Brian Free and Assurance brings the “Say Amen” story to life
(Hendersonville, TN – July 25, 2014) After the success of their first concept video, Brian Free and Assurance has recently been back behind the camera again, diligently working on the release of the group’s second such effort for the increasingly-popular song “Say Amen.”
“Say Amen” was penned by Kenna West, Jason Cox and Michael Farren, and it’s the first release on the group’s latest project, “Unashamed.” The song has rapidly risen to the No. 2 position on the Singing News Magazine Top 80 Chart in just its fourth month since the song’s release. It debuted at No. 32 before rising to the ninth position in its second month and then elevating to the No. 3 spot for August.
The male quartet previously comprised an award-winning concept video for the 2012 song, “I Want To Be That Man,” which was co-written by Ricky Free and Lee Black.
“Brian Free and Assurance keeps delivering amazing songs on every project,” Daywind Records vice president and A & R director Scott Godsey – who served as the producer and director of the video – explains. “We are thankful for the opportunity to work with these guys on the ‘Say Amen’ video production. Our hope is that this video will go beyond our normal borders and branch out to new media sources. This is without a doubt one of the best songs that I've heard in Southern Gospel Music.”
Brian Free and Assurance is a Daywind Records recording artist, and Daywind held a contest in April that encouraged fans to send in their testimonies, telling what God had done for them to make them “Say Amen.” The winner of the contest was Jim Hutson – a Columbus, Ind., resident – who has part of his story unfold in the video.
Filming for the video took place in the Gallatin and Hendersonville areas, which are suburbs of Nashville, Tenn.
“We had an amazing time recording the new video,” points out Brian Free, the group’s manager and tenor singer. When you watch the video or hear this song, just think about all of the things God has done in your life.”
Daywind Records is home to an award-winning roster of artists, including Greater Vision, Karen Peck and New River, Legacy Five and the Nelons. Daywind is distributed to retail through New Day Christian Distributors, Select-O-Hits, and all major digital outlets, including iTunes. For more information, visit daywindrecords.com or contact Amanda Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on Brian Free and Assurance, visit brianfreeandassurance.com.
Cathedrals Family Reunion Announcement
The McKameys Announce The Release Of Their 50th Recording
There is no more beloved group in Southern Gospel music than the legendary McKameys. With the most #1 hits in Southern Gospel history, a dedicated following, and a faithful message for the masses, their great music and unwavering dedication to the Lord have stood the test of time. Now we celebrate with them the release of their fiftieth recording! 50 is spiced with sweet simplicity, family harmony, faithfulness, the joy of knowing Jesus, and so many more positive attributes that are inherently woven throughout this historic recording. From the powerful “I’m Gonna Die on the Battlefield” to “The Coming of The Lord,” there is something for every McKamey fan and follower on this milestone musical project. The album starts with a remake of their very first recorded song, “Don’t Forget the Family Prayer,” complete with an intro pulled from the original cut. “There is Jesus” sums up beautifully what their music ministry has always been about. 50. It's an artistic accomplishment few groups realize and, Lord willing, The McKameys are only halfway home! Go to mckameysonline.com to order!
The Talleys and Tribute announce the debut of the "Good News! He's Alive!" Tour in 2015
Nashville, TN - (May 27th, 2014) The iconic Talleys have enjoyed many years at the forefront of gospel music, with 11 number one singles, while Tribute is one of the most exciting, dynamic new groups seen in many years. They are quickly making their mark in the gospel music world with their number one hit, "Good News From Jerusalem." This tour will combine the best of both artists and feature some unique, crowd-pleasing collaborations, including partnerships with church choirs.
"Anytime we get together with the Tribute guys, we know we're gonna laugh and have fun," Roger Talley grins. "The 2 groups compliment each other well and that allows us to do some very creative things with music and media."
Gary Casto says, "We are alike in our minds and hearts when it comes to the message in our music, so I think it's just natural to come together for this tour. I'm expecting God to do great things!"
To bring the "Good News! He's Alive!" Tour to your area, contact the Harper Agency at 615-851-4500.
The Singing News Fan Awards is the Southern Gospel industry's premiere awards show, featuring winners chosen directly by the readers of the Singing News Magazine. We're happy to announce that several of The Harper Agency’s artists have been nominated in several categories of the Top 5 Fan Awards. To subscribe and vote on the nominations, visit www.singingnews.com. Congratulations to the following:
- Booth Brothers
- Brian Free & Assurance
- Legacy Five
- Mark Trammell Qt
- Booth Brothers
- Karen Peck & New River
- Bishop, Mark
Favorite Male Singer
- Booth, Ronnie - Booth Brothers
Favorite Female Singer
- Gooch, Karen Peck - Karen Peck & New River
- Stuffle, Libbi - Perrys
- Whisnant, Susan - Whisnants
- Clark, Riley Harrison - Tribute Qt
- Fortner, Eli - McKameys
- Ivey, Trey - Legacy Five
- Booth, Michael - Booth Brothers
- Free, Brian - Brian Free & Assurance
- Booth, Ronnie - Booth Brothers
- Fowler, Scott - Legacy Five
- Brady, Jim - Booth Brothers
- Singletary, Josh - Tribute Qt
- Trammell, Mark - Mark Trammell Qt
- Barker, Pat - Mark Trammell Qt
- Stuffle, Tracy - Perrys
- Alvey, Lauren Talley - Talleys
- Gooch, Karen Peck - Karen Peck & New River
- Yeary, Sonya Isaacs - Isaacs
- Stuffle, Libbi - Perrys
- Whisnant, Susan - Whisnants
- Isaacs Band
- Bishop, Mark
- Brady, Jim
- Revival - Karen Peck & New River
- Your Walk Talks - Mark Trammell Qt
- A Hill Worth Dying On – McKameys
- Calvary’s Cry - Brian Free & Assurance
- He Can Move That Stone – Whisnants
- I See Grace - Booth Brothers
- Living In The Palace - Legacy Five
- Long Live the King - The Old Paths
- Revival - Karen Peck & New River
Brian Free & Assurance select winner
for “Say Amen” contest
Hendersonville, TN - (May 6th, 2014) Brian Free & Assurance have announced the winner of their “Say Amen” fan contest. In celebration of their new project, Unashamed, Brian Free & Assurance hosted a contest where fans were encouraged to send in their testimony and tell what God has done for them to make them “Say Amen.” The prize winner will have their story featured in the group’s forthcoming music video for their current radio hit “Say Amen.”
Jim Hutson of Columbus, IN was selected as the winner of the contest. Brian Free & Assurance are thrilled to incorporate his unique testimony into their music video for the hit single. The album, Unashamed, released April 22, 2014 and is now available both online and in stores.
Scott Godsey, AR Director at Daywind Records stated, “Brian Free and Assurance get better with every CD they make. The songs on "Unashamed" will certainly touch people who purchase this CD. Say Amen is being played all across the nation and we hope to bring this song alive in a new way through the creation of a music video. Congratulations to Jim Hutson and thank you for allowing us to use your story in this production.”
Daywind Records is home to a great roster of artists such as Brian Free and Assurance, Karen Peck and New River, the Tribute Quartet, and Legacy Five. Daywind is distributed to retail through New Day Christian Distributors.
For more information on Brian Free and Assurance, please visit BrianFreeandAssurance.com.
CATHEDRALS FAMILY REUNION RETURNS HOME TO AKRON, OH
Select Tour Dates Announced Due To Overwhelming Demand
April 22, 2013 (Nashville, TN) – Today IMC Management, in association with Showcase Media, announced plans for the Cathedrals Family Reunion Tour in select cities. Due to the overwhelming response to the original event held in Dallas, TX in November 2013, organizers have planned for six special weekends during 2014 and 2015 that will place the event within 500 miles of most of the population of the United States.
It all kicks off where it all began, in Akron, Ohio - the birthplace of the Cathedral Quartet. The Akron Civic Center will welcome Cathedral aficionados November 7-8, 2014 as Danny Funderburk, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, Greater Vision, Legacy Five, and the Mark Trammell Quartet, once again, join together to honor the legacy of the Cathedral Quartet.
Today Scott Fowler, Danny Funderburk, Ernie Haase, Mark Trammell and Gerald Wolfe made the special announcement in a video from the Younce family home in Akron.
As with the original event, each weekend will focus on celebrating the legacy of the iconic Cathedral Quartet, featuring music from each of the current artists as well as the very special Cathedrals Family Reunion quartet. The weekend event will also feature memorabilia displays, special matinees, a behind the scenes Q&A, a chance to tour "Silhouette," the last tour bus the Cathedrals used and much more!
"We planned the original Cathedrals Family Reunion as a one-time weekend event," said Landon Beene, IMC Management. "Immediately after the event and consistently, the IMC Concerts office and the artists were flooded with requests to "do it again" or "take it on tour." Today, we are excited to announce that we have heard your voice and we are taking the Cathedrals Family Reunion on the road!"
Each tour city has been strategically planned to be within a 500-mile radius of most of the United States of America so that as many people as possible can experience this wonderful weekend of music and memories.
In addition to the tour, a preview of the Cathedrals Family Reunion event will take place during a special matinee performance at the 2014 NQC in Pigeon Forge, TN this September.
Tickets for the hometown weekend in Akron, OH will go on sale April 28, 2014 at 10:00 AM EST. More information can be found online at www.CathedralsFamilyReunion.com
CATHEDRALS FAMILY REUNION DATES:
Sept. 24, 2014 - Pigeon Forge, TN (Matinee preview performance only)
Nov. 7-8, 2014 - Akron, OH
Nov. 14-15, 2014 - Fort Worth, TX
Jan. 16-15, 2015 - Orlando, FL
Apr. 24-25, 2015 - Denver, CO
Jul. 17-18, 2015 - Lancaster, PA
Oct. 9-10, 2015 - Branson, MO
*More to be announced at a later date!
Harper Agency Artists Karen Peck & New River, Isaacs, Booth Brothers and Tribute QT Winners at 2014 AGM Awards
The 2014 Absolutely Gospel Music (AGM) Awards were handed out this week at a special concert celebration in Smyrna, Tennessee. The Isaacs were the night’s big winners.
The Isaacs took home five awards during the program. The group was awarded their second consecutive Mixed Group of the Year title and first ever Best Live Performer. Ben Isaacs took home Producer of the Year (Artist) while songwriting sibling Becky & Sonya Isaacs won Songwriter of the Year (Artist). Becky Isaacs Bowman was also recognized as Musician of the Year for the first time in her career.
Perennial favorites Karen Peck & New River took home an outstanding three awards as well. The group won their third consecutive Song of the Year title (for the #1 hit “Revival”). The group also won the coveted Album of the Year ovation (for Revival) as well as Progressive Song of the Year (also for “Revival”).
The Absolutely Gospel Music Awards are an annual award handed out each year by the staff at AbsolutelyGospel.com. Each January, the staff and select media representative decide upon the nominees in over twenty categories. In February of that year, the readers of the site are then allowed to vote for their favorites in 12 categories. This is the thirteenth year the awards have been in existence.
2014 Absolutely Gospel Music Award winners represented by the Harper Agency were:
Song of the Year: "Revival" - Karen Peck and New River (written by Karen Peck Gooch, Don Poythress, and Kenna West)
Album of the Year: Revival - Karen Peck & New River (produced by Wayne Haun)
Male Group of the Year: Booth Brothers
Mixed Group of the Year: The Isaacs
Songwriter of the Year (Artist): Becky & Sonya Isaacs (The Isaacs)
Producer of the Year (Artist): Ben Isaacs (The Isaacs)
Musician of the Year: Becky Isaacs Bowman (The Isaacs)
Traditional Song of the Year: "Good News From Jerusalem" - Tribute Quartet (written by Jerry Salley & Dianne Wilkinson)
Progressive Song of the Year: "Revival” - Karen Peck & New River (written by Karen Peck Gooch, Don Poythress, and Kenna West)
Best Live Performer: The Isaacs
Perrys Complete Debut Release with StowTown Records
NASHVILLE, TN (March 20, 2014) – The Perrys, undisputedly one of the most legendary groups in Southern Gospel history, have reached yet another milestone by completing their first recording in the studio with StowTown Records.
When it comes to new music releases this year, The Perrys’ “Into His Presence” CD is the one that fans and industry insiders alike have been waiting to hear, and the project hits retailon April 8, 2014. StowTown co-founders Ernie Haase and Wayne Haun (also the producer of the project) have been just as eager for this day to come, since they celebrated the signing of The Perrys to an exclusive contract on October 28, 2013.
Highly awarded during their 41-year fascinating career, The Perrys’ roster currently includes Libbi Perry Stuffle—the unforgettable alto who carries on the family legacy, along with her husband and beloved bass singer Tracy Stuffle, their son Jared (JK) Stuffle representing a new generation on bass vocals, lead singer David Ragan, and baritone Bryan Walker.
"I Can Trust Him" has already been shipped to radio as the debut single from the CD, and now fans can finally hear the rest of the story, since they have been eagerly watching the project unfold through posts by group members on social media. Few artists can claim a more devoted group of listeners, and this fan base has become even more loyal during the past year of praying The Perrys through new challenges and opportunities during the ongoing recovery of Tracy Stuffle after his initial stroke in January, 2013. Libbi Stuffle is quick to say that the eleven songs on the project “no doubt came from the Lord,” and it is her prayer that the songs “uplift, encourage and strengthen His children,” just as they have ministered to her.
To kick off the project’s release to retail and this new chapter for The Perrys, a release party for “Into His Presence” will be held on April 8, 2014, at LifeWay Christian Store in Hendersonville, TN. The festivities begin at 6:30 PM with a live performance by The Perrys, followed by a meet–and–greet, and CD signing opportunity for fans.
Into His Presence
When He Comes Walking on the Water
I Can Trust Him
Lord, I'm Thankful
Sooner Than Later
Three Men on a Mountain
I Owe Him Everything
Just Stand Still
Privilege of Prayer
Legacy Five Announces Release of New Album "Great Day"
Hendersonville, TN - March 14, 2014 Legacy Five’s new album, "Great Day" , is set to release on March 25th, 2014. The album has already garnered much fan attention when the group allowed the public to vote for the album cover photo. Nearly 2,500 votes were cast.
“After listening to some 200 songs, I am very confident that we have assembled a stellar collection of music… perhaps the best ever for Legacy Five. Combine that with the genius of Lari Goss and you are well on your way to a great recording. Add in five pretty great guys and what do you have? One amazing and "Great Day"….our brand new recording on Daywind Records,” beamed Scott Fowler of Legacy Five.
In celebration of the new CD Legacy Five is giving away a free download for the song “Christ Is Still King” before the album releases. The first 1,000 fans to email email@example.com will receive the free download.
Ed Leonard, President of Daywind Records states, “Scott Fowler and the guys have recorded a fantastic album. This is their best one yet.”
Legacy Five has enjoyed more success in their short career than many groups experience in decades. They have been nominated for some 75 Singing News fan awards. The Southern Gospel Music Association honored Legacy Five with Recording of the year and they have had 2 Dove Award nominations.
The rich four and five-part harmony that Legacy Five has become noted for are the result of a masterful weaving together of five unique and versatile talents. Matt Fouch sings the bass, Scott Howard sings the baritone, Scott Fowler sings the Lead, Gus Gaches sings the tenor and Trey Ivey is the group’s pianist.
Legacy Five is on Daywind Records along with such artists as Greater Vision, Brian Free & Assurance, Karen Peck and New River, the Browders and more. Daywind is distributed to Christian retail by New Day Christian Distributors (www.newdaychristian.com) and to the general market by Select O Hits.
For more information on Daywind, visit www.daywindrecords.com or contact Amanda Martin at 1-800-635-9581.
For more information on Legacy Five, visit www.legacyfive.com
Harper Agency Artists Nominated As Top 10 Finalists
The Harper Agency is proud to announce that several of its artists received nominations in the first round of voting for the SINGING NEWS FAN AWARDS. The Singing News Fan Awards will be presented by the NQC on Friday, September 26, 2014. Congratulations to all of our agency's
A listing of nominated artists can be viewed here: http://www.singingnews.com/Southern-Gospel-News/11708801/
Crist Family Announces Retirement
After traveling full-time for the last ten years, The Crist Family has decided that it is time to come off the road.
With John and Tami Starkel's recent decision to pursue some new paths at this time in their lives, along with the Crist girls getting married and looking to start families of their own, it is evident that this chapter in The Crist Family is coming to a close."One thing is certain," says Rich Crist of The Crist Family, "life will have changes. It was a major time of change ten years ago when God called us into full-time ministry. Now, with this change, we are looking forward to see where He takes us next. It has been a wonderful journey and we will forever be grateful for the friendships we have made along the way."
Following their West Coast Tour in February, The Crist Family will finish out 2014 with "Farewell Concerts" on a limited basis.
"We thank God, Crossroads, The Harper Agency, our peers and all of the Southern Gospel Music fans. Thank you for the love and support you have shown to us along the way. We will always love you!"
The Crist Family
Crist Family products will continue to be available through
Crossroads Entertainment & Marketing, Inc.
Please visit at: www.crossroadsmusic.com
Tribute Quartet Joins Daywind Family
Hendersonville, TN (January 28, 2014) Daywind Records is pleased to announce the addition of Tribute Quartet to its roster of artists. Tribute is no stranger to Southern Gospel Music fans. The group was formed in 2006 by two former members of the Wilburns, Gary Casto and Josh Singletary. Those two are now joined on stage by tenor singer Riley Harrison Clark and bass singer Anthony Davis. The group received the Singing News Fan Award for Horizon Group of the Year in 2008. Their hit song, “Good News from Jerusalem” was nominated for the Singing News Fan Awards’ Song of the Year in 2013.
“Tribute Quartet is thrilled to be joining the Daywind family,” shared Gary Casto. “At this season in our ministry, after just celebrating our seventh year together, we are excited about the opportunity to work with this award-winning team as we continue to make great music for years to come.”
Added Josh Singletary, “It's exciting to watch an entity grow. Even more, a ministry. Tribute has seen a lot of growth over 7 years and each spurt has been a breath of fresh air. This is no exception. I am tickled to be a part of the Daywind family and anticipate a bright and productive future!”
The group has experienced some of its greatest success with its latest project, “Our Anthem.” Three of the songs on the project – “Good News from Jerusalem,” “Homesick Angel” and “God’s Gonna Send a Revival” – have experienced considerable success on the Singing News Magazine Top-80 Chart. “Good News from Jerusalem” was a No. 1 song in August of 2013 and was nominated for Song of the Year.
“Tribute has rapidly ascended to prominence in the Southern Gospel industry, and they are showing no signs of slowing down,” Daywind president Ed Leonard said. “We are excited to have the opportunity to work with such young, enthusiastic men and look forward to having the group as part of our growing roster of artists for a long time to come.”