Loved pianist Jeff Stice dies at 61

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A man whose love for the piano started at the age of six and continued throughout his life as he became one of the best known pianists in Southern Gospel Music has died.  Jeff Stice suffered a fall at his home late last month and doctors had to perform a surgery on his spinal court.  He was battling COVID-19 at the time of the fall.  Texas Gospel Canada was informed that Jeff died Tuesday, Sept. 14 at the hospital.

Early in Jeff’s career he played with the Blackwood Brothers, The Rex Nelon Singers and in 1990 helped form the group Perfect Heart. He received the Favorite Young Artist Award from the Singing News Magazine and went on to take other top honors in Gospel Music.

Jeff was one of the founding members of the Triumphant Quart.  The group posted condolences on its webpage Tuesday.

According to Jeff’s website, he went through a season of reflection and change in February of 2014. He enrolled in an intense discipleship program for three months. While there, he discovered God in a way he had never known Him before.

Jeff put it this way in his online biography: “While sitting on a picnic table by a creek one afternoon, I felt God’s arms wrap around me. He drew me close and reminded me that he loved me unconditionally and that He had given me a gift to share…the gift of Grace. For 46 years I had known about God, but now I know how to BE with God. So now, I have a testimony to share and I have a new song to play as I start a new chapter for my life.”

Jeff Stice was 61.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

Jeff Stice flown to hospital after fall

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Pianist, Jeff Stice suffered a life threatening fall at his home Saturday, which led to him being taken by medical helicopter from Kentucky to Nashville, TN where doctors performed a multi hour emergency surgery on Jeff’s spinal cord. Jeff also is experiencing COVID.  His wife Stacey says that doctors were pleased with the surgery and Jeff had been able to move his feet and arms off the bed, but there hasn’t be any more immediate progress.

This is going to be a very long recovery for Jeff Stice.  Friends, The Nelons have jumped in to assist in helping the Stices with what will be considerable medical bills. 

If you are interested in helping, you can buy a #TeamJeff t-shirt that will benefit him or give a donation which will be passed on directly to Jeff and Stacey Stice.

Former member of Dixie Melody Boys Dustin Sweatman dies at 38

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A loved former member of the Dixie Melody boys has passed away. Dustin Sweatman died unexpectedly Sunday.    

Dustin has been baritone, lead singer and at one time piano player for the Dixie Melody Boys. He has also preformed with The Mark Trammell Trio and later Mark Trammell Quartet. 

Funeral services will be announced from Ingram Funeral Home in Cumming, Georgia. 

Dustin Sweatman was 38.

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Paid In Full Celebrates Their 30th Anniversary With StowTown Records Album Release

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Nashville, TN (August 13, 2021) – In honor of their 30th anniversary, the vocal group Paid In Full has joined forces with StowTown Records to release a brand new digital recording. 30th Anniversary marks the group’s debut digital recording under the StowTown label and it is now available at all digital outlets worldwide. This commemorative collection features 26 favorites released for the first time digitally, as well as four brand new songs arranged by multi-award winning producer, Wayne Haun.

Longtime friends Lance MooreBradley Littlejohn and Jeff Crews, collectively known as Paid In Full, originally organized in 1991. Just a few short years after beginning, their second record captured the ear of the late gospel music legend, Jake Hess, who began mentoring the trio. The multi-Grammy winner and Gospel Music Hall of Fame member even made a guest appearance on the trio’s 1998 recording, In All I Do. Over the years, Paid In Full has enjoyed hit radio releases and appearances on large and small stages nationwide.

Among the collection of songs included on 30th Anniversary, listeners will find popular radio hits like “What The Storm Did Not Know,” “Sailing Toward Home” and “I Could Sing About Heaven.” Three previously released songs featuring guest artists are included as well: “When My Master Walks With Me” features Jake Hess; “My Soul Is Firmly Anchored” features Gene McDonald; and “It Won’t Be Long” features Duane Allen of the Oak Ridge Boys.

Like most recording artists, Paid In Full has experienced their share of changes and even a recording hiatus through the years. With this new digital release, all three members are thrilled to have the opportunity to present new music, as well as reintroduce audiences to songs that continue to offer an eternal message. “It’s so good to be back together singing and having so much fun,” states Jeff Crews. “We have no blood relation, but we are brothers who learned to sing harmony together.”

“Singing with Paid In Full has been a great joy in my life,” group member Bradley Littlejohn relates. “This chapter in our story is one I look forward to sharing as well.” Group member Lance Moore adds, “We are so excited to see what God has in store with this StowTown collaboration.”

“I’ve known Bradley, Lance and Jeff for quite some time. They are great guys who have a tremendous work ethic and a true desire to present quality music that touches the hearts of listeners. Their smooth harmonies are incredible, and it is a privilege for our company to have the opportunity to offer their music to new audiences worldwide,” states StowTown President Landon Beene

With 30th Anniversary, Paid In Full celebrates three decades of delivering listeners rich harmonies that will continue to be enjoyed by audiences of all ages from all walks of life.