May 20, 2022

Mark Lowry’s Father Passes Away At The Age of 90

Charles Gilman Lowry, father of Mark Lowry, passed away on May 18, 2022, at the age of 90. He was a resident of Lynchburg, Virginia. A graveside service celebrating Charles’ life and faith will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 24, 2022, at Fort Hill Memorial Park in Lynchburg, with Mr. Lowry’s brother, Rev. Kenneth Lowry, officiating.

May 18, 2022

The ICCAN Fellowship (International Cowboy Church Alliance Network, Inc.)

The ICCAN Fellowship (International Cowboy Church Alliance Network, Inc.) hosted the annual 2022 Spring Round Up in May. The theme for the gatherings were "Riding the Trail of Boldness". The Round Up took place in three different cities in Kentucky over a three-day period from April 29th to May 1st. The first night was held in Dawson Springs at West Dawson Western Town Venue. There were lots of great food provided by "Have Chuck Wagon Will Travel Ministries". The venue was packed with folks from all around the community. Gospel music filled the air as the artist poured their hearts out and shared their God-given gifts. The second day was held in Carollton, KY at Carollton Missionary Baptist Church. What a time we had as the artist ministered in song and the church provided delicious BBQ for all. On Sunday morning we all attended Abundant Grace Church in Madisonville, KY where 20 artist ministered in song and the Rapid Fire Speakers brought the Word of God based on the theme with power and anointing (Denise Holmes, Caleb King, Dianne Barkley and Don Stiles). At the close of the service the altars were filled with people needing prayer and God's presence fell upon each one. After Sunday morning service all the artist and their families were invited back to West Dawson for an "After-glow" service where they shared a meal together and told about their ministries, gave testimonies and closed with a time of prayer for one another.

 They came together in one accord to share the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ to the community through their music and ministry in the Word to be refreshed, but most of all to worship the King of kings with unity, humility, and pure heart. Everyone felt the strong presence of God in all the services. Just one of many comments: Donna Kilmurray said, “I cannot even put into words what an amazing weekend it was! God showed up! Thank you all! We will continue to pray for you all as you continue to travel these trails to spread the word and love of God!” 

 We can’t wait for the next ROUND UP coming this FALL at Cornerstone Cowboy Church, New Iberia, Louisiana on Sept. 9, 10 & 11, 2022 hosted by Pastors Kevin and Angela Rowe… You can keep up with the upcoming events of ICCAN on our Facebook page or our website www.iccanlink.ning.com. You can also view photos and videos of the events on these sites.

"Heartfelt thanks to the ICCAN Round Up Directors, Mike and Denise Holmes, for all their hard work, warm hospitality and great organizing skills with host churches that made the events possible! To all who contributed to the success of the events, we appreciate you all... You are all talented and gifted! Above all, we give all praises to our heavenly Father for filling the meeting with His Holy Spirit! Special appreciation to the pastors of the churches for hosting us again this year. I personally am grateful to the Lord for the opportunity to minister and be part of our awesome ICCAN family at the Spring Roundup in Kentucky! Seems each Round Up gets better and better...but I would like to think of it as moving from glory to glory!” _ Jan Harbuck/ICCAN Int'l Director/Board Member


May 17, 2022

21st Annual Absolutely Gospel Music Awards - Available via Pay-Per-View

 

Administrators of AbsolutelyGospel.com are proud to announce that the 21st Annual Absolutely Gospel Music Awards will be made available for those who are not available to make the live show via a pay-per-view format this year.

"Times have changed since the pandemic, and unfortunately travel isn't always an option for our regular attendees of the AGM Awards," mentioned Chris Unthank, acting Editor-in-Chief of AbsolutelyGospel.com. 

The 21st Absolutely Gospel Music Awards can be viewed live online for an e-ticket price of $15.00. To purchase the e-ticket for the show, visit https://events. absolutelygospel.com.

The 21st Annual Absolutely Gospel Music Awards will be held live for the first time since 2019 on Tuesday, May 17, 2022 at the Franklin Theater in Franklin, Tennessee. The event is hosted by Tim Lovelace and will feature performances from Karen Peck & New River, The Nelons, Jim & Melissa Brady, Darin & Brooke Aldridge, The Sound, The Freemans, Southbound, LeFevre Quartet, The Erwins, Endless Highway, and the Music City Quartet.


May 16, 2022

Changes For Emmaus Road Quartet

On Wednesday, it was announced that our very own Greg Witt has decided to make 2022, his final year of traveling and singing the Good News of Jesus Christ. The news was brought to us during the weekend prior to the announcement. The legacy of Greg Witt is one that is highly unattainable but only by a few. Greg has led this group with the ultimate grace and understanding that is God' s will not his. For nearly 20 years, Greg has mentored and taught countless numbers of personnel that have stood to the left of him on stage. His teachings were about professionalism and integrity, but most importantly about having faith. Greg has stated so many times from the stage that it is faith that got us as a group from one venue to the next. But it was God’s grace that has seen us through every mile of these trips.

Although Greg has prayed over this decision and is happy with his answer, he will be greatly missed by those that stood beside him every night. He will also be missed by those that sat in front of him taking in every lyric and every note that he sang for the past 20 years. But God' s word tells us of seasons. In Ecclesiastes 3:1, “There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heavens”. And as we are saddened at this departure, we are excited for what God has in store for Greg and his family and for Emmaus Road.

Some may ask what the future of Emmaus Road Quartet and the answer is easy. We feel that God is still doing a mighty work in ERQ and there are still souls to be reached. I, Chris Walton, and Colby Goforth, after much prayer, have decided to take up the mantle and continue to carry on doing what the Lord would have us do.

During this time of transition, we will be learning and taking on more behind the scenes responsibilities. But most importantly we will be continuing on with what the Lord has for us in good old ERQ fashion.

Who will be filling that position? This is such a great question, and the answer is we don’t know. But we know and believe that God has his hand on this process, in the transition, and that he will send the right person in our direction. If you feel as if God is leading you in the direction of singing the tenor part for a God fearing, faith-based quartet, please send a picture and a demo toTenortryout@gmail.com. Greg, we look forward to singing and traveling with you these last months out on the road. We love you and wish you the best of luck!

To our ERQ fans, we love you all!

Jordon Jones and Emmaus Road Quartet

Blackwood Brothers Quartet Welcomes New Member

PLEASE WELCOME THE NEWEST MEMBER OF THE BLACKWOOD BROTHERS QUARTET, JIM ROGERS!

Jim, and his wife of 43 years, Belinda (Bunny) resides in Nancy, Kentucky. He has a fabulous tenor voice, and we look forward to his debut with us in West Plains, MO on June 8th and then at the Memphis Quartet Show June 15 & 16!

 

Christian Voice Magazine Announces Winners of the 2022 Gospel Music Fan Awards

The 2022 Gospel Music Fan Awards ceremony commenced on the final eve of the 18th Annual Gospel Music FanFair in Somerset, Kentucky last week. Excitement filled the auditorium as attendees seemed to be thrilled that the live event had returned after a two-year hiatus due to Covid-19 regulations.

The highly anticipated event was hosted by mother/daughter Gospel duo, Margie and Robin Tanner of Expectation Ministries. Highlighting the evening were performances by several artists including some of this year’s top ten nominees: Mike Leichner, Dixie Revival, Roger Barkley, Jr., The Cupps, and others.

Awards recipients made their way to the stage as winners were announced from 31 categories. This year, The Freemans took home ‘Favorite Southern Gospel Group’ and ‘Favorite Song’ (God Walks In) while rising Southern Gospel artist Melissa Evans walked away with ‘Favorite Southern Gospel Soloist’ and ‘Favorite Female Vocalist.’ For the third consecutive year, Mitchell Whisnant won ‘Favorite Musician.’

As voted by Gospel music fans and presented by Christian Voice Magazine, the complete list of 2022 Gospel Music Fan Award winners are as follows:

FAVORITE SOUTHERN GOSPEL GROUP
The Freemans

FAVORITE COUNTRY GOSPEL GROUP
Sunday Drive

FAVORITE BLUEGRASS GOSPEL GROUP
Primitive Quartet

FAVORITE SOUTHERN GOSPEL DUET
Violet Maynard Family

FAVORITE COUNTRY GOSPEL DUET
Webster Brothers

FAVORITE SOUTHERN GOSPEL SOLOIST
Melissa Evans

FAVORITE COUNTRY GOSPEL SOLOIST
Troy Richardson

FAVORITE MALE VOCALIST
Gerald Crabb

FAVORITE FEMALE VOCALIST
Melissa Evans

HORIZON MALE
Tim Goshen

HORIZON FEMALE
Tracy Coward

HORIZON SOUTHERN GOSPEL GROUP
Chosen

HORIZON COUNTRY GOSPEL GROUP
Dixie Revival

HORIZON BLUEGRASS GOSPEL GROUP
Heaven’s Mountain Band

FAVORITE CROSSOVER ARTIST
Barbara Fairchild

FAVORITE COMEDIAN
LuLu Roman

FAVORITE BAND
Singing Cookes

FAVORITE MUSICIAN
Mitchell Whisnant

FAVORITE SONGWRITER
Don Stiles

FAVORITE ALBUM
Unexpected - Jason Crabb

FAVORITE VIDEO
That’s Not Just a Cross - Mike Leichner

FAVORITE SONG
God Walks In - The Freemans

FAVORITE RADIO STATION
New Journey Radio

FAVORITE RADIO PERSONALITY
Lottie Squires

FAVORITE TV SHOW
Huckabee

FAVORITE WEBSITE
www.gospelmusictoday.com

RADIO PROMOTER OF THE YEAR
Vonda Armstrong - Hey Y’all Media

CONCERT PROMOTER OF THE YEAR
Paul Belcher - Belcher Concerts

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
Shane Roark - Chapel Valley Music

FAITHFUL SERVANT
Ken Patterson

LIVING LEGEND
Sue Dodge

May 12, 2022

Country & Gospel Artists Pay Their Respects at Naomi Judd's Private Memorial Service

 

Country and Gospel artists gathered to honor Naomi Judd's life at a private service on Saturday (May 7) in Nashville. Naomi, one half of country music duo The Judds, died on April 30. She was 76. Besides their big country hits, the Judds were also known for recording gospel leaning tunes such as "Guardian Angels," "When King Jesus Calls His Children Home," "Love Can Build a Bridge," "I Know Where I'm Going," and many others.  


"We are family," Dolly Parton said, welcoming attendees. "And when it's family, you forgive them for they know not what they do. When it's family, you accept them because you have no choice but to. When it's family, they're a mirror of the worst and best in you. You're always trying to do your best, and they always put you to the test, and you pray for God to do the rest." 


Judd had planned her own service in advance, and the music slanted heavily toward gospel standards. According to Taste of Country, Dan Scott, who had served as a pastor at Christ Church Nashville where Naomi Judd attended church, sang "Ain't No Grave" and Ricky Skaggs performed "Talk About Suffering."


Naomi's husband, Larry Strickland, joined the Imperials to sing bass as they performed "Sweet, Sweet Spirit," while the Oak Ridge Boys sang "Farther Along" and "Amazing Grace." The Isaacs performed "Mama's Teaching Angels How to Sing," "I Know Who Holds Tomorrow" and "It Is Well With My Soul."


"I'm grateful I don't have to sing 'Go Rest High on That Mountain' today," Vince Gill said. Instead, Naomi had requested he sing the Stanley Brothers' "Drifting Too Far From the Shore," a song he said Skaggs had taught him when they were teenagers in a bluegrass band together.


Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead performed "Ripple," followed by gospel singer Guy Penrod, who sang "Knowing What I Know About Heaven."


Brandi Carlile closed by singing "Love Can Build a Bridge." Before she sang, Carlile recalled that The Judds were her first concert, as well as her second and her third. She and her mother had to leave one of those shows early, she said, and Naomi noticed and waved as she saw 7-year-old Brandi walking past the stage and looking back.


Naomi's brother, Mark Judd, delivered her eulogy before Wynonna and Ashley took the stage.

The Perrys' "John 3:16" Captures the Heart of the Gospel Message

The Perrys are back with their brand new StowTown Records album John 3:16 album on May 20. John 3:15 is not only one of the most best-known verses in the Bible, it also captures the central theme of the Gospel message.  And this message is one that The Perrys share through every album and every concert. With numerous changes over the last few years, they are blessed to be able to look back and find consistency.

Wayne Haun has been a long-time friend and producer for Libbi Perry Stuffle and The Perrys. He helps them find just the right songs and then pushes each member to give their best in the studio. He knows their sound. His care and expertise is evident throughout the entire album John 3:16.

The Perrys have also been fortunate to record many songs by the famed songstress Kyla Rowland. When Kyla passed away just a few weeks ago, it brought comfort to The Perrys that they had already received a song from their beautiful friend for this upcoming recording. It may well be the final new recording of a Kyla Rowland song. Also providing consistency for The Perrys is this recording of songs with themes of victory, encouragement, salvation, and redemption.


Here's the tracklist:


1. Heaven To Me

2. Tell The Grave

3. Whatever It Takes

4. Warmin' Up

5. Baptized

6. I Think I'll Just Go On

7. John 3:16 Is Calling Out to You

8. Calvary's Touch

9. God Did

10. That Sounds Like Home to Me

May 10, 2022

Phillips Craig & Dean Celebrate 30 Years in Ministry with New Collection

CCM veterans Phillips Craig & Dean celebrate 30 years in ministry with the release of 30th Anniversary Collection. The album, which is available now, features many of their hits and favorites from 30 years of music. Another highlight includes new re-recorded versions of songs such as "You Are God Alone," "Great I Am," and "Revelation Song." 

Juggling dual vocations as both pastors and recording artists for more than two decades, Randy Phillips, Shawn Craig, and Dan Dean have created an impressive body of work inspired by what God is doing in their lives and their respective churches.

Transparency, passion and integrity have long been the foundation for Phillips, Craig, and Dean's music and ministry.  For more than two decades, the trio has churned out some of Christian music's most enduring hits, including "Revelation Song," which recently earned RIAA Gold Single status, signifying downloads of more than 500,000.  This is only the seventh time in the history of Christian music that a single has reached gold status. The song spent 17 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's Christian AC chart and also topped the National Christian Audience chart, AC Indicator chart and Soft AC charts.


Tracklist:


Let The Worshippers Arise

Friend of God

Revelation Song

Great I Am

Your Name

In Christ Alone (Medley)

Wonderful Merciful Savior

Great Are You Lord

Tell Your Heart To Beat Again

Jesus, Only Jesus

You Are God Alone

When The Stars Burn Down

Top of My Lungs

From The Inside Out

Amazed

I Choose To Believe

You Are God Alone (new acoustic re-cut version)

Great I Am (new acoustic recut version)

Revelation Song (new recut version)

Revelation Song (Spanish version) 

May 9, 2022

Point of Grace Release "Rest in You" and Re-Package "Beautiful Name"

 

Point of Grace have re-released their 2018 album Beautiful Name. The newly re-released record features the never been released new song "Rest in You" as well as the trio's take on modern Christian favorites as well as old hymns. 

Produced and arranged by Kent Hooper and Phillip Keveren, Beautiful Name features cherished hymns "All Creatures of Our God and King," "Holy, Holy, Holy" and "Blessed Assurance," among others, alongside such worship classics as the Twila Paris-penned "How Beautiful"; Hillsong Worship's anthemic "Cornerstone"; and renowned modern hymn "In Christ Alone (My Hope Is Found)," by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend.  

"We have always known at some point in our career we would record a hymns and worship project," said Point of Grace's Shelley Breen. "After being together for 25 years, this seemed like the perfect time. So much of our ministry is based on the foundation we received growing up in the Church and singing these hymns that are so theologically rich and full of verity."

"These days, especially, we believe every single song we record, and release needs to be heavily anchored in Truth," Breen adds. "Our hope is that the words of this project will remind people of the absolute trustworthiness and freedom we can find in a life with Christ."

For more than two decades, Point of Grace's soaring melodies and rich harmonies have helped define the sound of contemporary Christian music. The seminal group has sold more than 8 million units; garnered two Platinum records; three GRAMMY® nominations; 27 #1 singles and numerous Dove Awards. With a discography including 10 best-selling studio recordings and five beloved Christmas albums, Point of Grace are known for such Christian radio standards as "I'll Be Believing," "Keep the Candle Burning," "Circle of Friends" and "Jesus Will Still Be There." Comprised of Shelley Breen, Denise Jones and Leigh Cappillino, the group founded the groundbreaking Girls of Grace conference and have authored multiple books. Point of Grace regularly appear on the historic Grand Ole Opry stage.