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New Music from Michael & Jennifer McLain

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on November 24, 2016 – 7:43 am -

New Music from Michael & Jennifer McLain

New Music from
Michael & Jennifer McLain

Nashville, TENN. — Husband and wife duo, Michael and Jennifer McLain, have been playing music together since their first date. Both fluent banjo players, the pair grew up in musical families, touring and performing throughout North America. The power couple have announced their forthcoming album, Hit the Road and Go, available November 4th, 2016.

When not making appearances on outlets including the Grand Ole Opry, NPR, and PBS’ own Song of the Mountains, the McLain’s are regulars at Kix Brook’s (of Brooks and Dunn) Arrington Vineyards, located just a short drive outside of Nashville, TN. A CD release event was held recently at Arrington Vineyards.

Described as having a “sweet and pure, even angelic,” Jennifer has recorded vocals for major and indie labels, as well as shared the stage with Vince Gill and Lionel Cartwright. Michael’s career began at a young age, traveling internationally to Japan, Mexico, and even Brazil for performances with the McLain Family Band. He also recorded with the Claire Lynch Band and has taught guitar, banjo, mandolin, and bluegrass ensemble at Belmont University in Nashville, TN for 13 years.

The McLain’s are joined by Grand Masters Championship fiddler, Dan Kelly, who has played and toured with the likes of Roy Acuff, Alan Jackson, Faith Hill, the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band and many more. On upright bass and harmony vocals is the lovely Kori Caswell.

Hit the Road and Go is a refreshing bluegrass blend of energized tunes and ambient acoustic instrumentation.


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Changes For Canaan’s Crossing

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on September 8, 2016 – 12:35 pm -

Changes For Canaan's Crossing

Changes For Canaan’s Crossing

(Arab, AL) Song Garden artist Canaan’s Crossing welcomes a familiar face back to it’s lineup. Drew Long played with the band from 2010-2014 and will step back into his former role recently vacated by Collins Miller. Miller, son of band member Tina Miller has been playing since Long’s departure and recently left Canaan’s Crossing to join the Darrell Webb Band based in Sevierville, TN. “We would like to thank Collins for the great job that he did while he was a member of our band. His future is nothing but bright and we wish him all the best” said Canaan’s Crossing spokesman Tim Maze.

Long’s first date with the band will be September 17th in Upton, KY at the WJCR Radio Bluegrass Gospel festival.

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Tim Surrett needing continued prayer

Written by Staff on August 19, 2016 – 4:45 pm -

Balsam Range

Balsam Range

Tim Surrett’s wife Hope posted on Facebook earlier today regarding the condition of her husband, a member of the award winning group,  Balsam Range.

Tim Surrett of Balsam Range

Tim Surrett of Balsam Range

Hope says, “First things first, Tim is home!!! He is doing much better and with medication he will continue to improve. He will have additional testing for the next couple months to monitor his health. Overall the outcome of the stay in the hospital has been a much needed eye opening fix. (Tim would disagree)
We want to take time to say how blessed we are with the outpouring of thoughts, prayers and positive vibes sent our way. It was amazing to know that during his stay we remained covered in prayer by you all. Unfortunately words can not begin to explain the gratitude we feel toward each and every one of you but this is what we will do until we get to see you all in person to thank you. Please continue to pray and send positive vibes for us as we continue on this journey.
Hope, Tim and Braden”

We ask that all of our readers will join with us in continued prayer for all the Surrett family.

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Tim Surrett needing prayer

Written by Staff on August 17, 2016 – 3:30 pm -

Tim Surrett of Balsam Range

Tim Surrett of Balsam Range

Balsam Range posted this note on Facebook earlier today:

Friends!
We are asking for prayer and positive thoughts for Tim Surrett and his family. Tim was rushed to the ER yesterday after feeling light headed and faint. The diagnosis was internal bleeding due to a gastrointestinal issue. He has since undergone a blood transfusion and is feeling better. He is having an upper GI today to hopefully solve the problem.

Balsam Range

Balsam Range

Tim is a leader in the bluegrass world in many ways, being the Chairman of the IBMA Board of Directors while also performing as bass player, dobro player, and vocalist in Balsam Range. He’s a founder of Mountain Home Music Company and produces albums for the label. Tim also has many friends in the Gospel music industry after many years traveling with The Kingsmen and The Isaacs.

Both Mountain Home and Balsam Range pray for his swift recovery.

Rob Patz, Lorraine Walker and all of the SGNScoops staff also join in prayer for Tim and his family.

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Dove Award Nominees celebrate Southern Gospel and Christian Country

Written by Staff on August 11, 2016 – 5:09 pm -

Karen Peck and New River

Karen Peck and New River are 47th Dove Award nominees

The Gospel Music Association has released the list of the 47th Dove Award Nominees for 2016. SGNScoops extends our congratulations to each of the nominees. We are thankful that the greater Christian music audience is recognizing what we have known for almost 100 years: Gospel music with a Southern influence or Bluegrass/Country twang has a terrific message, accomplished vocalists and some of the best musicians of any genre.

Gaither Vocal Band

Gaither Vocal Band

Kudos to the multiple Dove Award nominees of our Southern Gospel family: Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, Gaither Vocal Band, Karen Peck and New River, and The Perrys. Also nominated were popular artists The Hoppers, The Booth Brothers, The Collingsworth Family, Mark Lowry, The Bowling Family, and Greater Vision.

Ernie Haase & Signature Sound Release Favorite Hymns of Fanny Crosby

Ernie Haase & Signature Sound Release Favorite Hymns of Fanny Crosby

SOUTHERN GOSPEL RECORDED SONG OF THE YEAR
“Jesus Changed Everything” – Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, (writers) Ernie Haase, Wayne Haun, Joel Lindsey
“Jesus Gave Me Water” – Gaither Vocal Band, (writer) Lucie E. Campbell
“I am Blessed” – Karen Peck & New River, (writers) Karen Peck Gooch, Kenna West, Michael Farren
“Keep On” – Perrys, (writers) Wayne Haun, Joel Lindsey
“Jesus, The One” – The Hoppers, (writer) Paula Stefanovich

The Perrys Release Brand New Live DVD

The Perrys

SOUTHERN GOSPEL ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Still – Booth Brothers, (producers) Jason Webb, Lari Goss, Ronnie Booth, Michael Booth, Jim Brady
That Day Is Coming – Collingsworth Family, (producer) Wayne Haun
Happy People – Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, (producers) Ernie Haase, Wayne Haun, Todd Collins
How We Love – Mark Lowry, (producers) Mark Lowry, Kevin Williams
Moments Like These – The Bowling Family, (producer) Mike Bowling

SOUTHERN GOSPEL ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, StowTown Records
Gaither Vocal Band,Gaither Music Group
Greater Vision, Daywind Records
Karen Peck & New River, Daywind Records
The Perrys, StowTown Records

Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver

Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver

Congratulations as well to our Bluegrass and Christian Country family. Multiple Dove Award nominees are Jimmy Fortune, Joey + Rory, Jeff & Sheri Easter, Shenandoah. Other Dove Award artist nominees include Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Flatt Lonesome, The Isaacs, Doug Anderson, Wilburn and Wilburn. Be sure to look at all the Dove award nominated writers, producers and others who work together to make these projects award-winning material.

Jimmy Fortune To Be Featured On Sirius/XM

Jimmy Fortune

BLUEGRASS/COUNTRY RECORDED SONG OF THE YEAR
“He’s In Control” – Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, (writer) Steve Watts
“In The Heat of the Fire” – Flatt Lonesome, (writer) Kelsi Harrigill
“Life’s Railway to Heaven (with the Oak Ridge Boys)” – Jimmy Fortune, (writers) Eliza R. Snow, M.E. Abbey
“I’ll Fly Away” – Joey + Rory, (writer) Albert E. Brumley
“Leave It All on the Altar” – The Isaacs, (writers) Gloria Gaither, William J. Gaither, Buddy Greene

Joey and Rory

Joey and Rory

BLUEGRASS/COUNTRY RECORDED SONG OF THE YEAR
“Love Covered My Sin” – Doug Anderson, (writers) Wayne Haun, Randall Garland, Val Dacus
“Small Town Someone (Lunch)” – Jeff & Sheri Easter, (writers) Sheri Easter, Kenna Turner West, Jason Cox
“I Believe (with The Whites)” – Jimmy Fortune, (writer) Jimmy Fortune
“He Touched Me” – Joey+Rory, (writer) William J. Gaither
“Seconds Count” – Shenandoah ft. Karen Peck, (writers) Coy Fulmer, Doc Walley

Flashback Friday With Jeff & Sheri Easter

Jeff & Sheri Easter

BLUEGRASS/COUNTRY 
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Small Town, Celebrating 30 Years of Music and Marriage – Jeff & Sheri Easter, (producers) Madison Easter, Greg Cole, Jeff & Sheri Easter
Hits and Hymns – Jimmy Fortune (producer) Ben Isaacs
Hymns That Are Important To Us – Joey+Rory, (producers) Rory Lee Feek, Joe West
Good News Travels Fast – Shenandoah, (producers) Bud McGuire, Mike McGuire
Shoulders – Wilburn & Wilburn, (producers) Ben Issacs, Jonathan Wilburn, Jordan Wilburn

Shenandoah

Shenandoah

In the following Dove Award categories, we have highlighted the artists that are often referred to as Southern Gospel or Christian Country, or those who would be recognized by that industry.

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
Bernie Herms
David Garcia
Kirk Franklin
Wayne Haun
Seth Mosley & Michael X O’Connor (Team)

Award-winning Tenor DAVID PHELPS Tops Sales Charts

DAVID PHELPS

INSPIRATIONAL RECORDED SONG OF THE YEAR
“Pieces” – Bethel Music & Amanda Cook, (writers) Amanda Cook, Steffany Gretzinger
“Let It Be Jesus” – Christy Nockels, (writers) Chris Tomlin, Jonas Myrin, Matt Redman
Heaven’s Shore” – David Phelps, (writer) David Phelps
“O Praise the Name (Anastasis)” – Hillsong Worship (writers) Marty Sampson, Benjamin Hastings, Dean Ussher
“Till I Met You” – Laura Story, (writers) Laura Story, Christopher Stevens, Bryan Fowler

Bill Gaither and Friends

Bill Gaither and Friends

SPECIAL EVENT ALBUM OF THE YEAR                                         Blessed Assurance: The New Hymns of Fanny Crosby – Various, (producers) Bobby Blazier, John Hartley
Let the Glory Come Down – Bill & Gloria Gaither and Friends, (producers) Geron Davis, Bradley Knight
Passion Salvations Tide Is Rising – Passion, (producers) David Crowder, Gabe Scott, Ed Cash, David Garcia, Ross Copperman, Seth Mosley, Nathan Nockels, Shama “Sake Pase, Joseph, Maurice “Jimi Cravity” Willis, Solomon Olds
The Passion: New Orleans – Various/The Passion Cast, (producers) Adam Anders, Peer Astrom
We Will Stand – Various, (producers) Michael Omartian, Dan Posthuma

This Changes Everything, (creators) Marty Funderburk, Joseph Habedank

This Changes Everything, (creators) Marty Funderburk, Joseph Habedank

MUSICAL OF THE YEAR
Bethlehem Morning, (creators) Russel Mauldin, Sue C. Smith
Jesus, Only Jesus, (creator) Craig Adams
That’s Where The Story Begins, (creators) Dave Clark, Gerald Crabb, Mike Harland
This Changes Everything, (creators) Marty Funderburk, Joseph Habedank
Under a Starry Sky (A Dramatic Musical for Christmas), – (creators) Joel Lindsey, Jeff Bumgardner

LONG FORM VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Come Alive – Bethel Music Kids, (director) David Noroña (producer) Kiley Goodpasture
Neon Porch Extravaganza LIVE – Crowder, (director) Nathan Corrona (producers) Shelley Giglio, Mike McCloskey
Youth Revival – Hillsong Y&F, (director) Jamin Tasker (producer) Ben Field
Hymns That Are Important To Us – Joey+Rory, (director) Daniel Grace (producer) Aaron Carnahan, Joel McAfee, Bill Gaither
#LetsGo – Planetshakers, (director) Pete Seamons, Peter John (producer) Russell Evans, Mike Pilmer, Joth Hunt, Josh Brown
CCM United – Various, (director) Michael Omartian (producer) Stephen Yake

Congratulations to each Dove Award nominee who has been recognized for talent, skill and ministry. To each artist whose name does not appear here, we applaud your hard work, diligence, and commitment to making quality music that uplifts the name of Jesus!

For the complete list of Dove Awards nominees click here.

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Tammy Jones Robinette Nominated For Five IBMA Awards

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on July 5, 2016 – 5:02 pm -

Tammy Jones Robinette Nominated For Five IBMA Awards

Tammy Jones Robinette Nominated
For Five IBMA Awards

Nashville, TN  Tammy Jones Robinette’s successful run continues with nominations in five categories for the 2016 IBMA Awards. Tammy has been nominated for Album of the Year with Tammy Jones Robinette & The Drive, Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year with “I Think I’ll Let You Drive” and “I’ve Got To Work On The Ark,” Emerging Artist Of The Year, Recorded Event Of The Year and Female Vocalist Of The Year. What an honor. Tammy’s Management team leader, Les Butler adds, “If you are a member of the IBMA, we would appreciate your support.” As a member of the IBMA, you can vote online starting August 10 at 9 a.m.

Tammy Jones Robinette has also been nominated for the 2016 Diamond Awards for Favorite Female Bluegrass Artist, Bluegrass Album of the Year, and Bluegrass Gospel Group of the Year. Most recently, she has appeared at the “Bluegrass & BBQ” festival at Silver Dollar City with her all-star band, The Drive and released two big hits to radio. “I Think I’ll Let You Drive” came in at #2 on the Singing News Bluegrass chart and her new single release “I’ve Got To Work on The Ark” is expected to make a similar impact. To top it all off, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver recently recorded two of her songs “Best Friend” and “Burden Bearer” on their new album; naming their album Burden Bearer after the latter. Tammy Jones Robinette has already had such a busy year and her success is only expected to continue.
To stay tuned on all of the exciting things happening in her ministry, go to:
www.tammyjonesrobinetteandthedrive.com.


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Jeff and Sheri Easter in Concert

Written by Staff on June 13, 2016 – 2:12 pm -

Jeff and Sheri Easter and band

Jeff and Sheri Easter and band

Jeff and Sheri Easter were in concert at Farmers Family Restaurant in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, on May 26. It was a terrific concert with an enthusiastic crowd!

Also performing that evening were artists Williamson Branch, friends of Jeff and Sheri Easter.
We are able to show a great ringside-seat view of the concert, courtesy of one of our amazing SGNScoops photographers and writers who attended that evening.

Morgan Easter

Morgan Easter

Sheri Easter

Sheri Easter

You can find out more about Jeff and Sheri Easter at their website here.

Jeff and Sheri’s latest release is Small Town. Their website says: “Small Town, Celebrating 30 Years of Music & Marriage is our brand new release featuring Jesus Loves You, Small Town Someone, Someone’s Listening and more. Produced by Jeff and Sheri Easter, Madison Easter and Greg Cole, the CD features 11 songs, several of which were co-written by Sheri along with some of Nashville’s most noted songwriters. It captures the warm, country-influenced musical style the group is known for and covers faith and family topics that have been important to Jeff and Sheri since they started the group three decades ago.”
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Jeff Easter

Jeff Easter

Jared Easter

Jared Easter

Williamson Branch

Williamson Branch

Williamson Branch

Williamson Branch

Williamson Branch

Williamson Branch

Sheri Easter

Sheri Easter

Jeff Easter

Jeff Easter

Morgan Easter

Morgan Easter

Jeff and Sheri Easter and band

Jeff and Sheri Easter and band

Jeff Easter

Jeff Easter


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StowTown Records Announces the Signing of The Little Roy & Lizzy Show

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on May 5, 2016 – 9:15 pm -

StowTown Records Announces the Signing of The Little Roy & Lizzy Show

StowTown Records Announces the Signing of The Little Roy & Lizzy Show

(Nashville, TN)… StowTown Records is proud to announce the signing of the very poplar gospel/bluegrass band, The Little Roy & Lizzy Show.

“First of all, we are beside ourselves! We are so happy to be part of the StowTown Family,” said Lizzy Long. “Like any band, having a good solid record company is one of the best and most important parts of the entertainment business. We believe StowTown will get our music out there to be heard and will represent us in the best way.”
Long is coming off a banner year in 2015, including a GMA/Dove Award for her classic duet with Rhonda Vincent, “God Is There”, that brought home Bluegrass Song of the Year honors. The popular #1 single was written by StowTown Records co-founder Wayne Haun along with Joel Lindsey and was apart of Long’s first-ever solo project, Blueberry Pie, released by Vine Records and distributed by Provident-Sony Distribution.
In addition, the 4-time GMA/Dove Award-winning band, The Little Roy & Lizzy Show, is releasing Good Time, Down Home, its first project on the StowTown label on July 1st.
Country/bluegrass legend Marty Stuart makes a special guest appearance with “Tear The Woodpile Down” and the project also includes the catchy title track,“Good Time, Down Home, Countrified Feeling”.
Good Time, Down Home features a fun mix of traditional country and bluegrass as well as old-time gospel classics like “Unclouded Day” and “Up Above My Head”.
We are anxious for everyone to hear our new album, Good Time, Down Home, and experience the fun and the heart-warming feelings we get while listening to it,” added Long.
Jesus Is A Waymaker” is the first radio single from the album.
The brand new project hit all digital retailers including Amazon and iTunes this past weekend during the 4th Annual Little Roy & Lizzy Music Festival in Lincolnton, GA, affectionately known as south Georgia’s largest bluegrass festival.
“Our Festival last week was outstanding! Record crowds!,” exclaimed Long. “I believe it’s one of the best music festivals you can go to that is family-oriented.”
Tickets are now available for the 5th Annual fan-favorite festival set for May 4-6 in 2017.
Good Time, Down Home will be released in stores everywhere on July 1.

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Isaacs to appear at Bessemer AL on February 6, 2016

Written by Staff on January 27, 2016 – 2:06 pm -

Isaacs

Isaacs

We are announcing a last minute concert with the Isaacs at Grace Church Bessemer (Alabama).  This concert will be on Saturday, February 6th and will just be an evening with The Isaacs.

“We are so excited to be able to help this award winning family out due to schedule cancellation.  This is going to be a great night” – Pastor Mickey Bell

Isaacs

Isaacs

$10 donation at the door but you can reserve your seat by going ahead and getting your ticket online: http://bit.ly/isaacsconcert

Grace Church Bessemer

4500 Katies Way – Bessemer, AL 35022
(205) 565-7978

www.GraceChurchBessemer.com

 

About The Isaacs (from the website http://www.theisaacs.com/p/blog-page.html )

The Isaacs, a multi-award winning family group who began singing 35 years ago are based out of Hendersonville, TN. The vocalists are mother Lily Isaacs, and siblings Ben Isaacs, Sonya Isaacs Yeary and Rebecca Isaacs Bowman. Playing their own acoustic instruments and joined by other band members, The Isaacs have a unique style that blends tight, family harmony with contemporary acoustic instrumentation that appeals to a variety of audiences.  Their musical style has been influenced by many  genres of music including bluegrass, rhythm and blues, folk, and country, contemporary, acoustic and southern gospel.

They perform frequently at the Grand Ole Opry,  are active members on the Gaither Homecoming Videos and Concert Series, and travel internationally throughout the year to perform to welcoming fans in countries such as South Africa, Norway, Holland, Scotland, Ireland ,Israel, Canada and many more. Concert venues include civic centers, auditoriums, arenas, fair grounds, parks, churches and other locations. They have been nominated at and performed on the Dove Awards, IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) and  NQC (National Quartet Convention) Awards, the ICMA Awards (Inspirational Christian Country).  Other notable performances include CMA Fan Fest (Country Music Fan Fest), Carnegie Hall, and many professional sporting events, including a Cincinnati Bengal’s football game, Nashville Predators Hockey games, and an Astros/ Braves baseball game.  The Isaacs have won over 7 Doves in various categories and have had several Grammy nominations in their career.  They feel blessed to be able to travel and spread the message of hope and grace through song and story.

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Help The David Johnson Recovery Fund

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on December 22, 2015 – 8:43 am -

Help The David Johnson Recovery Fund

Help The David Johnson Recovery Fund

Many of you know, or have certainly heard, the talented musician David Johnson from Miller’s Creek, North Carolina. David has played on thousands of recordings in the Bluegrass and Christian Music genres over the past 30 years. David makes his living traveling the Southeast as a studio musician. Not only does Dave bring his musical talents to these recordings, but he also brings a great spirit of joy and fun to the sessions.

David was recently involved in a serious car accident, sustaining a severe concussion, bruised ribs and a broken left arm. With several weeks of recovery expected, David should heal completely, however, he will be out of work for many weeks. Please consider making a financial donation through this Gofundme campaign.

David has given his soul and dedicated his life to creating beautiful music, blessing hundreds of thousands of folks over the years. And wouldn’t it be wonderful to give back to him and his lovely wife Anne at this time? Please make your donation for this fine gentleman today. Thank you, and may God bless you for your generosity!

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