Nashville, Tenn. – The Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America’s (SPBGMA) reigningEntertainer of the Year, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage have receivedfive nominations for the upcoming SPBGMA convention, set to take place in Nashville, Tennessee, during the weekend of February 5-8. Vincent, who was just named one of the Digital Journal’s “5 best female voices in bluegrass music,” is no stranger to the SPBGMA awards, as she was inducted into their Hall of Greats in 2014.
Rhonda Vincent & The Rage are nominated for the following categories:
Entertainer of the Year: Rhonda Vincent
Bluegrass Band of the Year Overall: Rhonda Vincent & The Rage
Female Vocalist of the Year (Contemporary): Rhonda Vincent
Male Vocalist of the Year (Contemporary): Josh Williams
Fiddle Player of the Year: Hunter Berry
Additional excitement is building as Only Me, Vincent’s latest recording project, which contains 6 bluegrass tracks as well as 6 country tracks, is nominated for “Best Bluegrass Album” by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, better known as The Grammy Awards!
The Boot is asking fans who should take home the Grammy award for “Best Bluegrass Album.” Fans can vote every 24 hours HERE. Voting ends on February 5th, and will be used to predict their winner predictions. The 57th Grammy Awards will air live February 8th on CBS.
“We’re excited to begin our third consecutive record-setting year for Rhonda Vincent & The Rage in 2015. The Grammy Nomination makes it extra special” said an excited Rhonda Vincent.
Be sure to join Rhonda & The Rage as they travel aboard the Martha White Bluegrass Express across the USA, and beyond, when they visit Europe in the summer.
Dahlonega, GA (January 26, 2015) One of the stellar groups in Gospel Music, Karen Peck and New River has collected five Absolutely Gospel Music Award nominations. This comes on the heels of a Dove Award for Southern Gospel Song of the Year for “Revival”.
Always a favorite at the Absolutely Gospel Music Awards, Karen Peck & New River, were mentioned in five categories including Song of the Year (for “Finish Well”), Mixed Group, Progressive Song (for “Finish Well”) , Traditional Song (for “Everybody’s Going Through Something”) penned by Karen Peck, Kenna West and Don Poythress. “Finish Well”, written by Karen Peck, Michael Farren and Kenna West, was number one on both the Singing News and Absolutely Gospel Music charts. In addition to the group’s nominations Karen Peck is also nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year.
Karen stated “We have had such a desire to see Revival spread through the world and we hope to spark that same desire in others as we present the Gospel in song. We are very honored and blessed to be nominated by our peers for doing what we love.”
Voting for the Awards begins Sunday, February 1st and will continue through Saturday February 21st . Simply go to www.absolutleygospel.com and look for the large banner at the top of the front page and you can click to vote for Karen Peck and New River.
The Absolutely Gospel Music Awards, often called the “finest” awards in the industry have been presented since 2002 by the staff of AbsolutelyGospel.com. The award nominations are chosen by the staff of AbsolutelyGospel.com and other select industry professionals, and most of the winners are then chosen by the fans of the genre and readers of the site.
In 2005, AbsolutelyGospel.com held its first AGM Music Awards Celebration which brought in all the artists, industry professionals, and fans for an official awards ceremony. In 2006, AbsolutelyGospel.com held a contest for the readers to name the statue that is presented to the winners at the Awards Celebration, in which “Ovation” was chosen as the winner. The Ovations are handed out on the second Tuesday in April every year.
Baby Abandoned at Train Station In China, Now An 11 Year Old Fulfilling Her Dreams
Franklin, TN (Mansion Entertainment) – Eleven years ago a baby girl was abandoned in a paper box at a train station in the Hunan Province in China clothed in nothing more than a light blue jacket. This innocent baby girl was found in the early hours of the next morning by a kind stranger and taken to an orphanage in China where she lived the first year of her life. Around the age of one, this little girl was adopted by a couple from Texas, given the name of McKenzie Grace Walker, and raised in the United States.
From that moment, little McKenzie Walker began to grow up and live as any normal American child, with one exception; early on her parents noticed Kenzie had a special fondness for anything musical. She would sing along with clock chimes, memorize lyrics to songs she heard and sing complete songs when she was barely able to talk.
Fast forward through the last 11 years on Kenzie’s unusual life journey and not only has she performed the National Anthem for the Major League Baseball team the Houston Astros but has landed a record deal after being discovered by veteran producer and 2015 GRAMMY Nominee, Mark Carman.
At such a young age, Kenzie is already set to share her musical talent with the world through a brand new, debut recording being released in March 2015 through Mansion Entertainment and distributed by Sony/RED and the family is set to share their incredible journey of how this real-life fairy tale has unfolded with requests already coming in for network television appearances for TBN, LeSea, WATC TV and others. Kenzie’s management, MCM World Media, is currently planning a tour targeting Southeast Asia later in 2015.
A new radio single from her debut project will be shared with Southern Gospel radio entitled, “Heaven Come Down”, scheduled for release in early February 2015 via Mansion Radio Hits Volume 11. A studio performance video of the song was released on Kenzie’s official Facebook page 11 days ago with a reach of almost 200,000 and almost 1,100 viral Facebook shares of the video and growing.
Weleetka, Ok (January 23, 2015) The Williamsons have again garnered one of the top ten nominations for the Fan Favorite Award at the 2015 Absolutely Gospel Music Awards Celebration to be held Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at the River of Life Church in Smyrna, TN.
The Fan Favorite Award is one of twenty four awards given out at the Celebration, but what makes this award different is that it is wholly nominated and voted upon by the Gospel Music fans. Every other award presented is nominated by the professionals in the Gospel Music industry, but artists with loyal fans have an equal opportunity to get this nomination.
The Williamsons apparently have very loyal fans because this is the second year in a row that their fans have rallied behind them to get enough votes to be in the top ten fan favorites. Voting for this and all of the other awards will be February 1st through February 21th .
Donnie Williamson, Baritone and group manager stated, “We consider it a great honor to again be nominated for the Absolutely Gospel Music Awards as Fan Favorite. I am so proud of this group and the progress we have made in the past year.”
By: Charlie Griffin, Classic Artists Records Soloist/ Speaker and Gospel Music Fan
It is the title to this news article, the name of the very popular Face Book page and the name of a music convention!
But in reality it is more than that. It is a common bond of a musical style that binds thousands together. Some just like the music, southern gospel music. Many knew and know the artists and were fans “in the day.” While others are true enthusiasts as they love the music but are collectors of rare LPs, photos, posters, memorabilia and stories. Collectors turned historians share the stories that keep our music exciting and alive. Hearing about the funny moments or the spiritual delivery of songs and the results of our southern gospel music are the seeds planted to a new younger fan. As “We Love Our Southern Gospel Music History” we are looking to the future as well. It is the goal to keep the music “alive and well” by doing what we love so well, sharing the stories and music, one more time, again for the first time.
In the summer and early fall of 2013, many “conventional southern gospel music fans” were posting comments with audio and video clips on a variety of Face Book sites. There were some sites that were for quartets, memorial pages and even some trying to shoot for a 24/7 music page. All were and are good. But in the minds of a true historian, fan and collector the history of our music was not fully being shared with the masses.
Harold Timmons, John Crenshaw, Ann Downing and Hannah Lynae Kennedy (WLOSGMH Administrators) put together a historical social media network group dedicated to sharing and cultivating the history and rejuvenating our southern gospel music heritage. In less than 16 months over 34 thousand people have asked to join the Face Book group. By the looks of the response the surface has only been scratched.
As members began posting old photos, memorabilia, audio and video clips, old group pictures and more hardcore fans and collectors began posting their thrift store and yard sale finds. Comments were made about “would it not be nice if there was a convention just for collectors and fans that love our southern gospel history.” Continue reading We Love Our Southern Gospel Music History→
(Nashville, TN – Jan. 13, 2015) – Mark Carman, a 30 year veteran music producer, can now add another accolade to his achievements and this one is a big one! Carman’s production work on the latest release for country superstar T. Graham Brown’s Forever Changed, has been recognized with a 2015 Grammy nomination for Best Roots Gospel Album. This is the first Grammy nomination T. Graham Brown’s career, his first studio recording in over a decade and his first gospel album
Along with T. Graham Brown, the project features a host of musical
greats from various genres of music including Leon Russell, Vince Gill, The Oak Ridge Boys, Jason Crabb, Steve Cropper and among others. The lineup of talent on this record collectively boasts 26 Grammy awards and 37 Christian music GMA Dove Awards. The task of putting all the pieces together and bringing the puzzle together was not easy, but Mr. Carman is accustomed to hard work.
Growing up in Beckley, WV, Mark began hi career in the early 1980’s as a police officer but his passion for music soon carried him to Nashville, TN where he established himself – through hardwork, dedication and perseverance – in songwriting, producing, and working in almost every phase of the music industry. In total, Carman has produced over 2800 recordings in the past 30 years.
Carman states, “There are so many people that have etched my career in music, that I know I will never remember to thank them all, but know, that I am very appreciative and humbled being know as a Grammy nominated producer. T. Graham Brown is one of country music’s great iconic voices and we worked countless hours producing this great record. I am so happy for him and his album getting nominated as one of the best in its category. “
T. Graham Brown comments, “I feel so very blessed by the Grammy nomination and I’m so grateful to Mark [Carman,] my wife Shelia and all the great people at MCM and Sony for their support” said Brown.
The album is available worldwide in retail stores and at all digital outlets.
The Isaacs, Brian Free & Assurance, 11th Hour, and Bowling Family Named Most Nominated Artists; Joseph Habedank and Kenna West Score Most Individual Nominations
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The administrators and staff of AbsolutelyGospel.com are proud to announce the nominees for the 2015 Absolutely Gospel Music Awards. As in years past, the nominees were chosen by the staff of AbsolutelyGospel.com and select media representatives. Starting on February 1, 2015, the fans will get a chance to vote for their favorites in a dozen categories.
“It is hard to believe that it is time to be announcing another batch of nominees,” mentioned AbsolutelyGospel.com President/CEO Deon Unthank. “Our awards program has become a highlight in the Southern Gospel industry, and we can’t wait to announce all of the plans we have this year!”
Chris D. Unthank, Editor-In-Chief of AbsolutelyGospel.com said, “This is another great listing of artists and individuals who best represented our genre in 2014. We aren’t just about nominating the most popular and recognizable names in the industry. Our awards are about the best our music had to offer from a musical and artistic standpoint for the previous year. This year’s nominees don’t change that at all.”
In addition, the Absolutely Gospel Music Awards opened a new category, Music Video of the Year due to the large increase of short-form concept videos being produced in the genre over the last couple of years. Music videos belonging to HIGHROADIII, The Freemans, Brian Free & Assurance, Wilburn & Wilburn, and Jason Crabb were the first to be nominated in this category.
As far as nominations go, four artists tied for the most nominations this year. Last years big winners The Isaacs along with the Bowling Family, Brian Free & Assurance, and 11th Hour landed an impressive seven nominations each this year.
The Isaacs took home nominations in Mixed Group of the Year and Fan Favorite Artist of the Year in addition to several other mentions and individual nominations for group members Ben Isaacs, Becky Isaacs Bowman, and Sonya Isaacs Yeary.
The Bowling Family was mentioned in Song of the Year (for “I Know Enough”) and Mixed Group of the Year, in addition to much more. Brian Free & Assurance saw nods in Song of the Year (for “Say Amen”) and Album of the Year (for Unashamed), just like 11th Hour for “How Will You Plead?” and Picture This respectively.
Karen Peck & New River, The Browders, and HIGHROADIII each earned five nominations apiece. Following behind those artists were Gold City, The Talleys, The Dunaways, and Tribute with four mentions, while the Booth Brothers, The Freemans, and Three Bridges all landed three nods. Several artists earned double nominations, including Legacy Five, The OldPaths, Triumphant, Mark Trammell Quartet, Jim Brady Trio, Collingsworth Family, Zane & Donna King, and the Kingsmen.
Two people earned the most individual nominations: new soloist Joseph Habedank and hit songwriter Kenna West. They both earned a staggering eight nominations apiece. Habedank landed mentions in Breakthrough Artist of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year in addition to multiple songwriting mentions as well. West landed her fifth consecutive Songwriter of the Year notice and had double Song of the Year nominations (for co-writing “Finish Well” and “Say Amen”).
Songwriter Dianne Wilkinson earned an impressive seven nods as well – including four mentions in the Song of the Year category. Jeff Collins and Ricky Free landed six nominations, while Michael Farren, Gordon Mote, and Lee Black each earned five nods. Mentioned four times were Karen Peck Gooch, Amber Eppinette, Jim Brady, Jason Cox, and Roger Talley. Multiple people earned three nominations including Ben Isaacs, Jeff Stice, Jerry Salley, Amber Nelon Thompson, Matthew Browder, and Becky Isaacs Bowman.
The Pacesetter Award is awarded to any artist, individual, or organization that has shown great strides in the industry and has raised the bar for others. This year’s nominees for the 2015 Pacesetter are satellite radio station enLighten Sirius-XM Satellite Radio, new Southern Gospel television show Music City Show, popular blogging site MusicScribe.com, record label StowTown Records, and promotional firm Vertical Sky Promotions.
More information on the 2015 Absolutely Gospel Music Awards Celebration will be forthcoming, including hosts, performers, and sponsors, etc. The date for this year’s Absolutely Gospel Music Awards Celebration is Tuesday, April 14, 2015. The event will again take place at the River of Life Church in Smyrna, Tennessee. Ticket information will be forthcoming.
(Russell Springs, KY) The Masters Four, from Sano, KY won the Patterson Promotions Homecoming Talent Search that was held in August at the Music Road Hotel Masters Four in Pigeon Forge, TN. The package included a radio release with promotion and a publicity package provided by Evie Hawkins of EHA-Nashville, a total value of $2,600. Members of the group include Jon Polston, Josh Carey, Jordan Polston, and Kristen Keltner. The radio single “Power, Fire, Blood,” is currently being promoted from the PP Vol. 17 comp disc. It has already reached the #1 position on Southern Gospel Times and Pauline Patterson notes, “It is obvious that this young group’s desire is to strengthen and increase God’s kingdom. Their desire is to spread the Gospel through song and testimony and reach souls. It’s an honor to represent them!” Evie Hawkins of EHA-Nashville notes, “I’m proud to represent Masters Four. I was able to attend Pauline’s homecoming event and the talent was phenomenal! I believe their song will do well on radio!”
(Maineville, OH) Somerset for Christ, a Christian music band from Maineville, Ohio, recently released “Break My Heart” to national radio through Patterson Promotions on PP#17 compilation disc. The song was written with reference to how one’s heart can become “hardened” and the need for “the Lord, by His Spirit, to break up the hard, fallow ground in our hearts in order to walk in love toward others.” The group’s ministry was created in 2009 and although they do not tour, they have a mission of spreading the word of Christ through their music and related activities. Their music is a combination of Christian Country and Pop with the overriding objective being “a focus on the eternal.” They strive to reach souls through radio and the internet. In doing so, they have become regulars on the popular Larry Ford radio program and have successful airplay in neighboring states and beyond. The band’s unique musical talent is not their only gift. Their involvement with charitable causes has made them a beloved ministry on the homefront and abroad, even as far as Africa. Each member of the band is active in their local church and they have a passion for reaching out to those with disabilities, the aged, and others who have special needs. Pauline Patterson notes, “This band is unique and upbeat. I’m so happy to be a part of this wonderful music ministry. Their mission and purpose is also a blessing to those who cannot get out and travel to concerts. By focusing on internet and radio ministry, I believe they will continue to reach the masses with their inspiring music!”
(Okolona, MS) Popular soloist, Brenda Whitlock, releases a new single on Patterson Promotions Vol. # 17 radio compilation disc. From the project, “Who Is She,” that includes ten of her original songs, Brenda chose “We Have Found Her” to be promoted to national radio. Pauline Patterson notes, “Brenda is known and loved all over the country by her beautiful voice and terrific songs. Through multiple projects and a passion for winning souls to the Lord, this lady blesses those who are fortunate enough to know her. I’m always happy to have Brenda on board because of her mission, purpose, and tremendous talent. This is her 3rd release from that successful project and we are very excited!”