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

SGMA Hall of Fame & Museum Announces New Location

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PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (December 28, 2021) – After months of seeking God’s direction, the Southern Gospel Music Association is excited to announce an agreement with Biblical Times Theater to house the SGMA Hall of Fame & Museum on their premises located at 2391 Parkway in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

The announcement was made this evening during a concert with Jonathan Wilburn, a board of member of the SGMA, at the Biblical Times Theater.

Kaylee Davis, creative director of Biblical Times, says: “On behalf of the owners, management and staff at Biblical Times, we are proud to welcome the Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame Museum into our family! We strive to glorify the Lord in our nightly shows as we bring the stories of scripture to life and with southern gospel being rooted here in the Great Smoky Mountains, it only seems fitting that we join together. We look forward to what God has in store in the coming months and years with the museum, and praying it would bring joy and encouragement to all those who visit! Once again it is our honor to partner with the music that shares the greatest message in the whole world and to be the new home of the SGMA Museum.”

Arthur Rice, SGMA President, says: “We are excited and grateful to the Lord for the blessing of a new home for the SGMA. We have a lot of work ahead of us and the folks at Biblical Times have been an absolute joy to work with. We believe this joint venture will not only carry the history and future of our music but the message of Christ to many. Please pray for us during the next several months as we relocate to our new home.”

Something New, Legacy Five’s Debut StowTown Records Released

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Nashville, TN (October 8, 2021) – At a time in our lives when nothing seems normal, new music from our favorite artists can uplift, inspire and encourage us. Legacy Five seeks to do just that with their brand new album, Something New. With their first offering on the StowTown label, the legendary quartet continues to reinvent their delivery of the timeless message of the Gospel. Something New is available today on all digital music platforms, as well as at LegacyFive.comSpringside.com, and Amazon.

Legacy Five continues their 21-year journey with fresh wind in their sails. The four vocalists have been together for a couple of years now and their sound and camaraderie is solid. Scott FowlerLee BlackBryan Walker and Matt Fouch recently added Garrett Anderson on keys. Yes, after so many years as a mainstay in Southern Gospel music, this is definitely Something New. Group owner and lead vocalist Scott Fowler acknowledges that this album is a significant part of Legacy Five’s story. “As Legacy Five approaches our 22nd year in gospel music, we find our professional journey embarking on Something New, not the least of which is partnering with StowTown Records. StowTown has become a symbol of excellence and integrity, and we are very honored they have invited us to be a small part of their amazing family of artists. This project is a fantastic way to start Something New as we partner in ministry with StowTown!”

StowTown Records President Landon Beene shares, “This project is appropriately titled Something New. Although Legacy Five has been at the top of their game for years, they have managed to reinvent themselves through this project with an incredible new sound of quartet harmony unlike anyone has heard before.” For this kind of achievement, an artist has to fully trust their producers. Wayne Haun and Gordon Mote create a dynamic production team, each bringing years of musical expertise to this project. Sonically, they’ve pushed Legacy Five to the next level, not settling for less than their best. After the success of their previous release, Pure Love, which garnered the GMA Dove Award for Southern Gospel Album of the Year, this project continues the forward momentum that success brought.

With the first track, “Welcome To Your Life,” the listener is drawn in as if during the hero’s adventure sequence in a movie. A full orchestra and big harmonies make this song truly inviting and exciting.  Staying true to their musical roots, there are a variety of traditional Southern Gospel and Country-flavored tunes which are sure to be fan favorites. But a stunningly simple, yet poignant moment on the album may be a surprise to some. “Jesus Wept” brings current events, historical events and personal moments all together under one umbrella: Jesus wept for all of us out of His deep love for us. It’s as if Scott Fowler is giving a sermon in one song. “Given, Buried, Risen,” the first radio single, was released on digital platforms last week and is quickly becoming another Legacy Five hit song. With twelve tracks on the album, Legacy Five fans will be thrilled with the variety of songs on Something New.

Something New is distributed digitally by Provident/Sony and is available worldwide on all digital music platforms.

Track Listing:
Welcome To Your Life (Ernie Haase, Wayne Haun, Joel Lindsey)
Enough For Me (Jason Cox, Lee Black)
Testify (Lee Black, Jason Cox, Joseph Habedank)
Given, Buried, Risen (Cliff Duren, Lee Black)
Jesus Wept (Gina Boe, Joel Lindsey, Sue C. Smith)
Love Speaks (Jeff Bumgardner, Joel Lindsey, Wayne Haun)
Who Better Than Me? (Bryan Walker, Devin McGlamery, Matthew Lawson)
Be Alright (Lee Black, Barry Weeks, Kenna West)
I’ve Seen What He Can Do (Sue C. Smith, Lee Black, Kenna West)
Believer (Bryan Fowler, Rhett Walker, Mitch Wong)
Eyes Of Faith (Lee Black, John Darin Rowsey)
Something New (Lee Black, Bryan Walker)

The Erwins Garner 2021 GRAMMY® Nomination

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Nashville, TN (November 24, 2020) – StowTown Records is thrilled to share that What Christmas Really Means by The Erwins has been nominated for a 2021 GRAMMY® award for Best Roots Gospel Album. Nominations were announced earlier this morning. The 63rd Annual GRAMMY® Awards show will be broadcast live on CBS on January 31, 2021, at 8:00 PM EST.

The Erwins are ecstatic about this nomination. Katie Erwin, the youngest member of the talented sibling group shares, “The only words coming to mind right now are THANK YOU, JESUS! A GRAMMY® nomination is something we’ve always dreamed about, but never expected. All of the praise goes only to Jesus! We love and admire all of the nominees in this category, and it’s an honor to be listed with them! We are about to start our “What Christmas Really Means” tour, where we will be singing every song from this album nightly, and now it’s going to be even more exciting and special. Thank you to the Recording Academy, our StowTown Records family and, once again, thank you, Jesus!”

StowTown President and CEO Landon Beene adds, “It’s exciting to see young artists like The Erwins nominated for such a prestigious award. This young family loves gospel music, and they present it in a youthful, refreshing style of their own. Our team is thrilled about this nomination and excited about the future!”

What Christmas Really Means, produced by Wayne HaunTrey Ivey and Chris Chavez, is The Erwins’ first seasonal project and features an array of music that highlights moments from the prophet’s foretelling of the Messiah to the birth of the Christ child. It is a true celebration of what Christmas is all about.

What Christmas Really Means is exclusively distributed by Sony/Provident and is available at retail and digital outlets worldwide.