December 3, 2020

Pray for the family of Jerry Thompson


We are saddened to hear of the passing of Jerry Thompson. Jerry was a gospel singer/ songwriter and a long time member of the Rex Nelon Singers and the Nelon Family in the ’80s and ’90s. Jerry had been in a hospital ICU, suffering from symptoms of Covid.

Jerry Thompson’s two beautiful daughters, Amber and Autumn, followed in his musical footsteps, and they currently sing with the Nelons. Please pray for them as they mourn their father.

Amber Nelon Kistler posted the following regarding her father: “At 12:35pm today my daddy entered the arms of Jesus. To say we are shocked would be an understatement. Although our hearts are completely broken, we know God has a plan and we know that even though this doesn’t make sense we trust Him. My daddy is no longer sick and he is completely healed and reunited with his parents and sister. Thank you all for your prayers. We’ll announce arrangements as soon as they are made. We truly love all of you! Please continue to pray as we try and heal from this huge hit.”

Mark Bishop

 


Sonlite Records congratulates artist Mark Bishop whose album Beautiful Day, has been nominated for a GRAMMY Award for Best Roots Gospel album. The nomination marks the first for both Bishop and the label based near Asheville, North Carolina.


“It’s a long affair to record an album, and it takes a talented team to put it all together. I’m extremely happy for everyone that worked on Beautiful Day,” says Bishop. “We had an idea that the optimistic songs would resonate with people, especially in the kind of year we are having. It’s a blessing when you get to hear back that those messages have had an impact.”


Producer Jeff Collins adds, “I’m so excited to see the music of Mark Bishop being recognized by this GRAMMY nomination. I’ve had the pleasure of producing each of Mark’s solo recordings for 20+ years. It’s a well-deserved honor for Mark and for his creativity as a heartfelt singer and storytelling songwriter.”



Beautiful Day—featuring Bishop’s latest singles, “I’m Just Changing Mountains” and “It’s A Beautiful Day”—is a collection of songs that takes listeners on a musical journey through the ups and downs of life, through unique perspectives on familiar scriptures, and through the exaltation that we feel when we leave that valley behind to stand upon a new mountain.


“Even after all these years of creating Gospel music, I still get excited about new songs. Music provides the background soundtrack for the ups and downs of our lives,” says Bishop. “As we look back at the different chapters of our journey, it’s funny how a song can transport us to a simpler time, or to a profound change in our lives. It’s also amazing how God can use a song like a medicine for our hearts when we are hurting.”


“For the past 35 years, God has blessed me to participate in the creation of music with some of the most talented singers, musicians, and producers in our field. For this, I feel blessed. They certainly challenge me to work hard and give it my all. Beautiful Day is no different,” continues Bishop. “Our ‘team’ spent many hours making sure the messages in these ten songs are impactful, exciting, and moving.”



The Chitans

 


Continuing their ministry that has taken Southern Gospel music around the globe, The Chitans are bringing their devotion and talent to the fore with their Horizon Records debut album, Set Apart, now available on all digital platforms.


Though this year’s circumstances forced them to reorient their musical ministry away from live appearances, and their work in churches, hospitals, nursing homes, senior homes, community centers, prisons and more, The Chitans—Kaiziah, Kayandra, Jesse, Jayden, Karlainah Chitan and their parents, Layne and Karen—are bringing a new dimension to their work through a collection that shines with a joyous, yet reverent spirit that can touch listeners’ hearts even without their physical presence.


“The first time I heard The Chitans sing, I was struck by how the audience responded to them. They made an instant connection that rarely happens,” says Roger Talley, who produced the album. “I knew then that they have the potential to minister to people of every race and culture with their angelic voices and pure hearts. I’m excited about helping them broaden their ministry by partnering with them and Crossroads on this new release.”


Following the release of three singles—“Running To Jesus,” “Jesus Is Moving” and the glistening title track—that amply demonstrated the young singers’ talents, Set Apart confirms just how deeply the family has absorbed not just the message, but the distinctive sounds of Southern Gospel. Even so, the project has, in their words, “everything from Southern Gospel to Progressive Southern Gospel, from a touch of Black Gospel to a pinch of Caribbean Flavor—there’s something on it for everyone!”

Carl Ray "I Stand With This Country"

 


“Carl Ray’s ‘I Stand for This Country’ is the modern anthem for what loving America is all about. We were founded as a country One Nation Under God and Carl’s emotion, heart and conviction can be felt in every verse. When I listen to this song, it moves you to rekindle the love for our America and to pray for her every day.

- Ward W. Bond, PhD host The Dr. Ward Bond Show & Life Changing Wellness 

Country music singer/songwriter Carl Ray’s latest single “I Stand With This Country” is quickly becoming a fan favorite offering hope and unity to listeners near and far. Carl Ray puts his God-given talents to good use, echoing prosperity and comfort to bring fans together with distinguished lyrics and heartfelt emotion. Each and every one of us deals with strife in various ways, but it takes that one song to come along and heal us all the same. “I Stand With This Country” is available to download and stream on all digital services now!


"Today and tomorrow I will pray for civility to be resurrected from the shadows. I hope that love will no longer be marginalized and silenced. That it will overtake us all. I have unwavering hope that we will claim for ourselves and the lives of others peace and hope for every woman, man, and child. That we all make a commitment to eradicate hatred and we become our brother’s keeper and that we will leave a better world for our children and their children,” declares Ray.

Peace and solace are found in the voice of a man who has never stopped believing in people, music, and the heart of his country. Carl Ray uses his tenor appeal to express a prayer for the nation to fill itself with love, respect, and hope no matter the situation. Mentored by the late, great Johnny Nash, Carl Ray has been given crucial advice from the legendary Garth Brooks and has often been compared to the emotive Vince Gill. With all these attributes combined, Carl Ray lays it all on the table in, “I Stand With This Country.”

"This single is a clarion call to this end. God has the whole world in His hands, but we have a role to play in changing our world and it starts with changing our hearts and minds.”

Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Carl Ray shared major stages as a young person opening for The Spinners, BB King, Teddy Pendergrass, and Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes. As his musical interest developed and expanded, Ray began writing more of his own songs, and he was soon discovered by international reggae artist, Johnny Nash. It was Ray’s relationship with Nash that led this young prodigy and developed his love for country music. He eventually penned songs for Nash on Epic and London Records titled “You’re the One”, “We’ve Got Trouble”, “Sing World A Love Song” and “Baby You’re Mine”. Ray’s song “Baby I Believe In You” was also recorded by jazz artist Bill Summers and Summers Heat. Ray recorded two albums on his own: “I Love Country Music” and “Play That Country Music Black Boy”.

Ray has just finished his first bluegrass/gospel record and in his words “it was a labor of love." The album, titled 'Coming Home', was produced by Ray and Grammy Award winner Greg Cole, who has previously worked with Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs, Rhonda Vincent, Jeff and Sheri Easter, Daryle Singletary, and Ray Price among others. Carl Ray's pilgrimage to bluegrass and gospel has been a long time coming and he is excited to have several notable bluegrass pickers join him such as Darrin Vincent on bass, Seth Taylor on acoustic guitar and mandolin, BJ Cherryholmes on fiddle, Josh Swift on dobro, Jesse Baker on banjo and Aaron McCune singing bass. 'The Queen of Bluegrass' Rhonda Vincent joins Ray on a duet performing “The Old Rugged Cross”.

December 2, 2020

Chris Tomlin To Present Online Christmas Special December 12

 


GRAMMY winner Chris Tomlin will bring Christmas joy into homes everywhere with K-LOVE Christmas & Chris Tomlin Present: "Christmas Songs of Worship" Christmas special on Saturday, December 12 at 8 p.m. CST. The 90-minute full band, full production concert will be streamed on Stabal's global platform, a leader in the digital space with on-demand live performance and creative content. The concert features guests like We The Kingdom and Pat Barrett. People are invited to experience the night one time or opt in for a 30-day pass which features bonus content. Tickets are available NOW at www.christomlin.com. 


"For the past decade I have spent the better part of the Christmas season on the road, traveling from city to city on a Christmas tour. This year I was sure that we wouldn't be able to make that happen in light of COVID-19, but God had a different plan," said Chris. "Together with my friends at K-LOVE and Awakening Events, we found a way to take my annual "Christmas Songs Of Worship" concert around the world. I am so grateful that while we can't physically be together our hearts can come together to worship the Savior of the world."


The concert was filmed at the historic and beautifully restored Franklin Theater in Franklin, Tennessee and includes some of Chris' favorite traditional songs of the season as well as originals from his Christmas albums. Among them, "Miracle Of Love" written about the new baby girl his family is expecting this December. Recently Chris premiered the song's music video exclusively on Facebook, making him the first artist in the Christian genre to do so. He now joins the likes of Bon Jovi, Katy Perry, Chris Stapleton, Carrie Underwood and other A-list artists who have also accomplished this feat.

"So many Christmas traditions are going to look different this year for families around the world, but I am so grateful for the opportunity to create a new tradition together, made uniquely for 2020," shared Chris. "So gather your loved ones on the couch, make some hot cocoa and join me in an experience and a moment we will never forget."


To find out more about how you can access exclusive opportunities to watch behind the scenes content, see surprise guests, and experience the Christmas special concert multiple times go to www.christomlin.com for more information. 


The KLOVE Christmas & Chris Tomlin Present: "Christmas Songs of Worship" is promoted by Awakening Events who have enjoyed a 15-year touring relationship with Chris.


"Miracle Of Love" is the title track from Chris' Miracle Of Love: Christmas Songs of Worship EP released in October. Get the EP HERE.


Miracle Of Love: Christmas Songs of Worship Track Listing:

1 "Miracle Of Love"

2 "All The World Awaits (Hosanna)"

3 "Christmas Day" (feat. We The Kingdom)

4 "His Name Is Wonderful"

5 "Little Drummer Boy"

6 "Hope Of Israel"

7 "Noel" (feat. Lauren Daigle)

Official Trailer for Max Original "My Gift: A Christmas Special From Carrie Underwood" Releases


 The trailer for Carrie Underwood's HBO Max television special, "My Gift: A Christmas Special From Carrie Underwood," has been released. Watch the trailer HERE.


"For Christmas I feel like it was always about us just being together," says Carrie. "So, more than anything, I wanted to make this album (My Gift) full of so much love and so much heart, and we wanted to bring it to life in a visual way. I can't wait for everyone to see it!"


In the Max Original, Underwood performs a combination of beloved traditional favorites celebrating the joy and hopefulness of the holiday, such as "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and "O Holy Night," as well as new original material from her first ever full-length Christmas album "My Gift," which was released earlier this fall. In the special, she is accompanied by her band, as well as a live orchestra and choir, conducted by Underwood's longtime friend, Emmy® Award-winning musical director Rickey Minor.

The special features many heartfelt moments and performances, including a duet with John Legend, singing "Hallelujah," an original song he co-wrote with Toby Gad, which appears on her "My Gift" album. Viewers will also get an inside look behind the scenes of Underwood recording "Little Drummer Boy" with her five-year-old son Isaiah.


"My Gift: A Christmas Special From Carrie Underwood" is produced by Playtone (Tom Hanks) and will be available to stream starting Thursday (December 3rd) on HBO Max.

StowTown Releases Vault Series Cathedral Quartet ‘Smooth As Silk’

 


StowTown Records has announced a brand new release from the label’s Vault Series. The latest installment of the series, Smooth As Silk, comes from the legendary Southern Gospel Cathedral Quartet. The Vault Series features first-time digital releases of previously recorded projects.


Originally released in vinyl format back in 1979, Smooth As Silk was the first recording to feature the combination of tenor Kirk Talley, baritone Steve Lee, pianist Roger Bennett and the legendary twosome, Glen Payne and George Younce, and was the first album ever for both Talley and Bennett. The recording features the prominent quartet performing classics such as “I’m Winging My Way Back Home,” “I Know A Man Who Can” (which became a #1 song and Kirk Talley’s signature song), “Then I Met The Master” and “It Is Well With My Soul.” Despite this success, the album was never released through a national distributor until now.


The Cathedral Quartet performed together from 1963 until the group retired in 1999. While the group transitioned through several members throughout their 36-year ministry, fans and industry peers alike honored them for their consistent talent and their collective heart. The Cathedrals earned numerous Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, were nominated for three GRAMMY Awards, had scores of chart-topping hits, received twenty Singing News Fan Awards, and were inducted into both the Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame and the Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame. When the group retired, they held the #1 spot on the national charts for their song “He Made A Change,” which also earned them the GMA Dove Award for Southern Gospel Recorded Song of the Year.


“It is truly a thrill to be able to present this incredible recording in digital format to fans worldwide,” StowTown Records President Landon Beene states. “I grew up listening to the musical magic of The Cathedrals, as I know many people did, and I am delighted that even more listeners will have the opportunity to hear this legendary group.”


George Younce’s son-in-law, StowTown co-owner and former Cathedral Quartet member Ernie Haase shares, “It was an honor to sing with George and Glen and the Cathedral Quartet, and it’s humbling to be able to re-release this music. It was a privilege to brainstorm with StowTown Records and the estate of Payne and Younce about the digital release of this project. Smooth as Silk was one of the first records I purchased after discovering The Cathedrals in 1982. When people hear it, they will understand why this record is timeless and needed to be released in digital format, and I hope they love it!”

Smooth As Silk Track Listing:

I’m Winging My Way Back Home

I Know A Man Who Can

I’m Gonna Rise

Then I Met The Master

When I Thank Him For What He Has Done

What A Day That Will Be

Stormy Waters

It Is Well With My Soul

Love Lifted Me

‘Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus

David Phelps Announces ‘It Must Be Christmas Tour’


 The unmistakable sound of multi-Dove and Grammy Award-winning recording artist, David Phelps, will be featured in multiple cities throughout the month of December as the popular tenor presents the It Must Be Christmas Tour.

Once a childhood musical prodigy from Tomball, TX, David Phelps earned a bachelor’s degree in music from Baylor University. Since then, he has become a nationally celebrated vocalist, whose gifts and talents are matched by none. Perhaps best known as the powerful tenor for the multiple Grammy and Dove Award-winning Gaither Vocal Band, Phelps is constantly building on a career that has already been groundbreaking. Emerging as a leading voice in contemporary Christian music, Phelps has been winning the hearts of audiences all over the world for more than two decades. He has performed at numerous prestigious venues across the globe, including the White House, New York’s Carnegie Hall and the Sydney Opera House in Australia. His electrifying voice has moved audiences from all walks of life, crossing generational and stylistic barriers.

For more than a decade Phelps has been bringing Christmas cheer to cities nationwide, annually presenting his exciting Christmas music celebration. While 2020 has presented its share of challenges with the Covid 19 pandemic, Phelps is delighted to have the opportunity to bring this year’s Christmas events to a select number of cities. It Music Be Christmas Tour will include eight concerts that Phelps and his musical entourage will perform throughout December. Many of the songs featured during this exciting evening are included on Phelps’ It Must Be Christmas recording. The evening will also include exciting renditions of classics like “Angels We Have Heard On High,” “Go Tell It On The Mountain” and “Sleigh Bells,” along with Phelps’ new classics like “Fall On Your Knees,” “Christmas Rush” and “Anthem of the Lord.” Phelps performs each classic like they have never been performed before, leaving each listener saying, “it must be Christmas!”

The It Must Be Christmas Tour will include stops in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas and North Carolina.

NQC’S Spring Break Event Moved to LeConte Center for 2021


 The NQC Board of Directors have announced a venue and seating/ticketing change for NQC’s Spring Break 2021.


The two-night annual event will now be held at the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge, TN on April 8 & 9, 2021. Additionally, the event will now implement reserved seating.

“We are excited to be moving the NQC Spring Break event to the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge, TN,” states NQC Executive Vice President, Clarke Beasley. “We feel this move and the offering of reserved seats to our attendees will give this event the opportunity to becoming Gospel Music’s premier spring event.”

The lineup for the two-night event features chart-topping, award-winning musical talent: Trumphant, Kingdom Heirs, Tribute, Joseph Habedank, LeFevre Quartet, Mark Trammell Quartet, Greater Vision, Hoppers, Jim & Melissa Brady and Primitives.

Urgent Payer Request for Grandson of Bev McCann

 


Bev McCann, popular Gospel singer/songwriter is requesting for her grandson who was injured in a terrible accident.


Bev said, “Everyone that knows how to pray and believes God is a Miracle working God. Our 16 month old Grandson was in an accident on Friday. Please join us in prayer for complete healing in his little body.”