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August 2019 SGNScoops Magazine

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on August 12, 2019 – 8:01 pm -

August 2019 SGNScoops Magazine

August 2019 SGNScoops Magazine

Happy August and welcome to our hot summer edition of SGNScoops Magazine. Thank you for joining us. We hope you take a moment to sit in the shade, kick back, and read some great features.

Most of you know that we lost a great Southern gospel personality in July. Dr. Jerry Goff was known by many and also a friend to many. He and his wife, Jan, have directly involved with our Diamond Awards annual presentations for many years. We have dedicated a large portion of this issue to salute a great man. Charlie Griffin has provided a biography of Dr. Goff’s life and many artists have shared their memories.
Also featured are Scott Brand of Gold City by Jimmy Reno, Jim Britton of the Britton Family by Les Butler, and Josh and Ashley Franks by Robert York. Bill Dykes talks to Dr. Neal Weaver and John Herndon showcases the Noblemen Quartet. For those wondering what happened to Dale Brock of Poet Voices, Craig Harris shares his interview with this artist.
Don’t miss Vonda Armstrong’s D.J. Spotlight or Randall Hamm’s CD reviews. All this plus radio charts, Coastal Events Update, the Publisher’s Point and the Editor’s Last Word.
We hope you don’t miss one article in this jam-packed issue, but more importantly, we pray you don’t miss the heartbeat within every feature and artist. We all desire that you sense the love of Jesus and his encouragement today. Allow him to lift your spirit and refresh your soul.
If you have any questions or comments, please write to the editor at lorraine@sgnscoops.com. We would love to hear from you.
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DOMINION AGENCY ANNOUNCES BRAND NEW DUO AS TIMOTHY AND HOSANNA NOBLE TIE THE KNOT

Written by Staff on August 16, 2019 – 1:59 pm -

DOMINION AGENCY ANNOUNCES BRAND NEW DUO AS TIMOTHY AND HOSANNA NOBLE TIE THE KNOT

TIMOTHY AND HOSANNA NOBLE

Waynesville, NC – Dominion Agency has been proud to represent Timothy Noble for some time now, and we invite you to join us in congratulating he and Hosanna (Plath) Noble on their recent marriage! With this union, Timothy and Hosanna have also launched an incredibly dynamic duo ministry.

The couple met at National Quartet Convention in 2016, were engaged in the summer of 2018 and married on June 29, 2019. They performed together at National Quartet Convention in 2018, Timothy on the piano, singing and playing while Hosanna played the violin and won the hearts of the crowd and judges alike, earning them a trip to the main stage that evening. 

Timothy began playing piano at the tender age of three. The hymns he heard in church were his first choice of music, and by six years old, he was taking piano lessons and singing along as he played. He was only ten years old when he started traveling and performing with his family. His recording studio, Noble Sound Recording, is where he produces not only his own albums, but tracks and CD’s for other artists, as well.

Like her husband, Hosanna started music lessons at a very young age. At just five years old, she began taking music lessons. The violin is her instrument-of-choice. She has attended the Stamps-Baxter School of Music, studying voice under the guidance of Allison Speer. Hosanna traveled with her family, The Plath Family, for five years prior to her marriage to Timothy.

God has blessed this couple with not only an adoration for Him, but a desire to serve Him through their music ministry, bringing honor and glory to His name in all that they do.

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To book this duo at your church or special event, contact Michael Davis at: (828) 454-5900.

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Karen Peck and New River Receive Two 2019 Dove Award Nominations

Written by Staff on August 15, 2019 – 5:38 pm -

Karen Peck and New River

Karen Peck and New River

Nashville, Tenn – Five-time GRAMMY® Award nominated and six-time Dove Award-winning family group Karen Peck and New River were honored with two nominations for the 2019 GMA Dove Awards.

The group received the coveted Southern Gospel Artist Of The Year nomination as well as the as the Southern Gospel Recorded Song Of The Year for the group’s number one song, “I Know I’ll Be There”, (writers) Dave Clark, Karen Peck Gooch, Wayne Haun.

Karen Peck and New River Receive Two 2019 Dove Award Nominations

On Wednesday, Karen was also honored to be one of the announcers of the 2019 GMA Dove Award Nominees, along with Natalie Grant and Jekalyn Carr.

Of the nominations, Karen said, “We are very grateful and honored to have two GMA Dove Awards Nominations for SG Artist and SG Song. We always pray diligently about the songs the Lord wants us to record. It was a pure joy to co-write ‘I Know I’ll Be There,’ with producer Wayne Haun and award winning writer Dave Clark. This song is dear to our hearts. Also, we are very thankful for the Southern Gospel Artist Nomination. I’m thrilled to work with such an amazing team. Together we will keep persevering for the Lord. We are blessed beyond measure.”

Given the rich and extensive history of the group, it is no wonder they have been nominated for these two prestigious awards. Led by Gospel Music Hall of Fame member, Karen Peck Gooch, New River was formed in 1991 when Karen teamed with her husband, Rickey, and her sister, Susan, to create the powerhouse trio.
In addition to their busy ministry schedule, singing hundreds of dates every year across the country, Karen is a recognized leader in the Southern Gospel Music Industry. She serves on the Board of Directors for Abraham Productions, and is still active as the first woman to be named President of the Southern Gospel Music Association.

Karen Peck and New RiverBut it is the continued love and support of her extensive fan base, earned by KPNR’s transparent heart for ministry, along with their impeccable harmony blend and vocal prowess, that has made them such a popular and successful ministry force.

The 50th GMA Dove Awards show will be held in Nashville on October 15 at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena. The 2019 Dove Awards will be taped to air on Trinity Broadcasting Network on October 20, at 8 pm EST / 5 pm PST.

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Daniel Riley of Gold City gets good news

Written by Staff on August 15, 2019 – 1:53 pm -

Daniel Riley of Gold CityAs many of you know, Daniel Riley of Gold City had a severe injury from a fall off of a ladder on July 23, 2019. He suffered a broken wrist and complicated broken ankle.

Daniel has already undergone surgeries and wound care and therapy for these injuries.

Please Pray For Daniel Riley

Please Pray For Daniel Riley

Today, he posted some good news on Facebook:

UPDATE Thursday, August 15, 2019

My surgery on Wednesday, August 14, was successful. The surgeon was able to work around the ankle wound and make the necessary repair to the left ankle fracture, and he feels a good result was achieved. As soon as the doctor says it’s ok for me to travel, I plan to be back on the bus and stage with Gold City. I’m not sure how long that will be, but I am so very thankful for that light at the end of the tunnel from this accident. Thank you so much for praying for me and Gold City as they continue to tour and share the gospel. See you soon!

Please keep praying for Daniel Riley.

August 2019 SGNScoops Magazine

August 2019 SGNScoops Magazine

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Scott Brand of Gold City is featured in the August issue of SGNScoops magazine, in a story by Jimmy Reno.

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Gospel Music Weekend Slated for Ohio

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on August 15, 2019 – 8:03 am -

Gospel Music Weekend Slated for Ohio

Gospel Music Weekend Slated for Ohio

Rob Patz and Coastal Events are excited to announce that Gospel Music Weekend—Ohio is coming to Mansfield, Ohio, July 16-18, 2020.

Situated midway between Columbus and Cleveland and in the foothills of the Allegheny Plateau off of I-71, Mansfield will play host to one of several Gospel Music Weekend events planned for 2020 and 2021. As part of this grassroots movement, Patz is strategically beginning these events to feature mostly regional artists. “I want to see gospel music grow, and I believe that the way to do that is at the local level. Ohio has welcomed us with open arms, and we already have several exciting things planned for Gospel Music Weekend Ohio.”

The three day event will include concerts on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings as well as daytime showcases, workshops, special events, and Midnight Prayer. Some of the artists appearing from the Great Lakes Region are the hometown group, Diamond Award winning Gloryway Quartet, Ohio-based artists Ezekiel’s Call, The Bobby Jones Family, New Promise, Kristen Stanton, and Diamond Award nominees Justified Quartet and Matchless Grace from Michigan. Gospel Music Weekend Ohio will also be showcasing other talent from Michigan,
Indiana, and Ohio and introducing artists from outside the region to the state of Ohio.

In your visit to Mansfield, be sure to take the time in between concerts to check out the Richland Carrousel Park, featuring 52 hand-carved figures or Malabar Farm State Park, a 900-acre estate of Pulitzer Prize winner Louis Bromfield and the location of the nuptials of Hollywood icons Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. If you’re feeling really brave, schedule your tour of the Ohio State Reformatory which has made appearances in Hollywood movies The Shawshank Redemption, Air Force One, and Tango & Cash.

If you are an artist wishing to participate in Gospel Music Weekend or if you are a fan and
would like more information, please send an email to events@sgnscoops.com.
Gospel Music Weekend events are anchored by Creekside, coming up October 27-31, 2019,
in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. To secure your hotel room, please call Rob Patz at 360-933-0741.

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John Schneider is Recycling Grace

Written by Staff on August 14, 2019 – 1:37 pm -

John Schneider is Recycling GraceWhen he was just eight years old, John Schneider would entertain his friends and their families with magic shows. He knew then he had a love for performing and that would carry on through his teens and into adulthood. This predilection for acting led to the role of Bo Duke on the TV series, “The Dukes of Hazzard,” a job that would change his life and bring him fame.

 

Reflecting back on the series 40 years later, Schneider says, “It’s hard to imagine anything has been 40 years really, but what a special time in my life.” The friendships he made during the production of The Dukes of Hazzard” would carry on through present day. 

 

In 1981, at the height of the popularity of his show, Schneider released his debut country album, “Now or Never.” His first single from the album, a cover of the Elvis Presley song, “It’s Now or Never,”peaked at No. 4 on the U.S. Country Billboard charts and remains the top charting Elvis cover to date, by any artist. Schneider had found another avenue to tell stories, through music, and he knew that was what he was destined to do. He enjoyed great success during his country music career with four No. 1 singles on the Billboard Country Charts and 10 top 10 hits.

 

John Schneider is Recycling GraceSchneider was tapped for the role of Jonathan Kent on the CW Network series, “Smallville,” in 2001. The show followed a young Clark Kent growing up in Smallville, Kansas before he became the hero, Superman. 

 

“I was the ‘Uncle Jesse’ of that series,” Schneider muses, as he reflects back on the character portrayed by Denver Pyle on “The Dukes of Hazzard.”

 

“What made “Smallville” such a great show was the emphasis it made on family and how important family is,” says Schneider. “In my opinion, it is the best portrayal of the Superman mythology of any other show or movie.”  He credits that to the creative team of Alfred Gough and Miles Millar who created and produced the “Smallville” series.

 

John Schneider is Recycling GraceThe lack of family friendly programming available today bothers Schneider. “It’s not a decline in the morals of everyone who creates shows or movies. It’s about business. If the demand for those types of shows is there, then people will make them because it’s a business and they create these shows to make money.”

 

Schneider believes the market is there for family friendly movies and shows. As a result, he is creating them in his John Schneider Studios. “We have a new movie we are making called ‘Christmas Cars.’ It’s the story of a man trying to save his farm by selling diecast replicas of the cars he used to drive 40 years ago,” he says. “A lot of my story is in this movie.”

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Jon Groves: Why don’t men worship?

Written by Staff on August 13, 2019 – 12:08 pm -

Jon Groves: Why don't men worship?Men aren’t worshipping. You probably have noticed at your church that ladies tend to be more active in times of musical worship than men. At first, I thought it was just because most worship songs sounded like a love ballad from a girl to her boyfriend… But turns out, there’s more to the story.

At one particular church, I was feeling the pressure to not engage because no other man was. But after turning my attention toward heaven, I began to notice a phenomenon. Other men followed. And others followed them.

So I started to ask these questions: What kind of worship is for men? Is it a particular flavor? Is there some sort of biblical example for how men ought not only to look but how they ought to participate in worship?

Let’s go to the Word:

Worship Like A Man

Recently, I was standing on the front row of an affluent church in the south as the worship leader began the service. I usually sit on the front row, especially when I am going to be speaking. One contrast to itinerant ministry vs. pastoring is the lack of consistency stylistically. Having become accustomed to a particular culture and energy, it can be a bit off-putting at first to stand in an entirely new and different context.

This particular Sunday, not only was I standing in a less enthusiastic environment than I might have expected, I had also come through a rather tiring week. All to say, I simply wasn’t feeling it that day.

My affinity for the front row has much to do with the ever-present distractions that latecomers and new parents provide combined with my ADD. Knowing this of myself, my habit is to face forward no matter what I hear behind me. But what I was about to see this Lord’s Day would retain my dumbfounded attention for the next two worship songs, including their 17 bridges: I saw men. Hundreds of men. Standing. Silent. Hands clasped together in their front like they were groomsmen or secret service agents at an auspicious event.

This simple hand gesture that was unanimously embraced by the men of this church revealed so much, not only of their church, but of the culture of worship in the United States.

Hands clasped together at our front, especially for men, is a subliminal message we do not even realize we are sending. It protects a weak area while signaling that we recognize this isn’t the time or place to cross our arms in a display of aggression or defiance. This posture reveals a timidity, discomfort, and feeling of vulnerability without a word ever being spoken. Some were singing. Most were staring. All were signaling: this praise and worship isn’t for us.

Look at David

As a man, I love studying the life of David. He was a brilliant military mind and was not afraid to pick a fight. This king was strong. He was brave.

Yet, even amidst the many monikers of manhood and kingship, the hallmark of his life, my favorite title is that he was a “man after God’s own heart.”

David was a passionate worshipper and seeker of the face of God. He was a skilled harp player. David was a multi-platinum recording, best-selling psalm writer. Maybe that’s why he was uniquely qualified and gifted to teach men about worship and demonstrate his teachings in the process.

The life and reign of David is nearing its end in 2 Samuel 24, and David is about to step into some extraordinarily dangerous waters. He has demanded that the people and armies of the nation of Israel be numbered.

We take censuses and polls all the time, but David is balking against an Exodus 30:12 principle that basically states that you only number things you own. And since God owns the nation of Israel, you don’t need to count them, you need to count on God.

David’s numbering of the people and armies before his death was an act of pride in an attempt to credit his own leadership or possibly discern, apart from seeking God, whether he had the power to accomplish one last military feat against a neighboring nation. Regardless, David is overtaken in pride.

But what I love about this man is that just as quick as he succumbed to the temptation of Satan, his heart was broken in sensitivity toward God in his awareness of sin. (Man after God’s own heart. Not perfect. But prayerful.)

Skip toward the end of the chapter when David heads out to the threshing floor of Arauna to offer sacrifices on an altar to God. Though Arauna tries to bless David with free land and free sacrificial animals as a gift, David’s response is what makes the story: “I will not offer burnt offerings to the Lord that cost me nothing.”

Jon Groves: Why don't men worship?Today I write to the men, both young and old. I write to those who are raising men. I write to the churches that are hemorrhaging men. A relationship that does not cost you anything is not worth anything. And just like the costly box of spikenard poured on the head of Jesus by the woman, men are likewise compelled to an authentic worship that may cost you something (but will reveal your everything in Christ.) Since real men are wired to pay, I want to reveal your opportunity to work on your worship, as David reveals what it may cost you:

1. Worship will cost you everything.

2 Samuel 6:14: “And David danced before the LORD with all his might. And David was wearing a linen ephod.”

No reservation. No hesitation. David gives not some, but all of his might to God in worship. I don’t know about you, but I’m not much of a dancer. I didn’t grow up dancing. I’m not good at dancing. And I’m not saying you necessarily have to do backflips across the room holding your worship flags and balancing the offering plates. But I am suggesting that authentic worship, even for manly men, is going to require some energy.

David’s linen ephod is historically a form-fitting garment. Not much is hidden here. And rather than encourage all men to adopt the painted on skinny jeans accompanied by smedium shirts from the Baby Gap, I’d encourage us to adopt this concept metaphorically. Real worship is not the absence of insecurity and vulnerability, it is preoccupation with the presence of God. For worship or the lack thereof, men will one day pay. You much choose whether you will spend your energy now willingly, or spend eternity wishing you had.

2. Worship will cost you your heart.

Psalm 54:6: “With a freewill offering I will sacrifice to you;
I will give thanks to your name, O LORD, for it is good.”

Notice David’s offering is “freewill.” Meaning, he brings it to the Lord of his own volition.

As a former worship pastor myself, I remember the struggle of feeling like I had to do two or three fast songs just to get people’s attention. There were the freewill few on the front row who would have jumped, clapped, and sung, were I leading with a kazoo. But my goal was to usher the frozen chosen on the remaining rows into the throne room of an awe and awareness of God’s presence.

I’d instruct, “Clap your hands.” “Lift your hands.” “Sing out!” “Focus on these words!” Eventually, you’d get a few of the deacons or second row leaders who would begrudgingly (at first) participate in musical worship (after a few moments of awkward direct eye contact with me).

And once you have the men on your team, you have the whole family. Wives, sons, daughters, and other men follow the men’s lead.

So, what if we had some men who God designed to be family leaders, decide to be worship leaders from their place in their row? What if men’s seeking and response to the presence of God was freewill and not forced? The church would be turned upside down. Our families would be turned upside down.

Men, I know you’re strong and tough. But by yourself, you’re not strong enough. God would love to help you keep your home, but first He must conquer your heart. The worship account will be filled by something or someone. Without the investment of worship in your family, you open up their future to a gamble with Satan.

3. Worship will cost you the spotlight.

2 Samuel 6:20–22: “[20] And David returned to bless his household. But Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David and said, ‘How the king of Israel honored himself today, uncovering himself today before the eyes of his servants’ female servants, as one of the vulgar fellows uncovers himself!’ [21] And David said to Michal, ‘It was before the LORD, who chose me above your father and above all his house, to appoint me as prince over Israel, the people of the LORD—and I will celebrate before the LORD. [22] I will make myself yet more contemptible than this, and I will be abased in your eyes…'”

I know this is the one every man was excited about. If you are not a clapper, singer, dancer, or hand-lifter, you cringe at the thought of a spotlight. You avoid those things to keep people from looking at you. Well, I have good news and bad news right now. But it really is a matter of perspective.

Bad news: People are going to look at you. In fact, David shows us that when we abandon our pride in pursuit of God’s presence, people may very well misunderstand and mock us. Worshipping God will illuminate others to your presence as a single light in a room of darkness.

Good news: David says we get to grow deeper in this thing…more and more. Because it’s not about us. “It is before the Lord.” And if our worship is real, it may cost us our anonymity in the congregation, but when people look at us, the spotlight will really be on the reason for our worship: Jesus.

In our 2 Samuel 24 passage, let us not forget that a threshing floor is a high, visible place. It is where the wind catches the chaff and whisks it away, much like worship serves as the platform for God to get rid of the flakey stuff in our hearts and lives. Oh, and small little detail: The threshing floor where David now stands is in the neighborhood where Abraham would offer Isaac in worship, where David would provide for his son to build a temple to worship, and where God would offer His Son so that you can worship.

Real worship is a product of the price Jesus paid for our sin. And the more we realize how much we do not deserve to worship, the more passionately we will worship. Men who do not realize that worship is not about them do not participate in it.

The participation and presence of men in worship speaks volumes.
Likewise, the absence of men in worship speaks loudly.

Men, worship is hard work.
But it’s worth it…
Your family is worth it.
Your church is worth it.
JESUS is worth it.

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Melody Without Measure – “Highlight Reel”

Written by scoopsnews on August 13, 2019 – 6:36 am -

Ashley, Jaquita, & Katy

Life is like a melody, with highs and lows and everything in between. But what’s a melody without harmony, touching lyrics, and beautiful orchestrations? Katy, Ashley, and Jaquita have a desire to be that kind of support, encouraging and inspiring all who read to find the sweet melody in the chaos.

Jaquita Lindsey grew up in Camden, Arkansas, where music and ministry have always been a major part of her life, from singing in choir at school and church, to singing and playing drums with local groups. In January of 2014, she joined the Southern Gospel trio 11th Hour. Ministry is beyond the edge of the stage for her. “While songs and messages are an amazing source of encouragement for me, it goes beyond that during hard times of life. Nothing ministers to me more than having a friend tell me they’ve prayerfully had me on their heart. God can use us to build up each other.”

Ashley Easley began singing at the age of 4, in her home church in Heflin, Alabama. That day, music became her first love, until several years later when she met Jesus. She began traveling at the age of 15 and has always loved the ministry. In 2007, she met Josh Franks, and one year later they were married. The two have been married almost 12 years and have two children- Priscilla, 8, and Eli, 5. The Franks family continues to travel week to week and sing, but every Sunday and Wednesday you will find them on Airways Boulevard in Savannah, Tennessee, where Josh is the Senior Pastor at People’s Tabernacle Church. 

Katy Peach, as a young girl from Columbus, Ohio, had big dreams of traveling the country on a bus, singing Southern Gospel music. She was extremely blessed to have done just that for many years. But shortly after the arrival of twin boys, Clayton and Shelton, Katy’s dream changed to that of a mother whose desire was for her children to have a “normal life.” Although Katy can still be found in the studio on occasion, she now works in Banking while her husband, Troy Peach of The Perrys, continues to travel full-time. “I have certainly learned over the years that you don’t have to be on stage to be used by God and although I miss traveling and singing at times, I’m thankful for opportunities to minister and encourage from home.” 

 

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Meet Singer/Songwriter Don Stiles

Written by Staff on August 12, 2019 – 10:14 am -

Don StilesThe song “Three Story House” has been appearing on many radio and magazine charts for a few months, introducing the music and voice of Don Stiles to listeners across the nation. This talented artist is a songwriter, vocalist and instrumentalist who applies his expertise to both Southern and Country gospel music.

Stiles has been enjoying both genres of gospel music for many years.

“I first listened to gospel music watching the old Gospel Singing Jubilee with the Florida Boys, Happy Goodmans and the Hinsons,” recalls Stiles. “I was about 15 years old when I sang in our local church in Lepanto, Arkansas. Me and my friend Mike Avery sang ‘Old Brush Arbors.'”

Stiles has always been a singer first, with the songwriting a later gift from God. He says the songs just come to him. This musical gentleman also plays the guitar, piano, harmonica and bass guitar, enabling him during the songwriting process.

Don Stiles“I have written between 400 and 500 songs I suppose,” says Stiles. “Two of my favorite songs I’ve written would have to be, ‘The Nail That Pierced My Savior’s Hand,’ and, ‘Satan Lost His Greatest Sinner.’ While I was singing one of these songs, my mother gave her heart to the Lord. While I sang the other song, a younger brother accepted Christ as his Savior as well. How awesome is that?”

Stiles enjoys the songwriting process and having someone to share in his writing. “My favorite cowriter would be my son, Chris. I also enjoy writing with my close friend Doyle Hobson,” says Stiles. His dream would include other writers as well. “I would love to write a song with Lindell Cooley or Bart Millard,” he mused.

All songwriters and vocalists have that one song that is their favorite, even one they wish they had written. Stiles’ is a classic gospel tune.

“‘What a Beautiful Day for the Lord to Come Again,” by Aaron Wilburn and Eddie Crook,” says Stiles. “Why, because no matter what’s going on in and around my life or the world on any given day, it is a ‘Beautiful Day for the Lord to Come Again.'”

Stiles would love to have his work performed by other artists and he names two great male communicator/vocalists: Russ Taff or Jason Crabb.

“’Three Story House’” would be the song,” Stiles notes. “Either one of these brothers would reach many more people with the message in the song than I will.”

Jantina de Haan-Baksteen talked to Stiles about his current release in the Beyond the Song SGNScoops series. For that article, please click HERE

Don StilesThe strong message in “Three Story House” and other Stiles songs displays his faith in Jesus Christ and belief in the Bible. A thorough knowledge of the word of God is a perfect foundation for a Christian songwriter, and a short conversation with Stiles reveals his commitment to the study of the Bible.

“I have several favorite scriptures,” says Stiles, “But one that comes to mind is Ephesians 6:10, which says, ‘…be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might.’ If I continue in His strength and power how can I lose?”

With all of the material he has written and sung, Stiles displays a versatility in his song type. He is on both Christian Country and Southern Gospel radio charts. So what kind of an artist is he?

“I wouldn’t categorize myself as strictly Southern Gospel or Christian Country as I am a mixture of both,” says Stiles. “I also have songs that wouldn’t be in either of these categories.”

“As far as explaining the difference I would just say that a Southern Gospel song has more of a traditional, quartet type sound in most cases,” explains Stiles. “Whereas, a Christian Country song would seem to be a bit more upbeat with steel guitar, fiddles, harmonicas. Both are powerful tools for spreading the Gospel of Christ.”

Stiles himself was impacted with the love of Jesus when he was young. “I first heard the gospel when I was a small lad living with my grandparents, as my grandmother was one praying saint for sure,” says Stiles. “She used to read the bible through at least four times each year. Even though I didn’t give my heart to Christ until several years later, the life she lived was very impactful to me.”

Don StilesWhy does Don Stiles travel, sing, and devote his life to impacting others with the gospel?

“I would be terrified to think of what my life would be like had I not met Jesus. Ever since my wife Kathy and my Uncle Sonny Smith invited me to a revival back in November 1974 and I gave my heart and life to Jesus Christ, I have never been the same. The difference Jesus has made and still makes in my life is ‘all the difference.'”

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11th Hour: Powerful Prayers and Opening Doors

Written by Staff on August 11, 2019 – 10:33 am -

11th Hour: Powerful Prayers and Opening Doors

11th Hour: Powerful Prayers and Opening Doors

Experts may say the world is in the 11th hour and may be approaching apocalypse, because of the downturn in the environment due to man-made pollution. Others say that many animal species are in their 11th hour because of the threat of extinction. Then there is the threat and presence of war, division and discrimination which often makes us feel that humankind is approaching the 11th hour.

 

The truth is that we are in the 11th hour. The Bible clearly tells us that we are in the end times, and frankly, the world’s time clock might be a little slow. But whether or not it is 10 minutes to midnight or five, time is flying by and gospel trio, 11th Hour, desires to spread the knowledge of salvation through Jesus before the clock strikes 12.

11th Hour Amber Eppinette has been the owner and soprano of the group since she began the trio 10 years ago, at the age of 16. This lady has more stage presence and ability to communicate than artists twice her age, yet that does not seem to have changed her attitude or her vision for the group.

This powerful soprano has seen the group’s songs rise in the charts and enjoyed award nominations and achievements. The music of 11th Hour is heard across the nation and the world, yet she is humble and respectful of her call from God.

11th Hour “I truly believe it’s everything from knowing what our call is and that is to minister, on and off the stage, to having a great team that supports and backs us,” says Eppinette. “Our families, the Crossroads label, Beckie Simmons Agency, the churches, and of course all of the D.J.s that believe in our music to play it.”

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Amber Eppinette

The music of 11th Hour can be found on their seven recordings, which includes a recent Christmas album. One single released to radio that received a lot of attention was “Power in Prayer.” This song also brings positive response when performed live during a concert.

“On the ‘Silence the Stones’ project, ‘Power in Prayer’ is probably the most requested,” states alto vocalist, Jaquita Lindsey. “There’s not a person in the crowd that can’t relate with the lyrics to that song. Every one of us have been through a trial and can testify that there’s power in prayer.” 

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Jaquita Lindsey

An 11th Hour song that is personally poignant to Lindsey still receives a lot of airplay.

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