Arden, North Carolina (July 21, 2022) — The Kingsmen’s “Church Of The Great I Am” from their album, More To The Story, is No. 1 on this month’s SGN Scoops chart.
“We are thrilled that listeners are still loving our musical after 65 years and it’s because of them that we are celebrating this No. 1 song,” says the Kingsmen’s Chris Jenkins. “We don’t take this honor lightly because so many of our friends are releasing great music these days. We want to especially thank Billy Blackwood, Kenna Turner West, and Jason Cox for trusting us with your song. You’re a huge part of the Kingsmen ministry.”
“Church Of The Great I Am” talks about the community found in faith, saying, “I’m part of the church of the great I am / Washed in the blood of the risen lamb / With a home that’s waiting in the promised land / I’m part of the church of the great I am / Part of the church of the great I am.”
It’s the third song from More To The Story — an album that’s classic, powerful, and filled with the gospel spirit — to be in the top 5 of the SGN Scoops chart, following “When The Old, Old Story Was New” and “These Are The Days.”
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The Guardians new song Not for Long would never have been recorded if two top Southern Gospel songwriters had not been stricken with COVID-19.
“I got a phone call from Karen Peck and it just so happened we both had COVID. She was coming out of it and I was in the middle of it. And we started to talk that day and it was in the beginning of the shutdown and everything that was going on. Everybody felt uncertain. Everybody felt like they just didn’t know what was coming,” said songwriter John Darin Rowsey.
He said Karen said she knew this was just a season, something that would pass, and she thought there was a song in there somewhere.
“While we were both sick and coughing, we started working on that song. Got together with Sue Smith and we finished in Nashville,” said John.
The Guardians visited David on Monday morning. Here is audio from the interview:
Not For Long is on the group’s Come On In project. It is set for releases on July 29, 2022, but it’s already released to radio.
Arden, North Carolina (July 15, 2022) — Since the late 2019 release of their Horizon Records debut, Who We Are, the 3 Heath Brothers — Nicholas and twins Clayton and Christian — wona coveted Favorite New Artist award in 2020’s Singing News Fan Awards, joined labelmates, the Kingdom Heirs, on their 2021 single, “A Good Day Coming On,” and released their own highly-anticipated single, “It Ain’t Over Yet” at the beginning of 2022. Now, the 3 Heath Brothers release more new music with their full-length follow-up, Into The Deep, out now.
With producer Roger Talley on board once again, the collection places the Brothers’ youthful energy, sibling harmonies and appreciation for contemporary sounds in the service of the same truths that have inspired generations of Southern Gospel artists before them. The approach is announced right from the album’s first notes, as a swirling opening leads into the boldly modern feel that underpins the album’s title and cover theme:
I’m diving in, into the water I’m swimming out, farther and farther Where Jesus is calling me into the deep Now I’m going in with Jesus I’m going in all the way
From there to the closing number, an anthemic reminder that “Jesus Is Coming Back,”Into The Deep offers a set that speaks to the Brothers’ generation with an emphasis on bold, fresh sounds, new songs — including one written by the Brothers, another written by Nicholas himself, and two more from Nicholas, labelmate Kenna Turner West and Jason Cox — and lyrics that offer the eternal Gospel of hope, encouragement, worship and faith in contemporary language. Indeed, underlining the forward-looking nature of the Brothers’ approach, only two of the eleven songs — John Peterson’s “Oh Glorious Love” and “Love Won,” both coming via The Talleys — have been previously recorded.
“Some of these songs are serious and some are fun,” note the Brothers. “Whether you are young or old, we hope that this record encourages your heart, gives you hope for the future, and inspires you to pursue a deeper relationship with God. We wrote five of these songs, but we don’t create music to make a name for ourselves. We do what we do because we truly believe that at the end of the day, ‘it’s not about us…it’s all about Jesus.'”
With a ministry that speaks with special clarity to an urgent task for today — reaching out to youth with the Word of Jesus in the musical terms they can best relate to — the 3 Heath Brothers have delivered a set that will both meet the needs of the moment and stand the test of time.
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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