Pigeon Forge, TN – Coastal Media and SGN Scoops are pleased to present the 2015 Diamond Award Top Five Nominees! The Diamond Awards began in January with fans nominating their favorite artists for each award from the Living Legend to the Favorite Album. From this comprehensive list, fans were asked to nominate their top ten for each category. Now, fans have chosen their top five nominees for each award and this list is presented below. Vote Here or below
Fans are asked to go to the Diamond Award website to vote from this top five list for their favorite in each area. Voting ends for the Top Five on September 14, 2015. The 2015 Diamond Awards will be presented in a gala ceremony on November 3, 2015 at Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, during the Creekside Gospel Music Convention. More information on Creekside Gospel Music Convention can be found on their website or on their Facebook page, or contact Rob Patz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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2015) Harmony Road TV and Harmony Road Productions have been blessed with Top Five Finalist nominations in the 2015 SGN Scoops Diamond Awards. The Awards will be presented during a special presentation on November 3rd, as part of the Creekside Gospel Music Convention, in Pigeon Forge, TN. Voting continues through September 14, 2015 at www.sgnscoops.com.
“All of us at Harmony Road TV feel blessed to be a Top 5 Finalist in multiple categories,” said Roger Spears, Program Producer. “We know we have a wonderful host in Les Butler. It’s great to see that voters agree and have nominated him for the Paul Heil Broadcaster of the Year Award for his work on Harmony Road TV.”
The program’s website, www.harmonyroadtv.com is a finalist in the Industry Website of the Year category. The website is maintained by its developer, Danny Joines. “We appreciate Danny and his dedication to his work. The website is full of information on where viewers can find the program, links to select episodes of the program, and other videos,” Spears said.
“The View From Heaven,” the popular and encouraging video from Sunrise Artist of the Year nominee, Noah Hinshaw, is a finalist for Gospel Music Today DVD/Video of the Year. “The View from Heaven” was produced by Harmony Road Productions. Allan Rhodes of Harmony Road Productions directed the video, which has garnered tens of thousands of online views and been featured on national television programs.
Spears added, “As we begin our fourth season of broadcasting and production, we want to thank all those who have supported our efforts to help spread the Word through music and video. This includes all the nominees in the Diamond Awards. Each one is deserving, and we feel we’re definitely in good company.”
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Pigeon Forge TN (August 28, 2015) – The Christian Country Expo at Pigeon Forge Tennessee, came to a close on Thursday, August 27 before an appreciative audience. The morning showcases were full of talented artists and terrific music. Several of the lovely ladies of Christian Country graced the stage again. Lindsay Huggins, Tina Wakefield, Sharron Kay King, Robin Springs, Ava Kasich, Jan Harbuck, Ty Hodges, Gail Cogburn, Kelly Coberly, were among some of the many singers the audience had the pleasure of hearing on Thursday. The daytime and evening concerts again featured artists such as Chris Golden, Kevin Rowe, The McKay Project, Tommy Brandt and Tommy Brandt II, The Schoefields, The Branscombs, Jim Sheldon, Steve Shirey and a stage full of artists during the opening.
Christian Country Expo presented many of the Christian Country artists that are hitting the charts and bringing in new audiences to this style of music. CCE 2015 thanks each and every one for sharing their heart and soul all week. You have blessed us!
Thanks again to Firehouse Subs, sponsors of the pre-concert jam session, and all of the sponsors for Christian Country Expo!
We hope our readers enjoy these pictures of artists that appeared on Thursday and that everyone will make plans now to attend Christian Country Expo 2016 which will include the brand-new Christian Country Diamond Awards. Keep watching the Christian Country Expo Facebook page and SGN Scoops for more information.
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FUN FACT FRIDAY
IT’S FRIDAY! Another week has come and gone, and that means we are one week closer to Creekside! This week I was able to get a little in tune with The Williamsons. Check it out!
Q: What is your favorite bible verse and why?
Karl: Job 22:9. “It describes in one verse the reason why we do what we do, and why I leave my family every week to travel and sing.”
Donnie: “Of course, my favorite Bible verses have to do with the salvation experience and how we can be reconciled to a holy God. The one I am going to share today is one my mother taught me when I was just a teenager going through regular teenage issues. It is Philippians 4:8. It helped from my attitude when I was a teenager, and it is still helping me from them today.”
Darin: “Psalm 37:4 is my favorite scripture. I love it because I am a living example of what it says. God has given me the desires of my heart. I get to do what I love on the weekends and come back home to my wife and son. Life is good.”
Lisa: “My favorite scripture is James 1:17. I believe that God has given us so many ‘good and perfect gifts;’ we could never thank Him enough! I know in my life He has given me salvation, my beautiful family and has fulfilled my dream of being in ministry. So many other things I could name, but where do I even begin? God has been so very good to me!”
Karl: “April 13th of the year 2000. That was the day that God called me into the ministry. That was the only instance in my life that I can remember actually hearing the voice of God.”
Donnie: “I had some friends take me to a concert when I was 12 years old. It was there that my soul was set on fire to share Gospel music. Since my father was a pastor and we sang in a family group together, there’s hardly been a time in my life that I was not hearing the Gospel through music. However, I must say that even within the past seven years I have had a renewed commitment and desire to evangelize through music even more than ever.”
Darin: “In 2003 I attended a Gold City concert with my dad. Tim Riley, Jay Parrack, Danny Riley and Jonathan Wilburn did an incredible job of course. There was something extra special about that night though. I believe that’s where I fell in love with Gospel music I feel like God placed the desire to sing Gospel music in my heart and from that day on I knew what I was supposed to do. Its one of my favorite memories.”
Lisa: “ I don’t remember when God called me into ministry exactly. I have heard my parents tell about something that happened the day I was dedicated though. I was only a few days old when the service took place. As they prayed over Dad, Mom, and me, an elder in the church prophesied and said that God was going to use me to reach many people through my ministry. He couldn’t have known that God had in store for me! Not at only a few days old! However, God knew what He had planned for me and my life. Whether you believe in prophecy or not, you can’t argue with the fact that God has fulfilled that one!”
Q: What is your favorite hobby when you are NOT singing?
Karl: “Hunting deer and smoking meats. In that order. Fishing is just something to do until deer season comes around.”
Donnie: “My favorite pasttime when not singing is to spend time with my lovely wife and children. I don’t fish, I don’t golf, and I don’t hunt. If I have some spare time (which is not nearly often enough) I enjoy cuddling up with my family and watching a good movie or something else we can do together. I love popcorn!”
Darin: “When we aren’t singing, I love spending every moment I can with my wife Kallie and my son Patrick. I also enjoy coaching my son’s ball teams.”
Lisa: “When we are home I do laundry. LOL!!! Thankfully, that’s not all I do. I enjoy working in our studio and just being in a house that doesn’t drive down the highway!”
For more on the Williamsons, visit their website.
The Williamsons will be appearing at the 2015 Creekside Gospel Music Convention.
Creekside Gospel Music Convention 2015 will be happening on November 2-5 at Pigeon Forge, TN at the Smoky Mountain Resort. Tickets are free but must be reserved. For more information visit the CGMC website and Facebook page.
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As Three New Videos from Celebrated CD Hit “YouTube”
Franklin, TN (August 26, 2015) The impact of Gordon Mote’s most recent New Haven Records CD, All Things New, recently increased as a hit single from the album received a Dove Award nomination for “Country Song of the Year” and as three more videos from the project were released to YouTube.
On Wednesday, August 12, 2015, the Gospel Music Association included Mote’s song, “Ain’t It Just Like the Lord,” among the finalists for the 46th Annual Dove Awards. The industry’s flagship award show will take place at Allen Arena in Nashville on October 13 and will be broadcast nationally via the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) on Sunday, October 18.
New Haven Records also announced the release of three new video clips from the multiple Academy of Country Music award-winner: “Meanwhile Back at the Cross,” “The Sound A Dream Makes,” and “Down By the River,” Mote’s current radio single. These clips join more than 200 other performances that have been viewed more than 3.3 million times on YouTube, the world’s largest music and video platform with over one billion registered users.
Ken Harding, president of New Haven Records comments, “There are probably no more loyal music fans in the world than those in Southern Gospel and Country—and probably no more loyal Southern and Country fans than those who love Gordon Mote. We are honored to give them some new videos from this great project while Gordon is finishing up his next one.”
Co-produced by Mote, legendary Country producer Frank Rogers and 8-time Dove-Award winner Wayne Haun, All Things New features a Who’s Who of Gospel and mainstream artists (Trace Adkins, Sheryl Crow, The Gaither Vocal Band, Scotty McCreery, Darius Rucker, Josh Turner, and Matthew West). The CD garnered a Dove Ward nomination for Best Country Gospel Album and produced the popular singles, “Faith Like That,” “Meanwhile Back at the Cross,” “Ain’t It Just Like the Lord,” and “The Other Side.”
GORDON MOTE SHOOTS NEW VIDEOS AT HISTORIC FRANKLIN THEATRE
Pictured L to R: Ken Harding, president, New Haven Records; Bob Rodgers, president RSI/Mote management; Gordon Mote; Dan Hayes, executive director, Franklin Theatre.
Mote is currently putting the finishing touches on a new studio project entitled, Hymns and Songs of Inspiration, scheduled for release later in 2015.
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Pigeon Forge, TN (August 27, 2015) – The Christian Country Expo (CCX) being held at Pigeon Forge welcomed Mr. T Graham Brown, acclaimed Christian Country artist, to its stage on
Wednesday night. T Graham Brown was warmly greeted and proceeded to entertain, engage and minister to the audience.
Other artists performing on Wednesday night included Chris Golden, Tommy Brandt, Tommy Brandt II and Kevin Rowe who have become the CCX favorites, as well as Ava Kasich, Jim Sheldon, Lindsey Huggins and more.
Another highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Christian Country Living Legend Diamond Award to Chuck Day. For more information, see the feature elsewhere on this page.
Michelle Drummond was on hand to photograph the evening and presents these pictures of the event.
the First Responders and the hard work they do on an everyday basis.
For more pictures and information on the Christian Country Expo, visit the Facebook site.
For news on Christian Country artists and more, be sure to visit SGN Scoops Facebook page.
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Pigeon Forge, TN (August 27, 2015) – The Christian Country Expo continues today at the Smoky Mountain Resort in Pigeon Forge, TN. The Expo has already welcomed many great Christian Country artists such as Marty Raybon, T Graham Brown and Chris Golden. Last night during the concert, a special announcement was made to honor Chuck Day, an artist who has made his mark in Christian Country, Gospel and Country music. Rob Patz of SGN Scoops, one of the sponsors of the event, awarded Chuck Day with the 2015 Christian Country Living Legend Diamond Award.
The SGN Scoops’ Diamond Awards are traditionally presented in November during the Creekside Gospel Music Convention. A decision was made this year to begin to view the Diamond Awards celebrations as two separate events. For the award year of 2014-15, currently being voted upon, the Diamond Awards will remain as they have been in the past, with all Southern Gospel, Christian Country and Bluegrass Gospel awards being announced during the awards gala on November 3, 2015.
For the award year of 2015-16, the Christian Country and Bluegrass Gospel will be presented during the 2016 Christian Country Expo. The date and time of the 2016 Christian Country Expo will be announced at a later date.
To begin this transition, a new award was created, entitled “Christian Country Living Legend,” in order to honor the pioneers and visionaries who have helped to make the Christian Country genre what it is today. The winner of this award for 2015 is Chuck Day.
Chuck Day has written and co-written more than 16 number-one songs in the Christian and Country genres. He has had songs recorded by such names as: Gold City, Clay Cross, Michael English, Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, The Hoppers, Rebecca St. James, Barry Wayne, Bob Carlisle, and more. Chuck and his brother Greg Day co-wrote the beloved anthem, “Midnight Cry,” made popular by Ivan Parker and Gold City, among others.
This award-winning musician and vocalist has traveled extensively with his family in his early years, as a soloist and also with Country music artists including Freddy Fender, Marty Haggard and others. Chuck now tours throughout the United States and the world, singing Christian Country. He holds both a Doctorate of Theology degree and a Doctorate of Divinity while also practicing as an ordained minister.
For more information on Chuck Day, read this article by Miles Pike, Artist to Artist.
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Praise 96.3 is at the Christian Country Expo in Pigeon Forge, TN this week. Rob Patz was interviewed this afternoon and announced a great special for Praise 96.3 listeners. Shane King was on hand to talk with Rob about the artists, concerts and the great Christian Country music happening at the Smoky Mountain Resorts in Pigeon Forge. Visit smokymountainheroes.com
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The Christian Country Expo, happening now in Pigeon Forge, TN, was the site to a party this afternoon. Jim Sheldon, the Positive
Cowboy, released his new album entitled, “Positively Free In Jesus,” to an appreciative crowd at the Smoky Mountain Resort. Jim welcomed his fans while playing the release at a reception held in his honor.
SGN Scoops was on hand to enjoy the festivities, as the digital magazine is one of the sponsors of Christian Country Expo. Fans and artists alike were there to greet Jim and sign the large display version of the new CD, which will then be framed and placed in his office as a remembrance of the occasion.
We hope you enjoy these pictures of the event, taken by Michelle Drummond. Vonda Easley was also present to film a live Periscope video, which can be viewed again by clicking on your Periscope app and following Vonda Easley.
The Christian Country Expo is heading into a full evening with many great Christian Country acts as well as the headliner for the night, T. Graham Brown. Doors open at 9:30 tomorrow morning for the daytime showcases and at 6:00pm for the evening concert.
We invite you all to come and enjoy some good live Christian Country music for one more day of this great event.
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(August 26, 2015) Scott Fowler of Legacy Five made this post on Facebook today:
Day three of major Legacy Five announcements.
It is with sadness that we have to let you know that our tenor, Gus Gaches will be departing Legacy Five after more than five and a half years with us.
Gus states that, “singing tenor in a southern gospel group is a very demanding job vocally. The reality is that it has become increasingly more rigorous for me over the past several months because of severe allergies and vocal fatigue. I have sought much assistance from doctors and voice teachers alike and cannot seem to find a lasting solution to these nagging vocal issues. When I started this Legacy Five season of my life, I thanked Scott Fowler for hiring me. I move into the next chapter of my life thanking Scott Fowler for allowing me to be a part of this great group for over five years. I also want to thank the Legacy Five Family, those who follow, love and support Legacy Five, for their love support and gifts to me and my family.”
Scott Fowler says, “Everyone on this bus respects and appreciates Gus and his heart. He has been a great asset to the ministry of Legacy Five and he has been such an easy and delightful person to travel with. The only times that I ever saw Gus upset was anytime the Nashville Predators failed to advance in the play-offs….seriously…the guy never gets mad. Gus has a beautiful voice and we pray that with continued treatment and some time off, he will continue to sing in a less taxing capacity than this position demands. The voice is the one instrument that you cannot simply go to the store and purchase. As such, we all have to take great care of the one voice God has given us. Gus and his family are precious people and we wish them all the best as they enter the next season of their lives.”
Gus will continue to travel with Legacy Five for a yet to be determined amount of time while Legacy Five begins the search for the tenor that will replace him. Please keep the Gaches family in your prayers as they seek God in this new season of their lives, and please pray for Legacy Five, as they seek God’s provision for the right person to minister with them.
If you are interested in auditioning for Legacy Five, you may contact Scott Fowler at email@example.com
In Day One of big announcements, Scott Fowler said they have acquired two new team members. The first one to be introduced was David Keel, Legacy Five’s new driver.
Yesterday, Fowler reported that they have hired a new sound person, Blake McAllister.
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Pigeon Forge TN (August 25, 2015) – The Christian Country Expo at the Smoky Mountain Resort, Pigeon Forge TN, began the daytime showcases of great Christian Country music on Tuesday morning. Where there are Country artists, there are Country pickers, and there were a few guitars around this morning.
Artists such as Chris Golden, Tommy Brandt, Tommy Brandt II, Ava Kasich, The McKay Project, Jim Sheldon, and many more were on hand to gather on stage, sing together, play together and cheer each other on as they sang their own songs separately.
The Jam Session, sponsored by Firehouse Subs, is being held again on Wednesday and Thursday. Many of the CCX artists will join in this informal musical session, so fans are urged to come early and enjoy the music. Thanks to Firehouse Subs for partnering with us on this great event!
We hope you enjoy this collection of photos from the Christian Country Expo.
Along with T Graham Brown (Wednesday night only), the CCE is happy to present Chuck Day, Chris Golden, Jim Sheldon, Tommy Brandt, Jan Harbuck, Ava Kasich, Tina Wakefield, Jerry Branscom, and many more. Doors open at the Center at 5:00 pm for evening concerts and at 9:30 am for music showcases. The main theme of the event is: “Salute To Our Heroes,” and CCE invites all servicemen and first responders to come out and be recognized.
Contact Rob Patz for more information and tickets. 306.966.0741 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Find us on Twitter!!! #ccx2015
Special thanks to Michelle Drummond and Robert York for the great photographs!
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