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March 2017 SGNScoops Magazine

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on March 14, 2017 – 10:16 am -

March 2017 SGNScoops Magazine

March 2017 SGNScoops Magazine

Welcome to the March edition of SGNScoops Magazine! We are happy to be able to present the popular Whisnants as our cover artists and we know you will enjoy Justin Gilmore’s feature on this band this month. Other exciting articles include John Bowman, Jordan LeFevre, The Chandlers, 2nd Generation, Heaven Bound, the ICGMA and a review on the latest Gaither videos.

Southern Gospel Weekend occurs in March so please take a moment to read all the last minute details on this fun event. Other event updates include Creekside and Vernon, Alabama’s Gospel Music Weekend. Take a moment to read the latest D.J. Spotlight and the CD Reviews by Randall Hamm. Our monthly columnists speak to your mind and heart with Hope To The Hill by Nathan Kistler and Day By Day, by Selena Day. Of course there is also the Christian Country Top 40 and SGNScoops’ Top 100 Gospel countdowns.
Rob Patz reveals a little more about One Minute Prayer in his Publisher’s Point, and I talk about the days leading up to Easter in my Editor’s Last Word. I hope you take a moment to read these as well and let us know what you think at and
Thank you for reading SGNScoops Magazine every month and telling all your friends and neighbors about the great features you find within our pages! We appreciate each and every one of you. Pass it along!
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Sneed Family News

Written by scoopsnews on March 14, 2017 – 5:11 am -

From Majestic Light Media

We can’t contain our excitement as we bring this announcement to you! Check out what’s coming back to Loretta Lynn Official Ranch!



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Michael Helwig steps down from fulltime with Blackwood Brothers

Written by Staff on March 13, 2017 – 12:59 pm -

Blackwood Brothers 2015 Atlanta TV taping

Michael Helwig with the Blackwood Brothers in 2015

SGNScoops was saddened to hear that Michael Helwig of the Blackwood Brothers has decided to come off the road. He will return for special appearances. On March 11th, Michael wrote on his Facebook page:

Tonight I sang my last concert with the Blackwood Brothers Quartet as the full time lead singer. I will still be working for the Blackwood Brothers and going out with them when I can. I will also be with them at Memphis, NQC and other “larger venues”.

This decision wasn’t easy to make, but I am finding it extremely difficult to travel long distances and maintain my stamina. I am not quitting, just taking it easy.
I love you all, and I am looking forward to seeing you down the road.
God bless

Michael Helwig

Michael Helwig

In a post on the Singing News website, the Blackwood Brothers noted their sadness at coming to this point in Michael’s battle with ALS. Billy Blackwood states: “Last Saturday was Mike’s final full concert with the Blackwood Brothers. On as positive a note as possible, Mike will continue to make special appearances with us as his health and our travel permits. We look forward to those special events when he can perform with us and we know that you, his fans and friends, will as well.”

Last September, Justin Gilmore of SGNScoops interviewed Michael about his illness and his career. Here is an excerpt of the feature:

Gilmore: Tell me about the impact this has had on your family. Helwig: The impact on my family, so far, has been mostly, me just being a general pain in the butt. [laughs] They have to get me this and that, as well as help me into bed. Spiritually, it has made us stronger, and I know that the emotional strain has been hard for them to bear.

Gilmore: How has your faith helped you during your struggle with ALS? Helwig: My faith, …hmmm, faith is the active ingredient in the formula, but the power comes from my heavenly Father.

September 2016 SGNScoops Magazine

September 2016 SGNScoops Magazine

Gilmore: Amen. What specific Scriptures have been a comfort to you during this time? Helwig: Matthew 6: 9-13, and Matthew 26:36-46. I love to hear my Lord pray, I try to model my prayers after His.

Gilmore: Great word. How can fans help you and your family? Helwig: Keep praying!

Gilmore: Definitely! What are your plans once you can’t sing full-time anymore? Helwig: Once I can no longer travel and sing I guess I’ll just sit or lay around the house and be bored. I mean, what else could I do? [laughs] Really, I will just be a dad, a husband, and serve my Lord in whatever capacity He has planned for me.

All of us at SGNScoops wish to extend our thoughts and prayers to Michael, Billy and all of the Blackwoods, as well as Michael’s family. We hope to see you all at a concert in the near future.

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Weekend Word from SGN Scoops

Written by scoopsnews on March 11, 2017 – 7:13 am -

Weekend Word

Psalm 16:8

I have set the Lord always before me. Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

God wants us to live our lives focused on His Presence in the present. Since we know that He is always with us , leading and encouraging us , we can live in that reality moment by moment.

Whatever we do, we should do it for Him.- with Him, through Him, and in Him.

Have a Blessed Weekend!

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Written by Staff on March 10, 2017 – 8:49 am -



NASHVILLE, Tenn.—The Best of Ivan Parker: From The Homecoming Series, a Gaither Music Group collection originally released in 2007, has returned to the Top 5 of Billboard’s Music Video Sales chart. The best-selling DVD is #4 on the publication’sMarch 11 chart, joining such iconic artists as The Beatles, Adele and The Rolling Stones in the Top 10. Upon its initial release a decade ago, The Best of Ivan Parker reached the chart’s #2 position.

The Best of Ivan Parker, hosted by GRAMMY® and Dove Award-winning Gospel Music pioneer Bill Gaither, features the award-winning artist’s most popular Homecoming video series performances through the years, along with never-before-seen footage, family photos, and interviews. Spotlighted in the collection are such classic hymns as “In The Garden” and “Jesus Loves Me”; Christian music standards including “Rise Again” and “I Can Only Imagine”; and Parker’s signature song, “Midnight Cry.”

Ivan Parker has been one of Southern Gospel’s most lauded vocalists for more than three decades, having received 32 Singing News Fan Awards including 14 Favorite Soloist honors. He was lead singer for the Dove Award-winning quartet Gold City from 1983–1993 during which time he recorded the now-classic “Midnight Cry.” As a solo artist, he has released 16 recordings and five DVDs, along with being featured in 32 best-selling Gaither Homecoming videos. His #1 Southern Gospel radio singles include “Hit The Ground Running” and “I Choose.” Parker’s 16th solo recording, Dancing In The Rain, released last year on the Difference Media label.

Ivan Parker Wins Singing News Fan Award And Continues Success On Radio

Ivan Parker

One of the largest independent Christian music companies in the world and a household name for millions of fans, GAITHER MUSIC GROUP is known worldwide for its award-winning and top-selling CD and DVD recordings, including the Gaither Gospel Series, of which 133 products have been certified gold, platinum or multi-platinum. These recordings, which encompass more than 177 video copyrights, showcase gospel music pioneers, many of the finest performers in the gospel genre, up-and-coming acts and country artists including The Oak Ridge Boys, Jimmy Fortune, Joey+Rory, Alabama, George Jones, Vince Gill and others. The Gaither brand of artists and products topped the Billboard Year-End Chart of Music Video Sales Labels for 2000, 2011, 2014 and 2015. Founder and recording artist Bill Gaither is a 6-time GRAMMY® Award winner and a recipient of over 41 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards.

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Joey Feek’s Solo Debut, If Not For You, To Be Released

Written by Staff on March 9, 2017 – 3:49 pm -

Joey Feek’s Solo Debut, If Not For You, To Be Released

Joey Feek’s Solo Debut, If Not For You, To Be Released

Originally recorded in 2005, the Rory Feek-produced album includes memories and stories from the singer and her family
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – March 9, 2017 — The solo album debut from Joey Feek, one half of GRAMMY®-winning country music duo Joey+Rory, will finally be widely available. If Not For You will be released on April 7, 2017, through Gaither Music Group/Farmhouse Recordings, including a special edition that features a 48-page booklet of photos, memories and stories penned by Joey, her family and husband, Rory.
Recorded in 2005 and produced by her husband, Rory Feek, and Bill McDermott, the 12-song collection features her original rendition of “That’s Important to Me,” which would later be a charting single by Joey+Rory. Though recorded years before the duo would achieve widespread success, the songs and their lyrics speak volumes about the woman whose life touched the hearts of millions.

Joey Feek’s Solo Debut, If Not For You, To Be Released

Joey Feek’s Solo Debut, If Not For You, To Be Released

“[The album is] filled with songs that spoke to her and, even more, spoke volumes about her. About what’s most important to her. The lyrics of this record made it clear who she was and who she wanted to be,” Rory said in the album’s booklet. “Yes, her voice might have changed a bit in time, but her character was already rock-solid.”

Joey Feek album brings new songs to fans

The couple captured the hearts of many with their faith-filled approach to Joey’s cancer battle and preparation for her passing in March 2016, though they had just been married three years when this album was recorded. If Not For You features cameo appearances from her parents and their daughter Heidi Feek, as well as “Have I Told You Lately That I Love You,” the song that brought Joey and Rory together. It also includes a tribute to her late brother Justin — the song “See You There.” Originally titled Strong Enough to Cry in 2005, the album was released independently and made available at the duo’s shows and on their website.
In the past few years, countless people have followed the couple’s journey on Rory’s blog, This Life I Live, as they welcomed their daughter Indiana and Joey battled cancer. Gaining attention as finalists on CMT’s “Can You Duet” in 2008, the duo went on to release eight albums, winning a GRAMMY® Award for Best Roots Gospel Album for Hymns (Gaither Music Group/Farmhouse Recordings) last month. Recorded in hotel rooms as Joey received treatment, the album features songs of faith and was released in February 2016, a month before Joey passed away at age 40.

Joey Feek Dream Comes True / Heaven

Joey Feek

If Not For You will be exclusively distributed by Capitol Christian Distributon and Universal Music. It will be available throughout general market stores and the Christian marketplace and through online retailers including iTunes, Amazon, Target, and The recording will also be available at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store®.
For further information regarding Joey+Rory, visit or follow or Twitter @joeyandrory.

If Not For You – CD Song Listing:
1. Intro (Have I Told You Lately That I Love You)
2. Strong Enough to Cry
3. That’s Important to Me
4. When the Needle Hit the Vinyl
5. Nothing to Remember
6. The Cowboy’s Mine
7. If Not for You
8. Southern Girl
9. Red
10. Like a Rodeo
11. See You There
12. Old Paint
(Produced by Rory Feek and Bill McDermott)

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Exodus Announces “A Night of Praise” an Anniversary Celebration, in Gadsden, Alabama

Written by Staff on March 9, 2017 – 3:29 pm -

Exodus Announces “A Night of Praise" an Anniversary Celebration, in Gadsden, Alabama

Exodus Announces “A Night of Praise” an Anniversary Celebration, in Gadsden, Alabama

Concert Features: Inspirations, Barry Rowland and Deliverance, Troy Burns Family, Exodus and Emcee Pat Barker
Gadsden, Alabama – Fast rising gospel group, Exodus recently announced “A Night of Praise”, an Anniversary Celebration. The event will be held at the Church at Wills Creek, (formerly Crosspoint) in Gadsden, Alabama on Saturday, April 29th, at 6:00 pm. The concert will feature long time favorites The Inspirations, Barry Rowland and Deliverance, the Troy Burns Family, host group, Exodus, and emcee Pat Barker.

“A Night of Praise” will celebrate the fifth anniversary of the ministry of Exodus. Admission to the event is free, as a thank you gift to the community. A love offering will be accepted to support the ministries of the groups that are participating.

Susan Brady of Exodus said, “We’re celebrating 5 years of ministry! We’ve made so many great friends along the way and want to share this special evening with you, our friends and family. Please accept our invitation, save the date, and celebrate with us. You won’t be disappointed!”

Exodus Announces “A Night of Praise" an Anniversary Celebration, in Gadsden, AlabamaThe Inspirations are no stranger to Gadsden, and have been a part of some of the largest concerts held there. Troy Burns, of the Troy Burns Family was a founding member of the Inspirations and sang and toured with them for over 30 years.

Emcee Pat Barker is a native of the area, and is well known as a former member of the Dixie Echoes, and the Mark Trammel Quartet. He is currently a member of the Second Half Quartet, as well as a popular soloist. Barry Rowland and Deliverance is a fan favorite everywhere they perform and host group, Exodus has quickly became known as one of gospel’s fast rising groups with charting songs, a new CD project, high profile events, and TV appearances.

When asked about this special event, Tammy Burns, of the Troy Burns Family said “Troy and I love Exodus and especially the people who make up the group. From the first time we met, we became friends. One thing that can be said about them is that they are the ‘real deal’. They have such a heart for worship and that’s what they want at the Night of Praise in April. We are privileged to share the stage with them, The Inspirations, Barry Rowland and Deliverance, and Pat Barker.”

For friends coming from out of town, discount hotel rooms (only $79.00 per night, plus tax) are available by calling Comfort Suites at (256) 538-5770 and mentioning the Night of Praise. More information can be found at or by calling (256) 438-9944.

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Nathan Kistler: Hope to the Hill

Written by Staff on March 9, 2017 – 3:19 pm -

Nathan Kistler. #30DaysOfPrayer. Chaplain Black

Nathan Kistler

January 2017 – Hope to the Hill

We are just a few days away from Inauguration Day. The world will have its eyes on the city of Washington, D.C. and we will be there trying to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with all those who are attending.

We have partnered with Seedline International to bring a special Inauguration Day John and Romans booklet to the city of Washington. God’s Word is powerful and can change the hearts and minds of people. No matter what side of the aisle one may be on, God loves you and we want to share this news.

Day 24 of 30 Days of Prayer: Michele Bachmann

Dave and Nathan Kistler.

We ask that you pray for this endeavor, that God would provide the funds needed and that He would bless the disbursement of His Word. We also ask that you pray for our leaders that God would protect them during this transition of power. Pray for their hearts to be softened by the Word of God. We need leaders who will make known our need for repentance and a Holy God. Our nation’s future depends on what God’s people would do in the coming days.

I wanted to share a little story with you from a month ago or so. I was at a pastors’ town hall event on the Hill where many members of Congress stopped by and shared what God is doing in their lives. It was a glorious time of prayer and singing that evening on the floor of the United States’ Senate!
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Surrendered Releases New Single, “You Don’t Know the Half of It”

Written by Staff on March 9, 2017 – 3:18 pm -

Surrendered Song Written by Award Winning Songwriter, Dianne Wilkinson



Gadsden, Alabama (February 23, 2017) Fresh on the heels of their top 40 hit, “I’ve Been to the Well,” gospel trio, Surrendered, has released “You Don’t Know the Half of It,” to radio stations nationwide. The song was written by top songwriter, Dianne Wilkinson, and distributed by Jan Puryear Promotions.

“When we heard, “You Don’t Know the Half of It,” we knew this was a song that would resonate with listeners, just like it did all of us in the group,” said Russell Wise of Surrendered. “Dianne Wilkinson has been one of gospel’s top songwriters for years and we are all excited to share this song in concert, and on radio,” he concluded.

Dianne Wilkinson writes new song for Surrendered

Dianne Wilkinson

Dianne Wilkinson added, “Some time back, I heard an expression we have all used when we’re trying to convey something of great excitement or magnitude…”You don’t know the HALF of it”! As often happens, even with something I’ve heard all my life, this time I thought to myself, “that applies to the glory of our afterlife as children of God like it applies to nothing else”! I knew I wanted to write it.” She continues, “If we had even a glimpse of it now, we couldn’t stand it. We’ll have to be in our glorified bodies to see that marvelous “other half” that God has waiting for us in eternity! I’m delighted that Surrendered has recorded this song and sent it to radio. We hope it will bless the saints, and make the unsaved want to go!”

Having just been blessed with back to back months in the Singing News Top 40 Southern Gospel Charts, Surrendered is quick to give credit to God for his blessings. “There is no way to say thank you enough for the amazing support from our family, friends, DJ’s, promoters and our agent. All the credit goes to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. ITS ALL GOD!”

To learn more about Surrendered, click here. For booking information, contact Michael Davis at the Dominion Agency.

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News from The Bates Family

Written by scoopsnews on March 8, 2017 – 2:31 pm -

Bates Family And A to Z Entertainment Reach Booking Agreement…

The Bates Family have reached a booking agreement with A to Z Entertainment out of Knoxville, TN. effective immediately. Tim Bates stated ” We have been working on this diligently since the end of November of 2016 when we were approached, and now we are elated that it has finally come to fruition. This is an exciting time for us and we are grateful for this wonderful opportunity to be a part of the A to Z artist roster in their Christian music division.”

A spokes person from A to Z stated ” We are pleased to be partnered with such a wonderful and talented family. I believe that they will be a great fit for the community of churches and fair and festivals events that we represent each year. We are proud to welcome The Bates Family to our family of artists” A to Z Entertainment is a multifaceted agency representing a wide range of artists and have been in business for over 25yrs. For more information to book the Bates Family call (865)-262-8565

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