Shane and Denise Jeter


Creekside Gospel Music Convention

November 2018 SGNScoops Magazine

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on November 15, 2018 – 4:39 pm -

November 2018 SGNScoops Magazine

November 2018 SGNScoops Magazine

Happy Thanksgiving! It’s November and time for the Thanksgiving edition of SGNScoops magazine.

This month, we are thrilled to have Ivan Parker as our cover artist. Justin Gilmore had the opportunity to interview Mr. Parker for this issue, and we hope you enjoy this interesting and informative feature.

Also featured this month: Artists Jonathan Wilburn, Hutch Jordan of the Jordan Family Band, Zack Shelton and 64 to Grayson, as well as artist- artist-turned- politician, Bill Hefner.
We have several monthly columns for your reading pleasure this month. We know you’ll enjoy the offerings by Amy Oxenrider, Joan Walker, David Stanton, and Selena Day.
All of these articles, plus so much more fill the magazine this month, including radio charts, music reviews, and the DJ Spotlight.
SGNScoops wishes to extend a Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. We hope that you enjoy the beginning of the holiday season for 2019.
SGNScoops would also like to thank you for your faithfulness, as well as to extend gratitude to all of our artists, writers, creative team, and all those connected with the magazine and website.
Most of all, we wish to thank our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for every good and perfect gift which he has given to us. Happy Thanksgiving!
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“Shining For Jesus” …..New Ground

Written by scoopsnews on November 15, 2018 – 2:26 pm -

What’s Been Going On In The Ministry?

Well, we are finishing up our 25th year as New Ground with about 170 dates under our belt.   Got to go to a few new events this year and share our music and are already looking forward to a very eventful 2019 with new places and new faces for our group.


What Is The Groups Favorite Place To Eat?


Anywhere there is food.  LOL   We enjoy eating at a lot of different places – not just one sticks out as our favorite.   We do frequent Cracker Barrel and Waffle House a lot but we all LOVE Mexican!!!


What is the website and booking information??


Our website is and you can call me (Robbie) at (256) 218-1983 for bookings!!!!  


Tell us something we probably don’t know about the group?


Hmmmm – A lot of people don’t know that I am a Mortician, Dale is an Engineer & Consultant, David is a Voice Teacher and Mickey – he’s Mickey – LOL – nah, Mickey is a Pastor.


Share a funny road story?


We were in a church and I was singing “He’ll Hold My Hand No Matter What Comes My Way”.   We heard a lady scream – well, being Holiness that didn’t affect me – but then another lady screamed – and then the two ladies jumped up and starting fighting – yep, right there in the middle of our song.   We never let up – just kept on singing.  The Pastor and a few ladies from the church came over and separated the two women and took them outside – and we continued the singing like nothing ever happened!!!!  Come to find out – the first lady thought the second lady had pulled her hair when she placed her hand on the back of the bench – but I wasn’t gonna ask if she really did??????


New Ground will be a featured artist at Southern Gospel Weekend 2019 in Oxford Alabama.

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Legal Fight Over ‘Scouts’ Sparks Surge of Interest in Faith-Based, Boys-Only Outdoor Adventure Group

Written by Staff on November 14, 2018 – 4:00 pm -

Legal Fight Over 'Scouts' Sparks Surge of Interest in Faith-Based, Boys-Only Outdoor Adventure Group

Trail Life USA CEO Mark Hancock

Trail Life USA sees continuing growth as parents seek positive alternative to PC, ‘one-size-fits-all’ programs that ignore unique needs of boys

BELTON, S.C., Nov. 14, 2018 /Christian Newswire/ — A legal fight between America’s two long-time scouting organizations has prompted a surge of interest in a boys-only, Christian-based outdoor adventure program.

Visits to Trail Life USA’s ( website and inquiries about starting new troops with the organization surged in the wake of the Girl Scouts of the USA’s recent trademark infringement lawsuit against the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), contesting the use of the words “scouts” or “scouting.”

The girls group argues that the BSA’s 2017 decision to rebrand as Scouts BSA and admit girls to its program has caused confusion, and could adversely affect the girls-only organization.

The dispute has not come as a surprise to Trail Life USA CEO Mark Hancock, who leads the organization that provides character development opportunities specifically tailored to boys’ unique needs and learning style.

“This is a reflection of the increasing confusion in the general culture,” he said of the scouting legal action. “When you get off a well-known path and find yourself wandering, you really don’t know what issues you are going to stir up.”

The spike of inquiries following the filing of the scouting lawsuit is only the latest marker of Trail Life USA’s rise to become the country’s leading faith-based, boys-only organization, as it continues to see explosive growth.

Enrollment in Trail Life USA during the past quarter-the back-to-school period when groups offering extracurricular activities see most newcomers-has been up 36 percent over last year. Many who have joined Trail Life troops or started new ones were formerly involved with BSA, but became disenchanted with its move to include girls.

“Engaged parents and experienced teachers know that there are innate differences between boys and girls-biologically, psychologically, socially, and in many other ways-and that watering down those differences in a one-size-fits-all program delivery model does not help either,” said Hancock.

By way of example he pointed to a high school in Memphis that has raised its graduation rate to 90.5 percent from 53 percent after converting to boys-only and girls-only classes. He cites the case in his recent e-book, Let Boys Be Boys, which outlines the unique learning and development needs of young males.

Attacking political correctness that ignores the differences between the sexes, Hancock says that normal boyhood has come to be viewed as “some sort of social disease that needs to be eradicated.”

He writes, “As leaders of boys in schools, homeschools, churches, and youth organizations, we must recognize and affirm their unique strengths and challenges. We are positioned to instill the principles and character traits that can prepare boys to become successful, focused men.”

Founded in 2013, Trail Life USA has more than 800 troops in 49 states, with a total membership of more than 30,000. Through troops chartered by local churches, Trail Life offers a K-12 program centered on outdoor experiences that build young men’s skills and help them grow on a personal level and as role models and leaders for their peers.

Trail Life USA ( is a Christian outdoor adventure, character and leadership program for boys and young men, K-12. Chartered through churches in 49 states, the program centers on outdoor experiences and biblical values that build a young man’s skills and allow him to grow on a personal level and as a role model and leader for his peers.

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“Shining For Jesus” Meet Charlie Sexton & Homecoming

Written by scoopsnews on November 14, 2018 – 9:21 am -


Charlie Sexton & Homecoming

What’s been going on in the ministry?

“Each of the 4 members of ‘Charlie Sexton & Homecoming’ have their own, personal ministry efforts.  Dr. John Turner pastors Lighthouse Baptist Church in Hiram, GA. Selena Mangrum King sings and speaks at Women’s Conference and is pianist at her home church.  Linda Foster also sings and speaks at Women’s Conferences, and joins Charlie Sexton on a few select duo dates when their schedule allows.  Charlie wears many hats. He produces recordings for other artists, promotes concerts, and is a popular emcee within the ever-popular Red Back Hymn Sing Movement.  He also conducts choir workshops.

What is the Group’s favorite place to eat when you’re traveling?

“To be honest, we are so new that we truly haven’t had a chance yet to share a meal together at a restaurant as a group. We have done a few Homecoming dates, so we have definitely enjoyed sampling some home-cooked delicacies there.”

What is your website and booking info?

Charlie Sexton
(404) 210-5478

Tell us something we probably don’t know about the group.

“We got our start when Dr. Johnny invited me (Charlie) and Foster to perform at his church’s annual Homecoming Service.  During the booking conversation, their mutual friend, Selena, was mentioned and we decided it would be fun for the four of us to learn a song or two for the festivities.  When we got together, we realized that we were on to something and that we had that classic ‘old school’ sound that not many groups have today.  Selena’s husband, Tim, made some impromptu video and posted them on social media.   Calls and requests started coming in for dates.  Only thing was, we didn’t have a name… so, since we got our start at a Homecoming, Dr. Johnny suggested ‘Charlie Sexton & Homecoming’, and it stuck.  Sure hope
Bill Gaither don’t mind… LOL”
Share a funny road story?

”Again, being SO new, we truly don’t have any real road stories yet. But, because we all have been friends for so long, most of our time together is spent reminiscing about Church services and Gospel Music related events that we have all been a part of together over the years.”


Come meet Charlie Sexton & Homecoming at Southern Gospel Weekend 2019 in Oxford Alabama.

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Written by Staff on November 14, 2018 – 6:58 am -



Chapel Valley is pleased to announce a new addition to their Sanctuary label. Meadow Lane is a Southern gospel trio from Cleveland, Tennessee consisting of three members of the Epperson family: Jeremy, his daughter Anais (20) and his son, Bryson (18).

CHAPEL VALLEY SIGNS MEADOW LANE ON THEIR SANCTUARY RECORD LABEJeremy recalls sitting next to his grandmother at just three years old, watching her put on her makeup on the way to the concert while she taught him to harmonize with the music from their family group, the Singing Echoes. Les Beasley put him on stage to sing at a concert when he was just five years old. When he started kindergarten, his mom came off the road and he went to school, but his concerts continued from the front yard. Neighbors would go outside to water flowers in the morning on Saturday and hear he and his brothers singing. They would go back out in the afternoon and the concert would still be going on. Now, they’ve passed that down to their families. Anais started singing before she could talk and even got a paddling her second week in kindergarten for singing in class.

CHAPEL VALLEY SIGNS MEADOW LANE ON THEIR SANCTUARY RECORD LABEJeremy traveled with the Singing Echoes for over 20 years, singing every part from bass to tenor, playing multiple instruments, and writing a number of favorite Singing Echoes songs. In February of 2014, Jeremy stepped down and shortly after, he and his two children formed Meadow Lane. The trio has toured several states and performed at many churches and prestigious venues across the country.

Shane Roark said, “We were impressed with this family from our first meeting. Jeremy’s history in the music ministry is well-rooted, and Anais and Bryson have grown up immersed in the music they sing. They sing from their hearts. We’re looking forward to producing some incredible albums together.” Meadow Lane is inspired to take their calling seriously and continue to take the songs on their hearts to the places the Lord sends them. They’re excited about joining the Chapel Valley family.

Meadow Lane’s current radio single, “I Want to be Singing” from their album entitled “Blood, Grace, and Tears” is climbing the charts. Meadow Lane is working on song selection and songwriting for a brand-new album, which will be recorded with Chapel Valley on their Sanctuary Label. Visit Meadow Lane at

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Bill Bailey’s Thanksgiving Gospel Music Spectacular featuring Kingsmen, Gold City, McKameys, Perrys, comes to Vidalia, Georgia on Nov. 24

Written by Staff on November 13, 2018 – 8:53 am -

Bill Bailey's Thanksgiving Gospel Music Spectacular featuring Kingsmen, Gold City, McKameys, Perrys, comes to Vidalia, Georgia on Nov. 24

Bill Bailey’s Thanksgiving Gospel Music Spectacular featuring Kingsmen, Gold City, McKameys, Perrys, comes to Vidalia, Georgia on Nov. 24

Bill Bailey’s Thanksgiving Gospel Music Spectacular comes to the Southeast Technical College in Vidalia, Georgia, on Sat., Nov. 24 at 6:00 p.m.

Bill Bailey's Thanksgiving Gospel Music Spectacular featuring Kingsmen, Gold City, McKameys, Perrys, comes to Vidalia, Georgia on Nov. 24


Featured in concert will be the KINGSMEN, GOLD CITY, McKAMEYS, and the PERRYS.  

Bill Bailey's Thanksgiving Gospel Music Spectacular featuring Kingsmen, Gold City, McKameys, Perrys, comes to Vidalia, Georgia on Nov. 24

Gold City

This year’s concert will be extra special because the McKameys have announced their retirement in 2019, which means this will be one of the last times they appear in south/central Georgia.

Bill Bailey's Thanksgiving Gospel Music Spectacular featuring Kingsmen, Gold City, McKameys, Perrys, comes to Vidalia, Georgia on Nov. 24


No tickets are required for admission.

Bill Bailey's Thanksgiving Gospel Music Spectacular featuring Kingsmen, Gold City, McKameys, Perrys, comes to Vidalia, Georgia on Nov. 24


A $15 donation per person will be requested at the door for the concert, and a love offering received during the concert for FCC Ministries.

Doors open at 5pm, and all seating is general admission.
Southeast Technical College is located at 3001 East First Street(Hwy 280) in Vidalia.
For more information, call (941) 756-6942.

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2nd Generation To Leave The Road

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on November 12, 2018 – 3:17 pm -

2nd Generation To Leave The Road

2nd Generation To Leave The Road

March 2005 was the beginning of 2nd Generation Ministries. Sisters Brenda Denney and Elaine Robinson with Randy Barnes could not have imagined then how God would work and use them to spread the gospel through 2nd Generation and the favor He has shown them. Since then, they have experienced the mighty move of the Holy Spirit, seen souls saved, hearts and lives changed and received numerous emails of healings that have taken place. God is good, and He is always faithful — time and time again!

In October 2017, Elaine felt the Holy Spirit directing her in a new direction that would involve her coming off the road. Beginning January 2019 she will be working alongside her husband, Les Robinson, who pastors Boyd Church of God in Oak Grove, Arkansas. She is excited about what God has in store for this new direction. Elaine may be stepping down from one ministry but she’s stepping up to a new one.

Brenda, Elaine and Randy, along with Linda (Randy’s wife) and Les (Elaine’s husband), have discussed at length the direction they feel the ministry of 2nd Generation is going. With the announcement of Elaine’s retirement, it has been decided that the ministry of 2nd Generation will complete this chapter of its ministry and also retire.

“We truly feel this is the direction God is leading us,” Brenda Denney said. “We know this may come as a surprise and shock to many, but we truly believe this is God’s plan for 2nd Generation. While God is leading us from one ministry, we are excited to see how He will continue to use us as individuals in ministry.”

“We love and appreciate all of our faithful friends and family who have supported 2nd Generation Ministries with your prayers, love, attendance and financial support. You’ll never know the encouragement you’ve been to 2nd G,” she said. “We also want to thank every pastor and promoter who entrusted 2nd G to minister the gospel in song.”

This is not the end for Brenda, Elaine or Randy. It is just a new chapter in this thing called LIFE. Their prayer is and always has been to be in the center of GOD’S will. “No matter what we do, we will continue to be ‘On Business For The King,'” Brenda said. 2nd Generation appreciates your prayers during this time of transition.

The final concert for 2nd Generation has not been determined yet. Follow the group on social media for more details as they come. Also, be sure to check their website for the remaining dates throughout this year to see them again in a city near you.

1 Timothy 4:7 – “For I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course. I have kept the faith.”

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Down East Boys to appear at Creekside 2019

Written by Staff on November 12, 2018 – 11:35 am -

Down East Boys to appear at Creekside 2019

Down East Boys to appear at Creekside 2019

Pigeon Forge, Tenn. (Nov. 12, 2018) — Creekside Gospel Music Convention 2019 is in the planning stages after a very successful 2018 event. Rob Patz,  director, is thrilled to announce that the Down East Boys from North Carolina will be appearing at the 2019 event, to be held from Oct. 27 – 31 in the Smoky Mountain Convention Center, Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

The Down East Boys are currently enjoying the success of their single release, “Beat-Up Bible,” from the album, “One Day In The Past.” Members include Doug Pittman, Ricky Carden, Daryl Paschal and newest member, bass singer Zac Barham.
Down East Boys to appear at Creekside 2019Ricky Carden has been with the DEB for 28 years. “I am excited to be a part of Creekside 2019,” says Carden. “I have watched this event grow over the past few years and am honored to be included in the great list of artists!”
Patz is thrilled that the DEB have already signed on for 2019, on top of all the great artists returning from 2018. “I have always wanted Ricky and his boys to appear on the Creekside stage,” says Patz. “I know they will be welcomed into the Creekside family with open arms.”
Creekside Gospel Music Convention is an annual event held in Pigeon Forge, featuring over 50 artists, daytime showcases, evening concerts, the Dr. Jerry Goff Honors, Diamond Awards and Midnight Prayer.  For more information, call Rob Patz at 360 – 933 – 0741.

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Rooted With Billy Huddleston

Written by scoopsnews on November 11, 2018 – 4:16 am -

Billy Huddleston

Billy Huddleston

No Comparison!

Psalm 73:18-28



16 When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me; 17 Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end. 18 Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou castedst them down into destruction. 19 How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! they are utterly consumed with terrors. 20 As a dream when one awaketh; so, O Lord, when thou awakest,

 thou shalt despise their image.

21 Thus my heart was grieved, and I was pricked in my reins. 22 So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee. 23 Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand. 24 Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory. 25 Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee. 26 My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever. 27 For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from thee. 28 But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works.



          There’s no greater realization than God is enough. Outside of that understanding, one will never find true satisfaction. But, once realized, it is far more valuable than anything the world can offer.

Asaph had allowed himself to become distracted by the prosperity of the wicked people of his day. He questioned why they seemed to have more than they needed while God’s people only seemed to struggle. They were strong, powerful, wealthy, and arrogant. In the world’s economy, their good fortune seemed to have no limit. However, God’s economy is different – there is no comparison!

Only when Asaph regained this perspective was he freed from the comparison game: A game that can’t be won. Before, he was allowing others to define his worth rather than embracing who God created him to be. It was when he settled within himself that God was the singular desire of his life that he discovered true, lasting satisfaction.

It’s easy to become distracted by things that seem to be important. But remember: God’s people are not of this world. They live by a different standard. So, when invited to play the comparison game, refuse the invitation. There’s no comparison!



The world behind me, the cross before me;

No turning back, no turning back


I Have Decided to Follow Jesus




Decide to focus on Him!






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Goodman Revival Sings “I Wouldn’t Take Nothing For My Journey Now”

Written by scoopsnews on November 10, 2018 – 2:38 pm -

Goodman Revival: STILL HAPPY As They Release Sophomore Recording

Goodman Revival

Happy Saturday! Here’s a Happy song by Goodman Revival. Tune in Monday, November 12th and catch them on the “Monday’s With Mark Show..

 In the world of southern gospel music few names carry a more substantial legacy than Goodman.  Creativity, authenticity and a passion for sharing the good news of Jesus Christ have long been the cornerstones of the family’s sound and messages. They remain the foundation for the next chapter in the group’s illustrious history with the launch of Goodman Revival.

   Tanya Goodman Sykes, her husband, acclaimed producer Michael Sykes, and friend Johnny Minick, a gospel music veteran who performed for years with the Goodmans, once again propel the family name into the spotlight with the release of their debut album and DVD Songs in the Key of Happy (Gaither Music Group). The trio revives such Goodman classics as “I Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now,” “Until You’ve Known the Love of God” and “Who Am I,” breathing fresh life into songs that have defined the genre for decades.

   The decision to contribute a new chapter to the Goodman legacy evolved from a Sunday morning on stage at Minick’s church. “Michael and I moved to Texas a few years ago; and when we moved back in 2012, we actually stayed with Johnny and his wife, Sherry, for three weeks while we were looking for a place. They were so generous to open up their beautiful home to us,” Goodman Sykes recalls.  Minick pastors the River of Life Assembly of God Church in Smyrna, Tenn., and the three friends took the stage to sing one Sunday morning in a pivotal moment that would change their lives.

   “We had worked up ‘Until You’ve Known the Love of God,’ which is a song that my dad wrote in the 60s,” Goodman Sykes says of her father, the legendary Rusty Goodman. “We sang it on Sunday morning and the clip of it ended up on YouTube. Unbeknownst to us, it started getting a lot of attention. The phone started ringing and people were wanting to book us. We went out and did a couple of concerts. We had a lot of fun. There was a groundswell of interest for us to do something to revisit this music that we grew up with that was so much a part of our heritage. It was just really organic the way it happened. One thing led to another and somebody said, ‘You guys need to make a record.’”

   And so they did. The result is a finely crafted effort that is both a loving homage to the musical legacy that inspired each of them and a powerful look at a promising new trio’s future. Goodman Sykes, a GRAMMY winner, has long been known as one of southern gospel’s most compelling female vocalists. Her career began as a teenager performing with her father, Rusty, and her Aunt Vestal and Uncle Howard as part of the Happy Goodman Family. She graduated to a successful solo career and also spent time as a member of the female group Heirloom.

   Producing Heirloom’s album won Michael the first of many GMA DOVE Awards as a producer. The North Carolina native had begun his career as a piano player.  He had met Tanya when he was playing for the Goodmans, and the couple married in 1983. Sykes has become one of the industry’s most successful producers, working with the Oak Ridge Boys, the Gaither Vocal Band, Jeff & Sheri Easter, Russ Taff, the Martins and others. As a vocalist, he recorded with the trio Ponder, Sykes and Wright and released his first solo album in 2013.

    A native of Little Rock, Arkansas, Minick began his career performing in his father’s gospel group, The Majestic Sounds. Rusty Goodman heard Minick and offered him a job playing piano with the Happy Goodman Family. He joined in 1975. Though he left a few years later to launch his own music ministry, Minick returned to performing with the Goodmans in 1990 when he, Howard and Vestal sang as a trio and became one of the most popular groups featured on Bill Gaither’s successful Homecoming Series. Teaming with Tanya and Michael to launch Goodman Revival feels like a homecoming to Minick, and it’s been a labor of love.

   “The Goodmans were a very powerful brand of gospel music,” he says. “They were very unique and innovative and not to be duplicated. That was not our intention anyway. We just wanted to pay honor to the music that really has become the fabric of our lives. There are so many things that I’ve done subsequent from the time that I worked with them as a family group, and I’ve just built on that throughout my ministry.”

   Minick is not the only one to continually feel the impact of this family’s musical legacy.  The group traces its roots back to the 1940s when Howard Goodman and his sisters founded the fledgling ensemble.  Despite their meager lifestyle as children there was no shortage of joy and laughter, no matter the circumstance.  As a result, early on, friends and neighbors dubbed them the “happy” Goodman family. Later, brothers Sam, Bobby and Rusty joined in, as well as Howard’s wife, Vestal. This lineup became firmly cemented in Gospel Music History as, “The Happy Goodman Family.”

   The Goodmans’ popularity grew; and in 1964, they became featured performers on “The Gospel Singing Jubilee,” a groundbreaking television show that would run for more than two decades. After 10 years with “Jubilee,” they launched their own successful TV show “The Happy Goodman Family Hour” and became a household name.

   In 1968, they won the very first GRAMMY® Award for Gospel Album by a Group for The Happy Gospel of the Happy Goodmans.  Widely considered pioneers in the southern gospel genre, the Goodmans scored 15 No. 1 hits and are known for such enduring classics as “Had It Not Been,” “I Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now,” “Who Am I” and numerous others many of which were penned by Rusty. They were inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 1998.

   In recording Songs in the Key of Happy, the members of Goodman Revival honor that legacy and inspiration. “When we got around to picking out the music that we wanted to record, we went back to the very first of their recordings and found a group of songs there that we felt like we could put our fingerprints on and make them ours,” Minick says.

   There was an excitement as the trio began imagining how they could put their own creative stamp on songs that held such precious memories for each of them. “We got together over at Johnny’s house, and he has the entire discography of the Goodman family,” Goodman Sykes recalls with a smile. “We just started making a list. Somebody would say, ‘Well, I really like that one!’ We’d add that one to the list. Somebody else would go, ‘I really like that one!’ We came up with a list of about twenty-something songs and we whittled on that.”

   Nestled amongst such Goodman family gems as “I Hold a Clear Title to a Mansion,” “Sweetest Song I Know,” “What a Happy Time” and Tanya’s stirring vocal on “What Heaven Means to Me,” there’s a new song that fits comfortably among some of the most compelling southern gospel songs of our generation. Minick was inspired to write “Settle the Score” after listening to a guest pastor at his church. “She discussed how sometimes believers settle for a little less than what they could hold out for,” he explains. “The idea came to me, instead of settling for less, we need to settle the score. I thought about David and Goliath. I was sitting around talking to a friend of mine Tim Hill, who has been a very successful songwriter in gospel music and a preacher. We were sitting around talking, the way preachers usually do, about sermons and things like that and started to write this song. We finished it up in about an hour or so. It had that old, Goodman three-quarter time feel to it. I thought it might be a song we could do.”

   Sykes admits it was fun yet challenging to reinvent the foot stomping “Sweetest Song I Know.” “With all those moving parts, I was afraid I was going to end up in the fetal position over in the corner somewhere,” he grins. “It freaked me out, but it was probably one of the most fun things we did on the album.”

   Working together the threesome brought out the best in each other and in the songs. “There’s a great balance here,” Minick says. “One of the greatest things about Michael’s ability is that he makes you want to do things. I probably sang some things that I might not have wanted to sing if I had been doing what I wanted to do, but he just pulls things out you wouldn’t normally do. He wants you to try things that you wouldn’t normally try. That worked to our advantage on this. We got a lot more energy out of it.”

   When Tanya, Michael and Johnny performed at Minick’s church that fateful Sunday morning they had no idea God was about to send them on an exciting new adventure—one that would both revive cherished memories and challenge them to write a new chapter in an already distinguished musical dynasty. They were definitely up to the task; and with one listen to Songs in the Key of Happy, it is obvious that this trio has honored a legacy with their immense talents and handled their heritage with care. “There is trust between the three of us,” Goodman Sykes shares. “There is friendship. There is a wealth of shared experience. We all grew up in church 24-7, and this music has been a big part of all three of our lives. None of us planned this, but we’re in a place in our lives where we walk through doors as they open.”

   “We’ve not put our hand on the wheel,” adds Minick. “Everything that has happened has happened because God has used other people to make it happen. This has been one of the most exciting things on a spiritual level.  I’ve always heard about God opening these doors, and He’s done that for me all my life; but to see Him do something from the very beginning to where we are right now, knowing that we’ve done absolutely nothing to push any buttons or open any doors, has been an amazing ride. That’s why I’m excited to be here because we don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow. That’s a neat place to be.”

In the Key of Happy

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