Welcome to the merry month of May 2015 edition of SGNScoops magazine! We are so glad you stopped by to read all the delectable Gospel music morsels we have cooked up for you this month. We will start with the icing on the cake: super quartet, Triumphant, graces our cover and is presented by writer Paige Givens.
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Signal Mountain, TN – This week’s Harmony Road Television program will feature the powerful and timely “Weep No More,” from Canton Junction. Other songs on the program include “The King is Coming Medley,” from the Mark Trammel Quartet, Back Home and their challenging video “Birmingham,” and “I’ll Keep on Praying,” from Heaven’s Mountain Band.
“Weep No More” is also featured on the soon to be released soundtrack from the movie, “Four Blood Moons.”
Both “Birmingham” and “I’ll Keep on Praying” are previous broadcast premieres from Harmony Road. “I’ll Keep on Praying” features Harmony Road Host Les Butler in a role as a preacher.
The program was taped at the Barn at Bear Hollow in Monteagle, TN; home of the upcoming “Fabulous Friday Night” gospel music dinner theater. Information on the event can be found at www.butlermusicgroup.com.
Now available to over 85 million homes nationwide, Harmony Road TV can be seen on networks including The Heartland Network, The NRB Network and WalkTV. The program can also be seen online at bbntv.com and allnationstv.com where it’s also available on ROKU. Other stations include NBC39 in Jackson, TN, Charter Cable in Clarksville and other markets in Tennessee, WMJN29 in Huntsville/Decatur, TV24 in Anniston/Gadsden and stations in many other markets.
Harmony Road is produced and distributed by Harmony Road Productions and features the best in Southern Gospel music and video. In addition to host, Les Butler, the Harmony Road Production team includes Allan Rhodes of Rhodes Media Center and WMJN29 as the programs technical director, and Roger Spears as Producer.
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Well, after hearing many great vocalists, and after much prayer, we are at peace with the decision made regarding the next Ernie Haase & Signature Sound member. The way this all came together was truly a God thing. So take a moment and meet the newest member of Ernie Haase and Signature Sound and hear the backstory as to how this all came together.
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Rececntly, Canton Junction alerted us to how Cornerstone church was helping to care for the victims of the devastating floods in Texas. Their twitter post just said, “Hey friends this is an opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus. Please join us
#TexasFlood Victims…” Their church, Cornerstone in San Antonio, is assisting victims by collecting donations and non-perishable items to distribute to those in need.
Canton Junction is made up of: Tim Duncan, Matthew Hagee, Casey Rivers and Ryan Seaton. Matt Hagee is the Executive Pastor at Cornerstone Church.
You can help too! Please visit the Cornerstone link for more on how you can help those whose lives have been washed away.
For more information on Canton Junction, visit their website.
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Each week, SGN Scoops will feature a Friday Favorite from one of YOUR favorites!
This week, Piano Virtuoso Jeff Stice is our Friday Favorite.
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Vonda Easley, of Hope’s Journey adds, “I am so excited that midnight prayer is not only back, but back by popular demand. I am thrilled to be part of an event where artists can come together and pray for one another. Creekside is not just a Convention, it is an experience that you do not want to miss!”
Make your plans now to be at the Creekside Gospel Music Convention, held on November 2nd through 5th at Pigeon Forge, TN. Fans are encouraged to reserve their tickets early. For ticket and lodging information, contact Rob Patz at email@example.com or 360-
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By Jennifer Campbell
Hailing from the southern town of Carrollton, Georgia, the Diplomats Quartet has been sharing the love of Jesus Christ through song for over 30 years. Jimmy Pearson, leader of the group, has literally grown up with music running through his veins. His first memory of Southern Gospel music was when he was four years old, hearing this Heaven-sent music at church. Jimmy’s wife Rita Pearson says her first recollection of hearing this music genre was at the Atlanta All Night Sing at the Atlanta City Auditorium. As you will see, The Diplomats know the value of faith and family. Their heartfelt passion for ministry is crystal clear, coming across through every note they sing and every word they speak. The Diplomats Quartet sings for the Savior.
Jimmy says that his greatest life achievement so far is to have been able to stay in the ministry for 51 years. Additionally, he and Rita both agree that being compared to the Happy Goodman Family, a ministry that reached a large number of people, is a distinct honor. When Rita sings, “God Walks the Dark Hills” in her powerful alto voice, it is easy to see why this family group has often been compared to the Happy Goodman Family. Corey Pearson says it’s a great honor, but they also have their own special sound. Joe Brown agrees that their influences come from a variety of musical sources. Whether they are singing a Goodman classic or a Diplomats original, they hope to continue serving the Lord and spreading the Gospel through their music ministry for as long as God will allow.
Even though the other members of the group are not blood related, Jimmy says he especially loves the fellowship with the group members. Rita notes the group is like one big family and she enjoys the fellowship on the bus. Along with Jimmy, Rita and their son Corey, vocalist and bandleader for the group, they are joined by bass singer Joe Brown, drummer Zach Flowers, and Jordan Hamby, who plays the guitar, mandolin, and banjo. Corey says he loves making music and being with great friends.
Everyone has role models and mentors who influence them in some way. Rita says her biggest influence musically was her mom. For Jimmy, Les Beasley has been one of his greatest influencers. Their son Corey has been around Gospel music all of his life, thanks to the influence of his parents and many other Gospel greats. He remembers, “The Florida Boys would come to our house before a concert and Les Beasley treated me like a grand kid. He always took time with me as a kid.” His parents encouraged Corey’s love of music. He says, “Somehow they always found a way to buy me whatever instrument I wanted to learn how to play.” These influences on his life have definitely left a lasting impression considering this is his 27th year of ministry. Joe is also a veteran of Gospel Music, with 17 years of ministry under his belt. Like Corey, Joe and Jordan both were influenced by their parents.
Although Jimmy has the opportunity to travel with his immediate family, he notes that ministry is a 24/7 job. “I try to take advantage of every opportunity I can spend with family,” he says. Rita agrees that she also likes to make the most of the time spent at home with family and friends.
Corey could not do what he does if it was not for the support from home. He says, “My wife Heather and I have been married for 16 years now and we have a precious girl named Audree. She is seven years old now. Her mom and I were able to lead her to the Lord last year. Heather is an amazing, strong woman.”
Joe has been traveling with the group for nine years. He said his greatest achievement is his family. “I have been married for 38 years to my beautiful wife Debbie. We have three girls, Jamie, Jennifer and Jessica. I have six grandkids, four boys and two girls. They all understand my ministry and the amount of time it requires. We all make a special effort to enjoy the time spent at home.”
Zach’s first memory of Southern Gospel music is listening to Charles Johnson and the Revivers on the way to preschool every morning. His dad Stan and mom Sherry ensured that he and his sister Leah Flowers Brown grew up in a loving supportive home. He started playing the drums before his feet would even reach the pedals. When he is not in his hometown of Villa Rica, Georgia, he plays drums on stage with the Diplomats and even sings a song or two.
Jordan lives in Helenwood, Tennessee. He started traveling on the road with his family, The Singing Hambys, when he was only six days old. The first concert of any kind he can remember was seeing Gold City when he was approximately seven years old. Jordan traveled with the bluegrass group, Lakeside Quartet, before he felt called to travel with the Diplomats. He began playing the guitar when he was 14 years old. Even at his young age, his experience shows. Above all, his heart for Christ is evident in everything he does.
When families travel together on the road the majority of the time, there are bound to be humorous moments. Jimmy comments that the funniest thing he has ever done is pulling up to and setting up inside the wrong church. If you want to see some of the funny moments that occur throughout their travels, check out their comedy show named “On the Bus with Gus,” available on the Diplomats’ Facebook page.
While the Diplomats have had their share of joys and successes, they have also endured many trials. Rita thanks the Lord for His hand upon her as she went through cancer and chemo treatments. Joe has spent time at the hospital bedside of a loved one. But through it all, they all trust in the blessed assurance that we have in Jesus Christ. The Diplomats know that God is faithful and He will always be forever close, watching over them through the good times and the difficult moments as well. They know that God will work all things together for His good. As one of their songs says, there’s a “Blessing Somewhere in This Trial.”
Jimmy says he would impart the following wisdom for anyone who is just starting out in the Gospel Music industry: “Always remember Whom you are singing for and that this is a ministry before anything else.” Rita added to his advice by reminding young artists to never give up. She says, “Trust in the Lord to lead your path.” Joe kept the pearls of wisdom coming by saying, “Learn your craft from the best examples you can find.” Even at his young age, Zach summed up this advice quite well by stating, “Be persistent and let Jesus be seen through your life.”
Rita said that her greatest life achievement so far was singing at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. Jordan said he is most proud of getting to the point where he’s able to play music full time. For Corey, he believes seeing people come to know Jesus as Lord and being blessed by a song is at the top of the list of his life achievements. Zach said the best part of traveling and singing is seeing souls saved and people’s lives changed. Showing the like-mindedness of the group, Jordan stated, “The best part of traveling and singing with the Diplomats is being a part of a ministry and seeing people give their lives to the Lord.”
When you look at a group like the Diplomats, you know that Southern Gospel music is in good hands. They stay true to the traditional roots of Southern Gospel music, while putting their own spin on the classics. Their love for music and for Jesus Christ shines forth in all they do. Sit down with any of the Diplomats and you will quickly realize that they are singing for the Savior.
At the very heart of their ministry is a love for the One who loves each and every one of us unconditionally. What better way to minister to others than to share the greatest love in the world through the greatest music in the world. That is why Southern Gospel Music exists: to glorify the name of Jesus Christ, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. The Diplomats Quartet does this in a way that most assuredly makes the Lord look down and say, “Well done, my good and faithful servants.” Visit the Diplomats Quartet website: www.diplomatsqt.com
Written by Jennifer Campbell
First published by SGN Scoops digital magazine in April 2015. For current issues of SGN Scoops, click onto the SGN Scoops mainpage.
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Award Presented at the Christian Voice Magazine Gospel Music Fan Awards
Produced by Harmony Road Production, the video tells the story of a family who experiences a great loss, but is comforted then they think of their loved one and the “View from Heaven.” The video and song have lives across the country. It’s been seen on several television programs and has received tens of thousands of online views. “The View From Heaven” was penned by Hinshaw.
Noah Hinshaw is a 16 year old singer, songwriter and preacher from Winchester, Tennessee. He is currently completing his second CD which is being produced by Dove Award winner, Kevin Ward, for Song Garden Music Group. Find out more about Noah and his ministry at www.noahhinshaw.com.
Harmony Road Production’s Roger Spears said, “It was a real pleasure to work with Noah and his family on this project. In spite of some damp, chilly weather, the shoot went fantastic. Many on the location were in tears as they saw the message of the song being acted out.” “We are proud of Noah and this award and look forward to more great things from this talented young man.” he concluded.
Allan Rhodes of Harmony Road Productions and Rhodes Media Center added “It was a pleasure working with Noah, his family, and friends to create this video.” Rhodes is the video director, editor and photographer. His son Adam was an extra in the video and served as Key Grip on the set.
For more information on Harmony Road Productions, go to www.harmonyroadtv.com. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org for information on this video and to discuss future projects.
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Clearvision Quartet Homecoming It’s our Anniversary but you will be getting the gift! You are cordially invited to our 5th Anniversary singing on June 20th. Some of our most special and dearest friends will be helping us celebrate.
Charlie Sexton and Linda Foster have a rich heritage in gospel music. Charlie has toured with groups for many years along with producing and recording many gospel groups. and Linda current radio single, “That Day is Almost Here” sits at #70 for May in the Singing News chart.
Exodus from Gadsden, AL is new to the scene but they are turning heads quickly. Their current radio release, “Tell Me, Oh Tell Me Again” has hit #54 on the Singing News chart for May 2015. They have also been nominated in the Top 10 for New Trio in the Singing News Fan Awards. You will be hearing a lot from this group in the years to come.
This years venue is Jukebox Events, located on Elm St. in Oxford, Alabama. Singing starts at 6pm with doors opening at 5:30pm. We would love to see you there.
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Nashville, Tenn (May 26, 2015) The very popular RFD-TV Gospel music variety program The Music City Show is excited to announce the opening of Season Four on Thursday, May 28th, with more great talent and a fascinating Give-Away creating an electrifying atmosphere.
Season Four features some of Gospel and Country music’s most popular artists. Aaron Tippen, Michael English, Jeff & Sheri Easter, Gordon Mote, Mark Trammell Quartet, Whisnants, Don Moen, Allison Speer, Freemans, Tim Lovelace, Blackwood Brothers, and The Freedom Singers, as well as the show regulars, the Positive Cowboy – Jim Sheldon, and the Blue Jean Band.
Help The Music City Show Season 4 Premier on RFD-TV by entering the contest give away. Follow the instructions below and it will be easy and fun, plus you may just be a winner.
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We will announce the winners on Friday, May 29th!!!!!
In the meantime click this link for a super preview of some of the talent scheduled for Season 4.
About The Music City Show
The Music City Show, a Southern/Country Gospel weekly show featuring top artists like the Oak Ridge Boys, Adam Crabb, Karen Peck and New River, the Browders, the Bowling Family, the Blackwood Brothers, the Hoppers, Comedian Tim Lovelace, Gene McDonald, Aaron Wilburn, Lynn Anderson, the and many more. The show features special host, Tim Lovelace, each week with Nashville’s own Blue Jean Band and The Positive Cowboy Jim Sheldon. The Music City Show is a series based in Nashville, Tennessee – America’s favorite Music City. The show has many elements of Nashville that people love, namely a live house band, talented artists, heartfelt interviews and comedic entertainment. It is likened unto The Tonight Show, with comedy segments, and a beautiful cityscape backdrop.
The Show has now expanded to four networks which include RFD-TV, The Heartland Network, FamilyNet, and the NRB Network.
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Pigeon Forge, TN – The Guardians from Ohio are the newest artist scheduled to appear at Creekside Gospel Music Convention in Pigeon Forge, TN. This male trio, consisting of Dean Hickman, Dale Uhrig and John Darin Rowsey have had several songs on the national charts, with their latest single entitled “Somebody Prays,” also charting.
“The Guardians are a fantastic trio and we are thrilled that they will be our 2015 Diamond Awards Spotlight Artist!” saysRob Patz of SGN Scoops, one of the sponsors of this event. “The guys will be with us for all four days and I know the Creekside audiences will embrace them and their ministry. I am so looking forward to this event and I hope that all Guardians fans make their plans today to join us!”
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