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Sarah Darling and Guy Penrod Performing ICM Awards

Sarah Darling ICM Awards

In 2009, rising country music star Sarah Darling spent days at her grandfather’s hospital bedside as he battled a serious illness. A spiritual man, he comforted her greatest fear of him succumbing to the fight by sharing his thoughts on the meaning of life, and what happens when someone leaves this world. Forever moved by what she heard in those precious moments, Darling later sat down with Nashville songwriters Dave Robbens and Billy Austen and wrote the song, Knowing What I Know About Heaven, never knowing years later, internationally-known Christian recording artist and former lead singer of the Gaither Vocal Band, Guy Penrod, would make it be heard by millions around the world. In celebration of the song’ success, Darling and Penrod will perform the song together as a duet for the very first time at the 2013 Inspirational Country Music (ICM) Awards on October 24, 2013. Penrod is nominated in the “Entertainer” category at the awards.

DVR Alert: The Roys

The Roys. photo credit: So Much MOORE Publicity

Bluegrass duo The Roys are continuing their national media appearances this week in support of their brand new EP “New Day Dawning.” In case you remembered to tune in this morning’s episode of Moby In The Morning, they performed and appeared between the 7 and 8 am EST hour. You can listen to their national radio appearance at mobyinthemorning.com.

Don’t forget to tune in tomorrow to Daytime between 9 and 10 am EST to catch the pair on the program. Check your local listings at daytimeonline.tv.

The Roys are everywhere these days promoting their new single “Still Standing.” They performed the track this morning on The Daily Buzz. Fans who missed that performance are able to view it online now at thedbz.com. Make sure to also catch Nashville’s News & More at Midday’s special feature on the duo and their sophomore album at wsmv.com/category/211166/more-at-midday.

Vince Gill’s the Big Winner at ICM Awards

Vince Gill.

The 18th Annual ICM Faith, Family & Country Awards rolled out the red carpet at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony for Inspirational Country artists last night. Vince Gill was a big winner of the night, taking home two awards—Mainstream Inspirational Country Song and Mainstream Country Artist. Other winners included Chuck Day for Entertainer of the Year, Joyful Noise for Faith, Family and Country Movie and The Roys for Inspirational Bluegrass Artist.

Highlights of the evening included performances by Mac Powell, performing music from his new country album, as well as moving performances from Andy Griggs, John Berry, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver and Crawford Crossing. Dr. Johnny Lee Cook was the recipient of this year’s Living Legend Award. Ronald McDonald was on-hand representing Ronald McDonald House Charities of Nashville—a portion of the proceeds from the week-long event were donated to the charity.

In addition to being aired on Total Living Network, Golden Eagle Broadcasting, TCT Television Network and NRB Network, Nashville’s News 2, WKRN-TV, the ABC affiliate in Nashville, Tenn., will be airing the awards this year for the first time. The 18th Annual ICM Faith, Family & Country Awards will air on Dec. 23 from 1pm-3pm.

The Roys New Day Dawning Debuts At #2

The Roys. photo credit: So Much MOORE Publicity

The Roys might just be the hottest thing in Bluegrass right now. The duo’s sophomore album “New Day Dawning” made is debut on number two on the Billboard Bluegrass Albums Chart. The 7-song EP, which was released on Rural Rhythm Records, is a first for a Bluegrass artist. The sibling duo has been receiving great reviews for their new music, which showcases their traditional-sounding vocals and songwriting. Check out what critics have said about their latest release:

“The album showcases Lee and Elaine’s smooth, enjoyable brand of modern, Country-influenced Bluegrass.” – BLUEGRASS TODAY

“If you are new to the magic of family harmony in Bluegrass, start with THE ROYS.  If, on the other hand, you are steeped in the Louvins, the Stanleys and the Osbornes … when you first hear NEW DAY DAWNING your reaction will be ‘Yeah man, that’s it right there! Don’t change that channel.’” – WORLDWIDE BLUEGRASS

“On their new studio album, NEW DAY DAWNING, the brother/sister duo continues to blend an uplifting message with a traditional sound and sibling harmonies as they take time to reflect on their own roots.” – GAC

“There’s not a weak song on the album.” – BLUEGRASS NOTES

The EP is available right now at digital retailers. Their lead-off single “Still Standing” is out at radio now.

The Roys Up For ICM Award Nominations

The Roys. photo credit: So Much MOORE Publicity

Reining Inspirational Country Music Bluegrass Artist Of the Year, The Roys, are candidates for nomination for three ICM Award categories this year. They’re up for nomination in the first ballot for Entertainer Of The Year, Vocal Duo of the Year, and Inspirational Bluegrass Artist of the Year. The second round of ballot voting begins soon, with more information on the October award show to follow.

Says Lee Roy, “We are so lucky to do what we love best.  It’s an honor to be in the next round of voting.  We are excited to be in such great company.”

2011 was a big year for the duo, and 2012 isn’t slowing down. Their current single “Still Standing” is out on radio now. It’s the first release from their brand new record “New Day Dawning,” which is due out August 28th.

The Roys Set For Sirius/XM Date

The Roys. photo credit: So Much MOORE Publicity

Bluegrass’ top duo, The Roys, are set to premiere their new album on Sirius/XM. Their new record, titled “New Day Dawning,” will be released on Rural Rhythm Records on August 28th, but fans will be able to hear it early on satellite radio. The world premiere of “New Day Dawning” will hit the air on Bluegrass Junction on 8 am on July 24th. Fans can pre-order a signed and discounted copy now on theroysonline.com.

The album’s lead-off single “Still Standing” is an infectious track featuring Elaine on lead vocals. It’s already getting rave reviews and airplay on country and bluegrass radio. The song is a story about perseverance and personal identity, showcasing the duo’s harmonies.

The Roys are one of the fastest rising acts in country music. Their distinctive roots sound has enchanted fans since they hit the scene in Nashville six years ago.

“It’s definitely been a growth process  for us,” explains Elaine of their unique genre-bending music.  “We have nurtured this sound,” adds Lee.  “I think the new music reflects that.”

The duo is pretty excited about releasing brand new music for their fans. Their first CD, “Lonesome Whistle,” kicked their career into high gear. The record earned them a spot on Billboard’s Top 50 Bluegrass Albums of 2011 Chart, won them the Inspirational Country Music Award for Bluegrass Artist of the Year in 2011, and gave the duo a number one single in “Coal Minin’ Man.”

See the full track listing, and official album cover, for “New Day Dawning” below:

The Roys’ New Single “Still Standing” on Radio Now

The Roys.

The Roys have a new single on the radio!  “Still Standing” is an up-tempo Bluegrass song features Elaine Roy on lead vocals and was written by Lee and Elaine Roy.  The song has been sent to Bluegrass radio and is now available via AirplayDirect on all radio formats.

“Still Standing” is the first single from The Roys’ upcoming album, New Day Dawning, set for release in late August.  The Roys will be guest hosts on WSM Radio 650 AM June 26, 2012 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM CT.  To listen to the show online visit, www.wsmonline.com. For more information on The Roys, visit TheRoysOnline.com.

The Roys Make Their Ryman Debut

The Roys.

Award winning siblings The Roys will be making their debut at the historic Ryman Auditorium as a part of the venue’s six-week series, Springer Mountain Farms Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman on July 5th.  The Red, White And Bluegrass Show will include The Roys, The Gibson Brothers, and Steep Canyon Rangers.  The music will begin at 7:30 PM.  Tickets for the events are on sale now and are $26.50 each.  Fans arriving early to the event can enjoy Pickin’ On The Plaza festivities free of charge beginning at 6 PM.

For more information, visit www.theroysonline.com.  To purchase tickets, visit www.getgaylordtickets.com.

The Roys Host an Intimate Hour of Music and Talk on 650 AM WSM

The Roys.

Award-winnng brother/sister bluegrass duo The Roys are booked on 650 AM WSM Radio’s Guest Artist Series tomorrow, May 22, at 2 p.m. CDT.  The show will give a unique perspective on the host as well as gives them a chance to play some of their own music, along with some of their favorite tracks by other entertainers.  Listeners will get the chance to learn the stories behind the songs and what makes certain records meaningful to the hosts.

Lee and Elaine Roy’s current single, “Trailblazer” is moving to the #4 spot on June’s Power Source Bluegrass Top 35 Chart, it is safe to say that The Roys know a good song when they hear it.  Listeners can expect to hear a broad range of music when the duo hosts the show.  The duo had this to say about their upcoming appearance:

 We believe it all begins with a song…So for us, this is a really cool format for a show.  - Lee Roy

We’ve wanted to do this show for a very long time…The stars finally lined up for us, and we plan to make the most of it.  - Elaine Roy

The duo’s schedule over the summer is jam-packed with events for the CMA Music Festival.  They will be riding on the event’s opening day parade and will be performing songs from their correct album, Lonesome Whistle, on several stages at the Festival.  The Roys will also perform for fans and sign autographs at one of their favorite venues: the world famous Ernest Tubb Record Shop in downtown Nashville.

Joe Limardi, 650 AM WSM’s Operations Manager, said:

I’m looking forward to the chemistry that Elaine and Lee have on stage to come through the speakers during their upcoming guest hour…Better not blink, it’ll go quickly and most definitely be fun!

The Roys will return to host another show later this summer on June 26.  Fans can listen to both shows online at www.wsmonline.com.  For more information about The Roys, visit www.theroysonline.com.

DVR Alert: The Roys On PBS’ “Music Voyager”

The Roys.

Talk about some exposure!  The Roys will be taking their bluegrass around the world with a special television voyage.

Siblings Lee and Elaine will be appearing on the PBS program “Music Voyager,” which premieres worldwide on February 24.  The episode is part of the Music Voyager international music and travel series, and takes viewers to various destinations around the world.  For their episode, Music Voyager: Tennessee, host Jacob Edgar caught up with The Roys at the Ernest Tubb Record Shop where they chatted aboard Tubb’s touring bus and performed their previous hit single, Coal Minin’ Man.

If you doubt the power of public television, consider this:  “Music Voyage” will make its way into 170 million homes in 140 countries and broadcast in 33 languages.  Like I said, talk about some exposure!  To learn more about the popular series, go to musicvoyager.com.