By Lorraine Walker
New Year’s Eve at Bethel Gospel Tabernacle in Hamilton, Ontario, has become known as a must-see evening of music. Every year a different artist is presented by the church and the audience responds, filling the auditorium with applause and appreciation. December 31, 2016, was no different. The Nelons and Jeff Stice took the stage amid the Christmas trees and spotlights, sharing their faith and talent with a crowd of 700.
Kelly Nelon Clark and her husband Jason, daughters Amber and Autumn, along with pianist Jeff Stice gave the audience a full evening of current songs, hymns and Christmas favorites. They began with tunes from their latest albums Stronger Together and Family Harmony. Songs featuring each
member were interspersed with specials by the award-winning Jeff Stice. The audience joined in on familiar Christmas and Gospel songs, encouraged by emcee Jason Clark. A special, nostalgic moment occurred when the auditorium grew dark and the spotlight shone down on Kelly performing “A Christmas In December.”
Rex Nelon, Kelly’s father, formed the Rex Nelon Singers in 1977, formerly the LeFevres. Kelly was singing alto for the group at that time, and now – forty years later – she is still standing strong as the matriarch of the Nelons. Kelly remains sweet, approachable and caring, even taking time from the group’s repertoire to sing “Happy Birthday” to my father who was turning 91 years old. Thanks Kelly!
As a Nelons fan since the late ‘80’s when the group included Karen Peck and Jerry Thompson and frequently visited southern Ontario and northern New York State, I was excited to hear this group on their own where they might showcase each individuals’ skill. Kelly’s voice remains as true and soft as it did decades ago, owing in part to her regular vocal exercises. Amber is one of, if not ‘the’, preeminent vocalists of her generation in Christian music. With a clear, expressive tone retaining the bluegrass background of her dad, Autumn charmed the crowd on one of her few solo songs. Jason Clark was disarming with his down-to-earth delivery belying his ability to sing several octaves. I can’t wait to hear the music this family produces in the future as they continue to develop their own sound.
It was great to see Jeff Stice again, since he had last appeared at Bethel Gospel Tabernacle in December 2013 with Triumphant. Those fingers can certainly burn up the keyboard! Whether accompanying the Nelons or doing a solo feature, Jeff showed the crowd that he deserves every award and nomination he has earned.
The Nelons completed the evening with Amber singing “Auld Lang Syne,” along with the audience, while Nelons’ members captured the closing event on Facebook Live. The ballad turned into a barn-burner with “I’ll Fly Away.” The Nelon ladies certainly let it fly in this last song as Jason led the audience. You can find it on The Nelons page here.
I’m sure all the attendees would join my family and I in saying that this was a
concert to remember. Happy 2017!
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We are so honored to have my dear friends the The Hyssongs leading us in prayer for day 20 of the #30daysofprayer. They are a wonderful family sharing the Gospel through song. You can find them on Facebook here or on the web here.
Please join Dell in prayer and share this video!
We need God in this land once again to move in a way only He can.
If you value prayer, please watch, pray along and share this video.
I ask that you take the challenge to pray for 30 days with us. For now however, please #watch, #pray, and #share this prayer with others and join us back here with Hope To The Hill tomorrow for another wonderful #prayer.
Join us tomorrow, here on SGN Scoops or on the Hope To The Hill Facebook page as we continue each day for a total of 30 days, praying for the Nation, moving toward the election.
If you have missed any of these videos, please visit and like the Hope To The Hill Facebook page to pray along and get updates on the prayer initiative. You can also visit the Hope To The Hill website for more information on this ministry.
You can contact Hope To The Hill at 202-770-7300 or email Nathan at Nathankistler@gmail.com. For more on Hope To The Hill, click on the website.
Nathan Kistler is a monthly columnist with SGNScoops magazine.
More on The Hyssongs:
The Hyssongs perform at more than 250 events each year throughout the United States and Canada. They minister in churches, auditoriums and on Gospel singing cruises, as well as on television and radio. Richard can be heard on his weekly syndicated national radio program called “Joy For The Journey”. He also hosts a weekly television program called “Southern Style Praise”. The Hyssongs have had the opportunity to sing to an audience of over 12,000 people on the main stage at the National Quartet Convention, perform at Renfro Valley’s All-Night Sing, annually perform at Dollywood, as well as Silver Dollar City. Through Compassion International, the group has also been privileged to sing in El Salvador, Central America.
Working with the Inspire label, the Hyssongs record at Chapel Valley Studio in Sharps Chapel, TN.
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THE INCREDIBLE TRUE STORY OF A YOUNG GIRL’S MIRACLE
DEBUTS ON DIGITAL JUNE 21
ON BLU-RAY™ & DVD JULY 12
From the Producers Who Brought You ‘Heaven is for Real’
Starring Jennifer Garner, Kylie Rogers and Martin Henderson,
with Eugenio Derbez and Academy Award® Nominee Queen Latifah
CULVER CITY, Calif. (May 23, 2016) – Jennifer Garner (Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day) and Academy Award® nominee Queen Latifah (Best Supporting Actress, Chicago, 2002) star in the inspirational box office hit MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN, the incredible true story of a young girl’s medical miracle debuting on digital June 21 and on Blu-ray™ and DVD July 12 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and AFFIRM Films.
Based on the story of the Beam family, Garner plays Christy Beam, whose daughter Annabel (Kylie Rogers, Fathers and Daughters) suffers from a rare digestive disorder, but finds herself miraculously cured after surviving a terrible accident. The family film also stars Martin Henderson (“Grey’s Anatomy”), John Carroll Lynch (“American Horror Story”) and Eugenio Derbez (Instructions Not Included).
Bonus content on the MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN Blu-ray, DVD and digital releases include two featurettes, as well as commentary. Join Jennifer Garner, Queen Latifah, their costars and crew for a behind the scenes look at the making of this very special film, in “Miracles Abound: The Making of Miracles From Heaven.” Viewers will also meet the real-life Beam family and Dr. Nurko, learn about the casting of the film and the challenge of “the tree.” Shot at the Beam family ranch in Burleson, TX, “Bearing Witness,” features the Beam Family, their pastor, friends, first-responders and community as they gather around the tree and celebrate their faith and the miracles that brought them together. In the “Your Words” montage, experience some of the film’s most touching and memorable moments set against Third Day’s powerful rendition of the inspirational song. The Blu-ray and digital releases exclusively contain deleted scenes and the featurette “Accounts from Annabel,” where Christy and Anna reflect together on their past, present, future, faith and bonding over the past four years since the incident.
Synopsis: When Christy (Jennifer Garner) discovers her 10-year-old daughter Annabel (Kylie Rogers) has a rare, incurable disease, she becomes a ferocious advocate for her daughter’s healing as she searches for a solution. After Annabel has a freak accident and falls three stories, a miracle unfolds in the wake of her dramatic rescue that leaves medical specialists mystified, her family restored and their community inspired.
Based on the memoir by Christy Beam with a screenplay by Randy Brown, MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN is directed by Patricia Riggen. The film is produced by Joe Roth, T.D. Jakes and DeVon Franklin.
Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Extras include:
“Miracles Abound: The Making of Miracles From Heaven”
Creating Heaven: Concept Art Exploration
“Your Words” Music Montage
Commentary with Director Patricia Riggen and Screenwriter Randy Brown
Additional exclusive Extras to the Blu-ray & Digital include:
Featurette: “Accounts From Annabel”
MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN has a run time of approximately 109 minutes and is rated PG for thematic material, including accident and medical issues.
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West Monroe, La. (April 20, 2016) – One of the most important missions to Missy Robertson and her family has always been to work selflessly to help others find faith and happiness through charity. In that vision, Missy Robertson has created the jewelry line ‘Laminin by Missy Robertson’ and established The Laminin House to provide jobs for women in the West Monroe area who are in need of work while creating a quality product—a jewelry collection embodying a rustic and feminine feel with materials from all over the world. The jewelry consists of natural stones and beads with mixed metals, deer horns, Druzy stones, leather, rosary beads, and more.
The company has a prospective goal of establishing hubs all across the United States, and will serve as a ministry to women coming out of hard situations and need assistance finding a way to break into the workforce, such as women coming out of sex trafficking, homelessness, single mothers and women in need of a purpose.
“The word “Laminin” is a molecular protein that holds everything in our bodies together. And this particular protein, if looked through a microscope is in the exact shape of the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ!,” shares Robertson. “He is in all things And In Him all things hold together is a verse taken by Colossians 1:17. This meaning means more than our bodies, but our community of Laminin ladies that will be a part of this jewelry line!”
Not only will ‘Laminin by Missy Robertson’ provide a safe, positive and empowering working community for local women in need, they will also focus on supporting local charities by designing and selling signature pieces once a month with 100% of the profit from that limited-edition piece benefiting a specific worker and the non-profit of her choice. ‘Laminin by Missy Robertson’ has already begun these partnerships with several local philanthropies, including Project 41 and Heartfelt Ministry.
For more information, visit www.missyrobertson.com.
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From Nikki Shaw:
Thank you Gerald Wolfe and Greater Vision for a night Eli will NEVER forget!
Twelve year old Eli was called up on stage by Gerald Wolfe last night during Greater Vision’s program to sing “I Know a Man Who Can.” This is a moment you won’t want to miss!
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2016 Cow Pasture Singing
Call For More Information 850 326 1969 or 850 326 0071
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Larry Gatlin’s illustrious career marches on as new opportunities arise
Larry Gatlin is no stranger to the stage. However, the stages have become more varied over the course of his career.
The eldest of the Gatlin Brothers doesn’t just step on the stage to sing, though he still performs a host of dates with his brothers Rudy and Steve.
The Texas native and current Nashville resident is a songwriter, an actor, a political and social contributor, and he has also served as a television host.
However, even with those numerous endeavors, Larry Gatlin’s feet are still firmly entrenched in musical soil.
We recently sat down with Gatlin to talk about his adventurous past, the present journey and what lies in the road ahead. His feedback is as follows …
What’s your current touring schedule like, and do you mix some solo performances along with the performances with your brothers?
People say, ‘why don’t you retire?’ I say, ‘I’ve become real accustomed to eating three meals a day.’ We made a lot of money. We paid our tithes, but we weren’t very good with our money. The good news is we made a lot of money. The bad news is we don’t have a lot left. We still love music. I do some solo performances, and Steve and Rudy also (do select performances without Larry).
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Johnson City, TN – Recognized as one of the sweetest places on earth, Hershey, PA, is a city nestled in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania that boasts the sweet smell of chocolate from the famed Hershey’s Chocolate Factory. This picturesque city will also be the sight of the annual Pennsylvania Gospel Music Festival during the weekend of September 9 – 11. One of Christian Music’s leading concert promoters, IMC Concerts, will once again present the Pennsylvania Gospel Music Festival at the beautiful, historic Hershey Theatre in downtown Hershey.
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Following the recent release of their Patriotic song, I Will Stand, popular trio Allegiance is proud to announce the I Will Stand Tour. This special tour finds them teaming up with SGMA Hall of Fame member, Nick Bruno, Country Music Legend, T Graham Brown, Patriotic organization Helping a Hero and Ben Graham Productions of the I Will Stand film. On most occasions, this tour will be a two day event featuring a concert on the first day and showing of the I Will Stand film the second. Proceeds will benefit Helping a Hero to build specialty homes for wounded Veterans.
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Great Western Fan Festival Will Add Periscope This Year. We have a Periscope account and will be streaming some of the performances live this year on both Twitter and Facebook! So make sure to follow us on both platforms! #GWFF16
Find Out More About Great Western Fan Festival HERE
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