Singer-Songwriter, Speaker, Author and Dove Award-Winning Entertainer Hosts Women’s Gathering November 7-8
October 27, 2014 (Nashville, Tenn.) – Singer-Songwriter, Speaker, author and Dove Award-winning entertainer Kathy Troccoli, makes a rare appearance in the Nashville area as she brings her national woman’s gathering, called Hope’s Alive to Franklin Tn.
Troccoli, a beloved CCM artist whose many #one hits include “My Life Is In Your Hands” and “Go Light Your World”, will sing and speak, offering Scriptures, stories, laughter and an imaginatively presented dramatic portrayal. This powerful event, which many have described as more of an “experience”, reminds all in attendance that there is reason to hope. Hope’s Alive, plain and simple, blows fresh wind into the spirit of weary hearts.
The intimate gathering is set for November 7-8 at Grace Church in Franklin, Tenn. Hope’s Alive hours are 7-9 p.m. Friday, and November 7, 9 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. Saturday, November 8. Women will also have the opportunity to enjoy Kathy’s pianist and guitarist, Michelle Margiotta. She is an accomplished worship leader having served at David Wilkenson’s beloved Times Square Church in New York City.
For tickets and more information, visit beamongfriends.com or call 615-478-0247.
For more information about Kathy Troccoli, visit kathytroccoli.com.
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Daughter of CCM Veteran Crystal Lewis Releases Sophomore CD Through Word Distribution
October 14, 2014 (Springdale, Ark.) – Izzi Ray, daughter of Christian music veteran Crystal Lewis, releases her sophomore CD, Make Much Of You, today. The project, which is available at all digital and brick and mortar retailers, is being distributed through Word Distribution. Musician/producer Blaine Stark produced the 10-song CD, which features the debut single, “Heaven Is Your Throne.”
“I’m excited to release this new collection of songs on Make Much Of You,” Ray says. “Pride, humility, negativity, longing and, even, death are all subjects that I wrote about, which brings a more serious tone to this CD than to my debut project.”
Make Much Of You follows Ray’s 2012 eponymous CD, which earned the singer/songwriter accolades, including the following from New Release Tuesday: “Izzi Ray is an up and coming young artist with a new, fresh take on songwriting and melody. With a rich, warm, yet young and vibrant voice, Izzi brings a sweet and clear message of faith, hope and love in her songs.”
The lead single, “Heaven Is Your Throne,” co-written by Ray and Stark, is being promoted at A-Sides Radio Promotion to Christian AC-formatted stations.
Ray, a native of California was born into the music-industry family of Grammy-nominated and Dove Award-winning artist Crystal Lewis and music producer/record label executive Brian Ray. Growing up in a family where life frequently took place on the road, Izzi Ray became acquainted with music and touring at an early age and began playing guitar and writing songs at 11.
Her journey of faith also began at an early age, having met God personally at the age of 5. “I want to be a voice in my generation that stirs revival,” Ray says.
For more information about Ray, visit IzziRay.com, like on Facebook at facebook.com/izziray and follow on Twitter (@izziray) and Instagram (izziray).
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Hixson Discusses Her Debut Release “Wait ‘Til You Hear What I Heard,” a coming-of-age novel set in the 1970s in East Texas
October 9, 2014 (Fayetteville, Ark.) – Local author Jan Freeman Hixson will be the featured speaker at the Second Sunday Series at the Fayetteville Public Library from 2-4 p.m. Sunday. Hixson, whose debut book “Wait ‘Til You Hear What I Heard” is currently available, will discuss her experiences as a new author.
“I’ll be telling the good, the bad and the ugly,” Hixson says laughingly. “I’ll also be discussing self-publishing and selling books, of course! I appreciate the Fayetteville Public Library inviting me to be a part of the Second Sunday Series.”
The public is invited to the event, where food and beverages will be served.
Hixson’s new book is an uproarious coming-of-age novel set in a 1970s small east Texas town steeped in high school football, Southern Baptist churches and sweet tea.
“I wanted to write a book that is funny and it is funny, but I also wanted it to be clean,” Hixson says, adding that she has grown weary of books peppered with curse words and R-rated topics. “Besides being funny, I wanted to write something that is intelligent, with the message of redemption and grace. There’s alcohol and other things in it, but that’s what real life is. My book really is the journey of an 11-year-old growing up in the 70s. I grew up in the 70s, and we did a lot of bike riding, we read books, we played out in the yard. There was a certain amount of naiveté that went with that. Then suddenly her life changes and she realizes that grown up life isn’t like that.”
According to early reviews, Hixson has succeeded in her goal.
“I quickly fell in love with these characters and the small, 1970s town Hixson brings to live with charming detail. This is authentic Southern storytelling at its best,” says Gwen Rockwood, author, syndicated freelance columnist and co-founder of nwamotherlode.com.
“I laughed my way through this book as it brought back so many wonderful memories of my childhood growing up Southern Baptist. The characters could have been right out of my family line,” says Mary Ann Court, an Amazon reviewer. “Once I started reading I could not put it down…This is one book I’ll read over and over.”
“This book is wonderfully creative and witty! A fun journey back through my childhood in East Texas,” said Donna Welch, who reviewed the book on Amazon. “A must read! Bless Jan’s heart…she nailed it!”
Hixson’s book began as journaling not long after the death of her mother in 2002.
“I started writing down things I didn’t want to forget,” Hixson says. “I would tell my friends some of the funny things that went on at home and they said ‘You really need to write a book.’ The more I would tell people, the more I heard that. Before I knew it, I had written scenes out of a book.”
Hixson got serious about writing the book around the time her oldest son, Bill, went to college, and her youngest son, Joe, got his driver’s license. Once she finished the manuscript, Hixson sent it to a publisher.
“Of course, I got rejected,” she says.
As an empty nester, Hixson, who had been a full-time, stay-at-home mom for 20 years, went back into the workforce and set the novel aside. After joining a local writer’s guild, Hixson began working on the novel again.
“I got it polished and gave it to an honest-to-goodness editor in Chicago,” Hixson says.
She took her editor’s suggestions, made the revisions, created her own publishing company, Freeman Hixson Press, and published “Wait ‘Til You Hear What I Heard.” The book currently is available at Amazon and at the author’s website, janhixson.com.
Hixson, who is the director of development at Loving Choices Pregnancy Center in Fayetteville, is currently working on her second book, with plans for a sequel to “Wait ‘Til You Hear What I Heard” in the future.
For more information about “Wait ‘Til You Hear What I Heard” and Hixson, visit janhixson.com.
‘Resound’ Features Six Beloved Songs, Including ‘It Is Well’ and ‘To God Alone’
October 1, 2014 (Springdale, Ark.) – INOV8 Music Group recording artist Leslie Woods is releasing her new worship project, “Resound,” today. The six-song EP features beloved worship music, including “It Is Well,” “To God Alone” and “At The Name,” and others.
“I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am about the release of my new worship album ‘Resound’!” Woods says. “It’s been a long time in the making and I can’t wait to see how God is going to use it to further His Kingdom”
“Resound follows the 2013 release of “Just Me,” which featured the No. 1 song “Fall Down.” “Fall Down,” which played on more than 250 radio outlets, topped the CRC Weekly, CRC Monthly and CRC Quarterly charts.
Woods, who calls herself an “extroverted overcomer,” was diagnosed at age 14 with epilepsy. Through her journey of navigating the disease, which often left the teenager feeling ostracized, the vocalist has come to realize that, in the words of Eleanor Roosevelt, “No one can make you feel inferior without your permission.” It is those trials that have led to a career in which Woods has been compared to the likes of Kari Jobe, Natalie Grant and Hillsong United.
“Resound” is available at Amazon, iTunes and all digital retailers, as well as at LeslieWoodsMusic.com or INOV8Music.com.
To learn more about Woods, visit lesliewoodsmusic.com, like on Facebook (facebook.com/lesliewoodsmusic) and follow on twitter (twitter.com/lwoodsmusic).
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