#NewsNuggets: 12-15-17

by | Dec 15, 2017 | News, Obituary

Gospel Music Happenings

  • Sonlite Records announced Three Bridges is returning to the label’s roster. The group and Sonlite had parted ways when the initial line-up of Three Bridges broke up approximately a decade ago.
  • The National Quartet Convention posted their evening concert lineup for 2018. Click HERE to view it.
  • Crossroads Music announced that Debbie Davis of Savannah MO. and Bev Herrema of Littleton CO have joined their team of songwriters.
  • Main Stage Artist Bureau announced they have entered into an exclusive booking agreement with Wes Hampton, tenor singer for the Gaither Vocal Band.
  • Poet Voices announced they will be touring as a quartet in 2018 with Phil Cross, Nic Holland, and Donny Henderson joined by Brandon Barry filling the bass position.
  • Josh Horrell announced he is no longer singing tenor with the Kingsmen.


  • Former Primitives bass player Bruce Penland passed away on Saturday, December 9. A memorial service for Penland was held on Tuesday, December 12 in Asheville, NC.
  • CEO of Capitol Christian Music Group, William “Bill” Ray Hearn passed away on Sunday, December 10 after a long battle with cancer. A memorial service for Hearn was held on Thursday, December 14 in Brentwood, TN.

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 9 – Chonda Pierce – Chonda Pierce Presents Stand-Up For Families (DVD)

  • January 23 – Johnny Minick & The Stewart Brothers – self-titled (CD)

  • January 23 – Dr. David Jeremiah – When Christ Appears (Hard Cover Book)

  • January 26 – Ernie Haase & Signature Sound – Clear Skies (CD)


  • January 26 – Gaither Vocal Band, The Gatlin Brothers, & The Oak Ridge Boys – Country Roots And Gospel Favorites (CD/DVD)

  • January 26 – Gaither Vocal Band, The Gatlin Brothers, & The Oak Ridge Boys – A Few Good Men (CD/DVD)

  • February 23 – Guy Penrod – Acoustic Hymns (CD)
  • February 23 – Glen Campbell – Amazing Grace: 14 Hymns and Gospel Favorites (CD)
  • March 9 – Various Artists – Fanny Crosby: Newly Discovered Hymns & Songs (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

    If there would be a category for Most Quartets Sung in as a Bass Singer, I think Brandon Barry would win some kind of award. In all seriousness, you wonder why some singer flit from group to group like a honey bee going after nectar, and then other singers stay with the same group for years on end. Interesting topic for another day.

  2. Dean Adkins

    Booth Brothers are MIA on NQC

  3. William R. Boen

    That fits in with why so many groups have so many personell changes. Gold City comes to mind.

  4. joshua cottrell

    Do you think there is a reason why the Collingsworth Family are not on the NQC schedule?

    • David Bruce Murray

      In the past, some artists who were invited opted not to come for various reasons. In other cases, there have been artists who weren’t invited. There are also instances of artists being invited and eventually agreeing to come, but only after the initial list of artists has been published. Sometimes there are contract negotiations.

      I have no idea if any of these (or some other reason) applies to the Collingsworth Family.


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