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SGNScoops welcomes Les Butler

Written by Staff on December 3, 2018 – 1:26 pm -

Les Butler playing and singing at Hominy Valley

Les Butler playing and singing at Hominy Valley

Seattle, Washington  (Dec. 3, 2018) SGNScoops Magazine has built a solid core of readers since it’s inception as a digital magazine in 2009. During that time, artists from a broad spectrum of Christian music have been featured, including Balsam Range, Zach Williams and the Isaacs.

Butler with Isaccs at Larry's Diner

Butler with Isaccs at Larry’s Diner

Rob Patz, owner and publisher of SGNScoops Magazine, has brought on staff a strong voice in gospel music, to feature highlight the Bluegrass side of Christian music. Les Butler, of Butler Music Group, will begin writing for the magazine in 2019.

Midnight Jamboree: Les Butler and Jimmy Fortune

Midnight Jamboree: Les Butler and Jimmy Fortune

“Although I’m mostly known as a Southern gospel guy, my Bluegrass roots run deep; very deep,” says Butler. “I grew up on Flatt and Scruggs, Live from Carnegie Hall. Earl was the first to show me his three-finger banjo roll. I’ve played and toured with Dailey and Vincent.  I’ve been blessed to host a national award-winning syndicated Bluegrass Gospel show for over 20 years. Yes, I guess it’s safe to say that in addition to being a Southern Gospel guy, I am also a Bluegrass guy.”

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Les Butler at TNN

“We are thrilled to have Les Butler come on board SGNScoops,” says Patz. “Les and I have known each other for some time, and I’ve wanted to add his exceptional talent to the magazine for awhile. We both feel the time is now right for him to share this part of his life with us.”

Les Butler Interviewing Marty Raybon

Les Butler Interviewing Marty Raybon

Butler continues, “I’m pleased to announce that I will be writing a monthly Bluegrass gospel column, ‘Les Butler and Friends,’ for my friend Rob Patz starting in the January issue of SGNScoops Magazine.  I think you’re going to enjoy getting to know some of my Bluegrass buddies!”

March 2015 SGNScoops Magazine

March 2015 SGNScoops Magazine

Les Butler and friends will be added to the SGNScoops Magazine’s regular features beginning next month. More information can be found at www.sgnscoops.com.


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Inner Views of The Bontragers: A Bluegrass family making music together

Written by Staff on September 21, 2018 – 1:02 pm -

Inner Views of The Bontragers: A Bluegrass family making music together

The Bontragers: A Bluegrass family making music together

We are pleased to present the first feature by SGNScoops Magazine writer, Cheryl Smith, as she presents the “Inner Views of the Bontragers.” We are thrilled to have Cheryl as part of the SGNScoops writing team. She enjoys Bluegrass and Appalachian music and brings a fresh look at gospel music from the mountains. 

Inner Views of The Bontragers: A Bluegrass family making music togetherIt is always such a blessing to come across families who are living for God together, and who are following him and his plan for their lives as a large family unit. When there is bluegrass music involved, it is an even bigger blessing. I am so grateful to be able to share the Inner Views of one such family with you, the Bontragers.


Cheryl: Please tell us about yourselves and your family.
Marlin and Becky Bontrager: Our parents taught us the value of hard work and strong family ties. We raised our family on a farm in rural Kalona, Iowa. We farm half of the year and travel singing and sharing God’s Word the other half.

Inner Views of The Bontragers: A Bluegrass family making music togetherCheryl:  How and when did the two of you meet?
Becky:  We casually met at a Bible school in Arkansas, then again with some mutual friends a year later, and once more at a conference in Ohio six months later. Total, we had spent probably three hours together, mostly with other friends, but through all this, God put it on Marlin’s heart to go out on a date with me. So about two years after our first meeting, he came to Cincinnati (where I was working at a daycare) to take me out on a date.The rest is history…

Cheryl:  Will you each kindly share with us about your personal Christian testimony?  
Marlin: We both were raised in Christian homes. I was rebellious for my growing up years. I came to Christ at a revival meeting a few months before my 20th birthday.

Inner Views of The Bontragers: A Bluegrass family making music togetherBecky: I asked God to save me when I was about 14. More recently, I have realized that God’s salvation is free and complete without any help from me. My part is simply trusting him for salvation and then joyfully serving/obeying him every day of my life. It is always the work of the Holy Spirit that draws a person to Christ, but our parents, the church, and a loving home were all instrumental in bringing us to salvation. Surrendering one’s life to Jesus Christ changes everything–it has affected our thoughts about birth control, how we raise our children, our finances, the way we spend our time, etc.

Cheryl:  Please share with us about your children and how God is working in and through their lives.  
Marlin and Becky: God has blessed us with 10 children. Each of them has asked God to save his or her soul. We have no greater joy than to see them walking in truth as they faithfully serve God in various ways. Four of them are now married, but the other six are still at home.

Inner Views of The Bontragers: A Bluegrass family making music togetherCheryl:  What is your favorite part of having a large family?
Marlin and Becky: A strong family is an incredible witness in a broken society. There are countless benefits to having a large family, but I will only list a few. A large family can complete a large work project very quickly. Family businesses are more easy to run with family members living in the same household. We have the same schedule, can discuss schedule and work while we eat family meals, we take vacations together. We also can have a party without inviting anyone else to join us but when we do hospitality, and we do it a lot both on the road and at home, the preparation and work is shared.


Cheryl:  What is your advice to parents who want to raise their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord?
Marlin and Becky:  Parents must build their homes on God’s Word (Psalm 127.) Home discipleship is vitally important in raising and equipping our children. Deuteronomy 6 commands parents to teach their children as they “walk by the way, lie down, and rise up.” Parents must also be willing to be different and to make hard choices in order to shepherd their families. Discernment is a must. Teach your children to love God, to love his Word, and to love those around them.

Inner Views of The Bontragers: A Bluegrass family making music togetherCheryl:  How long have you been singing as a family, and how did God lead you to start this ministry?
Marlin and Becky: We have been traveling and singing for 13 years. We began when we were invited to participate in a Prison Crusade in South Carolina. After that first year, we did a few concerts at churches, and the ministry grew from there.

Cheryl:  Will each of you share about a dark time in your life and how the grace of God sustained you and saw you through such difficulty?
Becky:  For me personally, road life has some big challenges, the biggest being insomnia which seems to intensify when I get to bed late, eat certain foods, and am under stress, all of which seems to happen during concerts on the road. God’s grace, again, as in His divine influence on my life and it’s reflections in my life, has given me the strength to be joyful, to remember my words when singing most of the time, and to minister to others no matter how little sleep I get. I remember one lady who said, “It must be hard to live on the bus.” Those kind, understanding words ministered healing and encouragement to my heart. There have also been many acts of kindness along the way–a basket of homemade lotions, etc.
Marlin: My father passed away when I was 18. Although I was an adult at the time, I think that has given me a greater compassion for the fatherless. And while I know death is final, I know there are many men who are living without fathers in the U.S. and I think that would be harder. Letters or text messages I have gotten from brothers or sisters in Christ (that) have encouraged me, have (also) encouraged me to do likewise.

Cheryl:  What is the best marital advice you have ever received?
Marlin and Becky:  An elderly couple at one of our concerts said: “Follow the Owner’s Manual,” the Bible, to have a good marriage. We also have learned a lot from the “Love and Respect” DVD series as well as many other books. We took each of our married children through the “Love and Respect” series before they got married.

Inner Views of The Bontragers: A Bluegrass family making music togetherCheryl:  How can we pray for you?
Marlin and Becky:  You can pray that we would continue to serve God in humility and faithfully follow no matter where He leads us.

A big thank you to Marlin and Becky for sharing their Inner Views here. Find out more at bontragerfamilysingers.com

First published on Homespun Devotions by Cheryl Smith. This feature has been condensed. For the full interview, read homespundevotions.com/2018/04/the-inner-views-of-marlin-becky.html

This feature was first published in the SGNScoops Magazine in June 2018.

Cheryl Smith, author of the Inner Views

Cheryl Smith, author of the Inner Views

More on Cheryl Smith….

Cheryl Smith describes herself as a “passionate disciple and follower of Jesus Christ.” She says: “I am married to the sweetest, most patient man for over 30 years…Mama to one miracle son God sent to us after 12.5 years of infertility…Homeschool Teacher who learns way more than I ever teach.I love to spend time with my husband and son in the mountains, sing and play Bluegrass music, and write. I am so thankful for your visit and hope you will visit my blogs: homespundevotions.com/ and biblicalminimalism.com/ It is my goal to encourage you in your walk with Jesus and to inspire you to let go of this world for the sake of a higher call.  It is His call that I hope you hear. So compelling, so intense, so far above anything this world has to offer. It is the call His disciples heard as they went about a normal, ordinary day, fishing. It is a call they could not refuse. A call that caused them to drop everything they had and walk away from life as they knew it, without a backward glance. Can you hear it? Are you listening?”

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Award Winning Singer/Songwriter Jerry Salley Releases First Bluegrass Gospel Album

Written by Staff on November 3, 2015 – 7:22 pm -

jerrysalleypromo750Nashville, Tennessee (November 3, 2015) Once in a while songwriters miss their calling and try to be singers as well as writers. Not so with Jerry Salley. With his new Bluegrass Gospel album Gospel From My Grassroots, Jerry proves to be not only the ultimate songwriter, but also a prolific singer. With all of the love and expression any singer could produce, Jerry treats these tunes with masterful performance.

jerrysalleyalbumcoverJerry has had some major hits with his songwriting in Country, Bluegrass, Southern Gospel, as well as Contemporary Christian genres. Turning to his roots this new CD features his Country/Bluegrass talents.

Referred to by Billboard Magazine as “One of Music Row’s greatest veteran tunesmiths,” Jerry Salley has had an incredibly successful songwriting career in Country, Bluegrass, and Gospel music. Showing his bluegrass roots, and with his five-year-old granddaughter gracing the cover, Gospel From My Grassroots is Jerry’s first all Bluegrass Gospel album. It shines with 13 original, heartfelt tunes that range from the energetic, up-tempo song “How High Is That Mountain,” to the brand new finger-snapping a cappella song, “Just Drink The Water.”

Jerry breathes new life into these self-penned songs, most of which have been previously recorded by Bluegrass and Gospel greats. Guest vocalist Steven Curtis Chapman sings with Jerry on an acoustic, stripped-down translation of their co-written Gospel classic, “His Strength Is Perfect” and IBMA Female Vocalist Of The Year, Dale Ann Bradley, lends her warm angelic voice to “Send The Angels Down,” a song that she previously recorded. The project also includes Jerry’s original versions of “It’s Not What You Know” and “You Don’t Have To Go Home,” which have been recorded multiple times in the Bluegrass and Gospel worlds, and “I Want To Thank You,” a #1 song for Karen Peck and New River .

The fifth song on the album, “Cross On The Right” features Jerry with friends Larry Cordle, Carl Jackson, and Bradley Walker and is the initial focus track for radio from the album, although Jerry invites you to play any and ALL of your favorite tunes!

If you would like to interview Jerry Salley contact AG Publicity at info@agpublicity.com .

To learn more about Jerry Salley you can go to www.jerrysalley.com or his Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/jerry.salley.7 .

To book Jerry at your church, event, or concert contact him at jerrysalleymusic@gmail.com or call 931- 450-4220.
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About Jerry Salley

Referred to by Billboard Magazine as “One of Music Row’s greatest veteran tunesmiths”, Jerry Salley, the 2003 “SESAC Country Music Songwriter of the Year”, has had over 400 songs recorded in his multi-award winning career.

Born in the small southern Ohio town of Chillicothe, he signed with Performing Rights Organization SESAC at eighteen years old. Writing and singing in Nashville since 1982, he has written multiple hits in Country, Bluegrass and Gospel Music and may well be the most successful songwriter to have earned equal recognition from all three genres of music – not to mention his recent activity of songs/awards recorded by some of the best/current artists in the “Americana” music genre.

His country hits include the Reba McEntire smash “I’m Gonna Take That Mountain”, “Breakin’ New Ground” (Wild Rose/Universal Records), “I Fell In The Water” (John Anderson/BNA Records), “How Do You Sleep At Night” (Wade Hayes/DCK/Columbia Records), and four other Billboard chart records. His has written Three #1 Gospel hits, several #2 Gospel hits and over a dozen other top ten/top twenty Gospel songs. In addition to songs recorded by the previously mentioned artists, he has had songs recorded by Patty Loveless, Joe Nichols, Darryl Worley, Travis Tritt, Tracy Lawrence, Neal McCoy, Mark Chesnutt, Cece Winans, The Whites, and many others. He is a nine-time Dove Award nominee, having won a prestigious Dove for the 1990 Inspirational Song of the Year “His Strength Is Perfect”, recorded by and co-written with Steven Curtis Chapman.

Internationally he has penned no less than seven #1 Country hits in Australia just since 2001. To date Jerry’s songs have sold in excess of fourteen million records worldwide.

As an artist, Jerry has performed on numerous stage shows, including the honor of performing as a soloist many times on the world famous GRAND OLE OPRY. His television appearances include LATE NIGHT WITH DAVID LETTERMAN, REGIS AND KATHY LEE, NBC’S TODAY SHOW and several different TNN (THE NASHVILLE NETWORK) shows.


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SGN Scoops Top 100 for March 2015

Written by Staff on March 20, 2015 – 3:01 pm -

SGNScoops Top 100

SGNScoops Top 100

1 Browders He Took The Nails
2 Williamsons It Was The Word
3 Zane and Donna King No One Like God
4 Hoskins Family Land Of Endless Tomorrows
5 Bowling Family That’s What I Miss The Most
6 East Ridge Boys Pray Pray Pray
7 Shellem Cline That Saving Song
8 Mylon Hayes Family There’s Still A Refuge
9 Kingdom Heirs Joys Of Heaven
10 Watts, Rowsey and Bean Don’t Give A Rock A Chance
11 Hyssongs Still Blessed
12 Josh and Ashley Franks He Promised Me
13 Greater Vision The Blood Hasn’t Ever Changed
14 Exodus Tell Me Oh Tell Me Again
15 Page Trio I Wanna Go There
16 Karen Peck/New River Everybody’s Going Through Something
17 Heavenly Sunrise He Died A Savior
18 Whisnants Glorybound
19 Tammy Jones Robinette I Like Life
20 Steeles Eternally
21 Jason Crabb Love Is Stronger
22 Tim Livingston I Just Miss You
23 Valor 3 Hallelujah He Has Risen
24 Linda Foster That Day Is Almost Here
25 Kevin and Jennifer He’s Still Doing Miracles Today
26 Lore Family It Shall Be Well
27 Mercy’s Well I Wanna Hear The Gospel
28 Caleb’s Crossing Isn’t The Love Of Jesus Something Wonderful
29 McKameys Pure Satisfaction
30 Wilbanks I’ll Be Praisin’ You
31 Mark Dubbeld Family Face Of The Captain
32 Tina Wakefield I’ve Got A Lot To Thank God For
33 Troy Burns Family By The Blood Of The Lamb
34 Dennis Cook One Pair Of Hands
35 New Vision That’s What Love Looks Like
36 Wards Coming Out Of Bondage
37 James and Jeff Easter Jesus Is Living In Me
38 Dunaways Church In The Kitchen
39 Mark Bishop Pray On The Little Days
40 Mercy’s Reflection Oh What A Difference
41 Higher Hope He Walks With Me
42 Ivan Parker Til The Shackles Fall Off
43 Wilburn and Wilburn Nobody Like Jesus
44 Clyde Felton Jr. Lord Forgive Me
45 Steve Hess/Southern Salvation Living Proof
46 Sunday Drive This I Know
47 Danny Norman The Best Day Of My Life
48 Jim Brady Trio Steppin’ Out In Faith
49 Wilburn and Wilburn Help Me Help Someone
50 Rod Truman I’m Gonna Make It
51 Legacy Five Christ Is Still The King
52 Mark Trammell Quartet Don’t Stop Running
53 Sounds Of Victory How Good God’s Been To Me
54 Poet Voices He Saw Me
55 Porter Family I’m Gonna Run
56 Brian Free/Assurance Unashamed
57 Joseph Habedank Never No Never
58 Tony Burchette Better Hurry Up
59 Goodman Revival What A Happy Time
60 Taylors Measure Of Grace
61 Conners I Need To Hear From Heaven
62 Bruce Hedrick Roses From God
63 Tribute Quartet Everything I Need
64 Wisecarvers One Prayer At A Time
65 Doug Hudson Help Me Find My Way Home
66 TaRanda Greene That’s Where Amazing Happens
67 Perrys If You Knew Him
68 Shellem Cline Dinner With Jesus
69 Debra Perry/Jaidyn’s Call Bottom Of The Hill
70 Campbell and Rowley It’s Not About You
71 Partons No More Chains
72 Doyle Lawson/Quicksilver O Far Country
73 Rita Broyles Looking Through The Bars
74 Crowe Lawson/Williams Insured Beyond The Grave
75 Georgians Quartet Back In The Day
76 Carter Robertson Band Dog Named Dog
77 Pauline Patterson One Prayer Away
78 Singing Cookes The Church Has Moved Away
78 Spiritual Voices There’s Still My Joy
78 Terry Collins This One Thing I Know
81 Messiah’s Call He’ll Do It Today
82 Charlie May One Last Stand
83 Bledsoes I’m Glad I’m Saved
84 South Of Heaven When I Crossed That River
85 Blackwood Brothers You Can Find What I Found
86 Cornerstone Stormy Seas
87 Brian and Angela Monehan I Talk To Him
88 Chuck Day Back Page News
89 Anchormen Come To The Fountain
89 Tribute Quartet Everybody Needs Jesus
89 Simeon’s Promise Rapture Ready
89 Eagles Wings The Potter’s Hand
89 Emmaus Road Quartet Victory Song
94 Bev McCann Smile
95 Barry Rowland/Deliverance Somebody Go Get God
96 Lori Jonathan Trio It’s Always Darkest Before The Dawn
97 Inmans Here Comes The Bride
98 Joyaires I Can’t Make It Lord Without You
99 Allegiance Lighten Up
100 Southern Raised Good News From The Graveyard

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Gordon Mote voted 2014 Anthony Burger Instrumentalist of the Year: Road to the 2015 Diamond Awards

Written by Staff on March 6, 2015 – 10:42 am -

Gordon Mote

Gordon Mote

The 2015 Diamond Award Nominations are now open on the SGN Scoops website until March 31. Everyone is invited to the website to enter the Nominations area and list their top ten favorite picks for each Diamond Award category. You can vote today from the link below!

We are traveling the Road to the 2015 Diamond Awards during this nomination period, by highlighting the definition of each award category. The Anthony Burger Instrumentalist of the Year Award is given to a full-time artist in Southern, Country or Bluegrass Christian music who plays any music instrument with expertise.

This Award is named after Anthony Burger, an extraordinary piano player who played for many years with the Kingsmen Quartet and with the Gaither Homecoming tour. He passed away in 2006 while onstage at a Gaither Gospel Cruise. Burger won the Singing News Award for Favorite Instrumentalist for several years in a row until the Award itself was named after him. The Diamond Award honors this gentleman for his unique abilities by naming our award after him.

On November 4th, 2014, the Diamond Awards were held at the 2014 Creekside Gospel Music Convention in Pigeon Forge. The winner of the 2014 Anthony Burger Instrumentalist of the Year was Gordon Mote, a popular singer/musician who was blind from birth. Mote has play for such artists as Trisha Yearwood, Porter Wagoner, Gaither Vocal Band as well as the long-running Gaither Homecoming Tour. Mote is also a talented vocalist. He has recorded three instrumental projects and six vocal projects. His latest radio release is entitled,”Wounded Hands.”

Who will you decide to nominate this year?

2015 Diamond Awards

2015 Diamond Awards

 

 

 

 

 

 

Be sure to vote for your favorite nominees today.

The list of nominees will be posted on the site and fans will then nominate their favorites from this list, with a maximum of five names nominated per award. In
this way, the field of nominees will be narrowed to ten, voted on by fans once more and then narrowed to five. This final list of five will then be voted on by fans to find the one winner for each award.

Make plans now to join us for the 2015 Diamond Awards during the Creekside Gospel Music Convention in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee from November 2nd through 5th, 2015. For more information visit www.creeksidegospelmusicconvention.com

2015 Diamond Awards Nominations can be found at http://www.sgnscoops.com/2015-diamond-awards/

The Diamond Awards are hosted by SGN Scoops digital magazine and Coastal Media Group.


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Road to the 2015 Diamond Awards: Dottie Rambo Songwriter of the Year

Written by Staff on February 26, 2015 – 9:20 am -

Jeff Steele, 2014 Dottie Rambo Songwriter Of The Year

Jeff Steele, 2014 Dottie Rambo Songwriter Of The Year

Dottie Rambo was a much-loved and awarded singer/songwriter of Christian music who was killed in a bus accident in May 2008. She is said to have written over 2500 songs, many of which are sung regularly in churches, recorded often by artists and loved by millions. Dottie wrote such songs as “He Looked Beyond My Faults and Saw My Needs,” “In the Valley He Restoreth My Soul,” and “We Shall Behold Him.”

We are traveling the Road to the 2015 Diamond Awards during this nomination period, by highlighting the definition of each award category. The Dottie Rambo Songwriter of the Year is a nationally-charting songwriter in Southern, Country or Bluegrass Christian music whose songs are recorded by Southern, Country or Bluegrass Gospel artists.

Reba Rambo-McGuire and her mother, Dottie Rambo

Reba Rambo-McGuire and her mother, Dottie Rambo

On November 4th, 2014, the Diamond Awards were held at the 2014 Creekside Gospel Music Convention in Pigeon Forge. The winner of the 2014 Diamond Award Dottie Rambo Songwriter of the Year was Jeff Steele. Jeff has written many songs that have touched hearts and his family group, The Steeles, have often charted his songs. These songs include, “But God,” “We Want America Back,” and “On The Road to Emmaus.” He is also an author, speaker and pastor. Jeff has had songs recorded by almost every group in Southern Gospel and is much loved by the fans who voted for him for the 2014 Diamond Award winner.

The 2015 Diamond Award Nominations are now open on the SGN Scoops website until March 31. Everyone is invited to the website to enter the Nominations area and list their top ten favorite picks for each Diamond Award category. You can vote today from the link below!

Who will you decide to nominate this year?

2015 Diamond Awards

2015 Diamond Awards

 

 

 

 

 

 

Be sure to vote for your favorite nominees today.

The list of nominees will be posted on the site and fans will then nominate their favorites from this list, with a maximum of five names nominated per award. In
this way, the field of nominees will be narrowed to ten, voted on by fans once more and then narrowed to five. This final list of five will then be voted on by fans to find the one winner for each award.

Make plans now to join us for the 2015 Diamond Awards during the Creekside Gospel Music Convention in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee from November 2nd through 5th, 2015. For more information visit www.creeksidegospelmusicconvention.com

2015 Diamond Awards Nominations can be found at http://www.sgnscoops.com/2015-diamond-awards/

The Diamond Awards are hosted by SGN Scoops digital magazine and Coastal Media Group.


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Road to the 2015 Diamond Awards: Song of the Year

Written by Staff on February 19, 2015 – 2:33 pm -

Susan Peck Jackson, Karen Peck Gooch, Rob Patz and Jeff Hawes

Susan Peck Jackson, Karen Peck Gooch, Rob Patz and Jeff Hawes

We are traveling the Road to the 2015 Diamond Awards during this nomination period, by highlighting the definition of each award category. The category for the Song of the Year is defined as a song recorded by a full-time Southern, Country or Bluegrass Christian music group or artist, released nationally as a single during the eligibility period of February 2014 to January 2015.

On November 4th, 2014, the Diamond Awards were held at the 2014 Creekside Gospel Music Convention in Pigeon Forge. The winners of the 2014 Diamond Award Song of the Year were Karen Peck and New River for their hit song, “Revival.”

Who will you decide to nominate this year?

The 2015 Diamond Award Nominations are now open on the SGN Scoops website until March 31. Everyone is invited to the website to enter the Nominations area and list their top ten favorite picks for each Diamond Award category. You can vote today from the link below!

2015 Diamond Awards

2015 Diamond Awards

 

 

 

 

 

 

Be sure to vote for your favorite nominees today.

The list of nominees will be posted on the site and fans will then nominate their favorites from this list, with a maximum of five names nominated per award. In
this way, the field of nominees will be narrowed to ten, voted on by fans once more and then narrowed to five. This final list of five will then be voted on by fans to find the one winner for each award.

Make plans now to join us for the 2015 Diamond Awards during the Creekside Gospel Music Convention in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee from November 2nd through 5th, 2015. For more information visit www.creeksidegospelmusicconvention.com

2015 Diamond Awards Nominations can be found at http://www.sgnscoops.com/2015-diamond-awards/

The Diamond Awards are hosted by SGN Scoops digital magazine and Coastal Media Group.


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SGN Scoops Top 100 Gospel Songs For December 2014

Written by Staff on December 30, 2014 – 1:37 pm -

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1    Kingsmen                                                          Oh Yes I Am

2    Old Paths                                                          Love Them To Jesus

3    Legacy Five                                                      Christ Is Still The King

4    Karen Peck and New River                              Everybody’s Going Through Something

5    Brian Free and Assurance                                Unashamed

6    Shellem Cline                                                   Dinner With Jesus

7    Perrys                                                               I Can Trust Him

8    Tim Livingston                                                 I Just Miss You

9    Kingdom Heirs                                                 Joys Of Heaven

10  Bowling Family                                                I Know Enough

11  Primitive Quartet                                              Empty Me Lord

12  Joseph Habedank                                              Never No Never

13  Porter Family                                                   It Won’t Be Today

14  McKameys                                                       There Is Jesus

15  Talleys                                                             Hidden Heroes

16  Terry Collins                                                    Some Things Never Change

17  Dunaways                                                         Church In The Kitchen

18  Williamsons                                                     It Was The Word

19  Zane and Donna King                                       No One Like God

20  Soul Vision                                                       When We Step Inside

21  11th Hour                                                         How Will You Plead

22  Dennis Cook                                                     Crying In The Chapel

23  Brian Free and Assurance                                Say Amen

24  Greater Vision                                                  For All He’s Done

25  Keith Barkley and Family Tradition                 It Will Pass By

26  Booth Brothers                                                 If God Didn’t Care

27  Hyssongs                                                          Still Blessed

28  Tony Burchette                                                 We’ll Soon Be Gone

29  Social Security Boys                                        I’m Not What I Was

30  Lore Family                                                      It Shall Be Well

31  Bev McCann                                                     Through The Thunder

32  Ernie Penley                                                       Jim Was Saved Tonight

33  Mylon Hayes Family                                        Prayer Meeting

34  Wilbanks                                                          Song Of Thanksgiving

35  Michael Wayne Smith                                      Changed By Your Grace

36  Hoskins Family                                                God Is Big

37  Hyssongs                                                          I Was Blind But Now I See

38  Carolina Boys                                                  Watch And Pray

39  The Gospelaires                                               Miracle

40  Master’s Voice                                                 He Saved Me Anyway

41  Ernie Haase and Signature Sound                     Water Walking God

42  Tribute Quartet                                                 Everything I Need

43  Nelons                                                              Do Unto Others

44  Wilburn and Wilburn                                        Help Me

45  Steeles                                                              Eternally

46  Poet Voices                                                      He Saw Me

47  Jim Brady                                                         He Didn’t Throw The Clay Away

48  Brothers Redeemed                                          If It Had Not Been

49  Lori Jonathan Trio                                            What A Precious Friend

50  Mark Bishop                                                     Pray On The Little Days

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Butler Music Group and Tammy Jones Robinette Announce Management Agreement

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on December 13, 2014 – 9:38 am -

Tammy Jones Robinette

Tammy Jones Robinette

Nashville, TN   Award winning gospel artist Tammy Jones Robinette and Southern Gospel music veteran Les Butler recently announced an exclusive management agreement between Robinette and Butler Music Group.

Regarding their management agreement, Les Butler, owner of Butler Music Group, said, “I have always been a fan of Tammy Jones Robinette.  Her singing is anointed, and her songwriting is top notch.  I look forward to helping her grow her Southern Gospel ministry, as well as open new doors of opportunity in the field of Bluegrass Gospel.”

Tammy Jones Robinette added, “I am excited about all the doors God is opening in my singing career.  I am thrilled to announce a management deal with Butler Music Group from Nashville, Tennessee.  Les Butler is a man of integrity and is dedicated to seeing gospel music and our industry grow.  I look forward to seeing what his influence and expertise can do for my music career,” she concluded.

Robinette is currently in the studio recording a new Southern Gospel release.  Be watching tammyjonesrobinette.com for more updates.


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Balsam Range Announces Winter Concert Series

Written by Staff on November 7, 2014 – 9:59 am -

unnamed (2)Plans are complete for the 5th annual series with IBMA Entertainer of the Year and guests at historic Colonial Theater

NASHVILLE, TN — Balsam Range has announced a truly great lineup for its 5th Annual Winter Concert Series. The band brings five concerts to their Haywood County, NC home each year, all presented at the historic Colonial Theater.

“Our winter concert series is a kind of gift to our community. It’s an opportunity to share the talents of some really amazing artists that we admire and don’t usually get to perform with,” says Balsam Range’s Tim Surrett.

Guests for each of the five concerts include fan favorites and award winners. The 2014-15 series will include The Jeff Little Trio with Steve Lewis and Josh Scott; The Molly Tuttle Trio; North Carolina’s own, The Harris Brothers; The Snyder Family Band; and The Studio Dream Team, comprised of musicians Jeff Collins, David Johnson and Tony Creasman. Concerts are held at the Colonial Theater in Canton on the first Saturday of each month, December 2014 through April 2015. Balsam Range, winner of the 2014 IBMA Entertainer of the Year, also performs at each show.

Special guest artists are selected by the members of Balsam Range. Tim Surrett, Buddy Melton, Caleb Smith, Darren Nicholson and Marc Pruett often use their many hours on the road to talk about and share with each other the music of artists they admire.

“We love to get our own musical heroes on these shows,” says mandolin player extraordinaire, Darren Nicholson. “Musicians are inspired by other artists. It’s just as much fun for us to share an evening with these folks as it is for our fans and friends to hear them.”

Balsam Range tries also to bring artists to the series who don’t regularly play in the area. Past concerts, which have all been sell-outs, have boasted guests from among the top names in the business as well as fast-rising stars of acoustic music. Guests have included Tony Rice, Bobby Hicks, John Wiggins, Carl Jackson, Jerry Salley, Larry Cordle, Jim Hurst, Shawn Camp, The Sweet Lowdown, John Driskell Hopkins of the Zac Brown Band and more.

BALSAM RANGE WINTER CONCERT SERIES 2014-15

12/6/14 – The Molly Tuttle Trio: LINK
01/3/15 – The Jeff Little Trio: LINK
02/7/15 – The Harris Brothers: LINK
03/7/15 – The Snyder Family Band: LINK
04/4/15 – The Studio Dream Team: Jeff Collins, David Johnson, Tony Creasman: LINK

Each of the five concerts will support a different area charitable organization, as chosen by the members of the band.

Tickets are available for $22 at The Colonial Theater box office (53 Park St. Canton, North Carolina 28716) or by calling 828-235-2760. All shows begin at 7:30 PM Saturdays, with doors opening at 6:30 PM. Tickets are nonrefundable and date specific.

The band gratefully acknowledges its sponsors for the 2014-15 series: Amy Spivey of ERA Sunburst Realty, The Waynesville Inn Golf Resort and Spa, and Smoky Mountain Roasters Coffee Shop.

In addition to IBMA Entertainer of the Year, Balsam Range was also honored with Vocal Group of the Year, and single awards were given to Buddy Melton (Male Vocalist of the Year) and Tim Surrett (Mentor Award – one of a series of special honors called Momentum Awards – for his inspired work with young and developing artists).

For more information, visit www.balsamrange.com


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