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PEOPLE.com EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: American Idol Alum, David Francisco Inspires with “LIONHEART” Lyric Video, Single Now Available

Written by Staff on April 26, 2019 – 10:08 am -

Release is 1 Day from Anniversary of Accident that Changed His Life, April 27
Inspirational Story of Overcoming Viewed by over 49 MILLION People
PEOPLE has the EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK at DAVID FRANCISCO‘s “LIONHEART” lyric video, today April 26, 2019. The date is significant – today is the day before the three-year-anniversary of the near-fatal accident that almost took his life, April 27.
David– whose story inspired MILLIONS on the hit show, American Idol– hopes this song and video will inspire others to discoveir their own ‘lionheart’ inside of them.
David moved to Nashville, TN in 2016 to pursue his dreams of music. Three weeks after his move, on April 26, 2016, his world was shattered. While on his bicycle, David was t-boned by a distracted driver who ran a red light. The impact launched his body toward the windshield of the driver and his face smacked into the windshield glass. His back snapped, his spinal cord was severely damaged and his left forearm was torn open.
David was paralyzed. The next year consisted of intense, full-time physical therapy and rehabilitation – focusing all his efforts on gaining any possible mobility.
David Francisco

David Francisco

He returned to Nashville in 2017, enrolling in and graduating from Blackbird Academy Professional Audio School. Later in 2017, David auditioned forAmerican Idol. His story moved MILLIONS to tears – including judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Byan – with his determination, passion, forgiving spirit and kindness.

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Phil Stacey To Perform At Creekside Gospel Music Convention This Month

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on October 11, 2012 – 12:21 pm -

Seattle, WA (October 11, 2012) – Coastal Media Group and SGN Scoops are excited
to announce the addition of vocalist Phil Stacey to the line-up of artists scheduled to
appear at Creekside Gospel Music Convention, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The Christian
recording artist and American Idol finalist will be performing at the Diamond Awards
Celebration on October 30, 2012.

“I’m honored to be participating in the Diamond Awards,” says Stacey. “It’s just a great
opportunity to thank the great gospel artists who inspire us and bless us with their
amazing God-given talent.”

Rob Patz, CEO of Coastal Media Group and publisher of SGN Scoops, said he is thrilled
to have such a talented, versatile vocalist as part of the Diamond Awards program. “Phil
Stacey is a powerful singer with a heart after God. We are so happy to welcome him to
Creekside and we know he will inspire both the audience and the award winners.”

Phil Stacey is the latest addition to a growing slate of remarkable talent scheduled to
appear at Creekside. Crosby Lane will be performing at the Convention, along with
artists such as Jim Sheldon, Shannon Knight, and Ava Kasich.

Creekside Gospel Music Convention will be held at the Smokey Mountain Convention
Center, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee from October 29 through 31, 2012. The 75th
Anniversary Celebration of Lou Hildreth will be the focus on Monday, October 29.
The 2012 Diamond Awards will be held on October 30 and October 31 is Family
Night. For more information on Creekside Gospel Music Convention visit http://
www.creeksidegospelmusicconvention.com

For more information about Phil Stacey visit http://www.philstacey.com


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TV/music celebrities bring attention to hometown tornado needs in Georgia

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on May 21, 2011 – 1:16 pm -

Actor/entertainer Randall Franks, “Officer Randy Goode” of TV’s “In the Heat of the Night,” gave American Idol ®

American Idol finalist Lauren Alaina and actor/entertainer Randall Franks prepare to take a tour to raise awareness about the needs in their home community.

finalist Lauren Alaina and her family a tour of the tornado devastation in the home community they share in Catoosa County, Ga.. The American Idol crew taped scenes for Alaina’s hometown feature which aired May 19.

The former NBC and CBS star, who made appearances for the Grand Ole Opry ® for 13 years, said he hopes the Idol exposure and recent attention focused by “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” while highlighting Catoosa’s Sharrock Family will help Ringgold and Catoosa County raise the monies needed to help the uninsured and underinsured rebuild their lives.

“So many people across the region were affected by the storms and tornadoes on April 27,” he said. “We lost nine neighbors that night. My home was spared from the devastation that many of my neighbors faced. As I rushed door to door to check on my neighbors, climbing over and under trees, power lines, and the rubble that once was homes, I wondered how we could ever make the community whole again.”

Thanks to the foresight of community and business leaders, churches, civic organizations, the community has created Catoosa Organization Acting in Disaster (COAD), with an existing community non-profit 501-C-3, to lead the effort of rebuilding for those without or with little means, he said.

“I hope that those who might wish to help will reach out with a tax-deductible donation to help bring a new normal for our neighbors,” Franks said. “While the numbers are still being tabulated on how many houses the organization will have to help build or repair, it is safe to say a million dollars is needed to help. Initial numbers show more than 600 homes were hit that night.”

Send tax-deductible donations to Catoosa Organization Acting in Disaster (COAD), P.O. Box 53, Ringgold, Ga. 30736 or visit www.HelpRinggold.com for more information. Locally donations may be made at Capital Bank, Community National Bank, Gateway Bank and Trust and Northwest Georgia Bank. For information about COAD, call (706) 935-2109.


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Kenny Bishop Helps Raise Funds at National Guard Youth Foundation’sSixth Annual ChalleNGe Champions Gala in Washington, DC Celebration Honored 100,000 Graduates of the Foundation’s National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on March 8, 2011 – 11:53 am -

WASHINGTON, DC, (March 3, 2011) – Christian music recording artist Kenny Bishop recently performed in Washington, DC for the National Guard Youth Foundation’s (NGYF) Sixth Annual ChalleNGe Champions Gala. The event was held at the JW Marriott Hotel and is organized each year to raise funds and awareness for the program that provides education, support and guidance for troubled and at-risk teenagers in their home states.

“This was my introduction to the program,” Bishop said. “I thought I was prepared to go up there, do my part, appreciate the cause and go home. But I’ve fallen in love with these cadets, their stories and their resolve to succeed in life when everything in their world is fighting hard against it.”

Bishop joined “American Idol” winner Kris Allen, singer/actor Tyler Hilton, actress Karri Turner, singers Gretchen Wilson and Laura Bryna, “Apprentice II” winner Kelly Purdew, NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt, Jr., NASCAR owner Rick Hendrick, Indy car drivers JR Hildebrand and Martin Plowman, John Barnes of Panther Racing, Miss Indiana Nicole Pollard and WWE wrestlers Sgt. Slaughter and Kofi Kingston to help raise over $3 million for the program.

“The highlight of my ChalleNGe experience was working with cadets Janette Garcia-Garay from California and Eric Rivera from Alaska,” Bishop said. “We had two days to put together a mash-up. When show time arrived and the lights came up, these kids took to the stage and just blew us away. The crowd fell in love and I felt like a very, very proud dad.”

Besides the entertainers, several state’s governors and adjutant generals, U.S. Representatives and Senators, Pentagon and White House officials, military generals and corporate leaders were in attendance.

“With all of the celebrity and power in that room, it was still the cadets who stood tallest,” Bishop said. “Their stories all started with disappointment and heart break, but thanks to the ChalleNGe program, they’re finding hope and promise for more successful and happier endings.”

The National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program is a 17-month voluntary program with a 5.5-month residential phase and 12-month mentoring phase. There are 33 program sites in 27 states and Puerto Rico. Since its inception in 1993, more than 100,000 students have graduated from the Program.

ADDITIONAL QUOTES:
“While there are many good programs that help prevent kids from dropping out of school, there are few, if any, that help them once they’ve dropped out. The National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program offers a future of promise to those who have the will and desire to pursue it. The Program is a ‘hand up,’ not a ‘hand out,’ that provides youths with the tools, support and knowledge they need to start believing in themselves again. We’ve lost so many to this national epidemic and the Youth ChalleNGe Program is putting a stop to that trend.”
-U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu

“Because of the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program, every one of our cadets has earned something they never thought they would have — a future. Perhaps most important, they will not be counted among the 33 million young men and women without a high school degree in this country. The Gala was a great opportunity to celebrate the Youth ChalleNGe Program and its fundamental role in creating better lives and communities.”
-General Craig R. McKinley, chief, National Guard Bureau

“The ChalleNGe Champions Gala is always a special night — one that gives the National Guard Youth Foundation the opportunity to raise awareness of the drop out problem, and the tremendous impact the National Guard is having through the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program. In addition to the human cost, the failure to educate 1/3 of our kids is an economic crisis and it is a national security crisis. Youth ChalleNGe gives these young men and women, like our 100,000th cadet graduate representative, Tori Walston, a second chance. It is transforming lives and making a difference.”
– Gail Dady, president of the National Guard Youth Foundation Board of Directors

About the National Guard Youth Foundation The National Guard Youth Foundation is a non-profit 501(c) (3) whose mission is to support the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program in its efforts to raise awareness of the growing high school dropout crisis in the nation and its impact on the economy and national security. The National Guard Youth Foundation provides the ChalleNGe Program with scholarships, training and workforce transition assistance to graduates, while also increasing the visibility of the program and advocating for program goals and funding. In cooperation with the ChalleNGe Program, the National Guard Youth Foundation assists youths who drop out of secondary school to improve their life skills, education and employability, creating the next generation of skilled workforce in America. For more information about the National Guard Youth Foundation, please visit www.ngyf.org.


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