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September 2014 SGNScoops Magazine

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

SGNScoops Magazine For September 2014

SGNScoops Magazine For September 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Candi’s Catch-Ups: TaRanda Greene at Thomas Road Baptist Church

Written by Staff on September 22, 2014 – 2:49 pm -

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By Candace Combs

Members of Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg, VA, the home of Liberty University, have been challenged. Pastor Jonathon Falwell, son of the church’s founder, Jerry Falwell, has asked to multiple campus congregations to think: ‘What If…?’

There was no better choice to kick off the series than TaRanda Greene. TaRanda traveled to Virginia to join worship leader Charles Billingsley along with the TRBC choir and orchestra for a morning full of praise and worship.

2014-09-21 11.19.35Each music selection revolved around the central theme of declaring God as Holy and culminated with focus on the Cross. TaRanda joined the praise team in leading the congregation with “You are Holy” and “For You are Holy”.

Ramping up the music with the stage lighting turning red, TaRanda sang “The Wonderful Cross” with Billingsley and the entire TRBC Worship Team. The biggest treat came when TaRanda began “This Blood”.   Her exquisite vocal ranges made every listener feel the power of Jesus blood. At the bridge, the full choir joined while everyone in the room was standing. TaRanda clearly shared her heart in the words, “I’ve come to tell you He’s alive! And, He’s coming back again”!

2014-09-21 11.51.33TaRanda Greene, a young girl from Tennessee met and fell in love with a Gospel singer, and together they became The Greenes. Just four years ago this week, Tony Greene was called to glory. What if God took this young woman and brought her to many stages beside her husband, and then left her alone to raise two young daughters? Surrounded by loving family and countless fans, TaRanda has faced every challenge with the strength she gets from the Lord.

Recently, TaRanda made her first pilgrimage to Israel with In Touch Ministries. “I never imagined a piece of land could change my life,” stated Greene. “I knew that Jesus changed my life years ago, but the experience of walking in His steps…wow!” Greene is still continuing to process all the feelings from the experience.

2014-09-21 12.04.04Watch for new music coming from TaRanda Greene and Stow Town Records. This new solo project encompasses several music genres. It is entirely possible that songs will appear on various charts. “I’m very excited to see where God will open new doors”, Greene commented. This project is set to release November 10.

Like everyone who was in attendance at Thomas Road Baptist Church, TaRanda Greene left Virginia asking, “What if….”

Stand by; if this lady keeps singing like this, there is no limit! For more on TaRanda visit

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SGN Scoop’s Fast Five: Bryan Hutson of Soul’d Out

Written by Staff on September 22, 2014 – 2:06 pm -

Soul'd Out QuartetContinuing with our SGN Scoops’ Fast Five series, we put artist Bryan Hutson of Soul’d Out on the hotseat. Bryan has been in Southern Gospel for quite awhile, having sung for many years with the Kingsmen Quartet. He is now singing lead in the popular Soul’d Out, along with Dusty Barrett on tenor, Matt Rankin on baritone, Ian Owens singing bass and Michael Howard playing the piano.

SGN Scoops Fast Five Question: What are your favorite five songs of any genre?

Yvonne and Bryan Hutson

Yvonne and Bryan Hutson

Bryan Hutson’s responses:

1) Michael Buble’ “My Song For You” … I sang this to Yvonne at our wedding.

2) Hillsong “He Has Made Me Glad”

3) The Sound “Mender of Broken Wings”

4) “Should I Fall Behind”

5) “Can’t Help Falling In Love”


Thanks Bryan for answering our Fast Five. For more information on Bryan and the rest of Soul’d Out, visit


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Gospel Music Today For September 21st On

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on September 22, 2014 – 2:02 pm -

Gospel Music Today September 21 2014

Gospel Music Today September 21 2014

The members of The Tacketts are the guests on Gospel Music Today for the week of September 21. Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates, the Feature Group is Friends by Grace. Jean reviews a new recording by The Diplomats, and Ken and Jean visit The Dove Creek Cafe’s gospel singing night in Roanoke, TX. An article about Bobby Clark is the subject of this week’s Singing News Notes. The show features singing by The Talleys, exclusive video of The Tacketts, recorded by Gospel Music Today’s cameras at the Absolutely Gospel Music Fest, in Smyrna, TN and a visit to the Gospel Music Today Archives for an exclusive concert video of The Reggie Saddler Family at First Assembly of God, in Owasso, OK. In the News this week: The Jay Stone Singers, Gold City, Jeff Stice, the Booth Brothers, the Lesters and Tommy Browder has a birthday. The show is on KWHB TV47 in Oklahoma every Sunday at 4:30 PM, and on Roku on FFE TV Monday at 8:00 PM and AllNations TV Tuesday and Wednesday at 6:30 PM. Check local TV schedule for Beaumont, TX, Tyler, TX. Atlanta, TX, and Morrilton, AR. The current edition of Gospel Music Today is online now at the Gospel Music Today website,


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My NQC Memories: Aaron Perkins

Written by Staff on September 22, 2014 – 1:39 pm -


















I remember when I was 11 years old at the 2001 NQC.  I was so excited to see the quartets I loved and the chance to meet them.

I got to meet some of my heroes that week like Jake Hess, Tim Riley, Howard and Vestal Goodman, Ray Dean Reese, Ed O’Neal, Bill Gaither, and others!

The moment that stands out the most from that week was when I got to meet my favorite singer of all time, George Younce, who was with the Old Friends Quartet at the time. He was so kind and joked around with me like George would always do.

About a year or two after that, he called to encourage me to keep on singing and follow the Lord’s guidance. He has made a lasting impact on my life.

I believe God used George Younce to influence me to sing in Gospel music. I will never forget that NQC!

Submitted by Aaron Perkins, Sound Technician/Bass Vocalist at The Taylors


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Written by Staff on September 22, 2014 – 11:06 am -

nqcPigeon Forge, TN (Sept. 21, 2014) – The 57th annual NQC (National Quartet Convention) kicked off Sunday, September 21, 2014 with a record-breaking crowd at the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge, TN. Officials report attendance numbers more than doubling previous years records. An all-star line-up of artists – the Booth Brothers, Greater Vision, the Hoppers, the Kingdom Heirs and the Mark Trammel Quartet – helped get Gospel Music’s largest annual event underway in grand style.
A full schedule of events for NQC week is available online
PHOTOS COURTESY NQC – National Quartet Convention
Greater Vision

Greater Vision

Hoppers with Melissa Brady filling in for Connie Hopper

Hoppers with Melissa Brady filling in for Connie Hopper

Kingdom Heirs

Kingdom Heirs

Booth Brothers

Booth Brothers

Mark Trammell Quartet

Mark Trammell Quartet

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Written by Staff on September 21, 2014 – 5:32 pm -

nqcFREE Live Webcast featuring the Booth Brothers, Greater Vision, the Hoppers, the Kingdom Heirs and Mark Trammell Quartet

Pigeon Forge, TN Prepares For Largest Event in Cities History

As thousands of Gospel music fans began their journey to Pigeon Forge for the 2014 NQC, organizers are throwing a “welcome party” in the form of a special bonus concert featuring some of the biggest names in the industry.

Tonight, Sunday, September 21, 2014, at 6 PM EST, the Booth Brothers, Greater Vision, the Hoppers, the Kingdom Heirs and the Mark Trammell Quartet will perform in a special kick-off bonus concert. The evening will be held at the site of the 2014 NQC, the LeConte Center.

The entire concert will be availabe via FREE LIVE webcast at

Live webcast coverage of the NQC are available at and is the perfect way to enjoy the convention from the comfort of your own home.

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Blackwoods Celebrate 80th Anniversary of the Original Blackwood Brothers

Written by Staff on September 21, 2014 – 5:27 pm -

blackwoodsSpecial Shows All Week Long During NQC!

Pigeon Forge, TN – The Blackwoods Morning Variety Show will be presenting an 80thAnniversary Tribute to the Original Blackwood Brothers Quartet, the week of Sept. 23-28 at the Smoky Mountain Opry.

The Quartet began their career in Choctaw Co., Miss., in 1934. The original members were Roy, Doyle, James, and Roy’s son, R.W. Blackwood Sr. They recorded over 200 albums and sold over 50 million records. They won eight Grammy Awards, four Dove Awards, and were inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, the Gospel Music Association (GMA) Hall of Fame, The Southern Gospel Music Association (SGMA) Museum and Hall of Fame, and the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. In 1954, R.W. Blackwood Sr., Bill Lyles and Johnny Ogburn died in a plane crash. R.W. Blackwood Jr., the son of R.W. Blackwood Sr., and his wife, Donna, now continue to carry on the legacy of the Blackwoods.

Each day of the Blackwood’s Anniversary Tribute Week will feature different guests. Schedule is as follows: Willie Wynn and Sue Dodge on Tuesday, Sept. 23; Charles Yates and Ann Downing on Thursday, Sept. 25; Jeff Stice, “Mr. Music Man” on Friday, Sept. 26; Kenna Turner Weston Saturday Sept. 27; and Tony Gore, on Sunday, Sept. 28. Special guest for the entire week will be Terry Blackwood (son of Doyle Blackwood, original co-founder of the Blackwood Brothers Quartet). On Wednesday, Country music star, Billy Dean and band will make a special appearance. R.W. and Donna are especially proud as their son, Robbie, is Dean’s drummer.

“R.W. and I and our group, The Blackwood Singers, are so excited to have everyone join us as we celebrate the 80thanniversary of the Original Blackwood Brother’s Quartet,” said Donna Blackwood. “We want to share this special anniversary with all of our fans and family by presenting a different show daily. We are thrilled to have these other gospel music legends join us. R. W. Blackwood said, “You will hear the songs the Blackwood Brothers made famous and share mornings of great music.”

R.W. and Donna Blackwood have been performing with The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group since 2003 and in Pigeon Forge since 2001. They have entertained hundreds of thousands of fans with their gospel show.

Although most people associate The Blackwood name with outstanding gospel music, they have an award winning country music background as well. The dynamic Blackwoods Morning Variety Show is a mixture of country, pop, patriotic and gospel harmonious sounds that showcase the talents of Jonathan Lee Kunkle, Brad Smith, and the newest members of the group, Tana Lonon Rogers and Brian Norris in addition to the Blackwoods.

“Our production has a selection of country favorite songs sung as a tribute to the country stars that R. W. and I have worked with,” said Donna Blackwood. “In addition, the show has some Blackwood audience favorites that Blackwood fans expect to hear every show such as ‘Boondocks,’ ‘Turn Your Radio On,’ ‘Put a Your Hand in the Hand and ‘Still Feelin’ Fine.’” Each show is topped off with their stirring Patriotic Medley with special tributes to all veterans

They invite audiences to take a trip down memory lane to when the Blackwood Singers had songs on the charts. R. W. Blackwood said, “We have had six country hits in the top 100 Billboard and Cashbox Magazine Music Charts. We are performing some of our more popular country hits and yet not forgetting our gospel roots.”

The Blackwoods Morning Variety Show is open six days-a-week at 10 a.m. (preshow starts at 9:30 a.m.) at The Smoky Mountain Opry Theater (The show is closed on Monday). Adult tickets are normally $29.95, plus tax. Children 11 and under are $9.95, plus tax.

To honor all NQC attendees and anyone wishing to attend the shows, the theater is offering special ticket prices for $14.95 plus tax per ticket or $49.95 plus tax for a ticket that is good for all six shows all week long. Tickets are available by calling (865) 908-SHOW (7469). Groups of 20 or more qualify for group rates, available by calling 1-866-492-6972. The Smoky Mountain Opry Theater is located at 2046 Parkway in Pigeon Forge. For more information about the show, visit or call 1-800-768-1170 or(865) 428-7469 (SHOW).

The show is part of the Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group that includes: “The Comedy Barn®;” “The Smoky Mountain Opry;” “The Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show;” Happy Days Diner; Chef’s Catering and

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Old Paths Quartet Announce New Pianist

Written by Staff on September 20, 2014 – 12:33 pm -

Josh Townsend Press Release PhotoThe Old Paths Quartet are thrilled to officially announce Josh Townsend as their pianist.

Josh previously had been flying from his home in Dallas Texas to play select dates, but after he and his mother made the move to Atlanta Georgia, he accepted the position on a full time basis.

At the age of 16, Josh is not only a prodigy at his gift but is a testimony to the Lord’s healing power and touch on his life. Shortly after birth, doctors informed his family that Josh had suffered a devastating stroke which would impact his ability to walk and speak correctly. The doctors said Josh would never be able to fully use his left hand, but today Josh is doing more than just proving the doctors wrong, he is using both hands to glorify God with the gift of music.

Be sure to come by and visit us at our booth at NQC to meet Josh and see the rest of the guys!

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Wanted: Your NQC Memories!

Written by Staff on September 20, 2014 – 12:28 pm -

Mainstage NQC editThe National Quartet Convention in Pigeon Forge is approaching quickly. Soon the town will be filled with artist buses and fans as the massive event opens on September 21.  From Sunday, September 21 to Saturday, September 27, Pigeon Forge will echo with the sounds of Gospel music as they host the NQC for the very first time.


Do you remember the first Louisville NQC? How about the last Nashville NQC? Do you remember when it was in Memphis? Do you have memories of great performances by JD Sumner, George Younce, Glen Payne, The Happy Goodmans or The Blackwood Brothers? Who did you see in the Exhibit Hall and talk to for the very first time? Whose autograph did you get and which of your favorite artists did you see there for the very last time?


SGN Scoops wants to hear YOUR memories. Please send us your memories and your pictures and we will post them in a special series during the week of NQC.


Let us hear from you today! Please send your NQC memories and pictures to


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Jim Brady Trio Names Third Member

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on September 20, 2014 – 7:55 am -

Jim Brady Trio

Jim Brady Trio

Hendersonville, Tenn (September 19, 2014) – Tim Parton has been named the third member of the Jim Brady Trio in a touching must-see video announcement released over social media.  The group starts recording on their debut album immediately and will appear in concert nationwide beginning in January 2015.

Parton is best known to Southern Gospel audiences as the pianist for Legacy Five, where he moved audiences nightly with his vocal performance of “God’s Been Good.”  He has also played for the Gaither Vocal Band, Gold City, the Speer Family, Vestal Goodman, and others.  His vocal blend and instrumentation will help create an amazing new sound that will be the Jim Brady Trio.

Jim Brady commented, “In all of my years of following gospel music, Tim Parton is one of the nicest and most talented individuals I’ve ever met.  He’s an amazing musician and producer, a heartfelt singer, and a great man.  Melissa and I are excited to have him on our team!”

In a related announcement, the Booth Brothers added Paul Lancaster to fill the spot vacated by Jim Brady.  Lancaster will join the Booth Brothers at the end of 2014.  Lancaster’s powerful and blending vocals will fit perfectly with the Booth Brothers family harmony.  For more information on Paul Lancaster, visit

For more information on the Jim Brady Trio, please visit  For more information on Daywind Records, please visit or contact Amanda Martin at 615-822-4524.

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