Larnelle Harris was named Orchestra Kentucky’s 2017 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award in the Arts and Humanities. Harris joins a distinguished list of performers and singers such as award-winning singer/songwriter Neil Sedaka, Peter Tork of the Monkees, and Grammy, Golden Globe and Academy Award winner, Paul Williams. Orchestra Kentucky director, Jeff Reed, said Harris was the perfect choice for the honor.
“Larnelle is most deserving of our Lifetime Achievement in the Arts and Humanities award,” says Reed, who founded Orchestra Kentucky in 2000. “He has had a major impact on gospel music worldwide, which has brought great honor to Bowling Green, his adopted hometown. So far, I have had the unique opportunity of working with Larnelle, and three different orchestras, on nine different occasions. Not only is he an incredible artist, but he is a wonderful person, whom I’m proud to call my friend.”
Harris has just released one of two new songs featured on his new compilation CD, Disturb Us, Lord: Songs about the Cross. The title song, “Disturb Us, Lord,” was written by award-winning songwriters Dave Clark, Tony Wood, and Lee Black. The song has just been released to all digital platforms, and a music video has also been produced and distributed to both television networks and online video channels. “Disturb Us, Lord” has also been made into a choral arrangement available exclusively through Lillenas Publishing Company ( http://www.lillenas.com).
The best-selling female comedian of all time and beloved “Queen of Clean,” Chonda Pierce returns to the road next month with her Getting Back To Funny Tour. Hitting more than 25 cities across the country, the fall outing will feature singer/songwriter, actress and author Karyn Williams.
An uplifting and encouraging night of laughter and music, the “Getting Back to Funny” Tour kicks off September 15 in Cleveland, Tennessee, and is slated to hit Austin, Texas; Springfield, Missouri; Peoria, Illinois; Montgomery, Alabama; and Lafayette, Louisiana, among other cities, before concluding November 19 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
"I love my job and I love the people that show up at my job," Pierce says. "But lately we have navigated through personal pain, tragedy, grief and depression together. This time around, I'm feeling stronger. I can breathe again and laugh harder, because I'm getting back to funny! And oh, what fun we are about to have!"
A stand-up comedian, television hostess, author and actress, Chonda Pierce has been making people laugh for more than two decades with her winning combination of fierce wit and southern charm. The Recording Industry Association of America's (RIAA) best-selling female comedian of all time, Pierce has six Platinum DVDs, three Gold DVDs and five Daytime Emmy® Award nominations to her credit and has been ranked among Pollstar’s top-selling live performers.
The 60th Anniversary edition of NQC - the National Quartet Convention - is shaping up to be quite the celebration. With once-in-a-lifetime group reunions, special showcases, and so much more, Gospel music's largest annual event is better than ever this year. Pigeon Forge, TN's LeConte Center will once again host the event from Sunday, September 24, 2017 - Saturday, September 30, 2017. More than 40,000 people are expected to enjoy NQC's 60th Anniversary event.
Among the special highlights this year are:
• Bill Gaither & the Gaither Vocal Band
• The Gaither Homecoming Sing-a-Long
• SGMA Hall of Fame Induction and Benefit Concert
• Gospel Singing Jubilee Tribute
• Gerald Wolfe's Gospel Music Hymn Sing
• Hopper Brothers Reunion
• Dixie Melody Boys Reunion
• Inspirations Reunion
• Kingsmen / Squire Parsons Reunion
• Perrys Reunion
• Gold City Reunion
• Nelons Reunion
• Dr. David Jeremiah
In addition to the above, the NQC stage will be filled with Gospel music's best and brightest along with new artists making their mark, including: Jason Crabb, Hoppers, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, Jim Brady Trio, Collingsworth Family, McKameys, Erwins, Joseph Habedank, Greater Vision, Legacy Five, Tribute Quartet, Guardians, Kingdom Heirs, Jeff & Sheri Easter, Mark Trammell Quartet and many more!
Clarke Beasley, NQC executive vice-president comments: "This will truly be a special year as we commemorate NQC's 60th Anniversary and look forward to a bright future for our convention and for our music.
Seventh Day Slumber—one of Christian rock’s leading bands for nearly two decades—is impacting the mainstream with their acclaimed latest recording, Found. The album debuted on Billboard’s coveted Heatseekers Albums chart at #25 for the week of August 19. Additionally, Found debuted at #3 on Nielsen Christian SoundScan’s Rock/Alternative chart for the week ending August 17, joining releases from Skillet and TobyMac in the Top 5.
“As we interact with fans night after night on the road, we are seeing these new songs move people to share deeply personal issues with us, sometimes that they haven’t shared with anyone,” said Joseph Rojas, Seventh Day Slumber lead vocalist and founding member. “It means so much to us because we poured our hearts out on this record—we decided to be vulnerable. What a privilege to have these songs serve as anthems for listeners to express their hurt and pain—and the Hope we all have in Christ.”
Finding Favour has just released their latest album, Farewell Fear. Already charting Top 10 on iTunes' Christian & Gospel albums chart.
Being a band for now 12 years, while they were preparing for this new album Finding Favour - Blake NeeSmith, Allen Dukes, Dustin Daniels, Matt Pacco and Jon August - was in a place of believing the songs that they wrote, yet they were still walking in fear. “We’re all in our thirties—most of us have wives and kids—and there’s fear involved in that,” shares Blake NeeSmith. “We wanted to discuss honest stuff in these songs, and there’s fear involved with that too. Early on in this album’s writing process, the statement we wanted to make became clear to us: ‘Lord, we trust You and know You have plans for us; so we don’t need to live in fear.’"
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver's album, LIFE IS A STORY, entered The Roots Music Report's Top 50 Bluegrass Album Chart at #31 last week, and the album's first single, "Life To My Days," debuted on the Bluegrass Today Weekly Airplay Chart at #23.
Beginning last Monday, Doyle hosts four weekly episodes of Heartland TV's hit show Bluegrass Ridge. The program airs on The Family Channel, Angel Two (Dish-TV), Keep It Country TV-UK / Ireland, Country TV (New Zealand) and cable systems (check local listings).