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Performers Announced for 2015 Absolutely Gospel Music Awards Celebration

Celebration to feature Pre-Show for First Time


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (February 12, 2015) – The administrators and staff of AbsolutelyGospel.com are proud to announce the performers for the upcoming Absolutely Gospel Music Awards Celebration. This year’s celebration will feature performances from many of the top nominated artists and as well as tributes to Gospel music legends Andrae’ Crouch and Lari Goss.


The Awards Celebration will feature performances by The Isaacs, Karen Peck & New River, the Gaither Vocal Band’s Adam Crabb, The Bowling Family, Tribute, The Browders, Joseph Habedank, Amber Nelon Thompson, Jim Brady Trio, HIGHROADIII, and 11th Hour. In addition, the show will feature a musical tribute to Andrae Crouch featuring Geron Davis & Kindred Souls and Angela Primm.



"We are so excited about what this year holds for the awards program,” mentioned Deon Unthank of AbsolutelyGospel.com. "We are doing some new things this year that will hopefully continue set our show ahead of the pack.”


This year’s Awards program will also feature a pre-show where several awards will be handed out. The pre-show will feature performances as well from artists yet to be confirmed.


Chris Unthank, Editor in Chief of AbsolutelyGospel.com stated, "Our show has been running long over the last couple of years, so we felt it necessary to integrate a pre-show before the Celebration. We will be handing out half a dozen awards then to help keep our show’s run-time at a better pace.”


The hosts for this year’s Awards Celebration were announced earlier and are two of the industry’s most respected and beloved names. Hosting the awards together this year are Joseph Habedank and Amber Nelon Thompson.



The Absolutely Gospel Music Awards will be held at River of Life Church in Smyrna, Tennessee on Tuesday evening, April 14, 2015. The pre-show will begin at 6:00 P.M. CST and doors will open at 5:30. This will be a strictly ticketed event and tickets are available now for a $16.50 donation. Due to changes at the venue we will not be able to stream the event.

For more information visit, http://www.absolutelygospel.com or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Author: AGM | Author's Website: http://absolutelygospel.com/
Written: 02/12/2015 | Category: News & Scoops Comments: 0


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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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 Music City Show Enters Long Term Agreement With Tim Lovelace As Host

Announces Talent Lineup For Season 4

Nashville, Tenn (March 27, 2015) The very popular Christian variety television program The Music City Show is pleased to announce the long term signing of Tim Lovelace as the host of the weekly program.

Lovelace, known for his humor and congenial personality is a perfect fit for the show, intermingling with the high profile guests.

"Tim Lovelace has been involved in the Music City Show since day one” says producer Scott Godsey, "We knew that Tim was going to be an integral part of our weekly show. After the first season, we knew we had found the personality to carry the brand. We are excited to continue this successful relationship.”

Tim Lovelace commented, "As host of The Music City Show, it is very exciting to see the continued growth and faithful viewership of its followers. Producer, Scott Godsey, and all of the MCS Staff are superb to work with, and they seem to have endless creative ideas for the future of this show. I am very pleased that we have reached a long term agreement, and I am looking forward to working with Scott and the team, as well as all of the first class talent the show continues to highlight, for many seasons to come."

Tickets are FREE!! DON'T MISS the SEASON 4 taping of The Music City Show in Nashville on April 6th, 7th & 8th!!

Check out our incredible talent line-up:

APRIL 6th

Wes Hampton

Michael English

The Mark Trammell Quartet

Allison Speer

The Blackwood Brothers Quartet


APRIL 7th

Jeff & Sheri Easter

Aaron Tippin

The Freemans

The Whisnants

The Freedom Singers


APRIL 8th

Gordon Mote

Don Moen

As always Jim Sheldon, The Positive Cowboy, will be performing on every show.

Seats are free, but to get yours email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) .

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

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Author: AGM | Author's Website: http://absolutelygospel.com/
Written: 03/27/2015 | Category: News & Scoops Comments: 0


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Good News Music Radio with Woody Wright

This week's program on "Good News Music Radio with Woody Wright" features Part 2 of our interview with R.W. Blackwood and music from The Palmetto State Quartet, Lynda Randle, Rachel West Kramer, Buddy Greene, The Blackwood Singers, The Isaacs, Adam Crabb, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, The Booth Brothers, Patsy Cline and MORE!

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

http://GoodNewsMusicRadio.com/

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

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Written: 03/27/2015 | Category: News & Scoops Comments: 0


Daily Devotion

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Check Your Connection

In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths . Proverbs 3:6 (KJV)

A few years ago I decided I would take flying lessons. One of the first things I learned is that you must file a flight plan. This flight plan tells the FAA where you are going and the route you are planning to take. Without submitting this vital piece of information, you will not be permitted to take off. Once in the air, you must keep in constant contact with air traffic control via radio. They will assign you a radio frequency and it is in your best interest as well as those other aircraft around if you do not change frequencies unless instructed. You will receive instructions from air traffic control at various points along your journey. They will tell you what heading to fly, what altitude and airspeed to maintain. Should you wish to change your cruising altitude, you must clear it with air traffic control. They may even ask you to alter your course from time to time. So why do pilots have to obey the instructions of the tower? The answer is simple. The tower sees the big picture. All you see is your little piece of sky. However, the tower knows how many aircraft are in your vicinity and at what altitudes they are flying. If you change your flight path or altitude without permission, it could cause a mid air collision! Air traffic control know that it’s their job to see to it that everyone reaches their destinations safely by directing everything that is going on.

For the Christian prayer is a vital key in staying connected with God. If we fail to maintain contact we can miss vital instructions from Him which may cause us to follow an unwanted course. If you’re wondering why God seems distant, check your connection. If it seems it‘s been a while sense you‘ve seen God working in your life, check your connection . God sees the big picture. He not only sees, but orchestrates circumstances in our life. In John 5:19 Jesus told His disciples, “ The Son can do nothing of Himself, but whatever He sees the Father do: for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.” If Jesus himself stayed connected to hear His Father’s instructions, how much more should we! Our job is to walk by faith and follow His instructions even if it means altering our course when He asks us to.

Jeff Pearles 2015



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The Browders Hit Number One Spot For The Second Straight Month

The Group Obtains Two Singing News Fan Award Nominations


Hiltons, VA (March 26, 2015) Known for their string of number one songs, the award winning and Dove nominated Browders have once again made news with their latest number one song on the Singing News Chart. Not since the Dove Brothers did it eight years ago has a song held onto the number one position for two months in a row.

"He Took The Nails”, penned by Matthew Browder and Mike Upright hit number one for the month of April and now again for the month of May. Southern Gospel Music has not had this much excitement in a long, long time. The song was also on the Absolutely Gospel Music Weekly Chart for three consecutive weeks and in the top three for three months.

Great songs and great singers make number one songs, and the Browders consistently produce number one songs. This was their fourth release of a single and their fourth number one from their current project titled Time Machine.

In other news, the Browders have obtained two Singing News Fan Award nominations for Favorite Mixed Group and Favorite Band. The Browders continue to prove that talent and hard work will bring about success and open many doors for ministry.

Matthew Browder commented, "A Fan Award nomination is a blessing because it means the people who listen to our music have chosen to honor us by putting our name on a ballot. We appreciate everyone who took the time to vote.”

Second round voting will be in the July issue of the magazine.

If you would like to interview the Browders contact AG Publicity at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) .

You can find out more about the Browders by going to http://www.thebrowders.com or https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Browders-Friends .

Contact the Browders by E-mailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or Twitter at https://twitter.com/browdersmusic .

To book The Browders contact Beckie Simmons Agency at http://www.bsaworld.com or call 615-595-7500.

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Written: 03/26/2015 | Category: News & Scoops Comments: 0


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Be A Part Of Karen Peck & New River’s New Video

Hendersonville, Tenn (March 26, 2015) Pray Now, which releases to the public April 28th, features the radio single by the same name that encourages Christians to pray the Lord's Prayer. As tragedies, natural disasters and political unrest increase around us, 'Pray Now' creates an urgency for Christians to pray now more than ever before. In keeping with this poignant message, the group's music video will revolve around prayer, in all forms and by Christians everywhere.

This is where you come in!

Film a video of someone praying; yourself, your family, your kids, your grandkids, your co-workers, your church, anyone!

Please make this video no more than 15 seconds long and make sure to film it holding your camera or phone horizontally.

Next, email your video to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

All submissions need to be received by April 8th to be considered.



Please include the hashtag #PrayNow when sharing your videos on social media!

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Dominion Agency Welcomes America’s Favorite Family of Gospel Music, The Hoppers

Waynesville, NC (March 26, 2015) - The Dominion Agency is thrilled to welcome America's Favorite Family of Gospel Music, The Hoppers, to their fine roster of artists.

This multi-award winning family group has been singing to global audiences for 58 years with appearances ranging from presidential religious inaugural ceremonies and New York’s Carnegie Hall to singing conventions and church platforms. To begin working with such an outstanding group, with such a rich history in Gospel music, brings a new sense of excitement to the Dominion Agency.

President and CEO, Michael Davis, expresses, "I am so honored to be representing one of the most celebrated artists in the history of Gospel music, The Hoppers. With 58 years of ministry and still going strong, The Hoppers are thrilling and blessing audiences night after night. What a privilege to work with this Godly family for whom I have so much love and respect!"

"After 58 years of successful in-house representation, The Hoppers are excited to announce we are teaming with Michael Davis and The Dominion Agency," states Dean Hopper. He continues, "This new relationship will allow us to reach many new audiences as we declare the Gospel through the unique sound our family is known for."

To schedule The Hoppers for your church, concert, or ministry event call Michael Davis at 828-454-5900 or email him here: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Written: 03/26/2015 | Category: News & Scoops Comments: 0


Daily Devotion

Cowgirl and Talulah

God Still Speaks

“Your own ears will hear Him. Right behind you a Voice will say, ‘This is the way you should go,’ whether to the right or to the left.”
Isaiah 30:21 NLT

“…I will pour out My Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your old men will dream dreams, and your young men will see visions.”
Joel 2:28 NLT

Have you ever had a strong sense to go one way but not the other? Or maybe you saw something in a “flash” just before it happened, allowing you to keep yourself or someone else from danger?

The world often refers to these types of events as “unexplained” or possibly “psychic” experiences. As believers in the One True God, we know these experiences are gifts of the Holy Spirit. The Word says we will hear a Voice telling us which way to go. I have not only heard the Voice of the Lord, but the Lord has also given me visions at different times in my life to encourage and strengthen me.

The story of Cowgirl and Talulah sounds more like a children’s book title than a Holy Spirit encounter, but I want to share with you what happened!

My precious Momma and Daddy live on a farm in South Texas. They have a number of cattle on the property. My Momma also has an adorable 5 pound shih tzu named Talulah. Mother adores Talulah. She keeps her hair long and she literally looks like a stuffed animal, or as my Daddy puts it, “a slow moving house shoe!”

One day Momma was about to take Talulah outside to potty when all of the sudden, in her mind, she saw an event flash before her eyes. She saw something large and white moving toward Talulah and then saw herself scoop Talulah up and run into the house, barely making it out of the way of the danger.

My mother stood there a moment thinking how weird that was and then went ahead and took Talulah out. Just a few minutes later, Momma couldn’t believe what she saw. Cowgirl, a large white cow on the property was running, charging straight at Talulah! One head butt or kick could send Talulah flying and literally kill her. Momma ran, scooped Talulah up and then made it in the house before Cowgirl could get to them.

Cowgirl had never acted aggressively toward any of the dogs before. Momma and I both believe God was warning her in the vision to be on the alert for danger when she took Talulah out.

God is so good! He cares about every little detail of our lives. He cares about our emotions and heart’s desires. All we have to do is ask Him to take control of every second of our lives and He will be faithful to lead, guide and protect us.

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News & Scoops


The Isaacs Take Three Singing News Award Nominations

Nashville, Tenn (March 25, 2015) Gaither Homecoming artists, the Isaacs, have taken three 2015 Singing News Fan Awards Nominations. Always a fan favorite the Isaacs are familiar with award nominations, but never take them for granted.

This year the Isaacs are nominated for Favorite Mixed Group and Favorite Band together as a group and Sonya Isaacs Yeary also gathered an individual nomination for Favorite Soprano.

Matriarch of the group, Lily Isaacs commented, "We would like to thank Singing News for our nominations. We are blessed to be associated with all of our Gospel Music family and count it an honor to be in these categories."

The Isaacs also received seven nominations in the AGM Awards earlier this year and will be performing at the Absolutely Gospel Music Awards Celebration in Smyrna, TN on April 14th.

If you would like to interview the Isaacs contact AG Publicity at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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

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

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Written: 03/25/2015 | Category: News & Scoops Comments: 0


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Jeff Stice Earns 2015 Singing News Fan Award Nomination

Brownsville, KY (March 25, 2015) Talented award winning pianist, Jeff Stice is once again getting the attention of award nominations. As a member of Triumphant Quartet and earlier the Kingdom Heirs, he was part of several nominations from different organizations. He was awarded by the 2014 AGM Awards for his producing capabilities. This time the Singing News Fan Awards are recognizing him for his abilities in the Favorite Musician category.

Jeff commented, "When the nominations first came out and I saw my name, I was humbled and honored. All I can say is thank you from the bottom of my heart."

Stice was also received three nominations earlier this year in the Absolutely Gospel Music Awards. His many accomplishments are being noticed throughout the Gospel music industry.

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.

If you would like an interview with Jeff Stice contact AG Publicity at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Written: 03/25/2015 | Category: News & Scoops Comments: 0


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The Mark Dubbeld Family Releases New Song To Radio

Moneta, VA (March 25, 2015) Mansion Entertainment recording artist, The Mark Dubbeld Family is excited to release their new radio single "One Of These Days” written by Janene Dubbeld.
It is being released on Mansion Radio Hits & Patterson Music Group.

The Mark Dubbeld Family has started 2015 by celebrating 4 years in full time Gospel Music. They have seen a wonderful response to their music and ministry with "Higher Than I” climbing in the Singing News charts to #48 in 2014. They will be Featured Artist at the 2015 National Quartet Convention in the late September.

Mark Dubbeld, The father of the group states "This is a song of great hope for the believer today. It won’t be long church, get ready! The family is just returning from a successful and exciting 7 week and a 6000 mile concert tour to the southern states of VA, NC, GA and FL. We
praise God for His blessing.”

Pauline Patterson of Patterson Music Group states, "I’m Proud to represent this fine family to National Radio”.

To find out more about the Mark Dubbeld Family go to http://www.mjdubbeld.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/marknjanene.dubbeld .

To book the Mark Dubbeld Family contact Sophia Davis at 615-590-7453 or http://www.adorationagency.com .

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Author: AGM | Author's Website: http://absolutelygospel.com/
Written: 03/25/2015 | Category: News & Scoops Comments: 0


Daily Devotion

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The Wait

If there's I don't like is anyone having to wait on me. I do my best to value other people's time, so I always want to be on time.

We live in a "fast food" type world where we want our food faster, faster Internet speed, quicker prescriptions filled. We can buy everything online with no wait! And of course, we want God to move faster to meet our needs.

We want God to move RIGHT NOW. When He doesn't move during OUR time frame, we get angry or think He doesn't care.

"Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord." (‭Psalm‬ ‭27‬:‭14‬ NIV)

Has God ever broken a promise? No. Has He ever let me down? No. Has He ever disappointed me? No. Has He ever been late in meeting my need? No, NEVER.

Why do I still struggle with "The Wait?"

He has proven to me that His plans are much better than mine.

Isaiah 55:8
"My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts," says the LORD. "And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.

I struggle because I'm not viewing God for who He is. He is faithful. It's just not a word that DESCRIBES Him, it's WHO HE IS. I have to stop viewing Him like I view my own humanness. He is God Almighty and He is in control.

Lord, forgive me for ever doubting your goodness.

Friend, Are you struggling today? Pray this with me..

"Father, Your word says in Mark 9:24... “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” Forgive me for doubting you. I know you ARE faithful and every promise you've made, you have kept and WILL keep. Give me strength with "The Wait." Thank you for loving me and thank you for Jesus. In His name I come, Amen."

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Announcements

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2015 AGM Awards

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Lindsey Graham Lands Singing News Fan Award Nomination

Estero, Fla (March 24,2015) Up and coming Gospel artist Lindsey Graham has landed her first
Singing News Fan Award for Favorite New Soloist.

Lindsey is no stranger to Gospel music, formerly singing with the Taylors and having great success in Europe, but now is the time for some well deserved recognition here in the United States. In a genre of music where soloists have to work harder and go that extra mile, Lindsey has proven herself willing and more than capable for the task.

Miss Graham stated "I am most honored by this recognition from the fans! Thank you for voting for me. Your support and timely encouragement has left me humbly surprised. May God be glorified! A special thank you to Dominion Agency for their tireless efforts on my behalf.”

If you would like to interview Lindsey Graham contact AG Publicity at info@agpublicity .

Learn more about Lindsey Graham by going to her website at http://www.lindseygrahamministries.com or https://www.facebook.com/LindseyGrahamMinistries .

To book Lindsey for your church, concert or event contact Dominion Agency 828- 454-5900.

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News & Scoops


Ben Speer Battles Alzheimers - An Open Letter From Him

The following is taken from Ben Speer's FaceBook page. Let's keep Ben and his family held up in prayer.

Recently, I have been told that I am one of the millions who is being afflicted with Alzheimer’s Disease. Upon learning this news, Rebekah and I had to decide whether we would keep this a private matter or whether we would make this news known in a public way.

After some consideration we have decided to share this with you. I intend to live the remainder of the years God gives me on this earth doing the things I have always done. I will continue to share life’s journey with my beloved Rebekah and family. I plan to enjoy many more singing schools and singings and stay in touch with my friends and supporters.

Unfortunately, as Alzheimer’s Disease progresses, the family often bears a heavy burden. One my family is all too familiar with. I only wish there was some way I could spare Rebekah and the rest from this painful experience. During this time and those to come, I am confident that with your help they will face it with faith and courage.

Sincerely,
Ben Speer

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Daily Devotion

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Dress for Success

“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand” (Ephesians 6: 10-18).

Occasionally, when visiting restaurants here and there, I notice a sign that reads "Proper attire required." There's another sign that basically means the same thing, but it's a little more poignant in its delivery. It reads this way, "No shirt. No shoes. No service."
That's it. Period. Obviously, a certain decorum is expected and appreciated when we venture into society.

In my work as a pastor and denominational leader, I've often interviewed people who were looking for employment opportunities and open doors of ministry. It's easy to spot someone who takes the opportunity seriously. While they possibly can't afford the most expensive attire, they certainly made the best of what they had and appeared for the interview with pressed and clean clothes, polished shoes, and combed hair. On the other hand, I've met some I knew could have done better, but they arrived looking as if they had barely survived an explosion from a mattress factory.

How we dress says a great deal about how we view our work and the day ahead of us. That's especially true in our engagement with spiritual warfare. The Word of God describes several elements of a warrior’s armor that speak of spiritual preparation and readiness for battle.

Look at the list:

· The Belt of Truth
· The Breastplate of Righteousness
· The Shoes of Peace
· The Shield of Faith
· The Helmet of Salvation
· The Sword of the Spirit

Over time, I will write about each item specifically, but it's interesting to note that the armor is designed to provide both for defensive protection and offensive advancement. God never intended for us to simply cower down and hope the enemy of our souls just goes away. You have been equipped to stand, but you've also been equipped to subdue. You're equipped with promises and power. You're infused with ability and anointing, but most of all you are covered with a protective shield of the whole armor of God. Knowing this, you can attest and declare with all confidence, "I'm not backing down, because God is backing me up."


Stepping into the arena of spiritual warfare without being properly attired in the whole armor of God, would be the same as yielding to defeat before the fight ever begins. Always remember the “weapons of your warfare are not of the earth, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds”
(2 Corinthians 10:4).

Tim Hill

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News & Scoops


Steve Ladd Garners Singing News Fan Award Nomination

Nashville, Tenn (March 23, 2015) Talented tenor singer, Steve Ladd, is no stranger to award nominations. As a member of Gold City, he was part of several nominations from different organizations. This time the Singing News Fan Awards are recognizing him for his abilities in the Favorite Soloist category.

Steve commented "I can't tell you how humbled I felt to see my name listed among the great artists that are up for 2015's Favorite Soloist Of The Year. I have the absolute best fans and I'm grateful they believe in me enough to cast their vote my way. Win or lose, it truly is an honor to be nominated."

Ladd was also nominated earlier this year in the Absolutely Gospel Music Awards. His accomplishments are being noted throughout the industry.

If you would like to interview Steve Ladd contact AG Publicity at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) .

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

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

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News & Scoops


Back Home Joined By Scott Fowler And T Graham Brown On New CD

BACK HOME IS JOINED BY SCOTT FOWLER OF LEGACY FIVE AND T. GRAHAM BROWN ON NEW CD

Nashville, TN (3/23/15) – Award nominated and winning trio Back Home (Jimmy and Jennifer Layne and Stacy Pearcy) from South Pittsburg, TN are releasing what folks are saying is the BEST CD they have heard to date from this group and in the Southern Gospel genre in years. .

They are joined on this project, on a duet, with Scott Fowler of Legacy Five. Scott says, "I have absolutely
fallen in love with Jimmy and Jen. I am absolutely CRAZY about their songwriting. Their songs consistently hit us where life hits us! It's rare these days for writers to be as vulnerable as Jen is with her songs. It's so refreshing! I am so excited
to be included on their new album singing with them! They are both such incredible vocalists....I'm not sure how I talked them into this, but I can't wait!" Scott will also be appearing in a video with Back Home.

Also joining Jimmy and Jennifer on a duet is recently Grammy Nominated, T Graham Brown who said, "I'm so happy to be a part of this new project with Jimmy and Jennifer and the song I'm singing a duet on is the one of the best I have heard, I may just have to start singing it in my concerts."

“Back Home has released some great CD’s in the past, but this CD is the best I’ve heard to date from them and that’s saying a mouthful,” says Chris Latham/Back Home producer and Grammy winning engineer.

The new CD titled “One Name” is loaded with award winning writers such as Jerry Salley, Sue Smith, Lee Black, Linda Davis, Adam Wheeler, Mark Narmore, Jeff King, Jennifer Layne, Marty Roe, Bernie Herms, Jimmy Olander, Diane Eve Warren, Aimee Mayo, William Luther, David Allen Clark, Donald A. Koch and Kenna Turner West. Each and every song tells of the love of God and forgiveness He gives us and that we should give to each other.

Jeff King and Chris Latham, owners and producers of Cross Country Records, (Back Home’s label), are completely hands on in the record making process. They each play, engineer, and produce each song on every album. They are both Nashville veterans, with major accolades of their own. Jeff is touring with Reba McEntire and is one of music’s most in demand session players. And as always, Back Home’s CD is full of Nashville veteran player’s who year after play on their records. Players include, Jeff King, Jerry Roe, Mike Johnson, Jason Webb, Chris Latham, Tammy King and Pat McGrath.

“We feel like God deserves the best that we can give him and that Gospel music needs to be quality in sound and words” It’s about Him and reaching the folks that are hurting,” says Jimmy and Jennifer.

“I’m so happy to be working on my 7th year now with Back Home. Their music is fresh and real, telling powerful stories we can all relate to in some form. Their ministry brings comfort to those in need, and hope for people trying to change their lives. They’ve been through it, now they sing about it. If you haven’t experienced a live concert.. Do it!” said Jeff King/Producer of Back Home and Cross Country Records Producer and Owner.

Sheri Easter stated, “I remember the first thing Jeff ever told me about Back Home. We were working a concert with them and he came back on the bus bragging on the harmonies, their vocals and what a wonderful writer Jen was. Immediately, I was hooked.”

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Karen Peck and New River Capture Six Singing News Fan Award Nominations

Dahlonega, GA (March 23, 2015) Multi-award winning Gospel group Karen Peck and New River have captured six 2015 Singing News Fan Award nominations. Always in the top lists of any awards presented, Karen Peck and New River once again are among the top nominees.

This years nomination feature recognition in the individual efforts of Karen and Susan Peck Jackson gaining the Soprano and Alto Favorites, as well as Karen in the Favorite Female Singer category. It was a team effort of Karen, Susan, and Jeff that got the Trio of the Year and Favorite Artist nominations. This year is also the first time Karen has been nominated as a songwriter in the Songwriter of the Year category.

Karen stated "We are very thankful and honored for the Singing News Fan Awards nominations. We are especially thrilled to be in the Favorite Artist category this year. This is also my first Favorite Songwriter nomination. Honestly, after all of these years of ministry, Susan, Jeff, and I are so grateful for all of your love and support.”

Second round voting will be in the July issue of the magazine.

If you would like to interview Karen Peck and New River contact AG Publicity at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) .

You can find out more about Karen Peck and New River at http://www.karenpeckandnewriver.com or https://www.facebook.com/pages/Karen-Peck-and-New-River .

Karen Peck and New River is booked by The Harper Agency http://www.harperagency.com or
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Please help Karen, Susan and Jeff spread the word by using this suggested Hashtag for social media: #PrayNowLordsPrayer .

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Weekly Chart

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Monday - March 23, 2015

Top 40 Weekly Chart

TW
LW
#WK
TITLE
ARTIST
PEAK
1
1
18
That's What I Miss the Most Bowling Family
1(2)
2
2
18
He Took the Nails Browders
1(3)
3
3
15
It Was the Word Williamsons
3
4
4
20
Over For Good Beyond the Ashes
1(4)
5
13
7
Pure Satisfaction McKameys
5
6
5
12
Glorybound Whisnants
5
7
9
20
Pray On the Little Days Mark Bishop
7
8
7
7
Nobody Like Jesus Wilburn & Wilburn
7
9
11
9
Steppin' Out In Faith Jim Brady Trio
5
10
6
24
Unashamed Brian Free & Assurance
2
11
16
5
Battle Cry Kingsmen
11
12
14
30
I Wanna Be There Isaacs
7
13
17
19
Picture This 11th Hour
5
14
18
17
This Blood Triumphant
14
15
15
9
What You Leave Behind Talleys
7
16
20
6
Til the Shackles Fall Off Ivan Parker
13
17
21
4
Ordinary People Old Paths
17
18
8
5
I Will Rise Tribute
8
19
26
5
Anything But Happy Jeff & Sheri Easter
19
20
19
22
Sometimes It Takes a Mountain Gaither Vocal Band
11
21
23
18
Big Top Channing Eleton
21
22
27
7
There's Still a Refuge Mylon Hayes Family
22
23
31
4
Place In the Choir Browns
23
24
10
18
Land of Endless Tomorrows Hoskins Family
10
25
25
3
Who Is This Man? Legacy Five
25
26
29
7
God Enough Jay Stone Singers
26
27
12
22
No One Like God Zane & Donna King
1
28
35
2
I've Found a Faithful Friend Inspirations
28
29
30
10
Still Blessed Hyssongs
20
30
32
7
Send Me Rick Webb Family
22
31
36
24
The Joys of Heaven Kingdom Heirs
10
32
33
2
God's Been Faithful Mark Trammell Quartet
32
33
24
10
It Shall Be Well Lore Family
20
34
34
7
Don't Give a Rock a Chance Watts, Rowsey & Bean
34
35
39
2
Hallelujah Chorus Nelons
35
36
*
1
Just Preach It Kingdom Heirs
36
37
*
1
When God Does the Doin' Three Bridges
37
38
**
5
I'm Glad I'm Saved Bledsoes
31
39
*
1
Happy People Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
39
40
*
1
What a Happy Time Goodman Revival
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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No Cheating Allowed!

Cheating is a word you don’t hear used much among adults. Children are quick to tattle on someone who is cheating on a test, or cheating in a game, but somewhere between childhood and becoming an adult, we are sometimes guilty of looking the other way when a ‘small’ act of untruth slips by. Maybe it’s because as adults, we witness such atrocities, that we forget that a ‘little’ cheat is still wrong in the eyes of God.

The Bible says that sin is sin, as Christians, we have the responsibility to be honest in all things and pure in all thoughts. The trouble with that is Christians were born into a world of sin, just like a non-Christians, so we battle against the same forces every day. What makes us different is the ability to be honest enough with ourselves, and with God to admit our shortcomings (our ‘little’ cheats) and do our best every day, thanking God for His grace when we simply aren’t good enough!

When you feel tempted to manipulate a system to your favor, when you have the choice to keep secrets for your benefit, when you choose poorly by simply not choosing at all, think about how God will see your action. Will He see an act of purity, of goodness, of truth, or will He see an act of questionable character? Remember this whenever you are facing a choice and always remember, there’s no cheating allowed!


James 4:17 King James Version (KJV) 17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.
Proverbs 19:1English Standard Version (ESV) 1Better is a poor person who walks in his integrity
 than one who is crooked in speech and is a fool.
Proverbs 10:9 English Standard Version (ESV) 9 Whoever walks in integrity walks securely,
 but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out.
James 1:26 King James Version (KJV) 26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain.
Proverbs 16:28 English Standard Version (ESV) 28 A dishonest man spreads strife,
 and a whisperer separates close friends.
Romans 3:10-12 English Standard Version (ESV) 10 As it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one; 11 no one understands;
 no one seeks for God. 12 All have turned aside; together they have become worthless;
 no one does good,
 not even one.”
James 2:10 English Standard Version (ESV) 10 For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it.

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Daily Devotion

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You Can’t Keep It And You Can’t Give It Away

Hey, here's GREAT NEWS! YOU have been given a GIFT that you CAN’T KEEP, CAN’T GIVE AWAY and it’s YOURS and YOURS ALONE. It’s the MOST VALUABLE GIFT you could ever receive and you’ve got to USE IT NOW before it’s GONE. It’s Pastor Phil of Harvest Chapel with a GOOD WORD from GOD’S WORD today.

Well, I know you’ve already figured out what this AMAZING GIFT is! It’s "TODAY"! You know, TWENTY-FOUR HOURS that if you don’t USE IT, you LOSE IT. God gave this PRICELESS GIFT to you and it’s up to you of how you SPEND IT.

Well, a TYPICAL DAY for most of us is spent approximately Eight Hour SLEEPING, Three Hours EATING, Eight Hours WORKING (whether on a job or retirement duties) and an average of Two Hours at PERSONAL DUTIES. And, if you’ve done the MATH that’s TWENTY ONE HOURS of your DAILY OBLIGATIONS. So, , , the remaining THREE HOURS are YOURS to SPEND anyway YOU PLEASE.

Oh, but know this, the DEVIL will try to STEAL those PRECIOUS FEW HOURS with ANGER, HATRED, UNFORGIVENESS and ENVY. But Galatians 5:22-23 says to fill "TODAY" with LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS and SELF-CONTROL. So, SPEND TODAY God’s way and you’ll really CASH IN.

It’s, Pastor Phil, SPENDING my TIME with this "GOOD WORD FROM GOD’S WORD TODAY". God bless.



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News & Scoops


The Williamsons Get Nomination In Singing News Fan Awards

Weleetka, Oklahoma (March 20, 2015) In the midst of have a great year, the Williamsons are again nominated for an award. This time they are honored with the Favorite New Mixed Group for the Singing News Magazine Fan Awards. Earlier this year they were nominated for the Fan Favorite in the Absolutely Gospel Music Awards.

"We are so overwhelmed to once again be nominated for Favorite New Mixed Group in the Singing News Fan Awards. It is so humbling to know that friends around the country appreciate our ministry to that degree. It validates the fact that what we do is worth every effort we put in to it." Baritone and manager Donnie Williamson stated.

Obtaining the Favorite New Mixed Group nomination was a group effort with each member, Lisa Williamson, Karl Rice, Darin Herbert, and of course Donnie Williamson lending their talent to the cause.

Second round voting will be in the July issue of the magazine.

In even more good news the Williamsons newest radio single climbed to #5 on the Singing News Chart for April and is at #3 on the Absolutelygospel.com Weekly Chart. The group will also be performing at the AGM Award Show on April 14th in Smyrna, Tennessee.

If you would like to interview the Williamsons contact AG Publicity at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) .

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

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News & Scoops


Ashley DeRamus Joins David DeSanctis & Lauren Potter For World Down Syndrome Day

Hoover, Alabama (March 20, 2015) WHERE HOPE GROWS, Down syndrome actor David DeSanctis "Pays it Forward” with Random Acts of Kindness for World Down Syndrome Day on March 21st.

Ashley DeRamus joins David along with other participants including ‘Glee’ actress Lauren Potter, and Los Angeles Angels Baseball All-star Albert Pujols.

World Down Syndrome Day is a global awareness day which has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012. Each year the voice of people with Down syndrome, and those who live and work with them, grows louder.

Ashley stated, "I am so honored to be able to join in this effort to pay it forward while bringing attention to the abilities of Down syndrome people everywhere.”

This week, David attended a charity film screening of WHERE HOPE GROWS for Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols Family Foundation in Phoenix. He also hosted a BE KIND school assembly in a joint effort with The Be Kind People Project ™. More than 500 students pledged compassion and goodwill toward one another.

If you would like to interview the Ashley contact AG Publicity at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) .

You can learn more about Ashley DeRamus and the Ashley DeRamus Foundation by going http://ashleybydesign.com or https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ashley-DeRamus-Foundation .

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News & Scoops


Sneed Family Nabs Singing News Fan Award Nomination

Glasgow, Kentucky (March 20, 2015) The award winning Sneed Family of Glasgow, Kentucky have nabbed a nomination for the Favorite New Mixed Group in the 2015 Singing News Fan Awards.

Having a phenomenal year, this is already the second award nomination for the Sneed Family this year as they were nominated for Fan Favorite Award in the Absolutely Gospel Music Awards .

Jeff Sneed commented "Our family is very honored to receive this nomination by the Singing News Magazine. We feel very blessed and appreciate the loyalty of our fans. Last year winning Break Through Artist of the Year at Absolutely Gospel Awards and the Favorite Band of the Year at Fan Fair made 2014 a very encouraging year for our ministry. Now with 2015, the anticipation is overwhelming receiving nominations for Fan Favorite Group of the the Year at the Absolutely Gospel Awards and a nomination for Favorite New Mixed Group in the Singing News Fan Award nominations. We are just thankful God is moving us forward and giving us the opportunity to reach more people by spreading Gods Love and joy through song.”

Second round voting will be in the July issue of the magazine.

If you would like to interview the Sneed Family contact AG Publicity.

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

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News & Scoops


Pauline Patterson Releases Radio Singles For Four Artists

Somerset for Christ Continues to Touch Lives with Unique Ministry

(Maineville, OH) The popular group, Somerset for Christ, has a unique ministry and shared their latest song, "Break My Heart," across the nation this year through Patterson Promotions. The group continues to be a part of the popular Larry Ford radio program and have experienced successful airplay in neighboring states and beyond.

This unique music ministry, with no touring on their agenda, reaches out to those who are shut in and cannot attend concerts. They have a heart for those who are unable to travel and those who are disabled but need a lift in their spirit.

Pauline Patterson notes, "I really love this group and it has been a great honor to work with them!"

"Break My Heart" is on Patterson Promotions Vol. 17 national radio compilation.

For more info--Concert promoters can receive a free press kit by contacting Publicist, Evie Hawkins, Office@EHA-Nashville.com, 256-303-8354, or 615-856-0910 Radio contact: Patterson Music Group: 606-528-0033, http://www.pattersonpromotions.com 
Contact the band directly: Jack Dennis: 513-677-3293 http://www.somersetforchrist.com


Brenda Whitlock Continues to Reach Out with Latest Radio Release

(Okolona, MS) Beloved soloist, Brenda Whitlock, has continued steady and sure with her lastest single, "We Have Found Her." The song is off her "Who is She" project and was released to radio through Patterson Promotions this winter.

Pauline Patterson notes, "We continue to see Brenda reach out to so many. She is truly a blessing and her songs are powerful and full of love that touches the listeners. It has been an honor to work with Brenda and we expect to continue hearing the testimonies from people that her music has touched."

Concert promoters can receive a free press kit by contacting Publicist, Evie Hawkins, Office@EHA-Nashville.com, 256-303-8354, or 615-856-0910 For additional radio info: Patterson Music Group: 606-528-0033, http://www.pattersonpromotions.com or contact Brenda directly: 662-871-8336

Kent Curtis Family Gearing up for Oklahoma Concert Tour

(McEwen, TN) The Kent Curtis Family is excited about their spring concert tour in Oklahoma. The popular family group has been spreading the good news in song for years and they have gotten positive fan feedback with their latest single, "I Found Mercy."

Radio promoter, Pauline Patterson notes, "It has been a real privilege to work with such a fine group and the single they sent to radio was written by Nathan Curtis, Kent’s son. This family group is really touching hearts and I always enjoy receiving good feedback from fans."

For more information on the group: Visit their website: http://www.kentcurtisfamily.com or "Like" Kent Curtis Family on Facebook and message them. You may also call their home office at (931) 582-6884. Concert promoters can receive a free press kit by contacting their Publicist, Evie Hawkins, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), 256-303-8354, or 615-856-0910 For additional radio info: Patterson Music Group: 606-528-0033, http://www.pattersonpromotions.com




Roy Anderson Continues to Gain New Fans with Latest Radio Release

Roy Anderson, with "Ascending Son Ministry," released "God’s Word" on Pauline Patterson’s Vol. 17 radio comp disc this winter. His song, "I Found Jesus," is another trademark of his "Ascending Son" music ministry that has a mission of sharing the message of Jesus Christ with as many people as possible. His song, "Take my Hand" did well on Southern Gospel Times Top 40 and reached the #3 position. To hear a sample of his music, one can go to Amazon, itunes, and most digital download sites. For more info on Roy Anderson’s music ministry visit his website at http://www.ascendingson.com
Concert promoters can receive a free press kit by contacting his Publicist: Evie Hawkins,
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), 256-303-8354, or 615-856-0910 For additional radio info: Patterson Music Group: 606 528-0033, http://www.pattersonpromotions.com Contact Roy directly at: phone (559) 665-7981 randerson@ascendingson.com

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Daily Devotion

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On Those Days

Life is hard. People hurt. Our little fluffy programs won't cut it when a momma gets the call that her 20 year old son just died. Or the lady that gets the call that her husband of many years walked away from his church, kids, and her too....the 25 year old that discovered a lump under his arm, and three days later they diagnose him with a rare cancer, surgery same day.

On those days, a robo-call won't do. On those days there will be wailing, tears, and streaked mascara. There will be screaming and fist pounding on this day. On this day you need the Holy Ghost, not a workbook. You need a friend's shoulder, not an email. You need a Crabb/Bowling CD turned up and blaring, not Justin Timberlake. You hope the volume will rapture you away and the problem will be gone when you return.

You need the hope that we have in Him....that is momentarily hard to grab, find, grasp....but we breath in, breath out, we continue to hear our own heart beat, and eventually we realize we still need our hope, our promise....we realize the way is already made, the answers all provided, and the price has been paid. And suddenly, a decision is made. We won't give up. We decide to live. Within hours the choice is made, the faith down inside us has risen up to be the dominant force, it's almost like a personality takeover.

The faith that was deposited in you 10 years ago was just activated. It's the decision maker for the weaker version of you. So faith is now the "boss" in charge. You my dear are officially going to make it, and not only make, you will thrive, and be stronger......someday.

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News & Scoops


Crossroads Chris White Loses Father

Below is the Obituary and Funeral arrangements of Carl White, father of Crossroads Chris White:

Rev. Carl White age 96, of Maryville, passed away Monday, March 16, 2015 at Blount Memorial Hospital. Carl pastored Hillcrest Baptist Church for 63 years and preached his last sermon there on March 8, 2015. He retired from Alcoa after 45 years of service. He based his life on John 3:16, and ironically he walked through the heavenly gates on 3/16.

Preceded in death by: Wife of 70 years, Gladys White; Parents, Bethel & Meletta White; Brother, Ralph, Harry, & Homer White; Sisters, Velma Hord and Kathleen Flynn; Grandson, Jackie Dale Bryant. Survivors include: Sons & Daughters-in-law, Randy & Pat White of Maryville and Chris & Kimberly White of Seymour; Daughters & Sons-in-law, Linda & Johnny Bryant of Maryville and Vicki & David Hickman of Maryville; Grandchildren, Cindy, Traci, Scott, Jeff, Lisa, Ginger, Jordan, Jacob, Shane, Todd, Nikki; Great-Grandchildren, Chase, Lee, Evan, Taylor, Jake, Marley, Alex, Cory, Kaci, Carson, Italia, Logan, Maci, Alexa, and soon to be Landyn Kate.

Funeral service will be held at 7:00 PM, Thursday, March 19, 2015 at Everett Hills Baptist Church. The family is thankful for the generosity of Everett Hills Baptist Church for allowing them to use their sanctuary to accommodate as many friends and family as possible. A fellowship will follow the service at the church. Family and friends will assemble for entombment at 11:00 AM, Friday, March 20, 2015 at Grandview Mausoleum Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: Gideons International, Blount County South Camp, PO Box 4035, Maryville, TN 37802-4035. Smith Funeral & Cremation Service, Maryville, 865-983-1000, http://www.SmithFuneralandCremation.com

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Daily Devotion

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Refreshed , Revived and Invigorated

He restores my soul; He leads me in the path of righteousness for His name’s sake. Ps 23:3

Not long ago my wife and I were invited, along with three other couples, over to some friends house for dinner. I had just gotten in off of a very long and tiring trip and would have given just about anything to stay home and relax. However, we had committed to this evening several weeks prior and out of respect to our friends and our friendship cancelling was not an option.

When we arrived at our friends home, we found the table beautifully decorated with the wonderful aroma of food that had been prepared in the air. The other couples arrived and very soon we all found ourselves enjoying a delightful evening of food and fellowship. We sat around the table visiting and catching up. As we talked, the conversation turned to The Lord and what He had been doing in each of our lives.

Two hours later we were still taking about the goodness of God! Before we knew it, it was time to leave although no one seemed anxious to go. We all stood out in the driveway for several more minutes still visiting before we realized the lateness of the hour. It seemed that the party had just gotten started and then it was time to leave.

As we left I told my wife Linda, “I’m glad we went. I feel so refreshed, revived and invigorated! She replied, “That’s the way it is when you start talking about The Lord and give all the credit for the glorious and wonderful things that he has done like we all did tonight.” When we allow God to lead us in His righteous paths we find we will be refreshed and renewed no matter how exhausted we may feel.

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News & Scoops


Joanne Cash Continues the Cash Family Legacy

Legendary Gospel artist Joanne Cash, the little sister of Johnny Cash, duets with some of her famous friends on new album, Breaking Down the Barriers

(NASHVILLE, Tennessee) -- Gospel music legend Joanne Cash, sister of country music icon Johnny Cash, will release her latest album, Breaking Down the Barriers, on April 1st. The star-studded duets album from Nashville-based indie label Proverbial Excellence will be available in stores and at all digital retailers including iTunes and Amazon, distributed by Elevate Entertainment and Syntax Distribution.

On Breaking Down the Barriers, Joanne teamed up with many of her famous friends for a collection of 14 duets that are firmly planted in Gospel. Fans of the Cash family will be thrilled to find duet’s with Rosanne Cash and Tommy Cash, in addition to contributions from iconic country artists Larry Gatlin, T. Graham Brown, The Fox Brothers, Razzy Bailey, George Hamilton IV and Riders in the Sky’s Ranger Doug and Christian rockers Kevin Max (dcTalk, Audio Adrenaline), Dan Haseltine (Jars of Clay), Rick Florian (Whiteheart) and John Schlitt (Petra).

Country music fans will take particular interest in two tracks on the new album, due to their historical significance. The lyrics for the Tommy Cash duet, “My Lord Has Gone,” were written by Joanne and Tommy’s brother Johnny Cash, who passed away before he had the chance to record it. On the song “On The Rock Where Moses Stood,” Joanne duets with legendary country artist George Hamilton IV, in what turned out to be his final recording. Hamilton died unexpectedly in September.

"These sessions, often done in Joanne's home, pair Joanne with artists from all walks of life and genres,” says producer Chad Randall Crow. "Each of these songs was hand-picked for this inspirational work. Like her brother's American Recordings sessions, these performances will stand the test of time."

As the younger sister of Johnny Cash, Joanne Cash has certainly made her way in the music industry. With 30 albums, the 2013 docufilm, Joanne Cash: I Do Believe, her acclaimed autobiography, My Fears Are Gone, and continuous concert appearances, the singer/songwriter is driven by a deeper sense of eternal purpose. Says Joanne, “I’m amazed that at my age I still want to sing, but it’s like therapy for me. Johnny always helped me remember that and he was constantly encouraging. But there was one short phrase from Johnny that’s always stuck with me and it’s one I’ll continue for as long as I’m here, ‘Baby, just keep on singing!’”

Joanne grew up in Dyess, Arkansas, where some of her earliest Cash family memories include singing spiritual standards in the cotton fields and laying on the living room floor listening to gospel and country music - scenes that would eventually be played out in the box office smash, I Walk the Line. Joanne found a musical calling in the 1970s while working at House of Cash, Johnny's famed recording studio, office space and musical museum. She sang at the Grand Ole Opry from 1972-1976 with Jimmy Rodgers Snow's Grand Ole Gospel Time. During that era, Joanne met her husband Dr. Harry Yates, and the couple soon dedicated themselves to full time music ministry, traveling the country for fifteen years of full time preaching and singing the gospel. When they came off the road in 1990, the couple founded Nashville Cowboy Church, where Joanne continues to sing every Sunday. In addition, Joanne continues to tour worldwide, and hosts a Tuesday night residency at the Wyndham Vacation Resort in Nashville, where she shares a variety of original and gospel/country covers, plus tidbits of the Cash family testimony.

For more information on Joanne Cash, please visit the official website at http://www.JoanneCash.com.

Track Listing for Breaking Down the Barriers:
1. Time Of Your Life (with Rick Florian)
2. My Lord Has Gone (with Tommy Cash)
3. The Touch Of God's Hand (with Ranger Doug)
4. Dust In The Wind (with John Schlitt)
5. Fair Weather Friends (with Razzy Bailey)
6. The Good Earth (with Larry Gatlin)
7. God's Gonna Cut You Down (with T Graham Brown)
8. Love Rescue Me (with Kevin Max)
9. My Ship Will Sail (with The Fox Brothers)
10. On The Rock Where Moses Stood (with George Hamilton IV)
11. Anchored In Love (with Rosanne Cash)
12. All My Tears (with Dan Haseltine)
13. Breaking Down The Barriers
14. My Lord Has Gone (Proverbial Remix)

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Daily Devotion

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The Wait

If there's I don't like is anyone having to wait on me. I do my best to value other people's time, so I always want to be on time.

We live in a "fast food" type world where we want our food faster, faster Internet speed, quicker prescriptions filled. We can buy everything online with no wait! And of course, we want God to move faster to meet our needs.

We want God to move RIGHT NOW. When He doesn't move during OUR time frame, we get angry or think He doesn't care.

"Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord." (‭Psalm‬ ‭27‬:‭14‬ NIV)

Has God ever broken a promise? No. Has He ever let me down? No. Has He ever disappointed me? No. Has He ever been late in meeting my need? No, NEVER.

Why do I still struggle with "The Wait?"

He has proven to me that His plans are much better than mine.

Isaiah 55:8
"My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts," says the LORD. "And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.

I struggle because I'm not viewing God for who He is. He is faithful. It's just not a word that DESCRIBES Him, it's WHO HE IS. I have to stop viewing Him like I view my own humanness. He is God Almighty and He is in control.

Lord, forgive me for ever doubting your goodness.

Friend, Are you struggling today? Pray this with me..

"Father, Your word says in Mark 9:24... “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” Forgive me for doubting you. I know you ARE faithful and every promise you've made, you have kept and WILL keep. Give me strength with "The Wait." Thank you for loving me and thank you for Jesus. In His name I come, Amen."

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News & Scoops


Mother of Kevin Williams Passes Away

The following was taken from Kevin Williams FaceBook page. Kevin is the guitar player and comedian for the Gaither Homecoming Concerts.

Many of you know that my mom, Barbara Williams, has suffered with Parkinson's Disease for 16 years. Last night, she passed into the loving arms of Jesus.

I'm blessed to be her son and to have found Jesus through her. She was a model of faithfulness and being a prayer warrior. Thank you Mom for showing me the way.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, March 18th at Wilson Funeral Home in Russell Springs, KY. Visitation at 11 am, service at 1 pm.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Russell County Kids Fund c/o Russell Springs First Baptist Church, PO Box 1477, Russell Springs, KY 42642. (270) 866-6495.

I wish you all could have known her. She rocked!

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Daily Devotion

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Permanent Decisions and Temporary Circumstances

Are you living by faith or "feelings”?

Emotive living, while hard to avoid, can certainly lead to problems. Too often, we confuse what we know with how we feel, and subsequently make life-altering decisions that can have negative effects.

A man called me once and said, "Pray for me, Pastor, because I don't feel saved today." It doesn't sound too spiritual, but I replied, "I will, but pray for me first, because I don't feel saved either."

The truth is, I don't always feel saved, do you? However, I'm not saved by how I feel, but by what I know. And I know that according to 1 John 3:14, "I have passed from death unto life."

According to 2 Corinthians 5:17: "I am a new creature in Christ; old things are passed away; behold, all things have become new."

I am saved by faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ upon the Cross at Calvary. Whoever said I had to feel it to know it’s true? Though often I do "feel" the joy of my salvation, I also know that the constancy of redemption is not based on my joy or circumstantial happiness.

A relationship with Jesus allows me to stay "steady in the stream," even when circumstance contradicts purpose. Trusting in His word assures me that His will for my life ultimately prevails over every situation.

So, how important is it that temporary circumstances not cloud my judgment, and push me into adverse and defective decisions?

Ask Abraham as he leads Isaac up Mount Moriah.
Ask Moses as he stands at the Red Sea.
Ask Job just after he was given the advice to "curse God and die."
Ask Jesus right after He says “Amen” in the Garden of Gethsemane.
Ask yourself the next time you feel like giving up, because yesterday was tough and today doesn't look any better.

Remember, it's all temporary, and tomorrow holds the promise of blessing and joy.


Tim Hill



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News & Scoops


Ed O’Neal and Dixie Melody Boys Reach Recording Agreement with Great American Gospel

Charlotte, NC - Gospel Music Hall of Fame Inductee and legendary bass singer, Ed O’Neal and his multi-award winning Dixie Melody Boys (pictured in attached jpg) have reached a new recording agreement with Great American Gospel. The Great American Gospel Television program, which has featured O’Neal as the regular host for the past seven years, has now formed the new recording label. The formation is a result of the popularity and success of the NRB award-winning program and it’s most beloved host.

Ed and the Quartet will be busy in the recording studio in April, as they begin their first project for the label. The recording is expected to be a greatest hits of sorts as it will feature many of the chart-topping songs that the Dixie Melody Boys have performed on the popular television program, including “Antioch Church House Choir”, “Family Bible” and many others that are most familiar to the millions of television viewers who watch the Great American Gospel. The Grammy nominated Quartet will also be performing on stage in Charlotte, NC, during April, as they will be filming the same songs for the new season of Great American Gospel.

In addition to the recording label, Great American Gospel Radio, hosted by O’Neal, will debut on over 75 syndicated radio markets in the United States. Working in affiliation with Jim Robinette and TS Media Promotions, many of the artists appearing and working with Great American Gospel and American Gospel will be hitting the airwaves during the summer of 2015. Another “never before offered service” that will be advertised on the programs will be a National Toll-Free Booking Number that concert promoters, churches and viewers can access to schedule The Dixie Melody Boys and other artists featured on the popular program.

Please check local listings and availability for Great American Gospel in your area or visit http://www.greatamericangospel.tv for complete information regarding the television and radio programs, as well as the new recording label. Complete information, including a list of concert events featuring The Dixie Melody Boys, may be obtained online at http://www.dixiemelodyboys.com.

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Weekly Chart

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Monday - March 16, 2015

Top 40 Weekly Chart

TW
LW
#WK
TITLE
ARTIST
PEAK
1
2
17
That's What I Miss the Most Bowling Family
1
2
1
17
He Took the Nails Browders
1(3)
3
3
14
It Was the Word Williamsons
3
4
4
19
Over For Good Beyond the Ashes
1(4)
5
11
11
Glorybound Whisnants
5
6
6
23
Unashamed Brian Free & Assurance
2
7
15
6
Nobody Like Jesus Wilburn & Wilburn
7
8
12
4
I Will Rise Tribute
8
9
16
19
Pray On the Little Days Mark Bishop
9
10
18
17
Land of Endless Tomorrows Hoskins Family
10
11
5
8
Steppin' Out In Faith Jim Brady Trio
5
12
10
21
No One Like God Zane & Donna King
1
13
25
6
Pure Satisfaction McKameys
13
14
20
29
I Wanna Be There Isaacs
7
15
7
8
What You Leave Behind Talleys
7
16
17
4
Battle Cry Kingsmen
16
17
8
18
Picture This 11th Hour
5
18
32
16
This Blood Triumphant
18
19
19
21
Sometimes It Takes a Mountain Gaither Vocal Band
11
20
13
5
Til the Shackles Fall Off Ivan Parker
13
21
26
3
Ordinary People Old Paths
21
22
9
27
Church In the Kitchen Dunaways
1(3)
23
27
17
Big Top Channing Eleton
23
24
30
9
It Shall Be Well Lore Family
20
25
38
2
Who Is This Man? Legacy Five
25
26
24
4
Anything But Happy Jeff & Sheri Easter
24
27
34
6
There's Still a Refuge Mylon Hayes Family
27
28
14
17
I Wanna Hear the Gospel Mercy's Well
10
29
37
6
God Enough Jay Stone Singers
29
30
23
9
Still Blessed Hyssongs
20
31
35
3
Place In the Choir Browns
31
32
31
6
Send Me Rick Webb Family
22
33
*
1
God's Been Faithful Mark Trammell Quartet
33
34
**
6
Don't Give a Rock a Chance Watts, Rowsey & Bean
34
35
*
1
I've Found a Faithful Friend Inspirations
35
36
29
23
The Joys of Heaven Kingdom Heirs
10
37
22
21
Part the Waters/I Need Thee Every Hour Gold City
12
38
21
18
The Blood Hasn't Ever Changed Greater Vision
7
39
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1
Hallelujah Chorus Nelons
39
40
**
5
Where Amazing Happens TaRanda Greene
23
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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Take Inventory

I’ve been working all month getting my paperwork in order to file taxes. I’ve pulled copies of receipts, printed out pages of my general register, gathered important documents and started the process of looking back at what I did last year with every dollar that I earned. This way I’m keeping myself accountable.

Sometimes I’m impressed with how I’ve managed my spending, and sometimes I’m discouraged because I know I could have and should have done better. At times, it was easy finding certain items that were organized and placed exactly where they should have been filed, and every now and then, I had to search through mounds of paperwork to locate one receipt that was misfiled.

If I didn’t have to pull all of this and organize my taxes year by year, and was required to wait until the end of my life assuming it was all as it should be, I’d probably be in big trouble. Somehow the unattended tiny mistakes add up to really big problems. It reminded me of how important a constant assessment of the way we live our lives is to the end result.

Some days I’m caring, I’m generous and wise, other days I’m quick tempered, self-centered and just plain dumb. Thank goodness I can read the Word of God and ask Him to show me where I’ve fallen short. I can pray for His strength to uphold me, His wisdom to guide me, and His peace to comfort me. Today, take inventory. Examine your heart and ask God to help you be accountable!


2 Peter 1:5-8 English Standard Version (ESV) 5 For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, 6 and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, 7 and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. 8 For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Romans 12:9-13 English Standard Version (ESV) 9 Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. 10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. 12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. 13 Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.

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News & Scoops


This Week on Gospel Music Today

Randal Dunaway of The Dunaways is the guest on Gospel Music Today for the week of March 15 and Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates. The Feature Group is Heaven's Harbor, and Jean reviews new recordings by Greater Vision and The Hoskins Family. In the news this week are The Hyssongs, The Diplomats and Tony Gore. There is also a special birthday wish to Tracy Stuffle. An article from Gospel Music Quarterly is the subject of this week's News Notes. The show features singing by Mark 209 and The Skyline Boys, exclusive concert video of Paul's Journey, recorded by Gospel Music Today's cameras at the Southern Gospel Worship Gathering, in Broken Arrow, OK, and a visit to the Gospel Music Today Archives for an exclusive concert video of The Ascension Quartet at the Ozark Gospel Music Convention, in Branson, MO.

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

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News & Scoops


Good News Music Radio with Woody Wright

This week's program on "Good News Music Radio with Woody Wright" features Part 2 of our interview with Larry Ford and music from Jeff & Sheri Easter, Joseph Habedank, David Staton, Karen Peck & New River, Willie Wynn, Guy Penrod, Gordon Mote, The Hoppers, and MORE!

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

http://GoodNewsMusicRadio.com/

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

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Sherry Anne - A Closer Walk


Producer: Nick Bruno
Label: Independent
Website: http://www.sherryanne.com

Sherry Anne is a native of upstate New York, Utica to be exact. Sherry was born with hearing loss in both ears along with a speech impairment. Despite this, she is vocally talented and has a passion for music, which is definitely displayed in this project. She is a Doctor of Chiropractic and a certified fitness trainer. She loves to work with intercity elementary children.

Sherry Anne’s greatest desire is to share God’s message of forgiveness and unconditional love. She does a nice job of this with her third project entitled A Closer Walk, released last fall. Included is many favorites, several new ones, including a worship song that she wrote. It has a bluesy, jazzy feel and is comforting to listen to, focusing deeper on our spiritual walk.

Starting off the project is Wade In The Water. A peppy, upbeat one is I Know My God Cares For Me. One of my favorites is Little Lamb has a great message about how we need to follow the Shepherd and be faithful, strong and true. Old Friends is a bluesy and jazzy tune that I like.

Several classic songs that you will recognize on this project include I Can’t Even Walk/Precious Lord and Just A Closer Walk With Thee. You may also recognize The Rose. Other songs include Oh Broken Heart, To Be Forgiven and Singing This Song To You. Finishing up this project is Blessed Be The Lord God Of Israel.

This is a 3 1/2 star recording. If you like the blues and jazz style, you will find this CD an easy listen and one for your collection.



Song List:

1 – Wade In The Water
2 – I Can’t Even Walk/Precious Lord
3 – Little Lamb

4 – Old Friends

5 – I Know My God Cares For Me

6 – Oh Broken Heart

7 – Just A Closer Walk With Thee
8 – The Rose
9 – To Be Forgiven
10- Singing This Song To You
11 – Blessed Be The Lord God Of Israel

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Matchless Grace - Born to Rise


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

Old Friends. Bill Gaither defined them as a priceless treasure, and I’m sure if you were to ask the group members of Matchless Grace, they will tend to agree with you! In an area where Southern Gospel Music is alive and well (midwest) although many may not be familiar with that fact, comes two groups who’ve combined ministries to form Matchless Grace. Today, we are going to take a look at their most recent recording, BORN TO RISE.

The recording begins with a country gospel song LIVING MIRACLE. The comparison between Paul and the Christian is sure to hit home with any Gospel music fan. BORN TO RISE is the title track of the recording and slows things down quite a bit with a ballad containing a solo with the message of the birth, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. The tight harmony on the chorus drives this song. I’M READY is an uptempo convention song that reminds us of how important it is for us to be ready when God calls us home. LET ME TELL YA ABOUT THE DAY is a testimony of salvation in an uptempo way that is encouraging to those who listen. REJOICE, REJOICE is an a capella song that reminds us to rejoice because God is ever present with us. Other songs on the recording include THAT BLESSED MORNING, EASTER SONG, UNTIL I MET THE MAN among others.

I enjoyed listening to this recording. I enjoyed the tight harmonies, the original tunes, and the testimony of Matchless Grace. I am going to give this recording 3.5 stars!



Song List:

Living Miracle
Born To Rise
I'm Ready
Let Me Tell Ya About The Day
Rejoice, Rejoice
That Blessed Morning
Easter Song
Until I Met The Man
What Will You Do
When Nothing But A Miracle Will Do

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The Erwins - In Conversation

Jamie Vaughan: Keith, it’s been a couple of years since we’ve talked with your family about life, ministry, and the impact that your music is making for the sake of the Gospel, tell us what has been going on recently within the group.

Keith Erwin: Wow, there have been so many changes that our heads are spinning. First of all, we were honored to be invited to become part of the Stowtown Records family this past summer and started right away on a new recording. That has been an incredible experience and I’ll talk more about that later. Then on February 7, Kody married his sweetheart of 3 years, Cayla. They honeymooned for 2 days, then we all flew to Phoenix, Arizona to participate in our first IMC Concert event. We are excited to be on many of the IMC Concert events in 2015, 2016 & 2017. We are also honored to be included for the 2nd year in a row with the Abraham Productions Concerts in Myrtle Beach and Gatlinburg. We are so humbled by all the doors that the Lord continues to open. We were able to meet a lot of promoters during NQC in 2014 and many have issued invitations, for which we are grateful. We were honored to sing 1 song at NQC 2014 and have been given a full set on Wednesday night during NQC 2015. In looking ahead, on June 13 I will marry Lindsey Barefield, my girlfriend of 2 years. We will then all hit the road together. God has been so good to us. It’s incredible to be able to sing with some of our heroes.

JV: Speaking of the new recording, what makes this project different than those previous?

KE: This new recording with Stowtown Records is the first recording we have ever done that is almost entirely “original” songs. (Several of these songs were written just for us.) In the past we would have 1 or 2 originals and the rest were “covers”. When looking for songs, we knew it was important to find songs that would help to define our sound, be age appropriate and yet keep the message strong and clear. We believe the Lord directed us to the exact songs that would help us meet these goals.

JV: Is there a particular theme that is intertwined throughout this project?

KE: We didn’t search for songs that would go toward a particular theme for this project. “Ready To Sail” really covers all aspects of the Christians life. From being in God’s Perfect Will, to power that’s found in prayer, to the awesomeness of God, to the joy we will find when we get to Heaven and hear the Lord say “Well Done”; the theme I guess could be “There’s something that will speak to everyone.”

JV: Who are some of the songwriters that have written songs for READY TO SAIL?

KE: We have assembled songs from many of the best songwriters that are writing today. Randall Garland, our co-producer, wrote/co-wrote 4 of the songs. He is so talented and we are thankful he was able to help us with every aspect of this recording. We were also given 3 songs written/co-written by Joel Lindsey. He has written many great songs and we were thankful he shared several with us. Wayne Huan, our other co-producer wrote/co-wrote 2 songs. He wrote the title song for us, along with Jared Anderson and we can’t wait for you all to hear this great song. We also have 2 songs from Rachel McCutcheon that are 2 of the most powerful songs on the entire CD. Our first single, “I Choose To Be A Christian” was one of her great songs. Other contributing writers include Jeff Bumgardner, Sue C. Smith, Bart Milliard, Lee Black, Val Dacus, Tony Woods and Lyn Rowell.

JV: What is your favorite song on the project?

KE: Each of us have our own favorites. I (Keith) really love the title song “Ready To Sail”. It speaks about the desire to be in God’s Will and needing to be ready to step out in faith to serve Him. Kris’ favorite is his testimony song “Power In Prayer”. He was hit by a car in 2009 and the doctors told him it would be a miracle if he were able to keep his legs. After much prayer, he got his miracle. Praise God! Kody’s favorite song is “Take Him At His Word”, which was penned by Ernie Haase & Joel Lindsey. It’s a great promise that God’s Word is always true and we can have a great life if we listen to Him. (Katie’s favorite is actually our first single and we will talk about that in the next question.)

JV: Is there a single to radio that has been released yet?

KE: Our first radio single is Katie’s favorite song on the recording and it features her. The song is entitled “I Choose To Be A Christian” and we believe this is one of the greatest songs we have ever sung. We pray this becomes an anthem for all Christians. In a day where the world is turning against Christians and in many places people are being beheaded because of their beliefs, we pray this song will help people stay strong in their Christian walk and always “choose to be a Christian”.

JV: For those who may not be as familiar with The Erwins, introduce our new readers to the group.

KE: We are a group of siblings that have grown up traveling with our family. Our father has been in full-time evangelism for 41 years, so serving the Lord is all we know. My name is Keith, I sing most of the lead and I’m the oldest. I’m 22 and will be marrying Lindsey Barefield (a Mississippi girl) on June 13. Kody is one of my younger brothers. He is 20, sings bass and just married Cayla on February 7. Kris is the youngest of the brothers. He is 18 and is enjoying being out of school. Then, last but not least is Katie. She is just 14 years old, but sings way above her age. She is a joy to be around and everyone loves Katie.

JV: What is your main focus and your ultimate goal as you travel each week?

KE: Our main focus and goal as we travel each week is probably not much different than anyone else that does what we do. We pray daily that we can see lost souls come to know Christ as their personal Savior, that we can encourage someone who is weary and that we can be an inspiration to the youth of today. We really have a heart to reach our age group with the Good News of Christ.

JV: What are some issues that you face each week among young people and what advice do you give?

KE: While we do face peer pressure like everyone else, we do feel like we are sheltered from some of it. We are very thankful for that. The “world” has a pull on us all, but it seems like the youth today are falling for its attractions more than ever. Our advice would be to follow Christ. Keep your eyes on Him and Him alone. He will never leave you or forsake you and He knows what's best for us all.

JV:Is there anything else that you’d like to share that I may have missed concerning the Erwins?

KE: We would just like to say, we are nothing but a bunch of Christian young people from the great state of Texas who desire to serve the Lord more than anything else. It’s not about us or anything we do...It’s all about Christ and singing His Gospel. We love this music and would be fans even if we did not sing it. Our parents have taught us the importance of being a servant of the Lord. That’s what we are and that’s why we do what we do.

For more information on The Erwins - visit them online at http://www.erwinministries.com

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Lynda Randle - Ageless Hymns: Songs of Peace


Producer: Lynda Randle
Label: Gaither Music Group
Website: http://www.lyndarandle.com

One of my favorite teen memories was going to church on Sunday evening. Back then, that was the service that was the “one” service to be at. Yes, Sunday School, Sunday morning worship and Wednesday night Bible Study was great, but if you wanted to really get blessed, it was the Sunday night service. This beautiful NEW recording of just piano and vocals, by the very loved Gaither Homecoming artist and successful soloist and artist in her own, LYNDA RANDLE reminds me so much of many of those Sunday night services, where someone would step up to the front of the platform and begin to sing, and out would come these timeless and treasured Hymns of Hope.

Lynda has one of those gorgeous alto voices that just brings about so much depth, passion and emotion in every song she chooses to sing. Her voice flows and melts along with the beautiful piano that is accompanying her on each song. I love the way she begins the project with the familiar, SWEET, SWEET SPIRIT, that so many of us have sung for years, then she goes into one of my all-time favorite Hymns, IN THE GARDEN…and her version may be one of my favorites. Love the simpleness of how she has dressed these songs up with. Several other favorites of mine are, I AM THINE O LORD, GIVE ME JESUS, NOONE EVER CARED FOR ME LIKE JESUS, NEAR THE CROSS, GREAT IS THY FAITHFULNESS. Lynda, also contributed a song she wrote, entitled HOLD ME JESUS, that is just gorgeous. This truly is one of those projects you can put on first thing in the morning for that simple quiet devotion time, or that mid-day time when you need to feel His hope and peace, or put it on before you go to sleep, and you will find yourself singing along and feeling His sweet spirit in such a refreshing way.

I love this CD and it is exactly what the title says it is….AGELESS HYMNS: SONGS OF PEACE!

I highly recommend to ALL of you….



Song List:

SWEET SWEET SPIRIT
IN THE GARDEN
JESUS LOVES ME
I AM THINE O LORD
HAVE THINE OWN WAY, LORD
MY FAITH LOOKS UP TO THEE
I’VE GOT PEACE LIKE A RIVER
HIDE ME JESUS
GIVE ME JESUS
NOONE EVER CARED FOR ME LIKE JESUS
WERE YOU THERE?
NEAR THE CROSS
GREAT IS THY FAITHFULNESS

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Daily Devotion

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Facing It Head On

Hey, whats the QUICKEST WAY to get to the OTHER SIDE of an OBSTACLE in your way? Is it UNDER it, OVER it, AROUND it or THROUGH it? Well, believe it or not, SCIENCE actually agrees with the BIBLE on this one. The SHORTEST DISTANCE between to TWO POINTS is a STRAIGHT LINE. It’s Pastor Phil of Harvest Chapel with a GOOD WORD from GOD’S WORD today.


Well, that makes good sense, but as Christians, we often encounter OBSTACLES in our way and PRAY just the OPPOSITE. We petition God to REMOVE anything in our way rather than FACING it HEAD ON. Well, the Psalmist David faced OBSTACLES this way in Psalm 23 he said, "Though I walk THROUGH the valley of death, I will fear NO EVIL, for God is WITH ME." The Lord never promised us that He would ELIMINATE our CHALLENGES, but that He would be with us and would NEVER leave us.


There’s an OLD SONG written from a compilation of scriptures that keeps ringing in my ear. It says, "Some THRU the WATER, some THRU the FLOOD, some THRU the FIRE, but all THRU the BLOOD. Some THRU great SORROW, but God gives a SONG, in the night season and all the day long. So, if you’re facing an OBSTACLE TODAY, don’t fear. The quickest way to the other side is with Jesus holding your hand.



It’s, Pastor Phil, guiding you THRU this "GOOD WORD FROM GOD’S WORD TODAY". God bless.

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Still In Pursuit

One of the things we see in our aged couple, despite all their history together and familiarity with each other, is that they still pursued one another. Looking over these few verses, we see things like the following: I find you, I kiss you, I lead you, I bring you.

Whenever you see an elderly couple out at the park or in a restaurant together, and they’re tender with each other, holding hands or talking sweetly, aren’t you moved by that? Maybe he opens the door for her or helps her out of the car. Maybe she wipes food off his chin or helps him order because he can’t see or hear very well. They are affectionate with each other in a sweet way, so that you see how in sync they are, how the rhythms of their life have led to this great romantic togetherness in their old age. That’s very moving.

The human soul is a deep thing, and in different seasons the heart will manifest in different ways.

Regardless of our life stage, regardless of where we are in our marriage, there’s still a pursuit. Don’t let your mind in this moment drift to autopilot. Don’t think, “Well, I’ll worry about that when I’m in my eighties.”

No, this is how you get to your eighties. This is how you invest in that beautiful future. Keep pursuing. Don’t stop.Continue to pursue your spouse’s heart.

Continue to press the gospel into his or her spirit. Continue to want more.

When you get there, you may be ready for retirement from so many things, but you should never retire from romancing your spouse. Don’t work toward the day to quit. Work toward the day you die.

This is how true longevity occurs. We will never arrive at a place where we can say, “I know you now,” because it simply wouldn’t be true. Each day we are called to know and pursue our spouse more deeply.

* Are you committed to keeping that fire burning? Have you ever succumbed to the temptation to just cruise for a while? How did that turn out? How can you ensure you don’t fall for that temptation again?



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Editorials

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The 20th Century and Radio Charts

The 20th Century was a great time for radio charts. DJs would give songs lots of spins every week and then at the end of the month those stations would mail their results to magazines who would tally the total spins and then put together a chart for the entire month. After all was tallied the Chart would then be distributed to other media sources for publication. Billboard was always considered the chart of charts. To have your song on the Billboard chart was very prestigious.

The only problem was that for very small genres, like say....... Southern Gospel music, the spins never got to Billboard, so other smaller magazines had to pick up the slack and do their own charts. So, now even Southern Gospel Music has its own charts by several different magazines. Country Gospel Music has been in a very similar state.

But.... wait a minute...... we haven't been in the twentieth century for a while now. Those big guys like Billboard realized that in this 21st Century the media society that printed monthly magazines of every sort are on their way out. It is very hard to stay current with your news every month when the internet makes news available instantaneously. By the time Newsweek or Time or even US News and World Report got their news printed, it was old news. Many, many printed magazines have fallen by the wayside. Those remaining struggle with how to keep their news fresh. It's nearly an impossible job especially for those few, who refuse to come into the 21st century and join the world wide web.

All of the major music publications have made the change from a monthly chart to a weekly chart. The weekly chart is much more current and accurate. It is difficult with new music for a song to stay at the top for more than a couple of weeks even in Country, Gospel or any other genre. So, where does that leave Southern Gospel Music and their charts. Unfortunately, some of our genre refuse to come into the 21st Century. The most recognized chart in Southern Gospel Music is still the outdated monthly chart.

Dare I ask “What is the answer?”. It's really pretty simple. Every Southern Gospel media source that I am aware of has a weekly chart. Some of those chart are not realistic because they chart unknown artists in the same ranking as the legitimate charts who chart well known groups. They may be using a standard that is not industry acceptable.

There are two charts in our industry that do chart very closely with the same level of artist. One is a monthly chart, the other a weekly chart. AbsolutelyGospel.com will continue to be in the 21st Century with our weekly chart and give all of the artists and fans the most up to date chart, news and interviews.

When you, the major artists and you, the major music and production companies start referring to the weekly charts our industry will take a major step forward. It's easy to go with the flow of what has always been, but our genre is stuck in the 1970s in a lot of ways, especially with our charts.

Oh, here's that Weekly Chart you can see how the most current charting in the industry.

http://absolutelygospel.com/index.php/content/articles/monday-march-9-2015 .

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News & Scoops


Wilburn & Wilburn Going Back To Prison

Gadsden, Ala (March 12, 2015) It's one thing to go to prison, but to return to prison is another matter altogether. The good thing is that Wilburn & Wilburn is not going as a law-breaker, but as a guest to minister to the inmates.

Wilburn & Wilburn will be traveling to Angola Prison in east central Louisiana on March 21st to sing and share their testimony to over 6,000 men incarcerated there. This is an annual trip for Father/Son Duo.

This major event is made possible by a dear friend of the group, Glenda Jones. Glenda has been ministering at this prison for over 30 years. Angola Prison has in the past been known to be the most bloody prison in America. This was due to the high number of killings within the walls of this facility.

Facing this terrible reputation a warden came along that understood the need for God in these men's lives. Warden Burl Cane has given these men the opportunity to not only worship, but he has injected a Bible School into the daily lives of these men. It is now one of the safest facilities in the world.

Wilburn & Wilburn counts it an honor to be able to share their talents and testimony in Angola. They will also be taking part in a special Death Row service during our visit.

Their prayer is that God will use their efforts to help someone. Wilburn & Wilburn consider this to be one of their most important concerts of every year. One of the highlights includes a dinner prepared by the inmates.

Jonathan Wilburn states "I promise that a free meal from these inmates will keep some Gospel singers coming back time and time again! We have a special CD offer to help with the expenses of this trip. If anyone would like to help just log on to http://www.wilburn2.com and scroll down to the $25 March Maddness special.”

The Louisiana State Penitentiary (LSP, also known as Angola, has the nickname of the "Alcatraz of the South". It is the largest maximum security prison in the United States with 6,300 offenders and 1,800 staff. The prison houses Death Row for men and the state execution chamber for both sexes are located at the Angola facility.

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To learn more about Wilburn and Wilburn go to http://www.wilburn2.com or on FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/WilburnandWilburn

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The Williamsons Score Big At The CVM Gospel Music Awards

Weleetka, OK (March 12, 2015) One of the most respected Southern Gospel magazines in print, the Christian Voice Magazine, will be having their annual Awards presentation in May of this year.

Among the nominees will be the very talented Williamsons out of Weleetka, OK is well represented in the award nominations. Lisa Williamson wife of Baritone singer and manager Donnie Williamson is nominated in the Female Horizon category. In addition, the Williamsons are nominated in the Horizon Group category. The Horizon categories include artists who are on the verge of taking a step to the top of their genres. This certainly describes the Williamsons.

Donnie Williamson stated, "I am so proud of my wife, she is one talented lady. As far as the Williamsons, we are a team effort, Darin Hebert and Karl Rice are invaluable parts of our group. I want to thank our fans for the nominations and I want to thank God for the opportunity to share the Gospel as we do.”

In other news, and proving the fact that the Williamsons are worthy of the Horizon nominations is this week they charted at #3 on the very respected Absolutely Gospel Music Weekly Chart .

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Daily Devotion

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The Power Of A Single Thought - You Are What You Think

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of a good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. (KJV) Philippians 4:8.

Have you ever given much thought to what you think about during any given day? If you’re like me, you go through the day thinking about everything that you have to get done, but very little time is given to analyzing the content of your thoughts. With each year that passes, I am coming to understand more and more that the thoughts we think have a direct impact on our lives. I know I’m a slow learner, but for years I allowed myself to think negative thoughts without really knowing the impact it was having on me. I would say things like, “If it’s gonna happen, it’ll happen to me.” Sure enough it did! I’ve now come to the realization that it just as easy to think positive uplifting thoughts as it is the negative. Some of us need to retrain ourselves to think optimistically. Why? Because thoughts lead to words, words lead to actions, actions lead to habits, and habits lead to your destiny! I believe that is why the Bible has so much to say about the thoughts we think and the words we speak. Just remember, destiny begins with a single thought!


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Bev McCann and Friends Homecoming

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Jim Sheldon Back In Studio Completing Favorites From The Music City Show

Nashville, TN (March 10, 2015) Known for his role as the Positive Cowboy on the multi-award nominated Music City Show, seen weekly on RFD-TV, Jim Sheldon is in the studio completing a
CD project of the most popular songs from the Music City Season 4 Hymns.

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



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

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

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


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

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Daily Devotion

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A Fork In The Road

Recently I was talking to a young man and he was asking my advice on a possible job opportunity.

He talked about how this job could make a more secure future, financially and be beneficial for he and his family.

He said "I'm excited, yet very nervous because I don't know what so and so will think about it."

I said "I understand. However, you have to stop worrying about what others will think."

I can so relate. I spent a good part of my life being a "people pleaser." I worried and fretted over trying to make everyone happy. However, all it done was make ME miserable. It was a never ending cycle.

Recently, I told about a conversation that I had with a young friend about a job that he was considering accepting.

I told him the exact words that were told to Yvonne and I from our friend and Pastor; Don Hicks- "Don't move unless you have CLEAR DIRECTION from God."

Many times, Yvonne and I have had to make decisions that from OUR point of view, we just didn't have peace about and we sought godly council from Pastor Don. His words were "Pray for God to give you clear direction and peace. If you don't have His peace about it, don't move."

We didn't feel peace about this decision, so we didn't move in the situation. And it was the RIGHT thing.

See, there are times that when life seems to give us a "fork in the road." Instead of making a choice, we need to stop, breathe, stand still..and seek God for clear direction.

"And Moses said to the people, "Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again."

Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of The Lord. Wow. HE (God Almighty, will work for you! What a promise!

The prayer that Yvonne and I NOW pray is "God if this (the decision) is a DOOR that YOU want us to GO THROUGH, OPEN THE DOOR. If this is NOT a DOOR that YOU want us to go through, CLOSE IT."

We all want God's blessings on our life. However, too many times we make a life changing decision without consulting God and THEN we ask God to bless it. We need to ask Him FIRST to give us wisdom concerning our decisions.

James 1:5 "If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you."

Ask Him what He is blessing.

If you are facing a "fork in the road", (decision) that you need God's direction.. Stand still and Pray THAT prayer. Seek godly council from others who will pray specifically about the situation. Don't move in the situation until you sense His peace.

Philippians 4:7 "Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus."


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News & Scoops


Messiah’s Call Welcomes Keith Howard

Messiah's Call is pleased to welcome Keith Howard to it's family! Keith will be filling the baritone roll in place of Eric McConkey who held the same position from January 2014 until the present.

Keith joins us from Knoxville, TN where the group is based, along with his wife Kendall, daughter Carleigh (8), sons, Jeremy (7), and Nolan is who is one month old! 

Keith's most recent experience came with singer/songwriter Ray Scarborough's Parable Quartet where he also sang baritone.

Jack Allen added "Keith has such a great spirit, and given his vocal skill and ability, this should be a seamless and very natural transition for Messiah's Call. His wife Kendall has been a long time friend of my wife Wendy. Being able to bring our families together to present the gospel and minister in song is going to be such a blessing. The decision to bring Keith on was obviously a natural choice given his talent and the ties to our family. We are really excited about Keith and what he brings to us, and we are looking forward to the great journey that is ahead of us!"

To learn more about Messiah's Call, catch them online at http://www.messiahscallmusic.com or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/messiahscall

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Greatest Hits Tour, Headlined By The Nelons and Michael English, Coming To Cities Across US

Nashville, TN - Multi-Dove Award winning and Grammy nominated recording artists, The Nelons and Michael English represent more than 75 years in Christian music. The musical ministry of the Nelons was formed after family patriarch Rex Nelon had already enjoyed a spectacular 20-year career as a member of the legendary LeFevres. Michael English took the Christian music world by storm in the early 1980s as a member of the popular Singing Americans, and the prestigious Happy Goodman Family, before landing with multi-Grammy Award winning recording artist, The Gaither Vocal Band. Throughout their distinguished careers hit songs have flowed their way in bunches. This spring, these renown artists will unite to present The Greatest Hits Tour. “Our goal for this special Tour is to present iconic songs that Christian music audiences have come to know and love throughout the years,” states Nelons member, Jason Clark. “Every song we’ll be presenting will truly be a classic and considered by music lovers as a greatest hit.”

The Nelons have been singing hit songs and bridging the traditional sounds of Gospel music with contemporary influences that inspires listeners of all ages for decades. The group, who has enjoyed much success as a part of the prestigious Gaither Homecoming Tour and Video Series, continues to cross generational gaps, presenting rich harmonies that have been embraced by audiences from all walks of life.

Michael English is known as one of the most powerful communicators in Christian music. As a young teen he sang with his father and brother, and shortly after high school graduation, he joined his first full-time quartet, The Singing Americans. In 1985, Michael joined the Gaither Vocal Band and quickly soared to the forefront of Christian music. That popularity led to various addictions and a spiral into depression that he chronicles in his autobiography, The Prodigal Comes Home. After a life-changing encounter with God, Michael’s career came full circle. Today, he continues to perform solo concerts, sharing the message of grace found through Christ.

In addition to The Nelons and Michael English, The Greatest Hits Tour will also feature talented, young, female vocalist, Amber Nelon Thompson. Amber, who travels full-time with The Nelons, has also established an exciting solo career with multiple releases. She was also named as the youngest Dove Award nominee in history by the Gospel Music Association.

Talented musician, Jeff Stice, who is a six-time recipient of the Singing News Fan Award for Favorite Musician, will be featured on select dates on the Tour. Jeff has enjoyed an exciting career in Christian music, having traveled with such groups as The Blackwoods, The Nelons, The Kingdom Heirs and Triumphant Quartet.



The Greatest Hits Tour with The Nelons, Michael English and, special guests, Amber Nelon Thompson and Jeff Stice, promises to be a special evening for all who attend. “It will be a lot of fun,” states Kelly Nelon Clark. “Not only will we be singing the classics that have stood the test of time, we will also share the wonderful and interesting stories behind these timeless songs.”

Make plans to be a part of this special evening, as The Greatest Hits Tour comes to a city near you. Promoters interested in scheduling The Greatest Hits Tour may contact the Beckie Simmons Agency at http://www.bsaworld.com for complete information. Fans may visit http://www.kellynelon.com or www.michaelenglishmusic.com for complete list of Tour dates.

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Daily Devotion

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I’m Not in a Valley, Just Changing Mountains

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

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

Not really.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




Tim Hill



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News & Scoops


This Week on Gospel Music Today

Wilburn and Wilburn, Jonathan and Jordan, are the guests on Gospel Music Today for the week of March 8 and Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates. The Feature Group is 4 His Love, and Jean reviews new recordings by Paul's Journey and 11th Hour. An article from Absolutely Gospel about The Erwins is the subject of this week's News Notes. The show features singing by The Erwins, exclusive concert video of Wilburn and Wilburn, recorded by Gospel Music Today's cameras at the Absolutely Gospel Music Fest, in Smyrna, TN, and a visit to the Gospel Music Today Archives for an exclusive concert video of Michael Wayne Smith at the Creekside Gospel Music Convention, in Pigeon Forge, TN. In the News this week is Karen Peck and New River, Three Bridges and The Sneed Family. Gospel Music Today wishes a Happy Birthday to Randy Crawford of the Kingmen and there is a special announcement about the new "Live in Boston" DVD/CD by The Lesters.

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

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Daily Devotion

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No Distractions!

Have you ever sat down with coffee in hand, ready to have your morning devotional time with God and the phone rang or the pot on the stove boiled over? Maybe you’ve been out the door on the way to church and the car wouldn’t start? These tiny distractions keep you from your much-needed time with God. Perhaps you tried to minister to, or encourage someone who was hurting, only to find yourself distracted by someone else’s arguments, someone else’s drama? I read a quote a few weeks ago that made me laugh; it read “Not my circus, not my monkeys!”

Remind yourself of that the next time you are on a path that God has given you and you find one distraction after another trying to change your direction. Pray and ask God to keep you focused and keep your feet steady on the path that He is directing. If you’re distracted by someone else’s petty problems, you can’t accomplish what God has called you to do…dismiss them as unimportant and move on to what is important, focus on God and His purpose for you!


Proverbs 4:25 English Standard Version (ESV) 25 Let your eyes look directly forward,
 and your gaze be straight before you.

Romans 8:35 New International Version (NIV) 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?
Romans 8:38-39 New International Version (NIV) 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Colossians 3:2 English Standard Version (ESV) 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.
Hebrews 2:1 English Standard Version (ESV) 1Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.

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Weekly Chart

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Monday - March 9, 2015

Top 40 Weekly Chart

TW
LW
#WK
TITLE
ARTIST
PEAK
1
1
16
He Took the Nails Browders
1(3)
2
2
16
That's What I Miss the Most Bowling Family
2
3
4
13
It Was the Word Williamsons
3
4
3
18
Over For Good Beyond the Ashes
1(4)
5
6
7
Steppin' Out In Faith Jim Brady Trio
5
6
9
22
Unashamed Brian Free & Assurance
2
7
12
7
What You Leave Behind Talleys
7
8
5
17
Picture This 11th Hour
5
9
13
26
Church In the Kitchen Dunaways
1(3)
10
7
20
No One Like God Zane & Donna King
1
11
21
10
Glorybound Whisnants
11
12
23
3
I Will Rise Tribute
12
13
22
4
Til the Shackles Fall Off Ivan Parker
13
14
10
16
I Wanna Hear the Gospel Mercy's Well
10
15
15
5
Nobody Like Jesus Wilburn & Wilburn
15
16
17
18
Pray On the Little Days Mark Bishop
13
17
24
3
Battle Cry Kingsmen
17
18
16
16
Land of Endless Tomorrows Hoskins Family
12
19
33
20
Sometimes It Takes a Mountain Gaither Vocal Band
11
20
14
28
I Wanna Be There Isaacs
7
21
8
17
The Blood Hasn't Ever Changed Greater Vision
7
22
19
20
Part the Waters/I Need Thee Every Hour Gold City
12
23
28
8
Still Blessed Hyssongs
20
24
25
3
Anything But Happy Jeff & Sheri Easter
24
25
31
5
Pure Satisfaction McKameys
19
26
35
2
Ordinary People Old Paths
26
27
27
16
Big Top Channing Eleton
24
28
18
15
Satisfied Three Bridges
18
29
11
22
The Joys of Heaven Kingdom Heirs
10
30
20
8
It Shall Be Well Lore Family
20
31
26
5
Send Me Rick Webb Family
22
32
**
15
This Blood Triumphant
20
33
34
3
Lord You're So Good Soul'd Out
33
34
**
5
There's Still a Refuge Mylon Hayes Family
28
35
40
2
Place In the Choir Browders
35
36
39
2
Surrender Adam Crabb
36
37
**
5
God Enough Jay Stone Singers
33
38
*
1
Who Is This Man? Legacy Five
38
39
36
4
I'm Glad I'm Saved Bledsoes
31
40
29
32
Falling Amber Nelon Thompson
2
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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The Mirror Is Unflattering.

Hey, have you ever looked in the mirror and gotten DEPRESSED? Well, most of us have, at one time or another! Of course, there are a very few who’ve never met a mirror they didn’t like. So, if you happen to like what you see in the mirror, JUST KEEP LOOKIN" and you’ll be just like the rest of us eventually. It’s Pastor Phil of Harvest Chapel with a GOOD WORD from GOD’S WORD today.

A MIRROR has a UNFLATTERING WAY of bringing us down to earth. We are often our OWN WORST ENEMY when we judge ourselves by the MIRROR, because it brings all our exterior FLAWS, our BLEMISHES, our WRINKLES and PHYSICAL IMPERFECTIONS. But, we need to remember that a MIRROR only reflects ONE THIRD of who we TRULY are. First Corinthians 13:12 says, "NOW we see a POOR REFLECTION in a MIRROR, but someday we will see ourselves as God sees us." Psalms 139 shows us a MORE COMPLETE picture of who you are. It says, "God knew you, and loved you, before you were so wonderfully formed in your mother’s womb. You are a treasure to God."

So, the next time you look in the MIRROR, SMILE and say, "You’re a TEMPLE of God, so let’s go out there and SHOW the WORLD the GLORY of God living IN us!"

It’s, Pastor Phil, reflecting this "GOOD WORD FROM GOD’S WORD TODAY". God bless.

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Monthly Articles

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Relying on God

Sometimes in life it's hard to let God have control because we are scared of the outcome. I still don't understand why I get scared to give it to God when I know that He has my best interest and His will for me is perfect. I think it's because we want to control everything and make sure that if anything bad happens than at least it's happens then it's our fault. But the truth is, God knows exactly what we need and when we need it.

Sometimes it's hard to let go of certain things, whether it be a job, or a relationship, or a situation. We're scared we will lose them forever and honestly we very well could. But, God has a greater plan than we could ever have for ourselves. So whatever you're holding on to, let it go. Let God have it and He can help you with it. Lay all your burdens on Him. Cast all your cares on Him. He wants you to and longs to hear from you. He loves you and only wants you to succeed. So rely on Him and let Him have control of your life.


Amber Thompson

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Music Previews

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Rachel West Kramer - It Is Well

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Music Previews

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Booth Brothers - Touch of the Master’s…

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Music Previews

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The Nelons - The Hallelujah Chorus

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Music Previews

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Gordon Mote - The Other Side

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Music Previews

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Rod Truman Documentary



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Music Previews

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Beyond the Ashes - Over For Good

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Daily Devotion

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Managing Your Emotions

Dealing with emotions is a fact of life. As long as we live, we will experience a variety of emotional feelings and reactions, and we must not deny their existence or feel guilty because of them.

However, we do need to learn to manage our emotions. This is easier when we understand that we cannot trust them. In fact, they can be our greatest enemy. Satan uses our emotions against us to keep us from walking in the Spirit.

It is so important to know that the Lord our God who resides within each of us is mighty. His might within us enables us to overcome our emotions and be led by His unchangeable Word and Spirit instead of our unstable feelings and emotions.


"The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” (‭Zephaniah‬ ‭3‬:‭17‬ NIV)

Spiritual stability and emotional maturity don't come naturally. You must desire it with all your heart and be determined to get it. When you make emotional stability a priority, God is more than willing to help you manage your emotions.

I encourage you to pursue that today. Enjoy emotional stability and a joyful, victorious life!

Prayer Starter: God, I choose to pursue emotional stability. I don't want to be controlled by my emotions, but I want to learn to manage them properly. Thank You for living in me and helping me with Your great strength.

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News & Scoops


Good News Music Radio with Woody Wright

This week's program on "Good News Music Radio with Woody Wright" features Part 1 of our interview with Larry Ford and music from Gordon Mote, The Booth Brothers, Rachel West Kramer, The Goodman Revival, Ponder, Sykes & Wright, Joseph Habedank, and MORE!

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

http://GoodNewsMusicRadio.com/

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

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News & Scoops


Rachel West Kramer Releases Majestic Glory

Partners With GRAMMY® Winning David T. Clydesdale For Project

Germantown Hills, IL (March 6, 2015) – Rachel West Kramer, known for her exceptional vocal expertise, has partnered with GRAMMY® and Dove® Award winner, David T. Clydesdale to record her new project, Majestic Glory, available now.

The release has already caught the attention of listeners and reviewers alike. Dusty Wells of Word Entertainment in his review for AbsolutelyGospel.com stated, "There are great talented singers and then there are amazing anointed singers, and Rachel Kramer is at the top of the list in that category. Her vocals stretch, soar and then sweep down to the deep crevice of the heart and then back up to the mountain tops of those notes that move so many of us as we listen to the music. I could easily compare Rachel to several of the finest and most respected female vocalists in every genre of music, and that includes Christian, Pop and Classical....she is a singers singer. What a talent.”

The ten-song release features beloved classics of the Christian faith such as "Christ Arose The Victor”, "I Walked Today Where Jesus Walked”, "The Holy City”, along with classic hymns "It Is Well With My Soul”, "The Lord’s Prayer”, among others including an extremely stirring version of "How Great Thou Art”.

"Rachel was such a joy to work with, maybe work isn't the right word" David Clydesdale commented. Continuing he stated, "Rachel is an inspiration and spiritually concerned to communicate with her listeners God's truths. I don't remember working with an artist before who cried during the recording of the orchestra. This was her dream, and it was happening and she was so gracious and thankful God had given her this moment. I KNOW you will be blessed, as I was!"

Rachel shares, "The idea for this album came while touring the Holy Land. It was my third tour there, but the first tour for most everyone else in our group. While making our way up to Jerusalem, as is tradition, everyone began singing the song, "The Holy City". There is rarely a dry eye when you experience this. I felt as if God said specifically to me, ‘I want you to make music which tells My story and shows people the way to the Holy City (Heaven).' The joys have been innumerable as we worked on this album. Working with David Clydesdale and his magnificent arrangements was a tremendous privilege. We have prayed our LORD will bless many lives through this powerful collection of songs.”

Majestic Glory, produced by D. Scott Kramer for Electric Station Records, is available worldwide on iTunes, in select Christian retail stores and online at http://www.TheKramersMusic.com.

Majestic Glory song Listing:
1. Christ Arose The Victor
2. Morning Star
3. The Holy City
4. I Walked Today Where Jesus Walked
5. It Is Well With My Soul with Be Still, My Soul
6. New Jerusalem
7. How Great Thou Art
8. To The Cross
9. Battle Hymn of the Republic
10. The Lord’s Prayer

If you would like to interview Rachel Kramer contact AG Publicity at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), 615-545-5315.

Learn more about Rachel Kramer by going to http://thekramersmusic.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/rachel.w.kramer .

To book Rachel or the Kramers E-mail Scott at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) .

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News & Scoops


The Browders Hit #1 For Fifth Consecutive Single

Hiltons, VA (March 5, 2015) Award winning Gospel group, The Browders find themselves topping the charts again for the month of April on The Singing News monthly chart as well as the Absolutely Gospel Music weekly chart. This was their fourth release of a single from their project titled Time Machine. The song that hit at number one is "He Took The Nails” which features Sonya Browder.

Sonya Browder stated, "I'll share a secret with you: I actually didn't think "He Took the Nails" was a good choice for a single! We hadn't sent out a single with me singing lead since "Message of the Cross" over 4 years ago, and I thought the song was too slow, too simple, to get significant airplay. Instead, it has been one of the fastest-rising singles we've ever released. That proves that DJs and listeners alike still relate to and love to hear songs about the simple message of Salvation. That encourages me, because after all, without the cross, what do we have?”

This is The Browders fourth number one song from this project and the group’s fifth consecutive time to earn the number one place on the charts. "He Took The Nails” is a strong ballad with a Country feel and a message that will touch your heart and your conscience and was written by Matthew Browder and Mike Upright.

The Browders are performing on April 14th at the Absolutely Gospel Music Awards in Smyrna, TN where the are nominated in five categories.

If you would like to interview The Browders contact AG Publicity at info@agpublicity or 615-545-5315.

You can find out more about the Browders by going to http://www.thebrowders.com or https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Browders-Friends .

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Daily Devotion

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This Little Light Of Mine

Let your light so shine among men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in Heaven. Matthew 5:16 (KJV)

Every once in a while when, my schedule permits, my wife and I enjoy traveling to places that we’ve never visited before. On one such occasion we had a chance to tour a one year old light house. It was a spectacular view from nearly one hundred feet in the air.

With clear blue skies and sunshine, it seemed you could see forever in every direction. Our tour guide explained that the lighthouse keeper had to climb to the very top five times a day to insure that the light was in good working order and there was enough oil so the flame would burn bright alerting those lost at sea where they could find safe harbor. He also went on to explain that it’s light could be seen by ships from well over 5 miles away.

To insure that we are a beacon of hope, it is vitally important that we spend some time each day in bible study and prayer with our heavenly Father . It is through reading and meditating on His word that He speaks to our hearts. This is the oil that will allow our light to brightly shine pointing a lost and dying world to the Savior. What a wonderful illustration of what Christ calls His children to do.

Jeff Pearles

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Artists

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Sometimes The Show Can’t Go On

We’ve all no doubt heard the phrase, “The show must go on.“ However, just when you think you’ve seen it all something happens that makes you say, “You’ve got to be kidding!”

As most of you know the weather in the South has been crazy to say the least. We have spent the entire month of February in sunny Florida, enjoying the warmth for the weekend and then heading home to Nashville, the land of ice and snow! Our last trip was in Bradenton, Florida. Before the concert we heard about a cold front that was coming that would dump sleet and freezing rain on Nashville. We decided the best thing to do was to drive all night and try to make it home before the storm hit. Right before the concert started ,Russell, our baritone said he just wasn’t feeling well. We all made it through the concert fine, said our goodbyes and headed home as fast as we could.

We got to the outskirts of Nashville before the sun had come up to find cars dancing all over the interstate on a solid sheet of ice. Slowly but surely we inched our way down the interstate. The guys made it home ok ,with our bass Jeff, having to walk nearly a half a mile to his front door with his luggage because we couldn’t get up the hill to his house!

After we had been home, and snowed in, for a few days, we saw some warmer temperatures come and melt off some of the ice and snow just as we were getting ready to leave the next weekend for Florida and Mississippi. However, the day before we were to leave we found out that Don, our first tenor, had caught what ever Russell had and both of them had no voice! Long story short, we had to cancel the following weekend.. Something that hardly ever happens! We want to thank the churches and their pastors for their understanding and willingness to reschedule. The boys are all patched up now and we are looking forward to seeing all of our friends in Texas, Arizona and California in March.

Check out our schedule on our website http://www.theheralds.org to see when we’re going to be in your area.

Until next month keep looking up!


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News & Scoops


Award-winning songwriter Marty Funderburk to remain with Daywind Music Publishing

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (March 4, 2015) – Dove Award winner Marty Funderburk has signed an exclusive agreement to remain as a part of the Daywind Music Publishing roster of songwriters. The veteran Funderburk has been affiliated with Daywind Music Publishing for the past 17 years.

“Songwriting is a privilege I hope I never take for granted,” explains Funderburk. “Daywind Publishing has nurtured my creativity and allowed me the freedom to express that which God places in my heart for the past 17 years. I look forward to all that God has in store as we re-commit ourselves to moving forward with the work at hand.”

While he has had dozens of songs land on the radio charts, Funderburk has had two No. 1 singles – the Kingdom Heirs’ hit “Forever Changed” and the Talley Trio’s chart-topping “Life Goes On.” His songs have been recorded by Kenny Rogers, Ricky Skaggs and the Whites, Gold City, Jake Hess, Janet Paschal, Sisters, Brian Free & Assurance, the Hoppers, the Blackwood Brothers, Greater Vision, Mark Lowry, Karen Peck and New River, The Mark Trammell Trio, the Perrys, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound and the Bowlings.

Of his nine Dove Award nominations, the latest came earlier in 2014, with Funderburk’s Christmas musical – “The Highest Glory” – winning the Dove Award for Musical of the Year.

“Marty Funderburk brought his talent to Daywind Publishing in the very early days of its existence,” points out Daywind Vice President of Music Publishing Rick Shelton. “His brilliant songs have been recorded by every major artist in our genre, and his choir music has been performed by thousands of church choirs. Marty is a dear member of the Daywind family. We are so very proud of him and the impact of his songwriting.”

Daywind Music Publishing is the premier source of new songs for the Southern Gospel and church print/choral markets. The organization is home to an award-winning roster of songwriters, including Belinda Smith, Dianne Wilkinson, Jason Cox, Joseph Habedank, Kyla Rowland, John Darin Rowsey, Ronny Hinson, Gerald Crabb and Scott Inman, among others. For more information, visit http://www.daywindpublishing.com or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

For more information on Mary Funderburk, visit his personal page on the Daywind Music Publishing web site at http://www.daywindpublishing.com/?page_id=402

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News & Scoops


** BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT **  Introducing…Cullum Ray Rowsey

Jason Crabb drummer, Michael Rowsey and his wife Bridget are happy to announce the birth of their new son,Cullum Ray Rowsey. Cullum was born on February 25, 2015 at approximately 6 PM. He weighed 6 lbs. and 15 oz.

Also proud of the announcement are Grandparents John Darin Rowsey (the Guardians) along with his wife, Shirley.

John Darin comments: "Our son, Michael Shade Rowsey and daughter-in-law Bridget, have made us grandparents of our first grandson. It's hard to believe that you can fall head over heels in love this fast! We thank God for giving us a healthy boy. Father, Mother, and Son are doing well."

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News & Scoops


Tune-in Alert For The Music City Show With Ray Stevens

Nashville, TN (March 4, 2015) Get ready for another exciting evening of entertainment with The Music City Show, coming tomorrow night.

Featured this week will be none other than Country music legend Ray Stevens. Joining Ray will be the Positive Cowboy, Jim Sheldon and popular Host Tim Lovelace.

This program will feature great music and interviews with Ray including much of the humor for which he is so well known.



RFD-TV will air this moving and joyous program tomorrow, March 5th. Don't miss "The Ray Stevens Special” with Tim Lovelace and the Positive Cowboy Jim Sheldon at 8:00PM EST and repeat airing at midnight and again at 6:30AM EST Friday, and FamilyNet the following Sunday at 12:00PM EST.

Catch a preview glimpse of tomorrow's program here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dv-VnXRGLkc

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

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T. Graham Brown’s ‘Forever Changed’ Now Available in Cracker Barrel Stores

Franklin, TN (Mansion Entertainment) March 5th, 2015 - T. Graham Brown's latest Grammy-nominated album Forever Changed has hit Cracker Barrel Old Country Store locations. The critically acclaimed album features collaborations with some of the top Country artists in the music business including Vince Gill, The Oak Ridge Boys, and Jimmy Fortune. Brown also channels his Gospel side with collaborations with Christian singers Jason Crabb, Sonya Issacs, Three Bridges, among others.

"I'm so excited that 'Forever Changed' is in the CrackerBarrel restaurant and stores! It's our favorite place to stop when we're out on the road" said an excited T. Graham Brown. "We love the food and it's so much fun to shop and look at all the "cool stuff" in the store. I always check out the CD rack, and to have my album there is a dream come true."

In an industry where you have stories each and every day concerning declining sales, the music program atCracker Barrel Old Country Stores continues to thrive, as it begins its' second decade. The company is responsible for top ten albums by such Country Music Hall of Fame members as Alabama and Kenny Rogers, and also partnered up with the iconic Dolly Parton for her 2012 An Evening With Dolly CD / DVD package, which is the program's only RIAA Gold selling project. In 2015, the 600-plus location restaurant chain resumed its' success story by teaming up with Bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley for his Man Of Constant Sorrow disc, which featured collaborations from a wide variety of artists, such as Lee Ann Womack and Elvis Costello. The set debuted on the Billboard Top Bluegrass Albums chart at #2, and also gave Stanley his highest ranking ever on the magazine's Country Album chart, entering the list at No. 14.

In addition to a Grammy nomination in 2015 for "Best Gospel Roots Album," Brown has also garnered some of the strongest ink of his career. He is set to appear in Country Weekly, in an issue that will hit newsstands later this month. Other features include Billboard, CMT, The Examiner, Power Source (which Brown graces the cover for February), and many more.

Track Listing:
1. He'll Take Care Of You (with Vince Gill)
2. From A Stronger Place
3. Soul Talk (with Jason Crabb)
4. Forever Changed
5. Shadow Of Doubt (with Leon Russell)
6. The Power Of Love (with Jeff & Sheri Easter)
7. Out Of The Rain
8. People Get Ready (with Jason Crabb, Leon Russell, Steve Cropper, The Oak Ridge Boys)
9. Pillow Of Mercy (with The Booth Brothers)
10. Midnight Rainbow (with Three Bridges)
11. Which Way To Pray (with Sonya Isaacs)
12. How Do You Know (with The Oak Ridge Boys)
13. Wine Into Water (with Jimmy Fortune)

About Forever Changed:

Co-produced by Mark L. Carman and T. Graham Brown, recorded and mixed by Joe Carrell, Forever Changed is comprised of thirteen tracks featuring guest vocal appearances by popular, award-winning artists Vince Gill, The Oak Ridge Boys, Leon Russell, Jason Crabb Jeff & Sheri Easter, Steve Cropper, The Booth Brothers, Three Bridges and Jimmy Fortune. The lineup of talent collectively boasts 26 Grammys and 37 Dove Awards. Forever Changed was nominated for "Best Roots Gospel Album" and was released by Mansion Entertainment with distribution through Sony/RED on January 27th, 2015.


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Meadow Lane Set to Release First Single with Hey Y’all Media and Lyric Press Music.

Meadow Lane’s “Praise the Lord” to be sent to radio in March.

Cleveland, TN - March 1, 2015: Jeremy Epperson, formerly of The Singing Echoes,
introduces his new group, Meadow Lane and subsequently the release of their first single “Praise the
Lord” going out to radio in March. The single will be available on Hey Y’all Media March/2015 Comp, and
Lyric Press Music Compilations. Jeremy is quoted as saying “ We are extra excited about this
opportunity to present the message of our Lord and Savior in song. Vonda is such a pleasure to work
with and we just hit it off from the start. Barry McDonald with Lyric Press is just a great long time family
friend and of course is the writer of this song. It is truly an honor to be able to sing one of his songs and
an honor to be working with these two fantastic companies. My children, Bryson and Anaïs have just
been singing their hearts out for the past year and we are proud of our new project. Bryson sings lead on
the first of this song and he just knocks it out of the park. I am one proud Dad to have them singing next
to me on stage every night. We are looking forward to seeing some old friends and making new ones on
the way.” Look for the release of their new album “Lift Your Voice” in late March.

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Dunaways Release the Classic “Mercy Built a Bridge” to Radio

Legendary Songwriter Ronny Hinson Makes Guest Appearance on the Recording

Nashville, TN, (March 3, 2015) Family Music Group is excited to release the Award nominated Dunaway's latest national radio release, "Mercy Built a Bridge". The song, penned by Ronny Hinson made Southern Gospel history as number one song for the original Hinsons.

Ronny Hinson joined The Dunaways in the studio for the recording and is featured as a vocalist. He has also made several public appearances with The Dunaways since the recording. The song still holds a strong rapport with live audiences as it continues to receive standing ovations, and is a favorite among those that attend Dunaway concerts.

Family Music Group's Les Butler said, "When the Dunaways first mentioned they wanted to record Mercy Built a Bridge I said, yes! When I mentioned getting Ronny involved the Dunaways said, YES! The end result is special. We are excited that Ronny has also agreed to call radio for interviews in support of the song. We are expecting good things from the Dunaways and Ronny."

The Dunaways have enjoyed a 23 year music ministry and have released a long list of national radio hits for more than a decade. Their recent radio single and title cut from their new album, "Church in the Kitchen," has been nominated for several Absolutely Gospel Music Awards including, "Country Song of The Year," and the recording as, "Country Album of The Year." Kanah Dunaway Lovern has also been nominated as, "Female Vocalist of The Year."

The Dunaways are available for bookings and can be scheduled by calling Randall Dunaway at (601) 416-5823. Their music is available both in Christian Retail Markets as well as any online music outlet including Amazon and Itunes.

More information on The Dunaways can be found at http://www.dunawaymusic.com and www.facebook.com/dunawaymusic .

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Daily Devotion

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“Live To Please The Lord.”

Recently I was talking to a young man and he was asking my advice on a possible job opportunity.

He talked about how this job could make a more secure future, financially and be beneficial for he and his family.

He said "I'm excited, yet very nervous because I don't know what so and so will think about it."

I said "I understand. However, you have to stop worrying about what others will think."

I can so relate. I spent a good part of my life being a "people pleaser." I worried and fretted over trying to make everyone happy. However, all it done was make ME miserable. It was a never ending cycle.

Once I stopped trying to please everyone and focused on pleasing God and following Him, life seemed to be easier for me, my wife and our children.

When things are RIGHT with God and I, everything is RIGHT. My wife and I are better and my children and I are better.

"For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ." (‭Galatians‬ ‭1‬:‭10‬ KJV)

What God KNOWS about you always surpasses what others THINK of you.

I also told my friend that "If you believe in your heart that you are following God's will and a friend walks away because you made a decision that THEY didn't like, then they weren't your REAL friend to begin with. Let them walk away."

Real friends want to see you succeed. Real friends will love and support you as you follow God's leading. Real friends will stick with you through the bad times.

Friends that seem to use you are NOT real friends. That's a lesson I had to learn the hard way and I'm still learning.

Are YOU a constant, unmovable friend? Do you encourage your friends to listen for God's voice, then step out and follow Him?

If not, you should really check YOUR motives.

Live to please The Lord and be a friend that encourages your friends to live to please God as well.

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Ashley DeRamus To Receive NDSS Buddy Walk® on Washington Champion of Change Award

Washington DC (March 2, 2015) The 2015 Champion of Change honorees this year include Ashley DeRamus as Self-Advocate of the Year. Ashley will be given her award at the 2015 Buddy Walk® on Washington. The Award for Self-Advocate of 2015 will be presented to Ashley at a special ceremony being held in Washington D.C. On April 14, 2015.

Ashley stated, “ It is such an honor to receive this Award from NDSS and to be an advocate for down syndrome people everywhere.”

According to their website NDSS stands for National Down Syndrome Society. As part of the Buddy Walk® on Washington, NDSS honors those in the Down syndrome community for working tirelessly throughout the year as self-advocates, advocates, leaders and change-makers in the area of public policy and advocacy for people with Down syndrome. Each year, NDSS honors a self-advocate, an individual advocacy leader, an NDSS DS-Ambassador, a Buddy Walk® organization and a Down syndrome advocacy group. The NDSS has been the national advocate for people with Down Syndrome since 1979.

During the NDSS Buddy Walk® on Washington, Ashley will meet with members of Congress and their staff on Capitol Hill to advance education, research and healthcare for people with Down syndrome. The experience is perfectly suited for self-advocates, family members, professionals, affiliate leaders and members and anyone else who wants to make a difference for people with Down syndrome. In 2014, 330 advocates from 37 states participated in the Buddy Walk® on Washington.

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You can learn more about Ashley DeRamus and the Ashley DeRamus Foundation by going http://ashleybydesign.com or https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ashley-DeRamus-Foundation .

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Daily Devotion

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The Foundations of Life

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

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

What made the difference?

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

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

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

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

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

There are two powerful principles contained in this parable.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tim Hill

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The Songwriter

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God Delays

On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days (John 11:17).

Mary and Martha were very close to Jesus. The Bible says Jesus loved Mary, Martha and Lazarus. Mary was the woman who came and poured expensive perfume on Jesus and the disciples rebuked her. Lazarus, Mary and Martha's brother, had become terminally ill. Jesus was away in Jerusalem during the time of Lazarus' illness. After Jesus heard the news that Lazarus was ill, instead of running to the aid of Mary and Martha, Jesus waited two days. Lazarus died and was placed in a tomb. His response to the news was:

"This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God's glory so that God's Son may be glorified through it" (John 11:4).

Jesus had to look beyond Mary and Martha's current grief in order to fulfill God's purpose for this sickness.

"When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home" (John 11:20-22).

Mary was in deep mourning over the death of her brother. When she finally went to see Jesus, she immediately cried out to Him, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died."
There was a pre-ordained plan for the purpose of Lazarus' death. But only Jesus knew this. Jesus healed Lazarus that day after being dead four days.
When we experience sickness and do not see a breakthrough, we can only seek Jesus for our healing and leave the outcome to Him. We must trust that He knows the answer to our need and the timing for its solution. There are times when we experience supernatural healing and other times that we simply do not know why Jesus chooses not to heal. In either case, our devotion to Jesus must not change.

God-delays are always pre-ordained for a greater purpose. If you find yourself in this place, bring your concerns to Jesus and leave them there. A day will come when Jesus will reveal His purposes in your situation. The psalmist said, “My times are in your hand (Ps 31:14b). Jesus may have been four days late, but as is often the case, He was still right on time.  Are you able to trust His timing?


We must get beyond the immature notion that God is interested only in making us healthy, wealthy and happy.

More than anything, He wants us to be like Christ. And the road to becoming like Christ often leads through the wilderness of adversity.
In order for the butterfly to fly, there must be a transformation process from a caterpillar, to a butterfly. But that is only developed through adversity.

Maybe your songwriting is not turning out the way you dreamed it would. But don't lose hope in God over it or become bitter at the music business because of it. You may be in a transforming process. And it is going to take however long it takes. But remember that everything God has planned will come to pass.

Until next time, keep on writing . . .

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Gordon Mote’s New Single “The Other Side” Hits Radio

Wife Kimberly Joins Gordon on Album Highlight

Franklin, TN (March 2, 2015) Hot on the heels of Gordon Mote’s "#2 Southern Gospel Radio Single, "Meanwhile Back At the Cross,” New Haven Records has released "The Other Side,” the fourth single from Mote’s Dove Award Finalist CD, All Things New.

Produced by Southern Gospel hit-maker Wayne Haun, "The Other Side” is a touching ballad duet featuring Gordon’s talented wife, Kimberly. Gordon reflects, "The past few years, Kimberly and I have had close friends and family who’ve experienced profound loss. Although we would never minimize someone’s grief, the Gospel truth is that we don’t grieve as those who have no hope. Instead, we live in the confidence that one day the Lord will reunite us with those we love and make all things new.”

The theme of redemption and restoration pervades the entire 13-song project, which was produced by Country Music legend Frank Rogers along with selected cuts by multi-Dove Award winner Wayne Haun.

Since its release, All Things New has become both a critical and fan favorite. Breathecast.com raved that listeners should "be prepared for lots of ‘wow’ moments.”

Strictly Country, called All Things New "…one of the most artistically defined albums we have ever heard…the album that we compare all the others to” and highlighting "The Other Side” as one of the cuts that "…truly captured our souls.” Likewise, Soul-Audio and MusicScribe also singled out "The Other Side” as one of the album’s finest moments.

Through the years, Mote has enjoyed a high profile as a featured performer on The Gaither Homecoming Concert series as well as one of Music City’s most celebrated session players—culminating in two recent Academy of Country Music and Music Row Magazine Awards for Instrumentalist of the Year. Since stepping into the spotlight as a solo artist, Gordon has recorded an impressive body of work—three instrumental and six vocal albums—including the Dove Award Finalist All Things New (2014), Dove Award-nominated If You Could Hear What I See (2004), Don’t Let Me Miss the Glory (2007), Songs I Grew Up Singing (2012) and his acclaimed Christmas collection, The Star Still Shines (2012).

Radio station inquiries about the single may be directed to Jan Puryear Promotions (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)).

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Good News Music Radio with Woody Wright



This week's program on "t" features Part 3 of our interview with Adam Crabb and music from The Hoppers, Guy Penrod, The Martins, The Nelons, Woody & Vonnie Wright, The Collingsworth Family and MORE!

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

http://GoodNewsMusicRadio.com/

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Eighth Day Set to Release New Album “I’m Gonna Say It”

Newest Single "He is Mine" Gaining National Attention

Nashville, TN, March 2, 2015. One of Southern Gospel music's most recognizable trios, Eighth Day has recently completed their newest project "I'm Gonna Say It". The album features songs written by some of today's top songwriters. The first single from the album "He is Mine" has been added by radio stations across the country. This much anticipated project is set to be released in March, 2015.

When asked about their newest recording, Eighth Day's Scott Robinson said "We are SO excited about the release of our brand new recording, "I’m Gonna Say It". It features 10 songs from Monty Lane Allen and Robert Arthur which have written nearly every song we have ever recorded including all of the Top 10 Singing News hits. We also have a couple of songs by Kenna West, Sue Smith, Lee Black, John Lemonis, and Wendy Wills". Robinson added "We were blessed to use some of the top musicians in Nashville, and truly feel that vocally this is our best work yet".

Les Butler, manager and radio promoter states, "Their new single, "He Is Mine," is quickly getting traction at radio. I've been hearing bits and pieces as they've been putting the entire album together. This slow tease is not fair! This is turning out to be some kind of record!"

Lottie Squires from WCKB in Dunn, SC added "I'm so very, very excited about FINALLY having a new CD from Eighth Day! (It's about time!) I remember sitting with Joni at NQC way too many years ago, listening to a rough mix of songs from "Everything Holy," and knowing I was hearing something special...and I know this one will be special, too. Of course, at this point, Eighth Day could sing the collected works of Dr. Seuss and I'd be thrilled to have it! Now I'm just waiting for them to come back to my area for a concert and a nice, long visit!

Regarding the impact that Eighth Day hopes the CD has on listeners, Scott Robinson said "These are songs that should speak to the hearts of folks in many different places in this walk of faith. We are anxious to share them with the world. It’s time we Christians take a stand."

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Daily Devotion

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Respect

I believe that most every issue that we hear about these days can be traced back to the simplest of answers—a basic lack of respect, lack of respect for authority and lack of respect for oneself. People who live their lives without boundaries, sell themselves short. They never get the best of what life has to offer!

We are given rules, laws, and requests for obedience for our own good. No parent ever said to a child, “Do not cross the street without looking both ways” for their own good, it’s for the child’s safety. The Ten Commandments were given, not for God to show His authority, but for our own benefit. Accept His commandments in love and you will be blessed for it! Respect authority and respect yourself, trusting that the boundaries are set, not to keep you from good, but for your own good.


Exodus 20:1-17 The Message 1-2 God spoke all these words: I am God, your God,
 who brought you out of the land of Egypt,
 out of a life of slavery. 3 No other gods, only me. 4-6 No carved gods of any size, shape, or form of anything whatever, whether of things that fly or walk or swim. Don’t bow down to them and don’t serve them because I am God, your God, and I’m a most jealous God, punishing the children for any sins their parents pass on to them to the third, and yes, even to the fourth generation of those who hate me. But I’m unswervingly loyal to the thousands who love me and keep my commandments. 7 No using the name of God, your God, in curses or silly banter; God won’t put up with the irreverent use of his name. 8-11 Observe the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Work six days and do everything you need to do. But the seventh day is a Sabbath to God, your God. Don’t do any work—not you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your servant, nor your maid, nor your animals, not even the foreign guest visiting in your town. For in six days God made Heaven, Earth, and sea, and everything in them; he rested on the seventh day. Therefore God blessed the Sabbath day; he set it apart as a holy day. 12 Honor your father and mother so that you’ll live a long time in the land that God, your God, is giving you. 13 No murder. 14 No adultery. 15 No stealing. 16 No lies about your neighbor. 17 No lusting after your neighbor’s house—or wife or servant or maid or ox or donkey. Don’t set your heart on anything that is your neighbor’s.

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This Week on Gospel Music Today

The Browders are the guests on Gospel Music Today for the week of March 1 and Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates. The Feature Group is Mountain Faith, and Jean reviews new recordings by The Roarks and Channing Eleton. An article from Christian Voice magazine about Jason Runnels is the subject of this week's News Notes. In the News is Canton Junction, Paul's Journey, The Freemans and a Happy Birthday to Rita Pearson of The Diplomats. The show features singing by Les Butler and Friends, The Booth Brothers, exclusive concert video of The Browders, recorded by Gospel Music Today's cameras at the Absolutely Gospel Music Fest in Smyrna, TN, and a visit to the Gospel Music Today Archives for an exclusive concert video of 2nd Generation at the Southern Gospel Worship Gathering in Broken Arrow, OK.

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

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Allison Speer Speaks at Heart To Heart Conference

(March 1, 2015) Nashville, TN - Gaither Homecoming artist Allison Speer was the keynote speaker and singer for the first-ever Native American ladies' event on February 14th, 2015 in Window Rock, AZ, capital of the Navajo Nation. Called the Heart To Heart Conference, ladies from the Hopi, Zuni, Iroquois, Tuscarora, Mohawk, Oneida, Gile River, Ute, Paiute, Cherokee, Apache, Yuma Quechan, Comanche, Yaqui and Navaho tribes were present.

Allison says, 'This past week my life was changed by these beautiful Native American women. I have always known that I came from the Cherokee people of Kentucky, and have loved the study of my heritage. This last week I found a new family while working with these ladies, as well as a new passion in my heart to minister in this area of the country. I'm trusting that God will use Brian and me there in the future. God has given us the call; please pray that He will show us quickly the needs we are able to meet as we strive to serve these wonderful saints in the future.'

A short video of the event is available at http://www.allisonspeer.com.

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Sunday Morning….The Hard Way

I'll admit it. I'm one of those people who goes through life looking backwards. It's not that I don't appreciate the present or that I necessarily dread the future, but as far as I'm concerned, the past is where it's at. It's my great pleasure to look deep into the old days and imagine myself there ....picture what the world looked like, how people dressed in the era, how family life would be different.....everyday activities like cooking a meal, going to school or traveling to church. My imagination has been getting a workout tonight as I watch the snow pile up at the base of the maple tree and see the power lines looking just a bit heavier than usual. The tire tracks left in the road by someone braver than I just a few minutes ago have quickly filled in again. There seems to be no end in sight.

I'm contemplating church on Sunday morning. I'm weighing all that means....to get out of a warm house into an icy cold car, at least icy for a few moments. Then there are the snow packed roads to negotiate for 2.3 miles...then the walk from the parking lot, which may or may not be clear. There's the hassle of what to wear....heels are out of the question....but what to do with your drippy boots? Does anyone even have a coatroom anymore? And what if it continues to snow and sleet all during service and you still have the whole thing to do all over again in reverse to get home. Wow.....so many things to think about.

It was not always this way. Ice and snow were just part of life. The animals were still tended, firewood chopped, business carried on and people went to church. Yes....they went to church. Go back to my grandmother's day and that meant the whole family.....whether you wanted to or not....piled in an open horse-drawn wagon full of straw and covered with as many quilts as you could find for the five mile ride to a country church. If they were fortunate and the horses could safely pick their way, after an hour or so they arrived with their noses dripping and scarely feeling their digits. They were happy to take their place in an old frame church barely warmer than the outside they had braved. They sat on wooden benches, covered with the quilts they traveled in. They sang "Rock of Ages" and "Amazing Grace" to the strains of an old pump organ. The sermon was preached over the crackling of a pot-bellied stove, the invitation was given and people came to the Lord. Meanwhile, it continued to snow and the straw that was dry when they came had been covered with a thick wet blanket of snow and had to be turned over in the wagon bed before they could again pile in and head home, another hour in the freezing cold.

What effort....what determination! Fast forward to the fifties and I can remember well my own family's Sunday morning snow excursions. It was certainly nothing like my grandmother's day would have been, but tedious nonetheless. I still see my dad as he headed out the back door in his big galoshes to put chains on the '54 Olds. It would have been so much easier for mom and dad and their five kids to stay tucked into bed on a snowy Sunday, but that wasn't going to happen. It was Sunday, the Lord's Day, and that meant we went to church, whether or no. We pulled on our scratchy leggings and I still remember the way my red rubber boots felt as mom pushed my shoe-covered feet down into them. It was a struggle and would be a struggle to remove as well. A sweater on top of my dress....then another sweater for good measure. A muff hung around my neck...a doll whose skirt created a handwarmer when chubby little figures were slipped inside. All of that.....just to walk out the door. Of course when we arrived, we were greeted with all the other church faithful who had gone through the same thing just to be present.

What's wrong with us? What's happened to the push, the umph to get up and go, to say, "Yes, I know it's a pain, but I'm going because it's important"? I think part of the problem is we don't think it IS important anymore. Some Christians have adopted a worldly view of God as a kindly old gentleman, too tired to care what's going on. They picture Him as Captain Kangaroo's Grandfather Clock...someone who can barely stay awake long enough to keep the earth turning. Others view Him as a "modernist" who looks on His past dealings with mankind as too demanding and has therefore now realized we're much too sophisticated for such things and is perfectly okay with it. Wrong.

Let me say before I go any further that I am as guilty as the next person of finding the convenient excuse.....I have to go alone today....it's raining and there's no one to drop me off under the canopy....my umbrella's broken...there's an unknown guest speaker - what if he's no good? It's all a kid's program today so.....I haven't been in three weeks....what will people think? I haven't been in three weeks...nobody even cares anyway. Blah, blah, blah. All that makes no difference because the Lord said to forsake NOT the assembling of ourselves together. I like the "The Living Bible's" clear translation of

Hebrews 10:25 which reads:
"Let us not neglect our church meetings, as some people do, but encourage and warn each other, especially now that the day of His coming back again is drawing near." That's pretty plain, isn't it? And I don't think he's talking about the pot luck when he says "church meetings".
So.....just something to think about as the snow flies. Hope to see you Sunday.

Janice

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Third Day - Lead Us Back


Producer: Information Not Provided
Label: Essential Records
Website: http://www.thirdday.com

LEAD US BACK, is the latest offering from Third Day that releases on Tuesday. For those of you that may be unfamiliar with the band, Third Day has been around for almost 20 years and according to lead singer Mac Powell, this could be the best recording to date. “Hey I’m not making the best record ever, that I’ve ever made.. I’m just going to make a record that’s what I have now and I’m going to put it out there.” All that being said, I think it’s the best record we’ve ever made…I really do. Let’s take a look at the album Lead Us Back.

According to Mac, “A lot of the album is actually about the Exodus, about the story of Moses, which is, you know, with the movie recently that came out that talked about a lot of the Exodus with God’s children of Israel and with Moses. So a lot of these songs are about that and the correlation between someone leading God’s people from slavery into freedom…from slavery and bondage into the promise land. That correlation between Moses and Jesus and how we as believers feel like God leads us through, with Jesus to, out of our sin and out of that slavery, in a sense, into freedom and salvation.”

SPIRIT introduces the album that is a prayer to be led by the Holy Spirit and realizing that we need Him and nothing else will satisfy. SOUL ON FIRE is the December 2014 release from the group that is uptempo and declares that since the Holy Spirit dwells in us, our desire should be developing a heart like our father. The melody is very “catchy” and the unmatched vocal ability of Mac Powell shines through on this worship anthem. YOUR WORDS, slows things down a little bit and reminds us that God’s voice and His words are all that matters in a life of confusion and distractions of this world. OUR DELIVERER, goes back to the Exodus theme. It is a monumental song that is the climax of the record. It’s bold, and the message is unmistakably clear. After listening the the 14 new tracks from Third Day, I am leaning to agree with Mac, this is a pretty incredible album.

Along with the 14 brand new songs, the Deluxe Edition brings back many live recordings from some favorite Third Day songs! This recording was well written, well produced, and well recorded. I am giving this recording 5 stars!



Song List:

Spirit
Soul on Fire
Your Words
Our Deliverer
He Is Alive
In Jesus' Name
Lead Us Back
Maker
Victorious
I Know You Can
Father of Lights
The One I Love
Praise The Invisible
Arise
Your Love Is Like A River (Live)
Mountain of God (Live)
Born Again (Live)
Soul On Fire (Live)
Children of God (Live)
Offering (Live)
Trust In Jesus
Follow Me There

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Jordan Family Band - Better Days


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

The Jordan Family Band is comprised of Josh and Randa Jordan and their three sons: Hutch, Alex and Grant. This family has a rich history in the church and gospel music, and they've been singing as a family since 2009.

Their new project, Better Days, is full of a variety of styles of Gospel music and some great songs. The three young Jordan boys are already singing and carrying parts even at a young age and do a great job. The projects title track, "Better Days," is a great kick off to the project and is a mid-tempo song featuring the whole family. The family harmony is evident here, and they have a great, tight sound.

Randa Jordan has a powerful voice and delivers the beautiful ballad, "Where He's Already Been," effortlessly. This is a great song of encouragement and a reminder of hope.

Some other highlights include the family song "My God Has Been So Good To Me." This has a typical family group style song, and the whole family does a great job delivering this mid-tempo powerful song!

"Free" has a true country sound that Josh shines on! "I Will Go With the Lord" is another tight harmony, country sounding tune that older son Hutch takes the lead on and does a great job!

Perhaps one of the most unique moments on this recording is the song "Sawdust Trail." The opening of the intro is a clip from a sermon. This story-song is sung by Josh and is a great cut telling the story of what a difference salvation in Christ Jesus makes in our lives. This is sure to be a favorite among fans in concert. This is definitely a highlight of the entire project, too!

The project closes with the tender song "Down on My Knees" and features the entire family again in a beautiful song that says "down on our knees we find the strength to carry on."

The Jordan Family Band has a great sound. It will be fun to watch the boys voices mature in years to come and see how it changes their sound. The future looks bright for this talented family. If you have a chance to see them in concert, you need to go! Definitely head over and pick up this project!



Song List:

Better Days
Where He's Already Been
Can't Lose for Winning
My God's Been Good to Me
Free
Still Fall Short
I Will Go With the Lord
When He Was Giving His Life
Sawdust Trail
Down on my Knees

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The Kingsmen - In Conversation

It is no secret that the Kingsmen have a rich legacy in the southern gospel world. But, what keeps them going? As the music industry continues to transition and change, how does a quartet of guys stay relevant and active?

In a conversation with Brandon Reese he shared "we are all about energy." The Kingsmen love to get people excited, but it is so much deeper than plain old hype. This energy you feel in their concert experience all points back to the Savior, and making a joyful noise in praise to Him. Being as this is a major goal for the Kingsmen, you will find they do not perform an abundance of slow music.

You will, however, discover that the Kingsmen consistently perform their new music. "When you've been around longer than 10 years, you do get a lot of requests for the songs you've made popular. We try to do several of the classics, but we sing our new material most of the time in concert," says Brandon Reese.

This classic quartet is staying on the cutting edge, not only with fast-paced music, but in a fast-paced social media world. Following the Kingsmen's social media is a great way to stay connected to their ministry and personal lives. Reese comments, "You have to look at people's habits and learn how to communicate with them. If you do it right, you can have an indefinite reach into the lives of your friends and fans." He encourages fans to connect with the Kinsmen on several social media platforms, and for those in the ministry to consider using this platform as another form of ministry.

The Kingsmen truly have a global impact, ministering across the internet, state lines, and even across oceans! In fact, they have been a regular on the Singing At Sea cruises, and the like. While you might picture this as more a vacation, Brandon explains that these excursions, while exciting, are quite a bit of work.

The Kingsmen are extremely grateful to be able to minister to thousands aboard boats and in churches across the United States performing nearly 200 concerts in the 2014 year. "Our wives are extremely supportive of what we do. There is no way one man could manage this lifestyle without the help of his help meet." Reese spoke of the challenges a family and marriage can face in the ministry, but is encouraged by the security the men have in their relationships and calling to this ministry.

Battle Cry, The Kingsmen's latest release, came out last year on Crossroads Records. The album has already scored one #1 song with "Oh Yes I Am" and earned two Absolutely Gospel Music Award nominations for Traditional Song and Traditional Recording of the Year. Find out more about The Kingsmen by visiting them only at http://www.kingsmenquartet.com.

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Childress Family - Music For the Soul


Producer: Teresa Childress Lutz & Carla Childress
Label: Independent
Website: http://www.childressfamily.com

The Childress Family are a rare jewel in our industry. They are quality singers and are just an all around class act. The Southern Gospel Music industry is very blessed to have to have the Childress Family part of the industry. Musically, they are a mix between the Hoppers, Pfeifers and Talleys, but they have a certain genuineness that makes them unique in a lot of ways.

The recording starts off with the upbeat, “HIGH AND LIFTED UP/HALLELUJAH CHORUS” before turning in a masterful performance on “I WON’T HAVE TO CROSS JORDAN ALONE”. I love blending songs together, and I love how they threw in the chorus to “He’ll Hold My Hand” as a bridge and it just takes the song to a new level before they appropriately follow it up with another classic, “WHAT A MEETING”.

The family turns in an excellent performance on the Richard Smallwood classic, “TOTAL PRAISE”, before picking up the pace for a Goodman classic, “POOR, RICH MAN”. While these two songs are, stylistically, miles apart, the Childress Family make it work and they sing both songs exceptionally well.

For “GRACE WILL ALWAYS BE GREATER THAN SIN”, the group borrows the Hoppers tremendous music track, but they are able to make the song their own, vocally before moving on to the upbeat, “LET THE GLORY COME DOWN”, which showcases some “Ruppe vocal flourishes” that I really enjoyed.

“SIT DOWN” is a LeFevre classic from years gone by and features Mom (Marlene). Not everyone can pull off this song and she makes the song her own and it is a delightful inclusion on this recording.

The worshipful, “THIS IS HOW WE KNOW” is a highlight of the recording, as is the convention classic, “IT’S JUST LIKE HEAVEN”. The recording closes out with one of my favorite hymns, “IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL”.

Vocally and musically, this is a great sounding recording with some great songs. But, much like their last recording it is filled with cover tunes and classic songs (which I do love hearing), so it may not win them any new fans. But, the Childress Family aren’t out there to blaze new trails either. They are content being who they are and letting the songs they sing speak for them. I have a lot of respect and admiration for the Childress Family and thoroughly enjoy their music and what they bring to the table. Sure, these are previously recorded songs, but they are done in a style that fits them and their audiences…and it truly is “Music for the Soul”.



Song List:

(stars denote personal favorites)
1 – High and Lifted Up/Hallelujah Chorus
2 – I Won’t Have to Cross Jordan Alone**
3 – What a Meeting**
4 – Total Praise
5 – Poor, Rich Man
6 – Grace will Always Be Greater Than Sin
7 – Let the Glory Come Down**
8 – Sit Down**
9 – This is How We Know
10-It’s Just Like Heaven**
11-It is Well with My Soul**

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Blackwood Brothers - Forever


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

The Blackwood Brothers have been a staple in Gospel music for a very long time. Celebrating 80 years with this recording this is the only Blackwood Brothers group with heritage of the original Blackwood members. James Blackwood was an original founding member of this group, followed by his son, Jimmy after his retirement, and now after Jimmy's retirement, Billy Blackwood, James' youngest son has taken the reigns.

In many ways this CD remains faithful to the tradition of the Blackwood Brothers singing old favorites like the song penned by and originally sang by JD Sumner “Walkin' And Talkin' With My Lord” and “Dear Jesus, Abide With Me” written by Little Jimmy Taylor.

They also sing some new songs with the traditional sound like “I'll Fly Away Home”, written by Dianne Wilkinson and “Long Gone” authored by Billy Blackwood, Kenna West and Jason Cox, with a little help form the Oak Ridge Boys.

Then breaking with tradition “Forever Forgiven” written by Kenna West and Jason Cox, and “I Know In Whom I Have Believed” written by Kenna West and Lee Black are two beautiful ballads with a little progressive touch to them, but still moving and will touch the hearts of all Gospel music lovers.

If you like Gospel music with a definite Southern flair, you will love this 80th Anniversary CD by the Blackwood Brothers.

This is a 3 ½ star CD pushing towards 4 stars.



Song List:

You Can Find What I Found
I'll Fly Away Home
Forever Forgiven
Walkin' And Talkin'
Long Gone (Featuring The Oak Ridge Boys)
Heaven Will Be Mine Someday
When I Cross To The Other Side Of Jordan
I Know In Whom I Have Believed
Oh, No You Don't
Dear Jesus, Abide With Me

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Jim Brady Trio - A New Chapter

AbsolutelyGospel.com President/CEO Deon Unthank talks with Jim, Melissa, and Tim of the Jim Brady Trio this month!

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The Lesters - Setting Records

Rocky talks with The Lesters about where the road leads for this group and their 90 year legacy!

Rocky Logan: Tell us what are the latest happenings with The Lesters.

Brian Lester: Well this year is a special time for the Lesters. We entered into the 90th anniversary of the group's ministry. The Lesters began in 1925, and we are now into our fourth generation as a family group. We knew 90 years was a long run, but we just recently found out that we are the longest running musical group of any genre in the world. We are working with the Guinness Book of World Records to be officially verified soon. As you can imagaine, there are a lot of exciting events planned to celebrate this historic milestone including a few reunion concerts, TV appearances and even a "Lesters Night" at Busch Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinals. We kicked the year off with a special honor by the mayor of our home town of St. Louis. He declared January 1st as "Lesters Day" in the city of St. Louis. That was quite an honor. All of that would be enough to have us excited, but Matt Felts joined the Lesters late last year. We have been busy since then with new projects and fresh ideas. We just released a live project we recorded in Boston in October, the first live Southern Gospel album ever to be recorded in Boston, and we will be in the studio shortly working on our first studio project with Matt.

RL: Matt, how has becoming a part of the Lesters been?

Matt Felts: It's been a great transition from the Dixie Melody Boys to the Lesters. My whole career has been spent with quartets such as the DMBs, Perfect Heart and Monument Quartet so coming over to a trio was exciting. It allows me to expand my wings artistically. I was actually born and raised just two miles from the Lesters in St. Louis. I grew up hearing the Lesters on TV, and they were favorites around our house. They've always been one of my favorite groups, but because they were a mixed group, I never dreamed I would wind up coming full circle and singing for them. It's been such an honor to sing with people who live what they sing about both on stage and off. The fact that we are all die hard Cardinals fans makes the bus more fun also.

RL: Jonathan, what is going on, or will be happening that you are excited about?

Jonathan Lester: You would think that after so many years singing and traveling that there isn't much that gets us excited, but this year is full of things I'm looking forward to. Each fall we host a week long Gospel music concert event at Meramec Caverns in Stanton, Missouri. Every year is special but this year's lineup is incredible. Starting October 14th, the first night will be "Quartet Night" with the LeFevre Quartet, Freedom Quartet and the Lesters will be a quartet that night with Pat Barker as our guest bass singer. Thursday is Family night with the Collingsworth Family and the Mylon Hayes Family. Friday, Ernie Haase and Signature Sound will be at the cave, and Saturday, the Booth Brothers will be there. That's going to be an incredible week.

I'm also really excited about what we are adding to our live concerts. We have recently added a full light program to select concerts, and we are adding full multi media shortly. We believe that it's important that when we present the Gospel we want it to be the best quality we can make it. If you haven't been to a Lesters concert lately, we invite you to come out.

RL: Brian, how is the male trio configuration working? Has it been much different from having family and women on the road? I know that's a loaded question!

BL: It's been a good transition. I never sat down one day and decided we were switching to a male trio. When my sister Ginger came off the road a little over two years ago, the Lord began to lead me in this direction. It's been wonderful. The fans have embraced the trio version of the Lesters. We still do a lot of the songs people associate with us, but this lineup allows us to branch out in some new directions. I'll get in trouble for saying this but now that we don't have any women on the bus, it's a lot easier to get in the bathroom to get ready for a concert. We miss having the family on the road, but they still do a few dates every once in a while. On New Years Eve, both of my sisters, Ginger and Donna as well as many of the family and former members, joined us on stage for an incredible night.

RL: Tell us about your latest projects.

BL As we mentioned earlier, we just released a "Live In Boston" project that we recorded last October. We are very excited about this album. Most people wouldn't think that Gospel music is strong in the Boston area, but if they watch the video from that night they will find out a different story. The energy is the building that night was truly electric. That concert was actually only Matt Felts's second or third week with us, but you'd never know it. It felt like we had been together for years. We recorded many of the songs we get the most requests for as well as some of our newer songs. There are twenty songs on the DVD and CD together. That project is available on our website. We are working on a new project that will be out later this year.

RL: One more time, share about Meramec Caverns.

BL: We'd like to invite everyone to attend this year/s Gospel singing at Meramec Caverns in October. It is one of Gospel music's biggest events and by far the most unique event you will ever go to. This is our 48th Fall Singing at the cave, and many of the people who come have been coming for many years. It's more than a concert; it's like a family reunion. You can get more info and purchase tickets on our website at http://www.thelesters.com.

RL: Okay for some fun, name your top 3 favorite Southern Gospel albums.

Brian: Speer Family, Family Favorites ; The Cathedrals, The Prestigious Cathedral Quartet; and the Oak Ridge Boys, Sing and Shout

John: Gaither Vocal Band, Give It Away; Talleys Anthology; and Gaither Vocal Band, Lovin Life

Matt: The Cathedrals, Faithful; The Statesmen, Stop Look and Listen; and The Imperials, Sail On,

For more information on The Lesters, visit them online at http://www.thelesters.com.

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Ivan Parker - Threads of Mercy


Producer: Roger Talley
Label: Horizon Records/Crossroads Music Group
Website: http://www.ivanparker.com

Ivan Parker's newest CD ,Threads of Mercy, has the potential for several great radio songs. It kicks off with the feel good, hand clappin' song TIL THE SHACKLES FALL OFF. Next is a more intimate song about God being in the middle of every situation, GOD'S IN THE MIDDLE OF IT. DON'T HANG YOUR HEAD AND CRY and SILENT PRAYER follow. SILENT PRAYER is another soothing song that reassures us that God is listening to us even in silent prayers. WHEN HEAVEN SHAKES THE HOUSE and ON THE SOLID ROCK I STAND are both get on your feet and start to clappin' songs. I could see either of these being released as a single. I'm sure they will go over great live. THIS IS HOW WE KNOW is a powerful song. I would call this the "power ballad" of the album. The thing I love about Ivan Parker albums is you get a good blend of church, contemporary and southern gospel kind of wrapped up in a neat package. THIS IS HOW WE KNOW would be a good example of this. Ivan does the classic HE TOUCHED ME and sounds great on it. A fun and different song is WINGS. It's not a super spiritual song but more of a feel good song. It's upbeat and fun to listen to. HOW MUCH LONGER finishes the album with a song that beckons to the one who needs to come home. It also has a pretty cool electric guitar solo in my opinion. Don't worry. Ivan is not going rock! But it is a great album with songs that uplift and encourage. This is a well rounded album in my opinion. Ivan Parker fans will love, and if you've never been an Ivan fan, now may be the time to reconsider.



Song List:

TIL THE SHACKLES FALL OFF
GOD'S IN THE MIDDLE OF IT
DON'T HANG YOUR HEAD AND CRY
SILENT PRAYER
WHEN HEAVEN SHAKES THE HOUSE
THIS IS HOW WE KNOW
ON THE SOLID ROCK I STAND
HE TOUCHED ME
WINGS
HOW MUCH LONGER

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Jim Sheldon

God’s Work Gloves

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

God will never violate our free will. He will never force anyone against their will to serve Him. We must totally surrender our lives to be a servant of Jesus Christ.
Once a person is totally surrendered to The Will of God, there is nothing He can’t do through us! He will provide the power, the strength, the knowledge, the talent and desire to do whatever He’s called us to do.
That is what the paraphrase of Proverbs 3:6 is telling us. Our part is to Put God First in everything we do, under His complete control and put forth the effort to do what we’re called to do. Then, His Holy Spirit working in and through us will help accomplish the task. God will bless/Crown our Efforts with His Success.

To illustrate: We need to be God’s Work gloves.
People who work in the yard, construction or any manual labor task will use good quality Work Gloves. It protects their hands while allowing them to easily complete the job.
The Work Gloves no matter the comfort, the quality and mobility it gives to perform all the tasks required to do the job. As long as the Work Gloves sit in a drawer, on a bench or hanging on a peg, it can’t do anything. But, when you put on the Work Gloves, they will do everything you do. Because you’re inside the gloves! Your hands will provide the power, strength and mobility to do whatever you Will to do.

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

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

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