Happy Easter! Christ is risen…He is risen indeed! We hope that you will join us in remembering and celebrating the resurrection of Jesus this month in SGNScoops Magazine. Several of our writers delve into what this season means for us as believers. I trust that you will read about the love, grace and eternal life of our Savior on every page.
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Hendersonville, TN –In honor of the National Day of Prayer on May 7th, Karen Peck & New River announce an opportunity for fans across the world to band together in prayer.
During the upcoming week, the group invites you to post prayer requests on their social media pages. Then, on Thursday evening at 6:30 pm cst, Karen will host a time of prayer to lift up the requests, as well as pray for America and other current events.
“We are in need of prayer now more than ever, not only as a nation, but in each of our lives personally. Everybody has something going on in their lives, big or small, that impacts them and as believers we need to join together and lift up one another,” shares Karen Peck Gooch. “We have been flooded with prayer, love and encouragement with Rickey’s recent cancer diagnosis and treatments and we look forward to the opportunity to pray for all those who have been so kind and gracious in our time of need.”
Karen Peck & New River recently released a powerful new music video for the single, “Pray Now” off the new album by the same name. To view the video, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?
Find Karen Peck & New River on Facebook (Karen Peck And New River) or Twitter (@KarenPeckNR).
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The Erwins Are Coming To New York May 20th At 7pm www.sgny.net
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In the past fifteen years plus of traveling, I have learned that change is inevitable. We have been blessed by many talented singers and musicians who have come through the ranks of Mercy’s Well. Each one holds a place in my heart and the hearts of people who support our music and love what we do. That time has once again come for this ministry. Dustin Simmons, who has been with us since the fall of 2013, has accepted a position as a Minister of Music in Georgia. Though we will miss him and his voice, we are very happy for Dustin and his wife, Morgan, as this places him very close to his family and even closer to his wife’s family. As anyone who travels knows, the miles and the time away from home is the hardest part of what we do. We wish them the absolute best and we thank Dustin for his contributions to Mercy’s Well!
Just prior to Dustin’s exit from Mercy’s Well, we also said goodbye to Josh Simpson who has traveled and played piano here since leaving the Hoppers in 2013. Josh added much to what we do from a stage standpoint and we will certainly miss the “live” aspect of an instrumentalist. After more than 10 years on the road, Josh has decided to leave the road and move back to his home in Alabama to utilize his talents in a new way at a church near his family.
What does this mean for Mercy’s Well? We will continue to do what we believe God has called this ministry to do until He instructs otherwise. Change is always challenging, but each time God sends just the right person for the job. I have no doubt this time will be any different! We appreciate your prayers and support of this ministry and what we do! We love you all and look forward to seeing you on the road soon.
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This week’s program on “Good News Music Radio with Woody Wright” features Part 2 of our interview with Jonathan Martin and music from The Martins, Guy Penrod, Russ Taff, The Isaacs, Gordon Mote, The Gaither Vocal Band, The Browns, The Isaacs and MORE!
Tune-in to one of the stations listed on our site or listen online for an hour of great gospel music, inspiring ministry and fun with Woody Wright and D. Scott Kramer at:
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In respect of the upcoming National Day of Prayer on May 7, 2015 and the release of Karen Peck and New River’s album and video, Pray Now, we have posted this devotional on the Lord’s Prayer by Lorraine Walker and Stephen Widener. We encourage you to visit Karen Peck and New River’s website and view their video, “Pray Now.”
For several months now I have been praying Our Lord’s Prayer as part of my daily devotions. God has been teaching me and I’ve been trying to comprehend at least part of what Jesus was saying when He gave the disciples this prayer in Luke 11:2–4 and in Matthew 6:9-13.
I asked my friend Stephen Widener, an assistant Pastor in Lenoir, North Carolina, to give his thoughts as well. My prayer is that this will lead you into your own study as we take a deeper look into these words from our Lord.
Stephen: “Let me say this, it is the model prayer of how we’re to pray. The Bible clearly says to pray without ceasing (1 Thess. 5:17). God wants to have an intimate relationship with us, as He did with Adam in the Garden of Eden before Adam sinned. This is why God sent His Son, Jesus to bring us back to the Father, God Himself.
“When you’re intimate with someone, not in a sexual way, but have a relationship where you talk consistently with them, it creates a special type of intimacy. That is what God wants and that’s what prayer is: talking to a Holy, Sovereign God. You are special to Him.
“Prayer is not getting God to do things for you, even though He wants to, but getting you to do His will. (v.10) His will does not go against His Word. When we are praying, we are to pray specifically.” Read more »
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Bellingham, WA – Rob Patz of Coastal Media Group and SGNScoops Magazine, is happy to announce the return of Mickey Bell to the airwaves. SGN Scoops Presents This Week in Gospel Music with Mickey Bell will bring Gospel and Christian Country music across the nation with the unique, charismatic flavor that Mickey Bell is known for.
“I can’t wait for you to hear the new show. I have a different take on the industry that makes for great radio and will brighten up your day. I promise you will laugh while listening to this show and enjoying the greatest music on this side of heaven (and helll!),” says Mickey. “I am so excited to be back on Southern Gospel radio and to be a part of the exciting things happening with SGN Scoops. Before leaving the airwaves due to a tornado hitting our city, I had established some great friendships with radio all across the U.S and Canada.”
Rob Patz echoes Bell’s statement.”It’s great to be working with Mickey. He’s a pastor, Radio personality and a good friend. I’m looking forward to our professional partnership and continuing to expand the reach of Coastal Media and Southern Gospel.”
Fans are urged to listen for SGN Scoops Presents Mickey Bell on a radio or online station near you. Any stations interested in carrying SGNScoops Presents This Week In Gospel Music With Mickey Bell please contact Mickey at email@example.com.
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By Marcie Gray
Have you ever visited a place that just feels majestic? Perhaps you are one of the fortunate few who are blessed enough to actually live in a place so beautiful you just don’t want to leave home. Nestled right where the Great Smoky Mountains meet the Blue Ridge Parkway is a little place called Haywood County. Surrounded by scenic views and rooted in Cherokee traditions, this area tells its own story. At the top of Water Rock Knob, the highest point on the Blue Ridge Parkway, one can stand and see 180 degrees of beautiful mountain peaks and river valleys as they view Balsam Range, the range of mountains that separates Haywood and Jackson counties in North Carolina.
Named for the place they call home, Balsam Range is not your run of the mill, back porch pickin’ kind of Bluegrass group. These five men have extensive musical credentials and impressive professional backgrounds, but one common bond they share sets them apart from any other group: hometown roots. Tim Surrett says, “We all live within a 15 mile radius of each other, and we are not the most talented musicians in Haywood County. There are some impeccable musicians in this area, but when we all came together, we knew we had something special.” Having roots in the same home town gives them a wonderful foundation, and these boys can make you want to put on your dancing boots!
Buddy Melton, Caleb Smith, Darren Nicholson, Marc Pruett and Tim Surrett joined together to form Balsam Range in 2007, and from the beginning their blend was amazing. Tim and Marc played on solo albums for both Buddy and Darren. Tim recalled, “Caleb and I knew each other from previous gospel work, and the guys all decided to get together to jam one night. Immediately, it was like, holy moly, this is pretty good! A couple of months later, Marc got a call and we played at the Grove Park Inn for John Boy and Billy. It was an enormous concert. The crowd went ape and it has just ballooned from there. We never intended to start a band. We just wanted to get together and have a good time making music.” Read more »
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Pigeon Forge, TN – Creekside Gospel Music Convention is pleased to welcome The Hoskins Family to its stage for 2015. Rick, Reva, Angie and Abigail have been hitting the Southern Gospel charts with their power vocals and three-generation family harmony, bringing songs like “God is Big,” “Whenever I Hear His Name,” and, “Land Of Endless Tomorrow.” They will be appearing at Creekside Gospel Music Convention in Pigeon Forge from November 2nd through 5th at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn.–GRAMMY®-nominated, classically trained tenor David Phelps topped the sales charts this week with his all-new recording, Freedom (Gaither Music Group). Produced by Phelps and mentor/friend/gospel music legend Bill Gaither, the new release landed at #1 on the Southern Gospel Albums chart and at #10 on the CCM Albums chart, according to Nielsen SoundScan. In addition, Phelps’ previous release, Classic (Gaither Music Group), hit the #2 spot on the Southern Gospel Albums chart, while the Classic DVD topped the Christian Music Video chart and came in at #3 on the Billboard Top Music Video chart.
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Hendersonville, TN –On the heels of a one-of-a-kind videotaping and DVD release, as well as a successful event at the inaugural Daywind Quartet Festival at the Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia, Quartet Night Across America is preparing to take their presentation to fans across America!
The unique production, featuring Legacy Five, Blackwood Brothers Quartet, Tribute Quartet and Brian Free & Assurance, takes the audience through the decades of Southern Gospel Music from 1910 to present. Fans have the opportunity to relive the music and hear the stories of groups like the legendary Statesmen Quartet, the Blackwood Brothers, Gold City, the Cathedrals and many more.
“I am personally thrilled to have the opportunity to be a part of such a creative presentation of the history of our genre of music,” offers Scott Fowler of Legacy Five. “Working with these other renowned quartets has been an honor and we’re proud of the quality of event we’re able to deliver to fans. We’re excited to see their response!”
The Premiere Gospel Music Event of the Year will be coming to Spartanburg, South Carolina on May 9th, followed by Beaumont, Texas on June 26th. The tour also plans to make stops in Nashville later this year, as well as appearing at the Daywind Quartet Festival at the Greenbrier Resort in April. For ticketing information, visit globalpromo.org or call 864.655.3560.
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