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Life Is Falling Into Place – Amber Nelon Thompson

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on August 12, 2014 – 9:37 am -

Amber Nelon Thompson

Amber Nelon Thompson

(Hendersonville, TN – August 12, 2014) Daywind Records is pleased to announce the release of Amber Nelon Thompson’s extended-play project, “Without Your Love.”

Thompson is the soprano singer for Daywind recording artist the Nelons, an award-winning trio that includes her mother Kelly Nelon Clark and Kelly’s husband Jason Clark.

“I am so excited about this project,” emphasizes Thompson. “I have really poured my heart and soul into it, and I’m so thankful God brought all the writers with their amazing songs to me that He did. This has been a dream of mine for a long time, and I’m so thankful to Daywind Records for allowing it to come true.”

The four-song project was produced by Clark. Clark also penned one of the cuts – “What Do You Say?” – and co-wrote the title cut along with Joel Lindsey.  “Falling” is the first single to be distributed to radio.  It is already creating a buzz in the industry.

“Amber is a producer’s dream,” shares Clark. “There’s nothing musically asked of her that she doesn’t deliver spectacularly. I’ve been producing and writing for Amber since she was nine years old, and to see her maturation as a recording artist is quite stunning indeed. I believe this record is proof of how very special her voice and musical gifts truly are.”

“Amber has a rich musical heritage in this industry, but she continues to evolve and flourish as an artist, continually cultivating her own musical identity with top-notch performances like those that are captured on ‘Without Your Love,’” explains Daywind president Ed Leonard. “Amber breathes life into these songs with powerful vocal performances that will be a delight not only for the fans of the Nelons and Amber, but for a vast array of listeners.”

Daywind Records is home to an award-winning roster of artists, including Tribute Quartet, Karen Peck and New River, the Blackwood Brothers Quartet, the Browders and the Bowling Family. Daywind is distributed to retail through New Day Christian Distributors, Select-O-Hits, and all major digital outlets, including iTunes. For more information, visit  or contact Amanda Martin at

For more information on Amber Nelon Thompson, visit the Nelons’ website at

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Wilburn And Wilburn Record New Concept Video

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on August 5, 2014 – 10:50 pm -

Wilburn and Wilburn

Wilburn and Wilburn

Nashville, TN (August 4, 2014) Award winning Gospel duet Wilburn and Wilburn have been in Nashville, TN lately recording a brand new concept video. The featured song for this video “Help Me” is from their latest recording ‘Here Comes Sunday‘.

Being one of the most innovative groups in Gospel music this Father and Son duo, along with Daywind Records, have slated the video for release at NQC 2014 . Unlike the huge Country hit “Help Me” by the Larry Gatlin, this cut of the same title, isn’t asking God to “help me”, but rather asking God to “help me help someone else”.

Scott Godsey of Daywind Records said “The message of this song is perfect for ministering as a concept video. Adding to the message, the location high atop the L&C Building in Nashville this video is set to touch the heart of everyone who sees it.”

Jordan Wilburn stated “This was one of the greatest experiences of my young music career! DAD asked me if I was scared of heights on our way to the video location. I had no idea what he had up his sleeve”.

Jonathan Wilburn continued saying ” As far as I can remember when traveling through Nashville , we would see the big L&C building. I never knew I would be that close to it.”

The song “Help me Help Someone” written by prolific song writer Jimmy Yeary, along with Cletus T. Judd and Gary LeVox, has already had an impact in Wilburn and Wilburn services and concerts. “Help Me” is really a prayer asking God to help us have the strength and desire to help those that are in need.

“In need of Jesus, Love, Compassion and Mercy. We are the vehicle of these things.” Jonathan states, “We hope this video will help us encourage and promote helping those that need Gods love to be real in their lives.

For more information about Wilburn and Wilburn you can go to or .

To book Wilburn and Wilburn for your church or concert contact the Beckie Simmons Agency at or call 615-595-7500 .

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DMG Concerts Division bursts on to the scene with the announcement of a three-day event for male quartet fans at The Greenbrier Resort

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on August 1, 2014 – 3:10 pm -

DMG Concerts

DMG Concerts

(Hendersonville, TN – August 1, 2014) Daywind Music is excited to announce the birth of a separate division of its operation, Daywind Music Group (DMG) Concerts.

The purpose of the new division is to promote Southern Gospel music through elite concert events.

“Our mission at Daywind is to reach people through great Christian music,” explains Daywind Records vice president and A & R director Scott Godsey. “We have launched DMG Concerts to connect Southern Gospel fans with their favorite artists at unique events. How the music is delivered continues to progressively change due to advancements in technology. We have launched DMG Concerts to deliver music directly to the fans in person. This new division of Daywind Music Group could best be described as a boutique promotions company. We will focus on special, multi-day events and see what doors open for us.”

The first major event for DMG Concerts will be the Greenbrier Quartet Festival, which will be held from March 9-11, 2015, at The Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va. The Greenbrier – which is an award-winning, four-star, luxury resort that is commonly referred to as America’s resort – attempts to combine the graciousness of the past with the exceptional comforts of today.

The Greenbrier Quartet Festival is expected to be an annual event. The 2015 festival will include some of the industry’s elite male quartets, including the Blackwood Brothers, Brian Free and Assurance, Gold City, the Guardians Quartet, the Kingsmen, Legacy Five, Tribute and Triumphant. Bass singer Gene McDonald and tenor singer Jay Parrack will also be performing during the four-session event.

“You don’t want to miss this inaugural event,” emphasizes Godsey. “We hope that this will only be the first of many memorable events that DMG Concerts is able to deliver.”

Additional DMG Concerts events will be announced in the near future.

For more information on the Greenbrier Quartet Festival or to order tickets, visit or call 1-800-635-9581.

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The Bowling Family signs with Daywind Records

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on July 30, 2014 – 10:34 am -

Bowling Family

Bowling Family

(Hendersonville, TN – July 30, 2014) Daywind Records is pleased to announce the addition of the Bowling Family to its award-winning roster of artists.

The Bowling Family is a mixed group that consists of Mike and Kelly Bowling, their 14-year-old daughter Hope, vocalist Troy Peach and pianist John Jeffrey.

“Kelly and I are really thrilled to be a part of the Daywind family once again,” says group manager and lead singer Mike Bowling. “I don’t believe any record company has ever had more of an impact on Southern Gospel Music. We are truly excited to be part of this team, and we have such love and respect for all of Daywind’s artists. We can’t wait to see what the future holds.”

Mike Bowling previously sang with the Lefevres, Hinsons and Perrys before embarking on an award-winning solo career, while Kelly Bowling helped her ever-popular family, the Crabb Family, win three GRAMMY Awards and 11 Dove Awards during its period of existence. Peach has been a part of various ministries – including the Wilburns, the Steeles and the Perrys – while Jeffrey was previously with the Greenes.

Mike Bowling left his successful solo career to form what was then called the Mike Bowling Group in 2005, and Kelly Bowling joined the group in 2006. Since that time, the group has produced four No. 1 songs – “We Have a Savior,” “Your Cries Have Awoken the Master,” “A Miracle Today” and “Notified.”

“The Bowling Family is no stranger to the fans of Southern Gospel Music, and we are thrilled to have them as part of our family here at Daywind,” explains Daywind president Ed Leonard. “For a number of years, fans have shown their love for Mike’s distinctive voice, and Kelly was part of a family that helped broaden horizons in this genre. The group has burst on to the scene, and we are looking forward to seeing all of the doors that will undoubtedly open as the excitement continues to grow.”

Daywind Records is home to an award-winning roster of artists, including Brian Free and Assurance, Greater Vision, Karen Peck and New River, Legacy Five and the Nelons. Daywind is distributed to retail through New Day Christian Distributors, Select-O-Hits, and all major digital outlets, including iTunes. For more information, visit or contact Amanda Martin at

For more information on the Bowling Family, visit

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Brian Free and Assurance brings the “Say Amen” story to life

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on July 28, 2014 – 9:05 am -

Brian Free And Assurance

Brian Free And Assurance

(Hendersonville, TN) After the success of their first concept video, Brian Free and Assurance has recently been back behind the camera again, diligently working on the release of the group’s second such effort for the increasingly-popular song “Say Amen.”

“Say Amen” was penned by Kenna West, Jason Cox and Michael Farren, and it’s the first release on the group’s latest project, “Unashamed.” The song has rapidly risen to the No. 2 position on the Singing News Magazine Top 80 Chart in just its fourth month since the song’s release. It debuted at No. 32 before rising to the ninth position in its second month and then elevating to the No. 3 spot for August.

The male quartet previously comprised an award-winning concept video for the 2012 song, “I Want To Be That Man,” which was co-written by Ricky Free and Lee Black.

“Brian Free and Assurance keeps delivering amazing songs on every project,” Daywind Records vice president and A & R director Scott Godsey – who served as the producer and director of the video – explains. “We are thankful for the opportunity to work with these guys on the ‘Say Amen’ video production. Our hope is that this video will go beyond our normal borders and branch out to new media sources. This is without a doubt one of the best songs that I’ve heard in Southern Gospel Music.”

Brian Free and Assurance is a Daywind Records recording artist, and Daywind held a contest in April that encouraged fans to send in their testimonies, telling what God had done for them to make them “Say Amen.” The winner of the contest was Jim Hutson – a Columbus, Ind., resident – who has part of his story unfold in the video.

Filming for the video took place in the Gallatin and Hendersonville areas, which are suburbs of Nashville, Tenn.

“We had an amazing time recording the new video,” points out Brian Free, the group’s manager and tenor singer. When you watch the video or hear this song, just think about all of the things God has done in your life.”

Daywind Records is home to an award-winning roster of artists, including Greater Vision, Karen Peck and New River, Legacy Five and the Nelons. Daywind is distributed to retail through New Day Christian Distributors, Select-O-Hits, and all major digital outlets, including iTunes. For more information, visit or contact Amanda Martin at

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Written by SGN Scoops Staff on July 22, 2014 – 3:25 pm -

 Joseph Habedank's Welcome Home on Daywind Records available today, Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Joseph Habedank’s Welcome Home on Daywind Records available today, Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Daywind Records Releases Highly Anticipated Debut Solo Project
Iconic Legendary Vocalist Russ Taff Makes Special Appearance
Nashville, TN – Joseph Habedank’s highly anticipated debut solo record, Welcome Home, was released today by Daywind Records. The project is available at all physical and digital retailers. Welcome Home features Habedank’s current radio single “Never No Never” written by Habedank along with Tony Wood and Lee Black. The song is poised to open new doors for the vocalist and remind fans of the voice they came to love during his tenure with long-time fan favorites, the Perrys.
For Welcome Home, Habedank joined forces with longtime friend Ricky Free as his producer and arranger. Free is quickly becoming one of the most sought-out musical producers and arrangers, effectively producing a fresh sound, while keeping the traditional at heart. The album, born of personal trials, triumphs and stories, is one close to the heart of Joseph.
“I feel like my very heart and soul is presented on this project,” Habedank says of the songs on the release. “I am excited for people to hear this record with the themes of hope, trust, forgiveness and mercy abounding! I hope people enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed making it.”
A particularly memorable moment for Habedank was the guest appearance of the legendary Russ Taff, who lends his voice to the track “Empty,” written by Habedank and Benji Cowart. “I LOVE Russ Taff,” Joseph exclaims! “He has always been one of my heroes and has become a dear friend to me. To have him appear on my first solo project is a thrill that no words can explain.”
Along with Habedank, the project features songs penned by Kenna Turner West, Michael Farren, Chris Binion, Keith Hill, Sue C. Smith, Joel Lindsey, and Matthew Holt.
Joseph is appearing on select solo dates in support of Welcome Home. For more information and tour dates, visit
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Brian Free & Assurance select winner for “Say Amen” contest

Written by SGN Scoops on May 6, 2014 – 1:33 pm -

Hendersonville, TN – (May 6th, 2014) Brian imageFree & Assurance have announced the winner of their “Say Amen” fan contest. In celebration of their new project, Unashamed, Brian Free & Assurance hosted a contest where fans were encouraged to send in their testimony and tell what God has done for them to make them “Say Amen.” The prize winner will have their story featured in the group’s forthcoming music video for their current radio hit “Say Amen.”

Jim Hutson of Columbus, IN was selected as the winner of the contest. Brian Free & Assurance are thrilled to incorporate his unique testimony into their music video for the hit single. The album, Unashamed, released April 22, 2014 and is now available both online and in stores.

Scott Godsey, AR Director at Daywind Records stated, “Brian Free and Assurance get better with every CD they make. The songs on “Unashamed” will certainly touch people who purchase this CD. Say Amen is being played all across the nation and we hope to bring this song alive in a new way through the creation of a music video. Congratulations to Jim Hutson and thank you for allowing us to use your story in this production.”

Daywind Records is home to a great roster of artists such as Brian Free and Assurance, Karen Peck and New River, the Tribute Quartet, and Legacy Five. Daywind is distributed to retail through New Day Christian Distributors.

For more information on Brian Free and Assurance, please visit

For more information please visit or contact Amanda Martin at

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“Turn Your Radio On” with Watts, Rowsey & Bean

Written by SGN Scoops on May 6, 2014 – 8:39 am -

imageNashville, TN – (May 6th, 2014) Nicole Watts Jenkins, John Darin Rowsey and Gina Bean combine their musical talents to release their debut album with Daywind Records. The trio known as Watts, Rowsey & Bean released their project, “Turn Your Radio On” on April 26st, 2014.

Rick Shelton of Daywind Publishing boasts, “Three of our most talented vocalists, experienced performers and successful songwriters have come together to create the new power-house trio, Watts, Rowsey and Bean. Bigger than their voices are the hearts that reside in Nicole, John Darin and Gina. Their concerts are an extension of their calling and their music serves their mission. WBR’s new recording is full of energy and ministry. It is a CD that will play over and over again during my drive time.”

“We are excited to release the debut album from Watt, Rowsey & Bean. This album is special because it features 3 charting radio songs right out of the gate. This new approach has generated sinifcant interest in the artists prior to the release of the full CD,” stated Ed Leonard president of Daywind Records

The album includes the singles “Turn Your Radio On” and “Written In The Scars.” The song “Waste Another Day” will be released to radio this May and is sure to be another hit for the trio.

Nicole Watts Jenkins is one of America’s most powerful vocalists, nominated for Favorite Soprano seven consecutive years and Horizon Individual by the Singing News Fan Awards. For almost seven years Nicole contributed her vocal ability to the award-winning group The Perrys.

John Darin Rowsey is a Dove Award winning singer/songwriter who’s has multiple chart topping hits and traveled with Karen Peck and New River. John is a writer for Daywind Music Publishing and has written hits such as “Singing With the Saints” for the Gaither Vocal Band, “Joy’s Gonna Come In The Morning” (a # 1 song for the Kingsmen), I Wanna Know How It Feels (a #1 song for Karen Peck & New River and a top 10 song of the decade), “Hey” (a #1 song for Karen Peck & New River), the “Truth Is” and many others.

Gina Bean is the featured soloist for Voice of Evangelism, an international ministry, and has traveled the globe with renowned Bible prophecy teacher Perry Stone. Gina has penned chart-topping songs in Southern Gospel Music as well including the number one song “Just One Touch” for Karen Peck & New River.

For more information of Watt, Rowsey & Bean visit or follow them on Facebook at

Watts, Rowsey & Bean are signed to Daywind Records along with such artists as Greater Vision, The Mark Trammell Quartet, Karen Peck and New River, the Browders and more. Daywind is distributed to Christian retail by New Day Christian Distributors ( and to the general market by Select O Hits.

For more information on Daywind, visit or contact Amanda Martin at 1-800-635-9581.

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Southern Gospel Music Executive, Norman Holland, Passes Away

Written by SGN Scoops on March 10, 2014 – 3:05 pm -

Hendersonville, TN (March 10, 2014) – Southern Gospel music executive, Norman Holland, passed away today, March 10th, 2014 due to heart failure. After beginning his career at Benson Company in 1980, Holland served Normas Vice President and A&R of Daywind Records for 16 years, where he invested into countless artists and ministries within Southern Gospel music. Highlights of his career include developing and orchestrating the 100 Years of Southern Gospel Music celebration at NQC 2010, as well as receiving a lifetime achievement award from the SGMA in 2012.

“There may never be another who cares for artists like Norman Holland did,” shares Ed Leonard, President of Daywind Records. “He was an innovative and dedicated employee. This is a heartbreaking loss.”

“The wonderful memories of working and sharing life with Norman for 16 years are precious,” remarks Dottie Leonard-Miller, Founder & CEO of Daywind Records. “I will cherish them as I cherished him.”

Gerald Wolfe of Greater Vision adds, “Norman and I had a great working relationship for 27 years, but more importantly, he was one of my closest friends. His laughter was contagious, and his larger-than-life, magnetic personality always lit up any room he was in. Gospel Music has lost one of its most innovative and influential behind-the-scenes personalities, and I have lost a friend.  But not for long.  I know where he is.”

Funeral arrangements are in progress and will be announced at a later time.

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Winners Announced for Greater Vision’s Preacher Appreciation Contest

Written by SGN Scoops on February 21, 2014 – 9:14 am -

imageHendersonville, TN – February 21, 2014 Greater Vision and Daywind Records have announced the grand prize winners of the recent contest held to honor preachers and pastors who tell it like it is.

The winning pastor is Charlie Pittman from Immanuel Baptist Church in Florence, SC. The winning radio station DJ is Mr. Daniel Taylor from KJAB in Mexico, MO. The winners will receive a trip for two to the Great Smokies Praisefest in Gatlinburg, TN, November 3rd through 5th.

“Congratulations to the winners, we are so pleased with the tremendous response our fans had to this song’s message. Pastors deserve to be honored for their commitment to share the Gospel and the fans showed us they believe that too. We were thrilled to have almost 1000 entries!” shared Gerald Wolfe.

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