Welcome to the merry month of May 2015 edition of SGNScoops magazine! We are so glad you stopped by to read all the delectable Gospel music morsels we have cooked up for you this month. We will start with the icing on the cake: super quartet, Triumphant, graces our cover and is presented by writer Paige Givens.
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Masters Voice, one of Southern Gospel’s most beloved trios, announces that effective immediately they are a quartet.
Ricky Capps has been the Master’s Voice tenor for 20 years, leading the Master’s Voice singing/evangelism team. Justin Morphis has been singing lead with the group, adding a dynamic and recognizable voice.
Recently, Master’s Voice added Stan Watson at Baritone. His baritone vocal brings versatility to the group and his love for people is obvious in his performances.
To round out the quartet, Master’s Voice needed a great bass singer and they found one in Jerry Pilgrim. No stranger to Southern Gospel Music, Jerry has a show stopping bass voice, rounding out the new Master’s Voice Quartet lineup!
Butler Music Group President and Master’s Voice Manager states, “Ricky sent me an mp3 featuring the new quartet line-up. I can say without hesitation that I heard the next big male quartet in Southern Gospel Music. I am speechless!”
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Hendersonville, TN – Producer, drummer and Daywind songwriter, Ricky Free, broke his hip last week due to a tumor that had weakened his bone. Through an extensive surgery, the doctors successfully removed the tumor and reconstructed Ricky’s hip. He is facing several weeks of immobility and physical therapy during which time he will not be able to work.
Ricky and his wife Kelly are loved members of the Christian music community. Our prayers are with them and their two boys, Jude and Graham. Ricky’s Daywind family has made this opportunity available for those who would like to help the Free Family financially during this difficult time.
Thank you for your consideration in supporting the Free Family. It is easy. Go to http://www.gofundme.com/
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Pigeon Forge, TN – Creekside Gospel Music Convention is pleased to welcome Jordan’s Bridge to the November event in Pigeon Forge. The quartet consists of Joe Lane and Phil Barker (formerly of the Singing Americans) as well as Rick Sheets and Kirk Henry. These gentlemen have a traditional sound and are loved by the folks at the Grand Ole’ Gospel Reunion.
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Not that long ago, I ran into a very well-respected, famous comedian in the airport. Excitedly, I blurted out “I know who you are!” To which he responded in a personification of his beloved television character: “Well, WHOOO are you?” Following a brief chuckle, I answered, nervously, by telling him what I do—which is not necessarily who I am but, rather, just that: what I do…
Ironically enough, within months of that encounter, this renowned celebrity of over 30 years or more, began making shocking national headlines with a revelation of his character completely contradictory to what the general public knew and believed about him. I immediately recalled our conversation and couldn’t help but to wonder… “Who are YOU, sir?!!”
I know who I am… and… who I am not:
I am not a Democrat or a Republican, but I am for a “Democratic Republic.”
As one who is a business owner in the free enterprise system and welcomes entrepreneurialism, I commend fellow Republicans…
As one who fell on hard times and limitations growing up, partaking of government programs, I appreciate fellow Democrats…
As one who believes that each person has a right to their own decisions, I understand fellow liberals. I do. For even God has granted us free will. He never forces anyone to believe in Him or follow Him. He does, however, command us to love one another as we love Him (John 13:34-35) and promises us that if we are obedient to Him and His commands that He will “make of thee a great nation” and “will bless thee, and make thy name great; [that] thou shalt be a blessing” (Gen 12:2).
I believe in saving the environment as long as it includes saving the environment of the unborn child (i.e. womb).
I believe in regulating aliens as long as we don’t alienate them in the process.
I believe in the right to love as long as you rightly love God and His Word first (Whose standards of holiness, by the way, do not change).
I believe in extending a hand liberally, spending conservatively, forming government democratically, but governing our lives independently.
As such, I am Republibecrat! If this offends you, I am sorry. Jesus was of no political affiliation.
Does anyone have the truth?
To be sure, there is One who said, I AM the truth… (John 14:6)
What does this truth teach us? It teaches us to: pray for those who persecute us, lend a hand to those in need, forgive willingly (70 times 7), give cheerfully, love sacrificially, discern judiciously, rebuke lovingly, admonish graciously and exhort generously in the word of God.
We are encouraged in 2 Timothy 2:15 to “study to show ourselves approved unto God, a workman who need not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” We are to read His word daily and allow the Holy Spirit to guide us into all truth (John 16:13). Jesus said, “You shall know the truth and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32). Truth, then, is the great emancipator of the soul.
So, no, my friends, I am really not a Republibecrat— I am a believer in Messiah, the Anointed One, who came not to condemn the world using smear campaign or coy politics, but that the world, through Him might be saved (John 3:16). Perhaps if we all kept this in mind, we wouldn’t need sides, debates or fund raising campaigns; but rather, hands to hold in prayer, arms to lean on for support and feet to walk each other forward. After all didn’t Jesus command us to be His feet and His hands to a lost and hurting world?
This year, move forward away from past bellicose arguments. Seek higher ground based on the rock hard foundation of Jesus Christ. Follow in the psalmist’s cry and allow the truth of God’s word to emancipate your soul to be all that God created YOU to be! He believes in you, won’t you believe in Him?
In You, O Lord, I put my trust;
Let me never be ashamed;
Deliver me in Your righteousness.
Bow down Your ear to me,
Deliver me speedily;
Be my rock of refuge,
A fortress of defense to save me.
For You are my rock and my fortress;
Therefore, for Your name’s sake,
Lead me and guide me.
Pull me out of the net which they have secretly laid for me,
For You are my strength.
Into Your hand I commit my spirit;
You have redeemed me, O Lord God of truth.
Written by Sherry Anne, Gospel singer.
First published by SGN Scoops digital magazine in February 2015. For current issues of SGN Scoops click on the mainpage.
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Ladies and Gentlemen! The day has finally come! Mickey Bell returns to radio on Saturday, May 23, on This Week in Southern Gospel, presented by SGN Scoops. Mickey’s featured guest for this first show is Jason Crabb and escribes his show as “A weekly two-hour syndicated program of fun, giving you the lighter side of the Southern Gospel Music industry.”
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Program Also Includes LeFevre Quartet, Mark Bishop, Perrys, Mark Trammel Quartet
Signal Mountain, TN, This week’s Harmony Road TV program will feature the broadcast premiere of, “Praying Women,” from Lindsay Huggins. The Program also includes the LeFevre Quartet and their concept video, “Put it Right There,” along with Mark Bishop, “God Builds Churches with Broken People,” “Great is Thy Faithfulness” by the Perrys, and “I Believe, I Believe, I Believe” from the Mark Trammel Quartet.
Hosted by Gospel Music veteran Les Butler, this episode originates from The Barn at Bear Hollow in Monteagle, Tennessee, home of this summer’s, “Fabulous Friday Nights,” Gospel Music Dinner Theater.
Honoring our mothers and other praying women in our lives, Lindsay Huggins video has been touching people online as well as in churches and other venues. All the videos in the program are sure to bless, challenge and encourage.
Information on Harmony Road and its affiliates can be found at www.harmonyroadtv.com. Connect with Harmony Road TV on Facebook at www.facebook.com/harmonyroadtv
Harmony Road is now available to over 85 million television homes across the country in addition to online streaming, ROKU, mobile app and more,
Allan Rhodes of Rhodes Media Center and WMJN29 is the programs technical director. More information can be found at www.wmjn29.com. Roger Spears is program program producer. He can be reached at email@example.com
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By Erin Stevens
Here at Younger Perspective, my main goals are to A) Let you get to know your youthful favorites a little better in the gospel music world, and to B) Keep it ‘all in the family.’ Family groups continue to be the key ingredient that unites our industry. It’s the younger generation spreading the Message that adds that extra, special touch alongside their parents and siblings. Many of you will remember when the adorable Miss Katie Erwin dropped by to chat with us last year. This year, it’s time to focus on one of her talented young brothers that help lock the tight, family harmonies of The Erwins. Please make welcome the soon-to-be 19 year old Kristopher Erwin. You never know; he may just break out in the B-I-B-L-E while munching on some lo mein, all while capturing it on film. Kris, the floor’s yours…
Erin: Being surrounded by music all your life, at what point did you personally feel called into ministry?
Kris: Growing up in an evangelistic home, traveling from church to church every week has always been the norm for me. My dad has been an evangelist for over 41 years. The first time I was on stage, I was about three years old. While my dad was introducing me, I reached for the microphone. Dad, expecting me to sing, “Jesus Loves Me” or “The B-I-B-L-E,” handed me the mic and I sang “Tomorrow” from the musical Annie. So, that’s how my stage debut went down in history! In all honesty, singing has just been a natural part of growing up for our family. I suppose the best way to put it, is that I’ve somehow always ‘known’ I had a calling on my life.
Erin: Anyone who follows you on Instagram would know you love all things Polaroid. What started that vintage hobby?
Kris: A lifelong family friend from Beaumont, Texas (who we all call “Grandma”) gave me a box full of old Polaroid and Super 8 cameras; and of course, I started putting them to use. Now, I have no money, but instead a lot of neat Polaroid snaps that I enjoy sharing with everybody.
Erin: Out of all the cities and states you’ve traveled through, what is your favorite stop to make?
Kris: I have such a strong love for New York City. I make time to visit multiple times a year. Some day, if I could, I’d live there in a heartbeat.
Erin: Is there anyone in our industry who has had a profound impact on your ministry and/or musical perspective?
Kris: It would be impossible to name just one, but no individual has impacted our ministry musically more than Steve Hurst. He’s tremendously helped my siblings and I grow vocally and as a group. We could never repay him for the invaluable lessons he has taught us.
Erin: Share a behind-the-scenes look at the family’s recent studio recording process of Ready To Sail.
Kris: This CD is our first project to release with StowTown Records. We wanted to define our sound with this project, and StowTown gave us the platform to do just that and more! The entire process was incredible, from cutting tracks at the Sony studios on Music Row in Nashville; to watching the incredible Wayne Haun produce; to walking into Lifeway Christian Bookstore and seeing our product on the shelves. It’s been an amazing experience. As an added bonus, we had the privilege of having Ernie Haase sing a song with us that he wrote. We trust everyone enjoys it as much as we did making it.
Erin: Everyone has one! What’s your number one embarrassing moment either on the road or on stage, or both?
Kris: Oh boy, this is a good one. I think I was 12. My brothers and I were singing at a church in the panhandle of Texas, and I got horribly sick to my stomach, mid-verse of an a cappella song. Fortunately, I made it off stage before it got graphic (just barely!), but I did leave my brothers to finish the song as a duet (which I assume was just as bad as my instant illness).
Erin: Comedy or action movies? Snow or sand? Chinese or Mexican food? Bow tie or skinny tie? Hot sauce or mild?
Kris: Comedy. Sand. Chinese. Skinny. The hotter the better!
Erin: Is there a Scripture verse that has recently impacted you?
Kris: John 8:36 – Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.
Erin: If there were a particularly special moment you could go back to in your childhood, what would it be?
Kris: There are many wonderful experiences I wish I could relive, especially from family vacations and childhood Christmases. I was blessed with a godly upbringing. Growing up in an atmosphere where there was so much love; that’s something I will never take for granted. I’m honored to do what I love with my family. Let the memory making continue…
Erin: In this day and age where young men are being pulled and influenced by so many secular sources, how are you taking a stand for Christ and being a light to the guys looking to your example?
Kris: Even though I’m on the road, often I’m still faced with a lot of the same temptations that all young people have. I’m trying to be as genuine and authentic as I can be, while giving the entire honor to God. I try to live my life with the thought that I take Jesus everywhere I go, and therefore, He sees everything I do. I don’t want to do anything that could hurt my testimony. I only have one life to live for Christ, I want it to count, and ultimately, make Him proud. He deserves all the glory.
Now back to Erin…
Have you given Christ the secret places in your life? Have you opened every door, allowing Him access to the corners of your heart? I am encouraged to know there are godly, young men like Kristopher who still put Him first, who still strive to be more like Him every day. No one ever said it would be easy, but the heavenly reward far outweighs the struggles we face here on this earth. It takes a daily dying to self. Jesus tells us that if we give our very lives to serve Him, He will fill every void and heal every hurt. He will make us brand, new creations in Him. Today could be YOUR day to start with a clean slate, take up that cross, and be sold out to serving Him.
Thank you to Kris for stopping by and brightening everyone’s day here in the world of the ‘younger perspectives.’ You’re awesome, Kris! Praying God’s best over you and your family as you travel the long and winding road.
Until next month, Scoops’ fans…
And that’s my take on it.
For more information on Kris Erwin and The Erwins click HERE.
First published by SGN Scoops digital magazine in April 2015. For current issue of SGN Scoops click HERE.
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2015 Cow Pasture Singing This Weekend Don’t miss this great event, Special Guest, The Steeles, Hope’s Journey,The The Thompsons, The Freedom Hill Quartet, The Drummond FamilyMinistry and many others.
May 23, 2015
Cow Pasture Sing
3219 Aycock Rd
Cottondale Fl 32431
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Pigeon Forge, TN – Creekside Gospel Music Convention has announced the participants of daytime showcases during the Convention at Pigeon Forge which runs from November 2nd through 5th. Some of the artists include Billy Hodges, John Lanier, Malachi, Ascension Quartet, Common Love Trio, Exodus, Alliance Quartet, The Riders, and many more.
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Common Love Trio is excited to announce Tabitha King as the new Soprano. After much prayer and meditation Tabitha King has accepted the call to serve God with her beautiful Angelic voice as a member of Common Love Trio.
Tabitha King was born and raised in Bowden Georgia. She grew up with a love for Gospel music and a strong desire to serve God. For many years now she has sang in the church choir and performed many solos. This opportunity to sing with a group she is truly molding her talent and desire to minister to all who hear her sing. The Anointing of God is rich and very prevalent as she presents her solos as well as her rich harmony part.
Tabitha King resides with her husband of seven years Jason King in Carrollton Georgia. Both of them are both committed Christians who love the Lord and desire to serve him faithfully each day. The King family have four children and three dogs.
It is with great pleasure that we welcome Tabitha and her husband Jason King to the Common Love Trio family. We believe you will be as happy as Tabitha is, when you hear her singing and ministering the Gospel in song.
Please continue to pray for Common Love Trio and be sure to come out to one of our concerts to hear Tabitha minister under the Anointing of God.
Love in Christ,
Todd, Susan, Tabitha, and Jason
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