Nashville Tenn–August 22nd, 2013â€”Multi-award-winning family groupÂ The IsaacsÂ are celebrating the street week of their all-new recording,Â The Living Years, (Gaither Music Group) which landed atÂ the #1 spot on the bluegrass chart,Â #1 on the southern gospel album chartÂ andÂ #9 on the contemporary Christian album sales reportÂ for this past week.Â In addition the groupâ€™s newly releasedÂ Up Close and PersonalÂ DVD took theÂ #1 position on the Christian Music Video chartÂ and theÂ #3 position on theÂ BillboardÂ Music Video chart,Â surrounded by Carrie Underwood, One Direction and The Eagles.
â€œWe are so thrilled to have these spots on the charts for our new releases,” stated Lily Isaacs.Â â€œIt’s a joy to see projects we poured ourselves into being received so warmly by the public, and what an honor to hold such prestigiousÂ chart positionsÂ alongside some of the music industryâ€™s most respected artists!â€
Produced by Ben Isaacs and Bill Gaither, the new release, recorded acoustically, captures the intricate family harmonies that have made this group a household name among Gospel music lovers and showcases the type of arrangements and musicality that have made them known for their â€œpedal-steel blend.â€
The Isaacs garnered threeÂ Gospel Music Association (GMA) DOVE nominationsÂ for the 2013 awards show as announced at the press conference yesterday at Lipscomb Universityâ€™s Allen Arena in Nashville, TN.
The groupâ€™s title cut from their last recording,Â Why Canâ€™t We, written by Rebecca Isaacs Bowman, Sonya Isaacs Yeary and Jimmy Yeary, was nominated forÂ Song of the YearÂ as well asSouthern Gospel Performance of the Year.Â Â In addition, group memberÂ Ben Isaacs,Â who received seven nominations in all, garnered a nod forÂ Producer of the Year.
â€œItâ€™s an honor to be nominated along with such great guys whom I have looked up to and respected,â€ stated Ben.Â â€œIâ€™ve been very blessed to work with some very talented artists who make my job a joy, and I am thankful for the opportunity day in and day out to serve them and to be recognized in this way.â€
Ben co-produced the song “Glorious Freedom” and the albumPure and Simple, by theÂ Gaither Vocal BandÂ (Gaither Music Group), alongside Bill Gaither, Michael English and David Phelps.Â The song was nominated in theÂ Southern Gospel Performance of the YearÂ category, and the album is up forÂ Southern Gospel Album of the Year.Â He also co-producedÂ Country Album of the Year nomineeÂ Mercy, byÂ Aaron & Amanda Crabb, (co-produced with Aaron Crabb) as well asÂ Back Home Again, by theÂ Oak Ridge Boys,Â also nominated forÂ Country Album of the Year.
Â In addition to his official nominations, Ben was also co-arranger ofÂ Bluegrass Song of the YearÂ nominee “Standing in the Need Prayer,” by the Oak Ridge Boys.
The Isaacsâ€™ creativity is further captured on their new release which features a new rendition of â€œThe Living Years,â€ the pop hit from the 80s originally recorded by Mike + the Mechanics as well as a cover of The Juddsâ€™ â€œGrandpa (Tell Me â€˜Bout the Good Ole Days).â€Â It features the groupâ€™s unique version of the Dottie Rambo-penned classic â€œIf That Isnâ€™t Love,â€ an acapella rendition of â€œWalk Together Childrenâ€ that features a signature â€œboom boomâ€ bass part by Bill Gaither and the classic all-American tune â€œAc-Cent-Tchu-ate the Positive.â€
TheÂ Up Close and PersonalÂ DVD contains an intimate time of conversation and performances around the piano with Bill [Gaither], numerous appearances from various Homecoming stages ranging from Alaska to Jerusalem and a moving tribute to Lilyâ€™s mother, a Holocaust survivor.
The Living YearsÂ CD and theÂ Up Close and PersonalÂ DVDÂ are exclusively distributed by Capitol Christian Distribution andÂ are now available throughout general market stores and the Christian marketplace in addition to online retailers including iTunes, Amazon andÂ www.gaither.com.
The releases are being featured on tv networks includingÂ RFD, PBS, DISH TV, DIRECTV,Â AT&T U-verse, TBN, Family Net, FFE, RURAL TV, TNN, Airtime, CTN, The Walk TV (formerly Legacy), TCTÂ andÂ TLNÂ and also in Canada onÂ Vision TV, CTS, Grace TVÂ and theÂ Miracle Channel.Â The DVD is also featured onGaither TVÂ (available onÂ Roku,Â GoogleÂ and the Internet).
Todayâ€™s GMA DOVE nominations came on the heels of more good news for the Tennessee-based group following this weekâ€™s announcement that group member Sonya Isaacs Yeary has been nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year at the 24thÂ Annual International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Awards, while Ben is currently nominated for Producer of the Year at this yearâ€™s National Quartet Convention (NQC) Awards to be held in Louisville, KY.
The Isaacs, a multi-award winning family group who began singing 30 years ago, are based out of Nashville, TN. Â The vocalists are Lily Isaacs, Ben Isaacs, Sonya Isaacs Yeary and Rebecca Isaacs Bowman. Playing their own acoustic instruments and joined by other band members, The Isaacs have a unique style that blends tight, family harmony with contemporary acoustic instrumentation that appeals to a variety of audiences.
Their musical influences emerge from all genres of music including bluegrass, rhythm and blues, folk, country, contemporary acoustic and southern gospel. They perform frequently at The Grand Ole Opry, are active members on the Gaither Homecoming videos and concert series and travel throughout the year performing internationally. Â Concert venues include civic centers, auditoriums, arenas, fair grounds, parks, churches and other locations. They have performed the National Anthem for many sporting events as well as various political gatherings. They also received a standing ovation for their patriotic performance at Carnegie Hall.