Danny Ray Harris Featured Christian Country Artist on HLE Radio

Danny Ray Harris was born on December 22 1976 in a small community hospital in Pineville, Kentucky. Danny’s love for music began at an early age of 4 years old. His passion showed bright to everyone around him. At the age of 5 years old Danny’s kindergarten teacher overheard him singing John Anderson’s song just a swinging and insisted on recording him in front of the class.

After attending school in Pineville through the 3rd grade, he and his parents moved to Bay Minette, Alabama. Danny Ray Harris then attended Bay Minette Elementary School until the 5th grade. At this time his parents separated and he moved back to Kentucky with his father. The pain of his parents separating took a toll on him. He never felt as if he were really at home anymore. Because of this, Danny moved back and forth between Alabama and Kentucky until he was 17 years old.

While in Kentucky, Danny gave his heart to Jesus Christ in a small Baptist Church called West Pineville Baptist Church. Though struggling throughout his childhood this never let him get to far away from God. Danny never could seem to focus after the separation. His grades started slipping and moving back and forth only made things worse. The only thing he felt he could turn to was his music. No matter what he went though the gleam in his eyes never faded.

Danny Ray Harris quit school at the age of 16 years old and began playing guitar and singing country music in night clubs. He entered several contests in the area around him like the jimmy Dean Country Showdown, and he won 1st place at the Hank Williams Festival Song Writing Contest in 1998. On July 2, 1997

In 2001, Danny Ray Harris was invited to see Marty Raybon in concert. Through Marty’s awesome testimony and music they realized that the ways of the world are meaningless if God isn’t in complete control of them. Danny rededicated his life to Jesus Christ that night. Danny soon realized that all of his failure in country music was merely because God wasn’t in control.

Danny’s grandparents in Alabama, whom helped to raise him, were pastors William E. or (Hank) and Marie Sprinkle. They had always tried to instill the knowledge of the Bible in Danny’s heart. This is something that has always meant a great deal to him, but it took God and only God to bless him with his musical ability.

On that night in 2001 it all suddenly became clear to him. Without God in control of everything you do it means nothing, but with God anything is possible. With guidance from God and the support of family, friends, and fans Danny Ray Harris accepted the call into Ministry.

Since that time Danny Ray Harris has been singing across the country and has recorded 3 projects. A song off his most recent project, Legacy, will be released to radio in Spring of 2010

Mike Manuel Featured Christian Country Artist on HLE Radio


Mike Manuel Featured Christian Country Artist on HLE Radio

Mike Manuel:Featured Christian Country Artist on HLE Radio

Mike Manuel’s faith in God and love for country music guide his life and career path. As an accomplished singer and songwriter, Mike combines the traditional sounds of country music with inspirational lyrics about faith, hope and promise. Mike wants his songs to have meaningful messages that resonate with his audiences and that is what his latest CD of original songs “Pieces of My Heart” offers.

Mike Manuel grew up in Houston, Texas, and as a teenager learned to play the guitar and sing the songs of Merle Haggard, Marty Robbins, Elvis Presley and George Jones. He is following in the footsteps of his father, Gerald, who once performed on the same show as Elvis Presley and sang at a music theater called the Tarkington Prairie Jamboree. It was at that weekly show that Mike first performed before a live audience.

Mike Manuel:Featured Artist on HLE Radio

Mike credits the fall of 1971 as being a dramatic turning point in his life that would shape him and his music for years to come. That year at a little country church in Shepherd, Texas, the entire Manuel family was saved. It was this event that cultivated the pure country sound complete with wholesome lyrics that is so recognizable in Mike’s music today. In the following years, Mike traveled with his brothers as the Manuel Family Band. They received a warm reception from the gospel market with three single releases reaching the Singing News top 40, as well as reaching number one in the Christian Country and Country Gospel charts.

In 1996, Mike decided to relocate his family to Nashville, Tenn., to begin a full-time solo music career. What followed is a succession of 15 number one Christian Country radio singles and over 20 awards from various music organizations including the Country Gospel Music Association’s 1998 and 1999 National Entertainer of the Year, the 1998 National Songwriter of the Year and the 1999 Christian Country Music Association’s Male Vocalist of the Year. In 2006, Mike picked up the coveted Songwriter of the Year award at the Inspirational Country Music (ICM) awards. In 2006 he was a featured performer on the nationally televised ICM awards show alongside country stars Charlie Daniels, Lonestar and Trent Tomlinson. And in 2007, he took home “Song of the Year” for “Back in the Country Again”, and also “Songwriter of the Year”, as well as perfomed on the awards show again.

Mike Manuel continues to travel entertaining audiences all over the country. The much anticipated recording “Pieces of my Heart” is now available and has already debuted on radio. Expectations are high with this project and there is much to come in 2011! It is evident when you hear this collection of songs that the early love Mike developed for music has grown into a deep respect for its power to invoke emotions and affect the lives of people in a positive manner.


Manuel:Featured Artist on HLE Radio

Oak Ridge Boys To Receive 2012 SGMA James D. Vaughan Impact Award

OAK RIDGE BOYSPIGEON FORGE, Tenn.—The multi-award winning Oak Ridge Boys,  will receive the 2012 James D. Vaughan Impact Award on October 3  during a special ceremony at Dollywood at the Southern Gospel Music Association’s (SGMA) annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Singing News Fan Awards.

When told of the news, Duane Allen lead singer for the Oaks said, “It is a huge honor for The Oak Ridge Boys to be presented with the James D. Vaughan Impact Award.  Southern style gospel music is the foundation of harmony which is the sound of The Oak Ridge Boys. We all grew up loving the great gospel quartets and gospel music.  We are very humbled to have been chosen to receive this award and look forward to its presentation at Dollywood October 3rd”.

Group members Duane Allen, William Golden, Joe Bonsall and Richard Sterban will be on hand to accept the award which is named in honor of James D. Vaughan, a Southern gospel music pioneer and one of the genre’s founders.  Past recipients include Bill Gaither, James Blackwood, Les Beasley, Bob Brumley, Mosie Lister, Paul Heil, Eva Mae LeFevre, J.G. Whitfield, Lari Goss, Barbara Mandrell, Dolly Parton and the Statler Brothers.

“The name Oak Ridge has long been associated with gospel music.  Even today the Oaks are still delivering the gospel sound to their audiences in their own inimitable fashion.  Their endeavors to persevere have not gone un-noticed. Their rich gospel music legacy makes us proud to honor them with the James D. Vaughan Impact Award”, said Charlie Waller, Executive Director of the SGMA.

The group was founded in the 1940s as the Oak Ridge Quartet. They became popular in southern gospel during the 1950s. Their name was officially changed to the Oak Ridge Boys in the early 1960s. This group was one of the all-time favorite quartets in gospel music history and by 1973, began to make their entry into country music by signing with Columbia Records. The Boys have enjoyed 25 top ten singles, including 13 number one hits. They continue to tour and record today. Their most popular gospel songs included “I Know,” “King Jesus” and the ever popular, “Jesus Is Coming Soon,” written by SGMA Hall of Fame member, the late R.E. Winsett.

The SGMA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony/Singing News Fan Awards take place October 3, 2012 at DP’s Celebrity Theatre at Dollywood, home of the Southern Gospel Music Museum and Hall of Fame.  Seating is reserved, and tickets are $75 ($55 for Dollywood season passholders) and include one-day Dollywood admission, parking and lunch as well as Dollywood’s more than 40 rides, shows and attractions.  Tickets go on sale March 1st and must be purchased in advance by calling the SGMA office at (865) 908-4040.

The SGMA is a non-profit organization that maintains the Southern Gospel Music Museum and Hall of Fame, the only facility honoring Southern gospel music and dedicated to the historic preservation of the genre’s accomplishments, both for the music and the people. Museum hours coincide with Dollywood’s operating schedule. Donations are tax-deductible. For more information about the museum or its inductees, visit www.sgma.org.