Dr. Charles Novell – Dr. Charles Novell was a graduate of the world famous Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and
held a doctorate of music degree. He was involved in Gospel Music as a songwriter, arranger, recording producer, and performing for several decades. He produced over 2,500 albums in his career and has arranged and been a vocal coach for numerous groups, soloists and choir over the years. In 1962 Charles was hired by James Blackwood and JD Sumner to teach for the Stamps Conservatory of Music. Charles continued teaching and became the Dean of the school in the 1970's. In 1978 JD Sumner handed the school over to Charles. The school went through several name changes and in 2005 the name became the Charles Novell School of Music. Charles kept the heritage and history of the school for all these years. CNS now runs under the direction of Charles's son, Rob Novell, who leads from the same vision his father taught and placed within him.
Rob Novell - Rob is the son of Dr. Charles Novell and is the Director of CNS. Rob grew up in this music school attending classes and learning from the great faculty and instructors in the school's rich history. Rob is an accomplished musician and studio producer. He traveled with Perfect Heart and has played with Triumphant Quartet and the Nelons. Rob is currently involved in a solo ministry and ministers through song and speaking. Rob owns Counterpoint Recording Productions and Counterpoint Music Group in Atlanta, GA.
Jeff Stice -Jeff has made his mark in gospel music by his love of the piano and of Southern Gospel music. Currently,
Jeff has an active solo career, and was formerly the pianist for Triumphant Qt, Kingdom Heirs, Perfect Heart and the Nelons. Jeff has won awards as Musician of the Year for The Singing News Fan Awards.
Tara Jackson – With a vivacious laugh and warm personality that instantly illuminates a room, Tara Jackson is the
friend you've always known. A consummate people person, her engaging spirit befits the calling to ministry and outreach she has long embraced. But then she opens her mouth to sing, and it's obvious what Tara was ultimately born to do.
Aleah Novell - Aleah has grown up in a musical family and carries on the family tradition of teaching music.
Corry Isel - Coordinator of Events and Students Activities. Corry is our go to person during the conference. If you
have a question, she has your answer. Corry is a gifted vocalist and has the performance skills to deliver a great performance.
Keith Barkley - Keith began singing and playing at an early age traveling with his family ministry. He has kept that tradition alive now traveling and ministering with his own family. Keith is an accomplished vocalist, pianist, and studio producer.
Bill Baize - When you discuss the greatest tenors of all time in Gospel Music you have to have Bill Baize on the top of the list. He is the former first tenor for J.D. Sumner and the Stamps Qt. During his time with the Stamps Qt, Bill had the opportunity to sing backup for Elvis Presley traveling around the globe, performing on the world’s largest stages.
Marti Ledford - Vocal coach, seminar speaker, specialty in vocal coaching organized groups. Marti has been a vocal coach and clinician to some of the leading talents in today’s Christian Music field.
Scott Weaver - Owner of Troubadour Solutions Sound Installation. A nationally recognized multimedia contractor and also provides musical services to assist the musician, choir director, church group, or song writer in many ways through professional recording and consultation.
Shannon Newman – Shannon has been involved in Christian Music and Church Music for many years. He is an accomplished singer and studio producer.