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AVALON ANNOUNCES NEW TOUR

Written by Staff on June 22, 2019 – 6:33 pm -

Avalon tourFOR THE FIRST TIME IN 10 YEARS!

AVALON ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM TITLE, NEW HEADLINING TOUR presented by COMPASSION LIVE

Reagan Strange from NBC’s The Voice to Join as Special Guest

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 19, 2019) – For the first time in 10 years, we will hear new music and get a new tour from three-time GRAMMY® Nominated, American Music Award and Dove Award winning recording artists AVALON. The group will take to the road again this fall to support their debut Red Street Records release, CALLED. More information about the new music will be forthcoming soon. Avalon will headline “THE CALLED TOUR” along with special guest Reagan Strange, from NBC’s hit show, “The Voice.”

Red Street Records Logo, presents Avalon tourThe 10-city tour will feature some of Avalon’s most-loved hits including “Adonai,” “Can’t Live A Day,” “Testify to Love” along with new music from CALLED. The group started in 1995 and released 13 records to date, with six Dove Awards and an American Music Award among their industry and fan nods. This dynamic vocal foursome features Greg and Janna Long, Jody McBrayer and Dani Rocca. In the fall of 2018, Avalon announced that they signed as the flagship artist with Red Street Records, a new label launched by Rascal Flatts bass player, Jay DeMarcus.

“We’re so excited to be back after 10 years with brand new music from our upcoming release Called!” says Greg Long. “We are truly looking forward to worshiping Jesus with our longtime friends as well as new listeners as we play some of our biggest songs over the years. Expect a fun night for everyone!”

L-R: Avalon's Greg & Janna Long, Don Koch (General Manager Red Street Records), Jay DeMarcus (CEO/Owner, Red Street Records, Avalon's Dani Rocca and Jody McBrayer, and Lauren James pose after a press conference held at Analog at the Hutton Hotel on Wednesday, October 24, 2018. Photo ©2018 Jason Davis / Red Street Records

L-R: Avalon’s Greg & Janna Long, Don Koch (General Manager Red Street Records), Jay DeMarcus (CEO/Owner, Red Street Records, Avalon’s Dani Rocca and Jody McBrayer, and Lauren James pose after a press conference held at Analog at the Hutton Hotel on Wednesday, October 24, 2018.
Photo ©2018 Jason Davis / Red Street Records

“It is an honor to have AVALON as a part of the Red Street Records family,” states Jay DeMarcus. “Their debut Red Street Records project, CALLED, is an amazing body of work that we are so incredibly excited to share with the world. This music will inspire, encourage and challenge you. I know you’re going to LOVE IT! And, to see AVALON in concert is a very special experience so, don’t miss this special evening at THE CALLED TOUR!”

Reagan Strange is from Season 15 of the Voice. She is touring with Avalon

Reagan Strange

They are excited to welcome Reagan Strange as their special guest. Strange is a 14-year old from Memphis, Tennessee. She is most recently known for being on team Adam Levine on season 15 of NBC’S “THE VOICE.” “I am so excited for the opportunity to be on tour with Avalon this fall,” says Strange. “A powerful name in Christian music, I am truly honored to share the stage with these four amazing voices.”

THE CALLED TOUR DATES:
9/20/19 – Tampa, FL –River Hills Church of God
9/21/19 – Boca Raton, FL – Spanish River Church
9/22/19 – Orlando, FL – FBC Orlando
10/17/19 – Siloam Springs, AR – The Assembly-Siloam Springs
10/18/19 – Owasso, OK – Owasso First Assembly
10/19/19 – Grapevine, TX – First Baptist Church Grapevine
10/24/19 – Muscle Shoals, AL – Highland Park Baptist Church
10/25/19 – Marietta, GA – Due West United Methodist Church
10/27/19 – Lancaster, SC – Second Baptist Lancaster

Avalon performs during a press conference to announce Red Street Records, held at Analog at the Hutton Hotel on Wednesday, October 24, 2018. Photo ©2018 Jason Davis / Red Street Records

Avalon performs during a press conference to announce Red Street Records, held at Analog at the Hutton Hotel on Wednesday, October 24, 2018.
Photo ©2018 Jason Davis / Red Street Records

ABOUT AVALON:
Red Street Records artist, AVALON, has been inspiring lives around the globe for years. When you hear the name AVALON, you may think of one or more of their number one hits like: “Adonai,” “Can’t Live a Day” or “Testify to Love” – just to name a few. However, there is much more to this dynamic vocal foursome than meets the eye.

The collective desire of every member is to deliver a message of hope and ultimate love, freely offered from Jesus Christ, and to blatantly declare their devotion to Him through the words of every song they sing.

This three time Grammy Nominated, American Music Award and Dove Award winning Christian artist is composed of Greg and Janna Long, Jody McBrayer, and Dani Rocca.

ABOUT COMPASSION LIVE:
Compassion LIVE, established in 2014 by Compassion International, provides the highest quality events for families to join together and grow with others in faith. Compassion LIVE partners with impact-making leaders, artists and communicators to produce life-changing events that share the message of faith and impact the church for children around the world. For more information, visit www.compassionlive.com.

Founded in 1952, Compassion International is a Christian child development organization that works to release children from poverty in Jesus’ name. Compassion revolutionized the fight against global poverty by working exclusively with the Church to lift children out of spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty. For more about the ministry, visit compassion.com or follow them on Twitter @compassion.

ABOUT RED STREET RECORDS:
Jay DeMarcus – lauded member of Rascal Flatts, GRAMMY® award-winning producer and bassist – launched Red Street Records on October 24, 2019 during a press conference held at the Hutton Hotel’s Analog. Along with DeMarcus, industry icon and award-winning songwriter/producer, Don Koch (General Manager), lead the Red Street Records team with a vision for the future. The desire of Red Street Records is to touch lives and spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ through music. To that end, we seek to partner with musicians who share this aim and who strive to achieve it through their innovative and visionary craft.

CONNECT WITH RED STREET RECORDS:
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Vernon Alabama’s Gospel Music Weekend “Spotlight Artist”

Written by scoopsnews on June 22, 2019 – 12:32 pm -

Hope’s Journey from  Ellisville, Mississippi is our Vernon, Alabama Spotlight Artist of the week.

About Hope’s Journey:

Fourteen years ago, Vonda Easley Armstrong and her daughter, Ashley Easley (Franks), began the ministry of Hope’s Journey. The vision for the group was to spread “Hope” to a lost and dying world. In 2006, Ashley met Josh Franks at The National Quartet Convention and, on December 8th, 2007, they were married and began an exciting ministry together as husband and wife. In regards to Hope’s Journey, Vonda states, “We’ve had some amazing opportunities come our way and have been able to share the stage with many fantastic groups and singers through the years.  We’ve also had our fair share of transition, but with those changes, we have experienced some amazing blessings! Today, Hope’s Journey is comprised of Vonda Easley Armstrong, Alicia Estis & Jenny Stork. 

“I am so excited about today’s lineup,” states Vonda. “God did it! We hope to see many of our friends and family in Vernon, Alabama at Vernon’s Gospel Music Weekend.”

Here is a complete lineup of the event:

See you in Vernon!


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Weekend Word With Vonda Armstrong

Written by scoopsnews on June 22, 2019 – 6:58 am -

Hello Friends,

I trust you have had an amazing week and about to step into an even greater weekend.

Each week as I prepare For  “The Prayertalk Show”,  I invite folks to send in their prayer requests. Last week, in just a few minutes, I had over 80 requests in comments and private messages on Facebook. One request sticks out in my mind even still today as a young lady wrote, “I just want to be loved and I feel like no one loves me.”

Remember the old saying, Love makes the world go around? I believe I truly understood that statement when I got saved.  I’ve learned that things are not always gonna be good. Sometimes life is just hard. But knowing JESUS cares and loves me just the way I am with a “Special Love” makes everything better. He didn’t promise it would always be easy, but He said He would never leave.

Here are the lyrics and a video to a beautiful song written by Gerald Crabb and performed by Karen Peck & New River. I’d like to dedicate it to my new friend I met last week on Prayertalk. I’m praying for you girl!

Vonda

 

❤️Special Love Lyrics

I really hate to bother you but Lord,
I’ve gotta whole lot on my mind
I know that you’ll real busy but I promise
I won’t take much of your time
but Lord I need a little grace
To help me make it through
I need to feel that kinda love that only comes from you
if you’ll just squeeze my hand
let me feel you by my side
you said you’d never never leave me
you’d always be my guide
but the storms of life some times
won’t let the sunshine through
Lord I need to feel that kinda love
that only comes from you
yes I need to feel that kinda love
that only comes from you
As a child I heard the preacher say that you
where a sinners friend
I remember when I came to you with a heart
a heart so black with sin
the night you turned my life around
it seemed you made me over new
the mercy that you showed me Lord
kept me coming back to you.
if you’ll just squeeze my hand
let me feel you by my side(feel ya by my side)
you said you’d never never leave
you’d always be my guide
but the storms of life some times won’t let the sun shine through
Lord I need to feel that kinda love
that only comes from you
yes I need to feel that kinda love
that only comes from you
love comes from you.

 

 

 


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Icon Destinations Launches with Slate of Trips to Holy Land featuring Lauded and Loved Personalities

Written by Staff on June 21, 2019 – 6:25 pm -

Icon Destinations

Icon Destinations

Once In a Lifetime Trips feature Rebecca St. James, Avalon, Jason Crabb, Russ Taff, Selah, Jaci Velasquez and more!

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 21, 2019) – Icon Destinations, a subsidiary of Da Silva International, was announced today by Rui Da Silva. Da Silva is president of the company, a multi-national and multi-faceted sports and entertainment/media company with main offices in Los Angeles, Santo Domingo and Edmonton.

Icon DestinationsDa Silva started Icon Destinations to give people the ultimate experience of going to The Holy Land with their favorite Christian artist/personality. Da Silva says: “Icon Destinations was created as an “ultimate bucket-list” destination company and I have found that most Christians list visiting the Holy Land at the top of their bucket list. So, what better way to do that than going there and also being able to watch their favorite Christian artist perform live? It’s an experience like none other! The other reason we started this was that for many Christians, visiting the Holy Land was a challenge financially. I feel we have succeeded in pricing the trips in a way that allow more Christians to be able to make these trips without having to lower the quality of any of the amenities. We are excited!”

Also announced today was the opening of the Nashville, TN office exclusively to handle Icon Destinations. Kevin Stevens, a veteran artist/tour manager, has been appointed as Vice President of Icon Group and will helm the Nashville team. Over the last 26 years, Kevin Stevens has become one of the most experienced and successful artist/tour managers in Christian music, handling the careers and tours of Michael English, Avalon, Kathy Troccoli, Natalie Grant, Sandi Patty, 4Him, and many more.

Icon DestinationsStevens comments: “I’m always looking for great new opportunities that I can be part of. Icon Destinations has allowed me to use my 20 plus years of relationships in the industry in a new and exciting way. I love what I do and this will only add to the already fulfilling moments I’ve had.”

Additional staff for the Nashville-based operations was also announced. Frank Shelton Jr. is joining the team as the Director of Speaking Engagements. Having worked for two decades on Capitol Hill in some of the highest levels of government, Frank brings a unique perspective along with a wealth of experience and wisdom to the team. Among his career highlights are: member of Congress in the House Leadership, bi-partisan figured on the floor of the United States Senate, aide to the Governor of Maryland, among other positions. He serves on the advisory board with professional athletes in the fight against human trafficking and has served as the International Evangelism Chairman for the 2012 Olympics outreach in London England and so much more! Frank says: “I am thrilled to serve with Icon Destinations assisting individuals to “walk in Jesus’ footsteps” in the Holy Land.”

Icon DestinationsAlso joining the Nashville-based team is Derek Simonis as Social Media Director and Rebecca Grice as Marketing Manager.

Initial trips announced include Rebecca St. James, Avalon, Jason Crabb, Russ Taff, Selah, Jaci Velasquez with more to be announced soon.

Icon Destinations – experience a trip you’ll never forget!

Connect with Icon Destinations:
Phone: 1-800-679-9201
www.icondestinations.com
www.facebook.com/Icon.Destinations
www.instagram.com/icon.destinations
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Avenue Trio announces changes

Written by Staff on June 21, 2019 – 7:47 am -

Avenue gospel trio

Avenue

Kasey Kemp of Avenue Trio recently announced changes to the group through a video on the group’s Facebook Page.

Avenue Trio is losing Corey Lakey from the singing lineup. June 9, 2019, was the last engagement for Lackey, who has been with the group from the beginning. The tenor confirmed that he is stepping back from singing but will still be very much involved with gospel music, as well as continuing his involvement with the Steve Hurst School of Music.

Corey Lackey formerly of Avenue Trio

Corey Lackey

Kemp has confirmed that Riley Harrison Clark will be temporarily filling in for the trio, as they continue to audition vocalists for this position.

For more information on this powerful gospel music trio, click HERE.

Avenue released their first album, “Songs For Every Mile,” one year ago. Spokesman Kasey Kemp is an ordained minister and has been involved with Southern Gospel Music for 17 years. The trio records with Song Garden Music and is booked by the Dominion Agency. Avenue can also be found on Twitter, Instagram and other media outlets.

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Carman releases “The Flag” with Southern Gospel Artists

Written by Staff on June 20, 2019 – 3:38 pm -

Carman. The FlagNashville, TN (June 19, 2019): Grammy-nominated and platinum-selling legend, Carman, has released a brand new single to radio. “The Flag” features several of Southern Gospel’s top artists including Ernie Haase, Joseph Habedank, Pat Barker, and Matt Felts. These four talented singers combine their dynamic vocals to provide a stellar quartet joining Carman for this patriotic tribute to America’s beloved Stars and Stripes. This passionate song, released just ahead of Independence Day, was written by Carman and has received standing ovations all over the county during his successful “Legacy Tour.”

“I grew up listening to Carman as a kid in the small town of Xenia, Ohio. I never dreamed that I would one day get to sing on his record. I want to thank him not only for this opportunity but for choosing Southern artists on this album. Carman is a true living legend and pioneer,” stated Joseph Habedank.

“The Flag” will be available for purchase soon through digital retailers everywhere and will be distributed to radio on Dream Big Promotions radio compilation. All radio programmers can receive a download of this exciting new song for immediate airplay by emailing Matt Felts at matt@mattfelts.com.

Carman. The FlagTo see when Carman’s Legacy Tour will be near you or to contact Carman’s office for booking information, go HERE.

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Bluegrass Trio Comprised of Rhonda Vincent, Lizzy Long and Sally Berry Featured on New Song 100 Years in the Making

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on June 19, 2019 – 3:51 pm -

Bluegrass Trio Comprised of Rhonda Vincent, Lizzy Long and Sally Berry Featured on New Song 100 Years in the Making

Bluegrass Trio Comprised of Rhonda Vincent, Lizzy Long and Sally Berry Featured on New Song 100 Years in the Making

Nashville, TN  – From a beloved songwriting legend, and featuring three of today’s sweetest Bluegrass voices, StowTown Records has released the song Beside the Cross” to radio. Rhonda Vincent, Lizzy Long and Sally Berry could not produce a better blend to complement the lyrics of Fanny J. Crosby (1820-1915) and the songwriting collaboration of Wayne Haun, Jeff Bumgardner and Joel Lindsey.

When StowTown Records was offered the opportunity to look through a treasure trove of incomplete lyrics by the late hymnist, they were thrilled. Fanny Crosby, known for hymns such as “Blessed Assurance,” “Tell Me the Story of Jesus” and “Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior,” was the most prolific songwriter of her time, having completed over 8,000 hymns in addition to numerous songs of various genres.

This particular song, “Beside the Cross,” easily lent itself to a Bluegrass feel, and producer Wayne Haun knew that Rhonda, Lizzy & Sally were the perfect fit for the completed song. “It was such an honor for us to be asked to complete a work from one of the greatest writers in history,” reflects Haun. “When you couple that with these three extraordinary voices, the end result is stunning. I know Fanny Crosby would be proud.”


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The McKameys’ The Crown debuts at #1 on Billboard chart

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on June 18, 2019 – 8:01 am -

The McKameys' The Crown debuts at #1 on Billboard chart

The McKameys’ The Crown debuts at #1 on Billboard chart

Arden, North Carolina  — Beloved Southern Gospel group The McKameys have claimed the #1 spot on the Billboard Southern Gospel chart with The Crown, their 54th album. The Crown also sits at #9 on Billboard’s Contemporary Christian Music Chart and #11 on Billboard’s Top Christian/Gospel Albums chart.

“All we can say is wow! Who would have ever thought this would happen to us?” says Ruben Bean of The McKameys. “We are truly surprised and thankful to God for all He is doing with this project. What a pleasant surprise!”

In a way like no other, The McKameys have brought their anointed message of faithfulness and the power of the Gospel to the world, with the most #1 hits in Southern Gospel history, a dedicated following and unquestionable faith in the Lord.

The Crown, from Horizon Recordscomes as these legacy artists announce they will no longer be touring full-time after this fall.

“From the mountain sounds of ‘Go Back And Pray’ to the classic sounds of ‘You Must Be Born Again’; with ‘From Dust To Glory,’ the story of every Christian, to the reminder that ‘God Is Good,’ and all the songs in between…God has surely put His touch on this project and we are grateful!” The McKameys say.

Listen to The Crown HERE.


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3 Heath Brothers sign with Horizon Records

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on June 17, 2019 – 11:51 am -

3 Heath Brothers sign with Horizon Records

3 Heath Brothers sign with Horizon Records

Arden, North Carolina  – With tight harmonies, powerful vocals and a cappella arrangements, the 3 Heath Brothers have quickly become rising artists within gospel music, sharing the stage with artists like The Talleys, The Collingsworth Family, The Booth Brothers, The Hoppers, Greater Vision, Jeff & Sheri Easter, Karen Peck and New River.

Now, the trio has signed with Horizon Records and will begin recording their next album with Roger Talley as producer.

“We are so honored to be invited to join such a respected and successful recording label,” say the 3 Heath Brothers. “We look forward to a bright future with God’s help and the incredible Horizon/Crossroads team.”

Roger Talley adds, “When I first met the 3 Heath Brothers, I was impressed with their youthful excitement, their vocal ability, their creativity, and their great personalities. I’ve enjoyed working with them and getting to know their family. Their dad, Jonathan, and mom, Emily, have given them a great spiritual and musical foundation. Their appeal spans every generation from children to grandparents. I wanted to bring them to Crossroads to expose their unique talents and appeal to as many people as possible. This is the kind of music the world needs to hear!”

Greg Bentley with Horizon Records says the label is excited about what the future holds for these young, energetic and talented men.

“I’ve been keeping my eyes on the 3 Heath Brothers for a couple years now. I first heard of them through Roger Talley from a concert in Florida. Since then, they’ve been doing everything right in what we as a label look for,” says Bentley. “So when Roger asked me to step into a production meeting with them here at Crossroads one day, I realized just how talented and determined they are, and what a wonderful family they have been raised in. I knew it was time to invite them into our family of artists.”

Look for new music from the 3 Heath Brothers later this year.


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Former NBC and CBS Actor and Entertainer Randall Franks joins the cast of “The Crickets Dance”

Written by Staff on June 17, 2019 – 8:06 am -

Randall Franks will appear in "The Crickets Dance." (Photo: Randall Franks Media/Anna Ritch)

Randall Franks will appear in “The Crickets Dance.” (Photo: Randall Franks Media/Anna Ritch)

 

Randall Franks, former NBC, CBS and UPtv star, becomes the latest star to take on a role in the upcoming drama “The Crickets Dance.”

The film is based on the novel by author Deborah Robillard. Director Veronica Robledo, who wrote the screenplay, will shoot the film later this year.

Franks will appear in the 19th-century period role as “Dr. J.A. Anderson.”

“This is such an amazing story that blends the past and the present in a momentum that solidifies that love reaches far beyond the bonds that restrain us,” Franks said. “With love the wounds of our experience may be bound.”

The actor (www.RandallFranks.com), best known as “Officer Randy Goode” from TV’s “In the Heat of the Night,” starred in two other TV series and numerous films.

Franks is also a country music starknown for appearing for the Grand Ole Opry, CMA Fan Fair, the National Folk Festival, bluegrass festivals, fairs and as part of the National Quartet Convention All-Star Band.

His latest CD “Americana Youth of Southern Appalachia” including Americana, Bluegrass and Southern Gospel featuring 30 youth alongside him for charity catapulted to #1 on the APD Top 50 Albums Daily Chart June 11 and by 8 p.m. had solidified in the top spot on the June APD Top 50 Global Americana Charts.

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Franks joins Sandra Ellis Lafferty, Bill Oberst, Jr., Todd Maynor and Ashley Robillard in the “The Crickets Dance” in the fall of 2019 for filming. Like “The Crickets Dance” on Facebook.

For more information, about his latest CD visitwww.ShareAmericaFoundation.org, or find it on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon or CDBaby.

Connect with Randall Franks on Social Media

https://www.facebook.com/RandallFranksActorDirectorEntertainer/?ref=hl

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Various Links:

 

The Crickets Dance by Deborah Robillard:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1478374268/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_U_x_OoSbDbN86CPP5

Americana Youth of Southern Appalachia PSA:

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Americana Youth of Southern Appalachia Purchase Download Links:
Google:
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Amazon:
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CDBaby:
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Also Available on iTunes
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