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Canton Junction: Changing faces, moving forward

Written by Staff on October 6, 2015 – 10:19 am -

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New faces put their stamp on a new project as Canton Junction rolls out Every Hallelujah


Canton Junction is no longer in the infancy stages of its ministry. However, as the group releases its third project, excitement abounds.

Canton Junction 3“It’s always kind of been – not overwhelming – but you stand in awe of the way that God makes His plans,” Matt Hagee, the group’s tenor singer, says. “Aaron (Crabb), Michael (Sykes) and I needed to get something done for Sunday (morning service at San Antonio’s Cornerstone Church in 2011). We went about that. We were able to start working with Tim Duncan, and he’s an incredible talent.

“The group now has a brand-new lineup. It’s a group of diverse singers. I’m very excited for folks to hear Canton Junction on our new project. I feel that this is going to be an opportunity to hear a real Canton Junction brand.”

Duncan and Hagee are the only current group members who were a part of Canton Junction’s earlier projects, a self-titled debut project (which won a Gospel Music Association Dove Award for Southern Gospel Album of the Year) and Live at Cornerstone.

Ryan Seaton

Ryan Seaton

“We’re a Gospel quartet, but this project is a little different,” Duncan says. “We have a great variety. Garry (Jones, the producer) did a good job of getting material, some great material. He has a list of go-to songwriters, and most of the songs on this project are deep subjects. They get to me. I say, ‘geez, I’ve been there.’ Sometimes, you think, ‘does God ever hear my prayer?’ The lyrics run deep.

“We have a great project. We have a good variety. We have a Southern Gospel project, quartet songs, fun songs and the deep songs that create a moment. I’m so excited about the type songs we’re doing. I say this about every project I’ve sang on, but I think it’s the best project I’ve ever sung on.”

Hagee admits that the project – which is slated for an August 7th release – has a different sound than the group’s earlier work.

Matthew Hagee

Matthew Hagee

“It’s very different,” Hagee explains. “The first project was really a great deal of stuff. The content we picked were songs we had enjoyed all of our lives. It’s stuff we said, ‘oh, it’d be fun to sing this.’ You do indeed have a lot of fun. You sing in a fashion that reflects your memories.

“In this new project, we captured a lot of new content. It’s from current writers who have written new material. You have to figure out, ‘how do I want to communicate this?’ Ryan (Seaton) has a huge voice, and yet, it’s so capable of singing so many different styles. Casey (Rivers) brings a modern Country and Contemporary sound to it. In one turn, we can be in a Praise-and-Worship vein. Then, the next can be in a Black Gospel style. All of it feels good.”

Casey Rivers

Casey Rivers

Jones had a heavy hand in the project’s variety. Duncan and Jones were part of the Signature Sound Quartet when it formed back in 2002. “It’s great,” Duncan says of working with Jones. “He’s a good arranger and a good producer. That goes without saying. He was with Gold City for 12 or 13 years, and look at all of the great songs they had.

“He’s just a good guy. He has a good heart. He’s easy to work with in the studio. He gets stuff out of you that you don’t think you can do, and he’s patient with you.”

Rivers and Seaton – who are in their first project as members of Canton Junction – echo Duncan’s feelings. They officially joined in the group in late January.

“This record, I really think there’s something on here for everyone,” Seaton explains. “There are Worship tunes. There’s your straightforward Southern Gospel. There’s a little bit of Country. There’s a little bit of Pop. There’s a wide variety of music on this album. For me, that’s what makes it fun. That’s something I’ve never been a part of. The album is going to be killer. It has some great tunes.

Tim Duncan

Tim Duncan

“Working with Garry, I’ve never been as comfortable in the studio as I’ve been with this project and working with him. He is able to create and pull some things from people who probably didn’t believe they could do certain things. When his name is on the album, it’s going to be good. It was nice to finally get to work with him in the studio.”

Rivers adds, “Every Hallelujah has a good mix of songs from different backgrounds. Everybody compliments each other in this group. It’s been really cool to see it all unfold. We all have common ground. It’s been a God thing for sure. God has opened a really a great door for all of us.”

Jones actually had a direct hand in Rivers’ door swinging open.

“I received a message via Facebook from Garry Jones,” Rivers remembers. “He said he liked what I was doing, and he liked my voice. We had a good phone conversation a week before Christmas. Then, I went to San Antonio. I talked to Garry, and we played in the studio a little bit.”

Seaton and Duncan were also a part of Ernie Haase and Signature Sound at the same time, and that connection led to Seaton’s arrival.

Canton Junction at NQC 2015

Canton Junction at NQC 2015

“Me and Tim have always stayed in contact through the years,” Seaton points out. “I always told him since he started with Canton Junction, ‘man, if there’s ever a position open, let me know.’ He saw the opportunity. He knew the group was going to be going through some changes, and he kind of helped me get in to get an audition.

“I filled in for Aaron (Crabb, the group’s original lead singer) in November and December. That kind of started the whole process.”

The compilation of vocalists brings diverse sounds.

“Casey, first off, is just a great human being,” Hagee explains. “He’s a husband and a father and very much about his family. He is a humble talent. It’s always a delight to find somebody who is talented and not know how talented they are. Casey is that. Casey has achieved success in Country music as a vocalist. Because of his diverse career, he brings all of those elements to add a lot to a quartet that you might not consider.

Canton Junction Album Cover“We’re given the opportunity to see what the song requires to be performed at the best level. Because of the diverse range that Ryan has and the style that Casey has, we can sing several different lineups. Ryan can take a lead, and Casey and I can move around on harmonies. Any time you have that kind of diversity, it’s nice, and I’ve always said that bass singers make anything better, especially good bass singers. In my opinion, there’s not a platform that has a bass singer on it any better than Tim. He has all the depth, but his tone is really quality. I’m really thrilled with how things have come together. Any time you go through change and a transition, you wonder, ‘are we ever going to be able to capture what we had?’ It’s kind of one of those moments where you look back and say, ‘right place, right time … God has His hand in it all.’”

Rivers is the lead singer, and Seaton serves as the baritone. However, that versatility that Hagee refers to essentially nullifies those labels in Rivers’ mind.

“I tell people, ‘Ryan Seaton is a lead singer,’” Rivers – who is the youngest member of the group at age 35 – says. “It’s kind of a cool thing to have in your arsenal. I’m labeled as a lead singer. He’s labeled as a baritone, but we’re both able to handle the baritone part.”

Duncan adds, “We have a good variety with what we’ve got. (Casey) has a little country flair. He’s a just a great vocalist and a great guy all the way around. He has a good heart. A good heart is just as important as who you are vocally.”

Early reactions have been favorable. In fact, the first single – “Weep No More” – has already been released to radio.

“The response has been overwhelming,” the 35-year-old Seaton points out. “Everybody seems excited. Everybody likes the sound. Casey can take the lead. I can take a lead. It’s a good place to be when you have a group that can do that.

“The people seem to open up. It’s been neat to see all of the comments. It’s been great.”

Hagee adds, “I don’t know anybody who likes Southern Gospel who didn’t hope that one day they could sing with a great quartet. I jokingly say that Canton Junction is where good things come together. We’ve found something that fits.”

Rivers was previously a part of the trio Beyond the Ashes, from 2009-12. However, prior to that time, he was immersed in Country Music, finishing as the runner-up during season four of Nashville Star.

“I like all kinds of music,” Rivers explains. “I grew up cutting my teeth on the old country, your Hank (Williams), Sr. Some of that stuff can mesh with Southern Gospel. It was that and Elvis Presley. I was a young guy with an old spirit and a feel for older stuff, but I always knew that I had a heart for ministry. I never wanted to do the beer-drinking songs. I never wanted to sing in the taverns. I stuck to doing a lot of festivals and fairs, a lot of the oprys around Oklahoma and Texas. I always felt that in my set that I could break it down and speak to some people who might not ever step foot in church and minister to them right there. It’s just a matter of being available and listening to God’s voice.

Canton Junction 4“That voice hit me hard back in 2009. I told my wife one day, ‘if I had a choice to lay Country music down and go full time in Christian music, I’d lay it down right now.’ Then, I had a woman in my church who said, ‘I don’t know if your ears have been burning, but I have a friend who is looking for a lead singer in his group, Beyond the Ashes.’ I had just done my first Country project, but I felt that’s where I needed to be full time. I got into a conversation with a friend at church, and I had an opportunity to meet Anthony Facello (the founder of Beyond the Ashes). I went through an interview process and a trial period. The rest of history.” Rivers has performed as a soloist since departing Beyond the Ashes.

Despite his country roots, Rivers also possesses a level of soul in his vocalization, which may have been cultivated during his three-year stint with Facello’s dynamic vocal trio. “The soulful part is something that has developed through the years,” Rivers says. “There was never that opportunity to really use that part of my voice. Maybe I didn’t know I had that when I was pursuing Country Music. Even at a young age, it was from Hank Sr. to Elvis Presley. I was shaking my leg as a kid and doing some blue suede shoes.

“A lot of the soulfulness came since 2009 when I joined Beyond the Ashes. I was introduced to some material and some ways of singing to where I really had to push myself. I had to really listen to blend. Being with Beyond the Ashes and through the years getting to hear the Crabb Family … Jason, Aaron and Adam … once I started listening to those songs and listening to some of their tracks, I was like, ‘I like singing these songs.’ They’re in their own league though.”

While the group has quickly cultivated its blend on stage, Rivers points out that it has been a great blend off stage as well. “These guys are awesome,” Rivers emphasizes. “I’m very comfortable around them. We all share common things. Ryan is the only one who will not wear cowboy boots. He’ll tell you that in a heartbeat.

“We’re all family men. When you can be around people where you have things in common with … I could not ask for a better bunch of guys to minister with and share God’s love with.”

The limited tour schedule is another drastic difference for the quartet. “It’s definitely different than anything I’ve ever been involved in,” Seaton points out. “From the musical aspect to the travel aspect … doing this for almost 14 years now and traveling the roads 200 times a year … my girls are nine and eight (years old) now. I’ve been looking for something like this that wasn’t as demanding but still allowed me to do what God has called me to do … but not taking me away from the family every weekend. It’s the biggest blessing to date.

“Everything has been a blessing, from the Melody Boys working with Gerald Williams and Mike Franklin, who ran the Melody Boys. Getting to go with Signature Sound was a huge platform. To get on the Gaither stage and have his (Bill Gaither’s) blessing and stamp of approval, that was a huge blessing. For someone who didn’t go to school for music and never had music lessons, it’s been great. We’re all likeminded and family men. I couldn’t ask for anything better.”

Duncan adds, “I love it. I did have my share of leaving every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I don’t miss traveling so much. I have a lot of down time. I have a lot of quality time that I can spend at home. Yet, I get to go out and sing once in a while. I love the down time. I love to be able to fish more and hang out with my son and be with my wife. It’s great.”

The minimal appearances are beneficial as the group members are spread out, with Hagee living in San Antonio. Rivers is a resident of Flint, Texas. Duncan resides in Gallatin, Tenn., and Seaton is the furthest distance away from the group’s home base as he’s planted in Evansville, Ind.

The group performs at many of the traveling appearances of pastor John Hagee, who is the father of Matt Hagee and the senior pastor of Cornerstone Church. The quartet also performs there at Cornerstone on a semi-regular basis. Matt Hagee previously sang with his father and sisters as part of the Hagee Family.

Canton Junction performed at Bill Gaither’s Family Fest in the Smokies, which was held in late May.

“It is a different dynamic,” Rivers says. “A lot of guys gel because they’re all out on the road. With these guys, it takes a different type of preparation. We might be away from each other for a month or a month and a half. It takes us all going home and doing our homework. When it’s time to show up and do what we have to do, we just have to be ready, so it’s a different dynamic.”

The group members feel that one of the major benefits of the limited touring involves keeping the energy level high and the material fresh.

“I know what it is to be burnt out,” Duncan explains. “You’ve been gone so long, and so many times, you’d rather be home.

“This is great. When we do walk on stage, we’re fresh, because we’ve been off several days or a couple of weeks.”

Seaton adds, “One of the toughest things about traveling in a full-time scale is keeping it fresh. You live with your guys you travel with. That can get challenging at times. With this, it’s an exciting feeling every time we get together. It may have been two weeks since we’ve seen each other or sang together. There’s not that meeting the bus, putting your stuff on the bus, going to sleep and waking up in a different city. It’s very easy-going. The majority of our dates are done at Cornerstone Church there in San Antonio. The church members all love it. You get to sing to a built-in crowd. It tickles everybody. It’s a fun situation.”

The group has two mini-tours coming up this fall, stints in which the quartet will travel for three consecutive dates on two different weekends (a total of 11 appearances from August into October). Ivan Parker, Jason Crabb and the Isaacs will also be among the performers during some of those dates.

“I’m looking forward to those dates,” Duncan says. “We’re fresh. I don’t think we will ever reach that point where we will be burnt out. The zeal, desire and morale will always be up, because we don’t travel so much.”

Hagee isn’t ruling out an increased tour schedule in the future. “We have the opportunity to be involved in other areas of media, like television and internet television,” Hagee says. “We want to get our music out.

“We’re going to work those dates (this fall) and see how they go. If opportunities to grow in that area come, we’ll certainly look into it.”

While Matt Hagee serves as the executive pastor at Cornerstone Church, the rest of the group has a varied list of extra-curricular activities.

Duncan – who was formerly a bricklayer before delving full time into Southern Gospel Music – still occasionally does some bricklaying.

Rivers still makes some solo appearances and also occasionally fills in for other groups, but Seaton arguably has the most unique – and most fun – hobby.

“My number one priority is Canton Junction,” Seaton points out. “We provide for our families from Canton Junction, but I actually own HighSide Hobbies and Raceway. It’s an RC (radio-controlled) hobby shop with an indoor, dirt oval track. We race RC cars. We hold weekly races. We’ve had a number of weekly races. We’ve had people from North Dakota, Ohio and Tennessee. Other than going to cheer practice and dance practice (with my daughters), that’s what I do.

“It started out as a hobby, and the opportunity presented for me to take over. I raced as a customer. I became friends with the owner. He was looking to get out of owning the business, so I took that over.”

Look for the new Canton Junction faces and project online.

By Craig Harris

First published by SGN Scoops August 2015.

For more artist features and information, look for the newest SGN Scoops digital magazine on the SGN Scoops website.

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SGN Scoops at NQC on Thursday Night: Canton Junction, Greater Vision, Mark Trammell Trio, More!

Written by Staff on October 2, 2015 – 7:37 am -

Canton Junction

Canton Junction

At SGN Scoops, we love Southern Gospel music and its artists; not sure if you knew that or not! NQC has a lot of them and we have pictures.

Daniel Ashmore-The Old Paths

Daniel Ashmore-The Old Paths

Canton Junction, Greater Vision, Old Paths, the Perrys, Mark Trammell Quartet, the Mylon Hayes Family, Joseph Habedank, Nick Trammell, Loren Harris, Bryan Walker, Mike Bowling, Troy Peach, Libbi Perry Stuffle, Tracy Stuffle and the Voices of Lee are all shown here!

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Tim Rackley – Old Paths

SGN Scoops is so proud of all of our contributors every month. Do you know we have artists that share their hearts with us in every issue? Kelly Nelon Clark, David Staton, Dusty Wells, Sherry Anne, Laurette Willis, and the legendary Lou Wills Hildreth all have monthly articles.  We are so thankful for them! If you see them at NQC, tell them how much you enjoy their writing.

The group whose picture is on the top of this feature, Canton Junction, was

Doug Roark-The Old Paths

Doug Roark-The Old Paths

the cover feature in our August edition. Craig Harris wrote the feature and he also provides us with these terrific photographs.

We have many wonderful writers that do their very best to bring the best of the Gospel music world to you every month. Bethany Cook, Candi Combs, Dan Duncan, Dean Adkins, Erin Stevens, Jaquita Lindsey, Jennifer Campbell, Justin Gilmore, Justin McLeod, Lorraine Walker, Lynn Mills, Marcie Gray, Matt Baker, Paige Givens, Randall Hamm, Robert York, Roger Barkley Jr., Roger Speers, Rhonda Wooten, Selena

Gerald Wolfe and Greater Vision

Gerald Wolfe and Greater Vision

Day, Sheri LaFontaine, Timmy Williamson, Tina Wakefield, Vivian Belknap, and Vonda Easley all share their talents with us. We are so proud of all that they do!

Thank you for reading SGN Scoops magazine every month. Be sure to share each edition with your friends and family, and to let all of our contributors know how much you enjoy their features!

Joseph Habedank, Nick Trammell, Loren Harris, Bryan  Walker, Mike Bowling

Joseph Habedank, Nick Trammell, Loren Harris, Bryan Walker, Mike Bowling

For the September edition of SGN Scoops magazine with the cover story on the super Gaither Vocal Band, click

Kennedy Hayes and the Mylon Hayes Family

Kennedy Hayes and the Mylon Hayes Family

Wendy and Mylon Hayes

Wendy and Mylon Hayes

Matt Hagee and Canton Junction

Matt Hagee and Canton Junction

Mike Bowling, Loren Harris, Troy Peach

Mike Bowling, Loren Harris, Troy Peach

Nick Trammell, Mike Bowling, Loren Harris, Libbi  Stuffle

Nick Trammell, Mike Bowling, Loren Harris, Libbi Stuffle

Tracy Stuffle, Andrew Goldman

Tracy Stuffle, Andrew Goldman

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Loren Harris

Nick, Charlie, Mark Trammell

Nick, Charlie, Mark Trammell

here. Look for the October edition

Voices Of Lee

Voices Of Lee

Voices Of Lee

Voices Of Lee

Voices Of Lee

Voices Of Lee


coming soon!

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August 2015 SGNScoops Magazine

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on August 4, 2015 – 9:03 pm -

August 2015 SGNScoops Magazine

August 2015 SGNScoops Magazine

We are happy to present the August edition of SGNScoops Magazine! Our cover story features Canton Junction, a terrific group that has undergone many changes in the last year and now has a new CD, a sound that still excites and uplifts, and a spirit that remains steadfast. Enjoy their continuing journey in a story written by Craig Harris.

In this edition you will also learn more about Kaila Wisecarver, Mercy’s Bridge and songwriter Mark Mathes. Reacquaint yourself with The Anchormen, The Kingdom Heirs, The Williamsons and Mark Bishop. Enjoy photographs from the Gerald Crabb Gospel Fest and find out all about the artists and their Puppy Love.
All this as well as the DJ Spotlight, CD Reviews, Christian Fitness, and our favourite artists’ columns.
If you are new to SGNScoops, we invite you to enter our world and read the works of Erin Stevens, Jaquita Lindsey, Justin Gilmore, Marcie Gray, Paige Givens, Robert York, Sheri LaFontaine, Vivian Belknap, Lynn Mills, Lou Hildreth, Randall Hamm, Vonda Easley, Dusty Wells, Jeff Steele, Kelly Nelon Clark, Sherry Anne, David Staton and many more. From our creative people to our proofreader to our publisher, we are giving our best so you can read about the best in Gospel music.
Read the August 2015 edition here and tell your family and friends about us
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Written by SGN Scoops Staff on July 16, 2015 – 5:30 am -



NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Every Hallelujah, the highly anticipated new Difference Media recording from Dove Award and Singing News Fan Award-winning quartet Canton Junction, will be available at retail and digital outlets everywhere August 7. Produced by award-winning musician Garry Jones, Every Hallelujah marks the first recording to feature new members Casey Rivers (lead) and Ryan Seaton (baritone), as they join founding members Matthew Hagee and Tim Duncan on 13 powerful selections.

“Ryan’s traditional quartet stylings and Casey’s contemporary country sound have allowed us to take a fresh approach to who we are as Canton Junction,” said Hagee. “I believe that Every Hallelujah captures who we are as a quartet, and clearly communicates the message of Hope and encouragement we want to share with listeners.”

Led by the soaring first single “Weep No More”—also heard in the hit box office release Four Blood MoonsEvery Hallelujah features contributions from many of Gospel music’s finest songwriters, including Kenna West, Sue C. Smith, Lee Black, Ben Storie and Ronny Hinson, among others. Along with Rivers’ passionate performance of “Weep No More,” the project is highlighted by Seaton’s Big Band-tinged rendering of “The King And I”; Duncan’s joy-filled “I Need A Little More Jesus”; and “Living For Heaven,” a song about eternal perspective that is especially meaningful to Hagee.

Since their debut in 2012, Canton Junction has quickly become one of southern gospel music’s most sought-after quartets. The self-titled Canton Junction featured the #1 singles “Hold On” and “Sweeter As The Days Go By,” and garnered a 2013 GMA Dove Award for Southern Gospel Album of the Year. Last year, the group received the Singing News Fan Award for Favorite Southern Gospel New Traditional Quartet.

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This Week’s Harmony Road Features “Weep No More” from Canton Junction

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on May 30, 2015 – 8:31 am -

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Canton Juntion

Signal Mountain, TN – This week’s Harmony Road Television program will feature the powerful and timely “Weep No More,” from Canton Junction.  Other songs on the program include “The King is Coming Medley,” from the Mark Trammel Quartet, Back Home and their challenging video “Birmingham,” and “I’ll Keep on Praying,” from Heaven’s Mountain Band.

“Weep No More” is also featured on the soon to be released soundtrack from the movie, “Four Blood Moons.”

Both “Birmingham” and “I’ll Keep on Praying” are previous broadcast premieres from Harmony Road.  “I’ll Keep on Praying” features Harmony Road Host Les Butler in a role as a preacher.

The program was taped at the Barn at Bear Hollow in Monteagle, TN; home of the upcoming “Fabulous Friday Night” gospel music dinner theater.  Information on the event can be found at www.butlermusicgroup.com.

Now available to over 85 million homes nationwide, Harmony Road TV can be seen on networks including The Heartland Network, The NRB Network and WalkTV.  The program can also be seen online at bbntv.com and allnationstv.com where it’s also available on ROKU.  Other stations include NBC39 in Jackson, TN, Charter Cable in Clarksville and other markets in Tennessee, WMJN29 in Huntsville/Decatur, TV24 in Anniston/Gadsden and stations in many other markets.

Information on Harmony Road and its affiliates can be found at www.harmonyroadtv.com.

Harmony Road is produced and distributed by Harmony Road Productions and features the best in Southern Gospel music and video. In addition to host, Les Butler, the Harmony Road Production team includes Allan Rhodes of Rhodes Media Center and WMJN29 as the programs technical director, and Roger Spears as Producer.

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Canton Junction and Cornerstone Care for Texas Flood Victims

Written by Staff on May 29, 2015 – 2:14 pm -

CGDGwz9UsAA6bozRececntly, Canton Junction alerted us to how Cornerstone church was helping to care for the victims of the devastating floods in Texas. Their twitter post just said, “Hey friends this is an opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus. Please join us

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Canton Junction

in helping Victims…” Their church, Cornerstone in San Antonio, is assisting victims by collecting donations and non-perishable items to distribute to those in need.

Canton Junction is made up of: Tim Duncan, Matthew Hagee, Casey Rivers and Ryan Seaton. Matt Hagee is the Executive Pastor at Cornerstone Church.

You can help too! Please visit the Cornerstone link for more on how you can help those whose lives have been washed away.


For more information on Canton Junction, visit their website.


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This Week’s Harmony Road Features Canton Junction, Brian Free and Assurance, Talleys

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on April 2, 2015 – 9:43 am -

Harmony Road

Harmony Road

Signal Mountain,  This week’s Harmony Road Television program features videos and music from Canton Junction with the classic “Wouldn’t take Nothing for my Journey Now”, Devin McGlamery with the touching “While I Still Can” along with Phil Cross and “I am Redeemed”.  The program also includes Brian Free and Assurance and the acclaimed video “Say Amen”, and “The Promise” from the Talleys.

This week’s program was taped at Dugger Mountain Music Hall near Piedmont, Alabama.  The venue is part of Our Fathers Arms which is based in the area.  More information on this ministry of healing and opportunity to individuals and families in need can be found at www.ourfathersarms.org.
Information on Harmony Road and its affiliates can be found at www.harmonyroadtv.com.

Hosted by gospel music veteran Les Butler, Harmony Road is now available to over 85 million television homes across the country in addition to online streaming, ROKU, mobile app and more, 
Distributed by Harmony Road Productions, the program features the best in Southern Gospel music and video. It can be found each week on The Heartland Network, The NRB Network (including DirecTV, streaming and mobile app), WATC57 in Atlanta, WGNM-TV in Macon, GA/Phoenix City, AL.  Also find the program on the WALKtv network (including ROKU), Harmony Gospel in Greeneville, SC,  DCT3in Middle Tennessee, TV24 in Anniston/Gadsden, Charter Cable in Clarksville, Cookeville/Crossville, Sevier County, and Lebanon and  WMJN29 in Decatur/Athens/Cullman, AL.  Harmony Road is streamed at www.bbntv.org, Affiliates have also been added in Jackson, TN, Beaumont, TX,  and Harrogate, TN. and Northeast North Carolina.
Allan Rhodes of Rhodes Media Center and WMJN29 is the programs technical director.  More information can be found at www.wmjn29.com.

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Written by SGN Scoops Staff on January 29, 2015 – 10:34 am -

Canton Junction

Canton Junction

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Award-winning Difference Media recording artist Canton Junction announces the beginning of a new chapter with the addition of lead vocalist Casey Rivers and baritone Ryan Seaton. Rivers and Seaton join Canton Junction founding members Matthew Hagee and Tim Duncan to round out the acclaimed quartet, following the departure of Aaron Crabb and Shane McConnell. The group’s highly anticipated sophomore recording is slated to release in August.

“It is a very exciting time for Canton Junction as we welcome Casey and Ryan to the family,” said Matthew Hagee. “We believe the incredible musical gifts of these two men, along with their heart for people, are a perfect match for what Canton Junction is all about—and where we are headed in the future. We continue to be thankful for the contributions Aaron and Shane made to the group, as we prepare to embark on this new leg of our journey.”

Casey Rivers has had successful careers in both gospel and country music, sharing stages with such legendary figures as Loretta Lynn and Kenny Rogers. He was runner-up to Chris Young on USA Network’s Nashville Star in 2006, and went on to achieve notoriety as a solo country artist. Rivers also served as lead vocalist for southern gospel trio Beyond The Ashes from 2008 to 2012.

Ryan Seaton was a member of Ernie Haase & Signature Sound from 2003 to 2009, during which time the group received a GRAMMY® Award nomination and three Dove Awards. Seaton’s 2010 solo debut, The Stage Is Bare, garnered two Dove Award nominations. His critically acclaimed follow-up recording, Prisoner Of Hope, released in 2013.

Since their debut in 2012, Canton Junction has quickly become one of southern gospel music’s most sought-after quartets. The self-titled Canton Junction featured the #1 singles “Hold On” and “Sweeter As The Days Go By,” and garnered a 2013 GMA Dove Award for Southern Gospel Album of the Year. Last year, the group received the Singing News Fan Award for Favorite Southern Gospel New Traditional Quartet.

Difference Media is a division of Cornerstone Church, founded and pastored by John Hagee. The label features some of the leading names in Gospel music including Aaron & Amanda Crabb, Canton Junction, Matthew Hagee, Tim Duncan, The Cornerstone Sanctuary Choir, Ricardo Sanchez, John Hagee and The Hagees. A non-denominational evangelical church with more than 20,000 active members, Cornerstone Church is home to John Hagee Ministries, which telecasts Pastor Hagee’s radio and television teachings throughout America and to more than 190 countries around the world. The ministry also operates GETV, a 24/7 online television and video on-demand broadcast of sermons and original programming, as well as music videos and performances by Difference artists (getv.org).

For further information, visit differencemedia.org or turningpointpr.com. Follow Canton Junction on Twitter @cantonjunction.

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This Week’s Harmony Road Features Sisters, Canton Junction, Legacy Five

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on August 29, 2014 – 4:50 pm -


Harmony Road

Harmony Road

Signal Mountain, TN  This week’s Harmony Road television program will include videos from Canton Junction with “Sweeter as the Days Go By”, Sisters with “I’m Sure”, along with Legacy Five and “Newborn Feeling”. The program also features Brian Free and Assurance with “I Want to be That Man” and an exclusive video of Jerry Salley performing “The Broken Ones”


Harmony Road’s broadcast week begins on Saturday and continues through the following week. New programs begin airing each Saturday and Sunday. Several stations and affiliates air the program multiple times during the week also, giving viewers more opportunities to enjoy the music and the gospel message it delivers


This week’s program originates from Dugger Mountain Music Hall near Piedmont, Alabama. Dugger mountain Music Hall hosts regular concerts and produces a television program that airs on many of the same stations as Harmony Road as part of the Heartland Network. The venue is part of “our Father’s Arms” an outreach ministry based in the area. A special feature of this ministry is included in this week’s episode. More information can be found at www.duggermountainmusic.com.


Hosted by Les Butler, Harmony Road, a weekly southern gospel television program, is now available to over 80 million homes nationwide through networks, local TV stations, ROKU, DirecTV, and a mobile app. The program is also streamed from several locations. Information on Harmony Road and its affiliates can be found at www.harmonyroadtv.com. Viewers can also interact with the program on Facebook at Harmony Road TV and on twitter @harmonyroadtv.


Harmony Road is produced and distributed by Harmony Road Productions and features the best in Southern Gospel music and video. It can be found each week on The Heartland Network, The NRB Network (including DirecTV, streaming and mobile app), WATC57 in Atlanta, WGNM-TV in Macon, WYBU-TV in Columbus, GA/Phoenix City, AL. Also find the program on the WALKtv network (including ROKU), Harmony Gospel in Greeneville, SC, DCT3in Middle Tennessee, TV24 in Anniston/Gadsden, Charter Cable in Clarksville, Cookeville/Crossville, Sevier County, Lebanon and Jackson, TN and WMJN29 in Decatur/Athens/Cullman, AL




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Written by SGN Scoops Staff on February 19, 2014 – 3:37 pm -

Layout 1NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Leading pastor, author and recording artist Matthew Hagee takes center stage for A New Season, his March 18 Difference Media/Capitol Christian Distribution solo debut. Produced by Michael Sykes (Oak Ridge Boys, Gaither Vocal Band), the project features 11 Inspirationally-focused country selections.

Highlights of A New Season include the debut single, “I Don’t Want To Get Adjusted”; the Hagee co-penned songs “This Ain’t Nothin’” and “My Nomination”; and “That’s Jesus,” which was co-written by Hagee’s father, internationally-renowned evangelist Pastor John Hagee. The project also showcases a new arrangement of the beloved classic “The Day He Wore My Crown,” featuring guest contributions from Larry Stewart and David Innis of legendary country group Restless Heart.

“I constantly am trying to encourage people that God is a God of new beginnings and second chances,” Hagee says of the project’s theme. “Regardless of what they’ve gone through, if they’re breathing, God’s got better things in store. It’s a new season. There’s something better waiting for everybody.”

Executive pastor of the 20,000-member Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas, where he preaches alongside his father, Matthew Hagee is the author of Shaken, Not Shattered (Charisma House). A husband and father of four, Hagee is a member of the Dove Award-winning Southern Gospel quartet Canton Junction and also records and tours with his family’s vocal group, The Hagees.

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