#NewsNuggets: 8-10-18

#NewsNuggets: 8-10-18

Gospel Music Happenings

  • Southern Raised will complete a six-week run at the Blue Gate Theater in Shipshewana, Indiana tomorrow. This is the first extended engagement for a single group promoted at the famous theater.
  • The Ball Brothers announced Matt Davis is leaving the group after 2 1/2 years with the group. Those interested in auditioning for the open position should send a resume, one mp3 and/or youtube links to: [email protected]
  • Alabama-based artist management agency Mic Check One announced they have signed their first Country Gospel artist, The Kendricks.
  • Fuseic Entertainment announced a new feature-length film titled Russ Taff: I Still Believe. The documentary chronicles Taff’s struggles with addiction and redemption and premiers at an unspecified date this fall.
  • M.A.C. Records announced the addition of their newest artist, Jessica Horton, to the Route 82 Records division.
  • The nominations for the 2018 Dove Awards were announced this past week. Nominees with Southern, Country, and Bluegrass Gospel connections include:


Bradley Walker, Gaither Vocal Band, Joseph Habedank, Karen Peck & New River, and Mark Lowry in the Southern Gospel Artist category;

Wayne Haun in the Producer category;

“He Can Take It” (Brian Free & Assurance/Jeff Bumgardner, Kenna Turner West, Sue C. Smith), “Clear Skies” (Ernie Haase & Signature Sound/Ernie Haase, Joel Lindsey, Wayne Haun), “Hallelujah Band” (Gaither Vocal Band/Becca Mizell, Sam Mizell), and “Washed By The Water” (Jason Crabb/Dave Barnes, Jason Crabb, Jordan Reynolds), “Just When You Thought” ( Joseph Habedank/Joseph Habedank, Michael Farren, Wayne Haun) in the Southern Gospel Recorded Song category;

“I Will Someday (ft. The Isaacs)” (Bradley Walker/Chris Stapleton, Garnet Bowman, Morgane Hayes, Ronnie Bowman), “Chain Breaker” (Gaither Vocal Band/Jonathan Smith, Mia Fieldes, Zach Williams), “Jailbreak” (Joseph Habedank/Gerald Crabb, Joseph Habedank), “Dinner on the Ground (ft. the Oak Ridge Boys)” (Little Roy & Lizzy Show/Jeff Bumgardner, Joel Lindsey, Wayne Haun), and “Daddy And Son” (The Nelons/Dony McGuire, Jason Clark, Reba Rambo-McGuire) in the Bluegrass/Country/Roots Recorded Song category;

Clear Skies (Ernie Haase & Signature Sound/Kris Crunk, Michael English, Trey Ivey, Virgil Stratford, Wayne Haun), We Have This Moment (Gaither Vocal Band/Bill Gaither, Gordon Mote), Still Happy (Goodman Revival/Johnny Minick, Michael Sykes, Tanya Goodman Sykes), Hope For All Nations (Karen Peck & New River/Wayne Haun), and What’s Not To Love? (Mark Lowry/Dony McGuire) in the Southern Gospel Album category;

Blessed, Hymns and Songs of Faith (Bradley Walker/Ben Isaacs), Unexpected (Jason Crabb/Jay DeMarcus), Sing It Again, A Collection of Favorites (Jeff & Sheri Easter/Greg Cole, Jeff Easter, Sheri Easter), and Going Home (Little Roy & Lizzy Show/Jeff Easter, Trey Ivey, Wayne Haun) in the Bluegrass/Country/Roots Album category;

I’m Gonna Keep On (Jeff Stice/Jeff Stice) in the Instrumental Album category;

Country Roots and Gospel Favorites (Various Artists/Bill Gaither) in the Christmas/Special Event Album category;

Christmas Is in the Heart (Dale Mathews, Kenna Turner West, Steve W. Mauldin), How to Have the Best Christmas Ever (Daniel Semsen, Heidi Petak, Jeff Bumgardner, Joel Lindsey), It Happened On A Sunday (Camp Kirkland, Cliff Duren, Jason Cox, Phil Nitz), Love Took His Breath Away (Bradley Knight, Joel Lindsey), and Miracle In A Manger (Camp Kirkland, Cliff Duren, Phil Nitz, Tim Lovelace) in the Musical category; and

Country Roots and Gospel Favorites (Various Artists/Doug Stuckey/Bill Gaither) in the Long Form Video category

Click HERE to view the complete list of nominees.

Releasing Today

  • August 10 – Joey+Rory – Hymns That Are Important To Us (Vinyl)

  • August 10 – Taranda Greene – The Healing (CD)

  • August 10 – Elvis Presley – Where No One Stands Alone (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.

  • 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 19 – The Guardians – Ready For Revival (CD)

  • October 19 – Various Artists – Joy: The Ultimate Christmas Collection (CD)

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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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