Happy Thanksgiving! SGNScoops Magazine would like to wish you and your family a wonderful season of celebration and thankfulness. We hope you take a moment to sit down with your pumpkin spice latte and enjoy this month’s offerings.
Cover feature this month is Gold City Quartet, who were also one of the featured groups at Creekside Gospel Music Convention 2016. This Quartet has found the right combination of voices and personnel to ensure their golden status. We hope you enjoy this in-depth update.
We also have several other groups gracing our pages, including The Sneed Family, The Mark Trammell Quartet, the Sharps Quartet, the Saving Grace Trio, and the Florida Boys. You will also find stories on Lauren Harris of the Kingdom Heirs, Trey Ivey of Legacy Five, Danny Sinacori, and the Southern Gospel Promoters Association.
All this plus our usual monthly contributors, radio release countdowns, event updates and more. Selena Day, David Staton, Nathan Kistler, Dusty Wells bring us words from their hearts.
We would like to take this time to thank all of our writers who contribute so much of their time and effort every month, our creative/design team, our proofreader, and our sales/social media team. All of these people spend so much of their spare time working with artists and using their talents to keep SGNScoops vibrant and growing, in its eighth year of publication.
We give our greatest thanks to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, without Whom we wouldn’t exist.
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Award-winning Sweetheart Couple’s Final Recording Together Earns Nod for Best Roots Gospel Album
NASHVILLE, Tenn.—December 7th, 2016–Award-winning, husband-and-wife, country music duo Joey+Rory received a GRAMMY® nomination yesterday for Best Roots Gospel Album. According to the announcement from The Recording Academy, the couple have been honored for their top-selling Hymns recording (Gaither Music Group/Farmhouse Recordings), the first recording in nearly a decade to top both the Top Country and Top Christian Albums charts, according to Nielsen Soundscan.
“I can’t begin to tell you how much this means to me and how much it would mean to Joey if she were here,” stated Rory Feek. “She was so proud of getting to make this record and living long enough to see it be released, and I’m so proud to see the hearts it’s touched and the heights to which it’s taken my wife and her sweet voice…even after she’s gone. God is so good.”
Hymns, the #2 top-selling country album for the first half of 2016 according to mid-year reports, was among the Top 10 on the Country Music sales chart for 20 weeks and was in the Top 10 on the Billboard Top 200 for six weeks. As of this summer, the recording, produced by Rory and Joe West (“When I’m Gone,” produced by Gary Paczosa), was the 13th top-selling album for the year across all music genres. In addition, the Hymns video landed in the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Music Video chart and also on the Christian Music Video chart for months.
For the past few years, Rory has poetically chronicled the couple’s journey through highs and lows–from the birth of their daughter, Indiana, to Joey’s battle with cancer, during which time they recorded Hymns. Countless people from around the world have followed their lives through that blog at www.thislifeilive.com, where Rory has taken readers from the spotlight of the stage to the sunlight across Joey’s vegetable garden, revealing their greatest joys and biggest disappointments. Their love story and walk of faith together have impacted countless people.
The Hymns CD and DVD have been featured regularly on TV networks including RFD, PBS, DISH TV, DIRECTV, AT&T U-verse, TBN, Family Net, CTN, The Walk TV (formerly Legacy), TCT and TLN and also in Canada on Vision TV, CTS, Grace TV and the Miracle Channel. The DVD has also been featured on Gaither TV (available on DISH TV, Roku, Google and the Internet).
Hymns is exclusively distributed by Capitol Christian Distribution and is available throughout general market stores and the Christian marketplace in addition to online retailers including iTunes, Amazon, Walmart.com, crackerbarrel.com and www.gaither.com. The audio recording is available at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store®.
The 59th Annual GRAMMY® Awards will be held on Sunday, February 12, 2017, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA.
For further information regarding Joey+Rory, visit www.thislifeilive.com or follow www.facebook.com/joeyandrory or Twitter @joeyandrory.
Joey+Rory, a country music duo featuring husband-and-wife vocalists Rory Feek and Joey Martin Feek, spent years focusing on their individual careers; but they both realized they were stronger together which laid the groundwork for a collaborative songwriting and performing career. The new formation resulted in their debut on the CMT series “Can You Duet” in 2008, where they placed third and released their debut album, The Life of a Song, which won the 2010 Academy of Country Music Award for Top New Vocal Duo.
The GRAMMY®-nominated duo completed four seasons of their RFD-TV series, “The Joey+Rory Show,” filmed in their community on their own soundstage built in the barn on their farm. Known for their simple, authentic, country lifestyle of homegrown food, family and faith in Jesus, they were nominated for a 2016 ACM Award. Kansas-born Rory Feek and the late Alexandria, Indiana-born Joey Martin Feek held a Farmhouse Concert Series on their soundstage for fans who traveled to see them from across the country. The couple received their first GRAMMY® nomination and first GMA DOVE Award in 2016.
CD Song List: Hymns (That Are Important to Us)
1. Take My Hand, Precious Lord
2. I Surrender All
3. He Touched Me
4. Softly and Tenderly
5. Jesus Loves Me
6. It Is Well with My Soul
7. The Old Rugged Cross
8. I Need Thee Every Hour
9. How Great Thou Art
10. I’ll Fly Away
11. Jesus Paid It All
13. When I’m Gone
Produced by Rory Feek and Joe West
“When I’m Gone” produced by Gary Paczosa
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Group Ministers In Honduras For First Time
The local residents gathered for hours in advance to hear the song they have loved hearing on the radio and listen to Karen Peck and New River sing it in person. The group also performed in a local church the following day. The group recently won two GMA Dove Awards for Southern Gospel Artist of the Year and their single “I Am Blessed” winning Southern Gospel Song of the Year. The group also took home two Diamond Awards last month, and this past April was awarded two Absolutely Gospel Music Awards.
This recent trip to Honduras capped off an already impressive year for the group. “Calling”, the current single from New River’s Dove Award-winning project Pray Now, hit the #1 spot on multiple industry charts. The project’s debut single, “Pray Now”, also reached the #1 spot on all the major charts in the Southern Gospel industry, including the Singing News Top 40 and AbsolutelyGospel.com Top 40 Weekly Chart.
The group is in the early planning stages for a new recording. It is tentatively scheduled for an early Spring 2017 release.
About Karen Peck and New River
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Better Together Recording Up for Best Roots Gospel Album
NASHVILLE, Tenn.—December 7th, 2016—Gospel music mainstays the Gaither Vocal Band (Gaither Music Group) garnered a 2017 GRAMMY® nod for Best Roots Gospel Album, according to yesterday’s announcement of nominations by The Recording Academy.
The Gospel Music Hall of Fame member quintet was honored for its recent all-new recording, Better Together, produced by group founder and bass singer Bill Gaither, group tenor David Phelps and Ben Isaacs (Jimmy Fortune, The Oak Ridge Boys). The title cut, penned by Gaither, along with Reba Rambo-McGuire, Dony McGuire and Chip Davis, is a timeless anthem that celebrates the power of unity in an age of divisiveness.
“At this time in the history of the world, we need each other more than ever,” stated Gaither after hearing about the nomination. “The Vocal Band has so enjoyed encouraging audiences with songs that remind us to watch each other’s backs and extend a helping hand to those around us. Together, we can change the atmosphere and make this world a better place.”
That message is reflected throughout the 12-song collection that breathes new life into gospel classics and American standards including “Working on a Building,” “Dig a Little Deeper,” “Didn’t It Rain,” “Led Out of Bondage” and more. The recording also features the group’s unique rendition of “You’ve Got a Friend,” a pop treasure previously performed by Carole King, James Taylor and others.
For over three decades Gaither has been bringing together some of the most well-respected gospel music vocalists, creating the benchmark tradition of the renowned Gaither Vocal Band. Members David Phelps, Wes Hampton, Todd Suttles, Adam Crabb and Gaither continue the group’s streak of award-winning line-ups, showcasing intricate vocal arrangements and intimate blends with this new release.
Creating unity with diverse talent has become a lifelong trademark for Gaither, who is a six-time GRAMMY® Award winner and a 41-time Gospel Music Association DOVE Award winner. He has hosted one of the largest concert tours in the Christian music industry for over two decades, joining the hands of artists, old and young, bridging generational gaps and varying musical preferences.
The Gaither Vocal Band is seen regularly on 17 different TV networks that carry the Gaither Gospel Hour weekly. Songs from Better Together are airing on PBS, RFD, TBN, DIRECTV, Gaither Television Network (DISH TV Channel 276), AT&T U-Verse, FamilyNet, CTN, GMTN, Guardian, Liberty, TCT, TLN and GaitherTV (available on the internet, Roku TV, Sony TV and Google TV). The campaign is airing in Canada on Vision TV, The Miracle Channel, Grace TV and CTS.
Better Together debuted at #1 on the Southern Gospel chart and at #9 on the Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) chart, according to Nielsen Soundscan. It is distributed by Capitol Christian Distribution and is available throughout general market stores and the Christian marketplace in addition to online retailers including iTunes, Amazon and www.gaither.com.
For further information regarding the Gaither Vocal Band, please visit www.gaither.com or connect on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gaithermusic or on Twitter: @gaithermusic.
The 59th GRAMMY® Awards will be held on Sunday, February 12, 2017, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA.
ABOUT THE GAITHER VOCAL BAND
The Gaither Vocal Band has been making music since the early 80s when four men gathered around a piano before a Bill Gaither Trio concert and began harmonizing on the quartet classic “Your First Day in Heaven.” More than a quarter century later, the list of men who have comprised the Gaither Vocal Band over the years reads like a “Who’s Who” among gospel music’s best-loved male voices.
One of the most lauded and award-winning groups in gospel music garnering six GRAMMY® nominations, two GRAMMY® Awards and 18 DOVE Awards, these Gospel Music Association (GMA) Hall of Fame honorees continue to headline one of the largest tours in the field of Christian music annually; and their groundbreaking successes continue to raise the standard in male harmony. The group is comprised of Bill Gaither, David Phelps, Wes Hampton, Todd Suttles and Adam Crabb.
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Hendersonville, TN – Red Hen Records and Daywind Music Group are proud to announce the addition of Ricky Lee Phelps to Red Hen’s roster of artists. Phelps is the former lead vocalist for the GRAMMY award-winning and multi-platinum selling country band, The Kentucky Headhunters, as well as the successful country duo, Brother Phelps.
Phelps’ straight-ahead vocal is recognized on hits such as “Dumas Walker,” “Walk Softly On This Heart Of Mine,” “Oh Lonesome Me,” and “Let Go.” Ricky Lee left the Country Music scene in the 90s to become a minister of the Gospel. According to Phelps, after years of success and at the pinnacle of fame, he stood on the GRAMMY stage and held the coveted award in his hands. At that very moment, he heard a voice saying, “Is this it? Are you fulfilled?” He realized later that it was the voice of God revealing to him that worldly success meant nothing in the grand scheme of life. Phelps dropped out of the industry completely to pursue a life of spreading the Gospel through preaching.
“I am incredibly excited to have Ricky Lee on board with Red Hen,” says Micah Schweinsberg, Red Hen Producer. “His music has been a soundtrack to many lives, and I believe that those same people will continue to connect with him, but now they will connect with Christ through him.”
An album and biographical book are set to release in 2017.
Red Hen Records, a division of Daywind Music Group, is home to other artists such as Michael Lee, Zach & Rodney, Ryan Watkins, Kevin Woody, Maisy Reliford, Hunter Erwin, Austin Zimmer, Bryan Carroll, Tiffany Nicole Porter, and Bruce Hedrick.
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Cincinnati, OH – Exciting news coming from Bryan Hutson of Rescue Me Ministries for 2017. Bryan Hutson, 24-year veteran of gospel music, announces he will continue ministering under the ministry he and his wife, Yvonne, formed four years ago, Rescue Me Ministries. The couple is passionate about ministering to couples, families and spreading the gospel through music, preaching and speaking engagements.
Rescue Me Ministries previously limited their engagements to the holiday season. However, Bryan will continue throughout the year doing limited dates under Rescue Me Ministries. He will be doing
solo dates as his calendar allows. Bryan and Yvonne will be available to also do marriage retreats, conferences and special events on a limited basis. Bryan looks forward to opportunities for speaking and preaching as well as continuing his vocal career. The upcoming year will hold a new website along with a new recording for the veteran. Details are coming together about an exciting new tour for the upcoming year.
You can receive more information about scheduling an event by contacting Gordon Lutz at The Lutz Agency at 740-409-1060.
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Intimacy. What does that word mean to you?
The very nature of the word means different things to different people. To some, it simply means “physical touch” or being close.
I googled the word: “Intimacy” and it says “close familiarity or friendship; closeness.”
“the intimacy between a husband and wife”.
So, what happens when you CAN’T be “physical” with your spouse?
For more from “Love Me Tender,” by Bryan and Yvonne Hutson, click here.
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Arden, NC. (December 5, 2016) – Sonlite Records recording artist 11th Hour has really been on a roll in 2016! They had their first-ever #1 song with “Jesus Is in The House” in January 2016, which was quickly followed by a second #1 in June titled “Mountain Moving Faith.” The talented trio didn’t stop there, though. November 2016 saw 11th Hour blessed with a third-in-a-row #1, the up-tempo call-to-service “Can You Burn!” While returning to Nashville TN from a recent tour, Amber, Jaquita, and Grant stopped by the offices of Crossroads Entertainment & Marketing in Arden, NC to celebrate their latest chart-topper; also to enjoy some time talking about their new DVD/CD releasing January 2017 Burnin’ It Up LIVE! The coming year is certainly shaping up to be another busy one for the popular and highly-regarded trio!
11th Hour and Crossroads Entertainment extends our deep appreciation to the esteemed radio friends whose dedication and support take the music and message across the world.
Crossroads is a market leader in the Southern Gospel, Bluegrass, and Performance Track fields. Established in 1993, following the combination of Horizon Music Group and Sonlite Records, Crossroads now operates several divisions including Crossroads Label Group (Horizon Records, Sonlite Records, Mountain Home Music, Skyland Records, Pisgah Ridge Records, Crossroads Records, and Organic Records), Crossroads Distribution, Crossroads Radio Promotions, Crossroads Publishing Group and Crossroads Recording Studios. Led by a strong executive team of Christian music and Bluegrass music veterans, Crossroads combines cutting-edge technology with creative innovation to connect fans with our artists’ life-changing music.
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Nashville, Tenn. (December 5, 2016) – GRAMMY® Award-winner Jason Crabb is set to headline Fox News’ Todd Starnes All-American Christmas. The event will be taped live at Memphis, TN’s Bellevue Baptist Church on Tuesday, December 6, 2016. The show is set to air on Christmas Eve and Christmas day and will be broadcast on Fox News Radio as well as all Fox News Channel’s digital outlets – ToddStarnes.com, FoxNews.com, FoxNewsRadio.com, and FoxNation.com.
“Every Christmas we feature some of the best musical artists in America,” said Starnes. “I am thrilled that Jason is a part of this year’s program. I’ve been a big fan of his music for years – and I suspect he’s going to bring down the house with his powerful voice!”
The two-hour Christmas extravaganza will focus on the true reason for the season, the birth of Jesus Christ, with the 300-voice Bellevue Singing Christmas Tree & Orchestra along with Meredith Andrews and more.
Crabb joins an elite list of celebrities and musical artists that have appeared on the show in the past, including Sarah Palin, Chris Tomlin, Duck Dynasty’s Al Robertson, MercyMe, Ellie Holcomb, among others.
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Gerald Williams is the guest on Gospel Music Today for the week of December 4. Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates. The Feature Group is One Touch Quartet, and Jean reviews new recordings by Bruce Hedrick and Steve Hess and Southern Salvation. An article from Christian Voice magazine is the subject of this week’s News Notes. The show features a music video from Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, exclusive concert video of The Representatives Quartet, recorded by Gospel Music Today’s cameras in Broken Arrow, OK, and a visit to the Gospel Music Today Archives for an exclusive concert video of Jay Parrack and Vocal Event, recorded in Oxford, AL.
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. On DecentTV.tv on ROKU, Amazon FireTV, and Google Chromecast. Check local TV schedule for Phenix City, AL, Pontotoc, MS, Beaumont, TX, Tyler, TX. Atlanta, TX, Morrilton, AR, and West Plains, MO. The current edition of Gospel Music Today is online now at the Gospel Music Today website, http://www.gospelmusictoday.com/
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Johnny Hunt is a pastor, author, and former President of the Southern Baptist Convention. He is currently the senior pastor of First Baptist Church Woodstock, in Woodstock, Georgia.
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