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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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Beyond the Song: the Haymons sing, “God Is Good Like That”

Written by Staff on October 29, 2019 – 3:21 pm -

Beyond the Song: the Haymons sing, "God Is Good Like That"Jantina de Haan Baksteen is back with Beyond the Song, featuring a look at the Haymons and their song, “God is Good Like That.”

Jantina de Haan Baksteen: Please introduce yourselves to SGNScoops.
Kevin Haymon: We are known as “The Haymons.” The group is made up of myself, my wife Tina, and our three daughters, Olivia, Leandra, and Emma. Olivia is engaged to Joshua Phillips, our drummer, and a talented singer who also joins us vocally. We are based in Oberlin, Louisiana. I write our music. We have released three projects, most recently, “I’ll Carry You to Jesus” with Chapel Valley Music.

JB: Do you come from a singing background?
KH: Yes. My Dad plays the piano and pastored a rural Pentecostal church. Our family sang together. I began writing while serving under his ministry.

JB: When did you start singing as a family group?
KH: Around 2011, my oldest girls joined my wife and me, and we began singing in church and at a family funeral.

Beyond the Song: the Haymons sing, "God Is Good Like That"JB: Did you as parents teach your three children to sing?
KH: Well, our girls were raised in a music environment. They sang in the church chorale. It was amazing to me how it seemed like all of a sudden, we were singing together and they could harmonize and switch parts so effortlessly. I like to think it’s a God thing!

JB: Who are your musical influences?
KH: I grew up listening to the Rambos, the Lanny Wolfe Trio, the Gaithers, Rex Nelon Singers (now the Nelons), Murrel and Joan Ewing, and all of the quartets, like the Statesmen, the Cathedrals, etc. I would sit at the end of our Magnavox turntable and listen for hours. All their music influenced me.

JB: Besides singing, you write most of your songs. How and where do you get the inspiration to write?
KH: Inspiration for writing comes from various sources and life experiences. A major experience of late, involves our middle daughter, Leandra. About nine years ago, at age 12, she was running and twisted her ankle. What seemed at first to be an innocuous injury turned into a pain nightmare. She couldn’t sleep. Her mother and I took turns staying up with her and holding her and praying as she cried. She would fall asleep out of exhaustion in the morning hours and cry in her sleep. We ended up seeing multiple specialists in major medical centers in Houston, Dallas, and New Orleans. She was eventually diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. Over a matter of time, it began to affect the entire right leg and arm.
Leandra is now 21 and disabled. However, we are still believing for a miracle. A lot of the music on our latest project was birthed in the middle of all of this.

Beyond the Song: the Haymons sing, "God Is Good Like That"JB: Can you share how that works for you?
KH: There have been so many lessons of faith that have arisen in the last nine years.
God knows the end from the beginning, so He’s never surprised. And, if our steps are ordered of the Lord, then we can trust that God approved this trial for us.
We are a different family than we were nine years ago. I believe we are more sensitive, compassionate and prayerful.

JB: For this edition of Beyond the Song, I picked your song, “God Is Good Like That,” from the album, “I’ll Carry You To Jesus.” Share with us the story of that song.
KH: Early in our journey of Leandra’s illness, someone told us that we were being punished for some sin we had done. In our desperate condition, we were in no shape to contest anything. After all, any time trouble arrives in our lives, it’s always a good idea to repent.
A little further down the road, we understand better. Even Job’s friends accused him of wrongdoing when he was afflicted.
“God is Good” reminds us that we are always experiencing the goodness of God. It would be an affront to God’s Word to believe that trials are the punishment of God. Honestly, where would any of us stand if mercy and grace were given based on what we deserve?

JB: What is ahead in the near future for the Haymons?

KH: We are singing more as Leandra’s illness allows. Sometimes she is not able to travel with us. We have the new single and are starting to get some exposure on radio. Wherever God takes us, we’re ready.

JB: Where can we find you on the web?
KH: Our website is HERE; we also have a Facebook page and Instagram.

JB: Is there something else you’d like the readers to know?
KH: Be encouraged. God is faithful! We would love to come share our testimony in song with you; give us a call.

JB: The line “I don’t get what I deserve, I don’t get what I have earned,” is a strong line in that song. Please explain the message for those who have not made the decision.
KH: If we got what we deserved, where would we be? Our goodness doesn’t get us anything. I can’t bargain with God in reality. God knows everything about me and still loves me! I don’t get what I deserve.
Sometimes when trouble comes, we feel like it surely can’t be God’s will to suffer. After all, “I pay my tithes, I’m faithful to church, etc.” However, Jesus was in the very middle of the will of God as He climbed Golgotha.
He knows if I’m faithful when nobody is looking, and He still loves me! I don’t get what I have earned.

 

Thanks, Haymons family for sharing your ministry with us.
We pray for God’s blessing wherever you get a chance to share your music with the message of salvation.

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Beyond the Song: Fields of Grace sing “I Got Saved”

Written by Staff on October 25, 2019 – 4:10 pm -

Fields of GraceIn this edition of Beyond the Song, Jantina de Haan-Baksteen talks to Southern gospel artists, Fields of Grace, about their song, “I’ve been Saved.” This group is from Candler, N. C., and started in 2012. Members are Elise Ingle, along with husband and wife, Nathaniel and Leslie Smith.

JB: What was your calling to actually form this group?

FoG: We started singing together in the “Old Gospel Barn” located on our church property and we knew immediately there was something special happening. We knew the touch of God was on us and we should do more. We had faith but never knew what the Lord had in store for us. It has been the Holy Spirit’s anointing and seeing churches being blessed that confirmed our ministry.

Fields of GraceJB: What makes you different from other groups?

FoG: We make sure the songs have a message and if the anointing is not on it, we won’t keep singing it. Also our harmony has been described often as “family harmony,” and we work and practice to improve on that. In addition, everyone gets to sing lead and we frequently switch parts. Our ministry is primarily one of encouraging the church and we have many churches we sing at annually.

JB: “I Got Saved” is your second release to radio, after “Dining With The King,” which did well on radio charts. “I Got Saved” is one of my favorites on this project. The melody is catchy, but the message is powerful, too! Can you share us how this song came to your group?

FoG: Nathaniel was driving the church bus for a ladies retreat where the original artists (who released the song first), “Selah,” were singing. Nathaniel said that from the first line of the music, he knew the song was special. One of the ladies let out a joyful shout from the balcony and the Holy Spirit gave Nathaniel confirmation. He shared this with Leslie and Elise and they knew they needed to make it part of their ministry.

 

JB: There is that particular line in the song, “What can wash away my sin…” that’s originally from the old hymn. Can you tell us something about that?Did you add this to it? Or did the songwriter put it in?

FoG: Nathaniel wanted to change the bridge on the original song and add the line from the old hymn, “What can wash away my sins? Nothing but the Blood of Jesus! What can make me whole again? Nothing but the Blood of Jesus!” It fit perfectly, and when we were in the studio recording the track, the power of this addition was very evident. Other groups sing this song but this addition makes it unique to Fields of Grace.

JB: How is it received by the audience? 

FoG: The Lord always anoints this message. Think about it; for the believer there is nothing more precious than the cleansing Blood of Christ and their personal story of grace and salvation. “I got saved.” And for the non-believer there is not a better message. Amen!

JB: What are your personal testimonies regarding this song?

FoG: The decision to put, “I Got Saved,” on our current project, “Undone,” was very clear to all of us. “I Got Saved” reminds all of us every time we sing it of God’s amazing grace and we are so thankful to be children of the King.

However, our testimonies are different as you can imagine. Leslie and Nathaniel were both saved at a young age. They are both grateful to have been born again while their hearts were so tender. Elise was saved as a young woman at the age of 22 at a very low point in her life. She recounts the loving touch of her Savior and how her home church accepted her with open arms.

JB: Is there something more you like to share to the readers of SGNScoops  Magazine? 

FoG: It is so rewarding and humbling to be able to sing for our Lord. He has called us into this ministry and as the last song of our project exclaims, we intend to, “Die on Battlefield.”

Leslie and Nathaniel are husband and wife and Elise has written two of our songs on our current project.

Our ministry is to encourage the church and point the lost to Jesus in song. We love to travel together and “have church” often on the roads to our next opportunity. 

Contact us on Facebook or fieldsofgracemusic.com. For bookings you can also call Nathaniel at 828-712-6907 or Joe Belcher (Leslie’s dad and our manager) at 828-231-8002.

Enjoy “I Got Saved” by Fields of Grace. 

 

You can find more on Fields of Grace HERE.

Thanks Fields of Grace for stepping in on this edition of Beyond the Song.

May God guide your ministry, reaching out to those who are lost.

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Beyond the Song: Jamie Lynn Flanakin sings “Free,” written by Cowboy Roy Hall

Written by Staff on September 13, 2019 – 5:00 am -

Jamie Lynn Flanakin Beyond the Song FreeBeyond the Song: Jamie Lynn Flanakin sings “Free,” written by Cowboy Roy Hall

By Jantina de Haan-Baksteen

This edition of Beyond the Song is a little different. It’s from the songwriter’s point of view, along with a note from the artist. 

Cowboy Roy Hall talked to us about the song he wrote called, “Free.”

Jantina: Cowboy Roy, can you introduce yourself to the readers of SGNScoops?

Cowboy Roy: Howdy everybody,m name is Roy Hall, but everybody calls me Cowboy Roy. I am a singer/songwriter from Oklahoma. I’ve lived here almost four years. I’ve  recorded seven CD’s of songs I’ve written, with Donnie and Lisa Williamson of the Williamsons. I have had three other songs on the charts and radio, from Jamie Lynn Flanakin, Jim Sheldon, and Peter Christie. The group Oasis, Sarah and Carey Collins have also recorded songs of mine, along with Sandy Jarvis.

Beyond the Song: Jamie Lynn Flanakin sings "Free," written by Cowboy Roy Hall

Cowboy Roy Hall

Jantina: You wrote the song, “Free,” that is on Jamie Lynn Flanakin’s album called, ‘’Oh, My Lord.” Tell us about that.

Cowboy Roy: I wrote the song, “Free,” in December of 2015, a month and a half after the Lord delivered me from all the pain of my past and set me free! I dealt with a severe depression from 2008 – 2010 because of a very traumatic experience that I faced and I went inside myself. That whole time is nothing but a blur. Then a friend called me on the phone and prayed for me and that was lifted off. It didn’t control me anymore. It was still there unfortunately though.

In November of 2015, one week after I moved here, I went to a singing. I was talking to the Lord before it started, basically thanking him for getting me out of that other state. Not knowing what was in store, but trusting him no matter what. I told no one about the conversation, and during the altar call service, one of them motioned for me to come up front and I did. He looked me square in the eye and said, “All the pain, heartaches, depression, lonely feelings, etc., it’s all going to go, right now, in Jesus’ name. It did and has. I was delivered then and there. Then a month and a half later, I was talking with a friend on the phone and telling him all the good things that had happened. He asked me if I had written a song about being delivered and I said, “No.” He said, “I feel like you got one in ya, brother.” And in 15 to 20 minutes, “Free,” was written.

Jantina: Just recently, a video has been released of this song. Can you share somehing about that?

Cowboy Roy: The video of “Free,” wow. I have no words to describe what an experience that was. In May, I went to Texas to do the filming with Jamie. It was something I’ll never forget. We went into a motel room showing our pasts. That was a little emotional, but thank God, it’s only memories that don’t hurt me anymore.

Seeing my song come to life in front of my eyes, makes me want to cry thinking about it. There is also a very special promo after the video, that we did together with a little piece of our testimonies, with a website for people to go to, to get help for whatever situation they may be in.

The song has been on the radio for two years and been very successful, but the video is gonna put a visual on it, for people to see that if we made it through our hard times, tests and trials, they can, too.

Jantina: What is your testimony, because “Free” is kind of autobiographical.

Cowboy Roy: My testimony; it’s very long but i will try to sum it up as small as I can. I was stuck in my mom’s ribcage when I was a baby and almost died. Almost died again at nine months old. Had seizures for the first nine years of my life. I was raised in a godless, alcoholic household; almost died again from a trailer implosion. But by the grace of God, and my grandma’s prayers, I was safe. (I was) delivered from seizures in 1977. (Suffered) very hard emotional abuse from my father in my teenage years. We were not close at all. He told me I would never amount to anything, and I believed it. He died in 1990 and
he was not a Christian. I got saved in 1992, at 24, and I had a lot of growing up to do emotionally, and spiritually, but with the help of Christian friends, I overcame it all by the Lord’s grace. Here I am today, happier than I have ever been!

Jantina: Did you write this song for Jamie?

Cowboy Roy: No, I didn’t write the song for Jamie. I thought it was only for me and how wrong I was! We saw each other about three months after I had written it and I shared it with her. Her mouth dropped open, her eyes got big, and she said, “Holy cow! You’re singing my story and I want to record your song. I was blown away.”

She sent me the CD in Feb 2017 and in September 2017, “Free,” was released to radio, reaching No. 9 on two charts last year, No.13 on another chart this year, a top ten nomination for Christian Country Song of the Year in the Diamond Awards, and now this amazing video.

I am so blessed with these gifts straight from my Lord in heaven. That says it all….

Jamie Lynn Flanakin Beyond the Song Free

Jamie Lynn Flanakin

Jantina: To complete this interview I called on Jamie Lynn Flanklin, who recorded this song. Jamie, can you do a short  introduction about yourself? 

Jamie Lynn Flanklin: My ministry began many years ago in my heart, but came to fruition when I moved out to Texas in 2007.  I met Richard Mabry at church and the rest is history (as they say). He wrote a song that Tommy Smith (Canyon Creek Records) decided needed to be on the radio. So we released it to radio in 2014 and we have since then released 5 other songs. God has allowed me many opportunities to share His message in song and am so thankful and grateful that He wants to use me.

Jantina: We find the song, “Free,” on your album, “Oh, My Lord.” Why did you pick this song?

Jamie Lynn: Even though “Free” was released in 2017, we decided to go ahead and make a music video. We felt that it had touched so many people on the airways, why not let the Lord use it on social media and other platforms to touch even more.  It has such an amazing message of freedom from your past.

Jantina: What is the song saying?

Jamie Lynn: When Cowboy Roy sang me the song for the first time, I told him, “Wow, you are singing my life’s story.”  I know many people struggle with pains from the past, and this song just reminds us that there is hope and that Jesus will forgive all our sins.  He can help us with those pains and we wanted to portray that message in the video life.

Justin: Is this song a personal testimony?

Jamie Lynn: This song means so much to me because it reminds me of what God has brought me from and brought me to. I have deep pains from my past and it took a long time for me to overcome those hurts and pains. Every time I get to sing “Free,” it reminds me how much the Father loves me and has forgiven me and wants me to move on from my past.

Jantina: Is there anything else you’d like to share with the readers?

Jamie Lynn: I’m very thankful that I have been able to be a part of this amazing song, and hope that many receive a blessing from it, and that those chains of yesterday are broken in the name of Jesus.

If anyone would like to reach out or book an event, they can contact me through:

Email = jamielynnflanakinmusic@gmail.com

website = www.jamielynnflanakinmusic.com

Facebook = @jamielynnflanakinmusic1

Instagram = jamielynnflanakin_official

Twitter = @jamielynnfmusic

Manager = Richard Mabry (HMM Productions) 903-262-8280

 

Jantina: Roy Hall and Jamie Lynn, thank  you for sharing your story with SGNScoops. May this song be a blessing to many.

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Beyond the Song: Jason Davidson sings “He Came Searching For Me”

Written by Staff on September 9, 2019 – 4:14 pm -

Jason Davidson Jantina de Haan-Baksteen goes Beyond the Song to talk to Jason Davidson about his song,  “He Came Searching For Me.”

Jantina de Haan-Baksteen: Please introduce yourself to the readers of SGNScoops. I know you have a long history in music please tell us something about that.

Jason Davidson: I was born in Philadelphia, Mississippi, and started singing in church at a very early age. Some of my earliest memories of singing are standing on a brick hearth in the home where I grew up, holding a play microphone, and singing along with the Hinsons and ghe Happy Goodman Family. I cut my first record when I was 15 years old, and started singing with various singing groups after that. Most of my high school years involved school during the week, and climbing on a bus to go sing on Thursday or Friday. After I got married, I wanted to settle down and not travel as much, so I started singing background vocals in a studio, and sang with local groups through my twenties and thirties.

Jason Davidson He Came Searching For MeJantina: You have two great albums out. One is called “Baptism.” Why is this the title? 

Jason: In 2012, I felt God leading me to do more singing out, and to cut a record. That record was “Baptism.” The title cut is a song about a young boy being baptized and his memories of that. One of my earliest memories is being baptized and the song really resonated with me. I can still remember that day so clearly, even though I was only around five years old. I knew something supernatural was going to take place when I went under the water, but I had no idea what it would be. Would I see angels? Would I see Jesus? That day somehow burned itself into my memory, and I still sing about it today.

Jantina: Please tell us about that song “He Came Searching For Me,” from the album of the same title.

Jason: I met my producer Les Butler in 2014, and we started working on another record. He called me from a hotel room one day, and said, “Man, have I got a song for you!” He sent me what would become the title cut of the record, a song called “He Came Searching For Me,” written by Marty Funderburk and Kip Fox.

Jantina: Was the message in song your story?

Jason: The song was amazing, but it really touched me because of the message. I had an old friend who had come to God after being an atheist for most of his life. Allen spent most of his life running away from God, but there was that one day out on the highway, that God came looking for Allen, and that changed everything for him.

Jantina: What is the message you want the listeners to know?

Jason: I want everyone who hears that song to know that no matter where they are, how far they have gone, or how far they feel from God, He is patiently waiting for them and is actively seeking them out. It’s amazing that when we come to the end of our road, and finally turn around, God isn’t a million miles away, where we left Him. He is still standing right there beside us, to pick us up, dust us off, and bring us home.

Jason Davidson and his family

Jason Davidson and his family

Jantina: You are not a full time singer but fulltime active at your church, please share with us something about that.

Jason: I don’t travel full time, though that was a dream of mine for some time. My time with my family at our church on Sunday services is very important to me, and I want my kids to see their dad worshiping in church beside them on Sunday morning. I travel and sing out often, but not as much as a regular, fulltime singer or group does. I just try to find the balance in being there with, and for, my family, and ministering to others, and sometimes that can be a tough act to balance. I lead our church praise team and I am very active in ministry in my home church. Between all that and singing out, I stay very busy doing what I feel that God has called me to do, which is be a light and an encourager to others.

Jason Davidson met Jeff Bungarder and Joel Lindsey

Jason met Jeff Bungarder and Joel Lindsey

Jantina: What is around the corner for you music-wise? Is there a new album in the making?

Jason: I am working on a new project, and have been writing songs toward it for some time. I have been very blessed to have the opportunity to write with some of the greatest writers I know, and they have also become my friends. Joel Lindsey, who wrote, “It Was The Cross That Got To Me,” from my last record, has been a mentor and a friend in the songwriting journey, along with so many others. I am excited for everyone to hear the songs we are working on, and can’t wait to see what the future holds.

Jantina: Do you have the desire to become a fulltime singer?

Jason: With all the things that are going on in my life, I don’t think that I could manage a fulltime singing career. I definitely won’t rule it out, but I feel that God is going to use the songs through radio and social media to go out and minister to people in my place. There are many times that going live on social media has brought tens of thousands of listeners together at one time, and I feel that will be one of the avenues that God uses to get the songs to people who are hurting. In the end, it’s not really about what I want to do for a career, but rather how God can use what I’m doing to reach the most hurting people possible.  I’m open to His will and plan, whatever that is!

Jantina: Where can they find you on the web?

Jason: My website is HERE  and folks can find me on Facebook and Instagram by searching for Jason Davidson Music.

Jantina: Is there something particular you want our readers to know?

Jason: I am so thankful for the opportunity that God is giving me, and allowing me to reach people who need to hear about the good news of Jesus Christ.  He called me to sing and to be an encouragement to those who are hurting and to answer that call is the greatest honor I could ever hope to have.

Thanks Jason for sharing your story to all the readers. Blessings in all the work you do for God’s kingdom.

We hope all of our readers enjoy this song by Jason Davidson, “He Came Searching For Me.”

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Beyond the Song: Pardoned sing “Down At The Altar”

Written by Staff on August 29, 2019 – 7:28 am -

Beyond the Song: Pardoned sing "Down At The Altar"

Pardoned

Beyond the Song by Jantina de Haan-Baksteen

Through a Facebook livestream I got to learn about the group Pardoned. It was the catchy sound that drew my attention. I got in contact with Rusty Rowan of the group for this edition of the Beyond The Song, to talk about “Down At The Altar.”

Jantina de Haan-Baksteen: Can you introduce the group members to the readers of SGNScoops?
Rusty Rowan: Pardoned is made up of Donnie Marr, Parker Rains, and Rusty Rowan. All three of us live in the Sand Mountain area of Alabama. Our families have been lifelong friends dating all the way back to our grandparents.

JB: How did the group come together?
RR: We were formed after recording a demo for one of Rusty’s songs, “When My Eyes See.” The producer of that recording suggested we send the song to radio to see if they would play it. That song charted on several internet and radio charts. From there we just kept on singing and trying to grow the music. Our first year has been amazing in a lot of ways and we are having a ball.

Beyond the Song: Pardoned sing "Down At The Altar"JB: What’s the story behind the group’s name?
RR: The name comes from our realization that God doesn’t just forgive us. He actually forgets the mistakes we have made. Forgiveness is great, but if the memory of that mistake remains, then thoughts of failure are always in your mind. When God forgives, he forgets… YOU BECOME PARDONED!

JB: Do you all come from a singing background?
RR: Yes. We were all raised in the church and around gospel music. We have all performed with various groups in gospel and country music. We have tried to take something educational from almost every artist we have known and worked with. We believe that we are a combination of a lot of other peoples’ talent and influence.

JB: Who are your musical influences?
RR: Wow. There are so many. It’s safe to say that we love harmony. The Gatlin Brothers, Diamond Rio, The Oaks, The Gaithers. Basically, if an artist has good harmony, we consider them an influence on what we do.

JB: You’ve launched your first EP, “Stirred Not Shaken” with six songs. Rusty, you wrote all of the songs?
RR: Yes, I was blessed to have these songs on the CD. Honestly, nobody else wanted to record them, so the guys got stuck with my stuff! Seriously, having people sing, listen to, and enjoy a song that God allowed me to craft, has been a huge blessing for me.

Beyond the Song: Pardoned sing "Down At The Altar"JB: Why is this EP called “Stirred Not Shaken?”
RR: We thought the name would catch the attention of lost people, maybe cause someone from outside of the traditional church to spend an extra minute looking at the cover and song titles. From there, we hope they will listen to the music and be drawn to Christ. For us, it wasn’t so much a title of our testimony, as it was a way to (hopefully) cause people to be curious about the message in the songs.

JB: The first song that’s released to radio is “Down At The Altar.” It’s a catchy song! What’s the message?
RR: The message of “Down At The Altar” is a reflection of how important that piece of furniture is in the history of the church, its people, and society as a whole. The altar has always been a place where people could bring their problems and find relief. Where friends and strangers alike could find, and do find, a common ground of sorts. The altar symbolizes the original safe place in every community and town across American and the world. The altar was important enough to be the first thing a scientist/traveler erected when they reached their destination. It was a necessity then and remains an even greater necessity today.

Beyond the Song: Pardoned sing "Down At The Altar"JB: What is the mission that sets you apart from other groups?
RR: Hopefully there is no difference in the mission of any artist who presents gospel music. Whether you represent Christian country, Black gospel, Contemporary, or Southern gospel, the mission should be the same: to lead Christians into worship and to lead lost people to Christ. While our methods may be different, our mission to reach the world for Christ must remain the same. That’s our mission: to help lead people to Christ.

JB: I heard there’s a new project in the making; can you share something about that?
RR: Yes. We have finished the tracks and are working on the vocals when we are home. The sound will be even more country than our debut release, but the message of the gospel is front and center in each cut. That’s never going to change. I can’t share much at this point, but we are very excited for people to hear our sophomore recording.

Beyond the Song: Pardoned sing "Down At The Altar"

Rusty Rowan of Pardoned

JB: What’s your favorite Bible verse?
RR: Daniel 6:22, where Daniel declares to the king that regardless of the king’s efforts to have him destroyed… God shut the lions’ mouth so that no harm could come to him!

JB: Where can we find you on the web
RR: You can find Pardoned online HERE  and on Facebook

Thanks Rusty Rowan for sharing your ministry to the readers. Blessings on your journey sharing the gospel with your talent.

Please watch and listen to this great new song, “Down At The Altar,” by Pardoned.

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Beyond the Song: the Journeys sing “Looking More Like Your Father”

Written by Staff on August 21, 2019 – 9:34 am -

Beyond the Song: the Journeys sing "Looking More Like Your Father."

Beyond the Song: the Journeys sing “Looking More Like Your Father.”

By Jantina de Haan-Baksteen

Once again, I had the pleasure of doing an interview for a Beyond the Song article, and this time I talked with Donna Journey of the Journeys.

They recently released a video of the song ‘Looking More Like Your Father.” That production made me want to get them for this edition of Beyond the Song.

Jantina: Please share a short introduction of your singing Career as The Journeys.

Donna Journey: The Journeys started their ministry in 2012, after realizing that (our) son Ben, who had been diagnosed with Autism at the early age of 2 had taught himself to play guitar. (I) had sung all my life with my family and other groups but decided it was time to come off the road and care for Ben. I began to notice Ben’s love for music and encouraged him to explore that love.

In 2011, Ben taught himself, without any lessons, to play the guitar. A friend of the family’s helped Ben with timing. In 2012, they recorded their first CD and started accepting appointments to sing and play in local churches.

Beyond the Song: the Journeys sing "Looking More Like Your Father."Jantina:What year did you start as a duet?

Donna: We started to become a duet in 2012, myself together with Ben who takes the instrumental part of the ministry, playing the gitar or the piano.

Jantina: Can you share your testimony?

Donna:When Ben was diagnosed with Autism in 1996, we felt like our world was torn apart. We couldn’t even begin to know how God would use this test as a testimony for our family. Doctors told us that Ben would not be able to communicate with us or function socially in society. But God had another plan! 

And now we are traveling in 14 different states and sharing hope with families with special needs children.

We think it is safe to say that God is in control.

Ben now plays keyboard, piano, drums, bass guitar, acoustic guitar and is leaning banjo. Ben has played on all three of our albums.

Jantiy: Tell us about the latest release to radio?

Donna: We just got finished making a video with our current release to Radio, “Looking More Like Your Father,” written by Carolyn Connor.

Beyond the Song: the Journeys sing "Looking More Like Your Father."Jantina: What is the message of this song?

Donna: This song has been a blessing to so many people. It talks about looking like your earthly Father, but then states how we all are to strive to look like our Heavenly Father every day. This song is on the SGNScoops Country Gospel and Southern Gospel Chart, Magazine charts.

Jantina: What is the horizon for the Journeys?

Donna: We are looking forward to going back in the studio within the next year to record our fourth project with Chapel Valley Recording, and looking forward to sharing our ministry in many other states next year.

Jantina:Where can they find you on the web?

Donna: They can find us on the web at www.thejourneysgospel.net 

You can also purchase our music on all major media markets.

Thank you to the journeys for sharing the song with us. We hope you travel safely on your journey.

We hope all our readers enjoy the following song, by the Journeys, entitled, “Looking More Like Your Father.”

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