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February 2017 SGNScoops Magazine

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on February 7, 2017 – 10:35 pm -

February 2017 SGNScoops Magazine

February 2017 SGNScoops Magazine

Welcome to February at SGNScoops Magazine ! It is the month of love and we are pleased to bring you an issue full of people who love what they do.

If you haven’t met the Mylon Hayes Family, allow Craig Harris to introduce you to them. Justin Gilmore tells us about the Wilbanks, Erin Stevens interviews Lindsay Huggins, and new writer Sarah Murray shares about the unique ministry of the Lancaster Family.
Our historical writer, Charlie Griffin, leads us through the lives of the Hemphills.
Fayth Lore shares what love looks like in the life of Morgan Easter and the love theme is carried through the columns of our monthly contributors: Dusty Wells, Selena Day and Nathan Kistler.
All this plus event updates, photologues, music reviews and more. We love all of our contributors and we know you will too!
Most of all, we know that the Source of all love, Jesus Christ, wants to draw closer to you. Will you let Him?
As always, any questions, concerns, comments or exciting ideas can be emailed to lorraine@sgnscoops.com
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SGNScoops’ Fast Five with The Connells

Written by scoopsnews on February 23, 2017 – 2:03 pm -

The Connells

The Connells

Five Questions From SGN SCOOPS and Five Answers from THE CONNELLS……

Check it out below!

Question 1: For each member: What is your favorite song to perform live and why?

Chris: A song that has made a strong impact on our ministry is “It Is Well.” The last seventeen years have been a challenge for The Connells. We have walked through the loss of a baby, the death of my parents, the development of my cancer and the redevelopment two years later. I have also had to deal with kidney failure and our most recent journey has been Karen’s liver transplant. Through it all we have been able to say “It Is Well,” because of the sweet peace that only a relationship with Christ can bring. I have learned through this journey that my joy is not determined by my circumstance, but my joy is in Christ Jesus who abides in me.

Karen: Probably “His Life for Mine.” First of all, I just absolutely love watching Hannah and Heather carry this song. It thrills me to no end that they sing with passion and KNOW who they are singing about. Secondly, the song has touched me on a very personal level since I first heard it. How in the world is it possible? Why in the world would He trade his life for mine? All I know is He did and I am grateful.

Hannah: “When God Has Another Plan,” is my favorite song to sing. I like to sing this song because it helps people going through a hard time. So many times we think we have life figured out, but many times God has a bigger and better plan for us. It reminds me to trust God with things going on in my life and it will work out better.

Heather: “Did I Mention,” because it’s a song of thankfulness to God for remaining faithful to His children. It has become my anthem of praise to God because I have seen His faithfulness time and time again.

 

Question 2: For each member: What is your favorite activity when you are off the road? 

Chris: I enjoy camping and spending some quality time with my family. I have also enjoyed preaching and sharing the gospel over the last thirty-two years.

Karen: Reading, Facebook (keeping in touch with family and friends old and new.) I enjoy watching the Food Network, but it hasn’t helped my efforts in the kitchen yet; some sketching, and I’d like to learn more about photography.

Hannah: I like to read, shop, and go on adventures with my family.

Heather: I love to watch old Hollywood movies.

 

The Connells

The Connells

Question 3:  For each of you: Please tell us one personal and spiritual goal you have for this year!

Chris: My personal and spiritual goals are one goal. I have been trying to keep a spiritual journal of the time God speaks and what He shares with me during my prayer time and bible study. This helps me to know His direction and to reflect on the blessings He has so richly provided.

Karen: While recovering from my recent transplant, I feel like I learned a lot things and benefitted from it for more than just a new liver. I gained a whole new appreciation for those around me from family to the medical experts including all those in between. I learned that God is always speaking to us if we’ll just listen and realize that He can use an older hospital janitor to deliver a message to you (true story!) as well as He can use a mega church pastor. Sometimes not even a “body” at all. You just KNOW if you’re listening for him. Another thing I learned is compassion. I always thought I was compassionate before, but beyond the “I’ll be praying,” to “God be with Joe;” that was about it. Throughout my illness, surgery, and recovery so many people have reached out to us, putting feet on their prayers. I’ve been humbled at the generosity and sincerity of so many. My prayer is that I would be SINCERELY compassionate and do more than recite a small prayer out of duty. My personal goal is to live a healthier lifestyle, take the best care possible of my liver, to be able to actually enjoy being active with my family, to cherish these remaining years my girls are at home, and to eventually see sons-in-law, grandbabies, and Disney World a few more times.

Hannah: This year my goal is to get even closer to God and have the boldness to share my family’s testimony of God’s faithfulness to us.

Heather: To have continual encounters with God and to share our testimony.

 

Question 4: Can each of you tell us who your favorite artists are currently and whose music has been the greatest influence on your singing?


Chris: I enjoy the solid quartet sound of the Kingdom Heirs, Mark Trammell Quartet and Triumphant. The greatest musical influence in my life has been Leroy Abernathy. I was blessed to be a vocal student of Leroy’s for three and a half years. He taught this shy and backwards young man the importance of being more than you think you can be. He taught me to give all that I have to every note, remember to keep the tone placement, and knowing the importance of every lyric you sing.

Karen: There are really too many to name, but I seem to be drawn to the songs of Brian Free and Assurance. I will always love the Cathedrals. Most influential would have to be the Nelons. Growing up our family would always listen to them. I would always listen for Kelly’s voice learning to sing harmony somewhere along the way. Now my girls are enjoying her influence with their own vocal pursuits.

Hannah: Some of my favorite singers are Melissa Brady, Karen Peck, and Kelly Nelon. There have been many groups out there that have influenced my singing. I have always wanted to sing, and have wanted to sing Southern Gospel, my whole life. The Hoppers were probably my first influence because when I was little I would sing along with their music putting on a little concert for my parents. Some of my favorites Heather and I would always do was “Shoutin’ Time,” and “Yes I Am.”

Heather: My favorite singers are Karen Peck, Karen Wheaton, George Younce, and Vestal Goodman. Kelly Nelon has been one of the biggest influences in my life whether it has been with words of encouragement or through her music. Being her vocal student, I have learned so much from her and found confidence in my singing because of her. I will always be thankful for the influence she has on my life.

 

Question 5: For each member: What is a song that you wish you had written?

Chris: Many times, I have found myself singing the lyrics to Leroy Abernathy’s classic song “Prayer Is the Key To Heaven.” This is one of those songs that drives home the simple but profound truth that prayer must be coupled with faith if the doors of Heaven are to be opened. I have long admired those who can help us to see the simplicity of faith in a profound way.

Karen: Oh my! Where to start? I’m not sure there’s any that I wish I had written, but there are several that are very meaningful to me. Most recently: “Say Amen,” by Brian Free and Assurance and “God’s Been Good,” by Legacy Five. I LOVE both of those as they fit me and my story. One other that truly speaks to me and has for years is Don Moens’ “I Will Sing.” Many times this song has spoken to my heart.

Hannah: I wish I would have written “Four Days Late,” because it is such a powerful and touching song.

Heather: I wish I had written “It Is Well.”

The Connells will be appearing at Southern Gospel Weekend.

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2017 Diamond Award Nominations

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on February 22, 2017 – 12:40 pm -

2017 Diamond Award Nominations

2017 Diamond Award Nominations

Seattle, WA –  the 2017 Diamond Award Nominations are open on the SGNScoops website. Everyone is invited to the website to enter the Nominations area and list their top ten favorite picks for each Diamond Award category. Vote HERE.

SGNScoops, host of the Diamond Awards, is pleased to announce that the 2017 Diamond Awards will be held on October 31, 2017 during the Creekside Gospel Music Convention in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Guest hosts will be Dr. Jerry and Jan Goff. Many vocal performances and surprise guests will be included in the gala evening. Put it on your calendar today!

2017 Diamond Award Nominations

2017 Diamond Award Nominations

The Diamond Awards are completely voter-driven, starting with nominations, from which the Top Ten lists are posted, allowing voters to select their three favorites in each category. That will bring us to the Top Five lists, allowing voters to select their three choices to bring us one winner of the 2017 Diamond Award in each category.

Artists and industry personnel are also invited to vote and to encourage their friends and fans to vote as well!

Vote today HERE.

Make plans now to join us for the 2017 Diamond Awards during the Creekside Gospel Music Convention in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee from October 30th through November 2nd, 2017

For more information visit www.creeksidegospelmusicassociation.com .

If you are interested in purchasing your $25 VIP ticket call Rob at 360 933 0741

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Praise Report for The Chandlers

Written by scoopsnews on February 22, 2017 – 6:41 am -

From Lana:

God still works miracles!! He proved it once again to us today, by allowing our stolen trailer to be found! He continues to show His love through our friends that are giving to help us replenish our sound equipment/keyboard and other things that were stolen out of it. Thank you to all of you that have sent financial assistance and to those that continue to help us financially. May you reap tremendous blessings for sowing into our ministry!!


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The Bowling Sisters… Don’t Miss This!

Written by scoopsnews on February 22, 2017 – 5:30 am -

From The Bowling Sisters…..

Save the date!!!! Pre-order here to obtain free tickets.

VIP is full, but you can still come!

Order and you receive two free tickets to general admission.


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HOMETOWN SING March 12th

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on February 21, 2017 – 9:56 pm -

HOMETOWN SING March 12th

HOMETOWN SING March 12th

The Josh & Ashley Franks “HOMETOWN SING” will be held in Savannah, TN on Saturday Night, March 11th and Sunday, March 12th. The 6:00p.m., Saturday March 11 event, will be held at the Hardin County High School Auditorium. The one big super southern gospel night will showcase “KAREN PECK & NEW RIVER”, “THE PERRYS”, “THE BOWLING FAMILY”, and host group “JOSH & ASHLEY FRANKS”. Then on Sunday, March 12, at 10:00AM at People’s Tabernacle Church, 64 Airways Blvd, Pastor Josh & Ashley Franks will welcome special musical guest, Gaither Homecoming Artist, “RUSS TAFF”. Pastor Josh will be preaching and Josh & Ashley will be singing. Dinner on the grounds will follow the service. Doors will open one hour before each event. For more information, go to www.joshandashleyfranks.com


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Please Pray for The Chandlers

Written by scoopsnews on February 21, 2017 – 10:43 am -

From Tiffany via Facebook:

This has happened too many times and every time I feel a part of me (us) has been invaded and taken. Last night while the fam was in TX, thieves stole our utility trailer (containing our sound equipment, clothes and merchandise) off of our van while parked at their hotel. Thankfully, the van wasn’t touched. What I would give to be with them now. Please pray that the trailer would be found intact. God I don’t know why, but You do. 😭💔

Please join us at SGN Scoops and pray for this dear family!


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Duane Garren On Gospel Music Today

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on February 21, 2017 – 8:30 am -

Duane Garren On Gospel Music Today

Duane Garren On Gospel Music Today

Duane Garren is the guest on Gospel Music Today for the week of February 19 and Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates. The Feature Group is Legacy Quartet, and Jean reviews a new recording by Jeremy Cato.  An article from SGNScoops.com about The Hyssongs is the subject of this week’s News Notes. In the News this week is Mark Lowry, Lauren Talley, The Old Paths Quartet, the Pine Ridge Boys and the April Potter Agency. The show features a new song by Bruce Hedrick,  exclusive concert video of The Ambassadors, recorded by Gospel Music Today’s cameras in Broken Arrow, OK, and a visit to the Gospel Music Today Archives for an exclusive video of Mark209, recorded by Gospel Music Today’s cameras in Owasso, 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. 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, West Plains, MO, and Morrilton, AR. The current edition of Gospel Music Today is online now at the Gospel Music Today website, http://www.gospelmusictoday.com/


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Fast Five with The Journeys

Written by scoopsnews on February 20, 2017 – 6:35 pm -

Fast Five Questions with The Journeys…..

1. Share with us the testimony of your ministry.
First and foremost we love the Lord and praise him for sending us His Son. We are a family ministry that started 3 years ago. Our son was diagnosed with Autism at age 2 1/2 and we were basically told that he would never be able to communicate with us or others. We were devastated to say the least and after digesting the diagnosis we completely turned everything over to the Lord. Gospel music has been an intricate part of Donna’s life since the early age of three, singing with her family and after the passing of her father, singing with Gabriel and Heaven Sent. When Ben was diagnosed she went off the road for several years to take care of Ben and get him the help he needed. Ben began to show interest from a young age in music and musical instruments, especially the guitar. We encouraged this and at the age of 16 he had learned some chords and was playing along with tunes on the radio and CD’s. Donna had also showed him some chords on the piano and he would play along with her and listen to songs and immediately go to the piano and duplicate what he had heard. In 2011 Ben performed along  with Donna for the school board in our county and other events in the area. We felt the strong call to share Ben with others and go to area churches and give our testimony about raising a child with Autism We were blessed to get to record our first CD in 2012 and Ben played on one of the songs with his electric guitar. We just released a new CD with Butler Music Group in October of 2016. Ben is amazing and he surprises us daily. We take none of the credit for his musical abilities…..It’s all God. Without Go nothing is possible but with God the possibilities are ENDLESS.
2. Tell us about your new radio single.
Our new single is a song called Mercy On Me and was written by Dave and Becky Williford. Ben is playing acoustic guitar on it and Scat Springs is singing background vocals with  me Scat was a good friend I sang with some in college and we have remained friends over the years. The song talks about the amazing mercy that God has for all of us. His Mercy sets us all free!  Ben loves the song and loves to perform it when we go to churches. It is our first top 80 single and we are super excited that it’s message is getting out!
3.
We can be booked by visiting our website at www.thejourneysgospel.com or you can give us a call at 336-710-3851 or you can just e mail me at djourney1@surry.net. We are also on Facebook as The Journeys. Visit our page and like us and you can send me a message that way. We will ship CD’s to you upon request ,so just message us if you would like to buy one.
4. When you all are traveling and singing,what is your favorite place to eat?  We LOVE Cracker Barrel.   Ben loves McDonalds.
5, Tell us about a special concert…any that stand out.

We had the opportunity  in October of last year to sing at a Blaise Baptist Church in Mocksville, NC. It was a special night because we got to sing to a church full of special needs children and their families. We LOVE to minister to families who sometimes feel like there is no hope and let them see what God can do when you turn it all over to Him.


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Getting to Know Dennise Nichole Dittman

Written by scoopsnews on February 20, 2017 – 11:56 am -

We recently asked Dennise Nichole Dittman 5 questions. Check out her answers and get to know the ministry of Dennise Nichole Dittman.

1. Share Your Testimony with Us?
   I have no emotional story to tell,” “There has been no one significant ‘turn-around’ time in my life when I have been totally desperate and someone told me about Jesus.

It’s much more simple. I was born and raised in a house of The Lord, as were my parents. I was blessed with a family that introduced me to Jesus when I was just a baby. My grandmother loved the Lord with all of her heart and instilled in me, everything that I know about Jesus. A Sunday school teacher for 40 years, and an active member of her church family.

When I was a little girl, she lost her sight and wasn’t able to do the one thing that she loved the most, and that was read her bible. I would read to her and we would have the most in depth bible studies you could imagine. I knew right from the start, that I wanted to be just like her, the kind of woman that the Lord my God would be proud of. I accepted Jesus as my personal Lord and Savior surrendered my life to him at a very young age. I knew then I wanted to live for him and not for myself.

2. Tell us about how your ministry began.
 My starting point was putting on shows in my grandma’s back yard at the age of 3, and loved singing solos at my church. Through-out school I began singing at retirement homes and out in my community for local events. After high school, I pursued a career in classical music, singing opera and oratorio music for 16 years and participated in The Metropolitan Opera Auditions and many regional opera productions/opera concerts, and recitals. After much deliberation, and lots of prayer, I decided to embark on my Christian Music Ministry and sing for the Lord, while bringing others closer to Jesus through song. I love to sing for a purpose. That purpose is to help inspire and lead them to the feet of Jesus!
 3. When you are traveling, what is your favorite place to stop and eat?
For a quick bite, Wendy’s is always good. For celebrating, we go to Olive Garden.
4. How can someone book you and buy your cd?
My CDs are available at my web-site store … DenniseNicholeDittman.netAlso CDbaby, iTunes, Amazon,For Booking you can call 513-560-6715
5. What are some goals you have for your ministry for 2017?

My mission and goals for my ministry…

My favorite thing to do is to incorporate a great Gospel sing with a meaningful cause. Lately we have helped my hometown food pantry feed over 70 families, had a toy drive, and donated to our local Children’s home with benefit concerts. It’s so much fun to get the entire community involved. To feel a sense of unity, and to come together with similar hearts. Ideally, I  would be to make this world a better place even if it’s only for an hour at my concert. For that one hour, to make them forget about all of their troubles and anxieties. To take them on a ride and tell them stories of  faith, hope, and love. To remind them that they’re never alone. That with Christ, everything and anything is possible. To make each and every person that is attending a concert of mine feel all of the love, hope, happiness and all of those good things all wrapped up into one, and take them on an emotional journey. Sharing the good news and the love of Christ with every note…


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Amber Nelon Thompson: Lights, Camera…Heart

Written by Staff on February 19, 2017 – 6:00 pm -

Amber Nelson Thompson with The Nelons

Amber Nelon Thompson with The Nelons

Amber Nelon Thompson faces a variety of lessons in life and film

Feature by Craig Harris

Amber Nelon Thompson is becoming comfortable in front of the camera. The Nelons’ soprano is making her big-screen debut in A Question of Faith, which is slated for a release this fall.

“I play Michelle Danielson,” Thompson says. “It’s about three different families who go through some very, very trying times. One family is struggling with losing a loved one. Another family is living with a loved one who makes a mistake, and they don’t know how to help. Another family is struggling with the possibility of losing a loved one. All three families are kind of woven together in the end.”

The faith-based film was the first that she had even auditioned for, and the cast includes C. Thomas Howell (The Outsiders), Renee O’Conner (Xena: Warrior Princess), Kim Fields (Facts of Life), C.T. Stallings (War Room), Richard T. Jones (The Wood) and Christian recording artist Jaci Velasquez.

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