#NewsNuggets: 1-23-16

#NewsNuggets: 1-23-16

Last Week’s Happenings

  • 2nd Generation announced that founding member Brenda Denney is leaving the group. Denney plans to join her fiance, Jonathan Bond, in ministry after their wedding.
  • Absolutely Gospel announced that Gordon Mote and Josh Singletary will be the featured hosts at their upcoming awards ceremony on April 12.
  • The Bledsoes announced that Melissa Cates has resigned from the group. Cates and husband, Sam, plan to relocate to Tennessee to pursue singing and business opportunities respectively.
  • Taranda Greene, Doug Anderson and Jody McBrayer officially announced the launch of their new trio, Cana’s Voice. (See previous article.)
  • Hovie Walker, Wallace Nelms and Deon Unthank announced their plans to revive the Statesmen Quartet name and perform concerts on a limited basis.
  • Cross Pointe announced the addition of Joni Townsend. Townsend replaces Conda Barlow, who had to resign from Cross Pointe recently due to health issues after a seven-year tenure with the group.
  • NewStep Records announced the addition of The Reed Brothers to their roster of recording artists.
  • Butler Music Group has added the Dunaways, Sacred Harmony, and the Coffmans to their roster of recording artists.


  • Jeff and Sherry Steele lost their mothers in a span of less than a week. Jeff’s mother, Mattie, passed away on Tuesday, January 12. Rita Faye Janos passed away on Sunday, January 17. Please keep the Steele family in your prayers.

Upcoming Releases
Please let us know if any significant upcoming releases are missing from this list. Note, the dates listed here are distribution dates when music will officially be available through retail and/or online outlets. Some artists may sell their recordings sooner at their concert events or in their own online stores. 

  • Guy Penrod Live

    January 29 – Guy Penrod – Live: Hymns & Worship (DVD/CD)

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    January 29 – Michael English – Live At Daywind Studios (DVD/CD)

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    February 12 – Jody McBrayer – Keep Breathing (CD) 

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    February 12 – Joey+Rory – Hymns (DVD/CD)

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    February 26 – Karen Peck & New River – 25th Anniversary Collector’s Edition (CD) (not final cover)

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    February 26 – Greater Vision – 25: Silver Edition (2 CD set)

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    February 26 – Gaither Homecoming ICON (CD)

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    March 4 – Charles Billingsley – Right Here (CD)

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David Bruce Murray

David Bruce Murray is a church music director in Ellenboro, NC. He is the author of Murray's Encyclopedia Of Southern Gospel Music and the owner of both SGHistory.com and MusicScribe.com. David plays piano for Southern Sounds Quartet and the Foothills Community Choir.

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