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Bluegrass Trio Comprised of Rhonda Vincent, Lizzy Long and Sally Berry Featured on New Song 100 Years in the Making

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on June 19, 2019 – 3:51 pm -

Bluegrass Trio Comprised of Rhonda Vincent, Lizzy Long and Sally Berry Featured on New Song 100 Years in the Making

Bluegrass Trio Comprised of Rhonda Vincent, Lizzy Long and Sally Berry Featured on New Song 100 Years in the Making

Nashville, TN  – From a beloved songwriting legend, and featuring three of today’s sweetest Bluegrass voices, StowTown Records has released the song Beside the Cross” to radio. Rhonda Vincent, Lizzy Long and Sally Berry could not produce a better blend to complement the lyrics of Fanny J. Crosby (1820-1915) and the songwriting collaboration of Wayne Haun, Jeff Bumgardner and Joel Lindsey.

When StowTown Records was offered the opportunity to look through a treasure trove of incomplete lyrics by the late hymnist, they were thrilled. Fanny Crosby, known for hymns such as “Blessed Assurance,” “Tell Me the Story of Jesus” and “Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior,” was the most prolific songwriter of her time, having completed over 8,000 hymns in addition to numerous songs of various genres.

This particular song, “Beside the Cross,” easily lent itself to a Bluegrass feel, and producer Wayne Haun knew that Rhonda, Lizzy & Sally were the perfect fit for the completed song. “It was such an honor for us to be asked to complete a work from one of the greatest writers in history,” reflects Haun. “When you couple that with these three extraordinary voices, the end result is stunning. I know Fanny Crosby would be proud.”


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Beyond the Song: The Browns become “Brave”

Written by Staff on June 18, 2019 – 3:11 pm -

The Browns

The Browns

 

For this edition of Beyond The Song, Jantina de Haan-Baksteen talked to Michaela Brown of The Browns about their single “Brave.”

The Browns are a singing family who are no strangers to Southern gospel. Mother Shelly Brown is joined by her daughter Michaela and sons Adam and Andrew. They are incredible violin artists and reside in Iowa, where they are farmers and also own a theatre in their hometown.

1. Who wrote the incredible message of “Brave?”

“Brave” was penned by gifted songwriters Scott Inman and Lee Black.

2. What album is this song on?

It will be on an upcoming album that is in the works, but will probably come out in 2020.

3. What is the message you want to share with your audience?

I think this song will bring a powerful message for young and old. Today we are living in a day and age where we need strength to stand up for the truth, for the message of the Gospel, and our God gives us that strength when we ask.

The Browns record with Stowtown Records.

As the song was cowritten by Scott Inman, Jantina contacted him to discover why he wrote this song with Lee Black.

Scott shared, ”I was thinking about this world and how times are changing. Some things are positive changes and some are negatve changes that causing some to question their faith and compromise their beliefs and convctions. I wanted to write a song that reminds that we are more than conquerors through Christ and we should have our full armour on and be brave in these times when our beliefs are being questioned and persecuted. We need to be strong in the faith and ready.”

Scott continued, “I took this idea to Lee Black and we wrote what I feel is a great and timely song, that the Browns perform incredibly well”.

Thanks to Micheala Brown and Scott Inman for providing this information and assisting us to go Beyond the Song.

 

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The McKameys’ The Crown debuts at #1 on Billboard chart

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on June 18, 2019 – 8:01 am -

The McKameys' The Crown debuts at #1 on Billboard chart

The McKameys’ The Crown debuts at #1 on Billboard chart

Arden, North Carolina  — Beloved Southern Gospel group The McKameys have claimed the #1 spot on the Billboard Southern Gospel chart with The Crown, their 54th album. The Crown also sits at #9 on Billboard’s Contemporary Christian Music Chart and #11 on Billboard’s Top Christian/Gospel Albums chart.

“All we can say is wow! Who would have ever thought this would happen to us?” says Ruben Bean of The McKameys. “We are truly surprised and thankful to God for all He is doing with this project. What a pleasant surprise!”

In a way like no other, The McKameys have brought their anointed message of faithfulness and the power of the Gospel to the world, with the most #1 hits in Southern Gospel history, a dedicated following and unquestionable faith in the Lord.

The Crown, from Horizon Recordscomes as these legacy artists announce they will no longer be touring full-time after this fall.

“From the mountain sounds of ‘Go Back And Pray’ to the classic sounds of ‘You Must Be Born Again’; with ‘From Dust To Glory,’ the story of every Christian, to the reminder that ‘God Is Good,’ and all the songs in between…God has surely put His touch on this project and we are grateful!” The McKameys say.

Listen to The Crown HERE.


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Les Butler and Friends: Earl Wheeler of the Marksmen Quartet

Written by Staff on June 17, 2019 – 6:08 pm -

Earle Wheeler and the Marksmen Quartet

I’ve known Earl Wheeler, and his son Mark, for nearly 40 years. Earl has stood the test of time. Through decades of changing musical styles, he has planted a flag in the ground that says, “I ain’t changing!”

 

Earl Wheeler

Earl Wheeler

Earl still sings and teaches shaped notes, and has attended the same church for nearly 80 years. The Marksmen Quartet sounds like a Southern gospel quartet with bluegrass instrumentation. When you hear Earl and the Marksmen today, it’s like taking a time machine back 50, 60 or even 70 years. I’m proud to introduce you to my friend, Earl Wheeler.

 

Les Butler: What is your earliest musical memory?

Earl Wheeler:  In 1946, Wahoo Baptist church ran a bus to Lyman Hall School where they held the Stamps Baxter singing school. I went for two weeks. Wahoo Baptist also had singing schools from 1946 into the 60’s. They taught voice, theory, piano, etc.

 

Earl Wheeler of the Marksmen QuartetButler: Did you grow up in a musical family?

Wheeler: Yes, everybody in the family could sing and my granddaddy was Georgia’s champion banjo player two years in a row. My mom played guitar and sang alto, and my dad played guitar and French harp, and he pastored until he was 82. My other grandpa played a harmonica and all of my cousins sang and played.

Butler: How long have you been singing, and do you recall the first time your ever sang in public?

Wheeler: It would have been 1944 or 1945. Granddaddy sat me on a piano stool and said, “Sang, boy!” And I remember thinking I’m a singer now. I believe that’s what I was born to do…sing. The first group I ever sang with was in our church. We had a quartet and had a radio show in Gainesville, Georgia. I did some recording and traveling with a group called the Gospel Hearts Trio in the early 60’s. We were Southern gospel; three singers and a piano player.

 

Butler: Early on, were you more of a Southern gospel fan or a Bluegrass gospel fan?

Wheeler: Both, because I listened to the Blue Ridge Quartet on a radio station in Spartanburg, S.C. and Carl Story and the Ramblin’ Mountaineers on a Knoxville, Tenn. station. We didn’t have a TV when I was growing up, so I would go to my bedroom and listen to the radio and read. I ended up being friends with Carl. When the Marksmen recorded for K-Tel records, we recorded a Carl Story song. We sold tons of those albums and he liked getting those checks!

 

Earle Wheeler and the Marksmen QuartetButler: When did you start the Marksmen quartet, and were they originally a Southern gospel quartet or a Bluegrass quartet? If it started as a Southern gospel quartet, what happened to change your musical style?

Wheeler: I started the Marksmen in the fall of 1967. We were a Southern gospel quartet; four guys and a piano. Around 1977, our son Mark played guitar, and we had a piano player quit one weekend and we sang with just the guitar and bass. Our tenor singer said he used to play mandolin in a Bluegrass band, so we never went back to a piano

 

Butler: Your son Mark is a master musician. Do you play any instruments?  

Wheeler: I play a little guitar and bass.

 

Butler: Give me your all-star quartet, filled with your favorite singers on each vocal part.

Wheeler: My all-star quartet would be James Sego on lead, Steve Gulley on tenor, Jack Laws on baritone and Ray Dean Reese on bass. James Sego could really get to singing and it looked like he was riding a horse. We used to sing a lot with the Kingsmen.

 

Butler: What is your favorite song and why?

Wheeler: “Oh, Happy Day” (the page 86 in the red book version) because it says it was a happy day when Jesus washed my sins away…and it was.

 

Earl WheelerButler: You teach shape note singing. When and where did you learn and how is it going today?

Wheeler: (I learned at) Stamps Baxter singing schools. It does well when you can get people to listen long enough to learn it. We are teaching it at our Marksmen Mountain Music camps and a lot of young people are catching on.

 

Butler: When you’re not singing, what are you doing?

Wheeler: (I’m working) with my cows and my VW beetles, and eating my wife Shirley’s cooking. She cooks the best biscuits I know of.

 

Butler: How much longer do you see yourself traveling?

Wheeler: (Until) I can’t do it any longer.

 

Butler: Give us a brief testimony…

Wheeler: I had struggled with my salvation for about eight years (until) finally on August 10th, 1956 the Lord saved me in the morning service of a revival meeting, in the choir at Wahoo Baptist Church.

Les Butler

By Les Butler

First published by SGNScoops Magazine April 2019.

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3 Heath Brothers sign with Horizon Records

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on June 17, 2019 – 11:51 am -

3 Heath Brothers sign with Horizon Records

3 Heath Brothers sign with Horizon Records

Arden, North Carolina  – With tight harmonies, powerful vocals and a cappella arrangements, the 3 Heath Brothers have quickly become rising artists within gospel music, sharing the stage with artists like The Talleys, The Collingsworth Family, The Booth Brothers, The Hoppers, Greater Vision, Jeff & Sheri Easter, Karen Peck and New River.

Now, the trio has signed with Horizon Records and will begin recording their next album with Roger Talley as producer.

“We are so honored to be invited to join such a respected and successful recording label,” say the 3 Heath Brothers. “We look forward to a bright future with God’s help and the incredible Horizon/Crossroads team.”

Roger Talley adds, “When I first met the 3 Heath Brothers, I was impressed with their youthful excitement, their vocal ability, their creativity, and their great personalities. I’ve enjoyed working with them and getting to know their family. Their dad, Jonathan, and mom, Emily, have given them a great spiritual and musical foundation. Their appeal spans every generation from children to grandparents. I wanted to bring them to Crossroads to expose their unique talents and appeal to as many people as possible. This is the kind of music the world needs to hear!”

Greg Bentley with Horizon Records says the label is excited about what the future holds for these young, energetic and talented men.

“I’ve been keeping my eyes on the 3 Heath Brothers for a couple years now. I first heard of them through Roger Talley from a concert in Florida. Since then, they’ve been doing everything right in what we as a label look for,” says Bentley. “So when Roger asked me to step into a production meeting with them here at Crossroads one day, I realized just how talented and determined they are, and what a wonderful family they have been raised in. I knew it was time to invite them into our family of artists.”

Look for new music from the 3 Heath Brothers later this year.


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Former NBC and CBS Actor and Entertainer Randall Franks joins the cast of “The Crickets Dance”

Written by Staff on June 17, 2019 – 8:06 am -

Randall Franks will appear in "The Crickets Dance." (Photo: Randall Franks Media/Anna Ritch)

Randall Franks will appear in “The Crickets Dance.” (Photo: Randall Franks Media/Anna Ritch)

 

Randall Franks, former NBC, CBS and UPtv star, becomes the latest star to take on a role in the upcoming drama “The Crickets Dance.”

The film is based on the novel by author Deborah Robillard. Director Veronica Robledo, who wrote the screenplay, will shoot the film later this year.

Franks will appear in the 19th-century period role as “Dr. J.A. Anderson.”

“This is such an amazing story that blends the past and the present in a momentum that solidifies that love reaches far beyond the bonds that restrain us,” Franks said. “With love the wounds of our experience may be bound.”

The actor (www.RandallFranks.com), best known as “Officer Randy Goode” from TV’s “In the Heat of the Night,” starred in two other TV series and numerous films.

Franks is also a country music starknown for appearing for the Grand Ole Opry, CMA Fan Fair, the National Folk Festival, bluegrass festivals, fairs and as part of the National Quartet Convention All-Star Band.

His latest CD “Americana Youth of Southern Appalachia” including Americana, Bluegrass and Southern Gospel featuring 30 youth alongside him for charity catapulted to #1 on the APD Top 50 Albums Daily Chart June 11 and by 8 p.m. had solidified in the top spot on the June APD Top 50 Global Americana Charts.

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Franks joins Sandra Ellis Lafferty, Bill Oberst, Jr., Todd Maynor and Ashley Robillard in the “The Crickets Dance” in the fall of 2019 for filming. Like “The Crickets Dance” on Facebook.

For more information, about his latest CD visitwww.ShareAmericaFoundation.org, or find it on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon or CDBaby.

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The Crickets Dance by Deborah Robillard:

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Americana Youth of Southern Appalachia PSA:

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Memphis Quartet Show Highlights

Written by scoopsnews on June 16, 2019 – 9:52 am -

 

A great time was had by all at the Memphis Quartet Show!

Here are a few photos and a video of the Dove Brothers during a “wow” moment on Thursday night.

If you have never been to the Memphis Quartet Show, make plans to be there in 2020.

More info HERE

Photo Credit:

Two Sisters Southern Gospel Gazette

Ex Nihilo Media

           Video Credit: Diana Brantley

What an amazing crowd!

Checking out the booths!

“Scoot”

Hall of Famer, Randy Shelnut Photo Bomb by Josh Garner

The Mighty Kingsmen

Making Memphis, Tennessee Proud For many years, The Blackwood Brothers

Watch the Dove Brothers Below

 

 

 


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Rooted With Billy Huddleston

Written by scoopsnews on June 16, 2019 – 8:20 am -

Billy Huddleston

Billy Huddleston

“But my God shall supply all your need according to

His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19)

It was my first year in full-time ministry…

During my first year as a full-time evangelist, I was scheduled at a church in Michigan, and to be honest, the pastor and I just didn’t click. (He probably thought the same about me!) On the last day, I was tearing my equipment down when the pastor gave me an envelope. I knew it was my pay and I knew it wasn’t something you rip open and look at in front of the pastor. Later, when I opened the envelope, there was a check there for something like $90. Now folks, it’s not about money, but it took more than $90 to drive up to that church and it would take more than that to get me home. For the first time in that first year of ministry, the words of the “encouragers” came back to me, “You’re going to starve to death.”

I was frustrated.

I began to drive home from that part of Michigan to Cincinnati and when I came into the city limits, my car started to act up. At home, I looked at my finances to see what I had to spare and all I had was $100… but I knew what needed to be done. I took it to the dealership and walked to a shopping mall while they looked at my vehicle until the call came that they were finished. On my walk back, I saw something shimmer in the sunlight. It was a quarter on the sidewalk. I’m cheap, so I reached down, picked it up and put it in my pocket. Walked a little bit further and there was a penny laying there… I’m really cheap! I reached down, picked it up and put it in my pocket. By the time I made it to where the car was, I found one quarter and four pennies. At the cashier’s counter, the gentleman looked at me and said, “Mr. Huddleston, the charge for the servicing of your Toyota today is $100.29.” 

God has been faithful…   

When I think about the life I’m living and look back on what He has done, I realize that the past is a promise for tomorrow. When I see how He’s worked in my life there’s no reason to doubt the same God who was faithful yesterday will be faithful today and bring me through my present circumstance. That’s our God! And that’s your God!

 

 


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The Lesters need prayer

Written by Staff on June 15, 2019 – 4:30 pm -

The Lesters

The Lesters

The Lesters have requested prayer for Brian’s wife, Sandra. See this partial note from their Lestergram:

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

  ⁃  Philippians 4:6-7

Dear Friends,  

Our family has never taken lightly the fact that so many of you pray for us daily. Brian has said so many times from stage, “if nothing else, please pray for us”. And once again we are coming to you, as our brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ, asking for your prayers. 

Brian’s wife, Sandra, has been diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer and is starting treatments this week to begin her fight against this terrible disease. We hear the stories all the time. We know so many of you have been where we are right now. With that in mind, we covet your prayers…

 

For more of the letter from the Lesters, go to their Facebook page HERE.

Please join us in prayer for Sandra Lester.

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Weekend Word-With Vonda Armstrong “ Integrity”

Written by scoopsnews on June 15, 2019 – 9:05 am -

A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold. — Proverbs 22:1

In a business world where large profit seems to be the only objective, a commitment to having a good name is most commendable. 

The temptation to seek gold or silver (profit) as our top priority is the same today as it was in Solomon’s day. Greater profits may come by way of dishonest weights, selling a sick animal, falsifying records, and more. But when you get caught, your business will also be ruined.

Too often our testimony is negated by the way we do business. Too often we put a Christian symbol on our business card and yet deal dishonestly. Our good intentions and promises must be followed up with actions of integrity—in all we do. Christ’s name is at stake, not merely our reputation.

Jesus calls us to honesty. Honor­ing him, we can sing, “Lord, I lift your name on high,” and mean it. Are you honoring God in all you do?

 

Lord Jesus, empower us with your Holy Spirit so that we may live lives of integrity in all our relationships. We ask this in your name. Amen.

 


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