HighRoad Signs with New Day Records

 NASHVILLE, TN (April 24, 2019) — 2018 New Artist of the Year, HighRoad, has signed an exclusive recording agreement with New Day Records, part of Daywind Music Group.

Made up of four immensely talented musicians, vocalists, and songwriters, HighRoad plans to release new music on the label in the fall of 2019. The group’s leader, Sarah Davison, put together the highly-acclaimed, award-winning ensemble in 2010, which features Kristen Bearfield (mandolin, guitar, banjo and vocals), Kinsey Kapfhammer (guitar and vocals), and Lauren Conklin (fiddle).

HighRoad has already experienced a great deal of success, being named New Artist of the Year at the 2018 Singing News Fan Awards and Female Group of the Year at the 2016 Absolutely Gospel Music Awards. They also won the 2018 Diamond Award for Country Gospel Song of the Year and have racked up two #1 singles on Southern Gospel radio. The group is a staple performer at leading music events including Women of Joy, Gatlinburg Gathering, Singing In The Sun and the National Quartet Convention. HighRoad was part of the successful Girls and Guitars Tour in 2018 which paired them up with such artists as Karen Peck and New River, the Talleys and Emily Ann Roberts (the Voice). Group members have appeared on the Grand Ole Opry and Gaither Homecoming Videos and played with Bradley Walker, Jimmy Fortune, Vince Gill, Chris Young, and Mark Wills. In 2018, they played on the Grand Ole Opry stage in Nashville, and had their first two number 1 singles on Southern Gospel Radio.

The multi-talented group received a great deal of record label attention and decided New Day Records. “Joining the New Day Records team is a natural fit for myself and the girls,” says Sarah Davidson. “We feel so honored that the Lord placed us with the team at New Day Records and Daywind Music Group.”

“We have waited patiently for the right time to work with such an incredible group,” added Scott Godsey, vice president and director of A&R for Daywind Music Group. “We are very excited about nurturing HighRoad in their career and working on the new record which will again pair the group with Grammy®-winning producer Ben Isaacs.”

New Day Records is home to the Lefevre Quartet, Michael Combs, Tim Menzies, HighRoad, and newcomers, the Griffith Family. The label is distributed to retail through New Day Christian Distributors and the Orchard, covering all physical, digital, and streaming outlets.

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