I received a press release recently. I was not surprised at all by what I read. I have the CD they are talking about! It is by The Oak Ridge Boys, it is called Rock of Ages, Hymns and Gospel Favorites, and it is wonderful! I listen to it all the time. I was not surprised at all to find out that The Oak Ridge Boys received two nominations for the 2015 Gospel Music Association DOVE Awards. While I’m always quick to tell you what my favorite CDs are, and which songs on those CDs I like best – I don’t always recommend music. But, if you are a country music fan; if you are a fan of The Oak Ridge Boys; if you like Gospel music and have your favorite hymns, then I need to recommend this CD to you. It’s one of the best ones out there! Below is the press release, which will tell you more about this great album, the nominations, and the Oak Ridge Boys.
Press Release: Gospel and Country music legends and American music icons The Oak Ridge Boys received two nominations for the 2015 Gospel Music Association (GMA) DOVE Awards, according to the press conference held Wednesday at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee.
The award-winning quartet received a nod for Bluegrass/Country Album of the Year for their recent gospel recording, which hit the street on May 26th. Rock of Ages, Hymns and Gospel Favorites(Gaither Music Group), a 15-song project produced by Ben Isaacs(Gaither Vocal Band, The Isaacs) and group member Duane Allen, showcases the group’s acclaimed, four-part harmonies and celebrates their musical roots.
The Oaks were also honored with a nomination for Country Song of the Year for their recent country single, “Sweet Jesus,” an original song co-written by Kenny Vernon and country music star Merle Haggard, who joined the group for the recording of the song.
“We loved the recitation [within the song] and thought if we could just get Merle to do that recitation we would be thrilled,” described Allen. “But then, it worked so well that Merle just kept on singing with us on the last chorus—a once in a lifetime experience for all of The Oak Ridge Boys. It is one of the biggest thrills of my career to get to sing and record with Merle Haggard.”
“When I saw that our Rock of Ages album is up for two very special DOVE Awards my heart jumped,” stated Joe Bonsall. “This has been a special project. Each of us laid our hearts on the line on this project, and these classic songs are a huge part of our lives and our constant walk with Christ, so to have the Gospel Music Association recognize the work is an honor beyond words! We are so very blessed.”
The Rock of Ages, Hymns and Gospel Favorites recording also features guest vocals from the award-winning Isaacs, who joined the Boys for the song “Peace Within.”
The Oak Ridge Boys was formed in1943, in Knoxville, Tenn., by gospel music singer, manager, promoter and businessman Wally Fowler. The current lineup, which came together years later (William Lee Golden, 1965; Duane Allen, 1966; Richard Sterban, 1972; and Joe Bonsall 1973), has scored 17 No. 1 hits, released more than 40 albums and achieved worldwide sales of over 41 million units. They have received five GRAMMY® Awards and 15 CMA Award nominations, winning two of them; and they were inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2000.
In April of this year it was announced that the group will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame this October in the Modern Era Artist category.
Rock of Ages, Hymns and Gospel Favorites has been positioned heavily at retail, via catalog placements and through a direct TV campaign on networks including DISH TV, DIRECTV, AT&T U-verse, PBS, GaitherTV, TBN, FamilyNet, CTN, GMTN, Guardian, Liberty, RFD, TCT and TLN. The campaign will also air in Canada on Vision TV, The Miracle Channel, Grace TV and CTS.
Rock of Ages, Hymns and Gospel Favorites is distributed through Capitol Christian Distribution and is available throughout general market stores, including Cracker Barrel Old Country Store®, and the Christian marketplace, in addition to online retailers including iTunes, Amazon and www.gaither.com.
ABOUT THE OAK RIDGE BOYS The Oak Ridge Boys, who have sold over 41 million units worldwide, are synonymous with “America, apple pie, baseball and gospel and country music.” In addition to their awards and accolades in the country and pop music fields, they have garnered five GRAMMY® Awards and nine GMA DOVE Awards as well as the Mainstream Artist of the Year Award at the ICM Awards. They are members of the GMA Hall of Fame as well as The Grand Ole Opry, and they are recipients of the President’s Award from the Southern Gospel Music Guild. The group is featured regularly on the Gaither HOMECOMING Series and are legendary pioneers in the worlds of country and gospel music.
Rock of Ages, Hymns and Gospel Favorites Track Listing
1. IN THE SWEET BY AND BY
2. ROCK OF AGES
3. SWEET JESUS featuring Merle Haggard
4. ANGEL BAND
5. THERE IS POWER IN THE BLOOD
6. IN THE GARDEN
7. HOLD TO GOD’S UNCHANGING HAND
8. I LOVE TO TELL THE STORY
9. LIFE’S RAILWAY TO HEAVEN
10. TIME HAS MADE A CHANGE IN ME
11. BLESSED ASSURANCE
12. FATHER, I STRETCH MY HANDS TO THEE
13. FARTHER ALONG
14. JUST A LITTLE TALK WITH JESUS
15. PEACE WITHIN featuring The Isaacs
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