#NewsNuggets: 11-26-21

#NewsNuggets: 11-26-21


Nominees for the 2022 Grammy Awards were announced on Tuesday. Nominees in the Roots Gospel Album category include: Alone With My Faith – Harry Connick, Jr.; That’s Gospel, Brother – Gaither Vocal Band; Keeping On – Ernie Haase & Signature Sound; Songs For The Times – The Isaacs; My Savior – Carrie Underwood. Click HERE to view the entire list of nominees.

Wayne Shuford of the Pine Ridge Boys retired from the group on November 21 after “filling in” at the baritone position for the past nine years. Shuford’s career as a singer includes an earlier stint as tenor with the Pine Ridge Boys that started when the group formed in 1963 as well as a 45-year career singing tenor with The Trav’lers.

Doran Ritchey will rejoin Liberty Quartet in January 2022 as pianist along with taking on other roles for the group (producing/arranging/etc.). Ritchey previously traveled with Liberty from 2004-2009 serving both as their baritone singer and pianist.


Former Southern Gospel Promoter’s Association president and Southmen Quartet owner Jim Hefner passed away on Saturday, November 20.

Singer, songwriter, and TV host of Trinity Broadcasting Network’s Up On Melody Mountain Betty Jean Robinson passed away on Thanksgiving Day at the age of 88.


November 26 – Phil Cross – Christmas (digital)
November 26 – The Bilderback Family – Full Circle (digital)
November 26 – The Craguns – A Cragun Family Christmas (CD/digital)
Kyle Boreing - "It's Christmas Time Once Again"
November 26 – Kyle Boreing – It’s Christmas Time Once Again (Digital Single)


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.

January 14 – Lee Black – Beloved: A Collection Of Modern Hymns (CD) (not final artwork)
January 2022 – The Lore Family – The World Needs A Song (CD) (not final artwork)
???? – Red Letter Edition – Inception (CD)
Early 2022 – William Lee Golden & The Goldens – Old Country Church Gospel (CD)

February 22, 2022 – Karen Peck & New River – Title TBD (CD)

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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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