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GAITHER VOCAL BAND KICKS OFF 2015 SEASON WITH SOLD OUT EVENT IN TAMPA

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on January 27, 2015 – 12:48 pm -

Gaither Homecoming Tour

Gaither Homecoming Tour

(Alexandria, IN) – The Gaither Homecoming Tour kicked off the 2015 tour season in Florida with huge concerts in Estero, Jacksonville and a sold-out concert in Tampa.  This weekend’s concerts on January 22, 23 & 24, were hosted by Bill Gaither and featured an award-winning artist roster including the Gaither Vocal Band, the Isaacs, the Nelons, Gordon Mote, Charlotte Ritchie and Gene McDonald.

Thrilled by the wonderful audiences this weekend, Gaither states, “I am still in awe that thousands of people want to come out and see us after all these years. I’m still blown away every weekend by the support and encouragement we receive.  Thank you to everyone who came this weekend and to all who we will see during the upcoming 2015 tour.”
Tour promoter, Gary Gentry of Premier Productions, states, “I

INTERMISSION IN TAMPA

INTERMISSION IN TAMPA

never cease to be amazed. After all these years of working with Bill Gaither, he still delivers the goods night after night with music that blesses all who come.  Bill and the Gaither Vocal Band continue their long tradition of musical excellence. If someone out there has not been to a Gaither Vocal Band concert in awhile, take advantage of a concert near you in 2015.”

The Gaither tour will continue in Texas in early February, where the Gaither Vocal Band will headline concerts in Lubbock, Houston and Austin.  Visit www.gaither.com for details on these and all other remaining 2015 concert dates.

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JANET PASCHAL HONORED BY COMFORT CARE HOSPICE OF ALABAMA

Written by SGN Scoops on February 4, 2014 – 10:39 am -

Andalusia, AL – Throughout her illustrious career, Janet Paschal has received countless honors and accolades.

Paschal with Deanna Ladd, in Deanna’s home  in Andalusia, AL, just weeks before ending her eight-year battle with breast cancer.  (photo by: Stephanie Nelson -Andalusia Star News)

Paschal with Deanna Ladd, in Deanna’s home in Andalusia, AL, just weeks before ending her eight-year battle with breast cancer. (photo by: Stephanie Nelson -Andalusia Star News)

With more than a dozen recordings to her credit, the North Carolina native’s passion and vulnerability are most evident in her inspiring music. Her recordings have been recognized with numerous Grammy and Dove Award nominations, and she is consistently named among Gospel Music’s favorite soloists by the genre’s top trade magazines; however, Paschal will no doubt treasure her most recent honor as much or possibly more than any previously received.

On January 17, when Comfort Care Hospice, based in the state of Alabama, hosted their Annual Caregivers’ Awards Luncheon, the announcement was made that a new award would be added to the list of those presented. The Compassion In Action Award was presented to popular singer/songwriter and author, Janet Paschal. “Janet, over and over again, has demonstrated determined‘compassion in action’ by moving without hesitation to care for someone whose need is imminent,” stated Comfort Care Hospice Administrator and Director of Social Services, Mitzi Butler. “For the past five years Janet has been heavily involved with so many different activities Comfort Care has sponsored to help various communities throughout the state of Alabama.” Butler also stated that the Award presented to Paschal this year will in the future to be known as the Janet Paschal Compassion In Action Award
As Butler explains, in 2011 when storms ravaged the state of Alabama resulting in over 200 deaths throughout the state, Paschal reached out to her friends in Alabama to see what could be done and if she could assist in any way. “One of the first phone calls I received the morning after the storms hit the state was from Janet,” Butler shares. “Within days of the storms, Janet was on the ground in Tuscaloosa. That week she personally gave of her time and teamed with Comfort Care and other organizations to present two benefit concerts to help the rural areas of Alabama where family were having to completely rebuild.”
Butler also shares of one special person Paschal recently touched with her giving spirit. “One of our Comfort Care patients was one of Janet’s greatest fans. She knew she didn’t have very much time left and had expressed to us that her desire was to have Janet sing at her funeral. When Janet learned of this request her immediate respone was, ‘Well, that just won’t do because she will not be there to hear it.’ Within a week, Janet had traveled to Alabama to personally visit the lady in her home. The patient passed away a few weeks later, but this gesture is something her family will never, ever forget. Janet has become the unofficial spokesperson for Comfort Care, and she has touched so many lives by her willingness to give, give and give more.”

Born in Reidsville, North Carolina, Janet has shared the stage with presidents and has been a featured artist on the popular Gaither Homecoming Tour and Video Series. She is featured on the two latest Gaither videos, Women of Homecoming, Volumes 1 & 2. After battling breast cancer in 2005, Janet resumed her touring schedule, including concerts, women’s conferences and cancer awareness events. In November, 2008, the popular singer released a brand new book,Treasures Of The Snow, which chronicles her triumphant battle with cancer and stories from three decades in Gospel music. Her first literary work, The Good Road became a best seller.

Janet’s travels continue to take her throughout the US and Canada. In recent years, she has hosted her own weekly radio program, Walking The Good Road. The program focuses on cancer awareness. She has also hosted the NQC Cancer Walk at the National Quartet Convention, Southern Gospel Music’s premier week-long festival, with proceeds from the Walk going to the American Cancer Society.
Complete information regarding Janet Paschal may be obtained online at www.janetpaschal.com or to obtain information regarding Comfort Care Hospice visit www.comfortcarehospice.org.
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Audio-Technica Welcomes The Nelons To Their Artist Family

Written by SGN Scoops on November 15, 2013 – 8:20 am -

Atlanta, GA – Internationally recognized audio equipment company, Audio-Technica recently announced the addition of popular Nelons-PR3multi-Dove Award winning and Grammy nominated recording artist,The Nelons  to their family of artists. Audio-Technica will supply The Nelons with microphones and additional audio equipment for their many concert events schedule throughout the remainder of 2013 and 2014.

For three decades, The Nelons  have been bridging the traditional sounds of Southern Gospel with contemporary influences that inspires listeners of all ages. The group, who has enjoyed much success as a part of the prestigious Gaither Homecoming Tour and Video Series, continues to cross generational gaps, presenting rich harmonies that have been embraced by audiences from all walks of life. The musical ministry of The Nelons was born in the late 1970s from a name that has been synonomous with Gospel Music for nearly a century.
With numerous awards and accolades, including three Grammy nominations, six Gospel Music Association Dove awards and many songs that have soared to the top of national radio charts, this family trio continues to produce innovative music. Their musical message embraces their traditional roots, while simultaneously reaching beyond various musical boundaries with an emphasis on introducing songs for the church, all the while bridging the generational gap of music lovers.
Established in 1962, Audio-Technica is a worldwide group of companies devoted to the design, manufacture, marketing and distribution of problem-solving audio equipment. Initially known for state-of-the-art phonograph cartridges, A-T now creates high-performance microphones, headphones, wireless systems, mixers and electronic products for home and professional use.
Winner of numerous industry awards, Audio-Technica manufactures products that set quality, durability and price/performance standards for live sound tours, broadcast and recording studios, corporate and government facilities, house-of-worship venues, and more. A-T microphones are chosen for critical government installations such as the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. Audio-Technica microphones and wireless systems are also selected for major broadcast music events, including the GRAMMY® Awards and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies.
“We are thrilled to welcome The Nelons into the Audio-Technica artist family,” states Audio Technica VP of Artist Relations, Roxanne Buchanan. “Their stellar vocals are consistent with the excellence our products bring to a musical stage. Their performances on the Gaither Homecoming Tour, as well as television appearance and other events, garnered our attention, and we are excited to add them to our roster!”
The Nelons are delighted to be associated with a company with such a rich history for providing first-class audio equipment. “Audio-Technica products have provided audio coverage and technical support for so many wonderful events, like U.S. presidential debates and many sporting events, including World Cup Soccer, the Super Bowl, and the Olympics. We are truly honored to be a part of this team,” states Nelons’ member, Jason Clark.
Audio-Technica U.S., Inc. markets and distribute products throughout the Western Hemisphere. With other operating companies in Europe, Singapore and Hong Kong, Audio-Technica today is a global leader in its field, committed to providing superior performance and exceptional value for customers around the world.

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New Video and Audio Projects from Hall of Fame Singer Releasing in March

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on March 6, 2013 – 11:28 am -

LNashville, TN – New DVD and CD projects from Hall of Fame vocalist and five-time Grammy winner, Larnelle Harris, will be released via Seaboard Records/Captial Christian distributors (formerly EMI CMG) on March 26. The projects entitled Larnelle Live in Nashville feature a live concert performance from Harris along with guests Sandi Patty, Steve Green and Steve Amerson. In addition to singing several of his hit songs, Harris also performs new tunes on the audio and video projects, including a brand-new duet from Harris and Patty. The duo’s previous two duets, “More than Wonderful” and “I’ve Just Seen Jesus,” both won Grammy Awards. Among other highlights, Harris is joined by Green and Amerson in a special “Three Tenors” performance segment which the trio debuted last year at Carnegie Hall.

Harris is the only person in history to be a member of three distinct hall of fame organizations: the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and the Amateur Radio Hall of Fame. In addition to his five Grammy and eleven Dove Awards, including being named Male Vocalist of the Year three times by the Gospel Music industry, Harris has garnered nineteen #1 national radio singles and countless top 10 hits. Songs such as “How Excellent Is Thy Name,” “I Miss My Time With You,” “I’ve Just Seen Jesus,” plus many others, including his signature song, “Amen,” are now considered modern gospel classics. From the White House to the 38th Parallel, Harris has impacted audiences across the globe with his music. He was the first gospel artist to perform inside the Kremlin after the fall of the Soviet Union. He is one of a handful of celebrities to receive the Ad Council’s Silver Bell Award for Distinguished Public Service in recognition of his song “Mighty Spirit” as the theme song for the longest-running Public Service Announcement in television history.

In addition to his numerous solo concert dates, Harris is also featured on various tours this year including the God of All Glory Tour, The Ralph Carmichael Legacy Tour, Gaither Homecoming tour and the Sandi Patty & Friends tour, the latter of which CCM Magazine reviewed and described Harris as having a “larger-than-life stage presence with impeccable vocal prowess.” Harris and Patty will join award-winning pianist Dino for several concert dates this year as well.

The CD will retail for $9.99 and the cost of the DVD will be $14.99. Retailers can place orders by calling 1-800-877-4443 or emailing distribution@emicmg.com. For more information on Harris, visit www.Larnelle.com.


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Hall of Fame Vocalist Larnelle Harris to Release New DVD and CD

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on June 12, 2012 – 2:12 pm -

Nashville, TN -The new documentary and live concert television special featuring Hall of Fame vocalist Larnelle Harris is premiering this week at various times on TBN, the largest religious television network in the world. The 90-minute special features a short documentary on Harris as well as a live concert filmed earlier this year in Nashville, Tennessee. The concert features Harris along with guests Sandi Patty, Steve Green and Steve Amerson. Harris and Patty are debuting their new duet entitled “Then Came the Morning” on the show. The duo’s previous two duets, “More than Wonderful” and “I’ve Just Seen Jesus,” both won Grammy Awards. Harris is also joined by Green and Amerson in a special “Three Tenors” performance segment.

The television show will also be available as a dvd and cd entitled “Larnelle Live,” with pre-orders being offered to consumers on the website www.LarnelleLive.com. Plans are also in the works to distribute the dvd and cd via retail stores, the details of which will be announced at a later date. The dvd and cd feature some of Harris’ biggest radio hits as well as several new songs.

Harris is the only person in history to be a member of three distinct hall of fame organizations: the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and the Amateur Radio Hall of Fame. In addition to his five Grammy and eleven Dove Awards, including being named Male Vocalist of the Year three times by the gospel music industry, Harris has garnered nineteen #1 national radio singles and countless top 10 hits. Songs such as “How Excellent Is Thy Name,””I Miss My Time With You,” “I’ve Just Seen Jesus,” plus many others, including his signature song, “Amen,” are now considered modern gospel classics. From the White House to the 38th Parallel, Harris has impacted audiences across the globe with his music. He was the first gospel artist to perform inside the Kremlin after the fall of the Soviet Union. He is one of a handful of celebrities to receive the Ad Council’s Silver Bell Award for Distinguished Public Service in recognition of his song “Mighty Spirit” as the theme song for the longest-running Public Service Announcement in television history.

Harris continues to tour worldwide, recently singing for a gathering of the United Nations Ambassadors. In addition to his numerous solo dates, Harris also travels with various tours including the Gaither Homecoming tour and the Sandi Patty & Friends tour, the latter of which CCM Magazine recently reviewed and described Harris as having a “larger-than-life stage presence with impeccable vocal prowess.”   Additionally, Harris and Steve Green often tour together and Harris, Green and Amerson recently performed a “Three Tenors” concert at Carnegie Hall.  Harris and Patty will join pianist Dino and the 200-voice CMI Choir for two special engagements, July 1 and 2, in St.Louis and Branson, Missouri, respectively.

For more information on Harris, visit www.Larnelle.com.  For pre-order information of the new cd and dvd, visit www.LarnelleLive.com.

 


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GORDON MOTE, RSI RECORDING ARTIST, FEATURED IN COUNTRY WEEKLY

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on February 15, 2012 – 4:51 pm -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (February 14, 2012) – RSI recording artist, Gordon Mote, is featured in Country Weekly magazine’s “The Pro File” section in the February 20, 2012 issue on newsstands now.

Country Weekly journalist Jessica Nicholson‘s recent interview covered Gordon’s life of music including his work as one of Nashville’s most in-demand studio session players. In the article, Gordon recalls memories of working with Lee Greenwood (his first job in the music business), Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Lionel Ritchie, Rascal Flatts and more.

Totally blind from birth, Gordon Mote began playing piano as a young three-year-old on Thanksgiving day when he shocked his parents by playing “Jesus Loves Me” on the piano. Named the 2009 and 2011 Keyboard/Piano Player of the Year by the Academy of Country Music after seven consecutive nominations, and a Gospel Music Association Dove award winner, Gordon has met and exceeded some of his wildest dreams. He has quickly joined the ranks of gospel music’s most entertaining stage personalities. A brilliant performer, insightful songwriter and prodigious musician, Gordon’s physical blindness somehow attunes his other senses more keenly and fuels his vision for bringing honor to Christ through his music.

His latest release Songs I Grew Up Singing is in stores now and available online at iTunes, Amazon and more.

Gordon is actively touring as a solo artist along with appearing on the Gaither Homecoming tours. Be sure to check out Gordon’s schedule at www.GordonMote.com.

You can connect with Gordon Mote on Facebook.com/GordonMote and Twitter @GordonMote.


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JEFF & SHERI EASTER INVITE YOU TO “PAINT YOUR TOWN PINK!”

Written by SGN Scoops on October 7, 2011 – 5:57 am -

Nashville, TN – Grammy® Nominated, Award-Winning Jeff & Sheri Easter, favorites on the popular Gaither Homecoming Tour and Videos, are excited to announce the “PAINT YOUR TOWN PINK” tour for the month of October in celebration of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month! Concert-goers are invited to dress in pink – men and women – to show their support and local breast cancer charity groups will be invited to each date to bring community awareness to their local group.
This is a very special month for Sheri Easter – she is celebrating over 3 years FREE of breast cancer. Sheri says: “When you get the call, your world stops, and you know your life is changed. I am thankful that I had a wonderful support system of my family and all our wonderful throughout the country and the world. I thank God for his mercy – I am celebrating over 3 years of being free from breast cancer! Showing up to our “PAINT YOUR TOWN PINK” concerts is an opportunity to show your support for the loved ones and friends in your community that are going through cancer.” Jeff adds “I’m even gonna wear pink! Real men can wear pink! ”
The “PAINT YOUR TOWN PINK” tour makes a stop at the Grand Ole Opry for “Opry Goes Pink” on Saturday, October 22. Jeff & Sheri Easter will team with The Grand Ole Opry® and Women Rock For The Cure™ in the fight against breast cancer for it’s third annual “Opry Goes Pink” show. Opry member Martina McBride will flip the switch on the Opry’s barn backdrop turning it pink for the night. The special show will include performances by McBride, along with American Idols’ Lauren Alaina, Edens Edge, Kellie Pickler, Ronnie Milsap, Jeff & Sheri Easter and others as well as activities recognizing breast cancer survivors. Sheri comments: “It’s a special treat to be asked to help turn the Opry pink. Sheri Easter will sign her new book, Hear My Heart, in the Opry Gift Shop prior to the evening show. The book is a collection of writings through the years, including her bout with breast cancer. The book is available at online retailers, book stores and at www.JeffAndSheriEaster.com.
Connect with Jeff & Sheri through social media: Facebook – www.fb.com/JeffAndSheriEaster, Twitter – @JSEaster, @SheriEaster
ABOUT JEFF & SHERI EASTER:
Two-time GRAMMY®-nominated Jeff & Sheri Easter are Gospel music treasures, featured regularly on the Gaither HOMECOMING videos and international HOMECOMING tours in addition to their own heavy schedule of appearances. Jeff & Sheri are the recipients of six GMA DOVE Awards, 15 Singing News Fan Awards, three Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music Association Awards, two International Country Gospel Music Association honors, 16 Voice Awards, four Southern Gospel Music Fan Fair Awards, five SGN Scoops Diamond Awards, four Hearts Aflame Awards and three Cash Box Awards. Formed in 1988 following childhoods as part of their respective, nationally-known family groups—The Lewis Family and The Easter Brothers, the married couple is joined today on stage by their children—Madison and Morgan Easter—who round out the group. The group is known for such hits as “Roses Will Bloom Again,” “Praise His Name,” “Thread of Hope,” “Speak to the Mountain” and many others including “Born to Climb,” which garnered a 2010 DOVE Award. They were nominated for a 2011 GRAMMY® Award for their Expecting Good Things (Spring Hill Music) recording, which was recorded while Sheri endured a bout with Breast Cancer.  She has been cancer free for over 3 years. Their latest recording Silver Anniversary (SpringHill) celebrates 25 years of marriage and music.
You don’t want to miss this wonderful evening of fun, inspiration, and great singing!
TOUR DATES
10/07 – Chuckey, TN – Casi Full Gospel Church – 7:30 PM
10/08 – Roebuck, SC – Bethlehem Baptist Church – 6:00 PM
10/09 – Ypsilanti, MI – EMU Convocation Center – 3:00 PM
10/15 – Abbosttstown, PA – Calvary Christian Center – 7:00 PM
10/16 – Chocowinity, NC – Tarhill Variety Theater – 3:00 PM
10/21 – Myrtle Beach, SC – Myrtle Beach Convention Center – 7:00 PM
10/22 – Nashville, TN – Grand Ole Opry Bookstore – 5:30 PM
(Sheri will sign her book Hear My Heart prior to their Opry performance)
10/22 – Nashville, TN – Grand Ole Opry – 7:00 PM & 9:00 PM
10/23 – Pigeon Forge, TN – Dollywood Pines Theatre – Various Times
10/24 – Pigeon Forge, TN – Dollywood Pines Theatre – Various Times
10/28 – North Charleston, WV – North Charleston Apostolic Church – 7:00 PM
10/29 – Nashville, IN – Seasons Lodge – 7:00 PM
10/30 – Richmond, KY – Full Gospel Tabernacle – 6:00 PM


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StowTown Records to Release PART OF THE FAMILY From THE COLLINGSWORTH FAMILY September 6

Written by SGN Scoops on September 3, 2011 – 6:47 am -

(Nashville, TN.) September 2, 2011 – StowTown Records (Provident-Integrity Distribution) is proud to announce the release of Part Of The Family from The Collingsworth Family available on September 6, 2011.

Phil and Kim Collingsworth can’t help but smile when fans compare their group to the family singers in “The Sound of Music,” the beloved classic family film. Of course, Phil and Kim only have four children, and are from the state of Ohio, not 1930s Austria. But a family group like this only comes along once in a generation, and when the quality of the music is this rich and timeless, everyone pays attention and tries to find ways to describe them. Ernie Haase, executive producer certainly noticed when they were featured on the Gaither Homecoming tour; he knew immediately that he wanted their compelling and memorable music to be part of the StowTown record label.

As the Collingsworth children have grown into teenagers and young adults, they are becoming award-winning artists in their own right, and Kim Collingsworth is widely known as a show-stopping piano performer. Concertgoers have grown to feel so connected to Phil, Kim, Brooklyn, Courtney, Phillip and Olivia, that they feel almost a “Part of the Family,” appropriately the title of their new CD release. The Collingsworth Family continues to perform all over the world, sharing their story, their music, and their love for God.

The twelve-song project, Part of the Family, was produced by Wayne Haun and features stellar arrangements of songs penned by Bill & Gloria Gaither, Kenna West, Sue C. Smith, Daryl Williams and Lanny Wolf among others. The first single, “Tell The Mountain,” is currently at radio stations across the country.

ABOUT THE COLLINGSWORTH FAMILY
Excitement, spiritual anointing, family-emphasis, and musical excellence are what you can expect to find when you experience The Collingsworth Family. Over their 25 years of ministry, their boundaries of influence have expanded as they have sung and played all over the United States as well as internationally. Their constant, persistent attention to cutting-edge arranging, musical excellence, and a proper balance of spiritual emphasis are the keys to success God has helped them tap. The family group is a favorite on the Gather Homecoming Tours and seen regularly on the Gaither video series.
Track Listing: Part Of The Family
God’s Family
Tell The Mountain
Joy Unspeakable
Jesus Is All I Need
Nothing’s Worrying Me
I Pray
At Calvary
I Found It All
Just Another Rainy Day
Praise You
That’s The Place I’m Longing To Go
The Resurrection Morn


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