#NewsNuggets: 1-12-18

#NewsNuggets: 1-12-18

Gospel Music Happenings

  • Brock & Faye Speer’s son, Brian, is launching The New Speer Family. Joining Brian in the new group will be his wife, Allison Durham Speer, as well as bass singer Mike Allen and Ben Waites.
  • The Dixie Gospel Caravan is a radio program launched by Wayne Wallace in 1968. During 2018, the show is celebrating their 50th anniversary bringing Southern Gospel music to fans in the Birmingham, Alabama market at 93.7 FM.
  • Alabama-based Bluegrass Gospel artist Canaan’s Crossing recently announced the resignation of long-time Fiddle player and Vocalist, Tina Miller. Miller has been replaced by Hannah Black, the sister of Canaan’s Crossing guitarist Joshua Black.
  • The first video single from the upcoming Gaither Vocal Band/Oak Ridge Boys/Gatlin Brothers 2-DVD/CD was released this morning. Enjoy!


  • Southern Gospel Hall Of Fame member Jim Hill passed away on Wednesday,
    January 10. Hill sang tenor and lead with several groups including the Stamps, Statesmen, and his own group, Jim Hill & The Golden Keys. He also wrote gospel songs including the enduring classic “What A Day That Will Be.”

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 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 – Blessed Assurance (CD)

  • February 23 – Glen Campbell – Amazing Grace: 14 Hymns and Gospel Favorites (CD)

  • March 2 – Casting Crowns – Glorious Day: Hymns Of Faith (CD)

  • March 2 – The Oak Ridge Boys – When I Sing For Him: The Complete Columbia Recordings & RCA Singles (CD)

  • March 16 – The Oak Ridge Boys – 17th Avenue Revival (CD)

    March 16 – The Oak Ridge Boys – 17th Avenue Revival (CD)

  • March 23 – Various Artists – Fanny Crosby: Newly Discovered Hymns & Songs

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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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  1. Reply January 12, 21:27 #1 Darrell

    The Vocal Band/Gatlins/Oaks album sounds interesting. Maybe I should pick up a copy when it’s available. But I think I’ll pass on the Guy Penrod one. Is he really doing another hymns album?? He hasn’t done an original album since his first one. Seems strange……

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