Upcoming Southern Gospel CD/DVD Releases: March 2011

For several years, I have thought that some Southern Gospel magazine or website ought to go to the trouble to compile a monthly list of Southern Gospel releases. Recently, the absurdly obvious thought hit me: Why don’t I do it myself? After all, I’ve put in the time and effort to build the contacts to pull it off.Β So without further ado, here are the upcoming Southern Gospel releases for March 2011:

  • ~3/6: Favorite Hymns, The Melody Boys Quartet (table project)
  • 3/15: George Younce…with Ernie Haase & Signature Sound (Stow Town / Provident/Integrity)
  • 3/15: Joy in the Journey, The McKameys (Horizon / Crossroads)
  • 3/22: The Best of David Phelps (CD/DVD), David Phelps (Gaither Music Group / EMI CMG)

It’s slow by all accounts; several label contacts remarked that it’s been a slow period after the end-of-year rush.

On the calendar for April:

  • 4/19: Ultimate Gaither Collection, Gaither (Gaither Music Group / EMI CMG)
  • 4/19: to be named CD, Heirline (Homeland)
  • 4/19: to be named CD/DVD, The Akins (Crossroads)
  • 4/19: Treasures Unseen, Beyond the Ashes (Vine / Crossroads)
  • 4/19: Till the Storm Passes By, Skyline Boys (Crossroads)
  • 4/26: He’s Alive CD/DVD, Talley Trio (Horizon/Crossroads)

This list aims to be inclusive of Daywind, Crossroads, Horizon/Crossroads, Sonlite/Crossroads, Vine/Crossroads, Gaither Music Group/EMI CMG, Stow Town/Provident/Integrity, Song Garden, Homeland, The Mansion Entertainment, and major independent group releases where known.Β Did I miss anything significant, especially among independent group releases? Let us all know in the comments!

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  1. Stow Town is being distributed by Provident/Integrity, not EMI/CMG.

    (EDIT: 8/5/2011: Broken link removed)

    • Good catch. Can’t believe I missed that one – thanks!

  2. The Talley Trio’s new cd/dvd set, “He’s Alive”, releases April 26.

    • Wow.

      Missing that one is incredibly embarrassing! With what I do for Crossroads, I’m webmaster for two of their sites, working in the back ends of those sites throughout the day on a daily basis, and, naturally, I knew that but forgot to include it (in the first edition of the post). I’ll update momentarily.

      • At first they said it comes out late this month, but they changed the release date. Either way, it’s fine. πŸ™‚

  3. Not that I know of as long as you’re sticking with March and April. Of course Doug Anderson’s solo album is slated for May.

    • The floodgates open in May, and all sorts of good music is in the making for that month! I’m only going up to the following month in advance, right now, though.

      • (Mutters and grumbles: They would be opening up the very month I’m getting a summer job…)

      • (Mutters and grumbles) I wish I was! Well, not really. I don’t want to put in any more hours.

      • YGS – but isn’t that a good thing, so that you hopefully actually can by a few more than you otherwise might be able to buy?


      • True, but for me time is worth almost as much as money. πŸ™‚

      • Well, and likewise for me – I’ve passed on assorted part-time money-making opportunities because they would leave me with less or no time to do what I love.

        Just make the money now and enjoy it later – how’s that for a plan? πŸ™‚

      • It’s a good one. πŸ˜‰

    • You can preorder Doug’s CD at the EHSS site now.

  4. If the Gaithers are releasing the “ultimate collection” does that mean that there will be no more releases?

    Pleaase forgive me Daniel, I’ve not had my first cup of coffee. πŸ™‚

  5. OK, I like this idea. It’s not like it’ll help me afford things any better, but I like it anyway!

    • Thanks! Planning and budgeting in advance helps me, sometimes, and I have to know to plan… πŸ™‚

  6. Thanks for the listing. I’ve long thought that it would be nice to see a listing of upcoming releases. I appreciate your work.

  7. Any chance to add New Haven Records to the list?

    • In other words, whenever Gold City has a new release? Yes, I aim to. πŸ™‚

      I’m probably not going to bother with every single compilation that comes along, though.

      • Thanks. Yea, a new release by Gold City is what I was looking for. I wasn’t sure what other artists were with them, but if its just compilations, I understand not wanting to list all of them.

      • Yes – they haven’t released anything SG-related except Gold City, compilations, and one post-retirement Crabb DVD in the last 5 yeas or so.

      • According to a video link yesterday, Brent was interviewing Daniel and the new album is being engineered as we type. The snippet that I heard sounded really good. Like most GCQ fans, I’m anxiously awaiting new material from this classic group.

      • Yes, but when it’s being engineered, it could still easily be 3-4 months out, or they could be engineering under pressure and only 6 weeks out.

      • I know that it will not be released next week, or even next month. And, the way the economy is going, it will take me that long to save up the money to buy it anyway.:)

        I hope that the current lineup will remain in place until a new album is released.

      • I know the feeling! I was feeling that way last September, actually.

  8. Gold City – Somebody’s Coming is “coming”.

    1 Footprints on the Water
    2 Heaven
    3 I Have an Anchor
    4 Leave That Burden Lying There
    5 I Stand Redeemed (I’m not sure)
    6 Lord of Life
    7 Peter, James and Paul
    8 Showers of Blessings
    9 I Get Down
    10 It Won’t Be Long
    11 Never Too Broken
    12 Somebody’s Coming

    • It’s my understanding that “I Stand Redeemed” is out, and is being replaced by a song picked for Brent Mitchell.

      • That makes sense.

  9. I will get the Younce/EHSS CD eventually. The McKameys CD is one to put in the file for later. The others aren’t on my radar.

    I’m waiting for the Kingdom Heirs, Gold City, and Greater Vision to release something new. Those will be immediate buys, like the Perrys CD was last week. Inspirations, L5, and MTQ are also high priority, but I don’t know much about whether they are releasing anything in the near future.

    • I forget the dates, but it’s not too long till the Inspirations cut.

      • …cut tracks, that is, in case there are any bystanders unfamiliar with the genre!

  10. This is great idea! Mark the calendars!

    • Thanks!

      Other genres have had this for decades, so I can’t claim originality. It’s less about the idea and more about just putting the time and effort in so our genre can have this useful tool, too! πŸ™‚

  11. I actually used to compile a list of upcoming releases for AGM/SGN back in the day, and the labels used to be really good about providing the info, but slowly but surely (like a lot of things in this industry), they just stopped sending the updates and the list got lost in the shuffle of the site.

    Plus, it’s really hard to keep track of release dates for independent releases and table projects as well…

    • Yes, it’s not easy – I’ve already figured that part out.

      Whether I can keep it up – time will tell. It’s worth a good try!

      • I agree – it’s definitely worth a try!

  12. I’m anxiously awaiting a new Kingsmen project too!

  13. Daniel! I had the honor of meeting your family this past weekend! What a great family. This has nothing to do with DVD/CD’S just wanted to let you know! πŸ™‚

    • Oh – so you actually ARE a real person! Very neat! πŸ™‚

      (I’m just giving you a hard time on that first part!)

  14. The Melody Boys Quartet of Little Rock, AR will be releasing their first Hymns project in their 62 year history in the month of March. It is an independent project. The title is “Favorite Hymns”. There should be information in the next week on the website displaying the “cover art” and announcing when the CD will be available. Of course, I am looking forward to it with great anticipation! A few of the Hymns included are: “Are You Washed in the Blood”, “I Must Tell Jesus”, “I Stand Amazed in the Presence”, and “Near the Cross”.

    • Thanks! Do you have a date where that will be available at retail – or if it’s solely a table project, a date by which it’s expected on the table? I’d be delighted to add it to the list.

      • Hidee Daniel,
        It is a “table project”. It will be available from Springside Marketing; however, that is a few months down the road probably. They hope to have it for the first date of their month long western tour which begins Sunday, March 6 in Dallas, TX. We should know by the end of the week if that will happen, and I will let you know. Thanks!

      • I’ve added it to the main post above – thank you so much for the information!

      • Thank you Daniel!

      • You’re welcome, and thank you! That’s exactly the sort of thing I’m hoping for in the monthly comments – independent artist releases I wouldn’t hear about by other means.

  15. Any chance there will be a DVD release for the “George Younce with Ernie Haase & Signature Sound” project, or will it be CD only?

    • Well, Howard, wouldn’t it be a little hard to book George for a live taping?

      • :lol πŸ˜†

      • They did for the Tribute project…

      • But that was for songs where footage already existed. Digital tricks only go so far; several of the songs on that one don’t have accompanying footage.

  16. Glad to see more Minnesotans blogging about their love for NORTHERN Gospel music. πŸ™‚

    • πŸ™‚

      You know, it wasn’t but two or three years ago when I mentioned the idea of renaming the genre Conservative Gospel Music.

      • Would that open a door for political debates though?

      • Probably. I’m a proud conservative myself, but not everybody wants the hassle of a debate…!

      • True.

        But think about it. Which is more core to the essence of what our genre is – the geographical boundaries which accurately fit about 2/3 of the groups out thereβ€”or the conservative (doctrinally and politically) theology that infuses the lyrics in this lyric-driven genre?

      • I still think it fits, because the music was born in the south. The name reflects the roots.

    • Thanks, Josh! We are outnumbered in this genre! πŸ™ Northern or Southern…what matters is the Gospel! Hope to see you around “the land of 10,000 lakes”. – TGF