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February 2020 SGN Scoops Magazine

Written by Staff on February 18, 2020 – 9:41 am -

It’s February 2020 and we are thrilled to present to you the online edition of SGN Scoops Magazine. We have stories of love, perseverance, and new beginnings. Be sure to read every story and be encouraged.
The Mark Trammell Quartet is our cover story this month and we are happy to present their story of God’s faithfulness and love, written by Justin Gilmore. Mark Trammell is a great example of dedication, perseverance and excellence in his field.
The month of love would not be complete without some romance, which Jennifer Campbell presents in the story of Jeff and Sheri Easter and their family. Other artists featured include Rhonda Vincent, Fayth Lore, Jimmy Reno, Kirsten Alting, and DJ Tom Rusk. Read SGN Scoops Magazine HERE
Don’t miss the story of the Turn Around Church by guest author Lynn Whiteley. This edition is bursting with music reviews, Coastal Events Update, radio charts and the Publisher’s Point.
Thank you for reading, downloading, and letting us know your thoughts and comments at
We hope you have caught a glimpse of the love of Jesus through the pages of this issue, his grace and mercy, and the special gift he has for you. Be sure to write to us if you want to know more.
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A Message From The McKameys

Written by scoopsnews on February 27, 2020 – 4:06 pm -

Just wanted to let all of our friends know that Mr. Ruben had back surgery this morning, February 27th, and everything went exceptionally well! The doctor was able to do exactly what he was hoping to do. Mr. Ruben has already been up and walking around, and feeling much better! Praise the Lord for his goodness. We thank you all for your prayers and ask that you continue praying for complete healing.
We love you all!
The McKameys


We at SGN Scoops will continue to pray for this special family!

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Got Your VIP TICKET For Southern Gospel Weekend?

Written by scoopsnews on February 27, 2020 – 3:37 pm -

Southern Gospel Weekend in Oxford,Alabama is almost here.

To reserve your VIP ticket, get in touch with Vonda at 256-310-7892 or email

VIP seating For Southern Gospel Weekend is in the floor area just in front of the stage. Other VIP perks includes free gifts every night for our special VIP guests. A goodie bag will be waiting for you when you arrive! PLUS a private concert on  Friday and Saturday from 5-5:30 PM before evening concert. This will be available only to the VIP ticketholders.

General Admission is free to general admission seating area.

Southern Gospel Weekend March 19-21st at the Oxford Civic Center in Oxford, Alabama. Don’t miss this great event!

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Ivan Parker Requests Prayer

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on February 27, 2020 – 11:30 am -

Ivan Parker Requests Prayer

Ivan Parker Requests Prayer

Do you ever question God’s timing even though we know He has the perfect plan?
I am so thankful that He knew I needed to be at home last night and not on the road!
My sweet Teresa had a heart attack late last night but we were able to get her to the hospital and in to surgery in record time. She is surrounded by family and doing very well. We are thanking God, and expecting a full recovery! God is so good!!
You can check here for any updates. We know we can count on your love and prayers. We love you all.

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GMW – Michigan Welcomes Doug Anderson

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on February 27, 2020 – 10:12 am -

GMW - Michigan Welcomes Doug Anderson

GMW – Michigan Welcomes Doug Anderson

Coastal Events is thrilled to announce the addition of Doug Anderson to the roster of artists
for Gospel Music Weekend Michigan taking place at the Wyndham Garden Convention
Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan, June 4-6, 2020.

Doug Anderson spent several years with Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, retiring from
service with them in 2015. He has since pursued a solo career, earning him multiple Dove
Awards for Country Album of the Year and Country Song of the Year.
In addition to his solo dates, Anderson has also teamed up with TaRanda Greene and Jody
McBrayer forming the powerhouse group, Cana’s Voice, which makes limited tour
appearances throughout the country and is rapidly gaining popularity overseas. This career
move has allowed Anderson to be able to focus on what is most important to him– second
only to his relationship with God – his family.

If you’ve never heard Doug Anderson as a solo artist, you will not want to miss this
opportunity. “I’ve had the pleasure of being in several concerts and events with Doug
Anderson. The effect is the same in every setting – he draws the crowd in. They laugh, they
cry, they worship. It’s a moving experience,” states Kristen Stanton, a Gospel Music
Weekend solo artist from Ohio. “Doug Anderson is a great addition,” says event host and
owner of Coastal Events, Rob Patz. “His contemporary country flair will appeal to a wide
variety of concert goers. We are excited to have him.”

Also appearing are Diamond Award winning Justified Quartet from Michigan, Diamond Award
winning Gloryway Quartet from Ohio, Diamond Award nominee Cami Shrock from Indiana
and many others. Over thirty artists are slated to appear in daytime showcases on Friday
and Saturday and evening concerts running Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights.
Make your plans to join us for this special event. VIP tickets for Gospel Music Weekend
Michigan are available for just $25.00 for the weekend. General admission is free. For more
information, please contact Rob Patz at (360)933-0741 or send an email to

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Happy WayBack Wednesday

Written by scoopsnews on February 26, 2020 – 11:28 am -




It’s WayBack Wednesday at SGNSCOOPS at we are going WayBack to 1987.  From the “Can He, Could He, Would He” Video… Here are The Cathedrals.

Can you name these guys?

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Kevin Chambers: Kevin’s Rule of Four

Written by Staff on February 26, 2020 – 8:28 am -

Kevin Chambers: Kevin's Rule of Four

Eagle’s Wings with Kevin Chambers

Is Your Music Pleasing? By Kevin Chambers

It is such a simple question, but the answer is more complicated than you might think.

The following is my personal opinion and philosophy, not a catalog of rules. I formed these ideas over several years and thought they might be of interest to someone. This is the method I use to decide if a musical recording or live band is arranged properly, if the focus is drawn in the right direction, and if it sounds good (to me). This is the science that must be applied before you get to the art. The concepts are nothing new, but they are rarely presented together as I am trying to do here. I truly believe that trained professionals, as well as jam pickers, can benefit from a simple survey of their musical arrangements identifying what I call the Four Essential Elements for Pleasing Musical Sound or simply Kevin’s Rule of Four.

I’ve played several musical styles in my life; marching band, classical, jazz combo, country, even some of that rock and roll stuff, not to mention thousands of hymns, SGM standards, and of course bluegrass! I’ve listened to and analyzed so many more than that. And I’ve decided all music is the same, even when it is so completely different! What I mean is that there are four essential common elements that make a pleasing arrangement in any form, from Beethoven to Bill Monroe. I believe that any band of any size or genre, can focus on these elements, who is playing them at any given time, and improve their sound. For the sake of space and time, I’m going to get fairly technical right away. If you have any thoughts or questions, feel free to e-mail me.

Nomenclature: I have to define the terms as I use them before I can teach how to use them. A traditionalist might be more comfortable calling the four elements: rhythm, melody, sustain, and counter-melody. However, my application for all this is fairly wide, so I often use the terms: groove, lead, continuity, and vamping. I use these words more out of habit than technical definition. You will easily see what I mean by each if you follow along.

In bluegrass music, it’s usually very easy to hear who is doing what. In other styles, it becomes more complicated, but the concepts still apply. I recommend that any performance arrangement of any song should be planned out using these elements in the order I will present them, taking care to build just deep enough to make the message or melody clear and pleasant. Also, as you will see, only one musician or section should hold any single piece of the pie, to avoid noise and confusion for the listener.

Kevin Chambers’ Rule of Four

First, we should think of groove or rhythm. This, very importantly, determines the style or vibe of the music. This element always has both a down and an up component. It is sometimes implied but usually played. In bluegrass, the bass always provides the down and either the guitar, mandolin, or sometimes banjo provides the up. In other styles, the groove of a song could be provided by vocalists singing “do-wop, do-wop” or constant pulsing eighth notes on a harpsichord. There is no rule. But, this is where the first critical decisions must be made. Make sure the groove fits the precise feel that you want for the song (as to instruments used and the technique). This will greatly help the other performers do their job. Now, if multiple musicians start playing the same groove foundation elements at the same time, then (at best) you will sound like a jam session. More often you’ll get a cacophony leading to a train wreck, especially if several different types of instruments jump on the groove wagon.

Next there is lead or melody. It may be a soloist or vocal group or an instrument. This is the core message you want to convey, the reason the piece exists. This is that important part of the music that you want the listener to really get. Harmony singing can still be part of this lead element, if the lyrics and timing match. The groove supports this. If the groove ever distracts the listener from lead, it has failed. Everyone in the band must keep in mind that your job is to support (feature / clarify) the melody or message of the piece and not to call attention to yourself or your talent. 

Third is what I call continuity or sustain. It may be chords on a piano, or long notes from strings, or the roll on a banjo. This is that one musical element that maintains the structure of the song. While groove is more about timing, continuity is more about tonal flow (chords ascending and descending, stress and release, etc.). This element can shift between players for every measure in some styles, but, of course, should not be played simultaneously by instruments (or sections), as this rapidly becomes confusing noise.

Lastly there is vamping or counter-melody. Vamping is not mandatory. It’s not always there, but, when done sensibly, it is barely noticeable, yet makes any song sound more professional. It’s is those tasteful fills that are often done on mandolin in bluegrass, but may be done on drums, piano or any instrument in any style.

Caution, vamping can be dangerous and addictive! Actually, any of these elements can be destructive to your music and your message. It takes honesty, humility, and attention to detail to purge out the noise and have only the essential elements going on at any given time. Sometimes this means (gasp) musicians don’t play constantly! I’ve seen many great shows with 15 awesome musicians on stage at once, but rarely do more than four to six of them play at the same time, just enough to cover the four elements. Pride must be left offstage.

Applying Kevin’s Rule of Four

Picture it if you will: The Nearly Famous Gospel Band is on stage! They are rolling along on their favorite Southern gospel music classic. The audience is tapping their toes in approval. The song, in the key of G, is about to transition from the G to the C chord. Everybody knows it. You can hear it coming like a freight train. Then, at the expected moment, the drummer vamps a half measure of syncopated “rebop-de-boom” right into the chord transition with a big cymbal crash, the bass efficiently walks up the G-A-B-C scale in eighth notes, the piano does the standard sanctified ritual of playing a full thick G7 chord for a couple of beats right before the change with a bonus Cramer-lick thrown in, the lead guitar eases down the neck to arrive at C after a nice pentatonic riff with some full step bends! So, for two full beats we had notes G-A-B-C-D-E and F (and some in between) walking all over each other during a drum solo.

The band may be competent musicians, but this would have sounded awful. Each one did a fine vamping transition between chords, but together it was bad. At most one should have telegraphed the obvious chord change, if any at all. This is what differentiates a jam-band from real musicians.

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Please Pray For The Family of Derrell Stewart

Written by scoopsnews on February 25, 2020 – 3:38 pm -

We at SGN SCOOPS are saddened with the news of Derrell Stewart’s passing.

Please join us in praying for the family.


In 2013, The Times Examiner wrote about Derrell…

Darrell was born in Brunswick Georgia. Derrell began to play piano at five years of age and continued to take lessons all through school. He stated that his introduction to Southern Gospel Music was through the all-day singings and other church related musical events. One of his piano teachers was James Walbert and according to Derrell he was one of the best quartet style piano teachers in the business. If you have ever been to a concert of The Florida Boys you know that Derrell learned his piano lessons well and, although Derrell is very modest in talking about himself as a pianist, he would have to be numbered among the best in the business. Some of his heroes were Hovie Lister and Wally Varner. They too are know for not only their ability to play but also for their stage presence.

When Derrell finished high school his plan was to enroll in college but music was in his blood. He was offered the piano playing position in January 1953 with the Dixie Rhythm Quartet, so at the age of eighteen and without his mother’s blessing he joined the group. The quartet moved to Macon, Georgia, for a time and then on to Dothan, Alabama, where they had a radio program on WOOF-AM a 5000-watt station. This program was heard in Northern Florida, South Georgia and parts of Alabama. This group traveled and sang for about three years and broke up late in 1955. It was during Derrell’s year with the Dixie Rhythm Quartet that the idea, which has become a trademark, of always wearing “red socks” began. Derrell stated that while with this group he wore red socks, red suspenders and a red tie. When he joined The Florida Boys he continued to wear red socks but drops the other red items.

The next chapter in Derrell’s life was and still is his tenure with The Florida Boys. J. G. Whitfield called Derrell in January of 1956 and invited him to join his group as piano player. Of course Derrell had been off the road for a few months and was anxious to be with a quartet so he accepted the offer. By this time he was married and had a small child. Derrell packed his family and himself and moved to Florida where some 50 plus years he played piano with the same group. If you have followed Southern Gospel Music over the years you know that The Florida Boys are one of the most awarded groups in gospel music. In the 60’s and 70’s the Gospel Singing Jubilee TV program was seen coast to coast.

I asked Derrell to share some of his most memorable moments and here are a couple of the stories. He shared a story about a young man who came to him at the quartet convention a few years ago. This young man told Derrell what an influence he had been on his life. It started with this young man watching the Gospel Singing Jubilee on Sunday mornings. This young man admired Derrell so much that he asked his grandmother to give him piano lessons and through Derrell planting a seed in this young man’s life he has gone on to not only be a pianist but also a pastor of a church in West Virginia.

The other story is about a young lady in a wheelchair who Derrell prayed for because she was having surgery the following week. A year later he was back in the same town and the lady walked up to him and reminded him of who she was and what God had done in her life. Derrell related these stories not for self-recognition but to show how God will use some one to minister to other people. People can be and are reached for Christ through Southern Gospel Music.

Click HERE to read the entire story.

Derrell will surely be missed by his many friends and family.

Love this video of The Florida Boys!





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Unity 4 Quartet Welcomes New Tenor

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on February 25, 2020 – 10:15 am -

Unity 4 Quartet Welcomes New Tenor

Unity 4 Quartet Welcomes New Tenor

We are excited to announce we have chosen the newest member of Unity 4. We auditioned several amazing guys and it was a difficult decision.  When we began our search, we were not looking for someone to fill Jack’s shoes because that would be impossible. Instead, we searched for the man that would begin the next chapter of Unity 4 Quartet. After much prayer and consideration, we have chosen Heath Pannell from Dry Creek, Mississippi!!

Beginning in his first quartet at age 14, Heath is no stranger to southern gospel music.  As a matter of fact, you’d have to go back earlier than that to find his beginning. “I started singing with my dad. We would do revivals and church services. He would play the guitar and I’d have to stand on the communion table in order to be tall enough for people to see me.” N-2-Jesus out of Booneville was the first group Heath sang tenor for. During that time, he was a regular student of the Stamps-Baxter School of Music. After that group disbanded, Heath joined Southern Image Quartet out Tupelo, Mississippi. “I traveled the roads with Buddy and his crew for a good five or six years, and they taught me a lot about booking and quartet management.” In 2007, Heath moved to Nashville and began singing semi-full time with Ben Harris and Southern Sound. “It was during my stint with them that I started really developing myself as a serious singer. Ben was a stickler for perfection vocally, and always pushed his group members to promote not only professionalism, but Christ-like traits on and off stage. Ben still remains a great friend and sounding board to this day.”  Heath also joined a group his father had been a member of when Heath was just a child, The Servants Quartet out of Ripley, MS. The group was very popular, and kept a busy schedule. “David Grant and all the crew from The Servants were, and are family.” Fast forward to 2016-2017, Heath traveled full time with Allegiance Trio out of Nashville. “Allegiance provided a very unique experience for me. First of all, I’d always been a quartet man, so a trio was a learning experience. Secondly, their music was very progressive. We toured some with The Perrys, T. Graham Brown, and saw some fantastic places.” The group eventually disbanded and Heath spent the next couple of years filling in for different groups and working as guest vocals in studio. “I was actually considering returning to performing regularly and I heard Unity Four was looking for a tenor vocalist to fill the spot vacated by Jacky Feazell.” Heath wasted no time calling and expressing his interest. “Jacky and my dad were in The Ministry Quartet out of Booneville when I was a child, I have always thought the world of Jack, and in turn Unity Four.” Heath auditioned in January for the first time at Magnolia Chapel Event Center in Humboldt, TN.  “It just felt good,” says Heath. “I have always respected J.C. and Casey as people, and the group for their innovative harmonies and take on performing. Mark rounds it all out as a very stylist sounding bass.” After a second audition concert in Booneville, Mississippi, Heath was offered the position and accepted. He will begin his tenure with Unity Four Quartet immediately. Heath is married to Amanda and they have three children, Noah, Stetson, and Presley. The family attends First Baptist Church of Booneville.

We are beyond excited to have Heath and his beautiful family joining Unity 4! We have known Heath for years and have always been impressed with his ability to not only sing but also his ability to present the Gospel of Christ! Be on the lookout for when we will be in your area! We have a few services in March in North Mississippi so we hope to see you soon! Our next service will be at South Corinth Baptist in Corinth, Mississippi on March 22! Please help us in welcoming Heath and make him feel right at home!

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Written by SGN Scoops Staff on February 25, 2020 – 9:00 am -



NASHVILLE, TN – April Potter, President of the April Potter Agency announces the addition of multi-award recipient
and singer/songwriter Riley Harrison Clark to the roster. April Potter Agency will be handling all booking and
management for Riley.
“Riley has a unique gift for connecting with people through speaking and sharing his personal testimony and song”
says April. “When we met and talked about dreams and where his ministry was heading, it was a perfect fit for our
agency. I love the raw, pure heart Riley has for ministry both one-on-one and to the masses. We are honored to
represent him in both booking and management to help grow his ministry to new levels.”
Riley adds, “Since before stepping out on my own, I’ve been praying for ‘my team’ of people. I believe April and the
team at April Potter Agency are an answer to those prayers. I’m excited to be working alongside someone who has
20+ years of experience in music and who shares my vision for the future of my ministry. I look forward to not only
continuing to love and cater to those friends and fans I’ve had for over 10 years, but the opening doors of reaching new
people and enjoying new ventures.”
Riley’s success began in 2010 when he began touring with Tribute Quartet. In his 10-year tenure with the group, he
was privileged to sing in almost all of the 50 states as well as venues in several different countries. He was honored to
share stages with Jason Crabb, Russ Taff, The Isaacs, Gaither Vocal Band, CeCe Winans, The Oak Ridge Boys and
many others. Riley has performed at National Quartet Convention, Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove, Silver
Dollar City, Dollywood and multiple cruises.
While with Tribute, the group was nominated for several awards including GMA Dove Awards and celebrated three #1
Songs. Riley received the Favorite Young Artist Award from The Singing News Fan Awards and Male Vocalist of the
Year at the AGM Awards as well as being nominated 8 years in a row for Tenor of the Year. He released his first solo
record with Daywind Records in September 2018 entitled Welcome to Me with the lead single “Glory To Glory”
nominated for Inspirational Recorded Song Of The Year at the GMA Dove Awards. He is currently in the studio
working on his second Daywind Music project slated to release sometime in early spring.
April Potter Agency is a full-service, exclusive booking and management company located in Nashville, Tennessee
serving such venues as arenas, auditoriums, churches, fairs, festivals, schools, city events, coffeehouses, and theme
parks and more with a variety of artists. April Potter brings to her agency 23 years of experience in the music industry.
In 1996, she began working for The Harper Agency, and later formed her own company in 2002, where she
represented some of the most popular names in gospel music. She returned to work for Harper in 2010 for two more
years, before leaving to home school her daughter. Since that time, she’s worked as a freelance agent and consultant
in multiple areas of the industry, including management, marketing, radio, publicity, and booking, both stateside and
worldwide. In May 2016, she relaunched April Potter Agency expanding from Christian music to several genres
including Country, Bluegrass, Rock, Corporate Speakers and Tribute Bands. Potter is a Franklin County, Alabama
native and Music Business graduate of University of North Alabama.
For more information on Riley Harrison Clark or April Potter Agency, contact us at 615.479.0954 or email

You may visit their websites at or or

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Pray for Ethan Whisnant

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on February 24, 2020 – 8:47 pm -

Pray for Ethan Whisnant

Pray for Ethan Whisnant

Today started as a normal morning, waking up and not feeling that great… Turns out I have a virus and I can’t kick it, alongside with extreme dehydration… i started feeling better so I got up to leave earlier and I got about 25 feet and almost passed out….. They immediately brought me a wheelchair and that’s when it started happening…. Probably the scariest thing that’s ever happened to me. All of my limbs started drawing up and my speech got slurred (orthostatic hypotension) I had 0 control over myself….. It eventually relaxed after some fluids, oxygen and the help of the wonderful staff here at the hospital. Was I scared? Yes, probably more scared than I’ve ever been. But did I know everything was going to be okay? Absolutely. Come what may, I’m in God’s hands.

I’ll Praise you when the sun is shining bright and and things are going right
I’ll praise you when my life is full of rain and all I feel pain
When all I see are broken dreams, LORD I know you’re all I need
I’ll praise you, I’ll praise you, for you are God.

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