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Kenna Turner West Announces Debut Album with Sonlite Records

Arden, North Carolina (July 6, 2021) — Following “Calling All Prodigals” and “I’m Not Who I Was,” the critically acclaimed 2021 singles that marked her re-emergence as not just an award-winning songwriter, but a compelling recording artist, too, Kenna Turner West delivers her full-length debut for Sonlite Records with A Reason For Hopenow available for pre-order, add or save ahead of its August 27 release.

From its ringing opening affirmation, “Our God Is Good,” to the contemplative encouragement of the closing “Pray On,” it’s a collection that brings the overarching message of its title to musical life in a generous array of inspired — and inspirational — settings. 

Recorded at Crossroads Studios with a top shelf team led by award-winning producer Jeff CollinsA Reason For Hope locates itself on the forward-looking side of today’s Southern Gospel musical spectrum, its tasteful blend of contemporary arrangements and production frequently incorporating elements of Inspirational Christian, as well as touches of Country, Pop and even African-American gospel sounds.  Yet despite their diversity, the collection’s individual tracks — from the restrained power of “There Is No Condemnation” through the Inspirational flavor of the Biblical story, “Doubt The Storm,” to the Country Soul of the title track, a duet with Dove Award-winning Southern Gospel singer Joseph Habedank — are knit together both through the common theme of redemption by faith and West’s expressive voice and nuanced interpretative gift.  

“This whole process has been such a full-circle experience for me,” the singer-songwriter notes.  “For 38 years, my one desire has been to find creative ways to communicate the gospel of Jesus Christ. In the early years, that happened primarily through singing; then, in time, it grew to encompass other avenues like songwriting (‘Say Amen,’ ‘Even Me,’ ‘Small Town Someone’). So to come full circle and return to my roots as a vocalist — well, it is a beautiful, unexpected blessing!”

“Creating this project has truly been a labor of love,” she adds, “from writing songs with some of my best friends to working alongside the entire Crossroads team. Coming at this record as both a songwriter and a vocalist, I love that, while the ten songs on this project feel very personal to me, I believe they will speak to every believer who hears them. There are songs of hope (‘A Reason for Hope’), victory (‘We March On’), faith (‘Doubt the Storm’), perseverance (‘Pray On’), forgiveness (‘There Is No Condemnation’), restoration (‘Calling All Prodigals’) — all of which are themes that touch each of our lives. I pray that these songs will bless each listener as much as they have blessed me.”Pre-order, add or save A Reason For Hope HERE.

About Kenna Turner West
Kenna’s roots in the music business run deep. Her father, Ken Turner, sang bass for many years with the Blackwood Brothers Quartet. Her mother-in-law, country music star Dottie West, was recently inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Steeped in a rich musical heritage, Kenna has carved out her own place in the industry over the years. A staff writer for Curb|Word Music Publishing located on Nashville’s historic Music Row, Kenna’s songs have been recorded by artists such as Jason Crabb, Hillary Scott,  The Martins, The Crabb Family, The Isaacs, The Booth Brothers, Triumphant Quartet, The Collingsworth Family, Brian Free & Assurance, Joseph Habedank, Michael English, Finding Favour, Marty Raybon, Karen Peck & New River, Jeff & Sheri Easter, The Talleys, Gordon Mote, 11th Hour, Legacy Five, and many more.  

Whether she is writing songs in Nashville or ministering alongside noted Christian leaders at venues ranging from The Pentagon to NASCAR chapels to the local church, Kenna’s life has a singular call: to creatively communicate the Living Hope found in Jesus Christ.

About Crossroads:
Crossroads is a market leader in the Southern Gospel, Bluegrass, and Americana fields. Established in 1993, following the combination of Horizon Music Group and Sonlite Records, Crossroads now operates several divisions including Crossroads Label Group (Horizon Records, Sonlite Records, Mountain Home Music, Skyland Records, Pisgah Ridge Records, Crossroads Records, and Organic Records), Crossroads Distribution, Crossroads Radio Promotions, and Crossroads Recording Studios. Led by a strong executive team of Christian music and Bluegrass music veterans, Crossroads combines cutting-edge technology with creative innovation to connect fans with our artists’ music.

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Formed over 19 years ago by Deon & Susan Unthank originally as SoGospelNews.com, the site was birthed from an email discussion group by the same name. The SoGospelNews email discussion list was created by the Unthanks after the Singing News shut down its extremely popular discussion list. SoGospelNews started as a simple webpage listing artists, fans, individuals, etc. that were avid supporters of the newly formed SoGospelNews talk list. The site eventually took on printing news for Southern Gospel artists, and eventually took on reviewing the latest recordings from both signed and independent artists within the small genre. SoGospelNews became the most viewed Southern Gospel website on the Internet with over 4,000,000 hits per month.

The Unthank family are now involved in the site, as well as the addition of over two dozen staff writers. The website is based out of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. In April 2010, SoGospelNews changed its name to AbsolutelyGospel.com. The name change allows them to cover news items of not only Southern Gospel, but also Country Gospel, Inspirational, and Black Gospel.

On January 5, 2011, Susan Unthank passed away, leaving the website in control of Deon, their son, Chris, and their daughter Amy.