Esteemed Songwriter Dave Clark Celebrates Five Decades of No. 1 Songs

A veritable who’s who of the Christian music industry gathered at BMI Nashville to celebrate the storied career of revered and multi-award winning songwriter Dave Clark. The reason for the celebration was Dave’s remarkable achievement, recently garnering another chart-topping song—“Child of the King,” recorded by Joseph Habedank—marking his 28th No. 1 across five decades in the CCM, Inspirational and Southern Gospel genres.

Beginning in 1987 with the Larnelle Harris hit “The Father Hath Provided,” Clark achieved unparalleled success throughout the 1990s and 2000s with hits from 4Him, Sandy Patti, Phillips Craig & Dean, Mark Harris, Karen Peck & New River, Greg Long and more. Showing no signs of slowing down, he continues to churn out popular songs. Larnelle, who is a close longtime friend of Dave’s, shared, “Kenaniah, a Levite leader in the Old Testament, was put in charge of music simply because he was good at it. Dave Clark has had five consecutive decades of number one songs on the national charts, because when it comes to songwriting, he’s just good at it.”

Daywind Music Publishing Vice President Rick Shelton was on hand to present Dave with a plaque for his most recent No. 1. “From the first song I heard in the 80s to his current number one and all the hits in between, Dave Clark has painted stories with powerful lyrics that have touched generations. His songs declare God and His love and bring hope, comfort, encouragement and joy to the hearts of all His children. Congratulations, Dave, for five decades of number one hits! I look forward to hearing what you create in the sixth decade,” stated Shelton.

President and Executive Director of the Gospel Music Association Jackie Patillo was in attendance to present Dave with a certificate of achievement from the GMA. Jackie expressed her appreciation for Dave, “The Bible talks about giving us a new song. It’s the power of God in the message that is healing people, inspiring the church and drawing people to Christ. Thank you for all that you do to spread the gospel through music and for your faithfulness to teach and to inspire and pass the torch along. It’s an amazing thing. As the president of the Gospel Music Association, on behalf of our board of directors and all of our members, congratulations on five decades of excellence in gospel music.”

Known among friends for his keen sense of humor and genuine kindness, Dave is always ready to open a door and usher others into the limelight. He has been the catalyst for innumerable successful songwriting and publishing careers through the years. He has the heart of a teacher. That heart, coupled with his ability to tell the stories of those he writes with and about, is what makes him the kind of writer the next generation of tunesmiths hopes to glean from and emulate. Some of those young songwriters, including Emily Ann Roberts and Gabrielle Rose Lovelace, were also in attendance to express their gratitude for his impact on their lives.

Dave’s wife Cindi and their three adult children, Allison, Anna and Sam, were by his side at the event – they are truly his greatest fans. Everyone in attendance was delighted to honor Dave. Overwhelmed by the love and support of those who came to celebrate him, Dave shared, “I know that, for some, to leave home at 17 with no money and a bad car would seem like a pretty big limb to jump off of, and yet for me the greater risk was always if I had stayed. Make no mistake, if it weren’t for a call, we wouldn’t be standing here. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate something like this than in a roomful of people who have written a story. I’ve been overwhelmed today. Yes, we celebrate the decades, but I’m a guy who’s always measured the journey by the moments, and all the moments are in this room. Everybody in this room represents a different season of what God has let us do all these years. There’s so many memories, so many stories. There’s a line in a Larry Gatlin song that says, ‘I’m just standing here trying to matter.’ By your presence here today, I feel like I do. Thank you.”

The Christian music industry is blessed to have benefited in so many ways from the selfless contributions of this great man.


1987 – The Father Hath Provided – Larnelle Harris   (Harris/Koch/Clark)
1989 – I Can Begin Again – Larnelle Harris    (Harris/Clark)

1991 – Didn’t You Know – Larnelle Harris    (Harris/Bunnelle/Clark)
1991 – Couldn’t We Stand – 4HIM    (Harris/Koch/Clark)
1991 – Be the One – Al Denson     (Denson/Koch/Clark)
1991 – Everything You Are – Larnelle Harris     (Harris/Clark)
1992 – Best of Friends – Sandy Patti     (Mauldin/Clark)
1992 – To Forgive – Al Denson    (Denson/Koch/Clark)
1992 – Why – 4HIM     (Harris/Koch/Clark)
1992 – Generation to Generation – Benson Artists     (Koch/Clark)
1993 – There Stands the Cost – Larnelle Harris     (Harris/Koch/Clark)
1994 – For Future Generations – 4HIM    (Harris/Koch/Clark)
1995 – Real Thing – 4HIM     (Harris/Koch/Clark)
1996 – Mercy Came Running – Phillips, Craig & Dean    (Dean/Koch/Clark)
1996 – Crucified With Christ – Phillips, Craig & Dean  (Phillips/Koch/Clark)
1996 – As Long As My Heart Know It’s You – 4HIM     (Harris/Koch/Clark)
1996 – Living on a Ring and A Prayer – Wilcox & Pardoe  (Wilcox/Salley/Clark)
1996 – Land of Mercy – 4HIM     (Harris/Koch/Clark)
1997 – This is How it Feels to Be Free – Phillips, Craig & Dean     (Craig/Koch/Clark)
1998 – Mercy Said No – Greg Long     (Long/Koch/Clark)

2000 – Marks of the Mission – Charles Billingsley  (Billingsley/Koch/Clark)
2000 – I’ve Got You Covered – Phillips, Craig & Dean     (Dean/Clark)
2003 – My Praise – Phillips, Craig & Dean     (Dean/Clark)
2005 – Life To the Living – Allen Asbury     (Asbury/Koch/Clark)
2009 – One True God – Mark Harris     (Harris/Clark)

2015 – Pray Now – Karen Peck & New River     (Peck/Farren/Clark)
2019 – I Know I’ll Be There – Karen Peck & New River     (Peck/Haun/Clark)

2022 – Child of the King – Joseph Habedank   (Habedank/Koch/Clark)

About Dave Clark
Multi-Dove award winning songwriter and Grammy-nominated producer, Dave Clark, began his journey in the music industry at age 17. With a 1974 Martin guitar and a whole lot of determination, Dave made his way from his hometown of Jackson, MI, to Nashville, TN, in pursuit of his dream of becoming a songwriter. That decisive move laid the foundation for his distinctive career as a songwriter, producer and author. His credits include songs recorded by Rascal Flatts, Larnelle Harris, Glen Campbell, CeCe Winans, Sandi Patty, Steve Green, 4HIM, Point of Grace, Al Denson, Phillips Craig & Dean, Donny Osmond, Michael Crawford, The Martins, and many others. He is the producer of numerous records, including two Grammy-nominated projects for J.D. Sumner and the Stamps Quartet. He is the  author of Worship Where You’re Planted and Living in the Power of My Weakness from Beacon Hill Press and has written more than 50 Christmas and Easter musicals. Dave currently serves as the Creative Director for Lillenas Publishing and is still, in his words, “chasing the song.”


Singing News Faith Country & Bluegrass Music Festival

We are excited to announce the 2nd Annual Faith Country & Bluegrass Music Festival taking place at the incredible Ark Encounter in Williamstown, KY.

Last year was a resounding success that saw souls saved and the sound of Bluegrass and Faith Country favorites ring throughout the park.  This year features some incredible talent including Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers, Authentic Unlimited, Chuck Wagon Gang, Emily Ann Roberts, Mo Pitney, Eagle’s Wings, Jackson Heights, and a crew of new favorites that are sure to strum your heartstrings!

The concerts are free with paid park admission to make for a weekend you won’t soon forget!  Get your tickets today by clicking below:

Singing News Gospel Music Weekends

Singing News is pleased to once again partner alongside Ark Encounter to make summer weekends sing with great Gospel music!  Artists from across the country will be singing on Noah’s Village stage in the shadow of the full-size Ark!

The concerts are free to all with a paid admission to the park and will take place every Friday and Saturday June 2 – July 29, 2023.  Make plans now to attend!

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The Old Paths Secure Management Team

Nashville, TN (February 15th, 2023) – The Old Paths are pleased to announce a new management agreement with Q & Dani Phillips of The Artist Element.  Over the last few months, the quartet has embarked on several changes in order to expand the group’s reach, and bringing a management team on board has been a key element in order to plan for the future.

Positive changes have not been in short supply for The Old Paths. With the recent announcement of Andrew Utech as the group’s new bass singer, as well as the intention of selecting a new name to represent the award-winning group, The Old Paths have felt that this season of change has been preparation for great things to come.  As an update to the prior announcement, the new name for the quartet has been selected, and will be unveiled within the coming months.

“This is an exciting time for The Old Paths, and we are honored to partner with them as they navigate through these changes,” shares Q Phillips of The Artist Element.  “We share a common vision, and together I believe we can accomplish great things for the Kingdom!”

To stay up-to-date on current happenings, follow The Old Paths on social media, or visit


PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (February 1, 2023) – In Touch Ministries, the ministry founded by Dr. Charles Stanley, has been announced as the title sponsor of the 2023 National Quartet Convention.

The announcement was made today by the National Quartet Convention’s (NQC) board of directors. NQC 2023 will be held September 24-30, 2023, in Pigeon Forge, TN, at the LeConte Center

“In Touch Ministries is excited to be a part of the 2023 National Quartet Convention,” said Seth Grey, Chief Communications Officer of In Touch Ministries. “Southern Gospel music has been vital to the encouragement and discipleship of Christians worldwide. As an organization that features many music artists on the In Touch television program, we look forward to a week of inspiring music and meeting In Touch friends from around the country.”

Clarke Beasley, Executive Vice President of NQC, stated: “It is with extreme honor and pleasure that we welcome In Touch Ministries as title sponsor for the 2023 NQC. The Kingdom work that has been accomplished by Dr. Stanley and the entire In Touch Ministries team over the decades has had enormous impact on the body of Christ and we are thrilled to partner with them in our joint missions.”

Founded in 1977 by Dr. Charles Stanley, In Touch evolved out of a half-hour program called “The Chapel Hour,” which aired on Atlanta-area television stations. Today, the current “In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley” can be heard worldwide via radio and television broadcasts, podcasts, the handheld In Touch Ministries Messenger, In Touch apps, and online.

For more information on In Touch Ministries, visit

NQC 2023 will be held at the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge, TN, from September 24- September 30, 2023.

Nightly concerts will feature beloved artists such as the Whisnants, Mark Trammell Quartet, Greater Vision, Hoppers, Jim & Melissa Brady, Triumphant Quartet, Joseph Habedank, Littles, Jonathan Wilburn, Guardians, Tribute, Legacy Five, Lynda Randle, Inspirations, Kramers, and so many more!

More information on Showcase Spectacular lineups, Chapel Services, and guest speakers will be announced at a later date.

Seats for NQC 2023 are now on sale at

NQC – the National Quartet Convention – was founded in 1957 by gospel music legend and former backup vocalist for Elvis Presley, J.D. Sumner who co-produced the event with James Blackwood. The annual convention was moved in later years to Nashville, TN and then to Louisville, KY where it was held for 20 years. NQC is currently held at the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge, TN.

Armond Morales Passes Away

Posted on the Classic Imperials’ Facebook page:

Today we mourn the loss of our beloved Armond Morales
“He was born on a Thursday, February 25th, 1932 and is walking on the streets of gold into the arms of Jesus on Monday, December 5th, 2022. He gets to hear the words, well done a good and faithful servant!” Says Bonnie, Armond’s wife of 52 years.
Armond owned and managed the Imperials through every transition, from the very beginning. It was only 5 years ago, that Armond retired from management and the road. Even though Armond was no longer part of the public team, he was always available with his wonderful advice and encouragement.
We all knew Armond’s countless accolades but the accolade he was most committed to was his family. Bonnie and Jason, We are here for you. We are loving you and praying for you.
To our dear Armond… Life is such a short -dash- . Today you are standing in the Presence of The King. We will miss you until we join you once again for a great reunion.
The Imperials,
Paul Smith, Rick Evans, Ron Hemby

The Old Paths Announce Departure of Daniel Ashmore

Nashville, TN (December 8th, 2022) – The Old Paths have announced the departure of long-time bass singer, Daniel Ashmore.

Daniel Ashmore originally joined the quartet in 2011, and throughout the years has proven to be an integral part of the group’s well-rounded harmony and a delight to have on the road.  While he still has a deep passion for Southern Gospel and the countless friends he made along the way, Daniel was recently offered a position within his home church and feels as though the Lord has called him to take a step of faith into this new opportunity.  Tim Rackley, Doug Roark and Steve Ladd, the other members of the quartet, are all incredibly supportive of this new venture, and wish Daniel the very best in the days ahead.

The Old Paths will begin accepting applications from qualified bass singers interested in joining the quartet.  Submissions including a resume/bio, picture and vocal demo can be sent to

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Horizon & Sonlite Records announce collaborative trio Lauren, Amber & Kenna

Arden, North Carolina (December 7, 2022) — In a project rooted in one glorious moment of spontaneous music-making, Horizon & Sonlite Records artists Lauren Talley, known from her time with award-winning gospel group The Talleys and as a powerful soloist; Amber Eppinette Saunders, dynamic vocalist of 11th Hour, one of today’s leading Southern Gospel groups; and Kenna Turner West, a celebrated and award-winning songwriter and vocalist, are now bringing their personal talents and experiences together for a unique collaborative endeavor: Writing, recording and releasing music as a trio simply known as Lauren, Amber & Kenna.

The three — longtime friends and collaborators — were traveling when they shared a video on social media of themselves singing. When Horizon & Sonlite staff saw it, it sparked the idea for the trio.

“Who would have thought a Facebook video of three friends singing together in the car would have ended up here?!” says Lauren. “We’ve all been friends for a long time, we sing, we write, and now we’re putting it all together in a powerful way.”

“I am overjoyed to be working with two of my dearest friends,” says Amber. “We all have lived life full of testings, tragedies, and trials but we now have a testimony of how God has and is bringing us through. That is what this music will showcase, and I can’t wait for you all to hear our hearts through it.”

Kenna adds, “I am so grateful to Crossroads for this opportunity. The three of us have been like family for years, and now to be able to sing together — it’s an absolute joy! We each come at this with unique gifts and unique platforms of ministry, and when it all comes together, what we have collectively is something very special.”

With a vocal blend comparable to great collaborations both within and beyond the world of Gospel music — from the legendary Trio of Emmylou Harris, Dolly Partonand Linda Ronstadt to Sisters and Point of GraceLauren, Amber & Kennahave taken an expansive approach to their work, combining their individual and joint influences and interests to create music that ranges from Gospel to Worship, and CCM to Southern Gospel, yet always retaining both their distinctive individual voices and the common roots they share.

Already, the three have begun recording new music with Roger Talley producing, and their first single, “Ever-Present, Almighty God,” (written by Amber, Kenna and Jason Cox) will be released in early 2023.

“It’s a joy to work with these three talented ladies,” says Roger. “They have an incredible energy and passion in their singing and writing that makes their songs truly come alive. I’m so excited about the music that’s coming soon!”


Nashville, TN – Riding high on the heels of the success of their recent Top Five radio single, “Gonna Take It And Leave It”, New Haven Records and popular, multi-award winning quartet, Gold City has announced the release of a brand new single to radio. The sophomore single is the title cut from the group’s “Once And For All – The Songs of Doug Riley” recent recording on the New Haven label.  This album features newly named members, Chris Jenkins and Bruce Tallaferro, as well as long-time group member, Danny Riley and bass singer, Chris West. “Once And for All” is such a strong song about the work our Lord and Savior did at Calvary for our salvation,” Danny Riley shares. “It’s very humbling to think that Jesus would die on a cross to save us, but He did. The song is our offering of praise for the finished work of the cross.”

In October, Gold City hosted a live Facebook concert, debuting the new group, and the response has been overwhelming. “This has been an unusual year for Gold City,” Danny Riley explains, “with challenges and transitions, but God is faithful. He has always sent the people we needed at the time we needed them, and we are very blessed because He has done it once again. We are excited about the future of the group, and the new music God is allowing us to produce.”

Gold City is blessed with new personnel, as well as the success of their current recording, which is a tribute to Doug Riley, Danny’s brother, who was tragically killed in an automobile accident in 2006. “This recording is near and dear to my heart because all the songs were written by my late brother, Doug,” Danny conveys. “Doug’s testimony and heart are written into every song, and the gift of his music is his legacy to our family.”

“The Riley family has been a part of the New Haven family for a long time,” states New Haven President, Ken Harding. “It is truly an honor for us to have the opportunity to release this very special recording. It is a testimony of the impact Doug’s life made on so many people and the impact his life will continue to make for many years to come.”

The recording was truly a labor of love. “This recording honors my brother, my hero and best friend,” Danny Riley shares. “He wrote from his heart and these songs are as relevant today as they were when he wrote them many years ago.”

“Once And For All” is presently available on iTunes, Amazon and all other streaming platforms.