Dr. Charles Stanley, Renowned Minister of The Gospel, Passes.

Dr. Charles Frazier Stanley, the senior pastor at First Baptist Church Atlanta and the founder of In Touch Ministries has died.

For more than five decades, the pastor, broadcaster, and author served on the staff of First Baptist Atlanta. He was named Senior Pastor in 1971, becoming the 16th pastor at the historic church that was founded in 1848. Under Stanley’s leadership, the church saw unprecedented growth.

Stanley, who was born in Dry Fork, Virginia in 1932 would become a pioneer in religious broadcasting. He founded In Touch Ministries in 1977 to in his words, “Get the truth of the Gospel to as many people as possible”. His sermons, podcasts, and devotionals have been seen or heard in more than 115 million homes per week in more than 126 countries around the world.  At the time of his death, Dr. Stanley could be heard in every nation on Earth via radio, shortwave, or television broadcasts. In the United States, the In Touch television program could be seen on 204 stations and seven satellite networks, and the In Touch radio program could be heard on 458 stations and via shortwave radio. In 1988, he was inducted into the National Religious Broadcasters Hall of Fame. As an author, he wrote more than 60 books including several New York Times bestsellers. He also served for two terms as the president of the Southern Baptist Convention in the 1980s.

Stanley is survived by two children, his daughter Becky and son Andy, who is the founder and senior pastor at Northpoint Ministries. Andy called his dad a role model for pastors.

Stanley was preceded in death by his former wife, the late Anna Stanley who passed away in 2014.

Sea Walker Media Corporation Announces New Board Of Directors

Hendersonville, TN (March 29, 2023) – Sea Walker Media Corporation, parent company of Singing News Brands, is pleased to announce the addition of Joseph and Lindsay Habedank to their Board of Directors.

Joseph and Lindsay declared “For as long as we can remember, we’ve always loved the Singing News Magazine and the Gospel Greats. To partner with two such revered entities is both humbling and exciting. Thank you to Ray Flynn and the Sea Walker Media Board of Directors for welcoming us with open arms.”

Ray Flynn, President of Sea Walker Media Corporation is excited to have both Joseph and Lindsay as Board of Directors and in roles of leadership at our company. Flynn said: “Joseph and Lindsay bring great integrity and unique concepts to our team and are visionaries for the future of our music and industry. Their diversity and willingness to reach all audiences with the gospel of Jesus Christ through music is a blessing.”

Scott Godsey, Chief Executive Officer of Sea Walker Media said “We are thrilled to have Joseph and Lindsay on our board! They are both innovative and creative and we look forward to the ideas they will bring to our company as we continue to grow and look towards the future.”

Paul Pitts has been an instrumental part of Sea Walker Media since its founding and joined the Board of Directors last year. Paul holds many positions and serves in various roles of influence throughout the Southern Gospel Music industry, but his wisdom with acquisitions and nonprofits makes him a tremendous asset to Sea Walker Media Corporation with its growth trajectory and current plans for future acquisitions.

Pastor Neal Jackson will be leaving his seat on the Sea Walker Media board that he has held for the last two years. Jackson was recently elected as the republican to the North Carolina House of Representatives 78th district. With his political responsibilities and pastoral role, Jackson will remain a part of Sea Walker Media, but not in the role of a Director on the Board.


SEA WALKER MEDIA CORPORATION headquarters are based in Hendersonville, TN just minutes from Nashville and is led by President, Ray Flynn, Chief Executive Officer, Scott Godsey, and Vice President, Danny Jones. SEA WALKER MEDIA encompasses, Singing News Magazine, Singing News Radio Network, Singing News Television, The Gospel Greats, TOP 20 Countdown, Front Porch Fellowship, and is home of the Singing News Fan Awards.


Gold City is pleased to announce that Jeff Chapman will be the quartet’s new bass vocalist. Jeff comes to the group after having served as bass for The Kingdom Heirs since 2002. He joins baritone Danny Riley, lead Bruce Taliaferro, and tenor Chris Jenkins to make up the current line-up of this award-winning quartet. With pianist Terry Wooten, sound and road manager Dillan West, and driver Russell Wise rounding out the team, this quartet’s mission to encourage the saved and reveal Jesus to the lost continues into it’s 43rd year.
Danny Riley says, “I couldn’t in my wildest dreams have imagined that we’d be welcoming Jeff to our group, but we are—and we are beyond excited! Jeff is one of the greatest bass voices of the current musical generation.
“Even more importantly, he is a man of God who has prayed over this decision for weeks. We appreciate that about him. I want you to know we are planning to have a great time on stage singing and working for the Lord with this man who can forevermore sing bass.
“I look at the men on the Gold City bus and just have to thank God for how he’s always been so faithful to this group. I’m a blessed man.”
Jeff has long been both a fan and student of Gold City’s legendary Hall of Fame bass vocalist Tim Riley. Prior to his tenure with The Kingdom Heirs at Dollywood, Jeff spent time with both The Blackwoods and The Anchormen. He is greatly respected by fans and industry peers alike, and comes to Gold City much to the delight of so many who have liked what they heard when Jeff filled in for the group on a few prior occasions.
Danny says, “The times we’ve sang with Jeff, it’s almost scary how much he sounds like my dad. It’s been just an incredible experience already and he’s just starting. We have much to thank God for and for which to be excited.”
“Shortly after I found out there was a opening with Gold City, I began praying about a bass singer for them. Then I realized that this is where God was leading me,” Jeff says. “Gold City is my all-time favorite group and Tim Riley is an earthly hero of mine. I have always wanted to sing with this group, and I’m grateful and excited about the opportunity. I know that God has worked out all of the details for me to be here at this moment in time.
“Those who have read my bio when I was with The Kingdom Heirs know that my favorite group, singer, album and song all come from Gold City. So needless to say, this is truly a great moment for me, one I don’t take lightly. I’m looking forward to getting out to all the places Gold City is loved and meeting their fans.
“As happy as I am to be coming to Gold City, I will greatly miss my Kingdom Heirs brothers. And when I say ‘brothers,’ I mean it. We’re a family there, so this has been a hard decision to make because of them. But I will always be their biggest supporter, and I hope they have many more years of making great music at Dollywood.”
Jeff’s first official concert with Gold City will be April 20, 2023.
Gold City is booked exclusively by the Dominion Agency.

Abraham Productions Announces Sponsors and a New Major Event

Wilmington, NC (March 22, 2023) – Abraham Productions, Inc. is pleased to announce the Museum of the Bible as the platinum sponsor for the World’s Largest Christian Music Festival “40 Days & 40 Nights of Christian Music” at the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum, August 1-September 9, 2023 in northern Kentucky.

As the flagship sponsor of the World’s Largest Christian Music Festival, Museum of the Bible will be represented at all stages to include the huge Answers Center and outdoor Noah’s Village at the Ark Encounter and the newly renovated Legacy Hall at the Creation Museum.

In addition to the sponsorship, Abraham Productions and Sea Walker Media are happy to announce a new multi-day Christian Music event that will come to the World Stage Theater and Gathering Room at the Museum of the Bible in early Fall of 2024. The event will feature iconic artists and national speakers presenting the gospel in the heart of Washington, D.C. Details regarding this multi-day event will be released later this year.

Templeton Tours, Inc., parent company of Singing At Sea, also joins the roster of great sponsors for the World’s Largest Christian Music Festival, along with returning sponsors Christian Healthcare Ministries and Singing News Brands.

The Ark Encounter was recently voted the #1 Best Religious Museum by USA Today’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards and the Creation Museum finished a close second. The Ark Encounter and Creation Museum are the top family-friendly destinations for people throughout the United States and many countries around the world.

Ken Ham, founder and CEO of Answers in Genesis (parent company of the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum) is excited that the 40 Days and 40 Nights Christian Music Festival will expand in 2023 with its evangelistic concerts at both the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum. Ham declares: “Each of these sponsors is a perfect fit for this incredible event and we are appreciative. Our plans are to continue to build this event and be a blessing and encouragement to attendees for many years to come.” The life-size Noah’s Ark is located south of Cincinnati.

The 40 Days & 40 Nights of Christian Music Festival continues to grow in popularity with more than 40,000 attendees in 2022. In 2023, the event expands again with additional concerts being added and a talent roster that is second to none. Concerts will be held daily at the Ark Encounter, and

Wednesday and Thursday morning concerts will be presented at Creation Museum. Performing artists include Cain, Triumphant, Selah, Inspirations, Cochren & Co, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, Jason Crabb, Natalie Layne, Karen Peck & New River, Isaacs, Joseph Habedank, Booth Brothers, Jimmy Fortune, The Hoppers and more than 100 other popular artists will be performing. In addition to the incredible music, there will be inspiring messages and teaching from sought after speakers like Ken Ham, Dr. Robert Jeffress, Dr. Jeff Laborg, Pastor Javon Ruff, Comedian Dennis Swanberg, Tim Lovelace, and many others.

Ray Flynn, President & CEO of Abraham Productions, Inc. and Sea Walker Media Corporation, said: “We are extremely honored and thankful to have the opportunity to partner with the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum in presenting this mega Christian Music Festival at the top family destinations in America. We are also very thankful for our great sponsors Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC, Christian Healthcare Ministries, Templeton Tours – Singing at Sea, and Singing News Brands. We are also excited to partner with Museum of the Bible on this major new event coming to World Stage Theater on the Fall of 2024.”


Museum of the Bible is a world-class museum located just three blocks from the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The Museum invites all people to engage with the transformative power of the most influential, debated, and best-selling book of all time – the Bible. Consistently voted a top US museum and attraction, Museum of the Bible has welcomed millions of guests in Washington and online. The museum’s impact reaches beyond its walls through online exhibits, documentaries, the Museum of the Bible podcast and magazine, virtual tours, lecture series, and more.

For more information, visit museumoftheBible.org.

2nd Chance Ministries Announces Departure of Gray Kimble

Nashville, TN (March 17, 2023) – 2nd Chance Ministries have announced the departure of tenor singer, Gray Kimble.

Gray Kimble joined the group two years ago and has been the perfect addition, both musically and personally to co-members Ricky Malloy and Brandon Gainey.

Kimble’s love for the church and music began at a young age and is still strong today. In addition to singing, Kimble plays the piano, keyboard, drums, organ, and bass. Although it is tough to step away from the group, he is sensing the Lord calling him to rest, spend more time with family, and turn his attention toward his other passions at this time.

On leaving, Gray Kimble said, “I love this ministry and this group. They are some of the best friends in the whole world and being able to minister beside them has been such an amazing journey.”

Lead singer and manager of 2nd Chance Ministries, Ricky Malloy, added, “Not everything that comes is a storm. We love and appreciate Gray and all of the sacrifices he has made, and he remains our friend beyond ministry. We were blessed to have him. I pray that when we’re close by and he’s not busy, he’ll stop by and sing one with us.”

All members have voiced their commitment to continue to pray for one another as they step into this new era.

2nd Chance Ministries is now accepting applications from qualified tenor singers interested in joining the trio. Submissions, including a resume, photo, and vocal demo, can be sent to Donald Deaver at 2ndchmin@gmail.com.

New Season Of Bill Gaither’s Homecoming Radio To Air On Singing News Radio

Joseph Reed, Program Director of Singing News Radio is pleased to announce that beginning Saturday, March 18, new episodes of Bill Gaither’s Homecoming Radio will become a regular feature on the network.

“Singing News Radio has grown rapidly in recent months,” says Reed, “and adding such a beloved program will only enhance that. The new programs of Bill Gaither’s Homecoming Radio will be under the direction of Daniel Britt and will be hosted by Kevin Williams, Tori Taft, and, of course, Bill Gaither. A long list of special guests—including Gordon Mote, Lauren Talley, Amber Nelon, Woody Wright, and many others—will be appearing during upcoming broadcasts, and, as Mr. Gaither says, ‘will bring listeners the music, smiles, hope, and encouragement fans of the show have come to expect.’ This program is a great addition to our award-winning team of on-air personalities and provides yet another way of spreading the gospel message to our listeners.”

Tune into Singing News Radio at 9AM (EST) every Saturday and Sunday for Bill Gaither’s Homecoming Radio. You can also listen to the program each weekday at 8PM (EST).


Top 10 Nominees Announced For The 2023 Singing News Fan Awards

Through the annual Singing News Fan Awards, established in 1970, Gospel music fans have the opportunity to vote every year for their favorite Southern Gospel artists, musicians, songwriters, songs, albums and more in 20 categories.

This year’s winners will be announced at the Singing News Fan Awards presentation, which will be held on Friday, September 29, 2023, during the 66th annual National Quartet Convention, held at the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

Voting in the 2023 Singing News Fan Awards is open to subscribers of Singing News Magazine and SingingNewsTV. The ballot for the Top 10 will appear in the May issue of Singing News. Online voting will begin on April 25, 2023.

The ballot for the Top 10 will appear in the May issue of Singing News.

Online voting will begin on April 25, 2023.


Here are the Top 10 Nominees for 2023:


Favorite Quartet

Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
Gold City
Kingdom Heirs
Mark Trammell Qt
The Old Paths
Tribute Qt
Triumphant Qt


Favorite Duet

Blake & Jenna Bolerjack
Jeff & Sue Duffield
Jim & Melissa Brady
Josh & Ashley Franks
Reggie & Ladye Love Smith
Zane & Donna King

(Only 9 artists are included in this category.)


Favorite Mixed Group

Collingsworth Family
Endless Highway
Karen Peck & New River
Mylon Hayes Family


Favorite Soloist

David Phelps
Guy Penrod
Ivan Parker
Jason Crabb
Jonathan Wilburn
Joseph Habedank
Lauren Talley
Mark Bishop
Mark Lowry
Michael Combs


Favorite Trio

11th Hour
Booth Brothers
Brian Free & Assurance
Greater Vision
Jeff & Sheri Easter
McKamey Legacy
The Sound


Favorite Young Artist

Cayden Howell             Down East Boys
Drew Laney             Kingsmen
Emily Ann Roberts
Ethan Whisnant             Whisnants
Isaac Moore             Inspirations
Jacob Mills             The Sound
Katie Erwin Headrick Erwins
Kennedy Hayes             Mylon Hayes Family
Olivia Aichholz             Collingsworth Family
Trevor Conkle             Mark Trammell Qt


Favorite Soprano

Amber Eppinette Saunders 11th Hour
Amber Nelon Kistler Nelons
Brooklyn Blair Collingsworth Family
Karen Peck Gooch Karen Peck & New River
Katie Erwin Headrick Erwins
Kennedy Hayes Mylon Hayes Family
Kim Hopper Hoppers
Melissa Brady Jim & Melissa Brady
Melissa Kemper Chuck Wagon Gang
Sonya Isaacs Yeary Isaacs


Favorite Tenor

Brian Free Brian Free & Assurance
Chris Allman Greater Vision
Chris Jenkins Gold City
David Sutton Triumphant Qt
Ernie Haase Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
Gus Gaches Tribute Qt
Isaac Moore Inspirations
Jacob Ellison Kingdom Heirs
Michael Booth Booth Brothers
Steve Ladd The Old Paths


Favorite Lead

Bill Shivers Brian Free & Assurance
Clayton Inman Triumphant Qt
Gary Casto Tribute Qt
John Darin Rowsey Guardians
Loren Harris Kingdom Heirs
Nick Trammell Mark Trammell Qt
Rodney Griffin Greater Vision
Roland Kesterson Inspirations
Scott Fowler Legacy Five
Tim Rackley The Old Paths


Favorite Band

Carolina The Band
Dixie Echoes
Gaither Vocal Band
High Road
Jeff & Sheri Easter
Kingdom Heirs
Primitive Qt
The Sound


Favorite Baritone

Alan Kendall Kingsmen
Andy Stringfield Kingdom Heirs
Daniel Riley Gold City
Jim Brady Booth Brothers
Jon Epley Greater Vision
Josh Singletary Tribute Qt
Luke Vaught Inspirations
Mark Trammell Mark Trammell Qt
Scott Mullins Guardians
Scotty Inman Triumphant Qt


Favorite Songwriter

Jim Brady
John Darin Rowsey
Joseph Habedank
Karen Peck Gooch
Kenna Turner West
Lee Black
Mark Bishop
Rodney Griffin
Scotty Inman
Wayne Haun


Favorite Bass

Alex Utech Down East Boys
Eric Bennett Triumphant Qt
Ian Owens Tribute Qt
Jeff Chapman Kingdom Heirs
Matt Fouch Legacy Five
Pat Barker Guardians
Paul Harkey Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
Ray Dean Reese Kingsmen
Will Lane Mark Trammell Qt
Wyatt Austin Inspirations


Favorite Album

A Pioneer Legacy Inspirations
Always Grace             Tribute Qt
Come On In Guardians
God Is Real The Sound
Hymns & Worship Triumphant Qt
Meet Me At The Cross Brian Free & Assurance
Music To Your Ears The Old Paths
Speak Jesus Booth Brothers
Steady & Sure Mylon Hayes Family
Think About There Greater Vision


Favorite Alto

Becky Isaacs Bowman Isaacs
Connie Hopper Hoppers
Courtney Metz Collingsworth Family
Kari Gooch Karen Peck & New River
Kelly Nelon Clark Nelons
Libbi Perry Stuffle Perrys
Sheri Easter Jeff & Sheri Easter
Susan Peck Jackson Karen Peck & New River
Susan Whisnant Whisnants
Wendy Hayes Mylon Hayes Family


Favorite Song

“All The Praise” LeFevre Qt
“Glorious Appearing” Hoppers
“Goodness Of God” Triumphant Qt
“I Have God To Thank For Everything” Inspirations
“Liar Liar” Brian Free & Assurance
“Not For Long” Guardians
“Older People” Greater Vision
“Room Full Of Stories” Booth Brothers
“Scars In Heaven” Nelons
“The Keepers” Karen Peck & New River


Favorite Musician

Andy Stringfield Kingdom Heirs
Ben Isaacs Isaacs
Gerald Wolfe Greater Vision
Gordon Mote
Josh Singletary Tribute Qt
Kevin Williams Gaither Vocal Band
Kim Collingsworth Collingsworth Family
Luke Vaught Inspirations
Sonya Isaacs Yeary Isaacs
Trevor Conkle Mark Trammell Qt


The Paul Heil Award

Danny Jones
Dave Taylor
Joseph Reed
Joy FM (Winston-Salem, NC)
Les Butler
Rodney Baucom
Singing News Radio
Troy Peach
WJBZ (Knoxville, TN)


Favorite New Artist

Billy Walker
Fields Of Grace
Jessica Ingram
Justified Qt
Kenna Turner West
Mark Dubbeld Family
Sound Street
The Sound

(Due to a tie in votes, there are 11 artists in this category.)


Favorite Artist

Brian Free & Assurance
Collingsworth Family
Greater Vision
Joseph Habedank
Karen Peck & New River
Kingdom Heirs
Mark Trammell Qt
Tribute Qt
Triumphant Qt

(Due to a tie in votes, there are 11 artists in this category.)


The Sharps Welcome New Member David Holt

The Sharps, in conjunction with Godsey Media Management, are excited to announce

the addition of their newest member, David Holt. The quartet is owned by father and son

Andy & Ben Sharp, who sing tenor and baritone respectively. They are joined by lead

singer Mike Leath, bass vocalist Tony Lewis, and now newest member and pianist

David Holt.

Holt is no stranger to gospel music. He was a founding member of the gospel trio,

Renewed, that was based off of Sand Mountain in the 90s. But since that group’s

retirement several years ago, he has prayed for an opportunity to return to traveling.

David will be the group’s pianist as well as an additional vocalist that will be featured on


The Sharps just had their 8th consecutive single with Jan Puryear Promotions, “Worth It

All”, chart on February SN Top 80. They average eighty to one hundred performances

annually and have released four major albums since 2014, with a fifth on the way.

Recently, the quartet has been featured in events such as National Quartet Convention,

Dollywood, Alabama Gospel Roots TV, PBS Television Network, The Gospel Greats,

Gospel Music Today, Singing News, Atlanta Live, and Ascending Sounds TV.

Andy Sharp states, “I’ve dedicated almost forty years of my life to this ministry and its

mission. And at this point in my journey, I am excited at the doors God has closed and

opened for us. I look forward to our followers who are familiar with us in the past 4

decades to hear and be a part of this next chapter.”

Ben Sharp added, “God is using our group in a mighty way, and He has placed the

exact people we need for this particular time in and around our ministry. I know God has

great things in store for our obedience.”

On joining the group, David Holt said, “I’m thankful for Ben and the guys giving me this

opportunity to share the music I love. I’ve really enjoyed getting back on the road and

experiencing the movement of the Holy Spirit as we minister to people. God is still

leading and my place in the group is evolving each week.”

The Old Paths Announce New Name

Nashville, TN (March 15th, 2023) – In a video release late last year, the award-winning group, The Old Paths, announced the intention of rebranding the group with a new name.  It is with great excitement that the quartet presents its new name: Anthem Edition.

While the name Old Paths served the group well for several years, the ever-increasing popularity of social media has allowed other organizations to lay claim to the term, making it increasingly more difficult to differentiate the acclaimed musical group and the powerful message of Christ’s love and grace found within their music. The rebranding as Anthem Edition will allow these four gentlemen to continue forward with the mission entrusted to them, producing lyrically rich, dynamic music with powerful Biblical truths to reach the lost and encourage the believers.

Along with a new name, Anthem Edition has launched a new website, which can be found at anthemedition.com.  In the coming months, listeners can expect to see the name transition across social media platforms, publicity outlets, concert events, and more.

“Any kind of change requires great faith, and we are aware that this is a big change for so many people,” shares Anthem Edition. “However, we have felt strongly for quite some time that this change was necessary, and will be extremely beneficial in the long term.  We are grateful for the support we’ve received thus far, and trust that that support, as well as excitement will continue! This transition into becoming Anthem Edition is very exciting for us as a group, and feels like the exact right step into what God has prepared for us moving forward!”

To stay up-to-date on current happenings, follow Anthem Edition on social media, or visit anthemedition.com.