NASHVILLE, Tenn.— Mercy, the fourth recording from Dove Award-nominated singer/songwriters and worship leaders Aaron & Amanda Crabb, is set to bow April 23 from Difference Media (Capitol Christian Distribution). Co-produced by Aaron Crabb and Ben Isaacs (The Oak Ridge Boys, The Isaacs), Mercy features 11 songs revealing a decidedly country direction for the duo, while paying tribute to their storied Southern Gospel heritage and a range of Inspirational influences.
Acclaimed as “Ones To Watch in 2013” by GMCtv online, Aaron & Amanda Crabb co-wrote six selections, including the worshipful “Holy” and the debut multi-format Christian radio single, “Take Him to the Place,” a deeply personal anthem of Hope and healing penned during a trip to Israel.
Mercy is also highlighted by the album’s debut mainstream country single, “I’m Learning,” written by Lee Black, Michael Fordinal and Kenna West. The song has already been embraced by such stations around the country as Winslow, Arizona’s KINO, WEAG in Starke, Florida, and WKRO in Cairo, Illinois, among others.
“We heard it and immediately thought, ‘That’s just us,’” says Aaron Crabb of “I’m Learning.” “We’re learning life as we live it and learning the things that matter and the things that don’t. The most important thing is your family and your relationship with God because things on this earth one day are going to pass away, but He will be forever.”
“We love all styles, so you’ll hear a lot of different influences on the album,” Crabb continues. “I’m a country boy, and those roots probably come through more than anything else. These songs came at the right season in our life. God molded this album and shaped it to what it needs to be and I believe it’s going to help a lot of people.”
Aaron Crabb gained prominence as a member of the groundbreaking Crabb Family, one of the most popular acts in Southern Gospel music with more than 10 Dove Awards and three GRAMMY® nominations to their credit. Since the group disbanded in 2007, Aaron & Amanda have released three acclaimed projects as a duo—2008’s Dove-nominated After the Rain, 2009’s CD/DVD Live at Oaktree, and 2010’s Love With No End. The couple serve as worship leaders at San Antonio’s Cornerstone Church.
Difference Media is a division of Cornerstone Church, founded and pastored by John Hagee. The label features some of the leading names in Southern Gospel music, including Aaron & Amanda Crabb, Canton Junction, Matthew Hagee, Tim Duncan, The Cornerstone Sanctuary Choir, John Hagee and The Hagees. A non-denominational evangelical church with more than 20,000 active members, Cornerstone Church is home to John Hagee Ministries, which telecasts Pastor Hagee’s radio and television teachings throughout America and to 245 countries around the globe. The ministry also operates GETV, a 24/7 online television and video on-demand broadcast of sermons and original programming, as well as music videos and performances by Difference Media artists (www.getv.org).
Difference Media recently signed an exclusive distribution deal with Capitol Christian Distribution (formerly EMI CMG Distribution). Mercy will be the label’s inaugural release under the new agreement.
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Legendary Group Joins Producer Ben Isaacs to Capture Gospel Music Roots
NASHVILLE, Tenn.–The Oak Ridge Boys recently released an all-new Gospel recording entitled Back Home Again (Gaither Music Group). The 12-song release, produced by Ben Isaacs (Gaither Vocal Band, The Isaacs), features an organic, “rootsy” approach to Gospel favorites new and old and finds this multi-award winning quartet back where it all began for them with faith-based lyrics and rich, four-part harmonies.
“It is a natural part of our career to continue with the music of our first love—Gospel music, which is the foundation of our harmonies,” describes Oaks’ member Duane Allen. “We tried to find great songs and record them in the way they affected us when we first heard them. We poured our hearts and souls into these songs and ‘let them happen’ with a natural approach.”
Part of that process included the group’s teaming up with Isaacs who stated, “The mere fact that I was able to work with legends like The Oak Ridge Boys was an honor. Falling in love with their different personalities and learning what makes them click was a blast for me. I wanted to capture the stage energy and close harmonies that they have during their live appearances on this recording. I tried to keep that ‘live buzz’ with a ton of energy in the vocals.”
Those raw, heartfelt vocals can be heard on classics such as “Why Me”; “Coat of Many Colors,” the classic Dolly Parton hit; “River of Jordan”; “Standing in the Need of Prayer”; “In That Great Gettin’ Up Mornin’”; the title cut, “Back Home Again,” originally recorded by John Denver; and the first radio single “Lead Me to That Rock.”
Back Home Again, which has an acoustic, raw feel that accentuates the group distinctive blends, has been featured in recent weeks on networks including GAC, RFD-TV, Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), GRACE TV, Vision Television, Family Friendly Entertainment and CTS. The Oak Ridge Boys plan to feature songs from the release during their upcoming performance on The Grand Ole Opry, and they will be highlighting it during their upcoming appearance during CMA Fest at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, TN.
Back Home Again is curently available online and at retailers everywhere and is distribued by EMI CMG Distribution. For further information, visit www.oakridgeboys.com or Twitter.com/OakRidgeBoys or www.facebook.com/oakridgeboys.
ABOUT THE OAK RIDGE BOYS
The Oak Ridge Boys, who have sold over 30 million units, are a name that has become synonomous with “America, apple pie, baseball and Gospel music.” In addition to their awards and accolades in the country and pop music field, they have garned four Gospel GRAMMY Awards and nine GMA DOVE Award as well as the Mainstream Artist of the Year Award at the ICM Awards. They are members of the GMA Hall of Fame as well as The Grand Ole Opry, and they are recipients of the President’s Award from the Southern Gospel Music Guild. The group is featured regularly on the Gaither HOMECOMING Series and are legendary pioneers in the worlds of country and Gospel music.
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Hendersonville, TN (May 29, 2012) – Barely taking time to celebrate winning two 2012 GMA Dove Awards and the release of her first movie, Joyful Noise, Karen Peck is back in the studio working on her first solo album in several years. The project, entitled How You Walk The Miles, is produced by Ben Isaacs and features several special guests.
The Oak Ridge Boys join Karen on “Stand By The River”, while the Dove Award Artist Of The Year, Jason Crabb, lends his vocals on “Extra Mile.” Award winning musician, Gordon Mote, is also featured on the song “Pray.” The CD, which releases this fall, also includes appearances from Karen Peck & New River members, Susan Jackson and Jeff Hawes, as well as David Phelps, The Isaacs, and more.
“Karen Peck has always been one of my favorite female singers. Not only is she an excellent vocalist, but her heart portrays true beauty on the inside,” shares Norman Holland, Vice President and A&R Director at Daywind Records. “This new project includes many guest appearances by many of Karen’s favorite vocalists and is sure to become a favorite of yours and mine.”
Daywind Records is based in Hendersonville, TN, and is distributed worldwide through New Day Christian Distributors. In addition to Karen Peck And New River, Daywind is home to such great artists as Greater Vision and Brian Free & Assurance, among others. For more information on Daywind Records, visit daywindrecords.com. For more information on Karen Peck, visit www.karenpeckandnewriver.com.
Pictured: Karen Peck Gooch (center) with Producer Ben Isaacs, Daywind Records A&R Director, Norman Holland, and Jason Crabb.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn.—November 1st— Gaither Music Group celebrates today’s release of Why Can’t We, the all-new, studio recording by the award-winning Isaacs. Produced by group member and acclaimed producer Ben Isaacs, the new release, which was recorded in Nashville, follows the group’s previous recording Naturally, which remained in the Top 10 BILLBOARD Bluegrass Chart for over 71 weeks following its debut.Group member Sonya Isaacs Yeary and husband, Jimmy Yeary, along with group member Becky Isaacs Bowman, penned nine of the songs for this release. One of those new songs, penned by the Yearys with songwriter Ben Hayslip, is “I’m Gonna Love You Through It,” the current hit country single by country star Martina McBride. “I was writing with Ben Hayslip and Sonya,” recalls Jimmy, “and Sonya had this idea of writing about her mom’s (Lily’s) story of surviving breast cancer. We threw around some thoughts as to how we’d approach it. We decided to let Lily tell her story, so we put her on speaker phone, and she just really told her story in detail. We based the song on that. It took us about three hours to write it. It can be difficult to put the word ‘cancer’ in a song, but we wanted to talk about breast cancer specifically and some of the hardships that come with that. We started writing it with no notion of what would happen with this song. We just loved writing it and getting it on paper. Then we got the call that Martina had heard it and loved it.”Lily Isaacs and Becky Isaacs Bowman appear alongside Katy Couric, Sheryl Crow, Robin Roberts and Hoda Kotb, among others, in McBride’s video for the song. “Sometimes when you record songs, what works in the studio may not translate to an audience,” explains Becky. “When we started writing for this record, we really had that in mind. The more that you are transparent about yourself, the more your audience can identify with you. We wanted to share our stories of survival and victories, so we wrote songs that dealt with things that we want to be transparent about in concert.”For Becky that includes the song “Waiting in the Water,” a song based on the Bible story of the blind man who had an encounter with Jesus and who was told to go to the pool and wash. “It was a two- mile journey to that well according to commentaries,” Becky describes, “and Jesus wasn’t about showmanship; but for some reason, He told the blind man to find his way to the water. I think Jesus wanted to see how strong the blind man’s faith was and how obedient he was. Jesus would be waiting in the water.“Some people are instantly healed,” continues Becky, who was diagnosed herself for ten years with a rare case of Crohns’ disease causing inflammation to her eyes and nerve endings, “and some people have to take a journey of faith. I prayed and prayed for healing and felt hopeless so many times. I felt that, like the blind man, I would have to take a step of faith and believe that He would be ‘waiting for me in the water.’ This song is my healing story, and I have found that I can talk to people in a hopeless stage, whether it’s from a long-term illness or something else, because I have been there.”The Isaacs continue their vulnerability on the release with the song “Why.” “I think we are sometimes afraid to ask ‘why’ because we don’t want to question God,” explains Becky, “but when you look at David [in the Bible] and all of his mistakes and questions, you see that in the end God called him ‘a man after His own heart.’ I don’t think God minds us asking questions. Sometimes they come from the heart…that is what God wants–a heart for Him. We all make mistakes like David did, but it’s not how you start the race; it’s how you finish the race with God.”Why Can’t We also includes the cover tunes “I Still Trust You,” “Hallelujah Turnpike” and “I Believe in a Hill Called Mount Calvary.” The group created a rendition of “I Believe in a Hill Called Mount Calvary” to perform at the Tribute to the Songs of Bill and Gloria Gaither event that was held this year at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center. The audience as well as Bill Gaither liked it so much the group knew it would be featured on the new recording.“We like to put our twist on songs to make them sound like us,” says Ben. “You can copy others, but the things that make an impression in most any kind of music are the things that have been different. It’s ok to get the basics from inspiration; but from that, you need to be an original and find what makes a song sound like you.”The group did just that with the bluegrass tune “Hallelujah Turnpike,” a song they were asked to learn for a tv special/tribute they were doing for the legendary Lewis Family. “We thought it was a fun song and down to the styling of the fiddle, we tried to emulate Buddy Spicher, really creating a tribute to The Lewis Family legacy.“We thought it was time for a true ‘Isaacs’ band record,’” continues Ben, “I really like the title cut that says, ‘If God can forgive, then why can’t we?’ People may forgive, but we don’t often forget, and we find it hard to let go. Musically, I think the track marries this song perfectly…sometimes you only get close to that during a recording.”The Isaacs have a long history, however, of doing more than “getting close” while creating moving music. The group has received a GRAMMY® nomination, three GMA DOVE Award nominations including a win for Bluegrass Album of the Year and a 2011 nod for Christmas Album of the Year (Christmas, Gaither Music Group), two IBMA Award nominations, an ICM nom and an SPBGMA Award. They have also received fan award nominations for Band of the Year, Song of the Year, Favorite Mixed Group and Instrumentalist of the Year (Sonya); and Ben has won two IBMA Awards as a producer.
Why Can’t We is available everywhere Christian music is sold and is being distributed at retail and digitally through EMI CMG Distribution. The new recording will be positioned heavily at retail throughout the fall and winter alongside other Gaither Music Group releases and will be aired as part of a direct tv campaign on networks including GAC, RFD, INSP, GMC, TBN, FamilyNet, CTS, CTN, TCT, TLN, Airtime 1, GMTN, Grace, Legacy, Miracle and Vision.
About The Isaacs
The Isaacs is a multi-award-winning family group that blends tight harmony with contemporary acoustic instrumentation, winning the praise of critics and the loyalty of audiences all over the world. The Isaacs, known for their hair-raising arrangements, perform frequently at The Grand Ole Opry and are favorites on the Gaither Homecoming video and concert series. The group has performed with legendary performers such as Dolly Parton, Trace Adkins, Brad Paisley, Paul Simon, Vince Gill, Randy Owen, Trisha Yearwood, Ralph Stanley, Mark Lowry and many more.
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Hendersonville, TN (October 14, 2011) – Wilburn & Wilburn is excited to announce the release of their first Daywind Records’ project, Family Ties. The recording, which hit stores last month, marks the return of former Gold City member, Jonathan Wilburn, to Southern Gospel music. This time joined by his son, Jordan, the duo of Wilburn & Wilburn create a unique fresh blend of Southern and Country that has already captured the attention of listeners.
Family Ties, produced by Ben Isaacs, features 11 songs, penned by accomplished writers such as Dianne Wilkinson, Jimmy Yeary and Ronny Hinson. Audiences have already responded to titles such as “Let’s All Go Down To The River,” “Jesus Will,” and their new radio single, “I Ain’t Giving Up On Jesus.”
“I have both known and worked with Jonathan Wilburn for many years,” shares Norman Holland, A&R Director at Daywind Records. “This is an exciting new venture for Jonathan and his extremely talented son, Jordan. Their sound is fresh, commercial and exciting. Those who have followed Jonathan will be solid fans of Wilburn and Wilburn. Not only are their songs uplifting and skillfully produced by Ben Isaacs, but their performances are high energy and sure to please all. Wilburn and Wilburn is a name you’ll be hearing about for years to come.”
Wilburn & Wilburn will celebrate the release of Family Ties with an appearance on TBN’s Praise The Lord television program. The two-hour program, hosted by Jason Crabb, will be taped Tuesday night, October 18th, at Trinity Music City in Hendersonville, TN, beginning at 7 pm CST. The show will air on Friday, October 21st, at 9 pm CST. Adam Crabb will also be appearing on the evening’s program, as well as others.
Family Ties is available at Christian retail stores across the country and digitally at iTunes and other outlets. Bulk purchasing for gift and ministry purposes is available by calling 1-800-635-9581.
Daywind Records is based in Hendersonville, TN, and is distributed worldwide through New Day Christian Distributors. Daywind is home to such great artists as Karen Peck & New River, Marshall Hall, and the Perrys, among others.
For more information on Daywind Records, visit daywindrecords.com . For more information on Wilburn & Wilburn, visit wilburn2.com .
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