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Lee Roy of THE ROYS Receives Plaque For Number 1 Inspirational Country Single “I Wonder What God’s Thinking”

Written by SGN Scoops on October 17, 2012 – 11:01 am -

Nashville, TN (October 17, 2012) — Lee Roy of the award-winning brother/sister duo THE ROYS was honored Monday when he received a plaque from Power Source Magazine for his Number 1 Inspirational Country Single, “I Wonder What God’s Thinking.”  The presentation took place during Day 2 of Inspirational Country Music Week (October 14-18) aboard the historic General Jackson Showboat.  Honorees and luncheon attendees enjoyed a scenic cruise and were entertained with live performances by Geoffrey Andrews, Russ Murphy, Steve Richard, Laura Dodd and Larissa.  “I Wonder What God’s Thinking” questions the Lord’s perception of today’s often selfish society that frequently ignores our fellow humans in need.  The poignant song was featured on THE ROYS’ extremely popular and critically-acclaimed Rural Rhythm Records’ debut CD, LONESOME WHISTLE.

“Every award is meaningful in its own way,” comments Lee.  “But to be recognized for my efforts as a songwriter is especially humbling, since I believe in divine inspiration.  I wrote it after watching the news and considering how separated so many of us seem to have become from each other and from God.”

Lee and his sister Elaine comprise THE ROYS, a powerhouse duo that’s repeatedly rocketed up the charts and grown in popularity during the past two years.  Their August-issue EP, NEW DAY DAWNING, debuted at Number 2 on the Billboard Bluegrass Albums Chart in early September and two weeks later the disc had risen to Number 1 on Amazon’s Bluegrass Best Sellers list.  The EP’s first single release, “Still Standing,” debuted on the Power Source Bluegrass Top 35 chart this month.

The reigning ICM’s Bluegrass Artist of the Year, THE ROYS, are candidates for nomination in three award categories for 2012: Entertainer of the Year, Vocal Duo of the Year and Bluegrass Artist of the Year.

The siblings are playing an active role in this year’s Inspirational Country Music Week, with appearances on Sunday, October 14 (ICM Opening Ceremony at Cornerstone Church) and on Thursday, October 18 as they kick off the 20th Anniversary of the ICM Faith, Family & Country™ Awards Show with the evening’s first performance.

Fans can follow Lee and Elaine online at THEROYSonline, FACEBOOK and on Twitter @theroysonline.

Photo: Elaine Roy, Lee Roy and Power Source Editor Jason Higgins.     Credit: Wyneka Thomas Photography


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BLUEGRASS CRUISE SET FOR JANUARY 2013

Written by SGN Scoops on March 22, 2012 – 5:07 pm -

THE ROYS Invite Fans Aboard For Four-Night Bahamas Sailing January 20-24; “Early Bird” Deadline For Danny Stewart’s Bluegrass Cruise Is April 3

Nashville, TN (March 21, 2012) — Reigning ICM Inspirational Bluegrass Artist of the Year, THE ROYS, invite their fans to join them for Danny Stewart’s Bluegrass Cruise aboard CARNIVAL CRUISE LINE’S Sensation January 20-24. The spectacular vessel departs Port Canaveral, Florida for two, four-night Bluegrass sailings January 20-24 and January 27-31, but THE ROYS will entertain during the first sailing only. Ports of call include the exciting islands of Freeport and Nassau; the current, “Early Bird” price of $499 per person (based upon double cabin occupancy) is valid through April 3, but bookings will continue at varied prices. The cost includes luxurious shipboard accommodations and all food and beverages except for carbonated and alcoholic drinks.

 

Fans can reserve their spot with a budget-friendly $150 deposit at www.theroysonline.com. The process is easy: just go to THE ROYS’ site, look for the CRUISE tab on the Home Page; click the tab, fill out the form and submit with your deposit. Bluegrass lovers won’t want to miss this sea-going festival, which includes jam sessions, workshops and fun for the whole family. Joining THE ROYS will be other Bluegrass favorites: Mark Phillips & IIIrd Generation, Spinney Brothers, Nu-Blue, and Ernie Evans & The Florida Bluegrass Band.

“Danny’s done these cruises for a few years now,” says Lee Roy. “And we’ve heard they’re a blast.” Lee and his sister Elaine love the cruise “escape,” and are looking forward to some warm weather fun with like-minded music lovers next winter. “It sounds like my idea of Heaven,” Elaine jokes.

 

THE ROYS will be ready for a little relaxation by the time this cruise rolls around. The energetic duo’s 2012 tour calendar is filled with dates at Festivals and Fairs across the nation, and they are hard at work writing new songs for their sophomore Bluegrass CD.

Fans can catch up with Lee and Elaine, see their complete itinerary and lots more online at www.theroysonline.com

 


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THE ROYS Bring Home Inspirational Country Music’s Duo of the Year Award For Second Consecutive Year

Written by Rhonda on October 18, 2010 – 12:01 pm -

Nashville, TN (October 15, 2010) — THE ROYS, Inspirational Country Music’s reigning Duo of the Year took the honor for the second consecutive year at the 16th Annual ICM Awards Show, held in Hendersonville, TN last night.  “I am shakin’ in my shoes,” said an excited Elaine Roy of the honor.  “We are so blessed and excited to win this award again this year.  We have so many people to thank, especially our Lord and Savior.”  Her brother Lee chimed in to say, “We are very, very grateful to be chosen.”
 
THE ROYS, known for their unique harmonies and songwriting talents, wowed the capacity crowd with a heartfelt performance of “I Wonder What God’s Thinking,” from their upcoming CD.  They joined performers Ricky Skaggs, Katrina Elam and Steve Richard, Andy Griggs, Jeff Bates, Sarah Darling, Branded, The Springs, Tommy Brandt, Emma Jacob, Mary James and Russ Murphy along with Love And Theft, Joey + Rory, Nathan Stanley and 2009 ICM Entertainer of the Year, CrossCountry The Band.
 
About The Roys
Lee and Elaine hail from Fitchburg, Massachusetts, and draw from a deep well of experience that owes much to the bluegrass and country music that permeated their youth. In 2008, THE ROYS released their debut album, GOOD DAYS, and began building a national fan base that soon discovered what country music lovers in New England had known all along. They landed coveted gigs working with George Jones, Collin Raye, Phil Vassar, The Oak Ridge Boys and Chris Young, among others. Now, the two are kicking their career into high gear. They recently made their national television debut on the annual Jerry Lewis Labor Day Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon, and in August, they traveled to Bogota, Columbia, South America as part of an outreach mission sponsored by Compassion International, an organization for which they are spokespersons.
 
About ICM
The annual Inspirational Country Music Awards are dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent among artists who perform Christian and Inspirational Country music. Inspirational Country music is inspired by Faith, Family, and Country™.  For information and show highlights, please visit www.icm-awards.com
 
*****PHOTO CREDIT:  RANDI RADCLIFF


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