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Daywind Requests Support for Ricky Free Family

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on May 22, 2015 – 4:04 pm -

Daywind Requests Support for Ricky Free Family

Daywind Requests Support for
Ricky Free Family

Hendersonville, TN  – Producer, drummer and Daywind songwriter, Ricky Free, broke his hip last week due to a tumor that had weakened his bone. Through an extensive surgery, the doctors successfully removed the tumor and reconstructed Ricky’s hip. He is facing several weeks of immobility and physical therapy during which time he will not be able to work.

Ricky and his wife Kelly are loved members of the Christian music community. Our prayers are with them and their two boys, Jude and Graham. Ricky’s Daywind family has made this opportunity available for those who would like to help the Free Family financially during this difficult time.

Thank you for your consideration in supporting the Free Family. It is easy.  Go to for more information. You can also share a personal note on this page, or you can send an email to

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New Music From Mercy’s Bridge

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on July 30, 2014 – 8:35 am -

Mercy's Bridge

Mercy’s Bridge

Mercy’s Bridge Releases their much anticipated debut full length album. With 12 songs by writers such as Ricky Free, Gerald Crabb, Lee Black, Ben Storie and more.. This album takes you on a musical journey that deals with love, loss, overcoming and the beauty that awaits us in heaven.  The album is available on ITunes, Google Play, rdio and online at

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Brian Free and Assurance Celebrates Success of Nothing But Love and Readies New Recording for 2014

Written by SGN Scoops on September 16, 2013 – 4:47 pm -

bfa(Nashville, Tenn) September 10, 2013 – Daywind recording artist, Brian Free and Assurance has been busy in the studio working on their newest release Unashamed. Produced by Ricky Free, the album builds on the huge success of the group’s previous album and introduces new baritone singer, Mike Rogers, from Saundersville, GA.

Brian Free and Assurance’s current recording, Nothing But Love, features two Singing News Magazine #1 songs, “I Want To Be That Man,” and “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, being held this week at the National Quartet Convention in Louisville, KY, and the Singing News Fan Awards, being held later this month at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, TN, including Favorite Song (“I Want To Be That Man”), Favorite Album, Tenor of the Year (Brian Free) and Favorite Traditional Quartet.

“This group never rests on its laurels, despite being recognized as one of Southern Gospel music’s greatest quartets” shared Ed Leonard, president of Daywind Records, BFA’s recording home for over fourteen years. “Brian, Bill, Mike, and Jeremy, along with producer Ricky Free, are always pushing the envelope sonically to bring the Gospel message to the people. Ricky has come into his own as one of the best producers and songwriters around. Unashamed will be their combined best work to date.”

Brian Free added, “Unashamed is a continuation of our history of bringing the strongest, most ministering songs we can to the people. This project is full of songs that challenge and encourage and bring the message of salvation to the lost. Now more than ever before it’s important to choose songs that follow scripture. We are making a statement with this project that we are UNASHAMED of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”

Commenting on fan anticipation for the album, producer Ricky Free said, “I am honored to be a part of another record and can’t wait to get it into the hands of the fans that I know are already looking forward to it.”

No official release date has been set for Unashamed. It will likely see an early 2014 release in Christian bookstores and on digital outlets.

For more information on Brian Free and Assurance, please visit

Daywind Records is home to such artists as the Karen Peck and New River, the Perrys, Adam Crabb, 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 or contact Amanda Martin at 1-800-635-9581.

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Daywind Publishing and Ricky Free enter into Exclusive Songwriting Agreement

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on May 1, 2013 – 8:45 am -

Hendersonville, TN – Daywind Music Group is pleased to announce the signing of Ricky Free to its rosterRicky Free of exclusive songwriters. In Christian music since the age of 15, Ricky has 15 years and 3000 shows under his belt as a professional drummer, and many album and song credits as a songwriter, producer, and studio musician. His songwriting and producing has been recognized with multiple GMA Dove® Award nominations and several #1 and Top 10 songs. Ricky has had songs performed by Mandisa, Brian Free & Assurance, After Edmund, Crawford Crossing, Charlotte Ritchie and many others. He resides in Nashville, TN with his wife, Kelly, and son, Jude.

Rick Shelton, Vice President of Music Publishing, issued this statement, “Ricky Free is one of those “triple threats.” He is a fantastic drummer. He is a creative and experienced producer. His songs are fresh and inspired. We are so very excited and grateful that he is bringing his talents to Daywind Publishing.”

Ricky Free commented, “I’m so grateful to be just a part of Daywind Publishing. They are simply the best in the business, and I’m really looking forward to the years ahead as one of their writers.”

Since its inception in 1995, Daywind Publishing has emerged as a premier source of new songs for the Southern Gospel, Church Print/Choral and CCM markets. DP boasts of an exclusive staff of 15 prestigious songwriters including Sam Tinnesz, Kenna Turner West and Jason Cox. Daywind Publishing has received more than 100 Singing News Song of the Year and Gospel Music Association Dove® award nominations including the Dove® award for the 2011 Song of the Year. Forty-three Daywind songs have achieved national number one status. BMI awarded DP’s Christian Taylor Music, Christian Music Publisher of the Year 2002 and 2004. Daywind Publishing is where songs rise.

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Written by Rhonda on October 4, 2010 – 2:20 pm -

(Hendersonville, TN) October 4, 2010 – Daywind Records is excited to announce the release of Brian Free & Assurance’s newest project, Never Walk Alone, to hit stores this week.  Never Walk Alone, which is already proving to be a crowd favorite, is the first release since baritone Derrick Selph’s return to the group. 
 Produced by Ricky Free, this album includes songs such as “God Will Close The Door,” featuring bass Jeremy Lile, “Stand Among the Millions,” “The Part Where You Come In,” and the radio single, “Never Walk Alone,” featuring Brian Free. 
 Commented Daywind Records President, Ed Leonard, “there are many fantastic songs on this CD written by some of the finest writers in Gospel music, but the highlight for me is “Never Walk Alone,” a performance by Brian Free that will touch every listener’s heart and encourage them in these tough times.  It is so emotional that Brian may have difficulty getting through the song in concert given the recent death of his father.  Please keep him and the group in your prayers.”
Daywind Records is based in Hendersonville, TN, and is distributed worldwide through New Day Christian Distributors.  Daywind is home to such great artists as Mark Trammell Quartet, Legacy Five, and the Marshall Hall, among others.

To hear clips from this project, visit  For more information on Daywind Records, visit  For more information on the Brian Free & Assurance, visit

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