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The Devil Took Him

by John Penney

Christian Country
Genre: Country: Country Gospel
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Born Again
4:20 $0.99
2. Homecoming Queen
4:22 $0.99
3. The Gospel Ship
3:37 $0.99
4. The Devil Took Him
3:21 $0.99
5. I Will Be Saved
4:15 $0.99
6. Where Would I Be Without Jesus
3:17 $0.99
7. Let the Angels Sing
4:47 $0.99
8. I Know a Man Called Jesus
3:47 $0.99
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Album Notes
“Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth.” – Psalm 96:1

Early in his musical career, John Penney appeared throughout the Southeast at concert halls, fairs, festivals and nightclubs with the Sunshine Express Band, a six-piece country/rock group. Growing up in South Georgia, John heard countless country, gospel and rock ‘n roll legends, yet he developed a style all his own. After connecting with legendary Nashville producer, Joe Gibson, John began to thrive as a solo country music artist. With his songs receiving national attention, he found himself sharing the stage with artists such as Merle Haggard, John Anderson, Ronnie McDowell, T. Graham Brown, Freddy Fender, Moe Bandy, and Helen Cornelius.

During his time recording for NSD/Soundwaves Records, John garnered numerous accolades including twice named one of “Georgia’s Top Ten” acts by the Atlanta Songwriters Association, winning the Middle Georgia Talent Search for Best Original Music and Best Song, twice reaching the Top 10 in the Indie Bullet Songwriting Competition, and receiving numerous Billboard Awards. Additionally, John’s first album Georgia Lady produced several singles, which landed him in Cashbox’s “Top 100.”

John, always a family man, slowed down his career when his three girls Candace, Carla and Caitlin were born. Not wanting to be too far from home, he focused on his family and his faith. Becoming more involved in his local church with his wife, Carlene and his daughters, John soon found himself writing and performing Christian songs.

Although never far from music, John took a hiatus from recording. It was the birth of his granddaughter, Stella that propelled him back into the studio, culminating in his first Christian project, The Gospel Truth. While the album was well received, John, not one to rest on his laurels continued writing and searching for his gospel voice.

John Penney’s burning desire to write and perform returned, but with a new twist. John comments, “I have a sense of purpose now. I want to spread what God is doing in my life and I am able to play music to do it. That’s exciting!” It is evident that God’s hand is on John, and despite the recent struggles his family had faced with cancer and drug addiction, John wrote eight new, very personal songs including one co-written with his daughter, Carla. The message was clear throughout the entire project, but is particularly poignant in the lyrics, “Mercy comes down from heaven, I will be saved by the touch of His hand, washed in the blood of Jesus, I will be saved by His amazing grace” (from “I Will Be Saved” written by John and Carla). This album, The Devil Took Him, solidified John’s return to music and his dedication to spreading the Word. The title song “ The Devil Took Him “ was also produced as a video project and was named ‘Video of the Year’ by the International Country Gospel Music Association in 2013.

In 2014 John once again wrote all of the songs for his 3rd Christian Country album, “Gone But Not Forgotten”. The title song was written in memory of a very dear young friend James Bodrey, who was killed in an ATV accident. In August of 2014 John was selected as the “ Male Vocalist Of The Year “ by the ICGMA .But this was a tough year as Breast Cancer had returned and John`s wife Carlene had to fight this terrible battle once again. “God has been great to us through all of the good and the bad, without Him we would be lost “ As of today, Carlene is “Cancer Free” and God is indeed good. John has a new album coming out in late June 2015 “ A Miracle Tonight “ that is dedicated to his wife Carlene.

The spiritual joy in John’s voice mixed with his songwriting prowess and performance skills must have the angels in Heaven shouting, “Spread the word, John, spread the word!”




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