Happy Thanksgiving! SGNScoops Magazine would like to wish you and your family a wonderful season of celebration and thankfulness. We hope you take a moment to sit down with your pumpkin spice latte and enjoy this month’s offerings.
Cover feature this month is Gold City Quartet, who were also one of the featured groups at Creekside Gospel Music Convention 2016. This Quartet has found the right combination of voices and personnel to ensure their golden status. We hope you enjoy this in-depth update.
We also have several other groups gracing our pages, including The Sneed Family, The Mark Trammell Quartet, the Sharps Quartet, the Saving Grace Trio, and the Florida Boys. You will also find stories on Lauren Harris of the Kingdom Heirs, Trey Ivey of Legacy Five, Danny Sinacori, and the Southern Gospel Promoters Association.
All this plus our usual monthly contributors, radio release countdowns, event updates and more. Selena Day, David Staton, Nathan Kistler, Dusty Wells bring us words from their hearts.
We would like to take this time to thank all of our writers who contribute so much of their time and effort every month, our creative/design team, our proofreader, and our sales/social media team. All of these people spend so much of their spare time working with artists and using their talents to keep SGNScoops vibrant and growing, in its eighth year of publication.
We give our greatest thanks to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, without Whom we wouldn’t exist.
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Gerald Williams is the guest on Gospel Music Today for the week of December 4. Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates. The Feature Group is One Touch Quartet, and Jean reviews new recordings by Bruce Hedrick and Steve Hess and Southern Salvation. An article from Christian Voice magazine is the subject of this week’s News Notes. The show features a music video from Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, exclusive concert video of The Representatives Quartet, recorded by Gospel Music Today’s cameras in Broken Arrow, OK, and a visit to the Gospel Music Today Archives for an exclusive concert video of Jay Parrack and Vocal Event, recorded in Oxford, AL.
The show is on KWHB TV47 in Oklahoma every Sunday at 4:30 PM, and on Roku on FFE TV Monday at 8:00 PM and AllNations TV Tuesday and Wednesday at 6:30 PM. On DecentTV.tv on ROKU, Amazon FireTV, and Google Chromecast. Check local TV schedule for Phenix City, AL, Pontotoc, MS, Beaumont, TX, Tyler, TX. Atlanta, TX, Morrilton, AR, and West Plains, MO. The current edition of Gospel Music Today is online now at the Gospel Music Today website, http://www.gospelmusictoday.com/
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Johnny Hunt is a pastor, author, and former President of the Southern Baptist Convention. He is currently the senior pastor of First Baptist Church Woodstock, in Woodstock, Georgia.
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Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.
Jesus and his disciples often relied on others for shelter and food. He suggested that some strangers might even be angels sent from God.
Today, most strangers that we extend hospitality to are probably not angels, but we can’t know if someday God will allow us to entertain an angel without us knowing it.
Christmas is a great time to practice hospitality. God may be using you. Are you ready to be used?
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SMITHS GROVE, KY – GMA Hall of Fame Inductee and multi-award winning musician Jeff Stice is excited to announce the 2016 Keys to Christmas Tour. This inaugural holiday tour will kick off this week in beautiful Salida, Colorado and will continue over the following two weeks. Jeff will embark on the tour and hold eleven Christmas concerts over thirteen days.
The 2016 Keys to Christmas Tour will feature Christmas favorites and fun stories that will interest the whole family. Jeff’s unique blend of musical artistry, Gospel music history, and love for ministry appeals to a large, multi-generational fan-base.
“I’m so excited to announce my very first Christmas tour!” Jeff said, “I love this time of the year, plus I have a great “CHRISTMAS SPECIAL” to offer everyone! If you’re in the area I’d love to share my KEYS TO CHRISTMAS with you!”
The tour will hit the following cities:
Dec 2 – Salida. Colorado
Temple Baptist Church 7:00 pm
Dec 4 – Rocky Ford, Colorado
Valley Community Church
Dec 8 – Charleston, Tn.
First Baptist Church 7:00 pm
Dec 9 – Trinity, Alabama THE SING TOUR
Trinity Baptist Church 8:00 pm
Dec 11 – Palm Harbor, Florida
Crossroads Baptist Church 10:30 am
Dec 13 – Johnstown, Pa.
Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center 7:30 pm
Dec 15 – Pearisburg, Va.
Mountain View United Methodist Church 7:00 pm
Dec 16 – Blacksburg, Va.
Blacksburg First Wesleyan Church 7:00 pm
Dec. 17 – Chickamauga, Ga.
Fellowship Baptist Church 7:00 pm
Dec 18 – Lawrenceburg, Ky.
Sand Spring Baptist Church (2) programs
3:00 pm and 6:00 pm
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PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee -Pigeon Forge tourism officials are reinforcing that the city’s many attractions, theaters, restaurants and lodging properties are operating as usual after recent wildfires in the area. The announcement comes after Gatlinburg Mayor Mike Werner encouraged visitation to the area as a show of support.
“If you really want to do something for Gatlinburg, come back and visit us,” Werner said in a Nov. 30 press conference.
“Many of our city’s 6,000 residents, as well as those of our friends and family in Gatlinburg, are dependent on the tourism industry for jobs to care for themselves and their families,” said Leon Downey, Pigeon Forge executive director of tourism. “As our communities move forward, our industry has an obligation to our residents and employees to encourage visitation to the area and sustain our businesses.”
Pigeon Forge businesses were not damaged during this week’s fires, and businesses are operating as usual. The city’s Winterfest festival continues, including several Christmas shows at various theaters. Dollywood theme park reopens on Friday, Dec. 2. Restaurants and lodging properties are operating on normal schedules.
City-wide support includes 30 Pigeon Forge firefighters currently stationed in Wears Valley.
Of the 500 evacuees in Pigeon Forge, fewer than 20 remain in the Pigeon Forge Community Center shelter.
“We are heartbroken by the devastation we’ve seen in Gatlinburg,” said Pigeon Forge City Manager Earlene Teaster. “But I speak on behalf of all our Pigeon Forge tourism partners when I say that we offer our constant prayers and encouragement for everyone affected and stand alongside them as they work to rebuild.”
The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) and Tennessee Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (TN VOAD) have set up a call center to provide information for those who would like to donate goods and volunteer to help survivors. For a list of the most-needed items, please visit http://mypf.social/
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Gadsden Alabama Exodus, a popular, fast rising gospel group from Gadsden, Alabama, recently announced the addition of Cole Watson to their ministry. Already known for their smooth vocals, the addition of Watson gives the group an even more dynamic and versatile sound that is sure to resonate with listeners.
Exodus has been blessed with charting songs, award nominations, and over 130 performances in 2016. These include top events, television appearances and conventions. They have been a special guest on WATC-TV in Atlanta, and are scheduled to appear on the nationally televised program, Harmony Road TV. Plans are being made for more television appearances as they prepare for the release of their new CD project in a few weeks.
While he may be a new face to Southern Gospel, Cole Watson has a deep connection to the genre. He grew up listening to his grandparents sing gospel music, and considers that a huge influence in his life. More recently, Cole had occasionally joined Exodus in concert and was well received. Joining the group was a natural progression for Watson, as he joined his father Mike Watson, as the fourth member of the group.
“I am excited, and feel blessed, to have Cole join us as a member of Exodus,” said Mike Watson. “Every parent loves seeing a child do what he enjoys, and having Cole join us as we spread the word through music, is exceptionally gratifying. I’m thankful to the Lord for leading Cole in this direction, and even more thankful that Cole has a passion to share the message of Christ.”
When Exodus performed at the Smokehouse Gospel Music Theater this summer, one the highlights of the evening was a song by Cole, along with Exodus. “It’s exciting to see Cole join the group as its fourth member. Exodus was definitely a hit at the concert, and Cole adds a new dimension to their sound,” said Roger Spears, of Harmony Road TV.
To learn more about Exodus, including booking and contact information, go to www.exodus-southerngospel.com, or follow them on Facebook at exodus.southerngospel.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The TOP Television Channel, a division of Johnny Minick Ministries, is proud to announce its official launch on the ROKU system of channels and programming. TOP, which stands for Trustworthy On-Line Programming, will join other major networks such as NBC, CBS, The CW, VUDU, HBO GO, and more on the popular online portal.
The TOP Television Channel strives to provide family-friendly and safe programming to families and individuals inundated with programming that might not be desirable to their lifestyle. By providing this kind of programming, TOP hopes to be a positive influence in the online television community.
The current show lineup on the channel includes Shotgun Slade, Bat Masterson, Bonanza, The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Lucy Show, Crossroads, Northwest Passage, Password, and The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet. More shows and episodes will be added soon and often.
Johnny Minick stated, “I am so excited to be involved in offering some positive programming for the entire family to watch together. We also have in the works original shows that we are planning on to give our friends some new and different programs that are not currently being offered in the Gospel music field.”
Be sure to go to https://channelstore.roku.com/ search/top+television and add the TOP Television Channel to your lineup of must watch TV.
To sign up and receive more information on future programming and news go to http://toptelevisionchannel.com
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Reflections of Grace is happy to announce we are now taking bookings for 2017. If you are interested in booking our group you can contact us at 706-506-1375 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are excited to see what God has in store as we follow his leading in our ministry!
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Rosalie Al – Cody McCreary from Hope’s Journey helping out after a tornado rips through Rosaile AL. He and his mother Selena McCreary bring food from the Western Sizzlin food truck which was parked outside the beauty shop in Rosalie down from the church, giving out food for free
Great to see Southern Gospel artist helping out in the community
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