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The Road To The 2015 Diamond Awards: Mixed Group Of The Year

Written by Staff on January 27, 2015 – 12:24 pm -

Susan Peck Jackson, Karen Peck Gooch, Rob Patz and Jeff Hawes

Susan Peck Jackson, Karen Peck Gooch, Rob Patz and Jeff Hawes

As we continue down the road to the 2015 Diamond Awards, we note that last year’s winner of this category won multiple awards in last year’s ceremony. This artist is a favorite with many, their songs consistently top the charts and their faces can be found in many issues of SGN Scoops as well as other Gospel music publications.

 

MIXED GROUP OF THE YEAR: A group of any number with male and female vocalists. Must be full-time Southern Gospel artists.

The 2014 Diamond Award winner of the Mixed Group Of The Year was Karen Peck and New River (pictured).

2015 Diamond Awards

2015 Diamond Awards

The 2015 Diamond Award Nominations are open on the SGN Scoops website. Everyone is invited to the website to enter the Nominations area and list their top ten favorite picks for each Diamond Award category. We are proud that the Diamond Awards are completely fan-driven from start to end!

At the end of the nomination period, the list of nominees will be posted on the site and fans will then nominate their favorites from this list, with a maximum of five names nominated per award. In this way, the field of nominees will be narrowed to ten, voted on by fans once more and then narrowed to five. This final list of five will then be voted on by fans to find the one winner for each award.

Make plans now to join us for the 2015 Diamond Awards during the Creekside Gospel Music Convention in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee from November 2nd through 5th, 2015. For more information visit www.creeksidegospelmusicconvention.com

2015 Diamond Awards Nominations can be found at http://www.sgnscoops.com/2015-diamond-awards/

 


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The Road To The 2015 Diamond Awards: The J.D. Sumner Living Legend Award

Written by Staff on January 22, 2015 – 10:53 am -

2015 Diamond Awards

2015 Diamond Awards

The prestigious Diamond Awards have a history of over 20 years, recognizing the best in Gospel Music from coast to coast. Many of today’s top artists have received Diamond nominations and awards, from Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver to the Booth Brothers to the Hoppers. We are pleased to salute Christian artists who strive to use their talent to the best of their ability and to God’s glory.

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Ed O’Neal. Living Legend 2014

The Diamond Awards began in 1991, hosted by Allen Smith and the Gospel Voice Magazine. The Awards continue today, hosted by Coastal Media Group and the SGN Scoops digital magazine.

The road to the 2015 Diamond Awards began on January 19, 2015, as the nomination polls opened on the SGN Scoops website. We invite you to watch this site as we continue down this road, introducing the 2014 winners and discussing each category.

Today’s Award: The J.D. Sumner Living Legend Award!

Defintion: A once-in-a-lifetime honor to recognize the living performer for whom the fans feel has made the greatest contribution to Southern Gospel music over a career spanning 25 years or more. Previous winners are not eligible.

The 2014 Diamond Award winner of the J.D. Sumner Award was Mr. Ed O’Neal of the Dixie Melody Boys (pictured).

The 2015 Diamond Award Nominations are open on the SGN Scoops website. Everyone is invited to the website to enter the Nominations area and list their top ten favorite picks for each Diamond Award category.

The list of nominees will be posted, and fans will then nominate their favorites from this list, with a maximum of five names nominated per award. In this way, the field of nominees will be narrowed to ten, voted on by fans once more and then narrowed to five. This final list of five will then be voted on by fans to find the one winner for each award.

Make plans now to join us for the 2015 Diamond Awards during the Creekside Gospel Music Convention in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee from November 2nd through 5th, 2015. For more information visit www.creeksidegospelmusicconvention.com

 

2015 Diamond Awards Nominations can be found at  http://www.sgnscoops.com/2015-diamond-awards/


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2015 Diamond Award Nominations Begin January 19

Written by Staff on January 5, 2015 – 1:18 pm -

Susan Peck Jackson, Karen Peck Gooch, Rob Patz and Jeff Hawes

Susan Peck Jackson, Karen Peck Gooch, Rob Patz and Jeff Hawes

Pigeon Forge, TN (January 5, 2015) – SGN Scoops and Coastal Media Group are pleased to begin the nomination process for the Diamond Awards on January 19, 2015. The Diamond Award winners are nominated by fans in each category, with a maximum of five names nominated per award. The field of nominees will be narrowed to ten, voted on by fans once more and then narrowed to five. This final list of five will then be voted on by fans to find the one winner for each award.

The 2015 Diamond Award nominations survey form will be found at http://www.sgnscoops.com/

The Diamond Awards are presented during the Creekside Gospel Music Convention each year. This year’s awards will be presented on November 3rd, 2015 at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. For more information on the Creekside Gospel Music Convention, visit http://www.creeksidegospelmusicconvention.com/

Shown: Karen Peck and New River were big winners at the 2014 Diamond Awards. For more pictures, visit http://www.sgnscoops.net/


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Gospel Music Today For December 29th On SGNScoops.com

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on December 29, 2014 – 9:43 am -

Gospel Music Today December 29

Gospel Music Today December 29

Tim Lovelace, along with daughter Gabrielle, is the guest on Gospel Music Today for the week of December 28.  Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates and the Feature Group is Glad Heart. Jean reviews new recordings by Lineage of David, Joyce Johnson, and The Williamsons.  An article from Singing News Magazine about the Collingworth Family, written by Kenna West, is the subject of this week’s News Notes. In the news this week – Steve Ladd, the Isaacs and Ronnie Booth.  The show features exclusive video of The Dysart Family, recorded by Gospel Music Today’s cameras at First Nazarene Church, in Bartlesville, OK, and a visit to the Gospel Music Today Archives for an exclusive concert video of Abundance Quartet at the Southern Gospel Worship Gathering, in Broken Arrow, OK.

The show is on KWHB TV47 in Oklahoma every Sunday at 4:30 PM, and on Roku on FFE TV Monday at 8:00 PM and AllNations TV Tuesday and Wednesday at 6:30 PM. Check local TV schedule for Beaumont, TX, Tyler, TX. Atlanta, TX, and Morrilton, AR. The current edition of Gospel Music Today is online now at the Gospel Music Today website, www.gospelmusictoday.com.


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November 2014 SGNScoops Magazine

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on November 15, 2014 – 7:14 am -

November 2014 SGNScoops Magazine

November 2014 SGNScoops Magazine

It’s November and we are thrilled to present the latest edition of SGNScoops for you to read and enjoy. Creekside Gospel Music Convention was a blast and we have lots of pictorial coverage in these pages, as well as on the fabulous front cover. Inside we have an update on the event with a list of the Diamond Award winners and so much more. We say an extra thank you to all of those who went above and beyond to help make Creekside the best ever. If we were to make a list, we might leave someone out, so to each and every one of you: we are so grateful to have you as part of our team.

Thanks to our artists for brightening our pages this month! Featured guests for November are: Soul’d Out, Tim Parton, Melanie Walker, the LeFevre Quartet, Triumphant, Hannah Webb, Canaan’s Crossing, Sherry Anne, the Jordan Family, Quinton Mills and DJ Ron Foster.

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and you will find several articles with different views on this holiday. We appreciate all of our artists for contributing what they are thankful for and also their favorite holiday food!
Our monthly devotional writers are back with more insights, as well as a new column entitled “Pastor’s Corner”. This month we welcome Music Pastor, Terry Snyder.
Since this is the month of giving thanks, we would like to thank all of our current authors that spend so much of their time and talents on SGN Scoops. Special thanks to Candi Combs, Chris Clay, Craig Harris, Dan Duncan, Dean Adkins, Dixie Phillips, Erin Stevens, Hannah Webb, Jennifer Campbell, Laura Kennedy, Lynn Mills, Marcie Gray, Paige Givens, Scott Rhoades, Tina Wakefield, Robert York, Sandi Duncan Clark and Vonda Easley. There are others who contribute in other ways and we are thankful to you as well: Vivian Belknap, Michelle Drummond and Bev Byrd.
We so appreciate all of our columnists, including Lou Wills Hildreth, David Staton, Laurette Willis, Jeff Steele, Kelly Nelon Clark and Sherry Anne.
SGN Scoops would look really dull without the artistic team of Stephanie Kelley and Staci and Pete Schwager. Joan Walker makes sure all of our i’s are dotted and our t’s are crossed. Lorraine Walker as acting editor pulls it all together. And of course, SGN Scoops’ Publisher Rob Patz keeps us all focused and enthusiastic about the future of the magazine. And SGN Scoops would not exist without our founder, Dr. Allen Smith.
Above all we give thanks to our Lord Jesus Christ, for Whom we give our gifts and to Whom we give all praise and thanksgiving.
Happy Thanksgiving!


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Creekside Gospel Music Convention introduces Midnight Prayer

Written by Staff on November 14, 2014 – 3:52 pm -

1 editDuring the days of November 3rd through 6th, Creekside Gospel Music Convention filled the town of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee with Gospel music. Every day and night, artists performed on the stage of the Smoky Mountain Convention Center. However, this year the Creekside staff added another feature which turned out to be the favorite event of the Convention. At midnight, artists and fans gathered together for a little singing, a little 20 edittestifying, a little reading of the Word of God…and a whole lot of prayer. Participants said there was a sweet spirit of community and worship among the believers and they are already looking forward to next year’s event. For videos of some of the Midnight Prayer happenings, click on to the Creekside Facebook site here.

Creekside Gospel Music Convention will return to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, next year on November 2nd through edit 35th, 2015. Smoky Mountain Convention Center will again host the Convention and participants have already begun to reserve their rooms at Convention prices. Creekside staff urge you and your church to make plans today to join them next year in Pigeon Forge. For more information keep checking into the Creekside site here.

 

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The Freemans Win Two Diamond Awards

Written by Staff on November 11, 2014 – 3:04 pm -

The Freemans perform at 2014 Diamond Awards

The Freemans perform at 2014 Diamond Awards

Nashville, TN (November 7, 2014) The award winning Freemans added two more awards at the Diamond Awards in Pigeon Forge,Tennessee Tuesday night. Winning for the Christian Country Group of the Year and for The Video/DVD of the Year.

The video was one produced by BigMerlin Productions. BigMerlin Productions is operated by Caylon Freeman and Adam Wagner. The song portrayed on the winning video was “Lead Me Home” penned by Randy Houser and Craig Monday and performed by Darrell Freeman. The video also featured Buck Rambo as guest artist.

Chris Freeman stated, “We were Honored to be a part of The SGN Diamond Awards in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. So thrilled to have received two Diamond Awards, one for Christian Country Group Of The Year, and one for The Video/DVD of the Year for the song, Lead Me Home,featuring Darrell Freeman and Buck Rambo. produced by BigMerlin Productions. Thank you for all the votes and a big thank you to Rob Patz, everyone at SGNScoops, and most of all thank you Jesus for the call to present your Word in song!”

Currently the Freemans have a radio single, “The Last Time I Looked” that is climbing the charts. They have a charismatic stage presence and can deliver a song with energy and anointing. They performed earlier this year at the Loretta Lynn Gospel concert for the second year in a row and were a favorite both times.

You can learn more about the Freemans at http://the-freemans.com or on FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/thefreemans .
To book the Freemans contact Rivergate Talent Agency 615.649.8181

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About The Freemans
History, experience and spiritual wisdom are three attributes that can be used to describe the foundation of the Freeman ministry. Deeply rooted with family, the Freemans experience spans 30+ years. From Darrell’s entrance at age 16 with his family’s group, the Pathways, to Chris’s award-winning teenage years with the Hinsons, the Freemans know the ins and outs of Southern Gospel music.

No doubt, Chris’s unique sound is the reason she was the youngest female artist ever to receive the coveted “Queen of Gospel Music” award two years in a row (’76, ’77) as voted by the readers of Singing News Magazine. In 1980, the lives of Darrel and Chris Freeman became one when they married on August 2nd. After singing with the Pathways for three years Darrell and Chris headed for Nashville and began the Freemans. Joe Freeman, Darrell’s cousin, soon joined them as the third part harmony, as well as their keyboard player. With this sound they have garnered tremendous growth and success.
In 1997, Darrell and Chris’s daughter, Misty, began playing acoustic guitar with the group on stage. Then in 1998, she began singing with them when they recorded Standing Out. Also on stage is Caylon Freeman, Darrell and Chris’s youngest child. He decided to join his family on the road full-time in 2002. He is now playing the drums and singing some with the group.
Now in their 20th year, the Freemans, still do approximately 250 dates a year, and continue to experience tremendous success.


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Blue Highway presents Bluegrass Gospel Artist of the Year Award to Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver at 23rd Annual Diamond Awards

Written by Staff on November 11, 2014 – 2:20 pm -

BluHwy14DiamondPIGEON FORGE, TN (November 6, 2014) — Powerhouse bluegrass band Blue Highway appeared as special guests at Tuesday evening’s 23rd Annual Diamond Awards held at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center in Pigeon Forge, TN. 

In addition to presenting the Bluegrass Gospel Artist of the Year Award, they also performed two songs:  the a cappella fan-favorite Some Day, and Wicked Path of Sin (I Can Hear the Angels Singing) from their Dove and IBMA-winning and Grammy nominated all-gospel release,Wondrous Love.

It marked Blue Highway’s first appearance on the Awards Show, and they were honored to present the Bluegrass Gospel Artist of the Year Award to Eli Johnston representing Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, who took home their second consecutive Bluegrass Gospel Artist of the Year honor at the fan-voted Diamond Awards.

The Diamond Awards were presented as part of the Creekside Gospel Music Convention, and
sponsored by SGN Scoops Magazine, the vibrant all-digital source of Southern Gospel news and current #1-visited Southern Gospel website.

For more information on Blue Highway, please go to:  www.BlueHighwayBand.com orwww.Facebook.com/BlueHighway

For more information on Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, please go to: www.DoyleLawson.com or www.Facebook.com/DoyleLawsonOfficial

For more information on SGN Scoops Magazine and the Diamond Awards, please go to www.sgnscoops.com.

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Blue Highway presenting the Bluegrass Gospel Artist of the Year Award to Eli Johnston who accepted in behalf of Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver.
L to R:  Wayne Taylor, Jason Burleson, Eli Johnston, Shawn Lane, and Tim Stafford. (Rob Ickes was unable to attend due to prior commitments.)


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Karen Peck and New River Awarded 5 Diamond Awards

Written by Staff on November 7, 2014 – 9:10 am -

From the Karen Peck and New River Newsletter of November 6, 2014

Hey Friends!
Last night (Tuesday) we won FIVE Diamond Awards from the SgnScoops Magazine!

 

-Album of the Year (REVIVAL),
  -Female Vocalist (Karen),
  -Trio,
  -Mixed Group,
  -Song of the Year (Revival).

I know I have said it several times over the past few months but this album will always be one of our favorites. We had so many special “God” moments while recording the album and we are very thankful that our audience can feel our emotions through the songs. The radio DJ’s immediately embraced every single and together we made KPNR history with the two highest debuting songs ever (Finish Well, Revival) and also the fastest rise to the number one positions on the Southern Gospel charts. (We got home this morning at 3:30am and today, as well as last night at the awards show, I am battling vertigo!! So trust me….the Lord is making sure that I don’t get the big head!! Lol ) Here are quotes from Susan, Jeff, and me along with a few pictures from last night: Susan: We were so honored to win 5 Diamond Awards last night. I would like to thank everyone for your prayers and support!!!

Jeff: Last night was such a blessing to be at the Diamond Awards. We thank The Lord for newness this year—things that are fresh and new. Thanks to everyone who voted, and may God reveal new things for all of us to be thankful for this year!!!

Karen: We are so thankful to The Lord for this season in our ministry. We started the year off declaring REVIVAL all around this country. The Lord continues to show us His faithfulness. If one person is touched by something we say or sing, then it’s worth every mile that we travel. These awards are special ‘nuggets’ of encouragement to keep doing what we’re doing. We are incredibly grateful to everyone who voted for us!! A special thanks to Rob Patz and SGN Scoops, Daywind Records, producer Wayne Haun, all of the songwriters (Kenna West and Don Poythress co-writers of Revival), Southern Gospel radio, AGPublicity, and The Harper Agency. It is a tremendous blessing to be a part of a great team of hard working people who are eager to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

 

 “Everybody’s Going Through Something” has been such a blessing to our ministry. Once again, our precious DJ’s are playing it several times a day as an encouragement to those who are facing hard times. Seems like more than ever that people are going through difficult times. Thank the Lord we are not alone. He is always with us and He is faithful to carry us through every situation.

Everybody’s going through something.  Everybody faces a storm now and then. So if everybody’s going through something, I’d rather go through something with HIM.”

This week I heard someone talking about ‘faithfulness’. It has stayed with me all week. Faithfulness is doing the same thing over and over to the best of our ability. My prayer is to stay faithful to the Lord!!

Susan’s son, Joseph, turned 18 on October 29!! He also made the basketball team so it was a very good day for Joseph. Susan cried! He’s growing up too fast!! Lol

Jeff is working hard getting his Master’s Degree in English. So far he has made all A’s!! We are so proud of him. He is hoping to teach on-line courses while traveling with us.

Ok, there is still time to sign up with KPNR for the Templeton Tours cruise to Cozumel and Grand Cayman Islands in February!!! Remember if two adults are in the room, kids under 16 are free! So don’t wait any longer. We would love for you to spend your vacation with us! :)

There are a lot of great concerts coming up. Be sure to check our schedule and join us. We would love to see y’all!!

Love & Prayers, Karen


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Creekside Monday Night Bash

Written by Staff on November 4, 2014 – 3:48 pm -

RP and cast. RYCreekside Gospel Music Convention held its first concert for the 2014 Convention on Monday, November 3rd at 5:30pm. Creekside and SGN Scoops staff present and on stage for the event included Donnie Williamson, Ava Kasich, Vonda Easley, Rob Patz and Jonathan Edwards.

Groups performing on stage included the Shannon’s, The Steeles with special guests Tony Gore and

The Steeles with John Lanier and Tony Gore

The Steeles with John Lanier and Tony Gore

Pine Ridge Boys

Pine Ridge Boys

Faith's Journey

Faith’s Journey

Willie Wynn Bash

Willie Wynn Bash

John Lanier, Sacred Harmony, Jericho Junction, Crimson Ridge, Faiths Journey, Jason Runnels, Williamsons, Pine Ridge Boys.

Following this, the Lou Wills Hildreth Honors Award was presented to Willie Wynn. Woody Wright saluted Willie by gathering some of his friends from The Kramers, Sweetwater and the Tennesseans.

For more details of the evening’s events, click on to http://www.sgnscoops.net/

For more information on Creekside visit http://www.creeksidegospelmusicconvention.com/

Be sure to catch the November issue of SGN Scoops for all the Creekside details! Coming soon! www.sgnscoops.com

 

Special thanks to Robert York and Michelle Drummond for photographs.


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