#NewsNuggets: 2-17-23

by | Feb 17, 2023 | News


The Down East Boys have hired Cayden Howell to fill the baritone spot vacated by Daryl Paschal a few weeks ago. Howell sang previously with the Dixie Melody Boys.

Liberty Quartet’s Board Of Directors announced the resignation of tenor singer Philip Batton effective February 24. The group will use fill-in vocalists until a replacement is hired.

The Old Paths announced they have a new management agreement with Q & Dani Phillips of The Artist Element. Their announcement also mentioned it will be a few more months before they reveal their new group name (originally planned to be announced on December 5, 2022). The new name has been selected.

Horizon Records announced former Gold City/LeFevre Quartet tenor Jay Parrack is starting a solo career with the release of a single today titled “Down In My Heart.” The song came from a session Parrack recorded with producer and former Kingsmen/Palmetto State pianist Andrew Ishee for an upcoming multi-artist recording.


Brothers Of The Heart tenor and soloist Jimmy Fortune had quintuple heart bypass surgery on Wednesday. Please pray for a speedy recovery. His doctors are pleased with his progress so far.


February 17 – Southbound – Lost And Found (CD/LP/streaming)


February 17 – The Steeles – Be The Reason (CD/streaming)


February 17 – Redeemed Quartet – Those Were The Days (CD/streaming)


February 17 – Jim & Melissa – Our Love Songs (streaming)


February 17 – Jim & Melissa – Classic Love Songs (streaming)

Click HERE to listen to February new releases at 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.

February 20 – Chonda Pierce & John Schneider – The Confession Musical (theatrical release)


February 24 – Larry Sparks – New Highway (streaming reissue of 1998 album)


March 3 – Tim Menzies – He Reminds Me (CD/streaming)


March 10 – Endless Highway – This Is The Moment (CD/streaming)


March 17 – The Primitive Quartet – Stay Their Arms (streaming re-issue of 2021 album)


March 24 – Kingsmen Quartet – Decades, Volumes 1 & 2: A Musical Journey with the Kingsmen (Double CD/USB/Streaming)


March 24 – Whitney Houston – I Go To The Rock: The Gospel Music Of Whitney Houston (CD/DVD/streaming)


April 7 – Kingdom Heirs – Something Good Vol. III (CD/streaming)

TBA – Lauren, Amber, & Kenna (streaming)




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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. David plays piano for Southern Sounds Quartet and the Foothills Community Choir.


  1. Brandon

    Chris West apparently left Gold City? Any news on that?

    • David Bruce Murray


  2. NBer

    Anyone know what is going on with The Dixie Melody Boys? Earl Roberts left, now Cayden Howell has gone to The Down East Boys and their website is down. Have they called it quits?

  3. Anthony Kees

    Knowing Ed, don’t think so.

  4. David Bruce Murray

    Update: In a Facebook comment today, Gold City stated “Chris is no longer touring with the group. A new bass vocalist will be announced in the near future.”


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