StowTown Records Announces New Release From The Guardians


Nashville, TN (October 23, 2020) – StowTown Records has announced the release of a brand new recording from popular quartet, The GuardiansIt’s Still Good News marks the group’s third recording under the StowTown label. The recording was produced by songwriter and group member John Darin Rowsey and multi-award winning producer/arranger Wayne Haun.

With two Dove Award nominations from the Gospel Music Association, as well as multiple Singing News Fan Award nominations, The Guardians have risen to the forefront of Southern Gospel Music. Dean Hickman, John Darin Rowsey, Pat Barker and Scott Mullins present tight four-part harmony and are committed to sharing the message of the Gospel through their music.

Formerly known as a trio, this latest recording effort marks the group’s second recording since adding bass singer Pat Barker in March of 2018. With this latest effort, The Guardians reach new heights with musical diversity and moving orchestrations, as well as lyrical content that shares the good news of God’s love, salvation and grace. 

The commitment of sharing the Gospel message shines brightly through the songs included on It’s Still Good News. The recording features 12 cuts, including seven written by longtime group member John Darin Rowsey. “What an honor to have our own John Darin Rowsey write and arrange most of the songs on our new project,” group owner Dean Hickman states. “John’s talents, coupled with the unparalleled talents of producer Wayne Haun, resulted in another Guardians’ project that we believe God will use to minister to the hearts of Southern Gospel Music fans.”

Producer Wayne Haun shares, “I enjoy working with the Guardians for so many reasons. The musical brilliance of each individual obviously comes to mind, but honestly, I just love hanging out with these guys. It feels like a band of brothers coming together. It’s always a holiday of sorts. We talk about everything from music of the 1940s to complicated Bible trivia to who makes the best biscuits in the South. Working alongside John Darin Rowsey from start to finish is always a highlight of my year.”

From the classic “You’re Home to Stay (Where We Ever Shall Be)” delivered with a modern flare, complete with electric guitar and lower brass lines, to the moving “From Now On,” a musical number featured in the 2017 film The Greatest Showman, as well as the worshipful “Holy Is Thy Name,” It’s Still Good News features The Guardians at their very best and offers hours of musical enjoyment for any traditional Southern Gospel Music lover.

It’s Still Good News is distributed by Provident/Sony and is available on all digital platforms worldwide, and wherever fine Christian music is sold, including, and

It’s Still Good News Track List:
1. Holy Is Thy Name (with Lift Up Holy Hands)
2. I Wish I Could Tell You
3. Just To Know
4. You’re Home to Stay (Where We Ever Shall Be)
5. It’s Still Good News
6. Someone To Care
7. Breathe In, Breathe Out
8. One Pair of Hands
9. Make My Heart Your Dwelling Place
10. God Is Listening
11. That’s What Makes Grace Amazing
12.  From Now On

A good reason to hear the words, not just the music


The Wardlaw Brothers and Legacy Five are well known within their own genera of Gospel music. While Southern Gospel listeners and perhaps most visitors of are familiar with Legacy Five, The Wardlaw Brothers may be unfamiliar to our readers.  But that doesn’t mean they are unknown.  The Lyons, Georgia group spreads the Gospel message with a very different sound than Southern Gospel. The group’s web page says they are often described, “…as gospel music’s answer to Boyz II Men.” So what would motivate Legacy Five and The Wardlaw Brothers to release a song together?

“9 Makes Us 1″ is the result of both gospel groups blending their talents. It’s a powerful song of unity that the world needs to hear.  It’s unfortunate that racial divisions are so prominent today.  It’s even more unfortunate that they exist in Gospel music.  A post on YouTube from Daywind Records puts it this way, “Racial barriers exist in an industry of believers who write and sing about the one God and His one Kingdom.  Also, the current climate of our nation is plagued with reoccurring racial injustices and cultural clashes.  But now, Legacy Five and The Wardlaw Brothers have joined together to be an example of one unified body.”

Divisions between people have been around since recorded history. We’ve divided ourselves for political reasons, religion, and social preferences. We want things to be the way WE believe is best. Notice I said “we” and not God. Without God the only way to assure things go the way we want is to be in charge. Humankind seems to struggle against unity because that implies equal distribution of authority.  Our fleshly desires; that is, our sinful nature, wants to be in charge.  Not just in charge of our own destiny, but of those around us. It’s something that will be so until our Lord’s second coming. It’s also something that unfairly punishes those in the minority. Because of this, shouldn’t we as Christians submit our authority to God? Shouldn’t we as a people lead the charge to resist divisions that sprout from power struggles? Shouldn’t we especially resist those divisions that can result in violence?

I hope the sentiment behind the lyrics of 9 Makes Us 1 lives long after the song has faded from the gospel music charts. I also hope you enjoy listing to the new release playing now on

Brian Free and Assurance #1 on this month’s Texas Gospel Canada’s top 20


The very recognizable tenor voice of Brian Free along with a message that strikes a chord with Southern Gospel listeners has carried Brian Free and Assurance’s latest release Without Jesus to the #1 spot on this month’s Texas Gospel Canada Top 20.  

Without Jesus was co-written by award-winning song writer/singer Joseph Habedank who said in a recent interview, “I’d heard so many people say they don’t know what it would be like to live without Jesus, but had never heard a song written about it…probably one of my favorite songs written with Tony Wood and Devin McGlamery. ”

He went on to say, “This was toward the beginning of Devin’s songwriting career, so he was trying to write with different people, it was just a cool day for us to be able to hang out and come up with such a powerful song.”

By the way, Brian Free & Assurance received a nomination this year for Favorite Trio in the Singing News Fan Awards.

Congratulations to Brian Free & Assurance for taking the top spot in our top 20!

Here is the October Texas Gospel Canada Top 20:

1Without JesusBrian Free and AssuranceDaywind/New Day
2I’ll never get over the blood that I’m underKingdom HeirsSonlite/Crossroads
3God has provided Himself a LambMark Trammell QuartetCrimson Road
4This graceJoseph HabedankDaywind/New Day
5Amazing amounts of amazing graceDown East BoysSonlite/Crossroads
6Between the prayer and the answerLeFevre QuartetNew Day Records
7Fear NotTribute QuartetDaywind/New Day
8His name is JesusTim MenziesNew Day Records
9Learning to dance in the rainJeff & Sheri EasterGaither Music
10I sang myself happyOld Time Preacher’s QuartetFamily Music Group
11After the stormErwinStowTown/Provident-Sony
12Great God AlmightyThe SoundNew Day Records
13I believe the bookLegacy FiveDaywind
14Just a little bit wiserChelsea EstesButler Music Group
15The God I serveKaren Peck and New RiverDaywind
16Grace became amazingGordon MoteNew Haven
17Brand new songSistersIndependent
18King of KingsKingsmenHorizon
19Great changeVoice of TruthIndependent

2020 Singing News Fan Award Categories and winners!

Here’s the rundown of all of the Singing News Fan Awards winners. Thank you to Daywind Records for sending us the list!

Favorite Artist
1 Booth Brothers
2 Collingsworth Family
3 Greater Vision
5 Kingdom Heirs
5 Triumphant Qt winner

Favorite Quartet
1 Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
2 Kingdom Heirs
3 Mark Trammell Qt
4 Tribute Qt
5 Triumphant Qt winner

Favorite Mixed Group
1 Collingsworth Family winner
2 Hoppers
3 Karen Peck & New River
4 Mylon Hayes Family
5 Perrys

Favorite Trio
1 Booth Brothers
2 Brian Free & Assurance
3 Greater Vision winner
4 Jeff & Sheri Easter
5 Whisnants

Favorite Soloist
1 Bishop, Mark
2 Clark, Riley Harrison
3 Habedank, Joseph winner
4 Parker, Ivan
5 Phelps, David

Favorite Young Artist
1 Clark, Autumn Nelon – Nelons
2 Conkle, Trevor – Mark Trammell Qt
3 Gooch, Kari – Karen Peck & New River winner
4 Hayes, Kennedy – Mylon Hayes Family
5 Whisnant, Ethan – Whisnants

Favorite Tenor
1 Allman, Chris – Greater Vision winner
2 Booth, Michael – Booth Brothers
3 Free, Brian – Brian Free & Assurance
4 Haase, Ernie – Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
5 Sutton, David – Triumphant Qt

Favorite Lead
1 Booth, Ronnie – Booth Brothers winner
2 Brady, Jim – Jim & Melissa Brady
3 Griffin, Rodney – Greater Vision
4 Inman, Clayton – Triumphant Qt
5 Rice, Arthur – Kingdom Heirs

Favorite Baritone
1 Harris, Loren – Kingdom Heirs
2 Inman, Scotty – Triumphant Qt
3 Lancaster, Paul – Booth Brothers
4 Singletary, Josh – Tribute Qt
5 Trammell, Mark – Mark Tammell Qt winner

Favorite Bass
1 Barker, Pat – Guardians
2 Bennett, Eric – Triumphant Qt winner
3 Byrd, Randy – Mark Trammell Qt
4 Chapman, Jeff – Kingdom Heirs
5 Fouch, Matt – Legacy Five

Favorite Soprano
1 Blair, Brooklyn – Collingsworth Family
2 Brady, Melissa – Jim & Melissa Brady
3 Erwin, Katie – Erwins
4 Gooch, Karen Peck – Karen Peck & New River
5 Hopper, Kim – Hoppers winner

Favorite Alto
1 Easter, Sheri – Jeff & Sheri Easter
2 Hopper, Connie – Hoppers winner
3 Metz, Courtney – Collingsworth Family
4 Stuffle, Libbi – Perrys
5 Whisnant, Susan – Whisnants

Favorite Musician
1 Collingsworth, Kim – Collingsworth Family winner
2 Mote, Gordon – Soloist
3 Stringfield, Andy – Kingdom Heirs
4 Townsend, Josh – Legacy Five
5 Wolfe, Gerald – Greater Vision

Favorite Band
1 Dixie Echoes
2 Gaither Vocal Band
3 Isaacs
4 Kingdom Heirs winner
5 Primitives

Favorite Songwriter
1 Black, Lee
2 Griffin, Rodney winner
3 Habedank, Joseph
4 Inman, Scotty
5 Wilkinson, Dianne

Favorite Album
1 Everything In Between – Kingdom Heirs
2 Pure Love – Legacy Five
3 Victory Shout – Kingsmen
4 Yes – Triumphant Qt winner
5 You’ve Arrived – Greater Vision

Favorite Song
1 Come Sunday Morning – The Old Paths
2 Going There – Triumphant Qt winner
3 Shame On Me – Joseph Habedank
4 The Healer Hasn’t Lost His Touch – Tribute Qt
5 What Kind Of Man – Legacy Five

Favorite New Artist
1 3 Heath Brothers winner
2 Jordan Family Band
3 Kramers
4 Sunday Drive
5 The Sound

Favorite Radio Station
1 KWFC – Springfield, MO
2 WBTG – Sheffield, AL
3 WHQA – Piedmont, SC
4 WJBZ – Knoxville, TN winner
5 WXRI – Winston-Salem, NC

New song from The Erwins playing now before CD is released

Today we added another first radio single from a yet-to-be-released Erwins project. The new album will release in November. You can hear it on Texas Gospel Canada before it is available at the store.

This song will be familiar to many of you. It’s message is timeless and one we need to hear often. Jesus. 

Listen for the new song Nobody by the Erwins starting today (Sept. 16) On Texas Gospel Canada.