Formerly the lead singer with The Bishops, Kenny Bishop was recently in Hendersonville, Tenn., putting down vocal tracks on his highly anticipated project with Daywind Records.
Produced by Woody Wright, the self-titled release features 10 top-notch selections written by such great songwriters as Gerald Crabb, Jeff Steele, Sonya Isaacs, Becky Isaacs Bowman, Caleb Collins, Bishop and others.
“This project has been in me for a while. Not long after I escaped my rebellion, I developed a real desire to do something tangible for God,” Bishop said. “I also felt the need to let those who've held me in prayer for so long know that their faith has made a difference. So, we've been in the studio singing about grace, mercy and forgiveness.”
“It's been a renewal of sorts for me, and even before the recording is made public, it has already encouraged healing in the lives of some who've been involved with the production.”
Bishop has added his voice to top charting songs as “You Can't Ask Too Much Of My God,” “Go Reach The World,” “Lazarus Come Forth” and many others while singing with his family.
“It had been a while since I'd been in a recording studio as an artist. Woody knew that, and he made sure the atmosphere was comfortable and productive. So many of my singing and musician friends are a part of this recording. Even with my crazy schedule in the Kentucky governor's office, I've made an extra effort to be in the studio when they've come in to do their parts. I'm honored they would participate,” Bishop said.
The project, Kenny Bishop, will be available May 9.
Bishop is the executive mansion director in Frankfort.
For more information, visit www.daywindrecords. com or www.kennybishop. com.
Claude Hopper is back on the road singing.
Hopper, who has been home recuperating from a surgical procedure performed in early February, made his first public appearance last weekend with The Hoppers since his operation.
“It was great to have Dad back on the bus and on the gospel stage,” said Mike Hopper. “It is just not the same when we are traveling without him. He had the time of his life”
Claude, founder of The Hoppers and a legendary Southern Gospel statesman, has another check-up with his physician this week. The original operation was to remove a polyp from his intestine.
“All tests came back great. I'm feeling wonderful and my stamina is returning rapidly,” added Claude. “I have really, really missed being with my family and seeing everyone.”
Additional information on the Hoppers is available at www.thehoppers.com.
Hoskins Family soprano Angie Hoskins Aldridge has been battling a serious vocal problem.
It began with some hoarseness when she sang and progressed to the point that she had to be placed on vocal rest by her vocal specialist in Nashville. She has a torn vocal cord. At this point, her vocal cord is about 50 percent healed, and the doctors expect a full recovery.
“We have been off the road since the middle of December but expect to be back on the road by the end of May,” said Aldridge.
“The best of The Hoskins Family is just ahead. We are elated to be a part of their team and can't wait for them to get back on the front line,” said Beckie Simmons of the Beckie Simmons Agency.
The Hoskins Family's current single, “Heaven Awaits,” will debut at No. 51 on the Singing News Chart for April.
Devin and Karen McGlamery are the parents of a 7-pound, 3-ounce daughter born March 22, 2006.
She has been named Karlyn Paige McGlamery.
Devin sings with Karen Peck & New River while Karen sings with eastern North Carolina trio, Movin' Up.
Steve Spangler, father of Scott Spangler (best remembered from his days with Naomi & The Segos and Mended Wings) is hospitalized in Wellmont-Bristol Regional Medical Center in Bristol, Tenn., following a massive stroke on March 22.
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