New Music Friday — Apr. 24, 2020

April 24, 2020

THE TALLEYS | The Music Goes On

Christian, Southern Gospel; Horizon Records – STREAM / BUY album

With a career that goes back more than 35 years, The Talleys have become one of the most recognized acts in Southern Gospel. Now, they are bringing their performing career to a close with one last collection aptly titled, The Music Goes On. The album is now available to stream on all platforms.

The Talleys’ career goes back to when Debra, Roger, and Kirk Talley brought a fresh new sound, blazing trails that crossed over Christian music genres and became a foundation for many artists to follow. Roger and Debra left the road to raise their daughter Lauren, but later returned with her as part of the trio, quickly rising back to the top of the charts. Now, that chapter comes to a close as Debra and Roger retire and Lauren continues as a solo artist.“It is our hope and sincere prayer that our music has touched your life in some way. As you listen to the last collection from The Talleys, we hope that the lyrics will touch your hearts as they have ours,” say The Talleys.

The album begins with “The Healer In The Grave,” an upbeat song featuring Lauren, written by her, Lee Black and Kenna West that tells the story of three who received miracles from Jesus before His crucifixion. They wonder if His death will return them to their former lives. But then Jesus conquers death and rises from the grave, breaking all the chains that bind.


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Lauren sings lead again on “Looks Like Jesus To Me,” a moving song about living in the image of Christ and treating broken people as He would. The song was written about a Nashville ministry for the homeless called The Bridge, which was affected by the recent tornadoes there. As the ministry continues to help the homeless and hungry of Nashville that have been devastated and displaced by the storm, The Talleys ask for those interested in helping to make a donation.

On the rest of the album, Roger takes the lead on “This Day,” encouraging people to look at the bright side on a bad day. “If I can trust You with my forever / Then I can trust You, I can trust You with this day.” He’s featured again on the driving “Never Been A Time,” another positive reminder that God is always walking alongside us.

Debra is featured on “He Has,” a reminder that God has always been grateful, graceful and true. The song describes all the wonders Christ has done and what he continues to do in our lives. Other songs include “Triumphantly The Church Will Rise,” a re-recording of one of The Talleys’ biggest hits, and “Jesus Loves You,” written by Lee Black and Tony Wood.

The Talleys bring their final album to an end with a special message in “My Heart Is There With You.” Debra takes lead, wishing the blessings of peace, love and happiness to all who have enjoyed The Talleys’ music over the years. She sings, “It’s just a line to let you know I think of you and miss you so / And even though I’m far away my heart is there / You’re in my prayers and my heart is there with you”

“Our love and thanks go to all the wonderful writers that have allowed us to be the voice of their songs over the years. And to the musicians who have seen our vision for all our songs and bringing them to life, we couldn’t have done this without you,” say The Talleys. “To you, our friends, we thank you for supporting us, loving us, and for buying and listening to our music. While we won’t be ‘on the road’ in the future as a group, you are in our hearts and we are grateful that The Music Goes On.”

SAREEM POEMS & NEWSELPH | “Mourning the Morning”

Hip hop, rap; Illect Recordings — STREAM / BUY single

Good morning, it’s a great day to be alive. That’s just the first bar of the new single from Sareem Poems and Newselph, and the positive vibes proceed to flow from there.

Following the critical triumph of their debut album, 88 To Now, this double act comes with double the dopeness and keep the momentum going with a new single celebrating the sunshine, second chances and everything in between. The chemistry between writer and producer continues to advance in real-time, and Sareem Poems employs his novel enunciation to explore innovative pockets in Newselph’s chilled and jazzy score. Good music. Good times. Good morning.




Bluegrass; Pinecastle Records — STREAM / BUY album

This GRAMMY and CMA Award-nominee enjoys 40+ years of Nashville recording, producing and worldwide touring experience, including chart-topping successes. Now, Steve Thomas is producing his own new blend of traditional bluegrass, country, and blues with his band The Time Machine—adding to his “who’s who” resume of all-time collaborations such as Del McCoury, The Osborne Brothers, Aaron Tippin, Barbara Mandrell, Kenny Chesney, Brooks and Dunn, John Michael Montgomery, Montgomery Gentry, and Lee Ann Womack to name just a few.




Bluegrass; Mountain Home Music Company — STREAM / BUY single

Following two acclaimed albums for Mountain Home Music Company, innovative banjo player, singer and songwriter Gina Furtado continues to break new ground with bold and original musical statements, beginning with her latest single. Produced by fellow Mountain Home artist Thomm Jutz, it’s the first to feature her touring band.

Titled “The Things I Saw,” the new offering is a unique blend of driving contemporary bluegrass and acoustic pop influences, and of personal memories with a universal spirit, exemplifying the evolution of today’s acoustic music scene through Furtado’s fresh, distinctive approach.

The song describes a personal, literal journey to a sacred and well-loved place in order to seek—and find—solace and redemption from a hectic world. “‘The Things I Saw’ was inspired by my experiences growing up on the Shenandoah River,” Furtado says. “All throughout my childhood, I went to the river when I needed comfort of any kind. No matter what happened in my life, good or bad, the river was always the same. The plants and critters and smells and sounds became like old friends; always welcoming and beautiful in every way, and always more powerful than whatever it was that could possibly bring me down.”



“I imagined a secret society whose mission was to fight Hatred with Love,” she continues. “I’ve taken that little vision into my adult life, and enjoy trying to spot members of this secret society (and trying to be one myself!)….they can be flowers, animals, sunsets, people you pass on the street…anyone or thing who refuses to let darkness and negativity take over and instead chooses to exude pure and unstoppable love.”

With Furtado’s sister, Malia, on violin, guitarist Drew Matulich on guitar and bassist Max Johnson making up the band on “The Things I Saw,” the music is polished and kaleidoscopic, reflecting what the best young players can achieve — seamless, punchy and distinctly, yet tastefully, virtuosic.

ASHFORD SANDERS | “A Place for a Fool”

Gospel; Next Chapter Music, LLC — STREAM / BUY single

A fan favorite on BET‘s Sunday’s Best season 5, Ashford Sanders releases one of his most requested live songs, “Millions.” Sanders says, “Everywhere I go (to perform), someone asks for either ‘Millions’ or ‘Make Me Better’ or both. I believe in giving people what they want!”


ANYA HINKLE | “Road of the Winds”

Americana; Organic Records — STREAM / BUY single

Rooted in the mountains but seasoned by travels across the world, Anya Hinkle’s music always evokes a sense of place—tied to the telling details of where she’s been, yet universal to those seeking a connection to home. Now, as she emerges from membership in Tellico to take a place in the spotlight as a solo artist, Hinkle debuts her first single under her own name, capturing the raw honesty of her personal songwriting with “Road of the Winds” on Organic Records.

Alternating moody verses with a singable chorus, “Road of the Winds” expresses a longing for motion that defines both an end and a beginning for the song’s narrator. Throughout, Hinkle’s distinctive voice is framed by a hand-picked group of musicians drawn from the rich musical community around western North Carolina: fiddler Julian Pinnelli, mandolinist Thomas Cassell (Circus No. 9), renowned resonator guitarist Billy Cardine, bass player Johnny Calamari, and harmony singer Mary Lucey. Produced by Jon Weisberger, the single is an auspicious start to the new stage of Hinkle’s career.



The singer-songwriter says her graduate school studies inspired her to write this song. “Before I began singing, I was in graduate school studying botany. I was researching ancient Polynesian migration in the South Pacific and the plants that people carried with them on their journeys. More than a thousand years before Columbus, Polynesian people departed the Asian continent in great canoes, voyaging thousands of miles before eventually reaching tiny islands in the middle of the vast Pacific Ocean like Hawaii and Tahiti,” says Hinkle. “It boggles the imagination to think of the courage and faith it would take to get in a boat and sail into the sunrise toward a new homeland that you hadn’t ever seen and didn’t even know existed.”

“Similarly, we all are constantly moving closer toward our own homeland, a place we sense is there, somewhere, if we can just pay attention and listen closely to our inner voice,” Hinkle continues. “It takes tremendous bravery and tenacity to believe that we can grow to become the person we were meant to be, doing the work we are meant to be doing. We are embarking on a great journey with each sunrise, with each day we are alive. This song helps me feel free to move ahead in new directions with boldness and conviction, even though I don’t exactly know where it will all lead. But like the ancient mariners of the Pacific, once you leave the shore you are committed to the journey — there is no turning back.”

Much in the same way, there is no turning back for Hinkle, who has launched a new artistic journey on a course — and with a voice — that’s hers alone.


Jazz; Willie Bradley Music — STREAM / BUY single

Jazz trumpeter Willie Bradley is a GRAMMY-nominated artist and has been a featured instrumentalist with some of the mot influential jazz musicians of all-time, including Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Frank Foster, Max Roach, Betty Carter, Gerald Albright, Walter Beasley, Alex Bugnon, Ronnie Laws, Hiroshima and Marion Meadows. In addition to performing at some of the great jazz festivals around the globe, he has also performed with RJ & The Original James Brown Band touring abroad in France, Osaka and Tokyo Japan’s Billboard Live and Summer Sonic Music Festival.


VARIOUS ARTISTS | “Bluegrass 2020: Five & Dime”

Bluegrass; Pinecastle Records — STREAM / BUY single

Scott Vestal Led ‘Bluegrass 2020’ Band Brings Back Popular Series for Upcoming Album Featuring Lead Single “Five and Dime”

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the popular IBMA winning Bluegrass ‘95 project, which began a series of award-winning instrumental albums that ran through 2001. In celebration, Pinecastle Records is excited to announce the collection’s return with the formation of the all-star band for Bluegrass 2020, led by Scott Vestal, Patrick McAvinue, Cody Kilby, Dominick Leslie and Curtis Vestal. They just released the brand new single, “Five & Dime,” which is available now!

“In celebration of the 25th anniversary of Bluegrass ‘95, we have recorded a new project called Bluegrass 2020,” says Scott Vestal. “We are very excited about everybody hearing this and look forward to getting it out. It was very invigorating and a lot of fun doing the record.”



The lead single “Five & Dime” is the perfect example of what to expect on the project. Written by Patrick McAvinue, the track is a fast-paced fiddle-driven tune which showcases each member’s world-class musicianship. The artwork for the new album also is heavily inspired by the original series covers and was hand-painted by renowned artist C.W. Mundy.

Set for release on June 26, the collection includes 10 new instrumentals. The sound varies from track-to-track, capturing a more traditional sound, while others channel a more progressive approach. Each instrumentalist shows their individual and unique styles, which enables them to capture the essence of the original 1995 album, with a 2020 spin. In addition to all-new material, also featured on the record are fresh takes on tracks made famous by Bluegrass legends Bill Monroe and Earl Scruggs. On the newer side, multiple tracks were penned by Bluegrass 2020 members Scott Vestal and Patrick McAvinue, plus a very special track written by Moon Mullican.

The series first turned heads with Bluegrass 1995, which was the IBMA winner for “Recorded Event of the Year.” The artists who appeared on each year’s release were representative of who Vestal was doing active sessions with. It was that inspiration and connectivity that made it possible for them to make memorable recordings. Bringing in Patrick McAvinue (Dailey & Vincent), Cody Kilby (Ricky Skaggs), Dominick Leslie (Hawktail), and brother Curtis Vestal is no coincidence. They are all often recording at Vestal’s Digital Underground studio outside of Nashville.

STREETLIGHTS | “Isaiah 53 (Read by Esteban Shedd)”

Spoken word, Hip hop, beats; Streetlights Bible — STREAM / BUY single

Streetlights—now a 501c3 non-profit—began its humble roots in Chicago in the mid-2000s among three close friends. The light switch flipped when they recorded scripture readings over hip hop beats—the whole city listened, and young people and leaders from all over Chicago exclaimed, “We need this!” Thus, an urban ministry was born.


STREETLIGHTS | “Isaías 53 (Leído por Joan Armand)”

Spoken word, Hip hop, beats; Streetlights Bible — STREAM / BUY single



THE FREEMANS | “Til the End”

Southern Gospel; Godsey Media – STREAM / BUY single

Boasting 7x Singing News chart #1’s plus twenty Top-10’s, The Freemans have established their family name among some of the elite in Southern Gospel and Christian music. Their 2010 smash, “Three Rugged Crosses,” garnered a Singing News Song of the Year fan award.


FRANK POINDEXTER | “Cool Cats Hot Bluegrass”

Bluegrass; Mountain Fever Records – STREAM / BUY single



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