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BLUE RIDGE HOLLER IN THE STUDIO

Tyler Dodson and company, better known as Blue Ridge Holler have been at Son Sound this week recording their brand new recording. Tyler's recording debut is sure to be jam packed with bluegrass pickin' courtesy of our own, The Far City Boys. This Kevin Street production will continue over the next few months when Tyler comes in to perform his vocals. We hope to hear great things from Tyler in the world of bluegrass music and are so excited about his upcoming recording project!

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MIKE UPRIGHT RELEASES NEW ALBUM

Son Sound Studios is pleased to announce the release of the brand new project by Mike Upright, "Glowing in the Dark". Having been some time we have recorded together, there is much excitement with this newest project! It features the smooth tones of Mike Upright accompanied by the talents of David Johnson, Rick Murray, Richard Putnam, Holly Robinson-Blanton, Ritchie Robinson and GW Southard. 

Studio owner and president, Holly Blanton reflects on the recording, "This recording features a nice variety of ballads and upbeat songs along with a couple of songs with a Country Gospel sound. It is always a pleasure to record with Mr. Mike. He just keeps getting better and better!."

Booking information and product ordering information can all be found at the official website: http://www.mikeuprightenterprises.com.

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Dixie Still Named Country Band Of The Year At Carolina Music Awards

July 15, 2012 - Gaston County based band, Dixie Still has been awarded Country Band of the Year by the Carolina Music Awards. The award was presented to the band during the5th Annual Carolina Music Awards Show at the Progress Energy Center in Downtown, Raleigh, North Carolina. The focus of the Carolina Music Awards is the development of the music industry in the Carolinas, encouraging growth in music now and in the future.

Dixie Still includes the talents of Matt Branch, Tyler Ross, Ross Puckett, Anthony Dover and Mike Dufault who have garnered recent media attention including this month’s feature performance July 27th at The Frontier in Gastonia, NC, part of the bands "Hometown Throwdown Tour." Their new album, “Heathens in the Evenin” was released just a few short months ago and is already receiving very impressive responses from fans and industry professionals alike.

“Heathens in the Evenin” is now available at iTunes, CD Baby, Rhasody, and many other popular download sites, at the band’s sows and direct from Son Sound West Records.

For more information on Dixie Still including a complete tour schedule and booking info., please visit their facebook page. For other band information contact Son Sound West Records at 704-868-4807 or visit www.sonsoundstudios.com.

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TODAY WE MOURN THE LOSS OF ANOTHER MEMBER OF THE FAMILY

BESSEMER CITY - Nancy P. Robinson, 80, of Bessemer City, passed away June 23, 2012 at her home.

She was born January 8, 1932, in Gaston County, daughter of the late Marvin Eugene and Della Morrow Pennington.

A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday at Westview Gardens Cemetery, Bessemer City, officiated by Rev. Scott and Dick Whitener.

The family will receive friends from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the home.

She is survived by her son, Michael R. Robinson and wife Carolyn of Gastonia; grandchildren, Richard E. "Ritchie" Robinson of Gastonia, Holly Blanton and spouse John of Gastonia; great-grandchild, Rylie Blanton of Gastonia.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her loving husband of 64 years, William R. "Bill" Robinson; brother, Pete Pennington.

In lieu of flowers to Temple Baptist Church, 701 Littlejohn St. Gastonia, NC 28052.

Arrangements are with the West Chapel of Greene Funeral Service and Crematorium, Gastonia.

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THE TALLENT FAMILY RECORDS

We recently opened our doors to The Tallent Family, under the direction of their producer and long-time friend, Kevin Street. Kevin is part of the Son Sound Family and is a well-known bluegrass gospel artist and also plays with Son Sound Recording Artists, The Far City Boys.

After many days in the studio of tracking, laying down vocal tracks, editing, mixing and mastering the project is nearing completion. Even though no release date has been set at this time, The family is working toward getting all information ready for the CD Insert. So we aren't too far away! More details coming soon...

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SON SOUND OWNER AND PRESIDENT PASSES AWAY

William Richard Robinson, Son Sound owner, retired minister, author, father of Vice President Mike Robinson and grandfather of Holly Robinson-Blanton and Ritchie Robinson, current owners of Son Sound Studios, went to be with his Savior on Sunday, June 4th at approximately 9PM.

Mr. Bill, as many called him, was born in Honea Path, SC in 1927, and lived most of his 84 years in Bessemer City, NC. After serving in the U.S. Mercant Marines during World War II, Mr. Bill became a building contractor until his retirement at which point he began a ministry that extended to owning the Christian recording company and writing two books.

Mr. Bill helped start a company which continues to minister and entertain thousands of people with the gift of music. He was also a handyman and loved taking care of his home as well as 16 apartments he owned.

Until they can be with him in Heaven, he will be lovingingly remembered by his wife of 64 years, Nancy Robinson, his son Mike, his grandchildren, Holly and Ritchie and his extended family and friends.

The family will receive friends from 6 - 7:30PM on Tuesday, June 5th at Mr. Robinsons home located at 104 Bright Ave in Bessemer City, NC.

Pictured: Mr. Bill with his grand-daughter Holly..

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DEBUT RECORDING IN THE WORKS FOR SABRINA HUMPHRIES

Cleveland county girl, Sabrina Humphries is making her recording debut with Son Sound Studios. The new CD promises to bring the young artist to a new level in ministry. She is working with Holly Robinson-Blanton on the recording. "I love getting talent in the studio, but there is just something about working with someone who has a true passion for ministry. Mrs. Sabrina has been a joy to direct. I look forward to recording with her years from now!"

A release date has not yet been determined.

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REV. WILLIAM MCCREA IN THE STUDIO AGAIN

(Press Release) - Bessemer City, NC - Rev. William McRea of Northern Ireland was recently back in the studio completing his newest CD for Daybreak Records. The album was produced by Chris Roberts and Scott Whitener and also featured the talents of  Ritchie Robinson, GW Southard, David Johnson, Richard Putnam, Rick Murray, Mark Fain and Holly Robinson-Blanton. William is a Christian/Gospel Artist who was born in the village of Brigh which is in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland of the United Kingdom: He currently pastors Calvary Free Presbyterian Church in Magherafelt, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland and currently serves as a member of British Parliament . Rev. McRea has been making gospel recordings since the 1970s. Son Sound has had the opportunity to complete many projects for him and this one prooves to be another fantastic album.  For more information on Rev McCrea and Daybreak Records please visit www.daybreakrecordings.com.
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SON SOUND ANNOUNCES SPECIAL FOR CHURCH FUNDRAISERS

Would you like to have a CD of your church's music recorded, and have it pay for itself? Many churches and independent Christian music groups have discovered that a quality recording of their music is a tremendous fundraiser, as well as a powerful ministry tool. Have you considered using your CDs as a fundraiser for your church or music group?

That's just what we wrapped up for the choir at Temple Baptist Church in Gastonia, NC. They recorded their Easter presentation of "Unstoppable" and have already had to reorder the product.

"We look at this as an opportunity to give back to our local ministries..." adds studio manager, Holly Blanton. "This is a true fundraiser and the studio does not turn a profit on the initial CD order. We would absolutely love to offer this to more area churches or even out-of-area churches."

For more information please call our offices at 704/868-4807. 

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KERRY DEAN SIGNS WITH SON SOUND WEST

Bessemer City, NC - Son Sound West Records added a great new addition to the record label today in Mr. Kerry Dean Wilson. Kerry's vocals are comparable to Richie McDonald of Lonestar. We are very excited to get his voice recorded to share with all his fans.

Kerry's style will be country with an inspirational message. We will begin pre production on his debut recording soon. Stay tuned for more details.

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LARRY RAY RELEASES NEW RECORDING

Regional recording artist Larry Ray has announced the release of his newest project “Straight Ahead.” The project includes southern gospel and country gospel tunes that will engage every listener. The project includes some gospel favorites, as well as many new songs.
"Straight Ahead" is the 2nd project released by Larry and is considered to be the best one yet. "This is a project that has something for everyone, from the classics to the new sounds, this is a must have project for every gospel fan," artist representative Scott Whitener stated. For more information on Larry Ray or to order this long awaited project visit
www.larryrayonline.com.

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CHRISTMAS MUSIC IN THE SPRING???

Bessemer City, NC - Celebrating Christmas in the spring time is a way to beat the heat! Carolina Quartet front men, Chris Roberts and Scott Whitener were recently in the studio tracking for a 2012 Christmas album. The album will feature many of our favorite Christmas songs and hymns mingled in with a few new songs that are sure to become your favorites. Stay tuned for an official release date!

 

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MIKE UPRIGHT BEGINS NEW RECORDING

Mr. Mike Upright was in the studio this week tracking for an upcoming project to include such great new original material.

The new recording's theme is "Glowing in the Dark,"  which is what he hopes many Christians will be encouraged to do after sampling the lyrics of these tremendous songs. The release date has not yet been announced. Please stay tuned for more progress on what is sure to be his best recording to date!


 

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REAL LIFE MOVEMENT LIVE RECORDING IN PRODUCTION

(Bessemer City, NC - Son Sound Studios, Inc.) Iron Station-based praise and worship band, Real Life Movement performed their hearts out last night at their home church, Real Life Community Church where we recorded their debut "live" CD. 

Real Life Movement is currently composed of five members (Scott Lowder, Zach Lamberth, Jonathan Keener, Mark Chambers, and Chris Davis) who were brought together by God to bring a new authentic movement to this generation. A movement built on boldness, love, and a desire to worship God with more than just words and music. The band is united under this mission as empty vessels being used to flip the world upside down.

After a few more days in post production the album will be available through the band's facebook page and by visiting Real Life Community Church or Real Life Movement concert events. We are excited about the future of this band! You WILL be hearing about them a whole bunch!

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PUGH FAMILY SINGLE COMPLETED

(Bessemer City, NC - Son Sound Studios, Inc.) The songwriting talents of The Pugh Family was brought to completion today when the brand new single, "Jayess, Mississippi" was finalized. This tribute to the family's small hometown and way of life in Jayess is heatwarming. It is always a joy for us to work with Mrs. Wendy Pugh and her incredibly talented family

For more information on The Pugh Family visit their website at www.pughfamilymusic.com.
 

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DIXIE STILL HITS THE STUDIO

(Bessemer City, NC - Son Sound Studios, Inc.) One of Country music's "Bands to watch," Dixie Still has hit our studios hard preparing for their debut release. The band is getting ready for an exciting year in 2012. "We have many big events planned and will also be releasing the new album shortly. " says lead singer, Matt Branch. "Ya'll stay tuned!"

For more information on the Dixie Still, look us up on Facebook.
 

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KEVIN STREET RELEASING SOLO RECORDING
Bessemer City, NC (Son Sound Studios, Inc.) — Son Sound West Records is excited to announce the release of the first ever solo release by Kevin Street, of the Dove award Nominees, The Far City Boys. The recording, which is now available for digital download and direct from Son Sound, combines Country and Southern Gospel influences to produce a top-quality project that features the soon to be released single, "God Has Been Good."

"God's Still Been Good", produced by Street and Holly Robinson-Blanton, features songs penned by such wonderful writers as,Mike Upright, Greg Day, Sue Smith and many others. 

“This project has been a long-time in coming, and I am thrilled to finally let folks hear it,” shares Holly. “It really has a lot of Kevin's heart in it – I am sold out to what the songs speak to, and believe that we all need to hear these messages. Now we’ll see what God’s planning to do with it.”

"God's Still Been Good" is available digitally at iTunes, cdbaby and other popular outlets as well as on www.sonsoundstudios.com. You may also call Son Sound direct at (704)868-4807. For more information on Son Sound Studios, visit sonsoundstudios.com. For more information on Kevin Street and The Far City Boys visit farcityboysonline.com.

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SON SOUND WELCOMES DIXIE STILL TO OUR ARTIST FAMILY

(Bessemer City, NC - Son Sound Studios, Inc.) Holly Robinson-Blanton & Scott Whitener of Son Sound Music Group has signed an exclusive recording agreement with Gaston County's own Dixie Still. The band is well-known in the local area and is comprised of Matthew Branch, Ross Puckett, Tyler Ross and Matthew Becton. They are currently in the pre-production stage of the first major recording with the Son Sound West label. The album will feature original songs penned by some of Nashville's hottest songwriters as well as originals by the boys themselves. 

In making the announcement, Holly Blanton, executive producer states, "These guys are the real deal! Good down home country boys who love the music they make!"

Stay tuned for more news about the upcoming freshmen release from Dixie Still!

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SON SOUND WEST SIGNS SOLO COUNTRY SENSATION, SHANE SHAW
Bessemer City, NC (Son Sound Studios, Inc.) — Shane Shaw has signed with Son Sound West Records, a division of Son Sound Music Group. We are planning to begin production of his debut album very soon. His production team will be led by Holly Robinson-Blanton and Scott Whitener and will feature the musicianship of David Johnson on utility instrumentation (studio musician of the year several years running); Richard Putnam of Shelby, NC on keys; Mark Fain of Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder on bass and drums by Rick Murray.

We are very excited about Shane's future as a recording artist. His album will feature 10 brand new original songs. Stay tuned for his progress!

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WILLIAM MCREA OF NORTHERN IRELAND VISITS SON SOUND STUDIOS
Bessemer City, NC (Son Sound Studios, Inc.) Rev William McRea, of Northern Ireland was recently state-side completing his brand new recording project. The production team of Chris Roberts and Scott Whitener along with the musicianship of David Johnson, Richard Putnam, Mark Fain and Donnie Marshall made this recording project one of the best we have produced for Rev. McRea.

Stay tuned for more details regarding this recording and visit daybreakrecordings.com for more information on William McRea.

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THE MASTER'S MUSIC MEN VISIT SON SOUND STUDIOS
What a joy it has been to share memories with these Southern Gospel Music legends the past month. Phil Barker, Kirk Henry, Charles Burke, Harold Gilley and Charles Abee have just completed a traditional quartet styled recording at Son Sound Studios that they have plans for debuting at the National Quartet Convention in September.

We admire these men so much for never giving up on their journey and I'm sure they will continue to sing, spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ and honor God in all they do for the rest of their lives!

Pictured: Charles Abee and Charles Burke sharing memories from the road.
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KEITH PLOTT WITH DUAL RELEASES FOR SON SOUND
Bessemer City, NC (Son Sound Studios, Inc.) From the cover art to the amazing bass vocals captured on these recordings, Keith Plott (formerly of Brian Free & Assurance, Safe Harbor) alongside Holly Robinson-Blanton of Son Sound Music Group have out done themselves on the dual release of “He Pilots My Ship” and "Love Flowed." 

"He Pilots My Ship" features many of Keith's favorites and most requested songs including Who Am I, This Old House, How Great Thou Art, and I Wouldn't Take Nothing For My Journey Now while "Love Flowed" possesses a more Christian Country sound and features "Me and God, Long Black Train, Three Wooden Crosses and Keith's current radio single, "Walkin' in Jerusalem."

We believe these albums contains a great song collection, and we believe you’ll agree!

Both of these releases are available for purchase at itunes, cdbaby, rhapsody and many other online music outlets as well as www.sonsoundstudios.com.

For more information on Keith Plott and his music ministry visit www.keithplott.com.
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MICHAEL AYERS INKS WITH SON SOUND

Bessemer City, NC - Son Sound West Records (a division of Son Sound Music Group and Son Sound Studios, Inc.) announces the recent signing of Mr. Michael Ayers. This talented singer/songwriter is a pure country boy from Lake City, SC and has been singing since he was saved at the age of 15. The Lord has blessed him with many opportunities to share the Gospel in music over his 37 years in ministry including over 30 Lay Witness Missions in the Eastern United States, appearances on PTL, and a part in the Billy Graham movie "A Time To Run."

Ecclesiastes 3: 1 – 15 speaks of trying times like I have been through, especially the last 10 years. The journey has not been smooth, as I would have liked. But, through it all, God has never left me. Ecclesiastes speaks of "a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance." So many emotions... so many tears... so many disappointments... and so many mistakes. But, the most important thing is that there were so many prayers and so many answers. HE never gave up on me!!!” states Ayers.

What a testimony this artist has. We at Son Sound believe in him and cannot wait to see God work through his new recording. His debut album with Son Sound West is set to begin production in July. The recording will feature the production talents of Holly Robinson-Blanton and Scott Whitener as well as Son Sound head engineer, Ritchie Robinson.
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KEITH PLOTT INKS WITH SON SOUND® WEST RECORDS
 
Son Sound Music Group announces the signing of Keith Plott of Conway, SC to a recording contract with the newly developed Son Sound West Label. Keith is known for his incredible bass vocals, his warm personality and his undeniable heart for God. He has a very successful solo career stemming from time spent on the road with Brian Free & Assurance, Danny Funderburk & Mercy's Way and Safe Harbor. Keith has won many Southern Gospel Fan Awards and has even received a Dove Award. Work on his initial New West recording is scheduled to begin in just a few weeks with a projected release date set for the summer. Son Sound's studio manager Holly Robinson-Blanton and everyone at the company is honored to have who we believe to be the finest bass singer in all of gospel music join our family of artists.
 
For more information about Keith and his ministry visit his home on the world wide web at www.keithplott.com.

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THE FAR CITY BOYS IN THE STUDIO RECORDING NEW PROJECT

Gaston County, NC--The Far City Boys were recently in the studio beginning tracking on their first Son Sound West Records recording at Son Sound Studios. The project will feature a variety of bluegrass gospel songs including an added verse to their radio hit “I Have Been Blessed.”

Group member Kevin Street says of the new project,

"I am so very excited about this release because of the songs on this release. There are some straight forward bluegrass style gospel along with some songs that have really touched a lot of people out of a different genre. These songs selected come straight from the heart of The Far City Boys. The songs have such powerful uplifting lyrics and promises from an almighty LORD!  I am sure this will be a blessing to many folks as we finish up our last days here on earth!  Jesus Is Coming Soon!"

Produced by Street and engineered by Ritchie Robinson, Son Sound anticipates a summer 2011 release date. For more information about The Far City Boys, please visit www.farcityboysonline.com.

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ROOT 66 Returns To Son Sound Studios For Sophomore Son Sound West Records Release

Gaston County, NC -- 4/1/11 – Root 66 was currently in the studio working on their sophomore Son Sound West Records release. Holly, Stephen and Brian have chosen 10 selections written by award-winning songwriters such as Tony Wood and Jay Demarcus among others. The record will be produced by Blanton, Robertson and Porter with the help of Son Sound Studios head engineer, Ritchie Robinson. The recording is set to release in 2012.

“The songs included on this new album were carefully chosen and recorded to fit the incredibly talented group and their individual personalities. We believe they will grab listeners with their tight harmonies and inspirational lyrics. As I’m listening, I am challenged by the lyrics and inspired by their purpose!” stated Son Sound A&R Director, Scott Whitener.

Root 66 members all have accomplished musical careers and the ministry has been in existence since 2009. Holly Robinson-Blanton has a long gospel music heritage singing as both a solo artist and with the trio 3 For 1 alongside Stephen Robertson. As Root 66, they are joined by their long time friend, Brian Porter to present an inspirational country program with full hearts of praise to the only One worthy, Jesus Christ the Son of God.

The Son Sound West Records debut album, “Be a Bridge” by Root 66 is anticipated for release in summer 2011 which is right around the corner. The album will feature several radio singles that will be coming to a station near you soon!

For more information on Root 66, visit www.root66music.com or find them on Facebook.

Pictured: Back Row: Studio Musicians David Johnson, Richard Putnam & Rick Murray; Seated: Stephen Robertson and Holly Robinson-Blanton of Root 66.
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Shepherd’s 4 Releases New Recording

Gaston County, NC – Shepherd’s 4, a gospel quartet consisting of four pastors (Brain Matherlee, Scott Whitener, Phil Harrington and Ron Rogers) has been in the recording studio working on a new album for the past few months.

Lead singer, Phil Harrington says, “We have never been as excited about a project as we are with this one. Before recording, we listened to many songs, and it was very hard choosing material for the project. We feel we have some of the strongest songs we have ever sung together and they all have been an inspiration to us as we have made our “Journey of Grace“. God has truly blessed us.

The project, “Journey of Grace” once again features production work from the team at Son Sound Studios. For more information on the studio and its services visit www.sonsoundstudios.com.

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CAROLINA Completes New Project on the SON SOUND WEST LABEL

Bessemer City, NC (March 1, 2011) Carolina has just completed their latest project for the Son Sound West Record Label at Son Sound Studios This exciting new project contains a total of 10 inspirational country songs featuring the talents of Ritchie Robinson (engineer), David Johnson (utility), and Rick Murray (drums). The project will be released in April and pre-orders can be made by calling (704) 868-4807.

The group features the vocal talents of Chris Roberts (tenor), Scott Whitener (lead), Roger Burnett (baritone) and Lamar Levi (bass). Following the retirement of the Melody Masters Quartet from the southern gospel genre, former MMQ members Scott, Roger and Chris were joined by Lamar to create a country gospel sound and presentation which has become popular throughout the Carolina region in a variety of church venues as well as venues outside the church such as county fair and town festivals.

Pictured left to right: Lamar Levi, Scott Whitener, Roger Burnett and Chris Roberts.

For further information about Carolina, visit them online at www.carolinaquartet.com.

For more information on Son Sound Studios, Son Sound West Records and their services please call us at (704) 868-4807.

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MORAL DUTY MAKES THEIR RECORDING DEBUT

BESSEMER CITY, NC – (March 1, 2011) – Christian Music newcomers, Moral Duty recently visited Son Sound Studios to begin work on their debut recording, “Total Surrender.” The members are Will Stone- Lead Vocals/Guitars/Keys, Drew Denton- Guitars/Vocals, Mackenzie Wray- Vocals, Curtis Brooks- Keys, Kyle Denton- Drums
Dustin Breakfield- Bass/Vocals.

“The day was so exciting,” mentioned studio manager, Holly Robinson-Blanton. “We had such a blast recording these guys. I love seeing the passion and desire that God gives us to minister revealed in the recording process. I cannot wait for our community, our churches and our nation to experience their joy and their spirit.”

The band hails from Gastonia, NC. Pictured left to right: Drew Denton, Evan Denton, Will Stone, Mackenzie Wray, Kyle Denton and Curtis Brooks.

“We're a bunch of guys that love Jesus Christ! We don't want to be known for our music - we want to be known for our worship. That means what we do on AND off the stage. We hope that our worship will be pleasing and honoring in His sight and that you can draw closer to Him through our music!” states band leader Drew Denton who comes from a very talented family of musicians.

This debut recording will feature the groups’ most beloved songs, as well as new material written by Moral Duty. In addition, the album will be mixed by Son Sound Studios‘ head engineer, Ritchie Robinson.

Pre-sales for this CD are available. You may contact Moral Duty by writing to moraldutyband@carolina.rr.com
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More information as well as booking information on Moral Duty can be found at www.facebook.com/moralduty or www.twitter.com/MoralDutyBand. For more information on the recording and artist services of Son Sound Studios call us at (704)868-4807.

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Son Sound West Signs The Far City Boys

BESSEMER CITY, NC., Jan. 29th - Son Sound Studios, Inc./Son Sound West Records today announces the signing of an exclusive agreement with the recently dove award nominees, The Far City Boys. Their very anticipated first Son Sound West release is scheduled to begin tracking in February.

The Far City Boys have been sharing their God-given talents for playing gospel and bluegrass music with audiences for over 15 years. The band started in 1995, and in 1997 they were invited to compete in the North Carolina Folk Festival band competition at the Asheville Civic Center, where they won first place. For the Far City Boys, there is no greater joy than spreading the good news of Jesus Christ through song. As Mike Riddle of the Primitive Quartet says, "Great singing, great selection of songs, and most of all the sweet Holy Spirit shines through on every song."

"We are thrilled and humbled to be working with The Far City Boys. This band has some real talent and we are beyond excited about the upcoming recording!", says Holly Robinson-Blanton of Son Sound.

The band consists of Kevin Street (guitar /vocals), his father, Mike Street (bass/vocals), Barron Rogers (mandolin/vocals), Roger Holland (banjo/vocals) and Josh Greene (fiddle). For more information on The Far City Boys visit their home on the web at www.farcityboysonline.com. For information on Son Sound Studios, New West Records and any of their artists and services call us at (704) 868-4807. 

Pictured: KEVIN STREET (The Far City Boys) and Holly Robinson-Blanton (Son Sound Studios, Inc.)

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Fortress to Release Two New Projects

Bessemer City, NC – January 28th, 2011 – Tim Davis, Jeff Moore, Michael Brooks and Tim Perry of Fortress were recently at Son Sound Studios, recording vocals for their latest 2 CD releases. The quartet enlisted the help of producer, Scott Whitener, formally of The Singing Americans and Son Sound staff engineer, Ritch Robinson. These recordings will feature many of their fan's favorites as well as many great quartet songs.

Fortress is a Clayton, NC based Southern Gospel Quartet who is committed to sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ in song. For more information on their ministry visit them at www.fortressnc.com. To learn more about Son Sound Studios visit their official website at www.sonsoundstudios.com.  

Pictured (left to right): Tim Davis, Tim Perry, Scott Whitener (seated), Jeff Moore and Michael Brooks

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Son Sound Music Group Release Debut Recording For Jill Fields

(Gaston County, NC) Mrs. Jill Summitt Fields and producer Holly Robinson-Blanton are finishing up 2010 by releaseing Mrs. Jill's debut solo album, "This is My Song." The album has truly captured the heart of this incredibly talented lady and is perfectly t...itled. It includes many of her favorite songs that she learned growing up and two songs penned by Fields herself.

"Sometimes it is refreshing to strip back the big productions and let an artist's heart be heard. That is exactly what we have done with Jill's debut album. I attend church with Jill and know her passion for singing and for her Jesus and with the help of her sister, Kim Freeman providing only piano tracks we have captured that passion on this album." stated producer and Son Sound manager, Holly Blanton.

This recording also features the talents of Ritchie Robinson, head engineer at Son Sound and Mr. Cole Freeman who duets with Fields on her original song, "The Message." Jill is currently based out of Gastonia, NC where she attends Chapel Grove Baptist Church. She plans to continue to grow her solo ministry and spread the good news through her music.

"Jill's soulful voice is very
reminiscent of the late Vestal Goodman. We at Son Sound are very excited about what the future holds for Jill Fields. Remember that name, I'm sure you will hear lots more from her."

For more information on Son Sound Music Group and their artists call (704) 868-4807
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RICH ADKINS AT SON SOUND STUDIOS

(Bessemer City, NC)  Singer/Songwriter, Rich Adkins has been working on a brand new project with Holly Robinson-Blanton at Son Sound Studios. This project will feature 12 brand new original songs by Adkins. Tracking began on November 19th and included the talents of David Johnson, Richard Putnam, Mylon Hayes and Rick Murray. 
 
This is going to be a fun project for Rich and myself. After many years of recording vocals together, we wanted to take this project to a new level musically and spiritually.  I never tire of creating uplifting music that so many people can relate to.  We all enjoy the power of the Message brought through a song and Son Sound Studios is honored to continue recording generation after generation." ~ Holly Robinson-Blanton (Son Sound Studio Manager/Producer)
 
Rich will be recording vocals in early 2011. Stay tuned for more information on his progress.
 
Pictured left to right: Ritchie Robinson (engineer), Scott Barnett (engineer), Mylon Hayes (bass guitar), Richard Putnam (piano/keys), Rich Adkins, Rick Murray (drums/percussion), David Johnson (utility) 

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NEW GRACE QUARTET IN THE STUDIO

(Bessemer City, NC) Son Sound Studios announces a new recording agreement with New Grace Quartet of Trinity, NC. New Grace is a new Southern Gospel ministry featuring Curtis Small-Bass, Allen Mays-Tenor, Steven Dixon-Lead, Billy Ayers-Baritone and Jacob Wood-Baritone. The quintet has been ministering in churches throughout North Carolina over the past year. Staff producers began recording tracks back in September which featured a brand new original song penned by none other than Rodney Griffin. The guys completed vocals mid November with producer, Scott Whitener, former lead singer for the legendary Singing Americans. Son Sound and New Grace are excited about the debut, yet to be titled project that will be released the beginning of 2011. You can find out more information about New Grace Quartet and the anticipated release date by going to www.newgracequartet.com.

Pictured Left to Right: Allen Ayers, Steven Dixon, Billy Ayers, Jacob Wood, Curtis Small and Scott Whitener.

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DISNEY HIRES SON SOUND STUDIOS, INC.
 

(Bessemer City, NC) - Son Sound Studios, Inc. recently had the opportunity to work on an upcoming Disney Production. Geno Segers, of Disney XD's "Pair of Kings" recently visited our studios while in the Cleveland County, NC area providing community outreach, speaking at various schools and appearing at local malls. Our head engineer, Ritchie Robinson worked with Segers on 3 upcoming episodes. Segers takes on the role of Mason, the intimidating guard and superstitious Royal Advisor whose main priority above protecting the "kings" is protecting his daughter Mikayla, in the comedy series. Catch "Pair of Kings" on Disney XD every Wednesday at 8/7c. For more information about the Disney XD Production, "Pair of Kings" visit http://disney.go.com/xd/pairofkings/ and for more information on Son Sound Studios, Inc. and our services  call (704) 868-4807.

 

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Son Sound Music Group Releases New Project by The Golden Valley Crusaders
Bessemer City, NC - Son Sound Music Group announces the brand new bluegrass gospel release "Where I Learned to Pray" by The Golden Valley Crusaders of Golden Valley, NC. 

The group was established in 1970.  Many miles have come and gone since then but the group still has the same goal to meet, spreading God's love through song. GVC has many national recordings to their credit and maintains an extensive concert schedule. Audiences will be blessed to hear all the new songs recorded on this project, composed by the likes of Loretta Lynn, Hank Williams Sr., Ralph Stanley and Gerald Crabb to name a few.
 
"We believe it is the band's best recording to date. They just keep getting better every time!" states studio manager, Holly Robinson-Blanton.

The album was produced by the incredibly talent, David Johnson of North Wilkesboro, NC and Johnson also appearing as a guest musician on the recording playing fiddle. Group leader, Butch Cook is featured on baritone vocals, mandolin and guitar; banjo, lead and tenor vocals are provided by Mr. Clint Houser; David Heavner sings lead and tenor as well and compliments the album with mandolin and guitar; Gary Heavner is featured on the upright bass and Edward Bailey also plays guitar. 
 
Catch GVC at one of their upcoming appearances to purchase the new release. They will be appearing October 9 in Sylva, NC at The Mater Farm Bluegrass Festival; October 10th at Burgin's Chapel in Black Mountain, NC; October 15th in Minette, AL and the Bay Minette Bluegrass Festival and October 16th and 17th at Gold Rush Days in Dahlonega, GA. You can find more information about The Golden Valley Crusaders at www.gvcmusic.com.

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REV. WILLIAM MCREA IN THE STUDIO

(Press Release) - Bessemer City, NC - Rev. William McRea of Northern Ireland has recently been busy completing his latest recording project at Son Sound Studios, Inc. for Daybreak Records. The album was produced by Shane Dunlap and Ian McDowell and also featured the talents of Scott Barnett, Ritchie Robinson, David Johnson, Richard Putnam, Rick Murray, Mylon Hayes, Holly Robinson-Blanton and Laura Sturgis. The Reverend is a Christian/Gospel Artist who was born in the village of Brigh which is in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland of the United Kingdom: He currently pastors Calvary Free Presbyterian Church in Magherafelt, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland and currently serves as a member of British Parliament . Rev. McRea has been making gospel recordings since the 1970s. This is the third project Son Sound has had the opportunity to complete for him. The Rev William McCrea will be releasing his new DVD and CD on Friday, October 15th in The Braid Arts Centre, Ballymena at 8.00pm. For more information on Rev McCrea and Daybreak Records please visit www.daybreakrecordings.com.

Pictured left to right: Ritchie Robinson (engineer), William McRea, Shane Dunlap (producer)

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TAYLORMADE MUSIC DEBUTS WITH FOUR ORIGINAL SONGS

(Press Release - Bessemer City, NC) It’s amazing how God can put two people together who are bred for a single purpose. Nathan and Laura Taylor, otherwise known as TaylorMade, are no exception. While both have been playing music most of their lives, it wasn’t until the Lord put them together that their creativity blossomed. Through writing about real life and real feelings with a Christian perspective, Taylormade’s goal is to reach a multitude of people in different places in life.

 TaylorMade Music and Son Sound Studios, Inc. has just released the band's debut recording project, featuring four original works written by Nathan and Laura Taylor. They are joined on this recording by Jeremy Pendleton on drums, Phil Barker on bass and Vince Willbanks on keys. It was engineered and mixed by Son Sound's head engineer, Ritchie Robinson. The project, simple self-titled TaylorMade Music will be released this month when the band plays The Apple Festival in Lincolnton, NC on September 18. They will be performing on the Fifth Third Music Stage from 12:30pm-1:15pm. Laura and Nathan will also be performing an acoustic set at Freedom Church on Main Street at 1:30pm. For artist and concert information please visit http://www.taylormademusic.org and for more information on the recording services of Son Sound Studios call (704) 868-4807.

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THE GOLDEN VALLEY CRUSADERS - IN THE STUDIO 

Bessemer City, NC (August 18, 2010) - Carolina Countrys' Bluegrass and Gospel Music Hall of Fame 2010 "Bluegrass Group of the Year", The Golden Valley Crusaders, of Bostic, NC was recently at Son Sound Music Group, recording tracks for their latest bluegrass CD. The group enlisted the help of producer and multiple SGMA Musician of the year, David Johnson, who is also featured playing fiddle on the album. The Crusaders will begin recording vocals the end of the month, with hopes of a Fall release.

For more information about The Golden Valley Crusaders or to book the group you may visit their website at www.gvcmusic.com or call their ministry office at (828) 245-8427.

Pictured (left to right): David Johson (producer), Butch Cook (acoustic guitar, mandolin, baritone vocals), David Heavner (mandolin, lead/tenor vocals), Gary Heavner (upright bass), Clint Houser (banjo, lead/tenor vocals), Edward Bailey (acoustic guitar, bass vocals), Scott Barnett (engineer)

 


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