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Jimmy Reno reviews Three Bridges new CD, “Hymns and Classics Renewed”

Written by Staff on August 17, 2017 – 2:18 pm -

Three Bridges

Three Bridges

Three Bridges released “Soldiers,” their critically-acclaimed debut album, in 2002. It may be surprizing to some to realize that after the past 15 years of their ministry going strong and enjoying numerous album releases, this current CD marks the first time they have released a hymns project.

 

“Hymns and Classics Renewed” is the title of the debut hymns project from the group. The album contains well-known hymns done in the soulful stylings Three Bridges has become known for. The album features the current lineup of Jeremie Hudson, Shannon Smith and Elliott McCoy.

 

Three Bridges release "Hymns and Classics Renewed"

Three Bridges release “Hymns and Classics Renewed”

This new project kicks things off with “There’s Power in the Blood.” The arrangement is upbeat and employs an edgy, soulful feel. It’s definitely a fresh arrangement for the familiar hymn. The next cut is “The Old Rugged Cross.” This is a straightforward, mellow arrangement of the well-known ballad, featuring solid vocals with tight harmonies. Baritone Elliott McCoy and Shannon Smith do a nice job on this one.

 

“The Love of God,” which features tenor Jeremie Hudson, is a ballad that is both well-orchestrated and delivers emotional vocals. This is a solid contribution to the project.

 

The Dallas Holm classic, “Rise Again,” which won a Dove Award in 1977 as Song of The Year, has been included, with the trio putting their own style on the popular tune. Lead singer Shannon Smith is featured on this one, and he delivers a solid vocal performance. This is a powerful arrangement of the song that audiences and fans are sure to love.

 

Three BridgesThe popular gospel classic penned by Mylon Lefevre in 1970, “Old Gospel Ship,” is another highlight from the project. The song is upbeat, and you will find yourself singing along in no time.

 

The group has re-cut a fan-favorite song from their debut mainline album in 2002 called, “The Captain.” This is a moving ballad with tight harmonies that fans of the group are already well familiar with.

 

Overall, this first hymns offering from the group is a solid effort. The album Three Bridgescontains both lively, upbeat tunes and ballads that stir emotion. The trio infuses their blend of soulful, edgy Gospel into well-known timeless classics. It produces a sound that Southern Gospel fans are sure to enjoy.

By Jimmy Reno

Jimmy Reno is a regular contributor to SGNScoops Magazine.

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Exodus to release “Behold the Lamb” video

Written by Staff on August 2, 2017 – 3:02 pm -

Exodus to release video for "Behold The Lamb"

Exodus to release video for “Behold The Lamb”

Exodus members Mike Watson, Susan Brady, Mary Scott and Cole Watson, from Gadsden, Alab., just released their new single, “Behold The Lamb,” to Southern Gospel radio.  The group has now made a new video to be released shortly.

 

“Behold The Lamb,” written by group member Brady and Phil Cross, is a beautiful, powerful ballad that features Cole.

 

Exodus releases Behold The Lamb on video

Cole Watson is featured on Behold the Lamb

Brady tells SGNScoops: “God loved His creation (man) so much He was willing to send His darling Son to be the last sacrificial Lamb ever needed again. When John the Baptist spoke these words in John 1:29 ‘ Behold The Lamb of God which taketh Away the sin of the world’, it was a proclamation, identifying who Jesus was and what He was going to do!

“I love the truth in these words John spoke and wanted to write about them. Phil Cross and I wrote ‘Behold the Lamb.’ Phil said he loves the connection between John the Baptist and the Lord. When you listen to the words ‘Behold the Lamb’…it is a call to worship, to praise the Lord Jesus Christ who came to where we are… so we could go to Him.”
The video and single were produced by Cross, who talks about the anthem in the video below.

The new video will debut on Facebook, tomorrow night August 3, at 7:00 p.m. Eastern, 6:00 p.m. Central.

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ExodusAbout Exodus:

We became Exodus after lots of prayer. We all go to church together and that is how it started. Our pastor James O. Wallace asked Mary to sing “There Rose a Lamb” for Easter 2011. We were not for sure how the harmony would sound. Mike sang with his mom and dad for years and Susan with her family, Mary sang bluegrass/southern gospel. When we got together to practice over the song, it was amazing the harmony. It was not just the harmony though, God met with us and God used that song, on Easter, for His Glory and Honor. Praise God for His willingness to come and die for sinners like Exodus. We knew then, that it was something special. Our main goal in the beginning is for God to use us to Honor Him, that still stands today. The name “Exodus” came originally from Susan. Mary and Mike were both skeptical, but after praying and studying it, it was perfect for us. We were in bondage of sin, just like the children of Israel. We were both delivered from that bondage. We exited out of bondage and now awaiting that mass exodus that will take place pretty soon for those who have been gloriously saved from the bondage of sin, from death and hell. Praise God for His grace and mercy.

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FINAL PREPARATIONS UNDERWAY FOR NQC 2016!

Written by Staff on September 23, 2016 – 10:54 am -

NQC

NQC

Pigeon Forge, TN Readies to Welcome Thousands of Gospel Music Lovers for Annual Convention

Pigeon Forge, TN (September 22, 2016) – Organizers and event staff are busily making final preparations to welcome thousands of gospel music lovers to the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge, TN for NQC 2016.

The city of Pigeon Forge, TN will welcome an estimated 40,000 fans to the area as they enjoy concerts and festivities planned during NQC, held the week of September 25 – October 1, 2016.

Pigeon Forge, TN’s LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge serves as the home for the annual convention – a $45 million special events facility that opened in 2013. The center’s primary space will be configured for 11,000 seats for the NQC, with no seat more than 150 feet from the stage.

NQC

NQC

An all-star lineup of gospel music’s “who’s who” are featured throughout the week with showcases and nightly concerts delighting attendees. Highlights of the week include Grammy winner Jason Crabb, GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame members The Hoppers, and award-winning artists such as the Booth Brothers, Greater Vision, Whisnants, the Jim Brady Trio, Mark Trammell Quartet, the Collingsworth Family, Tribute Quartet and many more!

In addition to the evening concerts, a plethora of events and activities await the thousands of gospel music fans throughout the week including the Singing News Fan Awards, Dr. David Jeremiah’s keynote address and more.

Clarke Beasley, Executive Vice President, states: “We are looking forward to another great NQC in Pigeon Forge, and we are confident that attendees and participants will agree that NQC is truly a Gospel Music experience like no other.”

NQC – the National Quartet Convention – was founded in 1957 by gospel music legend and former backup vocalist for Elvis Presley, J.D. Sumner who co-produced the event with James Blackwood. The annual convention was moved in later years to Nashville, TN and then to Louisville, KY where it was held for 20 years.

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Jeff Chapman of Kingdom Heirs requests prayer

Written by Staff on September 10, 2016 – 5:22 pm -

Jeff Chapman with Kingdom Heirs outside at Dollywood

Jeff Chapman with Kingdom Heirs outside at Dollywood

Jeff Champman, smooth bass singer with the Kingdom Heirs of Dollywood, posted the following request on his Facebook page a short time ago today:

Jeff Chapman of the Kingdom Heirs

“Everyone keep me in your prayers as I am being transported to Fort Sanders hospital in Knoxville today to have a heart cath done with a possible stent put in as well. Thanks everyone.”

Everyone at SGNScoops is praying for Jeff and we request that all of our readers do as well.

Thank you for going to the Great Physician to ask for guidance for the physicians operating on Jeff today.

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Hall of Fame vocalist, Larnelle Harris, honored at 83rd Annual National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses

Written by Staff on September 9, 2016 – 10:28 am -

(Pictured L to R: Larnelle Harris: Dr. Marabeth E. Gentry, NCGCC National President; Rev. Dr. Derrick E. Roberts, NCGCC Chairman of the Board; Dr. Bessie M. Palmer,  2nd Vice President and Host President)

(Pictured L to R: Larnelle Harris: Dr. Marabeth E. Gentry, NCGCC National President; Rev. Dr. Derrick E. Roberts, NCGCC Chairman of the Board; Dr. Bessie M. Palmer, 2nd Vice President and Host President)

Louisville, KY — Hall of Fame vocalist Larnelle Harris was honored with a Heritage Award from the National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses (NCGCC) at their 83rd annual convention in Harris’ hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.  Harris says it was a humbling experience.

“The NCGCC has a long and storied history,” said Harris. “I was most grateful for the recognition, and privileged to be part of their event.”

Harris is the only person in history to be a member of three distinct Hall of Fame organizations: the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and the Amateur Radio Hall of Fame. In addition to his five Grammy Awards and 11 Dove Awards, including being named Male Vocalist of the Year three times by the gospel music industry, Harris has garnered nineteen #1 national radio singles and countless top 10 hits. Songs such as “How Excellent Is Thy Name,” “I Miss My Time with You,” and his signature song, “Amen,” are now considered modern Christian music classics.

From the White House to the 38th Parallel, Harris has impacted audiences across the globe with his music.   He was the first gospel artist to perform inside the Kremlin after the fall of the Soviet Union.  He is one of a handful of celebrities to receive the Ad Council’s Silver Bell Award for Distinguished Public Service in recognition of his song “Mighty Spirit” as the theme song for the longest-running Public Service Announcement in television history. Harris was recently honored by his home state of Kentucky with the Governor’s Lifetime Achievement Award in the Arts.

Married to wife Cynthia (a.k.a. Mitzy) for over 44 years, Harris continues to tour worldwide, recently performing at the National Day of Prayer event in Washington D.C., New York’s Carnegie Hall, as well as in Paris, France. In addition to his numerous solo dates, Harris also travels with various multi-artist tours. For more information, visit his website here.

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About National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses:

The NCGCC was founded by Professor Thomas A. Dorsey, who is affectionately known as the Father of Gospel Music. The first Gospel choral union was organized in Chicago in 1932, and Dorsey was elected president. On August 30, 1933, at the Pilgrim Baptist Church in Chicago, the National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses was organized and held its first session. Every feature of the annual National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses was designed for the betterment of the Christian singer, instrumentalist, educator or leader; geared toward enabling the prepared Gospel ambassador; and purposed for the individual to be spiritually motivated to live the message of the Gospel song. Today, led by its President, Dr. Marabeth E. Gentry, and Rev. Dr. Derrick E. Roberts, Chairman of the Board. the NCGCC continues to expand the reach of Gospel music. Visit www.NCGCCInc.com for more information.

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CHRIS GOLDEN WALKING A NEW ROAD IN “SUNDAY SHOES”, JOINS MONARCH TALENT MANAGEMENT

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 www.mtmagency.net

For more information on Chris Golden including his music and touring schedule, visit www.chrisgolden.net

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New TV Documentary The James Marvell Story

Written by Staff on September 7, 2016 – 8:49 am -

James Marvell

James Marvell

Check out the made for television documentary on the life of James Marvell airing on Thursday September 8th at 7 PM CST.

NASHVILLE, TN, USA, September 5, 2016 /EINPresswire.com/ — Check out the made for television documentary on the life of James Marvell airing on Thursday September 8th at 7 PM CST.  His story moves from hits in the late 60s with the group “Mercy” that topped Billboard with Elvis, Sinatra and the Beatles to his current hit single “Summer Winds” on Colt Records written by Dennis DiChiaro and the 45 years in between. The story includes stints with the popular 70s duo The Country Cavaleers, trendsetters of the country outlaw movements and his days on the road. Marvell worked with Willie Nelson in Branson, Missouri and designed collector jewelry for Willie, Johnny Cash, Bill Monroe The Father Of Bluegrass and June Carter Cash. The special also covers James Marvell’s composition “Prophecy” written over 40 years ago but very timely for  today.

Dennis DiChiaro is an American Songwriter/Publisher who is delighted to have teamed up with recording artist James Marvell for the release of his new song “Summer Winds”.  An additional release is coming mid-November with James who is joined by Joanne Cash, Johnny Cash’s sister. Dennis is an esteemed member of The National Music Publishers Association.  He has been affiliated with BMI as a writer for 26 years and also has his publishing company Song of America, established in 1993.  Dennis composes 9 to 12 songs per year and cuts them in Nashville and at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals Alabama.

You can view the documentary online at: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/w07bn-tv-7

Press inquiries should be directed to:
J.K. Coltrain, President
Colt Records
837 Briley Parkway
Nashville, TN 37217
staff@coltrecords.com
http://www.coltrecords.com

 

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Melody Harden joins Rob Patz and Events Team

Written by Staff on August 29, 2016 – 1:52 pm -

Melody Harden

Melody Harden

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee (August 29, 2016) – Rob Patz, publisher of SGNScoops, is pleased to announce the addition of Melody Harden to the Events team. Harden will be responsible for Group Sales and Tour Buses for events such as Creekside Gospel Music Convention and Christian Country Expo. 

“We are excited to have Melody join our team!” says Patz. “We have such a strong staff throughout SGNScoops and all of our ventures, and I know with Melody’s skill set and background in Gospel music events, she will make the team even stronger. I am thankful for her willingness to join us at Coastal Media.”
“I look forward to joining Rob Patz and his team,” Harden comments. “I hope to leverage my experience within the Christian music industry. I will continue building relationships with artists and guests to assure they receive the best experience possible.”

SGNScoops presents Creekside Gospel Music Convention from October 31st

Creekside 2016

Creekside 2016

through November 3rd at Smoky Mountain Convention Center, Pigeon Forge. Tickets are free but must be reserved. For ticket information visit the website at www.creeksidegospelmusicconvention.com. For more information see the Facebook page www.facebook.com/Creeksidegospelmusicconvention. VIP passes still available. For reservations and VIP passes contact Salina Clay at hotels@sgnscoops.com or call her at 256-239-7716.


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SGN Scoops’ Fast Five: Bros.4

Written by Staff on November 30, 2015 – 2:16 pm -

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Bros.4

Welcome to another edition of SGN Scoops’ Fast Five! This time we chat with Bros.4, a male Southern Gospel quartet from Mississippi. This is a group of men who have a strong, seasoned sound and who present original songs as well as Southern favorites. Good music done well will appeal to a wide audience and this is a quartet that has found their listener demographics expanding over the two years that they have been in ministry. Bros.4 have two projects filled with new and older songs and will be heading into the studio soon to work on a new CD.

Bros. 4

Bros. 4

Bros.4, it’s time to for you to answer the SGN Scoops’ Fast Five!

SGN: Tell us all about Bros. 4 (pronounced Brothers 4). Who are the members and how long have you guys been together? etc.

B4: We all live in the central Mississippi area and are known for our energetic spirit and tight harmonies while proclaiming the love of Jesus through song.   Bros. 4 is rooted in traditional Southern Gospel, but we strive to bring a modern feel and sound. The group covers an array of Christian music styles that appeal to all audiences, young and old.

Bros.4

Bros.4

Our ministry started in March 2013 in an effort to give hope to the community of Hattiesburg, MS after a devastating F5 tornado ripped through the college town. With our first concerts in June and July, we began by agreeing to learn 12 to 15 songs for these events; however, as we began to choose songs and rehearse, God’s will took over and Bros. 4 was born.

Meet the Guys

Adam Dungey, from Clinton, MS, is the bass singer and manager. He is the nephew of Butch Owens (bass for the Blackwood Brothers Quartet) and cousin to Ian Owens (bass for Soul’d Out). Adam is also a third generation bass singer. In addition, he played drums and ran sound for many groups over his career, most notably, The Imperials.

Bros.4

Bros.4

Buddy Graves, from Byram, MS, sings the lead and grew up singing in school and church choirs. His love for Southern Gospel music extends back to his early childhood. He and his father, Jerry, are walking encyclopedias of Southern Gospel information. Buddy saw his dream of singing in a quartet come to fruition in 2001 when he was given the opportunity to sing with Mercy River Quartet and later with Strong River.

B4 9Brandon Wilson, from Laurel, MS, brings many talents to the group. He sings baritone and plays the piano, as well as handling the majority of the song arrangements. As a teenager, Brandon played piano, and later sang baritone with Mercy River Quartet. Brandon believes his calling is ministry, both through pastoring and singing God’s word.

Darryl Smith from Purvis, MS sings tenor and runs sound for the team. He previously sang with and owned the popular Mississippi trio, New Life, which eventually became a quartet. He is a true dedicated servant of the Lord, offering his time as a Christian leader, talent, and resources as blessings to others on a very regular basis.

 

Bros.4

Bros.4

SGN: When you guys are out on the road, what is your favorite place to eat?

B4: That is a very fun and challenging question when it comes our group. It’s usually a debate of which fast food restaurant are you in the mood for, or better yet, which one is open?! FYI: Buddy wishes we sang more in the New Orleans, LA area as he is a foodie!

 

Bros 4SGN: Tell us what God is doing in your ministry these days.

B4: We are humbled by the recent responses to our efforts. The enthusiastic reaction from both old and new worshippers, motivates us in our pursuit of sharing God’s message. He is the unfailing motivation for our dedication to be the best we can be as a ministry team. Our unique presentation, showcasing our true love for what we do and for each other, hopefully will change lives and provide hope.

 

Bros 4SGN: How can we purchase your product and find your upcoming dates?

B4: Our products are always available at an event or online at www.bros4.net. Worship dates can also be found on the website and at gospelgigs.com/bros4. We would also like to encourage each of you to follow us on facebook (facebook.com/bros.4), Instagram (4bros4) and twitter (4bros4).

 

SGN: With 2015 approaching its close, what are some future goals for Bros.4?

B4 logoB4: Our goals are simple. We want to continue to participate in worship opportunities that hopefully enrich congregations, encourage Christians and inspire non-believers. In addition, we want to head back to the studio with new original material as well as some fresh takes on some familiar favorites.

 

Our thanks to Bros.4 for allowing us this glimpse into their ministry through the Fast Five. Visit their website to hear their music and be inspired. If you are in the Mississippi area, be sure to check their schedule and catch a concert with Bros.4. You are in for a terrific time of great Gospel music!

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DON MOEN HONORED WITH LIFETIME GLOBAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Written by Staff on November 5, 2015 – 10:18 am -

Don Moen

Don Moen

October 28, 2015 (Nashville, TN) – Don Moen, an iconic voice in Christian music and pioneer in the modern praise & worship movement, has been honored with a very special award highlighting his international influence. During the 50th Anniversary Gala last week, Oral Roberts University honored Moen with the Lifetime Global Achievement Award, celebrating Don’s outstanding excellence and vast impact. The award was presented to Moen by ORU President, William M. Wilson.

Don Moen accepts Lifetime Global Achievement Award from ORU President William M. Wilson.  For high-res image, click here. // Photo courtesy Nelon PR

Don Moen accepts Lifetime Global Achievement Award from ORU President William M. Wilson.
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“Don is one of the most gifted worship ministers of our generation,” said ORU President William M. Wilson. “His ability to bring an audience with him into God’s presence is astounding. Don has journeyed to the ‘uttermost bounds of the earth’ with the music of our King in a variety of ways. His integrity, passion, and character speak volumes. All of this makes Don a very worthy recipient of ORU’s Lifetime Global Achievement Award.”
“It is an incredible honor to receive this award, and I am humbled to be included in the group of distinguished recipients,” said Moen. “ORU has played a significant role in the direction of my life. It’s where I met my wife Laura, and it’s where I met Terry Law and joined Living Sound, starting my lifelong career in music ministry. I’m excited to see what the next 50 years holds in store for ORU and the lives of the students they are impacting.”
ABOUT DON MOEN
The music and ministry of Don Moen reaches a global audience, impacting millions of people. In addition to the United States, his travels for concerts and seminars have taken him to Ghana, South Africa, Singapore, the Philippines, South Korea, Brazil, Canada, Australia, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, the United Arab Emirates, and many more.
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