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Baseball Legend Don Mattingly Hits A Home Run In Southern Gospel With Matt Felts

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on June 22, 2017 – 12:40 pm -

Baseball Legend Don Mattingly Hits A Home Run In Southern Gospel With Matt Felts

Baseball Legend Don Mattingly Hits A Home Run In Southern Gospel With Matt Felts

Nashville, TN  Growing up in St. Louis, Matt Felts was most likely the only kid in town with posters of Don Mattingly, star first baseman for the New York Yankees, on his wall. “I was a big fan of his. Even though I was a diehard Cardinals fan, I loved the way he played the game. He was my baseball hero,” stated Matt Felts. Mattingly is considered one of the best first basemen in the history of baseball and is one of a very few to have their number retired by the Yankees. Fast forward 30 years, and Don Mattingly is hitting a homerun of a different kind as a featured guest on Matt Felts’ debut solo project, Based On A True Story.

The unlikely pairing is a unique twist for a Gospel album. For his new project, Matt wanted to find songs that truly told “his” story. Baseball played a huge part of Matt’s life and testimony, having played in the minor leagues, so when he came across a song entitled “The First Baseball Game” written by Maria Cole, wife of Nat King Cole, he knew he had to include it. “It’s a great song that combined the Gospel and baseball. How could I not record that?” stated Matt. “My mom is related to the Mattingly family, but it wasn’t until a few years ago that God crossed my path with Don. I was singing at a church in his hometown. The pastor and I were talking about him. Little did I know that this church was Don’s home church. The pastor left and came back a few minutes later and told me that he had just spoken to Don, and he wanted to invite me up to a game. We try to meet up at least once a season,” he added. When he began work on the album, Matt called Don to see if he would consider being a guest on this song. Mattingly agreed without hesitation. He is currently the manager of the Miami Marlins and recorded his part of the song at the Miami Marlins ballpark.

As expected, Mattingly’s participation has caught the eye of many outside of Gospel music. “The response has already been amazing. We are working with ESPN and other sports outlets on some upcoming appearances,” added Matt. The album also caught the eye of a sports illustrator who created a custom artwork of Matt Felts with Don Mattingly that has been turned into a baseball card. A limited number of signed cards have been inserted into Matt’s new CD. The Nashville Sounds, minor league team for the Oakland A’s, have also partnered with Matt on his project. The Sounds stadium is featured throughout the album, and they have joined Matt on several promotions in support of the album.

Over his legendary career, Don Mattingly collected 2,153 hits. It looks like with the release of “The First Baseball Game” to the fans of Southern Gospel, he may be adding a hit of a different kind to his resume. Fans of baseball and Southern Gospel can find this special album at www.mattfelts.com or on iTunes.


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Pray For Eli…More Surgery

Written by scoopsnews on June 22, 2017 – 8:34 am -

Prayer Time For Eli

Pray For Eli

From Roger(Dad)

Eli will be back in surgery this morning..The kidney is doing well but there seems to be blockage and the output is not up to where it should be..Eli is in a lot of pain and not feeling as good as expected..Asking for your coveted prayers for him!!

 

Everyone please share and pray!


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NQC AND SGMA PARTNER FOR INAUGURAL SGMA HALL OF FAME INDUCTION AND BENEFIT CONCERT

Written by Staff on June 22, 2017 – 7:33 am -

NQC AND SGMA PARTNER FOR INAUGURAL SGMA HALL OF FAME INDUCTION AND BENEFIT CONCERT

NQC AND SGMA PARTNER FOR INAUGURAL SGMA HALL OF FAME INDUCTION AND BENEFIT CONCERT

Special Showcase to be held on Tuesday during NQC 2017

Pigeon Forge, TN (June 19, 2017) – Excitement continues to build for the 60th Anniversary of NQC – Gospel music’s largest annual event. The NQC and SGMA have announced a new partnership to present the inaugural SGMA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Benefit Concert to be held on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 during the afternoon at the LeConte Convention Center in Pigeon Forge, TN.

The program will honor the 2017 Hall of Fame class of inductees – Troy Burns, LaBreeska, Hemphill, Randy Shelnut, and Tony Greene – and will also feature special performances by the Jim Brady Trio, the Hoppers, the Kingdom Heirs, Karen Peck & New River, the Second Half Quartet, the Guardians, Triumphant, the Whisnants, and Tribute. Serving as master of ceremonies will be SGMA Hall of Fame member, Dr. Jerry Goff.

SGMA Hall of Fame

The event will serve as a benefit for the SGMA Hall of Fame and Museum, which is located at the main entrance of Dollywood. The Hall of Fame and Museum features many important pieces of memorabilia and historic artifacts of Southern Gospel Music history.

“We are so grateful to the NQC Board of Directors for partnering with us to help keep the vision of the SGMA alive,“ states Arthur Rice, SGMA President. “This special event will be our biggest fundraiser of the year. Many of the legends who have been inducted into the Hall of Fame will be present to participate in the concert. Having all these artists in one place, at one time, onstage… will be one of the highlights of the convention.”

Admission for this event is $20.00, the same price as all of the other NQC Showcase Spectaculars, and can be purchased at www.nqconline.com or on site at NQC. The event will be from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 26, 2017, at the LeConte Convention Center in Pigeon Forge.

Information about all the daytime and evening activities at the NQC can also be found at www.nqconline.com.

The addition of this program is just one more reason why the 60th Anniversary NQC will be an event you just can’t miss!

Connect with NQC:
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www.Facebook.com/NQConline
www.Twitter.com/NQConline

Connect with SGMA here.

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Sandi Patty Releases LIVE Farewell Recording

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on June 21, 2017 – 11:14 pm -

Sandi Patty Releases LIVE Farewell Recording

Sandi Patty Releases LIVE Farewell Recording

NASHVILLE, Tenn. —Five-time GRAMMY® Award winner and 40-time GMA DOVE Award winner Sandi Patty recently embarked on her farewell tour on the heels of a career that has spanned over 40 years and inspired countless fans and fellow musicians. 

Gaither Music Group is pleased to release a new CD and DVD recording of that LIVE concert.  Forever Grateful: Live from the Farewell Tour, which will hit shelves this Friday, June 16th, captures many of Patty’s most awarded hits and classic gospel songs including “Love in Any Language,” “We Shall Behold Him,” “Via Dolorosa,” “The Old Rugged Cross,” “It Is Well with My Soul,” “How Great Thou Art” and medleys of hits such as “How Majestic Is Your Name,” “Let There Be Praise,” “Another Time, Another Place,” “I’ve Just Seen Jesus,” “More Than Wonderful” and more.
“It is hard to believe that after several years of planning and looking forward to The Forever Grateful Tour, it is all over,” stated Patty, the most awarded female vocalist in contemporary Christian music history.  “Now, I find myself thinking of something new every day that took place during the tour–the stories we were privileged to hear about a certain song being integral in one’s particular season of life…the songs that we got to ‘dust off’ from the old days and have my kids think, ‘Wow, Mom, that’s a cool song.’ 
“In 20 or so years, I want my grandkids to know what was important to me…that sharing about God’s faithfulness through music was an honor and a privilege.  This year I received one question time and time again—‘How do you want to be remembered?’  My answer will forever be the same—I am a woman who loves her Lord fiercely.  I am a woman who loves her family passionately.  And when I got a chance…I sang about it!”

That voice garnered four Billboard Music Awards, three platinum records, five gold records and 11 million units sold.  The Gospel Music Hall of Fame member, simply known to many as The Voice, delivered her final farewell program in over 90 markets.
 
Filmed at Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis, Tennessee, Forever Grateful: Live from the Farewell Tour will be airing on DISH TV, DirecTV, GaitherTV, PBS, TBN, RFD-TV, FamilyNet, CTN, GMC, GMTN, Guardian, Liberty, TCT and TLN. It will air in Canada on Vision TV, CTS, The Miracle Channel and Hope TV.
 
The recording, exclusively distributed by Capitol Christian Distribution and Universal Music, is available throughout general market stores and the Christian marketplace in addition to online retailers including iTunes, Amazon and www.gaither.com.  

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An Update from Kody Erwin

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on June 21, 2017 – 1:13 pm -

An Update from Kody Erwin

An Update from Kody Erwin

Hey everyone,

I want to take a moment to personally thank everyone for the cards, flowers, and most importantly, THE PRAYERS!!! Prayer really does change things!
I’m back at 100% and have been for a few weeks now, thank you Jesus!
I hope to see you at a concert soon!
– Kody Erwin

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Keep Praying! Eli and CJ are doing great!

Written by scoopsnews on June 21, 2017 – 11:41 am -

From Roger Fortner via Facebook:

Eli is in recovery and doing great!!!

 

From CJ Shetley’s Facebook Page

CJ is out of surgery and in recovery ! He is doing wonderful and so is Eli! PRAISE THE LORD!!

 

KEEP PRAYING for these 2 Godly young men!

 


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BMI Honors Christian Music’s Best at the 2017 BMI Christian Awards in Nashville

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on June 20, 2017 – 10:55 pm -

BMI Honors Christian Music's Best at the 2017 BMI Christian Awards in Nashville

BMI Honors Christian Music’s Best at the 2017 BMI Christian Awards in Nashville

NASHVILLE,  – Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI)®, the global leader in music rights management, honored the top 25 songs played on Christian radio during the past year at the 2017 BMI Christian Awards, tonight at BMI’s Nashville offices on Music Row. The annual event celebrates the songwriters and publishers of the past year’s most performed Christian rock, contemporary Christian, inspirational, southern and urban gospel songs on U.S. Christian radio.

“Each year, when we celebrate the incredible music of BMI’s Christian songwriters and their publishers, I think it can’t possibly get any better than this. And every year it does. I’m so impressed and moved by the uplifting songs we honored tonight,” noted Leslie Roberts, Executive Director, Writer/Publisher Relations, Nashville, “We’re privileged to have such a talented group as part of the BMI family.”

The invitation-only event featured special performances, including “Thy Will” by Emily Weisband and Bernie Herms, “Big Enough” by Joseph Habedank, “Fight For You” by Grayson & Reed and “I Am Not Alone” by Kari Jobe.

The Song of the Year title went to “Good Good Father,” written by Tony Brown and published by Capitol CMG Paragon and Common Hymnal Digital. The song was recorded by Chris Tomlin and nominated for a Billboard Music Award for Top Christian Song in 2016.

The Songwriter of the Year award went to Bernie Herms, who wrote “Christ In Me,” “Just Be Held,” “Tell Your Heart to Beat Again” and “Thy Will.”

Capitol CMG Publishing (Capitol CMG Paragon, Meaux Mercy Publishing, Songs of Universal, Inc., Sparrow Song, Universal Music-Brentwood Songs, Worship Together Music) took home the Publisher of the Year award. The company had the highest percentage of copyright ownership among the year’s most-performed songs, including the hits “Battle Cry,” “Cast My Cares,” “Christ In Me,” “Even So Come,” “Feel It,” “Forever,” “Good Good Father,” “Great Are You Lord,” “I Am Not Alone,” “Just Be Held,” “Move (Keep Walkin’),” “Tell Your Heart To Beat Again,” “There is Power” and “Thy Will.”

Mike O’Neill, President and CEO, Jody Williams, VP, Writer Publisher Relations, Nashville and Leslie Roberts, Executive Director, Writer/Publisher Relations, served as the evening’s hosts. A complete list of the 2017 BMI Christian Awards is available at www.bmi.com/christian.


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Vote For The Sunrise Quartet Of The Year

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on June 20, 2017 – 12:23 pm -

Vote For The Sunrise Quartet Of The Year

Vote For The Sunrise Quartet Of The Year

Pigeon Forge, Tenn. – SGNScoops Magazine announces the unveiling of the 2017 Diamond Awards Top Ten nominees Vote HERE. During the nomination period, the fans of the digital magazine chose the top nominees in each category. These names have now been tabulated to produce a list of the Top Ten favorite nominees for each area.

SGNScoops Magazine now invites all Gospel music fans, friends, artists and industry personnel to visit the SGNScoops website to view the Top Ten and vote on their favorites to produce the Top Five. The Diamond Awards are presented each year during the Creekside Gospel Music Convention.

The Diamond Awards ceremony Vote HERE will be held on Tuesday, October 31, 2017, at Pigeon Forge. This gala evening is one of the most exciting evenings in Gospel music, with surprise guests, great music and special presentations.

Creekside Gospel Music Convention is offering a VIP wristband for those fans who want a more up-close and personal experience. For $25, the wearer will receive VIP seating, special gifts, and an invitation to a VIP party. This wristband is valid for the entire Convention, October 30 through November 2, at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center. Fans are urged to order their wristbands early to avoid disappointment.

Vote today for your favorite of the Top Ten nominees for the 2017 Diamond Awards. Find out more about Creekside Gospel Music Convention online or on Facebook Here. To order your VIP wristband or to learn more about VIP lodging packages, phone Rob Patz at 360-933-0741.


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Prayer Time For Eli Fortner

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on June 20, 2017 – 10:19 am -

Prayer Time For Eli

Prayer Time For Eli

Dear Gospel Music Friend,

As you may be aware Eli Fortner of The McKameys will be undergoing a second kidney transplant tomorrow in East Tennessee.

Tonight at 7:30pm Central, Pastor Mickey Bell will be having a nationwide prayer time for Eli and his donor.

He invited those who can to join in at www.850wxjc.com or  https://www.facebook.com/wxjcthetruth/


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Line-up for Gospel Fest at Loretta Lynn Ranch

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on June 20, 2017 – 8:10 am -

Line-up for Gospel Fest at Loretta Lynn Ranch

Line-up for Gospel Fest at Loretta Lynn Ranch

Hurricane Mills, TN  – Organizers of the 2017 Gospel Music Festival announce daily performers at the event to be held at The Loretta Lynn Ranch, on September 1-2, 2017. Two full days of Gospel music are scheduled for the festival. There is also a bonus “jam session style Sing-a-long” on the prior evening of August 31.

Jeff Sneed of The Sneed Family, hosts of the Gospel Music Festival, made the announcement today from The Sneed Family office.  “This is a lineup that will be the best Gospel music has to offer.  There will be a great mix of Bluegrass Country, traditional Southern Gospel, solid quartet and great comedy,” proclaimed Sneed.

Friday’s schedule is set with The Isaacs, Karen Peck & New River, The Freemans, Aaron Wilburn, Wade Spencer, and ventriloquist Geraldine and Ricky.  As a special highlight, The Sneed Family will take the stage.

On Saturday, The Bowlings, Bowling Sisters, The Perrys, High Road, The Guardians, Aaron Wilburn, Geraldine and Ricky, The Sneed Family and the Villines Trio will perform.  “Those attending will be laughing, singing and inspired from the minute first note is struck from the stage,” stated Sneed.

The highlight of the weekend will be a separate performance on Saturday, September 2, by the country music icon, Loretta Lynn along with the annual Van Lear Sisters Concert including Crystal Gayle and Peggy Sue.  “This is where Gospel meets Country,” said Sneed.  “Folks can enjoy two events in one location while enjoying the beauty of the Loretta Lynn Ranch on a holiday weekend,” he continued.

The Gospel Music Festival at the Loretta Lynn Ranch will be held in the pavilion at the ranch campgrounds.  “We are honored that the Loretta Lynn Ranch would welcome the return of Gospel Music,” said Sneed.  The event will begin for early arrivers with a Sing-a-long on Thursday evening, August 31.  “Bring your instruments and enjoy some sweet fellowship with our families,” Sneed offered.

For ticket information: www.ticketstorm.com or by calling 866-966-1777.

Loretta Lynn’s Ranch is located off I-40 at Exit 143 in Hurricane Mills, TN.  Camping is available by reservation.  There are also area hotels nearby.

The Sneed Family is a favorite to their fans.  They provide an honest worship experience while providing encouragement.

Watch for them on stage as well as on television with their production of “Sneed Family Music.” The program is seen in over one million homes each week.  The Sneed Family brings music, and interviews from the best in Southern Gospel Music.  The show is now available online.

For more information on The Sneed Family, visit sneedfamily.com


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