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.

 

‘Left Behind’ 20th Anniversary Remastered Releases

Los Angeles, CA (September 8, 2020)
Twenty years ago, conspiracy theories, misinformation campaigns, censorship, and a deadly virus infecting the world were all part of the thrilling plotlines from the LEFT BEHIND movies produced by Cloud Ten Pictures, based on the #1 New York Times Best Seller book series of the same name. Those movies were an overnight success and went on to sell more than ten million copies on VHS and DVD. Fast forward to 2020 and these ‘plotlines’ are now today’s daily headlines making Cinedigm’s September 1 release more relevant than ever.

Digitally remastered from a new 4K scan from 35MM and with a color upgrade, the 20th Anniversary Edition provides an incredible visual experience that will look great on today’s home entertainment systems. Based on the description of the end times laid out in the Bible, these movies pair perfectly with the film’s unwavering message of warning, preparedness and most importantly hope and salvation for all. The update also includes a slew of never-before-seen bonus features, including access to a full- length documentary exploring the rapture with the world’s foremost biblical scholars and theologians.

“The world we see on the news every day is scarier and more uncertain than it has been in at least a generation,” says LEFT BEHIND screenwriter, producer and Cloud Ten Pictures founder Paul Lalonde. “The world foretold in the Bible and dramatized in the LEFT BEHIND films has never been more real than it is now. It’s really happening, exactly as the Bible predicted thousands of years ago.”

The fear and uncertainty of the Book of Revelation comes to life in the LEFT BEHIND trilogy. Millions vanish, the society is in chaos, evil is lurking, the world is at war; this is the premise for the ground-breaking faith-based trilogy. Starring Kirk Cameron and Louis Gossett, Jr. the anniversary release features all three iconic films: Left Behind, Left Behind: Tribulation Force & Left Behind: World at War and all new bonus features including: the Hollywood premiere special, cast and crew interviews, additional footage, a candid interview with Kirk Cameron about the importance of faith and a featurette with Louis Gossett, Jr. Dove Approved for 12+ the series has become one of the best known faith-based series, changing the genre’s landscape for years to come.

Disc 1:
Left Behind  – NEW 4K SCAN FROM 35MM
Mass hysteria grips the world when millions of people suddenly vanish into thin air. The rapture prophesied in the Bible has happened, and those left behind scramble to find the truth in a world of turmoil and deception.

Special Features:
Left Behind: The Movie Bonus
Hollywood Premiere Special – Lost and Found Scenes!
Left Behind II: Tribulation Force Bonus
Unearthed Cast and Crew Interviews
Extra Behind-the-Scenes B-Roll Footage
Left Behind: World at War Bonus
Kirk Cameron’s Candid Interview on Sharing the Gospel
B-Roll of Cast and Crew filming scenes at ‘secret hideout’ set
Lou Gossett Jr. is a Class Act

Disc 2:
Left Behind II: Tribulation Force – NEW 4K SCAN FROM 35MM
Journalist Buck Williams (Kirk Cameron) and his “Tribulation Force” try to warn the world that their new world leader is not the Messiah, he is the exact opposite – the one the Bible calls the antichrist!

Left Behind: World at War
The world is now united under one man, Nicolae Carpathia (Gordon Currie) and the violence and mayhem seems to be under control. But with the help of Buck Williams, American President Gerald Fitzhugh (Lou Gossett Jr) fights back against the supernatural plot to deceive to world

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GloryWay Quartet Single ‘Nobody’ Hits Top 20 on Chart

Nashville, TN (September 8, 2020)
Gateway Southern Gospel group GloryWay Quartet recently learned that its latest radio single, “Nobody” has debuted at #11 in the Top 20 New Releases to radio on the SGN Scoops national chart. The single has caught on across the nation and has quickly become a hit for the Ohio based group. It is the first release from their new album, God You’re Amazing.

“Breaking out in the quartet world is tough to say the least. With so many incredible groups already fighting for radio airtime, it can be tough to gain the attention of the industry. GloryWay has become one of the few groups able to grab listeners attention and not let go. Their vocals are as strong as any group on the road and fans just love these guys,” stated Matt Felts, Gateway Management.

The group has already released a video online for “Nobody”, but a special edition is soon to be released. “Everywhere we go and sing this song, it connects with the crowd. People keep coming up to the table and saying that they are a nobody also. We wanted to include our friends and fans on this video” added Justin Crank. The special edition “Nobody” video will debut in the coming weeks.

“Nobody” video:

Visit: www.GloryWayQuartet.com

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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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The Collingsworth Family Shares ‘Worship from Home’

Nashville, TN (September 8, 2020)
When The Collingsworth Family gathered in their living room for a Facebook Live concert event, nobody knew just how special that time would be. What started from a heart to raise money for a worthy organization exceeded expectations and culminated in a powerful worship service. Now, they get to share that worship experience with you again. Worship from Home is an intimate, around-the-piano experience with one of America’s favorite Southern Gospel vocal groups.

On March 29, 2020, The Collingsworth Family decided to livestream a concert from their home to benefit Samaritan’s Purse. Just a few days prior, they felt the Lord compelling them to do an online fundraiser and had no idea how far reaching their efforts would be. The day of the event, they made a last-minute decision to record it for archival purposes. The songs they shared were encouraging and calming, something fans so desperately needed, as many states were going into government-imposed lockdowns that very week. Over 600,000 people viewed the online event, and more than $230,000.00 was raised for Samaritan’s Purse, which had just sent a relief team into New York City, the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic at that time.

The Collingsworth Family was thrilled to see what God had done with their act of obedience. Phil Collingsworth, Sr. shares, “When the cameras began to roll and we watched as our crew started the countdown clock to the moment we went live, we had no way of knowing what God had in store for us that evening. We watched as the number of views topped 200,000 and God’s people so generously gave to Samaritan’s Purse, but we didn’t have a clue what that would set in motion!”

Fans flooded their office with requests for CDs and DVDs of the event. Phil continues, “God knew the event would turn into a recording and now be released nationally. That is the God we serve; One who sees beyond what we can see.”

In addition to a newly penned song by Kim Collingsworth, “Joy Is Not Cancelled,” the song selections include hymns and classic songs of the faith they had never previously recorded. Distributed exclusively by Sony/Provident, Worship From Home is available now at digital and retail outlets worldwide and is sure to be an uplifting addition to your CD & DVD collections.

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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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New Day Artist Jaime Jamgochian Debut Album Due Oct 2

Nashville, TN (September 8, 2020)
New Day Christian Distributors is excited to welcome Contemporary Christian music artist, Jaime Jamgochian to its roster of exclusively distributed artists and labels. Jamgochian’s first single “All Things For My Good” debuted on Friday from her forthcoming album All Things set to release on October 2, 2020.

“I’ve been a huge fan of Jaime’s since the first time I saw her at a label showcase in 2004,” says Dusty Wells, Director of Label Relations for NDC. “It’s exciting to be able to work with someone who’s heart is in the right place: pointing people to Christ through worship. This new project for Jaime does just that, and New Day gets to take it to the Christian marketplace for both physical and digital formats. I now get to call her a friend, and personally am thrilled to be working alongside her.”

The Boston native found Jesus while studying at Berklee College of Music when she was 21 years of age. Jamgochian led worship at a Seattle-based church for several years following her tenure at Berklee where she signed her first record deal. Since then, the worship singer has moved to Nashville and continues to travel the world sharing the gospel.

“I am so excited for this new season of music,” says Jamgochian. “After overcoming some major health challenges last year, I wasn’t sure if recording music was in the cards for me ever again. But God is so good, and I pray that this album speaks to the hearts and souls of many.”

Jamgochian has also teamed up with Artist Resource Services, a subsidiary of NDC, to fulfill marketing efforts for her upcoming album, All Things.

Along with her distribution agreement, Jamgochian also signed a publishing deal with Curb/Word Publishing and business management agreement with Watershed Music Group.

Visit: https://www.jaimejam.com

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Ryman Auditorium 24 Hour Livestream Worship Event Planned

Nashville, TN (September 4, 2020)
In response to the chaos and turbulence seen across our nation, Harvest Sound International has announced its Pure River at the Ryman 24 hour livestream event. The 24 hour event will be livestreamed live from the historic Ryman Auditorium in downtown Nashville over the course of 2 days, September 21-22, 2020.

Pure River at the Ryman will feature leading artists from across a wide range of music, including Ricky Skaggs, Loretta Lynn, Alison Krauss, Michael W. Smith, The Katinas, Danny Gokey, Phil Keaggy, Jason Crabb, Rhonda Vincent, Eddie James, Beckah Shae, Jason Upton, and more. The worship event will be livestreamed live from the Ryman Auditorium throughout the two days of the event.

“We’re going to gather musicians from all over this city and region that’ll lift up the name of the Lord,” said the founder of the event, Pastor Scott MacLeod. “Go back to our roots in The Gospel with every Genre, every sound, releasing a pure song unto The Lord in a critical time when our nation is shaking to the core. We need God to rise up and fight for us. To bring us together, to make us one, to make us family again.”

“We’re going to have 24 hours over 2 days of praise and worship, music, prayer, in Nashville, for not just our city, but for our nation, and the nations of the world because our world needs Jesus now more than ever,” said Ricky Skaggs.

Pure River at the Ryman will feature a wide collection of artists spanning across genres. Every half hour, on the historic Ryman stage, bands (semi-unplugged) will perform via the Live Stream. As a part of the event’s efforts to return to the Ryman’s spiritual roots, each artist has been asked to prepare one hymn that has guided their life as part of their worship set.

Visit: www.harvestsoundinternational.com/pureriver

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Southern Gospel Music Association HOF Member Ed O’Neal Holds Book Signing

Kinston, NC (September 2, 2020)
Just a few short weeks ago, legendary bass singer and owner of the popular Dixie Melody Boys quartet, Ed O’Neal announced the release of a new memoir, One Old Man Can’t Be All That Bad. This past week, O’Neal was joined in his hometown of Kinston, NC, by many family, friends and fans at a book signing, held at Tanglewood Church. The event proved to be a great success and allowed the popular singer the opportunity to visit with members of his home community, as well as others who came to town, specifically for this special occasion.

Within the pages of One Old Man Can’t Be All That Bad, O’Neal shares stories from his youth, growing up in Raleigh, NC, as well as how he met the love of his life, Mama Joy, as she was affectionately known to the many alumni of Ed O’Neal University—the group of men who at one time were members of The Dixie Melody Boys. The 84-year old also shares all about the trendsetting DMB Band, who made waves in the mid-80s with their progressive musical stylings, as well as his various business ventures, and the many hijinks he has experienced with the cast of characters he has traveled with during his career.

Ed O’Neal’s love for his family, the people he has met through Gospel music, his desire to always present quality music, united with his desire to never compromise his responsibility to spread the Gospel are most evident within the pages of this historical account.

One Old Man Can’t Be All That Bad is available in paperback and Kindle version on Amazon.

Visit: www.dixiemelodyboys.com

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Ernie Haase & Signature Sound to Premiere Friday Night Sing Sep 11

Nashville, TN (September 2, 2020)
GRAMMY®-nominated, Dove Award-winning StowTown Records flagship artist Ernie Haase & Signature Sound 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.

Visit: www.erniehaase.com

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