Poet Voices #1 on Texas Gospel Canada chart

The members of Poet Voices have been singing Southern Gospel Music as a group since the quartet was formed by lead singer Phil Cross in 1991. According to the group’s Facebook page, its identity was strongly tied to the writing of Phil Cross and the group’s sound was considered, “progressive” at the time.

Poet Voices is based in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and although performances have been slowed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the group recently recorded at Daystar Television Network for an episode of Gospel Music Showcase.

The group recently created a video of their latest song “I rest assured” for those who cannot go to a gospel show due to the corona virus threat. The video was made using social distance meeting software.

“I rest assured” continues to inspire audiences over the radio and online and takes the number one spot on the Mid-July Texas Gospel Canada Top 20.

Here is the Mid-July Texas Gospel Canada Top 20:

1 I rest assured Poet Voices
2 House of God Taylors
3 I see revival Crabb Family
4 The God I serve Karen Peck & New River
5 I will glory in the story Austin & Ethan Whisnant
6 Can I get a witness The Sound
7 When God says wait Browders
8 It never gets old Perrys
9 I believe the book Legacy Five
10 Walking through fire Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
11 When I turn to you Jason Crabb
12 Preacher’s daughter Pardoned
13 If God pulled back the curtain Nelons
14 Glorious God Lauren Talley
15 A song to remind you Steeles
16 The Healer hasn’t lost His touch Tribute Quartet
17 Days like this Martins
18 Love like I’m leaving Gaither Vocal Band
19 God has provided Himself a Lamb Mark Trammell Quartet
20 Keep on living Eric Horner


Looking forward to live concerts

Many of us are ready to return to a normal life. The online concerts have been a good substitute, but there are a lot of folks who really miss attending concerts in person. There’s nothing like an auditorium full of people enjoying the experience of a live event together.

The Kramers recently posted a video of their NQC performance from last fall. That feels like a lifetime ago, but the video brings back fun memories. StowTown records shared the video with us, and we thought it would be good to share it with you.

If you know of a Southern Gospel concert in your area taking place within local guidelines, please post it to our Facebook page and let others know where they can go to enjoy the music.


The message in our music


It’s highly likely that 2020 will not be remembered as one of the world’s most favorite years. The COVID-19 pandemic, civil unrest, assaults and the destruction of private property have turned millions of lives upside down. There are a lot of reasons why some will look back on this year as a least-favorite time period.

Gospel music has a special significance this year.  Its main purpose is to honor God.  A nice secondary benefit of Gospel music is it can help distract from the world’s growing violence and help listeners refocus their thoughts on God.

The Taylors - Salvation's songThe new song from The Taylors, House of God, has a clear message for Christians today. Suzanne Taylor Hise said in a recent interview that the song talks about the body of Christ joining in fellowship.  When we pray and gather with other Christians we can lay all of our burdens down and simply worship Him.

“And what I love about this song is it reminds me of a particular verse in the Bible in the Book of Matthew 11:24. It says, ‘Come all ye who are weary and troubled and I will give you rest,’ and I think that’s all that is required of us that we just lay down our burdens,” said Hise as she explained the song.

“Whatever walk of life that we are in, whatever trials we are facing, we are to forget about those. We are to turn them over to Christ and simply worship Him and be able to join in the Body of Christ together with one another,” she said,

Texas Gospel Canada this month is giving special emphasis to songs similar to “House of God.”  We’ve also increased airplay of some older songs like Karen Peck and New River’s “Why Can’t All God’s Children Get Along,” to help listeners refocus on why we’re here.

We hope our music brings comfort to you and your family through the times we’re all living in.

The Browns Release Encouraging New Music with EP Brave


Nashville, TN (June 19, 2020) – StowTown Records announces the release of the highly-anticipated EP, Brave, from Christian music’s multi-talented family group, The Browns. The group, comprised of siblings Adam, Michaela and Andrew and mom Shelly, is from Le Mars, IA, the Ice Cream Capital of the World. The family owns and operates Browns Century Theater in downtown Le Mars, where they perform regularly throughout the year when not touring the U.S.

The first single and title cut from this newest recording has already seen tremendous success at Southern Gospel radio, and the follow-up single, “Better Off There,” penned by Sonya Isaacs Yeary, Jimmy Yeary and Wayne Haun, is ministering to the hearts of listeners across the globe. With themes of hope, eternity, and assurance, the strength of the songs they chose and co-wrote is remarkable. Other songs chosen for this recording include the gospel song “Take Me Back”  by legendary artist Andraé Crouch, the soul-stirring “Not Even For A Moment” (Jeff Bumgardner, Joel Lindsey, Wayne Haun) and country hit “Brave” (Scotty Inman, Lee Black).

StowTown label co-founder, Ernie Haase, shares, “The Browns have been a mainstay with StowTown Records. We believe in them and all that they do. It’s not just about recording music, it’s about what they have done with the music; opening a theater, writing and presenting musicals, and their BRAVE approach to sharing Jesus in the digital age keeps them fresh and relevant. I admire them greatly!”

Their family blend is unbeatable, their energy is undeniable and their musicianship is unmatched. When combined with the production and arrangements of award-winning producer Wayne Haun, the result is a pinnacle project from a passionate group ready to take the world by storm with their message. “Our family is always excited to share new music,” states Michaela, “but we believe that this album, at this time, is going to be such an encouragement to all who hear it. We are praying it will bless many.”

Brave is distributed exclusively by Provident/Sony and is available at retail and digital outlets worldwide.

‘Born for This’ is a song of encouragement

Kenna Turner West is a co-writer of “Born for This.”  It’s the latest song from New Legacy.  Kenna approached StowTown records about adding the song to New Legacy’s project asking that they listen closely to the message of the lyrics. The StowTown folks did, and quickly added it to the collection of songs picked for release.

StowTown Records’s Kim Pennington said in an email to Texas Gospel Canada that after listening to “Born for This,” she realized it has a relevant message; one that would encourage listeners to take steps of faith in troubled times.

“If there ever was a time in which we need to make sure we’re fulfilling the purpose for which we were born, it is now,” she said.

Here’s the group’s website link if you would like to learn more about New Legacy.

“Born for This” debuts on Texas Gospel Canada today (June 16.)