#NewsNuggets: 1-9-17

by | Jan 9, 2017 | News

Last Week’s Happenings

  • Southern Sound of Nashville announced they are retiring from full-time travel. They will fulfill a few dates in 2017 before retiring permanently.
  • The April Potter Agency announced they now represent Larry, Steve, & Rudy Gatlin individually as well as collectively for appearances. The Gatlin Brothers recently celebrated 40 years as members of the Grand Ole Opry.
  • Daywind Music Publishing announced the addition of songwriter Janice Crow to their family of writers.
  • Chapel Valley announced they have signed soloist Caleb Kelley to their development label for up-and-coming singers.
  • The Hinson Family announced that Logan Smith has officially joined their group and will be part of their forthcoming Song Garden Music Group CD. Smith has filled in with the group in the past, and recently became engaged to Hinson’s singer Jordan Honea. Smith will continue to perform some solo dates.
  • Allegiance Trio announced that Corey Lackey has joined the group to sing tenor. Lackey had previously been the group’s road manager and sound engineer.
  • The Southern Gospel Music Association announced they received a $50,000 donation from the estate of former Harmoneers pianist and SGMA Hall Of Fame member Charles Key.
  • New Day Christian Distributors announced the addition of Dusty Wells and Kyle Johnson to the New Day sales force.  Dusty Wells has been named Director of Sales while Kyle Johnson will serve as the Director of Inventory and Production. This announcement follows the recent addition of Word Entertainment to New Day’s family of exclusive labels and vendors.
  • Hope’s Journey announced the addition of vocalist Andrew Utech.

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 large online outlets. Some titles may be available sooner direct from the artists.

  • January 13 – Mark Bishop – Seasons: A Collection Of The Best (CD)

  • January 13 – The Beelers – You’re Loved

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    January 20 – The Collingsworth Family Presents Brooklyn & Courtney (CD)

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    January 27 – The Guardians – Lift Him Up (CD)

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    January 27 – Zach Williams – Chain Breaker (CD)

  • January 27 – Bill & Gloria Gaither & Their Homecoming Friends – Bill Gaither’s 12 Favorite Hymns (CD)

  • February 3 – Reba McEntire – Sing It Now: Songs Of Faith And Hope

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    February 24 – Goodman Revival – Still Happy (CD)

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    February 10 – Lauren Talley – The Gospel (CD)

  • February 24 – Bill & Gloria Gaither & Their Homecoming Friends – Sweeter As The Days Go By (DVD/CD)

  • February 24 – Bill & Gloria Gaither & Their Homecoming Friends – Give The World A Smile (DVD/CD)

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David Bruce Murray

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.


  1. Steve

    I’ve been listening to Zack Williams album on Spotify and it is fantastic (i’m glad you included it in the upcoming releases). I know everyone is loving his song “Chain Breaker”.

    The style is obviously out of the “box” of SG albums, so my question: Does Zack have some tie to southern gospel?

    • David Bruce Murray

      I think his background is more southern rock than southern gospel, but there’s enough southern character in his voice that I felt some of our readers might be interested in his music. Thanks for verifying that I was correct!

      • Steve

        Keep it up! Love seeing artists that we may not discover otherwise.


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