Happenings in Southern Gospel this week 1/8/2022

STAFF

The Amundruds are set to preform February 27 in Spruce Grove, AB for Singin’ The Gospel at Spruce Grove Alliance Church, 250 Century Road, Spruce Grove, Canada.

Aaron Allen of the Southern Plainsmen Quartet has died at 31. Funeral arrangements are pending.

This week the Down East boys released the new single Your Sins are Forgiven.

The Kramers welcomed a new family member this week!  Elizabeth’s little brother, Bennet Jameson Wolfe was born to Ben and Maria.

Amber Saunders of 11th Hour celebrated a birthday this week

A fundraiser for Ben Rogers brought in more than $50,000.  The event featured The LeFevre Quartet and Endless Highway. Ben is a child who was involved in a tragic accident.

Greater Vision officially kicked off its first tour of 2022 this week.

The Hoppers promise a big announcement on January 13.  We’ll be watching!

Isaac Moore, tenor with The Inspirations, celebrated a birthday this week. Isaac has been singing with the group since Archie came off the road to spend more time at home.

The Jordan Family Band canceled several shows this week due to a few of the band members taking ill.

Karen Peck and New River this week sent out congratulations to Preslee and Matthew on the birth of baby Isa Grace.

Aaron Allen of the Southern Plainsmen Quartet dies at 31

JEFF TURNER

Another member of the Southern Gospel Music family is being mourned today.  Texas Gospel Canada has learned that Aaron Robert Allen of the Southern Plainsmen Quartet has died. His death was announced on the group’s Facebook page this week.

Aaron had been with the Southern Plainsmen Quartet for 16 years. He started running the sound board for the group for seven years before making the switch to singing lead.

Services are set for 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11 at the Pine Grove Baptist Church in Ruby, Louisiana.

Aaron Allen was 31.

Howard Stewart, member of original Poet Voices, dies at 67

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Howard Stewart, original founding member of The Poet Voices passed away on December 18 after a lengthy hospital stay for heart complications.

Stewart was the original baritone singer for The Poet Voices. Most recently, he was part of the Chattanooga, Tennessee based group, Testimony.

Funeral services were held December 22.

A memorial singing is being held in his honor, Saturday January 29 at Walker County Civic Center in Rock Springs, GA. This will also be a fundraiser to assist the Stewart family with funeral expenses. Lemuel Howard Steward was 67.

StowTown Records Signs Sunday Drive to Roster of Artists

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Nashville, TN (January 4, 2022) – StowTown Records is excited to announce the signing of Sunday Drive, a multi-award winning group composed of Jeff Treece and his wife, Misty, and brother, Dusty. They are no strangers to gospel music and come to the label with a wealth of industry experience, including numerous radio hits. As a featured artist at the Dollywood Theme Park in Pigeon Forge, TN, they sing to several thousand fans each year.

StowTown co-founder and industry veteran, Ernie Haase, shared his enthusiasm about the addition of Sunday Drive to their stellar roster of artists, “When we started StowTown Records over 10 years ago, it was always about making music and helping friends make their music known. Sunday Drive fits our mission statement perfectly. I’ve known Jeff Treece for many years, and I have always been drawn to his musical talents. With his wife Misty on vocals, I’m blown away by their new sound and direction. The sky is the limit! We are honored to have them on the StowTown label and cannot wait for you to experience Sunday Drive!”

Their first StowTown project, Breaking Boundaries, is produced by multi-Dove award winning producer, Wayne Haun, and is slated for a Spring 2022 release. The new recording includes nine original songs by some of gospel music’s most prolific songwriters, including two songs co-written by Jeff Treece. Looking toward a bright future with StowTown, Jeff shared his excitement about the new collaboration, “Misty, Dusty and I are beyond excited about our new partnership with StowTown Records. There are moments in life when God’s perfect will is confirmed by his perfect timing, and this is one of those instances. He has ordered every step, and we are thrilled for everyone to hear this new project. Through the pens of the amazingly gifted songwriters and Wayne Haun’s extraordinary producing and arranging, we look forward to sharing this new season for Sunday Drive.”

The first radio single from Breaking Boundaries, “Grace & Goodness,” was released today, and will be available on all digital platforms on January 28, 2022, via Provident/Sony.

Beloved Gospel Music Hall of Fame Member, Rick Price, Passes Away from Covid

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DETROIT, MI (January 2022) – A small, private funeral will be held in Detroit in January, and an open Celebration of Life concert and memorial service will be held in Nashville in early Spring. 

Rick Price spent much of his early career with the Grammy and Dove Award winning Blackwood Brothers, and was subsequently inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame with the legendary quartet.

For the past 23 years, Rick has been traveling across the U.S. with his own group, carrying on the grand tradition of Southern Gospel music. In 2016 Rick changed the group name from Blackwood Legacy to New Legacy Project, recognizing that it was time to break new ground and begin adding a contemporary touch to the traditional sound. 

Always open to new opportunities to minister, the beloved group is best known for their intricate harmonies, innovative arrangements, and humorous stage presence.
Longtime manager and tour coordinator, Bobbie Frye of Kingdom Artists Media says “I’ve never seen such an outpouring of affection. Rick always made everyone feel loved and important – a part of the NLP family. While he is deeply missed, it is heartwarming to know that his family, staff, and singers are joined by thousands of others in mourning his absence. We know where he’s singing now, and our loss is heaven’s gain.”

Rick specifically requested that the group sustain the calling and vision God put on his heart so many years ago. Joined by Rick’s son, Alex Price, New Legacy Project will continue his mission to tour and minister in churches of all sizes. They are committed to carrying on Rick’s legacy.
As Rick always said, “The road to the future is paved with memories of the past.” He will never be forgotten.

A GoFundMe page has been established to help get the group on the road during these difficult times and to cover some of the funeral and medical costs that have accumulated. If you would like to contribute, you can do so here: https://gofund.me/d34991b3