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September 2014 SGNScoops Magazine

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on September 16, 2014 – 11:30 am -

SGNScoops Magazine For September 2014

SGNScoops Magazine For September 2014

Welcome to the Fifth Anniversary edition of SGN Scoops digital magazine. We have a lot of great stories to share with you this month and we are thrilled to have Jeff and Sheri Easter as our cover artists for September. Their story is told by Dixie Phillips who also tells the story of Kenna Turner West and the Write About Jesus seminars.

In celebration of our Fifth Anniversary we have a special feature written by Sandy Duncan Clark about five years of SGN Scoops history. New staff members Chris Clay and Dean Adkins have special features for us on the Steeles and the Grand Ole Gospel Reunion.

Rob Patz tells us what America Wants To Know About Donna King and Vonda Easley shines the DJ Spotlight on Rodney Baucom. Melissa Wright shares about the filming of the Cathedral Family Reunion and the DVD just released.

Lorraine Walker addresses the subject of Christians and Addictions with guests Rusty Golden and Joseph Habedank. Marketing Gospel Music features Dusty Wells of Word Records. Other great features by Lynn Mills, David Staton, Erin Stevens and Laurette Willis will keep you glued to our pages.

Our brand-new News Makers section this month includes the Crabb Platinum Tour by Angela Griffin, the Music and Madness Tour by Candace Combs and much more.

We know you love the monthly devotions by our writers; Dr. Jeff Steele, Sherry Anne, Kelly Nelon Clark and Jennifer Campbell. We hope their words will encourage you and strengthen your heart.

All this and so much more as you look inside the September 2014 edition of SGNScoops! Read it and share it today!


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Getting To Know The 2014 Diamond Award Nominees

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on September 30, 2014 – 8:34 am -

Diamond Awards 2014

Diamond Awards 2014

The annual Diamond Awards recognize the best in Southern, Country and Bluegrass Christian music and are hosted by SGNScoops digital magazine and Coastal Media Group. Originating in 1991, they were the first Southern Gospel fan-based awards and are still open to everyone, no subscription required.

Since January 2014, voting has been held to select the nominees for this year’s Diamond Awards, to be held at Creekside Gospel Music Convention at Pigeon Forge on November 3rd through 6th. Artists were selected by voters from across the internet to become a top-ten nominee and then a top-five nominee. Voting commenced on the top-five selections and has now closed.

SGN Scoops would like you to meet our top-five finalists for each category of the 2014 Diamond Awards. Today’s category is the JD Sumner Living Legend Award.

J.D. SUMNER LIVING LEGEND AWARD: A once-in-a-lifetime honor to recognize the living performer for whom the fans feel has made the greatest contribution to Southern Gospel music over a career spanning 25 years or more. (Note: previous winners are no longer eligible for this award)

2014 Top Five Finalists:
1. Michael English
2. Karen Peck Gooch
3. Tim Riley
4. Ed O’Neal
5. Gerald Crabb

Get Your Free Tickets For The Diamond Awards At Creekside 2014 Here


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A Message From Lily Isaacs of The Isaacs

Written by Staff on September 29, 2014 – 10:11 am -

isaacsNashville, TN (September 29, 2014) To all of our dear friends,

First I’d love to thank everyone for your prayers. The passing of my mother has been very emotional and sad. I know many of you have lost loved ones……parents, spouses, children, good friends and it’s a very lonely feeling because it’s final. Although we do believe in an after life, just the fact that you will never get to hear their voice or hug your loved one ever again here on earth , leaves you with such a void in your heart. Seems like its hard to take a deep breath! I’m so grateful that I got to keep my sweet Yiddish Mamma till age 95 and I was with her when she took her final breath. She truly was a survivor. She was a very strong spirited woman. My entire family is thankful for the legacy she has left behind.

So many of you have asked us about funeral arrangements. Many of you wanted to send flowers and special gifts to honor Mom. I wanted to take this time to explain a little about our beautiful Jewish traditions when we loose someone in death.

Before I get into the explanation I will tell you that we tentatively have the funeral scheduled for Wednesday morning….Oct 1st. Mom passed away on Friday Sept 26th and it is currently in the middle if a very Holy holiday, Rosh Hashanah (9/24-9/26) and Yom Kippur (10 days later) so it is hard to make final arrangements with the Rabbi, especially since Friday night started the Sabbath. We will know more Monday morning.

We have chosen to give Mom a traditional Jewish funeral. Our father had the same and this is what she would want. A Jew must be buried within a day or two of death and we do no embalm the body so it must stay refrigerated until burial. Of course with family far away it’s acceptable to wait until all gather together. The coffin must be a plain pine box and the deceased is clothed in a shroud…..white pure linen called a Tachrichim . The reason is because we are all equal in death and we can’t take anything with us when we leave this world. God judges our merits and deeds ,not our material wealth. Once the casket is lowered into the ground, the final act we do is to shovel dirt on top of it. Basically the family will cover the casket with dirt. The reason for this is the deceased cannot do it for themselves. In a way it also acts as a gesture of love and gives family closure. We never see flowers at a Jewish funeral. Tradition says that flowers are unnecessary and die too quickly. Instead of flowers we place stones on the casket or grave site. There are many speculations about the reason for this custom but the one that makes most sense to me is that stones were the only way a grave was marked before headstone were made. It also leaves a sign that the person had a visitor and they’re not left without being remembered . We will then sit shiva (means 7)…..The mourning period which actually lasts 7 days. Family will rent a garment and gather in the home to receive guests.

This is the way we do it and we plan to put Mom away in this manner. She deserves this honorable final gesture from us.
For those of you who wanted to honor our mother, I’ve thought of a beautiful way do this. This seems like a gesture if love and would carry on our Jewish tradition.

Instead of gifts and flowers we will set up a fund in my mothers name and receive donations to help purchase her a headstone! We cannot put the headstone up for one year at which time we have an ” unveiling “. This way you can be a part of putting a stone on her grave. We can all participate in giving her a loving departure together. We have so many friends far away and we can join together in this gesture.

If you want to do this, you can just make a check out to us…. The Isaacs and put on bottom of the check, for “Faye Fishman Headstone Fund”. When the time comes for the purchase of the headstone we will post a photo and you will all know that you were a part of our mothers home going.

Please remember our family as everyone is trying to get our here in the next day or so.

Send any donations to:

The Isaacs
PO BOX 370
Goodlettsville, TN 37070

Blessings to you all and again thank you for your prayers and support.

With love,

Lily Isaacs

To learn more about the Isaacs got to http://www.theisaacs.com or https://www.facebook.com/TheIsaacs or Twitter at https://twitter.com/IsaacsMusic .

If you are interested in booking the Isaacs go to the Harper Agency at www.harperagency.com or info@harperagency.com .
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About The Isaacs

The Isaacs, a multi-award winning family group who began singing 30 years ago, are based out of Nashville, TN . The vocalists are Lily Isaacs, Ben Isaacs, Sonya Isaacs Yeary and Rebecca Isaacs Bowman. Playing their own acoustic instruments and joined by other band members, The Isaacs have a unique style that blends tight, family harmony with contemporary acoustic instrumentation that appeals to a variety of audiences. Their musical influences emerge from all genres of music including bluegrass, rhythm and blues, folk, and country, contemporary acoustic and southern gospel. Zak Shumate is on percussion and is the only non family member in the group.

Family also just recently sang anthem at Indiana Pacers game and got a standing ovation. They perform frequently at the Grand Ole Opry, are active members on the Gaither Homecoming Videos and Concert Series and travel throughout the year performing internationally. Concert venues include civic centers, auditoriums, arenas, fair grounds, parks, churches and other locations. They have performed the National Anthem for many sporting events, including a Cincinnati Bengal’s football game, several Nashville Predators Hockey games, an Astros/ Braves pre-season baseball game as well as various political gatherings. They also received a standing ovation for their patriotic performance at Carnegie Hall.


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UNPLANNED CALL TO PRAYER FOR AMERICA HIGHLIGHTS NQC THURSDAY EVENING PERFORMANCE

Written by Staff on September 29, 2014 – 9:53 am -

Multiple Performers Feature Patriotic Songs Throughout the Night
Jason Crabb

Jason Crabb

Grammy Winner Jason Crabb performs “America, The Beautiful” at the 57th annual NQC.
Pigeon Forge, TN – Thursday night at the 57th annual NQC (National Quartet Convention) at the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge, TN was a very special evening. As Grammy award winner and fan favorite Jason Crabb closed out his final performance of the week, he launched a pensive version of “America, The Beautiful.” An overwhelming sense of patriotism swept through the audience as they stood their feet. As evening hosts Susan Whisnant and Michael Boothreturned to the stage, Booth led the crowd in prayer for America saying: “God, have mercy on America, save us. You are our only hope.” The unplanned, spontaneous theme continued throughout the night with multiple artists – including Canton Junction and Ivan Parker – performing patriotic songs during their sets, drawing the nation to repentance and restoration.

The 57th Annual NQC concludes this evening with performances by GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame members The Hoppers, Greater Vision, fan favorites The Perrys, Triumphant Quartetand the Collingsworth Family, among others.

The National Quartet Convention is the only event of the year where fans can see and hear their favorite artists at a single event, and then meet them and purchase their products. Music lovers can enjoy their favorite music all day and night, as music spectaculars begin each morning and continue until at least 11 PM each evening.

Tickets are already on sale for NQC 2015 and can be purchased online at www.nqconline.com.


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SGN Scoops NQC Photo Coverage from Saturday September 27

Written by Staff on September 29, 2014 – 9:43 am -

By Craig Harris

Triumphant-Kingdom Heirs Showcase

Triumphant-Kingdom Heirs Showcase

Once again, Craig Harris provides terrific photographs from the last day of NQC 2014 in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Hope you’ve enjoyed these albums! Let us know… sgnscoops@gmail.com

Sneed Family

Sneed Family

Gold City

Gold City

Daniel Riley-Gold City

Daniel Riley-Gold City

Robert Fulton-Gold City

Robert Fulton-Gold City

Chip Pullen-Gold City

Chris West-Gold City

    Chris West-Gold City

Renaissance Quartet (Bethel University)

Renaissance Quartet (Bethel University)

Renaissance Quartet (Bethel University)

Renaissance Quartet (Bethel University)

Renaissance Quartet (Bethel University)

Renaissance Quartet (Bethel University)

Renaissance Quartet (Bethel University)

Renaissance Quartet (Bethel University)


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NASHVILLE CHRISTIAN TV STATION WHTN SPONSORS UNIQUE FILMMAKING COMPETITION

Written by Staff on September 29, 2014 – 8:50 am -

Three-Day Faith Film Fest Launches October 9 with Event At Area Studio
Nashville’s Christian Television Network station WHTN is sponsoring a unique times filmmaking competition which kicks off October 9.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (September 23, 2014) -
Nashville’s Christian Television Network station, WHTN, has announced a unique timed filmmaking competition aimed at encouraging filmmakers to create short films centered on the Bible and the Christian walk. The 3-Day Faith Film Fest (3DAY FFF) launches at 6 p.m. October 9 at a “Starting Gate” event held at WHTN in Mt. Juliet.
Filmmakers of all levels are invited to participate in the contest, which gives participants three days to write, produce and edit films that center on selected scripturalprinciples. Each team will have 72 hours in total, beginning at the “Starting Gate” event, to complete the productions from beginning to end.
True to the style of timed film competitions, a set of secret parameters will be revealed at the beginning of the competition. The most important of these parameters will be a passage of scripture assigned to each team, some aspect of which must serve as the focal point of their film.
To qualify for awards and prizes, the films must be turned in by 6 p.m. C.T. Sunday, October 12 at the WHTN studios.
All entries will be screened Wednesday, October 17 at the Capitol Theater in Lebanon, Tenn. Awards include production equipment and television air time.
For more information about the competition, visitFaithFilmFest.com.
About Christian Television Network and WHTN:

Bob D’Andrea, founder and president of Christian Television Network (CTN), started the network with a passion for Christian television in 1979. He launched each of the CTN stations with the following sign-on: “Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God, is the one to whom this television station is dedicated.”

 

CTN’s mission is to bring positive Christian programming with unique and wholesome values with award-winning programs reaching individuals and families, spanning all socio-economic boundaries and providing them with the best in Christian television today.

 

WHTN, the Nashville CTN studio, began broadcasting in June 1986. For more information, visit ctntv.org.


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Gospel Music Today For September 29th On SGNScoops.com

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on September 29, 2014 – 7:39 am -

Gospel Music Today September 29

Gospel Music Today September 29

Lily Isaacs is the guest on Gospel Music Today for the week of September 28. Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates. The Feature Group is The Phillips Family, and Jean reviews new recordings by The Coffmans and Tribute Quartet. An article entitled “Front Porch Fellowship”, featuring High Road III is the subject of this week’s Singing News Notes. The show features singing by Tribute Quartet, exclusive video of Declaration, 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 Dixie Melody Boys at the Creekside Gospel Music Convention, in Pigeon Forge, TN. In the news this week, Jean shares news of Faith’s Journey, the Erwins and the Down East Boys. There is also a Happy Birthday wish to Morgan Easter.

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, www.gospelmusictoday.com


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SGN Scoops Presents Friday Night at NQC

Written by Staff on September 27, 2014 – 1:51 pm -

Photos by Craig Harris

Ernie Haase and Signature Sound With Michael Booth

Ernie Haase and Signature Sound With Michael Booth

Ernie Haase and Signature Sound

Ernie Haase and Signature Sound

Craig Harris once again provides on-the-scene reporting in pictures from the National Quartet Convention in Pigeon Forge, TN. These photographs are from the Friday evening concert. Enjoy!

Paul Harkey, Devin McGlamery-Ernie Haase & Signature Sound

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Ernie Haase--Ernie Haase & Signature Sound

Ernie Haase

 

Jeff and Sheri Easter

Jeff and Sheri Easter

 

Morgan Easter-Jeff and Sheri Easter

Morgan Easter-Jeff and Sheri Easter

 

Friday Night Hosts Susan Whisnant, Michael Booth

Friday Night Hosts Susan Whisnant, Michael Booth

 

Canton Junction 1

Canton Junction

Debra and Roger Talley

Debra and Roger Talley

Michael Booth, Ernie Haase

Michael Booth and Ernie Haase

Diplomats

Diplomats

Triumphant singing "Old White Flag"

Triumphant singing “Old White Flag”


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Candi’s Catch-ups: Jason Crabb Takes a Leap of Faith

Written by Staff on September 27, 2014 – 1:28 pm -

2014-09-26 20.30.54-2By Candace Combs

Jason Crabb certainly took a leap, and it worked! This leap was an unusual set on the Friday night of the National Quartet Convention. Following Crabb’s performance, the rest of the night was different. Crabb had brought those in attendance back to their roots. And from there, the other stage artists were able to build on sharing a deeper faith. Certainly innovative, creative and very gutsy, but Crabb pulled it off!

2014-09-26 20.31.18The National Quartet Convention’s inaugural move to Pigeon Forge, TN is complete. As the week progressed, adjustments were made to the minutest details. Traditionally, Friday night is the NQC shining moment. However in 2014, Friday was the culmination of an army of coordination efforts and proved to be the highlight of a week of special moments. But, something extraordinary happened when Jason Crabb and company took center stage.

There was great anticipation in the room as the Crabb team took time to set up a very different scene.   Jason Crabb entered the stage with a large team of band members dressed in Derby hats, suspenders, and girls dressed in vintage dresses, wearing gloves. This was definitely not going to be an ordinary set for Crabb. This was also one situation where the pictures truly tell the tale.

2014-09-26 20.32.00As the lights went up, the multiple screens in the room went to scratchy black and white. An accordion player began this unusual set while Jason began singing very traditional gospel tunes, 40’s style around a big old style silver microphone. The backup singers swooned with harmony to Jason’s smooth sounds.

His eldest daughter joined Crabb on stage, singing the answer lines to “This Little Light of Mine” while sharing the microphone with her dad. No special arrangement, just pure classic Sunday School style innocence of an era gone by.

2014-09-26 20.40.11The “concept style” production was totally outside the box for this NQC crowd who has grown accustomed to groups singing their most current radio releases. Crabb sang nothing that was flashy, until the group sang “America the Beautiful”. During the bridge, Crabb saluted the veteran’s in attendance. All eyes were focused on the stage when the understated set came to a conclusion.

Do not be deceived; something very special happened in that 20 minutes. The atmosphere in the room of over 12,000 completely changed. The air was no longer charged with hype. It had been replaced with simplicity.   Sometimes, simple is the easiest form of communication.

2014-09-26 20.38.00Congratulations to the entire Jason Crabb Ministries team for thinking outside the ordinary and bringing a simple faith in God to the heart of the stage!

 

 

 

 

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If Rambo Had a Wife, It Would Not Have Been Me!

Written by Staff on September 26, 2014 – 9:56 am -

Sherry Anne

Sherry Anne

By Sherry Anne

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)

One of the more enjoyable skits I have ever done was for an overnight ladies retreat in the Adirondack Mountains, New York. The theme was a “lighten-your-load-get-rid-of-your-baggage” kind of theme. Our ten-minute opening presentation was a hit. Three of us ladies each portrayed (and quite appropriately, too!) a character on her way to a very important event if they could just navigate their way through the woods to get there!

The first character, Jane, was the female equivalent of Indiana Jones. Dressed in cargos, she was equipped with her hat, compass, and map to locate the mystery cabin. Think of the second character, Chris, as the female counterpart to Rambo. This dame came equipped with a machete and a Swiss Army Knife, along with all the skills needed to survive the jungle. Enter my character: Tiffany. Yup, the brunette version of Elle in Legally Blonde! Oh yes, it’s true! She came prepared with her three suitcases, ten dress outfits, five pairs of high heels, two bottles of hairspray and a large case containing makeup, toiletries, and other odds and ends that served absolutely no purpose in steering her in the right direction. She looked great but was ill-suited for the task at hand. She was definitely not fit to travel with her action hero companions!

So, there we were— the three of us—on an adventure to accomplish a goal, encountering several setbacks along the way: injuries, hunger, and getting lost. Tiffany’s plan was to pray for a man (i.e. Tarzan) to show up and solve all her problems. Know anyone like that? Chris, on the other hand, just wanted to get ahead as she hacked everything up, relentlessly destroying not only potential food sources but also leaving us trailing behind in the wake of her mess. We can be this way, too, with words or job positions—tearing people down to further our own agenda and egos. Meanwhile, Jane was so busy looking down to read, study, and analyze the plans that she didn’t see the small boat right in front of her that would take all of us safely over to the other side. I think anyone living in the media-crazed twenty-first century can relate to Jane!

After several hours in the woods, Tiffany, whose stockings and mascara were now running, eagerly entered the boat. But, when she went to get in with all her luggage in tow, it began to sink. Her baggage had become her blockage, or hindrance, to where she was going. Even though she had used and needed all of these things in the past, they were of no use to her where she was going. In order to survive and reach her ultimate destination, Tiffany had to drop her excess baggage to cross over to the other side, where the blessing was.

Similarly, the Bible tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” For our benefit, and for necessary growth, we need to let go of many things we are holding onto from our past and allow God to fill us up with the new things He has for us in the future. In 1 Corinthians 2:9 we read, “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”

New adventures await you! What do you need to let go of? Who are you willing to put in God’s hands and not yours? What is the thing that is keeping you from getting to the other side where you are appointed (and anointed) to be? Think about that today as you pray this prayer: Father, help me to lighten the load of my past and leave baggage behind so I cross over to the new future you have for me. Thank you for providing me what I need, daily, to take the next step. Amen

By Sherry Anne

First published in July 2014 by SGN Scoops digital magazine.

Sherry Anne is a monthly contributor to SGN Scoops magazine. For current issues, visit http://www.sgnscoops.com/

 


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SGN Scoops at NQC – Thursday

Written by Staff on September 26, 2014 – 9:21 am -

Singing News' Fan Awards Choir

Singing News’ Fan Awards Choir

Photographs by Craig Harris

Lauren Talley Alvey, Brian Free

Lauren Talley Alvey, Brian Free

The Isaacs

The Isaacs

Once again, SGN Scoops’ reporter Craig Harris gives us a look at the evening performances during the National Quartet Convention. Thursday’s events also included the Singing News’ Fan Awards.

Bill Shivers, Mike Rogers, Jeremy Lile-Brian Free and Assurance

Bill Shivers, Mike Rogers, Jeremy Lile-Brian Free and Assurance

The Taylors

The Taylors

 

Ed O'Neal of the Dixie Melody Boys

Ed O’Neal of the Dixie Melody Boys

 

Rodney Griffin of Greater Vision

Rodney Griffin of Greater Vision

Randy Shelnut Sr., George Shelton Jr. of the Dixie Echoes

Randy Shelnut Sr., George Shelton Jr. of the Dixie Echoes


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