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Daywind Recording Artists Garner Top Honors at 2013 Absolutely Gospel Music Awards: Karen Peck wins Song of the Year and Album of the Year

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on April 12, 2013 – 2:08 pm -

KPHENDERSONVILLE, TN (April 11, 2013) – It was a very exciting night for Daywind artists at the Absolutely Gospel Music Awards on April 9, 2013. Karen Peck received the top honors of the evening, winning Song of the Year for “Mighty Big God” and Album of the Year for her solo recording “How You Walk the Miles.” Karen Peck and New River performed during the ceremony as well.

Brian Free and Assurance received awards in two categories. Their song, “I Want To Be That Man,” was awarded Progressive Song of the Year and the group’s lead singer, Bill Shivers, receive long overdue recognition as Male Vocalist of the Year. The group also performed at the ceremony, held in Nashville, TN.

When the winner of the Traditional Album of the Year award was announced, the crowd rose to its feet as Libbi Perry Stuffle of The Perrys came to the stage to accept the award for their album “Through The Night.” The audience was captivated by the testimony Libbi shared of how her husband, Tracy who has been in intensive care for 76 days after suffering a stroke, is gaining strength every day.
Gerald Wolfe of Greater Vision received the award for Special Event Project Producer of the Year for his work on the “Jubilee” series of recordings. Greater Vision is about to release a brand new recording called “ “ in May, 2013.

Sue Smith took home the award for Songwriter of the Year. Sue is a five time Dove Award winner and has written for such artists as Karen Peck & New River, Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, Brian Free & Assurance, The Hoppers and many others.


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Freedom Releases Critically Acclaimed Single to Radio

Written by SGN Scoops on September 4, 2012 – 9:43 am -

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. – (September 3, 2012) – Freedom, one of the most exciting new names in Christian music, is excited to announce the release of their brand new single. The new song, titled “My Retirement Plan,” was one of the most critically acclaimed cuts on the group’s debut recording for Homeland Inspiration Group – Freedom. “We’ve been wanting to release this single for a long time,” mentioned Freedom’s John Rulapaugh. “Everywhere we sing it, people have loved the song and really connect with it. We believe that this song will have a very positive impact on not only our ministry, but Southern Gospel radio as well.” “My Retirement Plan” was written by Dianne Wilkinson, one of Gospel music’s most prolific and awarded songwriters in the industry. It is also the follow-up single to the group’s previous Top 40 hits “Come On In” and “If It Wasn’t For That Cross.” The new single is available to hear via a free stream on the popular Gospel music news and information site AbsolutelyGospel.com. The song is sitting alongside current releases from Brian Free & Assurance, Libbi Perry Stuffle, Beyond the Ashes, Sunday Edition, and new trio Brothersake. Josh Garner stated, “We are excited to be partnering with Absolutely Gospel in promoting this song. They’ve been very good to our ministry, and we’re glad to share our song on such a great site!” Freedom recently announced the unveiling of its new, fully-update website. The new page went live earlier and was designed by Freedom’s John Rulapaugh. The site is an exhaustive telling of Freedom and the group’s ministry.  It features a biography, contact information, a photo gallery, schedules, product information and more. The site also features a free Member’s Only section where fans can get more exclusive information on the group, as well as Freedom’s highly popular video series “Freedom Backstage.”
You can find out more information on the group by visiting http://www.freedomtrio.com or by visiting them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/FreedomTrio .  About FreedomFreedom is the culmination of a mutual lifelong dream for longtime friends Josh Garner and John Rulapaugh. Having spent a combined total of more than 30 years singing the Gospel, these young men have joined forces to create a new standard in Christian Music. Joining Garner and Rulapaugh in this new undertaking is vocalist and pianist Tyler Vestal. Sharing a deep love for God and country, these three men are passionate about sharing the love of Jesus throughout an increasingly hurting nation and around the world. Though the group has only been on the road for a few short years, the men have already made appearances on major events like the main stage of the National Quartet Convention, Grand Ole Gospel Reunion, Absolutely Gospel Music Fest, Suwanee River Jubilee, and more. The group’s debut album, Freedom, has already spawned off two hit singles (“Come On In” and “If It Wasn’t For That Cross”). In addition, the group earned a nomination for Breakthrough Artist of the Year in the 2011 Absolutely Gospel Music Awards.


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Eighth Day’s “Because of the Blood” Making Big Strides at Radio

Written by SGN Scoops on September 4, 2012 – 8:44 am -

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – (September 3, 2012) – Popular Southern Gospel trio Eighth Day’s follow-up to their back-to-back #1 singles is making big strides at Southern Gospel radio this month. The new single, “Because of the Blood,” made a huge jump this month on the Singing News Top 80 chart. The song bulleted from #43 to #17 on the upcoming October 2012 chart – becoming the group’s sixth career Top 20 hit. In addition, the single has been sitting in the Top 10 of the AbsolutelyGospel.com Top 40 Weekly Chart for several weeks and is currently charting at #7 this week. “We are so ecstatic to see how God has been using our music and specifically this song,” mentioned Scott Robinson of Eighth Day. “His faithfulness to our ministry over the last couple of years has been astounding. We are so thankful for his grace and favor in our ministry.” “Because of the Blood” was written by Christie Capps and is the seventh single released from the group’s Absolutely Gospel Music Award nominated project Everything Holy. The group has scored an unprecedented six Top 20 singles off of the album including the #1 hits – “May I Never Get Over the Cross” and “Are You Ready.” “Because of the Blood” is being promoted to radio by Tony & Kim Hudgins and Spin-N-Motion Promotions. The song can be found on the company’s May 2012 Compilation – cut #1.

 Earlier this year, Eighth Day was honored to receive two nominations in the 2012 Absolutely Gospel Music Awards. The group received nominations for Song of the Year and Progressive Song of the Year for their first ever #1 hit from last year – “May I Never Get Over the Cross.” Eighth Day’s #1 hit from last fall, “May I Never Get Over the Cross,” was named the 2nd most played song of the year according to AbsolutelyGospel.com. The song spent an impressive 4 weeks at #1 and was only surpassed in spins this year by one other song – Karen Peck & New River’s “On the Banks of the Promised Land.”

 More information on Eighth Day can be found at http://www.eighthdaymusic.com. 

 About Eighth Day
Eighth Day is a popular trio based out of Spartanburg, South Carolina. The group has quickly established itself as one of the top new talents in Gospel music today. Their fresh and progressive sound has been described as a little bit country, a touch of bluegrass, and a whole lot of Gospel!


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Sharron Kay King Scores Latest Top 40 Hit with “Look Up”

Written by SGN Scoops on September 4, 2012 – 8:42 am -

 BYRON, Ga. – (September 3, 2012) – 2012 Absolutely Gospel Music Award nominee Sharron Kay King has scored another Top 40 single this month from her critically acclaimed release Don’t Stop Believing. The song, titled “Look Up,” has become the fifth consecutive single from the album to debut on the AbsolutelyGospel.com Top 40 Weekly Chart – the Southern Gospel industry’s most watched and longest running weekly radio report.
“I’m just continually amazed at how blessed I am,” mentioned Sharron Kay King. “God has poured his blessings on my life, and I am so thankful that He has shown his favor on my life. Thank you so much to radio for getting behind my music.”
“Look Up” was written by Eric Horner and was just released to Southern Gospel radio through Eddie King & Crown Communications. “Look Up” is the final single from Don’t Stop Believing as Sharron is preparing for the release of her much-anticipated follow-up recording. Sharron has been putting the finishing touches on her new record titled This Story of My Life. This Story of My Life is Sharron’s first studio-recording in over five years. This Story of My Life is being produced by Mike Pillow (Ricky Atkinson & Compassion, Naomi Sego, Ann Downing) and has a tentative release date of this fall.
Sharron wrote or co-wrote 10 of the 12 tracks including the title cut. Other writers and co-writers included award-winning writers Steve & Annie Chapman, John Robinson, Becky Wright, Chris Binion, and Sharron’s son-in-law Sean Anderson.
More information on the new recording including a definitive release date, the first single, and some other surprise appearances will be announced at a later date.
Sharron has been singing and speaking at ladies retreats and recovery groups more frequently this year due to her amazing testimony of God’s redeeming power and grace. For information on how you can book Sharron at your church or event, visit http://www.sharronkayking.com. Sharron was honored earlier this year to see her name among the 10 nominees for Fan Favorite Artist of the Year in the highly-respected Absolutely Gospel (SGN) Music Awards. This is the second time in her career that Sharron has been nominated for an Absolutely Gospel Music Award. She was previously nominated in 2007 in the Country Album of the Year category for her The Road I Know project. More information as well as booking information on Sharron Kay King can be found at http://sharronkayking.com. Fans can visit Sharron on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sharron-Kay-King-Official-Fan-Page/102290253148210 . About Sharron Kay King
Sharron Kay King is a talented singer/songwriter based out of Byron, Georgia.  Sharron’s last release, Don’t Stop Believing, spawned off the #1 fan favorite “God’s Been Good.”  King was a 2008 Top 5 finalist in the Singing News Fan Awards for Favorite Horizon Individual and a 2009 Top 10 finalist for Favorite Soloist.


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Freedom Reaches Promotional Agreement with Southern Spin Entertainment

Written by SGN Scoops on July 5, 2012 – 6:02 am -

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – (July 4, 2012) – Freedom, one of the most exciting new names in Christian music, has reached a publicity and web promotion agreement with SSE Group, Inc.  Through this agreement, the talented trio has gained exclusive access to all media outlets serviced by Southern Spin Entertainment, in addition to advertising and marketing possibilities.

Freedom is the culmination of a mutual lifelong dream for longtime friends Josh Garner and John Rulapaugh. Having spent a combined total of more than 30 years singing the Gospel, these young men have joined forces to create a new standard in Christian Music. Joining Garner and Rulapaugh in this new undertaking is vocalist and pianist Tyler Vestal. Sharing a deep love for God and country, these three men are passionate about sharing the love of Jesus throughout an increasingly hurting nation and around the world. Read more »


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Eighth Day Releases Another Winner to Radio with “Because of the Blood”

Written by SGN Scoops on May 24, 2012 – 4:28 am -

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – (May 23, 2012) – Popular Southern Gospel trio Eighth Day has just earned another winner at radio with the release of their latest single. The new song – titled “Because of the Blood” – was recently named the second most added song of the month according to the upcoming July 2012 issue of the Singing NewsTop 80 chart.

Joni Robinson of Eighth Day said, “This song has been such a huge part of our ministry of the last couple of years. The message is timeless, and we know that people have gotten behind the song because of its simple message of hope and healing.”

“Because of the Blood” was written by Christie Capps and is the seventh single released from the group’s Absolutely Gospel Music Award nominated project Everything Holy. The group has scored an unprecedented five Top 20 singles off of the album including the #1 hit from last summer – “May I Never Get Over the Cross.”

“We are still in awe at just how much radio has gotten behind our ministry,” mentioned Scott Robinson of Eighth Day. “DJs and programmers have been so kind to us – and we are extremely grateful for them getting behind the music that we have released over the last few years.”

“Because of the Blood” is being promoted to radio by Tony & Kim Hudgins and Spin-N-Motion Promotions. The song can be found on the company’s May 2012 Compilation – cut #1.

 Earlier this year, Eighth Day was honored to receive two nominations in the 2012 Absolutely Gospel Music Awards. The group received nominations for Song of the Year and Progressive Song of the Year for their first ever #1 hit from last year – “May I Never Get Over the Cross.”

Eighth Day’s #1 hit from last fall, “May I Never Get Over the Cross,” was named the 2nd most played song of the year according to AbsolutelyGospel.com. The song spent an impressive 4 weeks at #1 and was only surpassed in spins this year by one other song – Karen Peck & New River’s “On the Banks of the Promised Land.”

More information on Eighth Day can be found at http://www.eighthdaymusic.com. 

About Eighth Day

Eighth Day is a popular trio based out of Spartanburg, South Carolina.  The group has quickly established itself as one of the top new talents in Gospel music today.  Their fresh and progressive sound has been described as a little bit country, a touch of bluegrass, and a whole lot of Gospel!

 


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Sharron Kay King’s “Look Up” Featured On AbsolutelyGospel.com

Written by SGN Scoops on April 27, 2012 – 2:24 pm -

BYRON, Ga. – (April 26, 2012) – 2012 Absolutely Gospel Music Award nominee Sharron Kay Kingis proud to announce that her new single is currently being featured this month on AbsolutelyGospel.com’s MP3 features. The new single, titled “Look Up”, is available to hear via a free stream on the popular Gospel music news and information site alongside current releases from The Perrys, Karen Peck & New River, Sisters, Tribute Quartet, and the brand new Legacy Five music video for “Ask Me Why.”

“The staff of Absolutely Gospel has partnered with my ministry in so many ways,” mentioned Sharron. “I’m honored to have my music being represented on such a great and consistently viewed website. I encourage everyone to check the song out and see what else you might like to read or hear on the site as well!”

Sharron just released her latest single to radio. The new song, titled “Look Up,” is the fifth single released from King’s SGN Music Award-nominated project Don’t Stop Believing. “Look Up” was written by Eric Horner and was just released to Southern Gospel radio through Eddie King & Crown Communications.

 All four of Sharron’s previous singles from Don’t Stop Believing landed in the Top 20 on the AbsolutelyGospel.com Top 40 Weeky Chart – the industry’s most watched weekly radio report in Southern Gospel music. Read more »


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Daywind Artists Recognized at the 2012 Absolutely Gospel Music Awards

Written by SGN Scoops on April 17, 2012 – 1:20 pm -

Hendersonville, TN (April 12, 2012) – Daywind Records artists celebrated a great night at the 2012 Absolutely Gospel Music Awards, held at the River of Life Church in Smyrna, TN.  Karen Peck & New River were awarded Favorite Mixed Group, as well the overall Fan Favorite Artist of the Year.  Their #1 song, “On The Banks Of The Promised Land,” from the 2011 project, Reach Out, received Song of the Year, as well as Progressive Song of the Year, while Karen Peck Gooch was awarded the Susan Unthank Memorial Award.  Libbi Perry Stuffle received the award for Female Vocalist of the Year, and the Perrys’ Dove Award nominated song, “Celebrate Me Home,” won for Traditional Southern Song.  The Booth Brothers were named as the Best Live Performer and their latest album, Let It Be Known, took home the award for Progressive Album.  Sisters were awarded Female Group of the Year and the new duo, Wilburn & Wilburn, were recognized as Breakthrough Artist of the Year.  Daywind writer, Kenna West, was awarded Professional Songwriter of the Year.

The award show, hosted by Karen Peck Gooch and Sonya Isaacs Yeary, featured live performances from several of the nominated groups, including Daywind artists Karen Peck, Wilburn & Wilburn, and Sisters.

Daywind Records is based in Hendersonville, TN and is distributed worldwide through New Day Christian Distributors.  In addition to the artists mentioned, Daywind is home to such great artists as Marshall Hall, the Mark Trammell Quartet and Greater Vision, among others.  For more information on Daywind Records, visit daywindrecords.com.


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2012 Absolutely Gospel Music Awards To Be Broadcast on Sirius XM’s enLighten Radio

Written by SGN Scoops on April 3, 2012 – 11:12 am -

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – (April 3, 2012) – The internet’s largest e-zine for all things Gospel Music, AbsolutelyGospel.com and Sirius XM’s enLighten Radio are partnering together to bring the 2012 Absolutely Gospel Music Awards Celebrationto the satellite radio community.

In addition to the live internet stream set for the evening of the awards, Sirius XM’s enLighten will be recording the event and broadcasting the awards celebration the following weekend on its station.

“This is something that we have talked about for years but have never really been able to flesh out until this year,” mentioned Deon Unthank, President of AbsolutelyGospel.com. “We are very excited about reaching thousands of more listeners through this arrangement!” Read more »


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Sharron Kay King Nominated For “Fan Favorite Artist of the Year

Written by SGN Scoops on February 8, 2012 – 2:13 pm -

BYRON, Ga. – (February 7, 2012) – Singing News Fan Award nominee Sharron Kay King was honored last month to see their name among the 10 nominees for Fan Favorite Artist of the Year in the highly-respected Absolutely Gospel (SGN) Music Awards.
“I am so humbled to have been nominated for this award,” mentioned Sharron. “I am honored that so many of my friends would place their vote for me in this category. Words can’t describe how blessed I feel to be nominated for such a big award!”
 
This is the second time in her career that Sharron has been nominated for an Absolutely Gospel Music Award. She was previously nominated in 2007 in the Country Album of the Year category for her The Road I Know project.
 
Chris Unthank, Editor-in-Chief of AbsolutelyGospel.com said, “We as a staff have grown to really love and appreciate the ministry of Sharron, so we were thrilled for her when the votes were tallied, and she landed in the Top 10 for this category. Sharron is the real deal, and I think this nomination is a testament to that fact.”
 
The Fan Favorite Artist of the Year category is the only one where the nominees are strictly chosen by the fans. The nominees in the other 23 award categories are chosen by the staff of AbsolutelyGospel.com and select media representatives.
 
Fans are getting a chance to vote for their favorites in several categories now through February 14, 2012. The Absolutely Gospel (SGN) Music Awards will be handed out at a live ceremony on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at River of Life Church in Smyrna, TN. The event is tentatively scheduled to be streamed live like in 2010. More details on the Absolutely Gospel Music Awards will be announced at a later date.
 
Sharron just released her latest single to radio. The new song, titled “Look Up,” is the fifth single released from King’s SGN Music Award-nominated project Don’t Stop Believing. “Look Up” was written by Eric Horner and was just released to Southern Gospel radio through Eddie King & Crown Communications.
 
All four of Sharron’s previous singles from Don’t Stop Believing landed in the Top 20 on the AbsolutelyGospel.com Top 40 Weeky Chart – the industry’s most watched weekly radio report in Southern Gospel music.
 
More information as well as booking information on Sharron Kay King can be found at http://sharronkayking.com. Fans can visit Sharron on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sharron-Kay-King-Official-Fan-Page/102290253148210 .
 
About Sharron Kay King
Sharron Kay King is a talented singer/songwriter based out of Byron, Georgia.  Sharron’s last release, Don’t Stop Believing, spawned off the #1 fan favorite “God’s Been Good.”  King was a 2008 Top 5 finalist in the Singing News Fan Awards for Favorite Horizon Individual and a 2009 Top 10 finalist for Favorite Soloist.


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