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Award-winning Country Music Singer Bradley Walker Checks Item Off Bucket List with All-new Recording

Written by Staff on September 14, 2017 – 6:20 am -

Award-winning Country Music Singer Bradley Walker Checks Item Off Bucket List with All-new Recording

Award-winning Country Music Singer Bradley Walker Checks Item Off Bucket List
with All-new Recording

2017 GMA DOVE Award Nominee Blessed with New Gospel CD and DVD

Walker Joined by Many of His Musical Heroes on Upcoming Studio Recording that Follows His Chart-topping Gospel Music Debut

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—September 12th, 2017– Country singer and GMA DOVE Award nominee Bradley Walker has just completed an all-new, studio recording and LIVE concert DVD of gospel songs and hymns that will be released on October 6th. Produced by Ben Isaacs (The Oak Ridge Boys, The Isaacs), Blessed, Hymns and Songs of Faith (Gaither Music Group) captures many of the songs that inspired Walker to become a singer.

“As a singer, I’d have to say an album like this has always been on my ‘bucket list,’” described Walker. “I have always hoped I would have the chance to make a record full of classic gospel songs that I’ve grown up on, with some new ones thrown in, and make it a good representation of who I am musically. I believe we’ve done that.”

That accomplishment not only finds the Alabama native fulfilling a lifelong dream but doing so alongside some of his musical influences and heroes.

“Ben [Isaacs] and I wanted to capture the combination of country, bluegrass, and gospel that we both love so much; and I’m so thrilled for folks to hear how it came together,” stated Walker. “We also asked several of my favorite singers on the planet to be on this album with me. These are folks who I’ve listened to and admired for many years and who I’m proud to say have all become friends.”

That group of friends includes the legendary Vince Gill, who joined Walker for “Drifting Too Far from the Shore,” a classic previously performed by Hank Williams, Sr. and Emmylou Harris among others. Award-winning songstress Alison Krauss lent her vocals to Walker’s rendition of “Angel Band,” and bluegrass star Rhonda Vincent added her talent to the gospel classic “One Day at a Time.” Country and Gospel Music Hall of Famers Jimmy Fortune and The Oak Ridge Boys performed on the new recording in addition to the GRAMMY®-nominated Isaacs and 15-time GRAMMY® Award winner Ricky Skaggs.

The LIVE concert DVD recording, filmed in Alexandria, Indiana, features an all-star cast of musicians including Isaacs and soloist Charlotte Ritchie. Hosted by Gaither Music Group’s founder Bill Gaither, the DVD spotlights Walker’s heart for this style of music and his dream to record this collection of songs.

“My country music heroes made some of the best gospel records of all-time, in my opinion,” said Walker. “…folks like Vern Gosdin, Conway Twitty and so many more. People have told me for years, ‘You need to make a gospel album!’ Well, here it is, and I hope it is something that will be a blessing to folks for a long time. This is all another dream come true, and I feel so honored…so fortunate…and so incredibly BLESSED!”

The Blessed, Hymns and Songs of Faith CD and DVD recordings will be airing this fall as part of a TV special on networks including TBN, RFD-TV, PBS, The Heartland Network, FamilyNet, CTN, GMC, GMTN, Guardian, Liberty, TCT, TLN and Gaither TV (available on Roku, Google and the Internet). It will be airing in Canada on Vision TV, CTS, The Miracle Channel and Hope TV.

Bradley Walker, Blessed, Hymns and Songs of Faith DVD cover art

Bradley Walker, Blessed, Hymns and Songs of Faith DVD cover art

Known for his unequivocal baritone voice and inspiring story, this International Bluegrass Male Vocalist of the Year Award winner received his first three GMA DOVE nominations this year surrounding his release Call Me Old-Fashioned (Gaither Music Group/Farmhouse Recordings), produced by longtime friend, singer and songwriter Rory Feek (Joey+Rory). A well-loved performer for years among country and bluegrass music circles, Walker garnered nods for Bluegrass/Country/Roots Album of the Year, Bluegrass/Country/Roots Recorded Song of the Year and Southern Gospel Song of the Year.

That debut recording landed at #9 on the Country Albums chart, #4 on the Contemporary Christian Albums chart and at #1 on the Bluegrass Albums chart in 2016. The companion DVD, hosted by Rory Feek (Joey+Rory), topped the Christian Music Video chart and landed at #1 on the Billboard Top Music Video chart.

Blessed, Hymns and Songs of Faith is exclusively distributed by Capitol Christian Distribution and Universal Music and is available throughout general market stores and the Christian marketplace in addition to online retailers including iTunes, Amazon and www.gaither.com. The recording will also be available this fall at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store®.

For a preview of the DVD visit: https://youtu.be/vhGjoFRM9aY.
To pre-buy the CD and DVD visit: Amazon: http://capcmg.me/BW.BlessedDVD.AM, iTunes: http://capcmg.me/BW.Blessed.iT or the Gaither Store: http://capcmg.me/BW.Blessed
To enjoy a Facebook Live Event with Bradley on September 13th visit: http://capcmg.me/BW.BlessedFBLive
To join Bradley’s Facebook Fan Group visit: http://capcmg.me/BW.FriendsandFans
For further information regarding Bradley visit www.bradleywalker.com or follow him at https://www.facebook.com/bradleywalkermusic/

Blessed CD and DVD Song Listing:
1. AMAZING GRACE
2. FAMILY BIBLE (with The Oak Ridge Boys)
3. ANGEL BAND (with Alison Krauss)
4. I WILL SOMEDAY (with The Isaacs)
5. DRIFTING TOO FAR FROM THE SHORE (with Vince Gill)
6. I’LL FLY AWAY
7. CAST THE FIRST STONE
8. THE OLD RUGGED CROSS (with Jimmy Fortune)
9. BECAUSE HE LIVES (with Charlotte Ritchie and Ben Isaacs)
10. SAY SOMETHING
11. VICTORY IN JESUS
12. ONE DAY AT A TIME (with Rhonda Vincent)
13. WHO WILL SING FOR ME (with Ricky Skaggs)

Bradley Walker Photo by: Russ Harrington

Bradley Walker
Photo by: Russ Harrington

ABOUT BRADLEY WALKER
Country singer Bradley Walker is a storyteller. His unmistakable, baritone vocals are refreshing yet warmly familiar as are his songs about life, love, family and his Christian faith. In 2016, the IBMA Male Vocalist of the Year honoree partnered with longtime friend/songwriter Rory Feek to record a debut gospel music collection that captured his earnest style—one influenced by Haggard, Whitley, Jones, Gosdin, Milsap and others. Garnering three 2017 GMA DOVE Award nominations, those songs and his inspiring story have impacted countless people through his TV special, airing on over 15 networks.
In 2017, Walker went into the studio with longtime friend Ben Isaacs to record a traditional hymns recording that showcases his authenticity and finds him joining voices with many of his musical heroes. Whether singing on a Gaither HOMECOMING stage, “The Grand Ole Opry” or the “Ernest Tubb Midnite Jamboree,” this “best-kept secret in country music” continues to put a fresh spin on a timeless style with his unique, faith-infused brand of country music.

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HighRoad on Today In Nashville, April 6 at 11a.m.

Written by Staff on April 5, 2017 – 2:39 pm -

Channel 4 - Today In Nashville at 11AM, featuring the outstanding Country/Bluegrass sounds of HIGHROAD.

Channel 4 – Today In Nashville at 11AM, featuring the outstanding Country/Bluegrass sounds of HighRoad.

Nashville, Tenn. (April 4, 2017) Don’t miss this Thursday morning, April 6th, Live performance on Channel 4 – Today In Nashville at 11AM, featuring the outstanding Country/Bluegrass sounds of HighRoad.

Tune in and tell your friends.

If you would like to interview HighRoad contact AG Publicity at info@agpublicity.com.

HIGHROAD IS BOUND FOR SOMEWHERE I’M GOING SEPTEMBER 30

HIGHROAD

You can learn more about the group by going here.

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About HighRoad

In a world where conformity is king and following the crowd is practically a survival instinct, the women of HighRoad, an award-winning Appalachian gospel group from Nashville who just happen to be the best of friends, too, have always preferred the road less traveled.

Sarah Davison of HighRoad at 2016 Diamond Awards

Sarah Davison of HighRoad at 2016 Diamond Awards

The group was awarded the 2015 AGM Female Group of the Year and worked with Grammy Award winning producer, Ben Isaacs.

And so it’s fitting that the trio’s album, which also features the girls’ inventive instrumentation, would bear the same name. Filled with the beautiful, harmonic melodies and vocals that have been the group’s hallmark, Sarah Davison, Kinsey Kapfhammer, and Kristen Bearfield, feel the songs from Somewhere I’m Going reflect their personal journey of being set apart.

September 2016 SGNScoops Magazine

September 2016 SGNScoops Magazine

HighRoad in SGNScoops Magazine

HighRoad was featured in the September 2016 issue of SGNScoops Magazine. Justin McLeod wrote: “Already a well-known hit in Bluegrass and Country Gospel circles, HighRoad is quickly gaining popularity and momentum in traditional Gospel circles. “We don’t try to fit into any genre,” group founder Sarah Davison says. “We just want to be HighRoad. We love Country, Bluegrass, Southern Gospel, and Country. We hope that listeners will hear all of those genres in our music!” For more from this feature, read the September 2016 issue of SGNScoops Magazine here. 

Erin Stevens interviewed HighRoad member Kristen Bearfield for her Younger Perspective column in the SGNScoops Magazine October 2016 issue. Here is a sample of their interview: “Erin: For those that don’t know your miraculous story of healing, please share with the readers how the Lord touched your body. Kristen: Several years ago, I was in a terrible car accident that could have taken my life. During the wreck, I suffered a

October 2016 SGNScoops Magazine

October 2016 SGNScoops Magazine

severe neck injury that affected my spinal cord, and as a result, many doctors told me I would soon require wheelchair assistance and eventually be unable to walk. The neck injury also lead to my inability to sing and play instruments for a period of time. There were certainly days that I didn’t understand why this was happening, but there was never a moment that I didn’t feel God’s hand on my life. In fact, I can honestly say that I physically felt God’s arms wrap around me as my car flipped end over end through the air! I know undoubtedly He was there with me in that car, and I’ve never felt His presence more strongly than I did during that very moment…” For the rest of this interview with Kristen Bearfield, click on the October 2016 issue of SGNScoops Magazine here.

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Sneed Family releases The News For Today music video

Written by Staff on January 24, 2017 – 7:33 am -

Sneed Family

Sneed Family

The Sneed Family Off to Exciting Start in 2017: “The News For Today” Music Video to Release

Glasgow, KY (January 16, 2017) – The Sneed Family has produced an accompanying video to their latest project, “The News For Today.” The video paints a picture of how the world is changing but that God still reigns.

Produced by Sneed Family member, Seth Sneed, the video is a warm presentation that embodies the poignant lyrics. “We filmed on location in Kentucky because we wanted to share that our family, like many others, want to spread the greatest news of Jesus, “ Seth commented. The video can be seen online and various social media outlets.

The Sneed Family is also excited to announce that the title track of “The News For Today” project placed in the Top 40 for the Singing News Chart for March 2017. According to statistics released by Singing News, the song was one of the chart’s fastest risers. The entire project features The Sneed Family’s heart for hope in today’s world.

Sneed Family“This news coincides with the celebration of the Presidential Inauguration, timing only God could have orchestrated. We are honored to be recognized by the music industry. This entire project has been God inspired,” said Jeff Sneed, The Sneed Family spokesman.

“The News For Today” is a song written by Aaron Wilburn that was inspired by current events and the fact that God still rules. “God has been convicting us to share hope. Aaron brought this song to us and we knew it was what God wanted us to sing,” Caleb Cowan stated.

The entire project was recently recorded at Ricky Skaggs’ studio in Nashville, TN. Ben Isaacs produced “The News for Today” using Southern Gospel well known instrumentation from Kevin Williams, Mathew Holt, Greg Ritchie and others.
A favorite to their fans, The Sneed Family provides an honest worship experience while providing encouragement.

Watch for them on stage as well as on television with their production of “Sneed Family Music”. The program is seen in over one million homes each week. The Sneed Family brings music, and interviews from the best in Southern Gospel Music. The show is now available online.

For more information on The Sneed Family, click here.

Links to download the video are available here.

The Sneed Family is available to bring the message to your church or venue. For booking information, contact Marie Lange, Monarch Talent Management at mtmagency.net

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HIGHROADIII Releases New Concept Video

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on May 6, 2015 – 2:33 pm -

HIGHROADIII

HIGHROADIII

Nashville, Tenn  Gospel trio HIGHROADIII has released a new concept video featuring their hit song “Don’t Weep For Me” which was produced by award-winning producer Ben Isaacs. The song, penned by group members Anna Grace Shideler, Kiley Phillips, Sarah Davison, and Bass player Stephen Wilder is already creating quite a stir on YouTube.

The video was shot by Israel Anthem and Jared Rauso with all of the concept material envisioned by HIGHROADIII group members. The idea of fans sharing photos of  loved ones who have passed on caught on quickly and an avalanche of pictures came in for the group to choose from. The photos are placed in albums as the video progresses.

 

 

Singer and keyboard player, Sarah Davison commented, “We have been so blessed by the hand of the Lord lately. As long as God is opening doors for us to minster, we will gladly step through them to do what he has for us to do.”

The group was also recently asked to perform before a packed house of 4,000 people at the Singing In the Sun concert in Myrtle Beach, SC where they were warmly received.

 

You can learn more about HIGHROADIII by going to http://www.highroadmusic.com or https://www.facebook.com/HIGHROAD3 . You can reach them by Twitter at https://twitter.com/highroadmusic .

For booking contact highroadmusic@gmail.com .


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Gospel Music ICONS the Gaither Vocal Band Score GRAMMY® Awards Nomination

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on December 9, 2014 – 11:09 pm -

Gaither Vocal Band

Gaither Vocal Band

NASHVILLE, Tenn. —GRAMMY® Award-winning quintet the Gaither Vocal Band was honored on Friday with a nomination for Hymns (Gaither Music Group) for Best Roots Gospel Album, which will be awarded at the 57th GRAMMY® Awards, to be held on Sunday, February 8, 2015, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA.

“I am extremely blessed to have sung with so many great artists throughout the Gaither Vocal Band’s history,” stated the group’s founder and bass singer Bill Gaither.  “Now I’m doubly blessed to receive a GRAMMY® nomination for our Hymns album.  For this recording to merit a nomination alongside the outstanding talent sharing the category with us is quite a privilege.”

Produced by Gaither, Ben Isaacs (The Oak Ridge Boys, The Isaacs) and David Phelps (The Martins), Hymns sheds new light on some of the most popular, timeless hymns of the church, combining the comfort of the familiar with new, moving vocal arrangements that are uniquely the Gaither Vocal Band.

The intimate collection features a signature rendition of the camp-meetin’-styled “I’ll Fly Away,” a triumphant arrangement of “Amazing Grace,” an easy-on-the-ear rendering of “Redeemed” and a vulnerable arrangement of “Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior” that showcases the harmonies that have made the group a favorite among fans and industry representatives for decades.

The recording has been featured regularly on a TV campaign airing on PBS, Dish TV, DirecTV, AT&T Uverse, GaitherTV, TBN, RFD, FamilyNet, CTN, GMTN, Guardian, Liberty, TCT and TLN.  It has been airing in Canada on Vision TV, CTS, The Miracle Channel and Hope TV.

One of the most lauded and award-winning groups in gospel music garnering five GRAMMY® nominations, two GRAMMY® Awards and 17 Gospel Music Association (GMA) Dove Awards, these Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame-honorees continue to headline one of the largest tours in the field of Christian music annually.  They are currently performing on the annual Gaither Homecoming Christmas Tour. A list of tour dates can be found at www.gaither.com.

Hymns, exclusively distributed by Capitol Christian Distribution, is available throughout general market stores and the Christian marketplace in addition to online retailers including iTunes, Amazon and www.gaither.com.

For further information regarding the Gaither Vocal Band, visit www.gaither.com or connect on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gaithermusic or on Twitter: @gaithermusic.


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Taking The High Road

Written by Staff on July 8, 2014 – 11:46 am -

High Road IIIIf there is anyone in this country that hasn’t heard High Road III I suggest you run, not walk to your nearest digital media and play some of their music. A combination of Bluegrass, Country, Gospel and Appalachian mountain music, this female trio will speak to your heart and squeeze every drop of passion from your soul. The live instrumentation and honed vocals of Sarah Davison, Anna Grace Kimbrough and Kiley Phillips have allowed them to share the stage with The Martins and Jason Crabb, taken them to the main stage at the 2013 National Quartet Convention and brought them to the notice of Ben Isaacs who produced their latest album. Look for High Road III and their latest release, Angel At The Crossroads to start hitting charts and award nomination lists this year.

Sarah, Kiley and Anna Grace are all graduates of Belmont University’s School of Music and reside in Nashville, Kentucky. They sing everything from Patsy Cline’s “Crazy” to Kari Jobe’s “Revelation Song” with ease, taking the melody from low and thoughtful to high and crying accompanied by violin, piano, guitar, drums and even stand-up bass.

High Road. Angel CD CoverHigh Road III has been gaining fans in the industry as well as in their listening audience. Jonathan Edwards of SGN Scoops Radio says, “They are sweethearts and very talented. In fact, they have the most musical talent I have seen in any group in a long time.” Lottie Squires of WCKB 780 shares, “I’ve seen them on a couple of showcases at NQC, and met them briefly…they’re amazing musicians and singers!”

Over the past year, the trio has sung with another well-known trio, The Martins. Jonathan Martin says he and sisters Judy and Joyce thoroughly enjoy singing with these ladies. “The Martins love High Road III! We have shared the stage with these girls and their talent and musicianship is outstanding! Add that to their sweet spirits and love for Jesus and you can’t help but love them.”

The heart of High Road III is in sharing the gospel through their music, as Anna Grace explains. “My love is to be able to relate to the audience when I sing or speak; not for my sake, but for the sake of Christ. There were and are still so many times in my life when I need someone to encourage me and lift my spirits. God has brought and continues to bring those people into my life, and through them He shows and reminds me just how precious I am to Him. My goal is to show His love and compassion to those who I come across just as I have been shown love and compassion.”

“Angel At The Crossroads,” the title song of High Road III’s latest album is all about how God intervenes in our lives in different ways through His love and compassion. “It is a beautifully written song that captures the thoughts of someone who is at a crossroads in their life and God provides someone to steer them in the right direction,” says Sarah. “I think we have all had angels at the crossroads at some point in our lives.”

One of the people God brought to the lives of this trio was Ben Isaacs, producer of Angel. “Working with Ben Isaacs for the first time was a dream come true,” says Sarah. “All of us have listened to the Isaacs sound and absolutely love them. To have Bill (Gaither) sing on our project was a huge honor for us; what a wonderful and genuine man he is! This project is honestly exactly what we sound like. We played all of our own instruments and sang just like we do in a concert, and I love that aspect of this project. It just sounds real.”

“Ben Isaacs and Mark Capps worked very hard on our latest project, and I feel above all else, we gained two new, great friends,” says Kiley. “They are so humble and down-to-earth; not to mention absolutely hilarious. We had a blast working with them. I think we all would like to work with the Gaither crew in the future. Bill Gaither was sweet enough to sing a bass part on a track called “When God Dips His Pen of Love” on our new album. What an amazing honor! We hope to work more with them in the future.”

Anna Grace has enjoyed working with a lot of artists during the past year. “I got the pleasure of being able to play fiddle behind Karen Peck and New River last year at a Bluegrass Showcase during the NQC week, and just loved every moment with the players, including Ben Isaacs, Sonya Isaacs and Ben Rochester, among others. All of those folks were really sweet, and I loved Karen as well. Ben Isaacs has been so great to work with on our last project, and I was so blown away by how much he cared about our sound and about us doing the very best that we could. I felt like I was a better player and singer having been under his direction as a producer.” As she looks into the future, Anna Grace adds, “This is a huge dream, but I would love to work with someone like Dolly Parton or Alison Krauss. I know that they both demand a lot of themselves musically, and I know that I could learn so much from them about how to be a better musician.”

High Road III is already full of talented musicians. Kiley Phillips plays the acoustic guitar and sings the high harmony, though she says they all share the lead vocals from time to time. “My favorite song to sing live is ‘Redeemer’ because it’s such a powerful song and has an unfailing message; that our Redeemer lives.  I love singing this song because it gets such an amazing response from people all over the States. People are familiar with the song and can really worship along with it.”

High Road.Barn editSarah Davison is the trio’s pianist and sings both lead and harmony. “I love singing ‘Walk Beside Me’ the most for our live concerts because it has such a powerful message and musically it just speaks to me!”

Alto singer Anna Grace Kimbrough says, “The instrument I have been playing for 22 years is the fiddle. My favorite song to sing right now is “My Savior’s Love”. The words of that hymn are so powerful and remind me that my works don’t get me closer to Christ. I have the ability, through faith in Jesus Christ, to draw closer to Him because of what He did on the Cross for me.”

High Road III has been traveling more and more as their fan base grows, and they each have their own favorite place to sing. “My favorite place to sing would probably be at my home church, Scott Avenue Christian Church in Newton, IL,” says Kiley. “I grew up singing as much as I could in that church, and the people there are truly amazing. High Road has played there a couple times within the last few years, and I can truly say that the Holy Spirit showed up each time we played there. Along with an incredibly moving worship service, I have personally never felt so supported and loved as I do in that church.  My parents and much of my family are very involved in the church, and I can whole-heartedly say that the members of SACC support me like family.” Kiley adds, “My ultimate venue would probably have to be the Grand Ole Opry. There’s just something so special about that place, to have the honor of standing on that stage where so many greats have stood – that’s something special.” Read more »


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Ben Isaacs Garners Dove Award

Written by SGN Scoops on October 22, 2013 – 9:17 am -

Nashville, TN (October 21, 2013) Award winning producer extraordinaire and member of the premier Gospel/Bluegrass group, the Isaacs, won another award for his producing at the prestigious bendoves44th Annual Dove Awards last week in Nashville, TN.

Ben’s Award came for his part in co-producing the Gaither Vocal Band CD ‘Pure And Simple’ in the Southern Gospel Album Category.

Ben stated “Producing is a part of music that I thoroughly enjoy. It was truly an honor to win this award while working with the greatest guys in the business and having such fun doing it.”

In addition to Ben winning the Award, the Isaacs also walked the Red Carpet and sang in the Tribute to Bill Gaither during the televised portion of the Dove Awards program. The Isaacs were spectacular as they preformed Gaither’s classic, “He Touched Me”.

The Isaacs also performed to capacity crowds at the Dollywood Fall Harvest and Gospel Music Festival over the weekend and immediately followed that up with the Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival where they shared the stage with Vince Gill.

You can learn more about the Isaacs at http://www.theisaacs.com or https://www.facebook.com/TheIsaacs .

The Isaacs can be reached for booking at info@harperagency.com .


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AARON & AMANDA CRABB CONTINUE MILESTONE YEAR WITH MULTIPLE AWARD NOMINATIONS

Written by SGN Scoops on August 29, 2013 – 9:47 am -

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Continuing a milestone year following the April release of their critically-acclaimed fourth recording, Mercy, Mercycoversinger/songwriters and worship leaders Aaron & Amanda Crabb recently garnered four Gospel Music Association (GMA) Dove Award nominations, as well as a top award nomination from the Inspirational Country Music Association (ICM).

The couple earned a Dove Award nomination in the prestigious Song of The Year category for “Take Him To The Place,” which they wrote and recorded. “I’m Learning,” recorded by the duo and penned by Lee Black, Michael Fordinal and Kenna West, is also nominated for Song of the Year, making Aaron & Amanda Crabb the only artist to have recorded two songs nominated in this category. Song of the Year nominees also include “10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)”; “Whom Shall I Fear (God of Angel Armies)”; “Forgiveness”; and “Redeemed,” among others.

In addition, Mercy received a Dove Award nomination for Country Album of the Year, while the couple’s debut mainstream country single, “I’m Learning,” is nominated for Country Song of the Year. Aaron & Amanda Crabb’s multi-format Christian radio single, “Take Him To The Place,” is among the nominees for Inspirational Song of the Year. The 44th Annual GMA Dove Awards will be presented October 15 in Nashville.

The Inspirational Country Music Association also recently announced finalists for the 19th Annual Inspirational Country Music Awards. Aaron & Amanda Crabb are nominated for Vocal Duo, alongside such artists as The Roys and Branded, among others. This year’s ICM Awards will be held in Nashville October 24 at the close of ICM Faith, Family & Country Week (www.faithfamilycountry.com).

Aaron & Amanda Crabb’s Mercy bowed April 23 from Difference Media (Capitol Christian Distribution) and was co-produced by Aaron Crabb and Ben Isaacs (The Oak Ridge Boys, The Isaacs). Featuring 11 songs revealing a decidedly country direction for the duo, the project pays tribute to their storied Southern Gospel heritage and a range of Inspirational influences.

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. After the group disbanded in 2007, Aaron and his wife Amanda 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—prior to the release of Mercy. The couple also serves 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).

For further information, visit www.differencemedia.org orwww.turningpointpr.com.


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MERCY UNVEILS AARON & AMANDA CRABB’S POIGNANT, POWERFUL JOURNEY

Written by SGN Scoops on March 12, 2013 – 3:20 pm -

MercycoverNASHVILLE, 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.

For further information, visit www.differencemedia.org or www.turningpointpr.com.


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Gospel Songstress Lynda Randle to Release All-new Recording

Written by SGN Scoops on June 19, 2012 – 4:02 pm -

 
Emotional Release Marks Randle’s Debut Recording with
Co-Producer Ben Isaacs 
 
NASHVILLE, Tenn.—June 19, 2012–Gospel recording artist Lynda Randle has just recorded an all-new collection of songs entitled ‘Til the Storm Passes By, scheduled to hit the streets on July 31st.  Randle teamed up for the first time with co-producer Ben Isaacs (The Gaither Vocal Band, The Oak Ridge Boys) for the new recording, which showcases Randle’s deep, transparent vocals highlighted with soulful tones.
The 12-song release marks Randle’s first all-new recording in four years and includes congregational favorites “Just a Closer Walk with Thee,” “Nothing but the Blood” and “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus”; a new version of the popular ballad “People Need the Lord”; a re-make of the unforgettable pop hit “What a Difference You’ve Made in My Life”; a crooning performance of the classic title cut; and a bluesy rendition of “Wayfaring Stranger.”
With three additional songs written or co-written by Randle, the release, recorded in Nashville, finds the singer, a household favorite on the Gaither HOMECOMING touring circuit, reconfirming an assured faith with gratefulness and hope.
“I was facing many challenges during my time of recording,” describes Randle, a resident of Kansas City, “and I feel as if God Himself just ‘swooped me up’ at times and placed me in front of a microphone and had the whole host of heaven sing for me!  I think Ben and I both knew that something supernatural was taking place; and for me, this release is a dream come true.”
In some ways, ‘Til the Storm Passes By feels more like a “reality come true” for Lynda, whose rich vocals resonate with the stirring emotion of a singer who has experienced firsthand the messages of her songs.
“My family and I have experienced so many spiritual and personal storms over the past two-and-a-half years,” she explains, “and God has held us close through every single one and brought us safely to the other side.  ‘Til the Storm Passes By’ is not just a line of an old song to me.  It’s a testament of God’s faithfulness in my life. He always keeps His promises.  Knowing the limitations of my own strength, all I can say is, ‘But God….’”
“When the label and Lynda approached me about producing this release, I immediately had a vision of where I wanted Lynda to go musically, and it was really fun to watch that play out in the studio,” recalls Isaacs.  “Lynda’s voice is multi-faceted.  This release captures the depth of her vocals, and there is a spaciousness about it that accentuates those vocals beautifully.”
‘Til the Storm Passes By, the newest release in the Gaither Gospel Series, will be distributed through EMI CMG Distribution and will be available through digital stores and at retail stores everywhere.  The release will be positioned heavily at retail, through catalog placement and through a direct tv campaign on networks including GAC, RFD, TBN, FamilyNet, CTS, CTN, TCT, TLN, FFE Airtime 1, Grace, Legacy, Miracle and Vision as well as on Gaither.com.

For further information, visit www.lyndarandle.com.


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