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Kristen Stanton: Prisoner of War

Written by Staff on February 17, 2020 – 8:42 am -

Kristen Stanton

Kristen Stanton

Prisoner of War 

The Bible says that the enemy comes to steal,  kill, and destroy. When the enemy comes he will always seek to do one of those things. If you aren’t prepared for the battle – if you fall for the lies Satan perpetrates — you will become a prisoner of war.

This battle is not against flesh and blood, but you can become caught up in the deception and end up on the losing side of the battle.

One example that we see is the story of Lot and his wife in Genesis 19.  In order to fully understand the story we have to go back to Genesis 13:5-18.  Abraham (at that point still known as Abram) and Lot were traveling together and had become so wealthy in flocks and herds that Abram told Lot to choose what land he wanted and he would go the opposite way.  Genesis 13:10 says, “And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered everywhere, before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as the Garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, as you come unto Zoar.”

Lot saw – he relied on his experience based upon what he saw – and he saw how beautiful everything was. He did not seek God as to where he should go. He did the same thing Eve did in the garden. He looked with his eyes and made a judgment that it was good. In verses 11-12 it says, “Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east: and they separated themselves one from another. Abram dwelt in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelt in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom.”

Fast forward to Genesis 19. Genesis 19:1 tells us that Lot was sitting in the gate of Sodom. When Lot left Abraham and chose the plain and pitched his tent toward Sodom, I highly doubt he ever thought he would end up living in the midst of Sodom.  Yet here he was sitting on the gate of the city. This is just how clever Satan is. The deception caused Lot to become a prisoner of war, and he would be caught right in the middle of the battle.  He made a decision to go into Sodom, yes, but he didn’t make a conscious decision to leave God and enter into the wickedness.

If Satan held up a sign that said “Follow Me” how many would actually follow?  Most of us would naturally run the other direction. So he reverts to warfare–and in this case it was lust of the eyes. Lot saw the plain. And he pitched his tent toward Sodom. Oh, what harm can there be in looking?

 Have you asked yourself this question? I have. I talk myself into going by the shoes in the mall just to look. And then sometimes I find myself in a quandary: I found some shoes for a good price that would be so awesome to have! I don’t really need another pair of black heels but well, they are just different enough that I could justify buying them. So what started out as a leisurely window shopping day turns into a fight between do I buy the shoes or not buy the shoes? Yes, it’s okay to laugh because it’s a silly example, but it’s the truth of the situation we often put ourselves in.

We can avoid sin altogether but we don’t understand the battle.  Understanding that there is a battle behind every decision would help us to identify that we are pitching our tent towards Sodom. We are walking right into the trap our enemy has set, and he is about ready to take us as a prisoner of war.  He will hold us captive until we understand the war we are in and that the only thing that can set us free is the blood of Christ.

So in Genesis 19, we see that Lot was now living inside one of the most wicked cities ever to exist. He was now a prisoner of war. Somewhere along the line he stopped looking and started participating. Maybe his wife complained that there was nothing to do in the plain. Maybe his daughters complained that they were bored. Maybe the servants said it was too much work to go into the nearest city for what they needed. Maybe Lot himself forgot the Giver of the Blessings. Maybe Lot just thought it would be more convenient. Maybe he thought his family would be safer if he were in the city because more people would be around to help if trouble came.

All of these thoughts, if they passed through Lot’s mind, are fiery darts of the enemy. Deception and dissension. Excuses. Fear. They are all things that take place on the battlefield of the mind.

But here we are and, not only is Lot living in the city, he is smack dab in the middle of all the sin. In fact, his family is so entrenched in the sin that they don’t recognize it for what it is. It’s just the way things were. Everybody else was doing it so it couldn’t be all that wrong. Right? WRONG.

The attitude of everyone else should not bear on what our attitude is. The war is raging and this manipulation tactic is winning out in our world today. The viewpoints of the world, when in conflict with God’s Word, are the viewpoints of the enemy, trying to infiltrate the mind.

Lot’s wife became a prisoner of war who died in the war, not knowing that she was even a captive. When the angels warned Lot to get his family and get out of the city because God was going to destroy it, verse 26 says, “But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.”  She looked back longingly at her place of captivity and did not want to leave. If given a choice, she likely would have stayed. 

Sin will destroy you. It destroys your ability to make proper decisions. You can no longer filter things through your mind and understand that it’s a tactic of the enemy because your mind has become tainted.

Think of it like this: you are making frosting. You need the frosting to be white but you accidentally put a drop of red food coloring in it thinking that it will just be a really light tint… and you notice that the more you mix it the more you can no longer find any white. And by now you realize your icing is pink… it’s not the color you had originally designed and you can’t go back and change it. That pink food coloring is the deception that taints the mind. Once the mind is tainted you can no longer go back to the way it was. You have to make a new batch of frosting.  God has to renew your mind.

Satan wants you to think that it’s not possible for your life to change.  But when you leave it in the hands of God– when you cast yourself into His arms – He will break those chains, wipe away your past, and renew your mind.  When Satan tells you that God can’t use you, remember that even though Lot was living in the middle of Sodom, God still provided a way of escape. If you feel paralyzed– convicted by Satan’s lies–  trust in God, and He can change your status from captive to captor, freeing you from being a prisoner of war.

Kristen Stanton

Kristen Stanton

By Kristen Stanton

Kristen Stanton is a dynamic singer, speaker, and writer. From discussions on Facebook, to live concerts on any stage, Kristen’s main focus is to share her faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. She says: “I was saved when I was four years old. I’ve been in church my whole life. I went to a Christian college. I don’t have the experiences of walking away from God and how He brought me back. But I do have the experience of how God continuously reveals Himself to me… of how He answers prayer. I want people to understand who God is so that they can be more of a reflection of Him. My goal is to help others see God in a way that meets every need in their life.”
Following a trio of No. 1 songs from her debut project, “Destiny by Design,” Kristen recently  released her second solo project, “Love As Jesus Loves” and is currently writing songs for her new album. Kristen is also an Attorney-at-Law, serving clients in Northwest Ohio.

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Congratulations to Eagle’s Wings & The Top 20 Bluegrass March 2020

Written by scoopsnews on February 17, 2020 – 5:46 am -


Congratulations to Eagle’s Wings on their NUMBER 1 SONG,  “One Such As I”, written by group member, Matt Wilson.


Here is a list of the Top 20 Bluegrass songs for March 2020.

Position Song Title Artist/Label
1 One Such As I Eagle’s Wings/ Independent
2 Turkey Buzzard East Ridge Boys/Mansion
3 I’m Not Who I Used To Be Tonja Rose/Mansion
4 He Knows My Name Rochesters/UIA
5 Place No Wreath Balsam Range/ Crossroads
6 One More Time Lakeside/Morning Glory/Mountain Fever Records
7 A Brighter Day Primitive Quartet/Independent
8 Up All Night Southern Raised/StowTown
9 Nothing At All High Road/Billy Blue Records
10 I’m Going To Heaven Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver/Billy Blue Records
Here and Now
Joe Mullins &The Radio Ramblers/Billy Blue Records
12 The Back Of The Church Jerry Salley/Billy Blue Records
13 For A Moment of Grace Heaven’s Mountain Band/Family Music Group
14 Because He Loved Me Dale Ann Bradley/Pinecastle Records
15 When He Speaks Britton Family/Independent
16 The Great I Am Waymasters/Independent
17 How Can You Refuse Him Now Rhonda Vincent/Rounder Records
18 Lazarus Principles/Independent
19 Which Thief Are You Bama Blu-Grace/Family Music Group
20 Lonesome Mountain Chigger Hill Boys & Terri/Thoroughbred Records


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Kasey Kemp asks for prayer

Written by Staff on February 16, 2020 – 11:14 am -

Haley and Kasey Kemp and family

Haley and Kasey Kemp and family

Kasey Kemp, of gospel music artists the Kemp Family, wrote on his Facebook page this morning of an accident that happened while they were singing.

Haley and Kasey Kemp and familyHe tells of the following

Prayers appreciated!

This morning after our first song, there was a major equipment malfunction and it caused Haley to get shocked by a microphone. It was shocking enough that it caused her body to freeze, drop to the floor and she was unable to get the microphone out of her hand. I pried it out of her hand as it shocked me, too!

Haley has been taken by ambulance to the hospital short of breath and with major shaking.

Avaline was on stage with us and was headed to grab a mic to as to help us sing when Haley grabbed it first, shielding Avi from this happening to her.

Haley KempWe are at the hospital now and I will update everyone asap. Please pray for Haley and our family. We appreciate your prayers and love.


PS Tonights service has obviously been canceled and will be rescheduled soon. Thank you for understanding.


Please be in prayer for Haley Kemp and her family.

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Joseph Habedank lives in The Beauty of the Blood

Written by Staff on February 16, 2020 – 9:59 am -

Joseph Habedank lives in The Beauty of the BloodTough love, unexpected guest and faith in Christ set Joseph Habefank free from addiction

Joseph Habedank leans back, microphone in his right hand, left arm outstretched. He pours his entire soul into delivering the message he lives every day.

Heaven’s best takes all the scars

For the worst in all of us

That’s the glory of the cross

The wonder of His love

That’s the beauty of the blood!

They aren’t just words of beauty for one of Southern Gospel’s favorite soloists. They’re life. And he’s grateful beyond measure.

“Only God can take blood and make it pretty,” he says during a November concert at Stithton Baptist Church in Radcliff, Kentucky.

Joseph Habedank lives in The Beauty of the BloodJoseph Habedank knows that beauty of the blood. He knows it personally. Even his surname is a reminder of what God has done in his life. “My name in English is Habedank,” he says with a smile. “In German, ‘haben’ is ‘to have’ and ‘danke’ is thanks. So my name means ‘have thanks.’

It was fitting that a few weeks before Christmas 2018  he was with The Erwins as part of the Resurrection of Faith Tour which has been working since 2017. The name comes from the artists albums, Habedank’s “Resurrection” and The Erwins’ “Only Faith Can See,” which were current at the tour’s outset. 

At 33, Habedank is the oldest artist on the tour. The Erwins’ ages range from 18 to 26. Through November, they had played about 50 dates together and plan to continue the tour indefinitely. 

“I’m proud of (the tour). There is no one else in the entire world I would rather travel with than those kids,” Habedank says. 

But the Resurrection of Faith tour might be a metaphor for Joseph Habedank’s career. One of gospel music’s top stars before he was 20, Habedank hit the bottom before he was 30 but now tells his story, made possible by the beauty of Christ’s blood.

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Congratulations to The Kingdom Heirs and The SGN Scoops Top 100 March 2020

Written by scoopsnews on February 15, 2020 – 2:59 pm -


Song Title                                           Artist____

1. Come To The Well              Kingdom Heirs/Crossroads

2. Name Above All Names Guardians/StowTown
3. You Are Loved Jeff &Sheri Easter/Gaither Music
4. Keep Me Close Whisnants/UIA
5. I’ve Ever Been Glad Kingsmen/Crossroads
6. God Says You Can Hyssongs/Chapel Valley
7. When God Says Wait Browders/Dream Big Music
8. Sometimes It’s The Radio Joseph Habedank/Daywind
9. A Lot With A Little 11th Hour/Crossroads
10. The Healer Hasn’t Lost His Touch Tribute Quartet/Daywind
11. Love Still Flows Taylors/StowTown
12. Can I Get A Witness The Sound/Daywind
13. Go Ask Moses Mark Trammell Quartet/Crimson Road
14. Ready To Know Lore Family/Crossroads
15. One More Reason Old Time Preachers Quartet/Butler Music Group
16. 33 Wilburn & Wilburn/Daywind
17. Follow Me To The Cross Jim & Melissa Brady/Daywind
18. This Storm Brian Free & Assurance/Daywind
19. Power Of An Empty Tomb Erwins/StowTown
20. Walking Through Fire Ernie Haase & Signature Sound/StowTown
21. It’s A Beautiful Day Mark Bishop/Crossroads
22. You’ve Arrived Greater Vision/Daywind
23. Robes of Pure White Williamsons/Family Music Group
24. What Can Change The World Sunday Drive/Crossroads
25. Hallelujah March Heart 2 Heart/Family Music Group
26. Children Go Where I Send Thee Down East Boys/Crossroads
27. If God Pulled Back The Curtain Nelons/ Daywind
28. The God I Serve Karen Peck & New River/Daywind
29. It Never Gets Old Perrys/StowTown
30. Glorious God Lauren Talley/ Crossroads
31. When I Turn To You Jason Crabb/ Daywind
32. I See Revival Crabb Family/ Daywind
33. The People That God Gives You Bowling Family/River Hill Music
34. Just As Blessed Josh and Ashley Franks/Independent
35. What Only God Can Do Michael Booth/Daywind
36. Let It Be The Cross Carolina Boys/Crossroads
37. Like Jesus Did Three Bridges/Crossroads
38. Come Lord Jesus Justified Quartet/Independent
39. Awesome Power Of Prayer Collingsworth Family/StowTown
40. This Is The Place Gaither Vocal Band/Gaither Music
41. By The Blood Of The Lamb Wilbanks/Patterson Music Group
42. Go Down Again Wisecarvers/Crossroads
43. Alabama Mud Gold City/Sony
44. He’s Already On His Way Littles/Independent
45. I Got The Grace, He Gets The Glory The Old Paths/Crossroads
46. When The Answer Is No Talleys/Crossroads
47. I’m Going To Heaven Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver/Billy Blue Records
48. I Got Saved Diplomats/Independent
49. I Believe The Book Legacy Five/Daywind
50. A Brighter Day Primitive Quartet/Independent
51. I Want To Say Thank You Troy Burns Family/Chapel Valley
52. Rugged Old Cross LeFevre Quartet/Daywind
53. Blank Page Dunaways/Independent
54. Praise The Lord Carroll Roberson/Independent
55. Place Where I Found Grace Woodalls/Patterson Music Group
56. My Last Day Here MARK209/Independent
57. Table Of The King Tim Livingston/Independent
58. Be That Kind Zane & Donna King/ Independent
59. Smell Of Smoke 3 Heath Brothers/Crossroads
60. Well Done My Child Adam Crabb/Daywind

61. More Than Enough Bibletones/Independent
62. Always Gonna Be Selah/Integrity
63. Old Church Choir Hazel Parker Stanley/Independent
64. Reason For The Rain Jay Stone Singers/Crossroads
65. Over The Next Hill Pauline Patterson/Patterson Music Group
66. Three Beating Hearts Steve Hess & Southern Salvation/Mansion
67. He’s Coming Back Master’s Voice/Crossroads
68. Yes Triumphant/StowTown/Sony
69. 3 Nails, 3 Days Greg Sullivan, RPM
70. He Made A Way Chandlers/ Chapel Valley
71. Sing The Blues Away Exodus/Independent
72. Thank God Judith Montgomery Family/ Chapel valley
73. Who I Am Today Melissa Evans/ Chapel Valley
74. Days Like These Martins/Gaither Music
75. That Little Crowded Room Tim Menzies/Daywind
76. Hallelujah For The Cross River’s Edge/Independent
77. He Knows My Name Rochesters/UIA
78. Get Me There Talleys/Crossroads
79. A Song To Remind You Steeles/StowTown
80. One In The Number Sacred Harmony/Patterson Promotions
81. Let’s Carry On New Ground/Independent
82. Movin On Jordan Family Band/Crossroads
83. It’s A Highway To Heaven Endless Highway/Crossroads
84. For Your Glory Battle Cry/Independent
85. I Will Never Grow Tired Of Loving You Charles Black/Patterson Music Group
86. Keep On Praising Ferguson Family/Chapel Valley
87. Walk By Faith Adam’s Family/ Butler Music Group
88. What He’s Done Lately  Millers/Family Music Group
89. My Lord Is taking Good Care Of Me Detty Sisters/Independent
90. Jesus Proved His Love Chronicle/Independant
91. I Will Glory In The Story Austin & Ethan Whisnant/UIA
92. My Kind Of People MARK209/Independent
93. Keeper Of The Well Mercy’s Well/ Independent
94. Be The Witness Chosen/Independent
95. My Life In A Song Dean/Chapel Valley
96. Heaven Soul’d Out Quartet/Crossroads
97. Love Always Finds A Way Johnson Edition/Independent
98. Feeling At Home In The Presence Of Jesus Ivan Parker/UIA
99. You Don’t Wanna Miss This Cana’s Voice/StowTown
100. Great Home Awaiting Sweetwater Revival/Independent

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The Inspirations share their signature style on Ever Old, Ever New

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on February 14, 2020 – 10:20 am -

The Inspirations share their signature style on Ever Old, Ever New

The Inspirations share their signature style on Ever Old, Ever New

Arden, North Carolina  — For decades, The Inspirations have served God, using their music to minister and spread the gospel. Though the Biblical messages stay the same, the stories never get old for those who hear them and are uplifted by God’s promises. On their latest album, Ever Old, Ever New, The Inspirations once again tell that good news with their signature sound. The album, now available for pre-order, will be released April 10 on Horizon Records.

Inspiring the album’s title, the first single “Forever Settled” captures that theme of God’s truth never changing. Featuring Roland Kesterson on the verses, the song then breaks into a true traditional quartet style, with Marlin Shubert stepping out on the bass vocal.

The Inspirations sing about keeping the Church traditions alive on “1945” and “I Like The Songs That Mama Sang The Best.” A reminder of a simpler time, “1945” features Archie Watkins singing about keeping the tenets of church alive, and not losing the power of services. “I Like The Songs That Mama Sang The Best,” a remake of an Inspirations classic, takes listeners back in time with vivid memories of hymns that have become traditional in church.

On Ever Old, Ever New, The Inspirations also explore how to live a faithful life that will get us to heaven. “Show Them Love,” written by Sandy Knight and producer Jeff Collins, explains that the best way to answer the call to share the gospel is to act in the image of Jesus and love everyone you meet. The upbeat “Enter In” features a country sound and Wyatt Austin on bass vocals. After living a faithful life, Jesus will welcome you as you enter into heaven. “Then What” caught Watkins’ ear because of how it tells life’s story. People plan and work hard throughout life, but rarely do they give life after this one much thought, even though it is inevitable.

The only instrumental on the album, the classic “I’ll Fly Away” features Luke Vaught playing guitars, keyboards, pedal steel, upright bass, mandolin, dobro and fiddle.

Other songs include “He Turned When I Touched Him” about reaching out to God to be made whole; “Home Is Sounding Sweeter,” written and sung by Kesterson; “Knowing You’re There” a reminder to thank God for blessings featuring Eddie Deitz; and “On The Right Side,” which closes the album with the crucifixion story and finding salvation through Christ.

While keeping their signature style, The Inspirations have crafted a collection of songs that speak powerfully to those who hear them. Ever Old, Ever New reaffirms The Inspirations’ place as one of Southern Gospel’s most beloved groups.

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Katelyn Dyess: To The Girl

Written by Staff on February 14, 2020 – 4:57 am -

To The Girl by Katelyn Dyess

Katelyn Dyess

To The Girl Struggling With Forgiveness

And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in Heaven may forgive you your sins. (Mark 11:25)I know what it’s like to have hurt and bitterness in your heart. You feel like you shouldn’t forgive those who have wronged you. You feel like it’s impossible to forgive that person that hurt you so badly. I’ve been there. It’s not a good feeling. When I was at a youth camp one summer I went up to the altar because I needed to forgive some people in my life. The pastor’s wife that prayed over me that night told me to say out loud “I forgive ________.” It didn’t immediately heal me but it did help me to begin the process of forgiving those people in my life. God has called us to forgive those who have hurt us and wronged us.

Forgiving that person can help you move on and walk into a season of healing. So, I encourage you to just say out loud “I forgive _______.” It won’t heal you right away but it will help start the process.

I also encourage you to pray that God will help you forgive that person. Even journaling a letter to that person can help you get all of those feelings off of your chest. Forgiveness isn’t always easy but it is a start for healing. I hope this helps you start a journey of forgiveness, healing, letting go, and moving forward.


But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 5:8

A Message From Katelyn:

I’m a high school senior that lives in Meridian, MS. I want to show girls through my blog that they aren’t alone and that someone understands what they’re going through. I am excited about so many doors God has opened up for me. You can contact me at
I’d love to speak at your next youth event.

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Sweetheart Stories: Jack and Vonda Armstrong

Written by Staff on February 13, 2020 – 8:57 am -

Jack and Vonda Armstrong

Jack and Vonda Armstrong

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day and we are happy to present another love story in our series of Sweetheart Stories. For many years, the gospel music community had known Vonda Easley as the vivacious blonde southern belle with a big smile and country drawl. However, behind the smile was a lifetime of challenges and mountains that she had overcome. She was a single mom with two grown children, who had their own families and lives. Vonda is hard-working and generous, humorous and full of faith in a God who cares. Yet, she realized a couple of years ago that something was missing. Here’s Vonda to tell her story:


I must have said it over a thousand times, “It just isn’t in the cards for me to find someone that loves me enough to let me be me.” And I usually followed that statement up with, “They would want me to leave my home, and I will not ever do that.”

I met Jack Armstrong at a Bill Bailey Event in Bonifay, Florida. I remember thinking that he was one of the friendliest people I had ever met, but the last thing I Jack and Vonda Armstrongwas looking for at a gospel concert was romance. I was there to hear my kids, Josh and Ashley Franks, sing and cover the event for SGNScoops Magazine. However, my daughter and Penny Shelnut (Scoot’s wife) were at Ashley’s booth, already playing matchmaker. When they suggested we go out to eat after the concert, I was quick to let Ashley know that I knew what they were doing, and I was not interested. I told her there was something messed up with your child having to get you a date!

As the concert went on, Jack talked to me a little about radio promotion, and when I got home, he called and hired Hey Ya’ll Media, my radio promotions company, to work radio for his group, The Bibletones. (I often tease him that he married me so he wouldn’t have to pay me anymore.)

I believe that God set up a divine appointment for me that night to meet Jack. It still amazes me today how much he is like my Daddy. I felt safe when I was with my Dad, and I feel safe when I am with Jack. He makes me want to be a better person, and he supports me in all that I do.

Jack and Vonda ArmstrongTrue Love is unconditional. There are no expectations set. To love unconditional is difficult, and most people aren’t good at that. But true love really does love without trying to change the other person. I love you, Jack Armstrong. Thank you for loving me and letting me be me. And by the way, Home is wherever you are…….. V


Vonda and Jack Armstrong, III,  were married on October 21, 2018, at her daughter’s church, People’s Tabernacle Church, Savannah, Tennessee, and officiated by her son-in-law, Josh Franks. Standing up with the couple were Vonda’s grandchildren, Priscilla and Eli Franks. The couple fits together like hand-in-glove and Jack’s laidback personality complements Vonda’s vivacity.

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Be sure to let everyone you love know how much you care this Valentine’s Day. And Jack and Vonda Armstrongremember, God loved you enough to send Jesus Christ, his only son, to die on a cross so that he might have a relationship with you. Jesus went willingly because he knew it was the only way to bring you into his love. Please accept that love today. Want to know more? Write to me!

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Jack and Vonda Armstrong

Eli Franks, Jack Armstrong, Vonda Easley Armstrong, Priscilla Franks

Jack and Vonda Armstrong

Jack and Vonda Armstrong

Top Row: Josh and Ashley Franks
Bottom Row: Eli Franks, Jack Armstrong, Vonda Easley Armstrong, Priscilla Franks

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New Season For Master Peace Quartet

Written by scoopsnews on February 13, 2020 – 4:31 am -

Master Peace Quartet

Dalton, Ga (February 13th, 2020)- While change is never easy, it is inevitable. Due to the passing of our tenor singer and friend, Brian Etheridge, we would like to ask you to be in prayer as we seek to find the man that God has for our group in the future.
Marcus Faulknor has graciously agreed to will sing with Master Peace Quartet through May of 2020.

Marcus Faulknor

Being raised in a fairly large Christian family with everyday activities of school, chores and church, they knew how to raise the roof with a song. A vital part of their routine was sharpening their family harmony while rehearsing for church performances. This had great substance in developing the love for music he has today. Marcus has studied with the well known vocal coach Leroy Abernathy learning the basics of head tone and vocal control. Thus furthering his desire for knowledge, he began to study at “The Voice House” with Roger Beale. His latest studies began to take him to the next level of performance where he was instructed by Heidi Higgins and Jan Smith at her Atlanta studio.
He soon began to branch out from the home- town harmonies of his family, performing on stages all across the country. Marcus shows his love for Christ through music, sharing his testimony with others young and old alike. He has experience performing with groups such as “The Called” where he performed alongside his dad, Ray Faulknor former member of “The Trailblazers” for a short time, “Jericho” a progressive quartet under the direction of Dwayne Burke, who also founded “The Singing Americans”. His latest commitment was with “Cross4Crowns” but he has also performed with many others along his musical journey. He does solo dates, studio vocal work and has filled in for local groups in and near his hometown when available. He is very involved in community activities such as political events, men’s conferences and locally supported gospel venues.

Marcus already knows several of our songs and the arrangements we do. He brings a lot of experience to the stage. Come out to see us at a concert soon and meet Marcus, but most of all pray for us as our hearts heal from the loss of our brother in Christ and pray for God to lead us to the lineup he has for us in the future.

Bill, Anthony, and David
Master Peace Quartet

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Written by Staff on February 12, 2020 – 9:07 am -

CARMAN ANNOUNCES CANCER FREE DIAGNOSISNashville (February 12, 2020) Earlier this winter, Christian Music icon, Carman shared that his Cancer had shown signs of returning. His doctors attacked the disease more aggressively than ever before. Carman traveled to Little Rock, Arkansas for multiple rounds of testing.
“I asked God for a cancer free birthday on Sunday, January 19th and I got it! When we discovered the cancer from 2014 had returned 17% and growing, Dr. Van Rhee put me on a new aggressive combination of treatments in July for 7 months. Then tested me again last week with MRI’s, P.E.T. scans, bone biopsies and blood tests. The cancer was now below the levels it was when I first left 9 months of chemotherapy in 2014. I’ll have to continue treatment indefinitely through a series of pills I take every day. Mine is a constant daily battle but as long as I stay away from stress and get plenty of sleep, I’ll always feel great and not sluggish or lethargic. I still can be active and workout. Bottom line is I asked God for a “cancer free” birthday and today it’s now below the “0” mark. One last thing. I’m going back on tour this month and have a message for the Devil;

I’ve seen the storm
I faced the storm
I weathered the storm
now I am the storm” added Carman.

July 2019 SGNScoops Magazine Editors Last Word by Lorraine Walker

July 2019 SGNScoops Magazine

Carman has resumed his tour schedule and is currently adding dates for 2020. To stay connected with Carman or to get information on scheduling him, go to

Gateway ManagementABOUT GATEWAY MANAGEMENT: Gateway Management is a full-service artist and brand management company representing top artists and organizations such as Carman, the Browders, Mattingly Charities, Rachel Jeanette, Jackson Heights and more. Founded by long-time industry leader, Matt Felts, Gateway has gained a reputation for it’s innovative marketing and publicity work on national campaigns.

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