Great New Wedding Song!

The Gray Havens Release Band Of Gold Video

Well, its June, and as usual, many folks are getting married or attending weddings. Nothing makes a wedding more special than a beautiful wedding song. While some lean to old favorites, millennials tend to look for something new and fresh. The Gray Havens have served up just the song for those millennials and hipsters at heart with their new song, “Band of Gold.”  The song was produced by Ben Shive (Colony House, Andrew Peterson, Rend Collective) and the video was filmed/directed by Evan Bourcier at Valo Visuals.  This new wedding story video from The Gray Havens is sure to stir some emotion and draw a tear or two from even the tough guys!

The Gray Havens Return With Ghost Of A King


The Gray Havens Return With Ghost Of A King April 8


The Gray Havens finalNASHVILLE, Tenn.—Critically acclaimed Artist Garden Entertainment husband/wife duo The Gray Havens are set to bow their highly anticipated full-length sophomore set, Ghost of a King, April 8. Featuring 10 of the couple’s most personal and prolific songs to date, the project is currently available for pre-order on iTunes with two instant-grat tracks.

Exploring the overarching theme of longing, Ghost of a King was produced by Ben Shive (Colony House, Rend Collective), with “At Last, The King” produced by singer/songwriter Ryan Corn.

“The opener, ‘Ghost In The Valley,’ sets up the record as the fulfillment of the deepest longing one can have,” explains The Gray Havens’ David Radford. “The subsequent songs are sub-stories of different longings we have had or have currently, whether that be a longing to do something important with my life, or love my spouse well, or not be caught up in chasing money, or to spend eternity with my friends and family.”

Additional highlights of the album—which features Colony House’s Will Chapman on drums—include the title track, a Shakespearean-esque narrative chronicling new birth; “Take This Slowly,” a reflective reminder of the grace we are given each day; the buoyant, acoustic love song “Band Of Gold”; and the tender, yet epic piano-based closer “Go,” depicting a place where “golden shores with lights more radiant than the sun” await.

Picnic B&W “We tried to give ourselves permission on this project to reach outside our pop/folk roots when exploring the potential of any given song, which ended up being a ton of fun and made for a record we love,” Radford continues. “These songs are all new, just recently written, so they feel very current and representative of where we are in life.”

The Gray Havens are slated to showcase selections from Ghost of a King at various college campuses, conferences and other venues around the country this spring, including performances at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa; College of the Ozarks in Hollister, Missouri; and The Gospel Coalition’s National Women’s Conference in Indianapolis. Tomorrow, the duo will open for acclaimed folk/rockers The Oh Hellos at Pennsylvania’s Grove City College.

David—a Top 20 “American Idol” finalist from Season 5—and Licia Radford are The Gray Havens. Since the release of their 2013 debut EP, Where Eyes Don’t Go, and last year’s critically lauded full-length Fire And Stone, the duo has established a loyal following, known for their unique blend of narrative folk/pop encompassing fantasy story, lyric poetry and theology. They have performed alongside such artists as Andrew Peterson, Drew Holcomb, Jenny & Tyler, Sara Groves and Cindy Morgan, among others.

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A Night At The Local Show

Andrew Peterson, Drew Holcomb, The Gray Havens, Christopher Williams


A night at The Local Show turned out to be a real treat this month as show host, Andrew Peterson, welcomed guests Drew Holcomb, The Gray Havens and Christopher Williams to the stage at The Well Coffeehouse in Brentwood, TN. Ellie Holcomb was originally scheduled to join the line-up but opted to send her husband Drew Holcomb after loosing her voice earlier in day recording vocals for her new album. 

This was my first time to experience The Local Show which was birthed by Andrew Peterson in 2014. The show features artists in Nashville’s “writer’s in the round” fashion as they share stories and song. Highlights last night include Drew Holcomb’s touching story behind his song “Live Forever” and his song “American Beauty” made famous with the Dick’s Sporting Goods commercial. The Gray Havens shared new songs from their upcoming album showcasing their powerful blend of harmonies and storytelling. Andrew Peterson shared a few of his gems while weaving in personal stories of family and friends. Last night was my first exposure to Christopher Williams and boy does he have a soulful voice. The evening ended with Peterson’s daughter joining the stage to help lead a group hymn sing.

Be sure and connect with The Local Show’s Facebook page HERE for updates on the monthly shows.


Nic Gonzales Releases First Solo EP

Frontman for one of Christian music’s all-time best live bands, Salvador, releases his first solo EP “My Life Is Yours” today through Lucid Artist. In typical Nic Gonzales fashion, you won’t see him attempting to grab headlines. Instead, he is quietly releasing his new collection of beautifully written songs with minimal self-promoted fanfare. Well sports fans, THE SECRET IS OUT!

This EP reminds me of the pure but powerful vocal presence that led Salvador to the top of Christian radio charts. Nic plays most of the instruments himself but is accompanied by Salvador producer/keyboardist, Chris Bevins. His brother, Art Gonzales, makes a guest drumming appearance and of course you will hear some BGVs from wife, Jaci Velasquez. Listeners will be drawn in by the vulnerability Nic expresses through his lyrics on the EP. “Good As Gold” is my favorite track as he sings about the joy of being a husband and father.

Do yourself a favor…GO BUY THIS RECORD!  CLICK HERE



Artist Garden Entertainment

April 28 Benefit Concert In Franklin Tennessee

If you live in the Nashville, TN area put this benefit concert on your calendar! Lonestar’s Dean Sams, American Idol’s Mackenzie Wasner, Pat Mclaughlin and the Ham Family Band will be raising money for the Venable Family who recently lost their home in a fire.

America’s Got Talent Visits Nashville

Okay Nashville, show us what you got! We know there is some crazy talent here in the great Music City, the city built on Artist Development, Artist Managers and Booking Agents. America’s Got Talent wants to see it. If you think you have what it takes to impress Howie Mandel, Howard Stern, Heidi Klum and Mel B, then don’t miss the America’s Got Talent auditions on January 28!

Seth & Nirva Ready Release First EP

Just in time for Christmas, the husband/wife team of Seth & Nirva Ready release their first EP as a duo. Christian music fans know Nirva as part of Tobymac’s Diverse City Band and Seth from his vocal support for Kirk Franklin & Donnie McClurkin. Together the duo brings a new fresh sound to Christian music flavored with hints of pop, urban and gospel!

Check out Seth & Nirva “I Need You” today on iTunes!

 Disclosure of Material Connection: I am the President of Artist Garden Entertainment, an artist management and marketing company that was hired to market this artist. Regardless of that fact, I only recommend music that I personally believe is exceptional and would be enjoyed by my readers. I am not compensated directly for recommending this record through this blog. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”



Artist Garden Entertainment Signs Noah Cleveland

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Artist Garden Entertainment announces the signing of singer/songwriter Noah Cleveland to an exclusive management deal. Cleveland hails from McDonough GA , an area south of Atlanta GA, which also birthed platinum selling artist, Casting Crowns.

Noah Cleveland has been playing churches and festivals throughout the Southeast for the last few years. Cleveland’s current independent record, Come Alive, produced by Trey Roth (John Waller, Northpoint ) and Jason Hoard (Third Day, Mac Powell, John Waller), grabbed the attention of Artist Garden Entertainment and eventually led to the signing.

“We feel so fortunate to have discovered the BIG voice and the BIG heart that Noah Cleveland shares wherever he goes. It’s obvious that God is doing something special with Noah and we are thrilled to add him to the Artist Garden Entertainment family!” states Keith Stancil, President/CEO Artist Garden Entertainment.

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Artist Garden Entertainment is an artist management and marketing firm based in Brentwood, TN whose roster of artists include Holly Starr, Byron “Mr Talkbox” Chambers, OBB, Ryan Corn and Stomptown Revival.


Gospel Music Association… “We Are Nashville Again”

It’s been a few years since the Gospel Music Association made the radical decision to move the Dove Awards to Atlanta. The most popular post in the history of this blog was titled Gospel Music Association…”We Are Not Nashville.” It was a post that questioned the move during a time when Nashville was recovering from the big flood of 2010. Thankfully, the GMA found new leadership who appear to be steering the ship back in a positive direction and away from the looming iceberg it was headed for.

My two year boycott of the Dove Awards was forced to end by the nomination of our artist, OBB, in the Pop Contemporary Album category along with the show moving back to Nashville. That gave me a reason to test drive the Dove Awards once again.

Jackie Patillo, current leader of the GMA, and her team did a wonderful job with the show this year. Production was at a high level despite the low budget they have to work with and the location of Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena felt like a perfect fit. Most genre’s were represented fairly with performances throughout the evening and the host combinations of Bone Hampton & Chonda Pierce and Kirk Franklin & Amy Grant played out well. Performances by NeedToBreathe, Tobymac, Jason Crabb & Jay DeMarcus, Trip Lee, Andy Mineo and KB were all high points but I would have to say Tamela Mann stole the show with her emotional performance of  “Take Me To The King!” It was also nice to see Matt Redman’s “10,000 Reasons”  walk away with so many awards. That song has ministered to and impacted millions around the world in so many more ways than just being a radio hit.

I am happy to see the Dove Awards back in Nashville where they belong. Hats off to the GMA & their Board for making that happen! I look forward to seeing how the new GMA story unfolds.