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February 2019 SGNScoops Magazine

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on February 13, 2019 – 2:23 pm -

February 2018 SGNScoops Magazine

February 2018 SGNScoops Magazine

We are happy to present the February issue of SGNScoops Magazine! It’s been a very wintry month so far, so we hope you have a moment to sit with a hot drink and read this month’s presentation of great gospel artists.

Joseph Habedank has had a rough road on his way to success in gospel music. Read all about his story and the sickness he is still battling everyday, as he talks candidly with John Herndon. Download HERE
This month, we also talk to Evidence Quartet, Surrendered, and Christian Country sweetheart, Tonja Rose. Les Butler is back with Bluegrass artist, Danny Roberts, of the Grascals. Our Bluegrass Gospel section also features Daniel Thrailkill, of the Trailblazers. We hope you enjoy all the variety of talent that each of our terrific writers unveil for you.
Don’t miss Charlie Griffin’s discussion on the Purpose of Southern Gospel, as well as our radio charts, the DJ Spotlight, music reviews, and the Creekside Update. Rob Patz is back with another challenging Publisher’s Point, and the Editor’s Last Word rounds out the features. Don’t miss a page! Download HERE
Thank you for your interest in SGNScoops magazine. We are always interested to hear what our readers think about the magazine and the website. If you have any questions, comments or ideas, please send them to our editor at We hope you have read about the love of Jesus in this month’s issue, and are ready to spread his love during this month of cupids and hearts.
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Roger Talley devotes his talents to beloved hymns on Timeless Piano Classics

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on February 22, 2019 – 1:00 pm -

Roger Talley devotes his talents to beloved hymns on Timeless Piano Classics

Roger Talley devotes his talents to beloved hymns on Timeless Piano Classics

Arden, North Carolina  — One of Southern Gospel music’s most noted pianists, Roger Talley, devotes his talents to beloved hymns on Timeless Piano Classics, a moving collection of reverent music, now available on all streaming platforms.

With songs like “Tell Me The Story Of Jesus / I Love To Tell The Story,” “Tis So Sweet,” and “Since Jesus Came Into My Heart,” the full instrumental album of traditional songs is familiar, providing the same sense of comfort felt in church pews. Known for his simple yet elegant use of chords, Roger puts a spotlight on the beauty of each hymn. The simplicity allows for quiet reflection and humble worship.

Other songs include “God Will Take Care of You / God Leads Us Along,” “Sweet Hour of Prayer,” “This Is My Father’s Word,” “Now I Belong To Jesus,” “Everybody Ought To Know,” “On Hallowed Hill (UT Alma Mater) / Tennessee Waltz,” “Savior Like A Shepherd Lead Us / He Leadeth Me,” “Fairest Lord Jesus,” and “Does Jesus Care.”

“I learned to love hymns listening to my grandmother play the old upright piano in her ‘parlor.’ It was a special treat to hear her play the stately hymns that we seldom sang at our church,” says Talley. “I love the lyrics and the beautiful music and the comfort that these classic hymns contain. I hope they sing to your soul as I play them.”

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The Harvesters Announce New Member

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on February 22, 2019 – 9:33 am -

The Harvesters Announce New Member

The Harvesters Announce New Member

The Harvesters are very excited to announce that Brendan Parker from Raleigh, N. C., is their new lead singer. Carrying on the Parker family tradition to another generation, Brendan is the nephew to Danny Parker and Ivan Parker, and brother to Chris Parker, who sings bass for Carolina Vocal.

Brendan knew at an early age just how important music was to him. Growing up around gospel music set him on a path to use his voice to carry on a tradition of worship and praise, quartet style. Brendan joined his dad, Charles Parker in their own quartet, “Arise,” for 10 years before the quartet disbanded. He is excited to be joining his Uncle Danny and the Harvesters.

Brendan accepted Christ as his personal Savior at an early age and is thankful to serve in gospel music once again. Brendan and his wife, Jessica, make their home in Raleigh, N. C., with their three daughters and one son.

Brendan joins the Harvesters filling the vacancy left by Allen Hunter who retired from the quartet. Plans are for Brendan to fill the lead singer slot and Danny will move to the baritone position.

Danny of the Harvesters states, “We are excited to have Brendan as a member of the Harvesters. He not only has a tremendous voice but his walk with God is portrayed with his witness and testimony.”

Brendan and Allen will both be singing at the Parker Homecoming 2019, in Sanford, N. C., on Mar. 15 and 16, 2019, and would appreciate seeing you at the concert.

Please join the Harvesters in welcoming Brendan and his family to the group. We invite you to come and hear the Harvesters in their new season of music and ministry.

Danny Parker

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Inner Views of Doyle Lawson: Saved by Grace

Written by Staff on February 21, 2019 – 11:27 am -

Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver: Saved by Grace

Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver: Saved by Grace

While every single interview I have conducted for Inner Views has been distinctive and personally memorable to me, I must tell you that the Inner Views I am sharing with you today will forever hold an extraordinarily special place in my heart. Doyle Lawson, a humble man of God, is a legendary giant in the world of bluegrass music and is one of my biggest musical heroes, hands down.

Cheryl Smith:  Could you share with us about your childhood?  What are some of your favorite memories to recall from your time growing up?
Doyle Lawson:  As far back as I can remember I have loved the sound of music. Radio was the vehicle of entertainment in those days and there was an abundance of local, regional and national programs to listen to. The ones I remember vividly are of course the Grand Ole Opry on WSM in Nashville and the Farm and Fun Time show heard daily on WCYB in Bristol, Tenn./Va.. In the early 1950’s, my dad and mother, along with one of his nephews, started singing in churches locally, and I loved to watch them work out the harmony parts, and I absorbed everything I heard them do.After hearing Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys on the Opry, I was knocked out by Bill’s voice and mandolin playing, and decided that I was gonna be a picker and singer…When I was 11 years old, we were living in Hancock County, Tenn., and Dad was singing lead with the Clinch River Quartet, and I discovered that one of the men in the quartet (Willis Byrd) had a mandolin. I asked Dad to ask Willis if I could borrow it to learn to play.

In 1958, I got to meet the man who became my first professional boss in music. Jimmy Martin was from Hancock County, Tenn. and had gone to work for Bill Monroe in 1949. He went on to front his own band, the Sunny Mountain Boys in 1954, first teaming up with the Osborne Brothers. On the 3rd day of Feb. 1963, I went to Nashville and auditioned for (Jimmy) to pick the banjo, and that started my 55 years and country music career.


Doyle Lawson

Doyle Lawson

Smith:  Were you raised in a Christian home?
Lawson:  Yes, I was brought up in a Christian home after my dad rededicated his life in 1950. He and Mom along with one of his nephews started singing in church as a trio and later added a bass singer. At the age of eight during a revival service, I realized that I was lost, and I went to the altar and accepted Jesus as my Savior…

The music business can be full of worldly trappings and it can be easy to lose your way. And I did for a good while. But on the 1st Sunday of May in 1985, I humbled myself and asked God to take control of my life because I had made a mess of it.

On the outside things looked – and were – going great, but inside me I was miserable. I didn’t have the one thing I needed most of all and that was God. He never ever left me, I left him, but he was there when I truly asked for forgiveness. That was the best decision I have ever made as an adult.

Smith:  Who has most influenced you, musically?
Lawson:  Bill Monroe was my first musical hero and then came the first generation of what was to become known as Bluegrass music: Flatt and Scruggs, Mac Wiseman, Jimmy Martin, the Stanley Brothers, Reno and Smiley, and the Osborne Brothers and more.
Gospel music (influencers) would be: the Chuck Wagon Gang, the Statesmen Quartet, the Blackwood Brothers, the Masters Family, the Browns Ferry Four, and local and regional groups.

Doyle LawsonSmith:  Can you share with us about a special highlight in your career?
Lawson:  Oh my, there are many to draw from, but I suppose the first-time appearance at the Opry with Jimmy Martin was one of the standouts. I had always wanted to go see the Grand Ole Opry and as it turned out, the first time I saw it was from the stage. I was so nervous you could literally see my pants legs shaking. The National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship award is another treasured memory as well as being inducted into the IBMA Hall of Fame in 2012.
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Please Help The Wright Family

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on February 20, 2019 – 5:17 pm -

The Wright Family

The Wright Family

Benefit concert at Redemption Christian Center. 1209 North Vanwert Rd, Villa Rica, GA Saturday, February 23, 2019 @ 5:00 The Paul Family, The Wright Family and many other artists. Come expecting a Blessing. Concessions available!!

This Go Fund Me Account is set up to assist with the final expenses, such as hospital, doctor and funeral expenses for Pastor James Wright. He founded Redemption Christian Center, January 2006. Since that time he has led his congregation in purchasing land and constructing a new sanctuary. His goal was to have the sanctuary to be debt free upon completion. His dream was fulfilled December 22, 2018 when Redemption Christian Center was granted an occupancy permit. Pastor James had the privilege of attending the new sanctuary on three different occasions before his death.

Memorial Day James began having symptoms of nausea and severe pain. His doctors began immediate tests to check for heart issues. When those tests came back negative more tests began. CT Scans, Biopsy’s, Pet Scan and others until he was diagnosed with Hepatocellular Carcinoma. From the date of his diagnoses until his death was a period of only three months.

James was not only the Senior Pastor to Redemption Christian Center, he was also a member of The Wright Family and traveled many years with his family ministering and singing Southern gospel. He was a member of the Southern Gospel Promoters Association (SGPA) and had served as Chaplain for the past 5 years.

Many years ago James had taken an insurance policy so that his family would not be left with a final expense at his passing away, however, due to his age the policy was no longer in effect leaving no insurance coverage at his death.

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Jason Crabb Garners 2nd GRAMMY Award

Written by Staff on February 19, 2019 – 5:35 pm -

Crabb and producer Jay DeMarcus React to Win for Unexpected

Photo: Courtesy of the Recording Academy™/photo by Randy Shropshire, Getty Images © 2019
Courtesy of the Recording Academy™/photo by Emma McIntyre, Getty Images © 2019
LOS ANGELES, CA  – Multi-Award winning artist Jason Crabb has added another accolade to his career. The beloved singer, songwriter, actor, musician, author and television host, garnered his 2nd GRAMMY Awardon Sunday, February 10, 2019, for the album, Unexpected.
Produced by Jay DeMarcus (Rascal Flatts), the project was well received and garnered critical acclaim, even being named one of USA Today’s ‘Nashville’s Best Albums of 2018. The recording featured special guests Gary LeVox (Rascal Flatts) and Kaya Jones along with a song co-written with disco icon, Gloria Gaynor, who Crabb met a few years ago on Twitter.
Crabb previously won a GRAMMY award in 2010 for his debut self-titled album. During his celebrated career, he has amassed 22 GMA Dove Awards along with a host of industry honors and recognitions.
Crabb says: “I’m just so thankful. I am thankful to the academy, to my staff and team, managers Philip & Tina Morris, my PR, the band, Jeff Roberts Agency, the pastors and promoters who invite us in, Jentezen Franklin and his family who has been so kind and to Jay DeMarcus who produced this record and to Ed, Dottie, and everyone at Daywind Records. Thank you to all the singers, musicians and songwriters for pouring your heart into this record. When I got up there and I looked out and saw everyone, and I saw my girls, I was just so happy and thankful that they were there with me to share this moment. I love my family. To everyone that was in this category, I love you and you’re all my friends. It was special to be nominated alongside my true friends. I love you all, I love Jesus and I am just so thankful!”
Jay DeMarcus comments: “As a producer, there is no higher honor in the recording arts than for a project you produced to win a GRAMMY award. As a friend, I am proud and excited for my buddy, Jason Crabb! Thank you to the academy, Jason’s team and everyone who supported this project. This sure feels great! Congratulations Jason!!!!
The 61st Annual GRAMMY® Awardswere held at Los Angeles’ STAPLES Center on Sunday, February 10, 2019. For more information on the GRAMMY Awards,

For an in depth feature on Jason Crabb, written by Lorraine Walker, click here.

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Written by scoopsnews on February 19, 2019 – 12:24 pm -

MARCH 2019

  1. We’ll Never Walk Alone- Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
  2. Let My Life Be A Light- Balsam Range
  3. That’s Grace- Primitive Quartet
  4. Songs Like Those- Chigger Hill Boys & Terri
  5. When The Storm Is In My Path- Heaven’s Mountain Band
  6. Super Water- King James Boys
  7. Why Should I Worry- Canaan’s Crossing
  8. Wanna Be- Southern Raised
  9. On The Sea Of Life- Jeff & Sheri Easter
  10. Fill My Cup Lord- Stiff Family
  11. Who But God- Eagle’s Wings
  12. Thinkin’ Outside The Box- Dave Adkins
  13. Most Requested Prayer- Heaven’s Mountain Band
  14. Little Why Church By The Way- Rumfelt Family
  15. By The Marks In His Hands- Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
  16. Water Grace- Chosen Road
  17. Now I’m Here- Stevens Family Tradition
  18. Hide Me Behind The Cross- Tonja Rose
  19. Little Black Train- Barry Abernathy & Darrell Webb
  20. Glimpse Of The Kingdom- Chris Jones & The Night Drivers





Congrats Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver! NUMBER 1

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Southern Gospel Weekend To Kickoff With “Heroes Night”

Written by scoopsnews on February 19, 2019 – 7:31 am -

Southern Gospel Weekend is excited to announce “Heroes Night” to kickoff the event on Thursday night, March 21, 2019.  We are excited to be honoring Oxford’s heroes, including all veterans, military and first responders.

The evening festivities will begin at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 21, 2019. Invite everyone you know to this free, three day Southern gospel event, especially every veteran, military, or first responder. We want this to be a special time for them as we celebrate what Faith, Family, and Freedom mean to us.

Below is a list of the artists that will be performing. There will be daytime showcases Friday and Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m. and nightly concerts, March 21- 23, at 5:00 p.m.

See you there!

Find Out More About Southern Gospel Weekend HERE

For any visitors to Oxford: As a dedication to the veterans that lived in Oxford, Ala., and the public safety personnel that were killed in the line of duty, the City of Oxford built Liberty Park. Liberty Park is located at the south end of the civic center. Liberty Park is free and open to the public 24 hours per day, according to Oxford Access Magazine.

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Editor’s Last Word: You can do it in 2019!

Written by Staff on February 18, 2019 – 7:10 pm -

January 2019 SGNScoops Magazine

January 2019 SGNScoops Magazine

January 2019 SGNScoops Magazine: Editor’s Last Word

By Lorraine Walker

Happy New Year! As we head into the month of January, I hope that you had a lovely Christmas season and were able to reunite with family, friends and loved ones. For those that had an empty chair this year, our hearts grieve with you. For those that added an extra space, we rejoice. You never know what is ahead for the next 12 months, but one thing is for sure: God does.

God knew what he was doing when he gave the Wisecarvers their talent and the desire to use their gifts for him. What a great example of the many family groups that have begun to really shine in the last few years. If you haven’t had a chance to hear them, you need to seek them out and listen to their music. We were thrilled that Dixie Phillips had time to chat with this family and to share their story in SGNScoops. Congratulations to the Wisecarvers for being our first cover story for 2019!

You will find the thread of family throughout this magazine, as I’m sure you have noted by now. Westward Road, Endless Highway, the Rochesters, and even Charlie Griffin’s feature – an abbreviated version of the history of Southern gospel music – emphasizes the role that family harmony plays in all genres, but especially in gospel music. For many of us are not blood relatives as such, but we are family because we believe in the saving power of the blood of Jesus Christ. One of our lessons, while we are here, is to learn to love each other. I pray that this year, I will find ways to show love, caring, and appreciation for fellow believers. Will you join me?

Lorraine Walker

Lorraine Walker, editor of SGNScoops

As we turn the page to a new month, new year, new calendar, many people make goals and lists of how they will grow or improve in the upcoming weeks. I’d rather pray that the Lord will help me draw closer to him. But I also have to admit that I have a sinking feeling when people mention resolutions. When I look at some of the years gone by, I know that those resolutions have also gone by the wayside. Some have been shelved and others have just stalled. Do you ever feel that way?

May I encourage you, as I am trying to encourage myself now, to find your hope, peace, and joy in the Lord? He tells us that if we believe that he is our source of strength, then he will be what we need to hit that resume button on goals or plans to use everything he has given to us to be able to mature into the person that can serve him with excellence. Whether that means you become healthier in body, mind or spirit, or whether you expand your knowledge of the Lord and his word, or whatever he has given you to do this year – you can do it. The Lord will enable you to do what he has asked you to do. Find out what that is. Let’s grow together in 2019.

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Change For 3rd Row Boys

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on February 18, 2019 – 10:33 am -

Change For 3rd Row Boys

Change For 3rd Row Boys

Throughout the history of 3RB, God has orchestrated some very interesting and wonderful changes. About 3 years ago when we decided to venture into the world of southern gospel radio, little did we know what God would reveal to us! He has blessed us so richly since then, and has opened doors to many new opportunities and experiences. We’ve met so many new people and been able to sing in some truly memorable places! We’ve even had our very first top 40 song! God is good!! We know that there are even more wonderful things in store and we are excited to see them happen!

One thing in store for us is another change. After almost 5 years of singing with 3RB, Josh Ranke has decided it is time for him to step down. As many of you know, he and his beautiful wife Katie just welcomed their first child Alexis in October after a very tedious pregnancy. God blessed them with a beautiful and healthy baby girl, and their story has become a very powerful testimony in our concerts. However, it also was the beginning of God revealing new plans that He has in store for Josh and Katie. For those of you who know Josh well, you know he has a HUGE heart for ministry and seeing souls saved. So much so, that he is willing to sacrifice anything to see people come to Christ, especially youth. With the increased reach and travel of 3RB, Josh feels he needs to step away in order to have time to move into other areas of ministry that God is presenting to him. We love Josh and Katie so much and know that they are truly following God’s leading. We will miss them dearly, but we can’t wait to see what’s in store for them as well as 3RB!

So now we are preparing for our next chapter. We are starting our search immediately but are VERY thankful that Josh has decided to stay on board until we find a new vocalist. He feels very adamant about the future of 3RB and wants to make sure we have plenty of time to find the right man to take his place. We are very grateful for Josh staying on board until then because we want to make sure we find the perfect fit! With that being said, we will be holding auditions over the next few months as we anticipate an exciting new season for 3RB! If you or someone you know is interested and feel would be a good fit for our group, please send us an MP3 or video of you singing, along with a pic and brief history of your ministry experience. Please email it all to and we will be in touch with you if we’d like to know more and set up an audition. We have some exciting times ahead of us and can’t wait to see who God has in store for it all!

Thank you all for your continued prayers, love and support! We do appreciate your prayers that we will be very God honoring in our search for a new vocalist, and that our hearts will be patient for that man that He has planned for us. In the meantime, if we are in your area soon, please be sure to join us so you can see Josh and give him well wishes for his bright future! God bless you all!

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Pray For Josh Townsend

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on February 17, 2019 – 7:53 pm -

Pray For Josh Townsend

Pray For Josh Townsend

From Legacy Five

Would y’all please say a prayer for JT? After our concert tonight, while loading our equipment, he had another seizure. We called for an ambulance, the EMT checked him out and said that he is ok to travel the 5 hours to Nashville. He has an appointment with his doctor first thing tomorrow. Let’s let him know we are praying for him and encourage him in the comments on this post.

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