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LakeSide is celebrating a new lineup that includes Lucas Blankenship (son of group owner, Greg Blankenship) and John Robert Freels joining the group. Along with Greg Blankenship, Jackie Cummings and Walt Williamson welcome this energetic, young talent wholeheartedly.

This acoustic Bluegrass group began playing in churches throughout East Tennessee in 1995 under the name “Gospel Bluegrass Boys.” In 2007, the name “LakeSide” was adopted as their ministry grew. Lucas Blankenship is featured in the first song on their brand-new promo video at www.lakesidegospel.com  His vocal talent is proof of the generational giftings God has blessed him with. John Robert Freels plays banjo and guitar and can sing both lead and harmony parts.


Tennessee-based family trio THE McMILLANS, comprised of David & Susie McMillan and their daughter, Jessica Gray, announced recently that they will not be performing as a group after March. This is the announcement they posted on Facebook:

After much prayer, discussion and counsel, the three of us have decided to pursue different ministry opportunities in our lives. We each have different desires that we feel God has placed in our hearts and we are excited about where He is leading. That being said, we will not be taking new bookings past March 31, 2019. We have had a wonderful three years traveling and ministering and we cannot express the gratitude we feel for everyone that has supported our journey. If you would like to have The McMillans back before March 31st please let us know. It has been our honour to serve the Lord in this capacity and we hope that you will join us in prayer for the Lord’s guidance as He reveals His plans for our lives.


INTRODUCING BEYOND THE MOUNTAIN featuring Matt J. Hurley and April Shipton.  Devastating news. Depression. Rejection. Redundancy. Eating disorders. We’ve all had to face a mountain that seems impossible to overcome. We’ve all stood in the shadow and felt so small, feeling overwhelmed and ill-equipped for an exhausting, relentless, uphill battle.

When Matt lost his best friend in his early twenties, life crumbled away underfoot. When April found she’d lost control of anorexia, there seemed no hope she’d make it back to safety.

Through faith and small, mighty miracles, one step at a time, Matt emerged from grief and depression. It was a journey he has never forgotten, and one in which the footprints of God remain evident all along the way. For April, the path to healing took an unexpected turn – someone moved the mountain.

Through their inspirational music and powerful testimonies, Matt JR Hurley and April Shipton are a poignant reminder that whatever mountain we face; we are never alone, and there is always hope. http://beyondthemountain.co.uk/


CAROL LEE SAMPSON has released the single “Joby Dream On.” She says; “I met Joby 3 months before he tragically died, all alone on Christmas Day, in a shop doorway! It was his dream to be off the streets, & in his own place again - sadly it didn't come quickly enough! So, I want to help raise funds for the people who are still sleeping rough in our town - to help them get shelter, food & their basic needs met. Our community has set up a group, who are currently donating food, clothes & support, so any funds I raise will be given there, to aid that. The long term vision is to have our own day & night shelter here in Malvern, so any excess funds raised will be given to that cause. The song I have written in Joby's memory is available on CD and as a download. All proceeds will go to this fund. https://promo.theorchard.com/0tOFJ9nOIOl0RxH2UIKT

Please email me if you would like a CD of the song posted to you, (after you have kindly donated an amount of your choice), & include your address details to: carolleesampson@gmail.com

Thank you. X


Seun Otukpe (S.O.) is the first international artist signed to Lamp Mode Records. Born in Nigeria and raised in London, S.O.’s music shows a theological depth, emotional transparency and a great ear for melody. Working with artists like Andy Mineo and Grammy Award-winning rapper Lecrae, his albums have been streamed online over 17 million times.

S.O. has now released the single "Be Mine."  He says; “It's a song about love, thanking God that I found my wife and asking her to spend the rest of her life with me. Our road was not a smooth one and maybe one day soon the gaps will be filled, until then enjoy me asking her to allow me to serve her forever."

http://smarturl.it/sobemineyoutube


A former tenor for The Cathedrals, ERNIE HAASE has won "Tenor of the Year" for four consecutive years at the Singing News Fan Awards, made appearances on numerous television shows including "The Today Show," and has been a guest on countless radio programs. Ernie delivers his outstanding best on this album, and is joined by Greater Vision on the title track "Never Alone." Other songs include; When Jesus Comes In The Clouds; Somebody Cares; and The Source Of My Strength.


JASON CRABB recently added a second GRAMMY® to his awards shelf. His fourth studio solo release, Unexpected, took top honours in the Best Roots Gospel Album category during the 2019 GRAMMY® Awards ceremony.

Released through Daywind Music Group, the album was produced by Jay DeMarcus (Rascal Flatts) and features guest vocalists Gary LeVox (Rascal Flatts) and Kaya Jones. Upon its 2018 release, it quickly garnered widespread acclaim, with USA Today calling it one of ‘Nashville’s Top Albums of 2018.’ It also earned a Dove Award in October 2018 for “Washed By The Water,” written by Crabb, Dave Barnes, and Jordan Reynolds.


ULTIMATE SOUTHERN GOSPEL CLASSCS is a 12-song compilation features classic hits from great Southern Gospel artists like The Cathedrals, The Happy Goodmans, The Nelons, Janet Paschal, The Talleys, The Florida Boys, and David Phelps. With a mixture of old and new, there's something for every Southern Gospel music lover!

Featuring David Phelps' "Behold The Lamb" and Janet Paschal's "I Am Not Ashamed" with classic favorites like The Cathedrals' "Step Into The Water" and The Happy Goodmans' "God Walks The Dark Hills." This collection also includes the rare recording of Wendy Bagwell's "Here Come The Rattlesnakes."


Danny Parker, lead singer for THE HARVESTERS QUARTET, announced recently that baritone Allen Hunter will soon be retiring from the group. Danny posted the following statement on Facebook:

For everything there is a season and with that comes change. We are sad to announce that Allen Hunter (alias George Bush), baritone and MC for The Harvesters for the past 30 years, is retiring. Allen’s contributions to The Harvesters are innumerable because of his charisma, his outstanding lead/baritone voice, his love for people, his stage presence and most importantly, his sharing the love of God.

Allen and I have enjoyed singing and traveling together for over 30 years. We are like brothers and have shared many great times together both on the stage and off the stage. He plans to travel with The Harvesters on occasion and maybe even sing a few songs.

Once upon a time, Michael Lord, a studio owner and powerful singer, met and married Kim Ruppe, vocalist extraordinaire then singing with her family's group, The Ruppes. Michael and Kim are joined by the extremely talented Amber Franks for LORDSONG’s fifth album. SoulFood is just what it says...yummy food for the soul, served up hot and fresh. Tracks include; All My Reasons Are You; Pass The Faith Along; and The Cross Was Enough.


Iconic, multi-Platinum-selling, three-time GRAMMY Award-winning artist MICHAEL W. SMITH hosted an inclusive, multi-racial, multi-denominational and multi-generational gathering of 14,000 people at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN last August. The energy, passion and unity of the event was captured as it happened on AWAKEN: The Surrounded Experience released by Rocketown Records and The Fuel Music. The album features Smith along with special guest CeCe Winans and the voices of all those who attended the evening.

Billed “A Night to Pray, Worship and Be Awakened” and inspired by his GRAMMY-nominated live worship album Surrounded, Smith says in a Parade exclusive, “The night was beautiful. I remember thinking, ‘This is what Heaven will look like.’ A picture of unity, with all colors, ethnicities, denominations and ages joined together in worship. I'm still hearing reports of lives changed, commitments deepened and people empowered in a new way. We may each have different stories, skin and songs, but we all share His same Spirit.


ALICIA & WHITNEY, a sister duo based in Branson, Missouri, have released a new album today on iTunes and other digital distributors. The project, titled “A Portrait of Worship,” is an 11-song collection written by the sisters. “I had a vision in one of our worship services that as God’s people were worshipping Him, bursts of color were filling the air like colour bombs and I felt the Lord speak ‘This is what I see when my people worship me,’” said Alicia. “It gave me a whole new perspective on worship and the beauty it brings the Father. It’s our desire that our worship, the songs we write, and all we do in our lives will paint Him a beautiful picture that is our own unique portrait.”

The sisters, who grew up in a musical family, have been singing since they were young. The death of their father when the sisters were young adults rekindled a passion for songwriting as they worked through their grief by writing songs. It was during this time that the young women felt God urging them to go back to the core of who He created them to be and to help others come to know Him and the purpose He has for each person. Their debut album, "Core," is a collection of songs meant to help others reflect and heal from the inside-out through the love of Jesus.


Southern Gospel favourites, THE KINGDOM HEIRS have released “Carolina Live.” Recorded live at Trinity Baptist Church in Asheville, NC, this CD/DVD collection features twelve signature performances, including More Like Jesus, A New Look, Never Made A Promise, and God's Gonna Do More.

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