Soul Stirrer Dillard Crume Resting Easy


March 24, 2008                                 

Contact: Malaco Records
Phone: (601) 982-4522


Jackson, MS. March 24, 2008- On Friday, March 21, 2008, Gospel music lost another legend. Dillard Crume, producer, guitarist and lead singer of the legendary Soul Stirrers passed away after an extended illness.

Dillard was born in a small town in Missouri, but due to poor economicsin the south, the family of ten; eight boys and two girls, migrated to Chicago. Dillard and the other Crume brothers would later be introduced to Gospel music through their eldest brother A.C. Crume. Dillard quickly found out that this is what he wanted to do for the rest of his life and the brothers formed a group called the Crume Brothers.

Other major Gospel groups became interested in the Crume Brothers because of their musical ability. At the age of nineteen, Dillard was approached by the Blind Boys of Mississippi. He accepted their offer and became their guitarist and background vocalist.

After singing and playing with Blind Boys, Dillard became a member of the Highway QC’s. After singing with the Highway QC’s, Dillard temporarily left gospel music to sing R&B. One night while singing in a night club in California, Dillard was approached by a motion picture company to be a part of an upcoming film entitled “Blume In Love”, starring George Segal and Shelley Winters. Dillard and his brother Rufus wrote a song for the movie entitled I’m in Love With You. Dillard also appeared in the movie.

In the midst of all of the fame and fortune, Dillard felt a void in his life and returned to his roots, Gospel Music. Dillard began producing records for labels such as Specialty Records, Checker Records and Jewel Records. Whatever label the Soul Stirrers were on, Dillard would somehow land a job. In 1976, an opportunity became available for Dillard as one of the lead singers for The Soul Stirrers. He gladly took the job and remained there until his death. While with The Soul Stirrers, Dillard wrote such hit songs as “Resting Easy”, “Meeting Over Yonder” and “If You Love Jesus, Raise Your Hands” just to name a few.

In February 2008, the Soul Stirrers were all reunited at the Malaco recording studio in Jackson, MS to record the upcoming release, A Soul Stirring Reunion on Malaco Records.

Darrell Luster, member of The Sensational Nightingales and producer of A Soul Stirring Reunion states, “Dillard was my childhood idol. I learned so much from him. He taught me the Nashville Number System and how to read and write music charts. We'd stay on the phone for hours talking about the business. He will definitely be missed by me.”

Dillard Crume will be greatly missed by his family, fans and friends, and by the Gospel Community who admired and cherished his life’s work.

Wake / Viewing
Tuesday, March 25, 2008 7:00 PM– 8:00 PM Whitaker’s Funeral Home 25 N. Kennedy St. Metter, Ga. 30439 Phone # 912-685-5158

Wednesday, March 26, 2008 11:00 AM
Greater Bethel A.M.E. 119 Oak St. Reidsville, Ga. 30453

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Whitaker’s Funeral Home
25 N. Kennedy St. Metter, Ga. 30439
Please send cards and flowers to the funeral home.

Press Release: True Believers Release Break Through, February 26


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                           

February 19, 2008
Contact: Jenny Rogers

True Believers “Break Through” In Stores February 26

Jackson, TN. February 19, 2008- True Believers, one of the most exciting and prominent young Quartet group's in the nation, is slated to release their second project with Malaco Records, Break Through. Break Through hits stores on February 26, 2008.

True Believers, well known for hit singles “Ooh Wee Another Blessing,” “Don’t Count Me Out,” and “I Don’t Need No Rock,” is looking for a “Break Through” with their current project of the same name.

Break Through contains ten new songs that ranges from  hard hitting, hand clapping, dance music to anointed praise and worship, skillfully and beautifully sung.

"Their ability to transition seamlessy from different sytles of quartet music is one of the elements that separate True Believers from the rest on the quartet field, positioning them to reach the mainstream Gospel consumer and minister in the churches during their morning worship services without disturbing the flow," states D.A. Johnson, Executive Director of Malaco's Gospel Division.

The two song disc serviced to national gospel radio containst he following two cuts, “Here Comes Your Breakthrough” & the commanding anointed praise and worship song “He’s Working It Out.”

True Believers’ “Break Through” will be in stores on February 26, 2008.

For orders and more information, please visit: or call 800-272-7936.

Press Release: Keith Wonderboy Johnson Releases Project on Malaco Label


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February 6, 2008

Contact: Jenny Rogers



Jackson, MS. February 6, 2008 - Keith "Wonderboy" Johnson, well known for numerous classic gospel hits such as "Hide Behind The Mountain,"  "I Just Want To Be Right"and his latest 2007 Stellar award winning song, "I Made It" has come to be known as the undisputed Prince Of Quartet Gospel. Malaco Records is slated to release the special quartet project Keith "Wonderboy" Johnson Presents... The Rising Stars Of Quartet" Volume I on February 26, 2008.

Keith "Wonderboy" Johnson has been singing professionally since the age of five as a member of the group founded by his father, The Spiritual Voices. A young man and master student of the Quartet genre, Johnson desires to use his success to  bring quartet music to the forefront, both for legends, those in the making and for consumers as well.

"Keith "Wonderboy" Johnson Presents...The Rising Stars Of Quartet" Volume I" is the first of a series and features fourteen brand new songs; three performed by Keith "Wonderboy" Johnson himself. Other selections include some of the hottest groups on the quartet scene, including: Tim Rogers & The Fellas, Jewel & Converted, Brothers In Christ and Marble Twins & Company. 

The project was presented to the public January 24, 2008, when The Malaco Music Group presented an exclusive musical showcase at the American Gospel Quartet Convention in  Birmingham, AL. The showcase featured "Live" performances by Keith "Wonderboy" Johnson and his Rising Stars Of Quartet and met with a welcome and overwhelmingly positive response.

D.A. Johnson, Executive Director of Malaco Music Group's Gospel division states, "I humorously refer to Keith "Wonderboy" Johnson as the Michael Jackson of Quartet because he's been singing professionally since he was five. I've watch him from the beginning on the Quartet scene in Brooklyn, NY and  knew back then that he was going to be something special. It is a true honor and privilege to finally have the opportunity to work with him in this capacity. It's a dream come true for the both of us."

Keith "Wonderboy" Johnson Presents... The Rising Stars Of Quartet: Volume I will be in stores on February 26, 2008, just in time to close out National Quartet Month, 2008. 

Keith "Wonderboy" Johnson appears as a courtesy of World Wide Gospel.

Euclid Gray's Unleashed in Stores February 26, 2008



 February 13, 2008
Contact: Jenny Rogers

Euclid Gray’s “Unleashed” In Stores February 26, 2008

February 13, 2008 - Euclid Gray, formerly of the R. Kelly’s platinum R&B Public Announcement and known to millions as Rev. Henry Oliver in Tyler Perry’s hit play and DVD release Meet The Brown’s, made his debut Malaco release and transition into the Gospel arena with a fan favorite, Urban Inspirational release Father Guide Me in 2006. His accomplishments up to this point afforded Euclid instant face recognition with the Gospel and mainstream audiences; however his second Malaco release, Unleashed just may categorize all those accomplishments as simply humble beginnings.

Unleashed is the first of the '8 for $8' product line to be released from Malaco Records. Euclid Gray’s “Unleashed” contains eight high-powered tracks ranging from “Let Me Praise Him,” an up-tempo, swing out, big band flavor dance track to “Ain’t Goin’ Get Mine,” a funky rock track,  to  “You Must Go” a Dance Hall / Hip Hop Reggae track to a Euro House/ Dance remix of “Ghetto Gospel Man” House/ Dance taken from the “Father Guide Me” CD. “Unleashed” is clean, fun, inspiring music for the whole family to enjoy.

The title track and single “Let Me Praise Him” was test marketed in Buffalo, NY quickly becoming the most requested song on the BDS station, rising to the top of the station’s play list in a matter of a few weeks eventually knocking Kirk Franklin’s “Declaration” single out of the number one spot. Dwayne Cumberlander, Program Director, WUFO Buffalo states, "Clap your hands, stomp your feet, "Let Me Praise Him" is a refreshingly energetic song that listeners have been hungry for. More than just gospel radio will love this song! Our phone lines ring off the hook. “Let Me Praise Him” is audience favorite of all ages!”

Elroy R. C. Smith, Operations Manager for Radio One’s FM properties in Philadelphia, PA states, “Let Me Praise Him” by Euclid Gray is refreshing. The energy, the beat and the message brings a good feel to my radio station. This song is infectious and we at PRAISE 103.9 PHILLY were the first to bring this song to light in the Philadelphia metropolitan area!”

Euclid Gray’s “Unleashed” will be in stores on February 26, 2008!

Go to or call 800-272-7936 to pre order you copy today!!!

First Day of National Quartet Month 2008!



The Malaco Music Group continues its commitment and says "Yes! Quartet!"

Febraury 2008, National Quartet Month, is going to be as exciting as ever with the national servicing of the full length CDs from the two 2008 Stellar Award Nominees Slim & the Supreme Angels featuring Slim's classic hit "Death & The Beautiful Lady" and The Pilgrim Jubilees along with Spencer Taylor & The Highway QCs featuring a re-recording of the classic hit that was led by the phenomenal Johnnie Taylor "Somewhere To Lay My Head."

Plenty of great Quartet Gospel music is available to programmers this month!

The Malaco Music Group was recently a major sponsor at the American Gospel Quartet Convention that took place last week in Birmingham, AL, where our 2008 National Quartet Month Celebration was officially launched, hosting the announcer's luncheon and an exclusive musical showcase featuring exciting news to the world of Quartet and the Gospel community, which will be announced over the next coming weeks. So Get Ready!!!

Malaco has always been the leader and home of Quartet music leading back to their first ever Gospel artist signing, the number one group of that era, The Jackson Southernaires. Since that time, other quartet groups followed, reaching legendary status such as: The Sensational Nightingales, The Original Soul Stirrers, Willie Banks & The Messengers, Robert Blair & The Fantastic Violinaires, and Willie Neal Johnson & The Gospel Keynotes.

So spread the word...It's National Quartet Month, 2008!

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