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Beyond the Song: Mark209 sings “My Kind Of People”

Written by Staff on October 9, 2019 – 8:08 am -

Beyond the Song: Mark209 sing "My Kind Of People"

MARK209

For this edition of Beyond the Song, Jantina de Haan Baksteen talks to Mark209 about their release, “My Kind of People.”

The members of Mark209 are: Nathaniel Justice (tenor), Jym Howe (lead), Jimmy Reno (baritone), Joe Lee Armstong, (bass), and Joshua Pope (instrumentalist).

Jantina de Haan Baksteen: For this Beyond the song, it’s Nathaniel Justice and Jimmy Reno who step in to talk to SGNScoops.

JB: Can you tell the readers why the group is called after a mile marker?

Mark209: We took our name from mile marker 209 in Nashville, Tenn. Country music fans know marker 209 is the center of Nashville. It’s the main exit for the Ryman auditorium and for Music Row and Music Square. To Christian fans, Mark209 is thought to be a Bible verse.

For us it’s the heart of Nashville and where we base our ministry.

JB: You travel a lot across the entire country, and have even been to the President’s house. Can you tell us something about that?

Mark209: It was an incredible honor to get to perform for President George H. W. Bush and his family, but more so to be invited into their home on multiple occassions.

Not many have had the honor to be invited into their private home. What made singing for President George H. W. Bush (41), President George W. Bush (43), and their families so special, was when they asked us to sit down and just spend time talking and enjoying the pleasure of their company and swapping stories about life.

It was a surreal moment for all of us.

Then when President George H. W. Bush and former First Lady Barbara Bush attended our concert at a local church in Maine, we were both honored and amazed that they came to hear us again.

Beyond the Song: Mark209 sing "My Kind Of People"

Mark209

JB: Why is your latest album called Thumbprint?

Mark209: We want to leave our mark on every person we come in contact with, and everyone’s “Thumbprint” is unique. From top to bottom God made each person special.

That’s what makes this world so amazing.

Every song on the album is distinct and yet has a common thread putting it completely in its own category.

JB: Just recently, the third song from Thumbprint was released to radio after “Let The Light So Shine,” and, “You Can Get There From Here!” Now we are hearing the fun song, “My Kind Of People.” Can you tell us why you placed this on your album?

Mark209: Everyone out there can relate to at least one of these characters. We love going to those small towns and singing to people who not only love the Lord but also love one another. So when thinking about what the next single should be, we decided on a song that people can relate to, and you know you remember those hand release motions from your childhood!

JB: A music video was released for “My Kind of People.” What is the message you want to bring to the audience?

Mark209: Every Christian in this world can smile and have fun and still be a Christian!

We as a group want to make people happy; one of the best compliments we got on the video to date was another singer saying that the video is full of great people who love the Lord and love MARK209 and are having fun. That is what we are all about!

JB: Is there something you would like to share that your fans may be unaware of?

Mark209: Traveling in ministry is a calling. It can be challenging for the artists and their families.

Without the unconditional love and support of our spouses, none of us would be able to do what we do.

We are following God’s call on our lives and our wives are the support we need to be able to continue doing it.

Many may also no be aware that we perform annually in maximum security prisons and even recorded a live cd in one.

JB: Any chance you will travel to other countries?

Mark209: We would love to go wherever God calls us! In fact that is one thing we love about this ministry; we go everywhere we are given the opportunity to go. One slogan we coin is: “Prisons to Presidents and everything in-between.”

Thanks Mark209 for sharing your ministy to the readers.

The SGNScoops team wishes you blessings with all the crowds you engage with. And many safe miles serving and share the Gospel!

Enjoy “My Kind of People,” by Mark209.

 

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Beyond the Song: Pardoned sing “Down At The Altar”

Written by Staff on August 29, 2019 – 7:28 am -

Beyond the Song: Pardoned sing "Down At The Altar"

Pardoned

Beyond the Song by Jantina de Haan-Baksteen

Through a Facebook livestream I got to learn about the group Pardoned. It was the catchy sound that drew my attention. I got in contact with Rusty Rowan of the group for this edition of the Beyond The Song, to talk about “Down At The Altar.”

Jantina de Haan-Baksteen: Can you introduce the group members to the readers of SGNScoops?
Rusty Rowan: Pardoned is made up of Donnie Marr, Parker Rains, and Rusty Rowan. All three of us live in the Sand Mountain area of Alabama. Our families have been lifelong friends dating all the way back to our grandparents.

JB: How did the group come together?
RR: We were formed after recording a demo for one of Rusty’s songs, “When My Eyes See.” The producer of that recording suggested we send the song to radio to see if they would play it. That song charted on several internet and radio charts. From there we just kept on singing and trying to grow the music. Our first year has been amazing in a lot of ways and we are having a ball.

Beyond the Song: Pardoned sing "Down At The Altar"JB: What’s the story behind the group’s name?
RR: The name comes from our realization that God doesn’t just forgive us. He actually forgets the mistakes we have made. Forgiveness is great, but if the memory of that mistake remains, then thoughts of failure are always in your mind. When God forgives, he forgets… YOU BECOME PARDONED!

JB: Do you all come from a singing background?
RR: Yes. We were all raised in the church and around gospel music. We have all performed with various groups in gospel and country music. We have tried to take something educational from almost every artist we have known and worked with. We believe that we are a combination of a lot of other peoples’ talent and influence.

JB: Who are your musical influences?
RR: Wow. There are so many. It’s safe to say that we love harmony. The Gatlin Brothers, Diamond Rio, The Oaks, The Gaithers. Basically, if an artist has good harmony, we consider them an influence on what we do.

JB: You’ve launched your first EP, “Stirred Not Shaken” with six songs. Rusty, you wrote all of the songs?
RR: Yes, I was blessed to have these songs on the CD. Honestly, nobody else wanted to record them, so the guys got stuck with my stuff! Seriously, having people sing, listen to, and enjoy a song that God allowed me to craft, has been a huge blessing for me.

Beyond the Song: Pardoned sing "Down At The Altar"JB: Why is this EP called “Stirred Not Shaken?”
RR: We thought the name would catch the attention of lost people, maybe cause someone from outside of the traditional church to spend an extra minute looking at the cover and song titles. From there, we hope they will listen to the music and be drawn to Christ. For us, it wasn’t so much a title of our testimony, as it was a way to (hopefully) cause people to be curious about the message in the songs.

JB: The first song that’s released to radio is “Down At The Altar.” It’s a catchy song! What’s the message?
RR: The message of “Down At The Altar” is a reflection of how important that piece of furniture is in the history of the church, its people, and society as a whole. The altar has always been a place where people could bring their problems and find relief. Where friends and strangers alike could find, and do find, a common ground of sorts. The altar symbolizes the original safe place in every community and town across American and the world. The altar was important enough to be the first thing a scientist/traveler erected when they reached their destination. It was a necessity then and remains an even greater necessity today.

Beyond the Song: Pardoned sing "Down At The Altar"JB: What is the mission that sets you apart from other groups?
RR: Hopefully there is no difference in the mission of any artist who presents gospel music. Whether you represent Christian country, Black gospel, Contemporary, or Southern gospel, the mission should be the same: to lead Christians into worship and to lead lost people to Christ. While our methods may be different, our mission to reach the world for Christ must remain the same. That’s our mission: to help lead people to Christ.

JB: I heard there’s a new project in the making; can you share something about that?
RR: Yes. We have finished the tracks and are working on the vocals when we are home. The sound will be even more country than our debut release, but the message of the gospel is front and center in each cut. That’s never going to change. I can’t share much at this point, but we are very excited for people to hear our sophomore recording.

Beyond the Song: Pardoned sing "Down At The Altar"

Rusty Rowan of Pardoned

JB: What’s your favorite Bible verse?
RR: Daniel 6:22, where Daniel declares to the king that regardless of the king’s efforts to have him destroyed… God shut the lions’ mouth so that no harm could come to him!

JB: Where can we find you on the web
RR: You can find Pardoned online HERE  and on Facebook

Thanks Rusty Rowan for sharing your ministry to the readers. Blessings on your journey sharing the gospel with your talent.

Please watch and listen to this great new song, “Down At The Altar,” by Pardoned.

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John Schneider is Recycling Grace

Written by Staff on August 14, 2019 – 1:37 pm -

John Schneider is Recycling GraceWhen he was just eight years old, John Schneider would entertain his friends and their families with magic shows. He knew then he had a love for performing and that would carry on through his teens and into adulthood. This predilection for acting led to the role of Bo Duke on the TV series, “The Dukes of Hazzard,” a job that would change his life and bring him fame.

 

Reflecting back on the series 40 years later, Schneider says, “It’s hard to imagine anything has been 40 years really, but what a special time in my life.” The friendships he made during the production of The Dukes of Hazzard” would carry on through present day. 

 

In 1981, at the height of the popularity of his show, Schneider released his debut country album, “Now or Never.” His first single from the album, a cover of the Elvis Presley song, “It’s Now or Never,”peaked at No. 4 on the U.S. Country Billboard charts and remains the top charting Elvis cover to date, by any artist. Schneider had found another avenue to tell stories, through music, and he knew that was what he was destined to do. He enjoyed great success during his country music career with four No. 1 singles on the Billboard Country Charts and 10 top 10 hits.

 

John Schneider is Recycling GraceSchneider was tapped for the role of Jonathan Kent on the CW Network series, “Smallville,” in 2001. The show followed a young Clark Kent growing up in Smallville, Kansas before he became the hero, Superman. 

 

“I was the ‘Uncle Jesse’ of that series,” Schneider muses, as he reflects back on the character portrayed by Denver Pyle on “The Dukes of Hazzard.”

 

“What made “Smallville” such a great show was the emphasis it made on family and how important family is,” says Schneider. “In my opinion, it is the best portrayal of the Superman mythology of any other show or movie.”  He credits that to the creative team of Alfred Gough and Miles Millar who created and produced the “Smallville” series.

 

John Schneider is Recycling GraceThe lack of family friendly programming available today bothers Schneider. “It’s not a decline in the morals of everyone who creates shows or movies. It’s about business. If the demand for those types of shows is there, then people will make them because it’s a business and they create these shows to make money.”

 

Schneider believes the market is there for family friendly movies and shows. As a result, he is creating them in his John Schneider Studios. “We have a new movie we are making called ‘Christmas Cars.’ It’s the story of a man trying to save his farm by selling diecast replicas of the cars he used to drive 40 years ago,” he says. “A lot of my story is in this movie.”

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Christian Country at the Creek artists speak out about family and faith

Written by Staff on July 22, 2019 – 12:59 pm -

2019 Christian Country at the CreekIt’s almost time to come down to Christian Country at the Creek. Four months from now, the newest event in Christian Country music will debut at Mill Creek in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., on Oct. 30 and 31, 2019. Concerts will run daily from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

2019 Christian Country at the Creek“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. This is one of the greatest musical styles today. Don’t miss it!”

Patz says he is excited to have Pardoned, Jessica Horton, Sara Lewis, and Bonita Eileen, among those slated to perform during Christian Country at the Creek.

“These artists have many different musical influences, but they all come full circle, back to what these events are all about: Family,” Patz states.

Jessica Horton will be appearing at Christian Country at the Creek

Jessica Horton

Jessica Horton shares, “I owe almost every part of my musicianship to my grandpa. I called him ‘Pop.’ We were two peas in a pod. I was his shadow and sometimes he’d pretend he was mine. We spent nearly every weekend of my childhood at the Sparta Opry, then later Blackhawk and Longview Opry. I remember traveling with him to Bruce for country music singings. We even went as far north as Illinois, singing at old school houses or for festivals. Every weekend there was some music adventure for us. Pop sang and played for every child in his life for his whole life, and I think that’s how we all remember him. So as soon as I could make a sound, he had me learning the old songs, and as soon as I could wrap my fingers around a fret, he had me strumming chords. I couldn’t reach all the strings for the G chord, so you’ll still catch me playing it how he modified it for me! It’s hard to break old habits.”

“I’ve certainly had other influences, of course,” Horton continues. “My dad always played guitar beautifully, and a lot of folks on my mom’s side of the family know how to pick and grin. I joined the band in school and learned to play the French Horn. My band teacher Mr. Hawkins taught me all the fundamentals of music theory and reading notes. This proved to be the perfect foundation for my college musical education experience. At the university I studied classical voice, and I was able to learn how to understand and control my breath and voice. I took some theatre classes that taught me about diction. Music and theatre together taught me so much about making intentional choices when I tell a story through song.”

Horton is inspired about her journey ahead as she reflects on God’s direction in the past. “I truly believe God orders every step we take, even when we think we are taking them ourselves. I get excited when I look at all these people and how God loved us so much that he put us together to help us along our journey. I would not be who I am without them, and I certainly wouldn’t be half the artist.”

“I’m very excited to meet some new influences at Christian Country at the Creek. It’s an honor to be a part of something so amazing. I can’t wait,” exclaims Horton.

Pardoned will be appearing at Christian Country at the CreekChristian Country at the Creek is thrilled to welcome new artist, Pardoned, whose members are Donnie Marr, Rusty Rowan, and Parker Rains.

Donnie Marr sings tenor for Pardoned and is responsible for the vocal arrangements of the group’s songs and the sound production of each show. He was influeneced by his “Paw-Paw Marr” who played guitar and piano and sang bass. It was Donnie’s “Paw-Paw Marr” who helped birth Donnie’s love for music.

A gentleman named Mike Spears taught Donnie Marr to “hear the harmonies” in the music. Spears was an electrical engineer and passed his knowledge and understanding of sound systems down to Marr.

“Rusty Rowan is a musical hero to me. He is one of the greatest musical influences in my life,” Marr says. “Rusty’s talents are second to no one and even Rusty himself doesn’t recognize how good he is. He really is one of the most talented people I have ever known.”

Rowan and Marr are co-owners of Pardoned and also own stock together in a retail automotive dealership.

Marr’s spiritual influences were his Maw-Maw Reid and Jimmie Rowan (Rusty’s father).  Marr says his Maw-Maw Reid taught him how to pray and was his spiritual rock. Jimmie Rowan helped Donnie understand what real ministry is.

“He taught me that ministry has to go beyond the walls of the church to really be effective, and that it has to come from the heart,” Marr says  He can still hear Jimmie Rowan tell him, “No matter who they are or what they have done, its our duty to show them the love of Christ.”

Pardoned will be appearing at Christian Country at the CreekRusty Rowan sings lead for Pardoned and writes most of the group’s songs. His biggest influence were his parents.

“When I was a kid, my mom and I would listen to country radio every night until my bedtime,” says Rowan. “I couldn’t have been more than five or six years old at the time. I remember my excitement when she would let me call the show and request a song. It was always ‘Coca-Cola Cowboy,’ by Mel Tillis. My dad took me to see Mel Tillis when I was six and we went to a concert every year after that. My favorite concert memory is of Marty Robbins. I was only eight years old.”

Rowan says his parents always encouraged him to follow his dream of playing music. He laughs and says, “There’s no telling how much money they spent on lessons and traveling, trying to help me achieve my goals musically.”

As for the daily business of operating a musical group, Rowan credits Lynn Fox and Jackie Wilburn as his biggest influences.

“Those two men were professional in every sense of the word,” says Rowan. “They operated in different areas of music and ministry but their morals and ethics were perfectly in line with each other, in my eyes they were the best.”

Rowan cannot say enough about either of these men or their families. “They taught me how to talk to people, how to work with churches and talent buyers, and how to enjoy life on the road. They were great men.”

Rowan says he still turns to Lynn Fox for advice and encouragement today. “Jackie Wilburn passed away a few years back, but I think about him everytime i drink a Coca-Cola; he loved them.”

Parker Rains sings baritone for Pardoned. He is the youngest member of the group and takes care of merchandise and lighting. Rains says his mom and dad raised him on Southern Gospel music. “My parents had a Southern Gospel group and I became amazed by anything that was related to drums and percussion.”

Rains says he was playing drums for his church choir when he first had the opportunity to sing: “I realized that music could give me a break from everyday life and allows me to express myself while sharing the message of the gospel.”

Pardoned’s baritone is drawn to the harmonies of music. “I love the way Diamond Rio, Lonestar, and the Gatlins structure the harmonies of a song; and nobody can deliver like Vince Gill.”

Rains hopes to help bring more attention to the fact that young people can enjoy Christian music. “The stuff we do right now is really cool. If we can get more folks in my generation to give it a chance, I have no doubt that they will love it as much as I do.”

Bonita Eileen will be appearing at Christian Country at the Creek

Bonita Eileen

Another talented Christian Country artist that will be appearing at the Creek is Bonita Eileen. “My love for Christian music has been a passion to me since I was age five,” says Eileen. “Music strengthens the faith of believers and helps lead the lost of all ages to Christ. Music is an outlet of praise, joy, and refreshing that brings glory to our Father, changing lives one at a time.”

Bonita Eileen talks about her musical influences. “Being raised in a musically inclined, close-knit family, I would have to say my parents have been the biggest influence in my life through song. My mom played the piano and daddy led the singing. I watched their love for the Lord and their walk grow tremendously through Christian music.”

“My daughter Ashley will always be my hero and example of what love for gospel music truly is,” Eileen shares. “As she now sings with the angels in Heaven and I have the hope of singing with her again some sweet day.” A talented singer in her own right, Ashley died in 2003 at the age of 14, from a brain tumor.

Sara Hambrick Lewis is an artist who also allows the experience of grief to touch her audience in a special way. Her husband passed away two years ago. She says, “I began singing with my dad in church at a young age, then my mother and I started singing together in church when I was 12. My biggest influence and encourager had to be my late husband, Roy Hambrick, and a very special cousin, who I love like a dad, Rodney Eakins. He writes some of the songs I sing. He encourages me and supports me so very much. He will never know what that means to me and how much I enjoy getting to sing with him each week.”

Sara Lewis will be appearing at Christian Country at the Creek

Sara Hambrick Lewis

Lewis continues, “My biggest influences in gospel music are also Bill and Gloria Gaither, along with many of the Homecoming Friends. I was watching a Gaither video at the age of 12 and said then and there, this is what I want to do. Today I’m even more excited about what God has in store for me in gospel music”

“Sheri Easter has to be my biggest female influence,” Lewis continues. “I love that lady. I love her style and her voice, but most of all, her sweet spirit and her love for God and people.” Other musical influences for Sara include the Primitive Quartet, Heirline, and Heaven’s Mountain Band.

2019 Christian Country at the CreekThese artists and many more will be appearing Oct. 30 and 31. The inaugural Christian Country at the Creek is the exciting sister event to Creekside Gospel Music Convention 2019 and will be presented at the Mill Creek Conference Center, which is located at 3785 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, Tenn. One Christian Country artist will be chosen from each day’s concerts to perform that evening during the Creekside Gospel Music Convention.

The Creekside Gospel Music Convention, Oct. 27 – 31, 2019, offers Bluegrass, Country, and Southern gospel afternoon music showcases, evening concerts, and the 2019 Diamond Award presentations.

For more information on the Christian Country at the Creek, Creekside Gospel Music Convention, or the 2019 Diamond Awards ceremony, as well as accommodations and VIP tickets, contact Rob Patz at 360-933-0741.

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Vote today for 2019 Diamond Awards Top Five

Written by Staff on June 25, 2019 – 11:08 am -

Diamond Awards

Diamond Awards

SGNScoops Magazine is proud to announce that voting for the Top Five nominees for the 2019 Diamond Awards is now open on the SGNScoops website HERE.

Vote today for your favorite artists from the Top Five nominees and make plans to attend the 2019 Diamond Awards ceremony, as the best in today’s Southern, Country, and Bluegrass gospel music are celebrated.

The Diamond Awards will be presented on Oct. 29, at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., during the 2019 Creekside Gospel Music Convention. Don’t forget to make sure your voice is heard by voting HERE.

Diamond AwardsCreekside Gospel Music Convention brings national and regional gospel music to Pigeon Forge from Oct. 27 through Oct. 31. This year, special features include Creekside Bluegrass, and Christian Country at the Creek, as well as the Lifetime Achievement award, keynote speakers and preachers, chapel services, live concert tapings, and midnight prayer.

2019 Creekside Gospel Music Convention Reserve your tickets at www.creeksidegospelmusicconvention.com and your space at the Convention headquarters, the Ramada Inn. Book your place today as rooms are filling up fast. For reservations call Rob at 360.933.0741.

Don’t forget to order your Creekside VIP pass today! There are a limited number of bracelets available, so please contact Rob today at 360.933.0741.

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Pray For Lisa Daggs And Her Family

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on June 6, 2019 – 11:25 am -

Pray For Lisa Daggs And Her Family

Pray For Lisa Daggs And Her Family

From Lisa Daggs Facebook Page

At 12:55 am heaven gained a saint. I know she’ll be found worshiping at Jesus’ feet for a long time and dancing through the streets of Heaven. I’m relieved for her – no more confusion – no more pain. but my heart is broken! 💔 Rest now My Love. My beautiful Angel. Ilene Daggs Lisa Daggs

 

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Wade Phillips: Turning Lemons into Lemonade

Written by Staff on May 28, 2019 – 12:58 pm -

Wade Phillips

Wade Phillips

Turning Lemons into Lemonade by Pastor Wade Phillips

James 1:2-4 says, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.  Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

I know, some of you are saying, “You’ve got to be kidding me; there is no way I can consider what I’m going through as joy.”  

We must remember, God has a plan for our life and we can’t always see what that plan is. He may be using your situation to teach you something, or to teach someone else something, or to bring someone to Him.  Also, know that there are so many people out there who deal with even worse things.

There is a man named Nick Vujicic who was born with no arms and no legs. His life has been very difficult from the very beginning. For quite some time he was very angry and blamed God for His situation. Finally, he came to a place in his life where he realized that he could use his situation to be an inspiration to others, and gave his life to Christ.

Wade Phillips preaching

Wade Phillips

Nick now travels the world speaking to people of all ages. His message is very simple: “Take the lemons and make lemonade.”  

Be thankful for what you have and do the very best you can with it.

We have a choice to make when dealing with life’s troubles. We can be angry, resentful, scared, and faithless, or we can be thankful, driven, fearless, and faithful.  

In the first chapter of 2nd Corinthians, we are told God comforts us in our troubles so that we may comfort others with the same comfort we have received. God gets us through the things in our life so that we can be there for people when they are going through those same things.

We must maintain our faith so when we do get through the tough times we are made even stronger.

Look at it like this: The fires of life are like the fire used by the silversmith. He heats up the silver to a point where all the impurities float to the top. He then scrapes off the bad stuff and is left with the purest of silver.

close shot of fireGod is our silversmith and He is constantly trying to get rid of the impurities in our life so we can be more like Him.

It is my prayer that the next time you face a trial in your life, that you will think about James 1: 2-4 and remember that this too will pass, and when it does, you will be stronger because of it.

So, remember, the next time life gives you lemons, turn them into the best lemonade ever.

Look for the lesson in the test and allow God to grow you deeper in faith.

Then take that lesson into the world and help someone else mix their lemonade.

 

Wade and Tonya Phillips headshot

Wade and Tonya Phillips

Pastor Wade Phillips –  3in1ministries.org

SGNScoops is pleased to welcome Wade Phillips to our growing roster of wonderful writers. Wade is from Madisonville, Texas, where he attends Madisonville Christian Fellowship. He is married to Tonya Phillips, and they have a son, Nicholas, daughter-in-law, Courtney, and grandbaby Anna Grace. Wade’s Christian Country ministry is based on preaching, singing, and being the hands and feet of Christ.

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Jenna Faith: On an amazing journey

Written by Staff on May 26, 2019 – 11:15 am -

Jenna Faith: On an amazing journey

Jenna Faith: On an amazing journey

Jenna Faith is a strong, grounded sixteen-year-old. “I know without a doubt, this is where I am supposed to be,” she says. “God has shown me confirmation after confirmation. And this definitely is not something that a 16-year-old from Floresville, Texas could have done on her own strength!”

 

In October, 2017, Jenna Faith participated in the Inspirational Country Music Association talent search, travelling to California to the final try outs. She wasn’t a newcomer to the the competition stage.

 

Jenna Faith: On an amazing journey“I have auditioned for America’s Got Talent, The Voice, and American Idol,” says the raven-haired vocalist. “Every one was a learning experience but I left with complete peace. If I wasn’t chosen for a call back, it wasn’t from God. It didn’t affect me negatively. Then I heard about ICMA talent search and here I am on this amazing journey God has me on.”

 

Jenna Faith was not only chosen for a call-back, she went on to win first place, securing a prize package which included the recording and release of an original song. This led to her first single and charting song, “Shine On,” written by Corey Lee Barker and Ken Beam.

 

Jenna Faith: On an amazing journey“It was the first song of many that were pitched to me,” Jenna Faith recalls. “In my heart, I kept going back to it even when being advised to have my first radio release a more up-tempo song especially as a new artist. I shared with them that this was my song and I had to record it after what my community just went through. The Sutherland Springs Church Shooting had just happened the week before and that is part of my community. Our whole county consisting of many small towns was affected. A classmate and friend of mine was wounded and her mother lost.”

 

“Although this song has ministered to so many everywhere, Sutherland Springs was my inspiration to record it,” says the teen. “In God’s perfect timing, I was able to share it with them 10 months later. I was asked why I waited so long to share it with them. I told them two reasons: First, I didn’t want the important message of the song to be lost in the haze of the grieving; and secondly, I didn’t ever want someone to think I used this tragedy for publicity.”

 

Jenna Faith: On an amazing journeyThe message of the song continues. “‘Shine On’ is in consideration for NRA commercials and for the movie they plan to do,” says Jenna Faith. “‘Shine On’ will always hold a special place in my heart because of the inspiration, the message and because it was my first radio release. And now to learn it is nominated in the top 10 Inspirational Country Song of the Year through ICMA has left me in awe.”

 

Jenna Faith’s career has also taken off in God’s perfect timing. Singing since the age of three, she sang all kinds of songs everywhere she could. Stephen Hill heard her, and suggested she attend the Ben Speer School of Music. She attended for six summers and has continued with professional coaching ever since.

 

This young vocalist’s second release is also climbing the charts. “‘No More Second Chances’ was my first co-write with Corey Lee Barker,” says this Big Catch Records artist. “‘No More Second Chances’ does not have a personal meaning behind it other than knowing the goodness of God and his never ending love. Being in music ministry, I have heard so many redemption stories that had struggles and failures along the way and God never said, ‘that’s it, you blew it this time.’”

 

Jenna Faith: On an amazing journey“No More Second Chances” is number 24 this month on the SGNScoops’ Christian Country charts, slowly inching its way up.

 

This artist is open to singing the right song for the right moment. “I would sing some Christian Country cover songs; Carrie Underwood, Randy Travis songs. I just love Christian music of all genres but I did lean towards Southern Gospel and Country. I still do change my set lists to accommodate the congregation or audience,” says the teen.

 

Some artists use Christian music as a stepping stone to the supposed fame and fortune of secular music. “I don’t know if I will cross over to mainstream country,” says Jenna Faith. “I have to work with my record label to see the direction they will take me in. My heart is true to singing for the Lord, but not opposed to having a larger following that I can bring Jesus to once they become fans. I was once told by one of my mentors that us Christians have a tendency to sing (insular)… We sing the message of Jesus to each other instead of to the lost. We need those platforms to gain trust of fans and bring them the message. But we will see what God’s plan is…”

 

This young lady has known Jesus personally for a long time. “I was born into a Christian family. I always loved Jesus but when I was seven years old, I told my parents I wanted to get baptized and commit to Jesus.

 

“I also started my music ministry at age seven. I sang at other churches, nursing homes, hospitals, and funerals. I continued to grow my music ministry. I took a vow of purity and wear my purity ring publicly and boldly. I spend time sharing with youth groups and telling them how God has been present in my life. That is also a large part of why I stayed in public school. I found it to be more effective when other teens know I live the same struggles of peer pressure and interactions they do.”

 

This young songstress is in earnest about sharing her faith with her generation, fearless about following where the Lord leads. It’s not surprising that her favorite bible verse is Deuteronomy 31:6. “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid. For the Lord your God goes with you. He will never leave you…”

 

March 2019 SGNScoops Magazine

March 2019 SGNScoops Magazine features the Old Paths

Jenna Faith says, “I was given a cross with this scripture that I keep in my room. I find great comfort to know God is always with me.” But she says that speaking the truths of God is not always the most effective way of reaching the hearts of your audience.


“The most important thing I can say is not with words but by actions…to live by example and acknowledging that my decisions are based on serving a real God,” says this young lady who is so full of potential. “I try to remember to say at the end of my concerts, speaking engagements and Facebook Lives….. ‘be kind to one another, but more importantly, be kind to yourself.’”

Read more about Jenna Faith HERE.

By Lorraine Walker

First published by SGNScoops magazine in March 2019.

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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

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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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Creekside Gospel Music Convention 2019

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