#NewsNuggets: 3-31-23

by | Mar 31, 2023 | News


The Kingdom Heirs announced the upcoming departures of veteran bass singer Jeff Chapman on April 17 and tenor singer Jacob Ellison on April 3. Chapman recently celebrated his 21st anniversary with the group and Ellison joined in 2021. Individuals interested in applying for either of the upcoming vacancies are asked to submit a photo, one audio track or video recording, and a brief paragraph introducing yourself by email to: [email protected]

Gold City announced Jeff Chapman will be joining the group on April 20. Chapman had filled in with Gold City on a few occasions since the departure of bass singer Chris West earlier in 2023.

Jacob Ellison announced in a Facebook video that he has accepted a ministry position at Grace Community Church in Sarasota, Florida.

Crossroads Music announced the concept video for the 3 Heath Brothers’ song “Into The Deep” has won a combination of 13 awards in three recent film festivals including the “Best Music Video” category at all three festivals.

Daywind Records announced soloist Joseph Habedank recently participated in the Redbird Common Writers Round showcase for artist/songwriters. Habedank appeared alongside Mac Powell, Joseph O’Brien, and Hope Darst.

Sea Walker Media Corporation announced the additions of Joseph and Lindsay Habedank to their Board of Directors. Neal Jackson is leaving the Board due to his pastoral role and his new political responsibilities in the North Carolina House of Representatives.

GCMA Concerts announced their board of directors will consist of Rick Sheets (President and CEO), Alan Kendall (Vice President and Georgia Executive Director), Jonathan Wilburn (Alabama Executive Director), and Ric Mull (Carolinas Executive Director). The organization most recently promoted the Kingsmen Quartet’s Big & Live event in Gadsden, Alabama.


Heaven’s Mountain Band member Deborah Johnson recently passed away after suffering a severe stroke. Please remember her husband, Roger, and all the Johnson family in your prayers during this difficult time.


There are no major Southern Gospel album releases this week. Click HERE to listen to March 2023 new 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.

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


April 14 – The Inspirations – Ageless Treasures (Double CD/streaming)


April 14 – The Browns – Breakthrough (CD/streaming)


April 21 – Down East Boys – There’s A Song For That (CD/streaming)


April 28 – Point Of Grace – Turn Your Eyes (Songs We Love, Songs You Know) Volume II (CD/streaming)


April 28 – Gaither Gospel Series – Hallelujah Homecoming (DVD/CD)


April 28 – Gaither Gospel Series – Power In The Blood (DVD/CD)


TBA – Lauren, Amber, & Kenna (streaming)


TBA – Brian Free & Assurance – 30th Anniversary (may be a different title) (double CD/USB-A/USB-C)

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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. Chris Garcia

    Jeff Chapman has been such a stalwart bass singer for the Kingdom Heirs for so many years. He will be greatly missed, and the KH sound will surely be changed. But the Heirs’ loss will be the Gold City’s gain.

    Wonder if most SG fans feel that bass singers affect the sound of a SG quartet as much, as for instance, the sound of the lead or the tenor? Just curious…. thanks.

  2. Daniel h

    Love the Jeff Chapman news! My “love offering” to see his quartet will no longer require over $80 and a roller coaster.
    I just can’t help but wonder how that’ll feel for him. Singing less, but traveling more. Hope somebody gets that interview

  3. David

    I’m not sure the wheels have stopped turning yet in Pigeon Forge. By his own admission on tour this winter, Loren isn’t in the best of health and Kreis French is still recuperating. Even though there’s no shortage of “helpful suggestions” on social media as to whom the KH’s should pursue(which furthers my belief that some people ought not be allowed on the internet), I’d like to see them get a new lead and move Loren back to baritone.

    I’ve always thought the KH’s had the best gig in SGM, the fans come to them nine months out of the year, and a full schedule of tour dates in the winter, probably with a waiting list. If that’s so, then why has 3/4 of their front line left/are leaving? It’s none of our business, but we can’t help it.


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