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The Inspirations extend relationship with Horizon Records

Written by Staff on October 6, 2018 – 3:53 pm -

The Inspirations have extended their relationship with Horizon Records and are in the studio working on a new album, to be released in 2019.

The Inspirations have extended their relationship with Horizon Records and are in the studio working on a new album, to be released in 2019.

Arden, North Carolina (October 4, 2018) – After multiple charting songs and hit albums with Horizon Records, The Inspirations are happy to announce that they will be continuing to work with the award-winning label as they continue their storied career. Visit the Inspirations website here.

“One of the great blessings of music is the opportunity we have to record our songs. The music we record lives on for generation to generation to be enjoyed. For many years we have enjoyed the privilege of recording with the Crossroads Horizon Records label. We are excited that our relationship continues with them today. As we continue our journey, it is our prayer that we can be associated with Gospel music’s greatest label: Horizon Records,” note The Inspirations, which includes Archie Watkins, tenor; Eddie Deitz, baritone; Matt Dibler, lead; Marlin Shubert, bass; Roland Kesterson, bass guitar and vocals; and Luke Vaught, pianist.

Horizon Records has been The Inspirations’ home for recording since 2001, and the group is currently in the studio working on a new album to be released in 2019.

“The Inspirations are still a class act to work with, and we are excited to extend this relationship into the future. Archie, Eddie, Matt, Marlin, Luke and Roland are carrying on the tradition that our industry was built upon and are still a crowd favorite everywhere they go. Crossroads is so happy to have The Inspirations in our family of artists,” says Greg Bentley, A&R for Crossroads.

To stay up-to-date on new music from The Inspirations, follow them wherever you listen HERE.

Just announced to pray for Matt Dibler. I think I got that right, if the Inspirations. Was in a car accident this aft. He has been airlifted to Knoxville. - Matt Dibler

Inspirations at NQC 2018

About The Inspirations
The Inspirations first formed in 1964 in Bryson City, North Carolina and became full time in 1969 after hosting their first “Singing In The Smokies” event. With a number of hit songs through the 1970s, the group rose to national attention and joined the Gospel Singing Jubilee Television program. In January of 1970, they secured their first #1 song on the Singing News Chart, “Jesus Is Coming Soon,” marking just the beginning of their chart-topping success. In November of 1973, The Inspirations held the #1 spot for 12 months with “Touring That City.” It was followed with the success of “When I Wake Up To Sleep No More” in 1974 and “Jesus Is Mine” in 1976. In 2001, The Inspirations recorded their first album with Horizon Records, titled Pure Vintage. The album’s first song, “I’ll Not Turn My Back On Him Now,” returned the group to the top of the Singing News chart after 26 years. It was followed with more #1 tracks with “I Have Not Forgotten” and “If You Only Knew.” Today, The Inspirations are working on a new album to be released in 2019 with their current line-up, Archie Watkins, tenor; Eddie Deitz, baritone; Matt Dibler, lead; Marlin Shubert, bass; Roland Kesterson, bass guitar and vocals; and Luke Vaught, pianist.
About Crossroads:
Crossroads is a market leader in the Southern Gospel, Bluegrass, and Americana fields. Established in 1993, following the combination of Horizon Music Group and Sonlite Records, Crossroads now operates several divisions including Crossroads Label Group (Horizon Records, Sonlite Records, Mountain Home Music, Skyland Records, Pisgah Ridge Records, Crossroads Records, and Organic Records), Crossroads Distribution, Crossroads Radio Promotions, Crossroads Publishing Group and Crossroads Recording Studios. Led by a strong executive team of Christian music and Bluegrass music veterans, Crossroads combines cutting-edge technology with creative innovation to connect fans with our artists’ life-changing music.

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Updated: Pray for Matt Dibler of the Inspirations

Written by Staff on September 27, 2018 – 5:35 pm -

Just announced to pray for Matt Dibler. I think I got that right, if the Inspirations. Was in a car accident this aft. He has been airlifted to Knoxville. - Matt Dibler

Inspirations at NQC 2018

News from the National Quartet Convention, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee:

Just announced (Thursday,  September 27, 2018):  Please pray for Matt Dibler of the Inspirations. Dibler was in a car accident this afternooon. He has been airlifted to Knoxville.

Matt Dibler

Matt Dibler

Please pray for Matt Dibler and his family.

Updayed at 10:00 p.m. EST from the Inspirations Facebook page :

“Thanks for all of the calls and prayers for our lead singer, Matt Dibler, who was in a car accident today. He is in the hospital for observation with a broken rib over his heart and a fractured knee cap. We will post updates as we know them. Please keep Matt in your prayers.”

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A Gospel Music Love Affair with Paul Belcher by Charlie Griffin

Written by Staff on May 31, 2018 – 10:21 am -

Gospel Music promotion is a love affair for Paul Belcher

Gospel Music promotion is a love affair for Paul Belcher

In the early 1980s, I was working with the Singing Americans. As Ed Hill and I were working to fill some dates, Paul Belcher called the office to say he had heard good things and wanted to book the group.

“Whiter Than Snow” had just hit the top five on the music charts, and people were talking. As Paul and I talked, one date led to another. And as the story goes, the rest is history. That day a long-term friendship began with Paul Belcher Promotions.

Promoting gospel music comes easily to a man who has had a 45-year love affair with gospel music.

“Mom and Dad use to book artists in churches in Michigan,” Belcher said. “I went to an all-night singing in Detroit (with the) Blackwoods, Statesmen, Thrasher Brothers, and Speer Family in one package. I was hooked. I thought I would like to try this. I could not have done this without my mom. I wasn’t old enough to sign contracts.

“I started promoting gospel music in 1973. My first concert was in Detroit with the Hopper Brothers and Connie. I was 17 when I booked them the first time. This year makes our 45th year of promoting Southern gospel music concerts in a ticketed format.”

Paul Belcher and Connie Hopper. Detroit MI. 1975

Paul Belcher and Connie Hopper. Detroit MI. 1975

Belcher has been influenced by some of gospel music’s most noted icons.

“I go back a long way,” Belcher said. “When you have dealings with J.D. Sumner, James Blackwood, Hovie Lister, Brock Speer, Martin Cook, Howard and Vestal Goodman, Les Beasley, Wendy Bagwell, and Roy Carter … there’s history right there.”

Some of gospel music’s best men mentored and coached Belcher in concert promotions.

“Martin Cook of the Inspirations gave me sound advice about promoting the right artist and was always suggesting ideas,” Belcher said. “Claude Hopper (was) very business minded, always a friend, but never shy about giving me pointers. Promoter W.B. Nowlin from Fort Worth, Texas, I bought a half interest from him in the Battle of Songs in the 80s. He taught me about packaging the right artists together, who to use, and who to stay away from.”

Over the years, the art of promoting concerts has truly changed.

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Giving Back to bass singer Joseph Brown

Written by Staff on March 20, 2018 – 8:54 am -

Joseph Brown with the Diplomats

Joseph Brown with the Diplomats

Joseph Brown has been called ‘favorite bass singer ever’ by many who have heard his vocals in the past with the Diplomats, Enlisted and the Blue Sky Quartet. He also has been heard filling in for legendary Tim Riley of Gold City, as well as taking the bass part with the Inspirations and others. Brown had been with the Diplomats for eight years when he resigned at the beginning of 2014.

Joseph and his wife, Debbie, have been dealing with physical and financial hardships. Their daughters, Jamie, Jennifer, and Jessica, have set up a Go Fund Me account for those who would like to help the Browns.

For those who would like to do more than help financially, there is a way to encourage this bass singer who has spent his life encouraging others.

Modesty Lyman has posted a request on Facebook, for all of you that appreciate Joseph Brown.

Joseph and Debbie Brown

Joseph and Debbie Brown

“Many of you have had the pleasure of meeting and knowing Joseph Brown and have experienced firsthand his kind and caring spirit. He’s such a fun guy to be around, and always has a smile and encouraging word to share. He has become very dear to our family, as I know he has to many others. We’d like to do something to show him how much he means to us, the many fans and friends he’s made over the years, so we are asking anyone interested to send us a physical card for Joe which we will then forward all to him in one big package. This can be just a “thinking of you” card, a letter, photo, special memory, or anything else. We are asking that all cards be sent in by April 10th, but if you know yours will be a little late or an extension of time is needed we can add it. Joe has always been such a sweet encouragement and great friend to all who know him, let’s take this opportunity to show him how much we love and appreciate him!” posts Modesty.

“If you’d like to participate and send Joe a special card please comment, message me, or email southerngospelgazette@gmail.com, and I’ll give you the address.”

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Inspirations On Gospel Music Today

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on November 28, 2016 – 11:15 pm -

Inspirations On Gospel Music Today

Inspirations On Gospel Music Today

The members of The Inspirations Quartet are the guests on Gospel Music Today for the week of November 27. Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates. The Feature Group is The Rangers Quartet, and Jean reviews new recordings by Gerald and Verna Edwards and The Ascension Quartet.  An article from SGN Scoops magazine is the subject of this week’s News Notes. The show features a music video from The Isbell Family, exclusive concert video of The Williamsons, recorded by Gospel Music Today’s cameras in Del City ,OK, and a visit to the Gospel Music Today Archives for an exclusive concert video of The Ascension Quartet, recorded in Broken Arrow, OK.

The show is on KWHB TV47 in Oklahoma every Sunday at 4:30 PM, and on Roku on FFE TV Monday at 8:00 PM and AllNations TV Tuesday and Wednesday at 6:30 PM. On DecentTV.tv on ROKU, Amazon FireTV, and Google Chromecast. Check local TV schedule for Phenix City, AL, Pontotoc, MS, Beaumont, TX, Tyler, TX. Atlanta, TX, Morrilton, AR, and West Plains, MO. The current edition of Gospel Music Today is online now at the Gospel Music Today website, http://www.gospelmusictoday.com/


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Isaacs, Gold City headline at Bill Bailey’s 2016 Spring Gospel Jubilee

Written by Staff on March 17, 2016 – 10:29 am -

Isaacs

Isaacs

“Bill Bailey’s 2016 Spring Gospel Jubilee!” will be held Thursday-Saturday, March 31-April 2 in Waldo, Florida at the Dixieland Music Park.  This three-day weekend has grown to be one of the largest gospel music festivals in the southeast.

 

Wednesday, March 30th, 6:30pm – “Early Bird Campers’ Potluck Supper
& Informal Sing” with Debbie Domer, Gail Boyce, and others

Thursday, March 31st, 7:30pm – Gold City, Three Bridges, Randy Perry

Friday, April 1st, 10am – “Chapel Service” with Randy Perry

Friday, April 1st, 7:30pm – An Evening with the Isaacs, and the Hyssongs

Gold City

Gold City

Saturday, April 2nd, 10am – “Chapel Service” with Randy Perry

Saturday, April 2nd, 6pm – Inspirations, Perrys, Freemans

 

Adult tickets are $15 per night or $40 for three-night pass.  Children ages 3-11 are $5 per night.  All tickets are available at the gate upon arrival.  Bring lawn chairs for seating; the sing is held under an open-air, covered pavilion.  (In case of inclement weather or cooler temperatures, the pavilion can be fully enclosed.)  No admission charge for Wednesday night or daily chapel services –

The Inspirations Pray For Me.

The Inspirations 

love offerings received.

Nearly 300 campsites with hook ups are located directly on the grounds.  For camping reservations, call(352) 468-3988.  The Waldo Inn & Suites Hotel is located adjacent to the Music Park.  For hotel reservations, call (352) 468-2500.

  The Dixieland Music Park is located at 17500 US Hwy 301 NE in Waldo.  For more information, call(941) 756-6942.

For more news about concert click on http://www.billbaileyconcerts.com

 

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The Inspirations Pray For Me.

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on December 5, 2015 – 10:13 am -

The Inspirations Pray For Me.

The Inspirations Pray For Me.

Some try to be relevant by copying the latest fads. The Inspirations know better. They stay relevant by staying themselves.
Suppose you played their new release, Pray For Me, back to back with their first LP. There would be no question you were listening to the same group. Few develop an instantly recognizable sound. Fewer maintain that sound after member changes. But The Inspirations have for fifty-two years!
The title track of Pray For Me features the resonant tones of bass singer Joseph Brown. Long-time lead singer Matt Dibler delivers the powerful testimony song “It’s Under The Blood.” Tenor Harold Reed shows how well he fits the classic Inspirations sound on “Onward to the Call.” The Inspirations’ lineup also includes pianist Martin Cook, bass Myron Cook, and multi-instrumentalist Luke Vaught.
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Performers Announced for 2016 Jackie Wilburn Memorial Spring Sing

Written by Staff on August 25, 2015 – 8:41 am -

McKameys

McKameys

Carthage, Tennessee (August 24, 2015) – Award winning Gospel duet Wilburn and Wilburn are excited to announce that this great annual event is expanding to three days, and the talent line up at the 2016 Jackie Wilburn Memorial Spring Sing is a great one. Joining Wilburn and Wilburn as well as Elaine Wilburn all three days, will be: The Inspirations, the McKameys and the Primitive Quartet.

Wilburn and Wilburn

Wilburn and Wilburn

Jonathan Wilburn says, “We have expanded our event to three days. This will allow our fans to plan a weekend trip to the beautiful middle Tennessee area. There are many things to do and see here in the area. Whether you love the good ole’ outdoors, maybe shopping, or camping, or whatever, there is an activity to fit you. More than anything else we have some of the finest artists in Southern Gospel Music that are planning on being with us.”

The event is held each year in Carthage Tennessee at the Smith County AG Center. Carthage is the home town for the Wilburn family.

The schedule for the 2016 Spring Sing at the AG center in Carthage TN is:

Friday April 29-7pm-The Inspirations, Wilburn and Wilburn, and Elaine Wilburn

Saturday April 30-7pm-The McKameys, Wilburn and Wilburn, and Elaine Wilburn

Sunday May 1-2:30pm-The Primitive QT, Wilburn and Wilburn, and Elaine Wilburn

The AG Center has 15 premium camp sites just steps from the main auditorium. There are plenty of state parks, hotels and restaurants close by. You will not want to miss this year in the hills with Wilburn and Wilburn at the annual Jackie Wilburn Memorial Spring Sing.

For more info or for a free brochure call 256-459-4769. The AG center is located at 159 AG Center Lane, South Carthage, Tennessee, 37030.

If you would like to interview Wilburn & Wilburn contact AG Publicity at info@agpublicity.com .

To learn more about Wilburn and Wilburn go here  or on FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/WilburnandWilburn .

To book Wilburn and Wilburn contact Beckie Simmons at the Beckie Simmons Agency at beckie@bsaworld.com or call 615-595-7500 .

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About Wilburn & Wilburn

Wilburn & Wilburn, the Father – Son team of Jonathan and Jordan Wilburn are continuing the tradition for three generations. Jonathan spent the first 16 years of his Southern Gospel Music career singing with his family, the Wilburns, one of Gospel Music’s most beloved and respected families. In 1996 Jonathan would move to Gadsden, Alabama where he would anchor the lead position with Gold City for the next 12 years.

Adding a dimension to this group is Jonathan’s son Jordan. Feeling his call to sing Gospel music at a young age, it is a great match of Father and Son to create a great sound and an excitement that enhances any worship service.


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SGN Scoops Fast Five with the Troy Burns Family!

Written by Staff on May 18, 2015 – 12:08 pm -

Troy Burns Family

Troy Burns Family

SGN Scoops welcomes the Troy Burns Family to this edition of Fast Five. We hope you will enjoy getting reacquainted with the lead singer of The Inspirations, and meeting the rest of this fine group.

Troy shared the biography of the group, which we have excerpted for you:

imageTroy Burns is a founding member and lead singer of The Inspirations for 30 years and is the current lead singer for Archie Watkins and Smoky Mountain Reunion, and The Old Inspirations. When not on the road with Smoky Mountain Reunion, Troy and his family do concerts at churches and other venues. Close family harmony and loving Jesus is what the Troy Burns Family is all about.
Troy has recorded over 700 songs in his career, “Jesus Is Coming Soon,” “Touring That City,” “Is That Footsteps,” and many other great Southern Gospel songs. Troy has performed over 6,000 concerts, won numerous awards and currently sings weekly on Daystar TV worldwide. Tammy has had formal training as a singer and sang for The Sound Of Youth from Robbinsville, North Carolina. Tammy’s voice has been compared to Patsy Cline and Barbara Streisand. The newest member of the Troy Burns Family is Roland Kesterson, from Crossville, Tennessee. He sang with his family growing up and then sang for a Bluegrass group called Set Apart for seven years. Roland’s smooth harmonies form a third part for Troy Burns Family that is unparalleled in Southern Gospel Music.
Latest Project: It’s Only Goodnight
Radio Release: “It’s Only Goodnight”

SGN Scoops Fast Five with the Troy Burns Family

SGN: What single accomplishment of your group (or yourself) is the most important to you?
TBF: Group: Our concept video of “I’m Praying For You.” It has given people hope around the world.
Troy and Tammy: Our children and grandchildren

SGN: What is in your closet that you just can’t throw out?
Tammy: Clothes that do not fit anymore (I think I may get small enough to wear them again).
Troy: Old singing shirts.
SGN: Who is the most under-appreciated person in Gospel music right now that you would like to see get some recognition?
Tammy: Troy Burns (of course I would say that …he’s my husband).
Troy: Amber Nelon

SGN: What is your favorite song from Sunday School?
Tammy: “Jesus Loves The Little Children Of The World”
Troy: “Jesus Loves Me”

SGN: What one thing do you make sure you do before a concert?
Tammy: I ask the Lord to create in me a clean heart and a right spirit within me when I pray.
Troy: The group meets and we pray!
Be sure to find out when the Troy Burns Family is coming to your area!

Troy Burns Family: Click to watch video

Troy Burns Family

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click to watch video link to the Troy Burns Family video: “I’m Praying For You”


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Inspirations Celebrate 50th Anniversary with God’s Word Will Stand

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on August 14, 2014 – 1:45 pm -

Inspirations

Inspirations

In 1964, five boys from Bryson City started a Gospel tradition that continues to this day. God’s Word Will Stand captures the classic sound that has made the Inspirations one of the most instantly recognizable groups in any genre of music. It also marks the return of two longtime alumni, fan favorites Melton Campbell and Matt Dibler.

The title track is an anthem to believers on the power of God’s Word and the lasting promise He has made to the world. That theme continues in the simple and traditional delivery of “News From Heaven,” written by group member Jon Epley.

The stripped down and pure “It’s Just About to Begin” and the stirring and powerful “Land of Promise” continue their trademark of recording great songs about Heaven, reminding us that the struggles we face are only temporary.

After fifty years, The Inspirations are still setting the gold standard for authentic quartet music. God’s Word Will Stand is a testament to the group’s enduring appeal and lasting legacy that has offered inspiration to their fans for half a century.

Preview and purchase today at iTunes, AmazonMP3, and Crossroads.


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