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Beyond the Song: The Hyssongs sing There is a God

Written by Staff on April 4, 2020 – 7:59 am -

Beyond the Song: The Hyssongs sing There is a GodBeyond the Song by Jantina Baksteen featuring The Hyssongs

I caught up with Richard Hyssong of popular trio, the Hyssongs, to talk about their new radio song, “There Is God.” I love the family blend on this song. My first comment to Richard was, “Is this a Shane Roark song?” True story! Enjoy this interview. 

Jantina Baksteen: “There is a God,” is your third release to radio after “Choose Life,” and, “God Says You Can,” off of your latest project, Pressing On. Those three titles that are uplifting by themselves. What is the story behind this album?

Richard Hyssong: Our family has recorded at Chapel Valley with producer, Shane Roark, for about sixteen years. When we started working on our CD, Pressing On, our goal was to pick songs that would encourage people. It seems like the world is filled with hopelessness and the only one that will give us hope is Jesus Christ. We do not have a travelling ministry for awards or accolades, but we just found out that this CD was just nominated as one of the top 10 albums of the year.

We feel really blessed at how well our first single off this album has done. “God Says You Can,” has been on the charts for seven consecutive months. When we first heard this song, written by Matthew Lawson, we knew we had to record it. Phil 4:13 says “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.”  Many are called but due to self doubt, or others doubting them, they do not act on that calling. We need to remember that when God says you can, there is nothing you cannot do!

Prior to that we released “Choose Life,” which was the No. 1 song in Southern gospel last fall. That song was recorded about seven years ago. We decided to send the song to radio due to the timing of what was happening world wide. The song has three powerful verses, and each verse has a story. We knew that the messages needed to be heard, and people’s lives were changed. Michael Frost, the writer of the song has actually sent us another single that we cannot wait for everyone to hear later in 2020.

JB: Shane Roark is the writer of this powerful song, “There is a God.” Did Shane write it especially for this project?

RH: “There is a God,”, written by Shane, is our brand new radio release. It was written as a response to those that question and deny that God exists. When we were in the song selection stage of our new album, we discussed the state of our world. This song seemed to keep coming up, and there was no doubt we needed to record it. The song seems to be perfect for today as people are questioning everything.

Beyond the Song: The Hyssongs sing There is a GodJB: What is the message in this song?

RH: At this point, the world is dealing with Covid 19. As a full time music ministry, there is no income due to churches and venues being closed. In fact, as of right now, no one knows how this will effect world economically. So for me, this song has a deeper meaning. We know that God will take care of us regardless of what happens. God is the same yesterday, today, and forever and as the song says “There is a God, He knows my name.” I believe that with all my heart.

JB: I know you have an amazing testimony to share of your daughter, Mckayla. Can you share some of that with the readers?

RH: Most people know that our daughter, Makayla, was born with twenty-two tumors in her heart, and masses of brain tumors. She was just three days old when they discovered her physical issues. My wife, Kelly, and I were told that she would most likely not survive, and that if she did, she would never walk or talk. People all over the world prayed for her and today, she is eleven years old, and doing fantastic. All of her heart tumors are completely gone and she is doing great!

JB: When you look back to that time and that trial with your family, how does that mesh with the message in this song? 

RH: Going through that with our daughter has shown us the power of God. There is no doubt in our minds that “There is a God.”

JB: You travel as a family. How does it feel to spend so much time together?

RH: It is a little different travelling with your family. We have three generations in one vehicle, which can be quite interesting at times, however, we do get along quite well. 

JB: Can you share a funny story that happened on the road? How many dates do you do in a year?

RH: Our family typically performs 225 – 250 concerts and services per year. Each year it seems like we are busier than the year prior. 

Funny story: If you spend anytime with our family, you know we love to laugh. The first year at NQC, we were invited to do a TV interview. We were told that the program was called Daystar. Our time slot was at 8:00 p.m., and we needed to be there 10 minuted prior to sign some paper work. When we arrived at the Daystar network booth, they had no idea who we were or who had scheduled us. I typically do not push, but I felt that they made a huge mistake and had scheduled others and pushed us out. They informed the Booth Brothers that they had made a mistake, and needed to slide the Hyssongs (who nobody knew back then) in their spot. We did the interview and had a great time. Once we were done, we headed toward our booth. As we were walking back another man came up to us and was very upset with us. He informed my family that he was waiting to record us, and that he hosted a TV show with same name, Daystar, but not on that network. What are the chances! Talk about humiliating, however we got on both networks and shows!

Beyond the Song: The Hyssongs sing There is a God

The Hyssongs family

JB: Makayla is does an awesome job together with you on stage. Does she have the passion to follow in your footsteps?

RH: I love having our daughter sing a few songs with us at each concert. At this point, I am not sure what she will do in the future. Of course, I would love to have her and our son continue being a part of our ministry in some capacity. However, we want them to make those decisions and follow God’s leading. They both have some great gifts and it will be fun to see what the future has in store for each of them.

Please enjoy this video, as the Hyssongs sing, “There is a God!”

 

Special thanks to Richard Hyssong for chatting with us on Beyond the Song. You can find out more about the Hyssongs HERE.

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Beyond the Song: Scott Peek of KNMG

Written by Staff on March 31, 2020 – 2:21 pm -

Beyond the Song. Scott Peek. Jantina BaksteenBeyond the Song with Scott Peek by Jantina Baksteen

For this edition of Beyond the Song, Jantina Baksteen reached out to Scott Peek who is the owner, manager and host of KNMG radio, a station she has listened to for almost six years.

KNMG will celebrate it’s 8th Annivesary this year.

Thanks Scott, for taking time out of your busy life to join this interview.

Jantina Baksteen: Can you introduce yourself?

Scott Peek: I’m the owner and morning on-air personality at KNMG. I have three amazing children, and I’m looking forward to getting married in June, Lord willing.

JB: Can you share about the birth of KNMG radio station?

SP: After three-and-a-half years of running a concert series, I was noticing a need growing for more music on a consistent basis. While standing on stage during intermission, I asked the audience if they would enjoy a station in our area playing this music full time. People I had never met, walked up to me and handed me cash, and said, “Get started.” Six months later, KNMG was live. It will be eight years, come August.

JB: How did you become a radio DJ? Was it a desire from early age?

SP: I’ve loved gospel music all my life, but had no idea or intention to end up in the gospel music industry. That’s a God thing. I spent the first 20 plus years of my professional life in the paint industry. A health issue forced me out of the profession, and led me on a path that culminated in where I am now, including time as a weekly contributor on both a local TV station, and a national radio program.

JB: Where are you located and what exactly is needed to start an internet radio? 

SP: We are based in the midwest, near Kansas City. As far as starting a station, you need a multitude of things, including good people to support you.

JB: What do the call letters KNMG stand for?

SP: The letters represent Northwest Missouri Gospel.

JB: How far does your broadcast reach?

SP: Since we are an internet-based station, we have been heard globally in over 70 foreign countries and of course, all 50 states here in the U.S.

JB: Besides being a radio DJ playing 24/7, you have an morning show every work day. Please share your mission on this daily work?

SP: We do have a morning show and I’m blessed to be the host. We try very hard to keep everything positive, sharing the saving message of Christ to the non-believe, while encouraging the believers. We all have our struggles, and gospel music is an amazing bridge to reach all types of people.

Beyond the Song, Scott Peek. Jantina Baksteen

Scott Peek and family

JB: Do you have a testimony to share?

SP: My entire life is a testimony. I’ve been on mountain tops and I’ve been in the deepest of valleys. I’ve failed him so many times, and yet he restores me every time with his grace. I’m living proof that if you think you’ve done too much, wandered too far away, you’ll never out run his love. Now I have this station, three beautiful kids, an amazing fiancé, and looking forward to what he has in store for all of us. God is good.

JB: What is on top of your bucket list?

SP: I want to visit Jerusalem.

JB: What group would you have liked to interview that is no longer around?

SP: If I could interview one group, it would be the Cathedrals. Glen Payne and George Younce are two of my heroes.

JB: Who is your greatest influence  for doing this work?

SP: My mom has been my greatest influence in everything I have done. She has always been my biggest fan,  biggest supporter, and best friend.

JB: Can you recall a song that touched you in your early years and hooked you on Southern gospel music?

SP: There were so many growing up. Bill Gaither was big in our house, I just didn’t realize who he was. But if I had to pick one, I would have to say the Cathedrals, Step Into The Water.

Beyond the Song. Scott Peek. Jantina BaksteenJB: Something catastrophic happened to your station last year. Can you tell us about it?

SP: Last year, May 28th to be exact, we were devastated by a flood. I had awakened early that morning, and as I walked into the studio, I was standing in eight inches of water throughout the studio. But again, God is good and friends and artists came together, and here we are …….

JB: What’s ahead for KNMG radio in the near future? 

SP: I’d love to tell you what is on the horizon, but I’m going to be a little secretive here. But I promise it’s going to be good. Stay tuned.

JB: How can our readers listen to KNMG?

SP: The easiest way to find KNMG is to download our free app “KNMG,” and be sure to allow notifications, so we can keep you updated on upcoming events. You can also listen online at  www.KNMGRadio.com

 

 

Thanks so much Scott for sharing your work to preach the word through song on this fine station. What you said with your own words, KNMG is: “A station that God took over a long time ago,” to reach the world.

 

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Beyond the Song: Michael Roberts sings “Broken China”

Written by Staff on March 27, 2020 – 1:28 pm -

Beyond the Song: Michael Roberts sings Broken China

Beyond the Song: Michael Roberts sings “Broken China”

Beyond the Song by Jantina Baksteen

I came in touch with Michael Roberts last year at the Alabama Quartet Convention. Recently, he sent a brand new song put out to radio. Michael agreed to join us for this interview to share his ministry and how this song “Broken China” was created. 

Jantina Baksteen: Can you introduce yourself to the readers of SGNScoops?

Michael Roberts: I live in Waynesboro, Mississippi, with my wife, Heather and our two children, Jonah, 19, and Laiklynn, 16. We attend Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. 

JB: How did your ministry start?

MR: I’ve really been singing most all my life. I started out singing as a child with my siblings at our local church and I just never stopped. I have always had a deep love and an inclination towards music for as long as I can remember. As I grew older, I started to write songs and it all just came together sort of naturally,  and now I just follow the calling God had placed on my life to wherever He leads to the best of my ability. 

Beyond the Song: Micheal Roberts sings "Broken China"

Michael Roberts and family

JB: When I hear you sing, I notice your inspiration comes from the Hinsons?

MR: Yeah, Kenny Hinson is a really huge influence. I think I owned every single album The Hinsons ever released. He just had that smooth-as-butter quality in his voice that drew you in and commanded your attention. Love, love, love Kenny Hinson. As far as other influences, I really listened to lots of groups growing up, but most of my attention was pretty well focused on The Hinsons as long as they were singing.

JB: You’ve released a new song to radio that you wrote; can you share how this song came together?

MR: The song, “Broken China,” actually came to me a number of years ago. It was born out of Isaiah 64:8. It’s really just my rendition of what that verse speaks to my heart. I realize it’s a little different; maybe a tad unusual, but God just spoke to my heart of the message of His total redemptive work in our brokenness through this scripture. “Broken China,” was the result. 

JB: What is the message in this song?

MR: The message of this song is simply a message of restoration. It’s not about a patch-up. It’s about the astounding restoration of an intended masterpiece, which has been destroyed and ultimately thrown away, finding itself in total shambles, and then being sought out and re-formed into its intended purpose and grandeur by the Master mender. Total restoration; that’s the message of this song.

This song speaks to me on such a personal level. The message is really an intense reminder that God loves the broken ones. We are all born into a broken world, and our broken, sinful condition isthe direct result of man’s broken relationship with God, our Creator. God gave me this song a while ago but, honestly, the true dimensions of it were just recently breathed into my spirit. It speaks to more than God just simply picking up a broken thing and glueing it back together, but rather, it speaks of the path of one’s destruction from the point of the fall, to the sweeping away and decimation of the pieces of that life, to its place of total hopelessness and helplessness in a dank, dark gutter of absolute despair. And it is in this place of utter futility with not even a flicker of hope that Christ bends to embrace the remnants of this broken life and is willing to do the hard work required to put it back together. And He doesn’t just patch us up and leave us with just what’s left of our failed lives, but He searches the dust, the winds, and the waters to recover every microscopic particle, and then He totally and unimaginably redeems and restores us to the flawless masterpiece He had originally intended us to be. His specialty is the pursuit of those whom He loves, even to the ends of the Earth, where He loves them back together. This song says to me that He loves me beyond my imagination and He cares enough to find me wherever I might have fallen to, and longs to make this broken thing beautiful and useable again by His grace, and for His honor. 

As far as my testimony, this song pretty much sums it up. I’ve made a lot of mistakes. I’ve succumbed to a nature of sin. I’ve experienced God’s staggering grace and salvation.  I’ve run from His call upon my life. I have been relentlessly pursued by His love as He sought to help me find my way. I am grossly flawed, but immeasurably loved and marvelously redeemed. I am that broken thing restored and made useable again. My testimony is His love and grace personified. The name of my upcoming CD is “Prodigal”. I am that broken thing restored. I am that weary wanderer come home to the safety and refuge of my Father’s arms. 

Beyond the Song: Micheal Roberts sings "Broken China"God is fully in control of everything, including this time of crisis that the world is now experiencing. He is faithful and He is present in this and every situation we face. His promises are not compromised and His sovereignty is not threatened. He is our rock and our refuge in every circumstance. 

JB: What’s your favorite Bible verse?

MR:  Psalm 91:2  I will say of the Lord, “ He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, my God in whom I trust.”

JB: What’s a saying you use a lot?

MR: “Remember to keep the main thing, the main thing.” This is actually a saying I picked up years ago from a dear departed friend and an amazing bass singer, Kirk Hinton, who I had the privilege of ministering with.

JB: Where can we find you on the web?

MR: My website is presently under construction, but in the meantime, I can be found on Facebook @Michael Roberts @ Michael Roberts Music Ministries.

 

Thanks Michael for sharing your ministry with SGNScoops. May God use you to bring the folks you meet closer to Him who is the only way to salvation.

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Chris Golden is Grateful

Written by Staff on March 25, 2020 – 2:43 pm -

Chris Golden is Grateful Chris Golden was born into country music royalty as the son of William Golden of the Oak Ridge Boys. Raised in music, Chris has naturally assumed such roles as an engineer, sound man, promoter, photographer, and many more throughout the industry. The gifted vocalist, songwriter, and instrumentalist played with the Oak Ridge Boys, Alabama, and Restless Heart, as well as with his brother, Rusty, as the Goldens.

In the current decade, Chris has released eight solo recordings, in both country and Christian country music. His songs and videos have been recognized by leading music magazines as well as the ICGMA and the ICM Awards. His latest recording, “Grateful,” has generated the top single of the same name. 

Chris was recently interviewed by Jantina Baksteen.

Chris Golden is GratefulJB: Can you share your testimony with us?

CG: I was raised in church and first gave my heart to the Lord at a revival in South Alabama when I was about 13 or 14 years old. Out of high school, I slipped away from my raising and started living the lifestyle that pleased me. You would have thought I had forgotten everything I had been taught. Sometimes a man has to take the long way around to come back to the things he holds dear. I rededicated my life in 1998, but didn’t get baptized until I was in my mid 40’s. It was after, what I believe to be an angel, told me to “play for the One who gave you the gift.” I got baptized in the Jordan last year on a trip to Israel and a white dove landed 10 feet from me. I knew it was a God wink letting me know I am right where he wants me. 

JB: What’s your favorite Bible verse and why?

CG: Luke 6:31 “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” because it is the great commandment, the golden rule. 

Chris Golden is GratefulJB: Your current radio song is “Grateful,” from the same titled album. Can you tell us something about that song? 

CG: I did not write it, but in those cases I always try to pick songs I wish I had written, songs that resonate with my core. I was listening to songs pitched to my father by Dave Cobb (producer for Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell, others) for the Oaks’ latest project. I knew at first listen I would record it but I actually shot the video before I even recorded the song. We have a family farm in south Alabama, and the cotton was in full bloom. I only had a small window before it was picked, so on a whim I gathered some cameras and tripods, rented a drone, and shot the video with help from my cousin Ron and a friend from Nashville. We filmed around the Holiness Church where I gave my heart to Jesus and where I first sang, and the little graveyard where all my people are, so it became a special project for me. I was grateful for it to receive Video of the Year at both the ICM Awards at the Opry House, and the ICGMA. At the time we filmed it, I didn’t even know who wrote the song because I thought it was named “The Road That Lies Ahead.” Turns out it was named “Grateful,” which has been my hashtag for the last several years. “Grateful” for each opportunity to sing. It was written by Bill DiLuigi, Troy Castellano, and Reed Waddle. 

JB: How is “Grateful” doing on the radio charts?

CG: SGNScoops had it as the No. 1 Christian Country song a while back. It is a special song which seems to keep giving and I am glad it got its due. I am very humbled and “Grateful” to radio and all who made it happen. 

JB: You have a quote on the web page that says: “Music is my life, my gift, my love.” Can you explain that?

CG: Music is who I am. I know where the gift comes from and I thank the Lord for it. He promised to exalt me if I put him first, so I play for the One who gave me the gift. When I put my hands on a piano, guitar, drums, mandolin, or any instrument, or when I sing… I am giving God the praise. 

JB: Is there anything fans might not know about you?

CG: Music has allowed me to go places I never dreamed I would go, and to perform for every living President. Although I play several instruments and have been fortunate to have always made my living playing and singing, I flunked band in high school.

JB: What is on the horizon for you in the near future?

CG: I sang on the Huckabee show recently, and at least three more singles off the new album before it is said and done. I plan to shoot as many videos as well. I have been busy in the studio producing Elaine Roy’s (The Roys) new solo album, a band from Indiana, Faith Country, and also producing award winning singer/songwriter Greg McDougal. On the weekends I got out and do live performances, and will also be doing several select Christmas shows this year. 

JB: What would be on top of your bucket list?

CG: That list is way too long for me. I need a bigger bucket. 


You can find Chris Golden on the web at chrisgolden.net and that will lead you to all his social media sites. 

By Jantina Baksteen

First published by the SGNScoops Magazine in October 2019

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Beyond the Song: Brian Crowe of the LifeFM

Written by Staff on March 10, 2020 – 5:01 pm -

Brian Crowe

Brian Crowe

In this edition of Beyond the Song, Jantina Baksteen caught up with Brain Crowe and did an interview about his work on the radio station The Life FM and his show, Gospel Radio Favorites.

Jantina Baksteen: Please introduce yourself.

Brain Crowe: I have been happily married for 28 years. I have two children and four grandchildren.  Believe it or not, radio has not always been my primary full-time source of income. Although I have been on the radio for many years part-time, law enforcement was my primary career for nearly ten years. In August of 2019, I retired from law enforcement and I accepted a position as the Network Director and Morning Show Host for The LifeFM. The LifeFM is a 26 station Southern gospel radio network covering ten states.      

JB: Are you the founder of Gospel Radio Favorites? 

BC: Yes, I have listened to Southern gospel music for as long as I could remember, (including) groups like the Blackwood Brothers, Speer Family, Cathedral Quartet, Gold City and so many more. I remember around the age of nine, asking my parents if I could walk across the street to the local neighborhood church to hear the Blackwood Brothers in concert. I was so excited to go and loved every minute of the concert. I was mesmerized by the tight harmonies and passion the guys had for the music and the love for the Lord.

In the late 90s, I felt called to pastor and started a 30-minute radio ministry on WSNL A.M. 600 in Flint, Michigan. Little did I know, God had bigger plans for this station and my ministry. After about a year of radio ministry, I was approached by now my good friend and mentor Donnie Cox who asked if I was interested in filling in for the Saturday morning Southern Gospel host from 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. I was thrilled to have this opportunity. The temporary fill-in position turned into a full-time radio show. It is at this time I started a program called “Gospel Radio Favorites.”

After several years of ministry in Michigan, both as an ordained pastor and radio host, my wife and I prayerfully decided to move to Tennessee. We packed up a few boxes, loaded our U-Haul, and said goodbye to Michigan and hello to Tennessee.  This was a very difficult decision.  We moved to a small town outside of Chattanooga, Tenn.

While living in Chattanooga, I was offered the opportunity to host Gospel Radio Favorites on a couple of secular stations for a short time. This opportunity didn’t last very long, the formats changed and my program was canceled. Then in November 2017, Gospel Radio Favorites was aired on 101.7 WJSQ, a large Country Music Station in Athens, Tenn. Since November 26, 2017, Gospel Radio Favorites has been heard every Sunday on 101.7 WJSQ, Athens, Tenn.  I consider WJSQ my anchor station and I am grateful for the opportunity I was given and Gospel Radio Favorites is still heard on this station every Sunday from 7:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Since 2017, God has blessed my program by expanding to numerous markets all over the United States and now in the United Kingdom. The LifeFM is a radio network of 26 stations and currently airs the program.

I am truly blessed and honored to have been syndicated and can now be heard on affiliate stations across the United States like Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, South Carolina, North Carolina, Indiana, Florida, Alabama, Kentucky, Ohio, Alaska, Tennessee, Texas, Ohio, Mississippi, Arkansas, and many more, including a station in the United Kingdom and around the world online!

Please Pray For Brian Crowe (Gospel Radio Favorites)JB: How did you get into this business? Was it a dream for you to do radio?

BC: I remember as a young boy holding a hairbrush like a microphone and pretending to announce the last song played, give the weather and announce the next song coming up…I’ve always loved Southern gospel and been told I have a radio voice.  Many people have left voice messages and commented, “You ought to be in radio!”  I guess I have one of those voices!  

JB: Could you share your testimony? 

BC: I grew up in church and was very active in our youth program. It wasn’t until my early twenties I realized although I was going through the motions, I had never accepted Jesus Christ as my personal savior. I was saved and baptized in a small church in Pontiac, Michigan. A few years later, I felt a strong calling to the ministry. I was ordained and had the privilege of pastoring two churches. Today, I consider my syndicated radio show a ministry, and we are reaching more now than ever before with the gospel of Jesus Christ through Southern and Bluegrass gospel music.     

JB: Do you know the number of listeners?

BC: Although I don’t know the exact number of listeners, I know that my program reaches tens of thousands of people every week.

JB: How many States tune in to Gospel Radio Favorites?

BC: Currently, Gospel Radio Favorites is aired in over 50 markets. This includes both terrestrial and online radio stations currently covering approximately 23 or more states and streaming online all over the world.

JB: Are there listeners from foreign countries?

BC: Yes, I receive messages weekly from listeners all over the world, (because of) the ability to stream Gospel Radio Favorites online, and the majority of Gospel Radio Favorites affiliate stations stream their feed.  This opens up my program to anyone with an internet connection and a love for Southern Gospel Music. I have received messages from listeners in the Philippines, Uganda, Kenya, Australia, Fiji and many, many more!     

Brian Crowe. Gospel Music FavoritesJB: What other than music is broadcasted on Gospel Radio Favorites?

BC: Gospel Radio Favorites is primarily Southern gospel music with a few Bluegrass gospel songs mixed in along the way. GRF has artist interviews, industry music news, interesting quick topics of interest and always appropriate, clean humor.

JB: Is there someone (from the past) that you wish you could have interviewed on your station?

BC: Growing up listening to many of the artists like the Cathedrals Quartet, Happy Goodmans and the Speer Family, I would have loved to be able to interview George Younce and Glen Payne, Vestal Goodman and Ben Speer. I would have also liked to have had the chance to interview Billy Graham.

JB: How is the station supported?

BC: Gospel Radio Favorites is a listener-supported radio ministry.  We are currently in the process of becoming a 501-C3 ministry.  We should have this process finalized in 2020.

Please Pray For Brian Crowe (Gospel Radio Favorites)JB: What is your vision for 2020 for GRF?

BC: To continue to prayerfully seek the guidance of my Lord as we grow and expand the ministries of Gospel Radio Favorites. I would love the opportunity for more speaking and preaching engagements in 2020.

JB: How can Southern gospel listeners find Gospel Radio Favorites?

BC: Gospel Radio Favorites can be found at www.gospelradiofavorites.com.  Click “Broadcast Schedule” to see the affiliate stations and broadcast timeso or visit us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/GospelRadioFavorites/

Address: GOSPEL RADIO FAVORITES, A Nationally Syndicated Radio Program.  810 S. Pendleton St. P.O. Box 204 Easley, SC, 29641

FACEBOOKhttps://www.facebook.com/GospelRadioFavorites/

WEBSITEwww.gospelradiofavorites.com

PHONE: 423.588.9141

STUDIO NUMBER: 423.567.3004

 

JB: Thanks, Brain Crowe, for allowing us a look inside the fine ministry you work in. We pray that the message that goes out from that program won’t return empty, and will lead listeners to Christ.      

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Beyond the Song with Rodney Griffin of Greater Vision

Written by Staff on February 8, 2020 – 2:44 pm -

Beyond the Song with Rodney Griffin of Greater Vision

Beyond the Song with Rodney Griffin of Greater Vision

For this edition of Beyond the Song, I  caught up with Rodney Griffin and talked about his writing career. Rodney has been selected as “Best Songwriter” many times, by many award programs.

Jantina Baksteen: What was your first song that you wrote? At what age?

Rodney Griffin: It was a non-recorded song, not very good: “When Will We  Care,” written in 1989 at 23 years old.

 

JB: When did you feel the calling to be a songwriter?

RG:1989, I was working at Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Virginia.  Song ideas would come to me during the day and I would write them down during lunch break.

 

JB: Is there a song you wish you had written?

RG: Oh yes, several…but I really don’t think about that.  I’m just grateful for the ones God has allowed me to write. Anytime I hear a congregation sing a hymn, I think about how meaningful that would be to those songwriters if they were still living.

 

Beyond the Song with Rodney Griffin of Greater Vision

Rodney Griffin

JB: Which song, of all you have written, do you think has the most important message for people to hear?

RG: I wrote “Faces” to encourage those who never get credit for their Christian work while here on earth. What I didn’t know is how many people would come to me and tell me that the song put them under conviction for not doing enough for the Lord.  That is the most important message I could write about…encouraging people to witness for the Lord.


JB: What works for you, writing the lyrics first or the melody first, or both at the same time?

RG: The initial idea usually lends itself to a musical meter..fast or slow. Then, I work them both at the same time until I feel the song is the best it can be. The best advice for young writers is to concentrate more on the structure of great songs that have stood the test of time, over studying your songs. Ask yourself: ”Why is this song great and why do people love singing this song?”  I usually find that it’s a simple, but profound, lyric that sings well. Those are the songs that seem to stick.


JB:
Who do you wish you had written a song with that is no longer here?

RG: I would love to have had the chance to have written with Dottie Rambo…unbelievably gifted writer, for sure!


JB:
What’s your favorite song you have written?

RG: I used to say “The Spirit Of Brokenness,“ because of its message of humility, but these days, I say “Faces” is my favorite. Seems it’s being used by a special “pastor appreciation” or “missionary appreciation” service every week somewhere.  I believe it will be around for a long time. 

 

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JB: What is the fastest you wrote an entire song?

RG: I remember my first cut was with the Dixie Melody Boys, “I Have A New Song To Sing,” back when I sang with them in 1992. I wrote that song in my pickup truck in about 10 minutes. When you hear the song, it’s obvious (as it is) really simple.


JB:
Do others ask you for advice for songs they have written?

RG: Always. Yes, I receive songs every week from songwriters who are asking for advice. I’m honored and certainly don’t feel like the “go to” writer or anything like that. I’m just like them, trying to hone my craft and be the best I’m capable of.

 

JB: What if you were were not able to be a singer or a songwriter, what would you have done?

RG: My degree is in Biology with a lot of horticulture classes. I enjoy landscape design and installation as well as forestry. I guess that’s why I enjoy four-wheeling through the woods when I get a chance to on a day off.


Thank you, Rodney, for your time sharing your gift to the readers of SGNScoops. Your songs will touch many ‘Faces’ you might never meet.

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Beyond the Song: Master Peace is “Alive Again”

Written by Staff on January 9, 2020 – 2:56 pm -

Master PeaceFor this edition of Beyond the Song, Jantina Baksteen spoke to Bill Worley of Master Peace Quartet.

Jantina Baksteen: Can you do a short introduction of Master Peace?

Bill Worley: Master Peace Quartet, or MPQ, began from the desire of three friends to uplift their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, in song. Anthony Patton (lead), Bill Worley (bass) and Barry Minish (manager) have been long time friends. Rounding out the group is Brian Etheridge (tenor) and David Hill (baritone). On April 26, 2014, the first concert for Master Peace Quartet was held at Olivia Baptist church in Dalton, Georgia. 

MPQ released their first single to radio in September, 2018. The song is entitled, “You Didn’t Throw Me Away.” We are grateful for the radio success it received.

In January of 2019, MPQ released their second single to radio, “Alive Again” written by Jerald Hill, Gene Ezell, and Eva Wilson.

MPQ is based out of Dalton Ga., and has no plans to slow down.

 

JB: You all have a rich background in singing. Was it a longing for each of you to be a singer from your younger years?

BW: Brian, Anthony, and Bill, each grew up singing at church. From an early age they wanted to sing. David fell in love with Southern Gospel music in the mid-90’s when he saw Gold City in concert.

 

JB: What’s your definition of a solid quartet group?

BW: Each one doing their part to move the group in a positive direction, in all areas from vocals, harmony, stage presence, and even promoting the group. A quartet or any group is only as strong as its weakest link. 

 

Master PeaceJB: Your current radio song is “Alive Again.” On what album did you record this song?

BW: “Alive Again” was recorded as a single; it is not on an album.

 

JB: What’s the message in this song? 

BW: That God forgives each one that asks, and makes us “Alive Again.” Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and come short of the Glory of God.”

Master Peace

JB: How many tour dates does MPQ do in a year?

BW: 50 to 60

 

JB: In what parts of the country do you sing?

BW: Mainly in the southeast, but we have traveled to Michigan, Ohio, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and this December, we were in New York.

 

JB: What keeps you busy when you’re off the road

BW: Families, churches, and our jobs.

 

JB: Where can the reader find you on the web? 

BW: masterpeaceqt.com

 

JB: On your website, you have highlighted the Bible verse Philippians 4:7 “And the peace of God which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Jesus Christ.” No doubt that’s where the name of the group is linked to! How does this verse come alive in your personal lives? Please share.

BW: Really, that you can have peace through Christ if you have accepted Him as your personal Savior. Even when you don’t understand what is going on in your life, you can have peace through Christ.

We hope you enjoy Master Peace singing, “Alive Again.”

 

Thanks Master Peace Quartet for sharing your ministry. May your message you share in song touch many lives.

 

By Jantina Baksteen

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Beyond the Song: Beverly Tyner of The Tyners

Written by Staff on January 7, 2020 – 5:15 pm -

TynersFor this episode of Beyond the Song, I spoke with the Tyners from South Carolina, a four member family group who has recently seen radio charting for their song, “The Old Rugged Cross Will Never Grow Old.”

For this interview, I spoke with Beverly Tyner.

Jantina Baksteen: Can you gve us a short introductions of who the Tyners are?

Beverly Tyner: We are a family ministry consisting of my husband Ricky, myself(Beverly), our daughter Brooke, our son Noah and my step-dad Ricky Tolson. I rededicated my life in March of 1994, and started praying for my husband, Ricky. He had been playing in bars since he was 10 years old and struggled with alcohol and drugs. After five and a half years of prayer, in 1999, the Lord saved and delivered him. Not long after that, we started travelling and ministering through song, and preaching and sharing our testimony. So we have been in ministry now for 20 years and loving every minute of it! Nothing like being able to travel with your family in ministry! We have witnessed the Lord’s power to save, heal, deliver, restore and revive so many people!

TynersJB:Do you have a music background? 

BT: My grandfather was a minister and our family travelled in a singing and preaching ministry even before I was born, so we do have a music back ground.  

JB: Who are your music influences?

BT: Our music influences (ministries we respect) have been the Crabb Family, and the Isaacs, to name a couple.  

JB: I heard a lot of your songs are written by your father in law, can you share about that? Is “The Old Rugged Cross (Will Never Grow Old)” one of those songs? 

BT: My step-father does write most of the original music for this ministry. He did write “The Old Rugged Cross Will Never Grow Old.” God has truly anointed him to write such powerful songs and we have been blessed to have him with us. (Since 2001).

TynersJB: “The Old Rugged Cross” is on the album “Not My Life.” Why did you choose this title?

BT: “Not My Life” is the title of our last CD. We chose this because this is the title of one of the songs on the CDs. (also a very powerful song).

JB: What is your favorite Bible verse you always go back to?

BT: There are so many schriptures that have been life-lines for us! Since we are in a soul-winning ministry of course, the enemy has fought us every step of the way. We remind him that, “no weapon formed against us shall prosper!” (Isaiah 54:17). We have been through a lot in the past 20 years but we have found strength in Psalm 91″. ..He who dwells in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the almighy…..!”  And though the seasons are hard, “Let us not grow weary in well doing, for in due season we shall reap if we faint not.”(Galations 6:9). I could go on and on. God has been faithful to us and we love Him so much, and are truly grateful for His mercy and grace!

TynersJB: Is there something more you would like to share?

BT:  We have a vision that we will witness a great end-time revival and our family will be a part of it! We want to see God’s glory in these last days!  Believing for an end-time harvest of souls being saved, healed and delivered!!

The Tyners sing “The Old Rugged Cross Will Never Grow Old”

 

JB: Where can we find you on the web?

BT: We have a facebook ministry page, “The Tyners,” you can go to and “like” the page. 

 

Thank you to the Tyners for sharing your story. God’s blessing on your ministry reaching out to those who  are in need.

 

 

 

 


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Beyond the Song: The Erwins sing Christmas

Written by Staff on December 18, 2019 – 11:27 am -

The Erwins ChristmasJantina Baksteen visited with the Erwins lately and talked to them about their new Christmas album, “What Christmas Really Means.” These siblings have been very busy this year, but also added a Christmas tour to their schedule. Keith, Kody, Kris, and Katie continue to grow their ministry and their fan base with each recording. Kris commented on this holiday offering, their seventh project, and what the season is all about for this family.

“The Christmas season has always been a huge and special time for The Erwin household,” says Kris. “We usually take a lot of time off in December to be with family, but this year we are so excited to be doing our first Christmas tour with the new album. For this album, we wanted to mix some old songs with some new songs while keeping the theme of proclaiming the birth of Christ. We believe we have found the perfect songs that every age can enjoy and be pointed to the Savior. We are looking forward to sharing these songs and this season with you all.”

We hope you enjoy this new Christmas song by The Erwins. Look for more of Jantina Baksteen’s interview with the Erwins in the January issue of SGNScoops. Special thanks to each of these gospel artists for taking a moment to share your hearts with Janitina and with SGNScoops. You can find The Erwins on the web, and look for them on Facebook HERE.

“Give Me A Star” LYRIC VIDEO
Song produced by Wayne Haun & StowTown Records
Video produced by Ben Wolfe https://youtu.be/JP4Tt8iqorQ

About the Erwins (Bio from the Erwins Facebook page)

The Erwins started singing as soon as they were each able to talk. Appearing over 270 dates a year with their mother and father, who have been in full-time evangelism for 45 years, they have been traveling full-time their entire life singing in concerts, revivals, and conferences all across the country. Three of the four siblings, Keith (born 11-12-92), Kody (born 4-26-94) and Kris (born 5-5-96) performed as a trio until 2013, when the group announced that their little sister, Katie (born 9-19-00), would be joining the group full-time on stage officially making them a Mixed Group.

Keith says, “Singing is all we know and all we want to do. It’s our life and our joy to serve the Lord with the voices He has given us. We will gladly go through any door He chooses to open, no matter how big or small. We know the Lord doesn’t need us, but He chooses to use us, and for that we are thankful.” And it’s with that determination and focus that The Erwins are blazing new trails in Southern Gospel, proving to their industry peers and fans alike, that the future of Southern Gospel music is, in fact, secure with a young group like The Erwins coming on the scene.

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Beyond the Song: Greater Vision sings “You’ve Arrived”

Written by Staff on December 1, 2019 – 10:30 am -

Beyond the Song: Greater Vision sings "You've Arrived"Beyond the Song: Greater Vision sings “You’ve Arrived,” interview by Jantina Baksteen

I caught up with Gerald Wolfe of Greater Vision for this interview for Beyond The Song.

Group members of Greater Vision include: Gerald Wolfe, Rodney Griffin, Chris Allman, and Jon Epley.

Jantina Baksteen: December of this year, you celebrate 29 years of Greater Vision! What was your greater vision when the group was formed in 1990?

Gerald Wolfe: I wouldn’t say we had some sort of epiphany, but I would say we had a strong desire to put a group together that would focus on strong lyrics that would convey a clear message, good arrangements that would be interesting to listen to, and that would convey the message of the lyric to the listener.  We also wanted to have a group that would compliment a church service, as well as be entertaining enough to be effective on a concert platform. Looking back, it’s easy to see how the Lord guided those early steps that set us on the right course.

JB: To me, you are my Southern gospel music hero. What exactly is your definition of Southern gospel music?

GW: Thank you so much! You’re very kind. Your question is one I’ve been seriously asking for a couple of years now. I was listening to gospel music, and going to concerts, before “Southern Gospel” existed, as a term or genre label. To me, what we do has always been “Gospel Music.”  If an unchurched person asks me what I do, I tell them I’m involved in Christian music. Usually, they will have some sort of concept about what that is, but I’m not certain “Southern Gospel” has ever been an effective term to describe the kind of music we do, to someone who has never been exposed to it. These days, our genre of music encompasses such a wide variety of musical styles, I’m really not sure “Southern Gospel” is an adequately descriptive term anymore, even among people who might have an idea of what they think it is. The definition seems to depend on the personal tastes of the person describing it. So… the short answer to your question is, I don’t really know what Southern Gospel is. I just know what I like, personally, and I call it Gospel.

JB: How would you describe the music Greater Vision is singing now?

GW: I’ve always called it “Gospel Music,” “Christian Music,” or “Church Music.”  Overall, our basic style and sound hasn’t changed over the last 29 years. However, we’ve never been afraid to stretch and challenge ourselves, musically. So, in that respect, we do a lot of different varieties of musical styles, within the confines of keeping the “Greater Vision sound” we’ve become known for, and that our listeners expect. People will usually go with you on a little musical journey, as long as you bring them back “home.”


Beyond the Song: Greater Vision sings "You've Arrived"JB:
You had to step down from singing and Jon Epley has taken your position. Has this changed the dynamic?

GW: I actually think bringing Jon onboard has actually broadened our dynamic, and allowed us to do some things we hadn’t been able to do before, especially in our concerts. Jon’s voice is easy to blend with, and he has a great ear, so he quickly adapted to our sound; and on recordings, most people can’t tell the difference between the old Greater Vision, and the new GV.  He’s been a great addition.

JB: Do you miss singing? If the crowd asks you, will you step up and sing?

GW: I can’t say I miss singing, since I still do sing when I feel good, or when someone makes a special request for something I can still do.

JB: I enjoy the radio release of the same titled album, “You’ve Arrived.” How did this song come together?

GW: “You’ve Arrived” was sent to us by Rick Shelton, at Daywind Publishing. It was written by Kenna Turner West, Sue Smith, and Marcia Henry. The first time we heard it, we knew it would make a great opener for the album, but a couple of lines needed to be changed to make it work. The writers graciously agreed to make the changes we suggested, and now we sing it every time we walk onto the platform.

JB: Who orchestrates your music since your long-time friend is home with the Greatest Orchestrator?

GW: Since my long-time friend, Lari Goss, passed away, we’ve worked with two young arrangers: Trey Ivey and Cody McVey, and well-known arranger, Steve Mauldin. It’s been an interesting journey, having worked with Lari for so long. I first worked with him in the studio in 1981, and there are still days I cry when I listen to some of beautiful work he did for so long. He was a friend and a hero, and there’ll never be another Lari Goss. Thankfully, The Lord is still raising up gifted people to help create arrangements that will lift the songs from paper and deliver them to the heart of the listener.  On our new CD, Trey Ivey did all the arrangements.


Beyond the Song: Greater Vision sings "You've Arrived"JB:
Even before summer time starts, you start talking about Christmas. For you, what makes the best Christmas?

GW: There’s nothing better than listening to Christmas music when it’s 90F degrees outside! For me, there’s never a wrong time to talk about Christmas. Since we call it “the most wonderful time of the year,” why should we limit it to four weeks, between Thanksgiving and December 25? I prefer having “the most wonderful time of the year” all year long!  Seriously, when we think about the real gift of Christmas, and what it really meant for God to come to earth as a baby, we should be overwhelmed, whether it’s in July, September, December, or February.  So, the best Christmas for me, is whenever I think about it!  Merry CHRISTmas!

JB: Who has the most jokes /funny stories when you are on the road?

GW: I’d say it’s a close tie. When we get on the bus for a trip, everybody usually has at least one funny story about something that happened while we were at home. Anybody who’s traveled with us for a weekend will tell you the laughs start when we get up in the morning, and usually continue until the last light is turned out at night.

JB: I know you like to drive. Do you make the most miles behind the wheel?

GW: All of us share the driving responsibilities on the road. Everybody on the bus has a Commercial Driver License (CDL) and we have to remain in compliance with current DOT regulations for buses. We drive 250-mile shifts, and driving is something I really enjoy, unless I happen to end up with the 2:00 p.m. ’til 6:00 am shift, when we have an all-night drive on the schedule. I don’t think anyone enjoys that!

JB: What is your favorite quote to share?

GW: I love good quotes. One of my favorite is,  “Obey God, and leave all the consequences to Him.” (Dr. Charles Stanley).

JB: Thank you, Gerald, for giving us a little insight into Greater Vision. May God continue to bless your ministry, that wherever the bus stops to share your music, the words sung and the words spoken won’t return empty. 

Please enjoy this video preview of Greater Vision singing the songs from “You’ve Arrived!”

 

 

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