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Keep praying for Frogene Normand, mother of Rusty and Chris Golden

Written by Staff on September 15, 2019 – 10:30 am -

Frogene Normand, mother of Rusty, Craig, and Chris Golden

Friends of SGNScoops will remember that prayers were requested for Frogene Normand, mother of Rusty, Craig, and Chris Golden when she was diagnosed with cancer. 

Chris Golden posted the following on September 12, 2019:

One month ago today after weeks of nausea and pain, Mom went to the Emergency room where they found a mass in her pancreas which was blocking her biliary duct. She went by ambulance from Brewton, AL to Pensacola, FL to have more tests and a stent put in. It was about a week later after a ERCP and biopsy, the specialist determined the obstruction was adenocarcinoma… Pancreatic Cancer.

Frogene Normand and son Chris Golden

Frogene Normand and son Chris Golden

She seemed to do a little better over the next few days and was trying to gain strength to meet with the team at Vanderbilt on Sept. 5. The stent failed and she took a turn for the worse. Severly dehydrayed, she came to Nashville and spent 4 days and 3 nights at Vanderbilt Hospital where they had to put another stent in before meeting with the oncologist and surgeon for a consultation. After a couple of months of pain and suffering and a 4 day hospital stay, she was very they wanted her to go home (to my house) to rest and gain strength for the next step.

That step will be today. More scans and more labs to find out how aggressive it is and what the next step will be.

I am happy to report that after 7 days, she is up walking, her color is much better, appetite is slowly coming back, and she is hydrated and prayed up. We know many of you are praying earnest prayers. She can feel them. Keep them coming.

It’s all about the next step… and we give Him praise for each small victory.

We will try to update as we have news to share.

July 28, 2019: L2R: Rusty, William Lee, Craig and Chris Golden. Location: Golden Era Station Camp Creek Photo by: Michael Jenkins Photos

Chris had further news on September 13, 2019:

Yesterday Rusty and I took Mom to Vanderbilt for another round of scans and labs and to meet with the Chief surgeon of the pancreatic team. After reviewing the scans he advised against doing surgery because of where the tumor is located, a little more than 180 degrees around the portal vein and also the vena cava. He was afraid he would not be able to get it all, and said if it were his mother, he would not do the surgery. We appreciate his honesty and care. So, we move on to the next step…meeting with the oncologist Monday afternoon to discuss other options.

Rusty Golden with mom Frogene Normand

Rusty Golden with mom Frogene Normand

I checked my phone and Mom had walked over a half mile yesterday which might as well been a marathon considering her condition for the last few weeks. On the way home we talked about the old Nashville restaurant Ireland’s So we had steak and bisquits for supper. Although she has lost a lot of weight, she is stronger than she has been, and is prayed up. Our father came by last night after an Opry show, and they had a great visit till after midnight. This morning we enjoyed the fresh pear preserves Aunt Lanette sent.

We appreciate all the kind cards and messages, and especially the prayers. Keep them coming.


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Prayers requested for mother of Rusty and Chris Golden

Written by Staff on August 31, 2019 – 11:31 am -

Frogene Normand Mother of Chris Golden and Rusty Golden Rusty and Chris Golden, both singer/songwriters and active in the Christian music industry, have requested prayer for their mother, Frogene Normand.

Chris posted the following on Facebook earlier today:

Frogene Normand Mother of Chris Golden and Rusty Golden

Frogene Normand and Rusty Golden


Our dear mother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer a few days ago and after weeks of pain, sickness, and suffering, she is trying to gain strength enough to make the trip from south Alabama to Nashville today. Brother Rusty is with her and will be taking her straight to the hospital. We have an appointment with the team at Vanderbilt next week for consultation about the next steps and a treatment plan. Please join our family in praying for strength, guidance and direction, wisdom, and healing if it be His Will.

Chris Golden


Chris, Rusty, and their brother Craig, are sons of Frogene Normand and William Lee Golden of the Oak Ridge Boys.

For more information please follow Chris Golden on Facebook HERE.


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Chris Golden to appear on the Huckabee Show

Written by Staff on July 26, 2018 – 3:49 pm -

Chris Golden

Chris Golden

TUNE IN ALERT: Chris Golden, Christian Country artist, will be the musical guest on the the Huckabee Show this weekend on TBN.

Tune in on Saturday at 5pm and 8pm (4pm and 7pm CST), and Sunday at 5pm and 8pm (4 and 7pm CST)

More about Chris: “It’s his recent solo work that best showcases Golden’s gifts. He has released five critically acclaimed solo projects including CenterStage, which garnered rave reviews from Billboard magazine, and his gospel offering Sunday Shoes which was named Power Source Magazine’s ‘Album of the Month.’ In 2011, Chris stepped back in the spotlight as a television host, filming 13 episodes before a live audience for a web based series called Late Night Nashville with Chris Golden, and continues to host his annual Family and Friends concerts.  His latest album entitled Shoebox was released in the Fall of 2013 with the first video Shoebox now in rotation on ZUUS Country Network and featured as ‘Breakout Artist of the Week” and appearing in the TOP 10 Countdown.  Most recently, Chris garnered his first number one song in Cashbox Magazine with ‘A Different Light’ and was named Christian Voice Magazine’s 2016 ‘Crossover Artist of the Year”.

    “Music is my life, my gift, my love… and I feel like I would be turning my back on my calling if I didn’t keep doing this,” he says. “I love and live to entertain.” For more on Chris see his website here.
July 2018 SGNScoops Magazine

July 2018 SGNScoops Magazine

Chris Golden is featured in the latest edition of SGNSCOOPS.

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Written by Staff on September 9, 2016 – 9:34 am -

Chris Golden

Chris Golden

Nashville, TN  (September 8, 2016) – Chris Golden along with Monarch Talent Management announce an exciting collaboration that will impact the world of Gospel music.


With the release of Chris Golden’s newest project, Less of Me, Golden shares a symbolic meaning of where his life is at this time.  “Music is my life, my gift, my love”, says Golden.  And making music is the center of his focus.


“Producing a Gospel project is just a natural progression, I always knew that I would”, responded Golden when asked about the timing of Less of Me.  His previous project, Sunday Shoes, is a reflection of a journey that began with church and hard work in Tennessee and Alabama.  Life then brought trails into the entertainment world, in both Country and Rock music and back to his roots.  Golden describes the need to polish up those “Sunday Shoes” that have become scuffed through the years.


Marie Lange, President of Monarch Talent Management said, “Chris Golden is returning to his first musical love.  We will work together to identify new opportunities that support his vast talent.”  The alliance was announced in Nashville, TN this week.


Chris Golden is no stranger to the world of music having rich musical roots.  From national television appearances to major record deals.  Golden is perhaps best known for his years with the Oak Ridge Boys.  Recently, Christian Voice named Golden as 2016 Crossover Artist of the Year.  Adding to Golden’s recent recognition are nominations from the International Christian Gospel Music Association (ICGMA).  Golden was also named the ICGMA’s Crossover Artist of the Year.


Chris Golden

Chris Golden at Christian Country Expo ’15

The newest album, Less of Me, features all three of Golden’s children with daughter Elizabeth playing fiddle as well.  A highlight for Golden was having his father, William Lee Golden and Golden’s daughter joining on “Thank God for Kids”.  “I can not think of a more appropriate song for three generations to sing together”, Golden said.

The mission of MTM is to partner the artists that have signed with Monarch Talent Management to work diligently with venues/promoters to provide them with quality performances.  MTM focuses primarily on established Artists with a quality product that have 10 plus years performing in the Traditional Country, Southern Gospel, and Contemporary Christian genre.

For more information, visit Monarch Talent Management at

For more information on Chris Golden including his music and touring schedule, visit

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Vernon, Alabama Welcomes Chris Golden and Others

Written by scoopsnews on September 6, 2016 – 11:15 am -


Chris Golden Shares Golden Moment On Ryman Stage

Vernon, Alabama (Sept 6, 2016) – The newest event in Vernon Alabama, Gospel Music Weekend, is thrilled to welcome Chris Golden to the line-up which features over 20 gospel artists. September 9th and 10th, Gospel Music fans and artists will fill Vernon, Alabama with music and the sounds of fellowship.


See Y’all in Vernon, Alabama!

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M.A.C. Records Welcomes Chris Golden to the Production Team

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on May 31, 2016 – 5:38 pm -

M.A.C. Records Welcomes Chris Golden to the Production Team

M.A.C. Records Welcomes Chris Golden to the Production Team

Columbus, MS – Dennis McKay of M.A.C. Records announced on the HLE Radio Morning Show with Hunter Logan that the music industry veteran, Chris Golden, will be partnering with M.A.C. Records as a Producer for select music tracks using some of the top studio musicians in Nashville.

“I met Chris about a year ago at an event. We had the chance to visit and talk shop. Over the past several months we have developed a genuine respect for each other and brotherhood. Chris is a great producer and his projects are top notch. He brings another level of expertise and an excitement to the M.A.C. Records team. We look forward to producing some great stuff” remarked Dennis McKay, Owner of M.A.C. Records.

Chris Golden is probably most widely known as a son of the legendary Oak Ridge Boys’ William Lee Golden, and as a long standing member of The Mighty Oaks band. However, Golden’s talents and expertise in the music business spans 30 plus years as an artist, entertainer, musician, vocalist, producer, and as a sideman for acts as various as The Flying Burrito Brothers and Restless Heart. In addition to touring and recording with the Oak Ridge Boys, Chris has produced a number of his own solo projects which showcase his talents. He has also produced projects for various clients such as Polygram, and EMI, as well as a box set for his father, William Lee, called ‘My Life’s Work’. Chris has had a number of releases in both the Country and Gospel markets, and he currently holds the #1 position in the Cashbox Christian Country Charts with ‘A Different Light’, which he produced. Recently, he was awarded the 2016 ‘Crossover Artist of The Year’ by Christian Voice magazine’s Gospel Music Fan Awards.

“I am proud to be carrying on ”My Father’s” business, and excited to be a part of the M.A.C. Records production team and I look forward to working with Dennis.  My main focus is to provide a personal touch to songwriters and artists to help them sound their best while maintaining their own personal style and delivering a finished piece of magic at an affordable price. There are many places you can go to record these days, but remember…it is not the place or studio you go that creates the magic, it is the people. In my mind there are no such thing as demos…only masters!” commented Chris Golden.


M.A.C. Records makes its home at Studio 115A (the McKay’s recording studio) in historic Columbus, Mississippi. M.A.C. Records was a record label owned by Dennis’ father, Robert McKay, back in the 60’s. The label laid dormant for about 50 years until Dennis and Leslie McKay revived it in 2011 to carry on the tradition of gospel music. The label consists of two divisions: Magnolia Records (Southern Gospel/Contemporary Christian) and Route 82 Records (Christian Country). Through the wonder of technology, Dennis and Chris will be able to share tracks and work together to produce music whether in Columbus, MS or Nashville, TN.


For information about M.A.C. Records, contact Dennis McKay at 662.889.2829 or email For information about Chris Golden, visit

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Chris Golden Shares Golden Moment On Ryman Stage

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on December 3, 2015 – 8:31 am -

Chris Golden Shares Golden Moment On Ryman Stage

Chris Golden Shares Golden Moment On Ryman Stage

Nashville, Tenn –  Chris Golden, former member of the Oak Ridge Boys playing  guitar, mandolin, harmonica and filling in on keyboards and drums was on stage at the Ryman Auditorium to do his part in helping support the “Annual Christmas 4 Kids” held on Monday, November 23rd.  He was playing with Restless Heart filling in for their drummer.

They played for the hometown crowd along with Marshall Tucker Band, Shenandoah, and Craig Wayne Boyd. Restless Heart asked him to come down front from behind the drums to do a song for the kids. He was performing “Thank God For Kids” and explained that he had a special place in his heart for the song because his Dad, William Lee Golden of the Oak Ridge Boys, made the song famous.

The performance had special meaning for Chris as he commented,”I was delighted to be there. I know we are here to help make wishes come true for kids, but a wish had already come true for this kid (me) that night, because I was standing in the middle of the Ryman stage getting ready to sing. I have performed at the Ryman and on the Opry many times, but that was my singing debut there and a dream come true. Dad was only in town for 12 hours but came down to see me with Restless Heart. Halfway through the song I motioned for him to come up and join us and the crowd went wild. It was a golden moment indeed. We were together again on stage.”

Christmas 4 Kids is a local event each year where over 100 entertainers buses gather and lineup for open house tours. Many stars are there to meet and greet. The concert is held a few weeks prior and proceeds from it go to the neediest children in the area. Each child gets a chaperone, they line the buses up like a freight train and take the kids on a caravan ride around Nashville. They are then dropped at the front door of Wal-Mart, with a chaperone, given a Titans coat and about 150 dollars or more to buy whatever they want. Find out more about them at .

You can view the performance on the link below:

Chris is still doing solo Gospel shows, as well as a few Christmas shows. He is filling his calendar with  booking dates for next year. He has a single out with The Freemans called “A Different Light” which goes to #47 on the charts in January.

Deborah Evans Price of Billboard Magazine stated of Chris, “For a select few individuals, making music seems as natural as breathing. Chris Golden is one of those gifted souls. A skilled multi-instrumentalist and intuitive songwriter with a voice like warm honey, Golden’s passion for music shines on every track of his latest project.”

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Christian Country Expo comes to a close

Written by Staff on August 28, 2015 – 1:56 pm -

IMG_8371Pigeon Forge TN (August 28, 2015) –  The Christian Country Expo at Pigeon Forge Tennessee, came to a close on Thursday, August 27 before an IMG_8188appreciative audience.  The morning showcases were full of talented artists and terrific music. Several of the lovely ladies of Christian Country graced the stage again. Lindsay Huggins, Tina Wakefield, Sharron Kay King, Robin Springs, Ava Kasich, Jan Harbuck, Ty Hodges, Gail Cogburn, Kelly Coberly, were among some of the many singers the audience had the pleasure of hearing on Thursday. The daytime and evening concerts again featured artists such as Chris Golden, Kevin Rowe, The McKay Project,  Tommy Brandt and Tommy Brandt II, The Schoefields, The Branscombs, Jim Sheldon, Steve Shirey and a stage full of artists during the opening.


Christian Country Expo presented many IMG_8223of the Christian Country artists that are hitting the charts and bringing in new audiences to this style of music. CCE 2015 thanks each and every one for sharing their heart and soul all week. You have blessed us!

Thanks again to Firehouse Subs, sponsors of the pre-concert jam session, and all of the sponsors for Christian Country Expo!

We hope our readers enjoy these pictures of artists that appeared on Thursday and  that everyone will make plans now to attend Christian Country Expo 2016 which will include the brand-new Christian Country Diamond Awards. Keep watching the Christian Country Expo Facebook page and SGN Scoops for more information.IMG_8513














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Christian Country Expo welcomes T Graham Brown

Written by Staff on August 27, 2015 – 10:52 am -

T Graham Brown at the Christian Country Expo 2015

T Graham Brown at the Christian Country Expo 2015

Pigeon Forge, TN (August 27, 2015) – The Christian Country Expo (CCX) being held at Pigeon Forge welcomed Mr. T Graham Brown, acclaimed Christian Country artist, to its stage on

T Graham Brown at CCX 2015

T Graham Brown at CCX 2015

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Wednesday night. T Graham Brown was warmly greeted and proceeded to entertain, engage and minister to the audience.

Other artists performing on Wednesday night included Chris Golden, Tommy Brandt, Tommy Brandt II and Kevin Rowe who have become the CCX favorites, as well as Ava Kasich, Jim Sheldon, Lindsey Huggins and more.

Another highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Christian Country Living Legend Diamond Award to Chuck Day. For more information, see the feature elsewhere on this page. 

Michelle Drummond was on hand to photograph the evening and presents these pictures of the event.

Christian Country Expo is thrilled to welcome Chuck Day to the line-up again tonight for its final evening. Other artists appearing include favourites Chris Golden, Tommy Brandt and Tommy Brandt II, Kevin Rowe, and many more. There is a special emphasis on Salute to Our Heroes, recognizing

Chuck Day presented with Living Legend Award CCX2015

Chuck Day presented with Living Legend Award CCX2015

the First Responders and the hard work they do on an everyday basis.

Doors open at the Center at 4:00 pm tonight. Be sure to head out to the Smoky Mountain Resort for the last night of Christian Country Expo!

Vote today for your favorite Christian Country, Bluegrass and Southern Gospel artists, in the 2015 Diamond

Chuck Day

Chuck Day


Make your plans to attend the 2015 Creekside Gospel Music Convention and Diamond Awards, November 2 – 7, 2015.

Don’t miss the August 2015 SGN Scoops digital magazine with cover artists Canton Junction. 

For more pictures and information on Ava and Robthe Christian Country Expo, visit the Facebook site.

For news on Christian Country artists and more, be sure to visit SGN Scoops Facebook page.



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Firehouse Subs truck

Firehouse Subs truck


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Christian Country Expo begins Daytime Showcases

Written by Staff on August 25, 2015 – 12:01 pm -

IMG_7527Pigeon Forge TN (August 25, 2015) – The Christian Country Expo at the Smoky Mountain Resort, Pigeon Forge TN, began the daytime showcases of great Christian Country music on Tuesday morning. Where there are Country artists, there are Country pickers, and there were a few guitars around this morning.

image2Artists such as Chris Golden, Tommy Brandt, Tommy Brandt II, Ava Kasich, The McKay Project, Jim Sheldon, and many more were on hand to gather on stage, sing together, play together and cheer each other on as they sang their own songs separately.

The Jam Session, sponsored by Firehouse Subs, is being held again image5on Wednesday and Thursday. Many of the CCX artists will join in this informal musical session, so fans are urged to come early and enjoy the music. Thanks to Firehouse Subs for partnering with us on this great event!


We hope you enjoy this collection of photos from the Christian Country Expo.

image3CCE continues at Pigeon Forge through Thursday, August 27. Join us!

Along with T Graham Brown (Wednesday night only), the CCE is happy to present Chuck Day, Chris Golden, Jim Sheldon, Tommy Brandt, Jan Harbuck, Ava Kasich, Tina Wakefield, Jerry Branscom, and many more. Doors open at the image4Center at 5:00 pm for evening concerts and at 9:30 am for music showcases. The main theme of the event is: “Salute To Our Heroes,” and CCE invites all servicemen and first responders to come out and be recognized.

For more information on CCE, go to the Facebook or website page.




Contact Rob Patz for more _MG_7454information and tickets. 306.966.0741 or

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Special thanks to Michelle Drummond and Robert York for the great photographs!




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