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Mike Bowling - The Hinsons: Remembered


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Song List:

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

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InsideOut - Light of a Brighter Day


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

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



Song List:

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

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


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Three Bridges

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House of Good News

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

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

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

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

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

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

Give THANKS and be BLESSED!

Elliott, Jeremie and Shannon

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The Dominion Agency Signs StowTown Records’ Break-Out Artist, The Erwins

Waynesville, NC (September 2, 2014) - Michael Davis & Associates' is pleased to announce the signing of StowTown Records' breakout artist, The Erwins, to their Dominion Agency roster.

The group is the fastest rising family ministry in Gospel music. They are comprised of three brothers and a little sister. They started singing with their parents as soon as the boys could talk. Now, siblings Keith, Kody, Kris, and Katie take center stage while their parents work behind the scenes encouraging them in their powerful music and ministry.

Their mom, Tiffany Erwin, shares, "We are thrilled to be working with Michael Davis and all of the great people at the Dominion Agency. Mr. Davis has been very sensitive and understanding about the center focus of our ministry and our family's needs regarding scheduling. We believe this will be a perfect fit for The Erwins and we look forward to a very successful partnership together."

President and CEO of Michael Davis & Associates, Michael Davis, expresses, "The Erwins are one of the most talented young family groups to come along in a long time. Their dedication to ministry and excellence in their musical presentation is superb. They are already booked on many major events for 2015. I am very excited to represent this Godly group of siblings."

The group's current single "When Justice Called, Mercy Answered" is in the Top 40 and rising on Gospel music charts. Their debut StowTown Records' album is in the works and will be available at retail and digitally in early 2015.

To learn more about The Erwins, visit erwinsministries.com.
Like them on Facebook at facebook.com/TheErwinFamily
Follow them on Twitter @erwinministries

To learn more about the entire Dominion Agency family of artists, visit dominionagency.com.


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Written: 09/02/2014 | Category: News & Scoops Comments:


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Wilburn and Wilburn Releases Concept Video As They Also Issue A 30-Day Challenge

Nashville, TN (September 2, 2014) Dynamic vocal duo Wilburn and Wilburn have had their hands full as of late, in front of the camera and also in taking a stand.

Wilburn and Wilburn – a Daywind Records recording artist consisting of Jonathan Wilburn and his son Jordan Wilburn – have released a concept video for their song “Help Me Help Someone,” which is on Wilburn and Wilburn’s latest project, “Here Comes Sunday.” The song was a collaborative effort, penned by award-winning songwriter Jimmy Yeary, Country Music personality Cledus T. Judd and Gary LeVox, the lead vocalist of Country Music recording artist Rascal Flatts.

Wilburn and Wilburn has been singing powerful songs since they began touring in March of 2011. When “Help Me Help Someone” was released to radio, it grabbed the attention of Compassion International and film maker David Altizer.

“We knew we wanted people to hear the message of this song and for the audience to know that they can make a difference,” Jonathan Wilburn explains. “We want to help folks in need domestically and internationally, and we found a partner that is willing to help us achieve that goal. We challenge everyone who hears this message to evaluate whether they can help just one person today. Compassion has been gracious enough to help us with our vision and in helping us to release this music video.”

Filming for the video recently took place atop the Fifth Third building, a skyscraper in Nashville, Tenn.



“When this plan started unfolding, we wanted to have an impact with people watching the video at home and engage them enough to where they will want to take action,” Daywind Records vice president and A & R director Scott Godsey – who served as the producer of the video – shares. “There are a lot of hurting people in the world, and this song talks about the body of Christ helping those folks. The line in the song that says, ‘we can all make a difference, and it starts with me’ ... it is our hope that those words will passionately speak to all of us as we count our innumerable blessings today. It was thoroughly enjoyable working with Compassion and with director David Altizer.”

In addition to Compassion assisting Wilburn and Wilburn with the creation of the video, Wilburn and Wilburn have also become Compassion representatives.

However, Wilburn and Wilburn are not stopping there. They are also issuing a 30-day challenge to both themselves and everyone around them to go above and beyond, a mission to help one person each day for 30 consecutive days. The daily “help” can be as simple as assisting an elderly person with their groceries or a commitment to sponsor a child through an organization such as Compassion International.

Wilburn and Wilburn have been long-time supporters of various charities, and with there continuing to be both foreign and domestic needs, they believe that the Lord can use us all if we simply allow him to do so. The partnership that Wilburn and Wilburn has developed with Compassion will allow their audience to have an opportunity to help children who are much less fortunate. While meeting the tangible needs of those children, Compassion also shares the gospel of Jesus Christ.

The video for “Help Me Help Someone” can been viewed by visiting http://youtu.be/66ZDMpOF8Nc .

To learn more information about Wilburn and Wilburn go to http://www.wilburn2.com or https://www.facebook.com/WilburnandWilburn . You can Twitter them at https://twitter.com/wilburn1967 .

If you would like to book Wilburn and Wilburn contact the Beckie Simmons Agency at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 615-595-7500.



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Written: 09/02/2014 | Category: News & Scoops Comments:


Daily Devotion

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Distracted

As Fall draws closer upon us, I will get a break (for a few months) from mowing the lawn. I actually enjoy cutting the grass as it gives me lots of time..to THINK.

I wrote a devotion a couple years ago called “The Rock”- it was talking about a rock that I should’ve moved while cutting the grass, but I didn't. I ended up falling and almost cracking my tail bone.

This past week, I mowed the lawn and while pushing the mower, I received a text from my beautiful wife and I THOUGHT I could text her back and still push the mower in a straight line. I was wrong. I took my eyes off the row and mower for a moment and as my Granny Woods would say; “that line was as CROOKED as a dog’s hind leg! “

It only took a moment.

How easy is it for us to become distracted from our goal? Whether it’s in our ministry, our job, our marriage, raising our children, our dreams or in our walk with God.

The enemy will do his best to distract us from accomplishing the call that God has placed on our life. He’ll use stress, our past, our lack of ability, insecurities, our struggles or anything he can to “take our eyes off of the line.”

We won’t see it coming either.

It only took Peter a moment (with his eyes off of Christ) to begin to sink after Jesus said “Come out to me.” Peter began to be distracted by the storm (circumstance) and sank. He cried out to Jesus and He CAUGHT Peter and saved him.

Many of you remember back in November of 2009 when my brother Jim was nearly killed when a woman was “distracted” by texting on her cell phone and pulled out in front of Jim while riding his motorcycle.

It only took a moment.

There are times when we get so busy trying to “feed the flock” that WE ourselves don’t eat. Are you taking time out for daily bible study, devotions or hearing God’s word preached/teached? Don’t let your “doing”- distract you from YOUR relationship with God.

I am human and I have failed miserably in this area. I have allowed things to distract me from my time in The Word and I can notice a difference.

I’m thankful that God allows us to come back and if we make the time for Him, He will reward us for it. He will speak to our hearts and reveal Himself to us.

Prayer starter: "Father, forgive me for allowing distractions to take my focus off of you. Give me the strength to follow after YOU and be who you have created me to be. Amen."



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Update On Tim Riley

Gold City's legendary bass vocalist Tim Riley continues to make great improvement following a stroke that sideline him in late July. He was released from inpatient rehab in mid–August, nearly 2 weeks ahead of schedule and is now again speaking normally and walking independently with no assistive devices.

While still not up to the demands of a full-time touring schedule, Tim was able to attend his 50th high school reunion recently, the first class reunion he has ever been able to attend due to Gold City's schedule. Tim has felt every prayer and thanks you for all the cards and encouragement everyone has sent his way.

The entire Riley family and all the men of Gold City ask you for your continued prayers for Tim and the group and thank you for your support!


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Written: 09/01/2014 | Category: News & Scoops Comments:


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This Week on Gospel Music Today

The Bowlings are the guests on Gospel Music Today for the week of August 31. Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates, the Feature Group is The Carolina Boys, and Jean reviews a recording by Natalie Cromwell and a brand new recording by Jeff Stice. An article written by Roy Pauley is the subject of this week's Singing 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 McCray Dove and The Dove Brothers 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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Janice Crow

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Proverbs 31 Woman - 2014

I'll have to admit that sometimes reading Proverbs 31 is a bit intimidating. It's kind of like reading that letter tucked inside a Christmas card from your "perfect" friend. You know the one I'm talking about....Bob got a promotion and a tremendous raise this year and it looks like we'll be able to buy that beachfront property after all....Timmy has been accepted to Johns Hopkins on a medical scholarship...Jenny got all A's again and the lead in Oklahoma....little Peggy is way ahead of the other twelve year olds in figure skating and should make the 2018 Olympics....and me, I've lost that last twenty pounds and can now wear the same designer dress you saw Jennifer Aniston wearing in People.

I'm always torn between being happy that her life is so great and wretching at the curb. Some days the latter seems more possible. That is NOT my life, and I doubt that it's yours. My life is NOT filled with great news and happy discoveries, but rather trash bags ripped open and strewn about by the neighbor's dog, clogged drains and sewer backups and just trying to squeak through till payday.

The Bible paints this awesome picture of a virtuous woman, so perfect, and so hard to relate to in today's world. I mean, when was the last time you gathered wool and flax for spinning, got up in the middle of the night to cook for anyone or bought a piece of real estate without consulting your husband? The Proverbs woman is a stylish dresser, wearing silk, fine linen and purple. Some days it's all I can do to find two matching socks.

The New Living Translation says, besides making sure everyone has warm clothes for the winter, she makes her own bedspreads. Seriously?? She donates to the poor because she has the money to do so. Her husband is a big shot sitting down at the city gates with the other big shots, while mine still stands on the corner waiting for a bus to take him yet again to the phone company.

The Proverbs 31 woman is energetic and works hard well into the night sewing and making garments for the poor. As for me, Goodwill gets what's been worn to a frazzled thread. Her business deals are profitable and I have to watch my checkbook like a hawk. She makes beautiful garments to be sold at the market place and I sell trinkets in a yard sale.

She doesn't fear the future while I find it hard to breathe after watching the news. She stands with strength and dignity while I collapse in a chair at the end of the day with no makeup on.

Who is this woman anyway? Strangely enough, I think there is still a semblance of her in all of us Christian ladies. Okay, maybe not quite so perfect, but she is just the pattern.

Most woman today have to work. It's been thrust upon us by an unforgiving economy and a society that does not respect the traditional family. We leave our homes with unmade beds and undone laundry to spend eight hours doing someone else's work. I've spent years feeling guilty that I can't be the person I feel I should be, but from now on I'm going to stop being so hard on myself.

When the Bible says she brings her family "food from afar", I'll try to remember that every time I make that ten mile run to Popeye's for chicken. When I put a roast in the crock pot, I'll equate that to Proverbs woman rising while it's still night to give food to her household. I'll consider clipping stacks of coupons and searching for the best bargain the same as Proverbs woman's successful business dealings. I'll think of Proverbs woman's wise words every time I keep my mouth shut to the person who just cut in front of me in the endless checkout line at Walmart.

It may not be a field, but I can buy a Christmas tree without permission or supervision and be quite happy to do so. I can do battle with an overflowing toilet, glue on my own rearview mirror when it falls off and recognize the sound the washing machine makes just before it goes off balance. I can make a decent turkey dinner, but I still know the number to Roma's Pizza by heart. I'd rather bake oatmeal cookies than bread for the family, but surely that counts as a Proverbs woman quality.

I will consider myself called blessed by my children when they show up on Mother's Day and remember my birthday, and I will consider it praise when my hubby still wants to kiss me hello at the front door.

Now, if you can't relate to this, please accept my apology, June Cleaver; but to all of you modern day Proverbs women, give yourselves a break.


Janice


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Tim’s Tales

Growing up we lived next to the high school football stadium. On the sidelines they had elevated coach’s boxes so they could video tape the game. These boxes were small metal stands with metal railings and were located about 30 feet in the air. Plus, the only way you could get up to them was to climb the small metal ladder to the top. I would look up at those boxes and wish I could see the view from up there. You must be able to see all the way across town from up there! For years I couldn’t find the courage to make the climb, I would start my way up but before the halfway point I would become afraid and head back down. Finally, one day I decided to overcome my fear and get to the top. Wow, what a view! I couldn’t see all the way across town but I did see things from a new perspective and I saw things that I had never seen before. I was so happy I had overcome my fear and made the climb. I returned to that perch many more times before we moved away.

Many times God presents us with an opportunity that will give us a new perspective and a chance to see something we have never seen before, if only we have the courage to follow Him. Too many times we find ourselves wanting to do what He is calling us to do but lacking the courage. Sometimes we start out with great determination only to become afraid when we get out of our comfort zone. Today is the day to climb the ladder. Trust in Him and never lose hope. The Apostle Paul said “I can do all things through Christ who strengtheneth me” (Phil. 4:13, KJV). The same God who empowered Paul wants to empower you today! Put your trust in Him – you will see and do things you never thought possible. Happy climbing!

Scripture
“The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs – heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ”. Hebrews 10:24-25 (NIV)

Wow, what a statement! We, as children of God are co-heirs with Christ. This verse gives us a look at how much God truly loves us. Even though we are adopted into His family, God treats us as true children of His. That’s because we are. When we accept Christ as our Savior, God accepts us as His very own. And, because of His great love we are heirs of unthinkable riches. Riches such as crowns, mansions and a city with streets of gold. Yet those will mean nothing to us because all that will matter is that we get to spend eternity with Him in a place where there are no tears or sorrow. We have a great Father! Let Him know today how thankful you are to be a child of His!

Make sure to drop us a line at http://www.gouldsmusic.com or visit our facebook page.
See ya on The Road!

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LeFevre Qt

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From the Pulpit to the Pew

Recently, I read an article written by a pastor that peaked my interest. He named 10 things that he would change about himself if he were to go back to being a church member, sitting in a pew every Sunday rather than a pastor. His article got me to thinking if I were not on the road singing in a full-time group and I was back in the position where I attended concerts as a Gospel music fan, what are five things I would like to see when I attend a concert and five ways I would conduct myself. This list is not in preferential order. Being on both sides of the fence has been a great benefit to me. Keep in mind, I'm a fan and always have been way before I ever started singing.

Five ways I would conduct myself:
1. I would show my joy and smile at the singers, and hopefully feel the freedom to express my joy, as well.
2. I would sit up closer to the front instead of crowding in on the back row.
3. I wouldn't hesitate to be generous when the offering plate comes by.
4. I would gladly purchase a ticket to attend.
5. I would gladly purchase a CD to help support the group.

Now....

Five things I would like to see as a fan:
1. I like to see a group that has taken the time to look and dress nice (I'm old school).
2. I like to hear well-blended harmony.
3. I'd prefer hearing a live band, but I understand economics.
4. I’d like to laugh.
5. I would always want to experience the presence of the Holy Spirit.

I am so thankful that God has allowed me to experience both sides of the fence, as a fan and a singer. Also, I’m very thankful that God has let me live out my dream of singing the Gospel on a full-time basis for most of my life. I am blessed!

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A Walk In Grace

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Seasons

I know many times in my life I have wondered why some things haven't worked out the way I thought they should, or why some people come and go.

It's hard when people you care about are no longer a part of your life and you don't understand why. The best place to find comfort is in the Word of God. In Ecclesiastes 3:1 it says "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the Heaven".

Seasons come and go throughout the year. We go from summer to fall and then to winter until it becomes spring. That's how life works. People, things, jobs, etc. they are all seasons in our lives. They come and go and they are there to either help us or teach us. They all have a purpose in our lives and it's our job to figure out what they are there for.

So, next time you start to get down about why something is behind you, turn around and look forward because a new season is coming your way and it will be filled with purpose!

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Chapel Road - Who You Are


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

Chapel Road is a trio that I am not very familiar with. I have heard their music but never had the privilege of seeing them in person. Their blend of vocal harmony is good and makes them easy to listen to. They are a trio, consisting of Kristen Conatser, Brian Norris and Jacqueline Ratliff. The trio was formed by Brian and Kristen while they were performing on various music shows in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. When a third person was needed, they called on Jacqueline, Brian’s cousin to fill the part. They have had the privilege of singing in lots of venues including Dollywood and at the National Quartet Convention in Louisville, KY.

Their latest project entitled “Who You Are” contains ten songs. Much of their music is original, and all of the songs contain great messages. The mixture of slow and up tempo songs make it an easy listen. Songs on the project include “No Bones About It,” “How ‘Bout You,” “The Cross Is My Shield,” “Pray About It,” and “He Is.”

The ones that I consider personal favorites of mine include “I Almost Forgot Who You Are,” “Have You Been There,” “Rise, Take Up Thy Bed And Walk,” “Bread and Water,” and “The Lamb, The Shepherd.”

This is a 3 star recording. Although I am not that familiar with Chapel Road, I must say they are worth listening to. Watch to see and hear more from this trio. They are committed to keeping the message of Jesus Christ first and foremost in their music to encourage, uplift and lead others to Him.

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Freedom Quartet - It Made News


Producer: Gerald Wolfe & Arthur Rice
Label: Independent
Website: http://www.freedomquartet.com

Former Dove Brothers tenor, John Rulapaugh, has put together a tremendous sounding quartet. They have a full and robust sound, and can sing anyone off the platform! Along with John Rulapaugh, the group consists of Dale Shipley (of Perfect Heart fame) on lead, another Dove Brothers alumnus, Burman Porter on bass, and newcomer Preston Garner on baritone, these guys have a tough sound. If they sound this good on their first recording, imagine what they will sound like once they gel! Oh my!!
The recording starts off with the classic, “ONE WAY FLIGHT”. It features a rich quartet feel and sounds absolutely superb before picking up the pace as Dale Shipley revives, “SOMEBODY TOUCHED THE LORD”.

Baritone, Preston Garner, delivers a fine performance on one of my all-time favorite songs, “HE LOVES ME”. I know the writer, the late George Amon Webster, would have been pleased to hear it!

The tempo picks back up slightly for the Gordon Jensen classic, “IT MADE NEWS IN HEAVEN” and the Harold Lane classic, “WHAT SINS ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT”. Both songs feature the stellar lead vocals of Dale Shipley.

John Rulapaugh steps up to sing the Hinson classic, “I WON’T WALK WITHOUT JESUS” and then delivers one of finest renditions of “LEARNING TO LEAN” since the late Pat Hoffmaster’s impassioned 1976 rendition.

The tempo picks back up for “ON A JOURNEY”, as Freedom Quartet delivers their rendition of Greater Vision’s first chart song from over 20 years ago. As a deviation from the expected, bass singer, Burman Porter delivers the lead vocals for the Goodman classic, “I BELIEVE HE’S COMING BACK”.

The recording closes with a seldom heard favorite from the late 1970s, “CLOSER TO YOU”, and John Rulapaugh delivers a flawless performance and a fitting closing.

One may call this recording “The Best of the 70s” as they all (with the exception of 2 songs) came out of the 70s and were hits during that time. I have an affinity for the music of the 70s, so this was right up my alley. The guys sounded great on the songs and the music tracks were very complimentary. With that said, it’s very hard to compare it to the standards and expectations of today’s music. My hunch is this was meant to be a table product, but it ended up being a mainline release for the group to introduce the new quartet. The overall quality is either at or above the average table project, but slightly below the quality of mainline releases. I conclude by saying that I thoroughly enjoyed this recording and it will find its way to my ears many, many more times. But I look forward to hearing these guys tackle new tunes with their own unique arrangements.



Song List:

(stars denote personal favorites)
1 – One Way Flight**
2 – Somebody Touched the Lord**
3 – He Loves Me**
4 – It Made News in Heaven
5 – What Sins Are You Talking About
6 – I Won’t Walk Without Jesus**
7 – Learning to Lean**
8 – On a Journey
9 – I Believe He’s Coming Back
10-Closer to You**

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Only One Cover-Up

Matthew 10:26 Fear them not therefore, for there is nothing covered that shall not be revealed, and hid, that shall not be known.

You may wonder what led me to that scripture. Well, have you noticed all of those political ads that are bombarding us everywhere we turn? You may not have noticed many where you live, but we have a heated election going on around our area and they are very noticeable. You know the election is heating up when you hear and see all the mud-slinging. The person you chose to get your vote has now become the country’s worst candidate for any job. It is sad that in order to make ourselves look better, we have to make another person look bad. I am sure most of us, no matter how pure we’ve tried to live, would ever want some of our private moments exposed in any type of media. We have all had moments that we prayed would remain silent throughout our lifetime. I can hear my Daddy telling me now, “If you don’t have something good to say about someone, don’t say anything.”

The above scripture verse is very sobering. Can you imagine all the courts of Heaven getting a look at the unimaginable thoughts and deeds you have said and done in your life? That’s what His Word says is going to happen. Someday we will be exposed for what we really are and there will be only one cover-up---the blood of Jesus.

If a spotlight was shown on any of us revealing our faults and failures, none would qualify. God’s Word says ALL have sinned and come short of the glory of God. We will have to admit that some of us have failed more miserably than others, but always remember who we should measure ourselves against. We are not to measure ourselves with others, but with Christ. If we are saved, we are to be transformed and renewed every day into the image of His dear Son. Does that mean we will succeed? No, not in flesh; but we are to never quit trying, because in trying we will be testifying and demonstrating to others our sincere desire to be like Him.

Any of us, when exposed for wrong-doing, would like to know we have someone who would stand up for us and take our blame, someone who is willing to bear the shame, someone whose love transcends all boundaries, someone whose grace is called amazing.
That’s what Jesus did on Calvary and that is what He will do in Heaven when the Lamb’s Book of Life is open. He will say, “What sins are you talking about? I don’t remember them anymore.” He is our Redeemer, Our Lord, Our Savior, Our Soon Coming King and Our Cover-Up.
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Father, thank You for the gift of Your Son, whose blood is a covering for our sins-sins which have been cast into the deepest part of the sea never to be remembered again. Amen

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Ball Brothers - Pursuit


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

Push play and the first seconds set the tone for the entire project. Filled with a blend of big-band, oldies "Beach Boys" tones, and some progressive/contemporary licks. "It's Gonna Be A Good Day" is one of those perfect songs to wake up to. It's big band accompaniment arranged in that special Ball Brothers way puts the perfect new spin on this once southern gospel selection.

"Someday" intros with what could have been a movie score, leading into a happy 50's musical selection. About one minute into the song, both styles meet and the vocals only crescendo as they deliver an encouraging message with a bright future.

Harry Connick Jr. fans will quickly identify with brass as they bring in "Who's Gonna Stand In The Gap." In a stroke of sheer genius, the Ball Brothers pull a contemporary hit and totally revamp it in the same style! "Beautiful One" is definitely a highlight of this project.

After you've been on your feet dancing, the pace slows to "Forgive Me." This orchestrated ballad climaxes at the heart of it's plea for the forgiveness and grace of Jesus. "Just As I Am" remains one of the most powerful testimony songs ever written.

Having presented their big band and oldies styles, the Ball Brothers deliver another harmonized progressive hit, just like the ones that put them on the map. "Lead Them To Jesus" has that drive appropriate for perfect delivery of lyric and music, but be careful; You will find yourself speeding down the highway to the tune of this number!

Stylistically, "Behold How He Loves Me" is something you might expect to find at the pivotal romantic point of a classic like "Holiday Inn" or "White Christmas." Tasteful and refreshing!

"You're Gona Need Him/If You Ever Needed The Lord Before" will have you snapping along and singing backup before you know it! Then, "Look To The Cross" completes the project with power and praise.

From the music to the arrangements of former pianist Cody McVey, each song is unmistakably Ball Brothers. To find a pacesetter group out doing what they do without trying to fit a genre or standard is refreshing and exciting. No, this album isn't southern gospel. It's not contemporary. It's really not completely any one thing at all. It's truly just "Ball Brothers." The only part about this project I did not like was when it ended!

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Jim Sheldon

Even After

“Her Witness still shares the Gospel, Even After!”

God is The Giver of Life. He determines when and where each person is born. Once a person is born, God allows that person to exercise their free morel will. In that free morel will, we make our own choices based on the influences around us. No matter where we are born or what influences, good or bad, we are raised with. God is always there trying to draw us to Him!

God will never violate our free will and force us to receive Him. But He will allow people, things, troubles, trials and situations to come against, all the while reaching out to us, if should call upon Him. God will save anyone willing to ask and will mightily use them.

May 3rd, my sister would have been 53. After our parents divorced, she got heavily into drugs & alcohol. The drugs & alcohol kept her bound for many years. Everyone in the family had given up on her, except Mom and me.

Finally, good influences came through new friends that got her and Mom involved in AA! She took to it very well. Eventually, she got saved through Bible teaching, which gave her new direction. God had been there throughout this whole process.

I got to see the wonderful change, back to her sweet self! She became one of the best influences in AA for others still struggling. I had gotten busy myself, serving Jesus in gospel music. Years went by, and then got a call. She had been found dead (age 40) in her condo, from a blood clot in her brain.

As I drove through the night, my grief soon moved, as I prayed, to joy! I knew she was saved and without a doubt she was home with Jesus. At her service, 300+ people came, one at a time. Each sharing how her walk with Jesus and her testimony she always shared; helped them from their own addictions to being saved by Jesus Christ!

In Memory of My Sister: Barbara Sheldon!

“Even After”
(Jim Sheldon & Scott Godsey)
Performed on “The Music City Show” Airing May 29, 2014 RFD TV (8pm/7c)
**New Release on Double E Promotions”
Christian Country Gospel Disc

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Selah - You Amaze Us


Producer: Jason Kyle/Todd Smith/Allan Hall/Jordan Mohilowski/Ed Cash
Label: Curb Records
Website: http://www.selahonline.com

Most people within Southern Gospel circles haven’t been privileged to be exposed to the music of Selah. Starting out about 16-17 years ago by singing hymns with their own unique arrangements, the group has been wildly successful by winning five Dove Awards. They have built their success largely because of their emphasis on the church and the lost through singing hymns, anthems and power ballads. The group sings a lot of songs with themes that those who listen to Southern Gospel music hold near and dear to their hearts such as the blood, the cross, salvation, heaven and the hymns that are at the foundation of our beliefs. I have been a huge fan of Selah for several years and love their arrangements as they appeal to the dramatic side of my brain and I love their songs, as they minister to me in so many ways.

Featuring the soaring vocals of Todd Smith and Amy Perry (two of the best vocalists in gospel music today) as well as the piano and vocal artistry of Allan Hall, Selah isn’t the average CCM/Inspirational group. I think many within our industry would truly enjoy their music, especially those who enjoy such groups as the Hoppers, Hoskins Family, Gaither Vocal Band, Brian Free & Assurance, Nelons, Talleys, Crabb Family and so forth. But I digress…back to the review…

The recording starts out with the powerful title song, “YOU AMAZE US” before picking up the tempo with the Praise & Worship, “OH, OUR LORD”, both songs feature the powerful vocals of Todd Smith.

The dramatic, power ballad, “AT THE CROSS” is next and features the amazing vocals of Amy Perry (I love the texture of her voice). Featuring a bridge of the classic hymn “At Calvary”, the song paints a mental picture of what Christ did for us…”At the cross, Your glory bore my shame…You suffered in my place…the Prince of Heaven died…death became alive…You gave everything for us…at the cross!”

Todd steps back up for the worshipful, “MORE AND MORE OF YOU” before moving on to the anthem, “BE (MY HEART, MY HANDS, MY VOICE)”. Featuring all three members of Selah, the song is a challenge to the church to “come, anyone who wants, deny yourself, take up your cross, follow me, no matter the cost, be My heart, My hands, My voice”.

Amy delivers what is quite possibly the most powerful rendition of the hymn, “JUST AS I AM” that I have ever heard. Giving it a fresh musical update, and adding a chorus, the song is the cry of any human being coming before God Himself…“I come to you wretched and blind, in need of healing in my mind, I come to you broken and poor, oh I am empty I have nothing more…O Lamb of God I come!” By the end of this song, you can’t help but find yourself bowed at the feet of Jesus.

The pace picks up with the Andrae Crouch classic, “SOON AND VERY SOON”. Because of Todd’s deep roots as a missionary’s kid from the Congo in Africa, the group always provides a song on each recording that features lyrics translated into the Congolese dialect and these moments are always highlights of each recording.

Amy once again delivers another powerhouse performance on the song, “O THE BLOOD”. Again, reminding us of the ultimate sacrifice paid on the cross, the song conveys the powerful message, “O the blood of Jesus washes me, o the blood of Jesus shed for me, what a sacrifice that saved my life, yes the blood it is my victory!”

After several power ballads and anthems, the group scales things back a bit to basic instrumentation on a couple of songs as Todd steps back up to deliver a very heartfelt performance on the classic, “I’D RATHER HAVE JESUS” before he and Amy delivers a “gospel” rendition of the hymn, “THE OLD RUGGED CROSS”. Both songs are more than ably accompanied by group member Allan Hall on piano and are highlights of the recording.

The group picks things up for a gritty, bluesy, grungy rendition of the hymn, “VICTORY IN JESUS”. Not everyone will like their rendition of this song, but I think it’s a highlight of the recording.

Allan Hall delivers an impassioned performance on “NEARING HOME”, which pays tribute to Evangelist Billy Graham before the group turns in another scaled back rendition of the classic hymn, “IN THE GARDEN”. Each member taking a verse, the song provides a tremendous moment of meditation before the recording closes out with the powerful, “WE MUST NOT”, which features Todd. Written from the perspective of persecuted believer, the song challenges us all, “Brother won’t you bear my burden, I need you to stand with me, there are souls to be won, and I may be a martyr starring at a gun, but we must not keep the Gospel from anyone.”

This is a massive recording and is quite possibly the best recording they’ve ever done. Filled with classic hymns and great new songs, dramatic arrangements and stellar vocals, Selah is at their best with this recording. I do believe I have found my favorite 2014 release with this recording. I find myself listening to it over and over again, and finding something new to like with each listen. If you’ve never given a second thought about Selah, now is the time and this is the recording!



Song List:

(stars denote personal favorites)
1 – You Amaze Us**
2 – Oh, Our Lord
3 – At the Cross**
4 – More and More Like You
5 – Be (My Heart, My Hands, My Voice) **
6 – Just As I Am**
7 – Soon and Very Soon
8 – O The Blood**
9 – I’d Rather Have Jesus
10-The Old Rugged Cross**
11-Victory in Jesus**
12-Nearing Home**
13-In the Garden
14-We Must Not (Bonus Track from “The Insanity of God”) **

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Mark Dubbeld Family

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Not Even A Hand-Shake

“For no matter how many promises God has made, they are "Yes" in Christ. And so through him the "Amen" is spoken by us to the glory of God.” I Corinthians 1:20 (NIV)

To be known as a person who “keeps their word” is a treasure indeed! They say that a person’s hand-shake used to be all that was needed – along with their word. That was their contract – if it was “said,” it was as good as “done.” See, although popular opinion seems to declare, “Promises are made to be broken,” the real truth of the matter is, “promises are made to be KEPT!”

All of us have most likely known the joy of someone following through on a promise. Many of us have known the disappointment and heartbreak when someone has not followed through. However, there is One who makes promises He keeps. He is our God! The Almighty! Our Provision and our Provider!

Whatever He promises He does. It might not always be in just the time frame we think He ought to do it – but if we will not get in a hurry, we will SEE His promises fulfilled.

Remember when God promised Abraham a son? Not only Abraham, but his wife Sarah even fell prey to the tempting thought that they needed to “help God out” on making sure He kept His promise. The truth was, God was faithful – whether they humanly saw His faithfulness at that moment or not. He wasn’t “backing up” on keeping His Word. It just wasn’t His appointed time to bring fulfillment to the promise given. Even after their colossal sin – that still brings repercussions to the world to this day – God still kept His promise. He gave them Isaac – who is known as “the son of promise.”

In Numbers 22 & 23, there is another incredible account of God keeping His promise! Israel is God’s chosen people. As they travel to the plains of Moab, the King of Moab, Balak, and his people take a look at what God had enabled them to do to other enemies. Then, they take a look at how many of them there are. They are terrified! Balak is sure He can convince Balaam to bring a curse on these people. No matter what they tried, God would not allow it. God even made a donkey talk to get Balaam’s attention! Still, Balak was determined. Even after Balaam couldn’t do it the first time, Balak takes him to a place where he can see ALL the people. When Balaam consults with God, this is the message he receives to take back to Balak. “God is not a man, that he should lie. He is not a human, that he should change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through? I received a command to bless; he has blessed, and I cannot reverse it!” Numbers 23:19, 20 (NLT) Hallelujah! We serve the same God today! He doesn’t change His mind! He doesn’t promise and not fulfill! He keeps whatever promises He makes – we can STAND on that!

There is a wonderful, gospel song; we used to sing a lot in camp meeting. The chorus goes like this, “Standing, standing, standing on the promises of God my Savior. Standing, standing, I’m standing on the promises of God.” Recently, I heard a story of one of the older ladies I know that has served God for years. Whenever she was facing something extremely difficult, she would take a little card of scripture that was her promise from God, and as her reminder, she would place it in her shoe. That way, everywhere she went, she was literally standing on the promises of God!

The real affirmation of God’s promises to us is found in His Son, Jesus Christ. The NLT translation of II Cor.1:19b – 20 put it like this, “. . . and he is the Divine Yes – God’s affirmation. For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Him.” Jesus is the Way, The Truth, The Life. He is the One we can count on!
His Resurrection brings our eternal life. We can rely on His Promise. His Word – doesn’t even need a hand-shake!

Written by: Janene A. Dubbeld/FGG

The Mark Dubbeld Family would count it a privilege to sing at your church of venue.
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And Now For Something Different

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Never Too Late For The Real Party

I'm psychologically late to this party called The National Quartet Convention and Southern Gospel Music Industry. I go each year to Louisville kicking and screaming with my husband (this year it's in Pigeon Forge). I go mainly to see the people; to chuckle about hair styles, towering banners, buses they can't afford, and circus-like booths on the midway of trinkets. I LOVE these people though. I adore them, even in their quirkiness. (I probably wrote the book on quirky, but whatever).

I'm less of a fan of the whole stereo-typed music industry thingy. Yet, Jeff and I grow more each day in creating engaging friendships with the people we love so much. And now living in Nashville, not a day goes by that we aren't stirred by their influence, their human discourse, their ache for bookings, their financial turmoil, their strive to live, write and dream. I watch. I observe their huge hearts for survival in this fickle-demanding "entertain me" church world.

Jeff and I look like latecomers, or maybe we're actually retro newcomers to this party. Not sure. We were way too early to that crazy party back in the 70s. Our music was probably a bit too hip for the room. Singing with Sammy Hall and then later turning down offers to play and sing for other musicians' dreams, we decide to write and create our own space. From the inside world of this progressive gospel inspirational music bandwagon, Jeff is an influence. Me? Maybe not so much. But my prayer is: "God, help me to inspire others. Help me to encourage, build up and edify other musicians." That's what I love to do.

Holy Spirit-filled musicians and songwriters need to think and dream bigger, beyond their expected audience criteria or cultural demands. I ask God to "open doors", and He does. I ask God to open my ears, and He does. I even ask God to blow my socks off and knock me off my feet. And He does. And He did. Last night. Set your musical preferences aside for six minutes.

Meet new friends, The Wilbanks. This is another level. This is anointed Holy Spirit infused music, in my own opinion. It transcends genre, gets beyond the brick wall barren land and brings together the vast separation between the stage and seats. Musicianship. They've been around for years. I hadn't heard them until last night in Pigeon Forge at Patterson Productions Homecoming. I love when I'm speechless, moved to tears and forced to experience worship music that not only feeds my soul, but feeds my insatiable palette as a musician starved for musical worship experience.

And the best part of this particular Wilbanks video? Besides the fact that they aren't "young", it's the shock, awe and utter hush of the NQC center stage audience that are blown away. Pockets of praise and adoration went on for several minutes, even after the video is over. How incredible, that the very venue, which has had its preferences, its buy-out, its struggling narrow ways - now becomes a sanctuary. Music, filled with God's anointing does this.

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Joseph Habedank - Welcome Home


Producer: Ricky Free
Label: Daywind Records
Website: http://www.josephhabedank.com

Highly favored is the adjective that I would use to describe Joseph Habedank and the ministry that he shares week in and week out. I can remember his first few years with the Perrys and how mature his vocal abilities improved over time while with the group. During that time, I remember his songwriting collaborations with Matthew Holt like ALMOST MORNING. I also remember when Joseph announced is departure from the Perrys to embark on a solo career. Up until this point, God used this young man in a tremendous way through his ability to communicate the Gospel through music as well as through his pen as he wrote songs that glorified the King! I’m excited to tell you that the story for Joseph Habedank doesn’t conclude there! His tenure with the Perrys and his God given ability to write songs prepared him for arguably one of the most important seasons of his ministry. WELCOME HOME is the debut recording from Daywind Records that features former
drummer of Brian Free & Assurance, Ricky Free as the arranger and producer.

The title track, WELCOME HOME, introduces the recording with an upbeat light hearted feel that perfectly describes freedom in Christ. There’s nothing like the feeling of being welcomed home! BEGGING FOR CHANGE is a guitar driven melody that keeps this country flavored song up tempo. These songs are fresh, encouraging, and different than anything that you’ve probably heard Joseph sing. BIG ENOUGH is a ballad that reminds me of a song that Rascal Flatts may record. The song is a story of regardless of the storm or the mountain, God is BIG ENOUGH to move in the situation. NEVER NO NEVER has a Gospel feel to it with the message that God’s people won’t be forsaken. EMPTY is another unique song with an unusual melody featuring Russ Taff. THE BEAUTY OF THE BLOOD, WONDERS WITH WATER, NOW I KNOW HIM and others are on this recording that can be downloaded on itunes as well as purchased from http://www.josephhabedank.com.

I am truly encouraged with a fresh recording by a young artist with substance! His heritage is thematic throughout the recording. No recording is perfect but with that being said, it’s the most well produced, well written, and well recorded project I have heard in a long time. I am going to give this recording 4.5 stars!



Song List:

• Welcome Home     
• Begging For Change     
• Big Enough     
• Never No Never     
• Empty (Featuring Russ Taff)
• The Beauty Of The Blood
• Wonders With Water
• Now I Know Him
• A Little Bit Of Thunder
• When The Lights Go Down

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The Hoppers - In Conversation

Deon sits down with the First Family of Gospel Music, The Hoppers, this month!

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The Butler Did It

One of the earliest cliches I remember learning as a child, was "The Butler Did It". It became a well known phrase because so many murder mystery stories ended with the revelation that the Butler was indeed the killer.

A few weeks ago, I was listening to a mix of 1970's Pop and Country Songs. And because I was a teenager in the '70's, I knew most of these songs pretty well and sang along in the car as loud as I could. The people in the other cars around me didn't bother me at all. I was having a good time.

But after I had listened to a few Love Songs, and some old Disco numbers, I got to some "story" songs. Three of the songs were about someone being murdered. In one of the Country songs, the singer's Father has murdered the Mother, and the Man he found with her. I thought that was a pretty strong stand to take in a lyric, especially if you were wanting to get a professional recording artist to sing it. Who wants to sing about their Father killing their Mother? But what I heard next, really got me thinking. The next two songs were murder mysteries, and by the end of the song, we find out that the person singing the song is the one who committed the murder! Wow! I began to wonder how hard a sell it must have been to get these songs recorded. Who wants to take on the role of a murderer?

I heard one time that Tony Orlando originally turned down his signature song, Tie A Yellow Ribbon 'Round The Old Oak Tree" because the first line has the singer returning home from prison. Thankfully, he saw past that and sang the song anyway.

I began to think about other popular songs through the years that painted the singer in a bad light, but became big hits anyway. Johnny Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues" contains the line "I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die." And most of Merle Haggard's early hits had the singer still in prison or adjusting to life outside the jailhouse.

Then I began to think about the lyrics we write for so many of our Gospel songs. When we talk about sin, certainly we can all relate to that. Even the great Hymns of the church refer to the singer as a "wretch", a "worm" and "undone". But the good news is, that in Gospel music, we don't have to remain in that condition. Those vivid pictures should only be used to portray how far God had to go to make us "Redeemed".

Sometimes I've seen and heard writers of Gospel music take the idea of painting the "sin" picture too far, by writing about specific "sins". Addictions, such as drugs, alcohol, pornography, are all certainly things that can be put under the blood of Christ, but not every professional singer is going to relate to that particular sin. And even if they do, that may be a part of their testimony that they are not willing to share in detail. Also "lying", "cursing" and "cheating on your taxes, or your spouse" can also be put under the Blood of Christ. But again, do you really think you're going to get someone else to sing those details if you put them in your Gospel Lyric?

If you write about "sin", then you've covered it all, and any singer can relate to it, as well as anyone listening. The listener will fill in the details based on their own experiences. Gospel music has the greatest "Story" ever told. And it's a True Story. When you write "sin" into your lyric, remember that you are most often asking the recording artist to admit - THE SINGER DID IT!

Until next time, keep on writing . . .

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The McKameys - 50


Producer: Jeff Collins, Roger Fortner
Label: Horizon Records
Website: http://www.mckameysonline.com

The McKameys reached a monumental milestone with the release of 50 as this is their 50th recording. Appropriately, the first cut from this project was also the first cut on the very first album the McKameys ever recorded, "Don’t Forget The Family." Probably, in my opinion, one of the best songs on this CD is one penned by McKameys alto, Sheryl Farris, "Undeserved." Also written by Sheryl is "There Is Jesus," which is the first radio single from the project. The verses split up between Peg, Sheryl and Connie. I predict this will be a huge concert song for the McKameys. After garnering a #1 song with "Unspoken Request" from their CD Precious Seed, Roger has since provided vocals on one song each album following. Roger brings an excellent performance on another song written by Sheryl, "Pure Satisfaction. " Roger’s son, Eli, is also featured on" I Want To Be That Man," a song originally recorded by Ruben on a previous McKameys album, and Eli does a bang up job on this version. "The Coming Of The Lord" is a convention style song that the McKameys should be proud of.

For me, I would have to say the strongest songs from this project are: "The Coming Of The Lord," "I’m Gonna Die On The Battlefield," "I Want To Be That Man," "Undeserved," "There Is Jesus," and "Pure Satisfaction." The weakest songs were "If Salvation Had Not Been Free" and "It Sure Looks Like Home."

Very few artists get to see the release of their 50th recording, and the songs that the McKameys selected for this project are exactly why they are still one of the strongest driving groups in Southern Gospel Music today. This is one of the best projects that the McKameys have release in a while. I highly recommend this to any current McKameys fan, or to anyone that wants a taste of good, “mountain gospel” music.



Song List:

(* denotes personal favorite)
• Don’t Forget The Family (performed by ensemble) *
• I Want To Be That Man (performed by Eli) *
• Undeserved (performed by Sheryl) *
• If Salvation Had Not Been Free (performed by Peg)
• When I Thank Him For What He Has Done (performed by Ruben)
• It Sure Looks Like Home (performed by ensemble) *
• There Is Jesus (performed by Peg)
• I’ve Had An Introduction (performed by ensemble)
• Pure Satisfaction (performed by Roger)
• The Coming Of The Lord (performed by ensemble) *
• I’m Gonna Die On The Battlefield (performed by Sheryl) *

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Joseph Habedank - Welcome Home

No one can argue that this has been a big year for powerhouse vocalist Joseph Habedank. His sudden and abrupt departure from award winning mixed group The Perrys last year left a lot of fans wondering where he was and what his future plans were. After months of silence, Joseph is back. And he is back with a message and a story to tell. His new record, Welcome Home, is full of some amazing songs of God’s redemption, love and grace. His testimony is transparent, real and will hopefully impact those who are struggling with addiction. Joseph is very honest and upfront about his addiction to prescription drugs, but he is very quick to tell that God is bigger and that there is deliverance and freedom! I had a chance to chat with him, so take a minute and read more about this talented guy and the ministry he has.

Jennifer Wilkerson: Tell our readers how you got started in Gospel Music.

Joseph Habedank: I started singing at the age of 4 with my family, The Sandlins. I sang with them until I was about 16 and then joined the Perrys in 2003 when I was 17 years old. It’s been a great journey!

JW: What was it like to go from being the lead singer of one of the top SG groups of all time to being a soloist? What's been the hardest adjustment?

JH: It’s been an interesting and challenging ride, but not one I would change. The hardest adjustment was getting used to carrying the program by myself, but I absolutely love what I am doing now and I have such a peace in my life.

JW: Your wife, Lindsay, is a teacher in Nashville, correct? Is she traveling and singing with you? I know she is a great singer!

JH: Lindsay actually doesn’t teach anymore. The Lord has blessed our ministry, and she was able to quit her job back in May to come on the road with me on a full time basis. She sings almost every night that we are on the road and I love getting to watch the Lord work in our lives and marriage. We are having a blast!

JW: What is your favorite song you've written and why?

JH: Tony Wood once told me that choosing a favorite song you have written is like trying to pick your favorite child. I have so many that are special to me, but I am really enjoying “The Beauty of the Blood” at this point in my life.

JW: Tell us about your new project. Who produced? Favorite Songs off of it? Did you write or co-write all of the songs?

JH: Welcome Home is the name of the new record, and Ricky Free did a brilliant job producing the album. We have been friends since we were teenagers, but had never worked together until now. I just love his vision when it comes to music. I co-wrote all ten songs, but I had such amazing help from Sue Smith, Tony Wood, Joel Lindsey, Michael Farren, Kenna West, Lee Black, Benji Cowart, Matthew Holt, Chris Binion, and Keith Hill. My favorite songs would have to be "When the Lights Go Down" and "The Beauty of the Blood."

JW: What has God been teaching you lately?

JH: Humility and patience, which just so happen to be two of the hardest things to pray for. However, I’m grateful for the lessons that the Lord is teaching me, and I am learning to trust His sovereignty.

JW: What message do you want folks to leave away with from a Joseph Habedank concert?

JH: I want them to leave with hope. When I started this solo ministry, one of the main focuses was just simply to help people. Whether it be with a song I’ve written, something said during a concert, or maybe even some sort of encouragement while talking to people at the product table, because there was a time in my life when I needed help and I just didn’t know who to turn to, humanly speaking. I don’t claim to have all the answers, but I do know The One who does and if I can point them to Him, then all the miles traveled will be worth it.

JW: How can fans reach you or pastors reach you to schedule you for a concert or service?

JH: My booking agent just so happens to be one of the Godliest men I know. I love Michael Davis, and I’m so grateful for everyone at the Dominion Agency. You can contact them by visiting http://www.JosephHabedank.com and clicking on the CONTACT page.

JW: What is a typical Joseph Habedank concert like? What can fans expect?

JH: People will get to hear new songs that I have written, old songs that I grew up singing and I still sing several of the songs that I wrote/sang while I was with the Perrys. More importantly, I want our concerts to be more like a worship service and less like a show or even a concert for that matter. People seeing Jesus in our presentation is what matters most to me.

JW: Before we go, do you have a funny road story or most embarrassing moment you could share with our readers?

JH: Being late to stage at the National Quartet Convention in Louisville, KY in front of thousands of people. (Whoops)

It’s clear Joseph has come home. God is up to something and using Joseph to impact many who are struggling. Check his solo release out and go see him in a concert. Welcome Home, Joseph! We’re glad you’re here.

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Tribute Quartet - Journey of Hope


Producer: Roger Talley
Label: Daywind Records
Website: http://www.tributeqt.com

It's hard to believe it's been 8 years or so that I was first introduced to the music and ministry of the then, newly formed Gary Castro's TRIBUTE QUARTET. I was so privileged to review that first project and I fondly remember stating that this was a group that would be around for many years, as well as a group that would help keep Southern Gospel music alive with class, dignity and strong songs that definitely show Christ and His hope to the many out there needing assurance and peace.

So now I've been listening to the newest recording by Tribute. Beautifully titled JOURNEY OF HOPE, and once again the group has called on the legendary Roger Talley to produce this project. The group consists of Gary Castro, Josh Singletary, Riley Harrison Clark and Anthony Davis. It truly is their finest recording that I have heard, and I'm fairly certain I've heard all of their CDs. Yup, I'm a fan. JOURNEY OF HOPE is a tremendous follow up to their last project, which was also a top notch recording as well, and had great success at radio.

I could say something great about every song from beginning to end and detail out everything I feel about the songs, performances, etc but I won't bore you. Starting off with a wonderful "barn burner", He Can Do It Again, Incredibly talented Riley gets things going and proves once again why he is one of the greatest tenors and dynamic performers to come along in years. My favorite songs on the project are, He Can Do It Again, All Made It Ashore, I Am A Soldier, I Remember The Day, Those Who Know Me, I Will Rise, Everything I Need, In The Valley He Can Hear My Voice, I Could Sing About Heaven & God of All My Days. Oh wait, that is the entire project. It just is a GREAT project that is a must have for all of those loyal southern gospel music lovers.

One thing that I absolutely love, applaud and admire about Gary, Josh, Riley and Anthony is watching them with other artists cheering them on and watching them with their fans and friends interacting and keeping up with them not only at concerts, but with social media and all.

A wise dearly loved mentor of mine Dottie Rambo, constantly told me while traveling and working alongside of her for countless years, "always take time to love on the fans and friends and then love them some more, after all they are the ones who will be helping you buy your clothes, your bus, your house and bills...be there for them".

I highly recommend this project and I am proud to give it a 5 star rating! I will be getting it for a few of my friends!

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Next Generation

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Down Home Family

In this month's Next Generation - Levi talks with the Down Home Family's Annmarie and Michael McEwyn.

Next Generation: Down Home Family from Absolutely Gospel on Vimeo.

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Rick Shelton - Industry Insider

In this edition of Industry Insider, Chris speaks with Daywind Publishing's Rick Shelton.

Chris Unthank: First Rick, introduce yourself and give your history with Southern Gospel music for those who may not know you.

Rick Shelton: I’m Rick Shelton, and I currently serve as Vice President of Music Publishing for Daywind Music Group.

Like so many who have made Southern Gospel Music their life’s work, I grew up singing with my family in our local church and then wherever folks would ask us to come. I had a male trio, Rick Shelton and The Way, during my college years in the 90s. Upon graduation in 1998, I moved to Nashville to work with Mike Speck (a prominent choir arranger). Les Butler called me around Christmas 1999, and I started the new century working at Solid Gospel. During my time there, I had the opportunity to develop relationships with the major artists and record labels whose music was played on the network. While serving on the board of the Southern Gospel Music Guild in 2002, I became well acquainted with the prominent music publisher Niles Borop. At lunch after one of the Guild meetings, Niles and I discussed songwriting and publishing. After the next Guild meeting six months later, he offered me a position at Centergy Music. Niles semi-retired in 2004 and recommended me to Daywind President Ed Leonard. My ten year anniversary at Daywind is September 2nd.

CU: Everyone in the industry knows who you are and what you do, but explain to our readers what your job is what you do as a publisher?

RS: My primary job description is to serve songwriters and expose their music to as many folks as possible in as many ways as possible. We establish exclusive relationships with songwriters whose songs fulfill a commercial need in an effort to build a well rounded roster that can deliver the appropriate material to a wide range of artists. We carefully review each new song that is written and offer feedback when appropriate. We may help schedule strategic co-writing sessions. We facilitate the production of song demonstrations. We communicate with artists, producers and record labels about recording schedules and songs needed. With that information, I begin “pitching” songs to meet those needs. We also publish printed choir music to allow our writers and their songs the opportunity to serve the Church. We administer the licensing of their songs as well as collect and distribute royalties. Our goal is to provide an atmosphere where our writers can focus on creating great music rather than all the details of the business that surrounds songs.

CU: Since your time with Daywind Publishing, what are those few "golden gems" that you are so glad you put in the artist's hands?

RS: “Never Walk Alone” by Brian Free and Assurance immediately comes to mind because of the impact it has made and what it meant to Brain at a time when he had just lost his Father. One of the favorite cuts of my career was “If There Ever Was a Time” by the Crabb Family. A recent favorite is “Whenever I Hear His Name” by the Hoskins Family. That song still gives me chill bumps. I’m currently thrilled with “I Am a Soldier” by Tribute.

CU: It's pretty common knowledge that some of the industry's most beloved songs sit on a writer's shelf, so to speak, for years before anyone cuts it and makes it a hit. Do you have any songs that you just don't know why they haven't been cut yet? If so, why do you think those songs sit and wait like that?

RS: With much reverence, God’s timing is supreme. I’m amazed how a song that has been passed over several times finally lands with just the right artist at exactly the right time and it becomes a hit that touches a lot of people. It happens more than one might think. We often see God at work in the timing of who cuts what when.

Just today, I was in the studio with Canton Junction’s Aaron Crabb and Garry Jones. They were recording vocals on a song by Lee Black and Ben Storie titled “Weep No More”. It had been pitched to several artists over the last 3 years. This was the right time on the right album for the right artist.

Legacy Five’s recent hit “There’s Only One Well” was pitched to over 20 artists over about five years. Again the right time for the right artist.

CU: How has the publishing industry changed since you started in it?

RS: Unfortunately, as our culture moves away from buying and owning music toward free or cheap music consumption, record sales have dropped significantly (more than a 60% decline since 2000) resulting in less financial resources to create new music. This is a challenge for every aspect of the music industry including songwriting and publishing. This is ironic because more people have access to music than ever before in Earth’s history via the internet, and its creators are not reaping an appropriate harvest from that expansion.

CU: Daywind recently announced the relaunch of Vital Records which focuses on music of the church. Can you give us the scoop on that?

RS: Our Senior Creative Director, Chad Green, has established relationships with several worship leaders across the country who write music for their local congregations. He compiled an album of their songs that align with the theme “Songs for the Risen King”. The main idea behind the Vital Worship brand is songs from the church for the church. We plan future releases as just the right songs are discovered. The theme of the next Vital Worship project will be gratitude and thanksgiving. Readers can find this project in most Family Bookstores and online at Daywind.com.

CU: There's a little known fact that you gave me a couple voices lessons at the Steve Hurst School of Music back in 1997, meaning you are actually a really great singer too. Do you still give voice lessons?

RS: Those memories make me smile. My time as a clinician at Steve’s school was rich with friendships that have lasted to this day, including yours. For a time, vocal coaching was an area of service that I thoroughly enjoyed. I had the opportunity to work with several really great and well known artists. However, my full focus is currently on Daywind Publishing and its songwriters. BTW, I’m proud of you and the singing you have done with Sunday Edition and in your own church leading worship.

CU: Have you ever tried your hand at songwriting?

RS: I’ve written two songs in my whole life.

When I was in my early 20’s, I was completely in love with a girl named Monica and that inspired me to write a song for her. Have you ever tried to rhyme the name Monica? (Harmonica isn't really that romantic.) I even went into a studio and recorded it. Well, Monica married someone else, so, obviously the song wasn’t very effective.

Driving home from NQC about 10 years ago an idea began to come and I called a sweet friend, Barbara Huffman, to help craft it into a song titled “Mercy at Midnight”. The Inspirations recorded it on their Pure Vintage album.

So, I have a 50% cut rate, and I thought that was a good time to retire from songwriting. However, I do hope to write at least one impactful song someday.

CU: What advice do you have to aspiring songwriters?

RS: Learn the craft. Read books about songwriting. Attend songwriting seminars.

Practice the craft. Write as much as possible.

Study the craft. Pour over great songs others have written and learn from them.

This whole business is built on the songs and as the foundation those songs need to be as strong as possible. Always strive to create the very best music possible.

CU: What has God been teaching you lately?

RS: I’ve been very impressed lately that the primary purpose of my life and the fulfillment of His best plan for me is not in accomplishments but rather in daily interaction with others. More important than the acknowledgment of some professional achievement or even the effectiveness of my calling or ministry are the personal interactions that happen in the process. Do believers and unbelievers who cross my path continue on their journey a bit more encouraged or comforted or joyful due to their experience with me? My prayer is that He will continue to work in my life to positively effect those relationships with which He has entrusted me.

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Monthly Articles

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Get Back In The Ring Baby…It’s A Fixed Fight!

There is a certain stance one takes, while in diversity, when you know everything is already taken care of, you walk different. Assurance becomes your swag! I remember watching Batman as a little girl (now I’m dating myself). I would run home from school everyday to sit in front of the TV and sing my favorite theme song…DaDa DaDa DaDa DaDa-DaDa DaDa DaDa DaDa Batmannn! I would be so excited to get there in time to watch from start to finish, so I could sing the song twice! Oh…Batman and Robin would get knocked down, pushed up, and just slaughtered out, but I knew something was in the works that was going to turn it around for them!!! He couldn’t die, he was the star of the show and he had to come back next week! “Get Up Batman, you can’t die! Fight back! You gotta win! I trusted the producer to take care of Batman!

Well…we will get knocked down, sucker punched, tricked, tripped, upper cut, hit below the belt, clinched, fouls, bolo punched, and sometimes you won’t even see it coming! (Ouch! Ouch! Ouch!!! OK..now that hurt!) Pull yourself up, patch what’s bleeding, clear your eyes, and get back in the ring baby!!! Know that the fight is fixed!!! Your Father has paid the price for us to win. He owns the entire scenario; You, the enemy, and the fight! He owns it! He writer of the entire script! He just wants to see what you are made of. What choices you will make. Is your integrity in place? Have you studied your enemy to know what Not to do? Are you displaying His characteristics? Did you attach pride to yourself? Is bitterness setting in? Do you know how to love your opposition (your enemies)? Do you know His attributes? Do you trust Him? While you are being swung on…what do you remember about Him? Can He trust you to hear Him and follow His directives? He wants you to see who you are in the ring and what you have to work on to further His purpose for you!

So…a word to the wise… (Locker-Room Peep Talk)…
Trust your Producer, your Creator, your Author, your Scriptwriter. Know that something is in the works to turn it around for you! Go into the battle with FAITH and TRUST in Him! Know Your Producer! Your victories are already won and recorded. The angels are cheering you on and singing your theme song DaDa DaDa DaDa DaDa- DaDa DaDa DaDa DaDa (Add Your Name Here!)___ ! Go ahead, sing it for yourself and add your name to it! You win!!! It’s not the end of the show, it just what’s makes the show good!!! It’s all apart of the fight. The Fight is Fixed, Baby! You Win!!! Hallelujah!!!

2 Chronicles 20:17 tells us to go and face them because the Lord is with you. Yes, the battle is the Lord’s!

Song: Victory, victory shall be mine…if I hold my peace and let the Lord fight my battle, victory shall be mine!



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Daily Devotion

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They Are Weak, But He Is Strong

I was thinking this morning about the enduring power of such a simple song like Jesus Loves Me. One of the reasons I believe it continues to inspire is its appeal to children.
I’ve always said that a song will be a hit if the children love it. There is something about their honesty or innocence that hears the true message.
Maybe it’s the lifting up of Jesus’ name. He promises that He’ll draw all men when He is lifted, and His promises are something we can always count on.

Then again, it may be as simple as our acknowledgment of our weakness and His strength. It’s nice to know that when we can’t, He can. It comforts us to know that when our abilities aren’t enough, His are more than enough. His strength is made
perfect in our weakness. We can glory in our weaknesses knowing that the power of Christ rests upon us. We may be weak, but He is strong.

Mark 10:15-16

King James Version (KJV)

15 Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.

16 And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them.

John 12:32

King James Version (KJV)

32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.

2 Corinthians 12:9-10

King James Version (KJV)

9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.
Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

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Daily Devotion

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Pleasing And Acceptable

Have you ever opened your BIG MOUTH and said the WRONG THING at the WRONG TIME and the WRONG PLACE? Well, I guess all of us have at one time or another, and taking back WRONG SAID WORDS is a lot more difficult than saying them in the first place. It’s Pastor Phil of Harvest Chapel with “A GOOD WORD FROM GOD’S WORD TODAY”.

“LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAP” is a good motto, but “THINK BEFORE YOU SPEAK”, is even better. And, that is what King David was eluding to when he wrote my Mother’s favorite verse of scripture. Psalm 19:14 says, “Let the WORDS of my MOUTH and the MEDITATION of my HEART, be ACCEPTABLE in your sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.”

So, MEDITATE, then SPEAK, for though we regret the hurtful words we say in haste, unless forgiven, they will forever ring in the ears of the people we hurt. It may be time to bring back love and harmony in your home or relationships and YOU can be the one to do it by speaking PLEASING and ACCEPTABLE WORDS as the Lord give you strength.

It’s your PLEASING and ACCEPTABLE Pastor Phil, with “A GOOD WORD FROM GOD’S WORD TODAY” God bless!

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Daily Devotion

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The Fight

I slept 10 hours the other night. That is the most I've slept in years. Lord have mercy, there's NO telling what I may do today smile

New level? New devil. The truth is there is ALWAYS a fight for those that are sold out to holiness and righteousness. But rest in the fact that it's just a loud mouthed threatening enemy. He works with deceit and lies, guilt, shame, or promises of "fun" in a season of sin. Hang tough, kick him in the teeth...daily....and walk by faith, sometimes we have no sight, it's a faith only day. If you are under an attack...health, finances, people have hurt you, look to Jesus. Go spend some time with HIM. He can do more to change your situation in 30 seconds.....than YOU can do in a lifetime. Remember people have FREE will, God doesn't force anyone to love you, but God can change circumstances and turn your world upside down...in a GOOD way, ALL for your delight.

If you are in a bad marriage or possible you have been abandoned, left by the one that promised to love you forever, don't give up on life or love. A man that will leave his family, isn't a man. A woman that will leave her family, isn't a woman. I won't use the kind of language that is applicable. God has better for you!! Hang on.

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Weekly Chart

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Monday - September 1, 2014

Top 40 Weekly Chart

TW
LW
#WK
TITLE
ARTIST
PEAK
1
1
12
Everybody's Going Through Something Karen Peck & New River
1(3)
2
2
14
Put It Right There LeFevre Quartet
2
3
3
16
Never Too Broken to Belong Gold City
2
4
5
18
Listening For the Shout Browders
3
5
7
8
Hidden Heroes Talleys
6
6
4
15
How Will You Plead 11th Hour
4
7
8
14
Hey Everybody Soul'd Out Quartet
8
8
10
15
I Can Trust Him Perrys
4
9
6
18
If God Didn't Care Booth Brothers
1(2)
10
13
17
Love's Gonna Get You Mark Bishop
7
11
11
7
Hey Now Adam Crabb
11
12
14
5
That Story Is Mine Dixie Melody Boys
12
13
9
25
For All He's Done Greater Vision
1(5)
14
16
14
God Is Big Hoskins Family
13
15
15
25
Say Amen Brian Free & Assurance
1(5)
16
17
19
House of Good News Three Bridges
17
17
20
14
When Justice Called, Mercy Answered Erwins
17
18
12
12
I Know Enough Bowling Family
8
19
25
18
The Sun's Coming Up Nelons
16
20
23
3
Ain't It Just Like the Lord Gordon Mote
20
21
24
17
Not Afraid to Trust Him Whisnants
11
22
26
7
Falling Amber Nelon Thompson
22
23
32
3
I Am a Soldier Tribute Quartet
23
24
27
9
Prayer Meeting Mylon Hayes Family
19
25
34
10
Love Them to Jesus Old Paths
11
26
18
21
Your Walk Talks Mark Trammell Quartet
7
27
33
23
I'll Take You Home Hoppers
4
28
35
11
Help Me Wilburn & Wilburn
24
29
40
2
Great Big Yes Red Roots
29
30
36
6
Waste Another Day Watts, Rowsey & Bean
30
31
21
25
I'll Know I'm Home Kingdom Heirs
3
32
30
14
How Great His Love/Love Found a Pardon Collingsworth Family
13
33
22
18
The Greatest Love Story Triumphant Quartet
4
34
19
4
Water Walking God Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
19
35
29
5
God Leads Us Along Greater Vision
29
36
39
9
He's Still God Barry Rowland & Deliverance
26
37
38
3
I Wanna Be There Isaacs
35
38
31
3
If We Ever Needed the Lord Martins
31
39
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3
Never, No Never Joseph Habedank
39
40
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1
Watch & Pray Carolina Boys Quartet
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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God vs. Amazon

Today’s shopping has changed! I believe everyone is familiar with Amazon.com. This is an online site that sells everything from books to furniture. It’s so convenient and helpful for hard-to-find items. I can be at a dinner table and someone suggests a book to read, right then and there I will go to my Amazon phone app, search the book, and it’s a one-click transaction. Oftentimes the book will arrive before I return home!

Well, to have an Amazon account to purchase goods, you must have on file with them a verified valid bank account. To verify the validity of your bank account, they inform you they are sending two small deposits. Once you see them posted in your account, which could take up to 7 days, log back into your Amazon account and complete your registration. Knowing that Amazon is a reputable company, that will do what they say, I will wait and watch daily for these postings to complete my registration.

So while driving home from a prayer meeting later that day, the Holy Spirit says “Trust me the same way you trust Amazon. Amazon tells you and you believe it enough to watch and wait for it. You’ll be looking daily for these small penny deposits to show up in your account and you have no doubt of their arrival. What reason do you have to doubt Me? I have told you that I will meet all your needs. I will make “deposits” and all I ask you to do is look and verify! Tell Me what you see so I’ll know that you’re looking! If I said it, believe it, look for it, wait on it and then verify. I’m more faithful than Amazon will ever be. Trust me. Look for my deposits…they do show up!”

Deuteronomy 28:1-14 Lists His Blessings! Please Read!!!

Song: “I trust in God wherever I may be. Upon the land or on the rolling sea. For come what may, from day to day, my heav’nly Father watches over me”

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Tribute Quartet Unveils Daywind Debut

HENDERSONVILLE, TN (Aug. 26, 2014) – The debut project by the Tribute Quartet as a Daywind recording artist is being released today, “Journey of Hope.”

Tribute is a male quartet comprised of group manager and lead singer Gary Casto, baritone singer and pianist Josh Singletary, tenor singer Riley Harrison Clark and bass singer Anthony Davis.

“Journey of Hope” was molded by the group’s long-time producer, Roger Talley.

“Journey of Hope" is a collection of songs that resound the constant truth of the hope we have when concluding our journey of life,” says Tribute manager and lead singer Gary Casto. “We are very thankful to Daywind Records and our producer, Roger Talley, for shaping this recording into the theme we so unashamedly sing about.”

“Journey of Hope” is an 11-song project that includes an award-winning cast of songwriters such as Kenna West, Lee Black, Michael Farren, Marcia Henry, Sue C. Smith, Kyla Rowland, Mary Funderburk, Caleb Collins, Dianne Wilkinson, Rebecca J. Peck, Terry Franklin, Barbara Franklin, Ricky Free and Tony Wood.

The group – which joined the Daywind family earlier this year – has produced top-charting hits such as “Homecoming Day,” “Homesick Angel” and “Good News From Jerusalem,” a No. 1 song.

“Tribute has been on a steady rise toward the top of the Southern Gospel Music industry since its inception, and this recording will propel the group’s climb,’” explains Daywind president Ed Leonard. “With hit after hit already under its belt, we believe that the group has more chart-toppers to come on ‘Journey of Hope.’ Tribute Quartet delivers these songs with a sincerity and an energy that allows the wonderful messages in these great songs to come alive. We can’t wait to hear the reactions from the fans to what we believe is the group’s best effort yet.”

Daywind Records is home to an award-winning roster of artists, including The Browders, The Nelons, Greater Vision, Legacy Five, The Bowling Family, Joseph Habedank, The Hoskins Family and Wilburn & Wilburn. 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 group, visit Tribute Quartet’s web site at http://www.tributequartet.com.

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New Jim Brady Trio Added To Harper Agency Artist Roster

Goodlettsville, TN - One of Christian music’s leading booking agencies, The Harper Agency, has named the newly organized Jim Brady Trio, as the latest addition to their artist roster. The announcement comes just a few days after popular vocal group, The Booth Brothers shared the news that long-time group member Jim Brady would be leaving the group at the end of the year. “Ronnie and I are saddened to see Jim depart our team,” Michael Booth stated, “yet we are tremendously excited about his future contributions to Gospel Music.”

Since joining The Booth Brothers in 2002, Jim has become a favorite among Southern Gospel Music lovers. Over the past decade Jim, with Ronnie and Michael Booth, have become one of Gospel Music’s most awarded groups, collectively receiving more than 100 industry honors and accolades. “The last 12 and a half years have meant more to me than words could ever express,” Jim shared. “Ronnie and Michael have truly become brothers to me, and I’ll be forever thankful for the great times spent with them.”

To say that Jim’s time with The Booth Brothers solidified his place at the pinnacle of Gospel Music would be an understatement; however, Jim possessed a rich musical heritage prior to his arrival with the Brothers. He first began singing with his gifted musical family at the age of five, and by the time he was 16 he began songwriting. Also prior to joining The Booth Brothers, Jim traveled with his wife, Melissa, and her family, The Shulers for nearly a decade. Jim and Melissa merged their songwriting gifts and are now recognized as two of Gospel Music’s most prolific songwriters, having penned more than 200 songs.

Over the years Melissa has faithfully supported her husband’s calling to Gospel Music, and as often as possible the two have had the privilege to sing and minister together. Melissa is a talented vocalist and musician and was featured on the Women of Homecoming Gaither Videos released in 2013. She is a regular columnist for The Singing News Magazine and Homecoming Magazine, and has also filled in for such popular groups as The Hoppers, The Martins and Lordsong over the past several years. “God has brought so many opportunities our way as a result of Jim’s time with The Booth Brothers,” Melissa said. “Had he chosen to sing with them for the rest of his life, I would have supported him 100 percent, but God had other plans, and we are honored that He is affording us the opportunity to share a full-time ministry. ”

The third member of the Jim Brady Trio has yet to be named; however, Jim and Melissa know God has the perfect person already selected. “We are so excited about this new adventure,” Jim stated. “The decision to leave The Booth Brothers was not made lightly, but I felt an urging from God that this is right, and I am so grateful for Michael and Ronnie’s blessings on this new ministry.”

“We have no doubt The Jim Brady Trio is equipped to make quality music that will encourage and evangelize,” Michael explained. “Great days are ahead for this union, and we know God is going to use them in a mighty way.”

The Harper Agency is pleased to have the opportunity to work with this newly formed group and are thrilled to add The Jim Brady Trio to their roster of fine artists, which also includes The Booth Brothers. “We’ve known Jim and Melissa for 11 years, since we first began scheduling The Booth Brothers,” Ed Harper states. “While collectively, they are a new trio, Jim and Melissa have already established themselves to be credible artists with a heart for ministry. They have a uniqueness in that they have had the opportunity to test the waters, so to speak, and have been able to minister together, even when Jim was traveling full-time with The Booth Brothers.”

The Harper Agency has enjoyed a wonderful partnership with The Booth Brothers for over a decade and obviously, it was important to have the blessing of The Booth Brothers before embarking upon a scheduling agreement. Thankfully, the blessing was bestowed. “We are equally excited that Jim and Melissa’s trio will be a part of the Harper Agency. Ed Harper and the Harper Agency have effectively managed the schedule of The Booth Brothers for 11 years, and I know they will be a tremendous asset to Jim and Melissa.”

“I believe Michael and Ronnie consider The Jim Brady Trio to be an extension of The Booth Brothers’ ministry,” Ed shared. “They have that kind of friendship, and that is definitely important. We are honored to have the opportunity to work with and represent such an outstanding couple. We are anxious to see who they name as the third member of the Trio, and we look forward to being a part of their future for many years.”

The Harper Agency may be reached by calling 615-851-4500 or visiting http://www.harperagency.com. The Agency is currently scheduling dates for 2015 for The Jim Brady Trio. Additional information regarding The Jim Brady Trio is available online at http://www.BradyHouseMusic.com.

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Daily Devotion

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Friendship

No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.” John 15:15 NKJV

Have you ever had one of those “friends for life?” If you have one, keep them! They are indeed a treasure! (And very few and far between!) I have one! Her name is Pam. We have been friends since I was about 8 years of age. There is no way I can begin to tell you all the things we’ve been through together!

Once, when I was a young person, Pam came to our church to direct a Vacation Bible School. At the time, house cleaning for others was my source of income. Being a true friend, Pam decided she would go with me and help out. Off we went to find a house I had never cleaned before. As we got closer, my life-time handicap of being directionally challenged had us searching. Finally we decided to get out and walk.

Here we were, walking along the sidewalk, intently looking up at the house numbers. Earnestly we kept our eyes peeled on the houses, sure that soon we would find the right number.

Then, it happened! There were no signs, no markings or anything — but SOMEONE had been there before us . . . Pouring a new sidewalk. Consequently, our feet made their own “mark” right in the WET CEMENT!

Pam was laughing so hard she could hardly see, and I was looking around for someone to apologize too — which made her find it even funnier! Finally, since there was no one in sight, we took our own “leave of absence.” I can’t help but wonder if they found our footprints . . .

True friendship leaves footprints in our hearts. It speaks louder, and more expressively in our actions than in our words. Life has a way of dealing some hard blows. The person who says they’ll stick with you through anything is one thing. The person who does it is quite another.

What we desire in a friend presents us with the opportunity to BE that kind of friend! Give away true friendship — whether it ever comes back to us or not. Why? Because of the best example of a friend we will ever have — Jesus Christ!

He loved Judas, forgave Peter, was patient with His followers . . . Even though He knew they would run . . . Just when He needed them most. He knew we would! But He died for us anyway! The most wonderful thing for us is that Jesus is a Friend who will never run out on us. We may not understand why we must wait for answers to prayer, or why circumstances are what they are, but we can know this, Jesus is our Friend.

Seek not to be understood . . . Seek to understand. Your kind heart and friendship will show to others a Friend that sticks closer than a brother . . . Jesus Christ Himself! HE will never fail!
 


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Mansion Entertainment Announces New Management

Franklin, TN (Mansion Entertainment) - The Mansion Entertainment office in Franklin, TN has announced that John Mathis will assume management responsibilities for the record label, distribution, production and general direction of the company. Mathis will oversee the company's direction in product development and distribution, audio/video production (including current TV show production) and developing a bigger online presence and opportunities for Mansion products and artists. In regard to the recent announcement, Mathis commented, "We expanded our production capabilities by moving into a new location at the end of 2013 and we've covered a lot of ground over the years with some good success. You can say that during the past 6 years we have thoroughly tested the proverbial waters and are now in a position where we have some really great opportunities ahead of us. So this is a good point in time for us to hone in on what we do best as a company and better plan for our future by fine tuning our company focus, goals, and objectives. We are working on a few things immediately that will streamline what we do, such as building a new royalty management database, increasing the appeal of our online products and streamlining our in-house fulfillment of those to the customer with smarter technology and methods. We want to work toward relationships that benefit everyone involved and grow not just our own business, but this industry."

Mansion Records has represented a host of Southern Gospel's top talent and Southern Gospel radio is no stranger to Mansion music releases as the past few years have seen several number one songs and many top charting releases. Mansion Entertainment has produced televisions shows such as America Sings, SpiritFest, Nashville Country Revival and others that have been broadcast on multiple national networks including Daystar Television, Heartland TV, RURAL TV (RFD TV) and seen somewhat of a first in Gospel Music as Nashville Country Revival has moved to placement on Hulu and Amazon Prime. Mansion continues to produce and build its accompaniment track line, artist and speciality products that are offered through MansionMusicOnline.com as well as in general market distribution through Sony RED and Provident distribution.

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Lesters Announce Matt Felts As New Tenor

Through their group newsletter, Facebook and through a video shot at Silver Dollar City, the announcement was made today that the Lester's have hired Matt Felts as their new tenor. " We are grateful to The Lord for sending Matt our way and we're looking forward to what God has in store for this ministry as we continue our journey for Him. Matt will be joining the week of September 8th so be watching our tour schedule and come out to a concert to welcome Matt to the Lesters."
Matt Felts has been a mainstay in Gospel music for a number of years having been a member of the Dixie Melody Boys and other groups. He had this to say about joining the Lesters. " Growing up in St. Louis, our home was filled with great Gospel music from groups like the Cathedrals and the Happy Goodmans. One group stood out to us above the rest, The Lesters. I'm thrilled to be apart of such a rich legacy of ministry and music. Joining the Lesters is truly like coming home."
The Lesters will be in the studio soon and will make an appearance on the main stage at the National Quartet Convention next month. You can find out more and see their tour schedule by going to their website at http://www.thelesters.com

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Daily Devotion

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Another—Just Like Me

One day Jesus said to His disciples, "It's better for you that I go away."

Can you imagine that?

How could being without Jesus be better than being with Jesus?

That question must have raced through the minds of Jesus' most faithful followers. Jesus had walked with most of them for over three years and had known some of them all their lives. Now He's leaving and He's saying that it's a good thing.

Jesus made such a claim, because He knew that following the ascension of His physical presence would come the ever-abiding and inner presence of the Holy Spirit who would be not only "with" them, but also "in" them.

That's what He meant when He said, "I will not leave you comfortless, but I will send you 'another' Comforter.” The word “another” actually is defined to mean "one just like me." Jesus went on to affirm that just as He had been to them, the Holy Spirit would now be their teacher, their guide, their counselor, their comforter, and provide empowerment for every challenge they would face.

While the earthly and physical presence of Jesus was confined to where His body could take Him while here on earth, the Holy Spirit would now be imparted into the life of every believer and function from the divine nature of His omnipresence.

The promise of Jesus to His disciples was this: "When He, even the Spirit of Truth shall come, He will guide you into all truth: for He will not speak on His own authority ... He will glorify Me: for He will take of what is mine, and declare it to you" (John 16:13-14).

In essence, the Holy Spirit didn't replace Jesus, but simply came to reveal Him more completely in us from day-to-day.

Remember as you journey through life, you are not alone. You have a wonderful power and presence available to you every hour of every day. That power is Jesus in you, by and through His Holy Spirit.



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Daywind Music Group Honored with 20 GMA Dove Award Nominations

HENDERSONVILLE, TN – August 26, 2014
Daywind Music Group’s artists, songwriters, and producers received 20 nominations for the 45th Annual GMA Dove Awards to be held on Tuesday, October 7, 2014, at Allen Arena on the campus of David Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN. The Dove Awards will be aired globally on the Trinity Broadcasting Network.

Honored with four nominations was Daywind recording artist Karen Peck and New River for Song of the Year, Southern Gospel Performance, and Southern Gospel Song of the Year for their single “Revival” and for Southern Gospel Album of the Year for their album Revival. The song was co-written by Karen Peck, Kenna West, and Don Poythress.

Brian Free and Assurance received four Dove nominations for Song of the Year, Southern Gospel Performance, and Southern Gospel Song of the Year for “Say Amen,” and Southern Gospel Album of the Year for Unashamed. The song was co-written by Daywind staff writers Kenna West and Jason Cox along with Michael Farren. The album was produced by Producer of the Year nominee Ricky Free.

Adam Crabb and Wilburn and Wilburn each garnered two nominations. Adam Crabb received nominations for Country Album of the Year for Surrender produced by Adam and Jason Crabb and for Country Song of the Year for “That Whosoever was Me” written by Jason Cox, Kenna West, and Lee Black. Wilburn and Wilburn received nominations for Country Album of the Year for Here Comes Sunday and for Bluegrass Song of the Year for “If These Old Walls Could Talk” written by Dianne Wilkinson and Jerry Salley.

Daywind’s Choral Division posted two nominations in the Musical of the Year category for “Good News from Jerusalem” created by Dianne Wilkinson and “Highest Glory” created by Marty Funderburk.

Greater Vision got a nod for Southern Gospel Album of the Year for its Daywind recording For All He’s Done, an album featuring three #1 songs. Greater Vision received two other nominations for their work on the Cathedrals Family Reunion project.

Past Dove winner, Chigger Hill Boys and Terri was nominated for Bluegrass Song of the Year for their hit bluegrass gospel single “Revelation Song.”

First time nominees the Browders were honored for their song “Lift Up His Name” written by Matthew Browder from the album Time Machine, while Red Roots picked up a Country Album of the Year nomination for their album Triplicity produced by Rick and Micah Schweinsberg.

Daywind’s Vital Worship division was nominated in the Special Event category for their groundbreaking recording Songs for the Living King.

Daywind president Ed Leonard said, “We are blessed that so many of top artists, songwriters and producers call Daywind home. We will continue serving Christ by producing top quality music.”

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

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

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

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

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Jeff Stice Signs Agreement With AG Publicity

Nashville, TN (August 26, 2014) Phenomenal keyboard artist Jeff Stice has launched his solo career and is making great strides in becoming the premier instrumentalist in Gospel music. Having played with such groups as the Nelons, Triumphant Quartet, the Kingdom Heirs and Perfect Heart the name “Jeff Stice” already brings respect and attention.

Deon Unthank, President of AG Publicity said “I have known Jeff personally for a lot of years and he has proven himself to not only be an outstanding musician, but absolutely one of the nicest guys in the whole music industry. We are proud to add Jeff to the other great artists represented by AG Publicity.”

Also commenting, Jeff stated “One of the first things I knew that I would need when I started on my own was someone who was already good at putting out publicity. I wanted the best, so I immediately went to the Unthanks with AG Publicity.”

Jeff appeared at the 2014 Absolutely Gospel Music Fan Festival and received a warm welcome with several standing ovations from the crowd. He has already been busy booking other events including Christmas gatherings as well as other special occasions. Jeff has the ability to tailor his artistry to meet any occasion in a Church or other venue.

Producing projects in the studio is another talent that Jeff Stice has been utilizing before and since entering into a solo ministry. He recently won an AGM Ovation Award for producing Triumphant Quartet's project 'The Greatest Story'.

Besides publicity, Jeff also needed a booking agent and found another old friend in Beckie Simmons Bates of the Beckie Simmons Agency. BSA is now booking Jeff at churches, concerts, fairs and any other event where great piano music and ministry is wanted.

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

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

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Vanessa Feltner Sends “I Hear You Lord” to Radio via Patterson Promotions

International Gospel recording artist, vocalist, pianist, and composer, Vanessa Feltner, signed with Patterson Music Group with her latest single, “I Hear You Lord.” She is currently on a three year tour in China performing nightly concerts, recording and shooting Christian music videos in China, Tibet, and Thailand. In all three countries, Vanessa will be shooting the first Christian music videos ever shot in these areas. Daughter of well-known song writer, Charles Feltner, Vanessa has had the honor of singing to two Presidents of Indonesia: President Wahid and President Megawati. Some of her noted songs include God Will Provide - #76 Singing News Charts 2012, Sing Praises To Your Name - #56 Christian Voice Charts 2013, and I’ve Got A Better Place To Go - #10 Cash Box. Vanessa was honored with a 2014 AMG nomination for Female Vocalist of the year, Song of the Year, “Sing Praises To Your Name,” and Album of the year. The latest radio release, “I Hear You Lord,” goes out on PP # 15. Pauline Patterson notes, “It is a joy to represent such a talented artist as Vanessa Feltner. I’m looking forward to this opportunity as part of her team!” Concert promoters can receive a free press kit by contacting: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), 256-303-8354, or 615-856-0910 For additional radio info: Patterson Music Group: 606 528-0033, http://www.pattersonpromotions.com.

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Daily Devotion

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The Light

School will be starting soon for our two youngest children; Jake and Bailey. On the days that I am home, I always walk our 2 youngest children to the bus stop.

In the Spring and early Summer, there’s no need to carry a flashlight. There is enough light in the early morning hours to see our path clearly. However, when early Fall rolls around, there is less and less light. So, we carry a flashlight.

I tell the kids to point the light out in front of us. We just follow the light.

We are living in a world that is surrounded in darkness. There is evil around every corner and distractions that can lead us “off the path”. How do we WALK (on the path) with Christ when we the darkness seems so close to swallowing us?

We must follow “The Light.”



John 8:12

12 Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”



John Piper says “Jesus' being "the light of the world" means the world has no other light than him. If there is going to be a light for the world, it will be Jesus. It is Jesus or darkness. There is no third alternative.”

True. You are either IN the light, or you are not. His light is bright enough to lead us through the darkest, deepest blackness. We must follow Him.

Jesus didn't say “follow my disciples” or “follow my teachings” but He said “Follow Me.” Yes, when we follow Him wholeheartedly we will study His disciple’s teachings and most of all His teachings, but we must FIRST follow Him.

The Light that Christ does multiple things. When we have His light guiding us, it will be IN us. His light reveals sin in our life, so we can be more like Jesus. The Light can be a witness of God’s forgiveness and those around us will be drawn to it.


John 12:35:

35 Jesus replied, “My light will shine for you just a little longer. Walk in the light while you can, so the darkness will not overtake you. Those who walk in the darkness cannot see where they are going. 36 Put your trust in the light while there is still time; then you will become children of the light.”

Children of the light? We can be a vessel of light. We can lead others to Christ with the light that lives in us.

Those mornings that I walk the kids up to the bus and I hold the flashlight, I am leading them. See, Christ is leading me…and I am leading them.

It is my job as a Dad and husband to lead my family to Christ.

It is my job as a Christian to lead others to Christ.



When the darkness is all around us, we must stay in His light…



Keep holding the flashlight.


Prayer Starter: "Father, this world is dark and YOU are the light that this world needs. Help me, to share your light everyday. In Jesus name. Amen."


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Weekly Chart

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Monday - August 25, 2014

Top 40 Weekly Chart

TW
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#WK
TITLE
ARTIST
PEAK
1
1
11
Everybody's Going Through Something Karen Peck & New River
1(2)
2
3
13
Put It Right There LeFevre Quartet
2
3
2
15
Never Too Broken to Belong Gold City
2
4
5
14
How Will You Plead 11th Hour
4
5
4
17
Listening For the Shout Browders
3
6
9
17
If God Didn't Care Booth Brothers
1(2)
7
6
7
Hidden Heroes Talleys
6
8
10
13
Hey Everybody Soul'd Out Quartet
8
9
7
24
For All He's Done Greater Vision
1(5)
10
12
14
I Can Trust Him Perrys
4
11
11
6
Hey Now Adam Crabb
11
12
8
11
I Know Enough Bowling Family
8
13
15
16
Love's Gonna Get You Mark Bishop
7
14
17
4
That Story Is Mine Dixie Melody Boys
14
15
18
24
Say Amen Brian Free & Assurance
1(5)
16
13
13
God Is Big Hoskins Family
13
17
20
18
House of Good News Three Bridges
17
18
16
20
Your Walk Talks Mark Trammell Quartet
7
19
29
3
Water Walking God Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
19
20
21
13
When Justice Called, Mercy Answered Erwins
17
21
22
24
I'll Know I'm Home Kingdom Heirs
3
22
19
17
The Greatest Love Story Triumphant Quartet
4
23
33
2
Ain't It Just Like the Lord Gordon Mote
23
24
14
16
Not Afraid to Trust Him Whisnants
11
25
24
17
The Sun's Coming Up Nelons
16
26
28
6
Falling Amber Nelon Thompson
26
27
26
8
Prayer Meeting Mylon Hayes Family
11
28
32
3
Empty Me Lord Primitive Quartet
28
29
31
4
God Leads Us Along Gaither Vocal Band
29
30
23
13
How Great His Love/Love Found a Pardon Collingsworth Family
13
31
34
2
If We Ever Needed the Lord Martins
31
32
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2
I Am a Soldier Tribute Quartet
32
33
25
22
I'll Take You Home Hoppers
4
34
27
9
Love Them to Jesus Old Paths
11
35
39
10
Help Me Wilburn & Wilburn
24
36
40
5
Waste Another Day Watts, Rowsey & Bean
34
37
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1
Who's Gonna Stand in the Gap Ball Brothers
37
38
35
2
I Wanna Be There Isaacs
35
39
37
8
He's Still God Barry Rowland & Deliverance
26
40
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1
Great Big God Red Roots
40
TW - This week on the chart
LW - Last week on the chart
#WK - Number of weeks
on the chart
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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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Praise His Name

Jeff and I took a little two-day vacation this week, just because! It was wonderful to feel the sand between my toes and hear the majesty of the waves pounding against the shore. I try to always see God in everything, but for me He’s even more evident in the mountains or by the seas.

While I was there, I received a phone call from a friend who just wanted to remind me of what a great song Praise His Name still is. After 20 years, it’s still surfacing into the sales charts. I started thinking about it and it’s message; it is sacred, it is respect, it is honor, something we lack severely in the culture in which we live.

We have forgotten holiness. Take time this week to be holy. Spend time in praise, worship and adoration of a holy God. Find sacredness and praise His name.


Psalm 100:1-5
King James Version (KJV)
100 Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.
2 Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
3 Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
5 For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.


Psalm 99:1-9
King James Version (KJV)
99 The Lord reigneth; let the people tremble: he sitteth between the cherubims; let the earth be moved.
2 The Lord is great in Zion; and he is high above all the people.
3 Let them praise thy great and terrible name; for it is holy.
4 The king's strength also loveth judgment; thou dost establish equity, thou executest judgment and righteousness in Jacob.
5 Exalt ye the Lord our God, and worship at his footstool; for he is holy.
6 Moses and Aaron among his priests, and Samuel among them that call upon his name; they called upon the Lord, and he answered them.
7 He spake unto them in the cloudy pillar: they kept his testimonies, and the ordinance that he gave them.
8 Thou answeredst them, O Lord our God: thou wast a God that forgavest them, though thou tookest vengeance of their inventions.
9 Exalt the Lord our God, and worship at his holy hill; for the Lord our God is holy.

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This Week on Gospel Music Today

Aaron and Amanda Crabb are the guests on Gospel Music Today for the week of August 24. Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates, the Feature Group is The Page Trio, and Jean reviews new recordings by The Dunaways and Keith Barkley. An article entitled "And the Band Played On" is the subject of this week's Singing News Notes. The show includes a new music video by Brian Free and Assurance, exclusive video of Aaron and Amanda Crabb, recorded by Gospel Music Today's cameras at the AbsolutelyGospel.com Music Fest, in Smyrna, TN, and a visit to the Gospel Music Today Archives for an exclusive concert video of 11th Hour, 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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Big Announcement From Booth Brothers

The Booth Brothers have a big Announcement to make......


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCdtF5egbQI

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Daily Devotion

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Getting Along With People

Hey, do you like being around people? I know, most of the time we have to associate with PEOPLE, but not everyone is easy to get along with. Some people can just rub you the wrong way. It’s Pastor Phil of Harvest Chapel with “A GOOD WORD FROM GOD’S WORD TODAY”.

Look, I didn’t mean to bring up a sensative subject, but getting along with people is something we all have to contend with here in planet earth. And I also discovered I can win an argument, but lose a friend. And keeping a friend in this day and age is a whole lot more important than YOUR OPINION. In Jesus’ FIRST SERMON in Matthew 5:9 He said “A person is BLESSED if they’re a PEACEMAKER and others will figure out we’re one of God’s people. Even getting along at HOME can be a full time job, but 1 Peter 4:8 puts a high priority on getting along by saying, “Above everything else, love people, because love helps us overlook all kinds of problems”. But, where there is NO LOVE, in a family or a friendship, anything and everything irratates us.

So, the next time you run into someone that’s not easy to get along with or you’re about to BUTT HEADS with, TAKE A STEP BACK or COUNT TO TEN then be the PEACEMAKER and you’ll win every time.

It’s your LOVEABLE PEACEMAKER Pastor Phil, with “A GOOD WORD FROM GOD’S WORD TODAY” God bless!

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News & Scoops


Nashville Country Revival now on Hulu.

Franklin, TN (Mansion Entertainment) August 22nd, 2014 - The popular Nashville Country Revival TV show has already been seen by Gospel Music fans in the past 2 years on traditional TV networks such as Daystar, Heartland TV, TCT and a host of other national, network platforms. NCR has entered new territory for Gospel oriented music as nine episodes of Nashville Country Revival have now been launched on Hulu. Amazon Prime will come on board in the near future offering Nashville Country Revival episodes to its subscriber base and viewership as well.

The release of these first nine episodes to Hulu and Amazon Prime will feature music from such artists as Jeff and Sheri Easter, Brian Free and Assurance, Channing Eleton, Jason Crabb, Darrell Freeman, Doyle Lawson, Red Roots, Brad Davis, Heaven's Mountain Band, Zach & Rodney and a host of others. The episodes also include interview segments by Larry Wilhite (of The Wilhites) with artists like John Berry, Jimmy Fortune, Charlie Daniels and others.

Like Netflix, Amazon Prime and other over-the-top subscription services, Hulu offers on-demand streaming video of TV shows, movies, webisodes and other new media, trailers, clips, and behind-the-scenes footage from ABC, Fox, NBC, TBS, WWE, and many other networks and studios. As of 2013, Hulu had over 4 million paid subscribers with the total number of people who viewed Hulu at 38 million. Hulu is available on a variety of platforms such as Apple TV, network-enabled Blu-Ray players, a variety of game consoles, Google Chromecast, iTunes, Orb TV, Roku, Tivo, web browsers and the Hulu Plus app for smartphones and tablets.

According to a April 21, 2014 article by ABC News, more people are "cutting the cord" from traditional cable and satellite TV. The ranks of Americans who no longer get cable or satellite TV have increased 44 percent in the past four years to 7.6 million households, according to a new report by Experian Marketing Services. Approximately 18.1 percent of all US households with a Netflix or Hulu account are considered to be "cord cutters", the report found.

Nashville Country Revival is a VJ-style hosted music program featuring concept videos from artists whose styles range from Country to Bluegrass flavored Gospel or Inspirational music. Mansion Entertainment is in the planning stages to produce new episodes of Nashville Country Revival featuring new guest hosts to be added and a shift in focus toward providing content to Hulu Plus, Amazon Prime and other growing non-traditional platforms gaining in viewer popularity.

For more information on the availability of Nashville Country Revival on Hulu visit Hulu.com, download the Hulu Plus app on your smartphone or tablet, or utilize one of the many platforms mentioned above.

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Author: AGM | Author's Website: http://absolutelygospel.com/
Written: 08/23/2014 | Category: News & Scoops Comments:


Daily Devotion

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WRITE ABOUT JESUS: Noticing, Framing, and Song Ideas

Part of my job as a writer is to be “a noticer” and “a framer.”

I’m tasked with noticing things that happen in my own life and in the world around me that might be fertile soil for a song. I’m supposed to notice little details and large themes. Part of my calling is the job of framing these things in a way that makes sense of them and that helps people see a larger meaning or helps people see how it relates to them personally. Just as cropping a photograph can make all the difference in how beautiful or meaningful it is, framing details effectively can help make sense of them for others.

I try to be purposeful and deliberate about living my life this way. It means I watch movies, read books, listen to sermons, overhear conversations, and read Facebook statuses and Twitter tweets through that filter. So often, God doesn’t give me a song idea in a flash of lightning. Instead, it’s like He provides lots of little nudges that begin adding up to something I feel compelled to write about. Because of that, it’s sometimes hard to tell people exactly where a song idea came from.

On the other hand, some song ideas God just presents as a gift and says, “Look at this! Now go write it down.”

Years ago, my husband and I were taking communion on a Sunday morning. Our church passes both elements together in tiny plastic cups, with the piece of bread in one cup on the bottom and the grape juice in a cup wedged on top of the first. It can be slightly tricky to gently twist the two apart and separate them. Our pastor then was Dr. David McAlpin. Just before we drank the cup, he told us how, as he was waiting while the elements were passed, he accidentally spilled his juice all over his Bible, which was open on his lap. He said, “My first thought was, oh no, I’ve ruined my Bible! But then I thought, in all truth, every page of this book is stained with the blood of Jesus.”

Wow. There it was. God giving me a clear song idea, and all I really had to do was tell that story and help people relate to it. I traveled to Nashville the following week and wrote the song with Joel Lindsey.
As you read the Word, no matter what book of the Bible you are in, whether it’s Old Testament or the New Testament, from Genesis to Revelation, every chapter and verse are there to point you to Jesus, to who He is, to what He did for us, to what He promises, and to how we can respond to Him. Sharing His message with others is as simple as telling that story.

These days, I often find songs on You Tube, recorded by people I’ve never met, and that was the case with the song I’ve just told you about, “Stained With Blood.” I stumbled across this recording and wonderful video by a group called Testify, and I’m including it here, along with the lyric, so you can hear the song.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IeHLuyp30LI

He took the tiny cup as he listened to the singers
Balancing his Bible on his knees
And in a clumsy moment, the cup slipped through his fingers
And spilled across John 3:16
It soaked through Luke and into Mark, then all the way to Matthew
The purple made the scriptures hard to read
That told of Jesus dying so that none of us would have to
And all at once the man could see
And he thought…

Chorus
Every page that’s stained with blood
Says we’re saved by Jesus’ love
And we’ve just got to tell the story of
Every page that’s stained with blood
Every page that’s stained wtih blood

He thought about the lambs that were laid upon the altar
And how their sacrifice was not enough
Thought of all the people with no righteousness to offer
Deserving death for what they’d done
He thought of how the human race required a lamb to save it
For sin and guilt are everywhere you look
Then he stood before the people and the message that he gave us
Was taken from that blood-stained book
And he said…

Repeat Chorus


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Matt Felts Announces Departure From Dixie Melody Boys

In a statement today Matt Felts, Tenor for the Dixie Melody boys has announced he will be leaving the group at the end of August.

" I want to thank the friends and fans of the group for the way they have embraced me. It has been a huge honor to sing with Ed Oneal and the Dixie Melody Boys for over four years. Being a member of the Ed Oneil University has been a blessing to not just me but my family. Ed has taught me so much and for giving me such an incredible opportunity. Saying thank you will never be enough to repay Ed. The last four years have been a great season for the group but I am very blessed to be a part of the current lineup. I think it's been a special line up for the group. Thanks to Aaron Dishman and Josh Garner for the last year as well as Rayburn Lane for keeping me safe on the roads. Some may say I am graduating but I've learned that you never truly leave the Dixie Melody Boys. It's a family that you're always a part of. I will be announcing future plans soon but for now just wanted to thank Ed for incredible journey. "

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Written: 08/22/2014 | Category: News & Scoops Comments:


News & Scoops

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AbsolutelyGospel.com Shares Its Blessings With Marcelly’s Dream

Cleveland, TN (August 22, 2014) In the midst of their 15th Annual Absolutely Gospel Music Festival, AbsolutelyGospel.com felt the need to seed a portion of the offering received on Tuesday evening.

Having been aware of Marcelly's Dream nearly from it's inception it seemed to be the natural place to start giving back to God through this amazing ministry. Marcelly's Dream came about as a young missionary's daughter sat in the Mission Directors office of the Church of God and told him of the dream she had of feeding children around the world.

Tim Hill, the Missions Director who's office she was in just happened to be performing that Tuesday evening at the Festival. Tim is a great songwriter and singer as well. Tim tells us “Through the efforts of Marcelly's Dream and the kindness of people like those at the concert that night over $1,505,000 has been raised in just over a year to help children all over this world. Those efforts include just finishing the building of over 50 homes for the poor people of Cambodia, as well as ministering to the physical and nutritional needs. The dream of a little girl became part of a world wide operation to touch the lives of children beyond what she could have imagined. We are blessed to have friends like those at AbsolutelyGospel.com who care enough to share in a ministry like Marcelly's Dream.”



President of AbsolutelyGospel.com, Deon Unthank stated “It was not a hard decision to choose Marcelly's Dream. Seeing the results let us know that this is not just another church program, but rather it is a real ministry to thousands upon thousands of children who need our help. Beyond just building homes, Marcelly's Dream feeds hungry children and digs wells to supply water in those communities where children are desperate for food and water. Thousands of Bibles are delivered to children across the world. We are humbled just to be a tiny part of this missionary effort.”

AbsolutelyGospel.com has grown from relative obscurity to the industry's leading internet publication for Southern Gospel news and information in a relatively few short years. The site includes a wide variety of features, consisting of artist interviews, a weekly chart, late-breaking news, and much more. It's the place where the Fans Have A Voice.

To learn more about AbsolutelyGospel.com go to http://www.absolutelygospel.com or https://www.facebook.com/absolutelygospel . To Twitter AGM go to https://twitter.com/absolutelygospl .

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To learn more about Marcelly's Dream go to http://www.marcellysdream.org or https://www.facebook.com/pages/Marcellys-Dream . The Twitter address is https://twitter.com/marcellysdream .

You can E-mail Marcelly's Dream at info@marcelly'sdream.org

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Written: 08/22/2014 | Category: News & Scoops Comments:


Daily Devotion

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 Is That Really True?

“My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.”
I John 3:18(NKJV)

“What does that say?” My four year old questioned, pointing to some words painstakingly placed high above a doorway. “Let us love not in word or deed, but in word and action . . .” I read. “Is that really true?” he asked me next. I answered in the affirmative, and he was satisfied, running off to the next thing that would grab his attention.
At that moment, it dawned on me. He fully trusted whatever I told him. He couldn’t read a word of what that said, but the curves and color of the letters had fascinated him. Even after I read it to him, the maturity level of his age hindered his ability to understand, but he knew one thing. Mom wouldn’t lie. So, since he couldn’t understand, he simply turned to the one he could trust to find out if it was ok. He didn’t question me one second, didn’t even bat an eye, he asked, I answered, he believed.
Life continually places in our pathway inevitable happenings impossible for us to humanly understand. Our culture is full of things placed in places where our eyes will fall – and the enemy is quick to disguise himself as an angel of light. Cleverly he twists the truth just enough to make it seem plausible . . . where can we go to make sure we are not being deceived? To Truth. Jesus tells us, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life, no man comes to the Father but through me.” We know the very Person of Truth can never lie. We can totally trust His Word. Whatever the situation, whatever the question, we can trust Him. We can depend on His Word.
Trust doesn’t mean we always know the end of a situation at the beginning. We simply keep walking in faith. Seek the next step . . . and keep walking. God Himself is the only One who sees the “end as the beginning.” He has the full picture in view! That’s another reason why we can place our complete trust in Him. He is all knowing.
His love for us is so deep, so broad, so wide, and so high – we can never understand it, all we can do is accept it! It is His pure, unfathomable love that gives us yet another reason to trust Him. His love is perfect – and his ways are “higher than our ways.” Even when circumstances change the complete structure of our lives, His love remains the same. Steady, safe, secure. He is forever working all things for our good when we love Him – we can trust Him.
And . . . we can rest in the glorious fact that He IS the King of Kings, and Lord of Lords. His sovereignty is steadfast. He is our true Rock. The ages of existence haven’t worn Him down. The waves of living haven’t eroded one bit the unalterable Being of WHO HE IS!!!! Hallelujah! He remains “the same, yesterday, today, and forever!”
So, if far above the doorway you are walking through you find some curves and colors you are wondering about – ask Him, “Jesus, is this true?” Listen closely. If He answers in the affirmative . . . shows you through His Word . . . be content to believe Him – He’s TRUTH!
If your “faith walk” is taking you to places you’ve never been you may turn and ask, “Jesus, is this ok?” Listen closely . . . keep walking . . . keep trusting . . . He knows all.
If life has “gotten in the way” of everything you thought would be, change is inevitable – keep relying. His love is forever, His ways are above, and He is working His plan for those who love Him.
We can REST in the FACT that He is KING OF KINGS and LORD OF LORDS . . . FOREVER, and EVER, Amen.

Written by: Janene A. Dubbeld/FGG

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

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Daily Devotion

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Are You Dead?

When you die to self, as the Scripture tells us to do so daily, your life becomes totally dependent upon the Lord. When you are dead (out of the way), He can make things happen beyond your knowledge and capability. Allowing the Lord's "Super" to be placed on your "natural" becomes "Supernatural" through your submission unto the Lord. Living a totally surrendered life will blow your mind. He will cause you to sail beyond your greatest imagination.

1 Corinthians 2:9 tells us, "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him." To experience this and its totality we must be willing to die to self.

Some ministers will insist on "living", refusing to live a sold out, God-centered life. They will spend their entire lives patting themselves on their own back. They live for the applause of man and insists on being their own trophy. That's right, a trophy; something that sits on a shelf that is beautiful and a wonderful reflection of a moment past, but no power thereof.

Remember, it's not the trophy, but the power behind it, therein lies Christ alone!

2 Timothy 3:5

Having a form of godliness, but denying (preventing) the power thereof: from such turn away.


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Artists

The Williamsons

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I Don’t Want To Get Adjusted

This year I was again in charge of sound production for the Seminole Gospel Singing held August 14 through 16 in Seminole, Oklahoma. On Thursday evening the Nelons performed an old song titled “I Don’t Want to Get Adjusted”. Jason Clark told me later it was a song they had preformed many times on the Gaither tours. On Saturday night I overheard Lauren singing the same song back at The Talleys product table. It brought back lots of memories. Not because my family sang the song when I was a kid or that my current group sang it years later but because the author of the song, Sanford J. Massengale, lived for a while with my family.
It caused me to remember how Rev. Massengale shared what happened in his life that inspired him to write this classic song. Back in the 40’s he taught numerous singing schools, primarily throughout Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri. His most common form of transportation was hitchhiking. He said that on one occasion that he was trying to get a ride to a church to teach a ten night shape-note singing school and as the evening wore on he was still unable to catch a ride. He said as it got later and colder he opened his little suitcase and put on all the clothes he could. He found a spot in the grass safely away from the road and lay down to get some rest. Curled up on the side of the highway that cold, dark night he began to sing those words over and over in his head, “In this world we have our troubles, sometimes lonesome sometimes blue, but the hope of life eternal, brightens all our hopes anew”.
When he passed away I officiated his funeral and did my best to sing that song. My aunt and uncle and a couple of local people is all that attended the service. He didn’t receive much attention down here but I’m so glad his songs (of which there are some 2000) still live on. But, I don’t think Bro. Massengale cared much that he wasn’t noticed down here. He really never got adjusted to this world anyway.

Donnie Williamson

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News & Scoops


Beyond The Ashes Sign Extensive Agreement With AG Publicity

Nashville, TN (August 20, 2014) Award winning Gospel trio Beyond The Ashes has signed an extensive agreement with AG Publicity. The mission will be to get the name of Beyond The Ashes recognized in the Gospel music world and beyond.

Known for their Progressive Southern Gospel sound, Beyond The Ashes spreads the Gospel of Christ with smooth modern harmonies that attract new younger fans as well as the established more mature Gospel music audience.

Anthony Facello, manager and Tenor singer for the group stated “Our vision is big,” continued Anthony. “We see Beyond the Ashes blending musical styles and offering something for everyone. We want to constantly be evolving and doing new things. You can never limit God. I have known the staff at AG Publicity for many years and am very confident that they will work hard to give us valuable exposure far beyond the borders of Southern Gospel music.”

President of AG Publicity Deon Unthank commented “I have watched Anthony develop over the years and finally come to into his own with his own group, Beyond The Ashes. I knew that quality would never be a problem for any group Anthony was with and Beyond The Ashes is tailor made to fit his phenomenal voice. It is a pleasure to to work with this caliber of talent.”

Beyond The Ashes has excellent results when ministering in churches and that is where their heart is, however, they can equally excite a crowd in a concert venue as well.

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

To book Beyond the Ashes contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 615-823-1557 .

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Michael Davis & Associates Welcomes the Jay Stone Singers To Their Mountain Top Talent Roster

Waynesville, NC (August 20, 2014) - Michael Davis & Associates is excited to welcome the Jay Stone Singers to their Mountain Top Talent roster.

The group, which was formed nearly 40 years ago in 1976, has evolved into a fresh family ministry which includes Bobby Carter (dad), Sharona (mom and one of the original members of the group), and their two children, Stone and Emma.

Sharona started singing with her family at age 11. She, along with her husband, Bobby (who also began singing and playing with his family at age 11), are blessed to continue the tradition of positive, uplifting Christian ministry with their children, Stone and Emma. The entire family is not only talented at singing; each are accomplished musicans, playing a variety of instruments.

Bobby Carter shares, "We are so excited about the brand new doors of opportunity that God is blessing our family with. It's an honor to be joining Mountain Top Talent and the Michael Davis & Associates family. We are honored to have them represent our scheduling opportunities. Our focus and goal is to share the wonderful story of God's love through family, music, and faith! We look forward to seeing old friends and making many new ones along this journey!"

President and CEO of Michael Davis & Associates, Michael Davis, expresses, "Having known this Godly family for many years, I am very excited to have the privilege of representing the Jay Stone Singers in their excellent music ministry."

To learn more about the Jay Stone Singers and hear a sampling of their music, go to jaystonesingers.com.

Like them on Facebook at facebook.com/Jay.Stone.Singers

Follow them on Twitter @jaystonesingers

To learn more about the Mountain Top Talent family of artists, visit mountaintoptalent.com.

To learn more about all of the artists who call Michael Davis & Associates home, visit michaeldavisandassociates.com.

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

Mailing Address:
PO Box 1277
Waynesville, NC 28786
Phone:
828-454-5900
828-454-5917

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Evangelist and Christian Recording Artist John Lanier Celebrates 25 Years with Two-Day Event…Huge

Kennedy. AL (August 20, 2014) Celebrating 25 years in music ministry and evangelism, John Lanier hosted a two-day event featuring old fashioned campmeeting-style worship services and Gospel music concerts this past weekend, August 8 and 9.

Musical guests included LuLu Roman, Hope’s Journey, The Steeles on Friday night, and Heart’s Song Quartet, The Sneed Family, and Tony Gore & Majesty on Saturday night.

In Friday evening’s worship service, Margie Tanner was the guest speaker. Gabriel Swaggart preached during the Saturday evening service.

“The event was a huge success,” Lanier states. “I was humbled by the display of love and support...people came from all over Alabama and Georgia and from far away as Mississippi, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and even Texas. But the best report is that more than 50 people made decisions for Christ as a result of the Gospel message being proclaimed! THAT’S what it’s all about!”

Lanier began his professional career in 1989 with Naomi & the Segos. He later helped form Tony Gore & Majesty and eventually pursued an evangelistic solo ministry in the late 1990s.

A complete photo album highlighting the event will be posted soon at http://www.johnlanier.com .

To learn more about John Lanier and his ministry go to http://www.johnlanier.com or https://www.facebook.com/JohnLanierMinistries . Check him out on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/user/JohnLanierMinistries .

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StowTown Records Presents TaRanda Greene’s “STRONGER”

August 20, 2014 (Franklin, TN) StowTown Records welcomed its newest signing, TaRanda Greene, Monday morning with a pre-release launch party hosted by Provident Music Group.
The special gathering celebrated TaRanda's brand new project Stronger, which is scheduled to hit the markets November 11.
Following a behind-the-scenes video that highlighted both the production and concentration of the album, TaRanda gave her heartfelt testimony and performed several standout selections that included: “Stronger”, a 2014 Dove Award nominee for Inspirational Song of the Year, as well as “Deepest Praise” and “Shackles”.
“We're so excited to have TaRanda back and have been so looking forward to this record. It was so moving to hear some of these songs this morning,” said event emcee Randy Davis, VP of Sales at Provident Distribution. “StowTown is really making a move to the forefront of Southern Gospel/Inspirational music and TaRanda is a wonderful, wonderful addition to that, so we're very excited about it.”
Stronger Producer Geron Davis was also in attendance and gave his thoughts about the project. TaRanda was thrilled to share this special occasion with so many of her biggest supporters and friends in the industry.
“These are the people that have seen everything, heard everything and done everything,” she explained. “So, I was nervous all morning and just praying that something would reach them to let them know where I've come from and where I am, and...like the music!”
TaRanda also lit up the room with a spectacular performance of her brand new single, “This Is Where Amazing Happens”.
“When I first heard the song, just the demo of it, I just started squalling and I knew it was my song...I knew I was supposed to sing it. I finally, after four years, believe that 'this is where my amazing happens,” TaRanda added. “It's the start of huge things, and finally I feel the flavor for life and the excitement for the future.”
“The title says it all...and it's where I feel like I am right now. It's not over. It's just the beginning and this is where miracles begin.”
Learn more about TaRanda Greene and her ministry at http://www.tarandamusic.com.

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Reality Roundup: BET Networks Picks Up New Original Unscripted Series Featuring Powerhouse Couple

NEW YORK - August 18, 2014 -BET ramps up its reality slate with a new original docu-series from music and television superstars: Tamela and David Mann. The project will give viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the multifaceted lives of these successful entertainers, as they strive to strike the perfect chord between career, family and love.

David and Tamela give viewers a real life introduction to the couple behind "MEET THE BROWNS," as they showcase their light-hearted humor, real-life issues, and unique family dynamic.

Internationally famous for their starring roles on stage and screen, Tamela Mann (Diary of a Mad Black Woman, Madea's Family Reunion, Sparkle) and David Mann (Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns, Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail) have become household names for their starring turn in "MEET THE BROWNS." Their new docu-series, yet untitled, will take a peek behind their celebrity on-screen personas, exclusive events, and famous friends, to the down home lives of the real David and Tamela Mann. In eight 30-minute episodes, viewers will get a taste of the careful balancing act of 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 The Manns like you've never seen them before!

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

For more information on BET Networks programming, please visit http://www.betpressroom.com.

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Iconic Country Group Alabama And Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® Announce ANGELS AMONG US: HY

With Three Bonus Tracks, Album Available Exclusively at All Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® Locations and CrackerBarrel.com



LEBANON, Tenn. (Aug. 19, 2014) – Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® and legendary country music group Alabama announce the release of Angels Among Us: Hymns & Gospel Favorites: Deluxe Edition, which will be available on Sept. 8 exclusively at all 632 Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® locations and online at crackerbarrel.com. The digital album will also be available for purchase at select digital retailers. Angels Among Us: Hymns & Gospel Favorites: Deluxe Edition contains three exclusive bonus tracks not found on the regular edition that will be released later in September by Gaither Music Group. The album contains 15 songs and will sell for $11.99.

“Alabama’s music is timeless, and a perfect fit for Cracker Barrel,” said Cracker Barrel Marketing Manager Julie Craig. “We know our guests will enjoy hearing their versions of these classic gospel songs.”

“We know our fans enjoy eating at Cracker Barrel, just like we do,” said all three Alabama members Jeff Cook, Teddy Gentry and Randy Owen. “We are excited to be able to have our new gospel album available where so many of our fans eat after church on Sunday.”

The 15 songs featured on Angels Among Us: Hymns & Gospel Favorites: Deluxe Edition (including the title cut, a classic Alabama hit from the early ‘90s) are as follows:

“I Saw The Light”
“Because He Lives”
“Just A Closer Walk With Thee”
“Knights Of Molite”
“What A Friend We Have In Jesus”
“Church In The Wildwood”
“The Old Rugged Cross”
“Raising Alabama”
“Jordan’s Banks”
“Let’s All Go Down To The River”
“Lift Me Up”
“Angels Among Us”
“The Last Altar Call”
“Oh, The Lord Has Been Good To Me”
“I’ll Fly Away”

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Daily Devotion

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The Miracle at the House of Mercy

“Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches” (John 5:2).

Bethesda. What a name. It means "House of Mercy" in the Bible.

It's a great name for a hospital and an even better name for a church. It has more than a nice ring to it.

In the Bible, Bethesda was a pool where sick people would be taken to await the "troubling of the waters." Tradition had it that once a year, an angel came and stirred the water. Whoever stepped in, or fell in, first was healed.

The Pool of Bethesda was known more for its troubling than its title. Something seemed to happen there. Cots turned to confidence, pain turned to praise, and stress turned to serenity. However, the problem was that only one person each year could go home well. Everyone else just went home wet. Wet and sick. Wet and disappointed. Wet and waiting ... for another year to roll by so they could try again. In light of this fact, it really was a pitiful pool. One man had tried for 38 years to get in on time, but someone always beat him to it.

Jesus came to the Pool of Bethesda one day and asked the gentleman a most poignant question. "Do you really want to be well?"

How could he not want his healing after all this time?

It is something to consider. It's hard to believe, but some have made a comfort zone of their crises and have built around them a support system entirely dependent on their current set of circumstances. At some point, we have to choose. Do I want this way of mere existence or is it really my choice to embrace a new life of victory?

The man made the right choice and at the Lord's command, "Take up your bed and walk," he entered into a new life of hope and fulfillment.

His back had been on his bed for 38 years, but now his bed was on his back as he walked away from an annual journey to a pitiful pool, and began to drink from a fulfilling and fantastic fountain.

How about you today?

The real mercy is found in Jesus.

He invites you now.

Step on in.



Tim Hill

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Daily Devotion

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Do Your Part

I am not a sports guy. I admit that openly. Oh, I enjoyed taking my family to a baseball game this summer but to watch the game on TV..I'd rather not. I have traveled with lots of guys that were "sport nuts." They yell, jump and down and even danced when their team won! (They were even Baptist!) I've seen those guys yell at the TV screen, call the players ugly names, shake their head and cry when their team lost.

Some of those fellas that I traveled with actually played sports in High School or College. They know the rules, what it feels like to be "in the game" and the pressure that goes behind "winning at all costs." At one time, they were "Participators"-However, now they are "Spectators".

I believe many Christians have moved from being "Participators to Spectators" in what God has called us to do.

We surrendered our lives to Christ, were GUNG HO about serving God and maybe helped with VBS one summer and sung on the Praiseteam and now..we're still secure in OUR salvation, but the FIRE that burned in us to actively Participate in SERVICE has almost burned out.

We believe that we should reach the world for Christ, rescue the perishing, feed the hungry, clothe the naked, comfort the widows..we just want SOMEONE ELSE to do it.

We want someone else to go and spread the Good News of the Gospel..but then we sit back, criticize and nit-pik their methods of spreading the Good News.

We think that if someone challenges us into giving to a missionary or a godly cause that they are "pushing their agenda on us."

God didn't just call the Preacher, Missionary or Gospel Singer to win the Lost to Christ. He called us ALL.

We've all heard the joke about the Preacher shaking the hand of the fella who only came to Church on Easter and Sunday and asking "Bill- we need ya here. Ya know we're all in the Lord's Army." Then the man says "Yeah Preacher- but I'm in the Secret Service."

When I was young, I thought that a "lost person" looked a certain way. I pictured a dirty, poorly dressed, unkept person. Ya know what? Maybe they DO look like that, but more than likely, they look and dress JUST LIKE us.

It's the lady at the convenient store, the young man at the gas station, the girl who made your coffee, your boss, your cousin, your waitress, the soccer Mom, the Coach of the T Ball Team, the greeter at Church..ordinary people.. who are lost without Christ.

So how do we "make the team"?

First, we have to realize that for THIS TEAM, we don't have to qualify. We don't have to be educated or from a specific background. We just have to get "Off the bench" of being a Spectator and BECOME a Participator.

Witnessing to someone is NOT a spiritual gift that "Only certain people" have. We ALL in some way can share what God has done in our lives.

Begin by learning how to share YOUR story. How has God changed you? How has serving Him changed your heart?

People are looking for REALNESS. Be real and with LOVE share Jesus.

Some WILL not listen. Some will. You do YOUR PART (Play your position) and God will handle THE REST.

Time is winding down...It's time that WE ALL GET off the SIDELINES and GET IN THE GAME.

Do More..Give More..Love More. All for His glory.

Prayer starter: "Father, I admit that I have not done my best to share your love with the people in my life. Forgive me and renew your fire in me. In Jesus name. Amen.



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Gordon Mote Nominated For GMA Dove Award

Nashville, TN - Multi-award winning singer, musician Gordon Mote added another nomination to his long list of accolades last week when the 45th Annual GMA Dove Award nominations were announced on August 13 during a press conference at Lipscomb University. Mote’s All Things New recording was among the Top Five nominations for Country Album of the Year by members of the Gospel Music Association.

All Things New was produced by Mote and long-time friend and multi-award winning producer Frank Rogers, as well as multi-Dove Award winners Wayne Haun and Russell Mauldin. The recording features guest appearances by several of mainstream country and Gospel music’s most popular recording artists, including The Gaither Vocal Band, Trace Adkins, Sheryl Crow, Scotty McCreery, Darius Rucker, Josh Turner and Matthew West.

“I am so excited about this nomination from the Gospel Music Association,” Mote stated. “So many brilliant musicians and singers contributed to this recording, and the completed work would not be what it is without those incredibly talented people, whom I am honored to call friends. This recording was a true labor of love, and it is a thrill to be recognized for the hard work and efforts that went to this project.”

One of those talented people who served as principal producer is acclaimed country music producer Frank Rogers, who has garnered five Academy of Country Music Awards and 13 CMA nominations. “Gordon covers a lot of musical ground on this recording: inspirational, country and southern styles,” Rogers commented. “The project holds together incredibly well because they are all facets of the same gem. Gordon is simply a brilliant talent with a great heart.”
The 45th Annual GMA Dove Awards will be held Tuesday, October 7 at Allen Arena on the campus of Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN. The Awards program will be broadcast via the Trinity Broadcasting Network into over 100 million homes worldwide. Additional information, including a complete list of the 2014 Dove Award nominees is available at http://www.doveawards.com.

Additional information, including a complete touring schedule, for Gordon Mote is available at http://www.gordonmote.com.

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The Isaacs Receive Dove Nominations

The Isaacs, collectively and individually received three nominations for the 2014 Dove Awards. Their group nominations are for Bluegrass Song of the Year for 'Daniel Prayed' written by G.T. Speer and Bluegrass Album of the Year 'The Living Years' produced by Ben Isaacs and Bill Gaither. Ben also produced another album nominated for Country Album of the Year;  'Here Comes Sunday' by Wilburn & Wilburn.

“We are so humbled and honored to have received nominations in the GMA Dove Awards again this year. The song Daniel Prayed has been recorded many times in different genres, including bluegrass and southern gospel, and we've always wanted to do it our style. 'The Living Years' is a fun, and insightful album, featuring harmony and light instrumentation, that contains a lot of songs we have loved down through the years, as well as a few originals. We are always grateful when a work of heart gets noticed by such an elite organization.  Thank you Gospel Music Association and fans.” Lily Isaacs stated.

The Isaacs have won over seven Doves in various categories and have had several Grammy nominations in their career.

Ben Isaacs is following up a stellar year in 2013 with awards for his production of projects for groups such as the Gaither Vocal Band and the Oak Ridge Boys with an award already this year for Producer Of The Year at the AGM Awards and now two more nominations for Doves.

Ben commented “I am so blessed to produce the best music in the world for some of the best talent in Gospel Music. To be nominated in this category with so many other talented individuals is truly an honor.”
 
In other exciting news for The Isaacs, Jimmy and Sonya Yeary along with their son Ayden announced that a new baby is on the way. The addition is expected to join the group on January 31, 2015.

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 .

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This week on Gospel Music Today

Mike LeFevre of The LeFevre Quartet is the guest on Gospel Music Today for the week of August 17. Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates, the Feature Group is The Coffmans, and Jean reviews a new recording by High Road III. An article about Steve Hess is the subject of this week's Singing News Notes. The show includes a new music video by Red Roots, exclusive video of The LeFevre Quartet, recorded by Gospel Music Today's cameras at the AbsolutelyGospel.com Music Fest, in Smyrna, TN, and a visit to the Gospel Music Today Archives for an exclusive concert video of Gold City, at First Assembly of God, 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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Love Stories

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A Convenient Marriage

Today, our lives are all about convenience. Gone are the days of horses and buggies, and hunting for our daily food. We can drive, fly or sail anywhere in the world and, in minutes, we can be at a grocery store with anything we’d like to eat at our fingertips. We’ve moved past the telegram or the letter to email and texting, and beyond the simple phone call to video calls. Our lives are truly about convenience.

If you’ll look up convenience in the dictionary, you’ll find:

Convenience: A quality or situation that makes something easy or useful for someone by reducing the amount of work or time required to do something.


Nice, isn't it? The only problem is, the convenience we’ve been afforded by technology has spoiled us and lured us into the lazy land of comfortable. Our desire for convince has moved from finding simple ways to meet our needs to giving less than our all in our relationships.

We take convenience over commitment, and couples all over the world have started acting as if marriage is a convenience store where we can settle for what’s easy, ignore important issues, or simply choose to shop elsewhere.

There’s more to marriage than falling in love with someone and then trading rings. Love necessary for creating a beautiful life together, but it also takes a willingness to stay, even when leaving might seem to be an easier path to take. Marriage is more than saying “I do” Marriage is continually saying “I do.”

When Jim and I got married, he said the sweetest thing to me. He looked into my eyes and said “If you ever leave me, I’m going with you.” It was a cute and funny way of saying “I love you and I choose you, forever.” That’s the kind of commitment it takes to stay married. The kind that chooses you day, after day, after day.

For the sake of our marriages, we have to choose commitment over convenience and put some effort into our relationships. We have to do the work, together, face the difficult issues, together and celebrate the blessings, together, so that every day, our actions and words continue to say “I do.”

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Browders Earn First Dove Award Nomination

Nashville, TN (August 18, 2014) Excited probably doesn't say it best, but that's the word to use for how the Browders reacted to the news of gaining their first Dove Award nomination at the GMA Press Conference in Nashville at Lipscomb University on August 13th.

Their hit song, “Lift Up His Name” penned by Matthew Browder received a nomination for Inspirational Song of the Year.

Matthew Browder stated “In our journey of making music, I find The Lord periodically places signs in our path to remind us that our labor is not in vain and that He sees us. It often comes from a person who shares that they have been encouraged or introduced to Christ through our music and ministry. Today it comes through our first Dove Award nomination. We are thankful beyond words for this great honor and praise God for His goodness to us.”

The Browders have attained number one status on most of the Southern Gospel charts with two songs from their most current CD 'Time Machine' and they achieved five number one songs on their previous project 'The Message.'

Daywind President Ed Leonard commented “The nominated song 'Lift Up His Name' is an amazing song that sounds different from anything else. I am so glad the Browders received recognition for this groundbreaking song.”

The Browders sing a wonderful mixture of styles and songs, many of them written themselves. This first Dove Award nomination puts them another rung higher on the ladder they are climbing to reach their ultimate goal of reaching more people with the Good News of the Gospel of Christ.

You can find out more about the Browders by going to http://www.thebrowders.com .

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Wilburn and Wilburn Receive Two Dove Nominations

Nashville, TN (August 18, 2014) Award winning Gospel duo Wilburn and Wilburn received two Dove Award nominations at the GMA Press Conference held in Nashville at Lipscomb University on August 13. Nominated in two different categories, Bluegrass Song of the Year and Country Album of the Year, this only adds to their accomplishments including their Dove Nomination for their Album 'Family Ties' last year.

In the Bluegrass Song of the Year category “If These Old Walls Could Talk?” which was penned by Dianne Wilkerson and Jerry Salley and has had a lot of radio success. In the Country Album category 'Here Comes Sunday' garnered the nomination and was produced by Ben Isaacs.

Jonathan Wilburn stated “We are so honored to be nominated for two Dove Awards. We want to say how thankful we are for the help of those who have believed in us, namely Ed Leonard and Daywind Records, Scott Godsey and Ben Isaacs who brings his creative genius to our recordings. We also want to thank songwriters Jerry Salley and Dianne Wilkerson without whose inspiration for the song we would not have been nominated. Mostly Jordan and I are grateful to God for all the blessings He has continued to put upon us. We plan to just keep putting out good music and hope the fans continue to enjoy it.”

Daywind President Ed Leonard commented “Wilburn and Wilburn getting this type of recognition so early in their career is a testament to their great talent and heartfelt performances.”

You can learn more about Wilburn and Wilburn at http://www.wilburn2.com or https://www.facebook.com/WilburnandWilburn or Twitter at https://twitter.com/wilburn1967 .

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Daily Devotion

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Try Walking Two

It hurts me to see so much apathy these days, maybe there’s more or maybe, through social media, we just have more access to it, but it seems to be everywhere! I remember hearing the word for the first time in my English class and trying to understand how someone could simply have no feelings about something, no caring, no understanding, nothing! But it appears to be more common everyday.

As upsetting as apathy is in the world, in the church it’s even more upsetting to see a lack of sympathy these days. I remember a time, when someone could share with church members what they were going through and although the folks may have never experienced it themselves, they showed sympathy for the hurting family by calling, visiting, or sending a card or a casserole. They were quick to show the family that they cared.

Which brings us to the third word; empathy, walking through something someone else has walked through and understanding his or her pain. When you are empathetic with someone, they draw healing and strength from your journey, it is an encouragement simply because you understand how they feel. As Christians, although we may not be able to have empathy for everyone because all of our circumstances may be very different, but we can always choose to have sympathy to show them we care. Remember the old adage, to understand a man’s journey, ‘walk a mile in his shoes’; maybe this week we could try walking two!


1 Peter 3:8
New King James Version (NKJV)
Called to Blessing
8 Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous;

Romans 12:15
New King James Version (NKJV)
15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.

1 John 3:17
New King James Version (NKJV)
17 But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?

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Just A Sign Of The Times

Have you ever seen a day when knowledge is increasing at such a tremendous rate? I mean, you can buy the lastest PHONE, COMPUTER or ELECTRONIC DEVISE and a week later a NEW and BETTER one is on the market. It’s Pastor Phil of Harvest Chapel with “A GOOD WORD FROM GOD’S WORD TODAY”.

Just think about it, since the turn of the century of 1900 increased knowledge has given us amazing inventions. To name a few, AUTOMOBILES, AIRPLANES, TELEPHONE, TELEVISION, COMPUTERS, INTERNET, TRANSISTORS, AIR CONDITIONING, REFRIGERATORS, MIRACLE DRUGS and the MEDICAL ADVANCES are far too many to mention.

Of the many END TIME SIGNS mentioned in the Bible, in the Book of DANIEL chapter 12 verse 4 he prophecied that in the last days of time, KNOWLEDGE WOULD RAPIDLY INCREASE and he was so right. And, Billy Graham pointed out that 90% of ALL Engineers and Scientist who ever lived are ALIVE TODAY.

So, in case you’re wondering about what’s the coming down the TECHNOLOGY PIKE next, just keep LOOKING UP. We’ve not seen anything like what God has in store. Today, let’s increase in the KNOWLEDGE of GOD and we’ll be ready for what the future holds.
It’s your TECHNOLOGY SAVVY Pastor Phil, with “A GOOD WORD FROM GOD’S WORD TODAY” God bless!

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Daily Devotion

The Word of Life

“These instructions are not empty words – they are your life!...”
Deuteronomy 32:47

“My child, pay attention to what I say. Listen carefully to my words. Don’t lose sight of them. Let them penetrate deep into your heart, for they bring life to those who find them, and healing to their whole body.”
Proverbs 4:20-22

“So commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these words of mine. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders.”
Deuteronomy 11:18

I love the Bible! Ever since I was a little girl, I have loved the Word of God. I know it sounds kind of silly, but my husband has commented on how I will hug the Word to my chest or kiss the cover of the book at night after reading before I go to bed. I just love the Bible!

When I was 12 years old, my pastor told me to promise God I would read the Bible every day. Looking back, that was a tall order to lay on a 12 year old! But, obsessive as I was, I did just as he told me to do. Since then, I believe I have only missed a few days of keeping that promise. Once was pure forgetfulness. The others, I was incapacitated following surgery! To ensure that wouldn’t happen again, I had my husband read the Word to me after my most recent fertility surgery as I laid there in “la-la land”!!

When I began reading the Bible daily as a child, I remember experiencing peace as I had only experienced at salvation. It was as though a huge, warm blanket of peace covered me from morning till night. I’ve always struggled with worry, but during those days, the struggle was gone!

His Word is power!! It is medicine!! The scripture says it is your very life! I speak His Word daily over myself, depending on what the situation calls for. For the past six and a half years, I have claimed scriptures for healing to be able to have children. Daily, I confess the promises of God, the same way I daily take my pre-natal vitamin in preparation for the promise.

The scriptures are the inerrant Word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit Himself and there is an indescribable power in the simple act of reading and obeying His Word. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 tells us scripture corrects us and teaches us to do what is right. Timothy says God uses scripture “to prepare and equip His people to do every good work.”

So if you haven’t been in the Word, you aren’t fully equipped to do what God intends for you to do!

You don’t have to spend an hour a day in the Word. There are days I have literally only read one verse, but I always ask God to speak through His Word to me. He is faithful to me and He will be faithful to you.

I dare you today to commit to reading at least one verse of God’s Word daily! See what He will do!

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Written: 08/15/2014 | Category: Daily Devotion Comments:


Weekly Chart

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Monday - August 18, 2014

Top 40 Weekly Chart

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Everybody's Going Through Something Karen Peck & New River
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Never Too Broken to Belong Gold City
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Put It Right There LeFevre Quartet
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Listening For the Shout Browders
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How Will You Plead 11th Hour
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Hidden Heroes Talleys
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For All He's Done Greater Vision
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I Know Enough Bowling Family
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If God Didn't Care Booth Brothers
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Hey Everybody Soul'd Out Quartet
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Hey Now Adam Crabb
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I Can Trust Him Perrys
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God Is Big Hoskins Family
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Not Afraid to Trust Him Whisnants
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Love's Gonna Get You Mark Bishop
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Your Walk Talks Mark Trammell Quartet
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That Story Is Mine Dixie Melody Boys
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Say Amen Brian Free & Assurance
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The Greatest Love Story Triumphant Quartet
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House of Good News Three Bridges
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When Justice Called, Mercy Answered Erwins
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I'll Know I'm Home Kingdom Heirs
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How Great His Love/Love Found a Pardon Collingsworth Family
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31
16
The Sun's Coming Up Nelons
16
25
20
21
I'll Take You Home Hoppers
4
26
21
7
Prayer Meeting Mylon Hayes Family
19
27
23
8
Love Them to Jesus Old Paths
11
28
29
5
Falling Amber Nelon Thompson
26
29
40
2
Water Walking God Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
29
30
35
5
No Sin Greater Than God's Grace Beyond the Ashes
28
31
38
3
God Leads Us Along Gaither Vocal Band
31
32
**
2
Empty Me Lord Primitive Quartet
32
33
*
1
Ain't It Just Like the Lord Gordon Mote
33
34
*
1
If We Ever Needed the Lord Martins
34
35
*
1
I Wanna Be There Isaacs
35
36
9
19
He Is to Me Legacy Five
2
37
37
7
He's Still God Barry Rowland & Deliverance
26
38
28
24
Rise Again Sisters
10
39
30
9
Help Me Wilburn & Wilburn
24
40
34
4
Waste Another Day Watts, Rowsey & Bean
34
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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News & Scoops


The Gould Family Releases New Song To Radio

August 15, 2014 (Nashville, TN) The Gould Family a releases new hit song to radio from their new recording “Love Beyond Measure.” Tim and his daughters Christa and Kelsey are the new up and coming artists with their tight family harmony that touches the hearts of the young and old alike.

Their song “Lord, I'm Ready to Fly” is what they believe got them on the main stage at the National Quartet Convention and is the song they think will get them on the charts.


“We love this song because of the message it tells. No matter how old you are God has a plan for your life and if you are willing to trust Him and let Him guide you, you can soar to new heights. Before you can soar you must first be 'Ready to Fly'” Tim said.

Penned by Amber Maxwell, “Lord, I'm Ready To Fly” is and uptempo song that radio is sure to enjoy.

The Goulds are a family who enjoy spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ through song. They are based out of Joplin, Mo. and travel the country wherever God opens doors. The Goulds have sung alongside many groups including The Lesters, The Mark Trammell Quartet, The Isaacs, The Blackwood Brothers, the Kingsmen, the Crist Family and many others.


Be looking in the near future for new music and dates from The Gould Family.

To learn more about the Gould Family visit their website http://www.gouldsmusic.com or https://www.facebook.com/gouldsmusic .

If you are interested in booking the Gould Family contact them at Signature Artist Agency / Duane Garren (417) 236-9090 .

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News & Scoops


Dallas C. Woods has been named Director of Photography for Global Promotion

Global Promotions President, Paul Pitts announced today that Belmont Universities own Dallas C. Woods has been named Director of Photography for Global Promotions. Since discovering southern gospel music through the Gaither Homecoming videos as a child, Dallas has fallen in love with the intricate harmonies, beautiful voices, and true love displayed in this incredible genre. As a photographer, Dallas loves capturing these powerful moments and finding the emotion and truths which guide all of our lives.

Paul stated " We are extremely excited to add Dallas to our staff. He is a fine young man and his work is second to none. He makes a great addition to our company as we continue to grow."

Follow Dallas and his work at the 2015 Crabb Family Platinum Reunion Tour at http://www.Globalpromo.org and on FACEBOOK at globalpromoconcerts.

Released 08/15/14 15:10 EST by Global Promotions, LLC

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News & Scoops


Karen Peck and New River Garner Four Dove Award Nominations

Nashville, TN (August 15, 2014) Multi-award winning Gospel artists Karen Peck and New River received a total of four Dove Award nominations yesterday at the 2014 Dove Award Nomination press conference at Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN. She was chosen as one of the presenters at the press conference.



Karen Peck and New River were nominated for four Dove awards as a group including Song of the Year “Revival”, Southern Gospel Performance of the Year “Revival”, Southern Gospel Album of the Year 'Revival' and Southern Gospel Song of the Year “Revival”. Karen is up for two additional Dove nominations as co-writer of the song “Revival”.

“Revival” has been a huge success this year for not only the group, but also for the three writers of the song, namely Kenna Turner West, Karen Peck Gooch and Don Poythress. Placing number one in just about every Southern Gospel Chart in the industry.

“We are so excited for all of our artists. Many of them received Dove nominations for their latest recordings. Karen Peck and New River continue to set the bar higher with each release. They are becoming one of the most recognized artists in all of Christian music.” Ed Leonard of Daywind Records commented.

Karen stated “We are deeply humbled and incredibly grateful for the GMA Dove nominations.
We put so much time and prayer in choosing the right songs for 'Revival'. I am also blessed to have had the opportunity to co-write, along with Kenna West and Don Poythress, the nominated song, “Revival”.
Susan, Jeff, and I pray that The Lord will continue to bless and encourage people through the songs on this special album. We are loving this season in our ministry.”

Actress/singer/songwriter Karen Peck Gooch was also nominated for her co-writing on the song “Revival” (writers) Kenna Turner West, Karen Peck Gooch, Don Poythress (publishers) Christian Taylor Music/ClearBox Rights/Integrity Worship Music/Eight Oaks Music/Karen Peck Music. Karen has been tapping in to her songwriting talents more lately and being quite successful in the process.

Rick Shelton of Daywind Publishing added "Over a long career, Karen Peck has garnered many awards for her singing. We at Daywind Publishing couldn't be more thrilled that she is now receiving accolades for not only her incredible vocal talent but also her compelling songwriting from the Gospel Music Association with four recent Dove Award nominations. Karen is the real deal with a real heart for people. She is also a real delight to work with. We are so very thankful to be on this ministry journey with her."

Karen and Kenna West also enjoyed a Number One party for their song “Finish Well” after the big festivities of the Dove Nominations.

Karen Peck and New River are 3-time Grammy Award Nominated and 2-time GMA Dove Award winners.
For more information about Karen Peck and New River go to http://www.karenpeckandnewriver.com or https://www.facebook.com/pages/Karen-Peck-and-New-River .

To book Karen Peck and New River contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 6615-851-4500 .

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Editorials

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August 2014

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Marvin Morrow - Hold On to Jesus


Producer: Information Not Provided
Label: Piney Records
Website: http://www.marvinmorrow.org

Although Marvin Morrow may be a new name as a Gospel singer, his songwriting talents have earned him several cuts on various albums including The Primitive Quartet, The Singing Cookes, The Melody Trio and Ralph Stanley! As a matter of fact, MY GOD HAS NOT FAILED ME YET, a song written by Morrow was nominated in 2011 for Blue Grass song of the year at the National Quartet Convention. It brings me great pleasure to introduce this man who is sold out to the Lord and his music reflects that! Today, we are going to look at Marvin’s latest release, HOLD ONTO JESUS.

I enjoy Marvin’s genuine and sincere heart as I listen to each track, DID YOU TALK TO GOD TODAY is a great song that has a simple arrangement with a unique melody blended perfectly with Marvin’s southern accent which truly delivers this song. It’s an honest question that deserves an answer. HE REMINDS ME OF JESUS is a song that compares and contrasts the attitudes of people toward Jesus up to and including the crucifixion and the resurrection. I’M HOLDING ONTO JESUS is the title track for the recording and probably my favorite song. We live a busy lifestyle but if we hold on to anything or anyone but Jesus, we will be disappointed. I AM THE MAN is a song that Ralph Stanley recorded with a wonderful message that you are sure to enjoy. Other songs on this recording include, I’M TIRED OF THIS ROAD, FOR SUCH AS I, THAT GLORY TRAIN IS LEAVING and others.

I enjoyed the smooth voice of Marvin accompanied by the tracks that were arranged perfectly for his voice. I am going to give this recording 3 stars. Please check out http://www.marvinmorrow.org for more information about this encouraging man of God.



Song List:

Did You Talk to God Today?
He Reminds Me of Jesus
I'm Gonna Hold On to Jesus
I Am the Man
I'm Tired of This Road
Something Better Coming As I Go
For Such As I
That Glory Train is Leaving
Together In Heaven
Oh What a Ride

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Pam Seaman - Never Let Me Go


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

Pam Seaman is one of my favorite people and favorite singers. She is one of those “heart” singers who sing from the heart and very openly sings of her own life experiences. It’s been about 8 years since Pam has released a new recording, and this latest release tells us her story during this hiatus from recording.

The recording starts off with the uptempo Praise & Worship tune, “Name Above All Names” before moving on to the worshipful, “Give Myself Away”. Pam then belts out the soulful classic, “People Get Ready” before slowing things down for the classic hymn, “He Hideth my Soul” and the heartfelt, “All For Me”.

Picking up the tempo, Pam performs the Vicki Yohe favorite, “Talkin’ About Jesus” before turning in an excellent performance on one of the highlights of the recording, the title song, “Never Let Me Go”. Pam’s delivery is seamless and genuinely comes from the heart.

Pam’s style tends to lean more towards the Praise & Worship type songs, as well as those songs that speak to places she has been and “Broken Pieces” is her testimony put to music, as is the prayerful, “Speak to Me”.

“Nothing But Holy”, penned by April Nye, has been a part of Pam’s repertoire for many years, and it’s great hearing Pam revive this great worshipful tune before she turns in her own rendition of the Russ Taft classic, “We Will Stand”. While it doesn’t carry the same effect as Taft’s version, it pulls the recording together to an effective and poignant close.

With Pam, you get the real deal with a lot of heart and soul. While not as country, Pam reminds me a lot of Sheri Easter (with maybe a little Susan Whisnant and Karen Wheaton) in her tones and she is so easy to listen to. While her style isn’t what I would call Southern Gospel, there is a lot of like about her music and the average fan would really enjoy her. If you’ve not had a chance to acquaint yourself with Pam Seaman, this recording is an excellent introduction!



Song List:

(stars denote personal favorites)
1 – Name Above All Names
2 – Give Myself Away**
3 – People Get Ready**
4 – He Hideth my Soul
5 – All for Me**
6 – Talkin’ About Jesus
7 – Never Let Me Go**
8 – Broken Pieces
9 – Speak to Me**
10-Nothing But Holy**
11-We Will Stand

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Carolina Boys - Watch & Pray


Producer: Danny Crawford
Label: Crossroads Music Group
Website: http://www.carolinaboysquartet.com

Based in Anderson, South Carolina, Stephen Jewell (bass), Joe Trusty (baritone), Chuck Lowe (lead) and Patrick Campbell (tenor) are the Carolina Boys. This is the third opportunity that I have had to review a Carolina Boys project, and I have to say I am just as impressed now as I was the first time around. Each track on the disc is tight vocals with musical arrangements that compliment not override those vocals. What impresses me the most about this quartet is not the singing, not the arrangements though those things are right at the top and are critical to a successful Southern Gospel Quartet, but what impresses is their dedication to the gospel. There is no “sugar coating the message.” They tell the old time message in the old time way! In a day when some groups have begun to soften the message, this is one group that has held true to the Word of God. The group proclaims the message of the second coming and being ready for the return on "Livin’ Like I’m Leavin’ Today, and "Someday." My first favorite, "Watch and Pray," says until “He calls His church away” in the song. They sing about the blood and salvation through the cross of Jesus Christ in the words of "I Know Where I Stand."

Satan has fought for ages, man has done all they can do tear it down and to change its message, but The Carolina Boys say "The Cross Still Stands." My top favorite on this project is cut #6 and “it was old fashioned singing and old fashioned preachin’ that got my attention” on "That’s How I Got Saved." Glory! I ‘bout had a runnin’ shoutin’ spell when I heard this cut. That old fashioned message is what the church needs to get back to and stop all the watering down of the gospel message.

Bass Stephen Jewell shines on "I Can Take You to the Place," hitting the low ones solid, but he shows that a good bass singer doesn’t have to growl every note. The gospel doesn’t get old on "I Still Love to Tell the Story." The project wraps up with two beautiful cuts; through the blood and the sweat Jesus laid down His life for us and "There Is a Fountain." The blood of Lamb that washes our sins. Tenor Patrick Campbell takes the lead and lets us know that through our trials and valleys and when hope is all gone "Grace Will Be There."

If you like your southern gospel served up in the old fashioned quartet style, then you need to get this latest project by The Carolina Boys. It’s on all of my iProducts!



Song List:

(* denotes personal favorite)
1. Livin’ Like I’m Leavin’
2. Someday *
3. I Know Where I Stand *
4. Watch and Pray *
5. The Cross Still Stands *
6. That’s How I Got Saved *
7. We Shall Rise *
8. I Can Take You To The Place
9. I Still Love To Tell The Story
10. There Is A Fountain
11. Grace Will Be There

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A Brief Chat with The Anchormen

Staff writer Jon Leighton has a brief chat with The Anchormen!

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Gold City - Hymn Revival


Producer: Gordon Mote & Daniel Riley
Label: New Haven Records
Website: http://www.goldcityqt.com

Ok, all you GOLD CITY fans get ready…get ready…get ready…the long awaited Hymns project is here from one of Southern Gospel’s music most loved and respected groups. And let me assure you, not only will their loyal and existing fan and friend base be so “loving” this project, but so will the many other countless people who will stop and take a listen. Yes, I have been a God City fan for years, and I do have my “couple” of favorite projects of theirs. I have to admit I wasn’t really sure what I would think of a Hymns project, when I was asked to review it, I knew it would be good since after all it is “Gold City”, but my expectations were blown away after listening. In fact it has not left my CD player the last few days.

Produced by Danny Riley and keyboardist/artist extraordinaire Gordon Mote, this project is absolutely beautiful. A project that features some of the most favorite and familiar Hymns, and also 2 relatively new Hymns of the church, the powerful and moving THE POWER OF THE CROSS and IN CHRIST ALONE, which they do a stunning performance of.

My highlights of the project started out with their laid back opening number, NOTHING BUT THE BLOOD…so smooth and perfect harmonies. They then go into a gospel fuged feel of I MUST TELL JESUS, with a Hammond Organ and all, and yet still has that wonderful SG classic feel to it. One of my favorite tunes on the project is their unique and dressed up version of I NEED THEE EVERY HOUR. Bass singer and founder, Tim Riley opens it with the classic Evie song Part the Waters, and then leads into the gorgeous Hymn. I have pressed repeat on this one numerous times. Outstanding versions of VICTORY IN JESUS and POWER IN THE BLOOD. The CD ends with perfect song and promise of God to all of us, GREAT IS THY FAITHFULNESS.

I have heard so many HYMN projects the last 10 years or so, but I would highly recommend this project to any and all. It is a must have CD for you music lovers. I assure you it will minister to you…put it on during some much needed time of prayer and listening and watch what can and will happen.

I give the project a 5 out of 5 stars!



Song List:

NOTHING BUT THE BLOOD
THE POWER OF THE CROSS
I MUST TELL JESUS
I NEED THEE EVERY HOUR
REDEEMED
HE HIDETH MY SOUL
FARTHER ALONG
POWER IN THE BLOOD
IN CHRIST ALONE
VICTORY IN JESUS
GREAT IS THY FAITHFULNESS

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News & Scoops


Update On Tim Riley

From the offices of Gold City, Daniel Riley is thrilled to report positive news of Tim Riley’s recovery following a recent stroke.

Daniel says, “I have good news! As most of you know, Dad has been at an in-patient rehab facility since suffering a stroke on July 26. Following the stroke, he experienced some paralysis on his right side. He has worked hard and made great progress in rehab. His scheduled release date was set for August 22, but because he is doing so well, they released him today! Praise God!! He will continue rehab on an out-patient basis until he has fully recovered. He believes his recovery is a result of God answering prayer, and he gives God all the glory. He is so grateful for the many cards and emails he has received and said that they have been a great encouragement to him and mom (Barbara Riley). Please continue to pray for him as he has a lot of work to do yet. He has regained practically all movement in his right side, is walking with the assistance of a walker, and is working hard to regain strength. Pray for mom as well. She has her hands full!”

Doctors expect a complete recovery for Tim. Daniel and all of the Gold City family thank you for your continued prayers during this time as well as while the group continues to tour during his absence.
For those wishing to send Tim an email, you may do so at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Cards may be sent via mail in care of Gold City, PO Box 2100, Gadsden, AL 35903.









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Daily Devotion

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Three things

1) Robin Williams gave up. He was a genius, but it wasn't enough. He had much success and respect, but it wasn't enough. He was loved, but it wasn't enough. Fame is difficult to handle. Fame is pressure. Always. They say he had depression and was an addict. I get it. Depression is a real condition, but the Holy Ghost is a comforter. He needed Jesus. Brilliance is often a curse, not a blessing. I am reading about Robin's religious beliefs, and it appears that he was an atheist. Therein probably lies the problem. He was living for the "now" and not for eternity. He had done all he wanted to do, possibly? My prayers for his family, especially his children.
Suicide is never the answer. If you are reading this, and you're depressed....please call someone that loves you. Ask to talk to a counselor. Tell them the truth. Talk to Jesus, but also talk to people. We ALL MUST process pain. If you don't get the seed of depression OUT of your spirit, it will take you down. We must "talk it out" A.K.A. therapy......to process......yes, even you.
2) Only a "redneck" family from KY would have a birthday party in the rain and let the kids basically roll in the mud puddles. I won't SAY who did that.....but I will say that I know them very well. Also, I will say the kids had a blast and the birthday girl made a BIG memory. It's pretty cool to be 7 AND have a "mud puddle" birthday party!!!
3) I slept so little last night. I won't get deep into the subject matter for my own sake. I don't understand why WE allow the evil to unfold before our eyes. We could take care of these evil men, we could. We stop them, or they're coming here. We, the most powerful nation in the world, have allowed a terrorist band of "thugs" to terrorize the world. WE must have a leader as president.....a leader. The president has done nothing to stop these people.
This is the same as the holocaust. THE same.
Let's keep the faith, pray, and demand answers.

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News & Scoops


2014 Dove Award Nominations

Southern Gospel fair very well with the Doves Nominations this year.


Song of the Year – Cat 1

“Fix My Eyes” – for KING & COUNTRY, (writers) Seth Mosley, Joel Smallbone, Luke Smallbone (publishers) CentricSongs/2 Hour Songs/Warner Tamerlane/Kilns Music/Shankel Songs/WB Music Corp/Method To The Madness

“Hello My Name Is” – Matthew West, (writer) Matthew West (publishers) Songs of Southside Independent Music Publishing/External Combustion Music/Songs for Delaney/Warner/Chappell Music, LLC

“Hurricane” – Natalie Grant, (writers) Natalie Grant, Matt Bronleewe, Cindy Morgan (publisher) SeeSee Bubba Songs/Tunes Of R And T Direct/Razor & Tie Music Publishing, LLC/Sony/ATV Timber Publishing/Forest For The Trees Music/Checkpointchicky Music/Seems Like Music/Music Services

“I Can Trust Him” – The Perrys, (writers) Wayne Haun, Joel Lindsey, (publishers) PsalmSinger Music/DaySpring Music/Songs From The Inside

“Lord I Need You” – Matt Maher, (writers) Christy Nockels, Daniel Carson, Jesse Reeves, Kristian Stanfill, Matt Maher, (publishers) sixsteps Music/Sweater Weather Music/Thankyou Music/Valley Of Songs Music/worshiptogether.com songs/EMI Christian Music Publishing

“Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)” – Hillsong UNITED, (writers) Matt Crocker, Joel Houston, Salomon Ligthelm (publisher) Hillsong Music Publishing/EMICMGPublishing.com

“Overcomer” – Mandisa, (writers) David Garcia, Christopher Stevens, Ben Glover (publishers) Ariose Music/9T One Songs/Meaux Mercy/LarryDavid Music/Capitol CMG Publishing/Universal Music – Brentwood Benson Publishing/D Soul Music

“Revival” – Karen Peck and New River, (writers) Kenna Turner West, Karen Peck Gooch, Don Poythress (publishers) Christian Taylor Music/ClearBox Rights/Integrity Worship Music/Eight Oaks Music/Karen Peck Music

“Say Amen” – Brian Free & Assurance, (writers) Jason Cox, Michael Farren, Kenna Turner West, (publishers) Christian Taylor Music/Winding Way Music/ClearBox Rights/Farren Love and War Music/Wordspring Music

“That’s Why” – Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, (writers) Ernie Haase, Wayne Haun, Joel Lindsey, (publishers) Ernie Sig Sound Music/Hefton Hill Music/PsalmSinger Music/Universal Music-Brentwood Benson Songs



Contemporary Christian Performance of the Year – Cat 3

“Fix My Eyes” - for KING & COUNTRY, Fervent/Curb, (producer) Seth Mosley

“Hurricane” – Natalie Grant, Curb Records, (producer) Bernie Herms

“Lord I Need You” – Matt Maher, Essential Records, (producer) Paul Moak

“Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)” – Hillsong UNITED, Hillsong Music/Sparrow Records, (producer) Michael Guy Chislett

“Overcomer” – Mandisa, Sparrow Records, (producer) Christopher Stevens & David Garcia



Southern Gospel Performance of the Year – Cat 4

“Love Is Stronger” – Jason Crabb, Gaither Music Group, (producer) Jay DeMarcus

“Revival” – Karen Peck and New River, Daywind Records, (producer) Wayne Haun

“Say Amen” – Brian Free & Assurance, Daywind Records, (producer) Ricky Free

“Search Me O God” – Cathedrals Family Reunion, StowTown Records, (producer) Wayne Haun

“That’s Why” – Ernie Hasse & Signature Sound, (producer) Wayne Haun



Gospel Performance of the Year – Cat 5

“Every Praise” – Hezekiah Walker, RCA Inspiration, (producer) Donald Lawrence

“Help” – Erica Campbell (ft. Lecrae), My Block Inc., (producer) Warryn Campbell

“I Can Only Imagine” – Tamela Mann, TillyMann Music Group, (producer) Myron Butler

“I Love The Lord” – Natalie Grant, Curb Records, (producer) Bernie Herms

“If He Did It Before…Same God” – Tye Tribbett, MoTown Gospel, (producer) Tye Tribbett



Artist of the Year – Cat 6

Casting Crowns, Beach Street Records/Reunion Records

Hillsong UNITED, Hillsong Music

Lecrae, Reach Records

Mandisa, Sparrow Records

NEEDTOBREATHE, Atlantic Records

Switchfoot, Atlantic Records



New Artist of the Year – Cat 7

1 Girl Nation, Reunion Records

Andy Mineo, Reach Records

Ellie Holcomb, Full Heart

Hillsong Young & Free, Hillsong Music/Sparrow Records

Love & The Outcome, Word Entertainment



Producer of the Year – Cat 8

Bernie Herms

Ed Cash

Ian Eskelin

Ricky Free

Wayne Haun



Rap/Hip Hop Song of the Year – Cat 9

“100” – KB (ft. Andy Mineo), (writers) Kevin Burgess, Andy Mineo

“Dear Mr. Christian”- Derek Minor (ft. Dee-1 and Lecrae), (writers) Torrance “Street Symphony” Esmond, David Augustine Jr., Lecrae Moore, Derek Johnson, Charles Dunlap, Lincoln Mooris

“Head Held High” – Rapture Ruckus, (writer) Tofer Brown

“Stop The Traffic” – Andy Mineo (ft. Co Campbell), (writers) Andy Mineo, Co Campbell

“You Can’t Stop Me” – Andy Mineo, (writers) Andy Mineo, Alex Medina, Gabriel Azucena



Rock Song of the Year – Cat 10

“Die For You” – Red, (writers) Anthony Armstrong, Michael Barnes, Randy Armstrong, Joe Rickard, Jason McArthur

“Not Gonna Die” – Skillet, (writers) John Cooper, Korey Cooper

“Run And Escape” – Red, (writers) Anthony Armstrong, Michael Barnes, Randy Armstrong, Joe Rickard, Josh Baker

“We Are The Brave” – VERIDIA, (writers) Brandon Brown, Deena Henry, Ian Eskelin, Barry Weeks

“Zombie” – We As Human, (writers) Justin Cordle, Blair Daily, Skidd Mills



Rock/Contemporary Song of the Year – Cat 11

“Don’t Deserve You” – Plumb, (writers) Tiffany Arbuckle Lee, Matt Bronleewe

“Let it Be Love” – Family Force 5, (writers) Seth Mosley, Family Force 5

“Love Alone Is Worth The Fight” – Switchfoot, (writers) Jon Foreman, Tim Foreman

“Multiplied” – NEEDTOBREATHE, (writers) Bo Rinehart, Bear Rinehart

“Never Gone” – Colton Dixon, (writers) Gannin Arnold, Colton Dixon, Adam Watts, Andy Dodd



Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year – Cat 12

“Alive” – Hillsong Young & Free, (writers) Aodhan King, Alexander Pappas

“All The People Said Amen” – Matt Maher, (writer) Matt Maher

“Fix My Eyes” - for KING & COUNTRY, (writers) Seth Mosley, Joel Smallbone, Luke Smallbone

“Hurricane” – Natalie Grant, (writers) Natalie Grant, Matt Bronleewe, Cindy Morgan

“Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)” – Hillsong UNITED, (writers) Matt Crocker, Joel Houston, Salomon Ligthelm



Inspirational Song of the Year – Cat 13

“As Long As You Will Walk With Me” – Devin McGlamery, (writer) Wayne Haun

“Lift Up His Name” – The Browders, (writer) Matthew Browder

“Stronger” – TaRanda Greene, (writers) Joel Lindsey, Tony Wood, Barry Weeks

“You Amaze Us” – Selah, (writers) Jordan Mohilowski, Matthew Adcox, Douglas Fowler

“Who is Like Our God” – Laura Story, (writers) Laura Story, Ed Cash, Franni Cash, Jason Ingram, Matt Maher



Southern Gospel Song of the Year – Cat 14

“I Can Trust Him” – The Perrys, (writers) Wayne Haun, Joel Lindsey

“Love is Stronger” – Jason Crabb, (writers) Michael Mobley

“Revival” – Karen Peck & New River, (writers) Kenna Turner West, Karen Peck Gooch, Don Poythress

“Say Amen” – Brian Free & Assurance, (writers) Jason Cox, Michael Farren, Kenna Turner West

“That’s Why” – Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, (writers) Wayne Haun, Ernie Haase, Joel Lindsey



Bluegrass Song of the Year – Cat 15

“Daniel Prayed” – The Isaacs, (writer) G.T. Speer

“If These Old Walls Could Talk” – Wilburn & Wilburn, (writers) Dianne Wilkerson, Jerry Salley

“Lord, In The Morning” – The Little Roy & Lizzy Show, (writers) Don Eidman

“Revelation Song” – Chigger Hill Boys & Terri (writer) Jennie Lee Riddle

“Won’t It Be Wonderful There” – Dailey & Vincent, (writer) Mildred Johnson



Country Song of the Year – Cat 16

“Love With Open Arms” – Doug Anderson (writers) Jeff Bumgardner, Wayne Haun, Joel Lindsey

“Only Jesus” – Point of Grace (writers) Nicole Witt, Christa Wells

“Pray For Me” – Sweetwater Rain (writers) Rob Crosby, Allen Shamblin

“That Whosoever Was Me” – Adam Crabb (writers) Lee Black, Jason Cox, Kenna Turner West

“While I Still Can” – Devin McGlamery, (writers) David A. Speegle, Diane McDougal, Greg McDougal



Contemporary Gospel/Urban Song of the Year – Cat 17

“Every Praise” – Hezekiah Walker, (writer) David Bratton

“Help” – Erica Campbell (ft. Lecrae), (writer) Warryn Campbell

“No Gray” – Jonathan McReynolds (writer) Jonathan McReynolds

“Our God” – Micah Stampley, (writer) Jonas Myrin, Matt Redman, Jesse Reeves, Chris Tomlin

“Same God…If He Did it Before” – Tye Tribbett (writer) Tye Tribbett

“Sunday Kind Of Love” – Israel Houghton, (writers) Israel Houghton, Aaron Lindsey



Traditional Gospel Song of the Year – Cat 18

“A Little More Jesus” – Erica Campbell, (writers) Erica Campbell, Tina Campbell, Warryn Campbell

“Amazing” – Ricky Dillard & New G, (writer) Tiffany Joy McGhee

“Glory and Honor” – Chicago Mass Choir, (writers) Greg Booth, Percy Gray, Jr.

“I’ve Got Favor” – New Direction, (writers) Percy Gray Jr.

“Holy One” – Anaysha, (writers) Walter Hawkins



Worship Song of the Year – Cat 19

“Future/Past” – John Mark McMillan, (writer) John Mark McMillan, (publisher) Meaux Jeaux Music/Raucous Ruckus Publishing/CapitolCMGPublishing.com

“Lord I Need You” – Matt Maher, (writers) Christy Nockels, Daniel Carson, Jesse Reeves, Kristian Stanfill, Matt Maher, (publishers) sixsteps Music/Sweater Weather Music/Thankyou Music/Valley Of Songs Music/worshiptogether.com songs/EMI Christian Music Publishing

“Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)” – Hillsong UNITED, (writers) Matt Crocker, Joel Houston, Salomon Ligthelm (publisher) Hillsong Music Publishing/EMICMGPublishing.com

“Open Up The Heavens” – Meredith Andrews/Vertical Church Band (writers) Meredith Andrews, Jason Ingram, Stu G., Andi Rozier, James MacDonald, (publishers) Word Music, LLC/Sony/ATV Timber Publishing/Open Hands Music/Stugio Music Publishing/Sony/ATV Cross Keys Publishing/HBC Worship Music/Sony/ATV

“The Only Name (Yours Will Be)” – Big Daddy Weave, (writer) Benji Cowart, (publisher) Word Music, LLC/HowieCowie Publishing



Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year – Cat 20

100 – KB, (producers) Joseph Prielozny, Dirty Rice, Lasanna Harris, George Ramirez, Gabriel Azucena, Chris Mackey, Tyshane Thompson, Jacob Cardec

Invader – Rapture Ruckus, (producer) Brad Dring, Geoff Duncan, Steve Aeillo

Minorville – Derek Minor, (producers) Joseph Prielozny, Derek Johnson, Chris Mackey, Derek Minor, Torrance Esmond, Charles Dunlap, Lincoln Morris, Krishon Gaines, George Ramirez, Brian Tistog, Blair Atkinson, Gabriel Azucena

Never Land – Andy Mineo, (producers) Joseph Prielozny, Alex Medina, Tyshane Thompson, Gabriel Azucena, Ray Castro, Dre Garcia, Alex Hitchens, Courtney Peebles

Royal Flush – FLAME, (producers) Mashell Leroy, Steve T, Spec, Tyshane Thompson, D-Flow, Thainnacircle, Justin Ebach



Rock Album of the Year – Cat 21

Fear Inside Our Bones – The Almost, (producer) Marshall Altman

Proof Of Life – Scott Stapp, (producer) Howard Benson

Release The Panic: Recalibrated – Red, (producer) Howard Benson

Rise – Skillet, (producer) Howard Benson

We As Human – We As Human, (producer) Howard Benson



Rock/Contemporary Album of the Year – Cat 22

Everfound – Everfound, (producers) Seth Mosley, Pete Kipley

Fading West – Switchfoot, (producers) Neal Avron, the Foreman Brothers

I Am Mountain – Gungor, (producer) Michael Gungor

Inland – Jars Of Clay, (producer) Tucker Martine

Rivers In The Wasteland – NEEDTOBREATHE, (producers) NEEDTOBREATHE, Kevin Augunas, Joe Chiccarelli, Jerrod Bettis, Ed Cash



Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year – Cat 23

As Sure As The Sun – Ellie Holcomb, (producers) Brown Bannister, Ben Shive

If We’re Honest – Francesca Battistelli, (producer) Ian Eskelin

Overcomer – Mandisa, (producers) David Garcia, Christopher Stevens, Chuck Butler, Ronald Rawls

Thrive – Casting Crowns, (producer) Mark A. Miller

We Are Young & Free – Hillsong Young & Free, (producers) Michael Guy Chislett, Joel Davies



Inspirational Album of the Year – Cat 24

Everlasting – Sandi Patty, (producer) Steve Wingfield

Four:Twelve - No Other Name, (producer) Jay DeMarcus, Don Koch, Michael Rossback, Blake Bollinger, Bernie Herms

Hymns – Michael W. Smith, (producers) Michael W. Smith, Kyle Lee, Jim Daneker,

I Dream Of You – JJ Heller, (producer) Ben Shive

Love Is A Verb – Devin McGlamery, (producers) Wayne Haun



Southern Gospel Album of the Year – Cat 25

For All He’s Done – Greater Vision, (producer) Gerald Wolfe

Oh What a Savior – Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, (producer) Wayne Haun

Revival – Karen Peck & New River, (producer) Wayne Haun

The Lord Is Good – The Collingsworth Family, (producer) Wayne Haun

Unashamed – Brian Free & Assurance, (producer) Ricky Free



Bluegrass Album of the Year – Cat 26

Every Mile – Nathan Stanley, (producers) Terry Thompson, Nathan Stanley, Rhonda Thompson

Healed – Locust Ridge, (producer) Steve Gulley

I’d Do It All Over Again – Easter Brothers, (producers) Jared Easter, Steve Schramm, Gerald Crabb

The Living Years – The Isaacs, (producers) Ben Isaacs, Bill Gaither

Through It All – The Harper Family, (producer) Tim Surrett



Country Album of the Year – Cat 27

All Things New – Gordon Mote, (producers) Gordon Mote, Frank Rogers, Wayne Haun, Russell Mauldin

Drive – Doug Anderson, (producer) Wayne Haun

Here Comes Sunday – Wilburn & Wilburn, (producer) Ben Isaacs

Surrender – Adam Crabb, (producers) Adam Crabb, Jason Crabb

Triplicity – Red Roots, (producers) Rick Schweinsberg, Micah Schweinsberg



Contemporary/Gospel Urban Album of the Year – Cat 28

Azusa: The Next Generation – Hezekiah Walker, (producer) Donald Lawrence

Greater Than – Tye Tribbett, (producers) Tye Tribbett, Brandon Jones

Help – Erica Campbell, (producer) Warryn Campbell

Love Never Fails – Micah Stampley, (producers) Micah Stampley, Aaron W. Lindsey

Power & Authority: Live in Memphis – Sheri Jones-Moffett, (producer) Myron Butler



Traditional Gospel Album of the Year – Cat 29

Duets – Donnie McClurkin, (producers) Donnie McClurkin, Israel Houghton

Greater Than Before – Dexter Walker & Zion Movement, (producers) Steven “Supe” White, Dexter D. Walker

In The Sanctuary – Temple of Deliverance Women’s Choir, (producers) Derrick Starks, Derrick Jackson

Moving Forward - Darnell Davis & The Remnant, (producer) Darnell Davis

Withholding Nothing – William McDowell, (producer) William McDowell



Instrumental Album of the Year – Cat 29

All Creatures of Our God and King – Various Artists, (producer) Steve Wingfield

Country Piano Hymns – Gary Smith, (producer) Mark Burchfield

Love Divine – Jan Mulder, piano & London Symphony Orchestra, (producer) Jan Mulder

…to kids from 1 to 92 – Tracey Phillips, (producer) Tracey Phillips

We Give Thanks: 15 Thanksgiving Hymns on Piano – Christopher Phillips, (producer) Jack Jezzro



Children’s Music Album of the Year – Cat 31

25 Favorite Bible Songs – Veggie Tales, (producers) Mike Nawrocki, Kurt Heinecke, Christopher Davis, Steven V. Taylor

Grow Serve Proclaim – Cokesbury Kids, (producer) Dennis Scott

His Kidz Vol. 1 – His Kidz United, (producers) Jimmy Swan, Levi Bradford, David Castell, Brad Nyght, Jordan Bledsoe, Zachary Kuykendall, Mai Swan

Nothing Is Impossible – Planetshakers Kids, (producer) Joth Hunt

We Belong To Jesus – New Life Worship Kids With Jared Anderson, (producer) Michael Rossback



Spanish Language Album of the Year – Cat 32

Aviva – Soulfire Revolution, (producers) Jeremy Edwardson, Jonathan Berlin

Confesiones de un Corazón Agradecido – Coalo Zamorano, (producers) Tommy Sims, Javier Solís, Coalo Zamorano

Días Extraordinarios – Jacobo Ramos, (producers) Onis Rodriguez, Jacobo Ramos

La Carta Perfecta – Danilo Montero, (producer) Coalo Zamorano

Mi Corazon Canta: Cantos De Alabanza Vol. 2 – Various Artists, (producer) Phil Sillas



Special Event Album of the Year – Cat 32

Cathedrals Family Reunion – Gerald Wolfe, Ernie Haase, Danny Funderburk, Scott Fowler, Mark Trammell, (producers) Wayne Haun, Gerald Wolfe, Landon Beene,

Jesus, Hope of the World – Sherwood Baptist Church Worship Ministry, (producers) Mark Willard, Craig Adams

Passion: Take It All – Chris Tomlin, Kristian Stanfill, Christy Knockels, David Crowder, Matt Redman, (producer) Nathan Nockels

Sing Your Praises (Live) – Onething, (producer) Luke Hendrickson

Songs For The Living King – Vital Worship, (producer) Chad Green



Christmas Album of the Year – Cat 34

…to kids from 1 to 92 – Tracey Phillips, (producer) Tracey Phillips

Christmas – Julie Meyer, (producers) Luke Hendrickson, Isaac Meyer, Julie Meyer

Christmas – The Hagees, (producers) Aaron Crabb, Michael Sykes

Christmas Is Here – Brandon Heath, (producer) Ben Shive

Merry Christmas to You - Sidewalk Prophets, (producers) Casey Brown, Jonathan Smith



Praise and Worship Album of the Year – Cat 35

Home – Kim Walker-Smith & Skyler Smith, (producers) Jason Borneman, Jeremy Edwardson

Kingdom Come – Bryan & Katie Torwalt, (producer) Jeremy Edwardson

Majestic – Kari Jobe, (producer) Jeremy Edwardson

Passion: Take It All – Passion, (producer) Nathan Nockels

We Are Young & Free – Hillsong Young & Free, (producers) Michael Guy Chislett, Joel Davies



Musical of the Year – Cat 36

Bethlehem Morning, (creators) Russell Mauldin, Sue C. Smith

Good News From Jerusalem, (Creator) Dianne Wilkinson

Highest Glory, (creator) Marty Funderburk

Redeemed…The Gospel Changes Everything, (creators) Bradley Knight, Dale Mathews

The Only Name (Yours Will Be), (creator) Cliff Duren



Youth/Children’s Musical of the Year – Cat 37

10,000 Reasons, (creator) Lifeway Worship

An Out of the Box Christmas, (creators) Celeste Clydesdale, David Clydesdale

God Made You Special – A Musical about God’s Love..and You! (Creators) Cherry Garasi, Pamela Vandewalker

Here for the Gold, (Creators) Brian Hitt, Sue C. Smith, Luke Gambill

The Agape League- A Superhero Adventure about the Fruit of the Spirit, (Creators) Christy Semsen, Daniel Semsen



Choral Collection of the Year – Cat 38

1st Corinthians 16:13 – Men’s Choirbook, (creators) Russell Mauldin, Cliff Duren

Arranger’s Choice: Christmas, (creator) Dave Clark

Everlasting Praise 4, (creators) Mike Speck, Stan Whitmire

Everyday Sunday, (creator) Lari Goss

My Hope – Songs Inspired by the Message and Mission of Billy Graham, (creator) Travis Cottrell

The Song of Christmas, (creators) Phil Barfoot, Cliff Duren



Recorded Music Packaging of the Year – Cat 39

Brave – Shawn McDonald, (art director & design) Sarah Sung (photography) David Bean

Collapsible Lung – Relient K, (design & illustration) Ryan Besch

Kingdom Come – Bryan & Katie Torwalt, (design) Skylau Productions, (photography) Skyler Smith

The Extremist – Demon Hunter, (art director) Invisible Creature, Inc., (design) Ryan Clark (photography) Cale Glendening, Ryan Clark

The Water & The Blood – Dustin Kensrue, (art director & design) Colin Day, Patrick Mahoney, Matt Naylor



Short Form Video of the Year – Cat 40

Love Does - Brandon Heath, (director) Ry Cox, (producer) Michelle Abnet

Love is Stronger - Jason Crabb, (director) Roman White, (producer) Roman White, Revolution Pictures

Never Gone - Colton Dixon, (director) Eric Welch, (producer) Karen Martin, Broken Poet Productions

Overcomer – Mandisa, (director) Eric Welch, (producer) Karen Martin, Broken Poet Productions

Shake – Mercy Me, (director) Joel Banta, (producer) Joel Banta, Bilby Films

Speak Life – TobyMac, (director) Eric Welch, (producer) Ben Stansbury, Broken Poet Productions



Long Form Video of the Year – Cat 41

Endless Praise – Planetshakers, (director) Peter John, (producers) Peter John, Chris Peterson, Epik Films

Fading West – Switchfoot, (director) Matt Katsolis, (producers) Chad Butler, Paul Kerby, Interpret Studios, Lowercase People

Glorious Ruins – Hillsong LIVE, (director) Ben Field, (producer) Ben Field, Hillsong Film

Hope Is What We Crave – for KING & COUNTRY LIVE, (director) Ben Smallbone, (producers) Josh Lauritch, for King & Country, Radiate Film

Strong God – New Life Worship, (producers) Jon Egan, Drew MacAlmon, Parallel Media



Inspirational Film of the Year – Cat 42

God’s Not Dead, (director) Harold Cronk, (producer) Pure Flix Entertainment

Grace Unplugged, (director) Brad J. Silverman, (producers) Roadside Attractions, Coram Deo Studios

Heaven Is For Real,(director) Randall Wallace, (producer) Screen Gems

Son of God,(director) Christopher Spencer, (producers) Mark Burnett, Roma Downey

When Calls The Heart, (directors) Michael Landon JR/ Brian Bird, (producer) Believe Pictures

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StowTown Records Receives 16 GMA Dove Award Nominations

August 14, 2014 (Nashville, TN) It was a special, ground-breaking day for StowTown Records as it received a record number of nominations during the Gospel Music Association Dove Awards Press Conference held Wednesday morning at Lipscomb University's Allen Arena.
A total of 16 nominations were announced for the fast-rising label in anticipation of the 45th Annual GMA Dove Awards to be held October 7 at Allen Arena.
StowTown co-founder Wayne Haun, who received an astounding 15 total nominations during the event, was named as a nominee for the prestigious Producer of the Year award by guest presenter Gordon Mote. One of Southern Gospel's most popular and well-known performers, producers, songwriters, and arrangers, Haun is a 14-time Dove Award winner.
Meanwhile, Haun himself announced the nominees for Southern Gospel Album of the Year that included Oh What A Savior by Ernie Haase & Signature Sound and The Lord is Good by The Collingsworth Family.
In addition, “Search Me O God” from the Cathedrals Family Reunion album as well as “That's Why” by Ernie Haase & Signature Sound were each announced as finalists for the Southern Gospel Performance of the Year.
Cathedrals Family Reunion was also nominated for the Special Event Album of the Year.
Both the Song of the Year as well as the Southern Gospel Song of the Year category nominations included “I Can Trust Him” by The Perrys along with “That's Why” by Ernie Haase & Signature Sound.
Devin McGlamery's “As Long As You Will Walk With Me” and TaRanda Greene's “Stronger” were each selected as a finalist in the Inspirational Song of the Year category.
For Country Song of the Year, “Love With Open Arms” by Doug Anderson as well as “While I Still Can” by McGlamery were each nominated.
The final two StowTown nominations included McGlamery's Love Is A Verb making the final list for Inspirational Album of the Year, while Anderson's Drive was announced as a nominee for Country Album of the Year.
All winners will be announced at the awards show on Tuesday, October 7. The GMA Dove Awards, which will begin at 6:30 p.m. CT, will air globally on Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN).

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Artists

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Tim’s Tales

When I was very young I was very curious, go figure! One day I decided to find out what would happen if I put a paper plate on the stove. I thought it would be a great idea. A little fire and a lot of smoke later I found out—it wasn’t. It resulted in a scolding and a severe spanking from my mother, all of which I rightfully deserved. Many times we are no different spiritually. We just can’t resist being childlike and putting our thoughts where they don’t belong. The problem is that thoughts are like paper plates—everybody has them, usually they’re not worth much and they burn up when put in the fire. When we try to put our thoughts where they don’t belong, something or someone gets burned. The key here is “our thoughts.” You see, our thoughts should really be Christ’s thoughts. He is the example to which we look. Just like bread is what really should go into a toaster, God’s Word is what should permeate our life.
Jesus is the Bread of Life. Let’s put away our paper plates and come to the Master’s table where we dine on fine china, feast on the greatest of foods and fellowship with our Heavenly Father. Spend time in the Word this month and eat like you have never eaten before. Great thing is—it’s calorie free. Happy dining!

Scripture
“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching”.

This is one of my favorite verses in the Bible. We are to be encouragement to one another because Christ is surely coming for us. Too many times we fall into the worldly way of tearing others down to make ourselves feel better or we won’t let others encourage us because of our pride. It is time we get back to lifting each other up and encouraging each other in what God has in store for us as His children. Take time this month to be a Godly encouragement to someone. Also, take time to be encouraged by those God has put in your life.


Make sure to drop us a line at http://www.gouldsmusic.com or visit our facebook page.
See ya on The Road!


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Tune-in Alert For Oak Ridge Boys TONIGHT On RFD-TV

Nashville, TN (August 14, 2014) Tonight is the big night for the winding down of the season series of Nashville's very popular The Music City Show. Ending this season in a bang, the featured artists are the outstanding Country group, The Oak Ridge Boys.

This dynamic program will be featured on RFDTV tonight, August 14th at 8PM Eastern and 7PM Central times. Growing numbers from Nielsen should tell you that this is one program you will not want to miss. Very few groups have been able to crossover from Gospel to Country and back to Gospel the way the Oak Ridge Boys have and none with the success they have seen.



Program producer and director Scott Godsey commented “We are thankful for the success of the first two seasons. We've had some of the best artists in Southern Gospel on The Music City Show so far. Fans are contacting the program every week and we thank each and every person who supports the show. As long as people want to watch The Music City Show, we will continue producing new episodes.”

This season ending episode will be featuring, of course the mighty Oaks, and in addition the Positive Cowboy himself, Jim Sheldon along with the familiar Blue Jean Band. Host for the evening will be Singer/Comedian Tim Lovelace.

The Music City Show is experiencing phenomenal growth with each new season, so tune in to this program to see why. Remember, it's TONIGHT.

You can catch a preview of the show at http://youtu.be/EyENO2BKSlQ .

The Music City Show is produced by Godsey and Associates of Nashville, TN and more information about them can be found at http://godseyandassociates.com or http://www.themusiccityshow.com or https://www.facebook.com/themusiccity .




You can learn more about RFDTV at http://www.rfdtv.com or https://www.facebook.com/OfficialRFDTV .

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Written: 08/14/2014 | Category: News & Scoops Comments:


In The Words of Chris

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Mental Health and the Church

There has been a lot of talk about depression and suicide floating around the internet lately. With the death of Robin Williams, everyone now has an opinion on the subject. Some I agree with and some I don’t. There is one thing that I can say – I don’t understand a lot of it.

I don’t understand the struggle with mental illness, because I don’t struggle with it. I have a hard time wrapping my mind around depression and how it affects a person at such a deep level that they feel there is no hope. Even Christians struggle with this dark, unspeakable battle.

So what is our, the church’s, response to mental health issues? The one good thing about Williams’ death is that it has opened up discussion with the mental health community, both in the secular world and the church world. So let’s talk about it! What is our response? Is it mental, spiritual, or both?

Popular Christian speaker and blogger Matt Walsh posted a fantastic blog about depression and suicide that has caused a huge mess. People have misconstrued his original thoughts, so I do understand that it is a touchy subject. People have deep connections to this disease due to either struggling with it themselves, or knowing friends and family who deal with it everyday. (Here is his rebuttal to all the critics, by the way.)

So, it’s a sticky subject, but it’s one that we need to dive in to head first. We need to share that there is joy to be found in a God who sent His son to pay the ultimate price for our sins, but also that we understand that this isn’t the kind of disease that has a quick fix. Do I believe that God can do the miraculous and turn someone’s mental health around? Absolutely. I’ve seen it happen. However, sometimes God doesn’t work like that, and He uses the hands of capable human beings that He created to do His work.

So what is our response? I don’t really know quite yet, but it’s one I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. I can tell you what our response shouldn’t be. It’s not an easy fix like “I’ll pray for you.” Don’t tell someone who is dealing with depression that they just need find the joy of the Lord. It’s not that easy for someone who is so deep in the mire of depression and daily defeat. Our answer, for now, needs to be “Let’s get you the help you need. God’s already got it figured out. We just need to figure out the way He has planned for your situation.”

Let me end by saying that the Southern Gospel industry isn’t immune to depression, suicide and other mental health issues. I’ve heard account of individuals who suffer from these diseases, first hand. I’m not going to say who, because that’s not my story to tell. I will say that it’s real and very present among some of your favorite singers, songwriters, producers, and industry professionals. My own family faces these battles. My brother, whom many in this industry know and love, suffers from Bipolar Disorder. Just this week, he took off again without telling anyone, because he didn’t know how to mentally process and face the situations he had gotten himself in to. Pray with us that we find Scott soon. Pray for your favorites in this industry that God continues to move in their lives and that they can overcome whatever obstacle that they may be facing on a daily basis.

There’s no need to avoid these kinds of conversations. Let’s actually be the church and help the hurting and get them the help they need.

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Gold City’s ‘Hymn Revival’ Releases August 19

Franklin, TN (August 14, 2014) New Haven Records recently announced the debut of Southern Gospel legend Gold City’s new hymn project, Hymn Revival, their first hymn recording since 1999. The new project includes such inspirational classics as “In Christ Alone” and “The Power of the Cross” in addition to such traditional hymns as “Great is Thy Faithfulness” and “I Need Thee Every Hour.”

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

News of the record’s release was dampened by the late-breaking health issues of Gold City’s co-founder and award-winning bass singer, Tim Riley, who was sidelined by a mild stroke he experienced in Lawrenceburg, TN in late July. Danny Riley comments, “Dad is in good hands and receiving great care. In fact, he is going home on Thursday, August 14 and we are hoping for a full recovery. In the meantime, these great hymns have brought us comfort and confidence—as they have for believers down through the centuries.”

Ken Harding, New Haven’s president, concurs, “Gold City is one of Southern Gospel’s most beloved groups and Tim Riley has been its foundation—both musically and otherwise—for more than three decades. We are honored to call them “family.” Our prayers and wishes go out to Tim, his family and the whole group as he continues to recover.”

Hymn Revival is available for pre-sale on iTunes now and releases August 19 in Family Christian Stores, Lifeway Christian Stores, Amazon, iTunes, and wherever great gospel music is sold.

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Daily Devotion

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A Fool-Proof Life?

Life offers no fool-proof plans. A full-filled life is only guaranteed by following Christ. Tomorrow is not promised and today may not be sunshine. But one day at a time with Jesus promises to get sweeter. Know your steps are ordered of the Lord, when you follow Him. Believe He has the ability to take all that is wrong and make it right for your good. Trust in Him to turn your midnight into day. Sing the song “He’ll take your gloom and fill your life with glory.”

This is what we preach, sing, and teach…So now let’s live it. To live this is the act of taking our situation and wrapping it in your trust of God. Now, your “wrapper” (trusting) may be thinner than others who have more experience, but wrap just the same. Your wrapper may be so thin that it may even tear; mend it with repentance and add a song! Find a song that encourages you, a song that will take you to the throne. Find a Scripture that adds to your faith. Allow the Word of God to stand-up in your situation. Re-visit a sermon via audio or notes that touched your heart or propelled your spirit towards God. Study and teach yourself. Learn and preach to yourself. Sing to yourself until you get it! Your must know for yourself that God is Sovereign! The elderly mothers of the church of old used to line the altars and not let you go until they felt you got it! Lol! Not you, but they had to be assured of your change. Isn’t that something? Well, we don’t have the hovering mothers in the church anymore, so create your own altar in your bedroom or prayer closet, and don’t leave His presence until you have assured yourself that you understand your Father’s sovereignty, meaning His ability to do all things well!

(Warning: this exercise has been known to become loud at times. It may display attributes of losing control and talking to oneself. Therefore, a time and place of seclusion, better known as a “prayer closet”, is recommended.)

Life is uncertain. But a life turned over to Christ, comes with the guarantee that God does all things well!!! Hallelujah!

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The Erwins Sign with StowTown Records

August 12, 2014 (Nashville, TN) StowTown Records is pleased to announce the signing of The Erwins, one of Southern Gospel’s fastest-rising Mixed Groups. The family group includes the distinct standout harmony of four siblings from Edgewood, TX: three brothers, Keith (21), Kody (20) and Kris (18), along with their little sister Katie (13).
“It is common that I hear from the fans about new and upcoming artists, however it is rare that I hear the same name over and over and over,” explained Landon Beene, owner of IMC Management and partner with StowTown Records. “At some point, I had to take notice of this amazingly talented family. It only took a short time to fall in love with them and I am so excited to see what doors open up to their music!”

For the first time ever, The Erwins recorded a live DVD at Fellowship Bible Church April 5 in Dallas, TX.Close To Home, which has just hit the market this week, includes some of their favorite songs from past recordings as well as classic hymns like “What A Lovely Name” and “Mansion Over The Hilltop”. "We are humbled and honored to be invited to join the StowTown family and to share this label with so many groups that we look up to and admire,” said Tiffany Erwin, mother and secretary for the family ministry. “We are thankful to be working and serving alongside Ernie Haase, Wayne Haun and Landon Beene, and we are excited about the future with this label."

The Erwins’ hit single “When Justice Called, Mercy Answered", which is a part of their latest project titled Back To The Basics, is currently surfacing throughout the industry.

"We plan to release our first StowTown recording in February 2015 and can't wait to share it with all of you!” added Tiffany. “We are also excited to be included on many of the IMC events for 2015 and beyond, and we are looking forward to meeting so many new friends as we are introduced to new places."

Learn more about The Erwins by visiting http://www.erwinministries.com.

ABOUT STOWTOWN RECORDS:
Founded in 2011 and expanded in 2014, StowTown Records reflects the musical vision of Ernie Haase and Wayne Haun, in partnership with Landon Beene and Nate Goble. The independent label is the creative home for top artists including Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, The Perrys, The Collingsworth Family, Beyond the Ashes, Doug Anderson, Devin McGlamery, Wayne Haun, The Taylors, The Browns, Triumphant, TaRanda Greene, The Erwins and selected classic music from The Cathedrals, their legendary bass singer, George Younce, and The Cathedrals Family Reunion. Distributed worldwide through Provident/Sony Distribution, StowTown Records has quickly garnered industry attention with multiple GMA Dove Awards and chart-topping releases from their highly respected artist roster.

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Famine or Future

2 Kings 6:24 –7:19

Against the backdrop of food shortage and human suffering that had forced the citizens of Samaria into deprivation, degradation, and ultimate humiliation, Elisha stood and thundered, "By this time tomorrow, the famine in Samaria will be over."

Refusing to be paralyzed by the present, Elisha powerfully spoke a word that moved hurting people into their future. In an instant, this prophet of God transitioned the citizens of Samaria from their predicament into their possibility and from their dilemma into their deliverance.

The enemy had besieged the city of Samaria, causing it to be separated from its harvest. Employing a strategy of containment, the Syrian army had stopped commercial trade, which had forced the people to deplete their storehouses until famine had set in. After weeks without food, their dignity was gone and their sanity was in shambles. Rational thinking was as foreign as bread upon their table. The diet to which they reverted spoke of their dilemma. Choosing to eat the unthinkable, they found themselves helpless and hopeless.

But suddenly a preacher proclaims, "This all changes tomorrow."

Sounds great, but how does it happen? Elisha didn't know that part yet, but God did.

God used four leprous men outside the city gate who decided that "status quo" didn't work anymore. (By the way, "status quo" translated in the Hill lexicon stands for "the mess we're in.") They asked, "Why do we sit here until we die?" With that declaration they took three steps that moved them into their future.

First—they got up.

Sounds simple, but have you done it yet? How long have you just been sitting in the midst of your troubles? Your posture says a lot about the level of your hope. Just get up.

Second—they moved toward the aroma of the bread.

The scent of victory and provision is in the air. I choose to go in that direction. How about you? I have no time for negativity and dismay. Like these four men, I choose to move into my future.

Third—they shared their discovery.

The lepers came upon the camp of the Syrians and found they had fled and left behind their gold and silver. More importantly, they left behind the bread and grain. Immediately, they began to enjoy a great meal. Then turning to one another, they acknowledged, "We must go share this good news with the starving city of Samaria." Hearing the good news, the people ran out of their community of death and found life among the spoils of their enemy.

What a great story! What are the lessons?

You cannot allow the current climate of circumstances to create a paralysis or leave you with survivalist thinking.

You cannot move into your future until your future moves into you.

God is in your tomorrow.

Let's get up and go!



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Sneed Family Part Of Kentucky’s 100 Year Celebration

Frankfort, KY (August 12, 2014) The Kentucky Governor's office recently contacted the award winning Sneed Family with an invitation to be a part of the celebration taking place in Frankfort, Ky as they celebrate 100 years of life, service and history at the Kentucky Governor's Mansion.

Several celebrations have taken place since the first of the year to commemorate this milestone year of the Mansion's 100 years that included concerts, symposiums, art displays, receptions, garden parties, state dinners, lectures, and other historical/educational experiences. One of the things that Governor and Mrs. Beshear wanted to be sure to include on the list of events was a Gospel music concert.

The concert will take place on Sunday, September 21 in a large tent set up on the grounds of the Governor's Mansion.



In addition to the Sneed Family other artist scheduled to appear are the Isaacs, Beyond the Ashes, His Heart Quartet, Marlana Vanhoose and Roy Webb. Kenny Bishop will lead the event and serve as host. Roy will be leading a house band to keep the evening moving along. Since Governor Beshear and his family used to sing in their own church many years ago, it is a possibility that they will get together again for a few songs.

The Governor's Mansion will be open for walk-through tours before and after the concert for the public to enjoy along with getting to meet the Governor and First Lady. The Sneed Family being from the rolling hills of Kentucky are excited to be a part of their home-state celebration.

The Sneed Family will be taking a tour bus for those fans wanting to attend. The Bus Tour includes the concert, a tour of the Mansion and bus ride for $60.00 per person. There is limited seating and also limited time for those interested in the bus tour.

To be a part of this exciting event or book the Sneed Family for your event call the Sneed Family office at 270-678-3575 .

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

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Life Is Falling Into Place - Amber Nelon Thompson

Hendersonville, TN (August 12, 2014) Daywind Records is pleased to announce the release of Amber Nelon Thompson’s extended-play project, “Without Your Love.”

Thompson is the soprano singer for Daywind recording artist the Nelons, an award-winning trio that includes her mother Kelly Nelon Clark and Kelly’s husband Jason Clark.

“I am so excited about this project,” emphasizes Thompson. “I have really poured my heart and soul into it, and I’m so thankful God brought all the writers with their amazing songs to me that He did. This has been a dream of mine for a long time, and I’m so thankful to Daywind Records for allowing it to come true.”

The four-song project was produced by Clark. Clark also penned one of the cuts – “What Do You Say?” – and co-wrote the title cut along with Joel Lindsey. “Falling” is the first single to be distributed to radio. It is already creating a buzz in the industry.

“Amber is a producer’s dream,” shares Clark. “There’s nothing musically asked of her that she doesn’t deliver spectacularly. I’ve been producing and writing for Amber since she was nine years old, and to see her maturation as a recording artist is quite stunning indeed. I believe this record is proof of how very special her voice and musical gifts truly are.”

“Amber has a rich musical heritage in this industry, but she continues to evolve and flourish as an artist, continually cultivating her own musical identity with top-notch performances like those that are captured on ‘Without Your Love,’” explains Daywind president Ed Leonard. “Amber breathes life into these songs with powerful vocal performances that will be a delight not only for the fans of the Nelons and Amber, but for a vast array of listeners.”

Daywind Records is home to an award-winning roster of artists, including Tribute Quartet, Karen Peck and New River, the Blackwood Brothers Quartet, the Browders and the Bowling Family. 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 Amber Nelon Thompson, visit the Nelons’ website at http://www.kellynelon.com.

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Tune-in Countdown To Oak Ridge Boys - Day Number THREE

Nashville, TN (August 12, 2014) Just THREE more days until the winding down of the season series of Nashville's very popular The Music City Show. Ending this season in a big way, the Featured artists are the outstanding Country group, The Oak Ridge Boys.

This dynamic program will be featured on RFDTV this Thursday, August 14th at 8PM Eastern and 7PM Central times. Growing numbers from Nielsen should tell you that this is one spectacular program you will not want to miss. Very few groups have been able to crossover from Gospel to Country and back to Gospel the way the Oak Ridge Boys have and none with the success they have seen.



This episode will be featuring, of course the mighty Oaks, and in addition the Positive Cowboy himself, Jim Sheldon along with the familiar Blue Jean Band. Host for the evening will be Singer/Comedian Tim Lovelace.

The Music City Show is experiencing phenomenal growth with each new season, so tune in to this program to see why. Remember, just THREE more days.

You can catch a preview of the show at http://youtu.be/EyENO2BKSlQ .

The Music City Show is produced by Godsey and Associates of Nashville, TN and more information about them can be found at http://godseyandassociates.com or http://www.themusiccityshow.com or https://www.facebook.com/themusiccity .

You can learn more about RFDTV at http://www.rfdtv.com or https://www.facebook.com/OfficialRFDTV .

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Daily Devotion

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Common Sense

I love my mother. She is the godliest woman I have ever known. She and Dad took my brother Jim and I to church every Sunday. I am a blessed man to have her still in my life. I have NEVER heard her say certain words (vulgarity or curses) and she WILL NOT lie. She says a lot of things that I think are funny. I remember as a child hearing her talk about certain products that she didn't like. She would say "That stuff ain't worth packing home!" or "That stuff ain't worth two cents!"

There is a store in Batesville, IN (where she lives) and according to her it is "A store full of nothing!". When she hears of someone doing something really crazy, she will say "Now, why would someone do something so silly/crazy"? "Don't they have any common sense?"

In fact, she and I have had this very conversation. We are amazed sometimes about how many absent minded people there are in the world.

Because we think there are certain things that everyone should know, or what we ALL call; "Common Sense."

The sad thing is that these days, Yvonne (my wife) says that you have to tell people what "Common Sense" is.

That's why on many of today's household products, the manufacturers place warning labels on them. It's even funnier when the warning's are pretty obvious.

I read this on the back of a shampoo bottle; "Wet hair, lather, rinse." It's because somebody applied shampoo on their dry hair, didn't rinse it out and walked out the door with clumped up shampoo on their hair!

How about on a blow dryer tag; "Do not use in water." It's because some one said to themselves, "I'll blow dry my hair while I shower!"

On "Preparation H"- "Use only as directed". I bet somebody put it on a cracker and maybe their mouth shrunk.

We have all heard that "crime doesn't pay." Well, did you hear about the bank robber who donned a mask and went into a bank and handed the "This Is A Stick-Up" note written on the back of HIS deposit slip with HIS name, address and phone number on it? He was caught, by the way.

Common Sense?! It is the lack of!

See, you have to tell people what "Common Sense" is!

Often times we believe that in our Christian walk there are things that are "Common Sense."

My granny; Audrey was talking about her wearing pants to a concert where my brother was singing. See, I was raised that women NOT wear pants to church under NO circumstances. I remember when a lady would come to our church wearing pants, some church members would get upset. Did she "rebel" against our "Rules", or did she just not KNOW what our church's stance on it was? Maybe she didn't know. We thought it was "common sense"!
Now, personally I have NO PROBLEM with a woman wearing pants to church. I seriously don't think God does either.

How about when an un-saved person comes to our church. They are hearing words like "saved", "communion", "baptized", "redemption" or seeing us raise our hands or pray at the altar. To them it may be foreign.


I am not saying that we should "water down" the gospel. NOT AT ALL! TOO many churches are not preaching Hell, or that the blood of Christ is the only thing that can cleanse us of our sins. We should NOT keep our services on a elementary level, but I do feel we all need to be more “seeker sensitive" and not treat everyone like these words should be"common sense".

Our job is to gently lead them to a true knowledge of God's love and His word.

2 Timothy 2
15 Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive His approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth. 24 A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone, be able to teach, and be patient with difficult people. 25 Gently instruct those who oppose the truth. Perhaps God will change those people’s hearts, and they will learn the truth. 26Then they will come to their senses and escape from the devil’s trap.For they have been held captive by him to do whatever he wants.

Be gentle with those who are un-churched or those who recently have come to know Christ.

My Dad used to work in a saw mill and when he trained new people, he didn't turn them loose on the band-saw the day after they were hired. But sometimes when a person comes to Christ, we send them out to "fend for themselves". I applaud churches who have an ongoing program for new coverts. Showing, advising and mentoring them in their infant stage of walking with Christ.

If your church doesn't have a mentoring program or small groups, YOU can allow yourself to become a same sex mentor to a young Christian. Chose a bible translation that is accurate but will allow them to understand what they are reading. Don't be afraid to say "I don't know", to a question that is asked. Together you can find the answer and you both can grow in your walk.

I know what "Common Sense" is, Now, if I can just figure out why my orange juice jug says "concentrate" on it. (I stared at it for an 2 hours last night and nothing happened.)


Prayer starter "Father, please help me to have a helpful spirit to someone today. In Jesus name. Amen."


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Southern Sound’s Alan Brewster Inducted

August 11 2014 (Ft. Oglethorpe, GA) Phenomenal Bass singer Alan Brewster of Southern Sound Quartet received the high honor of being inducted as an individual into the Tri-State Gospel Music Hall of Fame in Ft. Oglethorpe, GA. This Georgia native is known for his motivation in business, and his low voice that every great quartet needs.

Southern Sound Lead singer and Manager, Ben Harris said, “Although Alan remained a board member of the group during his three year absence, he was of course not a regular touring member during those years. We have had many promoters, pastors and friends ask about Alan, and now he is back and we could not be more pleased. Alan brings far more than his rich and talented voice. He also brings a wealth of business background, a firm commitment to Christ, and a friendly demeanor that everyone loves.”



Tri-State Gospel Music Hall of Fame was founded in 2005. It was formed to recognize and remember the efforts of those individuals whom have given to the advancement and support of Gospel Music in the Southeast Tennessee, Northwest Georgia, and Northeast Alabama, locally known as the Tri-state area.

There were 25 new inductees this year, including nationally known Jack Clark and Elmer Cole.

This years ceremony was held at Parkway Baptist Temple, Fort Oglethorpe, GA on August the 2nd.

Alan stated “I started singing bass in a young people’s church quartet at the age of 15. Since then I have sung with the Royal Heirs Quartet of Lafayette, GA, Kings Messengers Quartet of Lafayette, GA, Happy Harmony Quartet of Chattanooga, TN, Called Out Quartet of Dalton, GA, Hymnsmen Quartet of Cleveland, TN and Southern Sound Quartet of Nashville, TN. I joined Southern Sound in April of 2007 and stayed til October of 2010. After much thought and prayer I rejoined the group in August 2013.

My favorite memory would have to be my first performance on the main-stage of the National Quartet Convention with Southern Sound.”

To learn more about Southern Sound go to http://www.southernsoundquartet.com or https://www.facebook.com/pages/Southern-Sound-Quartet .

To book Southern Sound call Ben Harris at (615) 481-9431 or Alan Brewster (423) 580-4915 .

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This Week on Gospel Music Today

The members of Karen Peck and New River are the guests on Gospel Music Today for the week of August 10. Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates, the Feature Group is The Victory Trio, and Jean reviews a new recording by The Shaffer Band. An article entitled "You Can't Make This Up" is the subject of this week's Singing News Notes. The show includes music by Point of Honor, exclusive video of The Calvarymen, recorded by Gospel Music Today's cameras at the Southern Gospel Worship Gathering, in Broken Arrow, OK, and a visit to the Gospel Music Today Archives for an exclusive concert video of Karen Peck and New River, at the Master's Voice Homecoming concert, in Bristow, 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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