#NewsNuggets: 4-24-17

by | Apr 24, 2017 | News

Last Week’s Happenings

  • Greater Vision announced the addition of former Inspirations/LeFevre/Ball Brothers vocalist Jon Epley. The group will continue in a trio format with Epley singing Gerald Wolfe’s baritone part. Wolfe has chronic pain from a neck muscle condition, which prompted the decision to add another singer. Wolfe will continue to sing occasional feature solos in addition to handling the emcee work and playing piano.
  • A new trio billed as By Grace performed their first concert yesterday at Beech Springs Baptist Church in Kodak, TN. This group of veteran singers includes Preston Garner (Freedom Quartet), Bryan Walker (Perrys/American Idol), and David Walker (Anchormen/Singing Americans/Kingdom Heirs).
  • Tim Lovelace announced that free tickets are available his next live comedy video taping. The event will take place at 3:00 PM on Sunday, May 7, in Pangle Hall on the campus of Lee University (340 Church St. NE, Cleveland, Tennessee).  Call 800-965-9324 or click HERE to secure your free ticket.
  • Pianist Trey Ivey announced he is resigning from Legacy Five.
  • Mark Lowry announced his next CD will be released on the Daywind Records label. For more details, view Lowry’s announcement below:

Prayer Request

  • Please pray for Harvesters Quartet bass singer Mark Hoggard. Hoggard had heart surgery on Thursday.

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 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)

  • 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)
  • June 23 – Karen Peck & New River – Hope For All Nations (CD)
  • July 14 – Gold City – Treasury (or “Treasures?”) Of Gold (CD)

  • July 21 – Michael English – Love More (CD)
  • July ??? – Greater Vision – Still (CD)
  • August ??? – Mark Lowry – What’s Not To Love (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. Brandon Coomer

    RE: Greater Vision… does this mean they are going to start properly referring to Rodney as the lead singer now?

    • Darrell

      Good question. There are a number of “baritone” singers out there that sing lead the majority of the time. Scotty Inman and Mark Trammell are two that come to mind right away.

    • astephe8

      For several years, Gerald has acknowledged that Rodney is the lead singer. In fact, I remember him giving an acceptance speech for a Favorite Lead award and telling everybody that Rodney actually sang lead. They haven’t really pushed it for a while, and, to be honest, I haven’t thought much about it myself.

      Then, again, several groups have lead & baritone singers that switch so frequently that most probably don’t pay much attention to it.

  2. Andrew

    According to the press release for Jon Epley joining GV, their new cd is titled, “Still.”

    • David Bruce Murray

      Thanks Andrew.

  3. Damon

    According to christianbook.com, here are release dates for two Daywind recordings…

    6/23/17 – Karen Peck & New River “Hope For All Nations”
    7/21/17 – Michael English “Love More”

    • David Bruce Murray

      Thanks Damon.


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