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Aaron Wilburn Passes Away

According to a statement released to his Facebook page, celebrated songwriter/comedian/musician Aaron Wilburn passed away over Thanksgiving weekend.

Wilburn got his start as a musician with the Happy Goodmans in the 1970s. Aaron also became a celebrated songwriter during that time, penning such Gospel music hits as “Home,” “It Won’t Rain Always,” “That Sounds Like Home To Me,” “What A Beautiful Day (For The Lord To Come Again),” and many more.

Aaron was also the writer of the prolific Gospel music mainstay “Four Days Late” (recorded by Karen Peck & New River). The song won the Singing News Fan Award for Favorite Song but also the very first Song of the Year title honored by the Absolutely Gospel Music Awards (then the SGN Music Awards) back in 2002.

More details regarding Aaron’s funeral will be forthcoming.

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Formed over 19 years ago by Deon & Susan Unthank originally as SoGospelNews.com, 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 AbsolutelyGospel.com. 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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