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Freemans Pre-release New CD Featuring Chris Singing Hinson Songs

Freemans Pre-release New CD Featuring Chris Singing Hinson Songs

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Nashville, Tennessee (March 21, 2016) The award winning family group, the Freemans has completed the brand new CD project by Chris Freeman featuring songs made great during her tenure with the Hinsons and hosting a “who’s who” in Gospel Music as guests on the recording.

This is a best of both worlds album containing huge Hinson hits and those songs performed only as Chris Freeman can. Without a doubt this CD will become a collectors item. You will want to get this one early.

An enthused Chris Freeman stated, “We are excited to announce that you can now pre-order my new solo CD on our website! Just go to http://www.the-freemans.com/store. You will find the song list and all our guest artists there. My first song to radio is “Burdens Are Lifted Away”. I can’t wait for you to hear this project. All pre-orders will ship around April 1st.”

Here is the song list for The Hinson Side Of Me:

1. How Wrong You Are (Guest Artists: Ronny Hinson & Steve Woods)

2. Homesick To Go (Guest Artist: Mike Bowling)

3. Call Me Gone (Guest Artists: Weston Hinson & Larry Hinson)

4. Burdens Are Lifted Away (Guest Artists: Weston Hinson & Larry Hinson)

5. Ain’t That What It’s All About (Guest Artists: Bo Hinson & Steve Woods)

6. That I Could Still Go Free (Guest Artists: Three Bridges & Gene McDonald)

7. I Never Shall Forget The Day (Guest Artists: Jeremiah Yocum/Redemption Road Singers)

8. Too Many Times (Guest Artist: The Isaacs Sonya, Ben, & Becky)

9. I’ll Never Forget What He’s Done For Me – Bonus Cut (Recorded in 1982 – Darrell Freeman/Eddie Freeman/Chris Freeman)

For your advance pre-lease copy go to http://www.the-freemans.com/store .

Karen Peck & New River Receives Six Singing News Award Nominations

Karen Peck & New River Receives Six Singing News Award Nominations

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Dahlonega, Georgia (March 18, 2016) Karen Peck & New River collectively and individually received six top ten nominations for the 2016 Singing News Awards. Their group nominations are for Mixed Group, Song of the Year for “Pray Now” written by Karen Peck Gooch, Dave Clark, and Michael Farren, and Album of the Year Pray Now produced by Wayne Haun.

Individually the top ten nominations went to Kari Gooch, for the first time as Favorite Young Artist, Susan Peck Jackson for Favorite Alto, and Karen Peck Gooch as Favorite Soprano.

Karen commented, “We’re so excited about the nominations! Thank you to all of you for voting. We are extremely grateful. The next ballot will be in the May issue.”

Continuing in the excitement Susan Peck Jackson stated, “I am thankful and honored to be nominated in the top ten Alto category for the Singing News Fan Awards 2016”.

Karen Peck and New River so far this year for the album, Pray Now, has received a Dove Award for Southern Gospel Album of the Year, a Grammy Award nomination for Best Roots Gospel Album as well as receiving nine nominations in the Absolutely Gospel Music Awards.

Wilburn & Wilburn Score First Number One Song

Wilburn & Wilburn Score First Number One Song

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Gadsden, Alabama (March 18 2016) There was a celebration going on at the Wilburn house when they received word that they had accomplished something new. The outstanding song with a great message for today, “You Asked Him To Leave” garnered the #1 spot on the Singing News Monthly Chart for the month of May.

Penned by Gerald Crabb “You Asked Him To Leave” explains to those people who want to know why bad things are happening in this country and wonder how God could leave us in such bad situations. The song says that we asked Him to leave our schools and we asked Him to leave our Government and even our society. The song is pointed and maybe even controversial, but has a message that needs to be told.

Jonathan Wilburn commented, “We are honored and thankful for the opportunity to sing a song like “You Asked Him To Leave”. We want to say thank you to Gerald Crabb for pitching this song to us, to our record company, Daywind, for all their help and support, to Susan Whisnant for an awesome job promoting the song, and to the Good Lord for blessing our efforts. This is our first number #1 song. Radio DJs have been very kind and gracious to play our music and for that DJs we say thanks for helping us as we carry this message in song!”

Wilburn & Wilburn is having a record year in other ways by receiving 5 nominations for the 2016 AGM Awards bring held in Nashville on April 12th. The song is nominated for Country Song of the Year as well as the album from which this song came, Shoulders, being nominated for the Album of the Year and Country Album of the Year. The group also received a Male Group nomination as well as Jonathan being nominated for his part in the Heritage of Gold Tour for the Pacesetter Award. They also received word that the song is in the top ten for Song of the Year at the Singing News Awards.

Browders Land Sixth Number One From Time Machine Project

Browders Land Sixth Number One From Time Machine Project

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Hiltons, Virginia (March 15, 2016) Award winning Gospel group, the Browders, has once again claimed the #1 spot on both the Absolutely Gospel Music Weekly Chart and the Singing News Monthly Chart with “Waiting For You To Get Home” from their latest CD Time Machine. The Browders are breaking records for number one songs from the same project.

Hitting the number one spot on the Absolutely Gospel Music Weekly Chart and landing at the number one spot for the month of April in the Singing News Monthly chart “Waiting For You To Get Home” speaks to all of us that have loved ones waiting for us in Heaven.

Lead singer for the group, Matthew Browder commented, “The overwhelming support we have received in radio the last few years has been nothing short of miraculous. We are thankful for His favor on our lives and ministry as we continue to write songs and sing for Him.”

The Browders are on track to have a stellar year with four nominations at the Absolutely Gospel Music Awards being held in Nashville on April 12, 2016 at the Nashville First Church of the Nazarene. Their nominations include Song of the Year, Country Song of the Year, Special Event Project, and Video of the Year for the concept video of this latest number one.

The Inspirations’ Martin Cook Hospitalized

The Inspirations’ Martin Cook Hospitalized

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Martin Cook (Pictured Above) of The Inspirations is hospitalized this afternoon as doctors perform procedures to install a pacemaker to assist the veteran Gospel music pianist. This comes after Mr. Cook fell after fainting yesterday during his daily walk, suffering minor injuries.
“After several tests,” says lead vocalist Matt Dibler, “doctors determined that Martin’s heart is strong but a pacemaker would be of benefit to him. He is in great spirits and he is doing very well.
“We are overwhelmed by the love and concern shown by the Gospel music family. We do appreciate your prayers for Martin, his family, and this group as we continue to spread the Gospel in song. We love you and we hope God richly blesses each of you.”

We will fill our dates this week with “Baby” Luke on the piano!

March 10 Rutherfordton, North Carolina 7 p.m.
Rutherfordton-Spindale Central High School, 641 US Highway 221 N.
Promoters: Jim Bishop and Wayne Hardin
Carolina Southern Gospel Association 828.287.3356 or 828.286.3926
Web Site: www.carolinagospel.com

March 11 Albemarle, North Carolina 7 p.m.
Parker Memorial Baptist Church, Parker Memorial Rd (Richfield Area) 49419
Contacts: Todd & Judy Tucker, 4 Ever 4 Given, 2625 Murdock Lane, Albemarle, NC 28001
Todd Cell 980.581.0519 – Judy Cell 980.581.1026

March 12 Galivants Ferry, South Carolina 6 p.m.
Berea Baptist Church
Near the intersection of Joyner Swamp Rd & Skipper Rd)
Contact: Jack Jenerette ~ 843.358.3400 or 843.222.9269

Esteemed Singer/Songwriter Jerry Salley Signs With Banner Music

Esteemed Singer/Songwriter Jerry Salley Signs With Banner Music

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Nashville, Tennessee (March 8, 2016) Banner Music is proud to announce the addition of award-winning singer/songwriter Jerry Salley to their creative family.

“We are thrilled to have veteran songwriter Jerry Salley on staff at Banner Music. His career accomplishments speak to his hard work and dedication to this industry and we look forward to his continued success as part of our company,” said co-owner Camilla Kleindienst.

Salley, who co-wrote “Outlaw State of Mind” on Chris Stapleton’s recent Grammy-winning country album, Traveller, has penned over 400 cuts in country, bluegrass and gospel genres. His extensive talent has garnered him recordings by multiple artists such as Sir Elton John (“Where We Both Say Goodbye”—a duet with Australian artist Catherine Britt), Reba McEntire (“I’m Gonna Take That Mountain” and “Close To Crazy”), and includes the 1990 Dove Award’s Inspirational Song of the Year, “His Strength is Perfect”, co-written with and recorded by Steven Curtis Chapman and now found in Church Hymnals.

“I am happy to join the creative minds here [at Banner Music] whose heart and family atmosphere mirror the passion of their work,” said Salley.

Salley, SESAC’s Country Songwriter of the Year in 2003, was also nominated in 2014 by The International Bluegrass Music Association for Songwriter of the Year. His winning streak continued this year with his three tracks on the SteelDriver’s Grammy Award winning Best Bluegrass Album,The Muscle Shoals Recordings.

In October of 2015, Salley released the bluegrass/gospel project Gospel From My Grassroots that includes guest vocals from Steven Curtis Chapman to Salley’s daughter, Maggie, with contributing harmonies.

HIGHROAD Slated As The Music Leaders For The JOY FM Ladies Conferences

HIGHROAD Slated As The Music Leaders For The JOY FM Ladies Conferences

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Nashville, Tennessee (March 2, 2016) HIGHROAD has been invited to lead the music at the 2016 JOY FM Ladies Conferences. The first of these events takes place this Saturday, March 5th at Calvary West Campus, 155 Commerce Drive, Advance, NC 27006.

It is expected to be an encouraging day of worship, speakers, art, shopping and fun featuring the Joy FM family including Daniel and Melody from the Morning JoyRide along with the women of Joy FM. The AGM Female Gospel Group of the Year – HIGHROAD, Artist Betty “B” Shoopman, AJ Luck who was a featured guest on TBN and Author of Shattered Perspectives: Seeing God Beyond Broken Dreams, Fears, and Failure, Lisa Albinus known as a Praise Painter and Artist, and Luann Prater who is an On-Air Personality for Joy FM and Founder Host of Encouragement Cafe Ministries.

Sarah Davison of HIGHROAD said, “JOY FM is well known throughout the Carolina’s and the entire Southeast as a great radio station mixing many styles of Christian music. We are honored to be the music leaders for their 2016 ladies conferences and are looking forward to what God has in store for those attending. We have a feeling God is going to be doing some BIG things!”

You also have an opportunity to help by donating new or like new handbags, pocketbooks, or purses to Change Purse Ministry. Please bring them to the Encouragement Cafe table on the day of the event. Change Purse encourages hope through raising awareness and by investing into the lives of victims and survivors of sex-trafficking. For more information visit www.changepurse.org.

In other news HIGHROAD will be performing at the Absolutely Gospel Music Awards on April 12th. They were nominated for the Favorite Female Group and the Fan Favorite Award. More information about the award celebration at http://www.absolutelygospel.com/agm/agm-awards/.

For more information or to register for the conference go to: http://encouragementcafe.com/events/event/56/joy-fms-unspeakable-joy/2016-03-05.

Lindsey Graham Celebrates I Lift My Voice Release

Lindsey Graham Celebrates I Lift My Voice Release

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Estero, Florida (March 3, 2016) Lindsey Graham recently celebrated the release of her newest CD at her home church. She was blessed with over 500 people in attendance for the annual Lindsey Graham concert held at First Baptist Church Naples. This was a CD release celebration featuring the songs from her latest project, I Lift My Voice and the preceding album, Hymns & Spirituals. The Hymns & Spirituals segment was accompanied by the producer, arranger and pianist of the CD, Jeremy D. Silverman of Tampa, FL

Lindsey stated, “Words will never express my gratitude for the overwhelming support of my church family. A special thank you to my parents, family friends, video crew and sound technicians for making this night spectacular! I would also like to extend my sincerest thanks to Dr. Hayes Wicker, Senior Pastor and Dr. Todd Stearns, Worship Pastor for their participation in the concert and continuous support of Lindsey Graham Ministries.”

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”.

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

Joey Feek Passes Away

Joey Feek Passes Away

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Taken from the Obituary of The Tennessean:

Joey Feek, a member of the hit country and bluegrass duo Joey + Rory who shared her cancer fight via social media, lost her fight with the disease on March 4, 2016. She was 40. Feek started Joey + Rory along with her husband, Rory Feek. The duo received their first national attention in 2008, when they were third-place finalists on the CMT reality show “Can You Duet.” They went on to outperform the acts that came in first and second place, with their debut single, 2008’s “Cheater, Cheater,” reaching No. 30 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart. Joey + Rory released their debut album, “The Life of a Song,” shortly after that single, and it climbed to No. 10. Six additional albums followed, including a collection of Christmas songs and a gospel album.

Their second album, “Album Number Two,” yielded the charting single “This Song’s for You,” co-written by Rory Feek and Zac Brown of the Zac Brown Band. Brown also performed the song with the duo. On the strength of that album, Joey + Rory won for top new vocal duo at the 2010 Academy of Country Music Awards. Born Sept. 7, 1975, in Alexandra, Indiana, Feek moved to Nashville as a young woman to pursue a career in country music. Signed with Sony Records, she recorded two solo albums in 2000 and 2004, but neither saw release until 2007, when her second album, “Strong Enough To Cry,” was released as a download only.

Feek was first diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2004. After treatment and remission, it returned in June 2014, shortly after she gave birth to the couple’s only child, a daughter named Indiana who has Down syndrome. Her cancer spread to her colon in 2015, and by October, she had announced that her diagnosis was terminal. She entered hospice care at home in November. She kept friends and fans updated by sharing news and photos on social media. Tens of thousands of fans shared photos of Feek with family members with upbeat captions including “the mail lady delivered big smiles to us today. … hand-sewn hats, made with love.” Though Feek and her husband lived on a farm in Tennessee, she saw her final days in her Indiana hometown.

In the weeks after her terminal diagnosis, she encouraged fans with inspirational words. “God decided for me that my job of singing for people down here is my legacy, and he needs me singing up there,” she said in an interview with the Tennessean. “That’s how I look at it.” Feek is survived by her husband and daughter, along with two stepdaughters, Heidi and Hope. – See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/tennessean/obituary.aspx?n=joey-feek&pid=177943652#sthash.xGAV62Oe.dpuf