Peg McKamey Bean Promoted To Heaven

Veteran Hall of Fame artist Peg McKamey Bean has completed her earthy journey, passing away December 26, 2023 from complications related to a stroke suffered on December 11, 2023.  

Peg McKamey was one of twelve children born to the late Rev. Ed and Velma McKamey.  They preceded her in death, as well as brothers Lynn, Albert, Bill, and Bud McKamey, and sisters Mae Pyke, Dora Horton, and Mary Brook. 

In 1954, as a teenager, she and her sisters Carol and Dora formed a family trio, The McKameys.  Three years later, they asked a young man who would eventually become her husband, Ruben Bean, to play the guitar for them. On June 29, 1959, Peg and Ruben were united in marriage.  None of the group imagined the ministry of the McKameys would continue to grow, achieve national recognition, and sustain for some 60+ years.  In 1980, after nearly three decades of part-time touring, Peg and her family would take the steps to make theirs a full-time ministry. In 1984, the McKameys scored their first national number one song, “Who Put The Tears In The Eyes Of The Lamb.” It would be a song featuring Peg called “God On The Mountain” that would become their signature song, a career-making hit that would forever solidify the group as undeniably successful and fan-favorites everywhere. Much of the group’s success could be attributed to Peg and her ability to pick great songs, read a crowd, and the enthusiastic way she worshiped as they performed. The group thrilled audiences and shared the gospel message with sincerity and passion on numerous stages until November 2019, when the group officially retired from full-time touring.  During her career, Peg won the Singing News Fan Award for Favorite Female Singer seven times (1989-1994, 2002) and was the recipient of the Norcross-Templeton Award in 2011.  She was inducted into the Southern Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame in 2016. 

Peg is survived by her husband, Ruben Bean, daughters Connie Fortner and Sheryl Farris, sons Michael Bean and Brian Bean, several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is also survived by sister Carol (Jess) Woodard whom she toured and ministered with over 30 years, as well as brothers, Robert McKamey, Jay McKamey, and Andy McKamey.  

Funeral arrangements are incomplete but will be announced when Singing News is made aware of them. Please pray for Ruben and the family.

Written by Barbara Huffman.

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Exciting Plans For NQC 2024

SEVIERVILLE, TN – The National Quartet Convention, Southern Gospel Music’s largest annual event, which takes place each September in Pigeon Forge, TN, has announced plans to change it’s stage configuration from an end-stage setting to a center-stage setting. “Due to distancing protocols that were in place as a result of the world-wide pandemic, we made the change from center stage to an end-stage configuration when we produced the NQC Fall Festival in lieu of the regular Convention during the Covid shutdown in 2020,” states NQC Executive Vice President, Clarke Beasley.
The Convention continued with the end-stage configuration from 2021 until this year as it offered production and cost advantages; however, as Beasley states, the decision has been made to return to the center-stage configuration in an effort to make the overall Convention experience better for the faithful NQC attendees. “We have conducted a number of surveys with event attendees and the results have revealed a strong desire for us to return to the center stage.”
Returning to the center-stage configuration allows the event to return to the identity that made the NQC so popular for over 30 years. “We are very excited to return to this configuration. We believe it will make for an even greater experience to those attending the event,” Beasley states.
According to Beasley and the NQC Board, the primary benefit of the center-stage is that the farthest row from the stage is half the distance to the stage as the farthest row in the end-stage configuration. It also offers more premium seats for customers, as well as more aisle seats, which will create a much more intimate setting in the elaborate LeConte Center, home for the annual event.
Tickets are currently off sale for the 2024 event while iTickets, the event’s point of purchase entity, re-seats season ticket holders, tour and church groups and those who have already purchased tickets. According to Beasley, tickets will go back on sale the middle of January for the 2024 event, which takes place September 22-28.
Complete information regarding the 2024 National Quartet Convention is available by visiting natqc.com.

Sea Walker Media Expands Executives’ Roles

Nashville, TN. December 4, 2023 — Singing News, a prominent figure in Southern Gospel music and a key player in the industry, is proud to announce a strategic expansion of its executive team to further fuel growth and innovation. Effective May 2023, key leadership roles have been reassigned, reflecting the company’s commitment to fostering industry development and broadening its influence.

Scott Godsey, who has been at the helm as President/CEO and co-founder of Sea Walker Media Corp. and its affiliated brands since May 2021, continues to be a driving force behind the organization. His passion and visionary leadership have played a pivotal role in creating opportunities for the industry to thrive.

In a strategic move to fortify its leadership team, Jack Armstrong has been appointed as the Chairman of The Board for Sea Walker Media Corporation. With his successful business career extending beyond the Southern Gospel music realm, Armstrong brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the position. Additionally, he manages the historic Bibletones Quartet, further contributing to his extensive understanding of the industry. Armstrong’s new role will focus on initiatives directed at expanding the company’s footprint and solidifying growth in the market.

Vonda Armstrong, alongside Jack, has also joined the Board of Directors for Sea Walker Media Corporation, bringing a wealth of experience and insights to contribute to the strategic direction of the organization. Vonda also serves as the Media Director for Singing News Brands and has a long track record of success in media.

Ray Flynn, a co-founder of Sea Walker Media Corp., now assumes the pivotal role of Chief Corp. Negotiations Officer. Flynn’s multifaceted contributions  have been instrumental in steering the corporation through successful acquisitions, managing day-to-day operations, and shaping the overall strategic direction of the affiliated brands. His extensive business acumen continues to be an invaluable asset in positioning Singing News as a leading force in the industry.

The realignment of these executive roles is a testament to Singing News‘ commitment to driving innovation, fostering growth, and reinforcing its standing in Southern Gospel music. The company is poised to leverage the diverse skill sets and experiences of its leadership team to usher in a new era of success. For media inquiries or additional information, please contact: office@singingnews.com

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SEA WALKER MEDIA CORPORATION headquarters are based in Hendersonville, TN, just minutes from Nashville, and is led by President and Chief Executive Officer, co-Founder, Scott Godsey, Chairmen Of The Board, Jack Armstrong, Chief Corp. Negotiations Officer and co-Founder, Ray Flynn, and Vice President of Singing News, Danny Jones. SEA WALKER MEDIA encompasses Singing News.

Poet Voices Announces New Member

Nashville TN – Multi-award winning group, Poet Voices (pictured in attached jpg #1), is proud to announce the addition of tenor vocalist, Jeff Snyder (pictured in attached jpg #2). Jeff is the Director of Worship at Valley Forge Freewill Baptist Church in Elizabethton, TN. He and his wife, Melissa, have three children.
“I know beyond any shadow of a doubt that God orchestrated this move,” Jeff shares. “We have seen His hand during every step of this process, and I am confident that we are operating in His will. I am thrilled to be able to share the stage with Poet Voices and to be a part of a brand that I see as vital to this genre I love so much. I am also looking forward to getting to sing some songs that have made an impact on my life for many years.”
Poet Voices founder, Phil Cross is thrilled to welcome Jeff to Poet Voices. “We are blown away with Jeff’s talent and his character,” Phil states. “He is all that we prayed for and so much more!” Poet Voices manager, Donny Henderson, continues, “I have really enjoyed getting to know Jeff and his family. The kids are amazing, and you can tell that Jeff and Melissa have raised them the right way. This is an exciting time for Poet Voices, and we are blessed to have the Snyder family on our team.”
Poet Voices is set to release their debut recording on the Stowtown Records label in early summer 2024. Complete information regarding exciting upcoming events, as well as a complete touring schedule is available at www.poetvoices.net.

Hyssongs Reach Agreement With Beckie Simmons Agency

November 27, 2023 (Nashville, TN) The Hyssongs are excited to announce that they have reached a booking agreement with The Beckie Simmons Agency (BSA) .
“We are thrilled to be working with such an illustrious and hard-working group of people. We have known Beckie Simmons and her BSA team for several years. After prayerful consideration, we knew this was a perfect fit for our family. Their standard of excellence gives us great confidence in their ability to represent and manage our schedule,” states Dell Hyssong.
“BSA is very thankful to now be a part of The Hyssongs’ Ministry,” says Beckie Simmons. “I have always loved family harmony and with the added trumpet and trombone instrumentation, which is very rare, yet so widely accepted and embraced, they are unique! An added bonus is Dell Hyssong’s radio and TV ministry, seen and heard on Moody Broadcasting, Sirius/XM Family Talk, GEB (Direct TV) Channel 363, plus 70 additional networks. Their versatility as a group with an ordained minister is a blessing. Welcome!”
The Hyssongs, who began in 1996, include Dell, Susan, and Richard Hyssong. They have been nominated as one of the top 10 trios each year since 2014 and have topped the Singing News radio charts five times. Their energetic ministry combines family vocal harmony, humor, and brass instruments (trumpet and trombone) to delight audiences with their Christ centered message, shared through the powerful medium of music.
Beckie Simmons Agency is celebrating 27 years of booking some of the biggest names in gospel music. BSA is one of the premier artist agencies and is dedicated to working with both artists and promoters in furthering the gospel message through the avenue of music.
To schedule The Hyssongs for your church, concert, or ministry event, call The Beckie Simmons Agency (615) 595-7500 or email beckie@bsaworld.com. For more information about the Hyssongs, go to www.thehyssongs.com.

Joseph Habedank Speaks At Rehab In Dominican Republic

 

Nashville, TN (November 21st, 2023) – In the midst of a busy week at sea aboard the Gaither Caribbean Cruise, Dove Award-winning artist Joseph Habedank took a moment to reach out to a special group of individuals.  Accompanied by Country Music Hall of Famer Jimmy Fortune, the duo made a trip to Centro De Rehabilitacion Cristo Transforma, a rehabilitation center in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, where they had the unique opportunity to share their testimonies with a small group of attendees.
 
“I’ve had the privilege of telling my story at every concert event for the last decade, but this one was special,” shares the GRAMMY® nominated singer/songwriter.  “On the outside, I have very little in common with these special people: we live in different countries with different backgrounds and do not even speak the same language.  However, we have Jesus in common.  The power of His grace and redemption reaches far beyond the borders of any country or language barriers and has touched their lives the same way it touched mine.  It was an honor to encourage them, even briefly, in their walk to long-term sobriety.”
 
The visit to Centro Cristo Transforma was arranged by Wayne Duley, a former member of the Gaither road crew who now works at the facility in the Dominican. The non-profit ministry is based in Christian principles and is dedicated to reaching, treating and restoring people trapped in drug use, abuse and addiction, as well as educating and researching the problem of drug addiction.  Habedank continues, ”While addiction is a prevalent issue touching the lives of so many Americans, the struggles are not limited to any one country, demographic, race, or gender.  God can use these trials to reach the lost and hurting, and make them receptive to the Gospel.  It’s a common bond we can use to let them know that each and every one of us is in need of God’s grace in our lives.”             
 
To learn more about Joseph Habedank, follow him on social media or visit josephhabedank.com.

 

“Battle Of The Songs” Returns To Fort Worth, TX

The Original W.B. NOWLIN “Battle of Songs” Concerts Return to Fort Worth, Texas for three days! May 30 – June 1, 2024.

The iconic W.B. NOWLIN “Battle of Songs” is set to make a grand return to Fort Worth, Texas, from May 30 to June 1, 2024. This eagerly anticipated event announces a lineup of renowned artists that will have characteristics of W.B. Nowlin’s historic “Battle of Songs” concerts.

The festival announcement today boasts an impressive roster of artists including The Martins, Jeff and Sheri Easter, Joseph Habedank, Goodman Revival, Blackwood Brothers, The Inspirationals Quartet of Texas, Triumphant Quartet, The Inspirations, Mark Trammell Quartet, Dennis Swanberg and Master Of Ceremonies, Duane Garren.

Ron Wills, a passionate advocate for preserving the legacy of Gospel Music in Fort Worth, has spearheaded the resurgence of this incredible musical experience. Collaborating with esteemed promoters Paul Belcher, Duane Garren, John Rulapaugh, and Scott Godsey, Wills aims to recreate the spirit of the original “Battle of Songs” concerts.

Ron Wills says,  “After the end of World War II, W.B. Nowlin began promoting Gospel sings throughout the United States, particularly in the southwestern states. He became known for a regular promotion billed as the ‘Battle of Songs,’ an event that placed popular gospel quartets on stage in friendly head-to-head competition. Paul Belcher carried this concept on in Fort Worth for many years, and we are excited to have him a part of this organization in 2024! We are honored to bring this concept back to Will Rogers Memorial Center and share it with new generations.”

Tickets for the three-day event will officially go on sale soon. Music enthusiasts are encouraged to secure their seats early for this extraordinary event.

For additional information and updates, please visit battleofsongsfortworth.com.

Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of W.B. NOWLIN’s Original “Battle of Songs”, a celebration of Gospel music’s rich heritage.

Dove-Award Winning Songwriter Teams With Focus On The Family For New Parents’ Devotional

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO. – Focus on the Family, in partnership with Tyndale House Publishers, has announced the release of Lord, Help Me Pray for My Kids: 365 Heartfelt Prayers for Parents by Tony Wood.
Tony, who has written lyrics for such artists as Joseph Habedank, Jason Crabb, Triumphant Quartet, Booth Brothers, Gaither Vocal Band, Karen Peck & New River, the Martins, Jim & Melissa Brady, the Nelons, Gold City, Brian Free & Assurance, and many others, crafted prayers for each day of the year for parents and loved ones to pray over their children. Each day has a theme, and topics include friendships, siblings, anger, forgiveness, missions, and more.
“As parents, when we talk to God about our children, we are so often caught up with their immediate needs and whatever stress-inducing event is right before us. We have long term virtues and characteristics we wish to see in them but don’t often get past the tyranny of the urgent to actually pray for these qualities. The prayers in this book are designed to jump-start a mom or dad each day, lifting up their child to God,” said songwriter Tony Wood.
“Tony Wood is a true wordsmith, and his parental prayers in this book will help moms and dads everywhere give heart-touching voice to their hopes and dreams for their children,” said Larry Weeden, editor in chief, book publishing and content development at Focus on the Family.
In addition to the book, Tony has released a series of songs that highlight themes from the book. You can find these on all streaming platforms under “Songs Inspired by Lord, Help Me Pray For My Kids.” Music videos for these are available @TonyWoodSongs on YouTube.com. More information about this release can be found at www.tonywoodonline.com.

StowTown Records Celebrates Christmas with Release of Not So Silent Night by 3 Heath Brothers

Nashville, TN – In a true representation of the joy of Christmas, Not So Silent Night by 3 Heath Brothers is a perfect album to kick off the Christmas season. StowTown Records makes this album available at all digital music outlets this Friday, November 17, via Provident/Sony Distribution.

Brothers Nicholas, Christian and Clayton Heath partnered with acclaimed producer and arranger David T. Clydesdale for this ten song album which includes familiar carols, covers of popular Christmas tunes and an original song as well. Making this project extra special is the inclusion of orchestral arrangements recorded with The City Of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. “Since we began singing we’ve dreamed about doing a Christmas record,” shares Nicholas Heath, “but honestly we had no idea what a dream come true this project would be. David T. Clydesdale was a name I had seen all over the place: Sandi Patty, Disney and most of the church choir music – David has worked with so many artists in some form. For him to have such a prominent influence on this project is still surreal to me. And working with the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra was just amazing. What a huge sound and what an awesome experience!”

Everyone will enjoy singing along with familiar carols such as “O Come All Ye Faithful” and “I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” both of which include lush orchestrations to complement the vocal arrangements. Popular Christmas tunes include “What God Wants For Christmas,” made popular by country music singer Darius Rucker, and “Mary Did You Know.” But the 3 Heath Brothers shine brightest on the song they wrote, the title cut, “Not So Silent Night.” The energy and fun for which they are known is perfectly captured in this song celebrating the joy, love and reason for our Christmas celebrations.

“When I first saw the 3 Heath Brothers in person I was filled with joy and hope,” reflects StowTown Records co-founder Ernie Haase. “Now, with their first StowTown release, Not So Silent Night, they are bringing that same creative energy to the greatest story of all time: God with us! All I can say is buckle up! This is the pure joy unleashed!” The 3 Heath Brothers are just as excited for this new partnership. “To us, StowTown Records has always been the gold standard when it comes to Gospel music. Their insight, attention to detail and their track record with taking artists to the next level has always impressed us. For us to be working with them is very exciting!”

Not So Silent Night is the perfect addition to your Christmas music library and playlist.