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BLUEGRASS STARS THE ROYS ADDED TO 2015 COUNTRY MUSIC CRUISE ALONGSIDE MARTINA McBRIDE, CHARLEY PRIDE, LARRY GATLIN & THE GATLIN BROTHERS, LORRIE MORGAN, JOHN ANDERSON, AARON TIPPIN, DARRYL WORLEY, ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL, RESTLESS HEART

Monday, 31 March 2014

TheRoys-Duo-ColorSeven Day Cruise Travels January 18-25 from Ft. Lauderdale to Nassau, St. Thomas, St. Croix and Private Island Half Moon Cay

Hosted By Television Personality Lorianne Crook

FT. LAUDERDALE, FL (March 31, 2014) – Back by popular demand, one of today’s top young bluegrass artists, The Roys, will once again be sailing on the Country Music Cruise. The Roys immediately captured the hearts of fans onboard January’s ship with impeccable musicianship, a deep appreciation of the roots of Bluegrass, and a timeless family harmony sound and were quickly asked to return when the Country Music Cruise sails again in January 2015.

"The Roys were one of our very first acts to perform on the 2014 cruise and we immediately invited them back in 2015," says Senior Vice President Live Entertainment Mike Jason. "They helped open the cruise, performed to enthusiastic fans several times during the week and were a big part, along with Larry Gatlin and The Gatlin Brothers, of our Gospel & Inspiration Hour."

"Being invited to play on the Country Music Cruise is so exciting. Our love of country music runs deep and getting to share our bluegrass and country roots is an honor,” Elaine Roy adds, "We are looking forward to playing music and playing in the sun."

The Roys were named the ICM Bluegrass Artist of the Year in 2011, 2012, and 2013 and won the Top Bluegrass Artist honor at the 10th Annual International Acoustic Music Awards. Their song, "I Wonder What God's Thinking," was a #1 Inspirational Country Single in 2012, they made their Grand Ole Opry debut last November, and have performed on countless national television shows. The Roys’ latest album, Gypsy Runaway Train, was released last summer and debuted in the top 5 on the Billboard Bluegrass Albums Chart as well as topped the "Most Played Albums" chart on SiriusXM in October 2013. Additional information on The Roys can be found at www.theroysonline.com.

The Country Music Cruise will travel throughout the Caribbean from January 18-25, 2015 on the luxury Holland America ms Eurodam, sailing from Ft. Lauderdale and making stops in the picturesque ports of Nassau, St. Thomas, St. Croix and the private island Half Moon Cay.

The 2015 cruise will offer live performances, bring back some of the most popular onboard activities featured on last year’s inaugural sailing and add a wide array of new artist-based events. Select artists will make special appearances at the Gospel Hour, during songwriter workshops, guitar playing seminars, panel discussions, Q&A events, cooking exhibitions, CD listening parties, autograph sessions and many others. StarVista / Time Life and ECP will continue to partner with The Grand Ole Opry to create a series of exclusive events for cruise guests with details to be announced in the coming weeks.

Every person aboard the Country Music Cruise receives tickets to each main stage concert, invitations to daily activities and gourmet meals, all included in the cabin price, starting at just $2,150 per person. To book a cabin, call toll-free to (855) 33COUNTRY (855-332-6868) or go to www.countrymusiccruise.com.

About Entertainment Cruise Holdings, LLC:
Entertainment Cruise Holdings, LLC is a partnership between StarVista Entertainment/Time Life and Entertainment Cruise Productions, LLC. Together they have produced the Malt Shop Memories Cruise, Celtic Thunder Cruise, Country Music Cruise, Soul Train Cruise and the upcoming luxury StarVista Signature Cruise series on Seabourn. StarVista Entertainment/Time Life is a division of Direct Holdings Global, a leading multi-channel marketer with a broad portfolio of products and services delivered with a commitment to excellence and integrity. StarVista Entertainment/Time Life is dedicated to producing the highest quality audio, video and live entertainment experiences to help people preserve memories and create new ones. Entertainment Cruise Productions, LLC is the worldwide leader in the production of jazz cruises including The Jazz Cruise (since 2001), The Smooth Jazz Cruise (since 2004) and other specialty cruises such as the Playboy Jazz Cruise and the North Sea Jazz Cruise. More than 70,000 guests have sailed on an Entertainment Cruise Productions, LLC jazz cruise.

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Country’s Family Reunion: Simply Bluegrass to Premiere on RFD-TV March 7

Friday, 07 March 2014

Biggest Legends and Award-Winning Artists Brought Together for Historic Series Release

Nashville, Tenn. (March 3, 2014)–Country’s Family Reunion (the DVD/Television series that brings America’s most-treasured artists together to reunite and reminisce) will premiere episodes of its latest offering “Country’s Family Reunion: Simply Bluegrass” beginning Friday, March 7 at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central on RFD-TV and FamilyNet. Hosted by Hall of Fame Inductee Bill Anderson and 14-time Grammy winner Ricky Skaggs, this reunion features a cross-section of award-winning and legendary Bluegrass artists, from “finger-pickers,” to “purists,” to “New-Grass” contemporaries. The series includes performances by Dierks Bentley, Dailey & Vincent, The Whites, Del McCoury, Sam Bush, Rhonda Vincent, The Roys (Lee & Elaine), Jerry Douglas, Mac Wiseman, Ramona Jones, Bobby Osborne, Paul Brewster, Ronnie Reno, Doyle Lawson, Sierra Hull, Larry Cordle, Carl Jackson, The Gibson Brothers and Jesse McReynolds, backed by the genre’s foremost musicians Barry Bales (Bass), Bryan Sutton (Acoustic Guitar), Adam Steffey (Mandolin), Stuart Duncan (Fiddle) and Ron Stewart (Banjo).

PREMIERE WEEKEND SHOWTIMES:
• Friday, March 7: 7 P.M. Central/8 P.M. Eastern*
• Saturday, March 8: 5 A.M. Central/6 A.M. Eastern*
• Saturday, March 8: 11 P.M. Central/12 Midnight Eastern*
*Check local listings for exact show times

Gabriel Communications is also pleased to announce the highly anticipated release of the entire five-DVD video series” Country’s Family Reunion: Simply Bluegrass,” which documents all the stories, music and magic of one of biggest gatherings of Bluegrass’ biggest and best artists ever assembled on one sound stage. With over 6 hours of awe-inspiring content guaranteed to delight music fans everywhere, this 5-disc series is now available online at cfrvideos.com, or by calling 800-820-5405.

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THE ROYS Named Top Bluegrass Artist at 10th Annual International Acoustic Music Awards

Monday, 17 February 2014

iamaNASHVILLE, Tenn. (February 17, 2014) - THE ROYS, award-winning brother/sister duo, were named Top Bluegrass Artist at the 10th Annual International Acoustic Music Awards (IAMA) on Wednesday. The IAMA promotes excellence in acoustic music performance and artistry, acoustic artists in various genres.

“Another Minute,” a song penned by Lee Roy in fond remembrance of his grandfather and released on THE ROYS’ recent hit-album Gypsy Runaway Train, competed against thousands of entries from all over the world, including (but not limited to) Australia, Canada, Japan, Brazil, Germany, USA, and South Africa. Winners were chosen by a Blue Ribbon Judging Committee comprised of music industry professionals including A&R managers from record labels, publishers and producers and judged equally on music performance, production, originality, lyrics, melody and composition.

“What an honor it is to be recognized internationally for this song!” says an elated Lee Roy. “My grandfather was such an incredible person, and the time I had with him was so precious! Looking back, I realized how much he helped to shape my life and I set out to write a song about it. Fans just immediately connected with it, so we included it on our latest album. It’s really cool to win this award but even better that my grandfather helped me to win it!”

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A Night To Remember: The Roys' Opry Debut Was A Dream Come True

Monday, 04 November 2013

605Nashville, TN (November 4, 2013) - Award-winning Bluegrass siblings THE ROYS marked another milestone in their career with their Grand Ole Opry debut last Friday night on the stage of Nashville's world-famous Ryman Auditorium. Introduced by Grammy-winning Opry legend Jeannie Seely and backed by the renowned Opry band, THE ROYS brought down the house with "You Can Count on My Love" and their version of Merle Haggard's "Ramblin' Fever," both tracks from their latest album GYPSY RUNAWAY TRAIN.

"There are no words to describe what we're feeling right now, so we thank y'all for sharing in our dream come true," vocalist/guitarist Elaine Roy told the Ryman audience. "I just want to say that dreams do come true, so never give up. God always opens the doors. You will never know how incredibly awesome this is."

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THE ROYS Make Grand Ole Opry Debut On Friday, November 1

Thursday, 31 October 2013

TheRoys_2013_publicity_300px2013 ICM Bluegrass Artist of the Year Top SiriusXM Bluegrass Junction's Most-Played Albums List

Nashville, TN (October 31, 2013) - Bluegrass brother/sister duo THE ROYS will make their Grand Ole Opry debut tomorrow, November 1, when they join Little Big Town, Josh Turner, The Marshall Tucker Band, Chris Janson, Sara Haze, Jeannie Seely, Jesse McReynolds, Jim Lauderdale and others for the Opry At The Ryman show. THE ROYS will appear on the 7:00 p.m. segment. More information can be found at www.opry.com. Out-of-area fans can enjoy the show via live broadcast at http://www.wsmonline.com/.

For Lee and Elaine, the night will be a dream come true. "It has been a lifelong dream to perform on the Grand Ole Opry and I'm still in excited shock that we will be living it tomorrow night," exclaims Lee. For his sister Elaine, "holding it together" best describes her reaction to the invitation. "My whole being went numb. This is just an incredible opportunity and an honor," she adds. "And I thank God for answering my prayers in His own way and in His own time."

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