New Music Friday — November 13, 2020

THE TALLEYS | “Broken World” (Live)

Southern Gospel; Horizon Records – STREAM / BUY EP

After more than 35 years of recording Gospel hits and taking their ministry to audiences world-wide through acclaimed live performances, The Talleys announced they would be bringing their performing career to a close at the end of 2020, with Debra and Roger retiring and Lauren Talley continuing her career as a solo artist. But now, fans of the beloved gospel group can continue to revisit the inspirational experience of a Talleys live performance as they release live versions of their biggest and best-loved hit songs each month, exclusively on streaming platforms.

The first is “Broken World,” a song The Talleys first released on their 2012 album, Love Won, and one that remains poignant—especially in the current moment—in its description of tough challenges and hard times. With verses that paint vivid portraits of struggling people and a chorus that describes how Christ will one day end their earthly pain, “Broken World” brings hope every time it’s needed.


“This broken world is cradled by a Savior / And nothing here can take Him by surprise / Someday all this hurting will be over … [F]or now, we’re living in a broken world / But not for long, no, not for long.”

Lauren Talley says, “If ever there was a perfect song for the times we are living in, I think it would be ‘Broken World.’ We recorded this several years ago, but it’s just as true now. We are living in a broken world with so much pain all around us every day—but if you know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, we have a promise that there is so much greater ahead of us than there is down on this earth. We are living in a broken world, but not for long.”

A video release of each performance will follow that of the song, giving fans another way to experience The Talleys’ live shows from home. With this collection, The Talleys will continue to bring music to the world, carrying on their legacy of releasing inspiring and touching music that carries God’s message.

SOJOURN | The Dark Room

Hip hop/rap; Illect Recordings – STREAM / BUY album

Tres Hodgens—a.k.a. Sojourn, his hip hop moniker—is an emcee, producer and all-around live performer. He has produced tracks recorded & verses for other artists including Braille, Ohmega Watts, Theory Hazit, Blame One, Ras Kass and Myka 9 of Freestyle Fellowship. In addition to his stage and spitting skills as a frontman, Hodgens is also a professional drummer (playing since the age of 5), and crosses genre boundaries with his talents on the skins.


About the focus track | “Reaching for Healing (Broken)” is a song that deals with life decisions and the consequences of those decisions. In the process of trying to do the work to heal, one has to get honest about where they’re at.

LINDLEY CREEK | “Everyone’s a Kid at Christmas”

Holiday, bluegrass; Pinecastle Records – STREAM / BUY single

After a whirlwind 2020, rising Bluegrass group Lindley Creek is getting into the holiday spirit with the release of their brand new recording, “Everyone’s a Kid at Christmas.” Released via Pinecastle Records, it was produced by Jim VanCleve and was written by Barry Lyn Ricks and Timothy Joe Stafford.

“We set out to create a recording that would be timeless. So many things about Christmas remind us of memories shared with friends and family,” explains the band. “We wanted to capture those warm memories of wrapping presents, hot chocolate, stockings and children playing in the snow. This is the perfect song for that! We are so thankful for the opportunity to bring a new classic song to Bluegrass listeners and hope to win over more people to the music we all love.”



“Everyone’s a Kid at Christmas” is a slower feel-good recording that showcases lead singer Katie Greer’s powerhouse vocals. The song looks to capture the essence of the true holiday spirit, with lyrics that are very relatable with a unique and festive vibe throughout. It stays true to the band’s sound, which has been defined by their breakout success this year. In celebration of the new Christmas track, Lindley Creek is gearing up for a special surprise. The day after Thanksgiving, they’re set to debut the official video for the single. Be sure to check out Bluegrass Today, who will give the exclusive world premiere!

Lindley Creek first burst onto the national scene with their debut single “I Gotta Go,” released earlier this year. Written by Ashby Frank, the song has seen tremendous success, going on to peak at No. 2 on the Bluegrass Today Weekly Airplay Chart. The follow-up single “The Mockingbird’s Voice” has seen similar success, also debuting on the chart. The Jim VanCleve produced project Freedom, Love, And The Open Road has spent a total of 10 weeks inside the Top Ten of Roots Music Report’s Contemporary Bluegrass Album Chart, and continues to chart high. The band’s free-spirit and unique sound are on full display throughout the record–featuring a combination of roots music and gospel influences–Lindley Creek’s one-of-a-kind style is highlighted on all 11 recordings.


Country; Avid – STREAM / BUY single

As a songwriter, “Country” Johnny Mathis has had songs recorded by George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Johnny Paycheck, Charley Pride, Johnny Horton, Jimmy Dean, George Hamilton IV, Freddy Fender, Webb Pierce, The Whites, Elvis Costello among many others. Seven Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees and two (2) Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees have recorded his music. His song accolades further include gold records, country radio hits and BMI airplay performance awards. There has been a revival of Mathis’ songs in recent years with cuts by Jim Lauderdale, the Kenny and Amanda Smith Band and GRAMMY Award-winner Brad Davis.



About | Now debuting on digital (originally released in the mid-60s), this traditional country-and-western swing is a common (and timeless) story of the difference between love and thinking you’re in love. The subject in this tale is singing his sorrows about his main love interest, who apparently only provides an appeasement level of attention—all the while building him up, then crashing his dreams. Another classic & masterfully performed tune.

SHEILA ANN SMITH | Christmas is Love

Christmas; CLG Distribution – STREAM / BUY single

Sheila Ann Smith shares a love for the beauty of music with her audiences. Her soaring vocals are at times rich and smooth and at times crystal clear and pure, bringing delight to listener’s ears. She has performed for audiences large and small in concerts and events in Canada and the US. Sheila is also a cancer survivor and gratitude for the gift of life gives her songs wings.



SHAMASH | Suffering Servant

Rock; CLG Distribution – STREAM / BUY EP



Bobby & Teddi Cyrus | “My Wedding Day”

Bluegrass; Pinecastle Records – STREAM / BUY single