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MARK209 sings for President Bush

Written by scoopsnews on September 12, 2018 – 12:09 pm -

(Nashville, TN)  – MARK209 received an invitation from President George H.W. Bush to visit Walker’s Point (the Bush family summer home) and perform an intimate concert for the former President and his family.

MARK209 was preparing for their final concerts of their 2018 New England Tour, when they received an invitation from President Bush to visit him at his home on Walker’s Point in Kennebunkport, ME.  Others in attendance were President Bush’s extended family, which included his son President George W. Bush, First Lady Laura Bush, Barbara and Jenna Bush (the twins), other members of the Bush family, as well as some of their staff.

President Bush told the band how he had recently had Lee Greenwood and Michael W. Smith in to sing for him over the past few weeks.  MARK209’s tenor and front man, Nathaniel Justice says, “The President’s Chief of Staff told me that Lee Greenwood said that all of Nashville would be on a plane immediately to visit our former President at the invitation … he is loved by so many.  MARK209 is just thrilled to be included in the select few who have been invited.”  Nathaniel said.

MARK209 sang songs requested by the family and President Bush which included hymns, country classics, and some of MARK209’s original material.  MARK209’s “Soldiers and Jesus” received a great response from the family.  And President Bush was thrilled to have the quartet sing his favorite song by the Oak Ridge Boys, “Elvira”.

“Josh sat down at the piano and began to play as the family gathered around,” states Jimmy Reno, MARK209 baritone singer.  “We began with a few hymns and then started singing some of our original material.  President George W. Bush really enjoyed ‘Keep on the Firing Line.’”

“This was a huge honor for MARK209’” states Jym Howe, the band’s lead singer.  “It was our third opportunity to perform for President Bush.  Two at his invitation to his home with all the family and once, last year in Kennebunkport, when he and First Lady Barbara came to our concert and sat on the front row.  It is really something that this country boy from Cut and Shoot, Texas would have the audience of such powerful people.  God has truly blessed MARK209.”

Photos were not allowed on property this time while visiting the Bush family, but the band will carry these fond memories.

About MARK209:

MARK209 is based out of Nashville, TN. The band takes their name from Mile Marker 209 in Nashville, which leads to Music Row, The Country Music Hall of Fame, and the Ryman Auditorium.  MARK209 entertains audiences across the United States with their brand of Gospel, their Family Friendly Country Concert, and their popular Christmas show “Christmas from the Heart of Nashville.”   MARK209 is proudly sponsored by Sound Solutions (Oxford, AL).

For more information about MARK209, visit www.MARK209.com.  For booking inquiries call 615-246-2667.


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MARK209 Opening Auditions for Bass Singer

Written by Staff on August 17, 2018 – 10:50 am -

MARK209 to Release New Recording

MARK209 Opening Auditions for Bass Singer

August 15, 2018 – Due to his desire to be off the road and with family, Ray Woconish has decided to step down as bass singer for MARK209.  Ray has been with MARK209 for 6 years and we know this was a difficult decision for him and he will be missed by his fans.  While the group is saddened to see a change, we are excited to see the new chapter God has for us.

MARK209 is now accepting applications for their bass position to be filled as soon as possible.
Applicants should submit head-shot, resume, and demo to bass@mark209.com.
We are looking for a bass vocalist who is excited to push the boundaries of how a music ministry can be used.  We sing at everything from prisons to Presidents; casinos to churches and on some of the largest (and smallest) stages in the nation.  Vocal range should be from A-flat to middle C, comfortably and consistently.

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MARK209 is a full-time, professional gospel band based out of Nashville, Tennessee with tours nationwide from Maine to California.

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MARK209 is based out of Nashville, TN. The band takes their name from Mile Marker 209 in Nashville, which leads to Music Row, The Country Music Hall of Fame, and the Ryman Auditorium.  MARK209 entertains audiences across the United States with their brand of Gospel, their Family Friendly Country Concert, and their popular Christmas show “Christmas from the Heart of Nashville.” Proudly sponsored by Sound Solutions (Oxford, AL).
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MARK209’s Thumbprint Release Marks a Huge Success

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on August 7, 2018 – 9:50 am -

MARK209’s Thumbprint Release Marks a Huge Success

MARK209’s Thumbprint Release Marks a Huge Success

“THUMBPRINT” – the newest mainline album by MARK209 was officially released to more than 200 friends, family, fans, media, and industry leaders on July 17, 2018. The release party was held in the Crown Ballroom of the Millennium Maxwell House Hotel in Nashville.  Proof of the quartet’s wide-spread fan base, attendees came from 15 states including New Hampshire, Texas and Oklahoma with some driving 13 hours to join the celebration.

     According to lead singer, Jym Howe, the group began their search of song selections with more than 300 submitted choices to narrow down to the final 14.  “We are thrilled with the result,” Jym said.  “It’s one of the peak experiences in MARK209’s artistic history.  We joined with Eddie Swann of Regal Media and considered songs by Gary Chapman, Larry Gatlin, Woody Wright, Dave Willard and others,” Jym added.
     The audience was already on their feet before the singers finished their first number – “Let Your Light So Shine” and as the concert continued it was evident each carefully-selected song had complete fan approval.
     Sonya Moore drove friends 13 hours from Oklahoma to celebrate MARK209’s THUMBPRINT release. “We believe in them and their mission.  They’re the finest group I’ve ever known,” Sonya said. “They are what they sing about,” she added. She enjoyed the opportunity to meet the wives of the singers at the release party which she called “a very nice and personal event.” Her favorite song on the new CD? Soldiers and Jesus. “I’m a sentimental person and that song means a lot to me. If it were not for the men and women who served, we wouldn’t be where we are today and we wouldn’t be here in Nashville for this very special event. I appreciate them (MARK209) for being so patriotic” she said.
     Vonda Easley with HEY Y’ALL MEDIA is promoting the CD’s first single “You Can Get There From Here” by Christy Sutherland.  Tenor, Nathaniel Justice, called it his testimony song.  “It just resonated with me.  It says it all,” Nathaniel said. Vonda agreed.  “It’s the message hurting Americans need to hear,” she said.
     Hosts of the syndicated television show Gospel Music Today, Ken and Jean Grady, were among the evening’s special guests.  Jean concurred with the impact of the song. “People are hurting and down on themselves.  We all need that message.  It’s not a traditional song,” she said.
     The CD is dedicated to the memory of Jym’s father, Thomas Floyd Howe, Jr. (Tommy) a well-known and highly respected quartet singer who passed away days before the release.
     “We feel we have come up with something truly unique,” Jym said.  “It definitely has our mark on it,” he added – hinting at the mystery behind the title of the CD.

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MARK209 to Release New Recording

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on July 11, 2018 – 9:10 am -

MARK209 to Release New Recording

MARK209 to Release New Recording

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Award-winning Nashville-based quartet MARK209 has just completed recording their first mainline album in 4 years

.  “Thumbprint” is scheduled to release July 17 at the band’s CD Release Party in Nashville, Tennessee.   This album features14 songs in the musical styles that have made the band a favorite among fans and welcome at many diverse venues.

“We are thrilled about the release of Thumbprint,” says Jym Howe, lead vocalist.  “This new CD has been a long time coming.  We partnered with Eddie Swann at Regal Media and brought in some of the finest players we could find and just spent a few months collaborating and making something special that we’re certain our fans will really enjoy.  We feel we have successfully melded traditional southern gospel and country gospel with a hint of bluegrass to make something truly unique.”
Songwriters Woody Wright, Christy Sutherland, Tom Botkin, Gary Chapman, Larry Gatlin, David Meece, David Patillo, Kyle Matthews, and Dave Williford contributed songs to this CD.
“You Can Get There From Here” written by Christy Sutherland and Kyle Matthews is the first radio release from “Thumbprint” and is already on its way to radio on the Hey Y’all Media comp.  “This is one of the most beautiful songs we’ve ever recorded,” states tenor Nathaniel Justice.  “When Matt Dudney first sent it to us, I knew we had to do it. It’s my testimony song.  The lyrics are so strong.  The second verse is ‘You see a stumble, God sees a dance … you see the chaos, He see the chance … you see an ending, God sees a brand new start … you see mistakes, He sees your heart.’  I know things have not always turned out in my life the way I would have wanted or planned and I’ve had many, what appeared to be, ‘detours’.  Yet God can still use me.  I can get there from here!”
The CD Release Party for “Thumbprint” is planned for July 17 at the Maxwell House Hotel (Nashville, TN) in the Crown Ballroom.  There is still a limited amount of space remaining for any wanting to attend.  You can register to attend at www.eventbrite.com/e/mark209-cd-release-party-registration-46683844636 .
Thumbprint by MARK209 is available for pre-sale now at www.mark209.com and will be available through digital outlets worldwide including iTunes.
Thumbprint by MARK209 Song List:
1.  LET YOUR LIGHT SO SHINE
2.  JAILBREAK
3.  COUNT THE STARS
4.  MY LAST DAY HERE
5.  CAN’T LOSE FOR WINNING
6.  I’M READY
7.  SOLDIERS AND JESUS
8.  WISH I COULD’VE BEEN THERE
9.  GOSPEL TRAIN
10.  MY KIND OF PEOPLE
11.  EVERYTHING I KNOW
12.  JUST THIS SIDE OF A REAL GOOD TIME
13.  POWER OF LOVE
14.  YOU CAN GET THERE FROM HERE

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Prayer For Nate From Mark209

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on April 30, 2018 – 3:21 pm -

Creekside: Mark209 wins 2017 Diamond Award

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Jym Howe gave this latest update on Nate:

I just left him at the hospital. Daniel is on his way taking the next shift. Nate’s family is on their way to Nashville and should be here in a few hours.

Doctors have decided to keep him in the hospital for a couple of days. They believe he has pancreatitis, but not sure the cause. Since he does not drink, they assume it is his gallbladder. But the ultrasound was inconclusive. So at the moment, he is hopped up on pain meds and in limbo.

Keep him in your prayers. -Jym


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Mark209 On Gospel Music Today

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on April 12, 2018 – 9:53 am -

Mark209 On Gospel Music Today

Mark209 On Gospel Music Today

Nate Justice and Josh Pope of Mark209 are the guests on Gospel Music Today for the week of April 8 and Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates. The Feature Group is The Carolina Quartet, and Jean reviews new recordings by Ann Downing and Purpose. An article about Jerry and Jan Goff from AbsolutelyGospel.com is the subject of this week’s News Notes. In the News this week is Paul Heil and The Gospel Greats, The Guardians, The Needhams and Les and Frances Beasley. The show features exclusive concert video of Steel City Revival, recorded by Gospel Music Today’s cameras in Oxford, AL, and a visit to the Gospel Music Today Archives for an exclusive concert video of Southern Sound, recorded in Nashville, TN.

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.  Check local TV schedule for Atlanta, GA; Bruce, MS; 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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A Creekside Thanksgiving

Written by Staff on November 22, 2017 – 8:43 am -

 

The Nelons at Creekside With Diamond Award

The Nelons at Creekside

Creekside Gospel Music Convention 2017 ran from October 30 until November 2, with more than 40 artists performing during daytime showcases and evening concerts.

Held at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., Creekside is growing larger with each year that passes. This year, some of the artists took time to tell us what they would be thankful for this year when Thanksgiving rolls around.

I’m thankful for so many things in my life. I wish I had time to list them all. I’m far more blessed than I deserve. I’m most thankful for God’s grace and mercy in my life. The Bible tells us that all good things come from Him. Whether it be our family, friends or earthly possessions. If I got what I deserved I would have nothing. It’s only by God’s grace, love, and mercy that I am able to be the husband and father that I get to be. It’s only by his grace that I am able to do what I love doing most for a living. Thank you, God, for Your grace. As the title track of our newest project says, I am truly “Beyond Amazed.” — Mike Rogers, Brian Free and Assurance

I’m most thankful for God’s unconditional love, my incredible family, the fact I get to do for a living what I love, and that I get to do it with some of the greatest guys ever — Eric Bennett, Triumphant

I am thankful for my husband, Sean Cook, and my mother, Judy Dittman, for all of their unconditional love. Also, I’m thankful for all of the new friends and fans that I’ve met. God has blessed me so abundantly. I love my home church and church family, I’ve learned that you don’t have to be blood to be family. With that I’m surrounded by the people that I love, and that is such a wonderful gift from God. — Dennise Nichole Dittman, soloist

Creekside Thanksgiving

The Williamsons’ daughters. The Williamsons performed at Creekside.

Today, I’m thankful for our two crazy little girls, Sadie and Olivia. These girls constantly keep us laughing. If there’s one thing I’ve learned after being in ministry for so many years, it’s that there’s a time and a season for everything. There are times to be serious and ministry-minded, and there are times to just act silly and have fun. I’ve got two constant reminders of that. Smile, people. It won’t crack your face … or maybe it will. I dare you to look at these pictures of our girls and not smile. Our girls are the fulfillment of my favorite scripture, James 1:17, “Every good and perfect gift is from above.” They’re precious to me every day, but today, I’m just glad they haven’t learned to take life too seriously. — Lisa Williamson, The Williamsons

I’m thankful for my family most of all, my friends, the Godly men I travel with and what God has done in my life when I didn’t deserve anything. I thank Him every day for all these blessings. — Brian Free, Brian Free and Assurance

Day Three is thankful for the call God placed in our hearts one year ago to form Day Three. Together, Amy Dunnam, Bo Sullivan and myself get to blaze a trail for His kingdom work. God is faithful. It’s been an amazing one-year journey, and we are looking forward to many, many more. –Scott Washam, Day Three

I am thankful for my wife, Amy, my three boys, and all of my singing buddies that travel this country sharing the message of Jesus. God bless, from The Riders. — Jason Oxenrider, the Riders

Gospel Truth Trio is thankful to God for me being one year and two months cancer-free. — Kelly Carter, Gospel Truth

I am thankful for being able to be thankful. — Dennis Cook, soloist

I’m thankful for all the people who support me in my ministry and for the songs God continues to give to me. On another scale, I’m thankful for the things we often take for granted – food, clothing, shelter, family, ability to walk, see, and hear – because, inevitably, nearly every day I’m reminded of all those who don’t. Be thankful for the opportunities you have to bless others. — Kristen A. Stanton, soloist

I am thankful to know I am a child of the King. That’s the most important thing in my life. Then, after God, family, etc. — Sheila A. Blackwell, Creekside volunteer administrator

I just want to say I am thankful that Jesus saved me and delivered me from the pit of bondage. I have to put Him first, because He won’t come second to anything or anybody. Also, I am thankful for my wife and daughter and also to my parents and all my supporters of my ministry who always encourage me to do my best and don’t let others get me down. This is the season to come together in unity as a family and friends and let Jesus be our everything in our lives. Happy Thanksgiving from the Madden family to yours. — Harley Madden, soloist

(I am) so thankful for you and the many friends who have shared this fabulous journey in gospel music. Let us keep on spreading the message of salvation in Jesus Christ. For my husband Howard, our son, daughter, and grandchildren, I am forever thankful and blessed. — Lou Hildreth, member of the Gospel Music Association (GMA) Hall of Fame

Above all, I am thankful to be a child of the King. I am also thankful and honored to be used by Him as a vessel to touch the hearts of many. I am thankful for the gifts He has bestowed on my life with the amazing family I was born into, my two amazing boys, and the gifts of singing and playing my saxophone. Last but not least, I am so thankful for the many amazing friends I have made along this journey over the last almost six years now. — Annette Wallender-Bingaman

(I am) so thankful for healing from third stage cancer. After that the chemotherapy and radiation cut the blood supply off from my hip sockets and they died – it’s called necrosis or something – I was in the wheelchair three years. They said I’d never walk again … but God. Then, during one major surgery, they paralyzed my vocal cords. I could only whisper. They said I’d never sing again … but God. — Sharon from Out of Ashes 

Creekside Thanksgiving

Donna Bledsoe Journey and Ben Journey at Creekside

(I am) so thankful for my salvation and for my 95-year-old mom who is still with us and mostly thankful for God allowing me to be Ben’s mom. Even though he is challenged in many ways with Autism, God has a plan. Ben is perfect in God’s eyes. — Donna Bledsoe Journey, the Journeys

I am thankful to be alive … having almost lost my life in 2011 … every day is a precious gift to me that I will never take for granted. — Debbie Seagraves, soloist

I am thankful that God has allowed me the opportunity to live my dream of singing gospel music full-time. I’m also thankful for the three men I get to travel and stand with every night and minister as God has called us to do – Larry Stewart, Wayne Shuford, and Ivory Luke. Thank you all for your love and support, and thank you God for your love and care for all your children. — Steven Craps, Pine Ridge Boys

I’m thankful for my family, my beautiful wife Christa and my 3 children – Kaleb, Kristen, and Aaron, as well as our granddaughter Adelyn. I’m also thankful for the opportunity to serve in the ministry with Mark209 and thankful for all of our supporters. — Jimmy Reno, Mark209

I am thankful for my Lord and Savior. I am also very thankful for my family, friends, church family and the group I sing with. I am also very thankful that the Lord is using my voice to reach the lost and encourage others. Most of all, I am thankful for the mercy that God showed towards me, that led to my salvation. We serve an awesome God. Happy Thanksgiving to all. God bless you. — Sandy Joyce, Jordan’s Crossroads

Creekside: Mark209 wins 2017 Diamond Award

Mark209 wins 2017 Diamond Award at Creekside

Every year, Thanksgiving is a horrible reminder of the loss of our two boys on Nov. 20, 2011. So not just this year but every year, I am thankful for Romans 8:28. I’m thankful that even when we cannot see why God allows things to happen in our lives that He always has a plan. If not for the loss of our boys back in 2011, Gail and I would not even know what SGNScoops is. We would have never met all of the amazing people that we have come to know in gospel music. We would not be ministering with Bobby and Amy Richardson. I could go on and on. But in summary, I am thankful for Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.” — Rocky Smith, 4 the Right Reason

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2017 Diamond Awards honor Triumphant, Kelly Nelon

Written by Staff on November 2, 2017 – 9:37 am -

Eric Bennett receives Lifetime Achievement Award At Diamond Awards

Eric Bennett receives Lifetime Achievement Award. Photo by Craig Harris

Pigeon Forge, Tenn. (November 2, 2017) — The Creekside Gospel Music Convention honoured many national and regional Gospel artists on Tues. Oct. 31. The 2017 Diamond Awards were hosted by Dr. Jerry and Jan Goff. Guest artists appearing during the evening included the Hyssongs, Wilbanks and Williamsons. Jean and Ken Grady from Gospel Music Today worked with Rob Patz, owner of SGNScoops, to produce the 2017 Diamond Awards. WATC TV from Atlanta, Georgia, filmed the event for a future special.

with 2017 Diamond Award

Kelly Nelon Clark with 2017 Diamond Award

 

Triumphant Quartet accept 2017 Diamond Award

Triumphant Quartet accept 2017 Diamond Award

And the winners for the 2017 Diamond Awards are…

The J.D. Sumner Living Legend: Brian Free

Mixed Group of the Year: The Williamsons

Quartet of the Year: Triumphant Quartet

Trio of the Year: The Hyssongs

Duet of the Year: Broken Vessels

Female Vocalist of the Year: Kelly Nelon Clark

Male Vocalist of the Year: Jason Crabb

Sunrise Award: Matt Felts

Sunrise Trio of the Year: Sacred Harmony

Sunrise Quartet of the Year: Old time Preachers Quartet

Song of the Year: “Somebody’s Miracle” – Brian Free and Assurance

Album of the Year: “Nature’s Symphony in 432” – The Isaacs

Christian Country Group of the Year: Mark209

Anthony Burger Instrumentalist of the Year: Jeff Stice

The Williamsons with 2017 Diamond Award

The Williamsons with 2017 Diamond Award

 

Dottie Rambo Songwriter of the Year: Kenna West

Bluegrass Gospel Album of the Year: “This Ole’ House of Mine” – Heaven’s Mountain Band

Bluegrass Gospel Song of the Year: “I’ll Ride This Ship to Shore” – Heaven’s Mountain Band

Bluegrass Gospel Male Artist of the Year: Tim Maze

Bluegrass Gospel Female Artist of the Year: Debra Wilson

Bluegrass Gospel Group of the Year: Eagle’s Wings

The Nelons at Creekside With Diamond Award

The Nelons at Creekside

 

Gospel Music Today Video/DVD of the Year: “Live in Bessemer” – New Ground

Favorite Industry Website: WATC TV Channel 57

Paul Heil Award for Broadcasting: Mickey Bell – WXIC

Publisher’s Choice Award: John Whisnant

Hyssongs win at the 2017 Diamond

Hyssongs win at the 2017 Diamond

 

 

Congratulations to each of the Diamond Award winners and nominees. The 2018 Creekside Gospel Music Convention and Diamond Awardsill be held Oct. 28 to Nov. 1, 2018 at the Smoky Mountain Resort, Pigeon Forge, Tenn. For more information contact event convener and Coastal Media CEO, Rob Patz at 360-933-0741.

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Mark209 wins 2017 Diamond Award

Mark209 wins 2017 Diamond Award

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MARK209 ANNOUNCES ADDITION OF JOSH POPE AS BANDLEADER AND KEYBOARDIST

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on July 18, 2017 – 8:37 am -

MARK209 ANNOUNCES ADDITION OF JOSH POPE AS BANDLEADER AND KEYBOARDIST

MARK209 ANNOUNCES ADDITION OF JOSH POPE AS BANDLEADER AND KEYBOARDIST

NASHVILLE, TN – Nashville based music artist MARK209 announces the addition of Josh Pope of Fort Payne, Alabama, as their bandleader. He will also be playing keyboards and guitar for the band.

Josh began playing at the young age of 4 years old and professionally at the age of 10. He took lessons for 5 years as a child. When he was 13, Josh was featured on the Gaither Homecoming Tour and Video Series. Since then, Josh has played with numerous bands across multiple genres.
Baritone singer Jimmy Reno shares, “I’ve had the pleasure of sharing the stage with Josh in a previous group and was excited at the prospect of bringing him into MARK209. Josh is a phenomenal talent that I know our fans will love.”  Josh adds, “The guys in MARK209 are some of the most talented I’ve ever had the pleasure of traveling with. Their musical style and taste is congruent with mine. They have went above and beyond to make me feel like family since day one and I’m excited to see what the future holds for all of us.”
Stay tuned for more information, as MARK209 will be announcing audition opportunities for additional band members in the coming weeks. The announcement of the addition of Josh, comes on the brink of their heavy tour season, which begins in August with their annual New England Tour and continues to their first West Coast Tour in September before rounding out the year with their Christmas Tour.

 


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MARK209 announces release of new project Grassroots III

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on June 7, 2017 – 1:44 pm -

MARK209 announces release of new project Grassroots III

MARK209 announces release of new project Grassroots III

Nashville, TN – Nashville based music artist MARK209 announces the release of their latest album entitled Grassroots III. Grassroots III is the third in an anthology of four albums featuring the quartet’s signature take on well known hymns and classic gospel songs and has a street date of Wednesday June 7, 2017.

“We always enjoy singing the classics and seeing the excitement it brings at a concert. It’s one of the most popular sections of our program,” says Lead Singer Jym Howe. “It’s inevitable that music is going to progress, but there’s just something special about the great hymns.”
The tracklist for Grassroots III will include the classics “Just A Little Talk With Jesus,” “I Can Call Jesus Anytime,” “What A Friend We Have In Jesus,” and “I’ll Fly Away,” along with 8 other favorites.
The four disc anthology is a special release in addition to the regular albums MARK209 releases which contain their original music.
“For us,” says Howe, “the Grassroots project is MARK209 holding on to the roots of Southern Gospel.”
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