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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

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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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Tribute Quartet Joins Daywind Family

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on January 28, 2014 – 12:16 pm -

tributeHendersonville, TN (January 28, 2014) Daywind Records is pleased to announce the addition of Tribute Quartet to its roster of artists.  Tribute is no stranger to Southern Gospel Music fans. The group was formed in 2006 by two former members of the Wilburns, Gary Casto and Josh Singletary.  Those two are now joined on stage by tenor singer Riley Harrison Clark and bass singer Anthony Davis.  The group received the Singing News Fan Award for Horizon Group of the Year in 2008.  Their hit song, “Good News from Jerusalem” was nominated for the Singing News Fan Awards’ Song of the Year in 2013.

“Tribute Quartet is thrilled to be joining the Daywind family,” shared Gary Casto.  “At this season in our ministry, after just celebrating our seventh year together, we are excited about the opportunity to work with this award-winning team as we continue to make great music for years to come.”

Added Josh Singletary, “It’s exciting to watch an entity grow.  Even more, a ministry.  Tribute has seen a lot of growth over 7 years and each spurt has been a breath of fresh air. This is no exception. I am tickled to be a part of the Daywind family and anticipate a bright and productive future!”

The group has experienced some of its greatest success with its latest project, “Our Anthem.”  Three of the songs on the project – “Good News from Jerusalem,” “Homesick Angel” and “God’s Gonna Send a Revival” – have experienced considerable success on the Singing News Magazine Top-80 Chart. “Good News from Jerusalem” was a No. 1 song in August of 2013 and was nominated for Song of the Year.

“Tribute has rapidly ascended to prominence in the Southern Gospel industry, and they are showing no signs of slowing down,” Daywind president Ed Leonard said. “We are excited to have the opportunity to work with such young, enthusiastic men and look forward to having the group as part of our growing roster of artists for a long time to come.”

The group is picking songs for their inaugural Daywind release due out in 2014. For more information on Tribute Quartet, visit the group’s web site at   The group is booked by the Harper Agency.

Daywind Records is home to great artists such as Brian Free and Assurance, Greater Vision, Karen Peck & New River and Legacy Five.  Daywind is distributed to retail through New Day Christian Distributors, iTunes, Select O Hits and all major digital outlets.  For more information, visit

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Legacy Five Signs Long-Term Recording Contract with Daywind Records

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on January 15, 2014 – 3:06 pm -

L5HENDERSONVILLE, TN – January 14, 2014 Multi-award-winning artist Legacy Five recently signed a long-term recording contract with Daywind Records.Daywind has been Legacy Five’s home for the past decade, beginning with the group’s “London” project.The group is putting the finishing touches on their latest recording, entitled “Great Day.”The upcoming release is produced by Lari Goss, and it will release on March 25.

Legacy Five manager Scott Fowler stated, “We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Daywind.Daywind has an incredible roster of artists, and we consider it an honor to be a part of their family.We are very excited about the direction they are going.We feel like our fans are part of our team, too.Daywind is inviting our fans to choose the cover photo for our new CD, ‘Great Day.’Fans can vote at”

“Legacy Five is one of the premiere groups in Gospel music.This agreement will continue Daywind’s successful partnership with Legacy Five for the foreseeable future,” stated Daywind Vice President Scott Godsey.

In 2014, Legacy Five will celebrate its 14-year anniversary in Southern Gospel Music, having been formed by Roger Bennett and Scott Fowler, two of the members of the legendary Cathedral Quartet.The male quartet has been nominated for two Dove Awards and more than 75 Singing News Fan Awards.“Great Day” comes to Legacy Five fans following its latest release, a “A Wonderful Life.” “A Wonderful Life” included the successful singles “Ask Me Why,” “Living In the Palace,” and “I’m Still Amazed.”

Daywind Records is home to a great roster of artists such as Brian Free and Assurance, Adam Crabb and Greater Vision.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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Gospel Music Today On

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on January 6, 2014 – 10:04 am -

The members of Tribute Quartet are the guests on Gospel Music Today for the week of January 5. Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates, the Feature Group is Mercy River, and Jean reviews a new recording by Randy and Wendi Pierce. An article about The Grand Old Gospel Reunion is the subject of this week’s Singing News Notes. Tribute Quartet and Palmetto State Quartet sing, and the show includes exclusive video of Shoal Creek Revival, recorded by Gospel Music Today’s cameras at the Midwest Quartet Convention, in Altoona, Iowa, and a visit to the Gospel Music Today archives for exclusive video of The Booth Brothers singing in Bixby, OK.

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The Browders Talk With Jonathan Edwards Of

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on December 28, 2013 – 9:53 am -

SGNScoops Jonathan Edwards Talks With Daywind Artist The Browders

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Daywind Music Group Celebrates Radio Success for 2013

Written by SGN Scoops on December 26, 2013 – 7:10 am -

HENDERSONVILLE, TN – December 23, 2013 –Thanks to radio stations nationwide, 2013 has been a year of hit songs for the Daywind Music Group and its family of artists and songwriters. Daywind artists daywind logorecorded 11 of the Singing News Top 40 Songs of the Year in 2013. Daywind songwriters also tallied 11 of the Top 40 songs. 18 of the Top 40 songs for the year featured a Daywind artist, a Daywind songwriter, or both.

Leading the pack was Diane Wilkinson who wrote 4 of the Top 40 songs of the year, including singles for the Kingdom Heirs (2), Tribute Quartet, and 11th Hour. Wilkinson was also recognized as Songwriter of the Year at the NQC Music Awards and Songwriter of the Year (non-performing) at the Singing News Fan Awards. Greater Vision, Brian Free and Assurance, and the Browders each had 2 songs in the Top 40 for the year. Other artists and songwriters to achieve cumulative chart recognition include Karen Peck and New River, the Nelons, Mark Trammell Quartet, the Perrys, Kenna Turner West, Jason Cox, Ronnie Hinson, Matthew Browder, Kyla Rowland, Marcia Henry, and Gerald Crabb.

Daywind artists and songwriters reached the top position in the Singing News charts 9 times in 2013. Number 1 songs included “I Want To Be That Man,” co-written by Ricky Free and recorded by Brian Free and Assurance (February); “Just Preach Jesus,” written by Diane Wilkinson and recorded by the Kingdom Heirs (April); “I Got A Hold Of God This Morning,” written by Kyla Rowland and recorded by the Perrys (May); “Praise You in This Valley,” written by Matthew Browder and recorded by the Browders (July); “Good News From Jerusalem,” written by Diane Wilkinson and recorded by the Tribute Quartet (August); “Calvary’s Cry,” co-written by Kenna Turner West and Jason Cox and recorded by Brian Free and Assurance (September); “Just Beyond the Sunset,” written by Diane Wilkinson and recorded by the Kingdom Heirs (October); “Looking For The Grace” by Greater Vision (November); and “He Is Alive,” written by Matthew Browder and recorded by the Browders (December).

2014 is off to a great start with Daywind Music Group represented on 20 of the Top 40 songs and the top 3 new releases for January. “Southern Gospel radio stations have been very receptive to the Daywind singles and are eager to hear what is coming in 2014. We are excited to start the New Year with another number 1 song, ‘Revival’ by Karen Peck and New River,” stated Amanda Martin, Daywind’s Director of Media Relations.

Daywind President Ed Leonard said, “We are blessed that so many of the top artists and songwriters in Southern Gospel music have chosen to call Daywind home. They are putting so much effort into their craft and drawing on God’s inspiration to create music of hope and faith. We are thankful for the songs, the artists, the songwriters, our friends at radio. We will continue serving radio and the world by producing top quality Southern Gospel music.”

Daywind Records is home to great Southern Gospel artists Brian Free and Assurance, Legacy Five, Greater Vision, the Hoskins Family, the Blackwood Brothers, Wilburn and Wilburn, the Browders, Adam Crabb, Karen Peck and New River, Amber Thompson, the Nelons, and Watts, Rowsey, & Bean. Red Hen Records is home to Red Roots, Zach & Rodney, and Michael Lee. Thoroughbred Records is home to the Chigger Hill Boys & Terri. Daywind recordings are distributed to Christian retail by New Day Christian Distributors ( and to the general market by Select O Hits.

Daywind Music Publishing is home to great songwriters Ronny Hinson, Dianne Wilkinson, Marty Funderburk, Sue Smith, Kenna Turner West, Jason Cox, Kyla Rowland, Belinda Smith, Ricky Free, Scott Inman, John Darin Rowsey, Lee Black, Ben Storie, Gina Vera, David Browder, Matthew Browder, Sonya Browder, Tommy Browder, Aaron Crabb, Adam Crabb, Amanda Crabb, Karen Peck Gooch, Mike Richards, Natalie, Nika, and Nicole Taylor (Red Roots), Gina Boe, Caleb Collins, Janice Crow, Marcia Henry, Russell Mauldin, Rick Schweinsberg, Micah Schweinsberg and CCM writers Sam Tinnesz, Aaron Rice, Michael Fordinal, Justin Kintzel, and Hearts of Saints.

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

For more information on Daywind Music Publishing, visit or contact Rick Shelton at 1-800-635-9581.

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