April 2016 – SOGR Radio

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Talleys Release New Concept Video – People In The Line

Talleys Release New Concept Video – People In The Line

Morristown, Tennessee (April 18, 2016) Award winning Gospel artists, The Talleys, are excited to announce the release of a brand-new short concept film featuring their latest single, “People In The Line” The song is the first release from their highly acclaimed recording, After All This Time which won the Progressive Album of the Year at the Absolutely Gospel Music Awards on Tuesday night, April 12th in Nashville, TN.

Starring Jedda Meyers and Lauren Talley, the short film depicts a woman (Talley) going about everyday routines when a stranger’s (Meyers) suddenly tragic circumstances cause her to be aware of the struggles of others. The film was shot on location at Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg, MS, the Kelley Marie Boutique and Manley Baptist Church in Morristown, TN, and was produced and directed by Jared Meyers of Meyers Media / The Talleys.

The Talleys premiered the People In The Line short film at the Absolutely Gospel Awards April 12, 2016, and the film was released online and to various media outlets April 13, 2016. The song and film are both now available at www.talleytrio.com.

Michael English Garners Two 2016 Absolutely Gospel Music Awards

Michael English Garners Two 2016 Absolutely Gospel Music Awards

Nashville, Tennessee (April 15, 2016) Multiple award winning Gospel Music superstar, Michael English has added two more awards to his accomplishments. On Tuesday April 12th, Michael was presented the prestigious Fan Favorite and Male Vocalist Ovation Awards.

The evening featured show-stopping performances from Michael English and Amber Nelon Thompson singing Amber’s hit “Another Time, Another Place” followed later in the program with a soulful rendition of “A Little More Jesus” with special guests The Nelons.

Michael stated, “I had a great night at the Absolutely Gospel Music Awards on Tuesday. Thank you fans for voting me Fan Favorite and Male Vocalist of the Year for 2016. Humbled and grateful. Thank you everyone for the birthday cards and good wishes. It was truly a wonderful night spent with industry peers, family and friends!”

The fans in attendance also got a preview of the upcoming Sing Tour featuring Michael, the Nelons, and Jeff Stice.

Karen Peck and New River Receive Three AGM Ovation Awards

Karen Peck and New River Receive Three AGM Ovation Awards

Dahlonega, GA (April 14, 2016) Multi-award winning Gospel group, Karen Peck and New River added three more awards to her collection at the prestigious Absolutely Gospel Music Awards in Nashville, TN at the Nashville First Church of the Nazarene in the heart of downtown Nashville.

Coming off winning numerous big awards, including a Dove Award last year, this outstanding group is at it again. Starting this year by winning the “Song of the Year” for “Pray Now”, “Album of the Year” for Pray Now, and “Mixed Group of the Year”, this appears to be another phenomenal year for this very popular group.

Not only is the group being recognized for their performance abilities, but for the second year in a row, Karen has been a co-writer for the “Song of the Year” with Dave Clark and Michael Farren. Karen enthusiastically tells all in attendance of her concerts that “God will answer your prayer just as He did for her husband Ricky, healing him of cancer”.

Karen stated, “We had a wonderful time last night at the absolutelygospel.com awards show in Nashville, TN. We were honored with three awards! I had the privilege of writing Pray Now with Dave Clark and Michael Farren. They were there that night! It was the first time I had seen both of them together since we had written the song two years ago. It was truly a blessing to receive the Song Of The Year award. Sometimes the Lord allows us to see the fruits of our labor. Absolutely it is about souls being saved and people being encouraged any day over winning awards, but this was another small ‘nugget’ that the Lord blessed us with.”

Karen Peck and New River is currently racing up the charts with their newest radio release “I Am Blessed”, so just sit back and watch this great song not only move the hearts of men and women, but move swiftly all the way to the top of the charts.

BRENDA LEE “Little Miss Dynamite” ~ To Host The Best of “SUNDAY MORNIN’ COUNTRY”® …36 Years In The Making

BRENDA LEE “Little Miss Dynamite” ~ To Host The Best of “SUNDAY MORNIN’ COUNTRY”® …36 Years In The Making

Nashville, Tennessee (April 5, 2016) The Music City Christian Fellowship (MCCF) announced today that Rock-N-Roll, Country Music and Rockabilly Hall of Fame Legend, Ms. Brenda Lee, will be returning to Host the 36th Annual Sunday Mornin’ Country® Celebration at the Grand Ole Opry House, Sunday, June 12, 2016, at 2:30 P.M.

Ms. Lee, also a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, has partnered with this event on numerous occasions over the years. Her unique blend of humor and engaging connection with the audience is a perfect complement to this uplifting concert.

Previous line-ups have included over two hundred Top Name Country Music Artists such as Ricky Skaggs, Connie Smith, Roy Clark, Linda Davis, Chris Young, The Whites, Bill Anderson, George Hamilton IV, Lynn Anderson, Ray Stevens, The Oak Ridge Boys, Jimmy Wayne and many more, along with Gospel friends / legends like Jason Crabb, Vestal Goodman, Michael English, Guy Penrod and The Fox Brothers. Early shows included stars Roy Acuff, Tammy Wynette, Grandpa Jones, Skeeter Davis, Bill Monroe and other legends that have since gone home.

Sunday Mornin’ Country® is great entertainment the whole family will enjoy as Country Music Artists come together to share their hearts as well as their favorite Gospel songs. The Music City Christian Fellowship presents this concert at the conclusion of CMA Music Fest/Fan Fair each year, leaving the Fans & Guests with an uplifting memory of Nashville that will last a lifetime!

Tickets for Sunday Mornin’ Country® are ON SALE through the Opry Box Office (1-800-733-6779) or (www.opry.com – click on tickets) and Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com/event). Visit www.MusicCityChristianFellowship.org for more information.

The Music City Christian Fellowship is a 501©3 non-profit organization and all artists volunteer their performances at the June 12 concert. Positions on the MCCF Board of Directors are non-salaried. Sunday Mornin’ Country® is a registered trademark of the Music City Christian Fellowship.

Watch for artists to be added to the 2016 line-up as they become available. Artists scheduled to appear subject to change.

2016 Absolutely Gospel Music Awards Huge Success

2016 Absolutely Gospel Music Awards Huge Success

Nashville, Tennessee (April 13, 2016) The 2016 Absolutely Gospel Music Ovation Awards were handed out last night at a special concert celebration in Nashville, Tennessee. Karen Peck & New River and the Jim Brady Trio were named the big winners.

Perennial favorite Karen Peck & New River took home an impressive three trophies. The group was awarded Mixed Group of the Year and Album of the Year for the Grammy-nominated Pray Now. In addition, the group won its fifth consecutive and seventh career Song of the Year title for “Pray Now” (written by group owner Karen Peck Gooch along with Dave Clark and Michael Farren).

New artist the Jim Brady Trio was also awarded three AGM Awards last night, including Breakthrough Artist of the Year and Traditional Song of the Year for their #1 hit single “Steppin’ Out In Faith” (written by group members Jim and Melissa Brady). Group founder Jim Brady was also awarded Songwriter of the Year (Artist) for the third time in his career.

It was a year of threes, as many winners this year took home their third career AGM Awards in several categories. In addition to the aforementioned Brady, Michael English won his third Male Vocalist of the Year title, Gordon Mote took home his third Musician of the Year trophy, songwriter Kenna West won her third Songwriter of the Year (Professional) award, The Talleys were honored with a third Progressive Recording of the Year award, and engineer Kevin Ward took home a third Engineer of the Year title this year.

Additional artists and individuals who won multiple awards throughout the evening included Wilburn & Wilburn, Michael English, Wayne Haun, Kenna West, and The Isaacs’ Ben Isaacs.

One of the biggest awards of the evening – 2015 Pacesetter Award – was handed to the Heritage of Gold Reunion Tour which features Gold City, Jay Parrack and Vocal Event, the LeFevre Quartet, Steve Ladd, and Wilburn & Wilburn.

The staff of AbsolutelyGospel.com and the Unthank family were proud to award the Susan Unthank Memorial Award to Kelly Nelon Clark. This award honors women who have worked in this field of music and made a resounding impact on Southern Gospel music.

The event was hosted by Gordon Mote and Josh Singletary. The evening featured show-shopping performances from the Michael English, Gold City, The Talleys, Jeff & Sheri Easter, Jim Brady Trio, The Nelons, Gordon Mote, Wilburn & Wilburn, Amber Nelon Thompson, 11th Hour, The Browders, HIGHROAD, The Williamsons, and Steve Ladd.

The Absolutely Gospel Music Awards are an annual award handed out each year by the staff at AbsolutelyGospel.com. Each January, the staff and select media representative decide upon the nominees in over twenty categories. In February of that year, the readers of the site are then allowed to vote for their favorites in 12 categories. This is the fifteenth year the awards have been in existence.

For more information, visit http://www.absolutelygospel.com

2016 Absolutely Gospel Music Award Winners

Song of the Year: “Pray Now” – Karen Peck & New River (written by Dave Clark, Michael Farren, and Karen Peck Gooch)

Album of the Year: Pray Now – Karen Peck & New River (produced by Wayne Haun)

Pacesetter: Heritage of Gold Reunion Tour (featuring Gold City, Jay Parrack & Vocal Event, LeFevre Quartet, Steve Ladd, and Wilburn & Wilburn)

Breakthrough Artist of the Year: Jim Brady Trio

Male Vocalist of the Year: Michael English

Female Vocalist of the Year: Amber Nelon Thompson (The Nelons)

Male Group of the Year: Booth Brothers

Female Group of the Year: Sisters

Mixed Group of the Year: Karen Peck & New River

Songwriter of the Year (Artist): Jim Brady (Jim Brady Trio)

Songwriter of the Year (Professional): Kenna West

Producer of the Year (Artist): Ben Isaacs (The Isaacs)

Producer of the Year (Professional): Wayne Haun

Engineer of the Year: Kevin Ward

Musician of the Year: Gordon Mote

Traditional Song of the Year: (a tie) “Shout” – The Williamsons (written by Lee Black and Gina Boe)

and “Steppin’ Out In Faith” – Jim Brady Trio (written by Jim Brady and Melissa Brady)

Traditional Recording of the Year: Songs In the Key of Happy – Goodman Revival (produced by Johnny Minick and Michael Sykes)

Progressive Song of the Year: “Jesus Is In the House” – 11th Hour (written by Karen Gillespie and Rachel McCutcheon)

Progressive Recording of the Year: After All This Time – The Talleys (produced by Lauren Talley and Roger Talley)

Country Song of the Year: “Jesus Loves You” – Jeff & Sheri Easter (written by Sheri Easter and Kenna West)

Country Recording of the Year: Shoulders – Wilburn & Wilburn (produced by Ben Isaacs, Jonathan Wilburn, and Jordan Wilburn)

Special Event Project of the Year: Live at Daywind Studios – Tribute (produced by Scott Godsey)

Music Video of the Year: “Waiting For You to Get Home” – The Browders (directed by Patrick Tohill)

Fan Favorite Artist of the Year: Michael English

Susan Unthank Memorial Award: Kelly Nelon Clark

2016 Jackie Wilburn Memorial Spring Sing Around The Corner

2016 Jackie Wilburn Memorial Spring Sing Around The Corner

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Carthage, Tennessee (March 30, 2016) Award winning Gospel duet Wilburn and Wilburn are excited to announce that this great annual event is expanding to three days. The talent line up at the 2016 “Jackie Wilburn Memorial Spring Sing”. Joining Wilburn and Wilburn as well as Elaine Wilburn all three days will be The Inspirations, the McKameys and the Primitive Quartet.

Jonathan Wilburn says, “We have expanded our event to three days. This will allow our fans to plan a weekend trip to the beautiful middle Tennessee area. There are many things to do and see here in the area. Whether you love the good ole outdoors, maybe shopping, camping whatever, there is an activity to fit you. More than anything else we have some of the finest in Southern Gospel Music that are planning on being with us.”

The event is held each year in Carthage Tennessee at the Smith County AG Center. Carthage is the home town for the Wilburn family.

The schedule for the 2016 Spring Sing at the AG center in Carthage TN is:

Friday April 29-7pm-The Inspirations, Wilburn and Wilburn, and Elaine Wilburn

Saturday April 30-7pm-The McKameys, Wilburn and Wilburn, and Elaine Wilburn

Sunday May 1-2:30pm-The Primitive QT, Wilburn and Wilburn, and Elaine Wilburn

The AG Center has 15 premium camp sites just steps from the main auditorium. There are plenty of state parks, hotels and restaurants close by. You will not want to miss this year in the hills with Wilburn and Wilburn at the annual Jackie Wilburn Memorial Spring Sing.

For more info or for a free brochure call 256-459-4769. The AG center is located at 159 AG Center Lane, South Carthage, Tennessee, 37030.

Karen Peck and New River Host 15th Annual Homecoming

Karen Peck and New River Host 15th Annual Homecoming

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Dahlonega, GA (April 1, 2016) Every year on Fathers Day weekend Karen Peck and New River celebrate with their fans. This year will be the 15th Annual Karen Peck and New River Homecoming and it is their 25th Anniversary as a group, so this is a very special event.

Several years ago, Karen had a pavilion in the form of a tabernacle build on her property in Dahlonega. Fans from across the country bring their lawn chairs and enjoy great Gospel singing for two days. The friends that attend are always blessed by the singing and fellowship.

This year is no exception with Jeff and Sheri Easter along with the Guardians joining New River for an exciting opening night on Friday, June17th. The following night, Saturday, June 18th, Brian Free and Assurance, the New River Band, and Allison Speer will be joining New River to perform before the capacity crowd.

Karen stated, “This is such a special event every year for us but especially this year. We invite all of our friends to bring their own lawn chairs and come to help us celebrate 25 years of music and ministry for New River.”

For more information about the Homecoming you can E-mail Karen Peck and New River’s office at newriver@windstream.net or go to the website at http://www.karenpeckandnewriver.com/christian-music-nights-2016/ .