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2015 Absolutely Gospel Music Award Nominees Announced

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Songwriter Dianne Wilkinson earned an impressive seven nods as well - including four mentions in the Song of the Year category. Jeff Collins and Ricky Free landed six nominations, while Michael Farren, Gordon Mote, and Lee Black each earned five nods. Mentioned four times were Karen Peck Gooch, Amber Eppinette, Jim Brady, Jason Cox, and Roger Talley. Multiple people earned three nominations including Ben Isaacs, Jeff Stice, Jerry Salley, Amber Nelon Thompson, Matthew Browder, and Becky Isaacs Bowman.

The Pacesetter Award is awarded to any artist, individual, or organization that has shown great strides in the industry and has raised the bar for others. This year’s nominees for the 2015 Pacesetter are satellite radio station enLighten Sirius-XM Satellite Radio, new Southern Gospel television show Music City Show, popular blogging site MusicScribe.com, record label StowTown Records, and promotional firm Vertical Sky Promotions.

More information on the 2015 Absolutely Gospel Music Awards Celebration will be forthcoming, including hosts, performers, and sponsors, etc. The date for this year’s Absolutely Gospel Music Awards Celebration is Tuesday, April 14, 2015. The event will again take place at the River of Life Church in Smyrna, Tennessee. Ticket information will be forthcoming.

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

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

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

PACESETTER
enLighten Sirius XM Satellite Radio
Music City Show
MusicScribe.com
StowTown Records
Vertical Sky Promotions

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

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


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


MALE GROUP
Booth Brothers
Brian Free & Assurance
Canton Junction
The Old Paths
Triumphant
Tribute


FEMALE GROUP
HIGHROADIII
Red Roots
Sisters
Sweetwater Revival


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


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


SONGWRITER (PROFESSIONAL)
Lee Black
Jason Cox
Rebecca J. Peck
Sue C. Smith
Kenna West
Dianne Wilkinson


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

PRODUCER (PROFESSIONAL)
Jeff Collins
Ricky Free
Lari Goss
Michael Sykes
Kevin Ward


ENGINEER
Steve Allen
Van Atkins
Blake Bennett
Terry Thompson
Kevin Ward


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

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


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


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


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


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

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


SPECIAL EVENT PROJECT
A Christmas Hymn – Steve Ladd (S.Ladd)
An Isaacs Family Christmas Special – The Isaacs
Cathedrals Family Reunion Live – Various Artists (W.Haun)
Mississippi Live – Bowling Family
Without Your Love EP – Amber Thompson (J.Clark)


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


FAN FAVORITE ARTIST
Bowling Family
The Browders
Michael English
HIGHROADIII
The Isaacs
Ivan Parker
David Phelps
Sneed Family
Three Bridges
The Williamsons

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Written: 01/20/2015 | Category: News & Scoops Comments: 1


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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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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Standing Room Only Crowds Highlight Crabb Family Platinum Reunion Tour

Lives Changed, Hearts Encouraged, People Saved during Anointed Services

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

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

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

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The Browders Receive Five AGM Award Nominations

Nashville, Tenn (January 29, 2015) Daywind recording artists, The Browders, earn five group and individual nominations for this years Absolutely Gospel Music Awards. The year 2015, for The Browders, has been one of recognition by their peers as they were nominated for their first Dove Award for Inspirational Song Of The Year as well as three Singing News Award nominations.


These five nominations add to an already stellar year for the Browders including their most recent number one song "Listening For The Shout” from the 'Time Machine' album. The song went to the number one spot on both the Absolutely Gospel Music and Singing News charts.

"The Browders are some of the most sincere and humble people in Gospel Music. They sing to win souls for Christ and lift up those that are discouraged and not for the awards they may receive.” said Deon Unthank, CEO of Absolutelygospel.com.

Sonya Browder stated, "I remember the time we just wanted the opportunity to have our music heard! Now the Lord has not only blessed us with that, but these nominations from Absolutely Gospel. I am amazed at how good God is to us”

The five nominations are as follows:

PROGRESSIVE SONG - "Lift Up His Name” – The Browders (M.Browder)

MIXED GROUP - The Browders

COUNTRY SONG - "Listening For the Shout” – The Browders (M.Browder, T.Browder)

FAN FAVORITE ARTIST - The Browders


SONGWRITER (ARTIST) - Matthew Browder (The Browders)

Voting for the Awards begins Sunday, February 1st and will continue through Saturday February 21st . Simply go to http://www.absolutelygospel.com and look for the large banner at the top of the front page and you can click to vote for the Browders.


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

You can find out more about the Browders by going to http://www.thebrowders.com or https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Browders-Friends .
Contact the Browders by E-mailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or Twitter at https://twitter.com/browdersmusic .

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Davis Family Announces Release of New CD & Renewal of EHA-Nashville Contract

(Washington, MO) The popular Davis Family has been in the studio working on a new project with producer, Mike Loudermilk, at the Project House in Nashville. They also renew their contract agreement with EHA-Nashville this month. The family group has been traveling and singing since they can remember.

David and Rosemary Davis formed the group with family in mind, which also includes their daughter, Becky Davis-Short and her children, Jack and Maddy. Original songs, Jesus is Enough, Look Up, and many more are part of their close family harmonies and trademark sound. In 2010, Becky was the 2nd place winner in the His Choice Music Talent Search that took place in Branson, MO. They have participated in the National Quartet Convention, sang in the Brumley Showcase, and are members of the Mid America Gospel Music Association (Magna).

The group has also been members of the Nashville-based, USAGEM organization where they were named "New Artist of the Year" in the annual awards show. They are current members of the Nashville-based Southern Gospel Singers United (SGSU) and the Music City Christian Fellowship (MCCF). Evie Hawkins notes, "It’s an honor to continue working for this anointed group for the fifth year! Rosemary Davis has written a book about the family’s musical journey that conveys the passion the Davis Family has for spreading joy to those hurting and reaching the lost through song!" The group’s latest project is slated to be released in early Spring and plans are in place to distribute a single to radio on Patterson Promotions radio compilation # 18.

For more information and a promotional press kit: Publicist, Evie Hawkins: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), 615-856-0910 or 256-303-8354. Contact the Davis Family about bookings or product at: 636-583-4772 or 636-221-8708.
 
 

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The Freemans Breaking New Ground

Nashville, Tenn (January 29, 2015) Award winning Gospel family, The Freemans new website is up and running with a fresh new look. Along with the expected information of a website, this new page is packed with many new features not seen on the previous web site. These new features include an area to retrieve any of The Freemans promotional material for all promoters, pastors or anyone wanting a press kit for advertisements, as well as a dedicated place for Radio DJ's to sign in with a protected password and download the groups newest music for airplay. One area that is currently under construction is the new sound-track Store, where fans can purchase their favorite Freemans sound-tracks and download them right to their computer. The web address is still the same, http://www.the-freemans.com.

The reboot of Nashville Country Revival, featuring new Host, Darrell Freeman, has enjoyed great success with its debut on the Heartland Network and now is proud to be a featured show on DirecTV's TCT Network (Channel 377) every Wednesday. NCR made its TCT premiere on January 14th and re-aired its opening show on January 28th and will be aired in order over the following 9 weeks. The show can continued to be followed on Heartland Network (Check Local Listings) every Sunday at 9:30AM CST & 8:30PM CST.

Here's a link to show what the show is all about: http://vimeo.com/112926109 .

If your TV programming provider does not carry any station the show airs on then we have good news. More Networks are picking up the show so visit and LIKE our Facebook page, Nashville Country Revival, to see where you can view the show. If you prefer watching your favorite shows online, you can find the show and stream it through HULU.While you're on Facebook, keep up with Darrell on the "Darrell Freeman Fan Community" page. So grab a seat and tune in to watch the best in Gospel and Positive Country music. "From the backroads to Broadway, this is Nashville Country Revival!"

The Freemans have been nominated for three Absolutely Gospel Music Awards.


SONG OF THE YEAR
Lead Me Home – Freemans


COUNTRY SONG
Lead Me Home – Freemans


MUSIC VIDEO
Where I've Been – Freemans

To learn more about the Freemans go to http://www.the-freemans.com or https://www.facebook.com/thefreemans . You can catch them on Twitter at https://twitter.com/thefreemansfans .

To book the Freemans contact the River Gate Talent Agency at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) .

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Written: 01/29/2015 | Category: News & Scoops Comments: 0


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Joe Kitson Returns To Paul’s Journey

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

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News & Scoops


Three Bridges Earn Three AGM Awards Nominations




Nashville, Tenn (January 29, 2015) Mansion entertainment recording artists, Three Bridges, has earned three nominations for the Absolutely Gospel Music Ovation Awards held every year in April at the River of Life Church in Smyrna, TN.

The "out of the box” thinking of producer Rick Sandidge helped get this group nominations. The album contains a little Country, a little Classic, and a little Soul to make it much more than your average Gospel music project.

The groups nominations are as follows:

PROGRESSIVE ALBUM

Jesus Saves – Three Bridges (R.Sandidge)

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Jesus Saves – Three Bridges (R.Sandidge)

FAN FAVORITE ARTIST

Three Bridges

Group manager, Elliot McCoy, stated, "The Absolutely Gospel Music Awards Celebration is the classiest award program we know and it is a privilege to be nominated for three Awards. The spirit and camaraderie of the professionals in our industry at this event is extraordinary, not to mention you hear the greatest music in the world. Thank you to our fans and AGM for our nominations”

You can learn more about Three Bridges at http://threebridgesgospel.com or https://www.facebook.com/3BridgesMusic .

You can reach Three Bridges at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or Twitter at https://twitter.com/3BridgesMusic .

Three Bridges is booked by the Beckie Simmons Agency - 615.595.7500 or http://www.bsaworld.com .

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Daily Devotion

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Author's Website:
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In The Morning

In Mark 1:35 we read “Now in the morning, having risen before daylight, He departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed.”

I have never been what you would call a morning person. It seems that it takes me a little longer than most to get moving in the morning. In fact if I were to be perfectly honest I’d have to admit that morning people really get on my nerves…especially in the morning! It seems that they have an over abundance of energy from the moment they spring out of bed saying a cheerful “good morning” to anyone or anything that crosses their path; while it takes every ounce of energy that I have to stumble down the hall and plop down on the couch trying collect my thoughts and get the sand out of my eyes! In fact before I got married I didn’t know that 6 o’clock came twice a day!

A few years ago I was in what I would call a dry place in my relationship with the Lord. It seemed that nothing was going my way. I was telling my troubles to a dear friend one day over lunch ,who knows that I am not a morning person. ‘You should do what Jesus did,” my friend said a matter of factly. “What’s that “? I replied. “Get up and pray the very first thing in the morning” he said pulling up Mark 1:35 on his iphone. As I sat and read this verse of scripture I couldn’t believe my eyes. That verse had been in the bible all along and for some reason I had totally missed it! I can honestly say that ever since that day I have tried my best to follow Jesus example and give Him the very first moments of every day. I can testify to the fact that doing this one simple thing has revolutionized my prayer life and made all the difference. Give it a try and see the difference it will make in your life!

Jeff Pearles2015

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News & Scoops


The Isaacs Collectively Receive Seven AGM Award Nominations

Nashville, Tenn (January 28, 2015) The legendary Isaacs have garnered a whopping seven Absolutely Gospel Music Awards Nominations for their successes in 2014. Once again the Isaacs pursuit of excellence has caught the attention of the Southern Gospel music industry.

The impressive list of nominations includes Fan Favorite Artist, Songwriter (Artist) - Sonya and Becky Isaacs, Producer (Artist) – Ben Isaacs, Musician – Becky Isaacs Bowman, Mixed Group, Country Song - "I Wanna Be There” and Special Event Project – An Isaacs Family Christmas Special .

Absolutely Gospel Music Editor, Chris Unthank stated, "The Isaacs are always high on our awards nomination list, so it's not a surprise that they are among our top nominees.”

Lily Isaacs commented, "We are so honored to be nominated for several awards at the Absolutely Gospel Music Awards. We want to thank AbsolutelyGospel.com and our fans for these nominations. God bless you all and we love you. Thank you.” .

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

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

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

The Isaacs were also nominated for two awards by the Society For the Preservation Of Bluegrass Music For America. Sonya Isaacs Yeary was nominated for Female vocalist (Contemporary) and The Isaacs for Gospel Group of the Year (Contemporary).

The purpose of the SPBGMA is to preserve the traditional spirit and art form of Bluegrass music.

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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News & Scoops


The Mark Dubbeld Family Takes A New Direction

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

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

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

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

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

To learn more about The Mark Dubbeld Family contact, visit mjdubbeld.com.
Like them on Facebook HERE.
Follow them on Twitter @mdubbeldfamily.

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Daily Devotion

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A Song That Never Ends

When our oldest son Jordan was a baby, our daily ritual was to watch a kids show while feeding him. It was "Sheri and Lampchop."

At the end of every episode, all the characters would sing the same song;

"It is a song that never ends, yes it goes on and on my friend. Some people started singing it, not knowing what it was, and they'll continue singing it forever just because...This is the song that never ends..."

The song literally DOESN'T HAVE to end.

What if we were to write and sing a song about the goodness of God?

Telling all about the blessings, miracles and sheer LOVE that He lavishes on us...THAT would be a song that would NEVER End.

When was the last time that we truly stopped and thanked Him for His love, His salvation, His grace or for rescuing us from Hell?


Hebrews 13:15
"Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise--the fruit of lips that openly profess his name."

Continually...never ending.

It's easy to praise Him without ceasing when the sun is shining and our life is good...

But when the dark clouds are hovering.. Our life seems to be in chaos..
When trials come, Praise Him.
When the job is gone, Praise Him.
When your home is in disarray, Praise Him.

Don't let the song of praise to God have an ending.
Keep singing.

Prayer starter: "Father, thank you for your endless grace and mercy in my life. May my song to YOU never have an end. In Jesus name..Amen."

Vbryanhutson2015


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News & Scoops


Steve Ladd Works With Compassion International In Ecuador

Nashville, TN (January 27, 2015) It's not uncommon for Steve Ladd to minister in every area he can find. Whether it is singing in mega-churches, or to homeless individuals at the Bridge Ministry in Nashville, TN, Steve Ladd is working to share his message with anyone who will listen.

This was a ministry trip like none other for Steve, as he and his wife traveled to Ecuador. They reached out to a completely different culture than what he is ministers to here in the United States. They spent the week of missionary minded work in the highlands at the base of Chimborazo (an inactive volcano and one of the highest points on the planet) in Rio Bamba, Ecuador.

This unique ministry opportunity came about as a result of Ladd's combined effort with Compassion International of which he stated, "It really brought what I'm doing with Compassion International to life. Seeing how these people live from day to day and how Compassion is changing their lives was priceless. It was so cool to have Dayna by my side as we ministered to and loved on those children and the parents. We even hand plowed a field for a mother and her children!” adding Steve said, "The Gospel brings Hope and that's what Compassion is doing. Bringing Hope to these people who are precious in the sight of God. My life will never be the same!”



If you are interested in sponsoring a child, in Jesus name, click here: http://www.compassion.com/sponsor_a_child/default.htm?referer=129961

In other news Steve Ladd was nominated for his first Absolutely Gospel Music Award in the Special Event Project category for his Christmas album A Christmas Hymn.

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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Daily Devotion

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Hold My Hand - Guest Devotion by Paula Hill

“Nevertheless I am continually with You; You hold me by my right hand” (Psalm 73:23).

Recently, my grandson was visiting with me for a few days. One particular night, we laid in the dim- ness and quiet stillness of the bedroom after the lights were out. The cartoons had long ago vanished from the television screen, and we were nestled into the covers about to go to sleep. Brayden reached over, touched my face, and said, “Nana, can you hold my hand so I’ll know you’re by me?” My grandson is not fond of the darkness. He was asking me for security and safety. Because he doesn’t like the silence, he wanted to hear my voice. He wanted to feel my touch.
Brayden would much rather leave the lights on all night and would prefer to never turn off the television. So, of course, I held his hand and quietly told him stories until he drifted off to sleep.

After he was asleep, I laid there thinking. It was a wonderful feeling knowing I could make him feel warm and secure. It reminded me of the way I feel about my heavenly Father. At times, I just want to reach out into the darkness and ask the same question as my grandson: “Lord, will you hold my hand so I’ll know you’re by me?” The answer I always receive is, “Child, I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Often, I get those feelings of insecurity, just as I’m sure most people do. Sometimes, I just want to feel the security of His hand in mine. I want to know when the “lights have been turned off,” so to speak; I don’t have to be afraid. When it’s
quiet, I want to hear His voice. I want to know He cares about the way I am feeling.

It is significant and unique to me on a personal level that this verse of Scripture says: “You hold me by my right hand.” You see, I’m left-handed and can’t do much with my right hand. I would be in trouble if I ever broke my left arm. I just love the fact that He holds my right hand. That leaves my left hand free to work with. We know He holds both hands when we need Him to, but I believe the Word is personal. It speaks to our individual needs. I can’t even keep from falling, if He doesn’t hold my hand.

What is it you love to hear the heavenly Father whisper to you in the darkness? If you listen closely, perhaps you’ll hear Him whisper, “I’ll hold your hand so you’ll know I’m by your side.” Then you can reach out—He’ll be there to keep you safe and warm, so you can rest peacefully.



Paula’s Prayer
Father, I know You promised to never leave me or forsake me. I know when I’m surrounded by darkness, You’ll be there to comfort me. When it’s quiet, I want to hear Your voice.
You are my security, Lord. I love the comfort You bring to me. Thank You. I love You.

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News & Scoops


Gaither Vocal Band Kicks Off 2015 Season With Sold Out Event

(Alexandria, IN) – The Gaither Homecoming Tour kicked off the 2015 tour season in Florida with huge concerts in Estero, Jacksonville and a sold-out concert in Tampa. This weekend’s concerts on January 22, 23 & 24, were hosted by Bill Gaither and featured an award-winning artist roster including the Gaither Vocal Band, the Isaacs, the Nelons, Gordon Mote, Charlotte Ritchie and Gene McDonald.

Thrilled by the wonderful audiences this weekend, Gaither states, “I am still in awe that thousands of people want to come out and see us after all these years. I’m still blown away every weekend by the support and encouragement we receive. Thank you to everyone who came this weekend and to all who we will see during the upcoming 2015 tour.”



Tour promoter, Gary Gentry of Premier Productions, states, “I never cease to be amazed. After all these years of working with Bill Gaither, he still delivers the goods night after night with music that blesses all who come. Bill and the Gaither Vocal Band continue their long tradition of musical excellence. If someone out there has not been to a Gaither Vocal Band concert in awhile, take advantage of a concert near you in 2015.”

The Gaither tour will continue in Texas in early February, where the Gaither Vocal Band will headline concerts in Lubbock, Houston and Austin. Visit http://www.gaither.com for details on these and all other remaining 2015 concert dates.

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News & Scoops


This Week on Gospel Music Today

Ben Harris and Alan Brewster of Southern Sound are the guests on Gospel Music Today for the week of January 25. Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates. The Feature Group is Georgia, and Jean reviews new recordings by New Revival and Tribute Quartet. An article from Singing News magazine is the subject of this week's News Notes. The show features exclusive video of Southern Sound, recorded by Gospel Music Today's cameras in Nashville, TN, and a visit to the Gospel Music Today Archives for an exclusive concert video of The Dixie Echoes at the Southern Gospel Worship Gathering, in Broken Arrow, OK.

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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News & Scoops


Good News Music with Woody Wright

This week's program on "Good News Music with Woody Wright" features Part 2 of our interview with Paul Lancaster of The Booth Brothers and music from Jason Crabb, Jeff & Sheri Easter, The Hoppers, Brian Free & Assurance, The Gaither Vocal Band, Palmetto State Quartet, Reggie & Ladye Love Smith, Willie Wynn and MORE!

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

http://GoodNewsMusicRadio.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Good-News-Music-Radio-with-Woody-Wright/133859493325244

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News & Scoops


Glory Bound Jubilee Television Show Renamed Sneed Family Music

Sneed Family Receives Fan Favorite Nomination At AGM Awards

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

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



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

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

To learn more about the Sneed Family you can go to 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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Karen Peck And New River Garner 5 Absolutely Gospel Music Nominations

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

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

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

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

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

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

To learn more about Karen Peck go to 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 are 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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Weekly Chart

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Monday - January 26, 2015

Top 40 Weekly Chart

TW
LW
#WK
TITLE
ARTIST
PEAK
1
1
12
Over For Good Beyond the Ashes
1(2)
2
2
18
Everything I Need Tribute
2
3
4
20
Christ Is Still the King Legacy Five
1(7)
4
3
20
Church In the Kitchen Dunaways
1(2)
5
5
16
Unashamed Brian Free & Assurance
2
6
6
14
No One Like God Zane & Donna King
4
7
9
10
That's What I Miss the Most Bowling Family
7
8
8
10
He Took the Nails Browders
4
9
7
21
Oh Yes I Am Kingsmen
6
10
12
11
Picture This 11th Hour
10
11
11
7
It Was the Word Williamsons
11
12
10
10
I Wanna Hear the Gospel Mercy's Well
10
13
15
14
Part the Waters/I Need Thee Every Hour Gold City
13
14
18
11
The Blood Hasn't Ever Changed Greater Vision
14
15
20
15
Do Unto Others Nelons
10
16
14
22
I Wanna Be There Isaacs
7
17
13
14
Don't Stop Running Mark Trammell Quartet
13
18
24
12
Pray On the Little Days Mark Bishop
14
19
16
14
Sometimes It Takes a Mountain Gaither Vocal Band
11
20
26
12
This Blood Triumphant
20
21
17
23
Water Walking God Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
13
22
21
16
The Joys of Heaven Kingdom Heirs
10
23
19
26
Falling Amber Nelon Thompson
2
24
35
4
Glorybound Whisnants
24
25
31
10
Big Top Channing Eleton
24
26
22
10
Land of Endless Tomorrows Hoskins Family
12
27
23
24
Ain't It Just Like the Lord Gordon Mote
1
28
37
2
There's Still a Refuge Mylon Hayes Family
28
29
32
9
Satisfied Three Bridges
29
30
27
12
Heaven Steve Ladd
22
31
36
24
Never, No Never Joseph Habedank
7
32
25
36
I Can Trust Him Perrys
4
33
30
6
Sing It Brother, Sing It Skyline Boys
28
34
39
2
Still Blessed Hyssongs
34
35
33
7
Grace Will Be There Carolina Boys
33
36
28
21
The Last Time I Looked Freemans
10
37
*
1
What You Leave Behind Talleys
37
38
40
2
It Shall Be Well Lore Family
38
39
*
1
Steppin' Out In Faith Jim Brady Trio
39
40
*
1
Where Amazing Happens TaRanda Greene
40
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

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Change

I’m always amazed when I see God working in my life or in the lives of my family and friends. It’s not that I doubt His abilities, it’s just that it’s usually is so perfectly designed that my tiny, little finite brain could never have come up with something so beautiful. That’s when I simply have to stand back in awe to whisper ‘thank-you’.

Even though we know God is at work in our lives, change can still be very hard. You would think as much as life changes, we’d get used to it at some point, but it’s just not so. We don’t like change, even if we know it’s going to be good for us. It’s hard to let go of our comfort zones, even when our comfort zones are leading us nowhere.

So how do you adapt? How do you embrace change, rather than fight it? Pray for God’s guidance. Admit to Him that you aren’t able to do this alone. Find a scripture about change that encourages you and take a step in your new direction knowing that the One who never changes is leading you!


Malachi 3:6 Living Bible (TLB) 6 “For I am the Lord—I do not change. That is why you are not already utterly destroyed, for my mercy endures forever.
Hebrews 13:8 King James Version (KJV) 8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
Psalm 32:8 New International Version (NIV) 8  I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
 I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.
Deuteronomy 31:8 New International Version (NIV) 8 The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
Proverbs 3:5 New International Version (NIV) 5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart
 and lean not on your own understanding;

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Daily Devotion

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You’ve Got A Friend

Did you have a FRIEND when you were growing up that you became very close to, but as time marched on, the years took you in different directions and, to your dismay, that FRIENDSHIP was lost? Well, that’s when we realize that a FRIEND is one of the most valuable assets a person can have. It’s Pastor Phil of Harvest Chapel with a GOOD WORD from GOD’S WORD today.

Hey, I’m a FRIEND COLLECTOR and I hang on to every FRIEND I make. Having a close FRIEND that lasts a lifetime is a great blessings and LOSING a FRIEND is as equally painful. But, some friendships, no matter how hard you try are lost, and never recover the closeness they once had, because SOME PEOPLE CHANGE. That’s why, along with Jesus elevating His followers to being from being a SERVANT to being a FRIEND, in John 15:15, He also promised that He would STICK CLOSER than a BROTHER. And here’s the key to Jesus the BEST FRIEND anyone could ever have, He promised that He’d NEVER CHANGE. He’s the SAME YESTERDAY, TODAY and FOREVER.

So, if you’ve LOST a FRIEND or you’ve been FORSAKEN by SOMEONE that CHANGED, cherish the FRIENDS you have and be the FRIEND you’ve always wanted THEM to be.

It’s your UNCHANGING FRIEND Pastor Phil, with a FRIENDLY "GOOD WORD FROM GOD’S WORD TODAY". God bless

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News & Scoops


The Lesters Honored By City Of St. Louis

St.Louis' First Family of Gospel Music, The Lesters, were recently honored by the city of St. Louis, Missouri. The legendary group entered into their 90th continuous year as a group on January 1st and the city of St. Louis has taken notice. Mayor Francis Slay honored the group by declaring January 1, 2015 as "The Lesters Day" in the city of St. Louis and presented Brian Lester, Jon Lester and Matt Felts each with a proclamation.

"The Lesters have played a huge role in the cultural history of St. Louis and we congratulate them on this historic occasion." said Mayor Slay.

The Lesters kicked off their 90th Anniversary tour at Arnold First Baptist Church, a St. Louis area mega church where the proclamations were presented. Joining them that night on stage were numerous former members and family members including Ginger Pinchers, Donna Lester Tramel, Dan Pinchers, Jenny Pinchers-Revelle, Shannon Shipley Tramel and many more.

For more information, you can go to the official website of the Lesters at The official website of The Lesters

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Written: 01/24/2015 | Category: News & Scoops Comments: 0


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Allison Speer Co-Writes Cut On New Ray Stevens Album

(January 22, 2015) Nashville, TN - GRAMMY Award-winning musician Ray Stevens has recorded a song co-written by Gaither Homecoming artist, Allison Speer. "The Baptism Of Stumpy Brown," originally released on Allison's Whoo-Hoo, What A Ride! comedy DVD, was written with Cyrus "Buddy" Kalb, a staff writer for Ray Stevens Music. Kalb is a renowned songwriter best known for Ray Stevens hit, "Mississippi Squirrel Revival."

Allison comments, "Having a song recorded by Mr. Stevens is a dream come true. As a kid, I remember listening to his music and memorizing all of the words. I'm thrilled by this news!" She added, "The song idea came about as I sat in a baptismal service and wondered about someone leaving more of his old man behind in the water than he intended. Buddy took the idea and ran with it!"

Ray Stevens will perform "The Baptism Of Stumpy Brown" on his new project, Here We Go Again, which will release on his Player label in mid-February, and will be distributed by Sony music.

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Written: 01/24/2015 | Category: News & Scoops Comments: 0


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This Week On “Good News Music with Woody Wright”

This week's program on "Good News Music with Woody Wright" features Part 2 of our interview with Paul Lancaster of The Booth Brothers and music from Jason Crabb, Jeff & Sheri Easter, The Hoppers, Brian Free & Assurance, The Gaither Vocal Band, Palmetto State Quartet, Reggie & Ladye Love Smith, Willie Wynn and MORE!

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

http://GoodNewsMusicRadio.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Good-News-Music-Radio-with-Woody-Wright/133859493325244

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Author: AGM | Author's Website: http://absolutelygospel.com/
Written: 01/23/2015 | Category: News & Scoops Comments: 0


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

To learn more about Zane and Donna King, visit http://www.zaneanddonnaking.com.
Like them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/zaneanddonnaking.
And you can follow them on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/zaneanddonna.

Zane and Donna King are represented by the Dominion Agency. To schedule Zane and Donna for your church, concert, or special music event you can contact Michael Davis of the Dominion Agency by email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or by phone at 828-454-5900.

To learn more about the Dominion Agency and their entire family of artists, visit http://www.dominionagency.com.

To learn more about the Absolutely Gospel Music Awards, visit http://www.absolutelygospel.com.

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Written: 01/23/2015 | Category: News & Scoops Comments: 0


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Prayer Requested For Carroll McGruder

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

We appreciate your love, prayers and support for The McGruders!!

Beverly McManus

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Written: 01/23/2015 | Category: News & Scoops Comments: 1


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Lindsey Graham On Harmony Road TV

Nashville, TN (January 23, 2015) Gospel artist Lindsey Graham will be featured in this week's Harmony Road TV program singing "Wonderful News”.

Information on Harmony Road, its affiliates and time slots can be found at http://www.harmonyroadtv.com.

The show has recently added affiliates http://www.bbntv.org, where the program will be streamed online several times a week, as well as broadcast affiliates in Jackson, TN, Beaumont TX and Harrogate, TN. Heartland Network also recently added Cincinnati, OH.

Graham recently completed an overseas tour that included Sweden where she was warmly received.

Learn more about Lindsey Graham by going to her website at http://www.lindseygrahamministries.com or https://www.facebook.com/LindseyGrahamMinistries .
To book Lindsey for your church, concert or event contact Dominion Agency 828- 454-5900.

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Williamsons Receive AGM Fan Favorite Award Nomination

Weleetka, Ok (January 23, 2015) The Williamsons have again garnered one of the top ten nominations for the Fan Favorite Award at the 2015 Absolutely Gospel Music Awards Celebration to be held Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at the River of Life Church in Smyrna, TN.
The Fan Favorite Award is one of twenty four awards given out at the Celebration, but what makes this award different is that it is wholly nominated and voted upon by the Gospel Music fans. Every other award presented is nominated by the professionals in the Gospel Music industry, but artists with loyal fans have an equal opportunity to get this nomination.

The Williamsons apparently have very loyal fans because this is the second year in a row that their fans have rallied behind them to get enough votes to be in the top ten fan favorites. Voting for this and all of the other awards will be February 1st through February 21th .

Donnie Williamson, Baritone and group manager stated, "We consider it a great honor to again be nominated for the Absolutely Gospel Music Awards as Fan Favorite. I am so proud of this group and the progress we have made in the past year."

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

To book the Williamsons contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) .

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Baby Abandoned at Train Station In China, Now An 11 Year Old Fulfilling Her Dreams

Franklin, TN (Mansion Entertainment) January 22nd, 2015 - Eleven years ago a baby girl was abandoned in a paper box at a train station in the Hunan Province in China clothed in nothing more than a light blue jacket. This innocent baby girl was found in the early hours of the next morning by a kind stranger and taken to an orphanage in China where she lived the first year of her life. Around the age of one, this little girl was adopted by a couple from Texas, given the name of McKenzie Grace Walker, and raised in the United States.

From that moment, little McKenzie Walker began to grow up and live as any normal American child, with one exception; early on her parents noticed Kenzie had a special fondness for anything musical. She would sing along with clock chimes, memorize lyrics to songs she heard and sing complete songs when she was barely able to talk.

Fast forward through the last 11 years on Kenzie’s unusual life journey and not only has she performed the National Anthem for the Major League Baseball team the Houston Astros but has landed a record deal after being discovered by veteran producer and 2015 GRAMMY Nominee, Mark Carman.

At such a young age, Kenzie is already set to share her musical talent with the world through a brand new, debut recording being released in March 2015 through Mansion Entertainment and distributed by Sony/RED and the family is set to share their incredible journey of how this real-life fairy tale has unfolded with requests already coming in for network television appearances for TBN, LeSea, WATC TV and others. Kenzie’s management, MCM World Media, is currently planning a tour targeting Southeast Asia later in 2015.

A new radio single from her debut project will be shared with Southern Gospel radio entitled, "Heaven Come Down", scheduled for release in early February 2015 via Mansion Radio Hits Volume 11. A studio performance video of the song was released on Kenzie's official Facebook page 11 days ago with a reach of almost 200,000 and almost 1,100 viral Facebook shares of the video and growing.

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Written: 01/23/2015 | Category: News & Scoops Comments: 0


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Hosts Announced for 2015 Absolutely Gospel Music Awards

Hosts Announced for 2015 Absolutely Gospel Music Awards
Nominees Announced Earlier This Week

Nashville, TN (January 23, 2015) - The administrators and staff of AbsolutelyGospel.com are proud to announce this year’s hosts for the 2015 Absolutely Gospel Music Awards Celebration.

The hosts for this year’s Awards Celebration are two of the industry’s fastest rising talents – Joseph Habedank and Amber Nelon Thompson.

Though he just started his solo career, Joseph Habedank is no stranger to the Gospel music community. This critically acclaimed singer/songwriter has been handed numerous awards in his lifetime, including Songwriter of the Year (Artist) in the 2011 Absolutely Gospel Music Awards. This year, Joseph is tied for the most nominated individual, earning nominations for Breakthrough Artist of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, and Songwriter of the Year (Artist) among others. He has a total of eight nominations this year.

Joseph stated, "I am so excited to Co-Host the Absolutely Gospel Music Awards with my friend, Amber Nelon Thompson. This is an event I look forward to every year and I'm honored to be a part."



The reigning Female Vocalist of the Year Amber Nelon Thompson started singing with her family group at the age of 12 and has continued to wow audiences since that time. In addition to her work with her family group The Nelons, Amber recently launched her own solo career, and that has earned her three nominations in this year’s awards program. She has nominations for Female Vocalist of the Year and Special Event Project (for her debut EP), as well as standing alongside Joseph Habedank in the Breakthrough Artist of the Year category.

Amber said, "I am so thrilled and honored to be able to Co-Host the Absolutely Gospel Music Awards with my long time friend, Joseph Habedank. I'm looking forward to a great time with all of our friends and just having a lot of fun. You never know what could happen at these things so make sure to join us for one incredible night!"



"When thinking about hosts for our show, the first two that came to my mind were Joseph and Amber,” mentioned Chris D. Unthank, Editor-in-Chief of AbsolutelyGospel.com. "There has been so much buzz surrounding these two individuals this year that it really was a no-brainer to get them to host. We are so excited about this year’s program!”

Voting will open for the 2015 AGM Awards in 12 of the 24 fan voted categories starting February 1, 2015 and will run through February 21, 2015. For more information, visit http://www.absolutelygospel.com.

More information on the 2015 Absolutely Gospel Music Awards Celebration will be forthcoming, including additional performers and sponsors. The date for this year’s Absolutely Gospel Music Awards Celebration is Tuesday, April 14, 2015. The event will again take place at the River of Life Church in Smyrna, Tennessee. Ticket information will be forthcoming.

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Written: 01/23/2015 | Category: News & Scoops Comments: 0


In The Words of Chris

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Songs That Are True vs. Songs That Are Cool

If you've been reading this blog or we are friends on Facebook or you follow me on Twitter (speaking of which, why aren't you? @chrisunthank), then you know that I have a passion for songwriting. Due to this passion, I've tried to surround myself with as many great writers as possible in order glean from them in whatever way I possibly can. Sure, jealousy seems to pour out of me when I see them talk about their writing sessions and royalty checks (like those exist HA! HA!), but ultimately the goal is to gain some of their songwriting wisdom to become the best possible writer I can be.

Yesterday, songwriter Benji Cowart (he wrote a couple big hits by Big Daddy Weave recently) wrote on Facebook about his experience at the CCM United concert he watched this week. This was his direct quote:

"After watching the CCM United event...my heart is full and I'm reminded of why I was a fan of CCM music in the first place...it was cool because it wasn't trying to be cool...it was just being true. As a writer, I so needed that walk down memory lane...and I am so thankful for all of those who have carried the banner this far...time for those of us who are in the scene to take it up and carry it into whatever lies ahead because, now more than ever, the church needs true songs more than it needs cool songs."


Amen and amen! I share this with you, not because it's about CCM music, but because it is truth. Benji may be a writer who writes commercial and pop songs, but that doesn't mean that what he said can't be applied to our small genre as well. I applaud Benji for not just sharing this, but applying it to his own songwriting and calling as well.

I'm not just a Gospel songwriter. I write praise & worship, pop, CCM, choral, and more, but my goal is to write songs that are full of truth and that ultimately can point back to the Gospel message of Jesus Christ. I hope that we, as a genre, can get back to the focus of the Gospel and not sing songs just because they're fun and we know they'll move product. The gospel will move product, because ultimately what God anoints, He will bless. God will bless us when we start thinking more about singing about the TRUTH instead of singing about what's COOL.

I'm humbled to get to do what I do and be a small part of such a great industry. However, I don't take the calling of God on my life lightly, and I hope that those who write, produce, play, and sing the songs don't either. Let's be worried about the truth, and leave the cool to other folks.

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Written: 01/23/2015 | Category: In The Words of Chris Comments: 0


Daily Devotion

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Listen… For His Still Small Voice

To find peace in our lives, we simply need to obey the promptings God gives us each day. A prompting is a "knowing" deep down on the inside, telling us what to do. First Kings 19:11-12 refers to this knowing as a still, small voice.
"After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper". (1 Kings 19:12 NIV)

A prompting isn't a whack on the head with a hammer!

In 1 Kings, the Lord didn't use the great and strong wind, the earthquake or fire to prompt Elijah. His voice came to Elijah as a sound of gentle stillness and a still, small voice. A prompting doesn't even have to be a voice at all. In fact, God often gives direction by speaking to your heart rather than to your ears.

If we'll simply learn to listen to God and do what He says, we'll discover that things will go well for us. No matter what the situation, we need to listen to God and obey His voice. You may not understand the reasons that God is asking you to do certain things, but as you listen to His voice and obey His direction, you can experience a peaceful calmness. So listen up!

Prayer Starter: Holy Spirit, help me to listen closely to hear Your promptings every day. I want Your peace, so I will listen to You.

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Written: 01/22/2015 | Category: Daily Devotion Comments: 0


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Tune-In Alert For The Browders

Don't miss an exciting evening on television this Saturday night at 5:30 PM EST as the Award winning Browders make an appearance on the Gospel Music Showcase with Guy Penrod on the Daystar Network.

The Browders will be guests of show host Guy Penrod, performing several of their Number 1 songs as well as giving some great words of testimony and encouragement. Watch the miracle in motion as Tommy Browder plays the guitar after God gave him a healing touch even through polio.

A couple of their Number 1 tunes include "Land Of No Goodbyes”, and "Listening for the Shout”, as well as the moving "I Am So Blessed”.

You can find out more about the Browders by going to http://www.thebrowders.com or https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Browders-Friends .
Contact the Browders by E-mailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or Twitter at https://twitter.com/browdersmusic .

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Author: AGM | Author's Website: http://absolutelygospel.com/
Written: 01/22/2015 | Category: News & Scoops Comments: 0


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

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

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

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

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

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

The Craguns are proudly represented by the Dominion Agency. To schedule them at your church, concert, festival, or special music event you can contact Michael Davis of the Dominion Agency by email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or by phone at 828-454-5900.

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Written: 01/22/2015 | Category: News & Scoops Comments: 0


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Zane and Donna King and Vertical Sky Celebrate Big Nominations in the Absolutely Gospel Music Awards

Nashville, TN (1/22/2015) - Zane and Donna King and Vertical Sky are honored to have received three nominations in the upcoming ABSOLUTELY GOSPEL MUSIC AWARDS.

The duo's brand new album, MILE MARKER ONE, is nominated for COUNTRY ALBUM OF THE YEAR. In addition, Donna King, producer of that album and many others from the 2014 music year, is humbled to have received a nomination for PRODUCER OF THE YEAR (ARTIST). Then, to put the icing on the cake, Donna's company Vertical Sky is blessed to have gotten a nod for PACESETTER OF THE YEAR.

Donna expresses, "Honestly I believe God weaves a tapestry from the gifts He gives us and without His weaving it, it would be full of holes. So, to God be the glory for His handiwork in my life and in the music and ministry of Zane and I. We are blessed beyond measure and so excited about the gift of each day and all that lies ahead."

Zane and Donna's new album is currently available on their website and on tour, as well as digitally. They are gearing up for a nationwide "in store" release through New Day in the spring.

In addition to their list of music and ministry endeavors plus songwriting, Donna's production, Zane's full-time work with Compassion International, etc., the couple has other exciting events in the works. Zane is a renowned steel guitar player and he'll be playing several steel guitar shows throughout the country this year. Donna joins him as vocalist at those events, singing such classic songs as "Go Rest High," "Make The World Go Away," "Autumn Leaves' and more.

To learn more about Zane and Donna King, visit http://www.zaneanddonnaking.com.
Like them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/zaneanddonnaking.
And you can follow them on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/zaneanddonna.

Zane and Donna King are represented by the Dominion Agency. To schedule Zane and Donna for your church, concert, or special music event you can contact Michael Davis of the Dominion Agency by email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or by phone at 828-454-5900.

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Written: 01/22/2015 | Category: News & Scoops Comments: 0


Daily Devotion

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Smile

We’ve all no doubt heard the expression “Smile, it makes folks wonder what you’ve been up to.” As believers we have been commissioned to spread the best news this world has ever heard…the gospel. The word gospel by it’s very definition means good news!

My wife and I took a vacation to the mountains a few years ago. We had just enjoyed a great meal and were doing some window shopping. We were having what you might call a lazy afternoon. As we were walking back to the car, I just happen notice that the expressions on the faces of the people around me seemed to be quite somber, you might even say sad. Even though they were more than likely vacationing as well, it looked as though they needed to hear some good news, something that would lift their spirits, give them hope and make them smile.

Nehemiah8:10 tells us that “The joy of the Lord is our strength.” As Christians we should be the happiest people on earth! I know that I have been guilty of letting the enemy steal my joy from time to time and I would be willing to say that there’s a good possibility that you have to. However, I have come to the realization that if we let him rob us of joy, we let him have our strength as well. Let us reclaim our joy and be strong in the Lord and smile!!

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Written: 01/21/2015 | Category: Daily Devotion Comments: 1


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Arrangements Announced for Mrs. Billie Richardson, Grandmother of Crabb Family

January 20, 2015

Arrangements have been announced for Billie Richardson.

Mrs. Billie Richardson - grandmother to Jason, Adam, Aaron and Terah of The Crabb Family - passed away on Monday, January 19, 2015 in Beaver Dam, KY. She was 81.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Visitation will be from 4-8 PM
Bevil Bros. Funeral Home, Beaver Dam, KY

Thursday, January 22, 2015
Visitation 10-11AM
Oak Grove Church of God, Cromwell, KY

Service 11 AM
Oak Grove Church of God, Cromwell, KY

Online condolences may be sent to bevilbrosfuneralhomes.com

The family appreciates your prayers during this time.

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Andraé Crouch All-Star Tribute and Funeral Service Streaming Live on BET

(LOS ANGELES, CA) -- A celebration of Andraé Crouch’s life will take place today (January 20) and tomorrow (January 21) at West Angeles Church of God In Christ, located at 3600 Crenshaw Blvd in Los Angeles, California. Both services will be open to the public.

Cable network BET will stream both services “LIVE” at BET.com/andraecrouchfuneral. West Angeles Church of God In Christ will also stream both services at watch.westa.tv.

Tonight’s all-star Tribute Celebration will begin at 7:00pm PST, featuring performances from some of the biggest names in music today. Tomorrow’s Celebration of Life funeral service will start at 11:00am PST.

The funeral will be officiated by Bishop Kenneth Ulmer, with a eulogy by Pastor Marvin Winans. The services will include appearances and performances by Rev. Jesse Jackson, Dr. Bobby Jones, Kirk Franklin, CeCe Winans, BeBe Winans, Shirley Ceasar, Donnie McClurkin, Fred Hammond, Hezekiah Walker, Ledisi, Bryan Duncan, Yolanda Adams, Kurt Carr, Donald Lawrence, Karen Clark-Sheard, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Kim Burrell, Byron Cage, Edwin Hawkins, Lynette Hawkins-Stephens, David and Nicole Binion, Erica Campbell, Smokey Norful, Richard Smallwood, Israel Houghton, Tata Vega and more. An all-star band has been assembled by Mano Hanes and Bill Maxwell, including an 80-voice choir.

In addition, video tributes will be shown by Bishop T.D. Jakes, Kenneth Copeland, Michael W. Smith, The Pointer Sisters, Bill Gaither, The Winans Family, Bishop Clarence McClendon and Bishop Noel Jones.

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Written: 01/20/2015 | Category: News & Scoops Comments: 1


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Introducing Hey Y’all Media

Heflin, AL (January 12, 2015) - Introducing Hey Y'all Media! The newest force in Gospel radio and television promotion and distribution, Hey Y'all Media was launched on January 1, 2015 by Vonda Easley of Morris Music Group and Hope's Journey.

Vonda has become well-known in Gospel radio through promotion of the Morris Music Group's compilation disks being played by radio across the Country. Artists being promoted by Hey Y'all Media include: Jay Parrack and Vocal Event, The Steeles, Higher Hope, The Carter-Robertson Band, Eagles Wings, Hope's Journey, the Page Trio, Exodus, Josh and Ashley Franks, Linda Foster and Tina Wakefield. Vonda plans to continue the tradition of charting artists through the latest Hey Y'all Media compilation being sent to radio this month.

For more information on Hey Y'all Media please contact Vonda Easley at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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Written: 01/20/2015 | Category: News & Scoops Comments: 0


Daily Devotion

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Hello, Hello

My wife Yvonne made this quote a couple years ago..

"You don't have to answer the phone every time it rings." What that means is we don't have to engage in an argument or situation just because someone opens the door or provokes us.

Wow.

And what makes that statement step in my toes is -I've answered the phone several times. I've let a statement offend or bother me to the point where I lose my focus on what should be my priority.

Not long ago, The enemy used several small incidents to get under my skin. I walked on the platform one night to sing frustrated and offended. I didn't let it affect my performance to the audience but inside... I was upset. Ok, I was MAD. As the Service progressed, I finished with "When God Ran" and even as the last chorus was being sung, I felt God leading me to handle the Invitation. (Matt Rankin normally handles that.)

So, when the song was over, I stepped up and led the Altar Service. It occurred to me that the enemy worked on me ALL DAY because he wanted me in such a fowl mood that I wouldn't want to lead the Invitation.

His (the enemy) victory was short lived..however, for a short while, he had me on the ropes.

I'm not a new Christian, where I'm not supposed to be swayed..so why did I "answer the phone?" I know the enemy's tactics and he always attacks me in that manner. I have the resurrection power of Jesus Christ inside me, so why did I let that happen?


Matthew 26:41 "Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!"

Did I take the time to ask God to protect my emotions? No.
Did I ask God to give me wisdom and discernment to know the enemy's tactics? No.

I can blame the person who offended me, blame the enemy for coming after me OR I can blame ME.

As I look back on it now, the person who initially said something that I took offense to, probably didn't mean to truly offend me. The enemy (the devil) is never going to stop coming after me, so I should expect his underhanded tactics. I blame myself for allowing that remark to hurt me. I didn't begin my day in prayer or even pray when I felt offended.

Yeah, I am sensitive person but I should realize that we are ALL human and things are sometimes said that are not intended to cut us. I can't allow my emotions to take over. I don't HAVE to answer the phone everytime it rings.

Prayer starter: "Father, I need you. I need you to help me to see that I don't have to let my emotions control me. Give me YOUR strength. I pray in Jesus name. Amen."

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News & Scoops


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

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

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

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

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

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

Daywind Records is home to an award-winning roster of artists, including Brian Free and Assurance, the Nelons, Karen Peck and New River, Tribute Quartet and more. Daywind is distributed to retail through New Day Christian Distributors, Select-O-Hits, and all major digital outlets, including iTunes. For more information, visit http://www.daywindrecords.com or contact Amanda Martin at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

For more information on the Jim Brady Trio, visit the group’s web site at http://www.jimbradytrio.com.

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News & Scoops


Chuck Wagon Gang Documentary To Premiere At Historic Franklin Theatre

Country Legend Marty Stuart to Host Film & Live Performance


Franklin, TN (January 20, 2015) -- On Tuesday, February 10th, 2015 New Haven Films will screen a full-length documentary celebrating the 75-year history of The Chuck Wagon Gang entitled "America's Gospel Singers, The Legacy Lives On” at 7PM in Tennessee’s historic Franklin Theatre.

The project, developed by Marty Stuart and filmed by world-renowned photographer Jack Spencer, chronicles the group’s history through rare family photographs, poignant personal stories, old recordings, new live performances and features special appearances by Merle Haggard, Charlie Daniels, Connie Smith, Eddie Stubbs, Dan Rather, Norah Lee Allen, and Duane Allen of the Oak Ridge Boys.

The inspiring documentary, which is being released in DVD format by New Haven Films, is being released concurrently with "Meeting in Heaven--The Chuck Wagon Gang Sings the Songs of Marty Stuart” a brand new CD of songs written by Country Music legend, Marty Stuart.

Stuart reflects, "I found myself writing an entire album for the group--songs I hope will form a new legacy for the current Chuck Wagon Gang. Although they live in the shadow of a titanic body of work created by their ancestors, there is no doubt in my mind the current group will make a mighty and long-lasting contribution to the storied history of the Chuck Wagon Gang.”

Ken Harding, president of New Haven Records and Films, couldn’t be more excited about the debut of these projects: "Rarely do we have the privilege of standing at the crossroads where country, bluegrass and gospel music so meaningfully converge with American history and culture. The timeless hope embodied in the Chuck Wagon Gang is as relevant today as it was when they began during the Great Depression three-quarters of a century ago.”


Pictured while shooting video/documentary from left to right: Ken Harding (President, New Haven Records), Kathryn Russ (Producer), Julie Hudson (Soprano),
Stan Hill (Tenor), Marty Stuart (Executive Producer), Jack Spencer (Director), Shaye Smith (Alto) and Jeremy Stephens (Guitar)

Tickets for this once in a lifetime event are available for $25 and $35 online at http://www.franklintheatre.com. Doors open at 6PM and the event, hosted by Marty Stuart, begins at 7PM. Following the screening, The Chuck Wagon Gang will perform a few of their classic favorites.

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Daily Devotion

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I’m Not in a Valley, Just Changing Mountains

Call it positive thinking, denying reality, or living in a dream world.
I choose to call it "adjusted perception.”

After all, as someone said, "It's all in how you see it, right?"

Not really.

How I see it helps or hurts, of course. But what really matters is, "How God sees it."

Valley experiences are actually transitional opportunities to grow and allow faith to develop. Mountain peaks of success are always preferable to the low places of struggle, and even discouragement. But, as preferable as it may be, nobody has a permanent address there.

The high and exhilarating points are strategically placed in our lives to keep us motivated and looking ahead. But, the "valley" experiences can be just as strategic, and even necessary.

They are roadways of learning and balance that help us focus on the joys and security of having a right relationship with Jesus.

Years ago, I heard someone say that a valley is merely a roadway between two mountains. That's a good way to view it. If that's true, then it's good to remember a few things:

1. Remember your valley experience is temporary.
David acknowledged that even the Valley of the Shadow of Death was temporary when he said, "Yea,
though I walk ‘through’ the valley ... I will fear no evil."

2. Remember that as you go through the valley, allow the valley to get "through" you.
Come out of it holding onto only the lessons and values learned and achieved. Leave behind any accumulated
bitterness and hurt.

3. Enjoy the unique scenery.
There will be flowers of patience and streams of grace that you won't find anywhere else. Only a valley climate
will produce certain kinds of growth you won't find even on a mountain.

4. Remember to leave behind a well for someone else to drink from.
I treasure the refreshment I've received from others who have traveled through the difficult places before me.
I've gleaned knowledge from their books, wept while listening to their songs, and learned from their mistakes.
I'm thankful they were willing to help me avoid my own self-inflicted wounds, because they let me see theirs.
I hope to do the same for others.

5. Prepare and rest your spirit for another climb upward.
David said, "He maketh me to lie down in green pastures." Sometimes God has to do that, you know. We
typically won't do it for ourselves. There's nothing wrong or sinful about resting. God himself allowed
for a day of rest for us, and took advantage of it himself. This competitive and driven society of ours
leaves little room for just sitting still in quietness, but it is necessary for the coming journey to the peaks.

6. Learn the language.
The valley has a vocabulary all its own and the sooner you learn it, the better you will communicate and live
with less stress. Words like wait, trust, endure, persevere, praise, and patience are like "passports"
to the far-flung borders of faith and promise.

Hebrews 11:1: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
Isaiah 26:3: “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You.”

7. Follow the leader.
You are not by yourself. You have always had a "Valley Companion" and He is the best navigator you'll ever know.
He knows where the "greenest " green pastures are, and you can be assured He knows the path to the still
waters. Trust Him and stay in step with Him.

Jesus is as ready for you to get up the mountain as you are, but He will use the valley as the best training
ground you've ever had. The day you stand on the tip of Mount Victory, your new "point of view" will put
the valley in the right perspective.




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News & Scoops


Madison and Shannon Easter To Pursue New Venture Of Their Own

After thirteen years of traveling and performing with his parents, Jeff & Sheri Easter, Madison Easter and his wife of four years, Shannon have decided to pursue their dreams of writing and performing their own music.

“I’ve said for many years that I feel so blessed to have my children travel with me, it’s almost like a mother hen who keeps her baby chicks close. But I’m a wise enough woman to know that God has blessed them with so much talent, that he may choose to use them in other ways just like He did for Jeff and me.” Sheri says.

Madison explains, “Shannon and I are so excited to see where God will lead us. The two of us have been writing and singing together for almost three years now. There's always been an open line of communication with Mom and Dad that a day would probably come where we wanted to pursue our own careers. We plan to be doing a lot of writing in Nashville and also performing our own music.”

“Mom and Dad know our situation firsthand, because they were in a very similar spot when they came off of the road with The Lewis Family” says Madison. I can't express enough how incredibly supportive and uplifting they've been in this transition. They are the targets for which I aim in my growing as an adult. I've heard it all my life, ‘They are the real deal.’ I couldn't be more proud of them.”

Jeff and Sheri both come from bluegrass gospel music roots rich in family heritage. Madison and his siblings are 4th generation musicians and continue to write and perform music just like the generations before them.

“These past 13 years have been an incredible learning experience. I've been blessed enough to do things most people only dream to do, and it's all because my parents chose to give a 13 year old the opportunity to prove himself as a musician”, Madison says. “I owe everything to them. They're the best.”

Jeff and Sheri are celebrating their 30th year in music and marriage this year and with a full calendar, have no plans to slow down. “God always orchestrates our lives for each new chapter and Madison’s heart is leading him to do more of his own music. In September, God blessed us with another incredible musician, Brad Hudson, who was hired to play drums but, also plays dobro, guitar, mandolin and banjo.” Jeff explains. “God has blessed us for 30 years and we’re excited to see now what His plans are for our children.”

As in all the changes life brings, Jeff and Sheri have found their faith in God and humor to get them through. Sheri shares, “When Madison told us, we all cried, but we also have a complete peace about his decision. He went the extra mile to explain to his youngest sister, Maura, that although he wouldn’t be traveling every weekend, he would still live next door and be a huge part of everything we do.

Maura then dried her tears and asked, ‘Mama, can I have Bubba’s bunk?’ Real life, real siblings, and real heart…I couldn’t ask for more!”

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Weekly Chart

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Monday - January 19, 2015

Top 40 Weekly Chart

TW
LW
#WK
TITLE
ARTIST
PEAK
1
3
11
Over For Good Beyond the Ashes
1
2
4
17
Everything I Need Tribute
2
3
1
19
Church In the Kitchen Dunaways
1(2)
4
7
19
Christ Is Still the King Legacy Five
1(7)
5
2
15
Unashamed Brian Free & Assurance
2
6
5
13
No One Like God Zane & Donna King
4
7
8
20
Oh Yes I Am Kingsmen
6
8
6
9
He Took the Nails Browders
4
9
9
9
That's What I Miss the Most Bowling Family
9
10
11
9
I Wanna Hear the Gospel Mercy's Well
10
11
13
6
It Was the Word Williamsons
11
12
18
10
Picture This 11th Hour
12
13
19
13
Don't Stop Running Mark Trammell Quartet
13
14
10
21
I Wanna Be There Isaacs
7
15
27
13
Part the Waters/I Need Thee Every Hour Gold City
14
16
14
13
Sometimes It Takes a Mountain Gaither Vocal Band
11
17
17
22
Water Walking God Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
13
18
16
10
The Blood Hasn't Ever Changed Greater Vision
16
19
25
25
Falling Amber Nelon Thompson
2
20
21
14
Do Unto Others Nelons
10
21
15
15
The Joys of Heaven Kingdom Heirs
10
22
12
9
Land of Endless Tomorrows Hoskins Family
12
23
20
23
Ain't It Just Like the Lord Gordon Mote
1
24
23
11
Pray On the Little Days Mark Bishop
14
25
22
35
I Can Trust Him Perrys
4
26
36
11
This Blood Triumphant
21
27
26
11
Heaven Steve Ladd
22
28
29
20
The Last Time I Looked Freemans
10
29
31
6
He Didn't Throw the Clay Away Jim Brady
29
30
28
5
Sing It Brother, Sing It Skyline Boys
28
31
24
9
Big Top Channing Eleton
24
32
35
8
Satisfied Three Bridges
32
33
34
6
Grace Will Be There Carolina Boys
33
34
32
13
Measure of Grace Taylors
26
35
38
3
Glorybound Whisnants
35
36
33
23
Never, No Never Joseph Habedank
7
37
*
1
There's Still a Refuge Mylon Hayes Family
37
38
*
1
God's Word Will Stand Inspirations
38
39
*
1
Still Blessed Hyssongs
39
40
*
1
It Shall Be Well Lore Family
40
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

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Challenge Yourself

It’s funny how we are all guilty of settling in to a routine. Settling is sometimes good; remember, “A rolling stone gathers no moss”? Yes, we need to stay planted, but life is about change, the good and not so good. When we settle into a routine, we just go through the motions and we aren’t really challenged to be better.

Every year people make millions of resolutions, only to quit by the end of January. Why not instead, challenge yourself to simply do good things for yourself and others every week? Try keeping a journal listing one new thing weekly that you’ve never done before…by this time next year, you will have experienced 52 things you’ve never experienced. Volunteer with a local organization in your hometown, you’ll meet lots of new friends and be a help to your community, too! Set goals and then, set out to accomplish them.

Whatever it is you choose to do, challenge yourself to be better, don’t settle for less, when so much more is waiting for you!


Philippians 4:13 King James Version (KJV) 13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
2 Timothy 3:16 King James Version (KJV) 16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
Romans 12:1-2 King James Version (KJV) 1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.



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News & Scoops


This Week on Gospel Music Today

Southern gospel DJ Lottie Squires is the guest on Gospel Music Today for the week of January 18. Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates. The Feature Group is The Purple Hulls, and Jean reviews new recordings by Sacred Harmony and Wilburn and Wilburn. An article from SGN Scoops online magazine is the subject of this week's News Notes. The show features a new music video by Channing Eleton, exclusive video of The McCray Dove Band, recorded by Gospel Music Today's cameras in Pigeon Forge, TN,, and a visit to the Gospel Music Today Archives for an exclusive concert video of Master's Voice at Gospel Singing Time in Bixby, OK. In the news this week are The Lesters and The Griffiths and Ken and Jean wish a Happy Birthday to Jonathan Lester.

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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Thank You

Have you ever done something REAL NICE for someone, like; Open a Door, Solve a Problem or Give a Gift, only to have them say, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING? Well, I guess we’ve all had that happen and it CERTAINLY makes us THINK TWICE, before we do THAT again. It’s Pastor Phil of Harvest Chapel with a GOOD WORD from GOD’S WORD today.



There are TWO WORDS in Websters Dictionary that, by themselves don’t carry much weight, but when they’re PUT TOGETHER, they are so powerful that they open the door of BLESSINGS over and over again. And, of course you know, those TWO WORDS are "THANK YOU!" In every language around the world, they are like MAGIC to the ears of a GIVER: MER-CI, DANKE-SCHON, DANK-U -WEL, BAIE-DANKIE, GRAZIE TANTO or MUCHAS GRACIAS.

And, they are also our entry into God’s presence. Psalm 100:4 says we should, "Enter into His gates with THANKSGIVING, and into His courts with praise. Be THANKFUL to Him, and bless His name." So, during this THANKSGIVING time, let’s remember to use those TWO WONDERFUL WORDS of gratitude and see how they’re received. And, to all our FRIENDS, RELATIVES and CHURCH FAMILY we are truly thankful to God that you are sharing your life with us.



It’s your EVER GRATIFUL Pastor Phil, saying, "THANK YOU, SO MUCH" with this "GOOD WORD FROM GOD’S WORD TODAY" . God bless.

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Daily Devotion

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God Settles The Score

Nothing crushes the spirit more than abuse — to feel devalued, unimportant, and misused. Jesus knows that. And he says, “I will care for you.”

The starting point in your healing is to get to know your Healer. You need to say, “Jesus Christ, I don’t know how you did this, but you took the guilt for every sin in the world — the ones done to me and the ones done by me. You took that abuse on yourself. I want to learn to love you. And I want you to come in and heal my heart and my mind and my body.”

And he will. He will!

When Jesus was abused, did he retaliate? Absolutely not! The Bible says, “Christ never verbally abused those who verbally abused him. When he suffered, he didn’t make any threats but left everything to the one who judges fairly” (1 Peter 2:23 GW).

One day, God is going to balance the books. One day God is going to settle the score. One day God is going to right all the wrongs. You think Hitler is going to get away with it? You think the abusers won’t have to answer for the abuse? You think all the evil that’s happened in the world will go unpunished?

No. One day God is going to settle the score. It is his alone to settle.

God is a truly just God. He can do a whole lot better job at settling the score than you can. He wants you to leave it in his hands, because he’s God, and you’re not.

One of the reasons why we have to deal with abuse is because of this: It is contagious. It gets passed on from generation to generation.

If you saw abuse growing up or experienced it in your family, you learned some patterns. It’s more likely to be passed on.

This year about 10 million kids in America will watch their parents in a domestic violence situation. Study after study has shown that those kids are twice as likely to abuse their own family once they’re married. Somebody’s got to break the chain

It’s going to be you. Starting today. Starting now. Starting with the power of the Holy Spirit.

God, I pray a blessing of courage on everyone reading this, that many will say, “I’m not keeping it a secret any more. I’m going to name the abuse. I’m not going to minimize it or rationalize it. If I need to get to a safe place for a while, then so be it. Help me to get the courage to talk with other people who can help me make a plan to grow to health and healing. Save my life; save my relationships. Let the healing process begin. And God, I’m going to let you settle the score. In your name I pray. Amen.”


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News & Scoops


Andraé Crouch Funeral Details and Participants Announced, BET to Stream Services Live

Rev. Jesse Jackson, Dr. Bobby Jones and Kirk Franklin set to speak and Pastor Marvin Winans will give the Eulogy

Performances from CeCe Winans, BeBe Winans, Shirley Caesar, Yolanda Adams, Donnie McClurkin, Fred Hammond, Hezekiah Walker, Kim Burrell, Erica Campbell, Israel Houghton, Ledisi and many more



(LOS ANGELES, CA) -- A celebration of Andraé Crouch’s life will take place on Tuesday, January 20th and Wednesday, January 21st at West Angeles Church of God In Christ, located at 3600 Crenshaw Blvd in Los Angeles, California. Both services will be open to the public.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Viewing: 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Tribute Celebration: 7:00pm

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Viewing: 9:00am – 10:00am
Celebration of Life: 11:00am

Cable network BET will stream both services “LIVE” at BET.com/andraecrouchfuneral. West Angeles Church of God In Christ will also stream both services at watch.westa.tv.

"People are coming from all over the world to say goodbye, from as far away as Japan and South Africa" says publicist Brian Mayes. "Sandra Crouch and everyone on Andrae’s team appreciate the outpouring of love and support from the fans, media and music community. He would have been completely overwhelmed.”

The funeral will be officiated by Bishop Kenneth Ulmer, with a eulogy by Pastor Marvin Winans. The services will include appearances and performances by Rev. Jesse Jackson, Yolanda Adams, Kurt Carr, Donnie McClurkin, Donald Lawrence, Karen Clark-Sheard, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Fred Hammond, BeBe Winans, CeCe Winans, Hezekiah Walker, Kirk Franklin, Dr. Bobby Jones, Kim Burrell, Pastor Shirley Ceasar, Byron Cage, Edwin Hawkins, Lynette Hawkins-Stephens, David and Nicole Binion, Erica Campbell, Smokey Norful, Richard Smallwood, Israel Houghton, Bryan Duncan, Ledisi, Tata Vega and more to be announced. An all-star band has been assembled by Mano Hanes and Bill Maxwell, including an 80-voice choir.

In addition, video tributes will be shown by Bishop T.D. Jakes, Kenneth Copeland and Michael W. Smith.

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News & Scoops


Butler Music Group and Heaven’s Mountain Band Announce Management Agreement

Nashville, TN January 16, 2015 Butler Music Group's Les Butler and Roger Johnson of Heaven's Mountain Band recently announced an exclusive management agreement between Butler and the fast rising Bluegrass Gospel group. Butler Music Group will be working extensively with Heaven's Mountain Band in management and every aspect of their professional careers.

Regarding working with Les Butler and Butler Music Group, Heaven's Mountain Band's Roger Johnson said "We love to work with Brother Les. We have a really great relationship as friends as well as professionally". Johnson added, "When it comes to traditional Bluegrass Gospel we feel that Bro. Les has kept our kind of songs and music from going away'.

Les Butler added "Over the past couple of years, I have gotten to know Roger Johnson, his family and all the fine folks who make up Heaven's Mountain Band. Our business relationship quickly segued into a friendship". Butler continued "We've prayed, worshiped, preached, and sung together all across the country during the past few months. If I had to explain Heaven's Mountain Band in a word, that word would be 'real'. The wonderful singing and great musicianship of the band is a given. But what sets them apart is the songwriting of group member and leader, Roger Johnson, who just happens to be one of the best songwriters in gospel music."

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Daily Devotion

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Believing

My spiritual mentor is Pastor Don Hicks. He pastors in Campbellsburg, IN and we've grown to love, respect and cherish him and his wife; Doris. He married Yvonne and I in 2009.

Back in December, Yvonne and I ministered at his church and during Sunday school, he said this: "You may have many friends who are NOT believers (in Christ) but they believe in YOU."

Wow. What a true statement.

While that is a blessing, it is also a great responsibility.

See, our friends and family members who don't follow Christ, sometimes follows us. They see us as "Jesus people" or "church people" and when they are needing prayer or needing help, they reach out to us. Do we have a direct line to God? Yes and no. We are not special that God "only hears" from us, but we do have a direct line.. His name is Jesus!

We need to be diligent about praying for and helping them and always sharing our faith in Christ. Many times that simply means LIVING out our faith in front of them.

It's also a huge responsibility because if we react in a negative manner or have a moral failure, then we represent Christ in a negative light. They watch how we treat our spouse, our kids, people in the community, handle business dealings, they listen to our language and intentionally read what we post on social media.

We might be the only Jesus that our friends ever see, hear or touch.

Later that same day that Yvonne and I were singing at Don's church, He was talking about counseling with a man whose marriage was in trouble. This man asked "What do I do? Our marriage is in shambles and I have to know how I should treat my wife?"

Don's answer was simply "Be Jesus To Her."

We must BE JESUS to the world around us. Compassionate, slow to anger, consistent, honest and sharing the love of God in everything we do.

Ephesians 5:1
"Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children."

Prayer starter: "Father, forgive me for not always looking like Jesus. Help me to represent you well, to those who believe in me, so that they may BELIEVE IN YOU. In Christ name, Amen."


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Butler, Hughes & Hayes - Adopted


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

Webster’s dictionary defines the word “ADOPT” as a transitive verb meaning to take by choice into a relationship. We know this to be true when it comes to our heavenly father and how He by choice, sent His only begotten son to die on a cross so that we could be part of the family of God if we accept Christ as our Savior. Galatians says it this way, “to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.” For Darren Hughes of the North Carolina based quartet, Butler, Hughes, and Hayes, that is extremely significant but so is the fact that he and his wife Margie adopted a beautiful baby girl from China just a little over 2 years ago which is again a picture of love from our creator and it happens to be the title of Butler, Hughes, & Hayes current recording. Let’s take a look at their recent effort.

THE BEATITUDES (YOU ARE BLESSED) introduces the recording and is written by Darren. If we look in scripture and study the Beatitudes, we will truly be able to identify with this song. JESUS IS LORD, a song co written by Andrae Crouch who entered into the presence of Jesus earlier this month, is a strong song that features great harmony accompanied by powerful lyrics. HE CAME AS A CHILD, features Michael Hayes who is no stranger to Southern Gospel music. Michael has sung with a few artists including the Anchormen from Goldsboro, NC. The song reminds us all year long, how important Christmas is in the life of a believer. THE DEAREST FRIEND I EVER HAD is an old convention song that features the quartet’s tight harmony with a progressive arrangement. ADOPTED, the title track was written and features Darren Hughes and is a testimony to his experiences in recent years. CARRY THE GLORIOUS GOSPEL is an upbeat song written by Daryl Williams that stays true to the quartet sound that this group is becoming known for. Other songs on the recording include JESUS IS BETTER, I LOVE YOU, HE WASHED MY EYES WITH TEARS and AROUND THE CROSS. My personal favorite was their version of Gordon Jensen’s classic, JESUS WILL OUTSHINE THEM ALL. This song summed up the theme of this recording perfectly!

After listening to this recording for several weeks and looking at it in an in depth perspective, I am happy to give this recording 4 stars!



Song List:

1. The Beatitudes (You Are Blessed)
2. Jesus Is Lord
3. He Came As A Child
4. The Dearest Friend I Ever Had
5. Adopted
6. Marriage Supper
7. Jesus Will Outshine Them All
8. Carry The Glorious Gospel
9. Jesus Is Better
10. I Love You
11.He Washed My Eyes With Tears
12. Around The Cross

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Ronnie Booth - A Gospel Tribute to the King, Vol. 3


Producer: Gary Prim
Label: Daywind Records
Website: http://www.boothbrothers.com

Ronnie Booth is no stranger to gospel music. He is the lead singer for the Booth Brothers. His smooth voice is one that people love and has won him many awards over the last few years, including two mentions as Male Vocalist of the Year in the Absolutely Gospel Music Awards.

This project, Gospel Tribute to the King, Volume 3 is a tribute to the late, great Elvis Presley, and is the third project that Ronnie has released with all Elvis songs. Volumes 1 and 2 comprises of all Elvis as well. Ronnie can sing Elvis like none other, and this project is no exception. He does a great job of delivering these songs that many have come to love. Elvis was a big fan of gospel music and loved to sing it every chance he got.

To get this project kicked off is a peppy, upbeat song called “I, John”. “Where Could I Go” and “Without Him” follow next on this project. Picking the tempo back up is “I’ll Walk Dem Golden Stairs” and “Mansion Over The Hilltop”.

“Amazing Grace” is a classic song, and one of my all time favorites. “Who Am I” and “Take My Hand Precious Lord” are great classics too. Rounding out this project is “His Hand In Mine” and “If We Never Meet Again”. All 10 songs are true classics, and Ronnie does a great job on every one of them.

This is a 4 star recording. If you are an Elvis fan, it is a must for your collection. If your favorite Elvis song is not on this project, check out Volumes 1 & 2, as I am sure you will find it on one of those.



Song List:

1 – I, John
2 – Where Could I Go
3 – Without Him
4 – I’m Gonna Walk Dem Golden Stairs
5 – Mansion Over The Hilltop
6 – Amazing Grace
7 – Who Am I
8 – Take My Hand Precious Lord
9 – His Hand In Mine
10- If We Never Meet Again

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Mark209 - In Conversation

Staff writer Jamie Vaughn got a chance to sit down with lead singer of Mark209 to find out what has been happening with the group recently.

Jamie Vaughn: Jym, give us a brief history of Mark209 up until present day?

Jym Howe: In September of 2012, MARK209 was introduced to the music industry. The name MARK209 is a reference to Mile Marker 209, which is the center of Nashville and considered the Heart of Nashville, since it is also the exit for all things music related in Nashville, including Music Row, the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Ryman Auditorium, and much more. Our goal was to aggressively pursue marketing our music into venues that normally were not accepting of Southern Gospel. We have been pretty successful to this point, but we still want to push it further. The majority of our fans are people who do not normally listen to gospel music of any form, let alone Southern Gospel. Most of them don't even know that there is such a genre as Southern Gospel. They will ask us "What is Southern Gospel?" and we respond, "We are!"

JV: Who is in the group?

JH: Our front man and tenor is Nathaniel Justice of White House, Tennessee. Singing bass is Ray Woconish of Jacksonville, Florida. Singing baritone is Jimmy Reno of Birmingham, Alabama. Singing lead is Jym Howe of White House, Tennessee.

JV: What are some interesting ventures/venues that Mark209 has been a part of lately?

JH: We just finished our Christmas tour, which took us through 12 states in 24 days between Thanksgiving and Christmas. We traveled over 6,300 miles and took our Christmas show into everything from small churches to huge performing arts theaters and everything in between. On that tour, we performed in the Rabobank Theatre in Bakersfield, California and also did a performance and Q&A with the students the following day at the Bakersfield College. This is one of those opportunities where we take gospel music into non-traditional venues. Not many gospel groups have the opportunity to perform gospel music in the classroom, during class, for student of secular schools. This was not the first time we have done this; we also addressed and sang gospel music for the music classes at a public high school in Detroit, Michigan. At that school, we performed for 7 classes throughout the day. At one point, the Superintendent of the school stopped by after the local news called to see what all the fuss on Twitter was about. We were later told that the news station had called after watching local Twitter feeds and seeing thousands of tweets about #MARK209 at the school.

Other venues that we have been fortunate enough to perform in over the last year have been the Wheeling Jamboree in Wheeling, West Virginia, (which by the way, we are now artist members of the Jamboree ... which is a thrill and an honor to be listed among some of the top country artists in history), the North Carolina Apple Festival in Hendersonville, North Carolina ,Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, and Larry's Living Room in Fort Smith, Arkansas.

And we love singing at Cowboy Churches. Those are our people through and through. We also recently went into the James V. Allred Maximum Security Prison in Texas and did a total of 4 different services. (We actually ended up doing five, two-hour concerts in less than 48 hours.) In fact, while we were there we recorded a live CD from inside the prison that should be released in the Spring of 2015.

JV: What are your latest projects?

JH: We have released three recordings over the last year. Our most recent mainline project is titled On A Roll, and it has all our current radio releases on it, including "It Takes Faith," "Tennessee Orange," and "Bible Story". We also released a CD from our Elvis themed show titled "From Graceland to the Promised Land" on the Blue Crystal label. This show and accompanying CD addresses the idea that Elvis never dreamed of being the King of Rock N Roll; he dreamed of singing in a gospel quartet. What if that had happened? The show takes a look at what a quartet would be like if Elvis were a member. It's a fun show with great gospel music that Elvis recorded and some that he might have had he been a member of a gospel quartet, all done in that same great Elvis style. Our latest CD release is our Christmas CD. It is highlights from our Christmas show, "Christmas from the Heart of Nashville." We released this CD just before beginning our 24 day Christmas tour. It includes beautiful Christmas standards and fun songs that we all grew up singing around this wonderful time of the year. It is quickly becoming a fan favorite.

JV: Who are some of the songwriters that Mark209 reserves songs from?

JH: We have been blessed to have many of the top writers in gospel and country music trust us to record their original songs. Kenna West, Woody Wright, and Ronnie Hinson are some of the more recognizable gospel writers. But here are a few names you may not be familiar with from the country side, but you will recognize the hits they wrote: Tom Botkin ("Bonfire"), Jim McBride ("Chattahoochee"), and Jimmy Fortune ("Elizabeth"). We also stumbled across an incredible writer who seemingly writes songs just for MARK209. Every song we hear of his sounds like he was riding the bus listening to us talk and testify and he wrote a song about what he heard. His name is Tom Burress. We recorded one of his songs on On A Roll, and it has turned into our theme song: "Have A Good Time." The world tries to lure our young people away from church and the things of Christ to try what the world has to offer like illicit sex, drugs, and drunkenness, saying that this is how you have fun. After all, everyone wants to have fun. This songs states, "I'm saved and I know it, I'm not ashamed to show it, I'm blood bought sanctified, Holy Ghost filled inside, and I KNOW how to have a good time!" It should be the theme song for every youth group out there today.
We even filmed a music video to it, inviting all our fans from all over the country to come be a part of the video. All they had to do was show up at 6:30 AM in Hendersonville, North Carolina ready to start filming. We had hundreds of fans drive from all over the country to be a part of it. The furthest distance reported was 17 hours. This is truly humbling that people would want to be a part of something we are doing bad enough to sit in a car for 17 hours. We even had one fan shave MARK209 into the back of his head. I know, this doesn't sound like the typical Southern Gospel fan! And you're right, they're not. They are special fans! They are MARK209 fans! We were thrilled to drive up to location that morning to start filming and see all the young people there. The sad part about this story is that the writer of the song, Tom Burress, passed away before he ever heard our cut of his song.

JV: Tell me about your social media endeavors?

JH: We rely heavily on social media to connect with our fans. Many of our fans do not listen to gospel radio, so this is our way of staying in touch with them and keeping them informed of what is going on with MARK209. Whether it's on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, or SocialCam, we use each of these mediums to promote and connect. Through YouTube and SocialCam, we first started doing our "Back of the Bus" videos, which took our fans to locations with us and showed them a little of what it's like to be on the road. Plus, we would throw in a little buffoonery. Later, Jimmy started doing a video bit called "the MARK209 Mailbag". Here Jimmy would address a pretend letter he had received and answer it for the fans. It was very funny.

At the same time people use social media all the time and sometime it promotes us with out our knowledge. Take the Detroit school mentioned above, the students of that High School started tweeting through out the morning and by lunch we had news media calling the school to find out what #MARK209 was. This is why we encourage our fans to not only share our post but also check in at concerts on Facebook or through instagram.

Most recently we have started doing pay-per- view concerts through the American Society of Gospel Music. Through this organization, we are able to live stream our concerts, and fans from across the world can watch and participate through a text box that is on the screen. This has allowed fans of ours from Sweden, Germany, even as far away as Australia to watch our concerts live. The nominal fee charged covers the expense of the service.

JV: Has this type of promotion been noticeably successful?

JH: Yes, we feel it has been very successful.

JV: Do you have any advice for the group/band that doesn't use social media?

JH: It is difficult to be break into an industry that is controlled by the artists themselves. That is why if you want to be successful, I feel it is imperative to contact the fans directly through social media. It allows the fans the ability to become part of what you do.

JV: Let's talk concept videos. Why do you do them? What do you hope that they will accomplish?

JH: We have been very fortunate to hook up with an incredible director and videographer. He has become a friend and partner for MARK209. He has worked on videos for such artist as Taylor Swift and Elton John to name just a couple. He also films for several very well known television programs. We could never afford to pay him what he is worth, but because of our friendship, he has been willing to work within our budget, and I feel he has produced for us some of the finest videos in Gospel music today. We utilize him through our production company, MCMG, on all our videos.

One underlying theme to our videos is that we do them the same way we sing our songs: right out in front of everyone. Our videos are not in a concert hall or a church. They are on the street corner or on top of our bus. We proclaim the Word of God loudly everywhere we go. Like our song "Bible Story" says, "stand up, stand up, you don't have to be afraid, He's given you the courage, He's given you the strength, put your faith in God and I promise if you do, He'll make a Bible Story out of you". That's what we encourage our fans to do. Stand up. Stand up in your community. Stand up in your church. Stand up in your school. Never back down from your beliefs. Stand firm. Be a loud proud Christian. Stand Up. STAND UP!

JV: Is there anything else that you'd like to share about Mark209?

JV: Earlier this summer the purchase of a dinner theatre in New Bloomfield, Missouri became available. God opened the door for this, and we trust Him to guide us through the development of it. It is named "Heart Of Nashville," and we decided to make it a Nashville themed complex including Nashville cuisine. Nothing could be more Nashville than a Meat and Three, so that's what we made it. It is Missouri's FIRST Meat and Three restaurant, featuring food you would expect at most Meat and Threes, but with a surprise here and there including Music City Hot Chicken and Jalapeno Mac N Cheese, which have both become signature items. We want Heart Of Nashville to be a Family Friendly venue with a simple goal, to reach those who normally would not listen to gospel music or step foot into a church see a little God in what’s around them.

We also recently changed the management for MARK209. We are now managed by Daniel Baker. Daniel is a successful Arkansas businessman and ordained minister. We as MARK209 take care of nearly all aspect of the group, from booking, to arranging, bus maintenance, promotional material and CD design, even our store mailings. Because of this, we have found that it is necessary for us to have a manager to help us take care of the business side of things. Many times, we are too close to the trees to see the forest. And because Daniel is an ordained minister, we trust that he will help direct us while still keeping our eyes on doing God's will.

For more information on Mark209 - visit them online at http://www.mark209.com.

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Zane & Donna King - Mile Marker One


Producer: Donna King
Label: Journey Records
Website: http://www.zaneanddonnaking.com

Zane and Donna King are no strangers to Gospel Music. Many fans will remember Donna as the lead singer of Hope's Call. Donna is also a producer extraordinaire as well as songwriter. She has worked with some of the best of the best in southern gospel music and is often called a cheerleader to many of her fellow artists. Zane King is a musician's musician and can play just about anything! His talent has been heard on many many projects. Zane has also been heavily involved in Compassion International.

Finally, Zane and Donna have put together a new project, appropriately titled Mile Marker One, and it's full of songs the couple has written, as well as the classic hymn, "Great is Thy Faithfulness."

There are nine incredibly strong, solid songs on this project, and it's hard to pick one or two stand-outs. "If There Was Any Other Way" is a beautiful ballad featuring Donna's striking soprano vocals. "Anything" is another strong song showing Donna's ability to take a ballad and make it her own and deliver it flawlessly. She truly shines on ballads!

The radio hit "Hallelujah Jesus Saves" is a fun, upbeat but great song showing off the couple's ability to blend and be a strong duo. Their latest radio single is "No One Like God," and this country flavored song is sure to be a hit not only on radio but also live! The couple takes the Jessica King classic, "Keep Me In Your Will," and made an arrangement all their own that is simply hauntingly beautiful while still honoring Jessica's original classic version. (In fact, the duo was given Jessica's blessing on the cut!)

Zane's vocals shine on the beloved hymn "Great is Thy Faithulness." The project closes with a reprise of the hymn sung in Spanish, and it's beautiful. Mile Marker One is full of songs of hope, encouragement and the promise of never walking alone on this journey.

Check this project and the ministry of Zane and Donna King out! You'll be glad you did!



Song List:

Great is Thy Faithfulness
No One Like God
Keep Me In Your Will
Shine
Nothing Without You
If There Was Any Other Way
Hallelujah Jesus Saves
Anything
When God Smiles
How Does It Feel to Be Home
Oh Tu Fidelidad/Great is Thy Faithfulness

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Booth Brothers - Still


Producer: Jason Webb, Lari Goss, Ronnie Booth, Michael Booth, Jim Brady
Label: Independent
Website: http://www.boothbrothers.com

The Booth Brothers underwent a huge change for them last year as Jim Brady exited the group and Paul Lancaster joined as Brady’s replacement. Such a change in a pivotal member of any musical group can be detrimental. Have no fear, as the Booth Brothers didn’t miss a step and have released one of the best recordings they’ve ever done.

Paul brings a new dimension to the Booth Brothers’ sound and it sounds splendid. I have long been a Paul Lancaster fan, and was thrilled when he was named as Jim Brady’s replacement. Quite honestly, Paul isn’t a “replacement”, as he is carving his own nitch in the group and creating a dynamic sound that, adding to the already identifiable sound of the group, creates their own unique blend. With that said, the Booth Brothers are “Still” one of the best groups out there today!

The recording starts out with a song very identifiable with the Booth Brothers sound, “FAITH KEEPS WALKING”, which reminds us that “worry only sees the wind and troubled water, regret keeps looking back searching for the shore, fear may only find a sky that’s full lightening, faith keeps walking on looking to the Lord”.

The Booth Brothers kicks things up a few notches with a big-band rendition of the quartet classic, “HAPPY RHYTHM” before slowing things down for the title song, “STILL”, reminding us that God is still on the throne!

The country tinged, “DIRT ON MY HANDS” challenges us to “help our fellow man, even if we have to get a little dirt on our hands” before moving on to the driving declaration in song entitled, “I AM THE WORD”.

The crowning jewel of the recording is the ballad, “TOUCH OF THE MASTER’S HAND”. Featuring a stellar performance by Paul Lancaster, the song retells the story of the old violin and is a true masterpiece. I hope to see this song hit radio before it’s all said and done and could very easily be THE song that will be forever identified with Lancaster. It’s easily the best song on the recording and one I find myself listening to over and over again.

Ronnie Booth sings the mellow feel of “WHENEVER I SPEAK HIS NAME” before the tempo gets kicked into high-gear with “DOWN BY THE RIVER”. Previously recorded by Gordon Mote, the Booth Brothers put their own spin on the song.

Michael Booth turns in an impassioned performance on “WILDFLOWER”, which is a song that tells the story of his wife’s childhood without a father in her life, before Paul masterfully tackles the power ballad, “JESUS SAVES”. Joined by the Collingsworth Family, the song is a true highlight and rounds out the recording perfectly.

This recording features some of the strongest songs they’ve recorded since their 2010 recording, “Declaration”. While stylistically this isn’t in the same vein, it features some truly wonderful creative works and showcases the Booth Brothers at their absolute finest. The tracks aren’t over-bearing and they compliment the guys perfectly and their singing is simply fantastic. This is one that will not wander far from my music player and one I will listen to often!



Song List:

(stars denote personal favorites)
1 – Faith Keeps Walking**
2 – Happy Rhythm
3 – Still**
4 – Dirt on my Hands**
5 – I Am the Word
6 – Touch of the Master’s Hand**
7 – Whenever I Speak His Name
8 – Down By the River
9 – Wildflower (Vicki’s Song)**
10-Jesus Saves**

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Revelation - Singing Across the Sea

Deon sits down with Northern Ireland's Revelation this month!

Revelation Interview from Absolutely Gospel on Vimeo.

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News & Scoops


Masters Four Wins Patterson Promotions Talent Search & Releases Song to Radio

(Russell Springs, KY) The Master’s Four, from Sano, KY won the Patterson Promotions Homecoming Talent Search that was held in August at the Music Road Hotel in Pigeon Forge, TN.

The package included a radio release with promotion and a publicity package provided by Evie Hawkins of EHA-Nashville, a total value of $2,600. Members of the group include Jon Polston, Josh Carey, Jordan Polston, and Kristen Keltner. The radio single "Power, Fire, Blood," is currently being promoted from the PP Vol. 17 comp disc.

It has already reached the #1 position on Southern Gospel Times and Pauline Patterson notes, "It is obvious that this young group’s desire is to strengthen and increase God’s kingdom. Their desire is to spread the Gospel through song and testimony and reach souls. It’s an honor to represent them!"

Evie Hawkins of EHA-Nashville notes, "I’m proud to represent Masters Four. I was able to attend Pauline’s homecoming event and the talent was phenomenal! I believe their song will do well on radio!"

For more info: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), http://www.pattersonpromotions.com

Booking Agent: Josh D. Carey, 523 Mt. Olive Creek Rd. Russell Springs, KY 42642,

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News & Scoops


Undivided Ministries Sends “For Another Day” to National Radio

(Panama City, FL) The popular group, Undivided, recently released "For Another Day" to radio on Patterson Promotions Vol. 17 radio comp disc.

Brenda, Cindy, and Dan are passionate about their new release, stating, "This is an upbeat song about the refreshing of each new day that our Lord has made for us, thanking him for that day and how we're going to ‘fill our cup’ with Him during the day!"

2014 was a good year for the group. They experienced their first charting single on the Singing News Top 80 (I Trust You Lord) and on the Southern Gospel Times Top 40 fan voted charts, a #1 song (Walking With Jesus) and #3 song (I Trust You Lord). The group is also pursuing music and looking for songs for an upcoming CD project and expecting to be in the recording studio late spring to early summer.

Pauline Patterson notes, "I believe this is going to be another good year for this amazing group. They have excellent songs and a passion for the ministry. We are off to a great start with "For Another Day!"

Learn more about Undivided’s mission: http://www.reverbnation.com/rpk/undividedonline

Concert promoters can receive a free press kit by contacting Publicist, 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/

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Keep up with the group on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UndividedMinistriesOnline

For additional radio info: Patterson Music Group: 606 528-0033, http://www.pattersonpromotions.com

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News & Scoops


The Guardians Release Radio Single “Somebody Prays”

Song Written by Group Member John Darin Rowsey

Released by Heritage Communications

Single from project Let My Heart Sing

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

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

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

The Guardians are celebrating 25 years of music ministry.

http://www.TheGuardiansMusic.com
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Daily Devotion

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Playing On The Ipad

The first line of Psalm 37:7 tells us to wait patiently on the Lord. I have to admit that I have never been good at waiting on anything. However, God continues to be patient with me and is teaching me more and more everyday about what it means to wait on Him.

Our two grandsons had come to visit for a couple of days. We were up in our bonus room playing. Pierse, the oldest who is 6 years old, was playing a football game on his Nana’s ipad in Pop-pop’s leather chair. I was batting a balloon back and forth with Pryce, who is 3. When Pierse finished, he climbed down out of the chair and joined his brother and I batting a balloon across the room. When Pryce saw that his brother was done with his game, he decided that he wanted to play one just like his brother had been doing. He climbed up in the leather chair and began trying to bring up the game that he wanted to play, but the ipad would not co-operate. He brought the frozen machine over to me and began explaining in 3 year old language that it wasn’t working. I knew what needed to be done. I would have to turn it off and restart it letting all the games reload. I tried explaining this to the little fellow, but obviously he didn’t understand. All he knew was that he wanted to play a game and that Pop-Pop had turned the ipad off. At this point he began trying to grab it out of my hands while at the same time voicing his displeasure. Not realizing I was going turning it back on, he looked up at me and very calmly said, “I’m mad at you Pop-Pop.” “Why,? “ I asked. “Because you won’t let me play a game,” came his reply. I couldn’t help but chuckle to myself as the black screen came back to life came and I gave it to him. A big smile crossed his tiny face and he said “Thank you Pop-Pop.”

After the boys had gone back home I was thinking about this little incident. The reason Pryce said he was mad at me was because he didn’t understand that I was trying to help him play the game that he wanted to play. Then I began thinking how many times do we do that to our Heavenly Father. Things don’t go our way so we get mad and voice our anger, not realizing that our God is working for our good and to his glory, we just need to trust Him and wait patiently.

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News & Scoops


Tune in NOW!!!!!

Word just came that the Nashville Country Revival is airing on TCT at 4PM today!!!!! It will also show on Direct TV Channel 377.

It's short notice, but tune in if you can.

The Nashville Country Revival is hosted by Darrell Freeman.

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Daily Devotion

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The Foundations of Life

In 1989, as I watched the World Series from the comfort of my home, I noticed unusual movement on the screen. An earthquake measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale was shaking San Francisco. Fifty-two people were tragically killed as overpasses and bridges crumbled. The damage was enormous.

In February 2010, an earthquake of 7.0 on the Richter scale left Haiti in the ruins of devastation. Nearly 300,000 precious people died. From the president's palace to the most humble of homes, little was spared. There was only a fraction of a point of difference on the Richter scale, yet many more perished and the destruction seemed massive in comparison. One place was hugely damaged, while another was totally devastated.

What made the difference?

The difference in damage and devastation is found in the word, “foundation.”

Because of economy, regulations, engineering, you name it—the standards in one location over the other, as it related to foundations, made all the difference in life and death. Knowing the proximity of fault lines helped the engineers determine the time and money that went into the foundation a structure was to be built upon.

It seems that fault lines abound everywhere beneath the surface of life.
Emotional fault lines.
Relational fault lines.
Financial fault lines.
They sprawl everywhere beneath the surface of all we hold dear.

David encountered all these and more while fleeing for his life on one occasion. He contemplated his circumstances, surmised his place in life, and asked this question in Psalm 11:3: "If the foundations be destroyed, what shall the righteous do?"

Being a carpenter, Jesus knew about foundations. He related a meaningful parable about two home builders. One built on a foundation, while the other built only on the sand. The storm came and left; only the house with the foundation under it stood firm.

There are two powerful principles contained in this parable.

First, storms do come. It's never a matter of "if," but "when." The greatest lesson is that the rock is stronger than the storm.

Let the winds blow and the rains fall. When it's all said and done, you will discover whether the foundation you're built upon will "weather" the storm.

Isaiah 28:16: "Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation, a stone, a tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation."

What are you built upon today? I hope you can sing with confidence the words of the old hymn ...

“My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.

“On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand,
All other ground is sinking sand.”

Tim Hill

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Legendary songwriter Dianne Wilkinson re-signs with Daywind Music Publishing

ENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (Dec. 3, 2014) – Dianne Wilkinson is the latest among an elite crop of established songwriters to re-sign an exclusive agreement with Daywind Music Publishing.

Wilkinson has won numerous awards and has penned 12 No. 1 songs. The most recent of those chart-toppers was the Old Paths’ hit – “Long Live the King” – which reached the No. 1 spot in July.

“I have been privileged to be a member of the Daywind family for almost 10 years, and they have been some of the most memorable and exciting of my long writing career,” says Wilkinson. “I appreciate Rick Shelton and all the others there who work so hard for me. I hope we've only just begun.”


“Dianne Wilkinson is a treasure to Southern Gospel Music,” emphasizes Shelton, Daywind’s Vice President of Music Publishing. “Her early songs are classics. Her current work is today’s hits. It has been a delight and joy to work with Miss Di for the last 12 years, and it is with great anticipation that we look forward to the songs that will come from her very prolific pen. She is dear to me and to our Daywind family.”

Daywind Music Publishing is the premier source of new songs for the Southern Gospel and church print/choral markets. The organization is home to an award-winning roster of songwriters. For more information, visit http://www.daywindpublishing.com or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

For additional information on Dianne Wilkinson, visit http://www.diannewilkinson.com

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Lari Goss Obituary and Funeral Arrangements

Grammy award-winning singer Lari Goss passes away

Mr. Lari Goss, age 69 of Brentwood, Tenn. went to be with the Lord on Jan. 10, 2015. His career in music started as a young boy with the Goss Brothers and spanned over 60 years. He was a Grammy Award recipient, won numerous Dove Awards, was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame along with several Lifetime Achievement Awards. In addition to his music, he was an ordained minister.
Mr. Goss is preceded in death by parents, Benjamin A. and Annie Mae Elrod, brother, James Walton Goss. He is survived by wife, Carolyn Fuqua Goss; sons, B.J. (Julie) Goss, Nicholas (RaeAnna) Goss, Jonathan Goss and Cameron Goss; brother, Roni (Linda) Goss; grandchildren, Samantha, Joseph, Alexandria, Christian & Eva Mae Goss.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 15 at Brentwood Baptist Church, Pastors Jim Cymbala and Stan Mitchell officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Private family burial will be in Williamson Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be made to the Tennessee Baptist Children’s Home. Visitation will also be 5 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday at Williamson Memorial Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 615 794-2289. http://www.williamsonmemorial.com

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In The Words of Chris

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Why do I read?

I'll be the first to tell you that I wasn't much of a reader while growing up. It's actually kind of sad to me the more I look back at it. My mother was an avid reader, and she always encouraged me to pick up the latest books that she had at her disposal (usually some gritty crime novel or the latest from John Grisham. And Victoria Steele. She loved her some Victoria Steele.) The thing is, I actually did enjoy reading when I was a kid and teenager. I remember how enamored I was with Choose Your Own Adventure books as a kid. Music became my go-to art form starting around junior high, so I didn't keep up the love, though I do recall being engrossed in a couple Agatha Christie novels during my formative years (and two that I go back to regularly as an adult).

There are two book series that get the credit for my adult reading habits: Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings. Both received a spark of interest in my mind because of their film adaptations. The Lord of the Rings captured my attention in college (yes, even the dull scenes like Tom Bombadil or all those chapters after the climax of The Return of the King) , while Harry Potter didn't grab me until after the fifth movie. (I still remember scouring Facebook one evening, frantically looking for someone to console me after the death of Dobby in The Deathly Hallows. Thanks, Ruth!)

Since then, my coworkers have dubbed me as the reader, because I take every opportunity I'm off the phone to pull out my iPad and read. It's the only time of the day I get to pour over the pages and live in fantasy realms with fiction or get better acquainted with my Savior in scholarly books about Christian living and theology.

There's a handful of reasons why I take the time each day, and here are a few:

1 - Reading helps me to communicate better.

If you've been a reader here for any amount of time, you know that I'm also a songwriter. Reading helps me to grow as a songwriter, because it helps to expand my vocabulary. It helps me to see things from other perspectives. It helps me gain new knowledge on how the flow of words affect the way something sounds and feels. It's not just about songwriting either. It's also about just being a better writer. There's more to writing than knowing where the commas go and the differences between their, they're, and there. I communicate better because I read.

2 - Reading helps me to connect with people.

You know what's great? Getting to talk to people who have read the latest Gillian Flynn novel and know what you're talking about when you say that the main characters are just horrible people. They get what's coming to them. It's fun to talk to people and find out that they loved Emma, even though I couldn't stomach the novel myself. How about engaging in conversation with family about the merits of the film version of Percy Jackson or The Hunger Games verses the books. Discussion is fun. Conversation is fun. Reading helps me to connect with people of all walks of life.

3 - Reading helps me to become a better Christian.

I'm the first to admit that fiction is my favorite genre to read, but I wouldn't be the man of God that I am today if it wasn't for the works of E.M. Bounds, C.S. Lewis, A.W. Tozer, or Charles Swindoll (what is the deal with all those initials anyway?). These men carry great spiritual truths in their writing, and I as a believer would be stupid not to glean from their knowledge and wisdom.

Overall, reading is just plain fun, and I hope that I can instill in my kids the love that I have for it one day. Hopefully I'm on the right track with my son as he already won't get off my lap unless I read The Wheels On the Bus Go Round and Round at least three times to him. (Perhaps the sound effects help?)

Pick up a book sometime. You never know what might jump out at you!

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Six Artists Release To Radio With Patterson Promotions

The Wilbanks Release I’ll Be Praisin’ You to Radio via Patterson Promotions

(Nashville, TN) The Wilbanks announce their latest single, I’ll Be Praisin’ You, currently in the hands of national radio via Patterson Promotions Vol. 17 current compilation disc. In February, the group will be in the studio working on their new video with Phil Cross coaching and producing. The production will take place in Davie Florida, near Fort Lauderdale at Vanquish Studios and is slated to be released in the Spring, 2015. The popular family group experienced much success with "Matchless Name" and "Song of Thanksgiving" with outstanding airplay throughout the nation. Pauline Patterson notes, "It’s so much of a blessing to work with The Wilbanks. Their songs are top-notch and the blessing that goes along with each one is more powerful than words can describe!" Numerous other songs have brought national attention to this anointed group’s ministry. The group performed on the main stage at the 2014 National Quartet Convention and they continue to bless their audiences all across the country.

Concert promoters can receive a free press kit by contacting: Publicist: Evie Hawkins, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), 256-303-8354, or 615-856-0910 or contact the group directly at: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 713-444-8172 Visit them online: http://www.wilbankssingers.com For additional radio info: http://www.pattersonpromotions.com .



Kent Curtis Family Releases I Found Mercy to Radio via Patterson Promotions

The Kent Curtis Family of McEwen, TN is excited to announce their latest radio single, "I Found Mercy" on Patterson Promotions Compilation, Vol. 17. It was penned by their very own bass singer, Nathan Curtis. Bro. Kent notes, "The song will take you from the time of animal sacrifices for sin in the Old Testament to the time of Grace & Mercy found in the New Testament. Because of the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus Christ on Mt. Calvary and his resurrection, we can be saved. That is the blessed Easter message for the world. Each member of the group takes a leading part as they point you to the only one who can forgive your soul." With the arrival of 2015, the Kent Curtis Family is looking forward to meeting each one at a good ole Southern Gospel concert. They are currently planning several stops on a tour to Oklahoma in the Spring. For bookings: Visit their website: http://www.kentcurtisfamily.com or "Like" Kent Curtis Family on Facebook and message them. You may also call their home office at (931) 582-6884.

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


    Roy Anderson Releases Gods Word to Radio via Patterson Promotions

Roy Anderson, with "Ascending Son Ministry," releases "God’s Word" on Pauline Patterson’s Vol. 17 radio comp disc this winter. He chose the song from his new project, "I Found Jesus." Ascending Son is a Christian music ministry and he notes, "Our only desire is to share the message of Jesus Christ with as many people as we can." The song has already gone to national radio DJ’s and Pauline Patterson notes, "It’s an honor and a privilege to be a small part of Roy’s mission in getting the Gospel to a much larger audience. I’m really excited to see what the Lord has in store for Roy!" Roy is also noted for "Take my Hand," which reached #3 on the Southern Gospel Times Top 40. Roy wrote each song recorded on the latest project and it is available for download at Amazon, itunes, and most digital download sites. For more info on Roy Anderson’s music ministry visit his website at http://www.ascendingson com.

Concert promoters can receive a free press kit by contacting his Publicist: Evie Hawkins, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), 256-303-8354, or 615-856-0910 For additional radio info: Patterson Music Group: 606 528-0033, http://www.pattersonpromotions.com Contact Roy directly at: phone (559) 665-7981 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


HeartLine Announces Release of He’s Been There Thru Patterson Promotions
(Prattville, AL) HeartLine, a popular Southern Gospel group from Prattville, Alabama recently sent their latest single release, "He’s Been There," to national radio through Patterson Promotions on PP Vol. 17. The song, written by multi-award-winning, Sylvia Green, is from the group’s latest project, "Simply Grace." The group consists of Christy Chatman, Brian Hooks, and Elizabeth Saucer and was formed from the desire of three people wanting to follow God's calling and share His love with others. The members note, "We are humbled to be used of God in this capacity. Since the beginning of this ministry in February 2008, we have had the privilege to worship with so many different people. We have seen the lost saved and the sick healed, a true testament that God lives and cares enough to reach down and pick us up at our darkest hours." The group have been in the music ministry for only six years; however, they have been privileged to take their ministry into the hearts of many television viewers, as well as sharing the stage with some of Southern Gospel’s most seasoned artists at Dollywood's Southern Gospel Harvest Fest and other venues across the country. They have also been blessed to have two charting songs in The Singing News Magazine. Pauline Patterson of Patterson Music Group notes, "It’s such a sweet privilege to work with this wonderful group. I feel their love for people and for the ministry will take them a long way and into the hearts of even more listeners across the country. They have already made a substantial mark on their journey!"
For more info, contact the group at: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or visit them online: http://www.heartlinegospel.com
Concert promoters can receive a free press kit by contacting Publicist, Evie Hawkins, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), 256-303-8354, or 615-856-0910 For additional radio info: Patterson Music Group: 606-528-0033, http://www.pattersonpromotions.com



Somerset for Christ releases "Break My Heart" to Radio via Patterson Promotions
(Maineville, OH) Somerset for Christ, a Christian music band from Maineville, Ohio, recently released "Break My Heart" to national radio through Patterson Promotions on PP#17 compilation disc. The song was written with reference to how one's heart can become "hardened" and the need for "the Lord, by His Spirit, to break up the hard, fallow ground in our hearts in order to walk in love toward others." The group's ministry was created in 2009 and although they do not tour, they have a mission of spreading the word of Christ through their music and related activities. Their music is a combination of Christian Country and Pop with the overriding objective being "a focus on the eternal." They strive to reach souls through radio and the internet. In doing so, they have become regulars on the popular Larry Ford radio program and have successful airplay in neighboring states and beyond. The band's unique musical talent is not their only gift. Their involvement with charitable causes has made them a beloved ministry on the homefront and abroad, even as far as Africa. Each member of the band is active in their local church and they have a passion for reaching out to those with disabilities, the aged, and others who have special needs. Pauline Patterson notes, "This band is unique and upbeat. I'm so happy to be a part of this wonderful music ministry. Their mission and purpose is also a blessing to those who cannot get out and travel to concerts. By focusing on internet and radio ministry, I believe they will continue to reach the masses with their inspiring music!"
Concert promoters can receive a free press kit by contacting Publicist, Evie Hawkins, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), 256-303-8354, or 615-856-0910 Radio contact: Patterson Music Group: 606-528-0033, http://www.pattersonpromotions.com
Contact the band directly: Jack Dennis: 513-677-3293 http://www.somersetforchrist.com


Brenda Whitlock sends latest single to National Radio via Patterson Promotions

(Okolona, MS) Popular soloist, Brenda Whitlock, releases a new single on Patterson Promotions Vol. # 17 radio compilation disc. From the project, "Who Is She," that includes ten of her original songs, Brenda chose "We Have Found Her" to be promoted to national radio. Pauline Patterson notes, "Brenda is known and loved all over the country by her beautiful voice and terrific songs. Through multiple projects and a passion for winning souls to the Lord, this lady blesses those who are fortunate enough to know her. I’m always happy to have Brenda on board because of her mission, purpose, and tremendous talent. This is her 3rd release from that successful project and we are very excited!"

Concert promoters can receive a free press kit by contacting Publicist, Evie Hawkins, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), 256-303-8354, or 615-856-0910 For additional radio info: Patterson Music Group: 606-528-0033, http://www.pattersonpromotions.com or contact Brenda directly: 662-871-8336






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This Week on Gospel Music Today

The members of The Bowling Family are the guests on Gospel Music Today for the week of January 11. Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates. The Feature Group is The Carolina Boys Quartet, and Jean reviews new recordings by Natalie Cromwell and Jeff Stice. An article from Singing News Magazine is the subject of this week's News Notes. The show features exclusive video of The Diplomats, recorded by Gospel Music Today's cameras in Joplin, MO, and a visit to the Gospel Music Today Archives for an exclusive concert video of The McCray Dove Band at the Owasso Gospel Opry in Owasso, OK.

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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Get Out Of The Boat

I think the hardest thing for me to do in my Christian walk is to face moments where I am required to step out of my comfort zone. When I am tossed into situations out of my control, it’s easier for me to trust, because I know God has promised to be with me wherever I go, and I know His promises are true. But choosing to walk into the unknown is a little different, it requires faith in your own ability to seek and hear the voice of God.

When I am facing a difficult choice, I remind myself that God knows my struggle and will whisper my directions if I stay in constant communion with Him. I pray that God will open every door He wants me to enter and slam any door He doesn’t. Don’t even peek down the hallway that He doesn’t want you to walk.

When you face choices, remind yourself of the depth of your relationship with God. Think of Peter, walking with your eyes on Christ alone, and just get out of the boat!


Matthew 14:22-29 King James Version (KJV) 22 And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away. 23 And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone. 24 But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. 25 And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. 26 And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. 27 But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. 28 And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. 29 And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.


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Daily Devotion

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Two Little Words

Have you ever done something REAL NICE for someone, like; Open a Door, Solve a Problem or Give a Gift, only to have them say, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING? Well, I guess we’ve all had that happen and it CERTAINLY makes us THINK TWICE, before we do THAT again. It’s Pastor Phil of Harvest Chapel with a GOOD WORD from GOD’S WORD today.



There are TWO WORDS in Websters Dictionary that, by themselves don’t carry much weight, but when they’re PUT TOGETHER, they are so powerful that they open the door of BLESSINGS over and over again. And, of course you know, those TWO WORDS are "THANK YOU!" In every language around the world, they are like MAGIC to the ears of a GIVER: MER-CI, DANKE-SCHON, DANK-U -WEL, BAIE-DANKIE, GRAZIE TANTO or MUCHAS GRACIAS.

And, they are also our entry into God’s presence. Psalm 100:4 says we should, "Enter into His gates with THANKSGIVING, and into His courts with praise. Be THANKFUL to Him, and bless His name." So, during this THANKSGIVING time, let’s remember to use those TWO WONDERFUL WORDS of gratitude and see how they’re received. And, to all our FRIENDS, RELATIVES and CHURCH FAMILY we are truly thankful to God that you are sharing your life with us.



It’s your EVER GRATEFUL Pastor Phil, saying, "THANK YOU, SO MUCH" with this "GOOD WORD FROM GOD’S WORD TODAY" . God bless.

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News & Scoops


Lari Goss Passes Away

News has just been reported that Lari Goss has just passed away. Lari is known as the most successful producer in all of Southern Gospel Music.

More information is coming as soon as it is available.

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Weekly Chart

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Monday - January 12, 2015

Top 40 Weekly Chart

TW
LW
#WK
TITLE
ARTIST
PEAK
1
1
18
Church In the Kitchen Dunaways
1(2)
2
3
14
Unashamed Brian Free & Assurance
2
3
5
10
Over For Good Beyond the Ashes
3
4
7
16
Everything I Need Tribute
2
5
10
12
No One Like God Zane & Donna King
4
6
4
8
He Took the Nails Browders
4
7
2
18
Christ Is Still the King Legacy Five
1(7)
8
6
19
Oh Yes I Am Kingsmen
6
9
9
8
That's What I Miss the Most Bowling Family
9
10
8
20
I Wanna Be There Isaacs
7
11
25
8
I Wanna Hear the Gospel Mercy's Well
11
12
12
8
Land of Endless Tomorrows Hoskins Family
12
13
16
5
It Was the Word Williamsons
13
14
20
12
Sometimes It Takes a Mountain Gaither Vocal Band
11
15
14
14
The Joys of Heaven Kingdom Heirs
10
16
26
9
The Blood Hasn't Ever Changed Greater Vision
16
17
13
21
Water Walking God Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
13
18
31
9
Picture This 11th Hour
18
19
17
12
Don't Stop Running Mark Trammell Quartet
17
20
15
22
Ain't It Just Like the Lord Gordon Mote
1
21
11
13
Do Unto Others Nelons
10
22
21
34
I Can Trust Him Perrys
4
23
18
10
Pray On the Little Days Mark Bishop
14
24
27
8
Big Top Channing Eleton
24
25
22
24
Falling Amber Nelon Thompson
2
26
24
10
Heaven Steve Ladd
22
27
28
12
Part the Waters/I Need Thee Every Hour Gold City
14
28
29
4
Sing It Brother, Sing It Skyline Boys
28
29
23
19
The Last Time I Looked Freemans
10
30
30
30
Help Me Wilburn & Wilburn
5
31
37
5
He Didn't Throw the Clay Away Jim Brady
29
32
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12
Measure of Grace Taylors
26
33
32
22
Never, No Never Joseph Habedank
7
34
33
5
Grace Will Be There Carolina Boys
33
35
38
7
Satisfied Three Bridges
35
36
35
10
This Blood Triumphant
21
37
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1
God is Doing a Work Littles
37
38
39
2
Glorybound Whisnants
38
39
19
27
Hidden Heroes Talleys
1(4)
40
*
1
Don't Give a Rock a Chance Watts, Rowsey & Bean
40
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

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Power of Grateful Prayers


In Philippians 4:6-7 we find one of the most difficult verses in the entire Bible to obey: “Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. If you do this, you will experience God's peace” (NLT).

It’s not easy to stop worrying about the often-scary, everyday parts of our lives, but God tells us how in the next part of the verse: “Pray about everything … and thank him for all he has done.” Grateful prayer brings peace. God says, when you start to worry, pray.

Parents understand the power of grateful prayers. Most parents wouldn’t appreciate their children always making requests without saying “thank you” for what they’ve already received. God sees it the same way. He wants us to ask him for what we need and want. More than 20 times in the New Testament, we’re told to “ask” him. But he wants us to ask with gratefulness.

The Bible urges us to be specific in our requests — and our praises. Instead of a simple “thank you for everything,” he wants us to tell him what we’re grateful for. When I say to my wife, “I'm so grateful for you,” she tells me to be specific. She likes to hear what I appreciate about her and what I'm grateful for about her. God does, too. So when you pray, tell God what you’re thankful for. Prayer is one of the most important ways we tell God “thank you.”

Thanking God in advance is a big step of faith. When we have the faith to thank God ahead of time, miracles happen. The more thankful we are, the more God works in our lives. The Bible says that God inhabits the praise of his people. He uses our thanksgiving as an instrument of power in our lives.

So, what are you thankful for?


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News & Scoops


Andraé Crouch Funeral Arrangements Announced

(LOS ANGELES, CA) -- A celebration of Andraé Crouch’s life will take place on Tuesday, January 20th and Wednesday, January 21st at West Angeles Church of God In Christ, located at 3045 Crenshaw Blvd in Los Angeles, California. Both services will be open to the public.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Viewing: 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Tribute Celebration: 7:00pm

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Viewing: 10:00am – 11:00am
Celebration of Life: 11:00am

In lieu of flowers, please send tax-deductible donations to:
Andraé Crouch Memorial Fund
c/o New Christ Memorial Church
13333 Vaughn
Pacoima, CA 91340
http://www.newchristmemorial.org

Cards and letters may be sent to:
New Christ Memorial Church
Attn.: Mauri Jones
13333 Vaughn
Pacoima, CA 91340

All media requests should be directed to Brian Mayes at Nashville Publicity Group, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 615-771-2040. All other requests can be directed to Demetrus Alexander at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Daily Devotion

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Stay Alert And Keep Watching

Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43: 19 (KJV)

I love the way the message bible expresses this passage of scripture. ’Be alert, Be present. I’m about to do something brand-new. It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it? There it is! I’m making a road through the desert, rivers in the badlands.

As we enter into a new year with new goals and new resolutions, God is telling us stay alert and keep watching because He is going to do an exciting new thing! The fact that this passage admonishes us to be alert and watchful implies that if we don’t we could miss the very thing that God is wanting to do in us and through us.

Have you asked God to birth something in you and through you that will bring glory to Him only to find an obstacle at every turn? Stay alert ,God will make a way in the wilderness. Does it seem every road is a dead end? Be watching. God said He would make rivers in the desert!

Scripture tells us that His ways are not our ways nor His thoughts our thoughts. If you’ve tried and failed, maybe it’s because you’re trying to do things your way. If you’ll stay alert and watch, God will open doors you thought impossible.

Things will work out better than you ever imagined because His timing is always perfect! Step back and watch the new thing He will do for you today!

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Andraé Crouch Dead at 72 -  UPDATED - Family Issues Statement

(LOS ANGELES, CA) -- Music legend Andraé Crouch has died. The Grammy and Dove Award winner passed away on Thursday, January 8, 2015 at approximately 4:30pm PST at Northridge Hospital Medical Center in the Los Angeles area. Andraé, 72, was hospitalized on January 3rd.

Music legend Andraé Crouch has died from complications following a heart attack on January 3rd. Andraé passed away surrounded by family on Thursday, January 8, 2015 at approximately 4:30pm PST at Northridge Hospital Medical Center in the Los Angeles area. Andraé was 72 years old.

“Today my twin brother, womb-mate and best friend went home to be with the Lord,” said Pastor Sandra Crouch. “Please keep me, my family and our church family in your prayers. I tried to keep him here but God loved him best. Details of Andraé’s Celebration Service and Tribute will be forthcoming.”

Andraé’s family requests privacy at this time. All media requests should be directed to Brian Mayes at Nashville Publicity Group, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 615-771-2040. All other requests can be directed to Demetrus Alexander at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

About Andraé Crouch:
Andraé’s accolades include 7 Grammy Awards, 6 GMA Dove Awards, an Academy Award nomination for "The Color Purple," induction into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His songs have been recorded by everyone from Elvis Presley to Paul Simon, and he has worked as a producer and arranger with many of music’s top artists, including Michael Jackson, Madonna, Quincy Jones, Diana Ross, Elton John and many others. Andraé can also be heard on Michael Jackson's hit singles "Man in the Mirror," "Keep the Faith,” "Will You Be There" and “Earth Song.”

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Jerry Deewood - Doing the Right Thing

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Jim Brady Trio - Steppin’ Out In Faith

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Gold City - Part the Waters/I Need Thee

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The Browders - He Took the Nails

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Bowling Family - That’s What I Miss…

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11th Hour - Picture This

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Daily Devotion

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Fresh Start

Every New Year is the onset of an amalgam of ambitious resolutions. There’s something about the transition from December 31 to January 1 that gives us a new lease on life, a fresh start, a clean slate. Unfortunately, according to statisticbrain.com, 25% of Americans give up on their goals in the first week of January. After 6 months, there are less than 50% still aiming for the finish line. Then there are those who don’t even bother with this task. Perhaps past failure or the sheer magnitude of their issues are too overwhelming to address.

I’d like to offer encouragement to the discouraged on this 8th day of January. Everyone deserves and can have a fresh start in life and I’d like to offer 4 principles that have helped me on various occasions to do just that.

Awaken

It was in the pigpen that the prodigal son “came to himself” and realized that his life was a wreck (Luke 15:11-32). The first step to making a change is to realize that change is needed.

However, it’s not practical to “fix” every area of your life at once. Wake up to the fact that you are not Superman/woman and choose one major area on which to focus your attention. There’s a Chinese proverb that says,

“If you chase two rabbits, they will both escape.” Imagine what happens chasing 5 or 10 rabbits! Reevaluate after the first quarter of the year and the outcome of your first resolution could fuel a successful second resolution April 1.

Apply the Word

You may be overwhelmed by the seemingly insurmountable task ahead of you, but God’s Word is greater than anything you face. Think you can’t do it? Apply Philippians 4:13. You’re too weak? Try 2 Corinthians 12:9. It’s humanly impossible? Encourage yourself with Genesis 18:14. Feel your past failure is too powerful? Kick it with Isaiah 61:7.

It’s not magical; it’s miraculous. Applying God’s Word to your mind is like hitting the reset button on an outlet, or rebooting a computer (Romans 12:2). Cling to a Biblical truth that applies to your situation and continuously meditate on it. Memorize it; post it on 3×5 cards around your house, in your car, at your work. Walk around quoting it all day! Who cares if people think you’re crazy? You’re on the path to victory!

Ask for wisdom

One of the greatest deterrents to meeting our goals is not having a plan of action. We’re gung ho while in the “resolution” phase, then fizzle out because we don’t know how to carry out the plan. Perhaps you know the outcome you want, but you don’t know how to go about it. That’s the perfect setup for failure.

An amazing advantage to being a child of the King is that He actually wants us to succeed and is more than happy to let us know how to do so. James 1:5 tells us that anyone who lacks wisdom can ask of God Who gives to EVERYONE freely, ungrudgingly, without reproaching or faultfinding, and it will be granted. He’s not waiting for you to fail; He’s waiting for you to ask Him how to succeed.

Adjust your walk

This is the practical part. You can’t continue doing the same things and expect different results. Let me give you an example.

Your resolution is to stop overspending and get out of debt. So what you might do is cut out the ways that you overspend and seek advice as to how to tackle your debt. You could cut up the credit cards, don’t go to the stores where you spend too much money, write your tithe check before you do anything else with your money, and take a Dave Ramsey course on Financial Freedom.

Your resolution might require changing the people you hang with or places you frequent. It might be temporary, but it could be the difference between success and failure.



The inspiring Zig Ziglar said, “If you aim at nothing, you’ll hit it every time.” Don’t sit back and let life pass you by with no hope of a better future. Wake up, let God’s Word strengthen you, seek God’s wisdom, and take action. The New Year might be past; but as one of my favorite movie/book characters, Anne Shirley, said,

“Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?”
I propose to you that today, right now, this moment is a new day that the Lord has made, and He has brand new mercies for you in it.

What resolutions have you made and what steps have you taken to be successful?

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Written: 01/07/2015 | Category: Daily Devotion Comments: 0


News & Scoops


It’s A Mann’s World Starring David and Tamela Mann Premieres Wednesday, January 14 on BET

The wait is finally over! The highly-anticipated new show, "IT'S A MANN'S WORLD" starring David and Tamela Mann and family premieres on Wednesday, January 14 at 9:00 p.m. EST/ 8:00 p.m. CST only on BET.

Known for their starring roles on stage and screen, Tamela and David Mann have become household names for their #1 comedy, "Meet the Browns." Their new show, "IT'S A MANN'S WORLD" will take a peek behind their celebrity on-screen personas, exclusive events, famous friends and the at-home lives of David and Tamela Mann. Over the course of eight one-hour episodes, viewers will get a taste of how David and Tamela balance being celebrities, entrepreneurs, and parents to four adult children - all while maintaining their 26-year old marriage. Viewers may have met the Browns, but this show introduces them to the Mann's world like you've never seen them before. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6K0wEfAbkaY

The series is executively produced by David and Tamela Mann in partnership with eOne along with Tara Long, Howie Miller, Kim McKoy, Roger Bobb, and Phil Thornton.

Connect with David and Tamela:

http://www.facebook.com/davidtamelamann

https://twitter.com/DAVIDANDTAMELA


For more information about David and Tamela Mann, visit http://www.tillymannmusic.com.

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News & Scoops


NRB-TV Adds The Music City Show To Its Lineup

Nashville, Tenn (January 7, 2015) The very popular Christian variety program, The Music City Show, is excited to announce that they have been added to the Saturday night lineup on the NRB-TV Network.

Members of the National Religious Broadcasters Association have a bold yet simple vision: Christian television that significantly impacts the culture. The Music City Show has all of the elements necessary to meet that vision. The program is religious entertainment with a strong message of Christ throughout each segment of the show.

NRB-TV will add The Music City Show to its Saturday lineup on January 10th at 6PM (EST)/5PM (CST). With the addition to NRB-TV, The Music City Show will add more households to their already rapidly growing audience.



Producer, Scott Godsey, commented, "We are very excited about The Music City Show being added to the NRB-TV lineup and also very proud to offer them the national television taping debut of The Jim Brady Trio as well as the sensational family group The Talleys. This will be a night you do not want to miss.”


Included in this first NRB-TV airing will be host, Tim Lovelace, as well as the Positive Cowboy, Jim Sheldon, singing at the barn.



Every program aired by NRB is independently produced by organizations with a passion for God’s Word and a commitment to quality broadcasting. Their lineup is diverse, ranging from preaching and teaching programs on Sunday to shows about cooking, financial education, fitness, public policy, music, sports, travel, science, and history the rest of the week.

To learn more about The Music City Show go to http://www.themusiccityshow.com or https://www.facebook.com/themusiccityshow . Twitter them at https://twitter.com/MusicCityShow .

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Daily Devotion

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Rubbing Off

I was born and lived in Indiana till I was 27 years old. I certainly wouldn't consider Indiana to be a "Southern State."

Through the years, I have had people tell me that I have somewhat of a "southern" accent. My response is "Well, through the years I have lived in West Virginia and North Carolina and have traveled with some REAL southern boys. I guess, they have Rubbed Off on me."

See, I have picked up some of their southern dialect..and didn't even realize it.

When we are around the same people a lot, we often times pick up their accents, good habits, BAD habits and can even pick up some of their behavior.

That's why it's so important to surround ourselves with people who will make us better..not with those who will drag us down.

Negativity breeds negativity. If someone with a negative spirit is constantly voicing their negative opinions, it's so easy for us to join in on the "gripe session."

So what if we don't have a choice but to be around negative people? Chances are they might be at our workplace, our family or our church..

We must do our best to be a positive influence on them. Our response on how WE handle those "gripe sessions" might "Rub Off" on them.

"Rubbing Off" can also mean that we can positively influence someone.

We all have a "circle of influence." People that we are surrounded by. Family, co-workers, church members. Let's do our best to be positive and be a godly example in front of them.

See, people are watching us. They may NOT ever tell us that we are influencing them. If they see us being positive and encouraging - they in turn may develop that trait.

1 Thessalonians 5:11 "Therefore encourage one another and build one another up..."

We can make a difference.

Prayer starter: "Father, thank YOU for being the ULTIMATE example for ME to follow. May I be encouraging and be an inspiration to those around me. In Jesus name. Amen."

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News & Scoops


Threads of Mercy set for release from Ivan Parker

New album available 1/20/15 on Horizon Records

Nashville, TN --- In an industry dominated by quartets and mixed groups, Ivan Parker is a solo artist who has crafted his art and established a distinguished ministry characterized by the artist’s unmistakable style.

Now, Ivan Parker has created an album that weaves a musical passage through the fabric of life. Threads of Mercy is a lyrical journey, describing God’s presence through life’s highs and lows, good times and bad, with one thing always standing true: mercy brings us through to the glory of God.

Threads of Mercy is available on Horizon Records on January 20, 2015. Ivan Parker is available for interview. Please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to request a review copy or digital link for media review.


From the kicking first radio single “’Til the Shackles Fall Off” and the upbeat “On the Solid Rock I Stand,” to the thought provoking “Silent Prayer” and “God’s In The Middle Of It,” the album sews a storyline of God’s love and mercy. Parker’s award-winning voice echoes with the sound of yesterday’s great singers while his style is contemporary and versatile. Whether it’s up-tempo or a ballad, an Ivan Parker song is almost immediately identifiable. The artist hits his vocal sweet spot throughout this new record with a voice that matches perfectly and warmly with the songs on Threads of Mercy.


Ivan Parker has won thirty Singing News Fan Awards, including eleven Male Vocalist awards. Threads of Mercy may well take him on to many more accolades. It is an inspiring and uplifting collection.

"Ivan Parker has won every vocalist award possible over the years, first as a quartet singer and then as a soloist. His ministry is just that - a ministry which reaches thousands of people every year. Can there be any doubt he is the premier singer in gospel music. Everyone at Horizon Records is honored to have him on our label." - Mickey Gamble, President, Horizon Records

Like most Christians, Ivan has known some "ups and downs." He remembers well the day, when he was just 9 years old, when he was saved as he was moved by a fiery sermon in his daddy’s church. Parker admits to mistakes along the way, but he lives with his favorite passage from Scripture, Psalm 23. "I believe God does His greatest works in us when we are in the valley. It is there that we are more open to what He has in store for us."


When asked if he had any unfulfilled dreams, Ivan has said, "You never stop dreaming about where your ministry is going. I just pray that God will take what I am presently doing and increase it. I am living my dream...but the dream is not completed yet." The song goes on.


Threads of Mercy (Horizon Records 1.20.15)



TRACK LIST

1. Till The Shackles Fall Off

2. Don’t Hang Your Head and Cry

3. God’s in the Middle Of It

4. Silent Prayer

5. When Heaven Shakes the House

6. This Is How We Know

7. On the Solid Rock I Stand

8. He Touched Me

9. Wings

10. How Much Longer



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News & Scoops


The King’s Heralds Perform On ABC-TV Christmas Special

Nashville, Tenn (January 6, 2015) The King’s Heralds recently had the privilege of appearing on The Peace On Earth holiday special that aired on the ABC network Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

First tenor Don Scroggs said, "We never dreamed that opportunity this would come our way and we are so thankful that it has.”

The television special was taped at the end of October in the Washington D.C area. Voice Of Prophecy had the distinct privilege of producing ABC TV’s annual Christmas special. They recorded the program live in October at the Spencerville Seventh-day Adventist Church in Silver Spring, Maryland. The one hour program aired on many ABC stations across the United States on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

"We reached people that would never think of setting foot inside a church!” commented baritone Russell Hospedales and lead Jared Otto was quick to agree.

Bass vocalist Jeff Pearles chimed in, " Never underestimate the power of television. We were able to reach more with the gospel of Jesus Christ in one night than we could in one year of touring!”

In other news for The King’s Heralds their newest album Thy Blessed Spirit is now available on iTunes and on Loudr at https://loudr.fm/release/thy-blessed-spirit/KHUMM .


This is their latest album with the new lead singer, Jared Otto. It's his first album with the group and has a few old favorites like "Dry Bones" and "The Jericho Road".

To learn more about ABC-TV and the Voice of Prophecy go to http://www.abc.com and http://www.vop.com .

For more information about The King’s Heralds you can go to http://www.theheralds.org or https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Kings-Heralds . You can Twitter them at @kingsheralds.

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Daily Devotion

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The Resolution Solution

Make them. Break Them.

Plan them. Can Them.

Speak them. Tweak Them.

Adopt Them. Drop Them.

That's the way it typically goes with New Year's Resolutions.

Lose Weight. Get more exercise. Drive slower. Be friendlier. Listen More. Talk Less. On and on the New Years Resolutions continue to accumulate only to be forsaken by mid-January.

Someone once asked the question, "What's behind these New Years Resolutions?" Someone else answered, "About 20 pounds."

Certainly our intentions are good and noble when New Year Resolutions are made but sadly our "resolve" just can't keep pace. Too many things keep getting in the way. Things like appetites and attitude, anger and anxiety, impatience and impulse, compromise and convenience, temptation and temper. These things and more can be roadblocks to achieving your resolution goals.

So what should one do?

As Christians, we should turn to the Word of God for daily guidance and not just at the beginning of a new year. The Apostle Paul gave the best direction in Colossians 3. Look at the first few verses:

1. If ye then are risen with Christ,seek those things which are above where Christ sits at the right hand of God.

2. Set your affections on things above, not on things on earth.

3. For you are dead and your life is hid in God.

In verse 10, Paul said, "Put on the new man, which is renewed in the knowledge of him that created him."

The truth is, I can't make myself be good. I can't make myself be temperate. I can't make myself be "anything." However, Christ in me can do all things and I can do all things through Him because he is my strength. Phil 4:13

So I think I'll just be resolute to allow Jesus to resolve all my resolution issues by making him Lord on January 1st and the next 364 days after that. As a matter of fact, I believe I'll just make this an eternal commitment to make him Lord of my life.



Tim Hill

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Artists

King's Heralds

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Happy New Year 2015

Happy 2015! The old saying “Time flies when you’re having fun” must be true because last year just flew by! We are thankful to the Lord for his protection over us as we logged many thousands of miles in 2014. Our first trip of 2015 will be to Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona. After that we will try to stay warm in Florida for the remainder of January and February.

We have gotten such wonderful feedback from our friends all over the country regarding our appearance on the Peace On Earth holiday special that aired on the ABC network on Christmas Eve. What a wonderful way to spread the love of our Savior and tell the world of His soon return through gospel music!

In February we are going into the studio to start working on a new Cd. Our friend Steve Mauldin will be producing this recording. Steve produced our Wake up Church Cd and we are excited to be working with him once again. He is a tremendous talent who has worked with some of the best artists not only in gospel but in country music as well. We will let you know when the new recording will be available.

We wish you a very happy and blessed 2015 and we will look forward to see all of you when we come to your church. If you would like to keep up with the group or host a concert at your church log onto http://www.theheralds.org.

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In The Words of Chris

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My Favorites of 2014!

Top 14 Favorite Songs (Singles)

1. "This Is Amazing Grace" - Phil Wickham
2. "Shake" - MercyMe
3. "Finish Well" - Karen Peck & New River
4. "Shake It Off" - Taylor Swift
5. "Say Amen" - Brian Free & Assurance
6. "I Am" - Crowder
7. "Forever" - Kari Jobe
8. "You Won't Let Go" - Michael W. Smith
9. "You Make Me Brave" - Bethel Music
10. "Greater" - MercyMe
11. "Church In the Kitchen" - The Dunaways
12. "Fix My Eyes" - for King & Country
13. "Blameless" - Dara McLean
14. "Wake" - Hillsong Young & Free

Top 14 Favorite Songs (Non-Singles)

1. "For All of Us" - Natalie Grant
2. "No Other Name" - Hillsong Live
3. "Without Your Love" - Amber Nelon Thompson & Joseph Habedank
4. "The Power of the Cross" - Gold City
5. "When the Savior Wipes the Tears" - The Dunaways
6. "New Every Morning" - Covenant Worship
7. "Redeemed" - Gaither Vocal Band
8. "O the Blood" - Selah
9. "Fall Into You" - Desperation Band
10. "Hands to the Heavens" - Kari Jobe
11. "There Is Power" - Lincoln Brewster
12. "Blessed Assurance" - Elevation Worship
13. "No One Is Alone" - Into the Woods Cast
14. "Your Fault" - Into the Woods Cast

Top 14 Favorite Recordings

1. Welcome to the New - MercyMe
2. Church In the Kitchen - The Dunaways
3. Montavello - Sam Smith
4. Sovereign - Michael W. Smith
5. X - Ed Sheeran
6. No Other Name - Hillsong Worship
7. Into the Woods Soundtrack - Various Artists
8. The Art of Celebration - The Rend Collective
9. 1989 - Taylor Swift
10. Pain Killer - Little Big Town
11. 747 - Lady Antebellum
12. Oxygen - Lincoln Brewster
13. Rivers In the Wasteland - Needtobreathe
14. Unashamed - Brian Free & Assurance

14 Most Played Songs According to Last.FM

1. "Break Every Chain" - The Digital Age (92 plays)
2. "This Is Amazing Grace" - Phil Wickham (81 plays)
3. "Shake" - MercyMe (71 plays)
4. "Redeemed" - Gaither Vocal Band (70 plays)
5. "Praise the Lord" - The City Harmonic (69 plays)
6. "I Am" - Crowder (68 plays)
7. "Forever" - Kari Jobe (67 plays)
8. "Glow" - The Digital Age (66 plays)
9. "Write Your Story" - Francesca Battistelli (65 plays)
10. "Who Is Like Our God" - Laura Story (63 plays)
11. "Difference Maker" - Needtobreathe (62 plays)
12. "Closer to Your Heart" - Natalie Grant (60 plays)
13. "Wake" - Hillsong Young & Free (59 plays)
14. "All That I Am" - The Rend Collective (58 plays)

Top 14 Favorite Movies

1. Guardians of the Galaxy
2. Captain America: Winter Soldier
3. The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies
4. The Lego Movie
5. Into the Woods
6. Muppets Most Wanted
7. The Hundred Foot Journey
8. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
9. X-Men: Days of Future Past
10. Maleficent
11. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle
12. How to Train Your Dragon 2
13. The Other Woman
14. The Grand Budapest Hotel

Top 14 Favorite TV Shows

1. Survivor
2. The Walking Dead
3. Parks & Recreation
4. The Amazing Race
5. Modern Family
6. How to Get Away With Murder
7. Downton Abbey
8. How I Met Your Mother (minus the horrible series finale)
9. Big Bang Theory
10. The Mindy Project
11. Revenge
12. Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
13. Brooklyn Nine-Nine
14. New Girl

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News & Scoops

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Date & Location Announced for 2015 Absolutely Gospel Music Awards Celebration

Voting in Fan Favorite Artist of the Year Category Open Now!

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (January 5, 2015) – The administrators and staff of AbsolutelyGospel.com are proud to announce the date and location of the much anticipated 2015 Absolutely Gospel Music Awards Celebration. The event will be held on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at River of Life Church in Smyrna, Tennessee.

"We have a long history with Dr. Johnny Minick and his staff over at River of Life Church. They have been big supporters of our awards program for years, and we are honored to again host the event at such a prestigious church and one known around the Southern Gospel community so well,” commented AbsolutelyGospel.com CEO Deon Unthank.

In addition, the site has officially opened up voting for the Fan Favorite Artist of the Year category, the one award where the nominees are chosen by the readers of AbsolutelyGospel.com.

"We have always had such a great response to this category,” mentioned Chris Unthank, Editor-In-Chief of AbsolutelyGospel.com. "Our awards program is unique in that it is not strictly a fan award like so many in our industry. However, we do open up this one category to the fans to let us know who their favorite artists were in the year.”

Voting for Fan Favorite Artist of the Year will remain open until midnight on Saturday, January 17, 2015. A full list of nominees in all 24 categories will be announced on Monday morning, January 20, 2015 via press release and on AbsolutelyGospel.com.

The Awards Celebration will stream live again this year. More information on the awards such as nominees, performers, hosts, and ticketing will be forthcoming.

For more information, visit http://www.absolutelygospel.com .

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Monthly Articles

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Starting Over

I believe two of the hardest words for us as human beings to put into reality are "starting over". Just to hear them makes you think that something tragic happened or somebody really messed up somewhere along the way.

Sure starting over can be scary, mostly because of the unknown. We can't see the future so we don't know how to prepare. Trust me, as a counselor, one thing I know that humans want more than anything, is to be prepared for everything! But, what would that do to faith? It would eliminate it! You see, if we knew everything that was going to happen in the future, we wouldn't need faith in God for anything. But since we don't, we have to trust God that He holds the next season of our lives and has it all under control.

One of my favorite verses in times like these is Jeremiah 29:11 and it says: "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope." What a promise! God knows everything that will be in store for us. So why worry? Why have fear? Just trust God. He has your best interest at heart and He will not fail you or let you down.

Maybe this new year is a starting over period for you. I'm here to tell you that starting over isn't always a bad thing. Sometimes it's a second chance, a redo, or even a fresh start. Learn from your past. Don't make the same mistakes you did last time. This is a new start to a new you so make the best of it!

I hope 2015 holds the best in store for you!

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Prayer Requested For Andrae Crouch

This is a statement by Andrae Crouch's sister, Sandra, from his FaceBook page:

OFFICIAL STATEMENT:

On Saturday, January 3rd, my brother, Andrae Crouch, was taken to the hospital so that medical staff could more directly address some serious health complications that had arisen. At this time, Andrae is being attended to by a medical team, and we are so grateful for their wonderful care.

We are also so grateful for the many thousands of people around the world who are praying for Andrae right now. We ask for your continued prayer - that Andrae will respond positively to the medical attention being given to him at this time, and that he will fully recover from this current health complication.

Thank you so much...Sandra Crouch

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Author: AGM | Author's Website: http://absolutelygospel.com/
Written: 01/05/2015 | Category: News & Scoops Comments: 0


Weekly Chart

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Monday - January 5, 2015

Top 40 Weekly Chart

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LW
#WK
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2
17
Church In the Kitchen Dunaways
1
2
1
17
Christ Is Still the King Legacy Five
1(7)
3
4
13
Unashamed Brian Free & Assurance
2
4
6
7
He Took the Nails Browders
4
5
7
9
Over For Good Beyond the Ashes
5
6
11
18
Oh Yes I Am Kingsmen
6
7
3
15
Everything I Need Tribute
2
8
9
19
I Wanna Be There Isaacs
7
9
12
7
That's What I Miss the Most Bowling Family
9
10
5
11
No One Like God Zane & Donna King
4
11
10
12
Do Unto Others Nelons
10
12
13
7
Land of Endless Tomorrows Hoskins Family
12
13
19
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Water Walking God Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
13
14
23
13
The Joys of Heaven Kingdom Heirs
10
15
8
21
Ain't It Just Like the Lord Gordon Mote
1
16
31
4
It Was the Word Williamsons
16
17
32
11
Don't Stop Running Mark Trammell Quartet
17
18
14
9
Pray On the Little Days Mark Bishop
14
19
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26
Hidden Heroes Talleys
1(4)
20
17
11
Sometimes It Takes a Mountain Gaither Vocal Band
11
21
25
33
I Can Trust Him Perrys
4
22
15
23
Falling Amber Nelon Thompson
2
23
16
18
The Last Time I Looked Freemans
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9
Heaven Steve Ladd
22
25
26
7
I Wanna Hear the Gospel Mercy's Well
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26
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8
The Blood Hasn't Ever Changed Greater Vision
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33
7
Big Top Channing Eleton
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27
11
Part the Waters/I Need Thee Every Hour Gold City
14
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37
3
Sing It Brother, Sing It Skyline Boys
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29
Help Me Wilburn & Wilburn
5
31
28
8
Picture This 11th Hour
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21
Never, No Never Joseph Habedank
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4
Grace Will Be There Carolina Boys
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God Enough Jay Stone Singers
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21
9
This Blood Triumphant
21
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Love Them to Jesus Old Paths
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29
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He Didn't Throw the Clay Away Jim Brady
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Satisfied Three Bridges
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Glorybound Whisnants
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Shed a Little Light Down East Boys
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Author: AGM | Author's Website: http://absolutelygospel.com/
Written: 01/05/2015 | Category: Weekly Chart Comments: 0


Daily Devotion

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Where Do You Live?

I’ve been very blessed to meet some of my dearest, oldest friends during the 36 years that I’ve traveled and sang. Friends who came to my graduation or wedding, who planned baby showers for me and who send me Christmas cards every year just to stay in touch. These are people from all over the country that if it were not for the music, I may never have known. I guess you could say they met me in the praises and presence of God.

I woke up excited this morning about getting to go to my own church. Because of the travels, I’m away often times and don’t get to be with some of those precious friends like I would like to. But the love is always there, waiting for me when I get home. It made me start thinking about how important it is to my life, to live wrapped in the presence and praises of God. He promises to inhabit (to live in or occupy) the praises of His people. Where do you live? Do you live in his praises so that He will inhabit with you, or do you live in fears, doubts or complaints, alone in your misery? Offer Him praise this morning, sing a song of celebration and pray a prayer of gratitude, inviting God for a visit that will change your life.


Psalm 84:4 King James Version (KJV) 4 Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee. Selah.
Psalm 22:3 King James Version (KJV) 3 But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.
Ephesians 5:19-20 King James Version (KJV) 19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; 20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

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Written: 01/04/2015 | Category: Daily Devotion Comments: 0




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