December 1, 2021

FINAL YEAR ... for “Hearts of Faith"

February 14, 1982, … a Gospel Music Ministry began at the Ft. McKinley Church of God in Dayton, Ohio as the BROCK family (known as “The Gospel Foundation”) held its first of many concerts to honor their Lord through Song.

In 2001, Bill & Eva retired from the singing ministry while their daughters (Donna and Brenda) continued singing as a female duet.  In 2004, the name changed to “Hearts of Faith.” As a duo, they have received many nominations and awards throughout the Country and Southern Gospel Music industries.  Since the inception of this ministry, the goal has been to share God's Word through Song as long as He directed.  

2022 will represent the 40th … and FINAL YEAR ... for “Hearts of Faith,” as this Gospel Music Duo will be retiring.  They would like to humbly thank all the pastors and music directors who have booked them into their churches/venues; the DJs who have played their music; the many friends who have provided lodging during their travels; those who have supported them through prayer and financial giving; and to their families for the unwavering support to their calling.

All concerts scheduled for the remainder of 2021 and into 2022 will be honored.  A “40-Year 

FINALE CONCERT” will be held during 2022.  More information will be announced on their website (www.HeartsOfFaith.biz) and Facebook pages concerning this one night of celebration.






Daystar Founder Marcus Lamb Dies; Christian Artists and Preachers Respond

 

Marcus D. Lamb, founder, president, and CEO of Daystar Television Network, has died on November 30th. Lamb, died Tuesday of complications from COVID-19. He was 64. He leaves behind a legacy of fiercely loving the Lord, all the people of the world, and most of all his family.

Lamb was born on Oct. 7, 1957, in Cordele, Georgia, and raised in Macon. He started preaching as an evangelist at age 15 in the summer of 1973. After graduating early from high school at age 16, he was accepted to the private liberal arts school Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee, on a full scholarship in 1974. He later graduated Magna Cum Laude at age 19. 

In December 1981, Lamb started the Word of God Fellowship in Macon. A year later he wed Joni Trammell of Greenville, South Carolina. The couple then became missionaries and traveled full time to minister to people in over 20 states. Often nicknamed the "Walking Bible" because of his knowledge of Scripture, Lamb believed he heard the voice of God speak to him during a trip to Israel in 1983 telling him to found a Christian television station in Montgomery, Alabama.

In 1985, Lamb built WMCF-TV, "45 Alive," in Montgomery and it became the first Christian TV station in that state. In 1990, the Lambs moved to Dallas, Texas, and built KMPX-TV 29. And TV 29 went on the air in September 1993. 

Daystar Television Network launched in 1997, with a live broadcast of T.D. Jakes' new year's eve service at the Potter's House Church in Dallas. The network reached over 108 million households across the United States and over 2 billion people worldwide. 

Worship music veteran Don Moen offers his condolences, "Marcus was a lover of music. He never forgot his upbringing and the importance of Gospel music in his life. I am very thankful that Marcus allowed us to share his platform, allowing us to know him and his sweet tender heart for the Savior. As sad as this moment is, we are assured that Marcus is in Heaven now, because of his faith in Jesus. We mourn with Joni and the entire family, along with all those who loved the ministry of Marcus Lamb. Our hearts are with you and we will hold you in prayer as you navigate the days ahead." 

Ernie Haase reflects, "I am deeply saddened to hear of the loss of my friend, Marcus Lamb, founder of Daystar Television. He was a pioneer, a world changer, and a true worshiper, committed to building the kingdom of God around the world and he will be greatly missed. Please join me in prayer for his wife Joni, his children, and all of the staff at Daystar." 

Jentezen Franklin, the Senior Pastor of Free Chapel, released the following statement: "Thank God for Marcus Lamb. Generations of Christians have had the dream of reaching the world with the Gospel in their generation. Marcus Lamb actually did it. He also welcomed the rest of us along on the journey with him through the extraordinary network he created. The truth is that very few Christians have had more of an impact in a single lifetime, and the impact of his life will carry on forever. Please join me in praying for God's peace to envelope Joni and the entire Lamb family during this difficult time."

Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, responds, "My heart broke when I learned of the passing of my good friend Marcus Lamb. A faithful follower of Jesus, a loving husband, a caring father, a Kingdom visionary with a heart for the lost and broken entered God's presence today. Our prayers accompany Joni and the entire Lamb and Daystar family.

For years, we stood by one another in prayer and ministry. His love for the Lord and those created in His image was clearly displayed in his work at Daystar. He changed the world and the Kingdom of God. I am grateful for his influence in my life and the millions he touched with the love of Christ. His family remains in my prayers, that they may find peace and comfort in the arms of the Father today and always. Marcus Lamb's life shone brightly to the glory of God."

Dr. Paula Price, author of The Prophet's Dictionary, expresses her tribute to Lamb: "Marcus Lamb was a man who operated in both spheres - the sphere of the mind and the natural, as well as the sphere of the spirit and supernatural. In my brief acquaintance with him, I admired how he trained and honed his intellect to devise strong business and leadership strategies that built a television corporation starting from a cast-away piece of equipment found in a dumpster.

What he accomplished is called a vision, because Marcus was a man who understood God's giftings, the Spirit's promptings, and the role of the prophetic on our Christian journey. When I met with Marcus to discuss my book, The Prophet's Dictionary, Marcus was quick to understand the principles in it and prompt to validate them. My admiration for him grew as I watched his heart reach souls for Christ. May we all become as focused on the Lord's work as Marcus was, and as competent in both the things of this world, and the things of heaven."


 


 


 

November 30, 2021

Gaither Vocal Band That’s Gospel, Brother Earns Grammy Nom

GRAMMY Award-winning Gaither Music artist the Gaither Vocal Band received a GRAMMY nomination during yesterday’s announcements for Best Roots Gospel Album for their celebrated work That’s Gospel, Brother, produced by Gospel music legend Bill Gaither and the award-winning Gordon Mote.

“We are honored to be nominated with such great talent,” stated Gaither. “Being honored by our peers always encourages and inspires us. I am blessed to be having as much fun as I have ever had writing, touring and recording with these guys. To enjoy what we do and to then be recognized alongside these excellent nominees makes the journey all the sweeter.”

Fresh off the heels of their 2021 GMA Dove Award nominations surrounding the recording, the Gospel Music Hall of Famers have continued to raise the standard of benchmark harmonies with this release. That’s Gospel, Brother, featuring Gospel music pioneer Bill Gaither, Wes Hampton, Todd Suttles, Adam Crabb and Reggie Smith, has produced a Top 10 radio hit with “The Way (New Horizon)”; and their stirring rendition of the classic “How Beautiful Heaven Must Be” instantly connected with listeners, garnering over 10 million video streams.

Another highlight of the recording, which combines innovative renditions of classic favorites with signature versions of new songs, is a reimagined version of the Gaither classic “I Just Feel Like Something Good Is About to Happen,” which received a 2021 GMA Dove Award nomination. Spotlighting not only their individual talents but their seamless group blends, the recording showcases several up-tempo selections that capture the quintet’s stage energy.

The Gaither Vocal Band is currently performing on their Christmas tour, a complement to their new All Heaven and Nature Sing CD and DVD recording and TV special.

Jason Crabb Kicks-off New Opry Country Christmas Series

Christmas is a season of beloved traditions—from trimming the tree, to singing carols and most of all, celebrating the birth of Jesus. This year, the Grand Ole Opry has announced the start of a new tradition, an Opry Country Christmas.

Hosted by GRAMMY-winning Opry member Larry Gatlin, Opry Country Christmas will showcase songs of the holiday season during shows November 28, December 5, December 8, and December 12. Each show will feature Opry members Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers and Riders In The Sky plus Mandy Barnett and Country Music Hall of Famer Charlie McCoy, along with additional Opry members, special guests, and spotlight artists. Each show is made up exclusively of country Christmas favorites.

Jason Crabb—2-time GRAMMY winner and 22-time GMA Dove award winner—helped kick off the inaugural season of this new holiday series, Opry Country Christmas, Sunday, November 28, 2021 at 7 PM CT.

“Christmas is all about traditions,” says Jason Crabb. “I’m excited to help launch a new tradition, right here in Nashville, at the Grand Ole Opry. It’s an honor each and every time to step onto the Opry stage. I can’t wait to kick off the Christmas season at the Grand Ole Opry this Sunday! See ya there.”

All Opry Country Christmas shows air on WSM Radio as well as WSM and Opry digital platforms.

Home for Christmas, the latest holiday offering from Jason Crabb, has received rave reviews. The three-song EP was produced and arranged by the late Tim Akers (Reba McEntire, CeCe Winans), along with GRAMMY-winning Rascal Flatts founding member and Red Street Records CEO Jay DeMarcus.

The project features two original selections as well as Crabb’s new rendition of the Mark Lowry and Buddy Greene-penned Christmas classic, “Mary, Did You Know?” With its horn-studded R&B groove, the nostalgic title-cut, “Being Home For Christmas,” was written by Crabb, Don Koch, Caleb Ward and Jordan Ward and celebrates the importance of family above the trappings of the season. And “Who Could’ve Dreamed?” is an Inspirational pop ballad penned by Koch, Akers and Tony Wood spotlighting the true meaning of Christmas as Crabb proclaims, “Who could have looked into that holy stable and seen the shadow of the cross?”

Home for Christmas previews Crabb’s full-length holiday recording set for release next year. “When I signed to Red Street and Jay asked me what I wanted to do, I told him a Christmas project was one of my dream records,” Crabb shares. “I’ve been doing music for a while now, and you hope and pray for something that helps define your legacy. I think this Christmas project is that record for me. These are the songs I hope my grandkids will grab hold of and be proud of what Grandpa did.”

“I was so honored to work with Tim Akers again, and this was his last project,” Crabb says. “He was a friend and we’d collaborated before, but this time was special. Tim was producing and arranging the strings for the record when his leukemia came back. He even sat in the hospital in his last days and worked on the music. Nashville lost an amazing talent in Tim, and I really want this record to honor his life. We love you, Tim.”

Home for Christmas arrives on the heels of Crabb’s June Red Street Records debut, Just As I Am.

Ann Downing At People’s Tabernacle Church

People’s Tabernacle Church, 64 Airways Blvd, will have a free Seasoned Saints Luncheon (55 Years and Older) on Friday, December 3 at 12:00PM. Gaither Homecoming Artist “ANN DOWNING” will provide a Christmas Musical Concert. For more information, go to www.ptcsavannah.com or 731-727-8242

Changes for Hope’s Journey

Hope’s Journey Trio from Ellisville, MS to come off the road in January, 2022.

“I have been praying for God to show me when the time is right and today it was revealed, states group owner and manager, Vonda Armstrong.”

 In a way, I’m sad but I am excited too for the future. What will I do? I don’t know yet, but God does and HE will show me.  For one, I plan to spend more time with the grandbabies! I have already missed too much. I have some speaking events lined up next year. My husband, Jack and I also are planning some events for 2022 that will keep me busy. I am working right now on Southern Gospel Weekend 2022 in March at the Oxford Civic Center in Oxford, Alabama. And my company, Hey Y’all Media is a full-time job.

Alicia Estis and Jenny Sullivan will be coming off the road with Hope’s Journey, but plan to minister with their families as God opens doors.  “So much has happened in the last year, and my outlook on life has completely changed. I have been asking God to show me the plans He has for my life. I feel with certainty in my heart that I am supposed to be home with my family, states Alicia.”

Jenny adds,” I am thankful for all you have done for us Vonda, and for the opportunities, we got because of you.”

“It has been a delight to sing and travel with these girls, adds Vonda. Please pray for us as we find the new normal.”


Celebrate Christmas with New Songs From Mark Bishop, The Lore Family

 GRAMMY-nominated gospel singer Mark Bishop is carrying on the old Appalachian sounds found on his latest release, Some Distant Mountain, with two Christmas songs.

While researching music for the collection, Bishop’s research revealed that before it was a Christmas song, “I Saw Three Ships” was likely an old pub song that folks would sing over drinks.

While he thought the song had a great melody, he found the lyrical content a bit shallow. So, he wrote a story to accompany the song — turning it into a narrative recounting a tale of a harbor town that had lost three ships at sea, only to have them return on Christmas morning. Joined by a crowd of talented roots musicians, the new arrangement swells with pride and grandeur and lilts with the trademark triplets of an Irish fiddle tune.

The second song, “Balulalow,” was originally composed as a hymn in 16th century Scotland, the name itself translates to “lullaby.” 

While the song itself is almost 500 years old, Bishop’s introduction to it was far more contemporary, with his first introduction coming from a musician by the name of Gordon Sumner, i.e. Sting. “He actually sang it in a more authentic way,” notes Bishop, pointing out that he did some shorthand and re-pronounced some of the lyrics to fit with modern and American pronunciations. “Anything that I sing is going to sound mountain-y, just by virtue of my voice. I can make anything sound bluegrass-y.”

He jokes, but there is nothing immediately “bluegrass-y” about his haunting rendition of this traditional hymn. “The music is so large,” he says, praising the dramatic string arrangement crafted by Cody McVey, “But the message in it is so sweet and small. It really does evoke the power and the majesty of Christ’s birth in that little, lowly manger. You can just see all of heaven lighting up. You can hear that in the music.”

November 29, 2021

Jason Crabb Releases the Jay DeMarcus-Co-Produced New Christmas Song "Who Could've Dreamed?"

Twenty-two-time Dove Award honoree Jason Crabb has released a powerful new Christmas tune "Who Could've Dreamed?" The song is an Inspirational pop ballad penned by Koch, Akers and Tony Wood spotlighting the true meaning of Christmas as Crabb proclaims, "Who could have looked into that holy stable and seen the shadow of the cross?"

"Who Could've Dreamed?" is one of three seasonal songs Crabb has recently released. The three-song EP was produced and arranged by the late Tim Akers (Reba McEntire, CeCe Winans), along with GRAMMY®-winning Rascal Flatts founding member and Red Street CEO Jay DeMarcus.

"Who Could've Dreamed?"  is taken from Home For Christmas EP which is set for release next year. "When I signed to Red Street and Jay asked me what I wanted to do, I told him a Christmas project was one of my dream records," Crabb shares. "I've been doing music for a while now, and you hope and pray for something that helps define your legacy. I think this Christmas project is that record for me. These are the songs I hope my grandkids will grab hold of and be proud of what Grandpa did." 

"I was so honored to work with Tim Akers again, and this was his last project," Crabb says. "He was a friend and we'd collaborated before, but this time was special. Tim was producing and arranging the strings for the record when his leukemia came back. He even sat in the hospital in his last days and worked on the music. Nashville lost an amazing talent in Tim, and I really want this record to honor his life. We love you, Tim."  

 Home For Christmas arrives on the heels of Crabb's June Red Street Records debut, Just As I Am. Produced by DeMarcus, the five-song EP is highlighted by the title-cut and lead single-a powerful declaration of faith in the One who is constant and sure.   


 

“God Made The Rainbow”, New Lyric Video from Steve Hess and Southern Salvation

Steve Hess and Southern Salvation released a new lyric video, “God Made The Rainbow”. The song is part of a series of songs written and recorded to support the ministry and Biblical teaching of The Ark Encounter. The group is the resident artist at The Ark, performing around 400 concerts a year.

“God Made The Rainbow” was co-written by Steve Hess and John Mathis Jr. under the guidance and direction of CEO and Founder of The Ark Encounter, Ken Ham. This is the fourth song that has been written with the specific purpose of reinforcing Biblical teachings such as creation, the foundation of the Bible, pro-life and the true meaning of the rainbow. Previously released songs in the series are; “Six Days”, “Foundation” and “Three Beating Hearts”.

The new recording was co-produced by Steve Hess and John Mathis Jr, and tapped the musicianship of Gordon Mote, Kelly Back, Mark Burchfield and Lonnie Wilson. The song will be a part of the live concerts performed by Steve Hess and Southern Salvation at the Answers Center Theater in 2022. “God Made The Rainbow” is scheduled for release to all digital platforms by Mansion Entertainment (distributed by Syntax Creative). 

ABOUT STEVE HESS and SOUTHERN SALVATION: Steve Hess & Southern Salvation are the resident artist at The Ark Encounter performing about 400 concerts per year. They have been featured on programs such as Daystar’s Gospel Music Showcase hosted by Guy Penrod and The Gospel Greats hosted by Paul Heil. SHSS have garnered multiple Singing News Top 80 and Top 40 chart songs, including “Three Beating Hearts” and “Foundation". 

ABOUT MANSION ENTERTAINMENT: Mansion is a Nashville TN based record label with distribution by Syntax Creative. Mansion has distributed projects into the Southern Gospel markets by artists 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. Mansion also produces and releases music into the Praise & Worship and the Spanish Language Markets. 

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The Todd Starnes Show Welcomes The Erwins

Acclaimed StowTown recording artists The Erwins were recently featured on the nationally-syndicated Todd Starnes Show. A former Fox News anchor and an award-winning journalist, best-selling author and radio commentator, Starnes chatted with The Erwins about several career milestones, including the group’s 2021 GRAMMY® nomination for their seasonal set, What Christmas Really Means. Along with The Erwins, Starnes’ guests for the day included U.S. Sen. Rand Paul and U.S. Rep. Scott Perry.

Siblings Keith, Kody, Kris and Katie Erwin joined Starnes at Memphis’ KWAM Radio, flagship station of the Todd Starnes Show. In addition to covering breaking news, the caller-driven program—airing daily on 70 affiliates around the country—weaves Starnes’ unique down-home humor with interviews featuring major newsmakers, entertainers and political leaders.


About The Erwins

The four Erwin siblings grew up on the road with their father—a full-time evangelist for more than 40 years to date—singing together at churches, revivals and conferences. The group’s 2011 debut, What Really Matters, featured the Erwin brothers, with Katie officially joining the lineup later that year on the follow-up project, Jesus In A Song. In the decade since, The Erwins have released seven subsequent recordings, as well as the 2021 GRAMMY®-nominated project, What Christmas Really Means. They are 2020 Dove Award winners for Southern Gospel Recorded Song of the Year, and The Erwins recently earned their first #1 hit with “The God I Know,” the debut single from the group’s acclaimed release, This Is Love.