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Pray For Russell Wise

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on June 26, 2017 – 11:31 am -

Pray For Russell Wise

Pray For Russell Wise

We are asking that all of our friends please pray for Russell Wise, the founding member of Surrendered. He has been taken directly to the ER from his Dr’s office. Several tests are being done and we will keep you updated. ~ Joseph

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Dean Hopper Becomes a Student of Down Time

Written by Staff on June 23, 2017 – 6:01 pm -

Dean Hopper and The Hoppers

Dean Hopper and The Hoppers

The Hoppers develop a new normal following Dean Hopper’s recent health scare

The Hoppers don’t have time for jigsaw puzzles. However, time and patience are exactly what has been required as they’ve carefully pieced things back together as of late.


Dean Hopper and The HoppersIn early December, America’s favorite family of Gospel music was shaken when Dean Hopper suffered a pair of strokes over a two-day span.


“Any time you have a stroke, it comes out of nowhere,” Dean says. “I knew I was tired. I was stressed. I opened a new business last year. You’re heading into the holidays, so you have extra concerts because of Christmas. We did some work in the studio. We were trying to make all of that happen. I was tired … tired as much as anything. Evidently, I wasn’t getting enough solid sleep at night.”


The unexpected episode began with vertigo-like symptoms.


Dean Hopper and The Hoppers“We were in a country club doing a Christmas program for a guy, and his chef had made us dinner,” Dean recalls. “It was about 4:30 (p.m.) on Dec. 6. All of a sudden, the walls started moving. It was like the earth moving below you, and you can’t stop it. It lasted for about 60 seconds, and it quit. I went, sat up, sang and did the program. We had been on the road about a week at that point.


“We went home, and we were trying to get ready to go again. I was up in my office, and Karlye (Dean’s daughter) was with me. Things started moving. It was about a minute and a half. I just thought I was tired, so I went to bed early. The next morning, I had to see an orthopedic specialist to get an MRI on my knee (for a torn meniscus), and I got up with double vision. We did a concert that night. On the second portion (of the concert) that night, I had double vision for about eight minutes.”


That prompted Dean to seek medical counsel.


Dean Hopper and The Hoppers“I called a doctor friend in Savannah, Tenn., and she said it might be an aneurysm,” Dean explains. “I had already had a CT (computed tomography) scan, and it came back normal. (At the emergency room), I was laying in the bed, and I had a (similar) episode. He said, ‘You have had a stroke.’ My symptoms were double vision, headaches, and what I call vertigo-like symptoms.”


Those symptoms of dizziness and feeling like the world was spinning actually lasted until early January before they ceased.

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Baseball Legend Don Mattingly Hits A Home Run In Southern Gospel With Matt Felts

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on June 22, 2017 – 12:40 pm -

Baseball Legend Don Mattingly Hits A Home Run In Southern Gospel With Matt Felts

Baseball Legend Don Mattingly Hits A Home Run In Southern Gospel With Matt Felts

Nashville, TN  Growing up in St. Louis, Matt Felts was most likely the only kid in town with posters of Don Mattingly, star first baseman for the New York Yankees, on his wall. “I was a big fan of his. Even though I was a diehard Cardinals fan, I loved the way he played the game. He was my baseball hero,” stated Matt Felts. Mattingly is considered one of the best first basemen in the history of baseball and is one of a very few to have their number retired by the Yankees. Fast forward 30 years, and Don Mattingly is hitting a homerun of a different kind as a featured guest on Matt Felts’ debut solo project, Based On A True Story.

The unlikely pairing is a unique twist for a Gospel album. For his new project, Matt wanted to find songs that truly told “his” story. Baseball played a huge part of Matt’s life and testimony, having played in the minor leagues, so when he came across a song entitled “The First Baseball Game” written by Maria Cole, wife of Nat King Cole, he knew he had to include it. “It’s a great song that combined the Gospel and baseball. How could I not record that?” stated Matt. “My mom is related to the Mattingly family, but it wasn’t until a few years ago that God crossed my path with Don. I was singing at a church in his hometown. The pastor and I were talking about him. Little did I know that this church was Don’s home church. The pastor left and came back a few minutes later and told me that he had just spoken to Don, and he wanted to invite me up to a game. We try to meet up at least once a season,” he added. When he began work on the album, Matt called Don to see if he would consider being a guest on this song. Mattingly agreed without hesitation. He is currently the manager of the Miami Marlins and recorded his part of the song at the Miami Marlins ballpark.

As expected, Mattingly’s participation has caught the eye of many outside of Gospel music. “The response has already been amazing. We are working with ESPN and other sports outlets on some upcoming appearances,” added Matt. The album also caught the eye of a sports illustrator who created a custom artwork of Matt Felts with Don Mattingly that has been turned into a baseball card. A limited number of signed cards have been inserted into Matt’s new CD. The Nashville Sounds, minor league team for the Oakland A’s, have also partnered with Matt on his project. The Sounds stadium is featured throughout the album, and they have joined Matt on several promotions in support of the album.

Over his legendary career, Don Mattingly collected 2,153 hits. It looks like with the release of “The First Baseball Game” to the fans of Southern Gospel, he may be adding a hit of a different kind to his resume. Fans of baseball and Southern Gospel can find this special album at or on iTunes.

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Written by Staff on June 22, 2017 – 7:33 am -



Special Showcase to be held on Tuesday during NQC 2017

Pigeon Forge, TN (June 19, 2017) – Excitement continues to build for the 60th Anniversary of NQC – Gospel music’s largest annual event. The NQC and SGMA have announced a new partnership to present the inaugural SGMA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Benefit Concert to be held on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 during the afternoon at the LeConte Convention Center in Pigeon Forge, TN.

The program will honor the 2017 Hall of Fame class of inductees – Troy Burns, LaBreeska, Hemphill, Randy Shelnut, and Tony Greene – and will also feature special performances by the Jim Brady Trio, the Hoppers, the Kingdom Heirs, Karen Peck & New River, the Second Half Quartet, the Guardians, Triumphant, the Whisnants, and Tribute. Serving as master of ceremonies will be SGMA Hall of Fame member, Dr. Jerry Goff.

SGMA Hall of Fame

The event will serve as a benefit for the SGMA Hall of Fame and Museum, which is located at the main entrance of Dollywood. The Hall of Fame and Museum features many important pieces of memorabilia and historic artifacts of Southern Gospel Music history.

“We are so grateful to the NQC Board of Directors for partnering with us to help keep the vision of the SGMA alive,“ states Arthur Rice, SGMA President. “This special event will be our biggest fundraiser of the year. Many of the legends who have been inducted into the Hall of Fame will be present to participate in the concert. Having all these artists in one place, at one time, onstage… will be one of the highlights of the convention.”

Admission for this event is $20.00, the same price as all of the other NQC Showcase Spectaculars, and can be purchased at or on site at NQC. The event will be from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 26, 2017, at the LeConte Convention Center in Pigeon Forge.

Information about all the daytime and evening activities at the NQC can also be found at

The addition of this program is just one more reason why the 60th Anniversary NQC will be an event you just can’t miss!

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Sandi Patty Releases LIVE Farewell Recording

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on June 21, 2017 – 11:14 pm -

Sandi Patty Releases LIVE Farewell Recording

Sandi Patty Releases LIVE Farewell Recording

NASHVILLE, Tenn. —Five-time GRAMMY® Award winner and 40-time GMA DOVE Award winner Sandi Patty recently embarked on her farewell tour on the heels of a career that has spanned over 40 years and inspired countless fans and fellow musicians. 

Gaither Music Group is pleased to release a new CD and DVD recording of that LIVE concert.  Forever Grateful: Live from the Farewell Tour, which will hit shelves this Friday, June 16th, captures many of Patty’s most awarded hits and classic gospel songs including “Love in Any Language,” “We Shall Behold Him,” “Via Dolorosa,” “The Old Rugged Cross,” “It Is Well with My Soul,” “How Great Thou Art” and medleys of hits such as “How Majestic Is Your Name,” “Let There Be Praise,” “Another Time, Another Place,” “I’ve Just Seen Jesus,” “More Than Wonderful” and more.
“It is hard to believe that after several years of planning and looking forward to The Forever Grateful Tour, it is all over,” stated Patty, the most awarded female vocalist in contemporary Christian music history.  “Now, I find myself thinking of something new every day that took place during the tour–the stories we were privileged to hear about a certain song being integral in one’s particular season of life…the songs that we got to ‘dust off’ from the old days and have my kids think, ‘Wow, Mom, that’s a cool song.’ 
“In 20 or so years, I want my grandkids to know what was important to me…that sharing about God’s faithfulness through music was an honor and a privilege.  This year I received one question time and time again—‘How do you want to be remembered?’  My answer will forever be the same—I am a woman who loves her Lord fiercely.  I am a woman who loves her family passionately.  And when I got a chance…I sang about it!”

That voice garnered four Billboard Music Awards, three platinum records, five gold records and 11 million units sold.  The Gospel Music Hall of Fame member, simply known to many as The Voice, delivered her final farewell program in over 90 markets.
Filmed at Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis, Tennessee, Forever Grateful: Live from the Farewell Tour will be airing on DISH TV, DirecTV, GaitherTV, PBS, TBN, RFD-TV, FamilyNet, CTN, GMC, GMTN, Guardian, Liberty, TCT and TLN. It will air in Canada on Vision TV, CTS, The Miracle Channel and Hope TV.
The recording, exclusively distributed by Capitol Christian Distribution and Universal Music, is available throughout general market stores and the Christian marketplace in addition to online retailers including iTunes, Amazon and  

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Jason Davidson On Gospel Music Today

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on June 19, 2017 – 12:16 pm -

Jason Davidson On Gospel Music Today

Jason Davidson On Gospel Music Today

Jason Davidson and Adelaide Callaway are the guests on Gospel Music Today for the week of June 18 and Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates. The Feature Group is The Perry Sisters, and Jean reviews a new recording by The Kingsmen. An article from SGN Scoops magazine is the subject of this week’s News Notes and In the News this week is Euel Bilderback, Dan Keeton, The Collingsworth Family and The Troy Burns Family. The show features exclusive concert video of The Freemans, recorded by Gospel Music Today’s cameras in Springdale, AR, and a visit to the Gospel Music Today Archives for an exclusive video of James Marvell, singing his newly re-released song, “Banking on Jesus.”

The show is on KWHB TV47 in Oklahoma every Sunday at 4:30 PM, and on Roku on FFE TV Monday at 8:00 PM and AllNations TV Tuesday and Wednesday at 6:30 PM. . Check local TV schedule for Bruce, MS,  Phenix City, AL, Pontotoc, MS, Beaumont, TX, Tyler, TX. Atlanta, TX, Morrilton, AR, and West Plains, MO. The current edition of Gospel Music Today is online now at the Gospel Music Today website,

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Jeff Steele Talks About his Dad…

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on June 17, 2017 – 10:07 am -

Jeff Steele Talks About his Dad...

Jeff Steele Talks About his Dad…

My dad was very, very talented. He was a DJ, a singer, an actor a writer, as a matter of fact I’m not sure I ever saw anything (creatively) he COULDN’T do! Every time I write or sing a song, preach a sermon or am blessed enough to win an award HE is with me through the gifts he passed on to me. Dad I am doing everything I can to carry on the work you left behind. Sometimes we suffer a setback in the process BUT sir we are winning more than we lose. Brad…the grandson you never met is on deck to carry on for BOTH of us! Happy Father’s Day in Heaven!!

Love, Jeff

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The Erwins and Joseph Habedank Embark on The Resurrection of Faith Tour

Written by Staff on June 16, 2017 – 11:45 am -

The Erwins

The Erwins

The Erwins and Joseph Habedank Embark on The Resurrection of Faith Tour

Nashville, TN (June 15, 2017) — What do you get when you bring together two of Gospel music’s most exciting, beloved and young artists? You get The Resurrection of Faith Tour.
Joseph Habedank and The Erwins are uniting to present The Resurrection of Faith Tour, bringing together their music ministries for a special evening.
With both artists deep commitment to ministry and their musical excellence, this night is not to be missed! Kicking off Thursday, June 22, 2017 in Texas and hitting select tour markets throughout the end of 2017, the tour promises to be a delight to audiences of all ages.
The Erwins are a true gospel music success story. The family participated in the NQC Talent Shows in 2001, 2005, then sang in Regional Showcases in 2010 and won ‘Best of the Week’ in 2011. They’ve been awarded Favorite New Mixed Group at the Singing News Fan Awards and appeared on the GMA Dove Awards Telecast. They’ve been featured on Daystar TV’s Gospel Music Showcase, The Music City Show, and performed the National Anthem by request of the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium. The family has been featured by People Magazine, Singing News, Simple Grace, and more. During their earlier years, the family would sing for anyone who would listen, quite literally anywhere. One evening at Freedom Hall, the young family found themselves in an elevator with Vestal Goodman. Of course, they sang for her. In typical Vestal fashion, after they sang she laid hands on them and prayed over them for God to bless and use them in a mighty way. It’s safe to say that God heard that prayer.
Joseph Habedank is a multi-award-winning and Dove Award nominated singer/songwriter. Joseph has a unique and powerful testimony that has been featured on Fox News, TBN’s Praise the Lord, and in such publications as Billboard Magazine, CCM Magazine, Christian Post, New Release Today, Christian Today, and Glenn Beck’s The Blaze. Joseph was awarded Singing News Magazine’s New Soloist of the Year in 2014. Additionally, he was awarded Young Artist of the Year in 2009 by the fans of Gospel Music and Songwriter of the Year at the Absolutely Gospel Music Awards in 2011. His songs have been recorded by Reba McEntire, Gold City, Brian Free & Assurance, Karen Peck & New River, Lauren Talley, The Hoppers, The Kingsmen, Ivan Parker, Jeff & Sheri Easter, and many more.  He has helped write two nationally charted number one songs and in 2010, “If You Knew Him” (written with Rodney Griffin) was nominated for Southern Gospel Song of the Year at the GMA Dove Awards and won the Singing News Fan Award for Song of the Year.  Joseph currently resides just outside Nashville, TN with his wife, Lindsay.
Joseph Habedank

Joseph Habedank and his wife , Lindsay

The Resurrection of Faith Tour is booked exclusively by The Caldwell agency. More information can be found at and
Thursday, June 22, 2017
Gilmer Civic Center
1925 N Wood St
Gilmer TX 75644
For Information: 903-746-2353
Friday, June 23, 2017
Cultural Activities Center
3011 N 3rd St
Temple, TX, United States
Friday, June 30, 2017
Liberty Civic Auditorium
314 W Main St
Liberty SC 29657
Friday, October 6, 2017
First Baptist Church
38 Canal St
Port Crane, NY 13833
For booking information contact:
Scott Caldwell
The Caldwell Agency

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Butler Music Group Artists Honored With 15 Diamond Award Nominations

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on June 15, 2017 – 9:40 am -

Butler Music Group Artists Honored With 15 Diamond Award Nominations

Butler Music Group Artists Honored With 15 Diamond Award Nominations

Nashville, TN  With the release of the Top 10 nominations in the Diamond Awards, Butler Music Group has much to celebrate. Seven of their artists appeared in the Top 10 and BMG artists accumulated fifteen nominations in total.

The Williamsons have been on a hot-streak that has included a # 1 song, Song of the Year and Album of the Year awards, as well as numerous TV appearances.  That streak continues with nominations for Favorite Mixed Group as well as a nomination for Lisa Chesser Williamson in the Songwriter of the Year category.

The Old Time Preachers Quartet burst onto the scene last year and have become one of the hottest groups in Gospel music. Fans have embraced them as is evidenced by their two nominations for Horizon Quartet and Album of the Year. New soloist Jason Davidson also had a breakout year with his first song in the Top 40. Fans nominated Jason in the Sunrise Artist category.

Butler Music Group is home to some of Southern Gospel’s top new trios and this years Diamond Awards highlighted two of those. The Coffmans have been catching the attention of Gospel fans for a few years. They were blessed with two nominations, Sunrise Artist and Sunrise Trio. Sacred Harmony join the Coffmans with two nominations of their own; Sunrise Artist and Video of the Year. Matt Felts, who recently launched a solo ministry, also received two nominations. Fans nominated Matt for Male Vocalist of the Year and Sunrise Artist.

With four consecutive # 1 songs to their credit, Butler Music Group artist Heaven’s Mountain Band have become one of the premier Bluegrass artists in Gospel music. Fans honored them with four nominations; Bluegrass Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, Album of the Year, and Bluegrass Male artist of the Year for Roger Johnson.

BMG Production artists, Bama Blu-Grace also hit it big in the bluegrass categories.  They were nominated for Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Bluegrass Group of the Year.
BMG owner, Les Butler said, “we are overwhelmed by the fan response to our artists.  The Diamond Awards are legitimate.  All Southern Gospel fans are invited to vote.  That makes winning a Diamond Award a very special career highlight!”

The Diamond Awards honor the best artists in Gospel music anf are presented by SGN Scoops Magazine. Voting is now under way for the Top 5. Fans can go to to vote today for their favorite Butler Music Group artists.

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Purpose Joins M.A.C. Records & Releases New Project

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on June 11, 2017 – 10:07 am -

Purpose Joins M.A.C. Records & Releases New Project

Purpose Joins M.A.C. Records & Releases New Project

M.A.C. Records is pleased to announce that the group, Purpose, from Russellville AL has joined the family under the Magnolia Records division of M.A.C. Records. Recently, Dennis and Leslie McKay of M.A.C. Records along with Bobby and Amy Richardson of Richardson Multimedia Group sat down at Studio 115A in Columbus, MS with the group. Purpose was the 2016 Vernon Alabama’s Gospel Music Weekend Talent Search winners and has just released their new project, “A New Day With Purpose”.

This project is really special for Purpose because it represents a couple of firsts. This is their first project with original songs written by members of the group. Some of the original songs that are fast becoming fan favorites include “I Know Me”, “Never Be the Same”, and “Not Gonna Give The Devil My Song.” This project also has their first radio single called “Trust Him” that has been released through Hey Y’all Media. It too is an original that was written by Paula McDougle.

When Purpose began singing together in 2011, Tim Williams, Byron Gann, and Paula McDougle were known to some as “The Church Trio”. Knowing they were not just a singing group, but an evangelistic team, they formed the group, “Purpose”, and based it on Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good for those who love God and are called according to His purpose.”

They had a full schedule of ministry events for the year when Vernon Alabama’s Gospel Music Weekend Talent Search was announced. Tim said, “We had already signed up for the event, but we decided to enter the contest. Whether we won or not, we decided that we would not short-change the favor of God.” Paula also commented, “Music is the venue that gets us into places. We feel like we have a story to tell and a ministry to share.” Byron humbly expressed, “I’m still amazed that God would use me. God has fulfilled the desires of my heart and I’m amazed that He continues to open doors.” You could feel the expression of humility as they commented that they are amazed that “anybody would ever want to come out and hear us sing.” They share the gospel of Christ through Southern Gospel and Praise songs as well as sharing what God has done in their lives.

Leslie McKay of M.A.C. Records expressed that it is their music that you come to hear, but when coming to a service with Purpose, it’s also an experience. “It’s the total package. It’s the Word, the Spirit…it’s everything. It’s much more than just the music. When people come to a worship service with “Purpose”, people come with expectation because you know it’s going to be something good.”

For booking information or to get your copy of “A New Day With Purpose”, contact Paula McDougle

at 256-627- 8784. You can find them on Facebook @Purpose.AL.

For more information about M.A.C. Records and Studio 115A, contact Dennis McKay at 662-889-2829 or by e-mail at Contact them on Facebook @musicstudio115a.

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