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October 2014 SGNScoops Magazine

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on October 11, 2014 – 9:38 am -

October 2014 SGNScoops Magazine

October 2014 SGNScoops Magazine

The air is cooler and the leaves are changing color, so it’s a great time to fall into a new issue of SGN Scoops. This month we have lots of great reading for you!

There are only a few days left before we enter Pigeon Forge Tennessee to begin the 2014 edition of Creekside Gospel Music Convention. We can’t wait to see all of you and hear all of the great music from our wonderful artists. Monday night we are planning a great bash with Little Willie Wynn and all of his friends. He is our cover artist for the October edition of Scoops. We hope you enjoy his story written by Dixie Phillips.
Dixie also features the great family ministry of the McKameys. The Mark Dubbeld Family is featured by Paige Givens. We also feature Gold City Quartet and the East Ridge Boys, Joseph Habedank, Josh Parker, Eric Dunson and Reynold Rutledge.
Dan Duncan tells us about the  Christian country artist Mike Manuel. Dean Atkins has some great anecdotes about The Product Table.
We feature pictures and scoops from past events like the Gospel Music Picnic at Silver Dollar City and the National Quartet Convention. New music for October is presented by Sandi Duncan Clark, as well as a new fitness feature by Laurette Willis.
Be sure to catch the DJ Spotlight as well as the Creekside Update. Don’t miss our regular columns by writers Lou Hildreth, David Staton,Jeff Steele, Sherry Anne, and Kelly Nelon Clark.
All this and so much more in the October edition of SGN Scoops! Do not miss the 2014 Creekside Gospel Music Convention and the  2014 Diamond Awards, November 3 to 6, at Pigeon Forge. See you there!

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A Night To Honor Southern Gospel Music

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on October 21, 2014 – 7:53 am -

A Night To Honor SGM

A Night To Honor SGM

JAF Promotions proudly presents “A Night To Honor Southern Gospel Music” on Thursday October 30 at the Historic Crockett Theater in downtown Lawrenceburg, TN. The concert will begin at 7:00PM and the doors will open at 6:00PM. With Lawrenceburg, TN being the birthplace of Southern Gospel Music, Southern Gospel’s leading artist, Karen Peck & New River, Ivan Parker, Mark Trammell Qt, and Josh & Ashley Franks will each appear. Tickets are only $12.00, general reserved. A special freewill love offering will also be recieved during the concert for the SGMA. For more information or to order tickets visit or call 931-762-4231

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Gospel Music Today For October 20th On

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on October 20, 2014 – 8:26 am -

Gospel Music Today October 20

Gospel Music Today October 20

The members of Brian Free and Assurance are the guests on Gospel Music Today for the week of October 19. Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates. The Feature Group is Abundance Quartet, and Jean reviews new recordings by Great Day and Forgiven Quartet.  An article entitled “Married to the Music” from Singing News is the subject of this week’s News Notes. The show features singing by The Mark Trammell Quartet, exclusive video of  Mark Robertson, recorded by Gospel Music Today’s cameras at the Southern Gospel Worship Gathering, in Broken Arrow, OK, and a visit to the Gospel Music Today Archives for an exclusive concert video of The Williamsons at the Creekside Gospel Music Convention, in Pigeon Forge, TN.

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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Creekside Gospel Music Convention will host the Red Back Hymnbook Choir

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on October 19, 2014 – 10:03 pm -

Red Back Hymnbook Choir

Red Back Hymnbook Choir

Bring The Entire Family For The Red Back Hymnbook Choir

Pigeon Forge, TN (October 19, 2014) – SGN Scoops and Coastal Media Group are thrilled to announce that on Wednesday, November 5, 2014, Creekside Gospel Music Convention will host their artists` Red Back Hymnbook Choir! At 5:00pm on Wednesday afternoon, the choir of artists will fill the auditorium of the Smoky Mountain Convention Center in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee with the melodic sounds of favorite hymns.

Creekside welcomes the combined voices of artists singing the old hymns and welcomes all those who appreciate the Red Back songs to the third night of the Convention. Pigeon Forge is a close drive from many States and Creekside anticipates a full house on Wednesday night.
To ensure your seat for this popular presentation, visit the Creekside website Here and reserve your FREE tickets HERE today for the Red Back Hymnal Choir evening of song

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Bill Pitts of Cross Pointe Signs Songwriter Contract with Jarman Kids Music, BMI

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on October 18, 2014 – 8:34 am -

Bill Pitts

Bill Pitts

(Lancaster, OH)  Rev. Bill Pitts of the popular trio, Cross Pointe, recently signed with Jarman Kids Music, BMI, as a new songwriter for the company. Three of his songs have been signed to a single song agreement. Bill is a gifted writer, singer, and Pastor of Cross Pointe Free Will Baptist Church in Lancaster, OH. Tony Jarman of Jarman Kids Music notes, “I am pleased to have Bill join the family, here. Bill Pitts gave his life to Christ at the age of 8 years old. He answered the call to preach the Gospel at age 14.” Bill has been singing since he can remember. He sang tenor in his four-part harmony family quartet until he started traveling at the age of 14 with The Apostles Quartet, and then with the Timesmen Trio. He stays active and enjoys challenges, music, reading, golf, history, tennis, and family. Bill has also written for the trio. He is married to Debbie Pitts and they have three adult children. For more info on Rev. Bill Pitts and Cross Point

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Harmony Road TV to Feature Broadcast Premiere of Back Home Video “Birmingham”

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on October 17, 2014 – 3:23 pm -

Harmony Road

Harmony Road

Also artist interview and music from Jay Parrack and Vocal Event, Jeff and Sheri Easter, LeFevre Quartet.

Signal Mountain, TN October 12, 2014   This week’s Harmony Road television program will feature the broadcast premiere of Back Home’s thought provoking video “Birmingham”.  The program will also air “Sometimes He Whispers”, a new video from Jay Parrack and Vocal Event as well as videos from the Lefevre Quartet and Jeff and Sheri Easter.  This episode includes an in depth interview with Back Home as they discuss the video and the story behind it.

“We appreciate artists who have the vision to produce videos that tell the story of the song. We have great examples on this episode and I know our audience will enjoy and be challenged and encouragedby them” said Roger Spears, Harmony Road producer. “This special episode was produced at the

Dixie Freeze Restaurant in South Pittsburg, Tennessee, one of the locations in the video and includes an interview with the Back Home as well as the actress portraying the main character of the story”, he concluded.

Written by Jennifer Layne and Mark Narmore, the idea for “Birmingham” came from a road experience when the group met a waitress in a restaurant who shared her own testimony of failure, rejection, and redemption. Jennifer shares, “We are so excited about this video. We know that this is not just a young lady’s story. People need to know that there are churches out there that are full of loving people who want to welcome them in. And, above all else, there’s a God who loves them no matter what they’ve done or where they’ve been. We all experience rejection from human beings but God will never turn His back on anyone.”

Gospel artists and church leaders have taken note of “Birmingham”. Jeff and Sheri Easter state “This video teaches us a lot about loving people who are hurting and not kicking them while they’re down. It is a beautiful representation of Christ’s love.” Karen Peck Gooch of Karen Peck and New River adds “This video is amazing and beautiful. It shows us how grace abounds and how true Christianity should be portrayed. May we all stop pointing fingers and start loving each other more?” Bishop Tim Hill said “Watching this video the first time brought tears to my eyes. The message of God’s forgiveness and redeeming love is unmistakable throughout. I wish everyone could see this and be touched by it as I have been.”

Now available to over 80 million homes nationwide, Harmony Road TV is hosted by Singing News and Solid Gospel Radio and Butler Music Group veteran Les Butler.

Information on Harmony Road, its affiliates and time slots can be found at Viewers can also interact with the program on Facebook at Harmony Road TV and on twitter

@harmonyroadtv. Other team members include Roger Spears Producer and Allan Rhodes Technical Director.

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Triumphant Quartet In Concert October 31 At 7pm

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on October 17, 2014 – 2:31 pm -

Triumphant Quartet

Triumphant Quartet

Get Your Tickets For A Wonderful Time Of Southern Gospel Music With Triumphant Quartet In Sioux Falls SD Reserve Your Tickets Here

Find Out More Information About Corvex Productions On Their Facebook Page Here

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New Jim Brady Trio and New Booth Brothers debut at Legacy Five’s New Year’s Eve Celebration

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on October 17, 2014 – 12:45 pm -

Jim Brady Trio

Jim Brady Trio

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Oct. 17, 2014) – The debut of the Jim Brady Trio and the Booth Brothers first concert with new group member Paul Lancaster will highlight Legacy Five’s New Year’s Eve Celebration, which will be held at Nashville’s Gaylord Opryland Hotel.

Brady has spent the last 12 years as the baritone singer of the award-winning Booth Brothers trio, but he will now be singing with his wife Melissa and former Legacy Five pianist Tim Parton as the Jim Brady Trio debuts on Thursday morning, Jan. 1.

Paul Lancaster is joining the Booth Brothers, and he will make his debut with the group on Wednesday evening, Dec. 31. That will also be Brady’s last concert with the group.

“It’s extraordinarily rare that you get to witness this much Southern Gospel Music history in one place at one time, ”says Legacy Five group manager and lead singer Scott Fowler. “To see and hear the Booth Brothers for the last time with Jim Brady, and to hear the new Jim Brady Trio and to hear the new Booth Brothers lineup all at the same event is really exciting. What better way than to ring out the old year and sing in the new year … the end of a season and the start of a new one.”

There will be four sessions of this year’s New Year’s Eve Celebration event, beginning at 7 p.m. on Dec. 30 with a lineup that includes the Collingsworth Family, the Burchfield Brothers, Triumphant Quartet and Tim Lovelace. The Collingsworth Family will be back for a 10 a.m. session on Wednesday morning, Dec. 31, along with the Freedom Singers and Rick White.

In addition to performances by both the new and existing configuration of the Booth Brothers, the 8 p.m. session on Dec. 31 will also include Greater Vision and a Jubilee performance that includes the Booth Brothers, Greater Vision and Legacy Five. Legacy Five will be performing at each session. Then, the event will conclude with a 10 a.m. concert on Jan. 1 that will include Cal Reichnor in addition to the host group and the Jim Brady Trio.

Tickets are available by calling 931-379-7262, and registration for full weekend packages – which include lodging at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel – can be done by visiting

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Written by SGN Scoops Staff on October 16, 2014 – 10:03 pm -

Socks for Seniors

Socks for Seniors

(NASHVILLE, Tenn) The Jubilee Christmas Tour, featuring award-winning Christian artists The Booth Brothers, Greater Vision and Legacy Five, is bringing a heart-warming Christmas concert to twelve cities this December, and they want your socks! After hearing first-hand the needs of many shut-in seniors during colder months, the artists and promoters of this exciting musical Christmas tour decided to partner with the national organization, Socks for Seniors, in an effort to collect and distribute warm socks to area seniors.

Gerald Wolfe of Greater Vision states, “Many of the folks that come to our concerts either know people through church, their community or even people in their families that are shut-ins or in nursing homes. We’ve learned that as it gets colder, something as simple as warm socks for these precious people can make all the difference in their comfort. We talked with the guys and decided we want to help make this Christmas season a little warmer for others, and that’s what sparked the idea.”

Tour promoters, Landon Beene and Brian Hudson (IMC Concerts) are working with Socks for Seniors to coordinate collection, distribution and some special appearances by the artists to deliver socks.

Concert attendees are encouraged to bring new, warm socks to the Jubilee Christmas Tour event in their area. Socks will be collected on-site at the concert and distributed to area seniors. For a complete listing of the Jubilee Christmas Tour dates – 12 Days of Christmas and ticket information, visit

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2014 Diamond Award Nominees for Christian Country Group Of The Year

Written by Staff on October 16, 2014 – 2:06 pm -


Why should you make plans to attend the Diamond Awards in Pigeon Forge on November 4?

First of all, the tickets are FREE.

Also, the Diamond Awards have a long history of being a gala event with surprise guests, great music and an evening of worship.

These Awards are being held at Creekside Gospel Music Convention at Pigeon Forge on November 3rd through 6th. They recognize the best in Southern, Country and Bluegrass Christian music and are hosted by SGNScoops digital magazine and Coastal Media Group. We urge you to reserve your FREE tickets for Creekside Gospel Music Convention and the Diamond Awards  HERE.

SGN Scoops would like you to meet our top-five finalists for each category of the 2014 Diamond Awards. Today’s category is the Christian Country Group Of The Year, awarded last year to Jeff and Sheri Easter.

downloadThe 2014 Nominees for Christian Country Group Of The Year are:

Mark 209

Weston and Christy Hinson

Red Roots

Jeff and Sheri Easter

The Freemans

The Diamond Awards are swiftly approaching. Reserve your free tickets today!

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Artist to Artist: Mark Bishop and Miles Pike

Written by Staff on October 16, 2014 – 1:22 pm -

Miles Pike and Mark Bishop photo Kimberly Pike

Miles Pike and Mark Bishop (photo by Kimberly Pike)

By Miles Pike

Over my years of road ministry I’ve worked with many popular artists and not very many have struck me as just good ole folks. Being a country boy myself, I love being able to sit down and talk with fellow singers about the Lord, music, hobbies, and just feel at home with them, like they are a long lost relative. Mark Bishop is one of those types of people. To know him is to love him and his sincerity shines out in his music, his concerts, and his Christian life toward others.

Mark is a longtime fixture in Southern Gospel music and one of the most successful. I could list many accolades that the fans and industry have bestowed upon him through his years with The Bishops and now as a soloist, but you can go to his website and read his bio about that. I want you to have a minute to get to know the man behind the mic. I was honored to have a few minutes to have an interview with him recently and you can listen in below…


Mark Bishop

Mark Bishop

Miles: I am a big fan of your music and songwriting, but like many of those familiar with the Southern Gospel field, I first knew you with your family trio, The Bishops. I spent many an evening as a teenager sitting on the front row when the Bishops would come to town. Let us know how the family is doing and if you get together to sing occasionally.

Mark: Thanks Miles for the compliment. I’m glad that you enjoyed our music. We had a lot of fun when the group was out traveling; of course it was a lot of work too and many, many days away from our families. These days, my dad is pastoring a little country church here in east-central Kentucky and that’s where my family goes. Mostly my wife and daughters go because I am usually out singing somewhere. My brother Kenny works in the state capitol, involved in politics. He has always enjoyed that atmosphere. After the group disbanded in 2001, I kept our three-day festival in Berea, KY going and for a few years we would get together and sing for that, but we haven’t sung together now for a few years. Everyone has just gone their own direction.

Miles: I’m sure you’ve written hundreds of songs since you began your musical journey. What are three of your favorites and why? And what song do you wish you would have written?

Mark: That’s always a tough one because I like them all depending on the mood that life and circumstances have put me in. A song to me is really just a snapshot of what the songwriter was experiencing at that moment of their life. But it’s true that some songs seem to become more timeless. Favorites? I guess I have always enjoyed singing “You Can’t Ask Too Much of My God” because it is such a wonderful realization that He is literally bigger than any problem I will ever have. It has a catchy tune and I felt as a songwriter that the first verse in that song was very clever and worked well as a hook to get you into the rest of the song.

I also enjoy singing “Can I Pray For You” just because I still have so many people come up and request it, saying that it had truly ministered to them in a time when they needed to be encouraged. What more could you ask of a song than that? Another song that I enjoy singing was from that same album. It is called “I Got Here As Fast As I Could” and it tells the story of a person’s entire lifetime in just a few short minutes. Yet still it somehow seems to convey the ups and downs of a life well lived and experienced. It has a certain amount of melancholy but a happy ending that promises us a wonderful reunion someday with the ones that we love. I guess every song has a story, but these are three that still resonate with my audiences today.

Miles: Obviously it is God that blesses us as we work for Him, but what do you consider your most noteworthy accomplishment in the time you’ve been on the road?

Mark Bishop and family

Mark Bishop and family

Mark: This will probably sound like I am trying to be clever or something, but I honestly have never focused on accomplishment in my music career, to the degree that I might have had more number one songs or more accolades if I had only been more ambitious. That’s not to say that the Lord hasn’t blessed me with a lot of things; by myself and with the group, I have had a lot of wonderful things happen in my career. But that was the Lord. It certainly wasn’t me. Maybe this is the introspective songwriter dude coming out, but when I think about myself at the end of this journey and I think about what were the important things, my answer will be: “Was I a good husband to my wife and was I a good dad to my daughters? Did I shower them with love and attention at every opportunity? Did I make them feel good about themselves?” Well, honestly, I’d take that over whatever my songs might do after I am gone. My love for my family runs achingly deep.

Miles: What are some interests or hobbies that you have that may be a surprise to the fans of your music?

Mark: Well, I don’t know if it would surprise anyone or not, but I love sports. I am a Kentucky basketball fan (of course) and a Cincinnati Reds fan. We love going and watching games when we can. It’s a relaxing evening when we are at the ballpark. My daughters have always played fast pitch softball so we spend a lot of evenings at the ballpark watching them. When I am home, I serve as the announcer at the high school home games. I love to hunt and fish when I have the time. I love to work in the yard, believe it or not, doing landscaping and getting my hands dirty. I guess I got that from my dad.

Miles: What do you think about when you are singing? What is a Scripture verse that has helped mold your thoughts and actions toward an audience and toward what you do as a minister?

Mark Bishop CD coverMark: Well, I try to be in the moment when I am singing so I just totally immerse myself in the lyrics and the melody. The lyrics most of all because as anyone who has seen me can attest, I am really up there just telling stories. It just so happens that I am telling them with a song. As far as scriptures go, they are as unique and specialized as songs so that really depends upon the situation. If I feel like I am facing an uphill battle, I might think of Philippians 4:13… or there have been times when Corinthians 4:16 through 18 have given me comfort. I really find myself enamored with all that the Apostle Paul had to say to the church. It’s some of my favorite reading in the Bible.

Miles: What else is going on in your ministry that you would like to share with the readers?

Mark: Of course I am always writing songs and I am already working on new material for my next album, though we don’t have a date set for its release. [Editor's note: article first published in April 2013] My current album I Can Rejoice is doing well and praise the Lord that the radio stations are playing the songs. I am excited about a few upcoming concerts that I think folks will really enjoy. At the end of June, I will be joining some of my songwriter friends and peers, including Phil Cross, Gerald Crabb and Squire Parsons, for a special Song of A Lifetime concert in northern Georgia. That is a concert that folks won’t want to miss and will be worth the drive from about anywhere. Folks can learn about that at my website or at our Facebook page. Just search for Mark Bishop Music and you’ll find us. We are also looking forward to next year’s Singing at Sea cruise. Come join us for that. If folks would like to keep up with our music ministry, they can subscribe for free to our email newsletter that comes out about once a month. They can do that on the main page of our website.

markMiles: Give me a Twitter sized thought that you would like the readers to take to heart.

Mark: I don’t tweet or twitter but by that I guess you mean something succinct? I’ll just say, “Be true to your heart and your beliefs, don’t sell yourself short. You’re stronger than you think.”

Be sure to visit Mark’s website at and read more about him and see where he’ll be in concert near you! You won’t regret taking an evening to go sit and listen to what he has to offer.

Thanks for reading and if you would like to suggest someone to me for a future interview, email me at

By Miles Pike

First Published April 2013 on SGM Radio website. For current features visit

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