#NewsNuggets: 10-8-21

by | Oct 8, 2021 | News

Featured image courtesy of Chip Woods Photography.


The Singing News Fan Awards were presented last Friday afternoon during a showcase at the National Quartet Convention. Click HERE to view all the winners.

Dusty Barrett announced he is launching a solo career after singing tenor with Soul’d Out for more than 13 years.

Logan Smith is leaving 11th Hour after traveling with the trio for a little over three years. He has two solo albums in the works with current 11th Hour members providing background vocals. Smith’s replacement in 11th Hour is newcomer Chandler Padgett who will be graduating from Bethel University in December.

Global Promotions and Southern Gospel News Today founder Paul Pitts was elected president of the Southern Gospel Promoter’s Association last week during the National Quartet Convention. Other elected officers of the association are Marcelle Slaughter (First Vice President), Greg Baskin (Second Vice President), Don Williamson (Membership Chairman), and Angela Griffin (Secretary & Treasurer).

The Southern Gospel Promoter’s Association recognized Pastor Bill Bailey as their 2020 Promoter Of The Year, honoring Bailey’s “Sing the Glory Down” concert series and his promotion of the Southern Gospel Relief Fund.

In a Facebook post on Saturday, the Southern Gospel Music Association announced the addition of Jarrod Vanderslice to their Advisory Board. Vanderslice is a former member of the Galloways who currently travels with his 13-year-old daughter Jaylie in Sound Street, a trio.

In a special presentation last week, the National Quartet Convention recognized Pastor Charles Stanley for his 60+ years of ministry.

Last Saturday, the Board Of Directors for the National Quartet Convention presented songwriter/singer Phil Cross with the Les Beasley Award honoring him for 40 years of success in the industry. Immediately after the award was presented, Phil Cross & Poet Voices performed a medley of classic hits written by Cross. Check it out below.


October 8 – Legacy Five – Something New (digital)


The dates listed here are distribution dates when music will officially be available through retail and online outlets. Some titles may be available sooner direct from the artists.

October 12 – Kevin Williams & Mark Lowry – Simply Christmas (In digital outlets October 12/CD shipping mid-October )
October 12 – Kevin Williams & Mark Lowry – Sit Up Straight And Sing (In digital outlets October 12/CD shipping mid-October )
October 15 – The Kingdom Heirs – I Feel A Good Day Coming On (CD)
October 15 – Gordon Mote – Christmas Hymns & Carols (CD)
October 15 – Stan Whitmire – Heaven’s Child: 20 Christmas Songs of Comfort and Peace (CD)
October 15 – Gaither Vocal Band – All Heaven And Nature Sing (DVD)
Awards, honors, and group member changes highlight this week's episode of News Nuggets.
October 15 – Mac Powell – New Creation (CD)
October 22 – Primitive Quartet – Through The Years: Volume 1 (digital)
October 22 – Primitive Quartet – Through The Years: Volume 2 (digital)
October 22 – Zach Williams – I Don’t Want Christmas To End (CD)

October 22 – Ronny Hinson – The Lighthouse Fifty Year Celebration (CD)

October 22 – If It Wasn’t For The Lighthouse (TV Special)

October 29 – The Kramers – Christmas (CD)
October 29 – 11th Hour – Anthem Of The Ages (CD)
November 5 – Carrie Underwood – My Gift: Special Edition (LP)
November 5 – The Browns – Christmas Now! (CD)
November 19 – The Collingsworth Family – Just Sing! (CD)
???? – Lee Black – Beloved: A Collection Of Modern Hymns
???? – Red Letter Edition – Inception (CD)
Early 2022 – William Lee Golden & The Goldens – Old Country Church Gospel (CD)

January 2022 – The Lore Family – The World Needs A Song (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. Chris U

    According to Melissa’s IG, Ever Faithful isn’t coming out until Oct 22.

    • David Bruce Murray

      I just publish the dates I can find listed…often labels can’t make up their minds and make changes at the last minute.

      • Chris

        I hear that! I wish it had come out on the 8th! HA!


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