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August 2014 SGNScoops Magazine

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on August 6, 2014 – 12:11 pm -

August 2014 SGNScoops Magazine

August 2014 SGNScoops Magazine

Here it is, the middle of Summer and we have so much to share with you, we can’t hardly stand it! So take a deep breath and your glass of sweet tea and enjoy the August edition of SGN Scoops!

This month we have to share with you the cover story of Brian Free and Assurance and how this group with very different backgrounds have come together to produce such wonderful music. If you like their new release, “Say Amen!” as much as I do, you are really going to enjoy this feature.
Artist features include the Chuck Wagon Gang by Marcie Gray, Marty Raybon by Dan Duncan, the Drummond Family by Tina Wakefield, the Hoskins Family by Sandi Duncan Clark and Kelly Nelon Clark talks about acting in the Dancer with Lorraine Walker. Erin Stevens talks to Levi Bowman and Angela Griffin reviews concerts with Guy Penrod, the Nelons and the Collingsworth Family. While we are on the subject of families, Melissa Wright writes about the popular Bowling Family!
Also inside the covers are thoughtful articles by Jeff Steele, Kelly Nelon Clark, Sherry Anne and Jennifer Campbell. Laurette Willis brings another edition of her fitness column and David Staton asks us again if we can handle the truth.
Vonda Easley introduces us to DJ Alan Butler, Rob Patz quizes Sharron Kay King, Lynn Mills covers another amazing concert event and Hannah Webb talks about being a part of the American Bible Challenge. Hannah Webb, Dan Duncan and Melissa Wright are our newest writers and I know you will enjoy their contributions.

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Update From Connie Hopper

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on August 29, 2014 – 1:55 pm -

Connie Hopper

Connie Hopper

Surely, I have had a team of prayer warriors that have reached the throne of God! All tests results have been favorable for my upcoming September 2nd surgery.

I thank each one of you for your powerful prayers and praise God for His unwavering faithfulness. I am doing well and working around the house as we prepare to travel to Brewton, Alabama for Saturday’s concert.

Please tell all your friends and neighbors that The Hoppers’ schedule will proceed as scheduled.

Once again, thanks for joining us in prayer and praise for my wonderful report. We all look forward to seeing you at a concert soon!

Connie Hopper

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Peace Beyond Our Understanding

Written by Staff on August 29, 2014 – 12:31 pm -

Windy SkyBy Jennifer Campbell

Have you ever experienced something in life that tried to rob you of your peace? There are minor instances where our peace is suppressed only momentarily, such as when we have a flat tire on the way to work. Sometimes in life, though, we endure hardships that seem too difficult to bear. I know firsthand what the latter feels like. Six years ago, on August 2, 2008, my mom went to be with the Lord.

That night, my world was shattered. But even in the midst of the most horrific night of my life, Jesus Christ wrapped His loving arms around me and my dad. Although our human eyes saw what looked like a devastating storm raging in our lives, He showered our hearts and minds with peace beyond our understanding.

All of my life, I have read Philippians chapter four and it is still one of my favorite passages of scripture. But it wasn’t until I went through the tragedy of losing my mom that I truly began to understand the meaning of verse 7. Here is the verse in context: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7 NIV). The Apostle Paul tells us that we should not be anxious. That means we should not worry about anything. Instead, he tells us to pray in every situation.

Mountains and snowYou might be thinking, how could I possibly pray when I am upset, stressed, or grieving? I know, it sounds nearly impossible. But I can tell you that a life with constant anxiety is much more difficult than a life with prayer at the center. That night, as we called loved ones to give them the devastating news, Psalm 121:1-2 ran through my mind repeatedly. It says, “I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” I looked up at the silhouette of the mountains under the moonlit sky and prayed that God would give us strength in the coming hours, days, months, and years.

You see, even as I stood outside our camper with a broken heart, I knew that Jesus Christ was not only standing beside us, but He was holding our hands, to keep us from falling. He is the Prince of Peace. Although the circumstances were anything but peaceful, Jesus brought peace to our troubled hearts. My dad and I sat beside my mom and sang, “Living by Faith.” Our faith was the only thing that kept us going in that heartbreaking moment. We prayed that God would send the Comforter to us. Through our faith in God, we were showered with the peace that Paul wrote about. We had peace in a situation where it doesn’t even seem to belong, according to our human perspective. This kind of peace is a peace that exceeds all understanding.

One day my parents and I were enjoying a family vacation in the mountains and the next day, my dad and I were going to the local funeral home. My dad and I were exhausted, physically, mentally, and emotionally. But we still had peace. It wasn’t the peace like one feels while lying in the sun at the beach or listening to the raindrops go pitter patter on a metal roof. This was the kind of Heavenly peace that I cannot understand nor fully explain. Inexplicable peace that comes from Heaven above when the current circumstances seem like peace should not be found. That is the kind of peace Paul writes about and the kind of peace that we experienced that night.

joans water and lightSix years later, I still miss my mom daily. But my dad and I have found a new normal and a new purpose. The same God who gave us peace in the midst of a tumultuous storm six years ago is the same God who gives us peace now, whether we are on the mountain top or in the valley. Life without my mom is not easy, especially on days like her birthday, Mother’s Day, or on August 2nd. But our lives are made glorious by the peace and joy that comes from knowing Jesus Christ! He is the reason we live, the reason we laugh, and the reason we love! I thank Him every day for His countless blessings and His peace that passes all understanding.

joan sunrise smallI want to encourage you today. Whatever it is you are going through put your unwavering trust in Jesus Christ. He will never fail you. The peace that comes from knowing Jesus Christ as your personal Savior is unlike any other you will ever encounter on this earth. With Jesus Christ living in your heart, you will experience a truly abundant life. Through the good times and the bad times, He will guard your heart with peace like no other. He will fill your heart with joy unspeakable! You will be able to face each and every day with the calm assurance that God will give you peace beyond your understanding!

Jennifer Campbell writes monthly features for SGN Scoops digital magazine.

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Concert Review: Charles Billingsley – Only Jesus

Written by Staff on August 29, 2014 – 7:23 am -

Charles Billingsley

Charles Billingsley

By Candace Combs

Christian people everywhere, in every culture, need to worship the Creator. Worship comes in many forms, music perhaps being one of the greatest. Charles Billingsley, Worship leader at Thomas Road Church and Artist-in-residence at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA, presented to a full house the release of his new project, Only Jesus.

Billingsley, formerly the lead singer with NewSong, has continuously dedicated his ministry and teaching to the art of worship.   This latest edition is completely engrossed in leading listeners to forget about the stage, forget the instruments and completely focus on worship of Jesus. Thus the title: Only Jesus.

The title track is completely titled, “Jesus, Only Jesus” and features the familiar voices of Travis Cottrell, Michael O’Brien, and Southern Gospel favorite, Guy Penrod. This collaboration with these voices features the best of each genre of Christian music today. Hopefully, this won’t be the last!

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Children Of The World

Thomas Road Church dedicated the evening to the ministry of an international humanitarian relief organization named World Help ( The evening opened with a bouncy children’s choir representing every corner of the world. The group performs nationally as Children of the World. They were a special treat with their culturally inspired clothing representing the nations of their origin.

When Billingsley took the stage, he had a full compliment of stage band and the worship choir from Thomas Road Church.   The program opened with traditional worship songs that was joined with the over 5,000 in attendance.   Billingsley communicated that he would be leading us from early traditional songs of the faith, leading from the great sacrifice of the Cross, to the glorious Resurrection.

“Great is Thy Faithfulness” was performed with a contemporary yet traditional arrangement. Billingsley sang the familiar, “It is Well,” with a full force of power. While the arrangement is the same sung for years in churches, Billingsley’s rendition exudes great power from his smooth voice, into an offering of faith.

2014-08-24 19.13.28Once the audience was assured that worship was the focus of the event, Billingsley and the worship team broke into “Jesus, Only Jesus.” This song was followed by dialogue that “Jesus is the only way, the only hope.” Billingsley continued to invite any non-believers to a relationship with Jesus.

A crowd favorite at the Virginia church, “Only Boast” was performed next. Having brought a history of worship, the program moved into a section of songs of the Cross. “Mercy Tree” is a song that portrays the great cost of salvation. The song was accompanied with a video presentation pronouncing the truth that worship is about a relationship. The Christian deserves nothing, yet on that tree God revealed just how holy He is!

2014-08-24 19.53.45-1Worship was brought full circle as the entire room was filled with the melody of “Gloria” in a modern arrangement. A sign language interpretation of the lyrics was presented during the performance. Billingsley held nothing back as he brought the evening of worship to a full crescendo.

choir editPrayer, in addition to music, is another of the Christian’s arsenal of worship. Billingsley next took the opportunity to lead in prayer asking “God to help us worship you, to give you all we have.” He further asked God for help in capturing scripture in music. This request was natural segue into “Ten Thousand Reasons.”

2014-08-24 18.49.00Quietly and joyfully, in closing, the congregation joined in a chorus of “Bless His Holy Name.” Concluding in such a simple way was Billingsley’s way of keeping the nights focus on Jesus, only Jesus!

For an inside look at the production, go to Charles Billingsley YouTube, Behind the Scenes recording: “Jesus, Only Jesus.” The CD is now available. This music should be just what you need to get your worship on! For more information, visit

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Kansas City Gospel Jubilee This Labor Day

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on August 28, 2014 – 7:15 pm -

photoFor more information On The Kansas City Gospel Jubilee  or to purchase tickets, contact Jeremy Pope at 816-918-2676 or visit , tickets will go on sale June 1st.

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Red Roots Honored with Dove Nomination

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on August 28, 2014 – 1:04 pm -

Red Roots

Red Roots

Triplicity included in GMA’s Country Album of the Year Dove Award Nominations

(Hendersonville, TN) – Red Hen Records is pleased to announce that Triplicity, the latest recording by Red Roots, had received a nomination for Country Album of the Year in the 45th Annual  GMA Dove Awards.

Produced by father/son production team Rick and Micah Schweinsberg, the album’s first single reached the top 10 on the Singing News radio chart, and the second single continues to climb.  Triplicity was featured as a New and Noteworthy release on the iTunes’ Country page during release week and Red Roots has since appeared on several television networks and CCM festivals in promotion of the album.

At work on the production of their new video for the single “Great Big Yes,” Red Roots commented, “we are excited and still getting over the shock of being nominated for a Dove Award.  Thanks to everyone who voted!”

The Dove Awards will be held on Tuesday, October 7, 2014, at Allen Arena on the campus of David Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN.  The show will air across the world on the Trinity Broadcasting Network.

Red Roots features identical red-headed triplets, Nika, Nicole, and Natalie Taylor.   With a stage persona as fiery as their blazing red locks, it’s no surprise Red Roots is enjoying tremendous success.  Six radio singles off their first two albums have charted in the top 40 of the Singing News Magazine, with the first single “Seven Days” off Triplicity being their highest radio debut to date.  Red Roots was named Favorite New Trio at the 2013 Singing News Fan Awards and was a featured contestant on the American Bible Challenge.

Red Hen Records is the country division of Daywind Music Group and home to great artists such as Michael Lee and Zach & Rodney.  Red Hen is distributed to retail and all major digital outlets through New Day Christian Distributors.

For more information regarding Red Roots, please visit,, or contact Amanda Martin at
If you are interested in booking Red Roots, please contact Red Roots Booking at: (228) 623-6752,, or

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The Mark Mudd Family

Written by Staff on August 28, 2014 – 10:15 am -

The Mark Mudd Family CDFamily groups are part of the mainstay of Southern Gospel and joining the list of beloved artists such as The Speers, The Rambos and The Hoppers, is The Mark Mudd Family from Kentucky. Mark Mudd, patriarch of the family and an artist with the names of The Crossmen and The Veterans Quartet on his resume, has recently begun a solo career. Now he is joined with his wife Rebecca, an accomplished instrumentalist and alto vocalist, and their 15-year-old son Jacob singing baritone and lead, to round out the traditional sounds of The Mark Mudd Family.

mark mudd familyThe Mark Mudd Family’s debut CD is entitled There’s A Reason For It All, which includes older favorites such as “Then Came The Morning,” “Steppin’ On The Clouds” and “I Love To Call.” One cut featured on the group’s website is “Peace Be Still,” which highlights the smooth, seasoned vocals of Mark and introduces Jacob, capably taking the lead partway through the song. Also on the website is: “When God’s Chariot Comes” a joyful number which reminds this writer of The Happy Goodman Family’s style.


SGMRadio is happy to put our Spotlight Special on this new ministry and to introduce you to the members of The Mark Mudd Family.


Mark Mudd

Mark Mudd

SGMRadio: How and when did you begin singing Gospel Music?

Mark Mudd: I joined my dad’s quartet at 16 years old. I started out singing some baritone, playing bass guitar and running sound. I wound up singing bass full-time starting when I was the age of 19. We were a regional group that enjoyed quite a bit of radio success with ten consecutive top 80 songs, including one that I wrote. I sang with that group for 17 years until health considerations forced Dad to retire from singing. The decision was made to disband the group. I immediately joined a quartet called The Crossmen from Morgantown, Kentucky, where I stayed for 11 years as bass vocalist. I struggled for a while with the decision to go out on my own as a soloist. In the fall of last year I officially resigned my position from the Crossmen and have been pursuing a solo career with my family joining me for as many concerts throughout the year as possible.

Jacob Mudd: My first public appearance was on a large river boat called the Belle of Louisville with my grandfather’s group at the age of three. I was a hit! I’m not real sure it was because of my singing though! Singing with Dad and Mom is really my first singing endeavor.

Becky Mudd

Becky Mudd

Becky Mudd: While I’ve been singing in church all my life and along with the Statesmen at home and The Travelers on the road as a child, my official foray into gospel music has only just begun.


SGMRadio: Why do you sing Gospel music?

Mark: This is a question I have asked myself many times!  The answer that always comes back to me is that I want to use the gifts that God has given me to tell everyone about Jesus Christ and His saving and healing power.

Jacob: Because it is a wonderful opportunity to minister to others.

Becky: I wish to support Mark in his call to gospel music and to encourage my son’s interest and talent, but even more so I want our truly happy family to lift up others, being the salt and light Jesus called all His followers to be.


SGMRadio: What is the goal of your ministry for this coming year?

Mark: We want to be as busy as God wants us to be.  I plan to embark upon a full-time solo ministry very soon with the family singing with me at every opportunity.


Jacob Mudd

Jacob Mudd

SGMRadio: Who are some of your musical influences or heroes?

Jacob: My grandfathers, Larry Mudd and Roger Flener.

Mark: I would say Dad, Big Chief, George Younce, and Jake Hess.

Becky–The Statesmen Quartet and my father’s quartet, The Travelers, were my heaviest influences. Singing from a wide variety of musical genres with my family and at church, where we have always enjoyed a strong musical heritage, allowed me to blend in with my naturally contralto voice at a very early age.

SGMRadio: Who are some of your spiritual influences?  

The Family: Pastors and Sunday School teachers at Aberdeen Baptist Church and our parents and grandparents, along with two uncles, who were called to preach at young ages and spent their lives demonstrating the Gospel, encouraging and lifting up the down-trodden.

SGMRadio: What is the best advice you have been given for your ministry? Who said it? 

Mark: Never borrow money to further your ministry because it puts you in a position where you are pressured to sing a certain amount to meet all of your financial obligations. Who said it? The Holy Spirit.

Becky: Both my father and father-in-law have much advice about properly working the microphone, and my dear friend Dr. Sherri Phelps VanUden who is a Julliard School Graduate has coached me vocally. But I’ve grown up with so many good role models that I can’t really pinpoint most of what I try to consider when I sing.

Jacob: No matter what, just sing!


SGMRadio: What is the greatest challenge for your ministry? 

Mark: For me the greatest challenge is to stay fit to minister. What I mean by that is to not only be spiritually, mentally and vocally ready, but physically as well.  We all pray and read the Word together daily, work out physically and practice together frequently to strive to be the best that we can be in order to keep ministering at the highest level.  We want to do our very best at presenting Christ through song.

Jacob: Working with Dad!

Becky: High notes!


mark m famSGMRadio: What is the greatest joy in your ministry?

Mark: Singing the greatest music in the world on stages across the country with the two most important people in the world to me.

Becky: Feeling the message move me and seeing it transform Mark and Jacob and our family and those who attend our concerts.

Jacob: I love singing on stage!



SGMRadio: Mark, how do you balance your church duties with a singing ministry as well?

Mark: For my solo ministry, I try to only book a maximum of three weeks a month so as to allow time at my home church, Aberdeen Baptist. I’m ordained as a deacon there and love to serve. We have made a special commitment however concerning Jacob and Becky. I remember when I was a teenager and I learned that the McKameys made it a point to be at their home church on Sunday morning no matter where they were booked on Saturday or Sunday nights. I have long respected that decision and we feel as a family that Becky and Jacob need to serve at home each and every Sunday morning. Becky is a talented organist and Sunday School teacher and Jacob is very active in our youth group.


SGMRadio: How do you do everything and still manage to have quality family time?  

Mark: Well it has been difficult. As of this writing, Becky and I both have full-time jobs. However, I’ve spent my working career as a Civil Engineer and always sang on the sideI plan to make a change this year toward full-time solo and family ministry. Becky is a full-time schoolteacher with one more year to go until retirement. Jacob will soon be 16 and wants to be a lawyer. So we plan to focus on his education while ministering. My solo ministry is ready to go anywhere, anytime.


SGMRadio: Becky, how do you balance being a mom, a singer and a Deacon’s wife along with everything else that you do? What do you consider the most important thing that you do?  

Becky: I keep three different calendars up to date, with alarms set on my phone for each next event. Otherwise, teaching public school seventh-graders world history, leading youth and teaching Sunday School, singing, and still making sure to tend to the needs of myself and my son, husband, parents, grandfather, etc. would be immediately overwhelming. But with the help of the Holy Spirit, it all comes together.  I never want to become someone who can’t enjoy the moments in the abundant life Jesus sacrificed to give us.


SGMRadio: Jacob, what do you like most about singing with your family? 

Jacob: It allows me to experience the road with them.

SGMRadio: What is the least fun part? 

Jacob: Practicing.

SGMRadio: Do you hope to have a career in Southern Gospel? 

Jacob: No, my goal is to be an attorney who sings Gospel Music!

SGMRadio: How are you planning for this? 

Jacob: Studying hard and practicing!


SGMRadio: Can you give me a twitter-sized message that you would like all of your audience to hear?

Becky: I’ve got the Lord, and that’s enough, that’s enough, that’s enough!

Jacob: We shall see Jesus just as He is!

Mark: I’ve been singing Gospel Music for 28 years and I’m loving every minute of it, well, er, uh, maybe not every minute!


Our special thanks to the Mark Mudd Family for opening up their lives and hearts to us in this Spotlight Special. We hope you’ve enjoyed getting to know this family and trust that you will visit their website to hear their music and check their schedule. Be sure to go out to hear them when they are in concert near you.



For more information about Mark Mudd and The Mark Mudd Family, visit:


Twitter: @markmudd


Questions, comments, or know of a ministry you’d like to shine the SGMRadio Spotlight on? Email me at

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New Jim Brady Trio Added To Harper Agency Artist Roster

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on August 28, 2014 – 7:17 am -

Jim & Melissa Brady

Jim & Melissa Brady

Goodlettsville, TN – One of Christian music’s leading booking agencies, The Harper Agency, has named the newly organized Jim Brady Trio, as the latest addition to their artist roster. The announcement comes just a few days after popular vocal group, The Booth Brothers shared the news that long-time group member Jim Brady would be leaving the group at the end of the year. “Ronnie and I are saddened to see Jim depart our team,” Michael Booth stated, “yet we are tremendously excited about his future contributions to Gospel Music.”

Since joining The Booth Brothers in 2002, Jim has become a favorite among Southern Gospel Music lovers. Over the past decade Jim, with Ronnie and Michael Booth,  have become one of Gospel Music’s most awarded groups, collectively receiving more than 100 industry honors and accolades. “The last 12 and a half years have meant more to me than words could ever express,” Jim shared. “Ronnie and Michael have truly become brothers to me, and I’ll be forever thankful for the great times spent with them.”

To say that Jim’s time with The Booth Brothers solidified his place at the pinnacle of Gospel Music  would be an understatement; however, Jim possessed a rich musical heritage prior to his arrival with the Brothers. He first began singing with his gifted musical family at the age of five, and by the time he was 16 he began songwriting. Also prior to joining The Booth Brothers, Jim traveled with his wife, Melissa, and her family, The Shulers for nearly a decade. Jim and Melissa merged their songwriting gifts and are now recognized as two of Gospel Music’s most prolific songwriters, having penned more than 200 songs.

Over the years Melissa has faithfully supported her husband’s calling to Gospel Music, and as often as possible the two have had the privilege to sing and minister together. Melissa is a talented vocalist and musician and was featured on the Women of Homecoming Gaither Videos released in 2013. She is a regular columnist for The Singing News Magazine and Homecoming Magazine, and has also filled in for such popular groups as The Hoppers, The Martins and Lordsong over the past several years. “God has brought so many opportunities our way as a result of Jim’s time with The Booth Brothers,” Melissa said. “Had he chosen to sing with them for the rest of his life, I would have supported him 100 percent, but God had other plans, and we are honored that He is affording us the opportunity to share a full-time ministry. ”

The third member of the Jim Brady Trio has yet to be named; however, Jim and Melissa know God has the perfect person already selected. “We are so excited about this new adventure,” Jim stated. “The decision to leave The Booth Brothers was not made lightly, but I felt an urging from God that this is right, and I am so grateful for Michael and Ronnie’s blessings on this new ministry.”

“We have no doubt The Jim Brady Trio is equipped to make quality music that will encourage and evangelize,” Michael explained. “Great days are ahead for this union, and we know God is going to use them in a mighty way.”

The Harper Agency is pleased to have the opportunity to work with this newly formed group and are thrilled to add The Jim Brady Trio to their roster of fine artists, which also includes The Booth Brothers.    “We’ve known Jim and Melissa for 11 years, since we first began scheduling The Booth Brothers,” Ed Harper states. “While collectively, they are a new trio, Jim and Melissa have already established themselves to be credible artists with a heart for ministry. They have a uniqueness in that they have had the opportunity to test the waters, so to speak, and have been able to minister together, even when Jim was traveling full-time with The Booth Brothers.”

The Harper Agency has enjoyed a wonderful partnership with The Booth Brothers for over a decade and obviously, it was important to have the blessing of The Booth Brothers before embarking upon a scheduling agreement. Thankfully, the blessing was bestowed.  “We are equally excited that Jim and Melissa’s trio will be a part of the Harper Agency. Ed Harper and the Harper Agency have effectively managed the schedule of The Booth Brothers for 11 years, and I know they will be a tremendous asset to Jim and Melissa.”

“I believe Michael and Ronnie consider The Jim Brady Trio to be an extension of The Booth Brothers’ ministry,” Ed shared. “They have that kind of friendship, and that is definitely important. We are honored to have the opportunity to work with and represent such an outstanding couple. We are anxious to see who they name as the third member of the Trio, and we look forward to being a part of their future for many years.”

The Harper Agency may be reached by calling 615-851-4500 or visiting The Agency is currently scheduling dates for 2015 for The Jim Brady Trio. Additional information regarding The Jim Brady Trio is available online at

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North Metro Gospel Singing September 13

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on August 27, 2014 – 8:29 pm -

North Metro Gospel Singing

North Metro Gospel Singing

North Metro Gospel Singing Presents .. Shiloh Hills Baptist Church at 75 Hawkins Store Road in Kennesaw, Ga. will host the music ministries of former NBC and CBS star and IBMM bluegrass legend Randall Franks, “Officer Randy Goode” of TV’s “In the Heat of the Night,” acoustic Southern gospel award winning Watkins Family and Solid Gospel radio and Harmony Road TV host Les Butler on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014 at 6 p.m. Ticket prices are $20 at the door or $15 advance and are available by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope to Robert York, 4030 Ebenezer Drive, Marietta, Ga. 30066. For more information, call (770) 926-6021.

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4 Hymn Promotions and The Pines Restaurant

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on August 27, 2014 – 7:54 pm -


4 Hymn Promotions

4 Hymn Promotions

4 Hymn Promotions and The Pines Restaurant located in Madison Indiana are in agreement to have Gospel Dinner Concerts starting in 2015. The Pines Restaurant is located at 2700 Michigan Road in Madison Indiana. 4 Hymn Promotions is looking forward to the start of a new venture that God has allowed us to have.

The minute you walk through the doorway, you realize that dining at The Pines Restaurant will be a unique and enjoyable experience. Guests relax in a casual atmosphere surrounded by attentive servers, and find it hard to choose from generous portions of delicious entrees and hard-to-resist desserts.

At The Pines Restaurants in Seymour and Madison, Indiana, the experience involves a lot more than nice décor and comfortable surroundings. From the moment you enter, you find you’re treated like a friend. It was the way that Harold and Margaret Hall treated their guests in 1950 — and it’s the way that Mike and Katie Hall will treat you today. You’ll find this atmosphere makes everything better! From the wave of your favorite waiter or waitress — to the aroma of your favorite foods — The Pines Restaurant is right where you want to be.

The Pines is a place the whole family can enjoy great food, in a fun-filled atmosphere at an affordable price. We proudly serve up the freshest meals in the land. And don’t just take our word for it. Ask your friends and neighbors…we’ve been a family tradition since the 1950′s. We really do have something for just about everyone.

We are looking forward to providing some of the best gospel groups anywhere in the United States along with having some of the best cooking in the tri-state area.

Some of the groups that will be in concert are The Woodsmen, The Kramers, Lineage of David, The Horn Family, Mercy’s Bridge, The Mission Quartet, for starters!!!

Stay tuned for further information regarding future concert venues by calling Bill Evilsizer with 4 Hymn Promotions at 812-292-0069 or by emailing Bill at

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Daywind Music Group Honored with 20 GMA Dove Award Nominations

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on August 27, 2014 – 9:51 am -

Daywind Music Group

Daywind Music Group

HENDERSONVILLE, TN  Daywind Music Group’s artists, songwriters, and producers received 20 nominations for the 45th Annual GMA Dove Awards to be held on Tuesday, October 7, 2014, at Allen Arena on the campus of David Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN.  The Dove Awards will be aired globally on the Trinity Broadcasting Network.

Honored with four nominations was Daywind recording artist Karen Peck and New River for Song of the Year, Southern Gospel Performance, and Southern Gospel Song of the Year for their single “Revival” and for Southern Gospel Album of the Year for their album Revival.  The song was co-written by Karen Peck, Kenna West, and Don Poythress.

Brian Free and Assurance received four Dove nominations for Song of the Year, Southern Gospel Performance, and Southern Gospel Song of the Year for “Say Amen,” and Southern Gospel Album of the Year for Unashamed.  The song was co-written by Daywind staff writers Kenna West and Jason Cox along with Michael Farren.  The album was produced by Producer of the Year nominee Ricky Free.

Adam Crabb and Wilburn and Wilburn each garnered two nominations.  Adam Crabb received nominations for Country Album of the Year for Surrender produced by Adam and Jason Crabb and for Country Song of the Year for “That Whosoever was Me” written by Jason Cox, Kenna West, and Lee Black.  Wilburn and Wilburn received nominations for Country Album of the Year for Here Comes Sunday and for Bluegrass Song of the Year for “If These Old Walls Could Talk” written by Dianne Wilkinson and Jerry Salley.

Daywind’s Choral Division posted two nominations in the Musical of the Year category for “Good News from Jerusalem” created by Dianne Wilkinson and “Highest Glory” created by Marty Funderburk.

Greater Vision got a nod for Southern Gospel Album of the Year for its Daywind recording For All He’s Done, an album featuring three #1 songs.  Greater Vision received two other nominations for their work on the Cathedrals Family Reunion project.

Past Dove winner, Chigger Hill Boys and Terri was nominated for Bluegrass Song of the Year for their hit bluegrass gospel single “Revelation Song.”

First time nominees the Browders were honored for their song “Lift Up His Name” written by Matthew Browder from the album Time Machine, while Red Roots picked up a Country Album of the Year nomination for their album Triplicity produced by Rick and Micah Schweinsberg.

Daywind’s Vital Worship division was nominated in the Special Event category for their groundbreaking recording Songs for the Living King.

Daywind president Ed Leonard said, “We are blessed that so many of top artists, songwriters and producers call Daywind home.  We will continue serving Christ by producing top quality music.”

Daywind Music Group is home Daywind Records, Daywind Soundtracks, Daywind Music Publishing, Daywind Studios, Red Hen Records, and Thoroughbred Records.  Daywind Records represents great artists like Brian Free and Assurance, Legacy Five, Greater Vision, the Hoskins Family, the Blackwood Brothers, Wilburn and Wilburn, the Browders, Adam Crabb, the Bowling Family, Karen Peck and New River, Amber Thompson, Joseph Habedank, the Nelons, and Watts, Rowsey, & Bean.  Red Hen Records is home to Red Roots, Zach & Rodney, Michael Lee, and Ryan Watkins.  Thoroughbred Records is home to the Chigger Hill Boys & Terri.  Daywind recordings are distributed to Christian retail by New Day Christian Distributors ( and to the general market by Select O Hits.

Daywind Music Publishing is home to great songwriters Ronny Hinson, Dianne Wilkinson, Marty Funderburk, Sue Smith, Kenna West, Jason Cox, Kyla Rowland, Belinda Smith, Ricky Free, Scott Inman, John Darin Rowsey, Lee Black, Ben Storie, Gina Vera, David Browder, Matthew Browder, Sonya Browder, Tommy Browder, Aaron Crabb, Adam Crabb, Amanda Crabb, Karen Peck Gooch, Mike Richards, Natalie, Nika, and Nicole Taylor (Red Roots), Gina Boe, Caleb Collins, Janice Crow, Marcia Henry, Rick Schweinsberg, Micah Schweinsberg and CCM writers Sam Tinnesz, Aaron Rice, Michael Fordinal, Justin Kintzel, and Hearts of Saints.

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