Faith Country & Bluegrass Festival 2024 at The ARK Encounter

(For Immediate Release: March 21, 2024) The Faith Country & Bluegrass Festival returns to the Ark Encounter in Williamstown, KY on June 12-15, 2024.  This is the third year for this incredible event that continues to grow year-over-year.
     The talent line up for Faith Country & Bluegrass Festival 2024 is outstanding and features some of the best in this genre
to include the award winning Authentic Unlimited, Scotty Inman, the Chuck Wagon Gang, Chosen Road, Jeff Tolbert & Primitive Road,
Mo Pitney, Jordan Family Band, Mitchell Whisnant, Justin Cole, Lisa Daggs, and many others.
     Concerts will be at Noah’s Village Stage during the day and the main event concert will begin at 4 pm daily in the Answers Center.
All concerts are free with admission to the Ark Encounter park attractions.


Nashville, TN REAL Southern Gospel Radio knows how much you love the Inspirations Quartet, and we do too! The Inspirations will be the Artists of the Month for the entire month of April, as we celebrate their 60 years of music and ministry. You’ll hear their music each hour, there will be interviews from past…

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NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – Artist Resource Services (ARS) add to its impressive roster of artists by welcoming Southern Gospel veterans Steve Ladd and Debra Perry & Jaidyn’s Call and newcomer Tate Emmons. Steve Ladd’s career began at the age of five, and includes significant stints with Gold City, the Anchormen, and Anthem Edition (formerly Old Paths)….

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Scotty Inman To Deliver MY GOD Full Album On March 22nd

NASHVILLE,TN (March 18th) – 4-time BMI Christian Music Award winner Scotty Inman is set to release his highly-anticipated Daywind Records debut solo album, My God, on March 22nd. Two singles have already hit streaming platforms, “My God” (released on January 5th) and “Motel Bible” (released on March 1st). The album will captivate listeners with its motivating and poignant lyrics, soulful melodies, and powerful themes.

Each track on My God offers a glimpse into Inman’s personal experiences and his deep-rooted faith. Inman continues to push the boundaries of country-inspired Christian music.

“After months of writing, recording, and planning, I’m excited to finally share this album with everyone. These 11 songs were chosen to challenge Christians and ultimately help lead someone to Christ. The songs are filled with the simple truths that salvation is available to anyone who calls on the name of the Lord and that His grace is amazing and sufficient when we fail. I really pray this album will not only please the ear but penetrate the heart,” shares Inman.

“Our team here at Daywind Records are so excited for everyone to hear the much-anticipated NEW Scotty Inman project, entitled MY GOD! Of course, the first single off of the project is the song “My God”, and it is quickly climbing the national radio charts,” states Dusty Wells, Director of A&R for Daywind Records. “It declares all that God can and will do for us, a proclamation of His greatness and His faithfulness to all. Scotty has written many chart-topping songs the last few years for his long-time group, Triumphant, as well as many other artists, so it was no surprise to us that Scotty would bring incredible songs to the table for this project. Many of the songs were co-written with other top songwriters in our industry. This project is the sharing of Scotty’s heart and reflective of the journey of his love for Jesus, his faith, and his walk. I cannot wait for people to listen to this new project. We are thrilled to be on the journey with Scotty Inman in this new phase of his career and ministry.”

The Lore Family’s “Jesus Does” acknowledges His power in all things

Arden, North Carolina — For their first new Horizon Records single in over a year, The Lore Family has dipped into the contemporary Christian songbook for a song to rework in their own, distinctive Southern Gospel style. Written by We The Kingdom, who recorded it on a 2022 release, “Jesus Does” acknowledges His power in…

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Artist Resource Services Welcomes Three New Artists To Roster

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE (March 18, 2024) – Artist Resource Services (ARS) add to its impressive roster of artists by welcoming Southern Gospel veterans Steve Ladd and Debra Perry & Jaidyn’s Call and newcomer Tate Emmons.

Steve Ladd’s career began at the age of five, and includes significant stints with Gold City, the Anchormen, and Anthem Edition (formerly Old Paths). His most recent single “Come Up Clean” features Jason Crabb and was a #1 single and a hit on the iTunes Chart. “I’m excited to partner with the team at Artist Resource Services,” states Ladd. “They are great people with a world of knowledge in the music industry. My music is in great hands!” Steve’s current single, “Preach the Word,” released to radio in February.








Debra Perry & Jaidyn’s Call was founded in 2010 by Debra Perry and her husband, Christopher Reed.  The group also features Waylon Bayes on lead. The group takes its name from Debra’s and Christopher’s grandson who was born with a serious health condition and was not expected to live. By God’s grace, he’s now 17 years old. The group says, “We are very excited to become part of Artist Resource Services. Our future in Southern Gospel looks much brighter as we work with these industry leaders who enjoy serving God as well as their artists.” “At the End of Every Prayer,” from the project, Priceless Treasure, is Debra Perry & Jaidyn’s Call’s latest radio single quickly climbing the charts.





The newest signing and youngest member of the Artist Resource Services roster, Tate Emmons, is growing up singing. At the young age of 13, he’s already graced the stage with the likes of Southbound, Tribute Quartet, Jeff & Sheri Easter and more. “It’s an honor to be affiliated with Artist Resource Services, shares Emmons. “It’s such a great feeling to know that I have the support of this team on this journey I am on. There is no other place I’d rather be.” Despite its recent release, Tate’s latest single, “Means Something to Me,” has already been showing up high on the Southern Gospel radio charts.





Jaquita Jenkins, director of ARS says, “We are excited to partner alongside the ministries of Steve Ladd, Debra Perry and Jaidyn’s Call, and Tate Emmons. Whether you are a veteran in Southern Gospel or a newcomer, ARS is ready to help grow these great ministries. I’m excited to see how God furthers the careers of each of these artists.”


Dr. Tim Hill Joins Sea Walker Media Corporation Board Of Directors

The leadership of Sea Walker Media Corporation (parent company of Singing News Magazine, Singing News Radio, SingingNewsTV, and The Gospel Greats) has announced that Dr. Tim Hill has joined the organization’s Board of Directors.

A graduate of Lee University, Dr. Hill has served in national and international Christian leadership for several decades. As General Overseer of the Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee), Dr. Hill serves as Presiding Bishop for more than eight million members of the church in more than 190 countries around the world.

In addition to his 47 years of ministerial work, Dr. Hill is a Gospel music recording artist and songwriter, writing many songs that are quite familiar to the Southern Gospel music community. The Hoppers, The Collingsworth Family, The Kingsmen, Gold City, The Dixie Melody Boys, Ivan Parker, The Pfeifers, Goodman Revival, The Speer Family are just a few of the other artists who have recorded Dr. Hill’s songs since he began writing at the age of 12. He is also a highly respected author, with several Christian books to his credit.

The Top Ten Nominees For The 2024 Singing News Fan Awards Announced!

The subscribers have spoken! Here are the Top Ten Nominees for the 20 categories of the 2024 Singing News Fan Awards. Congratulations to all of the nominees.

The second round of this year’s Fan Awards will take place in the May 2024 issue of Singing News. To be eligible to vote in that round, you must be a paid subscriber to either Singing News Magazine or SingingNewsTV. To subscribe, call (800) 527-5226, visit or


2024 Singing News Fan Awards Top Ten Nominations

(all nominees listed in alphabetical order)



Gold City

Greater Vision


Joseph Habedank

Karen Peck & New River


Mark Trammell Qt.

Scotty Inman

Tribute Qt.



Paul Heil Award

Bill Gaither (Homecoming Radio)

Danny Jones (The 4th Page Playlist)

Enlighten (Sirius/XM)

Joseph Reed (The Morning Show)

Les Butler (REAL Southern Gospel Music)

Rodney Baucom (Life FM/The Gospel Greats)

Singing News Radio

The Gospel Greats

Troy Peach (Southern Gospel Mid-Days)

Wayne Haun (The Wayne Haun Show)



Andy Stringfield (Kingdom Heirs)

Gerald Wolfe (Greater Vision)

Gordon Mote

Josh Singletary (Tribute Qt.)

Joshua Stone (Anthem Edition)

Kim Collingsworth (Collingsworth Family)

Luke Vaught (Inspirations)

Matthew Gooch (Karen Peck & New River)

Richard Hyssong (Hyssongs)

Trevor Conkle (Mark Trammell Qt.)



Cherish That Name – Greater Vision

Come To The Well – Inspirations

Evidence – Triumphant

Halfway Up The Mountain – Tribute Qt.

He Grew The Tree – Guardians

Help Is On The Way – Gold City

Here Comes Jesus – Jeff & Sheri Easter

Love Worth Dying For – Down East Boys

Sheaves – Karen Peck & New River

That’s Why We Pray – Brian Free & Assurance

The Basement – Joseph Habedank

*** 11 nominees due to a tie



Connie Hopper – Hoppers

Courtney Collingsworth Metz – Collingsworth Family

Kari Gooch Baucom – Karen Peck & New River

Kelly Nelon Clark – Nelons

Libbi Perry Stuffle – Perrys

Shaye Smith – Chuck Wagon Gang

Sheri Easter – Jeff & Sheri Easter

Susan Peck Jackson – Karen Peck & New River

Susan Whisnant – Whisnants

Wendy Hayes – Mylon Hayes Family



Alex Utech – Down East Boys

Andrew Utech – Anthem Edition

Brad Smith – Kingdom Heirs

Eric Bennett – Triumphant

Jeff Chapman – Gold City

Will Lane – Mark Trammell Qt.

Ian Owens – Tribute Qt.

Pat Barker – Guardians

Ray Dean Reese – Kingsmen

Wyatt Austin – Inspirations



Jim Brady

John Darin Rowsey

Joseph Habedank

Karen Peck Gooch

Kenna Turner West

Lee Black

Rodney Griffin

Ronny Hinson

Scotty Inman

Wayne Haun



Anthem Edition

Down East Boys

Gold City


Kingdom Heirs



Mark Trammell Qt.

Tribute Qt.



Mixed Group

Chuck Wagon Gang

Collingsworth Family


Karen Peck & New River



Mylon Hayes Family






11th Hour

Booth Brothers

Brian Free & Assurance

Greater Vision


Jeff & Sheri Easter


McKamey Legacy


The Sound



Amber Epinnette Saunders – 11th Hour

Amber Nelon Kistler – Nelons

Brooklyn Collingsworth Blair – Collingsworth Family

Karen Peck Gooch – Karen Peck & New River

Kelly Crabb Jeffrey – Kelly Crabb & The Bowling Sisters

Kennedy Hayes – Mylon Hayes Family

Kim Hopper – Hoppers

Melissa Brady – Jim & Melissa Brady

Melissa Kemper – Chuck Wagon Gang

Sonya Isaacs Yeary – Isaacs



David Phelps

Ivan Parker

Jason Crabb

Jonathan Wilburn

Joseph Habedank

Guy Penrod

Lauren Talley

Mark Bishop

Scotty Inman

Steve Ladd



Brian Free – Brian Free & Assurance

Chris Allman – Greater Vision

Chris Jenkins – Gold City

David Sutton – Triumphant

Doug Pittman – Down East Boys

Ernie Haase – Ernie Haase & Signature Sound

Gus Gaches – Tribute Qt.

Isaac Moore – Inspirations

Joshua Horrell – Kingdom Heirs

Michael Booth – Booth Brothers



Bill Shivers – Brian Free & Assurance

Chris Bryant – Kingdom Heirs

Cole Watson – Kingsmen

Gary Casto – Tribute Qt.

Jim Brady – Booth Brothers

Josh Feemster – Gold City

Rodney Griffin – Greater Vision

Roland Kesterson – Inspirations

Sean Barber – Triumphant Qt.

Tim Rackley – Anthem Edition



Alan Kendall – Kingsmen

Andy Stringfield – Kingdom Heirs

Cayden Howell – Down East Boys

Clayton Inman – Triumphant Qt.

Danny Riley – Gold City

Jon Epley – Greater Vision

Josh Singletary – Tribute Qt.

Luke Vaught – Inspirations

Mark Trammell – Mark Trammell Qt.

Mike LeFevre – LeFevre Qt.


New Artist

Billy Walker



Fields Of Grace

Jeff Tolbert & Primitive Road

PromisedLand Qt.

Scotty Inman

Sound Street





Austin & Ethan Whisnant

Blake & Jenna Bolerjack


Jim & Melissa Brady

Bryan & Yvonne Hutson

Josh & Ashley Franks



Reggie & Ladye Love Smith

Zane & Donna King


Young Artist

Ally Griggs Carter (Endless Highway)

Brady Jones (Kingsmen)

Cayden Howell (Down East Boys)

Jacob Mills (The Sound)

Jarrett Grubbs (TrueSong)

Jaylie Vanderslice (Sound Street)

Kennedy Hayes (Mylon Hayes Family)

Makayla Hyssong (Hyssongs)

Tate Emmons

Trevor Conkle (Mark Trammell Qt.)



Carolina The Band

Endless Highway

Gaither Vocal Band


Jeff & Sheri Easter

Jeff Tolbert & Primitive Road

Kingdom Heirs

Scotty Inman Band

The Sound



Beautiful (Nelons)

Christmas In London (Greater Vision)

Classic (Mark Trammell Qt.)

Grand (Josh Singletary)

Nobody Like Jesus (LeFevre Qt.)

Quartet Tribute, Vol. 3 (Tribute Qt.)

Something Good, Vol. 3 (Kingdom Heirs)

Songs From The Front Pew (Jonathan Wilburn)

There’s A Song For That (Down East Boys)

Unstoppable God (Kingsmen)

Greg Bentley Honored With SGMG 2024 Lifetime Achievement Award

On Tuesday, March 12, members of the Southern Gospel Music Guild gathered at BMI in Nashville, TN, to honor industry leader, Greg Bentley, with the 2024 SGMG Lifetime Achievement Award. A positive force in gospel music, Greg began his full-time career in the industry in 1984 as tenor for the legendary family group, The Hoppers….

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