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HIGHROAD Makes Big Splash with Media

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (March 9, 2017) – Bluegrass-fusion group HIGHROAD is taking media by storm with their latest release, Somewhere I’m Going. The group has been highlighted in many of the industry’s top sites and magazines.Life Beautiful Magazine honored the group by naming them one of four artists to keep an eye on this season.

Sarah Davison said, “A huge thanks to Life Beautiful Magazine for picking us as one of the four artists to listen to this season, along with Chris Tomlin, Jeannie Ortega, and Ron Block/Jeff Taylor!”

In addition, in a recent feature on NewReleaseToday.com, HIGHROAD was mentioned as one of the 10 best modernized hymns today. In a piece titled “Top 10 Modernized Hymns, Part 3”, writer Kevin Davis chose the girls’ rendition of “Give Me Jesus” to add to the list.

He had this to say: “This old spiritual has also been recently recorded by Fernando Ortega and Jeremy Camp. I’m moved every time I sing the last verse.”

The group’s song stood alongside such credible artists as Lauren Talley, Selah, Reba McEntire, Keith & Kristyn Getty, and more.

Sarah Davison stated, “What an honor to be featured as an artist/arranger in the Top Ten Modernized Hymns along with Reba, Keith and Kristyn Getty, and more! We love hymns and their beautiful rich words and melodies so much. We will always continue to include these songs so that future generations can appreciate and love them too. Thank you for the encouragement, NRT!”

Somewhere I’m Going has been reviewed by many high profile publications such as CCM Magazine, AbsolutelyGospel.com, Hallels.com, LouderThantheMusic.com, NewReleaseToday.com, Southern Gospel Back Row, SGMusicForum.com, SGN Scoops Digital, and more!

The group’s current single, “We Are Broken”, is currently making its mark on Southern Gospel and Bluegrass radio. The song is impacting radio now.

HIGHROAD is also celebrating the recent success of Somewhere I’m Going. This release earned the group five Absolutely Gospel Music Award nominations including Album of the Year.

The group with special guest Jason Crabb will perform its nominated song “Christ My Hope, My Glory” at the Awards Celebration on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee.

You can learn more about HIGHROAD by going to http://www.highroadmusic.com.

Follow them on FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/HIGHROAD3 and Twitter at https://twitter.com/highroadmusic.

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About HIGHROAD
In a world where conformity is king and following the crowd is practically a survival instinct, the women of HIGHROAD, an award-winning Appalachian gospel group from Nashville who just happen to be the best of friends, too, have always preferred the road less traveled.

The group was awarded the 2015 AGM Female Group of the Year and worked with Grammy Award winning producer, Ben Isaacs.

And so it’s fitting that the trio’s album, which also features the girls’ inventive instrumentation, would bear the same name. Filled with the beautiful, harmonic melodies and vocals that have been the group’s hallmark, Sarah Davison, Kinsey Kapfhammer, and Kristen Bearfield, feel the songs from Angels At The Crossroads reflect their personal journey of being set apart.
The group was awarded the 2015 AGM Female Group of the Year and worked with Grammy Award winning producer, Ben Isaacs.
And so it’s fitting that the trio’s album, which also features the girls’ inventive instrumentation, would bear the same name. Filled with the beautiful, harmonic melodies and vocals that have been the group’s hallmark, Sarah Davison, Kinsey Kapfhammer, and Kristen Bearfield, feel the songs from Angels At The Crossroads reflect their personal journey of being set apart.

My Lying Cheating Husband

I have a confession. When I married my husband I did so with the relief of knowing that should I conceive it would be within the covenant of marriage and the security of not having to go through “baby daddy” drama. (sorry ladies, I mean no offense) But when my husband’s company was sold I got a taste of what it meant to be a single mother. Now I know the difference between a single mom and a married woman with children but I can honestly say that for the first 5 months of Noah’s life my husband was absent and all responsibility, excluding financial, fell on me like a ton of bricks.

I’ll be the first to say that there is no one on this planet more proud of my husband than I am. He is a man of integrity, full of generosity and he loves like there’s no tomorrow. When our lives were hit with such a drastic blow we both, like champs, mustered up a supernatural kind of strength, went into our individual corners and refused to be knocked down. It reaffirmed what our marriage was based on, we put each other first.

Being a new mom, scared and overwhelmed, it wasn’t enough to be all alone in a whole other state without my blood family but on top of that my husband was absent and so I felt a new kind of loneliness. Granted, I did have the best sister in law and best friend in the world who supported me from the day I told them of Noah’s arrival and for that I’m forever in their debt.  It was the days that ran into nights and the nights that only promised more days of the same. With postpartum depression at my heels I could only keep moving for Noah’s sake.

My husband would lie and say he’d be home around 7’oclock but arrive at 11’oclock when Noah would then choose to wake up and stay up until about 6’oclock in the morning. Now, I know that this may seem like such a small lie, such a little white thing but under exhaustion and panic and being alone all day 7’oclock seemed like the rescue of a life time that never came.   My husband would walk in and take the baby so I could shower or finish dinner or pump for Noah’s next feeding but all of that went away and I truly learned how to juggle it all.

My husband cheated me not just out of little respites of time to collect myself but also of the dream and the security of knowing that in marriage I wouldn’t have to feel alone with a baby. I know he didn’t mean it, that sounds like the most cliché excuse, to be honest he did it on purpose. He cheated me on purpose and ironically I’m thankful for it. Although I can never get those 5 months back my husband’s sacrifice afforded a house to shelter my baby, electricity to pump and store his food, and water to wash away the panic of the day. So my husband was there just in object form, I was surrounded by things that he had sacrificed himself to give me, to provide for me and Noah. I was comforted knowing that my marriage was thriving in its first test, even during and after that earthquake that shook our foundation we stood strong knowing that through this period of absence we endured it all for the promise of being together again. And when it was over my eyes were open to truly see that my lying cheating husband was the best husband I could’ve hoped for.

Crossroads Entertainment And Horizon Records Recently Honored Peg McKamey Bean

Arden NCMarch 3, 2018Crossroads Entertainment and Horizon Records recently honored Peg McKamey Bean on her 2016 Southern Gospel Music Association Hall Of Fame induction. Horizon Records has proudly represented The McKameys for 25 years.

Peg is always a ray of sunshine when she steps into the Crossroads offices and studios. Her motherly advice, caring spirit and love for the Lord are contagious.

Horizon Records owner Mickey Gamble stated it best when he said: “Peg, you are just real people!”

Emotions of laughter and tears of joy came and as Ruben Bean stated, “I’ve only seen Peg speechless twice. The night the SGMA inducted her into the Hall of Fame, and today!”

Thank you, Peg for your lifelong dedication and contributions to Gospel Music and to the Kingdom.

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Jim Stover – Roger Fortner – Connie Fortner – Peg Bean – Sheryl Farris – Phil Collins

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Peg Bean – Mickey Gamble

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About Crossroads

Crossroads is a market leader in the Southern Gospel, Bluegrass, and Performance Track fields. Established in 1993, following the combination of Horizon Music Group and Sonlite Records, Crossroads now operates several divisions including Crossroads Label Group (Horizon Records, Sonlite Records, Mountain Home Music, Skyland Records, Pisgah Ridge Records, Crossroads Records, and Organic Records), Crossroads Distribution, Crossroads Radio Promotions, Crossroads Publishing Group and Crossroads Recording Studios. Led by a strong executive team of Christian music and Bluegrass music veterans, Crossroads combines cutting-edge technology with creative innovation to connect fans with our artists’ life-changing music.

‘Moonlight’ wins best picture after ‘La La Land’ mistakenly announced on Oscars

So what was the buzz tonight with the 2017 Oscars

“Moonlight” just won best picture at the 2017 Oscars after “La La Land” was mistakenly announced as the winner.

The presenters read “La La Land” right after Emma Stone won best actress for her role in the modern-day musical.

The list of wins go on and on.

But one of the biggest wins for me tonight was none other than the beautiful and talented Viola Davis who made an amazing acceptance speech full of passion and emotion.  Leave some comments on your thoughts about tonights festivities.

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BMW of Denver Doubles Its Size At New Colorado Location

Grand Re-Opening March 25 At Colorado’s Oldest and Only Exclusive BMW Motorcycle Retailer

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – February 16, 2017…BMW of Denver is on a Rocky Mountain high since moving its motorcycle retail operations from a 10,000-square-foot facility in Aurora, CO to a brand new 20,000-square-foot building in Centennial. Now located at 10350 E. Easter Avenue, BMW of Denver offers a complete line of new and pre-owned BMW motorcycles, parts, accessories, and apparel.

“Under the leadership of Dealer Principal Susan Dukes and General Manager Bill McConnell, sales at Colorado’s oldest and only exclusive BMW motorcycle retailer have increased more than 40% in the past three years, necessitating its relocation to a larger, state-of-the-art facility to serve its growing number of customers,” commented Michael Peyton, Vice President, BMW Motorrad North America. “We’re confident that BMW of Denver will continue to thrive in its new location in the heart of GS country.”

“Our success is fueled by a dedicated team of professionals, who have built strong customer relationships, as well as the BMW factory, which consistently delivers products that riders expect and deserve,” observed Bill, who spent over 30 years in the automotive industry prior to joining BMW of Denver in 2013. A passionate motorcycle tourer, he has logged more than 100,000 miles on his bike, traveling throughout the United States and Canada.

With more than 40 years of experience serving riders in the Denver metro area, BMW of Denver now has a 5,000-square-foot showroom, featuring every model BMW Motorrad USA has to offer, along with an 800-square-foot customer lounge, equipped with a computer station for mapping out trips and charging ports to help riders stay connected. There are multiple factory-trained, BMW-certified technicians ready to service all makes of motorcycles, 12 service bays, and even a shower to help weary riders refresh after a day on the road or dirt.

“We are committed to maintaining our ranking as the #1 dealer for volume and customer satisfaction in Colorado,” adds Bill. “It may be cool in the Rockies, but the atmosphere at BMW of Denver is always warm and friendly.”

BMW of Denver is hosting a grand re-opening on Friday-Saturday, March 24-25 from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. The event – coinciding with the launch of BMW Motorrad’s National Spring Season Start Campaign – will feature BMW’s demo truck, which will offer a wide variety models to test ride.

For more information about BMW of Denver and the grand re-opening celebration, visit: www.bmwofdenver.com or call 303-755-6400. Showroom hours are Tuesday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Saturdays 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

BMW Group In America

BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since 1975. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in 2003. The BMW Group in the United States has grown to include marketing, sales, and financial service organizations for the BMW brand of motor vehicles, including motorcycles, the MINI brand, and the Rolls-Royce brand of Motor Cars; Designworks, a strategic design consultancy in California; a technology office in Silicon Valley and various other operations throughout the country. BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC in South Carolina is part of BMW Group’s global manufacturing network and is the exclusive manufacturing plant for all X5 and X3 Sports Activity Vehicles and X6 and X4 Sports Activity Coupes. The BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S. through networks of 341 BMW passenger car and BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 152 BMW motorcycle retailers, 126 MINI passenger car dealers, and 36 Rolls-Royce Motor Car dealers. BMW (US) Holding Corp., the BMW Group’s sales headquarters for North America, is located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.

Journalist note: Information about BMW Group and its products in the USA is available to journalists on-line at www.bmwgroupusanews.com and www.press.bmwna.com

 

Abusive Relationships

Nearly all of us have heard about abusive relationships.  Some of us who are less fortunate might even have lived through a few ourselves.  But the hard and cruel fact of life is that abusive relationships are a reality that we cannot wish away.  No matter how bold the measures adopted by the state functionaries might be or how compelling the advertising campaigns centered on abusive relationships may be, they are not something that is likely to go away or even be wished away.  They are an ugly reality that takes a toll not just on the perpetrator and the victim, but also everyone else who happens to be a part of the equation.

 

A recent study by the department dealing with juvenile delinquency found that nearly 80% of teenage offenders came from families where abusive relationships were common.  Imagine that! Eighty percent is not an errant statistic.  It is practically the whole group.  If one were to use this study, it would be really easy to conclude that everyone, or rather every child who has been in a household with abusive relationships, is sure to become a juvenile delinquent!  Worrying as this sounds, what makes it really scary is the fact that it is the truth.  And frankly, nothing much is being done to change the situation.

 

Why exactly do abusive relationships take root?  And how can they be rooted out?  In order to answer these questions, it is necessary to understand the nature of abusive relationships in the first place.  Not all abusive relationships begin because the perpetrators are evil, wicked people who want to hurt others.  In fact, the opposite may very well be true.  Most abusers in abusive relationships are people who themselves have some sort of deficiency, which they try to equalize or even out through the use of force to dominate others.  As is usually the case, this kind of force tends to harm others more than it heals them.  Which is what leads to abusive relationships.

 

Psychologists and mental health professionals have studied abusive relationships for a very long time.  And without exception, they have all found one common thread that runs through.  Most abusers are otherwise charming people who often carry the burden of their deviant behavior with them in the form of lifelong guilt.  And the reasons they indulge in abuse is because they don’t know how to deal with this guilt.  Each episode of abuse is followed by an episode of genuine remorse which is then evened out by another episode of abuse. In a manner of speaking, it is a vicious cycle that they find themselves in and one for which they need help in order to overcome.

Performers and Venue Announced for 2017 Absolutely Gospel Music Awards

Night of Gospel Music to be Highlighted with Performances by Jason Crabb, The Isaacs, Karen Peck & New River, and Many More!

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (February 13, 2017) – The administrators and staff of AbsolutelyGospel.com are proud to announce the first list of performers for the upcoming Absolutely Gospel Music Awards Celebration. This year’s celebration will feature performances from many of the top nominated artists which include Grammy and Dove Award winning singers and songwriters.

This year’s Awards Celebration will feature performances by Grammy Award-winning vocalist Jason Crabb and Grammy nominated artists The Isaacs and Karen Peck & New River in addition to acclaimed artists Lauren Talley, Tribute, 11th Hour, HIGHROAD, Bowling Sisters, The Wilbanks, Ball Brothers, Riley Harrison Clark, and Chris Freeman. Additional artists are still being confirmed.

“Without exception, this year’s performers represent the best our genre of music has to offer,” mentioned Deon Unthank of AbsolutelyGospel.com. “We are excited to host some of our perennials favorites as well as new names who’ve never shared the stage on such a fun night!”

In addition to performers, site administrators are proud to announce the venue for this year’s event. This year’s Awards Celebration will again take place at Nashville First Church of the Nazarene in downtown Nashville. This location continues to feature more seating and the ability to stream the program live.

“This was such a great move for this event last year,” commented Deon Unthank. “The staff at Nashville First Church of the Nazarene were so accommodating that it just made sense to stay here again. The feedback we received from fans, artists, and industry professionals about the move was beyond positive. We are looking forward to another great year at this fantastic venue.”

As far as nominations go, perennial favorites Karen Peck & New River and The Isaacs landed the most nominations this year. Both groups landed a stellar eight nominations apiece including individual nods in the Song of the Year category (for “I Am Blessed” and “This Is the Year” respectively) and Fan Favorite Artist of the Year. Both groups also had individuals land in hotly contested categories like Female Vocalist of the Year (for New River’s Karen Peck Gooch and The Isaacs’ Sonya Isaacs Yeary respectively) and Songwriter of the Year (Artist) for Gooch and Becky & Sonya Isaacs.

Another perennial favorite, producer/songwriter Wayne Haun was the most nominated individual this year, taking a strong 10 nominations for his work this past year, including three separate Album of the Year mentions for his production work this year. Those three nominated projects included Tribute’s Here For You, Legacy Five’s In the Hands of the Carpenter, and The Erwins’ Only Faith Can See.

I’m A Racist

Written by Vanessa Clark

I hate white people, the kind of white people defined in history as executors of slavery over every known race bold enough to cross the American borders. Sea tossed, river drowned and frost bitten people from every corner of the world coming to an unknown land ignorant to the robbers who lie await to steal every original idea from their cultures. I hate those white people, the ones who murdered, maimed and enslaved every race and ethnicity that differed from their own. I don’t hate them because they were ”white”, I hate them for what their hatred has done to an entire country, an entire world. The white people whose self-induced superiority is responsible for the microscopic influence and space that inhabits my own mind.

In this one body flows many races. My bloodline consists of African, Spanish, Taino Indian and Dutch mixes. Due to these mixes, I’ve been called a mutt several times in my life and no matter what the situation, comical or hateful, it always made me feel less than human. My mother is Puerto Rican and my father is African American. My Puerto Rican traits are physically more visible and I was predominately raised with the Hispanic side of my family. My skin tone was the perfect caramel combination of both my parents and my hair was a bit coarse and thick like my father but also curly like my mother’s. But oh the jealousy that fueled years of bullying just because those two features didn’t look black enough or Hispanic enough.

When I was in junior high girls use to throw gum in my hair and even after hours of trying to work it out of my hair I ended up cutting it out anyway. I was considered the conceited Puerto Rican ho who tried to steal all their boyfriends, as if! My, my what jealousy does to the brain. My curly hair in all its glory could cause my fellow peers to invent scenarios in their minds where I was so much better than them with my “good” hair that obviously I was sleeping with their boyfriends. Needless to say, I had more guy friends than girlfriends.

Being raised by my Hispanic side of the family made me more aware of how non-black everyone else treated me. When I stayed with my black family I had one member that use to tote me and my twin sister around leaving my brother and older sister behind for looking too black. We curly haired, light skinned baby dolls were trotted around other black family members to be shown off because of how pretty we were. And on my Hispanic side, some of the great grands didn’t want anything to do with my dark-skinned father, going as far as calling him a monkey. Well great grands, then what exactly does that make me? More importantly, what does that make my son? I believe in the power of knowledge and I’ll instill the same belief in Noah. Loving everyone because we all bleed red is an absolute revelatory forward way of thinking but he’ll also know that he comes from every shade of white and black known to the human eye.

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If those hated white settlers could have their way my brain would continue the tug of war and I’d somehow end up hating myself. The Spanish part of my blood owned the African part of my blood. What a convolution of territory and pride. So which side should I stick up for or be more proud of? Spanish conquerors, who made a mark in history or African slaves who’s lives were used to make that mark? It’s not a “white” thing, even my Dutch great grandfather was a slave, and it’s not a “black” thing. Being racist means having the mindset that one race is superior to others but what if you are made up of more than one race can you even the scale and consider them all superior? I do. I’m a racist.

GMA Hall of Fame Inductee Jeff Stice Announces the Release of JEFF TRAX

SMITHS GROVE, Ky. – (February 3, 2017) – GMA Hall of Fame inductee and multi-award winning pianist Jeff Stice is very excited to announce the release of his new line of soundtracks.

Entitled JEFF TRAX, these new accompaniment tracks will be released with vocal tracks in a high and low format as well as accompaniment tracks for performing pianists as well.

Jeff said, “I get asked all of the time if I will be making my soundtracks available for church pianists and piano players that play for groups. I’ve put a lot of time, care and cost into producing my piano accompaniment, and I want to share them with other pianists. They’re so much fun to play with! I’ll be offering the piano accompaniment for five different songs along with a demo of each on one disc.

The HI-LO vocal accompaniment will feature 10 classic hymns in two different keys for each on a single disc as well. This will enable the singer to be comfortable with singing the song in a key that is suitable for the individual. More information on JEFF TRAX will be available online.

You can learn more about Jeff Stice at http://www.jeffsticemusic.com.

Follow Jeff on FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/jeffsticemusic or Twitter at https://twitter.com/JeffsBleedinBlu.

To book Jeff contact Beckie Simmons Agency at  beckie@bsaworld.com

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About Jeff Stice

Jeff Stice, affectionately known as “Mr. Piano Man” is having an incredible musical journey and has reached pinnacles of great success in The Gospel Music World.

During his twelve year span with Triumphant Quartet Jeff was honored to receive a number of awards and recognition. He was voted MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR in 2007 by the Southern Gospel Music Guild. He received THE FAVORITE MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR AWARD in 2009 and 2012 at The Southern Gospel Fanfare. In 2007 he was voted into THE EDMONSON COUNTY MUSIC HALL OF FAME in Brownsville, KY. In 2010 and 2011 he received GRAMMY and DOVE AWARD nominations. In 2014 Jeff received an Absolutely Gospel Music Award (Ovation) for producing his last Triumphant project and recently won a 2015 AGM Ovation for Musician of the Year.