October 3, 2016

Debbie Paul of The Paul Family Dies in Car Accident

Debbie Paul
Christian Voice Magazine has learned that Debbie Paul, matriarch of the beloved Paul Family, was killed in a car accident this morning. She is survived by her husband Brian, their daughter Lauren, and twin sons Josh and Jesse.
Debbie began singing with her family, The Gambills, at the tender age of five years old. Brian Paul joined the family group after his marriage to Debbie in 1986. In 2005, Brian and Debbie launched The Paul Family ministry with their three children. Since that time, The Paul Family has toured the nation sharing the Gospel as Southern/Bluegrass Gospel artists.
Throughout their career The Paul Family has released numerous recordings, many which featured original songs penned by Debbie. In addition to her artistry as a pianist and vocalist for her family group Debbie has enjoyed success as a songwriter, with her songs being recorded by other major artists including The Perrys and Gold City.
The Paul Family has graced stages across America, performing in churches and at fairs, festivals, and conventions on major events. Their tours also included numerous radio and TV appearances.
The Paul Family has received numerous award nominations. They were voted 'New Excelling Artist' in the 2011 Gospel Music Fan Awards and received the 'Bluegrass Artist of the Year' by the Southeastern Gospel Music Conference in 2012.
The Paul Family
But Debbie's greatest reward was being able to stand alongside her family, sharing her passion for music and her love for Christ with audiences everywhere. She will be deeply missed, but her legacy will live on through her children.
Debbie was loved and respected by her Gospel music peers and fans alike. The Gospel music community has lost another precious servant, but Heaven has gained another sweet angel.
Please lift The Paul Family in your prayers during this difficult time. Fans and friends may send condolences to:
The Paul Family
87 Dogwood Drive
Buchanan, GA 30113

August 4, 2016

Harmony Road TV Announces Changes for Upcoming Season

L-R Rob Patz, Rob Walls,  Kenna West, Roger Spears
at the Mansion Music Studios in Franklin, TN
Harmony Road TV will begin its fifth season this fall with significant changes to the program. These include a series of revolving hosts, along with a new logo, graphics and theme music. The program, now available to over 90 million homes nationwide, will continue to air current and classic Gospel music videos and timely interviews. There is also a new production and promotions team in place.

Recently, host Les Butler and Technical Director Allan Rhodes have decided to pursue other opportunities. Allan will continue with Rhodes Media Center, providing professional video production services to clients in many industries, including gospel ministries. Les will concentrate on Butler Music Group, and associated businesses, working with many southern gospel artists, helping further their ministries. Harmony Road TV Executive Producer, Roger Spears said “I wish both Allan and Les well in their endeavors, and know you will be seeing much more from both of them in the future, as they continue to use their talents to spread the Gospel. I appreciate their dedication and friendship over these past few years”.

Jody McBrayer from Cana's Voice, with
Rob Walls from Harmony Road TV
at the Mansion Music Studios in Franklin, TN
With every unexpected change, comes unique opportunity. Beginning this fall, viewers will see an exciting and updated version of Harmony Road TV.

Spears recently teamed up with Rob Patz, and the team at SGNScoops.com. to insure growth and innovation as the program moves forward. This group of professionals provides many years of television, production and publicity experience, in both secular and Christian media. The new Harmony Road TV Technical Producer, handling the camerawork and editing, is Rob Walls of Varnish Films. When asked about the program, Rob Patz said, "Television is a fantastic way to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with the world and I'm excited that it I have the opportunity to work with Rob Walls and Roger Spears on Harmony Road TV". Other professionals supporting Harmony Road TV also include webmaster Danny Joines, and the experts at TS-Promotions and Publicity.

L-R Harmony Road TV's Rob Walls,
Rick Francis from the Singing News
Magazine, and Rob Patz of SGN
Scoops and Harmony Road TV
The most noticeable change in the program will include a revolving series of hosts. Recently, Harmony Road TV produced several new programs which are scheduled to begin airing in the fall. Spears said “We were able to work with some exciting and entertaining individuals and groups from various areas of gospel music. These include top songwriters, solo artists, groups, a media executive, and an inspirational speaker. We look forward to sharing these new episodes with our viewers.” The programs were shot at the Mansion Studios in Franklin, TN as well as Jim Oliver’s Smokehouse in Monteagle, TN.

For more information, email roger@harmonyroadtv.com. You can keep up with the program at www.harmonyroadtv.com or at Harmony Road TV on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Harmony Road TV is available on networks including The Heartland Network, NRBTV, WalkTV and others. Stations carrying the program include WATC57 in Atlanta, TV24 in Anniston/Gadsden, WMJN29 in Huntsville, NBC39 in Jackson, TN, WGNM in Macon, GA and more. The program is also available online, on DirecTV, and a mobile app.

Pruitt Family Welcomes Pianist Justin Bailey

Exciting news is coming from the Pruitt Family as they welcome an addition to the group, Pianist Justin Bailey from Gainesville, Georgia. With the addition of the keyboard, the Pruitt Family adds a new dimension to their ministry freeing them to arrange their program as they perform it.

Playing the piano for 18 years he has been privileged to play with various artists and bands, including Nancy Harmon, Ronny and Larry Goss, the Homeland Boys, and the Saxons as well as several secular artists from different styles and genres.

Justin stated "My musical heroes range from the big belters of Broadway to jazz artists such as Ray Charles and Dr. John to the Southern Gospel artists like the Goodmans, Dottie Rambo, the late Anthony Burger, and Contemporary Praise music like Hillsong and Passion. I'm looking forward to working and worshiping with the Pruitt Family who are on fire for the kingdom of God."

Mark Pruitt enthusiastically commented "We are so excited to bring this new element of worship into our ministry. Justin is very talented, and we know you will love him just as much as we do!".

Also happening in the Pruitt Family's ministry, Lancaster Music chose to bless their ministry by providing a brand new stage piano to take on the road. Their website is Lancastermusiconline.com.

The Williamsons Family Grows Again

Emeleigh Sue Hebert
Family Music Group artist, the Williamsons, is celebrating the growth of their family. Darin Hebert, bass singer for the Williamsons, has announced the birth of a new daughter. Darin, his wife Kallie, and new big brother Patrick are excited about the addition of a beautiful baby girl to their family named Emaleigh Sue Hebert. Miss Emaleigh came into the world on July 30, weighing 7lbs and 9 ounces. She was 19 1/2" long.

Mother and daughter are doing wonderful. Darin is expected to back on the road with the Williamsons soon, most likely with a wallet full of new pictures. Congratulations to the Hebert family.

INDUSTRY NEWSWIRE: Chapel Valley Music Welcomes Gina Vera as Staff Writer, Artist

Gina Vera (Left) and Jack Allen, Director of Publishing
and Artist Relations (Right)
Chapel Valley Music is happy to welcome Gina Vera to its family as a staff writer and artist.

An award-winning writer, Vera has worked in the Southern Gospel music industry for nearly 30 years, writing for The Eddie Crook Co., Four Iron Music Publishing, Cal IV Music Publishing and Daywind Music Publishing.

Vera was awarded the 2010 BMI award for Ivan Parker’s rendition of “You Can’t Take My Crown,” which held a spot in the Top 40 chart for seven months. She is also a two-time Singing News Fan Awards nominee for Songwriter of the Year.

“I am very excited about the addition of Gina to the Chapel Valley family,” Shane Roark, Chapel Valley producer and co-owner, says. “I look forward to seeing what God has planned for this new relationship with such a gifted writer.”

Vera has written numerous hit singles for Gospel artists including Gold City, the Ruppe’s, Brian Free and Assurance, Karen Peck and New River, Ivan Parker, the Hoskins Family and Kenny Rogers.

Director of Publishing and Artist Relations Jack Allen calls the addition of Vera a “privilege.”

“Having Gina on board as an artist, as well as someone of her caliber writing for our company will only enhance with God is doing here,” Allen says.

Vera agrees with Allen and says the opportunity to work with Chapel Valley is sure to be a great addition to her vast career in the industry.

“I am delighted to become a part of Chapel Valley, and I’m very excited about our future together,” Vera says. “I’m looking forward to great possibilities.”

INDUSTRY NEWSWIRE: Chapel Valley Welcomes Shane Mathis to Sanctuary Label

Chapel Valley is pleased to welcome soloist Shane Mathis to its family of artists.

Mathis will join Chapel Valley’s Sanctuary label as a solo artist and continue to work with Troy Burns Family as the group’s baritone singer.

After six years in Gospel music, at 19-years-old, Mathis will release his fifth project, and first with Chapel Valley, early 2017.

“I count it a blessing to join the Chapel Valley family of artists, and I look forward to all the mile markers our ministries will reach working together,” Mathis says.

Shane Roark, Chapel Valley producer and co-owner, says it’s Mathis’ progressive sound that makes him stand out.

“It is great to see another young man working in the Southern Gospel music industry,” Roark says. “A young artist like Shane is where the future of our industry music is, and I am looking forward to the great things that are to come with Shane and his work with the Chapel Valley family of artists.”

Mathis’ latest project, “A New New Story,” is available now and features much of his original work.

For more information about Mathis and his ministry visit ShaneMathisMusic.com or contact Gary Stripling, The Management Agency 904-745-9151.

Tim LaHaye, Evangelical Leader and 'Left Behind' Co-Author, Passes at 90

Dr. Tim F. LaHaye, the son of a Detroit autoworker who grew up to become a respected pastor, international best-seller and prominent evangelical leader, died July 25, 2016 in a San Diego area hospital, just days after suffering a stroke. Born in Detroit, Michigan on April 27, 1926, he was 90 years old.

Dr. LaHaye, an Air Force veteran, is perhaps most noted for his blockbuster best-selling book series "Left Behind," which he co-authored with Jerry B. Jenkins.

"Thrilled as I am that he is where he has always wanted to be, his departure leaves a void in my soul I don't expect to fill until I see him again," Jenkins said of his co-author's passing.

Over seven decades Dr. LaHaye influenced others from the pulpit, in books, the political arena and at home.

Jenkins said that Dr. LaHaye had become a "spiritual giant" to him.

"The Tim LaHaye I got to know had a pastor's heart and lived to share his faith," Jenkins said. "He listened to and cared about everyone, regardless of age, gender, or social standing. If Tim was missing from the autograph table or the green room of a network television show, he was likely in a corner praying with someone he'd just met-from a reader to a part-time bookstore stock clerk to a TV network anchorman."

Joining Dr. LaHaye for most of his journey was the former Beverly Ratcliffe, whom he married on July 5, 1947. Mrs. LaHaye-a powerhouse in her own right--founded Concerned Women for America in 1979, the nation's largest public policy organization for women with 600,000 members.

Their union prompted Time magazine in 2005 to name the LaHayes "The Christian Power Couple." The proclamation came as the magazine named Dr. LaHaye as one of the 25 most influential evangelicals in America.

Early in his ministerial career, Dr. LaHaye pastored churches in South Carolina and Minnesota before moving his family to California. They settled in San Diego County, where he took the reigns of Scott Memorial Baptist Church. Under his 25-year leadership, the congregation expanded to three locations, including what is now Shadow Mountain Community Church in El Cajon.

Dr. LaHaye also founded two accredited Christian high schools, a school system of 10 Christian schools and what is now San Diego Christian College (formerly Christian Heritage College). In 1972 he co-founded the Institute for Creation Research with the late Dr. Henry Morris.

As a couple, the LaHayes hosted a radio show and, later, a TV program called "The LaHayes on Family Life." In keeping with their faith, the show promoted Christian values.

During the 1970s Dr. LaHaye was instrumental in gathering a coalition of Southern California pastors together to address a progressive agenda that was undermining traditional family values. Also in the '70s he encouraged the late Jerry Falwell Sr. to establish the Moral Majority as a way to build a similar coalition nationally. He was also widely credited with garnering evangelical support behind the campaign of George W. Bush.

Besides co-authoring the 16-book "Left Behind" series -- which sold more than 80 million copies, topping the best-selling lists of The New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, and Christian Booksellers Association -- LaHaye was a prolific non-fiction author, penning 60 different titles that sold 14 million copies in as many as 32 languages. Topics he explored included family life, temperaments, the biblical view of sex and marriage, Bible prophecy, the will of God, Jesus Christ, and secular humanism.

Other ministries he either founded or co-founded include Tim LaHaye Ministries, the PreTrib Research Center and the Tim LaHaye School of Prophecy at Liberty University. He also designed the LaHaye Temperament Analysis, a self-improvement tool that has been used by more than 30,000 people.

Along with his wife, Dr. LaHaye was a generous benefactor, donating millions to numerous religious institutions, including Liberty University and San Diego Christian College.

"One of the great things I saw Tim and Beverly do was to launch and fund a mission project in Atlanta. It was a mission church that is now a megachurch with 5,000 to 6,000 members," said Dr. Richard Lee, founding pastor of First Redeemer Church, the mission church supported by the LaHayes. "If it hadn't been for Tim and Beverly that work would have never started. His life was more generous than most people can imagine. He was so quiet about his generosity."

Beyond his vast ministry accomplishments, Dr. LaHaye's hobbies included skiing, jogging, motorcycling and golfing.

In addition to his wife, Dr. LaHaye is survived by four children; nine grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; a brother, Richard LaHaye; and a sister, Margaret White.

For more information on Dr. Tim LaHaye, including an expanded obituary, visit www.timlahaye.com.

SGMA Benefit Concert to take place on August 11, 2016 at Sevierville Civic Center

A benefit concert to raise funds for the Southern Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame and Museum, (located inside Dollywood) will be held on Thursday, August 11, 2016 at the Sevierville Civic Center. The SGMA is well recognized for their efforts in preserving the history of Southern Gospel music. Come out for a wonderful evening to celebrate the music we love, and support the SGMA as they continue to preserve the legacy left by so many who have contributed to the rich heritage we enjoy.

JP Miller, host of the “Smoky Mountain Gospel Jubilee” radio show on Praise 96.3 will be the emcee. The Bowling Family and Freedom Quartet, both outstanding artists in the Gospel music industry, will provide musical entertainment. The Bowling Family is one of Southern Gospel Music’s hottest groups, leading the national charts with number one songs. Mike Bowling’s voice is one of the most recognizable voices in Christian music today. His bride, Kelly became known during her years traveling with her siblings, The Crabb Family. The Bowlings are currently featured in a display at The SGMA museum with their daughter, Hope, who is the third vocalist in the group. Hope Bowling is the youngest person in Gospel music history to have a number one song.

Freedom Quartet holds a special respect for The SGMA as group owner, John Rulapaugh is a member of The SGMA Board of Directors. Freedom is noted for their traditional male quartet sound and currently tours full time across the United States and internationally.

This will indeed be a special night of Southern Gospel Music and with limited space, is expected to sell out quickly. The concert will be held at the Sevierville Civic Center, located on Dolly Parton Parkway in Sevierville. Doors open at 6:00 pm and the concert begins at 7:00 pm. Come early to enjoy dinner from the concession stand. There will be a silent auction, as well as a large selection of memorabilia from your favorite Southern Gospel icons for sale.

Tickets are $10 general admission and $20 for “Artist Circle” tickets. A limited number of special VIP tickets (only 40 available) can be purchased for $50. VIP passes include special reserved seating, vouchers for the concession stand, a free T-shirt, and a complementary gift bag with $100 worth of Southern Gospel Music gift items. Tickets are available at the Praise 96.3 studio located in Knoxville, by calling (865) 908-4040, or online at www.sgma.org.

Visit www.sgma.org to learn more about the Southern Gospel Music Association and to become a member today. Thank you for helping to preserve the legacy of Southern Gospel music!

Thousands Download Movie Proving God Exists; 'Atheism is Dead!' Claims Producer

Within two days of its release, thousands have purchased an early viewing of a one-hour movie that its producers claim destroys atheism with one scientific question. The film, "The Atheist Delusion," will be released on YouTube in two months.

The executive producer, Ray Comfort, said, "Just a few years ago atheism was entering the Promised Land. Books by new atheists such as Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, and Sam Harris were topping the New York Times Best Seller list. However, the landscape seems to have drastically changed. Hitchens has sadly passed away, Dawkins has suffered a stroke, and Harris has fallen from favor after being accused of racism and bigotry. And the much anticipated 2016 Reason Rally, which organizers expected would draw 30,000 atheists to Washington, D.C., managed to attract a mere 2,000, by some atheist estimates.

"It seems the atheists have argued their case in the public forum and it was dismissed for lack of evidence," Comfort noted. "People have more sense of reason than atheists give them credit for."

Comfort, whose movies have been seen by millions, believes his film is the final nail in the coffin for atheism, adding, "The atheist's pretense is over. The movie provides irrefutable scientific proof of the Creator for those who will listen. Watch it at AtheistMovie.com and bow for a moment of science."

Official Trailer: youtu.be/Awpzsi4YUHs

Ashley DeRamus Receives Christian Pueschel Memorial Citizen Award

Ashley DeRamus was honored to receive the Christian Pueschel Memorial Citizen Award at the National Down Syndrome Congress 2016. This award recognizes an individual with Down syndrome whose achievements, service and contributions have enhanced the value and dignity of people with Down syndrome and their families.

David C. Tolleson, Executive Director of NDSC stated, "As an entrepreneur, a philanthropist, a volunteer, an advocate and an athlete, Ashley distinguished herself by any measure. Her example shines brightly, not only for those within our community, but for all. Congratulations and thank you for all that you do to make the world a better place for people with Down syndrome!”

Ashley stated, "Thank you to the National Down Syndrome Congress for this honor. Don't let anyone tell you what you can't do. Show them what you CAN do!"

The Christian Pueschel Memorial Citizen Award was presented Saturday, July 23rd, during the annual convention banquet in the Coquina Ballroom of the J.W. Marriott Grande Lakes Resort in Orlando.