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Johnathan Dale: This is your NOW

Written by Staff on May 11, 2018 – 6:41 pm -

Johnathan Dale: This is your NOW

Johnathan Dale: This is your NOW

At CCX’18 recently, JB Rocket of Country Music Television’s “Can You Duet” were headliners at the event. One of the members of JB Rocket is Jonathan Dale, our guest Christian Country artist this month. This family man is born and bred country, from the foothills of North Carolina, and a recovering addict who grew up singing gospel music. He is also a professional photographer and website creator.


Lorraine Walker: Who or what inspired you to begin your musical journey?

Jonathan Dale: Music for me has always been my source of survival. I started singing Southern gospel music when I was eight years old. My mom entered me into the local 4-H talent search, where I was named the overall winner, and I went on to perform at dozens and dozens of North Carolina political events and galas. At that time, I was literally and totally obsessed with performers in the Southern gospel genre like Jason Crabb, Sheri Easter, Michael Combs, and TaRanda Greene. I love it all so much.

Later in life, I found influence in my music from all different types of genres. I find inspiration from a range as wide as current top 40 hits to Tony Bennett jazz music. It all inspires me to create and develop whatever the theme of the song I’m working on may be. (It inspires me) to pull a little gospel, add a touch of pop, with a hint of country … sign me up.

I love music more than anything else material. It holds me together on most days, because I’m able to express whatever I feel through writing or just listening. Music is powerful.

But I think the moment, or what inspired me to begin my musical journey, was when I performed the national anthem for an NFL (National Football League) football game. I was 12 years old, and the game was in Charlotte, N.C., between the Carolina Panthers and the Dallas Cowboys. I stepped onto the field, and there were 80,000 people screaming for me and with me as I hit the high notes. In the moment, I saw my name going around me in lights. I felt like I could see each and every single person. I thought to myself, as young I was, (that) if I can positively impact this many people’s lives with music, then this is what I want for the rest of my life. I’ve been going non-stop ever since.


Johnathan Dale: This is your NOWWalker: How many dates do you perform each year?

Dale: The last few years I’ve been very picky about the events I’ve played. In 2016, my wife and I were planning a wedding. Then, in 2017, my wife and I were expecting our daughter, and now we are trying to learn how to be first-time parents. In 2018, my calendar is wide open though. I’m excited to talk with people and promoters, or anyone holding an event that they feel I would fit the style of. I’m excited for 2018, because I’m trying specifically to spread awareness about opiate dependency at all my events.

However, I have to say the event I am most excited about in 2018 is the Christian Country Expo, in Cookeville, Tenn. (Editor’s note:this event has passed.) My old friend and duo partner, Brandon Green, from CMT’s “Can You Duet,” will be reuniting with me for our first performance in seven years. I cannot wait to take the stage with him again. I look up to him more than he will ever know or understand. He’s partly responsible for (me being) the man I am today. I really am thankful for the time we sang together, and I can’t wait to do it again.


Walker: What has been your most memorable experience in your career to date?

Dale: The most memorable experience in my career thus far was most certainly my time on CMT’s “Can You Duet.” Working with the same production company as “American Idol,” the celebrity judges were Big Kenny of Big and Rich, Scott Borchetta of Big Machine Label Group (BMLG), and Naomi Judd of the Judds. Naomi and Scott specifically were just wonderful. Big Kenny wasn’t a JB Rocket fan, but nonetheless, it was a wonderful experience. We signed a record deal with Big Machine Records after being the first runner-up on the television show. Learning how the industry works and being trained by BMLG was the most rewarding experience. All together, it’s something I’ll never forget, and it’s something else that has molded me into the man I am today.


Walker: What is your most favorite song to perform?

Dale: My current favorite track to perform is my latest single, “This Is Your Now.” I wrote this song with my old duo partner from JB Rocket, Brandon Green, and Parker Wellings Nohe. This song is all about self-empowerment, inward faith, and overcoming the obstacles at hand. We live in a time where we question every move we make, because of bullies or insecurities. But this is our now. I’m ready to see a generation rise up that believes just that … “This Is Your Now.”


Johnathan Dale: This is your NOWWalker: Some say Christian Country is experiencing a resurgence not seen since the 1990s. Do you agree?

Dale: I spent from the time I was eight years old, until my time on CMT’s “Can You Duet,” traveling all over the country singing gospel music. Those memories are special to me, as are all the opportunities that God has allowed me to walk into. But personally, when it comes to Christian country, I think the reason it saw a decline for almost two decades was because of recording and writing quality. Instead of just rewriting a popular country song with Christian lyrics, I think artists in this genre are finally evolving into true artists.

I see artists writing songs about true life experience again, songs people can relate to lyrically instead of melodically. So, I totally agree that there is a resurgence happening in the industry and with the artists. I applaud people like Red Hen Records and Rick Schweinsberg for developing true and authentic Christian country records and music. I literally love every song they put out and (every) artist. It’s a formula that, in my opinion, will catch on and be the core of the Christian country.


Walker: What one message do you hope to convey to your audience?

Dale: The message I want to convey to my audience is hope … hope in the darkest situations. When we walked away from our record deal in Nashville, I fell into a dark addiction – heroin addiction. But on Dec. 7, 2017, I celebrated being clean from heroin and a long list of other drugs for five years. I owe the success of my sobriety to my family and now my wife and my daughter.

But totally and fully, I owe the daily deliverance from that long list of drugs to my Lord and savior. It was when I found my identity in Christ that I found my recovery.

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By Lorraine Walker

First published by SGNScoops Magazine in March 2018.

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Selena Day writes an open letter to Pastors

Written by Staff on May 5, 2018 – 11:28 am -

Chuck and Selena Day

Chuck and Selena Day

Dear Pastor,


Why should you have an outside guest come into your church?


Or better yet, why should you let a singer or singing group come into your church?


Over the past 29 years of traveling with my husband and doing our type of ministry, we have seen a decline in churches opening their doors for singers to come in.  


Contemporary music is pretty much obsolete, being swallowed up by praise and worship music. I am not knocking praise and worship. I actually love it and listen to it a lot, but I also love to hear a song that tells me a story that I can identify with.  


Recently, we received an email from a man asking how to purchase Chuck’s music. He told us that he and his wife had just recently gotten back into the church and were working on their marriage.


His pastor had recommended that he begin listening to the Christian radio station in their area. He heard one of Chuck’s songs about working things out in marriage. The man listened to the words of the song, and it touched his heart because of the season he was in with his family.


This is a regular occurrence for us. Many times after a concert, a man or woman will come up to us and begin to tell us how one of Chuck’s songs paralleled where they are in their walk in life and how it gave them hope and encouragement to trust that God had them and would not let them fall.  




But back to my open letter….


Why should you have singing ministries in your church?


For one, it opens the door for the invitation. It has been discovered that many churches find that their new members come for a gospel concert after seeing it advertised. It sparks within them a remembrance of their mother, grandmother or grandfather’s love for that old-time music, and something propels them to check it out.


While there, they discover that the church wasn’t too big and dynamic with all the lights and smoke machines, or that Christians weren’t actually judgmental and angry as society leads them to believe … and the peace they felt there draws them back the next Sunday.


Secondly, it’s the evangelism. People open up when they hear music. It unlocks something within us. Neuroscience is studying the effects music has on our brain. One study even showed that patients about to undergo surgery were split in two groups. One group was told to listen to music prior to surgery while the other group was given anti-anxiety drugs before surgery. It was found that the patients who listened to music had less anxiety and lower cortisol than the patients who took the anti-anxiety drugs.


Selena Day

Selena Day

Scientists are still studying how the brain processes music, but they are finding that music affects many different parts of the brain. When humans are listening to music, not only the part that is auditory reacts, but other parts as well. It stands to reason that when a person hears a message in a song, they more easily accept that message than if it is given to them by words alone. So bringing in a singing ministry is quiet evangelical as well.  


In these days of rediscovering what church means in the postmodern society, I would challenge pastors to not overlook the benefits of bringing in outside singers or singing groups to your church. There is a benefit to having them come.


Pastor, as a good steward of what God has blessed you with, I would encourage you to open your doors to those who have chosen the profession of travel while ministering through the gift of song that God has given them.


You, your church, and your community, may find healing from the music that is brought to you.  



Selena Day


April 2018 SGNScoops Magazine

April 2018 SGNScoops Magazine

Selena Day is a motivational speaker and is available to speak at your conference or event. She can be contacted by e-mailing, by visiting, or at  

Selena Day is a regular contributor to SGNScoops Magazine.

Day by Day: An Open Letter to Pastors was first published by SGNScoops Magazine in April 2018

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Zach Williams: Singer, Songwriter, Grammy winner

Written by Staff on April 16, 2018 – 12:27 pm -

Zach Williams: Singer, Songwriter, Grammy winner

Zach Williams: Singer, Songwriter, Grammy winner

When Zach Williams’ hit “Chain Breaker” was announced as the winner of the Best Contemporary Christian Music Album at this year’s Grammy Awards, it was the latest and greatest honor in Williams’ meteoric rise to the top of the Christian

music genre.


A native of Jonesboro, Ark., Williams was not even signed to a record label when he co-wrote “Chain Breaker,” the international hit that held the No. 1 position on charts for 15 consecutive weeks and achieved official Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) gold certification.


“I had been in Nashville for a week, writing,” Williams said. “I wasn’t signed to a label. I was just coming over as a guest to write songs. It was at the end of a week. I was ready to go home. I was ready to see my family. I was tired. I had nothing that I honestly was bringing in at that point.


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March 2018 SGNScoops Magazine

“Then, I met Mia (Fieldes, co-writer of “Chain Breaker”) for the first time. She had this super strong personality. She was just on fire when she came in, and we got to talking. I was sharing my story and my testimony with her. My wife and I were involved in a prison ministry at that time, so we were really excited about where we were then. Jonathan Smith, (“Chain Breaker” co-writer) turned around to the piano and just played a little something, and I went ‘play that again.’

And when he did, the words to ‘Chain Breaker’ just started coming. ‘If you’ve been walking the same old road for miles and miles. If you’ve been hearing the same old voice tell the same old lies.’ That was one of those songs that was literally almost written in 15 minutes.


It was on Williams’ mind after the writing session.


Zach Williams: Singer, Songwriter, Grammy winner“All the way home to Arkansas, I was just praying that God would just use that song and that people all over the world would be able to hear it,” Williams shared. “And a few months later, the label heard that song and offered me a record deal.”


After the song was written, Williams said that he wasn’t sure how it would be received by Christian audiences.


“I thought maybe it was too rock or too country to resonate with Christian music audiences,” he said. “I didn’t think it would get played on Christian radio. Nobody knew who I was. I didn’t know how people were going to react to it.”


After the song’s mega success on the contemporary Christian charts, the song was later covered by several Southern gospel artists, including Triumphant, the Gaither Vocal Band and soloist Steve Ladd.


The song also speaks to Williams’ own story of redemption. After using drugs and alcohol for years, he was known as a partier. In 2012, God intervened, and he quit the rock band that he was a part of it, instead electing to begin a new Christ-centered life off the road. But the way that Christian songs had helped him in his journey continued to stoke the desire to sing.


Zach Williams: Singer, Songwriter, Grammy winnerIn the release of “Chain Breaker,” Williams said that one of his chief hopes is that the song ministers to non-believers, as well are those who are already saved.


“Obviously, I hope it can inspire people who are already believers,” he said. “But for anyone who isn’t saved, they need to know that there is someone out there who can break their chains and help them with these problems that they have in their life and completely make them brand new.


“For Christians, for believers, I think we get in our day-to-day routine where we’re just checking it (items) off our list. We’re going to church on Sunday, because it is good for our business … it’s good for the other people around to see. It becomes just like doing the laundry. Going to church, leaving, going home … and completely not having a relationship with the Lord. You’re coming out of church with the same mess that you Zach Williams: Singer, Songwriter, Grammy winnerwent in with. So, I think a lot of believers have just forgotten what it was like the day they got their chains broken.”


Though Williams says he can’t define his music under just one genre – “maybe some Southern roots gospel,” he says – he hopes that his music appeals to listeners of Southern gospel, contemporary Christian, and other genres equally.


“I want these songs to have the opportunity to minister to everyone,” he said.


Although “Chain Breaker” was a hard act to follow, Williams’ second single off of his debut album, “Old Church Choir,” also ascended to No. 1 on the charts, where it stayed for 20 weeks. With his recent successes, Williams became the first debut artist to have back-to-back singles reach No. 1.


“All glory to God,” he said. “It’s just incredible.”

By Justin McLeod

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Cody McCarver’s “What I Know” Going For Adds Now at Radio

Written by Staff on November 7, 2017 – 12:34 pm -

Cody McCarver

Cody McCarver

McCarver Delivers Inspirational Follow Up to First Top 80 Chart Hit


Nashville, TN (November 7, 2017) – Cody McCarver knows a few things so he decided to put those sentiments in a song. “What I Know,” from Cody’s release, Rise Up, has been released to radio and is going for adds now.
“The song “What I Know” is my favorite track I wrote for the new CDRise Up. I didn’t expect it to be a single but I am humbled that it is. I love the pure message of the song and it’s what I’ve learned since I have been living my life as a Christian,” Cody McCarver stated.
The release of “What I Know” comes on the heels of Cody’s first Singing News TOP 80 song, “Rise Up,” featured on both southern gospel and country radio outlets, in the United States and internationally.
Cody McCarver's "What I Know" Going For Adds Now at Radio

Cody McCarver’s “What I Know” Going For Adds Now at Radio

Cody’s project, Rise Up, is available now on iTunes and all digital outlets.

Cody McCarver’s emotion-filled voice displays a life full of heartache and lessons. Yes, when you hear Cody sing, you know he has a story to tell.
Raised in the mountains of Spencer, TN, Cody’s first musical influence was in his home church. Even as a young child, Cody loved music and became the church piano player before the age of ten. It’s that musical connection to faith that has helped Cody through dark and troubled times, including the imprisonment of his father and his death inside a jail cell.
Cody spent over a decade with country music super-group, Confederate Railroad, eventually leaving to start his own solo career. This career was extremely lucrative with numerous accolades – including three number one videos’ on CMT Pure Country and earning the title of Independent Artist of the Year from Music Row Magazine.
Throughout his career, Cody has shared the stage with legends such as Charlie Daniels, David Allan Coe, Merle Haggard and more. His solo career saw his music topping the charts and even being featured in several motion pictures, which led to McCarver acting in several western films. His solo music has featured guest appearances by Colt Ford and The Oak Ridge Boys’ Richard Sterban.
Cody McCarver is featured in October 2017 SGNScoops Magazine

Cody McCarver is featured in October 2017 SGNScoops Magazine

The bright lights of fame and fortune brought many enjoyable things but it also exposed Cody to a very dark side. “Here I was with everything I could imagine,” states Cody, “but something was missing and I was miserable. So, 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.”

Today, Cody shares his story anywhere and everywhere he can – and there are no signs of slowing down. In fact, Cody’s just getting started!
McCarver lives just outside of Chattanooga, TN and is an ambassador for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America, an organization that is extremely close to his heart.
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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.

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




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!”



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


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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,, and The recording will also be available at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store®.

For a music preview of If Not For You, visit: For further information regarding Joey+Rory, visit or follow or Twitter @joeyandrory.


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



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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