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The Isaacs Nominated For Three 2013 NQC Music Awards

Written by SGN Scoops on July 26, 2013 – 11:19 am -

The Isaacs Nominated For Three 2013 NQC Music AwardsNashville, TN (July 26, 2013) The multi-talented award winning family group, The Isaacs, are thrilled to have three nominations in the 2013 NQC Music Awards. The nominations include Mixed Group of the 

Year, Ben Isaacs for Producer/Arranger of the Year and his sister Sonya Isaacs Yeary garnered a nomination for Soprano Singer of the Year.

Sonya Isaacs Yeary along with her sister Becky Isaacs Bowman have been busy in the studio singing background vocals for Trace Adkins, Merle Haggard and Don Williams, working on The Isaacs new project and touring with the family.

Sonya stated, “We appreciate every fan who supports The Isaacs and helps us to continue doing what we love. It is special to receive the votes with so many talented artists also on the ballot.”

Ben Isaacs is behind the scenes of many great recording projects for artists including The Oak Ridge Boys and the Gaither Vocal Band.

When hearing of the nominations Ben said, “The Isaacs as a group and I are so honored to be recognized for the work we do in front of the fans and in the studio as well. We just strive to do our best every day for God and it is an added bonus to receive the nominations. Thank you to everyone that voted for us.”

The NQC Awards are based on both fan popularity and professional excellence, with two divisions of awards that are presented. The first division is the Fan Awarded categories where awards will be determined by fan voting. The second division will be the Industry Awarded Categories, which will be determined by the music professionals that participate as exhibitors during the National Quartet Convention.

The Southern Gospel Music Guild is an important partner in this process, as the SGMG is responsible for determining the category criteria, as well as screen entries for eligibility. The SGMG professional membership also determines the recipient of the annual Les Beasley Award, given to a person or company that has made a significant impact in the field of Gospel Music.

The Isaacs’ many awards and accomplishments include Grammy nominations, six Dove Awards including the 2012 Dove Award for Bluegrass Recorded Song of the Year, numerous Absolutely Gospel Music and Singing News Fan Awards.

The Isaacs have become a favorite on the Gaither Homecoming Tour and they maintain a full schedule of their own tour dates, performing in all kinds of venues from small country churches to bluegrass festivals to large arenas, as well as their regular appearances on the Grand Ole Opry.

You can find more information on the Isaacs at www.theisaacs.com orwww.facebook.com/TheIsaacs .

To contact the Isaacs E-mail them at info@theisaacs.com

To book the Isaacs contact info@harperagency.com

 


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GRAMMY®-Nominated Family Group Jeff & Sheri Easter Release New Music with Eyes Wide Open

Written by SGN Scoops on September 21, 2012 – 1:54 pm -

Gospel Music Mainstays Hit the Airwaves to Support New Recording, Celebrate Award and Announce Upcoming
2nd Annual Paint Your Town Pink Campaign
NASHVILLE, Tenn.–September 21, 2012—Multiple award-winning and GRAMMY®-nominated Jeff & Sheri Easter, of Lincolnton, GA, have just released an all-new studio recording.  Eyes Wide Open (Spring Hill Music Group) was produced by Jeff and Sheri Easter, veteran producer Greg Cole and Jeff & Sheri’s son, Madison Easter, who made his debut as a co-producer with the new release.
Eyes Wide Open incorporates the country-styled Gospel harmonies and hints of bluegrass for which the group has been known since its inception and celebrates their family heritage, both past and present.  Sheri re-recorded a classic Mahalia Jackson ballad “Standing Here Wondering” that her mother, Polly Lewis Copsey, a member of the legendary Lewis Family, recorded during her lauded career.  In turn, Sheri’s daughter Morgan paid homage to Sheri on the new, down-home recording with a re-make of Sheri’s noted ballad “I Wonder If He Ever Cries.”
Keeping things “all in the family,” Jeff performed the tune “I Won’t Have to Worry Anymore,” which is the first radio single from the new release, with a guest vocal from his father, James Easter, a member of the classic Gospel bluegrass group The Easter Brothers.  James, who is now 80 years old, also joined the group for a special performance of the song on the main stage at the 2012 National Quartet Convention (NQC).
“Daddy played ‘I Won’t Have to Worry Anymore’ to Mama shortly before she left her tired, broken body here to live in her new one in heaven,” explained Jeff.  “I wanted him to join me in recording this song for the release.  It has always meant a great deal, but now this song has even a greater meaning to both of us.”
Other song titles on Eyes Wide Open include “Love Is,” “Anything But Happy,” “It Must Have Been You,” “Sitting on Top of the World,” “I’ll Take It,” “A Little Bit of Sunshine,” “A Good Old Gospel Song” and “There Is a Purpose.”
The family ties continue on the new recording as Sheri and Madison Easter co-wrote their first song together–“I Know How It Feels to Survive,” which commemorates Sheri’s victory over breast cancer, a topic about which Sheri remains passionate and active.
“There is nothing like living with eyes wide open,” described Sheri, who is now a four-year cancer survivor.  “There is nothing like living with perspective and being able to always see the good in every moment of life.  I am thankful that I had a wonderful support system of my family and all our wonderful friends throughout the country and the world.  I know all our fans can help make a difference in the lives of others who are facing breast cancer.”
Those fans will have a chance to do just that with Jeff & Sheri’s upcoming 2nd Annual Paint Your Town Pink Campaign.  For all of their concerts during the month of October, in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, they are asking everyone to wear pink to create awareness for breast cancer.  The group will also be wearing pink nightly, and a portion of their concerts will honor cancer survivors and recognize local cancer care clubs in efforts to raise funds for these organizations.
Eyes Wide Open, distributed exclusively by EMI CMG Distribution, is available now at retail stores and online stores everywhere.  The release comes on the heels of Sheri being honored by fans as the 2012 Alto Singer of the Year at last week’s NQC Awards in Louisville, Ky.
The group premiered songs from the new recording recently on “The Grand Ole Opry,” at the National Quartet Convention, during a LIVE listening party on air at WGUS in Augusta, Ga. and also through an in-depth interview on the Solid Gospel Radio Network.
For more information, visit www.jeffandsherieaster.com.  Connect with Jeff & Sheri through social media: Facebook – www.fb.com/JeffAndSheriEaster, Twitter – @JSEaster, @SheriEaster.
ABOUT JEFF & SHERI EASTER:
Two-time GRAMMY®-nominated Jeff & Sheri Easter are Gospel music treasures, featured regularly on the Gaither HOMECOMING videos and international HOMECOMING tours in addition to their own heavy schedule of appearances.  Jeff & Sheri are the recipients of six GMA DOVE Awards, 15 Singing News Fan Awards, three Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music Association Awards, two International Country Gospel Music Association honors, seven AGM Ovation Awards, 16 Voice Awards, four Southern Gospel Music Fan Fair Awards, five SGN Scoops Diamond Awards, four Hearts Aflame Awards and three Cash Box Awards.
Formed in 1988 following childhoods as part of their respective, nationally-known family groups The Lewis Family and The Easter Brothers, the married couple is joined today on stage by their children, Madison and Morgan Easter, who round out the group. The group is known for such hits as “Roses Will Bloom Again,” “Praise His Name,” “Thread of Hope,” “Speak to the Mountain” and many others including “Born to Climb,” which garnered a 2010 DOVE Award. They were nominated for a 2011 GRAMMY® Award for their Expecting Good Things (Spring Hill Music) recording, which was recorded while Sheri endured a journey through and victory over breast cancer.
 

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National Quartet Convention Presents the NQC Music Awards

Written by SGN Scoops on September 17, 2012 – 8:53 am -

Louisville, KY – The National Quartet Convention, in partnership with the Southern Gospel Music Guild, presented the first ever NQC Music Awards today (Friday, September 14) at the NQC during the Friday afternoon Showcase Spectacular in Freedom Hall in Louisville, KY.
Awards were presented based on both fan popularity and professional excellence, with two divisions of awards that being presented.  The first division was the  Fan Awarded categories where awards were determined by fan voting.   The second division was the Industry Awarded Categories, which was determined by the music professionals that participate as exhibitors during the National Quartet Convention. No purchase was required for those that are participating in the voting. All that was required is that they were registered on the NQC e-mail list prior to July 1st.
NQC Executive Vice President, Clarke Beasley stated that the Southern Gospel Music Guild has been an important partner in the process, as the SGMG is responsible for determining the category criteria, as well as screening entries for eligibility.  The SGMG professional membership also determined the recipient of the annual Les Beasley Award, given to a person or company that has made a significant impact in the field of Gospel Music. The recipient of that prestigious honor was presented to Marlin Taylor and XM Enlighten Radio.
In order to determine the Songwriter of the Year Award, the SGMG Awards and Criteria Committee pulled The Singing News Magazine radio charts for the eligibility time period and assigned each songwriter fifteen points for a number one song, ten points for a song in the top ten and five points for a song in the top 20. The total points for the eligibility period were tabulated for each writer, and the writer with the most points was awarded Songwriter of the Year.This year’s recipient was Dianne Wilkinson.
Below is a complete list of the 2012 NQC Music Award winners.
FAN CATEGORIES

 

Bass Singer of the Year Nominees:
Bennett, Eric – Triumphant Qt

 

Baritone Singer of the Year Nominees:
Brady, Jim – Booth Brothers
Lead Singer of the Year Nominees:
Booth, Ronnie – Booth Brothers

 

Tenor Singer of the Year Nominees:
Phelps, David – Gaither Vocal Band

 

Soprano Singer of the Year Nominees:
Hopper, Kim – Hoppers
Alto Singer of the Year Nominees:
Easter, Sheri – Jeff & Sheri Easter
 
Soloist of the Year Award Nominees:
Crabb, Jason
 
Male Group of the Year Nominees:
Booth Brothers
 
Mixed Group of the Year Nominees:
Collingsworth Family
Musician of the Year Nominees:
Collingsworth, Kim – Collingsworth Family

 

Album of the Year Nominees:
Celebrate Me Home (Oak Tree) – Perrys

 

Song of the Year Nominees:
I Know a Man Who Can – Greater Vision

 

 INDUSTRY CATEGORIES

 

Arranger/Producer of the Year Nominees:
Lari Goss

 

Concert Promoter of the Year Nominees:
Bill Gaither
 
Radio Station of the Year Nominees:
WBOZ – Nashville

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