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March 2015 SGNScoops Magazine

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on March 8, 2015 – 10:43 pm -

March 2015 SGNScoops Magazine

March 2015 SGNScoops Magazine

We are thrilled to present the March edition of SGNScoops magazine! Our cover showcases one of the best of today’s Bluegrass artists, Balsam Range. The feature by Marcie Gray tells us all about these talented men and their music, as well as the story behind their latest hit single, “Stacking Up The Rocks.”

SGN Scoops also pays tribute to the late great Mosie Lister, and features Brandon Stone of the Gospel Harmony Boys, the ladies of Sweetwater Revival, Redheads in Southern Gospel, Reagan Griffin, Page Trio, the Wills Family Reunion and DJ Richie Rose, as well as so much more!
We invite you to soak in the wisdom of all of our monthly columnists and hear their adventures! Lou Wills Hildreth, David Staton, Kelly Nelon Clark, Jeff Steele, Sherry Anne, Dusty Wells and Laurette Willis will encourage and enlighten you.
Thanks to all of our SGNScoops artists and writers. We appreciate you so much! Thanks as well to all of you who read our magazine faithfully every month. If you have any comments or questions, feel free to write to me at lorraine@sgnscoops.com.
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The Great Passion of Jesus Christ

Written by Staff on March 26, 2015 – 4:26 pm -

great_passion_play_-_picture_of_christEaster is a time of joy as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead and we acknowledge all that means for us: eternal life, abundant life and salvation from a life of sin by a God Who is eternal. But the full celebration of Easter must include the fervency of Palm Sunday, the shock of the overturning of the Temple’s money tables, the quiet closeness of the Last Supper, the grief of a prayer on the Mount, the betrayal of a friend at midnight and then capture, torture and a farce of a Court decision. Then more torture, a long climb up to Golgotha with a wooden cross, an agonizing and earth-shattering death, followed by the cold darkness of a borrowed tomb. So many emotions, so much passion before the glorious morning of Easter.

 

Many of us have seen the longest week in history portrayed on stage and in film during the season of Easter, but in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, they perform the Great Passion Play (GPP) outdoors, several days a week, from May until October, in a 4,100 seat amphitheater. Beginning with the raising of Lazarus from the dead, the drama tells the complete story of Jesus’ final week until His Resurrection and Ascension. The Play is a must-see event, with hundreds of actors and live animals detailing this special historical event.

 

Randall Christy of The Gospel Station, has attended the GPP many times over the years. From 2008 until 2012, attendance had declined to the point where the Play was closed due to lack of funds. Christy says, “I felt compelled to find out more. The Board of directors of the Passion Play had closed it for good, sold the animals, locked the gates, turned off the lights to the Christ of the Ozarks. I was strongly convicted to try and do something about this, and could not believe that the Lord wanted the Great Passion Play to close.” Christy immediately began to work on reviving the Play, working with the local bank and raising funds to initiate the 2013 season. Facilities were renovated and the area of The Holy Land Tour was also opened for the first time in five years.

 

Untitled_Panorama1 editThe park facilities of The Great Passion Play not only include the staging area but also a Bible Museum, Art Museum and Holy Land Tour, with historical exhibits and actors that introduce guests to various Biblical characters. It’s an educational experience for all patrons and is regularly visited by school and college groups. “The Great Passion Play has some of the most rare Bibles on display, such as an original 1611 King James Bible, first print, first edition, in mint condition as well many others worth seeing,” says Christy. “We also have several masterpieces in our art collections with some from the 1500’s and 1600’s, as well as a very old sculpture of Jesus Christ dating to 800AD.”

 

The Park also hosts Christian Music concerts, seminars and special Christmas activities. One of its most well known outdoor exhibits is the great Christ Of The Ozarks statue, standing 67 feet tall with the arms of Christ spread out to welcome all to come and learn about Him.

 

Rick Resurrection with angelRandall Christy decided to initiate the return of the Great Passion Play because of the message the Play and the Park had in common with his well-known music website, The Gospel Station. “Every song we play on the air is about the Gospel of Jesus,” says Christy. “And so is the Play. We are extremely mission minded and the Great Passion Play is the latest in our family of ministries.” He adds, “We are in a culture war in our country and if Christians do not fight it, who will?”

 

The Gospel Station has always been a ministry for Christy. “It’s more than just music, it’s the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We are not just a radio business, selling air-time. Our people are personally involved in global missions and ministry, with a goal of seeing one-million people come to the Lord. So far we have seen over 326,000 accept Christ, all of them with local pastors to follow up, and most of them in public schools of foreign countries. We have a burden for kids, homeless, widows and orphans. Gospel music is one of the best ways to reach people with the story of Jesus Christ and one of the most effective ways to encourage Christians in their daily lives.”

 

The Gospel Station’s mission team has traveled far and wide, including Nicaragua, Nigeria, Kenya and Costa Rica. Christy says, “Without our Vision Team, the supporters who share this vision, we could not accomplish all of these things for the Lord.  Reaching people for Him is the main reason we are here, in His service.”

 

IMG_1320Christy adds, “I pray every day, ‘Lord please help me reach more people than I ever dreamed I could reach’ and He is.”

 

Randall Christy is currently on the Board of Directors for the Great Passion Play, a group of men determined to continuously improve on areas of the Park and expand their facilities. The Gospel Station will have a presence at this year’s Ozark Gospel Music Convention and there will be a special presentation of the Great Passion Play during one of the evening concerts. Christy encourages, “Please make the trip to Eureka Springs, Arkansas, this year with your family and your church to see the Christ of the Ozarks, the Bible and Art Museum, The Holy Land, and most of all – The Great Passion Play.”

 

IMG_1366For more information on the Great Passion Play visit http://www.greatpassionplay.org/

 

To listen to the Gospel Station click on to http://thegospelstation.com/dyn/index.php

By Lorraine Walker

First Published by SGN Scoops digital magazine in April 2014.

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The Dominion Agency Welcomes America’s Favorite Family of Gospel Music, THE HOPPERS

Written by Staff on March 26, 2015 – 2:39 pm -

Hoppers

Hoppers

Waynesville, NC (March 26, 2015) – The Dominion Agency is thrilled to welcome America’s Favorite Family of Gospel Music, The Hoppers, to their fine roster of artists.

This multi-award winning family group has been singing to global audiences for 58 years with appearances ranging from presidential religious inaugural ceremonies and New York’s Carnegie Hall to singing conventions and church platforms. To begin working with such an outstanding group, with such a rich history in Gospel music, brings a new sense of excitement to the Dominion Agency.

President and CEO, Michael Davis, expresses, “I am so honored to be representing one of the most celebrated artists in the history of Gospel music, The Hoppers. With 58 years of ministry and still going strong, The Hoppers are thrilling and blessing audiences night after night. What a privilege to work with this Godly family for whom I have so much love and respect!”

“After 58 years of successful in-house representation, The Hoppers are excited to announce we are teaming with Michael Davis and The Dominion Agency,” states Dean Hopper. He continues, “This new relationship will allow us to reach many new audiences as we declare the Gospel through the unique sound our family is known for.”

To schedule The Hoppers for your church, concert, or ministry event call Michael Davis at 828-454-5900 or email him here: scheduling@thedominionagency.com.

To learn more about The Hoppers, visit TheHoppers.com.
Like them on Facebook HERE.
And, follow them on Twitter @hoppersmusic.

To learn more about the entire Dominion Agency roster of fine artists, visit thedominionagency.com.

Mailing Address:
PO Box 1277
Waynesville, NC 28786
Phone:
828-454-5900
828-454-5917
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*Pictured: (l to r) Karlye, Connie, Mike, Claude, Kim, and Dean Hopper.


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Southern Gospel Weekend Starts Tonight

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on March 26, 2015 – 12:50 pm -

Southern Gospel Weekend

Southern Gospel Weekend

Oxford, Alabama Southern Gospel Weekend starts  Tonight, (Thursday March 26th) at 6 pm!
Daytime showcases at 10:00 am on Friday and Saturday.
Nightly concerts are at 6 pm.
Over 32 great southern gospel groups…
You don’t want to miss this folks!

Call For More Info 256 310 7892

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Karen Peck & New River and Daywind Music Group are excited to release the group’s brand-new album, Pray Now, with a new music video, but they need your help!

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on March 26, 2015 – 9:47 am -

Karen Peck & New River

Karen Peck & New River

Hendersonville, Tenn  Karen Peck & New River Pray Now, which releases to the public April 28th, features the radio single by the same name that encourages Christians to pray the Lord’s Prayer.  As tragedies, natural disasters and political unrest increase around us, ‘Pray Now’ creates an urgency for Christians to pray now more than ever before.  In keeping with this poignant message, the group’s music video will revolve around prayer, in all forms and by Christians everywhere.

This is where you come in!

Film a video of someone praying; yourself, your family, your kids, your grandkids, your co-workers, your church, anyone!

Please make this video no more than 15 seconds long and make sure to film it holding your camera or phone horizontally.

Next, email your video to praynow@daywind.com.

All submissions need to be received by April 8th to be considered.

 

Please include the hashtag #PrayNow when sharing your videos on social media!


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IT’S A BOY FOR ERNIE HAASE & SIGNATURE SOUNDS’ PAUL HARKEY

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on March 25, 2015 – 12:38 pm -

Paul and Jennifer Harkey

Paul and Jennifer Harkey

(Nashville, TN)   StowTown Records and Ernie Haase & Signature Sound are excited to announce the birth of Hudson Lee Harkey, born Friday, March 20, in Gallatin, TN.

Hudson, the third child of Paul and Jennifer Harkey , weighed 10 lbs, 0.4 oz and measured 21 3/4 inches long. He was born at Sumner County Regional Medical Center at 10:50 a.m.
“We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for praying us through this new little miracle! We definitely felt all the prayers and love you all,” said Paul, bass singer for EHSS since 2012.
“Mom and baby are home safe and everything is going very well! We have been so blessed! Thanks again!”

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Southern Gospel Weekend Starts Tomorrow

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on March 25, 2015 – 9:12 am -

Southern Gospel Weekend

Southern Gospel Weekend

Oxford, Alabama Southern Gospel Weekend starts tomorrow night, (Thursday March 26th) at 6 pm!
Daytime showcases at 10:00 am on Friday and Saturday.
Nightly concerts are at 6 pm.
Over 32 great southern gospel groups…
You don’t want to miss this folks!

Call For More Info 256 310 7892

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Randy Byrd: Piece by Piece … It’s All Coming Together

Written by Staff on March 24, 2015 – 1:09 pm -

 

Mark Trammell Quartet

Mark Trammell Quartet

By Craig Harris

2014 brought bountiful blessings in more ways than one for Mark Trammell Quartet bass singer Randy Byrd

The pieces to Randy Byrd’s puzzle have miraculously fallen together. However, the “fit” happened a little later rather than sooner. Randy can vividly remember traveling to Robinson Auditorium in Little Rock, Ark., as a 12-year-old for a concert that included both the Kingsmen and the Cathedrals.

“I went home that night and I told my mom that I wanted to be a bass singer,” Randy says. “I got every Cathedrals’ album I could get my hands on. I tried to sound just like George (Younce, the legendary bass singer for the Cathedrals).”

However, Randy had to wait 28 years before even the outside edges of the jigsaw began to come into view. The road to full-time ministry was one that involved missed opportunities even from an early age.

“My first opportunity to ever sing was with the Bob Wills Family in Fort Worth, Texas,” Randy – who worked on an assembly line for 14 years in Missouri followed by a lengthy stint as a phone operator for a principal financial company in Des Moines, Iowa – explains. “Bob offered me a job full time when I was a senior in high-school. He offered it in October. I left home, and it all fell apart. The bass singer they ended up hiring was Jeff Chapman (currently a member of the Kingdom Heirs). Every time I saw him, I’d say, ‘You have my job,’ but I was proud for him.

“I never gave up. I knew it was a dream. With local groups, I had already lived a dream. I wanted to do it full time for a living. I wanted to be in ministry full time singing. My heart was to sing and minister. I wasn’t going to punch a time card somewhere.”

Randy Byrd

Randy Byrd

He had been singing with an Iowa-based local group, Majesty, for more than five years when an e-mail from Mark Blackwood settled in his inbox. That message was too hard for Randy to believe.

“I thought it was a joke, so I didn’t answer (initially),” Randy remembers. “I was just playing along (later on), so I answered it. It turned out that they (the Blackwood Gospel Quartet) were going to be in the area the next week. They had been there the week before and announced that bass singer Ken Turner would be retiring. Someone gave them my name. To this day, I don’t know who did it. Two weeks later, I got the job.

“This was the dream since I was 12. At the time, I was 40. I turned 41 later that year.” It was Randy’s first professional job in Southern Gospel Music. The group later changed its name from the Blackwood Gospel Quartet to the Blackwood Brothers.

He was with the group from that time until 2012, when he relocated to Arizona during a tough period in his life. That stay out West lasted just six months before he moved back to Tennessee.

“I applied for 200 jobs and got two phone calls,” Randy points out. “I got in my car to come back to Tennessee. I was in the car for 10 minutes, and my phone started ringing.”

Short stints with the Anchormen, LeFevre Quartet and Songfellows followed. He also did some solo dates. That’s when another Mark contacted Randy: Mark Trammell.

Mark Trammell Quartet - Cropped“I was just praying for God’s guidance,” Randy shares. “Mark called and asked if I would fill in (as the bass singer of the Mark Trammell Quartet). I said, ‘Sure.’ After the first week, he asked if he could consider me (as a permanent group member). I said, ‘God’s going to have to speak audibly.’

“I wanted it so bad. I had wanted it so bad with Mike (LeFevre). I didn’t want to do that again. I didn’t want to get ahead of God, but in my heart, I wanted it more than anything.”

Randy and Mark were acquainted since his tenure with the Blackwood Brothers. “When Randy came to the Blackwood Brothers, we sang with them not long after that,” Trammell says. “We hit it off with him.

“I started the process of listening to the other 35 (candidates for the bass-singing position), but I didn’t find anybody with the same kindred spirit and the same love of our music he had. As nice as they (the other candidates) were, I feared they would sing at the people instead of to them.”

Randy’s passion for the position was due in part to his fondness for his childhood heroes.

Randy Byrd 3027“My favorite group was the Cathedrals, and Mark stood next to my hero,” Randy notes. “My fiancé (Tracy Kelley) and I sat down and wrote three very specific things, fleeces to God. They were highly unlikely and very detailed. I told Mark that I wasn’t going to tell him what they were. He said, ‘I respect that.’ We prayed specifically about income and benefits packages that are not industry standards. In two weeks, all three of the fleeces took place.

“I shared that with Mark after he offered me the job. We both cried. When you are where God wants you, it’s good.”

The fit felt right from the outset. He officially joined the group in July.

“When he hired me, Mark said, ‘From the very first week you were on the bus, it felt like I came home and put my favorite old shirt on,’” Randy points out.

Mark adds, “It just worked. From the beginning, it worked because of like-mindedness. We have a lot of history. I can start an old joke that has been told, and he can finish it.”

Randy has been overwhelmed at the opportunity for many reasons, some of which pertain to past trials he has experienced. “When I left the LeFevres, I was so discouraged and distraught,” Randy remembers. “I felt like God wasn’t in tune with me anymore. Anything was a big deal to me. I understood him calling me to fill in, but to me, the likelihood of Mark Trammell offering me that job, it was more likely for the local high-school baseball pitcher to get a call from the New York Yankees.”

However, Randy is enjoying every minute of his opportunity in the “big leagues.” Read more »


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JOSEPH HABEDANK’S TAKE TIME TO BE HOLY: HYMNS FOR QUIET REFLECTION AVAILABLE TODAY!

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on March 24, 2015 – 12:23 pm -

Joseph Habedank

Joseph Habedank

Nashville, TN – Award-winning singer/songwriter Joseph Habedank is excited to release his new project, Take Time To Be Holy: Hymns for Quiet Reflection, available today. The project is filled with personal favorites chosen by Habedank and wife, Lindsay.

“Hymns were a part of my childhood on a daily basis,” Habedank said. “We sang them in the church, in the home – everywhere! I can’t ever remember a time when I wasn’t singing a hymn!”
The project features a very special moment – the debut recording of Joseph’s wife, Lindsay – as she joins him on the classic hymn of the church, “It Is Well.” Other selections include “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God,” “There Is A Fountain,” ” What a Day That Will Be,” “My Jesus, I Love Thee,” among others.
Take Time To Be Holy: Hymns for Quiet Reflection, Daywind Records, is available at iTunes, Christian Bookstores, in concert and online at www.JosephHabedank.com.

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News From Ben Speer

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on March 23, 2015 – 10:49 pm -

From Ben Speer

Ben Speer

Ben Speer

Recently, I have been told that I am one of the millions who is being afflicted with Alzheimer’s Disease. Upon learning this news, Rebekah and I had to decide whether we would keep this a private matter or whether we would make this news known in a public way.

After some consideration we have decided to share this with you. I intend to live the remainder of the years God gives me on this earth doing the things I have always done. I will continue to share life’s journey with my beloved Rebekah and family. I plan to enjoy many more singing schools and singings and stay in touch with my friends and supporters.

Unfortunately, as Alzheimer’s Disease progresses, the family often bears a heavy burden. One my family is all too familiar with. I only wish there was some way I could spare Rebekah and the rest from this painful experience. During this time and those to come, I am confident that with your help they will face it with faith and courage.

Sincerely,
Ben Speer

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Please Pray For Chris Bennett

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on March 23, 2015 – 4:07 pm -

Chris Bennett

Chris Bennett

Urgent Prayers Please! This is Chris Bennett with the group NHim he had a serious fall and is in Critical care in Memphis, TN. He is in very serious condition. Please pray that he will get a miracle!! He has a beautiful young family that need their husband and dad!


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