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.
Dr. Timothy Hill currently serves as General Overseer of the Church of God. He has also served as the general director of World Missions; First Assistant General Overseer; Second Assistant General Overseer; Secretary General of the Executive Committee at the International Offices of the Church of God; Chairman of the Executive Council of the Church of God; and as Administrative Bishop for the Church of God in Southern Ohio and Oklahoma.
Hill graduated from Lee University, Cleveland, Tennessee, in 1987, and received a Doctorate of Divinity from the Church of God Theological Seminary, Cleveland, Tennessee, in 2006.
Hill has released a book entitled, “Beyond the Mist,” which has also been translated into Spanish. He has authored five books of sermons and written 150 gospel songs over the past 32 years. Many of his songs have been recorded by the nation’s top artists in gospel music. Hill is the author of the number one song, “He’s Still in the Fire,” which was voted as Song of the Year by Gospel Voice Magazine.
Deon Unthank, along with his deceased wife Susan, founded AbsolutelyGospel.com in 1995. Deon oversees all business aspects of the site and contributes monthly with video Editorials and interviews. He currently resides in Murfreesboro, TN.
Jennifer Wilkerson, recording artist, singer and speaker is a preacher’s daughter from Illinois, and has spent her life in ministry. She studied Music and Education at Olivet Nazarene University and has been a school teacher, worship leader, background vocalist, worked in the music industry in various capacities and also sung with such southern gospel groups as The Chuck Wagon Gang, and McMillan and Life. Jennifer married Dr. Bob Wilkerson in October 2009 and had twin daughters in 2015.
Victoria is a powerful singer, songwriter, author, and Faith-Inspired speaker who gives encouragement and hope through music and personal testimonies. Originally from West Columbia, SC, Victoria's background includes extensive singing and traveling full time with her family, The Shireys and participating in tent revivals held by her late Grandmother, Evangelist Mamie L. Clark. Through deliverance from a serious depression and multiple healings, God is using her testimony to reach countless people.
Matthew Lawson is an up and coming songwriter with Crossroads Music Publishing and rising artist in his own right. A passion for God's kingdom and His people lights his path at almost 19 years of age. Matthew currently resides in Monroe, North Carolina.
Chris Unthank has been the content manager for AbsolutelyGospel.com since the fall of 2010 and took over Editorial duties after Susan passed in January 2011. Chris is an avid fan of writing and songwriting and resides in Murfreesboro, TN with his wife Noel and their two sons.
Andrew hails from Anderson, SC and has lived here all 25 years of his life. As a child, he attended concerts in the area and instantly became hooked on the concept of Southern Gospel music. His music collection has expanded to over 1,000 artist recordings as well as several compilations (including record label & radio promotions comps). For a couple of years or so, Andrew hosted a blog, "Southern Gospel Review", and did articles ranging from specialty (Hits of the Past), album reviews (CD, DVD, & Vinyl), and other interesting tidbits (recording oddities, etc.).
Dusty Wells is a man of many talents and multiple skills. From his speaking engagements across the country, to singing on a worship team at his home church in Nashville. From his select solo dates, to his daily writing. From a long-term career in the business side of the music industry, to listening and mentoring aspiring artists. He knows his greatest calling in life is to be an exceptional husband, father, and loyal friend to those he has been entrusted with.
The list could go on and on. Dusty is a man who remains passionate and secure in the calling and destiny upon his life. He has come to realize the importance of finding purpose and clear direction for not only his life, but also the lives of those he comes in contact with, no matter what stage of life they may be in.
Dusty’s book “Stories From A Dusty Road (Picking Up Pennies, Writing Down Life)” is scheduled for release January 2014.
Alan is a Christian music artist, but performs a wide range of musical styles. He can easily present a clean, family-oriented variety program for all ages. Alan has been blessed to perform on some major stages, including the National Quartet Convention, Dollywood, Grand Ole Gospel Reunion, Memphis Quartet Show, Gospel Jubilee Cruise, and the Georgia Mountain Fair. Alan has performed in large churches, small churches, concert halls, at banquets, picnics, Senior events, youth rallies....anywhere that invites him to present his music. One can be assured that when attending a performance by Alan, you will certainly be entertained, and Alan will work to stir your hearts with the message in the songs!
Ken and Marlene Childress began singing with their children, Teresa, Carla and Shannon, almost 40 years ago. Ken had been singing with a quartet called The Golden Keys. But when he and Marlene discovered that their children were blessed with the ability to sing harmony and play instruments at a young age, they decided to form The Childress Family. Teresa played the piano and a short time later, Carla picked up the bass guitar and began to play. Their son, Shannon, was a high tenor singer until about age 13, when his voice went to the other end of the spectrum and he sang low bass. Marlene has been blessed with the ability to write some wonderful songs that have been recorded by numerous artists in the gospel music industry.
Karen has been involved in Gospel Music as long as she can remember. At age 2 her parents gave her a quarter to stand on a chair and sing at her local church. At age 4 she started singing tenor with her 8 year old brother, Gary. She no longer needs the chair and is still singing.
Karen won the 2003 Exalting Him Talent Search, which landed her a record deal with the highly acclaimed Daywind Music Group with distribution by Word Entertainment.
Karen has been blessed to share the stage or sing on projects with some of the best in Gospel Music: The Gaither’s, Mark Lowry, Michael English, The Isaacs, LordSong, Mike Bowling, Reba Rambo-McGuire, The Crabb Family, Nancy Grandquist, The McGruder’s, Kurt Carr and many more.
jim spent almost 20 years working jobs that wouldn’t conflict with a singing schedule. during that time, jim honed his craft, spending six incredible summers studying at the charles novell school of music.
one such door was opened for jim when he was given the opportunity to sing with the keetons (founded by gold city tenor dan keeton).
after dan disbanded the keetons to take a position with gold city, jim decided that rather than sit at home and wait for another group to call, he would take a step of faith and establish a solo ministry. putting god first ministry was born at that time.
jim’s hard work paid off with the signing of a new recording contract with homeland inspiration group’s mont eagle records and first-ever charting single – “god is looking at my heart.” his debut album for mont eagle records, i belong to jesus, released in the fall of 2011.
Carol Lawson has been actively involved in gospel music for over 30 years, working with many groups doing bookings and concert promotions. Carol was a gospel radio DJ for 9 years, and she previously wrote articles and concert reviews for CMP Magazine and SGImpact.
Raised on a farm in Michigan, I am currently a Junior at Libertas Christian School. I am an avid fan of southern gospel music and enjoy singing with my sister for special music and attending as many concerts as we can. I also bake and work as a waitress at a local family restaurant. In my spare time, I enjoy writing, playing flute, spending time with animals, and doing crafts.
Rachel Lynn Sancricca is a national speaker, singer, and songwriter, using her multi-faceted ministry to spread the joy of the Gospel of Jesus. Founder of the up-and-coming trio, Master's Promise, she has spent the past 6 years (and counting) traveling across the country on a mission to edify the Church, and lead souls to the cross through powerful worship and testimony. With numerous song cuts on nationally released albums, several of which hitting the Top 100 on Southern Gospel radio, the horizons of her songwriting continue to expand, as she gives glory to God for allowing the message of Hope in Jesus to spread through her music. Her prayer is that in every word spoken, every phrase written, and every song sung, the Name Above All Names would be clearly heard and lifted high, and all people would be drawn into a deeper, closer, richer relationship with this wonderful Jesus.
Rocky Logan is a singer/songwriter who makes his home in Norman, OK. Rocky previously traveled with the trio 2nd Generation. He currently attends Harvest Church of Norman where he is on the Worship team and involved with the Music Ministry there. Rocky also performs select solo dates, you can find his Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/rockyloganmusic .
In 1991, the Walkers began a full time ministry that was primarily based in Florida and South Georgia. By the end of 1992 their territory had expanded to the 6 southeastern states of Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and North and South Carolina. As time went on, word got out about a dedicated family that was spreading the Gospel through music and preaching and invitations starting coming from farther away. As of 2016, the ministry has expanded from coast to coast, ministering in 42 states and the nation of Canada.
Nominated for several awards including Grammys, Doves, Singing News Fan Awards, and Absolutely Gospel Music Awards, Daryl Williams has made an undeniable impact on the Gospel music industry. This prolific songwriter of over nine hundred songs has had his songs recorded by Larnelle Harris, The Gaither Vocal Band, The Cathedrals, The John Hagee Family, The Speer Family, The Nelons, Gold City, LuLu Roman, John Starnes, Jimmy Swaggart with Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir and many more.
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 recognizes names. Anthony formed the group Beyond the Ashes in 20016, sang tenor and managed the group until 2014. In addition to being an incredible vocalist, Anthony also enjoys writing songs. He was born in Baltimore, Maryland and now makes his home in Nashville, Tennessee.
Darrell and Brenda Marshall are dedicated to taking the gospel to the world in Song. They combine their faith and talent to deliver the message of hope to their audiences across the nation. Attending one of their concerts is like attending a church service. Each song is delivered with conviction and great harmony . Darrell is destined to make his way in southern gospel music as a great singer. His voice is smooth, enlightening and easy to listen to. He’s been referred to as a “gospel crooner” compared to such voices as Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett. His singing leaves you wanting more.
If you ask Terry Unthank who he loves the most, there is no question about it, God is the answer. Terry accepted Christ into his heart at the age of five. He received the baptism of the Holy Ghost at the age of seven, and answered the call to preach when he was eight years old. Terry has been singing since a very small child. He recorded his first album (cassette only) when he was a teenager. Terry also has been promoting Christian concerts since 1998. Over the years he brought in many artists including Avalon, The Crabb Family, Dottie Rambo, The Martins and many more. Terry was honored for his achievements in ministry by being awarded a key to the city of Fairfield, Ohio, and having a day named Terry Unthank Day by then Mayor Ronald D'Epiffanio. Terry has just recently released his new self titled cd, recorded at Daywind Studios in Hendersonville, Tn. This cd includes six new songs including two written by Terry. There is also three hymns and one cover song. Along with pastoring the Miracle Revival Center in Lindenwald, Ohio Terry enjoys sharing the new music with others. If you are looking for someone to sing and or preach at your church, festival, fair or event, contact Terry Unthank.
Inspirational Gospel Music…A Family Ministry
Euel, Marsha, Blake, & Cortni
Original songs, tight harmonies, and devotion to church & family are just a few of the qualities found in The Bilderbacks. In 1997, The Bilderbacks won first place at the Albert E. Brumley Gospel Sing talent contest. This opened the doors for The Bilderbacks to record in Nashville, Tennessee with some of gospel music’s finest talent.
The Bilderbacks have been singing across America in many churches, county fairs, TV programs, Silver Dollar City, and other community events.
Thirty-one men have been a part of the King’s Heralds since its founding in 1927. They’ve recorded over 100 albums in thirty different languages in a variety of musical styles, making them a favorite with audiences of all ages. The rich blend, harmony and balance of their a cappella style has been enjoyed not only the United States, but also in over 50 countries including the islands of the Caribbean, all of Latin America, the South Pacific, Australia, Asia and Africa. Their audiences have included heads of state, governors, ambassadors and other dignitaries.
Bev McCann is not only a profound singer, songwriter, Ordained Minister and Gospel Music industry leader; she is also the A & R and Radio Promotions Director of Godsey and Associates.
Moreover, she is a wife, mother of four children, Nine Grand Children, and is a successful entrepreneur with her sister of their very own candy-making company called E-Sweets Candy.
Bev is thrilled that she has been nominated in the USAGEM Awards as a top five nominee for The Female Vocalist of the Year Award. She has also been Nominated in the top 10 Female Vocalist of the Year in the Diamond Awards for several years.
Jeff Lowe, from Massillon, Ohio, I love southern gospel music and have been involved in it in one way or another for 40+ years. I first started singing bass in The Soulseeker's as a young teen. I started the Master's Quartet in 1996. In 2009, I started Mercy River Quartet and ten years later we are still serving and praising the Lord. I love serving with Mercy River. He has blessed us greatly and we count it a privilege to be able to serve Him and present the gospel in song. I'm excited to back with AbsolutelyGospel.com and am looking forward to being here for a very long time!
Kenna Turner West’s career in gospel music began in 1983 when, as a new Believer, the eighteen year-old joined the nine-time Grammy Award-winning Blackwood Brothers. (*The Blackwood Brothers were inducted into the GMA Hall of Fame in 1998, placing Kenna and her father, Ken, alongside gospel music legends James Blackwood and J.D. Sumner as fellow Blackwood alumni.) Over twenty-five years later, God has continued to open doors for Kenna to take the Gospel of Jesus Christ across the nation and around the world, alongside Christian leaders such as Franklin Graham and Dr. Jerry Falwell, at venues ranging from The Pentagon to NASCAR chapels to the local church.
Though anchored in Christian music — working with artists such as Amy Grant, Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs, CeCe Winans, Charles Billingsley, The Cathedrals, The Talleys, and producers Don Potter and Paul Overstreet — Kenna also performs country as well as big band music, garnering several Cammy Award nominations (“Female Vocalist of the Year” and “Favorite New Artist”) for her #1 big band single, Who Wouldn’t Love You. She is both a sought-after producer and session singer, recording national radio jingles for companies like Pizza Hut and Window World.
She is a two-time winner of Songwriter of the Year (Professional) in the Absolutely Gospel Music Awards.
The Littles, of Monroe, NC, are quickly becoming a favorite among family groups in Christian music. Their progressive style of gospel music built around great arrangements, close family harmony, and strong vocals is sure to minister to audiences of all ages. The past year has seen the Lord open new ministry opportunities while expanding the group’s reach and schedule. Additionally, the Littles have been greatly blessed with several industry achievements including:
2015 National Quartet Convention Main Stage Artist
2014 National Quartet Convention Main Stage Artist
2014 Top 10 nomination - Singing News Fan Awards – Favorite New Trio
2013 Featured Artist Showcase performer at the National Quartet Convention
2013 Top 10 nomination - Singing News Fan Awards – Favorite New Mixed Trio
2012 Regional Artist Showcase Grand Champion at the National Quartet Convention which included 2 main stage appearances.
Five Singing News Top 80 radio releases.
Whether in a church service, revival services, or on a concert stage, the Littles are certain to encourage believers in their walk with Christ and challenge unbelievers to come to Him.
Kelly Burton is a wife, mama of 5, “Gigi” of 1, and excited disciple of Jesus Christ. She resides in Murrells Inlet, the seafood capital of South Carolina, with her family, where she is on the staff of Journey Church and beginning work as a community chaplain for new and bereaved mothers. She is happy to return to Absolutely Gospel where she shares about her favorite subjects: faith, family, and figuring it out.
Excitement is the best description for the Williamsons , as they have been blessed with their first #1 on the Singing News Magazine Monthly Chart for December 2015.
Penned by Lee Black and Gina Boe, and sent to radio by Family Music Group, "Shout” is a joyous song taking you through history from Joshua to Gideon and on to our King coming again. Something special happens when God's people "Shout”.
The Williamsons have become one of the most polished mixed quartets in the entire Southern Gospel Music genre. Coming from their latest album Tell Somebody, this may not be the only #1 song you will see from this dynamic young group.
Group manager Donnie Williamson stated, "What a blessing we have received with our first #1 song. This is certainly a group effort. I believe we have the greatest singers in the gospel music world with Karl Rice, Darin Hebert, and my wife Lisa."
Joy Holden has always written Christian music even when touring and recording as a Pop/Rock artist. Joy's 1992, debut album, Do You Believe, in the rock category earned much praise, airplay, and major label interest and she was signed to a worldwide distribution deal, with CMC International. Popular songs are Confidence, Still Our Own, Do You Believe, and Ain’t No Way.
Kim grew up a preacher’s kid – ministry was all she knew for the first two decades of her life. She grew up singing with her mom and sister and was very involved in the music ministry of her father’s church. Kim believes her years growing up as a PK, helped to prepare her to one day be the wife of a Booth Brother.
Over the course of the past few years Kim has gained a passion for photography – particularly nature and wildlife. She now designs a notecard line using her photography as well as beautiful matted and framed prints.
Ronnie and Kim were married September 5, 2006. Neither have ever doubted God’s divine direction in leading their paths to cross in December of 2003. It took a while for God’s perfect plan to unfold but nevertheless, it did. Remember – God is always in the details!!!
Ronnie and Kim both brought to their marriage a deep and strong Christian faith. Both had learned years before about the hardships of life and God’s faithfulness to those who love Him. Both will testify to God’s unchanging Hand and the peace that can only be felt when we walk in obedience to Him.
Sue's best loved song, “LOL”, is a musical and whimsical view of our crazy acronym and texting social media world. She loves to make people laugh with her off-the-wall Jersey logic and sacred sarcasm. Not surprising, Sue has found it’s a style of humor that resonates with audiences everywhere. This singer/songwriter and former radio personality tours with her own comedy and musical concerts since 1974. Sue is also an advocate and key fundraiser for outreach involving abused women and human trafficking both here in the USA as well as Southeast Asia. She is currently writing her book on humor and the journey of faith titled, "SueBiquitous", for a late fall 2015 release. Sue's velvet-like voice has been compared to Marilyn McCoo, Karen Carpenter and even Rosemary Clooney. Her effervescence of lyric, clarity and interpretation of song has and will always be her greatest strength.
Pruitt Family Ministries was established in April of 2013. This energized group consists of Mark Pruitt, his wife Tina Pruitt, and their two girls Brooke Pruitt and Alexis Pruitt. With tight family harmonies, they are second to none! Their mission is to share the message of the grace of Jesus Christ through testimony and song!
Sharron is a celebrate singer/songwriter who has earned Top 40 singles and numerous award nominations including mentions in the Absolutely Gospel Music Awards, SGN Scoops Diamond Awards, Singing News Fan Awards, and SGM FanFair Awards. Her latest project, The Story of My Life, is available all over the country.
Lindsey Graham is a full-time vocalist pursuing God's call on her life in ministry through music. She is a graduate of Belmont University with a degree in Commercial Vocal Performance, has a Masters in Religion with an emphasis in Worship studies from Liberty University, and is a classically trained vocalist currently continuing her classical studies through Florida Gulf Coast University. Lindsey loves the Lord, loves His people, and thrives on singing for His glory!
Melissa Brady is a singer, speaker and writer whose songs have been recorded by well-loved artists, including The Booth Brothers, Legacy Five, Ivan Parker, The Whisnants and Tribute Quartet. Her writing can be found on absolutelygospel.com, The Singing News Magazine, The Homecoming Bible and has also been featured in Homecoming Magazine. When Melissa steps on stage to sing, and when she puts pen to paper, the energy rises from her enthusiasm as she connects with the talents given her by God. She sings with her husband, Jim Brady, and friend Tim Parton in the Jim Brady Trio.
Three Bridges’ music is rooted in traditional ”southern gospel” and ”black gospel” music. This blended style has made Three Bridges an internationally-acclaimed Gospel group — one that is known for tight harmonies, a unique vocal style, an exciting and energy packed stage presence and, most importantly, for spreading the joy of the Good News of Christ. They have entertained and ministered to millions through their recordings, TV appearances and live shows — which is why Three Bridges has quickly become one of the most prominent Gospel groups in Christian music today.