By Charles Brady, 2021-05-12
Jim & Jeni Hill is a Christian Ministry of Song and Testimony. They are best known as a good ole gospel music ministry featuring songs that Jeni has written and produced by Sherrie Brewster and BGSSA (Branson Singer Songwriter Association).
Also, you’ll hear some southern, bluegrass, country, and little contemporary music.
Over the years of ministry Jim and Jeni has performed with groups that opened for the Kingsman, the Spear Family, and collaborated performances with the MaHarrey Family and Scott Roberts. As a child Jeni sang on KXOW Radio with her family the Chambers.
Jeni and Jim have been blessed to sing over several internet radio programs as they performed with BGSSA.
In 2010, Jeni had three songs released and made the charts thanks to Sherrie Brewster. Jeni feels very blessed that their message is being received around the world.
“Three Nails One Cross Forgiven”, “God is still in Control” and “I see Jesus” (which was written for their grandson who had been diagnosed with Leukemia)
This new song that is being released is “John Dear 316”. The song tells the story and was written after another grandson was trying to memorize John 3:16.
Jim & Jeni Hill enjoy serving the Lord. Their intent is to be an access point of worship, praise and bringing souls to Christ in any service they are blessed to attend or minister in.
You can contact Jim & Jeni through Facebook at Jeni Hill. You can also email them at firstname.lastname@example.org or give them call at 501-762-7996.
By Charles Brady, 2021-05-04
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (APRIL 30, 2021) -- The highly anticipated album from Joseph Habedank, Change Is Coming, is available today.
The first single from the album, “Religion Isn’t Working,” released to radio at the beginning of April, and is quickly climbing the charts.
Director of Artist and Label Relations for Daywind Music Group, Dusty Wells, shares “This new project, Change Is Coming, will be a career album for Joseph. It’s the record he was destined to make. The songs and heart behind it will challenge, encourage, and motivate listeners into a new place with Jesus. I am so proud of Joseph for stepping out and bringing us music that will certainly comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. After all, that is what we are all called to do.”
"The topics I chose to address when writing this record are very near and dear to my heart," says Joseph. "I encourage listeners to truly listen to the lyrics and the message behind each song, because something is on the horizon... change is coming."
“This song grabs the listener in what sounds like a shocking statement. Once you hear the sentiment of the song, I think every Christian has felt this way. It gets beyond the pomp and circumstance and goes straight to our relationship with Jesus. It is a reminder that we all need.”
-Greg Goodman, host of the Singing News Top Twenty Weekly Countdown
“The topics that Joseph Habedank deal with on this new record may not be new, but he brings perspectives that are refreshing and awe-inspiring."
-Christian Voice Magazine
“The album's most arresting track is the record's lead single "Religion Isn't Working." This power-ballad speaks of how a man's frustrations with the pretence of religion comes to a breaking point. Longing for something that is real, Habedank's dramatic unfailing of the song's emotions deserves multiple standing ovations."
-Timothy Yap, Jubilee Cast
By Charles Brady, 2021-04-27
Pictured from left to right: Rick Shelton, John Darin Rowsey, Joe Dan Cornett
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (April 23, 2021) -- Daywind Music Publishing is pleased to announce that Dove Award-winning songwriter John Darin Rowsey is extending his sixteen-year relationship with the company.
John Darin Rowsey began his singing career in front of a live audience at the age of eleven and went on to establish the beloved trio New Journey in 1985. The songs he was writing for New Journey attracted the attention of industry veteran Niles Borop who signed Rowsey to his first publishing deal with Centergy Music in 1993. During this prolific time, Rowsey wrote “Singing with the Saints,” which became the title track of a platinum-selling Bill and Gloria Gaither Homecoming video that remains among the best- selling Christian videos of all time. He began singing with Karen Peck & New River in 2000, for whom he wrote several number 1 hits including “I Want to Know How It Feels,” recognized as a top 10 song of the 2000-2010 decade. Daywind Music Publishing became Rowsey’s songwriting home in 2004. He joined The Guardians in 2012, leading to three of his songs reaching the number 1 position on the national charts. Rowsey has also served his local church, Christ Temple Church in Huntington, WV, for years as director of worship, leading a 60-voice choir. His Easter musical, Messiah Overcame, received the Dove Award for Musical of the Year in 2020.
“Daywind feels like family,” says Rowsey. “I’m so thankful that they continue to open new doors for their writers and never rest on their many laurels. This long-standing relationship has proven that to me.”
Rick Shelton, vice president of Daywind Music Publishing adds, “when you talk about talent, John is loaded with it. He is a wonderful singer, exceptional pianist, and incredible songwriter. But his character, integrity, and love for people outshine his very bright talent. He is a dear member of our Daywind family. I’m excited about what is yet to come for John and his songs!”
Daywind Music Publishing is home to an award-winning roster of songwriters including Lee Black, Riley Harrison Clark, Jason Cox, Natalie Cromwell, Janice Crow, Marty Funderburk, Joseph Habedank, Mike Harland, Wayne Haun, Devin McGlamery, Tim Lovelace, Karen Peck Gooch, John Darin Rowsey, Belinda Smith, Sue Smith, Barry Weeks, Dianne Wilkinson, and Nathan Woodard.
By Charles Brady, 2021-04-27
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (APRIL 26, 2021) -- Daywind Music Group is thrilled to announce a fantastic addition of Southbound to its roster of talented artists and songwriters. This brand new Southern Gospel trio is made up of talented songwriters and musicians Jody Braselton, Seth Elbe, and Clint Brown, and was born from a desire to sing songs they grew up singing and take this legacy music and brand new songs to believers and non-believers (yet) alike.
“Daywind Records has always represented and been home to many of the best-of-the-best in our wonderful world of Southern Gospel music,” says Dusty Wells, director of artist and label relations for Daywind. “When I first heard Southbound, I couldn’t quit listening to the songs we had. I knew these guys needed to be a part of our family. Clint, Seth, and Jody all have such amazing talents and gifts, but more importantly is the anointing that rests on each of them. It takes everything to a new level. They absolutely love Southern Gospel music. It is a daily part of their lives now and what they all grew up on. I love how they honor the artists that were such a part of their lives growing up. I can’t say enough about each of them and what they will bring to others. Our team is absolutely thrilled to walk alongside Southbound, and we cannot wait to help take their music and stories to a world that is so desperately in need of hope and healing. Get ready, this music will move you!”
Clint Brown adds, “for years Southern Gospel music has been the soundtrack of my life. I never dreamed that after recording over twenty albums and singing around the world, that I would be blessed with the opportunity to be a part of the incredible legacy this record label has created. To get the honor of saying that I am a Daywind artist is a dream come true for me. I am honored to join artists and industry professionals that helped frame my musical journey. Thank you to the Daywind family, we are truly honored.”
Southbound member Seth Elbe says, “my life has always been filled with music. My family roots run deep in Southern Gospel music. I learned how Bible-based lyrics and intricate harmonies form beautiful songs that minister to the hearts and minds of people all over the world. I grew up as a pastor’s kid ministering in local churches using Daywind soundtracks and feel so honored to now be a part of the Daywind family. Singing in Southbound with two of my best friends is the greatest blessing and we’re so excited about teaming up with Daywind for this amazing journey.”
Jody Braselton recalls, “as a child, I remember listening to the Hinsons, the Cathedrals, and the Kingsmen for the first time and feeling blown away by the harmonies and powerful lyrics. I remember driving to the bookstore to purchase my favorite Daywind accompaniment tracks and signing with them every Sunday at church. I feel very fortunate to now be a part of the family at Daywind.”
Southbound will release its first single to Southern Gospel radio soon, and is booking dates across the country. Be on the lookout for the new album and start following them on their social media pages. Added Daywind president Ed Leonard, “once you hear the music, you will be a believer in Southbound’s calling and vision, too!”
Daywind Music Group is home to an award-winning roster of artists including Adam Crabb, Blackwood Brothers, Crabb Family, Brian Free & Assurance, Greater Vision, HighRoad, Jim & Melissa Brady, Joseph Habedank, Karen Peck & New River, the LeFevre Quartet, Mark Lowry, Michael Booth, Nelons, The Sound, Southbound, Tim Menzies, Tribute Quartet, and Wilburn & Wilburn. Daywind is distributed to retail through New Day Christian Distributors and the Orchard, covering all physical, digital and streaming outlets.
By Charles Brady, 2021-03-17
When it was time to name my new album the choice was easy for me. I just always knew that I would somehow be “Bringin It Home”.
My parents were the last of the family-owned dairy farmers in Anderson County. The big box milk companies ended a generation of ranchers in our family.
—home is where all my first happened. I never moved from home until the day I was married. My first steps, first coffee (as a dairy farmers kid you learn to drink coffee at a very early age as you are expected to milk cows before school) my first and every Christmas, and my first songs were all sung in the same house my parents still live in today.
I was raised on the same farmland my dad was raised on, and our family roots are still firmly planted on FM 837. Bradford is located on Hwy 19, about ½ way between Palestine and Athens.
For years Bradford’s “claim to fame” was “May’s Café”. The café was in the Coon Creek area on Hwy 19. May was a saucy, lively country woman who was just as original as her famous chicken fried steak!
Her café is just a memory to the old timers now, but May was famous for stars stopping by to check in on May and have some of her famous all scratch recipe. Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Hank William, Jr were found by locals in the café that only had 7 tables
In the 80’s the population of Bradford was approx. 20 residents. My family, church & neighbors made me who I am today. Singing is my light. I have never been one to close a door or blow the candle out when God is showing me a path. It has taken me 52 years to be able to record an album. My mom was very active in our church and had me singing on Sunday mornings at age 4.
My trust in the Lord led me to Day Wind in Nashville. The producers could not have matched me better when he played me the demo of “The Pages”.
My husband told him immediately, through tears, that this was my song. We would be back to record it for sure, go ahead and line the band up!
“ The Pages” is so close to my heart. My husband Mark recently lost his mother. In her family bible that we inherited, there was so much history, little personal notes, obituaries from the paper, etc. It was a very emotional thing to look through.
When the plan was being finalized for the video, my mom originally was not in agreeance to be in the video. I played her the song again and told her how important it was for her to be in the video to me. She never said a word, but she walked into the house and with tears she showed me where she had written my name in her bible on John 10:29, and it was highlighted from years ago. Mom then simply said “well, I have to do this now”.
My background is service to others. I am a formerly certified paramedic and my family is the original and current volunteers of the Bradford VFD.
My life is now a full circle, I feel “now” is the right time and HIS plan is being revealed each day for me with my music. With friends helping with contacts to DJ”S and musicians, to trying to call local churches to be a part of their schedule to sing means so much to me!
I just ask you to please take a few minutes and let my song touch your heart the way others have said it does theirs.
By Charles Brady, 2020-10-02
We just received a note from Vickie Paxton regarding the creation of the song "These Colors Don't Run"
( "Gary S. Paxton and I had eaten at Mc Farlands in Branson, MO. It was after the horrific 9/11. A van pulled up beside us to park. In the back window was a red, white and blue sign that said "THESE COLORS DON'T RUN!" Gary got his notebook out and wrote the song!! )
By Charles Brady, 2019-12-28
Ken Mann & The One Mann Band
Within hours after suffering a heart attack this past summer, I realized that this had been more than a physical event. It had impacted me deep in my soul. As much as I love my family, church, friends and community, there have been times during the recovery that I just needed to get away. When I would feel a little overwhelmed, I would retreat to the studio, where I could spend some quiet time with God. Often during these times of prayer and meditation, I would play the piano. One old song, which came to me often was, “Be Thou My Vision”. Although the words are beautiful, I fell in love with the melody even more, but in my head, I heard it differently than the way it was originally composed. I could hear a different beat with horns and strings.
One day I was listening to the radio and a song came on that the announcer called Electronic Dance Music. You may have heard Dolly Parton has recently released an Electronic Dance Music song called “Faith” with Galantis, so I began to wonder if I could apply that same technology to “Be Thou My Vision” but create traditional sounds like I had been hearing in my head. From there, came ten more songs, from my favorite hymn books and a new album was born.
All of the notes, chords and other data were played (entered) on a Yamaha digital piano keyboard, into a computer. Synthesizer software was used to record it into DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) software for editing and mixing. I have to admit I felt guilty and almost afraid to tell the other musicians I play with, what I had done. The voicing of real instruments is different and the way they are played is so different than how you play a piano, for example, you strum a six-string guitar chord, whereas you can play many more notes in a piano chord, all at one time. With the help of the software, creating loops and listening to the live performances of my fellow musicians, I thoroughly enjoyed trying to duplicate the sound of the real instruments.
But, don’t think too much about how the album was created, just enjoy the melodies and harmonies of the music. Recording it brought me a great peace, at a time when I really needed it. Unlike cardiac rehab for my heart, this album was therapy for my soul. I pray it will be the same for you. We almost called the album “Heart Attack” but finally settle on “ONE Mann BAND”.
By Charles Brady, 2019-10-08
By Charles Brady, 2019-04-17
By Charles Brady, 2018-10-03
Jim and April Upton (Maaziah Mountain) began making music together before they were married in 1985. They continued performing Jim’s original compositions together as a couple, then as a family group as their children grew.
Over the years the make-up of the band changed, sometimes even the group’s name changed, but the focus always remained on Jim’s original songs. April, the voice of Maaziah Mountain, has been compared to Allison Krauss, Suzy Bogus, and Karen Carpenter. Their musical stylings were referred to by one radio personality as folk music played with bluegrass instruments. Some of their tunes are true Americana, but overall their music displays clear country, folk, bluegrass and gospel influences.
By the dawning of the year 2017, Jim and April’s musical journey had slowed to a stand-still. Their children and others who had played with them had moved on. “We really had no clear direction or vision for our music any longer,” said Jim. Early that year, however, the hand of Providence seemed to be moving in a new direction. Jim was reconnected to an old friend, Ron Adams, whose wife, Gemma, was in the process of recording an album in Nashville with gospel and inspirational country music legend, Chuck Day. During this process, Ron and Gemma had given Chuck some of Jim and April’s music. As a result, Chuck invited Jim and April to come to Nashville and record a song or two with him. That recording session evolved into a five song EP – The Kingdom Bound.
The first song released to radio (the title cut) rose to #45 on the Inspirational Country Music chart. Other releases are scheduled for the future and for Jim and April and Maaziah Mountain . . . the journey continues . . .
Online At: http://www.maaziahmountain.com