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Danny Sinacori passes away

Written by Staff on March 25, 2017 – 5:16 pm -

Danny Sinacori

Danny Sinacori

SGNScoops was sad to learn that Danny Sinacori passed away last evening. After more than 75 years in Gospel music, Sinacori suffered a heart attack.  More details will be reported as they become available.

The SGNScoops family extends their prayers to the family and friends of Mr. Sinacori.

In memory of Danny Sinacori, we have reprinted a story by Auke Bijlsma  printed by SGNScoops Magazine in November 2016.

Danny Sinacori

Danny Sinacori

Danny Sinacori: A Testimony of God’s Faithfulness

Danny Sinacori is one of the unsung heroes of the Gospel music industry. Danny was born in Philadelphia 75 years ago to an Italian family after his parents had immigrated from Sicily in the early 1900’s. Danny’s mother converted from the Catholic faith to the Pentecostal church, later to become a devoted member of the Assemblies of God.

Danny was already in love with music when he took accordion lessons at 12 for two years. Danny says this was ‘the end of his formal music training’. He was already playing the piano by ear, and served as a substitute church pianist whenever the church pianist couldn’t make the services. When he was 14 years old, The Couriers Quartet came to his church to sing and that was his first exposure to Southern Gospel music.

Danny says, “‘I will never forget them singing ‘Let Me Tell You about Jesus’ and ‘Goodbye World Goodbye.’” Before that time he wanted to sing like Perry Como, Vic Damone and Sinatra. But after the encounter with the Couriers, he wanted to sing like Don Baldwin, baritone/emcee for the group. Baldwin was a great influence in Danny’s life, a mentor and role model. Other mentors, or inspirations Danny credits for his playing and singing, were Ben Speer, Neil Enloe, and Henry Slaughter, who taught him many licks and stylings.

Part of the church Danny attended were Paul and J.R. Damiani who had a group called The Eastman Quartet. When some other members of the Quartet left, Danny and friend Bob DiQuattro were hired. This was the beginning of Danny’s Southern Gospel career. According to Danny, he was always “destined to be an anchorman with double portfolio,” singing and playing at the same time. The involvement in The Eastmen Quartet however was short-lived and Bob and Danny discussed starting their own group.

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WLOSGMH 2017 Convention includes the Williamsons, Freedom Quartet and more

Written by Staff on March 24, 2017 – 1:59 pm -

Williamsons at Creekside 2015

Williamsons

The social media phenomenon We Love Our Southern Gospel Music History (WLOSGMH) is holding a social gathering. Commonly referred to as the Convention, the Facebook group administrators have announced the talent line up for the two day event.

Held March 27 and 28, 2017 at the Clarion Hotel and Convention Center in Murfreesboro, TN the talent quartets, trios, soloists, some comedy and lots of surprises that will highlight the talent portion of the convention.

The WLOSGMH Convention begins Monday, March 27th. The evening begins with a dinner concert at 5:30 pm with7:00 pm concert following. The talent includes: Ann Downing, Williamsons, Sheltons, Collectors Quartet, Charlie Griffin, Administrators Quartet, Johnny Minick and Friends, Freedom Quartet.

Freedom Quartet

Freedom Quartet

Tuesday is a full day of activities! Beginning at 9:30 a.m. enjoy two video productions featuring some of the greatest gospel singing of all time. There will also be a short concert featuring some of the musicians who have joined us. This is always a fun time, because we never know who may decide to show up and entertain us. There will be instrumentalists, soloists, and possibly even a Scrap Iron Quartet or two. For those who have purchased the event package, lunch is provided.

 

Tuesday also features two of the convention highlights “Story Time with the Gospel Legends and Show & Tell.” During this time the collectors will also have an opportunity to show some of their classic memorabilia from the gospel singing world; while gospel music road warriors tell some of their funniest stories.

 

WLOSGMH Facebook Administrators (l to R) John Crenshaw, Hannah Kennedy, Ann Downing, Harold Timmons

WLOSGMH Facebook Administrators (l to R) John Crenshaw, Hannah Kennedy, Ann Downing, Harold Timmons

Tuesday evening show begins at 6:00 with talent to include: Matt Felts, Harold Timmons, Jordan’s Bridge, Ann Downing, McCray Dove, Jeff Stice, Williamsons, and a special tribute to some of our favorite singers by the Administrators and Collectors.Throughout the convention, various singers, collectors, and merchants will have their wares available for purchase. This is a one of a kind event to add interesting items to your gospel music collection.

 

We have listed the artist websites for your convenience. Get to know them and their music. You will find a wealth of talent, music, passion and as Granny says “just good people.” Your support of these fine artists is greatly appreciated.

 

Jordans Bridge

Jordans Bridge

ARTIST:                      WEBSITE:

Ann Downing               www.anndowning.com

Charlie Griffin              www.CharlieGriffin.net

Ellen Marsh                  www.EllenMarshMusic.com

Freedom Quartet www.freedomquartet.com

Gospel Gallery/

Harold Timmons         www.facebook.com/thegospelgallery

Jeff Stice

Jeff Stice

Jeff Stice                       www.jeffsticemusic.com

Johnny Minick             www.johnnyminick.com

Jordan’s Bridge            www.jordansbridge.com

Matt Felts                     www.facebook.com/felts3

McCray Dove               www.newdovebrothers.com

Rita Spillers                  www.facebook.com/themusiclady

The Sheltons                www.facebook.com/SheltonMusicPickensSC

The Williamsons         www.Williamsonsmusic.com

 

“This convention is an internet social gathering of friends.” Administrator Harold Timmons says, “It is not a time for preaching, nor politics. It is not a church service, nor a political rally. Friends are in for two nights of fine Christian entertainment.”

 

The Clarion Hotel is the convention headquarters. Located at 2227 Old Fort Parkway in Murfreesboro, TN. Contact the hotel at 615-896-2420 asking for the WE LOVE SOUTHERN GOSPEL MUSIC HISTORY CONVENTION ROOM DISCOUNT.

 

For complete fan package, concert tickets, hotel and event information visit www.facebook.com/groups/sgmhistory/.

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What Love Looks Like: Featuring Morgan Easter from Jeff and Sheri Easter

Written by Staff on March 23, 2017 – 1:57 pm -

Morgan Easter

Morgan Easter

By: Fayth D. Lore

She is a woman full of personality, Jesus and talent. With her contagious smile and confident voice, she walks on stages all across the country with her parents right by her side. Kraft Macaroni and Fruity Pebbles pull the highest rankings in her favorite food category. And, her favorite fur baby is her cat, Alfie. This month’s featured artist is a keeper for sure. I’m pleased to get to share with you about Ms. Morgan Easter, as she shares with us what love looks like.

 After six Dove Awards, two career GRAMMY nominations and multiple other accolades, I believe Jeff and Sheri Easter could say that: “Over and over, again and again, God has been faithful.” Both Jeff and Sheri came from a rich heritage of Gospel Music. Thankfully, for us, they have passed on their love for God and music to their three children.

Morgan Easter with parents Jeff and Sheri Easter

Morgan Easter with parents Jeff and Sheri Easter

Morgan is their middle child, and the eldest sister. Jeff and Sheri began their singing career in 1988, just a short time after their marriage. Morgan said that her first time on the road was at 10 days old. Morgan explains, “I’ve always traveled with them and don’t know anything different.” However, she didn’t begin traveling full time in the ministry until her teenage years.

“I did attend public school all 12 years. Our school system, where all of my family has graduated from, worked so well with us. They said as long as I kept my grades up I could travel. It was definitely challenging at times, especially the last few years, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. It gave me a taste of a normal life and because of it I have many lifelong friends that I cherish deeply.
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Eli Fortner in need of new kidney

Written by Staff on March 22, 2017 – 12:38 pm -

Eli Fortner

Eli Fortner

Eli Fortner has been in need of prayers in the last few days due to the kidney problems he has been experiencing. Now Eli confirms what will be the next step. On his Facebook page, Fortner tells us:

“To all my friends. I love you. I’m overwhelmed with all the support and prayers. I simply can’t keep up. Now let me tell you what’s going on.. My kidney is failing, I’m in need of another transplant. My doctor gave me the option of going on dialysis now or waiting till the function gets to a certain point while in the meantime be looking for a kidney donor and getting testing done in prep for a transplant. I chose the latter so I can still have a life. I was on dialyses for two months before my first transplant and it’s awful. It literally sucks all the life out of you and is terrible on the body. I don’t want that AT ALL. My prayer is that they find a positive match and have the transplant before it gets worse. I desire all the prayers. My God is big and I’m in His hands. He will not fail me and I know that you, my friends won’t either with your prayers and support. I love you all. Let’s do this.”

McKameys

McKameys with Eli Fortner in front.

SGNScoops joins with all of our readers in extending our thoughts and prayers to Eli, the Fortners, McKameys and all of their family and friends. We agree with all of you and Eli that we serve a big God. We know He saves and we know He heals. Let’s go to the throne today to petition our God for a new kidney that is a perfect match and a swift and successful transplant.

Eli Fortner is the son of Roger and Connie (McKamey) Forner. He is a vocalist and musician with The McKameys as well as being a freelance musician. Eli lives in Clinton, Tennessee.


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Pray For Eli

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on March 21, 2017 – 1:22 pm -

Eli Fortner Requests Prayer

Eli Fortner Requests Prayer

From Roger .. Eli was admitted today to the hospital

 

All of us at SGNScoops are praying for Eli

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URGENT PRAYER REQUEST!

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on March 18, 2017 – 1:43 pm -

URGENT PRAYER REQUEST!!!!!!

URGENT PRAYER REQUEST!!!!!!

Please remember Mike Watson in Prayer!
Mike is Scheduled to have a tumor removed from his jaw Wednesday morning March 22nd.
This is a long surgery and will require replacing part of his jaw. Of course, our prayer is this is NOT that dreaded C word! Please join us as we lift Mike up to the throne in prayer! As you all know, Mikes son, Cole Watson joined Exodus some 8 months ago so, Exodus will carry on! Please pray for our ministry as we will miss Mike greatly until his return! God bless you all PLEASE LIKE AND SHARE !!!!!!!


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The Bowling Family Announce 2nd Annual Music Fest & Talent Search

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on March 17, 2017 – 1:57 pm -

The Bowling Family

The Bowling Family

Spartanburg, SC  Multi-award winning Southern Gospel artist, The Bowling Family, announce their 2nd Annual Music Fest and Talent Search hosted by the City of London and the London Tourist Commission. This exciting three-day event will take place on Thursday, May 4, 2017 – Saturday, May 6, 2017 at the First Baptist Church of London, 804 West 6th Street, London, Kentucky.

The Bowling Family is thrilled to have The Crabb Family, The Bowling Sisters, Jeff and Sheri Easter, Goodman Revival, The Singing Contractors, The McKameys, The Primitive Quartet, The Erwins, The Martins and comedian, Aaron Wilburn performing.

The Bowling Family has appeared on the Gaither Homecoming series concerts and videos, TBN, during Gospel Music Week’s Dove Awards, at GMA’s Seminar in the Rockies and numerous other major events. Their debut release, Faith to Believe, has garnered a record four number one songs (“We Have A Savior,” “Your Cries Have Awoken The Master,” “A Miracle Today” and “Notified”), as well as the 2008 Song of the Year (Your Cries Have Awoken The Master).

Mike Bowling notes, “This has been a lifelong dream to have an annual event in my hometown. This gives us an opportunity to bring the best talent in the industry to London, KY and to also show off this great community to gospel music fans nationwide.”

The 2nd Annual Music Fest will feature a Talent Search in conjunction with Daywind Records.  Soloist division will be held Friday, May 5th and the Group division on Saturday, May 6th at the London Community Center starting at 9:00 AM. Grand prize winners in the Soloist and Group divisions will tour with the Bowling Family on 6 dates in 2017 and will be awarded the following Daywind Records Prize Package.

  • Daywind Recording Package
  • Professional Producer & Engineer
  • Record 10 Songs With Daywind Soundtracks
  • Professional Photoshoot and Album Design
  • Performance Tracks
  • Complete Mixed Master
  • 1 Day of Studio Time
  • 100 Packaged CD’s
  • Sing winning song at the evening concert.
  • The winners will do a “mini” tour with the Bowling Family.
  • Tour will include 6 tour dates with the Bowling Family in 2017.

Soloist Grand Prize Winner will be announced during the evening concert on Friday, May 5, 2017. Group Grand Prize Winner will be announced during the evening concert on Saturday, May 6, 2017 evening concert.

Thursday, May 4th’s evening concert will kick off the three-day event and includes The Bowling Family, The Bowling Sisters and Kentucky’s own, Crabb Family. Concert to begin at 7:00 PM. Thursday’s VIP and VIP GOLD PASS ticket holders are invited to attend a Meet & Greet with The Crabb Family on Thursday afternoon.

Friday, May 5th’s evening concert includes The Bowling Family, Jeff and Sheri Easter, Goodman Revival, The Bowling Sisters, The Singing Contractors, and Aaron Wilburn. Concert to begin at 7:00 PM.

A Saturday Matinee is scheduled for 1:00 PM and will includes The McKameys and The Primitive Quartet.

Saturday, May 6th’s evening concert includes The Bowling Family, The Erwins, The Bowling Sisters, The Martins and Aaron Wilburn. Concert to begin at 6:00 PM.

This is a ticketed event. General Admission Single Concert Ticket $20 and VIP Single Concert Ticket $30 (Children under 12 $10)

General Admission Event Pass $70 (Includes all 4 concerts)

VIP GOLD PASS $110 (Includes all 4 concerts and Meet & Greet with The Crabb Family)

General Admission Only Group Sales of 10 or more Tickets $18

For tickets visit www.bowlingsonline.com or call 615-348-7227

If you would like to interview THE BOWLING FAMILY contact Southern Gospel Media at news@southerngospelmedia.com.

Follow them on FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/The-Bowling-Family-187865751279/ and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/BowlingFam.

 

To learn more about The Bowling Family, visit their website at www.bowlingsonline.com

The Bowling Family is booked exclusively by the Beckie Simmons Agency. (615-595-7500)


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WLOSGMH Convention announces two-day Schedule

Written by Staff on March 17, 2017 – 12:02 pm -

WLOSGMH Facebook Administrators (l to R) John Crenshaw, Hannah Kennedy, Ann   Downing, Harold Timmons

WLOSGMH Facebook Administrators (l to R) John Crenshaw, Hannah Kennedy, Ann Downing, Harold Timmons

People have been asking a lot of questions about the We Love Our Southern Gospel Music History (WLOSGMH) Convention. The interest created has gospel music fans driving and flying from across the states and from the Netherlands. In fact over 37,000 group members are creating the stir with gospel music fans clamoring for more music and history.

 

This Facebook social media gathering has become the talk of the town as interest grows among gospel music fans to know more about the history of the music, performers and the gospel music foundation. The oral history is passed down today by those “you should have been there stories”, videos, music, and collectors who share their memorabilia. Vendor booths showcase those rare one of a kind records, photos, collectibles and do-dads making it a shoppers paradise.

Those coffee or booth conversations are truly a convention highlight.

WLOSGMH administrator John Crenshaw says, “In addition to our great artists, the WLOSGMH convention will feature some great videos featuring the groups from the past. You’ll see the Statesmen, Rebels, Blackwoods, Singing Americans, Speer Family, Happy Goodmans, Rangers Trio and so many others. Many of these videos are being shown here for the first time in more than forty years.”

WLOSGMH collectors and shoppers (l to R) Paul Conner, Gayla Fooks, Brent Joiner, Aaron Rich

WLOSGMH collectors and shoppers (l to R) Paul Conner, Gayla Fooks, Brent Joiner, Aaron Rich

One of the highlights of the convention is the show and tell session. Crenshaw states, “Many collectors will bring their prized possessions to share with the group on Tuesday afternoon. Some of the legends of gospel music will share their humorous road stories. The Tuesday evening concert will feature a tribute to some of the great voices of the past. I don’t want to spoil the surprise, but you’ll laugh and cry as you enjoy this tribute.”

Activities for weekend start with members arriving early to participate in a southern gospel tradition, a Red Back Hymnal singing. “On Saturday March 25th from 6-8, many of us will be attending the 4th Annual Rutherford County Red Back Hymnal Singing at Murfreesboro Missionary Baptist Church, 316 Fortress Blvd., Murfreesboro, Tennessee, 37128.” Crenshaw continues. “Although this is not officially a part of the We Love Our Southern Gospel Music Convention, they have been very helpful to us, and we will have a special ticket offer available for those who attend the Singing. It’s a great start to the weekend!”

 

The WLOSGMH Convention begins Monday, March 27th. Here are some highlights:

The hotel atrium will be open for buyers and sellers at 10:00 a.m.

WLOSGMH ConventionCheck in and registration will be 3-4:30 with dinner served at 5:30. The Monday evening show begins at 7:00 with talent to include: Ann Downing, Williamsons, Sheltons, Collectors Quartet, Charlie Griffin, Administrators Quartet, Johnny Minick and Friends, Freedom Quartet

Tuesday is a full day of fun filled music and festivities! Beginning at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, you will have the opportunity to enjoy two video productions featuring some of the greatest gospel singing of all time. There will also be a short concert featuring some of the musicians who have joined us. This is always a fun time, because we never know who may decide to show up and entertain us. There will be instrumentalists, soloists, and possibly even a Scrap Iron Quartet or two. For those who have purchased the package, lunch will be provided.

Tuesday will also have “Story Time with the Gospel Legends”. The road warriors need to prepare some of their funniest stories for this unforgettable time of sharing. The collectors will also have an opportunity to show some of their classic memorabilia from the gospel singing world.

Come on down, the price right at the WLOSGMH vendor booths.

Come on down, the price right at the WLOSGMH vendor booths.

Tuesday evening show begins at 6:00 with talent to include: Matt Felts, Harold Timmons, Jordan’s Bridge, Ann Downing, McCray Dove, Jeff Stice, Williamsons, and a special tribute to some of our favorite singers by the Administrators and Collectors.

Come on down, the price right at the WLOSGMH vendor booths.

Throughout the convention, various singers, collectors, and merchants will have their wares available for purchase. This is a one of a kind event to add interesting items to your gospel music collection.

“This convention is an internet social gathering of friends.” Administrator Harold Timmons says, “It is not a time for preaching, nor politics. It is not a church service, nor a political rally. Friends are in for two nights of fine Christian entertainment.”

The Clarion Hotel is the convention headquarters. Located at 2227 Old Fort Parkway in Murfreesboro, TN. Contact the hotel at 615-896-2420 asking for the WE LOVE SOUTHERN GOSPEL MUSIC HISTORY CONVENTION ROOM DISCOUNT.

For complete fan package, concert tickets, hotel and event information visit www.facebook.com/groups/sgmhistory/.  

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Georgia Celebrates Recent Radio Success

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on March 15, 2017 – 10:12 am -

Georgia Celebrates Recent Radio Success

Georgia Celebrates Recent Radio Success

(Coastal Ridge Communications) Orlando FL – Recently the trio known as Georgia, celebrated their recent radio success with friend and songwriter Dr. Pope. Georgia has been in Southern Gospel Music for over 40 years and is starting to see a resurgence on the charts. Over the last thirteen months, the group, which consists of Terry Dale, David Presley and Reggie Smallwood, has had three consecutive top 40 hit singles.

Terry Dale, owner and tenor singer, states, “We feel blessed that radio has embraced our music. My good friend and prolific songwriter, Dr. Pope, has written some great songs that we have been so thankful to be able to record and release nationally. Our group wants to thank him for all that he means to us.”

The group’s recent single, Do You Know Him, written by Dr. Pope, has been climbing the charts. “I just want to write songs that make a difference in people’s lives. I’ve had success in the secular world, but I have felt the Lord telling me to use my talents for Him”, adds Dr. Pope.

For more information on Georgia go to www.georgiagospeltrio.com

To schedule interviews with this trio, email their radio promoter, Richard Hyssong, at richardhyssong@yahoo.com.


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Michael Helwig steps down from fulltime with Blackwood Brothers

Written by Staff on March 13, 2017 – 12:59 pm -

Blackwood Brothers 2015 Atlanta TV taping

Michael Helwig with the Blackwood Brothers in 2015

SGNScoops was saddened to hear that Michael Helwig of the Blackwood Brothers has decided to come off the road. He will return for special appearances. On March 11th, Michael wrote on his Facebook page:

Tonight I sang my last concert with the Blackwood Brothers Quartet as the full time lead singer. I will still be working for the Blackwood Brothers and going out with them when I can. I will also be with them at Memphis, NQC and other “larger venues”.

This decision wasn’t easy to make, but I am finding it extremely difficult to travel long distances and maintain my stamina. I am not quitting, just taking it easy.
I love you all, and I am looking forward to seeing you down the road.
God bless

Michael Helwig

Michael Helwig

In a post on the Singing News website, the Blackwood Brothers noted their sadness at coming to this point in Michael’s battle with ALS. Billy Blackwood states: “Last Saturday was Mike’s final full concert with the Blackwood Brothers. On as positive a note as possible, Mike will continue to make special appearances with us as his health and our travel permits. We look forward to those special events when he can perform with us and we know that you, his fans and friends, will as well.”

Last September, Justin Gilmore of SGNScoops interviewed Michael about his illness and his career. Here is an excerpt of the feature:

Gilmore: Tell me about the impact this has had on your family. Helwig: The impact on my family, so far, has been mostly, me just being a general pain in the butt. [laughs] They have to get me this and that, as well as help me into bed. Spiritually, it has made us stronger, and I know that the emotional strain has been hard for them to bear.

Gilmore: How has your faith helped you during your struggle with ALS? Helwig: My faith, …hmmm, faith is the active ingredient in the formula, but the power comes from my heavenly Father.

September 2016 SGNScoops Magazine

September 2016 SGNScoops Magazine

Gilmore: Amen. What specific Scriptures have been a comfort to you during this time? Helwig: Matthew 6: 9-13, and Matthew 26:36-46. I love to hear my Lord pray, I try to model my prayers after His.

Gilmore: Great word. How can fans help you and your family? Helwig: Keep praying!

Gilmore: Definitely! What are your plans once you can’t sing full-time anymore? Helwig: Once I can no longer travel and sing I guess I’ll just sit or lay around the house and be bored. I mean, what else could I do? [laughs] Really, I will just be a dad, a husband, and serve my Lord in whatever capacity He has planned for me.

All of us at SGNScoops wish to extend our thoughts and prayers to Michael, Billy and all of the Blackwoods, as well as Michael’s family. We hope to see you all at a concert in the near future.

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