It’s time for the October 2015 SGNScoops Magazine so grab your digital device, sit down with a warm drink and read the latest in Gospel music news!
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Here is latest update per Gail’s Facebook status.
We are all praying for you Gail!
Feel free to comment and share and let Gail know you are praying for her during this time….
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How We Love Combines Influences by Loretta Lynn,
Beth Nielsen Chapman and Pharrell
NASHVILLE, Tenn.–October 6th, 2015—GRAMMY® Award-winning singer/songwriter and comedian Mark Lowry has just recorded How We Love (Spring Hill Music Group), an all-new, 11-song collection scheduled to hit the streets on October 9th. Produced by Kevin Williams, the new release showcases this nationally acclaimed personality, known for bringing laughter to countless audiences worldwide; yet it also captures the baritone singer’s more contemplative side with honest, redeeming messages.
“I had some friends over to my house for a few days,” described Lowry. “We shared stories, laughed and sang songs around the piano. When Cynthia Clawson sat down at the piano and started singing ‘How We Love,’ written by Beth Nielsen Chapman, I knew immediately I wanted to record this song. I felt something special…I knew I was hearing truth…I call it ‘hearing from home.’ What good is love if you only love people who are like you? Love does its best work when you love someone you can’t stand. It’s like courage. It’s useless without fear. It’s standing through the fear that equals courage.”
Lowry lent an ear to other great songwriters as he selected more songs for the new collection, which includes a cover of “Happy,” a GRAMMY® Award-winning song written and originally performed by American singer and producer Pharrell Williams. Featured on the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack album, “Happy” became a No. 1 song in over 20 countries.
“I try to find songs with what I call ‘meat on the bones.’ It has to have a great lyric, and I love story songs,” Lowry recalled. “We were done selecting the material for this recording, and we had recorded all of the tracks. And then I got a song sent to me from Reba Rambo and Chip Davis called ‘Come As You Are’ that stopped me in my tracks.
“This song says ‘Come as you are. We mean it.’ We often sing ‘Just As I Am,’ but I’m not sure we really want everyone coming to Jesus. If we did surely we would have more diversity in our pews. I say let’s show more of our scars and less trophies. The cross is the only stumbling block we need. I knew the minute I heard the message of this song we had to add it to the project, and I couldn’t quit crying when I was recording it. So many people don’t feel welcomed or wanted, and there’s a big difference between ‘welcomed’ and ‘wanted.’ Everybody should be wanted. Let people get next to Jesus. He’ll fix what’s wrong with us.”
Lowry also added to the release the gospel classic “Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven”—a song made familiar to him by friend and country music legend Loretta Lynn. The song, which is the first radio single, features American bluegrass and country music group Dailey & Vincent.
“I always just grab friends to join me when I get ready to record,” explained Lowry. For How We Love that list also included Sisters (“I Thirst”), Jimmy and Sonya Isaacs Yeary (“Old People”) and The Martins, who joined him for the title cut as well as an all-new, four-part, a cappella rendition of the classic hymn “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross,” arranged by Matthew Holt (Gaither Vocal Band).
“It has been my dream to sing with The Martins since 1992,” stated Lowry with a smile. “That’s when their mother gave Michael English and me a cassette of her children singing. Michael and I invited them to the Precious Memories Gaither HOMECOMING video recording. We asked Gloria [Gaither] to listen to them, and they sang for her a cappella. The next day Bill asked them to come in and sing for everyone, and the rest is history. We get to tour together, and NOW I get to sing a fourth part with them a cappella!”
This was a bucket list item for the Gospel Music Hall of Famer whose career has spanned from contemporary Christian music recordings and best-selling comedy videos to his platform as a member of the lauded Gaither Vocal Band for over 20 years. The co-writer (along with Buddy Greene) of “Mary, Did You Know?” his talents have placed him on the Gaither HOMECOMING Video Series and on world-renowned stages including Carnegie Hall and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Mark Lowry is featured weekly on the Gaither HOMECOMING shows on TV networks including PBS, Dish TV, RFD and TBN, among others; and the new release will be featured in Homecoming Magazine and on SiriusXM Radio’s enLighten channel.
How We Love is distributed through Capitol Christian Distribution and will be available throughout general market stores and the Christian marketplace in addition to online retailers including iTunes, Amazon and www.gaither.com. For further information about Mark Lowry visit www.marklowry.com or www.facebook.com/markalanlowry or @MarkAlanLowry.
How We Love CD Song List:
Mary Was the First One to Carry the Gospel
Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven (with Dailey & Vincent)
I Thirst (with Sisters)
How We Love (with The Martins)
Old People (with Jimmy and Sonya Isaacs Yeary)
Rock in a Weary Land
When I Survey the Wondrous Cross (with The Martins)
Come As You Are
ABOUT MARK LOWRY
Mark Lowry is known and loved around the world as a trusted voice in the realm of gospel music and beyond. He started making music at age 11; and now, more than four decades later, his legacy is forever sealed as an innately entertaining communicator who can, at once, make audiences laugh, cry and reflect.
Mark is a singer, storyteller, humorist, author and songwriter, whose lyric to “Mary Did You Know?” resulted in one of the most loved modern Christmas songs of this century. This captivating song, which he co-wrote with Buddy Greene, has been recorded more than 400 times by artists from every genre including: Reba McEntire, CeeLo Green, Clay Aiken, Michael English, Kenny Rogers, Wynonna Judd, The Gaither Vocal Band and a long list of others.
Mark spent more than 20 collective years as the baritone singer for the GRAMMY®-award-winning Gaither Vocal Band and served as the sidesplitting comedic sidekick for Bill Gaither through live concert tours and the best-selling Gaither HOMECOMING Video Series and television airings.
A deep thinker and student of theology with an outrageous sense of humor (for which he often credits his diagnosis with Attention Deficit Disorder), Mark’s life work offers a long list of recordings and DVDs reflecting a wide range of influences, including Mark Lowry On Broadway (RIAA Certified Platinum), Mark Lowry Goes To Hollywood (RIAA Certified Gold), Best of Mark Lowry & Bill Gaither, Volumes I and II (RIAA Certified Gold), Life Gets Loud and most recently Unforgettable Classics.
In spite of the broad range of musical inspiration found in Mark’s discography, there is one element that never changes–his gift for communicating profound truths through music and storytelling that keeps audiences of all ages on the edges of their seats. Mark maintains a full schedule of solo concerts with longtime friends such as Stan Whitmire and The Martins, as well as a few Gaither HOMECOMING tour dates across North America.
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Pigeon Forge, TN (October 8,2015) – SGNScoops announced today that Southern Gospel artists, The Sneed Family, are joining the lineup for Creekside Gospel Music Convention, November 2nd through 5th, at Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The Sneed Family consists of Jeff and Pam Sneed, Caleb and Amanda Cowan, and Seth and Jacob Sneed. They are the hosts of the Loretta Lynn Gospel Music Festival and the Glory Bound Jubilee. The Sneeds have been nominated for, and won, several awards for their music. Their songs have graced several charts as well as touched the hearts of many.
Jeff Sneed is thrilled to be attending Creekside. “The Sneed Family is so excited about being a part of Creekside this year. I believe we should all support these good folks that are so instrumental in bringing new artists to the forefront, as well promoting those artists that have established their position in the industry. These are the ingredients for keeping Gospel music alive and well. I am also excited about helping emcee this event! It’s going to be a great week in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee!”
Get your free tickets today – click here! Creekside Gospel Music Convention begins November 2nd at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center. Daily showcases, jam sessions, nightly concerts and Midnight Prayer are all scheduled from Monday until Thursday. The 2015 Diamond Awards are held on Tuesday, November 3rd. Creekside tickets are free but must be reserved. For more information on tickets and lodging visit www.
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East Coast Flooding – Update on Myrtle Beach Road Conditions
October 5, 2015ALEXANDRIA, IN – To everyone affected by the flooding on the East Coast caused by Hurricane Joaquin, our prayers are with you! We pray for peace, provision and safety for each and every individual touched by the devastation. These are the moments when our dependence on Christ and on our community takes on a new level of significance.
This week we’ve had numerous callers asking if we are proceeding with plans for Gaither Fest in Myrtle Beach, and the answer is a definitive, “Yes!”
We have people on the ground in Myrtle Beach, and many others who have traveled from various states across the U.S. who report that the main thoroughfares into Myrtle Beach are open and major roads in the area are clear. Any low impact detours are clearly marked and alternative routes are easily navigated. And local officials expect travel to improve even more during the next 48 hours.
The MB Chamber of Commerce has no reports of hotel closings. The Convention Center is also dry and ready to host an unforgettable weekend!
*Complete information, including ticket pricing, for Gaither Fest 2015 at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center in Myrtle Beach, SC, on October 9 & 10 is available by visiting www.gaither.com or calling 1-800-406-4224.
For the latest in artist news and information keep watching SGN Scoops Facebook page.
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Long before a lot of us were born, The Chuck Wagon Gang was formed. In 1935 Dad Carter and his son Jim along with daughters Rose and Anna began singing. They got their break in 1936. Their first radio break was sponsor singers for Bewley Flour. They recorded on Columbia Records for 39 years. They were the first group to record the popular song “I’ll Fly Away.” [Editor’s Note: The late Ruth Ellen Carter Yates who recently passed away, filled in for Anna in the 1950’s and began travelling consistently with the Chuck Wagon Gang in the late 1970’s.]
They still sing the old songs in the original manner, with Jeremy playing the only instrument guitar, and on occasion he picks up his banjo. They add a few new songs into the concert. Often they take audience requests for songs, dragging out the old Chuck Wagon Song Books. Think about your favorite song they sang so you can request it at their next concert.
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This coming Saturday night, October 10th at The Old Veal Schoolhouse in Roopville, Georgia!
Don’t miss Higher Hope, Hope’s Journey, and special guest Rob Patz, SGN Scoops Magazine. Rob is bringing free tickets to Creekside! Be there!
Doors open at 5. Concessions provided so……Come hungry and come expecting a blessing!
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SGN Scoops is sorry to hear of the passing of Ruth Ellen Carter Yates on October 5, 2015. Harold Timmons reported this on his facebook page:
FUNERAL SERVICE FOR RUTH ELLEN CARTER YATES OF THE CHUCK WAGON GANG
Funeral service for Ruth Ellen Yates will be Saturday, October 10th at 11:30am. It will be at Mount Olivet Funeral Home, 2301 N Sylvinia Ave., Ft. Worth, Tx. 76111.
The family is asking that in lieu of flowers donations can be made to Cooks Children’s Hospital in Ft. Worth to the Music Dept.
Ruth Ellen sang on the first concerts for Wally Fowler, as Anna had just had a son, Greg Gordon. In the late ’70’s Ruth Ellen began recording and touring with the Gang through 1989. She came back in 1994, touring, and recording again.
She was a wonderful singer, and the fans loved her. She loved her fans as well, and loved her work with the CWG. Please keep the family in your prayers.
For more information on the Chuck Wagon Gang, click here.
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Wednesday morning, November 4th,, we welcome the Jason Runnels and Friends Morning Show, featuring Jason Runnels and Hope’s Journey with special guests The Pine Ridge Boys from Inman, South Carolina.
Make plans to be with us for a morning of worship and fun for all ages. Also, we will be honoring Pine Ridge Boy for 52 years in Gospel Music. This event will be held at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center, Wednesday November 4th, at 8:30 am. Coffee and doughnuts will be served.
Tickets are only $10. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for tickets.
For more information on the Creekside Gospel Music Convention, visit www.creeksidegospelmusicconvention.com
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We just received news that Gail Shelby is in ICU. This was written 3 hours ago via facebook by her sister. Please join us at SGN Scoops in praying for Gail and Mike.
This is Debbie Buckner Gail Shelby sister. Gail has been taken by ambulance to UT Hospital. Please pray, pray, pray and BELIEVE for her miracle. Doctor are going to be keeping a close eye on her for tonight and tomorrow to be safe. She is having problems breathing so they have put a bi-pap to help with her breathing.
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