Welcome to the November issue of SGNScoops Magazine! It’s a huge month for us as we get together for Creekside Gospel Music Convention in Pigeon Forge and host the 2015 Diamond Awards. If you can’t be with us in person, celebrate the month with us as we get to know Country superstar Larry Gatlin in a cover story written by Craig Harris.
Don’t miss the features on Courtney Collingsworth, the Hinson Family, the Blackwood Brothers, Jordan’s Bridge, Timothy Noble and Ricky Braddy. Join us as we go to the NQC and the ICCAN Round-Up. We have the DJ Spotlight and Randall Reviews It, articles by Lou Wills Hildreth, David Staton, Dusty Wells, Laurette Willis and Sherry Anne.
Matt Baker talks to artists about Thanksgiving and new writers Selena Day and Roger Barkley Jr. look more deeply into what that word means.
We are thrilled with this issue and we are thankful for you, our readers. Please take time this month to consider what you are truly thankful for, and realize that our Heavenly Father is the Giver of all good and perfect gifts. Give Him your thanks and praise today and this entire month of Thanksgiving!
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“Bill Bailey’s Southern Gospel Christmas Spectacular!” will be held on Friday, December 4th in Mount Dora, FL at the Community Building, 7:30pm. Featured in concert will be the KINGSMEN, McKAMEYS, and the BALL BROTHERS. This gospel concert event is an annual Mount Dora holiday tradition, featuring both traditional southern gospel and Christmas music.
No tickets are required for this special concert! A $12 donation per person will be requested at the door for the concert. A free-will offering will be received during the concert for FCC Ministries. Doors open at 6:30pm, and all seating is general admission. It is suggested to arrive early to enjoy the beautiful Christmas lights display in downtown Mount Dora. Lights turn on at approximately 5:45pm.
The Community Building is located at 520 North Baker Street in downtown Mount Dora. For more information, call (941) 756-6942.
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When it comes time for the holiday season, nothing is better than the time you spend with family. Around Christmas it seems as though we start to think back over the year and look at or accomplishments. Along with our reminiscing, most of the time this includes a house full of family that sometimes you only get to see certain times of the year. We all cherish those special moments spent surrounded by the ones we love.
As for the McKameys – they are surrounded with family year round, and they wouldn’t have it any other way!
In 1954 a group of sisters known as The McKameys started singing Southern Gospel Music. Bring them to the current year and now hailing from Clinton, Tennessee the McKameys have been traveling full time since 1980. The Lord has been exceedingly great to this family and has blessed them with good health, good songs, and good dates. They travel approximately 140 dates a year, which means they spend more than half a year surrounded by family on a bus!
The McKameys now consists of Reuben and Peg Bean, their daughters,
Connie Fortner and Sheryl Farris, as well as grandson, Eli Fortner. Since 1980 they have always traveled with family, and their mission has always been the same – to carry the good news of the gospel to a lost and dying world. They want to encourage the saints everywhere. If you were to ask any fan of this great family, there is no doubt that every single time they step on stage the Lord uses them to bless someone in their audience. They have such a sweet spirit about them, and they are always ready and willing to take the time to speak to and pray with their fans.
They love traveling together as a family, and while on the road they frequent the shopping malls of nearby towns where they are singing. While the women do
the shopping, you’ll typically find the men in the nearest bookstore!
The ladies also do Bible studies on the bus, as well as practicing songs while riding down the highways.
When traveling this close together with family all the time one might would think the holidays would be nothing new. That is definitely not the case with this close family. Peg stated that they love and treasure their time together. Christmas and Thanksgiving are no different for the McKameys when it comes to family. Even though they are always together on the road, there’s no question that they take time to treasure the holidays together and no doubt that includes many more family members.
There is no question in my mind that this amazing group cherishes fan time as much as family time. In fact, they have a hometown sing every year, and they invite you to come out and meet their family and enjoy a great time in the Lord.
Next year it will be on June 10-11, 2016. Reserved tickets go on sale through their office the first Monday in April. Office hours are 8:30 to 4:30 Monday through Thursday with lunch from 11:30-12:30 EST. You can reach them by phone at 865-457-3678, or check out their website www.mckameysonline.com.
By Bethany Cook
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We asked Darin Hebert with The Williamson’s to share with us a Christmas Memory. Be watching each day for Christmas Memories from your favorite artists.
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Join us in wishing this sweet lady a Happy Birthday.
From all of us at SGN SCOOPS, have a wonderful day!
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Stanford, Kentucky It all started Thursday, November 12th in what was supposed to be just another Gospel concert as Jim Sheldon celebrated his annual Homecoming. Jim, known as The Positive Cowboy from his part on the Music City Show and the renowned Blackwood Brothers Quartet, from Memphis, Tennessee put on a remarkable program.
What started as “just another” soon developed into an experience to be remembered. The energy and excitement was reminiscent of those old fashioned All Night Singings made popular back in the day that the Blackwoods and Statesmen would hold crowds attention until way in the night.
Jim Sheldon commented, “Wow what a great night! The house was full and the spirit of the Lord was in the House. Billy Blackwood and the Boys did an awesome job as usual.”
This third generation of Blackwood Brothers Quartets performed at the First Baptist Church of Danville, Kentucky. The quartet, now in its 81st year of performances — was hosted by Jim Sheldon, “The Positive Cowboy,” who organized the concert. Sheldon is a resident of nearby Stanford, KY, and he donated more than 20 percent of gifts from the love offering taken at the concert to the Sunshine Childrens Services of Kentucky. Co-sponsors of the gospel concert included South District Baptist Association, Mercer Baptist Association, Lincoln County Baptist Association and Central Baptist Association.
The highlight of the concert and the closing song was Jim, The Positive Cowboy and the Blackwood Brothers teaming up for the last song of the night, “I’m Redeemed”. This song is on Sheldon’s latest release of the Season 4 Vol 3 of the Music City Show Hymns. You will not want to miss the next concert. If you would like to find any of the songs that they sang at the Homecoming you can find them all on iTunes or on either of their websites.
In other news for The Positive Cowboy, Jim received the USAGEM TV and Film Award in Nashville,Tennessee for his role on the Music City Show.
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Asheville, NC– Ray Reese of The Kingsmen Quartet has announced that Chris Jenkins, who has occupied the tenor position for nearly 4 years, will be resigning his position with the quartet, effective Dec. 14th.
Ray states, “We have thoroughly enjoyed the time that Chris has been a member of the Kingsmen and we will miss him. We do, however, completely understand that Chris has made a decision to have more time with his son. He goes with our blessings and prayers that God will continue to lead and guide his life.
Jenkins states, “Performing with the Kingsmen since March of 2012 has been an exciting opportunity. I’ve always loved Ray Dean and the Kingsmen since childhood. I count it an honor to have been a part of the Kingsmen. As a member of the group, I’ve met so many fine people and made lots of friends all across America. At this time I feel the need to make a change in order to be with my 6 year old son, Ryan, as often as possible.”
Chris would like his friends to know as of the start of 2016, he will be filling the tenor vocalist position of the Anchormen from Asheboro, North Carolina. “I am equally as excited to be joining a group much closer to home and whose quartet singing I also grew up loving. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to stand alongside Phillip Hughes, Terry Carter, and Will Lane to present the Gospel across the U.S. with The Anchormen”, says Chris.
Chris is filling the position created by the departure of tenor vocalist, Derrick Boyd, who has felt led to stay home and be a caretaker for a family member on a full-time basis.
Anchormen owner Tim Bullins states, “We are extremely pleased to welcome Chris on board with the Anchormen. We have been acquaintances for several years and are looking forward to a tremendous future. Although we are we are saddened with the departure of Derrick, we completely understand and support his decision. He and his wife Phyllis will always hold a special place in our hearts.”
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Welcome to another edition of SGN Scoops’ Fast Five! This time we chat with Bros.4, a male Southern Gospel quartet from Mississippi. This is a group of men who have a strong, seasoned sound and who present original songs as well as Southern favorites. Good music done well will appeal to a wide audience and this is a quartet that has found their listener demographics expanding over the two years that they have been in ministry. Bros.4 have two projects filled with new and older songs and will be heading into the studio soon to work on a new CD.
Bros.4, it’s time to for you to answer the SGN Scoops’ Fast Five!
SGN: Tell us all about Bros. 4 (pronounced Brothers 4). Who are the members and how long have you guys been together? etc.
B4: We all live in the central Mississippi area and are known for our energetic spirit and tight harmonies while proclaiming the love of Jesus through song. Bros. 4 is rooted in traditional Southern Gospel, but we strive to bring a modern feel and sound. The group covers an array of Christian music styles that appeal to all audiences, young and old.
Our ministry started in March 2013 in an effort to give hope to the community of Hattiesburg, MS after a devastating F5 tornado ripped through the college town. With our first concerts in June and July, we began by agreeing to learn 12 to 15 songs for these events; however, as we began to choose songs and rehearse, God’s will took over and Bros. 4 was born.
Meet the Guys
Adam Dungey, from Clinton, MS, is the bass singer and manager. He is the nephew of Butch Owens (bass for the Blackwood Brothers Quartet) and cousin to Ian Owens (bass for Soul’d Out). Adam is also a third generation bass singer. In addition, he played drums and ran sound for many groups over his career, most notably, The Imperials.
Buddy Graves, from Byram, MS, sings the lead and grew up singing in school and church choirs. His love for Southern Gospel music extends back to his early childhood. He and his father, Jerry, are walking encyclopedias of Southern Gospel information. Buddy saw his dream of singing in a quartet come to fruition in 2001 when he was given the opportunity to sing with Mercy River Quartet and later with Strong River.
Brandon Wilson, from Laurel, MS, brings many talents to the group. He sings baritone and plays the piano, as well as handling the majority of the song arrangements. As a teenager, Brandon played piano, and later sang baritone with Mercy River Quartet. Brandon believes his calling is ministry, both through pastoring and singing God’s word.
Darryl Smith from Purvis, MS sings tenor and runs sound for the team. He previously sang with and owned the popular Mississippi trio, New Life, which eventually became a quartet. He is a true dedicated servant of the Lord, offering his time as a Christian leader, talent, and resources as blessings to others on a very regular basis.
SGN: When you guys are out on the road, what is your favorite place to eat?
B4: That is a very fun and challenging question when it comes our group. It’s usually a debate of which fast food restaurant are you in the mood for, or better yet, which one is open?! FYI: Buddy wishes we sang more in the New Orleans, LA area as he is a foodie!
B4: We are humbled by the recent responses to our efforts. The enthusiastic reaction from both old and new worshippers, motivates us in our pursuit of sharing God’s message. He is the unfailing motivation for our dedication to be the best we can be as a ministry team. Our unique presentation, showcasing our true love for what we do and for each other, hopefully will change lives and provide hope.
B4: Our products are always available at an event or online at www.bros4.net. Worship dates can also be found on the website and at gospelgigs.com/bros4. We would also like to encourage each of you to follow us on facebook (facebook.com/bros.4), Instagram (4bros4) and twitter (4bros4).
SGN: With 2015 approaching its close, what are some future goals for Bros.4?
B4: Our goals are simple. We want to continue to participate in worship opportunities that hopefully enrich congregations, encourage Christians and inspire non-believers. In addition, we want to head back to the studio with new original material as well as some fresh takes on some familiar favorites.
Our thanks to Bros.4 for allowing us this glimpse into their ministry through the Fast Five. Visit their website to hear their music and be inspired. If you are in the Mississippi area, be sure to check their schedule and catch a concert with Bros.4. You are in for a terrific time of great Gospel music!
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We at SGNScoops.com Think This Is An Awesome Church Here Is The Story
We ordered a Jimmy John’s sub and had it delivered to the church during a Sunday AM service. Why? So we could give the driver (Kaleigh) a very generous tip. How generous you ask? Over $1900!! Why did we do this? Just for the sake of being generous.
The $1900 tip was given by our amazing congregation specifically for the purpose to radically blessing a stranger.
“The generous man [is a source of blessing and] shall be prosperous and enriched, And he who waters will himself be watered [reaping the generosity he has sown].” – Proverbs 11:25
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Coastal Ridge Media – Knoxville, TN – Southern Style Praise TV Executive Producer Dale Burress, has announced that Richard Hyssong has been named as their new host. This along with continued “Believing” for a healing of our dear Gail Shelby who has been our host for the past two years and did a wonderful job.
The popular southern gospel music program is based out of Knoxville Tennessee, and is closing in on their 300th episode. Each week viewers enjoy the great music with a message, along with in depth interviews. “The program has had several great hosts and we are thrilled to add Richard to that list. Our goal is that lives will be changed as a result of our TV program.” Shares Dale.
Richard Hyssong is known for singing with his award winning family The Hyssongs. “It is an honor to be the new host of Southern Style Praise. I love southern gospel music, I love being able to promote groups on television, however more importantly I love sharing the gospel to thousands of viewers each week. Before we shoot, the whole Ark Studio staff, along with myself pray for God’s leading. The program is already expanding rapidly, and many networks are requesting to add this program”. States Richard
The busy thirty two year old Richard who calls Maine his home, will continue ministering with his family in over 250 places each year, as well as hosting his popular syndicated weekly radio program Joy For The Journey.
Jenifer Burress, producer of Southern Style Praise won a Diamond Award for the production of the concept video Susie’s Eyes by Hearts of Faith. Ark studios which is home to SSP, also produces and records several TV programs, concept videos, and also live concerts.
Southern Style Praise is currently broadcast on the following stations:
-WVLR CTN TV48 in Knoxville, TN
-WGNM CTN TV 64 in Macon, GA
-KFXB CTN TV 40 in Dubuque, IA
-WTJR CTN TV 16 in Quincy, IL
-WJDW TV 21 in Tazewell, VA
-Family Friendly Entertainment (formerly GMT)
-Velugu Television Network
-iHope TV on Comcast 241 in the Knoxville, TN area.
-BBN TV online
– Maine Coast TV 7
If your television network is interested in adding Southern Style Praise to your lineup. Email Producer
Jenifer Burress at email@example.com. For more information go to www.arkstudioinc.com
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The members of Steve Hess and Southern Salvation are the guests on Gospel Music Today for the week of November 30. Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates. The Feature Group is The Drummond Family, and Jean reviews new recordings by Mark209 and X Alt Quartet . David Bruce Murray takes a look at the history of The Oak Ridge Boys.and an article from Singing News magazine is the subject of this week’s News Notes. The show features a new music video by High Road III, exclusive concert video of Angela Primm, recorded by Gospel Music Today’s cameras in Nashville, TN, and a visit to the Gospel Music Today Archives for an exclusive concert video of The Dixie Echoes, recorded by Gospel Music Today’s cameras in Broken Arrow, OK.
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