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New Speer Family Revives and Refreshes Iconic Songs on A Singing Heritage Debut Release Available Now

Written by Staff on October 31, 2018 – 8:16 pm -

New Speer Family Revives and Refreshes Iconic Songs on A Singing Heritage Debut Release Available Now

New Speer Family Revives and Refreshes Iconic Songs on “A Singing Heritage”
Debut Release Available Now

New Speer Family Revives and Refreshes Iconic Songs on A Singing Heritage Debut Release Available Now
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (October 30, 2018) – The New Speer Family is proud to release their debut recording, A Singing Heritage,available now at www.newspeerfamily.com as well as digital outlets.
“Let the song go on,” was a phrase G.T. “Dad” Speer would say during a concert after stopping a song to testify about God’s goodness in his life. His frequent testimonies were a testament to his Christian faith. Now, for the first time since the Speers retirement in 1998, the signature songs of the Speer Family are once again being heard.

The son of Brock and Faye Speer, Brian, and his wife Allison, are joined by industry veteran Mike Allen and exciting newcomer, Ben Waites, to form the New Speer Family and the aptly titled project, “A Singing Heritage,” is their first release.

“When the Speers retired at the National Quartet Convention in 1998, it was a hard time for us because not only were the voices retiring, but I felt that the songs were going away, too,” says Brian. “For some time, Allison and I have been talking about how fun it would be to bring those songs back with a fresh sound, reviving them for those long time Speer Family fans and making them relevant to a new generation of listeners.”

“A Singing Heritage” features the iconic and time-tested songs from the legendary family, including: “Heaven’s Jubilee,” “He Is Mine and I Am His,” “Old Gospel Ship,” “The King is Coming,” and many more.
The Speer Family was formed in 1921 with G.T. “Dad” Speer, his wife Lena “Mom,” dad’s sister Pearl and her husband Logan Claborn. A Speer singing group travelled continually from that time until their retirement in 1998. In addition to family members, many “adopted” Speers were part of the group through the years.
Allison says, “I have always wanted to sing with a group. The thought of being a part of the New Speer Family is beyond my wildest dream. Our goal is to praise God with old Speer songs that still remain as classics. We are looking forward to having a blast with those who were touched by the original Speer Family. We’re so excited and honored to revive this music again!”
To order music and for more information – including an extensive history of The Speers – visitwww.NewSpeerFamily.com.
The New Speer Family is booked by Scott Caldwell at The Caldwell Agency, 615.436.0469,scott@caldwell.agency,www.caldwell.agency.

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Song Garden Music Group is thrilled to announce the signing of Allison Speer to the Garden!

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on July 18, 2016 – 11:00 am -

 

Song Garden Music Group is thrilled to announce the signing of Allison Speer to the Garden!

Song Garden Music Group is thrilled to announce the signing of Allison Speer to the Garden!

Song Garden Music Group is thrilled to announce the signing of Allison Speer to the Garden!

Allison is an incredible talent with a rich history in gospel music.  Born in Kentucky, her first exposure to gospel music came at an Imperials concert.  That concert inspired her and started her on an incredible journey in gospel music.

She has shared the gospel everywhere from mega-churches such as First Baptist Atlanta, The Brooklyn Tabernacle, First Baptist Orlando, to small rural churches around the world.  She has been a featured artist for many Bible Study cruises with Dr. Charles Stanley and D. James Kennedy.

She has toured with The Gaither Vocal Band, The Gaither Trio, Mark Lowery, and Wayne Watson just to name a few.  She has been a guest soloist at the National Southern Baptist Convention, the Nazarene General Assembly, and numerous Praise Gatherings and Family Fest events hosted by Bill Gaither.

Allison had this to say about entering “The Garden”!

When I met the owners of Song Garden, Dale, Lynn, and Marilyn Keffer, I realized that we had a deep spiritual connection and purpose for making new disciples in Christ. I’m proud to work side by side with Gus Gaches and the Keffers, Godly people who are led by Christ.
Gus Gaches, Director of Song Garden Music Group states, “We are thrilled to have Allison joining us.  Her talents are incredible, her personality is infectious, and her heart is contagious!  She has an incredible desire to share the message of Christ in any and every way possible, and we love that about her.  I am honored to be working with both Allison and her husband Brian, and look forward to the many things God has in store for her their ministry.

You can learn more about Allison and her ministry at her website, www.allisonspeer.com


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Karen Peck and New River Host 15th Annual Homecoming

Written by Staff on April 1, 2016 – 5:59 pm -

Karen Peck and New River Homecoming

Karen Peck and New River Homecoming

Dahlonega, GA (April 1, 2016) Every year on Fathers Day weekend Karen Peck and New River celebrate with their fans. This year will be the 15th Annual Karen Peck and New River Homecoming and it is their 25th Anniversary as a group, so this is a very special event.

Several years ago, Karen had a pavilion in the form of a tabernacle build on her property in Dahlonega. Fans from across the country bring their lawn chairs and enjoy great Gospel singing for two days. The friends that attend are always blessed by the singing and fellowship.

This year is no exception with Jeff and Sheri Easter along with the Guardians joining New River for an exciting opening night on Friday, June17th. The following night, Saturday, June 18th, Brian Free and Assurance, the New River Band, and Allison Speer will be joining New River to perform before the capacity crowd.

Karen stated, “This is such a special event every year for us but especially this year. We invite all of our friends to bring their own lawn chairs and come to help us celebrate 25 years of music and ministry for New River.”

For more information about the Homecoming you can E-mail Karen Peck and New River’s office atnewriver@windstream.net or go to the website at

Karen Peck and New River

Karen Peck and New River

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If you would like to interview Karen Peck and New River contact AG Publicity at info@agpublicity.com .

To learn more about Karen Peck and New River go to http://www.karenpeckandnewriver.com orhttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Karen-Peck-and-New-River .

You can Twitter her at https://twitter.com/karenpeckgooch .

Karen Peck and New River are booked by The Harper Agency. Contact them at http://www.harperagency.com or by E-mail at info@harperagency.com .

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About Karen Peck and New River

No doubt the most popular mixed trio in Gospel Music, Karen Peck and New River are a powerhouse in the music industry. With hit after hit and multiple number one songs, they are one of the most sought after groups today. Karen is known for her country flair and for having one of the finest soprano voices in any genre of music. Karen was also recipient of the Susan Unthank Memorial Award, an award given by Absolutely Gospel Music only to women who have excelled in their work in a man’s world. Karen had a feature role in the hit movie “Joyful Noise”, starring Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah. New River’s hit song “Four Days Late” has become a classic in Gospel music.

 

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Allison Speer On Gospel Music Today

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on March 27, 2016 – 10:13 pm -

Allison Speer On Gospel Music Today

Allison Speer On Gospel Music Today

Allison Speer is the guest on Gospel Music Today for the week of March 27 and Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates. The Feature Group is Journey ‘N Faith, and Jean reviews new recordings by The Webb Quartet and The Blackwood Brothers. An article from Singing News magazine about The Erwins is the subject of this week’s News Notes. In the News this week is The Lebanon Get Together, Cana’s Voice and The Bradys. The Guardians have a video on the show this week along with exclusive concert video of The Williamsons, recorded by Gospel Music Today’s cameras in Oklahoma City, OK, and a visit to the Gospel Music Today Archives for a video of The Mark Dubbeld Family, recorded by Gospel Music Today’s cameras in Nashville, TN.

The show is on KWHB TV47 in Oklahoma every Sunday at 4:30 PM, and on Roku on FFE TV Monday at 8:00 PM and AllNations TV Tuesday and Wednesday at 6:30 PM. Check local TV schedule for Pontotoc, MS, Beaumont, TX, Tyler, TX. Atlanta, TX, and Morrilton, AR. The current edition of Gospel Music Today is online now at the Gospel Music Today website, www.gospelmusictoday.com.


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Allison Speer Signs Booking Agreement with Adoration Agency

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on January 14, 2016 – 10:49 pm -

Allison Speer Signs Booking Agreement with Adoration Agency

Allison Speer Signs Booking Agreement with Adoration Agency

Nashville, TN  – Accomplished singer, songwriter and humorist Allison Speer is proud to announce an agreement with Adoration Agency as her primary booking agent. Adoration has an impressive history with like-minded artists, and Allison is excited to join their talented roster.

“We are thrilled to have found such a exceptional and reputable booking agent for Allison to call home,” comments Q Phillips of Surge Artist Solutions. “From our first meeting several months ago, it was evident that both parties were excited to begin working together, and we are anxious to see the fruits of this partnership!”

Adoration Agency owner, Sophia Davis states, “Adoration Agency is very excited to be involved with such an amazing talent as Allison. We are honored to represent the legacy of the Speer Family living through Allison and look forward to the future booking her with churches, conferences, and corporate events.”

To host Allison Speer at your church or ministry event, contact Sophia Davis of the Adoration Agency. Visit the website at adorationagency.com or call 615-784-4793.

To learn more about Allison Speer, visit allisonspeer.com. Like her on Facebook at facebook.com/allisonspeerministries or follow her on Twitter at @AllisonDSpeer.
For more information on the entire family of Adoration Agency artists, email scheduling@adorationagency.com or call 615-784-4793.
The following companies make up the family of stellar talent agencies of Michael Davis & Associates: Adoration Agency, Dominion Agency, Davis Artist Agent, Blue Ridge Artist Agency. Visit michaeldavisandassociates.com for more information

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The Nelons, Allison Speer & Tim Lovelace in Concert

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on December 8, 2015 – 9:39 am -


The Nelons, Allison Speer & Tim Lovelace in Concert

The Nelons, Allison Speer & Tim Lovelace in Concert

The Nelons, Allison Speer & Tim Lovelace in Concert
Join us for a fun night of music and laughter with GRAMMY nominated artists, The Nelons, powerhouse vocalist and humorist Allison Speer and comedian extraordinaire Tim Lovelace. The evening will leave you with a smile on your face and a song in your heart!

Saturday, January 9, 2016
6:00 pm

Pleasantview Baptist Church
4400 Pleasantview Dr
Arlington, TX 76017

Get your tickets in advance!
Artist Circle $25
General Admission $15

Add On a VIP Meet & Greet for only $15 more!
*Must purchase concert ticket. Limited availability. Meet & Greet begins at 4:30 pm.

Surgeartistsolutions.com or by calling 214.980.4059.


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RFD-TVs Music City Show Set To Open Season Four With Big Give-Away

Written by Staff on May 27, 2015 – 9:24 am -

tim lovelaceNashville, Tenn (May 26, 2015) The very popular RFD-TV Gospel music variety program The Music City Show is excited to announce the opening of Season Four on Thursday, May 28th, with more great talent and a fascinating Give-Away creating an electrifying atmosphere.

Season Four features some of Gospel and Country music’s most popular artists. Aaron Tippen, Michael English, Jeff & Sheri Easter, Gordon Mote, Mark Trammell Quartet, Whisnants, Don Moen, Allison Speer, Freemans, Tim Lovelace, Blackwood Brothers, and  The Freedom Singers, as well as the show regulars, the Positive Cowboy – Jim Sheldon, and the Blue Jean Band.

Help The Music City Show Season 4 Premier on RFD-TV by entering the contest give away. Follow the instructions below and it will be easy and fun, plus you may just be a winner.
music city show logoEnter the MUSIC CITY SHOW SEASON 4 FAN APPRECIATION GIVEAWAY!
$25.00 each in merchandise to 10 fans.
Here’s how to enter:
1. Like The Music City Show Facebook fan page.
2. Like this post
3. Share this post to your page.
We will announce the winners on Friday, May 29th!!!!!
In the meantime click this link for a super preview of some of the talent scheduled for Season 4.
https://youtu.be/L3yiEw9S2l8

To learn more about the Music City Show go to http://www.themusiccityshow.com or https://www.facebook.com/themusiccityshow . Twitter them at https://twitter.com/MusicCityShow .

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About The Music City Show
The Music City Show, a Southern/Country Gospel weekly show featuring top artists like the Oak Ridge Boys, Adam Crabb, Karen Peck and New River, the Browders, the Bowling Family, the Blackwood Brothers, the Hoppers, Comedian Tim Lovelace, Gene McDonald, Aaron Wilburn, Lynn Anderson, the and many more. The show features special host, Tim Lovelace, each week with Nashville’s own Blue Jean Band and The Positive Cowboy Jim Sheldon. The Music City Show is a series based in Nashville, Tennessee – America’s favorite Music City. The show has many elements of Nashville that people love, namely a live house band, talented artists, heartfelt interviews and comedic entertainment. It is likened unto The Tonight Show, with comedy segments, and a beautiful cityscape backdrop.
The Show has now expanded to four networks which include RFD-TV, The Heartland Network, FamilyNet, and the NRB Network.


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Allison Speer Co-Writes Cut On New Ray Stevens album

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on January 24, 2015 – 12:31 pm -

Allison Speer And Ray Stevens

Allison Speer And Ray Stevens

Nashville, TN – GRAMMY Award-winning musician Ray Stevens has recorded a song co-written by Gaither Homecoming artist, Allison Speer. “The Baptism Of Stumpy Brown,” originally released on Allison’s Whoo-Hoo, What A Ride! comedy DVD, was written with Cyrus “Buddy” Kalb, a staff writer for Ray Stevens Music. Kalb is a renowned songwriter best known for Ray Stevens hit, “Mississippi Squirrel Revival.”

Allison comments, “Having a song recorded by Mr. Stevens is a dream come true. As a kid, I remember listening to his music and memorizing all of the words. I’m thrilled by this news!” She added, “The song idea came about as I sat in a baptismal service and wondered about someone leaving more of his old man behind in the water than he intended. Buddy took the idea and ran with it!”

Ray Stevens will perform “The Baptism Of Stumpy Brown” on his new project, Here We Go Again, which will release on his Player label in mid-February, and will be distributed by Sony music.


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Allison Speer Releases New Single

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on July 2, 2014 – 10:30 am -

Allison Speer

Allison Speer

Allison Speer has released a new single entitled “She’s Better Now.” Co-written with Dove award winner, Joel Lindsey, the song honors Allison’s grandmother, Alice Powell, and Joel’s mother, Reba Lindsey, both in now Heaven. Allison has been singing for 26 years and is a regular artist on the Gaither Homecoming videos and concerts.

Allison says, “Joel and I got together to write in 2013 at an office in Nashville. He was fondly speaking about his mother and how she had been gone seven years and how he missed her. He said he had recently seen a friend who had asked about her, and the first thing that came out of his mouth as an answer was, ‘she’s better now.’ I gasped when he said that. I did not beg him to let me co-write the idea but it came pretty close. We spoke for most of the afternoon about his mom and my grandmother, and this song was born in that writing session.”
“She’s Better Now” was featured in the 2013 Gaither video release, “Women Of Homecoming.” Allison has released a video of the song that can be viewed at www.allisonspeer.com. For more information, contact Brian Speer at 615.331.0900 or at brian@allisonspeer.com


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8th Annual USAGEM Awards A Huge Success

Written by SGN Scoops on November 26, 2011 – 2:00 pm -

 EHA-Nashville, TN –The televised 8th Annual USAGEM Awards Show was held on Saturday November 19, 2011 at the historic Texas Troubadour Theatre in Nashville , Tennessee .  The three hour show was filmed by Fresh Well Media for future television broadcasts on the Family Friendly Entertainment Network.
 
Appropriately, Melanie Walker opened the show with a flawless performance of her upbeat, hand-clapping song, “Walking In Jerusalem”.   
 
The Fox Brothers were the hosts of the show and kept the show moving with introductions of performers and presenters by means of their own brand of humor and wit.  They garnered three awards including the Gospel Entertainer Of The Year, Vocal Group Of The Year, and the Christian Country Crown Jewel Award.  Group member and funnyman, Roy Fox received the Comedian Of The Year award.  The Fox Brothers closed the show with their popular rendition of an American patriotic favorite, “God Bless The USA”.
 
Members of the popular southern gospel singing group, The Gardners accepted three awards including the Song Of The Year accolades for their song “Sign Me Up”. They also received the Southern Gospel Crown Jewel Award. Group member Regina Gardner was the recipient of the coveted Female Vocalist Of The Year Award. 
 
One emotional highlight of the show was the awarding of the organization’s most prestigious honor, The Diamond Award to USAGEM’s past president and Pearly Gates members, Daniel and Teresa Johnson.  This award is a lifetime achievement honor presented to USAGEM members who show a great commitment to God, Christian service, and dedication to USAGEM.  A further emotional highlight was the presentation of the Sapphire Award to Don Inks for his behind the scenes work and devotion to the USAGEM organization.  Don is the husband and manager of Christian country artist, Peggy Inks. The Emerald Award was presented to Kent Smith Family member and founder, Kent Smith; and the Ruby Award went to television producer and radio host, Tommie Lewis. 
 
The Male Vocalist Of The Year Award was presented to one of the organization’s perennial favorites, Rene Jones.  He and his wife, Edie Jones presented an impeccable performance of their brand new Christian Country chart single, “Bible By Her Bed”. 
 
Danny Jones did a superb performance of his self-penned song “Dream Giver”, a song featured in the upcoming faith-based movie “Secrets In The Snow”.  Jones also garnered the Contemporary Christian Crown Jewel Award, his very first USAGEM trophy.
 
Newcomer, Russ Murphy had the enthusiastic crowd on their feet as he performed his hit single and patriotic song “My America” and comedian nominee Cheryl Jackson performed a very impressive stand-up comedy routine which had everyone laughing with her side-splitting, hilarious wit.
 
The Duo Of The Year Award was presented for the second time to Lewis & Lewis; The Musician Of The Year accolades went to Nashville producer and pianist, John Rees; The Accoustic Singer/Songwriter Of The Year was awarded to Christian country singer and songwriter, Ann Hartmann; The New Artist Of The Year honors went to new southern gospel group, The Davis Family; The Black Gospel Crown Jewel was awarded to television host and singer, Dewitt Johnson; and bluegrass group Leipers Fork Bluegrass were first time recipients of the Bluegrass Crown Jewel Award.
 
Charlene Harrison’s very stirring presentation of “How Great Thou Art”, and For Heaven’s Sake’s very powerful performance of “God’s Still Faithful” left the crowd wanting more.  Sandi Kay & New Hickory once again brought the house down with their intricate bluegrass picking and singing as they performed “I Can See Clearly Now”.
 
More performance highlights included several featured special performances.  New Artist nominees Allison Speer, Mark Brown, David Smith, Paul Sparks, Sunday Edition, and The Davis Family received a standing ovation for their moving and powerful performance of “Because He Lives”, a song made famous by the legendary Speer Family.  Song Of The Year nominees Glenn Tubb, The Pearly Gates, Tank Tackett, Joe Arview and Thunder, and The Gardners each proudly and flawlessly performed a portion of their top five nominated songs.  Musician nominees Shelton Bissell, Jim Frable, John Rees, and Jay Shupe performed an upbeat “I’ll Fly Away” while young USAGEM members Summer & Autumn Ryan performed their clogging routine, a bonus delight to audience members.
 
As a special highlight this year, in order to commemorate the addition of the Acoustic Singer/Songwriter Of The Year Award, a special songwriter’s round was featured and included performances by the top five nominees.  Ann Hartmann, Daniel Johnson, Glenn Tubb, Tammy Vice, and Jimmy Jack Whitaker each performed a portion of one of their favorite self-penned songs.  During this performance, a surprise special guest appearance by Nashville songwriter, Wood Newton added a special flavor to this already great songwriter’s collaboration.  Wood has written many hit songs including “Bobbie Sue” made famous by The Oak Ridge Boys.
 
Bev McCann performed a very touching tribute to respected USAGEM member and award winner Amanda Fessant, who passed away earlier this year after a long battle with cancer.  She was only 34 years old.  Bev performed a medley of songs of Amanda’s favorite gospel hymns including “Amazing Grace”, “I Surrender All”, and “This World Is Not My Home”.
 
Special segment hosts were Rev. Harry Yates, Joanne Cash Yates, Peggy Inks, and Melanie Walker. Some award presenters were Brian & Allison Speer; media representative, Evie Hawkins; Mona Faith and Rev. Gene Fant; Don and Sandra Lee Burdick; Last Chance members James Burns and Mark Fuqua; and David Smith of the duo, David & Carrie Smith.  Other presenters included Stephen Fryar; Marty Merchant; Darlene Chapman; Tommie Lewis; Roger Revette; Sheila Berry; Jim Babcock; Laura Mathy; Kent Smith; Ray Lewis; Dottie Tubb; and The Toneys.
 
The USAGEM Awards Show is a production of the United States Association Of Gospel Entertainers & Musicians, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.  For more information please visit www.USAGEM.org or www.MyUSAGEM.org 
 
Below is a full list of 2011 USAGEM award winners.
 
Gospel Entertainer Of The Year: The Fox Brothers
Male Vocalist Of The Year: Rene Jones
Female Vocalist Of The Year: Regina Gardner
Duo Of The Year: Lewis & Lewis
Group Of The Year: The Fox Brothers
Song Of The Year: “Sign Me Up” by The Gardners
Acoustic Singer/Songwriter Of The Year: Ann Hartmann
New Artist Of The Year: The Davis Family
Musician Of The Year: John Rees
Comedian Of The Year: Roy Fox
Diamond Award: Daniel & Teresa Johnson
Emerald Award: Tommie Lewis
Ruby Award: Kent Smith
Sapphire Award: Don Inks
Southern Gospel Crown Jewel Award: The Gardners
Contemporary Christian Crown Jewel Award: Danny Jones
Christian Country Crown Jewel Award: The Fox BrothersBlack Gospel Crown Jewel Award: Dewitt Johnson
Bluegrass Crown Jewel Award: Leipers Fork Bluegrass


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