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‘Blazing Pianos’ Goes on Road

Written by Scoops Staff on November 17, 2010 – 9:31 am -

After debuting at the Branson Gospel Music Convention pianists Zack Swain, Jeff Duffield & Shannon Bunch are taking the show on the road. Shannon, a nationally recognized pianist & solo artist shares, “The Blazing Pianos is going to be a show that is like no other, encompassing gospel tunes, pop & country as well as American classics. We feel there is a need for a family-friendly show ‘on the road’.
While this format is very entertaining it will allow us to plant the gospel seed into the lives of the un-churched that attend.” Zack Swain, the youngest member of the team, is perhaps one of the most talented pianists in gospel music. A student of the Stamps-Baxter School of Music, he has shared the stage with some of the industry’s finest artists. His forte of piano solos is a “wow factor” each time he plays. Jeff Duffield privately studied with renowned classical pianist, Reinhold Freche & later at the Berklee School of Music. He has over 700 albums to credit.

The Blazing Pianos will begin its concert touring debut in Nampa, ID Saturday, November 27, 2010 @ 7:00pm at the Nampa Civic Center filmed in HD (high definition) before a live audience with special guests Homeland Harmony Quartet from Nampa, ID. Tickets are on sale now at www.nampaciviccenter.com. A temporary website for this event can be viewed at http://www.wix.com/mactwf/blazing-gospel-pianos. An official website is forthcoming.


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Dove Brothers Offering Sneak-Peak of New Recording – Unshakeable

Written by Scoops Staff on June 3, 2010 – 3:34 pm -

2010 Unshakeable Tour Coming to a City Near You

BLADENBORO, N.C. – (June 3, 2010) – Multi-award winning quartet the Dove Brothers have made their brand new Sonlite Records release available in streaming audio on the group’s website. The group is also preparing to hit the road on their 2010 Unshakeable Tour.

The new release, titled Unshakeable, has a release date scheduled for the end of July and will be available all over the country at Christian retail then.  The new release will be showcased on the quartet’s website from now until the release of the highly anticipated recording.  The Dove Brothers are also opening a poll to find out fans’ favorite tracks from the album. The favored track from the fans will be the group’s first single from the release.

McCray Dove said, “We are so excited about this new project and the songs that we will perform on this new tour.  We are getting ready and getting geared up for the launch of the new recording as well as performing these great songs.  We hope you will enjoy what we have worked hard at giving you on the Unshakeable project.  We look forward to coming to a city near you, and you having a blast at our concerts.”

For more information on the new release and to hear the project, visit the Dove Brothers’ website.

The Dove Brothers’ current single, “Hold On,” has been doing well at Southern Gospel radio.  The song is currently charting on all major Southern Gospel charts including the Singing News Magazine Top 80 (#2) and AbsolutelyGospel.com (formerly SoGospelNews.com) Top 40 Weekly Chart (#1 for three consecutive weeks).

More information on the Dove Brothers can be found at http://dovebrothersquartet.com


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Brothers Forever Kick of 2010 “The Journey” Summer Tour!

Written by Scoops Staff on June 3, 2010 – 3:30 pm -

Group To Hit 25 Cities in 8 States Over Next Two Months

CHURCH HILL, Tenn. – Popular trio Brothers Forever kicked off their 2010 “The Journey” Summer Tour this past weekend in Youngstown, Ohio.

During “The Journey” Summer Tour, Brothers Forever will visit North Carolina, Texas, New Mexico, California, Idaho, Tennessee, Kentucky, and for the first time ever, Montana from now until August 8, 2010 – the final date of the tour.

Curtis Hagy of Brothers Forever said, “God has richly blessed this ministry over the last couple of years. Each time we embark on a new tour, God surprises us in new and exciting ways. We’ve already seen 79 souls won to the kingdom this year, and we are so excited to see what God does over the next couple of months!”

“This is such a great time for our ministry,” mentioned Gary Ballew of Brothers Forever. “We are anticipating so many great things! We encourage everyone to come out that can!”

To find out if Brothers Forever will be in a town near you, visit the group’s website at http://www.brothersforever.net

Brothers Forever will release their sixth single from the critically acclaimed release Sheltered this month. “Whenever I Speak His Name” (written by Russ and Tori Taff) will be released to radio through Millennium Music Group.

Brothers Forever was recently greeted with news last month that their last single has become the group’s latest Top 40 hit. The group’s fan-favorite hit song “Be Alright,” debuted on the AbsolutelyGospel.com (formerly SoGospelNews.com) Top 40 Weekly Chart at #40. The song rose to #31 on this week’s issue of the industry’s most watched weekly chart.

Brothers Forever are currently booking dates for their upcoming
Fall tour.  More information on that will be announced at a later date.

To visit the newly designed Brothers Forever website, visit http://www.brothersforever.net.


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Kanopy Tours Presents Margaret Becker, JJ Heller And Friends For Bloom Tour 2010 That Will Run April – May

Written by Scoops Staff on February 10, 2010 – 11:36 am -

Tour Will Be Produced By MaxxLIVE, Patton House Entertainment And Will Be Sponsored By World Vision

Nashville, TN (February 10, 2010) —- Kanopy Tours announces the upcoming Bloom Tour 2010 that features Margaret Becker, JJ Heller (who has the Top 15 hit in the country with “Your Hands”) and friends.  The tour will run April – May and will provide an intimate evening of story and song from the heart of Becker, while showcasing the talents of Heller and friends.  The tour is being produced by MaxxLIVE and Patton House Entertainment, with World Vision sponsoring the dates.  Tour dates will be announced soon.

“I’m excited to get to be a part of the Bloom Tour with JJ Heller,” says Becker. “I think it’s going to be a blast to be on stage with her as we get to connect with our friends, both new and longstanding, who share our love for music and helping people. When I’m asked to be a part of something that helps people in need, which is exactly what this tour is doing through World Vision, then that’s something I really do want to be a part of!”

“I have such a passion for excellence in the live show arena,” says Andrew Patton, President, Patton House Entertainment.  “Tying this group of musicians together with the MaxxLIVE team is going to be exciting and rewarding.  We have had the pleasure of producing a number of tours in the past and this one should be one of the finest.”

With an illustrious career that spans twenty-three years and garnered eighteen albums, more than two dozen #1 singles, multiple Dove Awards, four Grammy nominations and seven Songwriter of the Year Awards, Becker, who has performed in front of over three-million people and sold over 2.8 million records, remains one of the most respected singer/songwriters in the Christian industry. Not one to rest on her laurels, Becker continues to receive accolades as her latest project, “Gift Of Love,” which was co-written with David M. Edwards, has been nominated for Choral Project of the Year from Worship Leader Magazine.  Since her debut in 1987, Becker’s professional, personal and spiritual growth has also allowed her to expand into other creative areas.  Over the years, Becker has contributed essays to a number of Christian publications, contributed to various women’s magazines, authored three books, has been a recording producer for such artists as Kelly Minter, Rita Springer & Ginny Owens, opened her own publishing company and is a much sought-after public speaker. Becker has served as an ambassador/artist for World Vision the past seventeen years, and was their first artist-associate in the successful artist associates program and in being such, has helped to shed light on the relief  to the less-fortunate provided by World Vision.

JJ Heller has skyrocketed to fame with her latest single, “Your Hands,” which was debuted on the Fox Network show, So You Think You Can Dance, and is currently #14 on the Billboard National Christian Audience chart.  The song is from Heller’s third project, Painted Red. Heller began her music career in the spring of 2003, and 6 years and 3 albums later her acoustic-folk sound and heartfelt lyrics have netted the Nashville-based artist a loyal following.  Heller is married to songwriter, Dave Heller, who is the co-writer of her hit single and in December 2008 they welcomed their first child, Lucy Love.

For more information on Bloom Tour 2010 please visit online at www.kanopytours.com.


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