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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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Mike Bowling SGNScoops Fast Five About Thanksgiving

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on November 28, 2014 – 6:06 pm -

Mike Bowling

Mike Bowling

1 What was your favorite dish yesterday?

Mom’s Dressing/Stuffing

 

2 Did you watch any sports?

No sports UK Basketball is pretty much all I Watch

Christmas Tree 2014

Christmas Tree 2014

 

3 Did you watch the Macy’s Day Parade?

Yes our girls and I watched some of it we always do when we first wake up on thanksgiving

4 Does your family have a tradition on Thanksgiving that is special to your family?

Yes we always put our Christmas tree up that night and our girls help us

decorate it . This year we got it decorated and 30 min later it feel to the ground lol not gonna make that a tradition tho lol

5 Tell us a few of the things that you are thankful for in 2014?

Thankful most we have and serve a God of Mercy. and Love my family wife and kids

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Ashley Franks SGNScoops Fast Five About Thanksgiving

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on November 28, 2014 – 4:44 pm -

Ashley Franks

Ashley Franks

1 What was your favorite dish yesterday?

This year, my family tried a couple of new dishes. One of my personal favorite was the sweet potatoes!  Rob Patz’s mom’s special recipe!

 

2 Did you watch any sports?

The guys watched a basketball game while the girls did the dishes. Sound right?
3 Did you watch the Macy’s Day Parade?

We enjoyed watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!  My little girl especially enjoyed seeing her favorite characters “flying” through the air!

 

4 Does your family have a tradition on thanksgiving that is special to your family?

We have done a few different things through the years, but the past 4 years or so, everyone has come to my house in Tennessee. We rarely have company since we travel so much,  so it’s nice to have so much noise in our home! :)

 

5 Tell us a few of the things that you are thankful for in 2014?

2014 has been an incredible year for the Franks family. We welcomed welcomed a new baby a year ago and we are ministering more than ever. We have seen souls saved and lives changed in 2014. God has truly been great to us!

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Billy Hodges SGNScoops Fast Five About Thanksgiving

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on November 28, 2014 – 2:56 pm -

Billy Hodges

Billy Hodges

1 What was your favorite dish yesterday?

The one in front of me with all the food on it.

2 Did you watch any sports?

Yes, football all afternoon

3 Did you watch the Macy’s Day Parade?

Yes, but I’d rather have seen less Broadway and more Parade

4 Does your family have a tradition on thanksgiving that is special to your family?

Yes. First is that we have to play football outside regardless of the weather, and second is that we put up our Christmas tree right after thanksgiving dinner
5 Tell us a few of the things that you are thankful for in 2014?

I am thankful for Gods mercy and grace, my beautiful wife and children.
I am thankful for all my pastor friends that I can call and receive encouragement and support. I am thankful for all the churches that open their doors to me and allow me to fulfill my calling as a soloist. I am most thankful for my salvation and for the Lord’s hand on my life.

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Harmony Road TV Produces Original Christmas Special

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on November 28, 2014 – 12:14 pm -

Harmony Road Christmas

Harmony Road Christmas

Artists include Randy and Sheri Miller,
Canaan’s Crossing and  John R. Bowman

Signal Mountain, TN Recently several award winning gospel and bluegrass singers and musicians gathered in a cabin in Monteagle, Tennessee to perform on “A Harmony Road Christmas”, the program’s original Christmas production for 2014.  The episode will contain classic and newer Christmas songs, personal Christmas memories and a special reading of the Christmas Story, from the Book of Luke by program host Les Butler.

“It was a special day inside the cabin at Jim Oliver’s Smokehouse in Monteagle.  The music and spirit were great as these wonderful musicians and singers performed for the taping of “It’s a Harmony Road Christmas” said Roger Spears, program producer.  “We had planned to produce an acoustic program with an “Americana” feel and we weren’t disappointed.  Canaan’s Crossing, John Bowman with guest Troy Engle, and Randy and Sheri Miller proved why they are considered top performers, but even more importantly, dedicated Christians with the desire to reach people through their music”, he concluded.

“Les Butler’s hosting and his beautiful reading of the Christmas Story will round out an entertaining and inspirational program” added Spears.

Tim Maze of Canaan’s Crossing added “To be in thousands of homes to celebrate the Christmas season is such an honor and blessing.  Our thanks to Harmony Road for asking us to be a part of this great event”.

Allan Rhodes of Rhodes Media Center and Harmony Road Productions was technical director for the production, providing camera work and production.  Bill Lord from Nashville, Tennessee assisted with audio and Jim Oliver’s Smokehouse added location assistance and hospitality services.

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 Harmony Road, Its affiliates and time slots can be found at www.harmonyroadtv.com.  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 www.bbntv.org, 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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Tim Maze SGNScoops Fast Five About Thanksgiving

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on November 28, 2014 – 10:43 am -

Tim Maze

Tim Maze

1 What was your favorite dish yesterday?

Sweet potato casserole

2 Did you watch any sports?

Watched the cowboys get smoked

3 Did you watch the Macy’s Day Parade?

A little of the parade.

4 Does your family have a tradition on thanksgiving that is special to your family?

Thanksgiving has never been a big traditional holiday. We eat with in-laws, watch football and that’s about it. It is one of my favorite weekends .
5 Tell us a few of the things that you are thankful for in 2014?
Thankful for our new band members, thankful for my wife and son. Mom is in bad health in a nursing home. Thankful we could celebrate her 80th birthday this week.


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Anthony Davis SGNScoops Fast Five About Thanksgiving

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on November 28, 2014 – 9:06 am -

Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis

What was your favorite Thanksgiving dish ?

1) That’s an easy one…cornbread dressing!  Not stuffing, not out of a box, Moms homemade cornbread dressing.

Did you watch any sports?

2) No sports for me…the only sports fans of the bus are Gary and Jeff, our driver, they keep us more up to date than any of us care to be lol

Did you watch the Macy’s Day Parade?

3) I DID watch the parade, or at least most of it, in between bites lol

Does your family have a tradition on thanksgiving that is special to your family?

4) our only tradition is to eat, much like everyone else’s

Tell us a few of the things that you are thankful for in 2014?

5) I’m thankful that we still live in a county that, for now at least, allows such a day of Thanksgiving, for family and friends, for the guys that i travel with, and for all the many blessings that God gives that are more than im sure I even realize.


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CLASSIC ARTISTS RECORDS and PINE RIDGE BOYS ANNOUCE PARTNERSHIP

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on November 26, 2014 – 8:02 am -

Pine Ridge Boys

Pine Ridge Boys

Classic Artists Records, LLC and the PINE RIDGE BOYS announce an exclusive partnership that covers recording, promotion and artist development. This partnership is an extension of friendships that have spanned over 30 years.

In the 1963, the Pine Ridge Boys began a journey that is still going strong today. Jim Stewart, Wayne Shuford, Charles Burke and Miles Cooper made it their mission to sing quartet gospel music and to do it right. 51 years later their mission is still the same, if not more so.

Today, bass singer Larry Stewart (Jim Stewart’s son) now carries on the tradition with Wayne Shuford (original member) singing baritone. While Ivory Luke sings the tenor with Duane Rizzo handling the lead vocals.

The Pine Ridge Boys are known for a rich quartet sound that captivates an audience. Quartet arrangements that share the true heritage of southern gospel music are complimented by harmony that is considered a lost musical art-form. From an old convention song to a heart stirring gospel ballad, the Pine Ridge Boys stage gospel music with excitement, passion and a mission to reach people with a positive message in every song and appearance.

A full-time touring music ministry, the Pine Ridge Boys is experiencing a renewed interest in their music. Once you attend a concert, you will truly know why the Pine Ridge Boys are STILL ENJOYING THE JOURNEY!

Pine Ridge Boys owner, Larry Stewart shares, “This is one relationship that I know is good for the Pine Ridge Boys, Classic Artists and gospel music. We are a true quartet that loves the classic quartet sound. Singing the old and new songs just makes for a great Pine Ridge Boys experience for gospel music fans. We have been friends with Charlie for over 30 years and are excited at the potential we have together to expand our music, the message and create a positive gospel music experience.”

Charlie Griffin says, “I am really excited at the opportunities we have together. The Pine Ridge Boys are truly a rare gem in southern gospel music. Pure class on stage and off, they are the real deal.  The Pine Ridge has repackaged their STILL ENJOYING THE JOURNEY cd under the Classic Artists label. But, more importantly they are in the studio now with the talented producer and arranger Art Bain working on a new project for release in early 2015. It is going to be a great addition to gospel music enthusiasts everywhere.”

With Classic Artists Records, The Pine Ridge Boys will be more focused on building lasting relationships with gospel music fans, promoters, pastors and being available for media. There will be an increased emphasis on conventional, internet and pay on demand radio and TV. The Pine Ridge has an interactive website and look to be engaged with gospel music fans with various internet promotions and projects. The future is indeed bright for the Pine Ridge Boys and Classic Artists Records.


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SGN Scoops Fast Five with Gracie Bowling of The Bowlings

Written by Staff on November 25, 2014 – 3:16 pm -

Gracie Bowling

Gracie Bowling

Gospel music artists, Mike and Kelly Bowling have three daughters, Hope, Katelanne and Gracie. The Bowling Family has developed a strong ministry and also has several number-one songs to their credit. The three Bowling girls have recently been taking the stage and developing their own following as they grow into the family business. Gracie Bowling has begun a series of videos on Facebook called The Gracie Show where she talks about life, traveling, singing, and all things important to an eight-year-old…

SGN Scoops recently caught up with Gracie and asked her to do the Fast Five. We hope you enjoy her answers!

1. What do you hope to accomplish with your Gracie Show?

GB: I like to make people laugh, and I like to laugh at myself too. I think laughing always makes people happy, at least most people.

2. What is your favorite scripture and why?

GB:  John 3:16 Lets me know image (1)that Jesus died for little ole’ me. Gracie Bowling.

3. What is your favorite part of touring with your family?

GB:  I know I get to have a different life than most kids. I see a lot of things and I guess that’s a good thing? But sometimes I want to stay home with my friends, but I get over it. I always get over it.

4. What is your favorite restaurant?

GB:  Chick-Fil-A

5. If you could go anywhere in the world to visit, where would you go?

image (3)GB:  New York City. I love that place. Especially that big toy store. And, I love all of the tall buildings and the lights, and the food, and that feeling that makes my stomach excited. I am pretty sure I am getting an apartment there when I am 18.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this look into the life of Gracie Bowling. Thanks Gracie for helping us with our SGN Scoops’ Fast Five!

For more information on Gracie and the Gracie Show visit https://www.facebook.com/Thegracieshow

For information on the Bowlings visit http://www.bowlingsonline.com/

 


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The Marksmen Quartet reach across the generations with their latest release

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on November 25, 2014 – 8:53 am -

Marksmen Quartet

Marksmen Quartet

Three-time Dove nominees the Marksmen Quartet of Murrayville, Ga. cross the “Generations” with their latest CD.

From the first song – Albert E. Brumley’s classic “I Firmly Promise You,” the smooth harmonies, which have made the group a Southern gospel and bluegrass mainstay for the last 47 years, blend the talents of three generations from the act’s most enduring families.

The quartet founded by Earle Wheeler in 1967 currently features Earle and his son Mark Wheeler along with 29-year Marksmen member Darrin Chambers and the latest addition Aaron Johnson. Darrin is the son of former long-time tenor singer and mandolinist Keith Chambers and Aaron is his grandson. The recording also features guest appearances by Mark’s children – Will and Sarah Grace singing and playing mandolin and fiddle, respectively.

“With the addition of Aaron to the group, it hit me that we reached our third generation of performers and audience,” Earle said. “So the theme of the latest project came to us easily.”

There are singers whose voices make them immediately identifiable; Earle’s unique Southern gospel vocal stylings have made the Marksmen sound recognizable in three music genres – Southern gospel, bluegrass and country. His leadership has garnered them countless awards in each genre including Dove nominations for their latest three CDs.

Earle is featured on “Why Can’t You Believe?” and “Will You Meet Me Over Yonder.”

This CD features songs that highlight each member; it is Mark’s traditional country lead that through the years has become a pivotal part of the sound beside his father’s unique voice.

Mark adds three more new songs to his songwriting catalog. He delivers a haunting performance — “The Spirit Moved,” his song penned with Jim Green. He also features

“No More Sin,” composed with Lance Carpenter.

Mark’s original song written with former Marksmen David Waller – “The Folly of a Fool” is sang by Darrin Chambers and is a commentary on believing in evolution.

A classic hymn written to feature a bass vocal “He Understands and Cares for Me” also highlights Darrin’s talents.

“Darrin continues to be a vital part of what we do musically and vocally,” Earle said.

Reaching back into some of the songs the group popularized early in their career with tenor Keith Chambers “I Have a New Life” and “Payday,” the group passes the torch now with his grandson carrying the prominent part in these audience favorites.

“Aaron’s approach is different vocally, but folks who follow us have shared how much they are enjoying his smooth sound,” Mark said.

The third generation of the Wheeler family adds their contribution as young Will Wheeler singing with his father and sister on “I’m Not Going to Hell.”

Sarah Grace joins her father and grandfather on “Time Has Made a Change.”

Mark features his banjo stylings on “the Old Cross Road” continuing a family tradition passed through the generations in his family.

Solid Gospel radio host Les Butler makes a guest appearance singing baritone and playing mandolin on the bluegrass standard “The Old Cross Road.” Fiddler Lynn Shook adds his talents to “Payday.”

“We hope that our friends will enjoy our latest CD,” Earle said. “This is my 44th album and each time we create a new one, its is just as exciting as the first time, the creativity, the love that is shared through the music, and the hope that God uses it to reach those who need to hear his message.”

The CD is available at for download on ITunes, Amazon.com and CDBaby. For more information, visit www.marksmenquartet.com, Fans may like Marksmen Mountain Music Camp on Facebook.


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DECLARATION TRIO TO HOST BENEFIT CONCERT FOR VICTOR SEATON OF ENCORE PRODUCTIONS

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on November 24, 2014 – 11:23 am -

BENEFIT CONCERT FOR VICTOR SEATON OF ENCORE PRODUCTIONS

BENEFIT CONCERT FOR VICTOR SEATON OF ENCORE PRODUCTIONS

DECLARATION of Nashville, Tennessee in conjunction with two of Michigan’s finest artists have come together to announce a benefit concert for one of the most beloved figures in the Michigan Southern Gospel scene. Victor Seaton is the owner of Encore Productions in Roseville, Michigan. For well over three decades, Seaton has been one of the main promoters of not just Southern Gospel concerts, but numerous Christian Events in the state of Michigan, as well as in regions throughout Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, and West Virginia. Through Seaton’s efforts and support, audiences spanning generations have enjoyed the artistry of legendary groups including The Cathedral Quartet, Gold City, The Kingsmen, and Bill Gaither; the region has also come to know such talented artists as Greater Vision, Legacy Five, The Booth Brothers, and many others active in the industry today.

In recent years, Seaton’s health has been in decline and he has suffered numerous health related complications. This concert has been organized to help raise funds for these bills. The concert will take place on Friday December 12th, at the Liberty Missionary Baptist Church in Monroe, Michigan. The Special Guests for the evening will be one of Southern Gospel’s most exciting and energetic new groups, DECLARATION, of Nashville, TN. Also appearing on the program that evening will be two of Michigan’s finest groups; The Sammons Family of Wyandotte and Matchless Grace of Monroe.

All of the artists on the program are thrilled to take part in this wonderful concert. Jake Sammons of Declaration, a Michigan native who has enjoyed a friendship with Seaton for years, states, “ For over thirty years, Victor Seaton has kept the light of Gospel Music burning brightly. His legacy is one of integrity, class and top tier talent all for God’s Glory.” Brian Fuson of The Sammons Family shared, “Victor Seaton has had a profound impact on my life since I first met him. It is my honor and privilege to give back to a great friend who has been such a blessing in my life.”

Admission for the concert is free, no tickets will be needed. A love offering will be received. All funds collected will go directly to Victor Seaton. For those unable to attend who would like to donate, please send your donations to Victor Seaton Concert, PO Box 38, Roseville, Michigan. For more information on this concert, please contact Brian Fuson at 734-626-0376, or visit www.sammonsmusic.com.


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