Apr 17, 2014
The Woodsmen Quartet Announces New Members
One thing that seems to remain a constant in Southern Gospel Music is change and such is the case now with Batesville, Indiana based Woodsmen Quartet. Time has come for lead singer Josh Arnett and tenor, Scott Joss to move on. Josh and Scott are both great singers, both power singers and both will be greatly missed. I have had the privilege to have worked with The Woodsmen on several occasions in the past few years and count these men as friends. Josh and Scott are fine Christian men that follow God’s call for their lives.
As God leads two away, He brings two aboard, returning to The Woodsmen is Columbus, Indiana’s own, Jim Hutson; brother of Bryan Hutson formerly of The Kingsmen and now with Soul’d Out and filling the tenor slot is Daniel Rivera, also no stranger to Southern Gospel music having sung with The Toney Brothers, Blackwood Legacy, Promise and The Hallmark Quartet. I have worked with both of these men in the past and I can honestly say that both men truly love the Lord and live what they profess. Each one will be a solid fit for The Woodsmen Quartet.
“The Woodsmen Quartet would like to announce the new additions to the group!
As you may have already heard, Josh Arnett, our lead singer has announced his departure and has decided to pursue other things. Josh is one of the best lead singers in the business and we will definitely miss him a lot as he was a huge part of the Woodsmen and always will be! We are thankful for Josh’s time with us and wish him the best! Coming back to sing lead for the Woodsmen is our own Jim Hutson, as you may have heard. We’re very excited to have Jim back with us and look forward to see what will happen in 2014!
Some of you may have heard but our tenor, Scott Joss has also announced his departure from the Woodsmen. Scotty has been a great asset and we will miss him and wish him the best! Coming in to fill in the tenor shoes is 22 year old Daniel Rivera from Merrillville, IN. Daniel is no stranger to Southern g=Gospel music. Having sung with The Toney Brothers, Blackwood Legacy, Promise, and The Hallmark Quartet, Daniel brings to the stage a sound of a seasoned southern gospel veteran. We look forward to this brand new lineup and can’t wait to see what God has in store! They will start together in March!”
When asked, Jim Hutson had to say, “None of us like change, but God puts people places for a season, I pray the changes will do one thing and that is bring glory and honor to our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Daniel’s comments regarding this new stage of his life were “I’ve traveled full-time off and on for the past 4 years and have sung on stage with the best of the best in gospel music but this new journey with the Woodsmen excites me more than ever. I’m excited to get back on the road and sing with some great guys and I look forward to see God working in the lives of others through our music.”
This combination of The Woodsmen Quartet has the makings of a great sounding quartet! Watch for the guys to be in your area soon!
Apr 17, 2014
The Isaacs Pick Up Five Absolutely Gospel Music Awards
Nashville, TN (April 16, 2014) The multi-award winning family group, the Isaacs were at it again. The first family of Gospel Music was honored at the Absolutely Gospel Music Ovation Awards last night in Smyrna, TN. Picking up four awards for the evening, the Isaacs were the most awarded group of the event.
As a group the Isaacs won Mixed Group of the Year, an award they have won several times before, and Best Live Performer.
On individual efforts Becky Isaacs Bowman walked away with the coveted Musician of the Year Award, while Ben Isaacs once again won the Producer of the Year Award which he has won several times in the past.
You could feel the excitement in the air as they performed “Walk Together Children” along with Gene McDonald, proving their worth of the Best Live Performer Award.
Lily Isaacs commented “We want to thank Absolutely Gospel for honoring us last night. We are truly honored by all the fan voted awards we won. Thanks for all the hard work you do to continue to promote Gospel Music.
We also want to say a big THANK YOU to all our fans who voted and come to our concerts. We love and appreciate you all.”
In the midst of all this, Becky and Sonya Isaacs Yeary in a combined effort won Songwriter of the Year.
In all, it was a great night for the Isaacs.
To learn more about the Isaacs got to http://www.theisaacs.com or https://www.facebook.com/TheIsaacs .
Apr 17, 2014
2014 AGM Awards Handed Out - The Isaacs and Karen Peck & New River Named Big Winners
Nashville, Tennessee - (April 17, 2014) - The 2014 Absolutely Gospel Music (AGM) Awards were handed out this week at a special concert celebration in Smyrna, Tennessee. The Isaacs were the night’s big winners.
The Isaacs took home five awards during the program. The group was awarded their second consecutive Mixed Group of the Year title and first ever Best Live Performer. Ben Isaacs took home Producer of the Year (Artist) while songwriting sibling Becky & Sonya Isaacs won Songwriter of the Year (Artist). Becky Isaacs Bowman was also recognized as Musician of the Year for the first time in her career.
Perennial favorites Karen Peck & New River took home an outstanding three awards as well. The group won their third consecutive Song of the Year title (for the #1 hit “Revival”). The group also won the coveted Album of the Year ovation (for Revival) as well as Progressive Song of the Year (also for “Revival”).
Songwriter Kenna West was the most awarded individual of the night, winning Song of the Year and Progressive Song of the Year (for co-writing “Revival” with Karen Peck Gooch and Don Poythress) and Country Song of the Year (for co-writing “Voice In the Desert” with Lee Black and Jason Cox).
Additional artists and individuals who won multiple awards throughout the evening included the Bowling Family, Sisters, Don Poythress, Wayne Haun, Dianne Wilkinson, Karen Peck Gooch, and Jeff Easter.
One of the biggest awards of the evening – 2014 Pacesetter Award – was handed to the Write About Jesus Conference – a songwriting retreat hosted by celebrated songwriter Sue C. Smith.
The staff of AbsolutelyGospel.com and the Unthank family was proud to award the Susan Unthank Memorial Award to Kathy Crabb Hannah. This award honors women who have worked in this field of music and made a resounding impact on Southern Gospel music. In addition to the Susan Unthank Memorial Award, Kathy was awarded the 2005 Pacesetter Award for her work as manager of the Crabb Family.
The event was hosted by Karen Peck Gooch (of Karen Peck & New River) and Kelly Nelon Clark (of The Nelons). The evening featured show-shopping performances from the Isaacs, Karen Peck & New River, Tribute Quartet, The Nelons, Jeff & Sheri Easter, the Sneed Family, the Browders, the Bowling Family, Adam Crabb, Beyond the Ashes, Jim & Melissa Brady, the Freemans, and songwriters Kenna West, Sue C. Smith and Jason Cox. The evening concluded with a special multi-artist musical tribute to the Easter Brothers which was hosted by Jeff Easter and featured special guests Dailey & Vincent.
“We are just ecstatic with this year’s program,” mentioned Deon Unthank of AbsolutelyGospel.com. “Though we had to fight through some technical issues with sound and our live feed at the beginning of the show, we still had a record setting number of viewers online and in attendance at the live show. We already are making big plans for next year’s Celebration!”
The Absolutely Gospel Music Awards are an annual award handed out each year by the staff at AbsolutelyGospel.com. Each January, the staff and select media representative decide upon the nominees in over twenty categories. In February of that year, the readers of the site are then allowed to vote for their favorites in 12 categories. This is the thirteenth year the awards have been in existence.
For more information, visit http://www.absolutelygospel.com
2014 Absolutely Gospel Music Award Winners
Song of the Year: "Revival" - Karen Peck and New River (written by Karen Peck Gooch, Don Poythress, and Kenna West)
Album of the Year: Revival - Karen Peck & New River (produced by Wayne Haun)
Pacesetter: Write About Jesus Conference
Breakthrough Artist of the Year: Sneed Family
Male Vocalist of the Year: Mike Bowling (Bowling Family)
Female Vocalist of the Year: Amber Nelon Thompson (The Nelons)
Male Group of the Year: Booth Brothers
Female Group of the Year: Sisters
Mixed Group of the Year: The Isaacs
Songwriter of the Year (Artist): Becky & Sonya Isaacs (The Isaacs)
Songwriter of the Year (Professional): Dianne Wilkinson
Producer of the Year (Artist): Ben Isaacs (The Isaacs)
Producer of the Year (Professional): Michael Sykes
Engineer of the Year: Kevin Ward
Musician of the Year: Becky Isaacs Bowman (The Isaacs)
Traditional Song of the Year: "Good News From Jerusalem" - Tribute Quartet (written by Jerry Salley & Dianne Wilkinson)
Traditional Album of the Year: The Greatest Story - Triumphant Quartet (produced by Wayne Haun & Jeff Stice)
Progressive Song of the Year: "Revival” - Karen Peck & New River (written by Karen Peck Gooch, Don Poythress, and Kenna West)
Progressive Album of the Year: Classics Collection - Sisters (produced by Tim Parton)
Country Song of the Year: "Voice In the Desert” - The Freemans (written by Lee Black, Jason Cox, and Kenna West)
Country Album of the Year: Safe...After the Storm - Bowling Family (produced by Mike Bowling and Troy Peach)
Special Event Project of the Year: Like Father, Like Son - James & Jeff Easter (produced by James Easter, Jeff Easter, and Tim Surrett)
Best Live Performer: The Isaacs
Fan Favorite Artist of the Year: Jeff & Sheri Easter
Susan Unthank Memorial Award: Kathy Crabb Hannah