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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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Written by SGN Scoops on August 29, 2013 – 9:47 am -

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Continuing a milestone year following the April release of their critically-acclaimed fourth recording, Mercy, Mercycoversinger/songwriters and worship leaders Aaron & Amanda Crabb recently garnered four Gospel Music Association (GMA) Dove Award nominations, as well as a top award nomination from the Inspirational Country Music Association (ICM).

The couple earned a Dove Award nomination in the prestigious Song of The Year category for “Take Him To The Place,” which they wrote and recorded. “I’m Learning,” recorded by the duo and penned by Lee Black, Michael Fordinal and Kenna West, is also nominated for Song of the Year, making Aaron & Amanda Crabb the only artist to have recorded two songs nominated in this category. Song of the Year nominees also include “10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)”; “Whom Shall I Fear (God of Angel Armies)”; “Forgiveness”; and “Redeemed,” among others.

In addition, Mercy received a Dove Award nomination for Country Album of the Year, while the couple’s debut mainstream country single, “I’m Learning,” is nominated for Country Song of the Year. Aaron & Amanda Crabb’s multi-format Christian radio single, “Take Him To The Place,” is among the nominees for Inspirational Song of the Year. The 44th Annual GMA Dove Awards will be presented October 15 in Nashville.

The Inspirational Country Music Association also recently announced finalists for the 19th Annual Inspirational Country Music Awards. Aaron & Amanda Crabb are nominated for Vocal Duo, alongside such artists as The Roys and Branded, among others. This year’s ICM Awards will be held in Nashville October 24 at the close of ICM Faith, Family & Country Week (

Aaron & Amanda Crabb’s Mercy bowed April 23 from Difference Media (Capitol Christian Distribution) and was co-produced by Aaron Crabb and Ben Isaacs (The Oak Ridge Boys, The Isaacs). Featuring 11 songs revealing a decidedly country direction for the duo, the project pays tribute to their storied Southern Gospel heritage and a range of Inspirational influences.

Aaron Crabb gained prominence as a member of the groundbreaking Crabb Family, one of the most popular acts in Southern Gospel music with more than 10 Dove Awards and three GRAMMY® nominations to their credit. After the group disbanded in 2007, Aaron and his wife Amanda released three acclaimed projects as a duo—2008’s Dove-nominated After the Rain, 2009’s CD/DVD Live at Oaktree, and 2010’s Love With No End—prior to the release of Mercy. The couple also serves as worship leaders at San Antonio’s Cornerstone Church.

Difference Media is a division of Cornerstone Church, founded and pastored by John Hagee. The label features some of the leading names in Southern Gospel music, including Aaron & Amanda Crabb, Canton Junction, Matthew Hagee, Tim Duncan, The Cornerstone Sanctuary Choir, John Hagee and The Hagees. A non-denominational evangelical church with more than 20,000 active members, Cornerstone Church is home to John Hagee Ministries, which telecasts Pastor Hagee’s radio and television teachings throughout America and to 245 countries around the globe. The ministry also operates GETV, a 24/7 online television and video on-demand broadcast of sermons and original programming, as well as music videos and performances by Difference Media artists (

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Written by SGN Scoops on June 3, 2013 – 2:07 pm -

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Acclaimed gospel/country duo and Difference Media recording artist Aaron & Amanda Crabb will be a featuredMercycover performer at “Sunday Mornin’ Country®,” one of the longest-running events held during the CMA Music Festival in Nashville. To be presented at the Grand Ole Opry® House Sunday, June 9 at 2:30 pm, this year’s lineup includes The Oak Ridge Boys, Collin Raye, Roy Clark, Lulu Roman, and Lynn Anderson, among other country favorites.

Hosted by GRAMMY® Award-winning vocalist Linda Davis and Grand Ole Opry® member George Hamilton IV, “Sunday Mornin’ Country®” features performances and testimonies from some of country music’s legendary figures and best-loved vocalists. The 2013 celebration marks the event’s 34th year.

Aaron & Amanda Crabb are slated to perform “I’m Learning” on the stage of the legendary Grand Ole Opry® House during the show. Penned by Lee Black, Michael Fordinal, and Kenna West, “I’m Learning” is the debut country single from the duo’s critically acclaimed Mercy, which released in April.

A member of Southern Gospel’s legendary Crabb Family, Aaron Crabb and his wife Amanda have released three acclaimed projects as a duo—2008’s Dove-nominated After the Rain, 2009’s CD/DVD Live at Oaktree, and 2010’s Love With No End. Their latest effort, Mercy, features 11 songs revealing a decidedly country direction for the couple, including the multi-format Christian radio single “Take Him To The Place.” Aaron & Amanda Crabb serve as worship leaders at San Antonio’s Cornerstone Church.

Tickets for “Sunday Mornin’ Country®” are available via Ticketmaster; at the Opry Box Office ($20 advance); or at the door ($25). For further information on Aaron & Amanda Crabb, visit Follow them on Twitter @aaroncrabb79 and @amandascrabb.

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