Down East Boys: Press Releases
The definition of “ransomed” is to be released or restored, to be delivered, redeemed or rescued. And as you listen to the Down East Boys’ new album Ransomed, you will hear this theme woven into each song.
Ricky Carden of The Down East Boys states, “We went into this album with a different mind set. We always want to make the best album we can, but this time, we spent a lot more time choosing songs that not only will entertain the listeners, but that will move them and help them reflect on what it truly means to be a child of God.”
From the first bouncing notes from the “A Team” of players from Crossroads Studios on “A Reason To Sing,” to the soulful choir joining the guys on “Somebody Left The Door Wide Open,” you know you are in for something special. From the thought provoking, and understated arrangement on “A Thieves’ Paradise” crafted by master producer Jeff Collins, to the powerful ballad “The Song Of The Ransomed,” you are swept into moments of joy and rejoicing.
To release a new recording every year is not that difficult. To release a new recording that will make listeners take notice is a different story. You have to pick the right songs. You have to have the right arrangements. You have to have the best studio players to deliver those arrangements. And as the artist, you have to believe the messages that you are singing. Ransomed by The Down East Boys delivers on all counts.
Longevity and the test of time: They reveal all there is to know about the character and viability of an institution or a company…and a singing group as well!
Four decades into their journey, the Down East Boys are seasoned veterans of the road, but they’re just as excited about the music and message as the day they first stepped onto a stage. Beyond the Blue captures that excitement, and it’s something you’ll experience as you listen and drink in the power of the message of each and every song.
The power of “I Left My Past in the Past” alongside big band sounds of “Beyond the Blue” and the strength in the powerful melody and message of “If I Know Him” all come together to make for an important new release from these men who stand steadfast in the Lord. “Holy All Over Again” describes a great celebration around the throne, giving praise to God for Christ’s victory over death.
There is nothing like gospel songs to soak the listener in the life-giving water of the gospel of Christ.
Thought you knew the Down East Boys? Well, hit your erase button and think again! Amen is among the best recorded male quartet vocal performances ever. It has the intensity of the best of the Kingsmen, the precision of the best of the Cathedrals, and the sincerity of the best of Gold City.
The Down East Boys sang their hearts out, and producer Jeff Collins mined the depths of their diamond-studded vocal talent!
That’s our take. Tell us if we’re right!
And all God’s people said…
Arden, NC (August 28, 2009) – After a 20 year break, Sonlite Records and the Down East Boys have re-united their relationship in a new long term record contract. The Down East Boys started their career in the mid 80’s by singing throughout the eastern Carolina coast. They signed their first national recording contract In 1989 with Sonlite Records. They recorded their first national hit song, Beautiful Valley, in that same year. In 1991, they received the prestigious Horizon Artist fan award, from the Singing News magazine. Since then, the Down East Boys have gone on to record over 30 top 40 chart hits and work for an elite group of concert promoters and churches all across the U.S. and Canada. The group consist of Ricky Carden, the group owner and manager, as well as Jason Runnels, Stuart Cary and Daryl Paschal.
“I had been thinking about approaching Ricky a couple of years ago about renewing the relationship”, said Chris White, the President of Sonlite Records and Crossroads executive. Ironically, he had been having some of the same thoughts as well. So, we simply sat down one day and began to talk. We concluded that we felt this renewal would be good for both of us. Ricky learned how to negotiate contracts from Claude Hopper so I had to hold my ground but we “gotter done”, White added.
“It really feels good to be back into a label relationship that I feel confident about”, states Carden. I have worked with Chris, Greg Bentley and other members of the Crossroads staff long enough to completely trust being in their hands. It takes a lot off of me to know that I now have a team of professionals that will help us to grow our ministry in the coming years”, Carden added.
The new project titled “One Day”, produced by Danny Crawford, is scheduled for release to retail on October, 20th, 2009.