2nd Generation ministries is on the road this weekend, but this morning they sang as a duet instead as of trio. Brenda Ann Denney had some health issues overnight and is in the hospital today. Her sister, Elaine Robinson, posted on Facebook today:
“Hey all our prayer warriors, need your prayers! 2nd G is in Montana on business for the King and the devil doesn’t like that. Brenda Ann Denney was admitted to the hospital early this morning after being taken there by ambulance late last night. We are not sure what is going on in her body but, we know the healer! They will run several tests today. Randy Barnes and I will be ministering this Morning’s service but felt it best to cancel tonight’s. Please be in prayer for our ministry and for a God report for my baby sis!”
We are praying for 2nd Generation, Elaine and Randy as they are in the hospital with Brenda Ann today. We pray for a special touch on Brenda and her doctors as well.
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Open Letter from Trey Ivey
I’m communicating with you all today because you have been so good to me over the past 6 plus years and I wanted you to hear this directly from me.
I have submitted my notice of resignation from Legacy Five. I have been wrestling with this decision for several months now, trying to find a balance between the road, studio work and most importantly, our 8-month-old baby girl, Emerson. I find it harder than I ever expected it to be, leaving town every week.
Scott Fowler was, just as you would expect…gracious and encouraging to me when I told him of my decision. No one has been better to me than Scott, both on a business level and a personal level. I have no finer friend than him. Thank you, Scott, for the amazing opportunity you have given to my family and me and for investing in me.
I would also like to say thank you to Scott Howard, Matt, Josh and Blake. You guys have been a joy to work with.
I have told Scott I will remain with Legacy Five as long as I am needed. I have no “job” lined up. I plan to continue pursuing opportunities in the studio producing, arranging and orchestrating.
I ask for your prayers, not only for my family and me, but also for L5 as they navigate their way thru this transition.
Scott Fowler had this to say: “Professionally, Trey has been a valuable member of Legacy Five. His incredible contributions cannot be over-stated. Personally, he is a cherished friend so I will miss him…both personally and professionally, but I understand his decision and I support him fully.”
If you want to be considered for the piano playing position with Legacy Five, contact Scott Fowler via email at email@example.com.
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Morristown, TN –Greater Vision will be introducing a new vocalist to their audiences, beginning this week. Jon Epley is joining the trio, and will perform his first concert with the group on Friday April 21, in Springfield, Missouri.
Jon says, “I have been a fan of Greater Vision for many years. To say that I am overwhelmed and honored to be singing with three of my heroes, Gerald, Rodney, and Chris, would be a huge understatement. I would like to thank these men for this opportunity to sing the music that I love. I look forward to learning so much from them. I sincerely desire to be a blessing, in any way that I can, to the wonderful ministry that Greater Vision has established over the years.”
Gerald Wolfe says, “I’ve known Jon for several years, and am very glad to have him as a part of our group.” Gerald added, “Jon isn’t replacing anybody. No one is leaving the group, and contrary to rumors that might arise… I’m not making plans to retire. Jon is actually coming onboard to help me stay on the road for many more years. Most people who come to our concerts know I was diagnosed with a chronic neck muscle issue (Muscle Tension Dysphonia), a few years ago. I have good days and bad days, but never a day without pain and tension in both sides of my neck. The condition often makes it painfully difficult to breath and sing properly through an entire concert. Jon will be singing what has historically been my part in the harmony with Greater Vision. I will still be singing some features, handling the emceeing, and playing the piano in our concerts. The really good news is, I can confidently say the overall “GV Sound” isn’t going to change, but Jon’s great baritone voice adds a fresh, new texture to the trio’s blend.”
Jon has already been in the recording studio with Greater Vision, and will be heard on their new CD, Still, which will be released by Daywind Records in July. Rodney Griffin said, “I was impressed with Jon’s quick learning curve in the studio, and look forward to traveling with him… and hope he’s a slow bus driver.” Chris Allman added, “Change is always a scary thing, but our experience with Jon in the studio has served as confirmation that he is the right man for this season in our ministry. Looking forward to what the years ahead have to offer!”
Jon Epley isn’t new to Gospel Music, having traveled with his family’s evangelistic team, The Inspirations, The Ball Brothers, and the LeFevre Quartet, before leaving the road one year ago. He and his wife, Tiffany, reside in Johnson City, Tennessee.
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Jason Davdison talks about his early singing days
Jason Davidson has been building momentum as a soloist, catching the eyes and ears of the Gospel music community. Last fall Jason appeared on the main stage of the American Gospel Celebration along with artists such as Jason Crabb, Hoppers, Booth Brothers, Larry Gatlin, and Diamond Rio. His latest radio single, “He Came Searching For Me,” debuted at # 55 on the Singing News chart.
Jason also received the news that he has been selected to perform at Dollywood this year for their Southern Gospel Harvest Celebration. This will be the first time performing at one of Southern Gospel’s premier events.
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Hendersonville, TN –Daywind Records is pleased to announce the addition of Gospel Music Hall of Fame member, Mark Lowry. In a video released on social media earlier today, Mark Lowry shared his excitement about his upcoming project, entitled What’s Not To Love, and his new partnership with the award-winning record label.
Anchored by songs co-written by Lowry, Reba Rambo-McGuire and Dony McGuire, What’s Not To Love embodies the messages of grace, compassion and the love of Christ predominately featured at Lowry’s live events. The album is in the final stages of production and is slated for an August release through Daywind Records.
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Hurricane Mills, TN – Well-known entertainer and songwriter, Aaron Wilburn will be the master of ceremonies at the 2017 Gospel Music Festival to be held at The Loretta Lynn Ranch, on September 1-2, 2017. Event organizers have scheduled two full days of Gospel music featuring The Bowlings, The Bowling Sisters, The Freemans, Geraldine & Ricky, The Guardians, High Road, The Isaacs, Karen Peck & New River, The Perrys, The Sneed Family, Wade Spencer, Aaron Wilburn and The Villines Trio.
Jeff Sneed of The Sneed Family, hosts of the Gospel Music Festival, made the announcement today from The Sneed Family office. “Aaron Wilburn makes everyone smile. Those attending will be laughing, singing and inspired from the minute Aaron takes the stage,” stated Sneed. Wilburn wrote the title track from The Sneed Family’s latest release, “The News for Today.” “Not only can Aaron entertain, he is a gifted writer,” Sneed continued.
The highlight of the weekend will be a separate performance on Saturday, September 2, by the country music icon, Loretta Lynn along with the annual Van Lear Sisters Concert including Chrystal Gayle and Peggy Sue. “This is where Gospel meets Country,” said Sneed. “Folks can enjoy two events in one location while enjoying the beauty of the Loretta Lynn Ranch on a holiday weekend,” he continued.
The Gospel Music Festival at the Loretta Lynn Ranch will be held in the pavilion at the ranch campgrounds. “We are honored that the Loretta Lynn Ranch would welcome the return of Gospel Music,” said Sneed. The event will begin for early arrivers with a Sing-a-long on Thursday evening, August 31. “Bring your instruments and enjoy some sweet fellowship with our families,” Sneed offered.
For ticket information: www.ticketstorm.com or by calling 866-966-1777.
Loretta Lynn’s Ranch is located off I-40 at Exit 143 in Hurricane Mills, TN. Camping is available by reservation. There are also area hotels nearby.
The Sneed Family is a favorite to their fans. They provide an honest worship experience while providing encouragement.
Watch for them on stage as well as on television with their production of “Sneed Family Music”. The program is seen in over one million homes each week. The Sneed Family brings music, and interviews from the best in Southern Gospel Music. The show is now available online.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. Multi-award winning family group The Freemans are excited to announce details about their 21st Annual Homecoming concert. This year’s homecoming event will take place at Boles Free Will Baptist Church in Boles, Arkansas on Saturday, May 6, 2017.
In addition to fans enjoying the sounds of this unforgettable family, The Freemans are proud to share the stage with Dove Award nominated mixed group The Perrys.
Daryl Freeman commented, “This is our 21st Homecoming and every year it just gets better. I’m excited that the Perrys will be our guests, and we will have a great time.”
As in years past, this event will be free admission with a love offering received to help cover expenses. The concert will begin promptly at 4:00 p.m.
The Freemans current single “It Still Takes The Blood” is already impacting radio coming in at #5 on the top 10 new releases for May 2017.
For more information on the event, visit www.the-freemans.com.
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Nashville, TN – Grammy winner Jason Crabb continues to inspire and teach young children through the incredibly popular Jase® children’s book series. With the release of the latest book, The 6th “Be Attitude,” the journey continues through the ten commandments told through the adventures of “Jase® the Crabb,” an adorable friend to all children.
In this dreamland adventure, Jase® meets Ranjeet, a boy from the Far East who feels out of place in an English-speaking nation. From Jase®, he learns that God loves our uniqueness and when he and Jase® hear the Sermon on the Mount, Ranjeet learns the power of having a pure heart.
The Jase® Series has become extremely popular with Jason Crabb’s youngest fans. “Every night, children and their parents and grandparents tell me just how much Jase® means to them,” Crabb comments. “Children enjoy the stories and feel connected to Jase® and his friends through the adventures he takes. I am so excited to release book six!”
The name of the character, Jase®, holds a special meaning to Crabb. Derived from the initials of his immediate family – J(ason) A(shleigh) S(hellye) E(mma) – the name is also what his late Grandfather would call him. “I would visit my grandfather in the summer months and help him around the farm. I can’t even remember how many times I heard him call out to me – “JASE, come on over here and help me out!” – it just seemed like a natural fit and a way to honor my grandfather.”
In addition to the ten-book series, children, parents and teachers can log on to www.JaseCrabb.com where they can print off curriculum, coloring pages, certificates of completion, learn about Jase® University and comment on the books. Along with Crabb, a team comprising of Donna Scuderi and Philip & Tina Morris played an integral role in contributing to the overall foundation and direction of the book series.
Award-winning illustrator Anita DuFalla’s vibrant visuals display the heart and soul of Jase® the Crabb and his friends. Anita’s clients include McGraw-Hill, Harcourt (Brace), Benchmark Education Company, and the Washington Post among others. “When I saw Anita’s work and witnessed her heart for this, I knew God had brought the right person to this project,” shares Crabb. “Her creativity and talent have brought my little buddy, Jase®, to life!”
The entire Jase® Series is available at JaseCrabb.com and at your local Christian bookstore through New Day Christian Distributors.
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(Nashville, TN)… StowTown Records is thrilled to announce the upcoming release of The Little Roy and Lizzy Show’s Going Home. This is the second album under the StowTown banner for the popular gospel bluegrass band, following the successful Good Time, Down Home project released last summer.
“We are so excited about this album!” said Lizzy Long. “All original material from class act songwriters.” Country Music Hall of Fame quartet The Oak Ridge Boys make a special guest appearance on the brand new project with the song “Dinner On The Ground.”
“Being a banjo and bluegrass aficionado, I was thrilled when StowTown cofounder Wayne Haun invited us to sing on a track with Little Roy & Lizzy. Little Roy is one of my banjo heroes, and I have adored the incredible work he has done together with Lizzy,” said Joe Bonsall, longtime member of The Oak Ridge Boys. “It is a real honor for The Oak Ridge Boys to take part in a Little Roy and Lizzy project. Bring IT ON!”
“I am so excited to have The Oaks sing on this album. I grew up listening to them and watching them,” Long added. “To have them on this album is a dream come true! Little Roy is so excited to get a chance to sing with his longtime friends. It feels like a family reunion.”
Wayne Haun shared, “I’ve been working with Little Roy for 22 years now. I keep forgetting that he is, in fact, a legend, a virtuoso and, more importantly, my friend. His performance on this project is stellar. He plays with the fervor of a 22 year old.”
Going Home is a project that will please bluegrass traditionalists as well as gospel music fans. It’s packed with familiar songs like the popular Louvin Brothers’ “When I Stop Dreaming” and new and original compositions co-written by Long, fan-favorite GMA/Dove Award-winning musician.
Long shared, “This new release is sure to have your foot tapping and your face smiling! We had so much fun making this project.”
Set to release May 5, Going Home is distributed exclusively to retail and digital outlets by Provident-Sony Distribution.
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The Bible says there is a season for everything in life (Eccl. 3:1-8) and change is one of those life events.
Chapel Valley recording artist Lineage of David is going through their season of change now. Longtime member Dave Doolittle is transitioning from road life back to home to be with his family following the home going of his father.
Dave issued this statement “I have enjoyed my time with LOD. I’ve made some great friends, met some awesome people and have had awesome experiences! After much prayer, I feel that my season with LOD has come to an end and it is time for me to move on”.
“Lineage of David wishes to thank Dave for the vital role he has contributed over the last three years to this ministry. We pray that God continues to use him and bless him in all his future endeavors”.
The group is honored to introduce the newest member to Lineage of David. Terrill White will be joining LOD effective immediately.
Terrill and his wife Christie have two beautiful daughters, Jessica and Alyssa. They live in Muskogee, OK and are members of the Muskogee First Assembly of God.
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