January 23, 2023

Triumphant Quartet’s Hymns & Worship Now Available

 

As the new year kicks off, Stow Town Records has released a brand-new recording from multi-award-winning group Triumphant Quartet. Hymns and Worship includes thirteen familiar songs ranging from beloved hymns to current CCM and Praise & Worship songs.

Continuing their path as musical trailblazers, Triumphant Quartet stays true to their traditional roots while also embracing songs and stylings more commonly heard in churches across America and in the CCM space. As with their previous releases, Hymns and Worship seeks to appeal to musical preferences for both their long-time gospel music fans as well as the younger generation more familiar with current popular music. The simplicity of hymns like “My Jesus, I Love Thee” and “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” brings subtle, personal worship moments to the album. Recent CCM and Praise & Worship covers include Zach Williams’ “Less Like Me,”“The Blessing” (Cody Carnes and Kari Jobe), “Help is on the Way (Maybe Midnight)” by Toby Mac, and the current hit “My Jesus” by Anne Wilson. The brilliant arrangements of each of these songs create a masterpiece of worship where the focus is truly on the One worthy of our praise.

“We love the Church,” founding group member Eric Bennett states. “We believe music plays such a vital part in the worship service. With this recording, our desire was to bring together a collection of songs that are sung each Sunday in churches nationwide.”

Hymns and Worship reunites Triumphant Quartet with veteran multi-award-winning producer Wayne Haun, and the result is a masterful collection of songs that captures the spirit of Sunday worship while staying true to the Triumphant Quartet sound fans know and love. “It’s fun working with Triumphant Quartet because they’re always thinking outside the box and progressing,” shares Haun. “There’s really something for everyone on this album: the modern, the traditional, the acoustic, the groove, the contemporary and the stately. And yet somehow, it’s the perfect blend of music without sounding forced or arduous.”

Throughout the past two decades, Triumphant Quartet has been honored with numerous accolades, including the 2019 Gospel Music Association Dove Award for Southern Gospel Album of the Year for the album Yes and a 2021 GMA Dove Award nomination for the same category with their release Bigger Than Sunday. The latter release featured the song “Eye of the Storm” which was voted as the 2021 Singing News Fan Award Favorite Song of the Year. The radio and concert success of songs like “Goodness of God” and “Waymaker” leads Triumphant Quartet to believe that they are following God’s unique musical plan for them with Hymns and Worship.

Hymns and Worship is distributed by Provident/Sony and is available on all digital platforms or wherever Christian music is sold.

January 18, 2023

Just As I Am video from Brothers of the Heart

Gaither Music is about to release Listen To The Music, a second album from Brothers of the Heart, the bluegrass gospel superstar singing group consisting of Bradley Walker, Jimmy Fortune, Mike Rogers, and Ben Isaacs. It is the followup to their hit debut project, Brotherly Love, from 2020 which drew more than 30 million streams online.

All four of these artists have already had a career that sets them apart from their peers, Fortune as a member of The Statler Brothers, Isaacs with his family group, The Isaacs, Rogers with Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver and Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, and Walker on a string of recordings and live performances that highlight his uniquely agile and expressive voice.

Listen To The Music was recorded live, for both audio and video, and will release on CD and DVD on January 20. It includes a mix of sacred and secular songs, all of which should be familiar to anyone who has followed the pop, country, bluegrass, or gospel music of this past 40 years.

The arrangements are left intentionally spare so that the songs and the almost embarrassing wealth of vocal talent can shine on each cut.

Isaacs, who produced the album, said that they chose this route to allow them to cover classics like Ring of Fire, Desperado, Bye Bye Love, and Gentle on My Mind without distracting from the initial recordings.

“I feel like it starts with doing your best to honor the music’s roots. There are little signature licks, and I felt like it was important to not change an arrangement so much that you confuse people. So much of this type of record is about recognizability, so you want to do everything that you can to put your stamp on it but to also honor the originals.”

A pair of singles have been released ahead of the record’s January 20 street date. Here is one of them, the 19th century hymn Just As I Am, beautifully rendered by Bradley Walker and Jimmy Fortune. If you enjoy fine vocal harmony, this one is for you.

Bradley Walker shared a few words about why he feels so deeply about this project.

“For me, this is so much more than music. When you hear people talk about this group they say, ‘You can tell that you all love each other, and you can tell you all are having fun.’ That’s the best thing about it to me. That’s so much of the appeal of the group. It’s not just songs, the music, the harmonies, and all that, but the love between us and our love for people. I’m so thankful to be a part of this.”

The recorded live performance will air as a TV special on January 19 on RFD-TV at 6:30 p.m. (EST), and again on the 21st at 6:00 p.m. The same show will then air on UPtv on January 29th, at 9:00 a.m., and will later be seen on PBS, TBN, Heartland, GaitherTV, FamilyNet, CTN, GMTN, Guardian, Liberty, TCT and TLN. In Canada, the special will air on Vision TV, CTS, The Miracle Channel, and Hope TV.

Brothers of the Heart will celebrate the release of Listen To The Music with a live performance on February 7 at the Grand Ole Opry. 

Endless Highway Gearing Up for March 10 Release of This Is the Moment

For Sonlite Records artist Endless Highway, “This Is The Moment” is more than just the title of their upcoming album’s opening song. Following the warm reception given to 2021’s Come Home, which kept the quartet on the charts throughout 2021 and 2022 with songs such as “Every Valley Has A Promise” and “About The Business,”This Is The Moment — now available for pre-order, add or save ahead of its March 10 release — promises to carry the Griggs family’s musical ministry to a new level with a full-length set of songs revealing the breadth of their talent and the depth of their faith.

Produced by Wayne Haun, This Is The Moment demands attention from the very first notes, with a bold orchestral introduction that underlines the title track’s triumphant announcement, “This is the moment the Lord has made.” Ally Griggs leads the ensemble through the anthemic opening chorus, and the joyous energy of the song’s invitation (“We’re in His presence, Let’s come together, And lavish Him with praise”) never flags as the celebratory lyric unwinds. And though the arrangements and tempos cover the gamut, the gospel messages Endless Highway delivers are single-minded in their affirmation of God’s love and encouragement to persevere in faith.

Each member of the family quartet — Jason and Vanessa Griggs and their children, Ally and Jay — has an opportunity to take the lead in the album’s course, whether it’s Ally on “This Is The Moment”; Vanessa on the country swing-flavored description of a “Secret Place of Prayer”; Jason on a meditative Gaithers classic, “I Am Loved,” that also features a guest vocal from Endless Highway friend Mark Lowry; or Jay, whose muscular reading of “The End” is a perfect match for the song’s confident declaration of belief in “a kingdom that starts at the end of the darkness…I know that we win in the end.” And fittingly, Endless Highway’s vocal diversity is embodied in their first single from the project, “Love Carried The Cross.” Written by Haun, Ernie Haas and Joel Lindsay, it’s a majestic testimonial offered in turn by Jason, Jay and Ally that’s deeply and personally revelatory.  

Says Jason Griggs, “We are elated over the lyrical content and production of this project. These songs will speak life, hope, and encouragement into your life.”  With its expansive orchestration, uplifting songs and heartfelt, compelling artistry, Endless Highway’s This Is The Moment more than lives up to its title.


About Endless Highway
Endless Highway, which originally was started as The Joylanders in 1971 by Perry & Nell Wimberley, stands and sings three generations strong at each concert. The group has continued the Gospel ministry started then through Vanessa Griggs, Perry & Nell’s daughter, her husband Jason Griggs and their children Jay and Allison Griggs. Endless Highway continually has singles on the Top 40 Gospel Music Charts (“Every Valley Has A Promise” and “About The Business” from their album Come Home being the latest) and they are regularly featured artist on the National Quartet Convention Main Stage, The Ark Encounter, and other National Concert Promotions. They have appeared on the Daystar Television Network, 3ABN, and on Gospel Music USA. 

Endless Highway offers a blend of Southern Gospel, Bluegrass Gospel, Acapella, and Acoustic Music. Whether it be a time tested hymn of the church, a spirited acapella song, or a toe tapping bluegrass song, Endless Highway will offer something to please every concert attendee. Attendees are sure to enjoy a mix of live instrumentation, pure acapella music, and tracks accompanied by Endless Highway’s vocals. Endless Highway loves to have fun while ministering, but make no mistake, their goal is to exalt Christ, edify the church, and evangelize the lost.

January 17, 2023

Down East Boys Release New Single – First from Sonlite Records in Dolby Atmos Spatial Audio

Following their chart-topping “Ready To Leave,” drawn from 2022’s The Stories We Tell, the Down East Boys jump headfirst into the new year with “Celebration At The Empty Grave,” a song that points to the promise of Easter and the miracle of the Resurrection. The single is the first from Sonlite Records to be released in Dolby Atmos spatial audio on Apple Music, Amazon Music and TIDAL. 

Allowing listeners to feel as if they’re inside the song itself, Dolby Laboratories’ Dolby Atmos is familiar to many from its “surround sound” application in thousands of movie theaters. It is described by the respected sound technology innovator as “revealing depth, clarity and details like never before….a sound experience you can feel all around you.” Audio produced in Dolby Atmos adapts automatically to your Atmos-compatible device and system to give you an all-enveloping sound experience you would not expect.

Opening with an instantly memorable guitar figure that will recur throughout the song, “Celebration At The Empty Grave” wastes no time in introducing the full quartet — Ricky Carden (lead), Daryl Paschal (baritone), Doug Pittman (tenor) and Alex Utech (bass) — in its scene-setting first verse;


I hear there’s talk all over town

Something big is going down

A marvel everybody wants to see

They’ve heard about an empty tomb

They’re wondering, “Could this be true?”

And if it is, what does this really mean?


The musical tension echoing these questions persists through the second verse, building to the release of the song’s insistent, joyous chorus and its ringing affirmation:


Our Lord is great and greatly to be praised.

So we stand here amazed.

As we join the celebration,

The celebration at the empty grave


As the song winds through its remaining verse and choruses, shifts in key offer each of the quartet’s members a turn front and center, emphasizing the fellowship of all those celebrating Christ. As Ricky Carden puts it, “‘Celebration At The Empty Grave’ is a song that reminds all of us that we serve a Savior that is alive and well, and we can celebrate, knowing that He knows us and hears us as He is risen! So celebrate a risen Savior!”

Point of Grace Honors Rich Mullins’ Legacy with Updated Version of “Awesome God”

Honoring the life and legacy of iconic Christian music troubadour Rich Mullins, Platinum-selling, GRAMMY®-nominated trio Point of Grace delivers a stirring new rendition of one of the late singer/songwriter’s most popular and enduring songs, “Awesome God.” Now available on digital platforms, the Fervent Records (Curb | Word Entertainment) track was produced by GRAMMY®-nominated, multi-Dove Award-winning singer/songwriter Cindy Morgan. 

Recorded more than 25 years after Mullins’ untimely death, Point of Grace’s impassioned revival of “Awesome God” showcases the trio’s signature harmonies atop a roots/pop piano-driven arrangement. The song is highlighted by a spoken word interlude from Mullins—a 1990s interview excerpt in which he discusses the Church as the embodiment of Christ to the world. Culminating with a live recording of the anthem’s ubiquitously beloved chorus, sung by the audience at a Point of Grace concert in Ocean City, New Jersey, last year, “Awesome God” will be included on the group’s forthcoming full-length set. 

“I think all three of us would agree that ‘Awesome God’ has soundtracked many seasons of our lives, from youth camps to college and beyond—it’s just one of those songs that’s timeless,” shares Point of Grace’s Leigh Cappillino.

“When we asked the audience in Ocean City to sing the chorus a cappella so we could record it for an extended ‘outro’ to the song, we didn’t need to give them the lyrics,” she adds. “The entire room instinctively knew the words, and that’s just another example of how ‘Awesome God’ continues to stand the test of time.”  

“Rich’s music and his thoughts on God challenged the Bible Belt bubble I was living in,” says group member Denise Jones. “Jesus loved rowdy folks—people who were rough around the edges—and so did Rich. He inspired me to rethink, ‘Who is my neighbor?’ and ‘How do I love them well?’”

Point of Grace’s soaring melodies and rich harmonies have helped define the sound of contemporary Christian music for three decades. With total sales in excess of 8 million units, the group has garnered two Platinum records; three GRAMMY® nominations; 27 #1 singles and numerous Dove Awards. Inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in 2018, Point of Grace’s discography includes 10 best-selling studio recordings, four Christmas albums and such Christian radio standards as “How You Live (Turn Up The Music),” “Keep the Candle Burning,” “Circle of Friends” and “Jesus Will Still Be There.” Comprised of Shelley Breen, Denise Jones and Leigh Cappillino, Point of Grace founded the groundbreaking Girls of Grace conference; they appear regularly on the historic Grand Ole Opry stage; and they have authored multiple books, including 2020’s How You Live: Lessons Learned from Point of Grace. 

The Old Paths Announce New Bass Vocalist – Andrew Utech

After several weeks of auditioning applicants, The Old Paths are pleased to announce the addition of Andrew Utech as the quartet’s new bass vocalist.

Hailing from Scottsboro, Alabama, the 29-year-old has been a fan of Southern Gospel since his grandfather first introduced it to him and his twin brother Alex.  Both brothers have gone on to make their mark within the genre: Alex as part of the Down East Boys, and Andrew has previously been a member of the Dixie Echoes.  The Old Paths are proud to be part of Andrew’s future, sharing, ‘We are so excited to introduce Andrew to our fans and friends! He’s an incredibly talented young man, and he’s going to be a fan favorite for sure!’

The Old Paths would also like to extend a gracious thank you to Keith Inman for stepping up to the position during the audition process.  ‘I had the privilege to witness Andrew Utech’s audition with The Old Paths and wow!’ shares Keith Inman. ‘God has blessed this young man with so much talent. Audiences were thrilled by Andrew’s powerful bass vocal and were endeared to him through his humble spirit. He sang his way right into their hearts. Andrew is a great new addition to The Old Paths!’

Andrew Utech currently resides in Alabama with his wife, Brittany, and 3 young children.


January 13, 2023

Sherry Anne Releases "Believe" to Honor 'Sanctity of Human Life Sunday'.

Billboard Charting Artist, Sherry Anne, releases new video and radio single, "Believe", in honor of 'Sanctity of Human Life Sunday'. “Believe” was co-written by Sherry Anne and Toni Jolene Clay, producer of the 'Stand' album, a Top 50 debut on the Top Christian/Gospel Albums (sales data powered by MRC Entertainment for Billboard Magazine).
'Sanctity of Human Life Sunday' was a proclamation first issued by President Ronald Reagan on January 13, 1984, as 'National Sanctity of Human Life Sunday'. Each year churches across the country observe this holiday, preserving the sanctity of human life and in support of the Pro-Life movement. January 22, 2023, commemorates 39 years of observing the sanctity of human life as a nation.

Sherry Anne commented on the inspiration behind the song, "The song is based on Jeremiah 29:11 and Psalm 139. It conveys the message of how each life is delicately woven together, by God, for a purpose. My hope is the message resonate with churches, and individuals, particularly as it pertains to the value of every human life, born and unborn."
The "Believe” lyric video can be viewed on YouTube

ABOUT SHERRY ANNE: Born with a bilateral hearing and speech impairment, Sherry Anne endured bullying and other obstacles to achieve scholastic and athletic awards, a Doctorate of Chiropractic, and to become an award-winning artist, a songwriter, inspirational speaker, and author.  She inspires people of all ages with her message of faith, hope and joy. Her "Sherry Anne LIVE!" DVD was a Billboard Music Video Sales Chart Top 5. Sherry Anne has appeared in concerts with Bill Gaither, Gaither Vocal Band and the Dove award-winning Triumphant Quartet among others. She has performed on notable stages such as Liberty University’s Thomas Road Church, Dollywood, The National Quartet Convention, The Ark Encounter, Silver Dollar City and Gaither’s Family Fest in Gatlinburg, TN. She has been seen on TBN, Daystar and other Christian TV Networks and programs.

ABOUT NASHVILLE SKYLINE MUSIC: NSM is a Nashville TN based record label with distribution through Syntax Creative. NSM has distributed artist projects in Southern Gospel such as the Palmetto State, Triumphant Quartet, Three Bridges, Sherry Anne LIVE! DVD (Top 5 Billboard Music Video chart), The Griffith Family, Steve Hess & Southern Salvation, and others. Bluegrass Gospel by Tonja Rose and The East Ridge Boys. The GRAMMY Nominated 'Forever Changed' album by T. Graham Brown (Billboard Album Sales Top 100), “Because You Love Me” by T.G. Sheppard and ‘A Bluegrass Tribute To George Jones’ by GRAMMY Winner Brad Davis. NSM has  expanded with releases into the Praise & Worship and the Spanish Language Market and in the production of music for film, TV and commercials. 

LABEL CONTACT:
John Mathis Jr.
Nashville Skyline Music
105 SE Pkwy, Ste 105
Franklin, TN 37064
nashvilleskylinedigital@gmail.com




January 12, 2023

Violet Maynard Family Announces New Members Kendra Kent and Jacob Richter

When Violet Maynard and her son Joshua decided to name their latest project “A New Season”, they didn’t know what God had planned for them. 

Violet’s daughter, Holly, had decided to come off the road, and they knew they were going into a new season of ministry.  They spent time in prayer and then began preparing for a new project.  This project would become a labor of love.  Violet and Joshua began gathering songs for the project and co-wrote several of the songs recorded. This new project also gave Joshua an opportunity to present his vocal and instrumental skills.

 Violet and Joshua are once again in “a new season” with the addition of the multi-talented Kendra Kent from Zanesville Ohio.  

Violet states “We have known Kendra and her family for a number of years. We have worked together on many occasions. And, I have been blessed to be a mentor in her solo ministry. We have been discussing the possibility of joining together for quite some time.  We agreed to pray about it. And, we knew that if it was in God’s will, it would all fall into place.”

Kendra adds “It is an honor to be a part of this new season with the Violet Maynard Family. I am excited to link arms with such a great, God loving family to speak Jesus to the world. A few years ago, God brought our families together. Little did I know at the time it would lead to a special friendship, mentorship and now combined ministry.”

Violet continues “Josh and I are also excited to have Jacob Richter from Cambridge Ohio join us.  He, too, has a heart for ministry and will be a great addition to the group.”

Violet concludes “Kendra and Jacob join us on the road in March, 2023. I am so honored to be working with Joshua, Kendra and Jacob. It is such a blessing to see their love for the Lord and for what they are called to do…for what we are called to do. We look forward to sharing our ministry with all of you.”

For booking information, contact Violet Maynard at violetmaynardfamily@gmail.com. www.violetmaynard.com




January 11, 2023

Mountain Home to Re-Release David Marshall’s Clearwaters on Digital Platforms

Nearly 40 years ago, the legendary Marshall Family’s David Marshall issued a remarkable yet under-appreciated album on Mountain Home Music Company. Out of print for years, Clearwaters has been newly mastered and will be released for the first time as a digital-only album, available for purchase or streaming on all platforms. It’s now available for pre-save/add/order on those platforms ahead of its January 27 release.  

Recorded at the Horizon Music Group studios in Asheville, North Carolina for the then-fledgling label, Clearwaters knit together profound Christian conviction and a deeply personal creativity in a rare musical fabric. Best known for his work with his family’s bluegrass gospel group, which released three albums back in the 1970s that served as inspiration to artists like The Isaacs, Alison Krauss and Rhonda Vincent, Marshall was a distinctive, emotive singer, a deliciously individualistic banjo, mandolin and guitar player, and the composer of songs that not only suited the Marshall Family but found favor with the likes of bluegrass Hall of Famers Ralph Stanley and Larry Sparks.  

Together with co-producer Tim Surrett, who would go on to help found the label’s flagship group, Balsam Range, he assembled a group of musicians that included returning members of the Family, studio wizards such as multi-instrumentalist David Johnson (who, like Surrett, had just finished recording with iconic guitarist Tony Rice), friends like J.P. Pennington of country chart topper Exile, and an assortment of bluegrass players and singers then just beginning their rise to prominence: six-time IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year, Dale Ann Bradley; ten-time IBMA Guitar Player of the Year Bryan Sutton; acclaimed singer and songwriter Steve Gulley; bassist Ben Isaacs (The Isaacs) and mandolinist Jeff Parker (Dailey & Vincent, Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers).  

The result is a collection that ranges from Marshall’s inspired rewrite of old-time favorite “Hammer and Nails” to the contemplative closing instrumental, “Daddy’s Darlin’ Dream,” offering hope, redemption and deeply personal reflections on God’s grace and the promise of eternal life. And while Clearwaters offers an intriguing glimpse into the early careers of some of bluegrass and bluegrass gospel’s most beloved artists, it also sounds as fresh and original as it did on its first release, enhancing a musical legacy that has yet to win the acclaim it deserves.

The King James Boys Release New Single “Walk of Faith”

The King James Boys are excited to announce the next single from their latest album, Walk On Faith. The title-track will serve as the latest release from the project and brings their signature Bluegrass Gospel sound to the forefront of radio. Each member including Randy Spencer, Cole Spencer, Curtis Lewis, Will Hart and Josh Greene’s musicianship shines bright on the full collection.

“Walk On Faith” is a song that was co-written by Paula Breedlove, Brad Davis, Keely Shaye and John Mathis Jr. It details the importance of the Bible and how crucial it is to have faith in the deepest and darkest times. Its powerful lyrics mention different stories throughout the Bible with an inspiring twist. Medium.com complimented the song saying, “Their confidence shines opening the album with its title song,” while Skope Magazine stated, “the winning harmonies we hear during the song’s chorus are among the finest parts of the song.”

The new single is the follow-up to the multi-week No. 1 hit “The Devils Not Afraid of a Dust Covered Bible.” During its time on the charts, it hit the top spot on the Bluegrass Today Gospel Weekly Airplay Chart. Additionally, the track went on to become The King James Boys’ first NUMBER ONE on the CDX Southern Gospel & Positive Country Chart, while also spending an impressive six weeks atop Roots Music Report’s Bluegrass Gospel Song Chart. Music Existence raved about the single’s modern yet traditional approach by saying, “It’s as traditionally minded as anything the band has played before and portrays, in clear yet eloquent lyrics, the perils of not seeking out God’s counsel and word.”

The full Walk On Faith project includes 8 total recordings penned by songwriters like Rick Lang, David Stewart, Mark Brinkman, Brad Davis, David Ray Johnson and more. The group’s style was also praised by IndiePulse Music Magazine, who said “King James Boys possess wide-ranging musical instincts. You can hear it on a micro-level in each song passage; the band never goes on too long and tailors their words to serve the music and vice versa.” With a new year in full swing, The King James Boys are looking to make it another one to remember!

Fans who want to catch The King James Boys in concert can stay up-to-date on the band’s future appearances by visiting their official website where they can get the latest news, listen to music and more.