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Adam Crabb


published10/24/15 06:00:00PM


Few family names in Christian music evoke immediate thoughts of music like the name Crabb. There have been the Winans that certainly blessed us with amazing talent, the Goodmans with their distinct sound, or maybe the Blackwoods as the "original" quartet that toured, hugged babies, and sold records from the back of a station wagon. However, you would have to look long and hard to find a family in modern history that impacted the Christian music world like the Crabb Family.


This family came on the scene back in the mid 90's with enough energy to plow through most obstacles. They blessed us with smiles, music, love, an amazing work ethic, and they were eager to share their lives with those of us that watched and loved them back. It was an overnight success story by most comparisons, with nearly 20 #1 songs, 11 Dove awards and multiple Grammy nods, in less than ten years. They toured from the Grand Ole Opry,...



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Blackwood Brothers Quartet


published10/25/15 05:00:00PM


The Blackwood Brothers Quartet was formed in 1934 with brothers Roy, Doyle, James and Roy's son, R.W. In the late 50s Roy and Doyle retired from traveling and in 1954 R.W. was killed in a tragic airplane crash. However the quartet with James, as the quartets' leader and spokesman, established a new group of singers who would go on to take Gospel music to new heights as they traveled and sang in all fifty of the United States, every Canadian province as well as cities in Great Britain, Europe, the Middle East, Northern Africa, South Africa, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, South Korea, Hong Kong and the Philippines.


In 2002, James Blackwood went to be with the Lord, but his sons, Jimmy (James Jr.) and Billy continued the 78-year tradition. Recently Jimmy retired after singing for 49 years and his younger brother, Billy now carries on the quartet which has the distinction of being the best-known name in Gospel Music...



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Brian Free and Assurance


published10/24/15 06:00:00PM


Brian Free is undeniably the most recognizable southern gospel tenor of our generation. Since 1982, he has been at the forefront of southern gospel music since first joining Gold City Quartet, then moving on to form his own group.


While Brian and the group have enjoyed tremendous success in their musical careers, their first priority has and always will be their families. Brian, his wife Pam, and his youngest son Bryce currently reside in Winston, Georgia, while his oldest son Ricky and wife Kelly reside in Franklin, Tennessee. Ricky traveled with the group playing drums for nine years, but he is now a full-time studio musician, producer, and writer. Bill Shivers (Lead), along with his wife Michelle and daughters Brittany & Sara-Elizabeth, currently reside in Temple, Georgia. Derrick Selph (Baritone) currently resides in Villa Rica, Georgia with his wife Jennifer and their daughter Lydia. Jeremy Lile...



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The Singing Byrds


published10/25/15 08:00:00PM


IT ALL BEGAN IN THE LATE FIFTIES, WHEN ANNA {MAMA} BYRD WAS A SONG LEADER IN A LOCAL CHURCH, WOULD TAKE HER TWO TODDLERS, LETTING THEM SING AS SOON AS THEY COULD CARRY A TUNE AND HOLD A MICROPHONE.


IN 1976 MAMA, JEANIE AND ELIZABETH WERE BEING INVITED TO DIFFERENT CHURCHES TO SING. THEY SANG WITH ONLY A FLAT TOP GUITAR, AND MAMA BYRD WOULD SOMETIMES PREACH REVIVALS. SPRING OF 1977 THEY RECORDED THEIR FIRST ALBUM WITH COMBINED MONEY FROM INCOME TAX RETURNS.


RECORDINGS WERE SELLING AND DATES WERE BOOKED WELL IN ADVANCE, MORE MUSIC WAS NEEDED. ELIZABETH LEARNED TO PLAY THE BASS GUITAR AND JEANIE PLAYED TAMBOURINE AND HAS SINCE GRADUATED TO PERCUSSIONS. ROUNDING OUT THE STRING MUSIC IS JEANIE'S HUSBAND, FERRELL BAILEY WHO PLAYS FLAT TOP GUITAR AND ALSO DOES THE DRIVING AND TAKES CARE OF THE SOUND. DUE TO RECENT CHANGES IN THE MINISTRY THEY PERFORM WITH SOUND TRACKS...



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Greater Vision


published10/26/15 08:00:00PM


Since organizing in1990, Greater Vision has been inspiring audiences with their rich vocal blend and their effective ability to communicate the message of the gospel. Over the years, Greater Vision has established a firm place at the pinnacle of Christian music, and has become the most awarded trio in the history of Gospel music.


The vocals and rich harmony Greater Vision has become recognized for are a direct result of the blending of three unique and versatile vocalists. Gerald Wolfe, the group’s founder and emcee, sings the lead. Prolific songwriter, Rodney Griffin, handles the baritone part for the trio, while Chris Allman, also a prolific writer, sings the tenor.


The Singing News Magazine and the Southern Gospel Music Association have named Greater Vision Gospel Music’s Favorite Trio. They have also received numerous honors for Song of the Year, Album of...



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Joseph Habedank


published10/26/15 08:00:00PM

Joseph Habedank is a multi award-winning and Dove Award nominated singer/songwriter.  He was awarded Singing News Magazine's Young Artist of the Year in 2009 and Songwriter of the Year (Artist) at the Absolutely Gospel Music Awards in 2011.  His songs have been recorded by such artists as: Gold City, Brian Free & Assurance, Karen Peck & New River, Lauren Talley, The Hoppers, The Kingsmen, Ivan Parker, Jeff & Sheri Easter, and more.  He has helped write two nationally charted number one songs and in 2010, "If You Knew Him" (written with Rodney Griffin) was nominated for Southern Gospel Song of the Year at the GMA Dove Awards and won the Singing News Fan Award for Song of the Year.  Additionally, he has been nominated for Singing News Magazine's Male Vocalist of year, Lead Singer of the year and Songwriter of the year for three consecutive years.  Joseph currently resides just outside Nashville, TN with his wife, Lindsay.


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Karen Peck and New River


published10/26/15 08:00:00PM


Karen Peck and New River is a 2-time GMA Dove Award winner and 3-time Grammy Award Nominated Southern Gospel Group. Karen’s flawless, delightful soprano voice has made its way into the hearts of Gospel Music lovers across the country and garnered an unprecedented 11 Favorite Soprano Fan Awards. Karen, Susan and Jeff have also received many awards from other magazine publications and Internet publications. Over the past two years, New River has had five consecutive #1 songs in Southern Gospel Music.


The youngest of three daughters, Karen was exposed to the traditional sounds of Gospel Music at a very early age. Her parents often took Karen and her sisters, Susan and Sandra, to the all-night sings in Atlanta, and these concerts left an indelible mark on the youngsters who made a pact that someday they would share a musical ministry of their own.


One of the groups...



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LeFevre Quartet


published10/26/15 08:00:00PM


When you think of Gospel Music, LeFevre is a name that has always been at the top of our field. In 1921, the original LeFevre Trio began traveling and singing across the country and quickly set the standard for quality and professionalism in what would become known as Southern Gospel Music.


For decades, the LeFevres blazed new trails in Gospel Music turning out songs and singers that would become legendary. Their award winning music allowed them to sing for Presidents and Dignitaries of the world. In the late 1970's, some thought the LeFevre name would be retired when the trio retired, but in the 1980's and 90's, Mylon LeFevre & Broken Heart became one of the top acts in Contemporary Christian Music. Once again, the LeFevre name continued to break new ground in Christian Music.


Today as we enter a new millennium, the LeFevre name is stronger than ever. The...



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