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May 2019 SGNScoops Magazine

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on May 21, 2019 – 9:52 am -

May 2019 SGNScoops Magazine

May 2019 SGNScoops Magazine

We are happy to present the May edition of the SGNScoops Magazine. Filled with great features, front to back, we know you are going to enjoy it!

The Freemans are the cover story as Jennifer Campbell talks heart-to-heart with Chris and her family about the Lord, the group and their chart-topping music.
Be sure to read all about the faith of Sam Butler, Jessica Horton, Kristina Cornell, Jeff Tolbert of the Primitive Quartet, Sarah Reith of Southern Raised and so much more.
We have all of our radio charts, CD Reviews and event updates, plus the Publisher’s Point. Be sure to read all the way through to the Editor’s Last Word. Don’t miss the Contributors section, to read all about our fine writers, designers and creative artists that give of their time and talents to Lord and to SGNScoops.
If you have any comments  or concerns about the magazine, please let us know. We hope you have read about the love and grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ within these pages. Please write to me if you have any questions about faith or if you would like to contribute your talents to SGNScoops. You can email me at lorraine@sgnscoops.com.
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Isaac’s Well “Looking For A Lead”

Written by scoopsnews on May 25, 2019 – 11:08 am -

Isaac’s Well is a mixed southern gospel group that makes their home in Western North Carolina. Their main goal is to help lead as many people as they can to Jesus and spread the message of Salvation everywhere they go. The group consists of Randall Mull, Tenor. Melody Mull, Alto. Myron Bishop, Bass. David Buckner, Stage and Sound. Myron’s brother, Lenoir Bishop, currently sings the Baritone until the position can be permantly filled. They have recorded three projects together at crossroads studio with help of producer Jeff Collins and are excited to see where the Lord leads. Isaac’s Well, seeks a ministry first Baritone/Lead, who Loves the Lord, and wants to make it All about Him! This is a paid position, with other opportunities, as well. Seeking someone in the western North Carolina, Upstate SC, East Tennessee, area. If this sounds like you, contact ( 828 ) 974-6817, for more detailed information, after 7 pm, Monday thru Friday.


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Weekend Word With Vonda Armstrong- A Day To Honor Life

Written by scoopsnews on May 25, 2019 – 6:57 am -

“We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters.” 1 John 3:16

In scripture and in military service, the willingness to give up one’s life is not dependent on the worthiness of the people who benefit from the honorable act.  Memorial Day is an important holiday that remembers those that died for our country, and serves to remind people of the costly price of war.

“But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” Romans 5:8

We are blessed to be living in a free society. May we honor our American soldiers for the liberty we have in this country. May we also give thanks to Almighty God for the freedom we have to spend eternity with Him because of His gift of forgiveness through the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Do You KNOW HIM?

God has made it possible for YOU to know Him and experience an amazing change in your own life. If you would like to speak with someone about this, Inbox us HERE

If you have a prayer request, type it in the comment box below. I will pray for you!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! You know I always like to leave you with a song so I couldn’t find one more appropriate than Triumphant Quartet  singing “Let’s All Stand For America”

Until next week, Jesus loves you and so do I!

Vonda

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Be Like Jenna Faith❤️

Written by scoopsnews on May 24, 2019 – 7:58 pm -

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Rob Patz: New season, new vision

Written by Staff on May 24, 2019 – 4:08 pm -

Spring Publisher's Point by Rob Patz for SGNScoops Magazine May 2019

New season, new vision, new horizons

Publisher’s Point by Rob Patz for SGNScoops Magazine May 2019

I have always said I love this time of year. Everything is new. Flowers are blooming and the sun is out and the grass is growing. So it was fitting for me to make my latest announcement during this time of year. If you haven’t read it yet, I’m going to give you a brief synopsis with some of the story behind it.

Publisher's Point by Rob Patz for SGNScoops Magazine May 2019

Rob Patz of Coastal Media

As many of you know who follow me on social media I am blessed with the opportunity to be able to travel quite often. In fact, over the last two years I have averaged 115 days on the road and during that time I’ve met so many wonderful people and so many new artists I’m excited about where this industry is going.

Lou and Howard Hildreth join the Creekside Gospel Music Convention choir

Lou and Howard Hildreth join the Creekside Gospel Music Convention choir in 2012

This story all begins eight years ago when we launched an event called Creekside. We believed it was going to be a place not only for the Diamond Awards but a place to highlight many of your favorite artists. We learned during that time that there were many new artists coming along that you, our readers, needed to know about, and that helped shape our focus here at the magazine.

I’m excited to tell you that over the next two years, our company will be launching convention-style events in 12 states. It will be a large undertaking, one that cannot be done by just a few people. I’m excited to say God has assembled a great team of people. Do we have everybody we need? No, but we have the core.

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Four years ago God gave me this vision and at the time I didn’t see how it could ever be accomplished. In fact, I talked about it a lot and then, like most of us do, I parked what I believe was my idea. God kept reminding me of it and early this year, during a time of prayer, God clearly told me I needed to move.

I believe we are at an exciting time in our industry as we watch new growth with new artists. I truly believe that growth will happen at the grassroots; at the church down the street, at the high school in the next town over. I believe that as you read this if you are an artist, you’re part of this movement. If you are a fan, you’re part of this movement. if you’re a pastor who loves this music, you’re a part of this movement. I need you, I need your help, whether that is through prayer or through volunteer help. I need you. I can’t do this move without you.

Gospel Music Expo acquired by Coastal Media

Gospel Music Expo acquired by Coastal Media

If you didn’t get a chance to read the press release, another exciting part of this is the acquisition of the Gospel Music Expo in Tupelo, Mississippi. I want you to be a part of this event, next year in April. It’s going to be incredible and we are excited to be able to offer this event to our family.

As you read this, I ask that you will pray for me and my entire staff as we move forward.

Creekside Gospel Music Convention 2019

Creekside Gospel Music Convention 2019

Come be a part of the event that started all of this, Creekside 2019, in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, October 27 through October 31. For more information, call me at 360-933-0741.

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Bluegrass Gospel Added to Creekside 2019!

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on May 24, 2019 – 10:15 am -

Bluegrass Gospel Added to Creekside 2019!

Bluegrass Gospel Added to Creekside 2019!

Nashville, Tenn  (May 24, 2019) — We are excited to announce that the popular Creekside Gospel Music Convention has added a Bluegrass segment to the 2019 lineup.

The Creekside Convention is October 27-31 at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. Les Butler will be hosting a nightly Bluegrass Gospel Showcase on the main stage October 28-31.  A  two hour Bluegrass Gospel Extravaganza will be presented on Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  

You will be blessed by eight Bluegrass gospel groups; two groups each night, with all eight groups singing and playing in the two hour showcase on Wednesday.  

Featured artists include: King James Boys, Chigger Hill Boys & Terri, Golden Valley Crusaders, Bama Blu-Grace, Williamson Branch, Stevens Family Tradition, Family Sowell, and Walking By Faith. You will be able to connect with these artists at the BMG/FMG booth at the event.

This is not a talent show. However, each night the audience members will vote on their favorite group of the night and at the end of the week, the votes will be tallied and the artist with the most audience votes will receive an impressive promotion and advertising package.

Stay tuned for more promotional items and news related to this new and exciting event; we hope to see you there. 

Fans wishing to come to Creekside, especially those who are excited about the Bluegrass showcases, should call 360-933-0741 and mention “Bluegrass Gospel” for special accommodation discounts.

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Beyond the Song: Avenue sings “Reach the World”

Written by Staff on May 24, 2019 – 7:12 am -

Avenue gospel trio

Avenue

Jantina de Haan Baksten recently went Beyond the Song to talk to Kasey Kemp of Avenue gospel trio about the song, “Reach the World.” Avenue is a male trio with members Kasey Kemp, Corey Lackey, and Jacob Lagesse, making their home in Nashville, Tennessee. Their latest album with Song Garden Music Group is called, “Songs for Every Mile,” which includes the track “Reach the World.”

What does the song mean to you?

Kasey Kemp tells us, “Traveling and singing in a gospel music group is lots of fun!  You get to sing the music you love, with the people that you love, all while traveling to places and meeting people you might not get to otherwise. However, as much fun as it is, there has to be more to it than enjoying the road life. After a while, the miles get long, your heart yearns for loved ones that are at home and your body gets extremely exhausted from your day to day routine. It’s in these moments that you must remember why you do what you do. In 1 Samuel 17:29, David says, “Is there not a cause?” That question is the answer to what the song, ‘Reach The World,’ means to me and why we as Avenue recorded it.

Avenue gospel trio“Our group started out of a strong desire to “Reach The World” with the gospel of Jesus Christ, a desire that continues today,” Kemp asserts.

What is the message of the song?

“‘Reach The World,’ reminds us that all Christians are given the great  ommission in Matthew 28:16-20. We are reminded that while we are only one voice, that voice reaches another and another and so on. Before long there is a mighty chorus singing about the life changing power of Jesus Christ,” says Kemp.

He concludes, “‘Reach The World’ is my personal anthem and the theme our group is built on. Christians, let’s remember that we have an important job to do.  Each voice is another chance to reach the world.”

We hope you enjoy this song by Avenue Trio. Find out more about Avenue HERE.

Thanks again to Jantina for another look Beyond the Song.

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Pray for family of Jimmy Reno of Mark209

Written by Staff on May 21, 2019 – 4:25 pm -

Jimmy Reno

Jimmy and Christa Reno

Jimmy Reno, vocalist with Mark209 and writer for SGNSCOOPS, lost his father last night. Jimmy posted the following on Facebook:

“My Dad had been talking about going home…and not his earthly one. He wanted to see my brother again…he wanted to see his brothers and sister again….his parents again.

Father of Jimmy Reno

Father of Jimmy Reno

Last night we lost him and he was reuinted with our family that had gone on before him.

He was a good man. He knew men could show affection…always told us all how much he loved us…and showed that when he worked hard over the years to support us.

Jimmy Reno of Mark209He was the most gifted guitar player Ive ever known. He could play anything with strings on it.

R.I.P. Daddy, we love you.”

All of us at SGNScoops extend our sympathy and condolences to Jimmy Reno and all of his family. We are praying for you.

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Keep praying for Ed O’Neal and the Dixie Melody Boys

Written by Staff on May 21, 2019 – 7:28 am -

Ed O'Neal

Ed O’Neal

Ed O’Neal & The Dixie Melody Boys 

Committed To Spread The Gospel Even Through Present Challenges
Kinston, NC – Since organizing nearly six decades ago, The Dixie Melody Boys have enjoyed much success, including a Grammy nomination and numerous Fan Award nominations. Hit releases have flowed their way in bunches. The goal of delivering a first-class performance filled with excitement, energy and lots of great traditional, Southern Gospel Music are traits which have been instilled in each group member by their leader Ed O’Neal, a 55-year Gospel Music veteran, who was inducted into the Southern Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame in 2004.
Ed O’Neal is no stranger to changes and adversities. In fact, over the past five and a half decades he has seen over 90 personnel changes. “That has to be a record in this business,” Ed says with a chuckle. Even with all those changes, the adversity he is currently experiencing seems to be one of his biggest challenges. “On April 1, I was involved in a pretty serious automobile accident. It has been a tough recovery, but I am doing much better and starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel,” Ed stated while recuperating from his daughter’s home in Kinston, NC.
Dixie Melody Boys

Dixie Melody Boys

Throughout the past six weeks Mr Ed, as he is affectionately known to countless fans and promoters, has been going through rehabilitation, and although he still has more treatment and therapy ahead, he is excited about eventually making his way back on the road, even if it’s only on a limited basis. “Willie (Sawrey) and the guys have worked really hard to fulfill the commitments we have, and they’ve done a very good job. I am managing the group, just as I always have, even though I presently can’t be on the road,” Ed explains. “There have been a lot of rumors out there circulating that I am never coming back on the road and that I am selling the group or that the group is coming off the road. I can tell you that I am committed to managing The Dixie Melody Boys as long as I am able to do so. I’ve put a lot of years into The Dixie Melody Boys. I love the promoters and the pastors who have supported us over the years. They are lifelong friends, and I look forward to seeing many of them again when I am able to be back on the road.”

Ed O’Neal’s love for the people, his desire to always present quality, quartet music, united with his desire to never compromise his responsibility to spread the Gospel through Southern Gospel Music in a professional manner has allowed The Dixie Melody Boys to remain at the forefront of Southern Gospel Music for nearly six decades. Those are also the forces that are compelling him to recover and get back out and see folks he has missed seeing during his recovery time. “I don’t know what the future holds. I am almost 83 years old now and not getting any younger,” the veteran bass singer says smiling. “But I can tell you this, Beckie Simmons and her great staff are booking dates for The Dixie Melody Boys every week, and we’re excited about that.”
A brief conversation with this Southern Gospel Music living legend quickly confirms the joyful spirit he has always possessed, as well as his desire to see The Dixie Melody Boys continue on for many years to come. “I want to see The Dixie Melody Boys continue the great tradition I started a long time ago. The faces and the names may change but The Dixie Melody Boys still have a message to share, and I still believe God has great things in store.”
Those who would like to send cards of encouragement to Ed O’Neal may send those to The Dixie Melody Boys at 1802 Oxford Road, Kinston, NC 28504. Churches and promoters interested in scheduling The Dixie Melody Boys may contact the Beckie Simmons Agency at 615-595-7500 or via email at beckie@bsaworld.com.
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“Fast Five” With The Pathfinders…. Celebrating 25 Years in Ministry

Written by scoopsnews on May 20, 2019 – 2:29 pm -

 

1.      So, The Pathfinders are celebrating 25 years in the ministry.  How are you celebrating this milestone?  We’re having a wonderful year.  We kicked it off at Dollywood last October and we haven’t stopped yet.  This is looking to be our busiest year..  By the end of December we will have done over 100 services.

 

2.     What is the next big thing you have planned? We will be back at Dollywood, October 27th & 28th, and we are working on gathering new songs for a new project and hope to be in the studio in January.

 

3.     Tell me about your newest Cd, “Silver Edition”.  Wow, this was a fun one for us.  There’s a lot of upbeat songs on Silver Edition.  Seems like everytime we do a CD it ends up having a theme to it.  Most of the songs on this one remind us that it’s time for the Lord to come again. Songs like “ Just Another Day” and “ A Few More Miles” tell us that we don’t have long left here and that we need to work for Him every chance that we get.

 

4.     What is your latest CD release to radio? Our latest release is called “Leave My Trouble Behind”.  The song features Dearl and he does an awesome job with it. Again, it reminds us that when the Lord comes we’ll leave behind all of our burdens and troubles here. We won’t have them in Heaven. What a wonderful time to look forward to.

 

5.     How can the folks get in touch with you? We’d love for everyone to visit us on our website, www.thepathfinders.com or on Facebook at “The Pathfinder’s Mt Holly”.  They can also see us on the American Gospel Onstage show on the NRB network on Saturday evenings.

 

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