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Victoria Bowlin To Perform at Rachael Shirey Flowers Farewell Concert

Written by Staff on December 16, 2019 – 2:41 pm -

Fwd: Victoria Bowlin To Perform at Rachael Shirey Flowers Farewell ConcertNashville, Tenn – Popular 65/40 Nashville recording artist, Victoria Bowlin will be joining her family, The Shireys, for a special New Year’s Eve reunion concert event on Tuesday, December 31, 7:00 pm, at the Community Church Of Praise in Stockbridge, Georgia. A love offering will be received in lieu of ticket sales.

Being billed as a “Farewell Concert,” it will mark the last performance by Rachael Shirey Flowers. Rachael has made the decision to step down from full time traveling ministry so she can spend more time with her family, and be more involved in ministry at her own local church. Of the move Rachael states “I feel led to focus on a different type of ministry with my husband in our home church. God has called us to work as a team, and we believe that time is now.”

Fwd: Victoria Bowlin To Perform at Rachael Shirey Flowers Farewell ConcertVictoria is pleased and thankful to be able to take time from her own busy touring schedule to join her family, The Shirey’s, in this important event. She traveled and ministered with her family over 20 years before stepping into solo ministry, with her husband, Aaron Bowlin, five years ago. Victoria stated, “I look forward to bringing in the New Year with my family and watching Rachael step into a new season of life and ministry.”

The Shireys

The Shireys will continue to travel and minister, and further information about their future endeavors will be released soon. No concert dates will be missed or rescheduled as they make this transition. Of the upcoming change, Wayne Shirey says, “God has great things in store for The Shireys, and we are looking forward to continuing to travel and minister. We’re not quitting any time soon.”

To interview Victoria contact AG Publicity at info@agpublicity.com.

To purchase Victoria’s current project You See Beauty go HERE

To connect with Victoria Bowlin follow her on social media and her Website.

 

About Victoria Bowlin

A licensed Church of God minister, Victoria is a powerful singer, songwriter, author, and Faith-Inspired speaker who gives encouragement and hope through music and personal testimonies.

Originally from West Columbia, SC, Victoria’s background includes extensive singing and traveling full time with her family, The Shireys, and participating in tent revivals held by her late Grandmother, Evangelist Mamie L. Clark. She first took the microphone at two years of age. At eleven, Victoria replaced her uncle in her family’s group and began singing full time. In January of 2015, God called Victoria into ministry with her husband, Aaron, where they formed a preaching and music team. In 2018, that ministry was expanded to include solo concerts throughout the United States.

Victoria has been awarded and nominated for several vocal and songwriting awards. In August of 2016 and 2017, Victoria had the privilege of being chosen to sing on the Main Stage at the famous Gatlinburg Gathering. Then, in September of 2016, she was honored to be asked to sing on the Main Stage at Southern Gospel’s largest annual event, the National Quartet Convention. Victoria writes and arranges most of her music.

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The Family Sowell Joins Alpha Source Media Group

Written by Staff on December 16, 2019 – 12:54 pm -

Family Sowell

The Family Sowell Joins Alpha Source Media Group, taking a Bold Step into the Future

Knoxville, TN – The Family Sowell along with Alpha Source Media Group announce an exciting collaboration that will impact the world of acoustic music.

The alliance was announced in Knoxville, TN. Together, The Family Sowell will work with Alpha Source Media Group to identify new opportunities to share their love of music and their message of hope.

“We are so excited to take this step in our music. God has told us to be bold for such a time as this. We look forward to working with Candi Combs at Alpha Source Media Group and seeing what doors might open,” said Jacob Sowell, on behalf of The Family Sowell.

The Family Sowell has begun the final phase for a new project to be released early in 2020. Abigail Sowell stated, “We are holding nothing back!” Ben Isaacs, Grammy nominated artist from The Isaacs, is producing the sophomore project. “Ben inspires excellence which brings out the very best in each of us in the studio,” Abigail continued.

The Family Sowell Joins Alpha Source Media Group, Taking a Bold Step into the Future!Unique to The Family Sowell is that they are a family of gifted musicians that brings a musical experience with a special blend of tight family vocals.

Today they stand as siblings: Jacob, Joshua, Naomi, Abigail, John-Mark and Justus on stages all over the United States as well as Eastern Europe. These gifted young singers and instrumentalists are a powerhouse that brings much energy and passion to The Family Sowell performance both on and off the stage.

The family is rich with ministry heritage and international service projects. For several years, the band has traveled to Romania and Serbia. The group travels to share their gift of music while teaching children to play the Ukulele.

For more information on Family Sowell, visit thefamilysowell.com. Follow The Family Sowell on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and streaming platforms.

ABOUT THE FAMILY SOWELL:
The Family Sowell is an award-winning, acoustic roots band, from the foothills of Knoxville, Tennessee. They are a favorite at many churches, theaters, and festivals across the country and in Eastern Europe. They feature beautiful family harmony, driving instrumentals, and heartfelt new originals. The siblings range from 23 to 13 years in age, starting with the oldest brother, Jacob on banjo, followed by Joshua on guitar, twin sisters, Naomi and Abigail, on bass and mandolin respectively, John-Mark on fiddle, and Justus on dobro. Jacob, Joshua, and Abigail handle the bulk of the vocal responsibilities with their mom, Cindy, and younger brothers being featured on special selections. John-Mark takes the performance to the next level with his natural gift of showmanship, bringing a good balance of clean humor and uplifting inspiration.

“From the Monroe Brothers to Cherryholmes, family bands have always been integral to the fabric of bluegrass

music. The Family Sowell are looking to add themselves to that great tradition. Hailing from Knoxville,

Tennessee, they are already gaining a reputation as a hard-working, fun-loving family, who are sure to put on

an energetic show. Winners of the prestigious 2019 SPBGMA band contest, The Family Sowell are looking to

carve out their own place in today’s bluegrass music scene.” – Laura Jane Mainer & Daniel Mullins, Southern

Ohio Indoor Music Festival

“Powerful bunch of enthusiastic players and singers. Strong-rooted in faith and committed to excellence, I

expect great things from their music ministry!” – Stephen Mougin, Guitarist for Sam Bush

Band,Owner/Operator at Dark Shadow Recording, Facilitator of Stephen Mougin Band Coaching

Awards & Accomplishments:

2019 SPBGMA International Band Champions
2017 KSMU “Youth in Bluegrass” Winners
2017 Jeff & Sherri Easter Talent Search Winners
“From Texas to Tennessee” Album #5 on Bluegrass Today’s “Dave’s Dozen” of 2018
Original Patriotic Song “God Knows Who He Is” debuts #3 on Bluegrass Today’s Gospel Chart
Original Song “Dusty Gravel Road” as Bluegrass Borderline’s #1 Song of the Year of 2018
Popular Song “Speak Love” 19 weeks #1 on the Fan Voted Chart
Original Song “Pilgrims’ Prayer” 9 weeks #1, 26 weeks and running, on Mountain Bluegrass’ Weekly Top 12

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Lauren Talley shares the gospel with United Nations ambassadors

Written by Staff on December 13, 2019 – 10:10 am -

Lauren Talley shares the gospel with United Nations ambassadors

Earlier this week, Lauren Talley performed at an interfaith luncheon for United Nations ambassadors in New York City.

Arden, North Carolina (December 13, 2019) — Gospel singer Lauren Talley shared the gospel with world ambassadors to the United Nations when she sang at an interfaith luncheon hosted by the Foreign Service Fellowship earlier this week in New York City.

The luncheon serves as an outreach to ambassadors of different religions and ethnicities with the hope of spreading the true meaning of Christmas.

“About 60 ambassadors from all over the world, of every religion, ethnicity and creed, gathered to celebrate the reason for Christmas and were so gracious as I sang ‘Jesus What A Wonderful Child,’ and ‘The Broken Ones,’” says Talley. “God is doing big things in our world!”

Talley calls the event the honor of a lifetime. “It’s a huge honor for me to proclaim Jesus to some of the most influential leaders in the world,” she says.

Earlier this year, Talley released two albums of music inspiring heartfelt worship and praise of the Lord. Each showcases her powerful and soulful voice. Loudest Praise: Hymns of Mercy, Love And Grace features beloved hymns, reminding of their timelessness and eloquence for worship, while Glorious God: Songs of Worship and Wonder captures the awe Christ inspires with some of today’s most loved worship songs.
About Lauren Talley
Lauren Talley is one of Christian music’s most dynamic talents and has inspired a generation of young people to serve the Lord.

Lauren Talley: Loudest Praise: Hymns of Mercy, Love And Grace.Born into a rich musical heritage, Lauren sang her first solo at age 2 when she toddled onto the stage, interrupted her family’s concert and announced she wanted to “thing.” Lauren went on to make her own mark on the gospel music world as a member of her family group, The Talleys, with whom she received numerous awards, including a 2015 Dove Award for their song, “Hidden Heroes.” Lauren’s lead vocals shine on eleven number one hits for the group.

She has recorded five solo albums, her most recent being the highly touted 2017 release, “The Gospel,” which displays her skills as singer, producer, and songwriter. She is also the author of “Songs In The Night,” a companion devotional book to her 2010 album of the same title. Lauren performs solo concerts and is a featured singer and speaker for many women’s conferences and special events across the country. She is frequently recognized for her appearances on numerous Gaither Homecoming videos and concerts, RFD-TV’s “The Music City Show” and “In Touch” with Dr. Charles Stanley. In 2014 she was awarded an honorary doctorate degree in Worship Arts from John Wesley University.

When not traveling or recording her own music, Lauren often serves as studio background singer and producer for other recordings and works with emerging artists as a voice and performance coach. Lauren is a busy lady but always finds time to cheer on her beloved Tennessee Volunteers, drink sweet tea and spend time laughing with family and friends.

“My job as a communicator is to give people the truth of the Gospel,” Lauren says. “I want people to know that Jesus is everything – He’s the Answer the world is searching for, He’s the solution to all problems and He’s the only One in whom we have real hope. He called me to give people His message when I was 12 years old, and fulfilling that call is all I’ve ever really wanted.”
About Crossroads:
Crossroads is a market leader in the Southern Gospel, Bluegrass, and Americana fields. Established in 1993, following the combination of Horizon Music Group and Sonlite Records, Crossroads now operates several divisions including Crossroads Label Group (Horizon Records, Sonlite Records, Mountain Home Music, Skyland Records, Pisgah Ridge Records, Crossroads Records, and Organic Records), Crossroads Distribution, Crossroads Radio Promotions, and Crossroads Recording Studios. Led by a strong executive team of Christian music and Bluegrass music veterans, Crossroads combines cutting-edge technology with creative innovation to connect fans with our artists’ music.

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Sunset Gallery Music Reaches Agreement With Noted Songwriter, Donna King

Written by Staff on December 11, 2019 – 2:14 pm -

Sunset Gallery Music Reaches Agreement With Noted Songwriter, Donna King

Pictured l-r: Joel Lindsey (Sunset Gallery Music President), Donna King, & Wayne Hahn (Sunset Gallery Music Creative Director)

Joshua Tree, CA – One of Christian music’s most talented songwriters, Donna King, has reached an exclusive agreement with noted publishing company, Sunset Gallery Music. Effective immediately, Sunset Gallery Music will partner with King to begin producing musical collaborations for many of Christian music’s most popular recording artists from multiple genres.

Over the years, King has firmly established her place as a noted songwriter and producer. Her compositions have been recorded by many of the industry’s most talented musicians and singers and she has produced recordings for such popular artists as Tribute Quartet, The Taylors, The Erwins, and Mercy’s Well, just to name a few.
“I’ve known Donna King for many years,” Sunset Gallery Music President Joel Lindsey states. “I have had the privilege of working with her in many capacities. I have always loved how she brings such excitement and elegance to everything she does, so it’s incredibly thrilling for Sunset Gallery Music to partner with her in this beautiful adventure of songwriting! Her pursuit of excellence and her desire to craft great songs for the Kingdom is obvious. We could not be happier to welcome her into our family.”
For King, joining Sunset Gallery Music provides an opportunity to be a part of a writing team that has been honored by countless awards and accolades and years of songwriting excellence.
“I’ve always loved both the dedication to excellence and the family approach that Sunset Gallery takes with their writing team,” King shares. “It is a deep honor to be a part of that family now. I look so forward to all that the future holds.”
More information regarding Sunset Gallery Music is available by visiting facebook.com/sunsetgallerymusic. Additional information regarding Donna King is available online at www.donnakingmusic.com
Sunset Gallery Music Reaches Agreement With Noted Songwriter, Donna KingAbout Sunset Gallery Music
Sunset Gallery Music (BMI) – KeTone Songs (ASCAP) – Imperial Palms Music (SESAC)
Sunset Gallery Music was founded in 2002 in Los Angeles, CA, as an independent publishing and administration company for single copyrights. Since its inception, it has expanded to become the creative home for some of the music industry’s most decorated songwriters. Today, Sunset Gallery Music services and represents an impressive staff of writers including Val Dacus, Jeff Bumgardner, Gene Ezell, Ed Stivers, Rachel McCutcheon, Barbara Huffman, Scott Inman, Marcia Henry, Helga Kaefer, Adina Bowman, Randall Garland, Jim Davis, Jonathan Denney, Keagan Denney and Donna King. Sunset Gallery Music has garnered industry attention with multiple awards and chart-topping singlels from their highly respected roster of songwriters.

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Christian Country Music, Inc. to Further Promote Christian Country Music to the “Now Generation”

Written by Staff on December 9, 2019 – 3:17 pm -

Richard and Linda Wilson

Christian Country Music, Inc. President and Founder, Linda Wilson with her husband Executive Vice President Richard Wilson

New Project Launched for Christian Country Music Industry

FORT WORTH, TX – An exciting new project has been launched whose mission is to help promote and support the Christian Country music industry in a big way – Christian Country Music, Inc.

President and Founder, Linda Wilson along with her husband Executive Vice President Richard Wilson, also founded the Texas Country Music Association in 2011, which has met with great success and accomplishments. Now, they have put into place a plan to energize the Christian Country Music industry throughout the US and worldwide.

“The Texas Country Music Association has always promoted and will continue to promote Christian Country Music in our projects, including three awards at the annual Texas Country Music Awards,” says Wilson, who spent a combined 20 plus years leading worship in church.

“In doing so, we realized the need to get more active in Christian Country Music and specifically put projects and programs in place to assist the ministers, artists, songwriters, musicians, churches, fans and businesses involved in the industry reach the “Now Generation.”

She adds, “More than ever, our country and world need the message of faith, hope and Jesus, and we will do our part by helping those involved in active on-the-ground ministry of Christian Country Music.”

Christian Country Music, Inc. Executive Vice President Richard Wilson says, “This has been a long time in the making. There have been years of planning and many prayers for direction. The time is right now.” Mr. Wilson, who traveled with his family’s evangelistic music ministry in his younger days, is a drummer and vocalist. His all-time favorite artist of any genre is Kenny Hinson, who laid much of the groundwork for the Country sound in Christian and Gospel music.

Christian Country Music, Inc. President and Founder, Linda Wilson along with her husband Executive Vice President Richard Wilson, “There are many different types of individuals involved in the Christian Country music business, and it’s Christian Country Music, Inc.’s goal to aid in the success of not only artists, musicians and songwriters, but also the media whether radio, television or print, the businesses that produce music, tv shows and videos, and also those who work diligently behind the scenes to make it all happen – all for the enjoyment and benefit of the listeners, on a completely nationwide and worldwide basis,” Linda Wilson states.

“By building relationships, we can accomplish much. Our vision is to be an effective and encouraging resource to support and enable everyone out there making the music, ministering to lives and those behind the scenes that do so much in the industry. Our goal is not to replace any other of the fine organizations active today, but rather to come alongside and support those who are like-minded and have the same passion to reach the world with the Good News through music and ministry.”

According to the Wilsons, Christian Country Music, Inc. will blanket all styles of faith-based music that land under the “country music” genre. “We want to reach the “now generation” and that includes many styles of faith-based country music.” says Richard Wilson.

Some of those styles might be not only the traditional sound of Christian Country but what some may call Country Gospel, as well as Southern Gospel, Bluegrass, Blues, and even some newer styles such as Outlaw Country Gospel and musical styles along the lines of Texas Country and Red Dirt Country with Christian faith-based messages.”

CCM, Inc.’s growing membership as well as the directors and advisory council members will continually work together to assist, promote and support the industry and its artists by creating programs, opportunities, marketing and promotion of its members and the Christian Country Music industry as a whole.

There are already many projects and alliances in place to energize the Christian Country Music industry and many artists have already taken part. “We’re really happy and proud to have artists such as Del Way, Curtis Grimes, Justin Todd Herod and Tommy Brandt and others as CCM members, and others are coming alongside daily,” says Linda Wilson, “and the alliance in Texas Country with Joe Kelly at CDX expands now to help promote Christian Country nationally and worldwide.”

Joe and CDX just launched the Positive Country Chart, the first and only digitally monitored airplay chart for Christian Country Music, as well as a single distribution service to Christian radio. “Linda and Richard Wilson have done incredible work for years in the Texas Country Music industry that included a lot of Christian Country as well,” says CDX’s President Joe Kelly.

“We are proud to have our alliance in Texas Country. I am very excited that they have now launched Christian Country Music, Inc. and their great work will continue to grow and expose faith-based music. CDX Positive Country is positioned and very excited to work hand in hand with CCM, Inc. and are in tune with their mission. Onward and upward.” Joe and CDX already have long-standing presence in faith-based music, as well as the reputation of being the best resource for single distribution to radio stations in the Country and Texas Country markets.

“These will be very effective tools for Christian Country artists just as they are for Texas Country.” says Linda Wilson.

Christian Country Music Radio was launched by CCM, Inc. at www.christiancountrymusicradio.com, along with many other effective resources for members to use such as professionally produced music videos that will broadcast on Texas Country Network which launched in October 2019 at www.texascountrynetwork.com and Texas Country Network’s ROKU Channel.

More information about Christian Country Music, Inc., its purpose, plans, projects, goals and membership are available on www.christiancountrynow.com.

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Local Comedian Appears on The Huckabee Show

Written by Staff on December 9, 2019 – 9:37 am -

Mickey Bell

Comedian Mickey Bell performing on the Huckabee Show

Every 28 seconds, someone in America is attempting suicide.  It is also the second leading cause of death for people ages 15 to 24.  And we are now entering into a holiday season when it seems to be the most prominent time for those dealing with depression to have more bad days than they have good days.

That is why you will find Comedian Mickey Bell on the road helping people laugh through their pain.  And it was his ability to make others laugh that got the attention of Governor Mike Huckabee who host a weekly television show on the Trinity Broadcasting Network.
“It was so exciting to meet Governor Huckabee and be a part of his show,” says Bell. “To only be doing comedy for one year and to already have those doors open for me is nothing short of God elevating and accelerating.”
While comedy may get him on the stage, it’s his testimony of dealing with depression that is leaving the lasting impression.
Comedian Mickey Bell and his family posing for a picture with Governor Mike Huckabee. (L-R Governor Huckabee, Logan, Wendy and Mickey)

Comedian Mickey Bell and his family posing for a picture with Governor Mike Huckabee. (L-R Governor Huckabee, Logan, Wendy and Mickey)

Mickey Bell knows full well what depression feels like. His experience with the illness came to the forefront after being dismissed as pastor of a baptist church in Alabama. It was his sinful decisions that caused the fallout and led to a series of events that would change his life forever.

“I never would have imagined that I would be dealing with something like depression,” says Bell. “I thought if you could laugh about things, there was no way you could be depressed.”
But after walking through the lowest time in his life, he was contacted by Dr. Barry Cosper who serves as the Director of Missions for the Bessemer Baptist Association in Alabama who not only encouraged and mentored Mickey, but he got him the help he needed.
Weekly trips to meetings and psychologists, Bell started on his journey to realizing how depression worked and how he could learn to adapt to the lifestyle of not allowing it to overtake him. And he is spending his time now helping others have more good days than bad.
Mickey Bell/ Huckabee Show

Mickey Bell

“Reverse the Course of Depression,” is the latest book by Mickey and is set to be released nationally on December 23rd.  It’s a book that not only addresses issues that others don’t want to really talk about but Bell also shares with you how he deals with the symptoms that come with the illness.

“You would never tell a cancer patient to ‘just get over it’ so why do we think it’s okay to say that to someone battling depression?” Bell said.  Mickey serves as pastor for the people at Grace Church Bessemer each weekend but travels during the week all over the nation sharing his message of hope and brighter days.
During this holiday season, if you find yourself crying more than you laugh or you know someone that is battling the illness of depression and you just don’t know what to say to them, consider ordering your copy of Mickey Bell’s book.  You can find out more information by visiting www.TheMickeyBell.com/author.

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‘A Reason To Celebrate’ at the Ark Encounter

Written by Staff on December 5, 2019 – 5:01 pm -

A Reason To Celebrate by Steve Hess and Southern Salvation at the Ark EncounterFranklin, TN (December 5, 2019) – The Ark’s resident musical group, Steve Hess & Southern Salvation, are celebrating Christmas twice each day at the Answers Center Theater during the season. Steve Hess was tasked earlier in the year to write and create a Christmas musical as one of the Ark’s ‘ChristmasTime at Ark Encounter’ free events this year. This led to Steve composing several original Christmas songs, the inclusion of some Christmas favorites and writing a musical that leads the main character of the play on a journey to discover the real meaning of Christmas and ‘A Reason To Celebrate’.

One of the compositions for ‘A Reason To Celebrate’ is a collaboration with group member, John McCall, on “Luke 2, The Christmas Story”. This unique collaboration involved taking the passage from Luke 2:9-14 and creating a song using the King James Version of the text. This is the most popular and traditional reading utilized during Christmas presentations and programs in churches and presentations across the nation. This new Christmas song is also being used as a promotion for the ‘ChristmasTime at Ark Encounter’ event by founder Ken Ham and the Ark Encounter.

A Reason To Celebrate by Steve Hess and Southern Salvation at the Ark Encounter“Luke 2, The Christmas Story” is available on all digital streaming outlets. “Luke 2, The Christmas Story”

For more information about ‘ChristmasTime at Ark Encounter’ and the concert schedule for ‘A Reason To Celebrate’ visit ArkEncounter.com

Steve Hess & Southern Salvation: southernsalvation.com

ABOUT STEVE HESS & SOUTHERN SALVATION: Steve Hess & Southern Salvation are the resident artist at the Ark Encounter, performing 400 concerts a year. The group has multiple Singing News charting singles to their credit and performs a variety of Southern Gospel Music to thousands of visitors to the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum each year. Their current single is “Three Beating Hearts”, a song being used in promotion by the Ark Encounter / Creation Museum in support of pro-life.

ABOUT MANSION ENTERTAINMENT: Mansion is a Nashville TN based record label with distribution through The Orchard (a division of Sony Music). Mansion has distributed artist projects in Southern Gospel such as the Sherry Anne LIVE! DVD (Top 5 Billboard Music Video chart), The Griffith Family, The Ark Encounter resident artist Steve Hess & Southern Salvation, Triumphant Quartet, Palmetto State and others, Bluegrass and Country Music genres including the GRAMMY Nominated ‘Forever Changed’ album by T. Graham Brown (Billboard Album Sales Top 100), “Because You Love Me” by T.G. Sheppard and ‘A Bluegrass Tribute To George Jones’ by GRAMMY Winner Brad Davis. Mansion has partnered with charting radio singles by Triumphant Quartet, Palmetto State Quartet, Brad Davis, Steve Hess & Southern Salvation, Sherry Anne, The Griffith Family, Tonja Rose and multiple other artists across many formats, including Praise & Worship and the Spanish Market.

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Master’s Trio emphasizes ministry above all else

Written by Staff on December 3, 2019 – 8:28 am -

Master’s Trio emphasizes ministry above all else

The Master’s Trio, from left, Kevin Willis, Steve Black and Mike Chatterton, formed in 2017 with the current alignment coming together last year. The group was named Best in Show at the Kentucky State Fair last summer. (Photo furnished)

The Master’s Trio really didn’t know what they were getting into when the Southern gospel group agreed to perform in the Gospel Music Showcase at the Kentucky State Fair (this past summer).

“There was a gentleman at a church in Bath County, which is near here,” remembers Trio tenor Kevin Willis, a resident of Mt. Sterling. “He was really pushing for us to be a part of that. He had been talking with the guys at (Bath County) Farm Bureau and was actively involved in it.”

So, the Master’s Trio, a group that has only been around since 2017 but is comprised of gospel veterans, agreed for a chance to sing and share the ministry on a larger stage.

 Master’s Trio

The Master’s Trio performs “Every Word” at the Kentucky State Fair. (Photo by John Herndon)

“When the fellow told me about it, he didn’t mention anything about it being a competition, so to speak,” smiles Steve Black, a South Point, Ohio, resident who says he can see Ashland, Ky., from his back door. “We didn’t realize (the showcase would be a competition) until we were filling out the paperwork.”

As it turned out, the Master’s Trio was named Best Variety Group along with Best of Show at the annual event, held Aug. 22, 2019, at the fair. The event is put on by the Kentucky Farm Bureau with local Farm Bureau organizations sponsoring the entries for the show. Hundreds of gospel music fans packed into a second-floor conference room for an afternoon of soloists, trios and traditional quartets.

The Master’s Trio received a monetary prize along with two large ribbons and trophies commemorating being judged best in the division and Best of Show.

“We went down there and it was a blessing that came our way,” says Black, the group’s lead singer. “We appreciate that.”

Master’s Trio

The Master’s Trio at the Kentucky State Fair. (Photo by John Herndon)

Black’s cousin, Mike Chatterton, a retired law enforcement officer from Poca, W. Va., sings baritone and rounds out the group.

Taking the stage last, out of 12 entries, the Master’s Trio turned heads with rousing covers of the Down East Boys’ “Every Word” and Greater Vision’s “Rolled Back Stone.” While the Trio was honored and humbled to receive the accolades, it was really another opportunity to share the word and encourage those in attendance.

It’s the philosophy of a Trio that tries to live as its name suggests. “We don’t want to just be known as three guys up there singing,” Chatterton says. “We want to use this as a ministry.”

As we gathered around a table at Willis’ home, ministry was evident. The group had just earned one of the highest statewide honors, but the members talked much more about how God had blessed the undertaking, which began on April 8, 2017, at the very same table.

Willis, who began singing with his parents as a sixth-grader in Dixon, Ill., had been a part of several groups before locating in Mt. Sterling, where he at one time served as the worship pastor of First Church of God. His Southern gospel roots had taken him to several groups in Indiana and Illinois, most recently with Common Bond, a well-known regional group based in Mt. Sterling at the time. Willis joined with Black, who had retired from the construction business, and Bryan Hatton to form the Master’s Trio.

From left, Kevin Willis, Mike Chatterton, and Steve Black make up The Master’s Trio. (Photo by John Herndon)

Hatton soon left the group, but Black says that was an opportunity for God to provide. “We prayed the Lord would lead someone our way,” he says. “It’s kind of ironic, but this is how the Lord works. Our baritone (Chatterton) is my cousin, so I have known him all my life, basically. He had called me before and asked if I knew a group that needed a singer, but at the time we didn’t need anybody.

“I thought I would call back. Mike had been in a revival service and the preacher said, ‘What can you do for the Lord? What can you do in his service?’”

Chatterton had been singing some solos in his church but when Black called a few days later, he jumped at the chance to join the Master’s Trio.

Black continues, “So we got together and God has blessed this thing more than we ever thought he would. The biggest blessing is to be able to share the message of the gospel.”

Black and Chatterton have been singing gospel music for more than 40 years.

The style is decidedly Southern gospel and the Master’s Trio delivers a message of Christ wherever they can. The group is based in Mt. Sterling, but simply lists its hometown as “Central Kentucky” on its Facebook page, and while Black and Chatterton reside in the Kentucky-Ohio-West Virginia Tri-State area, the bulk of the group’s appearances have been in central and east-central Kentucky.

Willis, who works as a truck driver, says the group has been as far south as Tennessee and will be making its third trip to Kewanee, Ill., about an hour southeast of Davenport, Ia., this fall.

The music is outstanding and the singers are all talented, but sitting down with the group after their regular rehearsal session revealed the intangible that sets the Master’s Trio apart. At times, these grandfathers cut up with each other like little boys. “Honestly, this is more like a brotherhood, if that makes sense,” Black says. “If you can’t get along with the person you are singing with, it’s going to reflect to the people listening.”

Since the fair, the Master’s Trio has received many congratulatory messages and they’ve struck up a friendship with The Noblemen, the popular Shelby County quartet that won that division at the fair. By chance, the groups were seated next to each other throughout the Gospel Music Showcase and Black says they will put on a joint concert at Camargo (Ky.) Church of God.

Master’s Trio

The Master’s Trio at the Kentucky State Fair. (Photo by John Herndon)

The group is also looking forward to releasing their first CD. The project was recently recorded and includes a song Willis wrote with his college buddy, George Mick, entitled, “A Blessing’s on the Way.”

Right now, the Master’s Trio is blessed by simply sharing the gospel in song. It’s a passion and a life.

Says Willis, “The story is told that when I was one week old, I was pushed under the front pew at a singing because my mom and dad had a quartet singing somewhere.” He laughs. It’s because the story underscores that singing about Jesus is simply in the Master’s Trio’s blood. And it’s there to stay.

Master’s Trio has well-known connections

Kevin Willis remembers those days when he was a student at Olivet Nazarene University in Illinois and singing with a gospel group.“We used to do a lot of stuff hanging out with the Cathedrals,” he says. “Particularly, the piano player at the time, Roger Bennett, kind of hung out with us.” Bennett, a member of the Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame, would stay with the Cathedrals until the group retired. He then helped form Legacy Five but passed away in 2007 at age 48.

For Steve Black and Mike Chatterton, the connections are much closer. First, they are both related to country and bluegrass music Hall of Fame member Ricky Skaggs and commend his deep faith. “He’s got the goods,” Black smiles.

And Black and Chatterton became close to one of gospel music’s all-time greats, Squire Parsons. “Mike and I sang many church homecomings with the group Squire used to sing with the Cavalrymen, before joining the Kingsmen,” Black says. “In that group was Conrad Cook, another great songwriter, as well as Squire’s brother Virgil. A few years later, Mike became a neighbor of Squire’s. I think it’s safe to say that Mike has been in touch with Squire more than I have. As a matter of fact, Mike was asked by Squire to make the first trip with him when he went to join the Kingsmen.”

The Master’s Trio accepts the First Place ribbon at the Kentucky State Fair. From left is Scott Christmas of the Kentucky Farm Bureau, Steve Black, Mike Chatterton, and Kevin Willis. (Photo by John Herndon)

By John Herndon

First published on kentuckysings.com, September 11, 2019 (kentuckysings.com/tag/masters-trio/)

John Herndon is a regular contributor to SGNScoops Magazine

John Herndon is a writer for SGNScoops Magazine and also has a website called KentuckySings. John is a Kentucky native who was raised listening to gospel music. As a child, the Sunday morning routine always included the Gospel Singing Jubilee and his summers were filled with all-day-singings-and-dinner-on-the-ground listening to local groups just about every Sunday. He remembers seeing The Prophets at his county fair when he was seven years old and eventually, he became a huge fan of The Oak Ridge Boys, The Imperials and J.D. Sumner and the Stamps. John spent 20 years in the located ministry and during this time, he began writing local sports for The Anderson News in Lawrenceburg, Ky. For the last 16 years, he has been the full-time sports editor of that paper. John has won over 100 awards from the Kentucky Press Association, the Society of Professional Journalists and Landmark Community Newspapers. He loves listening to gospel music or playing one of his guitars. John lives in Lawrenceburg with his wife, Stephanie, and a 17-year-old daughter. He has three grown children and four grandchildren.

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Lorraine Walker: So this is November with Thanksgiving and Christmas

Written by Staff on November 29, 2019 – 4:11 pm -

November 2019 SGNScoops Magazine

Editor’s Last Word by Lorraine Walker for November 2019 SGNScoops Magazine

Here is is, the second-to-last month of 2019 and I’m still writing 2010 on my notes. I know I will catch up sometime. It’s hard to fathom entering another decade. I hope you are ready for it and if you aren’t, you do have a few days to wrap your mind around it. With November comes the holiday season and I am happy about that. I love Christmas and the decorations and music. We are working on the December issue and I can’t wait to introduce you to lots of great Christmas music!

 

This month, I’m glad we had the opportunity to highlight the Troy Burns Family with a great feature by Justin Gilmore. Troy Burns was honored at Creekside Gospel Music Convention on October 28, 2019, with the Dr. Jerry Goff Lifetime Achievement award. I understand that the whole week was a terrific time of fellowship and music and fun. Next month, we will share with you some of the artists’ best moments of Creekside 2019. I hope you had a chance to check out the winners of the 2019 Diamond Awards which were also presented at Creekside. Don’t forget to vote next year!

 

Lorraine Walker: So this is November with Thanksgiving and ChristmasSpecial thanks to all of our November artists, including the Hoppers, Jordy Hinson, the Sheltons, Bonita Eileen, Alan Bibey and those who performed at the Vernon Alabama Gospel Music Weekend. We appreciate our writers and hope that you had a chance to read all of their offerings. Charlie Griffin, Lyndsey Chandler, John Herndon, Jantina Baksteen, Les Butler, Leslie McKay, Vonda Armstrong, Justin Gilmore, and also our publisher, Rob Patz. Each has their own unique style and calling to use their gifts for the Lord through the printed word. Thank you so much.

 

November is also the month of Thanksgiving and we want to extend our thanks to all of you who have read through our pages this month and all year. We want to present a magazine that is interesting, entertaining, perhaps thought-provoking and even educational, but most of all, we want to present words that are life giving. Words that extend our love for the Lord Jesus Christ, our faith in his saving power, our enjoyment of his abundant life, from our hearts to yours. We hope you have experienced some of that this month.

 

In this month, you might also extend your thanks to the service men and women who protect the country you live in. Veterans Day presents a moment for us to think about the dedication of those who have given their lives for their country, and those who have returned to this land to resume a life forever changed by their experiences. 

 

You might also take a moment to thank the spiritual leaders in your life, perhaps your pastor or other members of the church family that have led you a little farther along in your journey. Maybe it’s a friend or family member whose Christ-filled life is one that makes you want more of the Lord in your world. Whoever the people are that draw you to Jesus, perhaps they need to know that their prayers and walk are not in vain. Take time to thank them this month.

 

Thanksgiving, ThankfulFinally, and most importantly, we need to take time this month to thank the Lord Jesus Christ for all of his good and perfect gifts to us. The obvious gifts are physically in front of us, but perhaps the better gifts are things like family, friends, music, the printed word, fellowship with like-minded people, health, love and hope. The best gift of all is the gift that God the Father gave when his son, Jesus Christ came to this earth to offer us eternal, abundant life; salvation from an eternity without God, cleansing from sin, light in our darkness and freedom from bondage. Thank Jesus this Thanksgiving for the greatest gift of all. Life.

 

Lorraine Walker: So this is November with Thanksgiving and Christmas

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If you have any questions or comments about anything in this magazine, please write to me at lorraine@sgnscoops.com.

By Lorraine Walker

First published by SGNScoops Magazine in November 2019

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Happy Thanksgiving from Classic Artists Music Group

Written by Staff on November 28, 2019 – 7:19 am -

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Happy Thanksgiving from the Pine Ridge Boys

2019 Thanksgiving Thoughts from the Classic Artists Music Group family.

THE PINE RIDGE BOYS:

The Pine Ridge Boys are thankful for the many blessings that God has given us. We saw tragedy turn into a newer bus. We have seen lives changed through a song. We are blessed over and over again, too much to mention.

Notice that in Psalms 118 it starts with this verse and ends with the same thing:

Psalms 118: 1 O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: because his mercy endures forever.

Psalms 118: 24 This is the day which the Lord hath made; we rejoice and be glad in it.

Psalms 118: 28 Thou art my God, and I will praise thee: thou art my God, I will exalt thee.

Psalms 118: 29 O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endures forever.

We don’t say this lightly, but we are grateful for what God has done in our own lives.

 

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Happy Thanksgiving from the Sheltons

THE SHELTONS:

This year has been a joyous and blessed year for the Sheltons. We are blessed with family and friends that have been with us every step of the way. We have met so many wonderful people in our travels and concerts. This year we count every mile a blessing as we have seen God touch people through our songs. Since 1959 that has been our mission; to be a blessing with our songs. But today through our songs you bless us with your prayers, support, encouragement and friendship. Thank you!

 

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Happy Thanksgiving from Charlie Griffin

CHARLIE GRIFFIN:

This year I am more aware of how fluid life can be. Our family and traditions are different with the passing of Mom and others in our family. Today, I hold family and friends a bit closer and relish the moments we share. We laugh and play harder; we truly make memories to cherish. In my music and shared word events, I appreciate those who take time to come visit with me. I appreciate their love, friendship, support and encouragement. In my daily journey, I find more blessings than I deserve from God’s saving grace, forgiveness and mercies to having my needs and even desires met in real time. Jeremiah 29:11 holds true on this journey. “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

 

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Happy Thanksgiving from The Chordsmen Quartet

THE CHORDSMEN QUARTET:

We are so thankful for the grace, love and mercy that God has bestowed upon The Chordsmen Quartet in 2019. We have seen folks saved and blessed through our ministry. He has touched us all in our families,  our health and given us the opportunity each day to proclaim the good news of Jesus in song. Our prayer is: “God, hide us behind the cross, so that you can be seen in everything we do.”

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