Joseph Habedank is an award-winning vocalist and songwriter, who traveled with beloved family group The Perrys for 10 years and has just been announced as the Singing News Favorite New Soloist for 2014. He has waged a war against an addiction to pain killers and has been sober for over a year. Habedank found strength in the Lord to start again, returning to the stage, the music and the community that has surrounded him with love and support.
In August, Billboard magazine released an indepth interview with Habedank about his addiction and how he moved into recovery. Following that, he assisted SGN Scoops with a feature called Christians and Addictions, published in September 2014. He says it wasn’t so much deciding to take his addiction issues public, but just answering questions with honesty. “I think it had less to do with me talking about my problem and more to do with telling the truth when we were asked. Lindsay and I decided early on that if I was going to truly recover, I had to tell the truth.”
In telling the truth, Habedank admits that losing his job with the Perrys was his rock-bottom. “Music was my life, it defined me and when I lost that, it was like losing myself and I almost had to reinvent myself as an individual. I had to relearn how to think and even how to live. That wasn’t easy.”
Part of Habedank’s recovery included finding the strength to start again in his musical career. “I think it was two things, neither of which had much to do with me. First, it was a matter of trusting that the Lord wasn’t through with me, and then having the courage to do what most people said I couldn’t. And secondly, I had an incredible behind-the-scenes support system. Not to mention, the Lord specializes in the impossible. I thought I was a hopeless case, but He saw what I could be and not just what I was.”
Joseph and his wife Lindsay found that their friends in the industry were there to support them in his return to Southern Gospel. “Daywind was very quick to hop on board, as was the Dominion Agency, and Ricky Free was on board from day one,” Habedank says. “The songwriting community really rallied around me as well.”
One result from this experience has been the new project by Habedank entitled Welcome Home, which was a labor of love for the soloist. “We started recording in the spring, but it feels like I have been writing for this record for years. It is definitely the most personal album that I have ever been a part of; it’s my heart.” Habedank continues, “I had the privilege to work with the brilliant Ricky Free, who I now consider ‘my producer.’ He totally outdid himself on this record. I also got to work with Cliff Durren, orchestration arranger, for the first time. I just love his attitude and heart. Not to mention he’s a genius. And of course all of my wonderful co-writers as well. I had an amazing team around me.”
The first release from Welcome Home is “Never, No, Never” which Habedank co-wrote with Tony Wood and Lee Black. The song contains a great promise and a message of encouragement that Habedank hopes will help his listeners.
Another special tune on the album is “Empty”, which Habedank says follows the theme of the album. “We aren’t who the Devil says we are,” Habedank states. “We already have a name, we are part of a Royal Priesthood and we are because Jesus says so.” He was also thrilled to have one of his favorite people sing with him on this song. “Russ Taff was one of the first people to help me when I came off the road last year. He has been an amazing mentor and an even greater friend. I love him dearly and will forever be indebted to him. I just asked him to sing on my record and he said ‘Absolutely’ as he so often does. It was that simple. He’s a great man.”
“The Beauty of the Blood” is Habedank’s favorite on Welcome Home. “I feel something different when I’m singing that song, more so than almost any other song I’ve sung before. I think it’s because my life reflects the message that I’m trying to convey when I’m singing that song, so it’s much easier for me to communicate it. I’m extremely grateful for Tony Wood and Michael Farren, who helped to make it what it is.”
Joseph Habedank admits it wasn’t easy to step out alone on that stage after having shared it with the Perrys for so many years. To tell the truth, he says it was both “terrifying” and “wonderful.” However, traveling as a soloist has allowed him to see the country along with Lindsay, as well as being able to choose his own material, to say what he wants to through his songs.
As a soloist, Habedank’s personal goal is not much different from when he was part of group. “I say this a lot, but I really just want to help people by pointing them to Jesus. I want to be a better man, a better husband and a better kid to my Heavenly Father.”
Some people might question Joseph Habedank’s decision to tell the truth about his addiction, or even just admire his courage to be transparent, but he just has one response: “You don’t have to hide what Jesus has already redeemed.”
Find out more about Joseph Habedank and Welcome Home at http://www.josephhabedank.com/
Written by Lorraine Walker
First published October 2014 by SGN Scoops digital magazine.
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The birthplace of southern gospel music, Lawrenceburg, TN will play host once again to the annual James D. Vaughan Quartet Festival. This year, the festival expands to four big days, beginning onWednesday July 22 and continuing through Saturday July 25.
Over the four days, there will be with nightly performances by Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, the Hoppers, Triumphant Qt, the McKameys, Gold City, Brian Free & Assurance, Chuck Wagon Gang, the Inspirations, Kingsmen Quartet, the Perrys, Archie Watkins and Smoky Mountain Reunion, Blackwood Brothers and many more. There will be FREE matinee shows on Thursday-Saturday at 1:00pm with quartets such as; Old Paths Qt, Diplomats, Mylon Hayes Family, and the Caltons. The Lawrenceburg Walk-A-Fame will also be presented again this year by Main Street Lawrenceburg, on Friday, July 24.
Host Quartet and Lawrenceburg’s own, the Kellys, will once again appear each evening and Josh Franks will be the Master of Ceremonies. The Vaughan Quartet Festival will be held at the historic Crockett Theater. Tickets will go on sale to the public on Tuesday, March 3 at 10:00AM. For more information, tickets, or a complete line-up visit www.lawrenceburgtn.gov or call 1-800-547-6500.
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New Faces in Some Old Familiar Places
By Candi Combs
It is not uncommon for the Perrys to open their concerts with the title track from Blue Sky’s Coming. What is unusual is to see a new guy and an old guy. To hear Libbi Perry Stuffle describe it, The Perrys now have, “A Yankee and a prodigal.” Former Perry, Troy Peach is now in the lead vocal position with the Perrys.
Standing on either side of Libbi Perry Stuffle and Troy Peach is Libbi and Tracy Stuffle’s 22-year-old son Jared, bringing the bass part for his dad, and Andrew Goldman of Evansville, IN, who joined the Perrys several months ago. Goldman is a familiar face to most fans as he was a part of the all-male quartet, Union Street. This was the line-up as we sat back to enjoy a great concert by The Perrys.
As the group settled in, Libbi took the lead with “Still Blessed.” Indeed, Libbi can say that she is still blessed after the two-year adjustment to the family following Tracy’s stroke in January 2013. Tracy was at the front of the church watching the group, which was inspiring to everyone.
Troy Peach was completely comfortable in his new role as lead singer and emcee
for the Perrys’ stage ministry. The new faces took time to demonstrate what they could do together. This pair worked in great harmony in a duet of “Cleft of the Rock.” When Libbi and Jared joined in, the new blend was something to get excited about! Seamlessly, and as if they have always been together, they performed the radio hit single, “I Talked to God This Morning.”
Libbi then shared the story of how Troy came to return to the Perrys. She shared that in a conversation, which Troy initiated, he told her, “I just feel this is where God wants me to be.” Gospel music is full of personnel changes, but no one can argue with reasoning under God’s direction. While discussing the departure of Bryan Walker into a full time pulpit ministry, Libbi quipped, “I feel like I sent one son to college while the prodigal came home.”
Following these introductions, the group sang the Perrys’ classic, “He is Mine.” In a perfect segue, “I Can Trust Him” was sung with great conviction by Libbi. At this point, the group came off the platform and joined Tracy at the front. With a great big smile, Libbi stepped back while all four men sang “Three Crosses.” Just a few short weeks ago, Tracy was able to sing although somewhat with weakness on stage at NQC 2014. But this day, Tracy was very much holding his own vocally. This remarkable performance was nothing short of a demonstration of God’s power, touching every spirit in the room with Tracy’s great courage.
Libbi, Jared, Troy and Andrew returned to the platform to sing “I Rest My Case at the Cross.” This anthem was always a song of testimony for Tracy but this day, it served to speak volumes more than just what the lyrics could say. This song is now a testimony of complete surrender and dependence on God and what He did on that Cross. The message of the Gospel along with the emotion of the voices of the Perrys came through with complete clarity.
Libbi came forward with “Celebrate Me Home” which is just a natural way to communicate the need for salvation to everyone listening. Troy followed with sharing his salvation story by announcing, “I have made my reservation for that celebration! Satan will always bring things up that I regret but Calvary has a response.”
New faces with the same message of Jesus! The Perrys are a living testimony of what they sing. With a shining spirit of what God can bring one family through, the Perrys are relentless in their desire to share. Libbi wants everyone to know that, “This new season brings heavy responsibility. The days are long and hard, it is easy to become discouraged. And then I look at how faithful He is; the only thing I can say is, go God go!”
Troy Peach brings just the talent and leadership that the Perrys need at this time. Andrew Goldman is a rising star who matures with every performance. Jared looks strong and tall beside his mother. As for Libbi, this tiny woman is respected more than she can imagine. Her faithfulness to the ministry amidst so many barriers makes her a pillar of which any age, any gender can be in awe of. She stands with her family and with her God, making the Perrys an example of what being a Christian should look like.
See the Perrys in person to hear the new talent at www.perrysministries.com .
For more concert updates and features by Candi Combs and other SGN Scoops staff, read the latest SGN Scoops digital magazine at www.sgnscoops.com
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McCray Dove is the guest on Gospel Music Today for the week of November 16. Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates. The Feature Group is The Ball Brothers, and Jean reviews a new recording by The Hyssongs. An Absolutely Gospel article about Three Bridges is the subject of this week’s News Notes. In the News Headlines this week are Jim and Melissa Brady, Steve Ladd, the Perrys and the Old Paths. The show features singing by The Akins and Karen Peck and New River, exclusive video of McCray Dove and The Dove Brothers Band, recorded by Gospel Music Today’s cameras in Pigeon Forge,TN, and a visit to the Gospel Music Today Archives for an exclusive concert video of The Booth Brothers at Gospel Singing Time, in Bixby, OK.
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The annual Diamond Awards recognize the best in Southern, Country and Bluegrass Christian music and are hosted by SGNScoops digital magazine and Coastal Media Group.
This year’s Diamond Awards will be held at Creekside Gospel Music Convention at Pigeon Forge on November 3rd through 6th.
This year we again welcome Channel 57 WATC Atlanta as they cover the Diamond Awards for airing on both TV and internet at a later date. We also welcome Meagan Pledger who will be doing extensive Social Media coverage for the entire Creekside event.
Be sure to get your free tickets to the 2014 Creekside Gospel Music Convention HERE
SGN Scoops would like you to meet our top-five finalists for each category of the 2014 Diamond Awards. Today’s category is the 2014 Mixed Group Of The Year, which entails a group of any number with both male and female members. Last year’s winner was The Isaacs.
2014 Diamond Award Top Five Nominees for Mixed Group Of The Year are:
Jeff and Sheri Easter
Karen Peck and New River
The Collingsworth Family
Join us for the 2014 Diamond Awards and the entire Creekside event. For more information and for tickets, click here
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Pictures by Craig Harris of SGN Scoops…one of our roving reporters on the scene at the National Quartet Convention!
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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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