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LARRY GATLIN REACTS TO PASSING OF LONGTIME FRIEND, PRESIDENT GEORGE H.W. BUSH

Written by Staff on December 5, 2018 – 4:21 pm -

The Gatlin Brothers with George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush at the former president's inauguration (1989) (Pictured left to right: Larry Gatlin, George H.W. Bush, Barbara Bush, Rudy Gatlin, Steve Gatlin)

The Gatlin Brothers with George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush at the
former president’s inauguration (1989)
(Pictured left to right: Larry Gatlin, George H.W. Bush, Barbara Bush, Rudy Gatlin, Steve Gatlin)

Nashville, Tenn. (December 1, 2018) – This morning, Larry Gatlin of legendary country music group Larry, Steve & Rudy: The Gatlin Brothers, released the following statement on the passing of former United States president, George H.W. Bush:

“I first met president George H.W. Bush in 1964 when Steve, Rudy and I sang for his congressional run. He lost. Later when he became vice-president, I walked up to him in the White House to say hello. He stuck out his hand and said, ‘Hey Larry Gatlin… you’re one of those little snotty nose kids who sang for my campaign in Odessa in 1964.’ I said, ‘Yessir, I am.’ He said, ‘It worked out better this time. We won!’ Rest in peace, old friend.” -Larry Gatlin

The Gatlin Brothers became close friends of the former president, performing on his behalf on the campaign trail, at his inauguration in 1989, and multiple times at the White House and the historic Ford Theatre in Washington D.C.

Bush passed away on Friday, November 30. He was 94.

Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers

Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers

About Larry, Steve & Rudy: The Gatlin Brothers

The close family harmonies of Larry, Steve & Rudy: The Gatlin Brothers have given the trio a signature sound that led to country classics like “All The Gold In California” and “Houston (Means I’m One Day Closer To You).” The brothers won a GRAMMY® for their 1976 breakthrough hit, “Broken Lady,” and reached #1 with several other songs soon thereafter. Along with five career nominations for the ACM Vocal Group, the Gatlin Brothers picked up three 1979 trophies: Single of the Year (“All The Gold In California”), Album of the Year (Straight Ahead) and Male Vocalist of the Year for Larry Gatlin. The brothers were also nominated for multiple CMA Awards including Vocal Group of the Year, Single of the Year, and Entertainer of the Year. Larry Gatlin has written songs recorded by Elvis Presley, Glen Campbell, Barbra Streisand, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Dottie West, Roy Orbison, Barry Gibb and countless Gospel artists including the Gaither Vocal Band, the Booth Brothers, the Isaacs and many more. After 63 years of music, the brothers continue to perform nearly 100 live concert dates each year.

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Named One of USA Today’s “Most-Anticipated Country Albums” This Fall, Multi-Platinum-Selling Country Singer Josh Turner’s I Serve A Savior Is Available Now 

Written by Staff on October 31, 2018 – 7:57 pm -

Named One of USA Today's “Most-Anticipated Country Albums” This Fall, Multi-Platinum-Selling Country Singer Josh Turner’s I Serve A Savior Is Available Now 

I Serve A Savior by Josh Turner Is Available Now

 

Live Performance DVD Available Now, Portion Airing This Week as Television Special Hosted by Gospel Legend Bill Gaither 

Nashville, Tenn. (Oct. 26, 2018) –  Named one of the “most-anticipated country albums” this fall by USA Today, multi-platinum-selling country singer Josh Turner’s I Serve A Savior released today to critical acclaim, “bypassing the Saturday-evening revelry of most modern-day country,” as stated by Rolling Stone. The collection of hand-picked hymns, alongside brand-new originals and live recordings of some of Turner’s most memorable hits, I Serve A Savior “complements the singer’s baritone voice. All the while, [Turner] manages to put his distinct spin on the classics” shares Sounds Like Nashville, adding “I Serve A Savior provides a much needed message of hope to the listener… and proves that [Turner’s] gospel album was well worth the wait.”

For I Serve A Savior, Turner collaborated with GRAMMY® Award-winning producer Kenny Greenberg. Greenberg calls the album “a vocal tour de force” with a bluegrass flare. “This is where he comes from and who he is. This is what he grew up listening to and it became this labor of love.”

Named One of USA Today's “Most-Anticipated Country Albums” This Fall, Multi-Platinum-Selling Country Singer Josh Turner’s I Serve A Savior Is Available Now 

Making I Serve A Savior was a dream come true for Turner, with his faith as the basis of the project, as he told The Tennessean in an upcoming Sunday cover story. Additionally, the gospel project is one that fans have been asking to hear for years and “adds new meaning to the songs that have defined Turner’s spirituality while allowing him to contribute his own voice,” says Taste Of Country. Bringing a new dimension to the GRAMMY® nominee’s already acclaimed career, “Turner has outdone himself” with his latest faith-based endeavor according to Digital Journal, who called each track on the project “warm, inspirational and unique. It is evident that this studio effort was a labor of love for Turner.”

In addition to the 12-track studio project, Turner has released a complementing 90-minute live performance DVD featuring a special interview of Turner with gospel legend Bill Gaither, a performance with Turner alongside his wife, Jennifer, and their four sons, and more. The DVD has been edited to air as a one-hour television special hosted by Bill Gaither, which will air this week on numerous networks across the U.S. and Canada, and will continue to air throughout the fall.Click here for more information on networks and air times.

Talking with People.com, Turner discussed working with his family on the album, stating, “I wanted to have a moment on this record where I could feature [my kids] and my wife. It’s kind of wild and I think it might be the beginning of something special because all four of my boys seem to have a strong musical talent. Whether or not they pursue that as a career, time will tell. I don’t know what the Lord is calling them to do.”

Check out Josh’s Gospel Greats playlist here. To purchase Josh Turner’s I Serve A Savior, click here.

 

Named One of USA Today's “Most-Anticipated Country Albums” This Fall, Multi-Platinum-Selling Country Singer Josh Turner’s I Serve A Savior Is Available Now About Josh Turner:
With his rich, deep voice and distinctive style, MCA Nashville recording artist Josh Turner is one of country music’s most recognizable hit-makers. From his 2003 Platinum-selling debut Long Black Train to his 2017 Billboard No. 1 release, Deep South, Turner has scored multiple GRAMMY®, CMA and ACM Awards nominations and received six Inspirational Country Music Awards. As one of the youngest members inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, Turner has sold more than 8 million units, topped more than 1.5 billion in global streaming and populated radio with such memorable hits as “Hometown Girl,” “Would You Go With Me,” “Your Man,” “Time Is Love,” “Why Don’t We Just Dance” and “Long Black Train.”

With his latest, I Serve A Savior, Turner adds an exciting new dimension to his already acclaimed career.

I Serve A Savior is a thoughtful gospel collection that finds Turner’s rich, distinctive baritone paired with timeless classics including “Amazing Grace,” “How Great Thou Art” and “Great Is Your Faithfulness,” as well as introducing originals including the title track, “I Serve A Savior,” and “The River (of Happiness),” written by his wife, Jennifer, and their eldest son, Hampton.

Turner is a disciple of traditional country music, a mentor to up-and-coming artists, and one of the youngest members of the Grand Ole Opry.  Turner has been an Opry member for over 10 years and he recently reveled in his 150th performance on the famed Opry circle.

The Hannah, S.C. native has been songwriting and performing since he was a child, and in support of music education, he created The Josh Turner Scholarship Fund to assist students interested in pursuing a future in arts and music. As a high school student, Turner had very little access to music education, therefore realizes first-hand the importance of arts education in schools. For more information on Josh Turner including a list of his upcoming tour dates, visit www.JoshTurner.com.

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MARK209 Announces the Return of Joe Armstrong

Written by Staff on October 28, 2018 – 8:53 am -

MARK209 Announces the Return of Joe Armstro

MARK209 Announces the Return of Joe Armstro

(Nashville, TN)  – Joe Armstrong is returning to MARK209 to fill the bass position.

Many of MARK209’s fans will recognize Joe as the original bass singer for the group, featured on their “From the Heart of Nashville” and “Grassroots 1” CDs.  Joe has been no stranger to Gospel music outside of MARK209.  His resume includes a stint with The Stamps Quartet and membership with such classic groups as The Florida Boys and The Blackwood Quartet.  Joe has been traveling with MARK209 over the past two months on an interim basis meeting fans and learning the program and he recently agreed to take the position full time.
Mark209 Logo

Mark209 Logo

With the return of Jimmy Reno two years ago and now Joe Armstrong, MARK209 is featuring their original lineup.

“Even after Joe left our band in 2012, we’ve stayed in touch and enjoyed catching up when we would run into each other on the road.  Just hours after the word got out that we were looking for a bass singer, I received a call from Joe telling me he’d like to return to MARK209,” says Jym Howe, the group’s lead singer.  Tenor singer, Nathaniel Justice adds, “Joe is a favorite among those who have heard his powerful bass voice and one of the most personable men you will meet in the music industry … Joe never meets a stranger.  And it’s arguable that Joe is the lowest bass singer in the industry today.  He’s been consistently hitting the bottom note on the piano with us each night.”
Jym finishes with, “We feel the name Joe Armstrong should be a household name for any Gospel music fan and we are thrilled that he is back with us.  THE BAND’S BACK TOGETHER!”
Joe and his wife Dena reside in Maplesville, Alabama and he is now busy with the arduous task of learning all of MARK209’s material and preparing for their highly popular Christmas tour which begins in New York on November 30.
Make your plans to see the original MARK209 at a concert near you by checking their tour schedule.
2016 Diamond Awards

Mark209 at Creekside 2016

About MARK209:

MARK209 is based out of Nashville, TN. The band takes their name from Mile Marker 209 in Nashville, which leads to Music Row, The Country Music Hall of Fame, and the Ryman Auditorium.  MARK209 entertains audiences across the United States with their brand of Gospel, their Family Friendly Country Concert, and their popular Christmas show “Christmas from the Heart of Nashville.”   MARK209 is proudly sponsored by Sound Solutions (Oxford, AL).
For more information about MARK209 and for their tour schedule, visit www.MARK209.com.  For booking inquiries call 615-246-2667.

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Loretta Lynn Makes Public Appearance at  Gospel Fest at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch  

Written by Staff on September 10, 2018 – 12:35 pm -

Loretta Lynn Makes Public Appearance at Gospel Fest at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch  

Loretta Lynn Makes Public Appearance at Gospel Fest at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch

Hurricane Mills, TN (September 8, 2018) – Organizers of the 2018 Gospel Music Festival announce that Loretta Lynn made a surprise visit during the afternoon session on Saturday, September 1, 2018. She welcomed visitors to the ranch and shared her enthusiasm for the Gospel Music Fest.

“Thank you all for coming to the ranch.  We are thrilled to bring Gospel music here for Labor Day weekend.  Next year bring everyone you know to the Gospel Music Fest!” stated Lynn.  “It has always been my dream to see Gospel meet Country, and now the Loretta Lynn Ranch is proud to bring this. music together,” Lynn continued.

This marks one of the first public appearances of Loretta Lynn since a stroke in 2017.  Loretta Lynn, known as The Coal Miner’s Daughter,  graciously welcomed visitors to the Gospel Music Fest.

Sneed Family at Loretta Lynn Ranch

Sneed Family at Loretta Lynn Ranch

Jeff Sneed of The Sneed Family, hosts of the Gospel Music Festival, made the announcement today from The Sneed Family office.  “We are honored that Loretta has chosen the Gospel Music Festival to appear before her fans.  What a true performer!” proclaimed Sneed.  “This is the magic of having the event at the Ranch., you never know who will drop in!” Sneed added.

Plans for the 2019 Gospel Music Fest at Loretta Lynn Ranch are being formulated.  An announcement of performers and ticketing information will be released soon.

The 2018 Fest featured family entertainment from beginning to end. Gospel music was featured as well as a night of Country music, a Talent Search, a special Sunday morning service and a Craft Fair.

Friday’s schedule included Triumphant Quartet, Jeff and Sheri Easter along with The Easter Brothers, Karen Peck & New River, and the Troy Burns Family.  As a special highlight, The Sneed Family took the stage.

On Saturday, a full day of Gospel Music featured The Perrys, Primitive Quartet, New Ground with Mickey Bell, Tony Gore, High Road, The Steeles, The Freemans, and The Sneed Family. Well-known Country comedian Mike Snider from The Grand Old Opry also appeared.  “Those attending were laughing, singing and inspired from the minute first note is struck from the stage,” stated Sneed.

Shenandoah at Loretta Lynn Makes Public Appearance at  Gospel Fest at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch  

Shenandoah

The highlight of the weekend was a separate performance by the country music icons, Shenandoah, as part of their 30th Anniversary Tour.  “This is where Gospel meets Country,” said Sneed.  “Folks enjoy two events in one location while enjoying the beauty of the Loretta Lynn Ranch on a holiday weekend,” he continued.

The 2018 Gospel Fest has also added a special Sunday morning chapel service featuring Gospel music’s favorite evangelist, David Ring.  Since 1973, Ring has challenged thousands of people with his signature message – “I have cerebral palsy…  What’s your problem?”

The Gospel Music Festival at the Loretta Lynn Ranch is held annually in the pavilion at the ranch campgrounds.  “We are honored that the Loretta Lynn Ranch would again welcome the return of Gospel Music,” said Sneed.

For the 2019 Gospel Music Fest at Loretta Lynn Ranch, ticket information will be available soon at: www.ticketstorm.com or by calling 866-966-1777.  Craft vendor reservations for 2019 are being taken now by calling 270-646-0354.

Loretta Lynn’s Ranch is located off I-40 at Exit 143 in Hurricane Mills, TN.  Camping is available by reservation.  There are also area hotels nearby.

 

About The Sneed Family:

The Sneed Family is a favorite to their fans.  They provide 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.

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RICKY SKAGGS LUNCHES WITH COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME® AND MUSEUM STAFF

Written by Staff on June 1, 2018 – 11:38 am -

Back row: Ben Hall, Director of Major Gifts; Nando Rodriguez, Senior Director of Events and Culinary; Peter Cooper, Senior Director, Producer and Writer; Mark DeLelys, Senior Director of Museum Sales and Retail; Carolyn Tate, SVP of Museum Services; Kyle Young, CEO; Warren Denney, Senior Creative Director; Brenda Colladay, VP of Museum Services; Nina Burghard, SVP Financial Services and Operations; Lisa Purcell, VP of Development, Education, and Community Outreach; Jay Orr, Executive Senior Director of Research, Editorial, and Content Seated: Sharon Brawner, SVP of Sales and Marketing; Charlotte Scott, RS Entertainment; Ricky Skaggs; Don Murry Grubbs, Absolute Publicity *Photo courtesy of the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum (high resolution photo available upon request)

Back row: Ben Hall, Director of Major Gifts; Nando Rodriguez, Senior Director of Events and Culinary; Peter Cooper, Senior Director, Producer and Writer; Mark DeLelys, Senior Director of Museum Sales and Retail; Carolyn Tate, SVP of Museum Services; Kyle Young, CEO; Warren Denney, Senior Creative Director; Brenda Colladay, VP of Museum Services; Nina Burghard, SVP Financial Services and Operations; Lisa Purcell, VP of Development, Education, and Community Outreach; Jay Orr, Executive Senior Director of Research, Editorial, and Content
Seated: Sharon Brawner, SVP of Sales and Marketing; Charlotte Scott, RS Entertainment; Ricky Skaggs;
Don Murry Grubbs, Absolute Publicity
*Photo courtesy of the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum

Country and Bluegrass Legend Gears Up for Busy CMA Fest Week in Nashville

Nashville, Tenn. (June 1, 2018) — Ricky Skaggs was recently invited to spend some quality time with Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum staffers at a private luncheon held in the CMA Theatre in Nashville. The event was organized by museum officials to celebrate Skaggs’ upcoming induction into the famed institution.
“It was so kind of the Hall of Fame to have a luncheon in my honor,” says Skaggs. “We had such a good time. I started telling them old Bill Monroe stories, one after the other, and they went for over an hour. I’m so honored to be the newest living inductee into this hallowed Hall. It’s a dream come true for me.”
Later this year, Skaggs will be formally inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, alongside the late Dottie West and the late Johnny Gimble. In the meantime, the country and bluegrass legend is keeping the tour trail red hot. Next week, he’ll have a strong presence at CMA Fest in Nashville when he appears on the CMA Close Up Stage, as well as a full band performance at Nissan Stadium.
Ricky Skaggs CMA Fest Appearances:
• Thursday, June 7 / 12:15 – 1:15pm —  The Country Music Hall of Fame presents “An Interview with 2018 Inductee Ricky Skaggs,” hosted by Peter Cooper — CMA Close Up Stage at Xfinity Fan Fair X (inside the Music City Center)
• Sunday, June 10 /  7:55 – 8:25pm — Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder — Nissan Stadium
Ricky Skaggs

Ricky Skaggs

About Ricky Skaggs

Earning 12 #1 hit singles, 15 GRAMMY® Awards, 13 IBMA Awards, nine ACM Awards, eight CMA Awards (including Entertainer of the Year), two Dove Awards, the ASCAP Founders Award, three honorary Doctorate degrees, inductions into the Musicians Hall of Fame and GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame, the 2013 Artist-In-Residence at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, an Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award in the Instrumentalist category along with countless other awards, Ricky Skaggs is truly a pioneer of Bluegrass and Country music. Since he began playing music more than 50 years ago, Skaggs has released more than 30 albums and has performed thousands of live shows. He started his own record label, Skaggs Family Records, in 1997 and has since released 12 consecutive GRAMMY®-nominated albums. His latest release, Hearts Like Ours, with his wife, celebrated artist Sharon White of The Whites features the couple dueting on handpicked country love songs. And the Grand Ole Opry member has released his first-ever autobiography, “Kentucky Traveler.” The book details the life and times of Skaggs and provides a descriptive history of Country and Bluegrass music, as told by the master himself. In addition to his regular touring schedule with his band, Kentucky Thunder, he has performed a string of dates with his better half Sharon White along with guitar legend Ry Cooder on the critically-acclaimed “Cooder-White-Skaggs” tour and from time to time hits the road with versatile singer/songwriter and pianist Bruce Hornsby on another critically-acclaimed tour, “Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby with Kentucky Thunder.” Most recently, Skaggs has added Country tour dates as he plugs in and plays full shows of his chart-topping hits and is due to be inducted into the revered Country Music Hall of Fame Class of 2018 this fall.

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Daryle Singletary passes away at age 46

Written by Staff on February 12, 2018 – 8:56 am -

Daryle Singletary with Jeff, Sheri and Morgan Easter

Daryle Singletary with Jeff, Sheri and Morgan Easter

Country music artist Daryle Singletary passed away at his home early this morning.

WKRN in Nashville reports that Singletary,  a native of Cairo, Georgia, played his first show of his 2018 tour on Friday. No further comments on his passing were given at this time.

Singletary was present at the funeral of Tracy Stuffle this past week and gave a few words from the platform.

Daryle Singletary with Karen Peck Gooch and Kelly Nelon Clark

Daryle Singletary with Karen Peck Gooch and Kelly Nelon Clark

Singletary, a friend to many in the southern gospel industry, was only 46.

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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.

ABOUT CODY MCCARVER:
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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Country Music Icon Alan Jackson Lands No. 1 Chart Positions for Rerelease  

Written by Staff on August 28, 2017 – 2:47 pm -

Alan Jackson

Alan Jackson

Country Music Icon Alan Jackson Lands
No. 1 Chart Positions for Rerelease
of Precious Memories, Live at the Ryman DVD
 Gaither Music Group and Jackson Celebrate This Week’s
No. 1 Top-selling DVD on Two Billboard Sales Charts 
RFD-TV to Add New Airings of Jackson’s TV Special
Surrounding DVD Collection 

NASHVILLE, Tenn.–August 25th, 2017— Country music superstarAlan Jackson is back at the top of the charts this week, celebrating the No. 1 spot on this week’sBillboard Music Video chart, according to Nielsen Soundscan, with the rerelease of his LIVE DVD recording entitledPrecious Memories, Live at the Ryman.

 
Precious Memories, rereleased byGaither Music Group and produced by Martin Fischer and directed byJames Burton Yockey, also garnered the No. 1 position on this week’s Christian Video chart.  In addition, Jackson’s 2-CD Precious Memories set (Universal) climbed up this week’s Country chart to theNo. 8 position and landed the No. 2position on the week’sContemporary Christian Music chart
 
“It is a joy to partner with Alan Jackson on this DVD,” stated Gaither Music Group founder and gospel music legend Bill Gaither.  “As a songwriter, I really appreciate the beauty of a well-written song; and Alan has been showing the world for a long time how to write great songs.  On this recording, he went back to songs that both of us treasure—hymns of the church—with lyrics that keep on inspiring us with their timeless messages.”  
 
Taped at the historic Ryman, known as “The Mother Church of Country Music” in Nashville, TN, the nostalgic, 14-song collection captures Jackson’s stage performances of songs from his first gospel recording, Precious Memories, originally released in 2006.  The video, which features Jackson’s heartwarming tones singing signature renditions of traditional hymns and gospel favorites, also includes behind-the-scenes interviews with him, his mother and his wife as he reflects on his musical roots.  
The TV special—an immediate hit with viewers across networks—enjoyed a strong premiere on
RFD-TV which has now added two shows to its list of airings as follows:
September 11th           8:00 p.m. EST
September 11th            Midnight EST
 
The Precious Memories DVD is also airing as part of a television special on DirecTV, Dish TV, TBN, PBS, The Heartland Network, GaitherTV, FamilyNet, CTN, GMC, GMTN, Guardian, Liberty, TCT and TLN.  It is airing in Canada on Vision TV, CTS, The Miracle Channel andHope TV.  The DVD is featured on Gaither Music Group’s website, the Gaither Catalog Collection, digital assets, social media and YouTube channel.
  
Precious Memories, Live at the Ryman is exclusively distributed byCapitol Christian Music Group andUniversal Music and is available now throughout general market stores and the Christian marketplace in addition to online retailers including Walmart, iTunes, Amazon, www.gaither.com andwww.alanjackson.com.
  
The video is AVAILABLE NOW at the following links:  
 
Amazon
 
A PREVIEW of the DVD can be found here:
  
Upcoming air dates for the Precious Memories, Live at the Ryman TV special are as follows: 
UNITED STATES and CANADA TV LISTINGS:
Eastern Time Zone; Check local listings for channels
  
RFD-TV
September 11th           8:00 p.m. EST
September 11th            Midnight EST

Sept 14       6:30 p.m.

Sept 16       6:00 p.m.
TBN
Sept 16        7:00 p.m.
The Heartland Network
Sept 12         8:00 p.m.
Sept 16         12 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.
Sept 17         8:00 p.m.
Sept 17         12 p.m.
Total Living Network
Sept 16   check local listing
The Walk-TV
Sept 16        12 a.m.
Sept 17        See Your Local Listings
Christian T V Network
Sept 16        4 p.m.
CTN
Sept 16      4 p.m.
CTS
Sept 16     5:00 p.m.
CANADA
  
The Miracle Channel
Sept 16       11:30 p.m.  
 
Vision TV
Sept 15        9:00 p.m.
Sept 16        5:30 a.m. 
                        
Hope TV
Sept 16        12 a.m.                     
Sept 17        12 a.m.    
                 
Crossroads TV
Sept 16        3:30 p.m. & 5 p.m.
 
For further information, connect athttps://www.facebook.com/OfficialAlanJackson orwww.alanjackson.com or on Twitter: @OfficialJackson.       
  
Precious Memories, Live at the Ryman–DVD Song List:
1. Blessed Assurance
2. In the Garden
3. I Love to Tell the Story
4. Turn Your Eyes upon Jesus
5. ‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus
6. When We All Get to Heaven
7. BONUS:  Softly and Tenderly
8. BONUS:  Standing on the Promises
9. Are You Washed in the Blood? / I’ll Fly Away
10. What a Friend We Have in Jesus
11. Leaning on the Everlasting Arms
12. The Old Rugged Cross
13. How Great Thou Art
14. I Want to Stroll over Heaven with You 
ABOUT ALAN JACKSON
Recently announced as an inductee to the Country Music Hall of Fame, Alan Jackson’s membership among country music’s all-time greats is the latest in a long line of career-defining accolades that include three CMA Entertainer of the Year honors, more than 25 years of membership in the Grand Ole Opry, a 2016 Billboard ranking as one of the Top 10 Country Artists of All-Time, induction to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Heritage Award as the most-performed country songwriter-artist of ASCAP’s first 100 years.
 
The man from rural Newnan, GA, has sold nearly 60-million albums worldwide and ranks as one of the 10 best-selling male vocalists of all-time in all genres. He has released more than 60 singles – registering 50 Top Ten hits and 35 #1s (including 26 Billboard chart-toppers). He has earned more than 150 music industry awards – including 18 Academy of Country Music Awards, 16 Country Music Association Awards, a pair of GRAMMYS® and ASCAP’s Founders and Golden Note Awards.
 
Jackson is one of the most successful and respected singer-songwriters in music. He is in the elite company of Paul McCartney and John Lennon among songwriters who have written more than 20 songs that they have recorded and taken to the top of the charts. Jackson is one of the best-selling artists since the inception of SoundScan, ranking alongside the likes of Eminem and Metallica. 
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GRAMMY®-winning Artist Guy Penrod to Release LIVE Recording

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on January 29, 2016 – 5:18 pm -

GRAMMY®-winning Artist Guy Penrod to Release LIVE Recording

GRAMMY®-winning Artist Guy Penrod to Release LIVE Recording

Gospel and Country Singer Returns to Familiar Grounds

to Showcase Some of Today’s Most Loved Hymns and Worship Songs

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—GRAMMY® and GMA DOVE Award-winning recording artist Guy Penrod has announced the release of a LIVE recording of some of today’s most cherished hymns and popular worship songs. LIVE Hymns & Worship, (Gaither Music Group/Servant Records), produced by Penrod, will be available everywhere on January 29th, in both audio and DVD formats.
“Unity within the family of God is at the center of His heart,” explained the 2015 GMA DOVE Award nominee.  “I believe this DVD will help encourage us as believers to come together around the person of Jesus. We praised God using hymns and worship songs that everyone knows, weaving them together throughout the evening. We purposely recorded these songs in major keys and in arrangements with which people, and especially men, can easily sing along.  I love seeing the smiles on people’s faces as they join in.”
The nationally acclaimed, award-winning vocalist, known for his unmistakable, rasp-tinged vocals, went “home” to his alma mater for this special concert, which was recorded at Thomas Road Baptist Church at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA.  Featuring the Liberty University Center for Worship Choir, the evening included a long set list of classic and contemporary favorites.
The university is where Penrod first met his future wife, Angie, when they both attended college there.  After earning their degrees Angie and Guy married and started a family, and Penrod began his career in music–a career that now boasts combined sales in excess of four million units.  One of the most popular artists featured on the Gaither Homecoming Video Series, Penrod spent 14 years as the lead singer of the Gaither Vocal Band before launching a successful solo ministry in 2010.
The Penrod Family and Guy’s ministry grew quickly.  Today he and Angie live on a farm, just south of Nashville, TN, with their eight children—seven sons and one daughter.  When he is not farming and enjoying time at home with his “tribe,” Guy and his band of musicians are on the road sharing his faith in song to audiences nationwide.
The DVD includes behind-the-scenes footage with the Penrod Family, allowing viewers to “spend some time” with them on their farm and hear messages behind the music through an up-close interview on their front porch with Penrod.
LIVE Hymns & Worship will receive prime placement in retail outlets and will air as part of a television special on Dish TV (Gaither TV, Channel 276), PBS, GaitherTV, TBN, RFD, FamilyNet, CTN, GMC, GMTN, Guardian, Liberty, TCT and TLN.  It will also air in Canada on Vision TV, CTS, The Miracle Channel and Hope TV.
The new CD and DVD are distributed by Capitol Christian Distribution and will available at retail and digital outlets worldwide including iTunes, Amazon, www.gaither.com and www.guypenrod.com.
For further information visit www.guypenrod.com, connect at facebook.com/GuyPenrod or follow Guy on Twitter: @GuyPenrod

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Craig Strickland of Backroad Anthem, found

Written by Staff on January 4, 2016 – 11:16 am -

Backroad AnthemCraig Strickland, singer with Country group Backroad Anthem, had been missing for seven days after going on a hunting trip with his friend Chase Morland.

Craig Strickland with wife Helen Wisner Strickland.

Craig Strickland with wife Helen Wisner Strickland.

Today, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol confirmed to E! that Craig’s body has been recovered and his family has been notified. Strickland was 29.

Morland’s body was found in Kaw Lake, OK on Monday, December 28. The boat was found capsized and Strickland’s dog was found injured, staying with Morland’s body.

SGN Scoops sends their sympathy and prayers to the families of these two young men.


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