The Erwins Garner 2021 GRAMMY¬ģ Nomination


Nashville, TN (November 24, 2020) ‚Äď StowTown Records is thrilled to share that What Christmas Really Means by The Erwins has been nominated for a 2021 GRAMMY¬ģ award for Best Roots Gospel Album. Nominations were announced earlier this morning. The 63rd Annual GRAMMY¬ģ 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¬ģ 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.

Aaron Wilburn hospitalized


Please continue to pray for Aaron Wilburn. He has been hospitalized with COVID-19 for over a week. He was moved to ICU over the weekend and has been placed on a ventilator.

His son, Jim, says that the family did get to interact with him by Facetime and he was all smiles and thumbs up, even though he could not speak. The hope is that the ventilator will allow Aaron’s body to get stronger. Please pray specifically, about this for Aaron.

StowTown Records Releases Highly-anticipated Brotherhood Project


Nashville, TN (November 20, 2020)¬†‚ÄstCollectively, they have enjoyed more than 100 accolades, industry honors and fan awards. Over the past two decades they have received multiple¬†Grammy¬ģ¬†nominations and¬†GMA Dove Awards, as well as countless Fan Awards from¬†The Singing News Magazine.¬†Since bursting onto the Gospel Music scene,¬†Ernie Haase & Signature Sound¬†and¬†The Booth Brothers¬†have each established their place firmly atop the genre’s ladder of success. Thus, in 2015 when the announcement was made by¬†IMC Concerts¬†that these two groups would be uniting for multiple concert events, excitement abounded from fans nationwide.¬†

Obviously, the live concert events proved to be a tremendous success with sold-out crowds each night. From those live events comes a brand new release from StowTown RecordsBrotherhood, by Ernie Haase & Signature Sound & The Booth Brothers, features two of the most acclaimed artists at their very best. This collection of camaraderie, laughter and timeless music allows fans the opportunity to own a collective piece of history that can be enjoyed day after day.

IMC Concerts & StowTown Records President Landon Beene shares, “When the idea of bringing these two artists together was first presented to us, we knew it would be something special. Their talents flowed together extremely well on stage and it was an electrifying event. We are thrilled to make it available as a live recording.”

The recording features timeless classics, delivered with the same infectious energy that has attributed to the overwhelming success these two groups have enjoyed over the years. From start to finish, this recording truly captures the bonds of brotherhood these talented individuals share.

Brotherhood is distributed by Provident/Sony and is available on all digital platforms worldwide and wherever fine Christian music is sold, including, and

Brotherhood Track Listing:
Life’s Railway to Heaven
All the Gold in California
Jesus Is Coming Soon
I’ll Fly Away
Sweet Beulah Land
Going Home
In the Garden
Look for me at Jesus’ Feet

NEW MUSIC: TaRanda Greene, Releases Deluxe Edition Christmas Recording


Nashville, TN (November 6, 2020)¬†‚ÄstJust in time for the holiday season,¬†StowTown Records¬†announces that¬†Spirit of Christmas Deluxe¬†Version, from one of Christian music’s most iconic voices,¬†TaRanda Greene, is now available in stores and at online retail outlets worldwide. This project from the¬†GMA Dove Award¬†winner was released to digital outlets in 2019.

“Christmas is such a special time of year, and I am excited that this Christmas recording is now available in stores,” TaRanda says with a big smile.

Spirit of Christmas Deluxe¬†Version¬†features several Christmas classics, including “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” “Jingle Bells,” “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” and “Silver Bells,”¬†just to name a few. Also included are show stoppers such as, “O Holy Night,” “I Wonder As I Wander” and sure-to-become-classics, “Give Love On Christmas Day” and the title cut “Spirit of Christmas.” The remake of the Whitney Houston classic “Who Would Imagine A King?” is another welcome addition to this stellar recording.¬†

“This recording is very special to me,” TaRanda explains. “People always ask for classic Christmas songs, so that is what we wanted to do. With five of the songs having a three-piece band, we wanted to take the listener back to a time when life was much more simple; when kids popped popcorn, strung it around the Christmas tree, and the family snuggled around the fireplace and reflected on the true reason for the season, the birth of the Christ child. This project was so much fun to record, and I hope the listener enjoys the finished product as much as I enjoyed recording it.”

For years, TaRanda has been inspiring listeners worldwide with her authenticity, energy and unmatched vocal ability. This latest recording effort will no doubt offer listeners even more inspiration. Spirit of Christmas Deluxe Version promises to offer much listening enjoyment throughout the 2020 holiday season and quite possibly for many years to come.

Spirit of Christmas Deluxe Version is distributed by Provident/Sony and is available worldwide wherever fine Christian music is sold.

Spirit of Christmas Deluxe Track List:

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas
Still, Still, Still / O Holy Night
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
Jingle Bells
Give Love On Christmas Day
Cool Yule with Up On The Housetop
Who Would Imagine A King?
Silver Bells
Jesus, What A Wonderful Child with I’m His Child
I Wonder As I Wander
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
That Spirit of Christmas
Auld Lang Syne

GMA 51st Annual DOVE Awards Friday

Information provided by Daywind Records

The Gospel Music Association (GMA) is set to hold the 51st Annual DOVE Awards Friday!  The event will be televised on TBN, beginning 7 p.m. Central.

Here are all of the categories involving southern gospel music, as well as some additional categories folks from the southern gospel community showed up in.

Southern Gospel Artist of The Year

Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
Gaither Vocal Band
Jason Crabb
Joseph Habedank
Karen Peck & New River


Southern Gospel Recorded Song of The Year

Gaither Vocal Band- “This Is The Place”-  writers:  Gloria Gaither, William J. Gaither, Gordon Mote

Karen Peck & New River- “The God I Serve”- writers:  Rebecca Bowman, Sonya Yeary, Karen Peck Gooch, Jimmy Yeary

Legacy Five- “What Kind Of Man”- writers:  Kenna Turner West, Jason Cox, Sue C. Smith

The Erwins- “The Power Of An Empty Tomb”- writer:  Joel Lindsey

The Sound-  “Can I Get A Witness”- writers:  Kenna Turner West, Brent Baxter, Jason Cox

Southern Gospel Album of The Year

Bill & Gloria Gaither & Their Homecoming Friends- The Longer I Serve Him– producers:  Bill Gaither, Kevin Williams

Collingsworth Family- That Day Is Coming LIVE- producers:  Wayne Haun, Kim Collingsworth

Legacy Five- Pure Love–  producers:  Scott Fowler, Wayne Haun, Trey Ivey

The Crabb Family-  20/20 – producers:  Dottie Leonard Miller, Jason Crabb, Scott Godsey

The McKameys-  The Crown–  producers:  Jeff Collins, Roger Fortner

Bluegrass/Country/Roots Recorded Song of The Year

Gloria Gaynor (featuring Bart Millard)- “He Won’t Let Go”-  writers:  Gloria Gaynor, Andrew Ramsey, Shannon Sanders

Joseph Habedank- “Sometimes It’s The Radio”-  writers: Joseph Habedank, Tony Wood, Jimmy Yeary

Karen Peck & New River- “Ain’t No Grave”-  writers:  Jonathan David Helser, Melissa Helser, Molly Skaggs

Keith & Kristyn Getty, Ellie Holcomb-  “Elizabeth”-  writers:  Kristyn Getty, Ellie Holcomb

The Oak Ridge Boys-  “Amazing Grace” – writer:  John Newton

Bluegrass/Country/Roots Album of The Year

Gloria Gaynor-  Testimony–  producers:  Chris Stevens, F. Reid Shippen

Jeff & Sheri Easter- You Are Loved –  producers:  Jeff Easter, Sheri Easter, Greg Cole

Jimmy Fortune-  God & Country –  producer:  Ben Isaacs

Steven Curtis Chapman-  A Great Adventure, LIVE Solo Performances of Timeless Hits – producers:  Steven Curtis Chapman, Bill Gaither

The Chuck Wagon Gang-  No Depression In Heaven The Gospel Songs Of The Carter Family –  producers:  David Johnson, Jeff Collins

Inspirational Recorded Song Of The Year

Gaither Vocal Band-  “Now Is Forever”-  writers:  Gloria Gaither, William J. Gaither, Gordon Mote

Laura Story-  “I Give Up” – writer: Laura Story

Matt Boswell & Matt Papa-  “His Mercy I More”- writers:  Matt Boswell, Matt Papa

Selah-  “Yet Not I But Through Christ In Me” – writers:  Michael Farren, Rich Thompson, Jonny Robinson

Steven Curtis Chapman- “He Touched Me/ There’s Something About That Name/ Because He Lives Medley” –  writers:  Gloria Gaither, William J. Gaither

Inspirational Album Of The Year

Cana’s Voice-  Don’t Want To Miss This –  producers:  Wayne Haun, Jim Hammerley, Jared Woods

kalley-  Faultlines Vol II – producer:  Jason Ingram

Laura Story-  I Give Up – producers:  Craig Swift, Chris Bevins

Matt Boswell, Matt Papa, Keith & Kristyn Getty –  His Mercy Is More:  The Hymns of Matt Boswell and Matt Papa –  producer:  Nathan Nockels

Selah-  Firm Foundation – producers:  Brent Milligan, Chris Bivins, Jason Kyle Saetveit

Producer Of The Year

Ben Isaacs
Ed Cash, Steven V. Taylor (team)
Federico Vindver
Jonathan Smith
Jordan Sapp
Justin Savage
Michael Guy Chislett
Shaun Martin, Maxwell Stark, Ronald Hill (team)
Wayne Haun

Christmas/ Special Event Album Of The Year

Andrew Peterson –   Behold The Lamb Of God (20th Anniversary) –  producer:  Ben Shive

Collingsworth Family-  A True Family Christmas –  producer:  Bradley Knight

Danny Gokey-   The Greatest Gift, A Christmas Collection –  producers:  Hank Bentley, Colby Wedgeworth, Ben Glover, Jeff Pardo, Bernie Herms

Phil Wickham-  Christmas –  producer:  Jonathan Smith

The Erwins-  What Christmas Really Means –  producers:  Wayne Haun, Trey Ivey, Chris Chavez

Musical Of The Year

An Unexpected Christmas 
–  creators:  Daniel Semsen, Joel Lindsey, Jeff Bumgardner, Heidi Petak  arranger/orchestrator:  Daniel Semsen

Is He Worthy –  creators:  Russell Mauldin, Sue C. Smith

Messiah Overcame:  An Easter Musical –  creators:  Mike Harland, John Rowsey  arrangers/orchestrators:  Cliff Duren, Jim Hammerly, Christopher Phillips, Phil Nitz

Song Of Joy – creator:  Dale Mathews  arranger/orchestrator:  Marty Hamby

The Song Of Bethlehem –  creator:  Lee Black  arranger/orchestrators:  Cliff Duren, Phillip Keveren, Phil Nitz

Choral Collection Of The Year

Our Faithful God
 –  creators:  Mike Harland, Chris Machen, Diane Machen  arranger/orchestrator:  Cliff Duren

Southern Gospel Sounds –  arranger/orchestrator:  Marty Hamby

Spirit Rise  –  arranger:  Travis Cottrell

Sunday Southern Favorites –  creator/ arranger:  Marty Hamby

Top Anthem Collection  –  creator:  Jonathan Crumpton  arrangers:  Bradley Knight, Cliff Duren, Mike Speck, Marty Parks, Daniel Semsen, Gary Rhodes, Dave Williamson, Russell Mauldin, Geron Davis, Tom Fettke