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KEITH & KRISTYN GETTY JOINED BY ALISON KRAUSS AND RICKY SKAGGS ON HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED HYMNS FOR THE CHRISTIAN LIFE

Written by SGN Scoops on September 27, 2012 – 8:09 am -

NASHVILLE, Tenn.— Hymns for the Christian Life, the highly-anticipated fourth U.S. release from preeminent Irish modern hymn writers and recording artists Keith & Kristyn Getty, will bow October 9. Produced by Charlie Peacock (The Civil Wars, Switchfoot) and Ed Cash (Chris Tomlin, Kari Jobe), the 12-song project explores such themes as work, family, money, community and social action, showcasing Irish melodies as well as American bluegrass and country music influences.

This original collection is highlighted by a special 10th anniversary recording of “In Christ Alone,” featuring 27-time GRAMMY® Award-winner Alison Krauss. Penned by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend, the world-renowned modern hymn has been recorded by numerous artists over the past decade—including Owl City, Natalie Grant and Newsboys—and is a classic sung in churches around the globe.

In addition, bluegrass icon Ricky Skaggs joins the couple on “Simple Living (A Rich Young Man).” Written by Keith & Kristyn Getty and Stuart Townend, the song is based on the Bible story of the rich young ruler. Clannad’s Moya Brennan, one of Ireland’s most beloved recording artists, also contributes to Hymns for the Christian Life, singing a traditional Gaelic lullaby as part of “A Mother’s Prayer.” Keith & Kristyn Getty, along with Fionan de Barra (Broadway’s Riverdance), penned the piece for their young daughter, Eliza Joy.

“The concept for these songs began two years ago when we took a break from touring and settled in Nashville,” says Keith Getty. “Amid conversations with friends and coworkers around our dinner table and on our porch, we found ourselves discussing the challenges of the Christian life. We pondered ideas such as, ‘What does it mean to succeed in your job but not make it your god? How do I handle doubt? In what way should I pray for my children? What is our responsibility for the care of others inside and outside our community?’ We believe the Gospel story touches every part of life, so these new songs are a reflection of those conversations and us turning to the Gospel for guidance.”

“We hope Hymns for the Christian Life also reflects our continuing goal to write modern hymns for the Church,” adds Kristyn Getty. “What excites us most about the work we do is seeing a song used by a congregation and hoping it becomes part of the soundtrack that follows a believer through life.“

Keith & Kristyn Getty are among the preeminent modern hymn composers of this generation. Writers of an acclaimed repertoire of 21st century hymns revered both for their theologically astute lyrics and universally beloved melodies, the couple’s popular U.S. recordings include In Christ Alone, Awaken The Dawn and Joy – An Irish Christmas. They have shared their music at Franklin Graham crusades, the GMA Dove Awards, The Third Lausanne Conference on World Evangelization, as well as feature performances at London’s Royal Albert Hall and the legendary Grand Ole Opry, among many other noted platforms. Keith & Kristyn Getty, along with their band—an ensemble of some of the top names in Irish and American folk music—are in the midst of their Hymns for the Christian Life Tour, which is hitting multiple U.S. cities this fall.

Hymns for the Christian Life, a Getty Music release, will be distributed by EMI CMG Distribution. EMI CMG Distribution is the exclusive North American distributor of Getty Music products to all Christian and general market channels as well as the exclusive worldwide distributor to all digital channels.

For further information, visit www.gettymusic.com or www.turningpointpr.com.


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NICHOLE NORDEMAN PENS POIGNANT, PERSONAL LOOK AT GOD’S LOVE STORY

Written by SGN Scoops on June 30, 2012 – 4:59 am -

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Dove Award-winning singer/songwriter Nichole Nordeman offers a poignant and personal look at God’s relentless pursuit of humanity with Love Story, due August 28 from Worthy Publishing.  Subtitled The Hand That Holds Us from the Garden to the Gates, Nordeman’s first book traces God’s unyielding mission from the beginning of time to rescue His beloved, in our most fragile and broken condition.

Based on the best-selling multi-artist recording, Music Inspired By The Story (EMI/WOW), which Nordeman co-wrote, Love Story exposes the humanity and more emotional underside of our most beloved biblical characters. Spanning Adam and Eve’s painful choice in the garden, Abraham and Sarah’s crawl through infertility, Mary’s teenage journey as a young, unlikely mother, Paul’s staggering encounter with Jesus on a dirt road, and the hope we cling to as we imagine His return.  Nordeman does not simply offer these stories from her own perspective, but bravely weaves her own life’s fumbling and failures into each chapter, leaving these iconic men and women of the Bible looking less heroic and a little more human. Her poetic observations point ultimately to the all-consuming love of God for all of us.

“In every story and on every page, from the garden to the gates, I encountered God’s people tucking His love into their satchels, sewing it into their robes, clutching it in fear, clawing at in anger, carving it into caves, collapsing into it, rejoicing, repenting, revising and rewriting their stories because they were…we are…so perfectly loved,” says Nordeman.  “The Bible is the ultimate used book that’s falling apart in perfect condition, much like its cast of characters. Love stories, all of them.”

“If Nichole Nordeman weren’t so curious, creative, clever, and convicted, our generation would be missing its finest songs and pages,” said pastor and best-selling author Max Lucado.  “But she is curious, creative, clever, and convicted.  And since she is, you are holding a book that will blow the dust off an old faith and give structure to a young one.  Read it!”

Nichole Nordeman is a recording artist and songwriter for Sparrow Records/EMI Christian Music Group, with numerous #1 and Top 10 singles to her credit and cumulative CD sales of over one million.  A two-time Gospel Music Association winner for Female Vocalist of the Year, she has won a total of nine Dove Awards, including one recently as the lyricist on the best-selling album, Music Inspired By The Story.  She lives with her family in Tulsa, OK.  Connect with her on Twitter @nicholenordeman.

Worthy Publishing (www.worthypublishing.com), a division of Worthy Media, Inc., is a privately held company whose mission is helping people experience the heart of God. Worthy is an independent voice in Christian publishing, managing editorial, marketing, publicity, sales, and distribution from its home offices in Brentwood, TN. Worthy focuses on a boutique list of new books each year, crossing a broad spectrum of genres, including fiction, Bible study, current events, devotionals, biography, leadership, specialized Bibles, as well as spiritual and personal growth.

Love Story, a 224-page hardcover title, retails for $16.99 and will be distributed by EMI CMG.

For further information visit http://worthypublishing.com/books/Love-Story/ or www.turningpointpr.com.


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New Solo Project From Karen Peck Coming This Fall

Written by SGN Scoops on May 29, 2012 – 1:03 pm -

Hendersonville, TN (May 29, 2012) – Barely taking time to celebrate winning two 2012 GMA Dove Awards and the release of her first movie, Joyful Noise, Karen Peck is back in the studio working on her first solo album in several years. The project, entitled How You Walk The Miles, is produced by Ben Isaacs and features several special guests.

The Oak Ridge Boys join Karen on “Stand By The River”, while the Dove Award Artist Of The Year, Jason Crabb, lends his vocals on “Extra Mile.” Award winning musician, Gordon Mote, is also featured on the song “Pray.” The CD, which releases this fall, also includes appearances from Karen Peck & New River members, Susan Jackson and Jeff Hawes, as well as David Phelps, The Isaacs, and more.

“Karen Peck has always been one of my favorite female singers. Not only is she an excellent vocalist, but her heart portrays true beauty on the inside,” shares Norman Holland, Vice President and A&R Director at Daywind Records. “This new project includes many guest appearances by many of Karen’s favorite vocalists and is sure to become a favorite of yours and mine.”

Daywind Records is based in Hendersonville, TN, and is distributed worldwide through New Day Christian Distributors. In addition to Karen Peck And New River, Daywind is home to such great artists as Greater Vision and Brian Free & Assurance, among others. For more information on Daywind Records, visit daywindrecords.com. For more information on Karen Peck, visit www.karenpeckandnewriver.com.

Pictured: Karen Peck Gooch (center) with Producer Ben Isaacs, Daywind Records A&R Director, Norman Holland, and Jason Crabb.


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GMC TV’s Strongest Ratings Month Ever Moves Network into Top 40 in Ad-Supported Cable

Written by SGN Scoops on May 1, 2012 – 4:24 pm -

ATLANTA, May 1, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ — GMC TV, America’s favorite channel for uplifting music and family entertainment, announced today that April was the network’s strongest ratings month ever, moving GMC into the top 40 among all ad-supported cable networks.

GMC ended April with a total day W25-54 coverage rating of 0.12 (source 1). The W25-54 rating ranks GMC 40th versus all ad-supported cable (source 2).

GMC’s W25-54 rating was up 140% from April 2011, making GMC the fastest growing general entertainment network in ad-supported cable for the month (source 3).

In Prime, GMC’s household (0.29) and W25-54 (0.18) ratings were the network’s best ever, powered by the GMC World Premiere Movie Heaven’s Rain, the GMC World Premiere Play “For Richer or Poorer,” the Easter holiday week stunt, “Greatest Stories Ever Told” and the GMA Dove Awards (source 4). Read more »


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Rob Patz and Rhonda Frye of SGNScoops Magazine Covers The 43rd Annual Dove Awards

Written by SGN Scoops on April 20, 2012 – 8:18 am -

Publisher, Rob Patz and Editor in Chief, Rhonda Frye of SGNScoops Magazine covered the 43rd Annual Dove Awards at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia. “The pre-show and the awards show was amazing and I couldn’t be more pleased with the way our industry was represented,” says Rob Patz. “I thought it was awesome to see different genres come together with the same message lifting of the name of Christ,” Rhonda adds.

SGNScoops invites you to visit our facebook page for pictures of Jason Crabb, Karen Peck & New River, The Isaacs and more. Also watch for a story in the upcoming May issue of Scoops Magazine.  Connect with us on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/sgnscoops

 


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Daywind Music Group Shines In The 2012 Dove Award Nominations

Written by SGN Scoops on February 23, 2012 – 4:30 am -

 

Hendersonville, TN (February 22, 2011) – During a press conference, held this morning at the Fox Theatre’s Grand Salon in Atlanta, GA, the final Dove nominees for the 43rd Annual GMA Dove Awards were announced. Daywind Music Group is incredibly honored to have received 10 nominations this year.The Perrys were honored with a Song of the Year nomination for “Celebrate Me Home” (Lindsey & Haun), in addition to one for Southern Gospel Song of the Year.  Karen Peck & New River’s newest album, Reach Out (Haun), received a nod for Southern Gospel Album, with the song “Good Things Are Happening” (Haun & Isaacs) being recognized for Country Song of the Year. The Chigger Hill Boys & Terri garnered two nominations, with their album, Indescribable: Bluegrass Meets Worship (Mark Dunham), receiving a nod for Bluegrass Album of the Year and the song, “Indescribable” (Reeves & Story), receiving one for Bluegrass Recorded Song of the Year. Daywind received three nominations in the Country Album of the Year category, with Marshall Hall’s Brighter One (Hall, DeMarcus & English), Wilburn & Wilburn’s Family Ties (Isaacs), and Going Places (Sykes) by Crabb Revival all earning recognition.  Rounding out the Daywind nominations is Love Won by Kenna Turner West, published through Daywind Music Publishing, and nominated for Musical Of The Year.Ed Leonard, President of Daywind Records, shares, “We are so proud of our artists, songwriters, and producers for their Dove Award nominations.  It is an honor that the Dove voters have recognized them for their creativity in this way.”The 43rd Annual GMA Dove Awards will be held on Thursday, April 19, 2012, at the historic Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA. While the awards are the purpose of the show, music performances will definitely share center stage at the GMA Dove Awards, showcasing some of Gospel music’s hottest and most diverse artists. Tickets to the 43rd Annual GMA Dove Awards are currently on sale through the Fox Theatre Box Office or at ticketmaster.com. For more information on the GMA, visit gospelmusic.org.Daywind Records is based in Hendersonville, TN, and is distributed worldwide through New Day Christian Distributors. In addition to the artists mentioned, Daywind is home to many other great artists such as Greater Vision and the Blackwood Brothers, among others. For more information on Daywind Records, visit www.daywindrecords.com.


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Daywind Music Group Nominated For 9 Dove Awards

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on February 16, 2011 – 3:22 pm -

Hendersonville, TN (February 16, 2011) – This morning during a press conference, held at the Fox Theatre’s Grand Salon in Atlanta, GA, the final Dove nominees for the 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards were announced.  Daywind Music Group is incredibly honored to have received 9 nominations this year.

Celebrating nominations for both of their 2010 albums is Brian Free and Assurance.  They are nominated for Inspirational Album of the Year, Acapella, as well as Southern Gospel Album of the Year for Never Walk Alone, both produced by Ricky Free.  A Southern Gospel Recorded Song of the Year nomination went to the Booth Brothers for “Faithful One” (Jim Brady, Barry Weeks, Tony Wood) from the project, Room For More (Barry Weeks). Austins Bridge received a Country Album of the Year nomination for the project, Times Like These (Jay DeMarcus).  The Chigger Hill Boys & Terri garnered two nominations, with their album, …Oh Well (Mark Dunham), receiving a nod for Bluegrass Album of the Year and the song, “Blaze of Glory” (Marty Funderburk, Mike Richards) receiving one for Bluegrass Recorded Song of the Year.  Also receiving a nomination in the same category is Lewis Tradition’s “I’m Going To Make Heaven My Home” (Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs) from their debut release, Precious Memories (Lewis Phillips).

Daywind Music Publishing is also represented through nominations for Jason Crabb’s “Sometimes I Cry” (Gerald Crabb) for Song of the Year, as well as the Bowling Family’s “Run and Tell” (Marty Funderburk, Wayne Haun, Ray Davis) in the Country Recorded Song of the Year category. 

Daywind Records’ A&R Director and Vice President, Norman Holland, shares, “What a thrill to see our tremendous artists celebrate these exciting Dove nominations.  We are always honored to come along side them in an effort to make music that impacts lives, and while we feel we are home to many of the best, it is a joy for us to see these sentiments affirmed by their peers in the Christian music world.”

The 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards will be held on Wednesday, April 20, 2011, at the historic Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA, and televised nationwide on the Gospel Music Channel, Easter Sunday, April 24, 2011 at 7 pm & 9 pm EST. While the awards are the purpose of the show, music performances will definitely share center stage at the GMA Dove Awards, showcasing some of Gospel music’s hottest and most diverse artists. Tickets to the 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards are currently on sale through the Fox Theatre Box Office or at ticketmaster.com.  For more information on the GMA, visit gospelmusic.org.


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