#NewsNuggets: 8-31-18

by | Aug 31, 2018 | News

Gospel Music Happenings

  • The Pine Ridge Boys announced the additions of tenor singer Michael Maggard and baritone singer Chip McCaa. Maggard replaces Ivory Luke who left several months ago, and McCaa replaces Wayne Shuford who recently retired from traveling after a career of 55 years.
  • Jordan’s Bridge announced former Perfect Heart and Inspirationals lead singer Dale Shipley has joined the quartet. Shipley replaces Alan Kendall (see below).
  • The Kingsmen Quartet announced former Jordan’s Bridge lead singer Alan Kendall has joined the group to sing baritone. Kendall replaces Randy Crawford who recently left the Kingsmen due to health concerns.
  • The Old Time Preachers Quartet announced the addition of lead singer Bob Sellers. Sellers said performing just 60-70 dates per year with the Old Time Preachers should allow him to be home more than his schedule with the Kingsmen allowed. Sellers will continue to do solo appearances.
  • Jody McBrayer announced he has rejoined Avalon to record a new album and do a tour of about 10-15 dates. He will continue to fulfill his commitment to Cana’s Voice (30-40 dates per year) and schedule solo dates in between.


  • Former Blackwood Brothers pianist Jack “Jackie” Marshall passed away on Monday, August 27 after an extended illness. He was 88 years old. A memorial service for Marshall was held on Thursday, August 30 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

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.

  • 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 14 – Jim Brady Trio – Hope Keeps Writing The Song (CD)
  • September 21 – Various Artists – Country Faith Southern Gospel (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)

  • October 19 – David Phelps – Christmas Title To Be Announced (CD)
  • November 2 – Selah – Greatest Hits (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. Esther

    Hey! I really enjoy your site! Just have one complaint though. Why would you promote the Joey & Rory Feek CD? In Rory’s new book, “Once Upon A Farm,” he openly condones, supports, and promotes the homosexual lifestyle by saying God sent his daughter “Wendy” to marry, and he is hosting their so-called “wedding” this October. God calls this abomination, and it will never be marriage. Should a Christian website be promoting the products of someone who has decided to support something God destroyed two cities over? Please prayerfully reconsider your stance on this. It would be great to know that you have stopped promoting something God and His Word are so clearly against.

    • David Bruce Murray

      Congratulations on posting a name this week. Your complaint was addressed in my response to you last week.

      • Justin

        Thanks for taking the high road, David. I read your response to the person’s comment last week, and you are right on the money, in my estimation.

        • David Bruce Murray

          Thank you, Justin.

    • Daniel

      God’s word is clearly against many things that are covered by the blood of the loving and merciful Jesus Christ. It may be a sin but there are many sins to despise and an even greater Savior to love. We worry about so many other things. ‘Praise Him, praise Him, Jesus our blessed Redeemer!’


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