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Beyond The Ashes: Making You Want To Go To Heaven

Written by Lorraine Walker on March 6, 2014 – 2:22 pm -

Beyond The Ashes

Beyond The Ashes

 

BEYOND THE ASHES CONCERT REVIEW

Roanoke, Texas

February 28, 2014

By Vivian Belknap

DSC_0963“These guys will make you want to go to Heaven,” exclaimed Bob Wills after hearing the first set of music presented by Beyond The Ashes at Dove Creek Café in Roanoke, Texas, February 28, 2014.  They began by singing “So Amazing,” a great song of praise that set into motion an atmosphere of worship.  Then Anthony Facello, the featured tenor and group owner led the crowd as they sang “Amazing Grace.”

“The Coming of the King,” a real toe-tapper featuring David Staton who was filling in as their lead singer really had the audience engaged. This was the first time David had performed with the group. And wow! His energy was contagious to everyone in the café.

We were blessed to hear “Oh Happy Day,” a very familiar song to southern gospel fans, again featuring David.  “Over for Good,” a song with a modern country feel and “God Is So Good,” featured the great tenor voice of Anthony. His range and control easily makes him one of the best tenor singers in Gospel music. DSC_0969

Anthony then introduced each group member: Casey Shepherd, baritone; Tyler Vestal, pianist and vocalist; David Staton, guest lead vocalist; Anthony Facello, tenor and emcee.  Their energy, both physical and spiritual, was on display with every song. It is very obvious these guys love our Lord and they have made it their mission to go and tell!

The first set was completed with David featured on “Every Knee Shall Bow,” also written by him and recorded by several other artists. Fabulous words: “Bow now, or bow then.”

DSC_0971Every song we heard mentioned Heaven, therefore the comment by Bob Wills at intermission was appropriate: “These guys will make you want to go to Heaven.”

They returned to sing “Glimpse of Your Glory,” another song written by David and “I Can’t Even Walk.” Of course the crowd was singing along on this one too. In fact Anthony had the audience singing often. So it really was a worship experience, not just a concert. Beyond The Ashes has a very unique way of capturing your attention, and holding it to the point that it seems to the listener it’s just you and them.

Another special treat was to hear the piano solo by 22-year-old Tyler Vestal. His talent rivals any pianist in gospel music. In my opinion, he even displayed traits of Howard Goodman, with his hands dancing on the keyboard.  DSC_0978

Beyond The Ashes ended the night by singing “Who Am I,” featuring Tyler, and “No Sin Greater Than Grace,” written by Anthony. This song drove home the strong Gospel message of the love and grace of our Father.

What did we, the audience take away from this concert? Assurance of God’s love, mercy and grace and that Heaven is very clearly in view for those of us who have been born again. There is no doubt that the ministry of Beyond The Ashes is focused on seeing the lost come to Jesus and to bring joy to the body of Christ through their uplifting music and dynamic energy and personalities.  When you have the opportunity to attend one of their concerts, I think you will also leave saying, “These guys will make you want to go to Heaven.”

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Beyond The Ashes online: http://www.beyondtheashesonline.com/

Beyond The Ashes on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/beyondtheashes

 

 


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“HOMETOWN SING” Friday and Saturday Night, March 7th and 8th

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on March 5, 2014 – 9:39 am -

hometownsing2014The Josh & Ashley Franks “HOMETOWN SING” will be held this Friday and Saturday Night, March 7th and 8th, at the Hardin County High School in Savannah, Tennessee.
The gospel music 7:00p.m. Friday night event line-up features Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame member, legendary, Ed O’Neal and his “Dixie Melody Boys”, one of gospel music’s favorite family groups, “The Freemans”, and award winning songwriter,”Gerald Crabb”.
The 6:00p.m. Saturday night event showcases America’s favorite mixed quartet, “The Perrys”, exciting trio “Three Bridges”, and from Lawrenceburg, TN, “The Kellys”.
Host artist, Josh & Ashley Franks will be performing both nights. For more information visit joshandashleyfranks.com


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Ivan Parker Flying Solo

Written by Lorraine Walker on January 16, 2014 – 1:28 pm -

By Craig Harris

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Before he was a well-known fixture in Southern Gospel music, Ivan Parker was an advertising executive. “I enjoyed that, but nothing rings the bell like when you jump into your calling,” Parker said.

After more than 30 years in the industry, Parker’s calling still brings him excitement. “I live this statement … an old gentleman told me a few years ago, he said, ‘Ivan, if you really enjoy what you’re doing, you never work a day in your life,’” Parker said. “There is a passion that I have for ministry, gospel music, and there’s a passion for those people that is really even hard to put it into words how you actually feel. It’s so rooted into your heart and fiber. I wouldn’t be good at anything else.”

Parker has been successful in each avenue of his journey through Southern Gospel music. He joined the Singing Americans in 1982, remaining with the North Carolina-based group for one year before embarking on what turned into an 11-year tenure with Gold City. While with Gold City, the male quartet won seven awards for favorite group, had 19 top-ten songs and won a Dove Award in 1993 for the Southern Gospel Song of the Year “There Rose a Lamb.” He has now performed as a solo artist for the last 20 years. 

“It was very odd,” Parker said. “We went from nine people on stage to one. The transition was IP twovery different. When you walk out on stage by yourself, something inside you makes it seem a lot easier and simpler, but when I went solo, I realized it’s probably the hardest work I’ve ever done. That’s when the rubber meets the road (when you’re on stage alone). It’s so normal now. It’s like in anything you do in life … you learn how to survive. You learn how to push forward even when there’s obstacles that says you can’t. You learn how to go around obstacles. You learn how to do your program to where it’s going to be a lot easier for you.”

Once launching his solo ministry, Parker began to carve out a new niche. He has often received favorite soloist awards, and in 2007, he became the first soloist to perform on the main stage at the National Quartet Convention. “I am a soloist,” Parker said. “I am one man in a quartet world. When I first went solo, soloists weren’t cool. You had to be a group in order to be accepted.With what God did in my life, He placed me in a very strategic place. What it proved was that we all have a message to sing. Regardless of what your style – whether it be a group, quartet or soloist – we all have a message. It’s about the message. It’s about Jesus. It’s not about us. We’re not the stars. It’s about the Lord. It’s because of him that any of us are here doing what we do.”

Parker makes approximately 175 appearances each year, and his on-stage dynamic has now changed somewhat as the youngest of his two sons – 25-year-old Josh – has been playing electric guitar with Ivan for the last 10 months. 

“That has been one of the most fun things that I have ever done,” Parker said. “All of my career, I’ve never traveled with my family. It’s always been other people. Now that I have my son here, it’s a great piece of home away from home. He’s young, and he’s really doing a great job as far as winning the young people. I think our industry has gotten to the place to where a lot of the audience is getting older. We’re not seeing the young people take an interest.  That’s part of my process of having him on board, to let the young people know that it’s cool to love Southern Gospel. He plays in a manner to where it should draw and attract the young people.” 

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Parker admits that being away from family has been the most difficult aspect in his 30-year career. “The hardest part in what I do even after all of these years is leaving,” Parker – who resides in Lebanon, TN – said.

“That’s always the hardest part. Walking out the door and going to get on the bus seems like it can be a 10 or 12-hour trip (just getting) out there. You have to focus on why you do what you do. There has to be something spiritual and emotional that keeps you in that place. I have thought often times, if I ever want to see God in my life, look where I’ve come from and the places he’s brought me through, and I’ll see the fingerprints of God in my life. I know every time I perform, there’s somebody that’s hurting, somebody who is searching who needs to hear the truth. That keeps me motivated. When you chance a life for eternity, that’s a pretty big deal.”

It’s the audience that Parker is singing to that helps to make the journey enjoyable. “We get a lot of e-mails in every week,” Parker said. “In every concert, I’m a very hands-on artist. I take time with the people, whether it be during intermission or after the concert. I’m never in a hurry. The reason I do is because I humbly accept the position I’m in. I’m not on a call to do it. It’s because of those fans that I’m able to do what I do. It’s very important that if they spend their money to buy a ticket and take time out of their busy, crazy life to give me two hours for a concert, I think they deserve it.”

Parker’s latest project is Timeless Treasurers, which includes songs such as “It Is No Secret,” “Tell Me the Story of Jesus” and “Sweeter As the Days Go By.” 

“I have recorded all of these years and there’s a lot of songs I never got to,” Parker – who had a No. 1 song in 2008 with “I Choose” – said. “So I got some songs from when I grew up that I have loved for years.” IPfour

In addition to all of his success as a member of Gold City and as a soloist, Parker has also been a fixture on the Gaither Homecoming Series. “I think I’m one of the most blessed singers in Gospel Music, because I have been able to not only be a part of one of the greatest quartets to ever walk on stage but to also be with the Gaither Homecoming Video family,” Parker said. “That whole deal will go down in history. That space in time of what we did will go down in history. It’s already historical to the point to that it was the longest-running tour in music history. It’s a great feeling to have been a part of the great caravan that stretched all the way from Gold City to the Homecoming years and intermingled in all of that to have the solo career sitting in the middle of that. For God to have blessed me personally with the ability and opportunity to communicate one on one, that’s been a blessing. That’s been huge.

 

 

Written By Craig Harris

First Published in October 2013 in SGN Scoops Magazine.


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CNS ENTERTAINMENT PRESENTS WINTER CONCERT EVENT IN JACKSONVILLE FL

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on January 3, 2014 – 10:11 am -

MARK LOWRY 8X10Atlanta, GA – Christian music concert promoter, CNS Entertainment has announced plans to host an exciting Winter concert event, featuring popular Christian comedian, singer, songwriter, Mark Lowry, and special guests, The Nelons and The LeFevre Quartet. This exciting evening will take place at the Trinity Baptist Church, located at 800 Hammond Drive in Jacksonville, FL, on Thursday, January 30 at 7:00pm.

Mark Lowry is known and loved around the world as a trusted voice in the realm of Gospel music and beyond. His legacy is forever sealed as an innately entertaining communicator who can, at once, make audiences laugh, cry and think. Mark is a singer, storyteller, humorist, author and songwriter, whose lyric to “Mary Did You Know?” resulted in one of the most loved modern Christmas songs of this century.  This captivating song, which he co-wrote with Buddy Greene, has been recorded more than 400 times by artists from every genre. Mark has spent more than 20 collective years with the Grammy-award-winning Gaither Vocal Band serving as the sidesplitting comedic sidekick for Bill Gaither through live concert tours and the best-selling Gaither Homecoming video series and television airings (now more than 150 volumes strong). A deep thinker and student of theology with an outrageous sense of humor, Mark’s life work includes a long list of recordings and DVDs reflecting a wide range of influences. Mark’s on-stage antics and music will, no doubt, delight all those attending this exciting evening.

For three decades, The Nelons have been bridging the traditional sounds of Southern Gospel with contemporary Nelons 2011 Ainfluences that inspire listeners of all ages. The group, who has enjoyed much success as a part of the prestigious Gaither Homecoming Tour and Video Series, continues to cross generational gaps, presenting rich harmonies that have been embraced by audiences from all walks of life.

The LeFevre name has been synonomous with Gospel Music for the past century. In 1921, the original LeFevre Trio began traveling and singing across the country and set the standard for quality and professionalism in what would become known as Southern Gospel Music. For decades, the LeFevres blazed new trails in Gospel Music turning out songs and singers that would become legendary. Today, the LeFevre name is stronger than ever. The LeFevre Quartet has received numerous award nominations and honors and delights audiences night after night with their smooth, rich harmony as the Quartet continue the tradition of the LeFevre family heritage.
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This Winter concert event will be one the entire family will enjoy, and will provide a wonderful way to kick off the new year. Make plans now to join Mark Lowry, The Nelons and The Lefevre Quartet at the Trinity Baptist Church in Jacksonville, FL, on January 30 at 7:00pm. Complete information is available online at www.cnsentertainmentgroup.com. Tickets may also be purchased by calling 800-965-9324


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Canaan’s Crossing on Heartland TV

Written by Lorraine Walker on December 11, 2013 – 4:18 pm -

Canaan's Crossing 2013 hi-res editDecember 11, 2013 (Arab, AL) Song Garden Music Group artist Canaan’s Crossing will be the featured artist on this week’s Duggar Mountain Music Hall aired each Sunday at 10AM Central Time on Heartland TV (formerly known as TNN).  Group member Tim Maze stated “We had so much fun filming this TV show.  The live audience and relaxed setting made for a great experience for all of us”. 

 

Heartland officially launched on October 9, 2013 with programming comprised of syndicated and first run shows.  The program lineup includes The Rick and Bubba Show, Gaither Gospel Hour, Harmony Road, Larry’s Country Diner and classic episodes of Crook and Chase.  For a complete list of programs, visit www.watchheartlandtv.com .

 


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New Brad Davis Concept Video To Debut On Nashville Country Revival

Written by Lorraine Walker on November 7, 2013 – 10:26 am -

brad davisThe new concept video and current single “Never Give The Devil A Ride” by Brad Davis was made available Tuesday afternoon, October 22nd, via social media and will make its television debut on the popular show, Nashville Country Revival, airing weekly on several national networks including Daystar and TNN.
Nashville Country Revival has become a hit among viewers with his concept video oriented presentation of Country and Bluegrass flavored songs ranging from Gospel, Country and Bluegrass artists. The episode featuring “Never Give The Devil A Ride” will air on the Daystar Television NetworkSaturday October, 26th at 3:30pm CST. Daystar will air the episode again the following Friday.

“Never Give The Devil A Ride” is set to debut on a Nashville Country Revival episode airing on The Nashville Network (TNN) in approximately 3 weeks. NCR airs every Sunday morning at 7:30am CSTon TNN. For more information about Nashville Country Revival and air times visit NashvilleCountryRevival.com.
“Never Give The Devil A Ride” by Brad Davis was shot on location near Lewisburg, TN featuring a rare, historic 1948 Diamond T truck and cameo appearances by ordinary everyday people giving their endorsement to the theme of the song. The song is currently charting across multiple genres and formats including Bluegrass, Southern Gospel and Country including airplay on The Legendary WSM 650 in Nashville. The video can be viewed on YouTube at: Brad Davis – “Never Give The Devil A Ride” – Official Video For Current Single


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StowTown Records Signs The Perrys

Written by Lorraine Walker on October 31, 2013 – 12:05 pm -

Perrys(Nashville, Tenn.) – StowTown Records is honored to announce the exclusive signing of The Perrys – undisputedly one of the leading names in Southern Gospel music – to its growing family of artists.

Inked during a celebration at the offices of Provident/Sony Distribution, this new partnership – between the legendary Perrys and StowTown founders Ernie Haase and Wayne Haun – is a natural outgrowth of the mutual respect, friendship and admiration built throughout the years they’ve shared stages across the country. Haase is quick to explain his excitement about the signing: “I have known Libbi and Tracy for about 20 years now. They are my favorite kind of people — humble and full of the love of Jesus. It is my honor to finally get to work with them. I believe the best is yet to come!”
One of the most-awarded groups in Southern Gospel music during their storied 41-year career, The Perrys’ roster currently includes Libbi Perry Stuffle — the unforgettable alto who carries on the family legacy, her husband and beloved bass singer Tracy Stuffle, their son Jared (JK) Stuffle — assisting on bass vocals, lead singer David Ragan, and baritone Bryan Walker.
2013 has been a challenging year for The Perrys, with the ongoing recovery of Tracy Stuffle after his initial stroke in January. However, Tracy’s recent return to selected dates and featured songs with the group serves as a picture of grace and hope to the prayer warriors who have joined The Perrys on this journey of faith. Tracy — who signed the contract himself — is clearly grateful: “Lib and I, along with our guys, Bryan, David, and JK, are so excited about our joint venture with StowTown Records and Provident/Sony Distribution. We look forward to many years of a lasting relationship with both companies. We have always had a wonderful relationship with our long-time producer Wayne Haun, and are excited that this new chapter will still include him. We are very
much looking forward to what the Lord and the future is gonna hold for The Perrys.”
Their new project is expected to release in March 2014, so fans should follow The Perrys on social media for updates on the recording process, as well as upcoming concerts, events, and Tracy’s recovery. Libbi’s heartfelt updates and prayer postings on Facebook have also become a must-read for both new and long-time fans of the group.
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About StowTown Records
Founded in 2011, StowTown Records reflects the musical vision of Ernie Haase and Wayne Haun, and is the creative home for Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, The Perrys, Doug Anderson, Devin McGlamery, The Collingsworth Family, Beyond the Ashes, The Browns, and selected classic music from The Cathedrals, their legendary bass singer, George Younce, and The Cathedral Family Reunion.
Distributed worldwide through Provident Distribution & Sony Distribution, this independent label has quickly garnered industry attention with multiple GMA/Dove Awards and chart-topping releases from their highly-respected artist roster. For more information on StowTown Records, visitwww.StowTownRecords.com.

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Brand New Concert Event Comes To Branson Missouri, Spring 2014

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on September 17, 2013 – 3:03 pm -

OzaekGospelMusicConventionCoverStory1Branson Mo (September 17, 2013) – A fabulous new Gospel music event will be held in Branson, Missouri this coming Spring. The Ozark Gospel Music Convention will be held May 5, 6 and 7, 2014 at The Stone Castle Hotel and Conference Center. Admission is free and all Gospel music fans are encouraged to make their vacation plans now.

The Ozark Gospel Music Convention will be hosted by partners Rob Patz, CEO of Coastal Music Group and publisher of SGN Scoops, award-winning Gospel soloist Ava Kasich and well-known industry personality, Jonathan Edwards. The fourth member of the team spear-heading this festival is Donnie Williamson, of Gospel music’s family group, The Williamsons.

Jonathan Edwards, who will be also be singing at the Convention with his trio, Faith’s Journey, says, “I am thrilled about having some of the best artist in Southern Gospel music coming to an event in Branson. I am looking forward to the music the ministry and the fellowship during these three days.” Ava Kasich is also anticipating a wonderful celebration of music. “I am so honored to be a part of The Ozark Gospel Music Convention and to be associated with such a great group of Christian folks!” says Kasich.

Donnie Williamson is already working hard with the team on events surrounding the Convention. “Well, what can I say? I am so excited for The Williamsons to be part of the Ozark Gospel Music Convention. The most beautiful music in the world – Gospel – will be performed at the most beautiful place in the world, Branson, Missouri. This will be the perfect opportunity to make the family part of a fun filled three days that will create a lifetime of memories.” Williamson continues, “Several of the finest groups in the Midwest will be performing along with great chapel services and other activities. And, there will be plenty of time available to see the wonderful sights of the Ozarks while there.”

Rob Patz is thrilled to be partnering with this group of artists to present the OGMC.“Our team came together with a common goal, to present Gospel music to as many people as possible in one of the most beautiful spots in the U.S. We want to present three days of entertainment, ministry and fellowship, all for free and all to glorify the name of Christ,” says Patz. “Come be with us on May 5 through 7 in the land of the Ozarks!”

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