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August 2017 SGNScoops Magazine

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on August 7, 2017 – 10:30 am -

August 2017 SGNScoops Magazine

August 2017 SGNScoops Magazine

It’s August and SGNScoops Magazine is back to bring you the best in Gospel music features. Cover artist, Kelly Wright, talks with Craig Harris about finding hope in a world full of pain, a world he sees through the lens of Fox news.

Other in-depth articles include interviews with Autumn Nelon Clark, Jon Epley of Greater Vision, McKay Project, Akins, the Joneses, Beckie Simmons, Covered by Love, Bless’d Ministries and more. Enjoy the encouragement of Logan Smith, Selena Day, and Nathan Kistler.
All this, plus CD reviews, the DJ Spotlight, the Top 100, Top 40 and so much more. Thanks for reading SGNScoops Magazine cover-to-cover, from the Publisher’s Point to the Editor’s Last Word.
If you have been encouraged or inspired by the words between the covers, we are so happy. If you have been brought a little closer to the Almighty Father, that is our dearest wish. If you have anything you need to say, please write to us. Talk to the editor by emailing lorraine@sgnscoops.com.
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Rob Patz asks: Are You Free?

Written by Staff on August 18, 2017 – 5:52 pm -

Rob Patz asks: Are you free?2017 July SGNScoops Magazine Rob Patz’ Publishers Point

Are you Free?

 

When I ask you that question, what do you really think?

 

“Of course I’m free,” I’m sure comes to mind.

 

I live in a country where freedom is celebrated, so of course, I’m free. That is true to a certain extent. We’re all free, but in reality, we cause our own restraint, our own lack of freedom.

 

Rob Patz asks: Are you free?

Rob Patz

I love the scripture in Galatians that reads, “For you have been called to live in freedom. Use your freedom to serve one another in love.” (Galatians 5:13 NLT)

 

Sometimes, we take freedom for granted – freedom of speech, freedom to travel, freedom to worship – and not until there is a point in life that freedom is taken away do we realize how much we should cherish it.

 

Recently, my mom fell and broke her femur bone in her leg. If you know my mom you know that her freedom to be able to do what she wants, when she wants, is one of the things she cherishes most. Unfortunately, during this period of recovery, she has not been able to have that freedom. So, the freedom she cherishes has been taken away and makes her desire for that freedom even greater. I want to thank each and every one of you for taking the time to pray for my mom. Her recovery is going amazingly well, with the doctors saying she is the perfect example of healing, and at some point, mom will regain her freedom that she has lost at this moment.

 

Rob Patz

Rob Patz

How many of us live our life in a way that we have closed ourselves in, taking away our own freedom, or whether through hurt or circumstances like our job, we’ve allowed our freedom to disappear? How many of us have allowed our freedom in Christ to disappear? That is probably the most worrisome of all.

 

I remember hearing my dad saying we are more than conquerors. Now, if we’re living a life that does not speak that, then we are missing out in the freedom that Christ has given us. He wants us to be bold, and if you look at the scriptures, when we are bold with the freedom that we have in Christ, we then can serve others in love.

 

How many times have you been at a point in your life where your own hurt, discouragement, feelings of regret, and depression have left you with walls that have become a trap to you and are not allowing you to live in the freedom that is through Christ Jesus? When you are in that position, you can’t help others.

 

I know personally there have been times in my life where I have been so caught up in the circumstances of my life that I was of no value to anyone else. I had built those walls of hurt, disappointment, and depression around me, and they had me trapped. They had become so harmful to me that I could not, or was not, able to help others. That’s what the Scripture is talking about, being bold enough in our faith to be able to have freedom from things in our life to share the joy of Christ.

 

Since I was a kid, every morning my father would say, “This is the day that the Lord hath made. I will rejoice and be glad in it.” If you begin to rejoice in your life no matter the circumstances, it will bring a new level of freedom.

 

Rob Patz asks: Are you free?

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Anyone will tell you that freedom is not free … there is a cost. If you serve, or have served, in the military and sacrificed time away from your family, I want to tell you how much I appreciate what you have done in service for your country.

 

Freedom as a Christian is similar to being in the military. We live a life where we have to decide whether we are going to serve Christ and lay aside our personal feelings and experiences to serve Him. Freedom in Christ doesn’t come for free. It comes at the price of obedience.

 

I challenge you this month, the month of freedom here in the United States, to live life to the fullest and live life with the freedom from Jesus that overtakes you and shines through you to those in your community.

 

Rob Patz asks: Are you free?

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I want to invite you to be with us in Vernon, Ala., at the Vernon Alabama Gospel Music Weekend from Sept. 8-9. I would also love to see you at the Creekside Gospel Music Convention in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., from Oct. 30 through Nov. 2 for four great days of Gospel Music with more than 50 fantastic artists.

Have a great month of freedom.

By Rob Patz

First published in July 2017 SGNScoops Magazine.

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Jimmy Reno reviews Three Bridges new CD, “Hymns and Classics Renewed”

Written by Staff on August 17, 2017 – 2:18 pm -

Three Bridges

Three Bridges

Three Bridges released “Soldiers,” their critically-acclaimed debut album, in 2002. It may be surprizing to some to realize that after the past 15 years of their ministry going strong and enjoying numerous album releases, this current CD marks the first time they have released a hymns project.

 

“Hymns and Classics Renewed” is the title of the debut hymns project from the group. The album contains well-known hymns done in the soulful stylings Three Bridges has become known for. The album features the current lineup of Jeremie Hudson, Shannon Smith and Elliott McCoy.

 

Three Bridges release "Hymns and Classics Renewed"

Three Bridges release “Hymns and Classics Renewed”

This new project kicks things off with “There’s Power in the Blood.” The arrangement is upbeat and employs an edgy, soulful feel. It’s definitely a fresh arrangement for the familiar hymn. The next cut is “The Old Rugged Cross.” This is a straightforward, mellow arrangement of the well-known ballad, featuring solid vocals with tight harmonies. Baritone Elliott McCoy and Shannon Smith do a nice job on this one.

 

“The Love of God,” which features tenor Jeremie Hudson, is a ballad that is both well-orchestrated and delivers emotional vocals. This is a solid contribution to the project.

 

The Dallas Holm classic, “Rise Again,” which won a Dove Award in 1977 as Song of The Year, has been included, with the trio putting their own style on the popular tune. Lead singer Shannon Smith is featured on this one, and he delivers a solid vocal performance. This is a powerful arrangement of the song that audiences and fans are sure to love.

 

Three BridgesThe popular gospel classic penned by Mylon Lefevre in 1970, “Old Gospel Ship,” is another highlight from the project. The song is upbeat, and you will find yourself singing along in no time.

 

The group has re-cut a fan-favorite song from their debut mainline album in 2002 called, “The Captain.” This is a moving ballad with tight harmonies that fans of the group are already well familiar with.

 

Overall, this first hymns offering from the group is a solid effort. The album Three Bridgescontains both lively, upbeat tunes and ballads that stir emotion. The trio infuses their blend of soulful, edgy Gospel into well-known timeless classics. It produces a sound that Southern Gospel fans are sure to enjoy.

By Jimmy Reno

Jimmy Reno is a regular contributor to SGNScoops Magazine.

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Mark Lowry’s New Music Video Goes Viral

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on August 17, 2017 – 12:15 pm -

Mark Lowry's New Music Video Goes Viral

Mark Lowry’s New Music Video Goes Viral

Hendersonville, TN  – Platinum-selling recording artist, Mark Lowry, has once again made waves across social media with his brand new music video, ‘What’s Not To Love?’ The fun, upbeat video, featuring the GRAMMY-Award winning Gaither Vocal Band, made its Facebook debut on July 24th and reached over a million views just a week later.  ‘What’s Not To Love?’ is the title cut on Lowry’s new Daywind Records project, available August 18th, as well as his current radio single.

“I had such a blast shooting this video, and the reaction online has been amazing!” shares Mark Lowry. “These songs that I’ve been writing with my friends, Reba Rambo-McGuire & Dony McGuire, and some they wrote with Chip Davis, are saying the things that I’ve been saying in my shows for years, but condenses it into a 3 minute nugget.”

Anchored by songs co-written by Lowry, Reba Rambo-McGuire and Dony McGuire, What’s Not To Love? embodies the messages of grace, compassion and the love of Christ predominately featured at Lowry’s live events.  Songs such as ‘Love Is The Golden Rule’ and ‘No Room For Hate’ carry messages of love and extending grace, ‘Feels Like I’m Already There’ reaches those going through a valley, while ‘Mama Prayed’ resonates with those who had a praying mother of their own.

To view the music video for ‘What’s Not To Love?’ visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wp4sla1tU2w.

What’s Not To Love? is available to the Christian marketplace exclusively through New Day Christian. Mainstream and digital distribution are provided by Sony RED.

Mark Lowry is known and loved around the world as a trusted voice in the realm of gospel music and beyond. He started making music at age 11 and now, more than four decades later, his legacy is forever sealed as an innately entertaining communicator who can, at once, make audiences laugh, cry, and think. Mark is a platinum-selling singer, storyteller, humorist, author and songwriter, whose lyrics to ‘Mary, Did You Know?’ resulted in one of the most loved modern Christmas songs of this century. Mark spent more than 20 collective years as the baritone singer for the GRAMMY-Award winning Gaither Vocal Band, and served as the sidesplitting comedic sidekick for Bill Gaither through live concert tours and the best-selling Gaither Homecoming video and television series.


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Creekside 2017 Welcomes The Browders

Written by scoopsnews on August 17, 2017 – 4:15 am -

Pigeon Forge, TN – Creekside Gospel Music Convention  is pleased to welcome The Browders to the concert event as a Featured Artist on Thursday Night. The event is scheduled for Oct 30th through November 2 in Pigeon Forge, TN.

Twenty-five years ago, in the hills of Hiltons, Virginia, a unique and beautiful sound was born. It was a sound full of harmonies so close and sweet that they could only be connected by the blood of family. The sound produced words and songs that are full of hope and new life, words that point others to Jesus Christ. This sound became the music and ministry of The Browders, a family group that is rapidly gaining recognition and admiration in gospel music. The group will be bringing this sound to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee to Creekside Gospel Music Convention.

Rob Patz, owner of Coastal Media and the Creekside event says, “I am excited that The Browders are going to join us in Pigeon Forge. This group is really making its mark in Gospel music . We are blessed to add them to this exciting lineup of Artists.”

For ticket and lodging information, contact Rob Patz at rob@sgnscoops.com or 360-933- 0741. For more information visit http://www.creeksidegospelmusicconvention.com/

 

 

 


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Vernon Alabama’s Gospel Music Weekend

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on August 16, 2017 – 9:23 am -

Vernon Alabama's Gospel Music Weekend

Vernon Alabama’s Gospel Music Weekend

There’s an excitement in the air about Gospel Music Weekend!
Check out the artist lineup and events that will take place in Vernon, Alabama on September 8th and 9th below.
“We are excited about the songwriting class that will be taught by Dr. Jeff Steele, states Vonda Easley, board member for the event. I have co-written several songs with Brother Jeff and I believe this class will be a tremendous asset to many attendees.”

For information:  info@macrecords.net or contact Dennis McKay at 662-889-2829 or Rob Patz at 360-933-0741. Find us on facebook HERE

Check out the video below of Dennis and Leslie McKay, founders of Gospel Music Weekend and owners of M.A.C. Records, as they talk about the upcoming event.


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Alabama Quartet Convention welcomes Perrys, Jordan Family Band, more

Written by Staff on August 14, 2017 – 5:29 pm -

Perrys at Alabama Quartet Convention

The Perrys at the Alabama Quartet Convention

Webster defines a convention as ‘an assembly of persons, met for a common purpose.’ That’s what the Alabama Quartet Convention is all about, a common purpose to praise God. The fourth annual ALQC was held July 27 –  29, 2017 at the Forest Hill Church of God in Mobile, AL.  

 

Over thirty national, regional and local artists assembled together to sing songs of encouragement, salvation and to uplift the body of Christ. The Perrys, the Jordan Family Band, New Ground, Day Three, Answered Prayer, Barry Rowland and Deliverance, Ricky Atkinson and Compassion, plus many others all crossed the platform to present the best in Southern Gospel Music.  

 

Jordan Family Band at Alabama Quartet Convention

Jordan Family Band at Alabama Quartet Convention

Co-founders Scott Washam and Amy Dunnam began this journey four years ago with a simple concept: How do we want to be treated as an artist when we attend a music convention, and, if we were fans, what would we want to hear and see? This idea has helped the two achieve one of the most sought after conventions by artists in the nation.  

 

This year’s theme was ‘Sowing Seeds – One Testimony At A Time.’ Over the three day event, many seeds were being sown, including the ALQC giving back to each artist. On Saturday morning, the ALQC hosted an artist-only prayer breakfast event. This year’s guest speaker was Jonathan Goodwin of Redemption World Records. His message followed along with the theme and taught that we sow

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seeds in three ways; our time, our talent and our treasure. What a great message it was.

 

Washam said in an earlier statement, “Every year, the event gets bigger and better. But this year was a different kind of better. There was such a feeling of unity and family. We brought in 12 new groups this year, and our fans and ALQC ‘seasoned’ artists fell in love with them.”  Some of the new groups included: The singing Epps Family from Lincolnton, Georgia; Master Peace Quartet from Dalton, Georgia; The Connell’s from Jacksonville, Alab., Heart’s Song from Shannon, N. C., and many more. Amy Dunnam said, “We are so honored that these groups would want to come spend their weekend with us. It’s humbling.”  

 

On Thursday night, the Perrys really brought their best. There was such a sweet anointing in the house that the atmosphere was thick.  Other crowd favorites included The Jordan Family Band, Day Three and New Ground. Mickey Bell, DJ for the Dixie Gospel Caravan in Birmingham, Alab.,

Day Three at the Alabama Quartet Convention

Day Three at the Alabama Quartet Convention

kept the crowd on their heels with laughter, encouragement and sometimes tears.  

 

Both Amy and Scott agreed that for them the most special moment of this year’s ALQC was when all 30 artists gathered in the altar around Exodus to pray for Mike Watson’s complete healing.  Mike has been fighting cancer and had finished his last treatment. Everyone looks forward to him being on the road again soon.

 

If you’ve never been to an Alabama Quartet Convention, Scott Washam asks,

Ricky Atkinson and Compassion at the Alabama Quartet Convention

Ricky Atkinson and Compassion at the Alabama Quartet Convention

“What are you waiting for?”   

 

For more information on the ALQC, please take a moment and visit their facebook page @thealqc or website at www.thealqc.com.   

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Phil Cross Launches Solo Touring with Fresh Vision

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on August 14, 2017 – 3:24 pm -

Phil Cross Launches Solo Touring with Fresh Vision

Phil Cross Launches Solo Touring with Fresh Vision

Spanning the last three decades as one of the most prolific Christian music composers, singer/songwriter, Phil Cross is launching his solo touring with a fresh vision.

 

Phil Cross has a passion for worship. Not only will he be available for solo concerts but also as a guest worship leader, combining concerts with your talented team. This includes rehearsing with your musicians and vocalists while imparting insights that will make a lasting impact.  Cross is excited about this tour and states, “My friend, Chris White, of Crossroads Music, has encouraged me for years to do this.”

 

Cross has written many notable, award-winning songs that have come from a lifetime of encounters with God.  The latest project, SIMPLY, features some of these award-winning classics in an acoustic style. Songs include Champion of Love, I Am Redeemed, Jesus Built a Bridge, Yes, I Am, There’s A Miracle In Me and more.  Phil says, “I will be sharing my most popular songs in a way that everyone can connect with and even sing along.”

 

Whether the response is salvation or simply sharing encouragement with the believer, Phil’s commitment and passion is to honor God and to inspire worshipers.

 

To stay connected with Phil and his heart for ministry, tune into Facebook LIVE every Thursday night at 9:30 p.m. www.facebook.com/phil.cross.official.page

 

To learn more about Phil Cross or to schedule an event, contact:

 

KLECKNER AND ASSOCIATES: (423) 457-5128

PHIL CROSS MUSIC: (423) 285-8755

 

Email: philcross57@gmail.com

 

Website: www.philcrossmusic.com


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Update: Please Keep Praying For Dean Hopper

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on August 14, 2017 – 10:43 am -

Please Pray For Dean Hopper

Please Pray For Dean Hopper

**** DEAN UPDATE: His surgery has been postponed until next week. We will keep you informed as things are rescheduled.

DEAN HOPPER HEALTH UPDATE:

Many may know that Dean suffered two strokes back in December due to a physical abnormality. Where there should be two vertebral veins carrying blood into the brain, Dean only has one, and it is 80-90% blocked due to its shape. This, unfortunately, caused three more strokes in the last week.. Testing has determined that he is an excellent candidate for a stent to be placed in the narrow vertebral vein, and with this surgery, his continued heart healthy diet and medications, doctors hope this will keep him out of the woods. This is scheduled for Monday morning and, while we are thrilled with this “answer”, we still covet your prayers for Dean and the family at this time. In the impending weeks, he will be at home resting and recouping from surgery.

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Catching up with the Hinson Family  

Written by Staff on August 13, 2017 – 4:40 pm -

Hinson Family

Hinson Family

There are some names in the Southern Gospel Music industry that are synonymous with Southern Gospel. One such name is Hinson.

Weston Hinson and his wife Christy, along with daughter Jordan and newest vocalist Logan Smith, currently carry on the family legacy left by the original Hinsons.

We recently caught up with the group. Their feedback is as follows …

Jimmy Reno: The original Hinsons were a legendary group in Southern Gospel and turned out numerous hits like “The Lighthouse,” “Call Me Gone,” “That I Could Still Go Free,” and so many others. Does the Hinson Family follow in the same style of songs and arrangements, or do you feel your ministry is moving in a different musical direction of its own while still reaching back to the roots laid by the original Hinsons? 

Weston Hinson: I think it’s important to draw from influences while at the same time be true to who you are, and I believe if my dad were alive he would tell me, “be yourself.”

Reno: Kenny Hinson won numerous awards and impacted so many other artists with his voice and ministry, including myself. Growing up with your father achieving so much success in the Southern and Country Gospel genres, Weston, how soon did you know that your calling would also be in singing?

Weston: I think being in and around music and ministry my whole life, I may have looked over – or to be honest, didn’t take being called seriously – until I reached my early 20s. It would be easy to see the success of my dad and assume his children would want to follow in that, but I wanted to make sure success and accolades were not the reason I followed the call of God on my life. I can assure you it’s not why my dad followed the call either.

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Lessons on being a father and a husband by Selena Day

Written by Staff on August 13, 2017 – 9:12 am -

Chuck and Selena Day

Chuck and Selena Day

When I was falling in love with my husband, I didn’t stop and ask myself what kind of father he would be. After we were engaged, a woman told me to watch how he treated his mother. If he treated her well then he would treat me in the same manner. No words have been any truer, and I have extended this same advice to my own daughters.  

 

I am very lucky though that my husband has turned out to be a pretty amazing dad. He is the kind of father that helps when it is time for birthday parties. He is the kind of father that the night before Halloween or Thanksgiving, he’s designing an outfit for the girls to wear to school. He is the kind of father that on our girls’ 16th birthday, he took them all out to a very nice restaurant of their choice, bought them flowers and showed them how a man should treat a woman. When our girls went to prom, he not only drove them to the Prom, he stayed in the area just to peek in from time to time to watch them as they danced and enjoyed their special night.  

 

The greatest gift I believe that he has given them is his love for me. Men, if you really want to show daughters how they are to be treated, then treat your wife the way you want a husband to treat them. If you want your sons to know how to treat their wives, men, then set that example. And if you treat your wife in a manner contrary, then your sons should call you out.  

 

Selena Day and her daughter, a bride-to-be

Selena Day and her daughter, a bride-to-be

I was told this story from a couple – that during a difficult season with their son – he started being very disrespectful to his mother. The father one day took his son out to his workshop and placing his arm around him, he softly and a little menacingly told him, “she may be your mother, but she was my wife first. I don’t let any man treat her the way you have been treating her. Now that you are becoming a man, consider this your one and final warning.” Needless to say that their son’s attitude got considerably better.

I am so thankful for the example that my father set for me with my own mother. I can always remember how my dad would go out in the morning during the wintertime and crank my mom’s car for her while she was getting ready so that she would get into a warm car for her drive to work.  

 

If you are a true student of God’s Word, you know that the father nature of God is to provide. I have seen this so many times in my own father and in my husband. Whenever our girls are in need, he does whatever he can to help. Having three girls, he has at times been stretched in their need for his time and attention.  

 

To be honest, I have been struggling with parenting lately. I have found that this season of parenting adult children has been the hardest so far. So, I wanted to take the time to honor my own father and my children’s father in this article.

 

CHUCK AND SELENA DAY

CHUCK AND SELENA DAY

No parent is perfect, and I think that is one of the hardest parts of parenting – your own imperfection and how it affects those which you most treasure. My own father had his faults, but to me, he is a hero.   

 

I do have memories of times that my father or my husband may have missed the mark, but I choose not to remember those as much and to focus on the moments when they did. I believe that as our girls grow older, they will see that their father was an amazing example of the Father’s perfect love in an imperfect vessel, just as I see this about my own father. How thankful I am of the reflection he has shown me over the years of God’s grace and unfailing love. Even when I have hurt my daddy, he has always been there to extend grace and love, with consistency.   

 

If it were not for my daddy’s imperfect, perfect love, I would not have seen the true nature of God … nor would I have sought out our heavenly Father to lean on during some of my formative moments in life.  

 

I am very fortunate and grateful to have such amazing men in my life – men who are authentic and real. They are men who always try to be the best versions of themselves, men who have chosen to love me and my imperfections and who are willing to see the best version of me in all that I do.

 

Thank you, Chuck Day and Bruce Brantley, for loving me. And in the words of my grandmother, “thanks for being mine.”

 

Selena Day is a motivational speaker and is available to speak at your conference or event.  You may contact her at selenaday@me.com http://www.queenliving.org  http://facebook.com/queenismsbyselenaday. Photographs courtesy of Selena Day.

By Selena Day

June 2017 SGNScoops Magazine

June 2017 SGNScoops Magazine

First published by SGNScoops Magazine in June 2017.

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