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SGN Scoops Fast Five: 2nd Generation

Written by Staff on July 6, 2015 – 3:23 pm -

2nd Generation

2nd Generation

SGN Scoops welcomes 2nd Generation to their Fast Five platform! This mixed trio has been around for some time, engaging audiences with their smooth harmonies, light banter and worshipful Gospel music. 2nd Generation’s latest project is Soul Searching, to be released later this month. Their current radio single you may have heard is entitled “He Saved Me.”

Welcome Elaine, Brenda and Randy to SGN Scoops Fast Five!
SGN:  What is one venue you would like to sing at?
Elaine- There have been many events we have already sung at and experienced. I’m with Brenda, probably a Bill Gaither event.
Randy-There are so many great events, it’s hard to choose; but I would love to sing with Triumphant Quartet again, so – their homecoming event! They are a blast to be around!
Brenda- My dream as long as I can remember has been to sing at a Bill Gaither event. Growing up our family, the Singing Greens would attend events like that and I would sit and admire all the groups on the stage and think how awesome it would be to sing on a stage like that, or to know those people. God has blessed us to know many of those people and we call them our friends. God places dreams in our hearts and He doesn’t forget them. We believe that we will sing on a Gaither event very soon.

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Jeff and Sheri Easter And Back Home Sing at Freedom Fest 2015

Written by Staff on July 4, 2015 – 6:06 am -

Jeff and Sheri Easter

Jeff and Sheri Easter

Trenton, GA – Jeff and Sheri Easter along with Gospel duet Back Home, both nominated in several categories for the upcoming Diamond Awards, sang to a packed house Friday, July 3rd at the White Oak Baptist Church in Trenton, GA. Freedom Fest was a night that began with great food, courtesy of some fantastic cooks from the host church. Jeff Easter was a happy man when he discovered that there was banana pudding, and yes, he made sure he was set up in time to grab a big bowl!

Back Home

Back Home

Back Home opened the service, singing songs from their latest release, One Name, along with some of their favorites from over the years. Jeff and Sheri then took the stage as only they can, singing several songs from their brand new CD, Small Town. After a short break they sang many requests, which led to a very moving service.

The night was full of laughs, tears, and worship, and was a true reminder of how blessed we are to live in this nation. It was great to see different denominations coming together to share in this freedom.

Whether you agree or disagree with the direction our country is moving, the fact remains that our independence is something worth celebrating.

Tomorrow may hold something different; but as for today, we are free to gather together and worship God, and we should be sure to do so.

Thus the reason for FREEDOM FEST! I am truly thankful to be an American. Even with all our flaws, and disagreements, I still believe that we are the greatest nation in the world, and that as long as we believe that we are “One Nation, Under God” we will remain to be so. God bless the USA!

Check online for more on Jeff and Sheri Easter and Back Home.

Be sure to cast your vote for the Diamond Awards today!


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SGN Scoops Fast Five: The Alliance Quartet

Written by Staff on June 30, 2015 – 6:03 am -

Alliance Quartet

Alliance Quartet

Alliance Quartet is a male quartet from Alabama, who are in their tenth year of singing Southern Gospel. Members Dustin Bearden, Bill (BT) Thomas, Jeff Smith and newcomer Keith Wix are well known in the Alabama/Georgia Gospel music scene and loved for their tight harmony and engaging presentation. Their latest CD is entitled I Know What Lies Ahead which includes Gospel favorites like “We Shall See Heaven Someday,” “I Wanna Know” and “Working On A Building,” as well as newer songs like “Sandals,” “When I Start My Day With You,” and “Heart Break Ridge and New Hope Road.”

Alliance sings part-time and all of the members have full-time jobs, yet they hold down a very busy schedule. The decision to remain part-time and keep their jobs was a choice they made to keep their performance fee as low as possible, allowing them to appear at any venue, regardless of size.

Be sure to follow the links below to find out more about these fine gentlemen!

Alliance2011PromoJoin Vonda Easley as she peppers The Alliance Quartet with the rapid-fire Fast Five questions…

Vonda: B.T., at what age did you begin singing Gospel music? Who is your favorite Gospel singer ever?
B. T. : I started at the age of thirteen. I led the singing at my home church.
My favorite Gospel singer is Elvis Presley.

Vonda: Dustin, tell us about your experience in Gospel music through the years.
Dustin: In the past, I sang with Providence, New Vision, Narrow Way Quartet, The Florida Boys, and The Blackwood Gospel Quartet. I now sing with Alliance  and I sing tenor.

Vonda: Keith, tell me a funny bus story. Also, what is the group’s favorite place to eat?
Keith: This happened on August 5, 2012 on Highway 69 near Oakman, Alabama on the way to a homecoming singing. No sooner had we stopped after the rear differential blew up, then there were two men there who each had a tractor discussing among themselves who would be best to get us up the hill and out of the middle of the road. While they were talking, another man drove up who was pulling a tractor on a trailer behind him, and he joined the discussion with the other two men. A few minutes later, a small Kubota tractor with a mower deck behind it was brought up and the bus was towed about one-quartet mile up a fairly steep grade hooked to the mowing deck. To see that little tractor pulling that Eagle bus was pretty funny.
The bus was down for a year. The first singing we did in 2013 with it was the same place we were going when it broke down the year before.
Favorite eating place while on the road I guess would be Cracker Barrel. I order from their breakfast menu quite a bit.

Vonda: Jeff, since you sing bass, who is your favorite bass singer?
Jeff: Hands down, Rex Nelon. I saw him sing bass several times live.

Vonda: B.T., what are some goals you have for Alliance in the future?
B.T.: It is our desire to see souls saved for the Kingdom of God. That is our main goal. We also would like to sing in some new areas and venues.

Find out more about the Alliance Quartet online and on Facebook.

Be sure to hear Alliance Quartet at the Creekside Gospel Music Convention in November!

For more Fast Five features, keep checking the SGN Scoops mainpage.

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Gospel music’s friend, Luke White, passes away

Written by Staff on June 28, 2015 – 4:44 pm -

Luke White

Luke White

SGN Scoops is sorry to report that Luke White, the gentleman so many of us have been praying for, has received the ultimate healing. Luke passed away on the afternoon of June 28, 2015, at the age of 30. He will be deeply missed by his sister Olivia, brother-in-law Joshua, and the entire White/Jarrell family. Luke will be especially missed by best friend TaRanda Greene.

Just a few short days ago, Luke contracted double pneumonia. From the moment the Gospel music family heard about his illness, they began praying for him and his family. Facebook is now filled with memorials and sweet thoughts of this man who was everyone’s friend. Luke sang with his sister, Olivia White Jarrell and also was close with TaRanda and Tony Greene and their family. He travelled with many different Gospel music artists and was known throughout the industry.

We contacted Kerry McLellan, who was a nanny for TaRanda and Tony’s children, and who got to know Luke well during that time. She tells us, “I met Luke when I was living in North Carolina and travelling with The Greenes. He was a constant on the bus. Luke was always looking out for others and had your back no matter what. there were many nights we would stay up late on the bus watching Dolly Parton videos on You Tube, watching Madea movies or sitting up front with John, chatting while we drove to the next city. Those are some of my most favorite memories from that time in my life.
He was always making other people laugh. He always knew how to light up a room! Also, his shoe collection was better then mine! He was just the sweetest and had the most genuine heart. Belle and Josie (TaRanda’s girls) loved him so much and he loved those girls more then anything and would do anything for them. He’s just going to be very very missed.”

This last statement seems to echo the sentiment of so many.
Rest in peace, Luke White.

Watch here for more information on Services for Luke.

Please help to support his family through prayers and financial support. Follow this link for more.

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High Notes by Kelly Nelon Clark: Lessons from Walmart

Written by Staff on June 26, 2015 – 8:15 am -

NelonsI was checking out at Walmart today and noticed the cashier being a bit rude with the customer before me. When it was my turn the same thing happened and maybe a little worse. She was snapping at me to get my items off of the baggage area and into my cart.

My flesh started to take over and say something, but all of a sudden I had the thought to give her kindness instead.

I started getting my things off and I looked at her and said, “How are you doing today?”  She looked at me and replied, “Not good.”

I said, “Can I help you in any way? You seem to be a little preoccupied.” I saw her countenance change.

She said, “My mother is 81 and having surgery tomorrow. I am so worried about her. I can’t think clearly today and I’m short tempered.” She began to tell me of what her mom was going through.

I said, “It’s understandable that your mind and emotions are with your mom.” I told her that maybe God put me in her line to let her know that someone cares. That He especially cares. I told her I would be praying for her and her mom. 

Kelly Nelon

Kelly Nelon

In just a minute I could have chosen to do the wrong thing. Lord knows I’m not perfect and don’t always make the right choices but I’m thankful for the Holy Spirit who guides when we choose to listen. 

By Kelly Nelon Clark of The Nelons

Kelly is a writer, vocalist and actor. She writes monthly for SGN Scoops digital magazine.

This feature was first published in March 2015. For current issues of SGN Scoops magazine, visit the SGN Scoops mainpage. 


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SGN Scoops Friday Favorite: Ricky Atkinson

Written by Staff on June 26, 2015 – 7:34 am -

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Ricky Atkinson

At SGN Scoops, we love to ask artists questions! On Fridays, they tell us what their favorites are and we get to tell you, our readers.

For today’s Friday Favorite, we asked Ricky Atkinson of Ricky Atkinson and Compassion, “What is your favorite hymn and why?”

Ricky’s response:

“‘How Firm A Foundation’ because it was often the hymn of choice when my mother sang in church, while I was still a very young boy…

It means alot to me personally knowing everything we do is all based on the foundation of our faith.

Also, as a writer, I appreciate not only the blessed message, but the depth of lyric by the writer, Robert Keene.
The words, melody, and chord progressions create a beautiful masterpiece.”

What is your favorite hymn? Tell us today on SGN Scoops Facebook page!

Ricky Atkinson and compassion

Ricky Atkinson and compassion

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Bass Recitations by Dean Adkins

Written by Staff on June 25, 2015 – 4:48 pm -

image“Should you go first, and I remain …” is the beginning of the recitation accompanying “Beyond The Sunset.” Anyone who watched George Younce as he recited this to his wife on a recent video could feel the depth of his emotions. Who can forget J.D. Sumner reciting “Old Man Death” not long before his own death?
The bass recitation was once a common addition to most quartets’ programs and was also a part of many of their recordings. In fact, a statement on one of the Cathedral’s early albums indicated that they would try to include a recitation on each that was produced. There is something about that deep resonant bass voice that can elicit an emotional response. There have been recitations by other quartet members, e.g., lead (Jim Hamill), baritone (John Matthews), but my preference is the bass.
Billy Todd, when he was with the Florida Boys, stirred many hearts on Sunday morning via the Jubilee with his rendition of “Beyond The Sunset.” Later Buddy Liles of the Florida Boys did “The Apple Tree Song” and “IOU’s to Mama.” When he was a member of the Dixie Echoes, the Old Gospel Man – J.G. Whitfield – would recite “Father’s Table Grace” and “Brother Ira.”
George Younce was one of the best and also one of the most prolific. “The Touch of The Master’s Hand,” “Beyond The Sunset” (mentioned previously), “Steal Away,” and “Brother Ira” were part of his repertoire. The live recording from Atlanta by the Cathedrals included “Forgive Me When I Whine.” George’s “I’m A Sick American” was also very moving.
When Bob Thacker was with the Harvester’s Quartet, he would do “Mama Sang A Song” (which was also popular in the country market at the same time). He also had a great styling of “Father’s Table Grace.” Bob Thacker was one of those singers who didn’t get the publicity of some others, but he was a tremendous bass.
London Parris could rattle the speakers with his low notes but on his recitations his voice was much higher. He didn’t sound like one would expect from his singing, but his country dialect seemed to add realism to his recitations. London would do “Little Boy Lost,” “He Took My Place,” “This Is Our Land” and one of my favorites, “What Then.”
Probably the most prolific at this was J.D. Sumner. Some of his recorded recitations were: “Back Home,” “Mammy’s Boy,” “Sunday Meetin’ Time,” “Steal Away,” “Lord It’s Me Again,” “Who Will Take Grandma,” “Papa’s Banjo,” “The Three Nails,” “Going Home,” “My Prayer,” “The Farmer and The Lord,” “Thimble Full of Memories,” “23rd Psalm” and “Thinking Out Loud”. Of course his premonition of his own passing seemed to be evident in “Old Man Death.”
“Now back in south Georgia, when I was just a lad …” is the beginning of “Little Boy Lost.” When performed by “Chief” (James Wetherington), one can feel the urgency in the little boy – lost, stumbling in the darkness. Chief had a way of communicating that allowed the listener to become a part of his recitation as in: “Mother’s Prayers Have Followed Me,” “Sunday Meetin’ Time,” and “Prayer is the Key to Heaven.” The last time I saw the Statesmen with Chief was not long before his death at a concert in Charleston, WV. One of the highlights was when the lights were turned down and a single spotlight would be on Chief as he recited “The Common Man.” In his white suit and with his elegant gray/white hair, he was resplendent. One would have to be dead or an atheist not to be moved by his eloquent styling.
Are there any bass recitations today? A few can be found. Ed O’Neal of the Dixie Melody Boys did “I Love To Tell The Story” on a project several years ago. Why are there not more? My thoughts are this: it is difficult to do and that style is passé. But for me, there is nothing that compares to the deep resonant bass reciting a moving poem/chorus.

By Dean Adkins

First published by SGN Scoops in November 2014. For current issues visit the SGN Scoops mainpage.

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SGN Scoops Wacky Wednesday: Top Ten Places Gospel Artists Like To Eat

Written by Staff on June 24, 2015 – 4:37 pm -

wackywednesdayThanks for joining us for another Wacky Wednesday on SGN Scoops. Today we ask another insightful question: “Where do Gospel artists like to eat?”

Booth Brothers

Booth Brothers

SGN Scoops polled about 17 or so artists about various things and tabulated their answers. We have used this (not so great) scientific process to create today’s Wacky Wednesday Top Ten (more or less)!

Zane and Donna King

Zane and Donna King

Our panel of expert artists gave us the following answers.

The Number One answer it seems is, of course, Cracker Barrel. Now we aren’t sure if there is a particular entrée that is preferred by our contestants, although most of us on Facebook are aware that Gerald Wolfe likes Cracker Barrel for the lima beans. He was not one of our panel of guests, but five out of 17 on the panel voted for this country-style restaurant, including Greg Bentley, all three of the Booth Brothers and Donna King.

The next favorite place to eat is in a mall

Greg Bentley

Greg Bentley

food court, as voted on by Scotty Inman and David Sutton. David also indicated that he enjoys Bourbon Chicken in the mall.

Other favorite restaurants include…

Michaela Brown…Skyline Chili

Karen Peck… Longhorn Steakhouse

Hannah Webb… Panera

Lauren Talley Alvey…Cheesecake Factory

Gary Casto… Waffle House

Billy Blackwood… HuHot

Phil Collingsworth Sr. … Dickey’s Barbeque

Three Bridges

Three Bridges

Some other interesting responses include…

Clayton Inman, who likes to eat on the bus.

Joseph Habedank, who likes to investigate local restaurants.

Shannon Smith, who said, “Five Guys may be the most common and consistent, particularly when we’re on a tight

Joseph Habedank

Joseph Habedank

schedule (however, some of the local places are very cool and interesting.)”

So now you know! There may be more than 10 answers, but that is how we roll on the SGN Scoops Wacky Wednesday!

Thanks again to all of our participants. Be watching SGN Scoops mainpage for more Wacky Wednesdays in the weeks to come. Do you want to suggest a subject or an artist? Email us at

SGN Scoops Wacky Wednesday Top Ten

SGN Scoops Wacky Wednesday Top Ten

For those of you who wish to find out more about our panel, here are the participants: (please note that not all participants answered every poll question)

Who What Where
Chris Jenkins The Kingsmen
Joseph Habedank Soloist
Clayton Inman The Triumphant Quartet
Lauren Talley Alvey The Talleys
Phil Collingsworth Sr. The Collingsworth Family
David Sutton The Triumphant Quartet
Greg Bentley Crossroads Records, Soloist
Gary Casto The Tribute Quartet
Billy Blackwood The Blackwood Brothers Quartet
Shannon Smith Three Bridges
Michaela Brown The Browns
Booth Brothers The Booth Brothers
Scott Inman The Triumphant Quartet
Karen Peck Karen Peck and New River
Donna King Zane and Donna King
Hannah Webb The Rick Webb Family


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SGN Scoops Fast Five with Darlene Chapman

Written by Staff on June 22, 2015 – 5:24 pm -

Darlene Chapman

Darlene Chapman

SGN Scoops Fast Five welcomes contestant Darlene Chapman to the Monday quiz time. Darlene is a singer, speaker and television host and greatly involved in Women’s Ministries.

We cornered Darlene and asked her to share her life with SGN Scoops. Here are her responses:

SGN: What new things are happening in your career right now?

Darlene: I am Currently working on my new project…..


SGN: What is your dream venue where you would like to perform?

Darlene: I would LOVE to sing at The Grand Ole Opry.


SGN: What is one thing about you that people would be surprised to know?

Darlene: I am a very funny person, quick witted and love to make people laugh…I would love to be a Comedian!

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Clearvision Quartet Homecoming 2015

Written by Staff on June 21, 2015 – 11:12 am -

Clearvision QuartetClearvision Quartet Homecoming, June 20th, 2015 featuring Exodus, Charlie Sexton and Linda Foster. Wonderful evening of singing and worship and to end a great night one person accepted Christ. What a blessing!!

Find out more about Clearvision here:

Linda Foster

Linda Foster



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