If there really are “bluegrass rules,” one of them is surely that the bar for instrumental virtuosity has been set high throughout the music’s history. Yet even by those high standards, four-time GRAMMY winner ANDY LEFTWICH is something special — not just a distinctive fiddler and violinist, but a mandolin player whose work deserves mention alongside such modern masters as Chris Thile, and an accomplished guitarist as well. What’s more, he’s a versatile composer of a broad range of instrumental music, like the slew of originals presented more than 15 years ago on his acclaimed solo project, Ride.
Now, after years of accompanying others on stage and in the studio — most notably as a member of Ricky Skaggs’ award-winning Kentucky Thunder from 2001 to 2016 — Leftwich is focusing on his own artistic career with the announcement that he has signed an exclusive recording contract with Mountain Home Music Company.
“I’m very excited to be a part of Mountain Home Music Company, and to be partnering with such amazing folks who understand and are committed to the hearts of their artists,” says Leftwich. “It’s such an honor to be included among a roster with some of the most talented and inspiring musicians on the planet! I’m looking forward to creating new and exciting music that I hope will inspire others the way these artists have inspired me.”
Grammy-nominated and Dove Award winning gospel recording artist JASON CLAYBORN has joined forces with world-renowned worship leader STEPHEN McWHIRTER for the recent release of their collaborative album, Choir Sessions. In this amazing body of music Clayborn also features his ensemble, The Atmosphere Changers, to help spread a diversely inclusive message of God’s love that is sure to be used in churches around the world. This ten song album carries a variety of sounds inclusive of rock, gospel, congregational, praise and worship, pop, country, and more all to the glory of God. When asked about the inspiration for this collaboration, Clayborn stated, “in this current social and political climate, Stephen and I felt it was important to bring the kingdom together.”
Also, aside from his collaboration with Stephen McWhirter, Clayborn and The Atmosphere Changers were also featured on the song, “Same Guy”, by rapper Jack Harlow with a special feature from pop singer Adam Levine. “Same Guy” is one of the singles off of Harlow’s latest album, That’s What They All Say.
Blessing Oghie who is also known as BLESSY PEE is a Nigerian gospel minister based in Germany.
Hailing from Edo state (Etsako), Nigeria, she is the 1st child of a family of 8, a lover of Gospel Music and has been serving in the church choir since her Childhood.
Music is her passion and Gospel Music precisely. She loves God and expresses her love for God through her music. She married to Mr Promise Nwabuko and blessed with 4 children.
She actually started her music carrier officially in the year 2020 and God has been helping her and wishes to spread the love of God abroad through her music. Blessy’s new single is now out, called “Praise You.”
A musical partnership which was first established in the 1980s when Cliff Richard produced the debut album by singer and TV presenter Sheila Walsh has been given new focus with the release of a new single. "It Is Well" by SHEILA WALSH featuring CLIFF RICHARD has been issued by Venture3Media (V3M). The track is from Walsh's first full-length album in eight years, 'Braveheart Worship', released in March 2020. The album has been described as music with a "soothing Celtic flavour."
Gospel Music Hall of Famer MICHAEL ENGLISH has partnered with Gaither Music to release The Best of Michael English CD and DVD. The collection features some of English's most cherished songs such as "Lord Feed Your Children," "Low Down The Chariot," "God Leads Us Along" and many others.
English has long been one of Christian music's most identifiable voices, defying music styles and reaching multi-generational audiences for decades. This collection of hits, featuring an interview with Bill Gaither, showcases emotion-filled, unprecedented stage performances. Whether rendering a soulful ballad or contributing uplifting harmonies, Michael has an ability to vocally paint heartfelt pictures of hope and redemption in song like no other.
RCA Inspiration, one of the premiere labels in Gospel and inspirational music, and Pharrell Williams’ company, i am OTHER, released “Hit The Refresh,” the debut single from Voices of Fire. Written and produced by Pharrell, the powerful track is available now on all major digital music platforms.
Formed by Bishop Ezekiel Williams, Voices of Fire is a multicultural choir whose journey was chronicled on the recent Netflix docuseries of the same name. The series was executive produced by Pharrell, who is Bishop Williams’ nephew. On the show, which just received an NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Reality Program, Reality Competition or Game Show (Series), we see Pharrell, Bishop Williams and their team (Larry George, Peggy Britt, and Patrick Riddick) handpick a diverse group of talented singers from the Hampton Roads, VA area to bring the world Voices of Fire.
“Hit The Refresh” features lead vocals by female tenor Brittnee Randolph, alto Melvette Armond, and tenor Alrenzo Albritton, with the rest of the choir’s rich voices filling out the vibrant song. The track boasts additional vocals by T-Pain. George and Bishop Williams served as musical directors on the song and Riddick directed the choir.
Provident Label Group and Story House Collective have released "Mean Girls," the poignant new music video from singer and songwriter LEANNA CRAWFORD. "Mean Girls," her current radio single, is featured on her self-titled six-song EP debut with the label. Sharing the message of the song, Crawford explains, "The words we use are powerful. Some words can build people up while other hurtful words can tear down. Sadly, we’ve all experienced the latter and it’s those words that we just can’t seem to get out of heads no matter how old we are. I wrote this song as a prayer for myself but also for you because sometimes we need to be reminded that our worth is so much more than words."
Leanna’s EP was placed 3rd in NFN’s Annual Awards for Contemporary Album/EP of the Year 2020.
JARRELL HOSLEY is a young man with a great future. He has learned over the years that a life placed in the hands of God will lead to a great adventure, so he has intentionally surrendered himself to God. That surrender is evidenced through a lifestyle of worship and is the very essence of his new EP, Worship Culture, the Studio Perspective (Enon Music Group/The Orchard/Sony).
“I am humbled by ALL that God has done”, says Hosley. “Salvation was an inside job, when you take into account that Jesus, the son of God who knew no sin, clothed himself in flesh, came to earth, suffered, bled and died to pay a debt I owed but could not pay, that in itself is a great thing. The love of God motivates me to live for Him. If I can minister a song and someone’s life is changed, that’s just my appreciation to God for the gift of Jesus. The very least I can do is give God me, because I know without Him, none of this would be possible”.
Hosley has immersed himself in music and ministry, having served as a choir director, worship leader and in various pastoral assignments including music and youth pastor. His greatest joy comes from seeing people experience God through worship. His group, Perpetual Prayze shares his passion for worship and is known for changing the atmosphere as they stand to minister.
TRIBUTE QUARTET recently welcomed Ian Owens to its talented lineup. Owens (bass) joins Gary Casto (lead), Josh Singletary (baritone and piano), and Gus Gaches (tenor) in the group, replacing Anthony Davis.
Ian's roots run deep in Gospel music. He has been a member of Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, the Cumberland Quartet, and, most recently, Soul'd Out Quartet. He is also son of Butch Owens, bass singer for the Blackwood Brothers Quartet.
"We are incredibly honored to have Ian Owens join our ministry. He is a seasoned professional and talented bass singer," states Gary Casto of Tribute. "Anthony Davis will always be a member of the Tribute family, and we are eternally grateful for the time we spent with Anthony sharing God's word to the world."
Dusty Wells, director of artist and label relations for Daywind Records, Tribute's recording home, added, "Our team at Daywind is honored to work alongside our dear friends, Tribute Quartet. We have an amazing relationship and cannot wait to see the group soar with the addition of Ian Owens. I have been a fan and friend of Ian's for several years and admire his work ethic and character, but foremost that he puts Jesus at the center of all he does. Gary, Josh, and Gus have made an excellent choice."
Singer/songwriter JJ HELLER has released her latest album titled I Dream Of You, Vol.3. The album contains fourteen tracks. Heller began releasing monthly singles in April 2017 that together have amassed over 55 million combined streams to date. The songstress will continue to announce a brand-new song on the first Friday of each month.
JJ writes thoughtful intimate songs that feel like balm for the soul. Her faith informs her songs in subtle ways that feel more like poetry and less like a sermon. Her soothing voice and inspiring melodies blend with poignant lyrics to stir the hearts of listeners of all ages.
Heller and her husband, Dave, work creatively together co-writing songs, and touring the country. After 17 years making music full-time, Heller has ten, previous, full-length albums, a Christmas EP to her name.
Grammy Award nominated singer-songwriter, LEIGH NASH, has released her latest single, "Good Trouble." The beautifully melodic and impactful track, produced by Sam Ashworth, explores the racial disparities that permeate our society and acknowledges the change that must come for true equality to be achieved. Joining Leigh on the track is Grammy nominated artist, Ruby Amanfu, who brought her own perspective and unifying message to this anthemic ballad.
Written by Leigh Nash, Ruby Amanfu and Matt Maher, the song was inspired by the famous words of late Congressman John Lewis, who fought tirelessly for the social justice and racial equality we are still striving for to this day. His famous, 'Get in good trouble,' quote has become a modern call to action in dismantling an oppressive system and inspires hope for future generations.
THE JORDAN FAMILY BAND has signed an exclusive booking agreement with The Dominion Agency. Following the passing of Josh Jordan’s father in October of 2009, the family soon turned to music as a source for peace and comfort. It was during this healing process the Jordan Family Band was formed.
Many things set this family apart, but most notably their ability of performing with live instrumentation and unparalleled family harmony. This family creates a unique worship experience appealing to all age groups. Josh and Hutch play guitar, Randa on piano and Alex on drums. However, this family is known for a plethora of instrumental talents. Vocals include an array of Josh, Randa, Hutch, Heather Rose (wife of Hutch) and Alex. Youngest son, Grant, is still a tad timid but the family feels confident he will join them on the platform soon. Hailing from the great state of Georgia, their 2021 tour schedule will be June – October.
Daywind Music Publishing is proud to welcome NATALIE CROMWELL to its esteemed roster of songwriters.
Based out of Minneapolis, MN, Cromwell leads worship at Grace Church. Her accomplishments are many, leading worship in various settings including churches, conferences, retreats, and more. Cromwell has shared the stage with many prominent singers in the industry and has partnered with many acclaimed authors and speakers in the church community. Cromwell most recently penned a tune recorded by the Martins titled “Running” that can be found on the groups’ GRAMMY® nominated project, Still Standing. In addition to songwriting, Cromwell is an adjunct professor in the Music Ministry program at the University of Northwestern – St. Paul. Natalie is recently engaged, and will be married in July, 2021.
“I’m thrilled to be joining the Daywind team for many reasons, but most importantly because this group of songwriters and publishers feels like family to me,” says Cromwell. “I place a high value and responsibility on writing songs that clearly and accurately portray the Gospel and what Jesus has done for us, and I’m passionate about writing songs that point people to the cross. I absolutely love that Daywind understands the importance of Gospel-centered songs and songs that edify the Body, and I cannot wait to jump on board this incredible team!”
HARRY CORNICK, Jr., the iconic GRAMMY® and Emmy®-winning and Tony-nominated musician and actor, readies the release of his newest album, Alone With My Faith. Performing and tracking each of the album’s vocals and musical instruments by himself in his home studio, what started as a creative outlet and an intimate retreat from the dizzying uncertainty of the pandemic quickly evolved into a vulnerably healing collection of inspiring music. Across the project’s 13 tracks, Harry Connick, Jr. journeys through the range of human emotions with music that is anchored in his faith and brimming with universal hope. Alone With My Faith is releasedMarch 19th!
SAM OPECHE has just released his melodic song, ‘Praise The Lord.’ Sam feels a very strong connection to this song. This comes not just because of the circumstances that led him to penning the song, but particularly because of the unending sense of praise it first awoke in him as the song rushed into his heart. Sam says he continues to feel this same sense of adulation to God every time he sings the song. https://youtu.be/0yVl83_3btQ
Sam Opeche is a prolific songwriter and a sought after worship leader with a unique blend of sound and lyrical content characterised by his desire to see people have a transformational worship experience with God. This desire stems from his life changing experience with God on the 31st of December 1993 when he was on his way to a nightclub to perform. He met God in an unusual way as he fell into a state of trance and was shown the end of his journey if he continued to live a show boy’s life. After this encounter it became evident to Sam that God had a divine purpose for his life. He did not make it to the nightclub but ended up in church and surrendered his life to Jesus at the dawn of the New Year 1994 . Sam is an associate Pastor at Living Spring Centre, Tottenham, London – a branch of The Redeemed Christian church of God and his marriage is blessed with 3 wonderful children.
Gospel artist, ALICE SHEILA JONES just released a glorious new song and she titles this one “My Miracle Alice Sheila is a Liberian singer, praise and worship leader and songwriter based in Norway and has been doing great things with her music across the European borders
Alice Shelia Jones, ever radiant with the way she presents herself has been on the music scene for a long time now, since the founding of Liberian music, Alice is known to be one of the most fashionable and successful artists out of Liberia. Her songs are constantly ranked on the musical charts as some of the best danced gospel songs in and out of Liberia. Alice has carved an Iconic path for herself, slowly becoming a beacon of hope for the female gender in her country. Alice released her First Musical album in 2009 titled “Hear My Cry”, In 2012 she released “Jehovah Over Do” and in 2017 “Mighty”. Since then she has been releasing singles consistently and has now served us with the most recent one called ‘’My Miracle’’, a melodious song that encompasses all she is as an artist. We all know of the miracles God has done in our lives and only us can tell it, Alice tells hers in this beautiful song she has released to heal the souls of men.
Shortly after the release of his previous single, “You Deserve My Praise”, UK based Nigerian Gospel singer, OLADAYO OKEOWO releases another new music and visuals labelled — “I Give It To You God“.
According to the artist, this is a powerful praise song inspired by his reflection of who God has been to him. Despite all odds, God has brought him this far through His mercies and Goodness.
These are the words of Oladayo as he delivers his new tune: “Let’s sing to the Lord for He has been good to us and the bible says “let every living soul praise God”, As long as you live, you owe God His praise. It does not matter whether He has met your expectations or not, Just Give Him Praise”
“Acts 16:25, Paul and Silas knew the secret of how to lift their hearts above their troubles and enter into God’s presence through powerful praise, they provided God a channel for His power to operate in their circumstances.
God inhabits the praise of His people. Let our Praise invite the Heaven of the Heavens. Praise is the key that opens doors and that door will open for you today even as you join in this Praise In Jesus Name”
Oladayo Okeowo is an ardent Lover of God that is very passionate about connecting with Him in diverse but very enjoyable ways.
DAVID ENEVER is a Christian Contemporary Musician based in Wagga Wagga, Australia. Starting out as a primary school teacher, Dave’s debut album “Be the Light (be the hope)” was more focused on kids ministry, but as his musical ministry has progressed, he has gained a following from a wider audience, from all parts around the world and all ages.
Based on 2 Corinthians 9:6-11, ‘You Reap What You Sow’ reflects on the attitude we are challenged to have in life. This attitude being that we give the best of ourselves in all we do, so we can reap a good harvest from it. It goes with the cliche ‘You get out what you put in’ and even pushes towards the concept of karma. The inclusion of a dobro guitar gives this song a unique feel compared to David’s previous work.
DELON CARR honours the legacy of Duranice Pace with the release of “Keeper”, his new single. The song, originally written and recorded by Bishop Eric McDaniel features vocals by the fiery evangelist and soulful singer who made her transition in January.
Carr waxes nostalgic in talking about the song, “Everyone has those songs that they can listen to and from it receive the push you need to LIVE. “Keeper” has been that song for me over the years. Whenever I’m down and need a reminder of what God has already done, it gives me strength to know He’s still able to keep me.
When asked what prompted him to collaborate with Duranice Pace, he explained, “Growing up in Atlanta, the anointed Pace Sisters were and still are my “Destiny’s Child”. They are legendary. I know the testimony of Durance Pace and how God had kept her but hadn’t heard her sing the song. She’s always that person that can make you believe she knows what she’s singing about. We had no idea then that this would be her last recording, that makes this all the more special. Duranice was a great encourager, she breathed inspiration and shared hope with everyone she interacted with. I was privileged and honored to have her on this song and strongly felt there was a message in this song that we all needed to hear again and again.”
DAVID FRAZIER has been a principal force in the Gospel music industry for 30 years as a musician, producer, and award-winning songwriter. His hit songs “I Need You To Survive”, “Favor” and “God Is Doing Something Wonderful In Me” are sung around the world in various worship settings by diverse audiences. David is a creative mastermind who has recorded over 100 songs and written five books to date. His musical aptitude, experience, and teachings on worship, arts, and the music industry have established David as one of Gospel music’s most distinguished contributors to the genre.
David garnered a Billboard Top Ten hit with his solo single “God Is Doing Something Wonderful” and has written top ten Hits for many artists including: Ricky Dillard, Hezekiah Walker, and Karen Clark Sheard. “I’ve been blessed to write songs for over three decades and it’s amazing to me just how powerful messages can be through song and music,” David says. “My focus was never to write music to win awards, but to write music to get people from Sunday to Sunday. I have always tried to write music that is very usable and singable for the Sunday morning experience.”
His singable songs have garnered numerous Stellar, Dove, and Grammy® nominations and awards. David has now released his new solo single. “Never End” is a contemporary Gospel song with a lyric and uplifting flow to remind us of the eternal hope and everlasting light of Christ. As we remember His goodness, our song of praise can never end. “Never End” is written and produced by David and co-produced by Raymond Darius Jackson.
After months of experimenting with a remote quarantine setup, Dove and GRAMMY Award-winning singer/songwriter, producer and worship leader ISRAEL HOUGHTON is bringing the at-home intimacy of his Worship Wednesday sessions and the electricity of a live Israel and New Breed recording to listeners with Feels Like Home: The Quarantine Worship Experience.
Recorded live, the 14-track Feels Like Home is available to stream and to purchase in digital, CD and vinyl formats. The Feels Like Home project blossomed out of Houghton’s idea in early 2020 to remotely stream worship services, the impetus behind what would become his “Worship Wednesdays,” after seeing an opportunity to explore and reinvent group worship dynamics online throughout the pandemic.
The Israel and New Breed ensemble of vocalists and musicians streamed Feels Like Home live from Houghton’s sister-in-law’s New York home in November after each member agreed to quarantine and test for COVID-19 prior to the gathering. Deftly led by Houghton alongside his wife, Adrienne, the ensemble performed while seated “in the round,” creating a warm improvisatory looseness reminiscent of Gospel music’s roots as a communal religious celebration and experience. This includes new single “Hymn of Breakthrough,” a brightly burning, slow-building epiphany of the “sound of breakthrough” as it echoes throughout the ensemble.
MARK209 announces they are now accepting applications for their baritone vocalist position. Former baritone, Jimmy Reno, has decided to leave to pursue other interests.
Based out of Nashville, Tennessee, MARK209 is a fulltime Christian music ministry working up to 150 dates a year with extended tours through the New England states, the Pacific Northwest, and Pacific Southwest.
Any interested singers should submit their headshot, resume, and demo (audio or video) to firstname.lastname@example.org
Relocation will not be required for this full-time position.
MARK209 is a multi-award-winning vocal band based out of Nashville, TN. The band takes their name from mile marker 209 on I-40 in Nashville, which leads to Music Row, The Country Music Hall of Fame, and the Ryman Auditorium, which is considered the “Heart of Nashville”. MARK209 entertains audiences across the United States with their brand of Gospel Music, Family Friendly Country, and their popular Christmas show “Christmas from the Heart of Nashville.” MARK209 is proudly sponsored by Sound Solutions (Oxford, AL).
For more information about MARK209, visit www.mark209.com
Motown Gospel, in joint venture with SANG GIRL! Inc., announces the signing of iconic singer and songwriter KELLY PRICE, as she readies the release of her new gospel project, Grace, on April 2, 2021. The 6-track EP is available for pre-order now, with the lead single, “Grace,” and an accompanying lyric video. https://KellyPrice.lnk.to/GRACE
The release of Grace comes fifteen years after Price’s acclaimed gospel album, This Is Who I Am, which hit #1 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart and landed in the top ten of the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.
“Whatever side of me that people have loved through the years, be it R&B or gospel, they are going to get all of that on this album, Price says. I let my team know that I needed to get back to work to finish this project and get my message out. I couldn’t imagine going through 2020 without having a foundation of faith and a strong belief in God.”
After 10 years since the release of his first album “So It Begins”, S.O. has released his fifth and first live album “Live In London” on all DSPs. This project covers live performances of 18 tracks from his previously released albums and EPs. Producer and close friend G.P., who has played a significant role in shaping S.O.’s sound for the past decade, took on this project as the Music Director to help create the most dynamic, personal and engaging performances of some of S.O.’s greatest songs. As a special guest Lucy Grimble shared the stage with S.O. to render the first live performance of the single “Goals” together, which is one of many highlights of the album.
“Live In London" was recorded at the sold-out Homecoming Concert at the Freedom Arena in London, UK on February 15, 2020. The aim was to curate an extraordinary music experience as a celebration and homage to his fan base and community. A camera team documented the process of bringing this project to life, as S.O. returned home from the US for the first time in 2 years to play this show. Partnering with Stabal the documentary features the majority of the concert, as well as family time, personal anecdotes and behind the scenes footage. It can be streamed on Stabal now. https://stabal.com