Horizon & Sonlite Records artists The Kingsmen and Endless Highway and producer Jeff Collins were honored for their work in the Southern Gospel genre at last week’s Absolutely Gospel Music Awards held at the Historic Franklin Theater in Franklin, in Tennessee.
The Kingsmen’s latest album, More To The Story, was named Traditional Recording of the Year. Classic, powerful and filled with the gospel spirit that has transported the Kingsmen far beyond their Western North Carolina origins in more than 60 years of performing, More To The Story – produced by award-nominated Jeff Collins GRAMMY® – offers an uplifting, all-encompassing gem in the legendary quartet’s ever-growing catalog.
“We are honored to be named among our highly deserving peers. This album is special in so many ways because it came from our time during the pandemic. Many of these songs are about encouragement and hope that there are better days because of Christ. We don’t take it lightly that our peers and listeners still love our music after 65 years,” says Chris Jenkins of The Kingsmen.
Endless Highway’s album Come Home won country/roots recording of the year. The album, produced by multi-award winning and three-time GRAMMY® nominee Wayne Haun, is a diverse and compelling work that proclaims faith and encourages hope.
“We are simply thrilled and honored that our project, Come Home, has been recognized among the projects of the most talented artists in our industry,” said Jason Griggs of Endless Highway. “We are grateful to our incredible team at Crossroads for all of their support and investment in our ministry. We would also like to thank the incredibly talented Wayne Haun for lending his creative genius to the production of this project.
Jeff Collins, who produced albums for the Kingsmen, Kingdom Heirs, The Inspirations, 11th Hour, Mark Bishop, Down East Boys and Kenna Turner West throughout the last year, was named Producer of the Year.
“What an honor to receive the AGA Producer of the Year award! I don’t take for granted the trust artists place in me with their productions, and I get excited every time I produce,” Collins says. “Thank you to our team at Crossroads, great songwriters, talented artists and amazing fans! And thank you to God and His blessings, and for allowing me to pursue a career in gospel music, the best music on earth !