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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.”

For more on The Old Paths, visit theoldpathsonline.com.

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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 YouCaring.com. “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 YouCaring.com 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 http://www.youcaring.com/nonprofits/the-old-paths-theft-recovery-fundraiser/190809.

For more information about the Old Paths Quartet, visit: http://theoldpathsonline.com/home.html.

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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.

For more information about the Old Paths, visit http://theoldpathsonline.com/home.html.

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Crossroads, Kingdom Heirs, and Old Paths Celebrate #1 Hits

Written by SGN Scoops on September 23, 2013 – 7:46 am -

cross roads #1September 11th, The Kingdom Heirs, The Old Paths, and representatives of Sonlite Records, a division of Crossroads Entertainment & Marketing, gathered at the Cardinal Restaurant in Louisville, Kentucky to celebrate two recent #1 hits. The Old Paths’ radio single “God’s Great,” written by Rodney Birch, was #1 on the June 2013 Singing News Top 80 chart. The Kingdom Heirs’ #1, “Just Beyond the Sunset,” written by Dianne Wilkinson, is #1 on the current October 2013 Singing News Top 80 chart.”What a run it’s been,” said Kingdom Heirs baritone and manager Steve French. “It took us several years to ever reach that #1 position but now we’ve had eight to make it to the top.  That’s what happens when you have great songs, a great production, and the best radio department in the business!”Old Paths baritone and manager Douglas Roark added, “We never imagined coming out of the gate with #1 songs. But to have two in a row, back to back, is just unbelievable. We owe so much to our record company, Crossroads Entertainment and especially to Jim Stover for doing such a great job representing our songs in the world of radio. We couldn’t be more excited!”

Chris White, President of Sonlite Records, commented: “It’s not often that you get to work with what may be two of the best quartets to ever have sung a note in our business. That’s what we’ve got with the Kingdom Heirs and The Old Paths. As well, they are both very serious about how they present the music with their abundance of talent and with the message these songs contain. We’re thrilled with our association with each of these artists.”

The Old Paths’ follow-up single, “He’s My Song,” has been heating up the charts; it has already reached the #6 position on the November 2013 chart. Meanwhile, the Kingdom Heirs’ new single, “The Borrowed Tomb,” is off to a strong start, as the #1 most added song for Singing News’ November 2013 Top New Releases chart.


From left to right: Dennis Murphy (Kingdom Heirs), Tim Rackley (The Old Paths), Jerry Martin (Kingdom Heirs), Andy Stringfield (Kingdom Heirs), Jeremy Peace (The Old Paths), Kreis French (Kingdom Heirs), Douglas Roark (The Old Paths), Steve French (Kingdom Heirs), Chris White (Crossroads), Daniel Ashmore (The Old Paths), Jeff Chapman (Kingdom Heirs)

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Written by SGN Scoops Staff on November 12, 2012 – 10:25 am -

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Crossroads Signs The Old Paths

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on March 22, 2012 – 11:08 am -

Arden, NC – March 22, 2012 – Crossroads Entertainment & Marketing has just announced signing The Old Paths to a long-term recording agreement. Crossroads will release their first major-label album, Right Now, on April 17.

The Old Paths began in fall 2003. They have performed for Charles Stanley at First Baptist Atlanta, the Georgia Baptist Convention, the Alabama Baptist Convention, Dr. Jerry Vines Evangelism Ministries, and numerous other conferences, community events, and churches. They are a current top 10 nominee for Horizon Group of the Year in the Singing News Fan Awards, and their current radio single, “The I of the Storm,” is at #13 on the May 2012 Singing News Radio Airplay chart.

Crossroads executive Chris White states, “We’ve had a relationship with these guys for about a year now. We’re very excited about where this relationship can go, and what it can do for the music industry, and their ministry as well. Look for a long-lasting relationship with The Old Paths.”

The Old Paths baritone Doug Roark commented, “The Old Paths are certainly delighted to be here. No doubt about it, everyone in Gospel Music knows exactly what sort of reputation Crossroads brings to the table. We’re delighted that we get to come on board and work hand in hand with all the fine folks here at Crossroads Music.”

“Being a co-founder of The Old Paths Quartet,” Tim Rackley adds, “I’m happy and thrilled to be a part of such a successful music company. Being a young boy, and getting Singing News magazine growing up, it was always a thrill to see the new songs and artists they were promoting. We’re excited to be a part of this long history, and we look forward to adding some great records for Crossroads Music as well.”

Right Now will be available from The Old PathsCrossroads, iTunes, and your local Christian retailer.

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Chattanooga, TN Gets Ready For Great Night Of Southern Gospel Music

Written by SGN Scoops on July 25, 2011 – 4:08 pm -

Paul Belcher Promotions presents a night of unforgettable Southern Gospel Music on Saturday August 13, 2011 in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  Gold City Quartet, The Hoppers,  and Singing News Fan Award Nominees- Voices Won and The Old Paths will be performing at the Memorial Auditorium.  The concert is scheduled to begin at 6:30 pm. Doors open at 5:30.

Tickets are one sale and can be purchased by phone at 423-253-7900 or by mail at P.O. Box 808, Telico Plains, TN. Tickets can also be purchased at Sonshine Book Store at 1841 Battlefield Parkway, Fort Oglethorpe, GA 30742.

For more information, visit: http://paulbelcher.com/index.asp

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