For those who miss REAL Southern Gospel Music (SGM) like I do, I am excited to tell you that “REAL Southern Gospel Music” is back at radio, and is coming to concert venues, and churches near you.
Today’s southern gospel music stylistically is wider than it’s ever been. Today’s music is very contemporary in its sound, its content, and even in its look. Sure, we still get to hear REAL Southern Gospel Music from some REAL SG artists like Greater Vision, Mark Trammell Quartet, Kingdom Heirs, and others. But there are many high-quality artists producing REAL SGM today that we never get to hear. Why? I don’t know. But it’s time for that to change!
In my travels as a preacher and a singer, I’m in front of SGM fans weekly. I also hear from my radio and Live with Les listeners daily. I hear things like, where did “real” SGM go? Or, I’ve stopped going to concerts because we no longer hear “real” SGM. I could go on and on. I am convinced there is a significant, disenfranchised fan base, that’s given up on SGM. They’ve stopped buying and they’ve stopped going!
I started praying about a place where these forgotten fans can feel at home at radio and in person. That’s when REAL Southern Gospel was birthed. Radio is the first of many phases for our REAL brand.
- Lead singer for The Statler Brothers
- Three-time Grammy Award-winner with twenty-one gold and platinum albums
- Member of the Country Music and Gospel Music Halls of Fame
- As a songwriter, he holds twenty-one BMI (Broadcast Music Inc.) awards
- Television series writer
- Ten published books since his retirement from the music industry
- Reid lives in his hometown of Staunton, Virginia with his wife, Debbie
- Current president of Tennessee Valley Group, Inc., the largest retainer based M&A advisory firm in middle Tennessee
- Current president of the Confident Business Seller Academy
- Former majority owner of the Solid Gospel Radio Network and Solid Gospel 105FM
- Former investor and board member of the National Quartet Convention
- Former publisher of the Singing News Magazine and Former co-publisher of Homecoming Magazine
- Former president of Salem Media Group’s New Media Division
- Author of “Home Run, A Pro’s Guide to Selling a Business”
- Member and deacon Brentwood Baptist Church
- Married to wife Emily for 36 years, three children and five grand children
- 60 Years in Gospel Music
- Created MorningStar records
- Produced artists such as The Crabb Family, McKameys, Perrys, and many others
- Pianist with many singing groups including 10 years with The Happy Goodman Family
- Music director for the TV show Gospel Jubilee on the The Nashville Network
- Member of the Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame
- Started booking artist in 1972 in Detroit Michigan
- First major ticketed event 1973 in Detroit with Hopper Brothers and Connie
- Moved to Dallas in 1982, bought half interest in WB Nowlins Battle of Songs
- Cities booked in 80 and 90's: Detroit Michigan, Fort Worth Houston, Beaumont, and Abilene TX. Little Rock,El Dorado, Fort Smith Ark. Oklahoma City and Seminole, OK. Wichita Kansas, Joplin MO. Knoxville TN, Chattanooga TN, Monroe and Baton Rouge LA
- Concert promoter for 50 years
- Moved to East Tennessee in 1990