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November 2014 SGNScoops Magazine

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on November 15, 2014 – 7:14 am -

November 2014 SGNScoops Magazine

November 2014 SGNScoops Magazine

It’s November and we are thrilled to present the latest edition of SGNScoops for you to read and enjoy. Creekside Gospel Music Convention was a blast and we have lots of pictorial coverage in these pages, as well as on the fabulous front cover. Inside we have an update on the event with a list of the Diamond Award winners and so much more. We say an extra thank you to all of those who went above and beyond to help make Creekside the best ever. If we were to make a list, we might leave someone out, so to each and every one of you: we are so grateful to have you as part of our team.

Thanks to our artists for brightening our pages this month! Featured guests for November are: Soul’d Out, Tim Parton, Melanie Walker, the LeFevre Quartet, Triumphant, Hannah Webb, Canaan’s Crossing, Sherry Anne, the Jordan Family, Quinton Mills and DJ Ron Foster.

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and you will find several articles with different views on this holiday. We appreciate all of our artists for contributing what they are thankful for and also their favorite holiday food!
Our monthly devotional writers are back with more insights, as well as a new column entitled “Pastor’s Corner”. This month we welcome Music Pastor, Terry Snyder.
Since this is the month of giving thanks, we would like to thank all of our current authors that spend so much of their time and talents on SGN Scoops. Special thanks to Candi Combs, Chris Clay, Craig Harris, Dan Duncan, Dean Adkins, Dixie Phillips, Erin Stevens, Hannah Webb, Jennifer Campbell, Laura Kennedy, Lynn Mills, Marcie Gray, Paige Givens, Scott Rhoades, Tina Wakefield, Robert York, Sandi Duncan Clark and Vonda Easley. There are others who contribute in other ways and we are thankful to you as well: Vivian Belknap, Michelle Drummond and Bev Byrd.
We so appreciate all of our columnists, including Lou Wills Hildreth, David Staton, Laurette Willis, Jeff Steele, Kelly Nelon Clark and Sherry Anne.
SGN Scoops would look really dull without the artistic team of Stephanie Kelley and Staci and Pete Schwager. Joan Walker makes sure all of our i’s are dotted and our t’s are crossed. Lorraine Walker as acting editor pulls it all together. And of course, SGN Scoops’ Publisher Rob Patz keeps us all focused and enthusiastic about the future of the magazine. And SGN Scoops would not exist without our founder, Dr. Allen Smith.
Above all we give thanks to our Lord Jesus Christ, for Whom we give our gifts and to Whom we give all praise and thanksgiving.
Happy Thanksgiving!

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Gospel Music Today For November 24th On

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on November 24, 2014 – 7:58 am -

Gospel Music Today For November 24th

Gospel Music Today For November 24th

The members of The Cavaliers Quartet are the guests on Gospel Music Today for the week of November 23. Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates. The Feature Group is The Kramers, and Jean reviews new recordings by 4 His Love and Revelation.  An SGN Scoops article about Willy Wynn is the subject of this week’s News Notes. The show features singing by The Alabama Spirituals, The Ascension Quartet, and The Cavaliers Quartet, exclusive video of Gold City Quartet, recorded by Gospel Music Today’s cameras in Nashville,TN, at the Absolutely Gospel Music Fest and a visit to the Gospel Music Today Archives for an exclusive concert video of Woody Wright at the Southern Gospel Worship Gathering, in Broken Arrow, 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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Special Announcement from Les Butler

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on November 23, 2014 – 9:48 pm -

Les Butler

Les Butler

Nashville, TN .  The September issue of Singing News Magazine included a brief announcement regarding former Singing News Publisher, Les Butler, and his future in Southern Gospel Music.

Butler stated, “In December 2013, I resigned my position as Publisher of Singing News Magazine.  I continued working with the Southern Gospel Division of Salem Communications, which includes Singing News Magazine, Homecoming Magazine, and the Solid Gospel Radio Network.

A few weeks ago I met with GM Mike Miller regarding my future.  I shared with him my desire to concentrate on my personal preaching and singing ministry, as well as my desire to pursue other opportunities within the Southern Gospel Music industry.  Mike and I agreed to continue our relationship in three areas.  I will continue to host my weekend radio shows on the Solid Gospel Radio Network, contribute monthly editorials in the Singing News Magazine, and manage our wonderful relationship with the fine folks at Dollywood.

In the past year, God has opened doors for personal ministry by way of preaching and singing at various revivals and camp meetings across America.

Effective immediately, I am also bringing Butler Music Group (BMG) and Family Music Group (FMG) out of hibernation.  BMG will be engaged in the business of artist management and consultation.  FMG will be involved in music production, publishing, radio promotion, and more.”

Butler will also continue to host Harmony Road, a Southern Gospel TV show broadcast on multiple TV networks.

Websites are currently being built.  Meanwhile, feel free to call Butler at 615-218-0517, or email him at Stay tuned for more exciting news!

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Jay Parrack and Vocal Event Coming To Southern Gospel Weekend

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on November 22, 2014 – 11:48 am -

Jay Parrack and Vocal Event

Jay Parrack and Vocal Event

Southern Gospel Weekend is proud to announce Jay Parrack and Vocal Event is on board….

Here’s a note from Jay…..
“We’re honored to be a part of this special event.  Not only do we hope people are blessed by the music, but also that this event will further the growth of Southern Gospel Music in our area.”

For More Information About Southern Gospel Weekend In Oxford AL Go To The Website Here

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This Week’s Harmony Road Features All Broadcast Premiere Videos

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on November 22, 2014 – 8:58 am -

Harmony Road

Harmony Road

 Tim Livingston, High Road III, The Akins and Southern Raised

Signal Mountain, TN November 21, 2014, This week’s special Harmony Road TV program features never before seen on TV videos including the concept/performance videos “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee” from the Akins, Southern Raised with “Grandpa’s Fiddle”, and Tim Livingston’s “I Just Miss You” as well as High Road III and  “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us”  from the Les Butler and Friends DVD from Dugger Mountain Music Hall.

“Over the past two years of broadcasting Southern Gospel videos, we’ve had the honor of premiering several great productions.  This is the first time we’ve been able to present an entire program of videos that have never been broadcast on television” remarked Roger Spears, Harmony Road producer.  “We appreciate all the artists and producers who have the talent and vision to provide quality videos that help spread the Word through music  and are excited to air them to our viewers across the country” he concluded.

Now available to over 80 million television homes across the country in addition to online streaming, ROKU, mobile app and more, Harmony Road is a weekly southern gospel television program hosted by Singing News, Butler Music Group and Solid Gospel Radio veteran Les Butler.

Information on, 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.

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.  Harmony Road has recently added affiliates, where the program will be streamed online several times a week.

Affiliates have also been added in Jackson, TN, Beaumont, TX,  and Harrogate, TN.

Allan Rhodes of Rhodes Media Center is the programs technical director.

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Crosby Lane Signs With Mansion Entertainment

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on November 21, 2014 – 1:35 pm -

Crosby LaneFranklin, TN (Mansion Entertainment) November 21st, 2014 – The vocal and instrumental group, Crosby Lane, recently joined the Mansion Entertainment family of artists by signing to its newly formed Mansion Americana label.

Crosby Lane, named for one of the most prolific hymn writers of all time, Fanny Crosby, is comprised of singer-songwriter Tonja Rose, multi-Dove nominated songwriter, singer and instrumentalist John Lemonis, and vocalist/instrumentalist Michaela Lemonis. The trio shares a ministry passion for hymns and have been traveling the country not only sharing their arrangements of some of America’s most-loved hymns but creating a unique ministry event in which many of the circumstances and stories behind the lyrics of the timeless hymns are shared in a unique Crosby Lane presentation.

Mansion Entertainment’s John Mathis shares, “Over the past year John Lemonis has been keeping me updated with a lot of the happenings with Crosby Lane out on the road. How people are responding to not only the Crosby Lane arrangements and presentation of the music, but they gasp or cry or just have these emotional reactions and responses to hearing the stories behind some of these great songs. The ones who love the hymns are loving the presentation Crosby Lane is giving them, and yet there is a generation that are not familiar with these great, uncompromising lyrics and the moments in the writer’s life which caused them to be born. John, Tonja and Michaela are introducing and educating a new group to some of these great words we’ve all sang for years. We definitely wanted to be a part of this in some small way and support what Crosby Lane is out there doing!”

Craig Adams of Lifeway Worship Resources in Nashville previously commented on Crosby Lane’s musical endeavors as well; “These folks have a deep sense of commitment to the theology we sing, as well as enriching stories behind the enduring hymns that have been anchors of faith for untold generations. Their musical approach is endearing, warm, and infectious – a refreshing retreat from mainstream worship stylings.”

The debut project from Crosby Lane is entitled, ‘Story & Song’, and will be released in 2015. Radio programmers and listeners will become acquainted with Crosby Lane in February of 2015 as they slated to receive the debut radio single. For more information on Crosby Lane visit

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Voices Won Celebrates 13th Anniversary

Written by Staff on November 21, 2014 – 11:17 am -

Voices Won

Voices Won

By Robert York

Voices Won celebrated their 13th Anniversary with a weekend of great Southern Gospel music. Voices Won is a trio from Dalton, GA consisting of three brothers; Jaron who is the oldest and writes most of the songs they sing; Shantell who is the middle brother and also their military man having served in the Air Force, and Staclynn, who is the youngest and mom’s favorite. They opened the concert each evening which was held at Crosspoint Christian Center in Dalton, GA​.

Karen Peck and New River

Karen Peck and New River

Opening night included the story-telling Mark Bishop who shared a lot of his story songs, pleasing the audience. He even sang a few that he had not written. Winners of five 2014 Diamond Awards, Karen Peck and New River took the stage singing from their Revival CD and a few all-time favorites, ending their program with “Four Days Late.”

Saturday night, Voices Won took a few requests from the audience after they had sung. Then, on to the stage popped the group that has a record of having number-one songs, The McKameys. They made up different singing groups out of their stage personnel. As usual, The McKameys came away pleasing the crowd.

Up next was another fan favorite, Triumphant Quartet. Of course, during their set, Clayton had to have his way and sing “The Old White Flag.”



Tissues, napkins, hankies and even toilet paper came out of women’s purses when he sang. With both these groups performing, it was a sold out show. Folks had to make room for the standing crowd as very few seats were left

Danny Jones emceed the two-night event. Voices Won’s mother, Regina and father, Aaron did a great job preparing meals both nights for folks to enjoy before the concert. If you didn’t want a full meal they also had hot dogs and barbeque sandwiches as well as pinto beans and cornbread.

Voices Won is already preparing for their 14th Anniversary, which is always held the second Friday and Saturday night in November. For more information visit

Triumphant Quartet

Triumphant Quartet

Thanks to Robert York for this concert review.

For more concert reviews and artist features, read the SGN Scoops digital magazine found at


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Bluegrass Master Doyle Lawson’s Class is In Session

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on November 21, 2014 – 6:43 am -

Doyle Lawson

Doyle Lawson

Mountain Home Music Company Sets Release Date for Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver’s
Latest Album, January 20,2015

NASHVILLE, TN – Mountain Home Music Company has announced a January 20, 2015 release date for In Session from Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver.

Bluegrass Hall of Fame member Doyle Lawson is well known for high standards in every aspect of his musical career. For exquisite precision in vocals, harmony and musicianship, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver’s live shows and recorded projects are unmatched.

Some of the most accomplished and respected names in Bluegrass honed their craft under the tutelage of Lawson’s mastery. Now, the ‘School of Bluegrass’ is back In Session, with a masterful collection that promises to educate, once again, just how Bluegrass is done.

In Session begins with “Roll Big River,” a driving banjo tune that sets the course for the outstanding Bluegrass for which Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver have become renowned. Up next is a lesson in history with the old-fashioned courting number, “Wilma Walker” and the sentimental Southern ballad, “Calling All Her Children Home.”  In Session also explores a grassy update of the 1950’s hit song, “You, You, You” as well as a rendition of Bill Monroe’s classic instrumental “Evening Prayer Blues.” The album wraps with pleasingly contemporary version of Moe Bandy’s “Americana,” completing the course of “reading, ‘riting, and rhythm.”

Not only is each song spectacular, but In Session is a perfect example of Lawson’s knack for the progression of tunes on an album. It is not just a collection, but a satisfying experience from its energetic opener to mellow ballads and the final, nostalgic closing number. The flow from song to song takes the listener through a path of music-inspired emotion.

Lawson’s current lineup is stronger than ever with lead vocals handled by Dustin Pyrtle, Eli Johnston and Lawson himself. The harmony work on In Session makes it clear why the group has won multiple IBMA Vocal Group of the Year Awards. A noted mandolin master, Lawson always surrounds himself with top-flight players. In Session also boasts the phenomenal Dobro playing and vocals of Josh Swift, the impeccable Joe Dean on banjo and vocals and newcomer Stephen Burwell on fiddle.

Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver have nearly forty albums to their credit, are seven-time IBMA Vocal Group of the Year winners, with enough Grammy, Dove, ICM, IBMA, and SPBGMA nominations and awards to fill a chalkboard. Lawson was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame in 2012.

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The Collingsworth Family Announces Their Newest Member

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on November 20, 2014 – 8:07 am -

William and Brooklyn (Collingsworth) Blair

William and Brooklyn (Collingsworth) Blair

(Nashville, TN)   StowTown Records and The

Phil and Kim with Emma

Phil and Kim with Emma

Collingsworth Family are thrilled to announce the birth of Emma Olivia Blair,

born Monday, November 17.

Emma, the newborn daughter of William and Brooklyn (Collingsworth) Blair weighed 8.07 lbs and measured 20 inches long. She was born at Bethesda Hospital North in Cincinnati, OH, at 11:54 p.m.
“With Emma being the first grandchild on both the Blair and Collingsworth sides of the family, the excitement was through the roof!,” said Phil Collingsworth. “Kim barely made it there for the birth because we were coming in from performing in Houston, TX.”
The first picture posted on the family’s Facebook page of Phil and Kim with Emma has now received over 187,000 views.
You Can Find More Pictures On The Collingsworth Family Facebook Here

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The Guardians Make Appearance at Gaither Homecoming Concert

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on November 19, 2014 – 10:44 pm -

The Guardians

The Guardians

The Guardians – comprised of John Darin Rowsey, Dean Hickman and Neil Uhrig – made a guest appearance during the Gaither Homecoming concert in Huntington, WV at Big Sandy Arena on Thursday, November 13, 2014. The talented trio performed selections from their upcoming project, Let My Heart Sing.

It was an honor to share the stage with Mr. Bill Gaither and his homecoming friends,” stated Dean Hickman. “We are grateful for the opportunity to share our music with their audience.”
The moment was a special one for group member John Darin Rowsey, a native of the city. Rowsey has written many of the popular songs that have been recorded through the years, including the now-classic, “Singing With The Saints.”
The Guardians are celebrating 25 years of music ministry. Their latest project, Let My Heart Sing, is produced by arranger extraordinaire, Lari Goss.

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Message in a song from Susan Brady of Exodus

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on November 19, 2014 – 8:07 am -

Exodus2013 was one of the most darkest years for me. Yet through all the gloom would be some of the sweetest moments with the Lord I’d ever known. I wrote several songs that year. Songs of hope, joy and forgiveness. One day i was studying scripture for another song i was working on turning from book to book reading about his ministry, his healing power and his glorious resurection! Though I’ve read and heard these stories many times, it’s amazing how they don’t seem old or outdated! They still speak to my soul and remind me of him! And so i began to write “tell me oh, tell me again” How wonderful it is to know though we read God’s Word time and time again IT NEVER GROWS OLD! He teaches us when we read them and i still love to hear them OVER AND OVER AGAIN! SUSAN BRADY 2014

Hear Exodus On Southern Gospel Music Radio Here

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