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May 2017 SGNScoops Magazine

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on May 9, 2017 – 2:09 pm -

May 2017 SGNScoops Magazine

May 2017 SGNScoops Magazine

Welcome to the May edition of SGNScoops Magazine. Happy Mother’s Day to all of our readers. We celebrate with special Mother’s Day features by Sarah Murray and Selena Day.

We are pleased to have Dean Hopper on our cover this month. He and his family talk about how his recent health scare has affected America’s favorite family of gospel music. We know you will enjoy this feature by Craig Harris.
Other artists featured this month include Matthew Gooch, The Browders, Reggie Smith, Jeff Gibson, Donna King, Troy Burns and more. Don’t miss the monthly features by Randall Hamm, Nathan Kistler and Vonda Easley.
There is so much more in this month’s issue. Read it today and let someone else know how much you love SGNScoops Magazine. We trust you find encouragement, engagement, and perhaps even find out something you didn’t know before. Most of all, we hope you see Jesus in our pages and share Him with someone this month!
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Straight From My Heart

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on May 22, 2017 – 3:22 pm -

Straight From My Heart

Straight From My Heart

Angela Marie is a christian/gospel solo artist coming back stronger than ever and ready to share new music and her ministry. Join her and her friends as some of Gospel Music’s Favorite Families and soloists share their ministries and music! In Concert will be: Angela Marie, The Freemans, Misty Freeman, The Steeles, Leonard & Joyce Repass, Tommy Spencer, David Walker, and the comedy of Ray Cooper.

When: Sunday June 4th, 2017
Where: Sevierville Civic Center
200 Gary R Wade Blvd
Sevierville, TN
Time: Doors Open At 5:00 PM Concert At 6:00
Tickets: Call 865-805-7645
General Admission is $12.00 and Artist Circle is $20.00
Limited Seating So Call Today For Tickets!
This Concert Is Expected To Be Sold Out!


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Eric Bennett to be honored by Dr. Jerry Goff at Creekside 2017

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on May 22, 2017 – 8:38 am -

Eric Bennett to be honored by Dr. Jerry Goff at Creekside 2017

Eric Bennett to be honored by Dr. Jerry Goff at Creekside 2017

Pigeon Forge, Tenn. – Multi-award winning bass singer, Eric Bennett of Triumphant Quartet, will be honored with the Life Achievement Award from SGNScoops Magazine this fall at the Creekside Gospel Music Convention 2017. Eric Bennett has been with Dove Award and Grammy Nominated Triumphant since their beginning in 2003, at the same time being nominated and awarded Favorite Bass Singer many times from different Christian outlets.

Eric Bennett is a former pastor who still has a pastor’s heart and has genuine compassion for both audience and artist alike. Bennett comments, “One of the highest achievements is to be honored by your peers. I am truly honored to receive the Life Achievement Award from the SGNScoops Magazine.” The Life Achievement award will be presented to Bennett at Creekside on Monday, October 30, by Rob Patz, Publisher of SGNScoops Magazine and Dr. Jerry Goff.

Dr. Goff comments, “I am excited to participate in giving the SGN Scoops Life Achievement Award to a personal friend and a truly deserving artist and minister.” Dr. Goff and his wife Jan will be at Creekside for the entire Convention, October 30 through November 2 at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center, Pigeon Forge.

“I am excited to be able to honor my friend Eric,” says Rob Pat. “I invite all of our friends to join us at the end of October to show how much we appreciate everyone’s favorite bass singer.”
More information on Creekside Gospel Music Convention 2017, VIP bracelets, free tickets and room reservations can be found at www.creeksidegospelmusicconvention.com.

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Rob Patz – “God, are You Listening?”

Written by Staff on May 19, 2017 – 2:19 pm -

Rob Patz

Rob Patz

Rob Patz – SGNScoops Publisher’s Point

Welcome to the May Publisher’s Point. Of course, May is for mothers, and I want to wish my mom a very happy Mother’s Day. Thank you for always being there for me, loving me and pushing me to do things that I may not have felt comfortable with, but you always believed in me and listened to me.

I often think about listening … you know, the famous saying, “Do you hear me now?” For so many of us, we struggle with listening. It is so much more fun to talk then it is to listen. Have you ever been a part of the conversation and realized that you may have not heard the entire story as you are making a comment and you see the face of the person you’re talking with and the bewilderment on it? I know it’s happened to me, so I’m sure as you’re reading this, you’re thinking of a time that someone didn’t listen to you.

I also have been struggling lately with wondering if God is listening to me. Of course, I know He is. I know He hears everything I say, and at times, I am amazed that the Creator of the universe has enough time to listen to what I have to say. Sometimes, I wonder though if He is really listening. Then, I have to realize that it isn’t the fact that He may not be listening, but that what I am saying may not exactly be what He is wanting for my life.

I’ve dealt with that a lot lately, understanding and questioning a lot of life events that happened. I have spent nights alone pacing the floor, frustrated, asking God, “why won’t you answer my prayer?” I’m quickly reminded that God doesn’t need to answer my prayers, because He’s God and I’m not. I’m also reminded that we don’t serve a God who will answer our prayers if it is something that will hurt us. God cannot do something that is against His will and what He desires for our life to be. God is perfect. He sees the greater picture.

Rob PatzI have to think of my early life in the Midwest. The terrain is very flat in most places, but there are times where there are small hills. If you’re out in farm country, you might be behind a tractor and have a desire to pass one of these tractors that are taking up valuable time by going slower than you think they should. I was always taught that you never passed a tractor on one of these hills, because you don’t know what’s on the other side.

It dawned on me the other day that God knows what’s on the other side of the hill. I see the tractor, which is the problem, and I want to pass that problem. I can’t see everything on the other side of that hill, and God is preparing me for what is just over the crest. This doesn’t mean that I understand, and there are times when I honk the horn to make the tractor move. I’m trying to learn that God has exactly the best thing in mind for me, so He is listening. He may not always answer the way I want, and sometimes, I may wonder exactly where He is.

Susan Ashton had a great song in the 1990s where she talked about God and how at times He felt next to her and other times she felt like she was at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. I will tell you that over the last few months, I have seen new value in that song and in those lyrics.

So know today that God loves you. He hears your prayers. He might be protecting you from what’s on the other side of that ridge, something that at this moment you are not ready for. Even though you want to pass the tractor, you have to wait. Understand that sometimes God asks us to stand still.

My dad used to say that God answers in three ways. He answers “yes,” “no,” and “not right now.” Sometimes, that answer is just not right now. It’s hard to understand, but God has a greater plan for your life than anything you can imagine. If you truly believe that He is your savior, then you also have to truly believe that He wants what’s best for you. We don’t serve a God who is out to punish us. We serve a God who wants us to worship Him and be in a close relationship to Him.

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I hope to see you this year at Creekside 2017, which will be held from Oct. 30-Nov. 2 in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. For more information, visit www.creeksidegospelmusicconvention.com/ or www.facebook.com/Creeksidegospelmusicconvention.

By Rob Patz

First published by SGNScoops Magazine in May 2017.

Rob Patz is the publisher of SGNScoops and the CEO of Coastal Media.

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Rory Feek To Appear on “CBS This Morning Saturday” on May 20

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on May 19, 2017 – 11:22 am -

 Rory Feek To Appear on "CBS This Morning Saturday" on May 20

Rory Feek To Appear on
“CBS This Morning Saturday” on May 20

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Country singer Rory Feek will appear on “CBS This Morning Saturday with Anthony Mason on May 20, discussing the release of his wife Joey Feek’s solo album, If Not For You, performing an unreleased song called “I Like the Sound of That,” and giving an update on life with the couple’s daughter Indiana. Check local listings for the show’s air time.

The singer, songwriter and author visited with Mason about the recently released If Not For You (Gaither Music Group/Farmhouse Recordings), Joey’s solo album which was recorded in 2005 and co-produced by her husband. The 12-song collection features her original rendition of “That’s Important to Me,” which would later be a charting single by Joey+Rory, as well as other tracks that speak volumes about the woman whose life touched the hearts of millions. Rory also performed “I Like the Sound of That,” the last song Joey+Rory sang together, an unreleased song that was written in 2003 by Rory and Billy Falcon.
Rory and his wife Joey comprised the country music duo Joey+Rory, who most recently won a GRAMMY® Award for their Hymns album (Gaither Music Group/Farmhouse Recordings) in February. The couple captured the hearts of many over the past few years as Rory chronicled their love story, the birth of their daughter Indiana and Joey’s cancer battle on his blog, This Life I Live, as well as their preparation for her passing in March 2016 at age 40.
Within the segment, Rory also discusses the couple’s three-year-old daughter Indiana, who was born with Down syndrome and has recently learned to walk, as well as his life now.
The segment airs Saturday, May 20, on CBS and will also be available online after its airing, though the performance of “I Like the Sound of That” will only be available during the televised segment.

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Daryl & Jessica Amundrud Welcome A Son

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on May 18, 2017 – 12:38 pm -

Daryl & Jessica Amundrud Welcome A Son

Daryl & Jessica Amundrud Welcome A Son

Daryl & Jessica Amundrud from Canadian Gospel Group, The Amundruds are excited to announce the birth of their son, Wells Alan Amundrud!! What an incredible blessing! Both Mom and baby are doing well! Dad is doing good too!

Born: Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 12:07 PM
Length: 19.75″ or 50 cm
Weight: 5lbs 13oz
 
Congratulations!

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Be A VIP For $25 Creekside 2017

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on May 18, 2017 – 11:02 am -

Be A VIP For $25 Creekside 2017

Be A VIP For $25 Creekside 2017

Hey Creekside 2017: Southern Gospel Fans! I want to invite you to this year’s Creekside Gospel Music Convention. It will be our Sixth! Can you believe we have now been producing and putting on Creekside for SIX years?!

This is going to be a special year with exciting things going on all four days and we want to encourage you to purchase your $25 VIP ticket. That’s right! $25 for ALL four days! That works out to a little over six dollars a day. There is nowhere else that you can get such a great value and see so many fantastic Southern Gospel Groups. And VIP means preferred seating, special gifts and backstage events.
Creekside Gospel Music Convention will be held at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center,  Pigeon Forge, TN. The Convention runs from October  30 through November 2, 2017 and includes the Diamond Awards on Tuesday night.

If you are interested in purchasing your $25 VIP ticket call Rob at 360 933 0741 or you can buy online at the link below, For hotel reservations please contact 360 933 0741.





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Younger Perspective on Layke Jones by Erin Stevens

Written by Staff on May 17, 2017 – 12:42 pm -

Younger Perspective on Layke Jones by Erin Stevens

Younger Perspective on Layke Jones by Erin Stevens

A word from the writer…
Newbie alert: A fresh face has recently hit the Southern Gospel scene. Today, I’d like to personally welcome Layke Jones of The Jim Brady Trio to the Younger Perspective corner. No need to waste time. This is your chance to meet the new dude on the block.

Erin: It has quickly become known about the impressive accolades you have to your credit in all things musical, but where did it begin for a young Layke Jones discovering his voice?
Layke: Music has always played a big role in my life. My family enjoys listening to music and attending the occasional concert that comes into town, but I don’t think any of my family members would consider themselves musically inclined. All that to say, I’m confident that my passion for making music is a God thing.

I cannot think of a time that I haven’t been drawn to quality music. I remember as a young child being attracted to classical music, because I was fascinated by the big, robust sound that the human voice could produce. Growing up, I spent a good deal of time in choirs, band, dance and church worship programs. I believe the time spent in those activities were, without question, beneficial to what I am doing now.


Erin: For those that may not know the backstory, how did you come to fill the third part with Jim and Melissa?
Layke: During my sophomore year of college, I auditioned for Mark Lowry’s position in the Gaither Vocal Band. While I did not get the job, I did form a relationship with Bill Gaither, which has been one of the biggest blessings in my life. In March of last year Bill informed me that Jim and Melissa were in need of a third singer for their trio, and he believed our voices would mesh well. Three months after Bill connected me with the Bradys, I was a part of the group. So, I, along with several others, have Bill Gaither to thank for my employment.


Erin: In your career thus far, what are some “No way, I can’t believe I got to do that” opportunities you’ve already crossed off the list?
Layke: My top three opportunities would be:

1) Being a part of the newest Gaither Homecoming taping. Spending the day in Studio C, with all those talented folks, will be a memory I won’t soon forget.
2) Singing on the Gospel portion of the Dove Awards last fall.
3) Spending the weekend in rural Tennessee, with a handful of artists for the Gaither Artist retreat. It’s a weekend that allows gospel artists to recharge, reflect, and because it’s a Gaither event, make some beautiful music too.


Younger Perspective on Layke Jones by Erin Stevens

Layke Jones with the Jim Brady Trio

Erin: How are you personally adjusting to life on the road with the Brady Bunch?
Layke: I’ll be honest, adjusting to the road life has not been the easiest for me. That said, I’ve yet to find a job that doesn’t have some sort of minor difficulty.

I try to remind myself that although being home more consistently would be my preference, I get paid to sing and share the gospel every week. That is a huge blessing for any Christian musician, especially at the ripe age of 23. Another blessing is that Jim and Melissa are great to travel with. We have a mutual respect for each other, and we do our best to accommodate each other while on the road, so that makes the traveling much easier.


Layke Jones with Gerald Wolfe

Layke Jones with Gerald Wolfe

Erin: Congratulations on recently graduating from Anderson University. How would you describe your college years?
Layke: I would describe the years spent at AU as busy at times, and trying, but overall memorable. I was involved in our university chorale, symphonic band, jazz band, private voice lessons, dance classes, and on occasion, I attended my actual liberal arts classes. Aside from the busy workload, I was able to form lasting friendships with both students and professors, and I am forever grateful for what AU offered me during my time there.


Erin: I believe I read recently that you play the trombone. Any chance it will be making a grand appearance in the Southern Gospel world?
Layke: I was almost certain my band-geek days were behind me, but who knows. I definitely have a passion for playing and listening to good instrumental music, so if Jim would want to shoot a trombone feature my way, I wouldn’t turn it down. Read more »


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Kody Erwin readmitted to hospital

Written by Staff on May 16, 2017 – 3:01 pm -

Kody Erwin

Kody Erwin

 

DALLAS, TX (May 16, 2017) – Kody Erwin, bass vocalist for family group, The Erwins, has been readmitted to a Dallas, TX area hospital as he continues to battle Viral Meningitis.

The hospital has issued a strict NO VISITORS policy for Kody’s recovery.

The Erwins record for StowTown Records, distributed by Provident Distribution and are based in Edgewood, Texas.

Kody Erwin has been battling viral meningitis since May 10th. He sings with his family, The Erwins and is married to Cayla.

Please continue to pray for Kody.

 


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Wilmington Choir has reason to Celebrate

Written by Staff on May 16, 2017 – 2:05 pm -

Wilmington Celebration Choir with Joey Gore

Wilmington Celebration Choir with Joey Gore

20 years of ministry celebration at Homecoming Concert in Wilmington, N. C.

By Lorraine Walker

The Wilmington Celebration Choir has a unique sound that is part worship choir, part Southern Gospel chorale. Led by Joey Gore, the choir has a tour schedule equal to many artists, and it is enjoyed by audiences across the Southeast, as well as Indiana and Connecticut and even South Africa. The group consists of both professional and volunteer singers and uses both accompaniment tracks and live bands.

“It all started when I came off the road [from the Anchormen] and started working with a church,” Gore begins. “Our first concert was in February 1997 with myself and seven friends. We put on a concert at Wrightsboro UMC (United Methodist Church) in Wilmington, N. C. Some of those same people still sing with me today. We called that event ‘Joey Gore & Friends.’”

Joey Gore, leader of Wilmington Celebration Choir

Joey Gore, leader of Wilmington Celebration Choir

Gore’s group of Friends began to grow.

“I had started doing some recording with local groups and decided to do a showcase-type concert to get them exposure in the local community,” Gore remembers. “At Christmas, we did a concert and put together a little choir. People loved it. Before long, we were doing the showcase of local artists along with the little choir backing it up.

 “The more places we went, the more people liked the whole idea of the choir thing. So we started calling it the Pillar Record Family Choir. As things changed over the years, we just merged it all together into the Wilmington Celebration Choir that people hear today.”  

From Gaither Homecomings to major Southern Gospel artist concerts to INSP television, this isn’t your typical community church ensemble. The vocalists ride a 30-passenger bus and carpool to attend concerts four to five hours from home. Don’t look for old-fashioned robes either. This professional Christian music choir looks smart in black with colored scarves. They will lift you up with praise music, let you get down and shout with Black Gospel, and get your hands clapping to Southern Gospel.

Gore was well equipped to handle this project, as the Lord had been training him all his life for just such a position.

“I began playing piano at age eight and loved Southern Gospel music and was in my first group around age 14,” says Gore. “I also was very active in high school with band and chorus and was student director of both.  

Joey Gore, leader of Wilmington Celebration Choir“My first professional group I played and sang with was Naomi and the Segos in the 1980’s, then later with the Anchormen Quartet. After that is when this all started, and I served in a local church for 18 years. I also have been playing piano with Lynda Randle for around 15 years and also with Karen Peck & New River on occasion when I can. The WCC has grown so much in the last few years that I felt the Lord leading me to leave the church position and work on this full time, along with working in the recording studio quite extensively too. Plus, I’m doing a few piano solo concerts too.”

Working with Wilmington Celebration Choir is definitely not the same as working with a Gospel music group.

“The biggest challenge we have is getting a lot of people where they need to be,” says Gore.  “Some venues we sing in are limited in space, and with the current group of around 65, that can wear you out. And it’s just a lot of people with ideas and such. I try to be strict but not over the top. It’s important to love and encourage people, and they will work harder. I’ve also learned (there’s) some stuff you can’t do anything about, so I just let it go. I’ve grown a lot in that area. If not, it will crush you.”

After 20 years, you would think Gore could direct the choir with one hand tied behind his back. Apparently, life isn’t like that.

“My biggest personal challenge is still trusting God,” Gore explains. “It seems – at times – people will be sick, out, can’t go, etc., and I start to worry how it’s going to turn out. However, every time God makes a way, and we have just what we need. Now, that is amazing. So I’m trying to relax more and let God handle it. Listening to His voice and prayer is the key. I would do it all over again for sure.”

The Wilmington Celebration Choir is going to revel in their 20-year milestone at their homecoming from June 2-3 at Pine Valley Baptist Church in Wilmington, N. C. On Friday night, they will share the stage with Karen Peck and New River, and on Saturday, they have invited back some of their alumni to perform, including Debra Hollis, Paula & Angie, and others.

Karen Peck and New River with the Wilmington Celebration Choir

Karen Peck and New River with the Wilmington Celebration Choir

Looking back on 20 years of travel, Gore remembers a few experiences that have kept him on his toes.

“I have missed planes, drove all night to make an event,” recalls Gore. “I do remember a couple of times that we actually had choir members fall off of the back row. One girl stepped into an orchestra pit, and we have left a few people at places too. But everyone turned out okay.

“We sang on a golf course one time for a wedding. Now, that was an experience. As the bride left the ceremony, we sang, ‘I’ll Fly Away’ … hilarious.”

The years have brought many special moments as well.

“We have been so blessed and never take any of the doors opening for granted,” Gore points out. “I guess one highlight is always working with Bill Gaither. He always is so nice and enjoys the choir on his concerts.

“Another thing that is currently happening is that I received a call from Rick Shelton over at Daywind, and we have been asked to premiere a new Christmas musical in Gatlinburg this summer at the LifeWay Worship Conference. That is very exciting for us. I hope something further will come from that. People always are asking for our music and arrangements in sheet music, so we’ll see what happens.”

Joey Gore with the Wilmington Celebration ChoirMany people sitting in the audience who love music will hear Gospel Music artists or the choir and want to become a part of it. To future members, Gore says, “The biggest thing with us is commitment. Singing I can work on, but if you are just interested on occasion, and not really committed, it won’t work for either party. We sing a lot these days, and most of my people just absolutely love it.”

With chorale music becoming more popular and school groups as well as other types of choirs popping up, there is more demand for leaders with the abilities and experience that Joey Gore has developed with the Wilmington Celebration Choir. However, Gore has no intention of leaving for possible greener pastures.

“I have no interest in secular choir,” says Gore. “I have done that, but this is (a) calling for me and these people. God has called us to spread the gospel to the lost person and bring encouragement and hope to the people that need it. In our world today, those things are needed sorely in the church and beyond.

“People need to laugh and have some joy also. It helps to press on in our walk with Christ. The end reward will be worth it.”

By Lorraine Walker

Also published in SGNScoops Magazine June 2017.

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Derek Simonis Talks With Pat Barker And Mark Trammell

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on May 16, 2017 – 1:49 pm -

Derek Simonis Did An Awesome Job Talking With Pat Barker and Mark Trammell

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