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SGNScoops announces 2019 Diamond Awards Top 10 Nominees

Written by Staff on March 23, 2019 – 12:31 pm -

Diamond AwardsOxford, Ala. (March 23, 2019) — In a live Facebook broadcast from the Oxford Civic Center in Oxford, Alabama, Jean Grady, of Gospel Music Today and Rob Patz, of Coastal Media, announced the top ten nominees for the 2019 Diamond Awards. To vote for your favorites, click HERE.

Rob Patz with Diamond Award winner Kenna West

“We are thrilled to present the list of nominees for this year’s Diamond Awards,” says Patz. “There are well-deserving artists in each category and I encourage every fan and industry member to vote for their favorites. It’s going to be a great year for the awards!”

To see the list of nominees and vote for your favorites, click HERE.

with 2017 Diamond Award

Kelly Nelon Clark with 2017 Diamond Award

Fans will now vote in each category and a list of the Top Five nominees will be announced this summer. Voters will then choose their favorites, with the final winners to be announced in a gala presentation at the 2019 Diamond Awards, held in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, on October 29, 2019. Vote today.

Creekside Gospel Music Convention 2019

Creekside Gospel Music Convention 2019

The 2019 Diamond Awards ceremony will be held during the Creekside Gospel Music Convention, October 27 – 31, 2019, at the Smoky Mountains Convention Center, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The Convention features daily showcases, evening concerts, midnight prayer, and several special events during the week. General admission is free.

The voting site for the top ten Diamond Award nominees can be found on the SGNScoops website here. Vote today.

For more information on the Creekside Gospel Music Convention and the 2019 Diamond Awards ceremony, as accommodations and VIP tickets, contact Rob Patz at 360-933-0741. More information can also be found on the Creekside Gospel Music Convention Facebook page.

 


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First Day of Southern Gospel Weekend a blast!

Written by Staff on March 22, 2019 – 5:28 pm -

SGW 2019 Thurs Veterans NightOxford, Ala. (March 22, 2019) – The first day of Southern Gospel Weekend was filled with numerous gospel artists and styles, from the Bluegrass sound of Eagle’s Wings to the Country gospel stylings of Tonja Rose and Jessica Horton. Fans began filling the auditorium at 5:00 p.m. and the excitement grew as the First Responders and Veterans began entering the hall, after a special private reception with the artists.

SGW 2019 Thurs Veterans NightThe Veterans Appreciation event began the evening with the presentation of the flags, followed by keynote speaker Ken Rollins, who honored the Veterans and First Responders for their service. Special music by Mark209 and Matthew Wilson of Eagles Wings.

SGW 2019 Thurs Veterans NightSGW 2019 Thurs Veterans NightSGW 2019 Thurs Veterans NightSGW 2019 Thurs Veterans NightThe musical portion of the evening was very well received, with artists like Mercy Rain, the Williamsons, New Ground and ClearVision Quartet.

After the concert, many went to eat at Hubbard’s Off Main, where the Midnight Prayer portion was led by Tonja Rose.

We hope you enjoy the images we have captured for you.

Please note, for any that are in the Oxford, Ala., area:  All day Saturday there are events in the Civic Center. Most are free admission. Be sure to catch the Diamond Awards Top 10 big reveal.

SGW 2019 Thurs Veterans NightFor more information please call SGW 2019 ThursdayHubbard's Off Main.

SGW 2019 Thursday Mid Prayer. Tonja Rose

SGW 2019 Thursday Mid Prayer. Tonja Rose

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Top 10 Diamond Award Nominees announced tomorrow

Written by Staff on March 22, 2019 – 2:33 pm -

The Top 10 nominees in the 2019 Diamond Awards will be announced live at a Finalist Reveal Party during the Southern Gospel Weekend event in Oxford, Alabama. Jean Grady of Gospel Music Today will be announcing the top ten finalists in each gospel music category on a Facebook Live Event, Saturday, March 23 at 2:00 p.m. (CST).

Southern Gospel Weekend will once again host the Reveal Party during the full schedule of events planned for the last day and evening of the festival.

Rob Patz and Jean Grady discuss the 2017 Diamond Awards.

Rob Patz and Jean Grady discuss the 2019 Diamond Awards.

 

Rob Patz, CEO of Coastal Media and owner of SGNScoops and the Diamond Awards, is thrilled to present the unveiling of nominees. “I’m excited to be able to unveil the names of these artists along with Jean. This is always one of my favorite parts of the voting process, to find out who our readers think are the very best in gospel music,” says Patz. “I hope everyone will be glued to SGNScoops’ Facebook page for the great reveal!”

All those in the Oxford, Ala., area are invited to come to the Oxford Civic Center for more great music tomorrow. General admission is free. Artists include Eagle’s Wings, the Connells, the Williamsons, the McKay Project, Jessica Horton, Day Three, Mercy Fell, Hope’s Journey, the Bibletones, Mark209, and the Diplomats. This great lineup starts at 5:00 pm following the 2:00 p.m. Finalist Reveal Party.

 

SGW Sat 2019For more information, call 256-310-7892.

 

 


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Smoky Mountain Gospel Jubilee celebrates 8 years

Written by Staff on March 22, 2019 – 12:46 pm -

JP Miller on the set of the Smoky Mountain Gospel Jubilee.

J.P. Miller on the set of the Smoky Mountain Gospel Jubilee.

Sevierville, TN – Eight years ago, J.P. Miller got a call from his friend, Ron Ogle. Ron asked J.P. to host a live radio show from Ogle Furniture Outlet every week and to invite his gospel music friends to perform on the program. Although J.P. had his reservations, he accepted the task and created the Smoky Mountain Gospel Jubilee. Life for J.P., Ron and Betty Ogle and Ogle Furniture Outlet has never been the same.

J.P. Miller stated, “When my phone rang and I saw it was Ron, I got nervous. You never know what Ron is calling about. When he first presented his idea, I thought it would fail. Who would want to come to a furniture store during the week and hear gospel music? Nothing like this has been done before. Because Ron and Betty Ogle were such good friends and helped me in so many ways, I told him I would try to make it happen. I called Jamie Lewis at Praise 96.3 to set up the show and began to call my gospel music friends. When it came time for our first show I thought maybe 10 people would show up. It was standing room only and things have grown so much from that night.”

 

They were on to something! The Smoky Mountain Gospel Jubilee has become a fixture for locals and tourists alike. Each Monday at 6:00 p.m. guests enjoy sitting in their favorite recliner and watching gospel singers perform on a stage constructed from a 200-year-old grist mill Ron Ogle salvaged several years ago. They have done over 300 live shows and over 25,000 guests have attended the show in person. A couple of years into the show’s success they added television to their production with over 100 shows taped to date.

Kingdom Heirs

Kingdom Heirs to appear at Smoky Mountain Gospel Jubilee on Mon. Mar. 25

Ron Ogle shared, “Betty and I wanted to showcase J.P.’s talent in singing and his natural ability to talk and interview guests. We not only have singers perform, but we have also featured and advertised many local and national ministries and non-profit organizations. The show is J.P.’s. I told him I wanted something to benefit the community and something that lifted up the name of Jesus. I think the show has done that over the years. People stop me every day because they see me in my Ogle shirt. They don’t have any idea that I’m the Executive Producer. They tell me how much they enjoy the program and how much it means to them. I like that they don’t know me so they really tell me what they think.”

It has become a life changer for show host, J.P. Miller. Miller celebrates 20 years of working in gospel music this year. He started working at Dollywood’s Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame fresh out of college and then took a position hosting a weekly television show on Gospel Music Television with gospel music icon, Lou Wills Hildreth. Miller has toured extensively throughout the United States and abroad with several recordings to his credit. With the show’s success, he has cut back singing to two weeks a month because of the demand of the weekly program.

Smoky Mountain Gospel Jubilee

Smoky Mountain Gospel Jubilee

“I can’t do it alone anymore!” Miller states. “I have added staff and sponsors to the program to keep up with all the details and allow the program to expand.”

Marcie Gray acts as Miller’s Producer as well as his Business Manager and Agent. Landree Brotherton is the Assistant Producer. Jack Allen serves as the Audio Engineer and Dale Burress is in charge of television production. The entire show is paid for by Ron and Betty Ogle and Ogle Furniture Outlet. In recent years, additional sponsors have been added such as Tony Gore’s Smoky Mountain Bar-B-Que, Wedding Bell Chapel, KARM Thrift Stores, and Riverbend Campground.

 

Ogle Furniture crowd enjoying Smoky Mountain Gospel Jubilee

Ogle Furniture crowd enjoying Smoky Mountain Gospel Jubilee

“I’m so grateful for the show. It has become such a big part of my life. I would have never dreamed we would last this long and it doesn’t look like we are close to stopping now! As long as people are blessed by the program and stay interested, I think we will stay on the air. I am truly thankful for Ron and Betty’s support and the store’s manager, Nathan Costerisan who allows us to come into his store each week and turn it into a church!”

To celebrate their 8th anniversary, The Smoky Mountain Gospel Jubilee will feature performances by J.P. Miller and the Kingdom Heirs on Monday, March 25, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. There will be a silent auction before and during the show and prizes will be given away when the show ends. They will be taping the show for television that night and a big crowd is expected to attend. The show is free and open to the public. Ogle Furniture Outlet is located at 1063 Dolly Parton Parkway in Sevierville.


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Congrats to The SGNScoops Bluegrass Top 20 for April 2019

Written by scoopsnews on March 21, 2019 – 10:20 am -

Bluegrass top 20

Chigger Hill Boys and Terri

Chigger Hill Boys and Terri

2019 April SGNScoops Bluegrass Gospel Top 20

1. Songs Like Those (For Days Like These) – Chigger Hill Boys and Terri

2. We’ll Never Walk Alone – Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver

3. That’s Grace – The Primitive Quartet

4. Let My Life Be A Light – Balsam Range

5. Most Requested Prayer – Heaven’s Mountain Band

6. Thinkin’ Outside The Box – Dave Adkins

7. Who But God – Eagle’s Wings

8. I Start Each Day With The Lord – Britton Family and Friends

9. On The Sea Of Life – Jeff and Sheri Easter

10. His Eyes – The Rochesters

11. Little Black Train – Barry Abernathy and Darrell Webb

12. On The Far Side – The Marksmen Quartet

13. Why Should I Worry – Canaan’s Crossing

14. Are You Ready To Go – Sally Berry

15. In A Whirlwind – The Little Roy and Lizzy Show

16. Wanna Be – Southern Raised

17. A Brighter Day – Primitive Quartet

18. Call On God – Tonja Rose

19. Was Nots – King James Boys

20. I Am The One – Walking By Faith

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Pray for the family of Dave Kyllonen of the Couriers

Written by Staff on March 19, 2019 – 5:27 pm -

Couriers

Many years ago, the original Couriers joined together to travel and sing gospel music. Dave Kyllonen, Duane Nicholson and Neil Enlow were known for their smooth harmonies and warm personalities.

Dave and Judy Kyllonen

Dave and Judy Kyllonen

Today we learned that Dave has passed away.

Connie Hammer posted on Facebook earlier today: “Our dad, Dave Kyllonen has passed away and is now with Jesus!! I can only imagine what it will be like! Another soldier has gone home!!”

The Kyllonen Family

Please join with us at SGNScoops as we pray for the family of Dave Kyllonen.


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Please pray for Beverly Oxenrider

Written by Staff on March 19, 2019 – 2:57 pm -

The Riders - Amy, Jason and Pam

The Riders – Amy, Jason and Pam

Gospel artists The Riders participated in a gospel music cruise in February. When they returned, they found out that group member Pamela’s mother had fallen and broken her ankle, which then required surgery. At 70 years young, Beverly Oxenrider had previously suffered a brain injury and this fall complicated her condition.

Pam Oxenrider Taylor posted this earlier today:

UPDATE ON MOM:
I ask for prayers for our sweet Mother. This is a short explanation article of what Mom is having problems with now, besides breaking her ankle and having extensive PT since that repair surgery so she can learn to walk again. Mom’s recent brain injury is affecting her eyesight since her last

Beverly Oxenrider with her grandchildren

Beverly Oxenrider with her grandchildren

fall 10 days ago that caused head trauma to her Occipital Lobe. The below link/picture shows what I call as a nurse a “Visual Field Cut in Vertical.” Mom is mostly having “Visual Field Cuts in Horizontal,” with visual illusions and hallucinations as she tries to see in her room.

“Our mother is a strong woman of God and a prayer warrior…having blindness is scary to anyone and she could really use a lot of your prayers.

“The specialist told us yesterday this condition is usually not reversible but we believe in the healing power of God; amen!!! Mom will be going to more specialists over the next couple of weeks. I will update you as we learn more about her occipital brain injury. Please feel free to contact her on Facebook or call, it does take her a long time to read a message but we will be helping her read and write until she is healed!!!

“I appreciate you, Pam…PS-Anyone that can visit her, that really would lift her spirits.”


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Legacy Five: Unchanging message in changing times

Written by Staff on March 18, 2019 – 3:36 pm -

Legacy Five Announces Tenor Position Opening

Legacy Five

Scott Fowler leads Legacy Five into the future

By John Herndon

Rooted in one of the greatest traditions in gospel music, the Legacy Five has embarked on a 2019 schedule that will see the group pay tribute to history, yet do so by embracing the changes of the times.

I was fortunate to talk with Scott Fowler, one of the quartet’s founding members, after a concert at Sand Spring Baptist Church, in Lawrenceburg, Ky., on Jan. 24. It was a performance that drew a good crowd on a bitterly cold night and prompted several extended standing ovations.

Fowler was excited to talk about the group’s plans for the coming year. “We are getting ready to release our first video in about five or six years,” he said, noting that 21-year-old pianist Josh Townsend will be prominently featured. “A couple of things people have been asking for are J.T.’s testimony, which you heard tonight, and the song that he sings.”

Josh Townsend of Legacy Five

Josh Townsend of Legacy Five

Townsend, who has overcome two childhood tumors and a massive stroke while being carried in his mother’s womb, shared his testimony with a mesmerized audience before singing the tear-filled “God’s Been Good,” a bonus track from the “Faith and Freedom” album released in late 2017.

“People ask a lot if we’ve got the patriotic segment we did tonight on video,” Fowler continued. “That’s going to be on the video with ‘I Made it to Arlington’ along with the ‘Tribute to the Troops’ we do. Those are two big items that will be on the DVD. It will be called, ‘Live in Peoria.’

“It will come out around the first of March, maybe the 15th. Then we are working on a new studio album. We don’t have it titled yet, but it will have 10 brand new songs on it. That will be coming in the late spring or early summer.”

Scott Fowler of Legacy Five

Scott Fowler of Legacy Five

Fowler said the Legacy Five will be on a normal tour schedule of about 135 concerts, too.

The Sand Spring concert was heavy on songs from “Faith and Freedom,” including “God Bless the USA,” “Hallelujah Chorus,” and a rousing version of “When the Saints Go Marching In,” as the finale.

Fowler explained the reasoning behind the album. “I have always been very patriotic personally,” he said. “I have always had a deep sense of gratitude. I have been to El Salvador. I have been to the Dominican Republic. I have been to the nation of Colombia. They are great places with great people, but the kids there will never have the opportunities of kids in America because of where they were born. I realize that the only difference between my kids and those kids in other countries was where they were born. There is no other difference.

Legacy Five

Legacy Five

“They may speak a different language and their skin might be a different color but God doesn’t love them any less than he loves my kids. I am very grateful that my kids were allowed to be born in America.

“Then you have the political climate. The culture got there for a while there that people were apologizing for America and not standing for the Anthem, just not being respectful. I wanted people to know where Legacy Five stood on those issues, so that is what we did.”

The group took time to recognize veterans from all branches of the service. “Veterans deserve everything our government will give them and more,” Fowler said.

Fowler is one of the veterans of gospel music, singing with the Cathedrals for 10 years before legends George Younce and Glen Payne retired the group. Fowler and Cathedrals pianist Roger Bennett formed Legacy Five to begin touring in January of 2000. Bennett died in 2007, but the group continues as one of gospel music’s most popular.

Scott Howard of Legacy Five

Scott Howard of Legacy Five

Part of Legacy Five’s appeal has been its ability to adapt to a changing world. “The actual style has changed. It always gets a little more progressive,” Fowler said, noting the same thing happens in other styles of music.

“The biggest change is technologically. You know with all the social media, now your music is available online and on YouTube. You can stream it. Nobody knew what those terms were 20 years ago.”

When Fowler talked about CD’s and other merchandise available at the product table, he noted the group had a USB-drive loaded with several albums available.

Fowler smiled, “The message doesn’t change. The package changes, but the message never changes.”

It’s why Legacy Five remains near the top of gospel music.

All images by John Herndon, except for promotional photographs.

Josh Feemster of Legacy Five

Josh Feemster of Legacy Five

By John Herndon

John Herndon is a writer for SGNScoops Magazine and also has a website called KentuckySings. John is a Kentucky native who was raised listening to gospel music. As a child, the Sunday morning routine always included the Gospel Singing Jubilee and his summers were filled with all-day-singings-and-dinner-on-the-ground listening to local groups just about every Sunday. He remembers seeing The Prophets at his county fair when he was seven years old and eventually, he became a huge fan of The Oak Ridge Boys, The Imperials and J.D. Sumner and the Stamps. John spent 20 years in the located ministry and during this time, he began writing local sports for The Anderson News in Lawrenceburg, Ky. For the last 16 years, he has been the full-time sports editor of that paper. John has won over 100 awards from the Kentucky Press Association, the Society of Professional Journalists and Landmark Community Newspapers. He loves listening to gospel music or playing one of his guitars. John lives in Lawrenceburg with his wife, Stephanie, and 17-year-old daughter. He has three grown children and four grandchildren.

***Note: This article was written before the announcement that Josh Feemster is leaving this popular quartet. See elsewhere on this website for more information.

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Pray for family of Karl Rice of the Williamsons

Written by Staff on March 17, 2019 – 10:18 am -

Williamsons Featured on Gospel Greats!

Williamsons

Karl Rice, member of gospel artists the Williamsons, posted this tragic note on Facebook, earlier today:

Curtis and Karl Rice

“My older brother was rock climbing yesterday when his anchor rope gave way and he tragically lost his life. You never see days like today coming. I loved him. He was an amazing friend, brother, and father. 38 years young. We had a hiking/camping/fishing trip planned for

Curtis and Karl Rice

two weeks from now. I’m a wreck. Please pray for my family, but especially parents and my nieces, who will take it the hardest.”

There has been a GoFundMe account set up for the family of Curtis Rice. Karl explains:

“This is in support of my brothers family and funeral expenses. Much like him, he planned on living a long life and wasn’t prepared for something like this. Thank you for all you can do.”

Please click HERE to donate.

SGNScoops sends their sincerest sympathies to the Rice family at this difficult time.


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Beyond the Song: the Williamsons talk about “Every Moment, Every Mountain, Every Mile”

Written by Staff on March 16, 2019 – 11:51 am -

Williamsons Featured on Gospel Greats!

Williamsons

Jantina de Haan went Beyond the Song to ask the Williamsons about their latest hit, “Every Moment, Every Mountain, Every Mile.”

“When we received the song, ‘Every Moment, Every Mountain, Every Mile,’ we had already pretty much settled on our song list for our latest project, ‘Give Them Jesus,'” said Donnie Williamson. “After listening to the demo given to us by one of the writers, Joel Lindsey, we decided to change the song list so we could add this great song. It spoke to us from the very first time we heard it. After recording it, we learned that it was speaking to other people as well. In fact, a pastor friend of ours in West Virginia said he was really struggling with several things in his life and had decided to resign his church. However, he heard this song on the radio one day and it spoke to his heart. It reminded him that God was still with him and would never leave him nor forsake him and the most important thing – It’s all worth it!

Williamson continued, “So many times when we’re on the road and things get difficult and trying, it’s great to be reminded that we will never regret what we do for him when offering our bodies as living sacrifices. No one who has lived their life for Jesus was ever sorry for it when it came their time to leave this world.”

About the Williamsons

The Williamson Family began singing together as a group in 1969 with Woody and Pinky Williamson and their children Donnie and Tennie. They held concerts and revival meetings in Oklahoma and the surrounding states. The group was reorganized in 1998 as The Homesteaders Quartet. This group officially changed their name to The Williamsons in 2008. Members of the Williamsons today include Donnie Williamson and his wife Lisa, their children Sadie and Olivia Williamson, Darin Hebert, Karl Rice, and Bo Chesser. For more information click here.

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