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Bill Dykes Signs Recording Contract with Pathway Records

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on May 28, 2011 – 11:00 am -

{EHA-Nashville, TN}Newly launched, Pathway Records of Franklin, TN has added Bill Dykes to its roster. Dykes has a lengthy, successful history with some of the most notable groups in the Southern Gospel genre, including The Cathedrals, The Goffs, Coy Cook & The Senators, and The Rhythm Masters. He has performed in events led by Jerry Falwell, Pat Robinson, Rex Humbard, Billy Graham, Oral Roberts, and Paul Conn. Recording and performing on four #1 songs, garnering three Dove nominations, a Gospel Music News Award, owning his own group; Chariot, opening for Mike Huckabee, and achieving Gold status with his “This is Love,” is only a brief overview of his 45 years of dedication, contributions, and accolades that will be stamped in the pages of Gospel Music history.
Dykes’s passion for his music led him into marketing, media, and financial consulting that would not only secure his involvement in the industry, but would change the course of many of his clients’ paths to success. His expertise in banking and finance has given him the opportunity to reach out to a multitude of churches and ministries in distress. A position as Chief Marketing Officer for Christian Televison Network, Sky Angel, allowed him to design and implement its sales and marketing initiatives. Previously, he served as Executive Vice President, Business Development at Church Mortgage Acceptance Co., LLC (CMAC) where he played a key role in providing over $2 billion in financing to churches nationwide in need of refinancing, renovation, or expansion. Dykes studied finance at the University of Cincinnati and vocal performance at the Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati. He attended seminary at Tennessee Temple University in Chattanooga, Tennessee, received his Doctorate of Divinity from Heritage Baptist University, and serves on the Board of Trustees at Davis College in Binghamton, NY.
Dykes was brought on board by The Mansion Entertainment in 2010 to spearhead the development of Manor House Music and Cheyenne Record labels. In addition, his expertise as Executive Director has enabled him to revive Impact Records, the first Gospel label to garner Gold status, with the Gaither’s “Allelujah: Praise Gathering.” Bill Traylor, VP of The Mansion Entertainment, notes, “Bill and I have been friends for well over 30 years. With his heart for the ministry and his willingness to help others reach their music ministry goals, I expect great blessings for his new project with Pathway Records. I feel certain that the unique, flexible, and affordable recording options we have made available to Pathway artists will allow Bill to carry on his solo ministry with the style and class that is his trademark.”

Dykes says, “I feel so blessed to be getting a top-knotch project done with Pathway Records. The beauty of this record company is that it offers so many options for artists with its ‘Al a carte features, allowing them to pick and choose as little or as much as they would like to put into their project. Those unique features make the recording more feasible for the beginning artist, with a limited budget, yet it can also accommodate the most elaborate needs of any recording artist. My first and foremost carreer mission is to use the experience and tools the Lord gave me to help others fulfill their calling in the ministry; however, I don’t think my own calling to sing has ended after 45 years. Having been on all sides of this business, I can relate to just about everything that is presented as a concern. This is the reason I am so excited about recommending artists to Pathway Records; because it is fitting my own needs perfectly.

Dykes continues to travel to speaking and singing engagements across the country and is frequently asked to MC concerts and events. He and wife, Jae Lynne, reside in Cincinnati, OH where they attend Landmark Baptist Church.

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Pathway Records Signs Legendary Tank Tackett to Recording Deal

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on May 24, 2011 – 4:24 pm -

{EHA-Nashville, TN} Newly launched Pathway Records signed legendary tenor, Gayle “Tank” Tackett, to a recording contract recently at the company corporate offices in Franklin, TN. Tank has traveled and recorded with some of Southern Gospel’s most prominent names, including the Weatherford Quartet, the Statesmen, Jerry & the Singing Goffs, the Classic Four, the Envoys, and the Rebels. He has also been a part of various country music legends’ recordings that include projects with Michael W. Smith, Carmen, The Judds, Charlie Daniels, and Dolly Parton.

Tank notes, “I am excited and blessed to be on the Pathway Records roster, and my goal, as it always has been, is to keep God in the middle of everything I do and let him lead my music ministry. I expect wonderful things for the future, especially being able to work with my friend, Bill Dykes, who has my best interest at heart.” Dr. Bill Dykes of Pathway Records notes, “Bill Traylor, John Mathis, Jr., and myself are very pleased to sign Tank to our line-up of amazing artists. We look for many blessings to transpire from this union of friends and from the many prayers we have all put into it.”

Tank’s experience in Gospel music has enabled him to reach out to others with his support and encouragement. USAGem, an organization that helps artists gain more exposure through concerts, media, and networking, has enlisted him to represent their mission through hosting on the “God and Country Jubilee” concert series at the Texas Troubadour Theatre in Nashville. This month, Tank’s latest recording, “When God Dipped His Pen,” debuted at #13 on of the Southern Gospel Times charts.

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Branson Gospel Music Revival Announces Details for 2011 Talent Search

Written by Scoops Staff on May 2, 2011 – 8:38 am -

BRANSON, Mo. – (April 27, 2011) – The Branson Gospel Music Revival (formerly Convention) is proud to announce details regarding the 2011 Talent Search. This year’s event is sponsored by Pathway Records, a Division of Mansion Entertainment.

Entries for the talent search can be made online at First place winners will be signed to Pathway Records, and receive a full track project with up to two days of vocals and one day of mix. CD soundtracks of all songs and 100 CDs are also included. There are also 2nd and 3rd place prizes as well. Go to for all the details!

“We are excited to have Pathway Records working with us this year on the talent search,” said Rod Burton of the Branson GMR. “Pathway and Mansion are great supporters of our event and produce some fantastic artists”.

Bill Dykes, Executive Director of Manor House Music, also a division of Mansion Entertainment, adds, “We have enjoyed our time at Branson GMR for the past two years and look forward to having an active role in this year’s event while creating opportunities for newer artists.”

Entrants are encouraged to register quickly while space is still available. The talent search will take place during the 3rd Annual Branson Gospel Music Revival, held at the Tri Lakes Center in Branson, Missouri, June 28 through July 1, 2011. For more information, go to or call (615) 530-3726.

Over a hundred gospel artists from across the country will be there to perform, including returning favorites Dino, HisSong, Beyond the Ashes, Freedom, Kenny Bishop, Voices of Glory, The Williamsons, Praise Incorporated, 2nd Generation, Jay Stone Singers, McMillan and Life, Rod Burton, Lynda Lynn, Sunday Edition, Mystery Men, The Greesons, Shannon Bunch, Johnathan Bond, and Homecoming favorites Mike Allen and Ann Downing and more.

Tickets have gone on sale and can be purchased from the Tri-Lakes Center box office by calling (417) 336-0219.

More information about Branson Gospel Music Revival can be found at or by calling (708) 362-8172.

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Mansion Creates Pathway Records As A New Professional Service For Artists.

Written by Rhonda on October 23, 2010 – 10:47 am -

Brentwood, TN (Mansion Entertainment) October 23rd, 2010 – Mansion Entertainment has created a new professional service offering for artists in need of a quality new recording, Pathway Records. This new development will provide a quality recording to new and developing artists within a budget that is competitive and affordable for the artists’ immediate goals and direction.
Executive Director of Manor House Music, Bill Dykes states, “Many artists who are not familiar with the music industry or its processes learn by trial and error in their ministries regarding what to do and what not to do. We want to offer the professional experiences of our team to these artists and help guide them through all the hurdles an artist can face when planning, budgeting and recording a new project. It’s our desire to help them in regard to saving time and costs and assist them in gaining some valuable experience in regard to this aspect in the development of their careers.”
Pathway Records will be able to utilize the state of the art recording facilities in Branson, Missouri and will also be able to provide the option of recording a new project in Nashville. For information regarding Pathway Records, contact Bill Dykes at or John Mathis at

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