Music Industry News Network [01-26-2018]

Nashville's Josie Music Award Winner "Artist Of The Year" Kathryn Shipley & Nominated Producer/Songwriter Gar Francis To Release Gospel Single On Bongo Boy Records.


Press Release
January 26, 2018
Belvidere, New Jersey

Bongo Boy Records recording artist Kathryn Shipley won the 2017 Josie Music Award in Nashville for Artist of The Year in the Gospel/Country category and Songwriter/Producer Gar Francis was nominated for Producer of The Year that same year for his song “Shine Your Love.” Today Bongo Boy Records announces the upcoming new single which is also a collaboration between Kathryn and Gar. The new single titled “Take My Hand (Lead Me Through This Life)”, will be digitally released via Bongo Boy Records distribution channels Worldwide. The official release date is set for February 6, 2018 but an advance copy of the single is digitally available by contacting the label directly today. This single will also be featured on Gospel Blues Volume Two. The Gospel Blues album by Various Artists which is the brain child of Bill Kenton Radio host of Bill and Kat Radio in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Kathryn Shipley is a talented vocalist who has been signed with Bongo Boy Records since 2016. In 2017 Kathryn received several nominations and awards for her first collaboration project with Gar Francis titled SHINE YOUR LOVE. Kathryn has been recognized for her vocals as well as her songwriting. She even received a personal letter from Missouri state Senator Brain Munzlinger, who read about Kathryn and her music in a Pike County Newspaper article with the headline “Pike Country Native Wins Gospel Music Artists of The Year”.

Today Kathryn shares, “Take My Hand (Lead Me Through This Life)” was such a fun song to work on from recording it, at B.A. Studio Records in Ballwin, MO with my new sound engineer Ben Taylor, to the lyrics that Gar Francis and I penned together. I remember when Gar came to me with this song he created, and he had this incredible chorus, already completed, and said “this is the perfect song for you, do you want to work on the lyrics”? Well, anything that Gar Francis creates the answer is always a resounding, Yes! When you hear the chorus, you will feel many scriptures come to mind. The entire song quite honestly is a testament of my path with God. The instrumentation he created, is soulful, bluesy, country so many genres wrapped in one. Then we add Eric Barfield on the organ, well it just brought the song full circle… I won’t divulge anymore, but you are in for a treat.. this song is a must have on your play list...

“Take My Hand (Lead Me Through This Life)” by Kathryn Shipley
Release Date: 2.6.18 (Worldwide)
UPC 680147205416 ISRC: USPXQ1826001

Kathryn Shipley - Vocals
Eric Barfield - Organ, Piano
Gar Francis - Acoustic, Electric and Bass Guitars, Drums and Percussion
Gar Francis - Vocals
Tina Tinasera - Vocals
Tim Keys - Choir Arrangement
Recorded at - Bongo Boy Studios, Scotch Plains, New Jersey
API Studio A - North Plainfield, New Jersey
Engineer - Ben Taylor - B.A Studio Records
Engineer - Gar Francis - Bongo Boy Studios, Scotch Plains, New Jersey
Engineer - Tim Keys - API Studio A
Producer - Gar Francis
Mixing and Mastering - Gar Francis
Words - Gar Francis and Kathryn Shipley - BMI
Music - Gar Francis - BMI
Album Cover Design - Monique Grimme, Bongo Boy Records

Photo Shoot Location:
Glen Mark Farms
St Charles, MO (New Town)

BobbyGarner Photography

To request a copy for radio play and music review consideration please contact the label directly email at
Artist Page:
Contact: Monique Grimme | Bongo Boy Records, LLC 2018©


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