It’s mid-April & so many exciting things have been going on. Lots of work has been being put in on “FARMAGGEDON: SOUTHERN GOSPEL MUSIC FESTIVAL” (i.e. SEPT 28TH). We’re working hard to get the word out. Been speaking with several television & radio stations/programs about coming on air this SEPTEMBER to tell people about this great event. Our sponsors CHRISTIAN VOICE MAGAZINE & SGN SCOOPS will be advertising in their JULY, AUG, & SEPT Issues. Likewise our sponsor WKXV AM900 will be out spreading the word in the months prior. Flyers & Posters are out now, Concert Shirts are readily available for purchase ($10 each); thank you RENO’S SPORTING GOODS (i.e. Sponsor). And a big thanks to the rest of our sponsors: WOOD’S MUSIC & JUDY’S BARN for helping make all of this possible. The artists appearing include: Because of Jesus, Branded Souls, Rhonda Frye, Blount County Boys, Everlasting, BEN*JAM, Undivided, Donny Young & New Beginning, Rick Alan King, Heart To Heart, Gordon Killcollins, and Terry Weeks. All canned food goods donated will go to feed the hungry via the help of our friends at SECOND HARVEST FOOD BANK OF EAST TENNESSEE. For more information on “FARMAGGEDON 2013” please visit BEN*ADDICTION‘s homepage @: “www.BENJAMS.com/BENADDICTION“.
BEN*JAM will be recorded live for a future Television broadcast for the upcoming series “GOSPEL IN SESSION“. Gospel In Session is recorded LIVE at BIG MAMA’S Studio in Seymour, TN by recording veteran Norbert Stovall. The show will feature the group doing a selection of our original songs. For more information on this program, please visit their page @ “www.GospelInSession.com“.
On April 27th (i.e. Benjamin’s Birthday) BEN*JAM is set to record their 6th album; “You Need The Holy Ghost – VOL 3“. This will be the conclusion to the first series they released & will then be the second full series which they’ve released. “You Need The Holy Ghost – VOL 3” will be a very up-tempo album with the highlighted subject being praise. Iconicly, this series has sought to capture the old-timey Pentecostal sounds of yesteryear on which (BEN*JAM founder/lyricist) Benjamin Blankenship grew up. Heavily inspired by the music of Mike Purkey, The Hinsons, and a variety of others, this album may stand to remind others why BEN*JAM fans describe BEN*JAM‘s music as “Fun”.
It’s very exciting to see everything God has been doing for us this year. Ideally, 2013 is a year of new things. Rather than progressively put ourselves out their solely as a band, we will be diversifying. Benjamin is recording, running sound, working with other artists. He is also monitoring all of BEN*JAM‘s iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, CD Baby, etc. activity with great pleasure. Gordon is networking, and playing frequently with friends. Jonelle is always busy. She’s a woman of many talents, who keeps taking on new hobbies; currently the newest is raising chickens.