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“TRIO” Becomes “The McMurrays”

Written by Staff on January 2, 2019 – 4:58 pm -

The McMurrays

The McMurrays

Radford, VA – As this phenomenal mixed trio ushers in the new year, Chapel Valley artist, “TRIO” welcomes a new season in ministry with the addition of their daughters to the group and a name change from “TRIO” to “The McMurrays.”

 

This talented mixed trio was formed by three friends who came together to bring glory to God through the music they love. Husband and wife team, Chris and Kelly McMurray have watched their daughters grow before their eyes, and often call them up to join them on stage. Their ministry has a fresh vision yet carries the same enthusiasm for excellence and energy as they minister across the nation as a family.

 

The McMurrays’ new radio release, “You Must Be Born Again” from their album entitled “The After” is the perfect song to express their mission to reach the lost with the hope of Christ. Chris McMurray shares, “Being in ministry as a family is one of the most exciting and challenging ventures a family can embark upon. Kelly and I are thrilled to see our daughters join us in carrying the message of salvation through music out to the world. We are so excited to begin this new year with a new vision and can’t wait to share it with you.”

 

Stay tuned for more wonderful music from this talented family. Their next album will feature some incredible young talent that will carry the gospel to future generations. Visit The McMurrays online at www.themcmurraysonline.com and be sure to like their Facebook page to learn more about upcoming news.

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Lorraine Walker: Becoming mindfully aware of your world this Christmas and New Year

Written by Staff on December 25, 2018 – 2:36 pm -

Lorraine Walker: Becoming mindfully aware of your world this Christmas and New Year

Lorraine Walker: Becoming mindfully aware of your world this Christmas and New Year

Editor’s Last Word for December 2018 SGNScoops Magazine – by Lorraine Walker

Merry Christmas! I love this season and the way people seem happier and more open to talking about spiritual things. Yes, I’m that person who wears the shirts and sweaters and socks with all things Christmas on them. People have said that I even have reindeer antlers on my car…but that, of course, is just a rumor.

Our cover artist, Jason Crabb, also loves Christmas, and I hope you enjoyed his feature this month. I had such a good time talking with him recently when he sang at my church. We are both equally intense people and I so enjoyed digging into his thoughts on various subjects. What a terrific communicator, both on and off stage.

Lorraine Walker: Becoming mindfully aware of your world this Christmas and New Year

Jason Crabb was interviewed by Lorraine Walker for December 2018 issue of SGNScoops Magazine

We featured other artists of course that I have also enjoyed, like Les Beasley, who recently passed. We were unable to feature a tribute to Ernie Phillips as it was too close to press time, but I know of his contribution to gospel music and that he has many family, friends and fans that mourned his passing. I became a Kingsmen fan after Ernie’s tenure, mainly because of knowing Parker Jonathan, who joined when Garry Sheppard was the group’s tenor. Ernie, however, was an incredible talent and will be greatly missed.

I was also thinking of the passing of seasons when I read Rob’s Publisher’s Point. I hope you have read it and gleaned the knowledge that this season of your life is God’s way of preparing you for the next. I want to add to that with another piece that I am trying to learn and develop in my own life.

One of the buzzwords lately seems to be “mindfulness.” I know that can be used and misused in so many ways, and also taken to the extreme. I think some uses are not spiritually healthy for Christians. However, the literal meaning is great for all of us.

Mindfulness to me is living in the moment; not dwelling in the past or future, not thinking about what we should do or should have done. If we are being mindful or

Jason Crabb was interviewed by Lorraine Walker for December 2018 issue of SGNScoops Magazine

Jason Crabb was interviewed by Lorraine Walker for December 2018 issue of SGNScoops Magazine

paying attention to each day, each moment, of each season we are in, both spiritually and physically,  maybe we would be more relaxed as well as appreciating each other more.

Perhaps paying attention to each moment and more attention to those around us will make this season even more special. Maybe we will even notice others more, share more smiles, hold our loved ones closer, and be more aware of the special gift of Jesus this Christmas. God bless you this holy season!

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SGNScoops Magazine Editor Lorraine Walker

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Merry Christmas from Rob Patz: Is this season of your life preparing you for the next?

Written by Staff on December 24, 2018 – 2:23 pm -

Rob Patz: Is this season of your life preparing you for the next?

Merry Christmas from Rob Patz: Is this season of your life preparing you for the next?

Publisher’s Point for December 2018 by Rob Patz

Greetings everyone and I want to wish you a very Merry Christmas! We are in the month of December here at SGNScoops Magazine and wow, where has the year gone? It has gone by way too fast.

I can’t believe we’re already talking about Christmas and New Year. Of course, as you get older, it goes by faster; or perhaps there is so much more going on in your life that it just seems that way. I don’t know, I haven’t figured that part out yet, but I want to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas from all of us at SGNScoops magazine. We’re excited about another year of growth and about the events that have taken place throughout 2018.

Speaking of seasons, we are in winter now and of course, the holidays, but life is a lot like that. We as Christians move through many different seasons in our life. So often we don’t look at our experiences; we are always either looking back or looking forward. I want to challenge you today that whatever season you’re in, wherever you’re at right now in your life, that you take the time to enjoy that season.

If you are like a lot of people, when they go through a season that maybe you don’t like –  like perhaps a winter season in your faith – that you have to believe that the future, and your spring, is just around the corner. Try to believe that whatever God is doing in your life, whatever is challenging you right now, that God will move you into the next phase of the next season. We’re not here for forever. You may feel like this season has gone on far too long but you also need to realize that God is just getting ready for the next thing.

Think about this: The shepherds out in the field that saw the star and then saw the angel who said that the Savior was born in a manger.

December 2018 SGNScoops Magazine

December 2018 SGNScoops Magazine

Now, think about their life. They were sheep-herders, they lived that life, they were out in the field; they probably didn’t think anything about the next season of their life, or about what was ahead for them.

They didn’t realize at that moment that up to this point – I mean think about how cool this was – their life as shepherds led to this point.

They didn’t realize that they were going to go and see the King, that they were going to see the Savior, the King of the Jews.

It is incredible how their lives were prepared. It was like they were in a training for this day. They weren’t at the point of fulfilling what they were going to do but they were in a training moment.

Then a star comes, the angel appears, they are told that the Savior was born and that they have to see the King! Their lives change at that moment. You can read the whole story about what happens to the shepherds but their lives change at that moment forever. If they hadn’t been prepared as shepherds prior to this point, they wouldn’t have there that night, or been able to go to the stable.

I want you challenge you today to think about your life. Right now, this season. It may be a winter season in your spiritual life, or in your physical life, but I want to challenge you today that this moment is preparing you for what the future holds for you. Like the shepherds, I want you to be prepared for the next season, which could come at any moment. I want you to be ready.

A new year is coming for you, a new season is coming. After all, we already are thinking about spring, we’re getting ready for it, preparing for it. I know I am. It’s cold right now and I’m excited about what’s to come. I’m excited about that next season.

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Rob Patz, owner and director of Creekside Gospel Music Convention

We need to be excited, prepared, seeking and doing what God has for each of us in this season of life. One moment completely changed the lives and focus of the shepherds. It can happen just that quickly for you.

Hey, I want to invite you to come and be a part of Southern Gospel Weekend in Oxford, Alabama, on March 21 – 23, 2019. Three great days of gospel music in Alabama. We want you to be there.

Also, make plans to be a part of Creekside 2019, Oct. 27 – 31, for four great days of gospel music in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.. We are going to have a blast and we want you to be there. Email me for details about either of these events, or how the Lord is changing your life, at rob@sgnscoops.com.

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Through the Lens of Craig Harris – Gold City at Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Written by Staff on December 24, 2018 – 11:09 am -

Gold City in Kentucky. Photo by Craig Harris.

Gold City in Kentucky. Photo by Craig Harris.

Gold City in Kentucky. Photo by Craig Harris. Gold City was in concert on Nov. 11 at Three Springs Baptist Church in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Gold City in Kentucky. Photo by Craig Harris. More about Gold City

(From About page on Gold City Quartet website)…Gold City is among those elite groups who continues to reach new audiences and consistently amass new fans Gold City in Kentucky. Photo by Craig Harris. who fall in love with their distinct sound as soon as they hear it. Now into their 34th year…Daniel Riley, baritone, has assumed the management role and leads the group onward into the future. He provides a smooth baritone vocal that blends perfectly with the other voices in the group but also has the versatility to step out for a solo with power and soul. Chris West is singing bass and lead vocalist Scott Brand follows a long list of dynamic lead vocalists and takes a back seat to no one…Tenor (Thomas Nalley) puts Photo by Craig Harristhe top on the sound with his high clear tenor voice…Dillan West is the Sound Engineer…read more on Facebook here.

 

 

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Gold City in Kentucky. Photo by Craig Harris.

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Rising star Erica Cookston talks to SGNScoops

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

Erica Cookston

Erica Cookston

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

Scoops:  Why do you sing gospel music? 

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

Erica Cookston at Gospel Fest

Erica Cookston at Gospel Fest

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Christmas: A time of family, love, giving thanks

Written by Staff on December 21, 2018 – 2:31 pm -

Charlie Griffin is thankful this Christmas

Charlie Griffin is thankful this Christmas

Several artists have explained what they are thankful for as the year comes to an end:

Charlie Griffin:
This holiday season will be different this year… the first Thanksgiving and Christmas without Mom. Kinda feel lost without those phone calls during this time of year. Yet I have so much to be thankful for on this journey. Thankful for the blessings of life, the opportunities to work daily and share the Good News in word and song. Thankful I have a loving family and friends who make my life richer. Even when things don’t go as planned, God has me in the palm of his hand. Thankful for the simple things. Clothes, shoes, food, vehicles to drive and so much more. Definitely BLESSED! I am THANKFUL indeed.

Pine Ridge Boys are thankful this ChristmasPine Ridge Boys:
Thankful that God has allowed us to keep singing and following those that paved the way for us. For sending the right men at the right time to continue the ministry that others laid out for us. We have been truly blessed and very thankful.

Chip McCaa-Baritone:
I’m thankful for our many friends and for my wonderful family, and the opportunity we have in this great country to openly serve our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We have been so privileged over this past year to witness His awesome greatness and I’m so thankful He has allowed us to do so!

Steven Craps- lead:
I’m thankful for my faith, my family, and my freedom!

Pine Ridge boys are thankful this ChristmasMike Maggard-Tenor:
I am thankful for Jesus dying on the cross for my sins and for my personal relationship with him. I am thankful for my family and what they mean to me to allow me to travel and sing every weekend. I am thankful for living in the greatest country on earth. I am also thankful for the Pine Ridge Boys for allowing me the opportunity to minister with them every week.

Larry Stewart-Bass:
I am thankful for the many blessings that God has given me. Thankful for a wonderful wife and children and grandchildren. Thankful that God had mercy on me and gave me a second chance to do what I love most, to sing gospel music and minister to those in need. Thankful that He died on the cross and paid the price so that I didn’t have too.

The Sheltons are thankful this ChristmasThe Sheltons:
We are all so thankful for his outpouring of favor on our ministry. Singing since 1960 we have always tried to honor the heritage and path shown to us by our parents and family. It is our joy to share the good news every chance we get.

Sandra Shelton Martin:
Thankful for God’s blessing and His forgiveness. When I need him most, he is always with me. My every need he supplies.

Frankie Shelton:
Thankful for Gods continued outpouring of his unconditional Love. Blessed beyond measure that God loves me and allows me to sing with my family the songs that give hope, joy, and peace.

George Shelton, Jr:
Thankful his mercy and his healing touch every time I need him. Through all my The Sheltons are thankful this ChristmasThe Sheltons are thankful this Christmascircumstances, God has shown favor. He has blessed me to sing with the best of the best. And to continue singing with my family, words can’t describe the blessings I experience.

 

Compiled by Charlie Griffin

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MESSIAH’S CALL WELCOMES JOSEPH OFFENBERGER

Written by Staff on December 17, 2018 – 9:50 am -

MESSIAH’S CALL WELCOMES JOSEPH OFFENBERGER

MESSIAH’S CALL WELCOMES JOSEPH OFFENBERGER

Knoxville, TN – Messiah’s Call is excited to announce that Joseph Offenberger of Liberty, SC will join the group filling the baritone position. Joseph will replace the recently departed Caleb Kelley, who held the position from 2016 to 2018.

Joseph sang lead with the Skyline Boys Quartet and most recently, The Port City Quartet. He launched a solo ministry in 2017 and recorded two solo projects. He is excited about the future and the doors that God continues to open.

“We are thrilled to have Joseph join the group,” says Jack Allen, owner and manager of Messiah’s Call. “During our time together, I can already see that he shares the vision that Corky and I have for Messiah’s Call. We look forward to the path God has set before us and we will begin that journey on January 13th when our 2019 tour begins.”

Joseph and his wife Kama live in Liberty, SC and are blessed with four children, Johnathan, Kaydin, Kara, and Maggie. When not on the road, he enjoys spending time with his family, cooking, and chasing a toddler around the house. 

This talented mixed trio was founded in 2014 by owner, Jack Allen, who began his career in 2002 when he and his brother, Scott Allen formed Greater Faith Quartet. Messiah’s Call’s current radio single, “By the Touch of Your Hand” from their album entitled “Every Last One” is currently climbing the charts.

 

Messiah’s Call will be back in the studio in 2019 working on another incredible album with Chapel Valley.

Visit Messiah’s Call online at www.messiahscallmusic.com and be sure to like them on Facebook to learn more about upcoming news from this legendary mixed trio.

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Jason Crabb, Jay DeMarcus React to GRAMMY® Nomination

Written by Staff on December 15, 2018 – 3:47 pm -

Jason Crabb, Jay DeMarcus React to GRAMMY® NominationNashville, TN  – The nominations for the 61st GRAMMY® Awards were announced last Friday, December 7, 2018, during a live broadcast on CBS This Morning.
Jason Crabb – critically acclaimed and highly lauded singer/songwriter/musician/author – was honored to receive a nomination for Best Roots Gospel Albumfor his latest release, Unexpected.
The project was produced by Rascal Flatts’ Jay DeMarcus and features Gary LeVox (Flatts’ lead singer).
Upon news of the nomination, Crabb commented: “2018 has been such a great year, it has literally blown my mind. God has been amazingly generous with His blessings. I have the best family in the world and I love them with all my heart.

USA Today Names Jason Crabb's Unexpected One of Nashville's Best Albums of 2018

“I am so grateful to all the members of the Recording Academy for nominating this project, Unexpected. Overwhelmed only begins to describe the way I feel right now. I love this record and I am very passionate about it and the message that it conveys. Thank you Jay DeMarcus, Gary LeVox, the musicians, songwriters and everyone else who played a role in it! To top it all off, I am nominated beside some of my best friends. I am a blessed man!”

Jay DeMarcus comments, “This is wonderful news!!! There is no one more deserving of this than Jason. I am thrilled and honored to be a small part of it, and proud to call him my friend.”
This nomination comes alongside the honor of USA Today naming the project as one of Nashville’s Best Albums of 2018.
The 61st Annual GRAMMY® Awardsreturns to Los Angeles’ STAPLES Center on Sunday, February 10, 2019, and will be broadcast live on the CBS Television Network at 8 PM ET / 5 PM PT.
For more information on the GRAMMY Awards, visitwww.grammy.com.
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Gaither Music Group Recording Artists THE ISAACS and THE MARTINS Celebrate 2019 GRAMMY® Nods for Best Roots Gospel Album

Written by Staff on December 13, 2018 – 5:41 pm -

The Martin’s nominated for a Grammy

Gaither Music Group Recording Artists The Isaacs and The Martins Celebrate 2019 GRAMMY® Nods for Best Roots Gospel Album


The Isaacs Set to Release All-new Recording of Classic FavoritesLabel’s Award-winning Family Groups Rise to the Top of This Year’s Best Roots Gospel Category

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—December 12th, 2018—Award-winning Gaither Music Group recording artists The Martins and The Isaacs each garnered a 2019 GRAMMY® nod last week forBest Roots Gospel Album, according to Friday’s announcement of nominations by The Recording Academy. Two of the most recognized groups on the Gaither HOMECOMING Video Series, these two families’ impeccable harmonies have transcended musical stylings and graced platforms around the world for decades.

Siblings Judy Martin Hess, Joyce Martin Sanders and Jonathan Martin–collectively known as The Martins–were honored for their 2018 recording Still Standing.  Produced by award-winning singer/musician/producer and fellow 2019 nominee Gordon Mote, the 11-song release finds the group continuing to explore musically while maintaining the unmistakable, three-part harmonies that have taken them from the stages of Carnegie Hall to the White House.  The trio’s unprecedented blends have defied musical boundaries and garnered two previous GRAMMY® nominations and eight GMA DOVE Awards and made them a household name among Christian music enthusiasts.

GRAMMY-NOMINATED VOCAL GROUP THE MARTINS TO MAKE TANDEM JUMP WITH ARMY GOLDEN KNIGHTS

GRAMMY-NOMINATED VOCAL GROUP THE MARTINS

“We are beyond excited about this nomination,” stated Joyce.  “We have been singing and recording all of our lives, and we are still creating music that we love.  To still be able to record new music and be proud of it is exciting. To have the Academy members receive it in this way is simply incredible.  We love singing together, and we are grateful for this honor.”

Singing together runs in the family at the home of The Isaacs, one of gospel music’s most respected and awarded artists.  Siblings Sonya Isaacs Yeary, Becky Isaacs Bowman and Ben Isaacs, along with their mother, Lily Isaacs, have been honored for their current recording Favorites: Revisited by Request, a re-recording of some of their classic hits and most-requested songs.  The release features the intricate, family harmonies that have made them a fan favorite among gospel, bluegrass, folk and country music lovers and led them to performances on some of the world’s most-celebrated stages.  In addition to their own accolades, they have performed and recorded with such legends as Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire, Trace Adkins, Brad Paisley, Paul Simon, Vince Gill, Merle Haggard, Randy Owen, Trisha Yearwood, Ralph Stanley, Mark Lowry and many more.

“We are overjoyed to learn of the 2019 GRAMMY® nomination for our latest album in the Roots Gospel Album category!”  said Sonya Isaacs Yeary.  “After performing this collection of songs for over 20 years, we went back into the studio and re-recorded them the way we sound today.  Songs develop the more you sing them, and we enjoyed revisiting these songs that were some of the first ever heard by The Isaacs.   This nomination confirms our feeling that some older songs deserve to be heard by new generations.   Our heartfelt thanks to the voters and to the Recording Academy!”

The Year Of Jubilee: A Conversation with Lily Isaacs of the Isaacs

Isaacs

The Isaacs and The Martins are seen regularly on numerous TV networks including Dish TV, DIRECTV, AT&T U-verse, PBS, GaitherTV, TBN, FamilyNet, CTN, GMTN, Guardian, Liberty, RFD, TCT and TLN.  The campaign will also air in Canada on Vision TV, The Miracle Channel, Grace TV and CTS.

For a sample of The Martins’ Still Standingvisit:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XR_MoWkTUOY

 

To hear the opening a cappella song from The Isaacs’ Favorites: Revisited by Request visit:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YfeSl1m5MZw&list=PLod2LsGiNtV8v2MZw5DT2a5P0TtI2RS6M

Favorites:  Revisited by Request and Still Standing are distributed through Capitol Christian Distribution and Universal Music and are available throughout general market stores and the Christian marketplace in addition to online retailers including iTunes, Amazon andwww.gaither.com.

To keep up with the latest happenings with The Martins, visitwww.martinsonline.com, connect with them at facebook.com/martinsonline or follow them on Twitter: @martinsonline.

For further information regarding The Isaacs, visit www.theisaacs.com orhttps://www.facebook.com/TheIsaacs/.

For further information, please visit www.gaither.com or connect on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gaithermusic or on Twitter: @gaithermusic.

The 61st Annual GRAMMY® Awards ceremony will be held on February 10, 2019, at Staples Center, Los Angeles. The ceremony will recognize the best recordings, compositions, and artists of the eligibility year, which ran from October 1, 2017, to September 30, 2018.

ABOUT THE MARTINS

THE MARTINS, who grew up in Hamburg, AR, began singing when their mother gathered them around the piano in their rural home and taught them to sing a cappella.  With four number one singles and four top ten singles in multiple Christian music formats, eight GMA DOVE Awards and three GRAMMY® nominations, the trio of siblings has come a long way from that family living room having made appearances at The White House, “The Grand Ole Opry,” the Ryman Auditorium, Dollywood, “The 700 Club,” TBN, the National Religious Broadcasters Convention, the Southern Baptist Convention and the National Quartet Convention.  They are seen regularly on the Gaither HOMECOMING Video Series and concerts and have toured worldwide alongside some of Christian music’s most respected artists.

ABOUT THE ISAACS

The Isaacs is a multi-award-winning family group that blends tight, family harmony with contemporary acoustic instrumentation, winning the praise of critics and the loyalty of audiences all over the world. The group, known for their hair-raising blends, perform frequently at The Grand Ole Opry and are favorites on the Gaither Homecoming Video and Concert Series. The group has received honors and nominations from organizations ranging from the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) and the Inspirational Country Music Awards (ICMAs) to The Singing News Fan Awards and the GMA DOVE Awards. They have performed with legendary performers such as Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire, Trace Adkins, Brad Paisley, Paul Simon, Vince Gill, Merle Haggard, Randy Owen, Trisha Yearwood, Ralph Stanley, Mark Lowry and many more.

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It Must Be Christmas when David Phelps sings in December

Written by Staff on December 13, 2018 – 1:03 pm -

It Must Be Christmas when David Phelps sings in December. Photo by John Herndon

It Must Be Christmas when David Phelps sings in December. Photo by John Herndon

If the calendar says “December” and David Phelps is ready to sing, it can only mean one thing: It Must Be Christmas!

Phelps, the powerful tenor who is one of gospel music’s most recognizable voices, has been bringing the message of hope through Jesus Christ across the country in his annual “It Must Be Christmas” tour.

We caught up with David after he performed to an enthusiastic crowd at Shelby Christian Church in Shelbyville, Ky. It had been a night of dynamic worship, fun and a challenge to help others.

“It has been great,” Phelps said of his 20th Christmas tour. “We have just been blown away.”

And if the night in Shelbyville was indicative, that reaction goes both ways. The energy flowing from Phelps and his backup band of six musicians and

David Phelps sings with his daughters, Maggie Beth, left, and Callie during a performance at Shelbyville, Ky. Photo by John Herndon

David Phelps sings with his daughters, Maggie Beth, left, and Callie during a performance at Shelbyville, Ky.
Photo by John Herndon

two vocalists — Phelps’ daughters, Callie, and Maggie Beth — charged a crowd of about 1,000 slightly more than two weeks before Christmas Day.

The tour is sponsored by the KORE Foundation, which promotes the work it does in Haiti, helping farmers become self-sufficient in the poultry business. Midway through the program, Phelps paused so that concert-goers could see a

video of the foundation’s work and be challenged to contribute.

It’s about giving for the One who gave his life. And Phelps makes sure the concert focuses on the season that celebrates God becoming man.

“We drop our non-seasonal music and just do completely Christmas for the month of December,” Phelps says. “It’s a lot of fun.”

Early in the concert, he sang the theme song of the tour, “It Must Be Christmas” and soon after covered Jackie DeShannon’s big 60s hit, “What the World Needs Now is Love, Sweet Love.” Phelps tied the message of the pop song to loving Christ and loving others.

During his Christmas concert, David Phelps called children from the audience to read his humorous book, “Santa Claus Get Well Soon.” Photo by John Herndon

During his Christmas concert, David Phelps called children from the audience to read his humorous book, “Santa Claus Get Well Soon.”
Photo by John Herndon

He says the message reaches people who are searching and he says it’s not uncommon for an attendee to share how the concert has affected him. “We are always humbled and honored when that happens that our music can reach someone on such a personal level,” he says. “It’s always just amazing. We hope that we are honorable vessels to deliver the message of hope that is in the songs.”

Phelps says the Christmas season presents an opportunity to share the message of Christ through song. “Definitely. It’s a great time to come together and celebrate renewal,” he says. “It’s the end of the year and it’s starting over again and that’s what Jesus represents too on many levels. I think it’s a great time of the year for everybody, no matter where they are. They may have not stepped in a church all year long, but they love to come together to listen to Christmas music and to celebrate.”

Phelps became a household name in Christian music during his 15 years as a member of the Gaither Vocal Band. He’s coming up on two years of touring strictly as a soloist and says 2018 has been a blessing.

David Phelps in Shelbyville, Ky. Photo by John Herndon.

David Phelps in Shelbyville, Ky. Photo by John Herndon.

“To this point, it’s been very, very busy, but we’re good,” he laughed.

Phelps says his decision to leave the Gaither Vocal Band has presented an opportunity to expand his creativity. “For Bill, it was a job. I would do what he asked me to do. If he wanted me to sing a certain line, I would do that,” Phelps explains, “and that was wonderful! I enjoyed it and stayed there for a long time. He is a great mentor to me.

“But out here, we get to express ourselves a little more as a soloist.”

Phelps closed his concert with what might be his signature song, “Oh, Holy Night” and a rousing version of “Feliz Navidad.”

But even though the It Must Be Christmas Tour continues through Dec. 21, Phelps says 2019 promises to be another big year. “We have a new video coming out just before Easter. It’s called The Hymnal Project,” he says. “We have been working on that and we will be

 David Phelps performs his signature song, “Oh Holy Night." Photo by John Herndon

David Phelps performs his signature song, “Oh Holy Night.” Photo by John Herndon

touring nationally and internationally. We will be recording, too.”

And come December, 2019, David Phelps will be traveling the country to celebrate Christ’s birth once again.

By John Herndon

John Herndon writes regularly for SGNScoops Magazine, and has his own blog here as well.

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