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IVAN PARKER RETURNS TO TOP 5 OF BILLBOARD VIDEO CHART

Written by Staff on March 10, 2017 – 8:49 am -

IVAN PARKER RETURNS TO TOP 5 OF BILLBOARD VIDEO CHART

IVAN PARKER RETURNS TO TOP 5 OF BILLBOARD VIDEO CHART

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—The Best of Ivan Parker: From The Homecoming Series, a Gaither Music Group collection originally released in 2007, has returned to the Top 5 of Billboard’s Music Video Sales chart. The best-selling DVD is #4 on the publication’sMarch 11 chart, joining such iconic artists as The Beatles, Adele and The Rolling Stones in the Top 10. Upon its initial release a decade ago, The Best of Ivan Parker reached the chart’s #2 position.

The Best of Ivan Parker, hosted by GRAMMY® and Dove Award-winning Gospel Music pioneer Bill Gaither, features the award-winning artist’s most popular Homecoming video series performances through the years, along with never-before-seen footage, family photos, and interviews. Spotlighted in the collection are such classic hymns as “In The Garden” and “Jesus Loves Me”; Christian music standards including “Rise Again” and “I Can Only Imagine”; and Parker’s signature song, “Midnight Cry.”

Ivan Parker has been one of Southern Gospel’s most lauded vocalists for more than three decades, having received 32 Singing News Fan Awards including 14 Favorite Soloist honors. He was lead singer for the Dove Award-winning quartet Gold City from 1983–1993 during which time he recorded the now-classic “Midnight Cry.” As a solo artist, he has released 16 recordings and five DVDs, along with being featured in 32 best-selling Gaither Homecoming videos. His #1 Southern Gospel radio singles include “Hit The Ground Running” and “I Choose.” Parker’s 16th solo recording, Dancing In The Rain, released last year on the Difference Media label.

Ivan Parker Wins Singing News Fan Award And Continues Success On Radio

Ivan Parker

One of the largest independent Christian music companies in the world and a household name for millions of fans, GAITHER MUSIC GROUP is known worldwide for its award-winning and top-selling CD and DVD recordings, including the Gaither Gospel Series, of which 133 products have been certified gold, platinum or multi-platinum. These recordings, which encompass more than 177 video copyrights, showcase gospel music pioneers, many of the finest performers in the gospel genre, up-and-coming acts and country artists including The Oak Ridge Boys, Jimmy Fortune, Joey+Rory, Alabama, George Jones, Vince Gill and others. The Gaither brand of artists and products topped the Billboard Year-End Chart of Music Video Sales Labels for 2000, 2011, 2014 and 2015. Founder and recording artist Bill Gaither is a 6-time GRAMMY® Award winner and a recipient of over 41 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards.

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Gaither Vocal Band announces changes

Written by Staff on March 1, 2017 – 7:37 am -

Gaither Christmas Homecoming 2016

Gaither Christmas Homecoming 2016

Gaither.com announced the following changes this morning:

Gaither Vocal Band Personnel Changes    

Since the Gaither Vocal Band’s genesis in the early 1980s, the group has been a proverbial incubator of great talent.  Names like Steve Green, Larnelle Harris, Mark Lowry, Guy Penrod and Michael English have become beloved favorites to listeners all over the world. Today, we announce a coming transition that continues the legacy of the Gaither Vocal Band, not only as a Grammy-winning vocal group but also a launching opportunity and nurturer of rising talent.

Throughout the past 20 years, David Phelps has become a defining influence in the Gaither Vocal Band.  His powerful tenor voice and gift for artfully communicating the heart of a song has won the hearts of listeners across the globe.  Because the demand on David’s time has exploded during recent years, he is departing from the Gaither Vocal Band to concentrate on his solo career full-time.

Gaither Music will release David’s newest recording, Hymnal, on March 22, and we are incredibly proud of what he is doing and will continue an ongoing relationship with him for years to come.  David will sing selections from that recording during our upcoming big events, including Texas Homecoming Spectacular, Family Fest in the Smokies, the 2017 Alaskan Homecoming Cruise, and undoubtedly many other gatherings in the future.

David reflects, “It has literally been a dream-come-true to be a part of the GVB.  I remember the first time I was standing behind Bill in the group as he began ‘There’s a line that’s been drawn though the ages…’ I knew I’d finally made it.  Now the journey that’s been filled with deep-conversations-over-morning-coffee, not-always-appropriate-belly-laughs, sad tears, happy tears, and always-great music has led us to a fork in the road.  I’ve been in school for 20 years.  It still shocks (and scares) Bill a little bit when I quote, word for word, something he said years ago.  I’ve been soaking it all in.  He is my teacher, mentor, friend, and a welcome critic.  We are family.  As things change and evolve over this transition, that will remain the same.  Lori and I are excited about the wonderful future that God has in store for all of us as we embark on this new chapter.  We are so grateful for the invaluable love and support of all our fans, friends and family!’

“David is a rare talent and we are so grateful for his presence in the Gaither Vocal Band for all these years,” Bill states. “We will continue to include him on the program for our special weekend events as he is available.”

Beginning April 1, Reggie Smith will become the newest member of the Gaither Vocal Band, joining Bill Gaither, Wes Hampton, Adam Crabb and Todd Suttles. Reggie is a graduate of the University of Mississippi, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education with a vocal emphasis; and where he has also completed work toward his Master’s degree in vocal performance.  Reggie, along with his wife Ladye Love, has been a featured artist on the Gaither Homecoming stage for more than fifteen years. Reggie has performed in more than 25 countries and in such prestigious venues as the Super Bowl, New York’s famed Carnegie Hall, and the Kremlin in Moscow. His voice can be heard on countless recordings, including the original The Lion King movie soundtrack. Reggie is also an accomplished music producer who has worked with country music’s finest, including Josh Turner and Michael Martin Murphy.

Reggie is honored to join the ranks of the Gaither Vocal Band and states, “I consider this a great honor. Bill has been a great coach to me for many years, and I am thrilled to be able to work with these talented men who are already dear friends.”

Bill Gaither is ecstatic about the future, stating, “I love working with so many great singers, and I am thrilled about all that Reggie Smith brings to the Gaither Vocal Band.  His voice folds in beautifully with the other group members, as does his genuinely sweet spirit.  Great days are ahead!”

Visit Gaither.com for a complete list of tour dates, plus information on the latest releases featuring the Gaither Vocal Band, David Phelps, and the Gaither Homecoming family.

Watch EXCLUSIVE BEHIND-THE-SCENES video of the GVB’s first photo shoot and rehearsal with Reggie here!

Left to right: Todd Suttles, Reggie Smith, Bill Gaither, Adam Crabb, Wes Hampton

 

 

 


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Country Music Couple JOEY+RORY Are Honored with 2017 GRAMMY® Nomination

Written by Staff on December 7, 2016 – 3:48 pm -

Country Music Couple JOEY+RORY Are Honored with 2017 GRAMMY® Nomination

Country Music Couple JOEY+RORY Are Honored with 2017 GRAMMY® Nomination

Award-winning Sweetheart Couple’s Final Recording Together Earns Nod for Best Roots Gospel Album
NASHVILLE, Tenn.—December 7th, 2016–Award-winning, husband-and-wife, country music duo Joey+Rory received a GRAMMY® nomination yesterday for Best Roots Gospel Album. According to the announcement from The Recording Academy, the couple have been honored for their top-selling Hymns recording (Gaither Music Group/Farmhouse Recordings), the first recording in nearly a decade to top both the Top Country and Top Christian Albums charts, according to Nielsen Soundscan.
“I can’t begin to tell you how much this means to me and how much it would mean to Joey if she were here,” stated Rory Feek. “She was so proud of getting to make this record and living long enough to see it be released, and I’m so proud to see the hearts it’s touched and the heights to which it’s taken my wife and her sweet voice…even after she’s gone. God is so good.”
Hymns, the #2 top-selling country album for the first half of 2016 according to mid-year reports, was among the Top 10 on the Country Music sales chart for 20 weeks and was in the Top 10 on the Billboard Top 200 for six weeks. As of this summer, the recording, produced by Rory and Joe West (“When I’m Gone,” produced by Gary Paczosa), was the 13th top-selling album for the year across all music genres. In addition, the Hymns video landed in the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Music Video chart and also on the Christian Music Video chart for months.

Joey and Rory

Joey and Rory

For the past few years, Rory has poetically chronicled the couple’s journey through highs and lows–from the birth of their daughter, Indiana, to Joey’s battle with cancer, during which time they recorded Hymns. Countless people from around the world have followed their lives through that blog at www.thislifeilive.com, where Rory has taken readers from the spotlight of the stage to the sunlight across Joey’s vegetable garden, revealing their greatest joys and biggest disappointments. Their love story and walk of faith together have impacted countless people.
The Hymns CD and DVD have been featured regularly on TV networks including RFD, PBS, DISH TV, DIRECTV, AT&T U-verse, TBN, Family Net, CTN, The Walk TV (formerly Legacy), TCT and TLN and also in Canada on Vision TV, CTS, Grace TV and the Miracle Channel. The DVD has also been featured on Gaither TV (available on DISH TV, Roku, Google and the Internet).
Hymns 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, Walmart.com, crackerbarrel.com and www.gaither.com. The audio recording is available at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store®.
The 59th Annual GRAMMY® Awards will be held on Sunday, February 12, 2017, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA.
For further information regarding Joey+Rory, visit www.thislifeilive.com or follow www.facebook.com/joeyandrory or Twitter @joeyandrory.

 

To Joey With Love

Joey And Rory

ABOUT JOEY+RORY
Joey+Rory, a country music duo featuring husband-and-wife vocalists Rory Feek and Joey Martin Feek, spent years focusing on their individual careers; but they both realized they were stronger together which laid the groundwork for a collaborative songwriting and performing career. The new formation resulted in their debut on the CMT series “Can You Duet” in 2008, where they placed third and released their debut album, The Life of a Song, which won the 2010 Academy of Country Music Award for Top New Vocal Duo.

The GRAMMY®-nominated duo completed four seasons of their RFD-TV series, “The Joey+Rory Show,” filmed in their community on their own soundstage built in the barn on their farm. Known for their simple, authentic, country lifestyle of homegrown food, family and faith in Jesus, they were nominated for a 2016 ACM Award. Kansas-born Rory Feek and the late Alexandria, Indiana-born Joey Martin Feek held a Farmhouse Concert Series on their soundstage for fans who traveled to see them from across the country. The couple received their first GRAMMY® nomination and first GMA DOVE Award in 2016.

CD Song List: Hymns (That Are Important to Us)
1. Take My Hand, Precious Lord
2. I Surrender All
3. He Touched Me
4. Softly and Tenderly
5. Jesus Loves Me
6. It Is Well with My Soul
7. The Old Rugged Cross
8. I Need Thee Every Hour
9. How Great Thou Art
10. I’ll Fly Away
11. Jesus Paid It All
12. Suppertime
13. When I’m Gone

Produced by Rory Feek and Joe West
“When I’m Gone” produced by Gary Paczosa

 

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Gaither Music Group/Spring Hill Music Group Rosters Celebrate 2016 GMA DOVE Award Nominations

Written by Staff on August 16, 2016 – 8:48 am -

JOEY+RORY Back on Top of the Billboard Country Music Sales Chart

Gaither artists Joey+Rory

Husband-and-wife Duo Joey+Rory Honored with Four DOVE Nominations

Labels’ Artists Garner Nods in Nine DOVE Award Categories

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—August 15th, 2016—The Gaither Music Group and Spring Hill Music Group rosters of artists were honored with 18 2016 GMA DOVE Award nominations across nine categories, according to the press conference held on Wednesday in the Shamblin Theater at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee.
“It is exciting to see our family of artists honored with these nominations,” stated label president Barry Jennings. “In such a polarized world, we are thankful for this celebration of musical diversity and grateful that our artists are included in this very special and eclectic event.”

To Joey With Love

Joey And Rory

GRAMMY®-nominated, husband-and-wife duo Joey+Rory have been nominated for four 2016 GMA DOVE Awards including Bluegrass/Country Album of the Year (Hymns That Are Important to Us), Country Recorded Song of the Year (“He Touched Me”), Bluegrass Recorded Song of the Year (“I’ll Fly Away”) and Long Form Video of the Year (Hymns That Are Important to Us).
Named a Rolling Stone Country Album to Watch for 2016, Hymns That Are Important to Us, produced by Rory Feek and Joe West (except “When I’m Gone,” Gary Paczosa), is currently the #2 Top-Selling Country Album for 2016 and is the first recording in nearly a decade to top both the Top Country and Top Christian Albums charts. The release debuted at #1 on the Country Music chart and remained in the Top 10 on that chart for 20 weeks. It was in the Top 10 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart for six weeks and is currently the 13th Top-Selling Album this year across all music genres. The video, which has reached gold status, held the #1 spot on the Music Video Sales chart for months.
Creators and hosts of “The Joey+Rory Show,” on RFD-TV, which airs in 50 million households weekly, Joey+Rory’s everyday lives, relationship and music have been featured in recent months in People, “Entertainment Tonight,” ABC News, CBS News, CNN, Time, Entertainment Weekly, USA Today and more.

Jimmy Fortune To Be Featured On Sirius/XM

Jimmy Fortune

Country Music Hall of Famer and Statler Brothers member Jimmy Fortune received three DOVE nominations for Bluegrass/Country Album of the Year (Hits & Hymns), Country Recorded Song of the Year (“I Believe,” featuring The Whites) and Bluegrass Recorded Song of the Year (“Life’s Railway to Heaven,” featuring The Oak Ridge Boys). The star-studded project features collaborations with Vince Gill, The Oak Ridge Boys, Dailey & Vincent, Ricky Skaggs and others.

A member of both the Country Music Hall of Fame and Gospel Music Hall of Fame, Fortune has been featured on a TV special, hosted by Bill Gaither, currently airing on various television networks and channels including RFD-TV, Dish TV, AT&T U-verse, DirecTV and more.

 

GRAMMY® Award-winning Gaither Vocal Band Is Better Than Ever…and Better Together

GRAMMY® Award-winning Gaither Vocal Band

Gospel Music Hall of Fame members and GRAMMY® Award winners the Gaither Vocal Band are nominated for Southern Gospel Artist of the Year and Southern Gospel Song of the Year for “Jesus Gave Me Water” from their highly acclaimed Sometimes It Takes a Mountain recording, produced by group members Bill Gaither and David Phelps along with Ben Isaacs (Oak Ridge Boys, The Isaacs).
“Jesus Gave Me Water” became a Top 10 national radio single while the recording hit #1 on the Southern Gospel sales chart according to Nielsen Soundscan and #6 on the Contemporary Christian Music sales chart. Also nominated for a 2015 GRAMMY® Award, the Gaither Vocal Band has garnered five GRAMMY® nominations, two GRAMMY® Awards and 17 GMA DOVE Awards to date.

 

Flashback Friday With Jeff & Sheri Easter

Jeff & Sheri Easter

Two-time GRAMMY® nominees and multi-award-winning Jeff & Sheri Easter received nods for Bluegrass/Country Album of the Year for Small Town, Celebrating 30 Years of Music & Marriage (Spring Hill Music) as well as Country Recorded Song of the Year (“Small Town Someone (Lunch)”), written by Sheri Easter, Kenna Turner West and Jason Cox.
The recording, produced by Jeff and Sheri Easter, Madison Easter and Greg Cole, features 11 songs, several of which were co-written by Sheri along with some of Nashville’s most noted songwriters. “Small Town Someone (Lunch)” is currently the No. 1 single on The Singing News national radio chart. 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 and two International Country Gospel Music Association honors.

 

Award-winning Tenor DAVID PHELPS Tops Sales Charts

DAVID PHELPS

David Phelps is up for Inspirational Song of the Year for “Heaven’s Shore,” the recent Top 40 radio single from his current release, Freedom. Produced by Phelps and mentor/friend/gospel music legend Bill Gaither, Freedom showcases Phelps’ talents as a singer, songwriter, arranger and producer. The GRAMMY®-nominated, classically trained tenor, also known as the tenor for the Gaither Vocal Band, has won two GRAMMY® Awards and four GMA DOVE Awards.
GRAMMY® Award-winning singer/songwriter and comedian Mark Lowry has been nominated for Southern Gospel Album of the Year for How We Love (Spring Hill Music Group), an all-new, 11-song collection produced by Kevin Williams. The project includes guest appearances by Dailey & Vincent, Sisters, Jimmy and Sonya Isaacs Yeary and The Martins who join Mark for a four-part, a cappella rendition of the classic hymn “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross.” Known for bringing laughter to countless audiences worldwide, the GMA Hall of Famer shares his contemplative side with honest, redeeming messages through How We Love.

 

Isaacs

Isaacs

The Isaacs (Sonya Isaacs Yeary, Rebecca Isaacs Bowman, Ben Isaacs and Lily Isaacs) were honored with a nomination for Bluegrass Recorded Song of the Year for “Leave It All on the Altar,” which is featured on the group’s recent project, The Living Years, produced by Isaacs and Gaither. The multi-award-winning family group has received honors and nominations from organizations ranging from the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) and the Inspirational Country Music (ICM) Awards to The Singing News Fan Awards. They have performed with legendary performers such as Dolly Parton, Trace Adkins, Brad Paisley, Paul Simon, Vince Gill, Merle Haggard, Randy Owen, Trisha Yearwood, Ralph Stanley, Mark Lowry and many more.

 

Booth Brothers

Booth Brothers

The award-winning, southern gospel mainstay trio the Booth Brothers received a nomination for Southern Gospel Album of the Year for Still, produced by Jason Webb, Lari Goss, Ronnie Booth, Michael Booth and Jim Brady. Known for their intricate three-part harmonies, the group has won over 45 Singing News Fan Awards and received three previous GMA DOVE nominations. Their current single “Dirt on My Hands” is in the Top 20 and climbing on the national radio chart.
We Will Stand (Gaither Music Group/CCM United) is nominated for Special Event of the Year and Long Form Video of the Year. The DVD claimed the No. 1 position street week on Billboard’s Music Video chart and on the Christian Music Video chart, according to Nielsen Soundscan. In addition, the We Will Stand audio recording landed at #10 on the contemporary Christian music chart.
A concert event dubbed “the greatest night in the history of contemporary Christian music” by its executive producer, Stan Moser, the recordings feature 30 of the most popular and awarded contemporary Christian music (CCM) artists of all time, who gathered for a-once-in-a-lifetime concert event to celebrate 40 years of history. The DVDs also capture some of the stories behind the music through interviews with Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, Sandi Patty, Bill Gaither and others.
Also nominated for Special Event of the Year is Let the Glory Come Down, which features newly-arranged renditions of some of the most popular gospel music songs performed by the renowned 500-voice Prestonwood Choir in Dallas along with Bill Gaither, David Phelps, Adam Crabb, Joyce Martin Sanders, Joy Gardner and other Gaither HOMECOMING artists. Featuring songs from the latest Gaither choir collection arranged by Geron Davis and Bradley Knight, this recording brings to life timeless messages with stirring vocal performances.
The Gaither brand of artists and products topped the BILLBOARD Year-End Chart of Music Video Sales Labels for 2000, 2011 and 2014.
Gaither Music Group and Spring Hill Music Group projects are exclusively distributed by Capitol Christian Distribution and Universal Music.

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Smile :-) It’s Throwback Thursday!

Written by scoopsnews on March 3, 2016 – 5:02 am -

Mark Lowry

Mark Lowry

Happy Thursday everyone. Proverbs 17:22 says…

A merry heart doeth good like a medicine.

So many sad things going on in the world today,  but just for a moment, let’s watch this great Gaither Comedy together and smile a little!

Share with a friend that needs to smile today.

Throwback to this clip in New York City where Mark Lowry has everyone in the crowd laughing!!!!

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GRAMMY®-nominated Country Music Duo Joey+Rory to Release All-New Recording of Hymns

Written by Staff on January 21, 2016 – 11:21 am -

Joey + Rory

Joey + Rory

Award-winning Couple Turn to Timeless Songs of Faith Through Health Battle

New Performance DVD Featuring a Behind-the-scenes Interview to Accompany Audio Recording

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—January 21, 2016— GRAMMY®-nominated, husband-and-wife country music duo Joey+Rory have announced the release of an all-new recording. Hymns That Are Important to Us (Gaither Music Group) is now available for pre-sale and will be available throughout the general and CBA marketplaces on February 12th.

“I refer to [this] as Joey’s album–the one she’s always wanted to make–filled with the hymns she grew up singing,” described Rory. “It was early in the spring when we started talking about the record…we began recording it in a studio in Nashville early in the summer, just after recovering from her first big surgery in Chicago. She championed it…and even with all she’s gone through there might have been a few things that changed, but that record was not gonna stop….

“So we recorded in between some of her treatments after the surgery. Sometimes in the evenings I would get out a microphone, and my wife sang the vocals in our hotel room in Atlanta because she wanted to see this record happen. She did her vocals where she could–in hotel rooms, at our house, wherever and whenever she felt up to singing.”

As reported on Rory’s blog www.thislifeilive.com and covered by major media outlets across the country, Joey has been fighting Stage 4 cancer for over six months. During that time she and Rory have turned to family, friends and their faith as never before. And they have turned to hymns—timeless melodies with messages that continue to carry them through a difficult and inspiring journey of faith.

The songs Joey picked and the words she recorded were especially significant to her as she has found strength in them through her highly-publicized health battle. The release features songs such as “It Is Well with My Soul,” “How Great Thou Art,” “I Surrender All” and “I Need Thee Every Hour.”

Joey and Rory

Joey and Rory

“A lot has taken place in a year’s time, but through it all these songs have given me such strength,” stated Joey. “They’ve given me such hope, and they give me something to look forward to. I think that a lot of times when we don’t know what to say…you don’t know what to pray…you don’t know how to even begin…I think that’s, for me, where these hymns have come into play so much…

’Precious Lord, take my hand, lead me on, help me stand. I’m tired…I’m weak…I’m worn. Through the storm, through the night, lead me on to the light, take my hand, precious Lord, lead me home.’

“I remember waking up–it was about two days after my surgery–at one point in the middle of the night,” recalled Joey. “I’m hooked up to every machine possible; and out of just complete thankfulness that I came through, I remember having the strength to sit up enough, and my hands just elevated over my head, and I sang [the hymn], ‘I need Thee, oh I need Thee, every hour I need thee….’

“Every hour He got me through…and it was hard, and I needed Him every hour, and I still do to this day—there are days that are just hard. [This song] has got us through so much at every hour that we needed Him…He continues to watch over us and take care of us. People every day who don’t have cancer who are dealt with trials or family issues or whatever it might be…we need Him. It doesn’t matter what it is, and when we think that we can get by on our own we’re so wrong….”

“[Hymns] have met generations of people at their moments of need, which is incredible,” Rory described. “As a songwriter…we’re moved that someone will sing along with one of our songs today, but imagine them singing along with one of our songs in 100 years. That’s an incredible achievement, and I think it’s mostly because there are things that don’t last and things that do. What these songs are about–they’re gonna matter then just as much as they do now, just as much as they did 100 years ago. That’s pretty special.

“In early October, we even did a TV taping of these songs in the concert hall at our farm in front of a live audience,” described Rory. “Joey was weak and it was difficult for her, but she was determined…these are the songs that are most important to her….”

Braver Than Me Joey And RoryThe family has spent the past few months in Joey’s hometown of Alexandria, Indiana, near Joey’s family. Rory and their daughter Heidi went into Bill Gaither’s nearby studio to add harmony parts to Joey’s lead vocals for the recording while in that area. The DVD includes a special, behind-the-scenes interview with Gaither and Joey+Rory recorded at their farm in Tennessee; and the audio recording includes a moving re-release of the song “When I’m Gone,” found on Joey+Rory’s His and Hers recording (Sugar Hill Records/Vanguard Records, divisions of Concord Music Group, Inc.), a fan favorite that has received over 7,035,000 views on YouTube.

An exclusive deluxe package of the all-new, acoustic-driven, 13-song recording, produced by Rory and Joe West, will be sold at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store®, complete with a detailed, 48-page booklet of photos, memories and stories penned by Rory as well as a keepsake magnet.

In December the country stars received news of their first GRAMMY® nomination. They have been honored for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for their recording of “If I Needed You,” written by Townes Van Zandt and featured on their current project, Country Classics, A Tapestry of Our Musical Heritage (Gaither Music Group).

“I strive to live a great story,” stated Rory. “I’ve always been this way. I wanna live a great story. God has given Joey and me an incredible story.”

That inspiring love story includes a back home style of country music that has become a nationally known brand. The Academy of Country Music (ACM) Award-winning couple is widely known as the creators and hosts of “The Joey+Rory Show,” one of the highest-rated weekly programs on RFD-TV airing in 40 million households each week. The variety show is distributed to the DISH Network, DIRECTV, Comcast, Verizon FiOS TV, AT&T U-verse, Mediacom, Charter, Optimum, Brighthouse, Suddenlink, Time Warner, Cox and more than 600 independent rural cable systems.

Their latest creations, the Hymns That Are Important to Us CD and DVD, will be featured regularly on TV networks including RFD-TV, PBS, DISH TV, DIRECTV, AT&T U-verse, TBN, Family Net, CTN, The Walk TV (formerly Legacy), TCT and TLN and also in Canada on Vision TV, CTS, Grace TV and the Miracle Channel. The DVD will be featured on Gaither TV (available on DISH TV, Roku, Google and the Internet).

Hymns That Are Important to Us will be exclusively distributed by Capitol Christian Distribution and will be available throughout general market stores and the Christian marketplace in addition to online retailers including iTunes, Amazon and www.gaither.com. Pre-sales are available now at www.Amazon.com, www.iTunes.com, www.joeyandrory.com and www.gaither.com.

For a preview of the DVD, visit: http://bitly.com/youtubeJR

For further information regarding Joey+Rory, visit www.joeyandrory.com or follow them at www.facebook.com/joeyandrory or on Twitter @joeyandrory. To read Rory’s blog visit www.thislifeilive.com.

CD Song List: Hymns That Are Important to Us
1. Take My Hand, Precious Lord
2. I Surrender All
3. He Touched Me
4. Softly and Tenderly
5. Jesus Loves Me
6. It Is Well with My Soul
7. The Old Rugged Cross
8. I Need Thee Every Hour
9. How Great Thou Art
10. I’ll Fly Away
11. Jesus Paid It All
12. Suppertime
13. When I’m Gone

Produced by Rory Feek and Joe West
“When I’m Gone” produced by Gary Paczosa

ABOUT JOEY+RORY
Joey+Rory, a country music duo featuring husband-and-wife vocalists Rory Feek and Joey Martin Feek, spent years focusing on their individual careers; but they both realized they were stronger together which laid the groundwork for a collaborative songwriting and performing career. The new formation resulted in their debut on the CMT series “Can You Duet” in 2008, where they placed third and released their debut album, The Life of a Song, which won the 2010 Academy of Country Music Award for Top New Vocal Duo.

The couple, currently up for a GRAMMY® nomination, is known for their simple, authentic, country lifestyle of homegrown food, family and faith in Jesus. They have completed four seasons of their RFD-TV series, “The Joey+Rory Show,” filmed in their community on their own soundstage built in the barn on their farm. The Kansas-born Rory Feek and Alexandria, Indiana-born Joey Martin Feek host an annual “Bib & Buckle Fest” held on their farm in Pottsville, Tennessee. They welcome approximately 2,000 music fans each year to their homestead for this event. The award-winning duo also holds a Farmhouse Concert Series at their home. They are long-term partners with Overstock, KRAFT Foods, Roper, Crosley and others.

 

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Gaither Music Group Celebrates Three 2015 GMA DOVE Award Wins

Written by Staff on October 15, 2015 – 10:35 am -

Gaither Vocal Band

Gaither Vocal Band

Label’s Artists Take Home 2015 Honors for Southern Gospel Artist of the Year, Country Song of the Year and Bluegrass/Country Album of the Year

Label Line-up Gives Stirring Show Performances
NASHVILLE, Tenn–October 15th, 2015—The Gaither Music Group roster of artists took home three 2015 GMA DOVE Awards during Tuesday night’s ceremony held at Allen Arena at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee.
Gospel Music Hall of Fame members and GRAMMY® Award winners the Gaither Vocal Band were awarded Southern Gospel Artist of the Year. Group member Adam Crabb, who accepted the award on behalf of the group, stated, “What an honor to accept this! To be here receiving this as a part of this group is unreal to me. I am living the dream I had as a child, singing with one of my all-time favorite groups—the Gaither Vocal Band. I am grateful to Bill [Gaither] for giving me the opportunity to join this group, and we appreciate the GMA honoring us in this way.”

 

Bill Gaither

Bill Gaither

The group’s founder and bass singer, gospel music legend Bill Gaither joined Christian music artist Matt Maher for the awards program to perform “Because He Lives (Amen).” Penned by Chris Tomlin, Daniel Carson, Ed Cash, Gloria Gaither, Jason Ingram, Matt Maher and Bill Gaither, the song was awarded Praise and Worship Song of the Year.
Also nominated for a 2015 GRAMMY® Award, the Gaither Vocal Band has garnered five GRAMMY® nominations, two GRAMMY® Awards and 18 GMA DOVE Awards to date.
Country music icons and Gospel Music Hall of Famers The Oak Ridge Boys took home the award for Country Song of the Year for their recent country single, “Sweet Jesus,” an original song penned for them by country music star Merle Haggard, who joined the group for the recording of the song. The award-winning tune is a part of the group’s Rock of Ages, Hymns and Gospel Favorites recording, a 15-song project produced by Ben Isaacs and group member Duane Allen.

 

Gospel and Country Music Icons The Oak Ridge Boys Honored with Two 2015 GMA DOVE Award Nominations

Gospel and Country Music Icons The Oak Ridge Boys

“To win a coveted DOVE Award is a chilling experience,” stated Allen. “However, to share this with Merle Haggard is beyond words. Thank you, Gospel Music Association, for choosing ‘Sweet Jesus’ as the Country Song of the Year!”
“It as an honor to be a small part of this legendary performance,” stated Isaacs. “I have been a fan of both The Oak Ridge Boys and Merle Haggard for years. I knew it was special when we recorded it. Now I know I’m not the only one who feels that way.”
The Oak Ridge Boys were inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2000, and they have garnered ten GMA DOVE Awards and five GRAMMY® Awards.
Country Music Hall of Famers Alabama Top Charts This Week with All-New DVD ReleaseCountry music legends Alabama received the 2015 DOVE Award for Bluegrass/Country Album of the Year for Angels Among Us, Hymns & Gospel Favorites, produced by group members Jeff Cook, Teddy Gentry and Randy Owen. This marked the band’s first DOVE Award and 178th career award.
“I am so happy for these country music icons, who are still breaking new ground,” stated Bill Gaither. “May their first DOVE Award for Angels Among Us be just the beginning of more exciting days ahead for Alabama.”
The release, along with its DVD companion featuring behind-the-scenes interviews with Gaither, have been seen on 15 TV networks including PBS, RFD, TBN, DirecTV, DISH TV and AT&T U-verse. These two-time GRAMMY® Award winners have sold more than 73 million albums and singles and achieved 43 No. 1 songs, and they are members of the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Martins A CappellaGRAMMY®-nominated and multi-DOVE Award-winning family trio The Martins (Joyce Martin Sanders, Jonathan Martin and Judy Martin Hess) performed a cappella alongside singer/songwriter/comedian Mark Lowry. The packed audience rose to its feet following their unique rendition of “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” found on Lowry’s new solo recording How We Love (Spring Hill Music).
The Martins have garnered four number one singles and four top ten singles in multiple Christian music formats in addition to eight GMA DOVE Awards. A GRAMMY® and GMA DOVE Award winner, Lowry was inducted this year into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.

 

Isaacs

Isaacs

The award-winning Isaacs (Sonya Isaacs Yeary, Rebecca Isaacs Bowman, Ben Isaacs and Lily Isaacs) gave a special performance alongside contemporary Gospel singer Erica Campbell, who co-hosted this year’s ceremony. The family formed an acoustic band around Campbell and added background vocals to her hit “A Little More Jesus,” creating a riveting performance that ignited the crowd.
Gaither Music Group projects are exclusively distributed by Capitol Christian Distribution and Universal Music.


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GRAMMY® Award-winning Singer/Songwriter Mark Lowry Finds “How We Love” to Be More Than a Song

Written by Staff on October 8, 2015 – 4:41 pm -

imageGospel Music Hall of Fame Member Releases All-New Recording

How We Love Combines Influences by Loretta Lynn,
Beth Nielsen Chapman and Pharrell

NASHVILLE, Tenn.–October 6th, 2015—GRAMMY® Award-winning singer/songwriter and comedian Mark Lowry has just recorded How We Love (Spring Hill Music Group), an all-new, 11-song collection scheduled to hit the streets on October 9th. Produced by Kevin Williams, the new release showcases this nationally acclaimed personality, known for bringing laughter to countless audiences worldwide; yet it also captures the baritone singer’s more contemplative side with honest, redeeming messages.

“I had some friends over to my house for a few days,” described Lowry. “We shared stories, laughed and sang songs around the piano. When Cynthia Clawson sat down at the piano and started singing ‘How We Love,’ written by Beth Nielsen Chapman, I knew immediately I wanted to record this song. I felt something special…I knew I was hearing truth…I call it ‘hearing from home.’ What good is love if you only love people who are like you? Love does its best work when you love someone you can’t stand. It’s like courage. It’s useless without fear. It’s standing through the fear that equals courage.”

Lowry lent an ear to other great songwriters as he selected more songs for the new collection, which includes a cover of “Happy,” a GRAMMY® Award-winning song written and originally performed by American singer and producer Pharrell Williams. Featured on the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack album, “Happy” became a No. 1 song in over 20 countries.

Mark Trammell Qt NQC 2015

Mark Trammell Qt NQC 2015

“I try to find songs with what I call ‘meat on the bones.’ It has to have a great lyric, and I love story songs,” Lowry recalled. “We were done selecting the material for this recording, and we had recorded all of the tracks. And then I got a song sent to me from Reba Rambo and Chip Davis called ‘Come As You Are’ that stopped me in my tracks.

“This song says ‘Come as you are. We mean it.’ We often sing ‘Just As I Am,’ but I’m not sure we really want everyone coming to Jesus. If we did surely we would have more diversity in our pews. I say let’s show more of our scars and less trophies. The cross is the only stumbling block we need. I knew the minute I heard the message of this song we had to add it to the project, and I couldn’t quit crying when I was recording it. So many people don’t feel welcomed or wanted, and there’s a big difference between ‘welcomed’ and ‘wanted.’ Everybody should be wanted. Let people get next to Jesus. He’ll fix what’s wrong with us.”

Lowry also added to the release the gospel classic “Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven”—a song made familiar to him by friend and country music legend Loretta Lynn. The song, which is the first radio single, features American bluegrass and country music group Dailey & Vincent.

“I always just grab friends to join me when I get ready to record,” explained Lowry. For How We Love that list also included Sisters (“I Thirst”), Jimmy and Sonya Isaacs Yeary (“Old People”) and The Martins, who joined him for the title cut as well as an all-new, four-part, a cappella rendition of the classic hymn “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross,” arranged by Matthew Holt (Gaither Vocal Band).

“It has been my dream to sing with The Martins since 1992,” stated Lowry with a smile. “That’s when their mother gave Michael English and me a cassette of her children singing. Michael and I invited them to the Precious Memories Gaither HOMECOMING video recording. We asked Gloria [Gaither] to listen to them, and they sang for her a cappella. The next day Bill asked them to come in and sing for everyone, and the rest is history. We get to tour together, and NOW I get to sing a fourth part with them a cappella!”

This was a bucket list item for the Gospel Music Hall of Famer whose career has spanned from contemporary Christian music recordings and best-selling comedy videos to his platform as a member of the lauded Gaither Vocal Band for over 20 years. The co-writer (along with Buddy Greene) of “Mary, Did You Know?” his talents have placed him on the Gaither HOMECOMING Video Series and on world-renowned stages including Carnegie Hall and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Mark Lowry is featured weekly on the Gaither HOMECOMING shows on TV networks including PBS, Dish TV, RFD and TBN, among others; and the new release will be featured in Homecoming Magazine and on SiriusXM Radio’s enLighten channel.

How We Love is distributed through Capitol Christian Distribution and will be available throughout general market stores and the Christian marketplace in addition to online retailers including iTunes, Amazon and www.gaither.com. For further information about Mark Lowry visit www.marklowry.com or www.facebook.com/markalanlowry or @MarkAlanLowry.

How We Love CD Song List:
Mary Was the First One to Carry the Gospel
Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven (with Dailey & Vincent)
Worry
I Thirst (with Sisters)
Live Loud
How We Love (with The Martins)
Old People (with Jimmy and Sonya Isaacs Yeary)
Happy
Rock in a Weary Land
When I Survey the Wondrous Cross (with The Martins)
Come As You Are

RECENT GMA HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE, MARK LOWRY RELEASES HOW WE LOVE

RECENT GMA HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE, MARK LOWRY RELEASES HOW WE LOVE

ABOUT MARK LOWRY
Mark Lowry is known and loved around the world as a trusted voice in the realm of gospel music and beyond. He started making music at age 11; and now, more than four decades later, his legacy is forever sealed as an innately entertaining communicator who can, at once, make audiences laugh, cry and reflect.

Mark is a singer, storyteller, humorist, author and songwriter, whose lyric to “Mary Did You Know?” resulted in one of the most loved modern Christmas songs of this century. This captivating song, which he co-wrote with Buddy Greene, has been recorded more than 400 times by artists from every genre including: Reba McEntire, CeeLo Green, Clay Aiken, Michael English, Kenny Rogers, Wynonna Judd, The Gaither Vocal Band and a long list of others.

Mark spent more than 20 collective years as the baritone singer for the GRAMMY®-award-winning Gaither Vocal Band and served as the sidesplitting comedic sidekick for Bill Gaither through live concert tours and the best-selling Gaither HOMECOMING Video Series and television airings.

A deep thinker and student of theology with an outrageous sense of humor (for which he often credits his diagnosis with Attention Deficit Disorder), Mark’s life work offers a long list of recordings and DVDs reflecting a wide range of influences, including Mark Lowry On Broadway (RIAA Certified Platinum), Mark Lowry Goes To Hollywood (RIAA Certified Gold), Best of Mark Lowry & Bill Gaither, Volumes I and II (RIAA Certified Gold), Life Gets Loud and most recently Unforgettable Classics.

In spite of the broad range of musical inspiration found in Mark’s discography, there is one element that never changes–his gift for communicating profound truths through music and storytelling that keeps audiences of all ages on the edges of their seats. Mark maintains a full schedule of solo concerts with longtime friends such as Stan Whitmire and The Martins, as well as a few Gaither HOMECOMING tour dates across North America.


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GAITHER FEST 2015 SET TO TAKE PLACE THIS WEEKEND IN MYRTLE BEACH

Written by Staff on October 8, 2015 – 7:45 am -

BILL & GLORIA GAITHER

BILL & GLORIA GAITHER

East Coast Flooding – Update on Myrtle Beach Road Conditions

October 5, 2015ALEXANDRIA, IN – To everyone affected by the flooding on the East Coast caused by Hurricane Joaquin, our prayers are with you!  We pray for peace, provision and safety for each and every individual touched by the devastation.  These are the moments when our dependence on Christ and on our community takes on a new level of significance.

Gaither Vocal Band

Gaither Vocal Band

This week we’ve had numerous callers asking if we are proceeding with plans for Gaither Fest in Myrtle Beach, and the answer is a definitive, “Yes!”

We have people on the ground in Myrtle Beach, and many others who have traveled from various states across the U.S. who report that the main thoroughfares into Myrtle Beach are open and major roads in the area are clear. Any low impact detours are clearly marked and alternative routes are easily navigated. And local officials expect travel to improve even more during the next 48 hours.

September 2015 SGNScoops Magazine

September 2015 SGNScoops Magazine

The MB Chamber of Commerce has no reports of hotel closings. The Convention Center is also dry and ready to host an unforgettable weekend!

Hope to see you this weekend!
Bill & Gloria Gaither

*Complete information, including ticket pricing, for Gaither Fest 2015 at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center in Myrtle Beach, SC, on October 9 & 10 is available by visiting www.gaither.com or calling 1-800-406-4224

 

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JEFF & SHERI EASTER Find BIG Ways to Celebrate SMALL TOWN

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on July 2, 2015 – 12:52 pm -

JEFF & SHERI EASTER Find BIG Ways to Celebrate SMALL TOWN

JEFF & SHERI EASTER Find BIG Ways to Celebrate SMALL TOWN

NASHVILLE, Tenn. —GRAMMY® nominees and multi-award-winning Jeff & Sheri Easter hit the ground running last week with the June 23rd release of their all-new recording, Small Town, Celebrating 30 Years of Music & Marriage (Spring Hill Music).

The new release climbed the iTunes sales chart on street date, hitting the Top 40 listing of Christian and Gospel music downloads; and the project landed at #11 on the Southern Gospel chart, according to Nielsen Soundscan.
“After working on a project, writing for it and planning for a couple of years, it’s great to finally reach release day and get feedback from others; and the response to this recording has been great!” stated Jeff.
That enthusiasm continued as Jeff, Sheri and their daughter Morgan gathered around the piano in their home living room in their small town of Lincolnton, GA, on the night of June 22nd, to become the first southern gospel artists to debut a new recording on the stageit platform (www.stageit.com).  The family could not wait to share Small Town’s heartwarming messages and family harmonies and celebrate the past 30 years with friends around the world via this online, “unplugged” concert format.
“We never dreamed 30 years ago that we’d be sharing a concert with a few hundred friends from right here in our living room!” said Sheri.  “I’m grateful that new technology allows us to share the timeless messages in these songs in a new, effective way.”
Fans who signed up were able to tune in with any online device from any location to enjoy a LIVE, interactive chat with the family along with 30 minutes of acoustic performances of songs from the acclaimed recording.  The group shared stories about how each song was written and ended with a 20-minute encore of requested songs.
The performed songs included their new radio single, “Jesus Loves You,” already the #2 Top 10 New Release nationally.  The recorded version of the song represents Jeff and Sheri’s desire to continue to try new things, even after three decades, as it marks the first time in the group’s history that they have included a choir of vocals and added a full string section to one of their songs.
Jeff & Sheri then traveled from one small town to another to enjoy a special release celebration at Gaither Family Resources in Alexandria, IN, on Thursday, June 25th.  The event served as the official kick-off and launch event for a new, ongoing series at the store called “Singin’ in the Studio.”
In celebration of this anniversary release, Gloria Gaither joined the group on stage during the concert and read a very memorable prayer that she had prayed for Jeff & Sheri 22 years ago during the recording of the Homecoming Series’ Landmark video.  At that time the couple was expecting the birth of Morgan, so it was quite surreal for them to experience this prayer a second time in that same room, 22 years later, with Morgan now a part of the group.
For over two decades, Gaither Studios has been the premiere location for numerous Homecoming video tapings and artist recordings.  The team is now opening their doors to an up-close and personal live concert event series held in historic “Gaither Studio C.”  Jeff and Sheri signed autographs during an in-store party before the evening concert where they showcased songs from Small Town as well as some of their most popular hits.
Small Town, Celebrating 30 Years of Music and Marriage, produced by Jeff and Sheri Easter, Madison Easter and Greg Cole, features 11 songs, several of which were co-written by Sheri along with some of Nashville’s most noted songwriters.  It captures the warm, country-influenced musical style the group is known for and covers faith and family topics that have been important to Jeff and Sheri since they started the group three decades ago.
Distributed by Capitol Christian Distribution, the release is available at retail stores everywhere and also at online stores including iTunes and Amazon.  The new release is highlighted in the current issue of Homecoming Magazine, and the group’s family legacy is captured with the cover story of the June Singing News Magazine.
Jeff & Sheri were recently featured on SiriusXM’s “Daniel Britt & Friends,” where they talked about the new recording on the one-hour gospel music radio show, alongside Gospel Music Hall of Famers Bill Gaither and Mark Lowry.  They also discussed the album at length with Paul Heil on “The Gospel Greats” nationally syndicated radio program.
For further information, visit www.jeffandsheriester.com or Twitter.com/@JSEaster or www.facebook.com/jeffandsherieaster.  Tickets to future “Singin’ in the Studio” events can be purchased by calling: 1-800-520-4664 or visiting www.gaither.com.

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