May 5, 2020

Tonja Rose Begins a New Chapter


The launch of the new single, "Little Talk With Jesus" by Tonja Rose, signifies the beginning of a new chapter for the singer/songwriter. Tonja scored four Bluegrass Gospel Top 10 chart songs from her debut album, 'Me, Jesus & The Highway’, produced by Tonja and John Mathis Jr. She also secured five Diamond Award Nominations with two Diamond Award wins for Gospel Music Today Video of the Year ("When The Mountain Can't Be Moved”) and Country Christian Song of the Year ("Hide Me Behind The Cross"). The notoriety the album brought saw Tonja featured on the legendary 650 AM WSM in Nashville and nods from such outlets like CCM Magazine and sharing the stage with artists such as Selah

"Little Talk With Jesus" is the first single release from Tonja's second album with Mansion Entertainment/BlueGrass Valley Records and it marks a step into a new chapter of music. The new single has already been delivered to Christian radio and will be available on all digital streaming platforms May 1st. While the current COVID-19 pandemic has slowed the progress of the completion of the new album, listeners will get a taste of what is to come. The new album is being targeted for completion during the summer.  

For more information visit: TonjaRose.com

TUNE IN ALERT: Old Time Preachers Quartet Facebook LIVE Concert


Thursday, May 7th @ 7:00pm (est)
Don't miss this much-anticipated concert with the Old Time Preachers Qt!
With some great singing, preaching and testifying by Mike, Les, Adam, and Tim!
This is going to be an exciting night!
This live concert will be posted & shared on Les Butler's Facebook page as well as the Old Time Preachers Quartet's facebook page.
https://www.facebook.com/les.butler.50
www.facebook.com/oldtimepreachersquartet/

(if you are unable to click these links, go to your facebook page or Facebook app and type in Les Butler or Old Time Preachers Qt and you will be able to connect.


May 4, 2020

for KING & COUNTRY Release New Music Video For "Together"

Band premieres video for brand new single starring Tori Kelly and Kirk Franklin

Last week for KING & COUNTRY released an amazing new single with Kirk Franklin and Tori Kelly called "Together," and today the band released the music video for it.

The band asked their fans to hold up a paper sign of something negative that has come out of the pandemic, and something positive on the other side. They got a huge response from thousands of fans across the world as a result.

"We were overwhelmed by the thousands of responses we received. Can't wait for you to read stories from these heroes as part of the official music video." for KING & COUNTRY posted on social media.

Watch the brand new music video...TOGETHER / for KING & COUNTRY featuring Tori Kelly and Kirk Franklin




TV Pastor Jim Bakker Attorneys Seek to Dismiss Lawsuit, Cite Religious Freedom


Lawyer, former Missouri governor, urges court to throw out complaint over 'Silver Solution' health product; says suit violates First Amendment

Lawyers for TV pastor Jim Bakker filed court papers Monday stating Bakker's religious freedoms have been violated and urging a judge to dismiss a lawsuit against the well-known minister and his ministry.

The lawsuit filed in March by Missouri's Attorney General Eric Schmitt alleges Bakker made false claims about a "Silver Solution" health supplement on an episode of The Jim Bakker Show in February. The complaint alleges Bakker and Morningside Church Productions made "false promises" that the Silver Solution - offered by the ministry - could cure COVID-19. Bakker and Morningside strongly deny the allegations.

"Jim Bakker is being unfairly targeted by those who want to crush his ministry and force his Christian television program off the air," said Jay Nixon, Bakker's attorney and former Governor and Attorney General of Missouri. "The video recording of The Jim Bakker Show clearly shows the allegations are false. Bakker did not claim or state that Silver Solution was a cure for COVID-19. This case is about religious freedom."

The motion to dismiss filed at the Circuit Court of Stone County, Missouri, states that the Attorney General's lawsuit - seeking a restraining order, permanent injunction and other penalties against Bakker - violated the U.S. Constitution's First Amendment guaranteeing free speech, as well as the Missouri Constitution and the state's Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Nixon described the complaint against Bakker and his ministry as "unprecedented" and disappointing.

"Similar silver products are commonly sold health supplements, available at Walmart, Amazon, CVS, and GNC," Nixon said. "Targeting a Christian pastor, who has been using and offering the product for the past 10 years, is not supported by the facts or the law."

In Monday's filing, Bakker's lead attorney Derek Ankrom -- a partner in Springfield, Missouri, law firm Spencer Fane - asked the court to dismiss the lawsuit and grant "Pastor Bakker and Morningside such other and further relief as the court deems just and proper."

Following the episode of The Jim Bakker Show in February, Bakker immediately complied with orders to stop offering Silver Solution on his show and ministry website.

Bakker's supporters say he is the target of an anti-Christian campaign to force him off the air and silence his message.

"There's something sinister at work here," said Stephen Strang, founder and CEO of Charisma Media, who came to Bakker's defense in a recent editorial. "There are forces at this very moment desperate to silence the church and keep the gospel off the air."

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April 30, 2020

INDUSTRY NEWSWIRE: Main Street Adds Poet Voices to Berry Hill Roster

Main Street Music & Entertainment is proud welcome vocal group, Poet Voices, to its family of artists.
Legendary songwriter Phil Cross first introduced Southern Gospel to Phil Cross & Poet Voices in the early 1990s. Considered progressive for its time, fans quickly fell in love with this group and its unique presentation of the Gospel, which yielded an array of honors and five chart-topping songs, including Song of the Year for ‘I Am Redeemed.’ Now comprised of Cross, Donny Henderson, Nic Holland and Cyle Cornish, Poet Voices continues to raise the bar in all aspects of its music and production, striving to provide a fresh and exciting concert experience each and every time.  Audiences can expect to hear a variety of hit songs from the quartet such as ‘Jesus Built A Bridge,’ and ‘One Holy Lamb,’ as well as songs from Cross’ pen made popular by other groups such as ‘Wedding Music,’ ‘When I Get Carried Away,’ and ‘Champion Of Love.’
As Poet Voices look to the future, the need to adapt to the ever changing music industry was evident. “We had many options and factors to consider when contemplating the future for our group,” shares Cyle Cornish, the bass vocalist for Poet Voices. “When we discussed our vision, the team at Main Street came right alongside us to share those common goals. We are excited about partnering with this company and becoming the newest addition to Berry Hill Records. The future is bright and we feel blessed to have found a like-minded label in which to share it!”
“Working with a songwriting legend such as Phil Cross is an exciting opportunity in and of itself,” comments Q Phillips of Main Street. “But in reality, this entire group is really top shelf! These gentlemen are consummate professionals with high standards for the music they create and the words they sing. It’s truly a blessing to be able to be a part of their team.’
This week, Poet Voices released a new music video to social media for the song, ‘I Rest Assured.’ A timely message for the world today, the group compiled video footage from each group member to create this important reminder that we have assurance in Christ! New videos and music are planned for release this summer.
To stay up-to-date on current happenings, follow Poet Voices on social media, or visit poetvoices.net.

April 29, 2020

INDUSTRY NEWSWIRE: The Booth Brothers Once Again Team With The Harper Agency


Michael Booth, Ed Harper and Ronnie Booth
One of Christian’s music’s leading booking agencies, The Harper Agency, has announced the re-signing of popular, multi-award-winning vocal group, The Booth Brothers to the company’s talented artist roster. The talented trio has enjoyed an exciting career in the Gospel music genre, and Ed Harper, President of The Harper Agency, says he is extremely happy to have The Booth Brothers back under the umbrella of talented artists represented by the agency. “We first began representing The Booth Brothers back in the fall of 2003.  They have always been a vital part of our agency’s family of Christian artists.  Our agency has been honored to assist in taking their music to all corners of the US and other countries. It’s been a great journey for many years to be a part of the growth of their music ministry.”

Since bursting onto the Gospel music scene nearly three decades ago, The Booth Brothers have enjoyed tremendous success. Awards and hit songs have flowed their way in bunches, including honors for Song of the Year, Album of the Year, Trio of the Year and Male Group of the Year, just to name a few. Brothers Michael and Ronnie, with talented vocalist Paul Lancaster delight audiences night after night with their musical excellence, refreshing humor and inspiring message.

“The Booth Brothers are an inspiration to so many,” Harper shares. “Michael and Ronnie have always been encouraging to young artists, and they are willing to share their thoughts and convey wisdom in how the developing artists can grow in the marketplace in a professional manner. They have always been great cheerleaders for their peers in the industry. It’s always a joy to be around those types of artists who are willing to support others. The Harper Agency is very blessed to be representing them again and play a role in the future of their touring.”

Likewise, The Booth Brothers are excited to once again be represented by Ed Harper and the team at the Harper Agency. “Over the years,” Michael Booth states, “we have enjoyed a wonderful relationship with Ed, Jeff and the entire team at the Harper Agency. They have supported The Booth Brothers for a very long time, and we are thrilled to once again be represented by them.”

The Harper Agency may be reached by calling 615-851-4500, via email at info@harperagency.com or visiting www.harperagency.com. Additional information regarding The Booth Brothers is available online at www.theboothbrothers.com.

Small Town Revival Releases "Mama’s Prayer" Music Video


A new video for Small Town Revival’s single, "Mama’s Prayer” premieres today at 2:00 PM EDT. The song will release this week as their newest single. Written by Brooke Pruitt and Matthew Browder it is the perfect song for Mothers Day. 

The video can be viewed here after 2:00PM :  https://youtu.be/KnhqIV4apsA

April 27, 2020

'Duck Dynasty' Star Willie Robertson’s Estate Sprayed with Bullets in Drive-by Shooting


Duck Dynasty's Willie Robertson
Willie Robertson, star of the iconic "Duck Dynasty" reality television series, was left shaken Friday after his estate in West Monroe, Louisiana, where many of his family members are also staying, was sprayed with bullets in a drive-by shooting.

"We were pretty shook up," Robertson said in a Sunday interview with USA TODAY Network. "It looks like they were just spraying bullets across my property."

Robertson told the News Star that about eight to ten shots were fired from the road into his gated estate. One of the shots went through the bedroom window of the home where his son, John Luke Robertson, lives with his wife, Mary Kate McEachern, and their infant child. No one in the Robertson family, however, was injured.

The Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office has since arrested West Monroe resident Daniel King Jr., 38, in connection with the shooting. He has been charged with one count of aggravated assault by drive-by shooting and one count of criminal neglect of family. His bond was set at $150,000.

Police say they responded to a report of someone shooting from a vehicle in the 3300 block of Arkansas Road in West Monroe at approximately 2:30 p.m. Friday.

Witnesses described seeing a white over brown or beige Ford F-250 with large aftermarket tires and rims being driven by suspects during the attack, according to USA today. Before shots were fired at 2:33 p.m., the truck had passed by the property at least once, Robertson said.

"It was broad daylight," Robertson said, noting that he believes the suspects were well aware they were shooting at his property. "I'm 100% certain, but I don't know why," he said.

Robertson explained that while many of his extended family members are currently living on his estate during the pandemic, thankfully, no one was outside when the shooting took place. "Nobody was outside at the time, but everybody had been out about five minutes before," Robertson said. "I had just gone to the store when it happened."

In 2013, “Duck Dynasty” became the most watched reality show in history when a staggering 11.8 million viewers tuned in to watch the premiere of the fourth season of the backwoods reality series on A&E. It ended in 2017 after 11 seasons.

Among the total number of viewers were 6.3 million "in the advertiser-preferred demographic of 25- to 54-year-olds," according to a New York Times report.

"Duck Dynasty” chronicled the lives of members of the Robertson family of West Monroe and their duck call making company, Duck Commander.

The men of the family, brothers Phil and Si, and Phil's sons Jase, Willie, and Jep, became popular for their signature beards. Phil Robertson started the business in a family shed and spent 25 years making duck calls from Louisiana cedar trees.

"The Robertsons represent a lot things we as Americans cherish," David McKillop, the general manager and executive vice president of the A&E network, told The New York Times: "self-made wealth, independence, three generations living together."

Steve Hess & Southern Salvation Featured on New Streaming Platform, Answers.tv


In Genesis, the parent ministry of The Ark Encounter and Creation Museum, announced that they will be launching their own streaming platform in May 2020. Answers.tv will give unlimited access for subscribers to Creation Museum videos, livestreams, special presentations, etc. The new streaming platform will also include a special feature section of music by the resident artist of The Ark Encounter, Steve Hess & Southern Salvation.

Steve Hess & Southern Salvation
Ken Ham, founder and CEO of The Ark Encounter and Creation Museum, will join the group in taping three, 30 minute concerts that will be available exclusively on the platform. Mansion Entertainment will be creating and providing exclusive lyric video content featuring songs from the group’s latest recording, ’Three Beating Hearts'. Additional concert recordings are planned from among the 400 concerts the group will perform at The Answers Center Theater this year.

For more information visit, Answers.tv.

Beyond Walls Gospel Radio (BWGR) Station Launches New Interactive Website for Listeners to Connect with Christian Music and Sermons During the COVID-19 Pandemic


Founder and CEO
Elder Joseph McKenzie
Offers a Platform for Pastors and Artists to Gain Worldwide Exposure

In this scary and uncertain time, people are trapped at home practicing social distancing due to the new COVID-19 aka coronavirus pandemic. In most parts of the world, citizens are not able to attend their church services in a physical building. Not being able to worship, connect and interact with other church members can cause anxiety, depression and loneliness.

Beyond Walls Gospel Radio (BWGR) delivers 24/7 online programming via gospel formats in Contemporary and Urban Christian music; sermon ministries; highlights featured conference speakers; offers call-in requests and talk shows. BWGR broadcasts to audiences of diverse populations across the metro areas and around the world regardless of race or religion.

On May 1, 2020, the station will launch a new interactive website to allow listeners to connect and "plug in" to a church experience.

Defined as a visionary radio broadcasting station different than any other radio station in the Twin Cities, BWGR was birthed in 1999 from Founder and CEO Elder Joseph McKenzie's vision of preaching the gospel beyond the church walls and into prisons in the Twin Cities metro area and around the United States. McKenzie states, "Our vision is to empower pastors and leaders with streaming radio along with social media platforms that we utilize for expanding our media reach via Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and other video platforms as well."

McKenzie also states, "The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us as well as the Church that resent traditional trends in media has switched to internet traffic users with smartphones and tablet devices. Reaching new audiences with information or messages via mobile devices are the new methods of radio streaming with evangelism, sales and event marketing for churches and venues."

BWGR Radio Media Group is the marketing arm of BWGR and offers digital marketing services for entities that are looking to connect with those of interest to the gospel music and community. The station's underwriting and sponsorship department encourages pastors to stream their sermons and for artists to submit their music to gain worldwide exposure.

The interactive website will still be available after the pandemic. In the meantime, listeners can tune in now to listen to great music and sermons at www.bwgrradio.com.