The Williamsons

Songfest

Creekside Gospel Music Convention

December 2014 SGNScoops Magazine

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on December 9, 2014 – 4:30 pm -

December 2014 SGNScoops Magazine

December 2014 SGNScoops Magazine

Merry Christmas from SGNScoops! We hope you are enjoying this special time of year. Take a moment to relax and share this gift we are giving to you this Christmas.

You will see from the wrapping that our December SGNScoops is full of special words from your favorite artists as they share their Christmas thoughts and memories.
We hope you enjoy the special features on the Purple Hulls, Bryan and Yvonne Hutson, Phillip Collingsworth, Randy Byrd of the Mark Trammell Quartet, The Griffins, Southern Raised, The Perrys, Heather Ruppe, The Preachers Kid Retreat and more.
Special Christmas memories are shared by the Chrisagis Brothers, the Hagees, Tim Duncan, Ann Downing and other artists.
Be sure to settle in by the fire and enjoy the articles by Lou Wills Hildreth, David Staton, Laurette Willis, Dr. Jeff Steele, Kelly Nelon Clark, Sherry Anne, Scott Rhoades and more.
We are thrilled to welcome Dusty Wells to our staff as he shares his own words of wisdom.
Please unwrap this gift and enjoy each part, specially made for you, cover to cover.
Thank you for being a part of our world as we shared our hearts with you.
Merry Christmas from all the www. SGNScoops.com and Coastal Media Group!


Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,
Posted in announcements | Comments Off

Come Start the new 2015 year off with Corinth’s Gospel Winter Sing

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on December 17, 2014 – 11:54 am -

Corinth Gospel Winter Sing

Corinth Gospel Winter Sing

Come start the new 2015 year off with Corinth’s Gospel Winter Sing, Thursday January 1, 2015 in downtown Corinth, MS at the Historic Corinth Coliseum Theater beginning at 7:00p.m. JAF Promotions proudly presents,one of bluegrass gospel music’s best, the PRIMITIVE QUARTET, and America’s Favorite Mixed Quartet, THE PERRYS. Host, Josh & Ashley Franks will also appear. There is no advance ticket needed. General Admission is $12.00 at the door, plus a special free-will love offering will be received. For more information, go to ww.joshandashleyfranks.com or call 731-607-1948. Doors will open one hour before concert.


Tags: , , ,
Posted in announcements | Comments Off

Jessica Trammell .. What is your favorite Christmas Memory?

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on December 16, 2014 – 10:45 pm -

Jessica Trammell

Jessica Trammell

We asked Jessica Trammell  ..  What is your favorite Christmas Memory?

The year Nick and I got engaged. Nick and his parents came up to Iowa for Christmas and he proposed the night they got there. He had a horse drawn sleigh and a fire surrounded with candles in a field covered in snow. It was absolutely beautiful. However, I think this Christmas will be memorable too. With two kids now, Christmas is such a special time for our family! This will be Charlie’s first Christmas and Tessa is two and everything is so exciting to her. She loves everything to do with Christmas from baby Jesus to Christmas music that sings at the top of her lungs while shopping.


Tags: , , ,
Posted in exclusive report | Comments Off

A Christmas Feast

Written by Staff on December 16, 2014 – 3:02 pm -

sgnscoopschristmasheader3From SGN Scoops December 2012 – Compiled by Lorraine Walker

Christmas time for many is a time of being with family and friends, socializing, singing and enjoying treats we may have only once a year. We have gathered a sampling of favorite recipes from our SGN Scoops friends, fans and family. Special thanks to all who contributed their recipes and pictures, and to all of our readers who will enjoy making and eating these culinary concoctions. Have a Merry Christmas…and happy feasting!

Appetizers

Sandi Duncan Clark

Sandi Duncan Clark

Sandi Duncan-Clark – Features Editor, writer, SGN Scoops http://www.sgnscoops.com/
My favorite Christmas Recipe is one that we enjoy from the first of November through the New Year Holidays. This delight is good as an appetizer with dip, and as a snack with eggnog and Hot Apple Cider. And it’s great just to munch! I always make two batches in the beginning, since I know they will disappear quickly. Merry Christmas Everyone. May your Holiday be the best ever.
SANDI’S ZESTY CHEESE STRAWS
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, at room temperature
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (more or less, according to your taste preference).
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
In a food processor, add the butter, cheese, flour, salt and cayenne.
Process until a smooth dough is formed. Scoop it into your cookie press, fitted with a flat ridged tip. Pipe the dough in 2-inch strips onto a lightly greased cookie sheet.
(Alternatively, refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes and roll on a lightly floured surface into a 1/4 inch rectangle. Cut into smaller rectangles, about 2 by 3- inches, with a pizza wheel or sharp knife.) Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to racks to cool.

Main Dishes

joan

Joan Walker

Joan Walker – proof reader, SGN Scoops http://www.sgnscoops.com/
JOAN’S WARM–YOU-UP CHRISTMAS CHILI
1 1/2 pound ground beef
2 cans beans
2 cups salsa
1 can tomato sauce
2 tbsp chili powder
1 chopped onion
1 cup frozen corn
1 cup shredded cheese
Brown meat and drain. Add meat and remaining ingredients in slow cooker, except cheese. Heat on LOW 5-6 hrs, or HIGH 3-4 hours, add shredded cheese before serving.
Add fresh green peppers for a festive look!

Channing Eleton – artist, musician http://channingeleton.com/
My family started a tradition several years ago. After a month of turkey and dressing, sometimes you just want to do something different. One year, I suggested that we do a Mexican dinner for Christmas. Everyone loved it and we’ve been doing it ever since.
The most popular dish of these Christmas get-togethers has been Christina’s Chili Mexico. It’s easy

Channing Eleton

Channing Eleton

and quick to make and after one taste, you’ll see why the Eleton family loves it. Christina’s dish had become popular at Christmas-time; she was getting recipe requests and questions about what she called it. Up until that point, she didn’t have a name for it. I kept encouraging her to give it a name. Neither she or I had any original ideas that we liked, so I turned to my little girl for wisdom. I asked, “Chanler, what would you call Mommy’s dish that we love?”
Without hesitation, Chanler replies in her cute little five-year-old voice, “Chili Mexico”.
We smiled…it stuck…and that’s what we’ve called it ever since.
ELETON’S CHILI MEXICO
2 – 8 oz. packets cream cheese
1 1/2 cups salsa
2 cups chili
2 cups shredded cheese
In a baking dish, spread out cream cheese first. Next, comes the layer of salsa, spread evenly. The third layer will be 1 cup of the shredded cheese. Now, pour in all of chili and spread evenly. Lastly, top it with remaining cup of shredded cheese – spread evenly of course. Bake at 350 F for 30 minutes. Enjoy with your choice of nacho chips! Read more »


Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Posted in announcements, sgn scoops magazine, special feature | Comments Off

Natalie Cromwell .. What is your favorite Christmas Memory?

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on December 16, 2014 – 12:34 pm -

Natalie Cromwell

Natalie Cromwell

We asked  Natalie Cromwell ..  What is your favorite Christmas Memory?

My favorite Christmas Memory isn’t necessarily a happy one, but it’s very special to me. Two of my grandparents passed away in the month of January, so my whole family had the opportunity to join them in the hospital two separate times at Christmas to sing carols with them. My grandpa passed away most recently, and I remember that the entire nursing and hospital staff came to hear us sing. My whole family sings, and we have always sang together since I can remember, so it was quite a beautiful sound that carried throughout the hospital. I’ll never forget that day!


Tags: , , ,
Posted in exclusive report | Comments Off

The Lesters Set World Record

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on December 16, 2014 – 10:04 am -

The Lesters

The Lesters

The Lesters, “St. Louis’s First Family of Gospel Music”, will celebrate 90 continuous years as a musical group in 2015. The legendary group has recently been verified as the oldest continually running musical group of any genre in the world. Started in 1925 by Harvey and Opal Lester, this musical family is now into their fourth generation with grandson Brian Lester and great-grandson Jon Lester proudly carrying on this rich heritage of ministry. “If my grandparents would have been told that 90 years later their ministry would still be going strong, I don’t know if they would have believed it.” said Brian Lester.

As the group began preparations for their 90th anniversary celebration tour they learned that their run as a musical group was at the top of all genres of music. “We began to research it through several organizations and found that no other musical group as been continuously running for this long. Some started earlier such as the Speer Family but ended, some that started earlier or around the same time have taken breaks from time to time. The Lesters are incredible an example of faithfulness.” stated tenor singer Matt Felts.
The Lesters  are currently working with the Guinness Book of Worlds Records. An official verification and media tour will be announced soon. Next year’s celebration will include many incredible events such as “Lesters Night” at Busch Stadium, the home of the St. Louis Cardinals and special concert events. “This is an exciting time for The Lesters. Next year is going to be full of historic moments.” said Jon Lester. For more information you can visit the official website of The Lesters at The official website of The Lesters

Tags: , , ,
Posted in announcements | Comments Off

JP Miller – Christmas Eve Down Sun Valley Road

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on December 15, 2014 – 10:07 pm -

JP Miller

JP Miller

Find Out More About JP Miller Here


Tags: , ,
Posted in announcements | Comments Off

My Christmas Memories…The Amundruds

Written by Staff on December 15, 2014 – 1:19 pm -

The Amundruds

The Amundruds

“The Christmas Season has and always will have the ability to bring out the warmth in peoples’ hearts.  Though there are numerous memories and traditions to which I hold dear, it is simply the undeniable joy that is only explainable through the Birth of Jesus Christ that brings meaning to the season.

I had the privilege of growing up in a music loving, God fearing, enthusiastic household, and the holidays were always a time of celebration.  Quite often when our extended family would come together for any particular reason, mass sing-alongs would ensue. Christmas was no exception.  The memories that I cherish most were the times that our family would find ourselves singing carols around the piano until late into the evening; uncles, aunts, brothers, sisters, and cousins, all together, lifting up the name of Jesus. I treasure those moments with my family and am eternally grateful for the opportunity to have grown up in a Christian household.

Merry Christmas from our family, to yours!”

– Jessica Amundrud (The Amundruds)
www.theamundruds.com


Tags: , , , ,
Posted in artists, christian entertainment, Christian interest | Comments Off

SINGING ECHOES RETURN TO ACWORTH

Written by Staff on December 15, 2014 – 12:38 pm -

SINGING ECHOES - 1

Singing Echoes

By Robert York

The Singing Echoes returned to Glade Road Baptist Church in Acworth, GA for their fifth time, where Rev. Chuck Smith is the Pastor. A lot of folks that attend Bill Bailey’s events would recognize Rev. Smith as he is pretty active in Bill’s concerts. Chuck’s wife Wilma Smith also is involved as she often sings at these events.
The Smith’s son Chad has a group called Copperhead Highway that are members of Glade Road Church and they opened the concert last Saturday. They are a very popular group in the Acworth area and have numerous fans as they sing in several venues around that area.
Copperhead Highway

Copperhead Highway

The Singing Echoes are based out of Cleveland, Tennessee where they have an annual singing at Blue Springs Park. Next year’s dates for the Blue Springs Valley Singing are July 15 – 18, 2015 . For more information, check the weblink below. They presented their usual exciting, uplifting music for all who gathered at Glade Road Baptist.

For those not acquainted with the Singing Echoes, they were established in 1969 with the original members consisting of Max, Lela, Lynn, Gary and Debbie Epperson.  They have introduced many songs in their long history of singing Gospel music. Currently they are working on project number 50 to celebrate their 45th Anniversary of singing.  Some of their most popular songs have been: “It’s Enough,” ‘Think I’m Excited,” “Somebody’s Here,” and “Wake Up To Sleep No More.”  “Wake Up” granted the Singing Echoes a Grammy nomination for their arrangement of the song, the same arrangement performed by almost all Southern Gospel Quartets at one time or another.
SINGING ECHOES 2

Singing Echoes

The tradition continues today with Gary, Debbie and Lynn, as well as all their children traveling on the road with them:  Adam, Joshua, Matthew and Jonah.  Jonah is the fourth generation and the youngest member of the group. He is only twelve years old and plays several instruments.  The oldest member, I think, came over on the Mayflower (just fooling Lynn).

When you attend a Singing Echoes Concert, you can expect to experience a live band with some of the most talented musicians traveling on the road today and hear Spirit-filled singing, peppered with heart filled testimonies from each member.  They have been tagged as “The Most Exciting Group in Gospel Music”.  If they are in your area, you need to experience The Singing Echoes.
http://www.singingechoes.com/

Tags: , , , ,
Posted in artists, concert reviews | Comments Off

Gospel Music Today For December 15 On SGNScoops.com

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on December 15, 2014 – 8:21 am -

Gospel Music Today December 15

Gospel Music Today December 15

Deon and Pamela Unthank of AbsolutelyGospel.com are the guests on Gospel Music Today for the week of December 14. Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates. The Feature Group is Broken Vessels, and Jean reviews new recordings by Undivided and The Williamsons.  An article from Southern Gospel Update is the subject of this week’s News Notes. The show features singing by Tim Livingston, exclusive video of The Pine Ridge Boys Quartet, recorded by Gospel Music Today’s cameras in Pigeon Forge,TN, at the Creekside Gospel Music Convention, and a visit to the Gospel Music Today Archives for an exclusive concert video of 7 Mile Road at The Southern Gospel Worship Gathering, in Broken Arrow, OK.  News Headlines include Aaron Crabb, the Blackwood Brothers plus exciting concert updates from Mark209 and the Crabb Family Revival.

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.


Tags: , , , , ,
Posted in video | Comments Off

WAYNE HAUN MAKES KEY RETAIL VISITS IN SUPPORT OF SENTIMENTAL SEASON

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on December 14, 2014 – 11:22 am -

Wayne Haun

Wayne Haun

(Nashville, TN)… StowTown Records co-founder Wayne Haun is a very busy man this Christmas season.  While continuing to wear the many hats of producing, arranging, and songwriting, he has recently been on the road as an artist, promoting his brand new Christmas project, Sentimental Season.

Haun made three personal visits in the past month to LifeWay Christian Stores in both Fort Worth, TX, and Augusta, GA, as well as taking part in a special event at Cedar Springs Christian Bookstores in his hometown of Knoxville, TN, on Black Friday.
Retail is the lifeblood for a record company, making sure that we’re represented all over the world,” said Haun. “I have really enjoyed the opportunity to meet store managers, buyers and even owners while promoting this recording.”
The multi-nominated Grammy and Dove Award artist performed many of the

Wayne Haun

Wayne Haun

songs on the album and visited with numerous fans throughout the retail tour.

As always, it’s good to meet and spend time with fans, both old and new. Without them, we’re all out of a job,” added Haun. “And I have to admit that I still get a thrill out of seeing our product on the shelves when I visit the stores. It’s such an encouragement to keep moving forward.”
With that nostalgic Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, and Dean Martin 1940’s-style sound, co-writers Joel Lindsey, Jeff Bumgardner, Tony Wood, and mother Shelby Haun all pitched in to help create this exceptional project.
Christmas favorites like the Louis Armstrong classic “What A Wonderful World” and a beautifully-crafted duet with fellow StowTown gospel artist TaRanda Greene singing “The Christmas Song” helps highlight the album.
StowTown’s Ernie Haase and Signature Sound mix in their harmony and Christmas spirit. Meanwhile, Haun’s grandmother, mother, and sister add a special and emotional family rendition of “Beautiful Star of Bethlehem”.
 Via Provident Distribution, the album hit the market in October and is now available online, through digital outlets and general market retailers, and at Christian Bookstores everywhere.
Sentimental Season will also be featured in a Christmas special on Sirius/XM’s Enlighten (channel 65) Saturday, December 20. Haun’s special will air at 8:00pm EST & 5:00pm PST and will then be rebroadcast throughout the next week.

Tags: , , ,
Posted in announcements | Comments Off