Dallas, GA – The Nelons, set to be inducted into the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame on May 10, were recently honored by the state of Georgia and their hometown of Dallas, GA. Earlier this week, representatives from the office of Georgia Governor Nathan Deal and Dallas, GA Mayor, Boyd L. Austin Jr., honored the talented family with a commendation and a dedication setting the day of May 10, 2016 as ‘The Nelons Day” in their hometown of Dallas, GA.
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Maysville, GA The Grove, in Maysville, GA was the place to be just a couple of weeks ago when the Pruitt Family had their third “Night of Southern Joy”. It was truly a night of joy as some of the best talent in Southern Gospel Music poured their hearts out to a full house.
The night started with a couple of beautiful numbers by Lecia Appling, who serves as the church Choir Director. You could have left after she sang and been happy, but you would have missed some more great singing by The Bowling Family, The Browders, and The Pruitt Family. It was a night of close family harmony.
The Bowlings came on first and quickly won the crowd over, but when they brought those three young daughters out, they simply stole the show. Next came the Browders and they sing with so much energy and excitement that I was beginning to wonder how the last group was ever going to keep up with the pace of the program.
Without so much as a skip in the adventure, The Pruitt Family took command of the audience as they brought the crowd to a rousing ovation with their hit song “You Don’t Even Want To Make Me Pray”.
The song is currently #16 on Singing News for June.
Charlie Sexton kept the program moving and the crowd laughing as Emcee for the evening’s festivities.
Mark Pruitt stated, “What a great night we had the other night at our 3rd Annual Celebration, ‘A Night of Southern Joy.’ Thank you to everyone who came out to Celebrate our 3 years in ministry! Who’s ready for next year?”
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From Mark Lowry: Last night I had the privilege of singing with the East Dayton Christian School choir. These were kids singing their hearts out. Fantastic job!! My bus driver, Woody, captured it.
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Hendersonville, TN – Daywind recording artists, The Nelons, are excited to announce the release of Stronger Together –Limited Edition EP, available today.
In anticipation of two brand-new, full-length recordings in August, the Nelons have released a 6-song EP project that includes their current radio hit, ‘I Just Can’t Make It By Myself.’ The EP, available now at all major digital retailers, gives listeners a small taste of what is to come from the award winning family group in the coming months.
The release of Stronger Together –Limited Edition EP falls just weeks before the iconic gospel group’s induction into the Gospel Music Association’s Hall Of Fame on May 10th. Comprised of Kelly Nelon Clark, her husband, talented producer/arranger Jason Clark, and daughters, vocal powerhouse Amber Nelon Thompson and budding instrumentalist Autumn Nelon Clark, The Nelons have a gifted way of powerfully communicating the Gospel through polished harmonies and commanding performances that transcends the years and genres. During their tenure as one of Gospel music’s leading families, The Nelons have garnered six GMA Dove Awards, three GRAMMY nominations, and 14 Singing News Fans Awards, among others. Carrying on Kelly’s father, Rex Nelon’s, legacy, they have recorded more than 35 albums containing more than 20 Top 5 radio singles, including classics such as ‘We Shall Wear A Robe And Crown,’ and ‘O For A Thousand Tongues.’ They have frequently been featured on the Gaither Homecoming Tour and videos, as well as performed on the Grand Ole Opry, among other historic venues.
In addition to the digital EP, The Nelons plan to release two full-length projects, Stronger Together and Family Harmony later this fall, as well as a vintage vinyl project on Daywind Records.
Stronger Together –Limited Edition EP is available now at iTunes and other online digital outlets.
Daywind Records is home to an award-winning roster of artists, including Legacy Five, Adam Crabb, Browders, Jim Brady Trio, Greater Vision, Joseph Habedank, The Hoppers, Karen Peck & New River, Bowling Family, Tribute, Nelons, Brian Free & Assurance, Blackwood Brothers Quartet and Wilburn & Wilburn. Daywind is distributed to retail through New Day Christian Distributors, Sony RED, and all major digital outlets, including iTunes.
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Jim Pearson of The Diplomats is the guest on Gospel Music Today for the week of May 1. Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates. The Feature Group is The Webb Quartet, and Jean reviews new recordings by Reconciled and Focused. An article from Singing News magazine is the subject of this week’s News Notes. The show features an Archive video by Gold City, singing by Redemption Road, exclusive concert video of Kevin Spencer, recorded by Gospel Music Today’s cameras in Broken Arrow, OK, and a visit to the Gospel Music Today Archives for an exclusive concert video of 2nd Generation, recorded in Broken Arrow, OK.
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Nashville, TN Family Music Group artist, the Old Time Preachers Quartet, has announced they will post a new video vignette every Monday starting in May going through the end of August. To kick off this video series, the Old Time Preachers Quartet has released a special “sneak peak” video of the group singing. The first video can be found on their Facebook page, www.facebook.com/
The Old Time Preachers Quartet recently debuted their first radio single which is the title track from their first ever album, “The Old Time Way.” Although a new group to Southern Gospel Music, most of their members will be familiar faces. Six time Singing News “Bass Singer of the Year” Mike Holcomb is joined by long time Southern Gospel personality Les Butler. Butler is known for his years as Publisher of the Singing News Magazine as well as host of nationally synidcated radio and TV shows. Rounding out the group is Jeremy Ballinger and Lee McNeill, who spent time with the Brashear Family and the Lumber River Quartet respectively.
Fans are encouraged to go to the Old Time Preachers Quartet’s official Facebook page each Monday to view these special videos. To view the first video go to www.facebook.com/
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Chip Pullen, lead singer for Gold City announced his resignation on the group’s Facebook Live broadcast on Thursday evening, April 28th. Chip, who has been called to preach the gospel, stated that, at this time in his life, he wants to continue his Bible studies. He’s taking a position with a local landscaping company that will allow him to pursue his education an afford him the opportunity to preach more. He leaves with Gold City’s blessing.
Daniel Riley, manager for the group, says, “We love Chip, and we hate to see him go, but we certainly understand that God has a great plan for his life in the ministry. Chip is like a brother to us, so we are certainly going to miss him and his powerful voice in the lead position. As much as we know God has a wonderful plan for Chip’s future, we also know that He has the right person out there for Gold City, too. God has never failed us and has always sent the right man for the right season. We know He won’t fail us now.”
For those interested in auditioning for Gold City, here is the process: email a resume, photo, and a demo in mp3 format to: email@example.com. No phone calls please.
For more information about Gold City, like their page on Facebook or visit www.goldcityqt.com.
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The North Georgia Sing is only a few days away, and promises to mark the beginning of a grand annual event.
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Nashville, TN – The highly-anticipated debut project from new group, Cana’s Voice, will release May 27, 2016 on StowTown Records.This Changes Everything showcases the talent of three exceptional singers, Jody McBrayer, formerly of Avalon; powerhouse vocalist TaRanda Greene and Doug Anderson, previous member of Signature Sound. Produced by Dove award-winning producer, Wayne Haun, the new album features 13 songs that offer hope to the hopeless, and especially to those who are on the edge of giving up on God, Christianity and the church. Some of the industry’s top songwriters contributed to the record that include Haun, CeCe Winans, Joel Lindsey, Tommy Sims and Marcus Hummon. The first single, “Jesus Never Fails” is currently going for adds at radio. This Changes Everything brings all of these artists back into a group setting that will further their already stellar music careers.
Jody McBrayer is a founding member of Avalon who toured and recorded with the multi-award winning group for 12 years, racking up 21 No. 1 songs and selling over 4-million records. TaRanda Greene has gained national attention through high-profile appearances with the Grammy Awards winning Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, In Touch Network and Turning Point Ministries, along with singing at the United Nations and some of the largest churches around the world. Doug Anderson has enjoyed an international career, as a founding member of Signature Sound, and has also been a successful solo artist on StowTown Records. He has appeared in countless sold-out concerts, received a Grammy Awards nomination, won 13 Dove Awards, and has an RIAA Gold status album.
The melding of vocals between McBrayer, Greene and Anderson deliver a powerful album of God’s continual support and love that reflect the difficulties overcome by these three artists. With a wide variety of songs that range from ballads to up-tempos, the lyrics cover the range of God’s life saving grace with “I Won’t Go Back” that describes the eternal changes to a Christian’s spiritual walk, while “Give It To You” brings a country flavored message of turning over our hopes and fears to God, and the rousing “All My Reasons Are You” that gives full glory to Christ for the reason of living. It’s not going to be a surprise that Cana’s Voice will have an impact with listeners around the world, since the group’s name came from John 2:1-11 where Jesus turned the water into wine at a wedding feast in Cana.
“It only takes a few notes from this trio to know there’s something special here. Get ready to be wowed AND blessed,” says Haun. “It’s hard to believe that Cana’s Voice isn’t family when you hear them sing. Their blend and harmony is that perfect!”
“What is so significant to the three of us is the vessels Jesus used to create that miracle,” Greene explains. “They were broken and old, had fulfilled their purpose and had seen better days, but Jesus used them for a purpose that was even better than the first. As we sang our first note together, we realized God isn’t finished with us. Just like those broken vessels, we have been repurposed for such a time as this. We want to carry the gospel to the world with humility, knowing where we’ve come from, knowing God is guiding our every step; believing in the Heavenly Father to be exactly who He is. We stand as a voice for the broken and wounded, redeemed by the blood of the Lamb for a higher calling. We are Cana’s Voice.”
Cana’s Voice started touring as group earlier this year, in-between the members’ solo dates, and is amassing quite a following already. For continued updates about Cana’s Voice: www.stowtownrecords.com; www.jodymcbrayer.com; www.tarandamusic.com; www.dougandersonmusic.com.
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