KENNA WEST: Kenna Turner West is a Dove Award-winning songwriter and three-time AGM Songwriter of the Year, co-writing hit songs such as “Say Amen,” “Revival,” and “Small Town Someone.” With over sixty “Song of the Year” nominations, seventeen “Song of The Year” wins, four BMI Awards, and twenty-seven #1’s topping national charts, Kenna’s songs have been recorded by artists such as Jason Crabb, Hillary Scott, Michael English, The Isaacs, The Booth Brothers, The Martins, The Talleys, Karen Peck & New River, Brian Free & Assurance, Jeff & Sheri Easter, The Collingsworth Family, Finding Favour, Joseph Habedank, Tribute, The Blackwood Brothers, The Oak Ridge Boys, Legacy Five, and many more.
For over thirty years, the author and board-certified counselor has blended music, devotional teaching, and humor into a ministry that has reached across the nation and around the world. Whether she is writing songs or ministering alongside noted Christian leaders at venues ranging from The Pentagon to NASCAR chapels to the local church, Kenna’s life has a singular call: to creatively communicate the Living Hope found in Jesus Christ. www.westhouseonline.com
HIGH ROAD: With a fan base easily canvassing an array of genres—from country, to bluegrass, to Gospel, to contemporary Christian—the ladies of HighRoad now arrive at their much-anticipated third full-length release, “Somewhere I’m Going.” Once again partnering with GRAMMY®-nominated producer Ben Isaacs, who helmed HighRoad’s 2014 sophomore set, Angel at the Crossroads, the new project finds the group’s grassy instrumentation, lush harmonies and gentle nostalgia-laden melodies harkening back to Sarah’s rural roots in southwestern Iowa.
Since the group’s genesis, Sarah Davison and bandmates Kristen Bearfield (mandolin, guitar, banjo, vocals), Kinsey Kapfhammer (guitar, vocals) and Lauren Conklin (fiddle) have already garnered six SGM Scoops Diamond Award nominations and an Absolutely Gospel Music Female Group of the Year award. They regularly perform at leading Gospel music events including the Gatlinburg Gathering, Myrtle Beach’s Singing In The Sun and the National Quartet Convention. www.highroadmusic.com
TRIBUTE QUARTET: Since 2006, nationally known recording artist Tribute has become one of the country’s most dynamic and beloved male quartets in all of gospel music. Gary Casto, Josh Singletary, Riley Harrison Clark, and Anthony Davis have proven to possess the winning combination of musical talent, warm and engaging personalities, and a focus that has kept them on the path to continued success since their inception.
In an ever-changing musical climate, Tribute has remained steadfast in their goal to make great music that is both timely and relevant to the current musical scene and their loyal fan base while never wavering from their God-called mission to share Jesus with everyone with whom they come in contact. With a career that has already spanned the U.S., as well as several foreign countries, Tribute’s popularity continues to grow. The men of this quartet attribute that first and foremost to the favor of God on their lives and ministry, as well as their many fans and friends who continue to help grow this ministry one friend at a time.
Tribute and its recent release “Here For You” recently celebrated two 2017 Dove Award nominations. With several industry awards and chart-topping songs to their credit, Tribute’s music continues to bless and inspire their many supporters as well as regularly garner the attention of new fans. Each man in this group is excited about the future of this quartet–a future in which fans, peers, and industry insiders agree has only more great things in store for this group known as Tribute. www.tributequartet.com
THE TALLEYS: The Talleys are one of Christian music's most beloved and respected families. Their commitment to excellence and creativity in music have been their trademark since their illustrious career began, and their clear communication of the gospel is a defining characteristic of a Talley concert.
The Talleys began in 1984 and enjoyed many years of success, including a Dove Award and numerous Singing News Fan Awards. Following a three-year hiatus, the Talleys began performing together in 1996 with the current lineup of Roger, wife Debra and daughter Lauren, and today the Talleys remain a mainstay of Christian music.
The Talleys have enjoyed 11 number one songs, and have received numerous Singing News Fan Awards and Dove Award nominations. They are frequently recognized for their appearances on the Gaither Homecoming video series and concert tour, as well as In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley and John Hagee Ministries. They have appeared on RFD-TV's "The Music City Show," and have toured overseas to Norway, Northern Ireland, Italy and South Africa. The Talleys consistently take their music with a message to hundreds of concert and church audiences of all sizes across America each year. www.thetalleys.com
KIRK TALLEY: Talley is best known for his time as a tenor singer with the legendary gospel quartet The Cathedrals, The Talleys and The Hoppers, along with a very successful solo career as a singer and songwriter.
He joined the Cathedrals in 1979 and with the lineup of Talley, Mark Trammell, Glen Payne, George Younce and Roger Bennett. During his time with The Cathedrals, Talley wrote a number of songs. Talley wrote his first #1 song "Step Into the Water." The song remained at the top of the charts for nine months. He then left in early 1984 to join his brother and sister in law, Roger and Debra, to form The Talleys. While with The Talleys, Talley wrote the song "He Is Here.” The Talleys received the 1992 Dove Award for 'Song of the Year' for this song. It was also nominated for the 34th annual Grammy Awards that same year.
Talley began his solo career in 1993, and his first #1 as a soloist came from his project titled "I Speak to You" with the song "Joy On the Other Side of Jordan.” His project from 1995, “Serenade,” which would be his first project as a soloist on a major record label, not only produced two Top 10 charting songs, "Serenaded By Angels" and "If He Hung the Moon,” but also a string of awards for Talley at the 1996 National Quartet Convention. The Gospel Voice magazine presented Talley with 3 Diamond Awards: Soloist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, and Song of the Year for "Serenaded By Angels." The Singing News magazine presented him with the 1996 Fan awards for Favorite Male Vocalist, Favorite Songwriter and Song of the Year again for "Serenaded By Angels." In 1999, Talley released his first Christmas album called “Talley Ho, Ho, Ho!’” It has “Fruitcake” by Hee Haw Singers and “I Pray on Christmas” by Kingdom Heirs.
Talley's most recent release as a soloist is his 2011 album “Hymns of Hope.” In December 2012 Talley retired from singing after losing his singing voice from an ongoing complication with abductor spasmodic dysphonia. Talley is still an active gospel music songwriter and musician.
JEFF STICE: Affectionately known as “Mr. Piano Man,” Jeff Stice is having an incredible musical journey and has reached pinnacles of great success in the gospel music world. Shortly after attending college at Western Kentucky University, Jeff was offered a job with The Blackwood Brothers playing piano for them and later become the piano player for The Rex Nelon Singers. In 1990 he helped form Perfect Heart. It was during his time there that he received his first “Musician of the Year” award from The Singing News Magazine. As a member of Perfect Heart, Jeff began to venture on his own from time to time doing solo concerts, where he would play dramatic standards of gospel and classical music as well as hand clapping Southern Gospel favorites. His impressions of Ray Charles, Floyd Cramer, Roger Williams and Liberace, to this day, are audience favorites.
In 2002 he was offered an opportunity from Louise Mandrell to put together a quartet for her theatre in Pigeon Forge, Tn. As a result, he helped form the Triumphant Quartet where he played, arranged and produced the quartet’s music for 12 years. During this 12-year span, Jeff was honored to receive a number of awards and recognitions. He was voted “Musician of the Year” in 2007 by the Southern Gospel Music Guild. He received the “Favorite Musician of the Year” award in 2009 and 2012 at the Southern Gospel Fanfare.
In 2010 and 2011 he received Grammy and Dove Award nominations for the album “Love Came Calling,” which he co-produced with Wayne Haun. He produced and arranged the album “Songs from the Heart,” which was voted “Favorite Album of the Year” in 2012 for the Singing News Magazine. He also received the “Musician of the Year” award by the Singing News Magazine in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. Stice’s music has afforded him the opportunity to travel all around the United States and Canada. He was honored to play his arrangement of “Joshua Fit’ The Battle of Jericho” JERICHO at the world-renowned Carnegie Hall on more than one occasion. www.jeffsticemusic.com
SANDRA PAYTON: A most unusual lady who has travelled around the world telling her story through singing a heart changing song, playing a B-3 organ, making a foot-patting memorable moment, or just sitting down to the piano and sharing her heart. Her passion for the past 30 years was directing the renowned Glen Haven Celebration Choir, doing musicals and working with churches of every size, bringing them exciting new music and teaching them how to minister it to others. Another ministry that is dear to her heart is Good Samaritan Missions, where she visits Honduras periodically to sing and love the people, adopting children and seeing them become professionals in the business world, changing their lives in such a powerful way, as they surrender their lives to the Lord.
She has accompanied many famous people: Mahalia Jackson, Dale Evans Rogers, Mark Lowry, Greater Vision, and Doris Akers, to name a few. But she is quick to tell you that her greatest thrill comes from speaking or singing into the heart of one who needs that message of hope. Sandy has one daughter and son in law, Jason and Missy Waldroup, who has given her the most beautiful, talented, loving, exceptional grandchildren on the earth (described straight from a grandmother’s heart).
In the past three years, Sandy’s life and ministry has taken a new direction. She has recently been traveling the country playing organ on the Hymn Sing Tour with Gerald Wolfe and many of the top gospel artists in the country. Wherever you find Sandy, she will be faithfully and consistently challenging and encouraging others in the ministry. Her most important desire is to see men and women of all ages come to know Christ, becoming what God created them to be.
ALLEGIANCE TRIO: Allegiance Trio is a Christian music group from Nashville with roots deep in the church. The trio’s goal is to combine its voices in harmony to reach everyone with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Everyone outside of the walls of the church and inside need to rest in the assurance of the Gospel and Allegiance Trio strives to sing and play to encourage them in that direction.
This band of vocalists includes Jake Sammons - singer, songwriter and guitarist; Kasey Kemp - singer, ordained minister, pianist and trumpeter; and Corey Lackey - singer, bassist and youngest member of the group. Jake and Kasey have brought their years of experience on stage and ministering together with Corey, whose powerful testimony is speaking to the hearts of his generation and beyond. www.declarationtrio.com
ANTHONY FACELLO: Anthony is no stranger to Christian music. The Dove nominated male vocalist has been traveling for 21 years in ministry. He has sung and toured with many of Gospel music’s most recognized names and he even enjoyed being a part of the well-known Gaither tour on several occasions. Anthony also formed the group Beyond The Ashes in 2006 and sang tenor and managed the group until 2014. He is a singer’s singer. His incredible tenor voice is revered as one of the best in the industry. This is an opinion, not just shared by fans, but also, by industry peers. Anthony’s heart, though, is what really sets him apart. He is deeply committed to his calling. He would rather see someone sincerely touched by the music than be recognized for his gifts. Anthony shares, “I started out as a child singing in church and then with my family. Every week I would record Paul Heil's program, The Gospel Greats, and I would listen to those tapes over and over. I always knew that I was supposed to be in full time ministry and God saw fit to open that door in 1993.” In addition to being an incredible vocal artist, Anthony also enjoys writing music. He was born in Baltimore, Md., and now makes his home in Nashville. www.dayonemusic.com/anthony-facello/
DUSTY WELLS: Dusty Wells has been directly involved in Christian music for over 35 years. In January 2017, Wells was named director of sales for New Day Christian Distributors. Wells had spent the previous 23 years of his career at Word Entertainment, working with national account sales, special market projects, marketing, promotions, sales management, road representative and artist and label relations. His deep love for Christian music shines through his work, and he claims one of his greatest passions in life is helping others know and grasp the importance of what Christian music can do for someone on their journey.
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