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SGMA RESEARCH LIBRARY ESTABLISHED IN MUSIC CITY

Written by Staff on September 12, 2019 – 4:56 pm -

Pictured (L to R): Ed Leonard (President, Daywind Music Group), Arthur Rice (President, SGMA), Harold Timmons, Karen Peck Gooch (Board member, SGMA), Gary Casto (Board member, SGMA), Aaron Rich (Director, SGMA Research Library), Rick Shelton (Board member, SGMA) 

Pictured (L to R): Ed Leonard (President, Daywind Music Group), Arthur Rice (President, SGMA), Harold Timmons, Karen Peck Gooch (Board member, SGMA), Gary Casto (Board member, SGMA), Aaron Rich (Director, SGMA Research Library), Rick Shelton (Board member, SGMA)

Hendersonville, TN, September 12, 2019 – The Southern Gospel Music Association is pleased to announce the founding of the SGMA Research Library. The facility will be housed in an early 20th century Victorian home located adjacent to the campus of Daywind Music Group/NewDay Christian Distribution in the Nashville suburb of Hendersonville, TN. Space in the building is being provided through the support of Dottie Leonard Miller, CEO of Daywind/NewDay.

The foundational content for the archive consists of more than 10,000 items contained within The Harold Timmons Collection donated earlier this year. The SGMA will be actively seeking additional donated items, particularly sound recordings, sheet music and songbooks, to compile a comprehensive Southern Gospel Music catalog. Once completed, the library will be available to the public by appointment for the purpose of research. In support of the SGMA core mission to preserve and promote the history and heritage of this American roots-music artform, the Research Library will embark on a long-term project to digitally archive the entirety of its contents through the efforts of volunteers and interns under the direction of SGMA archive committee chairman, Aaron Rich.

Arthur Rice of SGMA

Arthur Rice

“We’ve always wanted a great library and a collection of artifacts,” stated SGMA President, Arthur Rice. “Not only is this a tremendous step forward for our organization, it will be good for fans and artists as well. It will benefit anyone wanting to research anything related to Southern Gospel Music.  We are excited about this new endeavor and very grateful to Dottie for this generous act of support.”

Dottie Leonard Miller shared, “Southern Gospel Music has been at the core of my business since we began selling sheet music to Christian bookstores in 1981. It has always been my ministry to support the ministries of artists and songwriters. Their songs lift up the Lord. I am now blessed to have the opportunity to help preserve the legacy of those ministries and the pioneers who came before them.”

Established in 1994, the Southern Gospel Music Association (SGMA) is a professional preservation association of artists, songwriters, industry leaders and fans founded to preserve, protect and promote Southern Gospel music, as well as its history and heritage.

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Those interested in information about donating items needed to complete the archive may reach out to Aaron Rich, archives@sgma.org, or speak to him at the SGMA Exhibit during the National Quartet Convention in Pigeon Forge, TN, September 23 – September 28, 2019. 

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The Kingdom Heirs’ broad talents shine on Everything In Between

Written by Staff on August 2, 2019 – 11:08 am -

The Kingdom Heirs’ broad talents shine on Everything In BetweenArden, North Carolina (August 2, 2019) — The Kingdom Heirs are illustrating why they’ve been noted as one of the top quartets in Southern Gospel music with their latest album, Everything In Between, featuring full quartet tunes, a cappella hymns and lively instrumentals. Everything In Between is now available for pre-order.

Due out from Sonlite Records on September 27, Everything In Between allows The Kingdom Heirs’ broad talents to shine. Each style lifts up praise to the Lord for all He’s done for us on Earth.

The album begins with “Just Drink The Water,” a new song from the pens of Lee Black, Gina Boe and Jerry Salley about wanting to be a witness of Christ’s love and spreading His message to as many people as possible. Then, The Kingdom Heirs invite all to “Come To The Well” in an upbeat song about all being welcome at the healing stream.

The title track follows, reminding that no matter what happens in life, Jesus is the first, last and everything in between, something the Bible will tell us if we turn to it. With an upbeat, country feel, this song features bass vocalist Jeff Chapman on the verses with the group joining on the chorus, and embodies the heart of Southern Gospel traditions.

“That water-walking savior who can calm a raging sea
Who rules this mighty universe and still has time for me
My doctor and my lawyer, any day my coming King,
Jesus is the first, the last and everything in between.”

Kingdom HeirsThe soulful “I Have Overcome” features the full group and band, ending with power and conviction as it tells of rejoicing how God has already faced any battles we will on earth.

The Kingdom Heirs’ instrumental work shines on their rendition of “Sweet By And By,” a classic hymn immediately recognizable with the joyful piano of Andy Stringfield. The album features two other instrumentals. “Crying In The Chapel” has a swing feel of the Elvis Presley classic and “He Set Me Free” is a true old fashioned country church hymn put to a Southern Gospel feel.

Holy, Holy Is What The Angels Sing,” sung a cappella, is an old church hymn that tells of the joy salvation will bring and what it will be like to join the choir of angels. The Kingdom Heirs’ voices and harmonies shine as they share the emotion that will come upon reaching heaven.

Other songs include the a cappella “Nothin’s Gonna Keep Me Down” and “Ready For Glory” and “I’ll Never Get Over The Blood That I’m Under,” featuring the full group.

Everything In Between closes with “High On Zion’s Mountain” a powerful song penned by one of the group’s favorite writers, Dianne Wilkinson. With grand music, it tells of the glorious day when we reach Heaven and the beauty that will be found there.

With their vocal and instrumental abilities, The Kingdom Heirs praise and worship the Lord with each song on Everything In Between. Whether it’s a powerful song with the full group, a moving instrumental or a smooth a cappella tune, this album has something for each listener looking to lift up the Lord and His message.

Pre-order Everything In Between HERE.

About The Kingdom Heirs
From the Mountains of East Tennessee, Southern Gospel Music fills the air and is the home of The Kingdom Heirs, one of Southern Gospel Music’s top Male Quartets. The group started performing in local churches and concert halls and as their music and message spread to a wider audience, so did their popularity and demand. Later in 1982 they began singing at the Silver Dollar City theme park, which is now Dollywood. In 1986 when the theme park took on their new name, The Kingdom Heirs were asked to become the resident gospel group and now this year, both The Kingdom Heirs and Dollywood are celebrating 33 years. Not only are they one of Dollywood’s favorites, but a favorite to millions everywhere.

The Kingdom Heirs have been nominated many times for industry awards such as The SGMA Awards, Dove Awards and The Singing News Fan Awards. Winning Newcomer Group of the Year in 1989, the group has been a constant favorite. The latest award is 2017 Band of the Year, which the band also won in 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.  They have also had many top ten songs, and currently have had 40 top 5 songs in a row and 11 number 1 songs including their latest number #1 song, “I’ll Know I’m Home”, “The Borrowed Tomb”, “Just Beyond The Sunset” (Nominated for Song of the Year), “Just Preach Jesus” (Nominated for Song of the Year), “Tell Me Why” and “He Locked The Gates.” Two songs “The Chain Gang” and “Pieces” were nominated for a Dove award, off of their highly successful album, A New Look were nominated for a Dove Award in 2016. Their album The Last Big Thing debuted at #1 on the Billboard Charts in October 2017 followed by another Billboard debut with Something Good Vol Two in May 2019. Over the past years they have had 29 songs nominated for Song of the Year. The Kingdom Heirs are Arthur Rice, lead singer; Jeff Chapman, bass singer; Jerry Martin, tenor singer; Loren Harris, baritone singer; Dennis Murphy, drummer; Andy Stringfield, pianist; and Kreis French, manager.

About Crossroads:
Crossroads is a market leader in the Southern Gospel, Bluegrass, and Americana fields. Established in 1993, following the combination of Horizon Music Group and Sonlite Records, Crossroads now operates several divisions including Crossroads Label Group (Horizon Records, Sonlite Records, Mountain Home Music, Skyland Records, Pisgah Ridge Records, Crossroads Records, and Organic Records), Crossroads Distribution, Crossroads Radio Promotions, Crossroads Publishing Group and Crossroads Recording Studios. Led by a strong executive team of Christian music and Bluegrass music veterans, Crossroads combines cutting-edge technology with creative innovation to connect fans with our artists’ life-changing music.

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SOUTHERN GOSPEL MUSIC ASSOCIATION RECEIVES THE HAROLD TIMMONS COLLECTION

Written by Staff on April 5, 2019 – 1:51 pm -

Pictured (left to right) are: Travis Bridgeman, Arthur Rice, Karen Peck, Harold Timmons, Aaron Rich, Dean Adkins, and Rick Shelton

SGMA Pictured (left to right) are: Travis Bridgeman, Arthur Rice, Karen Peck, Harold Timmons, Aaron Rich, Dean Adkins, and Rick Shelton

10,000 items donated to establish research library

Hendersonville, TN – The Southern Gospel Music Association is pleased to announce the acquisition of a massive Gospel Music collection from Harold Timmons of Nashville, TN. The collection consists of nearly 10,000 items procured over his 65-year association with the genre. This important contribution will form the foundation of the SGMA Research Library soon to be established.

The Timmons collection contains 19th-century songbooks and original recordings dating back to the 1920’s and includes the best available copy of nearly 80% of releases by the major artists of the genre since its inception. In response to receiving this significant gift, SGMA President, Arthur Rice, stated: “We’ve always wanted a great library and a collection of artefacts. The SGMA looks forward to Harold’s collection, his knowledge, and that of his associates.  Not only will this be good for our organization, it will be good for artists and fans as well, and anyone wanting to research anything related to Southern Gospel Music. We look forward to this new endeavor.”

Mr. Timmons commented, “I wanted the collection to be displayed, and available for research and for me to be able to continue to be involved with this work as long as physically able.” He continues, “The SGMA now has the possibility of developing a comprehensive historical online database. My long-term goal is that a song may be researched as a recording, video, or printed music, and every reference contained within the library will be displayed.  A large percentage of the materials are already cataloged, and I’m encouraged to know that effort will continue through the new SGMA Research Library.”

Harold Timmons

Harold Timmons

Harold Timmons is recognized as a touring musician with The Hemphills and Gospel Music Hall of Fame inductees The Chuck Wagon Gang. He is also well known for the large exhibit that he operated at various music festivals, including 38 consecutive years at the National Quartet Convention where he provided fans the opportunity to peruse and purchase classic Gospel recordings and collectibles. His recent effort includes the establishment and management of “We Love Our Southern Gospel Music History,” which is a Facebook page and community consisting of 42,000 members.

Established in 1994, the Southern Gospel Music Association (SGMA) is a professional preservation association of artists, songwriters, industry leaders and fans founded to preserve, protect and promote Southern Gospel Music, its history and heritage.

 

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God Is Faithful: A Look At Arthur Rice of The Kingdom Heirs

Written by Staff on January 22, 2019 – 4:41 pm -

Arthur Rice receives Lifetime Achievement Award at Creekside 2018

Arthur Rice receives Lifetime Achievement Award at Creekside 2018

Since 1995, the powerful, soulful, and energetic voice of Arthur Rice has been an anchor in the signature sound of the Kingdom Heirs. Rice’s incredible lead vocals delight audiences all over the world. He has experienced great success in his career having been nominated for many industry awards. Rice also serves as the President of the Southern Gospel Music Association and a deacon at his home church FBC Sevierville.

Gospel Music has always been a part of Rice’s life.

 

“I’m the youngest of four kids and the only boy in my family,” relates Rice. “My dad sang in several quartets along with my mom and oldest sister even before I was born, so I’ve been around church and singing all my life. I started singing solos with my family when I was old enough to stand in a chair.”

 

It wasn’t long until the gospel group bug bit young Rice.

 

“Then I started playing bass guitar for my dad’s quartet when I was seven and sang lead for them when I turned 14. I went with a mixed group called the Gerald Payne Family when I was 18 and that was when Eldridge Fox heard me sing.”

 

Kingdom Heirs

Fox’s notice eventually led to Rice’s first major mainstream quartet position. Rice served as lead singer and bass player for the legendary Kingsmen Quartet from 1983 – 1989. It was a natural fit as Rice and his family were already acquainted with the group.

 

“My family had always been friends with the Kingsmen through Ray Dean,” explains Rice. “My dad’s quartet was the first group Ray ever sang in and we’re second cousins. A short time after being in concert with the Kingsmen, Foxy called and asked if I would be interested in singing with the mighty Kingsmen. That was in 1983. I was there till ‘89 and I left the road for a year to help take over my dad’s shop after he had a brain aneurysm. The Lord healed him and gave us many more years with him.”

 

Following his tenure with the Kingsmen, he sang with fellow Kingsmen member, Squire Parsons, for five years before joining the Kingdom Heirs, where he has remained for 22 years.

Rice cites many great groups and vocalists as inspiration for his own unique, recognizable sound.

“We had one gospel station in our area; my dad turned all the radios to it then pulled all the knobs off so nobody could change the station,” laughs Rice. “So about all I grew up listening to was gospel music. I loved it all, but I guess my biggest influences were the Kingsmen, the Inspirations, the Happy Goodmans, and the Statesmen. But, when I was around 16, I discovered Ronnie Milsap. Wow, what a voice and range.

 

Arthur Rice“After my voice changed at 14, my mom found a voice teacher for me,” Rice continues. “She drove me the hour trip every week until I was old enough to drive myself. I took lessons for seven years. Mr. Brookshire was from Juilliard but unlike most teachers we talked to, he allowed me to sing gospel music instead of just opera. I’m very grateful that my mom believed in me enough to make that sacrifice.”

 

Rice’s incredible voice is featured on the newest CD from the Kingdom Heirs.

 

“Our latest album, ‘The Last Big Thing,’ is a great album full of incredible songs. It has two top-five songs already on radio and the title song was voted 2018 Song Of The Year,” says Rice.

 

This hit project also includes a new release that pulls on the heartstrings.

“Our latest radio single is ‘Heaven Just Got Sweeter.’ It’s written by Jerry Salley and Dianne Wilkinson. We were going in the studio to record tracks for the new album and we had already finalized our songs when Jeff’s dad passed away from bone cancer. Dianne sent me a copy of the song to just play for Jeff to encourage him, but after I heard it, I thought it would encourage a lot of other folks. Little did I know that in just short few months, how it would encourage me when I lost my middle sister from cancer in October 2017,” Rice shares.

 

This is the mission of Rice and the group as well. It is of the utmost importance to show God’s love, comfort and encouragement through their music.

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“25 Days of Sharing” – Arthur Rice

Written by scoopsnews on December 14, 2018 – 4:17 am -

Arthur Rice to be honored by Dr. Jerry Goff at Creekside 2018

Arthur Rice

December is a time for sharing. At Christmas, we (Christians) celebrate The Greatest Gift of All, Jesus Christ.
Over the next few weeks we will be talking with many industry leaders, artists, pastors, promoters, etc. and asking them questions. They will “share” the answer to the question in 10 seconds or less. We are asking for their best advice on many different topics.

Question #14 goes to Arthur Rice, Kingdom Heirs

Arthur, In 10 seconds or less, can you tell our readers why they need to join the SGMA?


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Christmas Wacky Wednesday from SGNScoops

Written by Staff on December 12, 2018 – 11:05 am -

Wacky Wednesday titleIt’s Christmastime here on SGNScoops and we have a brand new Christmas edition of Wacky Wednesday just for you. This time, our question was: What is your favorite Christmas song and why? Let’s shake our Gospel music snowglobe and see what answers the artists have for us.

Thanks again to our special Social Media girl, Jantina de Haan, for securing these responses for us. We hope you enjoy it. Merry Christmas!

 

Christmas 2017Mark Byrd: “Mary Did You Know.” I love the way this song has such a sweet flow but tells a story of a mighty King and Savior.

 

Eric Bennett: “Hope Has Hands” © Phill Cross; I love the way he describes baby Jesus. Hope has Hands, Freedom has Feet; Truth will stand, The Word will speak. The Holy and Lovely will finally embrace. For Love has a Heartbeat and Grace has a Face…”

Triumphant Christmas

Adam Crabb: “O Holy Night,” because it talks about the birth of our Savior and to me, this song is the true spirit of Christmas.

Kingdom Heirs ChristmasJaquita Lindsey: “Do You Hear What I Hear.” I remember trying to learn it on the piano, which I never learned to play the piano 🙂 I don’t have a particular reason for liking it. Just because.

Greg Sullivan: “There’s a New Kid In Town.” I like this song because not many people in Bethlehem knew that Jesus had been born and it focuses on how God became man in form of a child. This child would be the Savior of the world.

Randa Jordan: “White Christmas.” I loved the movie as a little girl, loved Bing Crosby, and it stayed with me all these years. It brings to me the happiest of memories.

Arthur Rice: “I’ll Be Home For Christmas.” The song came out in 1943 during WW2 and it was written from a soldier’s perspective of wanting to be home

Gaither Christmas Homecoming 2016

Gaither Homecoming

with their families for Christmas, even though the last line reveals it wouldn’t be a reality.
The song always reminds me of the reality that so many of our men and women won’t be home for Christmas. And how appreciative we should be for the sacrifice of them and their families, and we pray for their safe and speedy

return home.

Mark Bishop: Wow.. that’s a tough one. It’s hard to narrow it down to one song. For the simplicity of the beautiful message and the melody, it’s hard to beat “Silent Night.” It exemplifies what we should be focusing on at Christmas time, over shopping and gifts. It always makes me a little melancholy, too. Likewise, with Jubilee Christmas 2018. Greater Vision and Legacy Five“Oh Holy Night.” My sleeper choice would have to be “The Little Drummer Boy.” I love the story that it tells and that we don’t need to bring great gifts to Jesus like the three wise men, we only need to give Him the talents that He gave us. But the greatest Christmas gift of all is to give back to God what He gave us, to begin with.

Matt Fouch: I have a funny one…’You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.” I love the original cut on this song and it fits the bass range just perfectly. People always smile when they hear you sing it, It’s a lot of fun.

Southern Gospel Sweetheart Autumn Nelon Clark

Autumn Clark of the Nelons

Autumn Clark: “The Christmas song.” Because it is so beautiful and the story it tells.

Scott Peek (DJ of KNMG Radio): “We Are The Reason.” The message can be no clearer. He came to earth as a baby for us. All 33 years of His life were about us His willingness to die on the cross was about us. And it all started that first Christmas morning…”WE ARE THE REASON!”

Harley Madden: “I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” I think maybe my favorite song for Christmas. And the reason I say that is, back in 1985 my sister passed, and I miss her everyday. But now I think about it, she made my mom a promise for Christmas that year. And that was: She would be home for Christmas. Even though we may not have got our wish for her to be at her earthly home for Christmas, she was made new in her Heavenly home. Sitting at the feet of Jesus. I can’t wait to get to Heaven, to be able to see her again and give her a big hug.

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Creekside Diaries V2: Arthur Rice, Revival Choir and Prayer

Written by Staff on October 30, 2018 – 7:13 am -

4:30 doors open 5:00 Scott Roberts and 5 o’clock band Welcome Prayer 5:20 MARK 209 kickoff (Graceland) Introduce Emcee 5:25 Dodrill Family 5:37 Day Three 5:49 Gloryland Qt 6:01 Debbie Bennett 6:13 Epps Family 6:25 Gospel Truth Trio 6:37 Tonja Rose 6:49 The Riders 7:01 (Featured Group) Sacred Harmony 7:21 Chordsmen Qt 7:33 The Griffins 7:45 (Featured Group) The Coffmans 8:05 Offering 8:10 Honoring Arthur Rice 8:40 The Pine Ridge Boys 9:00 Ezekiel’s Call 9:12 Red Back Sing Closeout....

Creekside 2018: Dr. Jerry Goff and SGNScoops honor Arthur Rice with Lifetime Achievement Award

THE CREEKSIDE DIARIES – Volume Two, Monday, October 29, 2018, by Kristen Stanton.

Another fantastic day here at Creekside is in the books!  At 9:00 a.m. artists began pouring in the Smoky Mountain Convention Center for booth set up.   The buzz was still in the air as these artists were prayed up and ready to do ministry throughout the week.

4:30 doors open 5:00 Scott Roberts and 5 o’clock band Welcome Prayer 5:20 MARK 209 kickoff (Graceland) Introduce Emcee 5:25 Dodrill Family 5:37 Day Three 5:49 Gloryland Qt 6:01 Debbie Bennett 6:13 Epps Family 6:25 Gospel Truth Trio 6:37 Tonja Rose 6:49 The Riders 7:01 (Featured Group) Sacred Harmony 7:21 Chordsmen Qt 7:33 The Griffins 7:45 (Featured Group) The Coffmans 8:05 Offering 8:10 Honoring Arthur Rice 8:40 The Pine Ridge Boys 9:00 Ezekiel’s Call 9:12 Red Back Sing Closeout....Here is what happened at night:

4:30 doors open
5:00 Scott Roberts and 5 o’clock band
5:20 MARK 209
5:25 Dodrill Family
5:37 Day Three
5:49 Gloryland Qt
6:01 Debbie Bennett
6:13 Epps Family
6:25 Gospel Truth Trio
6:37 Tonja Rose
6:49 The Riders
7:01 (Featured Group) Sacred Harmony
7:21 Chordsmen Qt
7:33 The Griffins
7:45 (Featured Group) The Coffmans
8:05 Offering
8:10 Dr. Jerry Goff and SGNScoops honor Arthur Rice
8:40 The Pine Ridge Boys
9:00 Ezekiel’s Call
9:12 Red Back Sing Closeout….

4:30 doors open 5:00 Scott Roberts and 5 o’clock band Welcome Prayer 5:20 MARK 209 kickoff (Graceland) Introduce Emcee 5:25 Dodrill Family 5:37 Day Three 5:49 Gloryland Qt 6:01 Debbie Bennett 6:13 Epps Family 6:25 Gospel Truth Trio 6:37 Tonja Rose 6:49 The Riders 7:01 (Featured Group) Sacred Harmony 7:21 Chordsmen Qt 7:33 The Griffins 7:45 (Featured Group) The Coffmans 8:05 Offering 8:10 Honoring Arthur Rice 8:40 The Pine Ridge Boys 9:00 Ezekiel’s Call 9:12 Red Back Sing Closeout....Ministry begins not when an artist steps on the stage, but ministry begins the minute the doors are opened.  We believe that every person who walks through the door of the Convention Center is important. The needs that they have are important.  The hurt that they are feeling is important. And THAT is why we sing — to tell them that we may not have all the answers, but we know a God who does.

4:30 doors open 5:00 Scott Roberts and 5 o’clock band Welcome Prayer 5:20 MARK 209 kickoff (Graceland) Introduce Emcee 5:25 Dodrill Family 5:37 Day Three 5:49 Gloryland Qt 6:01 Debbie Bennett 6:13 Epps Family 6:25 Gospel Truth Trio 6:37 Tonja Rose 6:49 The Riders 7:01 (Featured Group) Sacred Harmony 7:21 Chordsmen Qt 7:33 The Griffins 7:45 (Featured Group) The Coffmans 8:05 Offering 8:10 Honoring Arthur Rice 8:40 The Pine Ridge Boys 9:00 Ezekiel’s Call 9:12 Red Back Sing Closeout....It seems as though the message I heard so often today was about prayer and how it changes things.   I heard the message about how God sees every tear that falls. The message resonated with me. I don’t know if anyone else noticed it or not, but God has a way of arranging a program to do the work He has for that day.   The Epps Family sang a song tonight called God Still Answers Prayer — a powerful message for the masses — and a message that the Creekside family truly believes. We saw that same message carry forward into Midnight Prayer where we heard how prayer has changed lives.

Creekside 2018 Revival Choir9The singing was phenomenal –from the spotlight on the Smoky Mountain artists all the way through the Red Back Hymnal sing.   But the power of God showed up through that one simple word – PRAY. God hears our prayers and He WILL answer us. God has started a work here at Creekside.  

And God WILL finish it.

By Kristen Stanton


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Throwback Thursday- Arthur Rice- Kingdom Heirs

Written by scoopsnews on October 25, 2018 – 6:35 am -

Arthur Rice to be honored by Dr. Jerry Goff at Creekside 2018

Arthur Rice to be honored by Dr. Jerry Goff at Creekside 2018 

Monday Night at Creekside Gospel Music Convention, We will be honoring Arthur Rice.

Here’s some things you may or may not know about Arthur.

Lead Singer (Kingdom Heirs)From: Asheville, North Carolina
Birth Date: 12/27/62
Family: Wife: Tammy / Children:  Kaleb, Bradley
Previously Traveled With: The Kingsmen, Squire Parsons
Favorite Food: Steak
Favorite Singer: Ronnie Milsap, my sister Peggy
Favorite Movie: Tombstone
Favorite Group: Mid 70′s Kingsmen (with Johnny Parrick, Jim Hamill, Squire Parsons, Ray Reese, Nick Bruno, Jim McCauley, and Big John Broom)
Favorite Album: Kingsmen “Big and Live”
Favorite Song: Forever Changed
Favorite Music: Southern Gospel of course!
Favorite Vacation Spot: Anywhere in the world as long as my wife is with me. We can turn a trip to Walmart into a vacation.
Favorite TV Show: C.S.I.
Things I Love To Do: Play golf, Work in my studio, play wiffle ball with the boys, golf, play golf with Tammy, oh, and play golf.
Person I Most Admire: Squire Parsons

ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

Top 5 Favorite Newcomer (2 years)
Top 5 Favorite Lead (20 years)
Top 5 Male Vocalist (20 years)
Top 5 Favorite Baritone (1 year)
Christian Music Hall Of Fame Nominated Male Vocalist (2009, 2010)
Voted Favorite Band (6 years with the Kingsmen)
Voted Favorite Group (1 year with the Kingsmen)
Current President of the SGMA Hall Of Fame
Owns Recording Studio (The Room)

It’s Throwback Thursday…. Sing it Boys!


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Only days away: Creekside Gospel Music Convention 2018

Written by Staff on October 11, 2018 – 10:47 am -

Creekside 2018

Creekside 2018

The 2018 Creekside Gospel Music Convention is going to be an exciting event with great music, preaching and showcases for all who enjoy good gospel music. Creekside runs from Oct. 28 through Nov. 1 at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. Tickets are free but must be reserved at creeksidegospelmusicconvention.com.

The Nelons at Creekside With Diamond Award

The Nelons at Creekside 2017

The festivities begin with the Creekside Kickoff Concert, presented by SGMRadio and WPIL 91.7. Featuring the Pine Ridge Boys, this year’s event will host all quartets, with the Chordsmen Quartet and Common Bond Quartet.

Creekside 2018

Creekside 2018

This evening’s free event begins Sunday, Oct. 28 at 6:00 p.m., at Mill Creek, located at 2772 Florence Drive, Pigeon Forge, Tenn., 37863.

 

2nd Annual Smoky Mountain Gospel Showcase

2nd Annual Smoky Mountain Gospel Showcase

On Monday, the day begins with the Second Annual Smoky Mountain Gospel Showcase, held on Oct. 29, 2018, from 12:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m., featuring local east Tennessee artists.

Angela Marie of Sevierville, Tenn. is the host for this showcase. The Smoky Mountain Gospel Showcase will be held at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center in Pigeon Forge and tickets are free.

This year’s showcase artists will include: Angela Marie, Bishop Curtis Manning, Leonard and Joyce Repass, Faithful Promise, Rescued, The Cokers, and Glory Bound. Be sure to arrive early for a good seat to enjoy the authentic sounds of the Smoky Mountains.

2018 Diamond Award Top Five NomineesBeginning Monday and continuing through Thursday, the free Creekside evening concerts will begin at 5:00 p.m., with Scott Roberts and the Five O’clock Band.

C.T. Townsend at NQC. Photo by Chip Woods

C.T. Townsend at NQC. Photo by Chip Woods. C.T. Townsend will also be appearing at Creekside Gospel Music Convention Oct. 28-Nov.1

Creekside has announced the addition of special guests to their roster. C.T. Townsend will be preaching at various times throughout the week. This young, vibrant preacher will be ministering from the main stage as well as during the day.

 

Dr. Jerry and Jan Goff will also be at Creekside all week and will host many of the events.

Arthur Rice to be honored by Dr. Jerry Goff at Creekside 2018. Pictured: Dr. Jerry and Jan Goff

Dr. Jerry and Jan Goff

Dr. Goff has announced that Arthur Rice, lead singer of the Kingdom Heirs, will be honored with a special award on Monday, Oct. 29, during the evening concert. The SGNScoops Jerry Goff Lifetime Achievement Award presentation ceremony will feature stories, songs and people from Arthur Rice’s journey in gospel music. Family and friends are invited to join the Creekside audience as Rice is saluted by Dr. Goff and other gospel music personalities.

Jordan Family Band to appear at Creekside

Jordan Family Band

Creekside 2018 will feature a great variety of gospel music artists to satisfy every musical taste. Musical guests will include the Jordan Family Band, Mark209, the Williamsons, the Pine Ridge Boys Quartet, Hope’s Journey, Eagles Wings, the Connells, and many other great artists during the week.

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, midnight prayer will be happening at 12:00 a.m. in the lobby of the Smoky Mountain Convention Center. This event is open to artists and all attendees.

On Tuesday, the daytime showcases begin at 9:00 a.m. Many of the artists appearing in the evening will also be on stage in the morning,  giving listeners the opportunity to hear their favorites more than once this week.

Jason Crabb at Creekside accepting Diamond Award

Jason Crabb at Creekside accepting Diamond Award

In the evening, celebrate the 2018 Diamond Award winners, as the top five nominees find out who has been chosen as the best in each category. The Diamond Awards are known for hosting special guest artists and presenters, along with surprise industry personalities.

Alabama Quartet Convention Announced Agreement With Lighthouse Media

Alabama Quartet Convention

This year the Alabama Quartet Convention (ALQC) Road Revival is coming to the Creekside Gospel Music Convention, on Wed., Oct. 31, from 1:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. The event will be headlined by Barry Rowland and Deliverance and will also showcase other ministries. Admission is free.  

The Browders

Wednesday night, Creekside favorites, the Browders, will be the special guests. Many of your favorites will also perform that evening. Don’t miss the last midnight prayer, occurring in the hotel lobby.

Eagle’s Wings

Thursday, Nov. 1 will begin with the daily showcase at 9:00 a.m. The afternoon will feature the Eagle’s Wings No. 1 Party, 3:00 p.m. at the showcase hall.

On Thursday, the Dunaways will be a special part of an evening filled with more great music.

If fans are making plans to travel to Pigeon Forge for the first time, they should take note of this comment by Rick Brock of Mercy Rain: “2017 was my first Creekside appearance.  It was at the start of the day and artists and people were just starting to come into the booth and concert area. The gentlemen who was behind the curtain separating the two aisles was playing his guitar and singing a song to pass the time.  I started to join singing harmony with him with the curtain still closed. Soon I pulled back the curtain so that we could see each other and introduce ourselves. I had never really got to meet him before this time.

Mercy Rain

Mercy Rain

Truthfully, our harmony was sounding really good. We would ask each other, do you know this song or do you know that song? If he did, he would play it on his guitar and we would both start to sing. Later, we had other artists from other nearby booths come over and join in. We were so enjoying ourselves that we failed to notice that several people had stopped by our booth to listen. They were so enjoying that mini impromptu concert where we were just enjoying singing and fellowshipping with one another. That set the tone for me for Creekside and I look forward to this coming year. That is what makes Creekside family – with a little front porch singing.”

Sheila Blackwell says, “Looking back to attending the first year of Creekside (2012) , I was so impressed with everyone involved that I too wanted to help it be an ongoing and successful event.  I talked with Rob Patz and the next year I became a volunteer. Every year since, the event has grown. So has the need for volunteers, thus I have coordinated a team to help annually. Blessings abound at this event; groups and people come and go, and the singing gets better and better. It is a blessing to know that  people are getting saved during the services. That’s why we do what we do. Hope to see everyone again this year.”

Creekside is offering a VIP bracelet for only $25 for the week. This will provide entry into the preferred seating at each event, includes a Creekside gift bag each night, as well as other select surprise events. VIP bracelet can be ordered by calling Rob Patz at 360-933-0741.

Book Now For Creekside 2018

Convention headquarters Creekside 2018

Convention headquarters is in the Ramada Inn which is adjacent to the Smoky Mountain Convention Center. However, accommodations are disappearing quickly, so those planning to attend should make their reservations now. Call and reserve your hotel room at 360-933-0741.

Creekside Gospel Music Convention 2018 tickets can be reserved by visiting creeksidegospelmusicconvention.com. Group accommodation specials may still be available. For more information on tickets, lodging and special VIP tickets, contact Patz at 360-933-0741.

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Sunday Drive is cruising over to Creekside 2018

Written by Staff on July 27, 2018 – 7:46 am -

Sunday Drive

Sunday Drive

Sunday Drive is traveling down the highway to Creekside Gospel Music Convention this year. From Oct. 28  – Nov. 1, the Smoky Mountain Convenation Center in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, will welcome some of the best in today’s gospel music. And for Christian music with a country vibe, you can’t get much better than Sunday Drive.

Misty, Jeff, and Dusty Treece make up this award winning trio.

Sunday Drive has been honored to receive over 20 Entertainer and Vocal Group of the Year awards
combined with multiple #1 songs. This group has had the privilege to perform at prestigious venues such as
The Grand Ole Opry, Silver Dollar City, Dollywood and
The National Quartet Convention.Sunday DriveThe Treeces have shared the stage with The Oak Ridge Boys, The Gaithers, Big Daddy Weave,
David Crowder Band, The McKameys and many more.
Listen to the band on You Tube:

Sunday Drive provides a musical experience that takes their audience on a journey they will remember forever. For more information click here.

Creekside 2018

Creekside 2018

Don’t miss all of the Creekside 2018 specialty events such as the 2018 Diamond Awards, Dr Jerry Goff Honors Arthur Rice, the Red Back Hymnal Choir, Midnight Prayer, Daytime Showcases, and so much more. C.T. Townsend will also be speaking.

VIP tickets are available as well as special Group Rate accommodation. Log onto the Creekside Facebook page or website for more information, or call 360-933-0741.

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