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John Darin Rowsey Re-Signs with Daywind Music Publishing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (April 23, 2021) — Daywind Music Publishing is pleased to announce that Dove Award-winning songwriter John Darin Rowsey is extending his sixteen-year relationship with the company.

John Darin Rowsey began his singing career in front of a live audience at the age of eleven and went on to establish the beloved trio New Journey in 1985. The songs he was writing for New Journey attracted the attention of industry veteran Niles Borop who signed Rowsey to his first publishing deal with Centergy Music in 1993. During this prolific time, Rowsey wrote “Singing with the Saints,” which became the title track of a platinum-selling Bill and Gloria Gaither Homecoming video that remains among the best- selling Christian videos of all time. He began singing with Karen Peck & New River in 2000, for whom he wrote several #1 hits including “I Want to Know How It Feels,” recognized as a top 10 song of the 2000-2010 decade. Daywind Music Publishing became Rowsey’s songwriting home in 2004. He joined The Guardians in 2012, leading to three of his songs reaching the #1 position on the national charts. Rowsey has also served his local church, Christ Temple Church in Huntington, WV, for years as director of worship, leading a 60-voice choir. His Easter musical, Messiah Overcame, received the Dove Award for Musical of the Year in 2020.  

“Daywind feels like family,” says Rowsey. “I’m so thankful that they continue to open new doors for their writers and never rest on their many laurels. This long-standing relationship has proven that to me.”

Rick Shelton, vice president of Daywind Music Publishing adds, “when you talk about talent, John is loaded with it. He is a wonderful singer, exceptional pianist, and  incredible songwriter. But his character, integrity, and love for people outshine his very bright talent. He is a dear member of our Daywind family. I’m excited about what is yet to come for John and his songs!”

Daywind Music Publishing is home to an award-winning roster of songwriters including Lee Black, Riley Harrison Clark, Jason Cox, Natalie Cromwell, Janice Crow, Marty Funderburk, Joseph Habedank, Mike Harland, Wayne Haun, Devin McGlamery, Tim Lovelace, Karen Peck Gooch, John Darin Rowsey, Belinda Smith, Sue Smith, Barry Weeks, Dianne Wilkinson, and Nathan Woodard.

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