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September 2020 SGN Scoops Magazine

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on September 22, 2020 – 12:49 pm -

September 2020 SGN Scoops Magazine

September 2020 SGN Scoops Magazine

We are pleased to present to you the September 2020 issue of SGN Scoops Magazine. We hope that you will find this month’s feature stories as inspiring as we have. More than anything, we hope that you find encouragement from something you read in these pages. Life is full of challenges – of twists and turns we don’t necessarily expect – but through it all God is still there and in control.

With a cover story on The LeFevre Quartet entitled, “A Legacy of Hope” and so many great features on rising artists like The Sound and Endless Highway, the resurgence of Jackson Heights, and familiar favorites such as Daryl Mosely and The Greesons, we hope that you will take the time to dive into this issue and allow these stories of God’s faithfulness feed your soul.

Don’t miss the SGNScoops music charts, DJ Spotlight, and Publisher’s Point. All this and more await your perusal. Special thanks as always to our wonderful writers, creative team, and editorial staff. We put a lot of time and effort into each issue to ensure that all of our readers will be entertained and educated about our corner of Christian music.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about anything you have read, please email me at editor@sgnscoops.com

 

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Diamond Awards Show To Be Rescheduled….

Written by scoopsnews on October 18, 2020 – 12:26 pm -

Diamond Awards presented by Coastal Media

The Diamond Awards Show set for October 29th, 2020 in Savannah, Tennessee has been cancelled due to Covid concerns.

“We have been watching the numbers close of cases and they have been rising most everywhere. I am concerned with the gathering of people from different areas of the world together, states Rob Patz, owner of Creekside Gospel Music Convention and The Diamond Awards.”

The Diamond Awards will be re-scheduled but at this time no final plans have been made. Please continue to watch for an announcement.

God Bless You all and stay safe.

Rob Patz

You Can Email Me At rob@sgnscoops.com

 

 

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New Legacy Project Announces Retirement of Lead Singer, Hunter Sparkman

Written by Staff on October 17, 2020 – 4:38 pm -

New Legacy Project Announces Retirement of Lead Singer, Hunter Sparkman

Hunter Sparkman of New Legacy Project

Nashville, Tenn – Popular Southern Gospel group, New Legacy Project, have announced that Hunter Sparkman, their long time lead singer, will be leaving the group at the end of this year.

 

While the group is sorry to see Hunter leave, they are celebrating with him over the upcoming addition to his family.  He and wife, Stacey, are expecting their first child in January.  It is with great joy that the group support his decision to spend more time with his newly growing family.

 

Hunter stated, “I am so grateful to Rick Price and New Legacy Project for taking a chance on me. Traveling and singing with my best friends has made me into the man I am now, and that man is so excited to be a father and even more of a husband! While I am looking forward to the new memories ahead with my family, those made with NLP will not be forgotten.”

 

New Legacy ProjectHunter has been an integral part of NLP for the past six years.  His incredibly powerful vocal ability and unique sound has helped shape the group into the powerhouse quartet that they are.  He’s also been a contributing writer and arranger on many of the group’s releases.

 

Of Hunter’s departure, group owner and leader Rick Price says, “It’s always a loss when someone leaves the group, especially when they have been part of our lives and ministry for so long. But we are more than just a group, we are a family.  We know that God has an amazing and awe-inspiring next chapter for both Hunter and for NLP.  It’s always exciting to see what He will do.”

 

The group will be auditioning singers over the December/January break, with the intent of bringing a new member on board for the January tour.  Those interested should email a performance video or demo mp3 and headshot to kingdomartistsmedia@gmail.com.  Relocation will not be required for the full-time position.

 

If you would like to interview New Legacy Project contact AG Publicity at info@agpublicity.com

 

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Prayers Requested for Michael Davis

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on October 17, 2020 – 11:38 am -

Prayers Requested for Michael Davis

Prayers Requested for Michael Davis

Michael Davis (President/Owner) of The Dominion Agency has been admitted to Mission Hospital in Asheville, NC, after being taken via ambulance. He is currently in the Pulmonary Unit.

After testing positive for COVID-19 the week of October 5th, 2020, he was seemingly on the mend and regaining his strength. However, he began experiencing shortness of breath. After consulting with his physician, he was instructed to go directly to the hospital. He is being treated for both COVID-19 and double pneumonia.
Michael said, “I am receiving incredible care and so grateful for these amazing caretakers. They are administering the newest prescriptions and following protocols that provide the greatest results.”
Please keep Michael, Martha and their family in your prayers. During this pandemic, it is quite difficult not being together. As Michael heals, the qualified staff at The Dominion Agency remains readily available to handle your booking needs.
The Dominion Agency
P.O. Box 1277
Waynesville, NC 28786
828-454-5900

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Congratulations to Mary Burke and The Top 40 Christian Country (SGN SCOOPS November)

Written by scoopsnews on October 17, 2020 – 9:30 am -

 

 

 

Congratulations to Mary Burke for #1, “I TALK TO GOD”

Christian Country Top 40 November- SGN SCOOPS

 

1 I Talk To God Mary Burke/Independent
2 Little Talk With Jesus Tonja Rose/Mansion
3 Come To Jesus Meetin’ Gerald Crabb/Independent
4 American Heroes Hunter May/Independent
5 He Hears My Every Prayer Jessica Horton/M.A.C.Records
6 His Name Is Jesus Tim Menzies/NewDay Records
7 You’re Everywhere Shellem Cline/Tire Swing Records
8 Mercy Came Running Chosen Road/Song Garden
9 Jailbreak MARK209/Independent
10 They Tried Doug Corum/Independent
11 The Rest Of The Story Ray Wolford/Independent
12 Preacher’s Daughter Pardoned/Mansion
13 Patiently Waiting Steve Bridgmon/Independent
14 Capable Hands Michael Roberts/Independent
15 Promise Land Sam L. Smith/Independent
16 A Day Carol Barham/M.A.C.Records
17 Laugh Often Kali Rose/Independent
18 Get Your Praise On Andrew Marshall/Independent
19 Jonak, Job & Moses Carolina/Independent
20 My Retirement Home Ed Meadows/Independent
21 God In The Guitar Strings Mitchell Whisnant/Independent
22 Beginning Again Greg Sullivan/Resting Place Music
23 Rock Bottom Kevin and Kim Abney/Independent
24 He Will See Me Through Don Stiles/Independent
25 I’ve Never Walked Alone Livin Forgiven/Independent
26 Between Those Two Doors Steve Roberson/Independent
27 Come To Jesus Moment Donna Ulisse/Billy Blue Records
28 Oh The Lord Has Been So Good To Me Dennis Jolly/Chapel Valley Dennis Jolly/Chapel Valley
29 Til I Have No Strength To Give Appointed2/Independent
30 Let’s Put God Back In America Steve Warren/Independent
31 Little Things Melissa Evans/Chapel Valley
32 He Did’t Throw The Clay Away Wyatt Nations/Independent
33 God Lives Lisa Daggs/Independent
34 Here I Go Again Journeys/Chapel Valley
35 Love Ain’t Love Til You Give It Away Jan Harbuck/Independent
36 SUPERMAN Greg McDougal/Independent
37 Earth To God John Rich/Independent
38 Your Son Chris Golden/24K Records
39 Still A Special Place Tony Alan Bates/Independent
40 We All Carry Something Joe Nichols/Independent

 


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Weekend Word With Vonda Armstrong

Written by scoopsnews on October 17, 2020 – 7:16 am -

Happy Saturday Friends!

Hope you had a great week.
Yesterday, I played this song on my radio show. It’s the new radio single for Chris Golden.  When the show was over, a lady called and thanked me and said she knew I played it for her.

Her son had been in trouble and this Momma was hurting. She said,” no matter what, he’s still my son.”

Wow, I saw God and a perfect illustration of his love for us.

So today, I wanted to share it with you…
Until next week……. What if it were your son?

YOUR SON – J. Layne / M. Narmore (Kinfolk Hollar, BMI / Oven Music Inc. BMI)

 

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Congratulations To Eagle’s Wings and The Top 20 Bluegrass November 2020 SGN SCOOPS

Written by scoopsnews on October 17, 2020 – 5:46 am -

Congratulations to Eagle’s Wings “The Lost Sheep” #1 Song (November 2020)

SGN SCOOPS BLUEGRASS TOP 20 November 2020

1 The Lost Sheep Eagle’s Wings/Independent
2 Little Talk With Jesus Tonja Rose/Mansion
3 I Know The Tomb Is Empty Heaven’s Mountain Band/Family Music Group
4 Much More Than I Asked For King James Boys/Morning Glory Music
5 Come On Home Tim Davis/Independent
6 It’s Not Goodbye Bama Blu Grace/Butler Music Group
7 Tell The World That Jesus Saves Chigger Hill Boys & Terri/Great Escape Records
8 There’s No Depression In Heaven Chuck Wagon Gang/Mountain Home Records
9 Ready To Serve Rochesters/Independent
10 The Beggar And The King Britton Family/Independent
11 Keep Your Eyes On The Prize Alan Bibey&Grasstowne/Morning Glory Music
12 God Of Second Chances High Road/New Day Records
13 It’s Autumn Tim Davis/Independent
14 I’m Gonna Wait On Jesus Carolina Blue/Independent
15 He Hears My Every Prayer Jessica Horton/M.A,C. Records
16 Don’t Tune Him Out Whites/Independent
17 The Old Red Back Strings Of Victory/Independent
18 God’s Still In Control Merle Monroe/Pibecastle Records
19 Beginning Again Greg Sullivan/Resting Place Music
20 Thank God I’m Free Detty Sisters/Independent

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Congratulations to Tribute Quartet and The SGN SCOOPS TOP 100

Written by scoopsnews on October 16, 2020 – 8:43 pm -

Tribute

Congratulations to Tribute Quartet for The # 1 song (SGN SCOOPS), “Fear Not.”

 

November 2020 1 Fear Not Tribute Quartet/Daywind
2 Three Men On A Mountain Ernie Haase & Signature Sound/StowTown
3 Eye Of The Storm Triumphant/StowTown
4 Never A Time Perrys/StowTown
5 Make The Last Days Count Tim Livingston/Diamond Mill Music
6 Leavin Littles/Independent
7 Dear John Kingsmen/Crossroads
8 Made Right Karen Peck & New River/Daywind
9 Healer In The Grave Talleys/Crossroads
10 Great God Almighty The Sound/New Day Records
11 My Home Browders/Dream Big
12 What We Need Old Time Preacher’s Qt/Family Music Group
13 Didn’t He Promise Lore Family/Crossroads
14 I’ve Been Washed Clean Greater Vision/Daywind
15 I’m Travelin On Carolina Boys/Crossroads
16 Into The Fold Hope’s Journey/Independent
17 What If Jesus Steeles/StowTown
18 Look At All I Lost Old Paths/Crossroads
19 Come To Jesus Meetin’ Gerald Crabb/Independent
20 Hallelujah Homecoming Wilburn & Wilburn/Daywind
21 How Big Is God Medley Guardians/StowTown
22 Jordan Nelons/Daywind
23 I’ll Have To Run Rivers Edge/ Independent
24 Without Jesus Brian Free & Assurance/Daywind
25 Heavenly Music Mark Dubbeld Family/Song Garden
26 Your Help Is On The Way Jason Crabb/Daywind
27 The Hem Of His Garment Mark Trammell Quartet/Crimson Road
28 The Lamb Collingsworth Family/StowTown
29 Just Drink The Water Kingdom Heirs/Crossroads
30 A Wretch Like Me Lauren Talley/Crossroads
31 I’m Just Changing Mountains Mark Bishop/Crossroads
32 Between The Prayer And The Answer LeFevre Quartet/Daywind
33 Send Revival Josh and Ashley Franks/Independent
34 Victory Road Bibletones/Independent
35 I Know Him Better Now Jim & Melissa Brady/Daywind
36 God Is Good McKameys/Crossroads
37 All The Way To The Gates Kramers/StowTown
38 Faithful In These Times Wilbanks/Chapel Valley
39 What Love Down East Boys/Crossroads
40 Give It To Jesus 3 Heath Brothers/Crossroads
41 Beginning Again Greg Sullivan/ Resting Place Music
42 This Grace Joseph Habedank/Daywind
43 When I Leave It In Your Hands Billy Huddleston/Independent
44 I’ll Say Thanks John Whisnant/Independent
45 City Of Gold Chronicle/Independent
46 Til the End Freeman’s/Independent
47 God Of Second Chances High Road/New Day Records
48 He Will Be God Whisnants/UIA
49 Turn To The Cross Hyssongs/Chapel Valley
50 He’s Still There Lance Driskell/Independent
51 Headed Home, Almost There Hazel Parker Stanley/ Patterson Music Group
52 Gonna Keep Livin Three Bridges/Crossroads
53 No Longer Slaves Battle Cry/ Chapel Valley
54 Better Off There Browns/StowTown
55 Hand On The Plow Troy Burns Family/Chapel Valley
56 I’ll Praise You Austin & Etan Whisnant/UIA
57 Angels Sing My Victory Song Sunday Drive/Crossroads
58 Mountaintop For Me Crabb Family/Daywind
59 Behold The Lamb Bowling Family/Daywind
60 Heart 2 Heart/ Independent
61 Like He’s Already Done
Barry Rowland & Deliverance/Family Music Group
62 Learning To Dance In The Rain Jeff & Sheri Easter/Gaither Music
63 Don’t Be Caught Dead Without Jesus Justified Quartet/Independent
64 Another Soul is Saved Sounds Of Jericho/Song Garden
65/ Mountan Movin God Purpose/Chapel Valley
66 That’s My Preacher Les Butler/Family Music Group
67 Land Of Forever Dysart Family/Independent
68 Bold In The Boat Fields Of Grace/ Independent
69 Salvation Song Taylors/StowTown
70 We Need A Savior Cami Shrock/Independent
71 Old Church Choir Ball Brothers/Old Church Choir
72 Thankful And Sincere Isbell Family/Chapel Valley
73 This Same Jesus Master’s Voice/Crossroads
74 Time To Pray Gordon Mote/Gaither Music
75 Jailbreak MARK209/Independent
76 I’m So Saved Butler Brothers Quartet/Independent
77 You’re Cries Have Awoken The Master Georgia/Independent
78 Outta The Tree Amen Quartet/Independent
79 Just A Little Bit Wiser Chelsea Estis/Independent
80 Blessed Assurance Walkers/Mansion
81 They’ll Never Take Jesus Out Of my Heart Michael Combs/Independent
82 Garden Of My Heart Barber Family/Independent
83 I Believe Ricky Atkinson/Resting Place Music
84 When Your Back Is To The Wall Big Mo/Independent
85 We Come In Jesus Name Mylon Hayes Family/Independent
86 You Can Live Again Susan Whisnant/UIA
87 Starboard Side Judith Montgomery Family/Chapel Valley
88 Here’s A Reminder Hoskins Family/Patterson Music Group
89 Somewhere Praying Bates Family/Independent
90 Here I Am Lord 4 Calvary Quartet/Independent
91 Hope For The World Jordan Family Band/Crossroads
92 My Father’s Business Isaiah 61/Independent
93 Born Sunday Drive/Crossroads
94 Little Talk With Jesus Tonja Rose/Mansion
95 Anchor Of My Soul Chandlers/Chapel Valley
96 He Prayed Her Home Southern Plainsmen/Independent
97 God Doesn’t Care Jackson Heights/Independent
98 The Lost Sheep Eagle’s Wings/Independent
99 Proof Is In The Scars Vernon Greeson/Independent
100 Nobody Glory Way Quartet/ Independent

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Pray For The Sound

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on October 16, 2020 – 2:44 pm -

Pray For The Sound

Pray For The Sound

🚨Fire In The Hole🚨

We’re asking everybody reading this to please say a prayer for The Sound right now. On our way back to Michigan our engine caught fire and forced us to evacuate on the side of I-75. Everyone is safe, all of our belongings and equipment are safe, and we’re extremely thankful to God that we were able to detect and contain the fire quickly. We’re currently trying to figure out how to proceed this weekend as far as our safety and travel are concerned, but we would appreciate all of the prayer and help we can get!
We’re looking forward to seeing all of you on this week’s Tuesday night LIVE video! We’ll update you more on the situation at that time. Thanks in advance for keeping us in prayer!
-Rob, Levi, and Jacob

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Beyond the Song: Bob Sellers sings “Wonderful Story of Love”

Written by Staff on October 16, 2020 – 2:19 pm -

Beyond the Song: Bob Sellers sings "Wonderful Story of Love"Beyond the Song with Jantina Baksteen

We all know Bob Sellers who sang with the Kingsmen. As Bob stepped down to start a solo career, I kept in contact with Bob and interviewed him about his solo career.

Jantina Baksteen: You grew up in a Christian home. Could you share a little memory of the time you got saved?

Bob Sellers: I was fortunate enough to have been raised by wonderful, Godly parents. If the church doors were open, we were there. We were there for Summer Revival 1984, when I was just eight-and-a-half years old, and although I don’t remember the sermon or the song, I very vividly remember kneeling in repentance and asking Jesus to come into my heart. My grandfather, Rev. Paul Sellers, who remains such a huge part of my testimony, was my pastor, and Rev. Jackie Adcox, was the evangelist. Before he was saved, my grandfather was an alcoholic. After he was saved, he never had the urge to drink again, and he surrendered to the call to preach the gospel just a few years later.  

JB: When did you discover your interest in singing?

BS: I don’t really remember, because I’ve been singing all my life. I grew up singing with my mother, Helen, and sister, Stephanie, in a little church trio. Mom played piano by ear, so she’d hear a song on gospel radio that she liked and she’d learn to play it and teach us our parts. Mom was a stickler, so it had to be correct. I think that played a big role in developing my ear for harmony. I hit a really shy stage in my tweens and teens however and quit singing altogether. I got back into it thanks to the urging of my late mother-in-law, Becky, once she found out I could sing a little. She was always a huge supporter of mine, and I owe a big part of my marriage and my career to her. 

Beyond the Song: Bob Sellers sings "Wonderful Story of Love"

Capstone Quartet

JB: A long time ago you started your own first group called Capstone Quartet. What age were you and who were your singing buddies?

BS: I was actually hired in that group in the early 2000s, and that was my first quartet. I had hair! It was begun in 1992, in Tuscaloosa, (home of the University of Alabama campus known as “The Capstone”) by Joe Brown and Charlie Howard. A few years later, I wound up owning the group through attrition. Joe Brown hired me, so I still give him a lot of credit for my start in gospel music and he’s still one of my best friends in the world. That first lineup consisted of myself at lead, Joe on bass, Dale Taylor at tenor and Jimmy Latham at baritone. The lineup right after that, which included Danny Scott on baritone, recorded an album at Crossroads Studios in Asheville, N. C., and really set a new bar for that quartet from a sound perspective. The final lineup that I was a part of was myself, Dave Ezell (baritone), Dave Waldrep (bass) and Kevin Hodges (tenor). I have a lot of great memories from my Capstone days and many of those guys are still some of my best friends. 

Beyond the Song: Bob Sellers sings "Wonderful Story of Love"

Bob Sellers with the Kingsmen

JB: I read your influence groups were the Cathedrals, Gold City and Kingsmen. How was it to receive that call to join the Kingsmen, the group that influenced you in your early years?

BS: Oh, it was just as surreal as one might imagine. The year after my grandfather passed away, I promoted a gospel concert called The Rev. Paul Sellers Memorial Sing, which was sponsored by my home church, and was going to help towards the down payment on a new fellowship hall (we hoped). I emailed dozens of gospel artists asking for a reduced flat for a Saturday night concert to help us with our goal, and the Kingsmen was the only group willing to come for what was probably half of their normal Saturday night flat. I certainly never forgot that, and I started to really keep up with them whenever they were in this area, and got to know some of them individually through social media. Bryan Hutson asked me to fill in for him in south Alabama one Thursday night, and I thought my life had been made. My whole church and family came down to see me get to sing one night with the Mighty Kingsmen, and it was a dream come true. Little did I know that about a year later, they would need a lead singer, and it still humbles me that I was the first call Ray Reese made. Other than my salvation, my marriage and the birth of my children, it was the greatest thing that ever happened to me. 

JB: What wise lessons did you learn traveling with Hall of Famer Ray Reese of the Kingsmen? 

BS: That is actually an easy question for me to answer. The one lesson that Ray taught me over any others, is to trust the Lord. And it wasn’t anything he ever told me, but what he showed me in his daily actions. The best example I can think of came in Westfall, Ohio. We were there singing at the high school when the transmission literally fell out of the bus. We had to be towed all the way back to Asheville from there and after it was all said and done, I think the bill for that and a new transmission was around $25,000. If I’d have owned the group and been responsible for the bus, I think I’d have had a heart attack right there, but Ray was cool, calm and collected. He said (as he often would whenever adversity came), “Boys, these things just happen. We will just trust the Lord to help us get it fixed and paid for and go from there doing what God has called us to do.” And he was just always low-key and even-keeled like than no matter what ever happened. After his wife Carolyn passed away, I’d witness him crying alone in the front lounge of the bus and calling her phone repeatedly just to hear her voicemail message, but then I’d witness him get himself together, get dressed and go do what God put him here to do, which was, sing the gospel and put a smile of other people’s faces. That made a huge impact on me, since I was (and probably still am) a lot more high strung when everything doesn’t go just right. 

JB: You experienced some shyness in your early years. How did you overcome this?

BS: All I can say is that God helped me to overcome that. There was a stage in my life when I would literally turn three shades of red if something happened like a girl approached me or someone teased me about something. I wanted to drop out of college when I found out that Public Speaking was a prerequisite and I’d have to give several speeches in front of the class throughout the semester. I couldn’t have gotten up in front of 10 people to talk without being a ball of nerves, much less sing in front of 18,000 at Freedom Hall. When I got back into singing in my 20s, I truly believe it was a calling from God, and, as the old saying goes, I believe it’s true that “He equips the called.”

JB: What advice would you give artists who deal with the same issue, to overcome stage fright?

BS: Imagine the audience in their underwear. I’m kidding. I’ve heard that one before and always thought it was ridiculous. I’d say just pray about it and try to relax. Don’t worry so much about who’s in the audience or how many are in the audience. Focus on the things you can control, and on working to be the best you can possibly be, each and every time you step on stage. When you are your biggest critic, what other people think will be secondary, and when you aren’t so worried about what all the people looking at you think, then you won’t be as nervous or shy.

Beyond the Song: Bob Sellers sings "Wonderful Story of Love"

JB: What made you resign from the Kingsmen?

BS: The Kingsmen was the first full-time singing job I’d ever had, so I didn’t really know what to expect. I loved most things about it, but found that the one thing I didn’t love about it, was being away from my family so much. After six or seven years, I realized that my kids were still babies when I started, and suddenly they were about grown and it felt like I’d missed it all. The reality is, I did miss a lot of it. I lived 480 miles from the bus, so for a typical week, I’d leave on Wednesdays about 2:00 p.m. to get to Asheville by midnight, and I’d get home sometime on Monday of that next week. The only day I could really count on being home was Tuesday, and as sure as I planned something, it seemed we’d end up being on the road even then. I had an experience with my son that last year of my tenure that really affected me. It wasn’t really a big deal; he just had this huge meltdown when I went back on the road after my summer vacation of being home a couple of weeks, and that’s really when being gone so much began to eat at me. I didn’t want to leave. I told Ray when I gave my notice that if he could slow down to about 100 dates a year and could still afford to pay us, he’d never run me off, but that’s just not a reality. It’s not his fault, it’s just the nature of the business. Groups with a bus, payroll for six or seven people, etc., in this day and time of fewer ticketed events (or “flats”), just about have to sing every opportunity they get. I prayed about it a long time and got the peace I needed one day while painting a bedroom. My line where the wall met the ceiling was shaky and I was trying different methods to help get it straight. I finally figured out that if I looked just ahead of the brush, then my line would be straight. I’d been praying that whole day and at that time, Proverbs 3:5&6 came to me: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart. Lean not unto thine own understanding, but in all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Just as sure as the day I was saved, the Holy Spirit spoke to my heart and told me that my life was just like my painting technique. I had to quit worrying about where I was or where I’d been, and put my future in God’s hand and he’d set everything straight, just like the paint line on that wall. That’s when I decided to resign. Thankfully, I was able to leave on good terms, and I still count Ray and Brandon Reese as dear friends, as well as Randy Crawford, Chris Jenkins and everyone associated with the Kingsmen organization. 

Bob Sellers and family

JB: How did you get to join the Old Time Preacher’s Quartet?

BS: Les Butler called me about two days after my announcement to leave the Kingsmen was made on Facebook. He said that he’d just told his wife the week before, that if I ever left the Kingsmen, he was going to ask me to sing lead with the Old Time Preachers Quartet. My first thought was that I didn’t want to be one of those who left one group “to spend more time with his family,” just to jump to another group the next week. I wanted to avoid that image, but more than that, I really wanted to spend more time with my family. I also had determined at that point to try my best to establish a solo ministry. I shared all that with Les and we talked a lot after that. After more talk and praying about it, eventually it seemed like the right thing to do. After all, the plan was to sing only 50-60 dates a year (about one weekend a month). I felt like that would be a good way to scratch the quartet itch and have some weeks that I didn’t have to fill with solo dates. I did wait five or six months, but after the first of 2019, we made it official. Those are great guys, also. We had a good run and made a good album, but the dates picked up to over 100 a year and balancing both my solo schedule and the quartet’s schedule eventually became too much. 

Bob Sellers Joins Old Time Preachers Quartet

Bob Sellers

JB: For a couple of years now, you’ve traveled as a soloist and recently brought out your first solo album since leaving The Kingsmen, “Wonderful Story of Love.” Please share how this project came together?

BS: I first thought about doing an album of all original songs and then another one of songs I’ve been singing a while but had never had a chance to record, but I already had one that’s a collection of my gospel favorites, “Preludes.” In the end, I just decided to mix it up on the new album, so I put a few of those favorite songs on there and added a few originals or relatively current hits. The songs as a collection bless me, and I pray that they’ll bless others. That’s all that I what I want my music to always do. 

JB: You’ve put out a solo by the same name, “Wonderful Story of Love,” to radio. What’s the message of the song?

BS: “Wonderful Story of Love,” is a great song by Lee Black and Gina Boe. I had actually placed this song on hold when we were looking for songs for the last Kingsmen album of which I was a part. It didn’t make our final cut. (When you’re with a label, you pick a few songs and they pick the others…with publishing carrying a lot of weight. I’m independent, so I could cut whatever I wanted to!) The message in the song is pretty much my personal commitment to God to sing His praises – “The Wonderful Story of Love” – for as long as I have breath and He will equip me for it and open doors. After I cut the song, I realized the feel of it vaguely reminded me of Battle Cry (which was also a co-write of Lee Black’s), which was such a huge song and album for The Kingsmen. It’s an upbeat, feel-good song, but don’t miss the message – “I will sing of the wonderful story, I will tell of his love so great; I will shout ‘til I’m home in glory, when I’ll sing a new song of praise to the Lamb who was slain, the King who will reign, the Author of this wonderful story of love!”

JB: Have you ever tried to write your own song?

BS: Yes. I’ve tried and so far I have failed miserably. I think I have some good ideas sometimes, and come up with some pretty good hooks every now and then, but I definitely think I would make a better co-writer, if anything, than writer. I have been blessed with a pretty good ear for recognizing good songs, (I brought “Battle Cry,” among others, to the Kingsmen and had placed a hold on another song that also didn’t make our final cut called “Come Sunday Morning,” which turned out to be pretty good for The Old Paths). When listening to demos that I’m not particularly sold on, I sometimes find myself re-writing lines in my head. Who knows if that would make them better or worse, because the verdict is definitely still out on that one! 

JB: Have you ever experienced violence during a concert, and if so, how did you handle that? 

BS: Congrats! You are the first to ever ask me that question in an interview like this! (Laughing!) That’s an interesting question for a gospel music interview. As for an answer, thankfully no, I’ve not experienced any violence during a concert, at least not yet. Hopefully I can retire one day and still answer this the same way. Interestingly enough, I did get somewhat verbally assaulted one night during my record pitch for the Kingsmen when talking about the Singing At Sea gospel cruise we took every year. To this day, I don’t know what the man thought I said or what, but a guy stood up in the audience and just started railing me out over it. I finally said, “Sir, I’m trying to do a product pitch here, would you please be quiet!?” Again, I don’t have any idea what he got the bee in his bonnet about, but it took some big ole’ guys from the audience actually physically removing him from the building to settle him down. Some strange things can certainly happen. 

JB: If you’re not traveling, what do you for work, and where do we find you in your off time?

BS: If I’m not traveling working, I’m at home working so that I keep traveling. Mondays are usually office days when I do my books, go to the bank and try to return any missed emails or phone calls from the weekend. Later in the week, I’ll send off any product orders I may have, do radio liners, interviews, social media updates, website updates, DJ follow-ups, product inventory, pay bills, keep up with stats and insights on different sites, update my newsletter subscribers, etc. Then, of course, a large part of my time is spent thinking about who, from a logistics standpoint, I can contact about a specific date that I need to fill. That is a full-time job in and of itself. Whether I am eating breakfast, working around the house, watching the news, laying in the bed or whatever, the wheels are always turning. I still manage to create plenty of off-time for myself, as well. That’s when you’ll usually find me either with my family or fishing. For years, I didn’t have much off time, so now I fish a lot. Getting out and enjoying God’s creation, especially on water, is my therapy.

    Bob Sellers with Old Time Preacher’s Quartet

JB: You‘ve shared once that you had your earplugs in when you’re not traveling with a group, with the sound of white noise to fall asleep. Are you still using that?

BS: When I was on the bus, I usually put in earplugs and had some noise playing on a Bose speaker by my head. It was supposed to be the sound of an engine of some sort. We kept it cold on our side of the bus and it was usually about 58 degrees in my bunk. So I was wrapped up to the top of my head with a sheet, fleece blanket and a thick comforter had that noise going which blocked out anything, and rocking to the bus motion…that was the best sleep in the world and probably one of the things I have missed most about road life. And of course, we stayed up half the night and slept half the day, because there was nothing much else to do inside a bus. So now I usually get up when my wife and kids leave for school. And I have a fan and light blocking curtains in our bedroom, but it’s not the same. I certainly don’t sleep with earplugs and block out the world, because I’m afraid I might sleep through an emergency or something. It took me many months after coming of the bus to be able to get a decent night’s sleep!

JB: How do we get hold of you to sing at a church service or concert?

BS: I try to book every Sunday morning and every Sunday night that I can. I live in west-central Alabama, and if overnight travel is required, I try to book additional nights that week. I don’t have a set charge for any church service. Someone asked me recently how I’m able to do that and still make a living. All I can say is that’s just how I’ve done it since I started solo, and God has always met my financial needs. I also work hard to keep my overhead and expenses low. To book me for a church: I’d love to go any place that would love to have me! I can be reached by phone at (205) 331-9997 or email at office@bobsellersministries.com or through social media. On Facebook, find me at Bob Sellers Ministries. On Twitter, Instagram and YouTube – @BobSellersSings. 

Website HERE.

 

We hope you enjoy “Wonderful Story of Love” by Bob Sellers:

Thanks so much Bob for sharing  your ministry with SGNScoops.  Blessings on your ministry, as you share the good news with the ones who need encouragement, and with those who have never heard the gospel of salvation.

 

Jantina Baksteen. Beyond the Song

Jantina Baksteen

By Jantina Baksteen

Jantina Baksteen is a gospel music writer and regular contributor to SGNScoops magazine and website.

Jantina Baksteen – biography:

I live all the way overseas in the Netherlands. I’m married and I have three adult children.

I grew up in a Christian home and knew in my early years that I wanted to belong to Him. I surrendered my life to Christ was baptized one day before I turned 11 years old.

Somehow, the seed of loving gospel music was planted by the style of music my parents played at home. Around 2006/2007, I was listening to Gaither homecoming music that I found on the internet. The song, “Oh, What A Savior,” by Ernie Haase hit me with the so-called Southern gospel bug.

From there, I’ve been reading /studying all I can find. I found the digital SGNScoops Magazine.

As I was spending so much time reading and listening about this industry, I started praying for God to please give me a job in the Southern gospel industry. Sometimes, I commented to Lorraine Walker on her posts. How could she know the longing of my heart?

But last year she asked me if I wanted to do something for SGNScoops: the Wacky Wednesday posts online. Now I do the “Beyond the Song” article that really has my heart as I am reaching out to artists, asking about a current song and having a sneak peak behind the scenes.

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Daywind Music Group Celebrates SGMA Hall of Fame Inductees, Dottie Leonard Miller and Dianne Wilkinson

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Daywind Music Group Celebrates SGMA Hall of Fame Inductees, Dottie Leonard Miller and Dianne Wilkinson

Daywind Music Group Celebrates SGMA Hall of Fame Inductees, Dottie Leonard Miller and Dianne Wilkinson

The Southern Gospel Music Association (SGMA) Hall of Fame inducted its 2020 class during this year’s NQC Fall Festival. Dottie Leonard Miller, founder, president, and chief executive officer of New Day Christian Distributors and Daywind Music Group; and Dianne Wilkinson, Daywind’s renowned, award-winning songwriter, were among those inducted into the SGMA Hall of Fame on Tuesday, September 29.

 

Daywind artists Karen Peck & New River, Greater Vision, Nelons, Legacy Five, Joseph Habedank, Tribute Quartet, LeFevre Quartet, and Scott Fowler of Legacy Five performed fan-favorite songs to celebrate the occasion.

Dottie Leonard Miller launched New Day Christian Distributors March 1, 1981, with a background of sales and promotion at Calvary Records and Windchime Records. She started by selling Gospel music to Christian retailers across the United States from the garage of her home. Her distribution business developed rapidly and contributed in a significant way to the growth of sheet music, accompaniment tracks, Southern Gospel  music, and unique Christian products.  With New Day firmly established, Dottie expanded in 1987 by creating, with partner Ronnie Drake, Daywind Music Group, the multi-faceted recording, publishing, production, marketing, and distribution company that has become a vital part of the Christian products industry. Countless singers have used Daywind Soundtracks as a ministry tool to share the latest Christian song or standard of the church, and millions more have been touched through the ministries of Daywind’s family of artists and songwriters.  Miller belongs to a small group of pioneering female independent business owners or executives to be so honored at this level in any genre of the music industry.

 

“I am incredibly honored to be included among these wonderful inductees, including the multi-talented songwriter, Dianne Wilkinson,” said Miller. “I accept this honor as a vessel through whom God has performed His works.”

 

Dianne Wilkinson has been sharing the message of the Gospel through inspired lyrics and memorable music for more than 40 years. Her songs have been recorded by virtually all of the top Southern Gospel quartets and many other artists during the span of her long songwriting career, which has been blessed with many, many #1 songs. Her songs have received numerous nominations and awards including Singing News Fan Awards, BMI Awards and IBMA Awards. The Cathedrals’ classic hit song, “We Shall See Jesus,” penned by Dianne was honored at the 1984 GMA Dove Awards for Southern Song of the Year. Wilkinson was recognized by the Southern Gospel Music Guild in 2013 for lifetime achievement, a designation she also shares with Miller.

Both ladies continue to build their legacies in Southern Gospel music as they remain active in the ministry.  Their best is yet to come.


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