NASHVILLE, Tenn. —Members of the award-winning trio Goodman Revival will soon release their sophomore album with Gaither Music Group. Still Happy, scheduled to hit streets on August 25th, finds the group doing what their fans love best—recording new songs and putting their signature twist on some of the most popular hits originally performed by the Happy Goodman Family.
The “new-yet-established” group, a mainstay among the Gaither HOMECOMING family of artists, is made up of Tanya Goodman Sykes, Michael Sykes and Johnny Minick, each of whom is a seasoned Christian music veteran and former member of the Happy Goodman Family. The three performers, hailing from Smyrna, TN, joined together in 2014 to perform and record as a trio, capturing the musical styles and heritage that have endeared them to countless people around the world. That rich, musical inheritance remains evident on the upcoming Still Happy recording.
“We have been working on this release for about 18 months,” described Tanya, a GRAMMY® Award winner. “A year-and-a-half is long enough to have two babies!” And actually, they almost did—grandbabies that is! Minick’s family added a granddaughter–their fourth grandchild; and Michael and Tanya had their first grandbaby this week, also a girl.
“A lot has happened to us during that time,” continued Tanya. “We have enjoyed being in concert on the road and meeting with friends who are moved by our music. We are loving our grandbabies. I went through a battle with cancer. Life has been ‘happening’ all around us—as it does for everyone—and we count ourselves blessed. We are still grateful for this opportunity and still happy!”
Goodman Revival’s fans are happy as well—so much so they named the group Favorite New Artist of the Year in 2016 at The Singing News Fan Awards, held in Pigeon Forge, TN. Those fans will be anxious to hear Still Happy, which features such Goodman staples as “Had It Not Been,” “The Lighthouse,” “I’m Too Near Home,” “When They Ring the Bells of Heaven,” “The Answer’s on the Way” and more, including their unique rendition of theBill Gaither-penned classic “The Longer I Serve Him.” The songwriter credits for the all-new studio recording include such household names as Rusty Goodman, Aaron Wilburn, Phil Johnson, Joel Hemphill, Minick, Tim Hill, Ronnie Hinson, Sykes and Suzanne Jennings among others.
Also included on the new release is “The Eastern Gate,” which Minick describes as his all-time favorite Goodman song as it evokes memories from the ‘70s when he played piano for the Happy Goodman Family–Howard, Vestal, Rusty and Sam Goodman. Another favorite tune of Minick’s on the new release is the barnburner “When They Ring the Bells of Heaven.” “This song is kind of like riding a unicycle,” laughed Tanya. “If you fall off you might not get back on!” Johnny agreed, ”It’s 70mph and a cloud of dust!”
Produced by the three group members, Still Happy follows the success of the group’s debut CD and DVD, Songs in the Key of Happy, which debuted at #1 on the Nielsen SoundScan Southern Gospel chart and at #11 on the Contemporary Christian Music chart. The trio, recently featured on the cover of The Singing News Magazine, garnered two 2015 GMA DOVE Award nominations for Southern Gospel Song of the Year (“What a Happy Time”) and Southern Gospel Album of the Year.
Still Happy will be featured as part of a television special airing on DirecTV, Dish TV, RFD-TV, The Heartland Network, TBN, GaitherTV, FamilyNet, CTN, GMC, GMTN, Guardian, Liberty, TCT and TLN. It will air in Canada on Vision TV, CTS, The Miracle Channel and Hope TV. The project, recently highlighted via a Facebook LIVE event, will be promoted via Gaither Music Group’s website, consumer catalog, digital assets, social media and YouTube channel.
The new recording will be exclusively distributed by Capitol Christian Music Group and Universal Music and will be available throughout general market stores and the Christian marketplace in addition to online retailers including iTunes, Amazon and
Goodman Revival Featured on All-New HOMECOMING Recording
NASHVILLE, Tenn.--February 15th, 2017—Gaither Music Group is set to release two
all-new HOMECOMING DVD and CD recordings on February 24th. Give the World a
Smile and Sweeter As the Days Go By take fans “back to where it all began” as they
were filmed at the famous Gaither Studio C at the company’s home base in Alexandria,
The two new releases feature over 125 members of the HOMECOMING family of
artists, led by Bill and Gloria Gaither, enjoying an evening together of gospel singing,
storytelling and a celebration of lifelong friendships. Gospel music fans will enjoy
performances by the award-winning Oak Ridge Boys, the Gatlin Brothers, Jeff & Sheri
Easter, Goodman Revival, the Booth Brothers, Russ Taff, the Gaither Vocal Band,
Mark Lowry, Lynda Randle, David Phelps, The Isaacs, The Hoppers and more. Performances from
up-and-coming artists including Bradley Walker, the Martin Family Circus andothers added to the
excitement in this room of veteran performers.
“Several years had passed since we gathered the HOMECOMING family together in our hometown studio,
so at last we were able to get the family together again and reignite the great memories we have shared over the years,
” stated legendary singer, songwriter and the brand’s founder Bill Gaither. “What an incredible time it was! These new programs truly capture the spirit of those early gatherings that first started the HOMECOMING series. One powerful moment flowed into the next as we reminisced together and joined our voices to sing our favorite songs.”
“It’s been over six years since we had this many of our family of artists in one room to sing together,” stated Paul Sizelove, vice president of Gaither Music Group. “Recording in the home studio brought back many special memories from years gone by, and it’s always good to see the camaraderie among these artists and experience the special moments when they join together in song.”
Those songs include timeless favorites such as “There Is Power in the Blood,” “Working on a Building,” “Sinner Saved by Grace,” “Child of the King,” “Holy Spirit, Thou Art Welcome,” “It Is No Secret,” “We’ll Talk It Over,” “Roses Will Bloom Again,” the title tracks and more. (full track listing below)
Give the World a Smile and Sweeter As the Days Go By will air as a TV special on a large number of networks including PBS, DIRECTV, Dish TV, AT&T U-verse, TBN, RFD, GaitherTV, FamilyNet, CTN, GMC, GMTN, Guardian, Liberty, TCT and TLN. In Canada it will air on Vision TV, The Miracle Channel, CTS and Hope TV.
Goodman Revival honored with Singing News, Favorite New Artist Award
Nashville, Tennessee (September 29, 2016) Award-winning trio Goodman
Revival added another accolade to its growing list of accomplishments as
the trio of veterans won its first Singing News Fan Award this week. The
seasoned talent in this group soared to the top of fans radar as they won
the illustrious Favorite New Artist Award.
The Awards were presented on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 in
conjunction with the National Quartet Convention held in Pigeon Forge,
Tennessee. This phenomenal group performed during the program
Goodman Revival was nominated for several Absolutely Gospel Music
Awards and took home the coveted Ovation for Traditional Recording of
the Year for its critically acclaimed Gaither Music Group debut
Songs in the Key of Happy.
June 7 -- Goodman Revival featured on 2016 Harmony Honors telecast
On Tuesday, June 7th, Jason Crabb and Gerald Wolfe, hosted the SGMG's 2016
Harmony Honors, paying tribute to the Gospel Singing Jubilee and its founder
The evening featured Goodman Revival, The Nelons, The Tribute Quartet,
Rambo McGuire, Karen Peck & New River, LeFevre Quartet,Ronny Hinson,
Freedom Quartet, Three Bridges, Second-Half Quartet, and the Inspirations.
Also present to honor Les were his long time friends, Duane Allen of the
Oak Ridge Boys and Willie Wynn, former tenor
with the Oaks. It was an evening filled with reminiscing, laughter and
great Gospel music.
TBN – Trinity Broadcasting Network – will air the SGMG Harmony Honors
during a special television broadcast on July 15, 2016.