Cross Pointe Recruits New Member

crosspointe As the new year starts, it marks a new beginning for Cross Pointe Music group. On January 1st, Conda Barlow had to make the difficult decision because of her health to stop traveling with Cross Pointe. After much prayer on her part, she felt it to be necessary to resign from the group. After singing with her for almost 7 years, Cross Pointe will miss her being part of the ministry team.

God then put Cross Pointe in the path of Joni Townsend. Joni Townsend, Debbie Wright, and Bill Pitts will begin to practice for 2 1/2 months on Cross Pointe’s new project that will be filled with new and exciting songs! Cross Pointe will be going into the studio in Tennessee this spring. They are looking forward to this new sound that will be developing in the months to come. They are already heavily booked starting in April 2016.

They want to thank Conda for her dedication that paved the way for developing a strong ministry for the group. Cross Pointe also wants to thank Joni for answering God’s call to this ministry.

Joni has been influenced by the tremendous talent in her church and her family. Feeling the call to music ministry as a teen, music has been a life-long passion. She has been part of many ministries, bands, praise teams and performed as a solo artist. Her polished harmonies lend a southern, bluesy sound that fits perfectly with Cross Pointe and with the Southern Gospel genre. Joni resides in Circleville, Ohio and is married to David Townsend and they have four beautiful children (BrieAnn, Ryan, Bethany and Rachel). Joni loves to share her testimony as well as sing about the Lord and His amazing grace.

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Formed over 19 years ago by Deon & Susan Unthank originally as, the site was birthed from an email discussion group by the same name. The SoGospelNews email discussion list was created by the Unthanks after the Singing News shut down its extremely popular discussion list. SoGospelNews started as a simple webpage listing artists, fans, individuals, etc. that were avid supporters of the newly formed SoGospelNews talk list. The site eventually took on printing news for Southern Gospel artists, and eventually took on reviewing the latest recordings from both signed and independent artists within the small genre. SoGospelNews became the most viewed Southern Gospel website on the Internet with over 4,000,000 hits per month.

The Unthank family are now involved in the site, as well as the addition of over two dozen staff writers. The website is based out of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. In April 2010, SoGospelNews changed its name to The name change allows them to cover news items of not only Southern Gospel, but also Country Gospel, Inspirational, and Black Gospel.

On January 5, 2011, Susan Unthank passed away, leaving the website in control of Deon, their son, Chris, and their daughter Amy.

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