Country Music Artists Join Efforts of World Vision

“Use Your Voice: Do Good” Campaign

World Vision Logo(Nashville, Tenn. – Sept. 8, 2011)  Global humanitarian organization World Vision has announced the addition of several Country music artists to its growing list of supporters in the United States and around the world.The most recent round of artists to join the World Vision efforts are: Attwater, Carter’s Chord, Jason Crabb, Sarah Darling, Lainey Edwards, LoCash Cowboys and Gary Morris.  Since 2009, World Vision has become an active sponsor at the CMA Music Festival and increased its presence within the Country music community through its Use Your Voice: Do Goodcampaign.  The campaign has already achieved success within the Gospel and Contemporary Christian markets with more than 900,000 sponsorships of children in need.Artists in partnership with World Vision use their voices on the road and elsewhere to encourage fans to join them in speaking out on behalf of those around the world whose voices are not heard: the poor, the marginalized and the oppressed.  Among the diverse roster of acts already committed to the World Vision cause are: Terri Clark, Patty Griffin, The Isaacs, Sarah McLachlan, PawnShop Kings, Kenny Rogers, Jordyn Shellhart, Ricky Skaggs, Chuck Wicks and Wynonna.  Together, these and many other artists and fans have sponsored nearly one million children over the last 23 years.
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Music Icon Ricky Skaggs Nominated For Five ICM Awards

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Nominations include Entertainer and Legend/Pioneer Award

Rick Skaggs playing guitarNashville, TN (September 1, 2011) — The ICM Faith, Family & Country Awards Top 5 finalists were announced yesterday, and Ricky Skaggs secured nominations in five categories: Legend/Pioneer Award, Entertainer, Inspirational Country Song (“Someday Soon”), Musician and Inspirational Bluegrass Artist.  For Skaggs, who has previously won several ICM Awards, this year’s nominations are particularly sweet. “I’m very grateful to the ICM for all the nominations,” says Skaggs. “When I started playin’ and singin’, they didn’t have award shows like they do now, so I’ve never been driven to win them.  I just love the music and I love the fact that God uses music to speak to people’s hearts.  That’s what I’m in it for, to be a messenger of His Love.”  The 17th Annual Inspirational Country Music Awards will be held on Friday, October 28 at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

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The Roys In Running For Three ICM Awards

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Duo To Perform On Show With Ricky Skaggs & The Whites

The Roys posing with instruments in front of a log cabin wallNashville, TN (September 1, 2011) — The reigning Inspirational Country Music Duo of the Year, The Roys, are in the running for three more ICM awards this year: Vocal Duo of The Year, Inspirational Bluegrass Artist and Inspirational Country Song (“I Wonder What God’s Thinking”).  Winners will be announced during the 2011 ICM Faith, Family & Country Awards show, held in Nashville on Friday, October 28 at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. The Roys will perform “That’s What Makes It Love” that night with special guests Ricky Skaggs and The Whites. Both songs are from The Roys’ current CD, LONESOME WHISTLE, which was recorded at Skaggs Place Studio and released March 22 this year on Rural Rhythm Records. The disc debuted at #7 on BILLBOARD’s Bluegrass Albums Chart, and is currently #6 on Bluegrass Unlimited’s Top 15 Albums Chart, #7 on Cashbox Magazine’s Top 20 Bluegrass Albums Chart and #16 on The Alternate Root’s Top 66 Bluegrass Album Chart.

“We’re overjoyed to be nominated again this year,” says Elaine Roy. “And it will be amazing to perform on stage with legends like Ricky Skaggs and The Whites,” adds her brother, Lee.  “They were amazing to work with in the studio.”  Ricky and The Whites appear on the recorded version of “That’s What Makes It Love.”

The brother/sister duo has enjoyed numerous high-profile performances this year, kicking off Country Thunder Festival USA (where they opened for Lady Antebellum), Dollywood (Pigeon Forge, TN), Dogwood Park Concert Series (Greenville, TN), and more. They’ve appeared on several Fox Television Network shows, Daily Buzz, ABC-TV’s What’s The Buzz, Daytime, GAC-TV, and numerous other popular programs. Upcoming shows include dates with country legend Janie Fricke, and performances at the Kentucky Renaissance Fair, Heroes Music Festival at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Rocky River Fall Bluegrass Festival and dates in Florida, Kentucky and Tennessee.

Fans can catch up with all the news and complete itinerary on The Roys by clicking on www.theroysonline.com