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November 2014 SGNScoops Magazine

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on November 15, 2014 – 7:14 am -

November 2014 SGNScoops Magazine

November 2014 SGNScoops Magazine

It’s November and we are thrilled to present the latest edition of SGNScoops for you to read and enjoy. Creekside Gospel Music Convention was a blast and we have lots of pictorial coverage in these pages, as well as on the fabulous front cover. Inside we have an update on the event with a list of the Diamond Award winners and so much more. We say an extra thank you to all of those who went above and beyond to help make Creekside the best ever. If we were to make a list, we might leave someone out, so to each and every one of you: we are so grateful to have you as part of our team.

Thanks to our artists for brightening our pages this month! Featured guests for November are: Soul’d Out, Tim Parton, Melanie Walker, the LeFevre Quartet, Triumphant, Hannah Webb, Canaan’s Crossing, Sherry Anne, the Jordan Family, Quinton Mills and DJ Ron Foster.

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and you will find several articles with different views on this holiday. We appreciate all of our artists for contributing what they are thankful for and also their favorite holiday food!
Our monthly devotional writers are back with more insights, as well as a new column entitled “Pastor’s Corner”. This month we welcome Music Pastor, Terry Snyder.
Since this is the month of giving thanks, we would like to thank all of our current authors that spend so much of their time and talents on SGN Scoops. Special thanks to Candi Combs, Chris Clay, Craig Harris, Dan Duncan, Dean Adkins, Dixie Phillips, Erin Stevens, Hannah Webb, Jennifer Campbell, Laura Kennedy, Lynn Mills, Marcie Gray, Paige Givens, Scott Rhoades, Tina Wakefield, Robert York, Sandi Duncan Clark and Vonda Easley. There are others who contribute in other ways and we are thankful to you as well: Vivian Belknap, Michelle Drummond and Bev Byrd.
We so appreciate all of our columnists, including Lou Wills Hildreth, David Staton, Laurette Willis, Jeff Steele, Kelly Nelon Clark and Sherry Anne.
SGN Scoops would look really dull without the artistic team of Stephanie Kelley and Staci and Pete Schwager. Joan Walker makes sure all of our i’s are dotted and our t’s are crossed. Lorraine Walker as acting editor pulls it all together. And of course, SGN Scoops’ Publisher Rob Patz keeps us all focused and enthusiastic about the future of the magazine. And SGN Scoops would not exist without our founder, Dr. Allen Smith.
Above all we give thanks to our Lord Jesus Christ, for Whom we give our gifts and to Whom we give all praise and thanksgiving.
Happy Thanksgiving!

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Written by SGN Scoops Staff on November 26, 2014 – 8:02 am -

Pine Ridge Boys

Pine Ridge Boys

Classic Artists Records, LLC and the PINE RIDGE BOYS announce an exclusive partnership that covers recording, promotion and artist development. This partnership is an extension of friendships that have spanned over 30 years.

In the 1963, the Pine Ridge Boys began a journey that is still going strong today. Jim Stewart, Wayne Shuford, Charles Burke and Miles Cooper made it their mission to sing quartet gospel music and to do it right. 51 years later their mission is still the same, if not more so.

Today, bass singer Larry Stewart (Jim Stewart’s son) now carries on the tradition with Wayne Shuford (original member) singing baritone. While Ivory Luke sings the tenor with Duane Rizzo handling the lead vocals.

The Pine Ridge Boys are known for a rich quartet sound that captivates an audience. Quartet arrangements that share the true heritage of southern gospel music are complimented by harmony that is considered a lost musical art-form. From an old convention song to a heart stirring gospel ballad, the Pine Ridge Boys stage gospel music with excitement, passion and a mission to reach people with a positive message in every song and appearance.

A full-time touring music ministry, the Pine Ridge Boys is experiencing a renewed interest in their music. Once you attend a concert, you will truly know why the Pine Ridge Boys are STILL ENJOYING THE JOURNEY!

Pine Ridge Boys owner, Larry Stewart shares, “This is one relationship that I know is good for the Pine Ridge Boys, Classic Artists and gospel music. We are a true quartet that loves the classic quartet sound. Singing the old and new songs just makes for a great Pine Ridge Boys experience for gospel music fans. We have been friends with Charlie for over 30 years and are excited at the potential we have together to expand our music, the message and create a positive gospel music experience.”

Charlie Griffin says, “I am really excited at the opportunities we have together. The Pine Ridge Boys are truly a rare gem in southern gospel music. Pure class on stage and off, they are the real deal.  The Pine Ridge has repackaged their STILL ENJOYING THE JOURNEY cd under the Classic Artists label. But, more importantly they are in the studio now with the talented producer and arranger Art Bain working on a new project for release in early 2015. It is going to be a great addition to gospel music enthusiasts everywhere.”

With Classic Artists Records, The Pine Ridge Boys will be more focused on building lasting relationships with gospel music fans, promoters, pastors and being available for media. There will be an increased emphasis on conventional, internet and pay on demand radio and TV. The Pine Ridge has an interactive website and look to be engaged with gospel music fans with various internet promotions and projects. The future is indeed bright for the Pine Ridge Boys and Classic Artists Records.

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SGN Scoops Fast Five with Gracie Bowling of The Bowlings

Written by Staff on November 25, 2014 – 3:16 pm -

Gracie Bowling

Gracie Bowling

Gospel music artists, Mike and Kelly Bowling have three daughters, Hope, Katelanne and Gracie. The Bowling Family has developed a strong ministry and also has several number-one songs to their credit. The three Bowling girls have recently been taking the stage and developing their own following as they grow into the family business. Gracie Bowling has begun a series of videos on Facebook called The Gracie Show where she talks about life, traveling, singing, and all things important to an eight-year-old…

SGN Scoops recently caught up with Gracie and asked her to do the Fast Five. We hope you enjoy her answers!

1. What do you hope to accomplish with your Gracie Show?

GB: I like to make people laugh, and I like to laugh at myself too. I think laughing always makes people happy, at least most people.

2. What is your favorite scripture and why?

GB:  John 3:16 Lets me know image (1)that Jesus died for little ole’ me. Gracie Bowling.

3. What is your favorite part of touring with your family?

GB:  I know I get to have a different life than most kids. I see a lot of things and I guess that’s a good thing? But sometimes I want to stay home with my friends, but I get over it. I always get over it.

4. What is your favorite restaurant?

GB:  Chick-Fil-A

5. If you could go anywhere in the world to visit, where would you go?

image (3)GB:  New York City. I love that place. Especially that big toy store. And, I love all of the tall buildings and the lights, and the food, and that feeling that makes my stomach excited. I am pretty sure I am getting an apartment there when I am 18.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this look into the life of Gracie Bowling. Thanks Gracie for helping us with our SGN Scoops’ Fast Five!

For more information on Gracie and the Gracie Show visit

For information on the Bowlings visit


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The Marksmen Quartet reach across the generations with their latest release

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on November 25, 2014 – 8:53 am -

Marksmen Quartet

Marksmen Quartet

Three-time Dove nominees the Marksmen Quartet of Murrayville, Ga. cross the “Generations” with their latest CD.

From the first song – Albert E. Brumley’s classic “I Firmly Promise You,” the smooth harmonies, which have made the group a Southern gospel and bluegrass mainstay for the last 47 years, blend the talents of three generations from the act’s most enduring families.

The quartet founded by Earle Wheeler in 1967 currently features Earle and his son Mark Wheeler along with 29-year Marksmen member Darrin Chambers and the latest addition Aaron Johnson. Darrin is the son of former long-time tenor singer and mandolinist Keith Chambers and Aaron is his grandson. The recording also features guest appearances by Mark’s children – Will and Sarah Grace singing and playing mandolin and fiddle, respectively.

“With the addition of Aaron to the group, it hit me that we reached our third generation of performers and audience,” Earle said. “So the theme of the latest project came to us easily.”

There are singers whose voices make them immediately identifiable; Earle’s unique Southern gospel vocal stylings have made the Marksmen sound recognizable in three music genres – Southern gospel, bluegrass and country. His leadership has garnered them countless awards in each genre including Dove nominations for their latest three CDs.

Earle is featured on “Why Can’t You Believe?” and “Will You Meet Me Over Yonder.”

This CD features songs that highlight each member; it is Mark’s traditional country lead that through the years has become a pivotal part of the sound beside his father’s unique voice.

Mark adds three more new songs to his songwriting catalog. He delivers a haunting performance — “The Spirit Moved,” his song penned with Jim Green. He also features

“No More Sin,” composed with Lance Carpenter.

Mark’s original song written with former Marksmen David Waller – “The Folly of a Fool” is sang by Darrin Chambers and is a commentary on believing in evolution.

A classic hymn written to feature a bass vocal “He Understands and Cares for Me” also highlights Darrin’s talents.

“Darrin continues to be a vital part of what we do musically and vocally,” Earle said.

Reaching back into some of the songs the group popularized early in their career with tenor Keith Chambers “I Have a New Life” and “Payday,” the group passes the torch now with his grandson carrying the prominent part in these audience favorites.

“Aaron’s approach is different vocally, but folks who follow us have shared how much they are enjoying his smooth sound,” Mark said.

The third generation of the Wheeler family adds their contribution as young Will Wheeler singing with his father and sister on “I’m Not Going to Hell.”

Sarah Grace joins her father and grandfather on “Time Has Made a Change.”

Mark features his banjo stylings on “the Old Cross Road” continuing a family tradition passed through the generations in his family.

Solid Gospel radio host Les Butler makes a guest appearance singing baritone and playing mandolin on the bluegrass standard “The Old Cross Road.” Fiddler Lynn Shook adds his talents to “Payday.”

“We hope that our friends will enjoy our latest CD,” Earle said. “This is my 44th album and each time we create a new one, its is just as exciting as the first time, the creativity, the love that is shared through the music, and the hope that God uses it to reach those who need to hear his message.”

The CD is available at for download on ITunes, and CDBaby. For more information, visit, Fans may like Marksmen Mountain Music Camp on Facebook.

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Written by SGN Scoops Staff on November 24, 2014 – 11:23 am -



DECLARATION of Nashville, Tennessee in conjunction with two of Michigan’s finest artists have come together to announce a benefit concert for one of the most beloved figures in the Michigan Southern Gospel scene. Victor Seaton is the owner of Encore Productions in Roseville, Michigan. For well over three decades, Seaton has been one of the main promoters of not just Southern Gospel concerts, but numerous Christian Events in the state of Michigan, as well as in regions throughout Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, and West Virginia. Through Seaton’s efforts and support, audiences spanning generations have enjoyed the artistry of legendary groups including The Cathedral Quartet, Gold City, The Kingsmen, and Bill Gaither; the region has also come to know such talented artists as Greater Vision, Legacy Five, The Booth Brothers, and many others active in the industry today.

In recent years, Seaton’s health has been in decline and he has suffered numerous health related complications. This concert has been organized to help raise funds for these bills. The concert will take place on Friday December 12th, at the Liberty Missionary Baptist Church in Monroe, Michigan. The Special Guests for the evening will be one of Southern Gospel’s most exciting and energetic new groups, DECLARATION, of Nashville, TN. Also appearing on the program that evening will be two of Michigan’s finest groups; The Sammons Family of Wyandotte and Matchless Grace of Monroe.

All of the artists on the program are thrilled to take part in this wonderful concert. Jake Sammons of Declaration, a Michigan native who has enjoyed a friendship with Seaton for years, states, “ For over thirty years, Victor Seaton has kept the light of Gospel Music burning brightly. His legacy is one of integrity, class and top tier talent all for God’s Glory.” Brian Fuson of The Sammons Family shared, “Victor Seaton has had a profound impact on my life since I first met him. It is my honor and privilege to give back to a great friend who has been such a blessing in my life.”

Admission for the concert is free, no tickets will be needed. A love offering will be received. All funds collected will go directly to Victor Seaton. For those unable to attend who would like to donate, please send your donations to Victor Seaton Concert, PO Box 38, Roseville, Michigan. For more information on this concert, please contact Brian Fuson at 734-626-0376, or visit

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Written by SGN Scoops Staff on November 24, 2014 – 10:12 am -

Chuck Wagon Gang

Chuck Wagon Gang

Current radio single/video also included in upcoming documentary

Franklin, TN (November 24, 2014) — The Chuck Wagon Gang’s new video of their current radio single, ‘His Love Will Lead Us On,’ is now available on YouTube. This is the first single from their New Haven Records CD, ‘Meeting In Heaven: The Chuck Wagon Gang Sings the Songs of Marty Stuart’ which is now available at retail.

“This is a timely song, and the lyrics are relatable to the current events in our world. Our prayer is that this song and video will bring hope to thousands and thousands of people” said Shaye Smith, alto singer and manager of The Chuck Wagon Gang.

Ken Harding, president of New Haven Records comments, “For three quarters of a century, The Chuck Wagon Gang has touched countless lives through their timeless lyrics and matchless harmonies. We believe in their legacy and are proud of their new CD and DVD and honored to have them as an artist at New Haven Records.”

This video was shot by world-renowned photographer Jack Spencer and features one of many songs on their upcoming DVD documentary, America’s Gospel Singers, The Legacy Lives On.

The DVD chronicles the history of the group, sharing their stories through rare family photographs, poignant personal stories, old recordings and new live performances. In addition to Marty Stuart and the Chuck Wagon Gang, the DVD features special appearances by Connie Smith, Merle Haggard, Eddie Stubbs, Dan Rather, Duane Allen of the Oak Ridge Boys and Charlie Daniels.

Click the link below to view the video:
You can find more information about the Chuck Wagon Gang by going to

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Gospel Music Today For November 24th On

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on November 24, 2014 – 7:58 am -

Gospel Music Today For November 24th

Gospel Music Today For November 24th

The members of The Cavaliers Quartet are the guests on Gospel Music Today for the week of November 23. Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates. The Feature Group is The Kramers, and Jean reviews new recordings by 4 His Love and Revelation.  An SGN Scoops article about Willy Wynn is the subject of this week’s News Notes. The show features singing by The Alabama Spirituals, The Ascension Quartet, and The Cavaliers Quartet, exclusive video of Gold City Quartet, recorded by Gospel Music Today’s cameras in Nashville,TN, at the Absolutely Gospel Music Fest and a visit to the Gospel Music Today Archives for an exclusive concert video of Woody Wright at the Southern Gospel Worship Gathering, in Broken Arrow, OK.

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,

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Special Announcement from Les Butler

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on November 23, 2014 – 9:48 pm -

Les Butler

Les Butler

Nashville, TN .  The September issue of Singing News Magazine included a brief announcement regarding former Singing News Publisher, Les Butler, and his future in Southern Gospel Music.

Butler stated, “In December 2013, I resigned my position as Publisher of Singing News Magazine.  I continued working with the Southern Gospel Division of Salem Communications, which includes Singing News Magazine, Homecoming Magazine, and the Solid Gospel Radio Network.

A few weeks ago I met with GM Mike Miller regarding my future.  I shared with him my desire to concentrate on my personal preaching and singing ministry, as well as my desire to pursue other opportunities within the Southern Gospel Music industry.  Mike and I agreed to continue our relationship in three areas.  I will continue to host my weekend radio shows on the Solid Gospel Radio Network, contribute monthly editorials in the Singing News Magazine, and manage our wonderful relationship with the fine folks at Dollywood.

In the past year, God has opened doors for personal ministry by way of preaching and singing at various revivals and camp meetings across America.

Effective immediately, I am also bringing Butler Music Group (BMG) and Family Music Group (FMG) out of hibernation.  BMG will be engaged in the business of artist management and consultation.  FMG will be involved in music production, publishing, radio promotion, and more.”

Butler will also continue to host Harmony Road, a Southern Gospel TV show broadcast on multiple TV networks.

Websites are currently being built.  Meanwhile, feel free to call Butler at 615-218-0517, or email him at Stay tuned for more exciting news!

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Jay Parrack and Vocal Event Coming To Southern Gospel Weekend

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on November 22, 2014 – 11:48 am -

Jay Parrack and Vocal Event

Jay Parrack and Vocal Event

Southern Gospel Weekend is proud to announce Jay Parrack and Vocal Event is on board….

Here’s a note from Jay…..
“We’re honored to be a part of this special event.  Not only do we hope people are blessed by the music, but also that this event will further the growth of Southern Gospel Music in our area.”

For More Information About Southern Gospel Weekend In Oxford AL Go To The Website Here

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This Week’s Harmony Road Features All Broadcast Premiere Videos

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on November 22, 2014 – 8:58 am -

Harmony Road

Harmony Road

 Tim Livingston, High Road III, The Akins and Southern Raised

Signal Mountain, TN November 21, 2014, This week’s special Harmony Road TV program features never before seen on TV videos including the concept/performance videos “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee” from the Akins, Southern Raised with “Grandpa’s Fiddle”, and Tim Livingston’s “I Just Miss You” as well as High Road III and  “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us”  from the Les Butler and Friends DVD from Dugger Mountain Music Hall.

“Over the past two years of broadcasting Southern Gospel videos, we’ve had the honor of premiering several great productions.  This is the first time we’ve been able to present an entire program of videos that have never been broadcast on television” remarked Roger Spears, Harmony Road producer.  “We appreciate all the artists and producers who have the talent and vision to provide quality videos that help spread the Word through music  and are excited to air them to our viewers across the country” he concluded.

Now available to over 80 million television homes across the country in addition to online streaming, ROKU, mobile app and more, Harmony Road is a weekly southern gospel television program hosted by Singing News, Butler Music Group and Solid Gospel Radio veteran Les Butler.

Information on, Its affiliates and time slots can be found at  Viewers can also interact with the program on Facebook at Harmony Road TV and on twitter@harmonyroadtv.

Harmony Road is produced and distributed by Harmony Road Productions and features the best in Southern Gospel music and video. It can be found each week on The Heartland Network, The NRB Network (including DirecTV, streaming and mobile app), WATC57 in Atlanta, WGNM-TV in Macon, WYBU-TV in Columbus, GA/Phoenix City, AL.  Also find the program on the WALKtv network (including ROKU), Harmony Gospel in Greeneville, SC,  DCT3in Middle Tennessee, TV24 in Anniston/Gadsden, Charter Cable in Clarksville, Cookeville/Crossville, Sevier County, Lebanon and Jackson, TN and  WMJN29 in Decatur/Athens/Cullman, AL.  Harmony Road has recently added affiliates, where the program will be streamed online several times a week.

Affiliates have also been added in Jackson, TN, Beaumont, TX,  and Harrogate, TN.

Allan Rhodes of Rhodes Media Center is the programs technical director.

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Crosby Lane Signs With Mansion Entertainment

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on November 21, 2014 – 1:35 pm -

Crosby LaneFranklin, TN (Mansion Entertainment) November 21st, 2014 – The vocal and instrumental group, Crosby Lane, recently joined the Mansion Entertainment family of artists by signing to its newly formed Mansion Americana label.

Crosby Lane, named for one of the most prolific hymn writers of all time, Fanny Crosby, is comprised of singer-songwriter Tonja Rose, multi-Dove nominated songwriter, singer and instrumentalist John Lemonis, and vocalist/instrumentalist Michaela Lemonis. The trio shares a ministry passion for hymns and have been traveling the country not only sharing their arrangements of some of America’s most-loved hymns but creating a unique ministry event in which many of the circumstances and stories behind the lyrics of the timeless hymns are shared in a unique Crosby Lane presentation.

Mansion Entertainment’s John Mathis shares, “Over the past year John Lemonis has been keeping me updated with a lot of the happenings with Crosby Lane out on the road. How people are responding to not only the Crosby Lane arrangements and presentation of the music, but they gasp or cry or just have these emotional reactions and responses to hearing the stories behind some of these great songs. The ones who love the hymns are loving the presentation Crosby Lane is giving them, and yet there is a generation that are not familiar with these great, uncompromising lyrics and the moments in the writer’s life which caused them to be born. John, Tonja and Michaela are introducing and educating a new group to some of these great words we’ve all sang for years. We definitely wanted to be a part of this in some small way and support what Crosby Lane is out there doing!”

Craig Adams of Lifeway Worship Resources in Nashville previously commented on Crosby Lane’s musical endeavors as well; “These folks have a deep sense of commitment to the theology we sing, as well as enriching stories behind the enduring hymns that have been anchors of faith for untold generations. Their musical approach is endearing, warm, and infectious – a refreshing retreat from mainstream worship stylings.”

The debut project from Crosby Lane is entitled, ‘Story & Song’, and will be released in 2015. Radio programmers and listeners will become acquainted with Crosby Lane in February of 2015 as they slated to receive the debut radio single. For more information on Crosby Lane visit

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