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Award-winning songwriter Marty Funderburk to remain with Daywind Music Publishing

Written by Staff on March 5, 2015 – 1:37 pm -

unnamedHENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (March 4, 2015) – Dove Award winner Marty Funderburk has signed an exclusive agreement to remain as a part of the Daywind Music Publishing roster of songwriters. The veteran Funderburk has been affiliated with Daywind Music Publishing for the past 17 years.

“Songwriting is a privilege I hope I never take for granted,” explains Funderburk. “Daywind Publishing has nurtured my creativity and allowed me the freedom to express that which God places in my heart for the past 17 years. I look forward to all that God has in store as we re-commit ourselves to moving forward with the work at hand.”

While he has had dozens of songs land on the radio charts, Funderburk has had two No. 1 singles – the Kingdom Heirs’ hit “Forever Changed” and the Talley Trio’s chart-topping “Life Goes On.” His songs have been recorded by Kenny Rogers, Ricky Skaggs and the Whites, Gold City, Jake Hess, Janet Paschal, Sisters, Brian Free & Assurance, the Hoppers, the Blackwood Brothers, Greater Vision, Mark Lowry, Karen Peck and New River, The Mark Trammell Trio, the Perrys, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound and the Bowlings.

Of his nine Dove Award nominations, the latest came earlier in 2014, with Funderburk’s Christmas musical – “The Highest Glory” – winning the Dove Award for Musical of the Year.

“Marty Funderburk brought his talent to Daywind Publishing in the very early days of its existence,” points out Daywind Vice President of Music Publishing Rick Shelton. “His brilliant songs have been recorded by every major artist in our genre, and his choir music has been performed by thousands of church choirs. Marty is a dear member of the Daywind family. We are so very proud of him and the impact of his songwriting.”

Daywind Music Publishing is the premier source of new songs for the Southern Gospel and church print/choral markets. The organization is home to an award-winning roster of songwriters, including Belinda Smith, Dianne Wilkinson, Jason Cox, Joseph Habedank, Kyla Rowland, John Darin Rowsey, Ronny Hinson, Gerald Crabb and Scott Inman, among others. For more information, visit www.daywindpublishing.com  or e-mail info@daywindpublishing.com.

For more information on Mary Funderburk, visit his personal page on the Daywind Music Publishing web site at http://www.daywindpublishing.com/?page_id=402


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Daywind Artists and Songwriters Honored at the 45th Annual GMA Dove Awards

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on October 8, 2014 – 4:20 pm -

Karen Peck & New River

Karen Peck & New River

HENDERSONVILLE, TN – October 8, 2014 Daywind Records’ artists and songwriters received several Dove Awards at the 45th Annual GMA Dove Awards held last night at Allen Arena on the campus of David Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN. The Dove Awards program airs globally on the Trinity Broadcasting Network on Sunday, October 12, 2014.

Karen Peck and New River, along with songwriters Kenna West, Karen Peck and Don Poythress, received the Dove Award for Southern Gospel Song of the Year for their #1 hit “Revival.”  “Revival” was the theme of a rousing segment on the show which also featured Brian Free and Assurance, Gordon Mote, and Ernie Haase and Signature Sound. After the win, Karen commented to the press gathered, “We grew up singing at those old time tent revivals, and we’ve been praying this year that God would just revive this world.”

Brian Free and Assurance won a Dove Award for their performance of the song “Say Amen.”  The song, from the album Unashamed, was awarded the Dove for Southern Gospel Performance of the Year. Produced by Daywind songwriter, Ricky Free, the song stayed in the top 10 of the Singing News radio charts for 4 months and is the leading contender for the top-charting song of the year for 2014.

Brian Free & Assurance photo courtesy of Amanda Martin

Brian Free & Assurance photo courtesy of Amanda Martin

Marty Funderburk, received his first Dove Award for Musical of the Year for his work “Highest Glory.” Released through Daywind’s choral division, the musical is performed at countless churches nationally and is distributed by Lifeway Worship.

Marty Funderburk photo courtesy of Amanda Martin

Marty Funderburk photo courtesy of Amanda Martin

aywind Music Group artists, songwriters, and recordings received a total of 20 nominations for the 45th Annual GMA Dove Awards, including recognition for Greater Vision, Adam Crabb, Wilburn and Wilburn, the Browders, Red Roots, Diane Wilkinson, the Chigger Hill Boys and Terri, Jason Cox, and Vital Worship.

Daywind Music Group is home Daywind Records, Daywind Soundtracks, Daywind Music Publishing, Daywind Studios, Red Hen Records, and Thoroughbred Records. Daywind Records represents great artists like Brian Free and Assurance, Legacy Five, Greater Vision, the Hoskins Family, the Blackwood Brothers, Wilburn and Wilburn, the Browders, Adam Crabb, the Bowling Family, Karen Peck and New River, Amber Thompson, Joseph Habedank, the Nelons, and Watts, Rowsey, & Bean. Red Hen Records is home to Red Roots, Zach & Rodney, Michael Lee, and Ryan Watkins. Thoroughbred Records is home to the Chigger Hill Boys & Terri. Daywind recordings are distributed to Christian retail by New Day Christian Distributors (newdaychristian.com) and to the general market by Select O Hits.

Daywind Music Publishing is home to great songwriters Ronny Hinson, Dianne Wilkinson, Marty Funderburk, Sue Smith, Kenna West, Jason Cox, Kyla Rowland, Belinda Smith, Ricky Free, Scott Inman, John Darin Rowsey, Lee Black, Ben Storie, Gina Vera, David Browder, Matthew Browder, Sonya Browder, Tommy Browder, Aaron Crabb, Adam Crabb, Amanda Crabb, Karen Peck Gooch, Mike Richards, Natalie, Nika, and Nicole Taylor (Red Roots), Gina Boe, Caleb Collins, Janice Crow, Marcia Henry, Rick Schweinsberg, Micah Schweinsberg and CCM writers Sam Tinnesz, Aaron Rice, Michael Fordinal, Justin Kintzel, and Hearts of Saints.


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What a Mighty Sound at the Republican National Convention

Written by SGN Scoops on August 30, 2012 – 1:57 pm -

Hendersonville, TN (August 30, 2012) – Nashville songwriter and producer, Marty Funderburk, received news last week that his composition, “What a Mighty Sound”, will be performed live at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, FL following Governor Mitt Romney’s address. To mark the close of the event, the vocal group Seven will present this stirring anthem that speaks to freedom and liberty.

“This is an unexpected honor! I want to thank the group Seven for taking this song to places I never could have imagined!” shares Marty Funderburk.

A seven time Dove Award nominee, Marty Funderburk has produced nearly 500 albums and achieved two national number one singles. He has been a staff songwriter with Daywind Music Publishing since 1997.

To learn more about Marty Funderburk or Daywind Music Publishing go to www.daywindpublishing.com.


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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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New Project From Legacy Five, A Wonderful Life, Available Now

Written by SGN Scoops on November 4, 2011 – 6:06 am -

Hendersonville, TN (November 3, 2011) –Daywind Records artist, Legacy Five, is excited to announce the release of their newest album, entitled A Wonderful Life.  The project is the first to feature new pianist, Trey Ivey, and is now available at retail.
A Wonderful Life, produced by Steve Mauldin, includes 12 songs from the pen of songwriters such as the Booth Brothers’ Jim Brady, Dianne Wilkinson, Marty Funderburk, and Kenna West. The first radio single, “Ask Me Why,” arrived at radio stations in September and received a great response from audiences at the National Quartet Convention.

Scott Fowler of Legacy Five shares, “We spent a lot of hours listening to songs trying to find exactly the right material for this recording. We feel like A Wonderful Life is as good as it gets!”

A Wonderful LIfe 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 Legacy Five, Daywind is home to such great artists as the Perrys and Booth Brothers, among others.
For more information on Legacy Five, visit legacyfive.com. For more information on Daywind Records, visit daywindrecords.com.


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New Covenant Releases New Project with Heartwarming Records

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on August 13, 2011 – 9:32 am -

Heartwarming Records ( a division of Homeland Entertainment Group) has just released a new project for New Covenant from Daniels, WV.

These three men consisting of Tenor Larry Rowley, Lead Rick Campbell and Baritone Howard Vest have over 30 years of combined experience in singing Gospel Music.  New Covenant orgainized in 1983 and left the road for a brief period of time, but after much prayer and God’s direction regrouped in 2007 and most recently have increased their national exposure through radio airplay with their current single “Everything Is Starting To Change” from the pens of Chris Binion and Marty Funderburk,  and through appearances at numerous national events.

The recording “God’s Got A Plan” features a plethora of songs from writers such as Stephen Yates, Jeff Steele, T.J. Mauldin, Terry Wilkes, Lyn Rowel and others of today’s premier writers in Gospel Music.  The goal of New Covenant is to raise a standard through Southern Gospel Music and to glorify God in every facet of their ministry.

You can find more information about New Covenant at www.newcovenantmusic.com or www.homelandentertainmentgroup.com



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Forgiven Quartet Releases New Recording “ Livin’ Forgiven”

Written by SGN Scoops on July 21, 2011 – 7:49 pm -

{Crescendo Gospel Music Management}              Popular male quartet based out of Bartlesville, OK has released their brand new cd entitled “Livin’ Forgiven”. This CD is sure to be a must for any fan of classic southern gospel harmonies. Mark Brooke, Tenor for Forgiven Quartet states,  “We are extremely excited about the wonderful songs we have been blessed with recording for our brand new Garden Creek Records release, Livin’ Forgiven.”  Song writer Marty Funderburk teamed with some of the very best writers in the Gospel music industry to write 8 of the 10 songs.  The messages in these original songs will encourage and bless listeners and will help present the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ every time they are heard!

 Zack Swain of Crescendo Gospel Music Management says “I am blessed to get to work with a group of guys that have such a heart for ministry. I am honored to call myself their manager and have them on my roster. I’ve been able to work with many groups over the last few years but it is a rare find when you find a group of guys like this that have such a tremendous talent along with a powerful passion to minister. I think they will go far.”

For more information on Forgiven Quartet and their new CD “Livin’ Forgiven” go to: www.forgiven-quartet.com


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Dixie Melody Boys Finish Historic Album

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on May 10, 2011 – 12:32 pm -

The Dixie Melody Boys were recently in Nashville finishing work on their 50th Anniversary album, “The Call Is Still The

Steven Cooper, Matt Felts. Ed O'Neal, Devein McGlamery and Ken Humphrey

Same”. The monumental project is a long time in the making. “It’s been nearly ten years since we have done a project of this scale. It will be a milestone for the Dixie Melody Boys. “said Ed O’Neal, Hall Of Fame bass singer and owner. To honor the history of this legendary group, they have included two previous DMB songs on the album. The rest of the project includes new material written by Gospel musics top writers including Daryl Williams, Marty Funderburk, Greg Day and Rodney Griffen. The album also boasts two songs written by lead singer Donald Morris. The new album highlights the current groups new direction and sound. “We are excited to blend our traditional Southern Gospel roots with a fresh approach reminisant of the DMB Band era.” stated Donald Morris.

The Dixie Melody Boys will be joined on this historic album by many former DMB Alumni as well as a few friends. “When we started working on this, so many of our friends wanted to be involved. It evolved from there into having them lend their talents on several of the songs. It will truly be a special event for us.” said tenor Matt Felts. Jason Crabb, Ernie Haase, Ben Speer, McCray Dove, Rodney Griffen and Harold Reed are just a few of the guests appearing. This will be the debut album for the group since signing with Song Garden Music Group earlier this year. A release date of July 1st has been set. A “CD Release Event” will be announced soon. For more information on the new album or where you can purchase a copy of this years must have album, go to www.dixiemelodyboys.com or to www.songgardenmusicgroup.com .

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May SGN Scoops now online!

Written by Scoops Staff on May 9, 2011 – 7:26 am -

The May 2011 issue of SGN Scoops is now available for download. Click on the cover to read your issue in user-friendly .PDF format.

Th2 2011 Diamond Awards final ballot is announced and you can make your voice heard by voting in the final round, right here.

Living Legend Ed O’Neal talks to  us about his 50 years in gospel music. We also speak to Marty Funderburk, hear new music from groups like The Singing Cookes, and our columnists take looks at music piracy, Mother’s Day, and a regional artist we all should know.

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Daywind Writers And Artists Recognized At 2011 BMI Christian Music Awards

Written by Scoops Staff on April 14, 2011 – 11:00 am -


Marty Funderburk, Rick Shelton & Ed LeonardHendersonville, TN (April 11, 2011) – Daywind Music Group was well-represented last Monday night at the 2011 BMI Christian Award Ceremony, which honored the year’s most–played songs, writers, and publishers.  Greater Vision baritone and accomplished songwriter, Rodney Griffin, was recognized as Songwriter of the Year, along with tobyMac and Bo Rinehart.   Two of his songs, “It Pays To Pray,” performed by Greater Vision, and “He Locked The Gates,” by the Kingdom Heirs, were named among the top songs in Christian music for 2011.  Also recognized was the Booth Brothers’, “Stuff Of Life,” written by Jim Brady, as well as the first song Daywind writer Marty Funderburk wrote for BMI, the Talley Trio’s, “Life Goes On.”   Triumphant Quartet also performed the award winning song, written by Wayne Haun and Joel Lindsey, “When The Trumpet Sounds,” off their Daywind Records project, Everyday.

Rick Shelton, Director of Publishing at Daywind Music, shares, “We are grateful for BMI’s continued support of Gospel Music.  It was an exciting event to witness Marty Funderburk receive his first BMI award.  We are thrilled for him, Rodney and Jim.  Their God-given talent is a blessing to all who are touched by their music.”

The awards recognized songs in five different categories of Christian music: Southern Gospel, Christian Rock, Contemporary Christian, Inspirational, and Urban Gospel, in addition to awards for the overall Song, Songwriter and Publisher of the Year.

Daywind Music Group is based in Hendersonville, TN and is distributed worldwide through New Day Christian Distribution.  Daywind is home to such great artists as Karen Peck & New River and Sisters, and writers such as Kyla Rowland and Scott Inman, among others.  For more information on Daywind Records, visit daywindrecords.com.  For more information about Daywind Music Publishing, contact Rick Shelton at rshelton@daywind.com.


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