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Christmas Music Review: A Look Back

Written by Staff on December 3, 2015 – 2:43 pm -

covers for music 11-14_0002Last year, Sandi Duncan Clark reviewed new music for December, including two new Christmas releases. If you still have not picked up these CDs to add to your collection, we urge you to visit these artists’ websites.

Luke 2:11 “For unto you is born this day in city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.” (KJV)
What a wondrous announcement the angels made to the shepherds so many years ago, giving all of us the reason to rejoice and celebrate a precious birth! God’s plan of salvation for the redemption from sin was being fulfilled. I’m so grateful for His birth, death and resurrection for our opportunity to become His child! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
We wish you all a very blessed Holiday, and thank you for your love and support throughout this year. We are so blessed to have each of you read and enjoy our magazine.
We have new music this month, which will encourage you and entertain you throughout the holidays. Some of the albums are Christmas while others are just great Gospel music. We hope that once you read our comments, you’ll look for these at your local Christian music store. These recording will make wonderful Christmas gifts.
We wish you all a very Merry Christmas from the Clark household and prayers for a blessed New Year.

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Home For The Holidays

Written by Staff on November 26, 2015 – 7:58 am -

Jay Parrack and Vocal Event

Jay Parrack and Vocal Event

As the weather gets cooler and we start to bundle up, our thoughts turn to home and the upcoming holidays.

Thanksgiving and Christmas seem to run together as we take time to meet with family and friends, to celebrate the many gifts of God and also His greatest Gift: His Son, Jesus Christ.

One thing that is always present during these weeks is food, or more specifically, comfort food. We asked some of our artists and friends what kinds of food they enjoyed around the holidays and we know they are going to make you ready for the traditional feasts as well. If you want the recipes, please contact the person who submitted the dish title.


Without further ado…get ready to enjoy some great cooking as SGN Scoops goes home for the holidays!


Jay Parrack and Vocal Event. Jay’s favorite is Turkey Salad from Steve ‘n’ Jan’s BBQ. Darren’s favorite is dressing. Bubba doesn’t list a favorite so we can only guess that he likes all dishes equally. www.facebook.com/pages/Jay-Parrack-and-Vocal-Event/140018069469560

The Amundruds, Gospel music artists, enjoy their cabbage rolls. “Our Grandma, our mom’s mother (Nana) used to make this often at Thanksgiving.” http://www.theamundruds.com/


Abby Paskvan

Abby Paskvan

Abby Paskvan, soloist. “Here is a picture of the turkey I cooked last year for my family.  We usually have about 40 people for Thanksgiving at my parent’s house.abbyturkey pic-1  I love to cook so I was in charge of one of the three turkeys we cooked to feed everyone!” http://www.abbypaskvan.com/

Kelly Nelon

Kelly Nelon

Kelly Nelon Clark who sings with The Nelons as well as writes for SGN Scoops, recently baked a batch of biscuits, a favorite at the holidays and all year long. http://kellynelon.com/


Author/Artist Miles Pike

Author/Artist Miles Pike

Miles Pike, soloist. He and his family like Chocolate Cappuccino Cheesecake. www.milespikemusic.com/

Danny Sinacori

Danny Sinacori

Danny Sinacori, soloist, says, “My favorite Thanksgiving dish is my wife’s stuffing that she makes with macadamia nuts and apples. Chris does it every year.” www.facebook.com/sinacorimusic

Vonda Easley

Vonda Easley

Vonda Easley of Hope’s Journey and writer for SGN Scoops enjoys shrimp for a festive occasion. She sent us a lovely picture of a platter full of the delicious seafood. http://hopesjourneyonline.com/


Jennifer Campbell, soloist and writer for SGN Scoops, shows us a few of her family’s favorite

Jennifer Campbell

Jennifer Campbell

Thanksgiving treats. IMG_8852Pictured is a lovely plate of delicious food and also a nice piece of pumpkin pie! IMG_8856www.jennifercampbell.net/music.htm

Barry Shadrix

Barry Shadrix

Barry Shadrix, of the Shadrix Trio enjoys Sweet Potato Souffle. For Thanksgiving. www.shadrix.net

Aaron Perkins, sound technician with The Taylors and vocalist with Aaron Perkins Ministries, tells us: “My favorite Thanksgiving dish is my wife’s apple pie! It’s the best!” aaronperkins.weebly.com/about-aaron.html


Paige Givens, vocalist and writer with SGN Scoops, tells us: “My favorite holiday food is peanut butter balls. My husband and I make them together every year and they’re great, even though we had an unfortunate incident the first year we were married: we put three bars of paraffin wax in the chocolate sauce instead of the recipe’s 3/4 of a bar! Needless to say, they were a bit waxy and stuck to everyone’s teeth! You could’ve lit those things up as candles! They are now a crowd favorite though!” www.paigegivens.com

Dean Adkins carving a roast turkey

Dean Adkins carving a roast turkey

Dean Adkins, Gospel Music historian and writer for SGN Scoops, is shown in this picture carving his favorite holiday food: turkey!

Sandi Miller of Hamilton, Ontario tells us that one of her family’s favorites is Cranberry Upside Down Cake.

Phil Foster, writer with SGM Radio website, sent us a picture of his favorite treat during the holidays. It is a rare bird indeed:The Dodo Bird. Sorry, no pictures due to the rarity of the species.  www.sgmradio.com

And with that, we will end our buffet of Thanksgiving and Christmas food and trust you have enjoyed this feature as we go home for the holidays!

First published in November 2014.

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Browders Release New Christmas CD Just In Time For The Holidays

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on November 24, 2015 – 8:12 am -

Browders Release New Christmas CD Just In Time For The Holidays

Browders Release New Christmas CD Just In Time For The Holidays

Hiltons, Virginia – Christmastime always brings a special feeling along with special music. Around this time of the year joyous Christmas music is heard on the radio, cell phones and CD players. The Browders have added their own style and feel to some of the most beautiful Christmas music ever heard.

Some of the songs include a ‘Christmas Carol Medley’ with songs featuring “Caroling, Caroling/Sleigh Ride/Winter Wonderland”, the old Bluegrass tune “Children, Go Where I Send Thee”, the World War II Classic “I’ll Be Home For Christmas”, and a new song penned by group member Tommy Browder, “The Greatest Gift Of All”. Six other songs just as inspiring complete this new album. The Album includes not only the traditional songs we love to hear at Christmas but several original songs that will become some of your favorites in the years to come.

Matthew Browder commented, “The Browders love Christmas music and we have been blessed with the reminder of the message these songs carry. Singing of the birth of our Savior is pure joy.”

Produced by John Darin Rowsey and the Browders, this CD offers some colorful background vocals by Katelanne and Gracelynn Bowling on “Celebrate”, a tune penned by David and Matthew Browder.

The CD debuts today and is available at http://thebrowders.com/merry-christmas.php .

In addition to this new Christmas CD, the Browders are in the midst of an exciting Christmas Tour. The schedule is as listed below:

The Browders Merry Christmas Tour

Nov 29th 2015 (Sun) 6:00 PM    Dynamic Life Praise Worship Center  1600 John Marshall Hwy   Front Royal, VA

Dec 4th, 2015 (Fri) 6:00 PM   New Family Worship Center 1601 Harrisonville Avenue Portsmouth, OH

Dec 6th, 2015 (Sun) 6:00 PM    Cathedral of Life  5375 Jaycox Road  North Ridgeville, OH

Dec 10th, 2015 (Thu)  7:00 PM

Fairview Christian Community Church  120 Black Oak Road    Princeton, WV

Dec 11th, 2015 (Fri) 7:00 PM    Browders Chapel 538 Browders Chapel Road   Hiltons, VA

Dec 13th, 2015 (Sun)  6:00 PM  Rock Hill Church 4115 Price Road  Gainesville, GA

Hosted by the Pruitt Family

Dec 28th, 2015 (Mon) — Dec 30th, 2015 (Wed) (Times to be announced) Dollywood

2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd  Pigeon Forge, TN

You can find out more about the Browders by going to http://www.thebrowders.com .

Follow the Browders on FaceBook at  https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Browders-Friends and Twitter at https://twitter.com/browdersmusic .

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Early Christmas For Surrendered

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on November 21, 2015 – 12:54 pm -

Early Christmas For Surrendered

Early Christmas For Surrendered

Hello all. About 3 weeks ago, I posted here on this Facebook page an offer of sound equipment and a trailer….a gift that The Harris Family wanted to pay forward since a group had blessed us in that way when we started our ministry back in 2003. We received responses from so many wonderful groups and soloists and were so blessed to have an opportunity to familiarize ourselves with their great ministries! After much prayer, God led us to choose a new group from Alabama….Surrendered. We love their heart, their sound and believe God has great plans for their future in Southern Gospel Music! We look forward to meeting them in person soon as they make their way to Texas to pull their new trailer full of equipment home! Thanks for all of you who submitted email requests as well as those who emailed us just to offer words of love and encouragement to us as God closes this season of ministry in our lives. I hope you will all go and like Surrendered’s Facebook page and support this up and coming group!

Many blessings,
Sue Harris
The Harris Family — with Lori Goss Wise

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GRAMMY® Award-winning Gaither Vocal Band Tops Sales Chart with New Christmas Collection Release

Written by Staff on November 18, 2015 – 1:21 pm -

unnamed (2)Gospel Music Hall of Famers Begin the Christmas Season
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NASHVILLE, Tenn.—October 26th, 2015—The GRAMMY® Award-winning Gaither Vocal Band has just released a special Christmas Collection (Gaither Music Group) recording, which debuted at No. 1 on the Southern Gospel chart according to Nielsen Soundscan.
Currently available at retail and online stores everywhere, this holiday treasure, produced by Bill Gaither, Ben Isaacs (Oak Ridge Boys, Jimmy Fortune) and tenor David Phelps, features nostalgic favorites from group members past and present in addition to six all-new recordings by the group’s current lineup–Bill Gaither, David Phelps, Wes Hampton, Todd Suttles and Adam Crabb.
Suttles and Crabb take the leads on the mid-tempo opener “Changed by a Baby Boy,” penned by Gloria Gaither and Benjamin Gaither; and the group’s signature, complex harmonies round out the classic “Little Drummer Boy.” The quintet recorded “Reaching,” a song written in the mid-70s by Bill and Gloria [Gaither] that describes how the birth of the Savior went far beyond this special season and changed eternity.
Crabb’s rasp-tinged voice and Suttles’ warm, round tones come back into the spotlight with “Hand of Sweet Release,” and the group puts a soulful stamp on its new arrangement of the popular tune “Go Tell It on the Mountain.” Hampton shines on the easygoing “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” and listeners will enjoy the familiar voices of Guy Penrod and Marshall Hall featured on “Carol Medley.”
Christmas Collection also includes Mark Lowry’s spine-chilling, LIVE rendition of “Mary, Did You Know?” a modern-day, seasonal classic written by Lowry and singer/songwriter/musician Buddy Greene. Phelps’ classic tenor voice highlights a rich version of “The Christmas Song,” and he brings the recording to a close with his soaring, crowd-pleasing rendition of the standard “O Holy Night.”
This group of Gospel Music Hall of Fame members were just awarded Southern Gospel Artist of the Year at the 2015 GMA DOVE Awards. Nominated for Best Roots Gospel Album at the 2015 GRAMMY® Awards, the Gaither Vocal Band continues to headline one of the largest tours in the Christian music industry.
GaitherVocalBandNewEraGroupChristmas Collection will be featured throughout the holiday season on a TV special airing on Dish TV, 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. The recording is featured in the latest Homecoming Magazine and on the Gaither YouTube channel, which garners over 10 million views monthly. Read more »

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Daywind Music Publishing Presents New Christmas Musical

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on June 2, 2015 – 12:19 pm -

Daywind Music Publishing Presents New Christmas Musical

Daywind Music Publishing Presents New Christmas Musical

(Hendersonville, Tennessee) Daywind Music Publishing proudly presents a new Christmas musical, THAT’S WHERE THE STORY BEGINS. Three of Christian music’s most successful songwriters, Gerald Crabb, Dave Clark and Mike Harland collaborated to re-tell the Christmas story. Suitable for choirs of all sizes, THATS WHERE THE STORY BEGINS includes stirring narration as well as wonderful new songs and familiar carols arranged and orchestrated by Camp Kirkland, Marty Hamby and Cliff Duren. The 30 minute musical captures the joyful announcement of the Messiah’s birth, and also tells how and why He became flesh to dwell among humanity.

Regarding the writing process, Clark stated, “Anytime I write with someone new for the first time, there is an inherent nervous. Because I am such a fan of Gerald Crabb and Mike Harland, I really wanted the process to go well. From our first ‘hello’ it just felt like all three of us were on the same page.”

Harland continued, THAT’S WHERE THE STORY BEGAN is the most unique writing experience of my entire career. For three writers to wrap around a single idea and then put it all together like this is a real God story! This is His story- and ours! And it is a real honor to tell it with Gerald and Dave.”

Clark added, “Looking back, I don’t remember much about the actual writing because it came together effortlessly. I doubt it’s because we’re that good of writers. You have to be a pretty bad writer to mess up a story that good. It is an amazing story- God sent His only Son from heaven to earth because somehow He thought we were worth saving. Now that will sing!”

Crabb commented “I have always wanted to write a Christmas musical, and what could be better than being teamed up with the best- Mike Harland and Dave Clark? I am very grateful to Daywind and Lifeway for giving me this opportunity and I’m also very pleased with the outcome. I pray that many hearts will be touched and lives will be forever changed.”

Rick Shelton, Vice President of Daywind Music Publishing stated, “I am proud of the way Gerald Crabb, Dave Clark and Mike Harland combined their gifts of crafting songs to create an inspired musical account of Jesus’ arrival to a hurting humanity in a fallen world. THAT’S WHERE THE STORY BEGINS not only recaps the beautiful event of God come to man, but also reveals the plan and possibilities that were set in motion that first Christmas. This presentation will surely impact those have the opportunity to experience it just as it has me.”

Featured songs:

Let There Be Joy/Joy To the World

Even Still/O Come Let Us Adore Him

That’s Where The Story Began/Blessed Assurance

The Way He Came/Birthday of a King

On This Christmas Day

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Unopened Gifts

Written by Staff on December 24, 2014 – 9:11 am -

presents wrapped editBy Scott Rhoades


It was a cold, January night in the valley of coal. A fresh coating of snow covered the hills and glistened brightly in the light of the full moon, as tiny plumes of smoke wafted skyward from the chimneys in the valley below. For a moment, time stood still, as if the entire universe wanted me to know I was a part of something larger. The silence would have been deafening had it not been for the crunching and squeaking coming from beneath my partner’s boots. “Nice night, but it’s cold, and we have work to do,” he said, as he grasped my shoulder. I nodded, turned, and opened the door of the ambulance to retrieve a rescue bag and a bottle of oxygen.


Now there were numerous ways one could contribute to the needs of our small community. We had our share of non-profit organizations, religious charities, ethnic and social clubs, and the volunteer fire department or ambulance service. My father was a volunteer firefighter, but since my idea of adventure did not include imitating a roasted hot dog, I opted to invest my efforts as part of the local emergency medical squad.


Three o’clock A.M. calls weren’t uncommon, especially during the extremes of weather, and so here we were again. My partner and I made our way up the unshoveled walk and onto the front porch of a tiny home; an old company row house left over from the big mining era that swept through the valley decades earlier. We knocked at the door and let ourselves in, because everyone made themselves at home with Miss Annie Krinksy.


Annie Krinsky was an elderly lady, a retired elementary school teacher who never married and she was without a family. Her parents, John and Beulah, had immigrated to the United States in the 1920s and came to our town in search of what everyone else had come for – work! Her father was a coal miner, and her two brothers, John and Jack, soon joined him in the mines after completing the eighth grade. While they labored to survive the Great Depression, they soon succumbed to the dangers of the earth below. Annie quit school and took a job at the local company store in order to keep the house where she and her mother would live out their days. After a long day at work, Annie would visit Sister Maria Theresa Coppelo, a local teacher who would tutor her for the purposes of obtaining a teaching certificate. Annie soon became a teacher.


Annie met us at the door and offered us the usual coffee and cookies. She was a frail woman, bent at the shoulders and joints. I looked at her hands in amazement and wondered how she could care for herself. The years of hard labor and coping had left a mark and while 3:00 A.M. calls weren’t uncommon, 3:00 A.M. calls to Annie Krinsky’s house usually meant one thing – she was lonely.


snow footprints editedThis wasn’t my first visit to Annie’s house. In fact, everyone on the rescue squad knew her by name and she knew them. Responding to an emergency call at Annie Krinsky’s was like visiting an old friend. She never had a real complaint. We would simply check her vital signs, call the doctor at the emergency room with report to get signed off, and then radio the dispatch of our availability while we stayed a few moments to chat. Her house was amazing considering her condition; it was spotless and smelled of Pine-sol and Lemon Pledge. But there was one thing I will never forget about Annie’s home – someone had given her an artificial Christmas tree, and she never put it away. In fact, she would turn on the lights at any given time (even in July), and you could always see unopened packages underneath the tree.


I remember the last call to Annie Krinsky’s house. A neighbor had reported that she would not answer the door and called for help. Albert, the town police chief arrived and led us inside where we found her in her favorite rocking chair facing the Christmas tree. She was covered with a puffy, homemade quilt, but it could not keep her from the chilling arms that enveloped her body. Annie Krinsky had died.


tree edit 2014It’s Christmas Eve, and as I look at our tree and the wrapped gifts underneath, I am reminded of Annie and her oddities. I’m not sure what happened to her home, her possessions, or to her tree. I am curious as to what and for whom those unopened packages were intended. I never asked, but I am saddened to think she had gifts to share that will never be known.


Perhaps you and I have unopened gifts under our Tree of Life; talents, abilities, and spiritual fruits all waiting to be consumed by a world in need. Perhaps we hold back because of fear, guilt, unforgiveness, or other circumstances that make the joy of giving seem like an impossible feat. During this Christmas, I hope you will resolve to empty your tree of unopened packages as I will. The world is waiting for us!


*My life and experiences are real, but I have used artistic license in the telling of this story. Names, persons, and situations have been changed or combined with other personalities or events to offer you some perspectives of my life and community while protecting the identities of those involved.


About The Author

               Scott Rhoades is an Inspirational Writer, Speaker & Storyteller. For more information on Scott, please visit www.scottrhoades.net


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After-Christmas Sales

Written by Staff on December 23, 2014 – 1:17 pm -

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By Jennifer Campbell

If you’re like me, your e-mail inbox is likely already inundated with an endless flood of after-Christmas sales. Take 50% off of this pair of shoes or save $20 on that new smartphone. Millions of people celebrate Christmas and many of them open gifts on Christmas morning. Yet, the moment after we receive these gifts especially chosen for us by our loved ones, we often rush out to get the latest and greatest items we can afford. While I certainly enjoy shopping, I do find it disappointing that Christmas has become so commercialized. Since when has a holiday meant to celebrate the birthday of a King turned into a holiday filled with questions of “what did you get?” Why should we focus on what we received instead of realizing the overwhelming need to give to others? Giving goes beyond a present tied with a fancy little bow, tucked beneath the tree. We can give love, joy, happiness, and so much more. The very heart of Christmas has nothing to do with something purchased at a store. The very heart of Christmas centers on the One I’m living for, Jesus Christ.

Hamilton 2-20140101-00346Christmas is my absolute favorite holiday. I love every part of this glorious holiday, from the cookies that tame my sweet tooth to the trees that are so beautifully adorned. I also like the fact that I can walk into a store, be greeted with Christmas music and receive a friendly, “Merry Christmas!” from the store clerk. But the greatest part of Christmas is not the twinkling lights or the neatly wrapped gifts under the tree. It’s not even the time I am able to spend in New York City with my dad. Without question, the most impressive aspect of this holiday season is the fact that God sent His Son to be born in a manger. This gift didn’t need to be wrapped or sent via UPS. It was a gift filled with love. It was the gift of eternal life.

baby JesusWhen God thought about what to give us for Christmas, He didn’t send us the latest technological gadget or fashion forward outfit for Christmas. Instead, He sent us a gift that had eternal value. God gave us the best Christmas gift ever: Jesus Christ, the Lord of Lords and King of Kings. He knew that we didn’t need another pair of socks in our drawer or another dust catcher on our shelf. And while this gift had the greatest price tag of all, His Son’s life, this gift was freely given to the world. God has granted eternal life through His Son, Jesus Christ, to all who confess their sins and believe. This gift is offered not just on Christmas, but 365 days a year.   A relationship with Jesus Christ will change your life. I encourage you to put your trust in Jesus Christ today. For tomorrow may be too late.

Just like those limited-time, after-Christmas bargains, our lives will not last forever. James 4:14 clearly states, “Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” (James 4:14 NIV)   Life is the greatest gift that we have ever been given. We need to use each and every moment to our best ability, ensuring that we do not waste even one millisecond of it. Having lost many people close to me, including my mom, I can tell you that life truly is a vapor that only remains for a short time. We have no guarantee of tomorrow. So embrace today. Don’t worry about whether or not that new gadget needs new batteries. And that sweater that’s too big can be exchanged another day. Instead, spend time with your family and friends, not knowing how many more dinners you’ll enjoy together or how many more meaningful conversations you’ll have.

presents under tree editCherish each moment you have with your loved ones, especially in the New Year. Give them something more than a gift, wrapped in a box or bag. Give them more than a once-a-year present at Christmastime. Give them time with you, give them a listening ear, and give them the one thing we all need: love. Even on that first Christmas night, God Himself knew that we needed love. God knew what the world needed most of all. He knew that we needed a gift that would carry us through every day of the year, not just in the month of December. And despite the commercialization of Christmas, not one single thing has changed. We still need unconditional love. We still need a Savior. We still need Jesus Christ.

By Jennifer Campbell

December 2014 SGNScoops Magazine

December 2014 SGNScoops Magazine

For more articles by Jennifer Campbell and other monthly SGN Scoops columnists, read the latest SGN Scoops digital magazine found at http://www.sgnscoops.com


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Home For The Holidays with the Mark Trammell Quartet and the Whisnants

Written by Staff on December 22, 2014 – 2:46 pm -


The Whisnants and the Mark Trammell Quartet

By Lynn Mills

Though the holiday season is quickly passing, the spirit of Christmas resides in the hearts of those who believe the wondrous story and live to share its joy. Looking back on the weeks leading up to the Christmas season there are numerous concerts each year where your favorite carols are sung by your favorite artists. Though it’s true that many groups reserve the majority of December for Christmas vacation; it is becoming more popular for a few groups to team up with their friends and hit the road at the beginning of the month for a special Christmas tour. For the winter of 2014, another pairing was added to the roster of SGM Christmas tours, hailing by the name of Home For Christmas; featuring the Mark Trammell Quartet and The Whisnants.

Home For Christmas was first introduced to fans in late October when the pre-sale for the Home For Christmas CD was put on the market. This project brought together The Whisnants and The Mark Trammell Quartet (MTQ) in a combination of 12 Christmas songs both old and new that showcased both groups on one recording. At the beginning of November, MTQ and the Whisnants hosted an online Launch Party over the course of 12 hours on Facebook where they shared Christmas memories, traditions and personal thoughts concerning the songs on the new Christmas project via videos, photos and posts from both group’s members. Shortly after Thanksgiving, they hit the road and performed their very first official tour together!

The Branson Belle

The Branson Belle

The inaugural concert occurred on the Showboat Branson Belle as a part of the Carols On The Belle Series. It was a balmy 70 degrees out in Branson, Missouri! But more than that, the folks that came on board filled the Showboat to capacity; the first Home For Christmas concert was sold out! When the Mark Trammell Quartet and Whisnants took the stage everyone gathered around for their opening tunes, “The Faithful Medley,” and “Unspeakable Joy.” After a few words from Susan, Jeff and Mark, the Whisnants sang a few of their contributions to the CD: “Without Christ There’s No Christmas,” and a ballad, “I Call Him Lord.” The Mark Trammell Quartet came up and gave the crowd a little variety in musical taste; they sang their hillbilly tune, “O Beautiful Star Of Bethlehem” and the more refined arrangement of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.”


Susan Whisnant

The Whisnants, who had been listening to MTQ sing from where they were seated on black stools, returned to the spotlight to sing their new upbeat tune, “Jesus Brought Joy To The World.” Mark Trammell also explained to the audience why they sing.

It is worthy to note the diversity of the crowd on the Showboat – a bus from Michigan brought a good amount of Asian folk, many Indian couples were present and others who came for the classic Branson tour and sightseeing staples. The crowd, therefore, was not made of your typical Southern Gospel fans, so an explanation was due!

Mark also shared about being raised in a pastor’s home and how one would expect his mother’s favorite Christmas song to be a traditional carol…but it wasn’t. It was the classic “Christmas Song. Mark went on to croon the first few lines from this well-known song. While he was doing his best impression of Perry Como, the others were doing their best to steal the spotlight. This came about in the form of Santa hats, which were distributed in a quiet fashion to all the group members seated behind Mark. Susan decided to share and plopped her hat, complete with tiara, on Mark’s head. After a bit of waltzing and other comical antics from those who were obviously bored with Mark singing his solo, Trammell gave up and sang, “I’m gonna’ kill them when this is over…!”

Mark Trammell

Mark Trammell

From those humorous moments, the singers moved to a sincere reading of the Christmas story in Luke. Mark turned the pages of his black leather Bible to the second chapter and told of how the Savior came to be born in this world. “Silent Night,” followed this. Susan, the only lady on stage, sang this carol from the viewpoint of a mother. Afterwards, she asked the audience to sing “Away In A Manger,” with her. A sweet sound echoed through the boat.

As the evening came to a close, Mark Trammell had the crowd on the edge of their seat by a powerful arrangement of “O Holy Night.” An equally powerful message followed as Susan introduced her solo, “If You Could See What I See,” and the thought behind the message.

_DSC1923“People come up to me all the time,” Susan began, “They say, ‘I love Christmas, but it’s a lonely time for me; I lost my husband, I lost my wife, I lost my kid, I lost my mom…it’s lonely’.” She went on to say that in 2013 on December the 23rd her father-in-law went home to heaven. “A lot of people felt sorry for us,” she went on, “But we had a friend who wrote this song and sent it to us on Christmas Eve. If God gave us one glimpse into heaven, we would never wish them back.” Susan sang that comforting message and prayed. As the Showboat came back into dock MTQ and the Whisnants left everyone with this tune: “Christmas Time’s A Comin’!”

MTQ-Whisnants-LaunchThe next night, the Home For Christmas Tour went to Arkansas where they sang a full concert at Beryl Baptist Church. Though this wasn’t the last stop on the tour, this is where my ability to follow ended. The difference between the Showboat and this concert was that they had more time at the church and material was added. One of those additions was a fun performance of “The 12 Days of Christmas.” Susan and Mark beckoned 12 volunteers from the audience (the pastor, who is an accomplished bass vocalist, being one of them) and soon a line formed at the foot of the stage. Aaron Hise and Nick Trammell distributed cards with each part written on them and the fun began! It would be impossible to re-tell everything that made us laugh – but we had a great time! Another highlight of the evening was Austin Whisnant singing a song Susan originally recorded, called “Even Then,” and Ethan’s solo of “Strange Way To Save The World.”

“Home For Christmas” is a must see for fans who love Christmas music. It is impossible to miss the sincerity of those ministering on stage. Nothing is scripted – it’s all from the heart. Whether the moment is funny, reflective or serious, the heart behind it shines through. This is Christmas. This is the way we think of the holiday when we close our eyes and picture a homey, old-fashioned Christmas tree set in the midst of children at play and Christ where He ought to be: in the center of it all. Home For Christmas offers songs you want to hear, the new ones you’ll be humming after you hear them the first time, the singers you love and the sincerity of the Christmas story, all creating memories you won’t easily forget!

If you are interested in bringing the Home For Christmas Tour to your area in 2015, contact The Harper Agency for more info at: http://www.harperagency.com/ or call 615-851-4500.


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All I Want For Christmas …

Written by Staff on December 12, 2014 – 8:04 am -

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A couple of weeks ago, SGN Scoops asked our Social Media friends what they wanted for Christmas.

Here are some of the answers…


My prodigal children to come home and for their salvation! ~Debbie Stemmer


A Jacuzzi! But I don’t think it can fit in Santa’s sleigh. Oh, and world peace. ~ Lorraine Walker


I just want my son to be happy and understand that Christmas isn’t about gifts. This year has been rough and I’ve told him we aren’t gonna have Christmas ‘til after I can find a job – but it’s hard for a nine-year-old to understand that. Although, when I ask him why we celebrate Christmas, he knows it’s Jesus’ birthday. So happiness is what I want for Christmas. ~ pamelarjar@yahoo.com


For Christmas, I would love to be able to go back to my childhood in Minnesota and go out in the snow, and cut down a live tree, just like I did in third grade. ~ Rob Patz


001-ferrari-laferrari-1362484808Peace on Earth and Goodwill toward men. Or perhaps something more realistic … a new Ferrari. ~ Stephen Ash


All I want for Christmas is that we would all learn and accept the importance of   “all of us” sharing hope, love and the truth of Jesus to all we come in contact with. Love people right where they are and show them His love! ~ Dusty Wells


Ummm, I love Turtles! ~ Sue Barnett




All I want for Christmas is good health for my family and friends, joy and peace for us all. ~ Joan Walker

All I want for Christmas is the opportunity to share the love of Jesus Christ with someone who has never received this priceless gift of grace. The most glorious thing that we can do on this earth is to share the Good News with everyone we encounter. Eternal hope can only be found through Jesus Christ. May we all freely share this hope with others, not just at Christmastime, but the whole year through. Of course, I also want to cherish the time I have with family and friends as we enjoy being together this Christmas. I pray we all enjoy good health and happiness as we reflect the love of Jesus to each other and everyone we meet! ~ Jennifer Campbell


All I want for Christmas is more of Jesus and less of me! If I have Jesus at the center of it all, everything else will fall into place! ~ Paige Givens


creche in parkAll I want for Christmas is for my family and friends to be well. I want to see people focus on what’s truly important instead of giving and receiving gifts. Christmas is not about “presents”, but about His “presence” in our hearts. ~ Vonda Easley


Peace in our hearts, minds…and souls; that peace which surpasses all understanding and that can only come from knowing that Christ is truly Lord and Savior…born, crucified and resurrected– the Hope of Glory! Peace on earth can only begin with us. ~ Sherry Anne


starI pray this Christmas my life will radiate Jesus’ love and like the Star of Bethlehem, I can lead someone to Him. ~ Dixie Phillips


What do you want for Christmas? Email us at sgnscoops@gmail.com …we may not be Santa but you will find a listening ear.

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