#NewsNuggets: 2-19-21

#NewsNuggets: 2-19-21

NEWS OF THE WEEK

Any fan with a valid email address can vote in the 2021 Singing News Fan Awards. Voting is not restricted to Singing News subscribers as in years past. Click HERE to participate in the voting process on or after Wednesday, February 24th.

The Singing News Fan Awards will expand to a total of 19 categories in 2021 with the addition of the Favorite Duet category. Radio awards are also being modified with details to be announced at a later date.

The Jordan Family Band announced they are now represented exclusively by The Dominion Agency for concert bookings.

Daywind Music Publishing announced the addition of Natalie Cromwell (“Running”/The Martins) to their roster of songwriters.

VeggieTales co-creator Mike Nawrocki recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the first six episodes of a new animated series based on his book series, The Dead Sea Squirrels. Filmmaker-writer-recording artist Steven Taylor is on board to produce the series.

In the wake of a year that saw growth and expansion for the company through their partnership with Primary Wave Music Publishing, Gaither Music Group has announced the following promotions and new hires:
1. Melissa Chambers is promoted to Senior Director of Operations and Production.
2. Celeste Winstead is promoted to Senior Director of Content and Marketing.
3. Hannah Franklin is promoted to Digital Marketing Manager.
4. Meghann Wright is hired as the new Director of Marketing.
5. Adrienne Kelley is hired as the new Social Media Specialist.
6. Skye Overstreet is hired as the new Digital Streaming Specialist.

The LeFevre Quartet has released a new concept video for their popular song “Practice What You’re Preaching.” Check it out below.


REMEMBERING

Former CCM superstar and Gospel Music Association Hall Of Fame member Carman Licciardello passed away on Tuesday, February 16 following complications from a routine surgery. The singer got his start touring with the Bill Gaither Trio in the early 1980s and holds the record for the largest Christian concert attendance. He appeared at the National Quartet Convention in 2019.

Danny Lamar Gable, better known to Southern Gospel fans by his radio DJ moniker Danny O’Day, passed away on Saturday, February 13. In addition to hosting his “Suppertime Gospel Radio Show” on WCON radio for many years, Gable/O’Day had also appeared as a television host and concert emcee.


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.

February or March ?? – Gold City – Once And For All: The Songs Of Doug Riley (CD)
March 19 – Mark Lowry – The Early Years (4-disc CD compilation of previously released albums: Mark Lowry, Trust Me & See, He’s Alive, and Resurrection Song/also releasing digital)
March 19 – Mark Lowry – Live From Akron, OH (CD/digital/previously unreleased 1984 live album)
March 19 – Gaither Vocal Band – That’s Gospel, Brother (CD/digital)
March 19 – Sam Levine -Smooth Inspiration (CD/digital)
March 26 – Carrie Underwood – My Savior (CD/digital)
April 2 – The Inspirations – What A Wonderful Time Live (CD)
April 9 – The Erwins – This Is Love (CD/digital)
April 30 – Carrie Underwood – My Savior (vinyl)
April 30 – Tiffany Coburn – You Are More (CD/digital)

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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 February 19, 16:20 #1 Daniel h

    Nice to see the Carrie Underwood hymn album. I was secretly hoping she’d redo the Brian Free song “God So Loved” that she did years ago. It’s on YouTube and a good one.


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