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# 57 In America!!! ...Thank You Radio!!!

Bates Family News Board

Here Comes The King Reaches #57 In Gopsel Charts.. 

The Bates Families current radio release "Here Comes The King" has made it to #57 on the gospel music charts for the month of January. This is the first HIT that the group has had since Tim has been called to preach and they became a duo...Right now radio is behind us and we can feel it!! Thank you to all who has jumped on board we just couldn't do this with out you...Call your local southern gospel station and request it today!! Let's try and go TOP 40!!!

Production For New CD Has Begun 

July 1st was the beginning of production on a new CD project slated to be released in the fall of 2014. We believe that the material is some of the best that we have had the opportunity to record in quite sometime. Tim has written 5 new songs and then we had to thrown in an old favorite that everyone knows, Jesus On The Mainline. Tim James who is producing the project, stated " You are going to hear growth with this recording, Tim & LaDonna have worked diligently to keep evolving the Bates Family brand, and I'm am thrilled to be a part of this endeavor"  The production session on July 1st was to get arrangements done, on July 21st & 22nd tracking begins. Jeremy Medkiff will be playing guitars and bass, Rick Murray on drums, David Johnson as our utility player(fiddle,dobro,chelo etc.) and Tim James on piano & strings. This line up of musicians brings the experience and cohesiveness that is sure to be a winner to the listeners ear. Please pray that these new songs will encourage and inspire, and bring inspiration to a lost and hurting world. If the tracking session is anything like the production session we are gonna have a ball. LaDonna cried several times and Tim couldn't sing for smiling. The 10 song CD has been titled "That Day"

Gearing Up For New CD Project... 

We are excited to announce that we will be going into the studio in July to cut new tracks for our new CD project. God has given us some really exciting material and we can't wait to share it with you. It has been 3yrs. since we have released anything new. Be looking for it to be available in September sometime.

Here Comes The King Hits Radio!! 

The Bates Family new radio single "Here Comes The King" has hit radio and receiving a very well regarded response from stations all over the country. Please pray that God will use this powerful song to be a blessing to all that hear it. Call your favorite Southern Gospel station and request it TODAY!!

Skyline Boys Quartet Records Tim's Songs 

 We are very happy to announce that we have learned that Top 20 artist Skyline Boys Quartet have recorded two of Tim's songs that are registerd in his publishing company. Love Came Through written by Matthew Smith & Above The Clouds written by Tim. Above The Clouds will also be the title track to their new CD. This is a great news that comes on the heels of Tim's first #1 as a writer by the Singing Cookes last fall. God is good!!  

Somewhere Prayin Hits Radio. 

 The Bates Family's new radio release "Somewhere Prayin" hits radio in Feb. 2013. This is a song of encouragement and that prayer can change any circumstance. Please call your local radio station and request TODAY!!

Tim Scores His First #1 

 Tim has learned that his song "Savior,Faithful,Friend" by The Cooke Brothers has charted at #1 in the Christian Voice Magazine for the month of August. This is Tim's first #1 single in his writing career." I am very excited that radio has gotten behind this song and that the Cooke Brothers has recorded it. This is why I write, to be able to hopefully  reach somebody with the love of God, and help strengthen their faith."The Cooke Brothers are the sons of Hall Of Fame Artist The Singing Cookes who has been in gospel music for over 50yrs.

Gospel Greats Hosts The Bates Family 

 On May 2nd the Bates Family was interviewed by The Gospel Greats host Paul Heil. The interview was designed to promote the direction the Bates Family is headed in with their new Cd project "Love Came Through"  Tim and LaDonna was thrilled to learn that they will be the featured artists in the month of June. Along with this, Sheila Heil, the editor of Northern Notes published in the Singing News magazine, has also asked the Bates Family to share some funny stories from the road in the last two and half decades. Be watching for that, I am sure Tim will be coming up with some entertaining information." We are blessed to have The Gospel Greats support us, just goes to show that God will bless if you just trust and obey"  LaDonna stated after the interview. The Gospel Greats w/ Paul Heil is the #1 syndicated christian radio show in the country and can be heard on your local southern gopsel stations.

Country Station To Add Bates Family. 

 Recently The Bates Family has learned that local country station is taking a very strong look at their song "Love Came Through" to add to their regular rotation for their Sunday morning Gospel Music Show that features artists from Ricky Skaggs, The Isaacs, Doyle Lawson, Randy Travis and others. 
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