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New roads for the Old Paths

Written by Staff on May 20, 2019 – 8:36 am -

The Old Paths 2019

The Old Paths

The Old Paths began as a trio in 2003 with a great sound but when they transformed into a quartet sometime later, this sound led them to the top of the charts. “Battlestand” and “Love Them to Jesus” made the group popular until 2015, when the momentum of the group formed by Tim Rackley and Douglas Roark ground to a halt.


The Old Paths - Daniel

The Old Paths – Daniel

“Changes in life come at times when we least expect them,” explains Daniel Ashmore, bass singer with the Old Paths since 2011. “When we felt the Lord leading us to come off the road, we didn’t know where we would end up or how we would get there. I can remember feeling led to come off the road and wondering how my wife and I would make it. God had already done some amazing things through the ministry of the Old Paths and all of a sudden, he told us to go home.  The hardest part about coming off the road was trusting that God would provide and open the door for the next step in my life. It was also difficult to see how God could continue to use me without singing on a normal basis. It is easy to have faith when everything is going well, but even harder when that faith is put to the test.”


The group’s faith was certainly put to the test when Tim Rackley’s daughter, Brianna, underwent a kidney transplant in December, 2014. Just a few months later, the Old Path’s tenor, Jeremy Peace, left the group. In mid-2015, the group announced they would be retiring in December, 2015. Health issues and family obligations, as well as the knowledge that the Lord was asking them to hit the pause button, caused the members to decide to park the bus for awhile.


“My wife and I just trusted God with His leading and just as he has always done, he provided more than I could’ve imagined,” Ashmore states. “He opened up a door for me to have a job where spiritual growth and serving others is encouraged. This, in turn, led to opportunities to talk with people on a everyday basis. Spiritually, it helped me learn to trust God even more and once he did as he always does – provide – my faith in him grew stronger. Coming off the road also provided the rest and refreshment that I needed at that time in my life. During the time off the road, God grew me personally in ways I didn’t know I could grow. God gave me a deeper passion to reach the lost through witnessing. I don’t know that I would’ve grown the way I did had we kept singing when the Lord told us to come off the road. God used that time off the road to do a work in me that he could apply when we hit the road again.”


The Old Paths - Tim

The Old Paths – Tim

As for the Rackleys, things have come full circle for their daughter. “Brianna is now 21 years old and since her kidney transplant she is doing ‘super fantastic,’” says father Tim. “The Lord has really been real in her in all different ways. She is attending her first year of college and since back on the road I tell folks the best part is she has her first job.”


“I am so excited to be back doing what I loved to do and that is singing the Gospel of Christ,” Tim continues. “I also am glad that I get to see the friends we have met over the years before we stopped in December of 2015. The biggest thing that has changed since we stopped touring in 2015 is I got more sleep since I was home every week and with being on the road every week you don’t sleep as much.”

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Please Pray For Douglas Roark during recovery from surgery

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on February 14, 2019 – 1:31 pm -

Please Pray For Douglas Roark during recovery from surgery

Please Pray For Douglas Roark during recovery from surgery

Arden, North Carolina  — The Old Paths are requesting prayers for baritone and founding member, Douglas Roark, who had open-heart surgery today.

Over the past few weeks, Douglas noticed during times of exertion, he had tightness in his chest and shortness of breath accompanied by a spell of lightheadedness. Thinking it was just a blood pressure issue, he scheduled an appointment with a primary care physician. This led to an appointment with a cardiologist, and because of his family history, he had a series of tests that showed a hereditary cardiovascular disease with the need of bypass surgery.

The surgery was scheduled for today, Valentine’s Day, at 6:45 a.m. and as of 11:30 a.m. Doug was out of surgery, and the doctors said everything went great. As Doug would say, “Love y’all! And we covet your prayers at this time.” Please be in prayer for Doug, Andrea and his family in the weeks of recovery that will follow.

The Old Paths will continue with their full-time schedule with Jeremy Chupp filling in at baritone. Many fans will remember him running sound and playing drums for The Old Paths’ ministry through the years. They appreciate him and his family for stepping up and helping in such a major way during this time.

“Thank you all for your support during this time, and we can’t wait to have Doug back on the road with us!” says Tim Rackley, The Old Paths’ lead singer.

Jeff and Ed Harper of The Harper Agency, which books The Old Paths, said they’re also looking forward to Doug returning after his recovery.

“Ed and myself were quite surprised to hear the news about Doug, and we are so pleased that all the prayers were answered!” says Jeff Harper. “We all know this is not what Doug had on his bucket list. We will continue to keep Doug and all his family in our prayers, knowing he will be back on the road as soon as he can after doctors release him after recovery. In the meantime, please go out and support The Old Paths as they continue to travel. This is what Doug would want during his recovery, and he will see you on the next run through.”

If you would like to send personal messages to Doug and Andrea, email We will keep everyone updated on Doug’s condition.

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The Old Paths share authentic stories of Christ’s power on It’s Real

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on January 26, 2019 – 9:46 am -

The Old Paths share authentic stories of Christ’s power on It’s Real

The Old Paths share authentic stories
of Christ’s power on It’s Real

Arden, North Carolina  — With a renewed passion and dedication to their ministry, The Old Paths are returning with It’s Real, a collection of songs that carries an authentic message rooted in personal experience. The album will be available everywhere March 22 from Sonlite Records. After taking a break from the road, the quartet wanted to release music that serves as a testimony to the power of faith and the work God has done in their own lives.

“For us, what we missed the most being at home, were the people,” says Doug Roark, baritone singer and founding member of The Old Paths. “The thrust of our ministry has always been encourage, encourage, encourage. Of course you always want people to be enlightened in Christ, but our ministry has been, ‘If God did it for me, He can do it for you.’”

The 7-song EP’s title track, written by Kenna West and Janice Crowe, has Beatles-style harmonies with Roark taking the lead. The lyrics spoke to Roark, who says the message relates to what Christ did for him. “It’s real, just ask, I’m a living testimony to the fact, that it’s real, that’s that,”  Roark sings.

“Lord Knows,” the first radio single, features bass singer Daniel Ashmore. The song builds to an upbeat and uplifting chorus about how God always knows what someone needs even if they’re at wit’s end.

It’s followed by “The God I Know,” a Lee Black and Jerry Salley song. When Roark first heard the lyrics, they spoke to him deeply. In a time when people say “If God was real, tragedy wouldn’t happen,” Roark says he knows otherwise.

“If He can do it for me He can do it for them. I told Tim you gotta sing that song,” Roark says. Lead singer Tim Rackley sings the power ballad, testifying all of life’s trials can be solved through God. “In a broken world where there’s so many lost and desperate souls burning with no hope. The only answer that I know is the God I know.”

The EP closes with “Come Sunday Morning,” featuring tenor singer Steve Ladd. The ballad about the Resurrection story has a strong hook and chorus and uses a common, unspectacular phrase to describe a miraculous story.

Tim Rackley says, “I am so excited about this new recording It’s Real. We were so fortunate to find such great songs with a theme throughout the whole project. Each song really gives a great definition of how the Lord has been ministering in our everyday lives. I really feel this new project will let our friends hear the new sound and know ‘it’s real’ we are back on the road ministering.”

Pre-order It’s Real HERE.

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Final appearance in Georgia For The Old Paths

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on November 28, 2015 – 12:44 pm -

Final appearance in Georgia For The Old Paths

Final appearance in Georgia For The Old Paths

Sunday Night, November 29 – 6:00 pm THE OLD PATHS will make their final appearance in Georgia at Fullerville Baptist Church, Villa Rica, GA. Join them and wish Douglas Roark, Tim Rackley, Daniel Lee Ashmore and Chuck Pettyjohn best to the future. I know it’s going to be a sad evening for the hometown folks as well as many other friends they have made across America. These guys came a long way during their 14 years singing. They have had several number one songs as well as many other charted songs.

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Written by SGN Scoops Staff on May 4, 2015 – 11:12 am -

The Old Paths Stay #musicmondays

The Old Paths Stay #musicmondays

A new reason to  love Mondays! invites you to become a part of #musicmondays  We will be giving away a new CD  every week. All you have to do is enter! Everytime you mention this contest and use the hashtag #musicmondays on either Facebook or Twitter, you earn an entry into that week’s random draw. The more entries  you earn the greater your chance of winning.

Enter this week’s contest now! This week’s prize is the latest CD from The Old Paths!  Enter today and share to win!

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New Music from The Old Paths

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on March 16, 2015 – 9:53 am -

The Old Paths

The Old Paths

(NASHVILLE, TENN) – With the combined enthusiasm and ministry experience of a group of talented men, The Old Paths Quartet was founded in Atlanta. The group quickly became one of the most influential, trendsetting Christian groups in Southern Gospel Music. Their first two national releases produced four #1 radio hits, earning The Old Paths the respect of fans and their peers as one of the genre’s strongest vocal groups.

Stay (Sonlite Records) is the latest album from The Old Paths. It is set for release tomorrow, March 17th.

The group chose its name from Jeremiah 6:16 KJV – “Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for The Old Paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls…” – and the group has remained committed to its mission to share “the good way” through its musical ministry. Recognition and accolades have not changed The Old Paths’ vision.

They are ordinary people with the same trials of daily life shared by all — families to care for, bills to pay, and not enough hours in the day. Yet, they’re extraordinary when it comes to singing and sharing inspiring and uplifting songs.

Tim Rackley sings the first single, “Ordinary People.” Lead singer Tim Rackley  also offers a commanding performance of the majestic ballad “How Great The Debt.” Bass singer Daniel Ashmore brings his rich, resonant vocals to “What A Happy Morning.” Tenor Jeremy Peace ends the album on a high note, literally and figuratively, with the soaring standout song “Out of The Grave.”

The Old Paths are here to Stay … faithful to spreading the message of the Gospel, committed to their fans, and true to a standard of musical and vocal excellence.

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The Old Paths: BMI Awards and #1 Songs

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on July 2, 2014 – 9:00 am -

Old Paths

Old Paths

With two BMI® awards and three #1 hits, the Old Paths have exploded on the scene as a leading presence in Christian radio.

At the 2014 BMI® Christian Music Awards this month, two Old Paths singles, “Battle Stand” (written by Rodney Birch) and “The I Of the Storm” (written by Kenny Kuykendall), received Citations of Achievement for being among the most-played songs on U.S. Christian radio.

In the last two years, three of their singles have reached the #1 position on the Singing News Radio Airplay Chart: “Battle Stand” (December 2012), “God’s Great” (June 2013), and “Long Live the King” (July 2014).

Their success is poised to continue with their new single, “Love Them To Jesus,” already the #1 top add on the August 2014 Singing News New Releases chart. The song was inspired by Old Paths baritone/manager Doug Roark’s testimony. “Over 20 years ago,” he shares, “I was a drug dealer/addict outside of Atlanta Georgia when an old preacher man loved me to Jesus. He didn’t condemn me or judge me; he just took me in and showed me the love of Christ. The songwriter Rodney Birch came to hear us one night, and after hearing my testimony, came back to us with this great song.”

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Campaign Launches To Support The Old Paths Quartet

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on June 18, 2014 – 10:08 am -

Ringgold, GA (June 17, 2014) Friends of the Old Path Quartet announced the kick-off to a fundraising IMG_2774947871845effort in light of the recent loss of the Old Paths’ trailer and contents. Early in the morning on May 30th as the group was planning to travel to Memphis to sing, they discovered their trailer, product, sound equipment, wardrobe and more had been stolen from what should have been a secure, locked area. “What a shock it was to pull up and see everything we had just taken away from us,” Jeremy Peace, tenor of the Old Paths stated. To make matters worse, the insurance company admitted they made mistakes with the paper work, leaving the Old Paths unprotected.

The theft came at a time when the Old Paths were making a huge impact with their ministry and soaring with a string of hit songs. The quartet has celebrated four recent top 40’s, several top 10’s and 3 number 1’s, including the recent number 1 hit, “Long Live The King.” Because many friends and family reached out wanting to help the Old Paths get back on their feet, a fund-raising campaign was launched through “I have been personally touched by the Old Path’s Ministry, so my heart went out to them when I heard the news,” stated Rhonda Frye, organizer of the campaign. “I thought launching an online fundraiser would be a clever way to ‘pass the offering plate.’ Making a donation through is convenient, easy and safe. I would love to see our industry rally around these guys with support.”

“We weren’t sure what direction to take as this was something we had never dealt with, but the Lord has put people in our path to help guide and direct us in making the right decisions through all of this,” Peace explained. “He has also sent others our way to begin a restoration in doing something we couldn’t just make happen on our own. It’s through His people that we are being lifted up. Romans 10:15 says, ‘And how shall they preach, except they be sent?’ We are so grateful to those who are sending us forward with the Gospel that Jesus saves!”

Thanks to the local Sheriff’s department, a few arrests have been made, some items have been recovered, but damaged. To help with the expenses, friends of the Old Paths made a goal to raise $20,000 over the next few weeks. Donations are greatly appreciated and can be made at

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Live Music Video Release By The Old Paths Quartet

Written by SGN Scoops on April 10, 2014 – 10:18 am -

The Old Paths Music Video Photo (1)Ringgold, GA 04-10-2014- In conjunction with Sagemont Church, Houston Texas, The Old Paths Quartet have released their first “Live” music video featuring their hit radio single, “Long Live The King.” This video is part of a complete concert DVD and was produced by veteran producer Ron Ingram, best known for his involvement with previous Crabb Family video productions and the famous Cathedrals, Alive Deep in the Heart of Texas Video.  The song, “Long Live The King,”  written by Dianne Wilkinson and Chris Binion, tells of the crucifixion, the mockery of Jesus, the judgement of sinful man, and the return of Christ to reign forever as King! The song currently sits at #3 on the Singing News Charts, and is an amazing, timely song for this Easter season.
Photo: From left to right: Josh Townsend, Jeremy Peace, Tim Rackley, Doug Roark, and Daniel Ashmore

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The Old Paths Set To Record Live DVD

Written by SGN Scoops on March 20, 2014 – 3:39 pm -

Sagemont-ad-PhotoMarch 20, 2014, {The Old Paths}  Back by Demand – Wednesday 26th, 6:00 PM Sagemont Church. Houston, Texas-

The Old Paths return to Houston Texas for a special evening concert and live DVD recording at Sagemont Church. Doug Roark of the Old Paths says, “We, along with Phillips, Craig, and Dean were a part of the Texas Baptist Convention Conference held at Sagemont Church this past year. Upon returning home, I received a phone call from the Pastor of the church, John D. Morgan, wanting to bring The Old Paths Quartet back to Sagemont for a full concert and Live DVD recording. We are thrilled to bring the greatest music in the world to Sagemont Church!”

The concert/DVD recording is sponsored by Sagemont Church, and its FREE and open to the public.

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