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Perrys' Bassist Announces Engagment
Jamie Bramlett, bass player and bus driver for The Perrys, is engaged to be married. He presentd Ms. Kristy Cordell of Chattanooga, TN with an engagement ring after requesting permission from her father. The couple is looking into a wedding date for June 2002. You may email Jamie at
Kelly Nelon and Jason Clark Announce Marriage Plans
Kelly Nelon and Jason Clark have announced they are engaged to be married. The wedding will be Monday, June 4, 2001 at 7:00 PM at the historic Grand Oaks House in Cartersville, GA. Officiating will be Dr. Ken Martin of Grace Baptist Church and Rev. Ted Holley of Vinings Baptist Church. Members of the wedding party will include Kelly's daughters Amber and Autumn; also Rhonda Nelon, Karen Peck...
ASCAP Honors Dottie Rambo
Dottie Rambo was recently honored with the ASCAP Lifetime Achievement Award at the Annual ASCAP Christian Awards.
Randy Stalls and Movin' Up Perform For The President
Randy Stalls and Movin' Up recently had the opportunity to sing Southern Gospel Music for President George W. Bush during the President's visit to Greenville, NC. Over 11,000 people were on hand to witness the President's visit. Stalls, President of the Vision Quest Music Company (an exclusively Southern Gospel Music Company), sang his current charting song, "I Believe In The Children" and "River...
Jim Farrar Update
Russ Farrar has reported to Singing News that his father is out of surgery and is currently in ICU. At this time, all is going well, and the family is very optimistic. The Farrar family thanks everyone for the thousands of prayers offered in behalf of Jim Farrar. They request everyone to continue to pray for Mr. Farrar's complete recovery.
Jonathan Martin Injured In Auto Accident
Around 8:00 am Friday, April 27, Jonathan Martin (of the Martins) was involved in a serious auto accident. Martin's vehicle ran into the back of a stalling dump truck, leaving him with a broken right patella (kneecap), six stitches in his head, and totaling his truck. The State Trooper on the scene commented that Jonathan is extremely fortunate to be alive. Jonathan was released from the...
Remembering Danny Gaither
Danny Gaither, 62, passed away early on the morning of April 6,2001 after a four and one-half year battle with lymphoma. He graduated from Alexandria High School in 1956 and was also a graduate of Ball State University. Danny was a retired school teacher, and was most recently at work with the Gaither Music Company. He was an accomplished Gospel Music artist and Gospel Music Hall Of Fame inductee...
James C. "Jim" Farrar To Have Open Heart Surgery
Jim Farrar age 78, father of noted Nashville based Southern Gospel Music attorney and Singing News staff writer Russ Farrar, will undergo an eight hour open heart surgery beginning at 6:00 am on Monday, April 30th. Mr. Farrar is at the University of Tennessee Hospital in Knoxville, TN. The Farrar family requests your urgent and fervent prayers for Jim Farrar.
SGMA To Honor 2001 Hall Of Fame Inductees
The Southern Gospel Music Association (SGMA) is pleased to announce its 2001 Inductees to the Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame -- Glen Allred, Cleavant Derricks, Vep Ellis, Naomi Sego Reader, Dale Shelnut and Ira Stanphill. The six will be honored as new Hall of Fame members at the SGMA's induction banquet on Wednesday, May 23 at the Park Vista Resort in Gatlinburg, Tenn., beginning at 5:30...
Letter From Ernie Dawson
In open letter to Singing News, Ernie Dawson writes: "I would like to thank everyone for all their cards, flowers, letters, and support as i am home recovering from open heart surgery. They did four bypasses on me, which made my diabetes go crazy. my right leg keeps swelling, and i have been having a lot of pain. I Thank God for bringing me through this, and i also thank the Churches, the fans,...
Stone Ridge Signs With Three Hills
Stone Ridge Quartet has signed a long-term recording agreement with Three Hills Music Group. Stone Ridge Quartet, from Louisville, KY, is no stranger to the recording studio, having fourteen albums to their credit. Their forthcoming album is one that their new label believes will redefine their identity in the Southern Gospel arena. The as yet untitled album features a wide variety of material...
Ruth Lyles Passes Away
Ruth Lyles, wife of Bill Lyles of the Blackwood Brothers Quartet, went home to be with the Lord about midnight last night. The funeral will be held Wendesday, April 25, 2001 at Memorial Park Funeral Home in Memphis, TN at 2:00 pm.