Arden, North Carolina (October 22, 2021) — For their latest release, Sonlite Records’Southern Gospel hitmakers, The Old Paths, offer a stirring testimonial to the glory of God’s Word in “Every Story Whispers His Name.” Produced by the acclaimed Roger Talley, the song — written by the quartet of Debbie L. Davis, Bernadette Negus, Val Dacus and Gene Ezell — signals its meditative nature from the hushed opening and restrained first verse, as lead singer Tim Rackley relates its simple, yet profound truth with a simple, yet vivid image:
I have seen how dark the dark is
In the valley of the shadow
When the colors on life’s pages turn to gray
But the author of compassion
Wrote a Book about His mercy
That says I’ll never have to be afraid
Fans are sure to appreciate the masterful arrangement that brings the quartet together amid a swell of strings for the song’s moving chorus, revealing how:
Every word, every line
Every chapter in this life
Tells us all about the Father’s love and grace…
Every story whispers His name
And if there were any doubt about the meaning of the message, the swelling bridge that leads into a final chorus makes the point unmistakably clear:If you’re looking for the answers to your problems
Just turn to His Word, ‘cause He’s already solved them
“Throughout life’s experiences the ups and downs God’s Word brings a comfort that only there can be found,” affirms Douglas Roark — like Rackley, a founding member of The Old Paths. “Every story whispers His name.”
Following their chart-climbing “How Good The Good News Feels,” “Every Story Whispers His Name” is The Old Paths’ gift to fans impatient for more of their soul-stirring music — a gift that can lead directly to salvation.
About The Old Paths
In 2003, The Old Paths began its ministry taking the group’s name from Jeremiah 6:16 which says, “Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for The Old Paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls.” With this vision in mind and a heart for ministry, founding members Douglas Roark and Tim Rackley started The Old Paths as a trio.
The group morphed into a quartet shortly after. They signed with Crossroads Music’s Sonlite Records in 2012. Their album Right Now was a breakout project for them producing two #1 hits, “Battlestand” and “God’s Great,” within a six-month span and the group was named Favorite New Quartet in the Singing News Fan Awards in 2013. Two more #1s followed with “Long Live The King” and “Love Them To Jesus.”
The quartet made the decision in 2015 to come off the road for a while due to family circumstances. While the decision was not easy, they left the door open for a possible return to gospel music and touring. When God opened that door for them in 2017, they were ready to walk through it. With a renewed passion for ministry, The Old Paths took the stage again at the Memphis Quartet Show in June 2017. In 2020, they had yet another #1 with “Come Sunday Morning” from their album, It’s Real.
The group now consists of founding members Tim Rackley and Douglas Roark, longtime bass singer Daniel Ashmore and tenor Steve Ladd.
Tim, Doug and Daniel found the right blend with Steve to be able to come together as The Old Paths again. The goal of the group has stayed the same after all these years to see people come to know Jesus Christ as Savior and to encourage fellow believers. They are thankful that God gave them the chance to return to the platform again to sing and encourage. They could not be more excited about this new stage of their ministry and to see what God has for the group in the future.
Crossroads is a market leader in the Southern Gospel, Bluegrass, and Americana fields. Established in 1993, following the combination of Horizon Music Group and Sonlite Records, Crossroads now operates several divisions including Crossroads Label Group (Horizon Records, Sonlite Records, Mountain Home Music, Skyland Records, Pisgah Ridge Records, Crossroads Records, and Organic Records), Crossroads Distribution, Crossroads Radio Promotions, and Crossroads Recording Studios. Led by a strong executive team of Christian music and Bluegrass music veterans, Crossroads combines cutting-edge technology with creative innovation to connect fans with our artists’ music.