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Award-Winning Musician and Singer Gordon Mote Releases Album All Things New on New Haven Records

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on September 19, 2013 – 2:40 pm -

MoteNashville, TN (September 19, 2013) —- One of the most beloved and respected musicians/singers in the music industry, Gordon Mote, has released his latest project All Things New. The album was co-produced by Frank Rogers (Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker), and Dove-Award winning producers, Wayne Haun and Russell Mauldin. The project features vocal collaborations with such major artists as the Gaither Vocal Band, Trace Adkins, Darius Rucker, Josh Turner, Matthew West, and Scotty McCreery. This is the second album by Mote for his new label, New Haven Records, and the project will be distributed to the faith-based market through Provident-Integrity Distribution.
 “I wanted this project to encourage others to let the Lord use the rough parts of their lives for His glory just like He has in mine,” says Mote. “Being born blind, God has given me so many blessings in spite of the setbacks I have had in my life. If we’ll give God the chance to make all things new, He will.”
The powerful ballad, “Faith Like That,” is the first single being serviced to Christian radio, and the heartfelt lyrics were co-written by award-winning songwriters Don Sampson (“Waitin’ On A Woman”) and Jim Brown (“Five O’Clock Somewhere”).  A noted songwriter himself, Mote co-wrote four songs on the new album including, “All Things New,” “Sound A Dream Makes,” “For You,” and the autobiographical “Broken Open.” The latter song describes Mote’s personal journey of clinging to his faith to overcome a broken heart and how God can lift us up even during our darkest hours.
“I had a wonderful childhood, but grew somewhat lonely as a teenager as my friends were getting driver’s licenses and leaving me behind,” explains Mote. “Whether you’re blind or not, all of us experience insecurities. I learned that my brokenness made me more open to God’s love as well as more sensitive to the brokenness in other’s lives.”
In spite of what society calls a handicap, Mote has miraculously overcome multiple obstacles with his blindness that include; playing piano at 3-years-old without any professional training, being the first blind student in the country to be accepted into the public school system, graduating high school with honors, receiving a full scholarship to Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, AL, and graduating from Belmont University in Nashville, TN with Cum Laude honors and a music degree.
Two days after graduation, Mote began touring with Country artist Lee Greenwood’s band, which led to the talented musician touring and recording with such major superstars as Trisha Yearwood, Brad Paisley, Bob Seger, Alan Jackson, Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood, Gaither Vocal Band, and Lionel Richie. 
Mote’s keyboard skills led him to being honored twice by the Academy of Country Music for Piano/Keyboard Player of the Year Awards, as well as two Music Row Magazine Instrumentalist of the Year Awards for playing on the most Top Ten albums. Mote has released nine albums as an independent artist, with If You Could Hear What I See earning Mote his first Dove nomination in 2004. Mote remains an active touring act by performing over 150 dates a year. 
For more information on Mote please visit his website, www.gordonmote.com and on twitter at @GordonMote.
About New Haven Records
New Haven Records is a Nashville-based music corporation that includes label, publishing, and film companies. For more than two decades, they have focused on the uniquely American genres of Black Gospel, Southern Gospel, and Country & Bluegrass Gospel.New Haven’s product is distributed to the mainstream through SONY Distribution and to the Christian marketplace through Provident Music Distribution. For additional information, go to www.newhavenrecords.com

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WINTER JAM REIGNS AS #1 TOUR IN THE WORLD FOR THIRD CONSECUTIVE YEAR

Written by SGN Scoops on April 11, 2013 – 5:54 am -

NASHVILLE, Tenn.— For the third consecutive year, the Winter Jam Tour Spectacular reigns as the #1 tour in the world (first quarter). Leading Pollstar’s 2013 Worldwide First Quarter Ticket Sales Charts – Top 100 Tours, Winter Jam attendance surpassed all other tours to date this year, including outings by Pink, Maroon 5, Justin Bieber and Bon Jovi, among others.

Concluding its 18th season March 30 with a record-setting 42 sellouts since launching in January, the 44-city mega tour hit some of the country’s largest arenas. With a combined total audience of nearly 554,000 people, this year’s tour was the biggest in Winter Jam history.

Founded and hosted by GRAMMY®-nominated NewSong, the Winter Jam 2013 Tour Spectacular was headlined by GRAMMY®-winning, multi-platinum recording artist TobyMac. Presented by World Vision and promoted by Premier Productions, the tour also featured RED, Matthew West, Jamie Grace, Sidewalk Prophets and Royal Tailor, with a message from national speaker Nick Hall. Additionally, the Youth Music Vault Pre-Jam Party included performances from Jason Castro, OBB and Capital Kings.

Highlights of this year’s unprecedented tour included sellouts at such top venues as Chicago’s Sears Centre; Atlanta’s Philips Arena; The Sprint Center in Kansas City; Oklahoma City’s Chesapeake Energy Arena; and Cleveland’s Wolstein Center, among numerous others. Winter Jam’s capacity “hometown” stop at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena February 9 featured a string of special guest appearances, including Newsboys’ Michael Tait, Francesca Battistelli, Mandisa and for KING & COUNTRY. The tour concluded March 30 at San Antonio’s AT&T Center, with an opportunity for fans around the world to view the show live online.

“Without fail, God uses Winter Jam to touch lives for His Kingdom in ways that exceed our greatest expectations every year,” said NewSong’s Eddie Carswell, founder of Winter Jam. “Record sellouts have allowed more people than ever to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ during the tour, while providing opportunities to help the least of these around the world. Behind the scenes, Winter Jam is a special family. Lifelong friendships are made among the tour’s amazing artists and crew.”

Created by NewSong in 1995, Winter Jam has consistently featured the genre’s biggest names, introducing Christian music to new audiences across the country while providing a powerful platform for the Gospel message.

For further information, visit www.jamtour.com or  www.turningpointpr.com.

PHOTOS:
Top: TobyMac and Jamie Grace (credit: David Kelly) 
Middle: RED (credit: Kurt Heinecke)
Lower: NewSong’s Russ Lee (l) and Matt Butler (credit: David Kelly

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