USAGEM TODAY
40th Editon
September 2017
Serving the Lord through entertainment
 
      The United States Association Of  Gospel  Entertainers & Musicians
A 501 (c)(3) Faith-Based Ministry/Charity
Viewing Party for the 2016 USAGEM Award Show Video
USAGEM Members and Grammy Award Winners
The FAIRFIELD FOUR
recipients of the USAGEM Black Gospel Crown Jewel Award are among those featured in the 2016 USAGEM Award Show 
                       USAGEM PRESIDENT LYNN FOX
  FROM THE PRESIDENT'S DESK
From The President's Desk . . . . . . .

Each time that we host a USAGEM sponsored event, I'm always amazed at the amount of expertise and talent there is in our organization. Last month, during our annual birthday bash celebration, the seminars were top notch. The expert knowledge of websites and technology, along with the overview of music theory, voice techniques, appearance, and songwriting skills were very impressive and informative. Special thanks to our seminar leaders, Mike Dunbar, Michael Gardner, Sandi Kay Shupe, and our very special guest Larry Alderman. All of these folks did an impeccable job! 

After this wonderful time of fellowship, great food, and performances by our artists and musicians, I started to think about the personality traits of many of our artists, songwriters, and musicians. I jotted down a few of these characteristics that I feel are important for any successful ministry or career. 

  • Perseverance - The most successful songwriters, artists, and musicians always go the extra mile and never quit, even when the going gets tough. They are willing to drive further, do the extra work and put in the additional time it takes, going above and beyond to make things happen. As the saying goes "They give 110%". 

  • Confidence - They believe with every fiber of their being that they can be a successful singer, songwriter, musician, or industry leader. They continue their ministries on the same level of confidence in their God-given talent and belief that the Lord is faithful and will provide. 

  • Willingness To Learn - I noticed this during the seminars. Everyone was listening intently and asking appropriate questions. No matter the amount of success, we are all students and continually network to hone our talents.

  • Positive Attitude - The most successful people do not go around with a "gloom and doom" perspective in life or their career. They usually have a positive outlook, even during the most difficult situations that might face them. For people with a positive approach in life, the glass is half full! They move forward with the belief that there is always a light at the end of the tunnel! Also, they are encouragers - Seeing the good in others and celebrating their successes!

  • Be True To Yourself - Ask God's guidance in all that you do and say. He will lead you to the right people and the correct path. He will also give you the songs, music, and style that's the right fit for you.


If you're not overflowing with these basic personality traits, it might be time for some self-reflection. Also, devoting your life to a music career takes more than just a good voice or a knack for a musical instrument. Many volunteer and serve in capacities that have nothing to do with their musical talent. 

In closing, I reiterate - Always ask for direction from the Lord. Reflect on your best traits and be ready for everything this career choice will throw at you.  

In His Service,

Lynn Fox
USAGEM President


                            
SONGS FOUND IN THE WORD OF GOD
 "And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;
 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
 But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom.
 And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives."

Matthew 26:27-30




We hold up in prayer:

The people of Texas, Louisiana and all those affected by Hurricane Harvey

Our leaders in the U.S. and throughout the world that they may turn to the Lord Jesus for guidance. 

Our Military, Police, Fire Fighters and First Responders everywhere.
 

And may God bless USAGEM and all of our members, meet our needs, give us your divine comfort, and allow us to be instruments of your holy will. 
In Jesus' name, Amen.



USAGEM IS A VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATION 
DON'T WAIT TO BE ASKED TO PARTICIPATE IN AN EVENT...

VOLUNTEER


Mike's Tips



 Here are some random tips for singers: 

SMILE WHEN YOU SING 

Even when a song is sad, a smile can be one of comfort and hope. A smile is friendly. A smile also sounds better. 

Try this simple thing. Right now sing the first words of the hymn "Amazing Grace" with a slight  frown, then with a big smile. Listen to the difference. The smile has a more open and vibrant sound, one that has crisp highs and pure tones.  God made smiles that way. So when you're making a joyful noise...smile! 

LEARN YOUR VOCAL RANGE
  
Find your highest dependable high and low notes, with the important word being "dependable."

I know a singer who has a curious habit. He sings songs that end with a very high note,
but when he hits it  his voice cracks and falters. When asked what was the highest note he could depend on to sing, he didn't know. 
Don't make that mistake. 

Your dependable notes are notes you can sing clearly and distinctly every time, not notes you can push up to or down to late at night or early in the morning, but notes you can even hit when the old sinuses are giving you trouble. 

Then, choose your keys or tracks so songs stay in the range between those two dependable notes. God makes us all with different ranges.  Some folks can "stretch" those ranges a bit , but eventually we hit a point where it's too high or low to be dependable.

LEARN TO WORK A MICROPHONE 

If you're holding a microphone and have monitor speakers ALWAYS keep the microphone pointing away from those speakers, preferably divergent from the plane of the speaker face. This discourages feedback.

When first on stage, if you're holding an electric instrument such as a guitar, touch the microphone lightly and quickly WITH THE BACK OF YOUR HAND. I emphasize that because the reason for that touch is to see if you get an electric shock from a poorly grounded system. If it's a strong shock it can cause your muscles to grip the microphone and not let go. I know of someone who was seriously shocked in that way. If you use the back of your hand a strong electric current will cause you to make a fist and pull away from the current. 

Most stage microphones (as opposed to studio microphones) have what is called a "proximity effect." That means as you get close to the microphone, usually from about three inches to actually touching it with your lips (if it's your microphone, of course and you've checked it as written above), the mic will accentuate the lower, bass-ier sounds. After checking the mic as detailed above a singer can get very close to it for low notes that will be full, round and "punchy."  

Basically, moving your head a bit to the side when singing "p" or "b" will cut down on "pops." Moving away from the mic (or moving the mic away from you) on louder notes, especially higher ones, will give more pleasing loud notes and more intimate sounding softer notes. 

HAVE SONGS READY and KNOW YOUR KEYS

If you're playing with a musician or band that might not be familiar with your performance, make sure you know the key of your chosen songs. Some folks think since they use tracks or since they have a regular band, they don't need to know the keys. But, what if  at some performance you are suddenly asked to sing? If you have a few well-known songs ready and you know the keys you will have no problem.


DETAILS ARE IMPORTANT

As Christian singers, we represent Christ in all we do. 
The great composer, J.S. Bach said: 
    "The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God" 
"..all music..." means every single note.
 
God Bless Your Ministries,
                           Mike Dunbar 
                           USAGEM Vice President
                                  
VIEWING PARTY for 
 2016 USAGEM AWARDS SHOW VIDEO

Special thanks to all of you who participated during our13th Annual USAGEM Convention & Awards festivities last November. Below is an update on the film project. As you know, all of the performances during the Friday evening showcase and the awards show on Saturday were filmed in it's entirety. 

The student film crew at Columbia State Community College has worked diligently to compile the video footage from both days of filming at the Texas Troubadour Theatre. Most recently, graduating student Juan Lopez has been put in charge to edit the entire video. USAGEM President Lynn Fox and Vice-President Mike Dunbar have been meeting with Juan on a regular basis to make editing calls and suggestions regarding the choice of video footage, camera angles, and audio corrections.

Juan Lopez attended August 12ths USAGEM Birthday Bash and graciously played some of the finished (and unfinished) segments of the awards show to members who wanted to see the progress of the show. Everyone who has seen these segments is very delighted and pleased. They have also voiced their satisfaction with the ongoing process.

Juan is extremely talented and has worked very hard on this film project. He is doing a great job! Lynn Fox commented, "We are delighted with the outcome so far. After seeing the quality of the video, we feel strongly that this awards show and these performances are of the variety suitable to be aired on a cable network. Mike Dunbar and I have some ideas and will be working toward that goal. We will keep you updated as we move forward."

Presently, the awards show is almost finished. All the video from Saturday's perfomance is complete. Juan is continuing his work to edit the performances from the Friday evening showcase. Mike is also working with Juan on  sound editing and normalization. 


So right now, plans are for USAGEM to host a viewing party of the 13th Annual USAGEM Awards Show on Monday, October 23, 2017.  DVD copies of the Friday showcase performances and Saturday awards show will be available to everyone! So, mark your calendars and make your plans now to attend!

-Viewing Party-
13th Annual USAGEM Awards Show
Monday, October 23, 2017
Nashville Association Of Musicians
11 Music Circle North
Nashville, Tennessee
7:00 PM

At 6:00 PM, right before the viewing party, there will be a short USAGEM Membership Meeting. (Nominations for the 2018 board members in each of the five genres will convene during this meeting.) We want this entire evening to be a wonderful time of celebration for all of our USAGEM members and friends!

Again, we are looking forward to seeing you on Monday, October 23rd. Thank you for your support and participation in all of our USAGEM activities and events!
 
USAGEM God and Country Jubilee: 

Our September 22, 2017 God and Country Jubilee is scheduled to be held at the Nashville Cowboy Church Ranch House at 410 Brick Church Pike, Goodlettsville, Tennessee
It will feature 
Gail Smith

Gail Smith 


and Kingscouple (Don and Cindy Baughman). 


Kingscouple

  The show begins at 7pm, 
no cover charge-a donation will be taken


SUPPORT YOUR FELLOW USAGEM ARTISTS

Come to one of our events

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN PERFORMING AT A FUTURE "GOD AND COUNTRY JUBILEE" HERE IN THE NASHVILLE AREA? PLEASE CONTACT US!    OR, IF YOU'RE NOT IN THIS AREA, ARE YOU INTERESTED IN HOSTING YOUR OWN LOCAL "USAGEM GOD AND COUNTRY JUBILEES?" CONTACT US, WE'LL HELP YOU  GET STARTED! 

USAGEM GOD AND COUNTRY JUBILEES ARE PRAYER FILLED, GOSPEL SPREADING MUSICAL FELLOWSHIPS. WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE YOU JOIN AND PARTICIPATE.



                         
The Words of our Lord 
You must not think I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to complete them. Indeed, I assure you that, while Heaven and earth last, the Law will not lose a single dot or comma until its purpose is complete. This means that whoever now relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches men to do the same will himself be called least in Heaven. But whoever teaches and practises them will be called great in the kingdom of Heaven. For I tell you that your goodness must be a far better thing then the goodness of the scribes and Pharisees before you can set foot in the kingdom of Heaven at all!
 Matthew 5: 17-20


USAGEM Today
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USAGEM Today is distributed to all of our members, and to more than 150 churches and music industry personnel.  
If you have news items about your ministry, please e-mail your press releases or digital flyers to Mike Dunbar at:  usagemmikedunbar@gmail.com

We may edit press releases as we see fit, keep in mind that USAGEM is a 501c3  Non-Profit organization. USAGEM does not endorse a poltical party or worldly agenda. We are here to serve the Lord and spread the Gospel through song and entertaiment. 

 

MEMBERS NEWS
Jimmy Jack Whitaker says he had a great time producing Sonshine Road in Nashville. They recorded several songs including some 
that he wrote. 
Sonshine Road (Kevin Nelson and Rachelle LeAnn Nelson) were accompanied on the project by several great bluegrass players as well as the current  USAGEM Musician of the Year, Jimmy Jack himself.

Bev McCann has been nominated for two ICGMA awards this year, including their Gold Cross Award. Congratulations Bev! 

USAGEM member Lashell Spears was a featured guest of longtime Grand Ole Opry pianist Tim Atwood's show at the Wilson County Fair in Middle Tennessee.  
Lashell, who is pianist for Nashville Cowboy Church, sang several songs and  brought the house down.

Also at the Wilson County Fair, member Cassie Cornish's daughter  Summer Ryan won First Place in amateur contemporary clogging (clog dancing). She then went on to take Second Place in master's contemporary clogging and then won Grand Champion overall. Wow. Summer and her twin sister Autumn Ryan ( who, by the way, are also member Sandi Kay Shupe's granddaughters) brought out the awards at last year's USAGEM Award Show. Just to show it runs in the family, Sandi Kay Shupe was runner up for   Ms. Senior Wilson County
You can see them all on the video at the
 Award Show Viewing Party October 23rd

Do you have any news for us? 
Send press releases, stories, links etc. to: 
usagemmikedunbar@gmail.com

We are blessed to have so many talented people in our organization. Praise God. 

We want to thank everyone who participated in the USAGEM WRITER'S NIGHT events. They were entertaining and uplifting. We will continue to do more of these on an occasional basis. 

In the meantime, later on this month we will begin filming several episodes of a new video program featuring  
United States Association of Gospel Entertainers and Musicians songwriting members. Two songwriters per program will each do a segment of 3 songs including an interview by our president Lynn Fox. We have current opportunities for both cable and internet broadcast  and are excited about building and presenting the show to other networks and video providers so our members will be able to further spread the message of Jesus Christ. We will have more information on this at the October 23rd Viewing Party

"The Greatest Assets of USAGEM Are Our Members"

USAGEM's members are a diverse group of people creating music and entertainment in various ways. Yet, we all share one goal. To reach the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 

Whether it is one singer in a small church coffee house, a praise and worship team, a Christian comedian, a Grammy winning quartet, or a family band, we're all here to PRAISE THE LORD.

We are a fellowship of servants using out talents to serve the                                                                 King of Kings.

God bless our members!