July 13, 2020

Gaither Management & Premier Productions Announce Cancellations & Postponements

In compliance with the CDC recommendation, as well as state and local mandates limiting public gatherings due to the Coronavirus, 

Gaither Management and Premier Productions have made the decision to move the Gaither Vocal Band Reunion event scheduled for Tulsa, OK, at the Mabee Center to 2021. This event was originally scheduled to take place in April and at the initial outbreak of the Covid-19 Pandemic the event was rescheduled for August 21 & 22, 2020. Unfortunately, as a result in the spike in cases in many states, both Premier Productions and Gaither Management felt it best to postpone the event again. They have made the decision to cancel the 2020 Family Fest In The Smokies event scheduled for Gatlinburg, TN at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. This event was originally scheduled to take place Memorial Day weekend and was rescheduled for Labor Day weekend. They made the decision to postpone all dates originally scheduled for the month of September. This includes concerts scheduled for the Texas cities of College Station, Amarillo and Sunnyvale, as well as Little Rock, AR, Warner Robins, GA, Richmond, VA, and Fayetteville, NC.


“The health of our friends who have supported our events for 50 years is more important to us than anything,” states multi-Grammy winner and Gaither Vocal Band founder, Bill Gaither.“We pride ourselves in hosting events where we can be close to those attending. We love meeting the people, giving hugs and signing autographs. Unfortunately, there would be no way to do this in the current climate. We have to take all the necessary precautions to keep people safe.”


Gaither Management and Premier Productions will continue to closely monitor the developments concerning COVID-19 and mandates expressed and recommended by state and local officials. As assessments are made in the coming weeks, determinations regarding upcoming concert dates will be made. Gaither Management and Premier Productions are looking forward to again presenting the message of hope through music in communities nationwide in the very near future.


 

Tribute Quartet Announces Living the Stories Retreat

Tribute Quartet announces the release of their Living the Stories Retreat to be held March 29-31, 2021 at Ridgecrest Conference Center near Asheville, North Carolina. The specialized retreat includes five unique sessions that span the three day, two night event. Space is strictly limited to accommodate a personal and exclusive time together with the members of the group.


The beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains will be the backdrop for the Living the Stories Retreat. Ridgecrest Conference Center is conveniently located off of Interstate 40 and just a day’s drive from over 15 states. The 1200 acre campus will host this special gathering where attendees will enjoy concerts, worship, hiking, singing around the campfire, contests, and a few special surprises. Group manager Gary Casto comments, ” We want to enjoy an exclusive time together where we can share special moments and send folks home with memories that will last throughout the year. Our prayer is that everyone who attends this retreat will leave changed and uplifted.” Registration begins July 8th on a first-come, first-served basis.

Marksmen Quartet Sign with Family Music Group

Family Music Group Bluegrass label is excited to announce the signing of the Marksmen Quartet to our family of artists! The Marksmen Quartet has spread the Gospel through music to millions around the world for over 50 years. They were first established as a Southern Gospel quartet and then moved over to the Bluegrass genre. Their appearance was explosive, yielding new-found fans and bookings from promoters from across the country. They are considered Bluegrass legends appearing alongside Bill Monroe, Ralph Stanley, the Lewis Family, and more. Their efforts have garnered them nine Gospel Bluegrass Band of the Year awards and multiple Dove Awards nominations. They were also among the founding members of the Southern Gospel Music Guild.


The Marksmen’s newest project, from producer, Les Butler, will contain 10 songs, all written by Mark Wheeler. The new project includes one new song and two remakes and will also feature 10 stories behind the songs, told by Mark himself. Mark is the son of the group’s patriarch, Earle Wheeler. He is also a renowned songwriter and said he feels blessed to have spent his life playing music with his dad and creating songs that dozens of artists have recorded. Mark has been recognized for his talent since his youth. Happy Edwards of the Harmoneers used to carry Mark around when he was a young boy and have him sing. Happy said ‘I’d make a million dollars if this boy was mine.’”


Les Butler states, “I’m excited to work with Mark Wheeler and the Marksmen. Mark is one of my closest friends and a dear brother. He is quite possibly the most talented singer, songwriter, musician and preacher going today! This new project is the first of two volumes and I can’t wait for the world to hear this great music and the stories behind the songs.”

Gaither Music Group President Paul Sizelove Honored

Gaither Music Group is thrilled that its President, Paul Sizelove, has joined the ranks of the prestigious Billboard Indie Power Players. Sizelove was honored with the pick for the magazine’s 2020 list, along with other executives, labels, distributors and associations that are blazing trails and driving tremendous success in the independent music industry.

“I am honored to be recognized by Billboard Magazine in this way,” stated Sizelove. “I think of this as recognition of our amazing team. I am truly blessed each day to be part of a company where each member of that team brings great value and expertise to what we do. I’ve always thought that my main role is to support each of them and their responsibilities. There is something about independence as a company that gives you a sense of urgency and ownership. You have to be on your game always, as it takes hard work to blaze a trail. But the reward is fulfilling, and the lines of character developed from it run deep.”

The Indie Power Players honor comes in the midst of a mammoth period of growth for Gaither Music Group (GMG) as the company, led by Sizelove, has seen explosive growth on its digital platforms with over 1.5 million subscribers and over 1.6 billion views on its YouTube channel and 348 million streams and views in 2019 (a 30% increase over the previous year). In May, the company announced the launch of a new podcast, Bill Gaither: More Than the Music, featuring one-on-one talks with Gaither and a host of his friends including musical stars, authors, comedians, sports figures and more. The podcast was announced as the label confirmed an agreement with another prime source of family-friendly programming—the Game Show Network (GSN).


Gaither Music Group also launched their internet television channel, GaitherTV, into an app that offers subscription-based, on-demand programming of the entire Gaither television library of programming. The brand’s award-winning video programming remains available on a long list of networks, including Gaither Television Network, TBN, RFD-TV, CTN, GMTN, Guardian, Liberty, TCT and TLN with airings in Canada on Vision TV, CTS, The Miracle Channel and Hope TV. “Bill Gaither’s Homecoming Weekly continues to air weekly on Sirius/XM’s enLighten channel; and the company launched a new series Piano Talk LIVE on its burgeoning Facebook platform with Bill and Gloria Gaither in March.


Gaither Music Group, which is home to some of gospel music’s top-selling artists across a variety of music genres, has also seen phenomenal success and growth in the musical realm. Earlier this year, it celebrated international superstar Gloria Gaynor’s Best Roots Gospel Album GRAMMY win for Testimony; and it recently announced a partnership with award-winning Latin songwriter and producer icon Rudy PĂ©rez, who just released a stirring Spanish language rendition of the award-winning anthem “Because He Lives,” penned by Bill and Gloria Gaither.


Sizelove, who has worked for the company for over 25 years, has guided the strategic initiatives behind much of the company’s growth, including the partnership forged in 2019 between GMG and Primary Wave Publishing, which greatly expanded the label’s marketing and digital reach. He also expanded Gaither’s agreement with Capitol Christian Music Group (of Universal Music Group) for worldwide physical and digital distribution.


“The music industry continues to evolve at a fast pace,” stated Sizelove. “It requires ongoing assessment and evaluation of the marketplace as to how our numerous partners can best implement their initiatives and how consumers wish to experience audio and video content. I am grateful for our team and for the many business partners and countless individuals who support us daily in our efforts to share this message of good news and hope to our audiences around the world.”

RCA Inspiration & All Nations Music Release 'Come Alive'

All Nations Music and RCA Inspiration have released the new album project, Come AliveCome Alive marks the debut project from All Nations Music, delivering a personal worship experience to listeners in the global ministry led by All Nations Worship Assembly’s Founder and Senior Pastor, Dr. Matthew L. Stevenson, III. With music a longstanding important experience tied with the All Nations Worship Assembly’s ministry and its multiple campus locations, Come Alive brings new music to listeners worldwide beyond the church walls, led by the first single “Bless Your Name” (featuring Chandler Moore).

Elevation Rhythm Releases New Single 'Quiet'

Elevation Rhythm is breaking the silence with their brand new deluxe single “Quiet,” which drops today in two different versions on all global streaming services and social platforms. “Quiet” will be released as both a more upbeat track and a “stripped” version, which allows the song to translate and set the stage of any worship environment.

Written at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, worship leader Tiffany Hammer, says the song felt as if it came at the perfect time. “When the world feels as if it’s turned upside down and each day brings a new gloomy outlook, it’s difficult to know which voice to trust. We live in a world where the loudest voice is often the most heard, but God’s voice is usually heard in the moments of stillness.”The message of “Quiet” is taken from the biblical passage where God promises to fight our battles, all we need to do is be still and trust him. “This song is an honest prayer between us and God, needing to hear his voice. We hope the listener will go on that journey with us,” says Hammer.


We The Kingdom Releases 'Child of Love'

Breakout Contemporary Christian music/Country band We The Kingdom has released its fourth new single “Child of Love.” The track, which released alongside a corresponding lyric video, was produced by We The Kingdom and recorded at their studio


“We could not be more excited to announce that our debut full-length album, Holy Water, will be available August 7. These songs tell the story of the journeys of our lives throughout the last several years, and it’s our prayer that they will connect with your stories as well.

“Child of Love” showcases the band’s harmonious vocals, perfectly backed by an exuberant choir. The lyrics, written by We The Kingdom are rooted in hopefulness and joy, providing listeners with a permanent source of light through their music. The release of “Child of Love” also celebrates the announcement of the band’s forthcoming debut album, Holy Water, which will be available Friday, August 7.


 Holy Water Tracklisting:

1. Cages
2. Waking Up
3. Child Of Love
4. Dancing On The Waves
5. Holy Water
6. No Doubt About It
7. God So Loved
8. Peace (feat. Bethel Music)
9. Don’t Tread On Me
10. SOS
11. If All I Had Was Christ
12. You Are Heaven

 

 

Gretchen Keskeys Shares Patriotic 'God Will See Us Through'

In the midst of a global pandemic and civil unrest, a patriotic music video for the song “God Will See Us Through” from Contemporary Christian music singer/songwriter Gretchen Keskeys, is inspiring thousands online. Keskeys quietly dropped the video in late 2019, as a promotional tool for the song from her latest album, “Words of Truth” (Creative Soul Records). Six months later, the video is finding an audience and providing comfort for thousands in what many would consider God’s perfect timing.

Like many Americans, Keskeys, who has a journalism background and had been a talk radio producer early in her career, keeps a watchful eye on current events. “I saw a near Civil War bitterness occurring and it got me thinking back to the real Civil War and other trying times in our country,” says Keskeys. “In those dark times, there was a thread that kept us going, and that was our reliance on God. I remembered Congress singing ‘God Bless America’ on the capitol steps in the days after 9/11. And I remembered what a beautiful sight that was. It brought such comfort. I thought, if only we could all do that now. And that really is how this song was born.”

As we face some of our most difficult days, Keskeys is thankful that the song’s message of hope is touching hearts. Keskeys edited the video herself, carefully choosing clips that represented the message that she wanted to get across. The video was completed prior to the current controversy surrounding American statues and monuments, but as it happens, the video features many of those iconic American symbols. Says Keskeys, “I am thankful for that because I think it reminds us how important they are to America and how much they mean to Americans. That has been emphasized repeatedly from the numerous comments I’ve received.”

Those comments have flooded in as the video continues to be shared via social media, with viewers noting the relevance of the video’s lyrics and imaging during these troubled times and many stating that the video “needs to be heard by every American.”


“I believe that there is a national grieving taking place,” says Keskeys. “We’ve lost loved ones to Covid-19, and we’ve lost precious life events and milestones such as graduations, weddings, funerals, and birthdays. Businesses have been lost and destroyed. Monuments have been threatened and ripped down. For good or bad, it is loss. And loss is one of the most difficult things we deal with. But, we have a God who brings hope because He restores what has been lost.”

Adds Keskeys, “My only hope for this video is that it will continue to be seen, and that we will continue to pray and look to Him knowing that He will see us through.”

About Gretchen Keskeys: Gretchen Keskeys’ latest album, Words of Truth, may very well be considered her most inspirational to date. Released in November 2019 by Creative Soul Records, Keskeys’ third studio album features eleven songs inspired by the healing truth of Jesus Christ and His Word.

Michael W. Smith Joins Faith Leaders to Urge U.S. Congress for International COVID Relief

A group of faith leaders from all 50 states is urging the Senate to bolster its next pandemic relief bill with a multibillion-dollar investment in the global response to the coronavirus — a call they connect to “the enduring values of our country.”

In an open letter to senators, co-authored by Christian musician Michael W. Smith and shared with The Associated Press ahead of its circulation, the 51 faith leaders also grounded their support for spending on global pandemic response in the moral codes of their religions.
“In the religious creeds we represent — and in the shared creed of our country — all human beings are created equal and endowed with certain rights,” the letter states. “Even at a time of crisis for our country, this belief in universal human rights and dignity remains an imperative.”

The letter was spearheaded by the ONE Campaign, an international humanitarian advocacy group, with assistance from four faith-based international aid nonprofits: Blood:Water, Bread for the World, Compassion International and World Vision. Clergy from Christian denominations as well as Jewish rabbis have signed on so far.

Tom Hart, ONE’s North America executive director, said religious leaders have played central roles in aiding previous campaigns to combat disease on a global scale, including international responses to the AIDS crisis and malaria.

“The faith community has come to this from a perspective of what’s right to do, as well as a deep well of experience,” Hart said.

An estimated 0.1% of emergency pandemic response spending approved so far by Congress has gone toward international relief, according to the Brookings Institution think tank. The $3 trillion coronavirus response legislation passed in May by the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives included no new funding for the global response to the pandemic, which has been blamed for more than 120,000 deaths in the U.S.

Worldwide, the coronavirus is linked to more than 480,000 deaths and 9.4 million confirmed infections, according to a count maintained by Johns Hopkins University.

It’s not yet clear how the GOP-controlled Senate would treat spending on global response in its next pandemic relief bill, which could be released as soon as next month.

In anticipation of that legislation, the letter from faith leaders stressed the importance of a successful worldwide effort.


“There is simply no way to defeat this pandemic until it is effectively confronted in developing nations,” it read, adding that a “robust, multibillion-dollar global” proposal would provide “direct and immediate benefit for the American people, while honoring the belief that all men and women are created in God’s image.”

Chris Tomlin Announces 'Worship Tailgate Tour'

Chris Tomlin has announced the Worship Tailgate Tour for summer 2020, in conjunction with Premier Productions & 46 Entertainment. This series of shows, on sale today at ChrisTomlin.com, will take place in socially distant open-air environments to ensure safe gatherings. The Worship Tailgate Tour kicks off on July 24th in Louisville, and will be followed by stops in Huntsville on July 25th, the Rock community in Georgia on July 26th, and other future dates to be announced.

After months of live events being paused, Chris Tomlin, Premier Productions and 46 Entertainment are thrilled to provide these socially distanced, open-air tailgate events for thousands of fans in cities around the country. For maximum safety, these outdoor events will feature socially distanced parking. Attendees are encouraged to follow the CDC recommendation that all people over 2 years of age wear a cloth face covering in public settings when around people outside of their household. Presented at racetracks, farms, fairgrounds, and similarly appropriate outdoor sites, these Worship Tailgate concerts provide the entire community with a unique opportunity to celebrate, gather and worship safely at a live event.

“Since I was young I have felt a calling to help give people a voice to worship God,” shares Tomlin. “These tailgate events provide a safe way to come together and remind us how simple songs of worship can connect and give us a voice together in some of the hardest times. These nights are about gathering all streams of the church as one voice; so bring your families and friends and pop the tailgate down and let’s worship together under the summer sky.”