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July 2014 SGNScoops Magazine

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on July 9, 2014 – 9:01 pm -

July 2014 SGNScoops Magazine

July 2014 SGNScoops Magazine

In this month of family vacations, celebrating freedom and enjoying summer, we hope you take a moment to see what we’ve done on SGN Scoops! We present to you a magazine filled with freedom, hope and all that is good in today’s Southern Gospel and Christian Country music!

July brings a whole host of features, including our cover story on America’s Favorite Gospel Music Family, The Hoppers. Craig Harris takes an in-depth look at the past, present and future of The Hoppers through the eyes of each of the family. Learn why Claude is smiling more these days and Karlye is studying hard. Read about Dean’s and Michael’s role in the group business and why Kim is humbled by her career. Take a close look at the ‘Mother’s Heart’ of Connie Hopper and why she smiles even more widely at the thought of what may be in store for Lexus. A terrific summer read!!

Dixie Phillips fills us in on another of Southern Gospel’s families, the Wilbanks; Marcie Gray tells us all about the Southern Gospel Music Associations’ Hall Of Fame and new contributor Dan Duncan interviews Christian Country artist James Payne. Speaking of Christian Country, don’t miss Natalie Taylor’s first-hand account of Red Roots’ appearance at Creation Festival NE 2014.

Jennifer Campbell shares her experience as part of a short-term missions trip to New York City. Lorraine Walker highlights Triumphant, who have just released a new praise CD, and Cross Pointe, whose new video can be seen on the right of the SGN Scoops website.

Don’t miss the activities of Lou Wills Hildreth as she shares her Love, Life and Legends column; David Staton’s ‘Can You Handle The Truth;” life moment devotions by Dr. Jeff Steele, Kelly Nelon Clark and Sherry Anne; and the must-read Younger Perspective by Erin Stevens who interviews Riley Harrison Clarke. Lorraine also brings us closer look at D.A. Callaway, the man behind Silver Dollar City’s Southern Gospel Picnic!

Other highlights include ‘Event Planner’, a concert review of the Karen Peck and New River Homecoming by Lynn Mills; super New Music reviews by our own Sandi Duncan Clark; and the new DJ Spotlight by everyone’s favorite southern DJ, Vonda Easley. And don’t miss Sandi’s “Letter From…” in the first part of the magazine.

Our publisher, Rob Patz, gets to the heart of things with a few thoughts on ‘Freedom’ in his Publisher’s Point. He also gets to interview his good friend, Pauline Patterson, in his column, ‘What America Wants To Know About…”.

Laurette Willis brings our thoughts back from summer sloth to healthy activities with her column, ‘Present Your Bodies.’

All this plus a Creekside Update, SGN Scoops Top 100 and much, much more! Read what is encouraging, uplifting, creative and gifted about our Christian artists and their ministries.

We hope you have time this month to put your feet up on your lounger, grab your iced tea (or coffee!) and open up SGN Scoops July magazine. You won’t be sorry!


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THE HOPPERS PREPARE A ‘NIGHT TO REMEMBER’

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on July 30, 2014 – 1:38 pm -

Hoppers

Hoppers

(Madison, NC) July 30, 2014GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame members, The Hoppers, are excited to announce their A Night To Remember Tour in select cities during August 2014. The legendary group is partnering with talent agent and tour producer Israel Berry, President/CEO of The Berry Agency to present these special evenings.

 
Filled with music from America’s favorite family along with a choir (in select cities), special moments throughout the concert and special guest Karlye Hopper (Dean & Kim’s daughter), this is an evening designed for the entire family.
 
“We’re looking forward to sharing a ‘Night to Remember’ with our friends this August,” shares Dean Hopper. “It’s a special treat to perform with Karlye, our daughter, and I know the audiences will enjoy the special surprises we have in store.”
 
Partnering with The Berry Agency’s Israel Berry was an important piece of the puzzle in securing these concert dates and venues. “I’ve admired The Hoppers for so many years,” stated Israel Berry. “To be able to partner with them to bring this evening to audiences is a special treat. It’s going to be great!”
 
Tour dates for the A Night To Remember tour can be found at www.TheHoppers.com as well as their regularly scheduled appearances.
 
Multi-award winning family group The Hoppers – known as America’s Favorite Family of Gospel Music – have been singing to global audiences for over 55 years with appearances ranging from presidential religious inaugural ceremonies and New York’s Carnegie Hall to singing conventions and church platforms. They have performed throughout the United States as well as in Israel, Europe and Africa. Their unique blend of harmonies and song choices have created a legacy of musical excellence embraced by leading pastors and event organizers. Known as America’s Favorite Family of Gospel Music, they are favorites on the Gaither Homecoming videos and tours, and their recordings frequently land near the top of the BILLBOARD sales charts and The Singing News radio charts.
 
In 2012, the group was inducted into the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame alongside Aretha Franklin, Ricky Skaggs, Love Song, Rex Humbard, and Dallas Holm.
 
Comprised today of family members Claude & Connie, son Dean and his wife, Kim, and son Mike Hopper, The Hoppers were formed in 1957 in the rural-farm town of Madison, NC, and have grown continuously for decades, touching countless lives around the world. A cancer survivor, Connie has been honored with the prestigious Marvin Norcross Award, in addition to numerous industry and fan honors; and she has been inducted into the Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Sons Dean and Mike have continued the family legacy with their musical talents and business abilities; and Kim, Dean’s wife, hails from her own nationally acclaimed musical family, The Greenes.  She is noted for the excitement she brings to any live performance, and her unmistakable, rafter-ringing soprano vocals have taken The Hoppers to new heights for many years.
 
The Hoppers are celebrating over 5 DECADES of music excellence – don’t miss this chance to catch America’s favorite family of Gospel music, THE HOPPERS!
 
Connect with the Hoppers
} Web: www.TheHoppers.com
} Facebook: www.Facebook.com/TheHoppersOfficial 
} Twitter: www.Twitter.com/HoppersMusic


A Night To Remember Tour Dates (All other tour dates located at www.thehoppers.com)
August
15
 
Laurel Springs Baptist
Deep Gap
NC
August
16
 
New Life Community Church
Whiteville
NC
August
18
 
Ridgecrest Baptist
Durham
NC
August
21
 
Concord Baptist Church
Jefferson City
MO
August
22
 
Miner Baptist Church
Sikeston
MO
August
23
 
First Baptist/Venue Crowder Clge
Cassville
MO
August
25
 
First Baptist Church
Martin
TN

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The Bowling Family signs with Daywind Records

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on July 30, 2014 – 10:34 am -

Bowling Family

Bowling Family

(Hendersonville, TN – July 30, 2014) Daywind Records is pleased to announce the addition of the Bowling Family to its award-winning roster of artists.

The Bowling Family is a mixed group that consists of Mike and Kelly Bowling, their 14-year-old daughter Hope, vocalist Troy Peach and pianist John Jeffrey.

“Kelly and I are really thrilled to be a part of the Daywind family once again,” says group manager and lead singer Mike Bowling. “I don’t believe any record company has ever had more of an impact on Southern Gospel Music. We are truly excited to be part of this team, and we have such love and respect for all of Daywind’s artists. We can’t wait to see what the future holds.”

Mike Bowling previously sang with the Lefevres, Hinsons and Perrys before embarking on an award-winning solo career, while Kelly Bowling helped her ever-popular family, the Crabb Family, win three GRAMMY Awards and 11 Dove Awards during its period of existence. Peach has been a part of various ministries – including the Wilburns, the Steeles and the Perrys – while Jeffrey was previously with the Greenes.

Mike Bowling left his successful solo career to form what was then called the Mike Bowling Group in 2005, and Kelly Bowling joined the group in 2006. Since that time, the group has produced four No. 1 songs – “We Have a Savior,” “Your Cries Have Awoken the Master,” “A Miracle Today” and “Notified.”

“The Bowling Family is no stranger to the fans of Southern Gospel Music, and we are thrilled to have them as part of our family here at Daywind,” explains Daywind president Ed Leonard. “For a number of years, fans have shown their love for Mike’s distinctive voice, and Kelly was part of a family that helped broaden horizons in this genre. The group has burst on to the scene, and we are looking forward to seeing all of the doors that will undoubtedly open as the excitement continues to grow.”

Daywind Records is home to an award-winning roster of artists, including Brian Free and Assurance, Greater Vision, Karen Peck and New River, Legacy Five and the Nelons. Daywind is distributed to retail through New Day Christian Distributors, Select-O-Hits, and all major digital outlets, including iTunes. For more information, visit www.daywindrecords.com or contact Amanda Martin at publicity@daywind.com.

For more information on the Bowling Family, visit www.bowlingsonline.com.


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Update On Tim Riley

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on July 30, 2014 – 9:46 am -

Tim Riley

Tim Riley

Tim Riley continues to rest and recover following a mild stroke this past weekend. Daniel Riley of Gold City says, “Dad is in good spirits and working hard in rehab to regain strength and increased mobility on his right side. Mentally, he is 100 percent and is thankful for all the prayers and well wishes. Doctors are optimistic for a full recovery.”
For those who wish to send get-well cards or notes of encouragement to Tim, send them in care of Gold City, P O Box 2100, Gadsden, AL 35903.


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PAT BARKER LAUNCHES ONLINE COMMUNITY

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on July 30, 2014 – 9:24 am -

(Gadsden, AL) July 30, 2014 – Pat Barker announces the launch of his new

Pat

online community – You Tell Me. Through the “You Tell Me” campaign introduced on his site, individuals will have the opportunity to share how BIG God has been in their life and read how He has shown up in others. There will be artist video testimonials and prayer requests where you can respond in real time to requests made from all over the world.

Most of you were introduced to Pat Barker eight years ago when he joined the legendary Dixie Echoes. Fans from all over discovered his love for gospel music to be contagious. Fans not only loved his ability take a solo and sing it like no other bass singer, but his spirit and personality off the stage.

With Pat’s move to the Mark Trammell Quartet, thousands more were introduced to his talent in some of the largest venues across the country including his unforgettable appearance with the Cathedral Family Reunion. When Pat left the road many wondered if they would ever have the opportunity to see him again involved with the music he loves so much. Do we ever have good news for you.

If you thought Pat would start his own group or launch a solo career, you weren’t thinking BIG enough. Today you can join a community of believers from all over the world through Pat’s brand new site http://HOWBIGISGOD2U.COM!

As a member of the community you will also have access to where Pat will be ministering and his latest products. July 30 is the day where You Tell Me and the rest of the world how BIG God is!

Join Pat live on twitter (@patyoutellme) Sunday, August 3rd from 3 – 4 o’clock CST to ask anything you like. Ask about the new site or find out what’s going on with Pat in the near future. DON’T MISS IT!!

More information on Pat Barker and the You Tell Me campaign can be found online at: http://howbigisgod2u.com or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HBIGYouTellMe


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New Music From Mercy’s Bridge

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on July 30, 2014 – 8:35 am -

Mercy's Bridge

Mercy’s Bridge

Mercy’s Bridge Releases their much anticipated debut full length album. With 12 songs by writers such as Ricky Free, Gerald Crabb, Lee Black, Ben Storie and more.. This album takes you on a musical journey that deals with love, loss, overcoming and the beauty that awaits us in heaven.  The album is available on ITunes, Google Play, rdio and online at www.mercysbridgetrio.net


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Melinda Lightner joins His Mercies

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on July 29, 2014 – 5:11 pm -

Melinda Lightner

Melinda Lightner

(Charlotte, NC) Southern gospel artists His Mercies are pleased to announce the addition of Melinda Lightner as the newest singer to their group.

Melinda is currently in the radio promotions department of Resting Place Music and is a favorite among many radio DJs.

“It’s such an honor to be part of the His Mercies ministry. They have such a passion to see lives changed! It’s a blessing to sing with them!”

Mitzi Stamey, leader of the group states that “His Mercies is excited about having Melinda come into the HM family. She is an absolute asset to our ministry!”

RJ Henderson, also of His Mercies, states that “Melinda has such incredible energy that brings a fresh sound to our group. We are THRILLED to have her on board!”

With their new CD “Romans 8” to be released late Summer 2014, His Mercies is ready and excited about the new journey God is taking them on. Old as well as new fans are invited to follow His Mercies on social media for tour information and exciting updates.


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ICGMA 58th Annual Convention and Award Show

Written by Lorraine Walker on July 29, 2014 – 12:23 pm -

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What America Wants To Know About Josh and Ashley Franks

Written by Lorraine Walker on July 29, 2014 – 9:19 am -

Josh and Ashley Franks

Josh and Ashley Franks

By Rob Patz

Josh and Ashley Franks both grew up in the church and with Gospel music in their home. Josh was traveling as a soloist and an evangelist when he met Ashley who sang with her mother in Hope’s Journey in 2006. They were married in 2007 and now have two children, Priscilla and Joshua. Since their marriage they have been traveling and singing as a duet as well as promoting several Gospel concert events throughout the year.

I’m glad this busy couple paused for a moment to answer my ten questions!

Rob: Brand New Single: “I’ve Not Seen A Mountain”…Does this song have a personal story or meaning for you?

Josh: I think back to Myrtle Beach two years ago when Priscilla was rushed to the head trauma facility in Charleston after she suffered a fall in the convention center during Singing in the Sun. That was a mountain we surely had no strength to move, but God stepped on the scene and moved it for us!

Ashley: This is one of those songs that can speak to any person at any point in their life. Personally, there has never been a mountain that I have faced in my life that God did not move for me. I am so honored to have the privilege of delivering this song to people night after night.

Rob: What is the best thing about having kids? What is something you could do without?

Ashley: The very best thing about having my kids is that there are two people on earth who think I am the best at everything. The love that a child has for its parent is comparable to nothing else. I could, however, do without the thousand loads of laundry I wash each week.

Josh: The best thing is watching them grow and learn. I’m amazed! I could do without the mounds of toys that are taking over our home.

IMG_0363 (2)Rob: What three things would you each take to a desert island?

Josh: 1. My Bible! 2. My ipod! [That’s all Josh needs!]

Ashley: The first thing I would want to take is my Bible. The second thing is a notepad and I guess number 3 would have to be a pen. I love to write everything! Feelings, lyrics, whatever. I just love to write!

Rob: What song do you each wish you had sung and charted first?

Ashley: Definitely “Four Days Late”!

Josh: “God on the Mountain”

Rob: What song do you each wish you had written?

Josh: “Amazing Grace”

Ashley: “Through The Fire.” That song defines my life; I feel like it came right from my own heart! Gerald Crabb is an excellent writer!

Rob: There are a lot of awful things happening in the world right now. What advice do you have for people who can’t understand why God would allow them to happen?

Ashley: My mom and I actually just finished a new song about this very thing. We don’t need to understand why God does or doesn’t do the things that we think He should do. We just need to trust that He knows more than we do.

Josh: I would tell them to keep holding on and fighting the good fight of faith. Unfortunately I don’t believe it is scriptural that things will get better, but God will protect His children.

Rob: Do each of you have a favorite Bible character? Who and why?

Josh: The Apostle Paul. He preached Jesus with boldness and told it like it was!

Ashley: I love the story of Elijah and Elisha. A true example of how we, in this generation, should have an even larger burden than the last generation to do God’s work. The elders paved the way and it’s our job to continue reaching people for Christ!

Rob: What is your favorite thing to do with your children at Easter?

Ashley: This year Priscilla is old enough to understand when you teach her about Jesus. She is learning already about the Cross and Resurrection. I love to talk with her about the Bible.

Josh: Celebrate the Resurrection in church, of course!

Rob: What is (each of) your favorite Easter song?

Josh: ‘There Rose A Lamb.”

Ashley: “He’s Alive” by the Talley Trio.

Rob: What are some new and cool things happening for you this coming year?

Ashley: God has opened many new doors for us in 2014. We are very excited about having a very busy schedule.  A couple things we are excited about: being included on the Friday night program at the Singing in the Sun. We are also going to be appearing on Gerald Crabb’s Gospel Fest this August. For complete details, see  www.joshandashleyfranks.comhttp://www.joshandashleyfranks.com/

http://www.joshandashleyfranks.com/

Thanks to Ashley and Josh Franks for answering our questions and letting us in on their lives and their ministry. Be sure to visit their website and their schedule to find out when they will be appearing near you. Support this lovely family and their ministry as they reach the world for Jesus!

First published by SGN Scoops in April 2014. Written by Rob Patz, Publisher of SGN Scoops.

For current SGN Scoops issues visit http://www.sgnscoops.com/


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SGN Scoops Radio For The Week Of July 28, 2014

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on July 29, 2014 – 8:30 am -

ascension quartet

Ascension Quartet

On this week’s edition of SGN Scoops Radio with Jonathan Edwards, we have great gospel music from the Hoppers, Adam Crabb, Wilburn and Wilburn and the Pine Ridge Boys, as well as bluegrass music from Canaan’s Crossing and the Isaacs, plus much more. Jean Grady of Gospel Music Today has a CD review of Carla Bragg. We introduce you to a group from Missouri called The Ascension Quartet. Make sure to join us for two hours of great fun on SGN Scoops Radio. The Ascension Quartet has a new CD release! www.ascensionqt.com

 

 

SGN Scoops Radio can be heard on the following stations:

WVSG Radio: wvsgradio.com, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 4:00pm EST.

Radiocia: www.radiocia.us on Tuesday at 10:00 am and 9:00 pm CST and Saturdays at 8:00 pm CST.

Gospel Hour Radio: www.gospelhourradio.com on Saturdays at 3:00 pm CST and re-airs on

Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3:00 pm CST.

WTGF 90.5 FM, in Pace, Florida, Saturdays and Sundays at 9:00pm EST.

WPIL 91.7 FM in Heflin, Alabama, Fridays from 10:00am -12:00pm CST.

KJSL106.7FM Fort Smith, Arkansas, Sundays at 4:00pm. and streaming on our website, kjslradio.com

WUCG 93.1FM Blairsville, Georgia at 8:00 am Sunday morning and 9:00pm Sunday night.

Cowboy Gospel Radio internet station http://www.cowboygospelnetradio.com/ 8:00 am Sunday morning

and 9:00pm Sunday night.

Contact Jonathan to bring SGN Scoops Radio to your station: jonathan@sgnscoops.com.

About Jonathan Edwards: Jonathan Edwards began his radio career on KWFC 89.1 FM in Springfield, Mo. At KWFC he worked in news, sales and was an on air personality, creating the very popular Ozark Gospel Showcase. He has been nominated for 2 Singing News Fan Awards and garnered the coveted Paul Heil Award from the 2012 Diamond Awards. He travels full time with Faith’s Journey and currently hosts the syndicated radio show SGN Scoops Radio.

For more information and free music, click on to http://www.sgnscoops.net


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Pat’s BIG announcement will be on July 30th!

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on July 28, 2014 – 4:14 pm -

Pat Barker

Pat Barker

Since leaving the road full time, a lot of friends have been asking where they can see Pat Barker. Be one of the first to learn what Pat’s BIG announcement will be on July 30th! Are you expecting to see a new quartet or a solo career? Let me tell you, it’s much BIGGER than that! Follow Pat on Facebook and help get the word out about his new page – You Tell Me. While you’re there, remember to “like” his page to be one of the first to hear the announcement Wednesday! https://www.facebook.com/HBIGYouTellMe


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