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September 2019 SGNScoops Magazine

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on September 18, 2019 – 6:36 pm -

September 2019 SGNScoops Magazine

September 2019 SGNScoops Magazine

We are happy to post our anniversary edition of SGNScoops Magazine. This September 2019 edition marks several milestones in the history of Gospel Music.

Please join us in congratulating Scott Fowler and Legacy Five on 20 years of music ministry. They will begin their anniversary tour in January 2020, but they actually unofficially debuted in September of 1999. I was thrilled to be at that debut, and I am so happy that they have shown such diligence and perseverance in their growth as a force in the industry, as well as in their own lives as Christians. Hope you enjoy some frank discussion with Fowler as well as other members, past and present.
Another gospel artist reaching significant milestone, is Mike Moran and the Torchmen Quartet. Fifty years is a long time to keep climbing onto that motorhome every weekend and travelling across Canada and the United States. We salute the Torchmen in this issue as well as their main skipper, Mike Moran. Congratulations on this major anniversary!
We also talk to some wonderful artists in this issue, including Carol Barham, Ivan Parker, and Darryle Wilson of Eagle’s Wings. Regular features, DJ Spotlight, Coastal Events Update, Randall Reviews It, radio charts, Publisher’s Point, and Editor’s Last Word are of course included, and we hope you are able to read them all.
This issue marks the end of our 10th year in publishing the SGNScoops Magazine, and we are thrilled to have had you along for the ride. We hope you have enjoyed every issue.
Moreover, we hope you have seen the love of Jesus, and read about his mercy and grace in the pages of each issue. We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and the only way to God. We believe that his love brought him to this planet. We believe that it led him to a cross to die for us. We believe that his death has the power to redeem our souls. We believe that his blood covers our sins, and has the power to bring us healing. We believe that he rose to life, and his life gives us eternal life.
If you ever have any questions or comments about anything we have written or stated, please email me at lorraine@sgnscoops.com.
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The Lore Family releases Hidden Blessings and shares their faith

Written by Staff on October 16, 2019 – 2:45 pm -

The Lore Family releases Hidden Blessings and shares their faithArden, North Carolina (October 11, 2019) — On their latest album Hidden Blessings, The Lore Family (website HERE)  acknowledges the vastness of God’s love and shares what wonders can be experienced with a little faith. The album, produced by Wayne Haun, is now available from Horizon Records.

Hidden Blessings begins with “Didn’t He Promise,” which sets the tone for the album, reminding us that God will always come through with mercy and grace, every time for all of time. The theme of the Lord’s timelessness in other songs, including “That Same Power,” recognizing God’s everlasting influence on our lives; “The Rock That Never Ages,” detailing how a firm foundation in the Lord provides comfort and safety; and “The Blood Flows From Calvary Still,” the album’s closing track and a powerful moment of worship featuring Sandy Lore.

On the album’s first single, “His Cross Is Now Empty,” The Lore Family tells the story of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus, praising and rejoicing in Him rising to new life, singing, “Now the cross is empty and so is the grave / The lamb slain for sinners arose the third day / Glory hallelujah our debt has been paid / His cross is now empty and so is the grave.”

Fayth Lore takes the lead on two up-beat tracks that capture the joy and happiness a relationship with God can bring. “I’ve Got A Really Good Feeling” tells of the peace and hope one feels after accepting Jesus as their savior. “Ready To Know,” their second radio single, talks about being prepared to see the glory of Heaven.

The group creates quiet moments throughout the album with “In His Presence,” a soft and reflective song about strength for the weary, featuring Samuel Lore; and “Keep Praying,” about leaning into God no matter what’s going on in life.

Written by Darren Lore, the title track, on which he takes the lead, explains we can’t know healing without pain or victory without battles. “Through every testing / Hidden blessings are coming our way,” Darren sings of what will happen when fear is replaced with faith.

On this album, The Lore Family shares their unshakable faith, detailing the peace, joy and hope it brings them. By sharing this message with their audiences, The Lore Family continues to grow their ministry with authentic music.

Listen to Hidden Blessings HERE.

Fayth Lore and the Lore Family

The Lore Family

About The Lore Family

The Lore Family consists of Darren, Sandy and their two children, Fayth and Samuel. Over the past several years, The Lore Family, which calls Portsmouth, Ohio home, has ministered at hundreds of services, making sure each concert or ministry opportunity is fulfilled with excellence and authenticity. The Lores began their ministry traveling in the tri-state region of Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia, but have now traveled across the United States, singing a mix of classic and current Southern Gospel favorites as well as originals written by Darren. ​The Lores have sung on many well-known stages across the country, including those at the National Quartet Convention, Gatlinburg Gathering Showcase, Singing In The Sun Showcase, Gospel Music Showcase TV, Great American Gospel TV, Gospel Music USA TV, Dollywood, Silver Dollar City and more. Their radio releases have been consistently in the top 20 of the Singing News Chart, and are played regularly on satellite stations such as Sirius XM’s enLighten. Fans voting in the Singing News Fan Awards have voted The Lore Family in the top 5 category for Favorite New Mixed Group for 2 consecutive years. Although charts and awards are honoring, The Lore Family understands that these things come and go. Their main purpose for radio/TV ministry is to give a message of hope and encouragement to seekers and believers. As the Lord blesses, The Lore Family will continue to record and release quality, anointed Southern Gospel Music.

About Crossroads:

Crossroads is a market leader in the Southern Gospel, Bluegrass, and Americana fields. Established in 1993, following the combination of Horizon Music Group and Sonlite Records, Crossroads now operates several divisions including Crossroads Label Group (Horizon Records, Sonlite Records, Mountain Home Music, Skyland Records, Pisgah Ridge Records, Crossroads Records, and Organic Records), Crossroads Distribution, Crossroads Radio Promotions, Crossroads Publishing Group and Crossroads Recording Studios. Led by a strong executive team of Christian music and Bluegrass music veterans, Crossroads combines cutting-edge technology with creative innovation to connect fans with our artists’ life-changing music.

 

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Coastal Events Reached An Agreement With New Covenant

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on October 14, 2019 – 4:19 pm -

New Covenant

New Covenant

Coastal Events is pleased to announce that it has reached an agreement with New Covenant
from Beckley, West Virginia, to be the sound engineers for all Gospel Music Weekend events
as well as Gospel Music Expo in Tupelo, Mississippi, and Christian Country at the Creek in
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

New Covenant is a gospel music duo consisting of Rick Campbell and Larry Rowley.
Established in 1983, this group travels the country to spread the good news of Jesus Christ
through music. Their ministry extends beyond just singing, however. New Covenant has
also been providing sound to various gospel music events for many years, keeping them
running smoothly as well as being a source of encouragement to other artists. These men
can often be found praying with other artists before a performance or offering praise
afterwards.

Rob Patz, owner of Coastal Events, believes that New Covenant will be a valuable asset to
his vision. “New Covenant has the experience we need to bring great sound to these events.
When the sound is good, the artists can just focus on singing. Sound engineers are vital to
what we do and can make a good event great. We are thrilled to have them on board.”
Rick Campbell, co-owner of New Covenant, states, “New Covenant is very excited to be a
part of Gospel Music Weekend and Christian Country at the Creek! We know that God will
use these events to reach out to a lost and dying world, and to provide encouragement to his
children. Many thanks to Rob Patz for his vision!”

You can hear New Covenant at the inaugural Christian Country at the Creek taking place
during Creekside October 30-31, 2019, from 8:45 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Mill Creek Center
located at 2772 Florence Drive, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Christian Country at the Creek
has a roster of over thirty talented artists including The McKay Project, Jessica Horton, Tonja
Rose, Pardoned, John Penney, and Hunter May. Also slated to make a special appearance
are the renowned Gerald Crabb, fan favorites Mark209 and The Detty Sisters.
Make your plans to join us for this special event. Admission is free to the public. VIP tickets
for Creekside are available for just $25.00 for the week. For more information, please contact
Rob Patz at (360)933-0741 or send an email to events@sgnscoops.com.


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The Down East Boys, 11th Hour and Master’s Voice release Christmas albums ahead of the holiday season

Written by Staff on October 12, 2019 – 7:08 pm -

Arden, North Carolina (October 11, 2019) — Sonlite Records artists the Down East Boys, 11th Hour and Master's Voice have released Christmas albums sharing the true meaning of Christmas and celebrating the season. All three are now available. Down East Boys, Comfort And Joy The Down East Boys are sharing the nativity story on Comfort And Joy, their Christmas EP featuring classic songs, smooth harmonies and a high-energy medley. The voices of lead Ricky Carden, baritone Daryl Paschal, bass Zac Barham and tenor Doug Pittman set the tone for a season of rejoicing. Beginning with the title track, this collection reminds that Christmas is about celebrating Christ’s birth and the joy and salvation it brought — and still brings us. The lyrics of “Comfort And Joy” say each year, Jesus makes the weary world rejoice, and we should praise Him. “Glorious Impossible” follows, recounting the miraculous nativity story, telling us to open our hearts and souls to receive His love. The Down East Boys’ rendition of the classic “Little Drummer Boy” is joyful in its message. With happy hearts, we can serve Jesus with whatever gifts we have, no matter how small they seem. The collection also features an up-beat, quartet version of “Children Go Where I Send Thee” and a Celtic feel to the old world tune “Wexford Carol.” Comfort And Joy closes with “Carol Of The Bells Medley,” a festive, high-energy song that shows the Down East Boys’ vocal talent. The voices come together to create a moving medley, that ends on the note, “Christmas is here!” Listen to Comfort And Joy HERE. 11th Hour, The Greatest Gift Capturing the wonder and awe of the Christmas season, 11th Hour’s The Greatest Gift features familiar, up-beat and joyful songs that spread the news of Christ’s birth. Beginning with a festive, “Angels We Have Heard On High,” this album immediately shows 11th Hour’s vocal talent. With soprano Amber Eppinette taking lead, the song sets the tone of joyful anticipation and celebration during Christmas. Alto Jaquita Lindsey sings lead on the somber “What Child Is This,” sharing the Biblical story of Christmas and inspiring reverence toward the miraculous birth of Christ. On “Home For The Holidays,” “Christmas Medley - Winter Wonderland, Sleigh Ride, White Christmas,” and “Go Tell It On The Mountain,” tenor Logan Smith’s fresh lead vocals bring holiday cheer and excitement on these traditional Christmas songs. “Joy To The World” embraces the overwhelming happiness Earth felt when Christ was born, while “O Holy Night” is a moment of stillness for quiet worship. The album closes with the title track, written by Allan Eppinette. It’s a moving reminder that God sending Jesus to die for our sins and bring salvation will be the greatest gift we ever receive. Filled with a blend of familiar Christmas songs and hymns, 11th Hour’s The Greatest Gift provides a joyful soundtrack for the season that celebrates family and fun, but keeps the true meaning of Christmas. Listen to The Greatest Gift HERE. Master's Voice, The Season To Sing Master's Voice brings a traditional quartet style to The Season To Sing, a Christmas album that tells the story of Christ’s birth and the meaning it holds for all of our lives. With only a few traditional Christmas songs, Master’s Voice captures the spirit of the season with new music about finding joy in life because of salvation. The album begins with “The Season To Sing,” an up-beat song about angels announcing the arrival of Christ, moving people to rejoice and celebrate this moment of joy. “How Many Kings,” “Reaching” and “Come Make A Place In Me” capture how amazing and once in a lifetime God and Jesus are, and how their love knows no bounds, filling the emptiness in our hearts whenever we need it. “Still Makes Me Sing,” with a driving feel, details the endless happiness Christ’s birth brought to Earth. “From Bethlehem to Calvary” and “Beautiful Star of Bethlehem” share stories of Christ’s birth and life on Earth. He brought light to those who needed it, and continually guides people through life to learn and grow through Him. A few traditional songs, “Silent Night,” “Go Tell It On The Mountain” and “I’ll Be Home From Christmas” complete the collection, adding reverence and joy to the Christmas season. With every song sharing the joy, awe and wonder of Christ’s birth, The Season To Sing is a timeless, Southern Gospel Christmas collection from Master’s Voice. Listen to The Season To Sing HERE. About Down East Boys For more than 30 years, the Down East Boys quartet has traveled from coast to coast, Canada and Mexico. Starting in eastern North Carolina the group chose the name from that region called Down East, but quickly expanded its ministry and has now recorded more than 20 projects and has had more than 40 songs reach the top of the Singing News charts. They had back-to-back #1 singles with “Beat Up Bible” and “Testimony Time,” both from their most recent album, One Day In The Past. The Down East Boys features lead singer Ricky Carden, baritone singer Daryl Paschal, bass singer Zac Barham and tenor singer Doug Pittman, who each bring a richness to the group’s music and have been noted by industry leaders and singers as some of the best. The Down East Boys have been afforded many great accolades to their credit. From performing with many evangelists through the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, singing at Southern Baptist State Conventions and Evangelism conferences all over the country, to all the awards and nominations and the hit songs, nothing changes the goal of this group and that is to share the gospel of Jesus unto all the world. About 11th Hour Over the last ten years of traveling on the road, 11th Hour has seen God do some incredible things. With musical influences such as Karen Peck and New River, The Martins, Gold City, and The Kingsmen, 11th Hour has stayed fresh and relevant while maintaining a versatile sound, able to lead congregations in moving times of worship. After reaching high acclaim, in 2012, 11th Hour signed a recording contract with Crossroads Music. They’ve had five #1 songs on the Singing News chart and been nominated for numerous awards in Southern Gospel music such as Singing News Trio of the Year and AGM Album of the Year, while Amber Eppinette was nominated for Soprano of the Year. 11th Hour features Eppinette, alto singer Jaquita Lindsey and tenor singer Logan Smith. About Master's Voice Since 1995, Master’s Voice has been committed to bringing an evangelistic approach to singing and preaching the life-changing gospel of Jesus Christ till all know...or He returns. This team is also devoted to musical excellence, understanding that this “music with a message” requires the utmost professionalism, preparation, commitment, clarity, doctrinal soundness and passionate vocals. The group features founder, owner and tenor singer Ricky Capps; lead singer T.J. Evans; baritone singer David Folenius; bass singer Jerry Pilgrim; musician Theron Perry; and sound technician Chuck Howe. About Crossroads: Crossroads is a market leader in the Southern Gospel, Bluegrass, and Americana fields. Established in 1993, following the combination of Horizon Music Group and Sonlite Records, Crossroads now operates several divisions including Crossroads Label Group (Horizon Records, Sonlite Records, Mountain Home Music, Skyland Records, Pisgah Ridge Records, Crossroads Records, and Organic Records), Crossroads Distribution, Crossroads Radio Promotions, Crossroads Publishing Group and Crossroads Recording Studios. Led by a strong executive team of Christian music and Bluegrass music veterans, Crossroads combines cutting-edge technology with creative innovation to connect fans with our artists’ life-changing music.Arden, North Carolina (October 11, 2019) — Sonlite Records artists the Down East Boys, 11th Hour and Master’s Voice have released Christmas albums sharing the true meaning of Christmas and celebrating the season. All three are now available.

Down East Boys, Comfort And Joy

The Down East Boys (website HERE) are sharing the nativity story on Comfort And Joy, their Christmas EP featuring classic songs, smooth harmonies and a high-energy medley. The voices of lead Ricky Carden, baritone Daryl Paschal, bass Zac Barham and tenor Doug Pittman set the tone for a season of rejoicing.

Beginning with the title track, this collection reminds that Christmas is about celebrating Christ’s birth and the joy and salvation it brought — and still brings us. The lyrics of “Comfort And Joy” say each year, Jesus makes the weary world rejoice, and we should praise Him.

“Glorious Impossible” follows, recounting the miraculous nativity story, telling us to open our hearts and souls to receive His love. The Down East Boys’ rendition of the classic “Little Drummer Boy” is joyful in its message. With happy hearts, we can serve Jesus with whatever gifts we have, no matter how small they seem. The collection also features an up-beat, quartet version of “Children Go Where I Send Thee” and a Celtic feel to the old world tune “Wexford Carol.”

Comfort And Joy closes with “Carol Of The Bells Medley,” a festive, high-energy song that shows the Down East Boys’ vocal talent. The voices come together to create a moving medley, that ends on the note, “Christmas is here!”

Listen to Comfort And Joy HERE.

Arden, North Carolina (October 11, 2019) — Sonlite Records artists the Down East Boys, 11th Hour and Master's Voice have released Christmas albums sharing the true meaning of Christmas and celebrating the season. All three are now available. Down East Boys, Comfort And Joy The Down East Boys are sharing the nativity story on Comfort And Joy, their Christmas EP featuring classic songs, smooth harmonies and a high-energy medley. The voices of lead Ricky Carden, baritone Daryl Paschal, bass Zac Barham and tenor Doug Pittman set the tone for a season of rejoicing. Beginning with the title track, this collection reminds that Christmas is about celebrating Christ’s birth and the joy and salvation it brought — and still brings us. The lyrics of “Comfort And Joy” say each year, Jesus makes the weary world rejoice, and we should praise Him. “Glorious Impossible” follows, recounting the miraculous nativity story, telling us to open our hearts and souls to receive His love. The Down East Boys’ rendition of the classic “Little Drummer Boy” is joyful in its message. With happy hearts, we can serve Jesus with whatever gifts we have, no matter how small they seem. The collection also features an up-beat, quartet version of “Children Go Where I Send Thee” and a Celtic feel to the old world tune “Wexford Carol.” Comfort And Joy closes with “Carol Of The Bells Medley,” a festive, high-energy song that shows the Down East Boys’ vocal talent. The voices come together to create a moving medley, that ends on the note, “Christmas is here!” Listen to Comfort And Joy HERE. 11th Hour, The Greatest Gift Capturing the wonder and awe of the Christmas season, 11th Hour’s The Greatest Gift features familiar, up-beat and joyful songs that spread the news of Christ’s birth. Beginning with a festive, “Angels We Have Heard On High,” this album immediately shows 11th Hour’s vocal talent. With soprano Amber Eppinette taking lead, the song sets the tone of joyful anticipation and celebration during Christmas. Alto Jaquita Lindsey sings lead on the somber “What Child Is This,” sharing the Biblical story of Christmas and inspiring reverence toward the miraculous birth of Christ. On “Home For The Holidays,” “Christmas Medley - Winter Wonderland, Sleigh Ride, White Christmas,” and “Go Tell It On The Mountain,” tenor Logan Smith’s fresh lead vocals bring holiday cheer and excitement on these traditional Christmas songs. “Joy To The World” embraces the overwhelming happiness Earth felt when Christ was born, while “O Holy Night” is a moment of stillness for quiet worship. The album closes with the title track, written by Allan Eppinette. It’s a moving reminder that God sending Jesus to die for our sins and bring salvation will be the greatest gift we ever receive. Filled with a blend of familiar Christmas songs and hymns, 11th Hour’s The Greatest Gift provides a joyful soundtrack for the season that celebrates family and fun, but keeps the true meaning of Christmas. Listen to The Greatest Gift HERE. Master's Voice, The Season To Sing Master's Voice brings a traditional quartet style to The Season To Sing, a Christmas album that tells the story of Christ’s birth and the meaning it holds for all of our lives. With only a few traditional Christmas songs, Master’s Voice captures the spirit of the season with new music about finding joy in life because of salvation. The album begins with “The Season To Sing,” an up-beat song about angels announcing the arrival of Christ, moving people to rejoice and celebrate this moment of joy. “How Many Kings,” “Reaching” and “Come Make A Place In Me” capture how amazing and once in a lifetime God and Jesus are, and how their love knows no bounds, filling the emptiness in our hearts whenever we need it. “Still Makes Me Sing,” with a driving feel, details the endless happiness Christ’s birth brought to Earth. “From Bethlehem to Calvary” and “Beautiful Star of Bethlehem” share stories of Christ’s birth and life on Earth. He brought light to those who needed it, and continually guides people through life to learn and grow through Him. A few traditional songs, “Silent Night,” “Go Tell It On The Mountain” and “I’ll Be Home From Christmas” complete the collection, adding reverence and joy to the Christmas season. With every song sharing the joy, awe and wonder of Christ’s birth, The Season To Sing is a timeless, Southern Gospel Christmas collection from Master’s Voice. Listen to The Season To Sing HERE. About Down East Boys For more than 30 years, the Down East Boys quartet has traveled from coast to coast, Canada and Mexico. Starting in eastern North Carolina the group chose the name from that region called Down East, but quickly expanded its ministry and has now recorded more than 20 projects and has had more than 40 songs reach the top of the Singing News charts. They had back-to-back #1 singles with “Beat Up Bible” and “Testimony Time,” both from their most recent album, One Day In The Past. The Down East Boys features lead singer Ricky Carden, baritone singer Daryl Paschal, bass singer Zac Barham and tenor singer Doug Pittman, who each bring a richness to the group’s music and have been noted by industry leaders and singers as some of the best. The Down East Boys have been afforded many great accolades to their credit. From performing with many evangelists through the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, singing at Southern Baptist State Conventions and Evangelism conferences all over the country, to all the awards and nominations and the hit songs, nothing changes the goal of this group and that is to share the gospel of Jesus unto all the world. About 11th Hour Over the last ten years of traveling on the road, 11th Hour has seen God do some incredible things. With musical influences such as Karen Peck and New River, The Martins, Gold City, and The Kingsmen, 11th Hour has stayed fresh and relevant while maintaining a versatile sound, able to lead congregations in moving times of worship. After reaching high acclaim, in 2012, 11th Hour signed a recording contract with Crossroads Music. They’ve had five #1 songs on the Singing News chart and been nominated for numerous awards in Southern Gospel music such as Singing News Trio of the Year and AGM Album of the Year, while Amber Eppinette was nominated for Soprano of the Year. 11th Hour features Eppinette, alto singer Jaquita Lindsey and tenor singer Logan Smith. About Master's Voice Since 1995, Master’s Voice has been committed to bringing an evangelistic approach to singing and preaching the life-changing gospel of Jesus Christ till all know...or He returns. This team is also devoted to musical excellence, understanding that this “music with a message” requires the utmost professionalism, preparation, commitment, clarity, doctrinal soundness and passionate vocals. The group features founder, owner and tenor singer Ricky Capps; lead singer T.J. Evans; baritone singer David Folenius; bass singer Jerry Pilgrim; musician Theron Perry; and sound technician Chuck Howe. About Crossroads: Crossroads is a market leader in the Southern Gospel, Bluegrass, and Americana fields. Established in 1993, following the combination of Horizon Music Group and Sonlite Records, Crossroads now operates several divisions including Crossroads Label Group (Horizon Records, Sonlite Records, Mountain Home Music, Skyland Records, Pisgah Ridge Records, Crossroads Records, and Organic Records), Crossroads Distribution, Crossroads Radio Promotions, Crossroads Publishing Group and Crossroads Recording Studios. Led by a strong executive team of Christian music and Bluegrass music veterans, Crossroads combines cutting-edge technology with creative innovation to connect fans with our artists’ life-changing music.

 

 

11th Hour, The Greatest Gift

Capturing the wonder and awe of the Christmas season, 11th Hour’s The Greatest Gift (11th Hour website HERE)  features familiar, up-beat and joyful songs that spread the news of Christ’s birth.

Beginning with a festive, “Angels We Have Heard On High,” this album immediately shows 11th Hour’s vocal talent. With soprano Amber Eppinette taking lead, the song sets the tone of joyful anticipation and celebration during Christmas.

Alto Jaquita Lindsey sings lead on the somber “What Child Is This,” sharing the Biblical story of Christmas and inspiring reverence toward the miraculous birth of Christ. On “Home For The Holidays,” “Christmas Medley – Winter Wonderland, Sleigh Ride, White Christmas,” and “Go Tell It On The Mountain,” tenor Logan Smith’s fresh lead vocals bring holiday cheer and excitement on these traditional Christmas songs. “Joy To The World” embraces the overwhelming happiness Earth felt when Christ was born, while “O Holy Night” is a moment of stillness for quiet worship.

The album closes with the title track, written by Allan Eppinette. It’s a moving reminder that God sending Jesus to die for our sins and bring salvation will be the greatest gift we ever receive.

Filled with a blend of familiar Christmas songs and hymns, 11th Hour’s The Greatest Gift provides a joyful soundtrack for the season that celebrates family and fun, but keeps the true meaning of Christmas.

Listen to The Greatest Gift HERE.

Arden, North Carolina (October 11, 2019) — Sonlite Records artists the Down East Boys, 11th Hour and Master's Voice have released Christmas albums sharing the true meaning of Christmas and celebrating the season. All three are now available. Down East Boys, Comfort And Joy The Down East Boys are sharing the nativity story on Comfort And Joy, their Christmas EP featuring classic songs, smooth harmonies and a high-energy medley. The voices of lead Ricky Carden, baritone Daryl Paschal, bass Zac Barham and tenor Doug Pittman set the tone for a season of rejoicing. Beginning with the title track, this collection reminds that Christmas is about celebrating Christ’s birth and the joy and salvation it brought — and still brings us. The lyrics of “Comfort And Joy” say each year, Jesus makes the weary world rejoice, and we should praise Him. “Glorious Impossible” follows, recounting the miraculous nativity story, telling us to open our hearts and souls to receive His love. The Down East Boys’ rendition of the classic “Little Drummer Boy” is joyful in its message. With happy hearts, we can serve Jesus with whatever gifts we have, no matter how small they seem. The collection also features an up-beat, quartet version of “Children Go Where I Send Thee” and a Celtic feel to the old world tune “Wexford Carol.” Comfort And Joy closes with “Carol Of The Bells Medley,” a festive, high-energy song that shows the Down East Boys’ vocal talent. The voices come together to create a moving medley, that ends on the note, “Christmas is here!” Listen to Comfort And Joy HERE. 11th Hour, The Greatest Gift Capturing the wonder and awe of the Christmas season, 11th Hour’s The Greatest Gift features familiar, up-beat and joyful songs that spread the news of Christ’s birth. Beginning with a festive, “Angels We Have Heard On High,” this album immediately shows 11th Hour’s vocal talent. With soprano Amber Eppinette taking lead, the song sets the tone of joyful anticipation and celebration during Christmas. Alto Jaquita Lindsey sings lead on the somber “What Child Is This,” sharing the Biblical story of Christmas and inspiring reverence toward the miraculous birth of Christ. On “Home For The Holidays,” “Christmas Medley - Winter Wonderland, Sleigh Ride, White Christmas,” and “Go Tell It On The Mountain,” tenor Logan Smith’s fresh lead vocals bring holiday cheer and excitement on these traditional Christmas songs. “Joy To The World” embraces the overwhelming happiness Earth felt when Christ was born, while “O Holy Night” is a moment of stillness for quiet worship. The album closes with the title track, written by Allan Eppinette. It’s a moving reminder that God sending Jesus to die for our sins and bring salvation will be the greatest gift we ever receive. Filled with a blend of familiar Christmas songs and hymns, 11th Hour’s The Greatest Gift provides a joyful soundtrack for the season that celebrates family and fun, but keeps the true meaning of Christmas. Listen to The Greatest Gift HERE. Master's Voice, The Season To Sing Master's Voice brings a traditional quartet style to The Season To Sing, a Christmas album that tells the story of Christ’s birth and the meaning it holds for all of our lives. With only a few traditional Christmas songs, Master’s Voice captures the spirit of the season with new music about finding joy in life because of salvation. The album begins with “The Season To Sing,” an up-beat song about angels announcing the arrival of Christ, moving people to rejoice and celebrate this moment of joy. “How Many Kings,” “Reaching” and “Come Make A Place In Me” capture how amazing and once in a lifetime God and Jesus are, and how their love knows no bounds, filling the emptiness in our hearts whenever we need it. “Still Makes Me Sing,” with a driving feel, details the endless happiness Christ’s birth brought to Earth. “From Bethlehem to Calvary” and “Beautiful Star of Bethlehem” share stories of Christ’s birth and life on Earth. He brought light to those who needed it, and continually guides people through life to learn and grow through Him. A few traditional songs, “Silent Night,” “Go Tell It On The Mountain” and “I’ll Be Home From Christmas” complete the collection, adding reverence and joy to the Christmas season. With every song sharing the joy, awe and wonder of Christ’s birth, The Season To Sing is a timeless, Southern Gospel Christmas collection from Master’s Voice. Listen to The Season To Sing HERE. About Down East Boys For more than 30 years, the Down East Boys quartet has traveled from coast to coast, Canada and Mexico. Starting in eastern North Carolina the group chose the name from that region called Down East, but quickly expanded its ministry and has now recorded more than 20 projects and has had more than 40 songs reach the top of the Singing News charts. They had back-to-back #1 singles with “Beat Up Bible” and “Testimony Time,” both from their most recent album, One Day In The Past. The Down East Boys features lead singer Ricky Carden, baritone singer Daryl Paschal, bass singer Zac Barham and tenor singer Doug Pittman, who each bring a richness to the group’s music and have been noted by industry leaders and singers as some of the best. The Down East Boys have been afforded many great accolades to their credit. From performing with many evangelists through the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, singing at Southern Baptist State Conventions and Evangelism conferences all over the country, to all the awards and nominations and the hit songs, nothing changes the goal of this group and that is to share the gospel of Jesus unto all the world. About 11th Hour Over the last ten years of traveling on the road, 11th Hour has seen God do some incredible things. With musical influences such as Karen Peck and New River, The Martins, Gold City, and The Kingsmen, 11th Hour has stayed fresh and relevant while maintaining a versatile sound, able to lead congregations in moving times of worship. After reaching high acclaim, in 2012, 11th Hour signed a recording contract with Crossroads Music. They’ve had five #1 songs on the Singing News chart and been nominated for numerous awards in Southern Gospel music such as Singing News Trio of the Year and AGM Album of the Year, while Amber Eppinette was nominated for Soprano of the Year. 11th Hour features Eppinette, alto singer Jaquita Lindsey and tenor singer Logan Smith. About Master's Voice Since 1995, Master’s Voice has been committed to bringing an evangelistic approach to singing and preaching the life-changing gospel of Jesus Christ till all know...or He returns. This team is also devoted to musical excellence, understanding that this “music with a message” requires the utmost professionalism, preparation, commitment, clarity, doctrinal soundness and passionate vocals. The group features founder, owner and tenor singer Ricky Capps; lead singer T.J. Evans; baritone singer David Folenius; bass singer Jerry Pilgrim; musician Theron Perry; and sound technician Chuck Howe. About Crossroads: Crossroads is a market leader in the Southern Gospel, Bluegrass, and Americana fields. Established in 1993, following the combination of Horizon Music Group and Sonlite Records, Crossroads now operates several divisions including Crossroads Label Group (Horizon Records, Sonlite Records, Mountain Home Music, Skyland Records, Pisgah Ridge Records, Crossroads Records, and Organic Records), Crossroads Distribution, Crossroads Radio Promotions, Crossroads Publishing Group and Crossroads Recording Studios. Led by a strong executive team of Christian music and Bluegrass music veterans, Crossroads combines cutting-edge technology with creative innovation to connect fans with our artists’ life-changing music.Master’s Voice, The Season To Sing

Master’s Voice (website HERE) brings a traditional quartet style to The Season To Sing, a Christmas album that tells the story of Christ’s birth and the meaning it holds for all of our lives. With only a few traditional Christmas songs, Master’s Voice captures the spirit of the season with new music about finding joy in life because of salvation.

The album begins with “The Season To Sing,” an up-beat song about angels announcing the arrival of Christ, moving people to rejoice and celebrate this moment of joy.

“How Many Kings,” “Reaching” and “Come Make A Place In Me” capture how amazing and once in a lifetime God and Jesus are, and how their love knows no bounds, filling the emptiness in our hearts whenever we need it. “Still Makes Me Sing,” with a driving feel, details the endless happiness Christ’s birth brought to Earth.

“From Bethlehem to Calvary” and “Beautiful Star of Bethlehem” share stories of Christ’s birth and life on Earth. He brought light to those who needed it, and continually guides people through life to learn and grow through Him.

A few traditional songs, “Silent Night,” “Go Tell It On The Mountain” and “I’ll Be Home From Christmas” complete the collection, adding reverence and joy to the Christmas season.

With every song sharing the joy, awe and wonder of Christ’s birth, The Season To Sing is a timeless, Southern Gospel Christmas collection from Master’s Voice.

Listen to The Season To Sing HERE.

About the Down East Boys

For more than 30 years, the Down East Boys quartet has traveled from coast to coast, Canada and Mexico. Starting in eastern North Carolina the group chose the name from that region called Down East, but quickly expanded its ministry and has now recorded more than 20 projects and has had more than 40 songs reach the top of the Singing News charts. They had back-to-back #1 singles with “Beat Up Bible” and “Testimony Time,” both from their most recent album, One Day In The Past. The Down East Boys features lead singer Ricky Carden, baritone singer Daryl Paschal, bass singer Zac Barham and tenor singer Doug Pittman, who each bring a richness to the group’s music and have been noted by industry leaders and singers as some of the best. The Down East Boys have been afforded many great accolades to their credit. From performing with many evangelists through the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, singing at Southern Baptist State Conventions and Evangelism conferences all over the country, to all the awards and nominations and the hit songs, nothing changes the goal of this group and that is to share the gospel of Jesus unto all the world.

About 11th Hour

Over the last ten years of traveling on the road, 11th Hour has seen God do some incredible things. With musical influences such as Karen Peck and New River, The Martins, Gold City, and The Kingsmen, 11th Hour has stayed fresh and relevant while maintaining a versatile sound, able to lead congregations in moving times of worship. After reaching high acclaim, in 2012, 11th Hour signed a recording contract with Crossroads Music. They’ve had five #1 songs on the Singing News chart and been nominated for numerous awards in Southern Gospel music such as Singing News Trio of the Year and AGM Album of the Year, while Amber Eppinette was nominated for Soprano of the Year. 11th Hour features Eppinette, alto singer Jaquita Lindsey and tenor singer Logan Smith.

About Master’s Voice

Since 1995, Master’s Voice has been committed to bringing an evangelistic approach to singing and preaching the life-changing gospel of Jesus Christ till all know…or He returns. This team is also devoted to musical excellence, understanding that this “music with a message” requires the utmost professionalism, preparation, commitment, clarity, doctrinal soundness and passionate vocals. The group features founder, owner and tenor singer Ricky Capps; lead singer T.J. Evans; baritone singer David Folenius; bass singer Jerry Pilgrim; musician Theron Perry; and sound technician Chuck Howe.

About Crossroads:

Crossroads is a market leader in the Southern Gospel, Bluegrass, and Americana fields. Established in 1993, following the combination of Horizon Music Group and Sonlite Records, Crossroads now operates several divisions including Crossroads Label Group (Horizon Records, Sonlite Records, Mountain Home Music, Skyland Records, Pisgah Ridge Records, Crossroads Records, and Organic Records), Crossroads Distribution, Crossroads Radio Promotions, Crossroads Publishing Group and Crossroads Recording Studios. Led by a strong executive team of Christian music and Bluegrass music veterans, Crossroads combines cutting-edge technology with creative innovation to connect fans with our artists’ life-changing music.

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Weekend Word With Vonda Armstrong- What Will Heaven Be Like?

Written by scoopsnews on October 12, 2019 – 6:48 am -

What will Heaven be like?

I like what Crosswalk.com has to say about heaven.

“There will be no misunderstandings or tiffs or tension among us. Our relationships will be so much healthier in heaven than here. Down here we have problems even with our closest friends. You know what that’s like. Someone says something to you, and you aren’t sure how to interpret it. You react to it— perhaps overact. You say to yourself, “I wonder what he meant by that? I wonder why she said that?”

In heaven there will be none of that. Our relationships will be open, honest, interesting, loving, and uncomplicated by sin or our sinful natures. We will dwell with God, the angels, and one another in perfect compatibility and refreshing intimacy.”

The truth is that we all will have an appointment with death. And we must be ready.

The lyrics in this song by Eagle’s Wings says it best.

“Pain is a stranger, there’ll be no danger, it’s glory forevermore.”

Happy Saturday!

Vonda

 


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Living Faith Quartet announces changes

Written by Staff on October 11, 2019 – 8:33 am -

Living Faith adds Mike FaustLiving Faith Quartet from Cullman, Alabama, announces changes to their group. Rodney, Nathan, and Mark, are excited to welcome Mike Foust as their new tenor singer.

Mike Foust is not stranger to gospel music, having sung with the Singing Ambassadors, and Appointed, among others. He began singing at the age of four and has been singing ever since.

Foust surrendered his life to Christ at the age of eight.  He says he felt God’s calling to share God’s word through song.  He resides in Boaz, Ala., with his wife Carol. They have two children, Micah and Haley, and have the privilege to call themselves grandparents to granddaughter, Carter, and grandson, Wylder.

Living Faith

Mike and Carol Faust

As Foust starts his journey with Living Faith Quartet, this talented group will change from a mixed group to a male quartet.

Their current lineup is: Founding member Rodney James, lead; Nathan James, baritone; Mark Byrd, bass; Mike Foust, tenor.

For booking, please visit their website HERE  LivingFaithQuartet.com or email at LivingFaithQuartet@gmail.com.

The SGNScoops team wishes God’s blessing with his assignment to Living Faith.

Special report by Jantina de Haan Baksteen

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Fast Five With BJ Jenkins

Written by scoopsnews on October 11, 2019 – 5:37 am -

BJ Jenkins wears many hats including Gospel singer, songwriter, author and most importantly, child of God. With her many talents and variety of interests she is able to direct people to what she is most passionate about. Her love for Christ is reflected in all that she does and we are privileged to feature her on our Fast Five.
1. So tell us, Who is BJ Jenkins?

I am a child of God who is loved by Him, blessed by Him and equipped by Him to prepare the
way for His second coming.  I can say that I am married, and I have been for 36 years now, but if
something were to happen to my husband, that could change. I can say I am a mother
and grandmother, and I am. We have 2 daughters and 5 grandchildren, but (heaven
forbid) something could happen and THAT TOO could change. I could tell you I am a
gospel singer, songwriter, worship leader, speaker, and a published children’s author
living in the deep south of Mississippi… do you see where this is going?
Although these are very important things to me, and they do properly describe my life
today, the MOST important thing about BJ Jenkins, is that she is a Child of God. I alone,
will stand before God one day to account for how I spent my time here on this earth.
My goal is to please God and I want to strive EVERYDAY, to do exactly what He wants
and needs for me to do.

2. Not only are you a wonderful singer BJ, but we hear that you are also an author? Tell us about the book. How did this all come about?

Last summer, just over a year ago, I was reading Psalm 139:16 “all the days
ordained for me were written in your book, before they ever came to be.”
So, I was thinking, everything I am supposed to do in this life is written in this book in
heaven. I WANT TO READ IT? Wouldn’t you? So, I bowed my head right then and
said, “Father, show me what’s in the book, and reveal to me what I am supposed to
do during my lifetime on earth”. The very NEXT day, I had this great idea to write a
song for my grandkids about the fruit of the Spirit. I was not even a songwriter yet,
but the words were coming as fast as I could write them down. When I finished
writing, I quickly realized it was WAY too long to be a song. I laughed out loud and
told myself, it looked more like a book than a song! I pushed it aside and began
praying for another “shorter song” and I heard the Holy Spirit quickly speak to my
heart and say “I will not give you anything more until you do something with what I
have already given you”. How many of us continue to ask God for gifts and abilities,
when we are NOT even using the ones, He has already given to us?

Knowing nothing about the publishing industry, I told Him…If He wants this book
published, He will have to do it. But in faith, I began to search for a publisher. Within
a few days, I not only had a publisher, but I had an agent as well to help me.
When you trust God to do HIS WILL for you, it is absolutely guaranteed to happen.
He is GOD and He will do abundantly more than you can ever imagine. In one year,
I have written 9 books that are now being published and 5 songs we have already
recorded. (Apparently, I am having to quickly make up for the many years of NOT
correctly following His will for my life). I encourage everyone, pray for God to reveal
to you what He has written in “your” book in heaven.
I believe He will, if YOU believe He will!

3. Can you give us information on how to purchase the book and your music?

The “Fruit of the Spirit is Not a Coconut” is available on our website
www.bjjenkinsministries.com. It is also available on Amazon and Kindle. I did write a
shorter song to go along with the book, so with each purchase, there is a “free
download” of the audio book and song to sing along at the end of the book.
Every parent, grandparent, Sunday school teacher and church library

NEEDS this book, and here is why.

Most people, and most Christians, do now know how the fruit of the Spirit operates in
a person’s life. We are always thinking we need to have more patients, to stop
worrying, and try our best to love one another. Did you know that all those things are
the Holy Spirit’s job, NOT ours? Jesus said, “I am the vine and you are the branches,
abide in me and you will bear fruit”. This book teaches how the Holy Spirit comes
into your heart and how He grows HIS fruit in your life. It shows the children how
each fruit can be recognized in their daily life, as the Holy Spirit Himself, works

through them.

One neat thing about this book is, our two daughters, Katie and Molly are the
illustrators. (one is an artist and the other a photographer) and all our grandkids are
featured in the book. The book was staged in my hometown of Kosciusko,
Mississippi at one of our local elementary schools and features kids from our city,
church and family. The cost of the book is $10. We will post the other children’s
books and curriculum as soon as it becomes available.

You will also find on the website my 6 CD’s including our brand NEW project
“A Heart Like His” featuring some new songs written by Jeff Steele and also a few by
me. I also have a new Children’s CDs I think your kids will like!

4. What are some “bucket list” items on your list of things to do?

Going to Israel was always on my bucket list. I visited there 4 years ago, and it
inspired me write a song about it on my new album. Other than Israel, I know this
may sound crazy, but if I could do anything, I would want to visit Heaven.
You know, like Paul, in the body or out of the body, I do not know. Peter and John
were caught up to Heaven. Enoch went so many times, he just got to stay.
God said, He didn’t play favorites and that Elijah was just a regular person, like us.
The difference was, his faith! So, if all these folks in the Bible can visit Heaven, why
can’t I go too? So, that’s the bucket list. I know I am going there when I die, but
getting to visit…..now, that would be amazing!!!!

5. Share your testimony.

I grew up like many kids in the south, going to church with my family. My dad was
the chairman of the Deacons and my mom taught Sunday School. One day while I
was sitting in church, I was reading the songs in the Hymnal….

“He walks with me and He talks with me, and He tells me I am His own. And the joy
we share as we tarry there, none other has ever known.”
I turned the page…

“I have found a friend in Jesus, He’s everything to me. In sorrow He’s my comfort, in

trouble He’s my stay. I should roll all my cares over to Him, because He loves me.
Then….
“No one ever cared for me like Jesus, Since I found in Him a friend so strong

and true, and that He just wanted to put His arms around me and show me the way

to go.”
Then…
“Jesus is all the world to me, He gives me strength, and without Him I would

fall, that when I was sad to Him I’d go, and He would make me glad. He was MY
FRIEND! This is my story, this is my song, praising my Savior all the day long…”

And…
“Turn your eyes upon Jesus, and all the things of earth will grow dim.”

I Believed in God, I knew all the Bible stories. I even believed Jesus died on the
cross and rose again, but I didn’t know Him like THIS! I knew I was missing

something. I didn’t have the spirit of God living in my heart!

So, I was honest with God, I prayed and told Him I was sorry for thinking I was a
Christian because I was a good person and went to church, prayed before meals
and was baptized when I was a child. At the age of 15, I asked Him to forgive me for
everything I had done wrong. I told Him I was lost and really didn’t know Him.
I asked Him to come into my heart and fill up my cup up with the Holy Spirit, just like

the song said. And He did.

So, as you can see, I found God speaks to the heart through music and lyrics.
I should have seen a Music Ministry was soon to follow. I was a voice major in
college and was called to Music Evangelism at age 18. Before I married and moved
to Mississippi, my father and I hosted a monthly Gospel Music Sing in Oviedo
Florida, (near Orlando) at the local High School. It was there I was introduced to
Southern Gospel Music and sang with some of the gospel greats like The Masters

Five, The Blackwood Brothers, The Hinson Family, The Florida Boys, The

Cathedrals, and many more. This would kick start a music ministry that would last for

decades.
Thank you for joining us as we learned more about this multi-faceted and talented woman. And thank you to BJ Jenkins for sharing her story. To learn more about Jenkins and her ministry, visit her website at: www.bjjenkinsministries.com


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Throwback Thursday – Creekside 2016 with Mark209

Written by scoopsnews on October 10, 2019 – 11:06 am -

Throwback Thursday - Creekside 2016 with Mark209Creekside Gospel Music Convention is coming up, on October 28th through 21st, in beautiful Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Today we go there for Throwback Thursday.

Here is a Throwback Thursday to 2016: MARK209 was singing outside the convention center. There is some outdoor music planned for this year as well.

At Creekside, there is something for everyone. There will be Daytime Showcases, Evening Concerts, Christian Country at the Creek , and Midnight Prayer, just to name a few.

Evening concerts

Throwback Thursday to Creekside 2016: Mark209

Creekside 2019 presented by Coastal Media

Creekside 2019 presented by Coastal Media

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Wade Phillips: Don’t Be A Consumer Christian

Written by Staff on October 10, 2019 – 9:25 am -

Wade Phillips: Don’t Be A Consumer ChristianWhat have you done to serve in the Kingdom of God lately? Are you a consumer Christian?

There are many consumer Christians in the churches of America today. These people go to church and ask, “What can you do for me?”

God never intended for us to become consumers; He planned for us to do good works for others. The question you should be asking yourself is this, “What can I do for God today?”

If Christians keep on consuming and never get busy giving, then you will never see the product God intended for His people.

God’s word encourages us to be doers and not just hearers. James 1:22-25 says, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it-not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.”

Now that we know that we are supposed to be about faithful action, let’s see what the word says about what that action is.

Wade Phillips: Don’t Be A Consumer Christian

MARK209 at NASHVILLE RESCUE MISSION

Luke 10:25-37 says,On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?”

“What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”

He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind;’ and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ ”

 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”

But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

In reply, Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him.

The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’

“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”

The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”

Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

It all boils down to this: as a Christian, we are supposed to place God above everything in our lives and we are supposed to show the love of Christ to others. When we actually put action to our faith by giving of our time, talents, and treasures, we then begin to become “The Church” Jesus called us to be. 

Wade Phillips

Wade Phillips

God has always used people to do His work and he continues to do that today. Please don’t get caught up in being a consumer, get busy being a producer of faithful action.

God bless and have a great week in the Lord.

Pastor Wade Phillips 

Pastor Wade Phillips –  3in1ministries.org

Wade Phillips is from Madisonville, Texas, where he attends Madisonville Christian Fellowship. He is married to Tonya Phillips, and they have a son, Nicholas, daughter-in-law, Courtney, and grandbaby Anna Grace. Wade’s Christian Country ministry is based on preaching, singing, and being the hands and feet of Christ.

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Prayer For The Reed Brothers

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on October 9, 2019 – 8:50 pm -

Prayer For The Reed Brothers

Prayer For The Reed Brothers

Ray Reed and The Reed Brothers are saddened to announce that Ray’s Son Joshua Reed got his ultimate healing and took wing to Heaven this morning at 10:29 am. Ray and all the family would like to thank each and every one of you who have prayed and held on with us for Joshua.  Plans and arrangements will be announced soon. Please continue to pray peace and comfort over the Reed family at this extremely difficult time. Thank you!


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Beyond the Song: Mark209 sings “My Kind Of People”

Written by Staff on October 9, 2019 – 8:08 am -

Beyond the Song: Mark209 sing "My Kind Of People"

MARK209

For this edition of Beyond the Song, Jantina de Haan Baksteen talks to Mark209 about their release, “My Kind of People.”

The members of Mark209 are: Nathaniel Justice (tenor), Jym Howe (lead), Jimmy Reno (baritone), Joe Lee Armstong, (bass), and Joshua Pope (instrumentalist).

Jantina de Haan Baksteen: For this Beyond the song, it’s Nathaniel Justice and Jimmy Reno who step in to talk to SGNScoops.

JB: Can you tell the readers why the group is called after a mile marker?

Mark209: We took our name from mile marker 209 in Nashville, Tenn. Country music fans know marker 209 is the center of Nashville. It’s the main exit for the Ryman auditorium and for Music Row and Music Square. To Christian fans, Mark209 is thought to be a Bible verse.

For us it’s the heart of Nashville and where we base our ministry.

JB: You travel a lot across the entire country, and have even been to the President’s house. Can you tell us something about that?

Mark209: It was an incredible honor to get to perform for President George H. W. Bush and his family, but more so to be invited into their home on multiple occassions.

Not many have had the honor to be invited into their private home. What made singing for President George H. W. Bush (41), President George W. Bush (43), and their families so special, was when they asked us to sit down and just spend time talking and enjoying the pleasure of their company and swapping stories about life.

It was a surreal moment for all of us.

Then when President George H. W. Bush and former First Lady Barbara Bush attended our concert at a local church in Maine, we were both honored and amazed that they came to hear us again.

Beyond the Song: Mark209 sing "My Kind Of People"

Mark209

JB: Why is your latest album called Thumbprint?

Mark209: We want to leave our mark on every person we come in contact with, and everyone’s “Thumbprint” is unique. From top to bottom God made each person special.

That’s what makes this world so amazing.

Every song on the album is distinct and yet has a common thread putting it completely in its own category.

JB: Just recently, the third song from Thumbprint was released to radio after “Let The Light So Shine,” and, “You Can Get There From Here!” Now we are hearing the fun song, “My Kind Of People.” Can you tell us why you placed this on your album?

Mark209: Everyone out there can relate to at least one of these characters. We love going to those small towns and singing to people who not only love the Lord but also love one another. So when thinking about what the next single should be, we decided on a song that people can relate to, and you know you remember those hand release motions from your childhood!

JB: A music video was released for “My Kind of People.” What is the message you want to bring to the audience?

Mark209: Every Christian in this world can smile and have fun and still be a Christian!

We as a group want to make people happy; one of the best compliments we got on the video to date was another singer saying that the video is full of great people who love the Lord and love MARK209 and are having fun. That is what we are all about!

JB: Is there something you would like to share that your fans may be unaware of?

Mark209: Traveling in ministry is a calling. It can be challenging for the artists and their families.

Without the unconditional love and support of our spouses, none of us would be able to do what we do.

We are following God’s call on our lives and our wives are the support we need to be able to continue doing it.

Many may also no be aware that we perform annually in maximum security prisons and even recorded a live cd in one.

JB: Any chance you will travel to other countries?

Mark209: We would love to go wherever God calls us! In fact that is one thing we love about this ministry; we go everywhere we are given the opportunity to go. One slogan we coin is: “Prisons to Presidents and everything in-between.”

Thanks Mark209 for sharing your ministy to the readers.

The SGNScoops team wishes you blessings with all the crowds you engage with. And many safe miles serving and share the Gospel!

Enjoy “My Kind of People,” by Mark209.

 

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