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July 2014 SGNScoops Magazine

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on July 9, 2014 – 9:01 pm -

July 2014 SGNScoops Magazine

July 2014 SGNScoops Magazine

In this month of family vacations, celebrating freedom and enjoying summer, we hope you take a moment to see what we’ve done on SGN Scoops! We present to you a magazine filled with freedom, hope and all that is good in today’s Southern Gospel and Christian Country music!

July brings a whole host of features, including our cover story on America’s Favorite Gospel Music Family, The Hoppers. Craig Harris takes an in-depth look at the past, present and future of The Hoppers through the eyes of each of the family. Learn why Claude is smiling more these days and Karlye is studying hard. Read about Dean’s and Michael’s role in the group business and why Kim is humbled by her career. Take a close look at the ‘Mother’s Heart’ of Connie Hopper and why she smiles even more widely at the thought of what may be in store for Lexus. A terrific summer read!!

Dixie Phillips fills us in on another of Southern Gospel’s families, the Wilbanks; Marcie Gray tells us all about the Southern Gospel Music Associations’ Hall Of Fame and new contributor Dan Duncan interviews Christian Country artist James Payne. Speaking of Christian Country, don’t miss Natalie Taylor’s first-hand account of Red Roots’ appearance at Creation Festival NE 2014.

Jennifer Campbell shares her experience as part of a short-term missions trip to New York City. Lorraine Walker highlights Triumphant, who have just released a new praise CD, and Cross Pointe, whose new video can be seen on the right of the SGN Scoops website.

Don’t miss the activities of Lou Wills Hildreth as she shares her Love, Life and Legends column; David Staton’s ‘Can You Handle The Truth;” life moment devotions by Dr. Jeff Steele, Kelly Nelon Clark and Sherry Anne; and the must-read Younger Perspective by Erin Stevens who interviews Riley Harrison Clarke. Lorraine also brings us closer look at D.A. Callaway, the man behind Silver Dollar City’s Southern Gospel Picnic!

Other highlights include ‘Event Planner’, a concert review of the Karen Peck and New River Homecoming by Lynn Mills; super New Music reviews by our own Sandi Duncan Clark; and the new DJ Spotlight by everyone’s favorite southern DJ, Vonda Easley. And don’t miss Sandi’s “Letter From…” in the first part of the magazine.

Our publisher, Rob Patz, gets to the heart of things with a few thoughts on ‘Freedom’ in his Publisher’s Point. He also gets to interview his good friend, Pauline Patterson, in his column, ‘What America Wants To Know About…”.

Laurette Willis brings our thoughts back from summer sloth to healthy activities with her column, ‘Present Your Bodies.’

All this plus a Creekside Update, SGN Scoops Top 100 and much, much more! Read what is encouraging, uplifting, creative and gifted about our Christian artists and their ministries.

We hope you have time this month to put your feet up on your lounger, grab your iced tea (or coffee!) and open up SGN Scoops July magazine. You won’t be sorry!


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CATHEDRALS FAMILY REUNION Releases New LIVE CD and DVD

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on July 23, 2014 – 1:37 pm -

Cathedrals Family Reunion

Cathedrals Family Reunion

July 23rd, 2014—NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Gaither Music Group and Innovative Management and Consulting, LLC (IMC) have announced the release of an all-new CD and DVD entitled Cathedrals Family Reunion Past Members Reunite LIVE in Concert.

The recordings, which will be available on September 2nd, capture the historical concerts that took place on November 8th and 9th, 2013, in Fort Worth, Texas, at the MacGorman Performing Arts Center where five former members of the legendary Cathedrals combined voices to celebrate the group’s legacy and pay honor to its founders Glen Payne and George Younce.

The two-day event featured performances by tenor Ernie Haase and his GRAMMY®-nominated quartet Ernie Haase & Signature Sound; baritone Scott Fowler and Legacy Five (a group he co-founded after The Cathedrals retired); lead vocalist and piano player Gerald Wolfe and Greater Vision (the heralded trio he formed upon leaving the group); beloved baritone and bass player Mark Trammel and The Mark Trammel Quartet; and tenor Danny Funderburk, now a popular solo artist and household name among gospel music lovers. The recordings, an encouraging walk down memory lane, are a tribute to group members Payne and Younce, two patriarchs and mentors who were an inspiration to countless singers for many decades. “Doing these great time-honored songs in the studio was great,” described Haase. “We thought that was all there would be of the experience. Then to sing them ‘live’ with each other was beyond words. To have had that one special night captured ‘live’ on DVD & CD was truly a bonus blessing. Hardly ever can you capture heart, emotion and spirit the way it actually happens in a live setting. Well, I for one feel that is exactly what has happened. Get ready to laugh a little and cry a lot…I sure did.”

The sold-out event marked the first time these five acclaimed vocalists had joined together to perform some of the most loved hits by The Cathedrals, whose career spanned over 35 years. The concert brought back countless memories for the singers and the audience alike, and the stories they shared left the congregation moved and inspired…and wanting more. The overwhelming response has resulted in a national tour in six select markets organized by IMC in association with Showcase Management. The tour will start this November in Akron, Ohio, the birthplace of the original Cathedral Quartet where it all began.
As with the original reunion event, each weekend will focus on celebrating the legacy of the iconic Cathedral Quartet, featuring music from each of the current artists as well as performances by this special Cathedrals Family Reunion line-up. The weekends will also feature memorabilia displays, special matinees, a behind-the-scenes Q&A session, a chance to tour “Silhouette” (the last tour bus The Cathedrals used) and more.
Produced by award-winning producer/songwriter Wayne Haun, the Cathedrals Family Reunion Past Members Reunite LIVE in Concert CD contains classic hits such as “Wedding Music,” “Yesterday,” “Somebody Touched Me,” “Step into the Water,” “Oh, What a Savior,” “Champion of Love,” “We Shall See Jesus” and more. The companion DVD, produced by IMC’s Landon Beene, contains 17 songs including additions “Oh, Come Along,” “We Shall Be Caught Up,” “Search Me O God” and more.

The new CD and DVD will be part of a tv special in September, airing on Dish TV, DirecTV, AT&T Uverse, GaitherTV, TBN, RFD, FamilyNet, CTN, UPtv, GMTN, Guardian, Liberty, TCT and TLN. It will air in Canada on Vision TV, CTS, The Miracle Channel and Hope TV, and the projects will be featured in HOMECOMING Magazine.
Cathedrals Family Reunion, Past Members Reunite LIVE in Concert will be available for pre-sale on Monday August 4th at www.gaither.com and at www.CathedralsFamilyReunion.com.
The releases will be distributed by Capitol Christian Distribution and will available at retail and digital outlets worldwide including iTunes, Amazon and www.gaither.com. For more information on the event and/or to purchase tickets or product please visit www.CathedralsFamilyReunion.com.


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Classic Song, “Through The Fire” In The Spotlight

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on July 23, 2014 – 12:39 pm -

Jason Crabb

Jason Crabb

Ripley Mississippi, July 22, 2014- Fans of the huge CBS hit, Big Brother, got an unexpected “Jesus lesson” on Saturday night. During the 24/7 live feed of Big Brother on CBS.com, houseguest Caleb Reynolds, was involved in a conversation with another member of the house when fans heard him talk about a song by Jason Crabb – a “huge gospel singer” as he described, and the Crabb family.

After quoting the lyrics to “Through The Fire,” the 2005 GMA Dove Award Song of the Year, Reynolds explained what the song meant to him personally. “It’s basically saying, it doesn’t matter if your relationship or marriage is perfect, it’s going to get rough. It’s going to go down, it’s going to go up, and that’s what the song represents to me when I hear it,” Reynolds said. “He {God} never promised it was going to be picture-perfect forever, but at the end of the day, He’ll show up in time and take you through it- whatever it is.”

The song, “Through The Fire” was initially released to radio February of 2000. It held the #1 spot on the Singing News Chart for 3 consecutive months and was named “Song of the Year.” After receiving the BMI Award in 2001, the song made a come-back on the Crabb Family’s DRIVEN album with special guest, Donnie McClurkin and was named the Traditional Gospel Song of the Year at the 2005 GMA Dove Awards. After being re-recorded on the Crabb Family’s LIVE AT BROOKLYN TABERNACLE, with special guests, The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, “Through The Fire” received the 2006 Southern Gospel Song of the Year at the 37th Annual GMA Dove Awards.

After learning of Reynolds comments, the legendary, multi-award winning songwriter, Gerald Crabb stated, “It really blessed me to hear that ‘Through The Fire’ had been mentioned in this way. It never ceases to amaze me how this song just keeps showing up and touching lives. When I hear testimonies of how the song has reached so many people, I am reminded that it was truly a God-given song. I’m glad He allowed me to hold the pen.”

Jason Crabb added, “I am also continually amazed by the way God uses this song my father wrote so many years ago. Over and over it seems to find a new audience, giving life and hope to those who hear it. I am honored to be a part of the legacy of this song.”

Caleb Reynolds’ remarks came at a time of significant career expansion for both Jason and Gerald Crabb. In addition to writing other hit songs, Gerald along with partner, Alisa Asbury launched a new record label, A&G Entertainment in May of this year. Gerald just released a new album, BACK PORCH MISSISSIPPI in July 2014 and has written a book, THROUGH THE FIRE, containing personal testimonies regarding the song. Gerald’s schedule is filled with concert dates as well as preaching engagements.

Grammy award-winning, Jason Crabb just signed with a new record label which will help him expand his music to new audiences. His latest music video, “Love Is Stronger” grabbed attention from both Christian and mainstream press debuting on usatoday.com. He is the author of TRUSTING GOD TO GET YOU THROUGH as well as the author of a new children’s book series. In addition to a full tour schedule, Jason pursues acting in movies and songwriting.

Gerald and Jason Crabb team up a few times each year for special concerts. By audience request, the song “Through The Fire” is usually if not always performed. Jason is scheduled to appear at the Gerald Crabb Gospel Fest onThursday, August 28, 2014 in Dalton, Georgia. For more information about Gerald Crabb, visit http://geraldcrabb.net/. For more information about Jason Crabb, visit http://jasoncrabb.com/


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A Writer’s Home Announces Signing Nathan Woodard To Exclusive Agreement

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on July 23, 2014 – 8:32 am -

Nathan Woodard

Nathan Woodard

Wylie, TX (July 22, 2014) A Writer’s Home is pleased to announce an Exclusive Writer Agreement with Nathan Woodard. Nathan writes various genres of music (Worship, CCM, and Country) and although he is a newer writer to the Southern Gospel industry he has quickly established himself as someone to watch with two of his songs already charting in the Singing News Top 80.

According to Chris Binion, co-owner and Vice President of A Writer’s Home, “His country flattop feeling songs are not only well crafted but he has quickly been recognized by other writers as a strong lyricist. He is co-writing with some of the best writers in the industry and we are always excited to hear the work tapes that come from those sessions.”

A Writer’s Home is administered by Capital Christian Music Group and has multiple publishing companies one of which, Binion Music Group, just received its 1st BMI Award.

Chris continues by adding, “It has been a good year for us. We were honored with a BMI Citation of Achievement, a #1 song with “Long Live The King”, and now we are signing our first Exclusive Writer’s Agreement with Nathan… “Wow!… God has always been good to us but now he just showing off! LOL!”

For more information on songs written by Nathan Woodard, please email Chris Binion at songs@chrisbinion.com .

You can learn more about Chris Binion and A Writer’s Home at http://www.chrisbinion.com or https://www.facebook.com/chris.binion.1


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JOSEPH HABEDANK’S WELCOME HOME AVAILABLE TODAY

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on July 22, 2014 – 3:25 pm -

 Joseph Habedank's Welcome Home on Daywind Records available today, Tuesday, July 22, 2014


Joseph Habedank’s Welcome Home on Daywind Records available today, Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Daywind Records Releases Highly Anticipated Debut Solo Project
Iconic Legendary Vocalist Russ Taff Makes Special Appearance
 
Nashville, TN – Joseph Habedank’s highly anticipated debut solo record, Welcome Home, was released today by Daywind Records. The project is available at all physical and digital retailers. Welcome Home features Habedank’s current radio single “Never No Never” written by Habedank along with Tony Wood and Lee Black. The song is poised to open new doors for the vocalist and remind fans of the voice they came to love during his tenure with long-time fan favorites, the Perrys.
 
For Welcome Home, Habedank joined forces with longtime friend Ricky Free as his producer and arranger. Free is quickly becoming one of the most sought-out musical producers and arrangers, effectively producing a fresh sound, while keeping the traditional at heart. The album, born of personal trials, triumphs and stories, is one close to the heart of Joseph.
 
“I feel like my very heart and soul is presented on this project,” Habedank says of the songs on the release. “I am excited for people to hear this record with the themes of hope, trust, forgiveness and mercy abounding! I hope people enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed making it.”
 
A particularly memorable moment for Habedank was the guest appearance of the legendary Russ Taff, who lends his voice to the track “Empty,” written by Habedank and Benji Cowart. “I LOVE Russ Taff,” Joseph exclaims! “He has always been one of my heroes and has become a dear friend to me. To have him appear on my first solo project is a thrill that no words can explain.”
 
Along with Habedank, the project features songs penned by Kenna Turner West, Michael Farren, Chris Binion, Keith Hill, Sue C. Smith, Joel Lindsey, and Matthew Holt.
 
Joseph is appearing on select solo dates in support of Welcome Home. For more information and tour dates, visit www.JosephHabedank.com.
For more information on Daywind Records, visit www.DaywindRecords.com
 
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The Singing Byrds Release New Song

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on July 22, 2014 – 1:00 pm -

Homesick

The Singing Byrds

The Singing Byrds from Danville, Kentucky have released a new song to radio. It was sent to radio on Patterson Promotions compilation ~ Volumn 15 {in the independant Artist section} and can also be found at www.musictoradio.com.
The song “Gonna Run On Home Now” a Spencer Family classic, written by Barbara and Kevin Spencer from Mansfield, Ohio,  is the second release from their current project, “Homesick” which was recorded at Family Room Studios in Nashville with Pastor Robb Tripp.
To book this Minisrty or to order product, you may contact: Jeanie Bailey at 859-236-7740, or e-mail, thesingingbyrds777@yahoo.com


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Tune-In Alert For Music City Show Featuring The Hoppers

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on July 21, 2014 – 5:44 pm -

Music City Show

Music City Show

Nashville, TN (July 21, 2014) Don’t miss this exciting new season of The Music City Show airing Thursday, July 24th at 7PM CST featuring the ever popular family group the Hoppers. Known for their appearances on the Gaither Homecoming videos and winning several Gospel Music awards they will be sharing the program along with Host Tim Lovelace and The Positive Cowboy Jim Sheldon. The Music City Show is viewed weekly on the RFD-TV channel.

The Positive Cowboy, Jim Sheldon, is one of the most popular regular features on the program. His hymns and patriotic songs uplift and inspire the audience. The humor and variety of host Tim Lovelace keeps the show interesting and entertaining.

The link below will give you a preview of this next exciting show:

http://youtu.be/aQbfh1kcN1o

The Music City Show is a series based in Nashville, TN – America’s favorite music city. The show has many elements of Nashville that people love, namely a live band, talented artists and comedic entertainment. It is likened unto The Tonight Show, with comedy segments, a guest host, and a beautiful cityscape backdrop.

RFD-TV’s channel’s name is a reference to Rural Free Delivering, the name for the United States Postal Service’s system of delivering mail directly to rural patrons. Production and uplinking facilities for RFD-TV are located at Northstar Studios in Nashville, TN while the channel’s corporate and national sales office are based in Omaha, Nebraska


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Gospel Music Today For July 21st On SGNScoops.com

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on July 21, 2014 – 7:33 am -

July 21 Gospel Music TodayRoyce Taylor is the guest on Gospel Music Today for the week of July 20. Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates, the Feature Group is The Riders, and Jean reviews a new recording by Carla Bragg.  An article entitled “We Have a Question ” is the subject of this week’s Singing News Notes. The show includes a new music video by Noah Hinshaw, exclusive video of Abundance Quartet, recorded by Gospel Music Today’s cameras at the Southern Gospel Worship Gathering, at The Assembly, in Broken Arrow, OK,, and a visit to the Gospel Music Today Archives for an exclusive concert video of The Booth Brothers at Gospel Singing Time, in Bixby, OK. In the News segment, Jean tells news about The Collingsworth Family, the Nelons, the McKameys and Ken wishes Chris Freeman a “Happy Birthday”.
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. Check local TV schedule for Beaumont, TX, Tyler, TX. Atlanta, TX, and Morrilton, AR.
The current edition of Gospel Music Today is online now at the Gospel Music Today website, www.gospelmusictoday.com.


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This week’s Harmony Road Showcases Triumphant Quartet, Freemans, High Road III

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on July 19, 2014 – 10:49 am -

logovignetteProgram includes Brian Free and Assurance and a Willie Wynn classic

Signal Mountain, TN (July 16, 2014) – This week’s Harmony Road television program is set to feature music and video from a range of gospel’s finest.  Included are the touching video “Lead me Home” featuring Darrell Freeman; High Road III and their popular “Angel at the Crossroads”; and Willie Wynn, Woody Wright and friends with the classic “Jesus is Coming Soon”.   Two top quartets, Triumphant and Brian Free and Assurance are also included.

triumphant freemans highroadiiiThis is the first of a series of programs originating from The Family Room Studios, located in Gallatin, Tennessee.  Many top gospel artists and their hit songs have been recorded at The Family Room.  “All of us at Harmony Road would like to thank Robb and Laverne Tripp for their hospitality during the taping of these special programs.  It was a great experience and I’m confident our viewers will enjoy these episodes.” said Roger Spears, program producer.

Harmony Road is a weekly Southern Gospel TV program hosted by “Singing News” veteran and Solid Gospel Radio host Les Butler.  The program features the best in Southern Gospel music and video.

Harmony Road can be found each week on The Heartland Network Sunday mornings at 8:00 Eastern as well as Saturdayafternoons on WATC57 in Atlanta. You can also find Harmony Road on the NRB Network Saturday evenings at 8:30 (including DIRECTV, ROKU, online streaming and a mobile app).  In addition the program is aired on the WALKtv network, www.wmjn29.com, TV24 in Northeast Alabama and more. For more information on these and other affiliates you can visit www.harmonyroadtv.com.

Other team members include Roger Spears, Producer and Allan Rhodes, Technical Director.


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The Lunch I Will Never Forget By Kelly Nelon Clark

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on July 18, 2014 – 8:32 am -

kelly 2Just recently Amber and I were having lunch at one of my favorite places to eat, Shillings on the Square of Marietta, Georgia. We had the greatest waiter whose name was Ed. He was so personable and began to share his story with us.

Ed’s parents were from Russia and he began to tell us all about his family and how he grew up. He spoke about how his parents worked 12-15 hours a day to barely put food on the table for the family. You could tell as he relayed it to us that it was close to his heart. His eyes welled up with tears as he said they would stand for hours in line waiting for potatoes and water. When they got the chance to move to America, he said they cried the first time they went to a grocery store because they had never seen so much food. They walked and walked all the aisles of the store and were amazed.

As Ed shared his story, I couldn’t help but think about how we take so much for granted and how thankful we should be for everything God has blessed us with. I am thankful to live in the United States with all of our freedoms and I am also thankful to live in the land of plenty.

My prayer is for God to remind me every day to thank Him for my life, my career, my friends and family. Most importantly, I never want to take for granted His sacrifice for me. I’m thankful that God arranged for my path to cross with Ed’s at the restaurant. I think that was God’s way of reminding me of His many blessings. My prayer is that you will take a minute and thank Him too.

Kelly Nelon Clark writes monthly for SGN Scoops digital magazine. For the current magazine and Kelly’s July devotional, click on to http://www.sgnscoops.com/2014/07/09/july-2014-sgnscoops-magazine/

 


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Pianist Lorne Matthews: Contagious smile and Canadian born

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on July 17, 2014 – 8:52 am -

Lorne MatthewsBy Philip Foster

The year was about 1967. I drove over to PVCS high school, in my city of Peterborough, to hear a group called the McDuff Brothers. The McDuff brothers consisted of John, Colman and Roger McDuff. Playing piano for the group was a young man, which I later learned was born in Canada! His name was Lorne Matthews.

As a fairly new Christian it seemed as if every song sung and every note played were for me only. I vividly recall watching this talented young piano player play with such ease. It seemed as if his fingers flowed over the keys! The other thing I remember was the smile that was constantly on his face. It was during this time period that God was working in me and He instilled a love for this wonderful style of music. I loved the singing and I loved the piano playing. Lorne Matthews, with his contagious smile, made a huge impact on a young Christian man.

I had the privilege to talk with Lorne Matthews on the phone recently. We chatted a bit and I learned a lot about this talented man of God. “I was about 10 years old when I first started getting involved with the piano,” says Matthews. “I think my first public performance was playing for a ladies group called the Batten Sisters.” This was in a church in Toronto. “Later on, I played for a group called The Sons of Praise. Realistically, this was the first time that I got involved with quartet-type music.”

The King's Men

The King’s Men

Lorne has many of the Gospel greats as his musical inspirations or heroes. “The Blackwood Brothers, the Statesmen and Henry Slaughter all had a great influence on me as I got involved with the business.”

Lorne was born in Toronto, Canada. He studied at the Toronto Conservatory of Music and at London Bible College. His first exposure to Gospel Music was with the Benson Brothers Quartet, during the 1950’s. From 1959-61, he was a member of the King’s Men Trio, the first professional group he was with.

It was during this period, that Lorne married his sweetheart, Jimmie Ruth, in December of 1962. Lorne and Jimmie Ruth decided to move to Canada, because of his involvement with the King’s Men. Later, while still in Canada, Lorne joined the group, the Salton Brothers. Lorne recalls, “I think the Salton Brothers were Canada’s first full time group. The Salton Brothers had a weekly Gospel Music show. I believe it was the first TV show of this type in Canada.”

The McDuff Brothers

The McDuff Brothers

After the Salton Brothers, Lorne joined the McDuff Brothers. He was with the McDuff Brothers from 1965-1967. During this period, their son Mark was born in London, Ontario. “We decided to move to the USA because we thought there may be better musical possibilities there.”

With all the different groups Matthews has played for, I asked him if he had any favorites. “Without a doubt,” he quickly replied. “The McDuff Brothers. This dedicated, anointed group taught me and showed what ministry really is.”

Lorne’s one big ambition was to play piano for the Blackwood Brothers. One night, Lorne had a dream that James Blackwood had called him and offered him a position with the Blackwood Brothers. In that dream however, God told him to stay with the McDuff Brothers. Shortly after this, James Blackwood did call Mathews and offered him the job. Lorne shared his dream with James Blackwood, but Blackwood said, “Lorne, if God has spoken to you in that manner in a dream, I would encourage you not to leave the McDuff Brothers.” Matthews stayed with the McDuff Brothers until they disbanded.

One of Matthew’s memorable moments was playing the piano for David Mainse’s very first TV program, in Pembroke, Ontario. The year was 1962. David Mainse is well known in Canada for the Gospel Program, 100 Huntley Street. Mathews also served in several church positions during this time period. He had a short stint with the Landmark Quartet, before joining the prestigious Cathedral Quartet in 1971-72.

The Cathedrals

The Cathedrals

Lorne Matthews also toured with his own family, Jimmie Ruth, Mark and Melody. The Matthews family recorded several instrumental and vocal recordings during this period. In 1979 he returned with the Cathedrals for a short stay.

After this period, Lorne, Roy Tremble and George Amon Webster joined together, to form the Brothers Trio. I contacted Roy Tremble to ask him about Lorne Matthews. “Lorne is probably one of the most talented people I’ve had the pleasure of working with. I’ve been doing this for almost 50 years and he’s got to be the best piano player I ever worked with.” He continued, “Lorne was writing some great songs back then.” While talking with Roy Tremble, he joked, “Just don’t ever let him drive, especially on snow and ice.”

Brothers

Brothers

After the Brothers Trio disbanded, Lorne concentrated his focus on his solo album Keyboards for the King Ministry, along with his wife, Jimmie Ruth.

While working on research for this article, I was totally blown away by the different tributes and awards Lorne Matthews has received. With the space that I’m allotted, it is impossible to list them all here. One of the more memorable moments for Lorne was being inducted into the Piano Roll of Honor Hall Of Fame in 2003.   Also in 2003, he was presented with the living legend award for over 45 years in Gospel music. Matthews had the honor of playing piano for President Ronald Reagan, for his first congressional prayer breakfast.

Lorne and Jimmy Ruth Matthews

Lorne and Jimmy Ruth Matthews

In 2006, Matthews went to Nigeria, where he performed for over eight million people all at one time and at one place. He also performed with the McDuff Brothers during this concert.

Today, Lorne and his wife Jimmie Ruth are hard at work with Keyboards for the King Ministry. The Matthews home base is in Lakeland, Florida; they often spend the summer months working the Northern states and visiting their family in Ohio.

This is a breakdown of Lorne’s busy life and ministry:

1950s Benson Brothers Quartet
1960-61 The King’s Men Trio
1962-64 Salton Brothers
1965-67 The McDuff Brothers
The Landmark Quartet
1971-80 Cathedral Quartet
1974-79 Lorne Matthews Family
1980-81 The Brothers
Present day: Keyboards for the King

I encourage the reader to visit Lorne and Jimmie Ruth’s website. Read Lorne’s remarkable testimony. Listen to some clips of Lorne and Jimmie Ruth’s anointed music. Here you can find a wonderful list of music you can purchase, or email Lorne and Jimmie Ruth and let them know how much you appreciate their years of dedicated ministry.

 

Lorne Matthews Website         http://www.lornematthews.com/

Lorne Matthews 2002 Grand Old Opry   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zE8g6PJz5S0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhqP4bJD-zk

 

Written by Philip Foster for SGM Radio. First published April 2014. For current features please visit  http://www.sgmradio.com/

 


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