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First Day of Southern Gospel Weekend a blast!

Written by Staff on March 22, 2019 – 5:28 pm -

SGW 2019 Thurs Veterans NightOxford, Ala. (March 22, 2019) – The first day of Southern Gospel Weekend was filled with numerous gospel artists and styles, from the Bluegrass sound of Eagle’s Wings to the Country gospel stylings of Tonja Rose and Jessica Horton. Fans began filling the auditorium at 5:00 p.m. and the excitement grew as the First Responders and Veterans began entering the hall, after a special private reception with the artists.

SGW 2019 Thurs Veterans NightThe Veterans Appreciation event began the evening with the presentation of the flags, followed by keynote speaker Ken Rollins, who honored the Veterans and First Responders for their service. Special music by Mark209 and Matthew Wilson of Eagles Wings.

SGW 2019 Thurs Veterans NightSGW 2019 Thurs Veterans NightSGW 2019 Thurs Veterans NightSGW 2019 Thurs Veterans NightThe musical portion of the evening was very well received, with artists like Mercy Rain, the Williamsons, New Ground and ClearVision Quartet.

After the concert, many went to eat at Hubbard’s Off Main, where the Midnight Prayer portion was led by Tonja Rose.

We hope you enjoy the images we have captured for you.

Please note, for any that are in the Oxford, Ala., area:  All day Saturday there are events in the Civic Center. Most are free admission. Be sure to catch the Diamond Awards Top 10 big reveal.

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SGW 2019 Thursday Mid Prayer. Tonja Rose

SGW 2019 Thursday Mid Prayer. Tonja Rose

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Beyond the Song: Steve Ladd shares “The Thing About A Valley”

Written by Staff on February 8, 2019 – 4:06 pm -

Steve Ladd sings The thing about a valley

Steve Ladd

Jantina de Haan looks Beyond the Song by asking Steve Ladd about “The Thing About A Valley:”

“Rodney Griffin sent me the song,” says Steve Ladd. “I fell in love with it immediately.”

What does the song mean to you personally?

“We all have mountaintop experiences, but we all go through valleys as well. I’ve had my fair share. This song reminds people that (if/when) you are as low as you can go, it keeps you looking up! That’s where our help comes from!”

Why did you include this song on your project?

Steve Ladd, Come Up Clean CD

Steve Ladd, Come Up Clean CD

“The song turned out great and I love the drive that the music has.”

The Thing About A Valley (Rodney Griffin). Released August 2018. © 2018 Sonlite Records. From the album “Come Up Clean,” on Sonlite Records.

About Steve Ladd
As early as five years old while growing up in Dayton, Ohio, Steve Ladd felt the call of God to minister through song. The son of an evangelist, the youngster would mature to become one of the most well-liked and respected group member for some of America’s most award-winning Christian music ensembles like Gold City and The Anchormen. Although still considered a young artist, Ladd has spent the last four years traveling extensively both domestically and internationally. Performing inspirational songs like “Preach the Word” has become a personal anthem of encouragement Ladd takes wherever he goes and he reports “God moves and lives that are broken and hurting are leaving changed and encouraged at my services.” Professionally, Ladd has been inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, nominated for “New Artist of the Year,” has had five Top 40 Singles and on release day, and his latest album, No Excuses, No Regrets was in the Top 20 chart for iTunes Christian music. Steve, his wife, and two children are also ministry partners with Compassion International. While the beginning of an extraordinary journey started with his family, evolved into being an integral part of some of the most award-winning Christian ensembles, the last few years as a solo artist have proven the Lord’s faithfulness in his family, his ministry, and his life.

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Christian Country At The Creek 2019

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on February 5, 2019 – 11:49 am -

Christian Country at the Creek 2019

Christian Country at the Creek 2019

There is something new happening in the Forge this fall! Hit the open road, head for the mountains and make plans today to attend Christian Country at the Creek, October 30 and 31, at Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

Taking place during Creekside Gospel Music Convention 2019, this new event will be held at Mill Creek located at 2772 Florence Drive, Pigeon Forge, Tenn. Event organizer, Rob Patz, is thrilled to welcome Dennis and Leslie McKay as hosts for the two-day concert festival.
“We love Creekside and look forward to going to Pigeon Forge every year,” says Dennis McKay. “When Rob told us about Christian Country at the Creek and that it was going to be an opportunity to showcase Christian Country artists during Creekside, we were all in!. We are honored and excited to be one of the guest hosts for Christian Country at the Creek. This will be a great addition to the Creekside convention. We hope all of our Christian Country friends will check it out and join us!”
“We are excited to begin this new event running alongside Creekside,” says Patz. “Come hear more than 30 Christian Country artists during two music-packed days of concerts. My good friends, Dennis and Leslie, will make terrific hosts. Don’t miss it!”
For more information, accommodations and tickets, fans and artists can contact Rob Patz at rob@sgnscoops or by phone at 360-933-0741.
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Creekside 2019 welcomes the Hyssongs – America’s Three Part Harmony

Written by Staff on January 30, 2019 – 8:32 am -

Creekside 2019 welcomes the Hyssongs

Creekside 2019 welcomes the Hyssongs

Pigeon Forge, Tenn. — Creekside Gospel Music Convention is pleased to welcome back the Hyssongs to their 2019 lineup. This annual event features over 50 gospel music artists with Southern, Bluegrass, and Country styles all represented. The Hyssongs return to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, during the Convention dates of Oct. 27 – 31, at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center.

Richard Hyssong notes, “We are looking forward to returning to Creekside. Our family will be singing our radio hits along with playing our brass instruments. We look forward to seeing old friends and meeting many new ones as well.”

The Hyssongs recent No. 1 songs include:  “Run the Race,” “I Tell Them Jesus,” and “Let the Hallelujahs

Rob Patz and Richard Hyssong of the Hyssongs

Rob Patz and Richard Hyssong of the Hyssongs

Ring.”

“We are really excited to have the Hyssongs back with us again this year at Creekside,” says Rob Patz, owner of the event. “Richard and I have been friends for a long time, and we always have a good time together. His group has made great strides in the last few years, and our audience always loves their songs and their horns. We hope all our friends will make plans now to come to see the Hyssongs in October.”
Creekside 2019 will be held in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., Oct. 27 – 31. The event features the 2019 Diamond Awards, daily showcases and evening concerts, special speakers, and midnight prayer. For more information on lodging, VIP tickets, and convention details, contact Rob Patz at rob@sgnscoops.com, or at 360-933-0741. For news and event updates, click on the Creekside Facebook page.

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Wade Phillips: What does God want from me?

Written by Staff on January 10, 2019 – 8:11 am -

Wade Phillips, Christian Country artist and author, "What does God want from me"

Wade Phillips, Christian Country artist and author, “What does God want from me”

This question has been asked by millions of people all over the world. I have asked it many times in my own life. The answer, while not very complicated, is not an easy one either.

To nail down specifics of a calling, you must first get the foundation of your relationship with God set.

Wade PhillipsMicah 6:8 (NLT) says, “No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.”

He lets us know three things we are required to do. The first of these is to do what is right.

At first glance you might think this is easy; however, you’d be wrong. Many people associate doing what’s right with obeying laws, holding down a job, providing for your family, and attending church on Sunday morning. While this is absolutely good, it is not all we’re talking about when we say “doing right.” What about when you see someone in need and just pass on by, or hear someone talking about being sad and down and you do nothing to lift them up?

Wade PhillipsJames 4:17 says, “Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.” So you see? There’s a whole lot more to “doing right.”

Then there’s “loving mercy.” Now, we all love mercy to be given to us, because it means we don’t get what we deserve; however, just like doing right, “loving mercy” is much more than just receiving it in our own life.

To truly love mercy, you must be willing to give it out as well. If you truly love something you need to share it with others so they can fall in love with it as well. If you love music, you’ll want others to hear the music you’re making. If you love carpentry, you’ll want others to see the work of your hands. And if you truly love mercy, you’ll want to share that with the world. That means not jumping to judgment, not ridiculing someone for making a mistake, not always tearing down others, and so on.

We must be willing to give out mercy the same way Jesus gave it to us. I, for one, am glad that Jesus doesn’t hold me accountable for all the stuff I’ve done in my life.

And finally there is “walking humbly with your God.” Humility requires you to put someone else’s needs in front of your own. When we talk about living humbly in front of God, it means we must place what He wants in front of what we want. And again, there’s much more than meets the eye here.

Since walking humbly with God requires you to put Him before yourself, you must also place other people’s needs ahead of your own.

When the Church began, they had this figured out. Acts 2:25 says, “They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need.” Boy, talk about placing other’s needs ahead of your own! They sold everything so they could provide for those who had nothing.

Now I’m not suggesting you go sell all your possessions and give them away; only God could convict you to do something like that. What I’m saying is, stop for a second and ask yourself what you have done for someone else lately. Have you sacrificed a little time? Have you given to a worthy ministry? Have you loved someone who is hard to love?

So back to the question I posed at the beginning…  “What does God want from me?” The answer is, to do right, love mercy, and walk humbly with Him.

As far as a specific task or calling in your life, start by doing the basics and let God reveal the specifics as you faithfully serve Him. If you seek Him, you will find Him. And, somewhere along the way, God will reveal His plan for your life.

Wade Phillips and family

Wade Phillips and family

God bless you and I hope you all have a great week in the Lord.

By Wade Phillips, special to SGNScoops Magazine

About Wade Phillips:

I was born in Conroe, Texas and raised in Madisonville Texas. My life truly began on October 9, 2001, when I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior. I’m married to the love of my life, Tonya Phillips, and we have a wonderful son, Nicholas, daughter-in-law, Courtney, and grand baby Anna Grace. Jesus is my passion and that passion comes out in the songs God allows me to write and sing and in His Word that He allows me to preach. I am the most joyful when I’m singing praises to the King and preaching His Word to the people. All glory goes to God for everything in my life. It is my hope that as you listen to the songs I sing and as you hear the messages God gives me you will be touched by His spirit.

The most important thing I’d like you to know about me is that I love Jesus with all my heart, soul and mind. “I once was lost, but now I’m found,” fits me to the core. In my young adult years, I chased the dream of being a country music singer. I had the opportunity to open for many of the greats in country music; Gene Watson, Toby Keith, Wade Hayes, Perfect Stranger, Bellamy Brothers, and Tim Rushlow from Little Texas, just to name a few. I thought that obtaining fame and recognition would fill the desires of my heart and give me everything I needed to be successful in this life. I quickly found out that fame and fortune wouldn’t even come close to obtaining those things.

It was only after I found Christ that I realized what true fulfillment was. In that moment, my life changed completely.

I am now chasing Jesus in everything I do. I had the honor of serving at Madisonville Christian Fellowship from 2003 until September 2017; 5 Years as the Youth Pastor, and the rest as the Senior Pastor. God blessed me and the church during that time and now He has called me into a new and exciting ministry.

I am looking forward to seeing what God does through this ministry. Please take a second to pray for Me and Tonya as we go out into the world to share Jesus.

In His Service,
Wade Phillips

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Rising star Erica Cookston talks to SGNScoops

Written by Staff on December 23, 2018 – 3:17 pm -

Erica Cookston

Erica Cookston

SGNScoops recently talked with Erica Cookston, a rising star who beautifully sings Southern and Country Gospel. She delivers songs with a clear, high emotional soprano that touches the heart. This young lady hails from Hollywood, Alabama. She was recognized at Gospel Fest through the 2018 Crimson Music Award for Social Media Artist of the Year. Erica is an accomplished instrumentalist and vocalist, traveling and singing gospel music while in her first year of college.

Scoops:  Why do you sing gospel music? 

Erica Cookston: I sing Southern Gospel and Country Gospel music because it is what I grew up listening to. I was raised watching the Gaither Homecomings, listening to the Gaither Gospel Hour, and watching groups such as the Crabb Family on TV. I have always loved this kind of music. I do like other types as well, such as the Contemporary, and Praise and Worship, but my heart lies in the kind that I am doing. I do love other kinds of music as well, but I want to be able to reach others through gospel music like the ‘gospel greats’ that paved the way for little people like me to share ministry. I come from a very faith-based family, and we just love the Lord. Many people in my family, such as my dad, have been preachers.

Erica Cookston at Gospel Fest

Erica Cookston at Gospel Fest

Scoops: Tell us how you came to do compilations with Guy Penrod and Gerald Crabb? Who else would be on your bucket list to sing with? Do you always want to be a soloist?

EC: I was working with Alisa Asbury at Sweet Southern Entertainment and had met Gerald Crabb. They decided to do this project, and I was just lucky to have been able to be a part of it. It is a crazy thing to be on a project with someone that you have always looked up to! The Guy Penrod compilation came about the same way, although I have never had the opportunity to meet him. I think that my number one person on the bucket list to sing with is Karen Peck. She performed at GospelFest 2018, where I had the opportunity to be in the choir on stage with her to sing alongside her. She has been the biggest inspiration in my life, and I listen to her music more often Erica Cookstonthan not. She has a lot to do with why I want to go the direction I am going. I love being a soloist, but I would love to have a group at some point as well. I think it would be a lot of fun.

Scoops: What are you studying at college?  And why did you decide to step out now as an artist…why not wait until you are done college? 

EC: I am a business major. I currently work in an office, B&B Reporting, as a pre-employment background researcher. I love the atmosphere of an office, and I think it is a good idea just to have a business degree at my disposal. I work 40 hours a week and am also currently taking 16 credit hours at school (so, 5 classes and a lab). I am usually gone every weekend singing. It is very difficult because of the busy schedule and little free time, but I absolutely love it and wouldn’t trade it for anything. I have been singing since I was four years old, and I started doing more things as I first hit the teenage years, with all of the traveling. I am doing it now, more so, because I do believe that the Lord has called me to do so. I don’t think that anyone is too young to try to step out to share their passion. Many people my age are told by our society that it isn’t okay to do so, but I hope that maybe I can set an example to prove that this isn’t the case. I never expected to be where I am today, and it is all very surreal to me. I do know that it was all a God thing, though. He gets all of the credit, and I just am his vessel to go wherever I am called.

Erica CookstonScoops:  Why do you have a passion for non-profits (charities)? 

EC: Right now I am not working with any organization in particular – I am doing everything independently. I have always had a heart to help others, so I think it is just another one of my passions. I try to be available for anything. I do head up a charity each year in my local area, Scottsboro, where I host a benefit concert to raise money for food distribution. I use these funds to purchase canned food items and meat certificates which go to those in need in Jackson County, providing them with a Christmas meal that they might not originally have. All of the food is purchased locally. I love to volunteer to help out for different causes as well and always stayed pretty busy doing these types of events in high school. I think it is important to show that there is still good in this world, and that sometimes people want to help without expecting anything in return.

Erica CookstonScoops: What has the Lord been speaking to you about specifically in recent days?

EC: Recently, the Lord has just been telling me to be patient and trust in him, and that everything is happening for a reason; things will fall into place. Also, that I don’t need to be scared to step out of my comfort zone because he is with me.

Thanks so much to Erica Cookston for answering our questions! In our eyes, you are already a star as you share God’s love in what you say, and it is evidenced by your actions in helping others. All the best in your future.

You can find out more about Erica by going to her Facebook page, Instagram,  and Twitter.

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Christian Country artist Chuck Day in recovery

Written by Staff on December 7, 2018 – 3:34 pm -

Selena and her husband Chuck Day

Selena and her husband Chuck Day

It is early morning and I’m (Selena Day) surrounded by “Get Well” cards and medical paraphernalia sent home for us from the hospital. I am extremely grateful that what was meant for evil has turned into our good.

About three weeks ago, Chuck (Day) called me from Louisiana; he was singing at a men’s conference and I had decided to stay at home. He asked me to pray for him as his chest was hurting very badly. I prayed and told him to call me first thing in the morning.   

 Selena snd Chuck Day

Selena and Chuck Day

After he came home, we decided to visit our local hospital. In the ER, everything seemed good. His nurse told us that his troponin enzymes were negative. I asked what this meant and she said that it was a good thing. After many tests, we were told that his heart showed no damage nor any swelling but they wanted to keep him overnight to watch and do a stress test the next day, letting the heart doctors take a look at him.  

We were very hopeful, thinking that in the worst-case scenario, he would need a stint in his heart. He failed the stress test and the cardioecogram, and they went in to do a heart catheter. The procedure lasted for 30 minutes after which life tilted and everything started moving at a very fast pace in slow motion.  

Selena and her husband Chuck DayI love how God knows how to meet us at every step of our journey. When they rolled Chuck back for the heart catheter, a young man came and found me and told me that God had wanted him to give me something. It was a rubber band bracelet that had Ez. 37 (The Valley of the Dry Bones) with prophesy written on it as well as the phrase: “The Hand of the Lord is upon You.”  

I kept the bracelet on while Chuck was in the hospital. I believe that it was God’s instructions to me during this time. God told to Ezekiel to prophesy that those dry bones should live. This scripture has been a very poignant story over the years in my journey with God and he reminded me once again to prophesy into my life.

After the procedure, I knew from his face that it wasn’t good. In fact, those were the first words out of his mouth, “It’s not good.” The doctor came in and started using phrases that spoke death to me: ”You need to get your family together;” “Make hard decisions;” “Life-changing;” “Transferring you to another hospital.”

There were other people in the room with us, angels in my recollection. They talked us through this process calmly and helped us to focus on life and not death.  

Rob Patz and Chuck Day

Rob Patz and Chuck Day

When we encounter adversity that shakes us deeply, it is amazing how God shows up even when we fail to notice it is him; from nurses, friends, fans and even strangers, each one shared a little piece of Christ into our lives.  

I sit here writing this and I feel a little overdramatic writing these words, but when you are talking to a doctor about your husband’s profession and they tell you that there is a small chance that his vocal cords could be damaged and that there is a risk to heart surgery, it feels overdramatic to you.  

Chuck has been professionally singing since he was 10 years old. That is just who he is. If something had happened to his voice it would have been like losing a hand or foot. So in the midst of this, I made a choice not to focus on the negatives of the ‘what ifs’, but to look toward the voices and people God sent our way to bring hope.  

Never underestimate your power of just saying, “It’s going to be okay.” Never underestimate your power of hearing the Father’s voice and sharing your story. Never underestimate the power of giving a small amount to help.  

We set up a GoFund Me site because we had no idea how long Chuck would be down and unable to travel or sing. I am so moved by all the people that gave whether large or small. Never underestimate the power of the widow’s mite.

Chuck DayI watched them roll my husband back for surgery and I thought I was handling it pretty well, until I had to rationally talk to a stranger to ask questions and then the tears started to flow. I was all alone because I had left my support people behind due to an elevator not working properly. This stranger simply walked from behind her desk and hugged me, telling me that I was in the exact, right place and that their hospital was top in the nation for heart procedures. Never underestimate your power to comfort a stranger. She was exactly what I needed at that moment.  

I had two friends that stayed with me pretty much the whole time Chuck was in the hospital, one who drove nine hours and took off a week from work to come and help me.  Never underestimate your power to be a friend when someone needs it. They were my “Aaron and Hur,” holding up my hands when the battle became weary to me.

I will never forget in the dark early morning hours God reminding me that how we at the last minute chose a song Chuck wrote many years ago to release to Southern gospel radio in November entitled, “The Healing Stream.” Never underestimate the peace of God’s gentle reminders in your life.

As I sit here in the quiet of the morning, I am grateful at how well Chuck is doing. I am not sure how our life has changed, because we haven’t ventured out into that life. We are timidly sticking our toes into the water of our new life, but I covet your prayers. If I know one thing that made the difference in our journey, it was the prayers of the believers standing with us for victory over our battle.  

As we enter the Christmas season celebrating the birth of our savior remember that he is not just a baby, he is not just a martyr…He is alive and he is a king, working in your life, and he has a plan for you.  

Chuck DayAccess your right in the kingdom because during this season that is what I learned. God can and will use anything and everything to work what was evil for your good.  

My heart may feel weary, but I am walking that truth every day and I am happy and I am grateful. God is with me.  

Selena Day is a motivational speaker and is available to speak at your conference or event.  You may contact her at selenaday@me.com http://www.queenliving.org http://facebook.com/queenismsbyselenaday. Photographs courtesy of Selena Day.

Note from the Editor: Hey SGNScoops readers! Let’s bless Chuck and Selena Day and their family by helping them reach their goal with Chuck’s GoFundMe account. Please click on this link to bless them this Christmas.

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Zack Shelton and 64 to Grayson give song to aid family of Brody Allen

Written by Staff on November 27, 2018 – 8:59 am -

Brody Allen lost his fight, but 64 to Grayson plans to continue aid to his family

Brody Allen lost his fight, but 64 to Grayson plans to continue aid to his family

Brody Allan was a young toddler in a Cincinnati suburb that complained to his mom about dizziness this past spring. But what was initially thought to be an ear infection, was in reality, brain cancer.  When the doctors told the parents in September that little Brody would not see Christmas, they decided to move the celebration forward. The community heard about the two-year-old’s plight, and gathered together to help the family with decorations, gifts, and cards.

Brody Allen lost his fight, but 64 to Grayson plans to continue aid to his familyOn October 19, Brody Allen lost his fight.

Zack Shelton and 64 to Grayson, Christian country artists recently featured in the November issue of SGNScoops magazine, decided to help the family in the midst of their grief.

“We wrote a song called ‘Christmas in September,’ for (Brody’s) family who lost their 2 year old son to brain cancer last month. The entire city of Cincinnati rallied around this family to help them give their son a wonderful Christmas three months early. This is what sparked the song itself,” Zack Shelton tells SGNScoops.

Brody Allen lost his fight, but 64 to Grayson plans to continue aid to his familyThe Allen’s difficult road continues.

“This valley they have been enduring has come with many bills and an inability to work for many months,” says Shelton.  “I contact you now to see if you are able to help us get the word out about this song to your listeners. We released the song today on our site for $1.25 with all proceeds going to the family.”

Zack Shelton and 64 to Grayson

Zack Shelton and 64 to Grayson

In this season of giving, we urge you to download the song by 64 to Grayson.

“We released the song yesterday (Monday Nov 26th) and 100% of the proceeds go to the family to cover their hardships. They have been out of work since their sons diagnosis, and days after their sons funeral… their 16 year old son was hit by multiple cars while crossing the street and was in critical condition for some time.”

The link with the song is 64tograyson.com/christmas

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MARK209 Announces the Return of Joe Armstrong

Written by Staff on October 28, 2018 – 8:53 am -

MARK209 Announces the Return of Joe Armstro

MARK209 Announces the Return of Joe Armstro

(Nashville, TN)  – Joe Armstrong is returning to MARK209 to fill the bass position.

Many of MARK209’s fans will recognize Joe as the original bass singer for the group, featured on their “From the Heart of Nashville” and “Grassroots 1” CDs.  Joe has been no stranger to Gospel music outside of MARK209.  His resume includes a stint with The Stamps Quartet and membership with such classic groups as The Florida Boys and The Blackwood Quartet.  Joe has been traveling with MARK209 over the past two months on an interim basis meeting fans and learning the program and he recently agreed to take the position full time.
Mark209 Logo

Mark209 Logo

With the return of Jimmy Reno two years ago and now Joe Armstrong, MARK209 is featuring their original lineup.

“Even after Joe left our band in 2012, we’ve stayed in touch and enjoyed catching up when we would run into each other on the road.  Just hours after the word got out that we were looking for a bass singer, I received a call from Joe telling me he’d like to return to MARK209,” says Jym Howe, the group’s lead singer.  Tenor singer, Nathaniel Justice adds, “Joe is a favorite among those who have heard his powerful bass voice and one of the most personable men you will meet in the music industry … Joe never meets a stranger.  And it’s arguable that Joe is the lowest bass singer in the industry today.  He’s been consistently hitting the bottom note on the piano with us each night.”
Jym finishes with, “We feel the name Joe Armstrong should be a household name for any Gospel music fan and we are thrilled that he is back with us.  THE BAND’S BACK TOGETHER!”
Joe and his wife Dena reside in Maplesville, Alabama and he is now busy with the arduous task of learning all of MARK209’s material and preparing for their highly popular Christmas tour which begins in New York on November 30.
Make your plans to see the original MARK209 at a concert near you by checking their tour schedule.
2016 Diamond Awards

Mark209 at Creekside 2016

About MARK209:

MARK209 is based out of Nashville, TN. The band takes their name from Mile Marker 209 in Nashville, which leads to Music Row, The Country Music Hall of Fame, and the Ryman Auditorium.  MARK209 entertains audiences across the United States with their brand of Gospel, their Family Friendly Country Concert, and their popular Christmas show “Christmas from the Heart of Nashville.”   MARK209 is proudly sponsored by Sound Solutions (Oxford, AL).
For more information about MARK209 and for their tour schedule, visit www.MARK209.com.  For booking inquiries call 615-246-2667.

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MARK209 Opening Auditions for Bass Singer

Written by Staff on August 17, 2018 – 10:50 am -

MARK209 to Release New Recording

MARK209 Opening Auditions for Bass Singer

August 15, 2018 – Due to his desire to be off the road and with family, Ray Woconish has decided to step down as bass singer for MARK209.  Ray has been with MARK209 for 6 years and we know this was a difficult decision for him and he will be missed by his fans.  While the group is saddened to see a change, we are excited to see the new chapter God has for us.

MARK209 is now accepting applications for their bass position to be filled as soon as possible.
Applicants should submit head-shot, resume, and demo to bass@mark209.com.
We are looking for a bass vocalist who is excited to push the boundaries of how a music ministry can be used.  We sing at everything from prisons to Presidents; casinos to churches and on some of the largest (and smallest) stages in the nation.  Vocal range should be from A-flat to middle C, comfortably and consistently.

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MARK209 is a full-time, professional gospel band based out of Nashville, Tennessee with tours nationwide from Maine to California.

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MARK209 is based out of Nashville, TN. The band takes their name from Mile Marker 209 in Nashville, which leads to Music Row, The Country Music Hall of Fame, and the Ryman Auditorium.  MARK209 entertains audiences across the United States with their brand of Gospel, their Family Friendly Country Concert, and their popular Christmas show “Christmas from the Heart of Nashville.” Proudly sponsored by Sound Solutions (Oxford, AL).
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