vintage Southern Gospel Music footage preserving our heritage. What has made the show a favorite is a segment featured in every program called 'Telling The Story'. This segment of the program features an invitation for Christians to share their personal experience of Salvation. 'Telling the Story' continues to receive phenomenal responses from viewers as a favorite.

In other news The Sneed Family has recently received a Fan Favorite nomination for the Absolutely Gospel Music Awards, held annually at the River of Life church in Smyrna, TN. The Award Celebration will be held April 14, 2015.

To learn more about the Sneed Family you can go to or .

To book the Sneed Family contact by E-mail a or call the Sneed Office at 270-678-3575.


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

Thursday, January 15, 2015

2015 Gerald Crabb Gospel Fest Scheduled July 9-12

Dalton, Georgia Plans for the second annual Gerald Crabb Gospel Fest are underway! A&G Entertainment is pleased to announce the Gerald Crabb Gospel Fest is scheduled for Thursday, July 9th through Sunday morning, July 12th and will be held at the Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center in Dalton, Georgia.
“We were thrilled with the success of last year’s event,” stated Crabb. “We’ve been working since last year to make this Gospel Fest even better. I’m excited to bring the best in gospel music to the North Georgia area, and I’m also excited to incorporate activities during the week that will help regional artists develop and grow. I’m looking forward to great music and fellowship and I’m praying this is an event where people are truly uplifted spiritually.”
The lineup for the evening concerts is outstanding. On Thursday, father and son duo Wilburn & Wilburn will take the stage along with Terah Crabb Penhollow, original member of the award-winning Crabb Family, and will also feature the Gaither Vocal Band’s lead singer, Adam Crabb. Grammy award-winning Jason Crabb is the highlight for Friday night and Saturday night’s award winning performers will be Brian Free and Assurance, The Freemans and Weston & Christy Hinson.
Mornings will start with chapel services led by Gerald Crabb followed by afternoon regional artist showcases. This year’s Gerald Crabb Gospel Fest will also include a talent search, sponsored by Daywind Music Group, and a songwriting and artist development workshop. The event wraps up on Sunday morning with a prayer breakfast and concert led by Gerald Crabb and The Freemans.
Just Added July 8th will be a Family night with Gerald Crabb. Admission is free on that night.
This is an event not to be missed! Tickets for Gerald Crabb Gospel Fest 2015 go on sale January 26, 2015 and can be purchased at or by calling 877-772-5425. For more information, visit

Diamond Award Nominees His Mercies Welcome Kayla Stricklin

His Mercies from North Carolina recently welcomed new alto singer, Kayla Stricklin from Statesville. She joins RJ Henderson and Mitzi Stamey in this progressive Southern Gospel trio whose energy and enthusiasm have made them a favorite wherever they go. His Mercies record with Chapel Valley and have been Diamond Award nominees for the past two years.

“The best feeling in the world is to know you are in the center of God’s will. It’s been evident since day one that this is orchestrated by God and I could not be more excited to see what He has in store for us,” says 20-year-old Kayla.

RJ, lead singer of His Mercies, says,”We are thrilled to have Kayla on board with us. Mitzi and I are excited to be working with her.”

Hi Mercies just released their new single, “I Want It All,” to radio this month. Please listen for it and call your local radio station if you don’t hear His Mercies on their playlist. For more information on His Mercies, visit their website here.

The 2015 Diamond Awards nominations open January 19, 2015. Visit for more information. The Diamond Awards ceremonies are held during the Creekside Gospel Music Convention. This year’s Awards gala will be November 3, 2015 at Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

Friends Remember Lari Goss

Pictured: Lari Goss and Gerald Wolfe

Lari Goss, native of Cartersville, Georgia, passed away on January 10, 2015 at the age of 69. Most recently residing in Brentwood, Tennessee, Goss is survived by his wife Carolyn, sons Benjamin (B.J.) (Julie) Goss, Nicholas (RaeAnna) Goss, Jonathan Goss and Cameron Goss; brother, Roni (Linda) Goss; grandchildren, Samantha, Joseph, Alexandria, Christian and Eva Mae Goss.

Funeral services for Goss were held on Thursday, January 15 at Brentwood Baptist Church. Many of his friends from the music industry and across the country were there to give tribute, along with officiating Pastors Jim Cymbala and Stan Mitchell.

Goss was well known as arranger, producer, writer, orchestrator, keyboardist and musical genius in all areas of the Christian and secular music world. He began his career in the Goss Brothers and continued in music for over 60 years. Multi-award winner, including a Grammy award, several Doves and an induction into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, this gentleman’s resume includes the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, Christ Church Choir, many symphonies, orchestras, and artists world-wide. Goss was also an ordained minister.

Lari Goss will be mourned by many throughout the music industry and by all whose lives have been touched by the music that Lari Goss molded into artistry. Many of Lari’s friends have already expressed their condolences and memories on social media, but some have shared them with SGN Scoops:

Rodney Griffin:
How do I sum up in one paragraph the influence Lari had on our music? It’s impossible. Looking back at all the “hits” he arranged over the years..70’s, 80’s, 90’s ’til today, it’s hard to see where his influence starts…and ends. I look at it this way…if you remember a song that you fell in love with, he probably produced it. Way beyond his years, even as a young teenager, he was writing orchestrations. He was not just filling in the parts, but mapping out those lush chords of transition that revealed the “heart” of the song. If you met him, you’d understand. His soft spoken demeanor, and friendliness to all reflected his heart. My greatest memory will be watching him create a “mood” with one of my songs on the piano…knowing he was hearing the full orchestration in his mind. His eyes would leak as he’d say, “I think this is going to be good.” What an understatement! We’re blessed every night as we sing along with tracks he created. Genius. Just enough power in the track, and just enough melodic calmness…kinda like God…always including His power, yet always reminding us of His quiet assurance. Lari listened to God…obviously. Let’s pray for the Lord to fill the huge void left with Lari’s home going with another creator who will closely listen to God every time he sits down at the piano…and live for Him every time he stands up.
Pictured: Rodney Griffin and Lari Goss

Kelly Nelon Clark:
Words can’t express the hurt and sadness over the loss of our friend Lari Goss. I have spent a lifetime with him, from The LeFevres till now and love him like family. The very first time I went into the studio at LeFevre Sound I was terrified but Lari and the Goss brothers made me feel so at home. It was always my dream to have him work with us so Amber could work with him and be a part of that genius mind of his. He did that on The A Capella Sessions. He is irreplaceable! I always said if you can’t sing with Lari you can’t sing! Heaven is singing loudly now!
Pictured:Judy Nelon, Ed O'Neal, Lari Goss, Norman Holland, Kelly Nelon Clark

Ivan Parker: Threads Of Mercy

It takes a time-tested and successful artist to craft an album that can take you on a journey through the fabric of life. Ivan Parker's Threads of Mercy describes God weaving our thread through highs and lows, good times and bad times, with one thing always standing true: Mercy brings us through to the glory of God.

From the kicking first radio single “‘Til The Shackles Fall Off” and “On The Solid Rock I Stand”, to the thought provoking “Silent Prayer” and “God’s In The Middle Of It,” you are sewn into a storyline of God’s love and mercy.

Ivan Parker has a style that is unmistakable from the first song to the last. When the intro starts, whether it’s uptempo or a ballad, you know it’s an Ivan Parker song. Ivan hit his vocal sweet spot on this new record. His voice matches perfectly with the songs on this CD with a warmth that feels good as you listen.

Ivan Parker has won thirty Singing News Fan Awards, including eleven Male Vocalist awards. Threads of Mercy will no doubt take him on to many more accolades in the future!

Threads of Mercy will come out on January 20, 2015. Preview and pre-order today at iTunes or Amazon.

Mark Carman, Veteran Music Producer, Receives Grammy Nomination for T. Graham Brown's Forever Changed

Carman recruits Multi-Genre Stars Leon Russell, Vince Gill, the Oak Ridge Boys, Steve Cropper, Jason Crabb and more for Critically Acclaimed Project

(Nashville, TN – Jan. 13, 2015) – Mark Carman, a 30 year veteran music producer, can now add another accolade to his achievements and this one is a big one! Carman's production work on the latest release for country superstar T. Graham Brown's Forever Changed, has been recognized with a 2015 Grammy nomination for Best Roots Gospel Album. This is the first Grammy nomination T. Graham Brown's career, his first studio recording in over a decade and his first gospel album.

Along with T. Graham Brown, the project features a host of musical greats from various genres of music including Leon Russell, Vince Gill, The Oak Ridge Boys, Jason Crabb, Steve Cropper and among others. The lineup of talent on this record collectively boasts 26 Grammy awards and 37 Christian music GMA Dove Awards. The task of putting all the pieces together and bringing the puzzle together was not easy, but Mr. Carman is accustomed to hard work.

Growing up in Beckley, WV, Mark began hi career in the early 1980's as a police officer but his passion for music soon carried him to Nashville, TN where he established himself - through hardwork, dedication and perseverance - in songwriting, producing, and working in almost every phase of the music industry. In total, Carman has produced over 2800 recordings in the past 30 years.

Carman states, “There are so many people that have etched my career in music, that I know I will never remember to thank them all, but know, that I am very appreciative and humbled being know as a Grammy nominated producer. T. Graham Brown is one of country music’s great iconic voices and we worked countless hours producing this great record. I am so happy for him and his album getting nominated as one of the best in its category. "

T. Graham Brown comments, “I feel so very blessed by the Grammy nomination and I’m so grateful to Mark [Carman,] my wife Shelia and all the great people at MCM and Sony for their support” said Brown.

The album is available worldwide in retail stores and at all digital outlets.

About MCM World Media:
MCM World Media LLC was formed in November, 2012 by President, Music Producer and CEO Mark L. Carman, long time business associate and Vice President, Frank Scherman and former Los Angeles Radio Programmer, Television Executive Scott Orchard, Vice President of Marketing.

About Forever Changed:
Produced by Mark L. Carman, recorded and mixed by Joe Carrell for MCM World Media, “Forever Changed” is comprised of thirteen tracks featuring guest vocal appearances by popular, award-winning artists Vince Gill, The Oak Ridge Boys, Leon Russell, Jason Crabb Jeff & Sheri Easter, Steve Cropper, The Booth Brothers, Three Bridges and Jimmy Fortune. A line up of talent that collectively boasts 26 Grammys and 37 Dove Awards. “Forever Changed” is nominated for Best Roots Gospel Album and is going to be re-released on Sony/RED (in conjunction with Mansion Entertainment) on January 27th, 2015.

About T. Graham Brown:
T. Graham Brown has recorded over thirteen studio albums and charted more than twenty singles on the Billboard charts. Three of these singles reached Number One and eight more reached the Top Ten. Brown’s voice is also recognized from his singing in advertising campaigns for McDonald’s, Disneyland, Almond Joy, Coca Cola, Dodge Truck, Ford, Hardee’s and many others including the Taco Bell “Run For The Border” television spots. This past year his appearance in the concept video for “Working On A Building” with Marty Raybon, Jimmy Fortune and Trace Adkins was aired across multiple national television networks. T. Graham Brown still actively tours throughout the year including multiple appearances on the Legendary Grand Ole Opry and television appearances such as Larry’s Country Diner and Country’s Family Reunion. Brown's uniqueness has made him one of the most beloved and iconic performers of the day.

The Guardians Release Radio Single "Somebody Prays"

Song Written by Group Member John Darin Rowsey

Released by Heritage Communications

Single from project Let My Heart Sing

Popular trio, The Guardians - comprised of John Darin Rowsey, Dean Hickman and Neil Uhrig - have released a brand new song to radio. "Somebody Prays," written by group member and multi-award winning songwriter John Darin Rowsey, is currently available via Heritage Communications with Jeff O'Neal overseeing all radio efforts.

The encouraging song is from their brand new project, Let My Heart Sing, and was produced by Lari Goss.

Jeff O'Neal comments: "I've been promoting the Guardians music to radio for many years and this is by far their best release yet!"

The Guardians are celebrating 25 years of music ministry.

Pictured L-R: Dean Hickman, John Darin Rowsey, Neil Uhrig

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Benefit Concert For Kinsey Keever

Hey, Y’all!! I’m deeply honored to have been asked by my friend, Karen Nalley, to help coordinate this Benefit Concert. Little 7 year old Kinsey Keever was diagnosed last September with a nongerminomatous germ cell brain tumor. PLEASE help us spread the word about this very important night! Special thanks to Troy & Tammy Burns; Sharron Kay King; Robert Reece & Glorybound Quartet; Vonda Easley & Hope’s Journey; Linda Foster and Christie Bryant for donating their time to perform and minister. We’re going to do our best to make a difference in the lives of this family. Will you help us?

Legendary songwriter Dianne Wilkinson re-signs with Daywind Music Publishing

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. – Dianne Wilkinson is the latest among an elite crop of established songwriters to re-sign an exclusive agreement with Daywind Music Publishing.
Wilkinson has won numerous awards and has penned 12 No. 1 songs. The most recent of those chart-toppers was the Old Paths’ hit – “Long Live the King” – which reached the No. 1 spot in July.
“I have been privileged to be a member of the Daywind family for almost 10 years, and they have been some of the most memorable and exciting of my long writing career,” says Wilkinson. “I appreciate Rick Shelton and all the others there who work so hard for me. I hope we’ve only just begun.”
She was the first female to be named the Southern Gospel Music Association Songwriter of the Year in 2000, one of the earliest of her numerous awards. Wilkinson – who was well-known for having 16 songs recorded by the legendary Cathedral Quartet, including “We Shall See Jesus,” “Boundless Love” and “High and Lifted Up” – has been nominated for two Dove Awards. She has won three awards from different organizations for Southern Gospel song of the year. Most recently, Wilkinson won the National Quartet Convention Music Award for songwriter of the year in both 2012 and 2013, and she won the Singing News Fan Award for the favorite non-performing songwriter in both 2013 and 2014.
“Dianne Wilkinson is a treasure to Southern Gospel Music,” emphasizes Shelton, Daywind’s Vice President of Music Publishing. “Her early songs are classics. Her current work is today’s hits. It has been a delight and joy to work with Miss Di for the last 12 years, and it is with great anticipation that we look forward to the songs that will come from her very prolific pen. She is dear to me and to our Daywind family.”

Daywind Music Publishing is the premier source of new songs for the Southern Gospel and church print/choral markets. The organization is home to an award-winning roster of songwriters. For more information, visit or e-mail additional information on Dianne Wilkinson, visit