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TUNE IN ALERT:  The Nelons on SiriusXM This Weekend

Written by Staff on January 19, 2018 – 5:38 pm -

Autumn Nelon Clark with her family, the Nelons

The Nelons

Beloved Family Group Shares Songs and Inspiration from Newest Project, The Americana Session

Nashville, TN (January 19, 2018) – The Nelons, one of the most beloved and iconic family groups of all time, will be featured during aSiriusXM special beginning this weekend on Enlighten, channel #65. The special will feature songs and inspiration from their brand new Daywind Records project, The Americana Sessions.
The special will air at the following times:
  • Saturday, January 20, 2018 – 12 NOON ET
  • Sunday, January 21, 2018 – 10 PM ET
  • Tuesday, January 23, 2018 – 1 PM ET
  • Wednesday, January, 24, 2018 – 6 PM ET
Produced and arranged by Jason Clark, the project features iconic classic compositions with intricate and stunning family harmonies, delivering the musical excellence that Kelly, Jason, Amber and Autumn are known for. From Glen Campbell’s “Gentle On My Mind,” to Dolly Parton’s “Coat of Many Colors,” and “An American Trilogy,” to “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” The Nelons weave songs of faith, family, God and country in a seamless journey on what could be condisdered a songbook of American culture.
To support the new release, The Nelons have embarked on The Americana Sessions Tour, receiving rave reviews with many SOLD OUT performances in theatres across the country.
The Nelons at Creekside 2017

The Nelons at Creekside 2017

The Americana Sessions is available now at www.TheNelons.com, iTunes, Amazon and other digital retail outlets.

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Ernie Haase & Signature Sound Prepare for Clear Skies

Written by Staff on January 15, 2018 – 11:34 am -

Ernie Haase & Signature Sound Prepare for Clear Skies

Ernie Haase & Signature Sound Prepare for Clear Skies

New Video Released from Ernie Haase and Beloved Group

First Project in 3 Years Now Available for Pre-Order
Stow, OH  – Grammy® nominated and multi-award winning group Ernie Haase & Signature Sound are gearing up for the release of their first recording of new material in three years, revealing the cover and insight about the project via social media this past week. Clear Skiesthe highly-anticipated Stow Town Records project releasing on January 26, 2018, is available for pre-order now.
Fans of the talented group always expect out-of-the-box musical moments and masterful production and this release delivers with a cornucopia of musical styles and themes from the modern, “My Hallelujah,” the 1975 Imperials classic arrangement of “Give Them All To Jesus,” to the fresh and appealing “Sailing With Jesus.”
Ernie Haase and Signature Sound to Appear on Grand Ole Opry

Ernie Haase and Signature Sound

This recording is set to exceed all expectations – the first single, “Give Me Jesus” is already in the top 5 national radio charts while the concept video has exceeded half a million views across social media.

Today, via Facebook, EHSS released a brand new video for the title track, “Clear Skies,” that’s sure to warm us all up on these cold Winter days. Click here to view the video.
One thing is clear: listeners are ready for new music and they’re about to get their wish! You can pre-order Clear Skies here, or via iTunes and Amazon.

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Williamsons feature in SGNScoops On The Road

Written by Staff on January 12, 2018 – 12:49 pm -

The Williamsons

The Williamsons: Donnie and Lisa Williamson, Karl Rice, Darin Hebert

SGNScoops is “On The Road!” SGNScoops Magazine writer Robert York had the opportunity to spend some time with the Williamsons last weekend. The group traveled all the way from Weleetka, Okla. to be in Georgia. Saturday night was the 75th birthday concert for their friend James Wright of the Wright Family. Also that evening, the Wright Family performed as well as David Gresham. In addition to Donnie and Lisa Williamson, the group includes Darin Hubert and Karl Rice.

The Williamsons

The Williamsons and hosts of Gospel Music USA, Karen Peck, Danny Jones

Donnie Williamson let me know that they would be at Southern Gospel Weekend coming up in Oxford, Alab., March 1, 2, 3. They also had their daughters with them. Monday morning they were scheduled to tape two TV programs for ‘Gospel Music USA’ which is hosted by Danny Jones, Mike LeFevre, and Karen Peck. I met the group with Danny Jones at Cracker Barrel for breakfast before the taping, enjoying a lot of joking and fun. You get Danny and Donnie together and you are in for a treat.

On to the tv station for the taping which was scheduled to start at noon. They taped the two programs and the interviews were just as much fun as breakfast. Also at the taping, the daughters and Lisa sang as a trio together. Gospel Music USA is aired on WATC-TV, which is available in the Atlanta area and also on the internet at www.watc.tv.

The Williamsons have produced more than a dozen recordings, performing material that is mostly written by Lisa and Donnie. They have been nominated in the Top Ten Best Mixed Group across the nation and have had several top 10 songs.

WilliamsonsMake your reservations and pack your bags and come to Oxford, Alab., on March 1, 2, 3 and be the Williamsons and many other great Gospel groups. For more information on Southern Gospel Weekend click here.

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Pray for the family of Gerald Wolfe

Written by Staff on January 7, 2018 – 8:30 am -

Gerald Wolfe and his dad

Gerald and his dad, ML (Mack) Wolfe

In the early morning of Sunday, January 7, 2018, Gerald Wolfe, of Greater Vision, wrote on Facebook:

“Saturday evening at 5:19pm, my Dad met Jesus, face to face. He was the most consistent man I’ve ever known. I will miss his sense of humor and his great story-telling. He is now healed and whole, and in the literal presence of The Lord.
Gerald Wolfe and his dadSee you soon, Dad! The rest of us won’t be too far behind!”

Mack Wolfe was 83. He and his wife had been married for 64 years.

SGNSCOOPS Magazine staff and friends join the Gospel music world in sending our prayers and condolences to Gerald Wolfe and all of his family in the passing of his father.


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Willie Wells and the Blue Ridge Mountain Grass Signs With Son Sound

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on January 3, 2018 – 8:50 pm -

 Willie Wells and the Blue Ridge Mountain Grass Signs With Son Sound

Willie Wells and the Blue Ridge Mountain Grass Signs With Son Sound

Bessemer City, NC – Son Sound Music Group is excited to announce they have signed a recording agreement with Willie Wells and the Blue Ridge Mountain Grass. Many blue grass fans are familiar with Bill’s Music Shop & Pickin’ Parlor. Willie’s dad, the late great Bill Wells, started The Blue Ridge Mountain Grass over 40 years ago. This incredibly talent group of guys span over 5 decades of bluegrass legacy. Now, Willie is excited to carry on the torch his father lit so many years ago.

Holly Robinson-Branch of Son Sound Music Group reached out to Willie after her long-time label artists, The King James Boys were recently signed to Pinecastle Records. “After much communication with Randy and the guys of King James Boys we felt it best for them to take a deal offered to them by another label, so I found myself in need of a new bluegrass group to invest in… So, I went on a search and stopped when I found Willie Wells and The Blueridge Mountain Grass. Every now and then you are blessed to find something different that still fits within a very traditional genre. I am so excited to begin a new project with these guys.”
Willie shares, “We will be beginning a new recording very soon with Son Sound Music Group. The new album will have a bluegrass gospel touch and will feature many original songs penned by our very own, Patrick Russell. We feel both The Blue Ridge Mountain Grass and Holly at Son Sound share the same vision for spreading the gospel while producing some great music.”
The band consists of Mr. Willie Wells on vocals and guitar, Patrick Russell on mandolin, guitar and vocals, fiddle and vocals provided by Don Ashley, Larry Klein sings and plays resophonic guitar, Mr. Tommy Thomas play bass and David Prosser is featured on banjo and vocals.
Son Sound Music Group will be releasing the new project by Willie Wells and The Blueridge Mountain Grass on itunes, amazon, google play, Pandora radio, YouTube and many other of your favorite music download and streaming sites in early Spring. For more information on Willie and the Boys visit www.BRMGrass.band or contact Son Sound Music Group at (704)868-4807 or at www.sonsoundstudios.com.

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Mighty Kingsmen regain Chris Jenkins

Written by Staff on January 2, 2018 – 11:03 am -

Asheville, NC (Dec. 31, 2017) — Ray Dean Reese is happy to announce that former Kingsmen tenor Chris Jenkins has re-joined the award-winning quartet effective December 31, 2017.Chris has continued to stay in the gospel music industry in last 2 years, serving in other capacities and spent more time at home with his wife, Stephanie and son, Ryan.

Chris Jenkins, The Kingsmen

Chris states, “Being a quartetman at heart, it’s hard to imagine myself as anything else. I am beyond honored to have the opportunity to climb back on The Kingsmen bus and reunite with this strong 61-year legacy. I want to thank Ray Dean and Brandon Reese and the rest of The Kingsmen for their friendship and welcoming me back to The Kingsmen family.

Chris Jenkins, The Kingsmen

Chris Jenkins, The Kingsmen

“What a joy it will be to see old friends I haven’t seen in two years and most importantly sharing with people the message of the gospel through song! I am looking forward to great things from the Lord and the opportunity to make more life-changing music with this wonderful ministry.”

Source: Brandon Reese/Kingsmen Quartet// singingnews.com

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Tara Younce passes away

Written by Staff on January 1, 2018 – 12:25 pm -

Tara Younce

Tara Younce

SGNScoops is sad to announce the passing of Tara Younce, beloved daughter of the late George and Clara Younce, and beloved sister of Lisa (Ernie Haase), Gina (Rick), George Lane, and late sister Dana.

Ernie Haase posted the following :

Last night (12-31-17) at around 9:20pm our Tara went home to be with the Lord.

We can’t begin to imagine the joyful celebration as she was greeted by her Daddy, her sister Dana and Jesus Himself. We were right there beside her as the angels carried her peacefully home.

Ernie, Lisa, Gina, Tara Younce

Ernie, Lisa, Gina, Tara

Thank you for your prayers for this family. Through tears and broken hearts we praise our Father for the Miracle for Tara. He healed Tara, raised her up to walk into a new life free, whole and eternal.

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SGNScoops entire staff and associates wish to extend their sympathy and prayers to the family and friends of Tara Younce.


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Ricky Braddy leaves Karen Peck and New River

Written by Staff on December 31, 2017 – 11:38 am -

Ricky Braddy of Karen Peck and New River

Ricky Braddy of Karen Peck and New River. Photo by Craig Harris

Karen Peck and New River have announced the departure of Ricky Braddy.

“Last night was Ricky Dale Braddy’s last night with KPNR. (We couldn’t do a video because all of us would have cried the whole time! Lol) Ricky told us about his departure a few weeks ago. We decided to step back, enjoy the Christmas break, and then afterwards, make the announcement. Ricky came into our ministry when life was a whirlwind. Rickey Gooch was battling cancer and we were very distraught. Ricky B. was a rock. He rolled up his sleeves, prayed, and plowed through the chaos with us.

Karen Peck and New River with Ricky Braddy

Karen Peck and New River with Ricky Braddy

“We have traveled many miles since he joined us and we will forever be grateful for his contributions to KPNR. He undoubtedly has one of the most amazing, anointed, powerful voices in our generation. We pray that the Lord will continue to use him as the new Worship Leader at Cross Roads Church in Nashville. We love him and he will always be a part of our family/ministry. We have not decided on a replacement yet but hopefully will make an announcement in the near future. Thanks for your continued prayers!” See Peck’s post here.

Karen Peck and New River with Ricky Braddy

Karen Peck and New River with Ricky Braddy

Braddy says: “Just played my last show with this amazing family. I’ve spent the last two and a half years traveling and ministering with this group (Karen Peck and New River). I don’t have words to express how grateful I am to have been a part of such a wonderful and powerful ministry. As 2018 rolls in, a new chapter in my life begins with it. The love and support I’ve felt from every person in this picture will carry me well into my next step. Nothing but good things ahead!”

October 2015 SGNScoops Magazine

October 2015 SGNScoops Magazine

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Season of Giving: A ROARK FAMILY CHRISTMAS TRADITION

Written by Staff on December 29, 2017 – 8:42 am -

A ROARK FAMILY CHRISTMAS TRADITION:

A ROARK FAMILY CHRISTMAS TRADITION

Paul Roark, husband of Jetta and father to Shane and Travis, was a generous man who loved to give to others.

Paul Roark

Paul Roark

Travis shared from his heart, “When dad passed away, instead of flowers, we placed money into a fund to help make Christmas special for some local kids who would otherwise not have gifts to open at Christmas. This has become a tradition for our family.”

The Paul Roark Memorial Children’s Christmas Fund is supported by the generosity of some private donors and the items sold at Christmas in the Smokies. Chapel Valley matches the donations and sales and that money is used to bless local families in need each Christmas. Shane stated, “God blessed us with the ultimate gift, His Son. Christmas isn’t the same without Dad here, but I’m so thankful that we were blessed with a father who taught us how much joy there is in giving to others.”

A ROARK FAMILY CHRISTMAS TRADITIONThis year, five children ages 3-9 were recipients of the gifts from the Paul Roark Memorial Children’s Christmas
Fund. “Paul may not be here to help us deliver the gifts to these special little ones, but his spirit of generosity and love inspires us as we continue to share this Christmas joy,” shared Jetta.

A ROARK FAMILY CHRISTMAS TRADITIONMerry Christmas to you and your families as you celebrate Christmas together!

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A Canton Junction Christmas

Written by Staff on December 23, 2017 – 2:57 pm -

Canton Junction Christmas

Canton Junction Christmas

Canton Junction refers to the crossroads of different subjects or regions into one gathering point. In June 2011, four individuals came together to form what is now one of America’s top Southern Gospel quartets named Canton Junction. While they love to raise their voices in song, their greatest desire is to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the world. Casey Rivers, Matthew Hagee and Tim Duncan along with Ryan Seaton (on recording “A Canton Junction Christmas” 2016) their talents and passion together and wrap them in a present for all Junction fans in their latest release, A Canton Junction Christmas.

 

Canton Junction members come from a rich heritage of Southern Gospel Music. Rivers first learned of this God-given music from his parents, who would sing the time-tested songs of a little-known songwriter. He lightheartedly adds, “We learned of many of the songs through a guy named Bill Gaither. He’s going to make it one day!”

 

Canton Junction Christmas Hagee has literally grown up in the ministry. A sixth-generation minister, Matthew is the son of John Hagee, founding pastor of Cornerstone Church. Gospel Music has been a significant influence on his life since he was a child.

 

Duncan has loved quartet music since a very early age. He says, “My dad would buy records and I fell in love with the four-part harmony with the tenor going high and the bass going low.”

 

Rivers, lead singer for Canton Junction, resides in Lindale, Texas, with his wife, Doni, and their four children. “My wife and I just celebrated 10 years of marriage,” he says. “We celebrate four healthy and beautiful kids every day. I’m able to balance [my time between family and ministry] because we build on God’s firm foundation. Plus, I have an incredible wife. We are a great team.”

 

Before joining Canton Junction, Rivers appeared on stage with musical legends such as Kenny Rogers, Loretta Lynn, Neal McCoy, Sara Evans, the Gatlin Brothers, and others. He also performed on the Grand Ole Opry Stage and was runner up on season four of the singing competition television series titled, Nashville Star. While music is truly a part of his life, his greatest passion is sharing the love of Jesus Christ through song.

 

“I’ve been around music all my life and I credit my love for it to my parents,” says Casey. “They sang in a Gospel group when I was a little guy and I knew at a young age this is what I wanted to do. Now I get to do it for a living and for God’s glory.”

 

Canton Junction Christmas A self-proclaimed quartet man, Duncan sings bass for Canton Junction. Having received the Singing News Fan Award for Best Bass Singer, he was one of the original four members of the popular group, Ernie Haase and Signature Sound. Even so, he has not let his many accomplishments, including Dove Awards and Grammy nominations, cloud his view. His primary goal is to minister to others through song.

 

Duncan enjoys spending time with his family when he is not on the road traveling with the group. He shares, “I’ve been married 25 years and have two sons: Breck (23) and Brandon (22). I have a wonderful family and would be lost in this world without the love of my wife, Melissa.”

 

Hailing from the great state of Texas, Hagee sings tenor for Canton Junction. He is blessed to come from a family legacy of ministry. In addition to being a speaker, vocalist, and published author of two books, Shaken, Not Shattered and Response-Able, he is also a graduate of Oral Roberts University School of Business. When he is not on the stage, he enjoys working with cattle and horses, the heartbeat of a true Texan.

 

While ministry is the focus of his life, his role as a father has also captured a piece of his heart. He says the most incredible experience he has ever had was becoming a father. “There isn’t a thing in the world that replaces the joy of seeing your children being born,” says Hagee.

 

Canton Junction Christmas Canton Junction is proud to present their latest project titled, A Canton Christmas. Filled with songs that highlight the true meaning of Christmas, this album is the perfect way to light up your holiday season. Rivers even says that there is not a song on this project that he does not look forward to sharing.

 

Hagee discusses his favorite song on the project: “Personally, I really enjoy what we captured with ‘Let There Be Peace on Earth.’ It is for absolutely selfish reasons that I say that because my children and my father are singing with me. I cannot tell you how special that moment was and will be for a long time.”

 

“We Three Kings” is Duncan’s favorite song on the project. He says the arrangement is the best he has heard in a long time. Plus, it is one of his favorite Christmas songs.

 

Another favorite that is being well-received even with mainstream country radio is “A Big Ole Texas Christmas.” Hagee adds that it is, “one of those songs that just seem to set the mood for joy and cheer.” Duncan adds, “It’s such a fun Christmas song. The lyrics mention locations that are well-known in Texas, but they are also city names from across the country.”

   

In addition to the ways people can relate to the lyrics of the song, Rivers believes it connects with a wide audience because it is fresh. “If a listener hears a song such as ‘A Big Ole Texas Christmas’ on Country radio and they like what they hear then a door has been opened,” says Rivers. “That particular song may not mention Jesus, but it unlocks a project full of equally well-crafted songs drenched with the message and celebration of Jesus’ birth!”
   

Ten years from now, Canton Junction hopes to continue sharing musical moments with others. With vocalists like Duncan helping hold down the fort, they will definitely continue to carry on their musical journey. Tim’s favorite part of traveling is meeting and talking with long-time friends. He says, “All of us in Canton [Junction] are so thankful for our wonderful loyal fans and supporters. And being able to help a lot of hurting people through the Gospel expressed in the music we sing is a privilege we do not take for granted.”

   

Helping hurting people is a special calling of Canton Junction. Hagee gives the following advice for someone who needs encouragement today: “Don’t give up. There are a lot of days when quitting looks good. But the Bible says to press on regardless how difficult it is. Be willing to take the next step of faith.”

 

Rivers adds, “God is not set back or surprised at whatever we are facing. God is for us. If God is for us, then who can be against us? No one or nothing. His plans are good and not for our harm. His plans involve hope and a future beyond our current circumstance!” (See Jeremiah 29:11).

 

Canton Junction Christmas

Canton Junction at NQC 2015

The members of this popular group put their trust in God alone. They have come together to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ through song. The ministry of Canton Junction has one primary goal, and that is to lead people to the saving knowledge of Christ Jesus. This Christmas, make it memorable season by putting your trust in the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Let us all come together as we keep our eyes on Jesus, making this a Canton Junction Christmas!

 

Connect with Canton Junction online at http://www.differencemedia.org/artists/canton-junction

 

December 2016 SGNScoops Magazine

December 2016 SGNScoops Magazine

Photo Credits: Canton Junction/Difference Media, Craig Harris

By Jennifer Campbell

First published by SGNScoops Magazine in December 2016

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