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Victory Television Network where Southern Gospel is Super

Written by Staff on January 16, 2019 – 6:15 am -

Jim Grant of VTN

Jim Grant of VTN

Victory Television Network, based in Arkansas, is a huge supporter of Southern gospel music and reaches more than 1.2 million homes. SGNScoops recently talked to Jim Grant, General Manager and Associate Minister of VTN.

Grant tells us that VTN is a network of three full power Christian TV stations headquartered in Little Rock, AR. The networks cover over 200 communities across Arkansas and into the Memphis area, the boot heel of Missouri and northwest Mississippi via cable, DISH, DIRECTV and over-the-air.

VTN logoSGN: What prompted you to begin airing a block of Southern Gospel (SG) on your network?

Jim Grant: Southern Gospel music is huge in Arkansas. VTN always carried Southern Gospel programs since its launch in 1988. Shortly after I arrived in 1996, we decided to dedicate Saturday nights to Southern gospel music, branding it Super Southern Saturday Nights. The viewer response has been amazing. Typically, 5 of the top 10 Christian TV programs in the Little Rock DMA each week are Southern Gospel programs on VTN.

SGN: Where do you get your content? If artists want their videos to be aired, how do they go about that?

Grant: We work with a variety of SG program producers to hand pick the very best programs available. We are always scouting for new 30-minute SG programs.

Artists can send us a link to any videos they would like us to consider for air.

Also, we love recording live performances in the VTN studios with artists who come through in the area. Same process. We use videos and in-studio performances in musical breaks, in special programming and on our web site and You Tube Channel.

VTN: Southern Gospel Notes logoSGN: Tell us about yourself. Are you married with kids, grandkids? How did you get interested in SG? I see you are also a minister. Where and how does that intersect with your tv duties?

Grant: I’ve been married to my college sweetheart, Cindy, for 44 years. She is our Office Manager. We have two kids and two grandkids that we serially overspend on.

I came to VTN after a wonderful 20 year career as a secular radio station VP/GM.

I was a late-blooming Christian…saved at age 25…I was struck with an immediate passion to share The Good News. While working full time in radio, I became part of a childrens’ evangelistic team for 11 years that produced the internationally syndicated TV show, Kids Like You. I played the character Jailhouse Joe. It was not type casting.

In 1996, I accepted a calling into the ministry at VTN as General Manager/Associate Minister.

As a manager, I work with an amazing staff to do TV, day after day, striving for excellence.

America needs great Christian programming now more than ever before.

As a minister, I am responsible to the Lord for our viewers. I am certainly not their pastor…but VTN is air support for all the local pastors across our coverage area. These great pastors are the boots on the ground.

I have a minister’s heart for our viewers and head up The VTN Prayer Team. We pray for thousands of our viewer’s prayer needs every year.

SGN: Please share your testimony. How did you open your eyes to the reality of Jesus Christ? Has it always been easy?

Grant: As noted, I was a late bloomer. It took six people to lead me to the Lord: my wife; a boss; a VP and co-worker in my broadcast corporation, and two guys in my Army reserve unit.

The Army Reserve guys gave me a copy of Hal Lindsey’s Late Great Planet Earth book. I tossed it in a drawer. Two years later I read it and gave my heart to the Lord. I’ve been on fire ever since.

Jim Grant of VTN

Jim Grant of VTN

SGN: Do you sing yourself? How do you promote your SG block? Please give us any links or addresses that might help people to reach you.

Grant: I sing in the shower and it breaks the tile.

I am a bass guitar hobbyist. The only people who hear me are my wife and the next door neighbors who wish I’d turn the amp down.

We promote our Southern gospel block with tons of on air promos, web site, Facebook, Twitter, etc. VTN is the only Christian TV network with a full time Promotion Director (Andrea Qualls). She is the best…and a real SG fan.

VTN web site is:

Best way to reach us:

VTN is a non-profit organization that relies on viewers to keep them on the air.

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Barry Rowland & Deliverance Join Butler Music Group & Family Music Group

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on January 15, 2019 – 9:05 am -

Barry Rowland & Deliverance Join Butler Music Group & Family Music Group

Barry Rowland & Deliverance Join
Butler Music Group & Family Music Group

It’s with much pleasure that Les Butler announces the signing of one of the strongest trios in Southern Gospel Music – Barry Rowland and Deliverance


Les Butler states, “If I had to choose a phrase I would say, ‘unbridled excitement’ is what I feel about this new addition to the Butler Music Group, Family Music Group stable of artists.  BMG will be offering management support, and FMG will be the new home label for one of the most powerful vocal line-ups in our industry.  I am producing their new album as we speak.  During the tracking day, we felt the tangible presence of the Holy Ghost in that studio.  This is going to be special!”


Barry Rowland states, “We are very excited to announce our partnership with Les Butler. Over the last decade, Les has joined us on piano, singing and testifying at occasional events. Now, we connect further to entrust our radio promotion, ministering events, recording, and other efforts to the capable hands of what we consider to be an ambassador in the industry of promoting genuine Gospel Music. He’s been instrumental for several decades in supporting Kyla Rowland songs and many other endeavors that deliver the message of Jesus Christ. Through all these experiences together, one unmistakable factor is evident – our passion and unwavering thirst for authentic worship is equally yoked with Les. We have prayed, worshipped, and ministered together. We have cried, laughed, and broken bread many times. One clear message transcends through our heart – when the Holy Spirit speaks and moves, our discernment, awareness, and sensitivity to His voice yoke together. Stay tuned for future announcements regarding this partnership and other exciting news from Barry Rowland and Deliverance.”


Butler continues, “If I recall correctly, the second song I ever played on Southern Gospel radio nearly 41 years ago, was, ‘He Will Roll You Over the Tide,’ recorded by the Inspirations and written by Kyla Rowland.  I have traveled the country to hear Kyla and her brother, Ron Martin, sing.  And now, to be intimately involved with her son’s family is a dream come true.  Simply stated, I am humbled.”


Be looking for more big news from Barry, as well as BMG/FMG.  The new album, yet to be titled, will be released in the Spring of 2019.

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Carman Adds Matt Felts To Ministry Team

Written by Staff on January 14, 2019 – 11:31 am -

Carman Adds Matt Felts To Ministry Team

Carman Adds Matt Felts To Ministry Team

Nashville, TN (January 1, 2019) Christian Music icon, Carman, has announced the addition of Matt Felts to his ministry team for his 2019 Legacy Tour. A long-time fixture in the Southern Gospel industry, Felts will be joining Carman on the road as his road manager and will also be active with his publicity team.

Matt Felts, Diamond Award winner

Matt Felts, Diamond Award winner

Prior to joining Carman, Matt was the general manager of Butler Music Group as well as having spent nearly two decades singing with legendary groups such as the Dixie Melody Boys, Lesters, Perfect Heart and others. Matt is also an award-winning soloist.

Inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2018, Carman is one of Christian Music’s biggest stars. With over 10 million albums sold, 15 gold and platinum records and videos, and record setting concerts at stadiums and arenas, Carman is back on the road blessing crowds.

“I am overwhelmed at the opportunity to join Carman’s team. His ministry has impacted my life since I was a young teenager. I went to many of his concerts through the years, so it is surreal to be working with him. His music crosses all boundaries and genres. This year is going to be incredible,” stated Matt Felts. Matt will continue to travel as a soloist when not on the road as part of Carman’s team.

Felts is widely known as one of Christian Music’s top business minds, having worked with artists such as the Oak Ridge Boys, Booth Brothers, Larry Gatlin, Ivan Parker, Three Bridges, Williamsons and many others.

“Carman asked me who I thought was best for this position on His team. I said only one person – if he is available – and that’s Matt Felts. I contacted Matt and offered him the position. Matt said yes! Matt is one of the most multi-talented people I know. Carman and I are excited about having Matt part of Carman’s team,” stated Ron Blackwood, Carman’s booking agent.


Carman’s Legacy Tour kicks off January 24th. For more information on tour dates and locations, go to  For info on scheduling CARMAN contact Ron Blackwood at 254-773-8466.

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“Rooted” with Billy Huddleston

Written by scoopsnews on January 13, 2019 – 6:03 am -

Billy Huddleston

Billy Huddleston


Mark 6:1-6

“. . . And, He marveled because of their unbelief.”

Mark 6:6

There are two things that caused Jesus to marvel. One was faith and the other was unbelief.

Perhaps you recall the faith of the Roman army officer. The centurion displayed such faith that it moved Jesus to action. The officer’s faith was marvelous.

But todays passage is different. Jesus marvels, but it’s in response to their lack of faith. Kingdom work is hindered because of their unbelief.

Do you remember the setting?

Jesus has been about Kingdom business. He was preaching the Kingdom to the people of Galilee. As the Kingdom is proclaimed, lives are changed. Lepers are cleansed. Lame people walk. It’s exciting to watch as the power and possibility of the Kingdom is revealed!

Today, Jesus has gone to His hometown. This is the place where He was born and raised. He had played in the streets. He worked with Joseph in his carpenter shop. They knew his family and they knew him . . . He was a home. And, this was the problem. You do realize that when someone has changed your diapers, you’re always the little mess that they cleaned up. It just seems you never outgrow that. Because Jesus was ‘home’, they rejected Him. After all, He was just one of them. How dare He claim to be anything more? It’s the old story of a prophet honored by strangers by rejected own. Tragic.

Their logic was condemned by their own history. God had raised up deliverers in Israelfrom humble families and obscure places. Think about Gideon. And, what about David? Aren’t you thankful that God is not impressed by human pedigrees and wealth? He reveals Himself to the lowly and longs to use the humble to accomplish His purposes. It’s frightening to think of how many blessings we might have missed because we failed recognize the humble messenger in our own pride and arrogance!

The tragedy is this: Because of their unbelief, Jesus was unable to do any mighty works there. Stop and read that again: Because of their unbelief, Jesus was unable to do any mighty works in Nazareth. Maybe it’s better stated like this: In the absence of faith the Lord does no mighty work. His challenge to all who seek His help is whether or not we believe that He is able to do in our lives what needs to be done.

Do you believe?

He would even ask that question of those who sought His touch. We’re faced with that same question over and over on our Christian walk. And, our response – how we live – will oftentimes determine outcomes. (There’s so much that could be said here. Maybe we’ll visit the subject another time.)

Jesus response is this: According to your faith, be it unto you.

It’s easy to point out the lack of faith in Nazareth. What about us? In our hearts, in our homes, in our churches, is Jesus able to do His mighty works? I wonder, does He marvel at our faith or at our unbelief?

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Written by Staff on January 11, 2019 – 1:16 pm -

Ricky Skaggs

Ricky Skaggs

Nashville, Tenn. (January 11, 2019) –Fifteen-time GRAMMY winner Ricky Skaggs will appear on this weekend’s edition of America’s News HQ on the Fox News Channel. Skaggs will join the show live in-studio to discuss his storied career in music, including his recent inductions into the Country Music Hall of Fame and IBMA Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame.

Catch Skaggs on America’s News HQ this SaturdayJanuary 12 at 12:50 PM CT / 1:50 PM ET.
About Ricky Skaggs
Earning 12 #1 hit singles, 15 GRAMMY® Awards, 13 IBMA Awards, nine ACM Awards, eight CMA Awards (including Entertainer of the Year), two Dove Awards, the ASCAP Founders Award, three honorary Doctorate degrees, inductions into the Country Music Hall of Fame, IBMA Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame, National Fiddler Hall of Fame, Musicians Hall of Fame, and GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame, the 2013 Artist-In-Residence at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum, an Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award in the Instrumentalist category along with countless other awards, Ricky Skaggs is truly a pioneer of Bluegrass and Country music. Since he began playing music more than 50 years ago, Skaggs has released more than 30 albums and has performed thousands of live shows. He started his own record label, Skaggs Family Records, in 1997 and has since released 12 consecutive GRAMMY®-nominated albums. His latest release, Hearts Like Ours, with his wife, celebrated artist Sharon White of The Whites features the couple dueting on handpicked country love songs. And the Grand Ole Opry member has released his first-ever autobiography, “Kentucky Traveler.” The book details the life and times of Skaggs and provides a descriptive history of Country and Bluegrass music, as told by the master himself. In addition to his regular touring schedule with his band, Kentucky Thunder, he has performed a string of dates with his better half Sharon White along with guitar legend Ry Cooder on the critically-acclaimed “Cooder-White-Skaggs” tour and from time to time hits the road with versatile singer/songwriter and pianist Bruce Hornsby on another critically-acclaimed tour, “Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby with Kentucky Thunder.” Most recently, Skaggs has added Country tour dates as he plugs in and plays full shows of his chart-topping hits.
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Urgent Prayer Request for SGN Scoops Family

Written by scoopsnews on January 11, 2019 – 10:16 am -

Stephanie Kelley, head of Graphics department, and Rob Patz, Publisher of SGNScoops, with their twin moms, Sharon and Shirley

Today is the day for Sharon Kramer’s  surgery. She is mom to Stephanie and aunt to Rob of SGNScoops.

Please join us in fervent prayer for wisdom for the doctors, and that no Cancer would be found. The doctors would also like to do another test to check the fluid on her lungs.

When one of our team at SGNScoops is facing battles, we all are. Please join us today and help us pray and show our love to a vital part of our Scoops family.

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Wade Phillips: What does God want from me?

Written by Staff on January 10, 2019 – 8:11 am -

Wade Phillips, Christian Country artist and author, "What does God want from me"

Wade Phillips, Christian Country artist and author, “What does God want from me”

This question has been asked by millions of people all over the world. I have asked it many times in my own life. The answer, while not very complicated, is not an easy one either.

To nail down specifics of a calling, you must first get the foundation of your relationship with God set.

Wade PhillipsMicah 6:8 (NLT) says, “No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.”

He lets us know three things we are required to do. The first of these is to do what is right.

At first glance you might think this is easy; however, you’d be wrong. Many people associate doing what’s right with obeying laws, holding down a job, providing for your family, and attending church on Sunday morning. While this is absolutely good, it is not all we’re talking about when we say “doing right.” What about when you see someone in need and just pass on by, or hear someone talking about being sad and down and you do nothing to lift them up?

Wade PhillipsJames 4:17 says, “Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.” So you see? There’s a whole lot more to “doing right.”

Then there’s “loving mercy.” Now, we all love mercy to be given to us, because it means we don’t get what we deserve; however, just like doing right, “loving mercy” is much more than just receiving it in our own life.

To truly love mercy, you must be willing to give it out as well. If you truly love something you need to share it with others so they can fall in love with it as well. If you love music, you’ll want others to hear the music you’re making. If you love carpentry, you’ll want others to see the work of your hands. And if you truly love mercy, you’ll want to share that with the world. That means not jumping to judgment, not ridiculing someone for making a mistake, not always tearing down others, and so on.

We must be willing to give out mercy the same way Jesus gave it to us. I, for one, am glad that Jesus doesn’t hold me accountable for all the stuff I’ve done in my life.

And finally there is “walking humbly with your God.” Humility requires you to put someone else’s needs in front of your own. When we talk about living humbly in front of God, it means we must place what He wants in front of what we want. And again, there’s much more than meets the eye here.

Since walking humbly with God requires you to put Him before yourself, you must also place other people’s needs ahead of your own.

When the Church began, they had this figured out. Acts 2:25 says, “They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need.” Boy, talk about placing other’s needs ahead of your own! They sold everything so they could provide for those who had nothing.

Now I’m not suggesting you go sell all your possessions and give them away; only God could convict you to do something like that. What I’m saying is, stop for a second and ask yourself what you have done for someone else lately. Have you sacrificed a little time? Have you given to a worthy ministry? Have you loved someone who is hard to love?

So back to the question I posed at the beginning…  “What does God want from me?” The answer is, to do right, love mercy, and walk humbly with Him.

As far as a specific task or calling in your life, start by doing the basics and let God reveal the specifics as you faithfully serve Him. If you seek Him, you will find Him. And, somewhere along the way, God will reveal His plan for your life.

Wade Phillips and family

Wade Phillips and family

God bless you and I hope you all have a great week in the Lord.

By Wade Phillips, special to SGNScoops Magazine

About Wade Phillips:

I was born in Conroe, Texas and raised in Madisonville Texas. My life truly began on October 9, 2001, when I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior. I’m married to the love of my life, Tonya Phillips, and we have a wonderful son, Nicholas, daughter-in-law, Courtney, and grand baby Anna Grace. Jesus is my passion and that passion comes out in the songs God allows me to write and sing and in His Word that He allows me to preach. I am the most joyful when I’m singing praises to the King and preaching His Word to the people. All glory goes to God for everything in my life. It is my hope that as you listen to the songs I sing and as you hear the messages God gives me you will be touched by His spirit.

The most important thing I’d like you to know about me is that I love Jesus with all my heart, soul and mind. “I once was lost, but now I’m found,” fits me to the core. In my young adult years, I chased the dream of being a country music singer. I had the opportunity to open for many of the greats in country music; Gene Watson, Toby Keith, Wade Hayes, Perfect Stranger, Bellamy Brothers, and Tim Rushlow from Little Texas, just to name a few. I thought that obtaining fame and recognition would fill the desires of my heart and give me everything I needed to be successful in this life. I quickly found out that fame and fortune wouldn’t even come close to obtaining those things.

It was only after I found Christ that I realized what true fulfillment was. In that moment, my life changed completely.

I am now chasing Jesus in everything I do. I had the honor of serving at Madisonville Christian Fellowship from 2003 until September 2017; 5 Years as the Youth Pastor, and the rest as the Senior Pastor. God blessed me and the church during that time and now He has called me into a new and exciting ministry.

I am looking forward to seeing what God does through this ministry. Please take a second to pray for Me and Tonya as we go out into the world to share Jesus.

In His Service,
Wade Phillips

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Daywind Music Group Announces Partnership with Abraham Productions, Inc. On New “BEYOND AMAZING” Tour

Written by Staff on January 9, 2019 – 1:03 pm -

Karen Peck and New River Honored With Two 2018 Dove Award Nominations

Karen Peck and New River

Daywind Music Group (DMG) has announced its partnership with Abraham Productions, Inc. on upcoming “BEYOND AMAZING” tour. The multi-city tour features Brian Free & Assurance, Karen Peck & New River, Joseph Habedank, Emily Ann Roberts and Evangelist, C.T. Townsend.


Daywind Music Group Announces Partnership with Abraham Productions, Inc. On New “BEYOND AMAZING” Tour

Daywind Music Group Announces Partnership with Abraham Productions, Inc. On New “BEYOND AMAZING” Tour

The tour has already been described as one of the biggest and most powerful tours in the history of Gospel Music. The kickoff of the BEYOND AMAZING tour will be December 30 in North Carolina. In addition to the roster of incredible talent, the Wilmington Celebration Choir will perform behind each artist. Daywind Music Group will assist with promotions and recording and distribution of a live DVD from the opening weekend.


Brian Free and Assurance to perform at the 2017 Diamond Awards

Brian Free and Assurance

Opening night of the BEYOND AMAZING tour will take place at the Peace Haven Baptist Church in Yadkinville, NC on December 30 at 6 p.m. The next stop on the tour will take place on New Year’s Eve at the Beulah Baptist Church in Bennett, NC at 6 p.m. Over a dozen dates have already been booked with over 15 more dates to be added throughout 2019.


Abraham Productions, Inc. is known for its multi-day events like Singing In The Sun in Myrtle Beach, SC; the Gatlinburg Gathering in Gatlinburg, TN; and its annual Crystal Caribbean Cruise.


“We have wanted to do a tour like this for some time,” says Ray Flynn, President of Abraham Productions, Inc. “Brian Free is the most awarded tenor in the history of gospel music; Karen Peck’s music has taken her to the Grammy’s 5 times and she has 6 Dove Awards; Joseph Habedank’s music has also taken him to the Grammy’s and he has been awarded the Southern Gospel Male Vocalist of the Year for the last two years; and, after being runner up on The Voice, Emily Ann Roberts has been blessing gospel music audiences with her music and godly anointing. Then when you add evangelist C.T. Townsend, it takes this tour to a level unmatched and gives a focus on blessing the masses while reaching the lost.”


For more information on the BEYOND AMAZING Tour contact Abraham Productions,Inc. or call 888-238-6858.

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Happy WayBack Wednesday

Written by scoopsnews on January 9, 2019 – 3:14 am -

It’s WayBack Wednesday at SGNSCOOPS at we are going WayBack to 1987.  From the “Can He, Could He, Would He” Video… Here are The Cathedrals.

Can you name these guys?


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Written by Staff on January 8, 2019 – 12:28 pm -

Ernie Haase and Signature Sound release Clear SkiesAhead of the 61st Annual GRAMMY®  Awards, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound are celebrating their nomination in Gospel Roots Category 40 by releasing their impassioned “Sailing with Jesus” video on this week.
The “beautiful, calming and upbeat song and video perfectly showcases  this act’s substantial vocal and writing talent” (, which is included on their GRAMMY® nominated project Clear Skies.
The quartet’s tenor, Ernie Haase, is also an accomplished songwriter and co-wrote seven of the 13 songs on the project.  
StowTown Celebrates Multiple Dove Award Nominations

Ernie Haase

“This has been a challenging year for Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, but with this nomination, I really do see Clear Skies, and it feels great! It took us two years to get Clear Skies to the finish line. Each lyric, each phrase and each note was carefully crafted.

Throughout the process, I knew we had something special. I would put the sonic quality of this album up against any other album in any other category and no one can beat our message,” Haase shared with 

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