Our History

50 YEARS OF MAKING MUSIC!

 

Laura Ewers, editor New Music Enterprises

It is a rare thing indeed for Record Companies to last longer than a decade. Usually they come and go, merge and decline, so it is well worth celebrating with Lamon Records as they mark 50 years in business!

A History of Success…And the tradition continues!  In 1985, The Moody Brothers received a Grammy Award nomination for their version of Cotton Eyed Joe in the Best Country Instrumental Performance category. Other nominees were Chet Atkins, Ricky Skaggs, Doc Watson, and the Whites. Then in 1990, The Moody Brothers were once again nominated for an instrumental on Lamon, this time for a collection of train songs know as The Great Train Song Medley. Other nominees that year were Asleep At The Wheel, Johnny Gimble, Leo Kottke, Mason Williams & Mannheim Steamroller. For more information on the Grammy Awards, visit the NARAS (National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences) web sit at: www.grammy.com. For a complete list of all Grammy Award nominees and winners, check out the GRAMMY’S on CD-ROM, available at software outlets everywhere or Thomas O’Neil’s book “The Grammy’s.”

In 1988, Lamon Records and the communist “state-owned” Czech label Supraphon broke down some of the walls that had divided east and west by co-releasing an album with The Moody Brothers with Jiri Brabec & Country Beat. The album sold over 200,000 units and earned the project a Gold Record Award and a Golden Reel Award from Ampex Corporation. Billboard called this album “a first.” Even legendary songwriter and folk entertainer John Hartford got in on the project by playing banjo on his classic tune “Gentle On My Mind.”

In the early 90s, Lamon released “American Country Gothic,” a CD that was co-produced by Chet Atkins, Dave Moody and Carlton Moody. Featuring Grand Ole Opry Star George Hamilton IV, this album received great international reviews and was licensed in the UK by Conifer Records.

In 1994, Doc Watson, John D. Loudermilk, Arthur “Guitar Boogie” Smith, Bobby Hicks, REM producer Don Dixon, Marti Jones and others joined the Moodys for the recording of their “Guitar Boogie” album. This CD is still one of the most popular releases the company has produced, with export sales to Europe and Japan lending much to its success.

In 1999, Lamon licensed a four CD set of tracks to Billionaire Richard Branson‘s Virgin/Sound & Media in the UK. This collection of Line Dance music sold over 100,000 copies earning The Moody Brothers (Lamon Records) a Gold Record Award.

In 2002, Dave Moody released a tribute to guitar legend Chet Atkins and received a Dove Award nomination for his version of “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” from the members of the Gospel Music AssociationIn 2003, Dave Moody was honored once again with Dove Award Nomination for Best Country Recorded Song Of The Year for his version of “God Is Good All The Time” and his song “For Everyman” reached Number 1 on the European NCM Chart.

2003 also saw the release of Burrito Deluxe‘s “Georgia Peach” CD which reached number 27 on Radio and Records (R&R) Americana Chart! The album features Flying Burrito Brothers founding member Sneaky Pete, along with The Band‘s Garth Hudson. Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings from the “O Brother Where Art Thou” soundtrack, Barry Bales of the Soggy Bottom Boys and Alison Krauss/Union Station who all make guest appearances, along with many others. Other happenings in 2003, The Hayes Family‘s “Meet Me There” and “I Know He Cares” both reached the Top 30 on the Southern Gospel Charts. Chris Berardo and The DesBerardos‘ album “Pure Faith” burned up Americana and College radio, going Top 10 in numerous markets and landing on several indie music National Charts.

In 2004, George Hamilton IV, with the musical support of The Moody Brothers earned a total of seven Dove Award nominations for their acoustic gospel album “On A Blue Ridge Sunday” and the single “Love Is Free.” (George Hamilton IV (Artist), Dave Moody (Producer/Songwriter), Carlton Moody (Songwriter) and Steve Hicks (Songwriter) were all honored by members of the GMA.) Several Lamon artists made it to Number 1 on the European NCM chart, including The Messengers, Steve Zuwala, George Hamilton IV, and Mindy Schweiger. Lamon artists Young Harmony and others were nominated for Christian Country Music Awards, televised nationally on GMT. The second album release from Burrito Deluxe (featuring lead singer Carlton Moody) entitled “The Whole Enchilada” spent weeks on the R&R Americana Chart. Young Harmony, Beene Family and The Hayes Family all had Top 40 Singing News Chart singles.

In 2005, Dave Moody and company won a Dove Award for PraiseStreet Worship Band‘s “Te Amo Dios” as the Spanish Language Album of the Year. Other 2005 Dove Award nominations: Young Harmony (Artist) and Dave Moody (Producer) were nominated for Southern Gospel Album of the Year (“Faith, Hope, Joy”) and George Hamilton IV and The Moody Brothers were nominated for “Little Mountain Church House” as Best Bluegrass Recorded Song of the Year. Singing News chart success by Young Harmony, Sounds of Victory, The Bradleys, and other chart records by One Reason, Dave Moody, Chris Berardo, Margo Smith, George Hamilton IV, and others.

In 2006, bilingual artist Leonardo won another Dove Award for Lamon in the Spanish Language Album of the Year category. Other 2006 Dove nominees included Dave Moody, Young Harmony, The Bradleys and others. More chart record action by a number of our artists in various genres. We also released “Changed” by legendary singer/songwriter/actor Ed Bruce (writer of the famous country classic “Mama’s Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys”, actor (Bret Maverick) and the voice of Ford Trucks.

2007 brought an unprecedented eight Dove Award nominations for our artists, producers, and songwriters, including a “Song of the Year” nomination for Moody Music Group published song “God’s Still God.” Dave Moody, with six Dove nominations joined Chris Tomlin and Jars of Clay as one of the most nominated artist/producer/songwriters of the night. Chris Berardo found himself among Americana music’s leading artist as his album spent numerous months in the Top 5 on XM Radio and #34 CD of the Year on XCountry (XM Radio). We released legendary bluegrass artist and Grand Ole Opry star Jesse McReynolds‘ album “Dixie Road.” Singing News chart action by Grammy nominated group The Imperials, PromisedLand Quartet, Bekki Smith and others rounded out another fabulous year. Our sister company and motion picture division Elevating Entertainment Motion Pictures was formed by Dave and Josh Moody, and produced its first indie film entitled Praise Band: The Movie.

In 2008, we relocated our label and entertainment company offices to Nashville, TN, established the best label team of professionals available, and continued to produce high quality recordings drawing from the greatest musicians in Music City. Our artists’ music videos from Ivy Raye, Bobby D Sawyer, Carrie Sneed, The Ramski‘s, PraiseStreet Kids (featuring Celeste Kellogg) and Melissa Wray all gained national attention and broadcast support on numerous networks and video programs. Two motion picture soundtracks released on Lamon came from award winning films, earning Dave Moody‘s score for Stuck In The Past the “Best Musical Film Award” at the Creation Arts Festival in Edmonton, Alberta (Canada) and Praise Band: The Movie written by Dave and his son Josh Moody the “Best Music Film Award” at the International Christian Film Festival in Irvine, CA.

In 2009, we continued our foray into film with Elevating Entertainment’s production of No Limit Kids: Much Ado About Middle School, featuring Hollywood favorites Bill Cobbs (Night At The Musuem, That Thing You Do, Hudsucker Proxy) and Lee Meriwether (Catwoman, Miss America, Barnaby Jones), along with a talented cast including Jeff Rose (Army Wives), Blake Michael (Cartoon Network and lead in Disney’s Lemonade Mouth), Ashton Harrell (Radio Disney) and Celeste Kellogg (Radio Disney). Music videos by Bobby Maynard, Brian Willoughby, Mary Buchan and Melanie Hart all found exposure on various music video networks. Country rocker Craig Reynolds hit the Music Row Charts with “Rolling in the Hey”, The Far City Boys “I Have Been Blessed” was one of the most requested songs at Christian radio, and Melissa Wray, Bobby Maynard, Brian Willoughby, Melanie Hart, Bobby D Sawyer, Dave Moody, and The Ramski’s all found their way on the Grammy eligibility list.

2010 brought another great year for our label and artists. Kevin Street, Dave Moody and The Far City Boys all recieved Dove Award nominations for the album and single “I Have Been Blessed.”  The soundtrack album for the motion picture No Limit Kids was released on iTunes. The label had a booth at Fan Fair 2010 in Nashville, the largest artist-fan event in the world. The label also held a showcase at the Rutledge Music Venue near all the festivities. New albums were released by Ashley Rae, Kathryn Scheldt, Wells Hollow and George Hamilton IV, who first celebrated 50 years as a member of the Grand Ole Opry, then with the release of a double CD album produced trans-atlanticly by Colin Elliott in Ireland, and Dave Moody in Nashville. The album features a who’s who of artists, including Ricky Skaggs, Charlie Pride, Marty Stuart, Pat Boone, Gail Davies, Bill Anderson, Connie Smith, and many others.

What an incredible year 2011 turned out to be for Lamon Records Nashville, Elevating Entertainment Motion Pictures, and our artists, producers, writers and directors.  Several of our artists hit the airwaves with singles that caught on at radio around the country charting in the Top 10 on the New Music Weekly Chart.  Americana songstress Kathryn Scheldt‘s Almost Cheating and singer/songwriter Kimberly Patrick‘s Livin’ Good also had singles on the NMW Country Charts.  Teen country artist and songwriter Courtney Stewart caused quite a stir with the release of her new EP Where Will I Fit In and the accompanying video/single  Telling You.  The video immediately shot to the top of the Yallwire Video Charts, Only Lyrics Video Charts (Top 10), and was featured on such national and regional shows as Music Row Profiles, Pulse TV, Foxx Traxx, More Music, Capital Chaos, and many others.  Elevating Entertainment’s movie No Limit Kids was nominated for Best Feature Film by the Coalition for Quality Children’s Media in San Francisco.  The film was also honored with a 2011 Silver Telly Award and was made available on Apple iTunes for rent and purchase.  Dave Moody won the El Capitan Crystal Award as Director of the animated film Jimmy Paul during the Yosemite Film Festival.  Lamon’s release George Hamilton IV and Friends Old Fashioned Hymns earned a 2011 Dove Award Nomination for George IV, The Moody Brothers and bluegrass legend Del McCoury. Lamon Records was also the proud sponsor of the 2011 Music Artist Talent Search and Songwriter’s Competition at the Gideon Media Arts Conference and Film Festival. Teenage artist and songwriter Erin Jamieson won both categories and spent the fall in the studio producing her debut EP. And finally, label founder and master-fiddler Dwight Moody was honored by the Charlotte Music Awards with its “Life Time Achievement” Award.  He celebrated his 82nd birthday on December 26th.

2012 marked an incredible year. Lamon Records celebrated our 50th Anniversary as a label on the world famous Midnight Jamboree, the 2nd longest running radio program in America that follows the Grand Ole Opry on WSM 650 radio and heard around the world every Saturday night. We hosted a label showcase during CMA Fan Fest and thousands of fans stood in line to meet and greet our artists during the week at our label booth.  Courtney Stewart was nominated for  ”New Artist of the Year” honors by the NMW Awards. And we had several singles that reached #1 and top #5 on the charts. Lamon Records was honored with bookend “Country Record Label of the Year” nominations in January and December for years 2011 and 2012 by the NMW Awards.  Kathryn Scheldt and Josh Housewright both had chart singles as well.  Hayley Whitley won the Music Artist Talent Search sponsored by the Gideon Media Arts Festival.  Elevating Entertainment Motion Pictures started filming our third feature film SEASON OF MIRACLES starring John Schneider (Dukes of Hazzard, October Baby, Smallville), Grayson Russell (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Talledaga Nights), Nancy Stafford (Matlock, Baywatch) and writer Rusty Whitener (from the hit TV series Nashville).  Dave Moody‘s original song “Looking for a Change” was nominated as Song of the Year by the Tennessee Songwriter’s Association and founder Dwight Moody received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award, North Carolina’s highest civilian award.

2013 – What A Year! Dave Moody produced faith-rocker Sean Guerrero‘s anti-suicide anthem Walls which garnered over 400,000 YouTube views and caused quite an internet buzz worldwide (video directed by Josh Moody). Singer Songwriter Sammy Hakim‘s Get A Little Closer reached 130,000+ views on YouTube and her song crossed over charting in Country, Top40 and AC radio genre formats.  Teen country artist Analise Malick gathered over 100,000 music video views of her single 1000 Things.  Newcomers Scott Hooper and David Langston both had #1 singles on the NMW Country Charts. Brooklyn McKenzie‘s Tonight, Dusty Sanderson‘s Chuggin’ Along, and Kimberly Patrick‘s singles Simple Life and The Truck all charted on the NMW Charts, each collecting over 30,000 radio spins and 60,000 music video views. Lamon Records was honored with a Country Record Label of the Year nomination by voting DJs and journalists of NMW and Courtney Stewart won Southern Star Network’s Indie Artist of the Year Award.  Elevating Entertainment Motion Pictures’  third feature film SEASON OF MIRACLES starring John Schneider (Dukes of Hazzard, October Baby, Smallville), Grayson Russell (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Talledaga Nights), and Nancy Stafford (Matlock, Baywatch) was released in select theaters and on DVD, VOD and iTunes by Vivendi Entertainment, a Universal Distribution Group company.  Sadly, label founder fiddling Dwight Moody passed away on July 12, 2013 at age 83.  He will surely be missed. R.I.P.