NASHVILLE, Tenn.—October 28th, 2014—Academy of Country Music (ACM) Award-winning husband and wife country duo Joey+Rory have just released an all-new recording in partnership with Gaither Music Group. Inspired by songs from their childhoods and music that helped make them kindred spirits, the couple has created Country Classics, A Tapestry of Our Musical Heritage (Gaither Music Group/Farm House Recordings), a collection of tunes that create a songbook of traditional American country music.
Available on both CD and DVD, the recording weaves more than a fabric of lyrics and chords. “As a songwriter, these are all songs I wish I had written—songs that we are honored to not only sing, but to have the chance to try to ‘make our own,’” describes Rory, known for hits he has written or co-written for Kenny Chesney, Blake Shelton, Randy Travis, Clay Walker and Collin Raye among others.
“I dedicated this record to my father, Robert Feek, who passed away in 1988…before I ever made my way to Nashville or heard one of my songs on the radio or played the Grand Ole Opry with my beautiful wife…he would’ve loved where his dream has led me. And I believe he would’ve loved this record.”
The record, produced by Rory, features songs such as “King of the Road,” “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue,” “Paper Roses,” “I Believe in You” and others including “Coat of Many Colors,” one of the first songs Joey learned as a little girl.
“When I was about four years, old my mom and dad gave me a Dolly Parton cassette tape; and I took it upstairs and played it over and over again until I learned all of the words to ‘Coat of Many Colors,’ even though I didn’t know how to read yet,” she recalls. “I’m so proud to finally get to record [this song] and many other songs that Rory and I loved and listened to when we were young….”
The two sweethearts shared stories behind these songs with gospel music legend, singer, songwriter and friend Bill Gaither on the Country Classics DVD. Taped outdoors on a sunny day at the Feek Farm south of Nashville, TN, the three talked about the couple’s successful music career, their rich heritage of country music, details of what life is like on the farm and about Joey+Rory’s year of both mountaintops and valleys.
In addition to recording the new CD and video, Joey+Rory gave birth to their baby girl, Indiana, who was diagnosed with Down’s syndrome. A couple of months later, just as they were growing accustomed to the joys of parenthood, Joey was diagnosed with cervical cancer, yet underwent a successful surgery to remove it. A few months later, Rory’s mother passed away.
“As God often reveals, what seemed like our biggest fears are [in the end] our greatest joys,” commented Rory as he detailed how the tough days have actually made their lives more fulfilling over time—a fitting discovery for the couple whose signature song is “That’s Important to Me.”
“You know, the world is trying to figure out what’s important in life,” stated Gaither reflectively. “We all do. We’re on this journey, and every day of our lives we gotta decide what’s important to hang onto and what’s important to let go.”
Joey+Rory remind us of what’s important to them along life’s journey as they share their story and the songs on the new recording. The release will be featured on tv networks including RFD, PBS, DISH TV, DIRECTV, TBN, Family Net, TNN, Airtime, CTN, The Walk TV (formerly Legacy), TCT and TLN and also in Canada on Vision TV, CTS, Grace TV and the Miracle Channel. In addition, the DVD will be featured on Gaither TV (available on Roku, Google and the Internet).
The couple’s hit tv series, “The Joey+Rory Show,” filmed entirely on and around their farm, is one of the highest rated shows on the RFD-TV cable channel.
Country Classics, A Tapestry of Our Musical Heritage, is exclusively distributed by Capitol Christian Distribution and is available throughout general market stores and the Christian marketplace in addition to online retailers including iTunes, Amazon and www.gaither.com. The audio recording is available at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store®.
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#HoustonWeHaveAProblem Petition Launches at HoustonProblem.com, Demands City of Houston Immediately Cease Bullying Actions Against PastorsWritten by SGN Scoops Staff on October 16, 2014 – 7:49 am -
RALEIGH, N.C. — Faith Driven Consumer™, the group that emerged on the national stage last year with its #IStandWithPhil campaign that played a leading role in Phil Robertson’s return to Duck Dynasty, continues to serve as an advocate for more than 41 million consumers who spend $2 trillion annually. Today, the group is launching a major petition campaign #HoustonWeHaveAProblem – using the website HoustonProblem.com – demanding that the City of Houston immediately “cease and desist all bullying and other offensive actions” against a group of pastors who are victims of an aggressive harassment effort at the hands of the city government. The city is demanding that a group of pastors turn over any sermons – including personal correspondence such as emails – “dealing with homosexuality, gender identity or Annise Parker, the city’s first openly lesbian mayor” as reported by Fox News.
“Pastors are a critical part of the very fabric of American society. They have been iconic champions of major moral issues such as American Independence, abolishing slavery, women’s suffrage, child labor laws, and civil rights. Now, a group of pastors who have continued this tradition are being bullied by the strong-arm tactics of the government of America’s fourth-largest city-simply for preaching out of the same book that Houston’s officials took their oath of office on,” said Chris Stone, Founder of Faith Driven Consumer. “Today, we are launching the #HoustonWeHaveAProblem petition drive at HoustonProblem.com because we know that untold millions of Americans are or will be outraged by this. We are asking people of conscience to sign up, stand with pastors everywhere and show the city of Houston that we will not tolerate intolerance.”
Faith Driven Consumer’s new #HoustonWeHaveAProblem petition campaign reminds everyone that “pastors have been at the very center of American society since even before our founding as a nation, and they remain an integral part of the lives of untold of millions of Americans today,” that “our First Amendment protects freedom of speech and religion” and that “we…live in a society that values equality, including the notion that everyone has the right to publicly express deeply held beliefs without fear of persecution or reprisal.” Signers at HoustonProblem.com desire that “the City of Houston, in their quest to provide protection for LGBT citizens, to equally and explicitly acknowledge and ensure the equal rights of people of faith to live and express openly their deeply held religious beliefs.”
Read the full petition at HoustonProblem.com.
Tags: Annise Parker, Christian News, City of Houston, Faith
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Legendary Country Music Couple to Release HEARTS LIKE OURS on September 30, 2014
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Nashville, TN The Isaacs, collectively and individually received three nominations for the 2014 Dove Awards. Their group nominations are for Bluegrass Song of the Year for ‘Daniel Prayed’ written by G.T. Speer and Bluegrass Album of the Year ‘The Living Years’ produced by Ben Isaacs and Bill Gaither. Ben also produced another album nominated for Country Album of the Year; ‘Here Comes Sunday‘ by Wilburn & Wilburn.
“We are so humbled and honored to have received nominations in the GMA Dove Awards again this year. The song Daniel Prayed has been recorded many times in different genres, including bluegrass and southern gospel, and we’ve always wanted to do it our style. ‘The Living Years’ is a fun, and insightful album, featuring harmony and light instrumentation, that contains a lot of songs we have loved down through the years, as well as a few originals. We are always grateful when a work of heart gets noticed by such an elite organization. Thank you Gospel Music Association and fans.” Lily Isaacs stated.
The Isaacs have won over seven Doves in various categories and have had several Grammy nominations in their career.
Ben Isaacs is following up a stellar year in 2013 with awards for his production of projects for groups such as the Gaither Vocal Band and the Oak Ridge Boys with an award already this year for Producer Of The Year at the AGM Awards and now two more nominations for Doves.
Ben commented “I am so blessed to produce the best music in the world for some of the best talent in Gospel Music. To be nominated in this category with so many other talented individuals is truly an honor.”
In other exciting news for The Isaacs, Jimmy and Sonya Yeary along with their son Ayden announced that a new baby is on the way. The addition is expected to join the group on January 31, 2015.
To learn more about the Isaacs got to http://www.theisaacs.com or https://www.facebook.com/
If you are interested in booking the Isaacs go to the Harper Agency at www.harperagency.com or email@example.com .
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Adams Call Christian music ministry uses their vocal variety and other music skills to lay down an anointed mantle to those who know Jesus and need to deepen their relationship with Him and a welcome mat to those who have yet to meet Him. Their forthcoming album of southern gospel flavored tunes will utilize their 25 years of music experience, the works of Grammy and dove award winning writers, along with a noteworthy producer. They are slated to launch their next album project in time for the holidays.
Bobby Davenport is one of the musicians involved in this Christian Vocal Group. He joins others in using Gospel music as a catalyst for change and a vehicle to reach masses with messages of Mercy, Grace and Salvation. He started the group, Adams Call, as a trio in 2012. Other top-shelf vocalists have been added to the group since then.
Their concept video, “Don’t Give Up,” was nominated for Video of the Year
two years in a row and the trio received a Sunrise Artist of the Year nomination in 2014. Their most recent recording, “Live at Six Mile,” received a nomination for Christian Country Album of the Year. With 10 captivating concert songs, it carried mass appeal. A single chart-topping selection called “You Deliver Me” from that recording made its radio debut.
Adams Call continues to reach new heights, as they strive to reach the word with the presentation of communication through song.
Through their concerts, they have seen the impact that musical messages can have on people. This will be their first full-studio recording as a group, and they wish to see it hit the market in time for Christmas.
The impact that they are anticipating is of a transformational nature. They believe the timing of the project is critical, and that it will enter the market capable of meeting existing needs throughout the world.
The success of this campaign will help bring the breakout album to mass production. The dedicated group has already raised substantial funds to use toward their project.
In support of its Crowdfunding campaign Adams Call is committed to:
• Securing production, engineering and studio time
• Paying for mixing, mastering and professional styling
• Securing album artwork
• Reimbursing duplicating and manufacturing professionals
• Securing DVD and Blu-Ray manufacturing
• Obtaining music video production
• Paying for marketing, promotion, radio promotion fees
• Paying distribution costs
• Providing all promised perks to reward supporters of the campaign
The Kickstarter campaign’s initial goal of $14,000 is currently active and runs through August 28, 2014 at 6:00 PM Central Time. Full details about the Kickstarter campaign including sponsorship and involvement levels can be found at: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/adamscall/adams-call-full-length-album
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I woke up this morning (a little later than normal) to the sweetest sound of birds singing. It sounded so happy and so carefree. It took me back to a simpler time. A time when life was carefree for me. I didn’t have to worry about anything, it was all on my parents. They did the worrying. My greatest worry was which friend will I play with today? It could be Susie next door, we would read books, or sing songs out of the little country and western hymnal I had or we might just play Mouse Trap! I loved that game. Or I could be off to the Chadwick’s across the street. They were so lucky! They had a creek behind their house and we would spend hours back in the woods playing in the water and going on trails.
One thing I remember distinctly was that their mom, Wanda always sang Gospel songs as she worked. She always made me feel good. Yes life was much easier then. No responsibilities and no one looked to me for anything. There are times I admit that I would love to go back, but how could I know the mercy and grace of God without growth? It’s in the growing, living and learning that we also grow in God.
If we never go through anything we never learn how great God really is. It’s in the struggling that we see the miracles God can perform in our life. In some of the darkest times of my life is when I seem to be the closest to God. Why? Probably it’s because that’s when I feel I need him the most.
Really, we need Him all the time to survive in the crazy mixed up world. I don’t know about you but there have been times when I felt so discouraged and down that it seemed that God was the only one there for me. He was the only one who truly understood me. The only one who could give the comfort that I needed.
Our bus almost got the best of us this past year. It seemed like every week was another catastrophe. It was one repair bill after another, draining all of the ministry money. One day we would freeze because the heat wouldn’t work and the next we would burn up with the air not working. A few times we had no running water. It makes you want to throw your hands up in the air and give up. I prayed, “Lord please help us, we just want to sing for you. Can you make a way for us?” You know what He did and what He always does. He always provides.
One day listening to Pastor Tom Messer from Trinity Baptist Church in Jacksonville Florida he made a statement that we made into a song, When God is All You Have, God is All You Need! He truly is all we need!
Kelly Nelon Clark is a regular contributor to SGN Scoops digital magazine. This article was first printed May 2014. For the current SGN Scoops magazine, visit http://www.sgnscoops.com/
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Nashville, TN One of the leaders in Christian publishing, Thomas Nelson, is teaming with two high-profile television personalities who are known for their faith, Phil and Al Robertson. Together they are releasing The Duck Commander Faith and Family Bible on October 28, 2014, and the project will focus on the Robertson’s five core values: Faith, Family, Fellowship, Forgiveness, and Freedom. The Bible will be released in the New King James Version and will include 30 life-changing testimonials along with 125 Set Your Sights features from Phil and Al, who serve as Executive Editors on the project. The Duck Commander Faith and Family Bible will be available at all online and retail outlets.
“We are honored and excited to be working with Phil and Al Robertson on this new Bible,” says Robert Sanford, Vice President and Associate Publisher for Thomas Nelson’s Bible Group. “The Robertson family’s passion for the Word is infectious and the impact of their ministry is amazing. We see this Bible as being something people can grow with in their own personal walk with God.”
“This is just one more way that we can present, as ministers, the message of Jesus to the world around us,” says Phil Robertson.
Al Robertson adds, “One of the things Dad and I are excited about for this Bible project, is that it’s timeless because it’s connected to the Word of God.”
Both Robertsons contribute to the extraordinary features of The Duck Commander Faith and Family Bible. The 30 LifeChangers are stories from Al and Phil on how they’ve seen God transform lives and accomplish His plans for people, while the 125 Set Your Sights features unwrap the five core values of Faith, Family, Fellowship, Forgiveness and Freedom as they relate to the most crucial topics people are asking about today, such as suffering, fear, wisdom, money, hope, and many others. Also included is a reading plan for a “personal time” of 52 plans with Phil and 52 plans with Al.
The discussions for The Duck Commander Faith and Family Bible began nearly two years ago and from the beginning, Phil and Al were resolute in their desire to take on this project. Then, with the gravity of life experience and years in the service of others, they welcomed this opportunity to work on something bigger than themselves. The Robertson family members are well-known for living out their core values in their everyday lives, so the insights and stories from Phil and Al show how God works in the lives of people regardless of the situation or circumstance.
For more information about The Duck Commander Faith and Family Bible please visit online www.thomasnelson.com.
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RALEIGH, N.C., Dec. 19, 2013 — Faith Driven Consumer, an organization connecting Christian consumers with faith-compatible companies, has launched the IStandWithPhil.com petition drive, which calls for The A&E Network to immediately reinstate Mr. Phil Robertson to its #1 hit show, Duck Dynasty. IStandWithPhil.com is garnering strong support from Faith Driven Consumers with its call for tolerance, fairness, and respect for differing viewpoints in America’s rainbow of diversity.
“Simply put, Phil Robertson is being censored and punished for quoting the Bible, and A&E’s treatment of him is punitive and highly discriminatory,” said Chris Stone, founder of Faith Driven Consumer. “Everyday people will not stand for this, they know bullying and violation of religious freedom when they see it. A&E’s actions are censoring Faith Driven Consumers and eliminating them from an entertainment choice that they have overwhelmingly supported.”
IStandWithPhil.com is leading the charge in the call for fairness and equality as we defend the fundamental American right to free speech and tradition of tolerance.
The IStandWithPhil.com online petition drive cites the A&E network’s “intolerant, discriminatory, and punitive treatment” of the Duck Dynasty star, noting that “A&E’s position, which in your own words is ‘championing’ the gay and lesbian community…excludes the views of Faith Driven Consumers and effectively censors a legitimate viewpoint held by the majority of Americans.” IStandWithPhil.com calls for respect for the millions of viewers of the show, and demands that the network immediately reinstate Mr. Robertson and “formally apologize to him, his family, and the millions of viewers who tune in every week, stand by him, and share his worldview.”
The complete petition can be seen here: istandwithphil.com
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The Martins can attest to absence making the heart grow fonder. The siblings are currently more
active than they’ve been since the group returned to the Southern Gospel Music scene and during their
four-year absence from 2002-2006, they may have learned more about ministering to people than they
knew before their hiatus.
“It meant more when we came back,” Joyce Martin Sanders said. “It was renewed and refreshed.
We realized how much we missed it.”
The group has considerably more concert appearances than it has since its return, and its fan base
has welcomed the trio back with open arms.“It’s a natural process in some ways,” Judy Martin Hess
said. “By the time we were starting to get back on the road, some people were just realizing we were
off the road. Getting that big wheel turning again has just taken time.”
Sanders added, “It was scary. We didn’t know people would care. We knew the joy in our hearts,
of what God had done in our family … it was something we wanted to sing about, but we didn’t know
people would care. It’s been refreshing. We feel like it has encouraged people.”
Those blessings came about after what the group members call a successful step back.“I found
myself for the first 10 months working with my in-laws, preparing rental properties in the Des Moines
(Iowa) area,” Jonathan Martin said. “It was somewhat depressing. I began to look at the families living in those homes. When I left there, their refrigerator worked, but they really just needed somebody to come in and smile and say, ‘I’m so sorry it broke.’ You realize they’re going to eat a warm meal tonight, because we fixed those things up. I realized that God was smiling on me, because I hadn’t sung a note. I realized that God didn’t love me because I sang with my sisters.”
Sanders can relate to her brother’s revelation.“I found out personally how much I depended on what
I did for a living and my ministry to be my Christianity,” Sanders said. “I had to find a way to love God and please God without having that in my life.”
The layoff had its benefit from a performance standpoint as well.“The biggest thing for me looking
back, for me, it helped me to find confidence as a singer, as a performer and as an individual too,” Hess said. “I mainly viewed myself as the harmony singer and a back-up singer. Us coming off the road kind of forced my hand. Joyce already had that. For Jonathan and I both, it made us stronger individually, which made us stronger as a group.”
Both Hess and Martin made solo appearances during the group’s time off of the road. The siblings have considerable distance between them now though as Hess resides in Columbus, Ga., with her five
children. Sanders has two children and lives in Nashville, Tenn., and Martin resides in Des Moines
with his wife and six children.
“It’s like a family reunion every night,” Sanders said. “The travel is difficult. Jonathan’s wife (Dara) takes care of our travel arrangements.“The moms and dads who stay at home with kids are unsung
heroes, as are the extended family members. God called us to do it, and He called our spouses and the
people who surround our children to do that also.” Hess added, “Thankfully, we have families who are like that.”
Despite their understanding and willingness, that doesn’t make leaving home in order to go perform
easy at times. “For the most part, my children never cry and say, ‘please don’t leave,’” Martin said.
“(Recently), my seven-year-old (Emilia) said, ‘I don’t want to let go’ (before he was leaving for a
concert appearance the next morning). That’s hard. Yet, she never cried. I said, ‘I have to go. I have to pack.’ She went to bed, and she was fine.“But it lets you realize that it’s hard on them. It makes it hard on me.”
Sanders added, “We are conscious of the need for family time.”
While the group is enjoying what it is experiencing in the present, they also are quick to highlight
some memorable moments from years past.“The most surreal moment was when we sang at the Billy
Graham Crusade,” Sanders said. “It was in Nashville, but we sang one with Vestal (Goodman). You
see it on television your entire life, but it wasn’t the part of me singing there. It was being a part of that program and seeing with my own eyes people coming to the altar. That’s still one of the most amazing moments of my life.”
Martin added, “The first (memorable moment) would be those first few years in the Gaither thing, to
have such surreal moments of realizing who you were singing with on a nightly basis. The second one
is the period of time we’ve had the last three or four years back on the road. The family relationship and singing relationship is better than it’s ever been.”
The group performs at almost all of the Gaither-affiliated events, and Brian Hudson of Showcase
Management is responsible for the group’s calendar being increasingly occupied. The Martins will
make more than 50 appearances this year, the most since its return to the scene.
“We depend on him (Hudson) so much,” Sanders said. “He has beautifully seized the opportunities
that God has placed in front of us.” Read more »
Tags: Count Your Blessings, Craig Harris, Faith, gaither, jonathan martin, Lari Goss, Michael English, southern gospel, Southern Gospel News, The Martins
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Dr. Paul Crouch, founder and President of the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), the world’s largest Christian television network, died November 30th at the age 79. His passing followed a decade-long battle with degenerative heart disease.
Dr. Crouch’s passion throughout life was to spread the gospel, a passion that in 1973 led him and his wife Jan to found TBN with one small low-power station in Southern California. Under Dr. Crouch’s leadership of over forty years, TBN has grown into 26 distinct global networks and affiliates, reaching every inhabited continent with life-changing Christian programming.
During that time Dr. Crouch also empowered scores of ministries to expand their reach and influence through television, and through those partnerships Dr. Crouch and TBN took an active role in helping to lead tens of millions of individuals to faith in Christ. Throughout his life Dr. Crouch pointed to that eternal harvest as his most important legacy.
While acknowledged throughout the broadcast industry as the foremost leader in Christian television, Dr. Crouch maintained a characteristic modesty concerning his role, preferring to emphasize the countless friends and partners who stepped alongside him and Mrs. Crouch to make TBN a successful outreach. Above all, in reflecting on his crucial role in TBN’s continued impact, Dr. Crouch inevitably pointed to the importance of an undying faith in God, which he characterized as “walking to the edge of all the light you have … and taking one more step.”
While we mourn Dr. Crouch’s passing, we are comforted with the knowledge that his influence and legacy will be felt for many decades to come as the Trinity Broadcasting Network continues to broadcast the good news of Jesus Christ throughout the world.
For more information, please visit www.tbn.org.
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