March 3, 2021

Dale Shelnut, Dixie Echoes

 

For over 50 years, The Dixie Echoes have been delivering the gospel message in song across America through their spiritually uplifting music ministry. Considered to be one of the pioneer gospel groups, the Dixie Echoes have returned to their roots singing around two microphones with just a piano. Respected among their peers and industry leaders alike, the Dixie Echoes are recognized as one of the premiere groups in gospel music.

Since the Dixie Echoes formed in 1960, they have released nearly 70 albums and have had numerous top ten singles. They have been honored with six members being inducted into the Southern Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame: J.G. Whitfield (1997), Dale Shelnut (2001), Jack Toney (2005), Billy Todd (2009), Tim Riley (2013), and Randy Shelnut (2017).


The Dixie Echoes have performed throughout the United States, Mexico, and Canada at well-known venues such as the National Quartet Convention, Gospel Jubilee Cruise, the Brumley Sing, Memphis Quartet Show, Dollywood, Silver Dollar City, and Carnegie Hall as well as churches, fairs, and on television. The Dixie Echoes have appeared on such programs as TBN, INSP and are most notably remembered for their regular appearances on the nationally syndicated television show, The Gospel Singing Jubilee which aired in the late 1960’s and 70’s.


Although each individual presents his own musical styling, the members collectively share the common goal of doing everything they can to expose the audience to the power of a meaningful song. With arguably the best line-up of talent ever, the Dixie Echoes present the gospel message in song with a touch of class and excellence.


Over the last 50 years God has trusted the Dixie Echoes with the huge purpose of telling everyone they can about Him. To do this He has provided talented men with a dedication to this grand style of music. In the timeless tradition of the Statesmen Quartet and the Blackwood Brothers Quartet, the Dixie Echoes will continue to sing songs in such a manner that no one can miss a single word, not one distraction from hearing what the songwriter wanted to share.


 

The Ark Encounter & Answers In Genesis Debut New Lyric Video From Steve Hess and Southern Salvation

 

Answers In Genesis, the parent ministry of The Ark Encounter and Creation Museum, has debuted the new lyric video from Steve Hess and Southern Salvation, “Six Days”, on its streaming platform. Founder and CEO, Ken Ham, had previously tasked Steve Hess and John Mathis Jr. with writing a new song that reinforces the message of Genesis the first chapter and the account of creation. The result of that request is the new song, “Six Days”. The musicians were assembled at Watershed studios in Brentwood, TN and included the talents of Gordon Mote, Kelly Back, Mark Burchfield and Garth Justice and the group recorded their vocals at the Mansion Entertainment studio in Franklin, TN.

As the resident artist of the Ark Encounter, Steve Hess and Southern Salvation have the opportunity to share Southern Gospel Music approximately 400 times a year from the Answers Center Theater stage located adjacent to the Ark. In addition to that honor, the group has been able to create and share important ministry messages in song such as the message of Pro-life (“Three Beating Hearts”) and the importance of our Christian beliefs being based solely on the Word of God (“Foundation”).

March 2, 2021

The Isbell Family Releases New Lyric Video on Current Single ‘When I Pray’

The Isbell Family releases a new lyric video for “When I Pray” from their latest album, Rise Up. Eric Isbell wrote this song after being inspired by a testimony that he often shares in their concerts. Through these trying times, this song reminds you that God is always in control.

The Isbell Family is made up of Eric, Rachel, Autumn, and Kaleb. They have been traveling full-time since March 2013 and have used their talents and testimonies God has given them to be a blessing to thousands of folks. The Isbell Family has already performed in nearly 2,000 concerts/services, as well as making appearances on the National Quartet Convention’s Main Stage, at the Dollywood Theme Park, and on the syndicated Christian television show, Atlanta Live!

March 1, 2021

Selah Drops the Lyric Video for "God Leads His Dear Children Along"

CCM veteran trio Selah releases the official lyric video for "God Leads His Dear Children Along," . The song is taken from their new album, Step Into My Story (3Cre8tive).


"For the next few weeks we're going to be focusing on how our loving God leads us through life - during wonderful times, difficult times, confusing times, victorious times, and during ALL seasons," the group shares about the new video. "This beautiful hymn, 'God Leads His Dear Children Along,' conveys these thoughts in such an eloquent way. Wherever the Lord is leading you right now, we hope this song brings you encouragement and peace."



Selah means "pause" in Hebrew - a concept which plays a thematic role in this group's new album, Step Into My Story (Nov. 6, 2020 via 3Cre8tive). Released on their newly-formed label, the group's 16th album invites listeners to pause, reflect and share their own stories.


"Our band name means 'to pause' - we borrowed it from the Psalms, and it's appropriate for us right now because we literally paused, reevaluated our past, thought through next steps and are moving forward with the most incredible team and fan base anyone could ask for," says Selah's Todd Smith.


Allan Hall agrees, "These songs are personal and, because of COVID-19, we had time off the road to tighten things up - both personally and professionally. My personal journey includes losing more than 75 pounds and feeling healthier than I ever have; all of us have taken steps to see and create positivity during this time. We're looking forward to hearing our fans' stories!"


"I never thought I'd be homeschooling while releasing an album, and moving - but here I am!" says Amy Perry. "This record is our debut as label founders and there's such a freedom and joy in this. Like seeing your child take their first steps. Like Allan said, we are here because of more than 23 years of music and incredible fans who allow us to do what we love doing."


It's not just a job - it's a calling. Todd was raised in Congo, Africa, and is still involved with the Laban Bible Institute that his family founded over 40 years ago, and whose students have planted over 400 churches. His parents also started a medical dispensary, a women's literacy program, and a radio station that has a potential reach of 8 million people. In addition, he and the band also support OneChild.org, a child sponsorship organization based in the U.S. that, to date, has served more than 14,000 children across 14 countries.


One of these children is Marcus Rixon. Now 33, Marcus was born into poverty in Kolkata, India. He was sponsored through OneChild for 14 years, and received an education, food and clothing. In August 2010, he bought a plane ticket to the U.S, and with only $50 in his pocket, boarded his first-ever flight - traveling from Kolkata to London, London to Chicago, Chicago to Louisville, and then drove to Wilmore, KY where he attended Asbury University and earned a Bachelor's degree.


10 years later, Marcus Rixon - a husband, father, and proud U.S. citizen as of August 2019 - owns Rixon Entertainment Group which manages artists... including Selah.


"Talk about full circle!" says Marcus. "Being sponsored by the same organization that the artist you manage helps raise funding and awareness for - it's incredible. If anyone ever doubts the validity of a sponsorship program, OneChild is the reason I'm here and I'm beyond grateful to Selah for their diligence and constant support on behalf of children like me."


With Step Into My Story releasing the same week as our nation's presidential election, the 8-time GMA Dove Award-winning band is hoping its songs offer a sense of unity and a reason to pause, take a breath and reflect. 

Gaither Vocal Band to Drop DVD/CD "That's Gospel, Brother" March 19

 Gospel Music Hall of Famers the Gaither Vocal Band will release a brand new DVD/CD "That's Gospel, Brother" on March 19. The band continues to raise the standard of benchmark harmonies with this uplifting DVD.

Featuring innovative renditions of classic favorites as well as signature versions of new songs, That's Gospel, Brother spotlights not only their individual talents but their seamless group blends. Showcasing several new up-tempo selections, this release captures the quintet's stage energy and offers messages of hope and encouragement for life's challenges.

February 27, 2021

T.D. Jakes' International Leadership Summit Virtual Experience to Feature Tyler Perry, Steven Furtick, Judah Smith and Cynthia Marshall

 In the wake of an unpredictable and challenging 2020, global leader Bishop T.D. Jakes is bringing leaders from all areas of business and the nonprofit sector together to get clarity on the way forward. The reimagined 2021 International Leadership Summit is now a virtual event. From April 29 to May 1, industry thought leaders like Tyler Perry, Steven Furtick and Judah Smith will speak to a variety of topics including technology, global economics, faith and more.

"It is going to take all of our leaders coming together to not mirror what happened in 2020," said Jakes. "From the racial injustice to the COVID-19 pandemic, we cannot continue to leave our world without strong, strategic leaders who can bring us forward and out of the depths of where we started in 2020. We need to all get on the same page and come together once again to bring unity, hope and decisive action to our world of chaos."



Speakers include:

Bishop T.D. Jakes, senior pastor of The Potter's House

Serita Jakes, executive director of women's and children's ministries at The Potter's House

Tyler Perry, producer, director, actor, screenwriter, playwright, author, songwriter, entrepreneur and philanthropist

Steven Furtick, founder and lead pastor of Elevation Church

Judah Smith, lead pastor of Churchome

David Steward, founder and chairman of World Wide Technology

Byron Allen, comedian, producer, media mogul, philanthropist and founder of Entertainment Studios

Hattie Hill, president and CEO of T.D. Jakes Foundation

Cynthia Marshall, CEO of the Dallas Mavericks

The International Leadership Summit is offering three Master Class roundtables. The first will feature Jakes, Steward and Allen on the topic of global economics. The second will feature Jakes and Perry, and Jakes will close out the final Master Class. The complete schedule of events is available online.

Since 2011, the International Leadership Summit has cultivated aspiring and tenured entrepreneurs, leaders and instrumental change agents to influence the world.


Carrie Underwood Previews Her New Gospel Album with a Duet with CeCe Winans

 

Seven-time GRAMMY® Award winner Carrie Underwood has given us a preview of her new Gospel album My Savior with the release of her duet with CeCe Winans on "Great Is Thy Faithfulness."   

Underwood and Winans trade verses in this collaboration, their voices and the accompanying piano building throughout to a crescendo as they swap lines in the final verse: "Great is Thy faithfulness! / Great is Thy faithfulness! / Morning by morning, new mercies I see / All I have needed, Thy hand hath provided / Great is Thy faithfulness! / Great is Thy faithfulness! / Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me!"

My Savior is co-produced and arranged by Underwood and GRAMMY® Award winner David Garcia, with whom she co-produced her critically acclaimed 2018 album Cry Pretty, her seventh album to be certified Platinum or Multi-Platinum by the RIAA. Garcia is a multi-platinum selling, four-time GRAMMY® Award-winning record producer and songwriter.  With his early roots in Christian music, over the past decade he has achieved chart-topping success across multiple genres of music with over 20 #1 songs to his credit.  He has twice been named ASCAP's Christian Music Songwriter of the Year (2015 and 2019), has written three ASCAP Award winners for Christian Music Song of The Year, as well as won nine Dove Awards.

"This is an album I have always wanted to record.  When I set out to choose these songs, I wanted to include the beautiful, familiar hymns I grew up singing in church," says Underwood.  "There are several songs I have performed in the past, like 'Softly And Tenderly,' 'How Great Thou Art' and 'Amazing Grace' that mean so much to me and I knew immediately we needed to record for the album.  This music shaped who I am as a person and is the foundation of my career as a recording artist.  I feel so blessed to get to share these songs with generations of people who love them as I do, as well as others who might be experiencing them for the first time."

Jim & Melissa Brady Releases ‘You Gotta Have A Song’ Lyric Video

 

Music has a great way of lifting our spirits. The latest release from Jim & Melissa Brady, “You Gotta Have A Song” will certainly do that.

Here’s Melissa about these happy track: “You Gotta Have A Song” was born in Jim’s heart, produced by the incredible Gordon Mote, and features our hero, Bill Gaither, and the Gaither Vocal Band. It was a winning combination, and does exactly what we wanted it to do, put a smile on your face!” Enjoy the lyric video debut of these great song. 

February 26, 2021

The Kingsmen Release New Single ‘These Are The Days’

 Back with “These Are The Days,” a new single that bears a timely message, the Kingsmen Quartet continues to enrich their listeners’ lives through exciting and meaningful songs that echo the best of the group’s legendary Southern Gospel songbook even as they write a new page in it.

With Alan Kendall taking the lead, “These Are The Days” has a message for the moment that encourages faith and strength amidst the most trying of times. “If there was ever a message that was timely for the Church in 2021,” he says, “it is ‘These Are the Days.’ Dixie Phillips and Matthew Lawson wrote this song, and I immediately fell in love with it. What a message of resilience and hope! It’s in that driving, country quartet style that I always loved hearing from the Kingsmen growing up. I am both excited and humbled to be a part of it.”

Joined by Chris Jenkins (tenor), Chris Bryant (baritone), and the distinctive bass voice of Ray Dean Reese, Kendall offers a heartfelt reading that begins with the frank acknowledgement that “These are the days of trouble and struggle…Of battles and shadows where evil abounds,” yet moves swiftly to the joyous news that it will not win. And from opening notes that establish a relaxed yet insistent feeling through key changes that lift their voices higher for choruses that offer classic, powerful quartet singing, the Quartet’s performance serves to underline the song’s call to action: “We have a mission to give what we’re given away…These are the days to make His name known.”

Classic, powerful, and filled with the gospel spirit that has carried the Kingsmen Quartet far beyond their western North Carolina origins over more than 60 years of performance, “These Are The Days” offers spirit-lifting hope that, in the song’s prophetic words, “we’re nearing forever.”

Josh Swift from The Isaacs Welcome Baby Boy

 

Josh Swift, reso-guitarist with The Isaacs and Lyle Lovett, and his wife, Tobi, are celebrating the birth of their second child.


Sully Lynn Swift was born on Sunday, February 21, at 3:03 p.m. at the Cookeville Regional Medical Center in Tennessee. He came into this world weighing in at 9lbs 6oz, stretching out to 21 inches long.


Josh says that mom and baby are doing great, saying of the delivery, “Tobi pushed for 2 minutes, and he was here.” She may have a different memory of the process. In any event, they both expressed their thanks to the labor and delivery staff at Cookeville.


The Swifts brought Sully home Monday night, where he is getting used to his new life with big brother Cager, now 9 years old.