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
Logan 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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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.”
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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.”
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
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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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.
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.
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
13. When I’m Gone
Produced by Rory Feek and Joe West
“When I’m Gone” produced by Gary Paczosa
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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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The Gospel Music Association has released the list of the 47th Dove Award Nominees for 2016. SGNScoops extends our congratulations to each of the nominees. We are thankful that the greater Christian music audience is recognizing what we have known for almost 100 years: Gospel music with a Southern influence or Bluegrass/Country twang has a terrific message, accomplished vocalists and some of the best musicians of any genre.
Kudos to the multiple Dove Award nominees of our Southern Gospel family: Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, Gaither Vocal Band, Karen Peck and New River, and The Perrys. Also nominated were popular artists The Hoppers, The Booth Brothers, The Collingsworth Family, Mark Lowry, The Bowling Family, and Greater Vision.
SOUTHERN GOSPEL RECORDED SONG OF THE YEAR
“Jesus Changed Everything” – Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, (writers) Ernie Haase, Wayne Haun, Joel Lindsey
“Jesus Gave Me Water” – Gaither Vocal Band, (writer) Lucie E. Campbell
“I am Blessed” – Karen Peck & New River, (writers) Karen Peck Gooch, Kenna West, Michael Farren
“Keep On” – Perrys, (writers) Wayne Haun, Joel Lindsey
“Jesus, The One” – The Hoppers, (writer) Paula Stefanovich
SOUTHERN GOSPEL ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Still – Booth Brothers, (producers) Jason Webb, Lari Goss, Ronnie Booth, Michael Booth, Jim Brady
That Day Is Coming – Collingsworth Family, (producer) Wayne Haun
Happy People – Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, (producers) Ernie Haase, Wayne Haun, Todd Collins
How We Love – Mark Lowry, (producers) Mark Lowry, Kevin Williams
Moments Like These – The Bowling Family, (producer) Mike Bowling
SOUTHERN GOSPEL ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, StowTown Records
Gaither Vocal Band,Gaither Music Group
Greater Vision, Daywind Records
Karen Peck & New River, Daywind Records
The Perrys, StowTown Records
Congratulations as well to our Bluegrass and Christian Country family. Multiple Dove Award nominees are Jimmy Fortune, Joey + Rory, Jeff & Sheri Easter, Shenandoah. Other Dove Award artist nominees include Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Flatt Lonesome, The Isaacs, Doug Anderson, Wilburn and Wilburn. Be sure to look at all the Dove award nominated writers, producers and others who work together to make these projects award-winning material.
BLUEGRASS/COUNTRY RECORDED SONG OF THE YEAR
“He’s In Control” – Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, (writer) Steve Watts
“In The Heat of the Fire” – Flatt Lonesome, (writer) Kelsi Harrigill
“Life’s Railway to Heaven (with the Oak Ridge Boys)” – Jimmy Fortune, (writers) Eliza R. Snow, M.E. Abbey
“I’ll Fly Away” – Joey + Rory, (writer) Albert E. Brumley
“Leave It All on the Altar” – The Isaacs, (writers) Gloria Gaither, William J. Gaither, Buddy Greene
BLUEGRASS/COUNTRY RECORDED SONG OF THE YEAR
“Love Covered My Sin” – Doug Anderson, (writers) Wayne Haun, Randall Garland, Val Dacus
“Small Town Someone (Lunch)” – Jeff & Sheri Easter, (writers) Sheri Easter, Kenna Turner West, Jason Cox
“I Believe (with The Whites)” – Jimmy Fortune, (writer) Jimmy Fortune
“He Touched Me” – Joey+Rory, (writer) William J. Gaither
“Seconds Count” – Shenandoah ft. Karen Peck, (writers) Coy Fulmer, Doc Walley
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Small Town, Celebrating 30 Years of Music and Marriage – Jeff & Sheri Easter, (producers) Madison Easter, Greg Cole, Jeff & Sheri Easter
Hits and Hymns – Jimmy Fortune (producer) Ben Isaacs
Hymns That Are Important To Us – Joey+Rory, (producers) Rory Lee Feek, Joe West
Good News Travels Fast – Shenandoah, (producers) Bud McGuire, Mike McGuire
Shoulders – Wilburn & Wilburn, (producers) Ben Issacs, Jonathan Wilburn, Jordan Wilburn
In the following Dove Award categories, we have highlighted the artists that are often referred to as Southern Gospel or Christian Country, or those who would be recognized by that industry.
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
Seth Mosley & Michael X O’Connor (Team)
INSPIRATIONAL RECORDED SONG OF THE YEAR
“Pieces” – Bethel Music & Amanda Cook, (writers) Amanda Cook, Steffany Gretzinger
“Let It Be Jesus” – Christy Nockels, (writers) Chris Tomlin, Jonas Myrin, Matt Redman
“Heaven’s Shore” – David Phelps, (writer) David Phelps
“O Praise the Name (Anastasis)” – Hillsong Worship (writers) Marty Sampson, Benjamin Hastings, Dean Ussher
“Till I Met You” – Laura Story, (writers) Laura Story, Christopher Stevens, Bryan Fowler
SPECIAL EVENT ALBUM OF THE YEAR Blessed Assurance: The New Hymns of Fanny Crosby – Various, (producers) Bobby Blazier, John Hartley
Let the Glory Come Down – Bill & Gloria Gaither and Friends, (producers) Geron Davis, Bradley Knight
Passion Salvations Tide Is Rising – Passion, (producers) David Crowder, Gabe Scott, Ed Cash, David Garcia, Ross Copperman, Seth Mosley, Nathan Nockels, Shama “Sake Pase, Joseph, Maurice “Jimi Cravity” Willis, Solomon Olds
The Passion: New Orleans – Various/The Passion Cast, (producers) Adam Anders, Peer Astrom
We Will Stand – Various, (producers) Michael Omartian, Dan Posthuma
MUSICAL OF THE YEAR
Bethlehem Morning, (creators) Russel Mauldin, Sue C. Smith
Jesus, Only Jesus, (creator) Craig Adams
That’s Where The Story Begins, (creators) Dave Clark, Gerald Crabb, Mike Harland
This Changes Everything, (creators) Marty Funderburk, Joseph Habedank
Under a Starry Sky (A Dramatic Musical for Christmas), – (creators) Joel Lindsey, Jeff Bumgardner
LONG FORM VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Come Alive – Bethel Music Kids, (director) David Noroña (producer) Kiley Goodpasture
Neon Porch Extravaganza LIVE – Crowder, (director) Nathan Corrona (producers) Shelley Giglio, Mike McCloskey
Youth Revival – Hillsong Y&F, (director) Jamin Tasker (producer) Ben Field
Hymns That Are Important To Us – Joey+Rory, (director) Daniel Grace (producer) Aaron Carnahan, Joel McAfee, Bill Gaither
#LetsGo – Planetshakers, (director) Pete Seamons, Peter John (producer) Russell Evans, Mike Pilmer, Joth Hunt, Josh Brown
CCM United – Various, (director) Michael Omartian (producer) Stephen Yake
Congratulations to each Dove Award nominee who has been recognized for talent, skill and ministry. To each artist whose name does not appear here, we applaud your hard work, diligence, and commitment to making quality music that uplifts the name of Jesus!
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Nashville, TN – The Hard Rock Cafe buzzed with over 200 attendees at the first-ever Red Hen Nashville Artist Showcase Tuesday evening, July 12, 2016. For three hours, the audience was treated to performances by all 11 artists on Red Hen’s roster, featuring some of the best in Christian and Positive Country music.
Ryan Watkins opened the showcase with his brand of Jesus-infused Southern Rock. Kevin Woody, Mitch Pierson, Hunter Erwin, Bruce Hedrick, and Mitch Pullen each brought their own individual styles of modern Country Music to the stage, while Michael Lee added his deep, rich country voice to the lineup. Thirteen-year-old Maisy Reliford reminded the audience of a modern day Loretta Lynn with a voice mature beyond her years, followed by the upbeat, grassy sounds of Zach and Rodney. Tiffany Porter surprised everyone with her Taylor Swift-like charm and vocal performance, while Bryan Carroll closed the evening with a powerful voice and a beautiful, emotional song that brought tears to many eyes, and the audience to their feet.
Red Hen Nashville plans to host more artist showcases at multiple venues in the Nashville area, as well as other parts of the country, in the future in hopes of presenting the Gospel in a style appreciated by Country Music lovers.
Red Hen Nashville is the Country division of Daywind Music Group; offering a home to the best artists in the genre and support to their ministries and careers. Red Hen is distributed to Christian retail by New Day Christian Distributors.
For more information, visit www.redhennashville.com
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We found this video on Facebook, on the page of Pam Miller Music. We know it will tug on your heartstrings and remind you to pray for the women who fight for freedom.
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The Christian Country Diamond Awards are completely voter-driven, starting with nominations, from which the Top Five lists are posted, allowing voters to select their three favorites in each category.
Vote Today HERE In 2016 Christian Country Diamond Award in each category.
Artists and industry personnel are also invited to vote and to encourage their friends and fans to vote as well!
Vote today HERE
Be sure to make your plans to attend the Christian Country Expo 2016 at Pigeon Forge TN, August 15th through 18th.
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Jeff and Sheri Easter were in concert at Farmers Family Restaurant in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, on May 26. It was a terrific concert with an enthusiastic crowd!
You can find out more about Jeff and Sheri Easter at their website here.
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