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Goodman Revival: STILL HAPPY As They Release Sophomore Recording
Posted: Friday August 4th, 2017
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 theGaither HOMECOMING family of artists, is made up ofTanya 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 groupFavorite 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 the Bill 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 forSouthern Gospel Song of the Year ("What a Happy Time") and Southern Gospel Album of the Year.
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 onVision TV, CTS, The Miracle Channel andHope 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.
, CD Song List:
1. When They Ring the Bells of Heaven
2. The Eastern Gate
3. Had It Not Been
4. The Word Is Mercy
5. There's Been a Lot of Changes
6. Knowing You'll Be There
7. The Answer's on the Way
8. I'm Dying to Tell You
9. The Lighthouse
10. The Longer I Serve Him
11. I'm Too Near Home