My Mama's Songbook
Judy DeRamus and Shelia Lewis are sisters that have been blessed with extraordinary talents to sing, write and share the Gospel in a country music style that has become known as Christian Country. When you add their recognitions together, you will have 11 Grammy Nomination Entries, twenty-one #1 songs and over 40 awards since 1994. Judy has received the International Country Gospel Music Association's prestigious "Female Vocalist of the Year" a record five times and was named "Female Artist of the Decade" of the 90's. Judy has been inducted into both the Country Gospel Music Guild's and International Country Gospel Music Association's Hall of Fame. Shelia has received Christian Country Music's "Female Artist of the Year", "Songwriter of the Year" and the "Country Gospel Female Horizon Award". Shelia also received the Governor's Commendation as "Oklahoma Native Daughter" and a special Recognition from President George W. Bush. Judy and Shelia travel together extensively throughout the U.S. performing and sharing in Churches, Festivals, Auditoriums, Cowboys For Christ and Oprys. Their concerts are a mix of performing individually and together. They have recorded nine albums individually and one album together as Bluegrass Charm, releasing music in both the Christian Country and Bluegrass markets. Judy made an appearance in the Robert Duvall movie "The Apostle" in 1997 and both Judy and Shelia have been written into a new movie to be made called "Winding Stairs Mountain". The one thing that remains constant even with all the recognitions, is their continual love for the Lord and their love for ministering the Gospel through song. Judy DeRamus - Biography Singing in public started at the early age of three for Judy as she had to stand in a chair at the local country radio station to be able to reach the microphone. Little did anyone know at the time that this shy young girl would impact literally thousands of lives in the years to come with her beautiful voice. Judy was born in Gold Beach, Oregon but became an Okie at the ripe old age of three months when her family moved back to the Oklahoma hills where they had lived prior to their West Coast years. Judy's love for music grew and after graduation from High School she traveled full time with her own country band. However, Judy's heart and desire was always in singing Gospel music. Although good things were happening to further her country music career she decided to follow her heart and re-established her relationship with God. Through the encouragement of singer / actor Hoyt Axton, Judy went back into the studios and record Gospel music with a country flavor. Since that time Judy has had fifteen #1 songs and four Grammy Nomination Entries, becoming the youngest female inductee into Country Gospel Music's Hall of Fame and won the Female Vocalist of the Decade Award from the International Country Gospel Music Association. Judy won Female Vocalist of the Year six out of ten years in the Decade of the 90's as well as being nominated by TNN / Music City News for a Christian Country award. Judy has recorded seven CDs and three of them has been with the legendary Jordanaires that recorded with Elvis Presley. The State of Tennessee honored her in presenting her Tennessee's Outstanding Achievement Award. The U.S. Congress presented her A Congressional Certificate of Special Recognition for her contributions to the music industry. Judy has also made an appearance in the movie 'The Apostle' staring Robert Duvall. Judy's home town of Broken Bow, Oklahoma where she lives with her husband Doug and children has declared February 4th as Judy DeRamus Day. Judy records for Nashville Gospel Records and travels together with her sister Shelia Lewis ministering in song performing in Churches, festivals, auditoriums, Cowboys for Christ and Oprys. Of all that she has received through the years, her heart to help people with the love of the Lord shines even brighter. Shelia Lewis - Biography When you think of recording artists from Oklahoma, many names come into mind. Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire and Vince Gill just to name a few. However, all you have to do is travel down into Southeastern Oklahoma and you'll discover Shelia Lewis, a lady from Broken Bow that takes a back seat to no one when it comes to the talent of singing and song writing. Shelia always had it in her heart to sing and in her early teen years, she found many open doors in churches, at weddings and with the High School Choir to share her music. Shelia had dreams of recording but the dreams, seemed to die on the vine as her direction went instead to marrying young and raising a family. Shelia, pretty well considered that those early dreams of recording, had all but disappeared until one day the Lord birthed in her a new talent of songwriting and the dreams were revived. The Lord began to give her songs and he opened the door for her to go to Nashville and record her first CD entitled 'Rise Up Overcomers'. With immediate success in radio with her first single 'When I Look To You' going #2 in the national charts and then her single 'Jesus Lane' hitting #1 in main stream Country music in France followed by another #1 song with 'Rise Up Overcomers', Shelia began to receive recognition for not only being an excellent vocalist but also as one of the best songwriters in Christian Country and Country Gospel music. Shelia has since recorded her second CD entitled "Love Never Fails" and already her first two singles released "CPR" and "Love Never Fails" has gone #1 on the national charts. Shelia has received seven Grammy Entry Nominations for her work, six #1 songs, 'Horizon Female Artist of the Year', 'Female Artist of the Year', 'Songwriter of the Year' and 'Duo of the Year' with Judy DeRamus. The recognitions have come from the Governor of Oklahoma giving her Oklahoma's highest honor as 'Oklahoma Native Daughter' and a special recognition from President George W. Bush. Shelia records for Nashville Gospel Records and makes her home in Broken Bow, Oklahoma with her husband Eric and children. Shelia travels together with her sister Judy DeRamus and ministers in song performing in Churches, festivals, auditoriums, Cowboys for Christ and Oprys. Judy DeRamus Accomplishments Musical Honors 2005 * "Group Of The Year" Bluegrass Charm (ICGMA) * " Entertainer Of The Year" (CGMG) 2004 * "Duo of the Year" With Shelia Lewis (ICGMA) 2001 * Christian Country Female Artist of the Year (ICGMA) 2000 * International Country Gospel Music Hall of Fame Inductee Christian Country Female Artist of the Year (King Eagle Awards) Country Gospel Song of the Year "God's Peace" 1999 * GRAMMY Nomination Entry NACMAI Lifetime Achievment Award In Gospel Music Female Vocalist of the Decade (ICGMA) 1998 * GRAMMY Nomination Entry Female Vocalist of the Year (ICGMA) Country Gospel Music Guild Hall of Fame Inductee Airplay International Independent Country Radio's Choice "Female Christian Recording Artist" 1997 * Tennessee's Outstanding Achievment Award Certificate of Congressional Recognition (U.S. Congress) 1996 * Female Vocalist of the Year (ICGMA) Female Gold Cross Award CCMR Magazine Female Vocalist of the Year Single of the Year "Be A Beacon" Oklahoma Foundation For Excellence Award 1995 * Female Vocalist of the Year (ICGMA) Cash Box Magazine Independent Christian Country Female Artist of the Year TNN/Music City News Artist of the Year Nominee Oklahoma Foundation For Excellence Award Gospel Voice Magazine Diamond Award Nominee Airplay International Postive Country Album of the Year (Family Ties) Airplay International Postive Country Artist of the Year Nominee King Eagle Christian Album of the Year (Family Ties) CCMA Female Vocalist of the Year Nominee Christian Country Single of the Year Nomination (A Tree Don't Grow No Taller) 1994 * Cash Box Magazine Independent Christian Country Female Artist of the Year Female Vocalist of the Year (ICGMA) Radio Singles Update: Fifteen #1 Hits (1995) 'Be A Beacon' (#1 In Five Major Magazines Charts for 6 weeks) (1995) 'Say It Now' (#1 For Three weeks) (1995) 'Since I Found You' (#1 Country Charts Denmark) (1996) 'How About Your Heart' (#1) and in Music City News Top Ten For 5 Months. (1999) 'The King And I' (#1Gospel Voice and Music City News) (1997) 'Help Me' (#1 Gospel Voice) and in the top five for 4 months. (1998) 'The World Keeps Pulling Me Away' (#1 Gospel Voice) debuting at #1) (1999) "The Hardest Time Of All" (#1 for eight weeks) (2000) "Your Love" ( #1 CGMG, US Gospel News) (2002) "God's Peace" ( #1 six weeks CGMG, CMI) (2003) "Help Me" (#1 European Christian Country Charts (re-release)) (2001) "Flowers Die But memories Last Forever" (#1 CGMG) (2003) "Welcome To My World" (#1 six weeks, CGMG, CMI) (2004) "In A Prison Of Sin" (Duet with Shelia Lewis, #1 European Christian Country Charts) (2005) "The Family Who Prays" (Bluegrass Charm) #1 CGC Other Hit Singles ... 'Driftwood' (#4) 'Let's Get The Devil Outta Here' ( #4) 'A Tree Don't Grow No Taller' ( #8 ) Special Letters of Congratulations * Former Vice President Dan Quayle * Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott * Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole * Governor Frank Keating * Governor David Walters * Governor Jimmie Davis * Governor Don Sundquist * U.S. Senator Don Nichols * U.S. Congressman Wes Watkins * U.S. Congressman Bill Brewster * Oklahoma University President David Boren * Former Miss America Debra Maffett * Pat Boone * Grand Ole Opry's Bill Anderson * Grand Ole Opry's Porter Wagoner * Grand Ole Opry's Billy Walker * Roger Staubach, Dallas Cowboy Great and NFL Hall of Famer 1995 * Judy at the request of Governor Frank Keating of Oklahoma performed at the State Capital on the House floor. The 30 minute concert brought two standing ovations from the lawmakers. * Judy was the first Christian Country Artist invited to perform at the Choctaw Nation annual festival. Personally invited by the Chief of the Choctaw Nation to perform to the crowd of 10,000 plus. * The City of Broken Bow, Oklahoma declared February 4th 1995 as Judy DeRamus Day. 1996 * Made an appearance in the movie 'The Apostle' staring Robert Duvall, Farrah Fawcett, and June Carter Cash. 1997 * Judy became the first Christian Country artist to perform at the Hank Williams Festival. * Judy received Tennessee's Outstanding Achievement Award from Governor Don Sundquist. Shelia Lewis Accomplishments Musical Honors 2005 * "Group Of The Year" Bluegrass Charm (ICGMA) 2004 * "Duo of the Year" with Judy DeRamus (ICGMA) 2002 * Female Gold Cross Artist of The Year (ICGMA) 2001 * Christian Country Songwriter of the Year (ICGMA) 2000 * Horizon Female Artist of the Year (ICGMA) * Horizon Female Artist of the Year (CGMG) * Christian Country Female Rising Star (King Eagle Awards) 2000 * GRAMMY Nomination Entry "Best New Artist" GRAMMY Nomination Entry "Album of the Year" (Rise Up Overcomers) GRAMMY Nomination Entry "Best Female Vocal Performance" (Jesus Lane) GRAMMY Nomination Entry "Best Country Song" (Jesus Lane) Songwriter Award GRAMMY Nomination Entry "Best Southern, Country, or Bluegrass Gospel Album" Gospel Music Entertainer of the Year (Texas Country Music Assoc.) Songwriter of the Year Nominee (ICGMA) Songwriter of the Year Nominee (CGMG) Single of the Year Nominee (Jesus Lane) Album of the Year Nominee (Rise Up Overcomers) Radio Singles Update Six #1 Hits (2000)"Jesus Lane" (#1 Country Charts France) (2001)"When I Look To You" (#2 Country Gospel Guild) (2003)"Rise Up Overcomers" (#1 Country Gospel Connection) (2004)"In A Prison Of Sin" (#1 European Christian Country, Duet With Judy DeRamus) (2004)"CPR" (#1 Country Gospel Connection, Country Gospel Guild) (2005)"The Family Who Prays" (Bluegrass Charm) (#1 CGC Chart) (2005) "Love Never Fails" (#1 CGC Chart) Recognitions * Governor's Commendation (Oklahoma Native Daughter) * Oklahoma Congress Special Citation * Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from U.S. Congress * Special Recognition from President George W. Bush.