#NewsNuggets: 6-4-21

#NewsNuggets: 6-4-21


SeaWalkerMedia Corporation, the new company that recently acquired Singing News magazine, Singing News Radio, and The Gospel Greats, announced the launch of Singing News TV and the Graceland Gospel Music Festival. The new TV network is set to launch in August 2021. The new music festival will be held on November 3-5 on the grounds of Elvis Presley’s famous mansion.

SeaWalkerMedia Corporation also the names of the men who will serve on the Board of Directors: Mike Hopper, Matthew Gooch, Dean Hickman, Brian Free, Scott Godsey, Ivan Parker, Ray Flynn, Scott Fowler, and Dr. Neal Jackson

The Down East Boys announced they have opened auditions for a new bass singer after the departure of Zac Barham. Those interested in trying out should send a two-song demo, a bio with a picture, and other information they feel would best make their case to: [email protected]

Ronnie Booth announced he is leaving the Booth Brothers. The group will continue by reuniting Paul Lancaster with former Mullins & Co./Sunday Drive member Buddy Mullins who will be stepping into the lead singer role. View the complete video announcement below:


June 4 – Greater Vision – Life Is A Song (digital)


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.

June 11 – David Phelps – Stories & Songs Vol. 1 (DVD)
June 11 – The Oak Ridge Boys – Front Porch Singin’ (CD/vinyl/digital)
June 25 – Gordon Mote – Something Beautiful, Something Good: Songs Of Bill & Gloria Gaither On Piano (CD)
June 25 – Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver – Roundtable (CD)
July 9 – Zach Williams – Rescue Story Deluxe Edition (CD/adds six new songs)
July 23 – Ernie Haase & Signature Sound – Keeping On (CD)
July 30 – Greater Vision – The Journey (double LP)

August 6 – Darin & Brooke Aldridge – This Life We’re Livin’ (CD)

August 20 – Brian Free & Assurance – Looks Like Jesus (EP)

September 10 – The Kingsmen – More To The Story (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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  1. Reply June 04, 18:13 #1 Joe

    Wow. That list of SeaWalkerMedia’s board of directors is shameful. Nothing against any of the men, but not even a token female? Really?

    • Reply June 04, 22:41 Offended

      I know. right? Considering Karen Peck is one of the owners of Abraham Productions. She should be on the board instead of putting her son in charge. Seriously, I’m being sarcastic. Some people are just looking for things to complain about. I’m offended that they don’t have a black or latino person on the board…. What can I do to be more woke? Change your names Dixie Melody Boys and Dixie Echoes. I’m sooooo offended. :)

  2. Reply June 06, 16:08 #2 NB'er

    I am really happy to see Buddy Mullins back singing again. I have always loved his singing. Plus Gaither has always spoken very highly of him. It is too bad the Booth Brothers as we know them will be a thing of the past, but Buddy was a good choice for a replacement. He will help them keep sounding good.

  3. Reply June 08, 22:08 #3 Tad Kirkland

    The Mullins were way under appreciated in their time. So glad to see Paul and Buddy back together!
    I kinda thought the same thing when I saw men only on the Sea Walker board. I’m sure it’s a good move for the Singing News Magazine but it feels kinda like a monopoly of the SG game with the SN magazine, SN radio and Gospel Greats all in the same hands.

    • Reply June 08, 22:50 David Bruce Murray Author

      It may seem that way, but there are other big players in the business. NQC still carries a lot of weight. Daywind is huge right now. Gaither still does Gaither. enLighten really has a lot of clout as long as the powers that be at Sirius/XM don’t go crazy and nix it again. (enLighten is the biggest game in town in terms of SG radio.)

      I just hope we can see an effective result where the genre begins to grow again.

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