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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 tributequartet.com.   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 www.daywindrecords.com.


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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 http://legacyfive.wordpress.com/2014/01/13/choose-l5s-new-cd-cover/#comment-3168.”

“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 www.daywindrecords.com or contact Amanda Martin at publicity@daywind.com.

For more information on Legacy Five, please visit www.legacyfive.com.


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Gospel Music Today On SGNScoops.com

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 SGNScoops.com

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 (www.newdaychristian.com) 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 www.daywindrecords.com or contact Amanda Martin at 1-800-635-9581.

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


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Karen Peck to Host “A Southern Gospel Christmas Celebration” on Solid Gospel Radio Network

Written by SGN Scoops on December 20, 2013 – 1:14 pm -

imageHendersonville, Tenn.) December 20, 2013 – Dove Award Winner and Grammy-nominated recording artist, Karen Peck, will be sharing Christmas songs and memories and spreading Christmas cheer as she hosts “A Southern Gospel Christmas Celebration” on Solid Gospel Radio Network on December 23rd andDecember 24th from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. each day. The programs can be heard on Solid Gospel affiliates across the country and universally onwww.solidgospel.com. There will also be a special giveaway of Karen Peck and New River’s music to the online listener rewards club at www.solidgospel.com.

A special reading of “A Soldier’s Christmas” is among the treats and surprises Karen will have in store for listeners as they prepare to celebrate the birth of our Savior. “We will have a wonderful time in anticipation of Christmas,” stated Karen. “This is my favorite time of the year, and I am excited to share my memories, special , and favorite Christmas songs with the Solid Gospel audience.”

Karen Peck is one of the premier personalities in Gospel Music. The prominent vocalist has been lauded for her incredible vocal, songwriting, and acting talents. Her group, Karen Peck and New River, just hit the top of the Southern Gospel radio charts with their latest #1 hit, “Revival,” from the album of the same name. They are featured on the cover of this month’s Singing News magazine, and their latest next single, “Finish Well,” is shipping to radio this week.

In its distinguished career, Karen Peck and New River has received multiple Singing News Fan Awards and Dove Awards, along with Grammy Awards nominations for their work. Karen was featured in the film “Joyful Noise” along with Dolly Parton, Queen Latifah, and Kirk Franklin, and has a role in the upcoming film, “Redeemed.” Karen is a music industry leader, having served as president and treasurer of the Southern Gospel Music Association and as a member of the Gospel Music Association’s Film and TV Committee.

Karen Peck and New River records for Daywind Records. Daywind Records is home to such great Southern Gospel artists as Brian Free and Assurance, Legacy Five, the Blackwood Brothers, Wilburn and Wilburn, and more. Daywind is distributed to Christian retail by New Day Christian Distributors (www.newdaychristian.com) and to the general market by Select O Hits.

 


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Gospel Music Today On SGNScoops.com

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on December 9, 2013 – 9:26 am -


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Dottie Golt Leonard Miller receives Lifetime Achievement Award from the Gospel Music Association at the 44th Annual GMA Dove Awards

Written by SGN Scoops on November 13, 2013 – 12:26 pm -

dottieNashville, Tenn) November 12, 2013 – Dottie Golt Leonard Miller, President and CEO of New Day Christian Distributors, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Gospel Music Association at this year’s GMA Dove Awards held in Nashville, TN. The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to a person or entity that has made a monumental impact on the Gospel industry for 20 or more years.  Speaking to a packed house, Golt Leonard Miller thanked her family, employees, the suppliers, and the Christian bookstores for believing in her dream and helping make it a reality.

Golt Leonard Miller founded New Day Christian Distributors over 32 years ago in her garage with a $10,000 investment from her parents, brother, and family friend.  Over the years, New Day has grown into a major source of distribution for the Christian retail market.  Beginning with Christian music, the offerings have expanded over the years to include toys, gifts, games, books, dvds, apparel, and related products.  Companies represented by New Day include major independent record labels Tooth and Nail, Tone Tree, and Daywind, along with high profile corporations like Simon and Schuster, Capitol, Warner, Fisher Price, Melissa and Doug, Duck Commander and many more.  The company continues to branch out in many areas to bring Christian products to the world.  New Day was honored earlier this year with the Innovative Supplier Award from Family Christian Stores, a 300-store chain based in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Golt Leonard Miller also founded, owns and operates Daywind Records, Daywind Soundtracks, Daywind Music Publishing, and Daywind Studios.  The Daywind brand is well known in Christian music circles with many Grammy Awards nominations and Dove Awards to its credit.  Every Sunday, the top songs in Christian music are sung to Daywind’s performance tracks in thousands of churches across the world.

For more information on New Day Christian Distributors, visit www.newdaychristian.com or contact Amanda Martin at 1-800-251-3633.

For more information on the Gospel Music Association, please visit www.gospelmusic.org.

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