#NewsNuggets: 7-1-22

#NewsNuggets: 7-1-22


Oak Ridge Boys bass singer Richard Sterban announced he plans to expand and re-issue his 2012 autobiography From Elvis To Elvira: My Life On Stage in the future. The original version is still available for purchase on the Oak Ridge Boys’ website for a limited time.

Mike LeFevre & Jordan LeFevre announced the LeFevre Quartet plans to retire later this year. Mike plans to continue co-hosting the Gospel Music USA show with Danny Jones and Karen Peck Gooch. Jordan plans to spend the next season of life raising his sons and working with Mike at the same fire department. The LeFevre Quartet will continue their full-time schedule throughout the fall.

Mark Trammell announced that bass singer Will Lane is joining the Mark Trammell Quartet in mid-July. Lane had traveled with the LeFevre Quartet since 2019. Lane replaces his soon-to-be-in-a-matter-of-hours father-in-law Randy Byrd who left the Mark Trammell Quartet earlier this year. Congratulations to Lane and Misti Byrd!

The 2022 BMI Christian Music Awards were presented in mid-June. The performing rights organization’s overall honorees include Steven Curtis Chapman who received the first ever BMI Icon Award, songwriter Jason Cox, songwriter Ethan Hulse, publisher Essential Music Publishing, and the song “There Was Jesus” (performed by Zach Williams & Dolly Parton/written by Casey Beathard, Jonathan Smith & Zach Williams).

BMI also published a list of most performed songs written by their affiliated songwriters from the past year. Southern Gospel songs appearing on the list include: “Follow Me To The Cross” (performed by Jim & Melissa Brady/written by Melissa Brady), “I See Revival” (performed by the Crabb Family/written by Jason Cox & Adam Wheeler), “If God Pulled Back The Curtain” (performed by the Nelons/written by Jason Cox & Kenna West), “The Healer Hasn’t Lost His Touch” (performed by Tribute Quartet/written by Jason Cox, Joseph Habedank, & Tony Wood), and “When God Says Wait” (performed by The Browders/written by Matthew Browder & John Darin Rowsey). Click HERE to view the complete list encompassing genres of Christian music.


Please pray for Southbound singer Clint Brown who recently injured his arm while helping to move equipment.


July 1 – Carolina The Band – Turn: A Legacy Of American Songs (CD/streaming)
July 1 – The Stevens Family – Hope In Christ (streaming)
July 1 – Josh & Ashley Franks – Freedom Blessings (digital re-issue of 2016 5-song EP)
July 1 – Andrew & Mary Beth Jones – self-titled (CD/streaming)


Click HERE to listen to July 2022 releases on YouTube Music.

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.

July 15 – 3 Heath Brothers – Into The Deep (CD/streaming)

On the radar, date TBA – New Ball Brothers album

July 22 – The Fosters – Timeless (CD/streaming)
August 5 – Ernie Haase & Signature Sound – Decades Of Love (CD/streaming)

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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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