The numbers are in… The Lore Family’s I Bring You Jesus is our #1 this month

David Ingram

A song co-written by Marcia Henry, Rachel McCutcheon and Darren W. Lore is this month’s #1 on the Texas Gospel Canada Top 30 songs. I Bring You Jesus by The Lore Family is our July Chart Topper!

The Texas Gospel Canada Top 30 comes from a direct monthly audit of every song played on our Southern Gospel stream during the preceding month and our list is submitted to The Singing News and Southern Gospel Scoops.

I Bring You Jesus was popular even before it was chosen for the Lore Family’s project The World Needs a Song.

“Folks immediately respond. I did a generic poll on social media. I asked what song really connected with those who had heard our project. ‘I Bring You Jesus’ was the top song!” said Darren Lore.

You’ll hear the song in our fast rotation throughout July.

TEXAS GOSPEL CANADA TOP 30 JULY 1, 2022

1 I Bring You Jesus – Lore Family – Horizon/Crossroads
2 The Well – Fields Of Grace – Independent
3 Children Sing – Nelons – Daywind/New Day
4 Shut Him Up – Lauren Talley – Horizon/Crossroads
5 Still Standing After The Storm – Mark Trammell Quartet – Crimson Road
6 The Church Of The Great I Am – Kingsmen – Horizon/Crossroads
7 Out Of Harm’s Way – Williamsons – Family Music Group
8 Looks Like Jesus – Brian Free & Assurance – Daywind/New Day
9 The God Of Gideon – Foresters – Independent
10 Let Us Pray – Paid In Full – StowTown/Provident-Sony
11 Enough For Me – Legacy Five – StowTown/Provident-Sony
12 I can’t wait – Sacred Harmony – Dream Big Promotions
13 Water under the bridge – Cami Schrock – Heritage
14 All I Got, All I Need – Wisecarvers – Skyland/Crossroads
15 Homeland – Justified Quartet – Big Picture Records/New Day
16 Grace And Goodness – Sunday Drive – StowTown/Provident-Sony
17 Answer Is Jesus – Karen Peck & New River – Daywind/New Day
18 Long Live Old Time Religion – Old Time Preachers Quartet – Family Music Group
19 What You Could Never Get Over – Kingdom Heirs – Sonlite/Crossroads
20 An Old Abandoned Church – Kristy Cox – Billy Blue Records
21 Give Him What You Got – Isaacs – House of Isaacs/New Day
22 I Have God To Thank For Everything – Inspirations – Horizon/Crossroads
23 Faith Wins – Phillips Family – Independent
24 Opening Soon – Big Mo – Independent
25 Come Home Kind Of God – Endless Highway – Skyland/Crossroads
26 Leavin’ On My Mind – Kim Hopper – Daywind/New Day
27 Your Sins Are Forgiven – Down East Boys – Sonlite/Crossroads
28 I’ve Come Too Far – Browders – Dream Big Music
29 Breathe In, Breathe Out – Guardians – StowTown/Provident-Sony
30 Good God Almighty – The Old Paths – Sonlite/Crossroads

Happenings in Southern Gospel this week, 1/23/2022:

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Happy birthday this week to Bradley Littlejohn of Paid in Full!

This week the Perrys announced Jamie Streetman has joined the group just before their recording of a project they hope to release mid-year.

Due to, “unforeseen circumstances,” 11th Hour has canceled a concert set for February 2nd and 3rd.  The cancelation has opened up the dates on the group’s available concert schedule.

Texas Gospel Canada is saddened to report the passing of Angel Borden, wife of former Gold City bass guitarist Adam Borden.

The Erwins had unforeseen issues come up leading to cancellation of set concerts January 21 & 23.

The Isaacs canceled concerts planed for Jan 21 & 22 due to weather conditions.

Happy 27th Anniversary to Scott and Rachel of  The Kramers!

McKamey Legacy this week announced the group has signed a contract with Horizon Records and will release a new song on February 4!

Tonja Rose had to move a concert originally scheduled for Jan 23 to the following weekend due to weather conditions.

Sunday Drive’s next release is set for January 28. The single is titled Grace & Goodness.

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.”