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August 2016 SGNScoops Magazine

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on August 8, 2016 – 2:16 pm -

August 2016 SGNScoops Magazine

August 2016 SGNScoops Magazine

Welcome to the August edition of SGNScoops Magazine. We hope you will take a moment to pour some cold iced tea, sit in the shade and read our publication from cover to cover. Rob Patz writes Publisher’s Point at the beginning and I write the Editor’s Last Word at the end. You don’t want to miss it.

I don’t have to tell you the name of our cover feature as his face and voice are legendary in Gospel music since the 1980’s. Ivan Parker took a moment to talk with Craig Harris and you need to read their discussion. Of course, there are many more great features, including photologs of Tribute Quartet and Karen Peck and New River, interviews with the mighty Kingsmen Quartet, Allegiance, Scott Peek, James Marvell, Joel Lindsey, David Ingles and David Huntsinger.
Once more, our Gospel music ladies are bringing beauty and intelligence this month, so be sure to read about Emma Carter of the Jay Stone Singers and Reagan Griffin, daughter of Rodney Griffin. These are written by Erin Stevens and Fayth Lore respectively, two more ladies who sing but are taking up the pen as well for SGNScoops.
As the U.S. election looms, our monthly columnists give their views on politics and Jesus. Do not miss David Staton, Selena Day, Nathan Kistler and Dusty Wells. Of course we also bring you new CD reviews, event updates and the Top 100 countdown.
Thanks so much for reading SGNScoops and finding out what we think is important and newsworthy in Gospel music. Do you have ideas and comments for us? Please write to me at . If you notice that our writers talk about a personal relationship with Jesus that you might not have, please also write to me. He is the reason for SGNScoops!
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Facebook News from Gospel Music Today

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Glenn Beck at AGC

Glenn Beck at AGC


Star-Studded, 3-Day Musical Celebration Also Honors Veterans With Free Homes From Military Support Foundation


SAN ANTONIO – Aug. 22, 2016 – TV and radio personality Glenn Beck joins Pastor John Hagee in celebrating faith and freedom—and honoring America’s veterans—at the American Gospel Celebration in Louisville, Ky., Sept. 1-3.


As part of the star-studded three days of music, teaching and family fun, the Military Warriors Support Foundation presents one mortgage-free home each day to combat-wounded U.S. military veterans and/or Gold Star spouses. Beck speaks Saturday, Sept. 3, and joins Hagee as Support Foundation founder Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Leroy Cisco presents the American heroes their new homes.


“Glenn Beck stands on the front lines of key issues facing America today and speaks boldly about the value of faith and freedom,” Hagee said. “I can think of no one more fitting to join us as we celebrate these two foundational pillars of our nation at the American Gospel Celebration and as we honor those who have sacrificed for us.”


Glenn Beck is a pioneer in the media business. He currently serves as the CEO of Mercury Radio Arts; the producer of the Glenn Beck Radio Show (the 3rd most listened to show in the country), the author of 26 books, 9 New York Times bestsellers, as well as a significant digital footprint. Additionally, Glenn is the founder and Chairman of TheBlaze and of the non-profit Mercury One; an organization that has over the last 12 months helped over 2,400 Christians living in Iraq and Syria.

He joins the American Gospel Celebration that takes place at Louisville’s Freedom Hall at the Kentucky Exposition Center and features Gospel music’s biggest names. Top artists set to perform include Grammy and Dove Award-winning Diamond Rio, Lee Greenwood, Larry Gatlin, The Crabb Family, Canton Junction and many more.


Diamond Rio

Diamond Rio

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The Celebration kicks off Thursday, Sept. 1, with a special pre-show Tailgate Event. As food trucks offer fun fare to eat, performers will mingle with attendees and enjoy a gospel music showcase. Attendees can bring a lawn chair and kick back for live music, food and free giveaways.

Aspiring gospel singers who dream of a shot on stage can win a chance to perform at the Tailgate Event and receive free tickets. Just post a solo or group vocal performance on the American Gospel Celebration Facebook page.


The American Gospel Celebration follows the Thursday Tailgate Event with a night of teaching and song. As Pastor Hagee encourages audiences to celebrate faith and freedom, musical groups will include The Crabb Family, The Isaacs, Larnelle Harris, Canton Junction, and

Voices of Lee.


Friday features a second Tailgate Event, more inspiring preaching from Pastor Hagee and music from Booth Brothers, The Hoppers, Larry Gatlin, Gordon Mote, and Voices of Lee. The event comes to its big finish Saturday, Sept. 3, featuring Glenn Beck and Pastor Matt Hagee with musical performances by Diamond Rio and Lee Greenwood.


AGC_All_Artists- BeckKeep checking the website as more artists will be announced as the event nears.

John Hagee is known around the world for teaching God’s Word, writing best-selling books and reaching millions through his national radio and television teachings and worldwide, 24 hours a day, seven days a week on



WHAT: American Gospel Celebration


Larry Gatlin

Larry Gatlin

WHERE: Freedom Hall—Kentucky Exposition Center

Louisville, Kentucky


WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 1; Friday, Sept. 2; and Saturday, Sept. 3


WHO: Thursday, Sept. 1

Pre-Show Tailgate Event


American Gospel Celebration

Pastor John Hagee

The Crabb Family, The Isaacs, Larnelle Harris, Canton Junction, and Voices of Lee

Friday, Sept. 2

Pre-Show Tailgate Event




American Gospel Celebration

Pastor John Hagee

Booth Brothers, The Hoppers, Larry Gatlin, Gordon Mote, and Voices of Lee


Saturday, Sept. 3

Pre-Show Tailgate Event


Canton Junction

Canton Junction

American Gospel Celebration

Glenn Beck

Pastor Matt Hagee

Diamond Rio and Lee Greenwood





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About Pastor John Hagee

John Hagee is founder and senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas, a non-denominational evangelical church with more than 22,000 active members. He also founded John Hagee Ministries, which broadcasts the Gospel on radio and television throughout America and the world, and is the founder of Christians United for Israel, which has grown to become the largest Christian pro-Israel organization in the United States—with over 3.2 million members. One of the leading Christian grassroots movements in the world, Christians United for Israel provides a national platform through which every pro-Israel church, parachurch organization, ministry or individual in America can speak and act with one voice in support of Israel in matters related to Biblical issues. John Hagee has authored 39 books seven of which were on the New York Times best-sellers list including the 2013 blockbuster Four Blood Moons.


About Glenn Beck

Glenn Beck is a leading American media personality, political commentator, author, and founder of TheBlaze, a multiplatform news and entertainment network available on television, radio, and the internet. He is a thirteen-time #1 bestselling author and is one of the few authors in history to have had #1 national bestsellers in the fiction, nonfiction, self-help, and children’s picture book genres. Glenn’s wit, candor, and commanding on-air presence have earned him the loyal support of a large, enthusiastic audience, as well as top ratings on network television and talk radio. He is a leading voice for conservatism and is a staunch defender of the Constitution, individual liberties, and free markets. For more information about Glenn Beck, his books, and TheBlaze, visit and


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New Music and Video from “Cross Pointe”

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Have you seen the new concept video by Cross Pointe?

“When the Hammer Fell”

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Carla and Redemption Ministries guest star in SGNScoops’ Fast Five

Written by Staff on August 22, 2016 – 2:25 pm -

Carla & Redemption

Carla and Redemption

Welcome to a new edition of SGNScoops’ Fast Five! Today we talk with Carla and Redemption Ministries, a mixed group from Lumberton, North Carolina. This family group presents Country-flavored Southern Gospel and Worship songs with a live band. It is a pleasure to hear artists sing with live music and the band allows Carla and Redemption Ministries (C&R) a lot of flexibility in style and format. C&R presents current and original music with an honesty and skill you will enjoy, in a style reminiscent of the McGruders and the Crabb Family.

We were happy to see that C&R also has young people as a part of their group, training up the youth to become leaders in the Gospel music industry. Carla Monds is joined by Jordan Monds, Helen Oxendine, Earl Monds, Tim Bledsole, Kilynn Kline and Colton Locklear. The group travels throughout North Carolina, and into South Carolina, West Virginia, Georgia, Pennsylvania, from Florida to Arizona. We hope you enjoy reading more from Carla Monds, sharing about Carla and Redemption Ministries!
SGN: Tell us when Carla & Redemption Ministries was formed?
C&R: We began as a ministry in 1993.
SGN: Would you share your testimony with us? 
C&R: Our ministry is centered around deliverance and healing. We have been a witness to God’s miraculous power over the years. We have seen folks come out of wheelchairs, come off drugs and God has placed a special anointing on our ministry to pray for folks to have children.
When I was 10 weeks pregnant with my only (natural) child, I began to hemorrhage. I was rushed to the hospital and told that I had miscarried and I should contact my OBGYN to follow up, and I was given paperwork on what to do after a miscarriage.  About an hour later, after prayer,  the bleeding got worse. I returned to the hospital because I was weak.
We sincerely asked GOD to save our baby, we declared HIS word and asked for an ultrasound. We were told that no technician available but, after insisting,  someone was brought in and the ultrasound report read as follows: fetus intact, heartbeat strong, due date 6/25/95.  What a mighty GOD we serve!
The remainder of the pregnancy was tough. They said the baby would likely be premature, possibly wouldn’t make it, but “GOD said live” and our son was born late and at 10 lbs.  Jordan, is now 21 years old. He is our drummer, singer and a rising senior at Campbell University, where he is studying Business. Jordan plans to be a corporate attorney.
Over the years God has lead us to pray for numerous people struggling with this issue and when we come back to church many of them present bouncing, beautiful babies that GOD has sent.  I wouldn’t wish the pain on anyone that we faced but knowing that God sends His anointing where we faced the greatest problems makes it all worth while, we give Him all the glory!
Carla and Redemption

Carla and Redemption


SGN: Tell us how and where we can buy your CD and hear your music?

C&R: You can visit our Carla & Redemption Facebook page or call us (910) 736-1226.

SGN: What are some future goals for the ministry of Carla and Redemption Ministries? 
C&R: We hope to be able to reach new areas of ministry and touch hearts that have never heard of us before. Most of the group members are Native American from the Lumbee Tribe out of N.C. We want to continue to tell the story that people may be changed and live a better life and ultimately see Jesus one day.
SGN: Carla, Of all the years you have been traveling, has there been one singing, concert, or event that stands out and why? 
C&R: Several years ago we were headed home from Virginia and we began to have trouble with the van, something with the electrical system. For some reason everyone wasn’t with us that weekend (of course) and none of us knew anything about vehicles. We had stopped in Kenly, NC and called our friends at Lucoma Church of God and they helped us.
We thought the problem was fixed and they asked if we wanted them to follow us but we told them we would be okay. We headed down the road and started talking about how good it is to have friends and most of all to have GOD in front of us watching out and in back of us.
13124488_10207296391225423_3115394920858363987_nSuddenly the phone rang. It was the pastor’s wife. She said, “Sister Carla, just wanted to let y’all know that we are following you until you get to the exit your family lives on!” Wow! I thought, “God is so good!” I told her we would be okay, so they turned around.
In few moments, on a very dark section of I-95, the van stopped right in the middle of the road. We couldn’t push it so we were sitting ducks. We called the police, but it took a bit for them to arrive. Meanwhile, the van sat in the black night, no lights, in the middle of I-95. As we stood beside the road, we began to notice that all of the tractor trailers and cars that were flying by us were in the other lane. I looked down the road and it literally looked like someone was directing traffic, telling everyone to move over. I knew it was GOD. When the trooper arrived, he said,  “Ma’am are you telling me y’all have been standing beside this road, and that van has been in the road like that and hasn’t been hit?” I replied, “Yes sir!” He replied, “That had to be GOD!”
Carla and Redemption have a lot of blessings to share with their audiences and a lot of good music as well. We hope you try to hear this group when they are in your area. Thanks so much to Carla for sharing what God is doing through Carla and Redemption. For booking information, contact Carla Monds at (910)736-1226 or

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CHM Event Center serves Vestal Goodman’s famous coconut cake at VIP reception following concert with the Dixie Melody Boys, the Guardians & Lorne Matthews

Written by Staff on August 21, 2016 – 12:38 pm -

Vestal Goodman's Coconut Cake

Vestal Goodman’s Coconut Cake

Promoter James Lawson says, “I just thought it would be fun to duplicate Vestal’s family recipe and serve something that would not only be good but that would bring back fond memories of one of gospel music’s great legends…something that you just would’nt get anywhere else.”

Vestal Goodman

Vestal Goodman

Barberton, Ohio August 19, 2016- The Happy Goodman’s could sing an old convention song like no other group, each of them singing a different melody line and then all of them landing on the final chord together.

They were also known for their voracious appetite for life, gospel music, and country cookin.’ There was always something good to eat on the Goodman’s bus. Now if you are not aware of it, Vestal’s coconut cake was legendary.

We gave Vestal’s most requested and celebrated cake recipe to

Dixie Melody Boys

Dixie Melody Boys

Dolores Reeve’s of Reeves Cake Shop, celebrating forty years serving some of the finest baked goods in Akron, and commissioned them to bake as close to possible Vestal’s famous coconut cake. Following the “Summer Night Hometown Sing,” this past August at the CHM

How big is God. Guardians with Pat Barker


Lorne Matthews

Lorne Matthews

Event Center, Barberton, Ohio those with a VIP ticket indulged in a piece of Vestal’s famous cake, garnished with a scoop of Vanilla Bean ice cream and had a chance to mingle up close with all of the artists on the program. In concert that evening were the Dixie Melody Boys, the Guardians and Lorne Matthews.

When it comes to Southern Gospel Music, you will find none finer than the coming roster of talent scheduled to appear at Christian Healthcare’s new Event Center located at 800 Wooster Rd, Barberton, Ohio.

The fall line up is simply spectactular, starting with:

September 10-Greater Vision & the Mylon Hayes Family
October 22-Cana’s Voice & David Pendleton
November 19-the Blackwood Brothers & the Browns
December 16-the Hoppers & the Hall Sisters

Plan now attend one or more of the above events; for more info visit our web at Tickets for all events on sale now through or by calling 800-965-9324; group rates available.

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Rob Patz talks about Vernon, Alabama Event

Written by scoopsnews on August 20, 2016 – 11:21 am -


Leslie and Dennis McKay of M.A.C. Records are pleased to announce the Vernon Alabama’s Gospel Music Weekend, September 9th and 10th in Vernon, Alabama.
“I am so excited to return to Alabama for another great weekend of Gospel Music,” says Rob Patz. “These weekend events are becoming widely known for exciting music, quality artists and terrific fellowship. I hope all of our friends return for Vernon Alabama’s Gospel Music Weekend!” Some of the artists include Trinity 3, Chris Golden, The Hinson Family, McKay Project, Capstone Quartet, Hope’s Journey, and Kenny Gardner.

Two days filled with Christian Country and Southern Gospel music will also include a talent search for beginning Gospel/Christian music artists. The prize package includes a six-song EP Valued at $3,000, which includes studio time, engineer/producer, mixing/mastering of project, and two final copies of the mastered project on CD. This incredible package also includes advertising in SGNScoops and song promotion by Hey Y’all Media. Prize package does not include studio musicians or product/CD’s.

“We are thrilled to partner this year with SGN Scoops Magazine to bring back the Gospel Music Talent Search to my hometown of Vernon, Alabama,” says Dennis McKay, owner of M.A.C. Records. “Last year’s talent search was a great success and we appreciate the support and enthusiasm that everyone showed to us and to those that participated. Last year’s winner, Shane Cruse, will be releasing his project in the next few weeks and he has released his single, “I Held On” to radio. We will be looking forward to working with the next winner and are very excited about being able to offer an even larger prize package this year. So, don’t hesitate; get your registration sent in and make plans to be with us in Vernon.”
Artists and fans are invited to visit the Facebook page for more information, at For more information on participation in the Gospel Music Weekend or the talent search, email, or call Dennis McKay at 662-889-2829 or Rob Patz at 360-933-0741


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Tim Surrett needing continued prayer

Written by Staff on August 19, 2016 – 4:45 pm -

Balsam Range

Balsam Range

Tim Surrett’s wife Hope posted on Facebook earlier today regarding the condition of her husband, a member of the award winning group,  Balsam Range.

Tim Surrett of Balsam Range

Tim Surrett of Balsam Range

Hope says, “First things first, Tim is home!!! He is doing much better and with medication he will continue to improve. He will have additional testing for the next couple months to monitor his health. Overall the outcome of the stay in the hospital has been a much needed eye opening fix. (Tim would disagree)
We want to take time to say how blessed we are with the outpouring of thoughts, prayers and positive vibes sent our way. It was amazing to know that during his stay we remained covered in prayer by you all. Unfortunately words can not begin to explain the gratitude we feel toward each and every one of you but this is what we will do until we get to see you all in person to thank you. Please continue to pray and send positive vibes for us as we continue on this journey.
Hope, Tim and Braden”

We ask that all of our readers will join with us in continued prayer for all the Surrett family.

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Awesome News from Lauren Talley and Riley Harrison Clark

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Lauren Talley and Riley Harrison Clark are both phenomenal singers.

Have you seen this sneak peak? This is going to be awesome!

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Written by Staff on August 17, 2016 – 4:14 pm -

PHOTO CUTLINE 1: Left to right first row – President George H.W. Bush, First Lady Barbara Bush – Left to right second row- Nathaniel Justice, Dustin Hood, First Lady Laura Bush, President George W. Bush, Jym Howe and Ray Woconish. Photo Credit: Evan F. Sisley, Aide to President Bush

Mark209 at Bush Compound. Left to right first row – President George H.W. Bush, First Lady Barbara Bush – Left to right second row- Nathaniel Justice, Dustin Hood, First Lady Laura Bush, President George W. Bush, Jym Howe and Ray Woconish. Photo Credit: Evan F. Sisley, Aide to President Bush

HENDERSONVILLE, TN – Christian music artist, MARK209 based out of Nashville, TN was invited yesterday evening to do an impromptu concert at the home of President George H.W. and First Lady Barbara Bush at the Bush Compound in Kennebunkport, ME.

MARK209 was in the middle of a 23 Day New England Tour and this was their only scheduled day off as they were planning to spend time sightseeing and touring the area when the opportunity presented itself for them to sing a song while touring the Bush Compound for Margaret Bush, an accomplished singer and actress. After leaving the property they were continuing their tour and received a call inviting them back to do a concert that evening for The Bush Family.

The Bush Family enjoying MARK209 during live impromptu concert at the Bush Compound in Kennebunkport, ME. Photo Credit: Evan F. Sisley, Aide to President Bush

The Bush Family enjoying MARK209 during live impromptu concert at the Bush Compound in Kennebunkport, ME. Photo Credit: Evan F. Sisley, Aide to President Bush

“Only a handful of people get the opportunity to sing for distinguished people let alone Presidents and today we were humbled by the opportunity to sing for not only one, but two Presidents at their private residence,” shares Jym Howe, lead singer for MARK209.

They sang several songs including Amazing Grace, Sweet, Sweet, Spirit, Crying In The Chapel and even Elvira by special request. Among those attending the concert were President George H.W. and First Lady Barbara Bush, President George W. and First Lady Laura Bush, Marvin and Margaret Bush, Doro and granddaughter Georgia.

Nathaniel, tenor singer for MARK209 shares, “When we came to the door, we were greeted by President George W. Bush. I was humbled by their gratitude, generosity, and willingness to invite us, someone they did not know, into their home last minute.” Before leaving, the guys were asked by President George H.W. Bush about returning to perform a full concert sometime in the future.

MARK209 just recently signed a booking and management deal with April Potter Agency and will be in the studio working on a new project later this fall.

For more information on MARK209, you can visit their website here or April Potter Agency at or call April Potter Agency at 615.479.0954.

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Tim Surrett needing prayer

Written by Staff on August 17, 2016 – 3:30 pm -

Tim Surrett of Balsam Range

Tim Surrett of Balsam Range

Balsam Range posted this note on Facebook earlier today:

We are asking for prayer and positive thoughts for Tim Surrett and his family. Tim was rushed to the ER yesterday after feeling light headed and faint. The diagnosis was internal bleeding due to a gastrointestinal issue. He has since undergone a blood transfusion and is feeling better. He is having an upper GI today to hopefully solve the problem.

Balsam Range

Balsam Range

Tim is a leader in the bluegrass world in many ways, being the Chairman of the IBMA Board of Directors while also performing as bass player, dobro player, and vocalist in Balsam Range. He’s a founder of Mountain Home Music Company and produces albums for the label. Tim also has many friends in the Gospel music industry after many years traveling with The Kingsmen and The Isaacs.

Both Mountain Home and Balsam Range pray for his swift recovery.

Rob Patz, Lorraine Walker and all of the SGNScoops staff also join in prayer for Tim and his family.

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