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Kenna Turner West Makes Sonlite Records Debut With “Calling All Prodigals”

Arden, North Carolina (February 19, 2021) — Born into the world of music — she’s the daughter of former Blackwood Brothers’ bass singer Ken Turner, and daughter-in-law to Country Music Hall of Famer Dottie West — Kenna Turner West opens a new chapter in her many-faceted career with the release of “Calling All Prodigals,” her debut single for Sonlite Records.

Though she’s best-known as a songwriter with a bookcase full of awards, including eight BMI awards; three Dove Awards; twenty-five “Song of the Year” titles, and a growing list of #1s, West has been a performer, a teacher, an author and more, reaching world-wide audiences with her ministry through song and story. Now, she’s brought the light of her talent and conviction into the recording studio, with a sound that proclaims the message of redemption that “Calling All Prodigals” conveys.

With its vibrant orchestral production, “Calling All Prodigals” is the perfect vehicle to showcase West’s distinctive alto voice while delivering a message of redemption, reminding the listener that “there is forgiveness for every wandering soul.” The singer/songwriter, with the help of co-writers Brent Baxter and Jason Cox, has crafted a heartfelt lyric and soaring melody. From the first note to the final symphonic chord, “Calling All Prodigals” packs a powerful message into three minutes.

“I couldn’t be more excited about my first Crossroads radio single, ‘Calling All Prodigals,’” says West. “I pray that everyone who hears this song will be encouraged by the promise of just how deep the Father’s love is for His children. I have experienced His forgiveness, and have written about it for years, and now I am deeply honored to get to sing about it! I have always felt that God has called me to ‘creatively communicate the Gospel,’ and sometimes that means singing and speaking, while other times it means writing or teaching — and I embrace it all, because each is a God-given opportunity to share the living hope that is found in Jesus. And since it all began with singing, the release of ‘Calling all Prodigals’ is just an absolute joy!”

Though she has co-written hit songs such as “Say Amen,” “Revival,” “Small Town Someone,” and “Even Me,” the staff writer at Nashville’s Curb|Word Music Publishing began her career in gospel music as a vocalist. Thus, the release of her new single brings West’s career full circle.



About Kenna Turner West
Kenna’s roots in the music business run deep. Her father, Ken Turner, sang bass for many years with the Blackwood Brothers Quartet. Her mother-in-law, country music star Dottie West, was recently inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Steeped in a rich musical heritage, Kenna has carved out her own place in the industry over the years. A staff writer for Curb|Word Music Publishing located on Nashville’s historic Music Row, Kenna’s songs have been recorded by artists such as Jason Crabb, Hillary Scott,  The Martins, The Crabb Family, The Isaacs, The Booth Brothers, Triumphant Quartet, The Collingsworth Family, Brian Free & Assurance, Joseph Habedank, Michael English, Finding Favour, Marty Raybon, Karen Peck & New River, Jeff & Sheri Easter, The Talleys, Gordon Mote, 11th Hour, Legacy Five, and many more.  Whether she is writing songs in Nashville or ministering alongside noted Christian leaders at venues ranging from The Pentagon to NASCAR chapels to the local church, Kenna’s life has a singular call: to creatively communicate the Living Hope found in Jesus Christ.

About Crossroads:
Crossroads is a market leader in the Southern Gospel, Bluegrass, and Americana fields. Established in 1993, following the combination of Horizon Music Group and Sonlite Records, Crossroads now operates several divisions including Crossroads Label Group (Horizon Records, Sonlite Records, Mountain Home Music, Skyland Records, Pisgah Ridge Records, Crossroads Records, and Organic Records), Crossroads Distribution, Crossroads Radio Promotions, and Crossroads Recording Studios. Led by a strong executive team of Christian music and Bluegrass music veterans, Crossroads combines cutting-edge technology with creative innovation to connect fans with our artists’ music.

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Formed over 19 years ago by Deon & Susan Unthank originally as SoGospelNews.com, the site was birthed from an email discussion group by the same name. The SoGospelNews email discussion list was created by the Unthanks after the Singing News shut down its extremely popular discussion list. SoGospelNews started as a simple webpage listing artists, fans, individuals, etc. that were avid supporters of the newly formed SoGospelNews talk list. The site eventually took on printing news for Southern Gospel artists, and eventually took on reviewing the latest recordings from both signed and independent artists within the small genre. SoGospelNews became the most viewed Southern Gospel website on the Internet with over 4,000,000 hits per month.

The Unthank family are now involved in the site, as well as the addition of over two dozen staff writers. The website is based out of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. In April 2010, SoGospelNews changed its name to AbsolutelyGospel.com. The name change allows them to cover news items of not only Southern Gospel, but also Country Gospel, Inspirational, and Black Gospel.

On January 5, 2011, Susan Unthank passed away, leaving the website in control of Deon, their son, Chris, and their daughter Amy.