#NewsNuggets: 2-23-18

by | Feb 23, 2018 | News, Obituary

Gospel Music Happenings

  • The Guardians announced bass singer Pat Barker has become a full-time member of the group. With this move, the Guardians have transitioned from a trio to a quartet. Barker has stated he will fulfill all current Second Half Quartet dates.
  • Voting is now open for the 2018 Singing News Fan Awards. Click HERE to vote. You must be a subscriber to Singing News to participate.
  • The Gospel Music Association Foundation announced the 2018 inductees to the GMA Hall Of Fame will be Karen Peck Gooch, Carmen, The Staples Singers, and Greg Nelson. The GMAF will also honor Marvin Sapp, Chonda Pierce, Ryan Lampa, and Lipscomb University for their humanitarian service projects. The event will be held May 8 at Libscomb University.


  • “America’s Pastor,” Billy Graham, passed away on Wednesday, February 21. Graham’s body will lie in honor on Monday and Tuesday at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, NC. His body will then be moved to the US Capitol rotunda in Washington, DC, where he will lie in honor on Feburayr 28 and March 1. The funeral will be held on March 2 in Charlotte, NC.

Releasing Today

  • February 23 – Guy Penrod – Blessed Assurance (CD)

  • February 23 – Various Artists – NQC Live Volume 17 (CD)

  • February 23 – Mark Bishop – A Different Light (CD)

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

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.

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

  • March 23 – Craig Duncan & The Appalachian Music Orchestra – Smoky Mountain Fifties (CD)

  • March 30 – The Talleys – Finest Hour (CD)

  • April 6 – The Hoppers – Honor The First Families Of Gospel Music (CD/DVD)

  • April 20 – The Taylors – Faithful Again (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.


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