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June 2015 SGNScoops Magazine

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on June 5, 2015 – 10:26 am -

June 2015 SGNScoops Magazine

June 2015 SGNScoops Magazine

Summer is finally here! Happy June and welcome to another edition of SGNScoops Magazine. We start off with a bang by featuring 11th Hour on our cover. This trio is on the charts and on the lips of Gospel music fans. You will enjoy getting to know them in this article by Marcie Gray!

We are also thrilled to feature both old and new musical guests The Kingsmen, Goodman Revival and Adam’s Call. We welcome Jeff Hawes to the Younger Perspective by Erin Stevens. Father’s Day is highlighted by articles featuring Tommy Brandt and Tommy Brandt II as well as a devotional by Jennifer Campbell. Our writers are all terrific so don’t miss the features by Vonda Easley, Jaquita Lindsey, Paige Givens, Tina Wakefield and Vivian Belknap.
Thanks to all of our creative columnists, including Jeff Steele, Dusty Wells, Kelly Nelon Clark, Sherry Anne, Laurette Willis and Lou Hildreth. Justin Glimore and Cyndi Lavonne review new music by Ernie Haase and Signature Sound. SGN Scoops Top 100, Creekside Update, so much more to see and read!
Have a great summer. Take time to relax and read the June issue of SGN Scoops. Thank you for your support and appreciation! Write us today at or send a note to our editor at Let the Son-shine of Jesus light your summer this year!
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Lauren Huckabee Joins Hope’s Journey

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on July 3, 2015 – 10:00 am -

Lauren Huckabee Joins Hope's Journey

Lauren Huckabee Joins Hope’s Journey

Heflin, Alabama –  Southern Gospel Trio, Hope’s Journey from Heflin, Alabama announce Lauren Huckabee as new addition to the group.

Lauren and her family reside in Rossville, Georgia. 26 year old Lauren has been singing gospel music since she was 4 years old. She joined her first gospel group in 2013.

The final audition was held at Gat3 Midsouth in Gadsden, Alabama last night. There were a total of 13 talented singers that auditioned for the positions.

Vonda Easley, group owner and manager, said, “I am very excited about the addition of Lauren’s vocal to the group and I can’t wait for everyone to meet her.”  Although Hope’s Journey has been searching for a bass singer as well, she stated that “we are not ready to make that announcement yet.”

Hope’s Journey plans to continue traveling as a trio until the quartet is in place….

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This Week In Gospel Music with Mickey Bell for July 3-9

Written by Staff on July 3, 2015 – 7:05 am -

WVSG Adds This Week in Gospel Music with Mickey Bell

Mickey Bell

Nashville, TN (July 3, 2015) – It’s time for excitement, fireworks, and all-around hoopla. It’s not only the July 4th weekend, it’s also time for a new Mickey Bell show! This Week In Gospel Music, brings

Diamond Awards 2015

Diamond Awards 2015

all the usual great music and the zany Mickey Bell, but it also features Rob Patz from SGN Scoops announcing the 2015 Diamond Award Top Ten Nominees. Matthew Epperson with the Singing Echoes joins Mickey to talk about their Homecoming Concert and the highs and

Singing Echoes

Singing Echoes

lows of travelling with family.

Mickey will tell you more about how the Erwins and Sgn Scoops are teaming with This Week in Gospel Music to give you a chance to win a week of free tickets to the 2015 National Quartet Convention.

You can now listen to This Week in Gospel Music while you sit in the shade drinking lemonade! The Show app is now available

The Erwins

The Erwins

on all Androids and Apple devices, available for you to listen to wherever you are. You can now hear the new show each week the moment it is uploaded on Thursday, as well catch up on all of our past shows. You can download the app by going to

We are still adding more stations! Stations can sign up here: . Program Directors can check out more information at

This Week in Gospel Music airs on WVSG, Virginia; KNMG in Savannah, MO;  WWIC Radio AM-1050 in Scottsboro, Alabama; WTGF 90.5 Truth Radio in Pensacola, Fl; Radio CIA Benbrook Texas;  WPIL in Heflin, AL, and many more. Find out more about Mickey Bell from his facebook page here:

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Creekside Gospel Music Convention welcomes 11th Hour

Written by Staff on July 2, 2015 – 3:14 pm -

11th Hour

11th Hour

Pigeon Forge, TN – Creekside Gospel Music Convention  is pleased to welcome mixed trio 11th Hour to the concert event scheduled for November 2nd through 5th in Pigeon Forge, TN. These inspiring artists were the 2014 Diamond Award recipients of the Sunrise 2015 full logo creeksideAward for up and coming groups. They were also recently featured on the cover of SGN Scoops issue for June 2015.

“We came to Creekside last year and enjoyed it so much,”says Amber Eppinette of 11th Hour. “Great fellowship and wonderful singing! You do not want to miss it this year.”
Rob Patz of Coastal Media, one of the sponsors of Creekside says, “I am thrilled that 11th Hour is going to join us once again in Pigeon Forge. This trio is really making its mark in Gospel music and they have made an exciting line-up even better!”
The Convention has already announced several artists who will be performing, including The Freemans, The Guardians,

Diamond Awards 2015

Diamond Awards 2015

Mark209, The Hoskins Family, The Pine Ridge Boys, Dr. Jerry Goff and more.

Make your plans now to be at the Creekside Gospel Music Convention, held on November 2nd through 5th at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center in Pigeon Forge, TN. Fans are encouraged to

The Freemans

The Freemans

reserve their tickets early.

For ticket and lodging information, contact Rob Patz at or 360-920-4057. For more information visit

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Written by SGN Scoops Staff on July 2, 2015 – 12:52 pm -



NASHVILLE, Tenn. —GRAMMY® nominees and multi-award-winning Jeff & Sheri Easter hit the ground running last week with the June 23rd release of their all-new recording, Small Town, Celebrating 30 Years of Music & Marriage (Spring Hill Music).

The new release climbed the iTunes sales chart on street date, hitting the Top 40 listing of Christian and Gospel music downloads; and the project landed at #11 on the Southern Gospel chart, according to Nielsen Soundscan.
“After working on a project, writing for it and planning for a couple of years, it’s great to finally reach release day and get feedback from others; and the response to this recording has been great!” stated Jeff.
That enthusiasm continued as Jeff, Sheri and their daughter Morgan gathered around the piano in their home living room in their small town of Lincolnton, GA, on the night of June 22nd, to become the first southern gospel artists to debut a new recording on the stageit platform (  The family could not wait to share Small Town’s heartwarming messages and family harmonies and celebrate the past 30 years with friends around the world via this online, “unplugged” concert format.
“We never dreamed 30 years ago that we’d be sharing a concert with a few hundred friends from right here in our living room!” said Sheri.  “I’m grateful that new technology allows us to share the timeless messages in these songs in a new, effective way.”
Fans who signed up were able to tune in with any online device from any location to enjoy a LIVE, interactive chat with the family along with 30 minutes of acoustic performances of songs from the acclaimed recording.  The group shared stories about how each song was written and ended with a 20-minute encore of requested songs.
The performed songs included their new radio single, “Jesus Loves You,” already the #2 Top 10 New Release nationally.  The recorded version of the song represents Jeff and Sheri’s desire to continue to try new things, even after three decades, as it marks the first time in the group’s history that they have included a choir of vocals and added a full string section to one of their songs.
Jeff & Sheri then traveled from one small town to another to enjoy a special release celebration at Gaither Family Resources in Alexandria, IN, on Thursday, June 25th.  The event served as the official kick-off and launch event for a new, ongoing series at the store called “Singin’ in the Studio.”
In celebration of this anniversary release, Gloria Gaither joined the group on stage during the concert and read a very memorable prayer that she had prayed for Jeff & Sheri 22 years ago during the recording of the Homecoming Series’ Landmark video.  At that time the couple was expecting the birth of Morgan, so it was quite surreal for them to experience this prayer a second time in that same room, 22 years later, with Morgan now a part of the group.
For over two decades, Gaither Studios has been the premiere location for numerous Homecoming video tapings and artist recordings.  The team is now opening their doors to an up-close and personal live concert event series held in historic “Gaither Studio C.”  Jeff and Sheri signed autographs during an in-store party before the evening concert where they showcased songs from Small Town as well as some of their most popular hits.
Small Town, Celebrating 30 Years of Music and Marriage, produced by Jeff and Sheri Easter, Madison Easter and Greg Cole, features 11 songs, several of which were co-written by Sheri along with some of Nashville’s most noted songwriters.  It captures the warm, country-influenced musical style the group is known for and covers faith and family topics that have been important to Jeff and Sheri since they started the group three decades ago.
Distributed by Capitol Christian Distribution, the release is available at retail stores everywhere and also at online stores including iTunes and Amazon.  The new release is highlighted in the current issue of Homecoming Magazine, and the group’s family legacy is captured with the cover story of the June Singing News Magazine.
Jeff & Sheri were recently featured on SiriusXM’s “Daniel Britt & Friends,” where they talked about the new recording on the one-hour gospel music radio show, alongside Gospel Music Hall of Famers Bill Gaither and Mark Lowry.  They also discussed the album at length with Paul Heil on “The Gospel Greats” nationally syndicated radio program.
For further information, visit or or  Tickets to future “Singin’ in the Studio” events can be purchased by calling: 1-800-520-4664 or visiting

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Written by SGN Scoops Staff on July 2, 2015 – 8:26 am -



Woody Wright and D. Scott Kramer are back with a second live concert DVD based on their popular radio program, Good News Music Radio!

The DVD, available today, is being released through Electric Station Records and Hands of Love Ministry.

Sit back and enjoy over an hour of great gospel music, encouraging ministry and fun in the inviting setting of Reardon Auditorium on the campus of Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana.

You’ll be moved by inspiring performances from Larry Gatlin, Russ Taff, The Nelons, Buddy Greene and Jeff Taylor, Woody & Vonnie Wright, Willie Wynn, Tanya Goodman Sykes, Ponder, Sykes & Wright, Rachel West Kramer, Jairo Arvizu, Maria Kramer all backed by Gary Prim and The Good News Music Radio Band! Victory In Jesus is the theme for this program and this concert joyfully proclaims the Good News of Jesus Christ!

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SGN Scoops Wacky Wednesday Poll: What Album Should Every Gospel Fan Own?

Written by Staff on July 1, 2015 – 2:00 pm -

wackywednesdayThanks for joining us for another SGN Scoops Wacky Wednesday! Today’s question for our fearless panel of artists: “What is the one album every Gospel fan should have in their collection?” As you might expect, some of the answers are a little less than scientifically proven.

CathedralsNevertheless, SGN Scoops polled about 18 or so artists about various things and tabulated their answers. We have used this (not so great) scientific process to create today’s Wacky Wednesday Top Ten. Our panel of expert artists gave us the following answers.

The artists whose albums should be owned by every Southern Gospel aficionado are the incomparable Cathedrals.

All of the Booth Brothers were united in their response, giving three votes to Live in Atlanta by the Cathedrals. Donna King says, “Anything by the Hinsons or Cathedrals (can’t pick one!)” And no, Donna you didn’t fail that one! Michaela Brown also voted for any of the Cathedral albums.

Singing AmericansThe Singing Americans, a quartet ahead of its time, and the 24-karat Gold City were tied for second place. Gary Casto, Scotty Inman and Greg Bentley chose Black and White by the Singing Americans. Chris Jenkins and Joseph Habedank put their votes in for Pillars of Faith by Gold City. David Sutton’s choice is Gold City’s Double Take.

In third place was Bill Gaither, with two of his groups each earning a vote. Phil Collingsworth Sr. said, “HYMN CLASSICS – THE BILL GAITHER TRIO (1990 – only Gaither Trio Album produced by Lari Goss – last Trio Album released.)”
Karen Peck’s choice was, “Anything from Gaither Vocal Band!”

Gold CityOther top picks included:
Speer Family: Heritage Series. “Little is much when God is in it! The best!” – Hannah Webb
“A Triumphant one!” – Clayton Inman
Blackwood Brothers Quartet latest project. “Our new one, Forever.” – Billy Blackwood
The Talleys latest project. “This would probably be a bad time to admit that I don’t listen to much music, so I’ll say whatever the Talleys’ newest is!” – Lauren Talley Alvey
The Three Bridges’ newest album. “The latest Three Bridges album, of course!” – Shannon Smith

So now you know! There may be more than one answer that is a little suspect, but that is how we roll on the SGN Scoops Wacky Wednesday!

Thanks again to all of our participants. Be watching SGN Scoops mainpage for more Wacky Wednesdays in the weeks to come. Do you want to suggest a subject or an artist? Email us at

SGN Scoops Wacky Wednesday Top Ten

SGN Scoops Wacky Wednesday Top Ten

For more on the artists who have subjected themselves to our poll questions, visit them at their group websites:



Chris Jenkins
Joseph Habedank
Clayton Inman
Lauren Talley Alvey
Phil Collingsworth Sr.
David Sutton
Greg Bentley
Gary Casto
Billy Blackwood
Shannon Smith
Michaela Brown
Booth Brothers
Scott Inman
Karen Peck
Donna King
Hannah Webb

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2015 Diamond Awards Top 10

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on June 30, 2015 – 10:37 pm -

Diamond Awards 2015

Diamond Awards 2015

Vote For The Top Ten Here

Pigeon Forge, TN – SGN Scoops announces the unveiling of the 2015 Diamond Awards Top Ten nominees. After a nomination period, the top nominees in each category were voted upon by the fans of the digital magazine to produce a list of their ten favorite artists. SGN Scoops now invites all Gospel music fans to visit their website and vote on this list to produce the Top Five for the last round of voting. Fans are encouraged to be a part of this road toward the 2015 Diamond Awards to be presented during the Creekside Gospel Music Convention.

The Diamond Awards ceremony will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. This gala evening is one of the most exciting evenings in Gospel music, with surprise guests, great music and special presentations, producing memories that linger until the next Creekside Convention rolls around.

This year, Creekside is offering a VIP wristband for those fans who want a more up-close and personal experience. For $25, the wearer will receive VIP seating, special gifts, and an invitation to a VIP party. This wristband is valid for the entire Convention, November 2nd through 5th, at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center. Fans are urged to order their wristbands early to avoid disappointment.

Vote today for your favorite of the Top Ten nominees for the 2015 Diamond Awards. Find out more about Creekside Gospel Music Convention online or on Facebook Here. To order your VIP wristband or to learn more about VIP lodging packages, phone Rob Patz at 360-933-0741.

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Written by SGN Scoops Staff on June 30, 2015 – 12:51 pm -



The Crabb Family, one of the most celebrated family groups to ever grace a stage, has partnered with Syntax Creative to offer, for the first time, its entire catalog at digital service providers such as iTunesAmazon and Spotify. The Crabb Family’s legacy of musical excellence includes 15 No. 1 songs, multiple Grammy nominations, 11 GMA Dove Awards and numerous other awards and accolades reflecting the power of God’s word through music.

Previously, most of the celebrated family’s music was available only on CD’s and cassettes. Some titles were available digitally. However, this marks the first time the entire Crabb Family discography is being offered digitally.

“We are excited to work with Timothy and his team at Syntax. It’s wonderful to be able to release this entire catalog of songs, some music that has been locked away in a vault or only available at our concerts,” Jason Crabb said. “So many times we get asked if we have a song that is no longer available because someone has lost a CD or cassette. Now, they can rest assured that everything will be available at their favorite digital service provider.

“The Crabb Family has toured and recorded professionally for over two decades. Many of the songs and projects that formed the foundation of their musical legacy have been unavailable in digital format until now,” Timothy Trudeau, CEO of Syntax Creative, said. “Today, we are excited to announce that we’re changing that.”

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SGN Scoops Fast Five: The Alliance Quartet

Written by Staff on June 30, 2015 – 6:03 am -

Alliance Quartet

Alliance Quartet

Alliance Quartet is a male quartet from Alabama, who are in their tenth year of singing Southern Gospel. Members Dustin Bearden, Bill (BT) Thomas, Jeff Smith and newcomer Keith Wix are well known in the Alabama/Georgia Gospel music scene and loved for their tight harmony and engaging presentation. Their latest CD is entitled I Know What Lies Ahead which includes Gospel favorites like “We Shall See Heaven Someday,” “I Wanna Know” and “Working On A Building,” as well as newer songs like “Sandals,” “When I Start My Day With You,” and “Heart Break Ridge and New Hope Road.”

Alliance sings part-time and all of the members have full-time jobs, yet they hold down a very busy schedule. The decision to remain part-time and keep their jobs was a choice they made to keep their performance fee as low as possible, allowing them to appear at any venue, regardless of size.

Be sure to follow the links below to find out more about these fine gentlemen!

Alliance2011PromoJoin Vonda Easley as she peppers The Alliance Quartet with the rapid-fire Fast Five questions…

Vonda: B.T., at what age did you begin singing Gospel music? Who is your favorite Gospel singer ever?
B. T. : I started at the age of thirteen. I led the singing at my home church.
My favorite Gospel singer is Elvis Presley.

Vonda: Dustin, tell us about your experience in Gospel music through the years.
Dustin: In the past, I sang with Providence, New Vision, Narrow Way Quartet, The Florida Boys, and The Blackwood Gospel Quartet. I now sing with Alliance  and I sing tenor.

Vonda: Keith, tell me a funny bus story. Also, what is the group’s favorite place to eat?
Keith: This happened on August 5, 2012 on Highway 69 near Oakman, Alabama on the way to a homecoming singing. No sooner had we stopped after the rear differential blew up, then there were two men there who each had a tractor discussing among themselves who would be best to get us up the hill and out of the middle of the road. While they were talking, another man drove up who was pulling a tractor on a trailer behind him, and he joined the discussion with the other two men. A few minutes later, a small Kubota tractor with a mower deck behind it was brought up and the bus was towed about one-quartet mile up a fairly steep grade hooked to the mowing deck. To see that little tractor pulling that Eagle bus was pretty funny.
The bus was down for a year. The first singing we did in 2013 with it was the same place we were going when it broke down the year before.
Favorite eating place while on the road I guess would be Cracker Barrel. I order from their breakfast menu quite a bit.

Vonda: Jeff, since you sing bass, who is your favorite bass singer?
Jeff: Hands down, Rex Nelon. I saw him sing bass several times live.

Vonda: B.T., what are some goals you have for Alliance in the future?
B.T.: It is our desire to see souls saved for the Kingdom of God. That is our main goal. We also would like to sing in some new areas and venues.

Find out more about the Alliance Quartet online and on Facebook.

Be sure to hear Alliance Quartet at the Creekside Gospel Music Convention in November!

For more Fast Five features, keep checking the SGN Scoops mainpage.

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Arrangements For Luke White

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on June 29, 2015 – 11:01 pm -

Luke White

Luke White

Lucas Jay White, 30, of Kernersville, NC, went peacefully to be with the Lord Sunday, June 28, 2015, at the Johnson City Medical Center in Johnson City, TN.

Luke White was known most for his love of Gospel Music, traveling on and off the road for years with several well known Gospel groups, working in the areas of Management and Promotion. He also traveled and ministered for years at churches and events alongside his sister, Olivia White Jarrell, her husband Joshua Jarrell, as well as various musicians.

He made Gospel Music his career being employed with IMC Management of Johnson City, TN. He served as an event reservation coordinator and scheduling agent for IMC Artists and events. He also served as the scheduling agent for TaRanda Greene Ministries.

Luke is survived by his parents, Phillip and Rhonda White of Kernersville, NC, his sister, Olivia White Jarrell, her husband Josh Jarrell, and a nephew Jase Jarrell, also from Kernersville, NC. He is survived as well by a step-brother James Phillip White, a grandmother, Lucille Tilley, numerous aunts, uncles and cousins, and special friends like TaRanda Greene and her two daughters Josie and Bella.

Visitation for the family will be held Wednesday, July 1st from 6 to 9 pm at the North Pointe Church in High Point, NC. The Homegoing Celebration will be held Thursday, July 2nd at 12 noon, also at the North Pointe Church. Burial will follow.

For directions to the North Pointe Church, please utilize the following GPS address:
North Pointe Church
5225 High Point Road
Kernersville, NC 27284

Flowers and or monetary donations in memorial can be sent to:
North Pointe Church
5225 High Point Road
High Point,  NC 26265

Donations to supplement Luke’s medical expenses can be mailed to:
Phillip & Rhonda White
1205 Century Park Ave.
Kernersville, NC 27284

Or online Luke White at:

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