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Beyond the Song: Living Faith talks about “I See Jesus”

Written by Staff on February 26, 2019 – 2:41 pm -

Living Faith

Living Faith

Jantina de Haan went Beyond the Song to ask Mark Byrd of Living Faith about the song “I See Jesus”

“The writers Debbie Davis and Bernadette Negus both had experienced a family member in their final hours here in this life, saying moments before taking their last breath, that they could see into Heaven and see loved ones that had passed before them,” shares Mark Byrd.

“I personally have witnessed the same thing as my grandmother passed from this life over 30 years ago.

“The song starts talking about Stephen when he was about to be stoned. The Heavens opened up and he saw Jesus standing at the right hand of the Father.

“From the first time we sang (this song,) we’ve had people come to us with tear-filled eyes, telling us about witnessing the same accounts when their loved ones passed.

Living Faith CD "This is Why"

Living Faith CD “This is Why”

“I truly believe God gives us this gift to strengthen our faith as we watch our friends and family leave from this life and enter eternity.”

“I See Jesus” is from Living Faith’s latest album, “This is Why,” released through 3rd Avenue Sound Recording Studio. © Copyright – Living Faith. Release Date: June 29, 2018.

“With a beautiful blend of melodic bass, crisp lead, sweet tenor and spot-on baritone, Living Faith is bringing their brand of Southern gospel to many new audiences through their current radio release. If you haven’t yet heard their recent single, you will soon. “I See Jesus” is an incredible expression of faith and vision. ” –SGNScoops Fast Five on Living Faith HERE.

Living Faith is Mark Byrd, Rodney James, Nathan James, and Mary Mooney. For more information on Living Faith click HERE.

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Jason Crabb Garners 2nd GRAMMY Award

Written by Staff on February 19, 2019 – 5:35 pm -

Crabb and producer Jay DeMarcus React to Win for Unexpected

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LOS ANGELES, CA  – Multi-Award winning artist Jason Crabb has added another accolade to his career. The beloved singer, songwriter, actor, musician, author and television host, garnered his 2nd GRAMMY Awardon Sunday, February 10, 2019, for the album, Unexpected.
Produced by Jay DeMarcus (Rascal Flatts), the project was well received and garnered critical acclaim, even being named one of USA Today’s ‘Nashville’s Best Albums of 2018. The recording featured special guests Gary LeVox (Rascal Flatts) and Kaya Jones along with a song co-written with disco icon, Gloria Gaynor, who Crabb met a few years ago on Twitter.
Crabb previously won a GRAMMY award in 2010 for his debut self-titled album. During his celebrated career, he has amassed 22 GMA Dove Awards along with a host of industry honors and recognitions.
Crabb says: “I’m just so thankful. I am thankful to the academy, to my staff and team, managers Philip & Tina Morris, my PR, the band, Jeff Roberts Agency, the pastors and promoters who invite us in, Jentezen Franklin and his family who has been so kind and to Jay DeMarcus who produced this record and to Ed, Dottie, and everyone at Daywind Records. Thank you to all the singers, musicians and songwriters for pouring your heart into this record. When I got up there and I looked out and saw everyone, and I saw my girls, I was just so happy and thankful that they were there with me to share this moment. I love my family. To everyone that was in this category, I love you and you’re all my friends. It was special to be nominated alongside my true friends. I love you all, I love Jesus and I am just so thankful!”
Jay DeMarcus comments: “As a producer, there is no higher honor in the recording arts than for a project you produced to win a GRAMMY award. As a friend, I am proud and excited for my buddy, Jason Crabb! Thank you to the academy, Jason’s team and everyone who supported this project. This sure feels great! Congratulations Jason!!!!
The 61st Annual GRAMMY® Awardswere held at Los Angeles’ STAPLES Center on Sunday, February 10, 2019. For more information on the GRAMMY Awards, visitwww.grammy.com.

For an in depth feature on Jason Crabb, written by Lorraine Walker, click here.

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Jason Crabb: Praying for a Revival of Love

Written by Staff on February 17, 2019 – 1:06 pm -

Jason Crabb: Praying for a Revival of Love

Jason Crabb: Praying for a Revival of Love

Jason Crabb and his wife, Shellye, were married 20 years ago. After two decades, they have grown a family, observed twenty Christmas Eves, developed a thriving career in Christian music, and celebrated many awards, including Grammy, Dove, and Diamond.

 

Jason, along with his brothers and sisters, still makes limited appearances as the Crabb Family, 22 years following their first appearance, and get together as a family as often as possible.

 

December 2018 SGNScoops Magazine

December 2018 SGNScoops Magazine

This artist knows that the best things in life are the things that last. Things like faith, love and family. And gatherings during one of the most holiest times of the Christian calendar.

 

“We really like to get together with family,” says Jason about his Christmas traditions. “It’s just family time. The perfect Christmas for me, would be to go back home to Kentucky and spend it with my family. To go to one of those little bitty Christmas plays that the kids do, in one of those little country churches that I grew up in. Watch Mary drop the baby Jesus doll in the manger scene. Those things you just never forget. You know, the main thing for me is Jesus and family during that time.”

 

Jason Crabb: Praying for a Revival of LoveThe Crabb family has been blessed with the ability to share their love for Jesus musically, and now Jason has started flexing his songwriting muscles on his latest award-winning release, “Unexpected.” Not every song on this recording is one he has written, however.

 

“The best song always wins, doesn’t matter if you wrote it or whoever else,” Jason states. “But how can we get up and say ‘this is me,’ if we didn’t have any part of the creation? I didn’t think I had it in me to create it.

 

“So I’ve gotten wise,” Jason grins. “I’ve got people around me to help me, you know, get with writers, to get with people that are a great help to put all the pieces together of what I want to say, to glue it all together, make a great piece of artwork. Instead of one holding the brush, there’s three, and then the band comes along and there’s numerous people.

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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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God Is Faithful: A Look At Arthur Rice of The Kingdom Heirs

Written by Staff on January 22, 2019 – 4:41 pm -

Arthur Rice receives Lifetime Achievement Award at Creekside 2018

Arthur Rice receives Lifetime Achievement Award at Creekside 2018

Since 1995, the powerful, soulful, and energetic voice of Arthur Rice has been an anchor in the signature sound of the Kingdom Heirs. Rice’s incredible lead vocals delight audiences all over the world. He has experienced great success in his career having been nominated for many industry awards. Rice also serves as the President of the Southern Gospel Music Association and a deacon at his home church FBC Sevierville.

Gospel Music has always been a part of Rice’s life.

 

“I’m the youngest of four kids and the only boy in my family,” relates Rice. “My dad sang in several quartets along with my mom and oldest sister even before I was born, so I’ve been around church and singing all my life. I started singing solos with my family when I was old enough to stand in a chair.”

 

It wasn’t long until the gospel group bug bit young Rice.

 

“Then I started playing bass guitar for my dad’s quartet when I was seven and sang lead for them when I turned 14. I went with a mixed group called the Gerald Payne Family when I was 18 and that was when Eldridge Fox heard me sing.”

 

Kingdom Heirs

Fox’s notice eventually led to Rice’s first major mainstream quartet position. Rice served as lead singer and bass player for the legendary Kingsmen Quartet from 1983 – 1989. It was a natural fit as Rice and his family were already acquainted with the group.

 

“My family had always been friends with the Kingsmen through Ray Dean,” explains Rice. “My dad’s quartet was the first group Ray ever sang in and we’re second cousins. A short time after being in concert with the Kingsmen, Foxy called and asked if I would be interested in singing with the mighty Kingsmen. That was in 1983. I was there till ‘89 and I left the road for a year to help take over my dad’s shop after he had a brain aneurysm. The Lord healed him and gave us many more years with him.”

 

Following his tenure with the Kingsmen, he sang with fellow Kingsmen member, Squire Parsons, for five years before joining the Kingdom Heirs, where he has remained for 22 years.

Rice cites many great groups and vocalists as inspiration for his own unique, recognizable sound.

“We had one gospel station in our area; my dad turned all the radios to it then pulled all the knobs off so nobody could change the station,” laughs Rice. “So about all I grew up listening to was gospel music. I loved it all, but I guess my biggest influences were the Kingsmen, the Inspirations, the Happy Goodmans, and the Statesmen. But, when I was around 16, I discovered Ronnie Milsap. Wow, what a voice and range.

 

Arthur Rice“After my voice changed at 14, my mom found a voice teacher for me,” Rice continues. “She drove me the hour trip every week until I was old enough to drive myself. I took lessons for seven years. Mr. Brookshire was from Juilliard but unlike most teachers we talked to, he allowed me to sing gospel music instead of just opera. I’m very grateful that my mom believed in me enough to make that sacrifice.”

 

Rice’s incredible voice is featured on the newest CD from the Kingdom Heirs.

 

“Our latest album, ‘The Last Big Thing,’ is a great album full of incredible songs. It has two top-five songs already on radio and the title song was voted 2018 Song Of The Year,” says Rice.

 

This hit project also includes a new release that pulls on the heartstrings.

“Our latest radio single is ‘Heaven Just Got Sweeter.’ It’s written by Jerry Salley and Dianne Wilkinson. We were going in the studio to record tracks for the new album and we had already finalized our songs when Jeff’s dad passed away from bone cancer. Dianne sent me a copy of the song to just play for Jeff to encourage him, but after I heard it, I thought it would encourage a lot of other folks. Little did I know that in just short few months, how it would encourage me when I lost my middle sister from cancer in October 2017,” Rice shares.

 

This is the mission of Rice and the group as well. It is of the utmost importance to show God’s love, comfort and encouragement through their music.

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Gordon Mote To Be Featured On Andrew Brunet and Friends

Written by Staff on January 22, 2019 – 9:51 am -

Gordon Mote

(January 22, 2019)  — Gordon Mote will be the featured artist on Andrew Brunet and Friends, airing internationally the weekend of January 25th.

On this program, we will sit down and chat with Mote, about his latest project which features many great songs such as “Love Is The Golden Rule,” “Set Your House In Order,” and the title track “Love, Love, Love.”

Many remember Mote from his touring success and extraordinary piano playing with the Gaither Vocal Band and the Gaither Homecoming Tour.

Gordon MoteMote released this statement about appearing with Andrew: “I had a blast doing the interview with Andrew! He’s got a great show, and I’m sure it will keep growing and growing! Make sure you join his Facebook page, and look for many great interviews in the future.”

Tune in dates and times:

Saturday, January 25th- 7:00 AM PST- RacMan Christian Radio

Sunday, January 26th- 10:00 AM CST- WLDX- The River

Sunday, January 26th- 1 PM EST – AM 760 WCIS

Sunday, January 26th- 7 PM EST- Star99 Radio

Monday, January 27th- 4 PM EST- Appalachian Gospel Radio

Wednesday, January 29th- 6:00 PM EST- RacMan Christian Radio

Wednesday, January 29th- 8:00 PM EST- WBNI Radio

To find out more information about Gordon Mote, you can visit his website.

To find out more information about Andrew Brunet and Friends, you can visit his Facebook page.

Andrew Brunet and Friends is a nationally syndicated radio show, reaching millions of listeners across the nation with the sound of Southern Gospel music. Our goal is to reach the lost and dying souls in the world with the message of hope and encouragement, to know that no matter what trial they face, Christ is with them and will supply their needs according to his riches in glory.

We have been honored to have awesome guests on our show so far such as: Paul Heil, The Martins, Les Butler, Bradley Walker, among many others.

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Younger Perspective on Hutch Jordan of the Jordan Family Band

Written by Staff on January 19, 2019 – 9:53 am -

Younger Perspective on Hutch Jordan of the Jordan Family Band

Younger Perspective on Hutch Jordan of the Jordan Family Band

Musicians make the world go ‘round…or at least they provide a catchy tune as it turns. Whether you are a musician or you have friends that are, you will know right off the bat that musical folk are just plain quirky, and definitely a breed all their own. Making music is a language unto itself, and today’s guest speaks it quite fluently. A newer addition to the Southern gospel world, Hutch Jordan of the Jordan Family Band joins us today for a little pickin’ and grinnin’.


Hutch Jordan of the Jordan Family Band

Hutch Jordan of the Jordan Family Band

Erin Stevens: How old were you when you chose your first instrument? What was it and can you tell us a little about those early days?
Hutch Jordan: I was eight. My poppa bought me my first drum set for Christmas. I went through a plethora of sets through the years, but I’ll always keep that set, as it is the sole thing that began my passion for music. I’m pretty sure the people in the neighborhood I was living in at the time got tired of hearing me bang on them every day after school.

Stevens: If you had to pick only one instrument to play the rest of your life, what would it be?
Jordan: Definitely guitar. That’s such a hard choice, though. I love playing everything else just as much.

Stevens: What does a normal practice session look like for JFB?
Jordan: Most people might assume chaos, but in all reality, when mom, dad, and Alex get together with me playing acoustic, everything flows so naturally.

Hutch Jordan of the Jordan Family BandStevens: When did you get into studio session work?
Jordan: I came into the overdub world about two or so years ago. But it was early this year when producers started hiring me for tracking day at different studios.

Stevens: Which do you enjoy more, playing on stage or in the studio?
Jordan: I enjoy both, but for different reasons. I love the energy of the stage, and I love the creativity in the studio.

Hutch Jordan of the Jordan Family BandStevens: If you could hand pick your favorite musicians to play with on an album, who would make up your dream team?
Jordan: I think I’ve already done so. I’ve worked with so many great players including Mark Hill, Gordon Mote, Rob Hajacos, Jeremy Medkiff, Garth Justice, Stone Carter, Scott Sanders, Wanda Vick, Andy Leftwich, and many, many more.

November 2018 SGNScoops Magazine

November 2018 SGNScoops Magazine

Stevens: Is there talk of a Hutch Jordan solo CD in the future?
Jordan: I’ve given that a lot of thought. I will definitely do an instrumental record sometime in the future.

 

Stevens: Could you see yourself teaching private lessons someday down the road?
Jordan: Actually, yes. I would love to start Skype lessons, or something to that effect. I think it would go well.

Stevens: Knowing your talents come from God alone, how do you give glory to him through your musical abilities?
Jordan: I try my best to take what he has given me to wherever he wants me to go. I know I couldn’t ever give him enough praise for what he is allowing me to do, so, I’ll just accept it, and let him guide me.

Closing thoughts from Erin Stevens…
Sometimes it’s hard for us to just ‘accept it.’ We fight it, kick against the grain, and try to do our own thing. But really, the Lord gave each of us unique abilities, specifically designed to fit our very unique callings. Maybe you have been running from what or where he is calling you to. May Hutch and I urge you to simply ‘accept it?’ Do that crazy thing Christ is nudging you towards, take that job, return that phone call, take that leap of faith. Accept the calling, accept the Master’s plan, and just do it.

And that’s my take on it.

Until next month, Scoops fans.

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By Erin Stevens

First published by SGNScoops Magazine on November 2018

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Lindsey Graham Performs At Swedish Conference

Written by Staff on January 18, 2019 – 7:58 pm -

Lindsey Graham Performs At Swedish Conference

Lindsey Graham Performs At Swedish Conference

Estero, FL  – Popular Christian singer and musician, Lindsey Graham, was invited to sing for a New Year’s Conference which was televised throughout Sweden. Channel 10, the only Christian network in Sweden, covered the full two-day conference, with a special event to ring in the New Year.

 

The conference, held in Värnamo, was hosted by Pastor Tommy Liljas and well-known, popular Swedish evangelist, Tommy Dahlman. Both men preached throughout the conference, and several other guest ministers also spoke. A conference house band, comprised of various special guests, led the congregation in corporate worship all three days.

 

The event was created to encourage and cheer people who may be unable to spend the holiday with a church family or friends.  It was the hope that anyone feeling lonely, without the means to leave their homes, might still enjoy the festivities via television. The pastors mentioned several times that the event was especially focused on this segment of the population.

 

Lindsey said of the tour, “My highlight was being invited to lead the congregation in ‘Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus’ as the countdown led us into 2019. The conference theme was ‘Every Eye on Jesus.’ What a rich privilege to sing to Jesus and point others in His direction at the start of a brand new year.”

 

 

New Year’s Eve ended on a high-energy note with the song, “I Wish I Could’ve Been There.” Graham concluded the three day event with “Jesus, You’re Everything to Me” from her reflective EP, Still, My Soul, Lindsey’s newest project.

 

Still, My Soul, is a devotional EP that features seven beautifully crafted songs designed to bring the listener into a quiet moment with God. The EP package also includes a journal, bag, and pen —  available for a $20 bundled price.

 

Lindsey stated, “Journaling is such a rich part of my personal walk with the Lord. I’m easily distracted in my thoughts but journaling keeps me focused, and allows me to capture evidence of the hand of God. It’s a blast to go back and read previous journal entries because it helps me remember the small things. God is ALWAYS in the small things. Please consider journaling as part of your walk with the Lord this New Year.”

 

 

If you would like to interview Lindsey Graham contact AG Publicity at info@agpublicity.com

 

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To book Lindsey for your church, concert or event contact Dominion Agency 828- 454-5900.

Lindsey Graham

About Lindsey Graham

 

Lindsey has shared the stage with many Gospel greats including The Crabb Family, The Booth Brothers, Triumphant Quartet, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, The Isaacs, The Dixie Echoes, The Stamps, The Blackwoods, Kevin Spencer, Dennis Gwizdala, and Larry Ford. She participated in the 2007 Gaither Homecoming video Amazing Grace. Lindsey recently traveled full time with a southern gospel group, The Taylors. They made many appearances in North America, including NQC Mainstage 2012, as well as Sweden and Northern Ireland.

 

Through her continued classical vocal studies, Lindsey performs for the Naples Opera Society of Naples, Florida. In 2011, she traveled to Europe as a guest soloist of the Bach Ensemble of Naples, Florida. For three consecutive seasons Lindsey sang the National Anthem and the Canadian Anthem for the Boston Red Sox spring training games in Ft. Myers, FL. Lindsey is a studied pianist and flutist, incorporating both into her ministry. A 2005 graduate of Belmont University in Nashville, TN, she received a Bachelors of Music and was also inducted as a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society based upon GPA and staff member recommendation. Lindsey completed a Masters of Arts in Religion with an emphasis in Worship Studies from Liberty University in 2012 and in May of 2018 she received her Doctorate of Worship Studies from Liberty University’s School of Music.

 

Singing Christian music is extremely vital to Lindsey as she is eager to uplift and excited to share the love of Jesus with others. Her ambition is “to reach the lost and encourage believers in the Lord.”

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Dreams come true: a look at Ivan Parker

Written by Staff on January 17, 2019 – 7:47 pm -

Ivan Parker

Dreams Come True: a look at the ministry of Ivan Parker

Ivan Parker has had a long, storied career in the Southern gospel music field having sung with several popular groups. He has also been a staple of the Gaither Homecoming videos. Parker currently travels and ministers as a soloist, and is experiencing great success. From an early age, Parker always knew he wanted to sing. He has been blessed to be able to do what he loves and spread the Word of God through song.

 

Gospel music has been a major part of Parker’s life since the beginning. Parker, while at his father’s church, gave his heart to the Lord at nine years old and from that point, knew he wanted to sing.

 

“I started singing weekends with my brothers when I was 13 years old,” says Parker.. “My dad was a pastor so I grew up in church. Being from a large family of seven kids, we all learned to sing early in life. My first full time position came in 1982 with the Singing Americans. Then I started with Gold City in 1983 and traveled with them for 10 years. I immediately started my solo career in January 1994, and also started with the Gaithers doing a few tour dates in February of that year, which continued for years on video and concert dates.”

 

Parker’s unique and powerful lead voice is easily recognizable. His great sound and style was influenced by several of the great pioneers of the Gospel music field.

 

Parker states, “Through the years of loving Southern gospel music, there are many influences. I have always loved the crooning vocals and personality of Jake Hess, the smooth lead singing of Duane Allen with the Oak Ridge Boys.” He is now a part of that long line of incredible vocalists.

 

Gold City recorded some of its most popular hits during Parker’s tenure, including: “In My Robe Of White,” “I Think I’ll Read It Again,” “John Saw,” and “Midnight Cry.” The latter song became Parker’s signature.

 

November 2018 SGNScoops Magazine

November 2018 SGNScoops Magazine

Following his departure from Gold City, Parker embarked on a solo career in 1994. He has been nominated for, and received, several national gospel music awards. Parker’s music has resonated with audiences all over the world and captures beautifully the message of Christ. His latest mainline release “Dancing In The Rain” features his latest radio single which conveys a timely message.

 

Parker explains, “The latest radio single is called ‘Take Me To The Cross,’ written by Rodney Griffin. I had been looking for a song that was a mix of patriotic with a Christian message. Without Rodney and I talking, he emailed me this song and I knew God intended this song for me. It was the perfect blend of the two messages that I was wanting. I absolutely love this song!”

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Victory Television Network where Southern Gospel is Super

Written by Staff on January 16, 2019 – 6:15 am -

Jim Grant of VTN

Jim Grant of VTN

Victory Television Network, based in Arkansas, is a huge supporter of Southern gospel music and reaches more than 1.2 million homes. SGNScoops recently talked to Jim Grant, General Manager and Associate Minister of VTN.

Grant tells us that VTN is a network of three full power Christian TV stations headquartered in Little Rock, AR. The networks cover over 200 communities across Arkansas and into the Memphis area, the boot heel of Missouri and northwest Mississippi via cable, DISH, DIRECTV and over-the-air.

VTN logoSGN: What prompted you to begin airing a block of Southern Gospel (SG) on your network?

Jim Grant: Southern Gospel music is huge in Arkansas. VTN always carried Southern Gospel programs since its launch in 1988. Shortly after I arrived in 1996, we decided to dedicate Saturday nights to Southern gospel music, branding it Super Southern Saturday Nights. The viewer response has been amazing. Typically, 5 of the top 10 Christian TV programs in the Little Rock DMA each week are Southern Gospel programs on VTN.

SGN: Where do you get your content? If artists want their videos to be aired, how do they go about that?

Grant: We work with a variety of SG program producers to hand pick the very best programs available. We are always scouting for new 30-minute SG programs.

Artists can send us a link to any videos they would like us to consider for air.

Also, we love recording live performances in the VTN studios with artists who come through in the area. Same process. We use videos and in-studio performances in musical breaks, in special programming and on our web site and You Tube Channel.

VTN: Southern Gospel Notes logoSGN: Tell us about yourself. Are you married with kids, grandkids? How did you get interested in SG? I see you are also a minister. Where and how does that intersect with your tv duties?

Grant: I’ve been married to my college sweetheart, Cindy, for 44 years. She is our Office Manager. We have two kids and two grandkids that we serially overspend on.

I came to VTN after a wonderful 20 year career as a secular radio station VP/GM.

I was a late-blooming Christian…saved at age 25…I was struck with an immediate passion to share The Good News. While working full time in radio, I became part of a childrens’ evangelistic team for 11 years that produced the internationally syndicated TV show, Kids Like You. I played the character Jailhouse Joe. It was not type casting.

In 1996, I accepted a calling into the ministry at VTN as General Manager/Associate Minister.

As a manager, I work with an amazing staff to do TV, day after day, striving for excellence.

America needs great Christian programming now more than ever before.

As a minister, I am responsible to the Lord for our viewers. I am certainly not their pastor…but VTN is air support for all the local pastors across our coverage area. These great pastors are the boots on the ground.

I have a minister’s heart for our viewers and head up The VTN Prayer Team. We pray for thousands of our viewer’s prayer needs every year.

SGN: Please share your testimony. How did you open your eyes to the reality of Jesus Christ? Has it always been easy?

Grant: As noted, I was a late bloomer. It took six people to lead me to the Lord: my wife; a boss; a VP and co-worker in my broadcast corporation, and two guys in my Army reserve unit.

The Army Reserve guys gave me a copy of Hal Lindsey’s Late Great Planet Earth book. I tossed it in a drawer. Two years later I read it and gave my heart to the Lord. I’ve been on fire ever since.

Jim Grant of VTN

Jim Grant of VTN

SGN: Do you sing yourself? How do you promote your SG block? Please give us any links or addresses that might help people to reach you.

Grant: I sing in the shower and it breaks the tile.

I am a bass guitar hobbyist. The only people who hear me are my wife and the next door neighbors who wish I’d turn the amp down.

We promote our Southern gospel block with tons of on air promos, web site, Facebook, Twitter, etc. VTN is the only Christian TV network with a full time Promotion Director (Andrea Qualls). She is the best…and a real SG fan.

VTN web site is: www.vtntv.com.

Best way to reach us: info@vtntv.com

VTN is a non-profit organization that relies on viewers to keep them on the air.

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