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Mike Bowling - The Hinsons: Remembered


Producer: Mike Bowling
Label: Riverhill Music Group
Website: http://www.bowlingfamilyonline.com

Mike Bowling has done it again! Eight years ago, Mike released a tremendous tribute to his musical hero entitled, Influenced and Inspired: Remembering Kenny Hinson, that was very well received. With this latest release, he presents a “Volume 2” of sorts with songs not only associated with the late, great Kenny Hinson, but the Hinsons in general.

The recording starts off with a very nice rendition of “Since You Gave Me a Song”, a tune the Hinsons had some good mileage out of in the mid 70s. This is one of the highlights of the recording and I love the musical bed on which the song rests (makes me thing of the lead off song from the Influenced & Inspired recording, “Ain’t That What It’s All About”).

The Hinson favorite, “By the Time They Find Me Missing” is a peppy song that many folks will enjoy before Mike slows things down rendering his own personal rendition of one of Kenny’s best known solos, “Look to Him”.

Mike is joined by his cousin, Karen Parker (who also was a part of the Mike Bowling Group back in the mid-2000s) as they sing the classic, “King Jesus Will Roll My Burden’s Away” before cutting loose on the Hinson convention classic, “Heaven is Mine”.

Several artists have recently recorded “God’s Gonna Do the Same for You and Me” including Gordon Mote and The Old Paths, and here Mike throws his hat in the rink with his own rendition, which doesn’t wander far from the original.

Another one of my favorite Hinson tunes is the uptempo “He Can” and I was quite happy to see Mike included this song in this collection of favorites.

The Hinsons were known for some well entrenched country sounding tunes and Mike revived such true country gospel favorites such as “This Joy is Mine” (one of my all-time favorite Hinson tunes), “Put Me Down”, “Desperation” and the final tune, “He’s Having the Time of my Life”.

Even though this was recorded 8 years after the first installment of Hinson favorites, it’s actually rather seamless as the recording follows a similar feel and texture as its predecessor. The only thing that stuck out to me was Mike seemed to try a little too hard to sing like Kenny. On the first recording, Mike sounded very natural to me, but here on this latest release, it sounds a little forced. Overall though, this is a great recording and I thoroughly enjoyed re-living some of these songs. Those who appreciate the original versions will enjoy this recording as Mike doesn’t stray too far off the original arrangements.



Song List:

(stars denote personal favorites)
1 – Since You Gave Me a Song**
2 – This Joy is Mine**
3 – By the Time They Find Me Missing
4 – Look to Him
5 – King Jesus Will Roll My Burden’s Away**
6 – Heaven is Mine
7 – Put Me Down**
8 – God’s Gonna Do the Same for You and Me
9 – Desperation**
10-He Can**
11-He’s Having the Time of my Life

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InsideOut - Light of a Brighter Day


Producer: David Wise, Shane McConnell, Jim Brady
Label: Independent
Website: http://www.insideoutvocals.com

InsideOut is a quartet made up of Rick Hunt on tenor, Tim Burnette singing lead, Steve Arnold as baritone and AJ Summers on bass. They recently released their newest recording, LIGHT OF A BRIGHTER DAY. The recording was executive produced by Booth Brother artist Jim Brady and produced by David Wise and Shane McConnell. The CD also features some well known instrumentalists including Ben Isaacs of The Isaacs and Kevin Williams from the Gaither Homecomings. Jim Brady is also found on several of the songwriting credits. There's Nothing God Can't Do, Why, First Day Home and the title track Light of a Brighter Day are all Brady tunes. There is also a Mark Lowry, Reba Rambo McGuire and Dony McGuire track entitled What's Not to Love. This is a very fun and catchy tune simply asking the question what's not to love about our Savior? Other songs included are an old Dottie Rambo tune I Won't Ask For More, Alone and Forsaken, Do Not Be Afraid, What Grace Is Mine, an a cappella number, and the classic The Sweetest Song I Know, which was arranged by Shane McConnell. The instrumental tracks on this recording are done very well. Of course with the above mentioned contributors it is expected. The vocals are all very consistent. You can check the group out for yourself at their website or follow them on Twitter @insideoutvocals or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/insideoutvocals.



Song List:

Why
I Won't Ask for More
Light of a Brighter Day
Alone & Forsaken
There's Nothing God Can't Do
First Day Home
Do Not Be Afraid
What's Not to Love?
The Sweetest Song I Know
What Grace Is Mine

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Written: 04/15/2014 | Category: | Comments:


Artists

Three Bridges

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House of Good News

“I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together. I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed. This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them. O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him. The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing.” Psalm 34:1-10 (KJV). What a powerful Scripture this is, reminding us to continually praise the Lord and to call to remembrance His goodness! This is what Three Bridges desires to do whenever we get the opportunity to share our ministry with others. We encourage you to meditate on this great passage during this Thanksgiving month.

October was a great month for us as we traveled to TN, OH, TX and MS. What a great time we had worshipping the Lord with friends we’ve known for many years as well as with some wonderful new friends. November takes us to AL, IL, IN, MS, and WV. We look forward to a great month and we hope to see you at one of our events.

As we’ve mentioned the last couple of months, September marked the beginning of Three Bridges’ twelfth year of music and ministry! In honor of that, we have released our twelfth recording, appropriately titled, TWELVE. It has twelve great songs that will serve as reminders of God’s amazing love and faithfulness over these past twelve years. In keeping with our promise last month, here is a closer look at another of the songs on TWELVE.

“House of Good News” was written by James Payne and it features both baritone singer, Elliott McCoy, and lead singer, Shannon Smith. As the old saying goes, “If this song doesn’t light your fire, then your wood is wet!” The basic idea is that when we all come together to praise the Lord, it isn’t time to commiserate about our burdens and problems – it’s time to encourage one another with the goodness of God. It’s not that we don’t want to “bear one another’s burdens,” it’s just that we recognize that in His presence is fullness of joy and when we focus on Him and His work in our lives, our burdens seem much smaller and lighter. We are also reminded that in Christ, we have been given complete and total victory! Musically, this song is upbeat, exciting and powerful and will definitely make you want to “get out of your pew and put on your dancing shoes!” You don’t have to be in a church building for this song to be true – anywhere we are willing to praise the Lord becomes a “House of Good News.”

Be sure to connect with us on our website and/or on Facebook (the easiest way to interact with us). Also, don’t forget to sign up for our “Bridge-Builder” E-News list on our website: http://www.threebridges.net. Our E-News will keep you updated on when we will be coming to your area, as well as on other Three Bridges news. Don’t forget, we will be drawing one name each month from our E-News list to receive some FREE Three Bridges’ merchandise (CD, T-shirt, DVD, etc.). You can be a real “Bridge-Builder” by forwarding our E-News to your family and friends that would be interested in our music and ministry and, at the same time, give both yourself and them a chance to win some free merchandise!

By the way, “Forgive Myself” is our current radio single. Be listening for it and be sure to request it wherever you listen to Gospel music. Also, pray with us that many will hear this song and experience new freedom in Christ. Thanks to all of the DJs for helping us get this powerful message out!

Give THANKS and be BLESSED!

Elliott, Jeremie and Shannon

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Daily Devotion

God Hears Our Heart

“…The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
1 Samuel 16:7

“…(for You alone know the hearts of all men)”
1 Kings 8:39

“…but God knows your hearts.”
Luke 16:15

My husband Matt and I ministered to the homeless underneath the bridge in downtown Nashville last week with Candy Christmas. (http://www.bridgeministry.org) I sang and Matt spoke. It was such a blessing to share in what Candy has been doing every Tuesday night for the past ten years.

Approximately 750 people are fed under the bridge every Tuesday night. Groceries, new clothes and a hot meal are provided to everyone free of charge. A brand new bicycle, sleeping bag and back pack are also given away every week.

The first time I sang under the bridge, I could hardly keep from crying. It was absolutely overwhelming to see so much hopelessness, yet so much hope in one place.

A young man with a speech impediment came up to me and Matt during the time of prayer and said he wanted to pray the sinner’s prayer! I prayed with him, asking him to repeat after me. I hugged him and he went back to his seat. Just moments later, he returned, saying something I couldn’t quite understand. I asked him to repeat himself and thankfully Matt understood him. He was asking if he had prayed “clearly enough” for God to hear him and save him. Oh, how precious! Matt assured him that God heard his heart even louder than He heard his words and all was well.

How many times do we seek God with all of our heart and then worry later if we did everything the “right way”? I know I’ve prayed for healing and then wondered if I claimed all of the “right” scriptures, or if I bound every spirit I “should’ve” bound.
As a twelve year old, I must’ve prayed the sinner’s prayer 100 times, making sure I was saved! Fear and anxiety are not from God and He doesn’t want us living like that, with a mentality of “it’s all up to us.” It is only by His grace that we are saved. All good things in our lives are by the grace of God!

God knows, sees and hears our hearts more intimately than we can even imagine. He formed our very existence! We simply must seek Him and trust Him with the rest.

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Written: 10/24/2014 | Category: Daily Devotion Comments:


Weekly Chart

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Monday - October 27, 2014

Top 40 Weekly Chart

TW
LW
#WK
TITLE
ARTIST
PEAK
1
1
20
I Know Enough Bowling Family
1(3)
2
3
20
Everybody's Going Through Something Karen Peck & New River
1(3)
3
2
16
Hidden Heroes Talleys
1(4)
4
4
11
Ain't It Just Like the Lord Gordon Mote
4
5
6
7
Christ Is Still the King Legacy Five
5
6
5
19
Help Me Wilburn & Wilburn
5
7
9
7
Church In the Kitchen Dunaways
7
8
12
26
Listening For the Shout Browders
2
9
8
11
Never, No Never Joseph Habedank
8
10
10
8
Oh Yes I Am Kingsmen
9
11
13
8
The Last Time I Looked Freemans
11
12
11
22
Hey Everybody Soul'd Out Quartet
4
13
7
23
I Can Trust Him Perrys
4
14
19
3
Unashamed Brian Free & Assurance
14
15
15
5
Everything I Need Tribute Quartet
15
16
17
7
I'll Take It Jeff & Sheri Easter
16
17
18
18
Love Them to Jesus Old Paths
10
18
16
23
How Will You Plead 11th Hour
4
19
14
15
Falling Amber Nelon Thompson
14
20
21
22
God is Big Hoskins Family
13
21
24
10
Water Walking God Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
19
22
20
9
I Wanna Be There Isaacs
20
23
25
15
Hey Now Adam Crabb
11
24
23
9
Who's Gonna Stand In the Gap Ball Brothers
23
25
22
3
The Joys of Heaven Kingdom Heirs
22
26
*
1
Part the Waters/I Need Thee Every Hour Gold City
26
27
27
22
Put It Right There LeFevre Quartet
2
28
28
17
He's Still God Barry Rowland & Deliverance
20
29
35
2
Measure of Grace Taylors
29
30
37
2
Do Unto Others Nelons
30
31
31
8
There Is Jesus McKameys
30
32
34
10
Great Big Yes Red Roots
23
33
29
22
When Justice Called, Mercy Answered Erwins
16
34
*
1
No One Like God Zane & Donna King
34
35
*
1
Don't Stop Running Mark Trammell Quartet
35
36
32
26
If God Didn't Care Booth Brothers
1(2)
37
30
9
Watch & Pray Carolina Boys Quartet
12
38
38
11
If We Ever Needed the Lord Martins
30
39
*
1
Sometimes It Takes a Mountain Gaither Vocal Band
39
40
36
13
That Story Is Mine Dixie Melody Boys
11
TW - This week on the chart
LW - Last week on the chart
#WK - Number of weeks
on the chart
#1 For the Week
Indicates 1st Week on chart
Greatest Gain on Chart
On chart the longest
Highest on chart after dropping off

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Author: AGM | Author's Website: http://absolutelygospel.com/
Written: 10/24/2014 | Category: Weekly Chart Comments:


News & Scoops


The Williamsons Release New Album - Tell Somebody

Weleetka, OK (October 24, 2014) Talented mixed quartet, The Williamsons, have just released another great album titled Tell Somebody. The album consists of material that is written by some of the most talented songwriters available today, including four songs penned by Lisa Williamson, group member and featured soloist on many of the songs. Closing the CD out is a great classic written by Mosie Lister.
To make a great album you must have great songs and that task wasn't taken lightly. No less than 200 songs were listened to in the deciding process. Choosing 50 would have been difficult, but narrowing it down to eleven was nearly impossible.

The project was produced by award winning producer, Donna King, known for stretching artists and pulling things out of them they didn't think possible. Donna was present in every step of the process down to the final mix. She was going for the best ever from the Williamsons. One thing about making a great record, besides great songs and well-recorded vocals, is making the little details matter too, from every background vocal, to every note played, and every overdub, and all the mix sounds, the Williamsons covered all the bases to produce the best album of their career.

Donna King commented "Every album I produce is as important to me as my own (if not more important). To have the opportunity to produce music that affects God’s kingdom, because of the ministry that will come from the songs, is not something I take lightly. Working with the Williamsons was an amazing experience. They were FULLY engaged and willing to go places no man "or woman” had gone before (as far as things they had done in the past). They understood the importance of great songs and they worked with me diligently on those choices. They gave me 110% from day one (and there were many days). That is a producer’s dream. They are so talented, but they are also pliable and that is a GREAT attribute to ending up with a superb album. And, most importantly, their hearts are in this for ALL the right reasons! I LOVE this group and I am SO excited about this album and honored to have been blessed to produce it."

Donnie Williamson. Baritone singer and group manager stated "I believe this is the most powerful music we have ever recorded. The music is filled with the message of Christ that will uplift those who listen and touch them no matter where they are in life.”

Lisa Williamson also said "Some of the best songwriters in Gospel Music are represented on this project and I am honored to have four of my songs included.”

The first song released to radio is "It Was The Word” written by Lisa, and it is already being accepted well by DJs across the country.

Songs include:
It Was The Word
That's What I'm Talking About
All Our Hope
Shout
Monday
He Lived To Tell It
No Umbrellas
I Laid It All Down
Healing For The Hurting
I've Got To Tell Somebody
While the Ages Roll

You can learn more about the Williamsons by going to http://www.williamsonsmusic.com or https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Williamsons .

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Author: AGM | Author's Website: http://absolutelygospel.com/
Written: 10/24/2014 | Category: News & Scoops Comments:


In The Words of Chris

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Why Do I Go to Church?

I’ve been in on several conversations lately about the lack of lack of church attendance and how it is currently affecting the landscape of the Church and local church bodies. Hey, I work for a company whose sole purpose is to provide literature, supplies, music, etc. for the Church, so these conversations come up quite frequently. In addition, I’ve become a worship leader at my own home church. I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately, and I thought maybe it was best to just put my thoughts down on paper and share them with you all.

The quick and easy answer is two-fold:

1. I go to church, because I need the Church.

This is fairly simple. I need the Church. I need what the church has to offer me in terms of becoming a spiritually mature person. I need the uplifting that I can only get from standing and being involved in corporate worship with my family of fellow believers. I need the consistent, Biblical-based teaching from the pulpit that continues to stretch me as a Christian. I need the wisdom provided by not just a Godly pastor, but also from the elders and my peers in the church. I need the fellowship that comes along with spending time with my small group, practicing with my worship team, or even leading and teaching my choir music for our Christmas program. I NEED these things, because God created me as a spiritual being to need these things.

Hebrews 10:23-25 (HCSB)

23 Let us hold on to the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. 24 And let us be concerned about one another in order to promote love and good works, 25 not staying away from our worship meetings, as some habitually do, but encouraging each other, and all the more as you see the day drawing near.


2. I go to church because the Church needs me.

You read that right. The Church needs me, and my local church needs me. This isn’t me trying to sound conceited because I might possess some kind of special skills and attributes that would make me beneficial to the church. However, I (and YOU) do possess special skills and attributes that make me beneficial to my/your church. Everyone serves a purpose in the Church, and it functions because of that. Just like it states in 1 Corinthians 12 – we are the body, and the body cannot function without all of its parts. The Church needs me. The Church needs you. The Church needs your body to sit in pews to help uplift the man that God has put in your life to serve as your pastor. The Church needs you to actively participate in worship and other ministry positions to fulfill its purpose of reaching the community and world for Christ. The Church needs you to financially support it so it can support those who are called in to full-time ministry (whether that’s in the pulpit, holding a guitar, taking your snot-nosed teenagers to youth camp, or traveling to Japan to serve as full-time missionaries). I know that’s a touchy subject – but it’s a fact that you can’t ignore any longer.

I’ve said all of this because I serve in my local church. I work for a company that desires to serve the Church. I go to church because I need the church and the church needs me. I hope you can understand just how that affects the local church and the Church. Let’s be the Church.

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Written: 10/24/2014 | Category: In The Words of Chris Comments:


News & Scoops


Wedding Bells Ring For AbsolutelyGospel.com’s Amy Marie Unthank

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - (October 23, 2014) - Deon Unthank, CEO/President of AbsolutelyGospel.com, is proud to announce the marriage of his youngest daughter, Amy Marie, to Michael Zika of Belleville, Illinois. The happy couple were married on Saturday, October 18, 2014 in the presence of their immediate family in the living room of the couple's new home together in Belleville, Illinois.
Father of the Bride Deon Unthank stated, "I came to town to help my daughter fix up the house she just bought and capped the week off by officiating the beautiful ceremony. My heart is full of joy to see her happy and smiling. I believe Mike is a fine man who will love her and take care of her for the rest of her life."



Amy said, "This is my dream come true. I am married to the love of my life, and I am so excited about living the rest of our lives together. I know my Mom is looking down at us with a huge smile on her face."

Amy is the Site Administrator for AbsolutelyGospel.com and is an accomplished vocalist and songwriter. She is the co-writer of the #1 hit song "Even In the Valley" (originally recorded by The Whisnants). Amy and Mike Zika will reside in Belleville, Illinois where Amy will remain a vital part of AbsolutelyGospel.com in addition to her work as a beautician in O'Fallon, Illinois.

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Author: AGM | Author's Website: http://absolutelygospel.com/
Written: 10/24/2014 | Category: News & Scoops Comments:


Daily Devotion

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Talent Growth?

It's so easy for the human eye to determine talent as it sees it. It's often directed to the singer, the preacher, high profile professions. But God knows this is not the case when concerning talents. A Talent is a special ability that allows someone to do something well. This can be anything! Whatever you do well is your talent (i.e. organizing, clerical, sewing, raising children, mechanical, hair, investing, etc.)

The Scripture tells us of a story about a master who invested in servants and trusted them to grow their "talents". Some servants did better than others in "growing their talents while one was lazy and tried to blame the master for his laziness, which sounds like..."God, I know you expected this of me, but you already had this person doing that so I waited and did nothing, I didn't want to get in the way", "Oh, He doesn't expect me to do that, I'm fine sitting right here", "I'll just wait until it becomes necessary, they'll call if they need me", "Oh no, thats way too much work" etc.. When time of accountability came, the lazy servant lost what he had and was cast away into outer darkness.

Some would say this is a little harsh, I believe it depicts the seriousness of us using the talents God has given us to further His Kingdom. He needs us to be in place to help each other.

So let's grow. To grow means to become better, increase, mature, and develop. As you use the talent God has haven you, you will notice more windows of opportunities to open, and your talent, in its usage, Will Grow!!!

Never underestimate your ability to do anything. Understand you have a purpose! Everything you do matters! We need you and so does The Lord!

Scripture: Matthew 25:14-29
Song: If I Can Help Somebody...My Living Will Not Be In Vain"

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Written: 10/23/2014 | Category: Daily Devotion Comments:


News & Scoops


Undivided Blesses with Video, “Overcomer”

(Panama City , FL) The popular trio, Undivided, is making positive strides with their latest Patterson Promotions Vol. 15 radio release with "I Trust you Lord." The song hit the #5 position for week ending 10/11/14 on Southern Gospel Time’s Top 40 Fan-voted chart and debuts on the Singing News Top 80 at #74 for the month of December. The trio is continuing to experience blessings and recognition with their music ministry. Dan, Brenda, and Cindy are also happy to announce their new video, "Overcomer," and they emphasize that their mission is to help people realize the fundamental truth that relationships with family, friends, and Jesus Christ are the most important foundations of life. The video was produced by Phil Cross and Cross Music Group, Inc. In addition, August brought in new fans for the group as they ministered in song at the Patterson Promotions Homecoming event in Pigeon Forge, TN. Pauline Patterson notes, "It’s such a blessing to have had this anointed trio to be a part of our 2nd Annual Homecoming. Their music is being embraced and we are so proud to have them on board!" Each member of the trio, along with their families are actively involved in various ministries of the church at Northside Baptist in Panama City, Florida, including being members of the praise team, band, and choir. They send out a warm invitation to everyone to join them in service and to take in an Undivided worship concert whenever possible.
Learn more about Undivided’s mission: http://www.reverbnation.com/rpk/undividedonline
"Overcomer" can be viewed by clicking on this link: http://www.undividedonline.com/media.php
Concert promoters can receive a free press kit by contacting: Evie Hawkins .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), 256-303-8354, or 615-856-0910 Visit the group’s website at: http://www.undividedonline.com
email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) For additional info: Patterson Music Group: 606 528-0033, http://www.pattersonpromotions.com



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Author: AGM | Author's Website: http://absolutelygospel.com/
Written: 10/23/2014 | Category: News & Scoops Comments:


News & Scoops


Family trio, the Jones sign with Patterson Promotions

(Wheelersburg, Ohio) Pauline Patterson is happy to announce that Joy Jones signed an agreement to receive national radio promotions for her family group, the Jones's this month. Derec and Ryan Jones are Joy's sons and they travel nationally and internationally taking the Gospel in song with their ministry. The trio won a spot on the National Quartet Convention main stage this year in Pigeon Forge, TN. Their song, "Come On, Come On" is their latest release. Joy started singing at age four and was raised in an evangelistic family. They traveled the United States, Canada, Haiti, Jamaica, and Mexico from her youth into young adulthood. In 1996 Joy joined New Journey as a featured vocalist on many songs, including the group’s first top ten radio single. During this phase the group signed with Homeland Records in Franklin, Tennessee and also signed with Parker Music Group, a booking agency in Nashville. They have been a part of the Gaither Homecoming Series concerts and video shoots. Other appearances were made on television programs such as TBN, Gary McSpadden’s Gospel Hour, & multiple appearances on Daystar Television Network. Joy has also had a successful solo ministry and was voted "Favorite Soprano of the Year" by the Kentucky Gospel Music Association. She had a national hit song with "Do it Afraid." Derec and Ryan have sang as a duet "The Jones Boys" and recorded two projects and have drawn much positive attention to their ministry. When Joy and the boys decided to form the trio in 2011, they made a great impact with appearances on Daystar Television Network and other nationally aired programs. Pauline Patterson notes, "I'm very excited to work with this talented family trio. I believe people are sure to embrace their music. Their mission is to go where the Lord leads them."

Concert promoters can receive a free press kit by contacting: Evie Hawkins at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), 256-303-8354, or 615-856-0910 or contact the group directly at: http://www.thejonesofficial.com For additional radio info: Patterson Music Group: 606 528-0033, http://www.pattersonpromotions.com

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Written: 10/23/2014 | Category: News & Scoops Comments:


News & Scoops


Pauline Patterson Scores First Top 40 on Singing News Chart

(Nashville,TN) EHA-Nashville is pleased to announce that Pauline Patterson of Patterson Promotions has garnered her first Singing News Top 40 charting song and it has landed at # 34 for December. Her song, "I Fell Down," was written by her niece, Sharon Stewart.

Pauline has recorded and sang professionally since 1983 and her very first release was with Golden Vine Records, owned by Darrell Freeman, entitled, "He Will Deliver." The song received great reviews and she has released numerous singles to radio with several charting; such as, "Her Roots Run Deep" and "Jesus Walks Down Mainstreet."

Pauline owns Patterson Promotions and Southern Gospel Times. She is available for concerts, ladies conferences, church services, etc. She also hosts her Patterson Promotions Homecoming in Pigeon Forge, TN and it has been a great success the past two years. Next year's date has moved to May 14-15, 2015 at Pigeon Forge's Music Road Hotel & Convention Center. Artists such as The Hoskins Family and The Wilbanks are already slated to appear and more artists will be added to the line-up.

Promoters can receive a free press kit on Pauline Patterson's music ministry by contacting her management at: The Evie Hawkins Agency or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), 615-856-0910 or AL: 256-303-8354
Visit her website at: http://www.PattersonPromotions.com

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Author: AGM | Author's Website: http://absolutelygospel.com/
Written: 10/23/2014 | Category: News & Scoops Comments:


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Soul Vision Songs Reaching Masses Through Radio and Publication

(Nashville, TN) When Soul Vision, of North Carolina released "When We Step Inside the Gates" through Patterson Promotions they realized a great response and it landed at the #1 position on the Southern Gospel Times fan-voted top 40. In addition, their song has continued to climb the charts all the way to the #60 slot on December's edition of the Singing News. They also landed in the new choir compilation, "Southern Gospel Fan Favorites"– 12 Arrangements for the Sunday Morning Choir published by Brentwood Music Publication. It includes their original song, "I Know Who The Lord Is," recorded by Soul Vision and promoted through Patterson Promotions. Group members are Patrick Case, Denna Reese, Randall Mull, and Myron Bishop. Pauline Patterson notes, "I'm thankful and not surprised that this ministry-driven group is being recognized for their wonderful songs and performances. I'm excited for what lies ahead for them!"


Concert promoters can receive a free press kit by contacting: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), 256-303-8354, or 615-856-0910 or contact the group directly at: http://www.soulvisionministries.net or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) For additional radio info: Patterson Music Group: 606 528-0033, http://www.pattersonpromotions.com
 

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Written: 10/23/2014 | Category: News & Scoops Comments:


Daily Devotion

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Being The Church

Over the past several months, Yvonne and I have become close friends with James and Laura Rainey.

Many gospel music followers will remember James from playing piano for the "Singing Americans", "The Greenes", "The Melody Masters", "The Hoppers" and others.

These days, he and his wife have a recording studio (Declaration 212 Productions) in Harrisburg, IL.

Recently, James began recording and mixing our (Rescue Me Ministries) Christmas CD and he called to ask a couple questions concerning one of the songs.

We ended up talking more about God's goodness than the actual CD.

He shared how one Sunday, when his church family met to begin their regular morning service, the Pastor said "I need everyone to go home and get your work clothes on. If you can operate a fork lift, drive a nail, handle a screwdriver, carry boards or sweep a floor- we are going to help a local food pantry."

James said "We were fixing shelves, stocking can goods, cleaning and one elderly lady that we literally had to help inside, poured cold water in cups for the workers." The Pastor actually read from the Bible as his members worked at the Pantry before he also rolled up his sleeves and began working.

This food pantry helps feed over 500 family in a years time.

How many churches do you know of that would cancel their service and WORK in lieu of "hearing" a sermon?

This is an example of the church BEING THE CHURCH.

Too many times, we hear stories of people needing help and we say "Yeah, somebody should HELP them."

We expect that "somebody" to be someone else instead of US.

See, we believe that if we can't Pastor a church, lead a Bible study, lead worship or play an instrument that God can't use us. God gives each one of us different talents and gifts and those talents and gifts CAN be used for His Kingdom.


Colossians 3:23- "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters."


Colossians 3:17- "And whatsoever ye do in word or deed,do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him."

Yes, we should all verbally share the love of God but what can we do to SHOW the love of Christ?

Help at a food pantry.
Volunteer at a soup kitchen.
Rake leaves for an elderly neighbor.
Visit a local nursing home.

The list goes on and on.

Prayer starter: "Father, show me today someone that I can help. Allow me to be Jesus to someone. Help me BE THE CHURCH. In Jesus name."

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Steve Ladd Guest Artist On Alan Jackson’s Award Winning Gospel Album

Nashville, TN (October 22, 2014) Earlier this year in Las Vegas, Alan Jackson’s gospel album, 'Precious Memories Volume II', was named 2014 Top Christian Album at the Billboard Music Awards. The album is a collection of traditional hymns and was released last year as a follow-up to Jackson’s 2006 Precious Memories.

Sensational vocalist Steve Ladd is featured on a track along with The Stamps Quartet on the award winning album, Alan Jackson’s 'Precious Memories: Volume II'.
Steve Ladd commented "What an honor it is to be a part on a Billboard Music Award winning album with Alan Jackson and The Stamps Quartet. It was even more of a thrill as the song was one of my favorite old hymns, 'When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder', which I loved singing as a youngster in church."



Excited by such success Steve continued "The album stayed on Billboards Top 50 album charts for well over a year.”

In other news Steve Ladd has recently signed an extensive publicity agreement with AG Publicity of Nashville, TN. Deon Unthank, CEO of AG Publicity said "I have known Steve since his days with the Anchormen. I was impressed back then and he has so grown and matured in his voice that I knew I wanted to work with him.”

To learn more about Steve Ladd go to http://steveladdmusic.com or https://www.facebook.com/SteveLaddMusic . You can Twitter Steve at https://twitter.com/SteveLaddMusic .

For booking Steve contact Daystar Promotions - Renee Barham - 918-838-3239

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Written: 10/22/2014 | Category: News & Scoops Comments:


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The Bowling Family Hit #1 With “I Know Enough”

The Bowling Family charts the number one song in the top two charts for Southern Gospel Music. They have the number 1 spot on the Singing News December Chart and have been in the same spot on the weekly Absolutelygospel.com chart for the past 2 weeks. The Bowling Family has had 23 number one songs in their stellar career but this is the first since their bus accident 4 years ago on July 1st of 2010.

The song ‘I Know Enough’ is the current single from their “Safe After The Storm” project. It was written by Marcia Henry, Belinda Smith and features the beautiful voice of Kelly Bowling.

This is just another achievement by a group that has garnered numerous nominations and awards in their time together as a group. These include 3 GRAMMY® nominations, 19 Dove Award nominations, 11 Dove Awards including multiple "Song Of The Year" Dove wins for Country, Southern, and Traditional, Absolutely Gospel News Award for Male Vocalist and Female Vocalist and 18 Absolutely Gospel News Awards .

Kelly Bowling stated "In the fall of 2010 Marcia Henry and Belinda Smith were in Nashville collaborating on a song. These ladies, collectively have written nearly a dozen number one songs, so this may have been a "business as usual" kind of songwriting session. But, it wasn't. Little did they realize, when they started humming a melody, putting a lyric on paper, that this song was mine. They had no clue that I was a few miles from them....sitting in a wheelchair, waiting for a doctor to "GIVE it to me straight" about my ability to take care of myself, my kids, and way on down the line of importance, would I ever be well enough to stand on a stage, travel on a bus, live my life....as I had known life. For you see, this song was written just weeks after our bus hit that semi. It was written for me to sing in this season of my life. For truly, I may not know much, "BUT I KNOW ENOUGH!"

Continuing Kelly commented "I have been privileged to be a part of some great songs in my life, but this one speaks everything I have to say, and would say, if I had a summary of my journal from the last half of 2010. MY personal thanks to Marcia and Belinda for being who they are, and doing what they do. Without a song, we would have nothing to offer."

The Bowlings are regulars on the Grand Ole Opry, performed multiple times on Gaither video series. They were featured on the Gaither video tribute to the Crabb Family (playing on television networks, 2009, 2010.)
Mike, Kelly, Hope Bowling and Troy Peach (collectively) have sold more than 1.2 million recordings.


To learn more about The Bowlings go to http://www.bowlingsonline.com or https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Bowling-Family .
Book The Bowlings for your church, concert, ladies seminar or anywhere you want great Gospel Music by going to http://www.bsaworld.com or e-mail at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) .

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Written: 10/22/2014 | Category: News & Scoops Comments:


Daily Devotion

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I’m Looking Forward To Looking Back

"Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy set before Him, endured the cross, despising its shame" (Hebrews 12:2).

How many times have you said, "I can't wait to get this over!"?

Only once a day?

Well, you're probably doing better than most. I know for myself, there are a great many things that I'm really happy to have behind me, and some that I would like to help find their place in history as soon as possible. On the other hand, I must not hurry through life's happenings so fast that I miss the significance of the journey and the challenges along the way.

Even Jesus wanted to put His suffering behind Him, when He prayed, "Let this cup pass from Me" (Matthew 26:39). Yet, the very next words He spoke were, "Father … not My will, but Yours be done" (Luke 22:42). Jesus is always our ultimate example for handling life. Even when it came to bearing the cross, Paul said that Jesus endured it, even while despising its shame, because of the joy that awaited Him at the Resurrection (see Hebrews 12:2).

We all have things we're anxious to place in the category of the historic, and occasionally, it doesn't hurt to remind yourself of where you have been. However, you must not spend too much time doing that. There is a reason the rearview mirror in your car is as small as it is. The focus of a good driver is always on what lies ahead, not on what lies behind. Maybe you are like a crawfish, always backing into your future with a constant gaze upon where you have been, rather than where you're going.

However, one thing we glean from looking back is the constant awareness of God's great grace and how we would have never made it through life without it. Songwriter Helen Baylor paraphrased the psalmist David when she penned the words, "If it had not been for the Lord on my side, where would I be?"

Think about that phrase a minute. "If it had not been ... " That's almost too scary to consider. Take God's grace out of life's equation for a second and look at how different things could have been. What would your daily life look like without the God factor? What ingredient would you be missing right now had He not entered into the picture? How about peace? Maybe joy or a restful night’s sleep?

What would life be like without His promises?



My sleep is more restful, because of the promise found in Psalm 91:11, "He shall give His angels charge over you."

My business affairs are more secure, because of the promise found in Deuteronomy 12:7, "I will cause whatsoever you touch to prosper" (see NIV and also Joshua 1:7).

What would life be without His peace?

"Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee" (Isaiah 26:3 KJV).

What would life be without His power?

"God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love and a sound mind" (2 Timothy 1:7).

What would life be without His presence?

"Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world" (Matthew 28:20 KJV).

What a blessing it's been to never have lived one day without being blessed. Some day soon, while standing in His presence and looking my life over, I will be so glad He looked over my life.





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Written: 10/21/2014 | Category: Daily Devotion Comments:


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This Week on Gospel Music Today

The members of Brian Free and Assurance are the guests on Gospel Music Today for the week of October 19. Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates. The Feature Group is Abundance Quartet, and Jean reviews new recordings by Great Day and Forgiven Quartet. An article entitled "Married to the Music" from Singing News is the subject of this week's News Notes. The show features singing by The Mark Trammell Quartet, exclusive video of Mark Robertson, recorded by Gospel Music Today's cameras at the Southern Gospel Worship Gathering, in Broken Arrow, OK, and a visit to the Gospel Music Today Archives for an exclusive concert video of The Williamsons at the Creekside Gospel Music Convention, in Pigeon Forge, TN.

The show is on KWHB TV47 in Oklahoma every Sunday at 4:30 PM, and on Roku on FFE TV Monday at 8:00 PM and AllNations TV Tuesday and Wednesday at 6:30 PM. Check local TV schedule for Beaumont, TX, Tyler, TX. Atlanta, TX, and Morrilton, AR. The current edition of Gospel Music Today is online now at the Gospel Music Today website, http://www.gospelmusictoday.com.

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Written: 10/21/2014 | Category: News & Scoops Comments:


Daily Devotion

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Pick It Up!

I’m really disheartened and confused by so many of the statements I hear these days about preachers. If you open a newspaper or listen to the radio today, you might be confused about something I consider to be a basic knowledge about the Bible. The Bible explicitly says that God has provided the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us. It says that the knowledge of good and evil is placed within every man. Because this is true, why are so many these days in the media desperate to know a preacher’s opinion on controversial matters? If the microphone were placed in your face, even if you were a preacher, why would your opinion matter…because it’s just that, your opinion? And you’re…just human.

I have been blessed to have some wonderful, godly men as my pastors through the years to teach me, lead me in a prayer of salvation, to baptize me, to marry me, to pray a prayer of dedication over all three of my children. I have been blessed. Yet I know many pastors who have had nervous breakdowns, battled demons of alcoholism, committed fraud, adultery and suicide. These men were human, living in an imperfect world as imperfect people. They had a heart’s calling to serve God and delivered many thought provoking, illuminating messages during the course of their lives.

One of the greatest things you can do for your pastor is to pick up the Word of God and read it for yourself. There are over 100 versions available and literally, hundreds of translations in English, hard back, leather back or online, and it even comes on CD, surely there is one for you. Your pastor spends time each week, visiting the sick, studying and preparing for his message, and praying for those who are hurting. The least you can do for him is to read the Bible for yourself and stop asking him to tell you what the Holy Spirit will if you’ll take time to listen. This way, you’re getting true and direct answers, instead of hearing from a secondary source.


Psalm 119:105 New International Version (NIV) 105 Your word is a lamp for my feet,
 a light on my path.
Psalm 119:11 King James Version (KJV) 11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
Joshua 1:8 New International Version (NIV) 8 Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.
Hebrews 4:12 English Standard Version (ESV) 12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
John 14:15-17 English Standard Version (ESV) Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit 15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, 17 even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.
John 14:26 English Standard Version (ESV) 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.


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Written: 10/20/2014 | Category: Daily Devotion Comments:


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The Isaacs To Perform For The Sixth Annual “Opry Goes Pink”

The award winning Isaacs will join other great artists on The Grand Ole Opry® stage for the sixth annual “Opry Goes Pink Show” in the fight against breast cancer on Tuesday, October 28.

The Isaacs are joining The Grand Ole Opry® and Women Rock For The Cure™ in the fight against breast cancer. This cause is special to the group with Lily Isaacs being a breast cancer survivor.

Rascal Flatts will flip the switch on the Opry’s signature barn backdrop, turning it pink for the night as artists perform in support of breast cancer awareness.

The special show will also include Opry members Terri Clark and Montgomery Gentry with special guests Danielle Bradbery, Sara Evans and Nashville's Will Chase.

When fans order tickets to the night’s 7 p.m. show, $5 from every ticket sold will be donated to Women Rock For The Cure™. Tickets are available at (615) 871-OPRY and opry.com.

Listen to the show live online at http://www.opry.com/wsm.

To learn more about the Isaacs got to http://www.theisaacs.com or https://www.facebook.com/TheIsaacs or Twitter at https://twitter.com/IsaacsMusic .

If you are interested in booking the Isaacs go to the Harper Agency at http://www.harperagency.com or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) .

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Jeff Stice Announces Contest Results

A few weeks ago Award winning artist/producer Jeff Stice indicated he was having a difficult time choosing Christmas songs for his upcoming new Christmas CD. He had a brilliant idea and decided to let the fans choose songs they would love to hear on his Christmas project. What he got was a result he never expected.

Stice announced the song list on his new Christmas CD to be released the first week of November. After going through almost 1500 requests The list was narrowed down to 12.

"When I announced that I wanted to do a Christmas project and let my friends pick the songs, I never dreamed that it would get such an overwhelming response. Some of the songs were a bit surprising and some I just knew would be on it." commented Jeff after going through the complete list.

You can Pre-order it today off of Jeff's web site... http://www.jeffsticemusic.com . Also while you're on his site sign up on his email list so he can let you know when he's in your area doing a piano concert.!! You can book Jeff by contacting BSA Agency at 615-595-7500 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

AND HERE THEY ARE IN ORDER OF VOTES CAST!!!!

1.) The Hallelujah Chorus
2.) Mary Did You Know
3.) O Holy Night
4.) White Christmas
5.) The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
6.) There's No Place Like Home For The Holidays
7.) O Come All Ye Faithful
8.) God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
9.) Feliz Navidad
10.) What Are You Doin' New Year's Eve
11.) I Wonder As I Wander
12.) Snow

You can learn more about Jeff Stice at http://www.jeffsticemusic.com or https://www.facebook.com/jeffsticemusic . He can be Twittered at https://twitter.com/JeffsBleedinBlu .

To book Jeff contact Beckie at the Beckie Simmons Agency .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 615-595-7500.


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Written: 10/20/2014 | Category: News & Scoops Comments:


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Angie Primm Featured On Daniel Britt and Friends

Coming up on the next broadcast of Daniel Britt & Friends, the week of 10/20/14: Her credits span a huge variety of projects, artists, and stages. As one of Nashville’s premier background vocalists, Angela Primm steps into the spotlight as a featured vocalist in Gospel music today.

Daniel sits down with Angie to chronicle her life, journey, music, and faith. Hear from her heart as she shares personal conviction and passion — and laughter through the years. Together, we’ll enjoy a jam-packed show of stories and songs with Angela Primm, coming up on the next episodes of Daniel Britt & Friends!

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Written: 10/18/2014 | Category: News & Scoops Comments:


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Wayne Haun Ushers In A Sentimental Season

October 15, 2014 (Nashville, TN) StowTown Records co-founder Wayne Haun is proud to announce the release of his brand new Christmas project, Sentimental Season.
Via Provident Distribution, the album hit the market on Tuesday and is now available at Christian Bookstores, online, digital outlets, and general market retailers.
Following his debut solo release of Old Soul last year, the multi-nominated Grammy and Dove Award singer, songwriter, producer, and arranger has put together this special project for Christmas enthusiasts all around the world.
With that nostalgic Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, and Dean Martin 1940's-style sound, co-writers Joel Lindsey, Jeff Bumgardner, Tony Wood, and mother Shelby Haun all pitched in to help create this exceptional project.
Christmas favorites like the Louis Armstrong classic "What A Wonderful World" and a beautifully-crafted duet with fellow StowTown gospel artist TaRanda Greene singing "The Christmas Song" helps highlight the album.

StowTown's Ernie Haase and Signature Sound mix in their harmony and Christmas spirit. Meanwhile, Haun's grandmother, mother, and sister add a special and emotional family rendition of “Beautiful Star of Bethlehem”.

Other special guests include Jaimee Paul and her husband Leif Shires.

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Written: 10/18/2014 | Category: News & Scoops Comments:


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Rev. Bill Pitts of Cross Pointe Signs Songwriter Contract with Jarman Kids Music, BMI

(Lancaster, OH) Rev. Bill Pitts of the popular trio, Cross Pointe, recently signed with Jarman Kids Music, BMI, as a new songwriter for the company. Three of his songs have been signed to a single song agreement. Bill is a gifted writer, singer, and Pastor of Cross Pointe Free Will Baptist Church in Lancaster, OH. Tony Jarman of Jarman Kids Music notes, "I am pleased to have Bill join the family, here. Bill Pitts gave his life to Christ at the age of 8 years old. He answered the call to preach the Gospel at age 14." Bill has been singing since he can remember. He sang tenor in his four-part harmony family quartet until he started traveling at the age of 14 with The Apostles Quartet, and then with the Timesmen Trio. He stays active and enjoys challenges, music, reading, golf, history, tennis, and family. Bill has also written for the trio. He is married to Debbie Pitts and they have three adult children. For more info on Rev. Bill Pitts and Cross Pointe: (http://www.crosspointemusic.com)

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The Collingsworth Family Adds Another Accomplishment To Their Growing Number of Accolades

October 16, 2014 (Nashville, TN) StowTown Records' powerhouse family group, The Collingsworth Family, has added yet another big accomplishment to their ever-increasing gospel music resume.

The brand new live concert DVD, We Will Serve The Lord, has taken over the top spot on the current Christian Music Video chart and has now reached #6 on the Billboard chart.
In addition, current single "How Great His Love For Me" from the project is 15th on the Singing News Radio airplay chart.

The Collingsworth Family's extremely popular single “Show A Little Bit Of Love and Kindness," also on the DVD, has been a chart-topping song on the recent charts as well.

We Will Serve The Lord, produced and arranged by StowTown co-founder Wayne Haun and directed by Kim White, includes classics “He Set Me Free” (instrumental) and “The Love of God” along with special selections like “If He Hung The Moon," “It Matters To The Master," “I've Come Here To Tell You,” and “The Healer Is Here”.

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Behind the Songs

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Authenticity

As a songwriter, you can typically find me somewhere in Nashville five days a week, prayerfully navigating a lyric and melody over a cup of coffee with my friends. People often ask if the songs we write are based, even in part, on our own lives and experiences. Quite often the answer is yes. I was thinking of my grandmother when I wrote "If She Could" years ago, and I know that Sue Smith and David Moffitt were thinking of loved ones in heaven when they wrote "On the Banks of the Promised Land." Parts of our hearts are woven into the fabric of our songs, which is why they feel authentic to the listener.

Authenticity. We long for it, don't we? In people. In moments. In music. Recently, I asked a few songwriters to tell me the story behind some of their biggest hits. For Joel Lindsey, not only did the song "Through the Night" come from a very real place in his life, it would also become a very timely, powerful confession for The Perrys. He had been writing songs for the family for over fifteen years when Libbi asked co-writer Wayne Haun if they would write a song for her to sing about praising God through the dark places in life. "I've always loved the concept that even though we know weeping endures through the night and that joy comes in the morning, we are still not abandoned during those times of weeping; God is still faithful even then. So that's where the title came from. Not knowing what was coming down the road for The Perrys with Tracy's stroke, we just wrote the song from as vulnerable of a place as we could. In hindsight, I think that somehow in the writing of this song, God was preparing Libbi and Tracy for the difficult times ahead. Hearing Libbi sing that song—especially the first line, 'I don't understand this burden, Lord, how long must it last'—reminds me that God is still concerned with every situation of our lives and he weeps along with us."

Just last week, Rodney Griffin won the SN "Song of the Year" honor with his song, "Preacher, Tell Me Like It Is." I can still recall the first time I heard it. I had the honor of sharing the stage with Rodney at the 2013 NQC "Songs of a Lifetime" showcase hosted by Phil Cross. Tears were streaming down his face as he, along with Greater Vision's Gerald Wolfe and Chris Allman, performed the song that day. The sixteen-time "Songwriter of the Year" shared with me how the song came to be. "The idea for this song came from a trend I see in the church today of diluted preaching from our pulpits. I wish some of these popular 'speakers' would have enough faith in God's Word to preach the whole of it, sin and all. I was blessed recently by a pastor in tears on a Saturday night who said he'd contemplated 'watering down' his sermon for Sunday. He was so encouraged after hearing the song that he decided to follow his heart in the pulpit the next day and 'Preach It Like It Is.'"

Authentic is the word I would use to best-describe "When The Lights Go Down" by Joseph Habedank, featured on his new solo project, "Welcome Home." "I was up late one night, Lindsay had already gone to bed, and as I went to turn off the lights, when I reached for the door, the Lord spoke to me. He said, 'Who are you now? No one is around. No one’s watching. Who are you now? Because the person that you are when no one is watching is the person that you truly are.' To be completely candid with you, I wasn’t exactly living a life of character or integrity at the time and it truly convicted me. As I went to lie down and try to sleep that night, the phrase 'When the Lights Go Down' kept rolling over and over in my mind." Joseph was up all night working on the song. "It is the most personal and challenging song I have ever written."

Neither Lee Black nor co-writer Ricky Free walked into their co-writing session on the day they wrote "I Want To Be That Man" with that specific title in mind. "We were just talking about family. Brian's parents had both recently passed away, and Ricky and Kelly were expecting their first son, Jude. I started thinking about my own family, the legacy of faith that had been handed down to me, and the kinds of things I wanted to pass along to my own kids. So the song started from an honest, real place. A conversation about what we'd be given and what we'd like to leave behind. We just made the conversation rhyme and set it to music."

Authenticity. I think it is one of the reasons the people have come to embrace the song, "Finish Well," co-written by Karen Peck Gooch, Michael Farren, and me. The morning of our co-writing session, Karen was ministering to my heart with a promise found in Ecclesiastes, which basically states that it is not wise to say that we have seen our better days. It was the second time in as many weeks that she had shared that particular verse with me, so I suggested that we somehow write it into a lyric. The passage also resonated deeply with Michael, whose mother had been battling health issues. It was her story of perseverance that became our source of inspiration for the song. In retrospect, I think what makes the song special is that each person who hears it can project either their own lives or the lives of loved ones into the lyric. I often think of my father, Ken Turner, who--at nearly eighty years age--still climbs onto a bus nearly every weekend of his life to share the Good News of the Gospel in song. So as I listen to Karen Peck and New River sing "Finish Well," I am actually singing along in my heart to my dad, "Finish strong until the Savior finally calls us home." And I cry.

Word can't express how grateful I am for the opportunity to have spent the last three decades of my life communicating the Living Hope found in God's Word. Please pray for our community of songwriters as we continue to prayerfully seek out authentic ways to share the promises found in scripture with those who have never heard them, as well as with folks who simply need a loving reminder of what they already know to be true. Regardless of the audience we are writing for, be it the seeker or the saint, my personal prayer over the songs we are given has not changed in thirty years. I always pray that the scripture woven throughout the lyric would bear fruit. "Fruit that will last." It is a prayer, my friends, that God has never failed to answer. Even if the fruit is only within me.

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Finish Well
Written by Karen Peck Gooch, Kenna Turner West, and Michael Farren

There will come a day
I know without a doubt
Around the throne the saints will bow
And lay down every crown
How glorious that moment
To see Him face to face
To hear Him say, "Well done my child.
You've finished your race."
But for now the sun’s still rising
There’s work to still be done
While we’re waiting for the promise
Of what is yet to come

Finish well
Every day that we are given
Finish well
For the glory of His name
Finish strong
Until the Savior finally calls us home
Give it everything we have
Finish well

There’s no truth in saying
We’ve seen our better days
These are the days to be courageous
Bold and full of faith
So wherever He may lead us
Whatever it may cost
Let the Church arise and lift
The banner of the Cross

Finish well
Every day that we are given
Finish well
For the glory of His name
Finish strong
Until the Savior finally calls us home
Give it everything we have
Finish well

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Kenna Turner West is a three-time SGM/AGM "Songwriter of the Year," two-time Dove Award winner, and ten-time Dove Award nominee. With six "Song of the Year" wins, ten #1's, and nearly thirty "Song of the Year" nominations to her credit, Kenna has co-written chart-topping songs such as "Say Amen," "Finish Well," "Calvary's Cry," and "Revival."
For over thirty years, Kenna has blended music, devotional teaching, and humor into a ministry that has reached around the world, serving alongside Christian leaders such as Franklin Graham at venues ranging from The Pentagon to NASCAR chapels to the local church.
These days, the author and certified counselor spends much of her time writing songs for artists such as Jason Crabb, The Booth Brothers, The Martins, Karen Peck and New River, Wes Hampton, Brian Free and Assurance, Finding Favour, Jeff and Sheri Easter, Adam Crabb, Tribute Quartet, Gordon Mote, The Blackwood Brothers, Joseph Habedank, Legacy Five, The Talleys, The Collingsworth Family, The Hoppers, Gold City, The Kingsmen, The Bowling Family, Ivan Parker, Sisters, Aaron and Amanda Crabb, Marty Raybon, The Freemans, Sisters, The Crist Family, The Kingsmen, The Dixie Melody Boys, Allison Speer, Larry Ford, Three Bridges, The Lefevre Quartet, and many more.
For more information about Kenna and her ministry, visit her website: http://www.KennaTurnerWest.com.

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Kim Collingsworth - Majestic!

We are sitting down with Kim Collingsworth, Matriarch of the Collingsworth Family, and we are excited about some of her latest work including her new live DVD Majestic. Let’s spend some time with Kim as she shares her heart, her love for the Lord, and her family.

Jamie Vaughn: Hi Kim, I know that you are real excited about a new DVD/CD titled Majestic. How were you approached or how did the idea of Personal, as well as the latest release Majestic come about?

Kim Collingsworth: Well, that's pretty easy to answer. My husband, Phil is always encouraging me (or should I say trying to talk me into) to do piano projects. This time was no different. He is a visionary and also my biggest supporter, and the initial idea to do both Personal and Majestic were, for the most part, his idea.

JV: This recording features you, but the rest of the family had a hand in completing the recording process and this project. What part did they play?

KC: Aside from them being a great encouragement to me and cheering me on, my kids sang the background vocals on two of the new piano arrangements (Awesome God Medley and I'll Fly Away). Also, Brooklyn and Courtney played their violins on Someday My Prince Will Come, and the entire family ( in laws included) joined me on stage for one family number (As For Me And My House). Last but not least, my husband paid for it! HA HA HA!

JV: There is definitely a variety of music including different genres, per say. Is the idea behind the creativity to reach a broader audience?

KC: I can honestly say that was not the reasoning behind it. Looking back I can see how that easily could have been the case, But it really was just planned that way due to the journey that we've been on as of late. Our three oldest children have all gotten married in the past three years, thus the reason for the romantic section. It seemed so fitting for my five little nieces to sing Somewhere Over The Rainbow, especially since our son was getting married ten days after the night of the Majestic taping. Those little girls (ages 7-10) can evermore sing!

The patriotic part was largely due to my youngest brother, Sergeant First Class, Brian Keaton, who was injured in the war and had been a patient at the Walter Reed Medical Center for the past two and a half years. He had just been released from the hospital about three weeks previous to the taping, and I so wanted to honor him and all of the other wounded warriors for their service to our country. Brian was sitting on the front row that night. Thus the reason for Stars And Stripes Forever and God Bless America. What a moment that was!

Another highlight was having guests Stan Whitmire and Tim Parton on stage for three piano numbers. They are amazing! We had three grand pianos on stage, and that was musically more fun than I can begin to put on paper!

My 16 year old blind nephew, Jesse Keep, who also played that night, was a tremendous addition to the video. What an incredible story of God's faithfulness in our lives. That kid has known true pain having had seventy surgeries by the age of four, and ultimately losing his eye sight to cancer two weeks before his fourth birthday. And yet, he played Great Is Thy Faithfulness with such passion and beauty that night. It was a testimony of God taking tragedy and pain and using it for His glory. That's one of my favorite parts of the video. The bonus feature of his parents (my younger sister and her husband) sharing his story is yet another highlight and will bring you to tears.

JV: For our readers who aren't real familiar with your talents or your family for that matter, please give me a little background on the Collingsworth Family.

KC: We're just a dad, mom and four kids who love Jesus and music. My husband, Phil, felt like God was calling us to this ministry in 1999. A long story made short, he quit his job (with much fear and trepidation), and we started traveling full time fifteen years ago and have been going ever since. It has been a wonderful, sometimes frightening, amazing faith adventure like none I've ever experienced before.

JV: It's obvious by the different styles of music on this recording that you love music. Where did that love originate and how has music influenced you into the mother, wife and Christian that you are today?

KC: Wow! That's a loaded question! Yes, I undoubtedly love music. It affects me like nothing else in this world. That love probably first originated from my sweet parents who also love music and played a lot of good music in our home as I was growing up. I heard all different styles. At Christmas time I not only heard the beautiful Christmas carols, but also Christmas classics from Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, the Carpenters and many more. My parents had a huge influence on the style that I play even to this day just simply from what they allowed me to listen to. I came from a very conservative home, so obviously it was always good, clean music, but lots of variety. I'm thankful for that! I was also taught to love lyrics that went much deeper than the surface. Lots of hymns that made you have to think when you sang them. That alone has had a huge impact on me as a wife, mother, and follower of Christ. In return, I have tried to teach my children a lot of those same songs that I grew up on. I want them to be more than just lovers of the music, but lovers of the Message that so many of the gospel songs and hymns portray so beautifully.

JV: Anything else that you'd like to specifically talk about?

KC: I just want to give praise to our awesome God for providing the abilities and the stage to do what we do. I am so blessed to be able to spend my life singing and playing Gospel music. This music brings life, hope and encouragement to the listener, and I can't think of a better way to spend my life than sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ to this hurting world. And to think... I get paid to do what I love! It doesn't get much better than that.

For more information Kim and her new DVD - visit the Collingsworth Family online at http://www.thecollingsworthfamily.com

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Weekly Chart

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Monday - October 20, 2014

Top 40 Weekly Chart

TW
LW
#WK
TITLE
ARTIST
PEAK
1
1
19
I Know Enough Bowling Family
1(2)
2
2
15
Hidden Heroes Talleys
1(4)
3
3
19
Everybody's Going Through Something Karen Peck & New River
1(3)
4
6
10
Ain't It Just Like the Lord Gordon Mote
4
5
7
18
Help Me Wilburn & Wilburn
5
6
8
6
Christ Is Still the King Legacy Five
6
7
5
22
I Can Trust Him Perrys
4
8
11
10
Never, No Never Joseph Habedank
8
9
13
6
Church In the Kitchen Dunaways
9
10
9
7
Oh Yes I Am Kingsmen
9
11
4
21
Hey Everybody Soul'd Out Quartet
4
12
10
25
Listening For the Shout Browders
2
13
14
7
The Last Time I Looked Freemans
13
14
16
14
Falling Amber Nelon Thompson
14
15
21
4
Everything I Need Tribute Quartet
15
16
17
22
How Will You Plead 11th Hour
4
17
28
6
I'll Take It Jeff & Sheri Easter
17
18
27
17
Love Them to Jesus Old Paths
10
19
29
2
Unashamed Brian Free & Assurance
19
20
25
8
I Wanna Be There Isaacs
20
21
18
21
God is Big Hoskins Family
13
22
31
2
The Joys of Heaven Kingdom Heirs
22
23
23
8
Who's Gonna Stand In the Gap Ball Brothers
23
24
40
9
Water Walking God Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
19
25
22
14
Hey Now Adam Crabb
11
26
15
24
Love's Gonna Get You Mark Bishop
7
27
20
21
Put It Right There LeFevre Quartet
2
28
33
16
He's Still God Barry Rowland & Deliverance
20
29
19
21
When Justice Called, Mercy Answered Erwins
16
30
12
8
Watch & Pray Carolina Boys Quartet
12
31
30
7
There Is Jesus McKameys
30
32
26
25
If God Didn't Care Booth Brothers
1(2)
33
37
21
How Great His Love/Love Found a Pardon Collingsworth Family
13
34
39
9
Great Big Yes Red Roots
23
35
*
1
Measure of Grace Taylors
35
36
34
12
That Story Is Mine Dixie Melody Boys
11
37
*
1
Do Unto Others Nelons
37
38
32
10
If We Ever Needed the Lord Martins
30
39
35
4
Holy All Over Again Down East Boys
35
40
36
2
I Was Blind But Now I See Hyssongs
36
TW - This week on the chart
LW - Last week on the chart
#WK - Number of weeks
on the chart
#1 For the Week
Indicates 1st Week on chart
Greatest Gain on Chart
On chart the longest
Highest on chart after dropping off

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Daily Devotion

God Hears Our Heart

“…The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
1 Samuel 16:7

“…(for You alone know the hearts of all men)”
1 Kings 8:39

“…but God knows your hearts.”
Luke 16:15

My husband Matt and I ministered to the homeless underneath the bridge in downtown Nashville last week with Candy Christmas. (http://www.bridgeministry.org) I sang and Matt spoke. It was such a blessing to share in what Candy has been doing every Tuesday night for the past ten years.

Approximately 750 people are fed under the bridge every Tuesday night. Groceries, new clothes and a hot meal are provided to everyone free of charge. A brand new bicycle, sleeping bag and back pack are also given away every week.

The first time I sang under the bridge, I could hardly keep from crying. It was absolutely overwhelming to see so much hopelessness, yet so much hope in one place.

A young man with a speech impediment came up to me and Matt during the time of prayer and said he wanted to pray the sinner’s prayer! I prayed with him, asking him to repeat after me. I hugged him and he went back to his seat. Just moments later, he returned, saying something I couldn’t quite understand. I asked him to repeat himself and thankfully Matt understood him. He was asking if he had prayed “clearly enough” for God to hear him and save him. Oh, how precious! Matt assured him that God heard his heart even louder than He heard his words and all was well.

How many times do we seek God with all of our heart and then worry later if we did everything the “right way”? I know I’ve prayed for healing and then wondered if I claimed all of the “right” scriptures, or if I bound every spirit I “should’ve” bound.
As a twelve year old, I must’ve prayed the sinner’s prayer 100 times, making sure I was saved! Fear and anxiety are not from God and He doesn’t want us living like that, with a mentality of “it’s all up to us.” It is only by His grace that we are saved. All good things in our lives are by the grace of God!

God knows, sees and hears our hearts more intimately than we can even imagine. He formed our very existence! We simply must seek Him and trust Him with the rest.

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News & Scoops


Primitive Quartet’s Norman Wilson Passes Away

From The Primitive Quartet's Facebook page:

It is with our deepest sorrow that we have to inform you of the death of our beloved tenor singer, Norman Wilson. He went to be with Jesus today, October 15, at apporximately 2:30 pm. Norman was doing one of the things that he loved the most when God called him home – bear hunting with his buddies. It appears that he had a heart attack. Those with him say that he died peacefully and with a smile on his face. Please keep Norman’s wife, Kaye, his family, and the Quartet in your prayers.

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Daily Devotion

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A Friend Of God

Once feeling offended by the song title…”I am a friend of God”, I just remember saying “I’m not His friend, I’m His daughter!”

But now He speaks and say’s I know you are my daughter, but I want to be your friend. It’s likened to a relationship with your parents. Your relationship with your parents will change from when you are young and immature. It grows from being just a parent to a friend. As time goes by you really get to know them!

This is the relationship God wants with us. Understanding our maturity and where we are in Him, He wants us to keep growing and going and embrace the change. The change that will have you conversing with Him because He is your friend, and not just Father. You will grow to love hanging around Him because His company is just that good and refreshing. You will learn His perspective and become wiser. Isn’t that what happens when you embrace a relationship with your parents? It’s no different with your Heavenly Father. Don’t come to Him only when you need something, but go to Him just to hear His voice and say “I’m just dropping by because I haven’t heard from you today!” He wants to be our Friend!



Song: “I am a friend of God, He calls me friend!”

Scripture: James 2:23


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News & Scoops


Bryan Walker Departs The Perrys

StowTown Recording artists The Perrys have announced Bryan Walker will be leaving the group. Libbi Stuffle says, “Bryan has given his resignation, and we will be introducing a new vocalist to the Perrys line-up in the near future. We will announce the process to fill the vacancy as soon as plans are finalized.” There is no official final performance date for Bryan at this time.
Bryan, who joined the Perrys in 2010, says it has been a hard decision, but feels God has a new season in store for him. “I have the utmost respect for Tracy and Libbi Stuffle, and I’ve had a great time traveling with the Perrys. Especially this past year and a half, God has allowed me to learn things about myself, Him, and the ministry in general. It has been my hope that God has used me for a span of time to uphold the Perrys and help move them forward in their ministry. I love the Perrys and will do everything I can to support them as they continue their ministry.”

When Bryan shared his decision to come off the road with the Perrys, it was focused on he and wife Bethany’s desire to spend more time together and eventually start a family. However, Bryan says the day after he gave his notice, he was at a revival at his home church and re-surrendered the call to preach, a call he first surrendered to at age 18. “There is no doubt the timing is confirmation that God has a new season in store, and I’m excited for that. I would ask that you pray for my wife and me as we wait to see what this is actually going to look like in the future, and of course also please pray for the Perrys as they seek the person God would have for their group.”

Libbi says, “If I’ve learned anything in my life, especially in the past 21 months, it’s that God is faithful. We know He has a great plan for both Bryan and for the Perrys, too. We wish him and Bethany all the best and will be watching with everyone else to see what great things God does for and through them. As for The Perrys, we will continue to do our best to share the life-changing gospel of Christ through our music.”

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Woman to Woman

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Donna Blackwood

Pam sits down with Donna Blackwood for this month's Woman to Woman update!

Woman to Woman: Donna Blackwood from Absolutely Gospel on Vimeo.

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Crowe, Lawson & Williams - Standing Tall and Tough


Producer: Information Not Provided
Label: Mountain Home
Website: http://www.crossroadsmusic.com

While I may not be a bluegrass aficionado, I certainly can tell good music when I hear it. STANDING TALL AND TOUGH by J.D. Crowe, Doyle Lawson and Paul Williams is definitely a good recording. The three bring together numerous years of bluegrass experience, having all at one time been members of Jimmy Martin and the Sunny Mountain Boys. Included on this recording are a few Jimmy Martin tunes, all of which are co-writes by Williams. The first to kick off the record is WALKING SHOES, a top notch bluegrass song. Other Martin tunes include PRETENDING I DON'T CARE and LITTLE ANGEL IN HEAVEN. This album is not strictly Gospel like their first collaboration. In fact there are only a couple gospel tunes. INSURED BEYOND THE GRAVE and DO YOU LIVE WHAT YOU PREACH are both Louvin Brothers covers. I particularly found INSURED BEYOND THE GRAVE to be a standout. While we have many insurance policies on earth, what is it that ensures us after life here. It's lyrics really make you stop and think. Another Louvin Brothers song included is DON'T LAUGH, an upbeat love song. Newer tracks include the title track STANDING TALL AND TOUGH and BLUE MEMORIES. The latter was apparently started by Williams a number of years ago and finished with a second verse by Lawson. THE HILLS OF ROANE COUNTY is a classic bluegrass tune about a mountain feud that includes murder, leaving home and jail time. It is a story song for sure. I've included a clip of a performance below. Other tunes include FRAULEIN, Bill Anderson classic ONCE A DAY and THOSE GONE AND LEFT ME BLUES. THOSE GONE AND LEFT ME BLUES concludes this great track list. Even though these guys have been doing this for years and aren't exactly spring chickens (no disrespect) they still sound their finest! After listening and researching I can say I've walked away with a greater appreciation for these men and this music. Bluegrass lovers unite and get your copy today!



Song List:

My Walking Shoes
Blue Memories
Do You Live What You Preach
Hills of Roane County
Don't Laugh
Little Angel in Heaven
Standing Tall & Tough
Insured Beyond the Grave
Fraulien
Pretending I Don't Care
One a Day
Those Gone and Left Me Blues

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Ray Stevens - Gospel Collection (Volume 1)


Producer: Ray Stevens
Label: Gaither Music Group
Website: http://www.raystevens.com

When one mentions the name “RAY STEVENS”, so many of us automatically think of his incredible comedy career and so many “fun” songs of life, including THE STREAK, AHAB THE ARAB, MISSISSIPPI SQUIRREL REVIVAL and so many others. Of course there are many of us long time music fans that immediately think of his classic 1970 #1 Grammy award winning hit song, EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL, which is still one of the most played songs on radio. Ray has had numerous Grammy nominations, and won 2 of the very prestigious award along with countless other awards in his very successful career in music and comedy.

Ray’s latest recording GOSPEL COLLECTION (VOLUME 1) is an all-new collection of several of the most loved Hymns and songs of faith that so many of us will recognize and love. Ray dresses this project up as only “Ray Stevens” can. It is a beautiful yet fun project that showcases Ray’s voice, great arrangements and instrumentation and is certainly a project that gospel music fans of all ages will thoroughly enjoy. The project starts off with a fast paced & energetic, “ Swing Down Chariot”, then it goes into the first of several wonderful medleys of Hymns that to me are some of the finest versions that are out there. I have several favorites on the CD that Ray has so perfectly made his own, including “Farther Along” and “The Old Rugged Cross”. Along with the Hymns comes some of what Ray is known for, those fun story songs that still can get a strong message across, including “The Preacher and the Bear”, “If Jesus Is A Stranger (Check Your Circle of Friends), and another NEW favorite of all time for me, his new version of “Dry Bones”.
This project is a must have for all music lovers of all genres and is one I will play over and over. Just a great project from a “National Treasure” of the music world, MR RAY STEVENS.



Song List:

1. ‘Swing Down Chariot/Swing Low Sweet Chariot’
2. ‘Shall We Gather at the River/Down by the Riverside’
3. ‘Dry Bones’
4. ‘Farther Along’
5. ‘Have a Little Talk With Myself/Just a Little Talk With Jesus’
6. ‘The Old Rugged Cross/Rock of Ages’
7. ‘Old Time Religion/When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder’
8. ‘Onward, Christian Soldiers’
9. ‘Amazing Grace’
10. ‘Turn Your Radio On’
11. ‘The Preacher and the Bear’
12. ‘If Jesus Is a Stranger (Check Your Circle of Friends)’

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The Akins - Vintage


Producer: The Akins
Label: Independent
Website: http://www.theakinsonline.com

The Akins are one of the most uniquely creative artists in our industry. While they are definitively country in their style, they take that and create a sound that is uniquely their own. They are true innovative musical creators and on this recording they took over the complete production from arrangements, instrumentation, vocals, mixing, mastering…everything. This allowed them complete freedom to create some wonderful moments and create a memorable recording of memorable songs that are uniquely “vintage”.

The recording cleverly starts out with the sounds of someone putting on a scratchy record and then the guitar and drums kick in with a completely revamped rendition of the hymn, “REVIVE US AGAIN” before the tempo gets kicked up higher with a complete overhaul of another classic hymn, “JOYFUL, JOYFUL WE ADORE THEE”. Both are tastefully done and really showcase what the Akins can do.

The pace takes on an easier tempo and an acoustical feel with “IN THE SWEET BY AND BY” before the tempo picks back up slightly for “WHEN WE ALL GET TO HEAVEN”.

While so far, the recording offers some really nice arrangements, “GO REST HIGH ON THAT MOUNTAIN”, while good, doesn’t offer anything new. “THERE IS POWER IN THE BLOOD” is only a chorus done acapella with hand claps before leading into a cool rendition of “NOTHING BUT THE BLOOD”, which shows some jazz overtones in the arrangement, mixed with country flavoring (of course!).

“ARISE MY LOVE” (a classic from the 1980s/1990s with the Imperials and NewSong), offers the most dramatic moment on the recording. I was very interested to hear what these guys would do with this power ballad. While it didn’t blow me away, it’s a great song that I am sure goes over exceptionally well in a concert setting.

The guys tackle an acapella arrangement of the Dottie Rambo classic, “HE LOOKED BEYOND MY FAULT” before tackling the Chris Tomlin classic, “AMAZING GRACE (MY CHAINS ARE GONE)”. The pace alternates back to acapella as the guys sing, “SWEET, SWEET SPIRIT”. All three songs are well done, but don’t really offer anything new.

The recording closes out with the Hank Williams classic, “I SAW THE LIGHT” and leaves you with a good feeling.


The recording features lots of musical moments featuring guitar, mandolin, piano and banjo and lots of great moments to remember. I thoroughly enjoyed the recording and it offers so much more than regurgitated hymns and classics. This recording really shows these guys are creative geniuses. While some songs offer more for the musical palette than others, overall this is an excellent creative work, featuring hymns and classic tunes, done in the Akins’ inimitable style.



Song List:

(stars denote personal favorites)
1 – Revive Us Again**
2 – Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee**
3 – In the Sweet By and By**
4 – When We All Get to Heaven**
5 – Go Rest High on that Mountain
6 – There is Power in the Blood
7 – Nothing But The Blood**
8 – Arise my Love
9 – He Looked Beyond my Fault
10-Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone)
11-Sweet, Sweet Spirit
12-I Saw the Light**

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Down East Boys - Beyond the Blue


Producer: Roger Talley
Label: Sonlite Records
Website: http://www.downeastboys.com

The Down East Boys are a quartet that has been around for over 25 years. They are from Reidsville, NC and have had a strong presence in Gospel Music over the years, but never gotten the recognition that is so deserved. The group on this project consists of Tony Jarman, tenor; Ricky Carden, lead; Daryl Paschal, baritone; and Joe Brinkley, bass. Soon after release of this project, Tony Jarman announced that he was leaving the group to pursue other ministry opportunities.

This project contains ten great songs, penned by some great songwriters like Rodney Griffin, Joseph Habedank, Jim Brady and Jerry Salley just to mention a few. This group has great vocals, individually as well as blending well together and each are equally featured on this project. You can feel the excitement and the powerful delivery of the message in each of the songs making it a strong quality project.

Starting the project off is the title cut “Beyond The Blue” and features Ricky. This song along with several others has the sound of the big band era. Their first radio single “If I Know Him” has done quite well for them and their latest single “Holy All Over Again” is one that will sure be at the top of the charts for them. Daryl does a nice job on it. “Shed A Little Light” is a peppy song, you will find your hands clapping and toes tapping and has a bass feature.

Other favorites of mine include “I Left My Past In The Past”, “The First Day For Me” and “Yes! I Remember You”. “Hay Baby” is a unique little tune with a catchy beat that speaks of Jesus being born in the hay, definitely one that is popular for the Christmas season but can be sung all year long. Another favorite that has been sung many times is “I Just Steal Away And Pray”. For those liking the bass singing “I Want To Be Like My Lord” features their newest member, Joe doing a fine job on this selection.

This is a 41/2 star recording. I could have starred all of the selections as there is not a bad one on this project. The background music throughout this project is great within itself and worth the listen. This is definitely a project you will want to get.




Song List:

(**stars denote personal favorites)
1 – Beyond The Blue
2 – I Just Steal Away and Pray
3 – If I Know Him**
4 – Holy All Over Again**
5 – I Want To Be Like My Lord
6 – I Left My Past In The Past**
7 – Shed A Little Light
8 – The First Day For Me**
9 – Hay Baby
10- Yes! I Remember You**

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Daily Devotion

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Famous or Faithful?

I read something recently that I cannot dismiss lightly. Here it is:

"You don't have to be famous to be effective; just faithful."

Can a person be both famous and faithful? Why, certainly. Just look around. There are too many examples of that for me to even begin to list here.

But, what about the rest of us?

Fame has eluded and evaded most. Many people are still hoping for their 15 minutes of fame, while some who have had that, and even more, now wish it had never come to them at all. Sometimes, fame comes with an extremely high cost.

Truth is, when you stand before Jesus, don't expect Him to say, "Well done, my good and ‘famous’ servant.” Bottom line, He is looking for faithfulness in each of us.

Faithfulness is a quality that God expects and requires in us. The Scripture reads in Revelation 2:10, "Be thou faithful unto death."

“Unfaithfulness is like a broken tooth,” Proverbs 25:19 (KJV paraphrased).

My mind goes back almost 25 years to a man in a church I pastored in Virginia. His name was Sam. To my remembrance, Sam never served on the Elders Board, taught Sunday school, or held any office in the church.

His job was to distribute the weekly church bulletin. I rarely see a church bulletin anymore. The emergence of cutting edge visual media has placed the "bulletin" in the museums of antiquity. Sam would be heartbroken. He would say, “Where's the handshake?" He would ask, "Where's the smile on that "PowerPoint" list of announcements?"

Sam got to church early, and was at the door to welcome the first person to arrive. With the giving of each bulletin came the "heart factor" … the grin; the pat on the back; the humor. It all added up to making someone feel "at home" in the house of God. Boy, I missed him when he passed away. He solved a lot of problems for me and never knew it—people problems that ultimately get to the pastor’s desk, unless first disarmed by a warm greeting or a friendly "Good Morning."

On second thought, maybe he did know it. Maybe he knew there was more to that church bulletin than the information on the inside or the simple routine of merely passing it out. He understood something that a lot of people miss. He understood that his service was not as much to the people as it was to the Lord, and that He deserved his very best.

At Sam's funeral, I held up the last church bulletin he had given to me.
Oddly enough, the front of it displayed a picture someone had taken while visiting Yellowstone National Park. A beautiful scene of the famous geyser, "Old Faithful," brought a nice touch to our bulletin that Sunday. But the truth was, "Old Faithful" had been bringing a nice touch to our bulletin for a long time.


Tim Hill

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Loretta Lynn Gospel Set For September 12-13, 2015

Nashville, TN – A good time was had by all as gospel music fans enjoyed the second annual Loretta Lynn Gospel Festival recently. The weekend of September 13-14, 2014 was filled with great gospel music and fellowship as the country legend welcomed people from all part of the United States to her ranch for a most enjoyable weekend.

Organizers have already announced dates for the third annual festival - September 12-13, 2015 - and it will once again be held at the Loretta Lynn Ranch.

"We had a wonderful time this year," said Jeff Sneed, producer and promoter of the weekend. "It was so great to see the smiling faces singing along to their favorite songs and meeting their favorite artists. I am so thankful to this wonderful woman, Loretta Lynn, for beginning this festival! Everyone has a great time."

Patsy Lynn, event organizer, comments: "My mother loves gospel music and it thrills her heart to hear the music ring through the hills of the ranch. Thank you to Jeff Sneed and all those involved behind the scenes for making the event run so smoothly! We can't wait for 2015! If you missed this year, make your plans now!"

Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, TN is the perfect destination for this amazing weekend of Gospel music. The full service RV park features primitive camping, pools, canoeing, paddle boats and more. Guests can also tour Loretta’s plantation home, the Butcher Holler Home Place, and her brand-new 18,000 square foot “Coal Miner’s Daughter” museum.

An on sale date for tickets to the 2015 festival will be announced soon. Visit LorettaLynn.com to stay updated.

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HIGHROADIII At Dollywood

Pigeon Forge, TN (October 13, 2014) HIGHROADIII had the privilege of singing at Dollywood September 30 and October 1st. The group performed at the Back Porch Theater and had a full house for almost all of the 8 shows.

The group played all of the songs on their current project which was produced by Ben Isaacs as well as some ragtime and fiddle tunes. Their enthusiasm for the music they perform is always contagious to the audience they are playing and singing to.

HIGHROADIII played back-to-back concerts both days lasting 30 minutes each at 1:30, 2:30, 3:30 and 4:30, captivating the audience with each performance. The energy filled execution of each song kept those in attendance glued to their seats. The country/bluegrass feel of their music seemed like a natural fit for Dollywood.

Lead singer and keyboardist Sarah Davison commented "We enjoyed playing at Dollywood so much and look forward to the opportunity to play there again soon. We met some wonderful folks from all over the world and it was so encouraging to see their reactions to our music, especially our original songs. We want to thank everyone on staff for their hard work to keep Gospel music thriving at Dollywood."

You can learn more about HIGHROADIII by going to http://www.highroadmusic.com or https://www.facebook.com/HIGHROAD3 . You can reach them by Twitter at https://twitter.com/highroadmusic .

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Jeff Stice Performs For The Blackwoods Morning Variety Show

Pigeon Forge, TN (October 13, 2014) Performing to a large crowd at the Blackwoods Morning Variety Show in the Smoky Mountain Opry in Pigeon Forge, TN, the award winning Gospel solo artist, Jeff Stice, mesmerized the audience with his entertaining, yet uplifting artistry.

The Blackwoods Morning Variety Show is no doubt the most entertaining program with a spiritual emphasis in all of Pigeon Forge, making Jeff Stice a natural fit. With the National Quartet Convention in town, the show was able to draw a nice number of fans from that venue.

The theater is tailor made for the Blackwood Show including lots of video to enhance the program. No video was needed when Jeff hit the stage. First he dazzled the crowd with his distinguished piano stylings on such songs as “It Is No Secret”, “The Impossible Dream” and “Crying In The Chapel”, then he had the crowd on their feet as he played “A Tribute To The US Military”.

Jeff Stice said “I'm just getting into this solo ministry and I am so thankful to my old friends RW and Donna Blackwood for giving me a chance to spread my wings and fly a little more.” Jeff continued “And what a special honor it was to be a part of their celebration of 80 years of ministry started by the Blackwood Brothers and now carried on by RW and Donna and all the Blackwood Singers.”

Jeff's first solo project 'Fingerprints' received a glowing review from Gospel music veteran Dusty Wells in this months http://absolutelygospel.com magazine.

You can learn more about Jeff Stice at http://www.jeffsticemusic.com or https://www.facebook.com/jeffsticemusic . He can be Twittered at https://twitter.com/JeffsBleedinBlu .

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This Week on Gospel Music Today

The Martins are the guests on Gospel Music Today for the week of October 12. Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates. The Feature Group is The Lunas, and Jean reviews a new recording by New Road. An article by Pat Barker entitled "Where Are They Now?" is the subject of this week's Singing News Notes. The show features singing by Three Bridges, exclusive video of Jeff and Sheri Easter, recorded by Gospel Music Today's cameras at the Southern Gospel Worship Gathering, in Broken Arrow, OK, and a visit to the Gospel Music Today Archives for an exclusive concert video of The Lesters at the Southern Gospel Worship Gathering, in Broken Arrow, OK, including an exciting interview with Brian Lester and Gene Reasoner. In the news headlines this week are The Kingsmen, Karen Peck, Bev McCann, the Steeles, Paul Heil, Eddie Crook and Claude Hopper.

The show is on KWHB TV47 in Oklahoma every Sunday at 4:30 PM, and on Roku on FFE TV Monday at 8:00 PM and AllNations TV Tuesday and Wednesday at 6:30 PM. Check local TV schedule for Beaumont, TX, Tyler, TX. Atlanta, TX, and Morrilton, AR. The current edition of Gospel Music Today is online now at the Gospel Music Today website, http://www.gospelmusictoday.com.

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Daily Devotion

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The Plan

My girls’ birthdays are only 11 days apart, which means we plan and participate in birthday celebrations for about 2 weeks in late September, early October. We decide on cakes, ribbons, streamers, plates, cups, napkins, gifts, guest list and it just continues. Inevitably, something will be overlooked, and this year it was the lighter to light the candles during the birthday song. We finally found one to borrow and the party continued.

It just reminded me that all of the planning in the world couldn’t stop the unexpected. Many of us feel like if we plan our lives that it will go according to plan…unfortunately, that’s not the case. When we plan our lives, all we’re doing is determining a path that may not be best for us, because we’re unable to see what is ahead. It is better to draw closer to God, asking Him to lead and then trusting that He is giving us what is best.


Psalm 37:5 King James Version (KJV) 5 Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
Proverbs 16:9 King James Version (KJV) 9 A man's heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps.
Matthew 6:33 King James Version (KJV) 33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

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Bob Johnson Formerly Of The Speer Family Passes Away

Taken from the FaceBook Page of Bob and Jeanne's Son-in-law:

Well, my Father In Law, Bob Johnson, walked through the gates if Heaven this morning at 5:24. What a moment that must have been! What a great example of living a Christ-Like life he was in every situation. He was an amazing husband, father, and grand-father. He loved all of his girls! Jeanne Johnson, Sonja Johnson Nestor, Kylie Nestor and Kaylie Nestor

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Roy Bray Tragically Killed In Southmen Quartet Bus Accident

Taken from the FaceBook Page of Southmen member Donnie Marr:

BREAKING NEWS**** As The Southmen Quartet was traveling to Nashville for our last concert for the weekend, tragedy hit us. Traveling down I-65 south in Lebanon IN our bus left the road and traveled approximately 200 feet before hitting a tree head on totaling our bus. Our piano player/baritone singer Roy Bray was driving the bus and took the brunt of the impact and was tragically killed. Owner Jim Hefner has been admitted to the hospital for further evaluation. Johny Washburn and Myself walked away with few or no scratches. We ask each one of you to pray for the Southmen and families thru this difficult time and especially for Roy our brother, partner, friend, father, and husband and his sweet family! Thank you to each one who have already called, emailed, or sent a text we really appreciate you and love you!!

Please continue to pray for the Bray family as well as Jim and all the Southmen with their families.

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Daily Devotion

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Goin’ Around And Comin’ Around

Have you ever heard someone say, “WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND!”? Well, it’s sort of a warning and it means that whatever we do to OTHER PEOPLE, whether it is good or bad, the SAME will return to us. Hey, it may not come back exactly same way, but trust me, payback WILL come back! It’s Pastor Phil of Harvest Chapel with “A GOOD WORD FROM GOD’S WORD TODAY”.

Jesus spoke of this AMAZING PRINCIPLE in so many different ways and the most famous one is in Luke 6:31. He said, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” He went on to declare if you do GOOD or BAD, the REWARD of that action will be GREAT, either way. Basically, the way we treat people will someday come back to stare you in the face. It may not happen right away, but at some point in our life, we will face the same consequence or reward.

The Apostle Paul cautioned the Galatians with this principle when he said, “Brothers, if someone really messes up, you who are spiritual should restore him gently, or (here it comes) YOU may mess up in the same way.” So, keep this in mind and show KINDNESS TO OTHERS TODAY, and it will COME BACK to you in a GREATER way.

It’s Pastor Phil, goin’ around and comin’ around with this “GOOD WORD FROM GOD’S WORD TODAY” God bless!

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Nathan Stanley Receives First GMA Dove Award For “Every Mile”

NASHVILLE, TN) – Tuesday, October 7, 2014 was a very exciting evening for Nathan Stanley and Willow Creek Records Nashville! During the 45th Annual GMA Dove Awards, "Every Mile" was awarded "Bluegrass Album Of The Year." Every Mile, has uplifted audiences all across the country and features many of Nathans friends as guest artists. Producers and Label executives Terry and Rhonda Thompson also received a Dove Award for producing the album.

"I am excited and still in shock," exclaimed Nathan Stanley. "Words can't express how I truly feel. It is truly an honor and privilege to even be nominated in this category with such great talent as this. To be honored by my peers with a Dove Award is extremely humbling. Thank you Lord for your favor, for without you this would not have been possible. All Glory and Honor goes to Jesus Christ for all His blessings!"

Terry Thompson commented: "It has truly been an honor to work with Nathan on this record. Nathan has such a rich musicial heritage! His heart is golden, his voice is pure and his soul has deep roots in Gospel and Bluegrass music. I look forward to see what the future holds!"

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The Legendary GAITHER VOCAL BAND Releases All-new Recording

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—October 10th, 2014—GRAMMY® Award-winning, Gospel Music Association (GMA) Hall of Fame-honored quintet the Gaither Vocal Band is scheduled to release an all-new recording, available everywhere on October 14th. Sometimes It Takes a Mountain (Gaither Music Group), produced by award-winning group members Bill Gaither and David Phelps along with Ben Isaacs (Oak Ridge Boys, The Isaacs), is the debut release from the quintet’s recently updated line-up which features Bill Gaither, David Phelps, Wes Hampton, Adam Crabb and Todd Suttles.

According to Gaither, Adam Crabb and Todd Suttles, the group’s newest members, are not only fitting right into this classic group but adding their own vocal styles, giving the Gaither Vocal Band a fresh sound unlike any it has previously offered.

“This recording is very special to me for a number of reasons,” describes Gaither. “There is a mixture of vocal textures in this current group that the Vocal Band has never known before: the classical sound David Phelps brings to the group; the rich, new bass/baritone tones in Todd Suttles’ voice; those smooth, golden tones Wes Hampton brings to the mix; and the passionate, soulful sounds of Adam Crabb…then throw me in there, whatever that is! What can I say? I’m blessed. I feel fortunate to be on the same bus as these great singers.”

These great singers are showcased on a recording written by some of gospel music’s most respected songwriters including Bill and Gloria Gaither, Mosie Lister, Michael W. Smith, Gerald Crabb, Thomas A. Dorsey and Reba Rambo-McGuire and Dony McGuire, among others.

“There have been a lot of treatments of Mosie Lister’s great old tune ‘Happy Rhythm,’ but I am very partial to our 1950s ‘Jerry Lee Lewis-style’ treatment,” explains Gaither.

That arrangement finds these vocal powerhouses combining traditional quartet harmonies with hints of “doo-wop.” Gordon Mote, one of Music Row’s award-winning musicians, added some catchy, ivory-tickling to round out this “sing-along” number.

As Gaither Vocal Band listeners have come to expect, Sometimes It Takes a Mountain contains epic tunes including the bellowing “Resurrection,” “The Night Before Easter,” “Written in Red” and “We Are Coming Home at Last,” which contains a Civil War-styled treatment that “make it the new ‘I Surrender All,’” according to Gaither.

Crabb’s acclaimed vocals are highlighted on the recording’s first radio single, “Sometimes It Takes a Mountain.” “[This song] shakes the very foundation of all of us controlling types who think we have everything under control,” explains Gaither. “I believe this song has an important message to which many folks out there can relate.”

The guys have some fun with songs like “Jesus Gave Me Water,” “That’s When the Angels Rejoice” and “When Fear Comes Knocking,” all of which offer that signature blend and approach that has for years given this legendary group a “sound all their own.”

That sound will be featured on a TV campaign which will air on PBS, Dish TV, DirecTV, AT&T Uverse, GaitherTV, TBN, RFD, FamilyNet, CTN, GMTN, Guardian, Liberty, TCT and TLN. It will air in Canada on Vision TV, CTS, The Miracle Channel and Hope TV.

Sometimes It Takes a Mountain, exclusively distributed by Capitol Christian Distribution, will be available throughout general market stores and the Christian marketplace in addition to online retailers including iTunes, Amazon and http://www.gaither.com, where it is available now.

The Gaither Vocal Band will be on tour from now through the end of the year and will be a highlight of the Gaither Homecoming Christmas Tour. A list of tour dates can be found at http://www.gaither.com.

For further information regarding the Gaither Vocal Band and/or Sometimes It Takes a Mountain, including a video preview with a sampling of music from the CD, visit http://www.gaither.com or connect on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/gaithermusic or on Twitter: @gaithermusic.

To hear some of the music from Sometimes It Takes a Mountain, visit:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6D5tuQNLQk

Song List:
Jesus Gave Me Water
We Are Coming Home at Last
Sometimes It Takes a Mountain
Happy Rhythm
Resurrection
The Night Before Easter
That’s When the Angels Rejoice
Written in Red
Let It Start in Me
When Fear Comes Knocking
Peace in the Valley
You Brought Us Out
Praises
Heaven Came Down

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Weekly Chart

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Monday - October 13, 2014

Top 40 Weekly Chart

TW
LW
#WK
TITLE
ARTIST
PEAK
1
2
18
I Know Enough Bowling Family
1
2
1
14
Hidden Heroes Talleys
1(4)
3
3
18
Everybody's Going Through Something Karen Peck & New River
1(3)
4
4
20
Hey Everybody Soul'd Out Quartet
4
5
6
21
I Can Trust Him Perrys
4
6
11
9
Ain't It Just Like the Lord Gordon Mote
6
7
13
17
Help Me Wilburn & Wilburn
7
8
12
5
Christ Is Still the King Legacy Five
8
9
15
6
Oh Yes I Am Kingsmen
9
10
10
24
Listening For the Shout Browders
2
11
8
9
Never, No Never Joseph Habedank
8
12
14
7
Watch & Pray Carolina Boys Quartet
12
13
24
5
Church In the Kitchen Dunaways
13
14
22
6
The Last Time I Looked Freemans
14
15
9
23
Love's Gonna Get You Mark Bishop
7
16
17
13
Falling Amber Nelon Thompson
16
17
16
21
How Will You Plead 11th Hour
4
18
29
20
God is Big Hoskins Family
13
19
18
20
When Justice Called, Mercy Answered Erwins
16
20
7
20
Put It Right There LeFevre Quartet
2
21
37
3
Everything I Need Tribute Quartet
21
22
19
13
Hey Now Adam Crabb
11
23
27
7
Who's Gonna Stand In the Gap Ball Brothers
23
24
5
22
Never Too Broken to Belong Gold City
1
25
32
7
I Wanna Be There Isaacs
25
26
28
24
If God Didn't Care Booth Brothers
1(2)
27
25
16
Love Them to Jesus Old Paths
10
28
26
5
I'll Take It Jeff & Sheri Easter
26
29
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1
Unashamed Brian Free & Assurance
29
30
38
6
There Is Jesus McKameys
30
31
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1
The Joys of Heaven Kingdom Heirs
31
32
33
9
If We Ever Needed the Lord Martins
30
33
20
15
He's Still God Barry Rowland & Deliverance
20
34
23
11
That Story Is Mine Dixie Melody Boys
11
35
40
3
Holy All Over Again Down East Boys
35
36
*
1
I Was Blind But Now I See Hyssongs
36
37
35
20
How Great His Love/Love Found a Pardon Collingsworth Family
13
38
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2
We're All Human Steeles
38
39
31
8
Great Big Yes Red Roots
23
40
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8
Water Walking God Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
19
TW - This week on the chart
LW - Last week on the chart
#WK - Number of weeks
on the chart
#1 For the Week
Indicates 1st Week on chart
Greatest Gain on Chart
On chart the longest
Highest on chart after dropping off

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StowTown Records Honored At 45th Annual GMA Dove Awards

Awards Show Will Air Sunday, October 12th on TBN

Producer Wayne Haun and Doug Anderson accept the Dove Award for Country Album Of The Year

October 10, 2014 (Nashville, TN) To say the least, the 45th Annual GMA Dove Awards was good to StowTown Records.

The fast-rising label, which attained a total of 16 nominations in 2014, brought home several Dove Awards Tuesday evening at Lipscomb University's Allen Arena.
Doug Anderson was a big winner, earning two Doves at the Christian music industry's annual celebration.

“God has blessed me with a wonderful family, friends, and co-workers that make this all possible,” said Anderson. “StowTown Records has provided me with another opportunity as well as an amazing platform to tell my story, and just be me.”

Anderson's “Love With Open Arms,” written by Joel Lindsey, Jeff Bumgardner and Wayne Haun won the Country Song of the Year. Meanwhile, Drive, produced by StowTown's Haun, was honored as the Country Album of the Year.

“Provident Distribution created the whole “Drive to Retail” campaign that really pushed this project out into the public eye,” added Anderson. “It was a risk to take with me and it worked. I can't thank them enough.”
Cathedrals Family Reunion was named the Special Event Album of the Year and Oh What A Savior by Ernie Haase & Signature Sound was announced as Southern Gospel Album of the Year.

In addition, The Perrys were invited to perform their Song of the Year and Southern Gospel Song of the Year dual nominee “I Can Trust Him” at the Dove Awards Pre-Show also held on the Lipscomb campus.

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Daily Devotion

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By Design

You are uniquely designed by Father God, The Creator. He is the creator of all things! And you, yes you, are unique. There is only one of you! We will go through life admiring others and their design (talents, goals, styles, etc.) and this is wonderful in mentoring, but never lose yourself in someone else’s design, just be you! The moment, the very moment you were conceived, your DNA was installed – Like the caterpillar that morphs into the beautiful butterfly, you too will morph into the design that is desired by the Creator. All of your achievements, as well as disappointments, are a part of your morphing! You are being molded into who you are to become! We will not remain a “caterpillar!”

Please understand, your “favorites” are by design! All your passions are by design! So get to know your Designer. Through daily conversing with Him in prayer, He will enlighten you of your strengths and weaknesses; what you need to do more or less of. You will get to know why some things propel you and why other things put you to sleep! In studying Him, you will get to know yourself. How?...He will reveal His plans to you!

He knows you better than you could ever know yourself. While you are figuring things out about yourself and submitting to Him, God is already using you and your passions to get things done for you and His purpose in your life. (God is multi-tasked like that!!!)

You are here for a reason. “You” are here for a reason. Don’t get caught up in someone else’s reason. Get to know yours! And what is soooo wonderful about the Father is that He is a Creator who wants you to know. He says “Ask”, “Seek”, and then He says what?...“You WILL find!” Hallelujah!



Scripture: Matthew 7:7

Song: “I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord”


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Goodman Revival: Happy About the Songs of Their Lives

Newly Formed Trio to Release Debut Recording

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—October 9, 2014—Gaither Music Group is excited to announce a partnership with newly formed trio Goodman Revival, of Smyrna, TN. Tanya Goodman Sykes, Michael Sykes and Johnny Minick, each of whom are seasoned Christian music veterans, have joined together to perform and record as a trio, capturing the musical styles and heritage that have endeared them to countless people around the world.

“This music has become the fabric of our lives,” describes Goodman Sykes. “The legacy of my family has contributed to each of us. They were our mentors. They taught us to not do what everyone else does…but to be true to what you are. So we chose the songs we loved and put our fingerprints on them. If we can honor our roots and sing with the same spirit that inspired us, we will feel accomplished.”

Accomplishments are nothing new to this team of veteran singers and musicians. After singing with her family, including her father, Rusty Goodman, as a teenager, Tanya performed solo concerts and toured with Michael whom she had met and married while traveling. Amidst becoming a mother to two daughters, she found time to be a member of the trio Heirloom, record a GRAMMY® Award-winning album of lullabies for children, sing on numerous recordings as a Nashville studio singer and become a featured soloist in Nashville’s Christ Church Choir.
Before playing piano on the road with The Goodmans, Michael toured with artists including the Hemphills, Ponder, Sykes & Wright, Sammy Hall and Willie Wynn and the Tennesseans. He then began working as a producer where he blossomed, shaping the recordings and careers of artists including the Gaither Vocal Band, The Martins, The Oak Ridge Boys, J.D. Sumner & The Stamps, The Imperials, Dottie Rambo, Russ Taff and Michael English among others.

On the road since the age of 17, Minick performed with The Happy Goodman Family in the mid-‘70s as a piano player before starting his own family group. In 1996, he rejoined The Goodmans, forming a trio with Howard and Vestal Goodman. The three of them toured together for five years, recorded several projects and appeared regularly on the Gaither Homecoming events. In addition to his singing career, in 1993, Minick started River of Life Church, in Smyrna, TN, which he still pastors today.

“Singing with Goodman Revival feels like more of a gift than anything,” explains Minick. “God has given us something with this. We love what we do, and we spend a lot of time laughing!”

“There is a trust between us,” says Goodman Sykes. “Friendship is at the core of what we are doing, and we have a wealth of shared experience, growing up in church all the time and having this music as such a big part of our lives. We are taking things a day at a time, walking through doors as they open and enjoying this adventure.”

Part of that adventure has resulted in their debut recording, Songs in the Key of Happy (Gaither Music Group), which is scheduled to release in January of 2015, along with a companion live performance video hosted by Bill Gaither.

“We are all ‘family,’ so we have a good time,” explains Sykes. “Our time together in the studio, well, I can hardly talk about it. It's real. I didn't expect to feel this. It just feels right.”

The Songs in the Key of Happy CD and DVD will be exclusively distributed by Capitol Christian Distribution and will be available throughout general market stores and the Christian marketplace in addition to online retailers including iTunes, Amazon and http://www.gaither.com.

For further information, connect at facebook.com/GoodmanRevival or on Twitter: @GoodmanRevival.

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Daywind Artists and Songwriters Honored at the 45th Annual GMA Dove Awards

HENDERSONVILLE, TN - October 8, 2014 Daywind Records’ artists and songwriters received several Dove Awards at the 45th Annual GMA Dove Awards held last night at Allen Arena on the campus of David Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN. The Dove Awards program airs globally on the Trinity Broadcasting Network on Sunday, October 12, 2014.

Karen Peck and New River, along with songwriters Kenna West, Karen Peck and Don Poythress, received the Dove Award for Southern Gospel Song of the Year for their #1 hit “Revival.” “Revival” was the theme of a rousing segment on the show which also featured Brian Free and Assurance, Gordon Mote, and Ernie Haase and Signature Sound. After the win, Karen commented to the press gathered, "We grew up singing at those old time tent revivals, and we've been praying this year that God would just revive this world."

Brian Free and Assurance won a Dove Award for their performance of the song “Say Amen.” The song, from the album Unashamed, was awarded the Dove for Southern Gospel Performance of the Year. Produced by Daywind songwriter, Ricky Free, the song stayed in the top 10 of the Singing News radio charts for 4 months and is the leading contender for the top-charting song of the year for 2014.
Brian Free & Assurance photo courtesy of Amanda Martin
Marty Funderburk, received his first Dove Award for Musical of the Year for his work “Highest Glory.” Released through Daywind’s choral division, the musical is performed at countless churches nationally and is distributed by Lifeway Worship.
Marty Funderburk photo courtesy of Amanda Martin
Daywind Music Group artists, songwriters, and recordings received a total of 20 nominations for the 45th Annual GMA Dove Awards, including recognition for Greater Vision, Adam Crabb, Wilburn and Wilburn, the Browders, Red Roots, Diane Wilkinson, the Chigger Hill Boys and Terri, Jason Cox, and Vital Worship.

Daywind Music Group is home Daywind Records, Daywind Soundtracks, Daywind Music Publishing, Daywind Studios, Red Hen Records, and Thoroughbred Records. Daywind Records represents great artists like Brian Free and Assurance, Legacy Five, Greater Vision, the Hoskins Family, the Blackwood Brothers, Wilburn and Wilburn, the Browders, Adam Crabb, the Bowling Family, Karen Peck and New River, Amber Thompson, Joseph Habedank, the Nelons, and Watts, Rowsey, & Bean. Red Hen Records is home to Red Roots, Zach & Rodney, Michael Lee, and Ryan Watkins. Thoroughbred Records is home to the Chigger Hill Boys & Terri. Daywind recordings are distributed to Christian retail by New Day Christian Distributors (newdaychristian.com) and to the general market by Select O Hits.

Daywind Music Publishing is home to great songwriters Ronny Hinson, Dianne Wilkinson, Marty Funderburk, Sue Smith, Kenna West, Jason Cox, Kyla Rowland, Belinda Smith, Ricky Free, Scott Inman, John Darin Rowsey, Lee Black, Ben Storie, Gina Vera, David Browder, Matthew Browder, Sonya Browder, Tommy Browder, Aaron Crabb, Adam Crabb, Amanda Crabb, Karen Peck Gooch, Mike Richards, Natalie, Nika, and Nicole Taylor (Red Roots), Gina Boe, Caleb Collins, Janice Crow, Marcia Henry, Rick Schweinsberg, Micah Schweinsberg and CCM writers Sam Tinnesz, Aaron Rice, Michael Fordinal, Justin Kintzel, and Hearts of Saints.

For more information on Daywind Records, visit daywindrecords.com or contact Amanda Martin at 1-800-635-9581.

For more information on Daywind Music Publishing, visit daywindpublishing.com or contact Rick Shelton at 1-800-635-9581.

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Mercy’s Well Featured On National Radio


Nashville, TN (October 9, 2014) – Powerhouse Christian music artist, Mercy's Well, was the featured group this past weekend on the highly-acclaimed syndicated Gospel music radio show, The Gospel Greats.

Gospel Greats radio host, Paul Heil, interviewed the group and featured many new songs from their brand new album entitled TODAY. Heil included the title cut of the new album, "Today," written by the album's producer Donna King. He went on to feature several more, including a song that is being noted as a potential classic in the Southern Gospel music genre, "Trade This Valley For A Mountain." That song was written by award-winning songwriter, Wayne Haun, along with the talented Lyn Rowell.

The debut single from the record, "I Wanna Hear The Gospel," written by outstanding writers, Lee Black and Gina Boe, arrived at Christian radio nationwide about 3 weeks ago and it's taking off with record speed.

Brad Strider of Mercy's Well expresses, "We couldn't be more thrilled with what God is doing in our ministry and through this new music. This album has been a long time in the making. We hadn't released a mainline project in several years. With that, we really took our time and put a lot of prayer into the decisions on each and every song. While we love to have chart-topping songs, like "More Like Jesus, Less Like Me," from our last album, our focus remains on what these songs do to minister to the hearts of people who hear them, either in person or on awesome radio shows like the Gospel Greats."

The new album is available digitally on iTunes and other digital download sites. It is also available for purchase on Mercy's Well's website, mercyswell.com, or, at Springside.com. NOTE: In celebration of the recent featured artist show, you can order the album on Springside at 20% off for a limited time.

To listen to clips or to learn more about Mercy's Well, visit mercyswell.com. Like them on FACEBOOK here or follow them on TWITTER @mercys_well.

To learn more about the Gospel Greats or to find a station near you that carries the program, visit their website, http://www.thegospelgreats.com. You can also hear the show every week on Sirius/Xm's Enlighten.

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In The Words of Chris

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Shout! 2015? Why of course!

A few years back, Spring Hill Music Group launched a very successful series of compilation discs called Shout!. This series was modeled after the extremely popular WOW series that was already dominating the mainstream Christian market. Its concept was simple - compile a list of the 30 most popular artists and/or songs of the last year and highlight them on a two-disc set. I always remember analyzing the list of songs and artists and tried to figure why the label chose the songs they did.

Today, I'm going to make my own Shout! 2015 CD. (I did this back a couple years ago for a Shout! 2013 complilation here.) This list is compiled of either the biggest songs or artists over the last year or so. There's always a little bit of fun choosing what song goes to an artist. Do you pick a song that is older and will help drive sales of an older release for them, or do you go with an album cut from a new recording to drive sales of the Shout! series (and maybe the new album by said artist as well). Here's what I came up with:

TRADITIONAL

1. For All He's Done - Greater Vision
2. O the Blood - Triumphant Quartet
3. Christ Is Still the King - Legacy Five
4. I Can Trust Him - The Perrys
5. I Am a Soldier - Tribute Quartet
6. There Is Jesus - The McKameys
7. Long Live the King - The Old Paths
8. Not Afraid to Trust Him - Whisnants
9. Your Walk Talks - Mark Trammell Quartet
10. I'll Know I'm Home - Kingdom Heirs
11. No Two Ways - Inspirations
12. Oh Yes I Am - Kingsmen
13. I'll Take You Home - The Hoppers
14. Footprints On the Water - Gold City
15. Show a Little Bit of Love & Kindness - Collingsworth Family

BONUS - God Has Been Good to Me - Barry Rowland & Deliverance
BONUS - We'll Work - Cathedrals Family Reunion

PROGRESSIVE/COUNTRY

1. Say Amen - Brian Free & Assurance
2. I See Grace - Booth Brothers
3. Finish Well - Karen Peck & New River
4. Water Walking God - Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
5. When He Calls, I'll Fly Away - The Talleys
6. Put It Right There - LeFevre Quartet
7. More Than Wonderful - The Nelons
8. I Know How It Feels to Survive - Jeff & Sheri Easter
9. If We Ever Needed the Lord Before - The Martins
10. Lift Up His Name - The Browders
11. Love Is Stronger - Jason Crabb
12. How Will You Plead - 11th Hour
13. Somebody's Believing - Bowling Family
14. Redeemed - Gaither Vocal Band
15. Lead Me Home - The Freemans

BONUS - Stronger - TaRanda Greene
BONUS - Not Without You - Amber Thompson & Joseph Habedank

ANALYSIS:

For the most part, like the last list I did, I went with mostly the biggest radio singles of the year by 30 of the industry's biggest artists. Some of these songs are pure no-brainers, such as "Say Amen," "For All He's Done," "Finish Well," and "Lift Up His Name." There were some artists who had multiple hits, so I had to just choose which one to go with. I went ahead and put The Perrys' "I Can Trust Him" on instead of "The Blood & Its Power" due to it being their debut on StowTown Records. The Old Paths had several hits this year, but "Long Live the King" seems to be the most popular, so it made the most sense. On the Progressive/Country side, I chose "Water Walking God" by Ernie Haase & Signature Sound over "That's Why" because I liked it better. Simple as that.

I included a couple of album cuts. I chose the Gaither Vocal Band's "Redeemed" to both continue to drive sales for the Hymns album, but to also not take away from the group's new album with the new line-up. I also chose it, because it's my favorite cut off of that release. I also chose Tribute Quartet's "I Am Soldier" over "Everything I Need." "Everything I Need" will be a massive hit for Tribute, so I didn't want to take away from the buzz surrounding that single, and instead chose "I Am a Soldier." While it wasn't an official single, there would be some familiarity with the song due to it being released as a special single for July 4th earlier this year.

I also included 4 bonus songs as well of so-called up and coming artists. TaRanda Greene was an obvious choice. There weren't a whole lot of choices for the traditional disc, but Barry Rowland & Deliverance's "God Has Been Good to Me" was a solid hit for the group. I chose the Amber Thompson/Joseph Habedank duet from Thompson's debut EP to highlight both of Daywind's budding soloists.

So what do you think? Would you buy this 2-disc set? Where did I miss the mark? Who did I leave off that should've made the list? Chime in and let me know!

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Music Previews


The Williamsons - It Was the Word

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Tribute Quartet - Everything I Need

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Jeff Stice - Thankful For the Change

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Jim Brady - He Didn’t Throw the Clay Away

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Channing Eleton - Big Top Video



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Lindsey Graham - Jesus Is Alive

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Daily Devotion

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Things That Matter, Things That Don’t.

I just watched at least two hundred homeless people, RUSH a grocery line to get free groceries that my grand babies were handing out with their parents. To be honest, we were late arriving. We had a horrifically busy day. However the emotions that washed over my "cry baby" soul left me in a puddle of tears. Aaron and Amanda sang, Aaron had already ministered and was giving the invitation when we arrived...the altars were full. It was a sight to behold. The September temperatures were perfect. The twinkling lights of the At&T building in full view....that "feel" that Nashville exudes was in the air. But this wasn't a music event with the "music row" crowd...it wasn't a Nashville wanna be crowd.....this was the homeless...the folks that live under the bridge....those that push shopping carts, those with everything they possess in a backpack: THOSE folks were the audience.
Mercy doesn't have access to our credit report. Mercy doesn't judge the mismatched shoes. Mercy doesn't care that your eyes are glassy from the joint that you smoked minutes before you knelt. Mercy doesn't compare the 1982 Dodge van that you call home, to the million dollar penthouse that is in full view of this bridge.........mercy doesn't care.

Tonight I watched the "live" version of "MERCY and GRACE"....those amazing words that attempt to describe what the mind can't comprehend. Tonight, under the Jefferson Street bridge, in Nashville, TN.....while looking at the wealth of the city in the background...I watched a "Kodak" moment in my spiritual walk.....as I saw the homeless, the downtrodden, the helpless, the broken.....the "there go I but for the grace of God" crowd....I watched dozens upon dozens receive the cleansing flow that the Holy Ghost freely washes over the broken. They know how to receive it. We could all learn something.

This night was sweeter than ANY award show I have EVER attended. I didn't see an ego circus or a hypocritical "photo op" evangelist. I saw Jesus, high and lifted up. I saw ministry being "His" hands and feet. Tonight I will go to sleep as proud as I have ever been.
One last thing: Today was Katelanne's birthday. She chose ministry over a special birthday dinner. She was in that grocery line handing out groceries with her cousins and aunts and uncles, and she was LOVING it......is there a better way to celebrate being 11? I think not.
As I said, "Things THAT matter, THINGS that don't!!"

There is much we could talk about that is disturbing. There is MUCH wrong with this day, this country, this world. But for tonight....I will dwell on an altar under a bridge.....a vision to bring food and ministry to the hurting. Candy Christmas and Jasmine Sunshine Brady...I am giving you both a standing ovation for loving people. I have no words. I am not easily impressed. Tonight, I was impressed.

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Karen Peck and New River Score Prestigious Dove Award

Nashville, TN (October 8, 2014) Multi-Award winning Daywind Artist, Karen Peck and New River, gained yet another high honor in their illustrious career receiving another Dove Award at the 45th Annual GMA Dove Awards held Tuesday evening at the Allen Arena on the campus of David Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN.

Karen Peck and New River, along with songwriters Kenna West, Karen Peck and Don Poythress, received the Dove Award for Southern Gospel Song of the Year for their mega #1 hit “Revival.”



Already receiving the Song of the Year Award, as well as Album of the Year for “Revival” in April at the Absolutely Gospel Music Awards, this Dove Award magnifies the significance of how great this song truly is.

In her acceptance speech Karen commented to the press "Susan and I grew up singing at those old time tent revivals, and we've been praying this year that God would just revive this world."

The Dove Awards program will air globally on the Trinity Broadcasting Network on Sunday, October 12, 2014.



To learn more about Karen Peck go to http://www.karenpeckandnewriver.com or https://www.facebook.com/pages/Karen-Peck-and-New-River . You can Twitter her at https://twitter.com/karenpeckgooch .

Karen Peck and New River is booked by The Harper Agency. Contact them at http://www.harperagency.com or by E-mail at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) .

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45th Annual Dove Awards Handed Out

HILLSONG UNITED TAKES HOME FIVE DOVE AWARDS INCLUDING “ARTIST OF THE YEAR” AND “SONG OF THE YEAR” AT THE 45TH ANNUAL GMA DOVE AWARDS

SWITCHFOOT TAKES HOME THREE AND SKILLET CLAIMS TWO TROPHIES AT THIS YEAR’S CEREMONY CO-HOSTED BY BART MILLIARD AND LECRAE

ELLIE HOLCOMB IS NAMED “NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR”

UNIQUE PAIRINGS, DEBUT PERFORMANCES AND SPECIAL RECOGNITIONS CAPPED AN UNFORGETTABLE NIGHT IN CELEBRATING THE YEAR IN CHRISTIAN AND GOSPEL MUSIC

Award Show To Air On The Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) On Sunday, October 12


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (October 7, 2014) – Tonight, the 45th Annual GMA Dove Awards were handed out in 42 categories, as well as 4 special awards, with Hillsong UNITED taking home 5 honors, including the coveted “Artist of the Year” and “Song of the Year” trophies. Switchfoot and Skillet joined Hillsong UNITED as multiple winners of the evening. Co-hosted by Lecrae and MercyMe’s Bart Milliard, the awards drew a record attendance at the Allen Arena on the campus of Lipscomb University. The entire show will be broadcast exclusively on Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) on Sunday, October 12.
Special recognition honors also presented this evening included:

Lifetime Achievement Award - Hillsong

GMA IMPACT AWARD – Eddie DeGarmo

The Grady Nutt Humor Award – Akintunde

The Outstanding Mainstream Contribution to Gospel Music Award - SiriusXM

Winners of interest to Southern Gospel fans:

Southern Gospel Performance of the Year - "Say Amen" by Brian Free and Assurance (produced by Ricky Free)

Southern Gospel Song of the Year - "Revival" by Karen Peck and New River (written by Kenna Turner West, Karen Peck Gooch, and Don Poythress)

Southern Gospel Album of the Year - Oh What a Savior by Ernie Haase and Signature Sound (produced by Wayne Haun)

Country Song of the Year - "Love With Open Arms" by Doug Anderson (written by Jeff Bumgardner, Wayne Haun, and Joel Lindsey)

Country Album of the Year - Drive by Doug Anderson (produced by Wayne Haun)

Bluegrass Song of the Year - "Won't It Be Wonderful There" by Dailey and Vincent (written by Mildred Johnson)

Bluegrass Album of the Year - Every Mile by Nathan Stanley (produced by Terry Thompson, Nathan Stanley, and Rhonda Thompson)

Special Event Album of the Year - Cathedrals Family Reunion by Gerald Wolfe, Ernie Haase, Danny Funderburk, Scott Fowler and Mark Trammell (produced by Wayne Haun, Landon Beene, Gerald Wolfe, and Mark Trammell)

Choral Collection of the Year - Everlasting Praise (created by Mike Speck and Stan Whitmire)

Musical of the Year - Highest Glory (created by Marty Funderburk)

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Artists

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Fall - A Time of Change

One of the best times of the year is Fall. The color of the trees burst like fireworks. There is a brisk breeze in the air. God likes to show just how he can bring change to our world. It is up to us to see those changes and know where they came from. It is a time when we can reflect on the past few months and look forward to a grand future. I'm ready, are you?

It was great seeing a bunch of our friends at the National Quartet Covention this year in Pigeon Forge Tn. The place was packed and folks were having fun catching up. Hope to see you next year at NQC 2015.

There have been some great things happening with The Cavaliers. Our newest project is in the final stages of production. We will be planning some great things for the release in January 2015. The Cavaliers are excited to get this out to you. With great songs from inspired award winning writers, we pray that this project touches lives with the Love and Grace of Christ.

Also here are some of the events The Cavaliers will be a part of:

Dollywood Southern Gospel and Harvest Fest. - Pines Theatre Wed. Oct 15th - 3 shows - Y'all come on out and see us.

Christmas Tour is filling up. Hope to see you in December down the road

Go to http://www.cavaliersquartet.com for more info and for other concert dates. More exciting news ahead.

In His Arms!
The Cavaliers

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Monthly Articles

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Why Would God Allow this To Happen?

Do you ever just sit back and ask yourself "Why would God allow this to happen to me?". I know I do. Many times in fact. I went through a time in my life where I prayed to God daily about something that my heart desired so much. Every morning and night I would ask God if He could just allow it to happen. A year went by and I finally got down on my knees and with tears in my eyes, I cried out to God asking Him if He would please just give me the desires of my heart, because if He didn't, I knew heart ache would be around the corner. I needed God to make a move or else it wouldn't work. The next week God answered my prayer and it was as if I had seen a miracle happen right in front of my eyes. I was thanking God and rejoicing for what He did for me in my life that day. A few months later, I went through a tremendous amount of heart ache. It seemed as though God had given me the desires of my heart just to take them away. I was very hurt and upset and I questioned God many times asking why He would allow that to happen. I went to the Bible to search for answers and I came across the story of Israel wanting a king in 1 Samuel 8. You see Israel wanted a king to rule over them and judge them. In a lot of ways this was just a matter of timing. God knew Israel would have a king but He wanted to give them a king in His timing. Because Israel wanted a king out of carnal reasons, God gave them a bad and carnal king. Israel got what they wanted, and hurt because of it! After I read this story, it really opened my eyes to my selfishness and foolish desires. I realized that what I had prayed and asked for so long wasn't what God wanted for my life. If I had just had some patience and waited on God it would have saved me a lot of heart ache. Sometimes, God gives us the desires of our hearts because He loves and cares about us enough to do so. He knows that even though it's not His will, He still wants to give you what you want, but in the end it will cause more pain because of lack of patience and trust. It's His way of teaching us and helping us grow in Him. Now when I pray, I pray for God's will upon my life. Whatever He wants is what I want. I want Him to steer this vessel because only He knows what is ahead and He loves and cares about me and you so much. He has our best interest at heart. All we have to do is trust Him and have patience. In God's timing, in His perfect timing, it will all work out.

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Daily Devotion

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I Lost the Coat, but I Kept My Character

Question: How much is a good coat worth?

Short answer: Not near as much as a good testimony.

Joseph had both, and he knew the value of each. One could be replaced with a few dollars, but the other was irreplaceable at any price.

One was made with a needle and thread over a few days, but the other was made with good choices, patient responses, and wise decisions over years of living day-by-day.

The story of Joseph beats anything currently airing on television or sitting on a bookshelf. It's full of drama, intrigue, and mystery. It appears to lack comedy throughout most of the story, except for what snickering Satan must have been doing. Be assured, however, without gloating or exercising any pride, Joseph got the last laugh.

· He had already lived a difficult life.
· He was hated by his brothers.
· He was stripped of his coat of many colors.
· He was thrown into a pit and forsaken.
· He was sold into slavery.
· He was slandered.
· He was thought of least by those he had helped most.

When it couldn't get any worse, a woman tried to seduce him, told a lie about him, and laughed when her husband had him thrown into prison.

Scripture records that one day, as Joseph walked near Potiphar's wife,
she reached out and grasped his shoulder. In that instant, Joseph was immediately placed in a battle between right and wrong, but he never struggled with his decision. Almost instinctively, he simply ran away. Others would have taken a longer time to decide.

There's a good reason the apostle Paul said, "Flee youthful lusts" (2 Timothy 2:22 KJV).

Now, read these next lines carefully.
Some people, when confronted with temptation, ask themselves these two questions:

One: "What's right?"

Two: "Now, what am I going to do?"

Joseph didn't have to ask. He had a heart for God, and nothing was worth
offending Him, and losing his testimony with others.

I'm preaching now, in case you don't know.

A lifetime of integrity prepares you for a moment of temptation. A shoddy life of compromise leaves one vulnerable, and open for the enemy's sinister plan to bring you down.

Joseph's decision was made long before Potiphar's wife ever touched his shoulder. From his youth, he had made good decisions, one right after the other, and with each one, his character had become rock solid.

While none of us are above temptation, some of us are more prepared than others, and it comes down to one word, "faithfulness."

Catch this image …

Potiphar's wife stands in the hallway grasping an empty coat. That's all she had to show for her wicked attempt to destroy a good man's name. Although for a while she used it as trumped-up evidence, Joseph's good character eventually vindicated his reputation.

What's your choice today?

Remember, you can always get another coat.



Tim Hill

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Dot The I’s And Cross The T’s

There's an old story about a traveler in search of a treasure that he had to follow a long list of requirements in exact sequence in order to find the prize. Ya know, he had to "Dot the I's and Cross the T's."

Aren't you glad that coming to Christ isn't like that?

We don't have to qualify. It's not depending on our race, social status or the amount of money that we have.

We simply come to Christ with faith and repentance.

We come just as we are. Broken, lost, hurting and in need of a Savior.

We can't live good enough to inherit salvation.

Isaiah 64:6
" All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away."

However, coming to Christ with the faith of a child..completely trusting Him to save and forgive us is what He requires.
Mathew 18: 2-4
"He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. 3 And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven."

The only "I" that is required is admitting that He (Jesus) is the GREAT I AM.

Romans 10:13 "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."

The "T" that was crossed was the Cross on which Christ died for our sins. However, His resurrection from the dead proved that He was indeed the Son of God.

So no matter where you are in life. No matter how unimportant you might feel.. You can rejoice in knowing that Christ loved YOU so much that He laid down His life for you.

Prayer starter: Father, thank you for loving me when I was your enemy. Thank you for sending your only Son to die for me. Thank you for the promise that I have that my sin debt is paid. Thank you for dotting every I and Crossing all the T's- for me. In Jesus name.



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Gospel Music Today

Texas gospel music promoter Harold Marshall is the guest on Gospel Music Today for the week of October 5. Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates, the Feature Group is Spoken 4 Quartet. Jean reviews new recordings by Rene Jones, The Perrys, and The Lesters An article about Ronnie Hinson is the subject of this week's Singing News Notes. The show features singing by The Old Paths Quartet, exclusive video of Faith's Journey, recorded by Gospel Music Today's cameras at the Southern Gospel Worship Gathering, in Broken Arrow, OK, and a visit to the Gospel Music Today Archives for an exclusive concert video of The Pine Ridge Boys Quartet at the Creekside Gospel Music Convention, in Pigeon Forge, TN.

The show is on KWHB TV47 in Oklahoma every Sunday at 4:30 PM, and on Roku on FFE TV Monday at 8:00 PM and AllNations TV Tuesday and Wednesday at 6:30 PM. Check local TV schedule for Beaumont, TX, Tyler, TX. Atlanta, TX, and Morrilton, AR. The current edition of Gospel Music Today is online now at the Gospel Music Today website, http://www.gospelmusictoday.com.

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Charles Johnson Passes Away

According to the Harper Agency's Facebook, Southern Gospel artist Charles Johnson (of Charles Johnson & the Revivers) passed away today. Here is the information we have from their Facebook:

"We are sadden to report that Charles Johnson of Charles Johnson and the Revivers passed away early this morning of an apparent heart attack. The Harper Agency began working with Charles and his group in the spring of 1993. He had retired from the road about 5 years ago. Please keep his wife Annie and their family in your prayers."

We will update you as we find out more information.

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Author: AGM | Author's Website: http://absolutelygospel.com/
Written: 10/06/2014 | Category: News & Scoops Comments:


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TMI with Karlye Hopper

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TMI With Karlye Hopper

I was asked to write a short biography to accompany my first piece for Absolutely Gospel. While swimming through my subconscious, I had an idea to write my psuedo-bio in third person. And as I started to do just that, the TMI (c. Too Much Information) began to slip off my fingertips and I was like...

“...This could work.”

So here that goes. Ahem.

Karlye is the granddaughter of the Queen of Gospel Music, Connie Hopper, as well as the firstborn of its Princess, Kim. (Though, she is aware that those facts in no way make her any sort of heir to whatever a Gospel throne would be. Gospel Music scepter? Would that just be a microphone? Anyway.) Her remaining kinship need not be mentioned as the ones you’ve heard of are all males and she has vowed to indubitably deny all males attention in her chronicles. Yes, it appears she is one of “those” girls. Just kidding. You’ll catch her on social media sites like Twitter, where you might also notice why she has been describe as “...the essence of the Chernobyl disaster.” This prompted her to start a new catchphrase:

“If Chernobyl had been a teenage girl...”

She is now a 20 year old university student who steadily manages five dancing monkey-like jobs, not including her school work. Karlye finds that last part important and insists she is “not bragging.”


How was that? Feelin’ a little uncomfortable? Well, after that bonk to the brain came the concept or “theme” for my article...You remember those old “Dear Abby” or “Ask Amy” newspaper advice columns? Well, don’t compare this to those ‘cause I’m not much for giving advice. ...However, TMI With KJH might be something of interest. Have non-music related questions for people in the industry?

Ooh, like, “Is that still Bill’s hair?”

See, I CAN ANSWER THAT!!

Answers to the obscure and more could be yours... But, first, you have to submit a question! Submit those silly little things you’ve just always wanted to know in the E-mail link below, and K of AG’s TMI is ready to spill her guts.

To ask Karlye a question E-mail her at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) .

Happy Querying!

K


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Daily Devotion

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Patchwork

I had a wonderful time last night with a lot of great friends. All of us are very different, yet we come together beautifully. We’re all from different backgrounds, beliefs and cultures, we have different opinions and ideas, but we laugh at the same stories and when one of us hurts, we all hurt.

It reminded me of patchwork…quilts, tablecloths, and even shirts or pants, pieced together of hundreds of different patterns and textures, stitched to form a strong bond. Isn’t that what the body of Christ is…individuals joining together because of our common belief in the power of the blood of Christ unto salvation? We must put aside our differences, trusting that our similarities will unite us; believing that the bonds that join us will be strong.

In your daily activities this week, notice the people that God has put in your path. Look at the differences you may have and learn from them, then, look at the similarities and celebrate the beauty of patchwork.


1 Corinthians 12:14-21 English Standard Version (ESV) 14 For the body does not consist of one member but of many. 15 If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? 18 But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. 19 If all were a single member, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, yet one body. 21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.”


1 Corinthians 12:27-31 English Standard Version (ESV) 27 Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. 28 And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues. 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30 Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? 31 But earnestly desire the higher gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way.


Romans 12:4-5 English Standard Version (ESV) 4 For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, 5 so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.


Colossians 3:14-16 English Standard Version (ESV) 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

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Weekly Chart

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Monday - October 5, 2014

Top 40 Weekly Chart

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PEAK
1
1
13
Hidden Heroes Talleys
1(4)
2
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17
I Know Enough Bowling Family
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17
Everybody's Going Through Something Karen Peck & New River
1(3)
4
4
19
Hey Everybody Soul'd Out Quartet
4
5
5
21
Never Too Broken to Belong Gold City
1
6
6
20
I Can Trust Him Perrys
4
7
7
19
Put It Right There LeFevre Quartet
2
8
8
8
Never, No Never Joseph Habedank
8
9
9
22
Love's Gonna Get You Mark Bishop
7
10
10
23
Listening For the Shout Browders
2
11
11
8
Ain't It Just Like the Lord Gordon Mote
11
12
12
4
Christ Is Still the King Legacy Five
12
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16
Help Me Wilburn & Wilburn
13
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14
6
Watch & Pray Carolina Boys Quartet
14
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5
Oh Yes I Am Kingsmen
15
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How Will You Plead 11th Hour
4
17
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12
Falling Amber Nelon Thompson
17
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When Justice Called, Mercy Answered Erwins
16
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12
Hey Now Adam Crabb
11
20
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14
He's Still God Barry Rowland & Deliverance
20
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3
The Joys of Heaven Kingdom Heirs
21
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5
The Last Time I Looked Freemans
22
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That Story Is Mine Dixie Melody Boys
11
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Church In the Kitchen Dunaways
24
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Love Them to Jesus Old Paths
10
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4
I'll Take It Jeff & Sheri Easter
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6
Who's Gonna Stand In the Gap Ball Brothers
26
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If God Didn't Care Booth Brothers
1(2)
29
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God is Big Hoskins Family
13
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Not Afraid to Trust Him Whisnants
11
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Great Big Yes Red Roots
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I Wanna Be There Isaacs
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8
If We Ever Needed the Lord Martins
30
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Say Amen Brian Free & Assurance
1(5)
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How Great His Love/Love Found a Pardon Collingsworth Family
13
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4
To Know He Knows Me Mark Trammell Quartet
31
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Everything I Need Tribute Quartet
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There Is Jesus McKameys
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28
I'll Take You Home Hoppers
4
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2
Holy All Over Again Down East Boys
40
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LW - Last week on the chart
#WK - Number of weeks
on the chart
#1 For the Week
Indicates 1st Week on chart
Greatest Gain on Chart
On chart the longest
Highest on chart after dropping off

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Daily Devotion

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The Blessed Side

Have you ever asked someone, “HOW ARE YA DOING TODAY?” and FORTY FIVE minutes later you wish YOU’D NEVER ASKED! Well, that because they were reporting on the WOUNDED SIDE of their life instead of the BLESSED SIDE. It’s Pastor Phil of Harvest Chapel with “A GOOD WORD FROM GOD’S WORD TODAY”.

Hey, let’s FACE IT, we’ve all experienced REJECTION, INSULTS and WOUNDS of one kind or another, but they are far less than the wonderful blessings we have received from God. In Matthew 5:39, Jesus address this issue by saying, “If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other.” Of course you know He’s not saying you shouldn’t DEFEND YOURSELF, but He used the example of a “SLAP ON THE FACE”, which was the height of INSULT in those days and would result in a DUEL to the DEATH. So, even though we get wounded from an insult, we shouldn’t go on and on and continue to TELL others about it, but SHOW them the side of your FACE that reflects the BLESSINGS from the Lord.

So, if you’re asked, “HOW YA DOING TODAY?”, don’t point out the WOUNDED SIDE of your face, but turn the OTHER CHEEK and tell them, “I have my share of challenges, but I am too blessed to be stressed!”
It’s Pastor Phil, turning the OTHER CHEEK with this “GOOD WORD FROM GOD’S WORD TODAY” God bless!

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News & Scoops


Three Bridges Sing At Business Convention In Canada

Nashville, TN (October 3, 2014) Three Bridges was recently invited to sing at a large business convention being held in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Even though it was a business convention the group sang their Gospel music and it touched many that attended.

There were over a thousand in attendance and approximately 400 received Christ through the message in song.

Elliott McCoy stated “We had a great weekend at a business convention in Canada. Several hundred prayed to receive Jesus Christ! God shows up wherever you make yourself available to minister. This was a very successful trip for the Kingdom of the Lord. ”

Three Bridges has been busier than ever in recent weeks. They traveled to Texas recently to the Daystar Network to tape a program set for future airing. It was taped for the Gospel Music Showcase. The group also just departed recently to begin a west coast tour. The states they will be singing include Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, Montana, Washington, Oregon, Nevada and California.

The group recently conducted a video interview with CEO of AbsolutelyGospel.com to talk about their latest project and their west coast tour.

Three Bridges is proud to present their latest album entitled, “Jesus Saves”. This is Three Bridges' 4th project with The Mansion Records and is being distributed by Sony Music Entertainment's RED - An Artist Development Company - scheduled to be released late summer 2014. Pre-Order your copy of “Jesus Saves” today!

To learn more about Three Bridges go to http://threebridgesgospel.com or https://www.facebook.com/3BridgesMusic . Find them on Twitter at https://twitter.com/3BridgesMusic .

To book Three Bridges for your church, concert or event contact the Beckie Simmons Agency at http://www.bsaworld.com or E-mail at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) . You can call BSA at 615-595-7500 .

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Written: 10/03/2014 | Category: News & Scoops Comments:


News & Scoops


Beyond The Ashes Performs At Kentucky Governor’s Mansion

Franklin, KY (October 2, 2014) The Dove-nominated and Absolutely Gospel Music Award winning Gospel trio, Beyond the Ashes, was a part of the Kentucky Governor's Mansion 100 year celebration. The State of Kentucky has been having events for the last year to celebrate the rich heritage of the Governor's Mansion and to raise money for the Governor's Mansion Endowment fund that will be for the upkeep of the Mansion and grounds.

Beyond The Ashes had the privilege of performing alongside The Isaacs, The Sneed Family, Larnelle Harris , Kenny Bishop and His Heart Quartet. All of the artists performing had some tie to Kentucky.

Beyond The Ashes performed “Oh The Thought That Jesus Loves Me”, “Coming Of The King”, “He Touched Me”, “I Will Glory In The Cross”, and “Too Near Home”.

Anthony Facello stated "What a privilege it was for Beyond the Ashes to be a part of such a special day. Governor and Mrs. Beshear opened their home and welcomed us with great Kentucky hospitality."

Beyond The Ashes also took part in the dinner that was served at the Governors Mansion. The event was held Sunday September 28th and was free to the public.

Beyond The Ashes is a young group which is crossing barriers to get Gospel music to all generations. Their unique style of music will reach and be enjoyed by the gray haired senior citizens as well as the young teenage crowd and all those in-between. Beyond The Ashes is set to make am impression on all genres of music.

To learn more about Beyond the Ashes go to http://www.beyondtheashesonline.com or https://www.facebook.com/beyondtheashes . Reach them by Twitter at https://twitter.com/www.twitter.com/beyondtheashes1 .

To book Beyond The Ashes at your church, concert or contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 615-823-1557 .


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Written: 10/02/2014 | Category: News & Scoops Comments:


News & Scoops


Get Free Tickets To Season Three Of The Music City Show Taping

Nashville TN (October 2, 2014) Studio audience tickets for Season Three of The Music City Show October 13th, 14th, and 15th tapings are now open to the public, at no cost. There are 75 seats available.

Studio audience members get a pass to the set of The Music City Show at Northstar Studios in Nashville, TN. The October filmings on the 13th will include musical guests The Crabb Family, Legacy Five, The Talleys, Tribute Quartet and Joseph Habedank. The October 14th show will feature The Jim Brady Trio, Ray Stevens, The Blackwood Brothers, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver and The Erwins. Lastly, October 15th performers are scheduled to be Restless Hearts, Linda Davis. James Payne and Chuck Day, as well as The Best of Tim Lovelace and The Best of the Positive Cowboy, Jim Sheldon.

There will be different sessions throughout the day ranging from live performances to comedy segments. Taping Sessions begin at 6PM CST.

How to get free tickets:
1. Send an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
2. In the email include names for everyone in your party
3. Wait for a confirmation reply with address and time information and a print-out or digital ticket.
4. On the day of the taping, please have proper identification (Driver’s license) available to present to the gate.

Once the seats have been filled, no more tickets will be available. However, on the day of – due to cancellations or unforeseen circumstances, standby tickets may be available.

The Music City Show is a series based in Nashville, TN – America’s favorite music city. The show has many elements of Nashville that people love, namely a live band, talented artists and comedic entertainment. It is likened unto The Tonight Show, with comedy segments, a guest host, and a beautiful cityscape backdrop.

Tickets are now available at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

For more information about The Music City Show, visit themusiccityshow.com.

The Music City Show is on twitter - @musiccityshow or on FaceBook at http://www.facebook.com/themusiccityshow .

The Music City Show is produced by Godsey and Associates

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Written: 10/02/2014 | Category: News & Scoops Comments:


Daily Devotion

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Did I Just Say That????

When I talk about Calvary I always feel like words are inadequate and I usually end up feeling a bit frustrated that I underwhelmed the message with small words that are trying to describe big things. I don’t pretend to compare a human death to that of our Christ, but with the exception of Jesus, the soldier is my “next” on list of heroic human sacrifice. Just the mere mention of a soldier will stir tears, emotion, and visual images of many years of observing the war photos, the crying children that will never see their parent again, the screaming mother that got that knock on the door in the middle of the night….that dreaded knock that she begged God nightly to protect her frail “mother’s heart” from. This my friend is sacrifice, real sacrifice. 99% of us will never experience anything remotely akin to this.

My closest military family members are nephews and nieces. I personally, have never been subjected to the sacrificial lifestyle, the exhaustion of war and deployment, lack of child care support for single moms/dads who are carrying the entire load while their spouse is deployed, low wages, constant moving, and 24/7 stress…..stress that goes WITH the job…this job these men and women signed up for to protect me, you, Nancy Pelosi, Barrack Obama, and every other politician that is currently blaming this Veteran’s scandal on George W. Bush instead of realizing the scandal is about lies, not wars. A war isn’t a scandal. Like it or not, it’s a calculated decision to protect our interests, our freedoms, our “life as we know it” also known as the “pursuit of happiness” that terrorists have tried to decimate. Did George W. make a mistake? I am sure if I were the mother of a fallen soldier I may say……yes, the war was a mistake.

But today, May 25th, 2014….sitting in my chair in my comfortable home that I am privileged to own, thanks to a capitalistic society, I am supportive of the choices that our leaders made that reflected “peace through strength”  regarding foreign policy! Without the leadership of a strong  United States a president that was willing to “own” his decision, be it right or wrong…..and take a pro-active approach to slowing the spread of radical terrorists and the regimes that were evil, especially after the “muscle flexing” on 911, future generations would be hopeless.  HE had NO choice.  Are we the world cop? We were, and we should be. Why? Because we are good. We believe in human rights and we have always packed heat. We could stave off the crazies and keep Israel in a safety zone. I know this is over simplified, but that’s ok. That’s what we need more of, simple, common sense approaches are a thing of the past. They left with George. W.. The bad boys in the school yard were scared of us. That was then, this is now. Weak leaders bring disrespect. The disrespect is in epidemic proportions. Truly I know I am preaching to the choir….I am. We don’t have to worry nearly as much about being the world cop when we can’t afford fuel for the police cruiser….metaphorically speaking. When we borrow 40 cents of every dollar that we spend from China, yet we still spend….rather waste in excess of 30 billion dollars a year….wasted…they can’t tell you where 30 million dollars a year went to…no kidding.
 
All the while a soldier in Afghanistan is making a scant $500 or so a week….yep, if you did a true hourly wage comparison for a deployed soldier and a McDonald’s drive through cashier, it’s likely the Mickey D’s cashier is going to trump the pay. And yes, all the while possibly dodging bullets, IED explosions, and other hostile situations that only God could truly describe…the American soldier gets up every day with pride, his pants actually pulled up, and isn’t complaining about the minimum wage.  6800 brave souls didn’t come home from Iraq or Afghanistan. Most of these men and women were under 25 years old, younger than my children. Their families probably aren’t as worried about having their picnic rained out tomorrow as the average American….these families have sacrificed a son or a daughter on this Memorial Day 2014. I can’t imagine…..I wouldn’t pretend to imagine what it is like for these folks. Don’t even try. You can’t either.

Please don’t take this opinion piece out of context. I am NOT negating the importance of these battles. In my opinion, we had no choice. We had to attempt to protect the symbol of freedom. These radicals want to destroy us….ALL of us. ALL we can do is continue to fight to protect freedom…….freedom isn’t free. The price is 6800 lives….are bravest and best. The price is high, but the reward is also high. Remember the church service we all attended today, the opinion I am typing as we speak, the education we aspire to acquire? We aren’t being stoned for any of the above. Our enemies stone people they don’t like….or execute them, whatever their whim is on that particular day. They don’t value life, or rights, or peace.  They hate us, but they invade our schools in masses…our government opens the door and swings it wide to make is easy for these radicals to come and taste our freedoms, be protected by our constitution, and use the beauty of our knowledge to plot evil acts against us. But, back to the soldier.

I think soldiers should have the best health care in the world. I think they should have a better interest rate on mortgages than I do. I think they should buy their cars cheaper, their groceries cheaper, all consumer goods should be discounted. Forever. I think they should be respected in a manner that most people don’t respect anyone. I don’t think there’s anything they should be in need of. I am happy to pay taxes at a higher rate if a retired veteran is the recipient  of the increase. WE all know that this administration hasn’t told the American people the truth about many things. But let me say this: THIS mistreatment of veterans is unforgivable. The lying and cover up as if these lives had NO value….is unforgivable. I could expound on this subject for hours, but I won’t. I will end by encouraging you to pay it forward to a military family. All of us know someone that served, is serving…..go…now, go bless them. Make a car payment for them…take them a month’s supply of groceries. Hand them a fat bill for a fun night out. Trust me they need it. Maybe you’re thinking, “They have plenty…a good retirement and benefits!”  PLEASE remember what that soldier did when he/she signed that line and said: “TAKE ME! They virtually said: “I will work for little, I will give MY life for something bigger than me. I will spill my blood to water the seed of freedom. I will die so that others might live. ”

Think about it. THIS enlistment contract with America says ALL of the above. Can you imagine agreeing to these terms? In a country flooded with entitled “gimme” citizens….a country that has all too often rejected the notion that ALL soldiers are heroes, a country that is polarized by the left and the right, we must STOP! WE MUST not mourn them, but praise them. They are the the true heroes. They are to be celebrated. Where would you be without an American soldier? I can answer that. Can you?
 
Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty. ~ JOHN F. KENNEDY
God Bless America.

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News & Scoops


The Sneed Family Host Benefit Featuring Gaither Artist Angela Primm

Glasgow, KY (October 1, 2014) Join the Sneed Family as they host a Benefit Concert featuring Gaither Homecoming Artist, Angela Primm, along with the Liberty District Mass Choir. The Event will be held on Friday night, October 24 at 7:00 CST at the Plaza Theatre in Glasgow, KY.

The benefit is being held to help the Ralph Bunche Community Center which houses the Community Kitchen and has been home to Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Club and many organizations that help the community.

Jeff Sneed stated “The first time I heard Angela Primm in person at the Absolutely Gospel Music Fan Fest I knew she would be a perfect fit for this Benefit. Her love of life and Gospel music come through on stage as well as her deep love for people.”

In Glasgow, Kentucky, the Ralph Bunche Community Center which was created to support community relations and cultural understanding, was named in honor of Ralph Bunche and is located at 301 Bunche Avenue, Glasgow, Kentucky.

Angela Primm , known for being the premier studio artist in Nashville is now performing in her solo career and having outstanding success as audiences are lifted to higher heights of joy.

“When Jeff asked me if I would like to be a part of this great Event and explained the far reaching affects to the community of Glasgow I jumped at the opportunity.” commented Angela Primm.

The Sneed Family is no doubt that most popular Gospel group in all of Kentucky, so their performance is sure to be exciting and have a little country flair to the music.

Tickets are available by going online at http://www.plaza.org/ or by calling 270-361-2101. Please join us in helping this center.

To learn more about Angela go to http://www.angelaprimm.com or https://www.facebook.com/angela.hewlettwrightprimm .

If you would like to book Angela for you church or concert E-mail her at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or

Twitter her at https://twitter.com/AngelaPrimm .

To learn more about the Sneed Family you can go to http://www.sneedfamily.com or https://www.facebook.com/sneedfamily .

To book the Sneed Family contact by E-mail a .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call the Sneed Office at 270-678-3575

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Artist Section

Artists

Mark Dubbeld Family

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Snapshots

The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their cry.” Psalm 34:15

“Say cheese!” “Cheese!” Snap goes the camera – and everyone gathers around. “Were my eyes closed?” “Could you see the baby?” “Did I look . . .” (fill in the blank ladies!:-)
Seems like life these days calls for lots of pictures, video clips, phone “selfies” . . . our family has taken quite a few, and shared a lot of laughs in the process. Some of us work at getting the “angle just right” – try and make sure the background view will “compliment” our picture . . . while others of us just “point and shoot!” Whatever the results are, one thing is certain, when we take a moment to look at them later we have lots of memories.
During one of our travels I had the privilege of visiting with a good friend. Her first husband was a great lover of sports – especially when it came to kids and grandkids. A few years ago, he passed away with cancer. Their pastor at the time told the children that although they couldn’t talk right to their grandpa now, they could tell Jesus whatever they wanted their “Pa” to know. Then, if Jesus thought it was important enough, he could pass the message on.
A few weeks later, the family was at a baseball game. The video camera was rolling – and caught an awesome play by one of the grandchildren. Later, when the parents were watching it, they caught a bit of conversation between the children that went something like this. “Sure hope Jesus has a video camera,” said one. “Why’s that?” asked another. “Cause ‘Pa’ would really want to see that play!”
Interesting thought isn’t it? Heaven recording the events of our lives! In I Chronicles 16:9 we are told, “For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.” Psalm 34:15 gives us the wonderful promise, “The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their cry.” It’s really true! The eyes of the Lord are on us – and He doesn’t even need a recording device.
When you gave a smile to a stranger with a frown – great snapshot - He saw you! When you held your tongue instead of replying with that hasty remark – awesome video clip --He knew. When you offered up a prayer for that person who had betrayed and hurt you so deeply – just a private thing not even recorded -- He heard. When you asked forgiveness -- for whatever the reason – He gladly forgave.
Oh, yes, He has an “all seeing” eye. He sees and knows the evil along with the good – but His desire is for “good snapshots!” He looks for “loyal hearts” – delights in those who seek Him with their whole heart. He smiles when “the flash” reveals those walking after His Spirit and living in His will. Psalm 18:19 says, “He also brought me out into a broad place; He delivered me because He delighted in me.”
Keep making God smile – you’re on “candid camera!”
By: Janene A. Dubbeld/FGG


The Mark Dubbeld Family would count it a privilege to sing at your church of venue.
To schedule the Mark Dubbeld Family contact:
Michael Davis – Mountain Top Talent: 828-454-5900
Michaeldavisandassociates.com

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Monthly Articles

Janice Crow

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NQC 2014 – Hindsight

It’s hard to believe it’s already come and gone…. like a whistling freight train rumbling on down the tracks. NQC 2014 will certainly take its place in the Southern Gospel history books as one to remember…..the good, the bad, and the extremely ugly. Now, before you get your shorts in a wad, let me explain. Like any new venture or, in this case, old venture that’s reinventing itself, there are bound to be kinks; but I’ll have to admit this convention had more kinks than a bad perm.

First off, it’s hard to understand how any thinking person could imagine that 1600 spaces would be sufficient parking for a venue that can accommodate 12,000 people. By the time you park a couple dozen 50 foot buses on the lot, you’ve effectively eliminated another huge chunk of parking for the paying customer. There was apparently an expectation that most people would ride hotel shuttles and the “Fun Time” trolley back and forth. Believe me….there wasn’t much “fun time” trying to park. Arrangements had been made for “overflow” parking….. a mile away. So Monday night thousands of people, many old and infirm, schlep a mile down the hill from the mall parking lot, getting hot, sweaty and angrier by the moment. To their credit, the powers that be were quickly able to put together a cohesive plan for employing school buses, trolleys and run-abouts to pick up and drop off NQC goers in the overflow areas. By the end of the week, the parking nightmare gave way to a fairly well-oiled machine, but the bad taste lingered for some.

The LeConte Center is a lovely rustic-looking building resembling a mountain lodge from the outside, so I was quite surprised that the “event hall” so severely deviated from that spirit to be nothing more than concrete and steel. It reminded me of the exhibition hall at our old state fairgrounds where each year someone carves a cow out of a mountain of butter. It somehow seemed more suited to that.

The sound, at first, was what you might expect in a perfectly square room with nothing but hard, angular surfaces. It was difficult to understand the words, and the poor bass singers….they were little more than a roar at times. I thought surely there was some acoustic treatment on the walls, but I didn’t see any. I do believe the sound crew worked hard to rectify some of those issues, and there was a marked difference in the sound by Wednesday.

The seats were padded, but not tremendously so, and though more comfortable than metal folding chairs, were quite narrow. Someone has grossly under estimated the girth of the average fan. Sitting thigh to thigh with strangers in seats coupled together like so many hopper cars on the L&N was interesting. If you were fortunate enough to have room to “uncouple” your seat and breathe, you were truly one of the lucky ones.

While it was easier in some ways to find your favorite groups’ booths, I felt the layout was weird and did a disservice to some. There were groups actually tucked back in little ante-rooms with no hint of their whereabouts until I saw their name scrawled on a hand-written sign. I still haven’t decided whether or not I miss the myriad of vendors selling “God Bless You” lighted keychains and tapestry Bible covers. The jury is still out on that.

As far as the food court is concerned, I personally did not find that very appealing. The tables were all jammed together in an area behind a section of what appeared to be chain link fencing. It was sort of a “high school cafeteria meets minimum security prison – without the barbed wire” look. At any rate, it didn’t look friendly or inviting. (Now, what did look inviting was the waffle cone full of ice cream. That I can get behind!) I thought the smell of roasted cinnamon-sugar pecans like they had in Louisville would have been an improvement over that “sauerkrauty” smell wafting through the halls….but then that’s just me.

Now, before you start to think that all I have is criticism for this year’s convention, let me say this: Even with all the warts and knobs and wrinkles of the 2014 NQC, I would rather have been there than any place on earth. The line-up of talent was stellar. Each night was filled with one stand-out performance after another and some of the lesser-known groups put themselves on the Southern Gospel radar in a big way. It was hard to find a window of time to just get up for a moment and stretch your legs because there was absolutely no one I wanted to miss. The NQC seems to raise the bar each year with more and more unbelievable groups.

What can you say about a week’s worth of the best music this side of Heaven? Yes, there were issues. Yes, it was annoying. Yes, I wish it had run more smoothly. But ask me if I want a refund. No way. It was worth every dime and then some. All of the petty annoyances are simply growing pains. Change is a deep-seated dread, but we’ll get over it…..just like we got over the move from Nashville to Louisville years ago. So....let’s just suck it up, wait for the good people at NQC to find solutions, and look forward to NQC 2015! I’ll be there….good Lord willin’.

I’ll be looking for you!

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Why the Change?

Frequently, I have people ask me why there are so many group changes or group hopping. My Answer? Change is inevitable! The only thing I'm sure that won't change is our Lord. In Malachi 3:6, Gods word reads, "I am The Lord, I change not."

Looking back over the history of Gospel Music you will find that change is nothing new. You will also see that some of the changes that occurred helped to develop some of the greatest configurations and formations ever in Gospel music.

Before I was ever born, there was a gentleman singing and playing with the original LeFevres who left to form his own group called The Statesmen. You guessed it, it was Hovie Lister.

In the late 50's, one of the greatest bass singers ever in Gospel music joined The LeFevres. His name was Rex Nelon, but he left another group to join The LeFevres. I'm so glad he did!!

I remember in the 70's, three members of The Cathedral Quartet left all at one time to form another group. I'm sure that was a tough change for Glen and George at the time but they brought in Kirk Talley, Roger Bennett and shortly after, Mark Trammell, which proved to be a great new era for the Cathedrals.

Gold City has had some changes over the years and still continues to be one of America’s top quartets. Look at all of the legendary groups that were birthed from that great group: Ivan Parker, Brian Free & Assurance, The LeFevre Quartet, Mark Trammell Quartet, Wilburn and Wilburn and Jay Parrack & Vocal Event.

I've heard multiple excuses from folks leaving groups. My favorite is "I'm going home to spend time with family." A lot of the time that's the case, but let's face it folks, when you put 6 or 8 people on a small bus for 250 days a year with that many different personalities, it can get very cramped. The "spend more time with family" reason is usually code for a diplomatic way of saying it wasn't a good fit or I don't have a supportive spouse at home. Then there are folks who change groups for a bigger paycheck or a bigger name in our industry.

When we started this group in 2005, I had no idea what the next few years would entail. We have had some great talent in this group over the years, but change had to happen for us to grow. That's just the way God does things. I heard a pastor say once that a gardener has to prune his garden in order for it to grow. So is the case with ministry. Sometimes, there has to be a pruning in order to grow.

So the next time you see a change come to one of your favorite groups, just remember, change is inevitable!

Written by Mike LeFevre
October, 2014

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New Haven Records Releases Single From Gold City’s Hymn Revival

Group Member’s Health Scare Prompts Change of Radio Single


Franklin, TN (October 1, 2014) -- New Haven Records has released “Part The Waters/I Need Thee Every Hour” as the first single from Gold City's new album, Hymn Revival. A different single had originally been chosen, but circumstances intervened to make this selection more appropriate.

Prior to the release of the new project, founder and bass singer Tim Riley suffered a mild stroke while touring. After a brief stay in the hospital, Riley was released early from rehab in Gadsden, AL.

“During Tim's recovery, we listened to the album and 'Part the Waters/I Need Thee Every Hour' stood out as the most poignant song," states label president Ken Harding. He continues, “It features Tim on the 'Part the Waters' section of the song; because of his journey of recovery, it became clear to us that this should be the first single.”

“Recording Hymn Revival prepared us for this situation. The hymns that we recorded have been an inspiration to me all of my life. This song in particular has been a huge encouragement to our family during this time,” states Danny Riley, Tim's son and the group's lead singer.

“This song combines timeless lyrics and the voices of a legendary group. It delivers an old message in a fresh and inspiring way,” states radio promoter Jan Puryear. She continues, “Tim Riley, longtime bass singer, gives a moving performance in 'Part the Waters,' a song that has special meaning for him. 'Part the Waters/I Need Thee Every Hour' is another hit song in a long line of great singles from Gold City.”

Hymn Revival, co-produced by Gold City’s Danny Riley and multiple Academy of Country Music award-winning artist and musician, Gordon Mote, combines both a musical freshness and lyrical timelessness that appeals to today’s broad gospel and inspirational fan-base.

Tim Riley comments, “'I Need Thee Every Hour' is prayer that should be a part of our everyday lives. I have always loved that great old hymn. I had never heard 'Part the Waters' before we recorded it, so I wasn't sure how this would work. But when I sang it in the studio I knew immediately how this was going to bless people, because it really touched me. When I had the mild stroke, this song started flooding my mind and has really ministered to me.”

Hymn Revival is available at LifeWay Christian Bookstores, Family Christian Bookstores, Amazon, iTunes and wherever great gospel music is sold.

About Gold City Quartet:
Gold City is one of America’s premiere gospel vocal groups. Haling from Gadsden, AL, the legendary group has won more than 60 Singing News Fan Awards, recorded over 40 projects, has been touring for more than 33 years, and won multiple Dove Awards. For additional information, go to http://www.goldcityqt.com.

About New Haven Records:
New Haven Records is a Nashville-based music corporation that includes label, publishing, and film companies. For almost three decades, they have focused on the uniquely American genres of Black Gospel, Southern Gospel, and Country & Bluegrass Gospel. New Haven’s product is distributed to the mainstream through SONY Distribution and to the Christian marketplace through Provident Music Distribution. For additional information, go to http://www.newhavenrecords.com

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A Testimony In Jacob

Psalm 78:5
For He established a Testimony in Jacob, And appointed a law in Israel, Which He commanded our fathers, That they should make them know to their children;

Revelation 12:11
They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their Testimony . . .


God established a testimony in Jacob. It was wrestling testimony. It was a name changing testimony. It was a testimony of lying sons and slavery. But it was a testimony of deliverance in the time of famine. It was a strong testimony passed on for eternity.

God does not esteem one person over another. So if He established a TESTIMONY IN JACOB, I believe God can and will establish one in me and you.

My testimony is one of calling, hope, deliverance, and safe keeping. I was called at a young age to write songs. I was called to sing. I was blessed in that calling. It didn't matter if anyone thought I wasn't good at it. THEY didn't call me to do it!

Then Satan desired and tried to destroy me. He attacked many areas of my life. He declared war against my name, my family, my ministry, and sought to destroy them all.
Satan's strategy is this. If he can destroy the "Things" in your life, then he can destroy you. But the word of my testimony says "NOT SO" devil!

Satan's strategy against Job was, by destroying what Job loved, Satan thought the door would be opened wide to destroy Job also. But Job said "NOT SO devil! He said of the Lord, Though He slay me, Yet will I praise HIM!

A few years ago, in a desperate financial situation in my ministry, I began to count my blessings. I started at the beginning of my ministry and wrote down every good thing I could remember that God had done for me, just in the past few years. I had pages of blessing. I began to read them over and over. I read them out loud. I read them to the heavens, and I shouted them at the gates of hell. God had already established a Testimony in me, and I was overcoming my situation by the words I spoke. Everything on my "blessing list" had been manifested because of adversities I had faced.

Satan may be fighting hard against you, and you are tired. But if you are tired, just think about how he must feel. He's been at this longer than you have. And he's still losing!

In this Spiritual battle, we need to remind ourselves about the weapons and armor of God that we have. We have the Breast Plate of Righteousness, the Helmet of Salvation.
Our feet are shod with the preparation of peace. Our loins are girded with truth and I have the Shield of Faith, and the Sword of the Spirit. And we are guaranteed victory by the Blood of the Lamb and the Word of our Testimony.

Now think about what the Scripture tells us about satan's weapons. The only recorded weapon in scripture that Lucifer has is "Fiery Darts"! That's it. Sure, they hurt when they hit you. And if you let them linger, they can set everything else on fire.

But "Fiery Darts" are no match to what the Child of God has. And think about it, after 2000 years of using those "Fiery Darts", they've got to be just about burned out!

Too many times we focus on how weary and battle fatigued we are at fighting the devil, day in and day out. Have you ever given a thought to what shape he's in? If you could get a good look at him you'd probably be amazed at how puny and worn out he looks. And he is guaranteed defeat. THE ENEMY IS GOING DOWN AND HE KNOWS IT!

God established a Testimony In Jacob that changed his name. God did the same thing with Saul, and with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. All of their names were changed during their greatest adversities. But everyone of them triumphed over what Satan brought against their lives.

Some of you may be facing unthinkable circumstance at this very moment. But let me assure you that God is establishing a testimony of victory in you. You may suffer some losses, and some defeats, just as Jacob did, and just like Joseph and Job did. You may walk blind like Saul did, but when the scales fall off your eyes you may see a vision of ministry like the Apostle Paul.

The disciple John walked with Jesus, and had a testimony of being a first hand witness to the miracle working power of Christ. But toward the end of his life, he face the biggest problem of his life. He was taken prisoner, and left on the isle of Patmos to die. But it was there on the Isle of Patmos that the Glory of God began to shine down on him, as it had never shone on any other man. The heavens were opened before his eyes and he was commanded to write what we now call the Book of Revelations! God established a testimony of eternal value in John's darkest moments of life. No one ever talks about whether or not John got off the Island, or if he died there. It really doesn't matter in light of what was revealed there.

The adversity you are facing now, will be just a speck in the realm of eternity. Just know, that God is establishing a testimony in you that will cause you to overcome every fiery dart of the enemy. It will come, when you speak that Testimony through the mercy and grace of Calvary's Lamb!

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Hoggle Family - Hoggle Family


Producer: Donald Morris, Dylan Hoggle & Eric Bates
Label: Custom Records
Website: http://www.thehoggles.com

The Hoggle Family hails from Bessemer, Alabama. The Hoggles consist of Dylan Hoggle, baritone; Regan Hoggle, soprano; Kaylan Hoggle Morris, alto; and Kaylan’s husband Donald Morris on lead. Donald is no stranger to those of you who follow gospel music as he sang lead several years with the Dixie Melody Boys.

This debut project from the Hoggle Family is self-titled and contains ten great songs all penned by Donald, who is quite a great songwriter. He wrote several songs that were recorded by the Dixie Melody Boys during his tenure there. This young group has great vocals, individually as well as blending well together. The message in each of the songs is of strong quality.

Starting the project off is a peppy song featuring Dylan titled “Somebody Sing." He also does a nice job on “I’ll See God Smile.” Regan is featured on two of the slower songs: “God Always” and “Rolling Away.”

Kaylan does a nice job on “I’ve Been Saved” and “He’ll Carry You.” Donald’s strong vocals can be heard on “Blessed Be His Name,” “When I Think About Heaven,” and “Unconditional Love.” They all do a great job on “I’ll Keep On Running,” which is a peppy one and was also their first single to radio. It even hit the charts.

This is a 4 star recording. This project contains a great mix of song selections, from country to the more contemporary sound and everything in between. I look forward to more great songs and projects from this young group. I had a hard time picking favorites as each song could easily have stars by it, but I only chose half of them. This is definitely a project you will want to get.



Song List:

(**stars denote personal favorites)
1 – Somebody Sing**
2 – I’ve Been Saved
3 – Blessed Be His Name**
4 – I’ll Keep On Running**
5 – He’ll Carry You**
6 – God Always
7 – I’ll See God Smile
8 – When I Think About Heaven**
9 – Rolling Away
10- Unconditional Love

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The Redback Hymnal

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The CHURCH HYMNAL:  “He Set Me Free”

I’m sure I’ll never forget it! It was this same time of year in 1987 that a police officer ordered me to put my hands behind my back and place my face on the hood of his black and white squad car. After ordering me to remain still and “don’t make a move,” I was then handcuffed. It was NOT a good feeling.

I’m a bit claustrophobic anyhow, so the idea of having no free movement of my hands was really stressful.

With the right side of my face pressed against the warm hood of the squad car, and my hands cuffed securely behind me, I made certain not to make any sudden moves – all as instructed by the police officer.

Oh, I knew I would not resist, and I had no worries of what the officer might do, but “Tracker” – the German Shepherd police dog standing on top of the car hood just inches away from my face, and ready to attack if the command was given – was quite another thing altogether. To be honest, I was perspiring a bit. (OK, I was perspiring a lot.)

I’m not real sure if it was Tracker’s breath I felt that morning, or if it was just the early October wind blowing gently against my forehead, but one thing I know, I obeyed the officer and made no move whatsoever.

In fact, the police officer cautioned me that Sunday morning not to move because Tracker did NOT know this was simply a photo shoot arranged by me for the benefit of our church history books.

As far as Tracker knew, this ‘apprehension’ was very real, and I was a bad guy who needed to be taken into custody. The sight of Tracker’s full set of teeth near my face was quite evident he was sure this was the real thing.

Although this outdoor display was nothing more than a photo shoot, neighbors of our church living nearby certainly had to be curious as to why a church member was being handcuffed by the police.

But as they could clearly see shortly after, the police officer and police dog were invited to be a part of that day’s special events for our Children’s Church. And with that being a day to remember, I wanted it to be well-documented with photographs.

Out on the church lawn later that morning, a male teen agreed to the officer’s command of running away from him. After the teen got a distance away, Tracker was then ordered to give chase.

It’s fortunate the police dog was well-trained and ended the chase abruptly on command before catching the fleeing teen. And I was also fortunate in that my hands were soon set free from those confining handcuffs.

Fans of Southern Gospel Music everywhere will long remember James McFall’s 1969 song that tells, in part, “Thank God, I am free, free, free from this world of sin, washed in the blood of JESUS, been born again…” And what a wonderful song it is!

Yet in 1939, thirty years prior to the writing of this song, Albert E. Brumley wrote “HE SET ME FREE” – a song now found on page 235 of “the old Red Back book” CHURCH HYMNAL.

You may know it by heart, but Brumley wrote the first verse to read: “Once like a bird in prison I dwelt, no freedom from my sorrow I felt; But JESUS came and listened to me, and glory to God, He set me free.”

A young lady named “Opal” would later have great appreciation for this Gospel song, especially being one who had been set free of the bonds of sin.

As a teenager in the late 1920s and early 1930s, Opal worked hard as she plowed the fields alone on her family’s Southern Illinois farm. While she had no instruction or spiritual guidance in the things of God, she was, however, very curious of Him.

While daily guiding a plow that was pulled by two work horses, Opal soon began talking to God. Unsaved at the time and not knowing how to pray, she simply talked to Him at every opportunity.

After MANY occasions of working the fields and talking to Him at the same time, Opal eventually became curious of how it might feel to actually be free of sin. One Spring day in 1930, even greater curiosity got hold of her as she finally asked, “How will I feel to be free of the weight of sin?”

NOT by coincidence, 16-year-old Opal asked God that question at the exact moment she was carrying a 100-pound bag of seed on her shoulders. When she finally reached the farm wagon a distance away, she thrust the heavy load onto the bed of the wagon and gave a great sigh of relief as it was released from her shoulders. At that very moment, Opal said years later, God spoke to her and said: “THAT’S exactly how you’ll feel!”

As the second son of Opal, I was privileged to share this true incident at Mom’s Home-going Celebration five years ago. And during that service in December 2009, I shared that after “Opal” was saved, she immediately began attending church in the nearest town.

Soon after, her “so-called” friends left her one by one, and some even made up songs about her. Someone even joked, “I’ll give Opal six months” (meaning her living for JESUS). But when Mom went to be with the Lord, she had not only remained faithful to the Lord those next “six months,” but she had also added another 79 years of living for JESUS.

She never once thought of saying, “See ya later, sin, for I’ll be back!” From the moment she accepted JESUS in her life, her eyes were fixed on Him until the time God called her Home.

With the third verse of this song in mind, I feel as Brumley did when he wrote: “GOODBYE to sin and things that confound, NAUGHT of this world shall turn me around; daily I’m working, I’m praying, too, and glory to God, I’M GOING THRU.”

Jesus said, “And ye shall know the Truth, and the Truth shall make you free” (John 8:32).

If the devil should ever trouble you and attempt to discourage you in any way, why not sing him a song. Let the enemy of your soul HEAR every song you can sing of JESUS, with this one included: “HE set me free, (yes) HE set me free, (and) HE broke the bonds of prison for me; I’m glory bound my JESUS to see, For glory to God, HE set me free.”

I was happy that Sunday morning in 1987 to be free of the handcuffs placed on my wrists. But I was even happier on October 17, 1957, when set free of the weight of sin. Do you remember when JESUS set YOU free? Tell others, but also let satan know as you sing loud into his face.

–– Bill

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New Journey - New Journey


Producer: Jeff Duffield
Label: Independent
Website: http://www.newjourneyministry.com

Many fans will remember LordSong - the mixed trio comprised of Kim Ruppe, Michael Lord and original soprano/alto Kelli Shaw. Kelli was with LordSong for their first few years then left the road and returned to her home in Pennsylvania. Kelli is singing again, much to the delight of fans, this time in a ladies trio called New Journey!

New Journey just completed their first project with producer Jeff Duffield. Kelli Shaw Moore, Melissa Tressler and Michelle Tantlinger all hail from Pennsylvania and the ladies currently reside there.

The project opens with "I Cannot Tell It All." Some may remember The Talleys recording this several years ago. These ladies do a great job on this, and their harmony is pretty and smooth.

Kelli takes the lead on the former LordSong number "His Love is Greater" and does an outstanding job! Her smooth, clear vocals shine brightly on this beautiful song.

Michelle and Missy, who happen to be sisters, are featured on "What Heaven Means to Me" and "I Need You More Today," respectively. Both songs will be familiar, somewhat classics songs for southern gospel fans, and these sisters have good voices and sing them well.

The trio also does a great job on The Collingsworth Family hit "Fear Not Tomorrow." Another strong performance is "How Great Thou Art/ Shout to the Lord" medley. This is one of the best performances on the project and is a definite highlight for the trio!

A couple other highlights are: "Amazing Grace/Sweetest Song I Know", "I Can't Keep From Singing," and "The Love of God for Me"

This project has some great songs, especially if you're a fan of LordSong, Sisters, Talleys or Nelons. You'll love this project! Check this trio out and give them a listen. You'll be glad you did!



Song List:

I Cannot Tell It All
Amazing Grace/Sweetest Song I Know
Shout to The Lord/How Great Thou Art
I Need You More Today
Sheltered in the Arms of God
I Can't Keep From Singing
Fear Not Tomorrow
Love of God For Me
This is Just What Heaven Means to Me
In the Middle of a Miracle
Your Grace Still Amazes Me
His Love is Greater

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Seedtime And Harvest

Genesis 8:22 While the earth remaineth seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat and summer and winter and day and night shall not cease.

Don’t you just love this time of year? All of the glorious colors of fall that symbolize the days are getting shorter and the air is turning cooler. To me, it is also a testimony to the greatness of our Lord and His word above.

Because of being brought up in the country as a child, I can remember the hayrides that we enjoyed at this time of year, the wiener roasts and the bonfires, the brush arbor meetings and the fall revivals. This was an opportunity for those preachers who preached the revivals to tell us about what God had to say about harvest time. They always brought a message from John 4:35 that said to look on the fields for they are “white already to harvest.”

That scripture came to mind a few weeks ago when we were driving into Illinois. Those cornfields were ready to be harvested and those big tractors were out in every field bringing in the crop. I thought about the fact that the summer season had been fairly cooperative in producing a good crop this year. However, there have been times of dry summers that we had experienced in the past and during those times the lack of rain had caused the harvest to be less than plentiful. The farmers had been faithful to sow and do their part, but the elements around them had not cooperated in it being a successful harvest.

God has placed us in a field called “life” and we are to do our best to plant the seed of His word to a lost and dying world around us. He expects us to be fruitful and multiply. This means we must be true in our service to Him by witnessing, by our faithfulness, by our commitment and by our separation from any activities that would damage our testimony for Him. If we have been faithful in these things, it will be God’s responsibility to bring forth the harvest. First Corinthians 3:7 says, “So then neither is he that planteth anything, nether he that watereth but God that giveth the increase.”

We have to remember as we work for Him in this field of life that there is wickedness all around us; and even though His Spirit is dealing with the lost, there will be many that will never accept Him as Savior because of the elements around them that have influenced their decision. It is not God’s plan that any should perish but that all should come to repentance, but He has created us as decision-making and thinking creatures. God will not make you serve Him, but He will send someone to sow His seed in your heart that you might someday be a part of that great harvest time.

Father, help us to be workers in your fields until you come for us so that we might see a great harvest when you come for us. Amen


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Good Month

It was good to see everyone at NQC this year. It was especially good to see two of our very special friends from the Couriers Duane Nicholson and Neil Enloe! We had a wonderful time reconnecting as well as making new friends.
The new facility as well as the setting was beautiful and the weather couldn't have been better! We would encourage you to reserve your tickets for next year if you haven't already. From what we understand every seat was sold this past year!

We want to thank all of our friends at Absolutely Gospel for the wonderful DJ meet and greet that they hosted during NQC. It was a chance for us to connect with folks who play our music and make them ,as well as their listeners all over the country, aware of The King's Heralds ministry.

We are getting ready to head up to Pennsylvania and hopefully New York in October. Keep a watch on our website for updates on our schedule as well as other events. You can keep with us on Facebook as well.

We want to say a special thank you to all of you who have supported this ministry through the years. Together God is giving us souls for our labor. Let's keep on co-laboring together so we can get the job done that Christ gave us to do!

Until Next month.... Keep singing and stay faithful!

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Adoration Quartet - What a Change


Producer: Wesley Pritchard
Label: Independent
Website: http://www.adorationquartet.com

What A Change heralds in the return of Rockingham, North Carolina’s own Adoration Quartet, comprised of Joshua Horrell, Corey Wilson, Dustin Leming and Chris Serlick. The project opens with the bluesy styled "Drink From Him" with baritone Dustin and lead Corey delivering solid vocals with great four part harmony on the chorus. Chris Serlick shows off his fine bass vocals on the second cut, "His Tomb Is Empty Now." The first ballad from the project is also my first favorite, "Just One Hope," speaking of the only hope for man. Joshua shows just why he has become one of gospel music’s favorite tenors on "I Enter In," "Jesus Really Cares," and the last cut "Peace Through The Blood." Joshua has one of the smoothest, purest tenor voices that I have heard in a long time. Vocals on "I Enter In" remind of Terry Carter during his Anchormen days. This is just a good catchy song. You’ll catch yourself singing along on it. "Coming Out Of The Tomb" starts off talking about Lazarus and wraps it all up with the resurrection of Savior “coming out of the tomb, stepping into the light!”

"Jesus Really Cares" is an up-beat, jazzy number proclaiming the love of Christ. "What Ever You Need" features Chris on the lead and is a beautiful ballad of the promise that Jesus can meet all our needs. "I’ve Been Revived" is another upbeat jazz styled number that gives Adoration a chance to display their tight harmonies and vocal blend. "Stepping Out" is a traditional style southern gospel cut that calls the Christian to stand on His promises and be about the Father’s business and share the gospel! "Peace Through The Blood" closes out the project and what a way to close. This is a great ballad with a musical arrangement that supports the vocals and let’s those harmonies shine. This is one cut you’re going to want to set back, close your eyes and focus on the Lord while you listen.

This is a good first project, though it’s not technically their first. However, it is their first with this combination and the first as a return to Southern Gospel. I urge you to pick up this project. You won’t be disappointed.




Song List:

(* denotes personal favorite)
1. Drink From Him
2. His Tomb Is Empty Now
3. Just One Hope *
4. I Enter In
5. Coming Out Of The Tomb
6. Jesus Really Cares
7. What Ever You Need
8. I’ve Been Revived
9. Stepping Out
10. Peace Through The Blood *

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Tim’s Tales

As my wife Deb and I headed home from our honeymoon in California we were crossing a long dry stretch in Arizona. We were low on fuel and literally coasted into the gas station on fumes. As I was fueling, the gas station attendant came up and informed me that one of my rear tires was almost worn out and needed to be replaced. How convenient, since this gas station also fixed and sold tires. I said “thank you” and went on my way. I figured he was trying to take advantage of a young man and woman traveling home and I wasn’t falling for that. After all, I gave the tires a quick look and even though they were worn a little I didn’t see anything major. He must be trying to take me for some quick cash and I wasn’t going to have it.

We made it home, but a few days later one of my rear tires blew out the sidewall. Hmmmm, guess I had a tire problem after all! Wow, that guy was telling the truth and was really trying to help out. Go figure.

Many times this is the story of our lives. We are traveling along, minding our own business and thinking we are fine. Then someone comes up and points something out to us. Maybe we think this person has selfish motives and is out to get us. After all, we don’t see anything wrong! Then the blowout! It’s true that sometimes people are just trying to get to us, but let us not forget that many times God is using them to speak to us, to show us something in our lives that He wants to change – like that old tire.

Just as God uses us in other’s lives, He uses other people in our lives even more! As we drive through life we need to remember that we aren’t on the road alone, we share it with others. There will be times when we breakdown but God is always there to help – sometimes using others to achieve His good and perfect will. Happy Driving!

Scripture
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5 (NIV)

In today’s world there is a movement to know “oneself” – to find your inner strength, to find your destiny within yourself. Christ plainly tells us in the verse above where our strength and life comes from. It comes through Him. He is our strength. He is our provider. He gives us the perfect example of fruit on a vine. The fruit must stay attached to the vine in order to become sweet and juicy – to become mature. The vine is what provides everything the fruit needs to grow into what it is supposed to be, what it was meant to be. If the fruit is taken from the vine early it never ripens and we all know that a green piece of fruit is no good.

We are just like fruit. If we separate ourselves or allow ourselves to be separated from Christ we stop growing into what God wants us to be. If we stop feeding on the Word of God we begin to shrivel up and die – spiritually. If we cease praying we become separated from God and His plan for our life. If we stop going to church we stop getting the nutrients we need to make it through the week, we miss what God wants for us.

What kind of fruit are you? Are you depending on the vine, allowing it to give you everything you need? Or, are you shriveling up, losing your sweetness? Trust in Him and you too will be vine ripened to perfection!

Make sure to drop us a line at http://www.gouldsmusic.com or visit our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/gouldsmusic

See ya on The Road!

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Jim Sheldon

God’s Work Gloves

“In everything you do put God first; He will direct and crown your efforts with Success.”
(Proverbs 3:6 paraphrase)

God will never violate our free will. He will never force anyone against their will to serve Him. We must totally surrender our lives to be a servant of Jesus Christ.

Once a person is totally surrendered to The Will of God, there is nothing He can’t do through us! He will provide the power, the strength, the knowledge, the talent and desire to do whatever He’s called us to do.

That is what the paraphrase of Proverbs 3:6 is telling us. Our part is to Put God First in everything we do, under His complete control and put forth the effort to do what we’re called to do. Then, His Holy Spirit working in and through us will help accomplish the task. God will bless/Crown our Efforts with His Success.

To illustrate: We need to be God’s Work gloves.

People who work in the yard, construction or any manual labor task will use good quality Work Gloves. It protects their hands while allowing them to easily complete the job.

The Work Gloves no matter the comfort, the quality and mobility it gives to perform all the tasks required to do the job. As long as the Work Gloves sit in a drawer, on a bench or hanging on a peg, it can’t do anything. But, when you put on the Work Gloves, they will do everything you do. Because you’re inside the gloves! Your hands will provide the power, strength and mobility to do whatever you Will to do.

We must be God’s Work Gloves. Allowing The Holy Spirit to be inside us, so God can accomplish what He Wills us to do! He will provide the power, strength and ability to bring completion and success through our Efforts.
Over 3 years ago, I took my hands out my own Work Gloves and became God’s Work Gloves. All the success has come because God, through His Holy Spirit, is providing the Power, the Strength and Ability to be His faithful servant! As I Put God First, He is blessing my Efforts under His Control!

Praise God!!

“The Positive Cowboy”
Jim Sheldon/Putting God First Ministry

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Flatt Lonesome - Too


Producer: Andrea Roberts & Tim Surrett
Label: Pisgah Ridge/Crossroads
Website: http://www.flatlonesome.com

Few bands have garnered the attention and accolade as quickly as this "new kid on the block." This group of young Floridians debuted and won a 2012 band competition as their first mainline public appearance. With excitement and passion for the music they love, Flatt Lonesome delivers a pure blend of true bluegrass at its best.

Taking the stereotypical bluegrass audience into consideration, it was no surprise when radio stations around the country began broadcasting this fresh faced group of family and friends. And now, only a couple years since we first heard their name, they present their third album, quickly becoming a household name in bluegrass music.

Flatt Lonesome's "Too" kicks off with a toe-tapper from one of the business's best writers, Randall Hylton. This song sets the bar for great harmonies and grassy pickin'. In this song you will become with Charli Robertson's powerhouse vocal. "Make it Through The Day" also features an incredible, mellow female lead in Kelsi Robertson.

"Dangerous Dan" is the epitome of the bluegrass male vocal and picking. It's a story that will keep your attention, backed by some banjo and dobro licks.

"Never Let Me Go" will be a favorite for any listener. It's actually a group original written by Kelsi! It is best described as a happy, swinging, dancin'
tune. It takes several listens through this song to appreciate the masterful dobro, violin, and bass riffs!

"Slowly Getting You Out Of The Way" is another Hylton song with some incredible chorus harmonies, not to mention the guitar and mandolin exchanges throughout. Interludes in this song, and all throughout "Too" are so captivating, you almost forget that the lyrics have ended.

Reflective songs like "He Still Hears" make bluegrass one of the most moving genres of music. This lyrically driven number is another original. Knowing that the Robertson family grew up in the ministry explains why they are able to deliver this song with the same passion and understanding as the upbeat numbers.

"It's Probably Just Her Memory" and "Letters Have No Arms" are traditional song/story tracks brought to life by the Flatt Lonesome bluegrass flair. "I'm Ready Now" picks up the pace quite a bit and brings the energy level back to a peak before "I Thought You Were Someone I Knew" mellows out in a remorseful storyline.

"I Can't Be Bothered" originally a Miranda Lambert song takes on a whole new vibe with this group's emotional delivery. And the surprise close " How Far" might sound familiar from when it won a Grammy by the Eagles! It has a perfect mix of vocal and music, and truly makes bluegrass music "cool."

Even if you are not typically a bluegrass fan, I encourage you to visit flattlonesome.com and check out some audio samples! Flatt Lonesome is the fresh face of bluegrass and will no doubt lead in the genre's resurgence among a new generation.



Song List:

01. So Far
02. Make It Through The Day
03. Dangerous Dan
04. Never Let Me Go
05. Slowly Getting You Out Of The Way
06. I Can't Be Bothered
07. He Still Hears
08. It's Probably Just Her Memory Again
09. Letters Have No Arms
10. I'm Ready Now
11. I Thought You Were Someone I Knew
12. How Long

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Reality TV – Really Real!  Reeeeally!

It’s realer than we realize. Reeeeally!!! We were taught as children the following:
Stay away from the stove, you could get burned;
Don’t play in the street, it’s dangerous;
Tie your shoes, you could trip and fall;
Don’t get in cars with strangers;
Always let someone know where you are;
Don’t entertain fast little girls, they don’t make good wives;
Boys who can't wait, don't make patient husbands;
Put a slip on, because one can see through the dress;
Pull your dress down to cover yourself while seated;
Pull your pants up so they won’t fall;
Don’t chew gum in class;
Say “excuse me”;
Say "yes ma'am, no ma'am or yes sir and no sir" it states respect;
Etc. Etc. Etc….

All the statements above are what was call a good upbringing…
What in the world Happened? What is going on????

Things of importance is not important anymore and TV has become the parents. What you see is Really what you get!!! Therefore it is really Reality TV- TV that is changing our world…
Your Children
Your mindset
Your goals
Your morals
Your sensitivity toward sin
Your time with God
Your priorities
Your appearance
Your attitude

Just like hymns, our children don’t even know who Jacqueline Onassis is for class, or Jimmy Stewart for chivalry. How about they don’t even know the word “class” or “chivalry”. Anything goes and so does everything. The Holy Spirit wants to take up everything and put it in a huge laundry bag that says “Dirty Clothes” and just WASH US!!! We have played in the mud for so long, that we don’t even recognize the mud any more. We say in our minds “Oh, it’s OK, it will wash off” and never head towards the bathroom to wash. We just brush off the newest dirt while the foundation of the old dirt gets thicker and more compound.

Don’t you know that compounded dirt makes us heavy. Too heavy to do anything! As a result of the heaviness, we can’t move and settle to sitting back and doing what – watch more TV! Through your eyes and ears the enemy has been able to hue more dirt on us than we realize. We’ve accepted more foolishness for normality. The devil is winning this battle because we refuse to line up our entertainment with the Word of God and His Holiness. We are allowing demons to dance in our homes via television. People…We are playing in the street with traffic!!! Take your hand off the stove, you’ll get burned!

Ok, you say “Angie, you’re preaching to the choir.” I really wish I were. I thought I would be. But No!!! The Christians are just as engaged in sinful thrust as the world. Look and listen! Understand the influence of attire, speech, attitude, relationships, and goals derive from outer influences. Who influences you? Who do you watch and give your time to? Who is your teacher? Understand what you give ear to is teaching you. What you watch, you become. We, as human beings always, subconsciously, imitate what we see. How about let’s quit looking at the things we do not want to become. How about let’s banish the ungodly entertainment from our homes. How about lets celebrate only what we tolerate. How about we look, talk, walk, and present ourselves as Godly-Christians again. Some would say, Angie, why would you use the word “Godly” to describe Christians, are they not the same? I say to you, this was once the case, but not anymore. Christians have taken on the looks of the world and it’s scary to watch. Ladies, let’s be ladies, and men, be men. Let's be used of the Lord with reproach. Let’s look like sons and daughters of The King in His Royalty! Let's showcase Him with our lives and be the TV to the world that they may see His Reality! Now that's what I call Reality TV! REEEEEALY!!!


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DMB Band - Still Believing


Producer: Information Not Provided
Label: Independent
Website: http://www.thedmbband.com

It’s very rare for a group to make a comeback after a decade or two in any genre of music. However, The DMB Band are on their way back to where they left off 25 years ago! For those who may not know what DMB stands for, it’s actually the Dixie Melody Boys Band! In the 1980s, Ed O’Neal put a unique band together that had a country flavor to it that may not have been widely accepted back then. Members are finding out, it’s widely accepted today! Kent Humphrey of the group says, “It is kinda neat to see how the music we were doing back 25 years ago that was so progressive at the time, is now acceptable and embraced so well.” The DMB Band is currently making a comeback with their STILL BELIEVING TOUR which features songs off of their brand new recording of the same name. Today, I want to take a look at this unique project and introduce you to a great group that with their solid message and strong lyrics accompanied by their country flare, will march straight into your heart!

PEACEFUL FEELING introduces the recording with a smooth blend of steel guitar, fiddle, and other stringed instruments. It is a song that reminds me of the prodigal son. There is nothing like the peaceful feeling of being home. The song continues to compare that peaceful feeling of being home to the peaceful feeling of being in our eternal home in heaven! JESUS IS THE LIGHT is a mid tempo song that reminds us that in the darkness of this world, we can still see because JESUS IS THE LIGHT. LORD YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME shares the tight harmonies of the group with an a cappella intro accompanied only by the snare drum.
Even when I didn’t believe much in Jesus, HE STILL BELIEVED IN ME. LAST TRAIN slows things down with a ballad that once again features tight harmonies with a strong message of Jesus being the conductor of a train. It’s time to get on the right track. GOSPEL SHIP is an uptempo rendition of the old, old song that we’ve loved for years. The country flavor puts a new feel on the tune and makes it almost new again. NO TIME LIKE THE PRESENT is another ballad with a strong lead vocal solo. The song simply reminds us that before we give up, we need to give Jesus a chance. Other songs on the recording include, RESCUE ME, TRUE LOVE, NEW YORK, and my favorite so far on the recording, the radio single, TELL ME THE STORY. This song has a classic country sound with the message of the Gospel and giving your heart to Christ. There’s nothing like the STORY OF JESUS.

This recording has been such an encouragement to me, and I find myself listening to it over and over. I’m going to give this recording 4 stars based on their arrangements, vocal styling, and instrumentation. I’m looking forward to hearing more from the DMB Band.



Song List:

Peaceful Feeling
Jesus Is The Light
Lord, You Still Believe In Me
Last Train
Gospel Ship
No Time Like The Present
Rescue Me
Tell Me the Story
True Love
New York

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Jeff Stice - Fingerprints: A New Chapter


Producer: Information Not Provided
Label: Independent
Website: http://www.jeffsticemusic.com

Jeff Stice has always been one of those individuals in my life that I just absolutely love to run into and even though we may not have seen other in several years or months, it is like we would just pick up from where we last left off. He is truly one of the classiest gents in the business, and I love that warm smile and heart of his. We never have had any lengthy conversation, but I remember meeting him back in the 90’s at some concert, a convention or award show, and have just always admired and applauded him for “who he is”. I love his heart and the passion he has always shown and exemplified for the music he has so graciously been entrusted with. To me Jeff, is just the very best and I love his piano playing and style.

When I recently heard Jeff was leaving one of my favorite quartets, TRIUMPHANT, I was so saddened, and I am sure like many I wondered, who was he going to go play for or travel with, etc. Then I started hearing he was taking off to help care for his parents and also to take time for himself and see what God had in store for him. I love it when people recognize the importance of coming to that place of “ok God, I am yours, what now”. After reading up and asking around, I can see Jeff is walking in that place and I love the quote that I have seen him use several times over and over lately, but the late great Brennan Manning…” The basis of my personal worth is not my possessions, my talents, not esteem of others, reputation, not expressions of appreciation from my parents or kids, not applause and everyone telling me how important I am to the place…I am anchored now in God before whom I stand, this God who tells me, “you are my son, my beloved son”.

That statement speaks volumes to me about where Jeff is on this new part of his journey. Of course we all know how “awarded” of an artist he was and most likely will continue to be. This new solo piano CD is just breathtaking, from the first to the last song, it is the perfect traveling companion for those long drives, those dinner parties where background music helps set the pace, those times of devotions where you want to just hear the music and let it help soothe those fears….this project is just gorgeous. It I Jeff Stice at his best, with bringing new life to some of the most incredible songs that many of us are familiar with. It starts off with a good old “barn burner”, THANKFUL FOR THE CHANGE, then he so simply but so breathtaking takes us into that secret place with Him with the classic Hymn, IT IS NO SECRET (and I love the little Floyd Kramer styling). Every tune is just so incredible. The THEME FROM EXODUS with its rich orchestrations, then leading into one of my favorite tunes from the 70”s I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW….His version of CRYING IN THE CHAPEL far exceeds others I have listened to as a piano solo. He goes into 3 beautiful well known tunes, THEME FROM SOMEWHERE IN TIME, HAVE I TOLD YOU LATELY THAT I LOVE YOU and THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM. I was so moved by the last three songs with so many different emotions due to the elegance and beauty of the power of music.

A must have project that will certainly keep Jeff’s name out there and allow him to share his own story and journey with so many others. Love this project!



Song List:

THANKFUL FOR THE CHANGE
IT IS NO SECRET
THEME FROM EXODUS
I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW
PRELUDE IN C MINOR
A TRIBUTE TO THE US MILITARY
CRYING IN THE CHAPEL
THEME FROM SOMEWHERE IN TIME
HAVE I TOLD YOU LATELY THAT I LOVE YOU
THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM

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Three Bridges - In Conversation Again

Deon sits down with Three Bridges as they talk about their new release - Jesus Saves!

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Amber Nelon Thompson - Without Your Love


Producer: Jason Clark
Label: Daywind Records
Website: http://www.thenelons.com

Amber Nelon Thompson has definitely become on of the southern gospel's finest female vocalists. In fact, she is the reigning Absolutely Gospel Music Awards Female Vocalist of the Year. Amber is the soprano vocalist for her family's group, The Nelons. Given Amber's rich history in Gospel Music, it's no surprise she has become such a powerhouse vocalist.

Amber recently signed with Daywind Records and has recorded her first EP, "Without Your Love". Containing 4 brand new songs, this project is not your typical southern gospel project, though it definitely takes on a more progressive/country sound. However, there are some southern gospel overtones that southern gospel fans will enjoy!

"What do You Say" is the opening number on this EP, and it's a great story-song with a powerful, hopeful ending!

"Grateful" is up next, and this song definitely has a more country sound to it but again, Amber does a great job.

The title track "Without Your Love" is up next, and this is a duet featuring Joseph Habedank. Amber and Joseph are a duet made in heaven and the marriage of these two voices is nothing short of magical. This song is a definite standout on the project and shows off the true vocal control, ability and range of both vocalists!

The EP closes with "Falling." It is another strong song showing Amber's incredible vocal range and ability. This is one of the best songs to come along all year in southern gospel and is also the current single.

This EP is great. My only complaints? It needs more songs! Hopefully this is only the beginning for Amber, and we'll get to hear more from her.

Check this project out and give it a listen! You'll be glad you did!



Song List:

1. “What Do You Say” - Jason Clark
2. “Grateful” - Ian Eskolin, Don Poythress, Tony Wood
3. “Without Your Love”/Duet with Joseph Habedank - Jason Clark, Joel Lindsey
4. “Falling” - Gina Boe, Ronnie Freeman, Tony Wood

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The Dunaways - Having Church In the Kitchen

Deon talks with The Dunaways about their brand new album - Church In the Kitchen!

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Three Bridges - Jesus Saves


Producer: Rick Sandidge
Label: Mansion Records
Website: http://www.threebridges.net

Three Bridges is a group that continues to “break the mold”. I can remember the first time I heard this incredible trio in the middle of 2003 when I’M A SOLDIER hit radio stations by storm! Stylistically, this group was unpredictable, and I believe that they prided themselves in being that way! Although, many years have come and gone, Three Bridges continues to stand tall. Elliot McCoy, an original member of the group continues to be joined by Shannon Smith and Jeromie Hudson. Together, their mission remains unshakeable and very clear, to reach people with the Gospel of Christ wherever God chooses to open the door. Let’s take a look at their newly released recording, JESUS SAVES.

JESUS SAVES, NEVER FADES, written by Glen Bates and Glenn Ashworth, is a strong song that will be embraced by radio. The arrangement has a classic country feel, however, the message touches the heart! There maybe times in life that we wonder if God even cares. However, we are reminded that He still saves, and He’ll never fail. The lyrics are strong, the melody is catchy, and the message penetrates the heart. SATISFIED is a medium tempo song that reminds us that only through Christ can we truly be satisfied. THE LORD WILL MAKE A WAY is a perfect example of a cross genre song. The vocal arrangement, as well as the instrumentation, has a blues flavor that has impeccable harmonies and delivers the promise that God will make a way even when it doesn’t seem that there is one. A TIME SUCH AS THIS is a fitting song for the culture that we live in. With hints of contemporary Christian music influences such as Phillips, Craig, & Dean mixed with traces of The Gaither Vocal Band, the message is plain and delivered very well. I love the two part harmony that leads into unison through the chorus then builds to three part harmony in the second half of the song. LIVIN’ FORGIVEN should be the claim of every Christian. We may falter and fail but we can rest assured that He will forgive us of our sins because scripture says so in I John 1:9.. It is another catchy melody with hard driving lyrics that convey the message of forgiveness and freedom. Other songs on the recording include BRAND NEW, UNKNOWN SOLDIERS, MADE UP MY MIND and WATER GRAVE. My personal favorite is the uptempo song driven by fiddles and steel guitars entitled WHEN GOD DOES THE DOIN’...THE DOIN’ GETS DONE. It reminds us of the fact that throughout scripture, God was the only one that could take credit for what had been done, because it was Him in the first place! This recording will be available at http://www.threebridgesgospel.com. I give this project 4 stars because of how solid it is. I look forward to hearing more from this recording in the future.



Song List:

1 Jesus Saves, Never Fades
2 Satisfied
3 Lord Will Make a Way Somehow
4 Time Such As This
5 Livin' Forgiven
6 Brand New
7 When God Does the Doin'
8 Made Up Mind
9 Water Grave
10 Unknown Soldiers

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