December 2015 – SOGR Radio

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RICHARD HYSSONG ELECTED TO SGMA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

RICHARD HYSSONG ELECTED TO SGMA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Pigeon Forge, TN (December 21, 2015) – The Southern Gospel Music Association (SGMA) and the Southern Gospel Hall of Fame Museum announce that Richard Hyssong of The Hyssong’s has joined the SGMA Board of Directors.

The announcement was made from the SGMA Hall of Fame Museum located in Pigeon Forge as the result of a special election by SGMA Board of Directors last week.

Arthur Rice, President of the SGMA said, “Richard Hyssong brings youth and fresh leadership to the SGMA. We believe Richard brings a valuable perspective to the mission of preserving the Southern Gospel Music legacy in order to encourage the next generation to be bold in their stand for leading souls to Christ”.

Richard Hyssong is a gifted musician who shares the stage with his parents in forming The Hyssong’s. Their ministry is well known for family vocals and brass instruments.

The Southern Gospel Hall of Fame Museum is a centerpiece of Dollywood, an entertainment complex located at the base of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Visitors to Dollywood will find the Hall of Fame Museum just inside the main entrance. Along with educational exhibits, a gift shop offers patrons an opportunity to purchase items to encourage their faith.

The SGMA invites everyone to demonstrate support by becoming an SGMA partner. Partnerships can be obtained at the Hall of Fame Museum or online.

Bridge To Christmas Set To Feed Over 2500 Of Nashville’s Homeless During Annual Event

Bridge To Christmas Set To Feed Over 2500 Of Nashville’s Homeless During Annual Event

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Dec. 15, 2015 – The Bridge Inc. will once again sponsor the annual ‘Bridge to Christmas’ service under the Jefferson street bridge in Nashville, TN. The event is set for Tuesday, December 22, 2015, from 4 PM – 7 PM. where we serve 2,500+ homeless, hungry and food-insecure guests under the Jefferson St. bridge. In addition, organizers will distribute brand new Carhartt coats, gloves, scarves, blankets, toiletry items, 30,000+ pounds of food, along with over 3,000 brand new beautifully wrapped Christmas gifts. A special area for children, TOY LAND, will contain gifts, goodies and even a visit from Santa Claus!

Special Christmas music from the Bridge Singers, a heartwarming candlelight service with communion and a message of hope are among the scheduled activities. The Christmas story will also be shared and lived out as we gifts and hope is presented to the homeless and hurting of Nashville.

Faithful volunteers and sponsors from various churches, businesses, and civic groups will come together to serve those in need. A diverse group of passionate people will come together to bless the less fortunate and help make this event a tremendous success. The Bridge to Christmas is truly a place for the entire family to serve and help others – what Christmas is all about!

EVENT / DAY OF CONTACT: Burton Gaar, Bridge Ministries 615-855-2611 / burton@bridgeministry.org

11th Hour Set To Release New Album What A Moment

11th Hour Set To Release New Album What A Moment

Nashville, Tenn (December 11, 2015) Award winning Gospel trio 11th Hour is set to release their new album What A Moment. Officially hitting the street February 12, 2016, the group is offering a special incentive to pre-order the project. By pre-ordering this new CD you will receive a free download of their first radio release from this album. You will be the first to hear this dynamic new song, “Mountain Moving Faith”.

The new project is no doubt the best 11th Hour has ever produced and “Mountain Moving Faith” is just wetting your appetite for more great music from this dynamic young group.

Lead vocalist for the group Amber Eppinette shared, “We have poured every ounce of our hearts into this album and we truly believe you guys will feel and hear that. This album CHANGES EVERYTHING.”

Here is the link to pre-order What A Moment: http://smarturl.it/qpz5eq .

Song list for entire album :
Mountain Moving Faith
Look At Me Now
Love Still Holds Our Scars
Bound
He Welcomes The Beggar
He’s Alive And So Am I
When God Shows Up
Can You Burn
Ain’t No Bones
I Trust

If you would like to interview 11th Hour contact AG Publicity at info@agpublicity.com

If you would like to learn more about 11th Hour you can go to http://11thhourgospelgroup.com, or catch them on FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/11thhourgospelgroup .

Follow them on Twitter at https://twitter.com/11thHourGG .

To book 11th Hour for you church, concert, or event contact Dara Eppinette – dara@allianceoneads.com – 318-547-8938.

Lindsey Graham Releases New Album I Lift My Voice

Lindsey Graham Releases New Album I Lift My Voice

Estero, Florida (December 10, 2015) Gifted musician and singer Lindsey Graham has released her new CD I Lift My Voice. Produced by Jason Webb and recorded in Nashville, Tenn, this new project is going to turn heads in the Gospel music world.

I Lift My Voice features eleven exciting songs including “Most Holy Lamb”, “A Little More Love”, and a Lindsey Graham original “God Declared You Holy”.

Describing the song penned by herself Lindsey explains, “This song was inspired by Beth Moore’s Bible Study on Daniel. If we are born again then God has declared us holy and expects us to live in such a way as to reflect His holiness. In our Babylonian-like culture God’s children are called to be in the world but not of it, living victorious and abundant Christian lives in the power of Christ Jesus. Where Satan cannot have your soul he seeks to make you ineffective for the cause of Christ. However, to this we may say, ‘Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world!’ It is from this perspective I wrote God Declared You Holy.”

Continuing about her new album Lindsey commented, “I am so excited about this album. So many exceptionally talented individuals participated in the making of this project and I believe it is reflected in the final product. Psalm 98:4 says, “Make a joyful noise to the LORD!” This album is an invitation for ALL to sing along, making a joyful noise of praise to the living God. I Lift My Voice for He is worthy”

Song List:

Most Holy Lamb

A Little More Love

Jesus Christ Is In This Place

God Declared You Holy

No Greater Song

Speak Your Name

Glorious Savior

More Than Conquerors

He Who Is Mighty

Heaven Bound

Remember My Name

Get your copy NOW at www.lindseygrahamministries.com for $15 plus S/H.

LaBreeska Hemphill Dead at 75

LaBreeska Hemphill Dead at 75

LaBreeska Hemphill, beloved matriarch of the gospel singing family, The Hemphills, died Wednesday, December 9, 2015, in Nashville, TN at the age of 75.

Born in 1940 in Flat Creek, Alabama, a small coal-mining town, to Walter Erskine Rogers and Gussie Mae Goodman Rogers, LaBreeska made her entrance into a world of music singing with her family, the Happy Goodman Family, when at the age of 9, she appeared onstage at the Ryman Auditorium during the monthly “ all-night gospel sings.”

Due to her Christian upbringing and personal commitment, faith and values as well as the music of that faith, was a constant in LaBreeska’s life.

In 1957, LaBreeska married Joel Hemphill of West Monroe, LA and they became very active in the church Joel’s father pastored. Soon they began to travel and sing when Joel answered the call to ministry, evangelized briefly and settled down to pastor a church in the neighboring town of Bastrop, LA.

In 1966, Joel & LaBreeska signed their first recording contract as a duet with Canaan Records, a division of Word Records, the world’s largest music company at that time.

Mrs. Hemphill rose to prominence as a member of The Hemphills, ministering across the globe in concerts and revivals, and helped them achieve the status of a legendary Gospel group. A reviewer for the Washington Post attended one of their concerts in the 1970’s at Constitution Hall and wrote, “Mrs. Hemphill has a powerful and convincing voice and The Hemphills do not have one sit-still song in their repertoire.”

Garnering eight GMA Dove Awards, The Hemphills dominated the music charts in the 1970’s, 80’s and 90’s – fueled by the emotive, strong vocals of LaBreeska Hemphill. For over 20 years, The Hemphills maintained an average number 8 song in Gospel music’s respected chart, earning 6 number one hits with the all-time greatest hit, “He’s Still Working On Me” which remained at No. 1 for eight consecutive months and was the song of the year for 1981.

LaBreeska was perhaps known most, musically, for the hits “I Claim The Blood,” “Grandma’s Rocking Chair,” and “Unfinished Task” – her soul-stirring voice touching the hearts of those listening.

In addition to her music, Mrs. Hemphill was an accomplished author of four published inspirational books, which were well received and life changing for many.

To know LaBreeska was to experience her bountiful expressions of love and happiness – spreading the joy of Jesus to each person she met. Whether on stage, at church or in the grocery store, LaBreeska would greet you with a smile and a kind, encouraging word.

“For over 50 years, my bride and companion, stood with me through ups and downs, joy and pain, tears and prayers, and I will miss her greatly,” said husband Joel Hemphill. “Although we have lost her earthly presence, I know I will see her again. I know where she’s headed, and that’s what counts! I love you, sweetheart, see you soon. You’ve finished well.”

The legacy of LaBreeska Hemphill will live on through her family – Joel Hemphill, Joel Hemphill Jr. (Joey), Trent Hemphill (Hemphill Brothers Coach Company) and Candy Hemphill Christmas (The Bridge Ministry / Resting Place Church).

In addition to her husband Joel, Mrs. Hemphill is survived by sister Jane Burks, brother Buddy Rogers, son Trent Hemphill and wife Bethni Hemphill, grandchildren William Hemphill, Madeleine Hemphill Shore and husband Caleb Shore; son Joel Hemphill Jr. (Joey) and wife Sue Ann Hemphill, grandchildren Taylor Hemphill Locke and husband Daniel Locke and Sarah Hemphill; daughter Candy Christmas and husband Kent Christmas, grandchildren Nicholas Christmas, Jasmine Christmas Brady and husband JonMichael Brady, and Joshua Christmas and wife Carrie Christmas; along with a host of nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law and a multitude of music fans and friends across the world.

Arrangements are pending.