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Daywind Music Publishing welcomes home the award-winning Gerald Crabb

Written by Staff on November 7, 2014 – 9:37 am -

unnamedHENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (Nov. 5, 2014) – Daywind Music Publishing is thrilled to announce that the award-winning Gerald Crabb has recently signed an exclusive agreement to return as part of the organization’s talented roster of songwriters.

“I am very excited about coming back home to the Daywind family,” emphasizes Crabb. “I spent 10 very successful years with Ed Leonard, Rick Shelton and Dottie Leonard Miller. I am looking forward to working with them again – as well as Chad Green (Daywind Music Publishing’s Senior Creative Director) – and co-writing with the all-star lineup of staff writers.”

Crabb has written more than 400 songs and has 22 national No. 1 songs, and he was also the founder of the award-winning Crabb Family. His hits have been recorded by artists such as the Crabb Family, Randy Travis, Marie Osmond, Marty Raybon, Larry Sparks, the Gaither Vocal Band, Donnie McClurkin, the Hoppers, Karen Peck & New River, and the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir.

Among a host of songwriter of the year awards, Crabb was named the songwriter of the year at the 2011 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards. He was also honored with the 2011 Dove Award for song of the year for the song “Sometimes I Cry,” performed by his son Jason Crabb.

“The homecoming of a family member is always a happy occasion,” explains Daywind Vice President of Music Publishing Rick Shelton. “With the return of Gerald Crabb, Daywind Publishing is certainly celebrating. We have experienced extraordinary success together through the years. His music will continue to provide the material – for today’s artists – that grabs hold of a listener and blesses their soul with encouragement. I can’t wait to hear Gerald’s new songs as they are inspired.”

Daywind Music Publishing is the premier source of new songs for the Southern Gospel and church print/choral markets. The organization is home to an award-winning roster of songwriters. For more information, visit  or e-mail

For more information on Gerald Crabb, visit his web site

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Jim Brady Trio Announcement

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on September 17, 2014 – 3:36 pm -

Jim Brady Trio

Jim Brady Trio

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Daywind Music Group Honored with 20 GMA Dove Award Nominations

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on August 27, 2014 – 9:51 am -

Daywind Music Group

Daywind Music Group

HENDERSONVILLE, TN  Daywind Music Group’s artists, songwriters, and producers received 20 nominations for the 45th Annual GMA Dove Awards to be held on Tuesday, October 7, 2014, at Allen Arena on the campus of David Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN.  The Dove Awards will be aired globally on the Trinity Broadcasting Network.

Honored with four nominations was Daywind recording artist Karen Peck and New River for Song of the Year, Southern Gospel Performance, and Southern Gospel Song of the Year for their single “Revival” and for Southern Gospel Album of the Year for their album Revival.  The song was co-written by Karen Peck, Kenna West, and Don Poythress.

Brian Free and Assurance received four Dove nominations for Song of the Year, Southern Gospel Performance, and Southern Gospel Song of the Year for “Say Amen,” and Southern Gospel Album of the Year for Unashamed.  The song was co-written by Daywind staff writers Kenna West and Jason Cox along with Michael Farren.  The album was produced by Producer of the Year nominee Ricky Free.

Adam Crabb and Wilburn and Wilburn each garnered two nominations.  Adam Crabb received nominations for Country Album of the Year for Surrender produced by Adam and Jason Crabb and for Country Song of the Year for “That Whosoever was Me” written by Jason Cox, Kenna West, and Lee Black.  Wilburn and Wilburn received nominations for Country Album of the Year for Here Comes Sunday and for Bluegrass Song of the Year for “If These Old Walls Could Talk” written by Dianne Wilkinson and Jerry Salley.

Daywind’s Choral Division posted two nominations in the Musical of the Year category for “Good News from Jerusalem” created by Dianne Wilkinson and “Highest Glory” created by Marty Funderburk.

Greater Vision got a nod for Southern Gospel Album of the Year for its Daywind recording For All He’s Done, an album featuring three #1 songs.  Greater Vision received two other nominations for their work on the Cathedrals Family Reunion project.

Past Dove winner, Chigger Hill Boys and Terri was nominated for Bluegrass Song of the Year for their hit bluegrass gospel single “Revelation Song.”

First time nominees the Browders were honored for their song “Lift Up His Name” written by Matthew Browder from the album Time Machine, while Red Roots picked up a Country Album of the Year nomination for their album Triplicity produced by Rick and Micah Schweinsberg.

Daywind’s Vital Worship division was nominated in the Special Event category for their groundbreaking recording Songs for the Living King.

Daywind president Ed Leonard said, “We are blessed that so many of top artists, songwriters and producers call Daywind home.  We will continue serving Christ by producing top quality music.”

Daywind Music Group is home Daywind Records, Daywind Soundtracks, Daywind Music Publishing, Daywind Studios, Red Hen Records, and Thoroughbred Records.  Daywind Records represents great artists like Brian Free and Assurance, Legacy Five, Greater Vision, the Hoskins Family, the Blackwood Brothers, Wilburn and Wilburn, the Browders, Adam Crabb, the Bowling Family, Karen Peck and New River, Amber Thompson, Joseph Habedank, the Nelons, and Watts, Rowsey, & Bean.  Red Hen Records is home to Red Roots, Zach & Rodney, Michael Lee, and Ryan Watkins.  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 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, Rick Schweinsberg, Micah Schweinsberg and CCM writers Sam Tinnesz, Aaron Rice, Michael Fordinal, Justin Kintzel, and Hearts of Saints.

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Tribute Quartet Unveils Daywind Debut

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on August 25, 2014 – 11:15 pm -

Tribute Quartet

Tribute Quartet

HENDERSONVILLE, TN (Aug. 26, 2014) – The debut project by the Tribute Quartet as a Daywind recording artist is being released today, “Journey of Hope.”

Tribute is a male quartet comprised of group manager and lead singer Gary Casto, baritone singer and pianist Josh Singletary, tenor singer Riley Harrison Clark and bass singer Anthony Davis.

“Journey of Hope” was molded by the group’s long-time producer, Roger Talley.

“Journey of Hope” is a collection of songs that resound the constant truth of the hope we have when concluding our journey of life,” says Tribute manager and lead singer Gary Casto. “We are very thankful to Daywind Records and our producer, Roger Talley, for shaping this recording into the theme we so unashamedly sing about.”

“Journey of Hope” is an 11-song project that includes an award-winning cast of songwriters such as Kenna West, Lee Black, Michael Farren, Marcia Henry, Sue C. Smith, Kyla Rowland, Mary Funderburk, Caleb Collins, Dianne Wilkinson, Rebecca J. Peck, Terry Franklin, Barbara Franklin, Ricky Free and Tony Wood.

The group – which joined the Daywind family earlier this year – has produced top-charting hits such as “Homecoming Day,” “Homesick Angel” and “Good News From Jerusalem,” a No. 1 song.

“Tribute has been on a steady rise toward the top of the Southern Gospel

Music industry since its inception, and this recording will propel the group’s climb,’” explains Daywind president Ed Leonard. “With hit after hit already under its belt, we believe that the group has more chart-toppers to come on ‘Journey of Hope.’ Tribute Quartet delivers these songs with a sincerity and an energy that allows the wonderful messages in these great songs to come alive. We can’t wait to hear the reactions from the fans to what we believe is the group’s best effort yet.”

Daywind Records is home to an award-winning roster of artists, including The Browders, The Nelons, Greater Vision, Legacy Five, The Bowling Family, Joseph Habedank, The Hoskins Family and Wilburn & Wilburn. 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 group, visit Tribute Quartet’s web site at

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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
For more information on Daywind Records, visit
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