The Dixie Melody Boys were honored Saturday with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the AMG Award Show in Charlotte. The event was hosted by American music legend Chubby Checker. The Dixie Melody Boys perfomed for the large crowd and then were given the honor by the Artist Music Guild. The evening was full of great performances by Chubby Checker, Country Music legend Terri Gibbs, Dino Kartsonakis and Betty Jean Robinson. The Dixie Melody Boys were also honored to be nominated for six awards.
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The SGN Scoops Digital Magazine honored Ed O'Neal last Monday in Pigeon Forge, Tn. The special event honored the legendary career of one of Gospel music's greatest bass singers. The evening was hosted by Gaither Homecoming artist Larry Ford and Jonathan Edwards. The crowd heard story after story as Ed recalled special memories from the past. Several groups were on hand to honor Ed with performances including Three Bridges, Pauls Journey and the Skyline Boys. The event was recorded and will be aired on televsion on a date to be announced. For more information, go to www.sgnscoops.com .
The Dixie Melody Boys were recently back in the studio to finish up work on their much anticipated album release entitled "Have You Heard?". The album will be the debut release featuring newest members Josh Garner and Aaron Dishman. "This album follows the path we started with our last album, The Call Is Still The Same. There are several traditional Southern Gospel songs but also a few that allow us to try some interesting harmonies." said Matt Felts. This project is the sophomore project that the group has recorded since joining the Song Garden Music record label. The previous album, The Call Is Still The Same, went on to be one of the groups most popular and award winning albums. Have You Heard, will be released at the National Quartet Convention in September. To receive notification when the album is released, sign up for the Dixie Melody Boys E-Newsletter.
The Dixie Melody Boys are excited to announce one of Gospel music’s best lead singers, Josh Garner, as their new member. The group began their search over two months ago when Mike Rogers resigned and had them listening to over 400 demos and auditioning numerous men. “This has been different than most of the times I have hired someone to fill a position. We heard so many great singers and we even thought we had found the right man a few times but it just wasn‘t the right fit.” said Ed O’Neal. “I have always loved Josh’s voice. I have even tried to hire him a few times in the past but the timing was never right. I am thrilled to have him join us.” added Ed.
The fans of Gospel music will remember Josh as the last lead singer for the Florida Boys as well as from the Gaither Homecoming Series. For the last five years he has been with Freedom, a trio that he founded with John Rulapaugh. Josh has been nominated numerous times as Favorite Lead Singer and is widely acknowledged as one of Gospel music’s all-time great lead singers. “Josh called me and offered to help us by filling in until we could find someone. It made looking for someone easy knowing he was on stage with us until we found the right person. His first night with us felt as if we had been singing together for years. Over the next few weeks both he and the group knew the right guy for the job was already there. Josh is a great addition to our team. I know the fans will be excited about seeing him with us.” stated Matt Felts.
The Dixie Melody Boys have already been in the studio with Josh and will release the new album soon. The project comes off the success of their fiftieth anniversary album, The Call Is Still The Same, and promises to be a hit. Josh will join the group mid August and will appear with them for the first time at NQC on Tuesday and Wednesday night. To check the Dixie Melody Boys schedule go to www.dixiemelodyboys.com
SongGardn Music artists, The Dixie Melody Boys solidified their rise back to the top of Southern Gospel at last nights Southern Gospel Fan Awards held in Pigeon Forge, TN. The SGM Fan Awards are presented by the Christian Voice Magazine and honor the best in Southern Gospel music as chosen by the fans. The night was filled with great performances by the Dixie Melody Boys, Palmetto State Quartet, the Hemphills, Phil Cross, the Diplomats and many more.
The Dixie Melody Boys received the most Top 5 Nominations of any group with eleven nominations including Favorite Album, Song and Video. Hall of fame member Ed O'Neal took home the Favorite Bass Singer award for the second year in a row. Steven Cooper won the Favorite Baritone award. "We are so happy for Steven. As many know, he will be stepping down soon so to have the fans honor him and his five years with us this way is wonderful." said Ed O'Neal. Mike Rogers, who has been with the group just under a year was also honored by being nominated in the Top 5 for Favorite Lead Singer and Young Excelling Artist. Matt Felts won the Favorite Tenor Award having made the Top 5 two years in a row. "Just to be on the list with men like Michael Booth, David Phelps, Brian Free and Jeff Hawes is a huge honor. These men are my heroes. I am so grateful that God has allowed me to sing for him." said Matt Felts. Ending the night on a high note, the Dixie Melody Boys won Favorite Male Quartet for the second year in a row.
The last two years have shown the Dixie Melody Boys are riding high again with no signs of slowing down.
The Dixie Melody Boys are proud to announce they have partnered with Visa to offer a Platinum Rewards Card to their fans. "We are excited to be partnered with Visa on this. We have searched for the right partnership that would benefit our fans. This is truly a landmark moment for us and for Southern Gospel music to be connected to such a world wide known company. We encourage our friends and fans to sign up and show their support for the Dixie Melody Boys." said Matt Felts, artist representative for the group. Fans will have their choice of five designs to choose from. For more information, click on the image of one of the new Dixie Melody Boys Platinum Card.
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