Wednesday, July 10, 2019

THE MARK DUBBELD FAMILY RELEASE “ABIDING WORSHIP” PRAISE & WORSHIP ALBUM

THE MARK DUBBELD FAMILY RELEASE “ABIDING WORSHIP” PRAISE & WORSHIP ALBUM
AVAILABLE AUGUST 15TH 2019
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Featuring 10 brand new songs from the pen of Janene Dubbeld and daughter Elena Dubbeld, this album will take the listener on a worship experience that is certain to bring you closer to the Saviour. 
Known for their close family harmonies, The Mark Dubbeld Family has given us a new approach to their vocal stylings by showcasing daughter, Elena and son, Channing; leading us in worship through each song. And unlike most albums, this project is a complete worship session including heartfelt pleas for Christ to come and meet with each listener as they are immersed in each musical piece. 
“Abiding Worship” will be released August 15th, 2019 but starting July 15th, you can pre-order your digital copy via iTunes and Google Play and receive “Breathtaking” as an included early download!

To learn more about The Mark Dubbeld Family, visit their website at: https://www.mjdubbeld.com

Monday, July 1, 2019

Interview With Pat Barker | Southern Gospel Gazette

When you think of good Quartet singing, Bat Parker - um, I mean Pat Barker is one of the first people that comes to mind.  Fans of Southern Gospel music have enjoyed hearing this talented singer over his 50+ years of singing.



His smooth voice & mediocre humor has made him one of the most sought-after baritone singers in Southern Gospel Music.  We had the burden of interviewing him while at the Memphis Quartet Show last month and, well, it was enlightening to say the least.  Let's get started, lest Pat get a big head from all of this complimentary chatter.



Disclaimer by Modesty : The introductory part of the interview above was all in jest.  We love Pat, but Mercy gets great fun out of his wonderful sense of humor and tends to run with it.  😂


Please be sure to follow the Guardians on social media (links below) as well as check and see if they're singing near you! We honestly love this group and in our opinion, Pat is one of the best - and smoothest - bass singers today.

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Conversations With Chris - Round Two

Hey y'all!  It's been a little bit since we've been on here with an interview but at long last, we're back! For those of you who follow us on Facebook, you probably tuned into our very first interview with Chris Bryant.  Today, we're back with round two.  We talked about the Kingsmen's new project (Victory Shout) and lots more. So grab a cup of coffee, pull up a chair, and enjoy! :)



Chris is such a fun guy to chat with and I hope you all enjoy watching this interview as much as we did creating it.  Be sure to message/email or comment any questions you have for Chris, they just might get used in our next interview with him!

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

The Kingsmen’s Victory Shout debuts at #1 on Billboard chart

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Kingsmen’s Victory Shout debuts
at #1 on Billboard chart

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Arden, North Carolina (June 18, 2019) — The Kingsmen's latest album, Victory Shouthas debuted at #1 on Billboard's Southern Gospel chart. It also sits at #24 on Billboard's Contemporary Christian Albums chart and #33 on Billboard's Top Christian/Gospel Albums chart.
“The opportunity of sharing the gospel and seeing lives changed for Christ has always been a privilege I’ve never taken for granted. Add singing with The Kingsmen to that level of joy, but success on the Billboard charts? It certainly goes beyond anything I ever imagined would happen in my life," says baritone singer Alan Kendall. "To the fans and friends of The Kingsmen, the words 'thank you' seem to fall short of expressing our gratitude. We do not take your kindness and support lightly."

With messages of hope and encouragement told with joyful music, Victory Shout is resonating with fans. The first single and title track, "Victory Shout," is quickly climbing the radio charts with its jubilant reminder that God will meet our needs in his timing.

Other tracks like "Dear John," "Prodigal Son," and "King Of Kings" tell Biblical stories, while songs like "Just Climb" and "You'll Move Mountains For Me" are reminders to trust in the Lord.
The album closes with “That’s Where You’ll Find Me,” a power ballad featuring lead singer Chris Bryant describing the meeting place at Christ’s throne in Heaven. With these songs of worship and praise, The Kingsmen are continuing their far-reaching ministry and legacy.

"To say we are thrilled would be an understatement," says tenor singer Chris Jenkins. "We felt a special vibe and magic in the studio as we were recording this album. We felt like these songs were anointed and delivered a life-changing message. Thank you to all who support our music."
Listen to Victory Shout HERE.
About The Kingsmen
For more than half a century, no other group has secured such a far-reaching legacy as that of The Kingsmen Quartet. Since 1956, this group has risen from humble beginnings in the mountains of western North Carolina to become one of the most beloved and innovative groups in Christian music. Countless renowned artists have been a part of this great lineage, such as Eldridge Fox, "Big" Jim Hamill, Ray Dean Reese, Squire Parsons, Johnny Parrack, Anthony Burger, Ernie Phillips, Gary Sheppard, and a host of others. The momentum has not stopped as this group continues to help define the Southern Gospel genre for a whole new generation of music lovers, perhaps more so than any other group. 
In the mid-fifties, brothers Raymond, Reese, and Louis McKinney formed a gospel group, traveling locally throughout the western part of the Carolinas and completing dozens of recordings by the late 60's. By the early 70's, area natives Eldridge Fox and Ray Dean Reese joined this emerging quartet and in 1974 released their first live recording, "Big & Live" consisting of Fox, Reese, Jim Hamill, and Johnny Parrack. This Dove award winning album brought to gospel music, fresh arrangements and catchy melodies that would later become southern gospel classics, such as "Glory Road," "Look for Me At Jesus Feet," and "Love Lifted Me." This would be the start of many legendary live albums for the Kingsmen. Traveling with a live band, the Kingsmen became one of few groups during this era to be able to perform with three to five musicians, granting them individuality and innovation in the industry. 
Always seeking to have a creative edge, they began introducing themselves as, "The Ton of Fun." Through the late 1970's and 80's, more hits were churning from albums such as "Chattanooga Live," "Live Naturally," & "Live at The University of Alabama." These albums combined with high energy and up-tempo music brought music lovers an exciting brand of showmanship. Songs like, "Old Ship of Zion," "Shake Hands with a Poor Boy," "Beautiful Home," "Saints Will Rise," and "Child, Child" became gospel music staples. In 1981, "Excuses" became the Kingsmen's biggest hit of that era; it was steady at number one for 18 months, making it the longest running number one song in Southern Gospel Music history.
The successes of The Kingsmen have led to many prestigious opportunities. In 1977, The Kingsmen performed on the south lawn of the White House for President Jimmy Carter and in 1982 they performed at the opening ceremony of the World's Fair in Knoxville, TN which was broadcast on local and regional TV, with President Ronald Regan present to open the fair. The Kingsmen was also the first group to film and record a live performance at the famous Grand Ole Opry in Nashville and in 2000 they were inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame followed by the Christian Music Hall of Fame in 2008. They've garnered multiple dove awards and numerous Singing News Fan awards including favorite bass vocalist, tenor, baritone, lead, instrumentalist, video, the 1992 favorite song "Wish You Were Here" as well as favorite album by the same name, male quartet of the year, and group of the year. The Kingsmen band was voted favorite band a record 17 times making this quartet one of the most awarded groups in Southern Gospel Music.
"The key is to never lose sight of what we are working towards," says Ray Reese, Kingsmen manager and bass singer. "We tour year in and year out to spread our music to people across the country. Our music has a message, the message of Christ. Every night we work to bring His message to our audience. Our goal is to see people saved through Jesus Christ whether we're singing indoors, outdoors, in an auditorium, church or studio recordings ". Today the Kingsmen consist of 2008 hall of fame inductee, Ray Dean Reese, his son Brandon Reese, Chris Jenkins, Chris Bryant, and Alan Kendall.

Friday, June 7, 2019

Warning: We're Addicted to The Kingsmen's Victory Shout Album!

The Kingsmen Quartet is a household name for any fan of Southern Gospel. Their rich history of classic Gospel songs, arguably the best live albums ever put out, and incredible vocal lineups throughout the years have made them a fan favorite since the 1950s. Our family got hooked on their music back in the '90s when we first discovered Southern Gospel, and we were looking forward to this brand new album, the first release with the current lineup. We had been told it was a great album and were expecting it to be a favorite, but didn't realize quite how good it would actually be! I made a joke last week about this album being addictive, but it's really not a joke! It has been on repeat pretty much non-stop since our copy arrived about 10 days ago!



The album kicks off with Running To Win, and right from the start you can tell this will be a classic Kingsmen album. Running To Win is an upbeat song that encourages all believers to keep going, remembering the goal ahead of us.

Just Climb features tenor Chris Jenkins and I love the lesson here! If God allows a trial to come into our life, we have confidence knowing He will bring us through...and if that mountain doesn't move, just climb.

I've Ever Been Glad is the quintessential quartet song and will brighten any day. "I've ever been glad that I gave my heart to Jesus" is a truth that every Christian will tell.

Victory Shout is the first single as well as the title song, and it's one of my favorites. If you've heard this song even once, chances are it played over in your head for a while afterward! This song reminds us that even though we may not see how we will gain the victory, our battle has already been won and we should rejoice now, even before we see it for ourselves.



Dear John is a slight change from the typical quartet sound, a song that celebrates our future in Heaven from the standpoint of talking to John about book of Revelation. Kind of a cool approach, in my opinion!

It Still Changes Me describes the Bible's influence in the Christian's life. It encourages, convicts, challenges, and comforts us in our daily walk. We often take God's Word for granted, yet how hard would our life be without it?

King Of Kings tells of Christ's earthly life...seemingly a man, yet He was no common Man...Creator, Savior, Lord, and the King of Kings. This is another one that will get stuck in your head after just one listen!

Prodigal Son features Ray Reese, and tells the well-known parable from Luke 15, then turns it to a personal testimony. Just like that prodigal son, we can repent and return to our Father who will forgive and receive us.

You'll Move Mountains For Me is a song we can all identify with. Another obstacle in our way, another trial we're facing, yet the Lord is with us, working in and through the trial, with the power to move any mountain in our path.

The album ends with That's Where You'll Find Me, a beautiful song that I would estimate has been played at least 50 times in the past 10 days. (I won't say which one, but it's one of the sisters' favorite songs!) Featuring Chris Bryant, this song tells of the beauty of heaven that you will pass by as you find me at the throne of God.

All in all, Victory Shout is a release that will quickly join the ranks of classic Kingsmen albums. Our family loves it, and there's not a bad or "filler" song on it! The current Kingsmen lineup has an incredible sound and if you haven't seen them recently...check to see when they'll be in your area because you do not want to miss this group!

Victory Shout is available from Apple Music, Springside, The Kingsmen's website and of course in concert.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

The James Rainey Trio Higher Ground CD Review

A few years ago, my sisters and I went on our first Singing at Sea, the annual Christian cruise that many of our readers have probably heard of or even been on. One of the highlights of that cruise was the Parade of Pianos showcase that featured pianists from several groups as well as some soloist pianists. That was, I believe, our first time seeing James Rainey, and over the past few years, we have become friends with James and his lovely wife Laura. We were excited when they announced they were working on a new album which just released recently, and we were thrilled to hear the finished project! We've had the pleasure of seeing James and Laura in concert, but this was our first chance to hear the actual trio, which is comprised of James, Laura, and Berdella McGrew.



This new album is titled Higher Ground and features some familiar classics as well as brand new songs. It kicks off with the title track, Higher Ground, (not the hymn we immediately think of, but a song by Rebecca Peck). This song is an encouragement to all of us to not get content where we are but to keep growing, keep moving forward in the Christian life.

When I Wake Up is a song that's typically thought of as a quartet song, but this trio version is just perfect!  Upbeat, happy, and reminds us that there is a better day coming when all our trials will be over.

Heaven's Harbor is also penned by the talented Rebecca Peck, and this is one of my favorites. We may go through harder trials or more troubles than we ever imagined, but there is a harbor of eternal safety awaiting us.

Unshakable Rock is a great song for when you may be feeling discouraged or down. It reminds us that our foundation is unmovable and no matter what we face, we can take our stand in the Lord and have no need to worry or fear.


I'll Follow You is probably my favorite song on the album. It's a simple message, yet one that we so easily forget in our day to day life - the need to simply follow Christ and not stress over what's going on around us. "To identify the path is not important, it's to know just what this journey's leading toward." We all need this truth brought to mind on a regular basis!

The Lord Is Good is a song I first heard quite a few years ago and it never gets old. The Lord has truly been good to me, first and foremost by saving me but in so many other ways, He has blessed beyond measure!

Lean On Me reminds us that the Lord is ever near, our strength when we're weak and our comforter when we're sad.

Oh I Want To See Him is a song we've often sung in church and I love hearing this talented trio sing it! What a day it will be when we actually get to see the One who died for us!

The Hand Of The Lord is another song I love. So often, we look at everything going on around us that we can't control, but if we hold to God's Hand, we're holding on to the One who does control it all.

Sure Sounds Good To Me has that pure, classic, 100% Southern Gospel sound. "When I hear about heaven, it sure sounds good to me" is exactly right when we see the condition of the world right now!

Thank God I Am Free is another classic that everybody will surely know, but the message is just as potent now as it ever was. Thank God for the freedom He gave us at salvation! No more shame and guilt over our past, our sins were paid for and forgiven!


Thank God I'm Saved is the final song on this album and it's a great reminder that we're not who we used to be. It draws from the account of Saul/Paul in the Scriptures and emphasizes the fact that when we are born again, we become a new creature in Christ.


Higher Ground is an album that is chock-full of refreshing Gospel music. As I've listened to the album over the past several days, I realized there's a main theme of encouragement that is much needed today. With all the mess going on in the world, disappointments, troubles, trials, and our own personal failures, it's easy to get discouraged and forget that we know the One in control, we know the One who sees all, and He forgave and forgot our sins at the moment we turned to Him. Higher Ground is an album you will be playing over and over, just like we have been!

Head on over to the Rainey's website where you can purchase your own copy of Higher Ground!  You can also keep up with them on Facebook and Instagram, and be sure to check out their event schedule!

Friday, May 3, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The McKameys deliver message of faithfulness on The Crown

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The McKameys deliver message
of faithfulness on The Crown

The McKameys' latest album, The Crown. Click on the photo to download.
Arden, North Carolina (May 3, 2019) — With the most #1 hits in Southern Gospel history, a dedicated following, and a faithful message for the masses, The McKameys’ great music and unwavering dedication to the Lord have stood the test of time. 
Now, as this legacy artist announces they will no longer be touring full-time after this fall, we are fortunate to look back on their illustrious recording and performing career with a nostalgia that has marked the lives of fans and listeners of Southern Gospel Music. In a way like no other, The McKameys have brought their anointed message of faithfulness and the power of the Gospel to the world. With The Crown, they deliver that message again, and it is exceptionally special at this point in their decades-long career. The album will be available everywhere May 31 from Horizon Records and is available for pre-order now.

“We are very excited about our 54th project entitled The Crown. God has blessed us with great songs in the past, and this project is no exception,” The McKameys say.
The album begins with the sweet four-part harmonies of “We All Need A Savior.” Featuring the lead vocals of Sheryl Farris, this song tells of accepting Jesus as your savior and finding answers to life’s troubles.
The Crown continues with several songs that evoke the spirit of hymns sung from church pews. From the inspired writing of Rebecca Peck and John Robinson“You Must Be Born Again” features the group's matriarch Peg McKamey Beanand beckons the sinner to repent.
“Cleanse Me,” an old hymn, is a heartfelt cry for a renewal in our relationship with Christ. Performed in a rich 4-part harmony, it’s an alter invitation and musical prayer to free ourselves from wickedness and cleanse us from sins.
It’s followed by “Go Back And Pray,” another traditional hymn that features Ruben Bean with a call and response chorus. Led by acoustic instruments, this song with bluegrass flavor evokes a scene of an old country church.
The album brings moments of stillness with emotional ballads. Featuring Peg“The Holy Spirit Prayed,” tells of the Holy Spirit stepping in when the words for prayer can’t be found. With a smooth lead from Elijah Fortner“God Is Good” is also emotionally stirring in its simplicity of just one voice and a piano.
“Heavy,” featuring Roger Fortner, tells how the burdens of life can lead to a dark mindset, but with God, that load can be lifted and carried for us. The song, with its quiet moments, encourages reflection on life and how steadfast belief in God can change it for the better.
The upbeat, mid-tempo “Don’t Forget” reminds that God will help guide us to Heaven if we keep the faith. The album’s title track, “The Crown,” features Connie Fortner and is about glorifying Jesus. The song speaks to personal faith and finding a home alongside Jesus in Heaven.
The Crown closes with “From Dust To Glory,” the album’s first radio single that tells a story of life after death and a man whose purpose was rebuilt by God. Written by Sheryl Farris, it sings,
“From dust to glory, a purpose revealed.
Transformed by His power; Oh, to be just like Him.
An unbelievable story and yet it’s so real.
From dust to glory, another promise fulfilled.” 
“From the mountain sounds of ‘Go Back And Pray’ to the classic sounds of ‘You Must Be Born Again’; with ‘From Dust To Glory,’ the story of every Christian, to the reminder that ‘God Is Good,’ and all the songs in between...God has surely put His touch on this project and we are grateful!” The McKameys say.
Pre-order The Crown HERE.
About The McKameys
The McKameys are a family group based out of Clinton, Tennessee, entering in their sixth decade of spreading God’s message of love and hope through their music. There have been a few changes throughout the years after beginning as 3 sisters to the group now consisting of one of those original sisters, Peg McKamey Bean along with her husband, Ruben, their daughter Connie Fortner along with her husband, Roger Fortner, their son, Elijah Fortner; and Sheryl Farris, Peg and Ruben’s younger daughter. 
The wonderful harmonies of this family along with great songs gives them a unique opportunity to share God’s love as well as encourage the saints. Whether they are performing one of their classics like “Right On Time,” “I’ve Won,” “Unspoken Request,” “There Is Jesus,”  their signature song, “God On The Mountain” or a new release, there is an undeniable energy that carries them through each performance.

The McKameys have been awarded several different Singing News Fan Awards through the years and Ruben and Peg are also recipients of The Marvin Norcross Award and Norcross/Templeton Award, respectively. In 2016, Peg McKamey Bean was inducted into The Southern Gospel Music Hall Of Fame. This family group remains devoted to their Lord, first of all, and to their call to spread God’s Word to others through their music.