August 5, 2020

IMC CONCERTS ANNOUNCES POSTPONEMENT OF SOUTHWEST GOSPEL MUSIC FESTIVAL


Gospel Music Festival, originally scheduled for January 11-13 in Phoenix, AZ.
“We are deeply saddened by having to postpone the SWGMF until 2022,” IMC President, Landon Beene states. “It was a very difficult decision, but our team has been closely following updates by the CDC, as well as the local officials in the greater Phoenix area, and we felt this was the best decision to make at this time.”According to Beene, the postponement was made in the best interest of the event attendees, as well as the artists featured at the event.
“The health and well-being of our patrons is of the utmost importance. At this time, unfortunately, we are not able to provide a definite date as to when to expect things to be back to normal, which puts us in a challenging position.”Although a definite date is not being announced at this time, the new date is tentatively set for January 13-15, 2022.

“This is the date we are hoping to be able to make happen,” Beene continues, “and we plan to offer the same wonderful line-up of artists that we had scheduled for the 2021 event.”
Beene also states that all ticket holders from the 2020 event will be contacted directly by IMC representatives and will have the first option to renew their same seats once the event goes on sale in the summer of 2021.

“Unfortunately, the capacity restrictions in place make it impossible for us to plan, promote and host our event in January, 2021. With that said, we WILL RETURN, and we are already looking forward to this event in 2022. Our prayers are with the artists and the great fans of Gospel Music during these difficult and unprecedented times.”
Complete information regarding the Southwest Gospel Music Festival, as well as other events presented by IMC Concerts is available at www.SouthwestGospelMusicFestival.com

August 4, 2020

Tri-State Hall of Fame Ceremony recognizes Troy Burns, Buddy Burton, more

Family, friends, and guests from all over the southeast, gathered together on August 1, 2020, to be a part of the 16th Annual Tri-State Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at Parkway Baptist Temple, Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia.

The Tri-State Hall of Fame was founded by Herb Oliver to recognize people in music for the tri-state region. Will Dickerson, CEO of the Hall of Fame, and Radio Personality Ken Hicks, served as masters of ceremony.
The ceremony opened with a couple of congregation songs, followed by several scrap iron quartets made up of members of the Hall of Fame.
The induction ceremony began with the first of the inductees, Troy Burns. He is a former member of the Inspirations, having sung with the quartet for 30 years. Leaving the group, he formed The Troy Burns Family group. During his career, Troy has performed at over 6000 concerts and received numerous awards.

The next inductee, was Buddy Burton, an ordained minister and past member of The Singing Americans, The Statesmen and Masters FivNationally known arranger and pianist, Tommy Fairchild, who sang with the Oak Ridge Boys, was inducted. He also sang with The Blackwood Brothers on their song “Learning To Lean,” which remained on the charts for three record breaking years.

Howard Green was also recognized. He is a master woodworker and manufacturer of the custom Greenfield Violins. As well, Howard sang with a local group out of Atlanta, which appeared on the Mulls TV program and concerts.
“Elvis has left the building,” were the famous words of Ed Hill, who unfortunately passed away July 13, 2020. This gentleman was entered into the Hall of Fame posthumously. Ed sang tenor at age 13 with a group from East Tennessee University. He formed the Prophets Quartet in 1959 and sang for 15 years with them. In 1973, he sang with J.D. Sumner and the Stamps, during which time they did backup singing at Elvis concerts. Ed remained with the Stamps for 25 years.
Several more performers were inducted, including David Maddox, who had longed to sing bass with Willie Wynn and The Tennessee Quartet. David got that opportunity after he had sung with his family for 15 years, along with several other area groups including The Deep South Boys.
Peggy Parker, who passed away April 13, 2020, was inducted. Her daughter, Sherri Miller, accepted the award. Peggy and her husband formed the Kenny Parker Trio and also traveled with the Rambos from 1969-1971. When she learned of her induction before her death, Peggy began crying with joy. Kenny is also a member of the Tri-State Hall of Fame.

Marlon Pendergrass was raised in Powell, Alabama, and attended the National School of Music and later joined the faculty there. He sang with Cat Freeman and the All-Star Quartet, and later established the Cat Freeman Scholarship Fund. He also promoted gospel concerts in his area.
Willie Wynn, known as Little Willie, and commonly known in gospel music as the Man with a Million Friends, was inducted into the HOF. He began singing as a teenager. Jake Hess suggested Willie for the Wally Fowler Quartet which later became the Oak Ridge Boys. Willie sang with them for 15 years. Later, Hovie Lister invited him to sing with The Statesmen and after several albums with that group, Willie formed his own quartet.

Rounding out the awards ceremony, was Charles Yates, who is nationally known from his time singing with the Speer Family. His most requested song was “Palms Of Victory.” In 1959, Charles sang with the Foggy Mountain Boys. He has flown airplanes as a crop duster, and also gyrocopters, and arrived at the ceremony by airplane with some of his friends.
Then it was back to scrap iron quartet singing, during which time a special award was presented to the wife of the late Brian Etheridge of the Master Peace Quartet.

Also performing were The Greesons, who are all members of the HOF, and Testimony Quartet.
The evening wasn’t complete until the oldest member of the HOF, 94 year old Ray Branham, was called to the stage to sing. He was given a standing ovation for his upbeat song.

NQC Board of Directors Addresses Coronavirus Concerns for 2020 Event

The NQC Board of Directors announced today plans for NQC 2020, & provisional plans if NQC 2020 is not allowed to take place as scheduled due to  state and government orders.

If state orders allow, NQC 2020 will occur as scheduled. However, if state orders for September include any kind of social distancing, it will mean that NQC 2020 will have to be suspended.
If NQC 2020 is suspended, due to state orders, NQC will move forward with an alternative event on the same dates. This event will be the NQC Fall Festival.
Further information about the event and logistics are as follows:
The NQC Fall Festival will take place September 27 – October 3, 2020 if social distancing orders prevent NQC 2020 from occurring
The LeConte Center will be set with 1,500 chairs socially distanced 6’ apart by pairs
The main stage of the Fall Festival will be set up at one end instead of in the round.
Admission for the NQC Fall Festival will be sold on a first come, first serve basis. The event is currently on sale and will be a general admission event.
NQC recommends people who know they will be in Pigeon Forge for NQC week to purchase Fall Festival tickets now. If state orders allow NQC, all NQC Fall Festival admissions will be refunded.
If the NQC Fall Festival occurs, NQC customers will either have their admission refunded or applied to next year.  It will be each customer’s choice.
Artists who perform in the Fall Festival will have displays set up in the Greenbriar ballroom, and the displays will be sufficiently distanced apart.  There is plentiful space in the Greenbriar to allow for distancing between and in front of the displays.
The NQC Fan Festival will feature around 10 artists per night For either NQC or NQC Fall Festival, a live only webcast will be made available to subscribers.
“We did not want to preemptively suspend NQC in advance of the state orders being issued for September,” states Clarke Beasley, NQC Executive Vice President. “However, if state orders prevents NQC from occuring as planned, we wanted to have an alternative ready to go that would be in compliance with all existing state orders for the benefit of NQC attendees as well as the NQC artists.”
A complete schedule of the NQC Fall Festival option is available on www.nqconline.com.
ABOUT NQC:
NQC – the National Quartet Convention – was founded in 1957 by gospel music legend and former backup vocalist for Elvis Presley, J.D. Sumner who co-produced the event with James Blackwood. The annual convention was moved in later years to Nashville, TN and then to Louisville, KY where it was held for 20 years

CHAPEL VALLEY’S ORDAINED MOURNS LOSS OF MEMBER, GLENDA HASTY

 
The Chapel Valley family extends its deepest condolences to the family members of Ordained and the family of Glenda Hasty. Glenda went to be with Jesus on Sunday afternoon, August 2, 2020 at 3:45pm.
Glenda and her husband, Shelby Hasty, traveled the United States as The Hastys for twenty-five years. Their daughters, Stacy Wilson and Catrina Headrick, traveled and sang with them. After being off the road due to health reasons, Glenda joined her daughter, Catrina Headrick and son-in-law, Greg Headrick in 2016 to sing with the group known as Ordained.

Shane Roark shared, “Our hearts are deeply saddened by the loss of such a precious lady. Glenda Hasty was a gifted vocalist with a heart that radiated her love for the Lord. Our thoughts and prayers are with Greg and Catrina as they carry out the ministry of Ordained and keep singing, just as Glenda would have encouraged them to.”

We are thankful to know we will be reunited in heaven with so many who are already with Jesus. Philippians 1:21 says, “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” Though we grieve the loss of precious saints, we celebrate the memories we have. Heaven just gets sweeter every day!

August 3, 2020

Gatlin Brothers Add Catalog to TimeLife Deal

The Gatlin Brothers have partnered with Time Life once again for the noteworthy release of two digital albums, set for August 14. The Grammy Award-winning trio’s We Say Merry Christmas… From The Gatlin Brothers is being re-released after receiving critical acclaim during its celebrated release in 2016. The two-disc holiday set features 19 tracks. The timeless Steve Gatlin solo album, Love Can Carry, has ten tracks and was nominated for a Dove Award after its original debut in 1994.

Steve Gatlin calls the latest venture with Time Life a signal of more great things to come. “I’m happy to announce the latest of many new available musical projects by the Gatlin Brothers. A solo Christian country project by me and a Christmas album by the brothers,” he says.

“The Gatlin Brothers have been a part of the Time Life and StarVista LIVE family for several years and these albums mark the next great phase together,” adds Mike Jason, Time Life Senior Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, Marketing & Live Entertainment. “We are incredibly proud to bring their music to their fans.”

We Say Merry Christmas… From The Gatlin Brothers and Steve Gatlin, Love Can Carry will be available through all digital service providers. Additional digital albums released earlier this year with Time Life by the multi-platinum selling act are: Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, Family Gospel Favorites, The Gatlin Brothers, Sincerely, Your Ticket to Larry Gatlin and The Gatlin Brothers and Larry Gatlin, In My Life.

We Say Merry Christmas… From The Gatlin Brothers
1. Joy to the World
2. O Holy Night
3. Winter Wonderland
4. Carol of the Bells
5. What Child is This?
6. Heaven’s Child
7. Silver Bells
8. White Christmas / The Christmas Song (Medley)
9. Bring A Torch, Janette Isabella
10. The Little Drummer Boy
11. No Star Tonight in Bethlehem
12. All We Like Sheep
13. Mary, Did You Know?
14. Christmas Melody: Oh Little Town in Bethlehem, Away in a Manger, The First Noel, Silent Night
15. Do You Hear What I Hear
16. Silent Night
17. I Have Seen the Light
18. Christmas All Year Round
19. Alleluia

Steve Gatlin, Love Can Carry
1. My Heart is In the Right Place
2. The Best You I Can Be
3. Alive and Well
4. Precious Savior, Holy Spirit
5. Love Can Carry
6. Till You Came Along
7. Don’t Forget the Love
8. Just a Little Boy, Just a Little Dream
9. You Called My Name
10. You Beat All I’ve Ever Seen

The Gatlin Brothers

‘I believe prayer works,’ Rush Limbaugh says in cancer treatment update

Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, who was diagnosed with advanced-stage lung cancer earlier this year, shared an update about his treatment, saying he’s been going through ups and downs but “I believe prayer works.”

“There are good days, good weeks. There are bad days and bad weeks,” Limbaugh, who was diagnosed on Jan. 22, wrote on his website.
This past period, this past treatment, which was a week ago tomorrow, this has been much better than I thought,” said the talk show host, who began his nationally syndicated radio show about 30 years ago.

“Because of the cumulative effect of the toxicity, I was expecting to be, you know, in that just debilitating fatigue for 10 days. And I wasn’t. It lasted two days, Thursday and Friday. The weekend was good. But, again, anything can change rapidly and on a dime. So, it’s a blessing.”

Limbaugh, 69, added, “I believe prayer works. I know it does.”

Using a baseball analogy, Fox News opinion host Limbaugh said it was “a blessing that in my third at-bat, the last shot that I had at this, I got on base and I stole second, and I’m chugging on to third, and I’m very confident that I’m gonna score.”

“I’m very confident that this is gonna go into extra innings. Meaning — well, you know what it means. I’m trying to avoid being specific in the lingo here. And, again, that’s simply because of how rapidly things can change with this kind of diagnosis.”

Limbaugh said he was “feeling extremely good right now, even cautious about saying that. Who knows what tomorrow’s gonna bring... I could be even more optimistic if I wanted to because there is reason to be, but, again, when every phase and stage happens that’s an improvement, I’ll be sure and pass it on.”

While announcing he had been diagnosed with cancer in January, Limbaugh said, “This day has been one of the most difficult days in recent memory, for me, because I’ve known this moment was coming. I’m sure that you all know by now that I really don’t like talking about myself and I don’t like making things about me. … One thing that I know, that has happened over the 31-plus years of this program, is that there has been an incredible bond that has developed between all of you and me.”

Matthew West to Christians: ‘Take heart;' singer hosts ‘healing’ concert at Museum of the Bible

Museum of the Bible and Trinity Broadcasting Network have teamed up to produce “The Truth I’m Standing On,” a concert series hosted by Matthew West that features Christian recording artists who'll be performing songs to promote healing during these times of unrest.

The two-part series began July 31 and the second installment of the concert series will premiere on Aug. 7. Hosted by award-winning artist Matthew West, “The Truth I’m Standing On” was broadcast from the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C. Throughout the event, West shares biblical history and shows viewers artifacts housed in the museum between performances.

Vanderslice Forms Music Group Sound Street

Southern Gospel Artist Jarrod Vanderslice announces the formation of Sound Street, a southern gospel trio.   Jarrod Vanderslice, his 12-year-old daughter Jaylie and long-time friend Ryan Bilby make up the mixed group from Oklahoma.  Southern Gospel fans may recognize the names of these group members.

 

Vanderslice, in his time of ministry as a solo artist and with the Galloways, has performed on many stages such as: National Quartet Convention, TBN, Daystar, INSP, Templeton Tours cruise Jubilee at Sea©, CCMnow, Branson, Pigeon Forge, Canada and many churches from the Atlantic to the Pacific coasts. And, his daughter, Jaylie is following right along in dad’s footsteps.

 

From an early age, Jaylie has been provided many opportunities to grace the stage of a church.  Her first concert performance was in front of 2,000 people at age two and she recorded her first song at the young age of three.  She is an up and coming artist you need to keep your eye on.

 

Likewise, Bilby has traveled all across the country spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ. Bilby traveled for several years with Song Garden Artist Forgiven Quartet as their Baritone and eventually transitioned into their bass singer.  He most recently traveled with Oklahoma group The Ambassadors as their lead singer. Needless to say, he can sing it all.

 

Please Pray For Steve Bridgmon and Family

After a long bout with cancer, Steve’s sister passed from this world and Heaven got sweeter.

Last night, while on the plane headed to Texas for Shannon’s home going service, Steve got the news that his Dad had passed from Covid-19 complications.

Our hearts are saddened with this news.
Please keep the entire Bridgmon Family in your prayers over the next few days as they pay their final respects to 2 family members.

Earlier today, Steve said, “Good morning. As many of you may already know. My dad, Steve Bridgmon Sr. passed away last night around 8:15. We are beyond heartbroken, as you can imagine. I could go into how much of a nightmare this week has been or how awful it is, but the reality is that he’s with Shannon Bridgmon Rinaldo and our sweet memaw, his brother Ricky and countless others that have gone on before us. Please keep our family in your prayers and just know that we love all of you that have reached out. He was a great man and loved his family and friends. For those asking, I am in Texas. Once I return to Kentucky, we will discuss a memorial service and keep everyone posted.”

We love you Steve and we are all praying for you!

July 29, 2020

Erwins struck by COVID-19

Yesterday, Tiffany Erwin posted on Facebook:

I am absolutely BLOWN AWAY by the love, support and MANY PRAYERS that have been spoken for our family. My mom tested positive on Tuesday for COVID, then Kris went on Tuesday and tested negative. So, Dennis and Katie went Tuesday night and tested positive. All had symptoms, so they said to assume Kris has a false negative. Everyone was doing ok, till yesterday. It started with Kris waking up with fever and trouble breathing. Once his “episodes” were over mom called my sister in her room later with the same thing going on. She probably should have gone to the hospital, but doesn’t want to be alone (and I understand that). However, if she has to, we will have to do it. For now, we made it through the night. All seems quiet for now. My sister is taking care of us all, as I can’t leave my room (which is an excruciating, helpless feeling), and is exhausted. She got tested on Saturday, but we haven’t heard anything yet. Just as you think of it, pray for our family and so many others that are fighting this CRAZY VIRUS!! It IS REAL!! If you got a light case, THANK GOD…it’s not all that way!! Masks are a joke till it hits your family and loved ones…then it changes your mind. Thank you for the prayers!! Trust me, I’ve had a lot of time on my hands to pray for you too. God will get us through this according to His Perfect Will!! Love you all!!


Hey everyone!! Just an update…Everything is quiet right now around here…guess that’s a good thing!!?? For those that have sent advice and information…y’all are AWESOME!! Trust me, we’ve seen and heard it all. WE are doing the vitamin regimen (zinc, Calcium & B3, etc) and have for a while. 3 of the 4 have been given the Hydroxychloriquin (sp?) and z-pak. We are diffusing oils, drinking lemon, ginger, turmeric, honey, etc….trying to do it all, in hopes that something will work and keep things calm around here. Sunday was rough, yesterday was calm (not well, but calm)…today…ONLY GOD KNOWS!! This is truly a “roller coaster” ride. Up one day and down the next. (sometimes it’s literally up one hour & down the next)! I truly believe, the only thing we know is that, WE DON’T KNOW! We are trusting the LORD and in the prayers of HIS PEOPLE!! (SIDE NOTE: Now, if you talk to Dennis, he says everyone is fine…and I truly love that man…but he literally travels from the room he’s sleeping in, to the office, and is pretty much taking care of himself. He has had it very mild, so far, yet sleeps all but about 6-7 hours a day…so he’s far from “normal”. Plus he’s not going CRAZY to get out of the house, and he has NOT stayed in one day since this stuff hit months ago…so he’s far from “normal”. He’s definitely a NOMAD…but this virus has stopped that pretty abruptly.)
I’m thanking God today for another day to live for HIM, a family that is still around me (though I can’t see them) and for a host of friends that care!!! WOW…we are BLESSED beyond what we deserve!! I pray you all stay safe and take this virus seriously!! Don’t buy in to the hysteria…but use your BRAINS!! I fully realize our FAITH & TRUST is in the LORD; however, that SAME GOD gave you a BRAIN!!! USE IT!! Love y’all!!

Please pray for all of the Erwins.