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When an artist takes a step in a different direction, we often sit up and take notice of what they’ve accomplished thus far and where they are headed next. That’s exactly the case with Joseph Habedank who recently came off the road after traveling with The Perrys to pursue a new endeavor in ministry. With Joseph stepping up and taking center stage as a soloist, it’s a great time for Southern Gospel fans to learn more about the young man we’ve already grown to love.
Joseph Habedank began singing with his family when he was just five years old, but it’s clear his mother knew he had a musical ear when he was a small infant. “My Mom says she would play notes on the piano when I was just 11 months old, and I would hum them back to her on key. So I guess you could say I’ve been singing all my life.” Some of his most precious musical memories are from those childhood years. When questioned about his earliest memory of singing he says, “I remember singing in First Baptist Church in Forest, Ohio, when I was four or five years old with my two younger brothers. We sang the old Hemphill’s song “He’s Still Working on Me.”
It wasn’t long before Joseph’s natural ear for singing was coupled with an innate ability to express his thoughts and worship by penning his own songs. Taking after his mom’s passion for writing, he had a binder where he kept his treasured crafts, and remembers having probably 50 sheets of paper filled with songs he had written by the age of eight years old.
Music has always had a strong presence in Joseph’s life, but the styles have broadened over the years. He grew up listening to all Southern Gospel in his young childhood years, and his main influences then were Gold City, Greater Vision, and The Cathedrals. During his teenage years, his tastes expanded a bit to include Christian Contemporary artists like Steven Curtis Chapman, Phillips, Craig & Dean, and Larnelle Harris. This wide spectrum of artists and styles has provided significant musical inspiration over the years. Joseph has also found it very important to model his ministry and work ethic after some of the most respected men in the Gospel music industry, specifically citing Gerald Wolfe and Russ Taff as his mentors.
To list all his songwriting credits would be too numerous to include here, but Southern Gospel fans have an undeniable love for Joseph’s heartfelt lyrics. Those lyrics have taken two of his songs straight to the top of the Southern Gospel radio charts. In 2010, “If You Knew Him”, which was co-written with Rodney Griffin, was nominated for Southern Gospel Song of the Year at the GMA Dove Awards and won the Singing News Fan Award for Song of the Year. Joseph’s songs have been recorded by many artists including: Gold City, Brian Free & Assurance, Karen Peck & New River, Lauren Talley, The Hoppers, The Kingsmen, Ivan Parker, Jeff & Sheri Easter, The Kingdom Heirs, Triumphant Quartet, The Hoskins Family and more.
While industry peers and fans have recognized certain songs with accolades and awards, each song is special to Joseph in different ways and for different reasons. When asked about his favorite song he’s written, he finds it hard to narrow it down, but says the top two that come to mind are “Now I Know Him” which will be on his new solo project with Daywind Records due to release this summer, and “Mary’s Wish” which was recorded by Ivan Parker.
Joseph has had quite a career already, spending a decade on the road with the beloved group The Perrys. During that time he experienced a fruitful time of music and ministry with some of the industry’s finest folks. Following God’s direction, Joseph recently made the move to pursue a solo ministry and is looking forward with great anticipation to the ways God will continue to use him. Three things that excite him about this new venture are helping people, creative liberty, and knowing that he’s in the center of God’s will for his life.
One of his most memorable “performances” was after he came off the road with The Perrys. Joseph was invited to participate as part of the staff at Write About Jesus, a songwriters’ conference put on by songwriting extraordinaire Sue C. Smith and held in St. Louis. At the conference, Joseph shared a little bit of his testimony before singing his song “When the Lights Go Down,” a very personal song for him. “That particular night stands out to me because it was one of the first times I had sung since coming off the road, and I really felt the presence of the Lord. What’s really cool is that it didn’t have much at all to do with me. It was all about Him.”
“The heart of my ministry is pretty simple really. I just want to help and encourage people.” This desire has caused Joseph to push himself even farther with his writing and performing, longing to provide ministry of substance. This “conviction,” as he puts it, came through experiencing a low point in his own life, when he was longing for some help. “I was begging for someone to help me. Whether it be in song or in sermon, I needed hope. It challenged me to help people when they are at their lowest, and also challenged me to no longer write ‘fluff’ just for the sake of having a fast song or a filler song for an album.” It seems that the words of that childhood song “He’s Still Working on Me” are still true in Joseph’s life and career. And that’s the way it should be!
Joseph Habedank fans will have several opportunities to add to their collection of his music this year! Joseph is most excited about his first album with Daywind, “Welcome Home”, which will include 10 brand new songs all written or co-written by Joseph himself. He says “I could not be more excited about a project! I have been wanting to record this particular album for years and I can’t wait for everyone to hear it. The songs go hand in hand with the mission of my ministry.”
Daywind Records is also releasing an album called “TEN”, featuring 10 songs that were written during Joseph’s 10-year tenure with the Perrys. Concert-goers can purchase these beginning this month!
Sometimes the best ideas for new albums don’t come from the record label executives. Joseph’s wife Lindsay suggested an outside-of-the-box project that fans are sure to love. Joseph says, “Since she’s the intelligent one in our house, I listened.” “The Demo Sessions” CD is comprised of 10 of Joseph’s most familiar songs which have been recorded by other artists. However, on this special project you will hear Joseph singing these as the author. Listeners will get to hear the demo versions of these songs just as the artists heard them before they decided to record the song. It’s a sort of “backstage experience”, if you will.
Speaking of his wife Lindsay (they married in 2010), Joseph cherishes time at home with his bride. (By the way, she also has a beautiful voice!) Traveling in ministry takes Joseph away on the road many days of the year, but his absolute favorite place is at home. In fact, when the suit and tie are gone, you’ll likely find him relaxing in his beloved blue Adidas pants, watching a Green Bay Packers game, and chowing down on a pepperoni pizza (extra cheese, please!). “Lindsay and I are pretty low-maintenance when we are home. We love to just relax, watch TV, and laugh. We are boring and fun all at the same time,” he says.
When at home in Nashville, Joseph and Lindsay worship at Christ Church Nashville. After searching for a home church for years, they found Pastor Dan Scott and Christ Church and knew that was where the Lord wanted them. “This church has ministered to us more in the last year than most any congregation has. We love our pastor, we love our choir, we love our church!” Because Christ Church is a large church, they aren’t as involved as they were accustomed to being, but Joseph is looking forward to singing with the Christ Church choir soon.
This new season certainly brings about new opportunities, challenges, and goals. Of course, there is the tour schedule that continues to fill up, including a Canadian tour this summer, and new music to be released, with three new records just this year. You can keep up with Joseph by visiting www.josephhabedank.com or go to www.facebook.com/JosephHabedankMusic and click the “like” button. Joseph also asks for your prayers as he continues to pursue God’s calling on his life.
Even with all the excitement of a blossoming solo ministry, Joseph says his biggest goals are “to be a better husband, a better man, and to draw as close to Jesus as I possibly can.” With that kind of desire, and the talent with which God has blessed him, it’s unquestionable that Joseph Habedank has a bright future in ministry.
First Published by SGM Radio website in March 2014.
Written by Lindsay Huggins.
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Libbi Perry Stuffle considers it a blessing that God sent Goldman their way. “The Perrys are very excited about Andrew coming on board as a part of our team and family. He’s such an incredible singer!”
Known for his smooth style and notable range, the powerhouse lead singer is thankful to be joining The Perrys and the StowTown Records roster. “It’s such an honor to be a part of the great ministry The Perrys have. I have always been a fan, and I love their passion to see people’s lives changed.”
With their new CD release, “Into His Presence,“ making itself known at retail, and their first radio single, “I Can Trust Him,” gaining momentum on the airwaves, The Perrys are counting their blessings. Of course, the fans are both delighted and grateful to see Tracy Stuffle singing at every concert in direct answer to their prayers. The beloved bass singer is enjoying The Perrys’ busy tour schedule, and is continuing his miraculous recovery from an initial stroke in January, 2013. New and long-time fans are invited to follow The Perrys on social media for exciting updates, concerts, events, and specific prayer requests as Tracy’s healing progresses.
About StowTown Records
Founded in 2011, StowTown Records reflects the musical vision of Ernie Haase and Wayne Haun, and is the creative home for Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, The Perrys, The Collingsworth Family, Beyond the Ashes, Doug Anderson, Devin McGlamery, The Browns, The Taylors, and selected classic music from The Cathedrals, their legendary bass singer, George Younce, and The Cathedral Family Reunion. Distributed worldwide through Provident/Sony Distribution, this independent label has quickly garnered industry attention with multiple GMA/Dove Awards and chart-topping releases from their highly respected artist roster. For more information on StowTown Records, visit www.StowTownRecords.com.
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The Josh & Ashley Franks “HOMETOWN SING” will be held this Friday and Saturday Night, March 7th and 8th, at the Hardin County High School in Savannah, Tennessee.
The gospel music 7:00p.m. Friday night event line-up features Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame member, legendary, Ed O’Neal and his “Dixie Melody Boys”, one of gospel music’s favorite family groups, “The Freemans”, and award winning songwriter,”Gerald Crabb”.
The 6:00p.m. Saturday night event showcases America’s favorite mixed quartet, “The Perrys”, exciting trio “Three Bridges”, and from Lawrenceburg, TN, “The Kellys”.
Host artist, Josh & Ashley Franks will be performing both nights. For more information visit joshandashleyfranks.com
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ASHVILLE, TN (October 28, 2013) – StowTown Records is honored to announce the exclusive signing of The Perrys — undisputedly one of the leading names in Southern Gospel music — to its growing family of artists.
Inked during a celebration at the offices of Provident/Sony Distribution, this new partnership — between the legendary Perrys and StowTown founders Ernie Haase and Wayne Haun — is a natural outgrowth of the mutual respect, friendship and admiration built throughout the years they’ve shared stages across the country. Haase is quick to explain his excitement about the signing: “I have known Libbi and Tracy for about 20 years now. They are my favorite kind of people — humble and full of the love of Jesus. It is my honor to finally get to work with them. I believe the best is yet to come!”
One of the most-awarded groups in Southern Gospel music during their storied 41-year career, The Perrys’ roster currently includes Libbi Perry Stuffle — the unforgettable alto who carries on the family legacy, her husband and beloved bass singer Tracy Stuffle, their son Jared (JK) Stuffle — assisting on bass vocals, lead singer David Ragan, and baritone Bryan Walker.
2013 has been a challenging year for The Perrys, with the ongoing recovery of Tracy Stuffle after his initial stroke in January. However, Tracy’s recent return to selected dates and featured songs with the group serves as a picture of grace and hope to the prayer warriors who have joined The Perrys on this journey of faith. Tracy — who signed the contract himself — is clearly grateful: “Lib and I, along with our guys, Bryan, David, and JK, are so excited about our joint venture with StowTown Records and Provident/Sony Distribution. We look forward to many years of a lasting relationship with both companies. We have always had a wonderful relationship with our long-time producer Wayne Haun, and are excited that this new chapter will still include him. We are very much looking forward to what the Lord and the future is gonna hold for The Perrys.”
Their new project is expected to release in March 2014, so fans should follow The Perrys on social media for updates on the recording process, as well as upcoming concerts, events, and Tracy’s recovery. Libbi’s heartfelt updates and prayer postings on Facebook have also become a must-read for both new and long-time fans of the group.
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(Louisville, KY) – Daywind recording artists and a Daywind songwriter were among the big winners at the 2nd Annual NQC Music Awards held at the National Quartet Convention in Louisville last Friday. Popular mixed group, The Perrys, received the award for Album of the Year for their cd “Through the Night.” Dianne Wilkinson added to her distinguished career by being named 2013 Songwriter of the Year. Brian Free and Assurance received the award for Video of the Year for the music video to their #1 song “I Want To Be That Man.”
In an emotional acceptance, Libbi Stuffle thanked her group for carrying on despite tremendous adversity. Libbi’s husband and the group’s leader, Tracy Stuffle, suffered a stroke early this year and is recovering under Libbi’s care in Nashville, TN.
Dianne Wilkinson graciously thanked the crowd for the award while encouraging the audience. “More than ever, sinners need to be saved; Christians need to be encouraged; the Church needs to be awakened; and God needs to be glorified…and we don’t have long to do it,” exclaimed Wilkinson, who has had several #1 songs in the past year to go along with her past hits recorded by the Cathedrals, Kingdom Heirs, Mark Trammell Quartet and many more.
Brian Free and Assurance’s video director, Scott Godsey, accepted on behalf of the group for their win. “I Want To Be That Man,” was the first #1 single from the album Nothing But Love. The album has since birthed a second #1 song, “Calvary’s Cry.” with the third single, “Nothing But Love” now playing at radio stations nationwide. The group and the recording received seven nominations overall for the NQC Music Awards.
“We are so proud of our artists and songwriters. I see behind the scenes how hard they work and how pure their hearts are. It is wonderful when their fans recognize their efforts in this way,” said Ed Leonard, president of Daywind Records.
Along with these great talents, Daywind Records is home to such artists as the Karen Peck and New River, Greater Vision, Legacy Five, and more. Daywind is distributed to Christian retail by New Day Christian Distributors (www.newdaychristian.com) and to the general market by Select O Hits. For more information on Daywind, visit www.daywindrecords.com.
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As the National Quartet Convention prepares to move from Louisville, Kentucky to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, several SGN Scoops magazine staff writers share their memories of NQC past.
Lou Wills Hildreth shares: My family –the Wills Family of Ft. Worth, Texas–sang at the first NQC in Memphis, and many years thereafter. I have only missed one NQC in all 56 years of the event. Howard and I will be greeting friends this year at the Scoops Booth. Praying God’s blessing on every song and testimony!!!!
Dixie Phillips shares: When I was 16, my Mom and Dad started attending church. The new pastor was an avid southern gospel fan. He and his wife invited my parents and me to attend NQC in Memphis. I was so excited when my parents agreed to go. I will never forget when Ben Speer sang “The Brush.” My life was changed forever. I was hooked. Southern Gospel Music is music with a message and I am so honored to be a part of it.
Lorraine Walker shares: I began to attend the NQC when it was still in Nashville. I remember a few highlights as well as the long cement slope to the basement exhibit hall . I remember hearing one of the last times that JD Sumner and the Stamps sang together, the announcement of Kim Hopper Greene joining the Hoppers, Tony Greene’s proposal to Taranda Kiser, as well as what would be the last NQC of Jake Hess, Vestal and Howard Goodman, George Younce and Roger Bennett. I remember watching a new family group called The Crabb Family come on stage with their whole church in one section of the auditorium cheering them on. I am sorry to be missing this last year in Louisville but I know great things are in store for future NQC’s!
Craig Harris shares: Moments and memories are what life in general is all about. They are what make anything that is important to you special. This is my 14th year of attending the National Quartet Convention and it’s hard to believe that it’s been that long. A one-song spot on the main stage on Tuesday evening surprisingly took me back to some of my earliest of days at NQC here in Louisville, which is the only NQC venue that this Southern Gospel follower has ever experienced.
As the Stephens Family stepped out on the stage, I had no idea that the soprano singer – Melody Stephens – was going to lead me on a brief stroll down Memory Lane. Stephens was the soprano for the Nelons when I first started following Southern Gospel music. I didn’t grow up around the genre as so many did. I simply discovered it – with the assistance of a few friends and borrowed CDs – around 1998. But the Nelons were one of those groups that came to the main stage in those early days and just brought it.
I was still learning and understanding the dynamics of Southern Gospel music when I attended my first NQC in 2000. I only stayed for two nights that year. NQC has been a week-long event ever since. That configuration of the Nelons – with Melody, Paul Lancaster (one of my favorite singers) and Dan Clark (who had a pleasant-sounding bass tone that simply fit the group well) – was probably my favorite. Songs like “Where Sin Had Been Pardoned,” “He Called Me Out,” and the vastly-underrated “You Ain’t Seen the Last of Jesus” suckered me in to this genre of music hook, line and sinker. In fact, “He Called Me Out” was on the NQC Live 1999 DVD and CD (along with the Perrys unbelievable version of “When He Spoke”), prompting me to want to make the journey from the Nashville area to Louisville to see what this Quartet Convention was really all about.
The Nelons followed that era up with more great singers like Katy Van Horn Peach and more great songs, such as “He Rolled Back the Stone.” They are still producing great music today and undoubtedly making memories for some person out there who is just figuring out what NQC is all about. The Stephens family brought some memories back to life for me on Tuesday night. I hope that you all are not only having fond remembrances this week but are also making new memories. Don’t waste an opportunity to truly live and experience all that there is to offer. Have a great week and simply enjoy.
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The Best of Tracy Stuffle will feature 12 songs celebrating one of the most beloved performers in Southern Gospel music today. Songs include “Plan of Salvation,” “Everywhere I Go,” “Come Thirsty,” ”This Old Sinner Testifies,” and many more. Tracy Stuffle suffered a series of strokes earlier this year is making great progress at a rehabilitation facility near Nashville, TN.
The Perrys Greatest Hits is the first such collection of its kind and features an amazing set of hits amassed by the Perrys during their long tenure at Daywind Records. The collection includes 17 songs such as “I Wish I Could Have Been There,” I Rest My Case at the Cross,” “Celebrate Me Home,” “Praise God, It’s Settled, I’m Saved,” “If You Knew Him,” and many more.
“Daywind is excited to release these projects. When Libbi called me and told me that Tracy picked out the songs for his ‘best of’ cd himself, I praised God for the miracle He has done in Tracy already,” said Ed Leonard, president of Daywind Records.
Both cds will be available for the first time at the Perrys’ booth at the National Quartet Convention, which will be held in Louisville, KY, from September 8-14, 2013. The Perrys Greatest Hits cd will release to Christian retail and through itunes and other digital outlets on September 24, 2013, while The Best of Tracy Stuffle will be available exclusively at Perrys concerts for limited time.
The Perrys have reached legendary status is Southern Gospel music. Their countless Singing News Fan Awards, #1 songs, and Dove Awards make them one of the most awarded groups in all of Christian music. For more information on the Perrys, including upcoming concert appearances, visit www.perrysministries.com.
Daywind Records is home to such artists as Greater Vision, The Mark Trammell Quartet, Karen Peck and New River, the Browders and more. Daywind is distributed to Christian retail by New Day Christian Distributors (www.newdaychristian.com) and to the general market by Select O Hits.
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