July 8, 2017

"The River" is Coming! - Exciting Changes for WLDX Radio in Fayette, Alabama

 As of July 1, 2017, WLDX Radio, Fayette, Alabama is under the lease management of Hometown Radio Partnership - a partnership between DeWayne Guyton and Jonathan Holmes. Guyton has been with WLDX since 2013 as Office Manager and as host of "At Your Service." Holmes, originally from Fayette, is the General Manager of WFCA, French Camp Christian Academy's on-site radio station in French Camp, MS. Together, DeWayne and Jonathan have a combined experience of over 50 years in broadcasting.
Since 2013, WLDX has played a mixed format of Southern Gospel from 6am - 10am with the primary format being Country music. Beginning, July 17th, 2017 at 12pm, WLDX will take on a new identity. The format will change to 24 hour Southern Gospel/Christian programming and identify as "AM 990 WLDX-The River." 
Two popular programs - "Morning Call" and "At Your Service" - will remain in their original forms with additional programming soon to come including "Inspirational Insights", a devotional program featuring a variety of local pastors from the area, "A Good News Moment" featuring a positive news story, certain to inspire, "A Moment For Your Health", a short piece that offers a daily dose of fitness and health advice, and a whole lot more.
"We believe the future holds big plans, as we are in the process of bringing the addition of an FM frequency to WLDX and Fayette County," Guyton states. "It is our goal to place WLDX in the forefront of local events and bring a positive change to our community in further becoming Fayette County's daily resource for local news, sports and information while providing the best in Southern Gospel music and offering inspirational programming to lift the spirits of our friends and neighbors."
WLDX Studio
Fayette, AL
In addition to the station's local AM and forthcoming FM availability, WLDX also streams live online from the station's website at
www.wldx.com and via the TuneIn app for smartphones.
According to Guyton, the website will be undergoing a complete "facelift" in the coming weeks to accommodate and reflect the new changes. In the meantime, fans and listeners can stay informed with the latest news and updates on the WLDX FaceBook page.
"We look forward to our growth in the community and impacting Fayette County in a positive, encouraging and uplifting manner," says Guyton. To that end, WLDX-The River is sponsoring a Gospel music concert featuring The Stephens and popular recording artist, Shannon Knight. The event takes place Saturday, September 2, 2017, beginning at 6:00pm, at the Fayette Civic Center in Fayette, Alabama. Admission is FREE. Another concert event is already in the works for May 2018, featuring Brian Free & Assurance.
Regarding both the positive changes for WLDX and the upcoming concert event, Guyton says, "Share this with friends! Get the word out and pray that God will be glorified in every aspect of our new journey. Thank you!"
Enthused about the future of WLDX, he adds, "The River is coming!"


July 6, 2017

The Walkers Begin The Summer Leg Of 2017 Legacy Tour

Evangelical family band The Walkers have kicked off the summer leg of their highly successful 2017 Legacy Tour. Preparations have been underway to get ready for a busy two month tour across North America.

Group manager Billy Walker states, "I believe that this is going to be the busiest tour we've ever had. We are out for 69 days or so and we are singing over 50 times, around 26 times alone in July."

The tour will kick off with a Saturday night and Sunday morning combo, July 10-11, 2017, in Liberty, Mississippi and ends on Tuesday, August 8, 2016 in Mystic, Connecticut. The tour stretches from Mississippi to Texas, up to Iowa and Illinois. The Walkers also make their way from Arkansas to the Mid Atlantic from South Carolina up to Pennsylvania and Delaware before the homestretch of New England dates. The tour includes dates in these 13 states Mississippi, Texas, Iowa, Illinois, Arkansas, Tennessee, Virginia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maine, and Connecticut.

"We are excited to bring a new album, new songs and a refreshed passion for the message that we believe God has given us through these songs" Walker added. For all current tour information visit The Walkers page on Gospel Gigs.

NQC and SGMA Partner for Inaugural SGMA Hall of Fame Induction and Benefit Concert

The NQC and SGMA have announced a new partnership to present the inaugural SGMA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Benefit Concert to be held on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 during the afternoon at the LeConte Convention Center in Pigeon Forge, TN.

The program will honor the 2017 SGMA Hall of Fame class of inductees - Troy Burns, LaBreeska, Hemphill, Randy Shelnut, and Tony Greene - and will also feature special performances by the Jim Brady Trio, the Hoppers, the Kingdom Heirs, Karen Peck & New River, the Second Half Quartet, the Guardians, Triumphant, the Whisnants, and Tribute. Serving as master of ceremonies will be SGMA Hall of Fame member, Dr. Jerry Goff.

The event will serve as a benefit for the SGMA Hall of Fame and Museum, which is located at the main entrance of Dollywood. The SGMA Hall of Fame and Museum features many important pieces of memorabilia and historic artifacts of Southern Gospel Music history.

“We are so grateful to the NQC Board of Directors for partnering with us to help keep the vision of the SGMA alive,“ states Arthur Rice, SGMA President. “This special event will be our biggest fundraiser of the year. Many of the legends who have been inducted into the Hall of Fame will be present to participate in the concert. Having all these artists in one place, at one time, onstage... will be one of the highlights of the convention.”

For more information, visit www.nqconline.com.

Changes For Wilburn & Wilburn

Jonathan Wilburn
Chart-topping duo, Wilburn & Wilburn, has announced changes for the upcoming season. Jordan Wilburn, one half of the father/son group, has decided to step back from an intensive tour schedule to focus on his young family. His father and recent GMA Hall of Fame inductee, Jonathan Wilburn, will honor previously scheduled dates, and continue to travel as a solo artist.
"I have had the pleasure of enduring many changes in my career; nothing stays the same,” shares Jonathan Wilburn. "With every change, there is an opportunity to do something different and new. There is nothing like family. I enjoyed every minute traveling with my son for the past several years before it was time to enter into a new season. Jordan is spending some time off the road at home with his wife and two of my grandbabies! I hope to see all of you at one of my solo concerts in the near future, and I sincerely appreciate the love and support you have shown me through every transition.”
In support of his solo career, Jonathan Wilburn is currently in the studio working on a new release, entitled God & Country. The project is slated for a Fall 2017 release.

John Mathis Releases New Book For Songwriters

‘The Songwriter’s Guide To Taking The Next Steps’ was recently released by Avid Group Publishing. The book was written by songwriter, music publisher and industry professional John Mathis. 'The Songwriter’s Guide To Taking The Next Steps' is geared toward aspiring songwriters who want to learn more about placing songs or the songwriter who is looking for current perspectives toward song placement.
Mathis shares insight and experiences in his new book that he has acquired through 30 years of songwriting and over 20 years of working in the music industry. He comments on the events that inspired this book, “I was invited to attend a GMA Immerse conference in 2013 as one of several industry representatives. We spent time with over 200 songwriters at a luncheon answering their questions about songwriting. The same question always comes up with songwriters, they want to know what to do with the songs they’ve written. The most common question is how to get started. This event planted to seed to write this book. I’ve spent decades as both a songwriter and working within the music industry. During those years I’ve noticed that most songwriters tend to believe ‘It’s all about the song’. However on the other side of the fence, most non-songwriters in the industry are conditioned mentally toward ‘It’s all about the brand’. That’s one step I want to help them make in understanding the journey as a songwriter, I wanted to help songwriters bridge that gap. Songwriting pursuits today involve doing something with you as it does with writing great songs.”
Chapters in the book cover the topics of building a brand, the reality of a songwriting career, when to demo your songs, thinking out of the box on placing songs and many common songwriter questions in regard to copyrights, music publishing and how to network and build relationships. The last chapter also includes contract templates necessary in regard to song placements. 
‘The Songwriter’s Guide To Taking The Next Steps’ is available in paperback through Amazon and will be available July 14th, 2017 in digital formats. For more information visit TheSongwritersGuide.com

INDUSTRY NEWSWIRE: April Potter Agency Signs Exclusive Management and Booking Agreement with Nationally Acclaimed Speaker and Singer LaDonna Gatlin

LaDonna Gatlin
April Potter Agency is proud to announce the signing of an exclusive management and booking agreement with nationally acclaimed speaker and singer LaDonna Gatlin. “We are so excited to be working with LaDonna” says April Potter. “She is truly a gifted communicator through both speaking and singing and has been blessed with the innate ability to connect on an intimate level with her audience whether it be a room of ten or ten-thousand.”
Gatlin, known not only for her speaking abilities, is also a very gifted singer. She credits her family for that saying, "I had three really good teachers named Larry, Steve, and Rudy Gatlin." Since the age of five she has periodically joined her siblings, Grammy award winning country music superstars Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, on the stage.
Gatlin has been a member of the National Speakers Association for over twenty years acting as keynote speaker for such topics as agribusiness, education, faith, finance, healthcare, insurance, women’s topics, and more. Her talents on the stage have placed her in front of audiences of all shapes and sizes including a variety of businesses, corporations, churches, and academic institutions. A small sampling of her clientele encompasses over twenty State Farm Bureau conferences, district school boards, and workshops for teachers, student councils, and principals.
“I feel extremely blessed to be working with the April Potter Agency," LaDonna shares. "What a wonderful group of folks! The best is yet to come!”
LaDonna Gatlin is one of just a few speakers worldwide who holds both the Certified Speaking Professional designation as well as the CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame award - two of the most prestigious honors bestowed by the National Speakers Association. She is currently working on her new show “Growing Up Gatlin...Her Story” which opens in 2018 and is currently booking through the April Potter Agency.
For more information on LaDonna Gatlin, contact April Potter Agency at 615-479-0954 or visit the website at www.apotteragency.com.

June 1, 2017

The Singing Byrds Celebrate New CD Release

Jeanie Byrd Bailey with Jim Foster
of WRCG radio
L-R: Margie Tanner (Christian Voice Magazine),
Jeanie Byrd Bailey and Anna Byrd (The Singing
Southern Gospel recording artist, The Singing Byrds from Danville, Kentucky hosted a CD release party on May 19th during the week of Gospl Music FanFair in Somerset, Kentucky. 
Their latest release entitled, "PRAISE" was recorded at Chapel Valley Studios on the Church House label. The project contains six original songs with four additional songs, including the Gospel standard I'll Fly Away. The first single release to radio will be anounced at a later date, the project will also soon be availiable on ITunes.
Several promoters and media personel were on hand for the event, including: Perry & Vikki Edge with Double E Promotions, Larry Adams with Dove Media, Margie Tanner with Christian Voice Magazine, Nathan Purcell with L.C.G.M.A, Chuck Gibson with A.C.M.A. Jim Foster with WRCG radio, and Bruce Edwards with WCGW radio.