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Kyla Rowland .. What is your favorite Christmas Memory?

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on December 8, 2014 – 10:39 am -

Kyla Rowland

Kyla Rowland

We asked Kyla Rowland ..  What is your favorite Christmas Memory?

Too much curiosity and impatience is a bad combination. Mammaw always gave me the neatest gifts, so I nosed around her presents more than any.
I was ten years old, picking up, shaking and checking my gifts. It was three days before Christmas and the anticipation was more than I could bear! Then I noticed the gift—Mammaw’s…there was the slightest loosening of wrapping paper on one corner. Ahhh….could it be possible…a sneak preview?

I planned, shifting my eyes from side to side all day, sort of like a hound on a hunt. Then the moment came. My heart pounded in my ears; all the excitement, the anticipation and the risk was making me tremble.
Finally, stealthily, I opened the loosened corner, then another, and another until the box under the red foil paper was revealed. Another side to side glance and suddenly the treasure was in my hands.
Lifting the lid of the Miller’s department store box, my excitement was at a fever pitch, until, at last, there it was—a beautiful little wool skirt and matching soft cashmere sweater. They were a beautiful yellow; my favorite color.

I heard a noise. Caught! No, I’ll just shove it behind the big Victrola. It worked. I found that trying to behave normally was near impossible, so I fled to the bathroom.
Lying awake that night, waiting for my chance to ease into the living room and rewrap my beautiful yellow skirt and cashmere sweater, I began feeling just awful; the guilt was like an anvil on my chest.
Christmas Eve, opening gifts with the family, I feigned surprise, but there was no joy. Guilt had stolen all my joy.

I never enjoyed wearing that lovely gift. In fact, I hardly wore it at all, much to Mother’s dismay. I just couldn’t stand to look at it, for when I did, there was a mortal fear of exposure, and the skirt and sweater felt like a weight on me when I was forced to wear them.
Just the year before, I had given my heart to Jesus, and now, I had disappointed Him, terribly. But, it was a life lesson, and has stayed with me for more than sixty years—giving in to impatience is just not worth the pain.


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Rick Shelton Named VP of Daywind Music Publishing

Written by SGN Scoops on March 9, 2012 – 1:24 pm -

Hendersonville, TN (March 9, 2012) – With 40 #1 songs, 2 BMI Christian Publisher of the Year nods and 10 GMA Dove Awards, including 2011 Song of the Year winner, “Sometimes I Cry,” Daywind Music Publishing has established a strong foothold in Christian music publishing.  In recognition of his leadership towards this end, Rick Shelton has been named Vice President.

Since joining Daywind in 2004, Shelton has signed hit songwriters and forged a strategic partnership with Lifeway Worship enabling Daywind to start a choral print division.  The most recent offering, “Love Won,” by Kenna Turner-West is up for a GMA Dove Award this year for Best Musical.

“Rick Shelton is a great leader.  He is completely focused on finding ways to create opportunities for Daywind’s songwriters.  We are so pleased to have him at the helm of our publishing division,” stated Ed Leonard, president of Daywind Music Group.

Shelton is overseeing Daywind’s expansion into other markets, recently hiring Stephen Duncan as Creative Director.   Duncan is the first graduate of the Belmont University songwriting program and has great relationships across all genres of Christian music.  His strong music background as a concert pianist will prove a plus as Daywind moves into praise and worship, adult contemporary and Christian hit radio formats through new writer signings and collaborations with the talented staff of songwriters at Daywind.    “Stephen Duncan was highly recommended for this role by Steve Rice at Centricity and Mike Murray at Integrity, two men I highly respect in this industry, and I am so excited to see what we will accomplish together,“ said Shelton.

Daywind’s family of songwriters includes Caleb Collins, Marty Funderburk, Ronny Hinson, Scott Inman, Kyla Rowland, John Darin Rowsey, Jeff Steele, Ben Storie, Kenna West, Dianne Wilkinson, Daryl Williams and Gina Vera.

To learn more about Daywind Music Publishing, contact, Rick Shelton at rshelton@daywind.com.

Pictured Top Right-Rick Shelton, VP of Daywind Music Publishing and Stephen Duncan, Creative Director on the left.


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2011 Alto Singer of the Year, Libbi Perry Stuffle, Announces First Solo Project

Written by SGN Scoops on November 7, 2011 – 9:10 am -

Hendersonville, TN (November 7, 2011) – After nearly 41 years on the road with the Perrys, the 2011 Alto of the Year, Libbi Perry Stuffle, is excited to announce the release of her first Daywind Records’ solo project, entitled Journey. Produced by Wayne Haun, the CD includes 7 previously recorded songs featuring Libbi, and 5 brand new songs written by Kyla Rowland, Joseph Habedank, Matthew Holt, Wayne Haun and Rodney Griffin.
Journey, is now available at retail stores nationwide and features guest appearances by Libbi’s brother and sister, Randy Perry and Debra Perry Reed, as well as Gerald Wolfe, Mark Trammell, Jeff & Sheri Easter, Dailey & Vincent, Sisters and Wayne Haun.

”I am excited about my first solo CD! At first when approached about doing it, I said absolutely not. I am not a solo singer, but after a lot of persuading from Tracy, I gave in,” shares Libbi Perry Stuffle. “I finally got to sing with some of my heroes that I had dreamed of for so long! We all have a bucket list and this was on mine. I got to bring in Gerald Wolfe, Mark Trammell, Dailey & Vincent, Randy Perry, Debra Perry Reed, Wayne Haun, Tracy Stuffle, the Sisters and Jeff & Sheri Easter. I was like a little kid on Christmas morning in the studio listening to my heroes sing on my CD! The CD is not fancy, but it’s just me and who I am and the music I love! It’s been a long JOURNEY, but I’ve always had a song!”
The first single from the project, “His Grace Will Lead Me Home,” was released to Southern Gospel radio last month.

Journey is available at Christian retail stores across the country and digitally at iTunes and other outlets. Bulk purchasing for gift and ministry purposes is available by calling 1-800-635-9581.
Daywind Records is based in Hendersonville, TN, and is distributed worldwide through New Day Christian Distributors. In addition to the Perrys, Daywind is home to many other great artists such as Karen Peck & New River and Greater Vision, among others. For more information on Libbi Perry Stuffle and the rest of the Perrys, visit perrysministries.com. For more information on Daywind Records, visit daywindrecords.com.


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The Perrys Celebrate The Release Of Blue Skies With Appearance On TBN And At Brooklyn Tabernacle In NYC

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on February 21, 2011 – 1:41 pm -

Hendersonville, TN (February 21, 2011) – After months of anticipation, Daywind Records artist, The Perrys, are excited to announce the release of their newest album, entitled Blue Skies.  The project is the first to feature new baritone, Bryan Walker, and will be available in stores starting this week.

To celebrate the release of the album, The Perrys will be appearing on TBN’s Praise The Lord.  The two hour program, hosted by Jason Crabb, will be taped Tuesday night, February 22, at Trinity Music City in Hendersonville, TN, beginning at 7 pm CST.  The show will air on Friday, February 25, at 9 pm CST.  Also appearing are The McKameys, Legacy Five & Allison Durham Speer.

The Perrys will also be appearing live at Brooklyn Tabernacle in Brooklyn, NY this Sunday, February 27, for three services.  This marks the first time The Perrys have appeared there.

Blue Skies, produced by Wayne Haun, features the same moving lyrics paired with classic blends that has become synonymous with the Perry name.  With songs written by Kyla Rowland, Dianne Wilkinson, Wayne Haun, Joel Lindsey and Joseph Habedank, the album has no shortage of great songs that fans are sure to love.  The first radio single, “Celebrate Me Home,” which debuted at number 30 on the Singing News charts, has already touched the hearts of listeners across the country.

“We’re really excited, because there has been a lot of hard work put into this album,” shares Tracy Stuffle of The Perrys.  “We feel as though it’s one of the best song selections we’ve had.  With the first single debuting at number 30, we think great things are going to come from this recording.  It’s already become a fan favorite before it’s released, and we’re excited for everyone to hear these songs.”

Blue Skies is available at Christian retail stores across the country and digitally at iTunes and other outlets.  Bulk purchasing for gift and ministry purposes is available by calling 1-800-635-9581.

Daywind Records is based in Hendersonville, TN, and is distributed worldwide through New Day Christian Distributors.  In addition to The Perrys, Daywind is home to such great artists as Sisters and the Mark Trammell Quartet, among others.

To hear clips from this project, visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fs-LuHuVwMY.  For more information on The Perrys, visit perrysministries.com. For more information on Daywind Records, visit daywindrecords.com.


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THE HOPPERS SCORE 42ND ANNUAL GMA DOVE AWARD NOMINATIONS

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on February 18, 2011 – 10:46 am -

NASHVILLE, TENN. – February 17, 2011 – The legendary Hoppers received two nominations for the 2011 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards, according to announcements made at a press conference yesterday in Atlanta, GA, at the Fox Theatre’s Grand Salon.

The Hoppers picked up nominations in the Country Recorded Song of the Year category for “Living in the Arms of Mercy,” written by Joel Lindsey and Jeff Silvey, as well as in the Southern Gospel Album of the Year category for their project Something’s Happening (Spring Hill Music), produced and arranged by Lari Goss. The release features tunes penned by other acclaimed writers including Bill Gaither, Tony Wood, Kyla Rowland, Rusty Golden, Dianne Wilkinson, Gerald Crabb, Gina Vera and others.

“We are so excited and blessed by this,” stated Connie Hopper. “The confidence in us shown by our peers through these nominations is humbling, and we would like to thank the GMA for these recognitions…to receive this kind of ‘pat on the back’ from those around us spurs us on!”

These nominations come on the heels of The Hoppers’ 2010 additions to their mantle of awards with fan awards for Favorite Soprano of the Year (Kim), Favorite Mixed Group of the Year and Favorite Female Artist (Kim). The Hoppers also hit the BILLBOARD Magazine charts in recent months with the release of THE GAITHER GOSPEL SERIES: THE BEST OF THE HOPPERS (Gaither Music Group). The DVD soared to #2 on the magazine’s video chart while the CD entered the BILLBOARD Heatseeker chart at #4. Additionally, the CD entered the Nielsen SoundScan southern Gospel chart at #1 and the Contemporary Christian chart at #10.

Something’s Happening, available online and at retailers everywhere, is distributed by EMI CMG.

For further information regarding The Hoppers, please visit www.TheHoppers.com, www.twitter.com/HoppersMusic and www.facebook.com/thehoppers.

The 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards will be held at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Ga. on Wednesday, April 20th. The awards show will be televised on GMC at 8:00p.m. ET/delayed PT on Easter Sunday, April 24th. GMC can be seen in 47 million homes on various cable systems around the country, on DIRECTV on channel 338 and on Verizon FiOS on channel 224. Visit GMClife.com

About The Hoppers
Formed in North Carolina in1957 (originally as The Hopper Brothers and Connie), The Hoppers have been a Gospel music mainstay for over 50 years. This family group, consisting of Claude, Connie, Dean, Kim and Mike, is known for a string of hits including “Here I Am”, “Anchor to the Power of the Cross”, “Shoutin’ Time,” “Yes I Am,” ”Mention My Name,” “Jerusalem” and “Yaweh.” In addition to radio success, The Hoppers have received numerous accolades including Mixed Group of the Year from the Singing News Fan Awards, the SGMA, Hearts Aflame Awards and Diamond Awards as well as six GMA DOVE Award nominations. Connie was presented with the prestigious Marvin Norcross Award; Michael has received the Musician of the Year Award from The Singing News Fan Awards; and Kim has been honored as Female Vocalist and Favorite Soprano for well over a decade.


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Barry Rowland & Deliverance Sign with Crossroads

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on February 10, 2011 – 8:09 pm -

Arden, NC (Crossroads)  February 10, 2011 – Crossroads Entertainment & Marketing has just signed Barry Rowland & Deliverance to a multi-year recording agreement. Barry Rowland & Deliverance is Barry Rowland (baritone), Tammy Rowland (lead/soprano), Shawn Rupert (lead/tenor), and Venessa Elliott (pianist). The group is based in Knoxville, Tennessee and has been on the road since 2005.

At age fourteen, Barry Rowland started singing in the Rowlands with his uncle, Ron Martin, and his mother, legendary songwriter Kyla Rowland. Yet four years later, at eighteen, he ran away from home. He recalls, “I was basically running away from God; I was trying to get away from her and her preaching to me—her consistent discipline, references to the Bible. I felt like it was just being thrown down my throat, and I was running away from it.”

He adds, “I didn’t realize at the time, in my immaturity and selfishness, how her heart was breaking.” Yet God used this in a way nobody could have predicted—for the night he ran away was the night his mother wrote the unforgettable anthem “One Scarred Hand.”

Four years later, “like the prodigal son,” he says, “I came back to myself, and began to build my relationship back with her and back with God.” He stayed off the road for several years; he was 25 before he started singing again in his home church, and 28 before he started singing again with his mother. After eight more years on the road with her, he launched Barry Rowland and Deliverance. “It was time,” he says, “to share what Christ has done in my life. Through four years of being in the hog pen, I have a testimony. I already had a testimony of salvation, but He really gave me a testimony of knowing who He is, through His mercy and grace.”

Crossroads Production Manager Jeff Collins states, “I’ve known Barry for several years through his mother Kyla as they recorded over the years here at Crossroads. But over this past year, through many good conversations, I’ve gained even more respect for this fine young man. His sincerity to honor the Lord in all he does, his attention to detail and his desire to lead people to Christ are all reasons we are thrilled to have Barry, Tammy, Shawn, and Venessa as part of our Crossroads recording family. Expect to see great things from this talented group!”

Barry Rowland expressed that he was looking forward to working with Crossroads, adding, “Through this, we’re praying and hoping that there’ll be no limits as to who can be reached and touched through our ministry.”

Their first CD with Crossroads will release in April 2011.


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WORLD-FAMOUS BLUEBIRD CAFÉ TO FEATURE DAYWIND MUSIC SONGWRITERS

Written by Rhonda on November 5, 2010 – 7:22 pm -

 Hendersonville, TN (November 5, 2010) – For Southern Gospel fans, the message found in the lyric of the song is just as important as the voice singing it.  However, it is not often that the fans are given a chance to hear from the writers themselves.  But next Tuesday night, November 9, 2010, beginning at 6:00 PM, fans are invited to join some of Daywind Music’s most recognized songwriters at the Bluebird Café in downtown Nashville for a night of sharing through song. 
 Known for displaying talented songwriters in an intimate setting, the world-renowned Bluebird Café will host a list of award-winning Daywind writers, including Ronny Hinson (“The Lighthouse”), Marcia Henry (“I’ll Pray For You”), Marty Funderburk (“I Believe God”), Kyla Rowland (“Did I Mention”), Ben Storie (“God Is Still In America”), Daryl Williams (“Singing With The Saints”), and Kenna West (“We’re Not Gonna Bow”).  Having writers of this caliber together on the same night will be a thrill for music lovers and songwriters alike.
  “Daywind is proud to present its exclusive songwriting staff for a special evening of Gospel music at the world-famous Bluebird Café,” offered Rick Shelton, Director of Publishing for Daywind Music.  “Each writer will perform one of his or her chart-topping hits, as well as brand new songs never before presented to the public.  Gospel music speaks to one’s soul, and these are the writers who craft the speech.”
 To make reservations to attend this event, visit www.bluebirdcafe.com/reservations.
In addition to the writers mentioned, Daywind Music Publishing also represents writers such as Sheri LaFontaine, Jeff Steele, and Dianne Wilkinson.
To learn more about Daywind Music Publishing, contact Rick Shelton at rshelton@daywind.com.


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Claude Hopper on Gospel Music Today

Written by Rhonda on October 7, 2010 – 9:16 am -

The guests on the current edition of Gospel Music Today are Claude Hopper of The Hoppers, David Ragan of The Inspirations, and songwriter Kyla Rowland. The Feature Group is 2_R-More. The latest Gospel Music Today webcast is online now at www.gospelmusictoday.com


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