Monday, February 23, 2015

Award-winning Tenor DAVID PHELPS Celebrates FREEDOM with All-NEW Recording

Acclaimed Vocalist Brings a “Ghost Town” to Life

Phelps Showcases His Vocal Prowess and Songwriting Talents with New Release

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--February 23rd, 2015--GRAMMY®-nominated, classically trained tenor David Phelps showcases his award-winning voice and three-octave range on his all-new recording, Freedom (Gaither Music Group). Produced by Phelps and mentor/friend/gospel music legend Bill Gaither, the new release, scheduled to hit the streets on April 14th, underscores Phelps’ ability to bring music to life.

“Freedom is a bit of a return home for me,” he describes. “I love that the first song starts with the lyric, ‘I'm back again....’ As the song ‘I'm Coming Home’ unfolded I knew that it had to be the first song on the project. I began my recording career with a project that included songs like ‘End of the Beginning,’ ‘Let the Glory Come Down’ and ‘No More Night’ – a gospel release with an eclectic mix of modern pop and soulful ballads. I will always be an eclectic artist, and…I've been honored to record rock ballads, traditional pop songs, classical arias and gospel standards.”

Fans will enjoy more of those gospel standards on the new recording, which includes Phelps’ haunting rendition of the classic hit “Ain’t No Grave,” an acoustic-driven version of “When the Saints Go Marching In” and a signature recording of “We Shall Behold Him.”

In addition to gospel favorites, Phelps contributed nine new songs that he wrote or co-wrote to the release. He addressed topics such as humility, brokenness, awe, faith, doubt, hope and freedom as featured in the title cut that required some soul-searching.

“The central theme of Freedom emanates from the title song, ‘Ghost Town (Freedom),’” explains Phelps. “I began writing the era-based lyric in the verses and was amazed how the metaphor of Christ painted itself. However, I got to the chorus and was stuck. After playing it for Bill (Gaither), he agreed that it needed something different than what I had. I went back to the drawing board.

“I asked myself, ‘What is all this about? It's not really about a ‘Ghost Town’ or a metaphor or even the specific deeds of Jesus. It's about why He did what He did: freedom!’ So much of our spiritual lives (and the songs on this project) are spent searching for or trying to cling to freedom.”

The recording features Phelps’ anticipated powerhouse vocals along with musicianship from a who’s who of Nashville talents including Gordon Mote, Chris Rodriguez, Danny O’Lannerghty, Greg Ritchie, Sam Levine, David Davidson and Jack Jezzro among others. The orchestrations were penned by Phelps, Mote, Steve Mauldin and Kristin Wilkinson. The rest of the Gaither Vocal Band -- Bill Gaither, Wes Hampton, Adam Crabb and Todd Suttles – were on hand to perform some of the project’s background vocals.

“I truly feel like these songs are a part of me,” Phelps explains. “They are snapshots of where I am on my journey, and my hope is that they are told in a way that others can relate to and be encouraged by. I am far from perfect and depend on grace every moment of every day. I hope that Freedom paints a real portrait of living faith as I learn and grow on my journey.”

Freedom will be distributed through Capitol Christian Distribution and will be available throughout general market stores and the Christian marketplace in addition to online retailers including iTunes, Amazon and

The release will be positioned heavily at retail, via catalog placements and through a direct TV campaign, beginning in April, on networks including DISH TV, DIRECTV, AT&T Uverse, PBS, GaitherTV, TBN, FamilyNet, CTN, GMTN, Guardian, Liberty, RFD, TCT and TLN. The campaign will also air in Canada on Vision TV, The Miracle Channel, Grace TV and CTS.
For further information regarding David Phelps, please visit, or @DPhelpsMusic. To schedule interviews or for media assistance, please contact Celeste Winstead at


CD Song List:
I'm Coming Home
Who Do You Say That I Am
Ghost Town (Freedom)
Little White Church
Ain't No Grave
We Shall Behold Him
What I Need Is You
Holy (Sanctus)
Parable of the River
Your Time Will Come (with the Gaither Vocal Band)
The Lily
Heaven’s Shore
When the Saints Go Marching In

David Phelps is blessed with a vocal instrument unlike any other. The multi-platinum artist first entered the national spotlight when he joined the Gaither Vocal Band and has since performed at Carnegie Hall, the White House and many other halls and churches around the world. Phelps has won two GRAMMY® Awards and four GMA DOVE Awards. His latest work, Freedom, showcases his talents as a singer, songwriter, arranger and producer. Phelps lives outside of Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife, Lori, and their four children: Callie, Maggie Beth, David Grant and Coby.

An Open Letter From Karen Peck Gooch

Hey Friends:)

My husband, Rickey Gooch, is the strongest and hardest working man I know. It is an honor and a blessing to be his wife.

A few weeks ago, Rickey discovered a knot in his neck. After consultation with his doctor Rickey was prescribed two rounds of antibiotics. After the knot did not go away, additional testing was ordered.

After a neck scan, two biopsies, a CT scan and a PET scan, Rickey was diagnosed with squamous carcinoma, a type of cancer. Thank the Lord, the cancer is confined to Rickey's left tonsil area and has not spread anywhere else within his body. As a result of this diagnosis, Rickey will begin a series of treatments in the coming days. The doctors feel very confident that the treatments will be successful and this will soon be behind us.

During the weeks Rickey and I have been dealing with this, the Lord has shown us such mercy and grace. He has reminded us of His sovereignty and even when we were at our lowest, we could feel His loving arms wrapping around us and covering us with peace that surpasses all understanding. Truthfully, we would not have made it this far without the Lord. Even though we are devastated, we realize the Lord is strengthening us more every day as we move forward.

Because of this situation Rickey and I stayed home for a few days to attend doctors appointments. We are so proud of our group, though, as they continued to travel to honor our commitments. Rickey and I want to offer our sincere appreciation to Katy Peach for filling in for me and doing an amazing job. Also, we give special thanks to Susan, Jeff, Matthew, Kari, Tripp King, and Danny Jones for stepping up and doing what needed to be done. Audiences were blessed and we were thrilled to learn that some even accepted Jesus as their Savior. Praise the Lord!

Rickey and I will be back on the road this weekend. We want to thank everyone for the love you have shown our family. We love y'all dearly. Please continue to pray for Rickey. We know that God will make this trial a blessing.

Karen Peck Gooch


Nashville, Tenn. (February 11, 2015) - After more than 40 years of performing, country crooner and bluegrass balladeer Marty Raybon continues to take home the career trophies. This past weekend at the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music Association (SPBGMA)'s 41st Annual Bluegrass Awards, Raybon walked away as the organization’s 2015 "Male Vocalist of the Year" in the traditional category.

"It's one of those wonderful unexpected surprises that happens at award shows," says Raybon. "When I heard my name called out as the winner, my first thought was 'Did I hear that right?' I was very honored while also realizing that not one person is an island in a bluegrass band. I want to say thank you to SPBGMA and the fans that voted for me and I'm very grateful that the hard work we put into our vocals were awarded that night."

Throughout his epic journey spanning more than four decades, Marty Raybon has produced a remarkable list of career accomplishments including: multiple number one singles, top selling albums, CMA, ACM, IBMA and GRAMMY Awards, along with scores of other accolades. Collectively, his contributions to the recording industry have sold well into the millions and he has performed literally thousands of live concerts at four corners of the earth. In 2015, Raybon returned to his original position as frontman for legendary group, Shenandoah. Shenandoah Reloaded tour dates will be announced soon.

For more information on Marty Raybon, visit


Raybon Hits the Road with Shenandoah for First Time in Nearly Two Decades
Nashville, Tenn. (February 12, 2015) - After a near 18-year absence, the original voice of Shenandoah, Marty Raybon, is officially back in the band. Since announcing his return last fall, Shenandoah and Raybon have performed a handful of dates, leaving concertgoers in awe. Today, Shenandoah announced dates for their 2015 tour, Reloaded With Marty Raybon.

"We are so excited to see the reaction so far to having Marty back with us," notes Shenandoah's Mike McGuire. "Smiles are big, seats are full and autograph lines are long. It's like country music fans are starved for real country music these days. At least that's what they are telling us. And we are happy to take them back in our time machine!"

Raybon adds, "The crowds have been unbelievable. Packed and loud. It seems to me that they've missed hearing the music as much as I have. The excitement is right in front of us and that's what makes us want to make sure they leave entertained and glad they came. It's good to be back with the boys!"

Shenandoah's Reloaded With Marty Raybon tour kicks off this March.

Shenandoah Reloaded With Marty Raybon 2015 Tour Dates:

March 6 - Chester, WV - Chrome Nite Club
March 7 - St. Marys, PA - St. Marys High School
April 11 - Mt. Vernon, KY - New Barn Theatre
May 8 - Abilene, TX - Rhinestone Roundup
May 9 - Lindsay, TX - Outlaws and Legends Dancehall and Saloon
May 10 - Corpus Christi, TX - Roberts Point Park Pavillon
May 16 - Sheffield, AL - Sheffield Street Dance
May 20 - Wheeling, WV - WesBanco Arena
June 12 - Nashville, TN - Nashville Palace
July 3 - Pigeon Forge, TN - Country Tonite Theatre
July 18 - Forsyth, MT - Rosebud-Treasure County Fair
July 23 - Columbus, OH - Musicians Against Childhood Cancer Bluegrass Festival
July 31 - Barton Creek, TX - Country Club
August 1 - Dodge City, KS - Central Station
September 12 - Morehead, KY - Poppy Mountain Bluegrass Festival
September 16 - Abingdon, VA - Washington County Fair
October 24 - Perry, FL - Forest Festival
November 13 - Wilkesboro, NC - Merlefest
November 14 - Elizabethtown, KY - State Theater

About Shenandoah
Shenandoah originally formed in Muscle Shoals, Alabama in 1985. The band has charted 26 singles on the Billboard Hot Country charts including #1 Hits: "The Church on Cumberland Road," "Sunday in the South," "Two Dozen Roses," "Next to You, Next to Me" and "If Bubba Can Dance (I Can Too)." The single "Somewhere in the Vicinity of the Heart," which featured guest vocals from Alison Krauss, won both artists a GRAMMY® Award for "Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal." To date, the group has sold millions of albums worldwide and is a recipient of the Academy of Country Music's coveted "Vocal Group of the Year" Award.

For more information on Shenandoah, visit

Adam Crabb on this week's Good News Music Radio with Woody Wright

This week's program on "Good News Music Radio with Woody Wright" features Part 2 of our interview with Adam Crabb and music from The Booth Brothers, Wes Hampton, Legacy Five, The Collingsworth Family, Vince Gill, The Isaacs 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:


Only 5 Days Left To Vote...
If you've already voted,THANK YOU!!!!
If not, please read this short note and then VOTE.

On February 1, 2015 the TOP TEN FINALISTS in the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) Song Contest presented by CMT (Country Music Television Network) were announced. Out of upwards of 2000 entries, we are thrilled to tell you that Donna King's song, "THIS KIND OF COLD," is one of the TOP TEN! The Grand Prize winner (who will have amazing opportunities for advancing in their songwriting dream) will be determined solely by FAN VOTE. There are only 5 days left to VOTE and SHARE. That's where you come in...

We need the VOTES and SHARES of our friends, family, colleagues, and just everyone we've met along this crazy journey of life. If you've already voted...THANK YOU! But...if not...

Please join us in supporting Donna in this HUGE opportunity. Vote, and then, share, through word of mouth, email, on social media, etc. to help Donna bring this victory home.

VOTE for Donna King "This Kind Of Cold"- CLICK TO VOTE
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THANK YOU ALL! Your support means the world to us. Just 5 more days and YOU are a VITAL part of it! We will let you know the results as soon as they come in!

With Gratitude to God and Gratefulness to you,
Friends and Family of Donna King
Jeremiah 29:11


Karen Peck And New River Releasing New Single To Radio

Dahlonega, GA (February 23, 2015) Dove Award winning Gospel Trio, Karen Peck and New River is ready to release the first single from their new project Pray Now. The single is the title cut of the album and encourages all of us in times of trouble to Pray Now. The single is set to be released this week by Daywind Radio.
"Pray Now” was written by Karen Peck Gooch, Michael Farren and Dave Clark. It was inspired by Karen feeling a strong urgency to pray the Lord's Prayer and hoping to inspire others to pray in their times of struggle when they are facing life's biggest storms.

Karen Peck stated, "Over the past year we have said the Lord's Prayer every day. Sometimes several times a day. We can honestly say that it has strengthened our prayer lives immensely. When we recorded "Pray Now" we had no idea what we would be facing now. The song is very timely. We pray that it will encourage people to keep praying and believing the Lord for great things ahead.”

Please help Karen, Susan and Jeff spread the word by using this suggested Hashtag for social media: #PrayNowLordsPrayer .

If you would like to interview Karen Peck and New River contact AG Publicity.

To learn more about Karen Peck and New River go to or . You can Twitter her at .

Karen Peck and New River is 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.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Williamsons Score #2 Spot For February In SGNScoops Top 100

I am completely overwhelmed at the response we are getting to our song, “It Was The Word.” We are so excited to have our very first top 20 song in the Singing News, and to see it climb to number two in the SGN Scoops Top 100 chart is just awesome! I really think listeners and deejays love to be reminded of what it was that brought all of us to our knees. It takes the Word of God and the sweet conviction of the Holy Spirit to change a life and that’s exactly what this song talks about!" says Lisa Williamson Of The Williamsons.
“I knew, as I produced the new album for the Williamsons that they were about to enter a new season. Their heart for ministry, well, that was a strong as ever, but I knew that the whole world would soon be as aware that The Williamsons are the COMPLETE package; amazing hearts, awesome talent, real servants, and, they’d also find out that LISA is a singing and songwriting machine! I am so HAPPY for them and their #2!!!! Very deserved!” states Donna King of Vertical Sky and Zane and Donna King.
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Second Annual Ozark Gospel Music Convention

Make plans to be at the second annual Ozark Gospel Music Convention Branson Missouri. You can order your tickets today by calling 417-425-7856 or by mailing a check to Po box 2572 Branson West, Mo. 65737.

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Johnson City, TN – Collectively they have enjoyed more than 100 accolades, industry honors and fan awards. Over they past decade they have received multiple Grammy and GMA Dove Awards, as well as countless Singing News Fan Awards. Since bursting onto the Southern Gospel music scene, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound and The Booth Brothers have each established their place firmly atop the Southern Gospel Music genre’s ladder of success.
This month, the two groups will unite to bring The Brotherhood Tour to California, Oregon, Washington and Idaho for six exciting concert events. Concert stops include Sacramento, Portland, Bothell, Spokane and Nampa. “I am so excited to bring these two artists together,” IMC Concerts President Landon Beene states. “They are both so unique and diverse, but flow together extremely well on stage and compliment each other. I am very anxious to see the response.”
IMC has enjoyed tremendous success in recent years with numerous popular top-selling tours, including The Jubilee Tour and the Cathedrals Family Reunion Tour. “The Brotherhood Tour is going to be electrifying for the attendees,” Beene shares, “and it is most evident that Gospel Music lovers on the West Coast are extremely excited about this event.”
“The Brotherhood Tour is the Blockbuster Tour of the year for Southern Gospel Music,” states long-time West Coast Christian concert promoter Terry Garland. “For many years I have had the privilege to be involved in bringing the very best in Christian music to the West Coast, and it is an honor and thrill to see an event like the Brotherhood Tour come to the West Coast. It is going to be a first-class evening that I know fans will absolutely love!”
According to Beene, the February 14 concert in Bothell, WA sold out so quickly that a matinee concert at 2pm has been schedule. “I have never seen any concert tour sell out so quickly,” Beene shares. “We are absolutely thrilled to be able to offer the matinee in addition to the evening concert to allow more fans to be able to enjoy the stop in Bothell!”
Beene also states that several other West Coast concerts are quickly approaching sell-out status, including Portland, where Beene says that a very limited number of seats available are available.
To purchase tickets, as well as obtain complete information regarding the Brotherhood Tour visit
February 12 – Sacramento, CA – Trinity Life Center
February 13 – Portland, OR – New Hope Community
February 14 – Bothell, WA – Cedar Park Assembly of God
February 15 – Spokane, WA – Turning Point Open Bible Church
February 16 – Nampa, ID – First Church of the Nazarene


Award winning singer and songwriter Shellem Cline, has released a new radio single entitled “That Saving Song.” The new tune comes on the heels of Shellem’s biggest hit “Dinner With Jesus” that soared to number 6 on the SGN scoops chart. Many Dj’s within the Southern Gospel Community are already saying this new tune has the ability to become an even bigger hit for Cline in the upcoming months. Cline stated when asked about the new single “I am so excited about this new tune. It’s a song that really hits home with me and the minute I heard it, I wanted to sing it.” Many stations across the United States have already began airing the song and the tune is already gaining national attention on Southern Gospel charts. For more information on the ministry of Shellem Cline or to hear the new single “That Saving Song” visit

The Erwins Are Ready To Sail

Fans gathered at the Lifeway Christian Store in Mesquite, TX for a release party with The Erwins

(Nashville, TN)… The Erwins, one of Southern Gospel’s fastest-rising Mixed Groups, are proud to announce the release of their StowTown Records debut album, Ready To Sail.
In a release party held at the LifeWay Christian Store in Mesquite, TX, Tuesday evening, the group performed selections from their new project, visited with fans, and enjoyed a great night celebrating this brand new project.“We were so overwhelmed by all our friends that came to LifeWay to support us on the release of our Ready To Sail CD. The room was packed and everyone was so kind,” said Keith Erwin, the oldest of the sibling quartet.
“We have dedicated this CD to the Lord and believe these songs will bless many people as they have us. Our first single, “I Choose To Be A Christian,” is one of the greatest songs we have ever had and we pray it becomes an anthem for all Christians.
“What a fun experience it was to host The Erwins’ Ready To Sail release party in our store,” added store manager Sam Colletti. “Their roots in our area churches are deep, so it was a little like a family reunion for many of us! Many thanks to The Erwin Family from your LifeWay Christian Store family!”
The family group includes the distinct standout harmony of four siblings from Edgewood, TX: three brothers, Keith (22), Kody (20) and Kris (18), along with their little sister Katie (14).
“We are thankful for StowTown Records. They have been an amazing blessing,” exclaimed Keith. “Ernie, Landon, Wayne and Randall are the tops in our books and we are honored to be a part of the StowTown Family. We are living a dream!”

Donna King Lands in Top Ten of NSAI Song Contest

Last October, upwards of 2000 songwriters entered songs in the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) Song Contest presented by CMT (Country Music Television Network).

On February 1, 2015 the Top Ten Finalists were announced and among that select group was producer, songwriter, and artist in her own right, Donna King. Donna is well known in Christian music circles, having written, produced, and performed many hit Christian songs. However, this particular song is from Donna’s Country music songwriting collection. The song is entitled “THIS KIND OF COLD.”

Donna says, “I am still in complete shock over making it to the NSAI CMT Song Contest Top 10 Finalists. I know I have to write songs and nothing I am able to do is done in my own strength. I pray that each song I write will find the home it was meant to live in. Some of those songs are just meant to live in my own heart and others are meant to reach places that I can only imagine they might go.
“The most wonderful thing about this contest is the opportunity to expand the reach of my songs and to live fully in what I feel is God’s most definitive call on my life. I congratulate every finalist for their achievement and I thank the NSAI and CMT for helping to create a path for songs that may never otherwise have an opportunity to be heard. I also thank every person taking the time to vote for “THIS KIND OF COLD” and to share it with others to vote as well. Finally, I thank God. He knows the plans He has for me…Jeremiah 29.11.”

The GRAND PRIZE winner of the NSAI Song Contest is determined solely by fan vote. Right now through February 28th, 2015, Donna will need our help by voting and also by sharing/asking others to vote for her song, “This Kind of Cold,” on the CMT website. You only need to vote one time per person and it’s as easy as selecting Donna’s song, entering your email address and submitting. The direct link to the NSAI CMT Song Contest page is . When sharing on Facebook, Twitter, and the like, please use hashtags #NSAIsongcontest #VOTEThisKindOfCold when possible.

Also, to make it even easier, Donna’s family has graciously set up a listening link to her song and a direct link to the CMT Voting site. You can find the links here:

Good luck Donna and we are pulling for you!

Tribute to Lari Goss in latest SGN Scoops Digital Magazine for February 2015

It’s February and time to grab your coffee, snuggle up by the fire and read all the great stories in this edition of SGNScoops Magazine. We know we have enough captivating features to keep you reading until you are warm and toasty!

Our cover feature celebrates the life of Lari Goss. If you didn’t know the extent of Goss’ accomplishments, I know that this feature by Jennifer Campbell will enlighten you. If you knew and loved this gentleman, we hope that we have done his life justice.

Some of the other artists and Gospel music notables highlighted this month include Matt Felts and the Lesters, Austin Whisnant, the Revelation Trio, the Hall Sisters, Higher Hope and Les Butler. Our feature writers have done a wonderful job! I hope you will find these great folks on Facebook and show them some love (but not in a creepy way!)

Read all about Jonathan and Jordan Wilburn as well. I had a good interview with Wilburn and Wilburn and talked with them about their music and their family lives. We talked about love and relationships, in honor of Valentine’s Day.

You will also find interesting features from the Brooklyn Tabernacle Church and from Lynn Mills our Event Planner. Dean Adkins highlights Church Quartets. Visiting with us in our Pastors Corner is Ed Smith, with a great article on the purpose of music in the life of a Christian.

The Southern Gospel DJ’s play such a large part in our music, that we are happy to salute a new one every month. Vonda Easley shines the spotlight on ReJeana Leeth, who has a great story that you need to read.

Thanks to all of you who read SGN Scoops and pass it along to others. The best way to let us know you like us is to share this issue with five of your social media friends. You can download the February SGN Scoops Here

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Singer Performs "Beauty of the Blood" from his Daywind Records release Welcome Home

Joseph & Wife Lindsay share Testimony of Overcoming Prescription Drug Abuse

L-R: Marcus & Joni Lamb, Lindsay & Joseph Habedank
Photo courtesy Daystar Television Network

(Nashville, TN – Feb. 5, 2015) – Joseph Habedank premiered his brand new single, "The Beauty of The Blood," to an international audience last week on the Daystar Television Network show, Marcus & Joni. This is the second single from Welcome Home, his debut Daywind Records project. The song, written by Habedank, Tony Wood and Michael Farren, is already garnering attention during concerts and now on radio.

Joseph Habedank and wife Lindsay appear on the Marcus & Joni show on Daystar Television Network.
Photo courtesy Daystar Television Network.

Additonally, Joseph and wife Lindsay sat down with Marcus & Joni Lamb to share the powerful testimony of how God helped the couple survive Joseph's prescription drug abuse and subsequent time in rehab.

The entire show - featuring Joseph & Lindsay Habedank - is available on demand, courtesy of Daystar by clicking this link:

Welcome Home is available at Christian retailers, iTunes and all digital outlets.

Connect with Joseph online:

Daywind recording artist Joseph Habedank is a multi award-winning and Dove Award nominated singer/songwriter. Joseph has a unique and powerful testimony that has been featured on Fox News' Spirited Debate, TBN’s Praise the Lord, and in such publications as Billboard Magazine, CCM Magazine, and Glenn Beck’s The Blaze. For ten years, he served first as baritone, then as the lead singer for one of Southern Gospel's favorite family groups, the Perrys, and shared his songs in some of America's greatest churches, including the Brooklyn Tabernacle and Charles Stanley’s First Baptist Atlanta. On the heels of his critically-acclaimed debut solo release, Welcome Home, he was awarded Singing News Magazine’s New Soloist of the Year in 2014. Additionally, he was awarded Young Artist of the Year in 2009 by the fans of Gospel Music and Songwriter of the Year at the Absolutely Gospel Music Awards in 2011. His songs have been recorded by such artists as: Gold City, Brian Free & Assurance, Karen Peck & New River, Lauren Talley, The Hoppers, The Kingsmen, Ivan Parker, Jeff & Sheri Easter, and many more. He has helped write two nationally charted number one songs and in 2010, "If You Knew Him" (written with Rodney Griffin) was nominated for Southern Gospel Song of the Year at the GMA Dove Awards and won the Singing News Fan Award for Song of the Year. He was also nominated for Singing News Magazine's Male Vocalist of year, Lead Singer of the year and Songwriter of the year for three consecutive years. Joseph currently resides just outside Nashville, TN with his wife, Lindsay.

Valentine's Day Season Prompts Liquid Church to Challenge the 'Myth of Finding Mr. Right'

Pastor & Author Tim Lucas Claims Every Married Adult "Married the Wrong Person!" in Provocative Book

MORRISTOWN, N.J., Feb. 5, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- Whether single, married or single again, relationship counseling sessions at Liquid Church of NJ have increasingly involved married couples lamenting that they "married the wrong person." Frequency of marriage has dropped to historic lows in 2015 as adults delay marriage to avoid picking the wrong person. In response, Tim Lucas, lead pastor and founder of the fastest-growing Christian Church in New Jersey has written a new book, "You Married The Wrong Person! The Relationship Secret Every Couple Needs to Know" and is giving it out for free to every married couple and single adult who visits Liquid Church in February. Free chapter downloads are available at

Designed to spark candid conversation with single and married adults, "You Married the Wrong Person!" is a fresh take on modern relationships. "They say love is blind," Lucas notes, "but marriage opens your eyes! According to the Bible, none of us are compatible!" However, instead of lamenting that message, Lucas says it is liberating. "Our culture's quest for the 'perfect partner' misses the point of marriage. Luckily, there's one relationship secret every couple can discover to fill the gaps between expectation and reality," said Lucas.

Liquid Church, which meets in Morristown, Mountainside, New Brunswick and Nutley, New Jersey on Sundays, will be giving away thousands of free copies of "You Married the Wrong Person!" to adults visiting services on Sundays. The book is also available at beginning today in paperback and Kindle formats. Details of the book and author, as well as a downloadable ebook of the first chapter are available at:

Tim Lucas is pastor, speaker, and founder of Liquid Church, one of the fastest-growing churches on the East Coast. Every Sunday, over 3,000 people hear Tim preach at one of Liquid's metro area campuses. A dynamic communicator, Tim is known for his trademark humor, honesty, and insight. A graduate of Wheaton College, Tim is known for his creative use of story, scripture, and multimedia to communicate life-changing truth.

Liquid Church is one of the New Jersey's fastest-growing Christian churches. Founded in 2001 by Lead Pastor Tim Lucas, the church's vision is to "take church to the people" with campuses in Morristown, Mountainside, New Brunswick, and Nutley. Each week, over 3,000 people experience Liquid Church's worship services each weekend in New Jersey and around the globe through Church Online. As a part of its global outreach Liquid provides clean drinking water to the poorest of the poor with dozens of completed projects in several countries including El Salvador and Nicaragua. Liquid Church's innovative approaches to outreach have been spotlighted by CNN and The New York Times. More information is available at


Gatlin Brothers Announce First Wave of Tour Dates in Celebration of 60 Years of Music
Nashville, Tenn. (February 4, 2015) - Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers have been dazzling
audiences for 60 years. It all began in 1955, when Larry was six, Steve was four, and Rudy was two. Since those days, the road that the trio has plowed has taken them to concert stages all over the world and has seen their records top the charts and touch the lives of fans from eight to eighty.

Larry says of their 60th Anniversary Tour, "We’re not calling it a farewell or a final tour. We’re calling it the 60th Anniversary Celebration. By no means are we retiring, but after this tour, we are going to slow down a little bit. The promoters are going to have to want us about three times more than they want us right now," he laughs.

As Larry says, "There are other priorities in life. I have two granddaughters. Brother Steve has seven grandchildren and Rudy has two kids. We still love the fans and the road and we still love to sing but we want to spend more quality time with our families."

After performing together as children, Larry went off to college – studying law at the University of Houston. In 1971, he auditioned for the legendary Imperials, Elvis' backup group. He didn’t get the job, but he met Dottie West, who was the opening act for the legendary Jimmy Dean, who would become one of Larry's oldest and best friends. Dottie was initially taken with Larry's resemblance to Nashville songwriter Mickey Newbury. Dottie told him one night in her backstage dressing room at the Landmark Hotel in Las Vegas, "Larry, you look so much like Mickey Newbury, you've just got to be able to write great songs." After the gig in Vegas, Larry went home to Houston, wrote eight songs, sent them to Dottie, and she sent him a plane ticket to Nashville.

Through Dottie, Larry met Kris Kristofferson, who became a champion of his talent as a writer and singer. Kristofferson introduced Larry to Fred Foster at Monument Records which resulted in a contract with the record label. His first album, The Pilgrim, was released later that year. Johnny Cash, wrote the liner notes for his first album, and dubbed him "The Pilgrim," which is what he called Larry until the day he died. Steve and Rudy moved to Nashville in 1975 and teamed up with brother Larry to form Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers. By 1976, the Gatlin Brothers were in the fast lane, thanks to the chart-topping success of the Grammy-winning "Broken Lady." The hits continued throughout the rest of the decade, with seven more number one songs: "I Don’t Wanna Cry," "I Just Wish You Were Someone I Love," "Statues Without Hearts," "Love Is Just A Game," "All The Gold in California," "Houston (Means I'm One Day Closer To You)" and "Night Time Magic." In addition to being inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, the trio was nominated for awards by the Country Music Association, the Academy of Country Music and the Music City News Awards, among others. "We won some of 'em too," notes Larry.

So, as Larry, Steve and Rudy close out one chapter of their lives, they are looking forward to the next one. Larry says, "We're not cutting back because we can't draw a crowd or that we can't sing anymore. Today, we sound just like we did 40 years ago.... pretty dad-burn good. We're not being run out of the business. We're not going broke. We're not down to bread and milk money. We just think it's time to do some other things, slow down a little bit, and do it with class and dignity – on our own terms. We are grateful to God for our fabulous run and we can't wait to see what else He has in store."

Today, the brothers announced the first leg of their 60th Anniversary Tour. In addition, the brothers will soon release a new Gospel album on Curb Records, titled, Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers 60th Anniversary Celebration. Larry says, "We were going to call the album, The Gospel According to Gatlin because some of the new songs are a little edgy, a little bit different. Then we realized it was our 60th anniversary, so we went with that as the title." And speaking of edgy, Larry says, "Steve and Rudy and I didn't get where we are by playing it safe. We have always pushed the envelope, we have always crossed borders others were afraid to cross and we're not going to stop now... and that is the Gospel According to Gatlin."

Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers 60th Anniversary Tour dates:

February 6 - Harrington, DE - Harrington Raceway and Casino
March 10-11 - Surprise, AZ - Happy Trails Resort
March 13 - Bremen, GA - Mill Town Music Hall
March 14 - Weirsdale, FL - Orange Blossom Opry
April 11 - Rainbow City, AL - Alabama Chocolate Festival
April 24 - Springfield, OH - Clark State Performing Arts Center
May 16 - Prestonburg, KY - Mountain Arts Center
May 23 - Watseka, IL - Watseka Theatre
May 28 - Farmers Branch, TX - The Independent Bankers Bank
August 8 - Potosi, MO - Washington County Fair
August 22 - Greeneville, TN - Niswonger Performing Arts Center
August 29 - Dumas, TX - Window on the Plains Museum
September 5 - Millersport, OH - Sweet Corn Festival
September 11-12 - Gstaad, Switzerland - Gstaad Festival
September 19 - Denton, NC - Dailey and Vincent Fest
September 20 - Alexandria, VA - The Birchmere
September 26 - Robinson, IL - Lincoln College County Theater
October 16-17 - Branson, MO - Oak Ridge Boys Theatre
October 23-25 - Las Vegas, NV - South Point Hotel & Casino
November 5-8 - Branson, MO - Oak Ridge Boys Theatre
November 14 - Highland Springs, VA - Henrico Theatre

For more information on Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers, visit


St. Timothy Christian Academy Welcomes Grammy Winner Crabb, Emerging Artist Owens along with Pop Vocalist Cass Dillon on March 20, 2015 in Dallas, TX

Dallas, TX (Feb 2, 2015) - Grammy winner Jason Crabb and emerging Christian music vocalist Natasha Owens are set to headline "An Evening of Music, Conversation and Hope" to benefit the St. Timothy Christian Academy on Friday, March 20, 2015 in Dallas, TX. The evening will be hosted by KLTY radio personality John Hudson. Cass Dillon, a rising young pop star, will also perform alongside the two as well as others. The event will take place at Great Hall of Park Cities Baptist Church on 3933 Northwest Parkway in Dallas, TX.

Along with the music, the evening will feature a red carpet VIP lounge, pre-show meet and greet with the artists and other celebrities, media and taste makers plus appetizers and a special silent/live auction with thousands of dollars of merchandise to bid on. Proceeds will be used to fund the educational programs of St. Timothy Christian Academy.

St. Timothy Christian Academy (STCA) is a non-profit Christian school, grades K-12, for students with learning differences. The mission of STCA is to educate students needing an innovative approach for academic success in a redemptive Christian setting while providing hope and support for their families. Skilled in innovative teaching methods and approaches, the staff strives to stimulate the learning style of each student through the adaptation of individualized curriculum, specialized assessments, pacing and grading that is tailored to each child. They celebrate their differences!

"I am so excited that St. Timothy Christian Academy approached me to be a part of this awesome event," the Texas native Owens told BREATHEcast in a recent interview. "The money will allow kids, who have a learning disability, to be able to attend this school for the help that they so desperately need but cannot afford."

Purchase tickets (General Admission $40 each, Meet and Greet VIP $100 each) at To learn more about the event or to become a contributor or sponsor, please contact Vicky Warren, Director of Operations/Development at St. Timothy Christian Academy at 972-509-7822 or

ABOUT NATASHA OWENS: Recently, Natasha Owens teamed with iconic producer Ed Cash (Chris Tomlin, Steven Curtis Chapman, Casting Crowns, Jason Crabb) and Cody Norris in Nashville, TN to collaborate. The project, a follow up to her debut release I Made It Through, is set to be released in the first half of 2015. Past accolades for Natasha can be found in CCM Magazine, "The Cure" (her debut single which was penned and produced by Jacob Lowrey (Michael W. Smith) was warmly received on radio while the video for the song was featured on UPTV multiple times due to viewer requests. She performed on the morning show for the FOX affiliate in Dallas, was interviewed by the Fort Worth Star Telegram, and toured with Jason Crabb and Michael W. Smith - even opening for the popular singer in Puerto Rico. Natasha is signed with New York artist manager/consultant Stefano DiBenedetto of The Hang Productions ( Billy Joel - Linkin Park - Joan Jett - Lou Reed - Skylar Grey - Cass Dillon )

For more information about Natasha Owens, visit:

ABOUT JASON CRABB: Grammy Award winner Jason Crabb is one of the most highly respected, versatile and talented artists to ever grace a stage. His soulful, heartfelt vocals have made him a critics’ pick and a fan favorite on stages ranging from “The Grand Ole Opry” and the Brooklyn Tabernacle to arena platforms. Crabb is the reigning GMA Dove Awards’ Male Vocalist of the Year and currently holds twenty-one Dove Awards including Artist of the Year in addition to his Grammy. With a string of number one hits and chart-topping singles, a tour schedule of over 150 dates annually, and ongoing high-profile TV appearances, this vocal powerhouse’s talent is topped only by his genuine personality and concern for others. Love Is Stronger, his latest release, arrived onto the musical landscape with critical acclaim. Produced by musical heavyweights - Ed Cash (Chris Tomlin,) Jay DeMarcus (Rascal Flatts) and Wayne Haun (Celine Dion) - the 11-track project features Jason at his very best and garnered attention from Entertainment Tonight, The Associated Press, FOX News, AOL Music, The Boot, CCM Magazine, New Release Tuesday and more. The video for the hit single - directed by award winner Roman White (Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Justin Bieber) - premiered at and is now featured on national music channels.

For more information about Jason Crabb, visit

ABOUT CASS DILLON: Cass Dillon, the emerging musician/actor who was recently chosen by Billboard Magazine as one of their favorite unsigned songwriters and featured as a Rising Star in Newsday, is currently working on an album that he wrote, recorded and produced entitled Oregon Road (set for release in the Spring) and promoting the two new films he is in - "Ten Thousand Saints"(featuring Emile Hirsch, Hallie Steinfeld, Asa Butterfield, Ethan Hawke) and the widely publicized and applauded "Song One" (featuring Anne Hathaway and others) as well as Folk City, an Off Broadway Play in which he has the Lead role, in NYC. Cass is originally from Long Island, New York, where he met and worked with legendary musical icon, Billy Joel on the song "Christmas in Fallujah". Cass has also been seen opening for other notable artists Gavin DeGraw and One Republic and has performed on several network TV shows, including Katie Couric on CBS, FOX and Friends Morning Show on FOX, The Early Show News on CBS, and The Second Cup Cafe on FOX. Cass has also performed accompanying other artists like Alexa Ray Joel on The Howard Stern Show and with several other artists on The View, Good Morning America, and TED. music can also be heard in the new romantic comedy "My Man is a Loser" starring John Stamos and Michael Rapaport, directed by Mike Young among others.

For more information on Cass Dillion, visit

On shelves now, a book about intellectual suicide . . . and Jesus


WHAT: The Politically Incorrect Jesus—Living Boldly in a Culture of Unbelief
U.S. society may specialize in unbelief but Muslims, Jews and Christians dominate the news feeds and it’s safe to say . . . well, hold on: What is it safe to say?

In a world trying to determine “where the lines are,” author Joe Battaglia injects--ready for this?—Jesus into the conversation. As fresh as today’s news aggregate, as timeless as Truth, if there’s an edge, Joe’s there: where religion turns deadly and arrogant, where Christian views get suppressed, and where society turns schizophrenic, Jesus speaks into those issues. From more than four decades in journalism and broadcasting, a seasoned communicator and politically incorrect thinker gives believers short, readable chapters long on common sense. We’re overdue.

SYNOPSIS: If you find yourself unsure of what it’s socially safe to say, consider Jesus: admired and ridiculed, revered and rejected, dismissed and embraced. And most of what He taught and stood for ignored both political correctness and personal safety. In The Politically Incorrect Jesus, author Joe Battaglia--former journalist and communications specialist--says to us that to assent to the latest acceptable language and moral ideology--to give up on what we know to be true--is intellectual suicide.

The church also has its own version of political correctness, Joe warns, and we are not safe from circumspection, as well, because we are the church. If you’re tired of spiritual slumber, and ready to honestly question the intellectual and spiritual inconsistencies of our times--and your life--you’re prime for Joe Battaglia’s The Politically Incorrect Jesus.

WHO: Joe founded and heads Renaissance Communications, a media company that specializes in reaching the faith-based marketplace. Renaissance’s impressive client list includes Dr. Steve Brown and his nationally syndicated Key Life Radio Network, AFFIRM Films/Sony Pictures Entertainment, Provident Films and Feed The Children.

Also, Joe is executive producer and general manager of Keep the Faith radio program, in 200-plus markets nationally and abroad. His first book was A New Suit for Lazarus. Joe studied journalism at Boston University and graduated magna cum laude. He co-founded and is board president of the non-profit CharityOne; he’s a partner at BigOyo Inc., an intellectual property and content distribution company.

What’s safe now for Christians to think and say? If you have to ask, you’ll love the answers with Joe Battaglia about The Politically Incorrect Jesus.

PUBLISHER: BroadStreet Publishing

RELEASE DATE: Feb. 2, 2015

To learn more about The Politically Incorrect Jesus, visit:


(Madison, NC) February 2, 2015 – The Hoppers, GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame members and legendary gospel artists, are gearing up for an exciting year with the announcement of their 58 City Tour! The tour finds the talented family group continuing their partnership with talent agent and tour producer Israel Berry, President/CEO of The Berry Agency to present this concert experience.

The tour will feature The Hoppers along with a choir (in select cities), special memories and moments as they celebrate fifty-eight years of music ministry. Gospel music lovers can expect a very unique and exciting evening with America's favorite family as they take a musical trip down memory lane.

The first leg of the tour begins on Friday, February 20 and concerts are set to be presented throughout the entire year.

All tour dates for this special tour can be found at

Multi-award winning family group The Hoppers - known as America's Favorite Family of Gospel Music - have been singing to global audiences for over 55 years with appearances ranging from presidential religious inaugural ceremonies and New York’s Carnegie Hall to singing conventions and church platforms. They have performed throughout the United States as well as in Israel, Europe and Africa. Their unique blend of harmonies and song choices have created a legacy of musical excellence embraced by leading pastors and event organizers. Known as America’s Favorite Family of Gospel Music, they are favorites on the Gaither Homecoming videos and tours, and their recordings frequently land near the top of the BILLBOARD sales charts and The Singing News radio charts.

In 2012, the group was inducted into the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame alongside Aretha Franklin, Ricky Skaggs, Love Song, Rex Humbard, and Dallas Holm.

Comprised today of family members Claude & Connie, son Dean and his wife, Kim, and son Mike Hopper, The Hoppers were formed in 1957 in the rural-farm town of Madison, NC, and have grown continuously for decades, touching countless lives around the world. A cancer survivor, Connie has been honored with the prestigious Marvin Norcross Award, in addition to numerous industry and fan honors; and she has been inducted into the Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Sons Dean and Mike have continued the family legacy with their musical talents and business abilities; and Kim, Dean's wife, hails from her own nationally acclaimed musical family, The Greenes. She is noted for the excitement she brings to any live performance, and her unmistakable, rafter-ringing soprano vocals have taken The Hoppers to new heights for many years.

The Hoppers are celebrating over 5 DECADES of music excellence - don't miss this chance to catch America's favorite family of Gospel music, THE HOPPERS!

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First Leg Dates for The Hoppers 58 City Tour

Friday Feb 20, 2015 - Conway, SC - Langston Baptist - 7 PM
Saturday Feb 21, 2015 - Aiken, SC - Millbrook Baptist - 6 PM
Sunday Feb 22, 2015 - Greeneville, TN - First Church of God - Greeneville 6 PM
Thursday Feb 26, 2015 - Muscle Shoals, AL - Woodward Ave Baptist Church - 7 PM
Friday Feb 27, 2015 - Columbia, KY - Adair County High School - 7 PM
Saturday Feb 28, 2015 - Moss Pt., MS - Three Rivers Assembly of God - 7 PM
Sunday March 1, 2015 - Jacksonville, FL - First Coast Baptist Church - 5 PM

Sneed Family Recording Live DVD

Glasgow, Kentucky (January 3, 2015) Exciting News! What is more exciting than being a part of a "live” DVD recording? Now is your chance to support the Sneed Family with your attendance at this fun filled evening.

Christian artist, comedian, and song writer, Aaron Wilburn has just been confirmed as the Emcee and pre-concert entertainment for the Sneed Family Live Video. The recording will be taking place at Living Hope Baptist Church in Bowling Green, Kentucky on Friday, February 27 at 7:00PM CST.

Jeff Sneed stated, "It's not often that a group gets to record a live DVD. We are excited for all of our family and friends joining with us as we record songs never previously recorded by the Sneed Family”

Along with the humor of Aaron Wilburn, the Sneeds will be backed by a live band. The event is FREE Admission to the public. For more information you may contact our office at 270-678-3575

In other big news for the Sneed Family, their Annual Homecoming Concert once again features Dailey & Vincent. The electrifying day for this concert is Saturday, May 2nd.

Happening in Glasgow, KY, tickets started on sale Feb 1st with advance prices available through calling The Plaza Theatre or .

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” on WPBM Proclaim Broadcasting.

Freemans Take New Direction In Booking

Nashville, Tenn (February 3, 2015)The Freemans now welcome April Potter Holleman, a 19 year veteran in the world of artist booking. She is being brought on board to handle the Freemans performance scheduling, marketing, and branding. Holleman has worked in mainstream Christian and Country Music (Creative Vision), spending eight years with the Harper Agency.

Along with the success of the popular show Nashville Country Revival hosted by Darrell Freeman, the group is starting the year with renewed energy and direction.

Darrell Freeman said, "2015 is shaping up to be a year of revision and firsts in our group's tenure of over 30 years in Gospel music. Along with finishing up Chris's solo record, and starting one of my own, The Freemans are working on expanding into new domains."

To learn more about the Freemans go to or . You can catch them on Twitter at

To Book The Freemans contact April Holleman at 615-479-0954 or email


About The Freemans

History, experience and spiritual wisdom are three attributes that can be used to describe the foundation of the Freeman ministry. Deeply rooted with family, the Freemans experience spans 30+ years. From Darrell’s entrance at age 16 with his family’s group, the Pathways, to Chris’s award-winning teenage years with the Hinsons, the Freemans know the ins and outs of Southern Gospel music.

No doubt, Chris’s unique sound is the reason she was the youngest female artist ever to receive the coveted "Queen of Gospel Music” award two years in a row (’76, ’77) as voted by the readers of Singing News Magazine. In 1980, the lives of Darrel and Chris Freeman became one when they married on August 2nd. After singing with the Pathways for three years Darrell and Chris headed for Nashville and began the Freemans. Joe Freeman, Darrell’s cousin, soon joined them as the third part harmony, as well as their keyboard player. With this sound they have garnered tremendous growth and success.

In 1997, Darrell and Chris’s daughter, Misty, began playing acoustic guitar with the group on stage. Then in 1998, she began singing with them when they recorded Standing Out. Also on stage is Caylon Freeman, Darrell and Chris’s youngest child. He decided to join his family on the road full-time in 2002. He is now playing the drums and singing some with the group.

Now in their 20th year, the Freemans, still do approximately 250 dates a year, and continue to experience tremendous success.

Unknown Actor Nabbed the Role of a Lifetime in 'David and Goliath' Movie

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 4, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- A mid-16th century painting in the Louvre Museum in Paris depicts David fighting Goliath. The uncanny resemblance of that David to the actor playing David in the new movie, 'David and Goliath' is almost astonishing.

"I know Tim Chey (the director) didn't pick me because of that," jokes Miles Sloman who is riding high after a grueling shoot in the North African desert playing 'David.'

London-based Sloman beat out more than 7,000 actors to win the part of 'David' in the high-profile movie that opens April 3 in theaters nationwide.

"We wanted a world-class actor and only the hand of God could have picked Miles," says Tim Chey. "We casted in LA, New York, Toronto, London, Madrid, et al, and he beat out a stiff competition."

How did this unknown actor prepare for the part?

"So many words have been written about David," says Sloman, "that I truly needed to understand such motivation that his faith undoubtedly gave him. For me the clues were in the script, Tim has spent a huge amount of time on getting it right and true to the story in order to make it as Biblically correct as possible."

What was his biggest challenge?

Sloman has to think about that one. "Taking a lead role in such a significant film was initially daunting and I put a fair amount of pressure on myself but with the help and support of my fellow actors I felt at ease from the first take and ended up loving my time in Africa."

Chey chuckles when told Sloman's comments. "He's just being gracious. He didn't mention the time he fell off a donkey because of my stupid hubris."

A helicopter taking shots of the scene spooked the donkey causing the donkey to buck and knocking Sloman six feet into the air. Sloman got up and bravely wanted another go. "Miles became my hero at that point," says Chey.

Fortunately Chey's wife, Susan, also a producer, is a former nurse and tended to Sloman to make sure he had no broken bones. "He's a real trooper," says Susan, "and everyone had deep respect for him on the set from that day forward."

And what is Sloman's impression of the real David?

"He is absolutely driven by his unfaltering faith," says Sloman, "something I really admire. He remains true to himself and doesn't give up despite everyone's best attempts to put him down. It's the ultimate underdog story and I think a lot can be taken from David's sheer determination, faith in God, and courage to stand up to adversity."

"David and Goliath" is considered one of the big three Bible movies hitting theaters after "Noah" and "Exodus: Gods and Kings" and the most Biblically correct.

"David and Goliath" looks at one of the most powerful and beloved Bible stories of all time. The film will focus on the early life of David who fought against the Philistine giant, Goliath against all odds.

"David and Goliath" opens in theaters on April 3, 2015.

Three Bridges Welcomes New Sound Technician

Nashville, Tenn (February 4, 2015) Mansion Entertainment recording artists, Three Bridges, welcomes their new sound/media tech, Hunter Mickelson, from Tipton, IN. He currently lives in Hamilton, AL and has run sound for Karen Wheaton and The Ramp ministries and also for worship artist, Catherine Mullins. Hunter enjoys web design and cars, as well as working in the studio.

Hunter said, "In the short time I traveled with Three Bridges last fall, I grew to love them and I look forward to working with them as we share the Gospel wherever the Lord takes us."

Change is never easy, especially when family is involved. Hunter replaces Nic Smith (lead singer, Shannon Smith's son) who has been Three Bridges' full-time sound tech since April 2010.

Shannon said, "Of course, Nic will be missed (especially by me), but Hunter is an awesome tech and a godly young man that we believe is a great addition to the Three Bridges team."

Elliott McCoy continues, "Hunter filled in for us on our 3-week West Coast tour this past October and he did a fantastic job on sound and media as well as providing us with hours of laughter on the bus! We know that our fans will love him and appreciate his hard work and dedication to his craft."

Three Bridges has a busy 2015 scheduled. Be sure to check out their schedule at to see when they will be in your area.

You can learn more about Three Bridges at or .

You can reach Three Bridges at or Twitter at .

Three Bridges is booked by the Beckie Simmons Agency - 615.595.7500 or .

About Three Bridges
Three Bridges music is rooted in traditional ”southern Gospel” and ”black Gospel” music. This blended style has made Three Bridges an internationally-acclaimed Gospel group — one that is known for tight harmonies, a unique vocal style, an exciting and energy packed stage presence and, most importantly, for spreading the joy of the Good News of Christ. They have entertained and ministered to millions through their recordings, TV appearances and live shows — which is why Three Bridges has quickly become one of the most prominent Gospel groups in Christian music today.

Following the release of the critically-acclaimed debut album, Soldiers (2002), Three Bridges has wowed packed-out venues across the nation…from Gospel singings, business conventions, churches, political meetings, TV shows, charitable relief events – all the way to Air Force One! They have also appeared on many of the Bill Gaither Homecoming video tapings and were special guests on a video for the United Nation.

The Positive Cowboy, Jim Sheldon In Studio For MCS Season 4 Tracks

Nashville, Tenn (February 4, 2015) Excitement is in the air as Jim Sheldon, known as The Positive Cowboy on The Music City Show, prepares for Season 4 coming this spring to millions of television screens across the country.

Jim's Positive Cowboy character on the show is a perfect match for his personal life. What you see on the show with the Positive Cowboy is an exact duplicate of what you get when you spend time with Jim off the set. Jim loves those great hymns that the Positive Cowboy sings on the show, so it's only natural that he puts his heart and soul into every song he sings.

Recording at Daywind Studios, some of the finest musicians in Nashville were hired to give these tracks the absolute best sound available.

Produced by Scott Godsey and Engineered by Justin Kropf this band contains some of the regulars on The Music City Show. The musicians for the sessions include Upright Bass - Mark Fain, Guitar/Banjo - Ron Block, Mandolin/Dobro - Justin Moses, Fiddle - Aubrey Haynie, and Drums - Lynn Williams. Awesome Players and Awesome Tracks!!

​As a special feature Jim and Daywind recording artist the Blackwood Brothers Quartet will be teaming up on a couple of songs this season as well as on a CD project.

Sheldon will be heading back into the studio at the end of February to complete the Season 4 Hymns project.

Jim Sheldon commented, "The music and arrangements on each project just get better each time it seems. We love them all but, we have really enjoyed working on this project, it has a variety of songs and arrangements. We hope the listening audience will enjoy this as much as we are.”

The Positive Cowboy will be releasing Vol 2 for Season 3 of the Music City Hymns Projects at the end of February. Be looking for it or you can order it on line .

The song list for the Season 4 CD Project is as follows:

1. Shall We Gather At The River
2. Shouting On The Hills
3. At The Cross
4. Let's All Go Down To The River
5. I’m Redeemed (with the Blackwood Quartet)
6. Robe of White
7. He Set Me Free
8. That I Could Still Go Free
9. It's Different Now
10. Who Am I
11. When He Reached Down His Hand for Me
12. If That Isn't Love
13. I Wouldn't Take Nothing For My Journey Now

In other news, thanks in part to The Positive Cowboy's participation on the show, The Music City Show has been nominated for the Pacesetter Award at the 2015 Absolutely Gospel Music Awards. Voting for the Awards began 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 the The Music City Show.

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 Jim Sheldon, The Positive Cowboy go to or .
You can Twitter Jim at .

To book Jim Sheldon for your church service or concert contact .

Love Is Stronger Video Nominated For AGM Award

Hoover, Alabama (February 5, 2015) The video Love Is Stronger has been nominated for an award at the Absolutely Gospel Music Award Celebration. Ashley DeRamus is featured in the music video with Grammy Award winning Gospel Music artist Jason Crabb.

The video, shot in Birmingham, Alabama on August 1st at Caldwell Park, featured Jason’s new song "Love is Stronger." Revolution Pictures of Nashville, TN produced the video with director Roman White. Mr. White has produced videos for Carrie Underwood, Kelley Clarkson, Blake Shelton and others. The Ashley DeRamus Foundation has used the video to promote Down syndrome awareness and the positive effect on those who are close to someone who has Down syndrome.

The video tells the story about a father telling his daughter goodbye as he leaves to go to war. The daughter has Down syndrome. The father is involved in an IED attack that leaves him severely wounded but he fights to recover from his injuries for his daughter. The video begins with scenes of Ashley DeRamus reciting the Pledge of Allegiance with a Color Guard surrounded by veterans. Local Down syndrome children were used as extras in the video as well as the veterans.

"It's a very cool dream come true. It's really special to me to see lives changing. Down syndrome is really not a disease, it's who you are," Ashley stated in an interview about the video.

Ashley along with her mother Connie DeRamus have launched Ashley by Design, a clothing line specifically tailored to fit women with Down syndrome. The clothing line was first shown at the National Down Syndrome Congress Convention in Denver. Ashley says the clothing line as well as the video, "Love Is Stronger” is now available online at Ashley also recently spoke at the United Nations about living with Down syndrome as well.

You can learn more about Ashley DeRamus and the Ashley DeRamus Foundation by going or .

To contact Ashley for a special appearance E-mail .

About Ashley Deramus Foundation
The Ashley Deramus Foundation was founded for and dedicated to the education, advancement and quality life-style of children and adults with Downs Syndrome. Through the work of Ashley and the foundation, our goal is to increase the awareness and enlighten others about the rewards and positive contributions we make. You can contact Ashley through Gary Kannegiesser at 440-670-2897 or

Reach Beyond's 'Bucket Brigade' Campaign to Help 2,500 Break Ebola Infection Cycle in Sierra Leone

Families Isolated in Quarantine or High-risk Remote Areas Receive Life-saving Supplies through 'Bucket Brigade'

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Feb. 5, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- Reach Beyond's "Bucket Brigade" campaign, which provides life-sustaining food and supplies to families in quarantine or isolated areas, is helping break the insidious cycle of Ebola infection in parts of Sierra Leone, where the disease still rages.

Photo: "Bucket Brigade" volunteers in Sierra Leone assemble food and valuable supplies that can sustain a family of five in isolation or quarantine during the Ebola epidemic, thereby reducing exposure and transmission of the virus.

The effort is coordinated with the Believers Broadcasting Network (BBN), a radio ministry launched by Ransford Wright in West Africa, to help break the transmission of the disease and provide for those who are in isolation by bringing supplies to 2,500 people by March 31.

There is still no cure for Ebola, so prevention and early care are key. Families and at-risk groups in quarantined areas have no access to food, clean water or disinfectants - all necessary to fighting the disease and preventing malnutrition.

"These simple items may be the difference between life and death for thousands of people in Sierra Leone," said Wayne Pederson, president, Reach Beyond. "Every bucket delivered is given in Jesus' name, sharing His love at a time when those in the most ravaged areas are desperate for physical help and spiritual hope."

Pederson said every $100 gives a five-member family life-sustaining food and supplies to survive for up to four weeks in isolation. Every bucket provides physical help and spiritual hope to those in need. The buckets contain food, soap, gloves, bleach and other vital supplies.

The World Health Organization has reported there have been 22,000 cases and 8,800 Ebola deaths in West Africa. The virus has sickened more than 800 health workers and killed more than 400 - a massive total for a region that has few hospitals, doctors and nurses.

"The Bucket Brigade is one of the best ways to try to get out in front of the Ebola virus. The outbreak has been unprecedented, and containment is the best way to stop the spread of the disease - it is invaluable to help bring this to an end," said Sheila Leech, vice president of global healthcare.

Donations can be sent through the Bucket Brigade website, by calling 1-800-873-4859 or by mailing Reach Beyond at 1065 Garden of the Gods Rd., Colorado Springs, CO 80907-3405.

As an additional gift, those who donate of $35 or more will receive a free "Make Ebola Kick the Bucket" T-shirt.

The campaign also helps people spread the word through a special toolkit that includes images, icons, posters, badges and more. Churches and other organizations can create Facebook pages, church bulletin announcements and other items by going to the website and clicking the "Download the Tools" button.

For 83 years the passion of Reach Beyond (formerly HCJB Global) ( has been to make disciples of Christ. Using mass media, healthcare and education and working with partners around the world, Reach Beyond has ministries in more than 100 countries. Together with partners, the gospel is aired in more than 120 languages and dialects. Thousands of healthcare patients are meeting Jesus. Local believers are being trained as missionaries, pastors, broadcasters and healthcare providers.

HIGHROADIII Earns Five AGM Nominations

Nashville, Tenn (February 6, 2015) The ladies of HIGHROADIII are no strangers to those in the industry. They have been followed for quite a while by radio, producers, engineers, and others that pay attention to what is up and coming in the music world. The fans are just now finding out about these treasured vocalists and musicians talents and passion for spreading the Good News through song.

HIGHROADIII has a stunning five nominations of which four came from industry insiders and one from the fans. It is quite an accomplishment to be honored by your peers showing the respect they have earned in a few short years.

Kiley Phillips stated, "Last year we were nominated for Female Group of the Year and we were absolutely shocked! This year, when seeing that we had been nominated in five different categories, our
hearts were humbled and so thankful for such an incredible honor. We had such a great year in 2014 and are really looking forward to see what 2015 holds.”

The groups nominations include:

Angel at the Crossroad (B.Gaither, B.Isaacs)


Angel at the Crossroads (B.Gaither, B.Isaacs)

"Angel at the Crossroads” – HIGHROADIII


More information on the 2015 Absolutely Gospel Music Awards Celebration will be coming shortly, 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 Absolutely Gospel Music Awards, often called the "finest” awards in the industry have been presented since 2002 by 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.

You can learn more about HIGHROADIII by going to or . You can reach them by Twitter at .
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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 Shideler 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.

The Jim Brady Trio to perform at Shiloh Hills




​Robert L. York