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Highly Anticipated Release From Marshall Hall, Brighter One, Available Now

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on October 18, 2011 – 12:21 pm -

Hendersonville, TN (October 18, 2011) – The wait is over for fans anticipating the newest music from former Gaither Vocal Band member, Marshall Hall. Daywind Records is excited to announce the release of the GRAMMY Award winning artist’s debut project, entitled Brighter One. The recording, which is now available at retail, combines Country, Southern Gospel and Inspirational influences to produce a top quality project that is being reviewed as one of the best releases this year.

Brighter One, produced by Marshall Hall, Michael English and Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts, features both brand new songs, such as “Brighter One” and “When You Love,” as well as favorites like “I Just Feel Like Something Good Is About To Happen” and “Voice Of A Savior.” The first Southern Gospel radio single, “There Is Nothing Greater Than Grace,” co-written by Hall, released to radio last month and received outstanding reviews at the National Quartet Convention.

“This project has been a long-time in coming, and I am thrilled to finally let folks hear it,” shares Marshall Hall. “It really has a lot of my heart in it – I am sold out to what the songs speak to, and believe that we all need to hear these messages. Now we’ll see what God’s planning to do with it.”

Brighter One 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. Daywind is home to such great artists as the Booth Brothers, Sisters, and Brian Free & Assurance, among others.

For more information on Daywind Records, visit For more information on Marshall Hall visit

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New Release from “A Man Like Wes Hampton”

Written by SGN Scoops on September 8, 2011 – 6:06 pm -

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—September 8th, 2011—Gaither Music Group is scheduled to release an all-new solo recording by Wes Hampton, member of the award-winning and legendary Gaither Vocal Band, on September 13th.  A Man Like Me, produced by Hampton along with producer/vocalist Michael English and producer/musician/vocalist Gordon Mote, showcases the depth of Hampton, who has been traveling with The Gaither Vocal Band for six years now.
A resident of Birmingham, Hampton came to Music City to create the new recording which he describes stylistically as “songs that he enjoys listening to.”
“Bill and the GVB [Gaither Vocal Band] have always been great at mixing sounds,” Hampton describes.  “And I feel like this release is somewhat along those lines–reflective of a variety of styles and of the influence the group has had on me when it comes to combining a variety of sounds.”
Those sounds include background vocals from soloist and former Gaither Vocal Band teammate Marshall Hall as well as a duet with lauded Christian contemporary music pioneer Steve Green.  When Green toured through Birmingham, he invited Hampton to sing “It Is Well” on stage with him that evening, and the duet is now re-captured on this new release.
A Man Like Me features songs from heralded writers such as Travis Cottrell, Cindy Morgan, Becky Isaacs Bowman, Sonya Isaacs Yeary and Sam Mizell, among others.  Hampton covered the Cottrell hit “Jesus Saves”; and the title cut, penned by Jeff Pardo and Stephen Gause, is a special tune for him.  
“I loved this song immediately,” Hampton recalls.  “It kind of encapsulated what I wanted to say as a whole, which is why I made it the title of the project.  It says, ‘I believe there’s hope for everyone, and Your arms still reach even for a man like me.’
“I relate to this,” Hampton continues.  “I am a fallen man trying to make the best decisions I can every day, and sometimes I don’t succeed, but I get a fresh start every day.  You can’t outstretch the love of God.  I think it’s important for people to hear that as much as possible as we tend to forget it.
“I hope this release encourages listeners.  We’re not in this alone, so let’s stop trying to pretend we can do it on our own.  We need each other, and we need God through the journey.  There are times when I try to do things by my own strength, forgetting that God has promised to walk alongside me and get me through whatever I’m facing.  The songs on this release point to the fact that we’re all in this together.”
In addition to a heavy touring schedule alongside The Gaither Vocal Band and the HOMECOMING tours, Hampton performs solo dates when time allows.  He and his wife, Andrea, have four children. 
A Man Like Me will be distributed in stores and digitally exclusively through EMI CMG Distribution.  It will be available on iTunes as well as at .  For further information, visit .  To schedule interviews, receive music or make further inquiries, please contact:
Celeste Winstead,, 615-383-5535, ext. 138.

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Written by SGN Scoops on September 1, 2011 – 9:58 am -

Louisville, KY – Gaither Vocal Band members past and present will come together for a Reunion concert during this year’s National Quartet Convention. This special Reunion event will take place on Thursday afternoon, September 15, beginning at 1:15pm in Freedom Hall on the grounds of the Kentucky Fair & Expo Center. The event will pair current and former members of the prestigious Gaither Vocal Band, led by multi- Grammy Award winning Bill Gaither (pictured in attached jpg).

Little could anyone have known the impact this multi-talented group would have upon the contemporary and Southern Gospel Music world when the group was originally organized back in the early 1980s, on the spur of the moment backstage at a Bill Gaither Trio concert. Since that impromptu performance, the popular group has enjoyed numerous hit songs, several Grammy Awards and more than a dozen Dove Awards from the Gospel Music Association.

In addition to the much loved current Vocal Band members, who include Mark Lowry, Michael English, David Phelps and Wes Hampton, former Vocal Band members joining Gaither for this special musical event at this year’s Convention in Louisville will include Marshall Hall, Larnelle Harris, Jon Mohr, Buddy Mullins, Jim Murray, Russ Taff and original members, Steve Green, Gary McSpadden and Lee Young.

The Thursday afternoon Gaither Vocal Band Reunion Showcase Spectacular is sure to be one of the highlights of NQC Week. The Gaither Vocal Band Reunion Volume 1 & 2 CDs, recorded in the summer of 2008 and released in 2009, debuted in the top two positions on Billboard Magazine’s Contemporary Christian album chart. The DVDs of the same title debuted in the Number 1 and Number 2 positions on the Music Video charts, as well. Gaither will bring those recordings to life duriing the Reunion Showcase in Louisville.

In addition, to Thursday afternoon’s Vocal Band Reunion event, Gaither will also host the popular Homecoming Sing-Along concert on Friday, September 16th beginning at 12:00 noon. The Gaither Vocal Band will also be featured on Friday evening’s concert line-up.

A complete schedule of events set to take place during the 2011 National Quartet Convention may be obtained online at

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About the 2011 National Quartet Convention: This year marks the 54th Annual National Quartet Convention. The Convention has made its home in the city of Louisville since 1994. Approximately 40,000 people will attend the 2011 event, which takes place September 11-17, with at least 40 states and a half dozen foreign countries represented. The Convention is Christian music’s largest marketplace and largest annual event with more than 500 exhibitors and nearly 300 Southern Gospel recording artists in attendance. Tickets for daily and evening performances may be purchased at the NQC office, online at or on site during the week of the Convention in the North Wing lobby at the Kentucky Fair & Expo Center.

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Daywind Records Announces Release of Reach Out From Karen Peck & New River

Written by SGN Scoops on July 12, 2011 – 8:51 am -

Hendersonville, TN (July 12, 2011) – Daywind Records is excited to present the newest release from the GRAMMY® nominated group, Karen Peck & New River, entitled Reach Out.  This project, which is the first to feature new male vocalist, Jeff Hawes, will hit stores nationwide this week.
Produced by Wayne Haun, Reach Out features songs from writers such as Sue C. Smith, Twila McBride LaBar, Kenna West, Sonya Isaacs, Jimmy Yeary, and others.  Every lyric carries a message of hope and grace meant to uplift and encourage the listener. Every melody is presented with the true excellence consistently delivered by Karen Peck & New River.

Both the first Southern Gospel single, ”On The Banks of the Promised Land,” and Soft AC single, “This Is What Mercy Does,” have already received a positive response from DJs and are expected to become favorites among listeners.
Reach Out 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 Karen Peck & New River, Daywind is home to many other great artists such as Marshall Hall and Greater Vision, among others.  For more information on Karen Peck & New River, visit  For more information on Daywind Records, visit

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