The Josh & Ashley Franks “HOMETOWN SING” will be held in Savannah, TN on Saturday Night, March 11th and Sunday, March 12th. The 6:00p.m., Saturday March 11 event, will be held at the Hardin County High School Auditorium. The one big super southern gospel night will showcase “KAREN PECK & NEW RIVER”, “THE PERRYS”, “THE BOWLING FAMILY”, and host group “JOSH & ASHLEY FRANKS”. Then on Sunday, March 12, at 10:00AM at People’s Tabernacle Church, 64 Airways Blvd, Pastor Josh & Ashley Franks will welcome special musical guest, Gaither Homecoming Artist, “RUSS TAFF”. Pastor Josh will be preaching and Josh & Ashley will be singing. Dinner on the grounds will follow the service. Doors will open one hour before each event. For more information, go to www.joshandashleyfranks.com
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Duane Garren is the guest on Gospel Music Today for the week of February 19 and Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates. The Feature Group is Legacy Quartet, and Jean reviews a new recording by Jeremy Cato. An article from SGNScoops.com about The Hyssongs is the subject of this week’s News Notes. In the News this week is Mark Lowry, Lauren Talley, The Old Paths Quartet, the Pine Ridge Boys and the April Potter Agency. The show features a new song by Bruce Hedrick, exclusive concert video of The Ambassadors, recorded by Gospel Music Today’s cameras in Broken Arrow, OK, and a visit to the Gospel Music Today Archives for an exclusive video of Mark209, recorded by Gospel Music Today’s cameras in Owasso, OK.
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Amber Nelon Thompson faces a variety of lessons in life and film
Feature by Craig Harris
Amber Nelon Thompson is becoming comfortable in front of the camera. The Nelons’ soprano is making her big-screen debut in A Question of Faith, which is slated for a release this fall.
“I play Michelle Danielson,” Thompson says. “It’s about three different families who go through some very, very trying times. One family is struggling with losing a loved one. Another family is living with a loved one who makes a mistake, and they don’t know how to help. Another family is struggling with the possibility of losing a loved one. All three families are kind of woven together in the end.”
The faith-based film was the first that she had even auditioned for, and the cast includes C. Thomas Howell (The Outsiders), Renee O’Conner (Xena: Warrior Princess), Kim Fields (Facts of Life), C.T. Stallings (War Room), Richard T. Jones (The Wood) and Christian recording artist Jaci Velasquez.
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Song Garden Music Director Gus Gaches says, “I was first introduced to their music at NQC by Rick Webb. He said I really needed to hear them, and he was right! I love their sound, their energy, and their heart for ministry. As you well know, we at The Garden are very big on heart, and The Mark Dubbeld Family is built on it. From their harmonies and their enthusiasm on stage, to the incredible writing ability that Janene shares, The Mark Dubbeld Family gives their very best in sharing the message of the gospel.”
Formed in 2011, the group is based out of Moneta Virginia, and are renowned for inspired originally penned songs, family harmony, and a sincere desire to communicate the Gospel through their music and testimony. They have been making a significant impact in Gospel Music and impacting lives with a song to sing, a word to write, and a call to answer.
The Family consists of Mark and Janene along with their children, Elena 20 years, Channing 15 years and Britton 12 years old. Each of them play an active role in the ministry.
They have been featured artists at National Quartet Convention since 2013, and have been featured on The Gospel Greats as Spotlight Artists in 2015 and 2016.
The Dubbeld’s music has been played around the world on XM Radio and Gospel Radio, garnering them six Top 40 singles, and in 2013 they were named as one of the Top 10 Artists to watch.
Their ministry takes them across the Nation with over 175 appearances each year ranging from concerts, to Church venues and events.
Mark Dubbeld states, “It is our privilege to be part of the Song Garden Family of Artists. We are thrilled to be teaming up with music professionals who have ministry focused minds and hearts. We believe this partnership will allow God to open broader doors and expand the ministry to which He has called us.”
Gus says, “We at Song Garden are so thrilled to be partnering in ministry with this family, and we look forward to sharing their incredible music and message with everyone.”
You can learn more about the group at their website www.mjdubbeld.com or check them out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MarkDubbeldFamily
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Franklin, TN (February 18, 2017) – Tony and Julie Griffith have recently welcomed vocalist and pianist Joseph “Bryce” Lee, as the newest member of The Griffith Family. Bryce has made the move from Dallas, GA to tour full time with the duo.
Since The Griffith Family stepped out in 2015 and made the move to Nashville and into full time schedule, the group has not only grown and expanded what they do musically, their focus on ministry has expanded into evangelistic events where Tony preaches and both Tony and Julie share their personal testimonies.
The past two years have seen this Family cover a lot of ground, literally, with a touring schedule that has taken them from the deep southern United States and beyond the northern border into Canada. During that time they’ve performed annually at popular events such as Dollywood’s National Southern Gospel & Harvest Celebration, The National Quartet Convention along with television appearances on networks, including TBN. In addition to those highlights, the group has garnered multiple charting songs from their first two albums, ‘The Griffith Family’ and ‘Give His Love Away’, released on Mansion Records.
For more information, visit The Griffith Family here.
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Ernie Haase and Signature Sound highlight this week’s Harmony Road TV episode hosted by Darrell FreemanWritten by Staff on February 17, 2017 – 12:36 pm -
Music and Video from Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, The Freemans, Red Roots, Woody Wright and Friends, High Road
Episode host, Darrell Freeman has traveled with family group, the Freemans for over 30 years. A perennial favorite, the Freemans have had over 20 top ten and seven number one songs, including The Singing News Song of the Year, for “Three Rugged Crosses,” in 2010. “Lead Me Home,” featuring Darrell, has been one of the most requested videos on Harmony Road TV.
Harmony Road TV continues to provide awareness of a “culture of life” through a series of announcements from Choices. Information on Choices can be found at www.choiceschattanooa.org.
The episode was taped at the Mansion Music studio in Franklin, Tennessee, and was directed and edited by Rob Walls of Varnish Films. Rob Patz of Coastal Media is also a producer at Harmony Road TV. Danny Joines of Online Media Studios provides the web presence for the show.
Broadcasting on The Heartland Network, NRBTV, The WALKTV, WATC57 in Atlanta and several more outlets, Harmony Road TV is available to over 90 million homes weekly, across the nation and internationally. Information on networks and times can be found online at www.harmonyroadtv.com.
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(Nashville, TN)… The multi-talented comedian, musician, motivational speaker and award-winning songwriter, Tim Lovelace, has signed with StowTown Records, marking the first time the label has added a comedian to the artist roster. A comedy DVD that will feature Lovelace’s unique clean comedic style is scheduled to release in early fall 2017 and will be available at all digital and retail outlets.
“We are excited to welcome into the StowTown family the most versatile, multi-talented, clean comedian in the business today,” said Nathan Goble, Partner/Financial Manager, StowTown Records. “Tim delivers side-splitting storytelling and award winning musicianship that appeals to a wide audience that includes colleges, corporate events, churches of various denominations, small private banquets and conventions.”
“I am thrilled to become a part of the amazing StowTown Records family! I have known Landon Beene, Ernie Haase, Nate Goble and Wayne Haun for years, and have been very impressed with the creativity and production they offer as a team,” explained Lovelace. “I am extremely excited to collaborate with them, and I am very much looking forward to great days ahead with StowTown and their Provident Distribution team.”
Ernie Haase added, “Tim Lovelace and I go WAY BACK! We’ve been colleagues and friends for over 25 years. And now, to be able to partner with him and his brilliant humor, music and motivational speaking is icing on the cake. Welcome to the StowTown family old friend.”
Tim Lovelace has kept people around the world laughing and inspired for three decades with his unique brand of humor that intertwines his musical talents on piano, guitar, harmonica and inspiring life stories. He is also known for appearing as host of “The Music City Show,” as seen on RFD-TV and four other major networks in the last four years, including FamilyNet. At the same time, Lovelace keeps a heavy tour schedule that includes former appearances at the Oak Ridge Boys Theater in Branson, MO, the historic Grand Ole Opry and Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN, Dollywood in Sevierville, TN and has traveled to Amsterdam, Great Britain, Spain, Honduras, among many others.
Lovelace’s talents also expand beyond the stage and tour dates, as he is a well-known songwriter who has written numerous hit singles that include three of his own, “Don’t Sit in My Pew,” “Everything That Won’t Be There,” and “Side Effects.” He’s a two-time Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame Inductee, Grammy and Dove Awards nominee, won a BMI Citations of Achievement award and was a nominee for a Diamond Award for Comedian of the Year.
Lovelace will host and appear on the “Music City Show Cruise,” that will depart from Port Canaveral, FL Feb. 19 and will visit exotic ports of call through Feb. 26. For more information about the cruise, www.themusiccityshow.com/
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CHONDA PIERCE RETURNS TO THE BIG SCREEN WITH ‘ENOUGH’ APRIL 25 ONLY Long Awaited Follow-Up To 2015’s Box Office Hit ‘Laughing in the Dark’Written by Staff on February 16, 2017 – 12:03 pm -
NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Following her successful 2015 cinema event, “Laughing in the Dark,” best-selling comedian Chonda Pierce returns to the big screen for one special night with an important message for audiences nationwide: Laugh – Cry – Love. “Chonda Pierce: Enough” serves as a powerful reminder that our value is found in Christ; because of Him, we are enough.
Following the feature content, audiences will see Pierce and acclaimed singer/songwriter and comedian Mark Lowry answer questions submitted by fans. “Chonda Pierce: Enough” comes to cinemas nationwide for one night on Tuesday, April 25, at 7:00 p.m. local time, presented by Fathom Events and Fuseic Entertainment.
Tickets for “Chonda Pierce: Enough” can be purchased online beginning Friday, February 17, 2017 by visiting FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in nearly 750 select movie theaters. For a complete list of theater locations visit FathomEvents.com (theaters and participants are subject to change).
“This event is a hilarious journey to show how far you can come after dealing with life’s lessons,” Pierce said. “You’ll get to learn some new things about me that weren’t revealed in ‘Laughing in the Dark,’ from insights into the dating scene to some hilarious times spent with some childhood girlfriends.”
America’s best-selling female comedian of all time, Pierce continues to overcome obstacles through her faith, humor and the support of her community. Beginning two years after the death of her husband, “Enough” explores Pierce’s ongoing path to healing, highlighting the importance of friendship. “Enough” is a passionate, heartening and funny call to connect with those who love you the most.
“Fathom is thrilled to partner with Chonda for the second time to bring her empowering and emotional story to movie theaters,” Fathom Events Vice President of Programming Kymberli Frueh said. “’Laughing in the Dark’ left a lasting mark on audiences, and we expect nothing less from ‘Enough.’”
“Chonda really connects with the pressure women are under to be perfect,” producer Kent Songer said. “In ‘Enough,’ Chonda is funny, real and once again rallies women to embrace their uniqueness and feel satisfied and confident during any of life’s challenges.”
About Chonda Pierce
A stand-up comedian, television hostess, author and actress, Chonda Pierce has been making people laugh for more than two decades with her winning combination of fierce wit and southern charm. The Recording Industry Association of America’s (RIAA) best-selling female comedian of all time, Pierce has six Platinum DVDs, three Gold DVDs and five Daytime Emmy® Award nominations to her credit and is ranked among Pollstar’s top-selling live performers. For further information, visit chonda.org.
About Fathom Events
Fathom Events is recognized as the leading domestic distributor of event cinema with participating affiliate theaters in all 100 of the top Designated Market Areas®, and ranks as one of the largest overall distributors of content to movie theaters. Owned by AMC Entertainment Inc. (NYSE: AMC), Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK) and Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) (known collectively as AC JV, LLC), Fathom Events offers a variety of one-of-a-kind entertainment events such as live, high-definition performances of the Metropolitan Opera, dance and theatre productions like the Bolshoi Ballet and National Theatre Live, sporting events like Copa America Centenario, concerts with artists like Michael Bublé, Rush and Mötley Crüe, the yearlong TCM Big Screen Classics film series and inspirational events such as To Joey With Love and Kirk Cameron’s Revive US. Fathom Events takes audiences behind the scenes and offers unique extras including audience Q&As, backstage footage and interviews with cast and crew, creating the ultimate VIP experience. Fathom Events’ live digital broadcast network (“DBN”) is the largest cinema broadcast network in North America, bringing live and pre-recorded events to 896 locations and 1,383 screens in 181 DMAs (including all of the top 50). For more information, visit FathomEvents.com.
About Fuseic Entertainment
Director Rick Altizer and Producer Kent Songer launched Fuseic Entertainment in 2002 as a developer of proprietary music, animation and film projects that encourage, edify and strengthen faith and belief for individuals and families.
For further information, visit turningpointpr.com.
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By Jaquita Lindsey
Musical talent can often be captivating to an audience seeking to be entertained. More often than not, the admirer, or fan, leaves the performance blown away after an in-person experience. Although there is still a certain level of enjoyment to be had when it comes to artists who share the Gospel of Christ, the most important aspect of their music is songs that minister to hearts. I believe Sisters has both.
With astounding harmony and a heartfelt commitment to convey the love of Christ, Kim Ruppe Sheffield, Heather Ruppe Bennett, and Valerie Ruppe Medkiff create an impacting sound that is reaching the hearts of all ages and musical tastes.
Beginning of the Ruppe Dynasty
In 1974, Brenda Ruppe, alongside her husband Leo, began a music ministry under the name The Ruppes with Kim, then, age nine, and Heather, age eight. Valerie also contributed her part to the ministry at the young age of four. In 1975, the group recorded their first album, The Way, The Truth, The Life. From that point on, the family has experienced great success through the years.
Their most notable song as The Ruppes, and one that still remains a noteworthy favorite to all, is the stunningly beautiful “Under His Wings.” The Ruppes had many other top songs including their first number one, “Angels In The Room,” from the album Seasons. Their 2001 album release Born to Serve yielded a Grammy nomination.
Leo and Brenda Ruppe committed themselves as Godly parents to raising their daughters to serve the Lord, using their vocal talents. Years of ministry brought many changes for the Ruppe girls, as they have gone their separate ways at various times. Through it all, they continued to minister and they remained very close as a family. Now, God has opened the door for them to come full circle and sing together as Sisters. They love every minute of sharing the stage together.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn.-—Gaither Music Group is set to release two all-new HOMECOMING DVD and CD recordings on February 24th. Give the World a Smile and Sweeter As the Days Go By take fans “back to where it all began” as they were filmed at the famous Gaither Studio C at the company’s home base in Alexandria, Indiana.
“Several years had passed since we gathered the HOMECOMING family together in our hometown studio, so at last we were able to get the family together again and reignite the great memories we have shared over the years,” stated legendary singer, songwriter and the brand’s founder Bill Gaither. “What an incredible time it was! These new programs truly capture the spirit of those early gatherings that first started the HOMECOMING series. One powerful moment flowed into the next as we reminisced together and joined our voices to sing our favorite songs.”
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