April 22, 2024

The Lore Family’s “God Said You’re Gonna Make It” reminds us He will follow through

The Lore Family’s “Jesus Does” may just be starting to make its way up the Southern Gospel charts, but the Horizon Records recording artist is dishing up more new music — and this time, it’s aimed directly at making new fans for the Ohio-based musical ministry. Written in the 1990s, “God Said You’re Gonna Make It” has been popular with congregations and choirs for years, yet recordings of the song are few and far between, and it has never been released as a single until now.

Though Fayth Lore Whisnant takes a supporting role on this song — father Darrenand mother Sandy have the lead vocals on the song’s two inspirational verses — she puts her finger on the essence of “God Said You’re Gonna Make It,” noting that “doubt is something that every Believer has dealt with in their life. In fact, doubt is what Satan used in The Garden of Eden to convince Eve to take the bite of the forbidden fruit. He asked Eve:  ‘Hath God said?’

“Since Eden, Satan has continued to ask us that same question …’Has God really said’; ‘Can you truly take God at His word?’ The disciples faced faith-shaking doubt on the raging sea. The circumstances around them quickly made them forget that Jesus Christ had already told them that they were going to be going to the other side. (Mark 4:35)”

With its classic syncopation, prominent organ and guitar, “God Said You’re Gonna Make It” is a familiar-sounding, comfortingly confident affirmation of the truth revealed to believers in the story of Jesus in the storm:

Don’t worry over thunder, because you’re not going under

God said you’re gonna make it, you’re gonna make it for the Master’s on board.

“The song, ‘God Said You’re Gonna Make It’ has encouraged our hearts greatly,”Fayth testifies. “It’s a reminder that God WILL do what He has promised to do in His Word. Oftentimes, we are guilty of letting our emotions and fear control our actions. This song encourages every Christian to be of good cheer. If God said you’re gonna make it, then you’re gonna make it, because He is on board!”

Listen to “God Said You’re Gonna Make It” HERE.

April 19, 2024

Christian Singer and American Idol Alum Mandisa Passed Away at 47.

Grammy-winning singer Mandisa, who rose to fame on season five of “American Idol,” passed away on Thursday, April 18.

The news was confirmed early Friday morning on the Grammy winner's official Facebook page. 

"We can confirm that yesterday Mandisa was found in her home deceased. At this time, we do not know the cause of death or any further details. We ask for your prayers for her family and close-knit circle of friends during this incredibly difficult time."

She was a member of the Fisk Jubilee Singers and former American Idol contestant. Popular hits include Overcomer, Good Morning, Stronger, and My Deliverer.

 A post on the artist's Facebook page said early Friday: “Mandisa was a voice of encouragement and truth to people facing life’s challenges all around the world. She wrote this song for a dear friend who had passed in 2017.”

“Her own words say it best. I’m already home / You’ve got to lay it down / ‘cause Jesus holds me now— / And I am not alone.”

The singer, whose full name is Mandisa Lynn Hundley, shot to stardom after placing ninth on “American Idol.” She went on to win a Grammy for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album in 2014 for her album “Overcomer.”

Originally from Sacramento, California, Mandisa grew up singing in church and studied vocal performance at American River College, and continued her studies at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, according to her record label artist bio. After college, she worked as a session and backup vocalists for artists including Shania Twain and Trisha Yearwood before going on "American Idol."

April 16, 2024

Talented Musical Family, The Browns, Release "Breakthrough"

StowTown Records has announced the release of a brand-new album from The Browns. Breakthrough features the gifted musical family at their very best, with the moving, rich harmonies and first-class arrangements that have made them a favorite among audiences nationwide. Breakthrough is distributed by Provident/Sonyand is available today for download and streaming HERE.

Growing up near the quiet town of Le Mars, The Browns enjoyed the simple pleasures of life on a farm in rural Iowa. Their natural love for music quickly began to capture the attention of the locals and before long, that local attention turned to national acclaim. Over the years, their musical talents have afforded them the opportunity to travel across the country, yet their love for their home community runs deep. A testament to this lies in their commitment to develop the Browns Century Theater, a historic building in downtown Le Mars that the family bought and remodeled just a few years ago in order to present concerts and theatrical events in their hometown. Although the majority of their time is spent at the theater, the group continues to travel nationally, presenting live events in support of new music like their brand-new release from StowTown.

Breakthrough is the eighth recording on which The Browns have partnered with multi-award winning producer and arranger, Wayne Haun. “I remember seeing The Browns for the first time in Owensboro, Kentucky, at a talent contest,” recalls Wayne. “They were all kids. In fact, Andrew was so small they had to stand him up in a chair to be seen. I knew there was great potential even then. Here we are some 20 years later, and they are all grown up and hitting a home run every night. Their voices are mature and unique. They have created their own sound that is fresh and commercial. I’m just grateful they let me be a part of the journey.”

The Browns have enjoyed a great relationship with Wayne through the years, and with his guidance, their primary focus continues to be on the songs themselves. “We love making music!” exclaims Michaela Brown. “These songs we chose for the Breakthrough album are songs that we not only love to sing, but also relate to on a personal level. We love the messages they convey, the hope they bring and the joy they spread to those who hear them!”

The debut single, the title cut “Breakthrough,” was shipped to radio in January 2023, and quickly made its debut in the Top 50. The success of the single was no surprise as the group has consistently appealed to radio listeners over the years and has enjoyed numerous Top 40 radio hits. Written by veteran songwriters Sue C. Smith, Shane Dunlap and Haun, “Breakthrough” is a song of encouragement to anyone who has ever faced life’s challenges. The song’s powerful message is complemented by a masterful arrangement that enraptures the listener to a place of confident peace.

In addition to “Breakthrough,” the recording is filled with several other original songs from talented writers like Don Koch, Joel Lindsey, Jeff Bumgardner and Marcia Henry, including “Move,” a fun song that combines fiddles with the electric guitar on a melodic line – a musical pairing first for Wayne Haun. Don Koch was a big musical influence for many, including Haun, during the 1990s; and so recording his brand-new song “No One Greater” is a highlight for all involved. Lyrically, the song celebrates the victory Christ offers during life’s storms. And the Browns always feature a classic on their albums. “Try A Little Kindness,” originally recorded by Glen Campbell, is sure to become a concert favorite among fans of The Browns.

For almost 20 years, The Browns have brought pleasure to listeners with their musical talents, rich family harmonies and exuberant on-stage energy. This latest release will no doubt bring listeners even more musical pleasure for decades to come.






The Dixie Echoes announce new members, and other changes.

The Dixie Echoes are proud to announce the newest members of the quartet, baritone singer, Shannon Yates, and tenor singer, Buddy Bates.

Since 1960, The Dixie Echoes have been known for their great singing, uplifting concert performances, and impeccable harmonies. Led by group manager and lead singer, Randy Shelnut, that tradition continues with this newest lineup of the group. But…you might notice something a little different at the next concert you attend. After 28 years standing in the baritone position, “Scoot” Shelnut is moving one spot over, and will now take over the bass spot in the quartet.

“We’re so happy to have Shannon and Buddy as part of the Dixie Echoes. Both are great Christian men, and both are multitalented. These guys bring a certain versatility to the group, and we can’t wait for you to hear some of the unique and intricate harmonies we’re working on.” says Scoot Shelnut. “We’ve become known for singing TRUE 4-part harmony, which is a little different from most quartets singing now, and we are excited to bring back this beautiful and classy style of quartet singing to the forefront.”

Buddy Bates has been with the group since June of 2023, and has quickly become a fan favorite due to his classic tenor voice and friendly disposition. Buddy and his wife Lisa are from Fairfield, Ohio. He’s sung with such legendary groups as the Stamps Quartet, The Dixie Melody Boys, and the world-famous Blackwood Brothers.

Shannon Yates has been around Gospel Music his entire life. His dad, Roy Yates, was also a great singer, and traveled with quartets when Shannon was growing up. You may recognize Shannon from his tenure with the Singing News Horizon Award winning group, The Florida Melody Boys. His strong, yet smooth baritone voice is a fantastic addition to the Dixie Echoes. Shannon and his wife, Maria, and daughter, Kayla, live in Pensacola, Fl.

Go hear the Dixie Echoes when they come to your town. See their schedule at www.dixieechoes.com or follow them on Facebook.


StowTown Records has announced the release of a brand-new recording from the popular, multi-award-winning quintet, Legacy Five. The recording, appropriately titled 25, hits retail outlets today and celebrates the group’s 25-year legacy of sharing the message of the Gospel in song. “I can’t believe Legacy Five is in our 25th year,” group co-founder, Scott Fowler shares. “This recording is a labor of love, and we hope audiences will enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoyed making it.”

This “labor of love” is a heartfelt acknowledgment of the blessings God has bestowed upon the group for the past two and a half decades. After the retirement of the popular Cathedral Quartet, the internationally known group Fowler traveled with for nearly a decade, he and fellow Cathedrals’ member and longtime friend, the late Roger Bennett, formed Legacy Five. Since that formation, God has brought them through numerous challenges and mountain-top experiences, His goodness and mercy sustaining them and allowing the group to enjoy much success. They have risen to the pinnacle of the Southern Gospel music genre.

Produced by multi-Grammy and Dove Award winner, Wayne Haun, 25 features nine classic L5 songs, re-recorded by the group’s current personnel, as well as four new songs which are sure to become L5 hits. This 13-song effort is filled with hope, encouragement and speaks of the steadfast grace and goodness of God.

The recording follows up the group’s Something New recording, which received the Gospel Music Association’s Dove Award nomination for Southern Gospel Album of the Year, and features songs from such prolific writers as Belinda Smith, Joel Lindsey, Sue C. Smith, Gina Boe and Legacy Five group member Lee Black. The first-class male harmony is complemented by a full symphony orchestra with arrangements from the world’s finest orchestrators, including Haun, Brian Eads and Joel Mott.

The debut single from the project, “You Have Always Been My Shepherd,” was released to radio in February and is being embraced by audiences nationwide. Co-written by producer Wayne Haun, industry veteran Dave Clark and renowned CCM hit-maker Don Koch just weeks before Koch’s death, it is a compelling and heartfelt message of the Great Shepherd’s guidance each day and into eternity.

Longtime fans of Legacy Five will enjoy the group’s remake of “I Stand Redeemed,” one of their most popular songs ever released. This fan-favorite has been reimagined and arranged for the current L5 line-up, comprised of Fowler, Jake Losen, Matt Fouch, Lee Black and pianist Tim Parton.

StowTown Records President and CEO Landon Beene is delighted to release this new recording, commemorating the 25-year anniversary of the group, on the StowTown label. “Legacy Five has been a household name in Southern Gospel Music for more than two decades,” Beene states. “This project is the perfect balance of the fresh, new sound of L5, mixed in with those monumental moments that L5 fans have loved for 25 years. We are so honored to be a part of this great release!”

Legacy Five’s 25 is distributed worldwide exclusively by Provident/Sony and is available to download or stream here.






The King James Boys Release New Bluegrass Gospel Single “I Can Hear The Savior”

The King James Boys have spent much of the last year in the studio working on all-new material. The South Carolina based group is excited to unveil their brand-new Gospel single, “I Can Hear The Savior.” It’s the lead release from their forthcoming project coming later this year via Pinecastle Records. Fans can download and/or stream the full song HERE.

“I Can Hear The Savior” is the ultimate musical experience from start to finish. Written by Randy Fox, the composition honors the ultimate sacrifice. Featuring Randy Spencer‘s lead vocals, Cole Spencer‘s harmonies, Curtis Lewis‘banjo accompaniment, along with Will Hart‘s mandolin expertise and baritone harmony vocals, this piece promises an emotive and profound listening experience. Sonically it also stays true to the group’s defined sound, which combines a combination of Bluegrass meets Gospel Roots.

The latest single is the follow-up to the band’s highly successful project Walk On Faith, which came out in 2022. It kicked off with the No. 1 radio hit “The Devil’s Not Afraid Of A Dust Covered Bible” which went on to become one of the band’s most successful releases to date. It topped several different charts including the Bluegrass Today Weekly Gospel Chart and became their first chart-topper on the CDX Southern Gospel & Positive Country Chart. The title-track also proved to be a large hit for the band, spending three weeks in the top spot on the Roots Music Report charts while the whole collection spent 12 weeks at No. 1 on the Roots Music Report Gospel Bluegrass Album Chart.

Stay tuned as the band reveals more information about the upcoming project. They are looking to make 2024 another year to remember! Stay up to date on all things King James Boys by visiting their official website, where music enthusiasts can find upcoming tour dates, get the latest news, listen to music and more.

Joseph Habedank "autobiography"

My new album, autobiography, releases THIS FRIDAY, April 19, 2024!!! This record features "the basement," "tell the devil," and 8 more brand new songs that I've co-written that I can't wait for you to hear!

Don't forget to pre-order your CD at josephhabedank.com/shop today so that we can ship it out to you right away!! ALSO!!! Make plans now to join us on Friday night for a FREE special concert on release day at Ellisboro Baptist Church in Madison, NC!!

This album is the story of my life, but it’s also the story of all Jesus has done in my life. In writing this record, I found myself going back to some of my earliest memories and seeing His hand in the heartbreak, His mercy in the midnight, and the joy that can only be experienced in Him. Because of that, there was no better way to open the record but with "worthy," and to begin by giving honor and overwhelming gratitude for who Jesus is in my autobiography.

I cannot wait to share these songs with you later this week! We are praying that as you listen, you too will find Him in every part of your story!

- Joseph 

April 11, 2024

April 10, 2024

GUY PENROD is an Excellent Entertainer for Your Events and Shows!

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April 9, 2024

SGPA 2nd Quarter Newsletter

Please make your plans today to attend our Spring event in Memphis. Remember - all that have paid their 2024 dues receive 2 passes for the entire week of the Memphis Quartet Show. I am looking forward to seeing you there. Try to let me know if you are planning to attend this great event.