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August 2014 SGNScoops Magazine

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on August 6, 2014 – 12:11 pm -

August 2014 SGNScoops Magazine

August 2014 SGNScoops Magazine

Here it is, the middle of Summer and we have so much to share with you, we can’t hardly stand it! So take a deep breath and your glass of sweet tea and enjoy the August edition of SGN Scoops!

This month we have to share with you the cover story of Brian Free and Assurance and how this group with very different backgrounds have come together to produce such wonderful music. If you like their new release, “Say Amen!” as much as I do, you are really going to enjoy this feature.
Artist features include the Chuck Wagon Gang by Marcie Gray, Marty Raybon by Dan Duncan, the Drummond Family by Tina Wakefield, the Hoskins Family by Sandi Duncan Clark and Kelly Nelon Clark talks about acting in the Dancer with Lorraine Walker. Erin Stevens talks to Levi Bowman and Angela Griffin reviews concerts with Guy Penrod, the Nelons and the Collingsworth Family. While we are on the subject of families, Melissa Wright writes about the popular Bowling Family!
Also inside the covers are thoughtful articles by Jeff Steele, Kelly Nelon Clark, Sherry Anne and Jennifer Campbell. Laurette Willis brings another edition of her fitness column and David Staton asks us again if we can handle the truth.
Vonda Easley introduces us to DJ Alan Butler, Rob Patz quizes Sharron Kay King, Lynn Mills covers another amazing concert event and Hannah Webb talks about being a part of the American Bible Challenge. Hannah Webb, Dan Duncan and Melissa Wright are our newest writers and I know you will enjoy their contributions.

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Wilburn and Wilburn releases concept video as they also issue a 30-day challenge

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on September 2, 2014 – 4:35 pm -

Wilburn & Wilburn

Wilburn & Wilburn

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (Sept. 2nd, 2014) – Dynamic vocal duo Wilburn and Wilburn have had their hands full as of late, in front of the camera and also in taking a stand.

Wilburn and Wilburn – a Daywind Records recording artist consisting of Jonathan Wilburn and his son Jordan Wilburn – have released a concept video for their song “Help Me Help Someone,” which is on Wilburn and Wilburn’s latest project, “Here Comes Sunday.” The song was a collaborative effort, penned by award-winning songwriter Jimmy Yeary, Country Music personality Cledus T. Judd and Gary LeVox, the lead vocalist of Country Music recording artist Rascal Flatts.

Wilburn and Wilburn has been singing powerful songs since they began touring in March of 2011. When “Help Me Help Someone” was released to radio, it grabbed the attention of Compassion International and filmmaker David Altizer.

“We knew we wanted people to hear the message of this song and for the audience to know that they can make a difference,” Jonathan Wilburn explains. “We want to help folks in need domestically and internationally, and we found a partner that is willing to help us achieve that goal. We challenge everyone who hears this message to evaluate whether they can help just one person today. Compassion has been gracious enough to help us with our vision and in helping us to release this music video.”

Filming for the video recently took place atop the Fifth Third building, a skyscraper in Nashville, Tenn.

“When this plan started unfolding, we wanted to have an impact with people watching the video at home and engage them enough to where they will want to take action,” Daywind Records vice president and A & R director Scott Godsey – who served as the producer of the video – shares. “There are a lot of hurting people in the world, and this song talks about the body of Christ helping those folks. The line in the song that says, ‘we can all make a difference, and it starts with me’ … it is our hope that those words will passionately speak to all of us as we count our innumerable blessings today. It was thoroughly enjoyable working with Compassion and with director David Altizer.”

In addition to Compassion assisting Wilburn and Wilburn with the creation of the video, Wilburn and Wilburn have also become Compassion representatives.

However, Wilburn and Wilburn are not stopping there. They are also issuing a 30-day challenge to both themselves and everyone around them to go above and beyond, a mission to help one person each day for 30 consecutive days. The daily “help” can be as simple as assisting an elderly person with their groceries or a commitment to sponsor a child through an organization such as Compassion International.

Wilburn and Wilburn have been long-time supporters of various charities, and with there continuing to be both foreign and domestic needs, they believe that the Lord can use us all if we simply allow him to do so. The partnership that Wilburn and Wilburn has developed with Compassion will allow their audience to have an opportunity to help children who are much less fortunate. While meeting the tangible needs of those children, Compassion also shares the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Daywind Records is home to an award-winning roster of artists, including Legacy Five, Karen Peck and New River, Tribute Quartet, the Browders and the Nelons. Daywind is distributed to retail through New Day Christian Distributors, Select-O-Hits, and all major digital outlets, including iTunes. For more information, visit  or contact Amanda Martin at

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Younger Perspective – Riley Harrison Clark

Written by Staff on September 2, 2014 – 12:51 pm -

Riley Harrison Clark

Riley Harrison Clark


By Erin Stevens

No matter where you grow up, what job you have, or what music you listen to, when God puts a calling on your life, nothing and no one can stand in your way. That is just the case with powerhouse tenor, Riley Harrison Clark of Tribute Quartet. Take a few moments to hear straight from this tenderhearted man of God. Take it away, Riley…

Erin: For the readers who don’t know your background, why don’t you tell about how you came to be Tribute’s tenor?

Riley: I’ve been singing since I was 12; at that age, I began vocal coaching with Steve Hurst. At 13, I attended his music school; it was there I met the Tribute guys. I had a few lessons with the guys and when Brian Alvey (their former tenor) came off the road, my name was brought to them. On a Wednesday I was on my face at 2:00am pouring my heart out to God, trying to plead with Him to move me forward in the area He was calling me. At 10:00am that same day, Gary Casto gave me a call and asked if I would be interested in joining Tribute. It was one of those God moments that, even if I wanted to say no, it would have been impossible. June 25th 2014 will be four years since I first sang with Tribute.

Tribute Quartet

Tribute Quartet

Erin: When you came into the industry, you were the consummate newbie. What were some key things that took a lot of getting used to?

Riley: 1. Sleeping in. Working back home, I was always up early. When I got on the bus, I quickly realized that everyone sleeps in. I’m still getting used to that, and generally with no success. 2. At first, when we would walk into events, I was taken back that I was not only in the same place with people I looked up to, but that I was actually doing the same thing.

Erin: While still being in that newlywed stage of life, and recently becoming a daddy, along with traveling full-time, how do you juggle all three roles?

riley harrison clarkRiley: It begins with constantly reminding yourself that God has called you at this time, for this season, to be where you are at because He wants to use you. It also takes an incredibly loving, supportive wife that understands the call of God, and wants her husband to be in the center of God’s will. Can I say that it’s easy? Not at all. There are times I want to stay home because of how I miss Megan and Colbin, but it goes back to the first point I made. I am called to sing, and I know I am where I am for a purpose. As for the little guy, it is rather tough to miss out on his everyday adventures; but thank goodness for technology that allows me to see him, even though I may be in a different state or country.

Erin: What is the most peculiar thing a fan has ever said to you?

Riley: (This is for you, Morgan Easter) One year during Singing In the Sun, a sweet lady walked up to me, and just said, “I really like your ears.” Surprising, since they were red and peeling from sunburn. Besides that, I didn’t realize ears were a feature that got much attention!

tribute cdErin: Favorite aspect of road life, and least favorite? (double whammy question – go.)

Riley: Favorite: waking up at Wal-Mart and being in a different part of the country every morning. Least favorite: waking up at Wal-Mart and being in a different part of the country every morning.

Erin: Which song do you sing each night that you consider your testimony and why?

Riley: Recently we put “God on the Mountain” on our Hit Replay Again album. If there is something I could say to anyone, it is that no matter what is going on, where you have been, where you are at, or where you are headed, God is always faithful. If you believe in what the word of God says, then find rest in the assurance that He will always be God, and that He will always be faithful.

Erin: A must-ask question among all Gospel singers: what’s your hands down, can’t live without, favorite food?

Riley: Hot dogs, pot roast and Ranch dressing. Anthony will make a pot roast on the bus, and there is no doubt that I will eat 70% of what is in that crock-pot. As for restaurants, hands down, IN-N-OUT BURGER.

Erin: How would you encourage those looking up to you as a role model in these crazy, mixed up days we are living in?

Riley: Get planted in the Word of God. Stay focused on what it says. Never think you are too small to be used by God. Do your best to know what it is that He wants with you and for your life. Don’t stop until you reach your goals and once you get there, never let the devil discourage you because it is God that called you. And if He has called you, then you are carrying out His plan, and that one needs to be carried out ’til the end.

Riley would also like me to add that he has made it thus far largely due to the guidance he has received from his parents. What an outstanding privilege and blessing to have such a strong support system within the family unit. Needless to say, the Clarks raised a great man to carry out the message of the Gospel. Thank you, Riley for sharing from your heart with the readers today. Until next month, Scoops fans…

And that’s my take on it.

By Erin Stevens

First published by SGN Scoops digital magazine in July 2014.

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SGN Scoops Top 100 Expands

Written by Staff on September 2, 2014 – 12:23 pm -


Seattle, WA (September 2, 2014) – SGN Scoops is thrilled with the expansion of their new chart, SGN Scoops Top 100. Scoops is now receiving charting information from 35 Gospel music radio stations. More reporting stations increases the accuracy of the Top 100 chart as Scoops receives charts from more regions of the country. 

The Top 100 is posted every month in the latest edition of SGN Scoops digital magazine.

SGN Scoops is adding new charts every month so we encourage readers, artists and radio stations to check the SGN Scoops Top 100 chart each month for favorite songs and singers. Any radio stations that do not currently report to SGN Scoops Top 100 can do so by contacting
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Faith’s Journey is proud to announce the addition of Rich Watson

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on September 2, 2014 – 10:40 am -

Rich Watson

Rich Watson

September 2, 2014 (Branson, MO) – Faith’s Journey is proud to announce the addition of Rich Watson to their ministry team. Rich came to Branson, Missouri in 2004 after almost 20 years of Government Service. A combat Veteran

while serving with the U.S. Army, Rich was honorably discharged after the first Desert Storm in 1991. He then spent 14 years as a Correctional Officer with both the State of Missouri and the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

He came to Branson not knowing what God had in store for him but had the opportunity to sing in his church’s praise team. Soon after, Rich auditioned and was selected as a cast member in “The Promise” playing many roles but most notably “John the Baptist”. During this time he also had the opportunityto sing backup with Kenny Loggins, Miss Lilly Knauls, Ireland’s Female Entertainer Mary Duff, and Allen Asbury. For the last six years he has been a cast member of long time Branson Show, Smoke on the Mountain where he played 17-year-old twin Brother Dennis, and currently Burl, the father of the family.

He also sings with Elvis Presley’s cousin, Jerry Presley, in the show Presley Sings Elvis. “Branson has been so very amazing!” Watson exclaims. “I met my wife Anna in our church and we just celebrated our seventh anniversary together in June. We have had the opportunity to serve the

Kingdom together on staff at churches and as Directors of Diamond Jym Ranch, a home for neglected, abused, and homeless children. Anna is quite an accomplished vocalist in her own right performing in two shows as well in Branson.”

Watson continues, “Singing with Faith’s Journey fulfills a lifelong dream for me. The first time that I had the opportunity to sing with Jonathan and Deana I knew that there was a great calling on this group.

I knew that this is exactly where God wanted me. It makes it so easy to stand with such capable and anointed people. The tight harmonies and lyrics are unbelievable, yet the group has a way of explaining the Kingdom of God through song that paints a truly beautiful and believable picture. I am honored and humbled that Jonathan and Deana gave this South Carolina boy a home. I look forward to sharing the

many miles that we have ahead of us as Faith’s Journey.”

Jonathan Edwards states: “We looked all over the country for a third part for our ministry team and God had the right one here in our home town. We are excited about what Rich will bring to the ministry with a great voice, joyous countenance and Godly wisdom. We look forward to having him on the road with us.”

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The Dominion Agency Signs StowTown Records’ Break-Out Artist, The Erwins

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on September 2, 2014 – 8:33 am -

The Erwins

(l to r) Kody, Katie, Keith, and Kris The Erwins

Waynesville, NC (September 2, 2014) – Michael Davis & Associates’ is pleased to announce the signing of StowTown Records’ breakout artist, The Erwins, to their Dominion Agency roster.  

The group is the fastest rising family ministry in Gospel music.  They are comprised of three brothers and a little sister.  They started singing with their parents as soon as the boys could talk. Now, siblings Keith, Kody, Kris, and Katie take center stage while their parents work behind the scenes encouraging them in their powerful music and ministry. 
Their mom, Tiffany Erwin, shares,  “We are thrilled to be working with Michael Davis and all of the great people at the Dominion Agency.  Mr. Davis has been very sensitive and understanding about the center focus of our ministry and our family’s needs regarding scheduling. We believe this will be a perfect fit for The Erwins and we look forward to a very successful partnership together.” 
President and CEO of Michael Davis & Associates, Michael Davis, expresses, “The Erwins are one of the most talented young family groups to come along in a long time.  Their dedication to ministry and excellence in their musical presentation is superb.  They are already booked on many major events for 2015.  I am very excited to represent this Godly group of siblings.”
The group’s current single “When Justice Called, Mercy Answered” is in the Top 40 and rising on Gospel music charts.  Their debut StowTown Records’ album is in the works and will be available at retail and digitally in early 2015.
To learn more about The Erwins, visit
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To learn more about the entire Dominion Agency family of artists, visit
To learn more about all of the artists who call Michael Davis & Associates home, visit
The following companies make up the family of stellar talent agencies of Michael Davis & Associates-
* Dominion Agency
* Adoration Agency
* Mountain Top Talent
* Blue Ridge Artist Agency
Mailing Address:
PO Box 1277
Waynesville, NC 28786

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SGNScoops Top 100 For August 2014

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on September 1, 2014 – 10:45 pm -

SGNScoops Top 100

SGNScoops Top 100


 SGN Scoops Top 100 For August 2014


1 Browders Listening For The Shout

2 Brian Free and Assurance Say Amen

3 Hoskins Family God Is Big

4 Greater Vision For All He’s Done

5 LeFevre Quartet Put It Right There

6 Gold City Never Too Broken To Belong

7 Mercy’s Well More Like Jesus Less Like Me

8 Mark Bishop Love’s Gonna Get You

9 Hyssongs Thinking About Going Home

10 Whisnants Not Afraid To Trust Him

11 McKameys A Hill Worth Dying On

12 East Ridge Boys He’s Leaving His Throne

13 Sunday Drive Happy, Happy, Happy

14 Legacy Five He Is To Me

15 Kingdom Heirs I’ll Know I’m Home

16 Mark Trammell Quartet Your Walk Talks

17 Keith Barkley and Family Tradition Heaven In The House

18 Karen Peck and New River Everybody’s Going Through Something

19 Georgia We Have A Hope

20 11th Hour How Will You Plead

21 Hoppers I’ll Take You Home

22 Booth Brothers If God Didn’t Care

23 Erwins When Justice Called Mercy Answered

24 Old Paths Love Them To Jesus

25 Mark Dubbeld Family Higher Than I

26 Shellem Cline Look Up

27 Bowling Family I Know Enough

28 Nelons The Sun’s Coming Up

29 Steve Hess and Southern Salvation Mountain of Grace

30 Beyond The Ashes No Sin Greater Than God’s Grace

31 Steeles We’re All Human

32 Michael and Delilah The Stroll

33 Primitive Quartet Empty Me Lord

34 Tim Livingston Over The Next Hill

35 Wilbanks Matchless Name

36 Allen Family Talk About The Lord

37 Carolina Boys Watch And Pray

38 Browns The Captain’s Got It Under Control

39 Gordon Mote Meanwhile Back At The Cross

40 Dixie Melody Boys Roll Back Read more »

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Update From Gold City About Tim Riley

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on September 1, 2014 – 5:06 pm -


Tim Riley

Tim Riley

Gold City’s legendary bass vocalist Tim Riley continues to make great improvement following a stroke that sidelined him in late July. He was released from inpatient rehab in mid–August, nearly 2 weeks ahead of schedule and is now again speaking normally and walking independently with no assistive devices. While still not up to the demands of a full-time touring schedule, Tim was able to attend his 50th high school reunion recently, the first class reunion he has ever been able to attend due to Gold City’s schedule. Tim has felt every prayer and thanks you for all the cards and encouragement everyone has sent his way. The entire Riley family and all the men of Gold City ask you for your continued prayers for Tim and the group and thank you for your support!

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Mansion Entertainment Announces New Management.

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on September 1, 2014 – 1:47 pm -

Mansion Entertainment

Mansion Entertainment

Franklin, TN (Mansion Entertainment)  – The Mansion Entertainment office in Franklin, TN has announced that John Mathis will assume management responsibilities for the record label, distribution, production and general direction of the company. Mathis will oversee the company’s direction in product development and distribution, audio/video production (including current TV show production) and developing a bigger online presence and opportunities for Mansion products and artists.  In regard to the recent announcement, Mathis commented, “We expanded our production capabilities by moving into a new location at the end of 2013 and we’ve covered a lot of ground over the years with some good success. You can say that during the past 6 years we have thoroughly tested the proverbial waters and are now in a position where we have some really great opportunities ahead of us. So this is a good point in time for us to hone in on what we do best as a company and better plan for our future by fine tuning our company focus, goals, and objectives. We are working on a few things immediately that will streamline what we do, such as building a new royalty management database, increasing the appeal of our online products and streamlining our in-house fulfillment of those to the customer with smarter technology and methods. We want to work toward relationships that benefit everyone involved and grow not just our own business, but this industry.”

Mansion Records has represented a host of Southern Gospel’s top talent and Southern Gospel radio is no stranger to Mansion music releases as the past few years have seen several number one songs and many top charting releases. Mansion Entertainment has produced televisions shows such as America Sings, SpiritFest, Nashville Country Revival and others that have been broadcast on multiple national networks including Daystar Television, Heartland TV, RURAL TV (RFD TV) and seen somewhat of a first in Gospel Music as Nashville Country Revival has moved to placement on Hulu and Amazon Prime. Mansion continues to produce and build its accompaniment track line, artist and speciality products that are offered through as well as in general market distribution through Sony RED and Provident distribution.

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Gospel Music Today For September 1 On

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on September 1, 2014 – 9:13 am -

Gospel Music Today September 1

Gospel Music Today September 1

The Bowlings are the guests on Gospel Music Today for the week of August 31. Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates, the Feature Group is The Carolina Boys, and Jean reviews a recording by Natalie Cromwell and a brand new recording by Jeff Stice.  An article written by Roy Pauley is the subject of this week’s Singing News Notes. The show features exclusive video of The Diplomats, recorded by Gospel Music Today’s cameras in Joplin, MO, and a visit to the Gospel Music Today Archives for an exclusive concert video of McCray Dove and The Dove Brothers Band at The Owasso Gospel Opry, in Owasso, OK.

The show is on KWHB TV47 in Oklahoma every Sunday at 4:30 PM, and on Roku on FFE TV Monday at 8:00 PM and AllNations TV Tuesday and Wednesday at 6:30 PM. Check local TV schedule for Beaumont, TX, Tyler, TX. Atlanta, TX, and Morrilton, AR.
The current edition of Gospel Music Today is online now at the Gospel Music Today website,

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This Week’s Harmony Road Features Sisters, Canton Junction, Legacy Five

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on August 29, 2014 – 4:50 pm -


Harmony Road

Harmony Road

Signal Mountain, TN  This week’s Harmony Road television program will include videos from Canton Junction with “Sweeter as the Days Go By”, Sisters with “I’m Sure”, along with Legacy Five and “Newborn Feeling”. The program also features Brian Free and Assurance with “I Want to be That Man” and an exclusive video of Jerry Salley performing “The Broken Ones”


Harmony Road’s broadcast week begins on Saturday and continues through the following week. New programs begin airing each Saturday and Sunday. Several stations and affiliates air the program multiple times during the week also, giving viewers more opportunities to enjoy the music and the gospel message it delivers


This week’s program originates from Dugger Mountain Music Hall near Piedmont, Alabama. Dugger mountain Music Hall hosts regular concerts and produces a television program that airs on many of the same stations as Harmony Road as part of the Heartland Network. The venue is part of “our Father’s Arms” an outreach ministry based in the area. A special feature of this ministry is included in this week’s episode. More information can be found at


Hosted by Les Butler, Harmony Road, a weekly southern gospel television program, is now available to over 80 million homes nationwide through networks, local TV stations, ROKU, DirecTV, and a mobile app. The program is also streamed from several locations. Information on Harmony Road and its affiliates can be found at Viewers can also interact with the program on Facebook at Harmony Road TV and on twitter @harmonyroadtv.


Harmony Road is produced and distributed by Harmony Road Productions and features the best in Southern Gospel music and video. It can be found each week on The Heartland Network, The NRB Network (including DirecTV, streaming and mobile app), WATC57 in Atlanta, WGNM-TV in Macon, WYBU-TV in Columbus, GA/Phoenix City, AL. Also find the program on the WALKtv network (including ROKU), Harmony Gospel in Greeneville, SC, DCT3in Middle Tennessee, TV24 in Anniston/Gadsden, Charter Cable in Clarksville, Cookeville/Crossville, Sevier County, Lebanon and Jackson, TN and WMJN29 in Decatur/Athens/Cullman, AL




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