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THE ROYS Take Home ICM Bluegrass Artist of the Year Award For Second Consecutive Year

Written by SGN Scoops on October 22, 2012 – 8:02 am -

Nashville, TN (October 19, 2012) — THE ROYS have been named Inspirational Country Music’s Bluegrass Artist of the Year for 2012, giving them back-to-back wins in this category.  “We sing what is in our hearts and true to our Faith,” comments Elaine Roy.  “It was a very strong group of nominees – everyone deserved this award,” notes her brother Lee.  “Elaine and I are so honored to win this for the second year in a row.”  THE ROYS were named the organization’s Bluegrass Artist of the Year in 2011 and Duo of the Year in 2010 and 2009.

The brother/sister duo kicked off the 20th Anniversary Faith, Family & Country™ Awards Show with a performance of the title track from their current EP, NEW DAY DAWNING (Rural Rhythm).  The disc debuted at Number 2 on the Billboard Bluegrass Albums Chart in early September and two weeks later had risen to Number 1 on Amazon’s Bluegrass Best Sellers list.

Last night’s Awards ceremony was hosted by Inside Edition’s Megan Alexander and GAC’s Storme Warren and held at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville.  THE ROYS shared the stage with luminaries Mac Powell (Third Day), Andy Griggs, John Berry, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver and more.  The nationally-televised program aired on TCT Television Network, Total Living Network, NRB Network and Golden Eagle Broadcasting.  Fans should check local listings for repeat air dates and times.  Nashvillians can view the show on WKRN-TV (Channel 2) on December 23.

Music lovers can follow Lee and Elaine online at THEROYSonline, FACEBOOK and on Twitter @theroysonline.

 

 


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The Roys Are Candidates For Nomination In Three Inspirational & Christian Country Music™ Award Categories

Written by SGN Scoops on July 31, 2012 – 7:25 am -

 Nashville, TN (July 31, 2012) — The reigning Inspirational Country Music Bluegrass Artist of the Year, THE ROYS, are candidates for nomination in three ICM award categories for 2012: Entertainer, Vocal Duo and Inspirational Bluegrass Artist.  The Roys have enjoyed “blessed good fortune” in 2011, and their hard work continues to pay off for them in 2012 with hit records as well as high-profile appearances on stage, television and radio.  Says Lee Roy, “We are so lucky to do what we love best.  It’s an honor to be in the next round of voting.  We are excited to be in such great company.”  The organization’s second round of balloting begins soon, and more information about the October 18 ICM Faith, Family & Country™ Awards Show can be found at www.ccma.cc

 In their career, Lee and Elaine have shared the stage with George Jones, Lady Antebellum, Jason Aldean, John Rich, Darryl Worley, Janie Fricke, The Oak Ridge Boys and Chris Young.  This year to date, they have over 150 concerts booked. They were recently featured in the PBS television special Pa’s Fiddle: Charles Ingalls, American Fiddler and have hosted seven episodes of the Bluegrass Mountains television show. THE ROYS are in-demand guests who have enjoyed high-profile TV appearances that have included performances on Fox & Friends, Daytime, The Daily Buzz, ABC’s What’s The Buzz, GAC’s Headline Country, RFD’s Campfire Café, Larry’s Country Diner, Praise The Lord with Jason Crabb and more.  

 THE ROYS’ newest single, “Still Standing,” from their upcoming (August 28 issue) Rural Rhythm Records’ CD, NEW DAY DAWNING, is already drawing praise from industry and fans alike. 

 The duo’s first CD for the label, LONESOME WHISTLE, earned them a spot on BILLBOARD’S Top 50 Bluegrass Albums of 2011 Chart and gave them two hit singles: “Coal Minin’ Man” and “Trailblazer.”  In addition to chart success, the siblings have also received accolades from their peers and were previously honored with the ICM’s Duo of the Year award in 2010 and 2009.  Lee and Elaine have toured extensively throughout the U.S. and Canada and made their debut in Australia this past January. 

 This year INSIDE EDITION correspondent Megan Alexander and GAC HEADLINE COUNTRY host Storme Warren will return to co-host the Awards show at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Tickets for the ICM Faith, Family & Country™ 20th Anniversary Awards Week are on sale now.

 For all the latest news on Lee and Elaine, click www.theroysonline.com.  Fans can pre-order their copy of NEW DAY DAWNING now from AMAZON


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The Roys Tapped As Hosts For Seven Episodes Of Bluegrass Mountains

Written by SGN Scoops on April 30, 2012 – 5:22 am -

Nashville, TN (April 30, 2012) — Award-winning brother/sister Bluegrass duo, THE ROYS, whose own TV show will begin airing this Fall, took a break from their hectic schedule recently to tape seven episodes of the new International television show, Bluegrass Mountains. Shot at Lee Roy’s recording studio, the one-of-a-kind series is a CJM Productions’ offering (Inside Music Row, Music Row Profiles, Soundcheck), which debuts May 1 in New Zealand on Country 99 TV.  In June, outlets CMC Australia and Sky TV (U.K.) will follow bringing the count of potential viewers for the 13-episode season to 20 million. The 30-minute program features new and vintage videos from established artists like Dolly Parton, Alison Krauss and Rhonda Vincent, plus clips by newer artists like Cumberland River Band and Carrie Hassler & Hard Rain.

“This is a natural extension to our other music-based programming,” says the show’s Executive Producer Jeff Moseley. “Bluegrass is an incredible and underserved music genre, so this is a win-win situation for all of us and the fans.”

Bluegrass Mountains’ Producer/Director Brian Covert believes that “having entertainers host the show gives viewers opportunities to hear stories about the videos that they otherwise would not.  That gives fans a very personal and intimate insight.” Read more »


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Gospel music mainstays Jeff & Sheri Easter to appear on “The Marty Stuart Show”

Written by SGN Scoops on January 20, 2012 – 6:23 am -

Two-time GRAMMY ® Award nominees and six-time GMA DOVE Award winners Jeff & Sheri Easter are scheduled to appear on “The Marty Stuart Show.” The program, to be recorded in Nashville on Jan. 23, will be aired at a later date on the RFD-TV network. A household name among Gospel music lovers, Jeff & Sheri will be performing their DOVE-nominated song “Workin’ on a Road,” the duo’s rendition of this classic Lester Flatt tune found on their current project, “Expecting Good Things.” Marty and his wife, acclaimed vocalist Connie Smith, along with the show’s host, Eddie Stubbs, all joined Jeff & Sheri for the recording of the song on the “Expecting Good Things” release. “We asked Marty to sing with us on this song because of his early years traveling with Lester Flatt and his obvious love for this music,” stated Jeff.   “The longer I sing, the more I appreciate being able to make great music with such talented artists,” described Sheri.  “Performing alongside such legends seems to not only broaden my abilities as performer, but it also enriches the emotion attached to each lyric.”   For show times and guest appearance details, visit www.rfdtv.com .  For further information regarding Jeff & Sheri Easter, visit www.jeffandsherieaster.com .

ABOUT JEFF & SHERI EASTER               

Two-time GRAMMY®-nominated Jeff & Sheri Easter are Gospel music treasures, featured regularly on the Gaither HOMECOMING videos and international HOMECOMING tours in addition to their own heavy schedule of appearances.  Jeff & Sheri are the recipients of six GMA DOVE Awards, 15 Singing News Fan Awards, three Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music Association Awards, two International Country Gospel Music Association honors, 16 Voice Awards, four Southern Gospel Music Fan Fair Awards, five SGN Scoops Diamond Awards, four Hearts Aflame Awards and three Cash Box Awards.  Formed in 1988 following childhoods as part of their respective, nationally-known family groups—The Lewis Family and The Easter Brothers, the married couple is joined today on stage by their children—Madison and Morgan Easter—who round out the group.  The group is known for such hits as “Roses Will Bloom Again,” “Praise His Name,” “Thread of Hope,” “Speak to the Mountain” and many others including “Born to Climb,” which garnered a 2010 DOVE Award.


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Catch The Roys’ Impromptu Appearance On RFD-TV’s Larry’s Country Diner

Written by SGN Scoops on October 27, 2011 – 5:06 am -

Nashville, TN (October 26, 2011) — Lee and Elaine Roy were spotted on the set during an August taping of Larry’s Country Diner, and show host Larry Black invited them to perform. “It was totally unexpected,” laughs Elaine Roy.  “We were really lucky our fiddle player Clint White happened to be with us.” Leona Williams was the show’s featured guest that day, but the grand lady of Country graciously made way for the Bluegrass/Roots duo. The Roys rose to the occasion with a rousing rendition of “Give A Ride To The Devil” from their current Rural Rhythm Records’ CD, LONESOME WHISTLE.  “And we didn’t leave until we’d gotten our fill of the Diner’s awesome cheeseburgers and chocolate pie,” adds Lee Roy.  This is The Roys’ second appearance on the popular RFD-TV show this year.

 AIR DATES/TIMES (more info at www.larryscountrydiner.com ):Thursday, October 27th at 7:00 p.m. CDTFriday, October 28th at 9:00 a.m. CDTSaturday, October 29th at 10:00 p.m. CDTLee and Elaine are the reigning Inspirational Country Music Duo of the Year, and are in the running for three additional ICM awards this year: Vocal Duo of the Year, Inspirational Bluegrass Artist and Inspirational Country Song (“I Wonder What God’s Thinking”).  The Roys will perform on this year’s show, which will be held in Nashville on Friday, October 28at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.  The duo heads back out on the road on October 29 for shows in Alabama, Minnesota, Kentucky, Florida and Virginia.  These dates follow a hectic summer of high-profile performances at Country Thunder Festival USA (where they opened for Lady Antebellum), Dollywood, Dogwood Park Concert Series, and numerous other festivals and events.  The Roys have appeared on several Fox Television Network shows, Daily Buzz, ABC-TV’s What’s The Buzz, Daytime, GAC-TV, and other national programs. Fans can catch up with all the news and The Roys’ complete itinerary by going to theroysonline.com .


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The Roys In Running For Three Inspirational Country Music Awards

Written by SGN Scoops on September 2, 2011 – 8:27 am -

Nashville, TN (September 1, 2011) — The reigning Inspirational Country Music Duo of the Year, The Roys, are in the running for three more ICM awards this year: Vocal Duo of The Year, Inspirational Bluegrass Artist and Inspirational Country Song (“I Wonder What God’s Thinking”).  Winners will be announced during the 2011 ICM Faith, Family & Country Awards show, held in Nashville on Friday, October 28 at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. The Roys will perform “That’s What Makes It Love” that night with special guests Ricky Skaggs and The Whites. Both songs are from The Roys’ current CD, LONESOME WHISTLE, which was recorded at Skaggs Place Studio and released March 22 this year on Rural Rhythm Records. The disc debuted at #7 on BILLBOARD’s Bluegrass Albums Chart, and is currently #6 on Bluegrass Unlimited’s Top 15 Albums Chart, #7 on Cashbox Magazine’s Top 20 Bluegrass Albums Chart and #16 on The Alternate Root’s Top 66 Bluegrass Album Chart.”We’re overjoyed to be nominated again this year,” says Elaine Roy. “And it will be amazing to perform on stage with legends like Ricky Skaggs and The Whites,” adds her brother, Lee.  “They were amazing to work with in the studio.”  Ricky and The Whites appear on the recorded version of “That’s What Makes It Love.” The brother/sister duo has enjoyed numerous high-profile performances this year, kicking off Country Thunder Festival USA (where they opened for Lady Antebellum), Dollywood (Pigeon Forge, TN), Dogwood Park Concert Series (Greenville, TN), and more. They’ve appeared on several Fox Television Network shows, Daily Buzz, ABC-TV’s What’s The Buzz, Daytime, GAC-TV, and numerous other popular programs. Upcoming shows include dates with country legend Janie Fricke, and performances at the Kentucky Renaissance Fair, Heroes Music Festival at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Rocky River Fall Bluegrass Festival and dates in Florida, Kentucky and Tennessee. Fans can catch up with all the news and complete itinerary on The Roys by clicking on www.theroysonline.com For further information on the 2011 ICM Week in Nashville, click on: www.ICM-awards.com.


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THE ROYS Bring Home Inspirational Country Music’s Duo of the Year Award For Second Consecutive Year

Written by Rhonda on October 18, 2010 – 12:01 pm -

Nashville, TN (October 15, 2010) — THE ROYS, Inspirational Country Music’s reigning Duo of the Year took the honor for the second consecutive year at the 16th Annual ICM Awards Show, held in Hendersonville, TN last night.  “I am shakin’ in my shoes,” said an excited Elaine Roy of the honor.  “We are so blessed and excited to win this award again this year.  We have so many people to thank, especially our Lord and Savior.”  Her brother Lee chimed in to say, “We are very, very grateful to be chosen.”
 
THE ROYS, known for their unique harmonies and songwriting talents, wowed the capacity crowd with a heartfelt performance of “I Wonder What God’s Thinking,” from their upcoming CD.  They joined performers Ricky Skaggs, Katrina Elam and Steve Richard, Andy Griggs, Jeff Bates, Sarah Darling, Branded, The Springs, Tommy Brandt, Emma Jacob, Mary James and Russ Murphy along with Love And Theft, Joey + Rory, Nathan Stanley and 2009 ICM Entertainer of the Year, CrossCountry The Band.
 
About The Roys
Lee and Elaine hail from Fitchburg, Massachusetts, and draw from a deep well of experience that owes much to the bluegrass and country music that permeated their youth. In 2008, THE ROYS released their debut album, GOOD DAYS, and began building a national fan base that soon discovered what country music lovers in New England had known all along. They landed coveted gigs working with George Jones, Collin Raye, Phil Vassar, The Oak Ridge Boys and Chris Young, among others. Now, the two are kicking their career into high gear. They recently made their national television debut on the annual Jerry Lewis Labor Day Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon, and in August, they traveled to Bogota, Columbia, South America as part of an outreach mission sponsored by Compassion International, an organization for which they are spokespersons.
 
About ICM
The annual Inspirational Country Music Awards are dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent among artists who perform Christian and Inspirational Country music. Inspirational Country music is inspired by Faith, Family, and Country™.  For information and show highlights, please visit www.icm-awards.com
 
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