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Beyond the Song: Fields of Grace sing “Dining with the King”

Written by Staff on May 19, 2019 – 9:09 am -

 

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Jantina de Haan takes us Beyond the Song once again, to introduce us to Fields of Grace, the artists who sing “Dining with the King.”

Jantina tells us: “The song ‘Dining With The King’ caught my attention and I wanted to know more about that beautiful song! I asked them several questions to know more about that song and their group called Fields of Grace.”

Tell us about your group, Fields of Grace.

“Fields of Grace began singing gospel music together in 2010 at their home church, Maple Ridge Baptist, located in Candler, North Carolina. Members include Elise Ingle, with husband and wife, Nathaniel and Leslie Smith. They are dear friends who enjoy spending hours together in preparation and travel. They provide an inspirational service presenting the gospel message in song. Their music includes smooth Southern gospel music, Bluegrass gospel music, and Traditional Christian music, all with the goal of uplifting their savior and encouraging His church.” For more on this group, visit their website HERE.

Tell a little about that song “Dining With the King.”

“Mephibosheth’s story is the story for all who have received the marvelous gift of salvation. Mercy, hope, grace and the blessings of going from ‘poverty to majesty’ is the message of ‘Dining with the King.’ Christ’s love is unconditional as the words in the song proclaim: ‘no one is ever turned away, so come just as you are…'”

Fields of Grace Who wrote the song?

“The Issacs – Rebecca Isaacs Bowman (R.I. Bowman Music (BMI) & Sonya Isaacs Yeary (June Elephant Music/ Warner Chappell Music (BMI) & Jimmy Yeary (EMI Blackwood/Great Day at THiS Music/ Beattyville Music (BMI). 1/31/2015”

What does the song mean to you personally?

“We have always loved the song from the first time we started singing it. The message is so beautiful and speaks of the love of our King that died for us so we would no longer be begging for the things of this world but ‘Dine with the King’ and experience His blessings. We spend our lives searching for fulfillment and always coming up empty until we meet Jesus. He is all we need and so much more than we deserve.
We were all raised in the church. Nathaniel and Leslie were saved at a young age and Elise later as a young woman. Although we have always known who He was; each of us has sweet testimonies of how the King extended His mercy to us. He did not have to save us; He could have passed us by. We very much deserved wrath and judgment but God gave us a permanent seat at His table instead. Praise God!”

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What is the message you want to share with the listeners in the audience?

“We believe Jesus came back from the grave with His scars on display to show the world the depth and power of His love. This song gives us and our listeners courage to keep sharing their own story of how they met Jesus and just how broken we all were and how radical the resurrecting and transforming power of Jesus Christ is. We pray our listeners hear the same call and feel the same urge to be open and brave in sharing the miracle of just how far from grace we all were and the joy of now having a continual audience with the King!”

Why is it on this particular album?

“From the moment we first heard and started singing ‘Dining with the King’ in worship services we were excited about the opportunity to record it. God has always been faithful to bless the message every time we sing it and we are grateful for His touch. We all agreed that it would be first on our new project titled ‘Undone.’ ‘Undone’ came from the line in our second song on the project, ‘I Got Saved:’ ‘I’m undone by the mercy of Jesus, I’m undone by the goodness of the Lord.’ ‘Dining with the King’ was the obvious choice for the first song on such an important project for our ministry.”

Thanks, Fields of Grace, for sharing your story with SGNScoops! May you continue to spread the Gospel in the land.

“Dining with the King” is the number one song on New Journey Radio for the month of May 2019.

Let the message of this song and tender vocals of Fields of Grace bless you today.

Thanks to Jantina de Haan for taking us Beyond the Song with Fields of Grace.

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Congratulations Jimmy and Sonya (Isaacs) Yeary

Written by scoopsnews on December 8, 2015 – 6:09 pm -

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Gatlyn Solomon Yeary

 

Congatulations to Jimmy and  Sonya (Isaacs) Yeary

Its a boy!

Gatlyn Solomon Yeary
Born December 8, 2015
At 2:30pm
8lbs,10oz. -21 in long.

We at Sgn Scoops are praying for you and rejoicing in the great news!

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Back Home Releases New CD On The Cross Country Records Label

Written by SGN Scoops on May 6, 2014 – 4:58 pm -

backhome2Nashville, TN (5/5/14) – Awarded nominated and winning trio Back Home (Jimmy and Jennifer Layne and Stacy Pearcy) from South Pittsburg, TN has released a brand new CD that have many saying is the best CD they have heard in the Southern Country Gospel genre in years.

“Back Home has released some great CD’s in the past, but this CD is the best I’ve heard to date from them and that’s saying a mouthful,” says Chris Latham/Back Home producer and Grammy winning engineer.

The new CD titled “It’s Not Over” is loaded with award winning writers such as Jimmy Yeary, Tony Wood, Sue Smith, Kenna Turner West, Jerry Salley, Mark Narmore, Josh Turner, Jason Cox, Jeff King and Jennifer Layne.  Each and every song tells of the love of God and forgiveness He gives us and that we should give to each other.

Things are going great for Back Home.  Coming off a great end of the year in 2013 singing on the main stage at NQC and just recently receiving 4 Diamond Award nominations and 1 Singing News Nomination for Favorite New Trio.

Jeff King and Chris Latham, owners and producers of Cross Country Records, (Back Home’s label), are completely hands on in the record making process. They each play, engineer, and produce each song on every album. They are both Nashville veterans, with major accolades of their own. Jeff is touring with Reba McEntire and is one of music’s most in demand session players. And as always, Back Home’s CD is full of Nashville veteran player’s who year after play on their records.  Players include, Jeff King, Steve Brewster, Mike Johnson, Jason Webb, Chris Latham, Tammy King and Joel Key.

“We feel like God deserves the best that we can give him and that Gospel music needs to be quality in sound and words”  It’s about Him and reaching the folks that are hurting,” says Jimmy and Jennifer.
“I’m so happy to be working on my 6th year now with Back Home. Their music is fresh and real, telling powerful stories we can all relate to in some form. Their ministry brings comfort to those in need, and hope for people trying to change their lives. They’ve been through it, now they sing about it. If you haven’t experienced a live concert.. Do it!” said Jeff King/Producer of Back Home and Cross Country Records Producer and Owner.

Sheri Easter stated, “I remember the first thing Jeff ever told me about Back Home.  We were working a concert with them and he came back on the bus bragging on the harmonies, their vocals and what a wonderful writer Jen was.  Immediately, I was hooked.”  Jeff and Sheri are appearing on Back Home’s new CD, with a duet slated to be the next single written by Jennifer and Sheri Easter called “One Prayer Away”, it will be hitting radio this month.

To learn more about Back Home, you can visit them on the web at www.backhomesings.com. You can also purchase a new Back Home CD on their website.

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Jimmy Yeary Scores Grammy Nomination

Written by SGN Scoops on December 17, 2013 – 12:49 pm -

Nashville, TN (December 16, 2013) Multi-award winning songwriter, Jimmy Yeary along with his co-writers Jessi Alexander, and Connie Harrington were nominated for Song of the Year in the 56th Grammy Award imageNominations announced on December the 6th, 2013. “I Drive Your Truck” performed by Lee Brice was not only nominated for Song of the Year but also received a second Grammy nomination for best Country Solo Performance

The 56th Annual Grammy Awards will be held on January 26, 2014, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. The show will broadcast on CBS at 8 p.m. ET.

The Number One song on the Country charts was recorded by Lee Brice. Even though he is a prolific songwriter himself, Brice did not write “I Drive Your Truck”, however, as he heard it he knew he had to cut it.

Brice was quoted as saying “Every now and then I hear a song that just blows me away, and that song just put me on the floor the first time I heard it.”

“I am blown away by the continued response to this song”, stated Jimmy Yeary. “A Grammy nomination is a once in a lifetime chance for a writer. I’m incredibly honored.”

Jimmy was also a co-writer on three other number one songs. The Martina McBride hit “I’m Gonna Love You Through It” (Jimmy Yeary, Sonya Isaacs Yeary, Ben Hayslip), Rascal Flats song “Why Wait” (Jimmy Yeary, Neil Thrasher, Tom Shapiro) and “Anywhere With You” sang by Jake Owen (Ben Hayslip, David Lee Murphy and Jimmy Yeary) sang by Jake Owen.


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Songwriter Jimmy Yeary Scores Big With CMA Song of the Year – “I Drive Your Truck”

Written by SGN Scoops on November 14, 2013 – 2:12 pm -

imageNashville, TN (November 14, 2013) “I Drive Your Truck” written by Jimmy Yeary, Jessi Alexander, and Connie Harrington walked away with the Country Music AssociationSong of the Year Award at the 47th ANNUAL CMA AWARDS. The Awards aired live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on ABC-TV on Wednesday, November 6th.

The Number One song on the Country charts was recorded by Lee Brice and quickly swept the country off it’s feet with the touching story. Yeary commented “The story behind this song is so powerful and connects with everyday people’s lives and the losses we all endure. This song speaks to everyone”. Jimmy continued “Without the sacrifice of people like Jared Monti, whom this song was written about, none of this would be possible. I am honored that I had a part in the world getting to hear his story.”

Many great songs have co-writers and Jimmy acknowledges Jessi Alexander and Connie Harrington saying “I can’t think of any two people I’d rather share this Award with.”

Jimmy was also a co-writer on the Martina McBride super hit “I’m Gonna Love You Through It” (Jimmy Yeary, Sonya Isaacs Yeary, Ben Heyslip), Rascal Flats big song “Why Wait” (Jimmy Yeary, Neil Thrasher, Tom Shapiro) and with his wife Sonya Isaacs Yeary’s inspiration the Heidi Newfield’s release of “Stay Up Late” (Jimmy Yeary, Sonya Isaacs Yeary, Ben Hayslip).

You can learn more about Jimmy Yeary athttps://www.facebook.com/jimmy.yeary

 


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Jimmy Yeary Receives CMA Song of the Year Nomination

Written by SGN Scoops on September 27, 2013 – 9:02 am -

JimmyYeary (1)Nashville, TN (September 26, 2013) “I Drive Your Truck” written by Jimmy Yeary, Jessi Alexander, and Connie Harrington received a nod from the Country Music Association for the Song of the Year Award at the upcoming 47th ANNUAL CMA AWARDS. The Awards will air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on ABC-TV at 8pm (ET) on Wednesday, November 6th.

The Number One song on the Country charts was recorded by Lee Brice. Even though he is a prolific songwriter himself, Brice did not write “I Drive Your Truck”, however, as he heard it he knew he had to cut it.

Brice was quoted as saying “Every now and then I hear a song that just blows me away, and that song just put me on the floor the first time I heard it.”

Yeary commented “The story behind this song is so powerful and connects with everyday people’s lives and the losses we all endure. This song speaks to everyone”.

Jimmy was also a co-writer on the Martina McBride super hit “I’m Gonna Love You Through It” (Jimmy Yeary, Sonya Isaacs Yeary, Ben Heyslip), Rascal Flats big song “Why Wait” (Jimmy Yeary, Neil Thrasher, Tom Shapiro) and with his wife Sonya Isaacs’ inspiration the Heidi Newfield’s release of “Stay Up Late” (Jimmy Yeary, Sonya Isaacs Yeary, Ben Hayslip).

Jimmy currently has a number one song with Jake Owen singing “Anywhere With You”.

You can learn more about Jimmy Yeary at https://www.facebook.com/jimmy.yeary


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Jimmy Yeary Garners Big Music Row Song of the Year Award

Written by SGN Scoops on July 8, 2013 – 5:06 pm -

Nashville, TN (June 28, 2013) Multi-award winning songwriter Jimmy Yeary won the Music Row song of the year for his Country JimmyYearyMusic Hit “I Drive Your Truck”. The song was written by  Jimmy Yeary, Connie Harrington and Jessie Alexander. Country star Lee Brice recorded the song on his CD “Hard 2 Love”.

The song went to number 1 on the US Country Airplay Billboard chart in May of this year.

The song tells the story about a man driving a truck owned by his brother, who passed away in action in the United States Army. It is his way of dealing with the loss of his brother. Co-writer Connie Harrington was inspired to write it after hearing an interview on Here and Now of a father, Paul Monti, whose son, Medal of Honor recipient Jared, was killed in Afghanistan while trying to save a fellow soldier. In the interview he talks  of driving his son’s truck to feel close to him.

Jimmy stated, “I feel so blessed to get to do what I love. To have so many people hear the songs you write is every songwriters dream. I love working with so many gifted writers and performers.”

This week he has the #1 Billboard song in country music again. Jake Owen’s “Anywhere With You”. Co-written with Ben Hayslip and David Lee Murphy.

You can learn more about the Music Row Awards at http://www.musicrow.com .

For more information about Jimmy Yeary contact – AG Publicity – info@agpublicity.com – 615-545-5315

 

About Jimmy Yeary

Jimmy Yeary (born in Hillsboro, Ohio) is an American country music singer and songwriter.

In 1994, Yeary moved to Nashville, Tennessee to begin a career as a recording artist. Although he was signed to Atlantic Records, a change in label personnel prevented his debut single from being released.

Through the assistance of Paul Worley and Wally Wilson, Yeary found work as a songwriter. Among Yeary’s co-writing credits are Joe Diffie‘s top 10 hit “In Another World“, Rascal Flatts‘ number 1 single “Why Wait“, Troy Olsen‘s “Summer Thing”,Martina McBride‘s “I’m Gonna Love You Through It“, Heidi Newfield’s “Stay Up Late”, and Lee Brice‘s “I Drive Your Truck“. He has sung lead for Shenandoah and The Isaacs.

Yeary is married to Country/Gospel singer Sonya Isaacs. The couple has one son, Ayden James Yeary, born on July 25, 2011.


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MICHAEL ENGLISH SOME PEOPLE CHANGE HITS STREETS MARCH 26

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on March 22, 2013 – 10:41 am -

Nashville, Tenn. (March 22, 2013) – The wait is over! Acclaimed vocalist, Michael English, is set to release his new MichaelEnglishSomePeopleChangeFrontal11_1release, Some People Change, on March 26, 2013. The highly anticipated project is Michael’s first studio recording in six years and is being released by CURB Records.

Although this is his first solo recording in several years, the gifted singer has hardly been resting. Michael has kept an extremely busy touring and recording schedule as a member of the Grammy® award-winning Gaither Vocal Band.

Michael’s penetrating, power-packed vocals are at the forefront on this new release as he is featured on brand new songs, “That Great Day,” “Waking Up The Dawn,” the current single “Stubborn,” time-tested classics such as “I’d Rather Have Jesus,” and a brand-new version of Michael’s hit song, “In Christ Alone.” A bonus track, “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” is included from the film “The Last Ride,” about the life of Hank Williams.

You might hear a few familiar voices on some of the tunes. Russ Taff is featured on “Come To The River,” a cover of the pop classic, “I Knew You Were Waiting,” finds Crystal Lewis lending her vocals, The Martins bring their family harmony to “On That Great Day,” and Michael’s musical brothers – Mark Lowry, David Phelps and Wes Hampton – are featured on the Happy Goodmans’ tune, “I Wouldn’t Take Nothin’ For My Journey Now.”

Some People Change features tunes from hit songwriters Neil Thrasher, Don Koch, Ben Hayslip, Jimmy Yeary, George Beverly Shea, Hank Williams, Jason Sellers, Jonny Lang, Jenny Lee Riddle, Rusty Goodman among others. “It all begins with a song,” says Michael. “I was blessed to get some of the best songs I’ve ever heard – some old and some new – on this CD! I had a blast singing the words of these writers.”

Masterfully produced by long-time friend, Jay DeMarcus, Michael knew Jay was the perfect fit for this recording. “No one knows my voice better than Jay,” Michael affirms. The two had previously worked together on Gospel (1998), and even a hint of Michael’s native North Carolina comes to the fore with subtle, yet distinct country flair.

Some People Change is currently available for pre-orders on MichaelEnglishMusic.com and all orders from the website will be autographed by Michael. Some People Change releases March 26 and will be available on iTunes, Amazon, all digital retailers as well as physical retail outlets such as Lifeway, Walmart and others.


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Jason Crabb, Christian Music’s Artist and Male Vocalist of the Year, to Release All-NEW, Sophomore Studio Recording

Written by SGN Scoops on February 19, 2013 – 12:40 pm -

GRAMMY® Winner Joins Hands with Three All-star Producers
for Love Is Stronger Release, Available Now for Pre-sale
 

jasonalbumNASHVILLE, Tenn.— Jason Crabb, Christian music’s reigning Artist and Male Vocalist of the Year, is set to release his all-new, sophomore studio release, Love Is Stronger (Gaither Music Group), on March 12th. The follow-up to his GRAMMY®-winning, self-titled debut, this 11-song collection finds Crabb working with an all-star cast of producers including Jay DeMarcus (producer and member of country super group Rascal Flatts), Ed Cash (Chris Tomlin, Kari Jobe) and Wayne Haun (Celine Dion, Earl Scruggs), each of whom produced Crabb for the first time.

“This is a dream come true!” exclaims a wide-eyed, smiling Jason Crabb. “I mean–to get to go into the studio with these three producers and to have them make you better at what you do is unbelievable to me. All throughout the recording process I would find myself thinking, ‘Really? Is this happening? Am I getting to do this?’ This is a record I’ve been waiting to do my whole life, and I’ve never been more excited about a group of songs.”

That group of songs was written by some of the music industry’s most respected writers including Ronnie Freeman, Tony Wood, Sarah Hart, Marc Byrd, Jimmy Yeary, Sonya Isaacs Yeary, Connie Harrington, Mia Fieldes, Seth Mosley, Michael A. Mobley, Geron Davis and Barry Weeks among others. The recording found Crabb taking a bit of a different role inside the studio.

“I wanted to be hands off this time,” he recalls. “I’m usually involved directly or indirectly in the process, but this time I wanted to let people whom I respect guide me. The label and I discussed the song choices, of course, as well as what I wanted to say; but overall, I said, ‘I’m going to let you take the reins.’ I told all three of the producers, ‘I want to walk out of here feeling like I’ve run not just a half-marathon, but the whole thing. I wanted to be put to the test–to go to the mat, so to speak. And they pushed me! Whether it was ‘backing off’ on some things or ‘giving more’ on others, they pushed me.”

The result from this 17-time GMA DOVE Award winner is a body of work that finds Jason at the top of his game and making new friends along the way. “Working with Jason was just an absolute true joy,” describes Cash. “He’s one of my favorite people I’ve ever met. He’s such a genuine guy and so real and sincere; and that’s rare to find, particularly for someone who’s had such great success. I was absolutely blown away by how Jason was so vocally flexible…not only was he technically able to stretch vocally, but I feel like the sincerity in his voice was absolutely maintained, and I think that’s just a testament to his character. Whatever he’s singing—whatever is coming out of his mouth–it’s believable because he’s believable.”

Jay DeMarcus agrees, “As a producer, I’ve been fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with some of the best singers ever; I would certainly put Jason on that list! It is such a joy to work with someone that is so talented and driven. We’ve had a blast working together, and I think he has stretched himself creatively to the point to where he even surprised himself. I cannot wait for people to hear this record!”

One of the songs that DeMarcus produced was “There’s Not a Crown,” a song previously recorded by Michael English and later by The Martins with English producing them. This new rendition brings the story full circle as it features guest appearances by English and Joyce Martin Sanders, of the Martins, who join Jason for an all-new version of this song.

Crabb’s voice has been heard on Christian AC radio in recent months surrounding “Let Mercy Hold You,” a song produced by Cash and written by Fieldes, Mosley and Alexa Willis, that has turned heads at this format. “What the Blood Is For,” produced by Haun, is a power ballad that includes a 40-piece orchestra and features an unmistakable vocal from Crabb indicative of the sound that has made him a household favorite. “What I’ve always loved about Jason’s vocal performance is the passion you hear and feel from the first note of each song,” describes Haun. “You have no doubt that he really believes what he’s singing. You can’t miss that powerful interpretation with this song.”

The title cut is a favorite of Crabb because of his own family’s journey over the past two years when his wife, Shellye, suffered some health issues that led her to several specialists to seek advice before she was able to get back on her feet. Jason recalls what day-to-day life looked like for their family as he describes this song, “This was a hard road for us. There were days she couldn’t get out of bed, and I watched her struggle as she was having trouble being the wonderful mother that she is. It was difficult and heartbreaking. But then I watched her fight back. I watched what happens when love is stronger. I watched God move and her persevere. When I heard the lyric to ‘Love Is Stronger,’ I knew immediately this song was for us. It was like the writer knew our story.”

And that story continues to unfold as Crabb’s career continues to reach new heights. In 2012 he toured over 150 dates; released Together Again (Gaither Music Group) with The Crabb Family; appeared regularly internationally on tv; performed on Marie Osmond’s Hallmark Channel Show, “Marie”; prepared to make his film debut in the movie “Inspiration Pop”; contributed the theme song to the film “Finding Faith”; co-hosted the GMA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and appeared several times on FOX News Network. Crabb was able to participate in Nashville’s annual Bella Bash supporting The Angel Wings Foundation, Nashville’s annual The Bridge to Christmas event as well as a Christmas benefit concert alongside Sandi Patty in New York that benefited the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Love Is Stronger, exclusively distributed by EMI CMG Distribution, is currently available for pre-sale at www.JasonCrabb.com, iTunes, Amazon.com and at www.gaither.com. At LifeWay Christian Stores, consumers can purchase an advance “single CD sampler” and return to the store on March 12th to obtain the full release. The release will be positioned prominently in stores nationwide in the months ahead and will be featured on CTS, Family Net, FFE, GAC, Grace, Vision, RFD, TNN, TBN, Airtime, CTN, Gaither TV, The Walk TV (formerly Legacy), Miracle, TCT and TLN.

Connect with Jason Crabb: www.jasoncrabb.com, www.facebook.com/jasoncrabbmusic and www.twitter.com/jasoncrabbmusic.

About Jason Crabb:
Grammy® Award winner and 17-time GMA DOVE Award winner Jason Crabb has become known as one of the most respected and diverse vocalists in Christian music. His soulful, heartfelt vocals have made him a critics’ pick and a fan favorite on stages ranging from “The Grand Ole Opry” and the Brooklyn Tabernacle to the Gaither Homecoming arena platforms. In 2012, Crabb was honored to be awarded with not only the Artist of the Year Award at the GMA DOVE Awards but also the Male Vocalist of the Year Award in addition to the Soloist of the Year Award at the NQC Music Awards. With a string of number one hits and chart-topping singles, a tour schedule of over 150 dates annually, ongoing tv appearances and an all-new recording, this vocal powerhouse’s talent is topped only by his genuine personality and concern for others.

Track Listing for Love Is Stronger:
1. Give
2. What The Blood Is For
3. Let Mercy Hold You
4. Living Life Upside Down
5. Love Is Stronger
6. Morning
7. There’s Not A Crown
8. God’s Up To Something
9. Love Wins
10. Near
11. Satisfied


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The Award-winning Isaacs Release All-new Studio Recording Why Can’t We

Written by SGN Scoops on November 1, 2011 – 3:06 pm -

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—November 1st— Gaither Music Group celebrates today’s release of Why Can’t We, the all-new, studio recording by the award-winning Isaacs. Produced by group member and acclaimed producer Ben Isaacs, the new release, which was recorded in Nashville, follows the group’s previous recording Naturally, which remained in the Top 10 BILLBOARD Bluegrass Chart for over 71 weeks following its debut.Group member Sonya Isaacs Yeary and husband, Jimmy Yeary, along with group member Becky Isaacs Bowman, penned nine of the songs for this release. One of those new songs, penned by the Yearys with songwriter Ben Hayslip, is “I’m Gonna Love You Through It,” the current hit country single by country star Martina McBride. “I was writing with Ben Hayslip and Sonya,” recalls Jimmy, “and Sonya had this idea of writing about her mom’s (Lily’s) story of surviving breast cancer. We threw around some thoughts as to how we’d approach it. We decided to let Lily tell her story, so we put her on speaker phone, and she just really told her story in detail. We based the song on that. It took us about three hours to write it. It can be difficult to put the word ‘cancer’ in a song, but we wanted to talk about breast cancer specifically and some of the hardships that come with that. We started writing it with no notion of what would happen with this song. We just loved writing it and getting it on paper. Then we got the call that Martina had heard it and loved it.”Lily Isaacs and Becky Isaacs Bowman appear alongside Katy Couric, Sheryl Crow, Robin Roberts and Hoda Kotb, among others, in McBride’s video for the song. “Sometimes when you record songs, what works in the studio may not translate to an audience,” explains Becky. “When we started writing for this record, we really had that in mind. The more that you are transparent about yourself, the more your audience can identify with you. We wanted to share our stories of survival and victories, so we wrote songs that dealt with things that we want to be transparent about in concert.”For Becky that includes the song “Waiting in the Water,” a song based on the Bible story of the blind man who had an encounter with Jesus and who was told to go to the pool and wash. “It was a two- mile journey to that well according to commentaries,” Becky describes, “and Jesus wasn’t about showmanship; but for some reason, He told the blind man to find his way to the water. I think Jesus wanted to see how strong the blind man’s faith was and how obedient he was. Jesus would be waiting in the water.“Some people are instantly healed,” continues Becky, who was diagnosed herself for ten years with a rare case of Crohns’ disease causing inflammation to her eyes and nerve endings, “and some people have to take a journey of faith. I prayed and prayed for healing and felt hopeless so many times. I felt that, like the blind man, I would have to take a step of faith and believe that He would be ‘waiting for me in the water.’ This song is my healing story, and I have found that I can talk to people in a hopeless stage, whether it’s from a long-term illness or something else, because I have been there.”The Isaacs continue their vulnerability on the release with the song “Why.” “I think we are sometimes afraid to ask ‘why’ because we don’t want to question God,” explains Becky, “but when you look at David [in the Bible] and all of his mistakes and questions, you see that in the end God called him ‘a man after His own heart.’ I don’t think God minds us asking questions. Sometimes they come from the heart…that is what God wants–a heart for Him. We all make mistakes like David did, but it’s not how you start the race; it’s how you finish the race with God.”Why Can’t We also includes the cover tunes “I Still Trust You,” “Hallelujah Turnpike” and “I Believe in a Hill Called Mount Calvary.” The group created a rendition of “I Believe in a Hill Called Mount Calvary” to perform at the Tribute to the Songs of Bill and Gloria Gaither event that was held this year at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center. The audience as well as Bill Gaither liked it so much the group knew it would be featured on the new recording.“We like to put our twist on songs to make them sound like us,” says Ben. “You can copy others, but the things that make an impression in most any kind of music are the things that have been different. It’s ok to get the basics from inspiration; but from that, you need to be an original and find what makes a song sound like you.”The group did just that with the bluegrass tune “Hallelujah Turnpike,” a song they were asked to learn for a tv special/tribute they were doing for the legendary Lewis Family. “We thought it was a fun song and down to the styling of the fiddle, we tried to emulate Buddy Spicher, really creating a tribute to The Lewis Family legacy.“We thought it was time for a true ‘Isaacs’ band record,’” continues Ben, “I really like the title cut that says, ‘If God can forgive, then why can’t we?’ People may forgive, but we don’t often forget, and we find it hard to let go. Musically, I think the track marries this song perfectly…sometimes you only get close to that during a recording.”The Isaacs have a long history, however, of doing more than “getting close” while creating moving music. The group has received a GRAMMY® nomination, three GMA DOVE Award nominations including a win for Bluegrass Album of the Year and a 2011 nod for Christmas Album of the Year (Christmas, Gaither Music Group), two IBMA Award nominations, an ICM nom and an SPBGMA Award. They have also received fan award nominations for Band of the Year, Song of the Year, Favorite Mixed Group and Instrumentalist of the Year (Sonya); and Ben has won two IBMA Awards as a producer.

Why Can’t We is available everywhere Christian music is sold and is being distributed at retail and digitally through EMI CMG Distribution. The new recording will be positioned heavily at retail throughout the fall and winter alongside other Gaither Music Group releases and will be aired as part of a direct tv campaign on networks including GAC, RFD, INSP, GMC, TBN, FamilyNet, CTS, CTN, TCT, TLN, Airtime 1, GMTN, Grace, Legacy, Miracle and Vision.

For further information regarding The Isaacs, please visit www.TheIsaacs.com  or www.gaither.com , Follow them on Twitter at www.twitter.com/IsaacsMusic  and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheIsaacs .

About The Isaacs
The Isaacs is a multi-award-winning family group that blends tight harmony with contemporary acoustic instrumentation, winning the praise of critics and the loyalty of audiences all over the world. The Isaacs, known for their hair-raising arrangements, perform frequently at The Grand Ole Opry and are favorites on the Gaither Homecoming video and concert series. The group has performed with legendary performers such as Dolly Parton, Trace Adkins, Brad Paisley, Paul Simon, Vince Gill, Randy Owen, Trisha Yearwood, Ralph Stanley, Mark Lowry and many more.


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