Happy New Year! To celebrate the beginning of a brand new year, we bring you a cover story on a family who is on the brink of new things in Gospel music. The Hyssongs are seeing their music climb the charts more than ever and SGNScoops Magazine want to celebrate with them by sharing their story with you.
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This week Randy and Mary Perry will be Josh and Ashley’s guest. Check out the showtime and station details above.
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Arden, NC. (January 17, 2017) – Crossroads Entertainment and Marketing is excited to announce the return of The Old Paths. After the success of their previous recordings with Sonlite Records and their incredible standing in the industry, we are looking forward with anticipation of continuing with them in this future endeavor. With former members Tim Rackley, Doug Roark and Daniel Ashmore and the addition of Steve Ladd on tenor, the group is poised to retain and even surpass their previous level of success.
From Tim Rackley
“When extenuating family circumstances warranted our departure from the road last December, we didn’t know exactly what God had planned. After much prayer and with our families faring much better—along with their support—we have made the decision to come back on the road for select dates as a group. We are thankful that God has opened this door for us, and we are honored to be able to minister as The Old Paths once again. We appreciate the continuing support of the Crossroads family and Harper Agency that has helped make this return happen. We feel very blessed to share this new phase of The Old Paths with Steve and are excited to see so many of our friends back on the road.“
From Steve Ladd
“I was excited when approached to be a part of The Old Paths return to Gospel music. I have always loved four-part harmony, and these guys are some of the best! I am so thankful for what God has done in my solo ministry. So, to be able to have a solo career still AND sing with these guys on select dates was a no-brainer for me.”
From Ed Harper
“The Old Paths had many fans, churches, and promoters who were disappointed but understanding of their reasons for having to take a break from touring last year. Now being able to record new music and tour select dates will excite their fan base. The Harper Agency is glad that the Lord has allowed this door to reopen for Tim, Doug and all The Old Paths. ”
From Chris White
“What a wonderful opportunity it is to re-unite with The Old Paths. Sonlite Records has had a great relationship with them and certainly look forward to continuing our partnership with them. With the addition of one of the industry’s most prolific tenor singers Steve Ladd, we feel the group will be stronger than ever. We can’t wait to get started and be able to service their loyal fan base once again with more great music and performances.”
New music will be available summer 2017 on Sonlite Records.
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Since 1963, the Pine Ridge Boys have been singing quartet gospel music. Over the years a number of talented men have sang the parts making that unmistakable Pine Ridge Boys sound. Today that legacy continues with renewed energy and focus.
After long time lead singer Duane Rizzo retired, the boys welcomed Jonathan Thompson who captivated audiences with his talents. It was a sad day when he left the group over the Christmas holidays.
Yet The Pine Ridge Boys did not miss a beat. Being part of the Pine Ridge Boys family just means to be ready and “Johnny on the spot.” A huge thank you to Duane Rizzo who stepped into the lead part once again filling in during the transition.
Auditions began during the holidays and the search went far and wide. Yet when the dust settled, right in the Pine Ridge Boys back yard was the man to sing lead.
The Pine Ridge Boys are elated to welcome Steven Craps to the quartet. The twenty-two year old South Carolina native calls Lexington, SC home and is no stranger to gospel music in the southeast.
PRB owner/ manager, Larry Stewart says, “Steven was in our back yard all the time and after the first audition, we called him back to sing some more. He will fit right in with the quartet, because he wants to sing and tell the story we do. Now he is a young’un so that might take some getting used to from us older fellas. We are really excited to have Steven with the quartet. We are introducing him at the RS Central Concert Thursday night (January 19) in Rutherfordton, NC with our friends the Carolina Quartet and the LeFevre Quartet.
Born December 13, 1994 Steven will definitely be the “young‘un” of the quartet. His parents Gregg and Lauri Craps have brought up their children (Steven, Hanah and Darci) in church. At the age of 12, Steven heard his first gospel quartet and the fell in love with the Pine Ridge Boys and the music. In 2010 he started his solo ministry, “Singin’ Steven.” During this time he has traveled the Palmetto state singing his gospel music. Today, ten years after first meeting The Pine Ridge Boys, a dream comes true to be joining the group as their lead singer.
Eight years ago Steven was diagnosed with glaucoma, losing a substantial amount of vision, especially peripheral vision. There is a song that says “defeat is one word I don’t use.” Well, the diagnosis did not stop him; he graduated high school and attended North Greenville University for two years studying music and voice. For the last six years he has traveled and sang with his solo ministry. His desire to overcome and sing truly shows “with God all things are possible!”
Steven is a typical gospel music flunky. He loves listening and attending Southern Gospel concerts when not singing himself. But family is still a priority. As time permits he enjoys doing anything with family or grandparents (Larry and Helen Smith who are also his biggest supporters), and eating. Steven’s motto is, “Don’t live to eat, but eat to live.”
If you have a minute with Steven, he is ready to share with you what God has done for him. He loves singing and telling everyone “Jesus Loves You!”
Larry Stewart shares, “2017 is already proving to be a great year. Tour dates are coming in from across the country. Already we have a charting song starting off the year. We are thankful for the response “I’ve Got A New Song” is receiving on Christian radio. We are working on new material right now with Steven and hope to have our new Classic Artists Records cd out in the near future. We are excited about what is in store for us!”
Be looking for Larry, Wayne, Ivory and Steven when the Pine Ridge Boys are in your area. You will hear some great quartet harmonies and be blessed the age-old story of Jesus Christ.
For more information, music or scheduling contact the Pine Ridge Boys, Larry Stewart, 305 Water oak Street, Inman, SC 29349. Call 864-473-8849 or email Larry@PineRidgeBoys.com .
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Hendersonville, TN – GMA Hall of Fame members, The Nelons, have been honored with the opportunity to sing the patriotic classic, ‘God Bless America’ during the Laying of the Wreath Ceremony, to kick off this week’s Presidential Inaugural events. The ceremony will take place on Thursday, January 19th at Arlington National Cemetery, where President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence will pay homage to American troops. The event is scheduled to be televised as part of the Inauguration coverage on CSPAN at 3:30 pm EST.
While in the nation’s capital, The Nelons plan to participate in a variety of the festivities planned for the historic week, including the Kentucky Ball and New York Gala.
“We are grateful to God anytime we have the privilege of using our voices to honor U.S. Soldiers, but to be with Mr. President Donald Trump and Mr. Vice President Mike Pence during this sacred ceremony is quite a humbling feeling and a day our family will never forget!” shares Kelly Nelon.
Daywind Records is home to an award-winning roster of artists, including Legacy Five, Adam Crabb, Browders, Jim Brady Trio, Greater Vision, Joseph Habedank, The Hoppers, Karen Peck & New River, Michael English, Bowling Family, Tribute, Nelons, Brian Free & Assurance, Blackwood Brothers Quartet and Wilburn & Wilburn. Daywind is distributed to retail through New Day Christian Distributors, Sony RED, and all major digital outlets, including iTunes.
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Columbus, MS, 1/14/17 – M.A.C. Records and Studio 115A team up with Richardson Multimedia Group to handle their social media presence. Bobby and Amy Richardson recently resigned from pastoring after 25 years of in-church ministry and felt God leading them in a new direction. Nine and a half of those years were spent pastoring and leading in the music ministry while the other time was spent youth pastoring. “We watched as social media slowly took over the lives of the youth until where we are today,” said Amy Richardson of Richardson MMG. “Social media has become a part of everyone’s life now and it is not slowing down anytime soon.”
Richardson Multimedia Group was formed to help individuals and growing small businesses develop a community of followers and bring quality and encouragement to the online community. M.A.C. Records and Studio 115A’s social media presence will be managed and expanded through different social media platforms including New Journey Internet Radio (a division of Richardson MMG) which will launch on February 16.
“We are excited to join forces with Richardson MMG to handle the social media needs for M.A.C. Records and Studio 115A. We have been looking for a good partner to help us as we grow the company and it just seemed like a natural fit to partner with Bobby and Amy,” said Dennis McKay of M.A.C. Records and Studio 115A.
You can find M.A.C. Records and Studio 115A on Facebook at www.facebook.com/musicstudi
o115aYou can find Richardson Multimedia Group online at www.richardsonmmg.com..
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Mark Trammell is a legendary figure in this field and has one of the most recognizable baritone voices with a clear and smooth tone. Trammell, an artist many consider one of the greatest quartet men of his time, has graced the Southern Gospel stage for over forty years as of 2016 and shows no sign of slowing down.
Trammell has sung with many great groups including: The Senators, The Kingsmen, The Cathedrals, Greater Vision, Gold City, and now his own group, Mark Trammell Quartet. After leaving Gold City in 2002, Trammell decided to form his own group, The Mark Trammell Trio.
Trammell’s son Nick has a unique perspective of the early days of the group. “I could write a book on the formation of this ministry from my perspective,” Nick explains. “To keep it short, every single detail that needed to be in place, every door that needed to be opened, and every sign that needed to be given, took place with only the willingness of my father to take the step of faith away from what was comfortable, into what he felt like God was calling him to do.
“I can remember standing in our driveway the week after he left Gold City. He said look around you and remember this moment. There was literally nothing there to start a group with. No other singers, no sound system, no mode of transportation, not even a microphone. Within three months, most of that was provided with little more than prayer and patience. I still to this day stand in the driveway and look around every once in a while to remind myself of what we have seen God orchestrate.”
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WZCT Radio is overjoyed to announce the addition of Andrew Brunet to staff as evening DJ.
Station owner, Rejeana Leeth shares this about the addition: “We welcome Andrew Brunet to our station as our evening DJ, seven days a week from 7:00 to 11:00pm every night. He has had great guests on the show already such as: Adam Crabb, Terah Crabb Penhollow, Master’s Promise and Les Butler.”
Andrew Brunet shares this: “I want to thank Rejeana for such a great opportunity to fulfill the dream that God has allowed me to do. I am so thankful to God for the Southern Gospel artists, fans, and listeners that have supported me each night so far and I hope this will continue as we embark on this journey together!”
We encourage you to listen to The Andrew Brunet Show every night on WZCT 1300 AM from7:00 to 11:00pm .
You can also tune in online at: http://www.southerngospelam133
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NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Acclaimed Difference Media husband/wife duo Aaron & Amanda Crabb will head to Washington, D.C., next week to perform at Family Research Council’s Faith Freedom & Future Inaugural Ball, it was recently announced. The couple joins a lineup of top performers, including best-selling comedian Chonda Pierce, at the black-tie gala set to follow the inauguration of President Donald J. Trump on January 20.
“We truly count it an honor to be a part of the Faith Freedom and Future Inaugural Ball,” said Aaron Crabb. “We love this great nation and we are thankful for our faith. To be asked to share the Good News of Jesus through testimony and song at an inaugural ball is a good sign of things to come for the United States of America.”
Family Research Council, one of the country’s leading policy organizations, was founded in 1983 with the mission to champion marriage and family as the foundation of civilization, the seedbed of virtue, and the wellspring of society. FRC shapes public debate and formulates public policy that values human life, upholds the institutions of marriage and the family, and defends religious liberty.
Aaron & Amanda Crabb have five recordings, multiple Dove Award nominations and an Inspirational Country Music Association Vocal Duo Award nomination to their credit, among other accolades. The couple’s critically-praised 2016 Difference Media release, Restore, was produced by Aaron Crabb, a member of Southern Gospel’s iconic, GRAMMY®-nominated Crabb Family. Restore showcases the duo’s signature harmonies and modern country influences, thematically reflecting their recent journey, from launching and pastoring the burgeoning Restoring Hope Church near Nashville to the birth of their fourth child.
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Nathan Kistler of Hope To The Hill posted the following on Facebook today:
Our Faith and Action’s Ministry Team conducted a prayer service held at the interior threshold of the door President-Elect Donald Trump will pass through on his way out of the U.S. Capitol and onto the Inaugural stage where he will swear the Oath of Office on January 20th. Joining Peggy Nienaber in prayer was Nathan Kistler (Hope To The Hill) and Rev. Patrick Mahoney (Christian Defense Coalition).
Faith and Action is a Christian outreach to top-level government officials located in Washington, DC, throughout the United States and around the world. Their purpose is to challenge the minds and consciences of public policy makers with the mandate given by Christ in the two Great Commandments, “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength,” and “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” See more here and on their website here: www.faithandaction.org
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The Power of Being Thankful
I read an article recently about a mother who stopped to get her kids some ice cream cones. She watched her kids take the ice cream and as they took their tasty treat from the lady behind the counter, the mom noticed that not one of them offered a simple thank you. As soon as they walked out of the ice cream shop, the mother took every single ice cream cone and threw them in the trash.
The kids, obviously upset, asked why she would do such a thing. The mom explained the importance of being thankful. This may seem extreme, but that mother probably made a lasting impression on her kids about how important it is to be thankful.
We live in a self-serving, entitled, what’s in it for me society. It’s hard to find people who are truly thankful for anything. My wife and I try our best to instill thankfulness in our kids. We do our best to make sure that “Thank You” is part of their regular vocabulary.
A great example of the power of thankfulness can be found in Luke 17: 11-19 when Jesus heals 10 people plagued with the most horrible disease of that day, leprosy. They all walked away, enjoying the healing, restoration and freedom they thought they would never see again, yet only one of them turns around to thank Jesus, who so graciously had just made them whole again.
Not long ago, someone asked me a question that I think every Christian should answer. The question was, “If you could be any kind of Christian, what kind of person would you be?” I had never been asked that before, but after thinking about it, I answered. I would want to be the kind of Christian, that should scripture continue to be written for future generations, my name would be mentioned.
I would want my faith to be so strong, that demons tremble when I walk into a room, and I would allow God to use me in such a way that I would not just be a footnote, or lumped into a generalized context.
What kind of monumental thing would you have to do to be mentioned in scripture? This one leper was worth being mentioned simply because he was thankful! Wow! Let that sink in for a minute. A simple “Thank You” was enough to get you mentioned in scripture. There was enough power in a simple thank you, to have the Son of God point you out of a crowd.
Think about the people in your life that give you so much. Think about your kids who love you unconditionally, or your wife who supports you and pours so much into you and your kids. Think about the employer that believes in you enough to continually give you a salary to provide for your family. Think about your pastor who spiritually feeds and equips you spiritually.
Now do something that has so much power and go to each of them and thank them for what they mean to you Then think of a God who created you and gave you everything and more than I just mentioned.
Thankfulness! It’s a powerful thing!
By David Staton
First published in SGNScoops Magazine in the November 2016 issue.
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