Monday, July 13, 2020

MARKSMEN SIGN WITH FMG BLUEGRASS LABEL

MARKSMEN SIGN WITH FMG BLUEGRASS LABEL


Nashville, TN (July 9, 2020)  Family Music Group Bluegrass label is excited to announce the signing of the Marksmen Quartet to our family of artists!  The Marksmen Quartet has spread the gospel through music to millions around the world for over 50 years!  They were first established as a Southern gospel quartet and then moved over to the bluegrass genre. Their appearance was explosive, yielding new-found fans and bookings from promoters from across the country.  They are considered bluegrass Legends appearing alongside Bill Monroe, Ralph Stanley, the Lewis Family, and more! Their efforts have garnered them nine Gospel Bluegrass Band of the Year awards and multiple Dove Awards nominations. They were also among the founding members of the Southern Gospel Music Guild.

The Marksmen's newest project, from producer, Les Butler, will contain 10 songs, all written by Mark Wheeler. The new project includes one new song and two remakes and will also feature 10 stories behind the songs, told by Mark himself.  Mark is the son of the group's patriarch, Earle Wheeler. He is also a renowned songwriter and said he feels blessed to have spent his life playing music with his dad and creating songs that dozens of artists have recorded.  Mark has been recognized for his talent since his youth.  Happy Edwards of the Harmoneers used to carry Mark around when he was a young boy and have him sing.  Happy said ‘I’d make a million dollars if this boy was mine.’”

Les Butler states, "I'm excited to work with Mark Wheeler and the Marksmen.  Mark is one of my closest friends and a dear brother.  He is quite possibly the most talented singer, songwriter, musician and preacher going today!  This new project is the first of two volumes and I can't wait for the world to hear this great music and the stories behind the songs."

Friday, June 5, 2020

The Old Paths release What Love Does


The Old Paths' What Love Does is now available.
Arden, North Carolina (June 5, 2020) — Following a year in which they releasedtwo albums and had a #1 song with “Come Sunday Morning,” The Old Paths are sharing the many things God's love can do on their new album, What Love Doesnow available on all streaming platforms.
Each song captures the many ways God’s boundless love blesses each person, each day. What Love Does begins with “This Is Amazing Grace,” telling of all that God has done so that we may live with love and grace. It’s followed by the first single, “I Got The Grace, He Gets The Glory,” a high-energy and upbeat song describing how God is always a solid foundation to stand on, despite sins and trials.
“When I heard this song, I couldn’t help but think that this is the theme for life as a believer,” says bass singer Daniel Ashmore who is featured on this song. “I can’t take credit for something I didn’t do and something I didn’t earn, therefore I get the grace and He gets the glory! That’s a message we want to share and this song sums it up perfectly.”
“You Can’t Get Away From God,” written by Kenna Turner West, Sue C. Smithand Brian White and featuring Doug Roark, inspired the album’s title. Each verse tells vignettes of how people in tough places don’t think they’ll find relief, yet God is always there for comfort.
The powerful “Pray While You Wait” reminds that God’s timing is always perfect. When life feels impossible, know God will come through and you can always pray while you wait. 
“Bread,” another upbeat song, illustrates how God can accomplish the impossible through the story of the loaves and fishes, while the instrumental “How Great Is Our God” — which features Ashmore on saxophone — allows listeners to feel the music, and pause to appreciate it. 
“Look At All I Lost” and the final song “Salvation’s Song” talk about no longer being lost after finding Christ, and being freed from guilt, shame and the weight of life. With powerful and moving vocals, these songs capture the theme of the album’s title — God’s love is capable of amazing things.

"We are so excited about this new album. The title What Love Does is really the theme of the album, reflected in the song selection. We feel this is the best album we’ve done that really showcases our new sound with our current lineup," says Ashmore. "Through our many failures and different circumstances in life, God exemplifies His love for us in His endless pursuit to save and change us. God is never late, and is always working all things for our good and His glory, because that’s what love does."

Thursday, June 4, 2020

In the Studio with Nashville's Best!

In the Studio with Nashville's Best!

 
Nashville, TN (June 4, 2020)  Fri, May 29 we were blessed to be in the studio morning, noon and night with some of Nashville's top, multi-award winning musicians.  We tracked a great new album for soloist, Joy Holden.  We worked into the night and tracked 3 new songs for an upcoming album by award-winning Family Music Group artists, the Williamsons!  Hilltop Studios was filled with  hit sounds from these incredible players and singers.  
When asked about the activities of the week, Les Butler stated, "Shooooo....I am one excited producer!  I'm tired, but it's a good tired!"

Stay tuned for more information on these exciting new projects and some really awesome singles headed to radio soon!
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Matt Butler, Les Butler, Robb Tripp, Joy Holden, Brent Mason, Jason Roller, Jonathan Brown (not pictured- John Nicholson)

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

The Old Paths illustrate What Love Does on upcoming album


Arden, North Carolina (April 14, 2020) — In the last year, The Old Paths returned to their ministry with a renewed passion and dedication, released two albums and had a #1 song with “Come Sunday Morning.” Now, they’re continuing to spread the word of God with their new album, What Love Doesnow available for pre-order ahead of its June 5 release.
Each song captures the many ways God’s boundless love blesses each person, each day. What Love Does begins with “This Is Amazing Grace,” telling of all that God has done so that we may live with love and grace. It’s followed by the first single, “I Got The Grace, He Gets The Glory,” a high-energy and upbeat song describing how God is always a solid foundation to stand on, despite sins and trials.
“When I heard this song, I couldn’t help but think that this is the theme for life as a believer,” says bass singer Daniel Ashmore who is featured on this song. “I can’t take credit for something I didn’t do and something I didn’t earn, therefore I get the grace and He gets the glory! That’s a message we want to share and this song sums it up perfectly.”
“You Can’t Get Away From God,” written by Kenna Turner West, Sue C. Smithand Brian White and featuring Doug Roark, inspired the album’s title. Each verse tells vignettes of how people in tough places don’t think they’ll find relief, yet God is always there for comfort.
The powerful “Pray While You Wait” reminds that God’s timing is always perfect. When life feels impossible, know God will come through and you can always pray while you wait. 
“Bread,” another upbeat song, illustrates how God can accomplish the impossible through the story of the loaves and fishes, while the instrumental “How Great Is Our God” allows listeners to feel the music, and pause to appreciate it. 
“Look At All I Lost” and the final song “Salvation’s Song” talk about no longer being lost after finding Christ, and being freed from guilt, shame and the weight of life. With powerful and moving vocals, these songs capture the theme of the album’s title — God’s love is capable of amazing things.

"We are so excited about this new album. The title What Love Does is really the theme of the album, reflected in the song selection. We feel this is the best album we’ve done that really showcases our new sound with our current lineup," says Ashmore. "Through our many failures and different circumstances in life, God exemplifies His love for us in His endless pursuit to save and change us. God is never late, and is always working all things for our good and His glory, because that’s what love does."

Pre-order What Love Does HERE.

Friday, April 10, 2020

Williamsons Exciting News and Updates!

Williamsons Exciting News and Updates!

 
Nashville, TN (April 8, 2020) Popular FMG artists, the Williamsons were honored to sing at Sutherland Springs Church in Sutherland Springs, TX.  This church rose to the top of the news on November 5, 2017, when a gunman opened fire on the congregation, killing 26 people and wounding 20 others.  The Williamsons would like to share with you some pictures of the church which you will find below.  Each section of pictures is explained in Donnie Williamson's own words.

The blessings continue with their song, "Robes of Pure White" sailing into the Top 20 on the Singing News, Scoops and other charts for multiple months.  This song rose all the way to #1 on the Affirm FM and WFLQ Southern Gospel charts!  They were also featured by Paul Belcher, one of the nation's top promoters of Southern Gospel Music, to a packed house in Chattanooga, TN.  

To learn more about the Williamsons, visit them online at: 

www.williamsonsmusic.com

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Interview With Wyatt Austin | Southern Gospel Gazette



Mercy: Tell us a little bit about yourself. 
Wyatt: I'm the bass player and one of the bass singers for the Inspirations Quartet. I was with the Chuck Wagon Gang before joining the Inspirations. 

Mercy: Can you share your salvation testimony? 
Wyatt: Just a few days before my birthday, I was sitting in church and the preacher preached on salvation. I didnt know a whole lot about it, I just knew I wanted it! 
I asked my mom during the invitation how to be saved and she said that when you get saved, people are normally crying, and she went on, but I didnt pay attention to the rest, I just thought if I went up there and cried I'd be saved! So I went up there and I made sure to cry! But nothing happened... I came back to my to my seat puzzled trying to figure out what I did wrong and mom asked me if I was wanting to get saved after the service. I said yeah and she waved the preacher down and said "get over here!" The preacher then shared with me Roman's 10:9 and I prayed and Jesus became my Lord and Savior. 

Mercy: If you weren't involved in music, what would you be doing right now?
Wyatt: If I wasn't involved I'm music, I would probably still be in college right now. 

Mercy: Who are some of your musical heroes? 
Wyatt: My musical heroes are Big Chief with the Statesmen and Mike Holcomb with the Inspirations. 




Mercy: What is your favorite song to sing (or play) and why? 
Wyatt: My favorite song to sing would probably be I'm Bound for that City (although we hardly ever do that one). 

Mercy: What is your favorite part of being with the Inspirations? 
Wyatt: My favorite part about being with the Inspirations is the unity in the group. Everyone on the bus is like family. 

Mercy: What is your favorite and least favorite part of traveling?
Wyatt: My favorite part about traveling is getting to meet all kinds of new friends. My least favorite part is having to leave my family every week. 



Mercy: If you could have dinner with anyone  (past or present), who would it be? 
Wyatt: If I could have dinner with anyone, it would probably have to be Jesus or one of His disciples. 

Mercy: What is the funniest or most embarrassing thing thing has happened to you on stage? 
Wyatt: When I was with the Chuck Wagon Gang, I had lost my voice one night and someone had requested Daddy Sang Bass. It came time for my line in the song and I tried to sing, and just squeaking came out. I was so embarrassed, and someone posted a video of it on Facebook and it got a few thousand views.... 

Mercy: What is your favorite Bible verse and why?
Wyatt: My favorite Bible verse is probably Roman's 10:9 because it's what led me to the Lord. 

Mercy: Is there anything else you'd like to share with our readers? 
Wyatt: One of the coolest memories I have traveling is getting to eat lunch with Sonny Osborne.

Keeping Up With The Inspirations-


Saturday, March 28, 2020

Interview With Keith Plott | Southern Gospel Gazette



Mercy: Tell us a little bit about yourself. 
Keith: I am a full time Southern Gospel Soloist, traveling the country with my beautiful bride Bobbi Lynn Plott. Sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ in song. 

Mercy: Could you share your salvation testimony? 
Keith: I was saved at Earl Street Church of God in Kannapolis N.C. at 10 years of age. I knew I needed this Jesus the preacher was talking about! 

Mercy: If you didn't become a singer, what would you be doing right now? 
Keith: I always always wanted to be a Game Warden.

Mercy: Who is someone that has influenced your singing? 
Keith: George Younce.

Mercy: What is your favorite song to sing and why? 
Keith: Thanks to Calvary. So thankful for the saving grace of Jesus Christ! 

Mercy: What is your favorite and least favorite part of traveling?
Keith: Favorites,  Traveling to New places trying new foods, meeting new people with my bride Bobbi Lynn!  Least Favorites,  Having to drive long distances bores me to death!  

Keith & Bobbi Lynn

Mercy: If you could meet anyone in the past or present, who would it be? 
Keith: President Trump! 

Mercy: What is your favorite Bible verse and why? 
Keith: Be ye kind to one another, tenderhearted forgiving one another, even as God for Christ sake hath forgiven you. This verse speaks for itself. 

Mercy: Is there anything else you'd like to share with our readers?
Keith:  I love horseback riding, fishing, and cruising with my bride in my truck!

Keeping Up With Keith