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Extraordinary: Poet Voices Return To Gospel Music

Written by Staff on March 10, 2018 – 5:33 pm -

 

Poet Voices Return To Gospel Music

Poet Voices Return To Gospel Music

Phil Cross is a name with which most Southern gospel music fans should be familiar. Cross is known for penning some of Southern gospel’s most beloved songs, including “Wedding Music,” “Champion of Love,” “I Am Redeemed,” “One Holy Lamb,” and several others.

 

Cross is also known for being the founder and lead singer of Poet Voices. Poet Voices started in 1991 as a trio but became a quartet by 1996 and remained as such until 2002.

 

Now, 15 years later, the group is a quartet once again. Cross is now joined by long-time member Donny Henderson (baritone), Nic Holland (tenor), and newly-added bass singer Brandon Barry. Henderson and Holland joined the group in 1999 and 2000 respectively.

 

Barry is no stranger to Southern gospel music, having served as bass singer for the Old Paths Quartet and the LeFevre Quartet. This exciting lineup will also be joined by a live band on select dates. The talented quartet has returned to spread the extraordinary word of God through song once again.

 

Phil Cross: Poet Voices Return To Gospel Music

Phil Cross: Poet Voices Return To Gospel Music

“Poet Voices was formed in 1991 by myself, Howard Stewart, and Dale Brock,” Cross says. “We were signed by Chris White of Sonlite Records, and our first radio release, ‘Jesus Built A Bridge,’ reached the No. 1 position on major charts.”

 

This was the first of many No. 1 hits for the group, which also included “Wedding Music” and “The Key.”

 

One of the group’s most memorable moments was receiving Song of The Year honors for one of their No. 1 songs, “I Am Redeemed.”

 

Cross points to several artists as inspiration for the group’s unique sound and style.

 

“Cathedral Quartet, Oak Ridge Boys, and everyone that’s currently honoring God through music,” are prime influences on the ministry and sound of the group according to Cross.

 

Nic Holland: Poet Voices Return To Gospel Music

Nic Holland: Poet Voices Return To Gospel Music

One could argue that the inspiration was mutual as many of the songs that Cross has written were recorded by those beloved artists. Regardless, these influences can definitely be heard in the current quartet.

 

In addition to their vocal parts, each member has other important positions in the ministry.

 

Cross serves as songwriter, producer and emcee. Henderson produces and handles everything concerning marketing and sound. Holland manages transportation, and Brandon Barry helps coordinate the schedule.

 

The group’s 2018 is off to a strong start with the group releasing two new recordings, “I Am Redeemed” and “Extraordinary.” “I Am Redeemed” features fresh recordings of some of the group’s most well-known songs, while “Extraordinary” is a fitting title for the latter record featuring eight classic Poet Voices songs, along with four new tracks.

 

Brandon Barry of Poet Voices

Brandon Barry of Poet Voices

“‘Extraordinary’ is a collection of newer songs written by myself and others,” Cross points out. “It includes a couple of worship songs, along with songs of proclamation.”

 

The title track is the first radio single from the project.

 

“‘Extraordinary’ is an exciting, up-tempo song written by (me),” Cross emphasizes. “It reminds us that everything about Jesus was extraordinary. He didn’t do anything average or ordinary.”

 

Both recordings showcase the incredible harmonies of this great quartet as well as the strong, gospel-based lyrics.

 

According to Cross, the mission of Poet Voices is “to provide authentic Christian encouragement and worship to all generations,” which is reflected in their music, their concerts and their daily lives.

 

“God is on our side,” Cross points out. “He cheers us on. He never gives up on us. He has an extraordinary plan that includes us.”

 

Donny Henderson of Poet Voices

Donny Henderson of Poet Voices

The music of Poet Voices has made an impact on many people around the world.

 

“An entire tribe in the Virgin Islands received Christ after a missionary shared ‘Jesus Built A Bridge,’” Cross shares. “Their bridges had been destroyed in a hurricane, so they easily identified and understood the song.”

 

This has humbled Cross and the members of the quartet. God has blessed them, and through them, He has blessed many others.

 

“God has impacted our lives, and music is a way for us to express that,” Cross says. “Singing has afforded us the tremendous blessing of meeting wonderful people and knowing that God touches them through the message we get to share.”

 

Even with all of their success, the men of Poet Voices are still focused on the true star, Jesus Christ. The group also encourages new artists and those who feel called to sing gospel music.

 

“Be genuine, real, and do not copy others,” Cross points out. “Remember, we’re not great, but He is. This is not a singing contest.”

Phil Cross of Poet VoicesThe coming days are looking bright for the men of Poet Voices, and they are excited to embark on this new journey together.

 

“We will be sharing in concert events, churches, and wherever doors open,” Cross says. “We will do it with class, integrity, and purpose, to honor Him.”

By Justin Gilmore

First published by SGNScoops Magazine in February 2018

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Patterson Music Group Announces PP Vol. 11 National Radio Releases

Written by SGN Scoops on March 29, 2013 – 6:14 am -

 Patterson Music Group NEW LOGO{EHA-Nashville, TN) Gospel hit songwriter and recording artist, Phil Cross, brings the popular Poet Voices into the national spotlight as he enlists Patterson Music Group’s radio division to represent the trio with promotions. The fans proved they were excited about the group’s re-launch last year as the group made a renewed commitment to their full-time music ministry. Phil’s, “Grace Will Bring Me Home,” is the first song on the PP Vol. 11 radio comp. The Singing Cookes, who have been a Gospel music staple for decades, has the 2nd song on PP. Vol. 11 with “I’ll Be There.” This group has realized many successful recordings and has been a household name among fans everywhere. Songwriter and former member of Heaven’s Highway, David Timms, sings in his trademark Gospel style with, “Everything You Died For.” David writes and has aligned himself with the songwriting talents of Gerald Crabb, as well. 
 
The Partons, who do tours in Canada and hail from the same Eastern Tennessee area of their cousins, Dolly and Stella, have an uplifting, “Up Ahead” on this comp. The soulful, rich vocals of the radio promoter herself, Pauline Patterson, will be enjoyed by listeners across the country, as she offers a gem, “Her Roots Run Deep.” Tim Ooten has endeared many with his moving songs, as made evident with his charting success on the fan-voted top 40 at Southern Gospel Times. He sends out “Set Free” and has been consistently marketed to national radio through Patterson Promotions. “Way Too Close” is going out from the Gibbons Family, and Pauline notes, “I am excited to be working with the Gibbons Family. I believe the listeners will really enjoy this song from this anointed family.” The Underwoods, from Nettleton, MS, have been ministering with their music for many years and they have “Will You Meet Me (Over Yonder)” for release. Steven Lawson is another popular artist among fans and releases “Just for Me.” Mercy’s Bridge is also no stranger to the Gospel Music genre and they have sent “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” through Pauline. 
                

“Two Coats,” is going out through the popular Lancaster, Ohio group, Cross Pointe . “Under Grace” is the song, Georgia, well-loved Southern Gospel trio, chose for release and Brandon Hughes chose “The Old Lighthouse Shining Still.”  Jr. Deason has “I Built a Cross for a King,”Appearing on their new entry level label Southern Gospel Times are Steven Taylor who recorded, “Now I Know What Praising God will Do,” and Larry Davis sends out “God Is Near in Times of Fear.” Pauline Patterson notes, “I believe this is a great comp and we are so excited to be working for these wonderful artists. I hope everyone calls radio and supports the release of these new songs. I believe they’re really going to be a blessing!”  For additional info: www.PattersonPromotions@att.net PR contact: Evie@EHA-Nashville.com


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Patterson Music Group Releases P.P.Vol.10 to Radio

Written by SGN Scoops on January 2, 2013 – 6:52 am -

Patterson Music Group NEW LOGOPatterson Music Group is pleased to announce that Patterson Promotions Vol.10 has been shipped to radio and features many outstanding artists.

 

1. My Redeemer Lives                                       Poet Voices

2. City Limits                                                      Hoskins Family

3. Right On Time God                                        Peach State Qt.

4. Grow Through This Valley                           Tim Livingston

5. Not Gonna Let Nobody Take My Crown     Brenda Whitlock

6. Livin It Up                                                       The Bollingers

7. Walk Out In The Water                                 Chuck Compton

8. Back Together Again                                      Latter Glory

9. Walk By Faith Not By Sight                          Tony Dean Family

10.Still Plannin’ On Goin’                                 The Wilbanks

11.Grace Is Greater                                            David East

12 Comfort In The Storm                                   Isaiahs Cry

13.Right On Time                                                Revelation Trio                                                      

14.The Stone Was Rolled Away                         Southern Traditions

 

For info or Radio Service contact Patterson Music Group at 606 528-0033 or pattersonmusic@att.net.


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Patterson Promotions Vol. 9 Hits National Radio Next Week

Written by SGN Scoops on July 24, 2012 – 5:14 am -

{EHA-Nashville, TN} Pauline Patterson announces the release of P.P. Vol. 9 to radio next week. The song line-up includes fresh new material by popular artists. Pauline notes, “I’m thrilled to get Volume 9 out to radio. We have some exceptional artists and songs on this volume. As usual, I feel this is going to be a wonderful compilation, and I feel the listeners are really going to be blessed by this new material!”

Patterson Promotions will be hosting a radio showcase during NQC week. Phil Cross will be the Emcee and DJ’s across the country will be in the audience.

 

1. Pourin Rain                                                Poet Voices

2. I Make All Things New                           The Partons

3. No Greater Love                                      Chuck Compton

4. Either Way I Cant Lose                           Tony Dean Family

5. Wanted                                                     Pauline Patterson

6. He Has Proven Faithful                        The Wilbanks

7. A Soul Is Worth More                            Brenda Whitlock

8. When The Lord Comes By                     Randy & Wendi Pierce

9. Stand Up                                                Ava

10. You Saw The Best In Me                      The Hobsons

11. He Is                              Jack Freeman

12. Don’t Close The Door                        Dalton Harmon

 

For More info: www.pattersonpromotions.com

 


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Phil Cross & Poet Voices Signs with EHA-Nashville

Written by SGN Scoops on February 23, 2012 – 7:16 am -

{EHA-NASHVILLE 2/21/2012}  With the relaunching of Poet Voices this week, founder Phil Cross enlisted the publicity services of EHA-Nashville. Evie Hawkins notes, “It’s an honor and privilege to be a small part of Phil’s mission. I’ve always been a fan of Poet Voices, and I look forward to the road ahead!” Poet Voices is one of the nation’s most beloved groups and their fanbase continues to thrive. The highly-acclaimed group consists of Phil, Donny Henderson, and Dan Callahan.
For more info:

CROSS MUSIC GROUP PO BOX 11444, Chattanooga, TN 37401main – 423.285.8755
BOOKING INFORMATIONBrian Burchfield 423.754.4350
More info:
Office@PoetVoices.com
www.EHA-Nashville.com
www.pattersonpromotions.com
www.PhilCrossMusic.com

 

 


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Phil Cross Relaunches Poet Voices

Written by SGN Scoops on February 21, 2012 – 6:48 pm -

{EHA-Nashville, TN} One of the nation’s most beloved groups returns to the road this week, as Phil Cross relaunches Poet Voices. The men heeded the call, as the group’s fanbase and peer support continued to thrive; with not only no interruptions, but with requests for live performances and more product.
When Phil established Poet Voices in 1991, a unique music ministry began to unfold. With his gift for penning exceptional material, Poet Voices garnered five #1 songs, as Phil himself earned Dove Awards, Song Of The Year, and Songwriter Of The Year honors. His creation and production of the “Song of a Lifetime” event and video quickly placed him at the top of favorite events at the National Quartet Convention. When Poet Voices came off the road, Phil didn’t miss a beat, as he continued to promote Gospel Music with his choral company, offer resourceful workshops to aspiring songwriters, and make a powerful impact as a composer, singer, and speaker.
Poet Voices concert events will feature many of the group’s top 10 songs as well as some new compositions from group members Phil, Donny Henderson, and Dan Callahan. Selections that will be featured include: Jesus Built A Bridge, The Key, One Holy Lamb, I Am Redeemed, and Grace & Glory. Their powerful “Grace & Glory” video that received 5,000 hits in the first week is also available for viewing: http://www.youtube.com/poetvoicestv

As the group relaunched, Phil enlisted the services of radio promoter, Pauline Patterson of Patterson Promotions and publicist, Evie Hawkins of EHA-Nashville. He adds, “I am excited to share this timeless message of Grace & Glory with our friends and fans and I really believe that the best days are ahead for The Church, for Gospel Music, and for Poet Voices. We’re expecting great things to happen and we’re in it for the long-haul!”

Bookings:
CROSS MUSIC GROUP
PO BOX 11444, Chattanooga, TN 37401
main – 423.285.8755
BOOKING INFORMATION
Brian Burchfield
423.754.4350
More info:
Office@PoetVoices.com
www.PhilCrossMusic.com


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POET VOICES RETURN TO TOURING IN 2012

Written by SGN Scoops on January 17, 2012 – 4:15 am -

In 1991, Gospel Music songwriter, Phil Cross formed Poet Voices. Gospel Music fans quickly fell in love with the music and message presented by this unique new artist.  Over the years the group became a staple in Gospel Music and garnered many of the top honors in the field. Most importantly, they were recognized by both fans and peers as one of the most respected ministry teams in Gospel Music.

We are excited to announce that starting immediately, Poet Voices is resuming it’s tour schedule. PV will be presenting a brand new solo tour throughout 2012 and beyond and their new recording is in post production and will be available early 2012. 

PV concert events will feature many of the group’s top 10 songs as well as some new compositions from group members Phil Cross, Donny Henderson, and Dan Callahan. Selections that will be featured include: Jesus Built A Bridge, The Key, One Holy Lamb, I Am Redeemed, and Grace & Glory.

For the last few years PV founder and Gospel Music songwriter, Phil Cross, has been quite busy promoting and extending the reach of Gospel Music into the Church. He formed a choral company to assist Worship Leaders and Music Pastors in the quest for relevant, quality choir music, and provided additional support by conducting weekend long choir clinics.  Additionally, Cross created and produced the much acclaimed event and video series called “Song Of A Lifetime” that introduces audiences with the writers and the stories behind many of Gospel Music’s most popular songs. The series currently contains several full length DVDs, and the event continues to be one of the most loved and highest attended showcases each year at the National Quartet Convention. 

“The last 10 years have been amazing and I have been blessed to see God work in my life and in the lives of so many.” Says Cross. “I feel like I have reached a place in my journey that can allow me to return to something that has always been a real
passion of mine… touring with Poet Voices.”

PV events will also be supported with all of the necessary promotional tools including posters, radio spots, customized videos, flyers, and other printed materials, along with a our 12 week promotional plan to ensure a successful event.  Event planners will have more tools than ever before.  With ten acclaimed recordings to their credit, as well as numerous popular releases, including five Number One hits, Poet Voices has firmly established a place at the forefront of Christian Music. 

Since its formation in 1991, this popular group has gained the respect of its peers and Gospel Music supporters alike and continues to be one of Gospel Music’s most beloved and influential groups.
Phil adds, “I am excited to share this timeless message of Grace & Glory with our friends and fans and I really believe that the best days are ahead for The Church, for Gospel Music, and for Poet Voices.”  The booking process has already begun for 2012.  Contact Brian Burchfield 423-754-4350 for scheduling information. 

To learn more about PV you can visit the official website at PoetVoices.com. You can also connect with them on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter. To hear and see PV, check out the Grace & Glory music video at YouTube.com/poetvoicestv.


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