#NewsNuggets: 9-22-23

by | Sep 22, 2023 | News


The Lore Family announced seventeen-year veteran Samual Lore will be stepping away from the group to focus on new ministry opportunities with his wife Rebekah. The group is not seeking a replacement as they will still have four vocalists moving forward.

The Oak Ridge Boys announced their American Made: Farewell Tour. The group, which traces its origins back to 1943 as part of the Georgia Clodhoppers, is also marking the 50th anniversary of the current lineup’s formation. The Oaks will perform select dates through 2024 and plan to continue appearing as members of the Grand Ole Opry.

The Kingdom Heirs announced the resignation of Loren Harris who initially joined the group to sing baritone seven years ago and then moved to the lead singer role in 2022. Harris last performed with the group in early August before health issues that have affected him the last few years became too serious for him to continue. The group has not yet announced a replacement but did state they will not be conducting auditions. Former Kingsmen lead singer Chris Bryant has been filling in for Harris the past few weeks.

Dave Clark and Dusty Wells have released the first four episodes of their new podcast I Love To Tell The Story. The four episodes include an introductory piece followed by conversations with Reba Rambo, Billy Blackwood, and Chris Golden.

The Candler, North Carolina-based trio Fields of Grace is the latest addition to the Family Music Group label.


Please pray for Danny Funderburk (Cathedral Quartet/Perfect Heart) as he recovers from a severe concussion after suffering a fall last weekend. The praise report is that a follow-up MRI yesterday ruled out a stroke. Funderburk will be inducted into the Southern Gospel Music Association Hall Of Fame next week on Tuesday afternoon at the National Quartet Convention. His wife Shelley has shared she is optimistic about them attending the induction ceremony even if they can’t stay at NQC for the entire week as they originally planned.


September 22 – Lynda Randle – By The Riverside (CD/streaming)


September 22 – Pine Ridge Boys – Faithful (CD/USB/streaming)


September 22 – Vestal & Howard – The Happy Goodmans With Their Southern Homecoming Friends (streaming)

Listen to new September releases HERE 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.

????/NQC – Guardians – The Legacy Lives On (CD)


September 25 – Mark Trammell Quartet – Classic (CD)


September 29 – The Inspirations – Reunion Live (CD/streaming)


October 6 – The Oak Ridge Boys – Christmas Collection (CD/streaming)


October 6 – Tribute Quartet – Quartet Tribute: Volume Three (CD/streaming)


October 16 – The Apostoic Boys – Breakthrough (CD/USB/streaming)


October 20 – Jeff & Sheri Easter – Christmas Is (CD/streaming)


October 20 – The Browns – Christmas In Prague (CD/streaming)


November 1 – Greater Vision – Christmas In London (CD/LP/USB)


November 3 – Anthem Edition – Here Comes Christmas (CD/streaming)


November 17 – Kyle Boreing – Sanctified (Streaming)


???? – Josh Singletary – Grand (CD/streaming)


?? – River’s Edge – Front Row Seat

???? – Gold City

???? – Daniel Ball solo album

???? – 3 Heath Brothers Christmas album (CD/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.


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