NASHVILLE, Tenn. â€”Members of the award-winning trio Goodman Revival will soon release their sophomore album with Gaither Music Group.Â Still Happy, scheduled to hit streets on August 25th, finds the group doing what their fans love bestâ€”recording new songs and putting their signature twist on some of the most popular hits originally performed by the Happy Goodman Family.
The â€œnew-yet-establishedâ€ group, a mainstay among the Gaither HOMECOMING family of artists, is made up of Tanya Goodman Sykes,Â Michael SykesÂ andÂ Johnny Minick, each of whom is a seasoned Christian music veteran and former member of the Happy Goodman Family.Â The three performers, hailing from Smyrna, TN, joined together in 2014 to perform and record as a trio, capturing the musical styles and heritage that have endeared them to countless people around the world.Â That rich, musical inheritance remains evident on the upcoming Still Happy recording.
â€œWe have been working on this release for about 18 months,â€ described Tanya, a GRAMMYÂ® Award winner.Â â€œA year-and-a-half is long enough to have two babies!â€Â And actually, they almost didâ€”grandbabies that is!Â Minickâ€™s family added a granddaughter–their fourth grandchild; and Michael and Tanya had their first grandbaby this week, also a girl.Â
â€œA lot has happened to us during that time,” continued Tanya. Â “We have enjoyed being in concert on the road and meeting with friends who are moved by our music.Â We are loving our grandbabies.Â I went through a battle with cancer.Â Life has been â€˜happeningâ€™ all around usâ€”as it does for everyoneâ€”and we count ourselves blessed.Â We are still grateful for this opportunity and still happy!â€
Goodman Revivalâ€™s fans are happy as wellâ€”so much so they named the group Favorite New Artist of the Year in 2016 at The Singing News Fan Awards, held in Pigeon Forge, TN.Â Those fans will be anxious to hear Still Happy, which features such Goodman staples as â€œHad It Not Been,â€ â€œThe Lighthouse,â€ â€œIâ€™m Too Near Home,â€ â€œWhen They Ring the Bells of Heaven,â€ â€œThe Answerâ€™s on the Wayâ€ and more, including their unique rendition of the Bill Gaither-penned classic â€œThe Longer I Serve Him.â€Â The songwriter credits for the all-new studio recording include such household names as Rusty Goodman, Aaron Wilburn, Phil Johnson, Joel Hemphill, Minick, Tim Hill, Ronnie Hinson, Sykes and Suzanne Jennings among others.Â
Also included on the new release is â€œThe Eastern Gate,â€ which Minick describes as his all-time favorite Goodman song as it evokes memories from the â€˜70s when he played piano for the Happy Goodman Family–Howard, Vestal, Rusty and Sam Goodman.Â Another favorite tune of Minickâ€™s on the new release is the barnburner â€œWhen They Ring the Bells of Heaven.â€Â â€œThis song is kind of like riding a unicycle,â€ laughed Tanya.Â â€œIf you fall off you might not get back on!â€Â Johnny agreed, â€Itâ€™s 70mph and a cloud of dust!â€
Produced by the three group members, Still Happy follows the success of the groupâ€™s debut CD and DVD, Songs in the Key of Happy, which debuted at #1 on the Nielsen SoundScan Southern Gospel chart and at #11 on the Contemporary Christian Music chart.Â The trio, recently featured on the cover of The Singing News Magazine, garnered two 2015 GMA DOVE Award nominations for Southern Gospel Song of the Year (â€œWhat a Happy Timeâ€) and Southern Gospel Album of the Year.
Still Happy will be featured as part of a television special airing on DirecTV, Dish TV, RFD-TV, The Heartland Network, TBN, GaitherTV, FamilyNet, CTN, GMC, GMTN, Guardian, Liberty, TCT and TLN.Â It will air in Canada on Vision TV, CTS, The Miracle Channel and Hope TV.Â The project, recently highlighted via a Facebook LIVE event, will be promoted via Gaither Music Groupâ€™s website, consumer catalog, digital assets, social media and YouTube channel.
The new recording will be exclusively distributed byÂ Capitol Christian Music GroupÂ and Universal Music and will be available throughout general market stores and the Christian marketplace in addition to online retailers includingÂ iTunes, AmazonÂ andÂ www.gaither.com.
Still Happy is AVAILABLE NOW for pre-order at the following links:Â http://store.gaither.com/