#News Nuggets: 8-17-18

by | Aug 17, 2018 | News

Gospel Music Happenings

  • The Old Paths announced they will return to touring full-time in 2019. The group left the road in 2015, then returned to touring on a part-time basis in 2017.
  • Gadsden, Alabama’s Exodus has announced they will perform as a female trio in the future. Exodus had been a mixed group until the departure of Cole Watson, who joined the Troy Burn Family earlier this year.
  • The Kingsmen Quartet announced they have hired Chris Bryant as their new lead singer. Bryant replaces Bob Sellers who left the Kingsmen in June after a 7-year stint. Bryant most recently sang lead for the Bibletones.


  • Singer, songwriter, and music publisher Annette Herndon passed away on August 11. A memorial service for Herndon was held on Tuesday, August 14 in Bethlehem, Georgia.
  • Former Downings and Oak Ridge Boys bass guitar player Don Breland passed away on August 16.
  • Concert promoter and Southern Gospel “super fan” Judy Brannin passed away on August 14. A memorial service will be held on August 25 in Gaffney, SC.

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.

  • August 24 – Down East Boys – One Day In The Past (CD)

  • August 24 – Soul’d Out Quartet – Run To The Light (CD)

  • August 24 – Gaither Vocal Band – Special Anniversary Collection (CD)

  • August 24 – The Erwins – Watch & See (CD)

  • September 7 – The Collingsworth Family – Mercy & Love (CD)

  • September 7 – Various Artists – God Bless The Broken Road (CD “inspired by” motion picture)

  • September 7 – Various Artists – Singing News Top 10 2018 (CD)

  • September 21 – Joseph Habedank – Hymns With Friends (CD)

  • September 21 – Joey+Rory – The Singer And The Song: The Best Of Joey+Rory (CD/DVD)

  • September 28 – The Wisecarvers – Silhouette (CD)

  • September 28 – Steve Ladd – Come Up Clean (EP)

  • September 28 – Three Bridges – Our Story (CD)

  • October 5 – Gold City – Hope For The Journey (CD)
  • October 5 – Various Artists – Bill Gaither’s Classic Country Gospel Collection (CD)

  • October 5 – Ivan Parker – Christmas Dreaming (CD)
  • October 19 – The Guardians – Ready For Revival (CD)

  • October 19 – Various Artists – Joy: The Ultimate Christmas Collection (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. David plays piano for Southern Sounds Quartet and the Foothills Community Choir.


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