Happy New Year! To celebrate the beginning of a brand new year, we bring you a cover story on a family who is on the brink of new things in Gospel music. The Hyssongs are seeing their music climb the charts more than ever and SGNScoops Magazine want to celebrate with them by sharing their story with you.
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Vernon Alabama’s Gospel Music Weekend 2017
Vernon, Alabama will be hopping once again on September 8th and 9th as gospel artists from all over the country get together to bring the community 2 days of Southern Gospel and Christian Country music at Vernon Alabama’s Gospel Music Weekend.
The event will feature free concerts on Friday and Saturday night at the Vernon City Auditorium. Many of the artists that participated last year will be returning to Vernon and there will be new additions to the lineup. One of the new additions will be award-winning songwriter, singer, and evangelist, Gerald Crabb.
“We are excited that Gerald is going to be a part of our event this year. So many people love his music and his energy for God. We look forward to an awesome time in Vernon”, said Dennis McKay of M.A.C. Records.
Gerald will be conducting a songwriting seminar on Saturday morning and in concert on Saturday night.
Another highlight of the weekend will be the 2017 M.A.C. Records Gospel Music Talent Search. This will be held on Saturday afternoon for those interested in the opportunity to win a recording package at Studio 115A, national radio promotion with Hey Y’all Media, and national advertising with SGN Scoops Magazine. The winner of the talent search will be announced at Saturday night’s concert.
To keep up with the latest news about the event, check out the Facebook page: Vernon Alabama’s Gospel Music Weekend (https://www.facebook.com/macnightofworship). This event is sponsored by M.A.C. Records and SGN Scoops Magazine.
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“When America is United, America is Unstoppable”
Words of our new President during today’s Inauguratiom.
Did you watch the Inauguration? What was your favorite part?
Tell us. SGN Scoops wants to know. Here
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After hanging out recently at a concert with 11th Hour, little Eli Franks, son of Josh and Ashley Franks has a new favorite group and song.
Check out Josh’s post:
We love it Eli!!!
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NASHVILLE, Tenn.— Best-selling comedian Chonda Pierce is set to take the stage for a performance at the Faith Freedom & Future Inaugural Ball in Washington, D.C., January 20. Presented by Family Research Council, one of the country’s leading policy organizations, the ball is among a slate of high-profile celebrations to follow the inauguration of President Donald J. Trump earlier that day.
“The inaugural events, with all their pomp and circumstance, are the epitome of our democracy,” shares Pierce, who will also attend the Inaugural Swearing-In Ceremony and the National Prayer Service. “No matter who is in or out of office, I am a patriot of the process and of the office. I’m more than excited to get to see any of it, much less be a small part of it!”
Family Research Council was founded in 1983 with the mission to champion marriage and family as the foundation of civilization, the seedbed of virtue, and the wellspring of society. FRC shapes public debate and formulates public policy that values human life, upholds the institutions of marriage and the family, and defends religious liberty.
A stand-up comedian, television hostess, author and actress, Chonda Pierce has been making people laugh for more than two decades with her winning combination of fierce wit and southern charm. The Recording Industry Association of America’s (RIAA) best-selling female comedian of all time, Pierce has six Platinum DVDs, three Gold DVDs and five Daytime Emmy® Award nominations to her credit and is ranked among Pollstar’s top-selling live performers. Her second feature documentary—a follow-up to 2015’s blockbuster Fathom Events and Fuseic Entertainment presentation, “Chonda Pierce: Laughing in the Dark”— will hit theaters around the country in April.
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Columbus, MS – 1/16/17
M.A.C. Records artist, Kenny Gardner, has recently been in the studio working on a brand new CD project called “They Call Me Kenny G” which is scheduled to be released very soon. He has just released the first single -“My Favorite Singer”-through Double E Promotions on Compilation Disc #192.
“We have always had great success working with Perry Edge and Double E Promotions and can’t wait for everyone to hear Kenny Gardner’s newest song ,” remarked Dennis McKay of M.A.C. Records.
“My Favorite Singer” is a song written about Kenny Hinson. “When the writer, Steve Shirey, shared this song with me, I was hooked on the lyrics. Kenny Hinson was one of my closest friends. A gifted singer, writer, musician and anointed preacher, he was the real deal. His friendship and ministry made an impact and influenced me greatly in music,” said Kenny Gardner.
Kenny is thankful to have been chosen to release this new song written by Steve Shirey. Kenny’s prayer is that this song will be a reminder that Kenny Hinson is still very much alive in our hearts. According to Kenny Gardner, “Kenny Hinson is still very much Steve Shirey’s and “My Favorite Singer”!!”
You can contact Kenny Gardner at email@example.com or 662.251.4005. You can also find him on Facebook @kennygardnermusic.
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Nashville, Tenn. – Legendary country group Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers have been announced to perform at the Black Tie & Boots 2017 Inaugural Ball in Washington D.C. on Thursday, January 19 at 7:00 PM. Held at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in the nation’s capital, and sponsored by the Texas State Society, the Black Tie & Boots Inaugural Ball is one of the largest events scheduled to take place during the upcoming Inaugural festivities. The event is expected to draw more than 15,000 guests and will also feature a number of other performers including Larry Stewart of Restless Heart, Tim Rushlow formerly of Little Texas, Lonestar‘s Richie McDonald, Bonnie Bishop, Kevin Fowler, and more.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn.—GRAMMY® and Dove Award-winning vocalist Guy Penrod will be a featured performer at the Faith Freedom & Future Inaugural Ball Friday evening, following the inauguration of President Donald J. Trump, it has been announced. Presented by Family Research Council, the black-tie gala will also include performances from best-selling comedian Chonda Pierce and acclaimed husband/wife duo Aaron & Amanda Crabb, among other special guests.
“Every presidential inauguration marks an important milestone in the history of our country,” Penrod said. “So I am humbled to be in our nation’s capital this week, and honored to share my music at the Faith Freedom & Future Inaugural Ball. As Americans, the experience will be one my wife Angie and I will not soon forget.”
Family Research Council, one of the country’s leading policy organizations, was founded in 1983 with the mission to champion marriage and family as the foundation of civilization, the seedbed of virtue, and the wellspring of society. FRC shapes public debate and formulates public policy that values human life, upholds the institutions of marriage and the family, and defends religious liberty.
GRAMMY® and Dove Award-winning Guy Penrod is one of the most in-demand touring artists in Christian music. With combined career sales of more than 4 million units—including the Platinum-selling DVD The Best of Guy Penrod—the powerful vocalist consistently bridges genres with his country stylings. Penrod’s latest recording, 2016’s LIVE Hymns & Worship, topped national Southern Gospel charts while the companion DVD landed at #1 on the Billboard Music Video chart. Host of Daystar Television’s Emmy Award-winning “Gospel Music Showcase,” Penrod is a member of the Texas Gospel Music Hall of Fame and in 2014 was inducted alongside the Gaither Vocal Band in the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.
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This week Randy and Mary Perry will be Josh and Ashley’s guest. Check out the showtime and station details above.
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Arden, NC. (January 17, 2017) – Crossroads Entertainment and Marketing is excited to announce the return of The Old Paths. After the success of their previous recordings with Sonlite Records and their incredible standing in the industry, we are looking forward with anticipation of continuing with them in this future endeavor. With former members Tim Rackley, Doug Roark and Daniel Ashmore and the addition of Steve Ladd on tenor, the group is poised to retain and even surpass their previous level of success.
From Tim Rackley
“When extenuating family circumstances warranted our departure from the road last December, we didn’t know exactly what God had planned. After much prayer and with our families faring much better—along with their support—we have made the decision to come back on the road for select dates as a group. We are thankful that God has opened this door for us, and we are honored to be able to minister as The Old Paths once again. We appreciate the continuing support of the Crossroads family and Harper Agency that has helped make this return happen. We feel very blessed to share this new phase of The Old Paths with Steve and are excited to see so many of our friends back on the road.“
From Steve Ladd
“I was excited when approached to be a part of The Old Paths return to Gospel music. I have always loved four-part harmony, and these guys are some of the best! I am so thankful for what God has done in my solo ministry. So, to be able to have a solo career still AND sing with these guys on select dates was a no-brainer for me.”
From Ed Harper
“The Old Paths had many fans, churches, and promoters who were disappointed but understanding of their reasons for having to take a break from touring last year. Now being able to record new music and tour select dates will excite their fan base. The Harper Agency is glad that the Lord has allowed this door to reopen for Tim, Doug and all The Old Paths. ”
From Chris White
“What a wonderful opportunity it is to re-unite with The Old Paths. Sonlite Records has had a great relationship with them and certainly look forward to continuing our partnership with them. With the addition of one of the industry’s most prolific tenor singers Steve Ladd, we feel the group will be stronger than ever. We can’t wait to get started and be able to service their loyal fan base once again with more great music and performances.”
New music will be available summer 2017 on Sonlite Records.
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Since 1963, the Pine Ridge Boys have been singing quartet gospel music. Over the years a number of talented men have sang the parts making that unmistakable Pine Ridge Boys sound. Today that legacy continues with renewed energy and focus.
After long time lead singer Duane Rizzo retired, the boys welcomed Jonathan Thompson who captivated audiences with his talents. It was a sad day when he left the group over the Christmas holidays.
Yet The Pine Ridge Boys did not miss a beat. Being part of the Pine Ridge Boys family just means to be ready and “Johnny on the spot.” A huge thank you to Duane Rizzo who stepped into the lead part once again filling in during the transition.
Auditions began during the holidays and the search went far and wide. Yet when the dust settled, right in the Pine Ridge Boys back yard was the man to sing lead.
The Pine Ridge Boys are elated to welcome Steven Craps to the quartet. The twenty-two year old South Carolina native calls Lexington, SC home and is no stranger to gospel music in the southeast.
PRB owner/ manager, Larry Stewart says, “Steven was in our back yard all the time and after the first audition, we called him back to sing some more. He will fit right in with the quartet, because he wants to sing and tell the story we do. Now he is a young’un so that might take some getting used to from us older fellas. We are really excited to have Steven with the quartet. We are introducing him at the RS Central Concert Thursday night (January 19) in Rutherfordton, NC with our friends the Carolina Quartet and the LeFevre Quartet.
Born December 13, 1994 Steven will definitely be the “young‘un” of the quartet. His parents Gregg and Lauri Craps have brought up their children (Steven, Hanah and Darci) in church. At the age of 12, Steven heard his first gospel quartet and the fell in love with the Pine Ridge Boys and the music. In 2010 he started his solo ministry, “Singin’ Steven.” During this time he has traveled the Palmetto state singing his gospel music. Today, ten years after first meeting The Pine Ridge Boys, a dream comes true to be joining the group as their lead singer.
Eight years ago Steven was diagnosed with glaucoma, losing a substantial amount of vision, especially peripheral vision. There is a song that says “defeat is one word I don’t use.” Well, the diagnosis did not stop him; he graduated high school and attended North Greenville University for two years studying music and voice. For the last six years he has traveled and sang with his solo ministry. His desire to overcome and sing truly shows “with God all things are possible!”
Steven is a typical gospel music flunky. He loves listening and attending Southern Gospel concerts when not singing himself. But family is still a priority. As time permits he enjoys doing anything with family or grandparents (Larry and Helen Smith who are also his biggest supporters), and eating. Steven’s motto is, “Don’t live to eat, but eat to live.”
If you have a minute with Steven, he is ready to share with you what God has done for him. He loves singing and telling everyone “Jesus Loves You!”
Larry Stewart shares, “2017 is already proving to be a great year. Tour dates are coming in from across the country. Already we have a charting song starting off the year. We are thankful for the response “I’ve Got A New Song” is receiving on Christian radio. We are working on new material right now with Steven and hope to have our new Classic Artists Records cd out in the near future. We are excited about what is in store for us!”
Be looking for Larry, Wayne, Ivory and Steven when the Pine Ridge Boys are in your area. You will hear some great quartet harmonies and be blessed the age-old story of Jesus Christ.
For more information, music or scheduling contact the Pine Ridge Boys, Larry Stewart, 305 Water oak Street, Inman, SC 29349. Call 864-473-8849 or email Larry@PineRidgeBoys.com .
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