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Cody McCarver releases “Rise Up”

Written by Staff on September 11, 2017 – 2:44 pm -

Cody McCarver's Rise Up Available Today

Cody McCarver’s Rise Up Available Today

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (September 8, 2017) – Rise Up, the highly anticipated project from Cody McCarver, is available now. Packed with inspirational tunes, McCarver’s brand of music – he calls it ‘Outlaw Gospel’ – encourages and challenges the listener.

The release marks a new chapter in the musician’s life and Cody, well-known for his over 10-year career with country music supergroup, Confederate Railroad, is excited. “I’ve poured my heart and soul into this project,” states McCarver. “This is truly from the heart and I hope it’s a blessing to all who hear it.”

Audiences are already connecting with McCarver – the video for the single “Rise Up” has gone viral with over 330K views and the single is being played on radio across America.

In his career, McCarver seemed to have it all, but something was missing. “Here I was with everything I could imagine,” states Cody. “My CD’s all over in Wal-Mart, Best Buy, etc., everything I wanted. I had a bus, band – I had it all. But, I was miserable. I started filling that void with Jack Daniels, who became my best friend, every single day.”

Cody’s life began to spiral out of control. “I was headed for death,” says Cody. “I knew something had to change…so I went to church.” Cody searched and found joy in his renewed relationship with God. Cody says: “God let me know that He never left me and He was with me the entire time.”

Once again, Cody is making waves with his music. This time it’s Christian and country music with a new genre of music called OUTLAW GOSPEL. After being told by several people in Christian music industry his voice and songwriting sounded “outlawy,” Cody said, “Well, maybe I’ll call it Outlaw Gospel.”

That’s where Cody McCarver is today – a renewed focus, a fresh outlook and a vision for the future and this project represents this new chapter.

Cody McCarver releases Rise Up Today!Rise Up, on 8:14 Records, is available on iTunes, Amazon and at CodyMcCarver.com

Connect with Cody McCarver:
www.codymccarver.com
www.facebook.com/codymccarverofficialpage
www.twitter.com/codymccarver
www.instagram.com/codymccarver
www.youtube.com/codymccarver

Track Listing:
RISE UP
NO SUCH THING
SING HALLELUJAH
COMMEND MY SPIRIT
WHAT I KNOW
AMAZING GRACE
TREE OF THE CROSS
HE’LL MAKE A WAY
THE LORD’S WILL
I HAVE DECIDED
I’M AMERICA
Bonus Track – RISE UP REMIX with SHAWN COOLEY

Look for more on Cody McCarver in the October 2017 issue of SGNScoops Magazine.

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Sights and Sounds of the Carolina Quartet by Charlie Griffin

Written by Staff on August 29, 2017 – 1:42 pm -

Carolina Quartet

Carolina Quartet

The Carolina Quartet is rich in talent and legacy. Most of the group members have been together off and on for 20-plus years. When you attend one of their concerts, you will enjoy energetic performances, great songs, clean vocals, enthusiasm and a true love for the people they sing for and the Lord they serve. Those Carolina characteristics are the ingredients of a professional music group that can only be said for a few in today’s gospel music circles.

 

The group’s sound is defined by the recognizable lead voice of Scott Whitener. Now, Whitener is no stranger to gospel music. His first singing experience was with the church trio where his dad pastored. He was an influential member of the regional powerhouse quartet the Regals for many years. In 1987, he joined the award-winning Singing Americans. His dynamic voice and interpretations really grabbed the attention of Gospel Music fans in this time.

The 1989 version of the Singing Americans 1989 consisted of (from left) Scott Whitener, Clayton Inman, Greg Shockley, Dwayne Burke and James Rainey. Carolina Quartet

The 1989 version of the Singing Americans 1989 consisted of (from left) Scott Whitener, Clayton Inman, Greg Shockley, Dwayne Burke and James Rainey

After leaving the Singing Americans, Whitener also sang lead with Jericho – which was formed along with Dwayne Burke of the Singing Americans – until 1996. This group was recognized for their smooth, focused vocals in a church ministry setting.

Subsequently, Whitener transitioned to the Melody Masters in the mid-1990s as lead singer. During that time, the group lineup of Chris Roberts, Whitener, Roger Burnett, and Richard Sanders achieved success with performances at the National Quartet Convention and the Canadian version of the NQC, which was held in Canada’s in Red Deer, Alta.

As in life, things come full circle. After more than 20 years in full-time Gospel Music, Whitener is now an ordained minister, serving as senior pastor of Temple Baptist Church in Gastonia, N.C., and as lead pastor of Gateway Cowboy Church in Stanley, N.C.

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Vernon Alabama’s Gospel Music Weekend: Where is Vernon?

Written by Staff on August 26, 2017 – 9:49 am -

McKay Project to appear at Vernon Alabama's Southern Gospel Weekend

McKay Project to appear at Vernon Alabama’s Gospel Music Weekend

Through social media, folks have seen the fun we have at Vernon Alabama’s Gospel Music Weekend, and they say, “Hey, I want to come to Vernon.”

However, then, they follow it up with, “Where is Vernon?” I just have to laugh.

Every time I describe where Vernon is located, I always find myself thinking about the things I have come to love about Vernon. It is a wonderful town with southern charm and a down-home feeling of community that is just part of the South. It is the kind of town where everyone is your neighbor. It’s the kind of town that is perfect for an event like Vernon Alabama’s Gospel Music Weekend, which will be held from Sept. 8-9. We are excited to host more than 20 Gospel artists from across the country for two days of great concerts, fun, and fellowship that can only be found in a community like Vernon. It’s like magic.

Vernon is steeped in history, and I did a little checking to see just how far back the city of Vernon goes. Vernon is the county seat of Lamar County, but the county hasn’t always been called Lamar. It started out as Jones County and was abolished in 1867. Then, in 1868, it was established again as Sanford County, but that was done away with. Finally, in 1877, the county was named Lamar County. Just like the county, Vernon wasn’t always the name of the town. It started out as Swayne but was changed to Vernon in 1868 in honor of Edmond Vernon, who also served as the first mayor. I found copies of old newspapers online with news and happenings for Vernon, and it has always been a thriving town with lots of life.

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APRIL POTTER AGENCY SIGNS EXCLUSIVE MANAGEMENT AND BOOKING AGREEMENT WITH NATIONALLY ACCLAIMED SPEAKER AND SINGER LADONNA GATLIN

Written by Staff on July 6, 2017 – 12:10 pm -

 

APRIL POTTER AGENCY SIGNS EXCLUSIVE MANAGEMENT AND BOOKING AGREEMENT WITH NATIONALLY ACCLAIMED SPEAKER AND SINGER LADONNA GATLIN

APRIL POTTER AGENCY SIGNS EXCLUSIVE MANAGEMENT AND BOOKING AGREEMENT WITH NATIONALLY ACCLAIMED SPEAKER AND SINGER LADONNA GATLIN

Nashville, TN- April Potter Agency is proud to announce the signing of an exclusive management and booking agreement with nationally acclaimed speaker and singer LaDonna Gatlin.

 

“We are so excited to be working with LaDonna” says April Potter. “She is truly a gifted communicator through both speaking and singing and has been blessed with the innate ability to connect on an intimate level with her audience whether it be a room of ten or ten-thousand.”

 

Gatlin, known not only for her speaking abilities, is also a very gifted singer. She credits her family for that saying, “I had three really good teachers named Larry, Steve, and Rudy Gatlin.” Since the age of five she has periodically joined her siblings, Grammy award winning country music superstars Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, on the stage.

 

Gatlin has been a member of the National Speakers Association for over twenty years acting as keynote speaker for such topics as agribusiness, education, faith, finance, healthcare, insurance, women’s topics, and more. Her talents on the stage have placed her in front of audiences of all shapes and sizes including a variety of businesses, corporations, churches, and academic institutions. A small sampling of her clientele encompasses over twenty State Farm Bureau conferences, district school boards, and workshops for teachers, student councils, and principals.

 

“I feel extremely blessed to be working with the April Potter Agency,” LaDonna shares.  “What a wonderful group of folks! The best is yet to come!”

 

APRIL POTTER AGENCY ANNOUNCES THE ADDITION OF LARRY GATLIN AND THE GATLIN BROTHERS AND ALL GATLIN ENTITIES TO THE AGENCY FOR BOOKING

The Gatlin Brothers

LaDonna Gatlin is one of just a few speakers worldwide who holds both the Certified Speaking Professional designation as well as the CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame award – two of the most prestigious honors bestowed by the National Speakers Association. She is currently working on her new show “Growing Up Gatlin…Her Story” which opens in 2018 and is currently booking through the April Potter Agency.

 

For more information on LaDonna Gatlin, contact April Potter Agency at 615-479-0954 or visit the website at www.apotteragency.com.

 

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Joey Feek’s Solo Debut, If Not For You, Offers Insight Into Country Singer’s Life

Written by Staff on April 11, 2017 – 7:17 am -

Joey Feek’s Solo Debut, If Not For You, Offers Insight Into Country Singer’s Life

Joey Feek’s Solo Debut, If Not For You, Offers Insight Into Country Singer’s Life

Recorded in 2005, the Rory Feek-co-produced album includes memories and stories from the singer and her family
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – April 7, 2017 — Recorded in 2005 and produced by her husband, Rory Feek, and Bill McDermott, GRAMMY®-winner Joey Feek’s solo debut, If Not For You, is out today through Gaither Music Group/Farmhouse Recordings. The 12-song collection is also available in a special edition featuring a 48-page booklet of photos, memories and stories penned by Rory.

Joey Feek is widely known as one-half of country music duo Joey+Rory, who most recently won a GRAMMY® for their Hymns album in February. The couple captured the hearts of millions over the past few years as Rory chronicled their love story and Joey’s cancer battle on his blog, This Life I Live, as well as their preparation for her passing in March 2016. But there’s much more to the story: the couple met in the early 2000s, when Joey was still an aspiring country singer. They eventually fell in love, married and recorded Joey’s debut album. The collection was released independently in 2005 and was made available at the duo’s shows and on their website, years before they appeared on CMT’s “Can You Duet” and began recording as a duo. This marks the first time the album will be widely available.

Joey Feek’s Solo Debut, If Not For You, To Be Released

Joey Feek

“When this album was recorded in 2005, Joey and I were still newlyweds, or at least we felt like we were. Though we had hopes for the record at the time, it wasn’t meant to be, and so this collection of music set quietly on a shelf for the last ten years or so, waiting for the right time to come along, when maybe somehow, someone would care. A time like now,” Rory said. “It is one of the great joys of my life to dust these songs off and bring life to them again. Not just the songs, but also the stories and the life of the special woman that these songs represent.”

The songs on If Not For You and the lyrics speak volumes about the woman whose life touched the hearts of millions. As Rory explains in the booklet, the album is filled with songs that showcase the things that were most important to Joey. Starting with “Have I Told You Lately That I Love You,” the song that brought Joey and Rory together, the album begins with a cameo from Joey’s mother and father and closes with Joey and Rory’s oldest daughter, Heidi, singing harmony on “Old Paint,” which Roughstock featured earlier this week. Rolling Stone Country premiered “Nothing To Remember,” the first song Joey and Rory wrote together in an early songwriting session in 2001, telling the story of a couple only able to be together in the short-term but thankful for the fleeting time they had. Originally called Strong Enough to Cry in 2005, the former title track, which premiered with The Boot, expresses Joey and Rory’s views on how to make it through difficult times. Also making an appearance on the album is the original recording of “That’s Important to Me,” which would later be a charting single for Joey+Rory; “See You There,” a tribute to her late brother, Justin, that premiered with Yahoo Music; and “Southern Girl,” focusing on Joey’s love for the South, which premiered with Taste of Country.

Country Music Couple Joey+Rory Honored with 2017 GRAMMY® Award

Country Music Couple Joey+Rory

“This recording is, of course, a significant one for us,” said Paul Sizelove, vice president of Gaither Music Group. “I grew up in the same hometown with Joey and watched she and her family love each other and the people along their paths. We all watched her move to Nashville to pursue her dreams. Things seemed to come full circle when, years later, our label was able to join hands with Joey and Rory along their recording journey. What a blessing it has been to be a part of their inspiring story. It is an honor to release this recording that captures so much of her heart and heritage and represents a dream of hers coming true.”

After gaining attention as finalists on CMT’s “Can You Duet” in 2008, Joey+Rory went on to release eight albums, winning a GRAMMY® Award for Best Roots Gospel Album for Hymns (Gaither Music Group/Farmhouse Recordings) in February. Recorded in hotel rooms as Joey received treatment, the album features songs of faith and was released in February 2016, a month before Joey passed away at age 40.

If Not For You is exclusively distributed by Capitol Christian Distribution and Universal Music. It will be available throughout general market stores and the Christian marketplace and through online retailers including iTunes, Amazon, Target, Walmart.com, crackerbarrel.com and gaither.com. The recording will also be available at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store®.

For a music preview of If Not For You, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Arwg0AYtbfU For further information regarding Joey+Rory, visit www.thislifeilive.com or follow www.facebook.com/joeyandrory or Twitter @joeyandrory.

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If Not For You Track Listing:
1. Intro (Have I Told You Lately That I Love You)
2. Strong Enough to Cry
3. That’s Important to Me
4. When the Needle Hit the Vinyl
5. Nothing to Remember
6. The Cowboy’s Mine
7. If Not for You
8. Southern Girl
9. Red
10. Like a Rodeo
11. See You There
12. Old Paint
(Produced by Rory Feek and Bill McDermott)

 

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THE HINSON FAMILY OFFICIALLY WELCOMES LOGAN SMITH

Written by Staff on January 6, 2017 – 2:30 pm -

THE HINSON FAMILY OFFICIALLY WELCOMES LOGAN SMITH

THE HINSON FAMILY OFFICIALLY WELCOMES LOGAN SMITH

Caddo Mills, TX – The Hinson Family has welcomed renowned soloist Logan Smith to their ranks. Logan periodically filled in with the family throughout 2016 beginning in May when Christy Hinson, the soprano of the group, was diagnosed and underwent surgery and treatment for Thyroid Cancer.

“We began to see the versatility that we had with Logan in the mix and the many different ways that we can arrange harmonies having 4 people that have such wide ranges and can each hear and sing so many different parts!” – Weston Hinson, Lead Vocals

THE HINSON FAMILY OFFICIALLY WELCOMES LOGAN SMITHLogan will be joining The Family in the studio in the coming weeks to finish their latest recording with Song Garden Music Group. This project will be the group’s sixth in their discography and first to include four vocalists since the 2009 release of “Home With You Tonight” when they were known as “Weston Hinson & By Faith.”

“I am honored to be a part of a group and family with such a rich musical heritage! God has put together a dynamic ministry team here and we have such good chemistry together both on and off the stage. I am excited to see all the doors that God opens and where He takes us!” – Logan Smith

A memorable moment took place during a Christmas concert performed by the Hinson Family and Logan Smith at Community Church of Praise, Logan’s home church in Stockbridge, Georgia. After a duet performance of the song “It Feels Like Christmas Again,” written by Sheri Easter, Logan proposed to his girlfriend of six months, Jordan Honea of the Hinson Family … and she said yes!

“I am going to be inheriting a wonderful young man for a son-in-law and am so excited about seeing what the future holds for these two crazy love birds,” said Weston, stepdad to Jordan.

In addition to his main role with The Hinson Family, Logan will continue his solo ministry and will honor his current scheduled solo appearances.

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Shellem Cline Signs Major Record and Publishing Deal

Written by Staff on January 6, 2017 – 7:14 am -

Shellem Cline signs with Crucial Records

Shellem Cline signs with Crucial Records

Crucial Records and CCM publishing announced today the signing of national Christian Country artist Shellem Cline. Cline is no stranger to Southern Gospel and Christian Country music as he has had a number one in both genres and several top 20 hits. Cline stated in a press conference Wednesday evening: “I am so honored to work with some of the greatest artist and writers within the Christian and Inspirational Country genre, and look forward to what God is going to do in 2017.”

Cline is currently preparing his “Lovin’ Life” tour for 2017 and the release of his new album coming in the spring. Chas Childers, president of Crucial Music Group stated that they are looking forward to working with Shellem and are extremely excited about his first single with Crucial Records, “When I Pray.”  
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SHENANDOAH ANNOUNCES “30TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR”

Written by Staff on December 8, 2016 – 2:15 pm -

Shenandoah

Shenandoah

Legendary Country Group to Hit the Road in 2017 in Celebration of Three Decades of Music

Nashville, Tenn. (December 7, 2016) — Legendary country group Shenandoah will hit the tour trail in 2017 to commemorate 30 years of their classic sound. Next year marks three decades since the group first released their debut album in 1987. Today, a handful of dates were announced for the Shenandoah “30th Anniversary Tour.” A second round of dates will be announced in January.

The tour kicks off on January 22 in Annapolis, Maryland and will continue throughout the year with many additional live dates scheduled across the country. Shenandoah will also perform two live concerts in Zürich, Switzerland, a first for the band.

“After 29 years in the music business, we find ourselves more determined than ever before,” says lead singer Marty Raybon. “The past helps us to realize where we’ve been and sets our vision to where we want to be. Our mission in 2017, with new music, is to expand our fanbase while continuing to enjoy the performances and making our 30th year the best ever.”

Shenandoah

Shenandoah

To celebrate the holiday season, Shenandoah has released a new Christmas song. The single, “The First Noel,” is included on the group’s Christmas Comes Alive EP. The song is now available for digital download at smarturl.it/ShenandoahFirstNoel and radio airplay as well.

2017 Concert Schedule for Shenandoah “30th Anniversary Tour”

Jan 22 – Annapolis, MD – Rams Head Onstage
Feb 25 – LaBelle, FL – Swamp Cabbage Festival
March 2 – Zürich Switzerland – Schützenhaus Albisgütli
March 3 – Zürich Switzerland – Schützenhaus Albisgütli
March 25 – Weatherford, TX – Texas Opry
March 30 – Vienna, GA – Dooly Campground
March 31 – Hartselle, AL – Hartselle High School Auditorium
April 8 – Winchester, OH – New Barn Convention Center
April 29 – Geneva, AL – Festival On the River
June 3 – Syria, VA – Graves Mountain Festival
June 10 – Emmetsburg, IA – Wild Rose Casino
June 20 – Clayton, NY – Clayton Opera House
July 29 – Rural Retreat, VA – Heritage Days
Aug 4 – Schulenburg, TX – Schulenburg Festival

About Shenandoah
Shenandoah originally formed in Muscle Shoals, Alabama in 1985. The band has charted 26 singles on the Billboard Hot Country charts, including #1 hits “The Church on Cumberland Road,” “Sunday in the South” and “Two Dozen Roses” from 1989, “Next to You, Next to Me” from 1990, and “If Bubba Can Dance (I Can Too)” from 1994. The single “Somewhere in the Vicinity of the Heart,” which featured guest vocals from Alison Krauss, won both artists a GRAMMY® Award for “Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.” To date, the group has sold millions of albums worldwide and is a recipient of the Academy of Country Music’s coveted “Vocal Group of the Year” award.

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Country Music Couple JOEY+RORY Are Honored with 2017 GRAMMY® Nomination

Written by Staff on December 7, 2016 – 3:48 pm -

Country Music Couple JOEY+RORY Are Honored with 2017 GRAMMY® Nomination

Country Music Couple JOEY+RORY Are Honored with 2017 GRAMMY® Nomination

Award-winning Sweetheart Couple’s Final Recording Together Earns Nod for Best Roots Gospel Album
NASHVILLE, Tenn.—December 7th, 2016–Award-winning, husband-and-wife, country music duo Joey+Rory received a GRAMMY® nomination yesterday for Best Roots Gospel Album. According to the announcement from The Recording Academy, the couple have been honored for their top-selling Hymns recording (Gaither Music Group/Farmhouse Recordings), the first recording in nearly a decade to top both the Top Country and Top Christian Albums charts, according to Nielsen Soundscan.
“I can’t begin to tell you how much this means to me and how much it would mean to Joey if she were here,” stated Rory Feek. “She was so proud of getting to make this record and living long enough to see it be released, and I’m so proud to see the hearts it’s touched and the heights to which it’s taken my wife and her sweet voice…even after she’s gone. God is so good.”
Hymns, the #2 top-selling country album for the first half of 2016 according to mid-year reports, was among the Top 10 on the Country Music sales chart for 20 weeks and was in the Top 10 on the Billboard Top 200 for six weeks. As of this summer, the recording, produced by Rory and Joe West (“When I’m Gone,” produced by Gary Paczosa), was the 13th top-selling album for the year across all music genres. In addition, the Hymns video landed in the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Music Video chart and also on the Christian Music Video chart for months.

Joey and Rory

Joey and Rory

For the past few years, Rory has poetically chronicled the couple’s journey through highs and lows–from the birth of their daughter, Indiana, to Joey’s battle with cancer, during which time they recorded Hymns. Countless people from around the world have followed their lives through that blog at www.thislifeilive.com, where Rory has taken readers from the spotlight of the stage to the sunlight across Joey’s vegetable garden, revealing their greatest joys and biggest disappointments. Their love story and walk of faith together have impacted countless people.
The Hymns CD and DVD have been featured regularly on TV networks including RFD, PBS, DISH TV, DIRECTV, AT&T U-verse, TBN, Family Net, CTN, The Walk TV (formerly Legacy), TCT and TLN and also in Canada on Vision TV, CTS, Grace TV and the Miracle Channel. The DVD has also been featured on Gaither TV (available on DISH TV, Roku, Google and the Internet).
Hymns is exclusively distributed by Capitol Christian Distribution and is available throughout general market stores and the Christian marketplace in addition to online retailers including iTunes, Amazon, Walmart.com, crackerbarrel.com and www.gaither.com. The audio recording is available at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store®.
The 59th Annual GRAMMY® Awards will be held on Sunday, February 12, 2017, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA.
For further information regarding Joey+Rory, visit www.thislifeilive.com or follow www.facebook.com/joeyandrory or Twitter @joeyandrory.

 

To Joey With Love

Joey And Rory

ABOUT JOEY+RORY
Joey+Rory, a country music duo featuring husband-and-wife vocalists Rory Feek and Joey Martin Feek, spent years focusing on their individual careers; but they both realized they were stronger together which laid the groundwork for a collaborative songwriting and performing career. The new formation resulted in their debut on the CMT series “Can You Duet” in 2008, where they placed third and released their debut album, The Life of a Song, which won the 2010 Academy of Country Music Award for Top New Vocal Duo.

The GRAMMY®-nominated duo completed four seasons of their RFD-TV series, “The Joey+Rory Show,” filmed in their community on their own soundstage built in the barn on their farm. Known for their simple, authentic, country lifestyle of homegrown food, family and faith in Jesus, they were nominated for a 2016 ACM Award. Kansas-born Rory Feek and the late Alexandria, Indiana-born Joey Martin Feek held a Farmhouse Concert Series on their soundstage for fans who traveled to see them from across the country. The couple received their first GRAMMY® nomination and first GMA DOVE Award in 2016.

CD Song List: Hymns (That Are Important to Us)
1. Take My Hand, Precious Lord
2. I Surrender All
3. He Touched Me
4. Softly and Tenderly
5. Jesus Loves Me
6. It Is Well with My Soul
7. The Old Rugged Cross
8. I Need Thee Every Hour
9. How Great Thou Art
10. I’ll Fly Away
11. Jesus Paid It All
12. Suppertime
13. When I’m Gone

Produced by Rory Feek and Joe West
“When I’m Gone” produced by Gary Paczosa

 

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Ricky Lee Phelps Signs With Red Hen Records

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on December 6, 2016 – 7:29 am -

Ricky Lee Phelps Signs With Red Hen Records

Ricky Lee Phelps Signs With Red Hen Records

Hendersonville, TN – Red Hen Records and Daywind Music Group are proud to announce the addition of Ricky Lee Phelps to Red Hen’s roster of artists. Phelps is the former lead vocalist for the GRAMMY award-winning and multi-platinum selling country band, The Kentucky Headhunters, as well as the successful country duo, Brother Phelps.

Phelps’ straight-ahead vocal is recognized on hits such as “Dumas Walker,” “Walk Softly On This Heart Of Mine,” “Oh Lonesome Me,” and “Let Go.” Ricky Lee left the Country Music scene in the 90s to become a minister of the Gospel. According to Phelps, after years of success and at the pinnacle of fame, he stood on the GRAMMY stage and held the coveted award in his hands. At that very moment, he heard a voice saying, “Is this it? Are you fulfilled?” He realized later that it was the voice of God revealing to him that worldly success meant nothing in the grand scheme of life. Phelps dropped out of the industry completely to pursue a life of spreading the Gospel through preaching.

“I am incredibly excited to have Ricky Lee on board with Red Hen,” says Micah Schweinsberg, Red Hen Producer. “His music has been a soundtrack to many lives, and I believe that those same people will continue to connect with him, but now they will connect with Christ through him.”

An album and biographical book are set to release in 2017.

Red Hen Records, a division of Daywind Music Group, is home to other artists such as Michael Lee, Zach & Rodney, Ryan Watkins, Kevin Woody, Maisy Reliford, Hunter Erwin, Austin Zimmer, Bryan Carroll, Tiffany Nicole Porter, and Bruce Hedrick.


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