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Matt Felts Announces Solo Ministry

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on April 13, 2017 – 9:28 am -

Matt Felts Announces Solo Ministry

Matt Felts Announces Solo Ministry

Nashville, TN Award winning Southern Gospel artist Matt Felts has announced that he is launching a solo ministry. Known for his years with groups such as the Dixie Melody Boys, Lesters, and others, Felts is excited about this new ministry. “I was blessed to travel many years with some incredible people, but when I came off the road a year ago, God laid a new calling on my heart relating to my music. Many people know some of the trials that our family has experienced. Through those tough times, God crafted a testimony that I feel led to share,” stated Felts.

Matt Felts will be releasing his first solo project, Based On A True Story, June 1. The project was produced by award winning producer Les Butler and includes new songs from writers such as Marty Funderburk, Kenna West, Joseph Habedank, Sue C. Smith, and many more. The album offers a glimpse into Matt’s heart and life with a unique collection of songs that tells his testimony. “Since this is my first solo recording, I wanted this album to tell my story – why I sing and what matters to me. I approached it completely different than I would have normally. This album tells my daughter’s testimony through some incredible songs. Each of these songs means so much to me,” added Felts. The album features some of Southern Gospel’s top artists as guests. More announcements will be released soon.

Felts has been actively involved in Gospel music both an artist and as an industry leader on the business side, serving as General Manager of Butler Music Group for the last year. Felts will remain with Butler Music Group as he adds this new ministry to his schedule. “I’m not going anywhere. If you know me, you know I love marketing and business as much as I love singing. God has truly blessed me to be able to do both,” stated Matt.  When I came on board with Butler Music Group, Les encouraged me to keep singing. There’s no way I could do this without his support,” added Matt.   Butler said, “When God gives you a song, you can’t help but to sing it!  Everyone in my company is bi-vocational – make that tri-vocational.  One thing about Matt and everyone at BMG, we may wear out, but we’ll never rust out!”

The industry has also shown overwhelming support for this new path. “Matt has always been one of my favorite brothers in the ministry. His deep, abiding desire to lead people into a life that includes a righteous relationship with Christ is his primary goal when he brings music to a venue. Matt longs to introduce people to the Jesus of scripture; therefore, he studies the Word. You will not find an artist more passionate about growing the Kingdom of God,” stated Allison Durham Speer. Ernie Haase added, “I’ve known Matt for years, and I’ve always enjoyed his warm personality. It’s that warm personality that brings brilliance to his singing. You will enjoy him. I know I do!”

Matt Felts is currently booking his limited tour schedule that will take him across the country and back in front of fans and friends he has made over the years. Plans are in the works now for Matt to tour with several top groups in Gospel music. To book Matt Felts or to see where he will be near you, go to www.mattfelts.com or follow him on Facebook at facebook.com/mattfeltsmusic.


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WLOSGMH 2017 Convention includes the Williamsons, Freedom Quartet and more

Written by Staff on March 24, 2017 – 1:59 pm -

Williamsons at Creekside 2015

Williamsons

The social media phenomenon We Love Our Southern Gospel Music History (WLOSGMH) is holding a social gathering. Commonly referred to as the Convention, the Facebook group administrators have announced the talent line up for the two day event.

Held March 27 and 28, 2017 at the Clarion Hotel and Convention Center in Murfreesboro, TN the talent quartets, trios, soloists, some comedy and lots of surprises that will highlight the talent portion of the convention.

The WLOSGMH Convention begins Monday, March 27th. The evening begins with a dinner concert at 5:30 pm with7:00 pm concert following. The talent includes: Ann Downing, Williamsons, Sheltons, Collectors Quartet, Charlie Griffin, Administrators Quartet, Johnny Minick and Friends, Freedom Quartet.

Freedom Quartet

Freedom Quartet

Tuesday is a full day of activities! Beginning at 9:30 a.m. enjoy two video productions featuring some of the greatest gospel singing of all time. There will also be a short concert featuring some of the musicians who have joined us. This is always a fun time, because we never know who may decide to show up and entertain us. There will be instrumentalists, soloists, and possibly even a Scrap Iron Quartet or two. For those who have purchased the event package, lunch is provided.

 

Tuesday also features two of the convention highlights “Story Time with the Gospel Legends and Show & Tell.” During this time the collectors will also have an opportunity to show some of their classic memorabilia from the gospel singing world; while gospel music road warriors tell some of their funniest stories.

 

WLOSGMH Facebook Administrators (l to R) John Crenshaw, Hannah Kennedy, Ann Downing, Harold Timmons

WLOSGMH Facebook Administrators (l to R) John Crenshaw, Hannah Kennedy, Ann Downing, Harold Timmons

Tuesday evening show begins at 6:00 with talent to include: Matt Felts, Harold Timmons, Jordan’s Bridge, Ann Downing, McCray Dove, Jeff Stice, Williamsons, and a special tribute to some of our favorite singers by the Administrators and Collectors.Throughout the convention, various singers, collectors, and merchants will have their wares available for purchase. This is a one of a kind event to add interesting items to your gospel music collection.

 

We have listed the artist websites for your convenience. Get to know them and their music. You will find a wealth of talent, music, passion and as Granny says “just good people.” Your support of these fine artists is greatly appreciated.

 

Jordans Bridge

Jordans Bridge

ARTIST:                      WEBSITE:

Ann Downing               www.anndowning.com

Charlie Griffin              www.CharlieGriffin.net

Ellen Marsh                  www.EllenMarshMusic.com

Freedom Quartet www.freedomquartet.com

Gospel Gallery/

Harold Timmons         www.facebook.com/thegospelgallery

Jeff Stice

Jeff Stice

Jeff Stice                       www.jeffsticemusic.com

Johnny Minick             www.johnnyminick.com

Jordan’s Bridge            www.jordansbridge.com

Matt Felts                     www.facebook.com/felts3

McCray Dove               www.newdovebrothers.com

Rita Spillers                  www.facebook.com/themusiclady

The Sheltons                www.facebook.com/SheltonMusicPickensSC

The Williamsons         www.Williamsonsmusic.com

 

“This convention is an internet social gathering of friends.” Administrator Harold Timmons says, “It is not a time for preaching, nor politics. It is not a church service, nor a political rally. Friends are in for two nights of fine Christian entertainment.”

 

The Clarion Hotel is the convention headquarters. Located at 2227 Old Fort Parkway in Murfreesboro, TN. Contact the hotel at 615-896-2420 asking for the WE LOVE SOUTHERN GOSPEL MUSIC HISTORY CONVENTION ROOM DISCOUNT.

 

For complete fan package, concert tickets, hotel and event information visit www.facebook.com/groups/sgmhistory/.

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WLOSGMH Convention announces two-day Schedule

Written by Staff on March 17, 2017 – 12:02 pm -

WLOSGMH Facebook Administrators (l to R) John Crenshaw, Hannah Kennedy, Ann   Downing, Harold Timmons

WLOSGMH Facebook Administrators (l to R) John Crenshaw, Hannah Kennedy, Ann Downing, Harold Timmons

People have been asking a lot of questions about the We Love Our Southern Gospel Music History (WLOSGMH) Convention. The interest created has gospel music fans driving and flying from across the states and from the Netherlands. In fact over 37,000 group members are creating the stir with gospel music fans clamoring for more music and history.

 

This Facebook social media gathering has become the talk of the town as interest grows among gospel music fans to know more about the history of the music, performers and the gospel music foundation. The oral history is passed down today by those “you should have been there stories”, videos, music, and collectors who share their memorabilia. Vendor booths showcase those rare one of a kind records, photos, collectibles and do-dads making it a shoppers paradise.

Those coffee or booth conversations are truly a convention highlight.

WLOSGMH administrator John Crenshaw says, “In addition to our great artists, the WLOSGMH convention will feature some great videos featuring the groups from the past. You’ll see the Statesmen, Rebels, Blackwoods, Singing Americans, Speer Family, Happy Goodmans, Rangers Trio and so many others. Many of these videos are being shown here for the first time in more than forty years.”

WLOSGMH collectors and shoppers (l to R) Paul Conner, Gayla Fooks, Brent Joiner, Aaron Rich

WLOSGMH collectors and shoppers (l to R) Paul Conner, Gayla Fooks, Brent Joiner, Aaron Rich

One of the highlights of the convention is the show and tell session. Crenshaw states, “Many collectors will bring their prized possessions to share with the group on Tuesday afternoon. Some of the legends of gospel music will share their humorous road stories. The Tuesday evening concert will feature a tribute to some of the great voices of the past. I don’t want to spoil the surprise, but you’ll laugh and cry as you enjoy this tribute.”

Activities for weekend start with members arriving early to participate in a southern gospel tradition, a Red Back Hymnal singing. “On Saturday March 25th from 6-8, many of us will be attending the 4th Annual Rutherford County Red Back Hymnal Singing at Murfreesboro Missionary Baptist Church, 316 Fortress Blvd., Murfreesboro, Tennessee, 37128.” Crenshaw continues. “Although this is not officially a part of the We Love Our Southern Gospel Music Convention, they have been very helpful to us, and we will have a special ticket offer available for those who attend the Singing. It’s a great start to the weekend!”

 

The WLOSGMH Convention begins Monday, March 27th. Here are some highlights:

The hotel atrium will be open for buyers and sellers at 10:00 a.m.

WLOSGMH ConventionCheck in and registration will be 3-4:30 with dinner served at 5:30. The Monday evening show begins at 7:00 with talent to include: Ann Downing, Williamsons, Sheltons, Collectors Quartet, Charlie Griffin, Administrators Quartet, Johnny Minick and Friends, Freedom Quartet

Tuesday is a full day of fun filled music and festivities! Beginning at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, you will have the opportunity to enjoy two video productions featuring some of the greatest gospel singing of all time. There will also be a short concert featuring some of the musicians who have joined us. This is always a fun time, because we never know who may decide to show up and entertain us. There will be instrumentalists, soloists, and possibly even a Scrap Iron Quartet or two. For those who have purchased the package, lunch will be provided.

Tuesday will also have “Story Time with the Gospel Legends”. The road warriors need to prepare some of their funniest stories for this unforgettable time of sharing. The collectors will also have an opportunity to show some of their classic memorabilia from the gospel singing world.

Come on down, the price right at the WLOSGMH vendor booths.

Come on down, the price right at the WLOSGMH vendor booths.

Tuesday evening show begins at 6:00 with talent to include: Matt Felts, Harold Timmons, Jordan’s Bridge, Ann Downing, McCray Dove, Jeff Stice, Williamsons, and a special tribute to some of our favorite singers by the Administrators and Collectors.

Come on down, the price right at the WLOSGMH vendor booths.

Throughout the convention, various singers, collectors, and merchants will have their wares available for purchase. This is a one of a kind event to add interesting items to your gospel music collection.

“This convention is an internet social gathering of friends.” Administrator Harold Timmons says, “It is not a time for preaching, nor politics. It is not a church service, nor a political rally. Friends are in for two nights of fine Christian entertainment.”

The Clarion Hotel is the convention headquarters. Located at 2227 Old Fort Parkway in Murfreesboro, TN. Contact the hotel at 615-896-2420 asking for the WE LOVE SOUTHERN GOSPEL MUSIC HISTORY CONVENTION ROOM DISCOUNT.

For complete fan package, concert tickets, hotel and event information visit www.facebook.com/groups/sgmhistory/.  

For more Gospel music news click here.

 


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Matt Felts Leaves The Lesters

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on October 26, 2015 – 7:46 pm -

Matt Felts

Matt Felts

IMPORTANT NEWS:
As I write this letter I look out the window and see the changing colors of the leaves. Fall is one of my favorite times of year. I love the crisp night air and everything that comes with it. I hate to see summer end but without it coming to a close there would be no hayrides, pumpkin pies or campfires on a chilly night. Seasons change and with that brings new and exciting things. I am reminded of Ecclesiastes 3 that reminds us that to everything there is a season. For the last year I have had the honor and privilege to sing night after night with the Lester’s. As many of you know, I grew up in St. Louis and they were heroes of mine. They still are. Brian has been more than a boss, he’s a friend. Many groups have lots of fans. The Lester’s have lots of friends. That says a lot about who they are. From the moment I joined the group they embraced not just me but also my family. We have had lots of laughs and many great memories that I will cherish the rest of my life. When I joined the group I knew God has sent me there and I hoped it would be for many years. I still believe that God sent us there but over the last few months through much prayer I began to feel the Lord closing this chapter of our life. Through a series of events the Lord has moved us in a new direction and I have resigned from the Lester’s.
As most of you know I am married and we have a six year old little girl. I am blessed with an incredible wife and family that fully supports the call of God on my life. For well over a decade they have kept the home fires going while I traveled. Most people will never know just what a sacrifice that is for the families of Gospel singers. There are many missed holidays, family events and special occasions that dad just can’t be there for. I have been blessed with a wife that has never once complained but counts it as a blessing to serve God in this way. I want to thank my beautiful wife Jennifer for her steadfast and unwavering support. Our entire marriage and consisted of me getting on a bus every week and being gone for days or even weeks at a time. Through our prayers we felt it was time for this season to end. The next chapter of our ministry will allow me to be home a lot more.
God has truly opened up some exciting doors for my ministry in a new path that allows me to stay very involved in Gospel music. I will be sharing this news in the upcoming days but I wanted to take this time to publically thank Brian, Jon, Ginger, Donna and the whole Lester family for their kindness and friendship. Many times when someone leaves a group people speculate on why they are leaving or if there were problems. Let me assure you there are none. I love this family and singing with them has been one the greatest blessings I’ve experienced. They will always be family to myself, Jennifer and Abby.
I also want to take a moment to thank the many friends that I have been blessed to make in my time with the Lester’s. You have been so generous and kind to us and it has meant more than you know. I love each of you and hope to see you down the road. Who knows you may see me pop up at the cave from time to time.
Change is hard. While I’m excited for the days ahead, I will miss Jon and Brian and the whole family. I hope many of you will stay in touch with me. I ask for your prayers for myself and my family as we start a new chapter. I also ask that you continue to pray for and support the Lester’s as they continue on. Their ministry has been a blessing to so many including myself for over 90 years. With your love and support I know they will touch lives for another 90.


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Matt Felts Needs Our Help!

Written by Staff on June 23, 2015 – 10:10 am -

Matt Felts

Matt Felts

Matt Felts, vocalist with the Lesters, is in the process of recording a new solo CD. Here is the link to the project www.gofundme.com/mattfelts where you can preorder. All of the proceeds of this project will go to Matt’s daughter’s medical needs.

Abby Felts is six years old and has had numerous surgeries so far in her young life. She will have to undergo several more. We are praying that the Gospel music family will reach out to the Felts’ family with love, prayers and financial support. For more information on Abby and how you can help, go to the link above.

Matt tells us, “Gospel music is truly a family and it’s been a blessing to see how several people have reached out to us. Through this album, friends and fans are impacting not just my life, but more importantly, my daughter’s.”


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Lesters Hit A HOME RUN!

Written by Staff on April 2, 2015 – 12:29 pm -

Lesters threeBy Craig Harris

Veteran tenor singer Matt Felts joins his hometown brethren

When the Lesters were in search of a tenor singer last fall, the long-time family group couldn’t have envisioned all of the pieces to the puzzle fitting together as seamlessly as they did. Into the picture stepped Matt Felts.

Matt Felts

Matt Felts

“It truly is like coming home,” Felts says. “I joke because we’re all from St. Louis. We all get each other’s humor. We all get each other’s food connections. We are watching Cardinals (baseball) games non-stop on the bus.

“You can watch people how they treat people on and off the bus. The way they treated me and my family coming in has been unbelievable. The ministry is why they do it … period. I’ve traveled with lots of great guys, lots of great singers. These are without a doubt the best. Every week feels like a family vacation. I’ve never had more fun.”

Felts spent the previous five years with the Dixie Melody Boys. “When they were looking for a tenor (when the Lesters became a male trio), I heard they were looking, and I instantly called my wife (Jennifer),” Felts remembers. “I said, ‘The Lesters are looking, and I want to take this job.’ It wasn’t the right season (at that time), so I said, ‘We’ll just wait.’

“Justin (Wells, the group’s previous tenor singer) actually texted me and said he was resigning. We were in the car, and I looked at my wife and said, ‘That’s it.’ I felt the season (with the Dixie Melody Boys) was coming to an end. I texted Brian (Lester) right then and said, ‘I’m interested in the job.’ He asked me to come up the next week.”

Lesters oneFelts – a St. Louis native – was born less than a mile from the Lesters’ residence. “We were amazed to watch God’s plan unfold as we began to search for a new tenor,” group manager and lead singer Brian Lester – who stands alongside his son Jonathan as the other vocalists in the trio – shares. “Matt and our former tenor, Justin Wells, have been close friends for years, so they already had a connection, which is how Matt first learned we were looking. Matt is not only from St. Louis but lived just a couple miles away from our home. It was truly a perfect fit. He has fit in so well very quickly.”

Felts adds, “The Lesters were in our house. We knew who they were. They were a household name for us. The earliest group I knew was the Lesters.”

Felts’ first experience in Southern Gospel Music came as a member of the Ohio-based GloryWay Quartet. That was followed by one year with the Skyline Boys, three years with the Monument Quartet and a six-month stint as part of Perfect Heart. Then, he joined the Dixie Melody Boys. Felts admits that those past experiences have helped shape him as an artist.

Matt Felts

Matt Felts

“I’ve tried to glean vocally – but not just vocally, also life – I’ve tried to look at how they did it in this industry for a lifetime,” Felts shares. “It’s been positive for the most part. Ernie Haase has been a like a brother, and there’s Allison Speer and Mike Allen.

“Ed O’Neal gave me free reign. He said, ‘You have ideas … go.’ Not everything works, but you learn.” That creative freedom was essential for Felts, who has a background in marketing. “They (the Lesters) knew my background,” Felts says. “I had a great support staff around me, and what we were able to accomplish with Ed was great.

“They (the Lesters) basically said, ‘What are your ideas? What can we do?’ That’s something (positive) for a guy who is in marketing. We’ll just be talking and new ideas will come. There is a momentum swing right now for new opportunities and new growth.”

One of those new opportunities involved the Lesters filming a live CD and DVD in Boston, a project that is now available. “It’s exciting to bring Southern Gospel to Boston,” Felts points out. “They eat it up every time.”

Felts’ marketing foundation was molded while he was a student at the University of Missouri. Felts also played baseball for the Tigers, graduating in 2001. Felts – a first baseman and relief pitcher – had the opportunity to play professional baseball, spending time in the minor leagues as part of the Kane County (Ill.) Cougars, Springfield/Ozark (Mo.) Mountain Ducks and Canton (Ohio) Coyotes. Felts is related to former New York Yankee great Don Mattingly – who is now the manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers – and his wife’s family is related to Major League Baseball Hall of Fame member Honus Wagner. “We are a baseball family,” Felts says.

However, that coveted opportunity on the diamond proved to be a trying period of time for Felts. “I grew up a pastor’s son,” Felts explains. “That lifestyle in baseball is very different. I felt that was what I wanted to do, but I knew that wasn’t for me. Music was always at the front. I always wanted to be in music. The Lord was in music.”

Included among Felts’ favorite Lesters songs are “He Is,” “It’s Gonna Be Wonderful,” “My Savior First of All” and “He Didn’t Throw the Clay Away.”

“Clay was my testimony,” Felts points out. “Coming out of baseball, I felt like I had thrown my life away. I felt like I had made too many mistakes. That song just ministered to me.”

While Felts changed careers at that time, he most recently transitioned from a career with male quartets to becoming a third of a male trio now. “It’s stretching your wings artistically,” Felts says. “I love quartets. It’s nothing against that, but that’s all I’ve ever done. In some ways, you become stagnant. The arrangements they (the Lesters) do, it awakens something in you. It’s exciting.”

Lesters twoThe 37-year-old Felts admits that the support he has received has been overwhelming. “We are thrilled to have Matt and his family join the Lester family,” Brian Lester shares. “He has already been such as great addition, and our fans have embraced him.”

Felts adds, “It breathes new life into your career. The entire industry, the day I announced I was going over to the Lesters, I had people all over the industry congratulating me. A lot of quartet fans couldn’t understand how excited I was, but I knew there would be a lot of variety to the program. That’s exciting.”

 

Be sure to see The Lesters when they are in your area. For more information visit the Lesters website. 

Written by Craig Harris.

First published by SGN Scoops magazine in February 2015. For the current issue of SGN Scoops go to the homepage. 


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THE LESTER’S ANNOUNCE MATT FELTS AS NEW TENOR

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on August 26, 2014 – 2:00 pm -

Matt Felts

Matt Felts

Through their group newsletter, Facebook and through a video shot at Silver Dollar City, the announcement was made today that the Lester’s have hired Matt Felts as their new tenor. ” We are grateful to The Lord for sending Matt our way and we’re looking forward to what God has in store for this ministry as we continue our journey for Him. Matt will be joining the week of September 8th so be watching our tour schedule and come out to a concert to welcome Matt to the Lesters.”
Matt Felts has been a mainstay in Gospel music for a number of years having been a member of the Dixie Melody Boys and other groups. He had this to say about joining the Lesters. ” Growing up in St. Louis, our home was filled with great Gospel music from groups like the Cathedrals and the Happy Goodmans. One group stood out to us above the rest, The Lesters. I’m thrilled to be apart of such a rich legacy of ministry and music. Joining the Lesters is truly like coming home.”
The Lesters will be in the studio soon and will make an appearance on the main stage at the National Quartet Convention next month. You can find out more and see their tour schedule by going to their website at www.thelesters.com


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Matt Felts To Leave Dixie Melody Boys

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on August 22, 2014 – 8:21 pm -

Matt Felts

Matt Felts

From Matt Felts

For the last four years I’ve had the honor of sharing the stage with Ed O’Neal and the Dixie Melody Boys. I’ve been so blessed to be embraced by their wonderful friends and fans all across the country. This season has seen some great times for the group including the 50th Anniversary Reunion, numerous awards and many great concerts. When I joined I didn’t fully understand what it meant to be a member of the “Ed O’Neal University”. It’s more than just a group. It’s being part of a fraternity that you’re always a part of. As many of you know, I fly from Nashville to North Carolina every week to meet the guys. Like many things the cost of flights have gone up drastically over the last couple years. This coupled with God’s leading in a new path have brought me to announce my departure from the Dixie Melody Boys. I want to thank Ed for an incredible four years. I will never forget the songs, the miles and the many laughs. Some may say I’m graduating but you never truly leave the Dixie Melody Boys. It a family you’re always a part of. There will be an announcement soon about the new doors God has opened but for now I just wanted to thank all of you and Ed.

Matt Felts


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Dixie Melody Boys Lead Singer Resigns

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on May 23, 2013 – 7:45 am -

The Dixie Melody Boys have announced that their lead singer Mike Rogers has resigned. Mike has been withdixie the group for the last ten months. “We wish Mike and his family the best.” said Ed O’Neal. The group will begin looking for a replacement shortly. “Change can be hard but also exciting. History has proven that every time a singer has left, God has brought us another great addition to the Dixie Melody Boys. We know God has someone coming that will be the right fit for years to come.” added Matt Felts. The Dixie Melody Boys are taking demos at dixiemelodyboys@yahoo.com.


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Dixie Melody Boys Receive 11 Top Ten Christian Voice Magazine Fan Award Nominations

Written by SGN Scoops on January 4, 2013 – 6:57 am -

Kinston, NC – With the dawning of a new year, The Dixie Melody Boys prove that their rise back to the top of the Southern Gospel dixieranks continues to reach new heights. Yesterday, the group was honored with 11 Top Ten nominations from the Christian Voice Magazine. The 11 Top Ten nominations for the 2013 Southern Gospel Music Fan Awards marks the most ever for the Dixie Melody Boys to receive in one year.
 
In 2012, The Dixie Melody Boys received seven nominations and won the Favorite Male Quartet, while long-time member, Ed O’Neal, received the Favorite Bass Singer Award. This year, the group is again nominated for Favorite Male Quartet. Additionally, Hall Of Fame member Ed O’Neal continues to be a fan favorite after 50 years with the group, once again receiving the Favorite Bass Singer nomination. Additionally, O’Neal is a nominee for the Living Legend Award. Tenor Matt Felts appears for the second year in a row in the Favorite Tenor category, solidifying his place as one of Gospel Music’s brightest young talents. The group’s baritone, Steven Cooper makes his debut appearance receiving the nomination for Favorite Baritone. Mike Rogers, who joined the group as lead singer earlier in 2012,  has made an instant impact and the fans have embraced him. Evidence of this is his nomination for Favorite Lead Singer and Excelling Young Individual.
 
The Dixie Melody Boys were also honored by receiving the Album Of The Year nomination and Song Of The Year nomination for  their moving rendition of “The Call Is Still The Same,” the second release from their historic 50th Anniversary recording  to receive Song Of The Year honors. “Jesus In My Boat,” also included on the recording, was nominated last year. The Dixie Melody released another historic project this year, Dixie Melody Boys Reunion: 50 Years Of Influence. The DVD, recorded live at the National Quartet Convention, has been nominated for Video Of The Year. Additionally, the television show “Great American Gospel,” hosted by Ed O’Neal and the Dixie Melody Boys, was nominated for Favorite Television Show. 
 
As tenor Matt Felts shares, the group is overwhelmed by these honors. “We are honored to be selected by the fans. The lists of nominees include so many incredible people that we love and admire, so this is a blessing. We have several big things to announce in the coming weeks and this is a great start to our new year.”
The Dixie Melody Boys kick off the 2013 with their annual West Coast Tour. The trip will include 14 stops out West in Nebraska, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, California, Arizona and New Mexico during January. A complete list of tour dates is available at www.dixiemelodyboys.com.
Those wishing to vote for the 2013 Christian Voice Magazine Southern Gospel Music Fan Awards may visit http://christianvoicemagazine.com/sgmtop10vote.html.

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