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The Watkins Family adds a new musician

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on June 24, 2011 – 12:45 pm -

The Watkins Family of Toccoa, Ga. adds to its stage show by bringing another full-time musician to their ministry.

The group which includes matriarch Judy Watkins and her adult children – Todd and Lorie continue a path sharing their love of Jesus through acoustic music touring across the United States and Canada since 1982.

Daniel Holt, 22, of Savannah, Tenn. joined the group full-time playing a variety of instruments. Holt began performing with his family – The Holt Family at the age of 9.

“I grew up playing most weekends at churches and festivals around Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi,” he said.

He recently graduated from the University of North Alabama with a Bachelor in Business Administration with an emphasis in Entertainment Management.

“In order to graduate, I had to do an internship,” he said.

His internship was with the Singing News Magazine and its parent company Salem Communications in Nashville.

“The internship gave me an opportunity to learn a great deal about the Southern gospel music industry first hand and meet some wonderful people including the Watkins Family,”he said. “I am very thankful for this job with the Watkins Family.”

Multi-award nominee Lorie Watkins said that Daniel is a wonderful addition to the group as he share his talents on a several instruments.

“Daniel has a wonderful personality that our audience connects with,” she said. “He also is tremendously talented in what he does musically and with all the support he provides off stage. We are honored to have him as part of the group.”

The group’s latest project “Heaven’s Worth Waiting For” is promoted by the Rick Hendrix Company. Grammy winner Mark Fain, Grammy nominated Karen Peck Gooch, and Danny Jones, produced the CD.
For more information, visit www.watkinsfamilymusic.com.


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The Watkins Family garner two chart songs in two genres

Written by Rhonda on October 6, 2010 – 3:43 am -


Just shortly before thousands cheered their opening of the Front Porch Fellowship Bluegrass Gospel Awards on the main stage of the National Quartet Convention at Freedom Hall in Louisville, the Watkins Family discovered they had two songs climbing the charts.
The group which includes matriarch Judy Watkins and her three adult children Todd, Lorie and Shanon, and multi-instrumentalist Jonathan Maness continue a path sharing their love of Jesus through traditional music touring across the United States and Canada.
“This has been a whirlwind month for us,” said Lorie Watkins. “We were honored to appear at the National Quartet Convention. The audience was so receptive to our latest material.”
Lorie was nominated for two of the awards presented at the event including Favorite Female Artist and Favorite Instrumentalist.
Among their performance set, they sang both the chart songs from their project “Heaven’s Worth Waiting For.” It features a collection of their unique crossover sounds that help the group to reach audiences in several gospel genres – Southern gospel, bluegrass and country.
Their latest single “Sometimes You Got to Rock the Boat” is rising in Southern Gospel’s Singing News charts beginning its climb at 68. The late Dr. Jerry Falwell is featured at the beginning of the song written by Jerry Salley and James Elliot.
Their previous top 50 Singing News chart song “She’s Working on Her Testimony” since the convention has risen four slots from number 7 to number 3 on the Power Source Bluegrass Charts. The song was penned by Greg Day and Sheri LaFontaine.
Both songs are performed by Shanon and she said she is so pleased with how audiences are receiving them.
“The Lord is blessing these songs and allowing them to reach a wider radio audience because they are touching hearts,” Shanon said. “I am honored to simply be singing these messages of hope and encouragement.”
For more information, visit www.watkinsfamilymusic.com.


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