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Lauren Talley and Crossroads Label Group Celebrate a Billboard #1 Debut

(Photo L to R) Mickey Gamble, Chris White, Scott Barnett, Scott Wagner, Lauren Talley, Greg Bentley, Van Atkins, Jim Stover

Arden, NC (May 4, 2017) Crossroads Label Group honored Lauren Talley for her #1 debut on Billboard’s Top Christian Inspirational Album Chart, April 1, 2017, for her album The Gospel. This is Lauren’s fifth solo album on the Crossroads imprint, Horizon Records.  The first single from the album, “I Hear A Song”,  featuring award winning guest Gordon Mote is climbing the Southern Gospel Charts. Lauren is known as a top Southern Gospel artist but The Gospel is reaching both Southern Gospel fans and Christian Inspirational listeners alike.

“I’m incredibly honored and humbled that this album has reached so many people, but the Gospel is all about Jesus and making Him known,” Lauren Talley said. “I want this record to remind the Church that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the best news and the most important message we can ever deliver to the world.”

Greg Bentley, Associate A & R for Horizon Records states, “This is exciting for us as a company. This is our first time to have an album appear at the #1 position on Billboard Music’s Inspirational Chart. And who better to do it with than Lauren Talley! We’ve had a special bond with her for many years, and to be able to offer The Gospel to a new market of listeners is very exciting. Lauren’s talent cannot be contained to just one genre of music!”

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.

AG Publicity Clients Land Multiple Ovations at 2017 Absolutely Gospel Music Awards

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (April 14, 2017) – The 2017 Absolutely Gospel Music Awards were handed out Tuesday night and AG Publicity Clients landed multiple awards throughout the night.

Karen Peck & New River was named the biggest winner of the night, taking home Ovations for Fan Favorite Artist of the Year, Mixed Group of the Year, and Progressive Song of the Year (for the #1 hit single “Calling”). In addition, group member Karen Peck Gooch was awarded her first Songwriter of the Year (Artist) trophy.

Karen Peck said, “We are extremely grateful to all of you who voted for us in the Absolutely Gospel Music Award. KPNR won Fan Favorite Artist, Mixed Group, Progressive Country Song (Calling), and I won Songwriter of the Year. This was my first time and I’m still in shock.  Also we want to congratulate Absolutely Gospel for 20 years of service to the Southern Gospel Industry.”

The Freemans’ matriarch Chris Freeman took home two awards as well. Chris won her first Female Vocalist of the Year award. Also, her debut solo recording, The Hinson Side of Me, took home the Special Event Project of the Year Ovation.

Chris Freeman shared, “A ’double blessing’. Those are the best kind. Thank you Absolutely Gospel for the honor of receiving the Female Vocalist of the Year and also Special Event Project of the Year, The Hinson Side of Me, produced by Darrell Freeman.”

Continuing Chris said, “Thank you to all who voted for me, and thank you to my family, the Freemans. Thank you to the Hinsons, Ronny, Kenny, and Larry, because without you I wouldn’t be where I am today. There are so many more that I don’t have time or paper to put them down on. I do want to clarify that when Kelly Nelon commented that the last time I won an award she and Janet Paschal were the award girls, she forgot to mention that I was very young, close to their age, maybe even younger, when I won that Queen of Gospel Music title. I do want to thank Kelly for her encouraging words from the stage. She is an inspiration to me. Lastly I want to congratulate Absolutely Gospel for 20 years of service to the Gospel Music community.”

Critically acclaimed country and bluegrass fusion group HIGHROAD was awarded Country Song of the Year for their fan favorite song “Christ My Hope, My Glory”. The song was co-written by group founder Sarah Davison (with Dove Award and AGM Award winning songwriter Kenna West) and featured a duet vocal by Grammy Award winner Jason Crabb.

Sarah Davison of HIGHROAD commented, ”We were so happy to be a part of the Absolutely Gospel Music Awards here in Nashville. Ben Isaacs and Jason Crabb are a huge blessing to us and we are so thankful for them. Thank you Absolutely Gospel Music for Country Song of the Year.”

Finally, 11th Hour took home their second career AGM Award last night for What a Moment. That recording landed the Progressive Recording of the Year award.

Amber Eppinette stated, ”We are beyond blessed and thankful to have gotten the award for Progressive Album of the Year! Congrats to all of the nominees and winners this year and a huge thank you to the Unthank family.”

Karen Peck & New River, Chris Freeman, HIGHROAD, and 11th HOUR were all featured performers at the Awards Celebration as well

2017 Absolutely Gospel Music Awards Handed Out

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (April 12, 2017) – Celebrating AbsolutelyGospel.com’s 20th Anniversary this year, the 2017 Absolutely Gospel Music Ovation Awards were handed out last night at a special concert celebration in Nashville, TennesseeKaren Peck & New River, The Isaacs, and Tribute were named the big winners.

Perennial favorite Karen Peck & New River took home an impressive four trophies. The group was awarded Fan Favorite Artist of the Year, Mixed Group of the Year, and Progressive Song of the Year for “Calling” (which was written by Jason Cox, Gerald Crabb, and Karen Peck Gooch) . In addition, the group founder Karen Peck Gooch won her first Songwriter of the Year (Artist) award.

The Isaacs and Tribute won an stellar three Ovations last night. The Isaacs took home the Ovation for Album of the Year for their critically-acclaimed release Nature’s Symphony In 432, in addition to Country Recording of the Year and Producer of the Year (Artist) for Ben Isaacs. Tribute won another Traditional Recording of the Year trophy (for “Here For You“) and group members Riley Harrison Clark and Josh Singletary took home Male Vocalist of the Year and Musician of the Year respectively.

Additional artists and individuals who won multiple awards throughout the evening included Chris Freeman, Sue C. Smith, Gerald Crabb, and Jason Crabb.

One of the biggest awards of the evening – 2017 Pacesetter Award – was handed to Crossroads Music Group which is home to some of the biggest names in Gospel music today including Kingdom Heirs, The Talleys, The McKameys, and 11th Hour among many more.

The staff of AbsolutelyGospel.com was proud to award the Susan Unthank Memorial Award to Amy Marie Zika, the daughter of Susan Unthank. This award honors women who have worked in this field of music and made a resounding impact on Southern Gospel music.

The event was hosted by Lauren Talley and Riley Harrison Clark. The evening featured show-stopping performances from Grammy Award-winner Jason CrabbKaren Peck & New River, The Nelons, Bowling Family, Tribute, 11th Hour, Bowling Sisters, Chris Freeman, HIGHROAD, The Wilbanks, Pruitt Family, Jim Sheldon, and hosts Lauren Talley & RIley Harrison Clark.

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 sixteenth year the awards have been in existence.

For more information, visit http://www.absolutelygospel.com.

2017 Absolutely Gospel Music Award Winners:

Song of the Year: “Home” – Jason Crabb (written by Gerald Crabb)

Album of the Year: Nature’s Symphony in 432 – The Isaacs (produced by Ben Isaacs)

Pacesetter: Crossroads Music Group

Breakthrough Artist of the Year: The Wilbanks

Male Vocalist of the Year: Riley Harrison Clark (Tribute)

Female Vocalist of the Year: Chris Freeman (The Freemans)

Male Group of the Year: Ball Brothers

Female Group of the Year: Bowling Sisters

Mixed Group of the Year: Karen Peck & New River

Songwriter of the Year (Artist): Karen Peck Gooch (Karen Peck & New River)

Songwriter of the Year (Professional): Sue C. Smith

Producer of the Year (Artist): Ben Isaacs (The Isaacs)

Producer of the Year (Professional): Cody McVey

Engineer of the Year: Van Atkins

Musician of the Year: Josh Singletary (Tribute)

Traditional Song of the Year: “Amazing God” – Triumphant (written by Lee Black, Janice Crow, & Sue C. Smith)

Traditional Recording of the Year: Here For You – Tribute (produced by Wayne Haun)

Progressive Song of the Year: “Calling” – Karen Peck & New River (written by Jason Cox, Gerald Crabb, & Karen Peck Gooch)

Progressive Recording of the Year: What a Moment – 11th Hour (produced by Jeff Collins)

Country Song of the Year: “Christ My Hope, My Glory” – HIGHROAD with Jason Crabb (written by Sarah Davison & Kenna West)

Country Recording of the Year: Nature’s Symphony In 432 – The Isaacs (produced by Terry Bradshaw & Ben Isaacs)

Special Event Project of the Year: The Hinson Side of Me – Chris Freeman (produced by Darrell Freeman)

Music Video of the Year: “The People In the Line” – The Talleys (directed by Jared Meyers of Meyers Media, LLC)

Fan Favorite Artist of the Year: Karen Peck & New River

Susan Unthank Memorial Award: Amy Marie Zika

Celebrated Vocalist and Industry Vocal Coach Aaron Unthank Releases First Solo Recording

JACKSONVILLE, Fl. – (April 6, 2017) – Celebrated vocalist and music industry vocal coach Aaron Unthank released his debut solo recording last week. To the delight of fans and peers nationwide, Unthank’s Courageous released digitally on Thursday, March 30, 2017.

Aaron raised the funds to record Courageous after a successful Kickstarter campaign where he rallied the support of industry veterans, fans, and former vocal students to help him achieve his life long dream.

“This project has been in my heart for years,” said Aaron. “It is proof (to me) that God does not forget. If you are familiar with the phrase, ‘It takes a village,’ then you know what I mean when I say I played the LEAST part in this record coming to fruition. There are literally over a hundred people invested in this project in one way or another. I am forever grateful to all of them for providing me the opportunity to make the music that is in my heart to make. All I had to do was write the songs and sing them. They did the rest.”

Courageous was produced by Chad Kirkpatrick, Jamie Miley and Unthank. Unthank co-wrote or arranged all of the songs on the recording, with help from industry leaders Kenna West and Bobby Tinsley.

Highlights of the recording including “I Want You to Know“, a song written by Aaron for his two teenage children, the blue-eyed soul of “Sweetest Name“, and anthem “Courageous“. The album closes with a medley of Aaron’s favorite worship tunes, aptly titled “Worship Medley“.

Courageous available online via iTunes at:

http://itunes.apple.com/album/id1215667660?ls=1&app=itunes

To learn more about Aaron go to http://www.agpublicity.com/aaron-unthank.html.

Find Aaron on FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/aaron.unthank and on Twitter at @AaronUnthank.

 

About Aaron Unthank

​Aaron Unthank is happily married to an amazing woman and dad to a couple of extraordinary kids now entering teenaged-ness.

Originally hailing from the St. Louis area makes him a lover of all things St. Louis style from baseball to BBQ to pizza to jazz. He grew up in southwest Missouri, but now makes his home in Jacksonville, Florida.

He went to college on baseball scholarship and also earned a music scholarship his sophomore year. Around his junior year he began to feel uneasy about the direction of his life. Music began to mean more to him that it ever had before. He began singing “for real.” People heard him and encouraged him to explore his potential. The uneasiness in his heart continued. It was God. God was asking him to dream a different dream. It took months of convincing, but he finally said yes.

Since then he has said yes to many opportunities large and small. He has also said no. The sacrifices a dad makes for his kids are happy, but not always easy. Now that his are pursuing their own interests, he believes he would be a poor example if he didn’t do the same. Never stop dreaming. Never stop pursuing life. That is the best example he can be.

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.

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.

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.

Steve Ladd Signs with Sonlite Records

 Arden, N.C. – (February 2, 2017) – Sonlite Records, an imprint of Crossroads Label Group, is excited to announce the signing of Christian solo artist Steve Ladd.  The Dayton Ohio native, now located in Centre Alabama will release his new recording No Excuses, No Regrets later this year on the label. Steve is considered one of the premier vocalists in Inspirational / Southern Gospel music.

“Sonlite is thrilled to welcome one of the industry’s most prolific talents, with Steve joining the family,”  states Chris White.

 

 

Photo L-R Back Row, Greg Bentley (Crossroads Label Group) Jeff Collins (Crossroads Label Group)
L-R Front Row, Steve Ladd, Chris White (Crossroads Label Group)

“Steve has garnered a reputation in the business as one of true professionalism. We are expecting a long and fruitful run with Steve and the label.”

“I’m so excited for this opportunity to partner with Crossroads and Sonlite Records!” says Ladd. “I can’t think of a better organization to work with to get my music out to the world! I’m looking forward to a long relationship with Chris, Jeff, Greg and the whole Crossroads family!”

No Excuses, No Regrets releases later in 2017 on Sonlite Records.

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.

About Steve Ladd:

Ladd has been nominated for “New Artist of the Year”, has had two Top 40 Singles, toured with Gaither Vocal Band member Michael English and is featured with the Stamps Quartet on Alan Jackson’s newest “Precious Memories” CD, he feels most used when working with Candy Christmas’ Bridge Ministry to the Homeless on Tuesday nights in the Nashville area. Steve, his wife, and two children are also ministry partners with Compassion International.

While the beginning of an extraordinary journey started with his family, evolved into being an integral part of some of the most award-winning Christian ensembles, the last few years as a solo artist have proven the Lord’s faithfulness in his family, his ministry, and his life. And although there is a team of support, partners, and prayers behind Ladd and his ministry, he is very thankful to walk where the Spirit leads, “On His Own”.

An Open Letter From Michael Combs

DEEP GAP, N.C. – (January 23, 2017) – Most Southern Gospel fans are well aware of the miraculous life Michael Combs has lived. He had a liver transplant on September 9, 1991 which was the first physical miracle in his life. God used that miracle to give him a testimony that gave hope to hurting people and offered salvation to the lost.

In September 2015, Michael was diagnosed with Stage 5 Chronic Kidney Disease. It became so bad that he was living on 9% of his kidney usage. In December 2015, he was placed on the Living Donor Transplant List. Seeking to make their need known for a kidney donor, they sought help through their large social media outlets. They mailed out over 100 donor packets. It was very puzzling and discouraging because nobody seemed to be compatible. Over the months, Michael’s kidney functions continued to worsen.

Later in 2016, Michael’s wife Denise was in conversation with Wake Forest. At that time the puzzling question was answered. The reason a donor had not been found was because due to Michael’s liver transplant 25 years ago, he had a Panel Reactive Antibody (PRA) level of 88% – meaning he only had 12% chance of even getting a kidney transplant or finding a donor. He was labeled a “highly sensitized patient”. That was discouraging news yet they kept believing and trusting God. They did not go public with that information.

Denise was speaking with Wake Forest again in reference to Michael’s PRA levels that still remained at 88% level in November of that year. Denise was advised at that time that John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland did those types of kidney transplants. (Keep in mind that Paul Godfrey, a possible donor, was now in touch with that same hospital.) He and Michael both at this time were being evaluated. Denise called John Hopkins and told them of Michael’s situation and they were very interested in doing his transplant. Denise told them Michael was already working with a hospital in Baltimore and he was gonna be there in a couple of days. John Hopkins asked when and where.

Denise said, “On November 8th, the girl at John Hopkins told me that the University of Maryland Medical Center also did those type of transplants. So keep in mind here God has placed the possible donor and Michael at the same hospital that does specialty surgeries.”

The things that would happen next are so mind boggling that only God could have plans so miraculous. He would change the lives of Michael and his medical team by giving Michael another incredible testimony that will no doubt touch millions of souls in the future.

During the initial evaluation period, Paul Godfrey, from Knoxville, Tennessee, decided he would further pursue being a donor and contacted another hospital who dealt with more difficult transplant cases. He reached out to University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC), a hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. During this same time frame, Michael and Denise were advised by doctors at Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, North Carolina to seek help at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland who had a lot of experience with transplant cases similar to Michael’s.

On January 2, 2017, the testing was complete, and the transplant team would soon meet to set the date for the transplant. This is where the story really becomes interesting. On January 8, Michael receives a call from Baptist Hospital offering him a kidney from someone who had just passed away. Since time is of the essence in these cases and Michael lived so close, he was contacted. Michael and Denise immediately left for testing that would go all through the night. At 8 a.m., Michael was scheduled for surgery.

Do you think that God doesn’t have His hand on everything they encounter? Michael and Denise met with the doctor that would be performing the surgery and they realized this very same surgeon was on the transplant team that worked with Michael’s liver transplant twenty-five years ago. Amazing!

Due to the fact that the donor’s kidney was “asleep”, the doctors advised Michael that it might take a day or two, or even a week for it to “wake-up” and start functioning, which would mean dialysis after all until the kidney “woke up.” After a six-hour surgery that went great, it seemed like another miracle when as soon as the kidney touched Michael’s body it “woke up” and starting working. Michael was moved to ICU where he was closely monitored for signs of rejection.

During all this time, the family was advised not to share information about the transplant until there were relatively sure that his body would accept the kidney. On January 10, the first blood work came back and the doctors were amazed at the perfect creatinine levels.

The doctors observed several things:

1. His creatinine level was perfect, rarely seen of initial readings after a transplant.

2. The kidneys were producing perfect amounts of urine.

3. His one kidney was functioning better than most people with two kidneys.

4. They didn’t really expect the transplant to be that big of a success.

Remember all the “special” things that the doctors said would have to be done for Michael before, during, and after his transplant? Due to the perfect match of the donor kidney, none of those things were necessary.

Michael felt so good once they discharged him from the hospital that he drove himself home! Michael told Denise, “I feel too good not to drive myself home!”

Michael is at home enjoying some home-cooked food and reading all the cards he received from friends and family, especially the hand-made ones from three of his grandsons—Wyatt, Asher, and Elijah. Denise is trying to respond to all that have contacted them. Michael’s singing schedule will be modified for a little while, and they will be working closely with Beckie Simmons of The Beckie Simmons Agency on Michael’s ministry calendar.

Michael and Denise will always be extremely grateful to all of you who considered organ donation. They will always be grateful to Paul and Vicky Godfrey from Knoxville, Tennessee who would not take no for an answer. Michael and Denise thank all of you for your love, cards, support, and prayers through this long journey. A special thanks to our Pastor Sonny Thomas, his wife Julie, and our church family; we will never forget what you have done for us. So many churches have reached out to us. It has been wonderful how God’s people have pulled together.

Most of all Michael and Denise are grateful to their Lord that walked with them every step of this journey. They have seen God’s handiwork in every little detail. The way all the events transpired is just mind-blowing. But that’s our GOD!

Please remember the family of the deceased in prayer. They may never know who all benefited from organ donation, but we will surely never forget!

Cards of encouragement or donations to help complete the GoFundMe campaign can be mailed to:

Michael Combs

PO Box 7

Deep Gap, NC 28618

About Michael Combs

After squandering many years living in the World and nearly destroying my life with drugs and alcohol, something wonderful happened in my life….or better yet SOMEONE wonderful happened to GIVE me life…His name is Jesus!

I gave my life to Christ on a Monday night during a revival meeting in Jacksonville, Florida. That night was February 6th, 1989.

Since that night many things have happened! Almost immediately God put me into a Ministry of Music! Never thought I would be doing what I’ve been doing for the last 25 years but now I can’t imagine myself doing anything else!

There have been some valleys. I was dying of Liver Disease when The Lord rescued me. However, God not only saved my soul and placed within me a new heart….he gave me a new Liver too! I had a Liver Transplant on September 9th, 1991 at The University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska.

The Lord has allowed me to write and record songs that some call “classics” today. Many are sung in local Churches on any given Sunday. Lots of folks tell me they hear my songs sung at numerous Gospel Music Talent Contests. (What an honor!)

I’ve been blessed to have traveled this country with my beautiful wife, Denise, for 25 years (and counting!). I not only get to share the songs….but my testimony as well! We have been blessed to see hundreds give their hearts to Jesus in our Services!

Maybe one day we will get the opportunity to share this Ministry of Song and Testimony with you and your people… with your Community……..with the Whole World!

The Williamsons Involved In Bus Accident

WELEETKA, Okla. – (January 31, 2017) – Multi-award winning mixed group The Williamsons were involved in a bus accident this past weekend. After singing at a church in Tippecanoe, Indiana on Sunday, January 29, 2017, The Williamsons were heading back to Nashville on Interstate 65 before being involved in the accident.

Despite the roads being mostly clear after a recent snow shower, about 30 miles north of Louisville, Kentucky, a Chevrolet Impala hit some black ice and spun around in the middle of the highway. When it first happened, an 18 wheeler in front of them blocked their view. He was able to move over into the other lane, but The Williamsons’ bus was not able to change lanes due to another truck directly beside them. They weren’t driving very fast, but still were not able to get the bus totally shut down because of the slick road conditions. As a result, the group’s bus broadsided the car and shoved it about 40 feet down the highway.

Group manager, Donnie Williamson stated, “No one seemed to be hurt, praise the Lord! A man in the car was taken to the hospital, but it appeared that he was just shaken up. The driver had a bump on his head but didn’t even go to the hospital. No one on the bus suffered any injury. God is so good and his protective hand was on us.”

The impact shoved the frame of the bus inward a bit, and the door was unable to be opened. They were able to continue driving the bus to a repair shop in Springfield, Tennessee, at least getting that much of the damage repaired. The group is currently heading back to their home in Oklahoma. They are requesting that all of their friends keep them in prayer that they will make the right decisions on how to proceed with getting the rest of the repairs completed.

You can learn more about the Williamsons by going to http://www.williamsonsmusic.com.

Follow the group on FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Williamsons and Twitter at https://twitter.com/WilliamsonsSG.

To book the Williamsons contact scheduling@thedominionagency.com.

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About The Williamsons

The Williamsons began sharing the Gospel through music in 1998 as The Homesteaders Quartet. The dream of Donnie Williamson was to form a group to sing classic Gospel music on a limited basis. What he wanted to do never occurred. From the group’s onset their demand was overwhelming. Soon they were performing more than 100 dates a year. For the past several years The Williamsons have been in full time Christian ministry and entertainment and have traveled across the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Their music has been in national charts and were they honored to be nominated for Breakthrough Artist and Favorite Group awards at the Absolutely Gospel Fan Awards. Absolutely Gospel also named them as one of the Top Ten Groups to Watch, as well as in the Top Ten for Best New Mixed Group in the Singing News Fan Awards.

Their high energy musical style appeals to people of all ages. The versatility of The Williamsons is evident through the wide variety of musical styles they perform. There is always something for everyone. The marketing of their performances targets families and not just fans of any particular type of music. Spending an evening with The Williamsons is sure to be one that will lift you up, bless you, and entertain you all at the same time. Their primary desire is to share the Gospel in such a way that those in attendance who do not know Jesus Christ will come to know him before the program is over.