#NewsNuggets: 4-17-17

by | Apr 17, 2017 | News

Last Week’s Happenings

  • The Down East Boys announced the addition of Doug Pittman, who joined the group to sing tenor. Pittman replaces Steve Lixey.
  • Matt Felts announced he is launching a solo ministry.

Prayer Requests

  • Please pray for Tracy Stuffle who is recuperating after having surgery to remove his gall bladder last week.
  • Please pray for Eli Fortner who will be receiving dialysis three times per week as he waits for a second kidney transplant.

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.

  • April 21 – Triumphant – Thankful (CD)

  • April 21 – Jimmy Fortune – Sings The Classics (CD)

  • April 21 – Reba McEntire – Sing It Now: Songs Of Faith And Hope (LP)

  • April 21 – The Statler Brothers – The Best Of The Statler Brothers TV Shows: Season One (7-DVD Box Set)

  • April 25 – Chonda Pierce – Enough (In Theaters)

  • May 5 – The Little Roy And Lizzy Show – Going Home (CD)

  • May 5 – Southern Raised – Another World (CD)

  • May 19 – Favorite Performances From The Statler Brothers TV Show: Flowers On The Wall (DVD)

  • May 19 – Christopher Phillips – Piano Chill: Songs Of Faith (CD)

  • May 19 – Booth Brothers – Gospel Favorites Live (CD/DVD)

  • May 26 – Greater Vision – Title TBD (CD)
  • June 9 – The Perrys – Testament (CD)

  • June 9 – Steve Ladd – No Excuses, No Regrets EP (CD)

  • June 16 – Sandi Patty – Forever Grateful: Live From The Farewell Tour (CD)
  • July 14 – Gold City – Treasury Of Gold (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. Darrell

    For some reason I was under the impression that Matt was already doing solo stuff since he left the Lesters. Guess I was wrong. Speaking of solo “stuff”, would I be correct if I were to think that Jason Crabb is one of the few (if not maybe the only) soloists in SG music to travel with a full band? I think that gives him great appeal than if he were just singing to soundtracks. Thoughts?

    • David Bruce Murray

      David Phelps also uses a full band.

      • Darrell

        Thanks, David. Joseph Habedank would be another singer that would seem to do well traveling with a band. I was listening to his new album recently and thought on some of the songs that he sounded a bit like MercyMe. Would be interesting to know where Joseph gets his musical influences from.


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