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Joanne Cash James Marvell and CGMA Int Convention

jamesjoannaJoanne Cash, James Marvell and CGMA Int Convention

The Country Gospel Music Association is all about Love

First of all it’s about the love of our Savior Jesus Christ and sharing His love through entertainment, song and music. This beautiful organization embraces musicians at any level of their career and loves, encourages and enjoys seeing their talent blossom by sharing their love for the Lord and others through their music.

phpyvwalnthumbThe Annual International CGMA Convention will be held in Branson MO at the Stone Castle Hotel, October 3rd through 8th. James Marvell a former Branson entertainer, one of the first members of CGMA with a history of Theater Worship Services in Branson is honored to be part of the worship, fellowship and fun which is always a part of the convention.

Marvell will be performing his November release “Time For Anew” written  by Dennis DiChiaro. Johnny Cash’s sister Joanne Cash will join James Marvell on the song by way of digital technology.

The 20th International Country Gospel Music Association Convention is free to the public. Come help us celebrate. We hope to bless everyone with worship through great country gospel music.

Monday-Saturday, International Showcases awards and more start at 5:00 pm daily.
For more information call 800-677-6906 or 417-335-4700
The Stone Castle Hotel
3050 Green Mountain Drive
Branson, MO 65616

Wayne Jacobs Is Regional Finalist In Open MicUK

wayneareyounextWayne Jacobs Is Regional Finalist In Open MicUK

His never sounded better than he does on ‘Falling Feather’ it has #1 written all over it

wyanepawsofwarWayne Jacobs performed his “Falling Feather song” and “Yankee Boy Blues” in front of four judges hoping to get through to the live stages of the Open MicUk Regional Finals. Todate over 21 auditions have taken place at the  Marconi Social Club, Tydemans off Beehive Lane, Chelmsford, Essex. CM2 9FH

The competition was really tough, which made it even harder for Wayne was because he sang country which was different to all the others genres. However much to Wayne’s surprise the judges were very impressed with his performance and decide to put me through to the live Regional Finals.

pick“I’m still on cloud nine.” Wayne said after hearing the good news.

The 21 and Overs live Regional Final show 3 takes place on Sunday 16th October 2016 at 7:30pm. The venues will be held at Dingwalls, Middle Yard, Chalk Farm Road, Camden Lock, London, NW1 8AB. Wayne has 25 tickets to sell at £9 each I would love you to come along and support him if you can. To find out more about these special 25 tickets you can contact Wayne on faceBook Twitter or ReverbNation. This is my website http://www.waynejacobscountry.com/#about This is the website for Open MicUk  http://www.openmicuk.co.uk/singing-auditions

“I have never heard Wayne Jacobs Sound as good as he does on ‘Falling Feather’ this is without doubt a hit song sung by a true Country Superstar” Frans Maritz, Wildhorse Entertainment

Disc Jockey’s and Radio Stations can add Wayne’s new single, “Falling Feather Song”  to their playlists, by clicking on this link to get a CD quality copy at AirplayExpress now.

– WHISNews21

A Spirit Filled Night Of Good Entertainment

James at churchJohn MillerA Spirit Filled Night Of Entertainment

Written By John R. Miller, D.Min. Pastor of God’s Divine Purpose, Inc.

Breaking News Flash: Colt Records, award winning Nashville label is bringing Marvell
to Nashville in August to record two new songs by top songwriter Dennis DiChiaro.

God’s Divine Purpose church in Wildwood, FL was host to a first of its kind concert June 5, 2016. It was a time of great gospel music with some of the very best talent we have seen here in central Florida. The artists who sang their way into the hearts of the audience were James Marvell who was joined by his wife, Faye, Chuckie Ray Harrelson, LaRue (Rudy) Prescott, Lemuel Miller, and Faye’s daughter, Terri.

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James performing at the God’s Divine Purpose Church

The featured artist was James Marvell. James was a former member of the 60s Pop group, Mercy, whose solid gold hit song in 1969 “Love Can Make You Happy” topped Billboard, CASHBOX and Record World second to the Beatles! Marvell has performed with many of Country Music’s finest legends. James committed his life to Jesus Christ in the 70s and loves singing for Jesus. His presence on stage is refreshingly full of charisma. Accompanied by his guitar, many of the songs have been written and composed by him, and they carry the message of Christ with beautiful melody and at times, foot-tapping rhythm.

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James and Faye Marvell

James’ wife, Faye, blessed us with songs of worship and hope. She also sang with Marvell in duets which were well thought out and truly delightful to hear. She brought this congregation to a point of worship which is seldom seen in many gospel concerts.

LaRue (Rudy) Prescott, whose voice has been heard with several Southern Gospel quartets and as a gospel radio personality, opened the concert with songs from  his just released ”live” album. Rudy’s bass-baritone is rich and sonorous. As a minister of the Gospel, he knew how to communicate well in a great choice of songs which touched us all.

A long-time country music entertainer throughout central Florida in civic clubs and nursing homes, Chuckie Ray Harrelson blessed the audience with several familiar gospel songs. Accompanied by Rudy, Chuckie Ray blessed our hearts as we even sang along with him.

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left to right are: James Marvell, Pastor John Miller, Chuckie Ray Harrelson and LaRue (Rudy) Prescott.

Lemuel Miller, who has sung with such artists as the Gaither Vocal Band, Carmen, and Jesse Dixon, excited the group with three hand-clapping and foot-stomping songs. On one song he added a harmonica solo that elicited a rousing response. His is a voice one does not easily forget.

We really enjoyed the vocal contributions of Faye’s daughter Terri. Her vocal style and the songs she sang were a great blend with the message and a great contrast to the style of the concert. Truly, she is a gift to the Body of Christ. We asked Terri’s husband, Pedram, to address the congregation. He is an immigrant from Iran and a convert to Christ from Islam,. He gave a wonderful testimony that exalted the name and grace of our Lord.

The emcee for the evening was Dr. John Miller, the pastor of God’s Divine Purpose Church. He tied the concert together with words of exhortation and appropriate introductions of all the artists. The people of this church were very impressed with this concert. We plan to do more of these concerts, and we definitely plan to invite James Marvell and the other artists to return. We really want to do it again!

Marvell plans to perform the Official ICGMA Theme Song at the upcoming ICGMA Convention in Missouri this August. See recent video clip from James Marvell on the International TV program GOSPEL MUSIC TODAY at this link  GOSPEL MUSIC TODAY_Features Official ICGMA Theme Song

 – Pastor John Miller 2016 WHISNews21

Luanne Hunt wins Third American Songwriting Award

LuanneHunt002Independent Superstars Hall of Fame inductee

Luanne Hunt Wins Third American Songwriting Award

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Over 20 years of working hard at her craft has been paying off big time lately for country singer Luanne Hunt,

who was recently inducted into the Independent Superstars Recording Artists Hall of Fame

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LuanneHuntHeader002Last month, Hunt received her third American Songwriting Award for her holiday offering, “The Greatest Christmas Gift.”  She co-wrote the tune with her husband Steve, who also won American Songwriting Awards for two songs Luanne has recorded, including her AirplayExpress No. 1 hit, “Texas Tears.”

Steve also earned an American Songwriting Award for his poignant tune, “Not A Day Goes By,” which is featured on Hunt’s CD “Songs from the Valley.”

HOFLuanneHunt002“This has been an incredible year for our music,” said Hunt, who also earned American Songwriting Awards for her holiday singles “The Hosts of Christmas Past” and “If Christmas Were Mine.” It’s been a long journey with lots of ups and downs, so having our songs recognized with these prestigious awards feels really wonderful.

Hunt is perhaps best known for her chart-topping single, “Christmas Without You,” which was recently named by Sweden’s largest daily newspaper, Dagens Nyheter, one of the top 25 Christmas songs of all-time. “Christmas Without You” also landed on two “Best of 2015 Female Country Holiday Songs” lists in the major online U.S. publications, Autostraddle and Truckers News.

LuanneHuntCDpromo002“Being on these lists with so many A-listers felt like a real accomplishment,” said Hunt, whose studio musicians have backed everyone from the Righteous Brothers to Kenny Loggins. “It’s a huge challenge to find success in the ‘big leagues’ as an Indie artist, so these honors were quite a validation for all the work I’ve put into my craft.”

10645104_786344948089660_1711982970485994752_nOver the years, Hunt’s songs have been played on AM, FM, satellite and Internet stations around the world, including Pandora radio.

Her “Songs from the Valley” project was recently named “Classic Country CD of the Year 2016” by the Rural Roots Music Commission.

“One listen to Luanne Hunt and you will not be able to take Carrie Underwood or Taylor Swift seriously anymore,” said Buddy Nelson of Jamsphere Magazine.

“She’s exactly what country radio needs to not only continuously appeal to their current audience, but to break the stereotypes and appeal to new audiences.”

– WHISNews21 2016

Wyn Machon Tell’s It Like It Is On WHISNews21

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Wyn Machon Tell’s It Like It Is On WHISNews21

Huge crescendo of Drums Guitar played like highly strung wire fence Voice like someone’s being Castrated

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WynMachon002I have listened to around 30 or 40 songs this morning out of that lot I have saved 4 , I get sick of songs starting of with a huge crescendo of drums then a guitar being played like a highly strung wire fence and on top of that in comes a voice like someone is being castrated .

Bloody hell lets get proper country music back. That other crap may be OK in a club where nobody is listening , but radio listeners like to hear the words from the singer not someone trying to bash a set of drums to bits

Well that’s my  thoughts sorted . Thought I better add I didn’t listen to the songs all the way through, the openings are enough these days

May the sun always shine on you .. Wyn

Slim Andrews 85 Never Too Old To Be a Country Star

SlimAndrews005Slim Andrews 85 proves you’re never too old to be a country star

Slim Andrews of Auburn was inducted into the Maine Country Music Hall of Fame in 2002

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Slim Andrews of Auburn was inducted into the Maine Country Music Hall of Fame in 2002. 

Slim Andrews of Auburn was inducted into the Maine Country Music Hall of Fame in 2002.

MECHANIC FALLS — At age 85, country singer Slim Andrews may never have been more popular than he is today. Slim Andrews donated a guitar for hall of fame inductees to sign. He left the instrument in the trunk of his car and the temperature dipped to 17 degrees that night and warped the guitar.

Slim Andrews of Auburn was inducted into the Maine Country Music Hall of Fame in 2002. Slim Andrews’ picture hangs among the 123 musicians who have been inducted into the Maine Country Music Hall of Fame.

The Auburn entertainer has a growing legion of fans far from Maine, thanks to independent country radio stations playing his music across the globe. For the first three months of the year, Andrews has enjoyed success on the International Mainstream Country Music Chart. Published in the Netherlands, the chart measures which country songs and artists are being added to playlists around the world. The list is a mix of new and classic songs and artists.

This is one of the CDs by Slim Andrews on display at the Maine Country Music Hall of Fame.

One of the CDs by Slim Andrews on display at the Maine Country Music Hall of Fame.

Last week, for example, Andrews received airplay from several stations in New Zealand for his song “The Image of Me.” Other songs of his received airplay in Denmark, Australia and on several internet stations. Andrews was at his peak earlier this year when he cracked both the Top 200 Artists Chart and the Top 40 Singles Chart for multiple weeks. He was listed on the Top 200 charts for eight weeks during a 10-week span, reaching a high of No. 27.

His song “The Autumn of Our Lives,” which he wrote for his wife, reached No. 3 on the international Top-40 chart in mid-January. The next week, his version of the song “Freightliner Fever,” a song popularized years ago by Boxcar Willie, came in at No. 13. ‘They love him. He’s 85,” said local songwriter Jim Flynn. “He’s got DJs, all of his fans who have known him for years and years and years. When a song comes through, I’m sure they smile and say, ‘That old son of a gun. He’s still making music and still sending me songs.'” Inducted into the Maine Country Music Hall of Fame in 2002, Andrews has enjoyed a long career in country music as an entertainer and a leader in the state’s country music industry.

Slim Andrews donated a guitar for hall of fame inductees to sign. He left the instrument in the trunk of his car and the temperature dipped to 17 degrees that night and warped the guitar. 

The guitar Slim left in the trunk of his car

The airplay he is suddenly receiving overseas caught him a little off guard. “The quality of what I do is important,” Andrews said. “I can keep a tune, maybe not like I use to. But I think it’s the quality. It’s the approach that you have. If it’s not good music, people aren’t going to listen.”

The Top 200 Artists Chart includes an interesting mix of country stars and unknown artists. For example, on the chart for the week of March 8-14, Andrews is listed at No. 112. The artists in the Top 20 that week included Merle Haggard, George Strait and Johnny Cash. Who’s listed below Slim Andrews? How about Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, Zac Brown Band, Alabama and Dierks Bentley.

Slim Andrews' picture hangs among the 123 musicians who have been inducted into the Maine Country Music Hall of Fame. 

Slim Andrews’ picture hangs amonG 123 musicians who’ve been inducted into the Maine Country Music HOF

“When you are an indie and you’re on one of these stations around the world, you’re competing with over 3,000-plus independent performers,” Andrews said. “It’s special when you see your name on the same sheet as a Johnny Cash or Merle Haggard. But we especially look to see the ones below our names.”

Andrews, who was born in Boston when his parents temporarily lived out of state during the depression and raised in the Twin Cities since the age of 6 months, has enjoyed a long career in country music. He was successful in Massachusetts when he formed the band The Berkshire Mountain Boys. With a large family to support, he never ventured to Nashville to try to make it on the big stage.

“I always wore two hats. I had to earn a living,” said Andrews, who sold insurance full time. “I had six children. I could never go to Nashville. I couldn’t do it. You just don’t walk away and leave six children at home. Believe me, those guys who did, I have the most respect in the world for them.”

SlimAndrews003He returned to Maine in 1971 to form the Cumberland Valley Boys. He found his calling a few years later when he created the Maine Country Music Awards, the precursor of the Maine Country Music Hall of Fame.

It’s unlikely anyone knows more about the history of country music in Maine than Andrews. He bounces from exhibit to exhibit, eagerly telling stories of the various artists who have been inducted in the hall, an impressive collection in the basement of the Silver Spur in Mechanic Falls.

It’s the same excitement he shows on stage, whether in a group or as a solo performer. By his estimate, he does between 75 and 100 shows a year, singing with his signature rasp.

“He’s an inspiration for a lot of people, He proves right now that you’re never too old, and it’s never too late to be productive.” – Flynn

“I just try to be happy and take whatever the good Lord gives us,” Andrews said. “The quality of life is what’s important.

“As long as they still want me, I’ll do it.”

– Sun Journal Daryn Slover ssherlock@sunjournal.com

Branson A High Point In Marvell’s Amazing Career

Buck&James001Breaking Now! The Oklahoma based TV program Gospel Music Today to report on James Marvell’s #1 song “Only Christian Country” soon! Watch the worldwide show just click Here

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Branson A High Point In Marvell’s Amazing Career

Colt Records/AirplayExpress Artist James Marvell Gets Around In The Music Industry

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JamesBarnson001He has been blessed to be on the ground floor of many musical trends
. Did you know, Marvell was a member of the late 60s Warner Brothers’ band Mercy who recorded the solid gold classic, “Love Can Make You Happy”?  Historically, Mercy topped Billboard, Cashbox and RecordWorld’s Top 10 with Elvis, Sinatra and the Beatles in 1969. In the early 70s, Marvell and Mercy band member Buddy Good headed to Nashville with a mission to bring good clean country music and anti-drug messages to country fans and it’s youth. James and Buddy formed The Country Cavaleers, a unique MGM duo who turned heads in country music with their long hair half way down their backs but singing pure country music. In 1971 CMA said: “The Cavaleers have scored a First in the world of Country Music.” See Youtube  video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbtqIASyrS8


willie and marvell for video 2The 80s took James Marvell into jewelry designing. He created some of the most collectible turquoise jewelry of that day. He designed  the famous Johnny Cash, June Carter, Bill Monroe and Willie Nelson turquoise collections which were purchased by thousands of country fans worldwide. Marvell then set his sites on Christian Country Gospel Music and Branson Missouri when Willie Nelson opened a door for him in 1992 at his Willie Nelson Ozark Theater. The Johnny Minick Family, a well known gospel group would come to Willie’s Theater to hold their weekly worship and preaching services along with great music. Minick saw Marvell as a very enthusiastic and sincere entertainer who truly cared about the ministry and approached him to be a part of the program.

barbara fairchild ricky skaggs james marvell (4)It had to be the Lord because Marvell immediately caught the vision and promised the Minicks he would do anything possible to help promote the important weekly event. Marvell was led to utilize every opportunity in the theater given to him by Willie and his contacts around Branson to makesure that Minick had a crowd. What started as a weekly gathering of 15 or 20 grew quickly into capacity crowds at Willie’s 1,500 seat Theater. The media caught Marvell’s enthusiasm donating large promotional articles every week about the new Branson Gospel Services.

james marvell 2016Later, Barbara Fairchild joined in and promoted it from the Mel Tillis Theater across town where she performed. The news exploded and the Fire Marshall had to turn folks away because of capacity crowds! The rest is now history concerning those early days of Theater Worship in Branson Missouri.

This was one of the most memorable times in Marvell’s career because of his love for Branson Missouri, it’s people and friends he made there.

Around 2004 James came back to Branson to be a special guest  on The Jim Owen Show. Owen pitched one of his great songs to Marvell titled “I Prayed and I Prayed”. Fellow Branson stars like Randy Plummer, Buck Trent and others cheered Marvell on when the song went to #1 in Country Gospel making it the first #1 hit to ever come out of Branson, Missouri!

See YouTube video of Marvell’s early days in Country Gospel 1991 –  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rh1gW8IvoBQ

 – Faye Marvell 4 WHISNews21

George Ducas Honk Tonks Roadhouses & Dancehalls

GeorgeDucas002George Ducas May Hail From The Lone Star State But He Is Never Alone

A Lone Star Native whose Heart and Soul Is Forever Rooted In the Honk Tonks, Roadhouses and Dancehalls

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GeorgeDucas03George Ducas is a musical talent seasoned with experience, driven by passion and humbled by a God-given talent. With a string of Billboard charting songs that established him early as a country music trendsetter, George Ducas is a recording artist, hit songwriter, global entertainer and father to his children; his musical offerings encompass a creativity, sentiment, edge and wisdom of a man who lives life with a passion.

Ducas entered the country music genre as a deep-rooted traditionalist and defined vocalist who brought a contemporary edge to the format in the mid-90s. A Capitol-Nashville Records artist, Ducas was among a hefty roster of award-winning label mates Garth Brooks, Trace Adkins, Deana Carter and Suzy Bogguss.

220px-Ducas_Lipstick_singleSince his success as a national major label and critically acclaimed recording artist (with a string of hits including the Top 10 single “Lipstick Promises”), Ducas took an intended “recording hiatus” to devote his attention to raising his son and daughter (Will and Grace) in their early years.

With a noticeable personal “presence missed” on mainstream radio in recent years, Ducas has remained a mainstay in the country recording industry –his talents for putting words into music have been recognized by his peers and heard loud and clear echoing throughout stadiums, across the dance floors, and booming from stereo speakers over the past decade. It is only his voice that has been quieted from the “front and center” over the airwaves. His reputation has made him a sought-after songcrafter.

I laugh when I’m asked the question, “Where have you been?” I’m not coming out of the ‘Lost and Found.” I’ve been writing, recording and playing gigs for the last ten years… growing into my own skin to become a more confident writer, recording artist and producer. The music “switch” never turns off. I think that’s revealed in my music today.

“I consider myself very much a singer and songwriter with an emphasis on performing and being out there playing for people is a chance for the songs I write to live and breathe.”  George

GeorgeDucas04Making a subtle yet impacting and lasting impression on the country audience and the music industry from the shadows, Ducas has become the “go-to” guy for good songs. His name can be found behind the pen of some of country music’s biggest hits including: Sara Evan’s No. 1 “Real Fine Place To Start,” Josh Thompson’s “Won’t Be Lonely Long,” The Eli Young Band’s “Always The Love Songs” as well as cuts recorded by George Jones and Garth Brooks, The Dixie Chicks, Trisha Yearwood and the Randy Rogers Band, only to name a few.

I’ve never stopped making music; I just stopped making records. In all this time, I have been growing as a man, which ultimately led my musical direction.

unspecifiedThe allure of the night and bright lights, and his fervor to be heard, drew Ducas back into the recording booth taking a short respite and detour from the miles of Texas roads where he’s performed again and again along the trails blazed by hero Willie Nelson and other Texan troubadours before him. Feeding the hunger to record his own new music, the highways nurtured his creative appetite and the call and answer from fans moved him to step from beyond the borders of the big sky and head back to the studio. The result: 4340 !

With a craft mastered by reflections of life lessons complimented by present day maturity, Ducas returns to the country music format to “voice” his songs, and without exception 4340 (Loud Ranch/October 2013) showcases Ducas’ talents to illuminate storylines with defining imagery that brings lyrics to life.

10524657_10153030738504560_18388074735832_nFeaturing co-writes alongside Keifer Thompson (Thompson Square), Jim Beavers (“Red Solo Cup”/Toby Keith, “5150”/Dierks Bentley), Radney Foster, Jon Henderson, Jason Matthews, Blake Wise, Richard Brodock and Jaida Dreyer, the album is stocked with radio worthy tracks and lined with carefully painted musical canvasses including “CowTown” “Ain’t That Crazy,” “Love Struck,” “Amnesia,” “Gimme Back My Honky Tonk” and “I Need To Love You.”

4340 covers an array of topics. “CowTown” is three minutes of good times; “Amnesia” is a longing with regret (with which I’m very familiar); “Ain’t That Crazy” is a journalistic review of how things change over time, what was once ‘cool’ is no longer hip, unexpected twists and turns in love affairs and ‘changes’ (technological or otherwise) that historically become modern day. The album is relationship driven; what can be bigger than that?

A tunesmith who constructs lyrics that attract the ears of the deeply emotional, light-hearted and the little bit crazy, George Ducas is a captivating music poet and entertainer who satisfies the palate of even the most eclectic and thoughtful of listeners.

– GeorgeDucas.com

Branson A High Point In Marvell’s Amazing Career

JamesBarnson001Image result for gospel music today logo ken and jeanBreaking Now! The Oklahoma based TV program Gospel Music Today to report on James Marvell’s #1 song “Only Christian Country” June 26 at 4:30 pm in Tulsa on KWHB TV47, then on demand all week worldwide at  gospelmusictoday.com

Branson A High Point In Marvell’s Amazing Career

Colt Records/AirplayExpress Artist James Marvell Gets Around In The Music Industry

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buck trent and marvellHe has been blessed to be on the ground floor of many musical trends. Did you know, Marvell was a member of the late 60s Warner Brothers’ band Mercy who recorded the solid gold classic, “Love Can Make You Happy”?  Historically, Mercy topped Billboard, Cashbox and RecordWorld’s Top 10 with Elvis, Sinatra and the Beatles in 1969.

anenIn the early 70s, Marvell and Mercy band member Buddy Good headed to Nashville with a mission to bring good clean country music and anti-drug messages to country fans and it’s youth.

James and Buddy formed The Country Cavaleers, a unique MGM duo who turned heads in country music with their long hair half way down their backs but singing pure country music. In 1971 CMA said: “The Cavaleers have scored a First in the world of Country Music.” See Youtube  video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbtqIASyrS8

willie and marvell for video 2The 80s took James Marvell into jewelry designing. He created some of the most collectible turquoise jewelry of that day. He designed  the famous Johnny Cash, June Carter, Bill Monroe and Willie Nelson turquoise collections which were purchased by thousands of country fans worldwide.

Marvell then set his sites on Christian Country Gospel Music and Branson Missouri when Willie Nelson opened a door for him in 1992 at his Willie Nelson Ozark Theater.

Worship services branson missouri (3)The Johnny Minick Family, a well known gospel group would come to Willie’s Theater to hold their weekly worship and preaching services along with great music. Minick saw Marvell as a very enthusiastic and sincere entertainer who truly cared about the ministry and approached him to be a part of the program.

barbara fairchild ricky skaggs james marvell (4)It had to be the Lord because Marvell immediately caught the vision and promised the Minicks he would do anything possible to help promote the important weekly event.

Marvell was led to utilize every opportunity in the theater given to him by Willie and his contacts around Branson to makesure that Minick had a crowd.


worship services branson 1992 (2)What started as a weekly gathering of 15 or 20 grew quickly into capacity crowds
at Willie’s 1,500 seat Theater. The media caught Marvell’s enthusiasm donating large promotional articles every week about the new Branson Gospel Services.

Later, Barbara Fairchild joined in and promoted it from the Mel Tillis Theater across town where she performed. The news exploded and the Fire Marshall had to turn folks away because of capacity crowds! The rest is now history concerning those early days of Theater Worship in Branson Missouri.

james marvell 2016This was one of the most memorable times in Marvell’s career because of his love for Branson Missouri, it’s people and friends he made there.

Around 2004 James came back to Branson to be a special guest  on The Jim Owen Show. Owen pitched one of his great songs to Marvell titled “I Prayed and I Prayed”.

Fellow Branson stars like Randy Plummer, Buck Trent and others cheered Marvell on when the song went to #1 in Country Gospel making it the first #1 hit to ever come out of Branson, Missouri!

See YouTube video of Marvell’s early days in Country Gospel 1991 –  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rh1gW8IvoBQ

 – Faye Marvell 4 WHISNews21

Branson A High Point In Marvell’s Amazing Career

JamesBarnson001Image result for gospel music today logo ken and jeanBreaking Now! The Oklahoma based TV program Gospel Music Today to report on James Marvell’s #1 song “Only Christian Country” soon! Watch the worldwide show just click Here

Branson A High Point In Marvell’s Amazing Career

Colt Records/AirplayExpress Artist James Marvell Gets Around In The Music Industry

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buck trent and marvellHe has been blessed to be on the ground floor of many musical trends. Did you know, Marvell was a member of the late 60s Warner Brothers’ band Mercy who recorded the solid gold classic, “Love Can Make You Happy”?  Historically, Mercy topped Billboard, Cashbox and RecordWorld’s Top 10 with Elvis, Sinatra and the Beatles in 1969. In the early 70s, Marvell and Mercy band member Buddy Good headed to Nashville with a mission to bring good clean country music and anti-drug messages to country fans and it’s youth. James and Buddy formed The Country Cavaleers, a unique MGM duo who turned heads in country music with their long hair half way down their backs but singing pure country music. In 1971 CMA said: “The Cavaleers have scored a First in the world of Country Music.” See Youtube  video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbtqIASyrS8


willie and marvell for video 2The 80s took James Marvell into jewelry designing. He created some of the most collectible turquoise jewelry of
that day. He designed  the famous Johnny Cash, June Carter, Bill Monroe and Willie Nelson turquoise collections which were purchased by thousands of country fans worldwide. Marvell then set his sites on Christian Country Gospel Music and Branson Missouri when Willie Nelson opened a door for him in 1992 at his Willie Nelson Ozark Theater. The Johnny Minick Family, a well known gospel group would come to Willie’s Theater to hold their weekly worship and preaching services along with great music. Minick saw Marvell as a very enthusiastic and sincere entertainer who truly cared about the ministry and approached him to be a part of the program.

barbara fairchild ricky skaggs james marvell (4)It had to be the Lord because Marvell immediately caught the vision and promised the Minicks he would do anything possible to help promote the important weekly event. Marvell was led to utilize every opportunity in the theater given to him by Willie and his contacts around Branson to makesure that Minick had a crowd. What started as a weekly gathering of 15 or 20 grew quickly into capacity crowds at Willie’s 1,500 seat Theater. The media caught Marvell’s enthusiasm donating large promotional articles every week about the new Branson Gospel Services.

james marvell 2016Later, Barbara Fairchild joined in and promoted it from the Mel Tillis Theater across town where she performed. The news exploded and the Fire Marshall had to turn folks away because of capacity crowds! The rest is now history concerning those early days of Theater Worship in Branson Missouri.

This was one of the most memorable times in Marvell’s career because of his love for Branson Missouri, it’s people and friends he made there.

Around 2004 James came back to Branson to be a special guest  on The Jim Owen Show. Owen pitched one of his great songs to Marvell titled “I Prayed and I Prayed”. Fellow Branson stars like Randy Plummer, Buck Trent and others cheered Marvell on when the song went to #1 in Country Gospel making it the first #1 hit to ever come out of Branson, Missouri!

See YouTube video of Marvell’s early days in Country Gospel 1991 –  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rh1gW8IvoBQ

 – Faye Marvell 4 WHISNews21

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