Lauren Talley’s This Is For You launchesa new era for the Christian music artist

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Arden, North Carolina (September 20, 2022) β€” Rarely has an album been so well named as This Is For You,Lauren Talley’s first collection in three years, and the first since The Talleys, the family trio in which she’d sung for more than 20 years, elected to retire from touring in 2020. From the opening line of the title track (and next radio single) to the last notes of the restrained, yet deeply emotional “Lord’s Prayer,”This Is For You is a finely crafted yet revelatory exploration of the wellsprings of faith through music.

The album is now available for pre-order, add or save ahead of its November 11 release.

“I’ve been making records for a long, long time,” says the artist. “But I think This Is For You may be the pinnacle of my recording career thus far. It’s the first album I have recorded as a full-time solo artist since the retirement of The Talleys, and working alongside producer Gordon Mote injected the whole process with fresh creativity. I love the songs, I love the sounds, and well, I’ve lived the lyrics.” 

“Several of the songs are from my pen and my life,” Talley continues. “‘This Is For You,’ ‘Say Yes I Am,’ ‘In The Room,’ and ‘That’s What I Love About Him’ contain bits and pieces of my story, and I sing them because I want you to know it, to know me, but most importantly, to know Him.”

That intent animates each of the Gordon Mote and Lauren Talley-produced collection’s 10 songs, which reach beyond Talley’s heartfelt originals to include a carefully chosen set that includes nods to African-American Gospel in a joyous, spirited reading of “How I Got Over” and to worship music in a ringing take of Charity Gayle’s “Thank You Jesus For The Blood.” With every song, Talley and her gifted team have created fresh, contemporary, yet varied arrangements that center her compelling voice, delivering a message of redemption that shines through each moment, whether in hushed or powerful passages, as the title track’s very first words make clear:

“This is for you, the ones who are broken
Deep down inside and you’re trying to hide
This is for you
….
I see every tear, I feel every heartbreak
I know every fear, And I love you just the same
….
Just look at my wounds
Just look at my blood spilled
I gave it for you”

“This album was crafted for you,” Lauren Talley concludes, “But our stories are all made possible by the One who gave Himself….For You.”Pre-order, add or save This Is For YouHERE.

About Lauren Talley
Lauren Talley is one of Christian music’s most dynamic talents and has inspired a generation of young people to serve the Lord.

Born into a rich musical heritage, Lauren sang her first solo at age 2 when she toddled onto the stage, interrupted her family’s concert and announced she wanted to “thing.” Lauren went on to make her own mark on the gospel music world as a member of her family group, The Talleys, with whom she received numerous awards, including a 2015 Dove Award for their song, “Hidden Heroes.” Lauren’s lead vocals shine on eleven number one hits for the group.

She has recorded seven solo albums, including 2019’s unprecedented release of two albums simultaneously, Glorious God: Songs of Worship and Wonder, and Loudest Praise: Hymns Of Mercy, Love and Grace. Her 2017 album, The Gospel, reached the number one position on Billboard’s Top Christian Inspirational chart. She is also the author of Songs In The Night, a companion devotional book to her 2010 album of the same title. Lauren performs solo concerts and is a featured singer and speaker for many women’s conferences and special events across the country. She is frequently recognized for her appearances on numerous Gaither Homecoming videos and concerts, RFD-TV’s The Music City Show and In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley. In 2014, she was awarded an honorary doctorate degree in Worship Arts from John Wesley University.

When not traveling or recording her own music, Lauren often serves as a studio background singer and producer for other recordings and works with emerging artists as a voice and performance coach. Lauren is a busy lady but always finds time to cheer on her beloved Tennessee Volunteers, drink sweet tea and spend time laughing with family and friends.

“My job as a communicator is to give people the truth of the Gospel,” Lauren says. “I want people to know that Jesus is everything β€” He’s the Answer the world is searching for, He’s the solution to all problems and He’s the only One in whom we have real hope. He called me to give people His message when I was 12 years old, and fulfilling that call is all I’ve ever really wanted.”

Celebrate Christmas with albumsfrom The Kingsmen, The Lore Family

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Arden, North Carolina (September 13, 2022) β€” Horizon Records artists The Kingsmen and The Lore Family are sharing their love for the meaning of Christmas with new albums now available for pre-order, add and save ahead of their October 14 release.

On their new Christmas EP, The Kingsmen waste no time in getting to the point. The title track and very first tune on ‘Tis The Reason is direct, with clarion horns punctuating lead singer Chris Bryant’s sympathetic reminder: “‘Tis the season to be frantic / The crazy time of year we panic / Countless greeting cards to send / Christmas parties to attend / But it’s not the time to fret / Over what we may forget / On the list to do, or make or bake or spend / ‘Cause in the end β€” it’s about Him” 

The song rises to a crescendo as Chris Jenkins, Alan Kendall and the group’s patriarch, Ray Reese, join in: “‘Tis the Reason to let our praises ring / ‘Tis the Reason to lift our voice and sing / To open up our hearts β€” and keep on believin’ / ‘Tis the Reason”

The collection seamlessly weaves together old favorites β€” the majestic “O Holy Night” and the warmly nostalgic “The Christmas Song” β€” and new songs that range from the upbeat “Here We Come A Caroling” to the thoughtful meditation on the infinite mercy of “The God Who Gives Himself Away” and the closing reminder of “There Is Peace,” with its timely message: “When we love and hold on to each other / When we give just like it’s still December / Every day the Christmas season stays with you and me / There is joy, there is hope, there is peace”

From start to finish, ‘Tis The Reason affirms that the spirit that has animated The Kingsmen’s legendary career is as strong as ever. “The last time the Kingsmen released a Christmas album was in 1994,” notes Alan Kendall. “With the tremendous response from the Christmas single “Tell It On the Mountain” in 2020, our fans and friends made it clear to us that they were way past ready for another collection of seasonal songs celebrating the birth of Jesus. Our producer Jeff Collins and the folks at Crossroads Music agreed with us, and we began preparing it over a year ago. 

“We’re excited about four brand new songs that not only sing us into our favorite time of year, but celebrate the very reason for the season. And with timeless classics like ‘O Holy Night’ and ‘The Christmas Song’ added to the mix, we feel like we have something for everybody. We are certainly proud and honored to present this recording, and we pray that it will be a cherished and spirit-filled part of everyone’s holiday listening for many years to come.”

“I love Christmastime,” says Darren Lore. “It’s truly the most wonderful time of the year.” That love for the holiday β€” and for the Savior whose birth is celebrated β€” made the creation of a Christmas collection a natural choice for The Lore Family and the result is sure to find its place among the most treasured of holiday albums.  

The cheery opener, “Sing A Happy Song At Christmas,” with its clever musical references to seasonal classics, sets the pace for the eight-song set, as Fayth Lore Whisnant leads the family through an expansive, sophisticated arrangement. Yet, as the following take on the venerable “Beautiful Star of Bethlehem” shows, The Lore Family keeps the miracle of Christ’s birth at the center of its celebration, and indeed, the next song after that, “Make Room,” gets right to the heart of their message, as Sandy Lore offers its heartfelt chorus: “Make room this Christmas / Make room for Jesus / Make room in your heart for His love / There’s already a place in His heart for you / Make room this Christmas…for Jesus”

As the Roger Talley-produced collection moves on, through the majestic “Let The Faithful Come,” the bright swing of “Talkin’ ‘Bout Jesus,” which features spirited leads from Fayth and brother Samuel Lore, the moving narration by Sandy of the Christmas miracle set to a medley of traditional carols and more, the depth of The Lore Family’s devotion β€” and talent β€” makes an unforgettable impression.  

“There seems to be a renewal of relationships around the holidays,” notes Darren. “Families and friends take time to get together. Society seems to be more considerate, generous and kind. Laughter can be heard. Love can be felt. And, if you listen, you’ll always hear music. People love to sing loud when they celebrate. And since Christmas is all about the birth of Jesus, we have a reason to lift our voices and sing!

“Our family feels very honored to share The Lore Family Christmas with you β€” our first Christmas album. We thoughtfully and prayerfully selected the songs for this album. Our family, the writers, the musicians, our producer and staff at Crossroads worked hard to present this collection. We pray that you will fall in love with each song. We hope that our music becomes a part of your Christmas celebration. Learn every line to each song and join us as we sing.

“Most of all, we encourage you to ‘Make Room’ for Jesus in your heart. Keep Christ the center of it all. Until you know Jesus personally, you’ll never fully understand the meaning of this season. For those who know Him, share His love, peace and joy with the world. ‘His Name Is Jesus!’ My family wishes you a very, Merry Christmas.”

Avenue Trio Releases Crucified. Magnified. Glorified.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (August 31, 2022) – Avenue Trio β€“ comprised of husband and wife, Kasey & Haley Kemp and Jonathan Mattingly β€“ have released their latest project, Crucified. Magnified. Glorified.

This collection contains brand new recordings of songs that have found their way into churches across America and around the world – both beloved hymns alongside new worship songs. 

From songs like “Christ Is Risen, He Is Risen Indeed,” to “Jesus Cares for Me,” and “It Takes Jesus,” and so much more, the music exists to bring the listener into a time of worship.

Group member Kasey Kemp says: “It’s not your everyday hymns project, that’s for sure. This is a true worship record. We invite the listener to join us as we sing songs of praise to the Father, not just songs about Him. With familiar hymns and new worship songs alike, this record has been carefully designed to bring a spirit of worship to your personal time with God.”

Whether new or old, each song contains lyrics that are rich in scripture, expertly delivered with stunning and exquisite harmonies.

The project is available now on all streaming platforms or via the groups website at http://www.avenuemusic.net.

The group continues their heavy schedule in support of the new project with upcoming appearances including Florida, Louisiana, South Carolina, Michigan, Ohio and more.

The Kramers Release Sophomore StowTown Records Project Sing Me There

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Nashville, TN (August 19, 2022) β€“ As a follow-up to their debut release, The Hope Of All TomorrowsThe Kramers have teamed once again with multi-award winning producer and StowTown Records co-founder, Wayne Haun, to deliver their sophomore release for the label. Sing Me There is now available worldwide at all digital music outlets here, as well as at all retail outlets, and is exclusively distributed by Provident/Sony.

Sing Me There promises even more success for the popular Singing News Fan Award Favorite New Artist nominee, as it offers musical worship from beginning to end. The recording features 12 songs, written by prolific writers, including Jason CoxKenna Turner WestJeff BumgardnerJoel LindseyRachel McCutcheon and Wayne Haun. Each song ushers the listener into a state of true reverence and adoration, providing a musical connection to the throne room of heaven.

Much like previous recordings by The Kramers, Sing Me There provides powerful songs of worship, hope, redemption, salvation, love and praise, each complemented by lush arrangements and inspiring orchestrations, which allow the message to shine through and penetrate hearts. “Our new project is filled with incredible messages,” group member, Maria Wolfe states. “We carefully prayed over every song we chose, and we feel that this collection is the most special we’ve ever had! To say we are excited about this release is an understatement. We feel so incredibly blessed to be produced by Wayne Haun and work with some of the greatest writers and musicians of all time.”

Just as The Kramers were thrilled to have the opportunity to have Haun produce this latest effort, Haun was grateful to work with The Kramers once again. “Each member of The Kramers could easily have their own successful music career,” Haun shares. “All four, ScottRachel, Maria and Ben, are extremely talented and bring something completely original to the table. The way they pull off the variety of styles on this album is beautiful. The Kramers’ genuine commitment to the Lord is what impresses me the most.”

For more than two decades, The Kramers have led audiences into an attitude of worship that has been embraced by listeners of all ages. Sing Me There continues that tradition, recognizing the true power in a song, blending melodies and harmonies with lyrics of praise that rapture the listener to heaven’s throne.

Sing Me There Track List:
Sing Me There
Because We Believe
God Will Meet You There
All Day, Every Day
Take Heed, My Son
What The Soldiers Didn’t See
You At 33
His Best Work
If There Was One Song
Let Me Be The Well
I Know There’s A Heaven
He Is Jesus