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One of the most popular artists on the HOMECOMING stage, songstress LYNDA RANDLE has recorded some of the life-giving classics that have influenced her for decades.  Featuring “God On The Mountain,” “One Day At A Time,” “Walking Up The King’s Highway” and more, these songs of hope showcase her familiar, heartwarming vocals and offer messages that have stood the test of time. Hosted by Bill Gaither, this DVD contains a behind-the-scenes interview with Lynda, capturing her heart behind the music.


Since 1936, hope, harmony, faith and family have been at the centre of the CHUCK WAGONS GANG’S  music. Today in its third generation, the group continues to uphold the historic legacy, with four-part harmony vocals and their signature guitar accompaniment. Now, the Chuck Wagon Gang is furthering its history by signing with Sonlite Records. The group is working in the studio on a new album, produced by Jeff Collins and David Johnson, which is a tribute to The Carter Family’s storied career.

“When we started thinking about this project of honouring The Carter Family’s Gospel music, we wanted it to be special, and we wanted it to be done right,” says Shaye Smith, the group’s alto singer and direct descendant of the original Chuck Wagon Gang members. “Crossroads was the first name that came to mind.” Smith says they carefully selected songs from The Carter Family’s catalogue that would fit with the Chuck Wagon Gang’s well-known style. Everyone in the group is excited about the album’s potential as they begin to record in the studio and happy to join Sonlite’s roster of artists.


Fans of TRIUMPHANT QUARTET are eagerly awaiting the follow-up project to the highly-successful CD Thankful and Yes is sure to please. This 9-time Quartet of the Year (Singing News Magazine) teamed up with two of todays most respected Southern Gospel producers, Wayne Haun and Gordon Mote, to bring fans a project that includes familiar songs (We Believe and Eye of the Storm) and new hits (Even Me and Yes), all keeping true to the Triumphant Quartet sound that fans love.


For decades, THE DOWN EAST BOYS have spread God’s message through music, making a difference in people’s lives with their voices. Their far-reaching impact is being recognized with their single “Beat Up Bible” reaching the #1 spot on the Singing News chart in December 2018.

“It’s amazing with this song—as much as we poured into albums over the years—this song was so simple and so easy,” says lead singer Ricky Carden. “It was all about the message.”

The song, which paints the picture of a “worn out and torn up” book used by generations to teach the value of prayer, is the group’s first #1. It has quickly made an impact on people, with several bringing their family Bibles to Down East Boys performances and sharing what the song has meant to them.

“That music is impacting people’s lives, and that’s why we do what we do,” says Carden. “We do this every week because we love this music and it makes a difference.”


Worship leader MACK BROCK has released his latest album, Covered. Documenting the five-time Dove award nominee's own hopes, dreams, fears and anxieties in the midst of uncharted territory, Covered finds Brock unveiling his most vulnerable music to date.

“These songs have been me wrestling with God - fighting to accept that it's ok to let go and hand things over to Him. To trust Him,” shared Mack. “Letting go doesn’t always take away the stress or anxiety right away but it does give us the grace and peace we need to walk through it. To find rest in his presence, his sovereignty, his love and trust that we are ‘covered’ by Him."

The follow up to his critically acclaimed solo-project, Greater Things, which garnered over 9 million streams globally since the debut’s release last fall, Covered is the continuation of the multifaceted creator's sojourn, an expression of Brock's total reliance and dependence on God.


Five-time GRAMMY-winner, STEVEN CURTIS CHAPMAN, is honouring his rural Kentucky heritage, rleasing the album Deeper Roots: Where The Bluegrass Grows. Deeper Roots was produced by Chapman and Brent Milligan, engineered by Milligan and Brent King, mixed by Milligan, King and Sean Moffitt and mastered by Brad Blackwood at Euphonic Masters. The 13-track collection features a mixture of familiar hymns like "Life Is Like A Mountain Railroad" and "I'll Fly Away," fan-favorite hits including "Cinderella" and brand-new songs such as "Where The Bluegrass Grows" and the aforementioned "'Til The Blue." https://youtu.be/1SnQVOjqFwg


Multi-platinum selling, alternative rockers SWITCHFOOT have announced they’ll be joining legendary rock band Bon Jovi on select dates during their This House Is Not For Sale 2019 European tour this summer kicking off on July 10th at Letzigrund Stadium in Zurich, Switzerland. Prior to this, the GRAMMY Award-winning band will bring their dynamic live show to various festivals in Japan, Norway, and Sweden and will play headlining shows in London and Amsterdam. For more information and tickets please visit www.switchfoot.com

On playing shows with Bon Jovi front man Jon Forman said, “I remember hearing ‘Livin’ On A Prayer’ at my elementary school Summer camp. One of the other kids played it to me from a mix that he had made. I remember thinking, ‘This is probably the best air-guitar song that has ever been written.’ Pretty sure I’m still right about that one. What a crazy dream to open for Bon Jovi in European football stadiums – we are so excited! After our set when Bon Jovi takes the stage, I’ll be the one side stage playing the air-guitar like I’m eleven again.”


KIRK FRANKLIN returns with Long Live Love, his long-awaited, and highly-anticipated forthcoming album, slated for release on May 31st. Long Live Love is Franklin's first new release since 2014's Losing My Religion and also commemorates the 25th anniversary since his debut, Kirk Franklin & The Family.

Long Live Love includes twelve (12) original songs, crafted by Franklin and features him and his immensely talented arsenal of singers.  

Long Live Love is led by the first single, titled "Love Theory" which was released to radio and video outlets on January 25th. The infectious, up-tempo track checks all of the prerequisite boxes of a Kirk Franklin classic in that it's catchy, timely, has a melody that stays with you long after listening, and seamlessly blends gospel and urban musical influences to create an instantly identifiable sound that has become synonymous with Kirk Franklin's music over the past two+ decades. https://youtu.be/3aD8OK07iIY


House on a Hill marks Amanda LINDSEY COOK’S second album with Bethel Music, a sequel to her debut album Brave New World in 2015. The album was released on March 29, 2019. This studio album unfolds into a piano-driven ambiance paired with subtle electronic tonality.

Amanda describes her project as a journey of coming "through the trees, into an open field, where I could lie down and catch my breath."

The album was birthed through discovering the gentle voice of God, leading us into His peace and joy that stays constant and confident, giving all of our minutes and moments a purpose.

Echoing Psalm 46:10, "Be still and know that I am God," the album was birthed through discovering the gentle voice of God, leading us into His peace and joy that stays constant and confident, giving all of our minutes and moments a purpose. Amanda's lyrical brilliance is on full display in songs like "Awakening" and "House on a Hill".


GRAMMY®, Stellar, and Dove Award-winning international Gospel icon DONNIE McCLURKIN releases a new single “Not Yet.” Available now at all digital music providers and newly released to Gospel radio, the new single is being released by McClurkin’s label CamDon Music, in partnership with RCA Inspiration. “Not Yet” serves as the first single from the Gospel legend’s forthcoming eighth solo album.

One of the most beloved reigning voices and musical trailblazers in Gospel, with the undeniable ability to minister and harvest a transformative atmosphere, Donnie McClurkin does just that in his transformative new single “Not Yet.” Written by McClurkin and co-produced by Trent Phillips, the poignant single comes at a significant time in McClurkin’s testimony, divinely inspired following his experience of God’s omnipresent power in surviving a recent serious car accident. The single carries a potent reminder that even in the midst of our crisis God has the final word, and if He has declared not yet the circumstance will move in our favour.

After nearly four and half years since their well-received second album, ‘Everywhere’, and club tour with Martin Smith, CHAOS CURB COLLABORATION are back with a new single, ‘You Are…’.

Dave Griffiths says; “In the last four years, as a band, we have been through all sorts of trials. Each one of us have had mental health struggles, including breakdowns, depression, and bi-polar. We’ve suffered divorce and grief. Some of us have lost our faith, and others have had it drastically change shape.

The result is a new season for us as a band. We are in the process of writing and recording a new album, titled ‘Life, Death and Resurrection’. The songs are a mixture of long-form ambient instrumental pieces, guitar-based rock, and big warm synth pop like ‘You Are…’. We are tackling difficult themes of faith and loss of faith, doubt, anger, grief, joy and beauty.

‘You Are…’ was co-produced and mixed by Patrick Mayberry, worship director of Soul City Church, Chicago, and the genius behind ‘The Wild Wind’. It is now available to stream and download.

We are playing some festivals this summer and are hoping to tour in the autumn and winter, after releasing some more singles.”


UK Country Singer, MARTIN SMITH, says; “Just finished my latest album 'Something Old Something New'. This album is a mixture of some older songs that haven't seen the light of day and some brand new songs.” Watch his music video for the single “My Back Yard” here: https://www.facebook.com/UKCountryRadio/videos/10155003232626767/


Come Join a Gospel Choir! G Choir is not just a choir. They are a Christian organisation and ministry run by a team of dedicated musicians who have a vision in seeing great things done through our choir and our inclusive travelling workshops for people of all different faith journeys and levels singing experience. Choir members come from across Yorkshire and Lincolnshire to rehearse monthly in Hessle, just west of Hull.

Helen Garnett is the driving force and founder of “GChoir”. Helen is a Christian, a Revive Church member and an experienced gospel artist and teacher who first came to the Christian faith 17 years ago and later formed her gospel choir “Hot Gospel” in 2004.

The choir was extremely successful and gained many accolades such as performing with Heather Small, Peter Andre, The Harlem Gospel Choir and of course LCGC who’s founder and principal Bazil Meade MBE is now the choir’s patron and mentor.  Helen also leads other amazing choirs that have toured internationally singing with live bands and orchestras and performing with artists such as Steve Harley, Russell Watson, Leona Lewis, Blake, G4, The Commitments, Wayne Woodward and many more established artists.

Find out more, and join this amazing choir here: https://www.gchoir.co.uk


Chart topping recording artist DARYL BOYER has done it again, with his second song to hit the #1 spot on the Christian Music Weekly Christian Country chart. His new single  "Running Down Revival" recently tied the top slot along with Grammy winning artist Zach Williams and Inspirational Country Music Association's nominee for Vocal Group/Band of the Year, the Scott Brown Band.

"I am elated to once again hit #1, this time alongside such greats as Zach Williams and the Scott Brown Band'," states singer/songwriter Daryl Boyer. "It is such an honor for an indie artist to share such illustrious company, and I want to thank the emerging genres of Christian Country Radio and Positive Country for making it happen.This is truly a new day for this style of music, not your grandfather's country, but a new sound for a new generation."

Boyer, whose other #1 hit single "Never Looking Back" graced the top of the CMW Christian Country for 24 weeks in 2017/18.is currently seeking a new record label home for his trademark husky vocals and inimitable style and powerful,straight to the heart lyrics..

The new single which is also aimed at Positive Country/Christian Country/Americana/Southern Rock listeners and stations, comes as a response to the many requests from radio and listeners for another song in the growing Christian country genre.


Canadian songstress, KELITA has had a banner February and March.

#1 - Her song, "Deep Need" is the theme song of a new film short currently in production, called "And Now This"! See clip of rehearsals here: https://www.facebook.com/brenda.whitehall1/videos/10213140337411522/UzpfSTY1MDM4MTU1MzoxMDE1NzY1N zQ2MzAzMTU1NA/

#2 - Nominated for a WOW Woman of Worth Award in the Spirit Success & Soul category

#3 - Nominated and then chosen as one of three finalists for the Surrey Women in Business Awards - Entrepreneur, Surrey Board of Trade.

Of the last award, Kelita says; “"It was an honour to be nominated and recognized for my longstanding career in the music business but more importantly for my passion to inspire and encourage and bring hope to people. And of course for my love of mentoring so many women & girls over the years. I am blessed to do what I love to do!"

www.kelita.com


DAVE KYLLONEN, a long-time member of The Couriers, has passed away after an extended illness.

Dave joined The Couriers in 1955 as the bass singer. When Phil Enloe stepped down as baritone in 1968, Dave transitioned into singing bass/baritone, and the quartet became a trio. He toured with The Couriers until 1980, when he left to be a missionary to the Caribbean. He later became a pastor in Iowa and also formed the group ‘Homefire’ with his family.

In 2001, he reunited with fellow Couriers Duane Nicholson and Neil Enloe for an “original Couriers” reunion concert. It was so successful, they performed together for many years under the name “Dave, Duane, and Neil.”

In all, The Couriers shared the Good News for 55 years, traveling to all 50 states, as well as 80 nations all over the globe. They also recorded more than 40 albums and garnered three Dove Awards.

Prayers are appreciated for Dave’s loved ones during this sad time. His daughter Connie posted on Facebook, “Our dad, Dave Kyllonen. has passed away and is now with Jesus!! I can only imagine what it will be like! Another soldier has gone home!”


LEGACY FIVE posted the following statement on Facebook to announce that their lineup will soon be changing:

Hey friends, Our tenor, Josh Feemster, has submitted his resignation from Legacy Five. A job offer has been extended to Josh that will allow him to work from home and he is going to accept this opportunity. Josh will stay with Legacy Five for a few weeks while we look for his replacement. We all certainly wish Josh the best in his new chapter of life.

Prospective applicants for the tenor position will need to submit a video of themselves singing a song in the tenor range to scottfowler@legacyfive.com or to his Facebook messenger account.


"ART AMONGST THE COAL" - DIGITAL EP RELEASE BY GARETH DAVIES-JONES.

Back in late 2017 I worked on a project in Bisphop Auckland, County Durham helping the local community to respond musically to the opening of the country's first ever Mining Art Gallery. Gathering together the work of artists such as Tom McGuinness, Norman Cornish and Bob Ollie, the Gallery is a stunning and fascinating place to visit. I'm really delighted that the three songs that became the output from the project sessions will be released as a new digital EP on Weds 10th April 2019. info@garethdavies-jones.com



Following his 2018 Love Song For A City recorded around the globe, MARTIN SMTH now releases an all new studio album, Iron Lung (available May 2019) and featuring new singles "Great and Glorious" and "Fire's Gonna Fall."

This is a top quality recording which really captures Martin at his best. It's an album full of anthems and songs for the stadiums, churches and home. Martin (with his trademark prophetic edge) brings us songs here that are bold, impactful, intimate, honest and vulnerable.

The title track 'Iron Lung' is a biographically themed song. Martin was born with bronchial pneumonia. His parents took him to hospital (because he wasn't making a noise) where he was placed in an iron lung. His Dad prayed, if God brought their Son through this, they would give him over to God.

'My Father made a deal with God and left me stranded in the arms of love'

'I felt your breath in my lungs and I started to sing for you.'

There are co-writes here with Chris Tomlin, Bethel's Amanda Cook and Worship Central's Nick Herbert. Iron Lung was produced by Gabe Wilson (John Mark McMillan)


This is the time of year we pause to reflect on Christ’s sacrifice and rejoice in his resurrection.DAYWIND 20: Songs Of Calvary will allow you to celebrate in song, throughout the year, His triumph over sin at Calvary.

Tracks:

1. The Blood Covers It All (Legacy Five)

2. Calvary Answers For Me (Perrys)

3. Calvary's Hill (Gold City)

4. I Believe In A Hill Called Mt. Calvary (Mark Trammell Trio)

5. If There Had Been No Calvary (New Hinsons)

6. The Old Rugged Cross Made The Difference (Ann Downing)

7. When I See The Cross (Greater Vision)

8. The Cross Medley (LordSong)

9. Come To The Cross (Ernie Haase)

10. It's All About the Blood (Brian Free & Assurance)

11. Beyond The Cross (Lewis Family)

12. I Rest My Case At The Cross (Perrys)

13. Calvary Reminds Me (Legacy Five)

14. It Took The Blood (Ann Downing)

15. On The Other Side Of The Cross (Old Time Gospel Hour Quartet)

16. The Blood Cried Out (Ernie Haase)

17. I Still Cling To The Old Rugged Cross (Brian Free & Assurance)

18. Once Upon A Cross (Mark Trammell Trio)

19. The Old Rugged Cross (Amy Lambert)

20. Calvary's Story (LordSong)




Scott Howard, longtime baritone for LEGACY FIVE, has announced his retirement from the group.

“I’ve lived my dream,” he says. “I’ll never be able to express my gratitude to Scott Fowler, Roger Bennett, and the Lord for giving me the desire of my heart all those years ago to sing Southern Gospel music. I’ve had the opportunity to make lifelong friends, sing night after night to people all over the world about God’s love, and share the stage with the finest men in the industry. I am grateful beyond words for the privilege to do this for almost 20 years. However, seasons come and go, and for over a year now I have sensed this chapter coming to a close for myself and my family. Scott and I talked about it during this last year and he graciously gave me time and space to listen to the Lord and wait for His timing. Change is never easy for a group, either personally or financially. So, after discussion, Fowler and I both feel it will be better to coordinate my departure with that of Josh Feemster’s. I am hopeful it will ease the transitional costs and adjustments on Legacy Five as a whole.


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