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StowTown Records and Lifeway Christian Stores Host The Perrys “Into His Presence” CD Release Party

Written by SGN Scoops on April 10, 2014 – 3:09 pm -

NASHVILLE, TN (April 10, 2014) – The Perrys kicked off their debut StowTown Records project, “Into His Presence,” with a memorable CD release party at the LifeWay Christian store in Hendersonville, TN.perrys
The hometown crowd was treated to a live performance of new songs, including their first single, “I Can Trust Him,” now gaining attention at radio. Libbi Perry Stuffle updated the audience on the miracle of Tracy Stuffle’s recovery from a stroke, and then invited her husband to sing his new duet, “Three Men on a Mountain,” with their son, Jared. Those attending were moved by the clear testimony of God’s grace over the past fourteen months, but they were also blessed with an unexpected bonus — many well-placed humorous comments from Tracy during the festivities, resulting in laughter and applause from the crowd. The Perrys topped off the celebration by sharing cake and conversation with the fans, as well as autographing the new CD.
Into His Presence” is now available at Christian retail stores everywhere through Provident Distribution, in addition to online outlets, including the “New and Noteworthy” section on iTunes. This recording represents a fresh chapter for The Perrys, the legendary family group which formed around the piano on Christmas Day in 1970. The 11-song CD reflects their new partnership with StowTown Records.

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“HOMETOWN SING” Friday and Saturday Night, March 7th and 8th

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on March 5, 2014 – 9:39 am -

hometownsing2014The 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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The Perrys Sign Exclusive Agreement with StowTown Records

Written by SGN Scoops on October 31, 2013 – 12:20 pm -

perrysASHVILLE, 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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StowTown Records Signs The Perrys

Written by Lorraine Walker on October 31, 2013 – 12:05 pm -

Perrys(Nashville, Tenn.) – 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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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, Doug Anderson, Devin McGlamery, The Collingsworth Family, Beyond the Ashes, The Browns, and selected classic music from The Cathedrals, their legendary bass singer, George Younce, and The Cathedral Family Reunion.
Distributed worldwide through Provident Distribution & 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, visitwww.StowTownRecords.com.

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Daywind Artists Win Major Honors at 2013 NQC Music Awards

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on September 19, 2013 – 8:44 am -

NQC(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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Leaving Louisville: SGN Scoops Staff Share NQC Memories

Written by Lorraine Walker on September 11, 2013 – 1:04 pm -

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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

Lou Wills Hildreth

 

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!!!!

 

 

Ben Speer

Ben Speer

 

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.

 

Jake Hess

Jake Hess

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!

The Nelons

The Nelons

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.

Melody Stephens

Melody Stephens

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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Best of Tracy Stuffle and Perrys Greatest Hits to Release at National Quartet Convention 2013

Written by SGN Scoops on August 9, 2013 – 3:47 am -

(Nashville, Tenn) August 2, 2013 – Daywind Records is preparing to release two greatest hits packages featuring the Perrys at the perrys-pressNational Quartet Convention in Louisville,  KY,  this year.

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.

For more information on Daywind, visit www.daywindrecords.com or contact Amanda Martin at 1-800-635-9581.

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WAYNE HAUN’S OLD SOUL AVAILABLE TODAY

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on July 23, 2013 – 1:02 pm -

Nashville, TN – StowTown Records has released, today, the ten-song collection Old Soul by Wayne Haun. Drawing from waynerenowned influences such as Frank Sinatra, Nina Simone, Dean Martin, Barbra Streisand and more, Haun takes the listener on a musical journey to a “time gone by.”

For years, the multi-awarded Wayne Haun has been known throughout the music industry as the “go-to” producer for exquisite orchestrations. Working with a variety of accomplished artists – The Perrys, Jessica Simpson, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, Celine Dion, Jason Crabb, Earl Scruggs and countless others – he is known as “the genius” and has enough awards and nominations to prove it. Now, Haun, let’s the world in on another one of his many talents, as a top-notch “crooner.”

Wayne Haun comments: “I listened to every genre of music when I was growing up. From Bluegrass to Gospel, Broadway to Jazz, all those influences shaped the musician I am today. When I was introduced to Broadway, Jazz and Big Band – all the amazing and lush instrumentation – I knew I wanted to write, to orchestrate, to create those sounds and I was determined to learn how!”

Containing eight classic tunes, and two brand-new compositions, Old Soul is a musical feast for the ear. With songs like “Give Me The Simple Life,” “Are You Havin’ Any Fun” (duet with Ernie Haase), “The Sweetest Sounds,” “Bye, Bye Baby” and “Here You Come Again” (made popular by Dolly Parton) like you’ve never heard it before, this is a must-have for any music lover.


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This Weekend’s Harmony Road Features Concept Video from Channing Eleton

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on June 14, 2013 – 3:17 pm -

Harmony Road logo Jan 2013SIGNAL MOUNTAIN, TN June 14, 2013, This weekend’s Harmony Road features great all time Southern Gospel Classics. Songs include “I’m Getting Ready to Leave This World” from the Dove Brothers Band, “God Walks the Dark Hills” from The Perrys, and “I Never Shall Forget the Day” from the Speers highlight the program. It also features “He Looked Beyond My Fault” from Sisters, and a great concept video from Channing Eleton, “Up on This Ridge” Hosted by Singing News Publisher and Solid Gospel Radio host Les Butler, Harmony Road can be found each Sunday morning at 8 Eastern on TNN, The Nashville Network. Information on TNN and its growing list of affiliates can be found at www.watchtnn.com. Other members of the Harmony Road team include Ball Brothers pianist, Cody McVey, doing interviews and stories “from the road”, as well as Randy Liner, Technical Director and Roger Spears, Producer.

Harmony Road is also found each Saturday evening and Sunday morning on WMJN29 in the Huntsville/Decatur, Alabama area and streamed on the internet at www.wmjn29.com. The program is also shown on Sunday afternoons in the Anniston/Gadsden Alabama area on tv24, and on Charter Cable in Clarksville and Jackson, TN where it’s also available “on demand”. Harmony Road is broadcast Saturday evenings on theWALKtv. Harmony Road has recently been added to the lineup on DTC Communications in Middle Tennessee. More big announcements are coming soon as the program continues to grow. For a list of affiliates and information on streaming, including ROKU, go to www.harmonyroadtv.com .

This week’s program originates from Jim Oliver’s Smokehouse in Monteagle, Tennessee. More information about the Smokehouse can be found at www.thesmokehouse.com.
Other members of the Harmony Road team include Ball Brothers pianist, Cody McVey, doing interviews and stories “from the road”, as well as Randy Liner, Technical Director and Roger Spears, Producer.


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JOSEPH HABEDANK STEPS DOWN AS LEAD SINGER FOR THE PERRYS

Written by SGN Scoops on May 21, 2013 – 1:38 pm -

josephHendersonville, TN (May 21, 2013) – In a letter posted on their Facebook page earlier today, The Perrys announced the departure of Joseph Habedank from the award-winning group. Having begun his career as The Perrys’ baritone singer nearly a decade ago, Joseph stepped into the position of lead singer in 2006 and has also been serving temporarily as the group’s emcee in the absence of Tracy Stuffle.

In the letter, Joseph writes, “Thank you all for loving and accepting me over the years. I never dreamed that The Lord would allow me to feel so loved by the fans of Gospel Music. From the bottom of my heart, thank you!”

Libbi Perry Stuffle adds, “While it saddens me that Joseph is leaving, we definitely respect his and Lindsay’s need to reevaluate their lives and future. He has been like a son to me and Tracy. Although he is leaving our group, we will always consider him part of our family.”

Joseph shares no details of his future plans, but asks for prayers during the transition.

To read the full letter, visit the Perrys’ Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Perrys/141953479202640?fref=ts.

Daywind Records is based in Hendersonville, TN, and is distributed worldwide through New Day Christian Distributors. For more information on Daywind Records and their award-winning family of artists, visitwww.daywindrecords.com.


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