Mike Rogers leaving Brian Free and Assurance


After 8 years as part of Brian Free & Assurance, Mike Rogers has decided to come off the road and will be taking on a full time position at his church, beginning February 1.

Brian Free says, “Mike and his entire family have been such a blessing and I know God has a great future in store for them. Mike we love you and will miss you.”

If you have asperations of being a baritone singer in one of America’s most loved southern gospel groups, Brian is accepting applications!

Future of the Blackwood Brothers: Changes for Jonathan Mattingly

Pictured (left to right): Kasey Kemp, Jonathan Mattingly, Billy Blackwood

Blackwood Brothers – Special for Texas Gospel Canada

Nashville, TN (January 11th, 2021) – Few names are as synonymous with Gospel music as Blackwood. For nearly nine decades, generations of Blackwood Brothers have shared the Gospel around the globe, having recorded over 200 albums and toured in 47 countries, earned GRAMMY and Dove Awards, and appeared on countless stages and events.

While honoring the long-standing tradition of this legacy, the Blackwood Brothers have decided to scale back from touring full-time, continuing to play select concerts in 2021 and beyond.

In anticipation of the upcoming changes, lead singer Jonathan Mattingly has announced that he will be joining forces with the up and coming trio, Avenue. Mattingly was first introduced to Gospel music fans with his family, the Mattingly Family, before uniting with the Blackwood Brothers in 2017.

“Jon has been a tremendous blessing to the ministry of the Blackwood Brothers and will continue to be as we move forward. We look forward to working with Kasey and Avenue, coordinating our schedules to allow both groups to utilize the great gift that Jon brings to the platform and the ministry as a whole.

Kasey Kemp shares his excitement for welcoming Jonathan into the Avenue family, “Jon and his wife Sarah have been dear friends of our family for many years, so I feel very blessed to have the opportunity to sing together. We are excited about the future and what God has for us going forward!”

To stay up-to-date on current happenings, follow the Blackwood Brothers Quartet, as well as Avenue on social media, or visit blackwoodbrothers.com and avenuemusic.net.

Good News! Les Butler is back home after COVID-19 hospital stay

William Desjardins

We are very happy to share with you that Les Butler of the Old Time Preacher’s Quartet is back at his home after spending weeks at Stonecrest Medical Center in Smyrna, TN with COVID-19 and pneumonia. Les is a co-founder, baritone, pianist and manager of the quartet. He has been back at his house since Dec. 9.  Sorry about just now letting you know, we just found out ourselves.

Less spent some time on Facebook Live to share some time with Southern Gospel fans.

Less spent 44 days in the hospital. Throughout his stay he made occasional posts to social media to let family and fans know what was going on. 

We hope you have time to listen to Les’ entire Facebook live. He has some good things to say about the importance of prayer.

Rowdy passenger causes a scare for The Isaacs as they head to Texas for a church concert

Jeff Turner

The Isaacs had quite an interesting flight on Friday as they traveled to San Antonio, Texas for a concert at Cornerstone Church. A disorderly passenger assaulted a flight attendant before getting into a scuffle with a passenger. That’s a dangerous situation aboard an aircraft.  The flight had to make an unscheduled landing in Arkansas so that police on the ground could take custody of the passenger.

No other passengers were injured in the incident.

Here’s a video of their first-hand account:

The concert went on as planned in spite of the crazy trip to Texas.

Jerry Martin resigns from The Kingdom Heirs

The Kingdom Heirs Saturday announced the group’s longtime Tenor, Jerry Martin, has resigned his position with the group.

“Being with the Kingdom Heirs was a dream job for me!  Getting to take the stage with these elite singers and musicians has been fun and rewarding.  My decision to resign and basically retire from performing was a hard decision as I have been singing professionally for 28 years.  It’s something I never took lightly and I can say that I am very proud of the work I did in this industry,” said Jerry.

Jerry has been with the group since 2011, but his departure does not mean he’s leaving the music business. He is planning Martin’s Vocal Academy where he plans to teach and coach aspiring vocalists.

Kingdom Heirs Manager Kreis French said they are not yet taking auditions.

The group’s latest song is Just Drink the Water. It debuted in the Singing News Top 80 December 2020.