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Daywind Bolsters Executive Team

Written by Staff on February 3, 2020 – 4:03 pm -

Dusty Wells to Lead Artist and Label Relations Team; Kyle Johnson Named Director of Marketing

NASHVILLE, TN (February 3rd, 2020) — Daywind Records is pleased to announce a renewed focus on artist relationships and services with the additions of Christian music industry veterans, Dusty Wells and Kyle Johnson, to the venerable label.

Daywind Dusty Wells

Dusty Wells

Dusty Wells will lead a newly-formed artist and label relations team focused on serving the specific needs of creators and helping them grow their ministries. Wells knows the power and impact that music has on a life first-hand. The Rambos, Lanny Wolfe Trio, and the Downings were his introduction to Christian music following his salvation at 14 when a couple led him to the Lord in Twin Falls, Idaho. While he became a fan of all styles of Christian music, Southern Gospel remained his favorite. A few years later, Wells began an illustrious career in the Christian music business, first working at Christian retail as the music buyer for a chain of stores in the Northwest, and later becoming the top sales and marketing rep for Sparrow Records while working with the Rambos and Reba Rambo and Dony McGuire to develop their publishing, label and ministry operations. Wells spent 22 years at Word Distribution where he was involved in many aspects of sales, marketing, and promotions of artists across genres. In the last 3 years, Dusty worked with Word-Curb, Daywind, Gotee, Reach, Tooth & Nail, Fuel and others as part of the New Day Christian Distributors sales team, handling all national accounts and dramatically increasing the visibility of Daywind artists through strong placement at retail. He will continue to handle national accounts along with his new responsibilities.

Dusty has been married 38 years to his treasure, LaVonne and they have four children and 5 amazing grand babies. Commenting on his new position as Director of Artist and Label Relations, he shared, “I am absolutely thrilled and excited to come alongside our Daywind and New Day artists and labels to help nurture and advance their music, ministries, and lives. Music daily touches my own life and has truly been a healing force in my journey from the time I first heard the message of hope and Jesus in a song. I cannot wait to see what God is getting ready to do through me with this opportunity.”

Kyle Johnson - DaywindAs Director of Marketing, Kyle Johnson will head up the Daywind and New Day team of marketing professionals, solidifying Daywind’s reputation for creative marketing and promotion in the new media environment. Johnson’s journey in the music industry began working for his parents as a music buyer at their family-owned bookstore. He moved to Nashville in 1998 to become a drummer, but God intervened. After 10 years at Word Entertainment, Johnson joined Michael Smith and Associates (“MSA”) as an artist manager, helping guide the careers of Salvador, Jaci Velasquez, Go Fish, Brad Stine, and more. Johnson also led the marketing efforts for two MSA labels, directing a team consisting of publicists, web designers, and more. As social media became pervasive as a communications and marketing tool, Johnson started his own consulting company with the goal of helping businesses navigate these new waters. He worked on successful campaigns for authors, publishers, churches, and hospitals, and later joined ClearView Baptist Church as Communications Director working with all ministry areas of the church in setting vision and implementing marketing strategies for all events and aspects of the church. In 2017, Johnson joined New Day Christian Distributors as head of manufacturing and marketing. In 2019, he began working closely with all major digital service providers to increase awareness for New Day and Daywind releases, and will weave these experiences together to guide the marketing team at Daywind and New Day.

Kyle and his wife, Caron, have been married for 15 years, and have two children, Molly Cate (9) and Bennett (5). About his new role, Johnson stated, “Looking back on my journey, I can only thank God for the many opportunities He has given me in music. I am thrilled to be working more closely with our Daywind artists to help get the message of the Gospel out to those in need.”

Ed Leonard introducing Karen Peck Gooch at the GMA Hall of Fame honors. (Chip Woods Photography)

Ed Leonard at the GMA Hall of Fame honors. (Chip Woods Photography)

Ed Leonard, president of Daywind Music Group, added, “I could not be more excited to have these two consummate professionals and committed Christians join the Daywind team. We are committed to nurturing and assisting our artists in every facet of their career, providing them with the resources they need to fulfill the Great Commission. I am honored to work with a fantastic team and am looking forward to seeing where God takes us.”

About Daywind Music Group: Daywind Music Group is a female-owned, independent music company started in 1987 by Gospel Music Hall of Famer, Dottie Leonard Miller. Its labels include Daywind Records, Billy Blue Records, and New Day Records. Please visit us at,, and for further information.


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Written by Staff on January 31, 2020 – 8:40 pm -

GALLATIN, Tenn. (January 31, 2020) – Scott Godsey has announced the formation of Godsey Media Management, and subsequently his departure from Daywind Music Group. The announcement was made today, Friday, January 31, 2020.
Godsey Media Management will specialize in full-service content creation, marketing, distribution, and management services with an intense focus on the digital landscape including social media, increasing revenue and building awareness.
Godsey comments: “This is a bittersweet day. Yes, I am excited for the future but I am sad to be leaving my Daywind family. I’m departing Daywind with a lifetime of memories and the blessing of Ed Leonard and Dottie Leonard Miller. Words fail to describe my gratefulness to Dottie and Ed, the entire Daywind Music Group team, artists, songwriters, partners and staff for over the past 6 years of amazing opportunities. This is a new season of my career and I can’t wait to see the doors God opens for us with our new vision.”
The offices of Godsey Media Management will be located in a state of the art creative space of over 8,000 square feet that includes a visual studio, audio studio, offices and more.
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Karen Peck Gooch inducted into the Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame

Written by Staff on May 9, 2018 – 8:42 am -

Karen Peck Gooch at the GMA Hall of Fame honors. (Chip Woods Photography)

Karen Peck Gooch at the GMA Hall of Fame honors. (Chip Woods Photography)

Last evening, May 9, 2018, Karen Peck Gooch of Karen Peck and New River was inducted into the Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame, during a star-studded ceremony. The evening was also a fund raiser for the Hall of Fame.

Karen Peck Gooch has been singing gospel music for 30 years, received many nominations and awards, traveled around the world with her music, and yet still retains humility and a sweet spirit that draws just as many fans as her beautiful voice.

Ed Leonard introducing Karen Peck Gooch at the GMA Hall of Fame honors. (Chip Woods Photography)

Ed Leonard introducing Karen Peck Gooch at the GMA Hall of Fame honors. (Chip Woods Photography)

Karen wrote this on her Facebook page following the ceremony. “Tonight was a highlight of my career. Special thanks to Ed Leonard for presenting me with the GMA Induction. Special thanks to The Isaacs and Jason Crabb for singing for me. (They were incredible!) Special thanks to Jackie Patillo and the GMA for being a friend to all of us! It was awesome having Rickey Gooch, Matthew Gooch, Kari Gooch, Susan Peck Jackson, David Jackson, Sue Peck Music, Bill Music, Kelly Nelon Clark, Grant Gibson sitting at my table. Peggy G. Fauscett, Pamela Cooper Unthank, Harper Agency, Daywind Music, NQC, and so many fellow artists were there to support me and I will never forget it! I love every one of you! Thanks to Chip Woods for the amazing pictures and Megan Clark for doing our makeup!

Karen Peck and New River Release Powerful Video For New Single “Hope For All Nations”

Karen Peck and New River

“I am so thankful to the Lord for allowing me to live my dream. 38 years ago I started singing professionally. I will forever be grateful to Alphus LeFevre and Rex Nelon for their incredible leadership and for their love for the Lord and this great music. I pray that the Lord will give me many more years of service to Him! Our best days are ahead! ❤️”

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Daywind Music Publishing welcomes home the award-winning Gerald Crabb

Written by Staff on November 7, 2014 – 9:37 am -

unnamedHENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (Nov. 5, 2014) – Daywind Music Publishing is thrilled to announce that the award-winning Gerald Crabb has recently signed an exclusive agreement to return as part of the organization’s talented roster of songwriters.

“I am very excited about coming back home to the Daywind family,” emphasizes Crabb. “I spent 10 very successful years with Ed Leonard, Rick Shelton and Dottie Leonard Miller. I am looking forward to working with them again – as well as Chad Green (Daywind Music Publishing’s Senior Creative Director) – and co-writing with the all-star lineup of staff writers.”

Crabb has written more than 400 songs and has 22 national No. 1 songs, and he was also the founder of the award-winning Crabb Family. His hits have been recorded by artists such as the Crabb Family, Randy Travis, Marie Osmond, Marty Raybon, Larry Sparks, the Gaither Vocal Band, Donnie McClurkin, the Hoppers, Karen Peck & New River, and the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir.

Among a host of songwriter of the year awards, Crabb was named the songwriter of the year at the 2011 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards. He was also honored with the 2011 Dove Award for song of the year for the song “Sometimes I Cry,” performed by his son Jason Crabb.

“The homecoming of a family member is always a happy occasion,” explains Daywind Vice President of Music Publishing Rick Shelton. “With the return of Gerald Crabb, Daywind Publishing is certainly celebrating. We have experienced extraordinary success together through the years. His music will continue to provide the material – for today’s artists – that grabs hold of a listener and blesses their soul with encouragement. I can’t wait to hear Gerald’s new songs as they are inspired.”

Daywind Music Publishing is the premier source of new songs for the Southern Gospel and church print/choral markets. The organization is home to an award-winning roster of songwriters. For more information, visit  or e-mail

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Tribute Quartet Joins Daywind Family

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on January 28, 2014 – 12:16 pm -

tributeHendersonville, TN (January 28, 2014) Daywind Records is pleased to announce the addition of Tribute Quartet to its roster of artists.  Tribute is no stranger to Southern Gospel Music fans. The group was formed in 2006 by two former members of the Wilburns, Gary Casto and Josh Singletary.  Those two are now joined on stage by tenor singer Riley Harrison Clark and bass singer Anthony Davis.  The group received the Singing News Fan Award for Horizon Group of the Year in 2008.  Their hit song, “Good News from Jerusalem” was nominated for the Singing News Fan Awards’ Song of the Year in 2013.

“Tribute Quartet is thrilled to be joining the Daywind family,” shared Gary Casto.  “At this season in our ministry, after just celebrating our seventh year together, we are excited about the opportunity to work with this award-winning team as we continue to make great music for years to come.”

Added Josh Singletary, “It’s exciting to watch an entity grow.  Even more, a ministry.  Tribute has seen a lot of growth over 7 years and each spurt has been a breath of fresh air. This is no exception. I am tickled to be a part of the Daywind family and anticipate a bright and productive future!”

The group has experienced some of its greatest success with its latest project, “Our Anthem.”  Three of the songs on the project – “Good News from Jerusalem,” “Homesick Angel” and “God’s Gonna Send a Revival” – have experienced considerable success on the Singing News Magazine Top-80 Chart. “Good News from Jerusalem” was a No. 1 song in August of 2013 and was nominated for Song of the Year.

“Tribute has rapidly ascended to prominence in the Southern Gospel industry, and they are showing no signs of slowing down,” Daywind president Ed Leonard said. “We are excited to have the opportunity to work with such young, enthusiastic men and look forward to having the group as part of our growing roster of artists for a long time to come.”

The group is picking songs for their inaugural Daywind release due out in 2014. For more information on Tribute Quartet, visit the group’s web site at   The group is booked by the Harper Agency.

Daywind Records is home to great artists such as Brian Free and Assurance, Greater Vision, Karen Peck & New River and Legacy Five.  Daywind is distributed to retail through New Day Christian Distributors, iTunes, Select O Hits and all major digital outlets.  For more information, visit

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2013: A Banner Year for Daywind Music Publishing

Written by SGN Scoops on January 8, 2014 – 8:45 pm -

HENDERSONVILLE, TN – January 8, 2014 –Newsboys, Mandisa, Natalie Grant, Royal Tailor, Hawk Nelson, and several others have added a name to their CD’s label copy that might at first seem unexpected.  Daywind Music Publishing, traditionally known for being a mainstay in the Southern Gospel market bolstering hit songwriters such as Karen Peck,Dianne WilkinsonMarty FunderburkKenna WestSue SmithJason Cox and several more, has launched a new publishing division with full force.

In the spring of 2012, Daywind Music Publishing saw the value in expanding into other areas of the Christian music publishing space and initially brought on one new songwriter. That writer, Sam Tinnesz, was the guitarist for 10-time Dove nominated CCM band Mikeschair. Sam was also the co-writer of their hits including “Let The Waters Rise” and “Someone Worth Dying For.” In his first year of signing with Daywind, he quickly landed cuts on new releases by Natalie Grant (“Dead Alive”), Newsboys (“That’s How You Change The World”), Mandisa (“Dear John”), Hawk Nelson’s current radio single, “Faithful,” and more.  This early success gave Daywind the confidence to jump fully into the publishing world of CCM.  Daywind hired music veteran Chad Green as Senior Creative Director to oversee the growth of this newly formed publishing division. Green has nineteen years of music industry experience including eleven years with ASCAP and 4 years with Word Music Publishing.

Within his first month at the company, Green had finalized a pending deal with indy touring worship band, Hearts of Saints. The band’s title track of their current CD, “For All of Us” was also recorded by Natalie Grant daywind publishingfor her recent release, Hurricane.  Immediately to follow, Green signed Dove-nominated songwriter Michael Fordinal and brought in cuts on Royal Tailor (“Got That Fire”) and a number of songs on the upcoming release, Scripture Songs for Kids.  Later, Green signed Grammy and Dove nominated writer/producer Aaron Rice, who is currently co-writing for and producing the songs inspired by album for the upcoming motion picture “Day of War” entitled, Praise and Arrows. In addition, Rice is co-writing and producing former American Idol contestant Jeremy Rosado’s debut album with the first single, “Hope for Tomorrow,” (Rice/Rosado/Tinnesz) releasing this month. Rounding out the newly formed CCM addition with a focus on worship, Green signed Justin Kintzel to the team.  Kintzel is the Campus Worship Pastor for the world’s largest Christian university, Liberty University located in Lynchburg, VA.

In addition to expanding the roster and growing the catalog, Green has been busy putting together a collection of worship songs, Songs for the Living King, that will be released in time for Easter and has partnered on songs with worship leaders across various states including Virginia, Georgia, Montana, Texas, and of course, Tennessee.  Worship leaders on this project include Justin Kintzel, Jarrod Morris, Matt Warren, Michael Farren, Paul Reeves, Benji & Jenna Cowart and more. When asked about all that has happened over the past 7 months, Green states, “I’m very excited about this new chapter in my career and getting to partner with all of these incredibly talented writers and producers. I’m also thankful for the opportunity to work with such respected individuals as Rick Shelton and Ed Leonard. We all have big dreams, big goals, and thankfully an even bigger God! Let’s see what kind of fun we can have in 2014!”

For more information on Daywind Music Publishing, follow us on Facebook (DaywindPublishing) or Twitter (@DaywindMusic), or contact Chad Green at 1-615-822-4524.

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Hoskins Family Release New Single To Radio

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on October 11, 2013 – 7:26 am -

{PMG-Corbin Ky.} The acclaimed Hoskins Family, Southern Gospel group from Waynesville, Ohio, continues tohoskins new22 thrive and see doors open since the re-launch of their popular music ministry this past year after being off the road about 8 years. With the release of two radio singles having been released on Patterson Music

Groups radio label Patterson Promotions and seeing that the stations as well as the nation welcomed them with open arms, they have just been in the Daywind studios finishing up a brand new project entitled The Gathering .

The project was a joint effort produced by Joyce Martin of The Martins and by Angie Hoskins herself. The first release “Whenever I Hear His Name” has just hit national radio , released on Daywinds Oct. compilation. And is already getting rave reviews from stations all across the nation!

The Hoskins Family participated in the Daywind Showcase at National Quartet Convention singing their brand new release and brought the house down! Pauline says the song is receiving great airplay and she’s hearing quotes like “the best one yet”. On the heels of two singles from older projects released by PMG and charting well across the nation.

Angie Hoskins states…”I feel blessed getting a second chance in our ministry. We came off the road 7 years ago due to needing a refreshing In our lives.My Grandfather became ill and passed, my Grandmother became sick as well, and we needed God to touch our lives.

Ed Leonard made the statement to me that groups rarely get a second chance. We are truly blessed. We feel as though we have never been gone! Patterson Promotions jumped on board immediately helping us to test the waters so to speak with radio. Radio was so kind, they started wearing our songs out! Ten year old songs charting in the mid to low 20’s, that’s when we knew radio was forever friends to The Hoskins Family. Angie Hoskins Aldridge.

Reva states…I’m so excited to be doing full time ministry again. I’ve always had a passion for ministry. The first time we stepped back on stage to sing our songs again,I realized how I Had missed this in my life. It has always thrilled me to be on stage with my husband and my daughter. But now I get to sing with my Grand daughter. We are three generations going strong for God! Reva Hoskins

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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 ( and to the general market by Select O Hits. For more information on Daywind, visit

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Coming up on a multi-part series of Daniel Britt & Friends, the weeks of 06/13/11, 06/20/11, & 06/27/1: THE MUSIC INDUSTRY FOR DUMMIES

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on June 10, 2011 – 10:43 am -

Winston-Salem, NC (06/10/2011) –  If you’re a fan of music – any kind of music – you are probably keenly aware that the music industry has changed, and continues to change at a rapid pace. For music lovers, this means having digital access to the latest hits, the oldest classics, & the ability to bypass traditional gatekeepers to discover up & coming artists and talents. You’ve heard terms like “YouTube sensation,” “illegal music downloads,” & unlimited access to music from “the cloud.” So, what does all of this mean to you, the fan, versus your favorite artists & their ability to maintain quality, creativity, & their ultimate calling to spread the Gospel? To answer these questions & explore the process of making music in the 21st Century, Daniel sits down with President of Daywind, President & Chairman Gospel Music Association, & Vice Chairman of Christian Booksellers Association Ed Leonard, Director of Daywind Publishing, Rick Shelton, & Producer & Radio Promoter, Donna Beauvais. The Music Industry for Dummies, a multi-part series, coming up on Daniel Britt & Friends!

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Daywind Records Welcomes Jessica King

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on January 31, 2011 – 2:46 pm -

Hendersonville, TN (January 31, 2011) – Daywind Records is excited to announce the addition of Jessica King to their family of artists.

Jessica is no stranger to the Southern Gospel world, having initially burst onto the scene with a dynamic sound and powerful songs, creating a surge of enthusiasm to hear more.  The song that launched her music into the hearts and lives of people everywhere was the lyrically honest and beautifully sung, “Keep Me In Your Will.” This single remained high on the Singing News charts for nearly the entire year and is remembered as one of the most requested and unforgettable songs of the decade.  Jessica went on to release other chart topping singles, such as “Gift Of Grace” and Dove nominated, “Come Spring,” a Dottie Rambo Classic.  She has appeared on the Gaither Homecoming tour, recorded a video with the Homecoming artists and experienced many other incredible opportunities.

Jessica is currently in the studio working on her new Daywind Records release, which will include some of her greatest hits, along with brand new music.  The new songs will, once again, combine her powerful voice with honest and impacting lyrics.  She has an incredible ability to communicate the message of a song, as well as her testimony, and she is excited to have the opportunity to continue the journey.  Jessica’s first single is a brand new song that will begin impacting radio early this spring. The new CD project will be available early Summer 2011.

Jessica shares, “I am amazed and so thankful for this opportunity to be joining the family of Daywind Records! Although it has been some time since my last CD release and first radio single, ‘Keep Me In Your Will,’ I believe the Lord is now leading me back into His perfect plan.” Jessica continues, “The message of ‘Keep Me In Your Will’ is timeless and continues to be my prayer as I begin this new season and continue my journey.  I am so happy to be recording again and can’t wait to share this collection of songs with everyone!”

When Daywind learned that Jessica was making a return to her music and ministry, there was no doubt they wanted to be a part of it.  Ed Leonard, president of Daywind Records expresses, “Having Jessica King back in ministry is a gift to us all.  Her heartfelt vocals and powerful songs have inspired so many and I am so excited that we get to bring new material from her to an anxiously awaiting public.”

Daywind Records is based in Hendersonville, TN and is distributed worldwide through New Day Christian Distributors.  Daywind is home to such great artists as the Sisters, Marshall Hall, and Brian Free & Assurance, among others.  For more information on Daywind Records, visit  For more information on Jessica King, follow her on Twitter at @jessicakmusic or become a fan on Facebook, To reach her management, contact Creative Journey / Todd Stewart- 417.496.0367.

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