Musically-Driven Film ‘Southern Gospel’ Starts Production

Atlanta, GA (September 10, 2020)
The musically-driven motion picture, Southern Gospel, has commenced principal photography in Atlanta. It is one of many films kicking into gear after COVID-19 shut down movie productions for the last six months.

Southern Gospel tells the true story of a rock ‘n’ roll star ‘Samuel Allen’ who must overcome seemingly endless obstacles on his journey to fulfilling his childhood dream. The movie will feature ten original songs.

Actor and recording artist, Max Ehrich has been cast in the lead role of ‘Samuel Allen.’ Ehrich may be best known for playing ‘Hunter May’ in the Spielberg/Stephen King hit CBS series, Under the Dome, and was most recently seen in the Jenji Kohan produced dramedy series, American Princess and the heartfelt Netflix original film, WALK.RIDE.RODEO, which also featured one of Ehrich’s original songs, “Ride.” The actor previously earned four Daytime Emmy nominations for his work on The Young and the Restless.

Katelyn Nacon, who is known for her roles as “Enid” on AMC’s The Walking Dead and for also starring in Hulu’s Light As A Feather, is co-starring in the film.

The film’s producers are implementing a variety of COVID-19 related safety protocols. “Shooting a film during a pandemic is difficult, increasing both our budget and production time. But everyone has pulled together and worked hard to meet the challenge, and now we’re moving forward,” says producer Kent Munsey. “Our movie in a lot of ways is about redemption and renewal, so it’s reminding all of us there’s always light at the end of the tunnel – even after challenges like COVID-19,” he adds.

The supporting cast includes: J. Alphonse Nicholson (Just Mercy, Blue Bloods), Gary Weeks (Outer Banks, Spiderman: Homecoming, Burn Notice), Justice Leak (Supergirl, The Vampire Diaries).

“It’s incredible to see everything coming together. We faced a lot of challenges from the pandemic, but every member of the team has been working tirelessly for months on end, and we’re beyond excited to begin production,” says Munsey.

 

JP Miller to Host ‘Ogle’s Chapel Hour’ in Sevierville, TN

Sevierville, TN (September 8, 2020)
JP Miller has announced the release of a new Southern Gospel radio program to a local pop station. Miller is no stranger to Southern Gospel music. With a career spanning over two decades in the music industry, JP Miller is a well-known soloist, television personality, and radio host. Miller also works closely with the Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame, located in Pigeon Forge, TN.

For the last nine years, JP has hosted the Smoky Mountain Gospel Jubilee, a live radio and television program that broadcasts from Sevierville, TN. The show was an instant hit. Fans enjoyed sitting in the store’s recliners and watching the show in person. Never before has a live radio program been open to the public like this plus being taped for television. Artists that have appeared on the program include Triumphant, Kingdom Heirs, Tony Gore, LuLu Roman, Ann Downing, and many others. During the social distancing season, Miller and crew remained on the air and added Facebook to their program broadcasting from the studio of Praise 96.3. Like many of his music industry peers during the pandemic, Miller faced the cancellation of several concert dates. Although thousands of fans tuned in to enjoy the show via the internet, JP still had time on his hands looking for ways to fulfill his ministry.

Miller approached the Executive Producers of the Smoky Mountain Gospel Jubilee, Ron and Betty Ogle with the idea of doing a brand new gospel music based radio program on a secular station while keeping his Monday night program going.

The Ogles agreed to program and approached the Mix 105.5 station and their sister station Mtn 106.3 in Sevierville, TN. The stations play a mix of adult pop and contemporary songs and is a favorite of locals in Sevier County, TN. Miller approached the stations with the idea of hosting a weekly Sunday morning broadcast that would feature Southern Gospel Music. After meetings of discussion and planning, all parties agreed and JP Miller was named host of Ogle’s Chapel Hour broadcasting on Mix 105.5 and Mtn 106.3 from 9am – 10am in Sevierville, TN.

“This is a way to reach folks with the Gospel and Southern Gospel Music who would typically not listen to our music or our message. Having a presence on secular radio is a great ministry tool. I am excited and thankful for the opportunity to share our music with new people! Just because Covid has hindered our concert appearances and gathering together, our callings and desire to share the message of Jesus is still there. We just need to be a little more creative and think of new ways to reach people” Miller stated.

The show, Ogle’s Chapel Hour will begin on Sunday, September 23, 2020 and will air from 9am – 10am in the Sevier County area of Tennessee. It can be heard around the world on www.mixx1055.com and www.mountain1063.com.

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‘How Sweet the Sound’ Book & Devotional on 30 Classic Hymns

Nashville, TN (September 8, 2020)
In the new book, How Sweet the Sound: The Power and Promise of 30 Beloved Hymns from Our Daily Bread Publishing, author Laura Smith takes a fresh look at 30 classic hymns, sharing warm devotional stories and making meaningful connections between these songs of the past and our twenty-first century lives.

Do you miss listening to the sweet harmonies of hymns being sung in church? Do you recall precious life memories when a specific hymn encouraged your heart? Hymns will forever be God’s music packed with truth, redemption, and joy, no matter how the times or culture change. There is a reason they still speak to us, generation after generation. How Sweet the Sound marries the past with the present by showing how hymns unite, restore, and re-center God’s children.

Each chapter includes the lyrics to a favorite hymn, an interesting modern-day story of how that hymn continues to impact lives, and questions for contemplation. These stories will appeal to those who grew up in church singing from a hymnal, as well as a new generation seeking truth put to music. You’ll enjoy hearing the stories of how hymns have affected other people’s lives as you remember how the hymns you treasure have affected yours.

About the Author:
Laura L. Smith is a music lover. She grew up singing old hymns in her traditional church, then rushing home to count down the rest of the Top 40 on Billboard’s music charts with Casey Kasem. A best-selling author, Smith speaks around the country sharing the love of Christ with women at conferences and events. She lives in the college town of Oxford, Ohio, with her husband and four kids.

Visit: www.laurasmithauthor.com

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Ernie Haase & Signature Sound’s ‘Friday Night Sing’

Nashville, TN (September 2, 2020)
GRAMMY®-nominated, Dove Award-winning StowTown Records flagship artist Ernie Haase & Signature Sound (EHSS) is set to premiere a new streaming series, “Friday Night Sing,” beginning September 11 at 7:00 pm ET. A unique mix of music, memories and special guests, the weekly half-hour show will be free to view on the group’s website, as well as via YouTube and Facebook.

“Like everyone else, when much of the U.S. shut down at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, I would wake up each morning with uncertainty and a certain amount of fear,” Haase recalls. “After a few weeks of that I said, ‘Enough! What can I do to help?’ EHSS soon began singing together online, each of us performing from our individual living rooms. That weekly effort caught on so well and the idea for ‘Friday Night Sing’ was born. Now, this series is our gift to the body of Christ in these uncertain times.”

With a new episode debuting each Friday for 16 weeks, the show will be anchored by socially-distanced performances of familiar favorites from Ernie Haase & Signature Sound. In addition, a special guest will be featured on every show, with upcoming appearances slated to include Christian music patriarch Bill Gaither; Dr. Dave Zanotti, president and CEO of the American Policy Roundtable and co-host of the popular radio broadcast “The Public Square”; GRAMMY®-winning cellist Sara Sant’Ambrogio; GRAMMY®-nominated trio the Booth Brothers; and Broadway actor and singer J. Mark McVey, among many others.

“Friday Night Sing” episodes will also be highlighted by never-before-seen footage of Haase’s beloved father-in-law, the late George Younce, along with archived performances from the Cathedral Quartet during Haase’s tenure with the iconic group.

“We know Christ is the center of all things and on the ‘Friday Night Sing’ we are going to show the world what that looks like,” Haase adds of the show’s purpose. “Grace, hope, love, liberty, friendship and all good things have a face, and it is the eternal Christ Jesus our Lord. THAT’S WHY WE SING!”

Since its formation in 2003, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound has become one of the most celebrated quartets in Southern Gospel history. The GRAMMY®-nominated, multi Dove Award-winning group is comprised of Ernie Haase (tenor), Devin McGlamery (lead), Dustin Doyle (baritone) and Paul Harkey (bass). A hitmaker at Southern Gospel radio, EHSS has also earned multiple Gold and Platinum DVD certifications and was recently nominated for a 2020 Dove Award for Southern Gospel Artist of the Year.

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Exclusive Premiere of The Collingsworth Family’s ‘The Lamb’ Lyric Video

StowTown Records and The Collingsworth Family announce the official release of “The Lamb” lyric video, exclusively through Singing News. The Collingsworth Family has been performing this current radio single for over a year as part of the group’s Mercy and Love tour.

“What an honor to share these life-changing lyrics everywhere we go,” said Phil Collingsworth, Sr. “With this modern hymn being written specifically for The Collingsworth Family, it has been a joy to watch audiences everywhere come alive as they internalize the truth in these words. One of the three writers, himself an amazing producer (Wayne Haun), wanted David Clydesdale to produce this one, as Wayne was excited to see what David would do with it. David Clydesdale never disappoints and he took it way over the top !!”

“The Lamb,” co-written by Haun, Jeff Bumgardner, and Joel Lindsey, is on The Collingsworth Family’s GMA Dove-nominated Mercy and Love project.

Watch the video here.

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3 Heath Brothers Take Home Honors from the Christian Worldview Film Festival

Arden, North Carolina (August 19, 2020)
The 3 Heath Brothers, who are quickly becoming rising artists within gospel music, were recognized by the Christian Worldview Film Festival last week, winning the Best Young Filmmaker award for their “Smell Of Smoke” video. The video was also named runner up in the Best Music Video category, and Nicholas Heath won the festival’s Composer’s Competition.

“We didn’t think we’d win anything. We were completely shocked,” says Nicholas. “But no matter what we do whether it’s music or movie making, all of the glory and all the praise goes to Jesus Christ.”

Each year, the Christian Worldview Film Festival — started in 2014 by the non-profit ministry Media Talk 101 and sponsored by the Kendrick Brothers — encourages Christian Filmmakers in their Biblical worldview and the craft of filmmaking. In their video for “Smell Of Smoke,” the 3 Heath Brothers bring to life the Biblical story of the fiery furnace.

“I am so proud of the 3 Heath Brothers for winning these awards in such a prestigious competition,” says Roger Talley, who produced the 3 Heath Brothers’ album, Who We Are. “Nicholas has an amazing gift of composing and creating music. Clayton and Christian are talented at singing as well as producing and editing film and video. God is truly using these young men.”

“Smell Of Smoke” was one of the first singles from Who We Are, which showcases the brothers’ creative arrangements, song choice and production, making an impressive statement about their music, mission and beliefs.

Pictured in photo above: The 3 Heath Brothers with Stephen Kendrick.

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The Ark Encounter and Abraham Productions Announce The World’s Largest Christian Music Festival

Williamstown, KY (August 18, 2020)

The Ark Encounter and Abraham Productions, Inc. announced today a new event that will be the world’s largest Christian music festival to be held at the Ark Encounter in Williamstown, KY (south of Cincinnati) in 2021. The event “40 Days & 40 Nights of Gospel Music at The Ark” will take place August 2 thru September 10, 2021 and will span 40 days with multiple concerts daily, speakers and opportunities to experience everything the popular Ark Encounter has to offer.

“40 Days & 40 Nights of Gospel Music at The Ark Encounter” will feature the largest talent roster of any Christian Music Festival in the world with artists like The Hoppers, The Isaacs, Booth Brothers, Karen Peck & New River, Triumphant, The Martins, Greater Vision, Brian Free & Assurance, Lynda Randle, Ernie Hasse & Signature Sound, Jeff & Sheri Easter, Joseph Habedank and so many more. In addition, several of the most sought-after national speakers will make appearances during this event to include Dr. Jerry Vines, Dr. David Jeremiah, Dr. Johnny Hunt, Dr. Robert Jeffress, Dr. Tim Hill, Pastor C.T. Townsend, Dr. Barry Clardy and many others.

Abraham Productions, Inc. President, Ray Flynn, states “We are extremely pleased to partner with The Ark Encounter and their outstanding team to produce ‘The World’s Largest Christian Music Festival.’ This event will give us the potential opportunity to reach more than 200,000 people with the blessings, encouragement and good news of Jesus Christ through music and inspiring messages.”

During the “40 Days & Nights of Gospel Music” there will be concerts in the mornings at 10 am and the main event at 5 pm in the new state-of-the-art Answers Center. Music will also be presented in Noah’s Village daily, and opportunities to hear dynamic presentations from Ark Founder & CEO Ken Ham and more gospel music at 2 pm.

Daily admission to The Ark Encounter gives free access to all the concerts and speakers and allows you to explore The Ark Encounter, which at 510-feet-long is the most authentic full-size replica of Noah’s Ark in the world. It is built according to the dimensions given in the Bible, with three decks of striking teaching exhibits. Many other attractions include the live animal Ararat Ridge Zoo, movies, family playground, ziplines, a brand-new Virtual Reality Experience, family dining at the Emzara’s Kitchen, coffee shops, gift shops, and more.

Ken Ham declared: “As a big fan of gospel music, I’m thrilled our world-renowned Ark attraction will be hosting this highly ambitious music festival. We expect to welcome visitors from all over the country and even abroad.”

Admission prices, discounts, annual passes, hotel information and additional details are available at 40DaysOfGospelMusic.com. You can also purchase tickets through arkencounter.com and AbrahamProductions.net or by calling toll free Abraham Productions at 888-238-6858 or The Ark Encounter at 855-284-3275.

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Sunday Drive Performs to 9,000 At NSRA Event

KNOXVILLE, TN (August 18,2020)
Multi-award winning and Sonlite Recording Artist, Sunday Drive, had the unique opportunity to perform at Freedom Hall in Louisville, KY to over 9,000 street rodders Saturday, August 8 for the National Street Rod Association’s annual street rod giveaway.

Jeff Treece of Sunday Drive says, “This was a once in a lifetime opportunity! Being able to sing to 9,000 street rodders and introduce them to our music was a true blessing.”

Sunday Drive performs at many National Street Rod Association (NSRA) events across the nation but it is even more special for them to perform at the Street Rod Nationals held in Louisville, KY every August. Chaplain Jim Rowlett said “We have been blessed to have Sunday Drive sing at our NSRA Church services over the past years and glad they had the opportunity to grace the entire street rod group with their amazing talent on Saturday!” Even with social distancing guidelines, there were over 7,400 cars and 20,000 people in attendance. This year’s giveaway was a 1932 Roadster built by Show Me Rod & Custom in Nixa, MO and the blessed winner was Phillip Hill from Crestwood, KY.

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StowTown Records Artist Announces Changes

Nashville, TN (August 17, 2020)
Libbi Perry Stuffle of The Perrys has announced changes for their group. As we all know, we are living through unprecedented times as Covid-19 has altered the landscape of what we all knew to be normal. The music industry, and specifically Southern Gospel musicians and ministries, have worked to continue throughout these last few months. The Perrys are no exception.

“I have done everything that I can do to sustain the families of The Perrys,” reveals Stuffle. “With the current climate and not being able to work many dates, we recently had a group meeting on the bus where I shared this with the guys and encouraged them to do what they have to do to continue to support their families. As a result, both Troy Peach and Andrew Goldman have decided to pursue other opportunities. I want to thank them both for their service, their time and their love. They helped me when I needed it the most: through the health crisis with Tracy, through my surgery and recovery last fall and most recently, through the Covid-related changes. They have remained faithful and I appreciate them for that.”

“Moving forward,” continues Libbi, “I intend to fulfill our obligations for all dates that are still on our schedule. I have a lot of great friends in this industry, a lot of great singers, and they have offered to help me meet these obligations so that the quality of the ministry and music of The Perrys continues as expected. In time, when things open up, I hope to find permanent replacements for these two positions. But until then, I’m grateful for these friends who have come alongside me to walk with me through this time. I love this music; I don’t want it to go away and I don’t want The Perrys to go away. I am moving forward with great hope and anticipation. You will hear more from Troy and Andrew in the days ahead as they transition to new places in their ministries. But I wanted you to hear from me to know how much I love and appreciate my guys.”

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Daywind Music Group Celebrates a Dozen GMA Dove Award Nominations

Artists and songwriters who call Daywind Music Group (DMG) home were honored with twelve (12) nominations for the 51st Annual GMA Dove Awards. Daywind Records’ very own Joseph Habedank was among some of the industry’s top artists and musicians to announce the nominees during the live announcement on Facebook Live and YouTube Live.

GRAMMY® nominated and multiple Dove award-winning group Karen Peck and New River received three (3) nominations, including Southern Gospel Artist of the Year, Southern Gospel Recorded Song of the Year for “The God I Serve” (written by Jimmy Yeary, Sonya Isaacs, Rebecca Bowman, and Daywind Music Publishing’s exclusive songwriter Karen Peck Gooch), and Bluegrass/Country/Roots Recorded Song of the Year for “Ain’t No Grave” (written by Claude Ely, Molly Skaggs, Jonathan David Helser, and Melissa Helser).

Singer-songwriter Joseph Habedank garnered two nominations, one from his latest GRAMMY® nominated album Deeper Oceans for “Sometimes It’s The Radio” (written by Jimmy Yeary, Tony Wood, and Daywind Music Publishing’s exclusive songwriter Joseph Habedank) in the Bluegrass/Country/Roots Recorded Song of the Year category, as well as earning a nomination for Southern Gospel Artist of the Year.

Legacy Five nabbed two nominations, as well, a nomination for its #1 hit song “What Kind of Man” (written by Daywind writer Sue C. Smith, Kenna Turner West, and Daywind Music Publishing’s exclusive songwriter Jason Cox) in the Southern Gospel Recorded Song of the Year category, and another for Pure Love for Southern Gospel Album of the Year.

The Sound received it first-ever Dove Award nomination for its #1 song “Can I Get A Witness” (written by Brent Baxter, Kenna Turner West, and Daywind exclusive writer, Jason Cox) in the Southern Gospel Recorded Song of the Year category. The Crabb Family’s first release in eight years, 20/20, earned a nomination for Southern Gospel Album of the Year, while Jason Crabb garnered a nomination for Southern Gospel Artist of the Year.

“Our artists and songwriters continue to create wonderful music that inspires the world to follow Christ,” said Ed Leonard, President of Daywind Music Group. “We are so proud of their success and honored to play a part in their ministries.”

Daywind Music Publishing also earned nominations in the Musical category of the Year for Messiah Overcame created by Mike Harland and John Darin Rowsey, arranged and orchestrated by Cliff Duren, Jim Hammerly, Christopher Phillips, and Phil Nitz; as well as for The Song of Bethlehem created by Lee Black, arranged and orchestrated by Cliff Duren, Phillip Keveren, and Phil Nitz.

Voting for the final winners will run from August 20th through August 27th. The celebration will air exclusively on TBN (Trinity Broadcasting Network) on Friday, October 30th. For further information, please visit www.doveawards.com.

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