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BELL BUCKLE WEEKEND WITH RUSS AND TORI TAFF

Written by Staff on November 7, 2017 – 1:23 pm -

BELL BUCKLE WEEKEND WITH RUSS AND TORI TAFF

BELL BUCKLE WEEKEND WITH RUSS AND TORI TAFF

What does it take to get this Canadian girl to go to some place called Bell Buckle, Tennessee? Well for starters, a getaway weekend simply titled: Russ and Tori Taff’s weekend in Bell Buckle, consisting of some of the best Gospel music there is today. Throw in some of the best southern cooking, hospitality, and charm. Think it is hard to fit all of this into a charming hamlet of 500+ inhabitants? Well, it is possible because that’s exactly what happened. To quote our weekend host Tori Taff, “A joyful oasis from your daily routine,” and that’s what this amazing weekend delivered.

What I am referring to? The 2nd Annual Russ and Tori Taff ‘s Weekend in Bell Buckle, Tenn., on Oct. 7 and 8. From the moment I stepped into the Bell Buckle Banquet Hall on the Friday for early registration, I was greeted with open arms, which quickly got filled with the warmest and most sincere hug from our greeter

Russ and Tori Taff

Tori Taff

Tori herself. As a guest, you get treated to a registration bag filled with goodies; name tag/badge, lovely commemorative mug, a professional and gorgeous autographed 8×10 picture of Russ Taff, yummy moon pie samples, Bell Buckle bumper sticker, and an exclusive CD by Russ of never before released songs. In addition, a list of shops indicating their discounts especially for the weekend guests, all packed into a nice yellow tote bag. Tori is definitely in her wheelhouse, hosting, greeting and scheduling this annual event. Leaving Russ, who has been called “the introvert in an extroverts career,” to do what he does best: sing. And that he did, in spades.

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Whisnants help Glorymen celebrate their 27th Anniversary

Written by Staff on March 14, 2016 – 4:19 pm -

Whisnants

Whisnants

SGNScoops roving reporter, Jamie Britt, from Lumberton, North Carolina, recently sent us in this feature on the Glorymen’s 27th Anniversary:

On Saturday evening, March 5th, the Glorymen celebrated their 27th anniversary concert at East Lumberton Baptist Church in Lumberton, NC.  Their featured guests were the Whisnants from Morganton NC.

 Some of the highlights for me were getting to see some of the former members come together.  Also, at the end of the concert, The Glorymen and the Whisnants came together to sing, “I’ve Never Been This Homesick Before.”  

Some of my favorite songs by The Whisnants that

Whisnants at Glorymen anniversary

Whisnants at Glorymen anniversary

were sung were: “Worry Ends Where Faith Begins,”which by the way is the current radio release; another favorite was “I’m Not Afraid to Trust Him,” and also, “I’ll Trust the Potter’s Hand.”  

The Lord showed up in a powerful way that evening.  

The greatest moment for me personally came after the concert had ended.  I had the honor of meeting Susan Whisnant.  She’s a very genuine lady filled with the love and compassion of God.  She’s more than willing to pray with a person when needed, and that I admire greatly in her.  

If you ever get an opportunity to see these groups in person, I highly recommend taking the time to pay them a visit.

–By Jamie Britt

 

 

 

 

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Jamie Britt and Susan Whisnant

Jamie Britt and Susan Whisnant

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24 Karats: A Look At The Legendary Gold City Quartet

Written by Staff on September 24, 2015 – 5:10 am -

Gold City

Gold City

Daniel Riley-Gold City

Daniel Riley-Gold Cit

In 1980, five men in Dahlonega, Georgia came together to form what is now one of the most celebrated and most beloved Southern Gospel groups, Gold City. The original lineup consisted of Bob Oliver (Tenor), Jerry Ritchie (Lead), Ken Trussell (Baritone), Dallas Gilliland (Bass) and Larry Goddard (Piano). Gilliland would be replaced shortly after formation with a man who has since become synonymous with the group, Tim Riley.
A multiple Singing News Fan Award winner and Gospel Music Hall of Fame member, Tim Riley is well known for his incredibly rich and clear bass voice. Riley became a stalwart member (until 2004, and later 2014) of the group whose lineup has experienced many changes over the years.

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Robert York attends Hope’s Journey’s Homecoming

Written by Staff on September 20, 2015 – 12:02 pm -

Hope's Journey

Hope’s Journey

Robert York’s Concert Rambling’s: Hope’s Journey’s Homecoming

I recently found four great reasons to return to Alabama.  One was Hope’s Journey annual Homecoming. 

image1Vonda Easley founded Hope’s Journey in 2003 along with her daughter Ashley Easley and Chris Clay. Starting out as a trio,  after two years they added a bass singer, Trent Adams, to become a quartet. When Trent departed from the group in 2008, they returned to a trio.Vonda and Chris had said many times they would like to go back to a quartet and finally a few months ago, they hired Jordan Wilson as their bass singer. Lauren Miller-Huckabee was added just a few weeks before Jordan as they lost a member of the group.

Reason number two was the person that was going to be there to emcee the program. Rob Patz, CEO and founder of Costal Media Group and also publisher of SGN Scoops was to be there. Rob is a great supporter of Southern Gospel music. He promotes several multi-day events a year across the nation. He is a great emcee and speaker. With Rob and Vonda on stage together you get many laughs, but he had to be nice at this concert because Vonda’s mom was there.
Josh and Ashley Franks

Josh and Ashley Franks

Then the third reason was that former Hope’s Journey member Ashley, who left the group in 2007 to marry Josh Franks, was there. When Ashley married Josh they started singing as a duet and traveled almost every where to share the gospel. Josh, also being a preacher, often held revivals. These two together are a dynamic duet with Ashley’s great voice and Josh’s energy.

The Browders

The Browders

The final reason was The Browders from Hinton, VA, were there. This great family group with Dad Tommy and his testimony will give you one of the greatest uplifting you can receive.

Tommy shares how he developed polio at age two and was not expected to live until age 19, but God saw different and Tommy in the wheel chair continues to sing and play, something that was never expected in his condition. His sons Matthew and David along with Matthew’s wife Sonya make up the group.
Tommy Browder

Tommy Browder

Vonda introduced Rob, making sure that everything was in line for the door prizes and then Chris had the opening prayer. Rob introduced Josh and Ashley Franks who got the evening off with an up beat song. During their set they brought up their children Priscilla and Eli. You could just see the sparkle in Grandma Vonda’s eyes when these two were singing.

Hope’s Journey was up next, starting off with “Happy Rythmn.” Often their new bass singer Jordan was featured on songs as well as the others in the group.
Matthew Browder

Matthew Browder

The Browders came on the stage with “Lift Up His Name” and “He’s Alive.” Following Tommy’s testimony he sang “I Am Blessed,” saying, “God has blessed and been so good to me.” What a time we all had!

Just prior to the concert beginning, I got a text from Penny Shelnut saying her group Sacred Calling was going to be at a church in Powder Springs the following morning. If you know me, I had to make that event as it was on my way home. Got up early to hear them. 

Sacred Calling

Sacred Calling

Sacred Calling has been singing for five years and current members are Nicole Buchanan, Penny Shelnut, Rachel Elkins and Andrew Alder on the piano. Rev. Snyder Turner sang “My Brand New Home” for their 41st Annual Homecoming. He made a comment after the service how he liked Scared Calling. He said he was not much on jokes and appreciated a group that doesn’t tell jokes but sings the message. I thoroughly enjoyed Sacred Calling and their Homecoming. 


     

Sacred Calling

Sacred Calling

Until next time………….  

Thanks to Robert York for this feature.
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AN EVENING WITH PAT BARKER AND FRIENDS

Written by Staff on September 7, 2015 – 1:30 pm -

Pat Barker

Pat Barker

Last night Pat Barker and 11th Hour sang to a full crowd at Meadowbrook Baptist Church in Oxford, Alabama.

The evening began with Pat talking about his Gospel roots, giving credit to his Dad. He sang several songs that he and his Dad enjoyed. One I especially enjoyed was “Poor WayFaring Stranger,” which we don’t hear often enough.

11th Hour

11th Hour

11th Hour sang their radio chart song “Picture This”, “How Will You Plead,” along with the classics “Sheltered In The Arms Of God,” and “He Will Roll You Over The Tide” and many more.

Pat asked a couple of friends, Eric Dunson and Lauren Allen, to come up and sing. They both did great job and we’re well received.

11th Hour and Pat Barker

11th Hour and Pat Barker

The evening ended with Pat and 11th Hour singing a few songs together. What a blessed evening.

SGN Scoops was honored to be in attendance.


By Paula Hendrick

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11th Hour are one of the many great artists appearing at Creekside Gospel Music Convention, November 2nd through 5th.  Find out more!


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Karen Peck and New River in Concert: Final Weekend with Jeff Hawes

Written by Staff on August 6, 2015 – 10:04 am -

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Karen Peck and New River

On August 1, 2015, we were privileged to be at a concert featuring Karen Peck and New River in Coburg, Ontario. The site was the Lakeshore Pentecostal Camp, a beautiful campsite on the shores of Lake Ontario. Inside the Tabernacle was seating for about 1000 people on old-fashioned wooden pews and we were happy to see modern fans and feel the air-conditioning on that exceptionally warm evening.

Karen Peck and New River stepped onto the stage to a very appreciative crowd

welcoming the artists for the first time to that venue. Many had heard this mixed group previously and fully enjoyed the first few renditions of top songs from the well-awarded history of KPNR.

Karen Peck Gooch, Susan Peck Jackson and Jeff Hawes were joined onstage in the first half by Karen’s daughter Kari on vocals and Matthew on guitar. Karen’s husband Rickey

was running sound and we were happy to note that he is on his way to better health after dealing with cancer for much of the year.

Some notable musical moments included “On The Banks Of The Promised Land,” where the guitar that Matthew was playing so proficiently turned into the sound of a mandolin, and then “Hallelujah For The Cross,” a song off of their newest release, Pray Now, which featured Jeff Hawes on the lead. This vocalist will definitely be missed!

I always enjoy the clear tones of Susan on her alto leads, especially the tune “Sustaining Grace,” which was another chart-topper for KPNR. Karen then had Rickey give his testimony of coming through his health battle, and we were all exhorted to “Pray Now,” in every situation, for God does hear and answer prayer!

During the intermission we were blessed by the instrumental sounds of Matthew on steel guitar and Jeff Hawes on piano. Jeff is a terrific pianist as well as vocalist and Matthew is working his way to proficiency on a variety of stringed instruments. They made a great team.

The second half was as wonderful as the first, and I don’t say that lightly. Karen has a way of edit 4drawing in her listeners and then taking them with her as her voice soars ever higher, bringing a special sense of worship and praise to God. After a full concert, Karen stepped down off the stage to present a song completely alone. Her rendition of “My God Will Always Be Enough,” was simply incredible. Her clarity, tone and strength in her upper register after a long evening were amazing and gave proof to why she is one of the top vocalists in Gospel music.

After a sensitive and encouraging prayer time, the artists ended the evening appropriately with the song, “Finish Well.” While the hall was filled with all ages, there was a predominance of older listeners who sometimes feel that their best years are behind them. What an encouragement and exhortation to everyone there, that while we still have breath we have a work to do for the Lord, and we all need to “Finish Well.”

The Karen Peck and New River concert at Lakeshore Pentecostal turned out to be the penultimate performance of Jeff Hawes with the group, and we were thrilled to have had that experience. We wish Jeff all the best in his new endeavors within the educational system, but we hope he knows how much the Southern Gospel world will miss his vocals and sweet spirit. Our prayers are with KPNR as they fill Jeff’s edit 5position with another Godly vocalist.

No doubt Karen Peck and New River will persist in expanding their boundaries and pushing the envelope, as they continue on their journey of excellence in Gospel music.

Special note to all you fashionistas out there: take special note of the ladies’ shoes and fashions onstage. KPNR always is in style with colors that flatter and never look immodest. Love that about these artists!

 

By Lorraine Walker

Photographs by Cindy, Joan and Lorraine Walker

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The Jordan Family Band attends the SESGMC

Written by Staff on April 21, 2015 – 10:50 am -

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Randa Jordan of the Jordan Family Band tells SGN Scoops…

imageThis weekend was our first time being a part of the SESGMC (South Eastern Southern Gospel Music Conference) in Tifton, GA. What a fun, two-day event with so much great talent. Over 40 groups performed and each did an outstanding job!

imageMy family and I sang on the Friday afternoon showcase and the Spirit of the Lord was truly there in the midst! We won a spot to sing on main stage and once again enjoyed the spirit of the people and their warm reception. We also enjoyed catching up with old friends and meeting new ones.

Every soloist, duo, trio and group had a great time at this event hosted by Ricky Atkinson of Ricky Atkinson and Compassion. It is growing and imagebecoming something special in the South Georgia area. Make plans to attend this two-day event in April of 2016! You will be blessed and have a great experience in Southern Gospel music!

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BOOTH BROTHERS AT SHILOH HILLS BAPTIST CHURCH

Written by Staff on February 6, 2015 – 10:47 am -

The Booth Brothers

The Booth Brothers

By Robert York

The Booth Brothers packed the house again while in concert at Shiloh Hills Baptist Church recently. The Brothers have been coming to the area for several years and every time additional space has to be added. They attract all age groups to their concert. There were several children there as well as a lady that was 99 years old. She said after the concert if she made 100 she would be back to hear The Booth Brothers again!
Stan Whitmire

Stan Whitmire

After opening remarks, introductions  and announcements, Pastor Vic Bledsoe introduced the Shiloh Hills Choir under the direction of Matt Bledsoe.  A great music program from the choir concluded with “How Great Thou Art.”

The Booth Brothers took the stage to a standing crowd, singing many of their new songs that featured their newest member Paul Lancaster.  Michael introduced a special guest in the audience: Stan Whitmire. He invited Stan to the piano and Michael, Ronnie and Paul gathered around the piano to sing. Stan accompanied the image5group throughout the second half of the concert on the piano also playing a couple of piano solos.  Michael closed the program with prayer and folks hung around for about an hour talking with the guys. I must say that Paul Lancaster is a great fit for the Booth Brothers.
 
The next concert at Shiloh Hills Baptist Church will featured the departed member of The Booth Brothers, Jim Brady and the Jim image1Brady Trio. This concert will be March 13 at 7:00 pm.  Former Mark Trammell Quartet bass singer, Pat Barker, will open for the Jim Brady Trio.

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Candi’s Catch Ups: The Rick Webb Family

Written by Staff on January 27, 2015 – 9:40 am -

The Rick Webb Family

The Rick Webb Family

By Candi Combs

In a quaint historic church in southern Virginia, the Rick Webb family recently raised their voices to the rafters. The family of four shares that special harmony reserved for those closely related. The group is lead by Rick Webb and his wife Phyllis. The couple has been singing together most of their adult lives. They are joined with son Parker and daughter Hannah who all hail from North Carolina.

Rick Webb

Rick Webb

In Rick’s opening remarks, he introduced Hannah as a beauty queen who recently appeared with Jeff Foxworthy on American Bible Challenge. “Not only can this gal sing, she is also pretty smart!” quipped her father. Parker is responsible for managing the group’s road schedule as well as contributing his smooth vocals. Phyllis introduced herself as a theologian offspring to self-describe her childhood as the daughter of a pastor.

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Phyllis Webb

Much of the music preformed comes from the Rick Webb Family’s newest release from Committed to the Call. “Heaven’s Bells are Ringing” is a song with a happy tempo that was the Webb’s choice to open the evening concert. In a tribute to the many challenges of a local church, the Webb’s performed, “Let the Church Roll On.” Definitely a favorite of the crowd was the performance of “Unclouded Day” from the Cokesbury Hymnal. Rick followed by using his smooth voice to deliver, “I Have Found Him.”   Parker then took center stage with his own arrangement of Squire Parsons’ “Beulah Land.”

The Webb couple shared great stories from their early pre-marital days traveling with Disney’s Sounds of Liberty.   The travel schedule was brutal

The Rick Webb Family

The Rick Webb Family

during that time but they met each other and learned much about this great country called America. These experiences were an excellent introduction to a stirring rendition of “God Bless America.”

A unique area of ministry for the Rick Webb Family is a production of Glory and Majesty they direct during the Christmas holiday season in Indiana. Phyllis told the

Hannah Webb

Hannah Webb

story of a cast member with special needs who for many years performed his role flawlessly. The Webb’s have learned that the man came to a saving knowledge of Jesus though the production and had recently passed away. “Saved through the simplicity of salvation,” Phyllis said as she introduced, “If Not for the Old Rugged Cross.” “Please don’t leave here tonight without being sure you know Him”, she cautioned.

The simple call to salvation was highlighted with the song, “Every Knee Shall Bow,” as the group opened a time of invitation.   With the room focused on the Cross, the group asked promoter and songwriter, Dawn Smoot Moss to join them on stage to close the night with “Behold He Comes.”

The Rick Webb Family has a beautiful gift

Parker Webb

Parker Webb

of song that is obvious. Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of this group is their sweet spirit as they share what being a Christian really means. Each member of the group warmly welcomes each person they see. Their love for the Gospel does not stop when they step down from the stage. The genuineness of The Rick Webb Family ministry goes from the product table to the local Mexican restaurant where they enjoy baskets of chips.

As owners of Song Garden Music, Rick and Phyllis Webb are committed to developing young artists to carry on the gospel through music. In addition to the project featured at the concert, the Rick Webb Family has also recently released a project targeted at children. Rick stated, “We must be committed to telling the youngest of children about how much Jesus loves them.” With great focus, this 2015-01-18 20.25.36dual-generational family group is making a strong investment in future generations.

Watch for an exciting announcement forthcoming in regard to future plans for the Glory and Majesty production. The Rick Webb Family is seeing doors open to new goals with this ministry. These folks are clearly looking for opportunities from above!

Rick Webb Family music is available on line and at most Christian music outlets. http://rickwebbfamilymusic.com/

 

 

 

 


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DENTON GOSPELFEST

Written by Staff on January 16, 2015 – 1:05 pm -

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By Vivian Belknap

For the 2nd annual Denton Gospelfest, Southern Gospel Music promoter, David Ray, put together a very diverse show this year by bringing to the stage musicians from 13 to 81 years of age. The venue location was at Denton County Cowboy Church in Ponder, Texas. The Cowboy Churches are a growing Jesus-centered fellowship with emphasis on the “cowboy” style of worship. The dress is casual with cowboy hats and boots in evidence. Almost always there is a rodeo arena on the property and Denton County Cowboy Church is no exception. They have a large well-built arena adjacent to their worship center with an area for children to play Church (6)during a rodeo event or during services. The church is situated in a rural area, surrounded on all sides by pastures and woods. They have a horse trough, which serves as a baptistry, and the décor is pure western with horse saddles and hay bales being a part. Most of the Cowboy Churches favor Country Gospel music as well as Southern Gospel and the hymns. The leadership there was very welcoming and concessions were in abundance. Doesn’t get much better: great Southern and Country Gospel music and great Texas food!

Lisa Dye

Lisa Dye

The concert began with Lisa Dye, a local singer from Grand Prairie Texas, the daughter of Glen Dye, who opened with “The Holy Hills of Heaven,” and “This Ship Was Made to Sail.” Then Matt Jones, a member of the King’s River trio from Ft. Worth, Texas, joined her on stage. Not only did they sing a duet, but he also did a fine job on the keyboard.

David Ray kept us entertained between sets by telling stories of his childhood, growing up as a PK, (you know, a preacher’s kid.) I grew up as one, and oh, yes, we have stories!

rutledge (7)Next we were introduced to Reynold Rutledge and his magnificent instrument, a marimba. Are you familiar with a marimba? If not, it looks like a xylophone, but there is a difference between the two instruments. The xylophone has an octave range of 2 ½ to 4, and the marimba has a 3 to 5 octave range, and even higher for newer instruments. The marimba has a more mellow sound and is more suited to a solo rather than an ensemble set as Reynold so masterfully proves in his performances.

Reynold opened with “God On The Mountain,” filling the auditorium with his rich tenor voice. Even though he is 81 years young and has been playing and singing for 75 years, one would never know his age by looking at him or hearing him sing. He then played “Give Them All To Jesus,” with a great Latin feel, and ended it with “cha, cha, cha.” That put a smile on all our faces. rutledge (13)Next he sang “I Know Who Holds My Hand,” with fantastic lungpower; really he doesn’t need a microphone. Next on the marimba was “Gentle Shepherd,” and he gave this song the sound of being in the islands. We heard “Dwelling in Beulah Land,” and “This is Just What Heaven Means to Me,” and he started it with a yodel. That put another smile on our faces. His eclectic music brings much variety to the program.

The HootensThe great family harmony of The Hootens followed Reynold Rutledge. The Hootens are from Waskom, Texas. Where is Waskom, TX? It is on I-20 just a short distance from the Texas/Louisiana border. The trio consists of Ronnie, Donnie and Carli Hooten. In late 2012, Donnie was invited to sing at Open Range Fellowship Church in Greenwood, Louisiana. After some time, he invited his daughter, Carli, to sing with him. They thought it would be fun to put a little group together and since they had sung a few times in the past with Donnie’s Uncle Ronnie, they spoke with him about becoming a group. They agreed to be known as The Hootens and began to sing just about every Thursday night in front of 800 people at the Open Range Fellowship Church. Through this exposure, the group gained popularity in the area and began receiving invitations to sing at other churches. Read more »


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