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Gaither Vocal Band: Gaither clan relies on teammates

Written by Staff on October 22, 2015 – 5:25 pm -

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Latest additions to the Vocal Band are having “the time of their lives”

Todd Suttles has a background in athletics. In fact, the Gaither Vocal Band baritone singer has been around athletes his entire life. Therefore, it’s not surprising that he has a unique way of referring to Bill Gaither. To Suttles, Gaither is “Coach.”

“I’m part of a team now,” Suttles says. “I was a coach so long. I miss the coaching aspect of having someone you know who has the best interest for you and best interest of what is going on.

“Bill coaches us. He coaches me through every song I sing. We put ourselves in all of these songs.”

GVB-photoSuttles worked at Vanderbilt University for 21 years, serving as the strength and conditioning coordinator for all of the university’s athletic programs for nine years.“I coached for a while,” Suttles points out. “Being in the organization I was in at Vanderbilt, you see a lot people.

“This is beyond … it’s a God thing. I have a brotherhood, a trustworthy aspect. It’s amazing that these people are real. Bill is grounded. I know grounded people, how they treat people, how they think, how they make decisions. When he said, ‘Todd, I would want you on my team even if you couldn’t hit the ball’ … that was something. Adam is from Kentucky. I’m from Georgia. David is from Texas. Wes is really from Tennessee. We talk about everyday stuff. Heartfelt listening is what we do. How do we treat people? That’s one of the songs on the project … ‘Sow Mercy.’ It’s life-changing. It’s a positive aspect. Bill is teaching us on stage. He loves the people out there. Bill is an everyday person. He’s the same person on stage and off stage.”

Gaither does have some athletic interests.“Bill loves basketball … the Pacers (Indiana’s National Basketball Association franchise),” Suttles notes. “We talk basketball.”

Though he remained on staff at Vanderbilt after joining the Gaither Vocal Band, Suttles recently decided to step away from that chapter of his life and devote himself fully to the group.“It was a little bit of a tough decision,” Suttles admits. “You go through and look at stuff in life. It’s choosing what to hold on to and what to let go of. I’ve been there 21 years. I have a thing called Camp Vandy (a youth program for children age 4-13). It’s great. It’s flourishing.

“God is taking care of me. I wanted to choose this day who I’m going to serve. I’ve served Vanderbilt for a while. Now, I just feel like He’s leading me in one direction. I want to give everything I can to God. I’m giving my life.”

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Gerald Crabb Gospel Music Fest hosts Jason Crabb, Adam Crabb and more

Written by Staff on September 25, 2015 – 6:56 am -

Gerald and Jason Crabb

Gerald and Jason Crabb

SGN Scoops was thrilled to be a part of the second annual Gerald Crabb Gospel Music Fest held in the North Georgia Trade and Convention Center this

Jason

Jason

past July. From Wednesday, July 8, through Sunday, July 12, fans were treated to great music, amazing vocalists, uplifting worship and wonderful fellowship.

Gerald and Adam Crabb, Terah Crabb Penhollow

Gerald and Adam Crabb, Terah Crabb Penhollow

The Gospel Fest started with a bang as many of the artists gathered at Heritage Park in Dalton, Georgia, on Wednesday night for a Crabb cookout, prepared and served by Alisa Asbury and her family. Some of the musicians got out their guitars and had a Gospel jam session. What a great time of singing!

The evening concerts of the Gospel Music Fest were a delight for audience and artist alike. Host of the weekend, Gerald Crabb, welcomed various family members to the stage. His daughter Terah Crabb Penhollow appeared, along with Adam, Jason, and Jason’s daughters Ashleigh and Emma

Gerald and Jason Crabb

Gerald and Jason Crabb

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Award-winning Tenor DAVID PHELPS Takes His All-NEW Recording FREEDOM to the Stage for a LIVE DVD

Written by Staff on September 23, 2015 – 4:07 pm -

unnamedNew Performance DVD Features Guest Appearances from the Gaither Vocal Band and Charlotte Ritchie

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—September 14th, 2015–GRAMMY®-nominated, classically-trained tenor David Phelps has just released an all-new DVD entitled Freedom (Gaither Music Group) featuring the songs from his latest recording, Freedom.

Recorded in The Phelps’ barn just south of Nashville, Tennessee, and produced by Phelps, the LIVE concert DVD captures the powerhouse vocals one might expect from this three-octave, “who’s who of vocalists,” who was backed by a nine-piece band in addition to background vocals from acclaimed recording artist Charlotte Ritchie and his daughters, Callie and Maggie Beth.

Phelps also brought to the stage reverent, acoustic moments portraying some of the down-home musical styles found on the companion Freedom audio recording. Whether sitting at the piano singing a vulnerable lyric such as “What I Need Is You,” penned by him, or energizing the crowd with the driving, country-flavored “Little White Church” or performing his own rendition of the gospel music classic “We Shall Behold Him,” he poured himself into the evening, invigorated by an enthusiastic crowd of friends and longtime fans.

Those audience members were delighted to hear “Water,” a new song penned by Gloria Gaither and Phelps, sung as a duet of David and daughter Maggie Beth; and the room cheered as the rest of the Gaither Vocal Band–Bill Gaither, Wes Hampton, Adam Crabb and Todd Suttles–took the stage to join Phelps for the toe-tapper “When We All Get Together with the Lord.”

Phelps’ vibrato rang out on the title cut of the new video, Freedom, as well as the stirring ballad written by Phelps for his daughter’s graduation ceremony, “Your Time Will Come,” which featured the Bethel University Drum Corps from McKenzie, Tennessee. Vocal Authority, also from Bethel University, was on hand to join Phelps throughout the evening, lending their poignant sound to the project’s arrangements.

The evening ended in celebration as the entire audience followed Phelps, his band, choir and drum corps down the aisle and out the front door, singing and clapping to his soulful, Cajun-based adaptation of the gospel music standard “When the Saints Go Marching In.”

Phelps, one of the most recognized artists on the Gaither HOMECOMING Series, sat down with longtime friend and mentor Bill Gaither for a behind-the-scenes interview for the video which will be positioned heavily at retail, via catalog placements and through a direct TV campaign, beginning this month on networks including Dish TV, DIRECTV, AT&T Uverse, PBS, GaitherTV, TBN, FamilyNet, CTN, GMTN, Guardian, Liberty, RFD, TCT and TLN. The campaign will also air in Canada on Vision TV, The Miracle Channel, Grace TV and CTS.

Freedom is distributed through Capitol Christian Distribution and is now available throughout general market stores and the Christian marketplace in addition to online retailers including iTunes, Amazon and www.gaither.com.

For a preview of the new DVD visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9bE-FEiVEA.

For further information regarding David Phelps, please visit www.davidphelps.com, www.facebook.com/davidphelps or @DPhelpsMusic.

Freedom DVD Song List:
01. I’m Coming Home
02. Who Do You Say That I Am
03. Rain
04. Ghost Town (Freedom)
05. Little White Church
06. Ain’t No Grave
07. Heaven’s Shore
08. Doxology (Featuring the Phelps’ children)
09. The Lily
10. Holy (Sanctus)
11. Revelation Song (Featuring Charlotte Ritchie)
12. If You See My Savior (Featuring Charlotte Ritchie w/ Maggie Beth and Callie Phelps)
13. Water (Duet with Maggie Beth Phelps)
14. When We All Get Together With The Lord (Featuring the Gaither Vocal Band)
15. Your Time Will Come
16. What I Need Is You
17. We Shall Behold Him
18. When The Saints Go Marching In

ABOUT DAVID PHELPS
David Phelps is blessed with a vocal instrument unlike any other. The multi-platinum artist first entered the national spotlight when he joined the Gaither Vocal Band and has since performed at Carnegie Hall, the White House and many other halls and churches around the world. Phelps has won two GRAMMY® Awards and four GMA DOVE Awards. His latest work, Freedom, showcases his talents as a singer, songwriter, arranger and producer. Phelps lives outside of Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife, Lori, and four children: Callie, Maggie Beth, David Grant and Coby.


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Gerald Crabb Gospel Music Fest 2015

Written by Staff on July 12, 2015 – 12:11 pm -

Gerald and Jason Crabb

Gerald and Jason Crabb

Dalton, GA (July 13,2015) – SGN Scoops was thrilled to be a part of the

The Hinson Family

The Hinson Family

second annual Gerald Crabb Gospel Music Fest held in the North Georgia Trade and Convention Center this past weekend. from Thursday night through Sunday, fans were treated to great music, amazing vocalists, uplifting worship and wonderful fellowship.

Gerald, Adam Crabb, Terah Penhollow

Gerald, Adam Crabb, Terah Penhollow

Artists appearing included Gerald Crabb, his sons Jason and Adam, and his daughter Terah Crabb Penhollow. Wilburn and Wilburn, Brian Free and Assurance, The Freemans and The Hinson Family also delighted the audience. Read more »


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This Week on Good News Music Radio with Woody Wright

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on March 27, 2015 – 12:01 pm -

Good News Music Radio with Woody Wright

Good News Music Radio with Woody Wright

This week’s program on “Good News Music Radio with Woody Wright” features Part 2 of our interview with R.W. Blackwood and music from The Palmetto State Quartet, Lynda Randle, Rachel West Kramer, Buddy Greene, The Blackwood Singers, The Isaacs, Adam Crabb, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, The Booth Brothers, Patsy Cline and MORE!

Tune-in to one of the stations listed on our site or listen online for an hour of great gospel music, inspiring ministry and fun with Woody Wright and D. Scott Kramer at:
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This Week on Good News Music Radio with Woody Wright

Written by Staff on March 2, 2015 – 10:56 am -

unnamedThis week’s program on “Good News Music Radio with Woody Wright” features Part 3 of our interview with Adam Crabb and music from The Hoppers, Guy Penrod, The Martins, The Nelons, Woody & Vonnie Wright, The Collingsworth Family and MORE!

Tune-in to one of the stations listed on our site or listen online for an hour of great gospel music, inspiring ministry and fun with Woody Wright and D. Scott Kramer at:

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Adam Crabb on this week’s Good News Music Radio with Woody Wright

Written by Staff on February 22, 2015 – 7:09 am -

unnamedThis week’s program on “Good News Music Radio with Woody Wright” features Part 2 of our interview with Adam Crabb and music from The Booth Brothers, Wes Hampton, Legacy Five, The Collingsworth Family, Vince Gill, The Isaacs and MORE!

Tune-in to one of the stations listed on our site or listen online for an hour of great gospel music, inspiring ministry and fun with Woody Wright and D. Scott Kramer at: 

http://GoodNewsMusicRadio.com/

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GAITHER VOCAL BAND Release All-new Recording

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on October 10, 2014 – 12:47 pm -

Gaither Vocal Band

Gaither Vocal Band

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—October 10th, 2014GRAMMY® Award-winning, Gospel Music Association (GMA) Hall of Fame-honored quintet the Gaither Vocal Band is scheduled to release an all-new recording, available everywhere on October 14th.  Sometimes It Takes a Mountain (Gaither Music Group), produced by award-winning group members Bill Gaither and David Phelps along with Ben Isaacs (Oak Ridge Boys, The Isaacs), is the debut release from the quintet’s recently updated line-up which features Bill Gaither, David Phelps, Wes Hampton, Adam Crabb and Todd Suttles.
According to Gaither, Adam Crabb and Todd Suttles, the group’s newest members, are not only fitting right into this classic group but adding their own vocal styles, giving the Gaither Vocal Band a fresh sound unlike any it has previously offered.
“This recording is very special to me for a number of reasons,” describes Gaither.  “There is a mixture of vocal textures in this current group that the Vocal Band has never known before:  the classical sound David Phelps brings to the group; the rich, new bass/baritone tones in Todd Suttles’ voice; those smooth, golden tones Wes Hampton brings to the mix; and the passionate, soulful sounds of Adam Crabb…then throw me in there, whatever that is!  What can I say? I’m blessed. I feel fortunate to be on the same bus as these great singers.”
These great singers are showcased on a recording written by some of gospel music’s most respected songwriters including Bill and Gloria Gaither, Mosie Lister, Michael W. Smith, Gerald Crabb, Thomas A. Dorsey and Reba Rambo-McGuire and Dony McGuire, among others.
“There have been a lot of treatments of Mosie Lister’s great old tune ‘Happy Rhythm,’ but I am very partial to our 1950s ‘Jerry Lee Lewis-style’ treatment,” explains Gaither.
That arrangement finds these vocal powerhouses combining traditional quartet harmonies with hints of “doo-wop.” Gordon Mote, one of Music Row’s award-winning musicians, added some catchy, ivory-tickling to round out this “sing-along” number.
As Gaither Vocal Band listeners have come to expect, Sometimes It Takes a Mountain contains epic tunes including the bellowing “Resurrection,” “The Night Before Easter,” “Written in Red” and “We Are Coming Home at Last,” which contains a Civil War-styled treatment that “make it the new ‘I Surrender All,’” according to Gaither.
Crabb’s acclaimed vocals are highlighted on the recording’s first radio single, “Sometimes It Takes a Mountain.” “[This song] shakes the very foundation of all of us controlling types who think we have everything under control,” explains Gaither.  “I believe this song has an important message to which many folks out there can relate.”
The guys have some fun with songs like “Jesus Gave Me Water,” “That’s When the Angels Rejoice” and “When Fear Comes Knocking,” all of which offer that signature blend and approach that has for years given this legendary group a “sound all their own.”
That sound will be featured on a TV campaign which will air on PBS, Dish TV, DirecTV, AT&T Uverse, GaitherTV, TBN, RFD, FamilyNet, CTN, GMTN, Guardian, Liberty, TCT and TLN.  It will air in Canada on Vision TV, CTS, The Miracle Channel and Hope TV.
Sometimes It Takes a Mountain, exclusively distributed by Capitol Christian Distribution, will be available throughout general market stores and the Christian marketplace in addition to online retailers including iTunes, Amazon and www.gaither.com, where it is available now.
The Gaither Vocal Band will be on tour from now through the end of the year and will be a highlight of the Gaither Homecoming Christmas Tour.  A list of tour dates can be found at www.gaither.com.
For further information regarding the Gaither Vocal Band and/or Sometimes It Takes a Mountain, including a video preview with a sampling of music from the CD, visit www.gaither.com or connect on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gaithermusic or on Twitter: @gaithermusic.
To hear some of the music from Sometimes It Takes a Mountain, visit:

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Gospel Music Today On SGNScoops.com

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on February 3, 2014 – 9:49 am -

Adam Crabb is the guest on Gospel Music Today for the week of February 2. Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates, the Feature Group is New Road, and Jean reviews a new recording by Carter Crossing. An article entitled “Looking Back” is the subject of this week’s Singing News Notes. Ben Jam and The Bowling Family sing, and the show includes exclusive video of HisSong, recorded by Gospel Music Today’s cameras at Vian Baptist Church, in Vian, OK, and a visit to the Gospel Music Today Archives for an exclusive concert video of Heaven’s Echoes.

The show is on KWHB TV47 in Oklahoma every Sunday at 4:30 PM, and on Roku on FFE TV Monday at 8:00 PM and AllNations TV Tuesday and Wednesday at 6:30 PM. Check local TV schedule for Beaumont, TX, Tyler, TX. Atlanta, TX, and Morrilton, AR.


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ONE MORE TIME! CRABB FAMILY REUNITES FOR FINAL 2014 REUNION APPEARANCE

Written by SGN Scoops on February 3, 2014 – 6:29 am -

Global Promotions, (Spartanburg, SC) – The Crabb Family – Jason, Adam, Aaron, Kelly & Terah – will reunite for their final Crabb Family Reunion 2014 tour date on March 8, 2014 in Spartanburg, SC at the Spartanburg crabb reunionExpo & Convention Center. The entire family is excited to be able to get together once again and sing all of the great songs that audiences around the globe have grown to love over the years. They are also looking forward to seeing and talking to all of their many friends.  Paul Pitts of Global Promotions said “As much as the Crabb Family loves to come together, it is much harder today because of the demanding schedule that each have independently – Jason has many commitments/tours – Aaron starting a new church – Adam joining the Gaither Vocal Band – Kelly touring with the Bowlings and making a movie, and Terah being a stay at home mom. But, they are truly excited and looking forward to their last stop at the Carolina Reunion.”

Also joining the family for this Reunion will be special Guest Mike Bowling.

You can’t miss this special night as the Crabb Family – backed by an amazing band – performs hit after hit after hit and ministers in a way that only they can.

The Crabb Family Carolina Reunion will be on March 8th at the Spartanburg Expo & Convention Center in Spartanburg, South Carolina.  For out of town guests, call the Hampton Inn/Greenville-Spartanburg I85 at 864-486-8100 and ask for the Crabb Family Reunion special rate. The concert begins at 6PM with doors opening at 5PM. To be a part of this great event, call 855-399-1899 or go to www.globalpromo.org to get your $20 advance tickets.

Photo Courtesy- Dallas Chip Woods


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